Category Archives: Helpful Advice

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Here is what you need to know about the Alabama stay at home order

Alabama Stay at Home Order FAQs 

We are about a week into a widespread shutdown of businesses in the state of Alabama. There are still a few questions a lot people are having about the new era we are living through.  Many of the same questions you are having at home have come up with some people working at the Toyota of Decatur showroom. In order to avoid as much confusion as possible, we have put together this quick reference sheet of Alabama Stay at Home Order FAQs. As it applies to operations at Toyota of Decatur, we are still open as usual, offering a full slate of sales and service options. However, if that were to change, we will let you know through our website. Let’s see if we can answer some important questions about what is happening in other areas.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota kicks off program to help new car buyers through uncertain times

Toyota Deferred Payment Incentives near Decatur, AL 

There are likely very few people whose lives have not been affected in some way by the COVID-19 virus. Some people might be working from home, if they haven’t been laid off entirely, and just about everyone is spending more time at home to help flatten the curve. To be sure, the way Toyota of Decatur is doing things has changed. You have probably already read about our efforts to keep our service department running. But have you heard about the Toyota deferred payment incentives near Decatur, AL? Just because people are staying home, that doesn’t mean people don’t need new vehicles. Our manufacturing partner has come up with an innovative way to help qualified buyers get what they need. This offer runs out at the close of business on April 30.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota of Decatur working to protect customers from COVID-19

Is it still safe to shop for cars in Decatur, AL? 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus is changing the way everyone goes about the way they’ve lived their lives on an almost hourly basis. We’ve had to focus on tasks and take measures that were forced upon us so suddenly that it just doesn’t seem real. The operations performed at the Toyota of Decatur showroom have also changed to meet these new demandsIf you have been wondering, ‘Is it still safe to shop for cars in Decatur, AL,’ let us be among the first to tell you, yes, it is. The dealership’s top brass has been very quick to adopt cleaning and sterilization guidelines as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control. We’ll continue to help customers meet their needs through sales and service as long as it is safe to do so. Take a look at some of the things we’re doing around the dealership.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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What does an empty gas tank really mean?

How far will a Toyota car/truck/SUV go on empty? 

If you’ve ever unexpectedly run out of gas on the road, you will almost instantly remember that feeling. In our experience it feels like a combination of fear, shame and regret. Luckily, Toyota has joined several other automakers in providing drivers with a low fuel light to let them know that need to start looking for a place to fill the tank very soon. However, that hasn’t stopped people from asking our product experts, ‘How far will a Toyota car, truck or SUV go on empty?’ The exact numbers can depend on a lot of factors like the terrain being driving on and the overall health of the vehicle. However, our team of product experts has found a great website,, that provides an average by individual model taken from crowd-sourced information.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Don’t forget to add your vehicle to your cleaning routine during these times

How do I disinfect my car? 

At this point, you are probably working from home or spending valuable time trying to find various household staples in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic affecting every corner of our planet. You’re also probably washing your hands more and giving your house a vigorous deep cleaning. But have you also brought that level of cleaning out to your driveway? If you’re wondering, ‘How do I disinfect my car,’ the automotive experts staffing our team did a little research to give you the best information we could find. Hopefully, this will help you keep you and your family as healthy as possible and we will all be back to normal as quickly as possible.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Do you know everything your Toyota vehicle can do? This blog will help

New Toyota Applications and Technology Videos 

Toyota has risen to its impressive level within the automotive industry by being on the cutting edge of available technology. In addition to making a smartphone-compatible infotainment system standard equipment in almost every 2020 vehicle, the automaker has gotten into the habit of developing new tools. These new Toyota applications and technology videos will help owners and potential owners get an idea of what these vehicles can do. The new Toyota App allows owners to control various vehicle features and functions regardless of where they are standing. Additionally, the 2020 Toyota Supra introduces some new features that will change the way performance drivers interact with its available technology. Our team has collected some of the more interesting videos the automaker has produced. If you want to see this technology demonstrated in person, make an appointment with us today.  Read the rest of this entry >>

How Much Car Insurance Do I Need in Alabama?

Common Car Insurance Term Meanings and Alabama Insurance Laws

Understanding car insurance requirements can be tricky and whether you’re a new driver or just moved to Alabama, you may be wondering what kind and how much car insurance you’ll need. This guide is going to break down the meanings of some common car insurance terms and explain some of the Alabama insurance laws. Keep reading to make sure you have the coverage you need while driving around Alabama.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Can I Connect My Toyota to My Android Wear Watch?

How To Connect Toyota Remote Connect to an Android Watch 

Toyota allows vehicle owners to stay connected to their vehicles even when they are out of reach. With the help of innovative systems like the Toyota Remote Connect system, drivers are able to take almost full control of their vehicle’s settings, even when they aren’t near it. Toyota Remote Connect gives owners the power to start their vehicle, lock and unlock its doors, check in on guest drivers, locate where it was parked last, and more. Toyota Remote Connect allows owners to use more than just a smartphone to interact with the app by also offering a smartwatch-capable app alternative. Check out the video from the Toyota USA YouTube page below to find out how you can connect your Toyota to your Android Wear watch.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Where Can I Get a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Around Decatur?

Fuel-Efficient 2020 Toyota Cars and SUVs in Decatur AL

Fuel efficiency is often one of the top priorities among drivers looking for their next vehicles. Automakers continue to make strides towards outranking other vehicles in terms of efficiency and one brand that continues to soar among the rest is Toyota. Shoppers can find some of the most fuel-efficient 2020 Toyota cars and SUVs at Serra Toyota of Decatur in Decatur, AL. Below we are breaking down the stats of some of the top-performing Toyota vehicles, so keep reading to learn more. Read the rest of this entry >>

How Can I Stay Safe While Using Rideshare?

Rideshare Safety Tips and Tricks for Travelers

Popular rideshare apps add convenience to our everyday lives. Whether we need a ride to work, the airport, or a trip downtown, rideshare allows us to get where we need to go quickly and easily. However, despite the popularity of rideshare, there are a few risks that come along with using apps like Uber and Lyft. This guide is going to dive into some rideshare safety tips and tricks for travelers to help you stay safe while using rideshare. Read the rest of this entry >>