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Toyota FJ Cruiser

Used Toyota FJ Cruiser

You could be out trying to buy the best there is to offer on used cars. If you’re in the market for an affordable, quality SUV, first consider one of our used Toyota FJ Cruisers. Before you face disappointment use these tips to make your car buying experience more fulfilling.

Calculate the Budget

When you think about buying a car your inner child comes screaming out "ooooh a mustang" or I can master saving enough to buy that new car". Before you even step foot in a car dealership you should first figure out what you need.

Research the mode you have your Heart Set On

This is important. Research the model as much as you can. You can check out online blogs and reviews instead of the car company's detailed ad on each of their makes. Remember knowing the car's strengths and weaknesses will not only help you with the repairs and maintenance of the car once you have bought it but also with the negotiations with the seller.

Believe the Honest Rants

Before you hit the local dealership and are overwhelmed by the salesperson there it is best that you find what is more important to know through online forums. These are honest even when anonymous. You can get a lot of feedback about car modes and makes and the dealerships that will give you the most tempting deals with the best quality on the models you would like. The best part is that you will not just be reading what someone thought was vital enough to share but you can also post questions about what concerns you and you will get more than one opinionated answer on that.

Hit the Local Used Car Auctions

Before you go to the actual dealer take your time looking around a used car auction. Up until now you have only been hearing things about buying a car, get the feel of the real purchasing process.

Don't Be Impulsive With the Purchase

Never do this, you need to show the seller that you are serious and just because a car is shiny does not warrant that you should buy it like that. Plus get your own mechanic to do a pre inspection. Most auto dealerships let you bring a friend who is a pro with cars or your own mechanic to check the car inside out before you sign the ownership papers.

Check out the best quality cars at Washington Automall located at 307 Washington Road.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry: What Are The Signs That Your Car Needs A Tune-Up

If your car hasn’t been its usual self lately, you should waste no time in taking it to a qualified and professional technician. The sooner you can get the repairs in order, the better and less costly it will prove to be especially if it saves the components and the cars condition from worsening. Here are the top indicators that are telling you that your Toyota Camry needs a tune-up.

  1. The car's filter can be the cause of the car losing power. A dirty filter is directly linked to poor gas mileage.
  2. You should get your car to a reliable mechanic if it becomes difficult to start your car. If you hear the engine cranking up then the problem should lie in the starting sensor. Remember, you can't just pop the hood to see if everything is in place, almost all the times the problem is with the ignition system so you need a technician to fix it.
  3. It is recommended that you keep the car mileage you have in check. Once you check the miles driven divided by the gallons, you can tell whether or not the engine is losing its efficiency. Once this happens, your car could need several things in a tune up. It could be the misaligned wheels, transmission malfunction, cold engine, under-inflated tires etc.
  4. When the car engine is under a lot of load, you can hear a knocking sound. It is the same one that you hear when you are riding your car uphill. The culprit could be anything, it could be that the tank is filled with inferior gas or that engine is accumulating carbon.
  5. If your car is stalling, you need a professional to have a look at it. Stalling is caused by the incorrect idle speed adjustment, sensor malfunction, or simply dirty fuel system components.
  6. Check for exhaust odor. The odor can be due to the car's emissions system facing problems or a sure sign that the car's catalytic converter is damaged.
  7. An engine that runs rough is yet another sign that your car is way overdue for a tune up. In this case, the damage is caused in two places, i.e. the ignition or fuel system, which is suffering from a bad piston or valve.

We hope that the information presented in this blog was useful to you in terms of car maintenance. If you are in the market for a car, check us out for the best new and used cars in town.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in South Hills Toyota and tagged Washington Toyota, Toyota, Toyota Camry, Used Toyota, Used Toyota Camry, Washington Toyota Camry, Washington Used Toyota, Washington Used Toyota Camry on 08/22/2014 at 8:46 PM

Toyota Corolla

Used Toyota Corolla

No matter where you end up going for your road trip, your Toyota Corolla should be prepared properly. If it is not, then you can easily get stuck somewhere on a deserted road with no help. This will give you even more stress. Therefore, if you are planning a road trip, make sure your car is up for the long hassle and is properly maintained.

What You Should Check

Fluids

A car consists of certain fluids that you need to properly check before taking your car out on the road. These fluids include

  • Antifreeze/coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Engine oil
  • Gasoline
  • Power steering fluid
  • Radiator coolant
  • Transmission fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid

Belts And Hoses

You need to make sure there are no loose connection, and if there are, then you should fix them instantly and make them more secure and tight.

Tires

Your tires are the main part of the car that are in contact with the road. Therefore, you need to make sure that there is proper traction. You also need to make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Over or under inflation can lead to tire and car problems later on.

Lights

You need to make sure that your blinkers, interior lighting, and headlights are properly functioning. This is especially important if you have to travel at night. You can also get into trouble with the police if your lights are not functioning properly.

Brakes

The braking system of your car needs to be in proper functioning order so that you can avoid any unnecessary accidents. You should especially get your brakes checked if you feel the pedals to be soft or spongy.

Battery

Your battery needs to be in tip top condition before you head out for your long road trip. After all, you would not want to have to jumpstart your car right in the middle of nowhere. While checking your engine, you should also get the ignition and electrical systems checked.

If you want to find out more about car care before a long road trip, you can head on down to Washington Toyota in Washington, Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania, and ask us any questions that you might have. We would be more than happy to help you out and even inspect your car for you if you like.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

If your car hasn't been its usual self lately, you should waste no time in taking it to a qualified and professional technician. The sooner you can get the repairs in order, the better and less costly it will prove to be especially if it saves the components and the cars condition from worsening. Here are the top indicators that are telling you that your Toyota Camry needs a tune up.

1. The car's filter can be the cause of the car losing power. A dirty filter is directly linked to poor gas mileage.

2. You should get your car to a reliable mechanic if it becomes difficult to start your car. If you hear the engine cranking up then the problem should lie in the starting sensor. Remember, you can't just pop the hood to see if everything is in place, almost all the times the problem is with the ignition system so you need a technician to fix it.

3. It is recommended that you keep the car mileage you have in check. Once you check the miles driven divided by the gallons, you can tell whether or not the engine is losing its efficiency. Once this happens, your car could need several things in a tune up. It could be the misaligned wheels, transmission malfunction, cold engine, underinflated tires etc.

4. When the car engine is under a lot of load, you can hear a knocking sound. It is the same one that you hear when you are riding your car uphill. The culprit could be anything, it could be that the tank is filled with inferior gas or that engine is accumulating carbon.

5. If your car is stalling, you need a professional to have a look at it. Stalling is caused by the incorrect idle speed adjustment, sensor malfunction, or simply dirty fuel system components.

6. Check for exhaust odor. The odor can be due to the car's emissions system facing problems or a sure sign that the car's catalytic converter is damaged.

7. An engine that runs rough is yet another sign that your car is way over due for a tune up. In this case, the damage is caused in two places, i.e. the ignition or fuel system, which is suffering from a bad piston or valve.

We hope that the information presented in this blog was useful to you in terms of car maintenance. If you are in the market for a car, check out Washington Automall for the best new and used cars in town.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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2014 Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner

Taking care of the car's exterior is part of making sure that your car lasts longer too. Here is how you maintain the shining glory of your used Toyota 4Runner.

Use The Right Products

You cannot just start cleaning your car armed with a water hose and old Sunday clothes. Your car deserves to be washed by the proper tools that are there in the market for this very purpose. Purchase the micro fiber paint safe mitt, if you do not have this, you can always switch to a cotton mitt. There are companies that offer products that are pH balanced. There are even the non detergent formulas that preserve the wax coat on the exterior. Plus, think about investing in lubricants to prevent scratches and give the car a shiny finish.

Don't Forget To Dry Your Car

Now remember the most important part of all: drying your car after you have washed it. This way you are avoiding the water spots, mineral deposits etc. You can even get paint safe and lint free drying cloth products, which are highly absorbent and do the job right.

It's A Different Game, Washing A Car That Has Seen Too Much Road

It could be that washing your car is not enough. You could have taken the Toyota on an off-road trip or an interstate long road trip. There is bug residue, tree sap, pollution, road grime etc. that you have to deal with. You can always use the detailing clay, which is great for protecting your paint. First, you spray the area that needs cleaning, then you smooth the clay along the surface of the paint. Remember that this detailing clay bar does not (no matter what some people say) get rid of swirl marks, scratches, or tar and insect deposits.

Why Does the Paint Look Dull?

Dull paint could be due to a paint job with oxidized paint. This is not as bad a thing as it sounds because all you need at that point is the car polish or a rubbing compound. The thing is that rubbing compounds remove most of the paint application, but it is a rather aggressive sort of element and you should have an expert take a look at your existing paint job before you go to work.

If you are in the market for a new car, check out Washington Automall for the best new and used cars in town.

Washington Toyota specializes in new and used Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Search for a Toyota 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Yaris, and more. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


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