The Best Family Films of the Summer

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Summer is nearly here, which means that the kids are almost out of school. During the summer, you’ll need to think of different ways to keep them entertained. So why not take them to the movies? Fortunately, there are plenty of movies for the entire family opening this summer. Here is a preview of the best family films of the summer.

The Angry Birds Movie (May 20)

Based on the popular phone-based game, this film follows the egg-based exploits of a group of birds with serious anger management issues.

Finding Dory (June 17)

In the sequel to the popular 2003 film Finding Nemo, the lovable, yet forgetful, Dory embarks on a journey to find her own family.

The Secret Life of Pets (July 8)

The team behind the Despicable Me movies has created a behind-the-scenes look at what pets do while their owners are away.

Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22)

The stakes are high in the latest installment of the Ice Age series, which involves a large asteroid plummeting to Earth.

How to Fix Car Scratches

Fix Car Scratches

A slight scratch or scuff, once seen, cannot be forgotten about. If left untouched, it will haunt you every time you head out to your car. While you should come into the service center for large scratches, minor ones can be fixed easily. Luckily for you, Haddad Toyota has a proven method to fix car scratches without spending more than a few bucks!

To start, you’ll want to clean all of the scratches you intend to fix. Any dirt or grime will end up in your paint if they’re inside the scratches. Next, see how deep the scratches are by dragging your fingernail over them. If your nail gets caught, it might be too deep to fix at home or without special kits.

Once you’ve cleaned in and around the scratches, grab a cloth, dampen it, and get a tube of toothpaste. To speed up the process, you could also use a drill and buffing pad.

Add a dab of toothpaste to the cloth then rub it on the scratch in circular motions. Depending on how long and deep the scratch is, it could take anywhere from a few rotations to a few minutes. Simply lift the cloth to see if the scratch is gone. Once you’re satisfied, that’s it; you’re done!

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Debut Shocks New York

The latest and greatest Toyota Prius launched at the 2016 New York International Auto Show to much awe from the crowd. Known as the Prius Prime, this plug-in hybrid offers better range, increased fuel efficiency, and more features than the previous model. Needless to say, the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime debut made every green driver’s dream come true.

Just two years ago, the Prius has an electric-only range of 11 miles on a full charge. In addition to that small distance, it lacked quite a few features. Now, the latest Prius proves Toyota takes customer input into account.

The Prius Prime comes with double the range, 22 miles on a full charge, of its predecessor. When the electric motor and gasoline engine work together, fuel economy comes to more than an EPA-estimated120 mpge.

This time around, the hybrid is powered by an 8.8-kWh battery pack that pushes out 127 hp. When the Prius runs on the electric motor alone, it can hit a top speed of 84 mph. Even better, the battery can be charged at any home AC outlet. It can take up to five and a half hours for the battery to reach a full charge.

We here at Haddad Toyota are hyped to see the latest Prius hitting the markets!

2016 Toyota Camry – The Car for You!

2016 Toyota CamryThe 2016 Toyota Camry is a standout sedan, offering a wide variety of features and lots of different trim levels for every driver’s needs, including a hybrid option, which we went over in detail in our last blog post.

The new Camry is boldly designed with sophistication, performance, and comfort in mind. With an available V6 engine and features like heated seats, the new Camry is the perfect sedan for drivers who want a practical, efficient daily driver with an edge.

The new Camry is packed with features from entertainment to safety, all of which make every drive less stressful more fun. The Camry has smart safety features like Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Departure Alert that keep you from making dangerous mistakes on the road.

It also has a multi-information display, a navigation system with traffic, and the Entune App Suite with voice controls, so you never have to take your eyes off the road. You have all the tech you need in the 2016 Camry.

Quiet Drive technology and other comfort features make the Camry as comfortable to drive as it is fun. If you’re in the market for a sedan, few offer the same all-around experience of the new Camry. Come into Haddad Toyota and test drive one today!

Why You Should Buy the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

23962946421_245503752e_zBetween its affordability, superior amenities, and fuel economy on par with any hybrid on the market, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid is one of the best sedans on the market. You don’t have to sacrifice performance or style in this sporty sedan—the Camry Hybrid puts out an impressive 200 horsepower and maintains 43 mpg in the city.

Parents will love the 2016 Camry Hybrid. It has a roomy cabin to comfortably fit your family as well as great cargo space. And then there’s the safety features. The Camry Hybrid is bursting with safety features, from driver assist technology like Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to its Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control to its Star Safety System and more.

Safety isn’t all the Camry Hybrid has to offer. Its Entune Suite provides easy access to information and entertainment features, and its wireless charging is unique and super convenient.

The Camry Hybrid comes in three trim levels, so there are plenty of options for performance and technology. Whatever you’re looking for in a new sedan, the Camry has it, and the hybrid is even better—its efficiency and ecofriendly engine are as thrilling as its horsepower!

Historic Places to Visit in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village

We at Haddad Toyota know that Pittsfield, Massachusetts is top-notch when it comes to bringing history alive. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in Pittsfield which turn educational opportunities of history, science, and the arts into a day of fun for the family.

Hancock Shaker Village – This living history museum brings the story of the Shakers to life. This area was called the “City of Peace” by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to preserving the history of the Shakers for future generations. Visit the 18 original historic buildings, the farm, gardens, animals, and more.

Berkshire Museum – This museum integrates art, history, and natural science by having a wide range of programs and exhibitions which promote educational connections between different disciplinary areas of study. The Berkshire Museum has been in association with the Smithsonian since 2013 and promotes the sharing of resources with the nation.

Melville’s Arrowhead – This is a historic house lived in by Herman Melville. The non-profit museum is operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society. Part of Melville’s house is open to the public for guided tours during the warmer months of the year. Even when the house is not open, people can still visit the property and enjoy the beautiful grounds. This is a great stop for all fans of history and/or literature.

Pittsfield is full of wonderful history and opportunities for things to do. If you need a car to visit all these fantastic places, stop by Haddad Toyota. We will get you on your way to see all the Pittsfield has to offer.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Updates Make It the Best Model Year Yet

2016 Toyota RAV4
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited is a new addition to the RAV4 lineup this year.

2016 is a big year for the Toyota RAV4. Taking the step from traditional gasoline-powered SUV to a new hybrid variant option, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 is gearing up for the future.

For the 2016 model year, the RAV4 has introduced three new model trims: the SE, the XLE Hybrid, and the Limited hybrid. In total, six trim levels are available, also including gasoline XLE, SE, and gasoline Limited. This gas-electric powertrain offering is sure to make the 2016 RAV4 many new friends.

The SE trim, new this year, is a sporty exterior variant that gives the RAV4 more style. It’s hot look comes from new bumper and grille shapes, LED lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, SofTex seats, and a better infotainment display.

Inside, there are more USB ports, a new gauge cluster layout, and Homelink garage door operation on some trims.

However, the 2016 Toyota RAV4 updates aren’t limited to just flashy gadgets or appearances. A number of new safety improvements have been introduced, such as Bird’s Eye View parking capability to guide you in tight spaces. Other safety components in Toyota’s Safety Sense package include Pre-Collision Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Pedestrian Pre-Collision, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Clearly, if there were a time for you to buy a RAV4, it would be now!

How to Prevent Car Rust in Winter

prevent car rustWinter is the season of rust—snow itself is bad enough, but add in all those chemicals from salting the roads and you have a recipe for disaster. Once rust finds its way onto your car, it spreads like the common cold. Here are some easy tips to prevent car rust this season.

First, wash your car regularly. Whether you’re at home or you go to a drive-through one, you need to get all the salt and grim and mud off your car before it starts to damage the metal. In winter, it’s good to do this once every week or two.

Don’t forget to spray the underside of the car! If the person or machine doing your car wash doesn’t get the underside, take it home and spray it down. This is where the most salt collects.

You can also protect your car by waxing it. A wax at the beginning of the season should keep the paintjob safe from the elements for the season, though if you live in very salty area you might want to invest in some anti-rust spray.

If you’re looking to schedule a service appointment, be sure  to take advantage of our online scheduler!

2016 Toyota Corolla Features Outshine the Competition

2016 Toyota Corolla Features

Already one of the most popular cars on the market, the 2016 Toyota Corolla has some exciting new technology and amenities drivers will love. From infotainment to convenience, few sedans can match the 2016 Toyota Corolla features.

The new Corolla has twelve trim levels, so there’s plenty of opportunity for you to pick the trim with the right features for you. At various trim levels, you can get Siri Eyes Free technology, a remoteless key system, and integrated backup camera, and so much more. Higher trim levels even have both normal and sport driving modes for the very best performance.

This sedan is also pratical, comfortable, and stylish to drive. Every trim has 60/40 split seating so you can fold one or both sides down to maximize your cargo space, and you can get such exclusive features as the Special Edition floor mats in the highest trim. Heat passenger and driver seats will make your winter drive more cozy, and the climate control’s pollen filter will make your car’s cabin more hospitable!

Whatever you’re looking for in a new car, the new Corolla has it all, so stop by Haddad Toyota!

How to Choose Best Vehicle for a Young Driver

The Toyota Prius is a great car for a young driver.
The Toyota Prius is a great car for a young driver.

So it’s time to choose a vehicle for your teenage son or daughter. Although your child will be out on his or her own without your helpful guidance from the passenger seat, this doesn’t mean you can’t help them at all. The best way to do that is to choose the best vehicle for a young driver.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety recommends that the vehicle you choose for your child have certain characteristics. And luckily, Toyota has vehicles that fit all of these criteria! Keep these in mind when shopping for your teen’s new car:

Lower horsepower. While it is good to have a little pep when you accelerate, too much horsepower can prove too tempting for young people, increasing the chance of them speeding. Autobytel recommends the Toyota Prius and Pruis Plug-In.

No minicars. Generally, the bigger and heavier the vehicle the safer that vehicle is. Look for a big vehicle to keep your kid safe out on the road. You can check out the Toyota Highlander or Sequoia!

Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC is built on the anti-lock brake system and any car built in the US after 2011 must be manufactured with these systems standard. If you purchase a vehicle made before that, make sure it has ESC.

Good Safety Ratings. This is a given.  The best vehicle for a young driver is the safest vehicle. The IIHS rates every vehicle on the market. See their list of recommend vehicles for young drivers here. Toyota cars that made the list are the Avalon, Carmy, Prius, RAV4, Highlander, Venza, Sienna, and Tundra.