Jan 26

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

How To Keep Your New Year's ResolutionWhen January begins, it feels like a fresh start. It’s a natural time to get organized and set goals for the New Year. But more often than not, it seems like resolutions fall apart before they make it to December. If you’ve felt this way before, check out these tips that will help you keep your New Year’s resolutions all the way through.

 

Take Small Steps

Instead of making one big goal this year, break it down into small monthly goals. It’s good to think in the long term, but sometimes thinking only of the end product can be overwhelming. Making your resolution into a series of smaller steps will let you check in on your process more regularly and keep you focused.

 

Find a Partner

There’s nothing that says you have to do this thing on your own. Sometimes all a person needs is a helping hand, some encouraging words or someone to check in. Find a close friend who you speak with frequently and ask if he or she will make the same resolution and take the journey with you. You can support each other when the going gets tough and celebrate the small steps.

 

Don’t Give Up

One big mistake people tend to make is giving up after the first mess up. Don’t let a flaw in your perfect plan keep you from following through to the end. Give yourself room for mistakes and keep heading towards that goal!

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanette-pavini/10-tricks-to-help-you-actually-keep-your-new-years-resolutions_b_4550549.html

 

Jan 07

General Motor’s Commitment to Renewable Energy

eneral Motor’s Commitment to Renewable Energy

Every New Year comes with resolutions, and GM has its own goals in mind as we settle into 2017. General Motor’s commitment to renewable energy is made evident by their long term plan: to be running completely on renewable energy by the year 2050. These energies—such as wind, sun or landfill gas—will run 350 GM facilities across 59 countries.

GM’s movement towards sustainable energy goes hand in hand with its attention to developing electric vehicles, a movement that will allow consumers to choose more sustainable options themselves. GM feels that by switching to renewable energies, it will be able to serve communities by doing their part to create cleaner air. GM is one of 69 companies to make up RE100, a global collaboration of businesses who aim to move to 100 percent renewable energy. Together, these companies work towards reducing their environmental impacts and addressing climate change.

While this lofty goal is a few decades from coming into total fruition, GM has already made remarkable strides. In 2015, the company used 9 terawatt hours of electricity to fuel their offices and their manufacturing. They already save an estimated $5 million each year by moving to renewable energy. As GM moves forward with their plan and their collaborators in RE100, perhaps they will set an example. In the future, we may see multiple car manufacturers heading towards all renewable energy.

Dec 27

2017 Buick Envision Buyer’s Guide

2017 Buick Envision - Mount Dora, FL

The all-new 2017 Buick Envision.

The 2017 Buick Envision is an all-new addition to the Buick lineup, filling the small SUV space between the subcompact Encore and the mid-size Enclave. With the luxury, features, and style expected from Buick and as a member of one of the fastest-growing segments in the auto industry, there are a lot of reasons to buy the new Envision.

The Buick Envision is one of the quietest SUVs in its segment and performs better than competitors on rough pavement, according to test drivers. The Envision’s sporty engine and sleek looks put it ahead of other small SUVs on the market.

The Envision is equipped with GM-exclusive technologies like Teen Driver Mode, which lets parents control settings on the Envision when their teens drive it alone, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can stay completely connected during your drive.

Named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, the Envision is an SUV you can trust. It integrates multiple cameras and sensors to provide available features like front crash prevention technology.

At the base level the Envision offers an affordable option in comparison to other luxury SUVs on the market, with a starting MSRP of $34,065.

Dec 18

Scenic Trips in Orlando to Take Your Buick LaCrosse On

Orlando, FL

Welcome to beautiful downtown Orlando!

If you live in the Orlando area or you’re planning to visit, one of the most exciting things you can do to break away from the massive crowds at Disney and Universal is to take a scenic drive or go on a day trip to less famous spots in the city. Here are some of our favorite scenic trips in Orlando.

Take a drive to the Orlando Eye, where you can ride the enormous Ferris wheel and get a beautiful view of the whole city. You should also take a drive to Lake Eola Park and maybe have a picnic on the shorefront.

You can also take the Green Mountain Scenic Byway and check out the view of Lake Apopka or cruise down the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway, which goes through several state parks and wildlife preserves.

Orlando is bursting with parks and gardens, and any one of them is a fantastic place to spend the day. Avon Park, Bok Tower Gardens, Cherie Down Park, and Brevard Zoo all offer beautiful views and plenty of opportunity for fun.

Orlando is also packed with small historic towns and sites like the five Carpenter Gothic Churches and the town of Evinston, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. For more history you can visit the Florida Museum of Natural History and so many others. And don’t forget to check out all the shopping districts around the area!

For many more Orlando day trip ideas, check out this website.

Nov 23

What’s New for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse

new for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse

If there’s one thing Buick is known for, it’s designing luxurious vehicles that still manage to be affordable and practical. The latest Buick updates assure us that the company will continue to exceed in this area. The Buick Enclave was the last vehicle to introduce a new design era in 2007. Ten years later, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is upping the game once more.

Loads of intricate and noticeable details are new for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. The unsurprisingly elegant interior promises to keep you comfortable and connected. The redesigned exterior sits lower with a wider body and even sleeker angles than before. There’s a brand new grille that stands out next to older models and a sweeping, aerodynamic hood. Also on the front end, new HID headlamps will make a glowing statement on the road. The new Buick LaCrosse has updated technology on the inside and a more responsive performance.

The designers of the new 2017 Buick LaCrosse took a hint from Buick’s recent concept car from 2015, the Buick Avenir. “Avenir” is French for the future, and that’s precisely the direction in which the 2017 Buick LaCrosse points. A sign of more impressive innovation to come, the new 2017 Buick LaCrosse will lead Buick design in the right direction.

Nov 16

How to Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is the goldmine of all shopping days. Shoppers are lured with special deals, unusual hours, and the promise of getting a good headstart on holiday purchases. But if you want to do Black Friday right, you can’t go in all willy nilly. For the best possible outcome, and the least stress, you should prepare for Black Friday shopping ahead of time.

One piece of advice is to follow after Santa and make a list that you will check twice, and probably even thrice. Look at deals online and in papers ahead of time, and write down everything you hope to buy. Also make note of who it is for, what it will cost, and what location is selling it at the best bargain. Then, plan and prioritize. It’s impossible to be two places at once, and since many items are of a limited quantity or only sold during a specific window, you’ll need to plan carefully.

While you’re in the process of comparing prices and sales, be sure to research any major product you’re considering. Sometimes, stores sell products specifically designed to bring in Black Friday shoppers, but these are often low-quality or not worth the effort. Make sure you’re confident in the quality of each product. Also, check on each store’s return policy ahead of time, and don’t forget the gift receipts!

Oct 26

How to Care for the Interior of Your Car

How to Care for the Interior of Your Car

Buick manufactures some of the most luxurious interiors on the market. If you’re going to treat yourself to something nice, it’s important to take care of it, which is why you should learn how to care for the interior of your car. Keeping your car clean shows that you’re proud of your ride, but even those messy cabins that have been neglected up until now can still be tackled with a little time and attention.

The best caring routine for your interior will obviously depend on whether or not you’ve chosen a higher trim with leather seats. If so, you should regularly care for your leather by both cleaning and conditioning. Use only the finest cleaner recommended by your dealership or auto parts store. Instead of placing cleaner directly onto the seats, always put it on a rag instead to avoid saturation.

That same rule goes for other upholstery and carpets. Over-saturating with cleaner can lead to mildew, which is no good. Before treating your carpets with cleaner, use a shop vac to get up any debris. Smaller attachments on the vacuum can help you get into tiny crevices and spaces along the console as well. For the tiniest spaces, use a soft bristle brush to remove dust.

Keep a microfiber dust cloth in the glove box and use it regularly to wipe your dashboard and steering wheel clean. It’s also a good idea to treat your dashboard with a protectant such as Armor All that will save your dash and your steering wheel from sun damage.

When choosing a glass cleaner for your windows, be sure to buy one that won’t damage the heating elements for your defroster. Also, as strange as it sounds, using newspaper to wipe the windows down can help prevent streaking.

Lastly, don’t neglect the trunk! Extra clutter can drag your car down. A little less weight can go a long way when it comes to fuel economy!

Oct 12

How to Throw the Perfect Tailgate Party

How to Throw the Perfect Tailgate Party

Your GMC Sierra 1500 is good for a lot of things. It works hard for you, but it also likes to have fun, much like its owner. For a true bonding experience with your GMC Sierra 1500, make it the center of a tailgate party. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never hosted before, and tailgating is so popular now that it probably doesn’t even matter if you plan on watching the game! With these basic steps, plus a dash of your own creativity, you can throw the perfect tailgate party in the back of your Sierra 1500.

First, narrow down the guestlist, the food list and the drink list. Sort out who will bring what ahead of time, so that you have all of your grounds covered. Make a checklist of everything you’ll need to bring, including basics like a bottle opener, trash bags, plastic dishes and paper towels. Prepare any marinades or other foods ahead of time.

Come the morning of your big tailgate debut, pack the back of your GMC Sierra 1500 with folding chairs, tables, canopies, a grill, coolers of drinks and food and any other goods for your party. Arrive early and stake out a good parking space, then set up your tailgate with decorations and equipment. Once the rest of your guestlist arrives, you’ll need only to prepare the food, feast and enjoy your time tailgating!

Sep 21

Advanced GM Technology Coming to Buick and GMC

Advanced GM Technology Coming to Buick and GMC

 

For modern drivers, technology usually play a big role in their car purchasing decision. Not only does technology help us stay connected, but it keeps us safer, helps us drive more efficiently, and can help remove some of the human error inherent in driving.

 

Both the Buick and GMC brands are getting advanced GM technology incorporated into their lineup. For starters, we’ll look at the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia. This family-friendly SUV gets even friendlier with a unique Rear Seat Reminder.

 

Nearly half of all children who die from being trapped in a vehicle do so because they were forgotten. While you might think you would never forget your child in the car, a simple change in routine or a stressful day can easily cause your mind to be someplace else. With the Rear Seat Reminder, GMC hopes this won’t ever happen.

 

The reminder is triggered when the rear doors are opened and closed within 10 minutes of the vehicle starting or when the rear doors are opened while the vehicle is started. Then, when the engine is shut off, the Acadia will sound five chimes and the information center will display “Rear Seat Reminder/Look in Rear Seat.”

 

This technology along with a host of others work to make driving easier and safer for everyone.

Sep 07

Common Dealership Service Terms

Common Dealership Service Terms

Every industry has its own lingo, including here at the dealership. Getting to know those unique phrases and words can help you understand our industry better. Here are some common dealership service terms you might hear while getting your vehicle repaired.

 

Accessories. Items that were not originally included with the vehicle, but added on later for additional comfort, convenience, or performance. For example, audio equipment, seat covers, etc.

 

Additives. Chemicals that are added to a vehicle’s engine, transmission, or other system to maintain or improve its performance.

 

Body Shop. A distinct part of a service department that focuses solely on vehicle collision repair.

 

Chassis. This is the frame of the vehicle and may or may not include the engine.

 

Gross Combination Weight (GCW). The combined weight of a vehicle, its payload, the trailer it’s towing, and anything in or on the trailer.

 

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The total weight of a vehicle including its chassis, body, and payload.

 

Headliner. The material that lines the interior roof of a vehicle, usually a type of fabric.

 

OEM. Original Equipment Manufacturers. For service departments, this refers to who made the car, Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, etc.

 

Performance Parts. Parts in a vehicle that are specifically designed to enhance its speed and handling.

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