Saturday, June 27, 2015

How to Recondition a Car Battery

Written by one of our favorite blogs, this car battery reconditioning guide will show you how to fix your battery instead of replacing it, and is written by an experienced mechanic!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Toyota's College Grad Rebate Program for Buying a New Car!

If you've graduated from college within the past two years (or will within the next 6 months), you can take advantage of Toyota's awesome College Grad Rebate program! 

Not only will you receive a $750 rebate, but you won't have to make a single monthly payment for the first 90 days!

To learn more, visit either our Davis Toyota or Hilltop Toyota rebate sites to learn more, and where you can fill out a form to contact us today!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Are Volkswagens expensive to repair?

Hanlees Volkswagen Service, Parts, and Repair Center

Volkswagens are undoubtedly awesome vehicles. They give a luxurious and sporty look and performance that feels like a class above, without the price tag that you'd expect to come along with it. But if you start asking around, undoubtedly someone will discourage you from buying a Volkswagen "because they're expensive to fix." Is that true?

According to Rick Hayes, who's been selling Volkwagens for almost 24 years:

Rick Hayes on VW repair, parts, and service

Although VWs may be a little more expensive to service, the service requirement is only every 10,000 miles or one year, compared to many others that require service every 6 months or 6,000 miles - that's less service visits." 

What about aftermarket parts?
Like any vehicle out there, many aftermarket items can be used on VWs. But why use VW parts? Rick Hayes says, "The advantage of using VW parts is that they are....VW parts. And when installed at delivery, come with the manufacturer's warranty."

We asked Gary Byrne, our Napa VW Service Manager, to help us learn a little more about VW parts. According to Gary:

Gary Bryne on VW repair, parts, and service

I would not recommend aftermarket parts due to the fact that VW parts have a 12 month and/or 12,000 mile warranty from any authorized dealer in the country, and
aftermarket parts have no labor warranty & the parts are not as good

What does all this mean for you? It means your money isn't being wasted, because Volkswagen parts are made to last longer, and serve you better.

Hanlees Volkswagen Service Page

Check out our VW service pages, where you can personally ask a service tech a question about your vehicle, rent a car, learn more about VW maintenance, and view up-to-date pricing specials on both service and parts.

Visit our Napa VW Service Page
Visit our Hilltop VW Service Page 

Happy Motoring at Hanlees Volkswagen Service Center

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hanlees Subaru Supports Meals On Wheels of Solano County

Hanlees Napa Subaru is happy to support Meals On Wheels of Solano County. May no senior go hungry.

A statement from Executive Director Cathy Hall

"Meals On Wheels of Solano County's mission is to nourish and enrich the lives of seniors in Solano County with an emphasis on those ages 60 and older, by providing nutritious meals to active and home-bound people; thereby promoting their health, well being and independence. 

Meals on Wheels of Solano County has been delivering meals to home-bound seniors in Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun, Vacaville and Vallejo since 1977. Today over 600 meals are prepared fresh and packaged for home delivery or delivery to our congregate sites on a daily basis. 

The chief purpose of our organization is to serve senior clients, 60 years of age or older and who are frail or considered at-risk. Many of our clients rely on our program to provide their one healthy, substantial meal of the day. By providing a nutritious meal on a daily basis we are able to aid in the reduction of senior malnutrition, food insecurity and promote senior independence and socialization. 

We are partially funded through the Older Americans Act. We are required to maintain an accountable and highly monitored food program. We are proud to serve nourishing and good tasting food. We are not able to accept food donations."

Acceptable Donation Items:
  • 48 qt. chest coolers
  • Large insulated bags for transporting food
  • Freeze Packs (hard plastic)
  • Permanent Markers
  • Duct Tape
  • Stick notes
  • Avery laser/inkjet white mailing labels- 5160/8160 or Staples laser/inkjet white mailing labels/18057
  • Copy Paper

To find out more about donations and where to get them, please visit our website, where you can also make a cash donation to help purchase raw food and gasoline--the most important and costly part of the Meals on Wheels program. 

Meals on Wheels can be contacted at:
95 Marina Center
Suisun City, CA 94585
Phone: 707-425-0638

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hanlees is now solar powered!

Our commitment to being a company that cares about the environment goes far beyond selling electric vehicles: we just finished adding solar panels to every Hanlees building, including our corporate office. The project, an installation of 3,957 solar panels, will give us the capability to produce enough energy to completely power all of our buildings (an estimated annual annual energy production of 1,690,000kwh).

Installation began at Davis Toyota, where we're taking advantage of more than just the roof of our building: the first phase of our solar installation can be seen on our lot, with a car port that holds 48 solar panels. After that, we added 1,005 solar panels to the roof of our building--essentially covering every available flat surface in solar panels. Since then, we've added panels to every building in both Davis and Richmond.

But our buildings aren't the only thing that are solar powered at Hanlees--the 2015 Prius has an available solar roof that uses embedded solar panels on top of the car to power an electric fan that keeps the inside of the cabin cool when it is parked--not only making your entry back into the vehicle more comfortable, but saving the amount of energy required to cool off your car when you start it up.

Additionally, the Nissan LEAF SL has a photovoltaic solar-panel rear spoiler that converts sunlight into energy to help power vehicle accessories.

View more photos of our solar installation

Interested in learning more about our electric vehicles?
Davis Toyota Hybrid Inventory
Davis Nissan Leaf Inventory
Davis Chevrolet Volt / Spark EV Inventory
Hilltop Toyota Hybrid Inventory
Hilltop Nissan Leaf Inventory