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How Your Eyesight Can Threaten Your Car Insurance Coverage

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How Your Eyesight Can Threaten Your Car Insurance Coverage

Posted on 29 June 2011 by admin


Eye Care

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You may not think about it much, but your eyes play a very important role in your daily life.  Some people have regular eye exams to keep their eyes in the best condition, but others take their eyesight for granted, and put off taking care of their eyes.  While you may not notice it right away, your eyesight can deteriorate gradually over time, making it difficult to see objects that you used to be able to see with ease.  Not only does bad eye sight affect your life, but it can also play a significant role on what insurance will cover if you are in an accident.


How Eye Sight Affects Your Insurance

While insurance is there to cover your losses, there is a chance that your insurance will not pay for anything if the accident was your fault and your eyesight was compromised.  The reason insurance companies can do this is because the accident could be attributed to negligence, meaning that you are at fault because you neglected to have your eyes examined.  Not seeing an object is one of the most common contributors to accidents and insurance companies will refer to your exams to see if your vision was compromised.

Your eyesight can determine your insurance rates as well.  Even if you have not been in an accident, you may be paying more simply because you have not had an eye exam for some time, which makes you a greater liability when compared to other drivers.  Saving some money by skipping exams could actually be costing you more in other places.  Remember that your eye sight is constantly changing and can lead to further deterioration as years pass.  Some companies won’t even cover you if you have not had a recent exam, so be aware when shopping around.

Keep Yourself Covered

The easiest way to keep your coverage costs low and ensure that your insurance is there when you need it is to take regular eye exams.  Not only will the exams allow you to keep track of your eye sight so it is the best it can be, it will also give you the peace of mind that you will be insured if you are involved in an accident.  Take note that the specifics of how often you need to take an exam will depend on whether you wear glasses or contacts, so call your insurance provider to get the details.

You may think that you are saving some money by not having your eyes checked regularly, but you may end up paying much more for it later on down the road.  Having regular eye exams could potentially lower your monthly costs and keep you from getting into an accident in the first place, so put aside some time to take care of your eyes.  Your eyes will thank you for it.

Sara Roberts writes for Just Eyewear, a discount eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses.

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VEHICULATE – Conversations About Exotic Cars and the Owners that Love Them – Part 1 of 4

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VEHICULATE – Conversations About Exotic Cars and the Owners that Love Them – Part 1 of 4

Posted on 28 June 2011 by admin

By Nolan Milojevich – Marketing Specialist for Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo

While the Tonkin Family of Dealerships is well known for selling Hondas, Chevys, Acuras, and many more fine automobiles, it’s less well known that we also offer exotic vehicles like Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, soon-to-be Fisker, as well as Italian motorcycles at Motocorsa.

This will be the first in a continuing series where I’ll focus on some of the more extraordinary forms of transportation we sell and service and the eclectic mix of owners that drive them.

Harlyn Jenkins / Maserati Quattroporte Sport-GT


“God, your car sounds good.” I say.

Every couple of seconds the odd language of chirps and scratches from the Valentine 1 radar detector desperately vies for attention.  Its competition is the sexy rasp coming from the custom exhaust of a 2006 Maserati Quattroporte Sport-GT, and Harlyn Jenkins, a 30-something web entrepreneur and owner of the Maserati I was currently seated comfortably within.

Harlyn speaks almost exclusively, and rapidly, in sarcastic quips, pop culture references, and technobabble.  His Maserati, modified, is quite possibly the best sounding car I’ve ever heard.  Which is saying something since I’ve been around Italian exotics for the better part of four years now.

“That, I agree with totally.”  He replies, no pause.

I’ve known Harlyn to take compliments exceedingly well, especially when it comes to his car, “Actually found a really nice tunnel last week.  I had to go through it five times.  I had my daughters in the car, windows down, sunroof open. [They were] all ‘just do it again!’  Alright, don’t have to tell dad twice.”

Harlyn spends most of his time at his home with his family in Newport.  But travels to Portland for the occasional consulting thing, freelance gig, or quarter-dime-nickel poker game with friends.  Sometimes, he multi-tasks by doing all of the above in a single trip.  And this time he was taking time out to give me an interview.

We’re on our way to lunch on Hawthorne somewhere, as my treat.  I didn’t have much of a heads-up but take the opportunity to spend time with Harlyn whenever I can.  I was at my desk at the showroom around ten-thirty (doing something very important I’m sure) when I got a text from Harlyn, >>want to get lunch/coffee today?<<

So this would be the second time I’ve bribed him with food.  The first time was to pick his brain over social media concepts and strategy (I’m the man behind our Facebook page and Flickr account, among others) at one of our favorite local national-chain restaurants.

On the approach from 39th to Hawthorne I mention a bagel shop I know, and how they have coffee as well.  Then he drops a bombshell.

“I don’t drink coffee.” He says, deadpan.

“I thought you said coffee, slash, lunch?” I ask, confusion setting in.

“Well, ‘Coffee’ is just kind of the—”

“–Generic term?” I add helpfully.

“Yes.  Normally I get a steamed milk or something.”  Without a hint of irony.

“Steamed milk?” I ask incredulously, “You don’t drink coffee but you’ll pound energy drinks like Tiger’s Blood?”




“Why not coffee?” I demand.

“I don’t know, just don’t.” He says, bemused.

“Huh, I love coffee. I think I would stop moving if I didn’t have coffee.” Which, for I all know could be true if I ever actually stop drinking coffee, which is theoretically possible.

Harlyn continued, “Well, see, I think probably drinking too much coffee just made it passé, to the point where it didn’t work anymore.  So that’s why, you know, 9 cans of Monster and an IV just kind of does it for me.”

We miraculously find parking on Hawthorne during lunchtime directly across from Noah’s Bagels.  Coffee or not, Harlyn does have an affinity for caffeine.  I’ve heard stories of him foregoing sleep days on end while working on whatever project he’s currently engaged with, yet he’ll show no signs of physical or mental fatigue.  He’s like a ten year old in terms of intensity, and has a habit of flashing a malicious grin when he knows something no one else does, which happens frequently.  Come to write of it, I’ve never seen him do anything besides smile or pretend to be serious.

Harlyn has been a long-time client of our service department and recently underwent a complete re-spray at the Tonkin Bodyshop after an unfortunate occurrence–the car, not the man.

Although he jokes that his physique is compliments of ‘Body By Microsoft’, where many nights of overtime facilitated his future Maserati ownership, he has also worked as a consultant, then IT Director, of the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  But he’s recently gone back to freelancing.

As a cute little side story, back when he was at the Aquarium, and during the inaugural Oregon Coast Exotic Car Show, Harlyn accompanied a tour group, myself included, behind the scenes of the Aquarium.  The complex is massive, with the areas open to the public being but a tiny fraction.  We saw a 2,000 square foot walk-in freezer filled with premium seafood for the animals, butter clams the size of softballs stacked waist high.

We also had the opportunity to make friends with an octopus in one of their holding tank facilities.  I’ll be honest, anything with eight legs freaks me out.  To me, an octopus is a giant, intelligent spider with a poisonous beak and creepy sucker arms.

I finally worked up the courage and touched it for half a second before pulling my hand back.  I thought I played it cool but Harlyn commented, slightly louder than necessary, that his eight year old daughter was tougher than me and how she loved the thing.

Our guide told us how this octopus had recently escaped from its tank, went across the cement floor, crawled up into another tank, ate that fish, then went back to its tank like nothing had happened.  Charming.

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Portland Picks features Tonkin FIAT

Portland Picks features Tonkin FIAT!

Posted on 24 June 2011 by admin

Portland Picks features Tonkin FIAT

Tonkin FIAT featured in the “Hip Happenings” section on! – Portland Picks is a subscription-driven weekly newsletter delivered to subscribers each Friday via email. Visit

Tonkin FIAT is the only FIAT Dealership in Portland.

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FIAT Coolest new car

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FIAT 500 Named the ‘2011 Coolest New Car’

Posted on 24 June 2011 by admin

FIAT Coolest new car

The FIAT 500 has been named the ‘2011 Coolest New Car’ under $18000 by Kelley Blue Book. See for details or read more about this great honor in Chrysler’s press release.

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Chuck Gray, Chrysler Dealer Operations Manager, presents the 25 year anniversary award from Chrysler to Ed Tonkin and Brad Tonkin.

Ron Tonkin Dodge Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary With Chrysler

Posted on 22 June 2011 by admin

Chuck Gray, Chrysler Dealer Operations Manager, presents the 25 year anniversary award from Chrysler to Ed Tonkin and Brad Tonkin.

Chuck Gray, Chrysler Dealer Operations Manager, presents the 25 Year Anniversary award from Chrysler to Ed Tonkin and Brad Tonkin.

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FIAT Grand Opening in Portland!

Posted on 22 June 2011 by admin


Tonkin FIAT Grand Opening

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Detrik Blue


Employee Spotlight: Detrik Blue

Posted on 01 June 2011 by admin

Detrik Blue

Detrik Blue

Detrik Blue has been with the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships since 1996.  That is 15 years with the same organization!  Detrik started way back when Ron Tonkin owned the Lincoln Mercury dealership and went on to our Dodge location.  Considering the fact that Detrik has personally owned and driven a Honda CRX, Civic and a few Preludes, it was only natural that he ended up here at Ron Tonkin Honda.

Detrik has military background and currently enjoys snowboarding, motorcycle rides, hiking, golfing and tennis.  His favorite drink is hot cocoa and he likes all music.  His true passion, however, come to life in our Service Drive.  Detrik takes care of all your service needs: from a full 60K service or just putting in a new headlight bulb or wiper insert–no charge of course–right in our service drive while you wait.

Need professional service advice?  Detrik is a good call to make.  His background of servicing vehicles for over 15 years and his love for Hondas make him a perfect fit–not only for our Honda store, but for you, our customer as well.  Regardless of your situation or service needs, Detrik always has your best interest in mind.

Thanks D!  All of us at Ron Tonkin Honda appreciate all you do every day!

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