A Season for Potholes

 A pothole. Courtesy of  http://www.photos-public-domain.com

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. www.pothole.info/the-facts/

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: https://www.tsp2.org/2016/02/29/aaa-finds-pothole-damage-costing-us-drivers-3b-a-year-for-vehicle-repairs/)

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: http://exchange.aaa.com/automobiles-travel/automobiles/car-care-and-maintenance/potholes/)

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.







5 Reasons Why You NEED a New or Used Vehicle

Pre-owned Ford SHO all shined up.

Tax season is here. (Sorry for the reminder) However, for those about to get a hefty refund, here’s 5 reasons why you need a new or used vehicle. Well,…5 reasons to consider. :)

1.) Lots of great options available on the pre-owned vehicle lot.
– Vehicle rates have been so low that folks have been buying (or leasing), driving for about a year or so and trading in for something new. Which means great vehicles, some with low miles and light wear and tear, for great prices. Makes you think twice about ol’ smoky sitting in the driveway.

2.) Labadie Toyota inspects, test drives and details every traded in vehicle before it hits the pre-owned lot.
– Why buy something questionable on the side of the road, when you can purchase a pre-owned vehicle with a known history(we pull carfax reports)?  Our vehicles have been thoroughly inspected, fixed if necessary and cleaned to excellent condition.

3.) You owe it to yourself to drive something new/different.
-Sure, you may own ol’ smoky out in the driveway, however, it may also be on borrowed time. Consider what you may have spent in repairs within the last year or so. Is it worth to keep repairing or get something new? Example: $1,500 – $3,000 in repairs could be a nice down payment on reliable vehicle.

4.) Newer vehicles are getting better and better.
-Newer model vehicles (whether new or pre-owned) can get better fuel economy, and much more overall millage with proper care. Plus, they may have more safety features than just the lap belt present in your current vehicle.

5.) A trade-in could be well worth your while.
-If ol’ smoky isn’t as clunky and wore out as we may think it is, then it might add some punch to your upfront down payment (as well as that hefty tax refund we mentioned earlier.) Some vehicles have better trade prices as well. Consideration for a trade-in cover a variety of aspects from makes, models, condition, history and the like. (See a Labadie Toyota sales professional for details on this). So, while you may be on the fence about whether or not you can afford a new or pre-owned vehicle, consider a trade-in as well. You never know what you could get for your current vehicle.

At Labadie Toyota, we want to always encourage our customers to make the most sound decision when it comes to purchasing a vehicle. True sales professionals will work with you every step of the way from the beginning and beyond. We consider your budget, time and ultimately what you’re looking to get out of your new or pre-owned vehicle. There’s something for just about everyone. If there are any questions along the way or even after the sale, you can be sure that someone here at Labadie Toyota will help you in the right direction. Our goal is not just about selling cars, it’s about helping you, go places.




2016 Toyota Milestones


In 2016, Toyota achieved another record year of North American vehicle production with 2,124,608 vehicles built at its North American plants. Production volume was up 4.4 percent over the previous year total of 2,035,028 vehicles.

Key drivers of the increase include low fuel prices, continued stability in the overall economy and strong customer demand for trucks and SUVs.

That makes more than 30 million vehicles produced in North America since 1986.

Toyota also marked milestone anniversaries in 2016 at the following manufacturing facilities:

  • Cambridge, Ontario             30 years
  • Georgetown, Kentucky       30 years
  • Princeton, Indiana               20 years
  • Buffalo, West Virginia         20 years
  • Huntsville, Alabama            15 years

And the company also broke ground for its 15th state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato in November. TMMGT is scheduled to begin Corolla production in 2019.

Toyota produces 13 models in North America including: Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, and Yaris and Yaris iA and directly employs more than 44,000 team members.

Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz couldn’t be prouder: “Our success is driven by the talent and dedication of the men and women who manufacture our products here in the U.S. Every part and every vehicle that rolls off the line reflects our commitment to safety, quality, value, and, above all, our passion for exceeding customer expectations.”

(Source: Toyota)

2017 Toyota Accolades


Will Toyota have a happy new year? Well, it’s certainly shaping up to be award-winning with numerous honors collected in the first two weeks of 2017.


This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Highlander a 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+. It joins nine other Toyotas that had previously earned the group’s highest safety rating. That’s more than any other manufacturer. Plus, three other vehicles were 2017 TOP SAFETY PICKS. So, that’s a whopping 13 IIHS awards overall so far.

2017 Toyota and Lexus TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners: Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius (built after August 2016), Prius v, RAV4, Lexus ES 350, NX, RC and RX.

2017 Toyota and Lexus TOP SAFETY PICK winners: Avalon, Yaris iA and Lexus CT 200h.


Meanwhile, one Toyota and three Lexus models were named Edmunds Most Wanted vehicles – a new designation by one of the leading car shopping and information online platforms. Individual models were called out in 16 segments based on a combination of market factors such as units sold, days-to-turn and shopper interest as well as editorial opinion. Other than Honda/Acura, no other automaker had more than one vehicle on this new list.

Most Wanted Vehicles in their segments: Sienna, Avalon, Lexus RX 350 and ES 350


Toyota’s future, though, could be even brighter – based on the response to its Concept-i at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Its advanced integration of artificial intelligence, in particular via its Yui personal digital assistant, helped it claim a Mashable “Best Tech of CES 2017” honor, a Popular Mechanics “Editor’s Choice Award” and TechRadar’s “Best Car Tech” designation. And while it didn’t take the top prize, Toyota’s groundbreaking concept vehicle was a “Best Automotive Technology” finalist in Engadget’s “Best of CES” awards.


At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this week, Cars.com presented its “Best of 2017” awards and named the 2017 Toyota Prius its “Eco-Friendly Car of the Year.” The popular online car-shopping guide said the latest redesign of the Prius, “the face of the hybrid segment,” addressed its “biggest driving-comfort shortcomings, widening the appeal of the already popular model.”


Rounding out the accolades, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 – unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday – claimed the 2017 EyesOn Design award for Design Excellence – Interior Design. The EyesOn Design awards, officially sanctioned by the show, are selected by a panel of design leaders representing automakers and design schools around the world.

Whew! Just imagine what the next 50 weeks will bring!

(Source: Toyota)

The Nitty Gritty of Vehicle Detail

Outside the detail shop – Summer 2016

Washing and cleaning a vehicle entirely is one thing. Getting into the nitty gritty of the cracks and crevices of a vehicle’s interior and meticulously washing the exterior is another. The detail shop here at Labadie Toyota offers a variety of detail services from wash & wax to vacuuming, headlight restoration, clay bar and buff & polishing. The services are best categorized in couple of packages ranging from a basic wash package to a full reconditioning, a favorite among many. Vehicle detail was designed to maintain the vehicle’s exterior appearance without the potential hazards of driving through a car wash machine. Interior cleaning can assist with stain and debris removal, steam clean fabrics, treatment for vinyl/leather and more. The detail specialist can further assist with suggestions to keep your vehicle clean and maintain a healthy appearance for years to come.

Detail Specialist, Duane Ickes, restores headlights on a 2008 Toyota Yaris

If you’re looking for a service to bring your vehicle back to life, call/email or stop by today! Depending on the service, detail can be a lengthy process. Full restorations can take up to four hours on a sedan alone, however, the end results are worth the wait! We also offer free pick up and delivery of your vehicle. Therefore, you can take your vehicle to work, we pick it up and drop it off in time for you to head home. Imagine, heading home in a clean and beautiful vehicle. Just like the day you and your vehicle first got acquainted. So Shiny!
We detail all makes and models at great rates!

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New Year, New Beginnings


Happy New Year from all your friends here at Labadie Toyota!

A new year means a lot of things for a lot of people. We may embrace the upcoming opportunities and hopeful unknowns or dread things to come, like tax season. Whatever your 2017 has in store for you, we hope it is a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

As we close our 2016 year, we’d like to take a moment to thank you for your business and reflect back on the exciting endeavors we’ve pursued to enhance your car buying experience. And we’re just getting started! Be sure to keep watching on our website, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress (blog) pages to see what we’re up to. Our goal is to put you and your vehicle first. It’s why you continue to visit us, aside from the free Starbucks coffee, popcorn and knowledgeable professionals. Those are bonuses too! :)

Whether you’re a returning customer or inquiring to see who we are, here are a couple of highlights from the year to help you in the right direction.

1.) Enhanced website experience! Labadie Toyota Website
-Up-to-date information (Inventory, Staff, Testimonials, etc)
-Detailed vehicle pictures and video tours (2017 Coming Soon!)-Service Appointment Scheduling
-Rental Car Scheduling
-Optimized Interactivity for desktop, laptops, tablets and phones
-Specials, Coupons and Incentives Available

2.) Enhanced Facebook, Youtube and Twitter!
-Specials, Behind-the-Scenes, Helpful Information, Misc. Fun can be found on our social media.
-Responsive messaging on Facebook. Feel free to ask questions and send suggestions.
-Twitter updates when Facebook updates.
-Youtube reorganized for better searching of vehicle information, promos and fun.
-Facebook videos reorganized for better searching of vehicle information, promos and fun.
-Exclusive news on Facebook such as pre-owned vehicles availability before shown on website.

3.) WordPress blog
-Behind-the-Scenes of Labadie Toyota day-to-day operations
-Toyota News
-Tips & Tricks to maintaining your vehicle
-Various events happening at Labadie Toyota

4.) Contact availability!
-Phone, Text, Email & Message on Facebook

5.) Store upgrades!
-Parking lot  repaved, painted and signs in place to more parking options and easier accessibility.
-Signs in place to assist you in the right direction
-Starbucks coffee machine in customer lounge (grinds and brews fresh coffee beans per cup!)
– Fresh popcorn, snacks and a variety of drink options available
-Clean and comfortable facility with wi-fi and spaces to work at while you wait.

This and much more!

We’re always looking for ways to improve our service. Thank you for kindness, business and support for Labadie Toyota! We look forward to serving you in 2017!


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The “Low Tire” Light – Demystified

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Light. This little yellow indicator may alarm you, yet it doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of it.

Winter. A word that can be described in many ways and by many elements. It can often times be the test of your vehicle’s ability to perform at its finest. Other than vehicle batteries failing in winter, one common issue that often comes up is the “low tire” light. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System indicator is available in all Toyota vehicles to let you know that your vehicle has loss a specific amount of air pressure. This is especially common in the winter months with fluctuating temperatures. And if you live in Michigan, it is no surprise to have one day be sixty degrees and twenty degrees the next. Scientifically, air expands and contracts with certain temperatures. The tire PSI (Pounds per square inch) may fluctuate from the starting of your vehicle on a cold day until a few minutes into your drive. Without getting into the science too deep, the driven tires create heat and the air (PSI) pressure will expand.

PSI indicator on a Air Compressor nozzle.

What does science, your tires and weather have to do with all of this?

The TPMS is a computer that reads PSI from each of your tire’s sensors (located in the tire’s valve stems) If the PSI number falls below a certain PSI threshold, the TPMS light goes on indicating that there is a loss in tire pressure. For example, your vehicle’s tires may have a PSI of 35. If the threshold in the system is set to 32 PSI and the tire loses 31 or more PSI, the indicator light may go on. (Please note, all tires, vehicles, systems and PSI thresholds are different. Check with Labadie Toyota or consult your Owner’s Manual for specifics on your particular vehicle.)

A valve stem located on the tire of a Toyota vehicle. The tire sensor is located in the valve stem inside the tire of most Toyota vehicles.

If your TPMS light comes on, there’s no need to panic. Find a location to safely pull into, walk around the vehicle and look for significantly flat/low tire(s). If you do not see a tire that appears significantly low, drive your vehicle to Labadie Toyota into the Service department bays. A Service Adviser or technician will be able to assist you with inspection and inflation of your tires.

(Tip: It may also be helpful to purchase a tire gauge to keep in your vehicle’s glove compartment to gauge your tire PSI.)

If you are no where near Labadie Toyota, find a fuel station where air is available. Be sure to check the side wall of the tire to ensure the proper PSI for inflation. For example: if you see 40 PSI for proper inflation, inflate the tire a few pounds (PSI) less to allow room for air expansion. If the TPMS light does not go off right away, it may take a few miles down the road until it resets itself depending on the vehicle. (See Owner’s Manual)

In the case the TPMS light is blinking, contact Labadie Toyota to have it diagnosed. This anomaly can be couple of possible issues including a faulty sensor.

For more information, please contact Labadie Toyota on this or any other questions you may have in regards to your Toyota vehicle.

You can also read more about the TPMS on Toyota’s website here: