Castlegar Toyota Automotive Blog

Our blog offers engaging, educational and informative insight on some of the latest automotive industry trends! Stay up to date with us on everything Toyota by clicking on any of the posts below. 

April
22
April
22
“Furthering Toyota’s commitment to a carbon-neutral future, the all-electric Toyota bZ4X SUV is bold, modern, and unmistakably familiar. Designed to be an activity hub that ushers in a new era of how customers think about their vehicle, the bZ4X is more than just a means of transport, b...
March
01
March
01
If you’re in the market for a new Toyota vehicle, it can be a struggle figuring out your financing options, what kind of car you should buy, not to mention how much your credit might hold you back. The idea of going to a dealership that might haggle you into a lease or purchase you don&rs...
November
17
November
17
Toyota's vehicles have always been leaders in reliability, fuel efficiency, safety, and value. Whether you’re cruising the highway during long commutes to and from the city, towing hefty loads on the job site, or exploring the road less travelled, there’s a Toyota for you! Each of th...
May
31
May
31
Contrary to popular belief, not all tires are created equal. In the name of road safety, consistently rotating your tires is an essential part of vehicle maintenance, not to mention that local weather conditions will play a huge role in determining which tires you should be using and when to ge...
May
04
May
04
When shopping around for a vehicle, buying brand-new can come with numerous benefits and may seem like the obvious route. However, more and more individuals are beginning to see the advantages of buying pre-owned, especially if you've got your eye on a Toyota. Toyotas are known to be some of the...
January
07
January
07
Just when you thought the family-favourite Toyota Highlander couldn’t get any better, this popular SUV is riding into 2021 sporting a brand new hybrid engine that delivers maximum power and efficiency in an environmentally-friendly package. More drivers across the West Coast are getting onboar...
September
30
September
30
Each year when fall rolls around, folks always ask us the same question: when can I get my hands on the newest 2021 Toyota models?! Although we can’t guarantee exactly when the factory is going to roll out brand new Toyota cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs, our team here at Castlegar Toyota has b...
July
16
July
16
If you’re wondering what’s the best SUV to buy in 2020, then look no further than the Toyota Highlander! Highlander is a three-row hero, with enough space for large families and enough guts to be a serious off-roading powerhouse. This full-size SUV is a favourite among BC families and ad...
June
19
June
19
2020 has been a tough year for folks across British Columbia, and we know that many of our community members are trying to find ways to save money where they can. For those who are shopping for a dependable car, truck or SUV, but also working within a tight budget, it’s time you learned about ...
April
14
April
14
Just Know This -- We Feel You What day is it? What month is it? There’s no way around it -- COVID-19 has thrown most of us for a loop. Our routines are shaken and the future seems uncertain. While we can’t control how everything unfolds, our team here at Castlegar Toyota is hard at work...
April
11
April
11
Take a Break from Your Car Payments with Toyota Times are uncertain -- but at Castlegar Toyota, we want to help our clients navigate COVID-19. No one should have to choose between food, housing or a safe vehicle during this crisis, which is why we’re proud to offer no payment periods on new v...
March
23
March
23
Here at Castlegar Toyota, we believe that BC drivers deserve the best vehicles on the road. That’s why we stand behind our lineup of exciting and dependable Toyota cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. With a focus on innovative safety features, working towards a greener future and ensuring that ...
March
21
March
21
Castlegar is home to plenty of big families who need a vehicle that provides seating, space and safety. If you think that needing a vehicle that can seat 6, 7 or 8 passengers is a life sentence behind the wheel of a “soccer-mom van,” then you’ll be happy to know that Toyota has des...
January
16
January
16
2020 Toyota trucks have arrived at Castlegar Toyota and our team can’t wait to share all of the exciting new features that West Kootenays’ favourite trucks, Tundra and Tacoma, are packing to kick off the new decade! With new standard tech, safety, styling and performance features galore,...
December
11
December
11
For many years, we’ve been proudly serving the people of Castlegar, Nelson and across Southern British Columbia by providing quality Toyota vehicles at affordable prices. Our pledge is at the heart of every interaction between our team members and our customers: to provide a personalized car-b...
October
07
October
07
“Our ultimate goal: a world without accidents.”   Toyota is committed to raising the bar on safety standards every year, and has a reputation for designing some of the safest cars on the road. In 2019, Four Toyota vehicles were named IIHS Top Safety Pick, with the Toyota Avalon rec...
September
23
September
23
When it comes to choosing a new truck, I know how hard it is. Every time I decide to look into what my next vehicle will be, it feels like a rabbit hole. Sometimes there’s too much information out there and sometimes there’s not nearly enough. I was fortunate enough to spend a week drivi...
August
15
August
15
The Car that Does it All When searching the current market for your next vehicle, drivers in Castlegar want to find a car that ticks all of their boxes. Toyota doesn’t want you to ever compromise when asking what a ride can do for you -- which is why we’re proud to offer the 2020 Prius ...
June
20
June
20
Places to Visit and Fun Things to Do Near Castlegar This Summer As the summer heat hits and the kids are out of school, Castlegar Toyota knows you’ll be needing awesome day (or longer) trips to eat up all that free time. Tire your crew out and have tonnes of fun doing it by checking out some ...
March
26
March
26
Better Tech is the Way of the Future It’s no surprise -- we’re going to see more and more “smart” features in our lives as we move forward. Our vehicles are no exception, with every new model being loaded with better technology than the one before. Toyota is dedicated to dev...
March
24
March
24
Never Settle for “Good Enough” Toyotas -- they’re built to last. Anyone who owns one of these skillfully-crafted vehicles knows this fact. But with vehicles that last comes the inevitability of repairs. Where should you get your Toyota fixed -- and does it matter what kind of part...
January
23
January
23
Here at Castlegar Toyota, we’re committed to giving our customers the best experience possible. We know you’re busy, but we also know that many vehicle repairs just can’t wait. That’s why we offer shuttle service, helping our clients get back to what’s important while w...
November
29
November
29
There’s no time like the holidays to start thinking about where to save money, or where you can save some of your budget to make for the best secret santa gifter out there. When you’re looking to save money, not just around the holidays, but long-term, Toyota is the route to take. Here&r...
September
01
September
01
One of this biggest concerns that we hear about from folks making the transition from SUV or car driving to trucks is fuel economy. While older trucks were fuel-guzzling monsters, and some new trucks (but only from the other guys) still are, Toyota trucks aren’t. The proof is in the pudding&md...
August
31
August
31
Because it’s so nice in the summer here in BC, people often stay in the province and enjoy the great outdoors. We see people travelling with ATVs, boats, bikes, and a family of fun gear. To get this gear from point A to point B, you’ll need the right vehicle to handle the weight without ...
August
21
August
21
The Rav4 is one of our best-selling vehicles year after year. Because of its fuel consumption, style, space, and features, it’s no surprise. This coming model year, the fan favourite is getting an attractive makeover that’s making it even more desirable. We truly don’t always say i...
June
12
June
12
Gas. We all need it. We all keep paying more for it. In British Columbia, fuel is as expensive as our province is beautiful and it seems to be getting worse. With some of the highest average fuel prices in the country, it’s one contest that we could do without winning. The average cost of gas...
June
04
June
04
It might be obvious that we really love our TRDs, and we’re alright with that When we have new customers visit the dealership looking for their next truck, we often get asked about how the Tacoma TRD Sport compares to the popular 2015-and-up remake of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. The answer: i...
March
22
March
22
The Toyota Tacoma is one of the best-selling trucks in Canada, and that’s not surprising considering all it has to offer. This truck can haul, tow and go off-road when you need it to be a weekend warrior, or if you just need it to help someone move. Here is why having a Tacoma TRD in your driv...
March
15
March
15
Buying a used car doesn’t have to be unpleasant. That’s right, we said it. You also don’t need to be a professional level business negotiator to walk away with a great deal. You can get a reliable vehicle and save some money in the process. When you follow these tips from our Castl...
January
05
January
05
The Toyota Rav4 has been a popular vehicle for years; you could even argue that the Rav4 was the first real crossover utility vehicle (CUV). For 2018, the Toyota Rav4 is the most advanced and capable Rav4 yet, and we get a lot of questions about this capable little wonder. We thought it would be fun...
January
02
January
02
We wouldn’t trade living in the Castlegar area for anything. We do have to admit, however, that driving in the Kootenays has its own special set of challenges. Depending on the weather and driving conditions, roads in the Castlegar area can be downright dangerous. That holds especially true in...
December
22
December
22
The holiday season can be hectic and it’s only natural to forget a few details here and there—where you put the keys, did you get a gift for Uncle Emmet, etc. If you’re one of the lucky ones, spending time with your friends and family is a fun, food-filled experience. When you ar...
December
08
December
08
Well, it looks like 2017 is coming to an end, but we aren’t complaining. We had a fantastic year and we’re honoured that we were able to share it with you. Along with our big Sweet 16 celebration, we shared all sorts of travel tips, Toyota news, and just enjoyed being Castlegar’s g...
November
24
November
24
There are few things that have a larger impact on our everyday lives than the vehicles we drive. There are a lot of reasons we choose the type of vehicle we drive; it could be for style, price, function, reliability, you name it. But, did you ever wonder what the car, truck, van, or SUV you drive sa...
November
10
November
10
You hear it blaring out of your car radio all the time: “This is the best time of year to buy a vehicle!!!!”. That statement is rarely true. Lucky for you, however, the end of the year really is the best time of year to buy or lease a vehicle, especially if you’re looking for a new...
October
23
October
23
Sorry to be the ones to tell you this, folks, but winter is coming. The cold temperatures arrive a little later in Castlegar compared to the rest of the country, but the truth is winter will be here before we know it. Before the snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures do hit, make sure your vehicle is ...
October
16
October
16
There are plenty of options if you’re looking for a crossover SUV (CUV). All automakers have at least one CUV option, and most have a few for you to choose from. The problem is, though, few CUVs live up to the promises they’re manufacturers hype and advertise. The 2018 Toyota Rav4, howev...
October
02
October
02
It’s not a secret that modern vehicles rely on an incredible amount of technology. No longer is new tech a novelty; most modern vehicles have computers and other technology that are essential to delivering a positive driving experience. At the top of the list is a vehicle’s infotainment ...
September
18
September
18
There are few things the truly connect everyone in society. We all have different tastes in food and music, few people agree on political matters, heck, most people can’t decide on what the best auto maker is (although we’re pretty certain it’s Toyota). Blood is the one thing we al...
September
04
September
04
It’s back-to-school time for kids all over BC. For our service team, believe it or not, they’ve never left school. Our technicians are constantly training and earning new certifications. Think getting through 10th-grade algebra was tough? Here's a glimpse of what our service technici...
August
21
August
21
We don’t envy the people that have the task of naming automobiles. While we may not think about the names of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, they’re incredibly important. The name of a vehicle can instill a sense of speed, class, luxury, exclusivity etc. Subconsciously the name of an autom...
August
07
August
07
If you have ever had a dog you know life is a lot more fun with rover around. Whether it’s a weekend at the cottage, a day at the beach, or a quick trip to the park, having a dog makes everything better. Having a dog also makes everything dirty and that includes your vehicle.   A dirty ...
July
24
July
24
We have some good news and some bad news. Bad news first: It’s already mid-July and the hot summer weather will only be around for another couple of months. The good news: We’re getting closer to our big Sweet 16 celebration at the end of September. Sweet 16 For our 16th anniversary, C...
July
17
July
17
Investing in a quality pre-owned truck is a smart move for many people. When you go with a used truck that’s been well taken care of, you can save a lot of money compared to a brand new truck with similar capabilities. Along with a big selection of new trucks, we also have a selection of used ...
July
10
July
10
SUVs and their Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) cousins are incredibly popular. In fact, SUVs and CUVS outsell sedans and coupes in the US. So, it’s not surprising that pretty much all automotive manufacturers offer at least a couple of SUV and CUV options.   That’s the problem th...
June
26
June
26
Toyota 86 - The Fun, Affordable Summer Sports Car BC is the right province to live in if you love to drive. Cruising along Kootenay Lake, or winding through the mountains are experiences we get to enjoy all summer long. Of course, driving is a whole lot more fun when you’re behind the wheel ...
June
19
June
19
Here at Castlegar Toyota, we believe life should be enjoyed, especially when you’re a kid. While everyone likes summer, when you’re a child, there is nothing better than a long summer day. Ice cream, swimming, sports, and just running around having a great time - that’s what summer...
April
28
April
28
Whoever it was that started the rumour that minivans have to be boxy and boring needs a good talking to. A decade ago, that may have been the case, but minivans have come a long way, and the minivan segment is heating up dramatically. Honda’s Odyssey and Chrysler’s Pacifica are just tw...
April
24
April
24
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Parks Canada has issued a free Discovery Pass to all Canadians. Holders of this pass are free to explore the many national and provincial parks across Canada, as well as gain free entry to any historic sites or monuments. With spring officially here...
April
10
April
10
Castlegar Toyota has been proudly serving residents of Castlegar, Nelson, Trail, Rossland, West Kootenay, and the surrounding communities of British Columbia for 16 years. As your local Toyota dealer, we’ve happily supported all of your automotive needs, whether it’s purchasing a new To...
March
27
March
27
Online shopping is fun. Many of us purchase things online because we love the idea of not having to visit a crowded shopping centre, spend hours searching for a particular product, nor worry about standing with other impatient customers in the checkout line. In fact, you can buy everything fro...
March
13
March
13
Planning on selling your vehicle? Before you make a sale, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you get the maximum value for your car, truck or SUV. For starters, take a good look at it, starting with the outside. Are there any scratches or dents in the door, or cracks in the windshield?...
February
27
February
27
Shopping for a used truck can be challenging if you’ve never done it before. Not only do you have a wide range of makes and models to choose from, you must also be sure you know what you are getting ahead of signing that contract. Before you visit the dealership, understand your financia...
February
16
February
16
Winter can be a beautiful season. The snow falls on the trees and postcard-quality scenes are endless as you are driving through Southern B.C. Your vehicle probably doesn’t quite see it that way. While you’re taking in the scenery, your car, truck, van or SUV is taking on the Winter elem...
February
02
February
02
Cars, trucks, vans and SUVs have come a long way in the past decade or so. For decades the only options consumers had for types of engines was gas or diesel. That was then, this is now. Nowadays there are seemingly endless engine options, from the standard gas engine, to full electric and hybrid mo...
January
19
January
19
Finding the right auto financing program might sound tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. If you need help paying for your new vehicle, a secure auto loan will do the trick. At Castlegar Toyota, we offer the best rates on new and pre-owned vehicles in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia. Ou...
January
05
January
05
It looks like it's time to sell or trade-in your old car, but the task seems daunting. Castlegar Toyota can help. We get it - selling a used car can be a bit of a headache. That’s why we’ve made the process easy with our no-obligation free vehicle appraisal. As experienced buyers an...
December
20
December
20
For more than 100 years, Detroit has hosted an automotive show in the city. While the early beginning of this beloved tradition took a regional stance, over the years it has become a full-fledged international spectacle that all automotive lovers look forward to. The North American International Aut...
December
06
December
06
Hearing the news that your vehicle has made a national recall list can be downright frightening. Many drivers rely on having access to a safe vehicle to go about their daily activities. For minivan owners, a vehicle recall could cause even more panic because chances are you have a young family who f...
November
08
November
08
As the second largest city in the West Kootenay region, Castlegar, British Columbia boasts some spectacular views of the Kootenay mountains. This time of year, you can still catch a glimpse of the fall colours against the picturesque backdrops Castlegar is known for. Whether you’re looking for...
October
24
October
24
When you visit any dealership, you can’t miss the dealership lot, where you’ll find tons of new and pre-owned vehicles on display. In amongst the vehicles for sale are demonstration vehicles, which are in fact one of any great dealerships best-kept secrets. A demo vehicle refers to any n...
September
06
September
06
All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for us, that also means some of the beloved Toyota brands. While new Toyotas continue to dominate the market place, we have a bit of a soft spot for some of our age old favourites. While we cherished these models, we know that we have to grow an...
June
27
June
27
Buying a new car, whether it's your very first one, or an upgrade, should be fun. After doing hours of research and saving money, getting behind the wheel of the vehicle you've had your eye on for months is exhilarating. As a premium brand, Toyota has some of the finest, affordable cars that...
June
13
June
13
Purchasing a new car is a big deal, and there's plenty to think about. What will you use your vehicle for? Is it for recreational use or for work? How many passengers must you accommodate? While there are many deciding factors when selecting a make and model, buying bigger isn't always bette...

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