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

Totaled Your Leased Car?

So you are driving your leased car and a thought crosses your mind. “What happens if I total my leased car in an accident?” As you know, when you first signed your lease agreement, there were all sorts of coverages that you and the leasing agent went over. However, whether you have a leased car or thinking of having a leased car, here are a few things to know when it comes to a possible future accident in your leased car.

What Is Considered A Totaled Leased Car?

When you total a leased car, it is referred to as a “total loss”. That is when the damages done to the car require repair that costs more than 70% of the car’s value.

Notify the company that leased the car and explain that the car has been totaled, and ask what the current payout is for the car. You should be able to determine this information from your leasing contract as well, but you will want to confirm the exact number with the lien holder.

GAP Insurance

Gap insurance or Guaranteed Auto Protection insurance is an optional insurance plan for some companies that can be added to your comprehension and collision insurance, but it is better to have it just in case.  Without GAP, you become responsible for the difference in what the insurance pays and the terms of your lease and if the amount the car is worth is less than the amount the lien holder requires, you are required to pay the difference to the lien holder.

If the total loss was caused by an accident, fire, hurricane, theft, tornado or vandalism, and you have comprehension and collision insurance, you are covered by your insurance company.

If you need help finding the right car and the right insurance for it, help us help us help you! 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.

4 Warning Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore In Your Car

We have all been there. You look at your dashboard right past the openings of your wheel and you see a symbol light up. Some of us might shrug them off until their next vehicle check-up and some of us might have no idea what the symbols mean at all. Here are the 4 most common warning symbols that can pop up and what they mean.

Tire Pressure Light

This symbol resembles a tire with an exclamation point in the middle. When this light comes on, it usually means one tire or multiple tires are low on air. This can easily be fixed by inserting air into your tires at a gas station or taking it to the nearest car service, they can check the pressure in the tires and add air, sometimes for free! Don’t avoid this symbol too long if it pops up, you can easily be flattening your tires the more you drive.

Oil Light

The symbol if there is something going on with the oil in your car is pretty simple, it looks like an oil canister with a drip of oil coming out of its spout. When this light comes on, your oil level or pressure could be low. If you are due for an oil change, go ahead and make an appointment with your nearest car service shop. If you ignore this symbol, your engine can possible stop while you are driving.

Battery Light

This symbol is also a self-explanatory one. It looks like a battery pack with a plus symbol on one side and a minus symbol on the other. Many things can cause this to occur. Your battery could not be charging at a volt range it should be charging at, the battery cable terminal is corroded, or you have damaged battery plates. Regardless of which it is, make sure to get it check out immediately. Your car may run fine while this symbol is on, but one the car is shut off, it might not be able to start.

Brake Light

This symbol can be tricky to some scars come with multiple symbols for a dilemma dealing with your brakes. If it is a circle with parentheses around it, no matter what’s inside the circle, it is most likely dealing with your brakes. When this light comes on you can either be low on fluid, there is a problem with your brake hydraulic system, or the parking brake is on. If the parking brake isn’t on, take your car to a car service to have it checked out immediately.

If you’re looking to do away with your old car because of constant car warnings, Swapalease can help! 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.

The Safest Cars To Lease

According to a recent Swapalease.com survey, safety ranks as one of the highest factors in wanting to get a new car. Because only with a lease can you consistently upgrade to the newest and safest technology in the most affordable way possible. If you purchase a vehicle, you’ll be in a long term agreement with a car that will, with time, no longer be the safest vehicle on the market.

What’s worse, if you lock yourself in a car for longer than five years you run the risk of encountering even more safety issues as cars undergo wear and tear over time.

A recent report found 24 of the safest 2013-2014 cars, from airbags to brakes. They include:

On Swapalease.com, you can find each of the models for an affordable price and a short-term agreement, all with no down payment requirements:

  • Ford Fusion $274 per month/27 months
  • Hyundai Elantra $179/36 months
  • Honda Accord $159/36 months
  • Nissan Altima $239/10 months
  • Volkswagen Passat $195/26 months

Not only can you get the safest cars on the market by simply paying a low monthly payment; by the time newer safety features arrive on the market, you’ll be available to upgrade into newer technology. People enjoy leasing an electric vehicle for this reason, and a growing number of drivers interested in an always-on warranty are taking advantage of leasing as well.

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

The Always-On Car Warranty

According to a recent Swapalease.com survey, safety ranks as one of the highest factors in wanting to get a new car. Because only with a lease can you consistently upgrade to the newest and safest technology. If you purchase a vehicle, you’ll be in a long-term agreement with a car that will, over time, compromise the integrity of important safety features due to wear and tear.

A recent report found twenty-four of the safest 2013-2014 cars, from airbags to brakes. They include:

Where does leasing fit into the conversation? With a lease you can get a different car every few years. This is important because recent Swapalease.com studies show that “always having a car under warranty” is one of the biggest reasons people look to change their vehicle. Gone are the days when drivers wanted to fix their own car, and with the sharp increase of vehicle recalls as of late, drivers are even more concerned about the safety of their vehicle. On Swapalease.com, you can find each of the above-mentioned models for a cheap price and a short term agreement:

  • Ford Fusion $274 per month/27 months
  • Hyundai Elantra $179/36 months
  • Honda Accord $159/36 months
  • Nissan Altima $239/10 months
  • Volkswagen Passat $195/26 months

Not only can you get the safest cars on the market by simply paying a cheap monthly payment; by the time newer safety features arrive on the market, you’ll be looking for a new car.

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

Auto Airbag Engineers: They’ve Got You Covered

auto airbagOver the past few decades, auto airbags have gone from an experimental option available only on a handful of vehicles to a standard safety feature nearly as prevalent as seat belts. Auto airbag engineers are far from finished, though, as the number of new innovations in airbag technology is greater now than ever. Continue reading