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5 Bands that Got Their Start in California

guitarist with crowdFor many Toyota drivers, there are few things better than driving down the highway to your favorite tunes. At San Francisco Toyota, we’re lucky to share a state with some of the most popular American bands in history. Here are a few of our favorites.

We have to start with the Beach Boys. Their recently-released album moved them past the Beatles on the Billboard Top 200 list. While they need more than a few years to match Frank Sinatra for longevity on this chart, it is still quite a record. Bruce Springsteen once recalled in an interview with Rolling Stone that he hung around to listen to the Beach Boys to understand why they were the headliner instead of him. He realized that from the first word to the last, the audience was singing with the Beach Boys, and so was he!

Next we go to the Eagles. “Hotel California” will be played well after we all are gone, and the album of the same name is ranked among the Top 20 best-selling albums in the U.S. You have to bow to five Number 1 singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six Number 1 albums. Calling them successful might be an understatement. All legendary musicians, Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit recently received Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees at Berklee College of Music 2012 Commencement.

Black Eyed Peas began their hip-hop magic in Los Angeles and have enjoyed over a decade of solid popularity. In an era where music groups might be considered a success for having one or two hit albums, the innovative group has amassed 6 Grammy Awards and has sold nearly 30 million records to become one of the most successful contemporary music groups. Constantly inventive, they moved from a West Coast Underground rap band to international superstars heard around the globe. They created an entirely new sound in “The E.N.D.” with a blend of hip-hop, electro, and techno rhythms.

Also hailing from Los Angeles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers mix funk with all kinds of rock music. They’ve been on the music scene since 1983 and have moved from macho high-energy rock to a more mellow sound. They also keep their clothes on now, as opposed to their naked pose on the cover of a 1992 Rolling Stone magazine.

A native of California, Herb Alpert has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a trumpeter and the bandleader of the renowned Tijuana Brass. Worldwide they sold over 70 million albums and won seven Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for their “A Taste of Honey album. The early Tijuana Brass hit “Whipped Cream” was also honored by being included in the Grammy Awards Archive Collection.


Toyota Genuine Motor Oil Takes You Further

At San Francisco Toyota, our service department offers the expertise you need to get the most out of your vehicle. We also offer official Toyota products to keep your vehicle running at its best, including Toyota 0W-20 motor oils. This low-viscosity oil is specially engineered to work with Toyota’s engine technology and can take you up to 5,000 miles further between oil changes.

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An Auto Maintenance Checklist

technician working on vehicleYour car is a considerable investment, second only to your mortgage. Which makes sense, considering that your car is sort of like your home away from home. If you’re like most people, you probably spend hours in it week as it ferries you back and forth from your place of work to your home, takes you on errands and to friend’s houses, and carries your loved ones wherever they need to go. Naturally, your car is something you want to take care of.

A well-maintained car is more fuel-efficient, performs better, lasts longer, retains more value, and is simply safer than a vehicle that is not maintained. Here is a checklist for keeping your car in excellent condition. Continue Reading →

Three Toyota Vehicles Make Kelley Blue Book’s List of 15 Best Family Cars of 2015

2015 Toyota CamryFinding a car that fits your family’s wants and needs can be difficult. Kelly Blue Book recognizes that, and has compiled a list of 15 vehicles that are popular for families across America. The list consists of cars of various shapes and sizes, from mid-size sedans to pickup trucks. Toyota’s Camry, Highlander, and Sienna all earned spots on KBB.com’s 2015 list of “15 Best Family Cars.”

The vehicles were evaluated by a panel that consisted of recruited families and expert editors from KBB.com. The judging was based on each car’s comfort and driving, safety, child seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment, and extra features – all of which are important qualities for families on the go! Continue Reading →

5 Tips for Staying Sane with a Teenage Driver

father yelling at teenage sonFirst date, first job, first house: they’re all stressful experiences, but perhaps nothing compares to the first time your teen gets behind the wheel. And it doesn’t get any better once they’ve passed their test!

The statistics are well known: new drivers are at a much higher risk of getting into an accident. Some of this is down to inexperience, but it’s also because the teenage mind works a little differently to that of the older adult. Teens are impulsive, they don’t always take advice well, and often the last person they want to listen to is a parent, so how do you stay sane with a teenage driver? Here are five tips from San Francisco Toyota: Continue Reading →


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