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New Toyota Camry

Buying a car is a big deal, whether you decide on a new Toyota model like the 2016 Camry or one that is older like the 2000 Camry. In fact, it's right up there with other major life events like buying a house. But, often times, people rush into buying a car without having thought it through. In fact, over 30 percent of drivers have reported that they regret buying their latest car because they didn't do enough research beforehand. Before you make a fast car purchase, ask yourself these important questions first!

 

Do I really need a car?

Walking the aisles of a car lot, or even scrolling through cars online can make anyone itch for a new ride. But, before you let the desire of a new ride overtake you, first ask yourself if you really even need a car. Owning a car – especially a brand new one – is very expensive. If your current car is still working as it should, or if you can take public transportation instead of using a car, you may not really need to buy one at this point in time.

 

What will I use a car for?

Before investing in a car, you want to make sure to consider what you will use it for first. Do you need it for daily commutes to work long, long trips out of town, or for off-road fun? If you need a car for city drives, you wouldn't be happy with a vehicle designed with off-road adventure in mind. This is why it is so important to consider what a car will be used for before diving in too quickly.

 

Who will be using/riding in it?

If you are the only one who will be using your car, it's easy to pick out something you like. But, for your car will be used by others, it's much more difficult to find a car that meets everyone's needs. A two-seat sports car may be your dream, but if you have a family of four or more to tote around, this is definitely not the car for you. The same is also true if you are buying a car for you alone, opting for a minivan is probably much too large for your needs.

 

What should it include?

“Heated seats!” … “Oh, wow, a navigation system!” … “Lots of high-tech safety features – I definitely need those!”

 

Before you load up your car with every feature you can get your hands on, first stop and think your real needs over. Many features cost extra money, which you may not really e able to afford. Many are also not necessary for your specific needs. For instance, if you live in Florida, you most likely don't need heated seats. Staying true to your actual needs will prove much more practical in the long run when investing in a car.

 

To learn more about the 2016 Toyota Camry an other car-buying tips, visit our Toyota dealership in Washington, PA.

 

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged new Toyota Camry, new Toyota, popular sedans, car-buying tips, new cars in washington, Toyota sedans on 05/25/2016 at 2:46 PM

Toyota Sequoia

Need to haul around a large amount passengers and a mega load of cargo? A sedan definitely won't serve your needs. In fact, a compact SUV probably won't either. What you are in need of is a full-size SUV – one that seats up to eight passengers and offers a class-leading 120-cubic feet of cargo space. Enter the 2016 Toyota Sequoia. While the Sequoia provides room for your crew, an enormous amount of space, plus much much more, SUV's of its size aren't always as friendly in the fuel economy arena as their smaller, more compact cousins. Luckily, there are ways to increase fuel economy, so if you're in need of a large and mighty vehicle, there's really no reason you shouldn't get one. To increase fuel economy, follow these helpful tips.

 

Be a good driver. Ask yourself this question: are you a good driver? You probably answered yes, but first lets look at what this actually means in terms of fuel economy. Good, sensible driving means following the speed limit, not tailgating, and other safe maneuvers. These driving styles mean you are treating your vehicle with respect, so in turn, it provides better fuel economy.

 

Poor driving, on the other hand, involves aggressive maneuvers like rapid acceleration, speeding, and excessive braking. All of these things are troublesome to your vehicle, which results in lower fuel economy.

 

Remove Excess Weight: As much as your full-size SUV weighs by itself, plus all of your passengers and cargo, there is a lot of weight being hauled around. This is a top reason for lowered fuel economy. While you may not be able to avoid carrying a certain number of people around or some cargo items, what you can do to lighten your load is to remove any unnecessary content – especially things that are heavy. For every extra 100 pounds inside your vehicle, your MPG reduces by about 1%. To increase fuel economy, remove things like unused strollers, golf clubs, and other heavy items that are basically just taking up more storage space.

 

Avoid Idling. You of course can't always avoid idling your engine. After all, you can't help when you get stuck at a red light or in a traffic jam. But when you can avoid idling definitely do so because it can save you big in gas. Idling can use up to a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour. It only takes about 10 seconds worth of gas to restart your car, so the best way to avoid idling is to just turn off your engine during long sits.

 

Want to learn more tips and trick to help you save gas and get better fuel economy? Just ask us! Visit our Toyota dealership in Washington, PA.

 

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged new Toyota Sequoia, new SUV, large SUVs, fuel economy, gas-saving tips, car tips, on 05/25/2016 at 2:43 PM

Toyota Tacoma Truck

You don't have to live on a farm or be in the construction industry to reap the benefits of a pickup truck. One, in particular, that offers many great qualities is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Trucks like the Tacoma provide so much more than strength; they also offer quality interiors, comfortable seating, and all of the latest high-tech features – plus more! Continue reading to learn the top reasons to opt for a midsize pickup truck like the Tacoma.

 

Comfort. Once upon a time, the interior of trucks were – in all niceness – unbearable! They pretty much only provided the bare minimum with vinyl seating, hand-crank windows, and a ride that may leave you will a sore back. While you may still be able to find some trucks like this in the used automotive market, trucks today are definitely much more rewarding. Trucks like the 2016 Tacoma now offer seating up to five with seats that actually provide luxury comfort. This makes them great for quick, daily outings, as well as long drives out of town – whether for someone riding solo or for a whole family.

 

Master of Terrains. Modern trucks may have gone “soft” on the inside, but that doesn't mean they aren't rugged and capable. In fact, trucks are more capable than ever – on-road and off. Trucks like the 2016 Tacoma, for instance, are designed to conquer even the most difficult terrain. If you love adventure and need to navigate rocky trails, snowdrifts or muddy, swamp lands, the Tacoma easily tackles it.

 

The 2016 Tacoma offers special models designed with off-roading in mind. The Tacoma TRD Off-Road model, for example, features a rugged body, special 16-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers and chin-spoiler delete. It also includes an electronic locking rear differential, plus a Crawl Control system.

 

Towing Capabilities. When someone thinks about a truck, the thing that first comes to mind is towing and hauling – and with good reason. Towing and hauling is an excellent and very useful quality to have in a vehicle – and no other vehicle offers these capabilities as well as trucks do. The 2016 Tacoma houses one of two engines: a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or 3.5-liter V6. Both offer rear-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive configurations. Rear-wheel-drive models get a six-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel-drive models can be had with one or two manual transmissions – either a five-speed or six-speed. Tow rate depends on which powertrain the Tacoma has, but either way it is a solid amount. Four-cylinder Tacomas can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds; V6 models can tow between 6,400 and 6,800 pounds depending on driveline and cab configuration.

 

To learn more about why pickup trucks like the 2016 Toyota Tacoma are so beneficial, check it out at our dealership in Washington, PA.

 

South Hills Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged new Toyota Tacoma, new truck, midsize pickup trucks, Toyota trucks, new Toyota, on 05/25/2016 at 2:41 PM

Toyota Avalon

The moment you sit behind the wheel of a car, you take on a serious responsibility. Being a good driver is crucial in order to stay as safe as possible on the road. Reckless driving can put you at a huge risk for minor and serious collisions; some can even be fatal. It can also lead to countless traffic tickets and higher auto insurance. The best way to stay safe on the road is to be a defensive driver. To learn how, check out the following tips.

Focus: Defensive drivers focus on the task at hand, concentrating on the road and keeping their hands on the wheel. They also don't let other things distract them, such as:

  • eating

  • applying makeup

  • tending to children

  • talking on the phone

  • texting

Keep Eyes Moving: When driving, it can be much too easy to zone out. That's why it's important to keep your eyes moving every few seconds. Scanning the road ahead, checking your mirrors, and watching out for potential hazards and slowing traffic can help you anticipate problems before they develop. In turn, you and your passengers will be much safer.

Stay Alert: Staying alert is vital to on-road safety. That's why it's very important to never get behind the wheel of a car when tired, upset, or under any other circumstance that may decrease your driving ability.

Obey Speed Limit: For many, speeding is much too easy to do. But, that doesn't make it a good idea. Speeding is dangerous and is one of the leading causes of accidents. Slow down and obey the speed limit in order to increase safety and avoid expensive traffic tickets.

Don't Tailgate: Tailgating is one of the most dangerous things to do. Driving too close to the car in front of you leaves little to no space to slow down and stop if they suddenly step on the brakes. This can lead to serious collisions. Also, if you hit a car from behind, you are deemed at fault no matter the situation because you were obviously too close to stop in time. To avoid tailgating, remember to keep at least two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Tame Road Rage: Road rage doesn't just make you angry, it also leads to potentially dangerous situations. Just because you suffer the wrath of an aggressive driver or one who doesn't drive well, doesn't mean you should retaliate! Instead, take the passive approach; it could save you from an accident – and high blood pressure!

For all your car needs, visit our dealership in Washington, PA.

 Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged defensive driving, defensive driving techniques, safe driving, car safety, driving safety tips, car safety tips, skilled driving, good driving, how to be a good driver, safe driving practices on 04/29/2016 at 4:13 PM

Toyota Highlander 

You just left the dealership in your brand-new 2016 Toyota Highlander. To say you're excited is the understatement of a lifetime! You can't wait to show it off to everyone you know – even strangers on the street. This is the car you are going to keep forever. Well, what if it isn't? Whether you can believe it in this moment or not, one day you may want to sell that car of yours. When the time comes, you better be prepared. Selling a car takes time, research, and commitment. Selling a car online … well, that takes a double dose of all of these things. If you one day opt to sell your Highlander online, here are some things you should know.

When a car is sold via newspaper classifieds, sales are typically local, which allows the buyer to personally inspect the car (as well as the seller), test drive it, and even take it to a mechanic for an inspection. Selling a car online, however, is much different. As many as 75% of by-owner, online used car sales are long-distance transactions that are finalized without the buyer seeing or test-driving the vehicle. Because of this, sellers must be more creative and do a bit more work in order ot make their vehicle stand out to potential buyers.

Commitment: Play hard or go home. This saying couldn't be more true when it comes to online car sales. To make your sale quick and successful, you must be fully committed ever step of the process. The less effort you make, the less successful your sale will be.

Research: If we could all sell our cars for the price we really wanted for them, we'd all do it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, the price your vehicle needs to be is the amount the average buyer thinks is fair and is also willing to pay. Researching the value of your car via sites like AutoTrader.com and Kelly Blue Book will help you determine the right price for you car.

Description: Photos are great, so be sure to include as many as you can, but don't forget to also write a great description of your car to go along with them. Descriptions should be creative and thorough. A descriptive lead-in about the cool features or impeccable, shiny paint job will draw buyers in, so play up the perks of your car first, followed by the basics like power doors and windows.

Respond: When you try to sell a car online, you should include all of your contact info. This being said, whether you have potential buyers contacting you by phone, email or some other device, be sure to always pick up the phone and respond to the email! This importance of this point can not be stressed enough. Potential buyers have thousands of car ads they can respond to, so when you don't answer their call or respond to their email in a timely manner, interested buyers will quickly move on, leaving you without a sale.

For more car tips, contact or visit our Toyota dealership in Washington, PA.

South Hills Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Near to Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray, Belle Vernon, and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia

 


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged car sales online, car sales, used car sales, tips for online car sales, new toyota, toyota dealer, new car, on 04/28/2016 at 9:03 PM

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