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Used Car:Toyota Corolla With 603,500 Miles In Five Years! Yours Could Too!

Monday, June 14th, 2010
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If you are looking for a used car or used cars for sale instead of a new car, look no further for an example than this Toyota Corolla!

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A Florida Man’s common commuter car, common that is if you discount the fact that his Toyota Corolla S has racked up 603,500 miles in the past five years commuting about 230 miles each work day to and from his job, is certainly noteworthy…The truth though, is that most Toyotas new cars or used cars for sale are capable of very high mileage and low maintenance.

In a year when Toyota has gotten some bad press for brake and throttle problems and subsequent recalls, the fact that Toyota Connections magazine is doing an article on this gentleman’s Corolla and his marathon commute for a September issue is “great” according to its daily driver. He intends to hang on to it, for a number of reasons.

“It’s so dependable, and quite honestly, I will probably go and hang on to it,,, I want to break a million on it, or pass it down to the children.” said Mr. Ose, an aircraft certification inspector at Gulfstream Aerospace.

The world record for high mileage on a car has been handed to retired New York teacher Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 Coupe, with 2.5 million miles on its original engine.

So Mr. Ose’s Toyota Corolla isn’t fancy. The compact 4-door has a 130-hp four-banger, cost about $14,000 when new, and can manage 30 mpg or more.

Mr. Ose said he bought it while living in Jacksonville, because he needed something cheap and thrifty for those daily commutes to Savannah. He endured the commute for his youngest daughter, Zoe, who has cystic fibrosis and needed to be near a care center at Nemours Children’s Clinic in San Marco.

He works at Gulfstream Aerospace because no job locally has the pay and medical benefits his seniority brings him there. His only concession – moving about a year ago to St. Marys, 45 minutes closer to work, to save some gas and shorten a commute that still starts at 2 or 3 a.m.

So far the Corolla has only needed some rear axle work and “a lot of tire maintenance,” and doesn’t burn any oil.

“Inside’s great. The outside looks great, but it’s a bit scraped from highway miles,” he said. 

Mr. Ose says high mileage runs in the family… He has a minivan with 145,000 miles on it.

TOYOTA SALES APRIL 2010 UP AS HIGH AS 34%

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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Car Sales for Toyota may have risen 34 percent, according to the average of five analysts while car sales for General Motors rose only approximately 7%. Toyota extended the no-interest loans and discount leases it offered at car dealerships through April.rising sales

The yearly rate of domestic car sales in April may be less than the 11.7 million seasonally adjusted annualized pace in March, when Toyota first offered its biggest car dealerships incentives to counter global recalls, spurring competitors to add discounts.

Toyota began offering incentives on March 2 such as subsidized leases after worldwide recalls of more than 8 million vehicles to fix defects linked to unintended acceleration and to adjust brakes. The company probably spent an average $2,416 on incentives on each vehicle last month, according to TrueCar.com.

One Car Dealership Owner who has a Toyota and a Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealership in Iowa, said Toyota sales were up 30 percent at his Toyota store and sales increased about 20 percent among his GM brands.

“Sales were really pretty good, but not quite as good as March,” the owner said, adding that sales may keep gaining this year. “We’re seeing a lot more car dealership showroom traffic and a lot more Internet activity.