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Still waiting on some 2019 Toyota vehicles to arrive? This might help

By Product Expert | Posted in New Models, Toyota 86, Toyota Corolla Hatchback, Toyota RAV4 on Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 6:47 PM
A left profile photo of the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition going around a test track.

First Drive and Walk Around Videos for 2019 Toyota Vehicles

If you’ve been visiting the Colonial Toyota Blog regularly, it might have become clear that all of us working at the dealership are very excited about what will be available for the new model year. At the top of our list for upcoming arrivals are the newest versions of the Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition. These three platforms represent the strength of the automaker’s inventory found at dealerships like ours. If you’re still kicking around what options might work for you and your needs, check out these first-drive and walk-around videos for 2019 Toyota vehicles. Anyone who would like to learn more should make an appointment with a Colonial Toyota product expert today. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping your car clean is just as important in the winter

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, October 12th, 2018 at 1:28 PM
A stock photo of a car going through a touchless car wash.

How do I wash my car in winter?

When the weather is nice and warm, washing a car, truck or SUV can actually be a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. However, the calculus of that equation shifts drastically once those warm temperatures go away for the season and snow starts to accumulate. It’s really easy to convince yourself that you don’t need to worry about your regular detailing schedule over the winter months, that couldn’t be further from the truth. So, how do you wash your car in winter? The simple answer is, it will save you time and money in the long run. A longer answer pretty clearly intersects with helping retain as much value in your current vehicle as possible before it’s time to trade it in for a new one. Read the rest of this entry »

A flood-damaged car is a bad investment, watch out for these warning signs

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at 1:40 PM
A stock photo of a vehicle driving through a flooded street.

How do I know if a car has been in a flood?

The summer of 2018 was one of the wettest on record. Flooding was rampant in our area, which led to untold millions of dollars in damage. Naturally, this extends to vehicles. For most people, once the water receded, they made a claim with their insurance company and moved on with their lives. But some crooks out there might be looking to make a quick buck. If you’re looking for a good deal on a pre-owned vehicle, you will need to know how to identify if a car has been in a flood. The people who work on the Colonial Toyota Blog spoke with a team of experts to help you avoid getting ripped off. Read the rest of this entry »

Toyota expands list of options for new Tacoma, 4Runner and Tundra in 2019

By Product Expert | Posted in New Models on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 4:54 PM
A left profile photo 2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition.

New 2019 Toyota accessory packages

Among the lineup of new Toyota vehicles available at the Colonial Toyota, the automaker’s 4Runner, Tundra and Tacoma models are the most capable. Each of these models is among the industry’s best in each segment they occupy. For the new model year, the manufacturer is adding some new 2019 Toyota accessory packages that will add a new dimension for our customers to consider. Toyota aimed for the goal of providing a little extra style for each of the models without making them prohibitively expensive. We thought you’d like to learn more about what is available with these accessory packages before you come to Colonial Toyota to purchase one. Let’s take a look at them. Read the rest of this entry »

If you’re looking for a good scare this fall, try these out for good measure

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at 5:40 PM
A photo illustration of a spooky scene set in the woods.

2018 Haunted houses, trails and events in New Haven County, CT

We are finally into fall, arguably the best season of the year. We finally get to break out our favorite hoodies and sweaters and watch the leaves change colors between football games. However, the real highlight of the season is all of the 2018 haunted houses, trails and events in New Haven County, CT. The Milford area is filled with plenty of spooky and fun experiences. You should have no trouble finding something that fits the needs of your group that might need something more fun than scary or an experience that is just this side of terrifying. If a new Toyota vehicle would make it easier to get everyone to these venues, make an appointment with a Colonial Toyota product expert today. Read the rest of this entry »

A year after a redesign, Toyota not quite done with Camry upgrades

By Product Expert | Posted in Toyota Camry on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 7:00 PM
A photo of people taking advantage of the technology that is available with the 2019 Toyota Carmy.

Will the 2019 Toyota Camry offer a Wi-Fi hotspot?

Usually, the year after a vehicle is redesigned, not much will change. It is considered what is known in the industry as a carryover. However, because of the technological renaissance that is happening within the 2019 Toyota inventory arriving at Colonial Toyota, the automaker broke this mold when it delivered the latest available version of the incredibly popular Toyota Camry. So, will the 2019 Toyota Camry offer a Wi-Fi hotspot? Yes, it will. However, being able to connect several devices to the embedded Wi-Fi hotspot, customers considering the new Camry will also find a full slate of the automaker’s new technology available as standard or optional equipment – depending on which trim grade or accessory package they choose to take home. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping your car clean is just as important in winter as any other season

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 1:23 PM
A stock photo of a car covered in snow on the road.

How often do I need to wash my car in the winter?

There are a lot of things to love about winter, like sledding, skiing and hot chocolate. There are just as many things not to love about winter, like snow, ice, salt and rust. For the sake of argument, let’s say you just brought home a brand-new Toyota car, truck or crossover SUV from Colonial Toyota. You are probably going to be pretty motivated to keep it in as good of condition as possible. With another change in season only a few weeks away, you might be wondering, ‘How often do I need to wash my car in the winter?’ A few of our dedicated product experts did a little research and spoke with the technicians in our service department to get some answers. Read the rest of this entry »

Will a manual transmission still help you save on fuel costs?

By Product Expert | Posted in Dealership News, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 1:08 PM
A stock photo of a person shifting gears with a manual transmission.

Are manual transmissions more efficient than automatics?

It can be difficult to keep up with the advances in automotive technology. We do this kind of thing for a living and even we get caught by surprise from time-to-time. Toyota vehicles are more often than not among the most fuel efficient in each respective class they occupy. This isn’t much of secret and this fact often attracts shoppers to Toyota from other automakers. It’s still fairly common for people new to the Colonial Toyota showroom to ask one of our product experts, ‘Are manual transmission more efficient than automatics?’ This was once almost universally true across the automotive industry, but times have changed quite a bit thanks to rapid advances in automotive technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Your car’s battery is hugely important, here’s how to get the most out of it

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 1:28 PM
A stock photo of a mechanic placing a battery in a car.

How long should a car battery last?

When it comes to powering an automobile, the engine gets all of the attention. We don’t tend to think much about car batteries until it’s too late and we’re stuck in a parking lot on the coldest and/or rainiest day of the year. At night. If you’ve been concerned and wondering, ‘How long should a car battery last,’ Colonial Toyota is here to help. Thankfully, the days of having to open up a car battery filled with corrosive acid to add distilled water are long gone. Modern car batteries should have little trouble lasting several thousand miles or about two to five year. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can get the most of your battery and save some money and headaches along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Colonial Toyota guides owners of 2019 models through new technology

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 3:15 PM
A photo of the front dashboard found in the 2019 Toyota RAV4.

How do I use Toyota Remote Connect?

One of the threads that will tie most of the Toyota class of 2019 together will be cutting-edge technology. Models like the 2019 Toyota RAV4, Corolla Hatchback and Avalon will each be outfitted with the Entune 3.0 infotainment system. In addition to taking its capabilities to the next level, it will also feature compatibility with the Apple CarPlay suite of application and an available high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. These new systems will change the way that owners interact with their vehicles, even if they aren’t inside of it. Buyers wondering, ‘How do I use Toyota Remote Connect,’ are in luck. Colonial Toyota’s team of product experts found these videos to help guide current and future owners in getting the most out of their vehicles. As always, feel free to stop by the showroom if you need any help with anything relating to your vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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