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Back to the Future.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Though the future or the finish line is most thought of in people’s minds, it’s important to take time to reflect on your start. When I went back to school as an alumna of New England School of Communications to speak about my experiences in school and the workforce to a freshman class, I was able to do just that.

The 2015 fall Intro to Public Relations Class

The 2015 fall Intro to Public Relations Class

In high school, many of my peers longed for day that they would be able to escape the state of Maine through their college education, but I opted to pursue my education locally at Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom).

Until I prepared for the talk with the class, I didn’t realize how much opportunity had come my way in the greater Bangor area, and how many lessons I had learned through them. Like that freshman class of 14 students, I want to offer those big lessons to you now—free of charge!

  • People are important.

Don’t be so consumed with your future goals that they steal the time that you have now from what matters most. Make time to enjoy your family and friends now. You won’t have those people forever, and time lost is never recovered.

  • The grass grows where you water it.

It’s not about where your ground is located, it’s about what you invest in the ground at your feet. Resolve to have a good work ethic.  Put your best effort into the decisions that you make. Only the best seed offers the best harvest.

  • It’s who you know.

Whether it’s day to day business in the professional world, or you’re just trying to first get your foot in the door at the dawn of your career, personal connections and contacts have the power to open the door or keep it shut.

Finally, every finish has a start. Every start leads to a finish. Your effort and character will determine what kind of finish that will be.

-Written by Beth Churchill

Marketing Assistant

Downeast Toyota – Scion

 

Back to the Future.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Though the future or the finish line is most thought of in people’s minds, it’s important to take time to reflect on your start. When I went back to school as an alumna of New England School of Communications to speak about my experiences in school and the workforce to a freshman class, I was able to do just that.

The 2015 fall Intro to Public Relations Class

The 2015 fall Intro to Public Relations Class

In high school, many of my peers longed for day that they would be able to escape the state of Maine through their college education, but I opted to pursue my education locally at Husson University’s New England School of Communications (NESCom).

Until I prepared for the talk with the class, I didn’t realize how much opportunity had come my way in the greater Bangor area, and how many lessons I had learned through them. Like that freshman class of 14 students, I want to offer those big lessons to you now—free of charge!

  • People are important.

Don’t be so consumed with your future goals that they steal the time that you have now from what matters most. Make time to enjoy your family and friends now. You won’t have those people forever, and time lost is never recovered.

  • The grass grows where you water it.

It’s not about where your ground is located, it’s about what you invest in the ground at your feet. Resolve to have a good work ethic.  Put your best effort into the decisions that you make. Only the best seed offers the best harvest.

  • It’s who you know.

Whether it’s day to day business in the professional world, or you’re just trying to first get your foot in the door at the dawn of your career, personal connections and contacts have the power to open the door or keep it shut.

Finally, every finish has a start. Every start leads to a finish. Your effort and character will determine what kind of finish that will be.

-Written by Beth Churchill

Marketing Assistant

Downeast Toyota – Scion

 

7 Tips to Make Your Next Road Trip the Best One Yet

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Chances are this warm weather has you dreaming up vacation plans. A classic way of real-life escape is the road trip.

Even if a road trip’s not your style, until teleportation is commercialized in the travel industry, a portion of your travel plans will be spent on the open road. Use these 7 tips to make your time on the road as smooth as possible.

1. Have a rough plan in mind for your trip.

Don’t fly, or drive, blind.

Print out some driving directions for your trip from sites like Mapquest (www.mapquest.com) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com). These sites can tell you estimated time and the best route.

Anticipate any bottlenecks in your travel – try to leave and return before or after any rush hours, not during. Sites like Trippish (www.trippish.com) can help you determine the best time to leave based on weather patterns.

Make sure you have cash or change on hand for any tolls you may have to go through.

Find out some interesting side trips or stops along your route. This gives everyone a good opportunity to get out and stretch and breaks up some of the monotony of long trips.

2. Before you head out, make sure your vehicle is in good running condition.

Check the oil.

Check the tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and have a safe amount of tread left. Try the George Washington Tire Tread Test.

Check the belts. Any cracking, squeaking or discoloration means you need a new one.

Check the fluids. Make sure your coolant, windshield washer fluid and power steering fluid is topped off or at the level specified.

Check your wipers. If the blades are separating on the edges, or if they’re squeaking or streaking, replace them.

Get any scheduled or needed maintenance before you leave. Schedule your service appointment.

Double check your spare tire to ensure it’s safe and ready to be used in an emergency.

Make sure you have a car jack – a spare tire isn’t any good with no way to change it!

Clean up your car before you go. Take out anything that’s unnecessary, pick up the napkins and wrappers, take out the receipts, wipe down the dashes and door handles, and vacuum the seats and floors if you can. It will make your journey more comfortable, and the post-trip clean up that much easier.

3. If your vehicle isn’t in good running condition, make alternate plans.

Consider taking a rental vehicle. Most rentals are available for relatively low prices, come with their maintenance up-to-date and in good running condition, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning them before or after your trip. Check out Downeast Toyota’s Rental Fleet

4. Make sure your important documents are current and available.

Check your state inspection and vehicle registration due dates. You don’t want to have outdated documents if you get pulled over.

Double-check your insurance policy expiration date.  After you’ve had an accident isn’t a good time to find out it’s expired.

Make sure your vehicle registration and current insurance papers are in the vehicle

If you have roadside rescue, such as AAA, or another service provided through your vehicle insurance, have the membership card or info handy. You never know when you might need it.

5. Stock these items in your vehicle to be ready for anything:

First aid kit and sunscreen.

Extra change of clothes (especially with kids).

Aspirin or ibuprofen, or any other medication you’re taking.

Snacks and bottled water. If you’re traveling with pets, don’t forget food and water for them.

A GPS and/or maps, directions, and any information on your itinerary, like hotel confirmations.

Extra set of car keys (no worse place to be locked out than hundreds of miles from home)

Plastic bags. Perfect for collecting trash, storing wet clothes, or dog droppings.

Toys and games (if you’re bringing children) – coloring books, portable DVD player, travel board games

A book of CDs or an iPod filled with music or audiobooks can be a great way to pass driving time.

Wet wipes. These are great for everything from spilled beverages to runny noses.

Cell phone charger.

Extra quart of oil.

Tire pressure gauge to make sure you’re maintaining proper tire pressure to ensure the best driving and fuel mileage.

6. Be a safe driver.

Don’t drive while you’re drowsy or tired.  Stop somewhere and take a break (or a nap, if it’s necessary). Driving while tired just isn’t worth the risk.

Don’t text or use the phone while driving. Not only is it unsafe, but it may also be illegal in some places you drive through.

Let a passenger run the map and give directions, if you’re not using a GPS.

7. Be prepared… to be flexible.

It’s not smart to start anything without a plan, but remember—you’re on vacation! It’s a rare time in your life when deadlines don’t apply to you. Be sure that you aren’t too busy to have fun.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

7 Tips to Make Your Next Road Trip the Best One Yet

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Chances are this warm weather has you dreaming up vacation plans. A classic way of real-life escape is the road trip.

Even if a road trip’s not your style, until teleportation is commercialized in the travel industry, a portion of your travel plans will be spent on the open road. Use these 7 tips to make your time on the road as smooth as possible.

1. Have a rough plan in mind for your trip.

Don’t fly, or drive, blind.

Print out some driving directions for your trip from sites like Mapquest (www.mapquest.com) or Google Maps (http://maps.google.com). These sites can tell you estimated time and the best route.

Anticipate any bottlenecks in your travel – try to leave and return before or after any rush hours, not during. Sites like Trippish (www.trippish.com) can help you determine the best time to leave based on weather patterns.

Make sure you have cash or change on hand for any tolls you may have to go through.

Find out some interesting side trips or stops along your route. This gives everyone a good opportunity to get out and stretch and breaks up some of the monotony of long trips.

2. Before you head out, make sure your vehicle is in good running condition.

Check the oil.

Check the tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and have a safe amount of tread left. Try the George Washington Tire Tread Test.

Check the belts. Any cracking, squeaking or discoloration means you need a new one.

Check the fluids. Make sure your coolant, windshield washer fluid and power steering fluid is topped off or at the level specified.

Check your wipers. If the blades are separating on the edges, or if they’re squeaking or streaking, replace them.

Get any scheduled or needed maintenance before you leave. Schedule your service appointment.

Double check your spare tire to ensure it’s safe and ready to be used in an emergency.

Make sure you have a car jack – a spare tire isn’t any good with no way to change it!

Clean up your car before you go. Take out anything that’s unnecessary, pick up the napkins and wrappers, take out the receipts, wipe down the dashes and door handles, and vacuum the seats and floors if you can. It will make your journey more comfortable, and the post-trip clean up that much easier.

3. If your vehicle isn’t in good running condition, make alternate plans.

Consider taking a rental vehicle. Most rentals are available for relatively low prices, come with their maintenance up-to-date and in good running condition, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning them before or after your trip. Check out Downeast Toyota’s Rental Fleet

4. Make sure your important documents are current and available.

Check your state inspection and vehicle registration due dates. You don’t want to have outdated documents if you get pulled over.

Double-check your insurance policy expiration date.  After you’ve had an accident isn’t a good time to find out it’s expired.

Make sure your vehicle registration and current insurance papers are in the vehicle

If you have roadside rescue, such as AAA, or another service provided through your vehicle insurance, have the membership card or info handy. You never know when you might need it.

5. Stock these items in your vehicle to be ready for anything:

First aid kit and sunscreen.

Extra change of clothes (especially with kids).

Aspirin or ibuprofen, or any other medication you’re taking.

Snacks and bottled water. If you’re traveling with pets, don’t forget food and water for them.

A GPS and/or maps, directions, and any information on your itinerary, like hotel confirmations.

Extra set of car keys (no worse place to be locked out than hundreds of miles from home)

Plastic bags. Perfect for collecting trash, storing wet clothes, or dog droppings.

Toys and games (if you’re bringing children) – coloring books, portable DVD player, travel board games

A book of CDs or an iPod filled with music or audiobooks can be a great way to pass driving time.

Wet wipes. These are great for everything from spilled beverages to runny noses.

Cell phone charger.

Extra quart of oil.

Tire pressure gauge to make sure you’re maintaining proper tire pressure to ensure the best driving and fuel mileage.

6. Be a safe driver.

Don’t drive while you’re drowsy or tired.  Stop somewhere and take a break (or a nap, if it’s necessary). Driving while tired just isn’t worth the risk.

Don’t text or use the phone while driving. Not only is it unsafe, but it may also be illegal in some places you drive through.

Let a passenger run the map and give directions, if you’re not using a GPS.

7. Be prepared… to be flexible.

It’s not smart to start anything without a plan, but remember—you’re on vacation! It’s a rare time in your life when deadlines don’t apply to you. Be sure that you aren’t too busy to have fun.

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

Fast First Impression: This Girl’s Take on the 2015 Toyota Tacoma.

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The best thing about working in the auto sales industry is the time you get to experience the different products. I have a new dream vehicle every couple of days and, right now, it’s the 2015 Toyota Tacoma. I developed an interest in it when photographing it for the dealership’s website. I began crossing my fingers for more chances to drive it around the lot.

2015 Toyota Tacoma Interior

Fortune smiled brightly on me this week when I rented a truck from Downeast Toyota Rental to move a new bed set. I drove off in a brand-spanking new Blue Ribbon Metallic 2015 Toyota Tacoma SR5!

I slipped on my shades, rolled down the windows, and turned up the radio. I felt invincible.

Here, I’d like to share my quick impression and experience using the 2015 Tacoma. I’m not a sales person, so please don’t expect a review full of the proper truck terms and comparisons.

The Tacoma was a pleasure to drive. Smooth, steady and solid is how I would describe the driving experience. The vehicle didn’t disappoint when it came to work time. I had no trouble at all maneuvering the Tacoma back into the shared drive way of an apartment complex on a side street down town. The backup camera view was very clear and guided me easily through the precise movements I had to make between a pole and the neighbor’s car.

I didn’t know what to expect went it came to loading the Tacoma, but I was pleasantly surprised at the adjustable tie-down cleats system in the bed of the truck. The box spring and mattress was securely loaded into the truck and tied down in a matter of minutes.

I took the long way back to my apartment, loving the curves and bends in the road. I mastered the audio controls in the steering wheel in five minutes because of the intuitive set up of the audio system. I arrived way too soon at my destination and finished the task of moving the mattress set in.

I was able to finish phase two of the moving operation completely on my own. Loading and securing my old bed set was just as easy with a simple adjustment of the tie-down cleats systems positioning. To my delight, I was back on the road in minutes, and took an even longer way to the next destination.

This route brought me over country roads as evening turned to night. The height of the truck and headlights system provided excellent visibility, and I navigated the old roads with complete confidence.2015 Toyota Tacoma

The 2015 Tacoma exceeded my fantasies. Though I’m used to driving a smaller vehicle, it took no time at all to adapt to the Tacoma’s handling. It was a hard thing to give the keys back, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and every mile that it was ‘mine.’

-written by BC

Keep Rolling with Proper Tire Care & Maintenance

Friday, February 6th, 2015

When you think about where you and your car would be without tires, it definitely puts their importance into perspective. Refresh your knowledge about tire care with the following tips from our Service Writer, Jeannie.

  1. Keep Your Tires at Recommended Pressures Regardless of the tire type or road conditions, maintaining the correct tire pressure is the most important thing you can do to ensure extended tire life, equal tire wear, safe operation of your vehicle and increased fuel economy.

Remember that if you’re a truck owner, your ideal tire pressure will change when hauling a trailer or carrying a heavy load. If you’ve had the pleasure of pushing a fully loaded wheelbarrow with a slack tire, you know how your vehicle feels with low tire pressure. Check your owner’s manual for information on temporarily increasing tire pressures.

How often should you check your tires pressure?

According to safercar.gov, tire air pressure should be checked at least once a month when the tires are cold. Hot air expands, so a pressure reading on warm tires won’t be accurate.

  1. Make it a Habit to Inspect Your Tires’ Condition

Put some down time to good use by checking your tires’ condition while pumping gas. Get familiar with how they look, so that you’ll notice changes in your tires when they occur.

A quick way to know when your tire is ready to be replaced is the Penny trick. Simply put a penny face down in between your tire’s tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is worn to the point of needing to be replaced. (Put a picture here of Penny Trick.)

  1. Plan for Tire Service

Keep tire rotation and alignment services in your mental calendar, or better yet, schedule a task in your smartphone to remind yourself when these services are due. Tire rotations should be completed every 5,000 miles to ensure equal tire wear and maximize life span. This service costs a little less than $20, but is free if you purchased your tires at Downeast. Wheel Alignments should be done at least once per year or every 12,000 miles, at a cost of about $80.

As always, Downeast Toyota’s Service Department is here for you if you need help with your tires. You can schedule an appointment online, or call us at (207) 989-0285 anytime!

Honors and Bloopers

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

In a world where reading car dealership blog posts is a bit like working your way through a wet newspaper, we put together this “quality” presentation of our Customer Service Center team trying their darnedest to create videos introducing themselves to our internet customers.   It was a heck of a journey getting theyah from heyah, and while we’ll save the final product for our internet shoppers, it is our pleasure to share these bloopers with you!  Oh, and despite what you may witness here, we’d like to congratulate these ladies on recently ranking 2nd place in a regional competition of 71 dealerships for internet customer service.  Way to go A-Team!

Honors and Bloopers

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

In a world where reading car dealership blog posts is a bit like working your way through a wet newspaper, we put together this “quality” presentation of our Customer Service Center team trying their darnedest to create videos introducing themselves to our internet customers.   It was a heck of a journey getting theyah from heyah, and while we’ll save the final product for our internet shoppers, it is our pleasure to share these bloopers with you!  Oh, and despite what you may witness here, we’d like to congratulate these ladies on recently ranking 2nd place in a regional competition of 71 dealerships for internet customer service.  Way to go A-Team!

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Winter Car Service ChecklistLike it, love it, or loathe it, our next Maine winter is on the way. Regardless of how you feel about it, we have to prepare for ourselves, and our vehicles, for winter driving conditions.

To help you be sure that you’re not caught off guard, here’s a winter prep check list for your vehicle from our Service Department manager, Steve.

 

  •  Coolant- Make sure that the antifreeze protection level is adequate to -20 degrees.
  • Battery- Have the state of your battery’s charge and condition checked.
  • Wiper Blades- Make sure that your wipers blades aren’t cracking and still make water-tight contact with your windshield.
  • Tires- Have your tire pressure, condition, and tread depth checked.
  • Lights- Make sure that all outside lights are working with lenses intact and that your headlights aren’t cloudy.
  • Heater and Defroster- Before the temperature drops, test these to make sure that they are still working properly.
  • Washer Solvent- Make sure that this is full and adequate for winter use.
  • Alternator Belt- Ensure that this is in good condition and is properly adjusted.
  • Cabin air filter- See that this is clean and clear of outside debris.
  • The Legal Matters- With the changing season, be sure that your state inspection and registration are up to date. It can be easy to forget the expiration dates of these items with the hustle and bustle of life.

You might not be ready for winter, but you’ll feel better knowing that your vehicle is ready.

 

Tire Tread and Weather: What you Need to Know

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

As weather conditions and seasons factor into your footwear selection, they also factor into your tire selection. The proper tires in the proper condition are essential for steering, braking, and vehicle handling. With the huge impact tires have on your vehicle’s overall safety, it’s important to understand tire tread depths.

Read on or watch our Service Advisor, Megan, demonstrate tire tread options and services we offer at Downeast Toyota Scion.

Most state laws require tires to have a tread depth of at least 2/32 of an inch, but in snowy and slushy conditions 4/32” tread or more is necessary for good traction. It is important to understand that dry traction and handling will improve as a tire wears, but its ability to perform in rain and snow will diminish. At 2/32” of remaining tread depth, resistance to hydroplaning in the rain at highway speeds has been significantly reduced and traction in heavy snow has been virtually eliminated.

If rain and wet roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 4/32” of remaining tread depth. Since water can’t be compressed, you need enough tread depth to allow it to escape through the tire grooves. If the water can’t escape fast enough, your vehicle’s tires will be forced to hydroplane (float) on top of the water, and lose traction.

If snow covered roads are a concern, you should consider replacing your tires when they reach approximately 6/32” of remaining tread depth to maintain good mobility. You need more tread depth in snow because your tires must compress the snow in the tread grooves and release it as they roll. If there isn’t enough tread depth, the “bites” of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be so small that your traction will be reduced. Because tread depth is an important element for snow traction, winter tires start with deeper tread depths than standard all-season or summer tires.

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