Archive for the ‘Tech Talk’ Category
Heritage Ford F&I Manager, Corey Dillon, goes over how to pair your phone to the Ford Sync system. If you have any questions on how to pair your phone, please do not hesitate to stop by the showroom and ask for assistance.
Our fleet of nine full time parts trucks cover over 40,000 miles each month, delivering parts all over New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York.
The H-Team Parts Connection not only delivers genuine Ford and Toyota parts for our Heritage dealerships, but also aftermarket parts and parts from other dealerships located along Route 7 in South Burlington and throughout Vermont. Our fleet travels to and from locations like Fort Covington, NY, Keene, NH, Bennington, VT, and Pittsburg, NH delivering parts to over 3,900 different locations.
If you’re looking for reliable parts delivery, look no further than the H-Team Parts Connection. If you’d like to contact our parts department, please call us at 802-865-8140.
H-Team Members at Heritage Automotive Group go into detail on the differences between all-season tires and winter tires and what you can get away with in Vermont.
Our new Heritage Toyota Service lane doors are so fast!
With gas prices climbing toward $4.00 per gallon, the push to save money at the pump is more urgent than ever. In recent years, the Toyota Camry and Highlander, Ford Escape and Fusion and even the Honda Civic have all dipped their toes into the hybrid pool, but the true king of MPGs among hybrids remains the Toyota Prius.
The 2011 and 2012 Prius’ have been known to reach fuel efficiency as high as 70 MPG. The Prius employs Toyota’s patented Hybrid Synergy Drive technology which uses your forward energy when coasting and the vehicle’s natural kinetic energy under braking to charge a battery powered motor that takes over in low power situations. When properly utilized, this balance of gas and electric gives the gas engine a break and considerably increases your fuel efficiency.
The 2012 Prius model line kicks fuel efficiency into overdrive with the advent of the new Prius Plug-in. The Prius Plug-in is set to debut in March 2012 in 15 states, including Vermont. It employs dedicated electric driving capability, allowing speeds up to 62 MPH for up to 11 miles. That means that with short distance driving and sufficient charging access, it is possible to operate on purely electric power and not burn a single drop of gas. And when you do go on longer trips where you’ll run out of electric power, the plug-in Prius switches seamlessly to hybrid power, giving you the same excellent gas mileage you’d expect from a Prius.
For a look at what makes the Prius unique, check out the video below, and then come in and check out our full selection of 2011 and 2012 Prius models for yourself!
Most new Toyota vehicles, model year 2003 and newer, come equipped with a tire pressure warning light that turns on when it senses a change in tire pressure. Tire pressures are most likely to fluctuate with rapid and drastic temperature changes, which in Vermont, tend to fall around the seasonal changes.
The TPMS, Toyota’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System, is installed on the valves of your tires and is designed to provide a low pressure warning for all five (that’s right, five) tires on your vehicle. The most common trigger for the warning light is low pressure in the vehicle’s spare tire. Most customers are unaware that their spare tire also comes equipped with a tire pressure monitor, and the TPMS is only installed on full-sized spares, not donut spares. The light may also turn on when a tire is punctured, warning you of a flat before it happens.
If you’ve checked all five tires and they’re all correctly inflated and there are no puncture marks, it is possible that your TPMS is damaged and/or malfunctioning. A damaged TPMS can be caused by improper inflation or damage during a tire mount and balance, most often when it is performed by a technician who is unfamiliar with the system. If you feel this is the case, make sure to call or stop by Heritage Toyota Scion and our staff will gladly diagnose the problem for you and if necessary replace the faulty sensors.
One of the most mystifying portions of the car buying process for customers is when a salesperson values their car for trade in. Most customers are left wondering “How did they get that number?” It doesn’t have to be such a mystery.
The first and most important thing to know is that your vehicle isn’t inspected by a mechanic; it’s evaluated by a sales manager. They base their trade offer on the car’s feel as it drives, engine sound, and visible condition. You can do a lot to affect the value of your vehicle before you visit a dealership that will make the process smoother, and potentially get you more money for your trade:
- Clean your car – Dirt caked on the exterior could be hiding body or paint damage. The appraiser can’t clean it, so they’re going to assume the worst case scenario and deduct $300-$500 to cover any “surprises”.
- Fix windshield cracks and chips – Most insurance plans cover this at no cost to you, but it costs a dealer upwards of $600 to fix, and they dock that from your trade offer.
- Know your car’s mechanical issues and their severity – A rattle or check engine light could mean a multitude of things. A dealer will protect their interests, which could mean deducting anywhere from $300 – $1000, unless you can tell them what the rattle or light really is. Then they only dock the cost of that specific repair.
- Bring everything – Bring your spare keys, extra sets of tires and a Carfax Report, if you have them. The more information the appraiser has the less they have to guess. Additional items, like an extra set of usable tires, also raise the resale value.
- Supply and demand – Use the laws of supply and demand to your advantage by trading a 4 wheel drive vehicle during the fall and winter, or a front wheel drive, 4-cylinder vehicle during the spring and summer
- Don’t withhold information – Hold your trade to the same expectations and honest evaluation you would when you shop for a car and you’ll walk out with the most money.
To hear more about the trade-in process check out this video with the H-Team’s used car manager, Ryan Denecker, and feel free to contact the H-Team with any questions on your trade
One of the questions we’re often asked is how to reset or turn off the maintenance required light. On a newer model Toyota, the maintenance required light turns on every 5,000 miles to remind you of an oil change and tire rotation; however, many new cars use synthetic oil that only needs to be changed every 10,000 miles. Ergo, every 5,000 miles, a better-safe-than-sorry reminder light pops on, and driving to the dealership to have a technician reset the light may be hassle, so we wanted to share how to reset this light in the convenience of your own driveway. Remember, the light also comes on to remind you of a tire rotation which should be performed every 5,000 miles.
How to Reset your Maintenance Required Light:
- Turn off your engine while the odometer is in the regular total mileage mode, not “Trip A” or “Trip B”
- Push and hold the mileage reset button while turning the key into the “on” position
- You will see the odometer digits countdown to zero and once they all are at zero, the light has reset and you may release the button
With those instructions, we hope that you’ll be able to reset this light if you choose to do so. If you feel uncomfortable doing this or are unsure why your light has turned on, please do not hesitate to call or stop by Heritage Toyota Scion.
Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle is one of the easiest ways to keep your vehicle in peak condition, maintain its long-term health, and help you get the most out of your investment. One of the most important parts of regular maintenance is regular oil changes.
Why are regular oil changes important?
Oil is one of the most important, but underappreciated components of your vehicle’s overall health. Your vehicle’s engine has hundreds of constantly moving parts, many of which are rubbing against one another causing extreme heat. As the oil travels through your engine, it cools and lubricates these parts, helping your engine run at maximum efficiency.
Because of the constant temperature fluctuation your engine faces on a daily basis, your oil should be changed regularly or dust and debris can make their way into your engine and contaminate your oil, making it less effective.
How often should I have my oil changed?
Most manufacturers recommend that you change your oil every 5,000 miles; but many newer model vehicles come with advanced synthetic oil that can last up to 10,000 miles between changes. Check your owner’s manual to find out more about your recommended maintenance schedule.
New England’s wide range of temperatures throughout the year also put added strain on both your engine and your oil. Even in warm weather, during a short commute your engine may not warm up all the way, which can affect the life of your oil in the long term.
Need to know if your oil needs changing? Get a lesson on checking your engine fluids from the H-Team: