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A Preview of the 2018 Toyota Avalon

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 3:40 PM

The new Toyota Avalon is the perfect vehicle if you’re looking for a family-friendly, large sedan, an automobile that’s ideal for transporting clients or coworkers, or a car that will keep everyone comfortable during long road trips. The 2018 Toyota Avalon provides a quiet ride even when you’re traveling on the highway.

Like the 2017 Toyota Corolla and many other Toyota models, the 2018 Toyota Avalon is available in several trims. These trims include the XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, and the Limited. As Toyota dealers serving St. Cloud, MN and nearby communities, we can assure you that your sedan will be well-equipped no matter which model you decide to buy or lease from our Toyota dealership.

We’re proud to tell you that every Toyota Avalon model comes with the Toyota Safety Sense™ suite of advanced safety features. This bundle of features includes adaptive cruise control, a lane departure and mitigation system, a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beam control.

When the new Toyota Avalon arrives at our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership, you’ll see that the sedan’s first two trims have plenty of standard features. On the XLE model, you’ll find dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, voice controls, and the Toyota brand’s Entune™ interface. If you decide to get the XLE Plus trim, your vehicle will also have a sunroof and a rearview mirror that dims automatically.

While the 2018 Toyota Avalon hasn’t arrived at our Toyota dealership just yet, we’ll be happy to tell you even more about this exciting sedan. Contact St. Cloud Toyota to learn more about the 2018 Toyota Avalon now.

Safe Driving Tips for New Drivers

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 8:23 PM

It doesn’t matter if a new driver is behind the wheel of a 2016 Toyota Highlander or one of our pre-owned cars. Being familiar with some basic safe driving tips and applying them every day can help prevent accidents.  

If you’re the parent of teen drivers, the first tip you should share with your kids is to buckle up whenever they’re in a vehicle. In fatal accidents involving 16-20 year-olds, 60 percent of them were unbuckled when an accident occurred. 

Everyone at our Toyota dealership near Sauk Rapids, MN thinks you should also share the following safe driving tips with the new drivers in your home: 

  • Turn Off Your Phone: While we understand that it’s tempting for your teen to use a cell phone when he or she is driving, distracted driving can lead to accidents. To prevent your children from being tempted to talk on the phone or text while driving, instruct your kids to turn their phones off and to leave them off until they pull off the road at a well-lit rest stop or they reach their final destination. 
  • Get Some Rest: Being groggy behind the wheel can make things dangerous for your young driver and others on the road. Make sure your child is well rested before he or she pulls out of your driveway. 
  • Don’t Drink and Drive: Since 1982, the number of drivers ages 16-20 who were effected by drunk driving has dropped by 26 percent. While this is great news, it’s still a good idea to remind your teen drivers about the risks involved with driving while impaired. 

If you want some more tips that can help to keep your teen drivers safe on the road, contact us online, give us a call, or stop by St. Cloud Toyota. While you’re here, we’ll look over your vehicle to make sure it will do everything it’s supposed to do to keep you children safe when they’re behind the wheel. Visit our Toyota dealership on 2nd Street today.

Pile the Family in a Toyota Highlander for Summer Fun

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 8:18 PM
2016 Toyota Highlander, St. Cloud Toyota

When it’s time to hit the pool, the lake, or the amusement for a summer trip, pile the family in a brand new Toyota Highlander from St. Cloud Toyota in Waite Park, MN. Depending on the trim level, you will be able to seat seven or eight passengers in the 2017 Toyota Highlander. That’s plenty of room for the entire family, your friends, the dogs, or even added cargo room when you fold the seats down in the back.

Planning to take a kayaking trip this summer? You will be able to attach your kayaks to the roof of the Toyota Highlander, safely transporting them to your destination. Headed to the pool on weekends? Pack plenty of towels, rafts, pool toys and even bags with changes of clothes for the entire family. You won’t be disappointed in the cargo room available in this popular SUV from Toyota.

A new SUV is a perfect start to your summer vacation. Even if you don’t have children, an SUV can make all the difference when traveling throughout Idaho or across the country. You won’t have to worry about having enough cargo room for anything you buy on your trip. With an EPA-estimated 27 MPG highway, you won’t have to fill the gas tank often during your trip this summer. Enjoy the open road in a new Toyota Highlander, Toyota 4Runner, or Toyota RAV4 this summer.

Ready to take a test drive in the 2017 Toyota Highlander from Teton Toyota? Visit our lot today, conveniently located at 418 2nd St. Our sales staff will gladly assist you in finding the trim level that best matches your family’s needs for a new SUV. You will turn heads with your new vehicle purchase as you venture out with family for a summer road trip.

Toyota Research Institute Invests to Bring Technology to the Market Faster

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 at 8:16 PM
2016 Toyota Yaris

One of the best things about being Waite Park, MN Toyota dealers is that we get to sell and lease vehicles like the 2017 Toyota Prius and the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. We also get to share news about the brand we represent on a regular basis, and there are a lot of exciting things coming from the Toyota brand.

The Toyota Research Institute made a big announcement earlier this month when it informed the public that it will make an initial investment of $100 million in a new corporate venture capital subsidiary. This subsidiary will provide funding to tech start-ups in an effort to bring disruptive technology to the market earlier than it would available otherwise.

The Toyota Research Institute’s investment will launch Toyota Al Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary. The Toyota Research Institute’s $100 million investment includes the organization’s investments in three technology companies, Nauto, SLAMcore, and Intuition Robotics. The Toyota Research Institute’s investment will focus on supporting developments in the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Mobility
  • Data and Cloud Technology

“Toyota has a history of disruptive innovation in the service of mankind, moving from textile machinery to automobiles in the late 30’s, to the broad electrification of the automobile with [Toyota] Prius in the 90’s, to autonomous mobility and human-assist robots,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI. “TRI is growing quickly, and we recognize the critical importance of expanding our collaboration with the world’s brightest entrepreneurial talent. This venture is a major step towards our mission to empower talented entrepreneurs who share Toyota’s commitment to enhancing the quality of human life.”

Everyone at our Toyota dealership near Sartell, MN is excited to see the technological innovations that are made as a result of the Toyota Research Institute’s $100 million investment. Of course, we’re also excited to show you the sophisticated features that are already available on our new Toyota cars. Visit St. Cloud Toyota to check out this equipment today.

Car Care Tips for Summer

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 3:12 PM

Being Toyota dealers in Waite Park, MN and the surrounding areas, we know what summer can do to an automobile. With bright sunshine, sustained heat, and the occasional thunderstorm, summer has plenty in its arsenal when it comes to wreaking havoc on vehicles.

Whether you drive one of our 2016 Toyota models or a brand new Toyota SUV, you can take some steps to protect your vehicle during the summer. The first thing you can do is change your oil and oil filter. Your oil and oil filter are what protect your automobile’s engine from excessive wear and tear. If these elements are old and littered with debris or sludge, it will prevent them from being able to protect your engine. If your oil and oil filter can’t protect your engine, it could lead to expensive repairs down the line.

Our next tip for caring for your vehicle during the summer is to check your fluid levels. Oil isn’t the only essential fluid your car needs to run smoothly. Your automobile also needs power steering, brake, coolant, and windshield wiper fluid to operate the way it’s supposed to. It’s important for you to check your fluid levels often during the summer to avoid problems on the road.

You should monitor your tire pressure throughout the summer as well. The air pressure in your tires will fluctuate as the temperature changes every day. If your tires aren’t inflated properly, they’ll wear unevenly. If that happens, it will shorten the lifespan of your tires, which will require you to replace them prematurely.

The most critical thing you can do to care for your automobile during the summer is keep up with your car’s routine maintenance schedule, which you can find in your owner’s manual. If your car is due for some routine maintenance, make an appointment to bring it into our Toyota service center now. We look forward to seeing you at St. Cloud Toyota soon!

Toyota Financial Services Recognized as a Community-Minded Company

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Being Waite Park, MN Toyota dealers, we’re proud that we’re able to give you the chance to buy or lease new cars like the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Toyota Corolla. Because we’re Toyota dealers, we’re just as proud that the financial arm of the brand we represent has been recognized as one of the most community-minded companies by the Points of Light Foundation for the third consecutive year.

Toyota Financial Services is committed to corporate social responsibility and the company proves it by supporting and empowering communities. We’re thrilled Toyota Financial Services has made the Points of Light Foundation’s Civic 50 list because the organizations on this prestigious list set the standard for community engagement.

The organizations in the Civic 50 were selected based on the following four dimensions as they apply to the companies’ community engagement programs:

  • Integration
  • Investment
  • Impact
  • Institutionalization

“This was a big year of growth and change for Toyota Financial Services, so I’m incredibly proud of our company and our team members for not only maintaining the same level of exceptional service to our customers during this transition, but also continuing to engage with and support their communities more than ever,” said Mike Groff, the president and CEO of Toyota Financial Services.

Groff continued by saying, “Partnering with exceptional organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts, and Junior Achievement allows TFS to provide educational opportunities and tools to underserved youth…TFS is incredibly honored that Points of Light Foundation has again named us one of its Civic 50, and will continue to work hard to make life easier for our customers and communities across the country.”

Knowing how committed Toyota Financial Services is to giving back should make you feel great whenever you finance a new or pre-owned automobile through our Toyota dealership. Give us call or stop by St. Cloud Toyota to learn about our vehicle specials now.

Do You Need Gap Insurance?

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 6:48 PM

When people buy one of our new Toyota cars, such as a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, they typically have some questions. They’re often curious about more than their car loan or lease package, or about their car insurance. More specifically, many new car owners and lessees wonder if they need gap insurance.

Gap insurance is coverage that pays the difference between the market value of your vehicle and the amount you have remaining on your car loan if your vehicle is declared a total loss because it was stolen or involved in an accident. This kind of coverage can save you thousands of dollars if your car is destroyed due to an accident or theft.

When you own an automobile, your car will experience depreciation over time. Depreciation is basically a loss of value or equity that car owners absorb every year. The problem is that depreciation doesn’t necessarily happen at the same rate that you pay off your car loan. This means that you may end up being “upside down” in your loan, which would mean you owe your lender more than your car is worth.

When someone is upside down in a car, it’s typically advisable for them to have gap insurance. Gap insurance is also a good idea if you have little equity in your vehicle, you drive more than 15,000 miles per year, you’re leasing an automobile, or you financed your car for 60 months or more.

Whether you need gap insurance depends on a variety of factors, including your personal financial situation. If you’re trying to decide if you should get a gap insurance policy, contact our Toyota dealers to talk about financing. Better yet, why don’t you visit St. Cloud Toyota to discuss gap insurance while you shop for your next Toyota car? We look forward to seeing you at our convenient location soon.

Genuine Toyota Parts at St. Cloud Toyota

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 5:54 PM

We’re glad that our Toyota dealership comes to mind when many motorists are looking for Toyota trucks for sale. We’re also glad that so many drivers think of our location when they’re looking for family-friendly vehicles like the 2017 Toyota Camry or they need service they can rely on. While we’re happy that you think of us whenever you’re shopping for a vehicle or service, we want you to know that we also sell genuine factory-made parts in our Toyota parts department.

As Toyota dealers, we consider it our responsibility to provide everything you need to get the most out of being the owner of a Toyota automobile. That’s why we carry factory-made parts. Whenever you need a replacement part or you want to add an accessory to your Toyota car, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

If you own any car long enough, you’ll need to replace a part from time to time. You’ll need to change your oil and oil filter regularly throughout your vehicle’s lifetime, for instance. Keeping up with your automobile’s scheduled oil and oil filter changes is one of the most effective ways you can protect your car’s resale value and preserve its working life.

Here are some of the other car parts that many drivers have to replace at some point of their vehicle’s life:

-Belts and Hoses

-Transmission and Brake Fluids

-Windshield Wipers

-Cabin Filter

-Battery

-Spark Plugs

-Interior and Exterior Lightbulbs

Because we know replacing parts is inevitable for many drivers, we make it as affordable as possible for you to get the Toyota parts you need. Right now, you can order the genuine factory-made parts from us online and enjoy a 20 percent discount on your purchase. Give us a call now to learn more about our online Toyota parts specials!

Off to the Races with St. Cloud Toyota

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, June 8th, 2017 at 2:50 PM

For more than 40 years, St. Cloud Toyota has served the community of Waite Park, MN and surrounding areas by providing Toyota vehicles, parts, and services you can rely on. For just as long, we’ve enjoyed auto races and we’ve done our part to support the sport.

This summer, we’re demonstrating our love for racing by giving you the chance to head off to the races on us. Beginning in early June, we’re giving away four tickets to a race at Granite City Speedway every week. As if that weren’t enough, we’re upping the ante by giving our weekly winners a $50 gift card that they can use at a local area restaurant.

You have the opportunity to win four race tickets and a $50 gift card every week during our Summer Giveaway. What’s better than an evening of racing and a hearty, free meal at an area eatery? If there is a better way to spend an evening this summer, we can’t think of it!

Well, taking a new Toyota car like a 2017 Toyota Camry for a test drive might be just as much fun, especially if you decide to take it home with you. While you can qualify to win four race tickets and a $50 gift card simply by following our Facebook page, you may be eligible for a special deal on one of our new Toyota cars if you apply for financing through our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership.

If you want to win four tickets to a race at Granite City Speedway and a $50 gift card you can redeem at an area restaurant, follow us on Facebook. You have the chance to win every week all summer long so log into Facebook and follow us now. If you want to see if you qualify for a special deal on one of our Toyota cars, contact St. Cloud Toyota now.

Pay Attention to Your Brakes

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 at 8:38 PM
Car brakes

Whether you drive a 2017 Toyota Corolla or one of our reliable pre-owned cars, there are certain components on your vehicle that will probably have to be replaced over time. Your car’s brakes are on the list of things that you’ll probably have to replace several times over the course of your automobile’s lifetime.

There is no definitive schedule that dictates when you should get new brakes. How often you’ll need to replace your brakes is influenced by a variety of factors, such as how and where you drive. If you drive in the city all of the time, you’ll have to replace your brakes more often than someone who mostly drives on the highway, for example.

While there’s no set schedule to replace your brakes and the frequency with which you’ll need new brakes depends on various factors, it’s critical that you pay attention to your brakes for signs you need new ones. If you notice any indication that you need new brakes, make a service appointment with our Toyota service center near Sartell, MN as soon as possible.

Many vehicles have sensors that will make a screeching sound if you need new brake pads. Even if your vehicle doesn’t have these sensors, you’ll often hear other kinds of noises when you need new brake linings, such as squeals, squeaks, or grinding noises.

In addition to unusual noises, you should be on alert for the following signs that you need to replace your brakes:

  • Pulsations in your brake pedal
  • Longer stopping distances
  • Having to press harder on your brake pedal to stop your automobile

One of the most effective ways to monitor the health of your brakes is to have our factory-trained technicians inspect them when you bring your car into our Toyota dealership near St. Cloud, MN for a service appointment. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your car serviced or you’ve noticed one or more of the signs that indicate you need new brakes, make an appointment with St. Cloud Toyota now.