Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Is Your Lease Ending? Here's What's Next

Toyota cars are some of the best-selling in the world. Indeed, the Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla routinely rank at or near the top of global sales figures. But those sales numbers make it easy to forget another important fact: every year, about a third of the cars leaving a Toyota dealership lot are going to lessees. If you hold the lease on a Toyota car, truck, van, or SUV, Keyes Toyota can help make the end of the lease process easier.

Keep the following timeline in mind if you're nearing the end of your Toyota lease.

90 Days Before Lease Ends

Will you buy out your current lease, lease another vehicle, or purchase another Toyota vehicle entirely? This is the right time to start thinking over that question. It's also about the time you'll hear from Toyota Financial Services.

60 Days Before Lease Ends

At the end of your lease, you may be charged for excessive wear and tear. This is a good time to bring your Toyota vehicle to the dealership for an assessment so there aren't any surprises later.

30 Days Before Lease Ends

Crunch time. The last thirty days are when you'll want to make any needed repairs, contact Keyes Toyota about a return date for your leased vehicle, return it, and work out any remaining financial obligations that go with the end of your lease (and the start of the next one, if applicable).

There are a few things to remember during this time:
  •          Loyalty incentives are available through Toyota Financial Services, often in addition to seasonal promotions and dealership incentives. We like having you as a customer, and we'd like to keep you around!
  •         Remember that you're not on your own. Your Toyota dealer near Los Angeles is here to help, whether it's answering your questions, helping you find your next new Toyota car, or figuring out financing.

·         Finally, don't forget that the service and Toyota finance departments are always at your disposal, whether you've leased or purchased through us, or bought your Toyota vehicle elsewhere. Visit us at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Toyota Corolla!

The Toyota Motor Company celebrates two major milestones in 2017. The first of these is the 80th anniversary of its founding, which came in August, 1937. The second is the 50th anniversary of the Toyota Corolla. To put the latter anniversary in perspective, 75% of the world's population has never known a world without the Toyota Corolla (lucky them). Needless to say, at Keyes Toyota we're proud to play our own small part in that history.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla arrived at your Van Nuys Toyota dealership suitably "dressed" for the occasion. Not only is it redesigned, it also comes in a limited edition (only 8,000 built) in custom Black Cherry Pearl. Opt for the top XLE trim for a 7-inch touchscreen, Toyota Entune with navigation, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, and a power sunroof.

Other trims offer their own particular perks, from the fuel economy of the LE Eco to the manual transmission and sporty performance of the SE trim. There are so many choices you're sure to find one you love!

The Toyota Corolla is also one of the safest cars in its class. If you do something for half a century, you're bound to do that thing well, and the automaker has Toyota Corolla safety down to a science. With strong uni-body construction, Toyota STAR Safety System, and Toyota TSS-P active safety features standard on all trims, it's no surprise that the car earns a five-star NHTSA safety rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

Whether you're looking for your first car or you've lost track of how many new and pre-owned Toyota cars you've bought over the years, it's time to (re-)discover the charms of the Toyota Corolla. Visit Keyes Toyota today at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA to celebrate with us!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Best Tech in Toyota Cars

The Toyota Motor Corporation is responsible for delivering some of the most reliable cars, packed with some of the most innovative technology, in recent years. Your Toyota dealership near Hollywood, in turn, has a hand in getting those cars and that technology into the hands of the thousands of drivers we’ve served over the years.

Because there are so many features available among so many models and trims, explaining all of it would take days of our time (and yours). Instead, we’ll focus on a few features that are particular favorites of the Keyes Toyota staff.

Qi Wireless Charging

Wires can be an unsightly distraction. Qi Wireless Charging, available in the upper trims of Toyota hybrid cars, eliminates the wires in favor of a wireless charging mat in the center console that charges your smartphone quickly.

Active Safety Features

The Toyota STAR and Toyota TSS safety systems — the former standard on all vehicles, the latter standard on new Toyota cars starting in 2018 — give you unrivaled peace of mind. The systems encompass technologies like lane departure alert, blind spot detection, backup cameras, and dynamic cruise control. There’s no substitute for defensive driving, but these systems make your Toyota vehicle an active partner in ensuring your safety.

Toyota Entune

Toyota Entune is a proprietary infotainment system that uses voice and touch inputs to control your Android or Apple smartphone, as well as putting a wide range of third-party applications at your fingertips. Real-time traffic and navigation, Pandora streaming audio, satellite radio, and more are all available through a high-resolution head unit that keeps everything in easy reach.

Not all features are available on all models or trims. Your Toyota dealership by Northridge will have more details, and answers to any questions you might have about getting the most out of all this technology. To find out more, or to take a test drive, visit Keyes Toyota today at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Toyota Semi Truck Coming?

New Toyota trucks are one of the industry’s best-kept secrets. The Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Tundra are capable on and off-road, just as capable of handling heavy work as they are a fun weekend away. There’s a new Toyota truck on the road ahead that you won’t find at Keyes Toyota, but that’s already revolutionizing trucking around Los Angeles.

The new Toyota truck isn’t a pickup. It’s a semi currently in testing in Port Los Angeles. It combines the lessons learned from Toyota pickup trucks with the same fuel cell vehicle technology that underpins the Toyota Mirai FCV. In short, the Toyota Motor Corporation is betting big on big rigs.

The test program, called Project Portal, aims to eventually replace the hundreds of high-pollution drayage trucks currently used at the port with FCVs. They don’t sacrifice power, but they’re quieter, cleaner, and more efficient.

Given that we already have Toyota trucks, forklifts, and other industrial-grade machinery (some of it through the company’s heavy industry subsidiaries like Hino), this is less of a stretch than it seems on the surface. Once the technology has proven itself, it’ll go from in-port intermodal transportation to wider use on the roads around Los Angeles and across the United States.

You may not be shopping for a semi, but you should welcome this news anyway. Why? Because even the technology in a Toyota vehicle you don’t own will make its way to consumers at your Los Angeles-area Toyota dealership, and then be copied by other manufacturers, eventually. In the meantime, why not see the best the company has to offer right now? Visit Keyes Toyota at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA today. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Simple “Hack” for Better Toyota Car Performance

It seems like every other website nowadays offers “one weird trick” that’s a shortcut to making everything better. You’ll be skinnier, better rested, better looking… the difference between this trick and those others? Ours works. There’s a very simple way to get better performance out of the car you bought a few years ago at Keyes Toyota, or to keep your new Toyota car driving as well five years from now as the day you drove it off the lot.

You don’t need to re-tune your engine, add body effects, or otherwise change your torque or horsepower. This could be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to make your car drive better. Ready?

Get new tires.

Not cheap tires, either. High-quality tires specified for your Toyota Camry or Toyota RAV4 and approved by Toyota Motor Corporation. It really is that easy.

Here’s why: so much of how your car performs literally has to do with where the rubber meets the road. The added traction you get from tires that are appropriate to the season and that have good tread depth, proper inflation, and good alignment can make it feel like you’re driving a completely different car.

That traction has other benefits, including better fuel economy and a better zero-to-sixty time. Beyond that, your car will handle better, and thanks to a shorter stopping distance, it’ll be safer as well.

Sometimes all you need is a simple tire rotation and alignment. If you’re not sure, stop by your Van Nuys Toyota dealership for a checkup. Our technicians will give your car a thorough inspection, and then make recommendations based on what they find. Not only will you get the right tires — with the right speed and load ratings for your driving habits — but you’ll also have them expertly installed.

If it’s time for new Toyota tires, it’s time for Keyes Toyota. We’re located at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA. Stop by today!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Toyota FT-4X Concept Debuts in New York

Last week in this space we covered the New York Auto Show debuts of two major Toyota models. This week, we’re looking at a concept SUV we’re hoping will become a production model. Let’s face it, the Toyota FT-4X concept looks to be a ton of fun for Los Angeles drivers, and we’d love to offer it at Keyes Toyota.

The Toyota FT-4X comes with nearly as many marketing buzzwords as it does features, which is saying something. Leave aside the hype and look at the substance, of which there’s plenty. This concept SUV shares a platform (and, possibly, a drivetrain) with the upcoming Toyota C-HR, but it also blends the looks of the retired Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV, and off-roading capability that should be at least as competent as the Toyota RAV4.

There are dozens of thoughtful touches, from ample storage space (with organizers), a wet storage area, an interior that’s easy to clean after your weekend adventures, a radio that can be used outside the vehicle, a dual-mode rear gate that hinges at both the top and sides, hot and cold storage, and plenty of USB ports.

Concept vehicles often take an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to features and design, and the Toyota FT-4X is no exception. If it makes it to production status — and we really hope it does — we expect that the interior will be more conventional than the concept form. The exterior, on the other hand, is endearingly chunky, and it’s forward-looking while also having plenty of cues that draw on some of the most celebrated Toyota SUVs.

If you’re in the market for a new SUV near Glendale right now, Keyes Toyota has excellent choices. From the capable Toyota RAV4 to the legendary 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser, our Van Nuys showroom at 5855 Van Nuys Blvd has what you need. Visit us today! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

New York International Auto Show: Toyota Cars

It’s a long way from Los Angeles to New York, but two new Toyota models are so close to Keyes Toyota we can practically taste it (tastes like glass, steel and vulcanized rubber, in case you were wondering). The 2017 New York International Auto Show will feature the new 2018 Toyota Sienna and 2018 Toyota Yaris alongside 2017 Toyota models.

2018 Toyota Sienna

While the 2018 Toyota Sienna gets a mild exterior refresh, the bigger news comes on the safety front. The 2017 model already has a five-star NHTSA safety rating, and the 2018 model should be safer still. That’s thanks to Toyota Safety Sense (with dynamic radar cruise control, pedestrian detection with a pre-collision system, and lane departure alert with steering assist), which are now standard.

Also new: the an upgraded Toyota Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which has optional features like WiFi Connect alongside standard App Suite Connect. Opt for the higher trims and you can upgrade to a premium JBL Audio sound system.

2018 Toyota Yaris

The subcompact 2018 Toyota Yaris also gets updated inside and out. All trims — the three-door L and LE trims, plus the five-door SE trim — get stylistic updates outside (chrome on the lower trims, piano black on the SE). Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are also new for the SE.

Get inside and there’s even more. Depending on the trim, you’ll find everything from a new sport steering wheel to a new instrument panel and audio system. Toyota Entune finally comes to the Toyota Yaris, with drivers who opt for the SE getting Connected Navigation through Entune Audio Plus.

Whether you’re considering the model year or the calendar year, 2017 is looking good, but 2018 could be even better. Even though these new Toyota models won’t arrive in Los Angeles ’til later this year, you can see the full lineup of Toyota cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans at the Keyes Toyota showroom. Stop by 5855 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys, CA today!