A Leased Car and a Holiday Tree

Having a leased car comes with its perks, but there is the hovering cloud that keeps reminding you to not make any major scratches and dents to the car. We come around the season of the winter holidays and the idea of adding your first large evergreen fir tree to your living room has been on your mind. You might think to yourself, “How can I transport my fir tree without scratching my car?”. Here are a few helpful tips.

  • When you go buy your tree, ask for it to be netted. This will make it easier to manage.
  • Make sure you have enough room in your car if you can put down seats and place heavy blankets to catch any falling tree needles.
  • If you are thinking of having it on top of your car, think about investing in a roof rack so you can tie your tree more securely.
  • Place a tarp, plastic sheet or blanket on the roof of your car before placing the tree to protect your car from getting scratched.
  • Tug on your strings and tree to make sure everything is tight and secured!
  • Drive slowly and carefully, especially if it is your first time carrying something large on top of your car. If you can avoid highways and take steady paced roads, do that instead.

Think you are ready to haul a tree for your festivities? Be sure to use these tips.

Are you also thinking about leasing a newer car, possibly one with a roof rack already installed? Head over to Swapalease.com.

Swapalease.com has a variety of vehicles with that awesome feature! We are the largest online lease transfer marketplace and have vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact us at 866-SWAPNOW.

Car Snowed In? Here Is What To Do

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

But having your car snowed in can be a major bummer when you need to run important errands, like your holiday shopping. Here are helpful tips and tricks to get you out and about.

Taking Off Snow

The common method people do when they see a heap of snow on their car is to grab any broom they can find or a shovel and beginning clearing the snow. Both these methods get the job done, but they can leave your car with ugly scratches from the rough bristles of the broom and the metal from the shovel.

  • Instead, have a foam brush handy or a pair of thick leather gloves. Pull, not push, snow off in a straight-forward motion.
  • Start from the roof and begin working your way down to your windows and doors, your hood, trunk, and front and rear lights.
  • Be sure to clear any snow in the exhaust as well.

Taking Off Ice

  • As you take off snow from your car, you might come across sheets of ice that have frozen onto your car. The worst thing you can do is leave it on your car, even snow, for it to just fly off while driving. This creates a danger to others around you as well.
  • Avoid pouring warm water on the ice. This can cause the glass to crack as well as just freeze the additional water you add on.
  • Take an empty spray bottle and fill with two ingredients, 70% rubbing alcohol and tap water. Spray your mixture onto the ice and let it settle for a few minutes, then take a plastic scraper and begin removing the ice.

Whether the winter wrath has begun piling snow onto your car or you have yet to experience it but still found these tips helpful, it is great to apply these to your car, especially if it is a leased car.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Swapalease.com is the world’s largest automotive lease marketplace and the pioneer in facilitating lease transfers online. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW.

 

Conserve and Save Fuel

If you are like many auto consumers, you dread the idea of having to stop by a gas station on your way to work to fill up. For many, they feel like they are visiting gas stations way more than they should.

“How is it that I am using up more gas than I think I am? Constantly putting gas is also making a big impact in your wallet. What can you do to conserve and save your fuel? Here are a few helpful tips you can use.

Conserving Fuel

– Avoid warming up your car in the morning. While your car is sitting and running, it will use up fuel.

– Try going the speed limit. Also, don’t hit the gas or brakes hard. Come to gradual stops then gradually proceed.

– Use your air-conditioning while driving. This helps create less of a drag on your engine.

– Check your tire pressure and ensure it is at the pressure recommended. Low pressure results in damaged tires and it also reduces your fuel economy.

– If you are running errands, see if you can find a shopping plaza that has numerous stores for all the things you plan on buying. Park your car in the center and walk place to place instead of driving and hopping all around town.

– Avoid filling your trunk with unnecessary items and avoid making it a storage bin. The heavier your car is, the more fuel it is going to use.

– If you can, and if you don’t mind, carpool or take public transportation if you need to go out of your way.

– If there is an option to work from home a few times out of the month, take it and conserve your fuel.

Hopefully, you will keep these tips in mind when you want to conserve your fuel. As a matter of fact, if you are looking for a fuel-efficient car, head over to Swapalease.com!

Swapalease.com is the largest online lease transfer marketplace and has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW.

Car Hacks To Consider Using

Do you find yourself wondering how you can tidy up and improve your daily ride?  Here are a few creative low budget ideas to create awesome car hacks that can help you out!

  • Plastic Cereal Container: Buy a plastic cereal container and put in a plastic bag for a quick and easy trash bin.
  • Cupcake Holders: Avoid coins sticking to the bottom from drink residue with cupcake paper holders to safeguard your cup holders.
  • Multi-File Folder: Put your registration and other important documents in an organization folder for quick access when you reach for your glove box.
  • Fabric Softener Sheets:  Place scented fabric softener sheets in your car to eliminate unwanted odors.
  • DIY First-Aid Kit: By a plastic container and fill with dollar store medical items.
  • Plastic Bag Dispenser: Take an empty tissue box and fill it with plastic bags for emergencies of any kind.
  • Bungee Cord: Have a long bungee cord handy in your trunk. Made a trip to the grocer? Attach one hook of the bungee to one side of your net holder and run the cord through the handles of your bag. The other end hooks to the other side and bam! No more tossed bags.
  • Noodle Safety: Having trouble with opening your door in your garage without hitting the wall? Cut pool noodles in half and stick/nail them to the walls where your doors usually hit.
  • Ping-Pong Parking: Need assistance parking as you enter your garage? Avoid hitting any items in front of you or the front wall by hanging a ping-pong ball on a string right in front of your windshield. Place it where you have enough room in front of your car.
  • Mirror Parking: Another garage hack! Place a couple mirrors, big or small, to act as a guide for pulling in and out of your garage.

With these awesome hacks, you can avoid any dings, dents, and trash collecting in your car, especially if it is a leased car! Swapalease.com, the largest online lease transfer marketplace, carries inventories from these same brands and similar models? Swapalease.com is the online marketplace with vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW.

 

Fall Car Care Month

It’s Fall Car Care Month! As winter approaches, it’s critical to make sure your car is in a condition where your car won’t break down, especially if you break down in a bad winter snow storm. Below is a checklist for your car to ensure your car is ready for winter. Visit your dealership or local auto mechanic.

Check Hoses and Belts Look for any cracks, any fraying or signs of wear and tear.

Replace Battery If Needed Be sure there is a clean connection and no corrosion.

Check Exhaust System Be on the lookout for any unusual noises, leaks, broken or damaged supports or hangers.

Check Steering and Suspension Steering and suspension systems should be checked annually. Make sure to check shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts.

Check Tires As some may know, the winter months and cold weather and mess with your tires. Be sure to check all the pressure in your tires and check your tread. Also, look for any bulges or bald spots. If there are any uneven balances in wear, it would help to have a wheel alignment.

Check HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning)

Check All Fluids Brake fluid, wiper fluid, power steering, antifreeze/coolant, engine oil.

Interior and Exterior Lighting Check to make sure interior lighting and lighting displays on the dashboard is working properly. Also check exterior lighting to ensure headlights, taillights, turn signals, and reverse lights are working.

 

If your current vehicle is not suitable for winter driving or you are just not happy with your car try out another one with Swapalease.com. Headquartered in Cincinnati Ohio, Swapalease.com is an online marketplace that allows drivers to list their current lease. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW

 

Summer Road Trip Car Care Tips

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than taking a road trip with friends and family! Pack your bags and drive to your perfect getaway, but first, have you considered if your car can handle the trip? Many vacationers who use their car for road trips fail to prepare their car for the drive. Here are some hot tips to keep in mind for your summer ride!

Engine

Summer brings in the heat that we can’t seem to bare, neither can your car. The combination of hot temperatures and your coolant levels can cause a disaster. Especially if you are driving in the middle of nowhere. Low coolant levels increase the risk of your engine overheating and your A/C working double-time.

Check your coolant level yourself or at an auto shop and top it off if it is too low. If you are completely empty, make sure you don’t have any leaks.

If you are on the road, check your temperature gauge from time to time, check for any warning lights, and most noticeable, steam coming from the hood of your car. If any of these things happen, safely pull over and turn off your engine. Give your engine 30 minutes to cool down before opening your hood. Add coolant if needed. If you are all out of coolant, better call a tow truck.

Also, be sure to get a proper oil change before your trip!

Tires

During the hot summer months, tires are more prone to blowouts. You should make sure to check your tires at a gas station or an auto shop. Under-inflated tires, lack of air pressure, puts your tires’ components under greater strain, putting you at a higher risk of a blowout. Over-inflated tires could put you at risk of hydroplaning if you get stuck in rain during your trip.

Be sure to check the tread on all your tires. A simple hack to this is taking one penny. Make sure Lincoln’s heads-side is facing you and his head is downward. Place him into your tire groove, if you can see the top of his head, it is likely you need new tires.

If you are planning a big summer trip in advance, be sure to have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles

Interior and Exterior

The blazing sun without a doubt is getting you to put on some long sleeves during the ride and sunglasses. But what about your car? Too much UV rays can damage your dashboard, interior, and exterior paint. Before taking your car on a trip, wash and wax your car with a UV protecting polish to reduce sun damage and paint fading.

If your road trip requires numerous stops, try to park in a shaded area to protect your interior and exterior. It is suggested to also have a windshield cover to protect your interior and keep the car cool.

Steering wheel too hot to touch? Next time, turn your wheel 180 degrees before getting out so when you come back in, rotate your wheel back and you will have the hot spots at the bottom now!

With these summer tips, you should be able to enjoy your summer road trip with no worries. Do you find yourself needing that summer road trip car for your family? Swapalease.com is the largest online lease transfer marketplace. The online marketplace has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW.

Driver Safety Tips For Crazy Weather

Summer is here and for some states, it is as hot and bright out as ever! But some states are experiencing heavy rain. Dangerous conditions on the road can lead to dangerous accidents, but by following some tips while driving through crazy weather, you can reach your destination more safely. Here are some driver safety tips while driving in the rain and why not throw in some snow tips as well!

Driving In The Rain

  • Driving through heavy rain can be nerve-racking. Take your time and try not to rush to your destination. Driving too fast can cause you to lose control and hydroplane, especially if you hit an oil spill.
  • Be sure to not tailgate! Tailgating is often the cause of rear-end accidents and through the rain, it is harder to stop as quickly as if the roads were dry. Keep your distance.Even if it is bright as it can be outside. Because rain impairs the vision of many drivers, having your headlights on and rear lights on helps drivers see you more easily, especially in heavy rain where visibility is almost non-existent.
  • Even if it is bright as it can be outside, have your lights on in the rain. Because rain impairs the vision of many drivers, having your headlights on and rear lights on helps drivers see you more easily, especially in heavy rain where visibility is almost non-existent.

Driving In The Snow

  • Like driving through the rain, you also have the chance of sliding in snow or ice patches on the road. Drive slow and keep a good ten-second distant from cars. Cars tend to react more slowly in the snow so be sure to keep a steady pace. When you are coming up to a stop light, turn, and hills, keep the steady pace and do not rush. Slow down and safely stop when needed.
  • Be sure to check your tires. Cold weather reduces tire pressure, which can lead to a blowout or a flat tire while on the road.
  • Check your tailpipe! Because of how heavy snow can fall and build on the ground, it can get inside your tailpipe and get stuck. Compacted snow in your tailpipe can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning in the car. So before you go anywhere, check and clear out your tailpipe.

Remember, do regular checkups on your car’s maintenance to ensure that no matter what weather condition you are driving through, you will get there safely. If you need to upgrade your ride, check out the selection on Swapalease.com

Swapalease.com is the largest online lease transfer marketplace and has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit Swapalease.com or contact them at 866-SWAPNOW

Heads Up! Display That Opens Apps on Your Windshield

For years, auto manufacturers have grappled with ways to make using your phone while driving easier while maintaining proper driving safety. Technology giants such as Google and Apple have come up with systems, Android Auto and CarPlay, to enable using their respective software in certain car makes and models. Navdy, a company based in San Francisco, has come up with a way for the majority of the population to have interactive interfaces in their automobiles.

Navdy is in the process of manufacturing heads-up displays, or HUDS, that allow anyone with a car made after 1996 to use, according to a report in The Verge. This display interacts with your phone’s apps and allows them to be projected onto the car’s windshield. Instead of having to take your eyes off the road to answer a call, text or look at what your next turn is, the display will recognize gestures and react accordingly.

This technology is also a great example why people are looking to change cars more frequently. Rather than stay in the same car for six or seven years, drivers today want to change their cars as often as they change technology such as their smartphones. Swapalease.com helps facilitate this automotive desire.

Now you’re probably thinking, my car doesn’t have a touchscreen display and I won’t be able to use this technology when it becomes available. The good news is this technology will be accessible to anyone, not just an elite few. However, you don’t have to wait until Navdy’s HUD hits the market to drive in style.

Swapalease.com has the exact car, with the right amenities you are looking for. The largest online car lease marketplace allows you take over a lease of the car you want to drive. Serving as a sort of matchmaking site for automobiles, Swapalease.com matches individuals wanting to exit their lease with someone wanting to take it over.

The online marketplace has vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, contact Swapalease.com at 866-SWAPNOW.

No Steering Wheel, No Pedals, No Problem

Futuristic cars aren’t something out of a scene from “Back to the Future”. In the very near future, we could all be driving around in automated, electric cars with no steering wheels or pedals of any sort. Google has been building and testing driver-less cars at its California plant for the last four years. The electric powered vehicles only have two buttons: a red “e-stop” button, in cases of emergency, and a start button.

Google has come up with a way to take humans out of the equation. The car can be summoned by an application on your smart phone, can see about 600 feet in all directions, and has a range of roughly 100 miles. Possible future plans to use these automated vehicles will be to replace taxis in places like Manhattan. Why spend $5 per mile on cab fare when you can spend $0.50 per mile to go the same distance in half the time?

Though these cars won’t be made available to the public for some time, some day we may want to transfer in and out of our driverless cars, simply because we want something different. Like the leasing market for traditional cars, there will eventually be a lease transfer market for driverless cars.

Why be held captive by your current lease? Swapalease.com is a different kind of online automotive marketplace matching individuals looking to transfer out of a lease with individuals looking to take over a lease. The process is seamless and simple. So what are you waiting for?

For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, contact Swapalease.com at 866-SWAPNOW.