2016 Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, Arkansas - Rath Auto Resources

Call 479-303-7284 for information on this 2016 Toyota RAV4 LE

Location: 3358 S Thompson Springdale, AR 72764 (corner of Don Tyson and S Thompson)

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Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale Arkansas Rath Auto Resources
Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, AR Rath Auto Resources
Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, AR Rath Auto Resources
Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, AR Rath Auto Resources
Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, AR Rath Auto Resources
Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, AR Rath Auto Resources
Toyota RAV4 LE Springdale, AR Rath Auto Resources
  • MECHANICAL
    • 3.815 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,485 lbs
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • 900# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.9 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
  • EXTERIOR
    • Wheels: 17" x 6.5J -inc: caps
    • Tires: P225/65R17H AS Wide Vent
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Body-Colored Grille w/Chrome Accents
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • Laminated Glass
  • ENTERTAINMENT
    • Radio: Entune AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA Playback w/6 Spkers -inc: 6.1" touch-screen w/integrated back-up camera display, auxiliary audio jack, USB port w/iPod connectivity and control, vehicle information w/customizable settings, hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
  • INTERIOR
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver and 4-way adjustable passenger seats, 60/40 split, reclining, fold-flat second-row seats w/height-adjustable headrests and center armrest
    • Split-Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Fabric Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • SAFETY
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver Knee Airbag and Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Springdale, Arkansas' Newest Used Car Dealership - Rath Auto Resources

As many of you know by now, Rath Auto Resources expanded to Northwest Arkansas this summer. David Rath, son of Larry Rath (owner), has been a long-time resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas. For six years, David was a part of the Fort Smith location with varying positions from sales, finance manager and general sales manager. 

David has since filled his position at the Fort Smith location with a new General Sales Manager, Rob Stevenson and David is now operating the Springdale, Arkansas location. This Springdale dealership features the same setup as the Fort Smith store housing a world-class Meineke Car Care Center, referral program, "Choose a Charity" program, our "Friends and Family" oil change program, over 90+ quality vehicles to choose from, and a non-commission based sales team to service our customers.

As with the Fort Smith store, the Springdale location has replicated the "Choose a Charity" program! We are so excited and proud to be connected with three amazing charities based out of Northwest Arkansas. With every vehicle sold, the customer will have the opportunity to choose one of the three charities of their choice. At the end of the month, the votes are then calculated and we make a donation on the customers behalf and deliver the donation checks each month! Our NWA location has partnered with Children's Safety Center, Humane Society of the Ozarks and Saving Grace NWA

Rath Auto Resources Springdale Charity

 

Although it has only been 90 days, there have been many milestones achieved in our personal and professional lives at Rath Auto Resources NWA! The biggest news to share with everyone is David Rath and his wife, Kala, are expecting twin girls to arrive early in 2018! We would love to share with you some of our biggest moments!

 

Rath Auto Resources Springdale Arkansas

David and Kala have received such an outpouring of love from their friends, family and even the people they work with. This adorable gift basket was given to them by Jimmy Allen of Genesis AMI

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David Rath turned 30 years old! 

David Rath 30th birthday Rath Auto Resources

Lot's of happy customers have joined the Rath Auto Resources family already! 

Rath Auto Resources Springdale Customer Review

We had a fantastic Grand Opening Celebration!

Rath Auto Resources Grand Opening Springdale Arkasnas

Take a look around at the new location!

Rath Auto Resources Springdale Arkansas Used Car Dealership
Meineke Car Care Center Springdale Arkansas
Meineke Car Care Center Springdale Arkansas
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River Valley Regional Food Bank Summer Essentials

River Valley Regional Food Bank Summer Essentials

Rath Auto Resources has worked closely with the River Valley Regional Food Bank for the past few years. With every car sold, we allow our customers to choose one of five pre-selected local charities of their choice. One of the options available to them is the River Valley Regional Food Bank. At the end of month, we tally up the votes and make donations on their behalf. We love the food bank and we know how vital their cause is to our neighbors and community as a whole.

           Summer time…a time most people are excited for.  It is the gateway that sets the platform for family barbecues, picnics in the park, or an afternoon hiking adventure.  However, for many children here in the River Valley, summer break is not a time of fun with friends and family.  With no school lunch program to rely on, summer just means three months without consistent meals.  It means hunger.  This is a crucial time, when children and families are struggling with hunger in our community and face the summer months of wondering where their next meal will come from.   

            Now is the time to come together to get the word out about the River Valley Regional Food Bank, secure donations, and obtain volunteers to make the summer months a time of fun with friends and family.  With the various donations we receive and the wonderful volunteers who jump in and lend a helping hand, children and families in our community have a place to go where they can receive healthy, nutritious meals.  They can put food on their tables throughout the summer.  Your support makes it possible for many local programs and organizations like that of the River Valley Regional Food Bank to help even more hungry individuals and families this summer.  With that being said, now is a critical time for us to come together and get the word out. 

Here at the Food Bank, we distribute food to food pantries.  We have 184 active pantries in our 8 counties.  The food pantries then distribute the food to the families.  It is estimated that 62,000 families are served.  Fort Smith currently feeds children in 19 different schools.  I have placed a call to the school board to see if I can get an estimated number of children served.  Last year, we distributed a little over 7 million pounds of food to our community and we are hoping to increase that this year.  $1 feeds 5 people a meal!!  It is amazing how it works, but I am so very grateful! 

The food bank serves eight counties in West Central Arkansas, where just over 305,000 people reside. We source the most nutritious foods we can find and provide that food to about 62,000 people in the area.  A total of 196 member agencies create a far reaching network of food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, churches and nonprofit groups that get food to people in need of assistance.

They are a member of Feeding America, a national organization supporting more than 200 food banks across the country. They are also a member of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.  As a community partner of the United Way of Fort Smith Area, they support our other UW partners in any way we can.

The Food Bank is always in need of individuals, families, groups or organizations, church missions and businesses looking to serve the community in a meaningful way.  Should you wish to volunteer, Call Tracy Engel at 479/785-0582 for more information. 


See their latest Network Fact Sheet

Items requested for donation

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned goods
  • Dry goods
  • Bottled water

We Surprised a Northside High School Teacher Today!

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day! If you saw our last blog post, you noticed that Mrs. Courtney Hardcastle helped us come up with a list of things that teachers actually want as teacher gifts! Well, we decided to surprise her with the things from her list today! 

"I have been a math teacher at Northside for 7 years. I have lived in Fort Smith all my life, except for my college years at Arkansas Tech in Russellville. I graduated from Southside and knew that I would want to come back and teach in Fort Smith. There are so many things I love about Northside: my great co-workers, my awesome students, and the general spirit of Northside. My students are full of personality. They are funny, witty, smart, and caring. There is never a dull moment with them!

Northside Highschool Math Teacher Appreciation Surprise
Northside Highschool Math Teacher Appreciation Surprise
Northside Highschool Math Teacher Appreciation Surprise

5 Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Day Written by a Teacher

We decided to reach out and ask a local high school teacher what teachers really want for teacher appreciation day! As amazing as these gifts are, we think that teachers should be celebrated every day of the year. So if you missed teacher appreciation day this year, don't worry! I'm sure they won't mind a belated gift just to let you know that you are thankful for their role in your children's life and future! 

gift ideas for teachers
  1. Classroom supplies - We buy things throughout the year for our classroom out of our own pockets. It would be great to re-stock at the end of the year! 

    Ideas for classroom supplies: Kleenex, pencils, pens, markers, paper clips, folders, post-it notes, small pencil sharpeners, tape, staplers, binders. Its all even better if it is cute or themed! For example: Eiffle Tower shaped scissors for the French teacher, or math-themed pencils.

  2. Treats - snacks or drinks to brighten our day!
  3. Pampering - gift cards for a manicure, pedicure or massage so we can relax!
  4. Meals - gift cards for meals out so we can enjoy a relaxing evening!
  5. Notes - handwritten notes or letters from students (even from high-schoolers!), parents or community members can go a long way in brightening a teachers day!
  6. A new car from Rath Auto Resources ;)

So there you have it! A list of gifts for teachers by a teacher!

I would like to introduce our guest contributor and teacher, Mrs. Courtney Hardcastle, "I have been a math teacher at Northside for 7 years. I have lived in Fort Smith all my life, except for my college years at Arkansas Tech in Russellville. I graduated from Southside and knew that I would want to come back and teach in Fort Smith. There are so many things I love about Northside: my great co-workers, my awesome students, and the general spirit of Northside. My students are full of personality. They are funny, witty, smart, and caring. There is never a dull moment with them!

Grading Papers Box for Teachers
Math sign for highschool teacher
Classroom Christmas tree with an ornament for each student!

Classroom Christmas tree with an ornament for each student!

 

 

History of Towson Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Towson Avenue Fort Smith Arkansas

Anyone who has spent much time at all in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area knows that there is a lot of history. One of the most well known historical sites is Judge Parker's hanging gallows. However, there is also a rich history of the Civil War as well. 

In the summer of 1864, Fort Smith, Arkansas was a critical geographic region where the Confederate troops met the Union soldiers. There was a big decision that had to be made...The Confederate General Douglas Cooper could storm the fortifications of Fort Smith or he could attempt a powerful demonstration against them. However, there was a major dilemma for soldiers and civilians at this time - a shortage of supplies and food.  General Cooper decided to he hoped to attract isolated Federal units outside the town's defenses, to gather horses and beef cattle being grazed on the prairies around Fort Smith, and to create a defense behind which pro-Confederate families in the area could vacate the region.

General Darby Cooper Fort Smith Arkansas

In order to successfully carryout this defensive plan, four other parties were involved and posted up for support.  Defense one was located where what we call today, Fianna Hills. Defense two was located with their back up against the Poteau River. These two parties combined, would be able to create a distraction These men would be able to create a distraction by firing into the main garrison. Cooper would then move the main body of his military forward in two columns up what we call Towson Avenue (formerly called Fort Towson). 

With the help of Brigadier General Stand Watie (the only Native American to claim the rank of general in the service of the Confederacy), when nightfall came,, all forces were put in place by July 30, 1864. With daybreak the next morning, the Battle of Fort Smith began. 

General Watie, meanwhile led his columns forward through the parallel down Fort Towson
and State Line roads, taking over a Union outpost several miles outside of town and driving up quickly to within view of the earthworks of Battery or Fort Number Four. This fort stood between what we now know as Towson and Wheeler Avenues along Dodson Avenue.

Brigadier General Stand Watie

 

It wasn't long before the Union began to fight back. Marching forward they created a line of
battle between Towson and Wheeler Avenues and formed up a battery of more substantial
artillery that quickly suppressed the fire of Cooper's guns.

This exactly what Cooper wanted...and he got it. Now that the Union fell for his plan, Cooper ordered his men to disengage.  They did so casually, leaving Native American snipers hidden in the brush to engage any Union troops audacious enough to move forward from their battle line. The tactic worked and the Confederates easily ended their attack and withdrew from the battlefield but not without taking $130,000 worth of Union arms and supplies.

Rath Auto Trivia - Fort Smith, Arkansas Dealership

Lincoln Town Car Trivia

Did you know, the Lincoln Town car is the last US luxury car to still use body-on-frame construction, as opposed to a unibody frame, which allows it to be easily lengthened, explaining the car’s full domination of the limousine market.  (find out more info from the source here)

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Brake Services | Brake Repair Fort Smith, Arkansas

As you can probably imagine, properly functioning brakes are vital to the safety of yourself and your passengers big and small.

Fort Smith Brakes

When to Come in for Brake Service:

If you start notice a squeaking sound coming from your brakes, it's a good idea to bring them in to get them checked out. This is an audible indicator you need new brake pads.  Chances are you are close to needing new brake pads or you already are in need. 

If you hear a grinding noise or a sort of growling sound coming from your brakes when you start stopping, your brakes are likely beyond repair and will need replacing. We highly recommend that you do not wait to this point for repair. However, if you find yourself in this position, please visit a certified technician immediately. 

If your brakes become "soft" or your vehicle doesn't stop as effectively when you apply the brakes, you should bring your vehicle in immediately. 

If your vehicle pulls to the left or the right when stopping, your brake linings are likely wearing unevenly and this will need to be addressed and resolved. 

Understanding Brake Parts : Brakes and Rotors and Brake Pads 

One thing you can do as a vehicle owner is better understand the different moving parts that make up your brake system. When you press your brake pedal the brake pads create friction; in turn, the brake rotor disperses heat throughout the vehicle to keep the brakes themselves from overheating. Both are essential to the proper functioning of your braking system.

Brake Service: Replacing Your Brake Pads

Brake Service: Replacing Your Brake Pads

Brake pad replacement is the most common repair job for automotive brake systems. The reason is simple: brakes are designed to wear out. The pads rub on the brake disk to stop your car, so worn pads are the first part to check if you are experiencing any braking problems.

Assuming that you have the proper tools, the two most difficult aspects of brake pad replacement are the heavy weight of the caliper and the pistons. Without proper tools, adjusting the piston and calipers to fit over the new, thicker pads can be very difficult.

Since brake pads are only one possible problem with a brake system, there are other items to check as well. If the pads are worn thin or are cracked from heat during use, pad replacement may be necessary and the system should be inspected.

Current Brake Service

All brake repairs and brake shops are not the same. At Meineke, we know cost-effective solutions are just as important as stellar service.

Visit our store at 4515 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72701. 

Exhaust System Repair & Muffler Service in Fort Smith, AR 72901

What is the importance of a properly functioning exhaust system?

If your exhaust system isn't functioning correctly, like for instance if you have a clogged or fowled out catalytic converter, your car won't perform properly and you're gas mileage will suffer. 

Then there are the obvious things like your emissions (exhaust fumes) being too high, which in some states will cause issues with vehicle inspections, and noise level, which can cause problems with neighbors and cops.

What are the warning signs of a bad muffler?

  1. Bad Smell - When you muffler is doing it's job, it takes the exhaust from your car and pushes it to the  back. If you are noticing a bad smell while driving, this is a serious issue for your car and your health. This is likely due to your muffler not doing it's job and carrying the exhaust out the back so the fumes are getting into your car. If you notice, a smell while driving please visit our store immediately. 
  2. Loud Noises - If your muffler is working properly, your car should have a quiet/average volume coming out the back. However, if your muffler isn't properly functioning, your exhaust will become much louder than normal. You and everyone else driving on the road included will know your muffler is underperforming or broken all together. 
  3. Lower MPG - Pay attention to your gas mileage. If you seem to be getting less-than-normal miles per gallon, it could be related to your muffler. 

What are the benefits of an after market exhaust system?

  1. More power - While choosing an aftermarket exhaust system isn't the go-to performance boost such as getting a turbo charger or fully upgrading your engine, you can squeeze a few more horsepower into your overall performance goal by modifying it. Higher-end after market exhausts allow you to reduce your back pressure, which will give you your end goal of increased horse power. 
  2. Better sound - If you are a car enthusiast, like myself, the sound and the overall tone of the car is important. Every exhaust has a different tone. Although it takes a well-tuned ear to able to pick up on them closely, you can seek out the exact tone to your taste. 
  3. Customize your system - There are multiple variations you can select once you decide to customize your exhaust. You can choose from a cat-back, a header back or an axle-back system. 
  4. Improved Fuel Economy -  As you have probably picked up on this by now, a better performing exhaust system equals better fuel economy. 

Where can I go for a new performance exhaust system?

Our Meineke Car Care Center right here in Fort Smith, Arkansas of course! We offer exhaust system repair and muffler services right here in our shop! You can book your appointment online by visiting this link here or visit us at 4515 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901 . You can also call us at (479) 274-8684 . 

Hours: 

  • M-F 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • SAT 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SUN Closed

Oil Change - Fort Smith, AR Meineke Car Care Center at Rath Auto

Did you know that Rath Auto Resources is the only independent dealer in the area with a full service shop. Not only do we have that, our Meineke Car Care Center has been ranked the #2 in the nation! People have been trusting their vehicle with our service department for years.

I recently took my car to Meineke / Rath Auto for new tires and had (not surprisingly) another great experience. My Husband and I purchased both our vehicles from Rath Auto and I have taken my car to Meineke for oil changes and general maintenance ever since I bought it. We have always been impressed with the service we have received. This is my first time to purchase tires from Meineke and I should not have been surprised that they offer very competitive prices for tires. I got my quote from Meineke and called around to several other places before making a decision. They offered the best price for the tires I was looking for so I made an appointment. Jon was so helpful and got me in very quickly. The tires I was originally interested in were not available when I came in but Jon and Phillip recommended a different set with even better warranties that I am absolutely thrilled with. I really appreciate the consistently great service from Meineke / Rath Auto. I have been doing business with them for almost three years now and no complaints yet... Thanks again for another great experience!
— Myla Hendrix

Oil Changes

Getting regular oil changes is a vital (and inexpensive) way to maintain your vehicle. Unfortunately, if you neglect this part of your routine maintenance, your vehicles health can dramatically decline putting you and your family in danger and out of a lot of money. Because your engine is made up of many moving parts, it's important that those parts stay lubricated so that they can do their jobs.  So why do you need oil changes so frequently? As the oil does its job, it gets contaminated with dust, debris and other things from inside the vehicle and the environment. Luckily, here at Meieneke Car Care Center, we offer oil changes to meet anyones needs.

"We want to make sure your vehicle receives the right kind of oil change at the right price. Our technicians will recommend the best type of oil for your car's individual needs to keep the engine working at its best. Meineke is proud to also offer 4 months of complimentary Roadside Assistance with the purchase of all oil change packages!"

"Our certified technicians will consider the make, model, condition and mileage of your car before recommending the necessary oil change. We offer synthetic blend, high mileage or full synthetic oil change packages that are recommended based on your car’s individual needs. All oil change packages include 4 months of complimentary Roadside Assistance, a tire pressure check, fluid top off, tire rotation, visual brake check, standard oil filter and our 23-point inspection."