The beginning of a new school year can be a chaotic time for parents and kids alike. But, following these back-to-school preparation tips from Capital Toyota, you can cut down on the stress and make this year the easiest yet.
Ease into a school year schedule
Make the first day of school less hectic by gradually getting the family back into a school year routine as summer comes to an end. As the school year approaches, get the kids to bed earlier, and wake them up sooner. Don’t forget adjustments to mealtime; give the kids time to adjust to new meal routines by planning snacks and meals around a typical school schedule.
Create a shared calendar
Rather than letting chaos reign, get everyone on the same page by creating a shared calendar for everything from school functions to soccer practice. This could be a color-coded paper calendar or a shared computer document, as long as everyone can access it.
Don’t shop blind
It’s easy to put off back-to-school shopping until it’s almost too late and then go into it without a plan. Planning before you shop will save time and money and will turn a hectic chore into a breeze.
Do a practice run
Especially if you have kids of differing ages, don’t wait until the first day of school to make sure everything runs smoothly. Save yourself a major headache by making sure the kids know the route to school if they’re walking, where to catch the bus if they’re riding, and how to arrive safely if they’re driving.
Here at Capital Toyota, we are all about giving back to the community and were absolutely honored to be able to work with Honoring the Sacrifice to supply Corporal Daniel Palmer and his family with a new Toyota Sienna van.
In 2010, Cpl. Palmer was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment when his life was changed forever. While on patrol in Afghanistan, he lost his right leg and sustained other life-altering injuries after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
While surprising the Palmer family with a Toyota Sienna of their own was very exciting, our F&I Manager, Mike Reno, set up another exciting adventure for Daniel – a tandem skydive. Check out Daniel’s experience falling from the sky in the video below.
We would also like to give a big shout out to WUSY US-101 for receiving the American Patriot Award from Honoring the Sacrifice during the annual American Heroes Dinner. This award is presented to a company, organization, or individual who demonstrates a commitment to supporting and assisting our nation’s wounded veterans.
Thank you to Honoring the Sacrifice for allowing Capital Toyota to be supporter of your wonderful events for the last four years. And a huge thank you to all the men and women who have served and sacrificed so much – you and your families are all our heroes. “We owe a debt to the veterans that we cannot pay.”
Here’s a new entry for the record books: the world’s fastest SUV.
Toyota claimed the title recently with a bit engineering prowess and the help of NASCAR driver Carl Edwards behind the wheel of a Toyota Land Cruiser. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to reach the Land Cruiser’s shocking top speed of 230 mph with the standard model, but all it took the team and Toyota test driver behind the feat was a few engine modifications and additional stability, and their little project became a world record-holder.
So, what did it take? Engineers behind the modified Land Cruiser started with the SUV’s mass-production 5.7-liter V8 engine that usually delivers 381 horsepower, but with the help of two additional turbochargers and other setup adjustments to the acceleration, handling, and stability, they were able to increase the Land Cruiser’s output to a whopping 2,000 horsepower. You won’t be able to get that kind of powerful off a production line.
While it took the team two tries in order to achieve that record-setting speed of 230 mph, what matters is that they got the job done, granting the Toyota Land Cruiser the title of world’s fastest SUV. We at Capital Toyota don’t quite have the ability to give you that kind of power, but if you’re interested in the standard Land Cruiser model, we’d be happy to get you behind the wheel for a test drive.
Summer is well on its way to becoming fall which means there’s still some time to plan a vacation! We at Capital Toyota have a few recommended vacations near Chattanooga that will help make this summer a memorable one.
The Peabody Memphis
The Peabody Memphis is well worth the five-hour drive from Chattanooga. Many people visit the hotel to see the Peabody Ducks walk to the lobby fountain from their massive Royal Duck Palace atop the hotel.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel is located right here in our hometown. Located in the Terminal Station, the hotel features some of the most unique attractions in the area. Visitors can stay in standard rooms, upscale suites, or one of the 48 Victorian train cars. Children are bound to enjoy their time riding on the Choo Choo Trolley.
Eagles Ridge Resort
Eagles Ridge Resort is around three hours from Chattanooga and is the perfect vacation spot for families and individuals alike. The 233 furnished cabins, some of which have nine bedrooms, offer a luxurious break from daily life. Pet-friendly cabins are available for those who want to include their whole family on the trip. The resort is also near Dollywood, making it a great place to stay.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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!