Category Archives: Destination Toyota, Burnaby

Toyota related blog posts for Brentwood, Lougheed, Burnaby and Greater Vancouver areas.

Tips on How to Save Money at the Pump

Packing Lightly

Even though gas prices have skyrocketed recently, it doesn’t mean your wallet has to take a hit. Here are few tips on how to save on gas and in turn help the environment too!

Clean the junk out of your trunk

Unnecessary weight can dramatically reduce your fuel efficiency, so it is best to clear your car and trunk of all that junk! When you are going on road trips, make sure to pack as lightly as possible!

Use the recommended grade of motor oilEnergy Conserving

Fuel efficiency can be improved when using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Various oils are specifically created to fit certain models and engines. Look for motor oils that have the description “Energy Conserving” on the American Petroleum Institute (API) Service Symbol to ensure the oil contains friction-reducing additives.

Do not strap cargo onto the roof

Stacking your roof with cargo increases aerodynamic drag, thus causing you to use more gas.. If you need extra room, instead of packing luggage directly onto the rooftop, invest in an aerodynamic rooftop carrier. Carriers range between $35-$180 and can be found at Canadian Tire or at any of Destination Auto Group’s dealership.

Road Rage

Stay calm and relax

Aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and abrupt braking can lower fuel efficiency. These behaviours do not only waste gas, they are a safety hazard for you and others driving around you. Keep a calm and alert mindset during your commute and drive at a consistent speed to maximize fuel efficiency on the road.

Maintain tire pressure

It is important to keep tire air pressure at the recommended levels set by manufacturers. A single tire that is underinflated by 2 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) can increase fuel consumption by 1%. Furthermore, driving with underinflated tires can decrease traction and cause uneven wear on tires.

For more information and tips on how to save money at the pump, visit one of our six dealerships or contact us!

Car Accident

What to do After a Car Accident

While being in, or seeing an accident is never something we wish for, knowing what to do can sometimes mean saving a life and/or preventing further injury. At Destination Auto Group we are committed to safety; with this in mind, we are pleased to provide you with some tips on what to do in case you witness or find yourself in a car accident.

What to Do at the Scene of a Car Accident

  1. Stop; Assess Injuries & Call 9-1-1

Check yourself for any injuries – your safety and well-being is the most important. If it’s safe: pull over, get out of your vehicle and call 911. When you feel safe and are mobile, you may exit the vehicle to survey the area of the accident. If in doubt, go to the hospital to get checked to ensure there are no serious injuries.

  1. Exchange Information

Get the names and contact information of anyone else involved in the car accident as well as witnesses. Make sure to gather the following information:

  • Basic Information – time, date and location of accident
  • Other Driver – license #, car make model, insurance details, license plate #
  • Witnesses/Bystanders – Name, phone & email
  • Photos & summary of situation

The ICBC Claims Card is a great tool to use when recording and/or drawing a picture of the accident.

  1. Call Dial-A-Claim

ICBC’s Dial-A-Claim Center is open 24 hours a day and provides you with hassle-free claims service. If you were injured in the accident, a family or friend may report the accident on your behalf. For accidents that happen within the Lower Mainland call 604 520 8222; for everywhere else in BC call 1 800 910 4222.

What to Do After a Car Accident

  1. Watch for Additional Injuries

In some cases you may be injured but not realize it; particularly if you have an internal injury. If you feel anything unusual, see a doctor to ensure no injuries go unnoticed and make sure you take steps to mitigate any injuries that resulted from the accident. For insurance purposes – make sure to create a formal document of all injuries and problematic areas.

Whiplash injuries push up insurance costs

  1. Consider Consulting a Car Accident Lawyer

Some people speak with a lawyer after the accident to ensure they are adequately protected. Lawyers can provide you with knowledge and insight regarding your rights. If you choose to hire a lawyer, your lawyer will be communicating with the other parties – leaving you stress free. Even if you choose not to hire the lawyer, the information they provide allows you to be confident in the decisions you make and assertive when/if a claim needs to be negotiated.

Car accidents can be horrible to be a part of or even to witness, but knowing and maintaining top-of-mind awareness can help you in case an accident does happen!

Prepare Your Car for Summer

5 Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Summer

Summer’s heat, dust and long road trips will take its toll on your car. It’s important to make sure your car is ready for the upcoming summer and all of the fun activities! Here are 5 tips to help prepare your car for the summer!

summer 1

Check the Coolant & Radiator

The summer heat is naturally tough on your car, sitting in traffic or parked outside makes it easy for your vehicle to overheat. If your engine gets too hot, moving metal parts in the engine can start to fuse together cause extreme internal damage. To ensure your car doesn’t overheat, it’s extremely important to ensure your car’s coolant system, pumps, hoses, thermostats and fans are all working properly!

Maintain Your Air Conditioning

Those who have driven through the hot summer weather without air conditioning know the big difference a little cool air can make. A malfunctioning air conditioning unit may be caused by low levels of refrigerant. Not sure if how your air conditioner is working? Bring it in and have one of our Certified Technicians take a look!

Check Your Tires & Brakes

Fresh tires will increase traction, give you better fuel economy and sharpen handling. Don’t enjoy changing tires? All-season tires are a great alternative if you don’t want to use seasonal tires. Brakes are the single most important aspect of your vehicle. Make sure they are checked by a trained technician to ensure brakes and brake pads are 100%.

oil change

Change the Oil & Oil Filter

Clean engine oil keep the metal parts from touching and grinding down the parts. The oil contains several key additives to move dirt particles towards the filters. Manufacturers recommend oil changes every couple of months, it’s important to check oil monthly to make sure the engine runs smoothly.

Create a Roadside Emergency Kit

Some breakdowns may be unavoidable and can result in a trip-wrecker. Save yourself by putting aside the following items for unexpected stops:

  • Jumper cables
  • Water
  • Emergency flares & reflectors
  • Gloves
  • Blanket & towel
  • Flashlight
  • Screwdrivers

Need help getting your car prepared for the summer? Bring your vehicle in to one of our six dealerships and our certified technicians will be more than happy to help you out! Call us at 1.888.599.6993 or visit our website for more information.

Summer Kit: Getting Your Car Road-trip & Season Ready

Road Trip

Whether you’re planning a camping trip with friends up the Sunshine Coast, or a family weekend in the BC interior, keep safe and well prepared with these car tips courtesy of the staff at Destination Auto Group:

1. Check under the hood – before you go, have your local dealer check your air conditioning (especially the filters), battery and oil levels, and rotate/change to your summer or all-season tires. This will both increase fuel efficiency and keep your axels healthy.

2. Prepare yourself in case you get lost or stranded – always keep water and food items stocked before you go. This can be as simple as a few water bottles and some nuts, granola bars or non-perishable food items. Keep a first aid kit, rain gear and blanket on hand in case the weather turns unexpectedly.

3. In case of emergency repair – ensure you have an extra working spare tire, and a small tool kit with basic supplies such as screw drivers, fuses, and jumper cables to get yourself going again.

Driving in the summer

Maximize the fun and uptime of your summer trips by making sure you are always prepared for whatever comes your way.

Visit us at one of our six dealerships in North Vancouver, Vancouver, or Burnaby to get your car checked-up and ready for the road!

Fathers at Destination Auto Group

They taught you how to ride a bike, change a flat tire and have loved you unconditionally throughout your rebellious years. Each year, we dedicate a day to recognize all the hard work our fathers do for us. We interviewed two outstanding Dads, Dennis Lee, IT Manager and Gary Harpestad, General Sales Manager at Happy Honda about the joys of fatherhood.

Q: How many children do you have and how old are they?

D. Lee: I have three beautiful kids: Alex (17), Brayden (8), and Kellen (5).

Family of Gary Harpestad

Family of Gary Harpestad

G. Harpestad: I have 4 children: 3 boys aged 4, 12 and 18, and a girl aged 7. Obviously my daughter rules over the boys with an iron fist.

Q: What is the best thing about being a parent?

D. Lee: The best part of being a father is listening to the noise made up of mindless chatter and laughter and seeing the pure joy in the eyes of my children after they accomplish something; it’s the honest affection, big hugs and the occasional “I love you daddy” that I’ll never get bored of hearing.

G. Harpestad: The best thing about being a parent is the unconditional love from my kids; it’s so nice to be greeted after a long day at the office with hugs and “Daddy!” as I walk through the door.

Q: What is your favourite family tradition?

D. Lee: My favourite family tradition is our annual “Dad’s and Tots” camping trip. This one weekend we have together out in the wild is always a blast.

G. Harpestad: Our family doesn’t really have any “traditions” to speak of, as my wife has a very small family and mine are all in South Africa. However, we do set aside “family time” on a regular basis which everyone really looks forward to and enjoys. This could be a family movie night, going to the beach, attending the kids sporting events or just playing some kind of sport together.

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Q: How does Destination Auto Group encourage a healthy work-life balance?

D. Lee: John G, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer reminds me that although work is important, it’s not everything, and spending time with my family and kids is what makes me most happy. I’m lucky to learn from and work closely with amazing individuals that lead through their actions.

G. Harpestad: Destination Auto Group encourages a healthy work – life balance by giving me the tools, training and support I need to do my job efficiently and maximize my productivity during the work day. This allows me the time off and the ability to focus on my family while at home.

Destination Auto Group would like to take this opportunity to celebrate all the amazing Dads out there! Happy Father’s Day!

2014 World Partnership Walk Follow Up

On Sunday, May 25th 2014, Destination Auto Group participated in the 30th Annual World Partnership Walk that took place in Stanley Park. Despite the rain, Team Destination joined over 4,000 participants in great spirits, excited to help end global poverty! This year, Team Destination raised over $2,000 in addition to its $50,000 sponsorship, and had over 40 Associates representing the company.

Parvez Velji, Product Advisor at Destination Toyota, has participated in the World Partnership Walk for over 20 years. “This year’s Walk was particularly exciting because many of my coworkers were involved with fundraising and also participated in the Walk – we had a great time! It’s a special feeling to know you’re making a difference in someone’s life, and raising awareness in Vancouver is as important as the work being carried out in developing countries.”

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Destination Auto Group believes that alleviation of global poverty is an important issue that needs to be addressed, and we are committed to being a strong role model both in our community and on a global level. Taking steps to help end global poverty is a small thing we can do to make a big impact. To learn more about Destination Auto Group’s participation in the Walk, click here.

Women at Work in Vancouver

Destination Auto Group is proud to support a number of global initiatives, including International Women’s Day on March 8th. Around the world, Women’s Day is celebrated irrespective of religion, cultural background and ethnicity and unlike any other day, it brings the world together to recognize the economic, political and social triumphs towards equal rights for women.

The theme for each year changes as the United Nations focuses on different aspects of equality for women. This year, International Women’s Day focused on Inspiring Change; for greater awareness, for equal recognition of women in arts, for growth of women-owned businesses, for increased financial independence, for more women in science, engineering and technology and for fairer recognition of women in sport. Over the years, women have made enormous efforts in achieving equality in modern day society – especially in the workplace, and the auto industry is no exception.


Inspiring Change at Destination

At Destination Auto Group, we directly attribute our accomplishments to the wonderful people in our company. We are meticulously focused on creating an environment that nurtures teamwork and professional development among all our associates. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to highlight the accomplishments of two outstanding members of the Destination family, and share how they inspire change through the work they do:

Dorothy, Service Business Development Supervisor, started with Destination as a Service Appointment Coordinator and over the last few years has become our resident expert on customer processes in the Service Department. According to her, “auto is traditionally known as a male-dominated industry, and a common misperception is that females are not knowledgeable about the mechanical aspects of vehicles. In my experience, working at Destination has been great – I do not feel or notice any gender inequalities and have a great working relationship with my counterparts in Service and Parts.” Dorothy currently manages  an expanding team, who she inspires through her strong work ethic and dedication.

Young, who joined Destination nearly three years ago, has quickly emerged as one of the top three Product Advisors in the entire group. In her words, “management is very supportive. They provide an enabling environment, and all necessary training and tools that help us succeed.” As an integral member of the sales team, Young’s drive to exceed expectations and compassion towards everyone around her makes her an amazing mentor and role model for new staff and women interested in the automotive industry.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, visit their website at For more information about the community engagement initiatives of Destination Auto Group, click here