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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.


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.


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.


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

2016 GMC Acadia - Kelly Buick GMC - Emmaus, PA

SUVs are good for many reasons, and one of them is travel – especially for families. In an SUV like the 2016 GMC Acadia, your'e awarded with class-leading marks in a number of categories, one in particular is space. The Acadia features excellent interior space with three rows for seating up to eight passengers, along with abundant cargo space for everything you and your family needs to haul out of town. But before you pack your things and load up the troops, be sure to do the following things to ensure your Acadia will run smoothly and efficiently – and keep everyone safe – while on the road.

Engine Oil

One of the most important pre-travel maintenance services you can provide for your car is checking the oil level and changing the oil. Putting a lot of miles on your car will make your engine work harder. A good level of oil, along with clean, fresh oil will ensure the engine continues to work efficiently while you're on the road. Be sure to use the correct grade of high-quality name-brand motor oils to best protect your engine. Doing so will increase your engine's life, while also allowing it to maintain optimum fuel economy – a pro that will save you money in fuel costs.

Transmission and Differential Fluids

Along with motor oil, your vehicle requires an adequate supply of lubrication for the transmission and drive axle to work properly. So don't forget to ensure your car's in good supply before hitting the road. These lubricants do not need to be changed as often as motor oil, so it's important to check your car's manual for the proper interval. If your car has over 75,000 miles on it and you've never checked or changed these lubricants, the time is now to do so.


Opening your car's hood to see a broken hose is never fun – especially when on a road trip. So be sure to check all hoses before venturing out of town. Inspect hoses for signs of weakness or damage such as cracks, bulges and blisters.


Just as hoses can become worn and damaged, so can your car's belts. So perform a good inspection to ensure everything is in good working condition. If belts are even the slightest bit ragged, torn, cracked or showing fiber cords, it is time to replace them.

Engine Coolant

What year is your car? This is the leading factor as to how long its engine coolant is made to last. New vehicles come equipped with engine coolant designed to go 100,000 to 150,000 miles, so if your car is less than four years old, simply check the engine coolant level and top it off, if need be. It's never a good idea to mix different coolants because they are not all the same. To keep things running smoothly, be sure to use the same type of coolant that is already in your engine.

Tire Pressure and Tread

The more miles you put on your car to and from your travel destination, the more wear and tear your tires will suffer. Adequate tire pressure and tread depth are crucial to on-road safety so play it smart and inspect all tires (including the spare) before your road trip. Not only does low tire pressure decrease fuel economy, but it can also cause tires to run hotter from extra friction. This is a dangerous situation that can lead to a blowout. If your tires are ever low on air, be sure to add more. If you're questioning the well-being of your tires due to excessive wear and tear, etc., the best idea is to go ahead and replace them. This will ease your mind of worry and lower the risk of complications while on the road.

For more on the 2016 GMC Acadia and all your automotive maintenance needs, stop by our dealership in Emmaus, PA.

This entry was posted in Kelly Buick GMC and tagged 2016 GMC Acadia, 2016 GMCs, 2016 cars and SUVs, GMC Acadia, 2016 Acadia, 2016 SUVs, car safety, car maintenance tips, car maintenance on 09/11/2016 at 1:50 PM

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