If you are purchasing a vehicle for the first time — or if it’s just been a while — you might be feeling a little nervous about the process. Before heading to Capital Toyota, review our tips for test driving a car.
Know what vehicles you want to test drive by researching
cars, trucks, and SUVs that fit your lifestyle and budget. Come with your
driver’s license and proof of insurance, and consider scheduling an appointment
to make sure you can get through all the vehicles on your list.
Inspect the vehicle
If buying used, do a thorough inspection of the condition of
the vehicle before driving it. You can also drive it to a trusted mechanic
during your test drive to have them look it over for you.
Drive it how you
would drive your daily driver
That means test it out on the highway at highway speeds,
test it out in city and suburbs driving (paying attention to how it brakes and
accelerates at intersections), and try parking in it in a lot or on the street.
Try out the features
Finding the right match isn’t just about exterior color and
horsepower. Also try out the infotainment system, climate control, and sound
system to ensure they all meet your needs.
If you’re ready to take a test drive, stop into Capital Toyota and we’ll make it happen.
Whether you’re just getting into gear, or you’ve been running on all cylinders since Halloween, the holidays are finally here! Now is a great opportunity to begin planning for some December events to get you into the spirit of the season. We here at Capital Toyota have a few recommended holiday events in Chattanooga that will make some wonderful memories!
Chattanooga Holiday Market
There are few better places to shop for festive gifts than the Chattanooga Holiday Market. Taking place at the Chattanooga Convention Center, the holiday market will feature more than 200 vendors selling hand-made items, holiday decorations, and more. The event takes place on the first three weekends of December.
Caroling with the Fishes
While it may sound like something out of a Christmas mafia movie, Caroling with Fishes is a great activity for families. The Tennessee Aquarium will have carolers singing festive songs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on December 3rd. Those who choose to take part will be treated with a visit from Santa and a photo to remind you of the festive event.
PJs and The Polar Express
Attending a showing of The Polar Express in your pajamas at the Tennessee Aquarium’s IMAX 3D theater sounds a great way to celebrate the holidays! Guests will have the opportunity to meet the conductor, drink hot cocoa, and enjoy complimentary treats. Showings run on December 16th and 17th from 9:30am to 11:45am.
We might all think we know the true origin of Thanksgiving, but do we really? Here’s the story on exactly what inspired the very first Thanksgiving.
The Mayflower fleet hailed from Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers whose sights were set on Hudson Bay. The ship ending up settling in Massachusetts, establishing the “Plymouth” village.
Unfortunately, only about half of the settlers made it through the New England winter. In March, when the settlers began exploring the area, a member of the Abenaki tribe greeted them in English. He came back a few days later with Squanto by his side. Squanto was a Native American who had been through a harrowing journey, escaping slavery and finding his way back home from London.
Despite Squanto’s terrifying past with an Englishmen, he helped the Puritans without fear; showing them how to cultivate corn and catch fish, along with crucial survival skills. Because of Squanto’s generosity, the Pilgrims had their first successful corn harvest in November 1621. The Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims dined together for the first real Thanksgiving, representing an alliance that would last over 50 years.
The real Thanksgiving is truly all about giving, as proved by the Wampanoag tribe. So remember why we are saying thanks – those who never had to help, did.
For years, Toyota has been working with Cincinnati Children’s on the Buckle Up for Life program, dedicated to educating parents on the importance of car seats. In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which ran September 17th through the 23rd, Buckle Up For Life teamed up with millennial parent publication The Bump in order to give new parents all across the U.S. their very own car seat for free in order to raise awareness and protect new, young lives.
How did the program work? For every new registry created by upcoming parents on The Bump’s website or its mobile app, Buckle Up For Life contributed a new car seat to a family in need and provided them with information for how to correctly install it. Both organizations hope to improve the statistic that three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly, endangering the lives of young passengers.
Nikki Jordan, a Cincinnati resident who received a car seat through the program, stated, “Not only did they provide a new car seat for my child, but they made sure to educate us on car seat safety. Buckle Up for Life made sure that the car seat was properly installed and even showed myself and my husband how to properly install it. I can’t thank them enough!”
Ask us at Capital Toyota about Buckle Up For Life or check out The Bump’s website for more information.
Every October, Chattanooga transforms itself into ChattaBOOga, a city filled to the brim with fun and exciting events to get in the spirit of Halloween. Looking for ChattaBOOga Halloween events for you and the whole family? Check out some of these:
Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern
This national award-winning event is a team effort between Ruby Falls and Fear Connection. The 20,000-square-foot cavern takes visitors into a haunted attraction like no other.
Acres of Darkness
The Chattanooga Audubon Society puts on a great event in the midst of the forest, where people of all ages can participate in the blacklight maze and hayrides and head to the bonfire afterwards for s’mores.
The amusement park at Lake Winnepesaukah transforms into a spooky Halloween spot featuring a Thriller Parade, haunted rides, yummy treats, and more.
Boo in the Zoo
If you’re looking for a non-scary option, check out Chattanooga Zoo’s event, which features a scavenger hunt, costumed characters, and, of course, animals.
Halloween Eerie Express
Head to Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Grand Junction station for this one-and-a-half-hour ride aboard a haunted vintage train, ending with the kid-friendly Eerie Fun House.
The ChattaBOOga Halloween events for 2017 look great to us at Capital Toyota! How will you celebrate Halloween?
The 2017 Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are the result of a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru on the Scion FR-S. All three models were based on the same vehicle format, but only two remain, as the Scion brand was phased out last year. Fortunately, Toyota kept the FR-S in spirit as the Toyota 86. Now the question is, “What makes the 2017 Toyota 86 better than the Subaru BRZ?”
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feature two distinct grille designs that can help drivers separate the two. The Toyota 86 features a slimmer, more aggressive front grille, while the Subaru BRZ’s front grille is more traditional and doesn’t stand out from the sports car crowd. The unique design aesthetic makes the Toyota 86 an easy model to spot on the road.
Both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feature their own blend of technologies, but only one goes the extra mile. The Toyota 86 boasts voice-activated controls across board. That isn’t an add-on feature; voice-activated controls come standard.
The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feature the same mechanical design, which means performance remains the same in both models. Both models feature standard rear-wheel drive and a sport-tuned suspension. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers up to 205 hp when equipped with a manual transmission and 200 hp when equipped with an automatic.
While performance may be the same, the Toyota 86 offers more technology and identifiable styling cues, making we here at Capital Toyota proud to stock the 2017 Toyota 86 sports car.
The start of the official football season is nearly upon us, which means it’s nearly time for some good, old-fashioned tailgating parties. Whether you’re a first-time tailgater or a 20-year veteran, it never hurts for a quick refresh as tailgating season approaches. Here’s some tailgating 101 from us here at Capital Toyota!
If you think for a moment that you can arrive at the parking lot any later than three hours before the game, you’re wrong. Tailgaters should plan to arrive three to four hours before kickoff. That means supplies packed and ready to go. Keeping a list of essential items can help speed up packing. Additionally, tailgaters should expect the party (and clean up) to continue around one to two hours once the game is over.
Planning ahead goes along with making a list of essential items. Take the time to have your recipes ready to go prior to leaving to ensure you don’t forget anything. Make sure you’re wear your team colors too!
No one likes the guy who parties then leaves a mess behind. Take the time to clean up your mess. Pack some trash bags for the occasion. Leaving things as clean as you found them is a great way to maintain the spirit of the game.
Located just outside of Chattanooga on the Tennessee River, the town of Ruby Falls should be on your to-do list if you’re planning a trip to the Southeast, or if you’re already nearby and somehow missed this major attraction.
At the heart of Ruby Falls is the magnificent 145-foot underground waterfall that earned the city its name. A guided tour leads you through a network of awe-inspiring caves and deep into Lookout Mountain, where the waterfall comes roaring down through the rocks. The adventurous can even tour the cave the same way its original explorers did, with nothing but a lantern to light the way. For cave enthusiasts and first-timers alike, the underground falls are an incredible sight.
If you’re claustrophobic, Ruby Falls offers plenty to do above ground, too. An expansive zip line and suspended obstacle course get the adrenaline pumping and affords incredible views of nature and the nearby city of Chattanooga. The course features routes of varying difficulty, so whether you’re looking for a challenge or simply a unique view of a beautiful area, you can spend a memorable afternoon in the treetops at Ruby Falls.
Finally, at the top of the list of Ruby Falls attractions, be sure you visit Lookout Mountain Tower. Built in 1929 in the style of a 15th century Irish castle, the tower offers a panoramic view of the scenic landscape of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River.
With so much to offer, its no wonder Ruby Falls has become such a popular attraction.
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.
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.