Tips To Get Your Car Looking Like New Again

There’s nothing like the look and smell of a new car when you drive it away from the a new car dealership. After the normal wear and tear your Cadillac, GMC, Chevy or Buick experiences from leisure or business travel along with dealing with hot sun and freezing rain, your car will lose some of its original glamor. If you have the unfortunate situation of an accident with serious damage or a minor fender bender, this too, ages your car. Consider these useful tips to get your car looking like new:

  • A good wash, wax and vacuum session is a great start to getting your car looking good and to help determine what areas need special attention
  • When vacuuming, use a stiff brush to loosen built up grime from the carpet
  • Tires, rims, grillwork and the exhaust pipe also need to be thoroughly cleaned and polished
  • Use a cleanser to remove any stains on the carpet or upholstery
  • If your car is in relatively good-looking condition, consider a professional service where technicians do in-depth cleaning, waxing, polishing and detailing, inside and out
  • Regardless of the type or depth of blips on the car’s exterior, it takes away from the pizzazz of the new look. Take the car to a body shop and have any dents, dings and scratches repaired.
  • The inside of new and used cars also need freshening up. Drop your car off at a car cleaning service where the inside carpet and upholstery is cleaned and deodorized and the interior vinyl, fabric, wood or leather is conditioned and/or polished
  • If your car windows are already tinted, replace or repair any tinting that is showing signs of wear, bubbles or peeling
  • Replace any seals around windows or the trunk that are frayed and will eventually result in water leakage
  • Get a new paint job if the finish is dull and no amount of wax gives it the “new” look
  • Replace worn tires and add a set of new rims
  • Have the air conditioning system de-odorized to remove build up and that “old” smell
  • Be sure to include a thorough check-up under the hood. Even if the car looks new on the outside, it’s important the inside is running up to par.

Whether your car needs a minor body repair or a full restoration due to a collision, let the experts at Southtowne Motors – the best Newnan car dealership for all your motoring needs – get your ride looking like new. Schedule an appointment and be on your way in no time.

How to Know When It Is Time To Get New Tires

First of all, the main function of tread on a tire is to make sure that water that is under the tire is moved away for improved traction. Tires are no longer safe when they’re worn out, and this is usually when they reach 1/16th of an inch of tread.

Part of knowing when to change your tires is knowing what to look for. Many tires in the United States have tread wear bars, and these bars become flush with the tread when the tires need replacing. When you see this, you’ll know the tire is no longer safe to drive on.

You can also do something called a penny test. With this test, you place a penny in the spaces between the tread with President Lincoln facing you. Put this in the space near the thickest part of the tire. If you can see Lincoln’s head or any copper above it, replace your tires. If his hair is partially visible, you’ll need to consider getting tires soon. If the tread comes up past his forehead, your tires are still good, and you can continue to drive on them.

Alternatively, you can use a tread depth gauge to determine the same thing. You can download them online or buy a tool to check the tread depth.

You may also want to take your car in for repairs or adjustments if you see that the tread on your tires is wearing inconsistently. If your wheels are misaligned or the tires need rotated, you might see that one section is wearing out fast than the others and needs to be replaced.  If you are unsure about your tires do not hesitate to bring your car in to our Atlanta Car Dealership and have one of our service experts look at it.

Taking Charge Of Your Personal Safety When In A Parking Lot

Around this time of year, when the holiday cheer is spreading and we are getting close to Christmas, we also become less aware of our surroundings. I’m talking about taking charge of your personal safety, especially when in parking lots. As your arms are filled with bags your mobility is compromised, your vision is obscured, and your attention is diverted to how you are gong to reach your keys and get all of those bags in your trunk.

What you didn’t notice was the guy who was trailing you in the store watching you, taking note of what you bought, where you put your phone and wallet. He had been casing you since you came into the store and since you were oblivious to everyone around you, including him, you instantly became a good target. As you checked out, he just hung by pretending to look at something. You don’t know what it was, because you didn’t even know he was there. Then he followed you out to your car and as soon as he had the opportunity when you were clamoring for your keys, he threatened you, took your purse, or wallet, your phone, your keys, your car, all of your gifts and your sense of safety.

What could you have done to stop this? Nothing once it is happening, but you could have stopped it before it even started by simply paying attention. You could have had your head on a swivel noticing everything around you, including the man that was following you from section to section in the store. People who are not prepared, or aware are the ones who are victims.

Now the video above is just one quick example of how you can keep yourself from becoming a victim. The point is that criminals are going to go after the people that they feel are the most defenseless, or aren’t paying attention. Think about how many times you’ve left a store on your way to your Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Chevrolet or whatever car you choose to drive and you didn’t think once about the “What if…” scenario?

Your Atlanta GM Dealer wants this to be a memorable time of year for all of the right reasons. Keep your guard up, always be aware of your surroundings and if you feel threatened in any fashion, grab a security guard, store manager or even a police officer (there is usually a heightened presence during the holidays). Be safe and have a wonderful holiday!

Do You Know When You Need New Brake Pads

When do you know it’s the right time to “really” have your brake pads changed in your Atlanta GM vehicle? Every mechanic is going to have their own opinion, but for the most part they’ll agree that when you start hearing the squeal of your brakes,  your car is due for an immediate brake pad change.

Brand new pads are 12mm thick and never wear evenly. When you get down to about 4mm you are getting a little thin. When you hit the 2mm mark is when you will start hearing the screeching of the wear bar. This is the time that you are going to want to get your brake pads changed out. Letting them go will result in damage to your braking system, so don’t put it off.

Checking your brake pad thickness is something you can do on your own. You can even change them yourself if you have the time, tools and know-how. However, if you think that you are going to need a little more assistance changing the brake pads out on your Atlanta GM vehicle, then your best best bet is to just bring it by your Atlanta GM service department at The Southtowne General Motors Superstore.

Do You Know When To Replace Your Engine Drive Belts

So, when are you supposed to replace your engine drive belts? Your Atlanta GM Superstore, Southtowne knows that we all aren’t pro mechanics, but it is good to know what to look and listen for in regards to your drive belts. These are your serpentine belt, alternator belt and A/C belt. All of these belts are very important and are required for the operation of your vehicle, the only exception being your A/C belt. Of course in, 100 degree Atlanta heat, you may feel differently.

So, how can you tell if you are going to need your engine drive belts replaced. Do you hear any squealing when you turn on your A/C? If so, it sounds like your belt is probably slipping and you might want to consider a replacement, even if the belt looks OK, an ounce of protection is worth a pound of prevention.

Check your alternator, or serpentine belt, see any cracks, shininess or splits? If so it’s time to change them out. When these belts break, you can be certain that you are going to be left stranded wishing you would have taken my advice. The serpentine belt powers things like you power steering, alternator, water pump and air pump if you have one.

The video below is a good example of what to look for.

You should be changing your serpentine belt every 4 or 5 years. Just get it in your mind that this is just the cost of ownership. In fact, it’s not terribly expensive, probably less than the cost of the tow to the the mechanic if that. If you haven’t had your belts changed in the past 5 years, it’s probably time to do so. Bring your Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick or GMC by your Atlanta GM superstore, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore and let us take a look at them for you. Chances are, you are probably going to want to get them replaced, and we’re just the people that can do it.

Driving Drunk Effects Everyone

Your Atlanta Chevrolet dealer wants to remind you that if you are thinking about having one (or more) drinks before you get in your car, don’t do it. Skip it, you not only don’t need it, but you can’t afford it – both the monetary, mental and possibly the physical consequences of drinking and driving.

The video below is the story of Chris Marcone whose life was changed one evening when he got behind the wheel of his car after drinking. Chris’s father tells the story in the hopes to help other people avoid the same mistakes and the pain that he has experienced. Every parent and young driver needs to see this video. It wasn’t just Chris’ life that was changed, but also his family’s, as well as the innocent family whose lives were forever changed by his irresponsibility.

Remember, it’s not just your life you can affect when you drink and drive, but also everyone else you share the road with as well. Regardless if you don’t get in an accident, or get pulled over, you are still making a bad decision. Just one bad decision can ruin a lot of lives forever.  Remember this the next time you decide to have “just one more”. Your Atlanta GM dealer doesn’t want anything to happen to any of you, but if you choose to drive while intoxicated, you’ll also have deal with the consequences.

Veteran’s Day Should Be Every Day

It’s the day after Veteran’s Day and I simply want to say, “Thank You”. Thank you to all of the young men and women who have served in wars past and present. Indeed, there will be future conflicts that will require the bravery and courage of the few who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way so that we will not have to.

I think Veteran’s Day should be celebrated every day. You should thank someone who served the moment you find out they served. You should buy a vet a cup of coffee the next time you go to a resturant for breakfast. You should count your blessing that there are guardian angels here on Earth and they happily and eagerly fight for justice for those who cannot fight on their own.

The American soldier is a special breed. If you didn’t thank one yesterday for their sacrifice, thank them today and again tomorrow.

Your Atlanta GM dealer, The Southowne General Motors Superstore wants to extend a heartfelt and genuine “Thank You” to ever member of every branch of our armed services…past, present and future. Thank you.

Check Out This Multi-Million Dollar Garage

Now there are just some things that go beyond imagination and excess. The garage and the cars contained there in are perfect examples of this. We’ve all seen our fair share of garages. As far as mine goes, it’s not too big, not to small and has a pretty typical array of clutter, from tools, to golf clubs, to bikes. For most Americans, their garage is nothing more than a modest place to house our GM cars, trucks and SUVS.

That’s not the case for those who have a passion for cars and the money to build enclosures that rival some of the most extravagant homes this Atlanta Car dealer has ever seen. Check out the video below. Forget that each car in this garage is in the 7 digit price range, but the space itself, though an extravagant multi-million dollar garage, is a marvel of ingenuity, design and imagination.

So what did you think? Were you more impressed by the cars or the garage itself? I thought the rotating platform and the touch screen information system were particularly awesome. How about you guys? Does seeing something like this inspire or make you sick to your stomach that so much money can be spent on a facility such as this. What about the cars? A guy has to have a hobby, right? At least he didn’t forget about his wife by getting those $7,500 Bugatti inspired pumps. Guys, don’t let your wives, or girlfriends watch this video, this Atlanta GM dealer doesn’t take responsibility for what they may ask for the next time you buy something.

Chevrolet Hurricane Sandy Relief

How does Chevrolet give back to the community? By understanding when they have something that can be very valuable to those in time of crisis. I’m talking about Chevy’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. According to CBS News:

Chevrolet has donated 50 Silverado pickups and Express cargo vans to the American Red Cross. They’ll be used in relief efforts across the Eastern seaboard and in other areas affected by the storm.

Further, General Motors On-Star team is equipping each of these vehicles with turn-by-turn navigation, hands-free calling and other services.The stock is being pulled from dealers inventory to expedite delivery and the contribution of trucks and vans comes in addition to $250,000 that the nonprofit GM Foundation has donated to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program.

General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson notes that ”It is during disasters like this that we all need to pull together as a country and Chevrolet has a role in that.” GM is also encouraging the public to contribute to the relief efforts by making a donation to the American Red Cross by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Atlanta, if you’d like to contribute, you can visit the Red Cross link above and donate. Also, it’s not just the Hurricane that those in the Northeast need to worry about. As I’m typing this, a winter storm is headed their way that will bring rains and very cold weather. Now, we all can’t donate vehicles, but any assistance you can provide will be welcomed.


Best Car Costume Ever

First off, it’s a Chevrolet. Second it’s a Camaro. Third…IT’S A TRANSFORMER!

I ran across this video purely by accident and thought that since Halloween is just days away, maybe this will give a few of you out there who haven’t settled on a costume yet an idea. Or, even better, if you think your costume is great, just check out this one. It’s just great.

Also, I just wanted to remind you one more time that you’ll need to be on your best driving behavior these next couple of days as there is no doubt that we will see an increase in pedestrian traffic, mostly children, so keep your speeds slow and just assume they are going to jump out in front of your car at some point…that way you are always on guard.

Finally, you adults that love Halloween, be smart, don’t drink and drive, the police will be out in full force, and although your might have won the prize at the costume party, you aren’t going to fool any officer if you’ve had too much to drink.

Be safe and have a Happy Halloween from your Atlanta GM dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore.