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Eco-Friendly Customer Spotlight: Green Clean Squamish

Recently, our friend Amy Remark from the local business Green Clean (based in Squamish, BC) purchased a new fleet vehicle for her business. Squamish Toyota and Green Clean share similar values about helping the environment and working smart, so we felt she would be an obvious addition to the Squamish Toyota blog! Here is what she had to say:

Green Clean Speaks with Squamish Toyota
Q: When did you come down to purchase your vehicles from us here at Squamish Toyota?

I made my first purchase in 2011 and altogether have purchased 6 vehicles – most recently I traded in two vehicles for two different ones so we have a fleet of 4 vehicles.

Q: That’s fantastic, what did you buy?  

Originally I purchased a 2010 Yaris and 2011 Tacoma and then added on a Swift (which I’ve recently traded in for another Yaris) and a Rav 4. This summer I traded in the Tacoma for a 2013 Prius V – which I absolutely love driving!

Q: Sounds like you DO love driving! What brought you to Squamish Toyota?

I know Toyota makes excellent cars and I was most impressed with their overall value and fuel efficiency. Also, I’ve had nothing but great customer service and a good experience at the Toyota dealership here in Squamish.

Q: We’re happy to hear about that! So, who did you deal with when you came to look at vehicles?

I think I’ve talked to everyone who works there and they all know me when I come in. It’s nice to hear staff call you by your first name.

Q: How do you use your vehicle?

I own an eco friendly cleaning company and 3 out of the 4 are dedicated work vehicles. The Prius V is also my personal vehicle.

Q: So, why is finding a car that is eco-friendly an important part of your vehicle purchase?

Green Clean is eco-friendly so it’s important that we are true to our values and driving eco-friendly vehicles falls in line with that. The Yaris’s are so fuel efficient, it’s amazing. We needed a larger vehicle as well for work in Whistler and I couldn’t justify driving a van, so the Rav 4 suits are size needs without being a total gas guzzler.

Q: What are some basic eco-friendly tips for our readers? Green Clean and Squamish Toyota serving whistler, pemberton and vancouver

Well, the number one and most important – reuse whenever possible!! And vinegar works on everything. It’s biodegradable, easy on the wallet and is safe for pets and people. And lastly, rather than spend oodles of money on vacuums, cleaners, mops etc. hire Green Clean and we bring everything so it saves money, space, and time 🙂

Haha, nice plug! Thanks for chatting with us, Amy!

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Squamish Toyota Fleet Sales Highlights

Every couple of months we want to feature a few of our fleet sales customers!

In Whistler:

Delta_Village_Suites Squamish Toyota Fleet

The Delta Village Suites has taken several initiatives to give back to the environment
including adding Squamish Toyota Prius and Highlander vehicles to their shuttle and services fleet.

What’s the shuttle for? If you need a lift to or from the Whistler Blackcomb slopes or perhaps around town – This hotel has you and the Squamish Toyota Prius 2013 for Vancouver Whistler and Pemberton Tooenvironment covered. For specials and room rates be sure to visit the Delta Village Suites on Facebook: Facebook.com/Delta-Whistler-Village-Suites Or check out their corporate website as the Delta not only has hotels throughout Vancouver/Whistler area, but Canada-wide.

In Squamish, we are featuring Sea to Sky Community Services:A long-time local non-profit, known as Sea to Sky Community Services offers a number of opportunities for young adults, women, parents, the developmentally disabled and the homelessthrough the power of donations and volunteerism.

Squamish Toyota Sea To Sky Community Services Fleet Sales

They use Squamish Toyota RAV4’s to service and Squamish Toyota New RAV4 2013empower the our community from Lions bay to Squamish to Whistler and Pemberton.

Interested in volunteering? Stop by any of their three main administrative offices in Squamish, Pemberton or Whistler. Email: admin@sscs.ca Facebook: Facebook.com/Sea.to.Sky.Community.Services

Is Your New Year’s Resolution To Be “Greener” in 2013?

Squamish Toyota of the Vancouver and Squamish Areas and going green for new years

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Year after year we make resolutions that are tough to keep. This year, make a plan to help the environment and your community by taking simple steps and ensure you keep your promise. Here are 4 ways to get started:

1.  Supermarket Savvy: Only 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in North America, the rest

shopping bags squamishend up in landfills, or the ocean – taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. Your solution? Turn down plastic bags and opt for reusable ones. The bonus is that reusable bags often hold more and are quite a bit more durable. For more information on how Squamish and the Sea to Sky areas are supporting this movement check out the non-profit Greener Footprints. They distributed one shopping bag per household in 2009 to our entire community.  http://www.greenerfootprints.com/

Eat-Local Squamish Toyota2.  Eat local: Purchasing food that was made, grown or raised within your province or better yet locally will help support your local economy and the farmers and establishments that are producing humane, environmentally conscious products. Your solution? Try opting for a delivery service like Sea to Sky Organics. you can pick out the green or organic version of nearly everything on your shopping list and have it delivered once a week to your door. http://seatoskyorganics.ca

3.  Go Easy on The Gas: Each year cars emit more than 300 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere in the Unites States alone. The pollution causes hazy smog to form in the air and has devastating affects on our ecosystem. The solution? One method is to try electric. The Prius plug-in is a serious way to cut down on emissions. Short range a commuter may not even need to use a drop of gas to get to work. Secondly, opt for the wide variety of hybrid cars available in Squamish and Vancouver such as the compact Prius C or the family sized Highlander Hybrid. If your not ready for a hybrid or electric car, there are many ways to drive around Squamish and Vancouver with fuel efficiency in mind. Check out the Pollution Probe and Canadian Toyota-Prius_Plug-in_Hybrid_2013 Squamish Toyota Automobile Association’s “Busting Myths About Fuel Efficiency and Driving” guide: http://www.caa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/busting-myths-eng.pdf

4.  Recycle Clothes: Turn old clothes into new ones by donating and shopping at local thrift stores. Check out Tourism Squamish’s website for details on shopping local: http://www.tourismsquamish.com/activities/shopping

Some great places to shop and donate to, in and near Squamish:

  1. The Salvation Army in North Vancouver
  2. The SPCA Thrift Shop in North Vancouver
  3. Re Use-It Centre in Whistler
  4. Pearl’s 2nds in Squamish
  5. St. Joseph’s Thrift Shop in Squamish 

Winter is Here: Ready or Not!

Squamish Toyota of the Vancouver and Squamish Areas and safe Winter Driving Tips

The snow flakes and rain drops are officially flying! All this new weather can be hard on your car, that’s why Squamish Toyota’s service department got together to write down the top 5 things you can do to prepare your vehicle for winter. 

  1. Winterize the fuel system – With dropping temperatures and increased moisture, the fuel system and all of the pipes and hoses that work in harmony with it, can leak or wear. Depending on the make and model of your car winterizing the fuel system can be tricky, you may want to seek out the help of the service department to knock this off your checklist. feel free to come down and see us if you have any questions.winter driving Tips from Squamish Toyota for Vancouver Whistler and the Sea To Sky
  2. Check the antifreeze – The radiator needs a certain level of anti-freeze to lower its freezing point and prevent damage to the engine block. Bottom line- Maintaining the antifreeze will extend the lifetime of your car. Check out this article from e-how to learn more about antifreeze
  3. Put winter tires on when temperature reaches 7c – Insurance Canada agrees that leaving your summer tires on when temperatures get below 7 degrees Celsius can cause damage to the car and the tire. Check out their official news post here
  4. Check windshield wipers and washer fluid – Driving conditions can be worrisome enough with slick roads, factor in a lack of clear visibility and driving gets downright tough. Make sure your windshield wipers are in working order and that your car has plenty of washer fluid that is meant to withstand freezing temperatures before weathering your next storm. 
  5. Have emergency preparation equipment in your vehicle- It’s important to always be prepared, especially when it comes to driving the sea to sky highway in winter conditions! Take some time to put together an emergency kit with items like a blanket, candles, water, snacks etc – to ensure your safe in case of an emergency. Safe Winter Driving Tips Vancouver Squamish Sea To Sky


**Bonus Winter Driving Tip: Check your spare tire and be sure you are familiar with how to access it, you never know when it will come in handy.

We want to make sure you have a safe season and that your vehicle goes the extra mile for you. If you would like more information on winterizing your vehicle please don’t hesitate to come see us! 

 

Sea To Sky Golf Season

Squamish Toyota of the Vancouver and Squamish Areas and golf tournaments

With all of this fantastic weather, golf season has been longer than usual and Squamish Toyota knew just how to celebrate! In September, we sponsored a couple of tournaments in Whistler and Squamish that were a great excuse to hit the links with our friends in the community.

On September 17th at the Squamish Valley Golf Course, the Hospital Foundation held a charity tournament known as the Squamish Toyota Sponsored the Contractors Challenge Golf Tournament in Whistler and the Dr. Kindree Memorial Golf Tournament at the Squamish Valley Golf CourseDr. Laverne Kindree Memorial Golf Tournament that graciously benefits the Orthopaedic surgery program in the Sea to Sky corridor. Squamish Toyota upped the ante by sponsoring the longest drive and gave away free oil changes to any players able to reach the green in one shot (that’s 266 yards!). Everyone was a winner when it came to the bright sunny weather, but ultimately four lucky players won themselves free oil changes at our dealership.

Later that week, Squamish Toyota offered up a 2012 Toyota Tundra to any player in the annual Contractor’s Challenge Golf Tournament that shot a hole-in-one. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any winners, but we did hear that one Squamish Toyota Tundraplayer came within 4 feet of winning. So close!

Thanks to everyone who came out and we are looking forward to more fun in the coming months as we get ready for the snow!

For more info on the Squamish Hospital Foundation and their tournament visit:

Squamish Hospital Foundation Logo - Squamish Toyota

http://www.squamishhospital.com/golf-tournament

The Green Sea to Sky Commuter

Squamish Toyota of the Vancouver and Squamish Areas and the Hybrid Prius

Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor are making change a reality by taking part in some unique options to make work and play a little more eco-friendly. Check out these three contributions to the green effort:

Sea to Sky Clean Air Society:

Thanks to the Sea-to-Sky Clean Air Society our communities have access to eco smart forums, news, bike to work initiatives and more. With an area like Squamish known as the “recreation capital” it’s important to think ahead about preservation. Recently, the S2SCAS brought together citizens spanning all the Sea2Sky clean air society helps Squamish and Vancouver go green_Hybrids article_Squamish_Toyotaway from Metro Vancouver to weigh in on the future of our regions public transportation in a forum known as ‘Compute the Commute“.

SeatoSky_Trail_ helps Squamish and Vancouver go green_Hybrids article_Squamish_ToyotaSea to Sky Trail:

In an area known for it’s incredible mountain biking, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has taken bike (and hiking) travel to a whole new level. Their website sums it up best: “This 180 kilometre, non-motorized, multi-use trail is being built right now for everyone to enjoy. The trail is optimized for mountain bikes and will provide users with a full outdoor experience of the landscape and the natural and human history of the Sea to Sky corridor.” Why is this trail groundbreaking? It’s users can ride, walk or run along it and access any town from Squamish to D’Arcy.

Hybrid Taxis:

Taxi companies in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler are taking the extra step to go green by using hybrids like the Toyota Prius (many actually come from Squamish Toyota) to shuttle passengers. Hybrid Taxi owners such as Frank Ryan of Howe Sound Taxi are embracing the trend and setting a standard for the corridor.”As gas prices rise, Ryan said he will suffer less at the pump. The goal is to save money, but Ryan said purchasing the hybrid is also about shrinking the Howe Sound Taxi carbon footprint.” Other companies using hybrid taxis include:

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Squamish Toyota of the Vancouver and Squamish Areas and the Hybrid Prius

 

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