Making of a Toyota Camry


Ever wonder how a vehicle, like the Toyota Camry, is made. We’ve found one of a few great videos that takes you into the Kentucky plant that builds the Camry.

Enjoy! :)

Youtube – Toyota Camry Production (Car TV)


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.






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, 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!

To schedule online go to:


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:




First Snowfall of the Winter

2017 Toyota Prii (plural for many Prius) chilling out…literally.

Twas’ the first big snowfall of the winter this week. On Sunday, December 11th through the following day (Monday)  at least 6 inches of snow in some parts fell. It started early on Sunday and appeared to have no end in sight.

On Monday, December 12th, the various departments here at Labadie Toyota put their shoveling skills to work as team Snow Patrol. This operation involves cleaning the cars, relocating the vehicles and clearing the lot. Their method appears flawless as they move vehicles around with precision as if coordinating a football team on field to victory. And it’s clear, this is nothing new to them.

Typically in a Michigan winter, we see cold early on with a few snow squalls here and there. Oftentimes it leaves an inch or two of snow and is gone in a days time until after the new year. This year, however, it seems Old Man Winter isn’t messing around.

With winter storms brewing in the west, lake effect snow stirring on the lakes and the temperatures dropping to a point where we’re even too cold to shiver, it looks like we’re in for a long, brutal winter. Although we cannot control it, we can be prepared and enjoy it safely as well.

2015 Scion XB in the snow. Photo by: Taylor Gradowski

According to AAA, here are some driving tips posted on their website.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.


In summary, take your time, drive slower, be prepared and make good decisions. :)

What else can we say other than Winter is here to stay, for a little awhile at least. And when the snow falls and you have a moment, be sure to enjoy it in it’s time. It can be a wonderful sight.

Be safe, have fun and stay warm out there! :)

Bike Drive & Toys for Tots a Success!

New Car Sales Manager – Mark Brock (left) and General Sales Manager, TJ Horner (right) pose in front of the Toys for Tots bus.

On Friday, December 9th,  2016 the Toys for Tots bus arrived. The Sales team loaded up 20 bicycles and a haul of toys donated by our generous staff and customers. Thank you to everyone who showed their kindness and support this holiday season!

Sales team professionals taking a moment to help load the bus.

Special thank you to Sales Professional, Patty Alderton for taking the pictures.