A Look at the All-New 2018 Chevy Equinox

If you are in the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s features.

Convenience Features

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.

Safety and Security Features

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.

Entertainment Features

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.

Engine and Transmission

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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Visit Fort Sumter National Monument

There’s no better place to visit for a weekend trip this Thanksgiving break in your vehicle from SouthTowne Motors than an old, beautiful fort with lots of history. If this sounds like something of interest to you, Fort Sumter National Monument is the place to go.

It was at this historic site where the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861. The Confederate army had turned their artillery onto Fort Sumter after years of mounting strife between the opposing sides. Just 34 hours later, the Union forces at Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederate soldiers. It took Union troops four years to regain control of Fort Sumter.

You can now visit this sea fort located in the Charleston harbor in South Carolina. Before visiting, stop by the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center located at Liberty Square. There is a museum exhibit that recounts the story between the North and South and how their difficulties ultimately led to despair at this fort, thus starting the Civil War. You will also find the departure point for boats that depart for the tour of Fort Sumter, which is only accessible by boat.

Upon arriving, a ranger will be available to talk to guests about the fort. The ranger will lead-an in depth, 10-minute history lesson before guests begin the self-guided tour. There are volunteers as well as park rangers to answer any additional questions you might have. The construction of Fort Sumter’s foundation took 70,000 tons of stonework and other rock and took over a decade to build with contractors coming from far away as New York. The city of Boston aided with the delivery of materials by ship.

While exploring the history of Charleston, why not stay a couple of nights at the James Island County Park. Here you will find both tent camping sites and cottages. This park is located just 30 minutes away from Fort Sumter National Monument. This is a 643-acre park that offers an abundance of natural beauty, full hook-ups, an activity center, bathhouses, laundry facilities and much more. After a full day of exploring, relax and enjoy open meadows along with miles of paved walking trails.

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This is an exciting place full of our nation’s rich past. Be sure to have your vehicle tuned up at SouthTowne Motors before you head out.

Tips to Make Thanksgiving Easier

Hosting a Thanksgiving get-together can be overwhelming, especially when you’re the one that’s hosting it. Use these simple tips for throwing the perfect Thanksgiving celebration in your home this year for your friends and family.

1. Plan Ahead

Thanksgiving’s position after Halloween and before Christmas means the holiday seems to appear out of nowhere. Decide which dishes you’ll be making ahead of time, so you can start the process of gathering all of the supplies you’ll need.

2. Start Cooking Early

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to start the cooking process. Prepare your sides the day before Thanksgiving, so you just have to pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.

3. Try Something New

Use your station as the host as a chance to try something new. Consider deep-frying your turkey outside instead of roasting it indoors.

4. Find Decorations at the Campsite

Use sticks, leaves, pine cones and pine needles from around the campsite for festive and free table decorations.

5. Consider Buying Your Desserts

Shop at a local bakery for delectable Thanksgiving desserts that your friends will love just as much as the homemade versions.

6. Create Fun Placecards

Placecards are a fun part of every festivity, but you can make them even more enjoyable by printing out funny Facebook photos of your friends instead.

7. Label Your Dishes

Make your party welcoming for your friends with dietary restrictions by labeling your dishes with their name and what’s inside.

8. Don’t Forget the Kids’ Table

Creating a fun kids’ table will ensure your little guests stay occupied, so the adults can have more fun. Cover the kids’ table with craft paper and give them plenty of crayons to decorate it as they please.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at SouthTowne Motors to shop for a more comfortable vehicle for all of your holiday festivities, especially if you plan to head out of town.

Don’t Miss These November Events Near Newnan

Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan to test drive a new vehicle, and then take it to the November events in Newnan this November. If you’re not quite ready for a new vehicle because yours is just a year or three old, then be sure your recommended maintenance is caught up.

Holiday Open House

On November 15, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., retail establishments downtown are opening on Sunday so that they can introduce their holiday gift items. You’ll find many things with discounts plus you’ll get holiday promotions. This is a great way to get your holiday shopping started and save a bunch while you’re doing it. Businesses that are participating will be serving hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Park for free along the streets and in the City of Newnan’s public parking lots at 25 Lagrange Street, 13 Lagrange Street, 6 First Avenue, 22 Spring Street, 65 East Broad Street, 50 East Broad Street, 22 East Broad Street and 41 East Washington Street.

Santa On the Square

Starting at 6:00 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving, Santa will be on the Square. Bring your kids to meet Santa so he can hear their Christmas list. The streets in downtown will be closed during the hours prior to the event in anticipation for Santa’s trip from the North Pole to the Downtown Newnan Square. Since there won’t be any snow, Santa will make his arrival in a fire truck and will light the Christmas Tree before the event begins, so you’ll want to be there earlier than 6:00 p.m.! This event is free. Free parking is available on the streets and in the City of Newnan’s public parking lots.

Pickin’ on the Square

Go down to the Court House Square in downtown Newnan on the first and third Saturday of the month to enjoy local musicians. If you play an acoustic instrument, you’re invited to play no matter what genre you play or your age. Network with other musicians. The musicians usually start to arrive around 10:00 p.m. and stay until 2:00 p.m., though a dedicated time is not set for this event. Parking is free along the streets and in the public parking lots run by the City of Newnan.

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Make Some Unique Halloween Treats

If you are planning a Halloween party, you’ll want some unique Halloween treats. You might have many of these ingredients, but if you don’t, kill two birds with one stone and have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors, and then head out to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for these unique party treats.

Halloween Party Mix

  • 1 Egg white, large
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. Chili powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 5 cups Unsalted popcorn, popped
  • 2 cups Mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups Roasted peanuts, salted*

* If any of your guests have peanut allergies, substitute another type of nut or more pretzels.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a whisk, mix the egg white, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, the chili powder and the salt in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss everything together, making sure all of the snack food is coated with the liquid mixture.

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake it until it’s crispy, about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during the baking time. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until the mixture is completely cooled.

Parmesan Bread Stick Brooms

  • 2 1-pound pieces of frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 2 tbs. Milk
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Instruction

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Roll out each piece of dough into a 6-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Flour a chef’s knife and cut each piece into six 10-inch strips. Make 3-inch cuts lengthwise at one end of each of the strips. Keep the cuts about ¼ inch apart. These are the broom straws. Twist and pull the uncut part to form a broom handle. Transfer the broom sticks to the pan, keeping them a couple of inches apart. Spread out the cut ends. Brush the bread stick brooms with milk and sprinkle them with the Parmesan cheese. Bake until the sticks turn golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.

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Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Vehicle

Fall is officially here, which means that it’s time for some fall maintenance whether you have a vehicle that you’re keeping or you just bought or leased a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors. Fall is a funky season since the weather could turn at the drop of a hat. While you expect the weather to be cooler, it could get crazy enough to snow, especially later in the fall. Thus, you’ll need to get your vehicle ready for fall – and maybe a touch of winter.

Oil Change

When you change the oil and filter this fall, check your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends a different weight oil for the winter. If you do a lot of driving and change the oil frequently, you could fit one more change in before you switch to a different weight, but by November you should switch pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Belts and Hoses

While you are still seeing days that are warm enough for the air conditioning, you’ll be turning the heat on before you know it. Have our service department check all radiator and heater hoses to ensure that they are not dry rotted. The last thing you need is to turn on the heat or the defroster and have a hose pop.

You should also check your vehicle’s belts. Your vehicle could have one serpentine belt that drives all of the accessories; it could have two or more serpentine belts; V-belts or a combination of serpentine and V-belts. All of them should be checked for wear and tear and dry rotting.

Additionally, your vehicle may have a timing belt. Your owner’s manual will tell you when the timing belt should be changed, if applicable to your vehicle. Some vehicles may have a timing chain or even a gear drive that do not need to be changed as often, though the most common is a timing belt.

Other Things to Check

Be sure to have your brakes and tires checked when you bring your vehicle in for service. If your ABS light is on, that should be repaired so you have the full benefit of the computer helping you in tricky braking situations.

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The 2018 Buick Cascada

The 2018 Buick Cascada is Buick’s luxury performance option. You can see what all the hype is about by test driving a Cascada at SouthTowne Motors.

Mechanical Features

The 2018 Buick Cascada convertible is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive. The engine features variable valve timing and makes 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.

This front-wheel drive sports car features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, sport-tuned suspension, electric power steering and a maintenance free battery with rundown protection. The battery features 801 cold cranking amps.

One of the best things about the Cascada is that you can put the convertible roof up and down at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. Additional features include heated seats, remote start and a heated steering wheel.

Another nifty feature is should you have to pull over an open the trunk on the highway, a second set of taillights appears under the trunk so that other drivers can still see you.

Trim Levels

Two trim levels are available: the base model and higher trim level that features lane departure warning, forward collision alert, parking assist and more safety features.

Convenience Features

Some of the convenience features you’ll find in the 2018 Buick Cascada include sport bucket seats in the front with eight-way power adjustments, power lumbar for both front seats, a heated leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel with mounted phone interface and audio controls, a driver information center that shows fuel range, fuel economy, tire pressure, average vehicle speed and oil life remaining, remote vehicle start, a theft deterrent system, express up and down front windows, dual zone automatic climate control and illuminated vanity mirrors.

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Schedule a Test Drive Today

When you find that perfect vehicle at SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, whether you find it online or because you stopped by the showroom, you should take a test drive. Taking a test drive prevents buyer’s remorse for many reasons, including comfort while driving or riding and features available for various models and trim levels.

Dimensions

While you might like a vehicle’s looks, you should take a test drive to ensure that it’s a good fit. If you are a taller person, some vehicles may not have enough legroom or headroom. If you are shorter, the seats may not move forward enough so that you can comfortably reach the petals.

And, if you have a larger family and love to take road trips; or plan on carpooling, you’ll definitely want to ensure that the rear and third row seats have plenty of room for adults or teens, not just smaller children. Without a test drive, you won’t know until it’s too late – then you won’t be happy with your purchase.

Ride Comfort

Even though the vehicle you fall in love with looks great and has plenty of space, you might not like the ride. Many new vehicles have settings for steering and the transmission, though some don’t and you might not like how the vehicle rides. Also, you may not find that the seats are comfortable enough for you. Taking a test drive allows you to evaluate whether you are comfortable with the ride.

Features

While everything might be what you want – fit, comfort, ride – if you buy a vehicle without test driving it, you may later learn that the model does not have certain features you need; or that it might have features you don’t want. While many features are listed on our web site and in our blog posts, not every features is always listed on vehicles. Taking a test drive allows you to look for and test certain features.

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Don’t Miss the Best October Events Near Newnan

Hop in your car from SouthTowne Motors and head to these great events happening this October.

Stone Mountain Highland Games

October 20-22 at Stone Mountain Park

For 45 years, the picturesque grounds of the Stone Mountain Park meadow, a short drive northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, have resounded with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddles and harps during the third weekend in October.

This year thousands of Scots (even those that wish to be ‘Scot for the Day’) from around the world will don their family tartans and gather to greet old friends and make new ones too. Come and enjoy the Highland Athletic events, Highland Dancing, Piping and Drumming, Scottish Harping. Participate in the Scottish Country Dancing demonstrations, Kirking of the Tartans, Clan Challenge Athletic events, and the Parade of Tartans. See Clan and Tartan information tents as well as the many colorful Scottish shops. All events will be held rain or shine

The event runs daily from 8am to 5pm.

Taste of Atlanta Takes Over Midtown

October 20-22 at Downtown Atlanta

Taste of Atlanta celebrates with a three-day food festival featuring the culinary talents of 90+ Atlanta restaurants and 4 live cooking stages. Taste and savor Atlanta to your palate’s content with delicious creations from local and national celebrity chefs. You’ll learn tips and tricks of the trade at cooking demonstrations, while street performers dazzle onlookers. Live music, kids’ interactive activities, vendors and more line 10 city blocks at Tech Square in Midtown.

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SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, is standing by to help you get in the new car of your dreams. Stop by today for vehicle sales, service, parts, and accessories before heading out for a fun event.

The Importance of Changing Your Filters

You need to be aware of the maintenance schedule for your vehicle — especially for filter changes. Many people do not think of changing the filters on their vehicles and often do not take the vehicle in for service at the appropriate times. Ignoring your vehicle’s filters is asking for trouble.

Air Filter

You should check the condition of your air filter every 3,000 miles or three months. If it is dirty — pull it out and check both sides — replace the filter. The air filter keeps dust and debris from entering the engine. When it gets too dirty, the engine cannot breathe properly, which could cause problems with running and could affect fuel mileage.

Fuel Filter

The fuel filter is not a filter you can easily check yourself. Some vehicles have two fuel filters — on under the car on near the frame and one in the engine compartment, usually near the firewall. Your owner’s manual will tell you when you should change the fuel filter. The fuel filter makes sure anything that gets into the gas tank doesn’t end up in the injectors. The fuel injectors have a very small nozzle that sprays fuel into the cylinders. If the nozzle gets clogged, the engine will not run properly or may not run at all.

Oil Filter

You should change the oil filter every time you change the oil. Most vehicles recommend changing the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever comes first. Some vehicle manufacturers have extended the time to change the oil, but it is still a good idea to change the oil at the 3,000-mile mark. Dirty oil could cause oil sludge to form in the oil galleys. When that happens, the oil cannot lubricate essential parts and your engine could freeze up.

Transmission Filter

This is another filter that you cannot easily change yourself. It is inside the transmission pan. Transmission service requirements vary widely from vehicle to vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for the transmission service timeframe. A clogged transmission filter could affect the way your vehicle shifts, which could also affect fuel mileage. If left dirty long enough, you could damage the transmission.

Cabin Air Filters

Cabin air filters are usually found behind the glove box if your vehicle has them. Your owner’s manual will tell you when you should change them. These help keep the air inside the vehicle clean.

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If you do not know when you should change your filters, a service technician at SouthTowne Motors will be able to tell you when to bring your vehicle in for service. When you call, have the year, make, model and engine size ready for the technician so that he can look up the proper timeframes for your vehicle.