4 Simple Tips for Improving Your MPG

Some people have weird ways of saving gas, like putting the car in neutral, or even turning it off, when going down a hill. As a general rule, if a trick seems too stupid to possibly be doing much good, then it’s probably too stupid to possible be doing much good. You can improvey our MPG with a lot of simple, easy tricks that won’t run down your engine or have you driving unsafely just to save a dollar on gas here and there:

Clean Your Engine

There are all sorts of products on the market for engine cleaner that you can put into your tank before your next fill up so that it can circulate and clean out a lot of the gunk that gets gummed up in your engine. Invest in a bottle of this every few thousand miles or so and you’ll be able to get that much more out of every gallon.

Change Your Oil

Stop putting it off. The longer you go between oil changes, the less efficient your car is going to run, and the more money you’re going to be spending on gas to keep it moving, so don’t slack, change your oil as recommended. Perhaps more importantly, when you drive off of that Atlanta Buick dealer with a brand new car, you don’t want to ruin it in the first year of ownership, so take care of it.

Clean Out Your Trunk

You might not think that that busted tire that you haven’t gotten around to throwing away is doing much damage, or those cinder blocks you’re saving to build a barbecue pit, or the dozens of phone books that you’re driving around for who knows what reason, but you might have anywhere from a few to a few hundred pounds of useless junk in your trunk. Take the time to clean it out and you’ll see an immediate improvement in your MPG.

Change Your Driving Habits

Finally, you can make a big dent in your MPG by just changing your driving habits up a bit. Keep an even speed going on the highway, let your car warm up when it’s cold out before you take off, and take your time when you accelerate and you’ll be able to get more out of every gallon.

Newnan Events – April

April is here, and your Atlanta Cadillac dealer, Southtowne, invites you to enjoy some of the events scheduled in the Newnan area. Get out in your new car and participate in these community events.

Romeo and Juliet will be performed on April 11th at the Newnan Center for Performing and Visual Arts at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road. The performance gets underway at 7:30pm.

There is a new event scheduled for April 13th at the Coweta County Fairgrounds at 275 Pine Road in Newnan. The event is called R.A.C.E. for the Orphans 5K and it gets underway at 7:30am. This inaugural R.A.C.E. for the Orphans hopes to raise funds for the adoption expenses of Jason and Kelly Preston’s daughter from China. Organizers are hoping the event will become an annual way to help fund adoptions in our community.

April 14th is the “Ride for the River”. There are several routes available for riders with all routes beginning and ending at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Registration is at 8am and riders may choose from a 14 mile ride, 30 mile ride, 60 mile ride or a 104 mile ride. Proceeds benefit The Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information you can call Carolyn at 770-253-8264, or Pat at 770-253-6839.

A “Taste of Newnan” is set for April 18th from 5-8:30pm. The information tent will be located in front of the Carnegie Library at Jackson Street & West Broad Street. There you will find maps with vendor locations and other information about the event. Those of us at Southtowne are pleased to be a sponsor of this great event. There is plenty of parking throughout downtown and we look forward to seeing you there!

If you are getting a little spring fever, Southtowne, your source for new and used cars, invites you to get out and enjoy your community. If the warmer temperatures have you thinking about a new or used vehicle, we invite you to come see us at Southtowne!

Georgia Highway Attractions

Georgia highways offer some of the best on the road experiences when planning to take your new or used Chevy, Buick, GMC or Cadillac for a spin. Along with the visual scenery during the fall with the changing leaves and colorful flowers in the spring, Georgia highways have an abundance of interesting stops along the way from north to south and east to west.

Along SR 400, consider the John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve in Sandy Springs, canoeing on the Chattahoochee River, Sandy Spring and Roswell Arts Trail, or shopping at the Farmers Market in Alpharetta and another market up the road in Cummings.

For relaxation, visit Lake Sydney Lanier for hiking, canoeing, boating and fishing. To enjoy a sampling of delicious wine, tours and events, visit Montaluce Winery Estates, Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery and Frogtown Cellars Vineyards Winery located in Dahlonega. Enjoy exceptional views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along with hiking, festivals and miles of scenic highway in Dawsonville and the Amicalola Falls State Park with its romantic lodge and cascading waterfalls.

Access GA Hwy 75 and you’ll be on your way to the quaint Alpine village of Helen. Plenty of entertainment in the village with shopping and dining and in the surrounding area with state parks, water parks, waterfalls and miles of hiking trails.

Traveling west along Interstate 20 and Highway 402 has its own major attraction to offer. For a full day of excitement, adventure, breath-taking thrill rides and something for everyone of all ages, plan a road trip to Six Flags.

Another major attraction to the east on Highway 78 is Stone Mountain Park. Take the lift to the top of the mountain, or be adventurous and take the walking trail. Ride the scenic railroad, enjoy entertainment and recreation all year long with golf, hiking, fishing, shows, annual laser show, dining and shopping.

The southern region of Georgia is home to historic Savannah accessed via State Route 404 also known as Jim Gillis Historic Savannah Parkway and Interstate 16. Step back in time to another era as you walk the historic area, experience Civil War battlefields and visit beautifully detailed churches from past times. Stay at one of the vintage inns, relax with a horse-drawn carriage ride, and savor the flavor of fresh Savannah seafood.

No matter which highway you choose to travel, make sure your car or truck in in “good to go” condition with a service call at SouthTowne. Experts will have your car tuned up and ready for your next adventure.

The Dangers Of Atlanta Railroad Crossings

You may not have ever considered it, but many drivers in Atlanta have, and that’s tempting fate by crossing train tracks as a train is barreling down the tracks. Your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to remind you that crossing barriers to avoid waiting for a train to pass is dumb and illegal. You not only put yourself in the path of extreme danger, but you are endangering those who are actually abiding by the law and waiting for the train to pass as well as the engineer of the train.

You might be thinking, “do people really go around railroad barriers”? The simple answer is absolutely they do. In fact, I’m surprised that we don’t have more incidents involving fatal interactions between car and train.

Of course, not all railroad crossings are clearly marked with guard gates or lights, there are some in rural areas that are simply marked with the standard railroad “X”. As you’ll see in the video below, even when driving in a familiar area and crossing a well known railroad intersection can still be extremely dangerous.

The following statistics were provided by car-accidents.com:

According to the US Department of Transportation there are about 5,800 vehicle train crashes each year in the United States-usually at Railroad crossings. These accidents kill 600 people and injure about 2,300. More than 50% of all railroad fatal accidents occur at crossings with passive, or inadequate safety devices (often none at all!). During daylight about 75% of car train collisions involve the train hitting the car, while at night about 50% of the time the car runs into the train!

The bottom line is that you should never, ever cross railroad tracks when the guard arms have been lowered. Even further, you should always expect the unexpected when crossing at any train intersection.

As always, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore just wants you to use your head when you are on the road. Don’t take any chances with your life and try to beat any on-coming train. It’s just common sense, folks.


Atlanta GM Dealer: Cool Your Car, Use A Windshield Shade

At your Atlanta are GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore we know the benefits Sure you are thinking, “Man, those things are a pain to put up and even more of a pain to store”. At least that’s what I thought until last Saturday after a round of golf. I’m not kidding, my Atlanta Cadillac was 10,000* and my seats were twice as hot. As I instantly start dehydrating, waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I remembered seeing my windshield shade in my trunk when I was putting in my clubs. Boy, a lot of good it does me there.

So the question isn’t, “Do windshield shades work”? We all know the do. It’s “How well do they work”? As in, “how much heat can they cut down inside my car”? So, I did a little research and this is what I found…get ready for the science!

So you see, not only does a sunshade keep your car cool, but it helps maintain the integrity and good looks of your dashboard and seats as well. There are some sunshades out there that can reflect up to 97% of the Sun’s damaging rays. Of course that doesn’t mean that stepping into your car will be like taking a seat in your refrigerator, but it will certainly keep it much cool than if you didn’t use one.

At your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, out parts department had a decent selection of sunshades designed to it your Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC…Swing by and take a look, before it gets really hot out there.

Atlanta cadillac: The 2013 Cadillac ATS

This is the Cadillac that your Atlanta Cadillac Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors SuperStore, believe will become an international sensation that will know the BMW 3 series off of it’s pedestal. The 2013 Cadillac ATS. Below you’ll find a very comprehensive video that is certain to impress you as much as it impressed the testers.

This isn’t your grandparents Cadillac. This is new luxury car is aimed at the younger technologically savvy buyers that are also in tune with wanting a high performance vehicle. I invite you to take a spin for your self in a new 2013 Cadillac ATS. Southtowne is certain that you will enjoy your demo, and possibly change your perception of what you thought Cadillac used to be.


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 Chevrolet: The New Chevy Spark Is A Spicy Little Dish

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It’s not too often that I get excited about a new vehicle delivery here at your Atlanta Chevrolet dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, but there is something really great and unique about the 2013 Chevrolet Spark. With color names like “Salsa Red” and “Jalapeno”, the Spark was designed especially for city living. Think about all of those downtown parking spaces that you are missing out on because of the size of  your current vehicle. The Spark mini car slides easily into those tight parking spots that other cars don’t dare dream about. That’s less time looking for parking and more time spent exploring. Add a 5­–year/100,000–mile powertrain warranty. Chevy calls it the driving solution for city living.

The best part about the new Chevy Spark isn’t necessarily it’s size either, but more the diminutive price tag that comes along with it. The Chevy Spark starts at just. But don’t let the small price tag fool you, This thing is loaded with standard options more expensive vehicles don’t come with. That’s right, affordable doesn’t mean boring. The Spark has all of the tech and gadgets that make buying a new ride so euphoric, plus equipment like alloy wheels, power windows and air conditioning come standard on any model.

Here’s a little description from Chevy’s site about the Spark:

Spark 1LT and 2LT were designed to include everything worth flaunting. We’re talking Chevrolet MyLink with a 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen that keeps all your favorite music and entertainment within easy reach. The six-speaker sound system is ready to blast tunes from the three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. You can even access your personal playlists, Pandora® stations or Stitcher SmartRadio™ favorites by connecting your compatible smartphone to Chevrolet MyLink using Bluetooth® wireless technologyor the USB port. Don’t forget to download the OnStar® RemoteLink™ mobile app to your compatible smartphone to keep track of important vehicle information, send turn-by-turn directions to your Spark and more.

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Stop wasting time, money, gas and join the Mini Car Revolution! Check out the new Chevy Spark Right now at Southtowne…we have one with your name on it and we’re sure The Spark will light your fire. Of course, the hardest part of buying a new Chevy Spark is going to be choosing what color you want.

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.

Your Atlanta Car Needs Its Power Steering Fluid Changed

Have you started to notice recently that it isn’t as easy as it used to be to turn that steering wheel? Your issue may be found in old, dirty steering fluid. In fact, your Atlanta Car dealer, Southtowne says, if you notice that you are having to use more force to turn the wheel, or that it starts to stick, then that means that you probably need to add, or flush your power steering fluid.  Like many other parts of your car, your power steering works in tandem with a fluid that assists your power steering mechanism.  Over time, the steering fluid may get low, or become dirty and contaminated, which means you have to get rid of the old, and add in the new. Lot’s of time, you forget to check your fluids and consequently, they get low or compromised with grime and dirt. It’s probably time to do a once over on all of your fluids, specifically your power steering fluid, as this is usually the last fluid people seem to check.

This can be easily done at home, but there is more to it than taking off a cap and adding more fluid.  The video below is a great walk through on how to flush your car’s power steering fluid.

If you are noticing that you are still having problems turning your steering wheel, then you may want to take your car to a mechanic to make sure there aren’t any bigger problems.  Or better yet, why not just hop into your Atlanta car and come into your Atlanta Buick GMC, Cadillac, Chevrolet Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore. We’ll fix you up and get you back on the road in a flash.