Category: Destination Toyota Burnaby

2015 WORLD PARTNERSHIP WALK | TEAM DESTINATION

Destination Auto Group is counting down to this year’s annual World Partnership Walk on May 31st, 2015. The World Partnership Walk is Canada’s largest annual initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, raising money and awareness to end global poverty. Destination Auto Group has been a proud sponsor of this event for over a decade and a gold sponsor for five years. 

This year, our team co-captains, Parvez Velji and Anna Sterankova are focusing heavily on increasing team involvement and engagement. Team leader representatives from each of our six dealerships are selected to not only get employees involved, but spread to word our customers, families and friends. 

Why is Destination Auto Group supporting the Walk?

  • Because changing lives of people and communities in the world’s poorest regions is achievable
  • Because Destination Auto Group strongly believes it is our social responsibility to support initiatives that create awareness about inequalities or directly improve the condition of others
  • Because supporting the communities in which we live and work is part of our Mission
What can YOU do?

You can sponsor Team Destination here or take part in the Walk on May 31st. Let’s STEP FORWARD and end global poverty together.

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 Team Destination ready to go!

 

About World Partnership Walk

Every spring, the World Partnership Walk brings together globally minded Canadians to raise funds and increase awareness to fight global poverty. Since its start 31 years ago, the Walk has raised over $88 million. 100% of donations made to the Walk support Aga Khan Foundation Canada international development projects that target the greatest need and provide long-term sustainable solutions – like revitalizing a rural economy, ensuring clean water and sanitation, strengthening community-based organizations, and educating new generations of girls and women. 

Questions? Contact marketing@destinationauto.ca.

Importance of an Oil Change

Regular and timely oil changes are more than just a typical maintenance; they play a significant role to the health of your engine. Changing your oil frequently will keep your engine running optimally in the long run.

Motor oil is used in cars to lubricate the instruments in the engine. When the oil in your vehicle breaks down, it loses its ability to lubricate efficiently. A well lubricated engine keeps the moving parts from grinding against each other which prevents serious damages to your vehicle.

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Another benefit of an oil change is to prevent your engine from overheating.  Since the engine creates a high volume of heat, clean oil helps draw away the heat and cools it down. An overheated engine does not function effectively and can lead to dangerous consequences.

Here are few tips to help you determine when to change your oil:

  1. Refer to the car owner’s manual – it outlines what services your vehicle needs and when they are recommended
  2. Refer to the odometer –  oil gets dirtier more quickly as you drive more
  3. Monitor your driving conditions – stopping frequently, transporting heavy cargo, driving in extreme cold, hot, or humid weather are all stressors for you engine and oil
  4. Consult a qualified technician – every car is unique so seek a professional opinion at Destination Auto Group

Do not underestimate the importance of timely oil changes. Putting off your regular oil changes will cause your engine to wear faster. Keep in mind that maintaining regular oil changes is a lot cheaper than changing your engine.

Want to find out more? Book a service appointment or to talk to one of our knowledgeable Service Advisor by visiting our dealerships below or directly contact us here.

Destination Chrysler
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
Destination Toyota
4278 Lougheed Hwy,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 571-4399

Kingsway Honda
368 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 874-6632

Destination Hyundai
445 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 292-8190
Destination Mazda
1595 Boundary Rd,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 291-9666
Happy Honda
4780 Hastings Street,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 294-6632

Should You Lease or Finance?

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? Should you lease or should you finance a car? What is the difference between the two options? It’s a question that everyone seems to have an opinion about. There are a number of factors that can influence whether you should lease or finance a vehicle. Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.

How much you drive?

The amount of kilometers you put on your vehicle on a yearly basis could influence your decision to lease or finance. Certain lease agreements normally only allow you to put a certain number of kilometers on the vehicle per year and may charge a rate for every kilometer if you go over. Financing may be a better option for those who drive frequently and far.  If you decide to lease, read your leasing contract carefully to learn if there is a cap and other restrictions.

What are you using the car for?

While some people view driving as a chore, others view driving a pleasure.  If you spend a lot of time in the car and highly value comfort, you may attracted to models with luxury features such as heated leather seats, efficient climate control, spacious interior, and a high-end entertainment system.  Therefore going for a lease may be an affordable way to allow you to drive a higher end model.

Depending on the terms of the contract, at the end of the lease you may incur some additional fees on wear and tear or damages.  Therefore pay close attention to your vehicle and set aside a budget in advance. In addition, lease payments can be deducted from your taxes if you use your vehicle for business purposes. Speak with an Accountant to find out more about deduction.

How long you plan on keeping the car?

How many years you do plan on driving the vehicle? If you continually lease a vehicle, monthly payments are lower, but they never end. If you decide to finance a vehicle, payments will end and the car will become your asset. If you enjoy innovative new technologies, seek the latest style, or cannot picture driving the same car for many years, leasing gives you the flexibility to switch your vehicle every few years.

What is your monthly cash flow?

Lease payments usually are lower compared to financing payments on a monthly basis. This is because when you lease a vehicle, you’re paying for the depreciation of the car during your term rather than the full cost of the vehicle if you were to finance. Think about your monthly income flow, and evaluate how much money you can put towards a payment.

Both leasing and financing affect will affect your monthly cash flow therefore you should understand the math behind each option and the impact on you.  Interest rates, down payments, frequency of payments are all important factors; therefore take the time to research which option works best for you and your situation in the long run.

Still undecided or have a question? Visit us at any of our six dealerships and speak to one of knowledgeable Guest Advisors today! For more information, visit us here.

Destination Chrysler
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
Destination Toyota
4278 Lougheed Hwy,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 571-4399

Kingsway Honda
368 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 874-6632

Destination Hyundai
445 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 292-8190
Destination Mazda
1595 Boundary Rd,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 291-9666
Happy Honda
4780 Hastings Street,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 294-6632

Get Your Car Winter Ready

Get Your Car Winter Ready

In preparation for the winter season, drivers should wisely prepare themselves and their vehicles for decreased temperatures, increased rain and/or snowfall, and tougher driving conditions. Here are a few “checks” to get your car winter ready and ensure a safer driving experience in the winter!

Check your tires

Ensure your tires are winter ready by checking if there is adequate tread on the tire. If your tire tread is low, your tires should be replaced.

Better yet, come down to one of our six dealerships and purchase winter tires. Winter tires are specifically designed for winter driving as they will exert a better grip on the road in cooler temperature. It is recommended that winter tires are installed before temperature drops below 7°C.

Check your windshield wipers and wiper fluid

In Metro Vancouver, we use our windshield wipers for majority of the year due to the rain. It’s important to replace windshield wipers every 6 months depending on wear and tear. Regular wiper fluid may freeze over in colder temperature, so don’t take that chance and exchange it to a type that contains a good antifreeze fluid. Don’t let ineffective wipers and wiper fluid impair your visibility of the roads and pedestrians.

Check your battery

Make sure your batteries are in top shape to brave the winter season! Check the physical condition of the battery – are there cracks and corrosion of the cables and the box? If your battery appears to be in rough shape or it is few years old, have it tested and replace it if necessary. You can choose from a variety of Genuine Honda batteries starting at only $99.99!

Check your defroster and heater

A clear windshield is vital to safe driving; check your vehicle’s defroster and heater to make sure they are working properly.

Check your lights

Properly working lights not only allow drivers to see their surroundings, they are equally important to make their vehicles visible to everyone else on the road. Examine your front, rear, hazard, and brake lights.

Need help preparing your car for winter? Visit one of our six dealerships located around the lowermainland or contact our Service Department for more information.

Destination Chrysler
1600 Marine Drive,
North Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 990-4364
Destination Toyota
4278 Lougheed Hwy,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 571-4399

Kingsway Honda
368 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 874-6632

Destination Hyundai
445 Kingsway,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 292-8190
Destination Mazda
1595 Boundary Rd,
Vancouver, BC
Service: (604) 291-9666
Happy Honda
4780 Hastings Street,
Burnaby, BC
Service: (604) 294-6632

Movember at Destination Auto Group

Hide the shaving cream and whip out the mustache combs? Movember is here! Destination Auto Group is proud to support the improvement of men’s health and the fight against cancer.

Cancer affects everyone, regardless of gender, race and age; we are participating in Movember in hopes to raise awareness and funds to help fight this disease. Dennis Lee, IT Manager at Destination Auto Group, shared with us his personal story and what Movember means to him, as well as a few tips on growing that perfect ‘stache!

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Q: Who are you growing a mustache for and how did they influence/impact your life?

D. Lee: I am participating in Movember in memory of my dad, William Richard Lee. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer roughly 15 years ago and the doctors were able to manage his condition thru chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately, my father lost his battle this summer when the cancer spread to his bones.

My father helped me to become the man I am today. Some of my fondest memories of my dad were when he taught me how to fish, took me camping, and coached my baseball and hockey teams. A leader and outdoorsman, he was everything you’d expect from a father and more.

What I will miss is he was a great grandfather and it saddens me that my kids won’t get to be with him anymore. The magic of the laughter, from him and the kids, was wonderful. They brought out the best of each other.

Q: How has the Movember movement changed and/or impacted you and your life?

D. Lee: The movement has given me to opportunity to shine the focus on the Movember cause within my circle of families, friends and co-workers. I believe the money raised will positively accelerate the research to find a cure because cancer is unpredictable and can strike those who are dearest to us at any time.

Nothing is more difficult to observe than the daily hardships of cancer-stricken patients fighting for their lives. For me, the loss of my father has taught me to appreciate the little things, like the laughter of my kids, my amazing wife, my health and all the memories I have with my father. Sporting the mustache is a reminder that life is short and we should do what we can to enjoy it to the fullest extent.

Q: How do you feel about women or “Mosistas” participating in Movember?

D. Lee: Women play a big part in raising awareness; everyone has their dads, brothers, sons, uncles and grandfathers, and cancer does not discriminate. In fact, it can potentially affect the lives of everyone around them. My wife, Lisa, supports me and the Movember cause 100%.

Q: What are some tips on grooming and styling a stache?

D. Lee: I’m currently growing the “boxcar,” so razors with built in trimmers work well. If you get to the “handlebar” length, pomade is great to help achieve that sleek look.

What Do The Warning Lights Mean?

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Do you ever wonder what those lights on your dashboard means when it illuminates? Here’s a list of what you should do if any of the lights illuminate while you’re driving!

Battery Warning Light


If this Battery Warning lightens up, it indicates voltage level is abnormal and the vehicle’s charging system is not functioning properly. Check battery terminals, alternator belt and battery condition.

Coolant Temperature Warning


Temperature has exceeded normal limits, coolant levels, fan operation, radiator cap and coolant leaks should be checked right away.

Oil Pressure Warning


Oil pressures should be looked at right away if the Oil Pressure Warning light stays illuminated.

ABS Warning Light


The ABS Warning light, also known as the anti-lock braking system is highlighted when there is an issue with the ABS braking system. This will not result in losing your brakes, but it needs professional attention to resolve the issue. Note: the icon will come on during ignition of the vehicle and switches off shortly after.

Check Engine

The Engine Management Light illuminates when the vehicle detects an issue with the engine management system that is normally related to emission or running problems. When the engine management light appears, your vehicle needs immediate professional attention.

Traction Control/ESP


The vehicle’s traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system is in use, usually indicating that conditions are slippery.

Transmission Temperature


Transmission is operating at higher temperatures than recommended, check transmission fluid and engine coolant levels.

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This light usually indicates an electrical problem that is controlled by the Body Control Module (BCM). There may be a traction control problem or a communication issue between modules. Check all lights: head lights, turning signals, brake lights and hazard lights.

Lamp Out


The Lamp Out light signifies that there is an exterior light on the vehicle that is not working properly.

ESP Fault


This light indicates that there is a problem with the vehicle’s traction control and/or anti-skid or electronic stability system.

Tire Pressure


This light warns the driver that the air pressures in one of the tires are incorrect. Pull into a gas station and have them checked.

Washer Fluid Reminder


The Washer Fluid Reminder indicates that washer fluid is low and it’s time to refill the reservoirs.

Have any questions about the warning lights on your dashboard? Visit us at one of our six dealerships around the Lower Mainland to book a service appointment or speak to one of our knowledgeable Service Advisors today!

Destination Toyota: First Concrete Pouring Ceremony

Destination Auto Group commemorated construction of the future home of Destination Toyota in Burnaby with a First Concrete Ceremony on October 2nd, 2014. The milestone was celebrated with a number of dignitaries, including the Mayor of Burnaby, His Worship Derek Corrigan, Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia Richard Lee and Kathy Corrigan, Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) President and CEO Seiji Ichii, and Vice President of Sales, Larry Hutchinson.

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“As we pour the first concrete today for our brand new store, we envision that the Destination Toyota Burnaby of tomorrow will be well equipped to help us exceed guest expectations, and create a meaningful and positive impact in the Burnaby community,” said Aziz Ahamed, President of Destination Auto Group.

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Opening fall of 2015, the new home of Destination Toyota Burnaby will be a three-level, 90,000 square foot facility located at 4451 Still Creek Drive. Its proximity to Brentwood SkyTrain Station and the redevelopment of Brentwood Town Centre will maximize the dealership’s convenient location, and better serve the growing population of Burnaby and the Lower Mainland.

“For 22 years, great service has been at the heart of success at Destination Toyota, and with plans to open a facility that will allow the dealership to better serve the Burnaby community; the best is yet to come.” added Seiji Ichii, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc (TCI).

This vision is echoed by Mayor of Burnaby, His Worship Mayor Derek Corrigan, who noted that the new dealership is a great addition to the community and a place where people can shop for the finest and the most reputable Toyota vehicles.

Ultimately, Destination Toyota Burnaby will employ 20 additional associates and boast a more spacious showroom, a larger service shop equipped with 28 bays, on-site body shop, automatic car wash, tire centre and many other amenities to fulfill all our guests’ needs.

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About Destination Auto Group: 

Since 1983, Destination Auto Group has focused on one mission – empowering our guests with the right information to find a vehicle to suit their needs. Representing eight car brands, Destination Auto Group currently operates six full-service dealerships including Destination Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in North Vancouver, Destination Hyundai, Destination Mazda and Kingsway Honda in Vancouver, and Destination Toyota and Happy Honda in Burnaby.