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
October is... FREE BRAKE MONTH!!!
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
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
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
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
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
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