Category Archives: FAQs

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Toyota to debut updated safety technology with 2021 Camry release

How is Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ different? 

We have recently learned about some of the important changes that will be included with the release of the 2021 Toyota Camry (more on that soon). While reading the available information, something we didn’t know was coming jumped off the page – Toyota is introducing another new version of its suite of active safety systems. So, how is Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ different? The most important thing to point out is that the overall functionality of TSS 2.5+ will remain the same. Engineers and other safety experts really sanded off a few more rough edges of the system which had the effect of improving the systems’ overall performance. The new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ features put the automaker even further ahead of the competition. Let’s take a closer look.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Should you change the kind of oil you’re using in your vehicle?

Is synthetic oil better for my vehicle? 

If the most important thing a person can do to make their vehicles last as long as possible is to change the oil, the second most important thing is to use the right oil. For the most part, modern automobiles, including most new Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs are built to run on synthetic oil. The owner’s manual is going to be filled with maintenance recommendations and our advice is always going to be to follow them. If you’re wondering, ‘Is synthetic oil better for my vehicle,’ the answer is maybe. Some vehicles might call for conventional motor oil, but their overall age and condition could call for a change in the type of oil that is used. A few of our service technicians found these videos that help explain the differences between conventional and synthetic motor oils. If you have any questions, make an appointment with us today.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you struggling with decisions about your car’s oil options?

Should I be using synthetic oil in my old car?

One of the best pieces of advice we can give anyone who owns an automobile is: Change the oil on time. A vehicle that is properly cared for will last for so much longer than a poorly cared for one. It seems overly simple and cliched but it’s true. Just like human bodies, the needs of a car’s engine can change over time. If you’re wondering, ‘Should I be using synthetic oil in my old car,’ the Toyota of Decatur Service Department is here to help. The most universally applicable advice is to always follow the recommendations in the owner’s manual. However, there are some scenarios where someone will need to make a tough call. These videos should help you make this important decision. If you have any additional questions about how to get the most from your car, truck or SUV, please make an appointment with our service department today. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Certified pre-owned vehicles offer additional value, peace of mind

Benefits of buying a certified pre-owned Toyota 

Toyota is one of the most prolific producers of automobiles in the world. The manufacturer’s vehicles are routinely the best in each class they occupy. In fact, the reliable nature of Toyota vehicles is so ingrained that those cars, trucks and SUVs often go on to serve more than one owner. There are several reasons why purchasing a used car is a better option for a Toyota of Decatur customer versus taking a new model home. At the top of the secondary vehicle market available at the dealership is the lineup of Toyota Certified Used Vehicles. If you’re curious about the benefits of buying a certified pre-owned Toyota, the team at Toyota of Decatur is here to help. Let’s take a look at some information you might need.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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2021 RAV4 Prime offers incredible efficiency and a comfortable passenger cabin

How many people can fit in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime? 

We’ve been very excited about the 2021 version of the Sienna minivan and the all-new Venza crossover SUV joining the Toyota hybrid family. Before those models arrive, Toyota of Decatur customers will see the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime first. Not only will the 2021 RAV4 Prime offer incredible performance without sacrificing fuel economy, but it also features the same adaptable and easily configurable interior that the standard versions have made famous. So, how many people can fit in the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime? Like the standard model, it will be able to hold five passengers. Toyota has made the final official details about the latest RAV4 Variant available. Let’s take a look at what customers can expect to see when it arrives.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you sure you’re doing that right?

Automotive Hints and Tricks Videos 

The modern automobile is designed to be as easy as possible to own and operate. However, the trade-off is that convenience comes at the cost of incredible complexity. A lot of old notions about driving vehicles must be thrown out lest the vehicle is catastrophically damaged. These automotive hints and tricks videos are a great resource for re-educating the owners of cars, trucks and SUVs so they can count on them for years to come. A few Meridian Honda product experts did a little online research and found a few videos that they thought were particularly interesting. If there is something that isn’t answered here, we will likely continue to produce content like this in the future. However, you’re always invited to visit our showroom and our product experts will answer any question you have.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Have you made plans for Father’s Day 2020 yet? There is still time

Best 2020 Father’s Day Restaurants in Decatur, AL 

In case you haven’t the date circled on your calendar, Father’s Day is June 21. You still have time to make reservations at one of the best 2020 Father’s Day restaurants in Decatur, AL. This is certainly a hot topic of discussion among the staff working at Toyota of Decatur. Everyone has their favorite place to take their dads for brunch, lunch or dinner and they all fiercely defend their choices. Our team compiled a list of the most popular places found in and around the city and we thought it would be helpful to share them with our friends and customers. Hopefully, one of these local businesses will be able to accommodate your family and get everyone a good meal. Let’s take a look at what our team came up with.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Are you excited to learn more about the newest Toyota hybrid crossover?

What features will the 2021 Toyota Venza have available? 

The Venza name is one that has been used before by the automaker but it’s getting a major upgrade over its previous iteration. What was once a wagon has been reborn as a crossover SUV that will only by powered by a hybrid powertrain. Since the all-new crossover SUV platform was announced earlier in May, our team has been getting a lot of questions asking, ‘What features will the 2020 Toyota Venza have available?’ Toyota of Decatur product experts have been very excited to get this new information to as many hands as possible. The new crossover SUV with a familiar name will be equipped with the latest technology Toyota has to offer. Let’s take a look at what we can expect to see.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Looking for something to do on Memorial Day, check out a state park!

Are state parks near Decatur, AL open on Memorial Day? 

The long Memorial Day weekend is coming up very soon. If you’ve been staying more than usual you might be tempted to take the family for a day trip for some hiking or fishing. So, are state parks near Decatur, AL open on Memorial Day? Yes, they are. However, some facilities and attractions may be closed. If you have a particular destination in mind, you might want to call the park’s information line and make further inquiries. Are you interested in taking a look at a new Toyota car, truck or SUV? The Toyota of Decatur showroom will be open on Memorial. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead so we can have the vehicles they want to look at all cleaned and ready to go.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Don’t forget to schedule your lease-end inspection

How do I schedule a Toyota end of lease inspection? 

Toyota Financial Services has designed its vehicle leasing program to be easy to use so that people will want to continue to want to take advantage of the service. A major component of the process comes at the end when the vehicle is inspected. A common question to come into the showroom is, ‘How do I schedule a Toyota end of lease inspection?’ Our team then thought it would be a good idea to answer this question on our blog. It’s basically a one-step process. Lease holders can contact Toyota Financial Services by calling 855-406-9937. Customers will need to have their vehicle’s vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as their Toyota Financial Services account number. Let’s take a look at some information you may need.  Read the rest of this entry >>