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Wesley Chapel Toyota – Toys For Tots Drive

Once again it’s time for Wesley Chapel Toyota’s annual Toys for Tots drive. It couldn’t be easier to show your support — Simply place an unwrapped, new toy in the bed of the 2010 Tacoma in our showroom decked out in Toys for Tots banners and we’ll do the rest. If you want more information, just give us a call at 813-973-8888.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a history buff — and the Toys for Tots program has a pretty interesting origin. Here’s some info about them that you probably didn’t know, courtesy of www.toysfortots.org

Toys for tots Began in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.  The idea came form Bill’s wife, Diane.  In the fall of 1947, Diane crafted a homemade doll and asked Bill to deliver the doll to an organization, which would give it to a needy child at Christmas.  When Bill determined that no agency existed, Diane told Bill that he should start one.  He did.  The 1947 pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.  That year, Marine Corps Reserve units across the nation conducted Toys for Tots campaigns in each community in which a Marine Reserve Center was located.  Marines have conducted successful nationwide campaigns at Christmas each year since 1948.  The initial objective that remains the hallmark of the program today is to “bring the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children”.  Bill Hendricks, a Marine Reservist on weekends, was in civilian life, the Director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio.  This enabled him to convince a vast array of celebrities to support Toys for Tots.  In 1948, Walt Disney designed the Toys for Tots logo, which we use today.  Disney also designed the first Toys for Tots poster used to promote the nationwide program.  Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee and Vic Damone recorded the Toys for Tots theme composed by Sammy Fain and Paul Webster in 1956.  Bob Hope, John Wayne, Doris Day, Lorrie Morgan, Tim Allen, Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray Cyrus are but a few of the long list of celebrities who have given their time and talent to promote Toys for Tots.  First Lady Nancy Reagan served as the national Spokesperson in 1983.  First Lady Barbara Bush served as the national Spokesperson in 1992 and in her autobiography named Toys for Tots as one of her favorite charities.



September eNews – Wesley Chapel Toyota

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010



A Cross Trainer Wins the Medal
The 2010 Toyota Venza V6 vs. the Nissan Murano S AWD.
The Toyota Venza and Nissan Murano are surprisingly similar,
though the Murano is clearly intended as an SUV. In contrast,
the Venza fits in a new niche between sedan and SUV. Both the
Venza and Murano are technically crossover vehicles, repurposing
bits and pieces from other vehicles in their respective family
lineups with nary a truck bone in sight and when compared side
by side, the Venza edges out the Murano on numerous accords.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845560.cfm?

Still Running Hardcore
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner.
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is the freshest execution of a theme
established decades ago. This time around, the 4Runner manages
to combine the divergent disciplines of off-road capability and
on-road prowess. The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a true off-road
warrior that plays nice for every day use.


Such Bounty
Enjoy some fun and freshly-grown goodness at Florida’s farms and
If you like to be picky when it comes to produce, check out
what’s cropping up at local farms this autumn. You can make a
day of it at a pick-your-own orchard, or just enjoy the fruits
of the farmer’s labor.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001834325.cfm

Bleach-free Care for your Sparklers
These simple tricks will leave you with whiter, brighter teeth.
Whether you’re seven or seventy years old, you know that teeth
don’t last forever. Fortunately, however, there are ways to keep
your current set bright and white for a long time. Although
whitening treatments and products can bleach teeth super white,
there are actually many easier and cheaper ways to enhance your
smile. You can start with some of these tricks, but just be
prepared to turn some heads afterwards:

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001841807.cfm

Maintaining Your Ride
Keep your paint in great shape by selecting advanced, modern car
The longer you own your car, the more likely you are to have
encountered them, hiding just below the surface and waiting to
make their presence known as soon as they are hit by the bright
rays of the sun-swirl marks in your automobile’s finish.
Especially if you own a dark-colored car, these nefarious paint
defects mysteriously appear on almost every vehicle out there
and can be as difficult to remove as they are disheartening to
look at.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845978.cfm

It’s an Art Movement on Wheels
Cars take creativity for a drive at California’s ArtCar Fest!
You’ve probably seen your fair share of custom cars while on the
road, but have you ever pulled up to a stoplight and looked over
to see a drivable silver shark with sculpted fins, or a cherry
red high-heel on wheels? If not, California’s ArtCar Fest is the
place to see some of the strangest “street legal” works of art
ever to roll down the road.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001846061.cfm

Greenest Cities in the World
Green goes global.
With so many individuals taking the go-green pledge, you might
wonder which cities are making strides to protect the
environment. With sustainable energy sources, decreased
eco-footprints and user-friendly green initiatives, here is the
list of some of the greenest cities in the world.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001841820.cfm

Getting Schooled
The top five must-haves for back to school.
Long gone are the days when a 12-pack of number two pencils, a
couple of spiral-bound notebooks and a new pair of Keds were all
you needed to be ready for back-to-school. Today, students are
always on the lookout for the next wave of products to help them
get a leg up on their peers. Luckily for you, we have a cheat
sheet of the top five latest and greatest back-to-school items
that all the kids are raving about (just make sure the teacher
doesn’t see you copying our paper).

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001844606.cfm

Need a New Game?
If every day sports leave you bored, these games play by their
own rules.
Are you tired of playing – and watching – the same old sports?
Can’t decide between a game of hockey or a few laps around the
pool? If your interests vary from boxing to chess and soccer to
gymnastics, check out a couple of lesser known, yet rather
challenging sports from around the globe.

[FULL STORY] http://www.imakenews.com/wesleychapeltoyota/e_article001845873.cfm

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Auto Detailer’s Secret: The Clay Bar

Reprinted from http://www.web-cars.com/detail/

What is “Claying”?

Claying is a process that is new to the world of automotive detailing and has found enthusiastic acceptance. It’s not hard to understand why, as its resume reads like a miracle cure, and after reading it you may think that it’s too good to be true. But claying delivers.

The clay we are talking about is similar to the toy “Play-doh” that kids enjoy although a special type is required for car detailing. It performs it’s function by removing the contaminants from the surface of the paint. It works by virtue of its flexibility as it easily forms the exact contour of the surface it is in contact with. What it does for a painted surface is similar to the function of polish, but unlike polish, clay is not an abrasive. This is an advantage for the beginning or casual detailer, as no harm can be done to the paint. Claying also does not remove wax, so unlike polish, there is no need to reapply it after an application. It works on surfaces that might not be appropriate for polish, such as glass, brightwork and trim items. Claying is also relatively quick and easy when compared to a polish job. Clearly a winning situation all around!

How to Clay

 To work with clay you will need a lubricant. Fortunately what you use is not critical and many products will work fine. Many clay kits ship with a “Quick Detailer” spray which works. Our recipe consists of a tablespoon of car wash detergent in about 20 oz. of distilled water and dispensed using a spray bottle. Others have reported that Windex and other glass cleaners work well. Some Experimenting The “baggie test” is the way to go and is recommended as an easy way to demonstrate the power of claying. Put your hand in a ordinary sandwich baggie (the thin kind, not the thick rugged ones) and spray a test area of the paint with the above described clay lubricant. Then go over the paint surface as shown with just enough pressure to get a feel for the surface. You’ll detect all sorts of bumps and defects, many more than are apparent with even a close visual inspection.

Claying is done after the car is washed, but before it is waxed, assuming that you are planning on a wax job. To use the clay, apply some of the clay lubricant to the area you are going to work on, which shouldn’t be larger than about 2′ x 2′. Then glide (in other words, use only minimal pressure) the clay over the surface. If the lubricant is working, the effort to move the clay over the surface will be next to nothing; you are really guiding its movement more than anything else. A lot depends on how much the clay has to pick up. As you progress, you’ll note that the clay bar gets thinner. You’ll then have to rework the bar so that it is thick again by kneading it. Some detailers like to just fold it over, the reasoning is that it will have a cleaner surface. You’ll get a feel for how it is working by the way it glides over the paint surface. This “feel” will also tell you when the clay bar is losing its effectiveness (it’s resistance increases) and needs to be replaced. When you are finished with a section, dry it using the same towels you use after you wash the car. It’s a good idea to rinse the entire car with a hose after you are finished with the claying task. When you are finished, do the “baggie test” again. The results will be easily felt.

Claying is an odd process. If you haven’t tried it, it can be difficult to understand as it doesn’t seem to conform to most of what we know about car detailing. If this is your thinking, we encourage you to give it a try. It really is easy! Many amateur detailers are a bit wary of the concept but after they try it, they are sold big time. A clay bar is good for about four to five treatments. This depends on factors such as the size of the vehicles and how dirty they are. One important note: if you ever drop a clay bar, you MUST throw it away. The potential for causing scratches from material it picks up is just too great. If you intend to reuse the clay bar, store it in a box or baggie to keep it clean.

Some February updates for you…

  • The All-New 2011 Sienna is HERE. Call to schedule a test drive today. 


  •  Our service department has been working overtime to make the necessary recall repairs on customer vehicles, staying open until late every night to perform this “while you wait” proceedure. Our technicians are working like crazy to accomodate everyone as quickly as possible, and your understanding is appreciated. If you’ve received a notice from Toyota, call 813-407-5799 to schedule your appointment.


  • We’ve been getting a lot of support from our fantastic customers and now our vehicles are recall-fixed and ready to roll. **Note: The vehicles on our lot were fixed in the middle of the night, long past closing time so as not to take up time that we could be spending on our customer’s cars.** To celebrate, Toyota is rolling out incentives like never before — on nearly EVERY model of new Toyota. You’ve been waiting for the BIG deals. They’ve arrived. Of course, you also get our Lifetime Powertrain Warranty on all new vehicles. The new Loyalty Program (outlined below) knocks $1000 off a new 2010 Corolla, Camry, or Tundra right off the bat. Add to that 0% financing or an amazing Special Lease program that can put you in a 2010 Corolla for only $149 a month, and we are moving into “no-brainer” territory. Also, Toyota is extending a helping hand to folks whose credit may not be the best. These new rates can help someone currently in a high interest loan by saving them thousands on interest, lowering their payment significantly, and putting them in a new car. Contact us at 813-407-5971 for more info. If you or a family member are even thinking about a new vehicle, please read on.


  • Wesley Chapel Toyota is hosting a Used Car SUPER SALE at our location Thurs. 2/18 – Sun. 2/21 with over 200 vehicles on hand. Be there!


  • We are please to announce a $1,000 Toyota Owner Loyalty Program on: 2010 Camry (Non Hybrid) 2010 Corolla Sedan 2010 Tundra You won’t believe how easy it is to qualify: If you or an immediate relative living at the same address currently own or lease a Toyota/Scion, you qualify for this offer. Toyota Owner Loyalty Cash can be combined with all other current SET/SETF incentive offers! (See additional offers below) Just Bring Proof of Ownership: current Title/Registration, current Insurance Card, or copy of current Lease/Finance Contract. Here’s the best part —> In an unprecedented move from Toyota… Trade-in Not Required: That’s right — You don’t even have to trade a Toyota to qualify! As long as you or or an immediate relative in the same house currently owns a Toyota, you get $1000 toward your new vehicle. How easy is that? Effective Friday, February 5 through Monday, March 1, 2010


  • NEW 2010 Toyota Corolla Automatic, Power Package 0% for 48 Mo. – 0.9% for 60 Mo. or $149 per month *39mo. Lease, 12k miles per year. $2815 Due at signing, Ends 3/1/2010. Dealer retains all rebates and incentives. Excludes Tax, Tag, Registration and Title and includes Dealer Fees. Prior Sales Not Applicable.


  • NEW 2010 Toyota Camry LE Automatic, Power Package 0% for 48 Mo. – 1.9% for 60 Mo. or $179 per month *39mo. Lease, 12k miles per year. $2790 Due at signing, Ends 3/1/2010. Dealer retains all rebates and incentives. Excludes Tax, Tag, Registration and Title and includes Dealer Fees. Prior Sales Not Applicable.


  • There are too many new specials for one email. You can check out all the specials at http://www.wesleychapeltoyota.com. We currently have incentives on nearly EVERY Toyota model available. Please call 813-407-5971 for details.


  • Thank you for your support and consideration. You’ve proved why Toyota owners are the best. Heck, it’s almost Valentines Day, so I’ll just say it: We love you.

2010 Toyota 4Runner: First Drive

By John Stewart for Cars.com

The 2010 Toyota 4Runner debuts today at the State Fair of Texas, and it’s one of the last body-on-frame midsize SUVs on the market. We spent a week in the 2010 4Runner Trail Edition, covering more than 800 miles, mostly on the highway with a few hours of commuting, mountain roads and trail driving thrown in. The Trail Edition would be the most mechanically specialized 4Runner, trading on-road comfort for maximum off-road capability. Even so, we can vouch that the 4Runner is a comfortable cruiser and daily driver. In one day we logged 13 hours on the highway without feeling the least bit deprived.

The 2010 4Runner is designed with outdoor enthusiasts and family adventures in mind. Now in its fifth generation, the 4Runner is far more rugged than the Camry-based Highlander crossover and more versatile than the two-door FJ Cruiser. Toyota offers the 4Runner in three distinct models, each aimed at buyers with different lifestyle priorities.

For those who want maximum economy, there’s the SR5. It comes with a four-cylinder engine that gets 23 mpg on the highway and is available in either two- or four-wheel drive, with minimal frills. For those who want a touch of luxury, there is the Limited model, which offers amenities like leather seating, full-time four-wheel drive, a 15-speaker audio system, 20-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and color-keyed exterior styling with chrome accents.

Finally, the Trail Edition is for the true outdoor recreationalist. It combines a part-time four-wheel-drive system with advanced electronic enhancements that allow the user to dial in off-road driving control based on the nature of the terrain. It’s aimed at buyers who want something as capable as the FJ Cruiser but with four doors and more cargo room.

Power and Mileage In the interest of better fuel economy, Toyota has ditched the optional 4.7-liter V-8 engine in favor of a revised high-output version of their 4.0-liter V-6 that gets 270 horsepower. That’s 34 hp more than the prior V-6, and 10 hp more than the old, optional V-8. The 4Runner feels quicker than ever before, with stronger response. We had ample high-speed passing power and on-ramp acceleration — even with a full load, and there’s enough power to pass on the highway without forcing a downshift. The V-6 is run by an electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission. Its maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. We averaged 20.3 mpg during the week we drove the 4Runner, which is a little better than its combined 19 mpg EPA rating. Driving Dynamics As you might expect, the Trail Edition rides and handles like a 4×4. The suspension permits a fair amount of vibration on the highway; contact with cracks and small imperfections are noticed in the cabin. On the other hand, larger irregularities — washed out dirt roads, speed bumps or dips at intersections — tend to disappear, soaked up by springs, shocks and bushings tuned to handle tough terrain. Steering is easy and reasonably accurate in the 4Runner, and it’s easy to keep on-center while cruising on the highway. It takes minimal effort to maneuver in tight spaces. We think the 4Runner would readily out-handle and ride more smoothly than most full-size SUVs, but car-based unibody SUVs would be noticeably more precise, with better on-road manners. For-Real Off-Road Capability While the 4Runner might be so-so when it comes to on-road manners, it clearly excels in off-road capability.

The frame is as rugged as they come, and the driveline has been strengthened all the way back to the rear differential. The four-wheel-drive system in the SR5 and Trail Edition is a part-time system favored by off-road enthusiasts, enhanced by electronic traction control, speed control and terrain-following innovations. Four-wheel drive is actuated by a short lever on the center console. We found that it was easy to shift in and out of 4-Lo, as long as the transmission was in Neutral, and it was easy to get back to two-wheel drive again. A locking rear differential that’s electronically actuated is standard on the Trail Edition. One unique feature, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, disconnects the stabilizer bars to enhance suspension droop in highly irregular terrain. KDSS and other enhancements that allow for fine tuning the traction control system were formerly only available on the top-of-the-line Toyota Land Cruiser. Ground clearance — 9.6 inches for the 4×4 — is ample for trail use; the 33-degree angle of approach is very good, but it’s not quite equal to the Hummer H3, another superior off-road crawler. How Big Is It? The 4Runner offers a three-row option with room for seven. The interior volume is enhanced by the rear seats that fold flat without having to remove the headrests, and the rear liftgate opens wide. That allowed us to load the 4Runner with our son’s dresser, mountain bike, computer, chair, guitar and amp — plus boxes, clothes and groceries — to bring to his college quarters in a single trip.

Toyota Camry takes top spot in annual ranking

By Steven Cole Smith



Each year, Cars.com releases its American-Made Index. Evaluations “are based on percentage [by cost] of their parts that are made domestically, where they are built and how popular they are among U.S. buyers.” For the last five years, the Ford F-150 pickup, the best-selling vehicle in America 30-plus years and running, has also topped the list. This year, it dropped to second behind the Toyota Camry. Two of the three factors in developing the list are no-brainers. One is the percentage of American-made parts, as listed on the vehicle window sticker. The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, for instance, has 60 percent “U.S./Canadian parts content.” Camaro also has 24 percent content from Mexico, which isn’t considered part of the states. The second factor in the Cars.com evaluation is assembly location. “Ninety-seven percent of the Camrys sold here were built in the U.S,” says Patrick Olsen, editor in chief of Cars. com, which is partly owned by Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co. The third criteria, sales volume, factors in the financial impact of the sales on the U.S. economy.