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Vehicle Warranties - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

Buying a car involves a lot of steps – research, test drives, qualifying for a loan, paperwork, and so on. By the end, you are exhausted, ready to sign on the final dotted line, and be handed the keys. But before you can ride away in your new set of wheels, there is one thing you may have questions about – should you opt for an extended warranty? This question tends to pop up toward the last steps in the car-buying process. While there is no right or wrong choice, making a decision can be tough. To help you decide, here are some pros and cons of extended automotive warranties.

 

Pro: Easy to Purchase

 

When you buy a car from a dealership, purchasing an extended warranty is made very easy. Instead of having to complete lots of paperwork, most dealers offer an extended warranty as part of the vehicle. While it may cost a little extra, the dealership will take care of all the grunt work for you, like setting up payment plans. Dealers also usually allow you to have your car repaired at the dealership, which is often more trustworthy and easier.

 

Pro: Designed to Fit Your Needs

 

Most cars from a dealership come with some sort of warranty. Some warranties cover a vehicle's powertrain for a certain amount of time, while others provide free maintenance up to a certain mileage. But if you want more coverage, you can get it by adding on more extended warranties. This way, you can choose exactly what you need so you avoid having to pay extra for services you won't use or simply don't want.

 

Pro: Electrical Repairs

 

Have you ever owned a car that suffered from electrical problems? If so, you know very well how frustrating it can be when technology doesn't work correctly. As cars become ever more filled with intricate technology and electronics, investing in an extended warranty that covers these sorts of problems could be a wise choice. Not only will it cut down the costs of out-of-pocket repairs down the road, it will also provide you with peace of mind in case anything ever goes wrong.

 

Con: The Exclusion List

 

When you decide to purchase an extended automotive warranty, you probably think it will cover every problem – large or small – that your car ever endures. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Before you opt for an extended warranty, be sure to check the exclusion list that comes with your warranty. On this list you will find all of the parts and systems that will not be covered by your extended warranty. A look over this list will help you decide if the extended warranty you are interested in is actually worth it.

 

Con: It Goes Unused

 

No matter what vehicle you buy, some just seem to have problem after problem, while others continue to run for years without the slightest hitch. If you're lucky, you will invest in a vehicle that never suffers any serious problems. The only thing about this is that a car that never has any problems means you will not use your extended warranty. This means you've spent several hundred dollars purchasing an extended warrant you didn't need.

 

A Pro Mixed with a Con

 

The main reason people don't buy an extended warranty is because it is an extra expense tacked on to an already expensive purchase. But while extended warranties come at an additional cost, if there is ever a problem with your car, you will be very glad you spent the additional cash.

To learn more about the many pros and cons of extended automotive warranties, we can help. Just swing by any of our dealerships, located in Gallatin, nearby to Madison and Nashville, TN.

 

 


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged extended warranties, car warranties, pros and cons of automotive warranties, how much do extended warranties cost, reasons to get an extended warranty for a car on 09/15/2016 at 3:57 PM

Service your vehicle at Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

One look under the hood of your car and you'll quickly learn that it is a complicated piece of machinery. There are also a lot of things that can go wrong with it. Regular maintenance services are an excellent way to keep your car in optimal shape and increase its life. But even if you keep up with all maintenance services, there is still always the chance that your car will still suffer from problems every now and then that require professional repairs. Luckily, car repair shops see all sorts of car problems every day – many of them are even very common. Continue reading to learn the most common repairs your car may experience.

 

Brake Work

 

The brake system in your car is one of its most crucial. The brake system is also one of the most common repairs mechanics deal with. If you've been driving for many years, you have more than likely run into brake problems at least once. This is because brake pads are a wear item, which means they will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. If caught in time, the price of new brake pads is modest. However, if you have worn your brake pads down to such a degree that other brake parts have endured damage, like discs, drums or rotors, you can expect a much higher repair price.

 

Oil Changes

 

Considering your car's motor oil should be changed every few thousand miles, it is no wonder that oil changes are one of the most frequently seen automotive services. Motor oil has many responsibilities to maintain in order to keep your car's engine – and car itself – in top condition. Oil acts as a lubricant in order to keep the parts of your car's engine moving smoothly. It also helps draw heat away from the engine so it doesn't overheat. Another key purpose of motor oil is that it helps lengthen the life of your engine. However, if oil is left unchanged, it becomes dirty and also looses its velocity (thickness). In turn, engine parts won't have the lubrication they require, which will cause them to become damaged. If your engine becomes damaged, you can expect very costly repairs.

 

Tire Services

 

You probably already know that your tires are a very important part of your car. They require regular checks to ensure proper air pressure and good treads. They also need to be checked for wear and tear that may pose dangerous driving situations. Regular checks like these can help your tires last longer, increase fuel economy, and keep you safer. Another way to ensure your tires last longer is by having them rotated and balanced, and having your car's wheels aligned. The most common issue seen in tires are patches and replacements. Your tires may suffer from a leak at any given time due to a number of reasons. For example, the sidewall can split or it can be punctured by a nail or other sharp object. In many cases, a tire can be patched, which will be the cheapest repair option. However, if a patch is not possible, you will need to replace your tire(s), which will be much more costly.

 

Fuel System

 

Do you regularly drive your car with less than a ¼ tank of gas? If so, you are running the risk of a clogged fuel pump, a problem that negatively affects your car's fuel system. The purpose of the fuel system is to store and supply fuel to the engine. When the fuel filter becomes dirty and clogged, the fuel pump is forced to work harder, and as a result, the fuel pump will become damaged and other problems will ensue. To keep your fuel system functioning properly, your fuel filter needs to be replaced regularly.

For all of your automotive maintenance and repair needs, we can help. Visit any of our dealership locations in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, TN.

 


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged automotive maintenance and repair, automotive maintenance, car maintenance, common automotive repairs, auto repair, fuel pump, fuel filter, tires, tire pressure, tire treads, tire services, oil change on 09/15/2016 at 12:01 PM

Tire Maintenance - Ron Hibbard Toyota - Gallatin, TN

 

Tires. You know you need them for your car to function. You may even know that they are one of the most important components of your car. But do you know anything else? If you're like most, you don't spend much time thinking about tires, and you probably also don't know much about them. While tires may not seem very interesting, there are actually many cool things about them worth learning. Here are some tire facts everyone should know.

 

Tires aren't naturally black

 

If asked to visualize a car tire, you most likely picture a black rubber doughnut. Now think, have you ever seen car tires in any color other than black? Chances are you haven't. While tires are most always found in black, you may be surprised to learn that tires aren't naturally this color. In fact, the rubber that makes up tires is actually white. So what's with the black coloring? Although tires start out white, manufacturers add carbon black to tires in order to increase the tensile strength of their rubber (by 1000%). White tires may seem cool, but strength is definitely more worth your while when on the road.

 

Tires are designed using advanced technology

 

Tires can be described with very easy terminology. For example, tires are round, black, heavy and somewhat bouncy. But despite their seemingly simple construction, tires are actually a highly engineered piece of technology – taking two to four years to develop! What makes them such an advanced piece of technology? Tires are made from an advanced blend of rubber and polymers. These properties help tires achieve maximize traction and minimize road noise in all weather and road conditions. With such a long development time, tires should definitely be thought of much more highly than they typically are.

 

Roads are made from tires

 

Did you know you drive on tires? Obviously your car uses tires to move along the road, but that's not exactly what we mean. One of the coolest things about tires is that old tires are broken down and used to create asphalt for new roads. Repurposing tires is great for two main reasons:

  1. It helps recycle old tires, creating less waste; and

  2. It helps cut the cost of building all-new roads.

Temperature causes negative effects

 

You may have noticed that changes in temperature cause the air pressure in your tires to decrease. This is because the air inside your tires is negatively affected by the temperature outside of your tires – more so than most expect. For every 10 degree change in temperature outside, tire pressure can fluctuate by up to 1.5psi. When the seasons change, be sure to pay special attention to your tires and make sure they are always filled with the correct amount of air.

 

Tires make minimal contact with the road

 

A car's tires are the only contact a car has with the road. While the main purpose of tires is to provide sufficient traction so your car doesn't slip all over the road, have you ever wondered just how much of your car's tires actually stick to the road? No matter how large a car's tires are, the actual contact they have with the road is only about the size of a sheet of paper. This proves just how much technology must go into designing tires if such a minimal amount of contact with the road is able to keep us safe.

For everything you need to know about tires, visit Ron Hibbard Toyota in Gallatin, TN near to Madison and Nashville, TN.


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Auto Serivce - Ron Hibbard Gallatin, TN

As summer begins to draw to a close, you may be excited about the fall season that's lurking just around the corner. Fall brings many wonderful things, like crisp and colorful leaves and pumpkin spice lattes, but it also brings inclement weather that is quickly followed by cold and hazardous winter months. As the seasons change, you may be wondering if there is anything you should do to help your car better endure the transition. To keep your car running smoothly and efficiently during the months of fall, follow the DIY tips below.

Fluid Levels

 

As you may or may not know, your car requires a number of fluids to run – coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and so on. Without the proper amount of each fluid, your car can face serious damage – and costly repairs. This is why checking and maintaining all fluid levels in your car is so important. If you notice any fluid levels are low, simply add more. However, if fluid levels continue to run low even after adding more fluid, this is a sign that your car is suffering from a leak and needs to be repaired as soon as possible to avoid damage.

 

Windshield Wipers

 

Do you tend to forget about your windshield wipers until it's too late and you're either caught in a rainstorm or suffering from a windshield full of streaks? If you do, you're definitely not alone. Sure, your windshield wipers may be one of those parts of your car that are a little too easy to overlook, but they are vital to visibility and safety when behind the wheel. Windshield wipers are of special importance during fall and winter because they are typically used more often. As the seasons change, go ahead and check your wiper blades for any problems, such as broken or hardened wiper squeegees. Also, check how well they work when turned on. If they skip, chatter, squeak or cause streaks, it is time to replace them.

 

Engine Filter

 

As you more than likely know, your car's engine is one of its most important parts. Without it, your car obviously wouldn't have the ability to start. Something you may not know about your car's engine, though, is that it requires a continuous air supply in order to continue running properly. In order to keep all dirt and debris out of the engine, an air filter is used to catch all unwanted content. As well as engine filters work, as time goes on, they continue to grow dirtier, and if not replaced, they will eventually become clogged. This is a serious problem because once an engine filter becomes too dirty or clogged, the engine is unable to receive a clean and constant flow of air. As a result, the engine declines in health until it eventually overheats and becomes damaged. Engine filters don't need to be changed often, but replacing them twice a year (like when the seasons change) is a good idea to ensure your engine continues to run as it should.

 

Tires

 

Having tires that are in good condition and filled with the correct air pressure is a vital part of on-road safety. Tires should be regularly checked for the correct air pressure, and for any excess wear or damage that may lead to dangerous situations.

Another important thing to check is the tread depth of each tire. Treads are vital to on-road safety because they help your tires adequately grip the road. Without sufficient treads, your tires are prone to slip along the road. This is especially dangerous in wet, icy or snow conditions when hydroplaning and skidding easily occur.

For more information on how to ready your car for fall, we can help. Find our dealership in Gallatin, nearby Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 


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Toyota Tundra

As the pickup truck segment is no doubt one of the most competitive segments in the vehicle market today, it is increasingly difficult for buyers to choose an ideal pickup SUV. It is the Toyota Tundra that is considered the underdog, which is not a bad thing because when the underdog wins, the victory is much sweeter and more meaningful. This year’s 2016 Toyota Tundra is built to win in the pickup SUV segment as it provides amazing value, performance, and a lot of safety. It also has one of the more modern technology and safety features in the market. For those residing in Nashville, TN, Ron Hibbard Toyota is a highly popular dealership that offers their Toyota vehicles at extremely affordable rates. 

DESIGN

The 2016 Toyota Tundra SR Double Cab is extremely sleek when compared to the Silverado and F-150. It also has a very sporty exterior with a lot of cool features. It has a front bumper that holds LED headlamps, daytime running lights, and automatic fog lamps. Moving to the sides of the pickup, the Tundra has body-colored side mirrors that mesh rather well with massive 18” steel alloy wheels. Behind the Tundra, the pickup has a long 6.6ft bed space suitable for transporting multiple cargo items simultaneously. The rear bumper of the vehicle also has an integrated step for users to access the bed space conveniently. In addition, the rear bumper holds a trailer hitch capable of towing items heavier than 10,000 lbs.

The 2016 Toyota Tundra SR Double Cab is much bigger trim configuration that features four doors. This allows a total of 5 passengers to comfortably fit with a lot of luxury and comfort. These individuals get to sit on leather front and rear seats with power and manual adjustable features. Additionally, these seats even have ergonomic lumbar support to provide added comfort especially on long road trips.

ENGINE

The 2016 Tundra SR Double Cab has an engine built for off-road driving. It runs on a 4.6 liter V8 engine designed with a 6-speed shift-able automatic transmission and variable valve timing. This engine allows the Tundra to run on maximum speeds of 310 horsepower with 327 pound feet of torque. Its engine is also designed with variable valve timing that allows the vehicle to consume lesser amounts of fuel than a lot of V8 pickup trucks in the segment.

SAFETY

One of the 2016 Tundra SR Double Cab’s best selling points is its amazing safety technology, known as the STAR safety system. This system loads the Tundra with all the essential safety features available today. Outside, the pickup has a perimeter theft alarm system that efficiently monitors all external movement. This alarm system even has its own engine immobilizer that deploys in the event of a vehicular theft. It also runs on daytime running headlights that keep the vehicle more visible during the day. Other safety features worth mentioning are:

  • Tire-pressure Monitoring System
  • Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brakes
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • 4-wheel ABS

TECHNOLOGY

For those who want their pickups to have the most modern tech features, the 2016 Tundra SR Double Cab is the ideal vehicle. It has exterior technology in the form of smart keyless entry system that utilizes smart key fob sensing to lock/unlock all vehicle entrances and power tailgate release simultaneously. The key fob sensing feature requires the vehicle key to be with drivers at all times. It also has power-heated side mirrors which are perfect for colder driving temperatures. Other tech features of the SR Double Cab are:

  • Front Collision Warning
  • Backup Camera
  • Backup Sensors
  • Blind Zone Alert Sensors

The 2016 Tundra SR Double Cab also has a lot of high-tech features inside its cabin. These features are highlighted by the following:

  • Toyota Entune Entertainment System
  • LCD Touch Screen
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth Hands-free Connectivity
  • Voice Control
  • USB/Auxiliary Ports for Mobile Device Synchronization

Visit our Ron Hibbard Toyota dealership for more information on the Toyota Tundra. We are located in Gallatin, TN.

 

Ron Hibbard Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4RunnerAvalonCamryCorollaFJ Cruiser,Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, PriusRAV4, Sequoia, SiennaTacomaTundraVenzaYaris, and more. Located in Gallatin, Tennessee. Located nearby Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged toyota, toyota tundra, new toyota, new truck, new pickup, toyota trucks, toyota dealer, on 08/14/2016 at 5:29 PM

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