DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day - Dixon, IL
DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day – Dixon, IL

Father’s Day is just around the bend. Here are some DIY gift ideas that are easy enough for the kids to make for dad, if you want to give him something more unique than a store-bought gift.

Homemade Coasters

Country Living suggests two different types of coasters you can create. The first uses Mason jar lids lined with cork shelf liner. Use a stamp and acrylic paint to personalize them with a pattern or monogram. Or you can make DIY agate coasters with just some polymer clay and acrylic paint.

Lego Cufflinks

These Lego-themed accessories are perfect for the geeky dad that enjoys building masterpieces. Just spray paint similarly-sized Lego pieces and glue them to cufflinks.

Pre-Shave Oil

If you have essential oils on hand, you’ll only need two more ingredients to make homemade shaving oil. Simply mix the essential oil of your choice with grapeseed and olive oils to make an all-natural shaving product for dad.

Eyeglass Carrier

Transform an old neck ties into a cloth case for reading glasses with a just a few steps. It’s a great way to help preserve your dad’s eyewear in an attractive way.

Book Cover Boxes

Have those old Reader Digest books hanging around? Repurpose them into boxes he can use to keep desk items organized. (Use one book for the cover and cut up another book to make the box.)

Another way you can show appreciate to dad is to take his car in to Ken Nelson Toyota for a seasonal checkup. Call us to schedule an appointment with our Service Department.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle | Dixon, IL
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle | Dixon, IL

Warmer weather is the perfect time to give your vehicle the refresh that it needs. Here are some spring cleaning tips for the exterior and interior of your ride.

Get rid of the junk. It’s easy to let fast food wrappers, water bottles, and other debris accumulate in your car during the colder months. Grab a trash bag and fill it with non-recyclable garbage from your car; make sure to recycle any objects that are recyclable.

Wash the outside. It’s likely that your vehicle’s exterior is coated with salt and dirt from the winter. Wash it with carwash soap and water, then use a hose to rinse off the suds. Dry the exterior with microfiber towels.

Scrub your floor mats clean. Your floor mats protect your floors from all of the dirt and salt that you track in with your shoes. Remove the floor mats then either scrub or hose them off, depending on if they are carpeted or vinyl.

Wipe everything down and vacuum. Use a vacuum to get the crumbs out of the cracks and wipe the cabin surfaces with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and grime.

Replace items like windshield wipers and tires. After a long winter, some auto parts display signs of damage. Consider replacing your windshield wipers and your tires to ensure that you stay safe on future drives.

For more ways to take care of your vehicle this spring, contact us at Ken Nelson Toyota. You can also schedule a service appointment if your ride is in need of any repairs.

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Study Finds Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles

Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles - Dixon, IL
Toyota Has Most Reliable Hybrid Vehicles – Dixon, IL

Over the years, hybrids have become less of a niche vehicle. In fact, Toyota has many hybrid variants of its most popular nameplates available. A recent study from iSeeCars.com also confirmed that many Toyota nameplates are the most reliable hybrid vehicles on the road. They last longer than most of the competition.

The iSeeCars.com study looked at more like 15.8 million used cars on the road. Their verdict? The longest-lasting hybrid of all time is actually the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 4.2 percent of them are still running even at the 200,000-mile mark. The Highlander Hybrid was also in the top five four longest-lasting vehicles overall, not just hybrids.

The next two most reliable hybrid vehicles after the Highlander were the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has a monopoly on the top three longest-lasting hybrids on the market.

Having a reliable hybrid vehicle that lasts a long time means the amount of fuel emissions saved by your vehicle greatly outweighs the increased energy it takes to manufacture them. And with options on the road like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, families have better access to a more sustainable, fuel-efficient hybrid model that won’t break down in a few years.

Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test drive one of these models today!

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All-New Toyota Highlander Commercial

All-New Toyota Highlander - Dixon, IL
All-New Toyota Highlander – Dixon, IL

The fourth generation of the Toyota Highlander is coming to dealership lots as soon as February. This next-generation midsize SUV is completely redesigned from the ground up. In order to kick off the new ad campaign, Toyota is debuting a 60-second commercial spot for the all-new Toyota Highlander during the Big Game. Football fans all over the U.S. will get the first glimpse of a new ad campaign set to run until July.

The new Toyota Highlander features practical family solutions such as the option of seven- or eight-passenger seating and a standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of features. There’s also high-tech and performance-oriented features such as the new addition of an efficient hybrid powertrain and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Waze and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Plus, with a bold new design set on the 2020 Toyota Highlander’s new TNGA-K platform, drivers will ride in style.

Toyota has a habit of debuting new ad campaigns for vehicles during the Big Game. In 2019 both the 2019 RAV4 and Supra made their TV debut at the same time, and Toyota also had spots during the 2012, 2015, and 2018 games. Keep your eyes peeled for the all-new Toyota Highlander while you tailgate.

Experience the latest iteration of the Highlander for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota for a test drive.

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Five Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day - Dixon, IL
Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Dixon, IL

For many couples, dinner and a movie is a common way to celebrate Feb. 14. If you’re craving something new, though, here are some unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day to help rekindle the romance.

Homemade Chocolates

A new spin on the classic “cooking dinner together at home” date, buy some chocolate molds and chocolate to melt. You can buy sprinkles as well as different colors and flavors to the chocolates you create.

Ice Skating (or Roller Skating)

February is a great time of the year to go ice-skating. Can’t balance? It’s a great opportunity to hold hands. If you’re really a lost cause, however, consider heading to the roller rink instead for a fun alternative.

Dance Classes

Sign up for a dance class with your Valentine to add something fun and new to your routine. The best part is you’ll walk away from the experience with a new skill to show off.

Spa Day

Many spas offer special couples’ packages around Valentine’s Day. Get a massage, do a face mask, or light some scented candles for some aromatherapy.

See a Live Show

There’s something about seeing a live performance — whether it’s a theater production, your favorite band, or even stand-up at a comedy club — that’s exciting and unlike anything else.

Need a new vehicle to further impress your date? Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to browse our shiny new 2020 models.

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