4 Tips for Test Driving a Car

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.

Come prepared

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.

New Year Resolutions for Your Car

New Year Resolutions for Your Car

We’re a few weeks away from the New Year, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your resolutions. Instead of focusing on yourself, why not pick a resolution for your car? Check out these helpful New Year resolutions for your car recommended by us here at Capital Toyota.

Be More Efficient

Toyota vehicles may offer exceptional efficiency, but that doesn’t mean you can hammer down the gas pedal without consequence. If you find yourself constantly speeding, odds are you’re getting less-than-average fuel economy.

Aiming to become a more efficient driver will be beneficial for both your car and wallet. All you have to do is slow down and leave yourself more time to get to your destination.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Routine maintenance is a necessity for drivers who want their vehicle to last as long as possible. Oil changes, tire rotations, and frequent inspections can help prevent, and spot, potential problems before they become a drain on your finances.

Consult your owner’s manual, then make a service appointment at your local dealership to get your New Year resolution offer to a good start!

Stop Idling

Idling is a bad habit that can hurt your wallet, vehicle, and the environment. While idling has been the go-to method of warming up your car during winter, that’s no longer the best choice. Instead, driving at a moderate speed will help your vehicle warm up faster.

Stop idling and get on the road! You’ll save yourself time and money in 2018.

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!