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Tips to Lower Your Car Insurance Premium

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 4:52 PM
2017 Toyota Tacoma Limited Double Cab

If you’re shopping for a 2017 Toyota Tacoma, we encourage you to visit our convenient location on 2nd Street to see our inventory of new Toyota trucks. When you buy a new or pre-owned vehicle from our Toyota dealership or somewhere else, you have to get car insurance. Car insurance does more than protect the investment you make in your automobile. It can also protect your financial interests if you’re involved in an accident and someone decides to take legal action.

While car insurance provides meaningful coverage, it doesn’t mean you should pay more than you have to for it. As Toyota dealers serving Sartell, MN and neighboring communities, we consider it our responsibility to help you save money whenever possible. That’s why we thought it would be a great idea to put together a list of tips that may help you lower your car insurance premium.

Here are some tips that can help you save money on car insurance:

  • Maintain a Good Credit Score: Studies show that people who have good credit are significantly less likely to file insurance claims. That’s why insurance carriers charge less to insure drivers who have good credit histories.
  • Communicate with Your Insurer: If you’ve experienced a life event that’s going to cause you to drive less, such as the loss of a job or retirement, tell your insurer. If you drive under a certain number of miles per year, you may qualify for a lower insurance premium. If you’re an older motorist who’s recently completed a driver safety program, tell your insurance agent to see if you’re eligible for a premium reduction. If you’ve added a teen driver to your policy and your child has a grade point average of 3.0 or above, let your insurance carrier know and ask if that qualifies you for a discounted premium.
  • Bundle Your Policies: If you have more than one kind of insurance and use more than one insurance provider for your insurance needs, you may be missing out on a chance to save on your car insurance. Many carriers offer discounts when you hold more than one insurance policy with a single company. By having your homeowners and car insurance policies with the same carrier, you may qualify for a discount.

While we can only offer advice about how you can save on your car insurance, we can actually help you save on a new or pre-owned Toyota vehicle when you buy from us because we offer specials on an ongoing basis. Contact St. Cloud Toyota to learn about our current specials now!

What Will the Toyota Brand Bring to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show?

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 4:45 PM
2017 Toyota RAV4 SE Interior

Have you ever wondered, “Are there Toyota dealers near me who can tell me what the Toyota brand is going to bring to the next big auto show?” If you have, contact our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership for the latest news about the brand we represent.

If you follow the automotive industry, then you know the next big auto show will be held in Chicago, IL this month. The 2017 Chicago Auto Show begins on February 11 and continues through February 20, 2017. During this year’s show, the Toyota brand plans to show off a sedan that was described as “sexy” by Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda – the 2018 Toyota Camry. The eighth-generation Toyota Camry made its worldwide debut at an auto show in Detroit, MI just last month.

The Toyota brand will also use gas and hybrid models of the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and the 2017 Toyota Highlander to give show attendees the chance to see what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat of a new Toyota automobile. This part of the Toyota brand’s exhibit will show people what it’s like to experience the following while driving a new Toyota RAV4 or Toyota Highlander:

  • Go Connect
  • Go Beyond Expectations
  • Low-Friction Surface
  • Noise, Vibration, and Harshness
  • Side Tilt
  • Go See the Unseen
  • Go the Distance

The car maker’s display will also include some futuristic mobility concepts that are wildly popular among Toyota enthusiasts, including these models:

  • Toyota FCV+
  • Toyota i-Road
  • Toyota FV2

The 2017 Toyota Tundra that carried the ten-foot World Series trophy replica during the Chicago Cubs’ victory parade along with the trophy replica itself will also be on display during the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The Toyota brand will use two baseball-themed Toyota RAV4 models to show its continued support of both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, too. The Toyota brand is a Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs. The automaker is also the Official Vehicle of the Cubs as well as Wrigley Field.

If you want to learn more about what the Toyota brand has planned for the Chicago Auto Show, give us a call or contact us online. If you want to learn more about our Toyota cars or you’re ready to take one for a test drive, visit St. Cloud Toyota today.

IIHS Recognizes Nine 2017 Toyota Models for Safety

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 9:53 PM
2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

We’re always proud to be Toyota dealers serving St. Cloud, MN and nearby communities. We’re especially proud of the brand we represent right now because nine of its 2017 models were recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for their performance in crash tests.

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests new model-year cars to see how they hold up in a series of crashworthiness tests. These tests include the following:

  • Small Overlap Front
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Head Restraints

In addition to putting new model-year automobiles through the tests listed above, the IIHS tests the cars’ front crash prevention systems and their headlights. Based on the results of these tests, the IIHS gives each vehicle a rating. The two highest ratings the IIHS gives out are Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+.

To earn the TSP rating, a car must get a score of good in each of the IIHS’s crash tests and its front crash prevention technology must receive a mark of advanced or superior. To receive the TSP+ distinction, an automobile’s headlights have to earn the rating of acceptable or good as well. Earning a TSP or TSP+ rating is significant because it identifies a vehicle as one of the safest in its automotive class.

We’re thrilled that nine 2017 Toyota vehicles have already earned one of the top two ratings the IIHS hands out. The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA and the 2017 Toyota Avalon each earned the TSP rating.

The 2017 Toyota automobiles that received the rating of TSP+ are:

  • 2017 Toyota Corolla
  • 2017 Toyota Prius
  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
  • 2017 Toyota Prius v
  • 2017 Toyota Highlander
  • 2017 Toyota RAV4
  • 2017 Toyota Camry

If you want to see what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a vehicle that’s recognized by the IIHS as one of the safest in its class, visit St. Cloud Toyota to take a test drive in any of the automobiles that are discussed in this blog post. Give us a call, reach out to us online, or stop by St. Cloud Toyota to schedule a test drive today.

Don’t Miss Our Third Annual Chili Cook Off & Indoor Pre-Owned Car Sale!

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 3:06 PM

What comes to mind when you think of St. Cloud Toyota? If you’re like many, you think of us as your Waite Park, MN Toyota dealers who maintain a full inventory of new and pre-owned Toyota vehicles. You probably also think about how we’re able to help you get financing even if you don’t have perfect credit. It’s likely that you think about our fully stocked parts department and the friendly, factory-trained automotive technicians who work in our Toyota service center as well.

While we’re happy you consider us your go-to place for all of your automotive needs, we want you to know that we’re not “just” Toyota dealers. We’re also chili lovers!

Our love for chili inspired us to host our first Annual Chili Cook Off just three years ago. Right now, we’re getting ready to host the Third Annual Chili Cook Off and Pre-Owned Car Sale on February 4, 2017. The fun- and food-filled event begins at 10am on Saturday, February 4th and continues until 2pm.

We encourage you to visit our Toyota dealership during those hours to see our sales associates and managers engage in a head-to-head battle to make the best chili. If you’ve visited our location in recent years, you’ve probably met sales associate, Rick Knettel. While Rick is known for being a knowledgeable salesperson who works hard for his clients, he’s also the reigning chili champion at St. Cloud Toyota.

Can Rick take the crown for the third year in a row? You can help decide this year’s winner by taking part in our Third Annual Chili Cook Off and Pre-Owned Car Sale. You’ll have the chance to sample some great chili and vote for your favorite dish.

There’s no rain date for our Third Annual Chili Cook Off and Pre-Owned Car Sale because the event will take place in our Toyota service center near St. Cloud, MN. We’ll have a nice selection of pre-owned cars on display indoors throughout our upcoming event so you can take your time and look at our previously owned Toyota vehicles without having to worry about what the weather is doing.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Make plans to attend our Third Annual Chili Cook Off and Indoor Pre-Owned Car Sale today. We look forward to seeing you at our convenient location on February 4, 2017 between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

What’s New with the 2017 Toyota Prius C?

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 5:26 PM
2017 Toyota Prius C Three

Have you ever wondered, “Are there Toyota dealers near me who’ll tell me about what’s changed in the 2017 Toyota lineup even if I’m not interested in buying or leasing a car right now?” If you have and you live or work near our Waite Park, MN dealership, the answer is, “Yes!”

At St. Cloud Toyota, we love to talk about the Toyota cars we have for sale or lease. It doesn’t matter if you’re ready to get a new or pre-owned Toyota vehicle now or you simply want to learn more about the brand we represent. We love discussing anything related to our automobiles as well as the Toyota brand. And we’re always willing to tell you about what’s changed on the latest Toyota automobiles.

If you’re familiar with the 2016 Toyota models, you probably already know all about the 2016 Toyota Prius C. What you may not know, however, is that the Toyota Safety Sense-C suite of advanced safety features is now standard on all trims of the 2017 Toyota Prius C.

The Toyota Safety Sense-C suite of safety features is designed to improve safety in three key areas, preventing or minimizing the effects of front-end collisions, nighttime driving, and maintaining lane position. The first system uses an emergency autonomous braking system to slow or stop a Toyota Prius C going between seven and 85 miles per hour with the intent of mitigating or avoiding a front-end collision. The second standard safety feature uses a camera to monitor oncoming vehicles at night and automatically switches your headlights between low and high beams as appropriate. The lane departure alert that’s part of Toyota Safety Sense-C will notify you if you stray outside of your lane without alerting other drivers.

Being Toyota dealers, we’re always concerned about your safety just like the Toyota brand is. That’s why we’re thrilled that the features included in the Toyota Safety Sense-C bundle are now standard on all 2017 Toyota Prius C trims. We’re also excited that this fuel efficient hatchback boasts reworked bumpers, a spoiler that’s now blacked-out, and standard alloy wheels for the new model year.

While we don’t have the 2017 Toyota Prius C at our dealership right now, we do have a full inventory of new Toyota cars for you to choose from. If you want to know when the new Toyota Prius C will arrive at our convenient location, contact St. Cloud Toyota today.

How the 2017 Toyota Highlander Differs from the 2016 Toyota Highlander

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at 5:08 PM
2017 Toyota Highlander

Have you ever found yourself sitting at your desk daydreaming? During your reverie, have you ever thought, “Is there a Toyota near me that can truly support my growing family’s lifestyle?” If you have, we think it’s a good idea for you to visit our Toyota dealership near Sauk Rapids, MN to check out the 2017 Toyota Highlander.

One of the things that makes us happy to be Toyota dealers is that we have the opportunity to help people find vehicles that really are right for them every day. We invest time in our relationships with our clients. We get to know them and become familiar with all of the things they like to do. We also learn about their hopes for the future and how they expect their lives to change over the next few years. By investing time, we’re truly prepared to help you find the automobile that’s best suited to your lifestyle.

If you have a large family or one that’s growing in height or number, you’ll probably be interested in the three-row 2017 Toyota Highlander. Even though this capable SUV was redesigned just three years ago, the Toyota brand is never content to sit on its laurels when it comes to its vehicle lineup. For the new model year, the Toyota brand made some eye-catching changes to the Toyota Highlander.

To start, the Toyota Highlander now has a bigger grille that extends to what looks like the bottom of the SUV’s bumper. Like the 2017 RAV4, the Toyota Highlander comes in several trim or model levels. The color of the trim on the SUV’s grille depends on the particular model you buy or lease from our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership. If you get an LE, LE Plus, or XLE Toyota Highlander model, your vehicle will have silver trim. If you get a Limited or Platinum model instead, your grille’s trim will be chrome. On the SE model, the grille’s trim is gloss-black.

The 2017 Toyota Highlander also shows off reworked headlights, more dramatic corners on its bumper, and redesigned taillights that have LED elements. The SUV also has a new 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that’s more powerful than the 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine in its predecessor, the 2016 Toyota Highlander.

While those changes are all laudable, the best change that the Toyota brand made to the new Toyota Highlander was making Toyota Safety Sense standard on every 2017 Toyota Highlander model. This suite of advanced safety features includes:

  • Pedestrian and vehicle detection capabilities
  • Collision mitigation with automatic braking
  • Lane departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high beams

To fully appreciate the changes that have been made to the 2017 Toyota Highlander, you need to see one and take one of these SUVs for a test drive. Use our website to schedule a test drive with St. Cloud Toyota today.

Save on Service at St. Cloud Toyota

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 8:01 PM
Mechanic working on a car engine

Have you ever realized you missed a routine maintenance appointment and thought, “I wish there was a Toyota dealership near me that makes it easy and affordable for me to care for my car?” If you have, we encourage you to bring your vehicle to our Toyota service center. We make it easy to keep up with your automobile’s maintenance schedule. We also make it affordable for you to care for your car by offering service coupons on our website.

To see our current coupons, click the Services tab at the top of this page, and then select Service Specials. As you’ll see when you visit the page, all of the specials that are running right now expire on January 31, 2017. If you see a deal that you’d like to take advantage of, print the coupon related to that special and give it to one of our factory-trained technicians when you arrive at our Toyota service center near St. Cloud, MN for your service appointment.

Whether you drive a 2017 Toyota Tacoma or one of our older Toyota models, the smartest thing you can do to preserve your vehicle’s resale value and prolong its useful life is to stay current with your automobile’s routine maintenance schedule and make minor repairs to your car as necessary, before they lead to big, costly problems. In order for your car to function properly in the short- and long-terms, you have to change your vehicle’s oil and oil filter regularly.

Through the end of this month, you can save on this critical service at St. Cloud Toyota by redeeming our Toyota Complete Service coupon. With this deal, you can get a conventional oil change, a multi-point vehicle inspection, and a tire rotation for just $39.95 plus tax. If your automobile needs synthetic oil, this special will only cost you $59.95 plus tax in our Toyota service center.

In addition to our Toyota Complete Service special, you can take advantage of the following deals this month:

  • Battery Replacement: With this deal, you can get a 60-month Toyota battery that has a high reserve capability for a long life installed for $114.95 plus tax. For just $20 more, you can get an 84-month Toyota battery instead.
  • Front Brake Service: If you need front brake service, bring your car into our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership. Through January 31, 2017, you can save 15 percent on our front brake service when you present the appropriate coupon in our Toyota service center.
  • Complimentary Car Wash: Whenever you bring your vehicle into our Toyota service department, you’ll get a free exterior car wash, saving you time as well as money.

If your car needs a repair or routine maintenance, give us a call, use our website, or stop by St. Cloud Toyota to make a service appointment today.


We’re Building a Stronger Community Together

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, January 5th, 2017 at 7:47 PM
Family buying a car

Since the Toyota brand started its “Toyota. Building a stronger community. Together.” giving program in 1991, the automaker has contributed over $500 million to non-profit organizations throughout the United States. This program involves more than 1,200 Toyota dealers located across the country.

Like the brand we proudly represent, everyone at our Waite Park, MN Toyota dealership firmly believes that people and serving the community in which we do business are our top priorities. One of the ways we’ve always tried to demonstrate this belief is by actively supporting our community and the charities that exist to make all of our lives better.

Our commitment to the community we share with you is why we were honored to have the opportunity to present the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota with a gift of $20,000. As Toyota dealers, we were thrilled when our dealership gave $10,000 directly to this worthy non-profit. We were even more excited when Toyota National matched our gift penny for penny by making a $10,000 donation of its own.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota is always concerned about the safety of the children in the communities it serves. That’s why the non-profit used the monetary gift it recently received to purchase 50 handheld radios to improve safety and shorten emergency response times at the Eastside, Southside, and Roosevelt Boys & Girls Clubs in St. Cloud, MN.

“The priority of safety deeply resonated with Mike and Wanda Dockendorf at a recent meeting with Boys & Girls Club staff,” said Jeff Fuller, St. Cloud Toyota’s Marketing Manager. “They wanted their gift to fill an imminent need, and keeping kids safe with these radios just made sense.”

We’re happy that the radios are already making a difference at the locations mentioned above. “The addition of the Motorola radios to our programs has already made a significant impact on safety procedures at all the sites,” said Director of KIDSTOP Operations Geri Bechtold. “Staff are reporting that the radios work in all areas of these block buildings. Staff can easily communicate site-to-site as well. This is a huge step forward in increasing security. Thank you, St. Cloud Toyota!”

While we appreciate the thanks we received from the Boys & Girls Clubs, we know it’s you who really deserves a thank you. Every time you buy or lease one of our Toyota cars, you bring your car into our service department, or you buy a Toyota part or accessory from us, you help us give back to our community. So, please accept our heartfelt thanks for doing business with us. You enable us to do what we do best – give back.

St. Cloud Toyota: A Proud Supporter of the Salvation Army

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, December 26th, 2016 at 4:29 AM

Have you ever wondered, “Are there dealerships in MN where I can feel good about buying or leasing a vehicle such as the 2017 Toyota RAV4?” If you have, we can tell you that there most certainly are and that our Toyota dealership is one of them.

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How to Transport a Christmas Tree

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 4:28 AM
2017 Toyota Tacoma

Do you know when the tradition of having a Christmas tree started? It began in the early 1800s when German settlers introduced the Christmas tree to the United States. Since then, having a live Christmas tree has become a long-standing tradition for many families.

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