End of Summer Adventures in Dallas

End of Summer Adventures in Dallas

It’s almost time to send the kiddos back to school, have they had a good summer? If not, don’t worry! We have you covered at Dallas Lease Returns! We want to make sure you and your family have a great ending to the Summer holiday. Continue reading to learn some fun, family-friendly things you can do in Dallas before it’s too late!

Water Adventures

It’s no secret that Texas summers are hot and Dallas is no exception. Some of the best summer activities in Dallas deal with water: sliding down thrilling water slides, floating with the kids on lazy rivers or hitting the wave pool at the city’s best water park, Hurricane Harbor. Avoid the tourist crowds (and expensive entrance fees) by hitting up the large public pool operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, complete with a playground, sand volleyball, a restaurant and not one, but two bars.

For a more nature-themed water experience, hit up one of the Metroplex’s many lakes or rivers. Kayaking on the Trinity River or White Rock Lake is the perfect way to beat the sun. Or for a more traditional lake experience, spend a day fishing, laying out on the beach or camping at Lake Lewisville, between the suburbs of Frisco and Denton. Even better, take a boat out on the water to tube or water ski.

 Sit Back & Relax

Forget “Netflix and chill” during Dallas summers – just catch a free outdoor movie. The Granada Theater hosts free movie nights every Wednesday on their rooftop.

Films for 2018 include: Wonder WomanThe Big LebowskiClueless and Pulp Fiction.

They also offer a special rooftop food-and-drink menu to enjoy while you watch a classic film.

Other Adventures

Summer in Dallas is the perfect time to visit the city’s most engaging adventure parks and attractions. There’s Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, filled with thrilling roller coasters and rides for visitors of all ages. Plus, it’s the original Six Flags amusement park, making it a must-visit for any theme park fan.

The Dallas World Aquarium, in downtown’s West End, features a diverse set of exhibits and talks, though the highlight is ogling over otters, crocodiles, sharks and penguins.

In south Dallas, visitors can discover the largest and oldest zoo in Texas, complete with gorillas, cheetahs and a wide array of other exhibits. Be sure to check out their summer concert series, Safari Nights, for live music, drinks, food trucks and special animal programs.

Whatever you decide, just have a great time with your family! Enjoy the rest of the Summer, everyone!

Do you have any other ideas? Drop them in the comments below!

How Much Can the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

How Much Can the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

When you’re shopping for a pickup truck, towing information is often readily available. This is because towing is mostly associated with pickup trucks. But trucks aren’t the only vehicles that can haul a trailer, and information on how much some of those vehicles can tow might be a little more difficult to come by. Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we want to help out by giving you the details on exactly how much the Toyota RAV4 can tow!

How Much Can the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

Trim Level Drive System Towing Capacity
LE FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
XLE FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
Adventure FWD 2,900 lbs.
Adventure AWD 3,500 lbs.
SE FWD/AWD 0 lbs.
Limited FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
Platinum FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
LE Hybrid CVT 1,750 lbs.
XLE Hybrid CVT 1,750 lbs.
SE Hybrid CVT 0 lbs.
Limited Hybrid CVT 1,750 lbs.

 

As you can see, the towing capacity varies based on trim level and whether it’s equipped with the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system. You might also notice that these numbers are higher than you might have expected, especially the RAV4 Adventure grades.

 

Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we have multiple 2018 Toyota RAV4s in our inventory right now! Visit our website to check them out, or come by any time!

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!

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Reasons To Never Buy a New Car

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Point blank, buying a new car is not the smartest financial choice. Before you think a car with only 10 miles is the better deal, here are three arguments why you should never buy a new car!

You Will Pay Extra

Buying a great car does not have to complicate your financial life! If you have good credit and you’re able to qualify for a new car loan with no hassles, banks may compete for your business and offer the best rate possible.

But even with low-rate auto financing on a new purchase, a new car will be more expensive than an older version of the same car. Not only because of the higher sale price, but you’ll also pay more in other areas. Brand new cars can have higher insurance premiums than used cars as well.

Faster Depreciation

It’s kind of a trap, but new cars depreciate faster than used vehicles. The sad reality is that the average new car can depreciate as much as 19% in its first year! What does this mean for you? To put it simply, if you buy a brand new car without a down payment, or if your monthly loan payment isn’t high enough to compensate for depreciation, you could end up owing more than the vehicle is worth.

Negative equity isn’t the worst thing to happen if you plan on keeping the car until it’s paid off. But if you’re the type of person who trades in vehicles every two or three years, negative equity can increase the cost of your next vehicle. If the dealership gives you $19,000 for your trade-in, yet you owe $22,000, the $3,000 difference doesn’t just go away. You have to pay it when the dealer tacks the negative equity onto your next car loan. So instead of a sale price of $27,000 for your next vehicle, you end up financing $30,000.

On the other hand, if you skip the brand new car and buy a vehicle that’s one or two years old, you’ll be able to get the car at a price that’s more comparable to its actual value, and possibly avoid an upside-down loan.

You Get More for Your Money

Since cars depreciate rapidly within the first year, buying used is an opportunity to get more for less!

For example, you can buy used cars that are less than a year old and save thousands of dollars! Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we already have multiple 2018 model vehicles that are in perfect condition! It’s like buying a brand new car, without the brand new price tag.
 
 
In summary, buying used is the way to go! It saves you money in the present and future, and is also the most practical method. To browse our inventory click here or call 214-960-1388 for more information!