What Are You Thankful For?

Every year around this time, folks tend to start looking around and looking back at what they are thankful most for. Often times we may forget in the busy-ness of our lives that we can be thankful for a lot both big and small. Even the good and the bad can mold us to be thankful individuals.

This year at Labadie Toyota, we asked everyone what they are thankful most for. Here are a few responses.

Jake Finn
“Far too often it seems the things that mean the most  to us are tangible and materialistic throughout the majority of the year.  New pair of shoes, being able to go to a fancy expensive restaurant, or that shiny new car you’ve had your eye on for quite some time and you’re thankful that you were finally able to get it.  Not that there is anything wrong with any of these endeavors, I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off, and those that work hard for and toward something should be able to reap the benefits of their hard work – but for me when the seasons turn the corner at Halloween, Thanksgiving approaching, Christmas right around the corner – you realize every year it seems; for me at least, that the things I truly am the most thankful for, are sitting and staring right back at me at the same table. Far too often we get lost as individuals in the idiosyncrasies we develop and implement into our everyday lives, and we forget who and what has the most value in this world – the people that raised us and we choose to have close to us.  Every year sitting down at that table, I’m reminded how lucky I am, and that is what I am the most thankful for – the worth of the people in my life, and being able to have the time to sit down and get to know one another again.” – Jacob “Jake” Finn – (Sales Professional)
Adam Cruff & Family

“I’m thankful for a healthy family and a home to live in.  Seems simple and cliche, however, currently my in-laws from Puerto Rico are staying with us after being displaced by hurricane Maria.  My wife and I are thankful her parents survived the storm, and that we were able to get them here to Michigan.  My three girls are enjoying having abuela (Grandma) and abuelo (Grandpa) around the house, so there is much for me and my family to be thankful for this year.”
Adam Cruff (Parts Manager)


Tim Kolka

“I am thankful for my beautiful wife who is the best wife I could ask for! I’m thankful for my two beautiful and kind daughters Olivia and Jenna. those 2 can me smile no matter how crabby I am. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”
– Tim Kolka (Rental Manager)

Al Gradowski

“I’m thankful for my family, and customers that I can call my friends!I’m thankful that I can walk, talk, and chew bubblegum – all at the same time. I’m thankful for each day I’m given as it is a gift that is why it’s called the Present.”
– Al “Big Al” Gradowski (Sales Professional)


Andy Mahoney – Sales Professional

“Looking back on 2017, its been one heck of a journey, and I have a lot to be thankful for. First and foremost, I am thankful for my family. I am blessed with amazing parents and couldn’t ask for better as they continue to be an important part of my life. I am also thankful for my brother and sister-in-law, and being able to watch my adorable two-month old niece grow up so much this year. I am also thankful for my awesome friends, co-workers and being a part of such a great company. I am thankful that people who I work with have become some of my best friends. I’m lucky to have such an awesome support team, and be surrounded by such great people at Labadie Toyota. It’s great knowing that I have amazing people in my corner.. these guys are the best!I’m also thankful for my health. With out my health, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience all of the awesome things life had to offer this year, nor would have been able to grow as much as I did as a person this year. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to not let these things go unnoticed… Good health = GREAT Life!” – Andrew “Andy” Mahoney – Sales Professional

Ultimately, we’re thankful for you, our loyal customers, friends and family. We thank you for your support, kindness and choosing us to be a part of your life, especially when it comes to your vehicle needs.

We sincerely hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great rest of the year too!

From all of us and our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! :)



GOOOAAALLLL!!! $12,500!

TJ and Jeff Check Presentation
TJ Horner (Left) presents the check to Jeff Larsen (Right)

One car at a time is all it takes.

On October 1st, 2017 we set a goal to raise $100 for every car sold to reach a goal of $12,000 for the American Cancer Society through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Midland, Michigan. On October 31st, we exceeded that goal with a final total of $12,500 (125 Cars Sold).

(Left to Right) Kyle Plant (Finance), AJ Simon (Sales), Mark Brock (New Car Sales Manager), Andy Mahoney (Sales) and Adam Everett (Sales)

Raising money for the fight against breast cancer was a no-brainer as the folks at Labadie Toyota geared up with pink bracelets and decked out the dealership with pink balloons with a mission to raise money to save lives. General Manager, TJ Horner agreed that this campaign had to happen, commenting “We are always looking for a way to help out the community. When this opportunity came up, I knew we had to be a part of it,” For TJ, the fight hits home personally as he added “With both of my parents being cancer survivors and my mom beating breast cancer, I really felt like this was a good fit for us.”

Professional Salesmen (Left to Right) Cody Brewington, Charles Englehardt and Scott Naples

Yesterday, November 8th, TJ Horner presented the $12,500 check on behalf of the team at Labadie Toyota to Jeff Larsen from the American Cancer Society at 1pm. They were joined by fellow staff members and a crew from the local TV news team WNEM News 5 to share the great news with the community.

Shortly after the check traveled throughout the dealership for various sales, service and staff members to take a photo with, to reflect on the team’s accomplishment this past October.

Patty Alderton (Internet Sales)


Al Gradowski (Sales)
Bill Winchell (Detail Specialist)

At Labadie Toyota, we have two primary goals, helping you go places and helping make a positive impact on the community. We thank you for your continued kindness and support as we continue to reach our goals.
***We may know of a loved one, family or friend who has cancer or is battling cancer. Please take a moment and consider joining the fight against cancer through the American Cancer Society. Thank you.***

Giving Hope, One Car at a Time

Jeff Larsen (Left) from The American Cancer Society and TJ Horner (Right) General Manager at Labadie Toyota kick things off for this month’s fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness

We’ve been very fortunate. We’ve got a great team. Amazing customers. And an ambition to help change the world.

This month, we decided to set some high expectations and give hope to those who face breast cancer in the form of a $12,000 donation to the American Cancer Society through the event Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Midland, Michigan. For every car we sell, we’re donating $100 toward the cause. $12,000 is our goal, however, we can also surpass it.

According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2017, an estimated 252,710 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. About 40,610 women will die from it. Awareness of the disease, early detection and treatment has decreased the breast cancer rates by 39% since 1989. Imagine what findings, treatments or cures could exist in the years to come.

We’re very much looking forward to reaching our goal and beyond. Every dollar counts in the effort to fight against this disease. We welcome you to join us in the fight against breast cancer.


Lease or Buy? That is the Question…

Labadie Toyota – Spring 2017

Shall I lease or buy my next vehicle? That is the question.

In this day and age, you can lease just about anything. Leasing is the ultimate “try before you buy and/or no commitment way of enjoying life’s pleasures without getting too attached. You can even lease friends these days! (Source: http://www.rentafriend.com) Unreal!

Yet there are some things that go beyond the temporary enjoyment of having something in your own possession. Sometimes you may bond with something or perhaps that something becomes obsolete and have a hard time letting go. For example, the Scion brand. (Or specifically in this author’s case, the Scion XB)

Regardless of where you stand, the ultimate question remains. Do you buy or do you lease? This is more than miles, commitment and cost. It’s a combination of those things, who you are and where you’re going.  For the sake of this article, let’s consider Toyota leasing and buying based on this  author’s experience.

1.) If you BUY or LEASE, especially through Toyota, you automatically get ToyotaCare. This includes 2 years or 25,000 miles of maintenance (oil changes, tire rotations, 37 point inspections) and 2 years of Roadside Assistance. The average maintenance visit could cost an estimated $50.00 on up, depending on your vehicle and where you live, before any applicable tax. So far, you’re saving on maintenance in your first two years. Not to mention you have Toyota Warranties which is 3 years/36,000 miles for Basic Warranty and 5 years/60,000 miles for Powertrain Warranty. Once again, you’re winning! :)

1.A.) If you’re leasing and adhere to the usual 3 years / 36,000 mile (lease terms may vary) you have options at the end of your lease. Do you upgrade to a new model? Do you buy or lease another model? Do you buy your current model? Or, are you OK with walking/biking/jogging everywhere? Some may forget that last option is a real one. :) With leasing, there is a possibility of a lower monthly payment, no commitment after all is said and done and a chance to drive something new. (Remember though, the vehicle has to be kept in great condition with minimal general wear and tear.) If you continue doing business with Toyota, the ToyotaCare cycle begins anew with a new lease or buy.

1.B.) If you’re planning to buy. Buying is a great option for a lot of reasons. One, the vehicle is yours. For some of you truck folks who like to haul stuff, pull stuff, push stuff and drive through stuff, this is option works well. You can define “Wear and tear” after you purchase the vehicle. Like anything else, when you buy it, it’s yours. Maintenance will cost at this point, however, if you purchased new, you know who the original owner is and how well taken care of the vehicle was. A new vehicle can last you a very long time if maintained properly. At Labadie Toyota, we’ve seen customers bring vehicles with 200,000 miles or more on them. Granted the vehicle needs were met along the way. (Tune-ups, brakes, tires, fluid flushes, etc). Like anything else, if you take care of it, it will take care of you. The buying option also gives you freedom to run the wheels off the vehicle and rack up the miles. It is your vehicle. So if you like to make a round trip from Boston to Los Angeles every week, have at it! :)

Both buying and leasing a vehicle has it’s advantages. Many places may try to sway you one way or another. As this author writes, I’ve experienced both. I’ve leased two Scion (Former Toyota brand) vehicles and purchased the second one because I loved the vehicle. The Scion XB was no longer in production and the brand was being phased out, therefore I made my purchase. During my lease experience both times, I took the vehicle on a few 600 mile long weekend trips and to work five days a week an estimate 40 miles a day. I tell you this, because many people may state that millage limitations with a lease is the issue. If you honestly calculate your estimated millage a year (unless your a traveling business person) you may not even see 10,000 miles a year.

In conclusion, the answer is simply this: do your homework. What works best for you may not work best for your neighbor. It can be a great feeling to drive something new every couple of years, just as much as it feels to have gone thousands a miles on adventures with a vehicle you call your own. There is no better option than the best option that works for you.


For more information on Leasing or Buying a brand new Toyota vehicle, call Labadie Toyota at 989-684-2222 or check us out online at: http://www.labadietoyota.com. We also have pre-owned vehicles which are inspected, tested, reconditioned and ready for the road in all makes and models. We’re here to help you go places! :)

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Why shop and purchase at Labadie Toyota? We have a friendly and knowledgeable staff throughout the dealership and various ways to stay in contact with us as well! After your vehicle purchase, we’re not through with assisting you. If you have questions, need service or simply looking for something different to drive, contact us. Call, Text, Email and Facebook Message us! It’s all a part of the Modern Dealership Experience. We’re here to help you go places! :)