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Toyota Camry Hybrid 

Toyota is known for their much-loved Prius – the first hybrid vehicle to appear on the market over two decades ago. But, Toyota's love for eco-friendly cars doesn't begin and end with the Prius; they continue to offer more and more hybrids each and every year. One worth considering is the 2016 Camry Hybrid. The Camry is already a beloved midsize sedan – add a hybrid powertrain to it and this popular ride gets even more alluring. Here are some reason to opt for a hybrid like the 2016 Toyota Camry.

Low Emissions: While many focus on the fact that hybrid technology increases fuel savings, they save much more than money. Hybrids like the 2016 Camry also help save the earth by decreasing your carbon footprint. Hybrids are considered clean vehicles because they emit very low emissions. Compared to a typical conventionally-powered vehicle, hybrids like the Camry produce fewer than 70% of smog-forming emissions.

Great Performance: Many have said that creating a hybrid that provided great on-road performance could not be done. These people are definitely biting their tongues because the 2016 Camry Hybrid delivers a performance that's fun, energetic and full of zippy personality. This is in great thanks to Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. This hybrid system is a power-splitting device that automatically determines the right configuration of gas engine-electric motor power distribution. This means there is no trade-off between fuel efficiency and power. This system creates:

  • Increased drive power through a higher output motor.

  • More efficient power from a high rpm generator, a high input/output performance battery, and a high-voltage electrical system.

  • Better energy optimization management, torque-on-demand control, and regenerative-brake control.

Fuel Efficiency: While many are looking for eco-friendly vehicles, even more just want to find a gas saver. The 2016 Camry Hybrid definitely delivers this on-demand quality with its excellent combination of both gas and electric power. Typical powertrains waste energy at stop lights, during braking, and whenever the engine is not running at optimum speed. The Camry Hybrid, however, captures this energy in the battery so it can be used when needed. Confused? Here's how it works.

Hybrids feature two powertrains – an electric motor and a gasoline engine. The electric motor lets drivers go a certain number of miles gas free; once these miles run out, the gasoline engine kicks into gear, letting you continue on your way with no interruption.

Quiet Luxury: Some vehicles claim they are quiet. But, there's no denying that hybrids are the most noise-free car there is. This is due to their internal combustion engine an silent, high-output electric motor. With the help of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Camry is able to use this technology to switch from gas engine to electric motor and back again without you ever being aware of it. The Camry also features superior sound-proofing with the use of damping coating behind the dash board and floor, vibration-reducing foam, and aerodynamic design that reduces wind noise. All of these quiet qualities provide the Camry Hybrid with luxury appeal.

To learn more about hybrids like the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid, visit our dealership in Gallatin, Madison, and Nashville, Tennessee.

 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. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged new Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Camry, new Camry, Toyota hybrids, pros of hybrid cars, fuel-saving cars, toyota cars, toyota dealer, on 04/28/2016 at 5:22 PM

Toyota Corolla

The exterior of your 2016 Corolla is what everyone sees, so it makes sense to wash and wax it regularly so it will always make a good first impression. But, what if you popped the hood? Would it make the same first impression?

There are many reasons to keep your car's engine clean. Sure, not many people see it, but there's more to cars than the opinions of others. Dirty car engines filled with debris and motor oil deposits will lose horsepower and run less efficiently. Motor oil is absolutely necessary for a healthy engine, and while it is supposed to help remove and prevent engine buildup, it is not always fully up to the task.

Motor oil deposits are typically caused by:

  • Excessive idling and a lot of short trips, which prevent oil from fully cycling
  • Environmental contaminants in oil, such as dirt and debris
  • Condensation, which can contaminate oil with moisture
  • Hot spots, which causes oil to clump onto the engine

Here are some must-know tips about motor oils and how to limit engine deposits.

Don't Fret Paraffin-Based Oil: Many believe that paraffin-based oils are a leading cause of deposits because it contains natural waxes. While this belief does hold an element of truth, that's not the whole story. Paraffin oils are a certain type of crude oil. Crude oil (mineral oil) is made from natural resources – a non-renewable resource, which means once we run out, it's gone for good. Oil manufacturers remove as much of the wax as possible during the oil refining process since the wax offers no benefit to motor oil. This means paraffin-based motor oils found at the store contain a miniscule amount of wax. So don't believe all the hype – don't fret paraffin-based oil.

Synthetic Oil: Synthetic oil is much more expensive than paraffin-based oil, but it does offer some advantages. Since they are not derived from fossil fuels, they don't deplete non-renewable natural resources. They are also designed by chemists so they can be custom-blended to meet specific automotive needs. Using synthetic oil can still provide some deposits, but not quite as many as you'll find with paraffin-based oil.

Change oil regularly: For a clean and healthy engine, one of the best things you can do for it is to change its oil regularly. Motor oil is used to lubricate the internal parts of the engine. While this is great for preventing metal-to-metal contact, it can also lead to deposits on the inside and outside of the engine. By changing your car's oil regularly, you'll keep a constant flow of clean, fresh oil circulating through the engine, which will limit deposits.

For more information on motor oil and how to keep a clean engine, visit our dealership in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

 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. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged oil changes, motor oil, motor oil deposits, cars and oil, toyota engine, toyota oil, toyota maintenance, gallatin toyota, gallatin toyota service, on 04/28/2016 at 5:20 PM

Toyota Tacoma

Maybe you can't find a mechanic you mesh well with. Maybe you want to try and save money. Or maybe you want to learn something new. Whatever the reason may be, there are many do-it-yourself automotive maintenance and repair services you can handle on your own. The following list will tell you what tasks you can tackle, with little-to-no skill level, to service your 2016 Tacoma at home.

Fuel Filter: Fuel filters should be replaced at regular intervals – typically every 10,000 miles or so. This is because filters continue to get dirtier as time goes on, which will lower your vehicle's reliability and efficiency.

Brake Pads: One of the most common and important maintenance services you should stick to is changing the break pads. Letting your car's breaks to wear too thin can cause damage to other parts of the brake system. This will jeopardize your ability to stop as well as your safety. It is also costly to fix. Staying on top of regular brake pad replacements is the best way to go to lengthen the life of your car, as well as keep you and your passengers safe on the road.

Spark Plugs: Spark plugs are an important maintenance job to stay on top of if you want to keep your car running mean and green. Over time, metal located on spark plug electrodes can wear away and become coated with carbon deposits. This effects the ability of the plug to ignite the fuel/air mixture, which reduces the overall efficiency of your vehicle.

Windshield: If you can purchase a windshield repair kit, you have the ability to fix your own windshield. While these kits are best meant for star chips with minimal to no cracks, DIY home kits are an easy and effective method for windshield repairs.

Windshield Wipers: One of the easiest DIY services you can do for your vehicle is replacing the windshield wipers. With a simple click to remove a click to replace you'll have fresh wipers and a crystal clear windshield.

Oil Changes: You know all the 10-minute oil change stations you see on every other corner? Well, you no longer have to stake out one of these populated places and wait 20 minutes in line for a turn, because oil changes are an easy DIY maintenance services. It may take you longer than 10 minutes on your first try, but you'll master it quicker than you think.

Want more automotive tips and tricks? Visit us in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 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. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged DIY oil changes, DIY car maintenance, at-home car repairs, fix your car at home, DIY toyota repairs, toyota maintenance, on 04/28/2016 at 5:19 PM

Toyota RAV4 

Have you seen the 2016 Toyota Rav4? If you have, you know there is something about its lines and curves that make it so alluring. It also offers the storage and increased space of a compact SUV and just a splash of rugged charm. So here's the big question. How do you make it yours? The answer lies in buying and leasing. To help you choose which is the best for you, here are some pros and cons of buying and leasing.

Leasing Pros

Lower Monthly Payments: Lease agreements typically mean lower monthly payments, which is a huge pro for many looking for a car.

Lower Down Payment: If you're struggling to save for a down payment, leasing typically does not require one, especially if you have excellent credit.

Drive New Often: Buying a new car means you are stuck with it for a long time. Leasing, on the other hand, allows you to trade in your car for a new one at the end of every lease. Leases typically last three years, so that means you are rewarded with a new ride often.

Set Future Price: When you lease a car, its future resale value is predicted and put in writing. This means that if the vehicle depreciates in value faster than predicted, it has no effect on your lease. This holds potential benefits for you if you decide to purchase the car when the lease ends.

Leasing Cons

Poor Credit: If you have poor credit, leasing a car can be very difficult. The better your credit, the more responsible you appear on paper. In turn, banks are more willing to take a loan risk on you.

No Ownership: If you lease a car, you don't actually own it when the lease agreement ends. Instead, you have to either buy the remaining value of the vehicle to make it yours or you have to give it back.

Mileage Restrictions: Leasing a car puts some restrictions on you. One is that you are only allowed to drive a certain number of miles while you “own” the car; if you exceed this mileage, you will be charged at the end of your lease – and it won't be cheap.

Buying Pros

Ownership: Leasing a car only gives you borrowing privileges. Buying, however, means that after several years of monthly payments, you can finally call the car your own! This also means you can live without monthly car payments for as long as you want until you decide to buy a new car.

Sell Anytime: Decide the car you bought just isn't for you? No problem. Buying a car – even if you are financing it – allows you to sell it any time you wish.

More Cost Effective: Buying a car can prove to me more cost effective in the long run. This is because when you buy a car, you eventually finish paying it off. Leasing, on the other hand, continues a cycle of buying car after car, instead of buying a car and eventually paying it off.

Buying Cons

Higher Down Payment: When buying a car, most dealerships require a down payment of 10-20 percent of the value of the car. This can be hard a hard amount of money for many to come up with.

Higher Monthly Payments: Buying a car means monthly higher monthly payments. One reason is because financing includes both a payment toward the total value of the vehicle, plus an annual percentage rate (APR). Monthly payments are also higher the lower your credit score is.

To make the 2016 Toyota Rav4 your own, visit our dealership for more information on buying and leasing options. Find us in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

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. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged new Toyota Rav4, new Rav4, Toyota SUVs, popular SUVs, buying vs leasing, lease a toyota, buy a toyota, toyota dealer, gallatin toyota, gallatin dealership, on 04/28/2016 at 5:17 PM

Windshield Wiper Replacement

Though you may not think about your windshield wipers very often, they are a very important part of your vehicle. Without them, how would you be able to see? Good visibility is a must when driving, so it's important to make sure your wiper blades are properly maintained so you'll be safe if it rains, snows or even if a bug decides to take its life upon your windshield. Here are some important things to know about windshield wipers and how to care for them.

When to Replace Blades: Unfortunately, wiper blades don't last forever. So for best visibility, it's important to replace them every six months to one year for optimal visibility. However, it's a good idea to keep an eye on your wiper blades performance in case they need to be replaced sooner. If they squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak, it's time to opt for a new pair.

It's also a good idea to inspect your wipers to ensure they are working as they should. Upon inspection, look for these things:

  • Broken frame – detachment of frame arm joints or connection points

  • Metal corrosion – especially at joints and claws

  • Visible cracks, tears and missing pieces in the rubber squeegee – especially the edge

  • Good connection between squeegee and wiper frame

  • Flexible rubber squeegee – old squeegees have difficulty conforming to the shape of a windshield and can cause streaking.

External factors can also cause windshield wipers to suffer problems, such as deterioration. Some include:

  • Sun: ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration

  • Oil: car waxes and exhaust hold rubber-deteriorating oil

  • Debris: sand, mud and dust

  • Moisture: acid rain and salt water

Common Problems: Windshield wipers can suffer from a number of common problems. Here are some to watch out for:

  • Streaking: occurs when a wiper blade's rubber squeegee drives, hardens and cracks.

  • Skipping: occurs when a wiper blade develops a curvature.

  • Wearing: happens due to extensive use.

  • Splitting: caused by ultraviolet rats that cause the rubber squeegee to break down and separate from the frame.

  • Bent Frames: creates streaking or skipping due to inconsistent contact with the windshield.

While some of these problems are hard to avoid, there are ways to maintain your windshield wipers in order to help extend their life. Here are some tips:

  • Clean windshield every time you fill your gas tank.

  • Gently clean wiper blades with a damp towel to remove any loose dirt or oil.

  • Avoid using your wipers to de-ice your windshield.

For more auto tips, visit our dealership in Gallatin, Madison and Nashville, Tennessee.

 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. Serving Nashville, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Westmoreland, Mt. Juliet, Hartsville and Clarksville.


This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged automotive tips and tricks, life of wiper blades, windshield wiper maintenance, wiper blades skip, toyota windshield wipers, toyota maintenance on 04/28/2016 at 11:40 PM

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