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2017 Buick Enclave - Kelly Buick GMC - Emmaus, PA

 

Winter is upon us, which means months of short days, cold air and time spent by the fire. For many, especially those in the northeast and other harsh winter climates, winter means lots of ice and snow – both very dangerous conditions when driving. If you haven't already, it is time to make sure you and your vehicle are well prepared for the snowy months ahead. To learn how to winterize your 2017 Buick Enclave, follow the simple steps below.

Install Snow Tires

All-season tires can provide safe performance in all weather conditions. But did you know, winter – or “snow” tires – offer up to 50% more winter traction than all-season tires. This being said, before the first snow flake even lands on your tongue, it's a good idea to install winter tires on your Buick Enclave to ensure safety winter driving. Winter tires are designed specifically to improve performance and traction in snow and ice, as well as on cold, dry pavement. Winter roads can make it harder for your vehicle to brake efficiently. This is where winter tires come in very beneficial, providing more efficient braking in heavy snow and ice. They are able to do this because they are built with deeper treads that are made to “bite” into snow in order to provide better ground traction. They are also able to clear their treads of snow as they roll, which allows for a more consistent grip with the road.

Change Oil

Just as cold weather can feel hard on your body, it is also hard on your vehicle. This is especially so at start-up. To minimize winter hardships on your Enclave's engine, it's important to use the correct motor oil. Using the wrong motor oil can leave your vehicle's engine poorly protected. For example, in colder climates, oil is likely to thicken – a problem that leads to a lack of vital engine lubrication. To avoid cold-weather engine trouble, be sure to change your oil regularly. This means on time and at proper intervals. Also, be sure to use motor oil with the correct viscosity rating to reflect the colder conditions of winter. To find out the proper oil your vehicle requires for harsh, winter months, check your owner's manual or ask a professional.

Ensure Visibility

Poor visibility conditions are a dangerous mix. This is why it is so important to check and change your vehicle's wipers before they begin to scrape, scratch and smudge your windshield. Investing in winter-specific wiper blades is an inexpensive way to keep visibility high during any winter storm. Also, be sure to supply your wipers with an adequate supply of washer fluid so you don't run the risk of running out when you need it most.

Another important winter tip to keep visibility high is to check your front and rear defrosters to ensure they are in working oder and will help provide a clear view of the road at all times.

Check Antifreeze Level

Antifreeze does exactly as its name suggests, which is stop a freeze. This crucial liquid is an essential part of proper protection for your vehicle during harsh winter months. Found inside your vehicle's radiator, antifreeze is made of a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. To ensure your vehicle has the correct amount and mixture of antifreeze, you can either purchase an inexpensive antifreeze tester or ask a professional mechanic for help. It is also a good idea to service your vehicle with regular radiator fluid flushes.

For more information on the 2017 Buick Enclave and other tips to winterize your vehicle, just ask us at Kelly Buick GMC in Emmaus, PA.

 

 


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged Buick Enclave, 2017 Buick, 2017 Enclave, Buick Dealer, Winter Driving, Winterizing Vehicles on 12/02/2016 at 9:53 PM

2016 Buick LaCrosse - Kelly Buick GMC - Emmaus, PA

You've just driven your all-new 2016 Buick LaCrosse up to the gas station, pick a pump, pay and fill up. Then what? If you're like most, you probably read the credit card advertisements hanging at the pump, check your cell phone or even simply zone out until the gas nozzle clicks off signifying your tank is full. But have you ever considered using these few minutes to give your car a quick check-up? If not, you should because taking a few minutes to give your car a quick once-over with help keep it in good shape. The next time you take a pitstop at the gas station, take the time to perform the following tasks.

 

Clean Windshield

Windshields get dirty – easily, often and for many reasons. Dirt, dust, mud, bugs, even poorly working wiper blades can all make it hard to see out of your windshield. It may not seem like the end of the world, but not being able to see well out of your windshield is a serious safety hazard. So clean it regularly. Cleaning your windshield is a simple maintenance task to perform while stopped at the gas station. The windshield cleaning fluid and squeegee is right within arms reach after all, so make a point to grab it and give your windshield the cleaning it deserves.

For the best wash, first use the spongy part of the squeegee to soak your entire windshield with cleaning fluid. Then, pull the squeegee tightly along your windshield from the middle to the sides. Finish off any remaining streaks by pulling the squeegee from top to bottom. Another good thing to do with the squeegee and cleaning fluid is to clean your headlights, so go ahead and give them a good squeegeeing too.

 

Check Tire Pressure

No matter how important our tires are, we are all guilty of spending much more time ignoring them than providing them with the attention they need. Maintaining the proper tire pressure is one way of keeping your tires in good condition and can even save you some money. Properly filled tires are also more likely to keep you out of harms way when on the road than those that are not. Tires without the proper inflation – whether over-inflated or under-inflated – do not handle or stop as well as tires that have the correct pressure. They also increase the risk of a blowout.

You may not know it, but tire pressure constantly changes. As your tires log miles, their temperature fluctuates. This is why it's so important to check your tires – yes, all four! – regularly. A good schedule to follow is to check them every – or every other – fill-up.

Checking tire pressure may seem difficult, but it is actually one of the easiest, do-it-yourself automotive maintenance tasks there is. Here's how:

  • For the most accurate pressure reading, always check your tires when they are “cold” (as in before you drive them). If your gas station is just a mile or two down the road from your house, your tires are still considered “cold”. But if your tires have been driven for awhile, it's best to let them rest for a few hours before checking their pressure.

  • Find out the tire pressure recommended for your car. The simplest way to find this out is by checking your owner's manual or the panel inside the driver's side door. Regardless of the brand of tire your car is equipped with, always fill your tires to the recommended tire pressure level – not to the max PSI found on the tire sidewall. This number indicates the maximum pressure your tires need in order to carry its heaviest load, not your tire's ideal PSI.

  • Using a tire pressure gauge, check tire pressure. If too low, add more air to these specific tires.

 

For more information on the 2016 Buick LaCrosse or other automotive tips and tricks, visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged 2016 Buick LaCrosse, 2016 Buicks, 2016 sedans, 2016 cars, Buick, Buick LaCrosse, Buick sedans, windshield wipers, maintain your car, vehicle maintenance, tire pressure, tires, on 10/15/2016 at 3:35 PM

GMC Terrain

Ask anyone and they will most likely tell you they are a good driver. But, we all know that's not always a true statement. Driving is not the cakewalk it often appears. Sure, anyone can make a car move by pressing the gas pedal, but this doesn't make them a good – or safe – driver. A good driver is steady, cautious and perseverant. A good driver also has complete control over their vehicle at all times. To be a good driver in your GMC Terrain continue reading to learn the top good driving habits verses the top bad driving habits to keep in mind when behind the wheel.

Good Driving Habits

Regulating Speed. Speeding is easy to do. In fact, it's too easy. With busy schedules, distractions, and more, who doesn't want to spend less time in the car? However, speeding increases the chance of getting a ticket and is also very dangerous, acting as 70% of accidents on the road. To keep complete control of your vehicle, it is imperative to follow the speed limit, whether on city streets, fast highways or country roads.

Avoiding Use of Phone and Other Distractions

Did you know, using a cell phone when behind the wheel lowers your reaction time by at least 20%? This gives you an idea of just how distracting – and dangerous – electronics can be when used while driving. But cell phones aren't the only danger to on-road safety. Eating, applying makeup, loud music, and even talking with fellow drivers and passengers are all driving distractions. It's vital to eliminate all use of gadgets and distractions in order to ensure safety on the road.

Wearing Seat Belts

Everyone knows the importance of seat belts, which makes wearing them one of the most important – and obvious – good driving habits there is. Seat belts are so important because they prevent all occupants inside of a car from being flung around inside a crashing vehicle; they also prohibit them from being thrown from a vehicle. Whether driving hundreds of miles, or just down the street, seat belts should be worn every time you're in a car. No excuses.

Bad Driving Habits

Failure to Use Signals

Can you guess what one of the most hated driving habits is? If you said, “failure to use signals”, you are correct! Not only is it one of the most hated driving habits, but it is also on our list as one of the top bad driving habits. Signaling to fellow vehicles about your intentions – whether to switch lanes or make a turn – is very important to keep everyone (drivers and pedestrians) safe on the road.

Running Yellow Lights

Every driver is guilty of rushing through a yellow light to beat the impending red that follows, but this is never a good idea – and it's also a bad driving habit. A yellow light is meant to inform you that traffic is about to stop. It is also used to provide you with sufficient time to prepare to slow down and bring your vehicle to a stop before the light switches to red. Running a yellow light is very dangerous so avoid the risk and always treat these lights as a red and just stop.

Tailgating

No one likes a tailgater. In fact, even a tailgater dislikes being tailgated. Following too closely to the car ahead of you is a bad driving habit that creates annoyance as well as increases the risk of a collision. When behind the wheel, ensure you leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. If you are the one being tailgated, don't feel rushed to drive faster. Instead, simply allow the vehicle to pass.

For more automotive tips and tricks, we can help! Visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged Car Tips and Tricks, Tailgating, Good Driving Habits, Bad Driving Habits, Good Drivers, Bad Drivers on 09/11/2016 at 8:59 PM

2016 GMC Canyon

It's true, modern vehicles don't require as much attention as they did long ago. But don't let this lead you to believe they don't need any maintenance at all. Say you opt for the 2016 GMC Canyon. While the Canyon is a new truck that runs smooth and provides excellent power, these things will only continue if you keep up with regular maintenance services. Here are the most important services to stay on top of to ensure your Canyon operates safely and reliably for years to come.

Oil

Engine oil stands as one of the most important fluids in your truck. It works by keeping all of the internal parts of your truck's engine rotating smoothly and working properly. As fluid ages, there are many things that cause it to lose its effectiveness. It becomes contaminated by exhaust gasses and small bits of metal. Heat from the engine also causes oil to break down and lose its thickness. If oil becomes too thin, it won't lubricate the engine as well as it should, and in turn, engine parts wear out faster. To avoid engine damage, oil levels should be checked and the oil should be changed on a regular basis.

Air Filter

Aiding in the health of your truck's engine is the air filter, which makes it an important maintenance service to stay on top of. The purpose of the air filter is to protect the engine by catching any dirt, dead bugs, leaves, and debris that try threaten to be sucked into the engine block. In turn, the engine is able to receive a continuous supply of oxygen. But as time goes on, the air filter becomes dirty, and eventually clogged, which stops the air supply the engine requires. If this happens, your truck's engine will overheat – a problem that can lead to damage and costly repairs.

Brake Pads

There's no doubt that brakes are important to the make up and overall safety a vehicle provides, so always pay attention to the sound and feel of your brakes. There is no set time as to when your brake pads need to be replaced. Instead, it really depends on these things:

  • the type of driving you do;

  • the weight of your vehicle;

  • the quality of your brake pads; and

  • the condition of your brake rotors

To detect brake trouble, your brake pads come with a built in wear indicator that consists of a small metal tab located on the brake pad. As the brake pads wear down, the tab comes closer to the brake rotor. When it finally makes contact, the result is a screeching or scraping sound that you are meant to be able to hear when inside your car – even with the windows rolled up. Running the brake pads too low can cause damage to the rotor, which can even result in your brakes becoming less effective overall. So once this noise occurs, it's best to have your brake pads changed sooner than later.

Tires

There's no denying that tires are an important aspect of a vehicle. Unfortunately, many tend to forget just how vital they are to on-road travel and safety. Keeping your tires filled with an adequate air supply and also checking them for damage and excessive wear are important steps in tire care and prevention.

A main aspect of tires is their tread depth, which is crucial for good road traction, especially in wet, slippery conditions. Luckily, just as brake pads have built-in wear indicators – so do tires. Between treads, there are tiny ridges that are 1/16 of an inch high. (This is the minimum safe tread depth a tire can have.) When treads become even with these ridges, it is time to replace your tires.

For all your automotive needs, visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged 2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 GMCs, 2016 pickup trucks, pickup trucks, trucks, popular trucks, best-selling trucks on 09/11/2016 at 5:27 PM

2016 Buick Cascada

So you've done your research and want to buy a Buick. One that has struck your eye is the 2016 Buick Cascada. You like its looks, safety stats, features, and more. But before you head to the dealership, there's much more to know than just what car(s) interest you. As you venture into the process of investing in a new car like, like the 2016 Cascada, follow this helpful car-buying guide to make your experience smooth and efficient.

The Loan

If you've ever done to the an automotive dealership, you probably remember being there for many hours with lots of talking, looking, and a vast amount of waiting around. Before you even know which car you want to buy, and before you even show up at the dealership, go ahead and speed up the process by comparing interest rates and getting pre-approved for a loan. You can get pre-approved at a number of places, like your bank or insurance company, and other reputable lending institutions. Getting pre-approved for a loan will make negotiations at the dealership much simpler, along with removing some stress.

An important thing to know is that just because you are pre-approved for a loan does not mean you are required to accept it. In fact, your dealership may be able to provide you with a better interest rate, so feel free to shop around for the best deal. Focus on the annual percentage rate (APR), and also try to keep the length of the loan as short as possible while still having an affordable monthly payment. The shorter the length of the loan, the less you'll pay over time interest, which will save you a bundle.

The Trade-In

The trade-in value of a car is determined by many factors, like its age, mileage, condition, trim level, options, and the area you live. If your vehicle is in solid shape, you may be interested in trading it in for a new vehicle. But before you start shopping for that new ride, it's a good idea to go ahead and find out the value of your current car. To do this, check websites like Kelly Blue Booth and the National Automobile Dealers Association.

Another way of finding out how much your current car is worth is to get it appraised at a used-car lot, etc. This is a good idea if you want to get a straight-up sale price for your car. Once you know this figure, you can then visit a dealership with the knowledge of exactly what your car is worth in the events of a trade in.

The Price

Before you go look for a new car in person, it's a good idea to get an idea of the price range for specific models. This will give you an idea of the dealer's costs. With this information, you will be provided a good place to begin the negotiation process to ensure you get the best deal.

Dos and Don'ts

To further aid you in the car-buying process, here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind.

  • Don't negotiate around a monthly payment. By trying to negotiate around a monthly payment, you give your salesperson room to manipulate figures to the dealer's advantage. This is especially true if you are doing a trade-in or are financing through the dealership. If possible, negotiate one thing at a time, setting a final new-car price before even discussing trade-in value or financing terms.

  • Don't indulge in extras. New cars come with a lot of gadgets and gizmos that can easily lure you into shelling out extra money. Don't fall into the trap! Know exactly what you do, and do not, need in a car and stay firm.

  • Do be prepared to walk away. When inside the walls of a dealership, it's easy to feel trapped into purchasing. So prepare to walk away if necessary – and don't feel guilty about it! Buying a car is a huge investment. If a salesperson tries to raise the final price on you or you feel uncomfortable with the negotiations or treatment, simply walk away. In some cases, this can actually be an effective negotiating tactic.

To purchase your new vehicle, visit our dealership in Emmaus, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged 2016 Buicks, Buick, 2016 Buick Cascada, 2016 Cascada, Buick Cascada, Automotive Investment, Car Buying, Car-Buying Process, Convertible, New Convertible on 09/11/2016 at 3:09 PM

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