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Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

What Toyota Models Offer Amazon Alexa Connectivity?

Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Interior view of Toyota model with Amazon Alexa on infotainment screen

Setting Up Toyota+Alexa® in a New Toyota Model 

In the hunt for a new vehicle, one of the selling points is often what infotainment features are available in each model. Whether you’re looking for the best sound system or the most connectivity features, the available options can make or break your decision when it comes to choosing a new set of wheels. One of the connectivity options many Toyota models offer now is Toyota+Alexa®. This feature is something you may have come across during your search, or maybe you’ve heard about it and want to know what Toyota models offer it. Whichever question you’re looking to answer, this guide is here to help. Keep reading to find out what Toyota vehicles include Amazon Alexa connectivity and to find out how to set up Toyota+Alexa® in a new Toyota vehicle.   (more…)

Keep Your Toyota Shining by Following This How-To Wax Guide

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
Man detailing the side of his vehicle

How to Wax a Toyota Vehicle with Tub Wax

Waxing your vehicle is an important step in maintaining its shine and overall good looks. With routine waxing, the exterior of your Toyota will stay shiny and have a layer of long-lasting protection. Learn how to wax a Toyota vehicle with tub wax in this guide from Serra Toyota to get your car looking brand new. (more…)

Detailing Tips To Remove Odor Caused By Smoke From Your Vehicle

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
grey car traveling through a car wash

Unfortunately, the smell of smoke is particularly hard to remove from car interiors, especially if drivers or passengers habitually smoked inside the cabin. However, there are some ways to lessen the offending odors and keep things smelling fresh. Find some of our top tips below. (more…)

Secure Affordable Transportation On Your Next Trip With These Tips

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Man smiling behind the wheel of a sedan

After lodging and flights, a rental car is likely the next largest expense that travelers are likely to face. While going through a trusted rental car agency is most important, there are some things that travelers can do to keep their costs down, so there is more room left in the budget for activities and food. So, how can you save money on a rental car during business or family travel? We break it down below.  (more…)

Travel Tips For Families WIth Small Children

Friday, June 28th, 2019
Kids and dad hanging out a car window

If upcoming travel plans with the kids have you stressed, this blog is for you. While it can be hard to keep even the most well-behaved children quiet and comfortable during long car trips, we have a variety of tricks that should help to keep them engaged and happy so you can make family memories that don’t include the phrase, “Are We There Yet?” (more…)

What is the best way to clean leather and cloth car upholstery?

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Someone wiping down leather car interiors with a bright green cloth

While Toyota SofTex seats will need a little TLC to stay looking their best, the synthetic leather material was made specifically to reduce the wear and tear that comes with traditional leather upholstery. We have provided a few simple instructions for how to care for Toyota SofTex seats as well as traditional cloth seats below. (more…)

What is that strange odor in my car and how do I fix it?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Car vent with green smoke coming out of it

Occasionally, drivers may notice a few weird smells coming from inside the cabin of their vehicle that have nothing to do with a messy interior. We break down 3 common causes for weird car smells and how to address them below. (more…)

How to Avoid Disaster on Long Road Trips

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Toy Car on North American Map

Road trips are an exciting way to add some thrill and adventure to your life, but if you’re not properly prepared, things can quickly go south. Here are our top tips and tricks on how to avoid problems on long road trips to help make your next journey run smoothly. (more…)

How to Tell if Your Car Battery Needs Replacing

Friday, January 18th, 2019
mechanic checks car battery

Knowing how to spot a bad battery can mean the difference between a quick trip to the shop and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. Keep reading to learn about some major signs that it’s time for a new car battery. (more…)

Tips and Tricks For Reducing Distracted Driving

Monday, December 31st, 2018
man eating and talking on the phone while in the drivers seat of a car

With access to friends and family, entertainment, and social media just one push of a button away, it can be really hard to disconnect when behind the steering wheel. Distracted driving is easily the largest cause of accidents on the road and reducing bad driving habits like looking at your phone could literally save someone’s life. Find 3 easy ways to limit distractions while driving below. (more…)

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