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Serra Toyota open on Memorial Day, ready for your leasing questions

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Helpful Advice on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 at 2:02 PM
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What happens when a Toyota lease is over? 

Leasing a Toyota vehicle has become increasingly popular as the lineup gets more advanced and more affordable. However, all journeys must come to an end at some point. So, what happens when a Toyota lease is over? Basically, Serra Toyota customers will have three basic choices in front of them as their contract expires. A customer can turn in their vehicle and start a new lease term; return the vehicle and walk away or purchase the vehicle they have been leasing. If you have time over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the Serra Toyota showroom will be open to answer any questions you might have or offer you a clean and safe test drive. Let’s take a look at what comes next.  Read the rest of this entry »

There are definitely some things you should never do while behind the wheel

By Product Expert | Posted in Helpful Advice, Maintenence on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at 2:47 PM
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Things You Should Never Do in a Vehicle 

When our team is giving out advice to our customers, things are usually phrased as things people should always do like maintain their vehicle by getting recommended maintenance on time. However, there are several things you should never do in a vehicle. Our team found a few videos that will outline a few bad driving habits that could lead to severe damage and expensive repair bills. While modern vehicles are more robust and reliable than ever before, there are still a few points that shouldn’t be overlook. If you have any questions about how to best take care of your car, truck, minivan or SUV please reach out to one of our product experts or service advisors today. We can even help you maintain vehicles that don’t wear a Toyota badge.  Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota reintroduces Sienna as a hybrid model for 2021

By Product Expert | Posted in New Vehicles, Toyota Supra on Monday, May 18th, 2020 at 1:29 PM
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What’s new for the 2021 Toyota Sienna? 

The Toyota Sienna has reigned atop the minivan segment of the automotive industry for quite some time. It has led its class in several areas, including being the only model on the market that offers all-wheel-drive. That makes what’s new for the 2021 Toyota Sienna all the more exciting. The automaker pulled back the curtain on the redesign platform during a May 18 presentation at its Plano, Texas facility that also introduced an all-new hybrid crossover SUV that happens to feature a familiar name. When the 2021 Toyota Sienna arrives at the Serra Toyota showroom later this year, it will feature a highly efficient hybrid powertrain train that delivers the same towing capacity and several new technology features. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see.  Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota introduces new engine for the 2021 Supra GR

By Product Expert | Posted in Performance, Toyota Supra on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 at 1:59 PM
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Performance Specs for the four-cylinder 2021 Toyota Supra 

The addition of the Toyota Supra to the automaker’s lineup has been like a breath of fresh air. It has reminded people that Toyota has a strong history of building lightweight and high-performing sports cars. When the next model year rolls around, people will have a new powertrain to consider. The performance specs for the four-cylinder 2021 Toyota Supra will offer buyers a new way to enjoy the sleek lines of the coupe while also having a more accessible powertrain. In addition to the new engine option, the newly minted Supra 2.0 trim grade will also have a lower starting price and a simplified suspension system. Let’s take a look at what Serra Toyota customers can expect to see.  Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota is expanding smartwatch-compatibility to more models, are you using it?

By Product Expert | Posted in Helpful Advice, Technology, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 at 2:20 PM
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How do I use Toyota Remote Connect on my smartwatch? 

Toyota vehicles have often been on the cutting edge of automotive technology. Lately, Toyota has been putting a lot of effort to get its vehicles to be compatible with other popular digital devices. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I use Toyota Remote Connect on my smartwatch,’ Serra Toyota has a few answers for you. Our team has found a few videos that will walk people through the process of connecting their compatible Apple and Android smartwatches to their properly equipped Toyota vehicles. Once your device and vehicle are linked via the smartwatch, you’ll be able to start the engine, check the fuel status, control the door locks and so much more. Take a look at these videos today! If you have any additional questions, call 205-847-1841 today.  Read the rest of this entry »

Going for a drive is as good for your car as it will be for you

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Helpful Advice on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at 1:27 PM
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How far do I need to drive my car to keep it healthy? 

As our area gets closer to opening up slowly from its coronavirus quarantine, you still might choose to limit unnecessary trips out of the house. During this time of extra precautions, don’t forget about your vehicle. There is no car, truck or SUV that will do very well if it sits idle for too long. If you’re wondering, ‘How far do I need to drive my car to keep it healthy,’ the maintenance experts working in the Serra Toyota Service Department have some answers. If you’re thinking that you can just start the car and let it run for a few minutes, please understand that this won’t be sufficient. Take a look at these tips to make sure your vehicle is kept in peak condition.  Read the rest of this entry »

The 2021 RAV4 Prime is the future of Toyota crossover SUVs

By Product Expert | Posted in RAV4 on Monday, May 4th, 2020 at 1:04 PM
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What equipment is available with the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime? 

The Toyota RAV4 is already one of the most popular crossover SUVs on the market today. A hybrid version was a ground-breaking addition to the automaker’s lineup but there is more that can be done. Some people might already be familiar with the electric vehicle version of the platform. If you’re wondering, ‘What equipment is available with the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime,’ Serra Toyota has a few answers. When the 2021 RAV4 Prime is available later this year, it will offer a pair of trim grades that will be equipped with several features that haven’t been found with the RAV4. A few of our product experts took a look at all of the available information about the vehicle. Let’s take a look at what they found.  Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for something that can do just about everything? Checkout the Sienna

By Product Expert | Posted in Toyota Sienna on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 9:18 PM
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How does the 2020 Toyota Sienna do against the competition? 

Make no mistake, the Toyota Sienna continues to be best way to move large numbers of people and/or cargo. Even though the minivan isn’t as popular as a platform as it once was, there is still a fierce competition among the vehicles remaining in the segment. So, how does the 2020 Toyota Sienna do against the competition? Our team has found a couple of videos that should shine a little light on comparisons with the 2020 Sienna versus the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Honda OdysseyA few spoiler alerts customers might be interested include, the 2020 Sienna offers standard V-6 power, a Wi-Fi hotspot and smartphone application compatibility. If there is anything you would like to know about the 2020 Toyota Sienna, contact a Colonial Toyota product expert today.  Read the rest of this entry »

It’s probably a good idea to just put your phone away while you’re driving

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Helpful Advice on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 1:24 PM
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How much is the distracted driving fine in Alabama? 

We all have pet peeves. For most people, seeing people talking on their cellphones or texting while behind the wheel is going to be at the top of the list. If you’ve ever thought there should be a law against playing with a phone while driving, you’ll be happy to know there is one. Also, if you’re wondering, ‘How much is the distracted driving fine in Alabama,’ the team from Serra Toyota is here to help. A few of our product experts did a little research to find out the answer to that question as well as some other things you might need to know. Let’s take a look at what our team found.  Read the rest of this entry »

Remotes and other electronics need to be cleaned too

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Helpful Advice, Tips and Tricks on Monday, April 27th, 2020 at 2:12 PM
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Do home electronics need to be sterilized? 

Hearing about COVID-19 constantly can really push people to their limits. However, we have to stay vigilant if we’re going to flatten the curve and stay healthy until a vaccine can be developed. As you probably know keeping commonly touched surface clean is a major part of that effort. If you’re wondering if you’ve cleaned everything and do home electronics need to be sterilized, yes, they do. Obviously, game controllers, tablets and remotes can’t be dipped in soapy water. Our team did a little online research and found these videos with some helpful tips. If there is something our product experts can do to help you through this time, please feel free to reach out. We’re here to assist with anything we can.  Read the rest of this entry »

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