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

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.

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