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Too Cool for a Halloween Costume?

Baby boy wearing pea costumeWe get it; you’re so over dressing up for Halloween. You don’t want to wear a big goofy getup or wig that you have to tote around all night, but you don’t want to be a party pooper and show up to the festivities without a costume. No problem. Here’s what you do:

Pick a Pun

In a pinch, embrace your punny side and use it to create a costume that requires little to no energy. Here are a few examples to get you started: Continue Reading →

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation Supports the Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow

Toyota red logoBy the end of the year, the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation will distribute more than $5 million in grants to K-12 programs that emphasize science, technology, environmental science and math. The 2014 grants will go to 23 organizations that offer innovative programs in STEM education while serving diverse communities across all 50 states. Michael Rouse, Toyota U.S.A. Foundation President, says, “At Toyota, we believe that when we provide young people with exciting opportunities in STEM we can help cultivate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists – and that benefits all of us.” He also stated that this year’s grant recipients were “among the most innovative education programs in the country.”

Some of these programs include robotics competitions in Detroit to inspire students with a low-income backgrounds to explore the sciences and engineering and an outdoor learning lab that encourages Lakota students to explore the environmental sciences.

At San Francisco Toyota, we are really inspired by the efforts the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation is making to advance STEM education. One day, a student affected by the STEM grants might even be an engineer at Toyota, creating the newest and most advanced vehicles!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin chocolate chip cookiesAre you tired of the same old die-hard fall recipes that come around every year? There are ways to indulge in the tastes of the season without making the same pie over and over again. If you love pumpkin, but you’re looking for something different, check out this quick and easy recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from San Francisco Toyota. They’re a delicious, cake-like, sweet but not too sweet new fall staple to add to your recipe box.


(Makes 2 dozen cookies)

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup lightly packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 (16 oz) can 100% pure pumpkin

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1 (12 oz) bag semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease two cookie sheets.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice together in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring as you add to make a smooth batter. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop tablespoon-sized spoonfuls of the batter on greased cookie sheets and bake until edges are golden, 10 to 20 minutes.

The team at San Francisco Toyota wishes a great fall to you and your family!

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

It’s Almost Here: The All-New Toyota TRD Pro Series is Set to Arrive Late September

2015 Toyota Tundra TRD ProAre you ready for the all-new Toyota Tundra TDR Pro Series? Our team at San Francisco Toyota couldn’t be more excited. Off-roaders rejoice; the 2015 Tundra is better than ever with its new off-road package designed by the brilliant minds at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Each part has been engineered, tested and tuned by the TRD experts.

Available on 4X4 models of the Tundra, as well as the Tacoma and 4Runner, the TRD Pro Series vehicles will offer:

  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black TRD alloy wheels
  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs in the front and rear
  • TRD-tuned front springs
  • Unique front grill with “TOYOTA” badging
  • TRD floor mats

It gets better. In addition to the series features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be exclusively equipped with:

  • 5.7-liter V8 with a TRD dual exhaust system
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport bezels and manual level control
  • TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
  • TRD front skid plate
  • All-black 18-inch TRD alloy wheels with Michelin Off-Road tires designed exclusively for Tundra
  • TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
  • Unique interior seat color with red stitching
  • Unique TRD Pro instrument panel ornament insert

We are anxiously waiting for the Tundra TRD Pro to arrive at our lot at San Francisco Toyota in late September. Feel free to contact us for more information and in the meantime, check out our current inventory today.

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The Importance of Keeping Your Car’s Tires Aligned and Balanced

Wheel alignment attachmentOne major cause of accidents, and financial distress, is not maintaining your vehicle properly. When it comes to driving, your vehicle’s tires are one of the most important parts to maintain. If you are looking to save money and increase your car’s safety, then you should consider regular tire balancing as well as alignment checkups. At San Francisco Toyota, these services are fast, affordable, and designed to meet your vehicle’s specific needs.

One of the biggest reasons that you should make sure your vehicle’s tires are aligned is safety. Misaligned tires can cause a number of problems including pulling to one side, less control over your vehicle, and an increased rate of wear on your tires’ tread. Not only is this dangerous, but you will have to replace your tires much more frequently if the alignment is off, which will put a big hole in your wallet. Another thing to consider is that misaligned tires will negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Balancing your vehicle’s tires is also very important. Think about everything your tires encounter on a day-to-day basis. Whether it is potholes, sticks or rocks, your tires go through a beating every day. Sometimes, certain tires will wear more than others, creating an imbalance in your vehicle. The result is often a slight shaking of the car, which will get worse with speed.

Even the slightest imbalance can cause big problems, which is why it is important to take your car into the shop and have its tires balanced every so often. The result is that no one tire will be worn to an exaggerated amount, and wear will occur more evenly on all four tires.

If you need your tires balanced, aligned or both, then don’t hesitate to contact the San Francisco Toyota service department for friendly assistance. You won’t regret it and your car will thank you by running better than ever!


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