While there are only two home games left at Gillette Stadium, the N.E. Patriots will be playing the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, December 8 and on Sunday, December 29 they will be playing the Buffalo Bills, you may want to try tailgating in a Toyota Sienna! The cars.com annual “Top Ten Tailgaters” honorable mention list included the 2013 Toyota Sienna.
Yes, you would have thought they’d choose the Tundra, the most macho vehicle of the Toyota line, but no, they chose the minivan, saying “Minivans are the Southeastern Conference of tailgating vehicles.”
Although many of the other winners were very different types of vehicles, they said: “The Sienna stands out for one thing, and that’s cargo room. We’re talking a gargantuan 150 cubic feet with the third row stowed and the second row removed. That’s better than any other minivan or SUV.”
That distinction, recently written up in The Boston Globe, helped turn the minivan described on the Toyota website as “Mommy like” to macho! Interestingly enough, this is only one of many distinctions awarded the 2013 Toyota Sienna. The list includes:
• KBB.com Best Resale Value Award
• Best Overall Value Four Years in a Row by IntelliChoice
• IIHS Top Safety Pick Award
• Highest Retained Value in Its Class by IntelliChoice
• IntelliChoice – Best Overall Value of the Year Award.
Note: IntelliChoice is a well-respected unbiased vehicle rating service with the theme of helping you “Choose your car wisely.”
The Sienna now has “Entune” technology on -board to help drivers and passengers stay connected. This means a panel on the dashboard with an App Suite that allows you to access Bing™, listen to iHeartRadio, purchase movie tickets through MovieTickets.com, make dinner reservations with OpenTable®, listen to Pandora® and more.
If that’s not enough, it includes a variety of data services to help you stay informed—something I really believe in. These services include stock, weather, traffic, fuel prices, sports and other updated reports.
Lastly, for the minivan owner with a family, the Sienna is a top safety pick for a new feature: the Blind Spot Monitor with rear cross-traffic alert which is like having a second set of eyes. Even when your Sienna’s outside mirrors are properly adjusted, you still may have trouble seeing cars to the side and rear of you in the next lane. Using radar technology, the available Blind Spot Monitor can help warn you that a vehicle is there by illuminating an indicator on the appropriate outside mirror. Now that’s a smart vehicle!
I am so grateful this Thanksgiving for happiness, good health and success. Most of all I am grateful for my children and my family’s business which has been around for the past 75 years, which is truly a “labor of love” and still involves my family. I am also grateful to all of you—our customers—for trusting us and for your loyalty. We work hard every day in sales and service to earn your trust and to treat you like a valued member of our Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion family.
We are here to help you every day, when you need more information, when you’re evaluating whether or not to spend your hard-earned money for a repair or for preventive maintenance; or when it’s time to evaluate whether or not to purchase a new vehicle, and if so, new or pre-owned. We want to be your trusted advisor. In trying to create a long-term relationship, we will never “sell” you on a short-term solution.
Although the weather reports for this Thanksgiving are calling for cold and wind, and perhaps rain, we ask you to drive especially carefully on slick roads and with the highest travel volume on the road of any holiday.
AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1. About 90% of travelers will use their vehicles. There are certain peak travel hours, often from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where most local travelers are on the road. Plan ahead so you won’t feel rushed. The day before Thanksgiving is the single busiest day of travel with 37 percent of travelers leaving on Wednesday.
If you’re driving home after Thanksgiving dinner, the large meal and an ingredient in turkey (L-tryptophan which is in poultry, meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, etc.) may make you drowsy. Stay awake and alert by drinking coffee or water, cracking the window open and turn up the radio—or better still—sleep overnight at or near your destination. Driving drowsy is the same as, and in some cases worse, than drunk driving. If you have been drinking, stay over or have a designated driver.
There have been 20% more fatal crashes nationally in the 5 to 7 p.m. travel period during Thanksgiving week than other weeks. Not surprisingly, there also were more crashes in rain or on wet pavement. Let’s all work together to make this a fatality-free holiday weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, from all of us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion. Thank you for your loyal patronage and giving us a reason to be grateful.
It’s hard to imagine with all the new vehicles sold every year that the average vehicle on the road in 2013 is 11.4 years old. This is an all-time record. We are proud to represent two of the companies that are known for their longevity—Volvo and Toyota. With the economy still struggling and the high reliability of vehicles, the prediction is the average age will continue to increase.
Technological advancements affect how long people keep their vehicles. On average, the owner of a new vehicle will keep it for 71.6 months (nearly six years), whereas used-car buyers typically keep their vehicles for 50.7 months (just over four years).
At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion, we are here to help you properly maintain your vehicle and assist you in deciding when continued improvements make sense and when it may be best to consider replacement. Mileage used to be a common way people evaluated whether or to keep their vehicle or replace it. The reality today is many vehicles are designed to last well over 100,000 miles if they are properly maintained.
So how do you protect your vehicle, which truly now may be considered an investment? It may seem obvious, but these tips bear repeating if you want to extend the life of your vehicle:
1. Maintain your oil change schedule according to your owner’s manual. It’s also a good time to rotate your tires and check all fluids.
2. Check the air pressure in your car’s tires at least once a month in order to prevent unexpected flats and excess tire wear. Vehicles that do not have the correct air pressure will have lower fuel economy.
3. Especially with a high-mileage vehicles, check out any symptom, sound, smell, or just a feeling that seems the slightest bit out of the ordinary. Like your body, you know your vehicle better than anyone.
4. Have your vehicle tuned up and have the fluids checked regularly. Check your driveway or garage to be certain you’re not leaking any fluids.
5. Keep your air filters clean and replace the fuel filters at regular intervals.
6. Nothing is more important than your vehicle’s ability to keep you and your passengers safe. Your vehicle’s brakes, air bags, and any other safety features should be carefully checked on a regular basis. Think of it the same way as you age and find it more important to get that yearly check-up!
What are the parts that are worth changing if your plan to keep your vehicle?
1. You may want to replace hoses, particularly coolant hoses, fuel and brake lines.
2. Put new seals on everything — basically anything made of rubber should be changed.
3. New valve gasket
4. Timing belt change
5. New spark plugs, plug wires 6. New shocks: the old ones are probably shot.
Depending on how hard you drive your vehicle, you’ll probably have to replace the following at some point: a new water pump, a new fuel pump, new brakes (possibly new calipers, probably new pads) and a new exhaust.
In last week’s Ask Gary, I discussed the importance of preparing your car for the winter months ahead and this is even more important with an older or high-mileage vehicle. Bring any vehicle into Jaffarian Volvo Service Toyota Scion Service Departments for your maintenance and we will maintain all of your service records. We happen to be running a Volvo High-Mileage Vehicle Special. We’re also offering various service specials on Toyotas and any vehicle brought into our Service Department. Depending on how long you plan to keep your vehicle, we can help you determine whether or not it is worth making certain maintenance decisions. Let us help you protect your vehicle as well as its warranty so you’ll be driving it for many more years to come!
So, what’s in store for this winter? According to the Farmer’s Almanac: “The Days of Shivery are back!” For 2013–2014, they are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will dominate the north and east through New England. “With a combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation the stage will be set for Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow.” And unfortunately, they are usually right!
This means it is even more important to properly prepare your vehicle, and yourself, for the pending cold and snowy season. But after all, we are tough New Englanders! So here are the most important tips:
1. Get your vehicle serviced before winter starts so your car will be in good working condition and your brakes should be checked to be certain they are working as best as possible when the snow hits. The roads are the most slippery after the first rainfall and are prone to being extremely dangerous when the snow hits. Our Jaffarian Volvo Service and Toyota Scion Service Departments are there to help you prep for a snowy winter. You can even book an appointment on-line and we service all makes and models.
2. Be sure you have good all weather tires and if snow tires are recommended for your vehicle, we recommend that you get them. We are having specials on tires now to help you save! We would be happy to check the tread to be certain they are in good working order. If not, they will not pass the state inspection, so there is another reason to know if your tires are worn.
3. Refill your windshield wiper fluid and test your windshield wipers to ensure they do not smear. You want them to be in great condition and do not want to be caught in a bad situation in this regard when the rain and snow hit for the first time. You may want to install new windshield wipers or even special winter windshield wipers that are wider and can handle the snow and ice. Your windshield wipers help control visibility and can play a big part in safe winter driving. Most people wait too long to replace them.
4. Like the Scouts teach: “Be prepared!” Keep a shovel, a small broom or brush and de-icing spray in your garage and/or in your car. If you park your car outside or in a place that is not temperature-controlled, your car is likely to be covered in ice or even buried in snow overnight. You may have to shovel or brush the snow away from your vehicle and the area around it to be able to pull out; assuming your driveway or street has been plowed. A few spritzes of de-icing spray will make it easier to melt the ice from your windows. Do not try to crack the ice, as you could break the glass.
5. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends those who live in cold and snowy climates to carry the following in their vehicles:
• a shovel
• windshield scraper and small broom
• flashlight and extra batteries
• snack food
• extra hats, socks and mittens
• first aid kit
• necessary medications
• tow chain or rope
• road salt and sand
• booster cables
• emergency flares
• fluorescent distress flag
In another Ask Gary, I’ll discuss how to avoid skidding and accidents. Fortunately if you drive a Volvo or Toyota, you’ve chosen the safest vehicles on the road! So as the first winter weather appears this week, make sure your car is ready for winter driving and you have the necessary supplies with you.
Here’s to safe driving in what may be a cold, snowy winter!
I have the greatest respect for the men and women who serve the U.S. in every branch of the military, including reservists and veterans. We cannot thank them enough—those brave individuals who put their lives on the line every day to protect and defend our nation and our democratic ideals. I hope everyone will take a moment on Monday, November 11 to honor and thanks our military and veterans. Every day should be regarded as Veterans Day, as we should thank our military every day for their hard work and dedication whenever we see them.
This holiday—a recognition and observance event of military for those who perished in wars, the current military and veterans—was established at the end of World War I and the first Veterans Day was held on Nov. 11, 1918. It was regarded as “the war to end all wars.” In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. It’s a day to celebrate our military, often marked by parades. It became a national legal holiday in 1938 known as Armistice Day and it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, honoring all veterans of all wars.
I am proud to say my father, Richard Jaffarian, who died in 2010, was a veteran. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Korean War. While stationed in the Marshall Islands in 1951, he helped set up the infrastructure that supports the little Micronesian island today. My father was my inspiration and mentor, as the second generation of Jaffarians in the automotive business that became Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion.
My dad had the foresight to say, despite the skeptics, “Mark my words, Toyota will become number one in my lifetime.” And of course, he was right, with the Toyota Camry being the number one vehicle for sales in America.
When it comes to supporting our troops, Toyota and Jaffarian Toyota Scion want to do their part and this means offering all eligible U.S. military personnel a $500 rebate toward any new Toyota vehicle when you finance through Toyota.
Remember, when you see someone who is an active member of the military and thank them for serving. May our troops make it home to their families safe and healthy Happy Veteran’s Day!
Tomorrow night is Halloween—a fun family night, bags full of candy for the children, photos of happy kids in costumes—but danger lurks in the dark neighborhoods, as tired workers finish their commute close to home.
Parents accompany small children and older children usually “trick or treat” with friends. This is a night where “safety in numbers” applies. The more people in a group, the easier it is to be seen. Be sure to have a flashlight and batteries for at least one person in each group, preferably for each child. Slow down as soon as you drive through neighborhoods in the dark.
October has been deemed “National Headlamp Month.” Maintaining a clear view of the road is important to safe driving no matter what the season, but fall means being more attentive to driver visibility. Driving without properly functioning headlights can be extremely dangerous. There are several innovative, technologically advanced replacement headlamps that can help significantly enhance your visibility. If all of your headlights and brake lights are not functioning properly, bring them in as soon as possible to the Jaffarian Volvo Service Department or the Jaffarian Toyota Scion Service Department.
Volvo introduced its Active High Beam technology this year. The system allows drivers to use their high beams all the time and adds another responsibility to the cameras mounted by the rearview mirror, making them detect traffic ahead, whether it be another car or a truck or motorcycle and in the same lane or oncoming. When a vehicle is detected, a special projector in the lamps can block out only the portion of the high beam that would impair the other driver.
As a reminder, when you go to sleep on Saturday night/Sunday morning, set your clocks back one hour. Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, November 3 at 2 a.m. The good news is we get an extra hour of sleep—or an extra on Sunday to get things done. The downside is that it will get dark an hour earlier, making drivers sleepy. The time change also causes daytime sleepiness, lost productivity at work and can even affect your health. Groggy people driving in the dark are more prone to accidents.
Light dictates how much melatonin our bodies produce. When it’s bright out, we make less. When it’s dark out, our body ramps up production of this sleep-inducing substance. (Many of you may even take melatonin supplements to help you relax and fall asleep.) Sleepy drivers are as disastrous on the road as driving under the influence of alcohol. Sleepy drivers tend to weave while driving and even can experience short blackouts. Stay alert by keeping the windows cracked, not cranking up the heat and keep the radio or a CD on at a high volume. Drinking water on the way home to stay hydrated is preferable, if not coffee, to help you stay alert.
By the way, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you set your clocks back! And most of all, get plenty of sleep and drive safely! Have a happy and safe Halloween!
October is National Car Care Month and it’s a great opportunity to discuss preventive maintenance for safety sake! AAA and other authorities on driving are encouraging their members to get “a thorough inspection by a certified automotive technician” to detect minor problems before they become big problems.
While no one likes paying for prevention, be it our own health or our vehicles’ care, prevention saves time and money in the long-run. Remember the old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” That applies in the case. Hear a little noise? Ignore it –and some day you may find yourself on the side of the road—late for an appointment or work—because you thought it was no big deal.
Want to keep your warranty intact? You would need to maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s guidelines for the warrantied items to be covered. Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion Service Departments will be pleased to inform you as to what’s needed according to your mileage, make and model; and what is covered under your warranty and what is necessary to keep your warranty in place.
Here are some of the items you may want to have checked as part of preventive maintenance:
• Windshield wipers and wash
• Belts and hoses
• Batteries (which many people don’t know can be tested).
Our Jaffarian Toyota and Volvo Service Departments receive accolades from our customers and their feedback is given through national Toyota and Volvo surveys. I am proud to announce that this past quarter, Jaffarian Toyota Scion Service Department was number one in our district and our Volvo Service Department is among the top 15% nation-wide. All of our technicians are Volvo and Toyota certified and work in a climate-controlled area so they can give your vehicle undivided attention.
Don’t compromise your safety or getting stuck somewhere on a cold autumn night or first thing in the morning, when you can bring your vehicle in for a check-up and get the peace-of-mind knowing that you are driving a safe vehicle. People are keeping their vehicles longer. The average vehicle on the road now is 11 years old. The older your vehicle is, all the more reason to get it checked out. Proper vehicle repair and maintenance is essential to getting the most out of your vehicle, and ensuring it drives well for a very long time.
Happy National Car Care Month and Safe Driving!