Atlanta Chevrolet: 2012 Chevy Spark Kisses The CD Player Goodbye

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It was bound to happen someday, the disappearance of the Compact Disc. That’s right, the CD may soon go the way of the 8-track tape and the cassette into the oblivion of old media music delivery systems. MP3 is the new king of the morning and afternoon commute. In fact, your Atlanta Chevrolet dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore will vehicle coming off of the line without CD players.  In fact, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will become the first Chevy vehicle built entirely without a CD player since the ’90s.  They’re making way for iPods, “infotainment systems” and other newfangled technologies.

What the Spark will come with however is the MyLink infotainment system that features a seven-inch touchscreen and Pandora Internet streaming music as standard. That’s pretty cool. It’s nice to see that Chevy is staying up to date with the fast changing technologies that the younger crowd are engaged with.

It’s been a good run, Compact Disc!  And hey, we’ve got great memories we’ll cherish forever. Driving through heavy traffic listening to the same three seconds of a song skipping over and over and over…

If you are ready to see the latest in automotive entertainment centers, or want to test drive the new 2013 Chevy Spark you can come and check out all of the latest the GM at your Atlanta Chevy dealer, theSouthtowne General Motors Superstore has to offer. Who knows, these new audio consoles may have you running out to your car more just to listen to music.

Replacing A Worn Out Brake Disc In Your Atlanta GM Vehicle

You know, not every repair has to be done by your friendly neighborhood mechanic. In fact, there are some repairs we do right here at your Atlanta GM Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore. One of those repairs even a novice can do with the right tools and parts. In fact, working on your own vehicle for repairs such as changing worn our disc brakes will save you a ton of money. These days, we can use all of the help we can get, right?

A warped brake disc can make even short car trips very irritating. Every time you apply the brakes you think you’re going to lose a filling. Thankfully, it’s easy to replace your brake discs, and not at all expensive. Remember, though NEVER work on your car while it is supported only by a scissor or other emergency tire-changing jack.

You’ll need:

  • New Brake Discs
  • Jack and Jack Stands
  • Lug Wrench
  • Large Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Dead Blow Hammer
  • Open End or Ratchet Wrench Set
  • C-Clamp

Now check out the video below for some great step by step instruction on how you can change worn out brake discs in you Atlanta GM vehicle. Keep in mind that the video is for an older GM vehicle, but the basics remain the same. Consult your owners manual and do a little more research before you attempt any maintenance yourself.

Of course, if you find that you’d rather not attempt to work on your own vehicle in this fashion, you are more than welcome to bring it by your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore. Even if you suspect you may have a brake disc issue, you are going to want to get it checked out as soon as possible. The last thing you want is to incur any more damage to your Atlanta GM vehicle.

 

Diagnose Suspension Noises In Your Atlanta Car

“Hey, what’s that noise I hear in my front end suspension?” It could be a number of issues, but your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants you to know not to worry, it’s probably an easier fix than you think.

Suspension noises are usually heard when the wheels are traveling up and down. As you know, hitting potholes, bumps and the occasional curb (yes I’m guilty of that  too) can result in your Atlanta car or truck developing a clunking or rattling sound. Many times the noise you are hearing will increase in volume the longer you let it go. So, what’s happening down there? Well, it could be any number of things.

PROBABLE CAUSE
REMEDY
Loose shock absorber mountings. Tighten nuts, or replace bushings.
Loose strut mounting nut. Tighten or replace mounting nut.
Worn shocks or struts. Replace struts or shocks.
Deteriorated suspension bushings. Replace bushings.

 

The good news is that the remedies for most noises are fairly easy to perform. However, most people don’t have the lift equipment to get under their Atlanta cars safely. More than likely, if you are hearing any number of noises described above, it’s going to take an expert to get in there and perform the work. Even something as simple as tightening nuts will require the right tools and technical know-how. You are probably better off bringing your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Chevy or Cadillac to the Southtowne General Motors Superstore.

 

Atlanta GM Dealer: The Meaning Behind July 4th

As much as your Atlanta GM dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, fireworks and an open grill, we must never forget the true spirit of the holiday. Of course we celebrate the holiday with all of those things, but what does it mean to truly be free? What did our country have to endure in its very early existence? Those are the questions you should ask yourself this Wednesday, the 4th. Then ask yourself how you can contribute to the growth of the America we know today.

Is it buying American, like a General Motors vehicle? Can you directly support your country by making your next car a Buick, Cadillac, GMC or Chevrolet? Yes you can. Why ship jobs and money to overseas vendors and manufacturers when we make some of the best automobiles right here in the good ol’ US of A?A question I don’t think we’ve answered yet.

It’s easy to become complacent with our Country, after all She affords us a life and liberties that many people of foreign nations can not even fathom, let alone enjoy. Be thankful for where you live. Be thankful for those who protect where you live. But most of all be thankful that in 1776 five men drew up what we know as our Declaration of Independence from British rule hence shaping our future as one of the greatest nations on the planet.

Leave you Atlanta GM Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore a patriotic comment, or two. Better yet, just swing by and test drive a few vehicles proudly built right here at home. Happy Independence Day! Fly your colors with pride!

Atlanta Car Dealer: The Importance Of Changing Your Hoses

What’s the single most important component in your Atlanta car’s engine? If you said the Radiator and Hoses, then you win!

Your Atlanta Car dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore really wants to impress on you that properly maintained radiator hoses are extremely important to a vehicle cooling system and keeping you from experiencing a roadside breakdown. Since the development of large internal combustion engines, they have had cooling hoses to recirculate the flow of coolant to keep the engine from overheating. Today we still find hoses on vehicles. The fact is that hoses are probably the only thing that haven’t changed much in engine development over the years even though the engine itself has gone through revolutionary changes. Cooling hoses are responsible for the exchange of coolant from the engine to the radiator (cooling the heated fluid) and then returning it back to the engine, repeating itself over and over in a cycle. Due to the extreme heat, environment and pollution hoses can become hardened, start to crack and even break over time. Hoses are a lot like belts as they age their reliability lessens. Southtowne recommends replacing your hoses every 2 year or 24k miles on your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet.

Every vehicle owner should know the importance of the radiator hose. When this auto part fails to function properly, the engine is likely to overheat. No matter how sturdy a radiator hose is, it will be subjected to deterioration sooner or later. In view of that, it is best to change your automobile’s radiator hose once every four years. It is also essential to bring them to the experts here at the Southtowne General Motors Superstore for regular assessment.

Atlanta Car Dealer: You Think You Have A Small Garage

So, you think your garage is small? Check out this garage: 60 inches wide to fit a car that is 58 inches wide! I guess all of us, even those of use here at your Atlanta car dealer, Southtowne, who have complained at one time or another about the amount of space we need to house our vehicles need watch this video. The best part is how the guy has to get out of his vehicle once he is actually in his garage.

I don’t know about you, but this certainly helps me appreciate the amount of space we afford to our vehicles at our homes. I don’t think I’ll ever complain again about not having enough space around my place. That guy has us all beat. Did anyone notice his age by chance? He’s 87. Remarkable.

If you have any odd car related video or stories you’d like to share with your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, please do. We’re always interested in stories like this. The really shed light on how good our driving lives really are.

Are The Tires On Your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac Or Chevrolet Costing You Gas

It’s no secret. The tires you choose to put on your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet could be affecting your fuel economy. Larger rims, low pressure tires, it doesn’t matter, if your tires aren’t inflated to the proper PSI, you’re just burning fuel and ruining your tires.

Spending big bucks on your tires? You should take as good of care of them as your can, right?

Your car’s tires can play an important role in helping you get the best gas mileage and save money at the pump. Checking tire pressure regularly is one step toward optimum fuel economy, but your choice of tires can also help.

Consumer Reports recently tested a few all-season tire models with low rolling resistance and found that those tires can improve fuel economy by an additional one or two mpg. The reward for replacing a less-optimum tire can be a payback covering most of the cost of the new tires over their lifetime in fuel savings. Moreover, you generally don’t have to pay more to get a tire with better rolling resistance.

Here are some additional tips for getting the most fuel economy from your tires:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. (A label on the driver’s doorjamb tells you the correct pressures to use.)
  • Check inflation pressure at least monthly; do this when the tires are cool.
  • If you were happy with the tires that came with the car when it was new, consider replacing them with an identical set. Low rolling resistance is a common trait of original-equipment tires.
  • Before buying replacement tires, check Consumer Reports’ Ratings for tires that excel in overall performance and use rolling resistance as tie-breaker

If you ever have any questions regarding your tires, or more importantly, “the feel” of your car, call your Atlanta Buick, Cadillac, GMC dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Atlanta Cars: Cleaning Your Leather Seats

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If you own an Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet with leather seating, you are going to want to watch the video below. At your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, we’ve seen a lot of really poorly maintained leather seats: dusty, dirty, cracked, unconditioned leather that devalues the car both monetarily and visually.

If you are opting for the luxury of a leather interior in your new Atlanta car, then you are also opting in to maintain and treat that leather in such a way as to not develop damage over the life of your vehicle. The fact of the matter is that, leather is very, very easy to take car of and that’s why it’s almost mind boggling don’t start paying attention to their leather upholstery until the later years of owning their vehicle.

Here are the steps to maintaining your leather car seats for quick reference: {source wikihow}

  1. Clean your seats. Before you can recondition your leather upholstery, you must clean off all the dirt and oils that have accumulated since the last clean. You may use a microfiber towel, a very soft bristled brush or a regular cloth-the less lint the better. Some leathers are more sensitive to scrubbing than others. You may use a store-bought seat cleaner or simply use a two-to-one water and general household cleaner mixture (i.e. Pine Sol or Mr. Clean).
  2. Wipe off the cleaner. Use any sort of damp cloth to remove the residue left by whichever cleaning solution you used. Dry the slightly wet seats off with another cloth. Make sure the seats are dry before applying any upholstery conditioner. If the seats are wet at all, it will be more difficult to rub the conditioner in, and they will likely not maintain their detail for as long a time.
  3. Choose your conditioner. There are a wide variety of conditioners available, and the price you pay for a bottle of conditioner usually corresponds to the quality of that conditioner. No brand is necessarily better than another, but there can be a quality disparity between standard and premium conditioners. No matter which conditioner you choose, the method is the same.
  4. Condition your seats. The process is similar to applying sunscreen. Use a regular kitchen sponge and apply liberally to the entire leather upholstery. Try to make it as even as possible, and be sure to rub the conditioner all the way in. Though you may use a lot of conditioner, do not leave it exposed by not rubbing it into the surface of the leather. The more you rub the conditioner in, the longer it will last and keep your leather seats protected.
  5. Park your car in the shade or in your garage overnight. Give the conditioner some time out of the sun so it has a chance to set in without the bombardment of UV light. The next day use a cloth to gently give the seats one last buffer before you hit the road.

Really people, taking care of your leather car seats really isn’t that difficult. In just a few simple steps, you save yourself the disappointment of getting less for your vehicle due to the condition of your interior seating when you opt to sell, or trade your Atlanta Buick, GMC, Cadillac or Chevrolet. Having a well conditioned interior could add a sizable amount of money to your trade value, or asking price. After all, when a buyer is looking for leather seating, they don’t mean dry, cracked or torn seats. They want plush, soft pliable leather fit for a king. Trust us, your Atlanta car dealer, Southtowne knows a little something about leather interiors.

Atlanta Chevrolet Dealer: How NOT To Void Your Warranty

At your Atlanta Chevrolet Dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore, we’ve seen warranties on new cars getting much better over years. In fact, they are adding many more years and mileage to the warranty coverage than ever before. You can deduce that since those warranties are offered for longer, that the product has also become higher quality as well.

So, with all of these great warranties out there, you want to be sure to not void the warranty before it is set to expire. Here are some tips on how to avoid voiding you vehicle’s warranty: {Source Automotive.com}

1. Read all of the fine print – sure this may seems like a daunting task, but you want to know what you are getting yourself into and how to protect yourself and the warranty.

2. Salvage title – if you get into an accident and your vehicle is estimated at a total loss and you are then given a salvage title, the new title unfortunately voids the warranty. This is true if even all of the recommend repairs are made.  So, as always, drive carefully!

3.  Aftermarket Modifications – you are protected by law. Even though a customer did do an aftermarket modification on the vehicle, that the dealer must prove that the aftermarket part led to any car problems in order for it to void the warranty. If it’s not clear whether or not the aftermarket part caused the failure, the dealer has to run a diagnosis.  If you do some performance modifications, some may become suspicious of there being a possibility of racing which can also be deemed reckless driving as described next and possibly void the warranty.

4. Reckless Driving – this can be anything from off-roading to racing to even over-loading your vehicle. So make sure you carefully read your warranty to make sure you are driving the vehicle correctly. Even if you have a sporty car or an off-roading SUV or truck doing these types of driving can possibly void your warranty.

5. Maintenance – make sure that you get all of your recommended maintenance done otherwise if your engine fails due to oil buildup, for example, then it won’t be covered due to a lack of oil changes. Also, it’s best to save all of your maintenance and service receipts. Get detailed invoices if possible.

6. Damages by the Environment – Mother Nature will do her thing and unfortunately it won’t be covered by your warranty. Should you have something like hail damage, contact your automotive insurance agency.  Damage by fires, floods and earthquakes are also not covered either.

The Owner’s Manual that comes along with the car will contain a section listing everything you should not do. Obviously, you should service the car regularly as recommended by the Manual. If you somehow still find yourself in a sticky situation where you believe the warranty company is trying to rip you off, then you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission. More information is available at their website.

The best way to avoid voiding your vehicle’s warranty is to read and understand what is in the warranty contract. Should you have any questions about your warranty just come by your Atlanta Chevrolet Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore and we will be glad to help you thought it.

Atlanta Car Dealer Recomendation For Improved Performance

If you are like every American driver, you are looking for ways to improve your cars performance and gas mileage. Your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, wants to remind you that one of the easiest things you can do to increase performance is to change your intake air filter. The air filter is an important part of the intake system in your vehicle as it is what helps your engine “breathe.”  Your engine runs on an exact mixture of air and fuel, but before it is combined it runs through the filter first. This is to get out all of the dirt and foreign particles which could possibly damage the engine.  A dirty air filter affect your vehicles performance.

Another important reason to have a clean air filter is that it will help with gas mileage. And with gas prices higher than we would like, it’s a great reason to check your air filter to make sure it is clean. Usually once a year, preferably twice is good to change your air filter, however if you live in highly polluted area then you should check and change it more often.  Air filters can also be checked during your routine oil change.

If you would like to check and change your own air filter it is a fairly easy process.  Open up the hood and locate a large plastic tube that leads away from the top of the engine. Follow this to a large box that maybe metal or plastic, round or square, depending on your vehicle.  This is the air filter box which contains the air filter. Pop off the top and locate the filter. If the filter is brown or black, then it is restricting the passage of air and should be replaced immediately.

It’s important to check and replace your air filter to maintain your vehicle’s performance and extended the life of it. You could set up an alert in your phone to remind you to check it every 3 to 6 months.  Or if you’d like help, just bring it on by to our service department at you Atlanta Buick, Cadillac GMC, Chevrolet dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore.