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Toys For Tots – Berkshire County Locations

Toys For Tots In Pittsfield MA
Haddad Toyota Is A Toys For Tots Drop Off Location

Toys For Tots Locations In Berkshire County

Haddad Toyota Is Proud To Be A Toys For Tots Drop Off Location

Haddad Toyota is happy to be a  Berkshire CountyToys For Tots drop off location again this year – find Toys For Tots boxes in both our Sales & Service Departments.  Please bring your unwrapped toys for boys or girls during our regular business hours and we’ll be sure to get your donation to the Western Mass Toys For Tots organization.  Please be sure to drop off your toys by December 15th.

Haddad Hyundai and Haddad Subaru also have Toys For Tots donation boxes, so feel free to drop off to either of those locations if that’s more convenient.

Additional Berkshire County locations can be found by typing in your zip code here.

Every year, the Marines organize the collection of new toys to donate to less fortunate children throughout the country, seeing it as

Memorial Day Lease Deals At Haddad Toyota

Memorial Day Lease Deals At Haddad Toyota

Great Memorial Day Lease Sale At Haddad Toyota
Great Lease Deals On Toyotas This Memorial Day!

Toyota Lease Deals on 2014 Toyotas

If you’re looking for a great Toyota lease deal this Memorial Day, look no further!  Haddad Toyota has everything you want this holiday weekend – great food, convenient hours and awesome leases on brand new 2014 Toyotas!

Other Berkshire County car dealerships aren’t offering the same fantastic Toyota lease deals Haddad Toyota is – in fact, they aren’t even open!  At Haddad Toyota, we think you should be able to shop for and test drive a new Toyota when it’s convenient for you.  That’s why we’re open all weekend – so you can find great Toyota lease deals like:

2014 Corolla LE – $179/month

2014 Camry LE – $229/month

2014 RAV 4 LE – $255/month

2014 Venza XLE – $309/month

2014 Sienna L – $269/month

2014 Tundra – $338/month

All leases are for 36 months, 12,000 miles a year, plus tax, title, license and acquisition fee.

We’ll have the grill going all weekend, so stop in anytime Saturday, Sunday or Monday and test drive your next new Toyota!

Haddad Toyota will be open Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm and Memorial Day 9am – 8pm and you can see all of our new Toyota inventory 24/7 at www.haddadtoyota.com.

Western MA Toyota Dealer Earns Sixth-Straight President’s Award

The Haddad Toyota Team
The Haddad Toyota Team

Haddad Toyota – a Western MA Toyota Dealership located in Berkshire County – has been named a 2013 Toyota President’s Award winner for the sixth year in a row. The award recognizes Toyota dealerships who meet the highest standards for parts and sales, service, management, and customer satisfaction, and is generally only awarded to the top 10 to 15% of the Toyota dealerships in the country.

“This award is really a tribute to the people at our dealership—our team—and their dedication to our customers,” said George Haddad, owner of Haddad Toyota. “It’s because of them that Toyota is the No. 1 car brand in Berkshire County.”

Recognizing the importance of their teamwork is Eddie Torres, Toyota’s district manager for the area, who has worked with the group for more than 14 years. He says that the award isn’t one that just honors the dealership, it also recognizes the contribution of every individual who works for Haddad Toyota.
“I visit a lot of dealerships throughout the region and Haddad Toyota always comes straight to mind when I stress the importance of putting customers first,” said Torres.

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

Crossing a Frozen Landscape in the Toyota Tundra

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It was a cold New England Friday… nothing out of the ordinary this year, but still a good day to have a rain, snow, and ice-busting truck with heated seats at your disposal.

The shear magnitude of the 2014 Toyota Tundra made for a great cold-weather traveling vehicle when crossing the state for a weekend trip to visit family. At the height of the holidays, my passenger, Ben, and I loaded up the back seat of the Tundra with our weekend bags, a smattering of gifts, and a few bags of food and beverages, and headed three hours East to Cape Cod.

The first clue that we’d also be traveling in comfort were the heated seats with lumbar support, and the 2014 (the third generation) Tundra’s interior has been redesigned as well. The 3.5 inch information screen that leads to a navigation system, audio panel, back-up camera, and more is large enough to view without moving from your driving position, and the cab also had updated ergonomics and a reworked dashboard that add to that insulated feeling inside the truck. I didn’t feel cramped, but I didn’t feel as though I was piloting a tank, either.

The Tundra feels grounded to the road without the bouncy, ‘floaty’ feel that some large pick-ups have, and Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution are all standard. I was able to appreciate each of these in my own way as I rumbled down familiar Berkshire roads, long stretches of highway, and the narrow streets of Cape Cod, my destination.

There’s much to be said for the safety features and their effects on comfort; it’s much easier to feel at ease in a large vehicle knowing that you’re flanked by dual front airbags, front row side torso airbags, and rollover sensing side curtain airbags for both the front and rear rows. In fact, I learned after testing the Tundra that it was the first full-size pickup to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick accolade.

We had a smooth ride for the bulk of the trip to Cape Cod, and towards the end of the route, the Tundra got its first test from the elements. The rain had been beating down on the lower Cape for most of the day, and as is bound to happen, some of the lower-lying stretches of busy Route 6 were obscured by inches of rainwater that couldn’t escape fast enough into the drains and run-offs. Traffic slowed and some cars pulled over precariously to the side of the road, unsure of how much success they’d have plowing through.

Indeed, as we barreled through near-flooded conditions, the subsequent splash reached the side windows of the Tundra, but we moved on without a problem. In fact, we seemed to be clearing the way for several of the smaller cars behind us.

We arrived at my parents’ house having made great time, and parked at the top of their long gravel driveway to make sure other relatives had plenty of space to park. The position created quite the viewing area for the truck; one-by-one, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws arrived to be greeted by a sparkling new truck with its redesigned grille and body (Toyota calls it ‘American-style). Throughout the day, relatives took mini-field trips up the drive to have a look, and dinner conversation was peppered with comments about the Tundra’s distinction as the only pick-up to have successfully towed the Space Shuttle Endeavour across a bridge in 2012.

A little driveway-level boasting wasn’t enough action for the Tundra, though, and the next day we set out for the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for a woodland hike that features the broad marshes of Cape Cod Bay, only accessible by hearty trucks with great wheels and plenty of gumption. We couldn’t help but giggle as the Tundra dwarfed most of the other trucks on the marsh, driven by stalwart fishermen and clammers who knew the landscape as well as the deep lines on their palms.

Adventures aside, however, the best gift the Tundra gave us was space and hauling power on the way back to Western Massachusetts as we prepared to depart. Our every day cars are fuel-efficient hatchbacks that usually serve us quite well, but preclude us from ever traveling with anything larger than an end-table stowed in the back.

It only took three Bungee cords and a little bit of help from the brawnier members of my family to fill the massive bed of the Tundra with more furniture than we’ve ever moved without the help of a rented moving truck. My parents had been hoping to unload much of it for years to make space in their 1786 farmhouse for some more modern trappings, and Ben and I were more than happy to replace our sagging mattress and over-flowing chest of drawers with some new-to-us pieces.

In went a mattress, a bureau, a desk, some assorted bedding, and the gifts we’d accumulated, along with a cooler of leftovers, without anything jutting, protruding, or smashed into the back at a worrisome angle. Even our vision wasn’t obstructed through the rear window, and we made use of the bed-light to get everything in as dusk (and out later at night) without stumbling.

Our final review is that, while we were a little scared of driving such a big, formidable vehicle at first, that fear soon subsided when we realized we were well protected in a truck that handles well – smoothly and quietly, not like a roaring behemoth. As a small-car driver, I also appreciated that feeling that other drivers were well aware of me on the road; the Tundra does indeed have a presence that’s hard to ignore, and it handles the ever-changing New England weather with ease. In the rain, it cuts through puddles without any hesitation. In the snow and ice, it’s steady and feels ‘sticky’ without a hint of slip and slide.

And in the shining sun, it rolls along easily, the driver supported by warm, adjustable seats and soothed by any number of tunes coming from the multi-source sound system. On a weekend trip in New England, it’s not surprising that we were able to test the Tundra in all of these conditions, and then some.

Jaclyn Stevenson is a guest blogger and driver for Haddad Toyota.