Germain Toyota of Sarasota

December 8, 2015
by George Stamos

2015 Holiday Events Guide for Sarasota, FL

The holidays are getting into full swing, and that means that Sarasota, Bradenton, and neighboring communities are decking the halls with a brilliant assortment of festive holiday activities and events. As your local Toyota dealership near Bradenton, we here at Germain Toyota of Sarasota are excited about all of the many fun and entertaining events happening throughout the holidays.


The West Coast Black Theater Troupe in Sarasota presents “A Motown Christmas” through Dec. 31. Photo Credit:

With so many holiday events from which to choose, we want to help your Sarasota holiday planning with the following 2015 Holiday Events Guide. It’s an easy way to find out about all the festive holiday fun happening this year.

Dickens At The Crosley Estate Theater, Dec. 8 – 10, 11-13, 15 – 17, and 18 -20
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of this magnificent estate as the entire mansion becomes the backdrop for a remarkable re-enactment of this beloved classic. Powel and Gwendolyn Crosley portray Charles and Catherine Dickens as the performance moves from room to room.

Holiday Nights At Ca’ d’Zan, Dec. 10 and 17
The magnificent Ringling Mansion once again decks itself out in stunning holiday splendor, opening its doors to the public during this festive season. Marvel to the many opulent holiday decorations, including a 10-ft. tall Christmas Tree in the Grand Court.

Holidays At The Ranch, Dec. 11
The Lakewood Ranch opens its doors to celebrate the season with a wide variety of activities. Help Santa with arts and crafts, enjoy music from talented children, ride the Choo Choo Express, and even do a little ice skating.
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November 10, 2015
by George Stamos

12 Delicious Florida Thanksgiving Recipes

The holidays are here. That means folks here in Sarasota, Bradenton, and other communities up and down Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast are busily getting ready to serve up delicious holiday meals for family and friends.


Extra-Moist Turkey with Pan Gravy. Photo credit: Romulo Yanes, Epicurious

As your new and used car dealer serving Bradenton, Germain Toyota Scion of Sarasota wants to help make your Thanksgiving holiday table one to remember. So we selected these 12 savory and delicious Thanksgiving holiday recipes that come to us from Bon Appetit! Continue Reading →

October 31, 2015
by George Stamos

Introducing the Bold New 2016 Toyota Camry

Exciting from any angle, the new 2016 Camry four-door sedan is now here at your trusted local Toyota dealership, Germain Toyota Scion of Sarasota. We’re proud to show off the new 2016 Camry, which continues to outclass, outperform, and outsell the competition. Let’s explore the new Camry and find out why it continues to set the standard as America’s best-selling midsize sedan.


Dramatic Exterior

The new Camry’s refreshed exterior combines contemporary style with a healthy dose of attitude. The flowing hood features muscular character creases that flow upward toward the expansive windshield. The roofline arcs gracefully, flowing toward the rear deck lid that features oversized wedge-shaped tail lights. The Camry Special Edition takes things up a notch with a flair for dramatic excitement. An oversized sport mesh front grille, bespoke 18-in. machined alloy wheels, and dual chrome-tipped exhausts declare that this is not your ordinary midsize sedan. Continue Reading →

September 7, 2015
by George Stamos

8 Can’t Miss Fall Events in the Sarasota Area

As the fall gently welcomes us with its cooler temperatures, it signals the arrival of many fun and exciting fall events and activities for the entire family. Your hometown Toyota and Scion dealer in Sarasota, Germain Toyota of Sarasota offers our handy guide to fall events in our community. Whether you are looking for fall festivals, music events, entertainment, or family activities, we have you covered.


1. Rockin’ Wings Festival, Sept. 12 – 13 At Payne Park – Savor some of the area’s best wings as local restaurants compete for top honors. The event also features performances by tribute rock bands, business and craft vendors, and rides and games for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Lazarus Foundation.

2. Janet Jackson In Concert, Sept. 24 At The Amalie Arena In Tampa – Superstar Janet Jackson brings her incomparable chart-topping talent to the Amalie Arena for an extraordinary evening of live music. Continue Reading →

August 25, 2015
by George Stamos

Toyota Camry & Sienna Are “Most American-Made” Cars

It may be unusual to hear the words “made in America” associated with a Japanese automaker like Toyota. After all, you might think that all Japanese cars are made with Japanese parts and are imported from Japan. The surprising fact is that according to the automotive experts at, Toyota produces the two “most American-made” vehicles: The Toyota Camry sedan and the Toyota Sienna minivan.


A five-time winner for Most American Made Cars recently released the “2015 American-Made Index” (AMI). This index tracks how the top American-made cars are manufactured. This year, the Camry – America’s best-selling car for the 13 consecutive years – came out on top. It was followed by the Toyota Sienna minivan in second place. The Camry knocked off last year’s winner, the Ford F-150. It is the fifth time the Camry ranked number one overall on the index. Continue Reading →

July 20, 2015
by George Stamos

10 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Summer Road Trip

As you get ready for a summer road trip filled with fun and excitement, you need to make sure that your car is safe and ready for the road ahead. Nothing spoils a summer vacation faster than having car trouble, especially when it’s far from home. Overheating, faulty air conditioning, and tire blowouts are just a few of the things you’ll want to avoid.

10 Ways to Get your Car ready for Summer Driving

So before you pack your sunscreen, dust off your flip flops, and fill that cooler with ice-cold beverages, take time to ensure that your car is prepped and ready for your summer road trip getaway. As your preferred Toyota and Scion dealership in Sarasota, Florida, we here at Germain Toyota of Sarasota would like to share the following 10 important tips on how to prepare your vehicle for your next summer road trip.

Clean the engine

When dirt, grime and grease build up on the engine block they make it run hotter than normal. We recommend having your engine professionally steam cleaned. Or, you can do it yourself at a self-service wash with a high-pressure sprayer. Just remember to cover the battery, fuse box, and other electrical components. And wait until the engine is dry before driving off.

Inspect your brake fluid and power steering fluid levels

It’s easy to check these levels thanks to clear plastic reservoirs in today’s modern vehicles, like the new 2015 Toyotas here at our Sarasota Toyota dealership. If you plan to add fluids yourself, always use a clean container to avoid contamination.

Change your oil, oil filter, and transmission fluid

Oil is your car’s lifeblood. Dirty oil can reduce performance and make your engine run hotter and less smoothly. The same can be said for your transmission. Before you hit the road this summer, have both fluids checked and/or replaced by an automotive professional, like our ASE-certified technicians here at Germain Toyota of Sarasota. Continue Reading →

June 8, 2015
by George Stamos

10 Sizzling Sarasota Summer Events You Can’t Miss

Summertime is fun time throughout the Sarasota area. We’re blessed with abundant sunshine, miles of beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants, and lots of exciting things for the entire family to do. Germain Toyota of Sarasota, your premier Toyota dealership in Sarasota, Florida, wants to help you enjoy all the fun by listing the following 10 “can’t miss” events happening this summer on the Gulf Coast.


Watch exciting powerboat racing action at this year’s Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival, June 27-July 5. Photo Credit:

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May 15, 2015
by George Stamos

New 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Debuts at NY Auto Show

The wraps are off on Toyota’s latest addition to its growing family of hyper fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicles: The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid SUV. It promises to make an impact in the highly competitive compact SUV automotive segment, as rivals like Honda and Ford do not offer hybrid versions of their competing CR-V and Escape.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Innovative hybrid performance
The sleek, electric storm blue 2016 RAV4 unveiled at the recent New York Auto Show is the eighth hybrid model in Toyota’s stable of highly fuel-efficient vehicles. Demonstrating Toyota’s prowess in developing advanced hybrid technology, the new hybrid RAV4 features a 2.5 liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a smooth shifting electric continuously variable transmission (ECVT). It’s equipped with an innovative All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence® (AWD-i) system featuring a rear electric motor that operates independently of the front motor. It delivers near instantaneous torque to the rear wheels only when additional traction is needed. The AWDI system actually adapts automatically to the angle or condition of the road without requiring any additional driver input. Continue Reading →

April 30, 2015
by George Stamos

Germain Toyota Scion of Sarasota’s Spring Gardening Guide

Spring has sprung all over Sarasota and the Florida gulf coast. We’re blessed with an abundance of lush and beautiful plants that thrive in our sun-kissed area. Now is an especially good time to get your hands a little dirty as you breathe new life into your garden. It takes patience, the right tools, and the correct knowledge to successfully grow and manage your own little slice of Florida paradise.

Sarasota Florida gardening

In order to assist you in getting started on your own spring gardening projects, we at Germain Toyota Scion of Sarasota have put together this handy Spring Gardening Guide with helpful tips especially for our area. Continue Reading →

March 30, 2015
by George Stamos

2015 Toyota Corolla Sets Standard for Value and Fun

With its great looks, excellent fuel economy, solid handling, and advanced technology, the 2015 Toyota Corolla continues to set new benchmarks for quality, affordability, smart styling, and a spirited driving experience.

Impressive any way you look at it
The 2015 Corolla is dressed to impress, both inside and out. It’s muscular-looking front grille, flanked by two available fog lights on either side of the blacked-out lower fascia, along with wedge-shaped LED headlights, give the Corolla a purposeful, modern, and aerodynamic appearance. The wind-tunnel-tested design isn’t just for show; it’s built to offer improved handling and fuel economy. Available 17-in. alloy wheels add a sporty and aggressive flair.

2015 toyota corolla

The handsome interior takes creature comfort, advanced technology, and driver ergonomics to the next level. The fluid dashboard flows seamlessly in a continuous line from the driver side to the passenger side. The standard instrument cluster features three large, easy-to-read gauges, while upscale trim levels offer a special 3.5 inch multi-information display nestled between two oversized illuminated gauges. Premium materials are used throughout, including available SoftTex® seats that provide an enhanced level of luxury and support for those long road trips. Continue Reading →