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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!

Protect Your Vehicle with Genuine Toyota Paint Protection Film

Your car’s paint puts up with a lot. You can keep your vehicle looking better longer by getting Genuine Toyota Paint Protection Film applied at San Francisco Toyota. This accessory protects the paint on the front of your vehicle from chipping, dings, scratches, and other deterioration.

The film is applied by our specially trained installers and is completely clear and colorless. The film’s patterning focuses on the most vulnerable “impact zone” exteriors of the vehicle. An optional front bumper protection kit can be installed. You can even have the Genuine Toyota Paint Protection Film installation included in your overall financing or lease payment.

Interested in learning more? Contact the San Francisco Toyota service department for more information.

The Woman’s Guide to the Dealership: The Service Department

Mechanic with service recordsThe service department can be an intimidating place for both men and women, if it’s an unfamiliar environment. Unfortunately, many women feel that, when they take their car to be serviced, they often worry that they might be ripped off. At San Francisco Toyota, we’ll never charge you more than the maintenance is worth, and you can feel even more confident with a little preparation. Follow this quick guide and you’ll be “in the know” instead of “in the dark” next time you take your car in for service: Read More…

Take Home a New Vehicle at a Great Price with the Vehicle Exchange Program at San Francisco Toyota

Car sale finalizedAt San Francisco Toyota, our goal is to help drivers find the Toyota vehicle that’s right for them. Now it’s easier than ever to trade in your current Toyota and take home a brand-new model. It’s our Vehicle Exchange Program, and it helps us track the best times for customers to trade in their current vehicle and bring home a new Toyota for the same monthly payment or less—with all the benefits of the latest Toyota models. These include technology upgrades, a new warranty, the latest safety features, Toyota’s Entune® App Suite, and ToyotaCare®, among others.

To sweeten the deal, our current factory incentives also apply to your new vehicle purchase. Contact us today to learn how you can trade in your old vehicle for a newer and better model without a large cost increase. If you are excited as we are, we invite you to come browse our new Toyota models and Certified Pre-Owned inventory.

The Woman’s Guide to the Dealership: Your First Visit

Car customer shaking handsPerhaps you’re a woman who doesn’t particularly relish the prospect of visiting a car dealership. If so, you’re not alone. In what is still a very male-dominated environment, women are often put off by the idea of being patronized, or not understanding some of the more technical details about buying a used or new car. However, there’s no reason for any woman to feel nervous about visiting a car dealership, especially at San Francisco Toyota. Calm those first-time nerves with this simple guide to your first visit.

Do some homework first

It’s seldom a good idea to walk straight into a dealership without doing any type of homework, and that goes for any gender. It’s no different than visiting the supermarket, for instance. You need a clear reason for your visit, with a basic shopping list in mind. Do some research online to find out what sort of car you would like to buy. Try to narrow down your choices to a few options, so the dealer doesn’t have to start from scratch. If you have a basic idea of what you want, the dealer will be able to give you more specific advice.

Ask the right questions

Dealers may wrongly assume that, because you are a woman, you are only interested in specific things about the car. Make sure that the dealer knows you mean business by asking questions about the power, reliability, fuel efficiency and any other practical/technical issues that concern you. Like any other buyer, you want to know that you are getting value for money, and that the car is going to be a sensible investment. Set the scene correctly from the beginning, and ask the right questions.

Make sure you are thorough

Don’t let the dealer rush you into a decision. Make it clear that you want all the right information and that you want to take the car for a test drive, too. Don’t feel embarrassed about taking notes, or telling the dealer that you may want to get a second opinion from somebody else.

Get ready to negotiate

Women are just as capable of striking a good deal as men, so make sure you get a good price. Don’t give away your budget right away. Also, conduct a price check online to be well-informed prior to arriving at the dealership.

At San Francisco Toyota, we are proud to offer an exceptional car-buying experience for every customer. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you.



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