It might make you sad to hear it, but the summer is quickly drawing to a close. If you have kids, you probably have already started back-to-school shopping. However, before the school year officially starts, try one or more of these Texas day trips.
- Fort Davis. This is one of the best surviving military sites from the Indians Wars era of the late 1800s. This fort was in operation from 1854 to 1891. Visitors can tour many of the restored buildings.
- Fort Worth Stockyards. Twice every day, you can watch live cow herding at the Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition, every Friday and Saturday night there is a fun-filled rodeo.
- Palo Duro Canyon. This beautiful red rock canyon is often called the “second Grand Canyon.” The park is open every day from 7am-10pm. There are campsites available for a longer stay.
- Dinosaur Valley State Park. Walk in the footsteps of giants with a visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park. Follow the river to find the dinosaur tracks. You can also go horseback riding, camping, find a geocache, go for a swim, or catch some fish.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope you have a great end to your summer and an even better start to the school year.
While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.
- Balmorhea State Park. Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.
- Devil’s River. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.
- Big Bend National Park. This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.
Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?
Is adventure calling to you? Do you long to take the road less traveled and depart from the beaten path? It may be time to set out on all those off-road journeys you’ve been dreaming up. Before setting out, here are some tips on how to off-road successfully and traverse rough terrains like a champ.
Know your vehicle and its capabilities:
If you own a truck or SUV, chances are that it has some off-roading capability. However, capability varies greatly between vehicles, so you will want to know exactly what your particular vehicle is capable of. You will want to understand your traction control system and if you have a traction select system, how your 4WD system works, and if you have a locking differential. You will also want to understand the demands of whatever terrain you’re traversing beforehand.
Off-road equipment options:
Not only may your vehicle come with built-in off-roading systems, but you can also add on off-road equipment to increase your vehicle’s capabilities. For instance, you can add a set of all-terrain tires to your vehicle, lift your vehicle’s suspension and install superior shock absorbers, or install front bumpers to further protect your vehicle.
Have emergency supplies:
Off-roading comes with risks, so make sure to have a first-aid kit on hand in case of an accident. You will also want to pack food and water, warm clothing, and have an emergency plan – including how you’re going to contact someone if something goes amiss – in place.
Contact us at Midland Buick GMC if you have questions for us about the capability of your Buick or GMC vehicle. We’ll be happy to help!
The new, next-gen 2019 Sierra is a force to be reckoned with, and it just got even more impressive. For the first time ever, GMC will offer the Sierra Elevation, which boasts a strong design, incredible capabilities, and state-of-the-art connectivity technology.
The new 2019 Sierra Elevation is thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of selective drivers. Like the Denali, AT4, and SLT, the Elevation offers particular features to meet a particular set of needs. Alongside the bold exterior contours of the new 2019 Sierra, the Elevation offers monochromatic door handles, bumpers, and grille surround and black exterior accents to take the Sierra’s look to the next level. To round out the look, the Sierra Elevation features high-intensity headlamps with signature C-shaped “light blade” elements.
True to its name, the 2019 Sierra Elevation takes the Sierra’s capabilities to the next level. The Sierra Elevation comes equipped with a Traction Select System that allows you to manually select the drive mode best-suited to the current road conditions or task at hand. The modes optimize performance by adjusting the Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping, and more.
The Sierra Elevation comes equipped with an advanced 8-inch GMC Infotainment System that offers Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. These smart features give you convenient access to your smartphone’s music, maps, and more directly on the system’s display.
To learn more about the Sierra Elevation and when it will be available for purchase, contact us at Midland Buick GMC.
Summer is upon us, and it’s time to venture out from home and explore with the family. The warm weather and long days of summer present the perfect opportunity to set out on a summer road trip, exploring the region you call home or venturing out further across the states. Before you do so, however, you should make sure your car is ready to hit the road and travel for long distances in the heat. Here are a few tips on how to get your car ready for summer road trips.
Before you leave, check your vehicle’s oil and fluid levels:
These simple checks go a long way. Perhaps get an oil change before you set out, and make sure you have adequate amounts of windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant.
Check tire treads, pressure, and consider getting your tires rotated:
The condition of your vehicle’s tires affect your vehicle’s overall performance, so you will want to check them before setting out. Check the tires’ treads to make sure they’re not too worn, check your tire pressure – which can affect your vehicle’s handling, control, and efficiency, and get your tires rotated if you have routine maintenance performed at the shop before you depart.
Have an emergency plan and extra supplies:
Pack extra water and have an emergency plan in place in case something goes awry. For instance, make sure to have power cords for your devices, so you can keep them charged up and make calls, and an idea of what you’d do if you have to stop.
If you’re worried about your ride being able to handle a long road trip, bring it in to the Midland Buick GMC Service Department or contact our sales team to find a better option.
The 2019 Sierra marks the launch of the fourth-generation of this exceptional pickup truck, and the models on offer are truly awe-inspiring. Particularly of note if the all-new Sierra AT4, which offers all the off-roading capability and innovative features you could want or need.
With the Sierra AT4, GMC is redesigning what it means to off-road, making it easier than ever before to take the road less travelled. Coming standard on the AT4 are numerous features that, quite frankly, have us chomping at the bit. The AT4 will comes with standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers, and a 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift. These features will create a perfectly smooth, stable, and confident driving experience, allowing you to feel in control while you traverse rough terrains. With GMC’s smart technologies like Hill Descent Control, Traction Select System, and the industry-first MultiPro Tailgate, it has never been easier to make off-roading part of your adventurous lifestyle.
Not only does the Sierra AT4 feature state-of-the-art off-road capabilities, but it also looks the part. It comes with 18-inch all-terrain tires and features a distinctive wheel design with a cool, dark-tinted finish. The front end features sleek black chrome accents, presenting a bold, daring face as you set out on all those adventures you’ve been dreaming up.
For more information about the 2019 Sierra lineup, contact us at Midland Buick GMC.
General Motors has a long, distinguished history of supporting the U.S. armed forces, including both active and inactive service members. For the pasts six years, GM – partnered with Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation – has hosted an annual Honoring Our Heroes Gala, and the last one took place on April 28. The event is meant to benefit the foundation’s Smart Home Program and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan, providing support and resources to former service members in need.
General Motors works hard to assist veterans in three major ways: with jobs, access to vehicles, and homes. Vets have a national unemployment rate of 3.7%, but in Michigan, it’s lower than 3.5%. At the moment, GM employs 5,000 vets and has plans to add another 500 this year. Along with jobs, GM is dedicated to providing affordable vehicles to veterans, and currently plans to expand its military discount program to include first responders starting June 1. The foundations supported by last month’s gala – the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan – work tirelessly to help vets. The Smart Homes Program helps catastrophically-injured service members get the home and resources they deserve to live the fullest possible life, while the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan provides financial assistance to wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from the post-9/11 era. GM actively supports both of these foundations and continues day in and day out to help military service members through their various initiatives.
If you’re a first responder, in the military, or a veteran, come see the team at Midland Buick GMC to learn more about your eligibility for the GM military discount program.
We’ve all been there: we’re worried about when a package will be delivered, if we’ll be home, or if it’ll be left at our door out in the open. Starting this past April, however, over 7 million Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles will now have a new, fun, and convenient delivery option for Amazon purchases. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you eligible GM drivers can now choose an in-car delivery option.
To take advantage of this smart delivery option, simply download the Amazon Key App and link your Amazon and OnStar accounts. Once you link the accounts, a new delivery option will appear when you place an Amazon order: “In-Car” delivery. Drivers who use the app will get a notification when their package is on its way, when its delivered, and when their car is relocked. Voila! You now know your package is in a safe, secure spot. This delivery option is especially convenient for people who park their vehicles out front of their apartment buildings, or if you want to have a package delivered directly to your vehicle in your workplace’s parking lot, giving you access to it during the day.
Currently the service operates in 37 cities and requires a 2015 model vehicle or newer, with expanded coverage to come. If you want a vehicle that’s eligible for the Amazon program, come see the sales team at Midland Buick GMC to find the ride for you.
After your tires, your brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. What good is a 250-horsepower engine if you can’t bring it to a stop? To preserve the safety of your vehicle and the life of your brakes, it is important to have your brakes inspected regularly. Check your owner’s manual for a recommended service schedule.
There are a few ways to determine if your brakes need some attention. The first is if you hear any squealing sounds coming from your brakes. Most brakes have a built-in safety feature that causes the brakes to squeal when the pads are getting too low. Another reason to have your brakes checked is if you feel any pulsing or vibrations while braking. If your vehicle pulls to the left or right when coming to a stop, that is another sign.
Ignoring your brakes can lead to excessive brake pad wear. This in turn can reduce your brakes’ stopping power, damage your brake rotors, and lead to increased repair costs.
Certified technicians here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac can quickly determine the health of your brakes using a simple brake pad wear guide that indicates the thickness of the brake pads and whether or not they need to be replaced.
When the time comes to replace your brake pads, make sure you choose genuine General Motors brake pads. These pads are designed to fit your GM vehicle and perform exactly as the original brake did. They are also made using high-quality materials that have been proven to provide superior braking performance. These pads will also help reduce overall wear on your brake rotors and are backed by a 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.
If you have any concern about how your brakes are performing, or just want to have them inspected for peace of mind, bring your car in to us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac and we’ll make sure your brakes are performing they way they should be.
It might not be that far into 2018, but Buick has already revealed the refreshed 2019 Envision. When tasked with updating the Envision, Buick turned to its customers and listened to what contemporary drivers are asking for, and the compact SUV that came from the conversation is sure to impress.
As the Envision’s chief engineer, Elizabeth Pilibosian, stated, “Some of the 2019 Envision’s most notable changes are the results of listening to our customers. Beneath the updated exterior are a number of changes guided by a goal of offering the most refined and pleasant driving experience possible.” With such an admirable goal at its heart, the 2019 Envision shines with its new design, powerful performance, and advanced technological features.
As a compact crossover SUV, the 2019 Envision is part of one of the fastest growing segments in America, and it’s a true luxury competitor. It comes with a standard 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers an impressive 252 horsepower, along with a new nine-speed automatic transmission that offers improved acceleration. The engine is equipped with smart stop/start technology to boost fuel efficiency, but this feature can be deactivated by flipping a switch in the instrument panel if the driver so chooses.
The exceptional performance of the Envision is matched by its exceptional interior design. It offers a luxurious, comfortable interior, equipped with sculpted seats, QuietTuning™ technology to block exterior noise, and a standard 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
These are only a few of the many desirable features that the 2019 Envision offers, as Buick truly strove to make the redesign driver-centric and customer-driven down to every detail. To learn more about the Buick Envision as we get closer to its release date, visit us at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac.