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Is it Time for New Tires?

March 12th, 2013 in News

Tire replacement

Tire replacementTires balder than the Monopoly guy? If you answer yes, it’s time for new tires… or it may not be too much longer before you stop passing “Go”. Worn tires are unsafe, inefficient, and in many cases, illegal to drive. The tread on your tires diverts water away from the tire, preventing your vehicle from hydroplaning off the road. But as the tread wears down, so does its ability to divert water—and they don’t have to necessarily “look bald” before they are unsafe to drive on.

Checking your tires is simple, though there are a few different methods. Look between the tread lines to find a “wear bar”, found between the tread lines of the tire. When the wear bar and tread are flush with one another, it’s time to get your tires replaced. You’ll benefit from a smoother, quieter ride, with confident handling in rain or shine. And while tires can be expensive, they actually save you money in fuel, and you simply can’t put a price on safety.

Worn tires are a danger to yourself and everyone else around you. So please, stop skidding through “Go” and replace those balding tires.tire replacement coupon

IntelliLink. The Luxury of Seamless Connectivity.

March 12th, 2013 in News

IntelliLink

IntelliLinkIn the infotainment arms race, there is only one clear leader—IntelliLink, found standard in Buick’s 2013 lineup. Its crystal clear 7-inch color touch display can be customized to show anything from vital engine statistics, album art for the track you’re cruising to, or the smiling face of the person you’re wrapped up in conversation with. IntelliLink brings connectivity to the forefront while helping you stay focused on the road.

From defensive drivers to race car drivers, all agree—you simply can’t beat the control afforded by having two hands on the wheel. So when it comes to controlling all the options the modern vehicle allows the driver, using your voice is the safest (see also: fastest) way to go. And while many cars boast voice recognition, few boast doing it well. IntelliLink’s voice recognition is so accurate it feels more like having a conversation than giving a command. If you’ve ever found yourself furiously repeating the same command over and over, or getting sent to the same sushi restaurant every time you try call your brother, you’d probably agree there isn’t any added safety in screaming at poor voice recognition. IntelliLink gets it right the first time, keeping your hands on the wheel instead of balled up and shaking through the cabin space.

Connecting a smartphone to a vehicle via Bluetooth is supposed to be a pretty straightforward process—just pair and go. If only this were the case. Some vehicles make pairing difficult, buried under settings and options. Or vehicles that connect easily, but can’t or won’t access your contact list automatically. You’re stuck entering them one by one, or more likely, never at all. And even vehicles that manage to download your contacts successfully will oftentimes keep them there, saving all your numbers like a creepy old flame. With IntelliLink, you’re two easy touches away from being synced, and your contacts are downloaded automatically. Disconnect, and your contacts go with you. The way it should be.

Audio connectivity has come a long way since AM radio was first introduced, and IntelliLink elevates the driving-listening experience further than ever before by including personalization features not found in any other infotainment system. The choice of Pandora internet radio (complete with voice recognition), SiriusXM satellite radio, and Stitcher SmartRadio offers a selection complete enough for any and every taste in music. And between streaming over Bluetooth and built-in USB connectivity, if someone has some form of digital music in your vehicle, chances are it’s going to play. All new for 2013 is the option to choose “More Like This” when playing from your device. IntelliLink will automatically create a random playlist based on the song you chose, as what could also be considered your own personal disc jockey. If you think giving your car a name just became that much more appropriate, you’re not alone.

IntelliLink. The luxury of seamless connectivity.

Take a Look Inside the 2014 GMC Sierra

March 12th, 2013 in News

2014 GMC Sierra Interior

2014 GMC Sierra InteriorTake a look inside a GMC Sierra to see the heart and soul of a professional-grade performance truck. Everything has a place and purpose, and the driver-oriented instrumentation gives a confident sense of control.

Having a double duty glove box means more than having extra space. It’s a reflection on versatility, a small reminder than every detail is carefully crafted and placed with the driver in mind. The buttons are big enough to be used with work gloves, yet seamlessly arranged in the center stack. Choose from a well-equipped standard set of features, or customize your own truck by adding premium features like dual zone climate control, rear vision camera built in to the rearview mirror, or steering wheel mounted controls. Available options let you build the truck you want, without having to pay for anything you don’t need.

2014 GMC Sierra InteriorThe Denali trim package adds the ultimate in luxury and comfort to the powerfully equipped Sierra, with perforated leather seats, soft touch materials throughout the cabin, brushed metal and wood grain accents, and a heated, leather wrapped steering wheel. A premium sound package provided by Bose features SurroundStage signal processing and AudioPilot noise compensation, which makes everything sound crystal clear when the engine is working hard. And a dynamic 7” color touch navigation display can guide you home, should you ever need it.

Step inside a GMC Sierra, and see the professional-grade soul of a GMC truck.

Nitrogen Tire Inflation by NitroFill

February 3rd, 2013 in News

NitroFill

NitroFillWe’ve all seen it—the car with one (or more) wide, flat tires, plodding along without seeming to care. We’ve all avoided that car, with its unsafe tire pressure and likely unpredictable driver. We shake our heads and pride ourselves on superior car care and maintenance. But don’t be too quick to pat yourself on the shoulder. Low tire pressure isn’t always visible, and you could be sacrificing precious fuel economy and priceless safety if your tires aren’t inflated properly. You too could be plodding along, without any idea because your tires “look” fine. Underinflated tires, even by just a few psi, wear down faster, and we all know a new set of tires usually doesn’t come cheap.

Tire pressure fluctuates, especially during winter months. Cold weather causes tires to become

underinflated, especially if they are filled with oxygen. If your car is equipped with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), you may have noticed the indicator on a cold morning, only to see it disappear while you drive. This is due to friction heating the tire, which increases the pressure within. But that doesn’t mean the problem is gone—the next cold morning will be sure to greet you with another TMPS indicator and its accompanying set of beeps and dings. It’s important that you inflate your tires to the correct psi while the tires are cold to ensure the highest level of safety and durability.

As opposed to oxygen, nitrogen gas consists of larger molecules and boasts many benefits for your tire. Seepage where the tire meets the rim is reduced. Cold mornings become less of a problem, and the tire pressure overall remains more stable. That means less time fretting, and more time enjoying the open road. We’re guessing you don’t have many tanks of nitrogen gas lying around, so we’d like to invite you to bring your vehicle in for this month’s special—$20 off a Nitro Fill from the professionals at Carl Black.
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2013 Buick Verano Turbo

February 3rd, 2013 in News

2013 Buick Verano Turbo

2013 Buick Verano TurboWho says you can’t mix business with pleasure? The 2013 Verano T provides the style and sophistication expected in a compact luxury sedan—but under the hood lies 250 horsepower turbocharged poised and ready for all the fun that happens off the clock. With a zero to sixty time of six seconds, you’d better have a lid on that espresso.

The Verano is all about big luxury in a small package. Remote starting the vehicle brings the interior to life, automatically adjusting the temperature inside before you enter the vehicle. Premium soft touch materials and wood accents give the cabin the unmistakable comfort Buick provides. The attention to detail can be found in every inch and storage compartment. On finger-numbing mornings, heated leather seats automatically activate, and the heated leather-wrapped steering wheel keeps the cumbersome gloves at bay.

2013 Buick Verano TurboSubtle cues, like the understated “T” badge or chrome tipped dual exhaust set the Verano T apart from the standard Verano trim packages, which are already feature rich in true Buick fashion. QuietTuning technology muffles undesirable sound with sound dampeners placed throughout the frame. Combined with Bose Active noise cancelling technology, engine and road noise are all but eliminated. In the standard Verano, this makes for a smooth, comfortable ride. In the Verano T, the extra power makes the ride simply exhilarating. An impeccable union of speed and sound.

In a non-turbocharged Verano, the naturally aspirated 2.4L produces 180 horsepower. In the Verano T, a turbocharged 2.0L produces 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, shaving a full two seconds from the time to 60 mph. Minor tweaks to the steering and suspension help channel the extra power provided by the turbocharged engine, but the Verano T is most notable for the lack of noisy features often paired with powerful 2013 Buick Verano Turboturbocharged vehicles. This is turbo with subtlety—overly aggressive air intakes and super sport tires simply don’t belong here. This is a car with identity, a truly powerful compact sedan that would rather show than tell.

You don’t have to be on a diet to eat healthy. Or exercise every day to stay in shape. And you certainly don’t have to drive a sports car to drive sporty.

One part luxury, one part sport, one hundred percent Verano T.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

February 3rd, 2013 in News

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

There’s a certain feeling owners of the 2013 Acadia Denali share: confidence. It’s a feeling that begins when you remote start the car, activating the automatic climate control while you make a coffee to go, prepare lunch, find the kids, or all of the above. By the time you’re ready, so is the Denali. Nestled in the driver’s seat, you’re confident that the Acadia Denali doesn’t just tackle the day—it does it better than anyone in its class.

This car will move you. And up to eight passengers. True craftsmanship isn’t just seen—it’s felt, and can only be developed over generations of car making. Inside the cabin, you’re surrounded by soft touch material: throughout the dashboard, door panels, and center console. Warm ambient lighting adds to the natural light streaming in from Dual-Skyscape sunroof, reflecting off of the aluminum trim accents. Real stitching on the instrument panel and leather seats shows the impeccable attention to detail. Every stitch, like every other component in the vehicle, has been expertly sewn to create a synthesis of parts, all working together in unison to provide the quintessential crossover experience. It only gets even better as you bring the 3.6L V6 engine to life, and witness the smooth and quiet ride the Acadia delivers, thanks to noise –dampening materials hidden everywhere from the engine bay to the rear panels. The transmission shifts seamlessly between gears, and hydraulic power steering variable effort feels smooth and effortless.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

The Acadia’s bold, clean lines reflect a sense of professionalism. Sharp HID headlamps with LED accents increase visibility during all times of the day and night, and projector beam fog lamps help in inclement weather. Of course, if that doesn’t get their attention, all new 20-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels will. Stunning in sunlight, sleek at night. The Acadia Denali’s exterior is all about the seamless integration of form and function. Find the tow hitch discreetly hidden, giving the exterior clean lines but remaining easily accessible. Or take a look at the glass-to-glass tailgate corner, a slick design detail with a secret—underneath the glass is a unitized body fortified by high-strength steel. Sure, the Acadia Denali boasts clean lines and a bold look, but it also provides the strength and security you need to feel confident behind the wheel. The 2013 Acadia is bigger, bolder, and better, and appearances are just the beginning.

It’s not enough to simply look good—we just wouldn’t have it any other way. Functionality is everything in a crossover vehicle, and the 2013 Acadia Denali takes this idea further than any other vehicle by allowing customization every step of the way. For seven passenger capacity, choose a second row of captain’s seats, or to maximize capacity at eight passengers, choose the split bench seat. Either way, SmartSlide allows easy access to the third row, and a number of cargo space options become immediately available. Fold one seat down (or part of the bench) down to combine cargo and passenger space, or fold them all down for ultimate cargo capacity. We’re talking about a maximum of 116.1 cubic feet of cargo room, enough space for the biggest box you’d ever want to load or unload. The driver and front passenger both have eight-way adjustable power seats, each with two memory settings, and four-way adjustable headrests. Sit exactly how you like to, every single time. Three distinct climate zones (front, passenger, and rear) allow everyone to be comfortable no matter the preference. That means less time arguing over the thermostat (see also: never arguing over it again) and more time enjoying the Bose surround sound. By not only providing the essential components to make daily tasks easier, but also the ability to customize each component to the driver’s and passengers’ unique tastes, the Acadia Denali raises the bar in comfort and convenience.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

Controlling the Acadia Denali’s array of technology features is easy: just tell it what to do. The IntelliLink control panel can effortlessly make a phone call, find a location on GPS, or play a specific radio station by simply listening to you. Additional controls on the steering wheel and touch screen give you the flexibility you need, when you need it. Smartphone connectivity through Bluetooth synchronizes without a hitch, and there’s even a compartment in the dashboard with USB port. A heads-up display projects information onto the dashboard, such as your current speed or vehicle settings, so that you can keep your eyes on the road. Backseat passengers can enjoy a DVD entertainment system, or plug in their own electronics in the A/V and power ports. Vacationing with children (even the fully grown adult kind) has never been this easy.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

Confidence of a different sort comes from the level of safety in the Acadia Denali. Have a little fun—shock your friends and family by closing the rear lift gate on your hand. Automatic sensors disengage the clutch, and your hand miraculously comes out unscathed. Same for the driver side window, a potential finger-saver. Even the location of the battery, centrally under the 2nd row seating, protects it from nasty collisions, allowing use in a possibly critical situation. In the engine bay, every connection is triple-sealed to keep components working correctly, even in the worst weather conditions. But these are all small details, simply rounding out the overall safety the Acadia provides before, during, and after a collision.

Let’s start with the before. Backing up is easy with the IntelliLink display, which indicates visually and audibly how close you are to objects. It alerts you when some crazed individual drives through the grocery store parking lot in the wrong direction—it happens, so we addressed it. Blind zone alerts, through small LEDs in the side mirrors and warning tones, help eliminate minor accidents when changing lanes. The tire pressure monitoring system doesn’t just tell you a tire is low—it tells you which one, and by how much. You can even access this kind of information through the OnStar app for smartphones, so you’ll know even before you’re behind the wheel. When the roads are slippery or uneven, antilock brakes and StabiliTrak (registered) keep you in control of your vehicle.

Yet preventive measures and technology can only do so much. In the event of a collision, the Acadia’s safety cage made from high strength steel keeps the driver and any passengers safe, while crush zones in the front and rear absorb the energy from the impact. An industry-first addition of the front-center airbag protects the driver and passenger from colliding into one another in a side impact collision. Headrests move forward automatically to help prevent whiplash, and pretensioners in the seatbelts minimize forward movement. Simply getting five stars isn’t enough. This is the Acadia Denali, where safety innovation goes beyond maintaining a high safety rating.

After an accident, the OnStar service kicks in, powered by the Acadia’s centrally located battery. Crucial, life-saving information is automatically relayed to emergency responders, including the car’s location, the direction and number of impacts, and rollover status. These details can make all the difference when the first responders arrive. With additional features like Remote Ignition Block to stop thieves, remote door unlock for those “whoops” moments (not you, no, never you), and roadside assistance, the value of OnStar becomes pretty clear.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

When you look at the competition, they simply don’t stack up. Let’s take a look at the Honda Pilot. Sure, they’ve addressed the noisy ride in previous models, and improved the fuel economy for 2013. However, you can say goodbye to engine responsiveness, interior refinement, remote start, or easy access to the third row. In terms of safety, the Pilot scored “Good” for frontal and side-impact crashes, but only “Marginal” in the roof-strength test. Now, the Ford Explorer. It’s lighter and roomier than its predecessors, sure, but how does it do against the Acadia Denali? For starters, you can say goodbye to the eighth passenger and the standard power lift gate. You can also say hello to the Sync system, but we’re not so sure it will understand you the first time.

Where does confidence come from? For us, it comes from making the right decisions. From using the strongest steel. From innovating the latest technology. From finding the right balance of power and efficiency, of form and function.

We’re confident in the 2013 Acadia Denali. Are you?

GMC Pro Grade Protection - The Industry’s Best Pickup Coverage

February 3rd, 2013 in News

GMC Pro Grade CoverageGMC Pro Grade ProtectionOn the fence about purchasing a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500? There has never been a better time to make the leap. Introducing GMC Pro Grade Protection, the industry’s best pickup coverage on 2013 Sierra 1500s.

2 Years/24,000 Miles of Scheduled Maintenance that includes

•Oil & Filter Service

•Tire Rotation

•Multipoint Inspection

3-Year/36,000-Mile Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty

•GMC backs your new vehicle with its no-deductible, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty

5-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Warranty

•All GMC light-duty vehicles come with a fully transferable, no-deductible 5-year/100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.

Come in today and check out our selection of 2013 GMC Sierra 1500s. With such great offers, your only worry will be deciding on a color.

Is it time to replace your Windshield Wipers

January 13th, 2013 in News

Tips from the Service Lane

$5 Off Windshield WipersDriving in the rain can be dangerous enough as it is—would you try it with your eyes closed? With old, ineffective windshield wipers, you might as well be. We’ve all seen (and heard) them, the old wiper blades that seem to spread water rather than wipe it away, creating a solid sheath to blind you in the already terrible driving conditions. It seems we usually don’t realize our wipers need replacing until it’s too late, and it’s simply no fun to change a wiper blade in the rain.

In most cases, you should be replacing your windshield wiper blades twice a year. This ensures maximum contact between the blade and your windshield, an ability that degrades over time due to wind and weather. The first time you see the water swish away effortlessly and silently with a brand new wiper blade, you’ll wonder why you waited this long. Think Johnny Nash, because that’s exactly what we’re talking about here.

Replacement is easy. Simply “park” the wiper blade in the upright position, remove the old blade, and replace it with the appropriate size. Or just bring your vehicle in, and we’ll take care of all of that for you. Either way, you’ll be ready for the next rainy day or unfortunate bug that crashes into your now silently-operating windshield.

Buick Quiet Tuning Technology

January 13th, 2013 in News

Buick Quiet Tuning

Buick Quiet TuningIt’s easy to focus on the visual appeal inside a car, but it’s perhaps less common to consider the acoustic appeal in the same way. After all, cars can be pretty noisy. Engines, wind noise, road noise… all sounds we’ve grown used to over time. Buick’s QuietTuning technology sets out to change that. Innovative sound-dampening features, combined with Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology, provide a ride that sounds unlike any other, and debuts in the Buick Encore for 2013.

Active Noise Cancellation uses small microphones that measure and analyze incoming sound, then projects counteracting sound waves through the speakers. Unwanted engine noise is all but eliminated, while pleasant sounds are allowed to pass through. The result is a muted, luxurious driving experience that will still engage your senses. Best of all is that the QuietTuning technology comes standard in all Encores, even those without the optional Bose surround sound system installed.

Buick Quiet TuningElsewhere in the vehicle, Buick has taken measures to eliminate unnecessary noise. Aerodynamic changes based on thousands of hours in wind tunnels have created a smooth profile for the Encore. Engine components such as the alternator are silenced, and sound dampening materials can be found just about everywhere: under the hood, in the cabin, and around the wheels. The windshield is acoustically laminated, and the side windows are made from a thicker 5mm glass. Even the tires are specifically chosen for their ability to keep the noise down. From the ground up, QuietTuning in the Encore’s design adds a pleasant soundtrack to an already luxurious ride.

With an MSRP of $24,950, driving away in a Buick has never sounded this good. Test drive a 2013 Encore and hear it for yourself. Because hearing is believing.

The 2014 GMC Sierra. A leather-wrapped fist in the wind.

January 13th, 2013 in News

2014 GMC Sierra

2014 GMC SierraStrong. Refined. When it comes to balancing power with sophistication, no truck does it better than the Sierra. That’s because GMC owners know that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. When we designed the 2014 GMC Sierra, we kept the needs of our fellow drivers in the forefront, creating innovative solutions for the daily needs of truck owners while including the performance and polish the GMC line is known for. As a result, the 2014 Sierra not only offers more power and efficiency than ever before—it also offers the longest list of standard features ever for a full-size GMC pickup. We’re ready for you.

The interior features are bigger, bolder, and smarter. Control panels and buttons are large enough to be operated with work gloves on, the instrument panel is tall and easy visible, and premium materials integrate the cabin into a cohesive and expertly crafted interior. A standard center 2014 GMC Sierrainstrument cluster displays vehicle status, a trip computer, radio, and navigation, and an available IntelliLink system takes the control panel to the next level with a larger screen, Bluetooth, Pandora, and map displays. The system can be operated via voice command, letting you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. There are also discreet compartments large enough for laptops, with connectivity options, and an available 110-volt outlet, five USB ports, four 12-volt outlets, and an SD card slot. A suite of Driver Alert Technology is available for the Sierra, including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and the first-ever Driver Alert Seat. Potential dangers, like a driver approaching too quickly, trigger vibrations on the side of the driver’s seat that the danger is approaching from. We’ve combined comfort, safety, space, and technology into an unprecedented standard for truck interiors in the light duty class.

Also new to the 2014 Sierra are front-hinged doors on extended cab 2014 GMC Sierramodels, eliminating the need for the front door to be open when passengers are entering or exiting the rear. In addition, crew cab models now have two available bed sizes, the current 5’8” and the larger 6’6” size. Corner steps on the rear bumpers allow easy access whether the tailgate is up or down, and movable tie downs can be placed in nine different locations and bear a 500-lb load. Simply put, you’ll find innovative form and function in every inch of this truck.

Underneath the hood, the 2014 Sierra comes in a new line of engines, boasting increased power, torque, and fuel efficiency all at once. The EcoTec3 engine family combines direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, and active fuel management, which allows the engine to seamlessly switch to four cylinder operation during light loads to save on fuel. Three available configurations ensure your Sierra is perfectly tailored to your needs. The 4.3L V6 offers improved torque and fuel efficiency, the 5.3L 2014 GMC SierraV8 offers balance and flexibility, and the 6.2L V8 offers unprecedented capability while still retaining the seamless fuel saving technology.

Truck owners around the world turn to GMC owners for advice for a reason. The 2014 GMC Sierra offers the next generation of expertise in the industry.

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