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: 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: 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! :)

Labadie Advantage Program


Labadie Advantage Program

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! :)

A Season for Potholes

 A pothole. Courtesy of

Pothole season. It’s practically here. And the war against potholes is never ending. Just when one is patched, another crops up. Here’s a few things random things about these crumbling concrete holes of horror.

1.) There is a pothole website for all your pothole inquiries. Stats and statistics on potholes galore. For example, did you know that Michigan doesn’t have a city on their list of percentage of roads that ranked “poor”? Scary! But true. See for yourself.

2.) Potholes are formed by the elements. Water, heat, time and wear & tear. Ice moves rock (asphalt), bigger vehicles may tear up loose asphalt over time, heat expands cracks, etc etc. The list of possibilities is endless. For those of us with four seasons or an excessive amount of traffic (looking at you Los Angeles, CA), potholes are common.

3.) According to AAA, pothole damages cost U.S. drivers $15 billion dollars in vehicle repair over the last five years from 2016. (Source:

Damages may include, bent rims, blown tires, suspension destruction, wrecked fenders, etc etc. Just to name a few.

4.) Also according to the kind folks at AAA, avoiding potholes altogether is your best course of action. Be sure to monitor the road at all times, slow down and carefully go over a pothole if it cannot be avoided. Be sure to inspect your vehicle if you should drive over a pothole in case any damage may have occurred. (Source:

5.)  A filled pothole may be a good pothole but a freshly filled pothole can make a mess! Should you drive over a freshly filled pothole, its best to consider getting your vehicle rinsed off at the least. Pothole filling (mostly asphalt rock and tar) can get into your tire wells and suspension components and make a mess. Addressing it sooner than later can make for an easier to clear vehicle. Plus it doesn’t look like you just drove through a fresh pothole. – Back to AAA’s original suggestion, avoid if possible.


So we’ve covered a few things in regards to potholes. What they are, what you should do if you come in contact with one and ultimately why you should avoid them. There are plenty of resources and statistics online in regards to potholes. If you hit one, call us and we’d be glad to inspect the underside of your vehicle for any potential damage. If you hit a freshly filled pothole, call us and we’ll schedule you for a detail service.

The key components to surviving pothole season is this; drive safe, watch the road, take your time and avoid potholes/large puddles if possible.