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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

10 Tips for Driving in the Snow

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Well Greensboro it feels like we are back in the 1980's with all this snow we have been getting. It had probably been a while since you really had to think about getting around in weather like this and I know most of us southerners prefer to just stay at home.  If you have to go somewhere or just like to be adventurous here are some tips to get you back home safe and sound from our friends at The Weather Channel.

Tips for Driving in Snow
  1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
If your rear wheels skid...
  1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
  3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.
If your front wheels skid...
  1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
  2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.
If you get stuck...
  1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
  2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
  4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
  5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
  6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
Sources: National Safety Council, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Washington State Government Information & Services


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Excellent Prius Adventure

Jennifer P bought the very first Prius ever sold at Rice Toyota and returned in 2014 to purchase a 2014 Toyota Prius, this is her story.-Mary Curry General Manager Rice Toyota



My Excellent Prius Adventure©

After 13 years and 282,276 miles in the first Prius sold by Rice Toyota, I felt it was time for me to get another car. I had not completely settled on another Prius as my next vehicle, so I thoroughly researched ConsumerReports.com and narrowed my choices to 3 cars. With a strict budget to follow, the criteria for my next car were reliability, economy, and price. The top 3 finalists in this intense Internet investigation were Honda CR-V, Ford Fusion hybrid, and Toyota Prius; and all 3 had top scores by my strict research standards. Thus, many things being equal, I chose Prius again for the relatively low initial cost plus the highest MPG rating.

Now, I have been told that I have difficulty with decisions – on a scale of 1-10, how difficult is it for you to make a decision? I truly can never decide! And now I was faced with a major decision ... which Prius was I to get? C? V? 2? 3? 4? 5? Too many choices!

When I began looking at the first Prius model in 2000, there were no choices, there was only 1 Prius. It was easy: with no feature or package options there were no decisions to make! Select your color and you’re ready to go – but only after 6 months of waiting for it to arrive from Japan. Luckily, I was probably the only person in the country who did not have to wait 6 months for my new Prius!

Early in January 2001, having expressed initial interest in the car at Rice Toyota – and remember, buyers then had to go online and order their car: there was no test drive, there was not even a car on any lot to look at – I got a call that an unordered Prius had been delivered to their dealership and was I interested. Absolutely – no decision here!! It was light teal, so there was no color choice to make! It came with 2 cup holders (hey, in Y2K, cup holders were a real selling feature!), AC and a radio/cassette player – I did have a CD player installed. Plus – and very important to me – it came with Rice Toyota’s commitment to making me comfortable with this mysterious, inexplicable, scary, new-fangled, hybrid technology. And Robert Kane and Rice Toyota’s Service Department were instrumental in keeping that commitment.

Fast forward 13 years and 282,276 miles: Having just selected another Prius via my arduous online analysis, I was facing a daunting decision. Toyota now had 2 additional, completely new Prius models along with innumerable, countless, and untold numbers of packages, options and features for safety, comfort, and technology. At this point, I was beginning to hyperventilate … I needed some help here!

So I headed again to Rice Toyota and told the General Manager, Mary Curry, the story behind my old, faithful, first-ever Prius from her dealership. She introduced me to David Senkus – a truly awesome representative for Rice Toyota and a Prius owner who understood and reveled in “Prius Speak”. We traded stories and jokes and highlights and the green pride of Prius ownership.

So with David’s assistance, I decided (yes, a decision!) that the C model was too small for me. Then I decided the V model was too large … another one down! Now I was facing the major part – do I get package Two, Three, Four, or Five – and I was overwhelmed. That was way too many choices!

David to the rescue again: with his knowledge, guidance and questions and my list of preferred features, comforts and colors, we came to the conclusion that the Prius 5-Door Three Liftback in Barcelona red with gray interior was the car for me. And, with the Toyota incentives, I was able to upgrade to a leather interior. Decision time was over! When everything was said and done, David told me that I was again the Princess I was meant to be, and he took care of absolutely every single detail for me.

Now imagine my technology-shock at facing all the new gadgetry, features and options invented since 2001! But, after some intense tutelage in the automotive, creature-comfort, and technology improvements and upgrades, I was ready to go. I got into my new, reliable, economical, affordable, spotless, shiny, luxurious, safe, Barcelona red Prius … Ah, the indescribably wonderful fragrance of a new car and leather … and I drove home … 52.8 miles per gallon ... and I was in Green Heaven!

Am I happy, am I satisfied? I believe you can make that decision!

Jennifer P

Concord, NC

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NC Tax and Tag Together Program


Just in time for the mailing of the first combined “Tag & Tax Together” bills on July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners are getting a new tool to help them understand how the new program works.

The “Vehicle Property Tax Estimator” calculates the property tax for individual vehicles based on their identification, age and address. The estimator is located on the official DMV website and can be easily accessed for use by vehicle owners, car dealers and those registering their vehicles online.
“This new estimator will help owners compute their vehicle property tax prior to the new combined bill arriving,” said DMV Commissioner James L. Forte. “We are excited to have another way to show drivers how the program works.”
The DMV website offers many other informative guides to the “Tag & Tax Together” program. An easy-to-read map of the combined notice is posted on the website, showing where property tax information is listed on the bill and how to find vehicle registration facts. Additionally,frequently-asked questions about the new billing program are posted in English and Spanish.
Vehicle owners can tell if they will be receiving one of the first new bills by checking to see if they have a “9” (for the month of September) sticker on their license tag. With each passing month, additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due. By mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicles.
The new “Tag & Tax Together” program was created by a law passed by the General Assembly in 2005 that makes vehicle property taxes due in full before a vehicle’s registration can be renewed. The new combined payment program has required the coordinated effort of all 100 county revenue offices, the state Department of Revenue and NCDMV.

Friday, June 7, 2013

The new 2014 Toyota Corolla in Greensboro. First look at Rice Toyota!








Toyota has launched the 2014 Toyota Corolla to rave reviews! At Rice Toyota we love the sporty new design, its modern fresh and cool! The things we have always loved about the Corolla affordable price, great fuel economy now are offered in a sexier, sleeker package with all kinds of optional features like touchscreen audio, smart key, remote start, power sunroof, back up monitor, available paddle shifters and rear spoiler. The new Corolla offers some really awesome features standard such as LED lowbeam headlights, 8 airbags, bluetooth hands free phone and audio streaming connectivity.

2014 marks another first for Toyota Corolla in the launch of the Corolla LE ECO model. The new ECO model has an option for the driver to select ECO mode to help achieve even better fuel economy.

The new 2014 Toyota Corolla will be at Rice Toyota Greensboro fall 2014. If you have any questions about the Toyota Corolla, click, email, visit or call us. We would be happy to help. Greensboro's only Toyota dealer has been in the same locations since 1965, we have a fresh modern approach the car buying  process and we will happily communicate whichever way is most convenient for you.

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Rice Toyota
2630 Batlleground Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27408

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www.RiceToyota.com

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336-288-1190

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sales@ricetoyota.com

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

The Prius Persona Series, with its exclusive features, will set you apart from the pack. On the outside it's got 17-in. alloy wheels with a premium finish and an exclusive exterior color option. Inside, dark red stitching on the unique Softex®-trimmed seats, as well as dark chrome accents, make the Prius Persona Series even more dynamic.
 For those that don’t know, SofTex is imitation leather that Toyota patented earlier this year. Also wrapped in charcoal-colored SofTex with black accents and red contrasting stitching is the steering wheel.
Lastly, the Prius Persona Series gets dark chrome accents throughout the interior, including on the steering wheel, gear shifter ring, arm rest, door handles, and front cup holders.
 
Rice Toyota Greensboro will order your special edition Prius the way you want it no matter where you live in the continental US. Email us sales@ricetoyota.com to reserve yours or call us 336-288-1190.

See all new Toyota Prius in Greensboro at RiceToyota.com.
 
Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro
 
Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro


Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro

Special Edition persona series Prius Rice Toyota Greensboro
 

Toyota 4Runner XPSX Rice Toyota Greensboro

The Toyota 4Runner XSPS Special Edition is back by popular demand at Rice Toyota Greensboro.

Judging by the response Toyota is getting they have also brought out a 4Runner XSPS and Tacoma XSPS edition that you can read about here Toyota 4Runner XSPS and Toyota Tacoma XSPS.

Rice Toyota Greensboro will order your special edition Tundra, Tacoma or 4Runner they way you want it no matter where you live in the continental US. Email us sales@ricetoyota.com to reserve yours or call us 336-288-1190.

See all new Toyota 4Runner in Greensboro at RiceToyota.com
 
 
Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro

Toyota 4Runner XSPX Rice Toyota Greensboro