Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

How Can My Kids Stay Busy This Weekend?

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Kid coloring with markers

Top Five Educational Websites for Kids 

With safer-at-home orders and social distancing measures in place, it can be hard to keep kids busy, especially when school lessons are done for the day. After being home all day, each and every day, facing the weekend can seem a bit intimidating and you may start to wonder how you can keep your kids busy this weekend.  


Can I Go Outside During the Hillsborough County Safer at Home Orders?

Friday, March 27th, 2020
Lineup of homes

What Does Safer at Home Mean in Tampa Florida? 

As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to escalate across the globe, many individuals have done their part in practicing social distancing to slow the spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that everyone practice social distancing by staying home whenever possible and when it is necessary to leave, keep a generous distance of six feet between yourself and those around you.  


Rid Your Vehicle’s Cabin of Germs and Illness

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Hand cleaning interior of vehicle with cloth

How to Disinfect Your Kia Vehicle’s Cabin 

As the importance of keeping things as clean and disinfected as possible has reached a critical peak it is time to look at somewhere that may have slipped your mind – your vehicle. We spend just as much time in our vehicles each day as we do in our homes or at work, which means our cars can be breeding grounds for germs and illnesses. The time is now to deep clean and disinfect your Kia vehicle’s cabin and here are the top 10 things you should be disinfecting in your vehicle.  


How to Connect Your iPhone 11 to your Kia

Monday, February 17th, 2020
Infotainment screen in 2020 Kia Stinger

Kia Apple iPhone 11 Connection Instructions 

Getting your iPhone 11 hooked up to your Kia might be one of the first things on your to-do list when you get a new Kia vehicle. Thankfully, turning your vehicle’s infotainment screen into a mirror image of your iPhone 11 is easy thanks to Apple CarPlay®. Simply follow these Apple iPhone 11 connection instructions to get your phone hooked up to your new Kia.  


Enjoy Peak Tech with Your New Phone and a New Kia Model

Monday, December 10th, 2018
Apple CarPlay in 2019 Kia soul detail

iPhone XS Kia UVO Pairing Instructions

More than simply the products and services they’re offering, visionaries are often driven by a purpose. This purpose fills their work and imbues their creations with a kind of spirit that continues long into the brand’s lifecycle. When talking about visionary work, it’s hard not to think about the Apple iPhone. (more…)

Keep Your Young Drivers as Safe as Possible Behind the Wheel with These Tips

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
teenaged student thinking about which cars to buy

5 Ways to Pick the Best Car for Your Teen

One of the most undeniable markers that your child is becoming more mature and independent is their progression through driving school, behind-the-wheel time and an exam that marks them becoming drivers. Like many things, it’s easy to swing too far one way or the other when it comes to allowing your children to enjoy the freedom that comes with driving. (more…)

Learn About Kia’s Revolutionary Infotainment System

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
woman using kia uvo touchscreen while riding as a passenger

What is Kia UVO and How Does It Work?

When it comes to staying both informed and entertained on the road, manufacturers are stepping up their game. Not only has it become somewhat of an arms race to see who can put the most premium branded infotainment experience in their vehicles, but it’s a safety issue as well. The grim truth is that a driver who has been in an accident with a vehicle is unlikely to buy from that manufacturer again. So, small investments in minimizing distractions with technology can go a long way for future sales. (more…)

Enjoy Your Favorite Apps and Music with Apple CarPlay in a 2019 Kia Model

Monday, August 27th, 2018
apple carplay homescreen in 2019 kia model

Connect iPhone X to Apple CarPlay in a Kia Vehicle

Is there any feeling more freeing than setting out on a big road trip with the perfect playlist? Maybe you prefer a podcast or an audiobook. Maybe you’re planning on relying on navigation while you listen to that amazing late-summer drive playlist you cooked up. (more…)

Auto School 1: The Engine

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
blue backpack for back to school blog series with engine

How Does My Engine Work?

At Friendly Kia, we’ve always been committed to transparent and honest automotive service. The people we help feel good and secure about their vehicles every day are the same people who we see at our kids’ parent-teacher conferences or help us with our bathroom remodeling project. You’re our neighbors and because of that, we want to not only give you our assurance that we take our role as Kia service technicians seriously, but also give you some information that can keep you safe from less-Friendly automotive service centers. (more…)

Get a Double Self-Esteem Boost with an Old-Fashioned Home Car Wash

Monday, July 16th, 2018
hands washing car with rainbow trail behind them

Car Washing Tips to Ensure a Spot Free Shine

Having a clean car and being able to check an item off a to-do list are both happiness-boosting things. Working in such a way that there is a visible and immediate reward has proven psychologic benefits. Not only do you feel that rush of dopamine you get from accomplishing something (something you can see the result of, by the way, unlike those TPS reports you stayed after work to file on Thursday), but feeling like something you own is clean and attractive also helps you take pride in a crucial possession. (more…)