How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

Winter can do a number on your car. Slush, salt and cold temperatures take a toll on everything from the tires to the wiper blades. So, as spring approaches, it’s a good idea to give your car a thorough once-over to undo winter’s damage. Continue reading to learn how you can get your car in shape for spring!

Wash Underneath

Wintertime driving will coat the bottom of your car with salt, sand and other grime that can cause corrosion. Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car much harder to resell or even dangerous to drive.

Spend a few extra dollars for the undercarriage power wash at the local car wash or spray the car’s bottom with your own hose.

Detail

Salt and sand can damage the car’s paint. Give your car a thorough cleaning and wax it with a paste or liquid wax. Scrub the bottoms of doors, which can get coated with grime, and clean the window channels with a silicone spray. Use a steam cleaner or apply a rug-cleaning spray to remove all the salt from the car’s inside.

Replace Wipers

Wiper blades get a workout during the winter months. To get ready for the rainy months ahead, we advise you change them out every Spring and Fall!

Check Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure. Cold weather can cause tires to be under inflated and the onset of warm weather can over inflate them. Also, visually inspect your tires to make sure they’re wearing evenly and have plenty of tread.

Top Off All Fluids

Winter weather can deplete some fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid, so top them off yourself if they’re too low. A service station will also do the job for $25 or so. You should change your oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid every 5,000 miles regardless of the season.

Have any other maintenance tips for Spring? Tell us in the comments below! Or if you’re tired of your vehicle and looking for a change/upgrade this Spring, browse our vast inventory online!

How to Find the Best Vehicle for Your Lifestyle

How to Find the Best Vehicle for Your Lifestyle

As a car shopper, you literally have hundreds of choices when it comes to picking a new ride. While there’s something for every buyer, finding that perfect match isn’t always easy.

Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we want to ensure you find the best vehicle for your lifestyle! To do so, we put together a list of three crucial questions you need to ask yourself before making the decision. Continue reading to learn what they are!

What Kind of Car Do You Want?

Cars tend to be extensions of our personalities, so you’ll probably gravitate toward cars that fit yours. Most car buyers know what they don’t like and what they do.

Is comfort and convenience more important to you than other factors? Do you have a preferred color you want for your car?  These are the things you need to ask yourself before making a decision.

What Kind of Car Do You Need?

Think about your lifestyle and how your car fits into it. If you have two kids and another on the way, you obviously will need something to transport everyone safely.  

On the other hand, if you’re a business professional who has to drive clients around, you’ll probably need something a little more upscale.

This is why being honest with yourself and thinking ahead is the key to finding the perfect vehicle.

What Can You Afford?

This is a crucial question to ask yourself. Before making the decision to purchase a vehicle, you need to consider the total cost of the car, including the monthly payment, registration, insurance, fuel, and maintenance costs.

If you solely focus on the monthly payment of the vehicle, you could be convinced to stretch your payments out to buy more car. By doing so, you could pay thousands more in interest and put yourself at increased financial risk.

Go over you finances with a fine toothed comb and, once again, be honest about what you can afford and what you can’t. Going into a dealership with a set monthly budget in mind will make all the difference.

Once you answer all three questions, you will know what you want, what you need and what you can afford! To further ease your car search, browse our vast inventory online!