THE CAR-SHOPPING TRIAD

January 5th, 2021 by

If you have ever compared a car’s MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, sometimes called the ‘sticker price’) to its dealer invoice, you know that a Toyota store makes very little money even when selling at full retail – typically $1,000 – $2,000 per car or less. We hope that you will finance through us, add…

HOW NOT TO BUY A CAR

January 5th, 2021 by

The auto industry has a reputation for taking advantage of Customers. At Motorcars Toyota, we don’t use tactics that are common elsewhere because we want you to come back again and again, for a new car, for service, car washes, collision work, and on and on. When you don’t advertise on TV, radio, or in…

WARRANTY SCAMS

December 29th, 2020 by

This time of year, we get many calls from folks who have received official-looking documents that says that their vehicle’s warranty is about to expire. The letter goes on to strongly suggest that you should call a particular phone number to keep from having warranty issues or paying a fortune in repair bills. The question…

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WHY DOES MOTORCARS TOP OFF FLUIDS FOR FREE?

December 29th, 2020 by

Someone once asked us why we top off windshield wiper, coolant, and power steering fluids – things that obviously cost Motorcars money – for free. The answer is simple: We have kids. Some of us even have grandkids. They are on the road with you. We want your car to have a clean windshield, dependable…

Posted in Service Tips

COLLISION SHOPS AND PAINT

December 29th, 2020 by

One of the most common complaints about collision repairs has to do with paint work. Even if the shop uses factory paint on a panel, time and weather have subtly changed the vehicle’s color, so new paint stands out like a sore thumb. Motorcars Collision Center has a device that scans your vehicle’s actual paint…

Posted in Service Tips

SERVICE SURVIVAL TIPS

December 29th, 2020 by

This is Steve Walcoff, Motorcars’ Service & Parts Director. If I had a nickel for every time someone has asked me what they should do to prepare their car for winter, I’d jingle everywhere I walk! To save you a nickel (and possibly a night stuck in a snowdrift), here’s the answer that I always…

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ALL WHEEL DRIVE (AWD) VS. 4-WHEEL DRIVE (FWD)

December 28th, 2020 by

All-Wheel-Drive: AWD systems deliver power to each corner of the vehicle, similar to 4WD cars. However, unlike 4WD cars, AWD is always engaged and provides varying amounts of power to the axles depending on traction conditions. All-wheel drive systems primarily power one set of axles, either front or rear. When the car feels traction loss…

Posted in Shopping Tips

USED CAR MARKET AT ALL-TIME HIGH

December 28th, 2020 by

It’s a great time to sell us your car – we are low on inventory while Toyota catches up on production. Our Used Car Manager has told us to bring in every vehicle we can for him to appraise, and market pressure means that you’ll get more for your vehicle now – even if you…

Posted in Used Cars

SERVICE TIPS FOR THE PANDEMIC

December 28th, 2020 by

If you’re like most folks these days, you’re not driving as much as usual. Along with expecting Motorcars employees to wear masks, provide social distancing, and sanitize work areas and your car, there are some service tips that apply specifically to vehicles that have sat for a while. 5. Make sure you at least drive…

Posted in Covid

WHAT TO BRING WHEN FINANCING

December 28th, 2020 by

One of the things we are asked all the time is what to bring in when buying or leasing a vehicle. Here is the scoop: • Down payment – Know in advance how much you plan to put down. More is always better – it reduces your monthly payment and interest, especially if your credit…

Posted in Credit, Finance
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