When should I get an oil change?
Oil changes are an important automotive service that should never be ignored. It can be easy to forget about this quick and relatively inexpensive service, but failing to get your oil changed when needed can cause some pretty drastic results. Check out our blog to learn when you should get an oil change! Read the rest of this entry >>
Is it illegal in Illinois to use your cell phone while driving?
It’s estimated that one out of every four car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. To combat this, some states have enforced sharper penalties for drivers found to be on their phone while driving. This is a state law and not a federal one, so laws vary by state. Is it illegal to use your cell phone here in Illinois while driving? Find out below! Read the rest of this entry >>
Toyota is known as a durable and reliable brand. Whether it’s a sedan, SUV, pickup, or minivan, Toyota is the go-to for performance seekers. Today, Toyota is about more than performance. They also include state-of-the-art technology and active safety features. One of those is the Toyota Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking system, which is part of the Toyota Safety Sense active safety technology suite. Learn how to use this feature with the short video tutorial below! Read the rest of this entry >>
Is it worth it to lease a car?
If you’re looking to upgrade your current driving situation, you may have come across the option to lease a new car. Leasing refers to the idea that you will not technically own the vehicle, but that you will be borrowing it for a set period of time (think renting an apartment). As with many things, leasing has its own set of pros and cons. Read on to see if it’s worth it for you to lease a car! Read the rest of this entry >>
Which type of car wash should I get?
Some people like to wash their car by hand, but with the advanced technology that goes into automatic car washes, it may be worth forking up the extra few bucks and getting an automatic car wash. There are two types of automatic car washes: a soft-touch and a touch-free. Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Check out the pros and cons below! Read the rest of this entry >>
How does cold weather affect my fuel economy?
The weather can get pretty nasty here in Illinois, and for those of us who regularly commute, it can wreak havoc on our cars. Most of us know about the headaches that can come from cars not starting in the extreme cold, but did you know that the cold weather negatively affects your fuel economy as well? That’s right. Learn more about it below! Read the rest of this entry >>
Accidentally leaving a child in the car in the middle of summer is a great fear for many parents. Cars can heat up within minutes and young children are the most vulnerable. As news of unfortunate child deaths make headlines at this time of year, what can you do to prevent such a tragedy? Here are some tips to minimize the risk of losing your loved one. Read the rest of this entry >>
June is National Safety Month each year, and in honor of that, we thought we’d go ahead and give you some car seat tips & tricks for installation & use. Follow these do’s and don’ts and your child will be much safer this summer, and don’t forget to perform these two great tests! Read the rest of this entry >>
Automotive Spring Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist
Spring is quickly coming into full swing which means it’s time that we get our vehicle’s ready for the start of a new season. Spring is the perfect time to give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and a maintenance check to ensure it’s good to go after a harsh winter. Keep reading to view our automotive spring cleaning and maintenance checklist.
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Today we want to shed light on a really cool and useful tool that you might not have realized exists. If you own a Toyota RAV4 model, regardless of trim level, grade, year, et cetera, then you’ll find this YouTube playlist incredibly helpful the next time you run into an issue with a feature in your vehicle. Whether you can’t figure out how to adjust the height of your liftgate or what the Bird’s Eye View Camera does, this technology & how-to video playlist has something for almost everything where the RAV4 is concerned. Give the playlist a look through or just watch it here on the blog next time you have a question. Read the rest of this entry >>