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Time to Replace Your Brake Pads?

June 20th, 2013 in News

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While it’s obvious that brakes are a critical component in your vehicles’ safety, sometimes it’s easy to forget that your brakes aren’t performing as well as they used to. Over time, drivers compensate for weaker brakes with stronger braking action, but this comes at the expense of safety. Unless you’re driving a 500 bhp+ supercar, the power generated through using your brakes far exceeds the engine itself. This kind of stopping power creates operating temperatures averaging 660 degrees Fahrenheit, creating extreme conditions that demand quality brakes free from excessive wear in order to keep you and your passengers safe.

It’s easy to determine whether or not your brakes need replacing. Most disc brakes have a wear indicator, a small piece of metal that contacts the brake rotor when the pad has worn too low. This grinding contact creates a squealing noise when you apply the brakes—telling you it’s time to get your brakes checked for repair or replacement. Other things to look out for are scores, which are circular-shaped marks or grooves like the ones on vinyl. If caught early, these light scores can be machined smooth. On the other hand, a lack of brake maintenance leads to deeper scoring, and a more expensive repair when replacing the brake disc itself. You can also check for cracks and holes in the brake line, which could result in a loss of pressure in a dangerous braking situation. Any brake fluid you see also warrants extra attention, since the system is intended to be completely sealed.

Of course, you can always bring your vehicle to the experts at Carl Black if you have any questions about your brakes. As such a critical component in your vehicle’s safety, confidence in your brakes’ ability to perform when they’re needed most is something every driver should have.

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2013 Buick Encore

June 20th, 2013 in News

2013 Buick Encore

As the newest member to the Buick family, the 2013 Encore had hefty standards to meet for its first production year, as every current Buick is an Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick.

Well, the IIHS has spoken, and the Encore joins the ranks. Buick is one of the few brands with a full line of Top Safety Picks, bringing excellence in safety to a brand known for its luxury. The IIHS tests vehicles to determine occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes, and specifically tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. To earn a 2013 Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must be rated “good” in all four tests.

2013 Buick Encore

The 2013 Encore with all-wheel drive also received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. NHTSA tests for its 5-star safety ratings program include front, side and rollover testing, along with a side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

2013 Buick Encore

The unmatched safety of the 2013 Buick Encore comes from its combination of 10 standard air bags, a standard Rear Vision Camera, and the security of OnStar. Try finding that in the competition—you might be looking for a while. Encore’s advanced body structure is comprised of more than 60 percent high-strength steel, providing a protective safety cage around occupants. Other safety measures include standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, panic brake override, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a collapsible pedal system that reduces the risk of leg injury. In a rollover crash, sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags prior to impact and leave them inflated for an extended period.

2013 Buick Encore

Available active safety features for the 2013 Encore include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, a pair of technologies that use a single forward-looking camera to read traffic patterns and lane markers on the road ahead. Visual warnings and audible tones alert the driver when drifting from the lane or slowing down unexpectedly.

“Safety is a top priority in Buick’s product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these latest safety accolades for Encore,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. “Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today.”

When it comes to the best of the best in both safety and luxury, it’s all about Buick. Welcome to the family, Encore.

2013 Buick Regal

May 24th, 2013 in News

2013 Buick Regal

The power to choose. The freedom to drive.

Say hello to the 2013 Buick Regal, the luxury sports sedan brimming with versatility—even on the showroom floor. Whether you’re looking for intuitive efficiency, raw power, or something in between, the Regal has got you covered. Each comes loaded with personal technologies and safety features. The combination of performance, luxury, and efficiency is completely up to you. And yes, you can certainly have all three.

2013 Buick Regal

No matter the engine, the 2013 Regal takes on a coupe-like stance, stunning and sporty. The tight wheel-to-body ratio hints at the performance inside, and the sculpted body-side details and integrated spoiler provides an aerodynamic profile that cuts through wind like a hot knife through butter. Combined with four-wheel independent suspension, this is sports luxury you can feel. Heated front seats with three temperature settings and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. And the Driver Information Center (DIC) provides crucial vehicle info, a compass, trip computer, and displays Turn-by-Turn Navigation prompts provided by OnStar.

2013 Buick Regal

In addition to these standard features, the ECOTEC 2.4L with eAssist delivers an impressive 25 city/36 highway mpg at 182 horsepower. Cutting edge fuel saving technology allows excellent fuel economy without sacrificing performance. eAssist uses an electric motor-generator to convert the forward momentum of the vehicle into usable energy, storing it in the 115V lithium-ion battery. This improves fuel economy by up to 25% while providing up to 15 additional horsepower at highway speeds. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) optimizes engine breathing by adjusting valve timing at lower rpm for improved engine response and greater torque delivery. When coming to a stop, Regenerative Braking captures energy otherwise lost, and powers the radio, climate control, and other accessories while the engine operates in Auto Stop mode.

2013 Buick Regal

For a bit of extra oomph, the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder brings the horsepower up to 220 and still delivers 20 city/32 highway mpg in manual transmission. The engine’s turbocharging technology creates up to 20 psi of boost with peak torque at just 2000 rpm. This kind of acceleration and efficiency together is, in a word, unexpected. The VVT is carried over from its fuel-saving little brother, and adds Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI), which creates more power from less fuel. By directly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber, the resulting higher compression ratio increases efficiency, horsepower, and reduces cold-start emissions by up to 25%.

2013 Buick Regal

For those of you that want maximum power in a luxury sport sedan, look towards the high-output 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. Available in the GS model, the most powerful Regal ever offers exhilarating handling and racing-inspired appointments. The ASIN Warner 6-speed transmission is available in automatic or manual, and the HiPer Strut front suspension provides superior handling at speed. Here is a luxury sedan that doesn’t shy from the spotlight—large Brembo front brakes and up to 20” wheels are anything but subtle.

For fuel efficiency, pure power, or something in between, the 2013 Buick Regal has you covered.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali

May 24th, 2013 in News

2013 GMC Terrain Denali

Two premium upgrade options are new to the 2013 GMC Terrain: the Denali trim package and a 3.6L V-6 rated at 301 horsepower. Well, make that three options—you could get both.
There isn’t much subtlety to the Denali trim. The signature chrome grill is anything but shy, and exclusive 19” wheels accurately reflect the longing stares and dropped jaws of onlookers. Inside the cabin, contrast stitched leather with the embossed Denali logo and wood trim accents create a premium look and feel. Soft touch materials run throughout the dash and doors, with accent lighting showing off the meticulous details. Innovative safety features Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert use small visual and audible cues to let you know where potential dangers are, giving you the time to react accordingly and keep the chrome unscathed. And Rear Cross Traffic Alert will let you know when a gaping onlooker creeps up for a closer look.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali
For an extra kick in engine power, The 3.6L V-6 is rated at 301 horsepower and manages 24 mpg on the highway. With 14 percent more horsepower and 22 percent more torque, noticeable gains in acceleration clearly set it apart from its 3.0L predecessor. The upgraded engine makes the Terrain Denali is capable of 6.7 second zero to sixty times. It’s equipped with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), perfect for high-power, low-speed situations like trailering or steep inclines. The Direct Injection system injects fuel at over 2000 psi, ensuring an even mixture in the compression chamber.
The GMC Terrain Denali the rugged crossover full of big ideas. The longest wheelbase in its class allows for the head room and leg room of a full size SUV, without the extra weight. MultiFlex seating slides 8 inches back for best-in-class rear passenger leg room, or all the way up for 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Folded down, the cargo space shoots up to 64 cubic feet, plenty of space for big boxes or bulky furniture.
While the Terrain comes nicely equipped from the factory (the sunroof is standard), there’s a certain beauty to adding premium features to professional grade. The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali has everything—power, capability, and luxury all in one.

Is it Time for New Tires?

March 12th, 2013 in News

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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

Nitrogen Tire Inflation by NitroFill

February 3rd, 2013 in News


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.

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