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We hope you rang the year in celebrating with friends and family somewhere exciting—maybe you spent the night watching movies, happy at home in beautiful Ventura. 🙂

With every new year, we are so grateful for the privilege of having been with our wonderful customers for 74 years and counting.

In fact, 2019 will mark our 75th year. Isn’t that amazing? Our shop is going through an exciting time with new transitions, and we can’t wait to see what the new year brings us.

2018 experienced many scientific and technological breakthroughs, including NASA’s discovery of evidence indicating that microbial life might once have thrived on Mars, the first-ever image of a new planet being formed, and the banning of plastic straws, to name a few.

There is a lot we are looking forward to in 2019. For example, 3D screen printing (yes, really), five eclipses, hundreds of thousands of works of art, film, literature, and music from 1923 entering the public domain, and new Star Wars themes at Disneyworld. Yes, really.

Thank you for being a valued customer of AWS. Happy 2019!

Toyota Care-Taking Tips

A Guide to Taking Excellent Care of Your Toyota Over the Years

All drivers know how important vehicle maintenance is, especially for Toyotas.

Many people choose Toyotas because of their uniquely high resale value. Keeping it up-to-date ensures a consistent service history and attracts more buyers and higher prices if you ever decide to sell it. 🙂 If not, preventative care will save you money and maximize your car’s value, every time.

  • Don’t skip scheduled services.
    If you haven’t had one in a while, call us so we can make you an appointment. This is when we find little things to fix, like wires and belts, which avoid bigger replacements later down the line.
  • Change your air filter every 30,000 miles, or every year.
  • This is a small service that goes a long way. It improves your car’s fuel economy, and can actually reduce acceleration time. This is especially important for folks living in the Ojai area and more rural parts of Ventura where the dust accumulates very quickly.

  • Change your oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
  • If your Toyota doesn’t have fresh oil, dirt will build up and eventually kill your engine, which will cost thousands. Older Toyotas may need more frequent oil changes, as often as every 2500-3000 miles.

  • Clean the inside and the outside of your car every month. Seriously.
  • Don’t let layers of dead bugs, dirt, and chemicals pile up. The paint will eventually strip away, and you’ll lose that new car finish (which will also decrease the car’s re-selling potential!)

  • Never ignore a strange sound, smell, or leak.
  • Your car is one place where it’s important to follow your intuition. If you think you heard a strange or you might have smelled something funny, bring your Toyota in. You know your vehicle. If you have a sense that something is operating differently than you’re used to, bring it in for a diagnosis.

    As a rule of thumb, always prioritize safety. Your vehicle is a very heavy piece of complicated machinery, and it’s very important to make sure it’s operating optimally for the safety of our community and our environment. We’re pleased to keep your Toyota safe and running well for years to come!