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It’s Here! The All-New 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA!

We’re so excited to introduce the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA!

The all-new 2014 CLA is more than a stunning four-door coupe crafted in the uncompromising Mercedes-Benz tradition. And it’s even more than an extraordinary automobile with a price that’s equally remarkable. It’s simply further proof that at Mercedes-Benz, doing something new isn’t really new at all.

Check out our Mercedes-Benz website now to schedule a test drive, and to see our CLA inventory!

Here are some specific features available on the new CLA:

 

Key Highlights

 

  • Aggressive, four-door design with studded sport grille
  • Turbocharged, 208-hp inline-4 engine delivering 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Advanced dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Front sport seats and three-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel
  • Available Driver Assistance Package featuring adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist
  • Optional Sport Package includes sport bodystyling, 18-inch wheels and front sport brakes
  • Available limited-production Launch Edition

As usual, Mercedes-Benz doesn’t disappoint. You can have all of this vehicle starting at $29,900!! WOW!

Come in soon to take it for a spin!

–Krystal

 

 

Maintenance Monday tips: Fall Car Care

Koons Fall Car Care

Happy Monday!

If you can believe it, Fall is right around the corner! Fall is also a great time to get the necessary repairs completed on your vehicle. Here are some useful Fall maintenance tips from AAA:

  • Oil change: many motorists believe their cars’ oil should be changed ever 3,000 miles; however, most late-model vehicles now can go 5-7,000 miles between oil changes. Check your owner’s manual and get on a routine to good car care to ensure your vehicle performs optimally!
  • Tires: check tire pressures and tread depth. Check the pressure on all the tires – including the spare – with a quality gauge when the tires are cold. Be sure to look for recommended pressure on the driver’s door jamb and NOT the tire wall.
  • Battery: ensure the battery cable connections are tight, and the terminals are free from corrosion. If the battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested to determine how much life it has left.
  • Wiper blades: wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Make sure the windshield washer reservoir is filled.

In addition, Chrysler’s Mopar division offers more tips to get your vehicle ready for cooler weather.

“Preventative maintenance helps vehicles perform at optimum levels in a variety of weather conditions” – Pat Dougherty, Mopar

  • Brakes: summer travel gives brake pads a heavy workout, resulting in the removal of thin layers. Now is the time to check pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hardware and the parking brake for wear and tear.
  • Air Filter: the air filter is designed to protect your engine from airborne contaminants. Poor air flow to the engine inhibits performance and generates greater fuel consumption. A new air filter allows clean, unrestricted air flow into the engine and helps ensure proper performance for a longer life.
  • Headlamps and Taillamps: days become shorter in the fall and winter, meaning more nighttime driving and increased usage of headlamps and taillamps. Inspect and test all lamps on your vehicle to ensure proper function and proper alignment.

Also, be sure to see all Koons service specials valid at all of our 19 locations.

–Krystal Koons

Koons Fall Car Care Tips

The All-New 2014 Toyota Corolla is Here!

Corolla L                                 Corolla LE                             Corolla LE Eco                      Corolla S

Hello Toyota Fans!

We’re so excited for the launch of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla! Toyota created a stylish exterior, a premium interior with upgraded features, and enough technology to satisfy your entire network. They took the best of everything we love about driving and perfected it. Corolla has truly evolved!

The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla comes in 4 different models, each with its own exciting options:

2014 Toyota Corolla L

  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • USB port
  • LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Power windows
  • Eight airbags

2014 Toyota Corolla LE

  • Available Entune Audio with 6.1-in. touch-screen display
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco

  • EPA-estimated 42 mpg
  • Valvematic engine technology
  • Integrated rear spoiler

2014 Toyota Corolla S

  • Unique piano-black front grille
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • 3.5-in. TFT Multi-Information Display

So, what makes the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla so great?

| Performance

Efficiency enhanced

Can efficiency be exciting? When it means an EPA-estimated 42 highway mpg and 30 city mpg,it can. Corolla LE Eco was designed with a thirst for adventure, not fuel, because no one takes a trip and wants to talk about all the gas stations they visited.

Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite

Technology to make life easier. Available Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite brings a whole new level of tech and convenience to Corolla with a 6.1-in. touch-screen display, backup camera, navigation and a suite of apps to help you stay connected.

And much, much more! Be sure to view our entire 2014 Toyota Corolla inventory at all 5 of our Koons Toyota locations:

Koons Arlington Toyota: serving customers in Arlington VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA and Washington DC

Koons Annapolis Toyota: serving customers in Annapolis MD, Bowie MD, Clarksville MD, Laurel MD and Baltimore MD

Koons Easton Toyota: serving customers in Easton MD, Cambridge MD, Salisbury MD and the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland

Koons Tysons Toyota: serving customers in Tysons Corner VA, Vienna VA, Fairfax VA, Chantilly VA, Leesburg VA, Sterling VA, Reston VA, Springfield VA, Woodbridge VA and the entire Washington DC area

Koons Westminster Toyota: serving customers in Westminster MD, Frederick MD, Hanover PA, and Baltimore MD

Stop in to one of our Toyota locations for a test drive of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla!

–Krystal Koons

The All-New Koons Annapolis Toyota

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We’re so excited to offer our Annapolis MD customers an all-new experience at Koons Annapolis Toyota! The renovation of the entire Koons Annapolis Toyota complex is quickly underway, with Phase I almost complete: the state-of-the-art Toyota Certified Service Center.

Once the Service Center is complete (early-September), the construction crew will move to the new car showroom which should be complete by year-end.

Service customers will encounter a completely new and improved service experience at our new facility, including:

  • 50% more service bays (34 total) means faster service!
  • Drive-in service lanes provide fast and convenient service to all customers.
  • Complimentary car wash with service provides a squeaky clean vehicle upon redelivery. Also, our car wash uses recycled water to help limit runoff that damages the environment!
  • State-of-the-Art customer lounge complete with free wi-fi, comfortable accommodations and a fireplace to make you feel right at home!
  • Double the parking!
  • Shuttle service available to all service customers.
  • Onsite Toyota Rent-a-Car

“We are so excited to provide our customers an all-new service experience at the only Certified Toyota Service & Collision Center in Annapolis. Be sure to stop by and see our new look!” –Wendell Williams, General Manager

Service Advisor Welcome Desk

Service Advisor Welcome Desk

And, as always, we have many service specials for all of our Toyota customers. See all service specials here.

Be sure to check back for regular updates of our construction!

–Krystal Koons

A portion of the customer waiting area

A portion of the customer waiting area

Service Carwash

Service Carwash

Maintenance Monday Tip: the most costly repair mistakes

Koons Auto Maintenance

Happy Monday!

Thanks to our friends at BWW Geeks World for this article and the great tips!

When it comes to today’s high tech cars and trucks, most drivers understand that following a scheduled maintenance program almost always costs less than paying for expensive repair surprises down the road. But which mistakes, bad decisions and missed maintenance items do the most damage to your vehicles? CarMD.com Corporation surveyed its team of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)-certified Master Technicians, which has more than 840 years of combined experience repairing cars, to reveal the following top 10 maintenance mistakes car owners make when caring (or not caring) for their vehicles.

  1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance
  2. Ignoring the “check engine” light
  3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time
  4. Not checking tire pressure
  5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services
  6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating
  7. Not changing fuel and air filters
  8. Having unqualified shops service your vehicle
  9. Using generic aftermarket parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-quality parts
  10. Trying to service your own high-tech vehicle

“When consumers fail to properly maintain their vehicles, the resulting repair costs dwarf the money that could have been budgeted to maintain their car” –Art Jacobsen, vice president, CarMD.com Corporation.

“As a result, CarMD reached out to our ASE-certified Master Tech committee to confirm the top 10 most damaging mistakes drivers make. We believe this information will help consumers save money in the long run and plan better as they care for what is often their second largest purchase.”

No. 3 in the top 10, “not changing your oil” was also listed by technicians as by far the single most damaging car maintenance item that their customers neglect that they wish they could change. Dirty oil ruins today’s high-tech engines. Camshaft actuators can freeze when restricted by dirty oil, and a faulty camshaft actuator can in turn cause the “check engine” light to illuminate, resulting in complete engine failure if ignored for too long. Simply following the factory-recommended oil change schedule helps vehicle owners avoid this problem, along with potentially hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in extra repair costs.

Ignoring the “check engine” light is another example of how putting off repairs on a small problem can escalate to an expensive repair. According to the CarMD Vehicle Health Index, the most common reason for a “check engine” light is a faulty oxygen (O2) sensor. A dirty air filter (<$20 repair) can result in an O2 sensor failure (<$250 repair), which can in turn result in substantial gas mileage reduction, cause the vehicle to misfire and eventually result in the need for an expensive catalytic converter replacement (>$1,000 repair). That’s why it’s so important to have your car’s air filter replaced as recommended by your service manual, and to address “check engine” warnings as soon as possible.

Please be sure to follow your factory-recommended maintenance schedule to ensure the health of your vehicle!

Have a great week!

—Krystal Koons

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