Toyota Certified Program Gives You Peace Of Mind

When searching for a used car, there are many factors to consider including mileage, the overall condition, if there are any accident reports and whether or not the car has a remaining warranty.

toyota of the black hills offers a certified pre-owned programAre you looking for peace of mind?

With a strong commitment to durability, quality, and innovation,Toyota offers a certified program that easily gives customers something to consider when purchasing a used vehicle. Each vehicle that qualified for the certified program goes through a 160-point inspection  to received a Toyota Certified Seal of approval.

The Toyota Certified Program benefits include:

  • 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Warranty
  • 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty
  • 1 year of Roadside Assistance
  • 160 Point Quality Assurance Inspection
  • Free CARFAX Vehicle History Report
  • Standard New-Car financing Rates Available
  • Extended Warranty Coverage is transferable at no cost for added resale value
  • Reconditioned to Toyota’s exacting standards by Toyota factory-trained technicians
  • Warranty honored at over 1,400 Toyota dealers in the U.S. and Canada
  • Trouble-free handling of your transaction, including DMV paper work

While most dealerships offer some form of an extended warranty for used vehicles, a large number of these warranty’s can be associated with a third-party instead of the direct manufacturer – ultimately providing customers with a condensed version of manufacturer warranty’s.

If you are beginning your search for a used vehicle, keep in mind the availability of manufacturer backed certified programs that can offer a simple plan for a true peace of mind.

Toyota of the Black Hills Grand Opening of new location

After months of preparation and hard work, the new Toyota of the Black Hills location will be open for business on August 8th, 2011. We are all so excited to see our new building once it is completed.

toyota of the black hillsIt’s almost finished!

One of the main features that will help us provide high quality customer service is the addition to our full service department and the expansion of our bay areas. The new service drive will be larger than our current location with a quick lube center and we will have the ability to offer paint-less dent repair and body repair.

As for the building itself, it will consist of multiple green efforts to help reduce are carbon footprint.The building has been produced using only local materials from within a 500 mile radius. With Geothermal Heating and the ability to capture rain water, our green initiatives will not only help the local environment but it will also provide us with the opportunity to be one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) dealerships within the region.

**Our new address will be 1920 East Mall Drive Rapid City, SD 57701. For those whole live in Rapid, this is right across the highway from Rushmore Crossing**

By Rapid Auto Group - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota Posted in New Store

Change your oil every three months or 3000 miles!

Sound familiar? More than likely your parents ground it into your memory, so every time the little sticker in the corner of our windshield matches our odometer we immediately head for the nearest Jiffy Lube.

When was the last time you went 10,000 miles without changing your oil? If your like most of us, probably never, however, some cars are made to run that long or longer on a single oil change thanks to tighter engine tolerances, better materials, and synthetic oils.

According to a recent government survey only 33% of people had ever driven their cars 4000 miles or more on a single oil change.

The truth is, changing your oil every 3000 miles is just too often, todays engines are made to run 5, 8, 10, and even 20,000 miles between oil changes. The average oil change costs around $30, and lets say we drive the standard 12,000 miles a year, that’s $120 a year in oil changes when really you should only be spending half that, it’s not a big savings, but over time really can help line your pocketbook.

Every year we throw away millions of gallons of half used oil, one analyst from Edmonds.com said “you would not change your bath water halfway through, why would you change your oil” and he’s right. If you want to find out how often you should change your oil you can either check your service manual, or go to http://www.checkyournumber.org put in your year make and model, and it will tell you how often you really need to stop in to the service station.

Is your vehicle dependable? If it’s a Toyota brand, you are in luck.

You go to the car dealership and buy a brand new vehicle, you are ecstatic about your new purchase until one day you’re driving down the road and you see it, the dreaded check engine light staring back at you. Don’t worry you won’t have to deal with this nearly as often depending on which vehicle you choose to buy.

According to J.D. Powers and Associates Vehicle Dependability study, Lexus is the most dependable vehicle on the road today with only 86 problems per 100 vehicles, to put that in perspective Chrysler was dead last with 192 problems per 100 vehicles. Lexus’s success was followed closely in rank by Porsche, Cadillac, Toyota, and Scion.

Toyota being the owner of Scion and Lexus we are thrilled to hold 3 of the top 5 spots!

Here is a complete list of how the study turned out; problems are based on 100 vehicles:

1.       Lexus, 86

2.       Porsche, 98

3.       Cadillac, 104

4.       Toyota, 104

5.       Scion, 111

6.       Mercedes-Benz, 112

7.       Lincoln, 116

8.       Ford, 124

9.       Buick, 125

10.   Hyundai, 125

11.   Acura, 129

12.   Honda, 131

13.   Chevrolet, 135

14.   Volvo, 143

15.   Audi, 148

16.   Smart, 148

17.   Subaru, 149

18.   Nissan, 152

19.   Mitsubishi, 153

20.   BMW, 154

21.   GMC, 158

22.   Mini, 161

23.   Mazda, 163

24.   Suzuki, 167

25.   Kia, 169

26.   Volkswagen, 169

27.   Infiniti, 172

28.   Jaguar, 172

29.   Ram, 174

30.   Jeep, 179

31.   Dodge, 183

32.   Chrysler, 192

2012 Camry details from Toyota of the Black Hills

Who doesn’t want to start the New Year off with a bang?  Why not welcome the New Year with a bang & purchase a new vehicle & not just any vehicle but the 2012 Toyota Camry to be exact.  With more aggressive details improving the front grill & side profile as well as rougher lines encompassing the Camry giving it a smoother look.  The 2012 Camrys improved sporty handling is an effort to entice buyers who want to write off Toyota. Those buyers don’t know what their missing until they give the luxury sedan a chance to see how it handles for themselves.

The 2012 Camry isn’t too much different from the 2011 model which isn’t a bad thing when you look at how far the Camry has come over the years.  Improvements on the 2012 Camry that differ from the 2011 model is an improved engine.  A powerful 2.5 liter four-cylinder as well as a 268-horsepower 3.5 liter V6.  Both engines are also joined by a six-speed automatic transmission to deliver better fuel economy which makes for fewer visits to your local pump.  The four-cylinder returns an EPA estimated 35 highway mpg while the V6 gives it a little bit more of a push with nearly 100 more horsepower achieving 30 mpg on the highway.

As well as updates to the engine suspension improvements have also been made to make driving the Camry a more enjoyable experience with better handling dynamics.  Paddle shifters on the SE model, offer manual control of the automatic transmission & rev matched downshifts.  Not saying that the 2012 Camry isn’t sporty but it does offer more of a rock-solid legacy of luxury & a comfortable ride quality.  With the coming year why not go to your local Toyota dealership & drive the new 2012 Camry?  You will be welcomed by a friendly staff who will be happy to let you test drive the Camry so you can see for yourself what you’ve been missing.

By Rapid Auto Group - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota Posted in Camry

2012 Prius verse the Honda Insight

Consumer Report recently published a short comparison between the Honda Insight & Toyota Prius.  The Honda Insight was reviewed as having a lower price tag but the ride was stiff & choppy.  It also lacked handling agility.  The 38-mpg Honda Insight costs $21,790 but scored too low to be recommended.  You can however get a hybrid with a firm, steady ride, & secure handling power.  The Toyota Prius at 44-mpg is one of the most fuel efficient hybrid cars you can buy.

By Rapid Auto Group - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota Posted in Prius

Car Care Tips for the Summer Months

Although the end of summer is usually classified by Labor Day weekend, many believe the summer heat may last longer this year than it has in the past. With most of America seeing record highs and drought type situations, it is more important than ever to make your vehicle safe for summer driving.

toyota of the black hills, black hills toyotaTake care of your engine or it could backfire…

Here are a few quick tips on maintaining your vehicle’s efficiency throughout the long hot days:

Cooling System – Having your cooling system flushed and thecoolant replaced at the beginning of every summer is a great preventive maintenance step to take. In climates where the summer months are very long and hot, it may be beneficial to flush the cooling system twice a year.

Tires – Keeping your tires properly inflated can help ensure you do not run into a blow out situation, especially during a hot day or while on vacation. It can be very easy to over inflate your tires as well, which can lead to a dangerous situation as air expands in tires when it is heated. A best practice is to check your tire pressure every couple of weeks. Also, make sure before you leave for vacation that your spare tire is in good working condition.

Engine Fluids – Driving short or long distances through hot weather conditions can put a lot of strain on your engine. As your air conditioner and other major components work over time to ensure the car is cooled, it is important to have all of the fluids checked and topped off to the appropriate levels.

Above all else, make sure you take extreme precaution when taking road trips or vacations in the car this summer. Keeping an emergency kit, paper maps (because yes GPSsystems can fail), a spare tire and spare coolant are just a few extra measures you can take.

Stay safe and stay cool!

10 Reasons Why You Will Love Toyota’s New Entune System

If you haven’t heard of Toyota’s new Entune system then you may want to listen up! As a new feature that will be added to several vehicles in 2012, the multimedia application system will be a first for Toyota. Available in 3 different options that includes multiple screen sizes and various options, this addition to the Toyota model lineup has given them a large push into the the multimedia age.

Here are ten reasons why we feel you will love the new Entune system:

toyota entune system, toyota of the black hillsYou’ll fall in love with it!

  • Entune will be available on the 2012 Tacoma, Prius v, Camry and Camry Hybrid
  • Compatible with iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones
  • Uses Bluetooth technology to connect your smart phone to your vehicle’s multimedia system
  • Software can be easily updated through the application on your smart phone
  • You can link up to five different phones under the same account
  • Bing – You will  be able to search “points of interest” through Bing while the car is in motion. Once you find your destination there will be options to call or navigate to the place of business.
  • iHeartradio – Gives you access to more than 750 Clear Channel radio stations from across the United States.
  • Movietickets.com – Allows you to purchase movie tickets, find a theater, view ratings, call the theater or map it for directions.
  • Open Table – You will be able to search from over 20,000 restaurants in the United States as well as make a reservation (with participating restaurants), map it and call it.
  • Pandora – As one of the world’s leading internet radio applications, you will be able to create your own station based on your favorite artist and rate the songs you love.

If you are thinking of purchasing a new Toyota Camry or possibly the Prius v, then our best advice would be to wait until this Fall and stop into Toyota of the Black Hills for a test drive. We will show you just what all of the hype is about.

By Rapid Auto Group - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota Posted in Entune

Taking a road trip in a Toyota Sienna

When I first began working at Toyota of the Black Hills, I can honestly say I’d never noticed all the hype behind one of the most popular mini-van’s. Growing up we always had a Ford van which generally suited us just fine. I can say now that if the Sienna has been around when I was a child, I would have been begging my Mom to buy one.

Recently I took one of our rental Sienna’s for the weekend to haul around our family in the Black Hills. As a sedan lover, I wasn’t too excited about driving a van but I was quickly impressed the moment I drove it off the lot.

toyota sienna, toyota of the black hills, black hills toyotaWhat makes it so nice to drive?

With enough room to fit six of us and three dogs, there was no reason to worry about space and comfort. The best part of hauling the dogs for us was they fit perfectly into the lowered trunk area. Give them a blanket and they were as happy as can be!

Why we loved the Sienna…..

  • Comfort – We drove a more standard model with cloth seats (my preference is leather), but it was surprisingly comfortable as we sat in the van for hours at a time. The kids liked the back seats so they could recline and take a nap too!
  • Reliability – If you have ever traveled through the winding hills in Western South Dakota, then you know that it can take it’s toll on your vehicle. The Sienna preformed great for us and drove through the hills without a single issue.
  • Styling – While not a huge fan of minivans for their complete lack of style or luxury, I believe the Sienna is the only van out there that makes me think, “oh that looks cool.”
Would I buy one? 
Honestly, I’m not sure. Not because I don’t think it’s a great vehicle, it’s simply too big for my family and our needs. If you are in the market for a people carrier that holds a lot of great features, then the Sienna is truly for you.
By Rapid Auto Group - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota Posted in Sienna

It just ain’t luxury…Why customers love the rugged FJ Cruiser

I overheard a conversation the other day between two of our customer’s that went like this:

“Oh look honey…….. but it just ain’t luxury,” said the wife as she opens all the doors. “But it ain’t supposed to be, its for those people who love to be outside, something you hate,” said the husband.

FJ CruiserIt’s all about the ride

What a perfect way to sum up one of the many reasons our customers love the FJ Cruiser. At first I laughed at this conversation, thinking it’s not the only reason why people like this vehicle. As I thought about it more though, I realized that this is in fact one of the biggest reasons people purchase the FJ. It’s not for the luxury options that can be found on most Toyota’s. It’s for the rugged look, the drive they know they can make through the mud and believe it or not, the fact that they can get the floor as dirty as they want without having to care.

For those of you who have never seen or been in an FJ, here are some simple facts about it:

  • Available in FWD or 4WD
  • 6 exterior colors to choose from including the ever popular Army Green
  • Equipped with 4.0L DOHC 24-Valve V6 with Dual Independent Variable Valve Timingwith intelligence
  • There are 5 available package options: Convenience, Off-road, TRD, Upgrade and Trail Teams Special Edition
  • Towing capacity is 5000 lbs
  • Has more standard horsepower and torque than the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and a better 4WD system than the Nissan Xterra

With great towing capacity and a solid 4WD system, the FJ has been proven to get some of the trickiest trails in the Black Hills. Just ask the boys at Toyota of the Black Hills.

So if you are interested in a rugged vehicle that isn’t fully of luxury – the FJ Cruiser is definitely for you!

By Rapid Auto Group - Chevrolet, Cadillac, Toyota Posted in FJ Cruiser