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ASK GARY: How Should I Maintain My Vehicle in the Summer?

Any extreme weather – hot or cold – puts added stress on a vehicle, and summer months can be just as brutal as winter ones.  Keep in mind that while maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual are based on average conditions, most manufacturers recommend that mileage intervals are decreased to accommodate extreme driving or weather conditions, such as hot and humid summer weather.

Here are some tips for keeping your vehicle running well during the hot summer months:

  • Flush the coolant system.  Coolant failure is a main cause of breakdowns during the summer. The radiator and coolant system absorb and dissipate heat produced by the engine, so it’s important that they are in prime working order. Flush your coolant and check the radiator, heater hoses, water pump and fan clutch.
  • Check the air conditioning.  Make sure that your air conditioning is working efficiently.  Check the system for leaks and make sure your vehicle is getting the right amount of refrigerant.
  • Check your fluids. Oil, transmission, brake and power steering fluids should all be clean.
  • Maintain your tires.  Tires are critical for maintaining a safe and well-functioning vehicle.  Underinflated tires won’t disperse heat properly and overinflated tires cause the tread to wear out quicker. The right tire pressure for your vehicle can be found in your owner’s manual as well as the driver’s side door jamb or glove box.  Also check your tires to make sure they still have good tread.
  • Take your vehicle for a tune-up. Make sure your vehicle has had a recent tune-up to ensure that parts such as spark plugs and the fuel filter are in good working order.

By maintaining your vehicle properly before summer road trips, you can avoid unplanned delays waiting for a tow truck and enjoy your summer.  Happy and safe travels!

–Gary

J.D. Power and Associates Announce Results from Recent Study

We do love stats! The following comes from a recent study conducted by J.D Power and Associates. The study, called the 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), focused specifically on 2008 model year vehicles. Here’s some of what they found:

“Highlights from J.D. Power and Associates’ VDS include:
  • Toyota and Lexus received seven highest ranking awards – more than any other brand.
  • The Tundra full-size pickup topped its segment for the sixth year in a row, while the Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid sedan, 4Runner midsize Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), Sienna midsize van, and Tacoma pickup truck each topped their respective segments.
  • The Lexus RX luxury sport utility vehicle (Total) ranked highest in its segment; midsize premium crossover/SUV.
  • Ten other Toyota, Scion and Lexus models ranked in the top three of their segment including Toyota Yaris sub-compact (Total), Toyota Matrix cross-over utility vehicle (CUV), Toyota RAV4 compact SUV, Toyota Solara midsize coupe, Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV, Scion tC sports coupe, Lexus GS luxury sport (Total), LS luxury sedan (Total), GX 470 luxury utility vehicle, and Lexus ES 350 entry luxury sedan.
TMS Segment Award Recipients
VEHICLE
PP100
SEGMENT
Toyota Prius
97
Compact Car
Toyota 4Runner
103
Midsize MAV
Toyota Tacoma
109
Midsize Pickup
Toyota Sienna
150
Midsize Van
Toyota Tundra
118
Large Pickup
Lexus RX
101
Midsize Premium MAV
Scion xB
142
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Other examples of Toyota’s commitment to excellence, quality products and customer satisfaction include:
  • Seventeen Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles were named  “most reliable” of which 12 made the “recommended” list, more in both categories than any other automaker, by a leading national consumer publication.
  • Lexus owner loyalty remains the highest among luxury brands, according to internal studies.
  • Eight Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles (Avalon, Corolla, Venza, Highlander, Sienna, RX, tC, & xB) received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2011 Top Safety Pick Award.”

Read the full article here.

Good News from Recent Consumer Report on Toyota

Pleased with the news that the Detroit News shared on the positive feedback on Toyota models, according to Consumer Reports. Three top picks, as shared by Consumer Reports, are the Prius, the RAV4, and the Sienna. Toyota: still strong.

For the full article, click here.

Proud to be Toyota

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

In a recent article released by Toyota, the vice president ad general manager of Toyota Division for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A Inc. was quoted to have said, “For three consecutive years, people have purchased more Toyota vehicles than any other brand.”

The Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Prius and Tacoma have all held their own and continue to be the top Toyotas sought out and found on the road today. From the quality of the Camry to the fuel-efficiency of the Prius, Toyota remains the brand that consumers think of first. As Toyota launches into its “#1 for a Reason” campaign, they can count on Jaffarian Automotive Group to continue to proudly represent and support the brand.

Toyota Makes Its Way Into Forbes!

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week Forbes magazine came out with a list of “10 Cars That Will Make It Past 200,000 Miles” and we are proud to see and report that HALF of that list was comprised of Toyota and Lexus vehicles! Data and results were compiled from surveys conducted by Consumer Reports. Amongst other vehicles like Porche and Sedans, consumers reviewed Toyota vehicles to be incredibly dependable in the long run.

“‘Toyotas are very reliable, they still perform very well’ despite the massive recalls some models suffered earlier this year, says David Champion, the senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. ‘They’re quiet; they’re comfortable. The people who have them generally really like the vehicle.'”

Toyota’s Yaris, Sienna, FJ Cruiser and Tundra (V-6) were in the company of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Flex, Honda CR-V, Acura RL and Porsche Boxster on Forbes‘ list of  “Cars That Will Make It Past 200,000 Miles.”

To see the how the vehicles ranked and read the article in Forbes magazine, click here.

From ToyotaNewsRoom: Toyota Top Brand Among Younger Car Buyers

Good news for Toyota: Generation Y car buyers – those born since 1983 – are trending toward the same brands as their Baby Boomer parents, according to AutoPacific. The automotive research firm said Toyota is the top brand among these young car buyers, followed by Honda and Ford.  Chevrolet and Nissan round out the top five on the list.”

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From ToyotaNewsRoom: MSN Autos: New Sienna Ranked Among ‘Safest Cars in America’

“The 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan is among 12 vehicles identified as ‘The Safest Cars in

2011 Sienna

America’ by MSN Autos.  It noted that among the safety features on the all-new Sienna is ‘an optional radar-based pre-collision scans the road and preps the brakes for maximum stopping power if it senses a potential impact’ and ‘the industry’s first panoramic rear camera.'”

View IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2010

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