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Learn More about Horsepower

One of the most recognizable terms when car shopping is the usage of the term horsepower or HP. Every car review ever given uses this stat to describe their car. The numbers are always thrown out there, but what do they really mean?



Horsepower is a term used to convey a unit of power. The term came from the 18th century when an engineer compared the power of one horse to that of a steam engine. This was used as a comparable unit for everyone to easily understand. Over time the terms stuck and have been used ever since. In…
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It Is Important to Have a Full Tank of Gas in The Winter Time

We at Cedar Rapids Toyota have an important winter driving tip for you. It is a very simple tip, but one that is ignored by many drivers, unfortunately. The tip is to keep your gas tank full or as close to being full as possible while driving around in cold weather.

The reason for keeping a full tank of gas when it is cold is because condensation will build up in the tank when it is empty. That condensation or moisture can then freeze when temperatures are low enough. Water turns to ice in freezing temperatures, and you do not…

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What Your Car is Trying to Telling You

There are a number of different messages that you can receive from your dashboard. Most of them you won't have to worry about, and you can get them to turn off yourself. you may get a reminder to change your oil, or you will get a message that tells you that your brights are on.

If you get a more serious message like your engine or your battery needs attention, you will need to bring your vehicle to us here at Cedar Rapids Toyota so we can take care of it for you. You never want to ignore these…

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Follow These Tips for a Smooth and Easy-Going Road Trip

Millions of Americans take at least one road trip each year. Whether you are going on vacation or visiting family for the holidays, it's important to be prepared before embarking on your trip. Here is a handy checklist of things to consider, straight from our team at Cedar Rapids Toyota:

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Manage Your Car's Cost of Ownership to Save Money

Tons of people own cars, although not everybody can afford the total cost of ownership. It’s more than acceptable to get a vehicle financed, as most people in the United States do, although you should aim to reduce expenses with these tips:

Insurance is one of the most expensive costs when it comes to owning a car, particularly if you own a vehicle that is relatively new.

Fuel costs are high, as well, given you regularly travel in your vehicle across long distances.

 

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Prepare Your Car for Safe Holiday Travels

You are excited to head off on a trip to see family this holiday season, but it is important that you take a little time to prepare your vehicle before you head out. There are ways that you can help yourself stay safe as you travel for the holidays.

You should take your vehicle in to be serviced before you head off on any long trip. You want your car to run well for you while you are away from home, and you have to make sure that everything in your car is good to go. Your tires should be…
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