Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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Is synthetic oil all it’s cracked up to be? Almost certainly

Do Toyota cars, trucks or SUVs require synthetic oil? 

If there is a single lesson that every service technician working at Serra Toyota of Decatur would like people to learn is that they need to change their oil on time. While modern automobiles are more complex than ever, they are also more reliable than ever and improvements to petrochemical engineering have played a huge role in that area. So, do Toyota car, trucks or SUVs require synthetic oil? Unfortunately, with so many kinds of vehicles out on the road, serving an untold number of needs. For the best results in getting your vehicle to perform at a high level for as long as possible, always follow the owner’s manual. Let’s take a look at a few things you need to know.  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 >>

Screenshot image of smartwatch with Toyota Remote Connect app icon from Toyota USA YouTube video

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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How to Connect To and Use The Toyota App

What Can I Use the Smartphone Toyota App For?

If you’ve recently purchased a new Toyota vehicle that offers connected services, you may be wondering what exactly you can use them for. The vehicle’s connected services allow you to connect your Android™ device or iPhone® to your Toyota vehicle to perform a number of actions and receive vital information about your vehicle. But what all can you use the smartphone Toyota app for? Keep reading this guide to find out how to connect to and use the Toyota app with your vehicle. Read the rest of this entry >>

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What Does Amazon Alexa Do in a Toyota?

What Can I Use the Toyota+Alexa® System For?

If you’ve recently been searching for your next Toyota vehicle, or have recently purchased one, you may have heard about the Toyota+Alexa® system. While the name is straightforward, you might still have some questions about what Amazon Alexa® can do in a Toyota and how to the Toyota+Alexa® system works. Keep reading to learn how to get your Toyota set up with Toyota+Alexa® and find out what this system can do for you. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Overview: Toyota Dynamic Navigation

How To Use the Toyota Dynamic Navigation System

If your new Toyota vehicle comes with the Dynamic Navigation system then you might be wondering what exactly this system does and how you use it. The Dynamic Navigation system not only provides directions but also a Navigation Assistant, local hot spots, destination options, and more. Continue reading this Serra Toyota of Decatur guide for an overview of how to use the Toyota Dynamic Navigation system and its abilities.

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Connecting Your Toyota to Your Apple Watch

How to Connect Remote Connect to an Apple Watch

We are now able to stay connected to our vehicles more than ever thanks to the advanced connectivity features and capabilities that are available. Toyota vehicles equipped with the Remote Connect feature now give drivers the option to control their vehicles from their Apple Watch. This guide from Serra Toyota of Decatur is going to give you the steps you need to connect Remote Connect to an Apple Watch. Continue reading to get started. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Understanding Toyota Tire Lifespans

How to Know When Your Toyota Needs New Tires

The health of your tires can turn an accident into a close call. Worn down tread, improper inflation, and unbalanced tires can all create dangerous situations on the road. Understanding the lifespan of your tires a knowing when your vehicle needs new ones can make for a safer experience out on the open road. Continue reading to learn how you can determine when your Toyota needs a new set of tires. Read the rest of this entry >>

Understanding Trailer Hitch Classes and Weight Limits

What Hitch Do I Need to Tow My Boat?

If you have recently purchased a boat, trailer, watercraft, flatbed trailer, or anything else that requires being towed to get around, you may be wondering what type of hitch you’ll need. This guide from Serra Toyota of Decatur is going to break down the different trailer hitch classes to help guide you towards the hitch that is right for you and your boat, RV, or trailer. Keep reading for all you need to know about hitch classes and weight limits. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Car Seat Safety Infographics and How-To Video

How Do I Test My Car Seat Installation? 

June is National Safety Month and one of the most important safety checks in your vehicle is testing your car seat installation. Ensuring that a car seat is properly installed is critical when it comes to driving with infants and children. But how do you test that your car seat is properly installed? These car seat safety infographics and tips are here to help you make sure that your car seat is safe for your child.  

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