The Importance of Auto Glass Service

Some things about vehicle ownership are inevitable. Flat tires and dead batteries are two common issues, but one often overlooked repair is when you get a chip or crack in your car’s windshield. Whether a rock flew up while you were driving or some other reason, it’s vital to take care of the damage as soon as possible.

Visibility

Most times, you won’t notice a crack or chip in your vehicle’s windshield until you get behind the wheel and start your journey. Even the smallest issue can be a big visibility concern. If you have to adjust your position in the driver’s seat to see around, above, or below a windshield flaw, call our team at High River Toyota to take care of it.

Integrity

Not only can a crack or chip be a visibility issue, but it can also cause the integrity of your car’s windshield to falter. According to Reader’s Digest Canada, “A cracked windshield has a greater chance of shattering or causing an accident.”

The solution? Bring your car to High River Toyota in Alberta, where our team can repair or replace your vehicle’s windshield glass. Our technicians are highly trained to work on non-Toyota vehicles, too, and the sooner you take care of this issue, the better.

Toyota Red Tag Days Are Here to Help You Save Big at High River Toyota!

Toyota Red Tag Days | High River, AB

If you’re looking for outstanding lease and finance rates on some of the most popular Toyota models, you’re in luck! Toyota Red Tag Days are here, and we’ve got the details on how you can save big at High River Toyota.[1]

2022 Corolla LE
Finance from 2.49%

The Corolla LE is the second trim in the sedan’s versatile lineup. It comes with useful tech features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, automatic A/C, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. You’ll also appreciate its standard heated front seats and its stylish 16-inch steel wheels.

2022 Corolla XSE CVT
Lease from 2.99%

At the top of the Corolla lineup is the XSE CVT trim, equipped with a long list of premium amenities. Comfort is prioritized with the SofTex leather seats, heated front and rear seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The standard Premium Audio with Remote system comes with a variety of trial services to keep you connected to your Corolla, too.

2022 RAV4 Trail AWD
Finance from 3.99%

One of the most adventurous RAV4 models is the Trail AWD. Thanks to its Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system with Rear Driveline Disconnect, you’ll be able to adventure on all kinds of terrain. Other convenient and premium features include a power moonroof, LED fog lights, a backup camera, and bridge-type roof rails.

2022 Highlander XLE AWD
Finance from 2.99%

For a larger SUV option that can still take you off the beaten path, consider the Highlander XLE AWD model. It also comes with a smart AWD system as well as a 295-horsepower engine. Inside, you and your passengers will appreciate 3-Zone independent automatic climate control, a power moonroof, a power liftgate, and an available heated steering wheel.

Contact our team or visit us at High River Toyota in Alberta to learn more about these incredible Toyota deals!

[1] Limited time purchase financing offer provided through Toyota Financial Services on approved credit on new retail sales of qualifying models. Offer subject to change/cancellation without notice.

How to Transport a Paddleboard on Your Car

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Paddleboarding is an amazing way to relax on the water and explore new places. But before you can get your board on the water, you need to bring it there — and loading a non-inflatable paddleboard onto a car can be a tricky job.

With a Roof Rack

The best way to transport a paddleboard is with SUP-specific rack mounted on your vehicle’s crossbars. There are many paddleboard-compatible racks on the market, including some that enable you to carry more than one. For safe transport, make sure to read directions closely.

Without a Roof Rack

It’s possible to transport a paddleboard without a rack or even without crossbars. In the former case, you can tie the paddleboard directly to the crossbars, but you’ll need to add padding to ensure the bars don’t damage the board. If your car has a smooth roof, then you can consider investing in a soft inflatable roof rack, such as one made of foam.

In a Truck

If you drive a truck, your paddleboard likely extends past the length of the bed. Put padding over the tailgate and then tie the board down as close to the tailgate as possible using side rails or your truck’s tie-down mounts. If the paddleboard extends past the tailgate by more than a few feet, you should hang a red or orange flag from the board. It may be required by law.

At High River Toyota, you can buy genuine Toyota parts and accessories that make it easier to mount paddleboards as well as other equipment. Visit our website or our store in High River, Alberta, for a closer look!

Introducing the Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra | High River, AB

The introduction of the 2022 Toyota Tundra has been especially exciting because it marks the beginning of a new generation for this adventurous truck. Toyota is now debuting the new Tundra Capstone grade that elevates the truck-driving experience even further.

Leveled Up Luxury

On the outside, the Tundra Capstone is outfitted with eye-catching 22-inch chrome rims, a unique grille, chrome mirror caps, and chrome “TUNDRA” tailgate inserts, among other chrome detailing. To help you get inside, the automatic running boards will pop out for a step up. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a handful of luxury features made from high-quality materials, like semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, an open-pore Dark American Walnut finish on the centre console and dash, and a panoramic moonroof.

Toughness Comes Standard

Even though it sports a premium look, the Tundra Capstone is still a tough truck. It’s powered by the new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that generates up to 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbo V6 engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission for maximum efficiency and performance. All things considered, you can tow up to 4,690 kg with the Tundra Capstone.

The Security of Safety Sense

Just like all other 2022 Tundra models, the Capstone model is equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. This includes driver-assist features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and many other helpful systems. Additionally, the Tundra Capstone comes with Toyota’s Rear Seat Reminder that lets you know if anything is still in the back when the engine is turned off.

These are just some of the highlights of the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, arriving at Canadian dealerships this spring. Contact our team at High River Toyota in Alberta for more details.

Tips for Easter Dinner and Your Toyota

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Easter is just around the corner and other than spending time with family, one of the most enjoyable traditions is eating a delicious meal. If you plan on traveling somewhere with food in the car, we’ve put together these tips for transporting Easter dinner in your Toyota.

Slow Cooker Travel Tips

A slow cooker, like the Crockpot™, is helpful for cooking a large, delicious meal. But when you transport one of these that is full of hot food, the lid can become loose and cause its contents to spill in your car. First, try finding a slow cooker with a locking lid. If you don’t have a locking lid, try wrapping the slow cooker in towels and wedge it in place between the front- and second-row seats on the floor.

Hot Casserole Travel Tips

A casserole dish can have a similar issue as a crock-pot when it comes to loose lids. However, most casserole dishes are less soup-y and can withstand a few tiny bumps in the road. But to help keep it hot on the way to your destination, place it in an insulated bag or wrap it in towels to keep the heat in as much as possible.

Cold Food Travel Tips

For short trips, transporting cold food is a breeze; just keep the lid on and try to avoid blasting the heat in your car. But if you’re traveling further than a 10-minute drive, consider placing the cold food item container on ice in a cooler to keep it fresh.

Here at High River Toyota, we wish you a Happy Easter and hope you stay safe during all of your traveling.

The Best Places to Ski in Alberta

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Whether you’re new to the sport or you just want to get back out on the slopes, skiing is a great way to spend time outdoors in winter. To help you figure out where to go in your capable Tundra or adventurous Highlander, our team at High River Toyota has listed some of the best places to ski in Alberta.

Banff Sunshine Village

Thanks to its large size and variety of options, Banff Sunshine Village makes a lot of “best of” lists for skiing. The most unique part about this resort is that it’s not located near a parking lot and is actually at the end of a 15-minute gondola ride. The resort is comprised of three areas — Lookout Mountain, Mount Standish, and Goat’s Eye Mountain — totaling 3,358 acres of terrain with the highest point at 8,954 feet.

Marmot Basin

A little further north is where you’ll find Marmot Basin near Jasper. Although it’s a smaller resort, its base elevation is an impressive 5,570 feet, meaning you have a longer season to ski (typically from November to May). There are 91 runs waiting for you, including starter options to quite a few black and double black routes.

Lake Louise Ski Resort

Often described as a must-visit spot, Lake Louise Ski Resort has been home to several World Cup ski events over the years. The resort boasts a daunting 3,250-foot vertical drop as well as breathtaking views atop Whitehorn Mountain. Last year, the resort added a new quad chair lift in the West Bowl advanced skiers area.

These are just a few of the best places to head out on the slopes in Alberta. What other spots would you recommend?

What to Do If Your Car Breaks Down This Winter in Alberta

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Even when you take precautions, your vehicle could still break down and put you in a risky situation during a frigid Alberta winter. It’s a good idea to have a plan in place so you don’t panic, and these tips are a good place to start.

Stay Put

If you get stranded in nasty weather, it’s usually best to stay put in your vehicle, call for help, and wait instead of getting out and exposing yourself to cold temperatures and blinding snow. If you can still run the engine, it’s OK to turn it on for a bit to operate the heater, but keep a window open and try not to empty the gas tank. If you do run out of gas, keep the windows shut so the cabin doesn’t lose all its warmth.

Conserve Your Energy

If your vehicle is stuck in snow, it’s typically better to wait for help and try to stay warm. Exiting the vehicle and trying to dig yourself out could sap your energy at a time when you really need it. If for some reason it’s unsafe to stay in your vehicle, cover your face and bundle up as securely as possible and seek shelter out of the wind.

Be Prepared

You can’t always avoid a breakdown, but you can be prepared for when it happens. Keep your vehicle stocked with blankets, flares, food and water, a charged cellphone, and other emergency supplies.

It’s also a good idea to stay up to date on maintenance during the winter months so your vehicle is in the best condition possible. For your safety and peace of mind, schedule an appointment soon with the High River Toyota service department here in High River, Alberta.

Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaways in Alberta

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to hop in your Toyota and take your partner on a romantic weekend getaway in Alberta. Need a few ideas? Here are some great destinations to consider.

Kananaskis Nordic Spa

Kananaskis Nordic Spa boasts beautiful mountain views and an array of pools, saunas, and steam rooms where you and your sweetie can soak away your cares. Located less than 2 hours from High River, it’s close enough for a day trip, or you could make a full weekend of it with a room at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge and a ski date on one of the nearby slopes.

Lake Louise

If you and your partner love ice skating, drive up to Banff National Park and enjoy a day on Lake Louise, which transforms into an enormous, beautiful rink every winter. Afterward, you can relax at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy lovely mountain views, delicious food and drinks, and luxurious accommodations.

Heritage Ranch

Heritage Ranch in Red Deer is an incredible spot for a memorable date night. Along with high-end dining at the on-site restaurant, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage or sleigh rides on the scenic ranch grounds, then retreat afterward to a romantic suite at the nearby Cambridge Red Deer Hotel.  

Wherever you decide to go this Valentine’s Day, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and ready by scheduling a service appointment here at High River Toyota!

Tips for Cutting Your Vehicle Expenses in 2022

2021 Toyota Mirai | High River, AB

Looking to save money in 2022? Car expenses are a great place to start. Reining in fuel costs, keeping up with maintenance, and choosing the right insurance coverage can put dollars back in your pocket for the new year.

Save on gas

To save money on fill-ups in 2022, start by sharpening your driving habits. Gentle acceleration, gradual braking, and sticking to the speed limit will improve your vehicle’s fuel consumption. You can also reduce your fuel costs by keeping your tires properly inflated, reducing idling, cutting down on unnecessary trips, and carpooling to work in High River, Alberta.

Save on insurance

The arrival of a new year is an excellent opportunity to revisit your auto insurance costs. Review your policy to make sure you’re not paying for too much coverage — or not enough. You may also want to inquire about potential discounts offered by your insurer. It’s also a good idea to compare rates and see if you can get a better deal from a different insurer.

Save on service

Keeping up with the maintenance your vehicle needs is one of the best ways to cut costs over the long term. Read your owner’s manual and stick to the schedule it recommends for oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and other service. This will help your vehicle last longer and operate more efficiently, and it’s also a great way to prevent unexpected — and expensive — breakdowns.

Here at High River Toyota, we want your new year to be a great one. Contact us to catch up on service for your current vehicle — or to start your 2022 with an efficient new Toyota sedan or SUV.

Here’s What to Pack in Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit

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As cold temperatures and snow arrive in High River, Alberta, don’t get caught unprepared — take steps now to get your vehicle ready for a winter emergency. Here are some of the most important supplies you should keep in your car in case you get stuck or stranded in dangerous conditions.

Winter Items

A blanket, extra clothes, and extra shoes or boots will come in handy to shield you from the cold. Your emergency kit should also include a big can, a candle, and matches, which you can use to warm the car’s interior. You’ll also want to pack a small shovel, ice scraper, and snow brush. Stash a bag of sand, salt, or non-clumping cat litter in the trunk — these can provide crucial traction if you get stuck in ice or snow.

General Items

No matter the time of year, it’s a good idea to keep nonperishable food and some water in your car. Make sure the water is stored in bottles that won’t break if they freeze. Other handy items to bring along include a first aid kit and seatbelt cutter, a wind-up flashlight, road maps, and a whistle to draw attention. You’ll also want to keep jumper cables, warning flares, and a fire extinguisher in the trunk.

While you’re putting together your emergency kit, be sure to also bring your vehicle in to High River Toyota for seasonal maintenance. We can change your oil, check your brakes, install snow tires, and provide a variety of other services to get your vehicle ready for winter.