Tailgating With Your Truck

Now that football season has officially started, it’s time to get your truck ready for tailgating. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle that lends itself to tailgating; or give our service department a call to set up an appointment for serviced or to have your vehicle checked before you head out.

What to Pack

When pack for a tailgate party, you’ll need to be organized – you don’t want to forget something as important as the football! Bring a canopy to protect everyone from the sun. Make sure you have plenty of chairs for everyone who is going to party with you or have people bring their own chairs. Be sure that the grill is big enough to cook for everyone in your party. It’s no fun waiting for your food to cook while the other half of the party is already eating.

Remembering the food is the easy part. Don’t forget the condiments and the sides, though. If you are serving hamburgers, don’t forget cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. And, plates and plasticware. Don’t laugh – it’s been forgotten somewhere in the world. Also, bring wipes and napkins to clean your hands and face.

When to Arrive

You’ll want to arrive at least three hours before the game. This will give you time to set up your spot, heat up the grill, cook and eat. And, that should give you enough time to get in the stadium a few minutes early so you’re not tripping over everyone to get to your seat. And of course, you’ll want some time to throw a few passes. After all, what is a tailgate party that doesn’t include some football?

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Be sure to stop by SouthTowne Motors to have your vehicle serviced or checked before you head out to the games this fall. Or, if you are thinking about getting a new vehicle, now is the time to stop by to test drive a new vehicle to tailgate with.

Some of Georgia’s Best Outdoor Areas

Visit some of Georgia’s best outdoor areas before the summer is over.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park features 2,910 acres with 25 RV campsites, 10 tent sites that you can drive to, 12 walk-in campsites, 8 riverside platform campsites, 8 riverside back country campsites, Adirondack group camping which includes four screened shelters and a central fire pit, two picnic shelters, a boat ramp bathhouses with hot showers and a gift shop.

The park is great for those who like to paddle the river, camp or fish. It has 5 miles of river frontage and over 6 miles of wooded trails for hiking and nature photography. If you do decide to camp, you will need a reservation.

The park is located in Coweta County at 425 Bobwhite Way, Newman, Georgia, 30263. The park is open fro 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and gates are locked at 10:00 p.m. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Parking is $5, but annual passes are available.

Skidaway Island State Park

Enjoy trails, the smell of the Intracoastal waterway and wildlife. If you do want to camp, the park features 87 camp sites and three camper cabins. It also features five picnic shelters, a group shelter and three pioneer camps. Bordering Skidaway Narrows, the park features a boardwalk to an observation tower, trails through forests and past salt marshes and an interpretive center for learning about the local wildlife.

The camper cabins feature air conditioning, screened porches, kitchen, bathroom with a shower, a kids’ sleeping loft and a master bedroom. You’ll need to bring your own towels, linens, cooking utensils and dishes. Outside of the cabins, you’ll find a grill, picnic table and a fire ring. You can bring your pets, as they are allowed in the camper cabin sites, but not in the cabin itself.

The park is near Savannah at 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, Georgia, 31411.

Etowah Indian Mounds

The Etowah Indian Mounds site is 54 acres and was home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. and 1550 A.D. The site features borrow pits, the village site, a defensive ditch, a plaza and the six earthen mounds.

The museum features artifacts that show how the Native Americans lived and dressed themselves. You’ll see hand-carved stone effigies, items made from seashells, stone and woods, shell beads, and evidence of how the people decorated themselves with paint and complicated hairdos.

You can also follow a trail along the Etowah River where you’ll learn about V-shaped fish traps the Native Americans used and learn how they used trees for medicine and food.

Only nine percent of this site has been excavated, including Mound C and the surrounding artifacts. Mound C is a 63-foot earthen knoll and it was most likely used as a platform for the priest-chief’s home. Excavators found nobility buried in elaborate costumes and with the items they might need in the afterlife in another mound.

The Etowah Indian Mounds site features a gift shop, museum with a film, 20 picnic tables, riverside benches and the six earthen mounds. The site is located at 813 Indian Mounds Road, S.W., Cartersville, Georgia, 30120.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. If you are not ready for a new vehicle, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

A Closer Look at the 2017 GMC Yukon

If you are in the market for a new SUV, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the all-new 2017 GMC Yukon. You’ll find that this model has tons of features that make it the ultimate vehicle for commuting, taking a long road trip or even ferrying the kids and their friends to after-school and intramural events.

Convenience and Entertainment Features

The 2017 GMC Yukon features a garage door transmitter, a premium smooth ride suspension package, split bench third row seats, heated and cooled front seats, push button keyless start, heated door mirrors, SiriusXM/HD radio, five 12-volt power outlets, nine speakers, heated rear seats, rear air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and door mirrors, a memory seat and remote keyless entry.

Additional features include automatic temperature control, roof rack rails, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an overhead console, steering wheel memory, passive entry, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, pedal memory, power door mirrors with integrated turn signals, power second row seats, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, front dual zone air conditioning and wireless charging.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include four-wheel disc brakes, rain-sensing wipers, ABS brakes, illuminated entry, rear cross traffic alert, a low tire pressure warning system, a rear window wiper and defroster, an occupant-sensing airbag, blind spot sensor, safety alert seat, brake assist, a security system, side blind zone alert, lane change alert, an overhead airbag, speed control, speed-sensing steering and a panic alarm.

Additional features include delay off headlights, a driver alert package, dual front impact airbags, dual front side impact airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, an emergency communication system, variably intermittent wipers, fog lights and fully automatic headlights.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the all-new 2017 GMC Yukon to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security, and entertainment features.

Buick’s Best Classic Cars

Buick has a longstanding reputation for luxury and quality. Take a look back at some of the best Buick vehicles over the past decades before you head over to SouthTowne Motors to check out the new Buick models available on the lot.

The 1961 Buick Special

One of Buick’s most iconic vehicles and, indeed, one of automotive history’s most influential models, the 1961 Buick Special really put Buick at the forefront of the auto world in the early 60s.

It’s revolutionary all-aluminum construction made it the lightest mass-produced vehicle with a V-8. The combination of a supercharged engine with a light frame meant that the engine had tons of potential for fine tuning and optimization. Out of the box, the ’61 made 150-horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque, but those numbers could be inflated significantly.

Not to mention that the ’61s flat out looked great. They were sleek and futuristic for the time and have aged to become vintage beauties.

The 1970 Buick GSX

The quintessential Buick muscle car, the GSX typified the 70s craze for more power at any cost.

The ravenous 455 cubic-inch V8 engine was ram-air-inducted and could easily make over 400-horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque at a low 2800 rpms.

The 1987 Buick GNX

The Grand National first made its debut in 1982, but it was 1987 that saw the Grand National Experimental, or GNX for short. This souped up and highly modified Buick was given the royal treatment. It was about sending a statement: Buicks could be the baddest vehicles on the road if they wanted to be. Designed to outstrip anything else coming out that year, even from supercar designers like Porsche and Ferrari, the GNX had an engine, transmission, and suspension that all worked in harmony to produce 276-horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque.

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While Buick has a storied history, that history is still in the works to this day. Buick has a great 2017 lineup and some 2018 vehicles will be available soon. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new or used Buick car, truck, or SUV. Find the perfect Buick to get you around Georgia and beyond. Not looking to buy right now? SouthTowne Motors can still help you with service, parts, and accessories. Visit today!

Exploring the Night Sky

When you decide to explore nature, you might think of going to a park to see some wildlife and see how many different types of plants you can find. You may even connect with nature by hunting, fishing or hiking. Many people forget about the other part of nature: the night sky. Learn more about the night sky at parks across the nation, starting in nearby parks. Visit parks in other areas of the country when you take a road trip. Before you head out on a long road trip, be sure to have your vehicle serviced or checked at SouthTowne Motors.

According to the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park Service has to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Scenery includes the night sky since you can only find many of the dark, non-over-lit skies in national parks.

If you live in the city and have never been camping in the wilderness, you might not realize how beautiful the night sky is. When you plan your next camping trip to a national park, you may want to bring a telescope to help you pick out individual stars.

Many of the national parks have stargazing programs so that you can learn more about the night skies and what you can see. Stargazing programs include star parties, the bat flight breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, telescope viewing at Rocky Mountain National Park, moonlight hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park and the Observatory at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Before you head out on a road trip, put together a plan and a list so that you can see everything you want to see and so that you don’t forget anything you want to bring. Part of planning for your trip includes having your vehicle checked at SouthTowne Motors to ensure things such as belts, hoses and brakes are not going to break or wear out on your trip.

How to Prepare Your Kids for a New School Year

When it’s time for the kids to go back to school, whether you have grade school, middle school or high school kids, you’ll need a shopping list for the things that they need for the first semester. Create a list based on your children’s ages, preferably a separate list for each child unless they are close in age. And, if you need to upgrade to a larger sedan or an SUV, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive your next new vehicle.

Grade School Children

If your child is in grade school, he or she may need crayons, markers, scissors, triple-line writing paper, regular paper, construction paper for homework projects and glue.

Middle and High School Children

Middle and high school age children usually have a different class for each subject. They’ll need a notebook for each subject, stapler, tape, extra paper, folders, pens and pencils.

All Ages

All children will need a backpack to hold their things. If you pack a lunch, get the younger kids lunch boxes; get the older kids a small soft cooler that holds ice packs.

Clothing and Other Items

When choosing clothing for your children, check the school’s dress policy. Some may require that the children wear the same color and/or style pants and shirts. Some may just require a certain dress code that doesn’t include shorts a certain length, tank tops and other types of clothing.

Also, be sure that your children have the proper clothing for gym class, whether it’s shorts, sneakers or a bathing suit if the school has a pool.

Some students may need a tablet or a computer for school. If you do have to buy something, check with the school to be sure that you purchase the right electronics. Some schools may recommend a reader and some may recommend a full tablet.

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August Events Near Newnan You Don’t Want to Miss

Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle and then head out to these August events in your new car. If you are not ready for a new car, be sure to give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance so your current vehicle keeps running properly until you’re ready to pick up a new car.

The Big Fake Wedding – August 13

Love weddings but don’t get invited to enough of them? Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to see wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding Atlanta at Atlanta History Center. No gift required!

Piedmont Park Arts Festival – August 19-20

Piedmont Park Arts Festival features 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, and jewelers. It has artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and food vendors at Piedmont Park. The best part is that the event is free!

Southern Wing Showdown – August 20

The ultimate experience for wing lovers, taste wings from 25 restaurants, hear local music, and enjoy a cash bar at Southern Wing Showdown at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Children age 10 and younger are free.

Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin –  August 27

Nothing beats some ice cream on a hot day, and we’d be willing to bet that summer won’t relent before the end of August. Taste 100 flavors of homemade ice cream, join an ice-cream eating contest, hear DJ music, and visit the kids’ corner at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ in Roswell Town Square.

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Beat Summer Boredom with these Hikes in Georgia

If you’re finding yourself bored this summer in Georgia, don’t just sit around and do nothing about it. Why not go for a day trip to one of Georgia’s best hiking spots? Georgia is full of natural beauty and there are plenty of trails that you can hike to take it all in.

Jacks River Trail

For a longer hike that can easily take all day, try the Jacks River Trail. At 16 miles long, it meanders north from its trailhead at the Dally Gap. It’s located in the remote and beautiful Cohutta Wildnerness and crisscrosses the Jacks River several times with multiple fords, so you’ll have to be okay with getting wet. On a hot day, though, getting your toes wet in the cool river will feel nice, so who’s complaining?

Panther Creek Trail

At 7 miles long, Panther Creek Trails at Panther Creek Falls is a good middle-length trail to hike. The headlining feature of the trail is the waterfall that’s full in any season you visit. There’s a pool halfway down the trail if you want to take a quick dip before continuing on.

Raven Cliff Falls Trail

This one is shorter at 4.9 miles, but it’s a Georgia favorite, and for good reason: it’s relatively easy to hike and the waterfalls at the end are outstanding. The trail runs through a shaded creek valley and there’s even a chilly swimming hole near the trailhead, which is a perfect place to stop in after the hike is over.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors this summer to test drive a new or used car, truck, or SUV. Find the perfect vehicle to get you around Georgia and beyond, including to any of these hiking trails. Not looking to buy this summer? SouthTowne Motors can still help you with service, parts, and accessories. Visit today!

Chevy Bolts Available Nationwide Beginning This Fall

While GM began selling its award-winning electric Chevy Bolt near the end of last year in a couple of states and later rolled out more in spring of 2017, the vehicle hasn’t been widely available quite yet. This is set to finally change in August when the Chevy Bolt will fully roll out nationwide.

This is actually a bit earlier than what GM had planned originally. Initial projections were saying that the car wouldn’t be available widely until September. Dealerships have been allowed to start placing orders so that they’ll have inventory by the time they go on sale in August.

The first Bolt was delivered to the first customer back in December, with sales that expanded to about half a dozen additional states later in the spring of 2017. This controlled rollout has helped to control the supply and demand for the vehicle at levels that are beneficial to consumers.

The main draw of the Bolt is its cheap cost: only $30,000 after a federal tax credit. This is significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model 3, which won’t go on sale until sometime in 2018.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors this fall to test drive a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV and to learn more about its features and capabilities. You can also schedule some auto service at SouthTowne Motors, as well as shop for parts and accessories.

A Review of the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in

In the past, luxury cars like Cadillac were synonymous with poor fuel economy. However, with the advances in technology, they have smaller motors with enough horsepower and still have all of the luxuries you come to expect from a luxury model. You can really have the best of both worlds when you test drive a 2017 Cadillac CT6 plug-in at dealerships like SouthTowne Motors.

Borrowed Volt Technology

The new Cadillac CT6 is a full-size sedan and is a plug-in hybrid. The new model was announced at the Shanghai motor show. The new model will make 335 horsepower and 432 pound-feet of torque while doubling the fuel economy of the conventional engine.

The CT6 features an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat and in front of the trunk. The battery features 192 pouch cells – the same chemistry you’ll find in the new battery that comes with the Chevrolet Volt. You can charge this battery pack at a 120-volt or a 240-volt outlet.

A new rear-wheel electric variable transmission (EVT) will back up the engine, giving the CT6 fast and smooth takeoffs. The EVT system uses two motors and three planetary gears. The gas engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger.

The CT6 features three driving modes: normal, sport and hold. Use normal for every day driving; use sport for more aggressive medal mapping and use hold to reserve battery use.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the CT6 and to learn more about the range, pricing, trim levels, convenience features, safety features and entertainment features for each trim level.