Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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Make sure you take your mask when you leave home

What is the fine for not wearing a mask in Bexar County, Texas? 

Despite the best efforts and sacrifices of a lot of good people, the COVID-19 virus continues to be a crisis in Texas. Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order at the beginning of the month, ahead of the holiday weekend, that required people to wear face masks and businesses to take steps to protect their employees and customers. Unfortunately, Bexar County has met the grim threshold that has required masks to be worn in public through the area. So, what is the fine for not wearing a mask in Bexar County, Texas? For businesses who flout the order, they can be fined up $1,000 per violation and individuals can be fined as much as $250. Let’s take a look at some information you might need.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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If you’re not using Toyota Skills for Alexa, you’re missing out on a lot

What are Toyota Skills for Alexa? 

Other than smartphones, digital home assistants rank among the biggest game-changers in terms of convenience that we’ve seen in a long time. Devices like Amazon Alexa have made ordering necessary (and unnecessary) items from the online retailer easier than ever. Alexa has become such an indispensable part of so many people’s lives, it was only a matter of time before its reach and capabilities expanded to outside the home with new and innovative skills. So, what are Toyota Skills for Alexa? Our manufacturing partner has partnered with Amazon to help vehicle owners interact with their properly equipped vehicles from the comfort of their homes. Let’s take a look at what is possible with this new technology.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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The future of Toyota product is very bright

What is new for Toyota customers? 

There are a lot of great things happening in and around the Alamo Toyota showroom. The 2020 model year is really hitting its stride and those cars, trucks and SUVs are more advanced and connected to the outside world than ever before. So, what is new for Toyota customers? Well, buyers of the Toyota GR Supra will be eligible for some exciting benefits, the Toyota Tacoma gets a closer look at its impressive history and promising future. Finally, the automaker gives people a glimpse of relationships that will change the way people interact with their properly equipped Toyota vehicles. If anyone has any questions about what the new class of Toyota models has to offer, please reach out to an Alamo Toyota product expert today.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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The vehicle in your driveway needs a little attention during quarantine, too

How often should I drive my car during quarantine? 

Hopefully, you, your family and loved ones have been doing okay during quarantine. Obviously, the most important thing is to keep people safe. As long as that is well taken care of, we can turn our attention to other things, like your vehicle. If you’re adhering to the Texas shelter-at-home order, you’re weekly driving has probably gone down quite a bit. If you’re wondering, ‘How often should I drive my car during quarantine,’ the Alamo Toyota Service Department is here to help. Letting a vehicle sit in the driveway too long can cause several problems. A few of our service technicians helped to craft this handy guide so you will always be able to rely on your vehicle. Let’s take a look at what they have to say.  Read the rest of this entry >>

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Don’t forget about the cars during your disinfection tour

What are the best products for disinfecting a car’s interior?

If you haven’t thoroughly scrubbed every surface of your house to keep COVID-19 at bay, please do that as soon as possible. But assuming you’ve completed that onerous, but necessary task, have you thought about doing the same for the vehicle you’ve been driving every day as the virus has been spreading? Over the last several days, the product experts working in the Alamo Toyota showroom have been getting a lot of calls from people asking us, ‘What are the best products for disinfecting a car’s interior?’ Our team put together this guide to do what small part we can play in making sure our friends and customers get through these tough times as healthy as possible. Let’s take a look at what our team found. Read the rest of this entry >>

What does the "maintenance required" light mean in my Toyota Vehicle?, text on an image of red vehicle warning lights against a black background

What Does the Blinking “Maintenance Required” Light Mean in My Toyota?

No matter what kind of driver you are eventually your Toyota car, truck, or SUV will require service and repair.  Staying on top of oil changes and routine maintenance helps to reduce unforeseen issue with your vehicle but it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have the unexpected repair arise.  Then there is the dreaded day when you start your Toyota vehicle and your dashboard warning lights sparkle like it’s the Fourth of July.  One of the most common warning lights in late-model Toyota’s is the “maintenance required” light.  Find out exactly what the blinking “maintenance required” light means in your Toyota below. Read the rest of this entry >>

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How do you Change a Flat Tire?

There’s no way around it, flat tires suck. No one wants to get one, so it is important to take precautions to prevent it from happening. But what if it does happen? Do you know how to change a flat tire?

Surprisingly, a lot of people do not know how to change a flat. But that’s okay, we are here to help! Keep reading below for a simple step by step guide on how to change out a flat tire. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Is it Illegal to Drive with Your Dog in Texas?

Although there are no actual laws clearly stating that it is illegal to drive without your dog harnessed in the car, it can still be very dangerous. Dogs are man’s best friend and because of that, they usually want all your attention every chance they get. Dogs don’t understand that distracting you while driving could be fatal to both of you.

Driving with your dog can be enjoyable while also being safe. Keep reading to learn some tips for the next time you drive with your dog in the car. Read the rest of this entry >>