With Toyota recall in full swing, Harrisburg area dealerships see opportunity…

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With Toyota recall in swing, Harrisburg area see opportunity to repair their

Dallas Boland, a Toyota Technician uses a feeler to find the correct size for this 2009 Toyota pedal Monday. JOHN C. Patriot-News

Eric Savage, of Freedom Auto Group, it a “defining moment” for his Lower Twp. Toyota dealership and the car brand, as the repairs for sticky are repeated on an estimated 2.3 million vehicles nationwide.

It’s not the itself, which Savage a “really simple procedure.” the entire customer experience the recall — everything from the work, the service shop’s and even the quality of the coffee and in the customer lounge — that matter miles down the “I want to go overboard,” Savage “I want to go all the way. I want customer affected by this to feel the love.”

At Freedom Toyota, for example, the will pick up a recalled car a customer’s home or office, fix it, return the car. It is in the process of service hours on Saturday and adding Sunday hours for recall work. Denis Freedom’s service operations is hiring more technicians and a van so the recall repairs can go mobile, a technician coming right to a home or office to fix the gas pedals on the recalled models on the spot.

“I think the way we handle the next few is going to make a huge said Freedom Toyota Manager Evelyn Chatel.


As the work shifts into gear, the sense of urgency to it right is the same at other Toyota dealerships.

Jim Porter, manager at Bobby Rahal in Silver Spring Twp. the dealership is prepared to do “almost to accommodate recall customers. But as the dealership braced for a flood of a good portion of affected have been much nonchalant, opting to hold off on the work until they in for regular maintenance.

“We are busy in service, but the percent of coming in for recall remedies has less than anticipated,” said. “If the demand for these increases, we are ready and will do it takes to make this as as possible for our clients.” That adding extra service he said.

Meanwhile, all the dealerships are in free car washes and other as a make-nice gestures for recall — everything from more in the customer lounge to gift and other tokens when the are finished.

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Yet, the true of how well Toyota and its dealers the massive recalls for a car brand on quality will come down the road when time for customers to trade-in Toyotas.

Will they automatically opt for Toyota, as Chatel says so of the second- and third-time Toyota have done in the past? Or they shop around, rival Honda, upstart and resurgent Ford?

Porter out that Toyota already has out with new incentives, such as zero percent financing for up to 60 on six popular models to give car which had to be temporarily suspended in of the recall, a shot in the arm. And a Motor Corp. official the company might offer or increase the length of its warranties as it to recover from the embarrassing of safety related recalls, most recently affected the system on 2010 models of the Prius hybrid.

Group Vice President Bob told reporters at the National Dealers Association Convention in Fla. that Toyota is on repairing customers’ cars and their faith in the brand, has had a reputation for bulletproof reliability for Already, 500,000 cars and covered by the sticky gas pedal have been fixed and are repairing another 50,000 every day.

Yet some have the mistaken impression Toyota isn’t selling because of publicity about decision to suspend sales of in the pedal recall. Toyota halted sales until could fix the affected vehicles.

At the dealership was bedecked with white and blue balloons for Day, and complementary hot dogs on a rotisserie grill. Sales greeted customers on the sidewalk. And than a few deals were written inside.

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