Navigating Columbus During COVID-19 - Closures, Tips, & Things You Can Still Do

With all of the uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic in the last few weeks, Byers Imports is here to help you navigate. Below we will cover a list of current closures around Columbus, tips for staying healthy and avoiding spreading coronavirus, and things you can still do from home or in your vehicle to stay busy and entertained.

Closures in Columbus, Ohio

Governor Mike DeWine issues several orders recently to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect at-risk populations.

  • Schools have closed.
  • Bars and restaurants throughout Ohio have closed while some still serve customers through carry-out and delivery options.
  • Residents are seeing a limit on visits to nursing homes with exemptions for end-of-life cases.
  • Sporting events are being held without spectators or they have been canceled completely.
  • There is also a prohibition on mass gatherings of over 50 people.
  • There are orders to stop visitations at county jails.
  • The Primary Election was postponed to June 2nd.
  • All but five BMV offices were closed.
  • The closure of barbershops, hairdressers, nail salons, and tattoo parlors was implemented.

You can check the news for continual updates on closures throughout Columbus and Ohio.

Tips for Staying Healthy & Avoiding Spreading the Virus

Some might still be curious about the best ways to avoid spreading the virus and how to stay healthy during this time. Tips based on CDC guidelines include the following:

  • Sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow to keep germs from spreading
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between hand-washing
  • Don't share cups, spoons, forks, etc. with anyone
  • Don't make food for anyone if you are sick
  • Don't go to work or school if you are sick
  • Practice social distancing (limit contact and stay 6-feet away from others)
  • Visit a doctor, urgent care, or emergency department if you are sick

Download and read the CDC's full COVID-19 information sheet now.

Things You Can Do from Home

As members of our community are forced to stay home more than normal, we want to help by offering some ideas for things you can do to pass the time. It might be time to learn a new hobby or catch up on some neglected chores. Many activities can be done with the help of local businesses!

Visit a Museum (Virtually)

Your entire family has the ability to visit a museum from the comfort of your couch. Museums all around the world are giving people the opportunity to take in art and history through virtual tours while practicing social distancing. This is a fun, unique way for adults and kids to stay engaged.

Stream Exercise Classes from Local Fitness Studios

Maintaining an exercise regimen is a good way to stay healthy and grounded while you are staying inside more. Many local fitness studios are streaming sessions with their instructors or posting workouts online.

Stimulate Your Brain with Puzzles & Games

More ways to put your brain to work or to keep your kids busy is with a puzzle, a book or Sudoku, or a group board game. These can be purchased at local game shops or stores that are staying open (just remember to keep your distance from people and follow safety guidelines).

Catch Up on Reading

Now is a good time to start on that stack of books you said you would read this year. If you would like to buy books, check with a local bookstore to see how they are handling the outbreak. They might be delivering or opening for quick pop-ins. This is also a great way to support local businesses during this uncertain time.

Create a Specialty Treat or Meal

Oftentimes, people don't have the time to bake something spectacular or cook a gourmet meal at home. Now might be the time to find a baking kit or specialty ingredients at local specialty food stores so you can still enjoy fancy bakery treats at home.

Things You Can Do from Your Vehicle

If you are getting stir-crazy at home, there are several things you can do to get out of the house beyond essential grocery trips. While restaurants are closed down, many still have drive-through or curbside pick up options. Taking a trip to a local eatery to pick up your favorite meal might end up being exactly what you need and it helps support local restaurants during these trying times. Alternatively, some folks are supporting their favorite local restaurants and retailers by buying gift cards that can be used later.

Somewhere else you can go while practicing social distancing is the local parks and trail systems around Columbus. There are several Metro Parks in the city that offer the opportunity for outdoor activity and exploring including:

  • Inniswood - More than 100 acres of woods and streams to explore and easy trails for hiking.
  • Homestead Park - 44 acres in Hilliard that include hiking trails, scenic views, covered bridges, barns, and more.
  • Coffman Park - Features the amphitheater, skate park, fishing ponds, and more nearby in Dublin.
  • Indian Run Falls - This natural gorge offers trails, observation platforms, and a bridge over the waterfalls.
  • Battelle Darby Creek - This offers 7,000 acres to hike and explore.

As always, check weather conditions before venturing to local parks and trails and make sure you take precautions to avoid contact with others not in your household.

Visit the Dealership to Shop or Service Your Car While Practicing Social Distancing

If you do need to go shopping or have your vehicle serviced, the dealership can be a safe place to go during the COVID-19 outbreak. The dealership is unlikely to be overly crowded and now might be the time to find your next Porsche, Subaru, Volkswagen, or Audi in your free time. Make sure to bring your own hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands after a test drive and limit your time at the dealership by researching and applying for financing on our website.

Contact Byers Imports to learn more about what we are doing to prevent the spread and protect our customers during this time.


Your Guide to Buying a New Car as a New Grad

We have rounded up a list of six great cars that should be perfect for a new graduate or new professional. These models are all available at our Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi dealerships in Columbus. Browse our inventory of these models and find your perfect fit today!

Reasons a New Grad Needs a New Ride

Every new graduate needs to make sure they have a solid vehicle to drive them forward in their next adventures. Oftentimes this is a major right of passage for college grads as it might be their first big purchase as an adult. It might be the first vehicle they have that truly reflects their personal style and desires rather than their parent's ideas of affordability, practicality, and safety. As new grads enter the workforce, they will want a trusted car, truck, or SUV that can handle the demands of their job, schedule, and hobbies.

Buying vs Leasing

Something new grads might want to consider is whether they want to buy or lease the vehicle. As you graduate from college it can be difficult to know where you will end up in a few years and what will happen in the economy. You might end up backpacking in Europe or living in a bustling city with little need for a car. Leasing could be ideal if you plan on staying put in your first job or internship for a few years. You can enjoy the benefits of driving a stylish new vehicle without the long term commitment or hefty down payment.

Leasing does require that you stay within a set mileage limit and they could be difficult to get out of. If a new grad has saved up money or receives generous cash gifts for their graduation, they might want to opt for buying a new or used car.

Popular Options for New Grads at Our Columbus Dealership

Here we will outline some popular vehicles for new grads in our inventory due to affordability, style, reliability, and more features young professionals want.

  • Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza is a top recommendation for a graduate. This is due in part to the impressive reliability the Subaru brand is known for. It also offers excellent safety ratings, ample cargo space, and the option to go for the sedan or hatchback. Impreza's are ideal for commuters as they see up to 38 mpg on the highway. New models even start out at a modest price, making them a perfect choice for those who are just starting out and don't yet have the funds for a more expensive luxury sedan. Highlights of the Impreza include:

  • Standard symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert
  • LED steering responsive headlights and high beam assist
  • Roof racking
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Harmon Kardon premium audio

2) Subaru Crosstrek

The slightly more rugged Subaru Crosstrek also makes our list of top options for new grads. The Crosstrek lands somewhere between a hatchback and crossover and it offers affordability, good fuel economy, ample cargo space, and capability for off-road adventures. Bells and whistles can be added depending on budget such as a navigation screen and leather-trimmed upholstery. Features that put the Crosstrek high on our list include:

  • Standard symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • 7 inches of ground clearance
  • Apple CarPlay™ & Android™ Auto Integration
  • Large cargo area with 60/40-split fold-down rear seats
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Rear-vision camera & reverse automatic braking

3) Volkswagen Golf GTI

The new Golf GTI is a terrific option from Volkswagen. It comes in at a higher price range than some other options, but could be a good option for someone ready to test out their shiny new degree in a sophisticated professional world. This is a sporty car that is actually fun to drive, compact for city parking, and fits into an active lifestyle with a roomy hatchback. Some features on the Golf GTI fit for a new grad include:

  • Driving mode selection
  • 228-horsepower turbocharged engine
  • Available 8-inch glass touchscreen display
  • Smartphone compatibility
  • Ambient lighting
  • Sport bumpers
  • LED headlights & taillights
  • Available pedestrian monitoring
  • Available keyless access with push-button start
  • Available blind spot monitor

4) Volkswagen e-Golf

The e-Golf from Volkswagen is for new graduates that are more environmentally minded. This stylish, eco-friendly electric option was engineered to take on the city. Some features we think new grads or young professionals will enjoy with this include:

  • 119 EPA estimated combined mpg
  • DC Fast Charger
  • Available 12" digital cockpit
  • App-Connect
  • Available pro touchscreen navigation
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Ample cargo space
  • Electrically heated windshield

5) Volkswagen Jetta

The new Volkswagen Jetta is a surprisingly affordable option that offers plenty of great features as well as proven reliability. This sporty, sleek sedan is commuter-friendly with up to 40 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in city. The Jetta offers several luxury features that will make an impression on coworkers including:

  • Panoramic sunroof
  • BeatsAudio™
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • 10-color customizable ambient lighting
  • Available ventilated leather seating
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available 8-inch touchscreen navigation
  • Driver personalization
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Turbocharged engine

6) Audi A3

The Audi A3 amps up the luxury for a new grad and brings the perfect combination of features, performance, and sophistication. Young drivers will love the standard suite features including a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and a smartphone interface. The A3 offers a relatively low starting price compared to other luxury options. Highlights include:

  • Available fully digital 12.3-inch information display
  • Available full LED headlights
  • Heated front seats
  • Available 4G LTE-powered Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Automated emergency braking & forward-collision warning

Choose Used or Certified Pre-Owned to Save More

If you are still looking for something more affordable for your new grad, consider opting for a used or Certified Pre-Owned Subaru, Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche. We offer incredible deals with additional assurance and peace of mind thanks to an extended warranty and thorough inspections, so browse our inventory of CPO cars today!

Visit our dealership in Columbus to shop for the perfect vehicle for a new grad. Schedule a test drive and set up a time to talk to our financing experts about the best options for your needs.





The Importance of Test Driving Your Porsche, Audi, Subaru, or Volkswagen

Whether you have your eye on a new or used sedan, crossover, coupe, truck, or SUV from our inventory of Porsche, Audi, Subaru, and Volkswagen vehicles in Columbus, it is extremely important that you take a test drive before walking away with a new lease or loan. This step in the car buying process is essential and important in helping you narrow down which model is right for you while ensuring you feel completely comfortable, capable, and happy behind the wheel.

Becoming Familiar w/ the Features & Accessories and Test for Comfort

The test drive truly begins before you even start the vehicle. As you sit inside, take a moment to become familiar with the features and accessories offered. Turn the key or set the start button to the accessory position to ensure the dash warning lights illuminate. This is especially important to check on a pre-owned vehicle where a simple bulb may have burned out or there may be deeper issues with the functioning that you may need to have checked.

This is also a good time to spend a few minutes making sure you and your passengers will be comfortable. Check if all of the seats are comfortable, easy to adjust, and if the seat controls are ergonomic to your body. It is also important to make sure that you as the driver will have enough visibility and legroom to be comfortable and confident on the roads. Don't forget to inspect the cargo space with your typical storage needs in mind.

What to Pay Attention to After Starting Up the Engine on a Used Car, Truck, or SUV

There are a number of steps to test driving that become increasingly important with pre-owned vehicles as you likely want to ensure that you will not end up with major issues down the road. Upon starting the engine, pay attention to any unusual noises you may hear. This could include tapping, ticking, knocking, or squealing. Take a moment to inspect the instrument panel to may sure that all of the warning lights turn off as the engine gets going.

Make sure to test out the heating and air-conditioning elements thoroughly and turn the windshield wipers on and test them at every speed. Turn the steering wheel to ensure it does not bind or stick and pump the brake pedal a few times to make sure it feels firm and not spongy or squishy.

Check that the parking brake is in good order by applying the parking brake and shifting into gear. It should hold the vehicle from moving. It is also important to pay attention to any clunking noises when shifting into gears as these could indicate an issue with a number of components.

If you are unsure about how to go about inspecting a pre-owned vehicle for quality, stick with certified vehicles from our inventory. These have undergone rigorous inspections and warranty coverage to bring greater peace of mind.

What You Should Do During a Test Drive

After this initial inspection, you are ready to take the vehicle for a drive. If you are testing a model with an automatic transmission, make sure it fully engages and shifts through each gear smoothly, firmly, and quickly. If the transmission is manual, check that there is no grinding or groaning coming from the transmission as you select gears.

Ensure the steering wheel stays centered as you begin driving straight and that it does not shake or vibrate at any speeds. You can easily determine if this vehicle pulls to the left or right by safely removing your hands from the wheel momentarily on a flat surface. If it pulls either way it may indicate some alignment or tire issues.

Make sure to take the vehicle on a bumpy or uneven road to see how it fares (a speed bump should work just fine). See how the vehicle responds to rougher terrain and if there are any rattles or strange noises that occur. If you plan on purchasing an SUV for some off-road adventures, it is important that you feel confident about the vehicle's capabilities on various types of terrain!

Remember to take your time during a test drive. The members of our sales team in Columbus are patient and ready to assist you as you navigate each step of the process to make sure you get a full and complete feel for the vehicle you are testing.

Keep Your Preferences in Mind During a Test Drive

Ultimately, many of the new and certified pre-owned vehicles on our lot will function well and pass these various tests. Don't overlook your preferences and whether or not you truly enjoy driving the vehicle!

Come to our dealership prepared with a checklist of important priorities for your driving needs to help you efficiently narrow down your choices. Some drivers are looking for an effortlessly smooth, luxurious ride with all the bells and whistles to make every drive more comfortable and convenient. Others may care more that the vehicle offers a sporty look, thrilling performance, and diverse driving capabilities. Every driver is different and it all comes down to what you specifically are looking for in your next ride!

Schedule a Test Drive at our Porsche, Audi, Subaru, & Volkswagen Dealership

Now that you understand the importance of test driving a vehicle before making your final decision, reach out to our Columbus, OH dealership to schedule your test drive for a new or used Porsche, Audi, Subaru, or Volkswagen model. You can also discuss your options with us beforehand via phone to ask specific questions about different models and narrow down which ones you would like to test out.

 

Whether you are buying or leasing, a test drive will help you drive away more confident with your ultimate decision and happy with the investment you have made. We look forward to giving you a better luxury car shopping experience in a friendly and professional atmosphere!


Discover Benefits of Choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Vehicle

Have you been browsing our inventory of stunning new luxury Porsche, Audi, or Volkswagen vehicles that are just a bit out of your price range? Maybe you are simply searching for an incredible bargain on a used Subaru or another vehicle you can trust. Buying a certified pre-owned vehicle offers a great solution for those in either camp. Discover more about our CPO inventory and the benefits of going this route for your next car, truck or SUV purchase!

What Exactly Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

Certified pre-owned cars are gently used vehicles sold by dealerships like ours in Columbus that come in with limited age and miles and have undergone a thorough inspection and reconditioning process to ensure they are a high-quality option for buyers. Some dealerships will try to sell you an overpriced dealer certified vehicle that isn't actually backed by the cars' manufacturer. Our certified vehicles are backed by Porsche, Audi, Subaru, and Volkswagen, so you know you are getting a good deal!

These manufacturer certified cars undergo some sort of standardized inspection process to make sure the vehicle meets the criteria to achieve CPO status. They will typically offer an extension of the factory warranty term and oftentimes will include roadside assistance and other features to incentivize buyers.

Who Might Consider Choosing a Certified Used Vehicle?

How will you know if you are the right candidate for a certified used vehicle?

That's easy. Everyone should consider buying one!

These vehicles are especially sought out by buyers on a budget looking to get a little more bang for their buck. For instance, you could buy a brand new vehicle at the top of your price range that doesn't include many add-ons, or you could opt for a slightly older version with every amenity you could desire at the same price!

If you are the kind of person who always saves for emergencies and likes to ensure you will be safe and secure in every situation, you will likely want to choose a certified option over a used car. This will help buffer the apprehension you may feel about concerns for reliability and warranty coverage on your average pre-owned car.

There is one situation that the automotive world agrees is right for choosing CPO, and that is when you are shopping for a luxury car. These tend to have higher running costs and a certified stamp could help filter out the luxury models that do not meet high standards while offering a warranty buffer zone against extensive repairs. You still should not spend a dramatic amount more on a certified luxury car than a used luxury car, but it will likely be worth it to properly invest to get ahold of the additional coverage and rigorous inspection process.

Porsche CPO Program

Porsche offers an excellent program that covers its vehicles with a bumper-to-bumper warranty for up to 6 years and unlimited mileage from the original sale date (provided they are under warranty at the time of purchase). If the car is not covered by the original warranty, the Porsche CPO program offers 2 years with unlimited miles of coverage. This program requires no deductible and will be fully transferable to future owners should you wish to sell or transfer ownership.

Audi CPO Program

The Audi CPO program extends coverage by 1 year and unlimited miles past the expiration of the original new car warranty. Audi certified vehicles come with extremely thorough 300+ point inspections from the headlights to the engine, through to the electrical and safety systems. The program conveniently avoids deductibles and transfer fees. You may also be able to find special financing rates when you opt for a certified used Audi.

Volkswagen CPO Program

The certified program from Volkswagen adds 2 years of 24,000 miles of coverage beyond their standard bumper-to-bumper warranty. Their warranty coverage is model specific, so be sure to pay attention to the specifics. Other benefits include a 100+ point inspection, a 3-month all-access trial of SiriusXM radio, 24-hour roadside assistance, and a free Carfax vehicle history report. Their program does require a deductible fee, so keep that in mind.

Subaru CPO Program

Subaru offers a CPO program that boasts powertrain coverage for up to 7 years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. Bumper-to-bumper warranty can be added for a fee to provide additional coverage. Their program does not require a deductible and is fully transferable. Something to remember about Subaru vehicles and choosing a pre-owned option is that 97% of their vehicles sold in the last decade are still on the road today. They are known for their reliability!

Ready to Begin Shopping for Your Next Certified Car, Truck, or SUV?

Now that you have a better understanding of the benefits of a certified pre-owned car and the differences in the programs for Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru, you can begin shopping! If you want a vehicle with low-mileage at a lower price that comes with greater peace of mind, then going the CPO route is your best bet!

About the Certified Inventory at Byers Imports in Columbus, OH

Byers Imports offers an extensive inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles from Audi, Porsche Subaru, and Volkswagen. Many of the vehicles in our inventory are luxury options that include the latest bells and whistles for the driver desiring a more premium look and feel. The inventory also includes reliable vehicles for incredible bargains, many of these coming in below $20k! Oftentimes the CPO vehicles we receive are local trade-ins from our Imports dealership that have been fully inspected and serviced by our highly-trained Certified Technicians.

 

Head to our dealership in Columbus, call our Sales Department at 614-441-9011, or fill out this online contact form for assistance setting up a test drive and applying for credit. We look forward to helping you find the right certified used vehicle for your lifestyle and answering any other questions you may have about the different programs offered by the manufacturers.


Comparing the 2019 Subaru Forester Sport w/ the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure

For any outdoor enthusiasts or even simple fans of cars capable enough to handle the Columbus backroads, the Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 are sure to have come up in a conversation or two. Maybe you have already started browsing one or both of these models. While these both tend to land at the top of the list for many drivers, it may be difficult to understand the differences and choose the right fit for your active lifestyle. At Byers Imports, we are happy to give you a breakdown of each of these models including performance, space, technology, off-road capability, driving experience, and price. Take an in-depth look at each option, and make sure to weigh the pros and cons of each before heading into the dealership for a test drive.

Overview of the New Subaru Forester Sport

The Subaru Forester has been a longtime favorite in the compact SUV category. The newest model is available in a Sport trim with standard all-wheel drive and enhanced off-road capabilities, as well as the other features drivers love about the past Forester models. The Sport includes unique orange exterior accents and badging, an All-Weather Package, and the SI-DRIVE® engine management system.

Overview of the New Toyota RAV4 Adventure

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure trim is also an outdoor-focused compact SUV. The newer version is more geared towards outdoor-focused drivers than previous configurations have been. The RAV4 remains a popular choice in its class thanks to a comfortable ride, abundant space, driver-friendly controls, and a robust AWD upgrade.

Comparing Performance - Available Engines & Output

When it comes to performance, each sport utility vehicle has something to offer. The 2019 RAV4 offers a 2.5-liter inline-four engine with 203 horsepower, and the 2019 Forester offers a new, more powerful 2.5-liter flat-four engine that produces 182 horsepower. Despite the slight drop in horsepower, the Forester feels quicker thanks to a sharp throttle response and the ability to use the Sport Sharp mode. While both vehicles are plenty capable for off-road adventures, drivers have complained about some of the gruff noises from the RAV4's engine.

Comparing Fuel Economy - Save More at the Pump on Long Trips

Good fuel economy is extremely important when choosing a compact SUV for daily driving or weekend adventures. Thankfully, both the Forester and RAV4 offer exceptional efficiency among others in their class with the RAV4 Adventure offering 28 mpg combined and the Forester Sport returning 29 mpg combined.

Comparing the Driving Experience - Choose Smoother Driving on Rough Terrain

Where the Forester and RAV4 really differ is the driving experience. The new RAV4 can be slightly confining with a low roof and a higher center console although it does feel a bit sportier than it has in the past. The new Forester stands out with exceptional visibility thanks to high-seating with a broad view. This can be extremely helpful when it comes to parking, general safety, or off-road driving. The Forester also handles well maneuvering tight corners and quick turns thanks to a lofty ground clearance of 8.7 inches. The RAV4 Adventure adds more ground clearance as well(8.6 inches), but does tend to lean a bit more on quick turns. Both options provide greater assurance and capability off-road than other options in their genre thanks to more sophisticated all-wheel drive systems and off-road driving modes.

Comparing Space - Make Sure You Have Enough Cargo Space for Your Gear!

The RAV4's recent radical transformation actually hurts it when it comes to space as it offers less headroom than before and a smaller cargo area. The Forester can be described as boxy and functional with taller body height and amplified legroom, a major advantage over the RAV4 for taller drivers. Many people have expressed that the Forester generally feels more open and spacious.

Those with four-legged friends may also find the Forester to be better suited to their needs as the RAV4's sloped tailgate and the small rear quarter window is just not as accommodating. The Toyota does conveniently offer under-floor storage for the cargo cover and two-sided cargo floor. Both models offer robust roof rails for carrying gear.

Comparing Features and Technology for Safety, Convenience, & Smartphone Integration

The comparison shouldn't stop at capability and performance as technology and smartphone integration can be extremely helpful and important for an adventure-ready vehicle. The Forester Sport comes standard with an easy-to-use touchscreen and the Sport offers the chance to upgrade to a high-resolution 8-inch version. The RAV4 offers a standard 7-inch touchscreen within easy reach that can also be updated to an 8-inch option. The Forester and RAV4 both offer Apple CarPlay, but only the Forester comes with Android Auto, so Android users may be more inclined to choose the Forester.

When it comes to safety technology, both vehicles come standard with an ample amount of technology including forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. 

Pricing Comparisons & Final Outcome - The 2019 Forester Sport Comes Out on Top

While the 2019 Subaru Forester Sport and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 both perform well in many important categories, the Subaru ultimately comes out on top thanks to better interior space and visibility. Drivers also won't have to upgrade too much to achieve maximum outdoor capabilities as they would with the RAV4. The Forester also offers a better value than the RAV4 adventure, coming in at a couple of thousand dollars less and offering consumers more for their money.

Head to Our Subaru Dealership in Columbus to Grab Yours!

If you are interested in finding a 2019 Forester Sport in the Columbus area, head to our Subaru dealership today! We offer an extensive inventory of the new Forester in various trims and colors to suit your preferences. We also have a large selection of used Forester models as well as other popular choices like the Impreza, Outback, WRX, Legacy, and Ascent. We look forward to helping you find your perfect automotive match at the right price!


The Future is Electric - Reserve a 2020 Audi e-tron or 2020 Porsche Taycan

While electric vehicles have composed a relatively small percentage of the automotive market in the past, there is reason to believe the industry will make a major transition to battery-powered electric vehicles moving forward. Activists, analysts, and executives alike all see the reality of leaving behind the gas-powered vehicles of yesteryear. Not only are full-electric vehicles eco-friendly, but they are also just as powerful, capable, and stylish as their counterparts.

Porsche and Audi have made waves with announcements of their first-ever full-electric vehicles hitting the market in late 2019 or early 2020. The Audi e-tron® is the only electric SUV done the Audi way, harnessing a century of engineering prowess. Porsche revealed the upcoming Mission E, renamed the Taycan, as their first full-electric, performance-oriented sports car. Get the details on these thrilling new releases from these top luxury automakers and discover how you can get your hands on one at our Columbus, OH Porsche and Audi dealerships!

2020 Audi e-tron® - An Extraordinary Electric SUV for Everyday Life

After five years of perfecting, Audi is releasing its first completely electric SUV, the Audi e-tron®. Starting from $74,800, this vehicle represents a new era for the automaker as it incorporates the classic Audi DNA with advanced charging technology, a sophisticated battery design, and long-range capability. The SUV also features thrilling performance. We don't just mean thrilling for an electric vehicle, the e-tron® offers truly impressive handling and power.

In terms of charging and mileage capacity, the SUV will blow away previous electric offerings. The e-tron® is being designed to offer the long-range capability to make long distance trips possible on a single charge. With just a 10 minute charge, drivers can venture out a plentiful 54 miles. For peace of mind, the battery is covered by an 8-year or 100,000-mile warranty. Actual mileage and range will vary depending on charging habits, driving, and other factors and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released their estimate of 204 miles.

On top of incredible eco-friendly electric charging capability, the new Audi SUV offers pure performance without compromise. It makes the jump from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and offers an output of 402 hp / 300 kW. Various packages offer capability boosts including the available towing capacity of 4,000 lbs and the Air Suspension with an off-road mode. The new electric Quattro-all-wheel drive brings incredible control and confidence in varying driving conditions. Going full-electric no longer means drivers will have to lower their expectations for performance.

The full-electric offering from Audi also features some advanced technology for driver-assistance and daily convenience. The in-car Amazon Alexa integration allows for the control of Alexa-enabled devices from behind the wheel. Drivers can also manage various functions at their fingertips with the 10.1-inch touchscreen Audi infotainment system. With the  Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus digital instrument display, efficiency, recuperation, and range can be maximized. Drivers will also enjoy easy access to their apps, music, maps, and more with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® or they can utilize the myAudi app on their smartphone to personalize each ride and amplify every driving experience.

The Audi e-tron® comes in two configurations: Premium Plus and Prestige. Highlights of each trim include:

Premium Plus

       Audi pre sense® city & side assist

       Matrix-design LED headlights

       Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium sound system

       Heated and ventilated front seats

       MMI® Navigation with Virtual Cockpit Plus

       Top view camera with virtual 3D

Prestige

Everything on Premium Plus and:

       Driver Assistance Package

       Head-up display

       Individual contour seats with Valcona leather

       Massage function for front seats

       Air quality package - ionizer and fragrance

       Power door closers

Pre-Order an Audi e-tron from our Columbus Audi dealership now! Vehicle production is limited and fulfillment will be based on your reservation date, so act quickly.

Introducing the Taycan - The First Full-Electric Sports Car from Porsche

Less is known about the first full-electric sports car from Porsche, but it is expected to make some serious waves with drivers and auto-enthusiasts. Originally labeled the Mission E, the all-electric performance sedan was officially named the Taycan, which translates as "lively young horse". The Taycan will be athletic, performance-oriented, and capable of longer distances on a single charge.

In terms of all-electric range, Porsche estimates an impressive 311 miles. The automaker says the 800-volt fast-charging system will replenish 80% of the battery pack in a quick 15-minute charge. On top of this impressive range and charging power, the Taycan will also blow away the competition with exhilarating performance and handling that mirrors the popular 911. The electric performance sedan is expected to make over 600 horsepower, enough to take drivers from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.

Not only does this eco-friendly option perform like a regular sports car, but it looks like one too. The Taycan offers a harmonious blend of typical Porsche shapes and an aerodynamic style inspired by motorsports to result in a flow-through body geared towards performance. The Taycan also feels superbly agile thanks to active, adaptive air suspension and rear-wheel steering. The low center of gravity and low seating position make this performance sedan feel more sporty and driver-focused than others in its class.

You can start the deposit option process on a 2020 Porsche Taycan at our Columbus dealership! Fill out this form with your personal information and learn more about the program details as well as general terms and conditions. Our team will reach out to confirm your intent to buy this all-electric performance sedan and will discuss next steps with you.

Talk to Our Columbus Dealership About Going Full-Electric

The move towards electric vehicles is coming fast and it is not just a trend. Talk to the experts at Byers Imports about more of the benefits of going full-electric for your next luxury SUV or sports car. We will help you get behind the wheel of an Audi e-tron®, a Porsche Taycan, or another full-electric or hybrid option available in our extensive inventory of Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Subaru vehicles. We look forward to serving you!


Discover 5 of the Top Safest Picks Available at our Dealership in Columbus

Is your family growing? Are you risking it on the road in an outdated vehicle with low safety ratings? It's time to protect yourself and your family. Having a safe vehicle is one of the most important considerations for many drivers as the number of crash-related injuries and fatalities grows. Since you are likely to spend a lot of time in your car during your daily commute and are bound to have loved ones in your passenger seats, you may want to consider upgrading to a safer option.

With so many options available in various genres, it may be difficult to narrow down which vehicles to add to your list. Many of the vehicles in our extensive inventory in Columbus have advanced engineering and ample standard and available safety features that make them a better choice for every driver. Check out five of our top safety picks from Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi!

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek has been a popular choice for active adventurers and busy commuters thanks to its rugged capability and impressive eco-friendly features. The subcompact crossover has also earned high marks in safety and was awarded a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Crosstrek earned high marks in every crash test and as the forward collision prevention system comes standard on the Hybrid variants, it is the ideal choice for any safety-minded consumers. Safety features available for this pick include:

       Driver Air Bag

       Passenger Air Bag

       Front Head Air Bag

       Rear Head Air Bag

       Front Side Air Bag

       4-Wheel ABS

       4-Wheel Disc Brakes

       Brake Assist

       Electronic Stability Control

       Daytime Running Lights

       Child Safety Locks

       Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors

       Traction Control

       Blind Spot Monitor

       Auto-Leveling Headlights

       Lane Departure Warning

       Lane Keeping Assist

Browse our inventory of the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek in Columbus and set up a test drive today!

2019 Subaru Impreza Sedan

The Impreza is Subaru's long-lived compact sedan that offers a slightly more compact option than the Legacy. It promises great fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive, a sleek style, and a multitude of safety features that make it a Top Safety Pick. The 2019 Subaru Impreza performed well in crash-tests in both federal and independent testing and earned five-star ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"EyeSight" driver-assist package is available for every model with a CVT and includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control to help drivers stay in their lanes and avoid collisions.

Stop by our Subaru dealership in Columbus to learn more about the 2019 Subaru Impreza!

2019 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door Hatchback

The 2019 Volkswagen GTI is one of the highest-ranking compact cars and received a perfect five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS also gave it the highest ratings in five crash tests. Not only is this hatchback safe, but it is a stylish option for individuals and families that want the added peace of mind on the road while they turn heads. Discover more about the standard and available safety features offered on the GTI Hatchback including:

       Driver Air Bag

       Passenger Air Bag

       Front Head Air Bag

       Rear Head Air Bag

       Front Side Air Bag

       4-Wheel ABS

       4-Wheel Disc Brakes

       Brake Assist

       Electronic Stability Control

       Daytime Running Lights

       Child Safety Locks

       Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors

       Traction Control

       Blind Spot Monitor

       Cross-Traffic Alert

Test out the 2019 Volkswagen GTI 4-Door Hatchback at our Columbus dealership!

2019 Audi A3 Sedan

Not only is the Audi A3 athletic, fun to drive, and loaded with advanced tech, it is also one of the safest sedans on the road! The NHTSA gave the 2019 model an overall safety rating of five out of five stars and it was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Standard active safety features that make this luxurious option stand out include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and front collision warning with brake assist. Available features that can be added for good measure include adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and Audi side assist to help drivers change lanes safely. Every iteration of the new A3 offer an excellent, safe option, but it may be worth it to opt for higher trims and available packages to give you more confidence on the road.

Stop by our Audi dealership in Columbus to learn more about the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan!

2019 Audi Q8 SUV

Looking for a safer SUV that can still offer all of the luxury and style your family loves? The all-new Audi Q8 is an excellent midsize option that features a spacious back seat, refined interior, and impressive handling. The Q8 features several safety features that make it a good fit for families and a better safety pick in general. Standard features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and Audi pre sense city with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Options that can enhance your confidence on the road include a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a night vision assistant, and even more!

Discover what the 2019 Audi Q8 has to offer your family and schedule a test drive in Columbus today!

Ready to Get Behind the Wheel of a Safer Vehicle?

These are just a few of the vehicles we carry in our Columbus inventories that offer the best in safety. We carry a vast number of other new and used models from Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and Subaru that could meet your desires and budget, while still offering ample safety features and options to set you up for success on every drive!

Contact Byers Imports today to learn more about our top safety picks, to schedule test drives, or to talk to our experts about the best financing options for your needs. We look forward to helping keep your family safer and happier!


8 Jaw-Dropping Features of the New Porsche Cayenne

The third-generation Cayenne has been released by Porsche and it extends beyond any normal family hauler. This luxury SUV is lighter, quicker, and more powerful than ever before and features a plethora of new technology that may push it to the top of your family's list.

The new Cayenne features a sports-car pedigree, exquisite attention to detail, and enough space for a family of five and all of their belongings. With a trio of capable powertrains that pair with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, your family can go further than before. Keep in mind that this luxury SUV can be outfitted with various performance upgrades and customized options to suit your specific desires.

Below we will showcase just ten of the features of the 2019 Cayenne that will turn heads and surpass similar offerings in the luxury SUV genre!

1)   Electronic Roll Stability

The first feature that stands out on the 2019 iteration is the available electrically adjustable anti-roll bars. This is offered on the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control package and is available on every Cayenne model. This new electromechanical setup will suppress lateral body movement during a cornering maneuver. Not only will this function increase your performance, but it will also add to better ride comfort for you and your passengers.

2) Rear-Wheel Steering System

The new Cayenne also boasts a rear-wheel steering system that adds actuators to the rear axle to steer the rear wheels against the fronts. This contributes to sharper turn-ins and easier maneuvering in tight parking lots at lower speeds as well as greater stability at speeds above 50 mph.

3) Air Suspension Gains Two Additional Chambers and More Capability

The older Cayenne models offered a single air chamber in each of its air springs, but the 2019 version now offers three air chambers per spring. This translates to multiple effective spring rates and a wider range of ride heights. Drivers can choose from five selectable clearances that start at a low 6.4-inches and move up to 10.4-inches to accommodate off-road driving. Consumers will also appreciate the super-low loading mode that provides easier access to the cargo area for regular trips to the grocery store or weekend trips to the lake.

4) Staggered-Width Tires

In the past, the Cayenne has worn only square-fitment front and rear tires. For the 2019 model, the SUV finally sees a staggered fitment on every trim to deliver better performance and handling. The 19-inch-wheel package is wrapped in 255/55 front and 275/50 rear tires. The uplevel 20-inch wheels boosting those widths to 275s in front and 305s in back. The Cayenne's 21-inch fitment offers 9.5-inch-wide wheels in front with 285s stretched over them.

5) Matrix LED Headlights

Standing on the cutting-edge of lighting technology, Porsche added matrix LED headlights to the new Cayenne. This features a large array of individually-controlled, fixed-position LEDs per headlight. When drivers use the SUV's forward camera and light sensors, the lights can selectively shut off certain bulbs to protect oncoming cars from the bright LED headlights. The system can also light certain bulbs to highlight potential dangers on the road such as animals or pedestrians.

6) Electronically-Adjustable Grille Shutters

Electrically-adjustable grille shutters are available on every 2019 Cayenne to minimize drag and enhance engine cooling. All four of the openings in the front fascia of the luxury SUV now offers active shutters. Slats will stay closed during lower speeds and open as needed when speed and engine loads increase.

7) Available in an Eco-Friendly Hybrid

Modern drivers can rejoice! The 2019 Cayenne is available in an eco-friendly hybrid option called the E-Hybrid. This green option provides the best fuel economy while packing a punch with a turbocharged 3-liter V6 engine that pushes out 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The battery pack can be easily charged through a standard 3.6-kW onboard charger or the optional 7.2-W unit. There is no longer a need to choose between a luxury SUV and a capable, environmentally-sustainable option.

8) Advanced Driver-Assistance Safety Tech

While safety isn't always the most exciting thing to talk about, it is certainly an important consideration for most drivers. The new Cayenne offers a bevy of advanced driver-assistance technology to keep drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safer. Every model offers forward-collision warning with parking sensors at both ends. Other key safety features that are available include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and an infrared camera to support night vision.

9) Expansive Infotainment

Drivers will love the standard 12.3-inch infotainment system offered on the 2019 Cayenne. This advanced system features a slick interface and a home menu that can be configured for a more personalized setup. To keep passengers entertained on long commutes and cross-country road trips, the Cayenne offers an available rear-seat entertainment system that attaches two 10-inch displays to the back of the front-seat headrests. With everyone connected and content, you can easily focus on the road ahead!

10) Classic Porsche Styling 

All of these functions and features are impressive, but let's face it. People buy a Porsche to get that timeless style that communicates something more. Always on the cutting edge of sophistication, the 2019 model is longer, lower, and broader than before. It features a wider gob, muscle-fit bodywork, and an LED lightbar between the rear lights with 3D-effect Porsche lettering. This SUV will communicate refinement and luxury while still offering the space, performance, and safety you want from an SUV.

Find Your New Porsche Cayenne in Columbus Today

The Cayenne offers that "dream car" look combined with ample performance, safety, and driver-assist features that make this a no-brainer for your next family SUV! Stop by our Porsche dealership in Columbus today to view our inventory of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne and take a test drive. Our team is ready and willing to help you explore all of your options and make a pick that will leave you driving off the lot with a smile from ear to ear.


8 Myths & Misconceptions About Buying a New Car through a Dealer

Buying a brand new car can seem like a stressful ordeal. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions swirling around about how to get the best deal and what to avoid when financing a vehicle. Here we will break down 8 of the biggest myths surrounding buying a new car along with helpful information to guide you when the time comes to head to the dealership for a new ride!

 1) You Can Get a Better Deal on a New Car on the Internet

Many times, buyers think they can find a better deal on a new car on the internet rather than heading into the dealership. Even if you see an attractive price tag for a vehicle online, it is important to remember that the lease or finance rate, trade-in price, extended warranty, and other products still need to be negotiated into the final price. It can be helpful to shop around on the internet to get a better idea about pricing and to learn more about the vehicle, but you are likely to save much more time and money by working with a trusted dealership!

2) You Will Get a Better Price If You Pay Cash

While cash can often be king, this is not necessarily true when buying a new car. Even if you do not currently have a complete cash payment ready to purchase your dream Porsche or Volkswagen, you may be able to find even more helpful incentives for your purchase if you choose to finance through the dealership. Make a financing decision that makes sense for your budget and long-term goals, not one that you think will get you a lower price on the vehicle. Save that lump of cash for a rainy day!

3) You Should Bring Your Own Financing into the Dealership

You may be encouraged to seek your own financing for a new vehicle outside of the dealership. While it can be helpful to look around for good deals, you are unlikely to find many good options outside of the dealership. They often have access to a wider array of banks and highly discounted interest rates from the manufacturer to help sell vehicles. Stay open to the options that the dealership will offer you. Chances are they will bring in the best financing deal whether you have good or bad credit.

4) You Should Buy the Car with the Lowest Price or Payment

Budget is likely a top priority when shopping for your next vehicle. Many buyers make the mistake of focusing too much on a specific number like the price, monthly payment, or interest rate. It is important to look at the complete deal to make sure you aren't paying more money in the long run. If you select a finance option with the lowest monthly payment, you may end up paying more in interest over a longer period of time. Make sure to thoroughly examine the financing and consult with a finance expert at the dealership if you want help understanding the loan.

5) You Should Wait Until the End of the Month or a Rainy Day to Buy

Most people have heard this myth. Wait until the end of the month when the dealership is trying to hit a sales target. The reality is that the dealership may have already hit their monthly target and are not in any hurry to offer more incentives.

The old idea of hitting the dealership on a rainy day in hopes that the bad weather will keep other buyers away is also untrue. Oftentimes they will be just as busy as any normal day and sometimes you will find even more buyers swarming around than normal.

Don't wait in hopes of getting a better deal on that car you have your eye on. Buy the vehicle when it makes sense for you and act quickly to make sure you get the specific model you want in your preferred trim and configurations.

6) You Should Hide Your Trade-In Value

You may have heard that you could get an even better deal at the dealership if you hide your trade-in evaluation and spring it on the salesperson after finalizing the price on the car. This can actually add hours to the amount of time you would spend at the dealership and will not likely change the amount you will ultimately receive for your trade. Make sure to do your research on the trade-in value of your current vehicle and the value of the new car beforehand, but save yourself time and effort and present it to the dealership at the start of negotiations.

7) You Can't Walk Out During Negotiations

A good automotive dealer will focus more on helping their customers and creating a positive buying experience than simply selling cars. It is a misconception that once you start negotiating, you are obliged to stay and finish the deal. You have the power to leave whenever you choose and you are free to take more time to consider your purchase if you are at all unsure about the deal.

8) The Car Buying Process Has to Be Difficult

Making big financing decisions is always bound to come with some stress and worry. Buying a car doesn't have to be as difficult as most people assume it will be. Gathering the right information from the dealer's website and other helpful online tools, choosing your budget, and working with a trusted sales team to find the perfect fit can help you get behind the wheel of your next vehicle quickly and easily.

Now that you understand 8 of the biggest myths surrounding buying a new car, you are ready to start the process! If you have any further questions about the process, give our team a call today. We are happy to walk you through the entire process to help you avoid pitfalls and feel more confident in your final decision. Visit our Columbus, Ohio dealership today to see the latest from Porsche, Audi, Subaru, and Volkswagen!


12 Simple Ways to Maintain Your Brand New Car 

Did you recently drive off the dealership lot in the Porsche, Subaru, Audi, or Volkswagen of your dreams? Chances are, you are loving that new car smell and new car feel, and you want to make that last as long as possible. Many contemporary models need less-frequent service and offer more reliability than the vehicles of yesteryear, but you will still need to do a few key things to keep it running in top shape. We are happy to outline 12 simple tasks that can make your car feel like new and last much longer.

 1)      Check the Engine Oil

It will be important for you to regularly check the engine oil for your brand new car, truck, or SUV. Check it once a month if your vehicle is in good condition and more if you are worried about leaks. Park your vehicle on level ground for an accurate dipstick reading and be sure to avoid overfilling it with oil. Make sure to get a leak fixed right away at a trusted service center as this could cause problems down the line.

2) Check the Air Pressure of the Tires

This easy maintenance task can also be done once a month or before any big road trips. Simply use an accurate tire-pressure gauge to ensure optimal inflation pressure in each tire (the pressure recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer). This is best done when the tires are cold, so do it before your daily commute or any extended driving. A regular pressure check is also a good chance to inspect the tires for any abnormal or uneven wear or any damages that would warrant a replacement.

3) Wash Your Car Regularly

It is important to wash your car at least every other week if you can. Not only will this help to keep your car looking good, but it will protect the paint and finish from various contaminants on the road. Remember to hose out the fender wells and undercarriage to remove road salt and dirt once in a while and wax the finish regularly for added protection.

4) Change the Oil & Filter

Many automakers will recommend changing the engine oil and filter every 7,500 miles or six months, but special engines like diesel or turbocharged options may need more frequent changes. Make sure to check your owner's manual for specific instructions for your model. These maintenance tasks can be done easily at the dealership's service center if you would prefer not to attempt them yourself!

5) Check the Air Filter

An easy way to check and see if you need to replace your air filter is to remove the element and hold it up to a strong light. If you cannot see light, it is time for a replacement. Check the owner's manual for instructions on how to locate and change the air filter.

6) Inspect the Exhaust System

This can be tougher to do as you will have to make an under-car inspection to check for exhaust parts that are rusted and need replacing. An easy way to approach this is to request that the service center inspect the system during your next oil change.

7) Check the Brakes & Brake Fluid

It is important to look at your brakes at least twice per year or more if you put more miles on your vehicle. Most people prefer to have an experienced technician check and service their brakes, but if you prefer to DIY make sure to completely remove the wheels and examine the brake system. Replace worn pads and linings and pay attention to the shape of the rotors and drums.

This would also be a good time to make sure you have fresh, functional brake fluid. If the fluid level is low, top it off. Make sure to have the system checked for leaks.

8) Flush & Clean the Radiator

Most people know it is important to flush your radiator based on the automaker's recommendation for your vehicle. Removing debris from the radiator is also a good idea as it can help prevent overheating. Take a soft brush and wash the outside with a detergent solution whenever necessary.

9) Check the Battery

Check the fluid level of your battery every few months and inspect the terminals and cables to ensure they are securely attached. Make sure to test the battery and if you are unsure about how to do so, schedule an appointment to have a professional do it for you.

10) Change the Automatic Transmission Fluid

It is typically recommended that you replace this fluid every 36,000 miles and the filter about every 100,000 miles. With some later models, you will never need to change your transmission fluid, so be sure to check your owner's manual for specific information for your vehicle.

11) Replace Drive Belts & Hoses

This service can be done every two or three years whether they show wear or not. A belt or hose failure could cause a number of problems including a loss of power steering, an overheated engine, and a loss of the electrical charging system. Make sure to have a belt adjusted by an experienced technician if it becomes noisy.

12) Change the Timing Belt

Failing to change the timing belt when your manufacturer recommends can result in a costly engine repair should it break. The belt should be changed about every 60-80,000 miles, but make sure to consult with the dealer for a suggested replacement interval on your specific vehicle.

While many of these things can be done quickly and easily yourself, there are a lot of maintenance requirements for vehicles that are better left to the experts. Byers Imports proudly offers exceptional service for Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Subaru vehicles in the Columbus area, whether you bought yours at our dealership or not! Schedule an appointment for needed service today and we will set you up on an easy maintenance schedule to keep your new car running optimally.


Fun Things to Do in Columbus, Ohio for the Rest of Winter

The holidays might be over, but we still have plenty of winter fun left in Columbus. It can be easy to get cabin fever during the cold snowy days, but the city offers a wide variety of events and activities both indoors and outdoors to keep us busy. Whether you are interested in playing outside, enjoying live music, experiencing more arts and culture, visiting the zoos or parks, indulging at restaurants and festivals, Columbus has something for you. Take a look at our list of some of the top things to do for the remainder of this chilly season!

Visit Columbus Metro Parks

The parks are a great place for active, outdoorsy folk to hit during the less busy winter season. They offer the chance to hike, cross-country ski or snowshoe on hundreds of miles of beautiful trails. These are often a great place to hit up with sleds after a big winter blizzard! Many of the Columbus Metro Parks offer a fun activities scheduled throughout the season with events fit for all ages such as maple syrup making, group hikes, photography events, and more.

Tour the Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory

What could be better on a chilly winter day than a tour of an actual chocolate factory? The Anthony Thomas Chocolate Factory offers tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the winter. Tour groups will have the chance to experience candy making from start to finish and will enjoy the chance to test these delectable treats!

Take a Weekend Trip to Mad River Winter Resort

Many Columbus residents enjoy taking a trip to Ohio's largest winter resort, Mad River. This resort offers 144 acres, 20 trails, 4 terrain parks, and a tubing park. Guests of all ages can ski, snowboard, relax in the ski lodge, and enjoy all that this idyllic wintertime resort has to offer. There are options for all skill levels and affordable equipment rental places available.

Go Ice Skating at Dispatch Ice Haus

Families can enjoy an afternoon of skating or they can plan a special occasion at the state-of-the-art ice rinks at the Dispatch Ice Haus. This is conveniently located next to the Nationwide Arena.

Cheer on the Local NHL Team

Sports enthusiasts can cheer on our local hockey team at a Blue Jackets game this winter. Those interested can find schedules on game times here. A hockey game makes for a great outing for the entire family, a fun date night, or a great night with friends!

See a Live Show at CAPA

Those looking to infuse a little more arts and culture into their winter season can see a show through the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). They are sure to offer something for everyone at one of their numerous theaters in the area including Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre, and Lincoln Theatre. Consult the CAPA schedule and book a ticket soon!

Catch a Flick

Going to the movies is a tried and true option when the weather is dreary. The Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse offers a variety of showings including new releases and old classics. They also offer unique events including beer tastings and cult film events.

Learn More About the History of Columbus

History buffs or those looking to find a fun and educational activity for their children may enjoy a visit to the Ohio Historical Center. This museum offers plenty of interactive adventures that touch on Ohio State history and the history of Columbus. Exhibits explore life in the 1950s, extinct and endangered species, restored Civil War flags, and much more.

Explore the Center of Science and Industry

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) makes for the perfect afternoon of learning and exploration for all ages. Some of the best exhibits to hit include the Planetarium, the American Museum of Natural History Special Exhibition Gallery, the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, and the Motion Simulator.

Visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

While the excitement of Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo is over, winter is still a great time to experience diverse animals and aquatic exhibits with discounted seasonal admission prices. Many animals, like polar bears, are more active during the cold season. The zoo also offers heated indoor exhibits and the chance to warm up with hot chocolate or a tasty treat.

Learn New Skills at a Cooking Class

Winter could provide a great opportunity to hone a new skill. The Seasoned Farmhouse offers cooking classes that offer a unique and fun thing to do with friends or loved ones and the chance to learn vital skills while you are at it.

See Your Favorite Pieces at the Columbus Museum of Art

Another interesting indoor activity to do in Columbus is planning a visit to the Columbus Museum of Art to experience popular pieces and to discover new pieces coming on display soon. Find out ticket information and more on their website.

Go Stargazing at Perkins Observatory

Those that want to stay warm indoors while enjoying stunning views can head to the Perkins Observatory to observe specific astronomical events, join in various scientific programs, or simply enjoy seeing the stars with friends and loved ones.

Roll the Dice at the Hollywood Casino

The Hollywood Casino is a great place for fun this winter with plenty of games, dining options, and other entertainment options. This casino is the place to go for those that want to try their luck and win big!

Find a New Favorite Wine or Make Your Own

Camelot Cellars offers the chance to gather friends or family to go wine tasting and take a tour of the winery. Visitors can even try making a new favorite wine of their own with the winery offering the chance to make, bottle, and take home wine with a customized label.

These are just some of the many wonderful activities offered throughout Columbus during the cold season. Start planning out the rest of your winter fun and stop by our dealership in Columbus if you are in need of a new ride to reliably carry you onto your next adventure!


 

A Complete Guide to Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle in Columbus, Ohio

Car buyers in the Columbus area are increasingly looking for a way to save more on their next auto purchase. One way to get a like-new car, truck, or SUV at a discount is to opt for a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) option from our extensive inventory of Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, Subaru, and more from other top manufacturers. Interested drivers can take a look at the Byers Imports complete guide to buying CPO. Below we outline some of the top reasons this might be right for certain drivers and how to navigate the buying process with our team of friendly automotive experts.

Top 6 Reasons to Buy a Certified Used Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, or Subaru

  • Vehicles in the Best Condition Qualify to be CPO

One major benefit of choosing a CPO vehicle is that only the highest quality used vehicles are accepted into programs. This typically includes later-model, low-mileage vehicles with clean vehicle history reports. Drivers that want to save on their next vehicle without compromising quality will want to consider this option.

  • Vehicles Undergo Extensive Inspections & Reconditioning

Our dealership will thoroughly examine each vehicle to make sure it meets the program standards of each automotive manufacturer. Typically, a CPO vehicle will undergo over 100 individual item checks and may see reconditioning or replacements before it goes on sale as a certified option. This saves the worry of buying a used car without knowing exactly what condition it is in.

  • Vehicles Offer an Extended Warranty Protection

CPO programs will often extend the original basic and the original powertrain warranty on a vehicle that qualifies. Drivers interested in saving on a like-new vehicle and still enjoying the benefits of a solid warranty will enjoy this feature of the CPO program. Interested buyers should look at the specifics of the automaker's program warranty or speak to our dealership team for more information.

  • Vehicles Provide Free Roadside Assistance

Many certified programs include free 24-hour roadside assistance through the extended basic warranty coverage. This is a great benefit in case drivers find themselves running out of gas, locked out of their vehicle, needing a quick jump-start, or other basic services.

  • Vehicles with Low-Interest Financing

While certified used vehicles are typically more expensive than similar models that are not certified, they can qualify for lower finance rates. These would typically be equal to the types of loans offered on new vehicles. This financing option lowers the monthly payment and further assists drivers and families on a budget. Those interested in saving more can discuss their options thoroughly with our team of finance experts.

  • Vehicles with Maintenance Deals

Certain CPO programs include free maintenance for a set period of time and/or mileage. This typically goes towards oil changes, tire rotations, vehicle inspections, and more required maintenance according to the manufacturer's recommended intervals.

Customers should take a look at the specifics of each Certified Pre-Owned vehicle to determine if it suits their driving needs and budget. CPO vehicles are an excellent option for many young professionals, families, retirees, and any driver looking to get a like-new vehicle at a used car price!

Tips for Buying a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

Buying a certified used car, truck, or SUV will be similar to buying a new car. There are a few things drivers should keep in mind as they begin the CPO buying process. Shopping for the right certified vehicle is easy with the help of our extensive online inventory. Drivers can also simply head into our dealership in Columbus and ask a sales professional to help them navigate the current CPO inventory.

It is important that buyers test drive and visually inspect any car they are seriously considering. Although vehicles in the CPO program come in great condition, they are still used cars and are bound to have some slight wear and tear. Drivers should inspect the vehicle for dings, dents, scratches, and interior wear. The benefit of going certified is that prospective buyers shouldn't have to worry about deeper inspections as certified vehicles have already undergone extensive inspections by a trained technician.

Customers should take the time to work with our dealership team to understand the warranty on the vehicle they are interested in. Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru all have different CPO programs, so it is important to be clear on exactly how long the specific vehicle's warranty coverage will last as this might affect a final decision between similar cars that offer different levels of coverage.

For added peace of mind, customers can ask to see the inspection report on their chosen vehicle. The report will show exactly which features have been examined and often what condition those features are currently in. Oftentimes, a vehicle history report will be included in the CPO program so that drivers know exactly what their vehicle has been through. Customers can request any of these documents from our dealership team.

Any drivers interested in buying a CPO vehicle from our dealership in Columbus can rely on our team of dedicated professionals to walk them through the entire car-buying process. We are committed to helping our customers get behind the wheel of the right vehicle at the right price.

Find Your Next Car, Truck, or SUV at Our Columbus Dealership

Are you ready to take the plunge and purchase a CPO vehicle? Contact our dealership today to learn more about if these vehicles might be right for you and to get assistance navigating the entire car buying process from start to finish. We carry a myriad of popular models from Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Subaru in recent model years, including some the following:

  • Audi A3
  • Audi A4
  • Audi Q5
  • Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Porsche Boxster Spyder
  • Porsche Macan
  • Subaru Ascent
  • Subaru Crosstrek
  • Subaru Outback
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volkswagen Passat

Interested drivers can take a moment to begin browsing our extensive online inventory of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles now. We look forward to helping you drive home in the (affordable) car of your dreams, so contact our dealership today!

9 Can't Miss Festivals and Events Around Ohio this March

March in Ohio brings more mild weather and the chance to enjoy the various concerts, sporting events, and festivals offered at the start of spring. If you are looking for something fun to do on your next rainy day in Columbus or for an exciting weekend getaway around Ohio, check out our list of can't miss events and festivals!

Ice Wine Festival - Grand River

The Ice Wine Festival at Grand River Valley Wine Region takes place the first three Saturdays in March and allows patrons to visit each participating winery to sample Ice Wine and complimentary appetizers. Many of these wineries will also include ice carving, jewelry shows, dog sleddings, and more featured events. Participating wineries include Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards. Pricing is approximately $6 at each winery and includes the wine samples, glass of ice wine, appetizer, and special event.

Arnold Sports Festival - Columbus

Happening right here in Columbus, the Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the world. 20,000 athletes from 80 nations will compete in 70 sports at the Columbus Convention Center and the Ohio Expo Center from March 5 - 8, 2020. This event is co-promoted by legendary bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and offers the chance to witness some of the most talented aspiring athletes in the world battle it out. Buy tickets online today!

Maple Madness Driving Tour - Throughout Ohio

The Ohio Maple Madness Driving Tour is a free activity option that takes place on March 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th this year. Sugarhouses across Ohio will open their doors to visitors hoping to see how pure maple syrup is made by large, commercial operations and small, backyard ventures alike. This is a great option for the whole family to witness the beautiful countryside of Ohio and enjoy some sweet treats along the way. Keep in mind that some Amish sugarhouses will not be open on Saturdays. This tour includes plenty of stops all the way from Columbus to Cleveland.

Old Town Trade Fair - Xenia

The Old Town Trade Fair in Xenia offers the chance to enjoy living history. Dealers and demonstrators will be making and selling their wares dressed in period clothing from the 1700s through the 1890s. Come see how the founding fathers lived and enjoy demonstrations of early American crafts such as pottery, blacksmithing, silversmith, finished clothing, wooden products, leather, and more.  Door prizes will be given away each hour. This fair will take place on March 7th and 8th at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The cost of admissions is $4/adult and free for children younger than 12.

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Dublin

What better place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Ohio than Dublin, Ohio? The Dublin St. Patrick's Day Parade is a free event through the historic downtown area on March 14th, 2020. The day will begin with the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast prior to the parade with marching bands, clowns, floats, and giant balloons. Guests can frequent the many Dublin establishments for Irish entertainment and special fare after the parade. Gather the entire family or a group of friends to dress up and celebrate this holiday in style!

Cabin Fever Arts Festival - Hillsboro

Many find themselves getting Cabin Fever around this time of year and the Hillsboro Cabin Fever Arts Festival might be the cure. This event takes place at the Southern State Community College Central Campus on March 21st. The festival is completely free, making it the perfect event for any individual or family looking to get out of the house without spending a lot of money. The festival includes fine arts and crafts such as stained glass, wood furniture, baskets, ceramics, lavender gifts, and more creative pieces from over 45 artists.

There will also be a similar Cabin Fever Festival in Ashland, so learn more details about this option here!

Hinckley Buzzard Sunday - Hinckley

This year's annual Hinckley Buzzard Sunday will take place on March 15th from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes an early bird hike, skits, songs, stories, displays, crafts, and more. This rite of Spring started in 1957 when thousands of visitors flocked to the township to see the buzzards return from their winter hiatus. This is the perfect historical and fun outdoorsy event for the family this March.

A Night at Heritage Hall - Marion

Heritage Hall in Marion, Ohio will host A Night at Heritage Hall on March 20th and 21st. The two evenings will be filled with fun including self-guided flashlight tours through the historic museum with unique surprises around each corner. Groups will have the chance to meet Civil War soldiers, Native Americans, pioneers, Presidents, Quaker conductors of the Underground Railroad, and more characters from the past. This event was inspired by the movie "A Night at the Museum" where a night watchman discovers that all of the exhibits at the Museum of Natural History come to life after the sunsets.

Register our family or group by sending a check or money order to NAHH Heritage Hall, 169 East Church Street, Marion OH 43302 or purchase tickets online. Tickets are $7/person in advance and $8/person at the door. Contact The Marion County Historical Society for more information.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival - Wilmington

The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival takes place on March 27th and the 28th and includes bluegrass and acoustic music at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington, Ohio. Admissions to the festival range from $35-75 for adults and children under 16 can get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Visit the website to buy tickets and view a list of performing acts and the schedule of events.

Byers Imports is your source for a selection of new or used Volkswagen, Subaru, Porsche, or Audi vehicles in Columbus. We also have excellent service centers to keep your car running smoothly as you enjoy all that Ohio has to offer this March!


8 Things to do for Your Vehicle Before Spring

As warmer weather signals the approach of spring in Columbus, it is time to get your vehicle ready for the next season. Some simple preventative maintenance and care items would save you from seeing costly repairs down the road. A bonus of many of these steps is that a lot of this work can be done yourself and they won't take up too much of the time you would rather spend enjoying the warmer weather. Follow this checklist of eight simple steps provided by our dealership's automotive experts!

Check Your Tires

Harsh winters in Ohio can lead to more potholes that cause tires to wear unevenly. Cold weather can also mess with tire pressure, so drivers should be sure to check their levels and inflate them to correct levels according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Now is also a good time to check the tread to see if tires need to be replaced.

Drivers should have their tires evaluated and might want to consider getting a wheel alignment to extend the life of the tires, reducing vibration and road noise. A rotation will also ensure the tires are wearing evenly. If drivers are unsure about the condition of their tires, they can set up an appointment at our Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen, and Subaru service centers.

Swap Out Winter Tires

If you rotate between winter tires and summer or all-season tires, now is the time to start swapping out the winter set. This project can be done by yourself, or you can enlist the help of a certified technician. Make sure you choose manufacturer-recommended tires for your specific model.

Inspect Your Brakes

The end of winter is a perfect time to inspect your brakes as road salt and other contaminants can take a toll on components of the brake system. Drivers should make sure to check the brakes, lines, and hoses during a seasonal tire rotation. Properly cleaned and lubricated brake parts can help prevent premature wear, keeping you and your passengers safer on the road.

To visually check your brake pads yourself, check the spaces between the wheel's spoke. There should be at least ¼ inch of pad. If it is worn down, it might be time to have them inspected and replaced.

Check Fluids & Schedule an Oil Change

While getting other parts of your vehicle inspected and fixed up for spring, you should also change your oil if it is due. Extreme cold temperatures can take their toll on the life of engine oil, so it is a good idea to check the dipstick to see if it is running low.

While getting your vehicle serviced, you can also have other fluids checked and topped off such as power steering, brake, transmission, and engine coolant. Windshield wiper fluid should be checked frequently as it empties quickly throughout the winter.

Check Your Suspension

Winter driving can affect the shock, struts, and other suspension components of your vehicle. You have probably already felt the effects of various potholes and uneven surfaces over the past few months. One of these easiest ways to tell if the suspension is off is to pay attention if your ride begins to feel rougher. This may include bumps, shakes, and audible squeaks.

You can also schedule an appointment at the dealership to get your alignment and suspension checked for signs of leaks and damage.

Replace Wiper Blades

Wiper blades need to be replaced every six months to a year. Drivers that are starting to see streaks on their windshield or even those that haven't thought about changing their wipers since last winter should take this opportunity to replace them with quality new ones. This is an easy DIY step that will make a big difference with the approaching spring and summer showers.

Check Your Battery

The battery on your vehicle can drain easier since it has to work harder during the winter months. If you suspect the battery life is low, check the date it was installed and visit a parts retailer to get it checked or to get a new one. Some drivers could test their battery from their own driveway with a virtual battery test for convenience. Often times battery inspections are a free service at auto parts stores!

Clean It Up

Winter in Columbus means dealing with slush, snow, and various road treatments that can be harmful to your vehicle. While many people think about tending to their home for some spring cleaning, your car should be included! Start spring fresh by thoroughly cleaning the inside and outside of your vehicle. You may want to fork out a little more money to get it detailed to remove residue and eliminate any unpleasant odors. The undercarriage of the vehicle and the bottom of the car doors should get extra attention as grime, salt, and corrosion can find a foothold in these places. Remember to remove your floor mats, treat your upholstery, and empty out your winter emergency gear box.

Schedule an Appointment for Maintenance & Repairs in Columbus

Many of these items on our checklist can be done by drivers during a warm weekend afternoon. If you are unsure about performing any of these tasks or would like to take your vehicle into the dealership for further inspection and more complicated maintenance items or repairs, set up an appointment with us today! Our team of certified Volkswagen, Porsche, Subaru, and Audi service professionals can handle all of these crucial tasks for you to get your car, truck, or SUV ready for spring in Columbus including:

  • Oil Change
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Wiper Replacement
  • Tire Rotation, Alignment, & Balancing
  • Brakes
  • Heat & A/C
  • Batteries
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Check Engine Warning Lights
  • Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance

We also offer a variety of money-saving options including service coupons and specials on parts and service. Schedule a service appointment with Byers Garage now!

Byers Imports is your source for the best selection of new and used vehicles, high-quality service, and affordable financing incentives. Visit our family-owned dealership from Westerville, Upper Arlington, Gahanna, and the surrounding areas!