Items You Should Have in Your Car to be Ready for Any Situation

You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle during all seasons so you are ready for any situation. This means more than a small first aid kit. As a matter of fact, the smaller first aid kits are not enough – you should have a larger kit with supplies to handle most minor emergencies including stitches. Even if you just bought a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors or had your vehicle serviced and feel confident that it won’t break down, you should have emergency supplies. You never know when someone could cause an accident involving you.

First Aid Kit

The first aid kit should have several different sized bandages, bandage tape, an Ace bandage, antibacterial cream, eyewash, a needle and thread, safety pins, glue, tweezers, burn cream, alcohol pads, cotton balls and wipes at a minimum. Add a clean towel and washcloth or a couple of smaller towels so you can clean wounds or use them as compresses to stop bleeding.

Extra Clothing

In the winter, you should have extra coats, gloves and hats for everyone. During all seasons, you should have blankets for everyone, though it is more important to have them during the cooler months in the event you get stranded and help isn’t near by. You’ll eventually run out of gas and the extra blankets and jackets will help keep everyone warm.


Always keep high energy, non-perishable food in the vehicle. Granola bars, chocolate bars in the winter, trail mix or anything else that won’t go bad for a month or so in the vehicle should be packed. Rotate the food stores every month or two, depending on what you are keeping. You should also keep enough bottled water so that each person has two bottles in the vehicle. Rotate the water every month so that it stays fresh.

Other Items

Keep a fire starting kit in your vehicle. Don’t rely on a lighter or matches as those can get wet. If you do get stranded in the woods, you’ll be able to make a fire for warmth or to signal for help. If you often travel in uninhabited places, a tarp to use as protection and to keep things dry will also be handy. A knife will always be handy — just be sure it’s a good, sharp knife.

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Get a 2018 Chevy Spark in the New Year

If you are in the market for an economical vehicle with plenty of power for commuting or taking the kids back and forth to school or events, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the all-new 2018 Chevy Spark. This model has tons of features so you’ll be comfortable, even if you need to use it for a road trip.

Entertainment Features

The Spark features Chevrolet MyLink Radio, a 7-inch diagonal touch screen, Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an AM/FM radio, a USB port, auxiliary input jack, four speakers, a roof-mounted antenna and OnStar Basic for 5 years, which includes RemoteLink mobile app services and Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification.

Exterior Features

The 2018 Spark features 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler, automatic halogen headlights, daytime running lights, solar-absorbing glass, variably intermittent wipers and a two-speed rear intermittent wiper.

Interior Features

The Spark’s interior features a rear console with a storage tray, tilt steering column with a three-spoke steering wheel, driver information center, oil life monitoring system, engine immobilizer, cabin air filter, rear window defroster, front and rear cup holders, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, map pockets, coat hooks and a rear cargo security shelf.

Mechanical Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark features a 1.4-liter engine backed by a continuously variable transmission, four-wheel ABS brakes, electric power steering, an 80-amp alternator and a 375 cold-cranking amp alternator.

Safety Features

The Spark’s safety features include hill start assist, StabiliTrak, brake assist, a rear vision camera, 10 standard airbags, OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months, OnStar 4G LTE with built in WiFi hotspot, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar Guidance includes stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, roadside assistance, advanced diagnostics and more.

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January Events in Newnan

Call the service department at SouthTowne Motors of Newnan to make an appointment for service if it’s been some time since you’ve had maintenance completed. Or, if you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive a new vehicle. Once you have your vehicle checked and maintained or you have a new car, you’ll be ready to head out to January events near Newnan.

Run Road Atlanta

If you’re looking for a run early in the season, sign up for the Run Road Atlanta. The run starts at 5300 Winder Highway in Braselton. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, though the venue will be open at 8:30 a.m. The 10k and the 5k start at 11:30 a.m. A 1k fun run starts at noon. There will also be awards and raffles. The 10k and the 5k are certified by USA Track & Field, so if you set a record, it’s official. For more information visit

Atkins Park 7th Annual Oysterfest

On January 30, 2018, attend the 7th Annual Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar’s Mardi Gras-themed oysterfest at 2840 Atlanta Road SE in Smyrna. Enjoy grilled, raw and fried oysters. Shucking begins at 11:00 a.m. each day. The oysterfest runs through February 1, 2018, and Fat Tuesday is on February 13, 2018. You’ll also enjoy New Orleans inspired music. Tickets are $10 in advance for both days or $5 for one day. Live music begins at noon. The main stage is in a heated tent. For more information visit

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Out With the Old 2017 Models, In With the New 2018 Chevrolets

The New Year calls for some new Chevrolet vehicles. It’s time that the old 2017 models leave and the new 2018 models come in. Check out what exciting new vehicles Chevy has for 2018 and their convenience, performance, and safety features.

The 2018 Chevy Traverse

The spacious interior features supple touch surfaces and a Smart Slide second row seat that moves to allow easy access to the third row. If you go with the LTZ trim level, you’ll get heated and cooled seats, a sliding armrest with storage and tri-zone climate control. The Traverse features 116.3 cubic feet of maximum storage space with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. You’ll still have plenty of room for luggage, even when the third row is being used. Access the cargo area through a power remote lift gate.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features a USB port in the front center console and two in the rear, plus you can get an available rear seat entertainment system. Enjoy features such as Bluetooth, syncing your phone through a USB port, Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio. Use touch controls or your voice to access your favorite media and tunes.

The available Chevrolet MyLink allows you to integrated a compatible smart phone so you can play music, access your contacts and handle calls. The navigation feature that comes with OnStar is standard for the first six months. You could also get navigation through the available MyLink. The Traverse also comes with a 3-month trial of SiriusXM NavTraffic.

Stay connected via a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen. Add RemoteLink Key Fob services through OnStar so you can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle and activate the horn and lights so you can easily find your vehicle.

Standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, high-strength materials, the LATCH system for cars seats and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and more.

The Traverse also features OnStar with automatic crash response and OnStar Advisor, which uses GPS technology to request emergency help to be routed to your location.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features power lumbar and height adjuster for the driver’s seat, reclining rear seat, a front center console with covered storage, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, Driver Information Center, express down windows, power programmable door locks, lockout protection, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, panic alarm and air conditioning.

Additional features include cup holders in the front center console, bottle holders in the doors, illuminated vanity mirrors, map pockets and theater dimming lighting.

The 2018 Equinox features a rear vision camera, an engine immobilizer, an anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, dual stage front airbags with a passenger-sensing system, seat-mounted airbags and head curtain airbags.

Additional features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, rear child security door locks, variably intermittent wipers, a rear variably intermittent wiper, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

You’ll find plenty in the way of entertainment features on the Equinox including four auxiliary power outlets throughout the vehicle, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot trial, 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM radio, MP3 decoder, a radio data system, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speakers and a USB port.

The Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is backed b a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

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The Importance of Maintaining Brakes

Brake maintenance is one of the things that is the least thought about on your vehicle – until the brakes start making noise. Even then, people often wait until a while before bringing their vehicles in to a certified service department like SouthTowne Motors for brake service – and that can be a huge problem: Not only for your safety but for the safety of others and the expense it could cause you in repairs.

Brake Basics

While there is a lot to a vehicle’s brake system, suffice to know that the system is made of a power booster if you have power brakes, a master cylinder that holds the brake fluid, hydraulic lines that go from the cylinder to the brakes, calipers or wheel cylinders, pads or shoes, and rotors or drums. The wheel cylinders and drums work with shoes and are becoming rare on most vehicles. The vehicles that do have them use that combination on the rear brakes. When the braking material gets too low on shoes, you’ll hear a grinding noise.

Brake pads have a metal tab on the pad itself. Once the braking material gets too low, the metal tab will scrape the rotor and make a squeaking noise to alert you that it’s time to change the pads.

Brake System Issues

The most common brake repair is to replace the pads or shoes. A technician will turn the rotors to give them a smooth surface if they are thick enough. If not, the rotors also need to be replaced. Other brake issues include:

  • Worn calipers;
  • Broken, cracked or dry-rotted brake hoses;
  • Cracked brake lines (not common as they are metal);
  • A bad master cylinders;
  • Thin, pitted, warped or grooved rotors;
  • A bad master cylinder; and/or
  • A bad power booster.

Any one of these problems poses a danger to you, others around you and the rest of the braking system. If you don’t have your worn brake pads or shoes changed as soon as you hear the squeaking – or before if you regularly have your brakes checked, you will risk an over-extending the calipers and you will definitely damage the rotors, usually to the point where they can’t be turned and need to be replaced.

You could also cause damage to the master cylinder, the brake lines and the power booster, though you’d have to drive quite a few miles to do this – in most cases.

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Because letting your brakes go without maintenance does cause additional damage to the system, it is very important that you bring your vehicle in to our service department at SouthTowne Motors as soon as you are told the pads are low or as soon as you hear the metal tab squeaking against the rotor.

Pick Up a 2017 GMC Acadia for the Holidays

If you are looking for an upscale SUV this holiday season, you should consider the 2017 GMC Acadia. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2017 GMC Acadia and you’ll find that this model offers tons of comfort and convenience features, safety features and is perfect for commuting and taking long road trips. The 2017 GMC Acadia features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm.

Safety and Security Features

The 2017 GMC Acadia features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in WiFi for 3 months or until you download 3 gigabytes of data, whichever comes first; OnStar Basic for 5 years, front and side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side impact airbags for all outboard seating positions, head curtain side impact airbags for all outboard seating positions, and front passenger airbag suppression.

Additional features include rear parking assist, a dual-note horn, tire pressure monitoring system, rear child security door locks, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, an engine immobilizer, and a rear vision camera.

Interior Features

The Acadia’s interior features include the ability to seat up to seven people, reclining front bucket seats, leather-appointed seating on the first and second rows, eight-way power front seats, heated front seats, 10 cup holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a front center console with storage, tilt and telescopic steering column, express down driver’s widow, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, remote start, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a universal home remote, rear window defroster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirror and storage under the floor in the rear cargo area.

Entertainment Features

The Acadia features an AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, a CD player, a 6.5-inch diagonal digital touch screen, auxiliary input jack, USB, 10 Bose speakers, 5.1 surround sound, rear audio controls, and headphone jacks.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive the 2017 GMC Acadia and to learn more about this model’s features.

DIY Holiday Car Decorations

Wooden car carrying a christmas tree

This year, take Christmas decorating to a whole new level. Don’t just decorate your house: decorate your vehicle, too. Whether you have a brand new vehicle you just picked up from SouthTowne Motors or you’re driving one that’s a couple of years old, have fun with decorating it.

Mobile Christmas Tree

You wouldn’t want to put a big tree up through the moon roof as that would definitely restrict your vision, but you could put a small tree in the vehicle. Decorate the tree to the hilt, but make sure it doesn’t block your view in the mirrors or out of the windows.


Add a wreath to the front of your vehicle. The grille allows air in to help cool the air conditioning condenser and the radiator, so be sure the wreath doesn’t block too much of the air flow. Decorate the wreath with bows or large Christmas bulbs.

Big Red Bow

Another great way to show the Christmas spirit is to add a big red bow to the front of your vehicle. Add sparkles to the bow to add a bit more decoration. You could also add small decorations to the bow, including small wreaths, which would be set off by the red color.


Add Christmas lights to the bottom of your vehicle. Wire them in to light up when you turn the ignition on. Or you could wire them to a switch so that you could turn them on and off when needed. Use lights made for underbody lighting; just choose red and green or multiple Christmas colors.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle for the holidays. Once you have your new vehicle, you’ll be able to decorate it with festive decorations. If you are not ready for a new vehicle because your current vehicle is only a year or two old, be sure to call our service department for an appointment to have maintenance completed or to have your vehicle, including the tires, checked for the winter.

Add a SouthTowne Vehicle to Your Wishlist

Christmas is right around the corner and that of course means that you’ve got to consider who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this past year. If you’ve got someone extra special in your life who you think deserves an extra special gift, consider getting them a new or pre-owned vehicle from your Newnan auto dealership, SouthTowne Motors. Besides a vehicle, most everyone appreciates thoughtful accessories to enhance their driving experience.

Put a New Vehicle Under the Tree

Stop by SouthTowne Motors this December to check out our inventory of new and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. A vehicle makes for the ultimate gift, but be sure to get your shopping done early so you can have it in the driveway in time for Christmas. Then again, you can always drop in before or after Christmas with that special someone and let them test drive some vehicles so they can pick out one for themselves.

Ideas for the Interior

Choose from all-weather floor mats, illuminated or non-illuminated door sills, cargo protectors, cargo nets, a console safe or cargo locks. Cargo locks hook onto the carpet with Velcro and can be moved around to accommodate the size of the item or items you want to hold in place. Additional ideas include an ash/coin cup, gear shift knobs and sport pedals.

Ideas for the Exterior

You’ll find many ideas for the exterior of your recipient’s vehicle, including covers, protectors, body kits, deflectors, deck lid panels, exhaust tips, door handles, locking fuel plugs, aluminum fuel doors, racks, mirrors, carriers, grilles, graphics, trim kits, stripes, scoops, louvres, running boards, splash guards, sliding rear windows, spoilers, step bars and trailer towing accessories.


You can add features to a car or truck if it did not come with those features. This includes auto-dimming rearview mirrors and keyless entry. In addition, manufacturers also carries audio accessories, DVD systems, lights, parking assist systems, phone products, speed control, remote start, security systems, alarms, perimeter security systems and remote access.

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Top December Events Near Newnan

Now that you have your new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, it’s time to start planning which December events you want to attend. You could even mix up going to some events with a little Christmas shopping. And, if you are still driving your current vehicle because it’s only a year or three old, be sure to schedule an appointment for maintenance or repair before you head out. If you can get a morning appointment, you’ll have time for events and shopping after you pick up your vehicle.

Christmas at the Log Cabin

Head over to Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic site, 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Dallas, Georgia, 30157 for Christmas at the Log Cabin. This event takes place on December 9, 2017. You’ll enjoy period re-enactors show you what farm life, celebrations of the period and chores were like. For more information visit gastateparks.or/PickettsMillBattlefield or call (770) 443-7850.

Historic Westville Lumpkin, Georgia

Visit the Presidential Pathways on December 9, 2017, to celebrate with handmade wreaths and candles and to attend a tree-lighting with real candles. Enjoy historic homes decorated for the holidays and go in to help your kids make an ornament for your tree. For more information visit or call (229) 838-6310.

Christmas Tea in Colonial Style at the Midway Museum

On December 17, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. head over to the Midway Museum in Midway, Georgia for the 59th Annual Christmas Tea in Colonial Style. Admission is $10 and includes tea and a tour of the museum, including new displays. For more information visit

Friday Night Live: Christmas in Downtown

On December 16, 2017, visit the Historic High Country in downtown Woodstock from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for activities at various stores and in the downtown area. You’ll also enjoy live music from the bands that will be playing in front of the stores. And Santa will be there. For more information visit or call (770) 924-0406.

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Visit Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia Autumn Season

There’s a long list of national parks across the US (and in Georgia alone) to visit, but if you’re looking for an outing close to home, make a reservation at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park located about 33 minutes from Newnan.

At SouthTowne, let us help you find the perfect ride for your visit to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Choose from our inventory of Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac pre-owned and certified pre-owned models and travel in comfort and style.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

The nearly 3000-acre park is one of the largest with the majority of the acreage remaining in a natural state. Visitors can enjoy six miles along tree-lined trails for up-close (but careful) wildlife observations, hiking, bird watching, and photographing natural habitats.

The park resides along five miles of the Chattahoochee River and if water activities are your favorite pastime, you’ll have plenty to do including fishing, canoeing and paddling. Bring your boat and use the convenient ramp for a leisurely ride along the river or rent a kayak or canoe for a scenic experience.

You can also take advantage of scheduled activities throughout the year such as guided hikes. On these outings, you’ll learn about native snakes, plants and birds of prey from park experts.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers plenty of campsites for including RV, tent only, tent walk-in campsites. For the adventurous, there’s backcountry and paddle-in sites, primitive campsites, screened in Adirondack group camping, and riverside platform sites.The park also has a picnic shelter you can reserve, a playground, and a gift shop.

The park is a perfect destination for a day trip to observe and explore the beauty of southwest Georgia. If your plans include an overnight stay, choose from a variety of lodgings near the park that include choices from local hotels and motels.

Additional points of interest near Newnan to consider on your itinerary include McIntosh Reserve Park for horseback riding and a self-guided tour of Dunaway Gardens originally opened in 1934.

Contact us at SouthTowne and let us get you road-ready for your next adventure.