Fall Car Care Tips

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Here in Fremont, California, we enjoy reasonably mild weather all year round. But, this doesn’t mean that we don’t have to prepare for the change in seasons. As summer transitions into fall, it’s time to do some fall car care. Here are a few maintenance tips to get you started.

Change your wipers.

While Fremont summers are dry, the autumn usually brings more rain. Make sure your wipers are in good condition. If they are leaving streaks, stuttering, or have cracks, it is time to replace them.

Inspect your wheels.

Take a good look at your tires and brakes. Make sure you have adequate tread depth and your brake pads aren’t getting too thin.

Check your lights.

As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your headlights more often. Make sure all the exterior lights are working and aimed correctly so you can see the road and other drivers can see you.

Make sure your heater works.

As the temperatures begin to drop, you want to make sure your heater and defroster are in good working order.

Get an overall car checkup.

Have a trained technician take a look under the hood to check for any potential problems.

Want to schedule a fall checkup for your car? Call the service department at Fremont Scion today.

Back to School Driving Safety

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Every morning and afternoon now, millions of students all across the country are heading to and coming home from school. This means, there are more cars, young children, and, of course, school buses on the road five days a week. With this mind, it is a good time to share some back to school driving tips.

Be extra cautious when driving near schools. Young children do not always act predictably, so be vigilant in looking out for students walking or riding their bicycles.

  • Do not block crosswalks
  • Always stop for school crossing guards
  • Always yield to pedestrians, even if you have the right of way
  • Never honk or rev your engine to scare pedestrians

School buses have their own set of road rules that we must all obey. In all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a school bus that has its lights flashing, stop arm extended, and is loading or unloading children. Here in California, if you are convicted of breaking this law, you may face a fine of at least $616. While this may seem harsh, just imagine if the children riding the bus were your children.

For parents dropping off their children at school, remember to load and unload on the same side of the street as the school. In addition, don’t double park and consider carpooling to reduce the number of cars at the school.

With these back to school driving safety tips, we can all finish the school year safe and secure.

2016 Scion iA: Perfect for New Drivers

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There are many reasons why the 2016 Scion iA offers great value.

The 2016 Scion iA stands out more than you would think! It’s got four doors and plenty of attitude. But thankfully, it doesn’t have attitude where you don’t want it: the Scion iA is the ideal car for new drivers.

So, what makes it so good as a starter car? The price is a great start. The Scion iA is not only affordable to buy with its starting MSRP of $17,595, but it’s an affordable car to own, too. It delivers a more-than-reasonable 42 mpg on the highway, so that gas stations will be a thing of the past. It’s definitely beneficial for teens and their first car!

Another benefit? It’s got power, but not too much! At 106 horsepower, it’ll get you going without putting you on a racetrack. This is a great benefit for teens and their first car, because it’ll lessen the chance of them racing to or from school.

But don’t worry, there’s plenty of entertainment, too. With Bluetooth connectivity, music can be played from your phone and you can make calls and texts all without your hands. So that means safer driving for new drivers!

Check out the 2016 Scion iA today at Fremont Scion!

Tips on Avoiding Road Rage

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Don’t let road rage get the best of you.

We’ve all experienced it: somebody cuts in front of us on the highway or tailgates you. It’s hard not to react; it’s frustrating! But before you do something you may then regret, you might want to take a look at these tips on how to handle road rage.

Listen to Music

It might seem silly, but blasting your favorite music instead of blasting your horn might help you. You know you have those songs that you can’t help but sing along to, so compile a list and make it your preventative road rage playlist!

Plan Ahead

If you plan ahead and allow more time to get to your destination, then you won’t get so angry when someone then delays your trip.

Avoid Eye Contact

If someone cuts you off or is riding your bumper, chances are that they’re not someone that will avoid aggression. Avoid making eye contact with them and don’t play into their games, even if you’re angry.

Talk It Out

It’s okay to talk to yourself sometimes! Say all the things you wish you could say to that person, but to yourself, where they can’t hear you. Then take some deep breaths. You’ve released it!

Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat

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You pets deserve the same amount of car and attention that we do in the summer heat!

As the temperature and humidity rise in the summer, staying cool and safe becomes even more important as we try to combat Mother Nature.

Not only do we have to look out for ourselves and our family but also our beloved pets.

Here are a few tips to ensure their safety!

Have plenty of water available

Whether your pet is going to be at home alone all day or they’re going outside with you, having fresh water at hand will ensure they’re hydrated. Having extra water available is vital to preventing heat exhaustion.

Look for areas with shade if going outside

If you’re planning on taking your dog, cat or another furry friend outside, it’s crucial to make sure there are areas with shade available for them to seek shelter from the sun. For example, if you’re going to a park, pick an area where trees are around so they have someplace to cool off. Otherwise, you put them in danger of getting heatstroke.

Don’t park and leave your pets in the car

When travelling this summer, it’s tempting to bring pets along with us. However, leaving them alone in the car while we do other activities is negligent and could lead to grave consequences. Inside your car, temperatures rise quickly and can exceed what we feel outside. Avoid your pets having to endure this scenario (even briefly) by taking them with you when you park.

One-Tank Road Trips from San Francisco: Discover the Region

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                                                                                  Lake Tahoe.

Hop in your car and explore the San Francisco Bay Area. Road trips are an American tradition that let you experience the open road while also seeing some of the best local attractions around. We’ve put together a list of one-tank road trips from San Francisco to give you an idea of the places you can explore in your car.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a must for anyone living in California. Located four hours away from San Francisco, you can have a quality road trip and see some of the most iconic landmarks in the country. Hike, camp, and explore at Yosemite, and bring the kids for an experience they won’t forget.

Lake Tahoe

According to Thrillist, you should also stop by Lake Tahoe. Located just three and a half hours from San Francisco, you can ski, fish, rent a boat, or hike to Eagle Lake. With beginner hiking trails and truly stunning views, Lake Tahoe is a fun road trip destination for virtually anyone.

Napa or Sonama Valley

When most people think of California, they think of wine country. Stop by Napa or Sonoma Valley to taste wine, visit spas, and see petrified forests. Plus, California wine country is also known for its incredible fine dining, so be sure to stop at as many restaurants as possible.

Eureka and Menocino

Finally, for those really looking to spend time on the road, go from San Francisco to Eureka and on to Mendocino. This five-hour drive will take you even longer if you stop, so be sure to free up a weekend. You can drive through thick redwoods, stay at a Victorian Inn (in Eureka), see the seaside, and eat come great food. This easy-going trip is a great way to really see what California has to offer.

As you can see, there are a ton of great road trips from San Francisco! Come find your perfect vehicle to accompany you on the trip at Fremont Scion!

Check Out These Scenic Drives Near San Francisco

Big Sur - Scenic Drives Near San Francisco
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Explore the world in your new Scion. Near the San Francisco area alone, there are tons of scenic views that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 scenic drives near San Francisco to get you outdoors and on the road.

According to CBS, one of the most appealing drives is the iconic 17-Mile Drive. If you are native to the area, you’ve probably at least heard of this scenic ocean view. Located south of Monterey, this area was once populated by some of the wealthiest moguls in the country.

Fans of Jack Kerouac have probably made a visit to Big Sur, from which one of his later novels takes its name. This lightly populated area in Southern California is home to exceptional dining, the beautiful Pfeiffer State Park, and giant redwood groves.

A whopping 90 percent of all wine from the US comes from California, making the Napa Valley a great destination for both tourists and residents. After tourist season, Highway 29 is much more enjoyable, with views of massive vineyards and some of the best restaurants on the West Coast.

Believe it or not, Sonoma Valley actually has more wineries than Napa Valley—true wine lovers will want to head here. With Highway 12 and Highway 116 running through the area, you can visit the historic Sonoma Plaza, the London State Historic Park, and tons of great restaurants.

Finally, take a trip down Mendocino Coast. With picturesque communities spotted along the coast, you won’t want to leave. Naturally, wine and fine-dining are everywhere, but there are also breathtaking shoals and unforgettable views of the Jackson State Forest.

Scion Pure Process Plus: the Future of Car Buying

Scion Pure Process Plus

If you’re looking for a way to streamline the car-buying process, check out Scion Pure Process Plus. Designed for the modern age, this program has Scion working closely with dealerships in order to make car shopping easy, transparent, and even empowering.

According to Scion, one of the core components of Pure Process Plus is the Pure Price philosophy. Put simply, you get what you see. Scion aims to be transparent with its customers, offering up-front prices and costs with all of the fees and charges included. No surprises—the price you are told is what you pay.

Pure Process Plus also aims to simplify the car-buying process by letting you do most of the work from home. In the digital age, it is not necessary to spend the entire day at the lot looking over details. You can do a large portion of the transaction from home—simply print out pre-approval and information forms, fill out an online dealer-inquiry form, and you can go to the lot and see your prospective car.

Finally, you can build your Scion online. Get everything you want by designing your car by yourself. An easy-to-use interface lets you swap parts and trim, and you can shop from a range of features to find everything that fits your needs. Car buying has never been easier. Check out our full selection of New Scion cars at Fremont Scion and take advantage of the Scion Pure Process Plus today!

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

choose the right sunglassesSunglasses are a timeless accessory that will always be fashionable, whether you opt for the latest styles or trendy, retro frames. Plus, sunglasses offer the very real function of protecting your eyes and the sensitive skin around them from the sun’s UV rays. So, how do you choose the right sunglasses for you?

 

When choosing a pair of sunglasses, it is vital to ensure that they offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Not only will this protect you from the glare, but it can save you from crow’s feet and other wrinkles in the long term.

 

While many believe that their windshield and windows protect them from the sun’s rays, this is unfortunately not the case. We recommend that you wear sunscreen everyday, but the least you can do to protect your eyes is wear the right sunglasses.

 

According to WebMD, too much UV light can even promote cataracts, so it’s imperative that you choose the right sunglasses this summer.

 

For more safety tips or to start your season out with a new vehicle, visit us anytime at Fremont Scion!

Explore These Fremont Family Attractions This Summer

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Photo By David Ball 

If you’re looking for family-friendly attractions in Fremont this summer, you are in luck. There is no shortage of top-notch family events in Fremont throughout the year, sure to please children of all ages and parents. Here is a short list of Fremont family attractions to get you started:

  • Rockin Jump Fremont – This trampoline park offers a unique experience and can even be the location of your child’s next birthday party. Check out their website, here.
  • Mad Science of the Bay Area – Mad Science provides science-based enrichment in the form of science camps, classroom workshops, and more. Check out their website, here.
  • Always Dream Play Park – If a simple park is more suited to your family, then this serene playground is ideal for you. Learn more information, here.
  • Aqua Adventure – Lastly, cool down at this thrilling water park, which offers swimming lessons for young children as well as the best slides for those who are older. Check out their website, here.

And if you’re looking for a vehicle that the entire family will love, contact us or visit us anytime at Fremont Scion!