CAR CARE NEWS :: AUGUST 2014

New Prius V expands cargo room for active families

Toyota’s groundbreaking hybrid is expanding with the 2014 Prius Vbringing hybrid technology and versatility to the popular vehicle that makes it ideal for families with an active lifestyle.

The “V” stands for versatility, and the Prius V is the largest of the Prius family, with more cargo room than most small SUVs.

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A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

A letter from Dave Rodgers, Livermore Toyota General Manager

Dear Friends,

As a Toyota owner we wanted you to be the first to hear about your new neighbor, Livermore Toyota.

We invite you to drop by for a visit to our beautiful new facility and say “Hello” to the staff. Located on the corner of Highway 580 and North Vasco Road, Livermore Toyota is a full service dealership. We offer great deals on huge inventory of new and pre-owned Toyotas including the redesigned 2014 Rav4 and exceptional 2014 Prius.

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Seasonal service

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Some warning signs never flash across your vehicle dashboard. Problems such as squeals or a vibrating brake pedal could be your car’s way of pleading for service. 

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Car care

Don't let minor dents, scrapes ruin the value of your car

Don't let minor dents, scrapes ruin the value of your car

A relaxing summer day can turn sour in a hurry when you return to your vehicle and notice some new imperfections on its shiny exterior.

“Dents and dings are particularly annoying because they show up like spots on a mirror, especially on dark colored surfaces,” said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of the National Auto Body Council. “They also can diminish the value of your vehicle.”

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Accessories

Pet-friendly safety solutions for your furry passengers

Pet-friendly safety solutions for your furry passengers

Dogs adore car rides, and drivers cherish taking them. But sharp turns, sudden stops or collisions can cause severe injury or death to unrestrained animals—and put human passengers at risk of injury as well.

Lindsey Wolko, founder of the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety, has spent the last decade raising awareness about animal restraints for pet owners. Yet, she cautions there is no uniform safety standard for the industry.

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Seasonal driving

Plan ahead for road closures at popular destnations

Plan ahead for road closures at popular destnations

Dust off your almanac and download a freeway app for your smartphone if you are driving through any of the top metropolitan areas this summer.

Roadway construction could make travel a dusty slog if you don’t know how to navigate around road closures.

“We encourage people to plan ahead and do their research,’ said Nancy singer, spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration.

The federal agency and every state offers traveler information on construction projects. The state sites have detailed maps and closure information.

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Before you go

Why keeping cool may cost you at the pump

Why keeping cool may cost you at the pump

A renowned federal agency has proven it costs more to be cool.

According to a recent report from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the testing arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, cranking up your vehicle’s air conditioning system increases gas consumption.

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