Atlanta Car Drivers, Take A Look At The 2012 GMC Terrain

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The Terrain comes relatively well-equipped in its base, SLE trim level, which starts at $25,560. For 2012, the Terrain’s new standard features are technology-focused, including a new standard audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen and a USB input. Bluetooth, cruise control and OnStar remain standard.

So, I know you are dying to come and test drive a new GMC Terrain at Southtowne. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all of the features that are available to you. The thing is, the GMC Terrain hasn’t really changed much since its introduction in 2010. They didn’t really need to do anything to spice it up. It was already a great crossover. The 2012 GMC Terrain has everything you’d expect from an Atlanta GMC, and a whole bunch more.

Of course, you can’t take a test drive from your couch, so swing by Southtowne and check out a new Terrain for yourself

Atlanta Cars, It’s Gettin’ Close to RoadTrip Time

What’s a year without a least one road trip, right?  Southtowne believes that road trips should be tons of fun for the entire family and it is a great way to spend time all together too. However, with gas costs slowly mounting, it could be harder to get out on the highway this time of year.  With any luck, the tips below may help you to create those summer road trip plans!

This is a great listing of gas-saving road trip tips I found via CNN that I just can’t resist sharing:

Pick the right tool for the job: If you have more than one car to choose from, don’t just try to squeeze everyone into the one – or two – that go the furthest on a gallon. First of all, if you think you’re saving gas by splitting the crew into two small cars rather than taking the big SUV, you’re not. Remember, two small cars will burn gas twice as fast as one, and that’s probably faster than your SUV.

Also, packing too much into a small car can lead to the use of roof-top racks and bins, which seriously undermine fuel economy. (More on that in a moment.) Besides that, jamming everyone and everything into a too-small car can be just plain uncomfortable on a long trip and the point is to have fun, not start fights.

Pack light and smooth: Extra weight cuts fuel economy, so try to pack as light as possible. The savings are slight, but every extra 100 pounds cuts your fuel economy by about 2%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

More importantly, don’t pack more than you can fit inside the vehicle. This is especially important. Packing stuff on roof-top bins and racks cut fuel economy by about 21%, according to tests done by Edmunds.com.

And those roof-top racks with crossbars, even if left empty, also cut fuel efficiency. Take them off. Leaving them in place can reduce fuel economy by about 1%, according to Edmunds.com.

Don’t buy the high-priced stuff: Check your owner’s manual for the kind of fuel your car needs. If the manual recommends Regular gas, use it. Putting in Premium will do nothing but waste money.

If the manual says Premium fuel is “recommended,” but not “required,” fill up with regular. It won’t hurt anything and all you’ll lose is such a slight amount of peak power that you’ll never notice. (How often do you drive with the gas pedal pressed all the way to the floor?) With modern engine sensors, cars can adjust immediately to lower octane fuel without missing a beat. And it will save you about 10% on the price of a fill-up, according to AAA.

Use your cruise control: There are times when cruise control isn’t appropriate, such as in areas with heavy traffic or in bad weather. Also, using cruise control on hilly roads can actually use more fuel, not less, as your vehicle struggles to maintain speed while driving up hills.

But if you’re driving over relatively even terrain, cruise control can prevent unnecessary speed changes which waste gas. In tests by Edmunds.com, using cruise control at 77 mph improved fuel economy by 10 to 15 percent.

As an added benefit, cruise control prevents speed creep – the tendency to gradually increase your speed the longer you drive – and that can keep you from getting a costly speeding ticket.

Stay to the right: Even if you’re driving at a constant speed, going too fast wastes gas. Within the range of normal highway speeds, each 10 miles per hour faster will reduce your fuel economy by 15% to 20%, according to tests by Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com.

Going too slow isn’t safe either, but at least try to stay out of the left lane where the traffic is fastest, unless you really need to pass someone. Again, this can also keep you from getting a ticket.

Calm down in town: When not in highway traffic, take it easy on the pedals. Aggressive acceleration and hard braking waste an amazing amount of fuel. In testing by Edmunds.com, aggressive driving cut fuel economy by about 25%.

Don’t worry about A/C: It’s debatable whether it uses more fuel to drive with your windows down on the highway or with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner on. In tests by Consumer Reports and Edmunds.com, it depended on the vehicle and speed. At 65 mph, using the air conditioner was slightly more draining. At higher speeds, it probably wouldn’t be.

In any case, the difference is small either way and one thing isn’t debatable. Driving with the windows down on the highway is noisy, distracting and possibly dangerous. Road debris can enter the car and the wind can catch items in the vehicle and blow them around. Given that, just roll up your windows and enjoy the cool air.

Avoid getting stuck: This is something you’ll probably want to do anyway, but really try not to get stuck in traffic. Idling and slow driving wastes a lot of fuel, so plan to drive at times when few others are. Also, plan alternate routes ahead of time in case you hit unexpected snarls. Driving a little bit out of your way can use less fuel than crawling down the straight-and-narrow.

GPS satellite navigation tools can help by making it easier to change routes on the fly. Some newer models even include traffic warnings on the screen so you can see what you’re getting into.

Little things: For reasons of both safety and fuel economy, you should give your car a good once-over before setting off. Make sure tire pressure is set correctly, your filters are clear, your fluids are fresh and the engine is running well. These things will make only a slight difference to your fuel economy, but you should do them anyway to prevent wasting time waiting for a tow truck.

Make the most out of every road trip and who knows, with all your cost savings you might be able to pay for just one more road trip! Of course, the main thing to accomplish on a road trip is always to have fun!

And now there are apps which could help you watch your gas consumption too. Take a look at FuelFrog which tracks your fuel management once you provide them the information for distance traveled, the price paid and the amount of fuel that was used.

Prior to hitting the road, we always recommend checking your fluids, especially the oil and the coolant levels. Should you have to get your vehicle checked out before you hit the road, just swing by Southtowne and we’ll get that family car roadworthy.

 

Atlanta, How Well Do You Know The Brakes On Your GMC Cadillac or Chevy

We’ve see many cars come through the Southtowne Service Department that have been involved in accidents because of suspected brake failures. How do you know if your brakes are on the verge of “taking the day off”? Let’s see if I can shed some light on this.

One leading indicator is the feel of the brake pedal, so if your new car pulls left or right when braking, or if the front end shakes, then these are definite signs of excessive brake wear. If the brake pedal in your automobile begins to feel spongy, it could be a sign that air has entered the brake system or fluid is low. Do not ignore these warning signs!

A spongy brake pedal, together with a decrease in brake fluid, may also indicate brake wear. When you check the brake fluid reservoir, make sure it’s topped off. If not, then brake fluid is probably remaining at the wheel itself to fill the space caused by wear. Simply replace the brake fluid and letting it flow throughout the brake system by pumping the brake pedal a few times before your run your car.

Almost all new cars have ABS (Automatic Braking System) which initiates a rapid fire pumping sequence to the brakes, keeping the car straight during sudden or hard braking. If the ABS light illuminates on your instrument panel, then it’s likely that the wheel sensors have detected excessive build-up of metal particles from the brake system. Most new cars are designed to shut down the ABS when excessive particle build-up occurs, but a shutdown ABS does not prevent you from stopping, it just means that the ABS feature isn’t working. My advice is to have this taken care of immediately. The ABS system on your car is very valuable, especially when navigating through in climate weather.

If you have any other questions, or you think it might be  time to have your brakes checked by a professional,swing by Southtowne and we’ll check them out.

Atlanta’s Dream Cadillac: The 2012 CTS-V Coupe

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This is a pretty good review of the 2012 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Again, not everyone has $100k just laying around, but that’s not the point of this article. It was to show you the supurb craftmanship of Cadillac. The American Muscle Car has just gotten a little more regal. If you want to see any of the CTS line-up, just swing by Southtowne and we’ll take you on the grand tour.

Atlanta Cars: Rotate Your Tires Every Oil Change

When asked; “At what mileage should I rotate my tires”, my answer is always the same; “Every time you have your oil changed.” You can probably go longer, but just go ahead and do it. It won’t hurt, but will in fact, prolong the life of your tires. Most people usually are good about changing their oil, but are really terrible about rotating their tires. So, why not just do both at the same time?

What most people fail to realize is that for every Atlanta Buick, Chevy, or Cadillac that is brought in for service on steering, wobbling, noise, or alignment issues, I can pin point the issue directly back to the lack of proper tire maintenance…just by looking at the tires.

People tend to forget that those four tires are the only things separating them from the road. They are as significant as any other part of your vehicle. Why neglect proper tire maintenance?

So why should tires be rotated?  The bottom line is that the front and back tires do not wear at identical rates due to differences in wear during cornering, acceleration, braking, etc.  Think of your shoes. Guys, do the heals of your nice shoes wear evenly? No, and neither do your tires. Also remember, a car that is not aligned properly can also lead to uneven wear.

I recommend rotating tires every oil change. Yes, that often. In addition to rotating tires frequently, check your tire pressure. Tires can lose pressure based on the outside temperature, and low tires cause unnecessary tire wear. Uneven wear often leads to suspension problems.  Not only that, but the low tire pressure can lead to preventable punctures and flats, and makes it really difficult to drive safely.

I’m serious, keep your tires in excellent operational condition as you do the rest of your vehicle. They’ll last a lot longer, your car’s performance will be better and you’ll enjoy driving. For any questions, or concerns about your tires you can always leave a comment below, or better yet stop by and talk with one of our service professionals at The Southtowne General Motors Superstore.