Face Winter Head On in a New Vehicle!

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Let’s face it: no matter what part of the country you live in, winter is one of the most demanding seasons to endure, not just for people, but for cars as well.

Don’t head into the winter of 2016/2017 with a car you can’t rely on. With holiday travels to deal with, you want a car that can reliably get you from point A to point B and back without worrying if your car can handle it.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan LT  is a great vehicle for road trips with it’s solid fuel economy: 30mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. This particular unit has an automatic transmission, a blue exterior color, and a 1.4L 4 CYLS engine.

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition

If you really want to conquer any winter condition, go with the 2016 Chevy Colorado Z71 Trail Boss Edition. With a crew cab, you don’t have to sacrifice seating space like you do with some trucks. The 4-wheel drive means that you’ll have the traction and stability to maintain vehicle control in even the most demanding and inclement road conditions.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive a new vehicle. Ask your sales associate for cars that are known for their reliability and cold-weather handling if you plan to use your new car or truck extensively this winter.

Our Service Center is Hiring!

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The Southtowne Motors Service Center is steadily growing. In order to maintain our excellent customer service standards, Southtowne Motors is now hiring for three key service center positions.

Service Advisors

The Service Advisor will prepare customer quotes and work orders. The qualified candidate should be able to resolve customer questions with post-service follow up. The Service Advisor should be self-motivated and demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must have the ability to work with dealership technology and achieve targeted goals. Previous experience is required. Apply in person with David Huff.

Service Technicians

Our service center is high-volume and rapid-paced. Seeking highly motivated and experienced Service Technicians to join our team. The qualified candidate will have previous GM experience and must be willing to work to achieve department goals. Apply in person with David Huff.

Assistant Service Manager

The Assistant Service Manager will assist in daily tasks and operations. Duties will include: maintaining outstanding customer services standards as measured by CSI survey, meeting or exceeding monthly labor goals, ensuring proper execution and filing of all paperwork, and other related duties as requested by the Service Manager. The qualified candidate will be able to perform multiple duties in a high-energy, fast-paced working environment. Previous experience is required. Apply in person with David Huff.

Look Forward To Tax Season

There are usually a lot of great end of the year sales on cars, trucks and SUVs at various dealerships around the area. If you are looking for a few to add to your work fleet before the end of the year, the only way to go is with a GM vehicle from SouthTowne Motors. Right now, you can still qualify for 2014 tax incentives if you purchase a qualifying vehicle before 12/31/2014. This means that you will be ready and looking forward to the tax season next year.

Receive up to $25,000 in total deductions when you buy any GMC Canyon, Acadia, Savana, Yukon or others. See the full list at your Newnan GMC dealer. There are some limitations for the deductions and some vehicles may not be available at the time of purchase. The GMC Canyon and Terrain are being offered with a total deduction of up to $3,160 per vehicle. All GMC Acadia, Savana Passenger, Sierra short box, Yukon and Yukon XL have a total deduction of up to $25,000 per vehicle. Also with a $25,000 deduction, but with no vehicle limit, are the Savanna Cargo, Savanna Cutaway, Sierra standard and long box, and Sierra Chassis Cab.

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Need something with a little more class for your work fleet? No problem. We also have a fantastic lineup of sedans with up to $25,000 total deductions. Just like the GMC Canyon and Terrain, the Buick Encore, LaCrosse, Regal and Verano have a tax deduction of up to $3,160. You will get back the most by purchasing the Buick Enclave, which has a total deduction of $25,000 per vehicle purchased.

There may be other small business offers and incentives associated with some of the vehicles. All of these offers enhance your savings on your taxes that are coming up next year. If you would like to learn more about these great deals, contact us at SouthTowne Motors. We will help get you into the vehicles you need to grow your company’s fleet. We look forward to seeing you soon.

August Events in Atlanta & Newnan

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Summertime in Georgia brings a truckload of things to do for the entire family. Getting to these attractions and events is half the fun, but you need a reliable vehicle. At SouthTowne Motors choose from new, pre-owned, and pre-certified models such as GMC, Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet to get you there in style and comfort. Get your next vehicle at SouthTowne and be prepared to enjoy upcoming August events.

August Events

  • The National Black Arts Festival takes place throughout downtown Atlanta through September 14. The festival features music, dance, film, and literary and visual works of African art.
  • A tasty treat for everyone is the 11th Annual Atlanta Downtown Restaurant Week running through Sunday, August 4. Choose from 35 restaurants for a delicious prix-fixe brunch, lunch, or dinner.
  • Two concerts are in town on August 3. Matchbox Twenty & Goo Goo Dolls play at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, and Kenny Chesney will be playing at the Georgia Dome.
  • On August 4, the IDOL Live! 2013 American IDOL Tour will be at the Arena at the Gwinnett Center and the Jonas Brothers Live Tour 2013 is at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
  • Sports enthusiasts can enjoy an exciting game of baseball on August 9 through August 11 at Turner Field as the Atlanta Braves take on the Miami Marlins.
  • Arts and crafts lovers won’t want to miss the annual Piedmont Park Arts and Crafts Festival on August 17-18. This midtown festival promises lots of innovative creations from as many as 250 artists and artisans.
  • Also on August 17, the 13th Annual BBQ Blues & Bluegrass Festival in Decatur will have your mouth watering. Held at Harmony Park, expect to be thoroughly entertained with live music while sampling some of the best barbeque in the south.
  • An upcoming event kids and adults will enjoy is the 11th Annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival on August 24-25. The festival features a Kids Zone with fun center, a 5K run, storytellers, performers, artists, food vendors, and live music.
  • Finish the month with the free Festival Peachtree Latino event at Piedmont Park on August 26 featuring ethnic foods, parades, live musical performances, arts and crafts, and exhibits.

Whenever you plan to purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle to take in the local sites or plan an outing in Atlanta, talk to the customer-friendly representatives at Southtowne Motors to put you in the car, truck, or SUV of your choice.

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June Service Specials

Summer is around the corner. Make sure you are ready for whatever the Georgia heat can throw at you! Here at SouthTowne, we have a variety of service specials for all of your car care needs. Always make sure your battery has plenty of juice. Bring in your vehicle for a free battery testing with our coupon. If you do need a new battery, we would be glad to assist in finding the perfect one for your Buick, Cadillac, GMC or Chevrolet.

You also want to make sure your tires are in top condition. You never know when inclement weather or unstable conditions will happen. Right now with our special pricing, when you buy a new complete set of tires, you will receive free tire balancing and mounting. What a great deal! We are also offering a $5 off for any service of $50 or more and $5 off any oil change.

Check engine light staring you in the face and not sure what it needs? No problem! Just bring it by and have our certified staff run a free diagnostic test to find the cause. We will clear any codes if needed and recommend anything we see that might need to be worked on. We also do a free brake inspection and will install if they are in need of repair.

With such a well-rounded service department, why take your GMC or Buick anywhere else? Appointments are not required but you may schedule ahead of time for faster service. We are open Monday thru Friday from 7:30am until 6:00pm and on Saturday from 8:00am until 2:00pm. All coupons can be found on our webpage under the Specials tab. And don’t forget to sign up for our email list for extra savings from your Newnan GMC dealer!

How To Change A Tire

If you’re a new car owner and you’ve never had to change your own tire before, it’s an invaluable skill that will save you a lot of hassle in the future. You don’t have to wait for roadside assistance or for a friend to come pick you up so long as you know how to handle a tire iron and a jack. Here’s what you need to know about swapping out a blown tire for a new one:

Make Sure You’re on Solid Ground

The process can be dangerous on loose gravel or sand or grass, so make sure that you’re on the concrete or tarmac before you start changing your tire. You can drive or push your car safely a little ways before you do any real damage, but at this point it’s still important not to put too much stress on the wheel itself without a good tire on it, so be quick so that you don’t do any real damage to the axle and wheel.

Put on the E-Brake

This will keep your car from slipping and sliding while you go to work on it.

Find the Divot

There will be a small divot, about the size of a small fist on the body of the car somewhere around the tire. That’s where you place the jack. Anywhere else and you’ll either damage the car or you’ll wind up with a loose grip between the jack and the car.

Lift the Car

When lifting with the jack, it’s important to stay a safe distance. Don’t have your foot right in the way of the car if it slips. You never know what can happen when your car is supported on a jack.

Remove the Hubcap and the Lugnuts

Take the tire iron and remove the lugnuts in a counterclockwise motion. Use a little WD40 if they get stuck.

Replace

Take the busted tire off the wheel, put the new one on, tighten the lugnuts, put the cap back on and lower your car down.Now, you can’t just toss that tire in the trash, you’ll need to have it repaired or properly disposed of. And now, you should be prepared in case you get a busted tire out on the road. If you do need any assistance with a flat tire stop by our Newnan Car Dealership and one of our service technicians would be happy to help you.

Atlanta Cadillac: Check Out The New 2013 Cadillac XTS

Your Atlanta Cadillac dealer, Southtowne, wants you to know to know that Cadillac is back in the large luxury game! Everything in the new 2013 Cadillac XTS has been modernized and brought up to date for all of you performance craving, techno savvy and luxury seeking drivers out there.

You’ll notice the beautiful changes when you take a look at the interior. Everything from the leather trim to the nice wood trim, piano black accenting and brushed aluminium trim. Did I mention that the XTS has a state of the art 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster? Talk about attention to technological detail.

Plus, paddle shifters and magnetic suspension system also make the XTS a dream to drive. There is so much to the new 2013 Cadillac XTS it’s had to cover all of the really great features in print, so, check out the video below for a great overview of the new 2013 Cadillac XTS

I know all of you Atlanta Cadillac lovers out there are drooling to take a first hand look at this luxurious new addition to the Cadillac line up. Oh, did I mention that the XTS comes with an iPad loaded with software to help you navigate easily through all of its fantastic features. I guess this is going to be the new owner’s manual.

I invite you to come out and take look at the new Cadillac XTS for yourself. Even better, save a little extra time and take it for a test drive. You will be pleasantly surprised by the European feel of this ALL AMERICAN car! Just swing by your Atlanta Cadillac dealer Southtowne Motors to take a spin in one of Cadillac’s newest additions in stock now.

 

Atlanta GM Dealer: What To Do If Your Car Is Overheating

Your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore has heard about and serviced thousands of vehicles that have had an issue with overheating. More often than not, the solution to the overheating issue is a fairly easy one to solve, however it can be an overheating car can be a stressful event.

If you’ve never experienced an engine overheating, you are lucky. Trying to make sense of an engine that is spitting boiling fluids at you is, needless to say, not the most pleasant event in the world and can quickly lead to panic. STOP! Staying calm is always the best way to solve any type of problem. In fact, help yourself start thinking logically by committing these steps to memory. I promise it will help you remain calm and avoid further damaging your vehicle when it overheats.

How to Handle an Overheating Car

  1. AC off, heater on. Turn your heater on full blast to help drain some of the heat from the engine.
  2. Pull over and turn the engine off. If there’s shade around, park under it. This will help you and your car keep cool.
  3. Lift the hood. Unless you see steam coming out, lift the hood to help the engine cool down. Do not touch the radiator cap or pour cool water on the engine!
  4. Wait. It’ll take about 30 minutes to an hour for the engine to cool down. If you’re planning on calling AAA or some other roadside assistance, now’s the time.
  5. Check the coolant tank. It’s a translucent plastic tank located under the hood, near the radiator. If it’s empty, suspect a leak, which you’ll be able to detect if there’s liquid dripping from under the engine. Engines are designed to use coolant that’s a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. If you have coolant in the right mixture, you can add it to the coolant tank or the radiator–but only after it‘s cool to the touch. If you don’t have coolant, you can simply pour water into the coolant tank so you can limp along to a repair shop. On the other hand, if there’s plenty of coolant in the tank, the overheating could be caused by an electrical or mechanical problem. Adding more coolant won’t help. [Consumer Reports]
  6. Take the car to Southtowne for diagnosis. This step can be skipped, but I really don’t recommend it. You probably wouldn’t skip a trip to the doctor after a heat stroke, would you? In a lot of cases, the radiator is probably low on fluid, but it could also be something much worse. Better safe than sorry.

Why is your car overheating? Check out this video:

Remember, cars overheat all the time. The important thing to do is remain calm by knowing how to handle the situation and not cause more damage to your Atlanta GM vehicle. Continuing to drive without coolant will cause some serious damage to your engine. If you’ve recently had an overheating incident, the best thing to do is bring it into the Southtowne General Motors Superstore to make sure your overheating isn’t part of a larger issue.

Atlanta Car Dealer: Change Your Spark Plugs For Better Performance

Your Atlanta Car Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants you to think of your spark plugs as the heart of your engine. Their primary purpose is to ignite the fuel/air mixture in your engine which is who your engine generates power. This happens thousands of time a minute. Changing your spark plugs is something you can do at home, but plan for this fix to take a little while, especially if it is your first time. However, changing both your spark plugs and their respective cables will increase performance and gas mileage in your vehicle.

The average spark plug last 10 to 20 thousand miles. High end plugs can last almost 60 thousand miles. If you can’t remember when you had them changed last, it’s probably about time. As our car ages, oil can seep into the cylinder and interfere with the spark plug’s ability to fire and is detrimental to the life of the plug itself. Carbon can also build up on the plug and “foul” it.

In the old days you’d have to adjust the gap, but for modern vehicle you can pretty much just install your new spark plug right out of the box. No adjustment should be needed. Here’s a little tip. Spend a few extra dollars and get a high end set of plugs. Quality spark plugs produce a better spark which will directly affect your engine’s performance and fuel economy.

You should notice a significant improvement in the performance of your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet. If you are uncertain about performing this simple maintenance, then feel free to contact the Southtowne General Motors Superstore in Atlanta and we an either walk you through your repair, or just do it for you. Regardless, don’t let your engine under-perform any longer. Change those plugs!!!

Atlanta Used Car Dealer: You can Learn A Lot From A Used Car Test Drive

Test driving a USED car is one of the fastest ways to learn about the car itself, don’t you think? There is no doubt that your Atlanta Used Car Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore recommends taking the Atlanta used car you are looking at for a little spin before you make an offer. You can quickly determine if the car is worth your time to check out mechanically in the first few moments after you turn the engine over.

There are of course a few common problems that you need to look for when test driving a car. I found a pretty good checklist from cartips.com to study before you test drive that used car around New Jersey.

Test all of the functions of the car:

You need to test the head lights, heater, A/C, radio, interior lights, mirrors, brake lights, turn signals, defrost, safety belts, windshield wipers and seats for how they function.

Plus, you want to check out any additional options like electronic seats, seat warmers, GPS etc.

Starting the car:

Before you start the car, be sure to check if the car is already warm. If it is, the owner may have pre-heated the engine before you arrived so that the car will start easier… if this is the case, be aware that the car may have cold start problems.

Open the hood before starting the car. Check to see if there are any wet parts of the engine, this will tell you if there are any leaks.

Start the car and pay attention to whether the engine strains at all when starting. This may mean the battery or electrical system is on it’s way out.

Once the car has been started, go back to the engine compartment and check again for any wet engine parts. Some engines will leak only when running.

Put your hand on the fender of the vehicle to check if you feel any harsh vibrations. The car should run fairly smooth and not shake the vehicle.

Finally, if the car has power steering, make sure that the steering wheel can be moved smoothly back and forth and there are no strange noises when you do this. If there is a loud whine when you move the steering wheel this may mean the power steering pump is fried.

Test Driving the Car:

Finally it’s time to take this car on the road! Through the entire test drive process, be aware of the sounds of the car. Does the brake pedal make noise? Does the engine make a strange noise at a certain speed? Does steering the car make a strange noise? These are questions to be asking yourself the entire time you are test driving the car.

The first thing you want to notice about the car is how the transmission shifts:

If you’re test driving an automatic car, you should almost not even feel the shift when driving slowly. If the shifting takes longer than 3 or 4 seconds this is a major problem.

If you’re test driving a standard car, the shifts should be smooth and easy. If the car grinds into the next gear, then your synchros are probably in need of repair.

While driving down a quiet street, take your foot off the gas and let go of the steering wheel (CAREFULLY!). If the car pulls one way or the other, there is most likely an alignment problem. Also, push the brake lightly and if the car pulls left or right under braking there is most likely a problem with the braking system.

Make sure you take the car both up and down hills. Does the car shake when braking down a hill? If so, the brakes need service. Does the car handle accelerating up a hill? Or does it cough and lose power? This could mean a number of engine problems that need to be checked out.

Finally, you need to take the test drive to the freeway:

This step is really important. Any major problems with the car are going to be very apparent when riding on the freeway.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Does the car pull to the left or right?
  • The brakes pulsing or shaking when applied.
  • Excessive wind noise when all of the windows are closed.
  • Does the car seem to “float” around? There may be suspension problems.
  • Does the engine sound normal?
  • If you stomp on the gas pedal does the car cough or hesitate before accelerating?

Now, if you decide to make the used car buying process much easier just see your Atlanta Used Car Dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore first take all of the guesswork out of buying a used car.