Spring Car Service Tips to Consider This Year

Get ready for the warmer seasons with these spring car service tips from Capital ToyotaAt Capital Toyota, we look forward to the coming of spring all year long. Not only is it a welcomed break from cold winter weather, it’s also the perfect time to hit the road for a scenic drive. Before you do, though, it’s important to take care of some seasonal maintenance. The following are just three of the springtime services you should be considering for your vehicle.

Replace Wipers

From road salt to snow and ice, winter can be extra hard on windshield wipers. At the start of spring, make sure your car’s wipers aren’t bent, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Replacing them now is easy, inexpensive, and makes your car much safer. Since you should be replacing your wipers every six months or so, the turn of spring is the perfect time to get into the habit. 

Monitor Tires

Rapidly changing temperatures can cause your tires to become deflated, so make a habit of keeping an eye on them throughout the winter. You should also be monitoring your tread level; consider replacing the whole set if any of your tires are looking particularly worn. Spring is also a great time to get your tires balanced and rotated. 

Hit the Carwash 

Doing a bit of spring car cleaning isn’t just a cosmetic measure. In fact, it’s important to wash your car after winter because it removes harmful salt and other corrosive materials that often build up on your vehicle during the winter. You’ll want to make sure that you pay special attention to the undercarriage, as salt can damage important suspension components and your muffler.

These are just three of the ways that you can ensure that you are taking care of your vehicle heading into the spring season. For more ideas, and to have these services performed by the experts, stop into Capital Toyota.

Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle Dominates Competitors

The Toyota Mirai is one of the best-selling fuel cell cars in the country.

The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle launched in the United States for the 2016 model year, marking the Japanese automaker’s entry into an emerging market. Having just passed the two-year mark, the Toyota Mirai stands as one of the best-selling in its class.

What Is A Mirai?

Initially launching in a single package, the Toyota Mirai featured seating for four and the Toyota Safety Sense Psuite of systems. An interior designed for comfort, complete with upscale upholstery, makes the Mirai a great choice for a comfortable commuter car.

The model runs entirely on hydrogen and its only emission is water, meaning it’s more efficient than almost every other vehicle on the road. Refueling takes just five minutes. Additionally, Toyota offered three years of complimentary fuel for three years, or up to $15,000. With an EPA-estimated 312 mile range, the Mirai is more capable of longer trips than electric competitors.*

Where Can I Find Them?

Making up more than 80% of all hydrogen fuel cell cars in the United States, the Toyota Mirai is only available in California. While you can’t currently test drive the Mirai here at Capital Toyota, increasing customer interest could change that.

In expectation of increased consumer demand, Toyota, in partnership with Shell and FirstElement Fuel, is working to expand the current hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The automaker is also working with Air Liquide to establish a dozen fueling stations between New York and Boston.

So, with sales rising and fueling stations expanding, we are excited to see just how Toyota and the Mirai tackle a future of zero emissions.

*2017 EPA-estimated 67 city/67 highway/67 combined MPGe for Mirai and 312-mile driving range. Actual mileage will vary. Range measurement pursuant to SAE J2601 standards (ambient temperature: 20°C; hydrogen tank pressure when fueled: 70 MPa). Fueling time varies with hydrogen fueling pressure and ambient temperature.

Toyota’s Olympic Sponsorship: “Start Your Impossible”

Toyota is once again sponsoring the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018

It has become common to see Toyota sponsoring major sporting events, so it comes as no surprise that the company will be sponsoring the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games. Toyota’s Olympic sponsorship focuses on the ‘Start Your Impossible” campaign. As a part of the campaign, 16 athletes will play a role in Toyota’s “Mobility for All” ad spot.

Start Your Impossible

The “Start Your Impossible” campaign reinforces the Japanese automaker’s commitment to creating a society that’s inclusive for all. Toyota will also push its own values, namely humility, hard work, never giving up, and, ultimately, overcoming challenges.

“The Olympic and Paralympic Games align with Toyota’s values and are platforms to showcase our global commitment to the concept of mobility for all,” said Susumu Matsuda, Marketing Division General Manager, Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mobility For All

All 16 athletes will take part in the first ad spot, dubbed “Mobility for All.” The spot focuses on Tatyana McFadden, who has won 17 medals in five Paralympic Games, and Brad Snyder, three-time gold medalist at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

In order to launch its global campaign, the company held the first-ever Toyota Mobility Summit in Athens, Greece. Akio Toyoda led the summit with the help of Didier Leroy, Toyota Executive Vice President. There, attendees discussed the future of mobility, something we here at Capital Toyota are excited for. Toyota also covered the social and physical well-being of athletes in the upcoming Games.

Make sure to keep an eye out for the Toyota ads and the star athletes in the “Mobility for All” campaign!

In-Car Amazon Alexa Coming to Toyota

An in-car Amazon Alexa is coming soon to Toyota models.

If you are an Amazon fan, then you likely own what an Echo or other device that uses Alexa. This is Amazon’s cloud-based voice-activated assistant that you use in your home. Now, though, Toyota has announced that an in-car Amazon Alexa will be coming to its lineup starting with select vehicles equipped with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite this year.

Amazon Alexa Features

In your home, Alexa can quickly turn your kitchen into a dance party, tell you some jokes, add items to your shopping list, play some games with you, and so much more. Many of these features, plus some new ones, will be available with the in-car version, including on-the-go directions.

“Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go,” said Zack Hicks, senior vice president and chief information officer of Toyota Motor North America and chief executive officer and president of Toyota Connected.

Extra Functionality

With Alexa in your Toyota, you will be able to ask her to adjust your smart thermostat before you arrive home, add items to your shopping list on the way to the store, or listen to a great selection of audiobooks from Audible.

At Capital Toyota, we are excited about this new tech addition and can’t wait to give it a try.

How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Achieve your New Year's Resolutions with these helpful tips from Capital Toyota

Every year, about 40% of adults in America set at least one resolution that they hope will change their life in some way. However, after about six months, nearly 60% of those people have already given up. So, how do you achieve your New Year’s resolutions? You follow these four steps.

  1. Focus on actions. Instead of thinking, “I want to lose 20 pounds,” focus on working to be healthier by watching what you eat and planning workouts.
  2. Make realistic goals. While we all have an ideal image of what we would like to be in our minds, it is unrealistic for most people. Set a goal that you can actually reach. So, plan to save $100 a month instead of $500, for example.
  3. Think positively. Have a positive outlook for your goals. In addition, have a plan for certain obstacles. Like, if you are trying to save money, when your friends ask you to go out, invite them to a potluck at your house instead.
  4. Get support. Talk to friends and family about your goals. You might find others with similar resolutions. You can work together to motivate each other and get some accountability.

If your plan is to save money for a new car, we can help you out. Give us a call at Capital Toyota when you are ready, and we can get you a great deal.