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

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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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.  (more…)

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

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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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.  (more…)

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

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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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.  (more…)

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

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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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.  (more…)

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

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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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.  (more…)

Remotes and other electronics need to be cleaned too

Monday, April 27th, 2020
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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.  (more…)

You can start your search for a new vehicle while you’re safe at home

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Can I buy a car online near Birmingham, AL? 

To be sure, very few people among us have ever experienced the kind of daily disruption that has been caused by COVID-19. Serra Toyota has implemented a series of process changes and new services to help keep customers and staff as safe as possible. Did you know that there are things you can do to start your journey toward having a new vehicle? If you have been wondering, ‘Can I buy a car online near Birmingham, AL,’ a few Serra Toyota product experts got together to help current and potential customers understand how they can use the advanced technology we have to offer. A single visit to the Serra Toyota website can offer a detailed look at our available inventory, supplemental information about our products and the ability to begin the credit application process.  (more…)

New vehicles require a little extra consideration at first

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Do new cars have special maintenance needs? 

There aren’t many things more exciting than taking a new car home. However, before you jump behind the wheel and take off, there are a few things you should know. A question we wish we would hear more around the Serra Toyota dealership is, ‘Do new cars have special maintenance needs?’ The answer isn’t always so straightforward and bounces between yes and maybe. In the old days, automotive technology required that drivers go through a break-in process that could be burdensome, at the very least. This isn’t necessarily the case today, but there are some considerations you should make in first weeks and months you have the new vehicle at home. Let’s take a closer look.  (more…)

These tips can make working from home just a little bit easier and more productive

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Tips for Working from Home During COVID-19 

One of the major changes that people have had to make to protect themselves from coronavirus is turning their homes into temporary office space. Serra Toyota has made some similar changes to protect our staff and customers. The changes have been tough, but everyone is doing the best they can. Our team understands that this disruption can be difficult, so we collected these videos offering tips for working from home during COVID-19. Some of the best practices we’ve found is to do your best to have isolated areas for work and to keep to your normal routine as much as possible. If there is anything Serra Toyota can do to help you and your family get through these difficult times, please call 205-847-1841 to speak to one of our product experts today.  (more…)

Do you know what you should do after a car accident?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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What should I do after a car accident that isn’t my fault? 

We have every confidence that all Serra Toyota customers are excellent drivers who always follow the rules and are the picture of perfection when they’re behind the wheel. However, not everyone is a Serra Toyota customer and we understand that car accidents happen. Our team really believes in the idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, if you’re wondering, ‘What should I do after a car accident that isn’t my fault,’ our team of product experts put together a few tips that can make a situation a little easier to get under control.  (more…)

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