Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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Tips for keeping your car cool in the summer months

The weather here in NorCal is just about always perfect, but with the calendar shifting into summer, it’s time to keep a close eye out for higher temperatures and more sun. Though this is obviously welcome, it can also spell danger for your car, as the greenhouse effect can lead to skyrocketing temperatures inside your vehicle. To combat this, we’ll show you some helpful tips for keeping your car cool in the summer months – join us below and keep safe! Read the rest of this entry >>

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How to set up and connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot in your Toyota vehicle

Toyota’s influence in the automotive world is one that has been well-documented throughout the years, especially when it comes to longevity and innovation. It’s not uncommon to see older Toyota vehicles on the road even today, simply because they’re built to last for what feels like forever; still, there are definite advantages to going with a brand-new Toyota model, one such being the all-new option for built-in internet that these vehicles offer. If you’re wondering how you can get connected, we’re here to help. Join TPA today as we show you how to set up and connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot in your Toyota vehicle!   Read the rest of this entry >>

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My tire is flat, what can I do?

How to change a flat tire on a Toyota vehicle 

We’re sure we’ve all been there before; you’re driving down the road, having a great day, when suddenly you hear a pop, and before you know it you realize that your tire has gone flat. It’s not a fun situation to deal with by any means, but luckily there are some easy measures you can take to get yourself back on the road. Today, our service team at Toyota Palo Alto will show you how to change a flat tire on a Toyota vehicle. With this information in mind, it’ll be easy for you to head back to the pavement with confidence!  Read the rest of this entry >>

What happens when my car lease ends?

What should I do when my car lease ends?

When you are in need of a new vehicle, you have the choice to either buy or lease a vehicle. Many drivers are excited to lease, because the monthly payments are often more affordable and they can get a new vehicle when the lease ends, but what do you do when your car lease ends? There are many options available and we’re going to help you find the perfect choice for your particular situation. Read the rest of this entry >>

should you ever extend your vehicle's warranty?

Should you extend your vehicle’s warranty?

When you purchase a new vehicle, it will most likely come with a warranty. After you drive your vehicle home, you might completely forget about it until you start getting notices in the mail saying that your warranty is about to end. So what should you do? Should you let your warranty expire or should you extend your vehicle’s warranty? Today we’re going to help you answer those questions. Read the rest of this entry >>

trading your vehicle in vs selling privately

Should I trade in my car or sell it to a private party?

When it comes time for you to get a new vehicle, it can be difficult to decide just what to do with your current car. Of course you want to get the most for your old vehicle, but it can be a challenge to know just what to do with it. Many people ask themselves, “Should I trade in my car or sell it to a private party?”. Today we’re going to help answer this and other questions regarding getting rid of your current vehicle. Read the rest of this entry >>

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How do I check my engine oil level?

Owning a car is a big responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are a variety of routine maintenance things to keep track of. One very important thing to make sure you are doing regularly is checking your engine oil level. Engine oil is extremely important to the well-being of your vehicle. If you run out of oil without knowing it, you can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Today we’re going to help you stay on top of things by answering the question, “How do I check my engine oil level?”. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Service FAQs

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

No matter what kind of vehicle you have, you will eventually have to take it in for some kind of routine maintenance. One of the most common services you’re vehicle will need is getting an oil change. Oil changes, however, can be more complicated than automotive brands intended. There is a lot of debate about how often you should change your oil. Today we’re going to help set the record straight by answering the question, “How often should I change my oil?”. Read the rest of this entry >>

2015 Corolla dashboard maintenance light Toyota Palo Alto San Jose CA

What is a maintenance light?

What does it mean when the maintenance light is blinking in my Toyota Corolla?

Every vehicle has its own style, even when it comes down to the details, like dashboard lights. It can be difficult to know what each light means and what to do when one goes on. Some lights are minor warnings, while others are serious and cannot be ignored. Today we’re going to help you get to know your Toyota warning lights by answering the questions, “What does it mean when the maintenance light is blinking in my Corolla?”. Read the rest of this entry >>