What Do I Do After A Fender Bender?

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It doesn’t happen to everyone, but many drivers will experience at least one accident during their driving lives. If it’s never happened to you before, you might be wondering, “What do I do after a fender bender?” While the event can be overwhelming, with a little bit of preparation, you can handle the situation like a pro.

  1. Be prepared. Always keep a few emergency tools in your car, including a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, and insurance information.
  2. Stay calm. Once the sound of screeching tires and crunching metal has stopped, take a few deep breaths and assess the situation. Are you injured? Is anyone injured? If anyone needs immediate medical help, call 911. And of course, do not leave the scene.
  3. Check for damage. Once you’re sure everyone is safe, you can look at the damage. Do not admit fault or try to lay blame on another drive. Take pictures of everything, including the damage on your car and any other vehicles involved.
  4. Call the police. Most states require police involvement for accidents with any injuries or damage over $1,000. The officer will talk to all parties and witness, file a report, and issue any citations, if needed.
  5. Gather information. Exchange contact and insurance information with any other drivers. In addition, collect contact information for any other passengers or witnesses.
  6. Call your insurance. Contact your insurance ASAP and give them all the details, even if you were at fault. They will tell you what you need to do next to repair any damage.

Here at Danville Toyota, we hope this information will help you feel more prepared in case you are ever involved in an accident.

Back to School Driving Tips

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The school year is officially back in session. Whether or not you have school-aged children, we all need to keep in mind a few back to school driving tips to help keep everyone safe this school year.

For parents dropping off their children, be sure to follow your child’s school specific drop-off procedures. These are designed to ensure the safety of all students. A few things to keep in mind:

  • If you can, carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.
  • Load or unload on the same side of the street as the school.
  • Do not double park.

All drivers need to be aware of school buses on the road. It’s hard to miss them with their bright yellow paint, but some drivers choose to ignore laws regarding school bus traffic procedures. In all 50 states, drivers are required to stop for school buses who are actively loading or unloading children and have lights flashing and a stop arm extended. Here in Virginia, if you blatantly disobey this law, you could potentially face jail time, a six-month suspension of your driving privileges, and a fine of up to $2,500.

As a final tip, drivers need to be extra cautious when driving in school zones as children can act unpredictably and could dart into traffic.

Here at Danville Toyota, we want all drivers and students to stay safe this school year with these important back to school driving safety tips!

Tips on Saving Money on Car Rentals

When you need to rent a car, the costs can add up quick. That’s why it’s important to save money where you can. Here are some tips on saving on car rentals.

Shop Online

Look for deals and discounts online before heading straight to a rental place. You can sometimes find coupons or be able to compare rental costs from different places.

Forget Brand Names

Brand names don’t always help you. Don’t just look at Avis or Hertz, look into off-brand rental places that usually end up costing 15 – 30% less than major brand names.

No Airport

Avoid renting from airport locations, which tend to be priced significantly higher than other rental places. You can often save more money by simply taking an Uber or taxi to an off-airport location.


When you’re determining how long to rent a car for, give yourself the leeway of a day or two. Reserving the car for longer ahead of time will save you money. When you return a car early, you won’t have to pay for those days but if you return a car late, you might be charged some hefty fees.

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Toyota No Cost Maintenance Plan

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When you choose Toyota, you’re choosing an automaker that’ll always have your back. That’s because with Toyota, you’re getting Toyota’s no cost maintenance plan, ToyotaCare.

ToyotaCare gives you peace of mind when you get behind the wheel. With the purchase or lease of any new car, you’re getting ToyotaCare’s no cost maintenance plan guarantee. You’ll be covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles. Plus, no matter what your mileage, you’ll get 24-hour roadside assistance.

Included in 2 year/25,000 mile No Cost Service:

  • Engine Oil & Filter Change
  • Rotate Tires
  • Multi-Point Inspection
  • Inspect & Adjust Fluid Levels

When you do get service done, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re getting Toyota-certified technicians working on your car. They’re trained specifically for Toyotas, so your car is getting specialized service.

Included in 2 year Roadside Assistance:

  • Battery Jump Start
  • Lockout Protection
  • Emergency Fuel Delivery
  • Tire Service
  • Towing
  • Winching

No matter what time, you’ll be able to contact ToyotaCare representatives through a 24-hour number! So whenever you need help on the road, you can get it.

So come down to Danville Toyota today to get your Toyota and your no cost maintenance plan!

Top Maintenance Items for your Car: What is Essential?

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Maintenance is important for any vehicle, whether you are performing major repairs or a simple oil change. Regular service can not only improve performance and efficiency, but it can also extend the life of your car and increase resale value. Read on to discover the top maintenance items you can’t go without.

Oil changes.

Oil is used to lubricate parts, keep the engine clean, and to move heat away from important components. According to Main Street, regular changes are absolutely necessary, and should be done about every 3,000 miles. Clean oil keeps the engine working properly and prevents future breakdowns.

Tire Rotation.

Tires are especially important because they are the only part of the car that comes in contact with the road. Rotations evenly distribute wear, which tends to occur more rapidly in the front (on front-engine vehicles) because of the added weight. Plus, most technicians check the pressure at this time, ensuring your tires last nearly twice as long.


Does your car drift to one side of the road? You might need to have your wheels aligned. Normally, your car should drive straight as an arrow. Alignments also adjust the cam and toe (the tilt of the wheel in different directions) to optimize your ride. You should have your car realigned at least once a year, which will increase the ride and handling of your car, as well as the lifespan of your tires.

Wiper Check.

You don’t want to have bad wipers or no fluid when you really need them. Visibility is extremely important when you drive, so be sure to get new wipers once or twice a year, and top-off fluid every few months. Typically, a harsh winter means you’ll need to do this more often.

Need your vehicle serviced? Stop by Danville Toyota for quality repairs and maintenance, as well as affordable prices.

Toyota Sienna is Named Top Family Car of the Year

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2015 Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna was recently named a Top Family Car of the Year by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. Looking at features like quality of ride, safety, comfort, seating, and more, Edmunds and Parents voted the Sienna as the best vehicle in the Minivan category. There were nine other vehicles that won awards in their respective categories, as well.

According to Toyota, the Sienna is designed to make parenting easier. For example, this model comes with four different LATCH locations for car seats, a Driver Easy Speak option so you don’t have to shout, and a voice-command multi-media system to help kids stay entertained. The Sienna also has third-row seating with up to 150 cu ft of space.

“The endlessly roomy Sienna stands above its competitors for two reasons: It’s the only one with available all-wheel drive, and the especially user-friendly controls help you stay focused on the road,” Parents magazine writes.

The Sienna also has state-of-the-art safety systems, including the breakthrough Toyota Star Safety System, ABS, Smart Stop Technology, and more. Driver-assist technology is available on certain trims and packages, including a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With the latest in safety, entertainment, and convenience, the new Toyota Sienna is perfect for virtually any parent. It’s no wonder this model was named the Top Family Car of the Year.

Reasons to Service Your Vehicle at a Dealership

When your vehicle needs to be repaired, it is important that the best equipment and parts are used by the best mechanics in order to get the job done. The sheer number of service shops makes determining who is best for the job a little difficult. However, there is another option. Rather than take your vehicle to a service shop to be repaired, consider these reasons to service your vehicle at a dealership!

  1. The Right Parts

Repairing a vehicle can be nearly impossible if you don’t have the right parts. Fortunately, most dealerships carry Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts! These are the parts that the vehicle manufacturers originally equipped to the vehicle when it was first built, and they can have your vehicle running like when it was first assembled as well.

  1. The Right Technicians

There is no guarantee on how much training mechanics in service shops have received. However, at dealerships, each technician is required to undergo a rigorous training regimen before they even begin to work on their first vehicle!

  1. The Right Facilities

The final ingredient for the best vehicle repair and service experience is the right facilities. The facilities in many service shops are outdated. Meanwhile, dealerships frequently possess top-of-the-line service facilities for working on vehicle repairs!

The next time that you need your vehicle to undergo repairs, take it to our service center at Danville Toyota!

Routine Maintenance Your Vehicle Needs

Constantly bringing in your vehicle for its routine maintenance and service can seem like a chore. However, if your vehicle does not receive the maintenance that it requires on a constant basis, then it can lead to some serious problems down the road! In order to ensure that you vehicle stays healthy make sure that it receives the routine maintenance it needs.

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Oil Maintenance

The commonly-held belief among drivers is that you should always change your oil every 3,000 miles. However, the truth is that every vehicle needs its oil changed at different intervals of time! Be sure to check your vehicle manual for the best answer as to when you should change your vehicle’s oil.

Tire Maintenance

There are several tests, such as the penny test, that you can use to determine if you need to replace your tires due to wear and tear. In order to make sure that your tires last longer, you should routinely have them rotated between every 5,000 and 10,000 miles.

Brake Maintenance

Your vehicle’s braking system is one of its most vital components in regards to keeping you safe. Therefore, you want to make sure that the brakes are in the best shape that they can possibly be! In order to do so, you should replace your brake pads and brake fluid every 60,000 miles.

Prepare Your Car for Summer With These Simple Tips

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A first aid kit is a great tool to have in your car during the summer, and all year too! Photo By ~riley


Now that summer is nearly finally here, it’s time to ready your car for summer’s challenges and adventures so that you can be ready for any journey at a moment’s notice! Prepare your car for summer with these tips:

  • Keep a spare swimsuit and a spare beach towel stowed in the back, just in case.
  • Always have an extra bottle of sunscreen ready for use, and be sure that it isn’t expired.
  • Similarly, it’s a good idea to keep a pair of sunglasses and/or a floppy, brimmed hat available to further protect you from the sun.
  • Fresh, clean water can come in handy whether you simply get thirsty or find yourself in an emergency.
  • And speaking of emergencies, be sure to re-stock your first aid kit, and if you don’t already have a first-aid kit in your car – get one!

For more safety tips or to start your summer out with a brand new vehicle, visit us anytime at Danville Toyota.

New Toyota Shooting Brake Concept Adds Space, Functionality to Existing Line

Toyota has unveiled an all new one-off Shooting Brake concept, adding to the Australian 86 sports car, which is the Scion FR-S in the United States.

The Toyota Shooting Brake concept basically turns the Toyota 86 into a rear-wheel-drive compact station wagon, adding both rear headroom and seriously expanding the cargo area. It even adds a tailgate that opens like a hatchback.

Reports even say that the Shooting Brake concept makes the vehicle easier to drive around corners than in the standard coupe version of the model.

It’s unknown whether the Shooting Brake concept will go into full production, and it’s definitely unclear if the concept will be adapted for the Scion FR-S in the U.S. However, if it’s popular, we think it’s safe to assume that we’ll see it stateside soon.

In the meantime, visit us anytime at Danville Toyota to check out all the latest technology that Toyota has in store for you!