June Service Specials

Summer is around the corner. Make sure you are ready for whatever the Georgia heat can throw at you! Here at SouthTowne, we have a variety of service specials for all of your car care needs. Always make sure your battery has plenty of juice. Bring in your vehicle for a free battery testing with our coupon. If you do need a new battery, we would be glad to assist in finding the perfect one for your Buick, Cadillac, GMC or Chevrolet.

You also want to make sure your tires are in top condition. You never know when inclement weather or unstable conditions will happen. Right now with our special pricing, when you buy a new complete set of tires, you will receive free tire balancing and mounting. What a great deal! We are also offering a $5 off for any service of $50 or more and $5 off any oil change.

Check engine light staring you in the face and not sure what it needs? No problem! Just bring it by and have our certified staff run a free diagnostic test to find the cause. We will clear any codes if needed and recommend anything we see that might need to be worked on. We also do a free brake inspection and will install if they are in need of repair.

With such a well-rounded service department, why take your GMC or Buick anywhere else? Appointments are not required but you may schedule ahead of time for faster service. We are open Monday thru Friday from 7:30am until 6:00pm and on Saturday from 8:00am until 2:00pm. All coupons can be found on our webpage under the Specials tab. And don’t forget to sign up for our email list for extra savings from your Newnan GMC dealer!

Engine Overheating; Diagnose Your Issue

The cooling system in your Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Chevy‘s engine is one of the most important components to having an operational engine. The bottom line is that heat destroys everything. In an engine, a cooling system is used to limit wear and tear caused by the extreme heat generated by the fuel combustion and friction. There are a bunch of different places that will need to be checked if your engine is overheating. You could have a leak, you may need a flush, you could have a hole in the radiator.

I thought this was a great video. We usually get a lot of customers who are having similar issues and the video below and see if you can pin point your issue.

Now, there are some jobs that we can do ourselves at home, oil changes and stuff like that, but dealing with a leaking cooling system can be a tricky venture. Performing maintenance yourself, while admirable, might not be a good idea if you haven’t don’t it in the past. The cooling system components can be relatively delicate in relation to some of the other parts of the engine. An example are the thin walls of the radiator itself. We’d recommend that you bring it in and have our professional GM mechanics take a look at it.

Police Officer Hides Money In A Ticket

Working at an Atlanta GM Car Dealership, we are accustomed to the, “I got a ticket” story. I think I can safely say that we’ve all been pulled over by a police officer and thought, “Why is he pulling ME over?”. Too often I think that the police who are out there to protect and serve are too often the target of misguided anger when they are just doing their job. I mean, really, you probably deserved that ticket.

However, there are some officers who go above and beyond the call of duty, like an unnamed officer with the Plano Texas Police Department did. After pulling a man over for an expired registration the officer, appropriately, gave him a ticket for not keeping up with his responsibilities as a car owner. However, the story just starts there. In the ticket he issued, he also hid a $100 bill. Apparently after hearing the man’s story regarding his reasons for not being able to afford to have his registration renewed , the officer was moved enough to give the man money from his own pocket. In the officer’s words, “he needed it more than I did”.

Not only was this a very generous act of kindness by a uniformed officer, It was one the officer wanted no recognition for. He was simply being kind. Something I think we all need to be a little more of.

Check out this wonderful story below:

I think we should all take away what the true meaning of generosity is from this officer. You can do your job and be a human being too! I think that you’ll find many in our Atlanta Police would do the same, given the opportunity. Kudos to the Plano Texas Police Department for turning out such fine examples of, not just Police Officers, but human beings as well.

Of course, your Atlanta GM dealer lives daily by the social virtue of, “Being Kind”,  if we didn’t we could never have had our motto be “Your Car Dealer For Life”. Come in and experience The Southtowne General Motors Superstore for yourself!

DWI Checkpoint Apps, Are They Good Or Bad

That’s a difficult question to even address. Is there a right answer…a wrong answer? There’s no mincing words here, it is never OK to get behind the wheel after you’ve had a few drinks. I’ll go as far as to say that even if you have one drink, you shouldn’t be driving. There is no way of getting around the thousands of DWI related arrests, accidents, injuries and deaths on our highways. That was until the smart phone allowed the introduction of the DWI Checkpoint App. This app allows users to search for and avoid DWI/DUI checkpoints.

Now, the police never keep these checkpoints a secret. In fact, they want you to know about them for a myriad of reasons: one as a deterrent and two so we know they are out there trying to stop the drinking and driving epidemic. I use the word epidemic, because it certainly seems that there is no cure for this rampant problem. All it takes is one mistake to ruin your life and crush your dreams, just ask Dallas Cowboy, Josh Brent.

So are these apps a good thing, or a bad thing? The jury is still out.

Here’s the deal, if you don’t drink and drive, you’ll have nothing to worry about. Why not save that $1.99 you’ll spend on that App, and put it towards something more useful…like taking a taxi.

Your Atlanta GM dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to know what you think about using technology to potentially avoid a DWI check point. Do you think that they will actually curb drinking and driving, or will they help those who choose to be careless avoid being caught?

Atlanta Chevrolet, How Does the Chevy Volt Work

I’ve been really reading up on the Chevrolet Volt recently, so much so I wanted to write a second post for all of those people who want to know how the technology actually works. In my last post, I touched on how the Chevy Volt can actually change the way people drive. This post is about how the Chevy Volt works. There’s a lot of engineering behind the Chevrolet Volt, even for the most advanced automotive technicians and enthusiasts. The technology is so fantastic I wanted to see if I could find an article, or video with extremely detailed information about how the Chevy Volt works. Well, I found what I was looking for. Here’s a very detailed presentation of how the Chevrolet Volt’s engine, two motors, three clutches and battery pack work together to drive the car

Again, if you are as inspired as I am about the Chevrolet Volt, I want to invite you to come over to you Atlanta Chevrolet dealer, The Southtowne General Motors Super Store and take a really god look at one. This is the beginning of the future of automobiles.

Atlanta GM Dealer, The New Car Survival Kit

Getting caught with your pants down. It’s a phrase we’ve all used and a few of us have probably experienced. Your Atlanta GM Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, wants to know if you you have your new car survival kit as to NOT get caught with your pants down in the event of a road side emergency or inconvenience.

What’s in a New Car Survival Kit you ask? All of the essential that will get you, at the very least, off of the side of the roadway and to a safe area you can leave your vehicle until further help arrives.

Jumper Cables
None of us ever leave our lights on on purpose, or run the radio just off of our battery because we know that it will wear down the charge. That’s not even saying anything about having an old tired battery that is on it’s last legs and always seems to struggle when that key is turned over. How many time are you going to cross your fingers hoping that battery has enough of a charge to actually start your car? If you say, “until it doesn’t start any more”, then you’d better have a set of jumper cables in your car. Or better yet, a portable battery charger/jumper. This way you don’t need a good Samaritan to help you in your time of need.

Flashlight
It doesn’t have to be night in order to need a flashlight. Have something to look at in your engine for whatever reason? A flashlight will come in handy. Then again, breakdowns at night always seem to be the norm, or at the very least, Murphy’s Law. Don’t have a flashlight in your new Atlanta GM? Expect to break down when you need light the most.

Tow Rope
It takes up very little space and can really get you out of a jam, quite literally. Now towing your car yourself should be reserved for the experienced, as it can be a little tricky if you don’t have your tow rope at the proper length. Plus, you have to be able to locate the appropriate tow points on your vehicle. A poorly anchored tow rope will pull the bumper off of your car. It’s a good thing to have, just consult your owner’s manual for proper tow points.

Blanket
This is obvious. If it’s cold outside, you are going to want a blanket in the case of a breakdown. Plus, if you travel long distances at any given point and need to pull into a rest area, to take a nap, it will be nice to have a little extra comfort.

First Aid Kit
We all keep a cabinet of first aid items in our home, so why not in the car? It will come in handy for a paper cut, or aid in a more serious situation.

Tire Gauge
I do posts on the importance of proper tire care all of the time. If you don’t own a tire gauge, you need to read my blogs a little more carefully. It’s an invaluable tool, costs less than $5 and is the size of a pen. Just get one already!

Empty Gas Can
I still don’t understand how people run out of gas on the road, but it happens. If you are the type who never looks at your instrument cluster, then it might be a good idea to throw a spare gas can in the trunk of your car. I’ve seen people walking down the road with them, so apparently people still don’t understand that your car will tell you that you are almost out of gas. Regardless, at least they were smart enough to prepare.

Have any other suggestions about what should go in your New Atlanta GM vehicle? Tell your Atlanta GM dealer!

Atlanta Cadillac: The All New 2013 Cadillac ATS At A Glance

Your Atlanta General Motors Superstore, Southtowne is proud to announce the release of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. It’s a launch that has been much anticipated both for Atlanta Cadillac owners as well as Cadillac themselves. The Cadillac ATS is a nimble and exhilarating luxury sports sedan. It has taken all of it’s luxury cues for a long tradition of Cadillac manufacturing and shrunk them into a more compact and exciting package. You can expect everything that you’ve come to know and love about the Cadillac brand to be included in the all new Cadillac ATS.

The engineers have been hard at work, making a smaller and lighter chassis which translates in to superior acceleration and handling. Cadillac’s engineers tested materials that would both limit weight, but also provide the strongest rigidity when in comes to safety.

The technology on the inside is going to turn a few heads also! With an in-dash tablet system called CUE (Cadillac User Experience) it provides a whole host of “industry first” technological advancements such as haptic feedback, Natural Voice Recognition, capacitive touchscreen and on-approach proximity sensing. Of course, the system also seamlessly combines vehicle controls, entertainment, safety, communication and navigation in one.

Think a compact car might have a noisy cabin? Not in the ATS. With Bose Active Noise Cancellation installed, your ride will be quieter than you can possibly imagine. It actively monitors engine and road noise and produces a, non-audible, counter sound that effectively blocks unwanted noise.

The interior is as luxurious as you can get with a choice of multiple trim options. While the exterior is both athletic and expressive and fuses both form and function. Check out the New 2013 Cadillac ATS in the video below.

Of course, seeing and driving is believing. I invite you to swing out to your Atlanta Cadillac Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore and have a look for yourself. I’ll tell you, we have all fallen in love with this new Cadillac, and we just know you will too. Did I tell you that it’s set at a price point you probably would believe if I told you? Come and see it for yourself.

Labor Day Sale At Southtowne And Jake Is In Charge

..and being in charge while the boss is gone during Labor Day means I get to write his blog post too! I’m squeezing this in during lunch which is just after my language arts class. I just want to tell you that the Labor Day Sale at the Southtowne General Motors Superstore is gonna be huge! There’s going to be all type of discounts and stuff. Plus, the Southtowne selection is pretty big, so I know you won’t have a problem finding what you want.

Wanna’ see the commercial we did for it?

The best part? THERE’S FOOD! Yup, Low Country BBQ on Saturday 11:30 to 2:30 and we’re even staying open late so you can have all the time you need to check out the cars. I really wanna’ make Steve proud, so come out and take advantage of the awesome deals.

I still can’t believe he’s letting me run the place!

Atlanta Car Dealer, Try Synthetic Oil To Get Some Extra Miles Out Of Your Car

Your Atlanta Car Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to know if you want to get some extra miles out of your car, you should try a synthetic oil…really! This is especially true if you are driving an older vehicle, or one with a lot of miles on it.

Synthetic oil, as compared to traditional petroleum-based oils, has a stronger viscosity or stickiness. It also takes longer to break down in extreme temperatures and is less subject to evaporating. Substituting synthetic oils for traditional oils when servicing a vehicle protects these parts better and, in turn, leads to greater engine efficiency. It’s efficiency directly affects the amount of fuel being used or wasted in the combustion process. Therefore, one of the most considerable ways of improving gas mileage is to protect the efficiency of a vehicle’s engine over it’s lifespan with a synthetic lubricant.

Check out the video below for more!

If you aren’t sure what synthetic oil you should be looking to use in your Atlanta car, trust your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore to give you some options and lead you in the right direction.

Atlanta GM Dealer: Is Changing Your Shocks At 50,000 Necessary

The question of the day from your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, is: Do you really need to change the shocks in your Atlanta GM vehicle ever 50,000 miles? Perusing around various automotive blogs as I usually do, I came across an interesting question about when is the right time to change out the shocks in your vehicles. The question I found is actually a really good one because it sheds light on what the right mileage to actually change out your shocks is:

While watching a baseball game, an ad on the backstop said to change your shocks at 50,000 miles. I realize this national shock-replacement company is trying to sell shocks. What I want to know: Is 50,000 miles a hard and fast number? If not, how does one know when to change the shocks? [source: CarTalk.com]

The short and easy answer is that if you are doing a lot of smooth highway driving, you can probably get away with going much longer than the assumed 50,000 miles. Shock don’t really wear out if they aren’t being used. On the flip side, if you drive a lot on potholed or bumpy roads, you will be working your shocks and suspension system fairly hard. Of course, that will wear them out and probably put you closer to that 50,000 mile limit.

One thing you may not know is that shocks don’t really degrade over time. They’re usually either good or bad, so there’s no need to replace them unless they’ve actually stopped working. That could be at 50,000 miles, or it could be over 100,000 miles. Again it really all depends on the roads you are driving and how much abuse your shocks are taking.

There’s also a practical test you can do at home. You get someone big  to push hard on a corner of the car and get it bouncing down and up, down and up. Then, when it’s at the bottom of its cycle, you let go and see what happens. If the corner of the car comes up and stops, without going down and up again, that shock is good. If the car keeps cycling up and down, even a little bit, after you let go of it, the shock is worn out.

If you suspect that you may need new shocks after performing this test, see the your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore for replacement.