Chattanooga Celebrates July 4th with Pops on the River 2017

Looking for something to do for Independence Day? Celebrate the birth of the ol’ red, white, and blue at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga on July 3, 2017, with the Pops on the River 2017 event. We at Capital Toyota think it’s the best local celebration and fireworks show to honor the nation’s birthday, featuring an outdoor live performance by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. The best part? It’s all free.

The live entertainment for the event kicks off at 5:00 pm with the Operation Song, a tribute to veterans written by veteran songwriters. Until 7 pm, the stage will be dedicated to veterans sharing their stories and musical work. Then, by 8 pm, the Symphony & Opera will take the stage to perform traditional patriotic music, followed by the concluding fireworks show at 9:45 pm. There will be concessions onsite and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Coolidge Park closes to vehicular traffic at 4 pm, so make sure you get information on nearby parking and the event’s shuttle services so you don’t get stuck. Other than that, we at Capital Toyota urge you to spend a nice evening out enjoying Pops on the River 2017 with your friends and family in Chattanooga.

Toyota Kentucky Plant Receives Major Investment

The Toyota Camry has continued to see high sales despite growing American interest in crossovers, trucks, and SUVs. That’s resulted in the automaker going ahead with a major investment to make the popular midsize sedan even better in the near future. The Toyota Kentucky Plant is the subject of a massive $1.33 billion investment that will support the American-made car.

The Toyota Kentucky Plant, better known as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., produces engines and assembles Toyota vehicles. It will kick off with updates that aim to both modernize and streamline the production facility.

The $1.33 billion investment is the largest of any automaker in the state of Kentucky. The production facility will continue to produce the Toyota Camry and marks the Japanese brand’s foray into solidifying its relationship with American drivers.

Toyota has invested a whopping $60 billion in the United States in the past 60 years. The most recent investment makes up a major portion of the automaker’s plan to invest another $10 billion by 2022.

Once the plant is up and running with shiny new equipment, the Toyota Camry, Avalon, and Lexus ES will roll on the lines. The plant will also continue to employ at 8,200 workers.

We at Capital Toyota are happy to see an incredible automaker making such a major investment in the United States and future vehicles!

Tips for Washing Your Own Car

When springtime rolls around, you don’t want a dusty, dirty, car. If you’re a do-it-yourself type of person, here are some tips on washing your own car.

Cleaning Products

Okay, so you know you’ll need water, but what other products should you use to wash your car? What you don’t want to use are household cleaners, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner. These are a little too harsh for the paint on cars. Instead, use a product that’s specifically for cars, like a wash & wax product from an auto store.

Materials

Use a sponge or lamb’s wool mitt. Why lamb’s wool? It’s soft and gentle on your car’s paint. Make sure to use a separate sponge on your tires because you don’t want to carry the grit and dirt from the tires to the paint.

Methods

When you actually get to washing your car, avoid moving the sponge or mitt in circles. Try moving it lengthwise across the hood and body. Be sure to rinse all car surfaces with water first before using soap.

Drying the Car

Be careful not to the let the car air dry. This can leave watermarks and streaks on your car. Instead, use terry towels or a chamois to try your car and blot up the water with them.

If you need extra, serious body work done to your vehicle, bring it to Capital Toyota’s service department!

Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Chattanooga

Memorial Day weekend tends to run a full three days, leaving plenty of time for some memory-making adventures and activities. There’s plenty to do in the Chattanooga area, ranging from historical areas to getting in touch with nature. Here are some can’t-miss Memorial Day weekend activities in Chattanooga recommended by us at Capital Toyota!

Chattanooga in the American Civil Wa

Chattanooga served as a major railway hub throughout the mid-1800s. As a result, it was a primary target for both Union and Confederate forces. The area saw the deaths of thousands of soldiers on both sides. Today, artillery demonstrations roar throughout Point Park. The Chickamauga Battlefield serves to honor the victims of the battle.

Coolidge Park

A picnic at the park is a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend and there are few better places than at Coolidge Park. Cool fountains offer a way to sit back and relax in the summer heat. Those feeling more adventurous will find that jumping across the river and into the cascading waterfalls might be more their style.

See a Concert

Kicking back and enjoying live music is the norm for Memorial Day weekend in Chattanooga. Nightfall, a free music series, boasts a number of local and well-known acts alike. Food, drinks, and a friendly atmosphere make Nightfall one of the best ways to enjoy time off!

New Toyota C-HR Sales Soar

South Africa isn’t a place most people would associate with Toyota, but change could very well be in the wind if the new C-HR has anything to say about it. The SUV more than tripled its original sales target, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other models in Toyota’s SUV lineup are seeing rising sales as well.

The new Toyota C-HR is an SUV that’s seen a massive jump in sales. The standard 1.2-liter turbocharged engine and sleek styling has made it a popular model among South African drivers. The new model saw an incredible 11,055 units sold in March 2017, its first month on the market. That’s given it a major boost toward the top of the small SUV segment.

The Toyota Fortuner isn’t doing too badly either. The model dominated the competition to land at the top spot of the large SUV segment. A total of 1,312 units left dealership lots.

On top of that, the Toyota RAV4, a model American drivers are more than familiar with, saw sales increase to 640 units for the month.

Such incredible sales gains across the board have resulted in Toyota to take 22.8% of the market share, making the Japanese automaker the leader for the first quarter of the year.

We at Capital Toyota are pumped to see the new C-HR doing so well

 

Easter Traditions

Many Americans celebrate the Easter holiday with egg hunts, edible marshmallow birds, and a giant bunny. While they’re common traditions today, their origins aren’t quite as well known. The traditions themselves are interesting and their stories only add to the appeal. Here are the origin stories of a few popular Easter traditions.

Easter Eggs

Many ancient societies used the egg to represent the coming of spring and as a religious symbol of the resurrection. Painting the eggs red began in the thirteenth century and served as a symbol of the blood of Christ.

Easter Bunny

Someone in a giant rabbit suit can be quite the odd sight, but not on Easter! The Easter bunny dates back to the 1700s with German settlers. They would create nests for rabbits, then wait for an Easter Eve rabbit to lay eggs.

Peeps

More than two billion small, edible, marshmallow birds are produced each year and over 75 percent are made specifically for the Easter holiday. Even more interesting, nearly 33 % aren’t actually eaten.

Their origination starts with a man with the name Sam Born, who opened a marshmallow candy factory in the early 1900s. He then moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The first marshmallow peep was made by squeezing marshmallow through pastry tubes in the 1950s.

Happy Easter from us here at Capital Toyota, however you celebrate it!

Spring Car Care Tips for Your Vehicle

Winter is finally fading away, which means there’s plenty of time to start preparing your car for spring. Waving goodbye to the cold means saying hello to warmer weather. Unfortunately, that warmer weather can cause some problems of its own. Take some time to prepare properly with these spring car care tips from us at Capital Toyota!

  • Lights – Spring may bring warmer weather to the region, but it also brings heavy rains. Properly working lights are a necessity in normal driving conditions, let alone in heavy rains. Take the time to do a quick walk around your vehicle to make sure the headlights, taillights, and turn signals are all functioning properly. Replace any burnt bulbs as necessary.
  • Wipers – If you’re like most drivers, odds are you found yourself using your windshield wipers frequently through the winter season. Snow, ice, and cold can do a number on wipers, which means you’re likely due for a new set. A new set is pretty inexpensive and your owner’s manual can provide installation instructions for your specific vehicle.
  • Engine – Even if it wasn’t an issue in winter, your engine could have problems in warmer weather. Listen for odd sounds, rough idling, or anything else out of the ordinary. Have anything strange checked out by a professional before spring really arrives to avoid any potential problems.

Simple Tax Tips to Save Money

Spring is rolling around which means tax season is in full swing. While it can be particularly painful, it’s important to file your taxes to avoid excessive fees and legal trouble. Keeping track of your financial records is just one part of filing your taxes for 2016. Here are a few simple tax tips from us at Capital Toyota to help you through the season.

  • Home Office Deductions – If you own or rent your home, you can deduct some expenses resulting from your work on it. The IRS requires that the home must be your main place of business and the expenses must be exclusive to your work. Storage space and a home office can be deductions as well. You just have to work out the percentage of space in order to calculation the deduction.
  • Car Expense Deductions – Traveling to meet clients and perform normal business is tax deductible as well. While this may seem like a true gem in the pile of tax forms, it’s important to keep accurate records. You can deduct wear and tear, insurance, gas, and mileage.
  • Supplies – If you’re a creative type who sells crafts on platforms like Etsy or eBay, you can deduct the cost of materials and supplies as well. Anyone can take this deduction provided they fall under the category of ordinary business expenses.

While you’re working with your financial records, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pull your credit score either. Contact one of the main credit reporting agencies, such as FICO, and order a report. It could save you a hassle with lenders in the future!

New Toyota Camry Debut at Detroit Auto Show


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January saw the unveiling of a number of new, different nameplates via the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Among them was the new Toyota Camry debut, the first appearance of the 2018 model year across the entire world. Though Toyota brought over 45 vehicles to the 2017 Detroit auto show, the popularity and reputation of the Camry nameplate made it one of the most anticipated reveals at the event.

The 2018 Camry is all-new from the ground up, with Toyota’s New Global Architecture that the brand has been expanding across its entire lineup. Toyota’s designers also recognized the American market’s shift away from mid-size sedans and toward crossovers, so the new Camry incorporates design cues from the upcoming C-HR crossover. The interior has also been designed for a more sweeping, sculptural look.

The goal in designing the next generation of the Toyota Camry was to deliver a model that was more sporty, dynamic, and overall fun in terms of performance and capability. When Toyota reps unveiled the Toyota Camry debut in Detroit, they announced that “drivers will notice dramatic improvements” within seconds of getting behind the wheel. Judging from reviews of the new Prius, which has also implemented the new architecture, that assessment is spot on.

Great Money-Saving Tips for 2017

great money-saving tips - chattanooga, tnIt’s a month into 2017. No big deal! You still have plenty of time to set a goal for yourself. If you’d like to keep better track of your spending, consider these great money-saving tips for achieving a savings goal.

Set a savings goal

Think of how much money you’d like to have set aside for a savings account, and then do it! Be realistic about it, though.

Choose your bank wisely

When choosing where to keep your money, make sure you research things like interest, fees, and minimum balances. Every bit of interest counts in the long run.

Track your monthly spending and set a budget

Lots of people jump straight to the “setting a budget” part, but many find it helpful to keep track of your spending via a money diary first. It will help you see what areas of your life you spend the most money on, and help you decide what to prioritize.

Shop smart

Invest in good credit cards with awesome loyalty programs, and make sure to check places you shop for sales, coupons, and other discount programs.

Track your progress

On your way to your savings goal, you should mark milestones throughout your journey and allow yourself a few rewards here and there. Pick a day once a week to look at your records to track your progress.

Use these great money-saving tips to get smarter about spending and have a better, more financially productive year than ever!