What are Volvo and Toyota doing to take vehicle safety to the next level?

Gary Jaffarian explains what both vehicle manufacturers are doing to take the global lead in vehicle safety.

Jaffarian Volvo Toyota is proud to represent two vehicle manufacturers that have a history of safety feature development and have taken the lead globally on creating the safest vehicles. While other manufacturers focus on image, Toyota and especially, Volvo, focus on technology and safety features.

Volvo created a program, “Vision 2020” described by its president as follows: “Our vision is that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. Protecting and caring for people is at the heart of Volvo Cars’ philosophy and Vision 2020 is our commitment to saving lives.”

Volvo technology researchSafety is in their DNA, and Volvo leaders are outraged that 1.3 million people die in the world every year from traffic accidents. The company was founded in 1927 because they believed that nobody else could make vehicles strong enough or safe enough for Swedish roads. Along the way as they expanded world-wide, Volvo came up with several safety innovations, some of which have changed the world.

Volvo has built its brand on safety and it remains core to the company’s philosophy. According to an objective source, Unbound Edition, “Volvo has partnered with the Swedish government and European Union on “AstaZero,” a world-leading test track for autonomous vehicles that mimics real-world situations ranging from dense fog to darting deer. They will crash 100 vehicles and computer-simulate 30,000 crashes before releasing a new model. (If you’re worried about the risks of top heavy SUVs and flipping over, watch this video and buy an XC90). And they have a radically different take on the future of autonomous driving: in the foreseeable future it will be a pure safety feature, not intended to relinquish control for relaxation or multitasking.”

The Volvo “IntelliSafe” technology includes:
• Soft landing—Volvos protect those outside as well as inside the vehicle. The Pedestrian Airbag – a Volvo-first technology – automatically inflates on impact to cover the windshield and lessen any injuries.

• Protection in any situation—Volvo’s latest world-first safety belt technology protects you should your car leave the road – a common and dangerous accident. To keep you firmly strapped in, the system’s electrically retractable safety belts tighten. To prevent your spine being compressed in a rough landing, a unique seat structure absorbs vertical loads.

• The three-point safety belt—Volvo gave the world the three-point safety belt in 1959 – it’s saved countless lives and has been voted one of mankind’s most important inventions. Volvo offers safety belts that automatically tighten within a few thousandths of a second after a collision.

• Safer travel for children—To provide better protection for children, Volvo developed the world’s first rear-facing child seat, and in 1990 Volvo added an important safety innovation – the integrated booster cushion. They are researching and planning to add rear facing infant seats as part of their safety equipment.

• City Safety – standard on all Volvo models – City Safety technology detects other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and, in some cases, even large animals on the road ahead. It warns the driver of hazards and will brake the car if necessary to avoid or mitigate a collision.

• Intersection braking technology—Volvo developed the world-first intersection braking technology making one of the most common – and damaging – types of collision less likely to happen. If you are about to turn into the path of an oncoming car, it detects if a collision is imminent, braking for you to reduce the severity of an impact, or avoid it altogether.

• Volvo’s latest safety innovation—researching IntelliSafe AutoPilot vehicles. Today, autopilotautonomousdriving3exf2Volvo uses some of its innovative technology to develop semi-autonomous cars that someday will make your journey easier and safer, while leaving you fully in control. The all-new XC90’s Pilot Assist function, for example, can accelerate, brake and steer for you, keeping you a set distance from the car in front of you and keeping the vehicle in the proper lane, at speeds up to 50 mph.

While Volvo has consistently been a leader in applying technology for improved vehicle safety, Toyota has invested in its Toyota’s Safety Sense technology has developed vehicles with some of the same or similar technology to Volvo’s innovations:
• Active High Beam Control—This allows you to drive with high beam on all the time, without blinding others. It detects road users ahead of you and automatically shades the part of the high beam that would dazzle them. You get optimal light and safety is improved for everyone.

• Lane Departure Alert—Not only signals when you are weaving into another lane, but it automatically adjusts your steering. This is a lifesaver for people driving drowsy or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medications as well as for others on the road.

Pre-Collision systems uses an in-vehicle camera and laser to help detect the vehicle in front of yours. When it determines that the possibility of a frontal collision is high, it prompts the driver to take evasive action and brake, by using an audio and visual alert. If the driver notices the hazard and brakes, the system may provide additional braking force using Brake Assist. If the driver does not brake in a set time and the system determines that the possibility of a frontal collision is extremely high, the system may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed to help the driver reduce the impact and in certain cases avoid the collision.

Both companies use front and rear cameras to detect hazards and signals when braking is needed; and hands free talking and sending basic text messages while driving. It is truly amazing how the vehicles we represent significantly contribute to driver safety with the latest in vehicle technology with computerized systems. As one customer said after purchasing a new Toyota with the latest technology, “I feel like my car thinks for me. It really helps me feel safer on the highway.”

Jaffarian Volvo Toyota is committed to making our community safer by selling and servicing the safest vehicles on the road today. Preventive maintenance is also part of your vehicle’s safety check. If you are looking for a new vehicle with advanced safety features, please contact us as we would be happy to demonstrate how Volvo and Toyota are working hard to keep us safe on the roads.

Be safe on the roads!

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Where would you suggest for a Memorial Day weekend day trip or overnight?

RockportGary Jaffarian provides a few New England destinations as options for a nice day trip or holiday weekend away.

The official kick off to summer is upon us and it is time for summer drives and weekend get-aways! Most people in our area have visited popular destinations including Cape Cod, Rockport, Gloucester, Ipswich, Newburyport, Ogunquit and Kennebunkport (Maine); or the N.H. Lakes Region—which are still among my favorites. (If you haven’t been to these beautiful places already, then I suggest you put them on top of your summer “bucket” list.)

I am a boater and love the ocean, so most of my favorite summer destinations are Tivertoncentered around ocean communities. But I have one favorite place in the mountains of Massachusetts and some favorite places in Southern Rhode Island by the ocean which are often overlooked.

With gas prices averaging about $2.39 per gallon, you can get to some of these beautiful places in a half-day or less for about $20. If some of these places have available hotel rooms on the holiday weekend, I suggest you stay over. Your favorite discounted hotel rooms web sites may be the place to find an available room, such as Groupon, Trivago.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz.com; Booking New England or Expedia.

Berkshire in SUmmerThe Berkshires—This mountainous and historic area is filled with culture, music, beautiful views and charming villages. But most people in the Boston area or Merrimack Valley that I meet have never been there. In just two-and-a-half to three hours, you can be in this beautiful region. There is so much to do and see, a weekend is barely enough time to explore this region known for its many tourist attractions.

Museums: The two most famous are:
1. Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. While I will admit to not being much of a fan of his artwork, he is an iconic artist documenting the history of our country in Rockwell Museumpictures. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting the tour was, as well as learning important facts about his life and passion for civil rights. It’s a great place for children and adults.

2. Mass MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams was written up on the front page of this past Sunday’s Boston Globe. It has expanded and will be MassMoCA

opening a new building on May 28th. This amazing museum is home to a diverse group of exhibitions representing many forms of multi-media art, paintings, sculptures and so much more. The collections are only on view for a limited time, so it is ever-changing. Boston Globe write Malcolm Gay referred to Mass MoCA as “about the vast and outlandish, an unlikely arts mecca…” The new building will add another 105,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space!

Downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a mix of museums, movies, shops and restaurants.

Tanglewood in Lenox is one of the most famous places to visit in the country for classical and orchestral music and is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops. It is best known for hosting the Boston Pops events in the summer and James Taylor on the 3rd of July, for his annual Independence Day celebration. While Tanglewoodthere are no shows until May 31st, it is worth mentioning if you go between then and Labor Day. Keith Lockhart will be there leading the Boston Pops in John Williams music, there are special performances by the Indigo Girls, Joan Baez and many other nationally-known musicians.

The Berkshires are also home to wineries, breweries, farmers’ markets and orchards, making it a great place to visit in spring, summer or autumn; or for skiing in the winter. Instead of staying overnight in a chain hotel, there are plenty of charming and historic inns and bed and breakfasts. You may want to check out the famous Red Lion Inn.

PEM ExhibitSpeaking of art exhibits, there is a wearable art exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem (MA) that is a short drive and after checking out the exhibit there is plenty to see in this quaint and historic seaside community with many museums, shops and restaurants.

Newport, RI is one of the most sought after travel destinations for New Yorkers, but just south of Massachusetts, many people haven’t been to Newport. Known for its beaches, mansions of Bellevue Avenue and shopping and dining on Thames Street and on two downtown wharfs, Newport is home to the most bed and breakfasts of any city inNewport America! It is the home to the Viking Hotel used for the original filming of The Great Gatsby based on the 1925 American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald; and the center of town was using in the filming of Amistad— a true movie based on events of 1839, when the revolt of slaves aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island and the courts had to decide whether the passengers were slaves or legally free.

Downtown NewportNewport is a great place to visit for the day or weekend whether you’re single and looking for some music clubs; or a family looking for fun things to do with the kids. (There’s a giant arcade with video games for the kids in downtown Newport!) If you are a boater, Newport is home to the International Boat Show every September and is one of the largest boating events in the nation.

Other places to visit in Rhode Island are Jamestown, a historic oceanside town next to Newport; take a ferry to Block Island from Narragansett or Newport; or go over the scenic Newport Bridge,Newport Bridge the longest in New England and away from the crowds to visit Tiverton for beaches or Boating; or historic Bristol. There are many beautiful ocean-view towns in the smallest state in the union, which are often overlooked by most New Englanders. Bristol is home to the oldest 4th of July parade in the entire nation! Coastal Living magazine named Bristol in its top 10 best American beach towns to celebrate the 4th of July!

Before you leave, give us a call (888) 718-4749 or book on line 24/7 for an appointment with Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Service Department for an oil change and we’ll give your vehicle a great check-up before you leave. If you bring your vehicle in for a service check, our certified technician will even text you a short video of your vehicle and their findings! Or call to book a detail cleaning before you leave or when you return. Service and detail specials are available by using the coupons on our website.

Travel safely and enjoy your long weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season!

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Are you doing anything to support the local community in the off-season?

Gary Jaffarian explains that the back-to-school and holiday seasons are not the only times of the year that Jaffarian sponsors programs to give back to the local community. Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s commitment to the community began three generations ago when the company was founded and is an all-season effort. Consistently the Jaffarian family’s charitable focus has been supporting local youth and disadvantaged families.

YIMCheckDonation (002)Giving back to our local community is in our DNA. You can read about our many efforts starting back with my grandfather (link to the stories on the website.) For us there is not an off-season when it comes to giving back. That is why just over a year ago, we established the Jaffarian Youth in Motion Fund to create an ongoing, all season program to support our local youth in two cities where there is great need: Lawrence and Haverhill. The Jaffarian Youth in Motion Fund enables local youth in need to participate in sports and activities that provide structure, discipline, teach sportsmanship and, ultimately, promote a healthy, active lifestyle. This fund formalizes efforts that we have consistently funded over the years including sponsoring many local sports teams and the Game On program where we offset the high costs of high school fees for many local communities donating over $50,000 to participate in sports.

With so many children watching TV and playing video games, combined with a diet that includes fast food, the national obesity rate in children and adults is steadily on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 17% of children are obese and they grow into the 36.5% of obese American adults. Of the 12.7 million obese children in the U.S., 9% are ages 2-5; 17.5% are ages 6-11; and 20% are ages 12-19.

As part of the Jaffarian Youth in Motion program, we recently presented an additional $5,000 to both the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill and the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence. The Clubs use the funds to help numerous boys and girls in need take part in a wide range of sports and activities, from basketball and field hockey teams, to National Youth Leadership forums and summer camps. We selected these local Boys & Girls ClubsIMG_3468 as they are in an ideal position to identify needs and allocate funds directly to their members and they serve communities where the need is significant.

We’ve seen firsthand how the fund has made a difference in the lives of local kids who don’t have the means to take part in sports and activities that can enrich their lives. Both Boys & Girls Clubs have done a terrific job of using the fund to help their deserving members get what they need to participate in sports and enroll in summer camps. The thank you letters I receive from thesLawrence January 18 v1e kids are incredibly touching and reinforce what my family has always believed – that sports foster physical and mental well-being, teach important life skills like sportsmanship, not to mention bringing joy and boosting self-confidence.

In its first year, the Jaffarian Youth in Motion Fund has helped more than 75 local children with sports equipment and special events such as college tours and weekend basketball tournaments. Our inner-city children can compete with other youth across New England at an elite level because of this fund. To date, this fund has provided members of the Boys and Girls Clubs with everything from new basketball sneakers and prescription swim goggles, to dance equipment, cheerleading uniforms and sleeping bags for camps, enabling deserving kids to participate in activities that enrich their lives.

Over the years, we have sponsored numerous sports teams, helped Haverhill High buildLawrence January 18 v4 a weight room, raised $50,000+ to offset the costs of participating in high school sports in several towns, and brought busloads of local kids to Celtics and Red Sox games.

Our entire team is proud of the impact the Jaffarian Youth in Motion fund and the impact it is having locally. When in for service, take a moment to read the Thank you notes on display in each of our service waiting areas. As it reminds all of us, there is not off-season for giving back and helping our local youth. I think my grandfather and father would be proud to see the legacy continue.

We are fortunate to have the Lawrence and Greater Haverhill Boys and Girls Clubs in our communities. Thank you to all the leadership and staff at both these organizations for all that they do on a daily basis!

Enjoy the sunshine!

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I know I should know, but how do I change a tire?

Gary Jaffarian explains the steps for changing a flat tire. You can also watch a Jaffarian Video on our YouTube channel.toyota trunk with spare

A great question as it is not hard, but it is a good thing to know how to do to avoid being stranded on the side of the road!  Below are the instructions but if you are a visual learner, no problem!  Please watch Jaffarian’s YouTube video on How to Change a Tire” for a simple demonstration.

How to change a tire:

  1. Pull over into a safe place. If you’re on a major highway, for safety reasons, try to make it off the exit ramp. Turn off your vehicle and secure it with the emergency brake if needed. Never change a tire on an incline or hill and try for a flat surface. Remove the spare and all related tools prior to jacking up your vehicle. If you have one, place a block, brick or other item behind the opposite tire to prevent any rolling.
  1. Pry off the hub cap with a screw driver or tool that comes with your vehicle to
    Toyota Lug nut tool

    Toyota lug nut tool

    release the lug nuts. The newer models have a special tool to do that; or one that came with the spare tire and lift in your trunk.

  2. Once you’ve loosened the lug nuts, do not remove them completely. After you jack up your vehicle, completely remove the lug nuts with your fingers.
  3. Jack up the vehicle about 1” off the ground. Place the jack securely under the edge of the car. The exact location may vary among vehicle models, so consult your
    hydraulic jack

    Hydraulic jack

    owner’s manual for the right place to put the jack.

  4. If you have a scissor jack, insert the rod or wrench over the knob, and then crank. If you have a hydraulic jack, place the handle into the appropriate location and pump up and down. Use nice, even strokes, taking the jack handle from its lowest point to its highest point on each stroke to make it a bit easier on yourself.

    scissor jack

    Scissor jack

  5. Remove all bolts and lug nuts and then remove the flat tire.
  6. Set the spare tire on the lug bolts, then put the lug nuts back in place using your fingers to screw them on. Wait until the tire is on the ground before using the tool to securely fasten the lug nuts as tight as you can secure them with a wrench.
  7. Try to replace the spare tire as soon as possible with a permanent one. Jaffarian Volvo Toyota stocks or can get same day delivery on the tire you need for your vehicle. It’s best to get the exact match for the replacement to the other three.

I encourage you to check your trunk to confirm you have a spare tire, jack and the associated equipment that should be in your vehicle in case of needing to change your tire. Also, to avoid being stranded. I encourage you to consider securing AAA road service or roadside assistance through your vehicle’s manufacturer. Additionally, if you have new drivers in your household, share the YouTube video!

Remember that when driving with a spare tire (aka “donut”) you should maintain a lower speed and monitor how many miles you drive before replacing with a permanent tire.

Last month in my Ask Gary blog I discussed how to evaluate worn tires and Jaffarian has another You Tube video on “How do I know when I need new tires?” It is important for your safety to avoid driving on tires that are too worn or under or overinflated. That is a dangerous situation, especially if you drive on the highway. With regular oil changes or service, the professional automotive technicians at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Service Department will evaluate your tires and provide you with a report on how they are wearing.

Be safe on the roads.

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What’s new for family-oriented vehicles? (It seems like the industry focus is on sporty and “green.”)

Gary Jaffarian shares the commitment by both Volvo and Toyota for models designed for families ; and that family-oriented models can also be “green” and sporty!

XC 90 interiorI really like this question because within the automotive industry, and especially for Volvo and Toyota, vehicles designed for families remain a priority. Both manufacturers that Jaffarian Volvo Toyota represent are committed to offering multiple models to meet the needs of families. Sporty, green and family-oriented aren’t mutually exclusive! In some models, you can opt for a hybrid model that is spacious with impressive design attributes for the best of all worlds! As noted below, many of these vehicles perform at the top of the IIHS Top Safety picks too!

 

SiennaToyota Sienna— This mini-van comes in five stylish models and nine fun colors! Child-protector rear door locks are standard on all models. It comfortably holds 7 passengers and for the driver to communicate with family members in the back row, there is “Driver Easy Speak”— which utilizes a microphone in the overhead console to amplify the driver’s voice and broadcast it through rear speakers. It comes with all of Toyota’s new safety package including a back-up camera and on-screen GPS.

Highlander-frontToyota Highlander—This SUV Crossover is an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick with eight models, seating seven and in similar nine fun colors. Of the eight models, there are hybrid models for increased mileage efficiency. All models come with Toyota Safety Sense features including lane departure alert with steering assist— a nice feature for tired and distracted drivers; pre-collision prevention with pedestrian detection; and automatic high beams.

Since 1927, Volvo has been making the safest luxury vehicles to keep families safe. Starting as boxy yet safe, they are now among the most stylish vehicles for families.

V90 Cross CountryVolvo V90 XC— This new Volvo model, hailed by The Boston Globe as a “stunning” vehicle, functions like an SUV and replaces the Volvo Cross Country wagon. This large wagon has long glass windows and a panoramic moon roof. Its ergonomic feature includes loads of leg room, even in the rear. For added winter driving safety, it is an all-wheel drive vehicle. This is truly a luxury vehicle with family-friendly features. This new model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2017. The beautiful soft leather seats hold 5-7 passengers with plenty of cargo space. Volvo’s vehicles, long lauded for safety, also has other options including the XC 60 that are great vehicles for a family.

XC90x.jpgVolvo XC90 won Car of the Year and North American SUV of the Year in 2016—and is even better this year with its redesigned 2017 model. Everything about it is perfection and safety for you and your family. It seats up to 7 passengers in three rows. It’s powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, one of which is supercharged and turbocharged. A plug-in hybrid version is also offered for the environmentally-conscious family. A four-wheel drive version provides additional safety. Volvo has also been researching a built-in infant seat for greater safety and continues to be a leader in safety research.volvo0715-xc90-excellence-child-seat-concept

As I often write about, the right vehicle for your family may vary significantly from other families need. Commonly families need seating, cargo space and safety is a top priority. Wherever your family is in terms of age and vehicle needs, know that we at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota are here to help you find the best vehicle for your needs and budget. As a local, family-owned dealership, we are all about family and welcome the opportunity to help you and your family for all of your automotive needs!

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What’s better – leasing or financing?

Gary Jaffarian shares key factors to help you evaluate if leasing or financing your next vehicle is best for you.

Couple signingIt depends on your personal situation, but I am a big fan of leasing. To evaluate the best decision for you and your driving needs, let’s discuss the factors to assist you as your search for, and finance a vehicle.

1. Know your budget. First establish what you can afford. Our sales staff will ask you where you want to in terms of monthly payments. We have tools on our Jaffarian website to help you choose either to lease or finance as a way to assist you in this process.

Keep in mind factors that you may want to include in your monthly budget including extended warranties, sales tax and registration fees. Also ask your insurance agent what your monthly insurance will cost.

2. Know your credit score. A quick way to learn your score is to use a free site like CreditKarma.com, which is a secure website. To learn your credit score, you do need to give out your social security number. If you are leasing or purchasing, we will need to check your score. The score may affect your interest rate.

3. Know how many miles you drive annually. High-mileage drivers usually prefer to purchase rather than lease. If you drive 15,000 miles or less per year, then leasing may be your preferred option. Signing for vehicle

Financing or buying the vehicle:
• You pay its entire cost and loans are available on new vehicles up to 72 months and less for pre-owned vehicles.
• It does not matter how many miles you put on or how long you keep it.
• You will be required to make a down payment and/or trade in a used vehicle; and pay applicable sales tax on the entire purchase price, along with interest if you finance it.

Leasing:
• You only pay the part of the vehicle’s value that is used during your lease term (generally 2-3 years of depreciation).
• There is a term agreement for the number of months you lease (commonly 36 months); in addition, there is a cap on the number of miles you can put on your leased vehicle without penalty or you can pre-pay higher mileage.
• You may be required to make a down payment, although there are $0 Down Payment incentives. Volvo currently has a Sign and Drive program that presents great lease payments for qualifying customers with $0 money down.
• At the end of the you can trade it in or buy it depending on your preference.

Advantages of Leasing:
Less commitment: Most lease terms give you the option to either buy out the lease (and keep the vehicle) or return the vehicle to the dealer.
Lower monthly payments: You are essentially paying for the time you will be driving the vehicle versus paying the entire price. Leasing can offer the best of all worlds – the vehicle you want, at a monthly payment that’s typically more affordable than buying.
Good Manufacturer’s Warranty: The manufacturer’s warranty often covers the vehicle for the entirety of the lease term; this means no out-of-pocket expenses for standard maintenance or repair fees.
Low or no down payments: Down payments are often low and sometimes there is no down payment required at all on a lease so you can keep more money in your pocket.
Choose any new (or certified pre-owned) vehicle: You can experience driving new models every 2-3 years that may otherwise be out of your price range if you were buying.
First right to complete purchase at the vehicle’s residual value. This means the payment made during the lease period will be subtracted from the final price.
Trade-in value: No worries about trade-in value issues due to depreciation, economic downturns and other factors beyond your control. There are also no concerns about being impacted by the reduced value of your vehicle due to the CarFax report.

Disadvantages of Leasing:
• Leasing contracts define the number of annual miles, most often between 10,000-15,000 miles. Exceeding the miles can convert to a mile overage charge that may be as high as 25 cents per every mile over the contract amount. Keep in mind you can run the numbers and agree that with a $0 money down contract, you may be comfortable with the mileage overage fee.
• You don’t gain ownership equity over the vehicle unless you buy it out and the end of the lease period.
• Wear and tear penalty fees can be added at the end of your lease if you do not take care of the vehicle.

When you visit Jaffarian Volvo Toyota or any other dealership, I encourage you to have the finance manager run your financial scenario for both leasing and purchasing options. Check out the financing options for Toyota here. Rebates for students, veterans and other specials may only apply to purchasing. Toyota also offers a preferred option balloon finance plan, whereby you drive as an owner, but pay like you lease it. You may have the option of buying a Toyota with the convenience of lower monthly payments during the initial financing term and the plan includes a large final balloon payment. As Toyota says about their leasing programs, you can “Drive the Toyota of Your Dreams.”

Volvo has attractive offers as well, whereas if you purchase a Volvo S90, remaining lease payments will be made by Volvo. When you lease a Volvo, most models have an option for $0 cash down at signing. See the special financing programs available at the Volvo financing website.

Volvo allows you to lease a luxury vehicle you might not otherwise afford. For example, if you purchase a $37,000 vehicle, you are paying for or financing that amount plus interest, if any. If you lease the same vehicle for 36,000 miles or 36 months, you would only be financing $16,000 (based on $37,000 minus the residual value of $21,000 which you only owe if you purchase it outright.)

We are always here to assist you in helping make an informed decision as to whether leasing or financing is right for you.

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How do I check my tires for premature or irregular wear?

Gary Jaffarian often says your tires and brakes are the most important parts of your vehicle’s safety system. In this blog, Gary explains the importance of properly inflated tires and rotating your tires for even wear.

tire treadsImproper tire alignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely. This happens when one side of the tread blocks is wearing faster than the other side potentially affecting your ride and your safety. This is why it is so important to have your tires inflated properly. Underinflated or overinflated tires cause premature wearing.

Most vehicles have an indicator light when your tires are not properly inflated and may first appear in the fall during cool weather or in the summer during the hot weather. There are two different settings for your tires, generally listed on the label inside the driver’s door. (This dashboard symbol usually looks like a set of parentheses with an tire pressure monitoring symbolexclamation mark in the middle.) If your tire pressure light appears, you may need to simply check the pressure. if unsure how to check your tire pressure, watch the video from the Jaffarian You Tube channel on “Jaffarian Service Tips: How to Check Your Tire Pressure” or make an appointment or stop by and we will check your tires for you.

Rotating your tires is an important part of your vehicle’s maintenance. Rotation of tires promotes even wear and when done consistently, will promote longer use of your tires saving you money and hassle. If you are unsure if your tires need to be rotated, make an appointment and let us check your tires for wear, check the alignment and rotate the tires if necessary. You will receive a written summary of the health of your vehicle including your tires so you have the key information you need to make an informed decision regarding regular maintenance.

Tire-Rotation2We realize that replacing tires can be an unexpected expense. However, keep in mind that driving on worn tires poses a real safety issue including risks of a blowout, loss of control due to hydroplaning and adversely affects the reliability of the brakes. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Tires are essential to your vehicle and essential to your safety. Maintaining the proper tire pressure and rotating your tires regularly are two easy and important ways to promote longer tire life and to protect you and those who travel in your vehicle. If you do need tires, do your homework! Not all tires are the same so be sure to compare apples to apples. A common myth is that dealerships are not competitive when it comes to tires. That is a blog topic for another day, but rest assured we offer very competitive pricing – guaranteed.

Please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to learn how to do; or stop by the dealership for “How Do I…” sessions with a sales or service professional to get the most out of your vehicle.

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