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Why You Don't Need To Warm Your Toyota Up In The Morning

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

There are many myths about winter driving that our grandparents, parents, and we live by. Today, we discuss one in particular that many still believe to be true, but due to the way our engines are currently built, we actually no longer have to worry about this issue, say, more than ten seconds. 

What I am referring to is the amount of time we spend warming up our Toyota engines in the dead of winter. We usually like to give ourselves plenty of time, about 5-10 minutes to warm up our car before we drive it because we may believe a cold engine might somehow "break" or not work properly when we hit the gas pedal immediately, or we just simply prefer to have warm air blowing back at us after braving the elements to step inside our cars. Whatever your reason for letting your car idle for an extended period of time, you actually do not have to do it. The reality is, your vehicle will warm up just as fast if you drive it as opposed to just letting it sit because of the efficiency of a car’s modern fuel injection engine as opposed to those with carburetors. Carburetors relied on idling to warm up the engine in order to make it possible to drive.

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The Science Behind Tire Pressure and Winter

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

We’ve officially reached that point when 20 degrees feels like 10 degrees with windchill. If you are like most, including myself, eventually this will have an effect on your vehicle.

As I drove home last night from work, the temperature was below 20 degrees and then out of the blue, my car made a sound to alert me that some part of my vehicle was not functioning properly. That part was my tires that had seemly deflated for an unknown cause. Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever had your tire pressure light come on when you think your tires are fully inflated?

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Wellesley Toyota Countdown: Our Top 5 Toyota Vehicles of 2014.

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

It's the end of the year, so to keep with year end traditions, we felt it was proper to give our "end of year" countdown of what we felt were our top Toyota vehicles based on a combination of features, reliability, gas mileage, safety, and most importantly, price. So without further ado, we present Wellesley Toyota's Top 5 Toyota Vehicles in 2014.

 

5. 2014 Prius Hatchback

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How To Choose Winter Tires For Your Toyota

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Winter is coming. No, really, it is. It seems like just a month ago it was September and 75 degrees out, but we all know New England weather can change in a hurry and it is best to prepare a little too early than a little too late. If you value your Toyota’s dependability, especially in the winter, than I suggest you do everything in your power to make sure your Toyota is equipped to properly handle the inclement weather by investing in a good set of winter tires. 

You might be thinking why do I need a second set of tires when I have a perfectly good set right now? That is true, while you do have good tires to use right now; they weren’t all designed to handle the same weather conditions. The bottom line is that you need better grip and handling in bad weather. Winter tires are designed to stay soft and rubbery, even in freezing temperatures, allowing it to better grip the road or snowy surface. Winter tires also have specially designed tread patterns that allow water to easily escape from under the tire, instead of potentially slipping and gliding over it when using all weather tires. These may seem like such small changes to tires, but they most definitely work.

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Scion Announces New iM Model

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

There are some Toyota vehicles that the United States doesn’t sell. Ever hear of the Aurion sedan? How about the Aygo hatchback? No? Well, you’re not alone. These vehicles have been exclusively sold overseas for the better part of a decade, and while Toyota does a good job of catering to the wide range of vehicles that people in the U.S. like, you can’t help but be curious about the other models Toyota makes that we don’t always see here.

The Toyota Auris is another one of these vehicles that is exclusively sold in Japan and in Australia as their verisons of the “Corolla Hatchback”, but we have learned after months of photos being teased online, that it will be introduced stateside under Toyota’s Scion brand as the Scion iM.

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Topics: New Car, Scion

Exploring The Redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

As we approach the end of 2014, many  manufacturers are releasing their 2015 products and even planning for 2016. Toyota has recently released its 2015 Camry with some stunning new and redesigned features both inside and out. After seeing it in person, it looks better than ever. 

Exterior

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Toyota At The Paris Motor Show

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

 

This past week was the Paris Motor Show in Paris, France. For those of you that don't know, The Paris Motor Show is the home of one of the most anticipated auto shows on the calendar, and for some reason only takes place on even numbered years. This year we were treated to countless new cars going into production, as well as some that were just mere concepts that we all dream about actually going into production. (Whoever has the job of working on concept cars might have the best auto job ever).

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Toyota Vehicles Under $20,000

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Living in cities such as Boston can be a love hate relationship for car drivers for a very simple reason. While we love our city, we hate driving in it. It is an absolute nightmare being in Boston during 5 o’clock traffic. Between the stoplights downtown every few blocks, to the logjam on the Mass Pike, we all despise sitting in and navigating through traffic that should take 20 minutes, but ends up taking an hour. Because of this reality, people in cities like Boston want reliable vehicles at an affordable price, that also deliver on fuel efficiency and possibly even fit through the narrow streets of Downtown especially during construction (because there is always construction). While these requirements for a vehicle may seem more like a wish list, we’ve put together a list of Toyota vehicles that meet this criteria, all under $20,000.

 

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5 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Toyota

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Often times when customers walk into a dealership such as Wellesley Toyota looking to buy or lease a new vehicle, they don’t have the right questions and ammo to ask their dealers, questions that could save you money and time. Below, we list out five questions you should always ask yourself or your dealer before buying a car.

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Topics: Buying Guide, Wellesley Toyota, New Car, Maintenance, Features

What is Toyota Racing Development?

Posted by Jared Katsoupis on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Toyota Racing Development, also known as “TRD,” is Toyota’s very own in-house accessories shop for all things Toyota, Scion, and Lexus. The purpose of TRD is to provide owners of street cars, like your trusty Toyota Corolla or Scion tC, the opportunity to upgrade and accessorize their cars to get better performance or a sportier look.

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Topics: Wellesley Toyota, TRD, Toyota Racing Development, Wheel

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