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Signs of Bad Shocks and Struts

Signs of Bad Shocks and Struts

Without the shocks and struts in your suspension system, your drives will be unstable, uncomfortable, and unsafe. Most vehicles on the road come equipped with shocks, struts, or a combination of both. These components are responsible for absorbing the impacts of bumps and other rough patches on the road. They also support the weight of your vehicle. If you want to maximize control over your vehicle, don’t skip out on suspension maintenance and repairs.  Shocks and struts are important because they can impact your safety. When struts and shocks wear out, you lose some handling and control of your vehicle. The more you neglect the repairs, the worse the symptoms will get. Here are some of the top signs that indicate you need shocks and struts service: Excessive bounciness after driving over bumpy roads Trouble steering Pulsations Uneven tire wear Vehicle nose dives while braking Vehicle pulling Greasy leaks near shocks/struts Shocks and struts are not frequent replace ... read more

Should I buy a new vs. pre-owned Lexus or Toyota?

Should I buy a new vs. pre-owned Lexus or Toyota?

Should I buy a new vs. pre-owned Lexus or Toyota? How do I buy a pre-owned Lexus or Toyota? Many customers are looking to upgrade their vehicle these days. Several recent safety and convenience features make a new Lexus or Toyota very appealing – Parking Assist, Lane Departure, 360o Camera View, LED lighting, etc. However, many of the most popular new models like 4Runner’s, RX350’s, and even ES350’s now exceed $50,000! According to the Wall Street Journal, the average new car loan payment is now over $525 per month – Ouch! One solution is to consider a pre-owned vehicle. Many features listed above can be found on 2013 and newer models. What does this mean to you? A 3 year old vehicle with less than 30,000 miles may only be 60-70% of the cost of a new car, while a 4-5 year old vehicle with less than 50,000 miles may be less than 50% of the cost of new. This is where Davenport can help. We offer pre-buy inspections on all Toyota and Lexus models. Our ins ... read more

Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Travel Tips

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A Letter of Gratitude to our Customers

A Letter of Gratitude to our Customers

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Keep your car or buy a new one?

Keep your car or buy a new one?

“Should I keep my current car or start looking for a new one?” This can be such a frustrating and confusing question for car owners, and is one we are frequently asked. As a Lexus and Toyota repair service center, we have access to information that is not available to most consumers. So we decided to research our own data and see what we could find. Focusing specifically on high-mileage vehicles (which Lexus & Toyota are famous for!), the question we asked is: Is it less expensive to maintain your car and keep driving it if you like it, or is it less expensive to get a new car with a car payment? We break it down below with examples of cars with mileage, how long the customers have been coming to Davenport, how many visits and what the average per month is for cumulative repairs. Take a look: 1. 1999 Lexus RX300: 1. First visit August 2008 – 500,000 miles 2. $252.00 average / month 3.46 visits over 9 years (avg. 5 per year) 1. 1990 Lex ... read more

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