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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ways NJ Residents Can Spend Their Tax Refund Locally

Tax season recently concluded and many of us received chunks of change back from our federal and state governments. While the amount of an individual’s tax refund varies based on numerous factors, it’s always nice to get something back that you can either add to your savings or spend on something fun. For those living in New Jersey and looking to do the latter, there’s no better way to spend your tax refund than locally so that you can recycle that money back into your state’s economy.

Here are some of the best ways those living in The Garden State can spend their tax refund locally:

Jersey Shore
Between the boardwalks, vacation home rentals, outlets, and casinos, there are plenty of places to spend some money at the various Jersey Shore points. Every summer people flock from all over to go to the Jersey Shore because of its charm, tradition, amusements, and entertainment. Ocean City, Wildwood, Sea Isle, Cape May, and more make for excellent places to spend a tax refund.

New Car
If you’ve received a significant amount of money in your tax refund and are in need of a new vehicle, head on over to a New Jersey car dealership such as Springfield Toyota. A tax refund can be a good amount to put as a down payment on a new vehicle or toward a lease. Right after tax season and right before summer is a great time to buy a car, especially when you take advantage of Easter and Memorial Day sales.

Atlantic City
Why not potentially turn your tax return into a fortune by testing your luck at the Atlantic City casinos? Even if gambling is not for you, Atlantic City also offers a variety of entertainment, shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Six Flags Great Adventure
One of the staples of Central Jersey is Six Flags Great Adventure, an amusement park that seemingly gets better year after year. The spring and early summer are great times to visit Six Flags, before the weather gets hot and everyone is out of school. Even a small tax refund can pay the way for a couple of admission tickets to Six Flags.

Delaware River Tubing
After a long winter of having to stay indoors much of the time, why not spend your tax refund doing something active and outdoors like tubing, rafting, kayaking, or canoeing down the Delaware River. Delaware River Tubing in Milford has been providing family oriented river adventures in New Jersey for more than 30 years and has become a favorite attraction in The Garden State. This is another great way to spend your tax refund before the weather gets too hot.

Camden Aquarium
The Adventure Aquarium on Camden’s Waterfront is another great way to spend tax refunds that are either small or moderate. Daily tickets for adults cost $30 and child tickets cost $22. Admission to the aquarium can even be paired up with a Riverlink Ferry ride across the Delaware River for an extra $5 per ticket.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Improve Your Road Trip Experience with These Vehicles

The seasons are changing, the weather is warming up, and road trips are beginning to be planned by many across the country. What better time to hit the open road with some friends and family than after a long, cold winter.

Road trips can be excellent ways to see the country and make memories that will last a lifetime. Not only do the people you travel with play a big role in how a road trip plays out, the vehicle you decide to drive can also make or break your experience.

There are certain vehicles out there that seem like they were designed for the ultimate road trip experience, and two of them can be found at your nearest Jeep or Chrysler dealership.

Chrysler Pacifica
One of Chrysler’s newer vehicles, the Pacifica is amazing for road trips and family vacations. The Chrysler Pacifica is one of Chrysler’s highest-rated vehicles in terms of safety and has an interior that is well-designed for long periods of driving. Perhaps its best feature is the optional rear-seat entertainment system that will keep kids entertained throughout long car rides and prevent them from asking, “Are we there yet?”

This rear-seat system has twin touch screens that can play DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and video games from devices that can be connected through an HDMI cord. It even has preloaded games, including "Are We There Yet," which uses the Pacifica’s navigation system to track the vehicle’s during the trip and presents it in a kid-friendly way.

The Chrysler Pacifica is easy to park because of its smooth handling, making it the perfect vehicle for driving in cities during a road trip. Its strong acceleration and good fuel economy also make it the ideal vehicle for highway driving.

This Chrysler minivan offers tons of storage space for any family, and it’s Stow ‘n Go seating system is a lifesaver for road trips that require more luggage or equipment than people. The second row seats in the Pacifica can be stored in the flood when they’re not needed to provide some extra storage space.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
For a more adventurous road trip, hop into a Jeep Grand Cherokee and have your choice between on-road or off-road experiences. The Jeep Grand Cherokee can be upgraded to a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel VG engine, which gets up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 when driving on the highway.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee provides a smooth ride for you and your friends and family, and its spacious cabin has plenty of room and is well insulated from sounds outside the vehicle.

With the diesel engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has towing power for up to 7,400 pounds. This is a 1,000-pound increase from the vehicle’s base engine capabilities. Upgrading to the diesel engine makes this vehicle the perfect road trip vehicle for hauling boats, jet skis, trailers, etc. without losing much performance. This versatile vehicle is available with full-time or part-time four-wheel drive systems.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Snow leave you stuck at home this winter? Get back out on the road with a new 4x4 or all-wheel drive Toyota

New Jersey certainly saw its fair share of snow this winter, particularly late in the season. Do you feel like you missed out on some things this winter because you didn’t have the right type of vehicle to get you through the snow?

Don’t make the same mistake next year and get to your Springfield Toyota dealership so that you can get yourself in a new four-wheel (4x4) or all-wheel drive vehicle that will make winter driving much more manageable.

For starters, it’s important to understand the difference between 4x4 and all-wheel drive vehicles. While it may seem like these terms can be used interchangeably, they’re actually two completely different things that use different components to perform the necessary functions., a leading automotive website, defines these terms perhaps as simply as possible:

AWD: A drivetrain that employs a front, rear and center differential to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle.

4x4: A drivetrain that employs two differentials and transfer case to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle.

All-wheel drive is typically found on lighter vehicles like crossover SUVs and helps them gain better traction on asphalt and concrete road surfaces. Four-wheel drive is used by vehicles such as trucks that often face off-road conditions like mud or off-road trails.

There are several Toyota models that fit the description of being either all-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Four-wheel drive models include the Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, and Toyota 4Runner. These vehicles’ towing performance and terrain management systems are second-to-none and will help get you through the snow.

All-wheel drive models include the Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sienna, and the Toyota RAV4. These crossovers and minivan are loved by Toyota customers because of their lighter-duty utility. They are typically spacious and great for gripping the road during winter driving.

Regardless of which model you choose, you’ll notice an amazing improvement from driving front-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles in the winter.

But don’t wait all the way until next winter to make the move. Take advantage of the great deals and savings there are at Springfield Toyota right now!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Taking the New Jersey Driving Test Soon? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you want to be able to shop at the best car dealerships in NJ, first you must pass obtain your driver’s license. Doing so in New Jersey requires acing a road test and written exam, but knowing what to expect can drastically help.

Perhaps you’re a prospective new driver hoping to hit the road soon. If so, let us give you some tips and advice on how to pass your New Jersey driver’s license test.

Practice, Practice, Practice
The old saying, “practice makes perfect” couldn’t be truer. Practicing your driving skills plenty before you take the test is a great way to calm your nerves and leave you feeling fully prepared and confident heading into the road test portion of your exam. Start out in empty parking lots or residential streets and work your way up to low-traffic areas and then highways.

As tough as criticism from “backseat drivers” can be at times, use anything your parents or driving instructor is telling you as constructive feedback and learn from it. Speaking of driving instructors, hiring one or taking a driver’s training course is never a bad idea. Although they’re not free, they are effective at simulating test conditions and educating new drivers on what they need to know before getting behind the wheel by themselves.

Know the Rules of the Road          
Memorizing New Jersey’s state laws and regulations for its drivers may be enough to pass the written exam portion of the driver’s license test, but it is a better idea to really understand each rule and make it a habit of following them as you practice driving.

Whether it’s passing laws, road signs, traffic signals, speed limits, safe following distance, signaling, etc., it’s all fair game on the New Jersey written driver’s license exam. Be sure to read your driver’s manual from cover to cover and study it intently. You can even take online written tests to practice.

Simulate Road Test
Studying is what will mostly help you pass the written portion of the driver’s license exam, but practicing and simulating will prepare you the most for the road test. If you can closely simulate the actual road test you’ll be taking, that is ideal.

A few things that are typically included in the road test that you’ll want to keep in mind are parallel parking, checking for oncoming traffic when pulling out of a parking space or parking lot, making complete stops, knowing how to use the emergency break, yielding at intersections lane changes, signaling, use of mirrors, maintaining speed limit, safe following distances, and more.

Test Day Tips
On the day of the test, don’t be nervous. If you’ve done all of the above, you should be fully prepared. But while you’re taking your driver’s license test, focus on the road not your instructor, don’t get hung up on mistakes, and make sure you’re using a vehicle you feel fully comfortable with.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chrysler 300: Luxury that Excels in the Winter

If you live in New Jersey or the surrounding area, you know what harsh winter weather can look like and how difficult driving can be in the ice and snow. But winter driving can be heavily aided by owning the right vehicle to combat difficult road conditions.

And for those who want to be safe on the road during the winter but don’t want to sacrifice driving luxuriously, there’s the perfect car out there for you and you’ll be searching for the nearest Chrysler car dealership after reading this post.

The Chrysler 300 not only allows you to ride in style, it also handles treacherous road conditions and keeps you safer in the winter than other luxury vehicles of its kind.

The Chrysler 300 offers the most-advance all-wheel drive (AWD) system in its class. This luxury sedan has the power and torque to get you up icy hills and has many other benefits that make winter driving a summer breeze. The winter-driving advantages that the Chrysler 300 offers include:

Performance: You won’t find another vehicle in its class that has the type of performance provided by the Chrysler 300. The luxury sedan’s all-wheel drive system offers smooth shift transitions and incredible handling as all four wheels work together to get you where you’re going. This type of performance makes for a flawless ride in any road conditions, but you’ll appreciate it most in the winter.

Efficiency: The Chrysler 300 doesn’t always have to drive in all-wheel drive. It can seamlessly transfer between rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) to adapt to any and all road conditions. The ability to transfer into RWD gives the Chrysler 300 a best-in-class combined fuel economy for AWD full-size sedans.

Traction Control: Chrysler 300s feature two pieces of technology that help keep you safe on the road during winter weather. This intelligent AWD luxury sedan has an Active Transfer Case and Axle Disconnect, which continuously monitor wheel revolutions and apply automatic brakes to a slipping tire while simultaneously adding torque to opposing tires to keep the vehicle moving forward.

Stability: When road conditions are optimal and the Chrysler 300 is in rear-wheel drive, this luxury sedan provides a stable and smooth ride. But even when the vehicle senses hazardous conditions like ice and snow and shifts into all-wheel drive mode, the Chrysler 300 offers amazing traction and sense of security to its drivers.

So don’t give up luxury or safety this winter. Purchase a Chrysler 300 to have your cake and eat it too!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Check Out These Terrific 2018 Toyota Vehicles!

If you’re living in or around the Garden State and visit our car dealerships in NJ right now, you’ll surely find the impressive line of 2018 Toyota vehicles that have recently hit the market. Toyota has built a trusted reputation by producing reliable and safe vehicles for drivers to own. The Japanese automotive manufacturer has continued its success with its 2018 line and we’re here to highlight some of the specs and features of some of Toyota’s most popular vehicles.

2018 Corolla
The 2018 Toyota Corolla has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,550 and gets an estimated 28 miles per gallon when driving around town and 36 miles per gallon when on the highway. These vehicles come with Toyota’s standard pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, as well as standard lane departure alert with steering assist and standard automatic high beams. This vehicle also comes equipped with standard dynamic radar cruise control.

2018 Camry
The 2018 Camry comes with all the same Standard Toyota Safety Sense features as the Corolla, but this fuel-efficient car is even better on gas and slightly more stylish. The 2018 Camry has a starting MSRP of $23,495 and gets an estimated 29 miles per gallon when driving locally and 41 miles per gallon on the highway. The Camry’s new exterior design also makes it one of Toyota’s most attractive new arrivals. Details such as the sporty side rockers and integrated rear spoiler help add to the car’s fuel efficiency.

2018 Tacoma
The Tacoma is Toyota’s smaller truck of its two options and the 2018 model is a thing of beauty. Starting at $25,200 MSRP, this truck gets an estimated 18 miles per gallon or up to 22 miles per gallon on the highway. With four-wheel drive and V6 engine options available, this truck comes in SR, TRD Sport, and Limited editions. Some of the features that can be found this year include the TRD Pro skid plate, the heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” front grille, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights.

2018 Tundra
If you’re looking to go a little bigger than the Tacoma, a Toyota Tundra could be right up your ally. Getting an estimated 15 miles per gallon regularly and 19 miles per gallon on the highway, this full-sized truck has a starting MSRP of $31,120. SR5, Limited, and Platinum editions are available, which all include a double cab and V8 engine. This truck’s new TRD Sport styling equips it with a new honeycomb-style grille, sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, and a TRD Sport shifter.

2018 RAV4
For those looking for a mix between sport and utility, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the answer. This crossover is built for your weekend escape and gets great gas mileage for its size. RAV4s get an estimated 23 miles per gallon when driving locally and 30 miles per gallon during highway driving. Its starting MSRP is $24,410. The RAV4 is available in all-wheel drive and comes in LE, LE Hybrid, and XLE editions. Also, check out the RAV4 Adventure model if you’re interested in more outdoor excursions.

2018 Highlander

Combining power, versatility and utility, the 2018 Toyota Highlander makes for a great family vehicle and can be a sizable everyday driver that won’t leave you spending all of your money on gas. Starting at an MSRP of $31,030, the Highlander gets an estimated 21 miles per gallon around town and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. The LE, SE, and Limited models are all front-wheel drive some of this SUV’s interior features include: USB ports, seating for up to eight people, plenty of cargo space, and a panoramic moonroof.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Don’t Let Snow Spoil Your Plans! Dodge Rams Were Made for Winter

Winter is coming, which means now is the time to get to Dodge Ram dealers to get the truck that is perfect for winter driving. That’s right; Dodge Ram trucks are made for winter and are the best option for handling rough weather and tough conditions.

The Dodge Rams’ available four-wheel drive makes driving on even the slickest winter roads a breeze, allowing you to get everywhere you need to go throughout the winter, regardless of the weather. Want to go see your favorite pro football team compete in the playoffs but a winter storm is rolling through at the same time? Not a problem when you’re driving a Dodge Ram truck.

The towing power of Dodge Rams is also a feature that makes it the perfect vehicle for winter travel. Whether you’re towing your snowmobile or helping a friend out of an icy situation, Dodge Rams’ complete towing package will get the job done. Every Dodge Ram comes standard with four and seven-pin harness connectors and electric trailer sway control. The Dodge Ram Outdoorsman model features an integrated, factory-engineered Class IV receiver hitch, trailer brake control, and 7x11” towing mirrors.

Dodge Ram 1500s offer three different types of engines—3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and the 3.0-liter turbo EcoDiesel—all of which provide excellent towing capacity, especially for winter hauling.

For extra power this winter, drive the Ram 2500, which comes standard with a powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8, capable of up to 383 horsepower and 400 pounds of torque. The Dodge Ram 2500 is designed to maintain control in all kinds of winter weather conditions. It has a high ground clearance to avoid deep snow drifts and all-wheel drive to increase traction.

Besides being efficient and safe trucks in wintry conditions, Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 models also make for excellent snow-removal trucks because of their ability to be used for plowing. Dodge Ram buyers can even purchase a Snow Chief Package that decks their truck out with plowing necessities.

Dodge Ram trucks are already well-equipped for winter the second you drive them off the lot, but they also have incredible cargo room for storing supplemental winter items. Here are some items you can keep in your Dodge Ram to make yourself even more prepared this winter:
  • Tow Strap
  • Shovel
  • Bag of Salt
  • Jumper Cables
  • Blanket
  • Ice Scrapper
  • Flashlight
So what are you waiting for? Don’t be limited on the road by weather this winter. Get to your nearest Dodge Ram dealer and get yourself the absolute best vehicle for winter driving.

The Sokal Media Group
Automotive Advertising Union NJ Raleigh NC

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