How to Change a Flat Tire

By Product Expert | Posted in How-To on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 8:39 PM
closeup of man changing a flat tire

Here at St. Cloud Toyota, we are proud to be our customers’ one-stop shop for all of their automotive needs. From our wide selection of new Toyota cars to our talented team of auto professionals, we are committed to your complete satisfaction.

As a leading Toyota dealer, we are ready and willing to answer any car-related questions you may have, and the topic of changing a flat tire comes up quite often. If you manage to pop a flat, don’t panic. The first thing you should do is find a safe space to pull over that gives you plenty of room to get out and change the tire.

Once you’ve found a safe space, remove your spare tire, as well as the car jack, wrench, air pressure gauge, and air compressor if you have them. With the jack, lift the car high enough so that the flat tire is roughly six inches off of the ground. With the car lifted, use the wrench to remove the lug nuts from the tire. Some tires have hub caps, and if this is the case for your car, you will need to remove this first.

After you’ve removed the tire, you should check the air pressure levels of your spare. The last thing you want to do is install a spare that is improperly inflated. If the spare tire isn’t at recommended air pressure levels, use the air compressor to fill it up. With the spare ready, use the wrench and assorted lug nuts to secure it to your vehicle.

With the tire installed, your next step is to find a skilled technician that can either repair your flat tire or help you find a replacement, and our Toyota service center at St. Cloud Toyota should be your first choice. We’ll provide you with everything you need to take to the road again with ease.

A First Look at the 2020 Toyota Corolla

By Product Expert | Posted in Toyota Corolla on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 2:58 PM
silver 2020 toyota corolla

Here at St. Cloud Toyota, we are passionate about treating our customers like family. We offer a wide selection of new and used vehicles to choose from, and one upcoming addition to our Waite Park, MN showroom that we are excited about is the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

The Toyota Corolla has made a name for itself as a sleek, reliable, and impressively modern sedan, and the 2020 Toyota Corolla is expected to be no different. The latest Toyota Corolla is expected to offer up greater power, impressive handling, and enhanced fuel efficiency. Saying that the 2020 Toyota Corolla is “fun to drive” is a dramatic understatement.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is lower to the ground and more aggressive than previous iterations, and you’ll find an impressive 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood. This highly efficient engine makes the Toyota Corolla a fuel-sipper, earning an EPA-rated 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Drivers can expect to pick up the 2020 Toyota Corolla in five different trim options: The L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE.  The latest Toyota Corolla’s innovations don’t just stop in performance either.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla gives driver’s peace of mind with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 offered as standard. This safety system includes innovative features such as pedestrian detection, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and plenty more. Infotainment was also a focus in the 2020 Toyota Corolla, as this modern sedan comes with an 8.0-inch touch-screen which is Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatible.

At St. Cloud Toyota, we are certainly excited to offer the new 2020 Toyota Corolla in the near future. Until then, you can test drive any of the other Toyota cars on our lot or reserve your 2020 Toyota Corolla on our website today!

A Closer Look at the 2019 Toyota Camry

By Product Expert | Posted in Toyota Camry on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 2:55 PM
red toyota camry parked outside a building

You may think that you already know everything there is to know about the Toyota Camry, but this year’s version may surprise you. At St Cloud Toyota you can check out this vehicle and take a test drive today!

The 2019 Toyota Camry is a classic sedan that’s full of cutting-edge safety, entertainment, and performance features. Under the hood, you’ll find a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 203 horsepower. You can also opt for the 3.5-liter V6 that produces a formidable 301 horsepower.

Also included with the 2019 Toyota Camry at St. Cloud Toyota is a capable and cutting-edge entertainment system. Standard features include Apple CarPlay®, a seven-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth® connectivity, and USB ports, among other features. You can test out all of them at our dealership today!

Is safety a priority for your next vehicle purchase? The 2019 Toyota Camry is for you. The 2019 Toyota Camry garnered a 5-star rating from NHTSA. Some of the advanced safety features it includes are a rearview camera, Stability Control, and the Pre-Collision Safety System. With these features, you can drive with confidence in the multiple different types of road conditions in Waite Park, MN.

Interested? Then stop by our dealership at 418 2nd St in Waite Park, MN and our sales team will be happy to set up a test drive for you and answer any questions you have. We hope to see you at St. Cloud Toyota soon!

The Inside Scoop on the 2019 Toyota Highlander

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 8:49 PM
Image of a family running to get into a blue 2019 Toyota Highlander SUV.

Looking for a vehicle with a lot of room and comfort? We invite you to check out the 2019 Toyota Highlander at St. Cloud Toyota. Learn a bit more about this model and what makes it the ideal family SUV.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is an amazing vehicle full of impressive performance, entertainment, and safety features. Under the hood, the 2019 Toyota Highlander features a standard 185-horsepower engine, which can be upgraded to a 295-horsepower V6 engine in higher trims. This upgraded engine can bring you an estimated 27 mpg highway.

Also included with the 2019 Toyota Highlander at St Cloud Toyota are the latest entertainment and special features. These include five USB ports, built-in navigation, and standard Entune™ Audio, which includes a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth® capability, Siri® Eyes Free, and more. Come test drive this new model to experience these features up close and personal.

Is safety a priority for your next vehicle purchase? The 2019 Toyota Highlander comes with a 5-star rating from NHTSA and a generous suite of advanced safety features. These include Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. These features will give you peace of mind when driving your new 2019 Toyota Highlander.

Like what you’ve read? Then come in our dealership at 418 2nd street S in Waite Park, MN, and we’ll set you up with a test drive of this great new SUV model. We can also help you secure financing or negotiate a trade-in deal, as well. We hope to see you at our dealership soon!

Getting to Know the 2019 Toyota Corolla

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 4:12 PM
Image of a blue 2019 Toyota Corolla driving on a country highway.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle with the perfect blend of efficiency and sophistication, you may not come across another vehicle quite like the 2019 Toyota Corolla. At St. Cloud Toyota, you can check out this brand new model and take a test drive today!

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is an amazing sedan full of features that provide top-notch performance along with a comfortable ride. Under the hood, the 2019 Toyota Corolla features a standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower. Front wheel drive is standard, and the vehicle will get you a money-saving 36 mpg highway.

Also included with the 2019 Toyota Corolla is a sleek and cutting-edge entertainment system. Features include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth® connectivity, a USB port, and optional SiriusXM® satellite radio. When coupled with the optional leather seats, it won’t even feel like you’re driving a compact sedan. Come in for a test drive and experience these great features up close!

Is safety a priority for your next vehicle purchase? The 2019 Toyota Corolla received a 5-star rating from NHTSA, and it comes with a generous suite of standard safety features. You’ll enjoy a number of advanced features with the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. With the help of all of this new technology, you’ll be able to drive with confidence in any situation.

Interested in test driving the 2019 Toyota Corolla? Come in to our dealership at 418 2nd St. South in Waite Park, MN. We hope to see you soon!

2020 Toyota Yaris is Perfect for Young Drivers

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 5:05 PM
Image of a blue 2020 toyota yaris hatchback driving on a city street.

Could you use some extra cash? You’ll find yourself spending less on gas than ever before in the new 2020 Toyota Yaris. Want the latest technology? The updated Toyota Yaris offers more special features than you knew existed. New to driving? The 2020 Toyota Yaris can help you with that, too. It offers several safety assists and a new-and-improved build.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Highlights

The 2020 Toyota Yaris is a subcompact sedan that comes in a hatchback build. Not only are hatchback cars cute and stylish, but they also provide more room for groceries and textbooks. At the same time, this new Toyota car is less long than your average sedan, which can help you fit into city parking spaces other cars can’t.

Inside the Toyota Yaris is a spacious interior with a simple, yet attractive design. The 7-inch touchscreen reveals an advanced infotainment system compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. Using these features, you can take calls and check texts guilt-free, because you don’t even have to look away from the road!

If you’re an inexperienced driver, the 2020 Toyota Yaris will keep you safe. Safety features like Brake Assist help you stop faster in an emergency to prevent collision. The 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback also comes standard with six airbags, protecting you from every angle in an accident.

Buying a New Toyota Yaris near St. Cloud, MN

Although it’s not yet known when the Toyota Yaris will come to our Toyota dealership near St. Cloud, MN, we look forward to having it. If you’re a young driver saving up to buy or finance a new car, the 2020 Toyota Yaris might be what you’re looking for.

Feel free to contact us for more information and updates!

How to Prep Your Car for Spring

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 4:12 PM
Image of a mechanic holding a bottle of engine oil next to a popped hood.

It’s finally spring time, and we’re excited for the warm weather here in Waite Park, MN. If your car survived the icy winter, you’re probably feeling a bit of relief. However, spring brings its own set of challenges to cars. Whether you have a sedan like the Toyota Camry or a powerful SUV like the 2019 Toyota RAV4, these tips can help your car perform its best during spring season.

Align Your Tires

Did you know that potholes are more easily formed during early spring time than in other seasons? This is due to ice on the road melting and turning into water, which can become trapped under the top layer of the asphalt. Aligning your tires can help your car stand strong against potholes. St. Cloud Toyota offers tire alignment services from our highly-trained Toyota mechanics.

Change Your Air Filter

Spring is the time where beautiful plants bloom and allergies rise. If you’re driving with an old air filter, it may not be able to filter out all the pollen in the atmosphere. To prevent pollen and dust from entering your car during spring, it’s important to know how to replace your air filter.

Be Sure to Clean and Polish Regularly

The phrase “spring cleaning” doesn’t just apply to household chores. Not only does cleaning your car at least once a week keep it looking pretty; it also prevents the paint from corroding. Pollen, flying insects, and dust particles are especially potent during spring. If you can’t fit a car cleaning into your busy schedule, the staff at our Toyota dealership in Minnesota is happy to do it for you.

Follow these tips, and your car will thrive all throughout spring! If you’re a Toyota driver, feel free to contact us for more information about our maintenance services.

Toyota Car Service Under $20 in Waite Park, MN

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at 3:47 PM
Image of a mechanic holding a wrench with his arms crossed.

Paying for car maintenance and car repairs can easily break the bank. Whether your brakes have reached their tipping point or you just remembered it’s time to change your motor oil, you want to find an inexpensive service center to do the job right. However, you’re afraid if you cheap-out, your car will end up in worse shape than before. St. Cloud Toyota understands your struggle. Our specialized Toyota mechanics will fix your car using OEM Toyota parts for a reasonable price. We feature multiple services under $20 that may come in handy. We also offer complimentary car services for new customers.

Current Car Services Under $20

  • Paint touch up starting at $10.55.
  • Wiper blade replacement- only $12.01 per blade.
  • Tire rotation – keep your tires in great shape by getting a tire rotation for $18.90.
  • Wash and vacuum – spend your time relaxing while we clean your car for $19.95.
  • Tire Repair – have a shallow tire puncture? We can patch it up for $21.25.
  • Battery Service – give your car’s battery a pick-me-up for only $26.25.
  • Remote battery replacement – if your car’s remote is dying out, get the battery replaced for $3.50.

Complimentary Car Services & Service Specials at St. Cloud Toyota

If you were pleasantly surprised to see the inexpensive services offered at our Toyota dealership, you’re going to love our complimentary services! Free services for our customers include tire pressure inspection, multi-point inspection, battery testing, and service shuttles.

In addition to our complimentary services, you can save money by utilizing our service specials. Our Toyota service specials are limited-time deals and discounts that only St Cloud Toyota offers. One of the specials we offer right now is a rebate of up to $100 when you buy new tires with us. Be sure to take your Toyota car in while offers last!

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 4:12 PM
Image of a green 2018 Toyota Prius parked in front of a glass building.

St. Patrick’s Day is on the way, and there’s nothing luckier than finding a “green” car with great gas mileage. Toyota cars are known for their fuel efficiency, and we have a wide variety of options here at St. Cloud Toyota. Whether you’re looking for a hybrid car, a Toyota SUV, or a sedan; you’ll feel free driving around St. Cloud without having to worry about losing gas fast.

The 2019 Toyota Prius

The 2019 Toyota Prius is perhaps the most well-known hybrid sedan that our Toyota dealership offers. Often known as one of the most fuel-efficient Toyota cars, the Toyota Prius can achieve an estimated 50 miles per gallon.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla

If you prefer to have a gasoline engine, the Toyota Corolla will also help save you gas money. Even if you don’t have a hybrid car, a high fuel efficiency vehicle benefits the environment. The standard 2019 Toyota Corolla achieves an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, while the hatchback model achieves up to 42 mpg.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander

If you’re in the market for a family-friendly vehicle, this mid-size SUV packs enough room for everyone without breaking the budget. The non-hybrid configuration achieves 21 mpg in the city and up to 27 mpg on the highway. If you opt for the hybrid make, you can up that to 28 mpg on the highway and 30 in the city.

The 2019 Toyota Prius, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota Highlander are just a few of our favorite Toyota cars when it comes to fuel economy. However, different drivers have different needs. Our staff here at St. Cloud Toyota would love to help you find the perfect car for you. Feel free to stop by for a test drive or contact us if you’re interested in one of our cars with high fuel economy.

2020 Toyota Corolla Coming to St. Cloud, MN Soon

By The Dealership | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, March 8th, 2019 at 7:24 PM
Image of a pale blue 2020 Toyota Corolla parked on a forested road.

History is being made in Blue Springs, Mississippi as the next generation of Toyota Corolla models is set for production on March 18th. In one of last month’s blog posts, we talked about the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which will achieve a higher fuel economy than Toyota Prius models. Now, we have a set date on when these 2020 Toyota models are being made. We’re eager to have these updated Toyota models at St. Cloud Toyota later this year.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla

Toyota has invested over $170 million dollars into the next generation of Toyota Corollas, and it shows. Offering all-new technology, design, and safety, the 2020 Toyota Corolla is the sedan of the future. It stands out from the crowd with its standard LED headlights and a refined build. It offers maximum customizability with its three engine options and five trim levels. One of the engine options is a hybrid, which will achieve a fuel economy of up to 50 mpg combined. Most importantly, it’s the perfected version of everything drivers love about the Toyota Corolla.

Not only is this good news for drivers, but it’s great news for Blue Springs locals, as well. The manufacturing of the next-generation Toyota Corolla has created over 400 jobs. This means that Toyota’s Mississippi plant now has almost 2,000 workers.

Buying a new Toyota Corolla at St. Cloud Toyota

We don’t know the exact date that the 2020 Toyota Corolla will arrive at our Toyota dealership near St. Cloud, MN. However, we expect to have the stylish sedan by mid to late 2019. Be one of the first drivers in St. Cloud to experience the 2020 Toyota Corolla by coming in for a test drive when the vehicle hits our new car inventory!