3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Toyota Tundra

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 2:48 PM

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!

 

 

Best Dallas Day Trips

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 3:26 PM

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has some amazing day trip opportunities!

Whether it’s fun in the sun at a Texas state park or a small road trip to other Texas landmarks, there’s plenty to do with friends and family!

Here are some spots to check out:

Jefferson

Jefferson is a city located in the Piney Woods region of Texas, and it is home to many historic homes, landmarks, and museums. Several of the area’s historic homes are available for touring, and some of them operate as bed and breakfasts. Jefferson is located in the center of the Big Cypress Bayou, one of the four bayous attached to Caddo Lake.

Visitors can take a tour of the Big Cypress Bayou by river boat. The city is a shopper’s paradise with boutique shopping as well as antique shops to browse. If you want to learn a bit more about the history of Jefferson and the Piney Woods region, check out one of the town’s museums.

Glen Rose

About an hour and a half outside the city, you’ll find one of the best parks around – Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

Giraffes, emus, zebra, bison, and even gazelles roam these gated parts of Texas. The 1,700 acres of land is a leisurely drive for the whole family as up to 50 different species come to say ‘hello’ and eat some treats out of your hand. Stop halfway through the park to check out the petting zoo and amazing views of the park.

 

Cedar Hill

Just 20 minutes from Irving is a huge state park! It spans  almost 1,900 acres and has tons of camping space and amenities. There’s also spots to bike, swim, and fish. This is an awesome getaway!

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Head up north near Denton for this beautiful property in Pilot Point, TX. The sunset can’t be beat as you take advantage of the full-service marina for boat rentals. It’s all worth the drive for some amazing opportunities to camp, hike, bike, ride horses, or go backpacking. Who says you have to travel hundreds of miles for some good, old-fashioned summer fun?

Know of any other day trips? Comment your favorite spots below!

Don’t Forget About Your Vehicle This Spring Cleaning Season!

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 4:05 PM

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!

 

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Used Truck

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 8:58 PM

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!

How to Preserve the Life of Your Car Battery

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Winter time can have a big effect on your car battery! Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we want to help you understand your vehicle and solve your issues. That is why we’ve made some tips on how to preserve your car battery life! Continue reading below so you’ll never need a jump again!

Avoid Extreme Weather 

Car batteries drain when it’s very hot or very cold. Sometimes batteries can run out of energy completely! To protect your battery, keep your vehicle covered up. For instance, you can keep your vehicle in a garage or keep it under a tarp. Either will help keep your vehicle’s battery out of harms way!

Avoid Short Trips 

Try to avoid short trips! For instance, if you stop and start your vehicle often, your battery does not receive enough charge to start. Car batteries need to supply power to the ignition in order to start the car. So when you turn your car on and off, that can lead to your battery not being charged fully.

Check Your Equipment

Sometimes, a bad battery can also mean something wrong with the equipment under the hood. If your charging system isn’t working properly, that can lead to your battery losing power. If you think your battery is not getting enough power because of a mechanical reason, you should visit a mechanic ASAP!

These are just some tips on how to preserve your car battery life. We hope you found everything you were looking for. If you are looking for a great quality used vehicle, we have a wide selection for you to choose from! You can check out our online inventory by clicking here, or call 214-960-1388 for more information!

 

Reasons To Never Buy a New Car

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 6:19 PM

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!

 

Where to Grab Weekend Brunch in Dallas

By Admin | Posted in , on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

eating in Dallas, TXThere are few activities as quintessential to the weekend as going to a restaurant and enjoying a relaxing brunch. During the week, you’re more focused on trying to get everything done so you’ll grab something quick at home for breakfast or purchase something on the way to work or school. The weekend is the perfect time to enjoy decadent breakfast and lunch foods with friends while drinking a bubbly mimosa.

If you’re in the Dallas area, there are a ton of brunch spots available to you. So many that it might be difficult to know just where to go for your next brunch date. Here are some well-known places that you should try.

The Grape Restaurant

Located at 2808 Greenville Avenue, The Grape Restaurant is well known for serving one of the best burgers in all of Texas served with high quality (and affordable) wine. In fact, it has won industry awards for its delicious flavor. However, that’s just one of the reasons why The Grape Restaurant has gained recognition. The restaurant has also received a reputation for having one of the best brunches in Dallas.

Brunch is only served on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You may want to try the shredded oxtail and banana pepper hash or the haystack, which is potatoes, tomatoes, muenster cheese, avocado, and sriracha chili sauce with scrambled eggs. Enjoy your favorite brunch dish with a prosecco mimosa, a spicy bloody mary, or the ruby mule. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Hattie’s

Hattie’s is located in North Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District at 418 North Bishop Avenue. It’s self-described as an American Bistro with a “southern low-country influence.” This seems to be on par with its menu of fried green tomatoes, Carolina crab cake, and low country shrimp and grits served with a Tabasco-bacon pan sauce.

Brunch is served on Sundays only from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During brunch you’ll find a delicious plate of homestyle bacon-wrapped meatloaf with fresh mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, a blue crab cake benedict with smooth hollandaise, and sourdough French toast with a Bananas Foster sauce. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to select wine from the seasonal menu to enjoy with your meal.

Komali

If you’re open to trying different brunch foods, check out the Mexican-inspired brunch menu at Komali at 4152 Cole Avenue in Suite #106. Brunch is served Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. During brunch, you can still order delicious tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. However, if you’re looking for more breakfast-oriented items, try the Huevos Rancheros, which is an over easy fried egg over a tortilla with refried beans, ranchero sauce, queso fresco, and Mexican crema, or the Komali Eggs Benedict with chorizo, black beans, and pasilla hollandaise.

Make sure to treat yourself when you go out to eat for brunch. The whole idea is to relax and recharge. Any of these restaurants on this list would be perfect for that.

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Plan the Perfect Summer Road Trip

By Admin | Posted in on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

summer road trips Dallas, TXWith stable gas prices at the pump, more travelers are gearing up for road trips this summer. Whether you’re looking to visit mountains, beaches, national parks, or somewhere a little closer to home, planning will make your summer trip a breeze. Organize your trip with some of these tips to start enjoying the open road.

Save Money

Since you know where the closest and cheapest gas stations are near your home, fill up the day before you leave for the trip. This not only saves money on the front end, but it also gives you more time to get ready on the day your trip starts. Another great way to cut costs is to download Gas Buddy, which allows you to find a filling station based on gas prices or location. Packing a cooler with drinks, snacks, and sandwiches is another cost-cutting method that will help you avoid the fast food trap.

Organize Your Car

If you’re like the average family, spending more time in the car means more trash. A simple way to keep things tidy is to bring a cereal container trash can; just use a trash bag as a liner, snap on the lid, and you’ll eliminate messy trash cluttering up your car. When packing your clothes, use the roll method, which lets you fit more items into a bag. To keep games, books, and toys organized, recycle your plastic grocery bags by placing them throughout the car and in the seat holder pockets for use throughout your travels.

Keep Yourself Entertained

Many of us remember the ABC game and singing silly songs, which are still fun ways to build memories. However, today’s modern families also want to stay connected. Luckily, there are many entertainment options available. Download some age-appropriate educational games and apps in advance. Hanging an iPad from your visor is a movie player in a pinch. However, sometimes the romance of a road trip is unplugging, so don’t forget to take pencils and paper for drawing, books for reading, and cameras to capture the majestic scenery.

Stay Safe

Before hitting the open road, you will want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape. It’s important to check all fluids, perform routine maintenance, and have your brakes and tires inspected. The beauty of a road trip is you can readily pack extra supplies. You’ll probably want to take an emergency road kit, first-aid supplies, blankets, and plenty of water in case you do experience an unexpected breakdown. Additionally, you’ll want to share your itinerary with someone, in case you get stranded in a location without wireless service.

By using these tips, you will enjoy a safe and fun vacation that the whole family will remember for years to come. One extra tip to think about is a new family vehicle designed with the open road in mind. Please visit Dallas Lease Returns to test drive a vehicle. Our large selection ensures we have a vehicle for all of your summer getaways.

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The 3 Best Delis in Dallas

By Admin | Posted in on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

best sandwiches in Dallas, TXIn Dallas, the food scene has exploded, with a growing number of delicious local restaurants and well known national chains making their home here. This is especially true for downtown Dallas, where so many restaurants are located. Since delis have become quite the American staple, here’s a list of the best delis located in the Dallas area, as rated by the number of positive customer reviews.

Power House Deli

Power House Deli is located at 601 North Akard Street, in downtown Dallas. It serves up breakfast and lunch Mondays through Saturdays, as well as dinner on Mondays through Thursdays. For breakfast, try the breakfast croissant or the breakfast burrito with spinach.

However, the real reason you want to eat at Power House Deli is for the lunch. The salad bar is robust and the smoothies are delicious, which makes it much easier to eat healthier while on the go. In addition, the lunch sandwiches and wraps are extremely affordable and tasty. With so many options, including chicken parmesan, turkey pastrami, a Philly, or a club, it would take you several weeks of dining in order to try them all.

Jason’s Deli

Jason’s Deli is a part of a national deli chain with many locations throughout various states in the United States. The downtown location is located at 1409 Main Street. Despite being a national chain, the food at Jason’s Deli is delicious and authentic deli food. You can enjoy deli favorites such as meatball subs, delicious soups, and even a New Orleans’ style muffuletta with olive paste.

The salad bar is vast and offers many favorites, such as chocolate mousse with chocolate chips and beets. If you want something rather decadent and out of the ordinary, you can order a huge loaded baked potato with chicken, bacon, and other toppings. Plus, all entrees come with free frozen yogurt available in a cone or cup.

Cindi’s NY Delicatessen

With the downtown Dallas location on 306 South Houston Street, Cindi’s NY Delicatessen is a well known small restaurant chain in Dallas. In fact, there are now five different locations in the area. Cindi’s New York Delicatessen is a New York-inspired deli serving classic Jewish dishes that everyone loves, including Challah bread, rye bread, and cheese blintzes with dollops of sour cream. With large, overstuffed deli sandwiches, it’s a great place to eat lunch with a group of loved ones.

In addition to deli favorites, Cindi’s New York Delicatessen serves breakfast pancakes and diner favorites. It can quickly become one of your favorite restaurants to try. If you go, try the nova lox with cream cheese on a bagel. You won’t be disappointed.

The next time you’re looking for a high-quality lunch, head out to one of these delis. With diverse menus and friendly service, you’re sure to have a great meal. If you’d like to try multiple items, perhaps bring a friend and order two different favorites to share with each other.

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5 Reasons to Keep Your Car Clean in the Summer

By Admin | Posted in on Thursday, July 6th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

clean cars Dallas, TXDuring the summer months, it can be tempting to skip washing your car. After all, for many people, there’s more rain in the summer and fewer fall leaves and snow. However, it’s important that you keep your car clean throughout the summer months to keep it in great shape for the long term. Here are just five of the reasons you should make it a priority to keep your car clean in the summer.

Increased Exposure to Dirt

For many of us, summer means great weather, more recreation, and summer vacations. All of those road trips and days spent driving to the beach can make a mess of your car’s exterior. It’s important to limit the amount of time sand, dirt, and other debris spend on your car, so plan to wash your car after any significant exposure to the elements.

Intense Heat from the Sun

The summer brings with it very hot weather and direct sunlight. If you leave chemicals, rain, sprinkler water, or other debris on your car for too long, the sunlight can further intensify the damage to your car. While you don’t want to wash and dry your car during the hottest part of the day, you can wash your car in the shade or during less sunny times.

You can even go a step further by intentionally making an effort to always park in the shade during the summer. Avoid parking under trees that shed a lot of leaves or pollen that would get stuck on the top of your car, in your tire wells, or in the hood. If you have access to a parking garage, park in it. If your home has a garage you’re currently using for storage, think about if it would make more sense to park your car in it.

Protect Paint

The heat, rain, and debris can really damage your car’s paint job. Once the sealant and paint have been damaged, your vehicle is at risk for rusting and further damage. In addition to washing your car over the summer, make sure that you follow the rest of your car’s maintenance best practices, including using wax or additional products to further protect the paint.

More Bugs

During the warmer months, much of the United States experiences an increase in the number of bugs that you’ll be exposed to, such as mosquitoes and love bugs. These bugs can end up all over your vehicle’s windshield and front grill as you drive along the highway. Nobody wants to drive a car that’s covered in dead bugs.

Additional Rain

As mentioned before, the summer months can bring with it more rain water. This rain can further damage your car’s paint job, especially since it might be more acidic than the regular hose water you’d wash your car with. Plus, the rain can create muddy conditions that you’ll have to drive through.

You should try to keep your car’s exterior clean throughout the whole year. However, in the summer, keeping your car clean can protect it and extend its life. Everyone loves driving a beautiful car.

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