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August 1, 2016
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2016 Toyota Camry DIY Car Detailing Tips Part 2

In Part 1 of a recent blog post, 2016 Camry DIY detailing article, we covered some of the basics of DIY car detailing, including how to properly clean your car’s interior, windows, and wheels. We also covered how to wash your car properly.

This month, we finish our two-part series by going over more advanced professional detailing tips, such as deep cleaning the paint, the correct way to give your tires a long-lasting shine, the difference between polishing and waxing your car, and proper use of a random orbital polisher.

As we mentioned last month, we consulted car detailing guru Ian Civgin for some of his best car detailing advice which we share with you now. However, as we said before, remember to check the cleaning and car care information in your Camry’s owner’s manual for any additional “do’s and don’ts” before you begin. Always follow the directions on each detailing product before use.

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June 7, 2016
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How To Celebrate Independence Day 2016 In Columbus, OH

Get ready for a star-spangled 4th of July Weekend as Columbus, Ohio celebrates America’s 240th birthday with pomp, pageantry, and dazzling fun for the entire family. Your hometown Toyota new car dealer in Columbus, Germain Toyota of Columbus, wants to help you celebrate this awesome patriotic holiday with this handy guide to all the exciting July 4th activities and special events happening throughout Columbus and vicinity.

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36th Annual Red, White & Boom!

Friday, July 1 – Enjoy a spectacular salute to Independence Day with Ohio’s largest fireworks display capping off a day of fantastic activities and special events for the entire family. This sensational celebration dates back to 1981, drawing upwards of 400,000 people making it the largest single-day event in Columbus. Kids will enjoy Columbia Gas’ Children’s Park filled with fun, interactive activities. The Arena District’s “Taste of BOOM!” features food from top local restaurants plus live entertainment on two stages. A patriotic parade features military bands, floats, and more. https://redwhiteandboom.org/ Continue Reading →

May 20, 2016
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6 Fantastic 2016 Columbus, OH Father’s Day Events

Sunday, June 19th is Dad’s Day. If you’re contemplating the “same old, same old,” of getting daddy-o a new tie, slippers, a new wallet, barbecue tools, or that must-have socket wrench set then maybe, just maybe, you should rethink your Father’s Day gift-giving strategy.

And, if you are scratching your head saying, “Gee whiz, what can we do to make sure Pops has a grand time on Father’s Day?” we here at your favorite Columbus Toyota dealer, Germain Toyota of Columbus, are here to help you out. Fortunately, we didn’t have to go too far to come up with some nifty things you can do to celebrate your dad.

We took a poll of the many dads who work here at our dealership and they gave us some ideas of what they would like to do to celebrate their special day in the sun. So we figured, “hey, if the dads on our staff like these ideas, maybe other dads will too.” Makes sense, right? Lucky for us, Columbus pulls out all the stops when it comes to celebrating Father’s Day, so there’s no lacking for lots of fun-filled events and activities throughout our area. So let’s dive in and see what’s cookin’ for dads on Father’s Day 2016 in Columbus.

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Columbus Idea Foundry, 421 W. State Street, Columbus, OH

If your dad loves to tinker, build, nail, saw, or generally rule the “DIY” roost, he’s going to love this unique Father’s Day experience. The Idea Foundry is a community workshop, learning center and creative space. The Foundry’s diverse classes give your dad and the kids the opportunity to forge their own creative path while learning new skills in the process. The “Pen-turning” class, for example, lets you and your child create your own working pen from scratch using a lathe and other tools. There are also several classes on working with polymer clays on Father’s Day. How cool is that? Continue Reading →

May 1, 2016
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2016 Columbus, Ohio Mother’s Day Idea Guide

Mother’s Day is when we gather to celebrate the many wonderful reasons we love Mom. It may be something as simple as tying a shoelace, making a “PB&J” for your lunchbox, giving your skinned knee some “TLC,” or baking your favorite chocolate swirl birthday cake. There are probably a million reasons why your Mom is unique. She’s always been there to guide you, encourage you, and love you as only a mother can love.

So why not do something extra-special for Mom this Mother’s Day? Luckily, Columbus pulls out all the stops when it comes to showing Moms a great time. Whether it’s taking her to one of our area’s outstanding restaurants, enjoying a show, watching a ballgame, going shopping, or a day at the zoo, there is no lacking for things you, Mom, and the entire family can do on Mother’s Day here in Columbus.

Because we love Moms too, your friends here at Germain Toyota of Columbus want to help make your Mother’s Day planning a bit easier this year. So we put our heads together and came up with this handy guide describing some great ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day 2016 in Columbus.

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  1. Cloak & Dagger Dinner Theatre’s “The Wreck Of The Enormous” – Mother’s Day Edition, 447 E. Livingston Ave., ColumbusIt’s murder on the high seas as you interact with a zany cast of characters as they navigate a thrilling murder mystery. Includes a show and delicious three-course meal.
  2. German Village Jazz & Juleps at the Meeting Haus Platz 588 S. 3rd St., ColumbusThe German Village Garten Club sponsors a delightful GartenMarkt preview party featuring live entertainment and refreshing libations. Proceeds help fund various concerts and Village beautification projects.
  3. “UniverSoul” Circus, May 8 at 2300 S. Hamilton Rd., ColumbusMom and the entire family will surely enjoy all of the non-stop excitement and thrilling acts under the Big Top as the acclaimed UniverSoul Circus visits Columbus. Now in its 23rd year, UniverSoul Circus is a global phenomenon with more than 10,000 performances in front of more than 20 million people.
  4. Blooms & Butterflies at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical GardensMom and the whole family will delight in the thousands of beautiful butterflies taking flight in the Pacific Islands Water Garden. It’s a magical experience not to be missed.
  5. A Day At The Columbus Zoo & AquariumLet Mom go a little bit wild with a fun-filled and educational day at one of America’s top zoos. The Zoo features hundreds of exhibits and attractions. If she’s the adventurous type and up the challenge, she can participate in the amazing Reebok Spartan Race at The Wilds, the World’s Best Obstacle Race. Or the family can have some fun at Jungle Jack’s Landing and Zoobezi Bay.
  6. Steve Lehman Octet At The Wexner Center for the Arts, May 6thIf Mom loves jazz, then she won’t want to miss this outstanding evening of early 21st Century jazz performed by one of the world’s leading saxophonists, the critically acclaimed Steve Lehman, named a Rising Star Jazz Artist in Downbeat Magazine’s 2015 Critics Poll.
  7. Dinner At Latitude 41 at 50 N 3rd St., Columbus at the Columbus Renaissance HotelLatitude 41 has emerged as one of the trendiest restaurants in Columbus and a dinner there will be a special occasion that Mom will long remember. Latitude’s distinctive contemporary cuisine is sourced from local purveyors of the freshest artisanal and all-natural products. Chef Dean James Max brings his extraordinary culinary talents to the forefront for a dining experience in Columbus like no other.

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April 1, 2016
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2016 Toyota Camry DIY Car Detailing Tips Part 1

When you first bought your new 2016 Camry from our Columbus Toyota dealership, Germain Toyota of Columbus, it was perfect and still had that intoxicating “new car smell.” But even after a short while, your brand-new Camry will start to show inevitable signs of wear and tear.

Properly detailing your Camry not only keeps it looking sharp, but you’ll also save money on expensive professional detailing services, as well as feeling a sense of accomplishment when you step back and see how your handiwork has brought the luster back to your Camry (or any other vehicle, for that matter).

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we’ll cover what materials and products you’ll need, how to clean your car’s interior, how to properly clean your car’s windows inside and out, how to clean your car’s wheels, and how to properly wash your car.

In next month’s Germain Toyota of Columbus’ exclusive DIY car-detailing installment, we’ll talk about more advanced techniques, such as how to deep-clean your vehicle’s exterior using a paint clay, proper use of a random orbital polisher, the difference between polishing and waxing, and how to give your tires a long-lasting shine.

We consulted car detailing guru Ian Civgin for some of his best car detailing advice which we share with you now. However, remember to check the cleaning and car care information in your Camry’s owner’s manual for any additional “do’s and don’ts” before you begin. Always follow the directions on each detailing product before use.

Before we get started, let’s talk about the materials and products you’ll need. The initial cost of purchasing a few simple detailing tools more than offsets this expense because you can use them over and over again. Some of the materials and equipment, easily obtained at your local auto parts or “big box” stores, include:

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March 1, 2016
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Get Lucky at Toyota of Columbus on a New 2016 Tacoma

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means luck and good old-fashioned Irish cheer is in the air. Fortunately for you, you don’t need to follow a rainbow to a pot of gold or stumble across a four-leaf clover to get your share of good luck this year. That is because we here at Germain Toyota of Columbus, your favorite Columbus new car dealer, have some exciting new models for sale at amazingly low prices. Take the all-new and totally redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma for example.

As one of the most versatile and athletic trucks on the market, you’d expect a hefty price tag to match the captivating look, but this St. Patrick’s Day you will do an Irish Jig out of joy when you see the window sticker. Never before has such an attractive and capable truck been so reasonably priced.

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February 1, 2016
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Toyota Stars At 2016 Columbus Auto Show

The exciting 2016 Columbus International Auto Show will soon be here, and Toyota will be a big part of it! The Greater Columbus Convention Center will be turned into the epicenter of Ohio automotive excitement Thursday through Sunday, March 17 – 20, as more than 40 car manufacturers present an array of fantastic new cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks.

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New Toyotas On Display

As in previous years, people will be flocking to the Toyota booth to check out all the many new Toyotas and Scions on display. This is your chance to get an up-close look of new Toyota models. Take your time to stroll around each vehicle and check out their many advanced features. Step inside, get behind the wheel and experience Toyota’s world-class quality and engineering first-hand. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak with knowledgeable Toyota representatives who can answer your questions about the various makes and models of new Toyotas on display. Pick up some colorful and informative brochures that describe more of the Toyota story. Compare models side-by-side in an unhurried atmosphere. Continue Reading →

January 1, 2016
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New 2016 Toyotas Debut At Germain Toyota Of Columbus

Your hometown Columbus new Toyota and used car dealer, Germain Toyota of Columbus, proudly introduces the new 2016 Toyota lineup. Once again, Toyota leads the way in the New Year with some of the most smartly designed, fuel efficient, luxurious, and reliable vehicles you can buy in 2016. Today, we shine the spotlight on three of our stellar new Toyotas for sale in Columbus at our Toyota dealership. We’ll give you a brief overview of the new 2016 Toyota Corolla, new 2016 Toyota Camry, and new 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup to whet your appetite.

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2016 Toyota Corolla

With its sleek, contemporary new styling the new for 2016 Toyota Corolla at Germain Toyota of Columbus offers a fresh, youthful appearance that’s getting admiring glances wherever it goes. Take one look at the best-selling Corolla’s expressive new lower fascia, swept-back standard LED headlights, low-slung hood, coupe-like roofline, wide stance, and athletic, aerodynamic sheetmetal and you’ll know that this is one compact four-door sedan that loves to get out and play. Speaking of a playful attitude, the new 2016 Corolla SE Special Edition amps it up with a vibe all its own. Unique 17-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, a new “Absolutely Red” exterior color, convenient smart key system with push-button start, and distinctive custom sports interior lets everyone know that you take control.

On the inside, the new 2016 also impresses with a roomy interior made from top-quality materials. Surprisingly quiet and unexpectedly refined, the 2016 Corolla’s cabin looks like it belongs in cars costing thousands more. Available SotTex® seats, piano-black accents, a fluid new dash, updated center console and ample rear cargo space are just some of the many touches you’ll appreciate. Plus, the new Corolla speaks tech fluently, thanks to Toyota’s available Entune™ premium audio system with integrated navigation and apps, controlled by a crisp 6.1-inch color touchscreen display. Standard Bluetooth® wireless connectivity and standard backup camera add to the Corolla’s undeniable value.

As one of the world’s best-selling compact sedans, the 2016 Corolla features a lively 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine makes 140 hp and 126 lb.-ft. of torque while achieving up to an estimated 42 mpg highway (Corolla Eco model)  when equipped with the CVTi-S Valvematic transmission. Continue Reading →

December 1, 2015
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12 Stocking Stuffers Idea For The Toyota Enthusiast

Sometimes there is a person on your holiday shopping list who may present a challenge for getting that perfect gift. But if you have someone on your list who either owns a Toyota or is a Toyota enthusiast, then you are in luck. There are lots of Toyota-themed gifts from which to choose. So we here at you’re your local Columbus new and used car dealership, Germain Toyota Scion of Columbus, did some research and came up with our 12 favorite stocking stuffers that are sure to put a smile on the face of that Toyota fanatic in your household. We did the online legwork for you to make your gift-giving easier.

To order the following holiday gift items, please visit the links at the end of this article.

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“It’s A Toyota Thing” T-Shirt, $19.99 – Show that you’re Toyota to the core with this humorous 100% pre-shrunk men’s T-shirt. It’s available in several different styles and colors through CaféPress.com.

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Classic FJ-40 Land Cruiser Coffee Mug, $12.99 – Raise a mug to celebrate Toyota’s legendary do-anything, go-anywhere sport utility vehicle that set the standard for off-road capabilities. Available through CaféPress.com Continue Reading →

November 1, 2015
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2015 Columbus Holiday Event Planner

Columbus becomes a holiday wonderland this 2015 Christmas season as visions of sugarplums, Santa, reindeer, and festive holiday events make Columbus indeed a merry place to be. With so much going on during the holidays, your friends and neighbors here at your Columbus new and used car headquarters, Germain Toyota Scion of Columbus, want to help simply your holiday event planning. So we put together the following handy guide to the many of the fun-filled holiday events and activities happening throughout the metro Columbus area.

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Shadowbox Lives’ 24th Annual Holiday Hoopla & Scrooge. Nov. 20 – Jan. 3 – Enjoy a unique and hilariously adult take on the holidays as this rockin’ central Ohio Christmas comedy tradition returns to Shadowbox Live on South Front Street. Then enjoy a musical re-telling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30 – Dec. 28.

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