Independent Motors’ founder and owner Bill Bender has been a Toyota expert since long before the company became a household name in Boulder. Bill was a lead technician at a Toyota dealership in Connecticut in 1976, just as demand for fuel-efficient imports began to take off.
He started his own business (originally called Independent Datsun) in 1983 and opened the Toyota division in 1985. That means Independent Motors is one of Boulder’s oldest repair shop specializing in Toyotas. (The local Toyota dealership has changed owners more than a few times these past 30 years.) We bring an unbeatable combo of more than 225 years of collective automotive hands-on experience in maintenance and repair plus an arsenal of diagnostic tools to make sure your Toyota performs safely and reliably.
We like Toyotas so much that many of our employees own and drive them, including Bill, who has owned a Prius since 2006. If you use our shuttle service, you may get a ride in his, because Bill often drives the shuttle so he can get to know customers—and get out of the office!
Toyota’s Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid electric vehicle, and is the top-selling hybrid in the U.S. Needless to say, it’s very popular in a city as environmentally conscious as Boulder.
Today, Toyota makes some of America’s best-selling vehicles. Data from the spring of 2014 show the Camry as America’s #1 car, the Corolla/Matrix as the #3 best-seller, and the Prius as the #17 best-seller. It should also be noted that the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car on the planet.
That’s all great news for Independent Motors, because in 2015 we celebrated our 30th year servicing and repairing Toyotas. This includes the Toyota Avalon, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota RAV4, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Land Cruiser, and many more.
As experienced Toyota technicians, we are also very familiar with, and work on, their luxury brand, Lexus, and their youth market brand, Scion.
We keep up with the latest technology and have the same factory scan tools used at dealerships, so we can diagnose whatever trouble your vehicle might have. With our long experience, we know when to replace parts with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, and when we can save you money by finding an equally durable aftermarket part.
Common Toyota Repairs
Toyotas are famous for their reliability, but as with most mechanical systems, sooner or later a component is bound to wear out. We find that Toyotas often need repairs to their:
- Water pumps
- Steering rack bushings and steering rack assemblies
- Struts and shocks
If your Toyota is having these troubles, that’s not uncommon, and we’ll diagnose and repair the problem and get you back on the road.
You may want a new car long before your Toyota is ready for the junkyard—several of our customers have more than 350,000 miles on their Toyotas!