At Toyota of Greenville, customer satisfaction is our top priority. In order to accommodate all of your service needs, we believe it is imperative to offer exclusive amenities for our customers. That is why we have skilled technicians working around the clock to ensure your vehicle is ready the following day.
For your convenience, we are now offering extended hours. Starting on April 13th, our sales and service departments will be open from 12 pm to 5 pm on every Sunday. We will also continue to offer our overnight Dream Service Monday through Thursday. Our Dream Services include:
- Tire rotation
- Oil change
- Front brakes
- Rear brakes
- Minor repairs
- Routine maintenance
and more. Schedule a service appointment at Toyota of Greenville today to take advantage of our extended hours and Dream Service. For further information, contact us online.
Learn how to keep your vehicle in like-new condition
The day you bring home your new car is well-worth celebrating. The day you trade it in for a new vehicle can be just as exciting, especially if you have maintained your vehicle well over the years. Ensuring your vehicle is in its best condition when upon trade-in can even add at least $500 to the appraisal value. Allow our team at Toyota of Greenville to share why proper maintenance is so important and how our Ultimate Protection plan can help to mitigate your frustrations.
There are two primary reasons individuals don't get proper maintenance on their vehicles: time and money. Those who don't have enough time to keep their vehicle maintained will definitely not have enough time to get it repaired down the road. Those who are worried about the cost of maintaining a vehicle need to examine two things: the cost of getting a vehicle repaired due to a lack of maintenance, and the increase in resale value as a result of proper maintenance.
There are more factors than routine maintenance when it comes to maintaining a car's value. Take note, however, that an unmaintained vehicle will fetch less money, regardless of its make or model. Recognizing this, our team at Toyota of Greenville has come up with an affordable solution in Ultimate Protection.
For seven years, regardless of your vehicle’s mileage, our Ultimate Protection plan will protect and warranty both the exterior paint and the full interior of your vehicle. Here are a few of the items protected against:
- Acid rain
- Sun damage
- Bird droppings
- Chewing gum
The interior protection also covers fabric, carpeting, leather, vinyl, the dash and all door panels. We will even cover any make and model, whether you purchased it at Toyota of Greenville or not. To get started, contact us online.
Air conditioning systems are specifically designed to be largely maintenance free, but small issues can grow into big problems without regular checks. In short, it pays to be prepared for the unexpected in hot weather conditions.
If you want to keep your cool during your daily commute or on an upcoming road trip, our team at Toyota of Greenville has a handy checklist to help you prepare your car’s air conditioning system for spring and summertime driving.
- Timing is everything. Don’t wait until the hot weather has arrived to start using and testing your air conditioning. Use the system regularly throughout the year, and particularly in the spring, when you have a few weeks before the hot weather kicks in to get any remedial work carried out.
- Test the air flow in the system by turning the air conditioning on high and manually inspecting each of the vents. Is air coming out of every vent? Is the air pressure the same around the car, or are some vents weaker than others? Change the temperature of the system. Is the air cooling down as you would expect?
- Listen for strange noises. This isn’t about things that go bump in the night, but more about ticks, rattles, or knocking sounds that might indicate there’s a problem with the system. Listen at each vent and also at the dashboard when the car is idle, and when you put your foot on the gas. It’s quite possible that there is a small obstruction (such as a leaf or twig) somewhere in the system, or there could be a more serious problem.
- Check out unusual smells. Undue oily, mechanical smells could indicate that the system is damaged or underperforming in some way and may need mechanical attention. Stale or unpleasant odors may indicate that the air filter needs replacing or that something is caught somewhere in the system. Your owner’s manual will be able to tell you how to change the filter, or get your mechanic on the case if you’d rather not do it yourself.
- If the air is powerful but doesn’t appear to cool properly, you may have a problem with the coolant level in your air conditioning system. This will naturally deplete over time, but low levels may also indicate a leak in or damage to the system. The owner’s manual for your car can probably give you instructions on how to check, but if you're unsure, one of our service technicians will happily look over it for you.
Though your vehicle's air conditioning system may not require frequent attention, scheduled maintenance checks are key to keeping the cabin comfortable and your bank account safe from costly repair bills.
A routine examination by our certified technicians at Toyota of Greenville will ensure your vehicle's air conditioning system stays in top shape for years to come. Additionally, it’s a small and affordable maintenance that will guarantee many miles of driving comfort ahead. Contact us online to schedule an appointment today.
The 2014 Toyota Sienna is already recognized as one of the most versatile, family-friendly vehicles on the market. Now, the Sienna minivan is gathering even more acclaim after recently being named one of the “12 Best Family Cars” for 2014 by Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com.
With so much to love about the 2014 Sienna, it’s no wonder KBB.com editors were so impressed. In particular, praise has been given to the Sienna’s attention to family comfort. And with more varied configurations than any other minivan on the market, the trusted folks at KBB.com view the Sienna as “the perfect family-car for more than 100,000 families each year.”
And while awards are great, what makes KBB.com’s recognition truly special is the input actual families have had in the process. The “Best Family Cars 2014” was compiled by recruiting families to assist nine Kelley Blue Book editors in comparison testing of eligible vehicles after editors narrowed more than 300 vehicles down to 21 semi-finalists. Testing focused on areas of safety, comfort, driving performance, room for child seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment, and other family-friendly features, with the final goal to determine the “most functional new cars for families.”
Without a doubt the 2014 Toyota Sienna truly puts the “fun” in functional. With a number of trims to choose from, including base L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited, drivers would be hard pressed to find a Sienna that doesn’t meet their needs.
So, if you’re looking for a versatile minivan that will please the entire family, be sure to contact your local Toyota dealer and schedule a test drive today!
Short answer: You're in trouble
If you're an absent-minded driver, or if you're just in a hurry, one of the biggest mistakes you could make is to put diesel fuel into a regular car. It probably seems easily done, particularly in gas stations where different types of fuel come from the same pump, but if you were to make this mistake, it could prove very costly.
Simply put, a gas tank filled with diesel simply won't start. The fuel injectors in the engine would inject the diesel fuel into the engine's cylinders, but when the spark plugs fire there would be no vapor from the diesel, which means there would be nothing to ignite.
If you were unfortunate enough to put gasoline in a diesel engine, you could cause even worse damage. Although the diesel gasoline mixture won't ignite in the engine, the unburnt fuel will make its way into the hot exhaust system, where it could potentially ignite and cause serious damage.
If you were to insert a very small amount of diesel fuel, then caught your mistake and filled up with normal gasoline, you might not notice much difference because the gas would be the predominant fuel. But if you do fill a whole tank with the wrong fuel, do not attempt to move the car. Call a recovery or breakdown service and have the vehicle towed for service. A mechanic will need to drain the fuel tank, clean out the fuel lines, and then refill the tank, which could cost several hundred dollars.
The good news is that this mistake is now very difficult to make. For one, diesel and normal gasoline smell and feel very different. Diesel fuel is very oily and much heavier. Diesel fuel doesn't evaporate in the same way that gasoline does, so it shouldn't smell as strong and you shouldn't be as aware of the vapor at the pump. Plus, cars that were manufactured in the last two decades have a plate under the gas cap preventing anything but the normal gasoline nozzle from fitting into the tank. The nozzle on diesel pumps is normally much bigger and would not fit into the tank of most modern cars. For trucks, motorcycles, and older cars, however, there's still a risk.
Refueling your car is an important job, one not to be done in a hurry or when you're distracted. Mistakes are always made, but when you're handling an expensive, flammable fluid, make sure you're aware of what you're doing at all times.
Whether you're saving for a vacation, a big screen TV, or just establishing an emergency fund, there are ways to put money aside that don't involve selling or exposing body parts. To save money without feeling the pinch, here are some useful tips:
- Give yourself a raise - Remember the raise you got last year and the one the year before that and the one the year before that? You allowed your lifestyle to absorb it, didn't you? Next time you get a raise, put that money aside. Or put half of it aside. You didn't need it before. Why would you need it now?
- Make it automatic - The IRS knows what they're doing. They take their share before you even touch it, automatically. You probably don't even know how much they took from your last paycheck. Isn't it time you got a piece of the action? Have a certain amount of your paycheck automatically deposited into a savings account. Chances are you won't notice it, just like the federal government hopes you won't notice the next big tax hike.
- Shop around - Look for a better rate on auto insurance or life insurance. Instead of absorbing the money you save into your budget, have the difference automatically deposited into a savings account.
- Reduce those rates - Call your credit card company and ask for a reduced interest rate. There's a good chance they'll say yes. Your debt will be paid faster, allowing you to save more.
- Turn your debts into savings - Once you pay off a credit card, a medical bill, or an automobile, take the money you'd been spending on debt and pay it into savings.
- Cancel unnecessary memberships - You've been meaning to go to the gym for four years, but you just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe it's time to cancel the membership and stick that money into savings. The same principle applies to country clubs, music clubs, reading clubs, Barney's fan club, banks that charge monthly fees for checking, and that subscription to Teen People Magazine that you stopped reading when you turned 24.
- Sell your junk - When's the last time you wore that bright orange tuxedo or listened to your Best of Blue Oyster Cult Album? Someone will think your junk's better than their junk and give you money for it. Take that money and stash it.
- Find ways to make what you're saving for less expensive - If you're saving for a vacation, find ways to save money on flights, hotel, rental cars, food, and refrigerator magnet souvenirs; if you're saving for a car, shop around and look for rebates and other cash incentives; if you're building an emergency fund, find the highest rate money market or savings account.
- Have fun - The last thing you want to do when saving for the future is to make the present miserable. Save some. Spend some. Be wise. Have fun.
It's love at first sight between young children and puppies and kittens, but an adorable baby animal can cause problems if you aren’t prepared. Before any decision is made, you would be wise to grab your partner for a “parenting corner” chat about how to buy your first family pet. No matter which pet you choose, you will be embarking on a commitment that won’t easily be undone.
Age of your children
The age of your children is important when it comes to their willingness to care for the new family pet. When children are too young (below age five) to understand how to care for a baby animal, they might accidently injure them—or vice versa. Then you’re left with a crying child, a pet or child in pain, and a possible veterinary bill.
Where to buy your first family pet
Whether you choose a breeder, pet store, or animal shelter, you will have to pay a set price or a fee to adopt your first family pet. Do your research, as disreputable pet stores have been known to traffic in puppy and cat mills where animals are “inbred” under horrible conditions that produce unhealthy pets. Not all cat and dog breeders are created equal, either. If they don’t verify their standards with a guarantee, find one that does.
Tips for adopting a cat
Because cat breeds, temperaments, and size don’t vary as much as with dogs, finding the right cat isn’t quite as difficult. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider other factors.
- Gender. After neutering or spaying, the behavior of both males and females is somewhat similar.
- Breed. Long-haired breeds are beautiful, but are you and your family ready to handle regular grooming yourself or pay the bills for professional grooming? Don’t forget, cats shed and long-haired cats shed even more.
- Personality. There are certain cat breeds that are very similar to dogs in that they don’t like to be left alone. If you like the idea of adopting “people cats” rather than the “I like to be alone” variety, you might want to consider adopting two cats together, preferably that are related.
- Litter box. Animal associations recommend that cats not be allowed to roam free for a number of reasons. Most house cats easily adjust to indoor living and a clean litter box. The responsibilities for litter box duty should be decided before you adopt a cat.
Tips for adopting a dog
Dogs need more care than cats, which means more time and attention. Kids love dogs because they give unconditional love, and they can run and play with them in the yard. Before you adopt a dog, consider the following:
- Gender. Like cats, personalities of dogs are gender-equal after neutering or spaying.
- Breed. Size matters in dogs, and so do breed-specific characteristics and personalities. No matter what their size, all dogs require grooming. Certain dog breeds are also more kid-friendly than others.
- Lifestyle: A busy, on-the-go family should consider the needs of their dog. Bored, unhappy dogs cause damage. If your budget can handle the expense, consider adopting two dog buddies together so they can be company for each other.
- Space. Do you have a yard big enough for them to exercise? If not, be prepared to walk them twice a day.
Learning how to buy your first family pet requires careful consideration and research to help you make the best choice for your family. Approach this decision with a large dose of common sense to avoid future problems.
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When drivers have needed a comfortable and spacious van for transporting family, cargo, pets, and just about anything else, the Toyota Sienna has been an increasingly attractive choice. The 2014 Toyota Sienna continues in this legacy, carrying over last year’s body shape with some impressive new additions.
The Toyota Sienna seats seven or eight passengers in comfort (depending on your option selections) and is available with all-wheel drive—the sole choice for the latter among 2014 minivans. Several trim levels and various package options are offered, enabling families to design this vehicle to their liking. The 2014 Toyota Sienna is sold in L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited trim levels, with many different package options to choose from.
Toyota has a style all its own, so it’s no surprise that the Sienna offers its own take on the traditional minivan body structure. Leading edges are rounded, the grille is curved, the hood is creased, and the rear end features a spoiler located directly above the power liftgate. Projector beam halogen headlamps, LED brake and stop lights, 17-19 inch alloy wheels (depending on trim level), available color-keyed side mirrors, and optional roof rails are among the many visual cues of the Sienna’s exterior.
Engines and Transmissions
The standard Sienna engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that is rated at 266 horsepower and provides 245 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and is EPA rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway.* in keeping with Toyota’s green philosophy, the Sienna also boasts an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II) rating.
The Toyota Sienna offers a wide array of cabin features across its four trim levels. Every Sienna model includes captain’s chairs for the driver and front passenger, featuring fabric surfaces in the L and LE models, leatherette in the SE, and leather with the XLE edition. Second-and-third row seating parallels each trim level’s fabric choice.
All Sienna models include a cargo area storage compartment, center floor tray, a bi-level glove compartment with locking lower level, and front and rear door map pockets. Also standard are three 12-volt power outlets, retractable assist grips, remote keyless entry, and power windows and door locks. For 2014, the tow prep package now comes standard so you can tackle even more challenges.
A tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel is standard with the Sienna. On the LE edition, an overhead console with map lights, side door controls, a conversation mirror, and a sun glass holder is available as part of a package. This feature is standard on the SE and XLE models, which also add liftgate controls.
The Sienna’s center stack is laid out with audio and climate controls, but has many upgrade possibilities depending on trim level or package options selected. The standard audio package found on the L includes a four-speaker sound system with CD player and auxiliary audio jack. LE, SE, and XLE add a USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and two additional speakers. Entune, Toyota’s navigation system with XM Radio and Bluetooth connectivity, is also available as part of a package.
Individual options and packages are available to help supplement your Sienna. This year, SE drivers can choose the available blind spot monitoring system as an individual option—this was previously available only as part of a package. The SE Premium Package with Entune® App Suite, the Entertainment Package, and the XLE Navigation Package with Entune® App Suite are a few of the other available options.
Convenience and advanced technology packages are also available, offering amenities including high intensity discharge headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision warning system, and hill start assist.
Numerous safety features are offered with every Toyota Sienna sold, including Toyota’s Star Safety System™. This package includes vehicle stability control, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, and brake assist. Sienna models include driver and front passenger airbags, driver and front passenger seat- mounted side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags, and a driver’s knee airbag. Driver and front passenger active head restraints, a tire pressure monitoring system, and child protector rear door locks are also included.
*2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
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Remote engine starters have been available to drivers for several years now, but have generally been the sort of feature you would find in a luxury car. As with most developments, manufacturers are now starting to include remote starters in more models, making them much more mainstream. You may have read about them in auto reviews, but what are the advantages of having this feature?
Your car may have climate control or air-conditioning, but these systems take some time to moderate the temperature inside the car. On a scorching hot summer day, or a freezing winter night, you might be stuck waiting for the air conditioning or heat to kick in. A remote engine starter takes this problem away for you.
By using the remote engine starter, you can get the car engine running and activate the heating or cooling before you even get inside. That gives you the opportunity to stay indoors in the warmth (or the cool) until the car is ready for you. You need only wait a few minutes, but you can enjoy getting into a perfectly cool or warm car. This can be particularly handy if you have young children and babies, or anyone else that is very sensitive to extremes temperatures.
Starting the car remotely can be safer, too. First off, it gives your engine the chance to properly warm up in the winter. And once the car has warmed up, for example, it’s easier to clear the windows of ice. Brake lights and headlamps will also clear of snow and ice, allowing other cars to see you more easily.
Even simple things can be easier with a remote engine starter. If you have your hands full or you are dealing with children and pets, it isn't always ideal to have to fumble around with a key in the car door. A remote engine starter will start the engine and unlock the doors for you with the simple touch of a button on your key fob.
Remote engine starters are now becoming more common on new cars. If you don't already have one, however, you can talk to our dealership about having one fitted. According to where you live, it could make your life much easier and safer.
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