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Toyota and VMI Team Up for 2nd Annual Star Spangled Salute Contest for Disabled U.S. Veterans

Toyota Mobility logoSan Francisco Toyota supports automaker’s pledge to give back to those who have served our country

After last year’s successful inaugural contest, Toyota Motor Sales USA and Vantage Mobility International (VMI) haveannouncedthe second annual Star Spangled Salute contest, a part of VMI’s Operation Independence program. The contest is open to all disabled U.S. veterans and gives entrants the chance to win a brand-new Toyota Sienna with VMI’s access 360 In-Floor Ramp Conversion system.

Entries can be submitted between now and Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The winner will be randomly drawn on Veterans Day.

In 2013, Toyota and VMI teamed up for the first Star Spangled Salute contest, and more than 850 veterans entered. The winner was Cpl. Charlie Harvey, a retired U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

“Words cannot express how grateful Charlie and I are to Toyota and VMI for giving us the chance to win this van through the Star Spangled Salute contest,” said Harvey’s wife, Linda.  “The Sienna with VMI’s ramp has changed Charlie’s life in so many ways we didn’t think were possible.  We can go everywhere together again, like the mall, grocery store and out to eat for dinner.”

Developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Independence, Operation Independence helps to educate veterans about Federal Vehicle Grants, which are available to disabled U.S. veterans. To enter the Operation Independence Star Spangled Banner contest and to find out about the rules, click here.

At San Francisco Toyota, we are proud to support Toyota’s commitment to giving back to our veterans, and to serving a wide variety of driving needs. Give us a call to find out how we can help you find the perfect vehicle to meet all of your needs.

2014 Toyota 4Runner Stars in First-Ever Off-Road Google+ Hangout [VIDEO]

We’re big fans of how the 2014 Toyota 4Runner looks on our dealership lot at San Francisco Toyota, but there’s no denying its power when it’s in its natural element. That’s why we love this world-first off-road Google+ Hangout, starring host Rutledge Wood, stunt driver Andy Bell…and, of course, the 2014 4Runner, featuring new exterior styling, standard features, and advanced technology.

Once you see this, we have a feeling you’re going to want to see the new 4Runner for yourself. Contact San Francisco Toyota today to get started.

Ask A Technician: What Does My Car Exhaust Color Mean?

Car exhaust pipeFinding trouble with your car early can help you avoid an unwelcome repair bill. The color of your car’s exhaust can be a useful means of health checking what is happening elsewhere on the vehicle. Our technicians at San Francisco Toyota have a guide to some of the most common issue.

As your engine burns fuel and creates exhaust, a number of different processes are taking place. If you spot different colors in your exhaust emissions, you could be spotting the early signs of problems to come.

Blue or gray smoke can sometimes be seen coming from the exhaust, particularly when the car is first started. Sometimes the smoke will disappear and become difficult to spot once the engine has been running for a while. Blue or gray smoke can indicate a number of different problems:

  • There may be a problem with the piston rings. You will need to ask a technician to inspect and possibly replace the parts.
  • The engine’s valve seals may be worn or faulty. Again, you will need to ask a professional to replace them.
  • The valve guides may be worn or damaged. This is definitely not a job that you want to do yourself.

White smoke often appears from your exhaust and may well be perfectly normal. Your car will very often emit white smoke when first started, particularly during very cold weather. The problem arises when the smoke does not go away. If your exhaust continues to emit white smoke after it has been running for some time, then there could be a problem.

  • It is possible that the engine block is cracked. Your technician will need to replace it.
  • One of more of the cylinder head gaskets may be faulty and will need to be replaced.
  • It is possible that one (or more) of the cylinder heads has warped or cracked. You will need to ask your service department to replace the parts for you.

Black smoke is another common symptom of a car with mechanical problems. The smoke may be very thick and choking when you first start the engine and may or may not disappear when the car has been started for some time. It is also quite common for the engine to sputter or misfire at the same time.

  • There could just be a problem with the air filter. You would normally be able to replace this yourself.
  • It is possible that your fuel injectors are leaking. You will have to get a professional to inspect and replace.
  • There could be a problem with the ignition. You should check the distributor cap and rotor or ask our technician to inspect for you.

Observing the early signs of a problem with your car could prevent huge repair bills later. It’s worth learning the problems that colored exhaust emissions could indicate to help you get to the root of the issue as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, contact the San Francisco Toyota service department today.

San Francisco Toyota Celebrates 10,000th Toyota Care Plus Customer

Kimmy O'Connor 1Recently, San Francisco Toyota celebrated a milestone—and it’s all thanks to one loyal Toyota customer. Kimmy O’Connor was our 10,000th Toyota Care Plus customer, and we honored her with a reimbursement check covering the cost!

Kimmy’s service manager is Tommy Yu, who always ensures that her 2013 Corolla gets the care and attention it deserves. She has brought her vehicle to the San Francisco Toyota service department for all three of her last Toyota Care services, and made the decision to purchase the Toyota Care Plus on her last visit.

Pictured here from left to right are Mr. Horton, Kimmy, Tommy, Steve Waddell, and Paul Martin at the check awarding ceremony on February 27th. We’re grateful to all of our Toyota Care Plus customers who have helped us reach this accomplishment—visit our service department today to see what San Francisco Toyota can do for you!

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Toyota Set to Release 2014.5 Model Year Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition

2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE LTDToyota has created quite a buzz this month with the announcement that it will be releasing a 2014.5 model year Camry Hybrid SE Limited Edition model. What exactly does ‘limited’ mean? Only 5,000 of these models are going to be made now through June, and San Francisco Toyota has the details.

This exciting limited edition Camry will be modeled after the 200-horsepower HSD powertrain that is available in the current Camry Hybrid models. That means it will still get a 40 mpg EPA city rating* for those looking to save money on gas this year. The Limited Edition model will also sport a number of subtle differentiations. These include altered side rockers, headlights, rear bumper, rear spoiler, rear valance, front fascia, and bold 17-inch wheels.

The 2014.5 SE Limited Edition Camry will also come with a number of interior alterations. Drivers lucky enough to get their hands on one of these models will enjoy a leather trimmed steering wheel with four spokes, silver interior trim, updated center rack trim, Camry SE grade front and rear seats, and much more!

These exciting new Hybrid models will be available later in February with an MSRP of $27,845.** If you want to learn more about the 2014.5 Hybrid SE Limited Edition Camry, then contact our team at San Francisco Toyota for more information on their release.

*2014 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

**Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $810 for Cars. Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. Actual dealer price will vary.

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