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Find the Best Vehicle for Tailgating Season at St. Cloud Toyota

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Getting ready to hit the road to travel to this season’s biggest games? If so, be sure that you’ve got the best Toyota vehicle for your tailgating parties! Whether you plan to invite a few friends or your entire group, we have the perfect selection of vehicles to meet your needs at our St. Cloud Toyota dealership.

If you are planning to purchase a vehicle that is equipped to handle all that game day has in store, take a look at some of our top picks.

2018 Toyota C-HR

Brand new to the Toyota selection of vehicles, the 2018 Toyota C-HR offers a bold design with plenty of exciting new features. One of the most useful features the Toyota C-HR has to offer those heading to the big game is the standard 60/40 split rear seats. This allows drivers to carry all of the necessities for the best tailgate party ever. Additionally, the standard 7-inch touch-screen display allows users to play their favorite music with the Aha Radio app, AM/FM radio, iPod connection, or Bluetooth® streaming connectivity. With plentiful space, convenient features, and an exciting new look, the 2018 Toyota C-HR makes an excellent choice for your game day tailgating vehicle.

Toyota Highlander

Whether you are looking for a new or certified pre-owned Toyota Highlander, you are sure to love its convenient features and space. Taking a long road trip to see your favorite team play? Drive your passengers in style and comfort with space for up to eight people. Five USB ports, Entune Multimedia Bundle, and rear-seat entertainment make for a relaxed and fun trip for all ages. Once you arrive at the stadium, the significant amount of cargo space included with the Toyota Highlander will have allowed you to bring everything you need to enjoy the big game.

Test Drive a New Toyota Today!

Whether you root for college football in the Minnesota Golden Gophers, or you’re a die-hard fan of the Minnesota Vikings, come take a test drive of these models when you visit us at 418 2nd St South Waite Park, MN. Contact us today with any questions you have about your upcoming visit to our Toyota dealership.

Toyota Brand Celebrates 25 Years of Knowledge Sharing

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 4:15 PM

Whether you drive one of our 2016 Toyota models or a newer vehicle like a 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, you can feel great about the Toyota car you have. Since we started our blog, we’ve written repeatedly about some of the Toyota brand’s charity and community endeavors. These efforts are particularly meaningful to us because we’re equally committed to giving back to our community.

As Toyota dealers serving St. Cloud, MN and surrounding areas, we’re proud to tell you that the brand we represent marked 25 years of knowledge sharing earlier this month. Through the Toyota Production System Support Center, Toyota Motor North America has shared the Toyota Production System with more than 300 small to mid-size organizations throughout North America over the past 25 years.

The Toyota Production System is the sum of the automaker’s philosophy and operational practices that it employs to produce cars. The idea behind the car maker’s knowledge sharing program is to help other organizations discover better ways of completing their work on a daily basis.

Originally, the knowledge sharing program was limited to helping small and medium-sized manufacturers. Then the program was expanded to include governing bodies and charities dedicated to disaster recovery and hunger relief. More recently, the program was expanded even further to include healthcare organizations. To mark its 25th anniversary of knowledge sharing, the Toyota brand has announced plans to extend its program so that other business sectors, such as retail and construction, can benefit from the Toyota Production System.

“Toyota engages other organizations with our know-how so that they can build a culture of continuous improvement,” said Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America. “We see strong opportunity in organizations in sectors other than automotive or manufacturing, and are excited to see how TSSC can collaborate with them to help improve processes, maximize operations, build more resilient communities, and serve more people.”

We’re proud of the Toyota brand for everything it does to help others and the company’s actions certainly inspire us to do even more for our community. To learn about what we do to give back to our community and how you can help, contact St. Cloud Toyota today.

Why Buy the 2018 Toyota RAV4 at St. Cloud Toyota

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 3:35 PM

We are very excited because the 2018 Toyota RAV4 has just made its way to our inventory here at St. Cloud Toyota. This compact crossover is one of our most sought-after Toyota models, and our dealers can tell you why.

Like its predecessor, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 comes available in multiple trims. No matter which trim you decide to buy or lease from our Toyota dealership near Waite Park, MN, your versatile crossover will be equipped with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, which is a suite of advanced safety features. The intelligent safety features that are part of this bundle include the following:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure alert
  • Automatic high beams

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is available in both gas-only models and hybrid trims. Whether you get a gas-only or hybrid crossover, your vehicle will have ample cargo space and towing power. Measuring from behind the front seats, gas-only crossovers have 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space while hybrid models have 70.6 cubic feet of cargo room. When properly equipped, the gas-only crossovers can tow up to 1,500 pounds and the hybrid models can pull up to 1,750 pounds.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 has a long list of standard and available features drivers of all ages are sure to appreciate. To learn about the standard equipment the new Toyota RAV4 comes with and the optional features its eligible for, contact St. Cloud Toyota or stop by our convenient location. We look forward to telling you more about the 2018 Toyota RAV4 and taking you on a test drive!

The Toyota Brand is Changing the World

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 8:21 PM

As Toyota dealers serving Sartell, MN and surrounding communities, we’re thrilled to tell you that the brand we proudly represent has once again made it onto “Fortune” magazine’s Change the World List. The Toyota brand is ranked as number eight out of the top 50 companies that earned a coveted spot on this prestigious list.

This is the second time that the automaker made in onto this list in the past three years. The Toyota brand made the Change the World List in 2015 due to its success with hybrid automobiles. The Shared Value Initiative reports that organizations that make this list one year are “rarely” considered candidates to make the list the following year.

The Change the World List is based on the principle of “doing well by doing good.” The list recognizes leading global companies that are having success with solving some of the world’s most urgent social or environmental issues as a critical part of their competitive strategies.

“Fortune” magazine recognized the Toyota brand for its hydrogen strategy. This strategy attempts to reduce harmful carbon emissions and it involves the widescale introduction of the 2017 Toyota Mirai, which is a fuel cell automobile.

“[The] Toyota [brand] is proud to be recognized by ‘Fortune,’ once again, as an agent of change,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer. “As one of the world’s largest automakers, [the] Toyota [brand] is in the unique position to shape the future of mobility. The [Toyota] Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is leading the way toward positive change and a more sustainable tomorrow.”

We’re excited that the brand we represent made “Fortune” magazine’s Change the World List again. We’re also excited that we have a full inventory of new Toyota vehicles like the 2017 Toyota Tacoma for sale or lease at our convenient location. Stop by St. Cloud Toyota to see the latest Toyota models today.

Is an SUV Right For You?

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 8:32 PM

Having been Toyota dealers for decades, we know there’s more to deciding which model you want when you’re in the market for a new car. But before you even get that far, you first have to decide what body style will support your lifestyle the best.

While sedans have typically been the first choice for people looking for a family-friendly vehicle, SUVs have gained in popularity over the past 20 years or so. Compared to a sedan, an SUV normally has significantly more cargo room and certain SUVs, such as the 2017 Toyota Highlander, can accommodate a larger number of passengers. SUVs have greater towing and hauling capabilities than sedans and they’re equipped to handle at least some light off-roading.

While these characteristics make SUVs attractive to families of all sizes, they also make these vehicles appeal to drivers with many different kinds of lifestyles. If you travel with others on the road regularly, an SUV may give you and your passengers the added leg and shoulder room that’s necessary for you to travel more comfortably. If you engage in outdoor activities that require you to tow things like a boat or a duo of dirt bikes or you love to travel with your large dogs, you may enjoy the capabilities and cargo space that an SUV has.

Deciding what body style to get is at least as important as choosing a particular model. We can help you do both when you visit our convenient location to look through our inventory of the latest Toyota cars. Visit St. Cloud Toyota to find the body style and Toyota model that will support your lifestyle seamlessly today.

How To Add a Teen Driver to Your Car Insurance Policy

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 25th, 2017 at 8:01 PM

At St. Cloud Toyota, we know our location is just one of the car dealerships in MN that you have to choose from. That’s why we try to make our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership stand out by providing trustworthy advice on topics related to automobiles that are relevant to our followers’ lives in our blog.

One subject that often seems to come up around this time of year, probably because students of all ages are returning to campuses throughout the state, is what happens when you add a teen driver to your car insurance policy. In general, adding a teenager to an auto insurance policy increases the cost of the insurance.

On average, adding a teen to a car insurance policy in the United States increases the annual premium by 78 percent. Adding a teenage boy to a policy increases the yearly premium by an average of 89 percent while adding a female teenager increases the premium by an average of 66 percent.

While you can’t do much to control how much a company charges for car insurance, there are some things you can do to keep your premium as low as possible. The first thing you can do is see if your insurance carrier will give you a discount if your child gets good grades in school. You should also ask your insurance company if you can get a discount if your teenager completes a driver’s education class. If it does, enroll you child in a driver’s education course.

Although it may not help to lower the cost of your car insurance in the short-term, the kind of vehicle your child drives may help to keep your insurance premium lower over time. Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety comes out with a list of safe, affordable automobiles for teenage drivers. When you look at this list, you’ll see that larger, heavier automobiles are generally considered the best choices for new drivers.

If you want to find a safe vehicle for your teen driver that has the potential to keep your insurance costs low over the long-term, visit our location to see our inventory of the latest Toyota cars. We’ll help you find a Toyota automobile for your young driver and we’ll help you secure the financing you need to take it home with you. Stop by St. Cloud Toyota today.

Don’t Miss the Toyota National Clearance Event

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 7:46 PM

If you’re in the market for a new Toyota vehicle, you’re in luck! That’s because the Toyota National Clearance Event is happening right now at our Toyota dealership near St. Cloud, MN. During this event, we’re giving you the chance to save money when you buy or lease select Toyota models.

The Toyota National Clearance Event ends on September 5, 2017, so don’t wait too long to take advantage of the Toyota specials that are available during this event. We have two deals available for the ever-popular 2017 Toyota RAV4. Qualified drivers can lease this capable crossover SUV for just $198 per month. If you’d prefer to own a new Toyota RAV4 LE, you may qualify to receive $500 in Bonus Cash and zero percent financing for up to 72 months.

If you’re interested in a family-friendly sedan, the 2017 Toyota Camry is a must-see. If you qualify, you can lease this long-standing consumer favorite for just $212 per month. Alternatively, you may be eligible to get $1,000 in Bonus Cash and a zero percent APR for as long as six years.

If you love the new Toyota Camry but don’t need a sedan that large, you should check out the 2017 Toyota Corolla. During the Toyota National Clearance Event, qualified drivers can lease a new Toyota Corolla LE for just $158 per month. If you want to purchase a Toyota Corolla LE instead of leasing one, you may qualify for a loan that has a zero percent APR and lasts as long as 72 months.

We have plenty of other deals on more Toyota models ongoing throughout the Toyota National Clearance Event and we encourage you to check them out online or contact St. Cloud Toyota to learn more. If you’re ready to save on your next Toyota model, visit our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership before our current sales event ends on September 5, 2017. We look forward to seeing you behind the wheel of a new Toyota car soon.

Toyota Financial Services Set to Launch Key Replacement Program

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 4:46 PM

As your local Waite Park, MN Toyota dealers, we’re thrilled to tell you that Toyota Financial Services recently announced that it’s ready to launch an innovative key replacement program on August 1, 2017. This program will help drivers get back on the road quickly if their car keys are lost, stolen, or damaged.

Whether you drive a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, a 2018 Toyota Camry, or another Toyota model, the Toyota brand’s Key Replacement Protection program can help keep your out of pocket expenses as low as possible if your keys are lost, damaged or stolen. The benefits of the Key Replacement Protection program include the following:

  • Replacement of the covered key or remote if it’s lost, stolen or damaged, up to $800 per incident
  • Help with unlocking a vehicle that can’t be unlocked by a driver because the person’s key or remote was lost, damaged or stolen, up to $100 per incident
  • Towing assistance, up to $100 per incident
  • Transportation reimbursement for taxis, public transportation, or a rental, up to $75 per incident
  • Replacement for nonprogrammable keys on the key ring, up to $250 per covered key for up to three incidents

“Today’s vehicle technology is great for consumers,” said Karen Ideno, vice president of Product & Marketing, Toyota Financial Services. “Unfortunately, this sometimes comes with a high cost to replace. We know key replacement can be stressful for our customers, and we’re happy to now offer a solution.”

We’re excited that Toyota Financial Services has already added its Key Replacement Protection product to its Tire & Wheel program. And we’re just as excited that Key Replacement Protection will be available as a standalone product as early as next month. To learn more about this protection program, contact St. Cloud Toyota today.

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.