Category Archives: Destination Toyota, Burnaby

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

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!

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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%.

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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

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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.

Toyota Evergreen

Toyota has teamed up with Evergreen; a national non-profit organization looking to inspire cities to go green. Their vision of green cities and a healthy planet combined with their values of collaboration, innovation, accountability and a systems approach that allows them to enables cities to lead a greener lifestyle.


In 2000, Toyota partnered with Evergreen and created the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program.  They both shared the desire to create sustainable cities by planting greens and transforming barren school grounds into natural environments.

Over the past decade, Toyota has contributed over 6 million into the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds. This amazing initiative has been able to:

  • Transform over 3,000 school grounds
  • Provided outdoor learning opportunities to over 1.4 million students across Canada
  • Held 1,000 workshops that reached over 36,000 teachers, educators and designers to promote and implement outdoor classrooms and natural learning spaces.


Assistant General Manager, Jeff Polo at Destination Toyota and the Marketing Team had the honor of helping Moscrop Secondary School and Forest Group Elementary School in Burnaby transform their schools into green grounds. Their plans for a sustainable green environment for the next generation can be realized thanks to the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds Program.

For more information on the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds initiative, visit

Toy Mountain | Destination Auto Group

‘Twas the Night before Toy Mountain…

Santa’s auxiliary shop (aka the Marketing Department) at Destination Auto Group was busy the last few weeks preparing for the Salvation Army’s 2013 Toy Mountain event, which took place on December 13, 2013 at the Brentwood Mall in Burnaby.

Moved by the spirit of the Season, this is the second year that Team Destination Auto has participated in the event. With hopes of creating smiles and memories to last, the Team raised over $3,000 and delivered 4 truckloads full of toys this year!

We’d like to CONGRATULATE the Salvation Army team and its partners for the great success of Toy Mountain this year!

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Check out the coverage on the the BEAT 94.5’s Facebook page!

To learn more about the Community initiatives of Destination Auto Group, please visit us at

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

5 Reasons Why You Gotta Love the 2014 Toyota Corolla

With 10 generations of Corolla models preceding it, the all-new, re-designed and re-engineered 2014 Toyota Corolla is more stylish and edgier than its predecessors, though it has retained it’s easygoing nature. Introduced in 1968, the Corolla nameplate has reached more than 40 million customers, and this year, set to reach many more! For those who value dependability and simplicity, the 2014 Corolla will not disappoint; good performance, comfort, fuel economy, and reliability are just a few elements that will appeal to everyone from the conservative commuter to the first-time car owner.

Here are 5 things you gotta know about the re-designed 2014 Toyota Corolla:

1. Brand new look

Noticeably sleek and sporty, the 2014 Corolla features a rounder shape based on the Corolla Furia concept, which unveiled at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit. The new Corolla’s design is not just about looks—handling, fuel efficiency and stability were defining principles used by Toyota’s design team. Long gone are the days of the 2-door and hatchback versions; instead Toyota has favored a 5-passenger only base model with a variety of trims (L, LE, LE Eco and S). The new Corolla is also lower, longer, and wider, and features an exterior look that is more aggressive than the 2013 model.

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2. More space inside

With its slightly elongated body, the 2014 Corolla features more space and increased comfort, especially for taller drivers. With 41.4 inches of legroom in the backseats, passengers have more room to play with than most of the Corolla’s competitors. Trunk capacity of the Corolla is approximately 13 cubic feet; loading and unloading is easier given the wide opening, and increased capacity can be found by folding down the rear-split seats.

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

3. Enhanced safety and performance

The Corolla’s standard set of safety features include stability and traction control, front side airbags, antilock brakes, a driver knee airbag, a passenger seat cushion airbag, and side curtain airbags. There is also a rearview camera available standard on all trims, except the base L.

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla | Destination Toyota Burnaby

Compared to the 2013 model, the 2014 models offering CVT transmission feel much smoother, and run more efficiently and quieter than ordinary automatic transmission. The new Corolla also features better sound-insulation, which helps to reduce outside noise, particularly when driving on the highway.

4. Improvements to fuel economy*

Toyota has been an industry leader in fuel economy and the new Corolla is no exception. If fuel economy is your motivation, the LE Eco would be your best option: its EPA combined rating is 35 mpg, with a highway rating of 42 mpg. The standard model with CVT will get you an average of 32 mpg (28 mpg city/38 mpg highway).

5. New interior and infotainment features

The seats of the new Corolla are soft and comfortable, but are more firm and sporty in the “S” trim. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the instrument panel and asymmetric center stack follow the curve of the steering wheel, evoking a more spacious feel in the cabin.

2014 Toyota Corolla interior | Destination Toyota Burnaby

2014 Toyota Corolla interior | Destination Toyota Burnaby

The controls are user-friendly and easy to find, and the new audio system features touchscreen controls with large buttons and clear graphics.

The verdict?

With precise steering, a new look, better fuel economy, a roomier interior and with no compromise on Toyota’s top-level safety standards, the all-new 2014 Corolla is a great addition to Toyota’s 2014 line-up. With a starting price of $15,995, and currently available with 1.9% financing from 36 months on select models, how can you go wrong?

Visit us at Destination Toyota Burnaby (4278 Lougheed) to learn more, or click here to book a test drive today!

2014 Toyota Corolla Quick Facts:

Price Range $15,995 CE trim to $22,200 LE trim
Engine 132-hp 1.8L 4-cyl (CE) / 140-hp 1.8L 4-cyl (LE)
Transmission 6-speed manual, 4-speed auto, CVT
Fuel economy L/100km 7.1 km city / 5.2 hwy L/100km (CE)
Available features & equipment (depending on trim) Bluetooth, LED Headlamps, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, Power Door Locks, Power Windows, 8 Airbags, and the Star Safety System. ECO model features VALVEMATIC engine technology and is Canada’s most fuel efficient gas powered compact sedan*

*Fuel efficiency estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors



Destination Auto Group offers the CarProof Advantage

Ever have that feeling like you’ve been led-on to make a purchase without knowing ALL the details? At Destination Auto Group we take transparency very seriously—in fact, this is how we measure our success. Not only are our Pre-Owned Sales Teams trained to research and identify the best pre-owned vehicles on the market for our customers, but all our dealerships are Dealer Members of CarProof, Canada’s top provider of vehicle history reports.

What is a CarProof report?

CarProof reports offer full insight into the lifetime of a pre-owned vehicle, and promote the highest level of transparency between the buyer and seller. Data collected and used for the reports are curated from the widest range of sources, including CarProof’s vast North American database and network, police reports, and insurance claims companies, among others, and the product is a comprehensive, impartial, accurate and real-time report of the vehicle’s history.

There are several types of reports, including: Claims (and Claims BC), Verified (and Verified BC), and Quickproof. Click here to see more details.

The most comprehensive “Verified” report provides the following details:

  • Vehicle details
  • Report details (date of report, sources and completeness of information)
  • Summary (snapshot of any records that may exist about the vehicle)
  • Report findings (vehicle’s life and records)
  • Accident/collision report (compiled from estimate facilities, and police reports)
  • Lein status (any legal claims on the vehicle)
  • Where the vehicle has been registered and status in jurisdictions
  • Stolen vehicle check (if the vehicle was registered as stolen by a previous owner)
  • Import/export record (if the vehicle has cross national boundaries)
  • US Search for vehicle records (if the vehicle has any records in the USA)

CarProof sample report

How can you be sure the information is accurate?

Vehicle data collection is driven by the VIN (Vehicle Information Number), which is essentially like a car’s fingerprint. Virtually impossible to fabricate or alter, the VIN provides authorities, agencies, insurance companies, dealerships, etc. a standard method for vehicle identification.

Peace of mind comes standard with every Pre-Owned vehicle from Destination Auto Group

All of our staff at Destination value the relationships we establish with our customers. To achieve this we actively pursue a simple, seamless and transparent purchase process. A CarProof report comes standard with every Pre-Owned vehicle we sell, and with it, the peace of mind that your vehicle is safe.

For any questions about CarProof reports please visit us or contact your nearest Destination Auto Group dealership today.

5 Reasons Why You Gotta Love the 2013 Toyota RAV4

Written by: Destination Toyota Staff, Vancouver, B.C.

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Introducing its 4th generation RAV4, Toyota has made significant changes this year. The 2013 RAV4 is offered in 3 trims: LE, XLE and Limited, with the LE and XLE available in all-wheel drive (AWD). The new model boasts a complete make-over and takes fuel efficiency, style, and comfort to new heights.

Here are 5 reasons why you gotta love the 2013 Toyota RAV4:

1.       Bolder & sleeker exterior

The 2013 RAV4 represents a new design direction by Toyota for its compact SUV. Its bold design places more focus on aerodynamics, a departure from its more conservative predecessor—in some ways the new RAV4 more closely resembles the look of its bigger brother, the Highlander. Most significant of all changes is the removal of the rear spare tire, which is now located under the cargo area inside the vehicle. As shown in the video clip below, drivers have the convenience of a new rear lift-gate design with a power switch, which allows for easy opening and closing. There is also a memory function that enables you to set a preferred height for the door (this comes standard for the Limited trim).

2.       Enhanced driving experience

The RAV4 is all about adventure and excitement. With its Advanced Drive Mode Select, you can tailor driving through a choice of Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. The new All-wheel drive system with Dynamic torque control provides greater control in any weather, for on- or off-road conditions. You can also choose between three control modes: Auto (switches between all-wheel and front-wheel drive), Lock (fulltime all-wheel drive), and Sport (sharper shifting and response times). The following video provides a more intimate look at the RAV4’s performance features.

3.       Fuel Efficiency

The RAV4’s upgraded 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder engine, with 6-speed transmission and sequential shifting provides greater flexibility; drivers also have the option of selecting a manual or automatic configuration. The eco-drive indicator informs you when you’re in the most fuel efficient zone, a feature that has helped the RAV4 maintain its status as one of the most fuel efficient SUVs on the road.

4.       Interior comfort, versatility and features

Through the use of sound-proofing materials designed to reduce noise from road and wind drag, the new RAV4 offers quieter ride than the 2012 model. Another notable enhancement is the large amount of cabin space. With the removal of the 3rd row seating, passengers in the back seat have almost as much space as those in the front. The rear seats of all RAV4 trims fold down with a 60/40 split, allowing the space to be transformed into a respectably-sized cargo hold.

The 2013 Toyota RAV4 has an impressive array of features, some of which include rear and passenger seat adjustment options, Bluetooth controls, a 12-volt accessory power outlet, and many more. The limited model comes complete with a smart key system, auto dimming rear-view mirror, illuminated front-cup holder, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob.

5.       Safety technology & Reliability

The RAV4 is also loaded with Toyota’s leading safety technology. The Star Safety System is designed to help drivers avoid collisions through its suite of features, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA)and Smart Stop Technology (SST). If you’d like to know more, your Destination Toyota Product Advisor can provide additional information on the benefits of each safety system. The RAV4 has received various awards for value and reliability, specifically for maintenance costs, retained value, and Best Overall Value 7 years out of the last 8. RAV4 Awards and Ratings

For a more in-depth look at the 2013 RAV4 and its features, check out our video below:

With its bolder look, enhanced performance, increased comfort and space, and high standard of reliability and safety, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 is a great all-round vehicle. There’s no better way to experience the new RAV4 than to try it out for yourself – book a test drive online today at or visit us at our dealership (4278 Lougheed in Burnaby) and we’d be happy to show it to you!

Getting Your Car Ready for Spring: Service Tips for your Toyota Vehicle

Though you may be ready for those extra rays of sunshine, how ready is your Toyota vehicle? Three tips on getting your car ready for Spring include: check your brakes, change your tires, and a give your vehicle a good cleanup.

As Spring represents different things to different people, vehicle maintenance may not always be top of mind. Vancouver’s moderate winters should not be underestimated; even slight changes in temperature and road conditions can have major effects on your vehicle. Knowing how to keep your car healthy through these changes can help save you money on service in the long-run.

Here are three tips for getting your Toyota ready for Spring:

1. Put your Winter tires into hibernation
If you installed Winter tires on your vehicle at the beginning of the season, make sure to switch them back to all-season or Summer tires. Winter tires are made from a softer rubber compound suited for temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, offering greater flexibility and grip. When temperatures rise above this level, it causes accelerated tire wear, something you can easily avoid by ensuring timely removal. So, once the snow is gone, make sure to change your tires.

2. Pay attention to “detail”
Winter conditions can do significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. An important element of your vehicle spring cleaning plan should include ensuring salt is removed from your vehicle. Detailing generally includes cleaning, polishing, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as thorough interior cleaning. You can do some detailing conveniently at home, such as vacuuming and cleaning of the trunk; other jobs such as waxing, paint correction, and more importantly, an engine shampoo, should be completed by a professional Service Advisor.

3. Give your car a “brake”
Slush and salt take their toll on many components of your vehicle, and disc brake mechanisms are some of the most critical parts affected. Winter driving can cause corrosion issues inside the braking system – if you haven’t had your car’s brakes checked in the last year, now is the ideal time to do so. Your Destination Toyota Service Advisor can ensure that the brake caliper sliders are moving freely and are well lubricated. If these stick or seize, they can cause a hard brake pedal and accelerated lining wear.

Spring is a great time to take extra care of your vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can enhance your vehicle’s safety, improve performance, and make your car look great at the same time!

For more information on how to prepare your car for Spring, check out our YouTube video on Spring vehicle Maintenance for some advice from one of Destination Toyota’s trusted Service Advisors. To learn more about our services, visit us at