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A man looks perplexed as his key emits smoke instead of deactivating his car alarm

How do I turn off my car alarm without the remote?

Deactivating Car Alarm Without Key Fob

If your car remote, or key fob, is out of commission for one reason or another, an activated car alarm can be a rather frightening prospect. No one wants to end up hiding from an angry mob beneath their kitchen table because the neighborhood has been kept awake for days on end by an incessant ringing from their vehicle. So if your car alarm has been triggered and you can’t use the remote to turn it off, what can you do?

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Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury Proudly Serving Delaware & Sussex County 

Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury is a premier Toyota dealer who serves many areas within Maryland and Delaware. With their large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, Pohanka Toyota is fully equipped to aid those on the Eastern Shore find the car, truck or SUV of their dreams. 

Pohanka Toyota’s award-winning service & parts department, online inventory, and outstanding financing options make them the preferred dealer for all your Toyota needs. 

Though located in Salisbury, Maryland Pohanka Toyota proudly serves many areas within the state of Delaware and Sussex County including but not limited to Selbyville, Laurel, Millsboro, Seaford, Dagsboro, Delmar, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Fenwick Island.

Pohanka Toyota is even willing to deliver your dream car to your home or place of work and urges Delaware customers to remember that taxes are determined by where you live and not where you buy.

Ready to set up a test drive? Visit our Pohanka Toyota of Salisbury dealership today!

Head-on view of an imposing 2020 Toyota Tacoma looming in the shadows.

Does the 2020 Toyota Tacoma have remote start?

2020 Toyota Tacoma Remote Start Feature

For those living in cold winter weather like us here on the Delmarva Peninsula, the prospect of a remote starting system is pretty darn tempting. Getting into a frigid cold car and waiting for it to heat up can sometimes feel like an eternity. At these moments, a warm and inviting cabin sounds like a good idea.

However, much to the chagrin of many modern consumers, not every vehicle comes with, or offers, remote start capability. In fact, the lack of remote start is surprisingly common. Does the 2020 Toyota Tacoma have remote start?

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The 2020 Toyota Tacoma offers a remote start option through the available Remote Connect system. Remote Connect allows individuals to use their smart device to access certain capabilities and features of their 2020 Tacoma. This includes the ability to start and stop the engine remotely.

Remote Connect on the 2020 Toyota Tacoma

Every 2020 Tacoma comes with a one-year free trial of Toyota Remote Connect. After that, the cost is $8 per month or $80 for a year of this service. Other features of Toyota Remote Connect include:

  • Remotely lock/unlock car doors
  • Perform a vehicle status check
  • Get updates on driving information when a “guest” is driving your vehicle
  • Find where you parked your car using Vehicle Finder

Why do some sites say the 2020 Tacoma does not have remote start?

In searching for the answer to the question that heads this article, you may have come across some sources that say the 2020 Tacoma does not come with or offer a remote start feature. This is because it’s true that the 2020 Tacoma does not offer a traditional remote start feature that can be activated using a key fob. Instead, remote start must be activated using the Toyota Remote Connect system through your smart device.

If you have your heart set on a remote start that does not use Remote Connect, aftermarket kits are available for installation. Feel free to contact our service team regarding this possibility.

Why do some vehicles not come with remote start?

Some modern vehicles do not come with remote start due to the fear of wasting gas and burning emissions while the vehicle sits and runs. There could also be legal liability if an accident occurred due to remote start.

While most people just want remote start for the purpose of heating, utilizing it also activates the engine and accessories, which burns fuel. With concerns about the planet’s environment becoming ever-more-pressing by the day, cutting down waste, consumption and pollution in any possible area of one’s life is important.

An ornate image of Frank Pohanka, rimmed by emblems representing his life.

What’s the longest running dealership in Salisbury, MD?

Pohanka Automotive Age and Origin

Cars are such a major part of our modern lives that it’s easy to forget they haven’t been around that long. It’s for this reason that you’ll often hear car dealerships bragging about how they’ve been around since 1956 or 1972; in the automotive world, that’s a long time. On that note, what’s the oldest dealership on the Delmarva Peninsula?

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While it’s hard to say which is definitively the oldest, one dealership that’s definitely up there is Pohanka Automotive: the organization has been operating in the Delmarva area since 1919. Being 101 years old (as of this writing) actually makes Pohanka one of the oldest automobile dealerships in the nation. Today, Pohanka boasts 17 dealership and 11 collision centers, one of which is us here at Pohanka Toyota.

How did Pohanka begin?

The Pohanka story begins with the colorful story of its founder, Frank S. Pohanka. After running away from his Bronx family home in the eighth grade, Frank managed to find work as a stable boy at a Long Island horse farm. It didn’t take long working with the horses for Frank to morph into a successful jockey, participating in races all over North America.

Eventually, however, Frank could no longer “keep weight” in the horse racing game, and decided it was time to move on to something more long term. He enjoyed tinkering mechanically, so he returned to NYC and read every book he could find in the library on automobiles, learning how to work with cars. Eventually, he managed to get hired by GM as a mechanic and service rep.

General Motors transferred Frank to a Chevy dealership located in Washington D.C. Frank had big dreams, however, and decided to open his own dealership in the city. His first Pohanka dealership and service center was opened in Washington D.C. in 1919. The rest, of course, is history.

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A man dressed in business casual attire shrugs as black fluid pours from a gas nozzle onto the floor and his pants.

What is an FFV?

FAQs About FFVs

Of the many monikers given to modern cars, one abbreviation you may find is “FFV.” Though not as common, or heavily advertised, as they were in the past, FFVs can still be found on used lots. They may come up in the occasional climate discussion. What exactly is an FFV?

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When referring to a car, the letters FFV stand for “Flexible-Fuel Vehicle.” Other monikers for FFVs are “Flex-Fuel Vehicle,” or “Dual-Fuel Vehicle.” Flex-Fuel Vehicles are designed to run on both gasoline and gasoline-ethanol blends of up to 85% ethanol. You’ve probably seen “E85” designated fuel around; FFVs are the vehicles that fuel is made for.

What fuel is used in an FFV?

FFVs can be filled with either regular gas or E85 fuel; both work fine. An FFV does not experience any performance loss when operating on E85. In fact, some FFVs experience increased horsepower and/or torque with the blend. However, fuel-economy unavoidably drops when using E85, as this mixture has typically 15% to 27% less energy-per-gallon than typical gas.

Any other questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. 

How many vehicles are FFVs?

More than one hundred models of FFVs are available these days; they’ve been produced since the 1990s. It can be hard to tell an FFV by looking at it, as they generally look no different from gasoline-only models.

How can I tell if my vehicle is an FFV?

Typical signs used to designate an FFV include a yellow gas cap or yellow fuel-filler ring. The practice of including this began in 2008 for most automakers.

There may also be a label on the fuel door that indicates E85 fuel can be used. Some FFVs have a badge on the vehicle body that says something related to FFV, E85, or Flex-Fuel. A final option would be to check your Owner’s Manual. If you don’t have a physical Owner’s Manual, it can likely be found online through a Google search.


Interior front cabin of a 2019 Toyota Highlander

Is it okay to shift an electric car into drive when reversing?

Electric/Hybrid Gear Shift and Transmission

If you’ve been driving an electric or hybrid vehicle, you may have noticed that you can easily change gears when in motion. Unlike in an ICE vehicle, shifting while going in an opposite gear won’t send you into a spazzing vehicular seizure. So does that means it’s okay to do?

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Shifting an electric car into drive when reversing shouldn’t cause any damage to the vehicle. This is because electric cars don’t have separate gears in the traditional, physical sense. Though it may appear that you’re using a standard gear selector, it’s actually an electric input switch. Instead of interacting with a physical transmission, you’re interacting with a computer. Trippy!

Do hybrid cars have an electric transmission? Hybrid cars sometimes have an electric transmission, and sometimes use the traditional version. Proceed with caution.

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What happens if you shift gears when driving in an electric car?

Different EVs respond in different ways to an in-drive gear shift. Some will refuse to shift and tell you you’ve done something naughty. Others will take into account what you’re doing and smoothly head into the process of shifting.

If you are reversing out of your driveway and shift into drive while you’re still going backwards, your vehicle will likely wait until you hit the brakes before it truly shifts into going forwards. This enables drivers to get a handy time-saving jump on their gear shifting. If you’re heading down a road at 30 mph and switch to reverse, a smart vehicle will begin auto-braking in a smooth fashion until the car is stopped, and then begin reversing.

These are just a few of the benefits of using an intelligent electronic input device rather than an unintelligent old mechanical selector.

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Why do electric cars only have a single gear ratio?

Electric motors deliver their best torque at zero RPM. They have a much larger RPM range than a typical internal combustion engine. An electric engine also produces its best power output when utilizing a broad RPM range. This is different from the way a gas or diesel engine works. These are the reasons electric motors only use a single gear ratio.