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3 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Cleaned and Disinfected

Keep Your Vehicle Cleaned and Disinfected in 3 Ways

Washing your hands and keeping yourself clean is easy, and one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy from the spread of disease. However, while you might have managed to keep yourself healthy and clean, your car should also be a priority. Continue reading to learn how you can kill disease without damaging your vehicle!
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2020 Toyota Tundra hauling a trailer on road

2020 Toyota Tundra Exterior Paint Options

2020 Toyota Tundra Paint Options

If you’re on the market for a vehicle that offers great customization features and technologies, especially in terms of its exterior, look no further than the 2020 Toyota Tundra! This truck offers great options for you to pick from, letting you personalize your model in a variety of ways. Continue reading below to learn more about this great model and what it offers you!
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2020 Toyota Tundra hauling a trailer on road

What is the Horsepower of the 2020 Toyota Tundra?

2020 Toyota Tundra Maximum Horsepower

If you’re on the market for a vehicle that offers to take you the distance, look no further than the 2020 Toyota Tundra! This great model offers a ton of capability for you to enjoy, letting you go above and beyond on and off the road. This performance comes from many great features, including engine systems and several complementing technologies. What are some of these performance options? Continue reading below to find out!
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2020 Toyota Highlanders driving together

The 2020 Toyota Super Bowl Commercial Explained!

What was the 2020 Toyota Super Bowl Commerical?

The Super Bowl is over and even if you’re not a fan of the sport, or maybe not a fan of the teams that competed for the victor’s trophy, we can all agree that there were several great advertisements displayed! One of these great advertisements came from Toyota and explored its new 2020 Toyota Highlander! This vehicle lets you take the lead and go wherever you’re needed! What does this great commercial showcase, and what are some of what the Toyota Highlander offers? Continue reading below in order to find out!
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2020 Toyota 4Runner driving on terrain

What Color Options are on the 2020 Toyota 4Runner?

2020 Toyota 4Runner Exterior Paint Options

If you’re searching for a vehicle that delivers a ton of excellent customization and personalization options, letting you get a ton of enjoyment of your ride, look no further than the 2020 Toyota 4Runner! This model offers a variety of options for you to select, letting you build an SUV that suits your desires. This is shown in its great color options. Continue reading to see what colors are available in this model!
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2020 Toyota Tacoma driving on rocks

What is the Maximum Horsepower of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma?

2020 Toyota Tacoma Performance Features

If you’re looking for a vehicle that lets you play harder and go further, look no further than the 2020 Toyota Tacoma! This model delivers a ton of excellent capabilities and technologies, especially in terms of its performance! Ranging from engine systems to great performance-boosting technologies, all of which are guaranteed to give you exceptional capability. Continue reading below to learn more!
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Reasons to Lease

               Every year new technology is being brought into the car world. In the past five years alone keyless entry, parking sensors and Wifi have become the new standard in most vehicles. Keeping up to date with the latest car trends can get expensive. New Car Sales Manager Steve Samonte sat down with us to explain the benefits of leasing a new vehicle.

                Leasing is the best option for customers who like to keep up with the latest technology. The vehicle you drove five years ago is very different from ones coming out today. These new inventions are made to make your vehicle experience easier. We believe your payments should be just as easy.

“You pay for what you use. The average person trades in every three to five years,” said Samonte.

                Leasing a vehicle is very similar to financing. When financing a vehicle you have monthly payments to the bank. Leasing a car will also require monthly payments but they are much less expensive and easier to understand.

“It is an easy way to get into a brand new vehicle and keep up with all of the latest tech,” said Samonte.

                The payments you make on a lease are to the manufacturer. You only pay for what you are using in a lease. The average person will trade in their vehicle every three to five years. Making monthly payments on a depreciating vehicle you do not plan on keeping is senseless for today’s fast-paced world. Depending on the vehicle you could save around $200 per month on payments.


                Insuring a leased vehicle is exactly the same as a financed vehicle. They do ask if the vehicle is a lease, but it does not affect the cost of your insurance in Manitoba.

                Leasing a vehicle also means that your repair bills will be almost non-existent. Most leases cover the entire span of the vehicle’s warranty. Most repairs made to your vehicle will be under the new car warranty. Safety is a priority for most drivers. Driving a new vehicle assures you are up to date will all the safety features available to you.

                Next time you are in need of a new vehicle be sure to consider all of your needs, current and future. Technology and safety features are always changing. Leasing is the only way to assure you are keeping up with the latest features while keeping within your budget.

Big Dumb Q and A

                If you are anything like most people, talking about cars might as well be in a foreign language. Car ownership can be tricky if you don’t understand the lingo. We are answering some of your burning questions regarding purchasing and maintaining your vehicle. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Leave a comment and we would love to answer your questions!


                Buying a car is a major purchase and not something we do every day. We have tons of questions about the process but are not always comfortable asking them. Chan Paranaque, Product Adviser at Crown Toyota has been with Crown Toyota for over three years. He has been asked everything in the book from “Can I get this in pink?” to “Can I buy it and just leave it here?”

Here is a list of “Dumb” questions you might have about car buying and their answers by Chan Paranaque:

Q) Why should I buy from a dealership?

A) At Crown Auto Group we have the experience to serve you. This means we can answer any question you may have. We know what to ask to make sure you are getting in the perfect vehicle for your needs. Only at Crown Auto Group will you get a service called Crown Plus. This three year service program covers tire replacement, key and fob replacements, and emergency services.

“Don’t be afraid to ask. Sometimes we speak in a language that doesn’t make sense.”

Chan Paranqaque

Q) Do I need a license to buy a vehicle?

A) You do not need a driver’s license to buy, however, to register your vehicle you do. Some reasons to buy without a license include: gifting a vehicle, assuming financial responsibility for another person, or needing a vehicle of your own to practice driving on.

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Q) How old do you have to be to buy a car?

A) 18

Q) Why would I buy a manual transmission?

A) The cool factor plays a major role in manual transmission purchases. It feels like you are driving a race car. You can also save up to ten thousand dollars on your purchase just by switching to manual.


“I had a guy wanting to buy a manual but didn’t know how to drive it. We spent two weeks in the parking lot learning on a used car.”

Chan Paranaque


Q) Can I return the vehicle?

A) Once the registration and bill of sale has been completed the vehicle is officially yours, and cannot be returned to the dealer.

Q) Why would I Trade In my vehicle instead of selling it myself?

A) If you decide to sell your vehicle privately, it may cost you more than you make with a trade in deal. Before you sell your vehicle you have to safety it and fix all cosmetic issues. These repairs have the potential to cost thousands of dollars, all before a potential buyer even sees your vehicle. Once you post your vehicle online, you now have to fend off hagglers and low ballers. After all of this work you now have to meet with the potential buyer, which may become a safety risk for yourself.

                Trading in your vehicle is the safest way for you. Your vehicle is taken off of your hands regardless of what repairs need to be done. The value of your trade in is taken off of the price of your new vehicle BEFORE taxes, costing you less to buy.

Service Questions:

                 Have you ever been totally lost talking to your mechanic? Here are some common questions and terms you here in a shop, but may not know what they are. Service Manager Brent Jones of Crown Toyota understands that sometimes mechanics get stuck in car mode and forget to explain what everything means. These common questions deserve a chance to be explained.

Q) Is the horn a real horn?

A) Your horn is actually a speaker located in your front bumper. Pressing your horn sends a signal to the speaker, making the noise.


Q) What side is my gas tank on?

A) An arrow on your gas gauge points to the side of the car it is on.

Q) What does hydraulic mean?

A) It is the use of pressurized fluids.

Q) Do Tires Expire?

A) Just like food, tires have a best before date. This is usually 6-10 years after the birth date of the tire. Most tires need to be replaced before ten years of use because of wear and tear but after time tires will wear down on their own.


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Q) What is Power Steering?

A) A system made to make turning your steering wheel easier. This is available on most vehicles produced after the early 1960’s.


Q) What is ABS?

A) Anti-lock Braking System. This is a secondary braking method in your vehicle. While you are pressing on the brake pedal, the car is pumping the brakes faster than humanly possible to brake faster.

Q) Why would I go to the dealer for an oil change?

A) Crown Auto Group Dealers do much more than change your oil while your vehicle is being serviced. They are checking to assure everything is in working order on your vehicle. If you need a part, your dealership has the power to order exactly what you need, directly from your maker. The car wash afterwards is an added bonus.

“It’s like going your whole life without a checkup.”

Brent Jones

Q) What isn’t included in an oil change?

A) Common things that need to be changed that are not included in a regular oil change are the fluids. Transmission, brake, power steering and coolant fluid all need to be regularly changed. At your next oil change ask your mechanic when they recommend the next fluid change.

                Have more burning questions? Leave them in the comment section and we will answer all of your questions!

How I Bought a Car With Bad Credit

    Talking about credit is really boring. Most of us don’t know a thing about credit until we are told we have bad credit. What does that even mean? I thought when I finished school I didn’t need to learn math anymore. Is bad credit really as horrible as it sounds? When a banker told me I needed to build my credit, it was stored in the same part of the brain as a dentist telling me to floss.

                Days before Christmas of 2016, a large truck cut me off, and my “vintage” Lancer was no match. Suddenly I was in desperate need of a car, thanks to the lack of bus routes by my home. I didn’t have enough money to pay cash for a new car and I was afraid of high interest rates. I’ve had an …um… interesting past with previous vehicles and I was really tired of buying new cars

             We all know the stereotype of car salesmen, and I thought being a 19 year-old girl would cause me more grief than I needed. I stepped into the dealership with my dad in tow, figuring a balding middle-aged man would help me gain some respect. I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted before my dad, something that almost never happens. We explained what I needed, and my limited budget. We were shown tons of cars within my price range, but I was hesitant to buy again. I was still hung up on my now deceased car.

Me and my dad

             I was feeling defeated, until I was shown a car above my price range, a used 2012 Mazda3. It was so nice that I was afraid to test drive it, and asked my dad to for me. I was sold on the car but had no idea how to pay for it.


                I sat down with a financial adviser and was told I was told that I am a Non Prime buyer. This means that I am riskier for a bank to lend to. I had no collateral, (things of value that can be sold to pay back by debt) no lending history, and barely made enough to pay my bills as a student. I was surprised to learn that the bank would give me a loan. I needed a co-signer and my interest rates were slightly higher that I would have liked, but it was affordable. In fact, my loan was so low that we had to add on extra insurance so the bank would give me the loan.

“We really understand. We know what to do,” said Shaun Proutt, Director of Financial Services.

                I did not expect to be able to buy such a nice car that day, but I am glad I went to Crown Auto Group first. Throughout the whole experience my finance options were transparent and I felt included in the conversation. I wanted to know exactly how much I was paying, and how I was going to pay for it. Without Crown’s support I never would have walked away with such a beautiful car and still be driving it today.

To find out what your financing options are, visit our website fill out our 30 Second Credit Application

Do I Really Need an Oil Change?

                Oil changes are the best thing you can do for your vehicle. Vehicle maintenance makes all the difference when expanding the life of your vehicle. Understanding what happens in an oil change is important to understanding what makes your vehicle literally tick.

Oil changes are annoying. They take time out of your busy day and are costly. Why would you want to do them if you don’t see a difference in your vehicle? The reality is that it takes 20-30 minutes for an oil change to be completed, depending on how much needs to be done. An ordinary oil change means that they check the interior and exterior of the vehicle, tires, under the hood, and underneath the vehicle.


“We do about 20-30 oil changes a day,” Russell Johnson, a Service Manager at Crown Auto Group.

                The first thing that happens at Crown Nissan when they perform an oil change is check under the hood. They are checking the brake and washer fluids, searching for loose hoses or terminals, and your oil filter. Another thing they watch out for is battery corrosion. If they find white powder on the battery it usually means there is corrosion, and speak to the owner about their options to clean or replace the battery.

                After assuring that everything under the hood is in working order, your vehicle is hoisted up into the air. Your mechanic then checks your tire tread. Using a tool to determine the wear on your tires, each one is checked assure you have sufficient tread left. After the tires are checked, the suspension (the thingy that makes your ride less bumpy) gets evaluated to assure they are still in working order.

                After checking everything else, a large tray is brought underneath the oil pan. A plug underneath is opened, allowing for your oil to be drained. Once drained, the oil filter is recommended to be changed for consistency, and the vehicle is ready for the new oil.

What about oil types? Synthetic or Non Synthetic?

Typically Synthetic Oil is recommended for your vehicle. It preforms better inside the engine and lasts longer. Non Synthetic Oil is only recommended if the manufacturer asks for it, which is typical for European performance vehicles.

After changing the oil is when any other services take place, such as changing the air filter.

                Mechanics cannot do anything to your vehicle without your permission. While a mechanic can strongly recommend a particular service, it is up to the owner to decide if they want it or not. If a mechanic discovers the brakes are shot on your vehicle, you can still decide to not get them changed and drive (very carefully) away.

                The beauty of an oil change is that you don’t see a big difference in your vehicle if you get your oil changed regularly. Skipping an oil change might not seem like a big deal, but driving without one can be dangerous. Aside from normal wear and tear on your vehicle, skipping an oil change means your vehicle will start slowly destroying itself. Without oil to grease the engine the moving parts will create friction from the metal-on-metal contact resulting in a damaged engine. Replacing your engine is much more expensive than an oil change.