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Tips for Getting the Best Price on Your Trade-In

Trading in your car is a great way to get rid of your old ride without the hassle of trying to sell it yourself. You won’t get the same value as you might from a Craigslist ad, but you won’t get the spam or creepy “what are you wearing?” emails either. Here are a few tips from San Francisco Toyota to help you maximize your chances of getting the best value for your trade-in.

Have reasonable expectations

Do some research to determine your car’s wholesale value. The wholesale value will not be close to the retail value, so don’t get your hopes up. Remember, the dealer is buying your car to resell and must add a mark up to the price in order to make a profit. Do not walk into the dealership expecting to be paid full retail resale value when you trade in your vehicle. Set reasonable expectations for yourself and the transaction. Continue Reading →

Toyota Ranks Highly in J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study

Toyota’s Lexus brand receives 1st place overall for 5th consecutive year

2016-Toyota-Sienna-Street-BlurHere at San Francisco Toyota, one of the things we like most about Toyota’s vehicles is their reliability. They’re so reliable, in fact, that six of them were ranked #1 in their segments in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, with the highest score overall going to the Lexus nameplate.

The J.D. Power study focused on 2013 model-year vehicles and measured the number of owner-reported problems in the third year of ownership. Toyota received first place in the Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle segment, the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, and the Minivan segment, for the Prius vTundra, and the Sienna, respectively.  Continue Reading →

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Toyota C-HR Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

Toyota is tackling the growing compact crossover market with the all-new C-HR. The 5-door coupé-like ride with SUV-style cabin merges the best of both worlds, providing the luxury of a sedan with the height of an SUV.

The C-HR debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and promises to be a fresh take on the popular crossover concept. The C-HR stands out with a bold front with a distinctive design; LED lights; and a wide, muscular build. The rear features hidden door handles and a floating roof.

The C-HR will share the Toyota New Global Architecture technology with the new Prius. The European model’s innovative gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain releases less than 56 g/mi of carbon dioxide emissions, the lowest in its segment. The updated hybrid powertrain is now even more efficient and lightweight than previous models, yielding a 40% improvement in thermal efficiency. Continue Reading →

Toyota Brings Environmental Awareness to Grammys with ‘Breakfast Club’ Event

Toyota-Green-Initiative-logoIn celebration of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, the Toyota Green Initiative again sponsored an exclusive brunch hosted by award-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox.

The annual “Breakfast Club” event brought together all the A-listers of the music industry to provide an environmentally friendly experience while honoring the musically elite.

The Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) was introduced in 2008 by Toyota to promote environmental awareness across the country. The program seeks to educate communities and provide resources in the effort to make long-lasting and meaningful environmental changes. TGI hosts a number of unique events every year to invigorate the public and encourage the growth of the sustainability movement. Continue Reading →

All-New 2016 Prius Stars in ‘Winning’ Big Game Commercial

toyota-prius-longest-chaseIf you’re like most of America, you spent the evening of February 7 watching the Big Game. While we at San Francisco Toyota always enjoy a good game of football, viewing the commercials is a huge part of why we tune in. This year, we were thrilled to see the striking all-new 2016 Toyota Prius steal the spotlight in a fun, light-hearted 90-second commercial during the first half. Continue Reading →