Prevent Your Engine from Overheating With These Easy Steps

If your engine’s temperature gauge suddenly starts creeping higher, do you know what to do? As hot as the weather has been this summer, you won’t want to find yourself stuck with an overheated engine.

prevent your engine from overheatingHere are some steps to prevent your engine from overheating:

  • If it safe to do so, pull over. If necessary, put on your emergency lights for visibility.
  • Carefully open the hood of your car, to let air flow throughout the area and cool things down.
  • Whatever you do, do not touch the radiator pressure cap, which is likely very hot. In general, allow your hand to hover over anything before you touch it, searching for heat.
  • Check to see if you have enough coolant, and if not, refill it.
  • Look for any associated leaks with the cooling system.
  • Lastly, call for help. Don’t mess around with anything you’re not familiar with. Instead, call a professional.

Do you have any other tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Be Prepared For Anything With These Summer Car Essentials

Summer Car Essentials - Phil Wright ToyotaWhether you’re on a road trip or a trip to the grocery store, make sure you are ready for anything by stocking your vehicle with this summer car essentials:

 

  • Sunscreen: make sure any sunscreen you keep in your car isn’t expired, as tempting as it may be to keep last year’s bottle.
  • Fresh water: in the event of an emergency (or really just if you get thirsty), you will be more than happy you have water stocked away.
  • First-aid kit: it’s always a good idea to keep a quality first-aid kit somewhere safe in your car; you just never know when you might need it.
  • Cell charger: even if you already have a cell phone charger in your car, consider a spare; what would happen if you were relying on the GPS, and your charger broke?
  • Sunglasses: never underestimate the importance of a good pair of UVA/UVB-blocking sunglasses when protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays.

 

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

New Images Released of the Toyota Plano Plant

Recently, Toyota released a teaser image of its $300 million new North American corporate headquarters that will be located in Plano, Texas.

A new video from the Japanese automaker shows a series of three images. The first image is a large open-air walkway that connects two of its seven main buildings. The second image shows a multi-story building (there will be five stories total) with a floor to ceiling glass façade. And the third image reveals the front of a long covered rectangular building with big TOYOTA letters underneath and an awning peaking under the draping.

Toyota Plano Plant - 2016 Toyota AvalonThe Toyota Plano plant, located on a 100-acre lot, is expected to employ 5,000 workers and will consolidate the automaker’s marketing, sales, finance, engineering, and corporate service divisions. Construction of the plant has already commenced, with its completion expected for the beginning of 2017.

We at Phil Wright Toyota look forward to the ingenuity, concepts, and vehicles that are sure to be born at this new Toyota North America headquarters. But until then, come visit us to see Toyota’s current cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs available to you today!

Toyota and Mazda Partnership Will Lead to Better Cars on the Road

When two businesses collaborate, the consumer wins. That is surely the end goal of the Toyota and Mazda partnership that was recently announced – it will encompass various vehicle components and research projects. Both companies seem excited to learn from each other’s strengths to further along their own goals.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid - Toyota and Mazda PartnershipWhile Mazda is a significantly smaller company than Toyota, it has a solid grasp on fuel-efficient engine designs such as their Skyactiv technology, as well as patented chassis construction, and its proprietary transmission design. These technologies and the acumen to produce high-quality cars on a tight budget can help Toyota in numerous ways.

For Toyota’s part, it could assist Mazdas move into the pricey hybrid and electric market that Toyota has pioneered over the years. With almost ten times the R&D budget, Toyota has moved the industry standard of vehicular technology ahead further with each year. Mazda seeks to benefit from Toyota’s robust research apparatus as it tries to keep afloat in California’s increasingly strict emissions regulation.

This announcement has both companies, as well as us here at Phil Wright Toyota, enthusiastic about the alliance, and more to the point, about the higher quality vehicles that each can soon produce.

The Birthplace of the Toyota Legacy – Toyota City, Japan

Toyota City, Japan – or Toyota-shi – is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the Toyota legacy.

Toyota City, JapanIn 1933, Kiichiro Toyoda chose the city, formerly known as Koromo, as a hub for his new automotive industry due to its inexpensive land and proximity to transit. With approval from the city’s mayor – the Toyota Automotive Industry was born.

“At that time, people didn’t really believe in the auto industry but he (the mayor) had the right intuition…(the industry was) crucial for the city’s prosperity, ” says a municipal official for Toyota City. The town eventually changed its name to Toyota City in 1959.

While the automaker has become a global manufacturing entity, Toyota still has 10 factories in its namesake city that employs over 70,000 locals. The car giant also helps to fund municipal projects in the city, which include new schools and hospitals.

We at Phil Wright Toyota are proud of not only the Toyota legacy, but the long line of durable, reliable, and comfortable cars, trucks, and SUVs that have made Toyota the top-selling car brand in the U.S. – we invite you to be a part of our Toyota legacy and come in for a test-drive, today.

The Toyota Gifony System: An Innovative Automotive Experience

Offering Toyota owners an exclusive look into the production process, Toyota recently developed the innovative Gifony system. This audio experience is a fun way for drivers to get to know the company, allowing you to mix and match sound bits from Toyota production to create a unique soundbite.

Toyota Gifony SystemAccording to Toyota, the Toyota Gifony system takes sounds from the automaker’s plants in Blue Springs, Mississippi and Georgetown, Kentucky to make rhythmic sights and sounds. In total, people can choose from 45 different GIFs, looping digital-image files, and mix them to develop their own Gifony. Toyota also allows you to download the soundbites on Soundcloud.

“We really noticed the sights and sounds, and how exhilarating and energizing the plant itself was,” said Zoe Zeigler, assistant manager for corporate marketing. “We thought, wow, there’s a really great opportunity here to show our customers and fans and music enthusiasts just how a Toyota car goes from a coil of steel to what’s parked in your driveway.”

Ranging from presses, quality checks, paint jobs, and shipping, Toyota is opening the doors for customers to see what happens during the production process. This is just one of many reasons Toyota is one of the top automakers in the world.

Toyota’s New Series Shows How Even “Bullsh*t” Can Power the Mirai

Toyota has launched the first video in a new multi-part “Fueled by Everything” series that, if you can believe it, is titled “Fueled by Bullsh*t.”

“Is hydrogen bullsh*t? Or is bullsh*t hydrogen?” the automaker asks. Evidently, it knows the answer. The series aims to educate a broad audience about the innovative ways hydrogen fuel can be made from various renewable sources, one of them being cow manure—literally “bullsh*t.”

To get the series going, Toyota tapped award-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me. He’ll be showing us how the new Toyota Mirai can use hydrogen manufactured from renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and biogas from landfills, with nothing but water vapor remaining in the end.

Obviously, we’d love to have the Mirai at Phil Wright Toyota, but for now its launch is limited to California. We can’t expect a zero-emissions vehicle with a 300 mile range that refuels in 5 minutes will take too long to spread around the country, though.

How to Get the Most from Your Tax Return: Investing in Your Car

Tax day has officially come and gone, but if you’re like some other lucky Americans, the best part is yet to come. The day you open your mailbox (or check your bank account) and find that sweet, sweet tax return has arrived.

Now the big question: how to get the most from your tax return? While that beach getaway is practically calling your name… you might want to consider putting your hard-earned cash into something that will save you in the long-run. A vacation may save your sanity (and we’re all about that), but investing in your car or a new ride could save you thousands in the long run.

Here are five ways you can put your tax return toward your car.

2016 Toyota Tacoma - Investing in Your CarPay off your car. Can you taste it? The end of monthly car payments? If you’re nearing the end of your loan, you might be able to save on interest by paying it off early. Check with your lender to make sure you won’t incur fees for an early pay-off, and enjoy that extra monthly income.

Put a down payment on a new car. The average tax return may not be enough for a down payment all by itself, but when combined with the value from your trade-in, you’ll likely have enough to get into a new car without digging into your savings.

Lease a new car. According to yahoo.com/autos, the average cost to sign a new lease is $2,815. Lucky for you, that’s the same amount as the average tax refund this year.

Refinance your car loan. If your loan has a high interest rate or you’ve improved your credit score since you obtained the loan, shop around for better rates, and refinance. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save in interest over the life of your loan.

Invest in your current car.  Save yourself serious cash in the long run by putting some money into your car now. If you plan to keep your vehicle for the next several years, invest in a multi-point inspection, and fix issues before they become major problems. If you’ve been hoping to invest in a better sound system or other aftermarket upgrades, treat yourself.

Here at Phil Wright Toyota, we hope to help you reach your automotive goals. Stop by today to see how we can help you invest in the future.

Upcoming Events in Russellville

There are plenty of upcoming events in Russellville so we wanted to make sure you were aware of them! One of the biggest celebrations will be the ‘pARTY in the Park Art Festival’, but there are plenty of others to go out and enjoy. Check out our list of some of the main events happening in Russellville below.

April 25th

  • Bash at the Ball Park
  • pARTY in the Park Art Festival – Join nearly 5,000 people to celebrate the diverse collection of artwork found here in the River Valley. In addition, you can enjoy music of all genres and performances in the Hughes Center. There will also be food, games, crafts and plenty of activities including pony rides, bounce houses and plenty more!
  • 5th Annual Hope & Justice Dice Run
  • BBM Color Run benefitting Hampton Foundation

 April 28th – 30th

  • Lake Dardanelles State Park Lake Cruise

May 1st – 3rd

  • Balloons Over RussVegas – Balloon Festival Network will be bringing 20 hot air balloons, skydivers and powered parachutes. You can also enjoy music concerts, dog walks and plenty of food.

We hope to see you out and about enjoying the weather and wonderful events Russellville has to offer! If you want to see a full list of events and activities that are coming up, visit www.russellvillechamber.org/events.