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
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
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
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
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