AutoTrader.com is now offering a great and relatively new service to those who are looking to trade their car in or sell their car, the ability to get a guaranteed trade in offer before you even walk onto a car lot or into a dealership.
Car owners don't necessarily have to be certified mechanics
to know when something is wrong with a vehicle. Cars make a variety of
noises, including thumps, squeals and hisses, that let drivers know when
something is wrong.
Staying tuned in to vehicle noise is
important for drivers who want to keep their cars in good shape.
Essentially, owners can listen to the sounds made by their cars and
possibly invest in early care to avoid total breakdown and more costly
vehicle repairs down the road.
Most drivers know the types of
noises made by their vehicles during normal operation. If and when these
noises change, drivers should be careful to note any oddities in the
new sounds, which could be signs that problems are developing. Many
noises represent specific issues in a vehicle's operation, such as
high-pitched squealing that stops when the driver hits the brakes; this
is often a sign that brake inspection is due. When grinding sounds are
heard each time the brakes are applied, it might mean that brake pads
are worn and in need of replacement...
The Canyon's future re-emergence was confirmed during a recent conference call with the Vice-President of Marketing for Buick/GMC, Tony DiSalle. He stated, "While we continue to make strong progress in fuel economy gains on our full-size trucks, we know that there is a group of customers who want the functionality of a truck but may not need full-size pickup. We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the…
People make it a point get their oil changed regularly
and maintain proper fluid levels, but oddly enough one of the most used
parts of the car is also the most neglected. Tires are one of the least
thought about aspects of car maintenance. Rotating your tires every
5,000 miles should be an important part of everyone's maintenance
scheduled. But why is it so important?
Tires are expensive! Make
them last! This pictures show the difference between rear wheel and
front wheel drive vehicles. It's important to rotate your tires from
front to back and from side to side. You can also check your owner's
manual or call the Arbogast Service Department for the best patter rotation for your specific vehicle.
front wheel drive vehicles the rear tires last much longer. The front
tires are responsible for the steering, braking and carry the bulk of
the car's weight. Because of this, they experience more wear and tear.
Rotating the tires helps to evenly distribute the effects of driving on
the tires. Failure to have the tires rotated causes the front tires to
wear out quickly and means spending money on tires much sooner than
Front tires lean during a turn and the outside edges
can feather or scallop. When the tire's treads begin to scallop the
structure becomes compromised. A compromised tire structure can cause
flat tires and other forms of tire failure. While there are other
factors to consider when the tires begin to scallop, the majority of
cases are the result of not rotating the tires...
Go into any service center for an oil change and ask the attendant
what the difference is between synthetic oil and conventional oil.
Chances are he will tell you that synthetic oil is more expensive. While
this is true, it is not the whole story. You had better think twice
before basing your purchase decision solely on price. Here is some
information to help you decide which type of oil is best for your car
and the type of driving you do.
Conventional oil is the most common form of automotive oil you will
find. It is a natural petroleum-based product that is made up carbon and
hydrogen atoms arranged in both short and long chains. The extreme heat
of a running engine can cause the short chain molecules to break down.
When they do, the oil becomes much less efficient at lubrication than
when it was new. Even when it is fresh, conventional oil has the
tendency to become more viscous at cold temperature and less viscous at
high temperature. The high viscosity of cold oil makes it flow much
slower to critical engine parts that need lubrication. High-viscosity
oil forces the engine to run without the lubrication it needs to reduce
friction and wear until it warms enough to flow. Hot oil tends to have
low viscosity. Because it is too thin, it has reduced friction fighting
abilities and subjects engine parts to wear.
Synthetic oil is a relatively new creation, but can be found in many
automotive centers and stores. It is a laboratory creation that consists
of a base stock call polyalphaolefin, a hydrocarbon compound that
consists of a 30 molecule chain...
Between 2012 and 2013, 70 percent of GM products will either be all-new or considerably updated. The Buick Enclave, a luxury crossover SUV, will be the first of nine new to considerably updated models that GMC and Buick will be rolling out to dealers over the next 12 months.
The GMC brand is one of the healthiest in the automotive industry today and has been manufacturing quality trucks since 1902. The brand has long had...
Buick's success in recent
years with the large crossover, the Enclave, meant it was only a matter
of time until a two row crossover would be introduced. The Buick Encore is a great choice for those who prefer the elegance and look of a Buick but don't need the capacity of an Enclave.
As is the case with current Buick models in general, even a 'base' Encore is loaded with features. GM's Intellilink
system is standard, which includes both Bluetooth and iPod
connectivity. The image produced by the rear view camera is displayed on
a large 7 inch Color LCD screen. Buick is continuing its commitment to safety with a total of ten airbags, forward collision alerts, land departure warnings and OnStar.
2013 Encore offers an extremely quiet ride. This is due in part to an
innovation called 'active noise cancellation.' Noise patterns are
countered through audio patterns broadcast through the Encore's speaker
system. Sound deadening materials throughout the vehicle as well as the
use of an acoustically absorbent headliner also enhance the quiet ride
of the 2013 Encore...
GMC is betting big this season on the National Football League. In a PR scheme to attract attention to its American brand, GMC parked more than 30 GMC Sierra pick-up trucks in New York City's Times Square to bolster the company's sporting image. The effort drew a large crowd of sports photographers, writers, football players and fans to celebrate the opening of the NFL's 93rd season which started on September 5.
Today's luxury vehicles boast a host
of features that didn't exist even a few years ago: adjustable petals,
remote start, key-less entry, and air conditioned seats. Luxury car
makers, including BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Bentley, continue to
include more advanced features on their vehicles each year. Ambient
lighting is one of the newest features that has come to define vehicle
luxury, and car enthusiasts can find this luxury element in a somewhat
surprising place: Buick.
is quickly making a comeback in the automobile industry and has turned
into GM's luxury brand. Beginning in 2009, Buick produced a car that
featured ambient lighting. Its LaCrosse had a strip of ambient lighting
that circled the dashboard. Buick's foray into ambient lighting resulted
from years of research into the use of lighting in interior design. In
extravagant homes, special soft lighting was used to set the mood and
offer subtle illumination.
Buick's designers and engineers
applied the same concepts to the creation of their vehicles' interiors.
The result was lighting that enhanced the driving experience by creating
an inviting interior. The warmth of the ice blue ambient lighting
complements the lights of the car's gauges. Blue hues have a lower color
saturation and are easier on the eyes, which can create a serene mood...
August 2012 was a great month for Buick in which sales reached an all time high since 2007.
Buick reported a 8 percent national sales jump compared to August 2011.
However, city-by-city comparisons revealed higher sales increases over
the same period last year. Dave Arbogast Buick experienced a 16 percent sales increase.
In addition to a jump in sales numbers, Buick also saw increases in
customer lease contracts. Buick said that customer leasing jumped from
15 percent to 35 percent. Buick credits this jump to their "Experience Buick" leasing program, which was introduced March 2012.
The leasing program is a 24-month all inclusive lease that includes
Sirius XM satellite radio, GM's OnStar system and oil changes...