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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

Back-to-School Season Carpool Tips

Back-to-School Season Carpool Tips

It’s that time of year again! Back-to-school season is among us, and it’s time to prepare for our carpools. Carpooling is one of the best fuel efficient options for every household. You are also able to save so much time and money! At Tokyo Automotive we want you to have the best so, before you get back into the groove of things, make sure you check out these tips for your next carpool run.  Take your vehicle for routine maintenance. The smart first step is to take your vehicle in for its routine maintenance.  Before loading everyone in your car, make sure your vehicle is safe. Your vehicle’s engine is most likely working overtime in light of the back-to-school season. Make sure to check your oil and tire pressure before you head out. Come to Tokyo Automotive to get your vehicle properly serviced.  Buckle up! Seat belts are super important to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of a crash. Making sure your passengers have their seat be ... read more

Your Summer Road Trip Checklist

Your Summer Road Trip Checklist

Here at Tokyo Automotive, we want you to enjoy your Summers right! Going on a road trip anywhere in California can be the best way to do so! Road trips are the best summer activity to do with all your friends and family. Before you head out, come into Tokyo Automotive to make sure your car is running smoothly. Check out this list to make sure you have everything you need. Have a great summer, everyone!      Spare Tire and Fluids. Your tires may need to be replaced every 25,000 to 50,000 miles. If your car is approaching this, it may be time to get yours replaced. Keeping a good condition spare tire will also decrease your chance of being stuck on the side of the road. Checking your fluids is just as important. Radiator, brake, transmission, etc. are all essential fluids that will keep your working well. Make sure you bring your car in today for any of your vehicle needs.    Brake Pads.  Brake pads provide your car with the ability to stop in any situ ... read more

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Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

The kids were out of school, at least for a little while longer. They had just gotten back from Japan, and some friends followed them over the pond a few weeks later. Every Japanese visitor always wants to see Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Disneyland. We were happy to oblige and spend time with them. Shortly after our beloved house-guests left, I had a scratch I've been needing to itch. #KCRW radio was advertising about the Roots of Monozukuri Exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum. As this is a limited run, I was hoping to do this before summer ended. The Exhibit ends April 2019, so head on over before then. What I loved about the exhibit was the very rare vehicles that were on display. The Iconic 1967 Toyota 2000GT sports car, Fairlady 1600, and the 1969 Nissan R382 were just a few that I recognized. The museum however took me to school on a bunch of cars that I wasn't familiar with. 1963 Prince Skyline: Many of us are familiar with the Nissan GTR which roams American roa ... read more

40 years of Tokyo Automotive!

40 years of Tokyo Automotive!

40 year anniversary party is just around the corner and all are welcome. Event is 5-8 and is kid friendly. We have lots of entertainment, food, and activities... includes a Taiko (Japanese drum) demo @StereoBrewing, @jichansonigiri, @placentiachamber, @funservices, & @hazpartyrentals. #TokyoAutomotive Bounce house for the kids, dunk (your mechanic) tank, a keg by our favorite brewery, #onigiri/Rice balls, a #Taiko demonstration from Terry & friends/ ... read more

Tokyo Automotive Bleeds Japanese Culture

A Question of Honor: The Tokyo Automotive Difference For 40 years, Aki Tsuchida and his son, Tatsu Tsuchida, have been providing Placentia with the very best auto repair that money can buy. This hasn’t happened by accident: our path to greatness has been intentional and informed by the Japanese values of honor and family legacy. “I might make more money working in cubicle, but I want to carry on my dad’s legacy. I want to be a better shop, even if that means bringing up the industry. I just want to keep getting better, and I want something that is uniquely mine. I want to uphold the family reputation and legacy. I want to be involved in my community and being a part of it. It is not enough to take their money. I don’t want to be just about that. It’s about fixing it right,” says Tokyo Automotive owner Tatsu Tsuchida. This commitment to excellence is mirrored in all of the work we do at Tokyo Automotive. We don’t just want to take your ... read more

Why We Love Hosting Car Care Events

It’s Our Way Of Giving Back To Our Community Tokyo Automotive in Placentia is out to change the impression of auto repair shops as boring. How? First of all, our auto mechanics are passionate about excellence in workmanship. If you bring your car into Tokyo Automotive for auto repair, you are submitting it to the best auto mechanic hands in the Placentia region and surrounding areas of Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Orange Hills, Villa Park, Brea, and Yorba Linda. One of our favorite things to do is host events! 70% of our clientele are women, and we want to cater to them. We feature fun evenings like Lipsticks and Dipsticks, where customers can bring their cars in for education and socializing. We even have a Mary Kay representative on hand to match you up with the perfect shade of lipstick! If you love beer, we also have Pints and Pistons evenings. While you crack open a beer, we pop the hood of your car, or teach you how to change a tire easily and safely. At Tokyo Automo ... read more

Categories General Toyota Museum - The Last Tour

Categories General Toyota Museum - The Last Tour

A while back we took the crew to the Toyota Museum in Torrance. I personally have been there a few times, but the guys had not. What made this visit bittersweet was the fact that Toyota is leaving SoCal for Dallas very soon. All that will remain of the huge campus will be a few offices that will oversee the West Coast distribution. Lots of history here, which parallels my father's storied career. Many of you know that dad started out as a technician South Bay Toyota after some friends put him in front of the boss at Toyota Headquarters. Dad's favorite was the 2000GT. It was the untouchable car that his generation aspired to. We took a picture of Jasper in front of a CHP themed Avalon. Some of you may know Jasper used to be a police cadet. Art's pictured in front of a NASCAR camry, no doubt one the first vehicles that Toyota competed with; kinda fitting considering Art's story of coming to and being accepted by America has some parallels to Toyota's & Dad's story ... read more

Our Car Car Care Class: Lipsticks and Dipsticks

Our Car Car Care Class: Lipsticks and Dipsticks

We did a car care class last spring and we've been meaning to blog about it. Called it Lipsticks and Dipsticks, and as promised the local Mary Kay Lady stopped by and gave out sample sized lipstick. This was mainly geared towards women; of course they being the gender that bears the stereotype oblivious to car care. We had a group of roughly 20 and talked about basic car care and why we check the fluids often, what sort of noises are unusual from a vehicle, what sort of things a mechanic looks for when a vehicle comes in, etc. The important part is we all had fun. This being a Saturday morning we had breakfast type snacks and also coffee. The women seemed really enjoy it, and it seemed that they were less apprehensive to bring a car to a mechanic. Most importantly they all learned something. Quick thank you to the Placentia Chamber for helping to promote and organize, BG Petrospecs for the generous product raffle, Karean Wrightson, local realtor and friend for various nick-nacks f ... read more

Nicole has left the building!

Nicole has left the building!

Got so busy we forgot to announce Nicole's arrival last year in July, but she quickly picked up a following of great customers. She's done wonders in keeping our customers happy and uplifting the morale of the shop. Around February, earlier this year she announced she was pregnant, and as her belly got bigger staffers here often found themselves trying cheering her up; LOL. We wish Nicole and her husband Onnie a big congratulations, safe labor for both child and mother, and cross our fingers for her return to work. Threw her a small party on her last day. Balloons under shirt. Any notes of congratulations can be sent to the shop. We will forward them to her

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