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4 Tips to Keep Your Car Looking Great

Whether you’re a car enthusiast or simply a daily driver, keeping your car clean is always a must. While it may seem like a daunting task to keep your car clean, it truly isn’t, especially with our Toyota of Abilene helpful car cleaning tips.

As with any chore, the more you keep up with cleaning your car, the easier it is to maintain. That is why we recommend regularly cleaning out your car, vacuuming it and keeping it free of trash and debris.

When it comes to keeping the exterior of your car looking great, regular washes and waxes will go a long way. Maintaining your car’s paint is a great way to ensure your vehicle won’t have rust or peeling problems. The best part is that it keeps your car looking great too.

With this list of helpful tips, you’ll have all the tools and knowledge you need to keep your car looking just as great as it did the day you bought it.

Clear it Out

The first step to cleaning your car like the pros is pretty simple — clear it out! Trash, debris, last week’s hamburger wrapper, you’ll want to get rid of it all. Clearing out the clutter from the interior of your car instantly makes it look better and a lot less “lived in”. Plus, if you had enough stuff in there, you could consider it as fuel savings to clean it all out.

Not only is interior clutter unsightly, but it can also be dangerous. If you’re ever in an accident, every item you have on the interior will be tossed around becoming a hazard to you. Plus, who wants to be coated in a two-day-old soda after getting in an accident?

Cleaning out the interior of your car is the easiest step, all you need are some trash bags and you’ll be clutter-free in no time. Once you’ve cleaned out the interior of your car, you can move on to our next step detailed below.

Scrub it Out

Just like the carpet and flooring in our homes, the floor mats in our cars can get pretty dirty. That’s why it’s important for you to pull them out of the car and give them a good scrubbing. Getting your floor mats nice and clean doesn’t just look good, it also will help cut down on airborne bacteria and irritants too.

Before you get to scrubbing, you may also want to give your floor mats thorough vacuuming. This will get the dirt and debris that has found its way into your car and been compacted down. Once you’re done vacuuming you can get to scrubbing.

You’ll want a good brush with semi-firm bristles to attack carpet floor mats, and a good cleaning agent as well. If you have rubber or “all-weather” floor mats, you can skip the vacuum step and just give them a good spray down with your chosen cleaning agent.

Vacuum it Out

If you have been following our steps thus far, you should have your vacuum out still, so why not tackle the rest of the interior with it? Thoroughly vacuum all carpeted surfaces in your car, including the passenger and rear-seat floorboards, especially if they see high traffic.

While you have the vacuum out, it’s probably a good idea to run it over any non-carpeted surfaces that accumulate dust and debris like the dashboard. You can even hit the vents as dust accumulates there and can cause allergies or irritation.

A solid vacuum job should leave your car’s interior looking fresh and smelling even better — so why not take the time and do your car a favor?

Wipe it Out

A final step to cleaning your car like a pro is wiping it out. Pick up some interior cleaning and detailing wipes and get to work! We recommend starting from the driver’s seat, hitting all the instrumentation and surfaces you touch most.

From there, we say no amount of attention to detail is too much. Dig into those cracks and crevices, don’t be afraid to really get in there. You can use things like Q-Tips to get into tight spaces like between the air vents or radio controls. Work your way throughout the front first, then make a move to the back of the car — don’t forget the cupholders!

Get to Cleaning

Now that you have read our list of tips to keep your car clean like the pros, it’s time to grab your cleaning supplies and get to work. Whether you’re going for full interior and exterior detail or keeping it simple with a wash and wax, this list of tips is sure to get you started on the right path.

If you’re not feeling the whole DIY car detailing process, that’s okay too, we can always help you out at our reconditioning department. All you have to do is book an appointment online or by calling 325-550-2122 — stopping by works too.

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Toyota to Collaborate with Redwood Materials on a Sustainable, Closed-Loop Electrified Vehicle Battery Ecosystem

Areas include end-of-life battery solutions for its battery ecosystem, including battery collection, testing & evaluation, remanufacturing, recycling and battery materials production

PLANO, Texas and CARSON CITY, Nev. (June 21, 2022) – Toyota Motor North America (Toyota), as part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint year after year and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, has embarked on a mission to create a sustainable, closed-loop battery ecosystem for its electrified powertrains. This mission focuses not only on the collection, testing and recycling of batteries into raw materials to create a sustainable supply chain, but also aims to develop second-life opportunities for remanufactured and repurposed Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries by leveraging battery health screening tools and empowering data from its vehicles.

In connection with these goals, Toyota and Redwood Materials (Redwood) will explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota’s proposed battery ecosystem. Initially, this collaboration will focus on the collection, testing and recycling of Toyota hybrid electric vehicle batteries. The companies will then look to expand into other areas such as battery health screening and data management, remanufacturing and battery material supply throughout North America.

“We are excited to be working with Redwood Materials to identify solutions for our electrified powertrains at the end-of-life that contributes to our vision of creating a sustainable, circular battery ecosystem,” said Christopher Yang, group vice president of Business Development at Toyota. “We are committed to developing sustainable solutions that allow our batteries to provide value beyond the initial lifecycle in an electrified vehicle. This also contributes to our carbon neutrality goals and our mission to build a more sustainable world for all.”

Redwood Materials is driving down the environmental footprint and cost of lithium-ion batteries by offering large-scale sources of domestic anode and cathode materials produced from recycled batteries. Redwood receives more than ~6 GWh of end-of-life batteries annually for recycling, which are then refined and remanufactured into critical battery materials. The company plans to ramp production of anode and cathode components in the US to 100 GWh annually by 2025, enough to produce more than one million electric vehicles a year. Together, Toyota and Redwood will investigate ways to seamlessly incorporate battery recycling through domestic battery materials manufacturing into Toyota’s battery production strategy, beginning with North America.

“Toyota helped pave the way for clean transportation with the introduction of the Toyota Prius more than 20 years ago. Their commitment not only to sell millions of electrified vehicles this decade but to ensure their circularity into the future is a critical step for electrification,” said JB Straubel, Redwood Materials founder and CEO. “Redwood and Toyota’s shared vision to drive down the environmental footprint and cost of transportation will continue to accelerate the adoption and access to electric vehicles.”

Toyota’s production plans include new and increased automotive battery production in the United States. Recently Toyota announced an investment of $1.29 billion in a new North American battery plant, Toyota Battery Manufacturing, North Carolina (TBMNC). When completed, TBMNC is anticipated to produce battery packs for 1.2 million electrified vehicles per year. Toyota expects to sell eight million electrified vehicles globally by 2030 and invest $70B in their development.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.  With the more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.

About Redwood Materials

Redwood Materials is creating a circular supply chain to drive down the environmental footprint and cost of lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicles and sustainable energy storage systems they power. Founded by JB Straubel, the Nevada-based company is offering large-scale sources of domestic anode and cathode materials produced from recycled batteries. Redwood receives more than ~6 GWh of end-of-life batteries annually for recycling, which are then refined and remanufactured into critical battery materials. The company plans to ramp production of anode and cathode components in the US to 100 GWh annually by 2025, enough to produce more than one million electric vehicles a year.

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Electric Vehicles are More Practical Than You Think. Here’s Why

As fuel prices soar and climate change becomes a larger public concern, the need for electric vehicles becomes clearer and clearer. Despite the growing need for electric vehicles, there is no shortage of negative rumors surrounding the vehicles. You’ll hear about “range anxiety” or how rare materials are used to build batteries for EVs. The thing is, you could say many of the same things about gas-powered vehicles — without all the benefits of an EV.

Whether you’re considering an electric vehicle or flat out refuse to adapt, this blog will show you just how practical electric vehicles are. By the time you finish this blog, you’ll be convinced that electric vehicles are the future of automobiles — and that future is now. Once you’re done reading, make sure to pay a visit to Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene to test drive an electric vehicle today.

They Require Less Maintenance

One of the biggest reasons electric vehicles are more practical than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is that they require less maintenance. With a gas-powered vehicle, you have to perform routine maintenance, such as oil changes and tune-ups — all of which are costly. Unlike gas-powered cars, electric vehicles require little to no routine maintenance and will only see a mechanic when it needs major repairs or servicing.

While electric vehicles will still need new tires, brakes and wiper blades throughout the year, you will still be performing less routine maintenance on them compared to a gas-powered vehicle. This means you’ll be able to save tons of money on oil changes, tune-ups, fluid changes and other routine maintenance that is associated with a gas-powered vehicle. With the money you save on both fuel and maintenance costs, owning an electric vehicle practically pays for itself!

Save on Fuel Costs

An obvious benefit to electric cars is the amount of money you will save by not purchasing fuel. If you own a fully-electric vehicle you won’t be hitting the local gas station to fuel up once a week. Instead, you’ll be able to “fuel” up at home as you can have a level 2 or 3 charger installed inside of your garage with relative ease. This means not only will you save money on fuel, but you’ll also save yourself some time as you won’t have to travel to the gas station.

Now, if you live in an apartment complex, charging your EV might be a bit more complicated if your complex doesn’t have on-site charging stations. In this case, you’ll have to figure out where the nearest charging station is and spend a bit of time charging up there. While the time spent charging may be a drawback, if you can combine it with other activities it is quite practical.

Whether you have the ability to charge at home will decide just how practical owning an EV is for you. However, as time goes on and EVs grow in popularity, more public charging options will become available and make owning an EV more practical than ever before. Even if you don’t have the ability to charge an EV at home, the amount of money you’ll save on fuel and maintenance is enough reason to make the switch.

Self-Driving Mode

A feature straight out of a sci-fi movie, self-driving technology is yet another reason owning an electric vehicle is more practical than you may think. We all know that driving is dangerous and combining human error with it only heightens the amount of risk — yet we all get behind the wheel each morning without a second thought.

With self-driving electric vehicles, that inherent risk of human error is eliminated, making the roads a safer place for everyone. Self-driving car technology allows you to commute completely hands-free as artificial intelligence makes driving decisions for you. You will have to remain alert at all times while using the self-driving mode just in case you need to take control of the vehicle at any time.

Not only do self-driving cars keep people and the roads safer, but they also make your daily commute easier than ever before.

Test Drive an EV Today at Toyota of Abilene

Now that you know just how practical owning an electric vehicle can be, it’s time for you to test drive one at Toyota of Abilene. At Toyota of Abilene, we offer the best deals on new and used Toyota vehicles — including the electrifying Prius. If you don’t want to overpay for your next car, you need to visit Toyota of Abilene today!

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Toyota Supports Uvalde Community

PLANO, Texas (June 2, 2022) – Toyota Motor North America together with Gulf States Toyota and GSFSGroup are donating $250,000 to support counseling and bereavement services for families and others impacted by the Uvalde, Texas, tragedy.

Family Services Association, San Antonio, which offers counseling and survivor assistance through a trauma-informed lens, and Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, which provides services for grieving youth and their families, are each receiving $75,000.

Gulf States Toyota and GSFSGroup are providing $50,000 to both Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas and The United with Uvalde Fund.

Toyota also is matching employee giving, encouraging donations to the following nonprofits:

  • The Onestar Foundation – Robb Elementary Memorial Fund: contributing to the relief fund for victims, families and others affected by the tragedy.
  • Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas: to deliver counseling services for children, caregivers and community members.
  • Family Services Association: to support survivor families to cover basic needs and mental health aid.
  • Communities in Schools San Antonio: to provide basic needs, education support and social services.
  • United with Uvalde Fund – United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County: to support mental health services for students, teachers and families.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships. 

Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

 

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The Manual Transmission isn’t Dead; Introducing the 2023 Toyota Supra GR

The Manual Transmission isn’t Dead; Introducing the 2023 Toyota Supra GR

Toyota’s legendary Supra GR is returning yet again for 2023, and coming along with it is a new six-speed manual transmission. Long-known for its motorsport prowess, Toyota is a beloved by car enthusiasts and motorsports lovers alike.

This is why Toyota has decided to give its fans what they’ve long been craving — a new manual-transmission Supra. The 2023 Supra GR will also feature Enhanced Drive Dynamics in addition to the manual transmission and will be available at Toyota of Abilene later this year.

If you’d like to get your hands on the new Supra GR, Toyota of Abilene can make it happen. At Toyota of Abilene, we stock the largest selection of Toyota vehicles in Abilene. — including the 2023 Supra GR. Come on down and we’ll put you behind the wheel of your dream car today.

#savethemanual

Highly coveted by Toyota-lovers and car-enthusiasts alike, the Supra has long been an icon in automotive history. As has the manual transmission — with many calling it the essence of sports cars. With this in mind, Toyota has joined the #savethemanual campaign, introducing the 2023 Supra GR with a manual transmission.

Re-introduced in 2019, the Supra GR was a fresh take on the legendary Supra sports car. Its arrival was highly anticipated by enthusiasts, especially those looking to scratch their Fast and Furious itch. Much to their dismay, however, it was only available with an automatic transmission.

The 2019 Supra GR still sold well, but fans were left hoping for more from Toyota. Now in 2022, Toyota has heard its fans and is planning on delivering what they have always wanted — a six-speed manual transmission Supra GR.

Available as an option on the 2023 Supra 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, the six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) will provide smooth shifting and ultimate control. The iMT was custom-engineered for the Supra GR by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Division. It will be paired with the Supra GR’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, delivering 382-horsepower.

An intelligent Manual Transmission

The iMT takes the efficiency of automatic transmissions and combines it flawlessly with everything we love about manual transmissions. Specially designed software allows the iMT to provide a sporty experience each and every time you get behind the wheel.

With this software, the iMT optimizes engine torque during upshifts for precision gear changes when the clutch is engaged. When downshifting, the iMT software fine-tunes engine revs for perfectly timed downshifts and reliable performance.

The best part about iMT? Owners of the Supra GR will be free turn it off in Sport Mode for a more visceral experience. This is perfect for when you really want to get your Brian Spillner act going in full effect.

A Connection Like No Other

If you’re wondering why manual transmissions are so sought after by car enthusiasts, its quite simple — they offer unparalleled control. The amount of control and feel you get out of a manual transmission is astounding and oodles of fun. Many car enthusiasts describe it as being “truly connected” to the vehicle and it makes sense.

A shifter acts as an extension of your arm as you row through the gears. As you pump the clutch, your leg feels as if it intertwines with the mechanical workings of the vehicle. All of this provides an unmatched feeling of connection with the vehicle — of being one.

Having trouble grasping just how connected you feel when driving a manual? Then there is only one solution — drive one! Luckily for you, Toyota of Abilene has the largest selection of Toyotas in Abilene, including the manual Supra GR. Come on down to Toyota of Abilene to experience the thrill of a manual Supra GR today!

GAZOO Racing

The first global racing division in Toyota, GAZOO Racing is one of Toyota President Akio Toyoda’s greatest achievements. GAZOO Racing is aimed at delivering cars that perfectly convey the joy of driving.

As the division has grown, they have introduced GR variations of popular models like the Yaris and the rear-wheel-drive GR86 coupe. These vehicles were built solely to show what GR is all about, an unbridled passion for driving and performance.

The GR division is inspired by the legendary TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, a championship-winning motorsport team known throughout the globe. It is this division that has worked tirelessly to deliver the Supra GR of every car and Toyota enthusiast’s dreams — the 2023 Supra GR.

Ready to Race?

Are you ready to be a part of the Gazoo Racing family? If so, you need to visit Toyota of Abilene located in Abilene. At Toyota of Abilene, we stock the largest selection of new and used Toyotas, including the new Supra GR. If you don’t want to overpay for your next Toyota, then you need to buy it here at Toyota of Abilene.

The best selection of Toyotas at the lowest prices are only at one place in Abilene — and that’s Toyota of Abilene. Stop by and test drive the thrilling 2023 Supra GR today!

 

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Lithia Toyota of Abilene’s Top Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

When you’re on the search for a new vehicle, having an idea of how you will finance the vehicle is just as important as knowing which make and model you want. Just as you would shop around for the best price on that vehicle, you should look for the best financing options available for your purchase. This is why the most efficient way to handle your financing is by financing with the dealership you’re purchasing from.

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene we not only have the largest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, but we also have an in-house finance team that works with the best lenders available to help finance your purchase. Financing your new or pre-owned vehicle is easy here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, as most of our customers get approved and drive home the same day.

Pick from the widest selection of new and pre-owned vehicles and top financing options, only available here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

The Benefits of Financing at Lithia Toyota of Abilene

Purchasing a new vehicle, while exciting, can also be confusing to some, especially when it comes to financing. Finding the right lender to finance your new vehicle means filling out multiple applications, and waiting to hear back from those lenders as they make a decision, which could take days or even weeks. Financing your new vehicle here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene cuts out all of that hassle, as our finance professionals work with a variety of lenders, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

Plenty of Lenders to Choose From

One of the biggest advantages to financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is our large portfolio lenders to choose from. Throughout our many years of operation, we have developed strong relationships with some of the top lenders in America. These strong, personal relationships with our lenders allow us to negotiate on our customer’s behalf, ensuring that our customers are getting the best interest rates and loans possible.

At Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we also have access to manufacturers’ financing companies, which aren’t typically available to the general public. Being able to access such a wide range of lenders means that we can always find the top rates and financing terms for you to choose from. Finding the right lender for your new or pre-owned vehicle is made easy when you let us handle the financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

Special Financing Terms

Another great benefit of financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is we are able to offer special financing terms, that are only available through manufacturer lenders. Working closely with manufacturers gives us access to limited financing specials such as 0% interest rates, finance incentives and discounts, and even extended terms. A good way to save money on your next vehicle purchase is by taking advantage of special financing rates and terms that are only available by financing through the dealer. Choosing to provide your own financing means you’ll miss out on the great benefits that come with financing here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

Getting the best financing rates and terms on your new vehicle purchase is simple when you finance with us here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

Don’t Fear the Credit Check

The term “credit check” tends to put fear into most people, but here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, there is nothing to fear when it comes to credit. A great benefit of financing with us at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is that we will work with you no matter your credit score, as we have a variety of lenders for every credit situation. We work with people in all types of credit situations, ranging from no credit history to folks with foreclosures and bankruptcies, no matter your situation we will have a solution for you.

At Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we want you to drive home happy, and that’s why we work tirelessly to secure financing for you no matter your credit score.

One-Stop-Shop

The best part of financing with us here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene is it makes us your one-stop shop for a new or pre-owned vehicle, saving you time and money. With the car buying process already being time-consuming, it makes sense to save time by financing in-house here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene. Trying to finance your own vehicle means filling out a ton of applications, and then waiting to hear back from each lender over the next few weeks, wasting your precious time. You’re already putting time into finding the right new or pre-owned vehicle, why invest more into finding the right lender when Lithia Toyota of Abilene will do it for you?

Here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene, we work closely with our lenders, which allows us to negotiate the top financing rates and terms for our customers every time. Because of our high standing with our variety of lenders, they make deals for us they wouldn’t make for anyone else, giving us access to special financing rates and terms not able to be had anywhere else! Take advantage of this by financing your new or pre-owned vehicle here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.

If you’re in Abilene, TX, or the surrounding areas and looking for the top finance rates on new and pre-owned vehicles, look no further than here at Lithia Toyota of Abilene.