CAR CARE NEWS :: FEBRUARY 2015

Toyota Unveils Prius Special Edition 2015 Model

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Toyota Unveils Prius Special Edition 2015 Model

The 2015 Toyota Prius celebrates the vehicle’s 14th year with a special edition model and an ever-increasing fuel efficiency — drivers can expect 50 mpg out of their Prius vehicles.

Two colors are available for the special edition Prius, absolutely red and blizzard pearl, and it features unique interior accents centered on black SofTex seats.

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A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

Dear Friends,

As a Toyota owner we wanted you to be the first to hear about your new neighbor, Livermore Toyota.

We invite you to drop by for a visit to our beautiful new facility and say “Hello” to the staff. Located on the corner of Highway 580 and North Vasco Road, Livermore Toyota is a full service dealership. We offer great deals on huge inventory of new and pre-owned Toyotas including the redesigned 2014 Rav4 and exceptional 2014 Prius.

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Seasonal service

Five ways to prevent battery problems this winter

Five ways to prevent battery problems this winter

Most drivers only think about their vehicle’s battery when it goes dead.

“Fortunately, batteries rarely fail without warning and paying heed to their death throes can help you avoid frustration,” said Jim McIlvaine of OPTIMA Batteries, known around the industry as OPTIMA Jim.

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Car care

Simple steps to protect exterior against harsh weather

Simple steps to protect exterior against harsh weather

Waxing isn’t just for muscle cars on display at auto shows. Laying down a protective layer over clean paint helps your vehicle weather the snow, rain and salty roads of winter.

“Winter always has the harshest elements on the paint itself,” said Mike Pennington, a product expert for Meguiar’s, a company specializing in car care products. “A thorough washing and waxing before winter is crucial for the preservation of your vehicle’s exterior. It’s not just a job for summer.”

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Accessories

All Weather Mats Protect Interior from Rainy Day Fun

All Weather Mats Protect Interior from Rainy Day Fun

There’s really no way around filth sneaking into your vehicle during winter. A sturdy set of floor mats protects the interior and reduces musty odors associated with caked mud or damp interior.  

“A durable, custom-fitted floor mat puts nature firmly in its place,” said Tara Duncan, director of marketing for Husky Liners, a Kansas-based company designing and developing heavy-duty floor mats. “Custom-molded liners that fit your vehicle’s floorboards keeps dust, dirt and debris out of your carpet,” Duncan said.

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Seasonal driving

Life-saving tips for traveling through school zones

Life-saving tips for traveling through school zones

School zones present special challenges for drivers of all ages, especially during the first few weeks of September.

“We want parents to make safety a top priority for their teens as they head back to school this fall,” said Ashley Sharaky, spokesperson for California’s Office of Traffic Safety. “Of course, these reminders apply not only to back-to-school season, but throughout the school year.”

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Before you go

Emergency trunk essentials for cold weather driving

Emergency trunk essentials for cold weather driving

People who live in harsh climates know the importance of a well-stocked emergency kit--a bit of pertinent advice for all drivers planning excursions during winter months.  

“Vehicles have more advanced safety features than ever before, but that doesn’t mean winter driving is any less dangerous,” said Tim DeSpain, a public information officer for Alaska’s Department of Public Safety. “Vehicles have anti-lock brakes, airbags throughout, navigation systems and traction control, but all that doesn’t matter if you’re stranded in the cold.”

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