Financing a Pre-Owned Car

Buying a car is an exciting time for everyone involved. You might not be able to afford a brand new car, but there are several great options of pre-owned vehicles that will fit the budget.

If you are ready to look into buying a vehicle, check out the selection we have at your local Newnan car dealer. No matter what you are looking for, we have the cars, trucks, and SUVs with the best finance options around.

For instance, the 2011 Buick Enclave 1XL is just $28,995 and comes with tons of standard features. For your convenience, there is speed-proportional steering, memory settings for two drivers, power heated mirrors, Bluetooth capabilities and a rear wiper. It is also a great SUV for safety with its Xenon headlights, curtain airbags for all rows and turn signals in the mirrors. This beauty if powered by a 3.6L V6 DOHC engine with remote engine start. Don’t miss out on test driving this amazing vehicle.

Another great SUV on our Pre-Owned sales lot is the 2013 Cadillac Escalade Premium. This fantastic and well-kept vehicle has luxury combined with technology and style. The interior includes separate controls for heating and cooling the rear, reclining rear leather seats, a heated steering wheel, exterior parking camera, a navigation system and even a DVD video player. All of this luxury also comes with a fabulous safety package that includes dusk sensing headlights, stability control with anti-roll and airbags galore. This vehicle is only $57,995.

For those who love sports cars, you can still own that Corvette you’ve always wanted. Driven by a 6.2L V8 engine, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette races to the finish with more power than you thought possible. But power isn’t the only thing this beauty has. Cruise around in style with this coupe that has tinted windows, Xenon headlights, a keyless ignition and so much more. The car of your dreams can be yours for just $39,995.

When you are ready to test drive the perfect car for you, come on down to SouthTowne Motors. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff is eagerly awaiting to help you. If you ever need your new or used car serviced to keep it in top-notch shape, feel free to schedule with our impeccable service department.

Car Care Tips for Fall

Keeping your car in top-notch condition is something we all strive to do. We are not all mechanics, but there are still some tips and tricks you can do yourself to help keep your ride ready for the cooler months ahead.

Change your wiper blades. This is a simple and affordable way to prepare for the rainy autumn months and they are easy to install. Windshield wiper solvents and weather break them down. Having a fresh set of wiper blades keeps them ready for heavy rain or snow. Make sure you check your car’s manual for the appropriate size.

Check the spare tire. You never know when you might be caught with a flat. No one wants to be out in the cold longer than they have to be, especially in an emergency situation. Make sure the tire is at proper pressure and that you can get to it without hassle. If you own a truck, the spare might be under the vehicle attached by a cable. Check this cable to see that it works properly.

Check and top off all of your fluids. This should be done on a regular basis anyway. But if you only check them occasionally, be sure all of your fluids are where they should be. Check the antifreeze, brake fluid, power steering, oil and windshield wiper fluids. The most important one to check is your antifreeze since it is imperative for colder weather.

Air filters need replacing at least twice a year as a general rule of thumb. Having a dirty air filter not only effects the quality of air you breathe in, it can cause your fuel economy and performance to decrease. It will also deteriorate your emissions until the filter is replaced.

Be sure all of your lights and battery terminals are in working order. If you notice any loose cables or corrosion, gently brush the wires with the appropriate brush and reconnect the wires. If you notice any lights are burned out or not working, replace the bulbs. Most will be fairly inexpensive with the exception of the headlight bulbs.

All of these things can be done with minimal knowledge and simple tools. If you are ever in doubt, bring your car in to the helpful staff at SouthTowne Motors. We will get you ready and back on the road in no time.

Best Vehicles for Tailgating at SouthTowne Motors

The tailgating season is approaching. With football games, NASCAR races, and other popular outdoor sports, the buzz and excitement is heavy in the air. The motions of tailgating are simple: pick up some friends or family, grab some grub from the store, and then park at your stadium destination.

But what if you don’t have an appropriate vehicle for this type of party? No worries! Just stop at your Newnan car dealer for a new Chevy truck before your event.

Chevy Silverado - perfect for football tailgating

We have several tailgating options to choose from. The best selections to go with, naturally, are trucks. Even so, there are a range of other vehicles that don’t typically fit the tailgating mold. For instance, a great car for this is the Chevrolet Traverse 2LT. It can seat up to 8 people and has a large cargo area. Both the second and third row seats can fold down for extra carrying capacity.

The Cadillac Escalade, or the EXT version, are both great vehicles to party with. The EXT is the same great Escalade you have come to love, with all the spacious room and luxurious features. The EXT attached to the name means the rear half is a truck. Very useful for tailgating yet comfortable enough for 8 people to stretch out.

Another great SUV/truck hybrid that is perfect for tailgating is the Chevrolet Avalanche. It can seat up to 6 people happily and boasts over 45 cu feet inside as well as a 98 inch bed. Just think of the possibilities you can do with that much space. Some people have even customized their trucks and SUVs to fit bars and an entertainment system in the bed of their vehicles for such occasions.

Buick enters this list with their Enclave and Rendezvous models. The Enclave seats up to 8 people with both back rows able to collapse for extra storage space. Perfect for hauling all the extra coolers and accessories you might need for your get-together. The Rendezvous is a crossover SUV that was built between 2002 and 2007. They no longer produce these, but, if you can find one, you can customize it and make it one of the best tailgating vehicles around.

Of course, many other options are out there since you can tailgate in almost anything. So, if you want a great tailgating car or truck that your friends will be jealous of, drive just an hour south of Atlanta to Southtowne.

August Model Incentives and Service Specials

Sales. Specials. Deals. Everyone has them and there are just about as many names for these events as there are advertisements. But only SouthTowne Motors in Newnan has the deals you need on the vehicles you desire. We have over 40 model incentives at our dealership. That’s almost an incentive for every type of vehicle we offer! Let’s start off with some of the more popular options.

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is being offered right now with rebates as high as $2,000 or with financing as low as 0% APR. The ATS has captured the hearts of thousands of consumers. It is well-designed, has great maneuverability, and has top-of-the-line features. We have over 40 of these highly-rated vehicles to choose from starting at $32,834.

Also at the top is another Cadillac favorite, the CTS. This version of the Cadillac is impressive with its 6.2L V8 engine that shells out 556 horsepower. You can ride away in a 2013 CTS with a $5,000 rebate or 0% APR financing.

The familiar Chevy Malibu is back and it’s tougher than ever. It has a completely redesigned look, both inside and out. It is no longer the rental or fleet vehicle that we have all come to know it as. If you want a first-hand look at the new features the 2013 Chevy Malibu offers, visit your Atlanta Chevy dealership. This car is being offered with rebates as high as $2,500 or financing with as low as 0% APR.

Come view all of our model incentives at SouthTowne Motors. We look forward to seeing you! While you’re here, be sure to check out our service specials.

Atlanta Events – June

“Hot Lanta” is just that during June with numerous sizzling events around town. Before heading out for some summer fun in the sun, stop in at Southtowne Motors of Newnan for a look at a stellar variety of Chevrolets, GMCs, Buicks and Cadillac’s. Southtowne has new and used models to make your travel experience the best it can be in luxury, style, comfort and performance on your trip to the city.

Events

On Saturday, June 1 you can take to the skies at the Marietta Museum of History Aviation Wing for Helicopter Day. Meet the pilots who fly helicopters for law enforcement and the military from 10am – 4pm. The highlight of the day is an actual helicopter ride to Kennesaw Mountain.

On Saturday, June 1, Sunday, June 2, and Saturday, June 15 and 29, the Dunwoody Nature Center presents its summer concert. Bring a lawn chair, or blanket and a fabulous picnic, sit on the lush grounds of the restored meadow, and listen to live music. Cool off with a refreshing craft brew from Mother Earth Brewing to top off the event.

Festivals

The Virginia-Highland Summerfest takes place from May 31 to June 2. The festivities take place at North Highland Avenue and Park Drive on Saturday, from 10am – 11 pm and Sunday, 10am – 6pm. The annual event is celebrating 30 years with music on two stages, art show and market and activities for kids.

June 5 through June 9, the Atlanta Fringe Festival will be in full swing on 7 stages starting at 8pm. The festival features 120 performances and 24 shows from some of the best independent and underground theatrical artists and radio talent.

Concerts

On Saturday, June 8, visit the historic gardens and mausoleums at Oakland Cemetery for the Tunes from the Tombs concert from 1pm to 8pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the beauty and serenity of one of Atlanta’s most famous locations.

The Wells Fargo Concerts in the Garden series is tuning up for its 11th annual music fest with eight concerts at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the heart of midtown. The lineup includes such legendary singers as Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on June 23 and The B-52’s on June 28. Take advantage of MetroFresh in the Garden and order scrumptious meals ahead of time.

Make Southtowne your first stop before heading out of town for a full service check up to be sure your ‘wheels keep rollin’ all the way to Atlanta and back, safe and sound.

Memorial Weekend Events – Atlanta

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Area highways will be filled with cars in Atlanta and elsewhere across the U.S.A. as the first holiday of the summer is upon us. There will be picnics, festivals and Atlanta dealers will be having Memorial Day sales.

We should not forget what the holiday is all about however, and that is saluting those who have fought for our freedom. Take time to recognize the brave men and women of our country who paid the ultimate price so we may enjoy time with our families.

There is a lot going on in our area for Memorial Day weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the events Atlanta has to offer.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival . The Atlanta Jazz Festival is from May 25th through May 27th in Piedmont Park and it is regarded as the country’s largest Jazz festival. It is free and celebrates jazz legends and up-and-coming great jazz musicians.

Stone Mountain Park Memorial Day Weekend Festivities. Stone Mountain Park honors our troops and their families in a three day celebration. There will be a laser show spectacular in Mountainvision and an extended fireworks show all three nights. There will be a choreographed musical tribute honoring the brave men and women who protect our country.

24th Annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Mas and Music at Sweet Auburn. All the vibrant colors and feathery sights of a Caribbean carnival begin at 12 noon on May 26th at the Civic Center MARTA station. It starts with the Parade of Bands. Groups of people wearing lavish costumes, marching bands, cultural groups, civic organizations and other colorfully dressed participants march mostly down Peachtree Street. The route ends at the Sweet Auburn district. The Festival Village is located at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Fort Street. At about 3pm a line-up of more than 30 popular Caribbean acts start to perform. This year’s performers include Skinny Fabulous, Kerwin Du Bois and Claudette Peters. There’s Caribbean food and arts and craft. The entertainment ends at 10pm. There’s a $15 fee to enter the Festival Village. Kids 10 and under are free.

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities at LanierWorld. There are special events all weekend at Lake Lanier Islands’ water park, beach and entertainment complex. A fireworks show explodes at dusk on May 27th. The Thank God It’s Summer party takes on Memorial Day features a live performance by High Fidelity from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission to LanierWorld includes access to the holiday revelry and the park’s attractions. LanierWorld has 3 sections: Family Fun Park, Big Beach and Sunset Cove. Hours are 10am to 7pm May 25th, 10am – 11pm May 26-27, and 10am -8pm on May 28th.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, drive safely and don’t forget to use those seat belts.

If this summer has you considering a new our used car, we invite you to visit our Newnan car dealerships. We’ll talk to you next time here on More Miles with Mader!

Remember To Fasten That Seat Belt!

The roads will be filled with cars in Atlanta and throughout our country this Memorial Day weekend. For many in the U.S., it has been a long, cold winter, and people are ready to enjoy the great outdoors. There are a lot of things to do before planning a weekend trip. There is one particular thing we at Southtown Newnan want you to do before heading out. That is to remember to fasten your seat belt.

You may understand that fastening your seat belt can save your life. But did you realize that having your passengers fastening their seatbelts it may also save your life? A story from ABC News made the claim, sharing information from a University of Tokyo study.

The survey looked at 100,000 front seat occupants involved in car-to-car crashes in Japan. In each of these cases there were also at least two rear seat passengers. In head on crashes in particular, the results were astounding.

In these accidents where the rear seat passengers were not wearing seat belts, it increased the chances of dying for the driver by over 600%. If that’s not disturbing enough, it increased the chances of death for the front seat passenger by over 700%. The reason? When rear seat passengers are not wearing restraints and a head on near head on accident occurs, many times they are catapulted into the front seat. The force of even just a 30mph collision can send the rear passenger traveling at a force of 2.5 tons into the front seat occupants.

The study suggests that total number of deaths could be reduced by just about 80% in these cases if the rear seat passengers were wearing seat belts. This is really important to consider before your family heads out on the highways this holiday weekend and in the future.

Look, you know the patrols will be out and a traffic ticket can be costly. At our Newnan Car Dealerships, we want you to buckle up for a much more important reason…the safety of you and your family. Especially now that you know your risk of serious injury as a driver or front seat passenger are greater when your rear seat passengers aren’t fastened in. We hope you will make it a point to make sure all are secure.

Have an enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. Remember the reason we recognize the holiday and remember to have everyone fasten their seat belts.

Building A Car Emergency Car Kit

Here at More Miles with Mader I like to provide you with a variety of auto related and area information. I think it’s part of what a car dealer in Atlanta should do. This time around I am going to talk about creating your own emergency car kit. I’m not just going to talk about the basics. I also think I may have some good ideas for things you may not have even considered.

The place to start though is with the basics. I would consider the basic to include some sort of medical emergency kit. It should at least include a few bandages, tape, gauze and some packets of those disposable wipes you find at a rib or wing place. The basics should also include:

  • A flare or flares
  • Reflectors
  • Can of Fix-A-Flat
  • A Blanket
  • Jumper cables
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Flashlight
  • Plastic Poncho

If you travel alone frequently or travel out in the country quite a bit you may also want to consider these items.

  • A charged but out of service cellphone. These phones can still be used to call 911.
  • A tire repair kit. They are inexpensive and if you can find the hole, you can fix it at least well enough to get where it can be attended to more permanently.
  • Maps. Even if you have a GPS, keep a map available.
  • A bottle of water or two. You never know how long help may take to arrive.
  • A small air compressor. These can help fill a tire with a slow leak, or a inflate a repaired one.You can generally find these for under $20.
  • A portable self-contained power pack. These allow you to jump your car without help or even recharge your cellphone. These can cost anyway from about $40 on up, but can be invaluable.
  • WD-40. This can really help if you experience a tough lug-nut.
  • Duct tape. Hey, you never know!
  • A $20 bill hidden in the trunk or glove compartment. Again, you never know!

With cellphones, todays road emergencies can generally be minimized but it is always best to be prepared. You may look back on this and be thankful you put together your own emergency car kit.

If you are looking for a new car take a quick trip to Southtowne Motors of Newnan. We offer Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevy and GMC cars and trucks. We also offer used cars and trucks as well. Enjoy the road and remember to check back for More Miles with Mader!

Why Used Tires Might Not Be The Best Idea

Used tires are really only a smart purchase when you just plain cannot afford a new set of wheels. There are simply too many risks that go along with used tires for them to work as a long term scenario, so when you drive off the lot of your Newnan car dealership, you may want to make sure that you have a new set of freshly rotated tires, because…

Used Tires May Have Other Issues

(Besides being used.) For instance, you never know when a used tire has a slow leak or a run in the rubber that may lead to a blow out after fewer than a thousand miles. You need to make sure that you’re safe, most of all, when you’re out on the road.

New Tires Cost Less in the Long Run

Used tires may seem like a great deal if you only have to purchase them once, but when you have to replace them more frequently, and at irregular intervals, then they wind up costing a lot and you never know when you’re going to have to buy a new set. Investing in new tires will cost you less in the long run.

Used Tires Aren’t Always Safe

If you have to choose between driving on a used tire or driving on your donut for a little longer, then drive on a used tire. However, the higher risk of blowouts and flats with a tire that someone else has already driven thousands of miles on just isn’t worth taking when you have the choice.

Anyone who’s ever had to commute to a job that just didn’t pay them enough knows that you don’t always have a choice, sometimes you need to drive on used tires. But, if you can afford a new set, then buy a new set. There’s no sense taking unnecessary risks when it comes to your car.

Prepping Your Ride for Warm Weather Adventures

Spring is rolling in fast and soon you will experience “on the road” fever where the highways and the byways beckon for both on-road and off-road exploration of the countryside and especially the North Georgia mountains. Whether you choose to hitch a trailer to your Yukon XL with its impressive pulling power, load off road vehicles into your Chevrolet Avalanche, or take a scenic ride in your Buick Verano or the new Cadillac XTS, you will have power, comfort and versatility at your fingertips.

After several months of winter conditions featuring plenty of super cold temperatures and ice and snow, your car or truck is probably in need of a little tender loving care and hands-on attention to ensure it’s running in tip-top condition before venturing out on an extended road trip. Even new cars and trucks benefit from a check-up after months of chilly cold weather especially if it’s due for an annual service check.

At Southtowne Motors, one of the best car dealers in Newnan, expert technicians are standing by ready and waiting to repair, replace, upgrade and tune your vehicle providing comparable pricing and quality customer service.

If the transmission or battery in your older model car or truck is feeling the strain of time, bring it in to Southtowne for a check-up or replacement. Get an oil and filter change for extra zip and efficiency and if the tires are looking a frayed or worn, have them replaced for a smoother and more gas efficient ride. Before heading to scenic back roads, be sure the clutch and brakes are in good order for those power climbs in the mountains and don’t forget to have brake and power steering fluids checked and topped off.

Whatever you need for quality travel time whether it’s perusing the impressive inventory of new and used cars or trucks or servicing your current ride, the staff at Southtowne can handle your needs and have you on your way in no time.