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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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Tips for Improving Your Fuel Economy

Full gas tankFollow these great tips to help get better gas mileage out of your vehicle

Looking to get the best gas mileage out of your Toyota? Here are 4 tips recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy that can help you reduce the amount of gas you use on a day-to-day basis.

Drive more efficiently. Aggressive driving (which includes speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking) is not only safer for you and others, but it also wastes a lot of gas. According to, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying $0.24 more per gallon of gas, so observe the speed limits. Also, avoid keeping excess items in your car, as the extra weight can negatively affect your gas mileage. Using cruise control on the highway can also help you save gas.

Keep your car in shape. You can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by an average of 4 percent by keeping its engine properly in tune. Fixing a serious maintenance problem (like a faulty oxygen sensor) can improve mileage by as much as 40%. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy and are unsafe, so it is important to maintain proper tire pressure. You can also improve your gas mileage  by up to 1 to 2 percent by using the recommended grade of motor oil for your car.

Plan and combine your trips. If you know you have to run multiple errands in one day, combine them into one trip to save time and money. This ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed up and efficient. When traveling to work, it is most efficient to avoid peak rush hours if possible, since sitting idle in traffic wastes gas. Take advantage of carpool and ride-share programs to cut your weekly fuel costs. Also, HOV lanes are typically less congested. Consider using public transportation if it is available.

Choose the right car. Selecting which vehicle to purchase is perhaps the most important fuel economy decision you will make. The difference between a car that gets 20 miles per gallon and one that gets 30 miles per gallon amounts to around $832 a year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.33) – that’s $4,162 extra in fuel costs over 5 years.

At San Francisco Toyota, fuel economy is very important to us, and we offer a number of fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices. To learn more, call, contact us online, or visit us today.


Congratulations to HealthRIGHT 360: A Toyota 100 Cars for Good Winner

Group of doctorsThanks to all of our San Francisco Toyota fans and customers who voted

Last month, San Francisco Toyota encouraged all of our readers to vote for HealthRIGHT 360, a finalist in Toyota 100 Cars for Good. We’re proud to announce that HealthRIGHT 360 was selected as a winner in Toyota’s annual initiative, and will be receiving a wheelchair-accessible van to assist in its mission of providing quality healthcare to those who can least afford it.

HealthRIGHT 360 thanked San Francisco Toyota in a Facebook post announcing the win. We’re proud to see a deserving community organization get recognized on such a large scale—and we know we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for helping make this initiative a success!

Discover Which Driving Habits Can Affect Your Insurance Costs

Auto insuranceInsurance companies are moving away from traditional predictors like age, gender, location, and credit score when it comes to setting rates. Instead, companies like Progressive and Allstate are looking to user-collected data to see which behaviors lead to risks behind the wheel. The details were revealed in an Aol Autos article, and San Francisco Toyota has a closer look.

According the article, insurance companies are beginning to look at three important behaviors: “How often you drive at night, how far you drive, and how hard you brake.” Read More…

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Take Full Advantage of All 5 Toyota Care Complimentary Maintenance

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ToyotaCare – complimentary maintenance plan

As you may know, every new Toyota comes with Toyota Care complimentary maintenance and roadside assistance for 2 years or 25,000 miles.* This special program is another reason for customers to love their Toyota. It’s a great way to keep your vehicle running at peak performance in your early years of ownership. However, the San Francisco Toyota team has noticed that some customers miss out on taking advantage of all five free Toyota Care services.

This often occurs when customers wait to bring in their vehicles until they reach 5,000 miles instead of coming in every 5 months. Because of differences in driving style, it is unlikely for customers to then take advantage of all four remaining free services unless they bring their vehicle in every five months.

At San Francisco Toyota, we’re here to help you get the most out of your Toyota Care. You can avoid missing out on your coverage by scheduling your first service within the first 5 months. If you have more questions, visit our dealership or contact us today!

*Covers normal factory scheduled service for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever occurs first. See participating dealer for coverage details.


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