Pittsfield MA Car Seat Safety Check At Haddad Collision Center

Haddad Collision Center Hosts Pittsfield Car Seat Safety Check

Pittsfield Car Seat Safety Check Volunteers
Safe Kids Volunteers at Our 2013 Car Seat Safety Check

Haddad Collision Center, Pittsfield’s Toyota Certified Collision Center, is holding a Car Seat Safety Check – scheduled for Saturday April 12th from 10am to 2pm  – at their Pittsfield MA Auto Body Shop on West Housatonic Street .

Pittsfield MA Police Help Haddad Collision Center With Car Seat Safety Check
Pittsfield Police Lent A Hand Last Year

Haddad Collision Center will be working with the Pittsfield Police Department and Safe Kids of Western MA to bring the car seat safety program to Berkshire County.

Mandi Summers, who coordinates the Safe Kids of Western MA program through Baystate Health in Springfield, said “We were able to help close to a dozen Berkshire County families with last year’s car seat safety check  – I’m really happy Haddad Collision Center offered to do it again.

Haddad Collision Center Manager, Matt Clark, first got involved with this event last year, when he had questions about the safe installation of his granddaughter’s car seat

Pittsfield Car Seat Safety Check
Matt Clark’s granddaughter and daughter attended last year’s car seat safety check

“I just wasn’t confident that I had done it correctly”.  Matt went on to say “I figured if I was having trouble – and I’m in the business – other people might have the same trouble.  I was happy to be able to coordinate a Car Seat Safety Check with Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts – this way every family can be sure their child’s safe when in their car.”

The Car Seat Safety Check will be held in the parking lot that Haddad Collision Center shares with Haddad Pre-Owned at 25   West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield MA, on Saturday April 12th from 10am-2pm.  Volunteers from the Pittsfield Police Department, Safe Kids of Western MA and Haddad Collision Center will be on hand to inspect children’s car seats and ensure that they are installed correctly.  In the event of rain, the Car Seat Safety Check will be held inside Haddad Collision Center.  Families will need to bring:

  • the car seat
  • the car it is usually in
  • the child that uses it

The event is free and no appointment is necessary.   See photos from last year on Haddad Collision Center’s Facebook Page

Something for Everyone – The 2014 Toyota Avalon

2014 Toyota Avalon
The 2014 Toyota Avalon is the perfect mix of luxury and pracitcality.

The 2014 Toyota Avalon was named by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com as having the Best Resale Value in its class, but that’s not the only things that is so impressive about the full-sized sedan. Coming in four trims, XLE, XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited, as well as having three Hybrid trims, the 2014 Toyota Avalon truly does have something for everyone.

Its sleek interior makes it one of the most comfortable rides for its class. With standard heated front seats, a 6.1-inch touch screen, hands free phone technology, and steering wheel mounted audio controls on all trims, the 2014 Avalon will impress even the most difficult of critics. With options for a leather steering wheel and heated rear seats, there is no end to luxury.

However, the Avalon’s performance is just as impressive. With a standard powerful 3.5L V6, 268 horse-power engine, the Avalon will help you zoom to your destination in style. Even with this powerful engine, the Avalon still gets 21 MPG City* and 31 MPG Highway,* helping you save at the pump. Its responsive design and smooth, quiet ride will hit all the right notes for those looking for a luxury sedan without the luxury price.

Stop by Haddad Toyota and test drive the new 2014 Toyota Avalon today and learn how it will fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle.

Build Your Tacoma: Starting From A Blank Slate

2014 Toyota Tacoma - Build Your Tacoma
With Toyota’s Build Your Tacoma Tool, you can customize your truck to fit your lifestyle.

While some car and truck manufacturers produce cookie cutter, one-size-fits-all, trucks, Toyota has gone the other way creating a completely unique truck buying experience. When purchasing a new Toyota Tacoma you have the option to personalize it to fit you with Toyota’s Build Your Tacoma tool.

Using the Build Your Tacoma tool, you can create your dream truck starting with the cab size for your truck: regular cab, access cab, or double cab. You then can choose your configuration: whether you want a 4×2 or a 4×4 truck and how big you want your bed to be.

The third set of options allows you to pick out your drivetrain, meaning you get to choose what engine and transmission you want.

After all of these selections are made, you get to choose how you want to jazz your new truck up. You can choose different exterior colors, what interior fabric colors you want, and you can choose from a myriad of different accessories. The exterior accessories include a bed extender, bed mat, hood protector, running boards, spare tire lock, tow hitch receiver and more. The interior accessories for your new Tacoma include an additional first aid kit, and vehicle intrusion protection security.

No matter what you are looking for in your new Toyota Tacoma, you can stop by Haddad Toyota to test drive one today.

Scott O’Connell – Haddad Toyota’s Truck Champion

Scott O'Connell Toyota Truck Champion 2007 Award Ceremony
Scott O’Connell at the Toyota Truck Champion 2007 Award Ceremony at the Toyota plant in Evensville, Indiana where he was granted the Title of Toyota Truck Champion.

In this week’s blog post, we are featuring our very own Scott O’Connell. He is our very own Toyota Truck Champion. In 2007, he was given this title and he hasn’t let go of it since! Check out our interview with him to learn more about his love of trucks and his goal to be the #1 Salesman in the Boston Region (including MA, VT, NH, and ME).

Scott O'Connell' Father's 1972 Land Cruiser
Scott O’Connell’s father drove this 1972 Land Cruiser when he was a kid, starting Scotty’s love for all things Toyota.

Why do you love trucks?

I’ve always had a passion for trucks ever since I was a kid. That’s all. I remember my father driving. I still have pictures of his 1972 Land Cruiser. I would say I enjoy the “truck customer” just as much as the vehicle, they are all very different yet so alike.

Do you drive a truck? If so, what type?

I do, I have a Sequoia. This is built on the Tundra chassis but has third row seating.

What is your favorite truck?

This is easy, 2014 Tundra Crew Max Limited with a TRD package. I think the black wheels make the truck.  I must add that the new 1794 model is a great addition to the lineup this year.

Scott O'Connell leaning on a 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 edition
Scott O’Connell with one of his favorite trucks is this 2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 edition.
Scott O'Connell with Tundra TRD
This is the Toyota Tundra TRD Rock Warrior Edition. It is Scott O’Connell’s father’s new truck and one of Scott’s favorite trucks. 

What is it about truck sales that has really lit a fire under you?

It really all started in 2007 when Toyota elected me to be the Truck Champion. This was a great opportunity to educate the everyday customer and the commercial truck industry about the capabilities of Toyota Trucks. With the release of the new Tundra in 2007 we were able to finally fulfill the commercial truck owners needs with over 10,000 pounds of towing capability, residential and commercial plowing up-fittings, and provide the highest resale value and lowest cost of ownership in its class.

Do you think truck owners (or prospective owners) all have something in common?

Yes. They generally have researched the vehicle thoroughly, compared all competitors and most of all want to deal with someone who can “talk truck.” They don’t want to sit with someone who hasn’t gone out there and worked these trucks everyday like they do. I was a contractor in previous years, I pull a boat all summer and a snowmobile trailer all winter, I understand all of the capabilities of this truck.

Scott O'Connell and his friends towing railers and snow mobiles
From his trips with his friend, Scott knows first hand that Toyota’s are ready to tow a heavy load.

What would reaching this milestone and becoming the number 1 truck salesman in New England mean?

I ranked 4th behind some of the best dealers out there, you get to know the other large truck dealers, and these guys do a great job. To rank ahead of them knowing how aggressive and creative they are at planning truck events, marketing to their customers and overall sales excellence is a huge accomplishment.

We started with Berkshire County, now every time you turn your head there is a Tundra driving by. Next we expanded out to eastern Mass, New York State and up to Vermont. Next is the entire Boston Region which ranges all the way to Maine. Knowing that you are the one putting the best built truck on the road and providing accurate information to more customers than anyone else out there would be the greatest reward to my 12 years of hard work to help grow this new truck into the number one position it belongs in.

Check back with us later to learn more about Scott O’Connell’s quest to become #1 or stop by Haddad Toyota to help him on his way or just wish him luck!

Best Cars for the Money: 2014 Toyota Camry & Tacoma

2014 Camry - 2014 Best Cars for the Money
2014 Toyota Camry – One of the Best Cars for its Cost

The new 2014 Toyota Camry and 2014 Toyota Tacoma have been named U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 Best Cars for the Money,” with the Camry taking top honors in the Best Midsize Car category and the Tacoma doing the same in the Best Compact Truck segment.

At 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, the Camry is one of the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans on the market. Toyota’s engineers have also gone to great lengths to ensure the 2014 model would shed its predecessor’s reputation of being a bore. That’s no easy task for a car designed to be economical—but auto writers agree it successfully pulled it off.

2014 Toyota Tacoma
2014 Toyota Tacoma

For consumers seeking a solution to all their light towing needs, no vehicle compares to the 2014 Toyota Tacoma. It’s easier to maneuver than full-size pickups thanks to its smaller body, but still delivers when it comes to doing the heavy lifting.

For more information about the 2014 Camry and Tacoma, visit us at Haddad Toyota!