Truck Buying Considerations

Truck Buying Considerations

When you decide it’s time for a truck or pick-up truck you might think all trucks are built the same – cab, bed, and tailgate. When faced with a decision between so many trucks, how do you decide which one will best serve your needs? It depends on what you’ll use your truck for – towing a boat or hauling construction equipment, as a day to day vehicle for your family or for a camping adventure. Here are some things to know about what various trucks have to offer.

Horsepower & Torque

Not all truck engines are created equal, and how much horsepower or torque you need will depend on your reasons for buying a truck. Horsepower is how much energy your engine produces, while torque is the ability of the engine to do the work you want. The greater your need for towing or hauling heavy objects, the more torque you will want.

Diesel engines commonly offer plenty of low-end torque. This means at low engine speeds, these engines can pull massive trailers up severe grades. Some trucks have TurboCharged 4 Cylinders that outperform many V8s and others have V8s that can run on as low as 2 Cylinders to conserve fuel but fire up to all 8 when needed. Six Cylinders are both Inline and V6 that have different power curves designed to mirror your daily demands.

Fuel Options

You might not have considered fuel options other than gas until now. A truck that takes gas may cost less than one that requires diesel, however, in addition to better fuel economy, diesel also offers more power for your heavy jobs. FlexFuel is another option, allowing a truck to run either on gasoline or ethanol. Ethanol offers less energy per gallon but burns cleaner with fewer gashouse emissions and most of the time costs less at the pump.

Rear Wheel Drive or Four Wheel Drive

For most people, it’s a given that they want a truck with Four Wheel Drive. This option allows greater control on the road, especially in bad weather conditions. However, 4X4 adds considerable weight to a vehicle and has more rotating mechanical parts, which compromises fuel economy. In a mild climate where you don’t expect to drive on snowy or muddy roads, a Rear Wheel Drive truck will probably be the better and more economical choice.

Cab & Box Sizes

Trucks come in all kinds of cab and box sizes, or even Chassis Cab (no Box), and your choice will depend on your needs. From two-door Regular Cabs to four-door Crew Cabs and Mega Cabs, this is a matter of preference, how many passengers you expect to transport, and how much room you require. Even if you don’t expect to have more than one passenger, you might find the four-door Crew Cabs offer the room you want to store certain gear inside your truck.

There are usually 3 sizes of bed for pick-up trucks. You will find short, standard, or long box. Sizes vary by manufacturer and what you choose depends on your needs. Are you putting firewood or drywall in the bed of your truck? Drywall and plywood are standard 8-foot sheets, so a long box might be in order, however, a short box with the tailgate down can also do the job. Consider the use you expect to get out of the truck when deciding what box size you need in addition to the way it drives, parks, and of course fits in your garage.

Dallas Lease Returns has a truck that is sure to meet your needs! Stay tuned for part two, where we will look at truck options and accessories.

Chevy vs Ford

What is the Difference Between Chevy Trucks and Ford Trucks?

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Are you in the market for a truck but are not sure whether to purchase a Ford or a Chevy? No problem, we can help! At Dallas Lease Returns we have both Chevorlet and Ford trucks in our inventory, and believe that they are both great truck companies. However, there are still some differences between the two. Continue reading to find out what they are!

Chevrolet Trucks

Chevy is known for their amazing pickup trucks, but what sets them apart from other companies?

Easy, it’s their history!

Chevy has been around for 1o0 years! The company first started out building Supply Chain and Farming trucks for different companies. Eventually, they made the Light Delivery Chassis, a truck-like-vehicle that made it much easier for people to transport items without a horse or a buggy.

Chevy made history with this design and it helped society progress immensely. Today, Chevy specializes in making vehicles that are lighter and smaller. As we all know, gas prices have gone up overtime and Chevy tries to make their trucks cost efficient while still being reliable.

Ford Trucks

Ford is also a company that has been around for quite awhile. They are known for being the vehicle choice for the working man or women. This company specializes in making trucks that are both aesthetically pleasing, while also still being tough and durable. Around most of America, Ford trucks are known for their outstanding performance and value.

In fact, in 2009 the Ford F-150 won the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the year award. In 2017, the Ford Super Duty won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year. Ford is known for being a tough car and it shows through their awards and outstanding achievements.

As you can see, both of these companies are amazing in different ways. For more information, please visit our website or call (214) 960-1388!

Downtown

Three Things to Do In Downtown Dallas

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
They say that everything is bigger and better in Texas and that couldn’t be more true than in Downtown Dallas! Here you can find some of the biggest and best attractions in the country. Continue reading to learn our top three downtown places!

Dallas Farmers Market

Located on the east side of downtown, the Dallas Farmers Market is widely recognized as one of largest markets in the state!

This cute market has over 153 vendor stalls showcasing seasonal produce, naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs and honey in an open-air pavilion. There is also a huge indoor food hall as well that features artisanal food stalls and eateries, along with shops peddling everything from T-shirts to Mexican imports and antique furniture.

In addition to shopping and eating, the Farmers Market hosts regular activities, ranging from yoga classes and cooking demonstrations to live musical performances and special seasonal events.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Do you love history mixed in wit a little bit of conspiracy? We have just the place for you! The Sixth Floor Museum is an interesting source of information about the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The museum’s exhibits contain over 45,000 items documenting Kennedy’s presidency through to his final days.

One of the highlights of the tour is the Plexiglas enclosed area where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fateful shot. But there’s much more to see here, including a host of powerful images, documents, artifacts, video footage and home movies.

Klyde Warren Park

This park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area as well as to be a central gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Today, there are constant events happening all the time ranging from fitness sessions, dance lessons and lawn games to children’s entertainment, musical performances and film screenings. There are also special areas within the park allocated for dogs, board games and children.

What are your favorite downtown Dallas spots? Tell us in the comments below!

Toyota Tundra

Reasons Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Toyota Tundra

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we believe that the Toyota Tundra is an underrated vehicle, especially when compared to its competitors!Keep reading to learn 3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Toyota Tundra today!

Pricing

New, the Tundra tends to come in at a better price than its competition. With so many comparable features and even better performance of the Toyota Tundra, it’s crazy to pay more!

Here at Dallas Lease Returns, you will be able to save even more money on the Tundra! We have several great quality Tundras in our inventory!

Excellent Towing Capacity

If you plan to use your pickup for more than just looks, the towing capacity is unmatched on the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra can take up to 8,900 pounds of weight, while its Chevrolet competitor can only handle 6,100. Both are nothing to scoff at, but why settle for less?

Lasting Power

It’s been proven that the Toyota Tundra can be taken more than 1 million miles without a huge need for repair. One man demonstrated this with his 2007 Toyota Tundra! With only regular maintenance, his Tundra lasted one million miles. This shows the reliability and quality of the Tundra.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Toyota Tundra, check out our website or call 214-960-1388!

Spring Cleaning Just Ahead

Don’t Forget About Your Vehicle This Spring Cleaning Season

Friday, March 30th, 2018
Guess what time it is? Spring Cleaning Season! Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we know that you may have multiple projects going on, so we’re here to remind you about your car or truck!To ensure your vehicle is in tip-top shape, we ask that you take a few moments each week to perform the following checks!

Trust us, this can save you from costly vehicle repairs and may also save your life.

Watch Out for Your Engine

Overheating, especially in hot weather, is the leading cause of preventable breakdowns and one of the main areas where prevention is much cheaper than the cure.

Trust us, your wallet does not want to replace a fried engine. If your antifreeze is more than a couple of years old, play it safe and replace it. Adding a coolant to your radiator also may reduce engine temperature by as much as 30 degrees and help condition seals to prevent leaks.

Maintain Your Fluids

Fluid levels are key! Check and top off all fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission, cooling system, power steering, brake fluid and washer fluid. These are what keep your car running, they are are the lifeblood of it! Purchasing high-quality fluids and regularly changing old fluids will improve your car’s performance and reliability.

Look at Your Tires

All tires should be properly inflated, including the spare tire. The sidewall of your tire will list its proper pressure level. Correctly inflated tires increase gas mileage, lengthen tire life and are much less susceptible to blow-outs.

Upgrade Your Oil

Another way to reduce engine heat is to upgrade to high-performance, synthetic motor oil. Synthetic motor oils reduce engine heat by dispersing the heat faster and having a lower coefficient of friction than mineral-based motor oils.

Check Your Belts

A worn or loose belt can cause the engine to overheat. A cracked belt or a hose that is unusually soft or hard needs replacement. Make sure hose clamps are tight and check the ends for cracks or corrosion. Extreme heat can often cause leaks and other damage, so keep an eye out for hard, blistered or spongy hoses. If any of these warning signs are present, replace the hoses immediately. It is also a good idea to keep spare belts in your trunk.

These spring cleaning tips will not only get your ready for the Texas summer, but they will also increase the life of your vehicle! If you’re tired of the car you do have, come trade it in! We have an awesome inventory full of great quality used cars! For more information, visit our website or call 214-960-1388 today!

Chevrolet Truck

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Used Truck

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Trucks are some of the bestselling vehicles in the country! They are not only loved, but are also trusted by millions of drivers.Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we believe that owning a truck is something everyone should enjoy at least once in their life! To put it simply, truck ownership offers a completely different driving experience than anything a small compact or even smaller sub compact car can deliver.

Still on the fence? No problem! We came up with Five Reasons to Buy a Used Truck today! Continue reading to learn more!

The Power of Towing

Towing capacity (A.K.A torque) goes hand in hand with horsepower. Most trucks made in recent years have the ability to tow objects of 12,000 + pounds!

This amount of power has endless opportunities for you and your family. You will easily be able to take long trips and hook a camper or anything else to the back of your truck. Think of all the memories to be made!

Extra Space

Things just seem to be getting smaller and smaller. With compact cars being transformed into sub-compact vehicles, leg room and cargo space are often limited.

This is not the case when it comes to trucks.

The great thing about pickup trucks is how each body style can accommodate different needs in terms of room and number of passengers. To have the most room, it is recommended by Autotrader to go for a crew cab as you’ll have four full doors. At Dallas Lease Returns, we have great quality used crew cab trucks in our inventory right now!

Why suffer? You deserve to have a comfortable and spacious daily commute.

Better Visibility

You will literally experience a whole new world with a truck! The height of the cabin is indicative of the enhanced view. You’ll be able to see so much more on the highway than if you were in a little coupe or sedan.

Enhanced Safety

Enhanced safety is a huge benefit of trucks!

About.com offers a short list of the Top Pickup Truck Safety Features:

  1. Side Impact Protection
  2. Vehicle Stability Control
  3. Trailer Sway Control
  4. Cab Safety Cage Design
  5. Improved Seatbelt Systems

Long Lasting Value

If you’re looking to keep your next vehicle for a long time, you obviously want to choose one that holds its value. Because trucks are bigger and made out of more expensive equipment, they retain their value much longer than a regular car. Plus, if you purchase a used truck instead of a new one- you save money! It’s a win-win situation in the short and long run!

At Dallas Lease Returns, we just want to help you find a great quality vehicle you and your family will love and enjoy! If you decide to go the truck route, we have over 50 great quality used trucks in our inventory right now! But if not, that’s okay too! We offer all makes and models- so we’re sure we have the perfect fit for you! Come experience the difference with Dallas Lease Returns, we promise you will not be disappointed!