Presidents Day Road Trip

When you have a long weekend such as President’s Day weekend, that’s a great time to take a road trip, especially if you just bought a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors. Even if you can’t take the whole weekend but can take just a day, you can pick one of these places to visit – a shorter road trip.


Visit Georgia’s oldest city and its live oak trees covered in Spanish moss to take in the scenery and many of the historical spots. You’ll see how new construction and historical architecture come together, and how ironwork, cobblestone streets and fountains make it all come together. While in Savannah, be sure to visit the Old Town Trolley Tours, Back in the Day Bakery, take a ride on the Savannah Riverboat and learn about the haunting of the area via Carriage Tours of Savannah.

Tybee Island

After Savannah, head over to Tybee Island for some of Wiley’s Championship BBQ, take a charter at Sundial Charters and grab a bite to eat at AJ’s Dockside or The Crab Shack.

Riceboro and Darien

If you have time, head over to Riceboro and Darien. Climb to the top of the Tybee Island Light Station and the next morning stop by The Breakfast Club for some of the area’s best eggs. If you head south, you’ll hit Riceboro where you can check out some of the Guah-Geecheee culture at Geechee Kunda. Go kayaking with Altamaha Coastal Tours or visit the Fort King George Historic Site. Eat a great dinner at the Darien River House Restaurant and Wine Bar or Skipper’s Fish Camp, depending on whether you want upscale or casual.

Brunswick and Golden Isles

When you head out, go south to Brunswick for a Lady Jane Shrimpin’ Ecological tour, spend some time at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or take a bike ride on bikes rented from Jekyll Island Bike Rentals. If you want some quiet time, visit Driftwood Beach. Be sure to stop by Latitude 31 Restaurant and “Rah” Bar for some oysters.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors

If you haven’t purchased a new vehicle in the last month or two from SouthTowne Motors, be sure to stop by to have your vehicle serviced before you head out on a road trip.

Must-See February Events Around Newnan

Head out for fun and adventure this February with one of these fun events happening in Georgia.

Sips Under the Sea – February 9

Adults can wander the Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea, with romantic tunes and a Valentine’s Day theme. Doors open for general admission at 7:00pm. VIP guests receive early entry at 6:00pm. VIP Guests will also enjoy two drink tickets and two tickets for small plates/tapas that are served at the event. The event is reserved for those 21 and over. Learn more here.

Valentine’s Day – February 14

Valentine’s Day is going to be celebrated nationwide on February 14, and the Atlanta area is no exception. Some of the best deals in town center on dining specials at local eateries.

Try the iconic Polaris Restaurant at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, which will be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu of four courses for a price of $85 per person. This includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. There will be a guitar and violin duo providing live music. Reservations are accepted.

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails also has a Valentine’s Day special planned. Chef Todd Richards will offer a four course meal at the 5th Annual “An Evening with French Reds.” It costs $65 per person. Reservations are accepted.

The Venetian Room is participating as well. Their meal costs $75 per person. Reservations are being accepted.

If you have a favorite restaurant, look them up to see if they are offering a special. Chances are, they’ll probably have something for you and your date.

Georgia National Rodeo – February 22-24

Watch cowboys and cowgirls compete in riding, roping, racing, steer wrestling, and bull fighting at Georgia National Rodeo in Perry. The event runs all weekend and besides the shows includes concessions, exhibits, and even a petting zoo for kids.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show – February 23-25

See thousands of plants, small garden displays, and prize winners at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show at Atlanta Botanical Garden.The indoor show will be a feast for the senses, highlighting the beauty and fragrance of thousands of plants. During the flower show, visitors also may explore the Garden’s winter landscape as well as its annual Orchid Daze exhibition inside the Fuqua Orchid Center.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Before you hit the road for fun this February, stop in at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to make sure that your car is ready for the road. From auto sales and service to parts and accessories, SouthTowne Motors has what you need.

Tips for Taking a Test Drive

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Buying a new car is an exciting part of life. No matter if it’s brand new or has some age, it is new to you. Before you roll off the lot in your new ride, you will undoubtedly want to take it for a test drive. To most people, this is their favorite part. You may test drive a few vehicles before you find that certain one. A very few percentage of people will take a vehicle without a test drive but that is not recommended. Here are some things you will want to remember before, during and after your test drive.

Prepare all of your documents for taking a test drive.

Most dealerships, including SouthTowne Motors, will require a driver’s license and proof of insurance before they let you get into the driver’s seat. If there is a specific vehicle you want to see, call the dealership ahead of time and talk to the sales manager to be sure the one you want to drive is on the lot. It’s a good idea at this point to go ahead and make an appointment if they have it.

When you arrive at the dealership for your test drive, only drive the vehicles you want.

There’s no point in wasting time with an SUV if you are looking for a convertible. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for demonstrations. If you are looking at a vehicle with newer technology features, ask how they work. Be sure to locate where the spare tire is, check under the hood, you have the cargo space required and have ample head and leg room.

When you get out on the road, make sure you drive in conditions you might normally drive in.

Take your time to really get the feel for the car. While you are out driving, turn the music down and really listen to the sounds, if any, the vehicle makes. Take notice of the transmission, acceleration, braking and steering. These areas could be a deal breaker if work is needed or it isn’t up to par for your needs.

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When you’re ready, remember to schedule a test drive for your next vehicle with your Newnan Chevrolet dealership.

Why You Should Own a Chevy

When you making the decision of what make of vehicle to buy, be sure to have SouthTowne Motors on your list – not only do you have several reasons to own a Chevrolet, but many of those reasons are because of the service we provide to you.

Low Cost of Ownership

A Chevy has a low cost of ownership including the cost of parts. You’ll find that an alternator for a Chevy is usually less expensive than an alternator for a foreign vehicle – and less expensive than other American vehicles. Other costs are also lower in many cases.

Tons of Choices

Most Chevrolet models give you several trim levels to choose from, so almost everyone can afford a Chevy – and if you can afford something on the higher end, the highest trim levels have all of the bells and whistles.

Model Choices

Chevrolet gives you tons of model choices. If you prefer something sporty, choose a Camaro or Corvette. If you need a sedan, choose an Cruze or Impala. If you need a truck, Chevrolet makes tons of trucks: the 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD. If you need a people hauler, check out the Suburban or Tahoe.

Quality Engines

Chevrolet has always had good engines – and even some great engines. Not only are they inexpensive to repair, but the parts – even for those really old Chevys – are easy to find. No matter how long you own your Chevrolet – and with proper care and maintenance, that could be quite a long time – you can rest easy knowing that parts are readily available for any rare issue that springs up.

Customer and Auto Service

When you shop with us, you get treated fairly and with respect. We want your car shopping experience to be the best it can be, whether you decide to buy from us or not. When you do need repairs, SouthTowne Motors can fix anything on your Chevy – and we do it with as quickly as possible while still providing quality service.

It’s American!

And the last reason to buy a Chevy is that it’s an American car! Despite what some might have you think, American made vehicles are reliable, rugged, and built to last. They’re also packed with as many safety and convenience features as any foreign model. If you’ve never bought American, see for yourself just how much you’ve been missing.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a truck, SUV, or sedan and to learn more about Chevy models and you’ll see first hand why you should buy a Chevrolet.

Take a Weekend Resort Getaway

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t hit the road to somewhere fun. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can get out of town. Sometimes that’s all you need: a breath of fresh air.

This mountain resort destination is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time. If you’re in the Atlanta metro area, like SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, all you need is a free weekend.

Check out Forrest Hills Mountain Resort the next time you need to get away from it all. The perfect combination of natural beauty, peaceful solitude, and all the conveniences and comforts of home, Forrest Hills Mountain Resort should be on your radar.

It’s the kind of hidden gem you might be surprised to find in the state of Georgia, one that experiences snowfall on average more than the rest of the state. Nestled in the mountains near Dahlonega, Georgia, it forms the backdrop for a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

Enjoy such diversions as a horseback ride (there’s an onsite horse stable called Gold City Corral) to the awesome hiking trails. Whether by horse or foot, the trails pass by some spectacular waterfalls in the forests.

The rooms are deluxe and cozy with well-appointed decor that will make you feel like you’re in an upscale cabin. Most rooms even have a private hot tub.

The public dining room is intimate and relaxing and serves up some delicious food for guests.

Do yourself a favor and book your room today, then drive up in a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. If you are not ready for a new vehicle, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

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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Call or stop by SouthTowne Motors to make a service appointment for your vehicle so that you lessen the chances of being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

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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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Spark and to learn more about this model’s safety, security, convenience and entertainment features.

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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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service or repairs. Be sure to check our website for any lease or finance specials or for service specials.

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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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive any new 2018 Chevy model and to learn more about 2018 models and their convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. SouthTowne Motors can also help you with auto service, parts, and accessories.

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.