6 Benefits of Buying a Used Car That Make Your Choice Easy

Benefits of Buying a Used Car - Madison Wisconsin

When it comes to buying a car, it may be tempting to buy a vehicle that is brand new. But in today’s market, there are so many reasons to get a used car that new cars just seem like a waste of money. Benefits of buying a used car are endless, but read more about them here.


Here are just a few of the benefits of buying a used car:


  • Much larger selection to choose from, ensuring that you’ll find a car you love
  • More reviews online to consider and to help you decide
  • Less depreciation, as opposed to new cars, which drop in value immediately
  • Easily customizable with many custom parts available
  • Better insurance rates available for used cars
  • And best of all – much more affordable prices!


To learn more about why you should buy a used car, or to check out our enormous selection of used vehicles, contact us or visit us anytime at Smart Budget Cars. We’d love to set you up on a test drive!

Madison Summer Festivals to Plan Your Summer Around

Madison Summer FestivalsHere at Smart Budget Cars, we have the luxury of being located right in Madison, home to an enormous list of festivals year-round that is especially full during the summer months. The Madison Summer Festivals will be sure to brighten your time in the area!


If you’re looking for guaranteed-fun way to spend the day, check out one (or more!) of these upcoming Madison summer festivals. For a complete list of fun things going-on in the city, check out its official tourism site.


  • La Fete de Marquette, July 14-17: Features music, local cuisine, boutiques, and craft beer. Learn more here.
  • Dane County Fair, July 20-24: Features exhibitors, motocross, swine racers, and a carnival. Learn more here.
  • WaunaFest 2016, July 29-31: Features a variety of musical performers, karaoke, face painting, and a magician. Learn more here.
  • Atwood Fest, July 30-31: Features dancing, kids events, a market, and charitable opportunities. Learn more here.


And of course, if you’re looking for a new summer vehicle, contact us or visit us anytime at Smart Budget Cars.

There’s Still Time to Buy a 2016 Scion iA

2016 Scion iA in Madison, WisconsinScion is closing its doors this August as a result of low sales since it began in 2003, but that doesn’t mean its vehicles aren’t great quality at a great price. Made by Toyota, Scion vehicles are inexpensive, sporty, and packed with features you won’t find at this low price point anywhere else.

When you buy a 2016 Scion iA, you’re buying a car for $17,595 (or $16,495 for a manual transmission) that comes with push-button start, a rearview camera, bucket seats, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and a lot more. The iA even comes with standard active safety features, which are rarely available at this low price.

Scion offers a 2-year or 25 thousand-mile no-cost maintenance plan for factory suggested maintenance and roadside assistance, and Toyota dealerships will honor that after Scion has closed. The iA is surprisingly spacious for its small size, making it a great choice for drivers who like to travel but need a small, efficient car for their daily commute.

If you’re in the market for a new sedan, the iA is a great choice, and you don’t have much more time to buy one.

Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept

It’s no secret Toyota is discontinuing the Scion brand but not every model is leaving the market. The Scion FR-S is getting a new name with a powerful legacy behind it. The Toyota GT86 is already available under a few different names but come September 2016, it will officially hit the United States market. Even better, the automaker’s global chief engineer revealed the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept in Australia.

The Toyota 86 is developed by both Toyota and Subaru and is widely known as the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ, and Scion FR-S. The latest Shooting Brake Concept features a hatchback that’s earned a thumbs-up from Tetsuya Tada, the creator of the Toyota 86, BRZ, and Scion FR-S and Toyota’s global chief engineer.

The story goes that Toyota’s Australian design team created a clay model of the Shooting Brake concept and showed Tada in 2014. From there, Tada selected designed from Japan to bring the model to life.

This isn’t the first Shooting Brake concept we’ve seen by it’s the first time the concept has worn Toyota badging. Subaru’s Cross Sport Design Concept debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

The concept is more than just eye candy. The model itself has taken a few laps on Toyota’s test tracks. While the Japanese automaker(s) won’t rule anything out, there’s no confirmation of a production model either.

Here at Smart Scion, we can’t wait to see what becomes of the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake Concept!

How to Remove Odors from Your Car

Gas OdorUnwanted odors are uninviting to passengers and, if the car isn’t driven often, the driver. Once a smell has sunk into the carpet and seats, it’s rather difficult to remove. Thankfully, it isn’t an impossible task. There are quite a few ways to remove odors from your car and you likely have everything you need at home. Here’s how to leave your car with a fresh smell from us here at Smart Scion.

  1. Cat Litter – If you already have a cat, there’s likely some litter ready to go. Designed to absorb and eliminate unwanted odors, cat litter can leave your car virtually odorless. Just leave a bowl of litter in your car overnight. By morning, you’ll have an odorless car. Best of all, the litter can be reused!

  2. Citrus Peels – A part of a good breakfast, citrus fruit peels can leave your car with a fresh, fruity scent. Throw several peels in a cup and let them sit in your car with the windows up. After a few hours, the fruit smell will have overpowered the unwanted odor!

  3. Charcoal – Primarily used for grilling, leaving a bag of charcoal in your car will absorb and eliminate almost any smell. Best of all, you can have a weekend barbecue with said charcoal!

Prepare Your Car for Spring and Summer

2016 Scion iM

Prime for a spring or summer road trip in your Scion iM or other vehicle!

Spring has arrived and summer is steadily approaching. You’ll want to make sure that your car is prepared to handle all the rain and heat that is coming its way. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for spring and summer:

Make sure you’ve gotten service – It’s essential that you’re on track for all your basic service points such as oil changes, tire rotations, and alignment.

Keep an eye out for engine problems – If your car has a hard start, rough idling, or is stalling, these are all problems you’ll want to get corrected before the heat sets in and does even more damage.

Belts, clamps, hoses – Make sure all of these are in good condition and tightened.

Flush and refill the cooling system – If you’re on track for a flush (you can check in your owner’s manual), do so. Even if you got it done recently, it’s best to give your radiator a fresh start for the summer.

Check your tires – Make sure that your tires have the right amount of pressure, because being under- or over-inflated can cause you to have a blowout or get a flat.

Remember, all of these can be checked at our service department.

Scion-ara Celebration Previews tC Release Series

We know that Scion is joining with Toyota, sad and exciting all at the same time. But Scion views it as a time to change and develop. At the New York International Auto Show, the “Scion-ara” celebration debuted the tC Release Series.

The last Scion series is sure to make a mark. The final edition MY16 tC Release Series 10.0 has enhanced performance and an aggressive exterior.

The tC RS 10.0 turns heads in Barcelona Red and a Kei Miura-designed Aero Kit, which includes a front lip spoiler, rocker panels, rear lower spoiler and a deck spoiler.

Performance aims to impress, too, with TRD performance lowering springs. These reduce the center of gravity on the car for quicker turns and enhanced steering response.

Sharp design follows through to the interior with black and red sport-tuned seat inserts. Red accent stitching can be found on the seats, parking brake cover, shift boot, and steering wheel.

“For enthusiasts looking for a piece of history, this is a great opportunity to own our best tC ever,” said Scion Vice President Andrew Gilleland.

At least Scion is going out in style! Check out our stylish tCs in Madison and snag one for yourself!

Notable Women in Automotive History

Alice Ramsey with Automotive

This public domain image from the Library of Congress via Bain News Service shows Alice Huyler Ramsey next to her vehicle. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alice_Ramsey_ggbain.03065.jpg

March is recognized as National Women’s History Month, which makes this a perfect time to talk about some of the most notable women in automotive history.

  • Mary Anderson. At nearly the beginning of automotive history, Mary Anderson invented something that comes standard on every car sold around the world—the windshield wiper. She was granted a patent in 1903. Her version was manually controlled by a lever inside the cabin.
  • Alice Huyler Ramsey. In 1909, at only 22 years old, Alice Ramsey left her family and went on an incredible 3,800-mile road trip from New York to San Francisco. The journey took her 59 days and only included 152 miles of paved roads. She continued her cross-country treks throughout her life and stopped counting after 30 trips. She was eventually inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Florence Lawrence. Another universal standard feature, the turn signal, was invented by Florence Lawrence in 1913. Her version was an “auto signaling arm” that the driver would manually raise to indicate a left or right turn. It also included a “stop” sign for the brakes.

These women played a pivotal and lasting role in the early days of the automotive industry and we will forever be grateful for their innovative minds.

Here Are the Scion Models Transitioning to Toyota

2016 Scion iM

The 2016 Scion iM, pictured at the Chicago Auto Show, is one of 3threeScion models transitioning to Toyota.

Toyota has announced that it is reabsorbing the Scion brand. This is good news for both brands as it shows that Scion has reached its full potential and the Toyota brand is much better now at reaching out to younger drivers. There will be three Scion models transitioning to Toyota, including the FR-S, iA, and iM. These models will gain a Toyota nameplate but keep their model names.

The FR-S will add a lot of excitement to the Toyota brand with its sharp handling, sleek styling, and attainable price tag. Drivers will love its well-balanced chassis and fun-to-drive personality. For 2016, the FR-S gets a standard rearview camera, silver interior trim, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

If you’re looking for a subcompact sedan with tons of great features all at a great value, there is no better choice than the Scion (soon to be Toyota) iA. This all-new sedan is a great addition to the market with engaging handling, a refined interior, and respectable fuel efficiency.

With plenty of features, a comfortable ride, and eye-catching styling, the iM is a great choice in the compact hatchback segment. Buyers will love the long list of standard features, including all the technology.

Here at Smart Scion, we are really excited by this Scion transition and think these models have a lot to add to the Toyota brand.

More on the transition: February Blog | On Our Website

2017 Scion Vehicles Will Move to Toyota

2016 Scion iA in Madison, Wisconsin

The Scion iA is one of four 2017 Scion vehicles set to move to the Toyota brand.

Selling Corollas and Camrys to repeat buyers is easy but getting new buyer loyalty to a brand is hard. Ultimately, that led to the birth of Scion, a brand designed to appeal to the younger generation. Leaping to center stage in 2002, Scion saw strong sales in the beginning. Since the recession, sales have been steadily declining. That’s why Toyota has ultimately decided to end the Scion brand and rebadge almost all the vehicles as Toyotas.

There won’t be any 2017 Scion vehicles. Instead, the iA, iM, FR-S, and C-HR will wear the Toyota badge. The only model to leave the market for good is the tC sports coupe. Expect to see a final edition sometime before the brand closes its doors later this summer.

While Scion may be closing for good, it isn’t a failure in the slightest. The brand brought more buyers under the age of 35 to Toyota and peaked with 173,000 sales in 2006.

Scion also made waves with the Pure Price pricing structure, a no-haggle system that streamlined buying a car. The brand also proved it’s possible to load up the most innovative features and efficient yet powerful engines within a sleek design without sapping on a hefty price tag.

We here at Smart Scion are sad to see Scion go but we can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Scions that are becoming new Toyota models.