Category Archives: Helpful Advice

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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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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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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 >>

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Toyota introduces new incentives to help customers find a new vehicle

Toyota Financial Incentives and Service Available in Decatur, AL 

Toyota of Decatur is very excited about working with our manufacturing partner and its financial services arm to help people afford a new vehicle during these uncertain timesThese new Toyota financial incentives and services available in Decatur, AL should help our customers find an affordable lease option for a vehicle that should meet their needs or budget. Also, we’re here to remind you that the Toyota of Decatur Service Department is open and ready to help you with any problem your vehicle might be having. Our service team can also safely disinfect your vehicle so you can find some peace of mind that the inside of your car, truck or SUV is as clean as possible. If you have any questions, please let us know today by calling 256-274-4354.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Alabama opens up beaches for limited use

FAQs about Alabama Beaches during COVID-19 

After experiencing several weeks of quarantine, there are lot of people who are going to be eager to get out of the house and head to the beach. This is permissible under the safer at home order that Governor Kay Ivey has put in place. Just because people are allowed to begin to venture outside, there are still plenty of FAQs about Alabama beaches during COVID-19. A few of the product experts at Toyota of Decatur did a little research to find out the most important information to people. This blog is for basic information only and all questions about more specific issues should be directed at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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The end of a Toyota lease could be the start of a new journey

What can I do when my Toyota lease ends? 

Leasing a vehicle has become increasingly more popular with Toyota of Decatur customers. There are several reasons people will choose to enter into a Toyota lease over traditional financing. Some of these reasons include lower monthly payments, several available service benefits and the ability to almost always have the latest model in the driveway. If you’re wondering, ‘What can I do when my Toyota lease ends,’ the financial experts at Toyota of Decatur have the answers you’re looking for. Basically, there are three choices a lease holder can make, start a new lease, return their lease and walk away or purchase the vehicle they have been driving for the last several years. Let’s take a closer look at what these choices mean.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Vehicle service needs change as the miles roll by on the odometer

Toyota Maintenance Needs by Mileage Interval 

Making sure a vehicle owner keeps up with their vehicle’s scheduled maintenance requirements is something that everyone working in the Toyota of Decatur wants to impress upon our customers. Just like how people have different health needs as they age, the same is true for vehicles as they rack up miles on the odometer. Let’s take a look at Toyota maintenance needs by mileage interval so the next time you visit our, or any, service facility you will know exactly what is being done. To be sure, each Toyota vehicle will have slightly different maintenance requirements. A 2020 Toyota RAV4 will serve as our model for this purpose. However, there will be a lot of carryover among other cars, trucks and crossover SUVs in the automaker’s lineup.   Read the rest of this entry >>