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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Multiple automakers have been exploring the future of fuel cell vehicles which use hydrogen fuel cells instead of batteries or engines, but none have been so dedicated as Toyota, who is now even reportedly considering the development of fuel cell trucks.
Toyota’s fuel cell Mirai vehicle can be found in the streets in California, the only state that currently has the infrastructure for such a vehicle. For that reason, it is precisely where Toyota plans to test their first fuel cell truck, a semi-trailer truck.
These hypothetical fuel cell Toyota trucks would be totally emission free, making them potentially the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the market – especially for trucks.
Trucks in general are of course much less efficient than cars, considering their massive size and hauling capabilities. If Toyota were to revolutionize the average truck, there’s no telling how popular such a fuel-efficient, pragmatic vehicle could be.
For now, few details are known about Toyota’s plans to develop fuel cell trucks, but the automaker is sure to announce more in the near future. In the meantime, to learn more about the Toyota lineup or to even take a Toyota model out on a test drive, feel free to stop by anytime and visit anytime at Capital Toyota.
The 2018 Toyota CH-R may have gotten its world debut at 2016 Geneva Auto Show, but fans recently got their first glance at the new, segment-defying vehicle on American soil at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where the vehicle was on full display.
This compact-sized vehicle has the makings of an SUV in a much smaller package, making it ideal for young drivers and small families. Its chief competitors are likely to be the Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke, and other similarly-sized models.
The new Toyota CH-R’s features include a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque, and the new pint-sized sports utility vehicle is built on the same foundational structure of the much-loved Toyota Prius.
While we don’t yet know pricing for the vehicle, we do know that it will come with the many standard safety features that Toyota Safety Sense has to offer, such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
If you would like to learn more about the upcoming 2018 Toyota CH-R or would just like to check out the many other vehicles that Toyota has to offer, contact us or visit us any time here at Capital Toyota in Chattanooga, TN.
Capital Toyota is excited to introduce our new Assistant Service Manager, Donnie Thacker. Originally from East Ridge, Tennessee, Donnie has been working in the car dealership industry for 28 years. Donnie started working on Capital Toyota’s pre-owned lot sweeping the shop when he was 16 and slowly worked his way up to this position. Congratulations, Donnie!
Donnie is dedicated to serving the entire Chattanooga area, and Capital Toyota will service any make and model of car. If we don’t have the part on hand, we’ll get it from a local parts store as quickly as possible.
Donnie loves working at Capital Toyota because of his passion for cars, people, and the McKamey family, who founded the dealership in 1966. Capital Toyota is where Donnie met his wife, and their fifteenth wedding anniversary is in just a couple of weeks!
Cars are a big part of Donnie’s personal life, too—he races them in his free time and he even acted as pit manager for his son Trey’s kart races. Donnie’s favorite Toyota is the 2001 Tundra he drives, and he loves the outdoors and hunting and fishing with Trey.
Donnie has been an important part of the staff here at Capital Toyota for a long time, and he’ll make sure your car gets the very best service around, regardless of make and model!
Next time you’re in for service, say “HI” to Donnie!
Who’s afraid of a little mud? We sure aren’t! Join us for the coming Chattanooga Mud Run next Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at the grounds of Greenway Farms in Hixson, TN. It’s sure to be a fun event with a great cause behind it!
The Chattanooga Mud Run is a 5K mud run to help raise funds for Habitat of Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga area. This run is through a military-style obstacle course with most of the obstacles covered in, you guessed it, mud! Come on out and get a little dirty while getting in your exercise and help support a great local charity!
Your participation in the mud run helps many hard-working people and families purchase energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Chattanooga that are both affordable and sustainable. You can help change someone’s life by joining us on August 15th.
“We are extremely blessed to be participating in an event such as this, contributing to the organization that helps so many people across the United States and in our local community with the Habitat for Humanity,” says Ed Emerson, Toyota New Car Sales Manager here at Capital Toyota. Be sure to see us there as we’ll be bringing our TRD Pro Toyota 4Runner for show!
For more information about run times, or to register individually or with a team, you can do so by visiting the official mud run website by clicking here!
Join us this coming weekend for our Grand Opening in our new facility here at Capital Toyota on Lee Highway in Chattanooga, Tennessee! It has been a long time coming and we’re very excited to share it with you.
Along with some improvements to the exterior of our building, we’ve also been doing some updating to the interior, including our all-new café, coffee bar, and updates to our waiting areas, which show off our new, large televisions, fireplace, and even a special children’s waiting area for our younger customers! It truly is a site to be seen, and we’re happy to finally be able to provide this to our outstanding customers.
All of us at Capital Toyota wanted to thank you all for your patience and understanding these last few months as we’ve been working hard to improve our facilities. It was difficult maneuvering around our mess during all of the construction that took place, so again, we thank you for being patient with us.
Come see us this weekend at Capital Toyota for an incredible Grand Opening event!