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Five Romantic Dates Right from Your Car -- Put non-disposable chopsticks in the glove box to be eco-friendly and share your meal together.

Five Romantic Dates Right from Your Car -- Put non-disposable chopsticks in the glove box to be eco-friendly and share your meal together.

We are in February and how time flies! This month is a great time to show your love for your sweetheart, friends, family, pets, and even your car. Heck, you can even use your car as a vehicle to show your love. Start off by keeping reusable chopsticks in the glovebox so you can pick up food on your way to a beautiful sunset. Not only are you being eco-friendly, you’re also sharing a meal together and creating memories.   We are so fortunate to live in a part of the world where more days than not are sunny. We also have gorgeous beaches and parks all around, so many in fact it can be difficult to decide where to go to watch that stunning sunset. Here are five top-rated choices where you simply can’t go wrong:   San Clemente Pier ... read more

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Top 10 Reasons To Drive A Japanese Vehicle

Top 10 Reasons To Drive A Japanese Vehicle

There are so many reasons to drive a Japanese vehicle, it’s hard to limit it to just 10. From a basic commuter model like the Honda Civic (that can also be tricked out!) to a Nissan GT-R, there’s something for everyone.  Efficiency: Even the gasoline-powered models tend to have high fuel efficiency. When it comes to hybrid and electric, not only are the leading the pack when it comes to getting more and more out our a single charge, they are working hard to make them more and more stylish.  Practicality: Since there are so many on our roadways, it means that parts are readily available. It also means that our mechanics who work on them are VERY familiar and well trained because they work on them so often. What that means for you is lower costs when it comes to parts and labor. Innovation: They are also at the head of the pack when it comes to style, performance, overall efficiency. They are smart, futuristic, and contemporary. They are continually looking for w ... read more

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How To Prepare for Winter in Southern California

While Southern California doesn’t experience winter weather like many other parts of the country, we do still have to account for a shift in the weather we do encounter. It does get darker earlier and we have less sunlight in general, even if it’s still better than many other places. We may not need snow tires, but there’s still plenty we can do to stay safe this winter.  Tires: We tend to see more rainy conditions in the winter. Now is a great time to assess the current state of your tires. You’ll want proper tread to ensure that they can handle the extra water on the roadways. Also check them for tire pressure and general wear. Take a moment to even check for any possible punctures. Some punctures can result in slow leaks. If you are planning on heading up to a snowy/icy area, make sure your tires are in great condition and have chains at the ready.  Windshield wiper blades: Take a look at yours. From behind the wheel, you’re looking to see i ... read more

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A Special Project

A Special Project

It's not often we get to work on special projects. A lot of years ago I learned that having a love of cars and having friends that also have a love of cars is great, but can at times lead to some people who might take advantage of that love of cars. But once in a while there comes a customer that understands the value of what you do, and how much effort it takes to do such a job. Marvin is such a customer and we were thrilled to put a big brake kit onto his 2002 Toyota Tundra. Not only did he put a 340mm 6pot big brake kit on the front of his rig, he also put a rear disc conversion on it as well. And the silver Stop Tech brake calipers are beautiful cast/machined aluminum pieces as well. We worried with the huge amount of work that we put into this vehicle that it wouldn't please the end user, but one test drive proved that this brake kit will put a smile on any grown man (or woman). Well to describe it, it's not like a sports car. I've had 340mm rotors on something li ... read more

Why We are Thankful for Our Cars

Why We are Thankful for Our Cars

As we head into this holiday season, there are so many things to be grateful for and to find gratitude in, but we often leave out our cars. It’s easy to take owning and driving a car for granted, and it can even sound a little materialistic, but in reality, car ownership affords us many luxuries from the simple to the extreme. If you are fortunate enough to own a car, that means you don’t have to ride a bus or ask friends or family for rides. There is a lot to be grateful for when you own a car. Owning a car means freedom. Freedom to get to work and back on your own terms. Freedom to visit friends and family. Freedom to leave a party or other situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. They ways it offers freedom is close to limitless.  A car means not having to stand in the rain at the bus station. We can come and go as we see fit and not have to try and fit into anyone else’s schedule. We can leave when we want to leave. Driving our own car lessens the amoun ... read more

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Brakes For Breast

Brakes For Breast

October is... FREE BRAKE MONTH!!!

Five of the Best Road Trip Activities

Five of the Best Road Trip Activities

Even though we are heading into fall, we still live in a great part of the world where weather usually affords us road trip fun year around. Whether you’re heading out for the weekend or planning a trip to the in-laws for Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to have some activities planned to help keep your kiddos and other passengers entertained. No one benefits from a bored back seat! Here are a few ideas to keep the miles flying by: Sticker books: Who doesn’t love stickers. Have a few different ones on hand along with a shoebox and let them go to town decorating a shoebox they can use for all different kinds of storage needs when you get back home. Audiobooks: This can help avoid both boredom and motion sickness. Choose a title that will make everyone happy or bring along a set of headphones for the one person who wants to listen to scary ghost stories to help pass the time.  Edible Necklaces: If you have the time, you can make fun edible necklaces that will keep ... read more

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Chopsticks and A Beer Glass

Chopsticks and A Beer Glass

While supplies last, we just received a shipment of beer glasses and chopsticks. The chopsticks are a new item and if you know anything about me you know that I am a bit of a "tree hugger" and love anything that lessens our impact on mother earth. Our hope is that you'll keep a pair in your glove-box of your car and instead of using the disposable ones at your favorite Asian restaurant, that you use these high quality washable ones instead. An excerpt from a 2011 New York Times Article Below. We're now in 2019, so the problem has to be worse. "Each year, the equivalent of 3.8 million trees go into the manufacture of about 57 billion disposable pairs of chopsticks in China, according to statistics from that nation’s national forest bureau. About 45 percent of disposable chopsticks are made from trees like cotton wood, birch, and spruce, while the remainder are made from bamboo. Half of the disposables are consumed within China. Of the other half, 77 percent is exported to Japan ... read more

Five Tips to Keep You Safe When You Drive at Night

Five Tips to Keep You Safe When You Drive at Night

  Even if your eyesight is perfect, driving at night always adds in additional challenges when it comes to staying safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal accidents are three times more likely to happen in the dark hours than during daylight. Here are some tips to keep you safe when driving at night: Combat Fatigue: Driving when tired/exhausted decreases reaction times, not to mention that you are more likely to fall asleep at a very inopportune time. During the night, it’s also easier to fall into an autonomic state that can quickly put you into a dream state even if your eyes are wide open. Get your rest and don’t hesitate to pull over in a rest stop to catch a nap. Don’t forget about Uber and Lyft! Don’t Drink: You’re four times more likely to end up in a fatal accident at night if you’ve thrown alcohol into the mix. It’s never okay to drink and drive. Designate a sober driver and relinquis ... read more

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North County is "Turning Japanese"

North County is "Turning Japanese"

North County is "Turning Japanese" If you've ever spent any time at my shop or with me you know that I am very much a foodie. Tokyo Automotive is as much about cars as it is about culture. I share with you my favorite places to eat (Japanese or otherwise), and you guys often tell me of your latest food adventures. You often get asked what are the Japanese restaurants in the neighborhood. So, we'll start with Maguroya, a long standing Sushi restaurant in our neighborhood. Kaz the owner is a bit of a one man show, but has been making quality sushi for as long as I remember. This is old school Japanese Sushi ...and not the fusion stuff, nor is it heavily sauced stuff that you often see at the "fake" establishments. Please don't make your sushi swim in a bath of soy sauce and wasabi. The best way to enjoy sushi is not to douse it in that, but rather to lightly dip it in soy sauce and wasabi, so you get the essence of the fish. Sushi here is so fresh that y ... read more

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