Thursday, May 25, 2017

Toyota Lease Ending? Here's What to Do

Sometimes it seems like everyone loves new Toyota cars. We certainly see a lot of the Toyota Camry, Toyota RAV4, and Toyota Tacoma on the roads around Phoenix, AZ. But not everyone who comes to Bell Road Toyota is here to buy. In fact, roughly a third of all Toyota cars that leave dealerships each year are under lease. If you’re one of those lessees, we can help make the end of that lease easier for you.
There are a few dates to keep in mind as your lease draws to a close.
90 Days Before Lease Ends
This is a good time to decide what comes after your lease ends. You might decide to buy out your current lease, to purchase a different vehicle altogether, or take on another lease. During this time frame, you should also expect to hear from Toyota Financial Services.
60 Days Before Lease Ends
Once your lease is up, you may face charges for excess wear and tear. Since you probably don’t want to find out what you’re dealing with the day you turn in your vehicle and your keys, we suggest bringing your car, truck, or SUV to the dealership. We’ll conduct an assessment so you’ll know what to expect.
30 Days Before Lease Ends
If you haven’t already done so, the last month of your lease is time for any Toyota service and repairs your vehicle needs. It’s also a good time to contact Bell Road Toyota for a return date, to make the return, and meet any final obligations for mileage and wear overages. It’s also when you’ll work out the details on your next new Toyota car.
There are some other things that are worth keeping in mind.
    You can take advantage of loyalty incentives provided through Toyota Financial Services. These can often be combined with dealer incentives and seasonal promotions. We’ve enjoyed having you as a customer, and we’d love to see you stick around!
    Remember that your Phoenix Toyota dealer was in your corner when you took on your lease, and we’re still here to help. Any questions you have, and any help you need, is still right here at 2020 West Bell Road.

    Finally, whether you leased or purchased through Bell Road Toyota, remember that our service and Toyota Finance departments are always here for you. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Take Advantage of the Bell Road Toyota Military Discount

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us. We wanted to take some time out of the usual daily hustle and bustle to express our appreciation of those who’ve served their country. Since the usual “Thank you for your service” seems to fall a bit short, the Toyota finance department at Bell Road Toyota is offering our thanks in a somewhat more tangible form.

From now ’til May 31, 2017, Bell Road Toyota is offering a special $500 Military Discount toward the lease or purchase of a new Toyota vehicle. That makes this a great time to pull the trigger on that Toyota RAV4, Toyota Camry, or Toyota Tacoma you’ve been eyeing.

The discount is open to active duty, active reserve, or Ready Reserve service members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard and their families (including Gold Star families). Military retirees and veterans who are within one year of their retirement or discharge also qualify.

All you’ll need is one of the following:
    Proof of status (Leave and Earning Statement, military ID, DD 214)
    Qualifying salary
    Credit approval by Toyota Financial Services via Bell Road Toyota

This offer is contingent on credit approval by Toyota Financial Services, and not everyone will qualify. It cannot be combined with certain other incentives. Delivery must be taken from dealer stock. You’re responsible for any applicable taxes and fees. Other terms and conditions apply; your Toyota dealer will provide you with full details.

If you’ve been waiting to get behind the wheel of a new Toyota car, SUV, truck, or van, your wait is over. Visit Bell Road Toyota at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ to browse our inventory and for more information on our manufacturer and Toyota dealer incentives

Friday, May 12, 2017

Technology Highlights in Toyota Cars

Finding the right Toyota car, truck, or SUV isn’t just about coming to your Phoenix Toyota dealership, even though that’s a great start. It’s also about finding the right combination of features and options that make your daily drive fun and rewarding. Luckily, the new Toyota vehicles at Bell Road Toyota are an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great tech features.

You’d have to set aside a couple of hours if we were to explain every bit of innovative technology that goes into a car like the 2017 Toyota Prius V. Instead, we’re going to dive deep on three key technologies that we think are particularly important.

Toyota Safety Systems

Toyota STAR Safety System and Toyota TSS (the latter of which will be standard on many more 2018 Toyota models) are among the reasons so many Toyota vehicles have top safety scores from the IIHS and NHTSA. More importantly, they keep you and your family safe. They include features like stability and traction control, lane departure warning, smart cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.

Toyota Entune

Toyota Entune works in tandem with your phone to support a wide range of functions. These include traffic and navigation, music, points of interest, hands-free calling and texting, and quite a bit else besides. Some features require a subscription (your Phoenix Toyota dealer will have details), but taken as a whole, Entune helps you get a lot more out of your Toyota Highlander or other new Toyota SUV.

Wireless Charging

Right now, Qi Wireless Charging is limited to upper trims on Toyota hybrid vehicles. It’s induction-based, so all you need to do is put your mobile device on a special charging mat. It’s handy if you don’t want wires cluttering your console.

Of course, not all technology is available on all models and trims, and the upper trims of cars like the Toyota Camry will have the best features available. Be sure to speak to your salesperson about your options. Bell Road Toyota is conveniently located at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ.

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Toyota 18-Wheeler? Why Not?

The Toyota Motor Corporation’s trucks earn respect. Even though they don’t put up the same sales figures as some of their competitors, the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra are a well-kept secret. Those who know love their Toyota trucks for their power and reliability. Bell Road Toyota looks at a whole new breed of Toyota trucks that may soon take the world by storm.

These trucks will be larger and more powerful than the pickups at your Phoenix Toyota dealership. They’ll also be cribbing the lessons learned from another respected Toyota vehicle, the Toyota Mirai FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle). What kind of beast arises when you combine a truck with an FCV? The company is betting big on big rigs powered by FCV technology.

The initiative is called Project Portal, and it’s undergoing testing right now in Los Angeles. It’s not as much of a stretch as it may seem, since fuel cells already power Toyota-built buses and forklifts. It’s mostly a matter of scaling the technology to meet the size and power needs of long-haul trucking.

Why Los Angeles? The port uses trucks for hauling freight from point-to-point within the port. With idle time and short distance travel, the existing diesel trucks produce a lot of emissions. The FCV-powered trucks will be just as efficient, but they’ll be much cleaner and quieter than their fossil-fueled counterparts.

Once the technology has proven itself during the testing program, it’ll make its way to the interstates and state highways of America, including here in Phoenix, AZ. The average Bell Road Toyota customer isn’t looking for a semi, but as with many other things, the technology developed for one market has a way of making its way to other new Toyota trucks, cars, and SUVs. We can’t wait to see what comes next, but why not come to our showroom at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix to see what’s already here?

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Easy Way to Improve Toyota Car Performance

Yes, we know. We’ve seen the same headlines promising “one weird trick” to do anything from removing wrinkles to losing weight. But when you want your Toyota car to perform better, there really is one simple thing you can do the next time you’re close to your Toyota dealership near Scottsdale, AZ.

You don’t need to spend thousands on a higher-horsepower engine, performance tuning, a custom exhaust system, or any other high-ticket doodads. If you want better acceleration and more stopping power, it’s as simple as stopping by Bell Road Toyota for the proper tires for your Toyota Tacoma or your old Toyota Corolla.

It makes intuitive sense. After all, you wouldn’t train for months for a marathon, eating right, running, and taking supplements, only to wear flip-flops on the day of the big race. Your car is no different. You can do anything else you’d like — parts, fuel treatment, performance upgrades — but if you don’t have the right tires, it’s like running with a pebble in your shoe.

It’s not just us saying so. Tests have proven time and again that tires with good tread give you better traction, better acceleration, and more stopping power at a shorter distance. That translates to better fuel economy, more safety, and a lot more fun behind the wheel. You’ll literally feel the difference.

When it comes to proper maintenance, we hope you’re already paying attention to fundamentals like your hoses, fluids, belts, and brakes. But for all that effort, don’t overlook where the rubber meets the road. If you live in the area around Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Peoria, there’s no excuse not to stop by Bell Road Toyota to make sure your tires aren’t worn, that they’re properly mounted and balanced, and that your alignment’s up to snuff.

Service questions? Stop by our Phoenix Toyota service center today. We’re located at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Toyota FT-4X Concept: First Look

Last week, Bell Road Toyota covered two major production model debuts that were on tap for the New York International Auto Show. This week, we take a closer look at the Toyota FT-4X, a promising “casualcore” concept vehicle targeted at millennials. In its first public appearance, it evidences the DNA of old and new Toyota SUVs.

The size is similar to the upcoming 2018 Toyota C-HR. This makes sense, since both vehicles share the same TNGA platform, and could — in theory — share the same four-cylinder engine and CVT. But the Toyota FT-4X is bulkier all around, and trades the futuristic curvature of the Toyota C-HR for a more muscular look that’s clearly inspired by the discontinued (and sorely missed) Toyota FJ Cruiser.

The differences continue inside, with lots of hard plastic surfaces that are meant to be easier to load and unload, and easier to clean after your weekend adventures. There’s a profusion of USB ports, storage cubbies, heated and cooled storage areas, and even a detachable radio that can be used for tunes around the campfire.

We don’t know yet if the Toyota FT-4X will come to Bell Road Toyota. Concept vehicles often pack every idea that a designer thought would be fun, from the really good ones to the good but far-fetched ones. If it does become available to Phoenix Toyota dealerships, we’d expect a similar exterior but an interior that’s decidedly more conventional, designed to appeal to a wider range of drivers.

If you want to go off-road in the meantime, you’ve got some great options at our 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ showroom. Try the 2017 Toyota RAV4 or the legendary Toyota Land Cruiser on for size!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Toyota Cars at New York International Auto Show

The 2017 New York International Auto Show promises to be a good one for those looking forward to 2018 Toyota models. Even though Phoenix is a long way away, we’re still watching with plenty of interest. Not only will many of the 2017 models available now at Bell Road Toyota be on display, but two new models — the 2018 Toyota Sienna and 2018 Toyota Yaris — will take a bow as well.

2018 Toyota Sienna

The 2018 Toyota Sienna comes with a refreshed sense of style. Already boasting a five-star NHTSA safety rating for 2017, the 2018 model promises to be even safer thanks to the TSS-P version of Toyota Safety Sense. That means pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, pre-collision system.

Many other new tech features are also on offer. One of our favorites is the upgraded Toyota Entune 3.0 infotainment system, featuring App Suite Connect, navigation, and some nifty optional features (like WiFi Connect). Upgrades are available on the higher trims, allowing drivers to add a premium JBL Audio sound system.

2018 Toyota Yaris

At the other end of the size spectrum, the subcompact 2018 Toyota Yaris also gets an update. Already good-looking, it gets an updated front fascia on both the three-door L and LE trims, and the five-door SE trim. The SE also gets 16-inch alloy wheels, and dark accents on the wheels and grille.

Multiple upgrades await inside, with different trims getting upgrades to the steering wheel, instrument panel, and audio systems. Entune finally comes to the Toyota Yaris, with the SE receiving Entune Audio Plus and the Connected Navigation application.

2017 — the calendar year, and the model year — have been good to us at Bell Road Toyota, but 2018 is shaping up to be even better still. The new Toyota models above won’t arrive for a little while yet. But if you have questions, or would like to browse our inventory of new and used Toyota vehicles, stop by our showroom at 2020 West Bell Road in Phoenix, AZ today!

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