Get Your Car Ready for Summer Road Trips

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.

Prepare to Off-Road with the Adventurous Sierra AT4

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.

GMC Honors Military Service Members

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.

GM Partners with Amazon for New, Fun Delivery Option

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.

Important Brake Maintenance Facts You Need to Know

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.

The 2019 Buick Envision Focuses on Drivers

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.

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

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There’s Nothing Like A Clean Vehicle!

Spring symbolizes rebirth and fresh starts, which is why this season has cleaning and organization on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to get your surroundings in order, check out some of our favorite spring cleaning tips from Midland Buick GMC in Midland, TX.

Remove Out-of-Reach Dust

Thanks to all of the beautiful new blooms and pollen, spring can be a rough time of year for those with allergies. Don’t let dust add to that issue. Spend a day cleaning hard-to-reach places like the tops of door frames, ceiling fans, and bookshelves.

Use Your Dishwasher

This hard-working machine doesn’t have to be just for dishes. Fill yours with things like light fixtures, vases, toys, or anything else that could benefit from a gentle rinse.

Remove Dust from Upholstery

The quickest way to get rid of dirt, fur, dust, and debris is by using rubber gloves. Run your gloved hands under water, pat them dry so that they’re damp, and then run your hands over chairs, couches, and rugs to collect debris.

Clean Around Your Stove

Use special degreasing kitchen cleaner to scrub away the grease that has built up from cooking. People are more likely to cook if their kitchen is clean and welcoming. With fresh spring and summer produce lingering on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to get that stove-top ready.

April Events in Midland, Texas

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So Much To Do In Midland

Looking for something different to do this month? From sports to theatre, there are plenty of events in Midland, TX that are sure to keep you occupied.

Midland RockHounds vs Tulsa Drillers, San Antonio

Nothing says springtime like a little minor league baseball. Head to Security Bank Ballpark on the first and second weekends in April to see your local team play the Tulsa Drillers and the San Antonio Missions. Tickets are $9-$16.

Cabaret

Come hear the music play at the Sul Ross Theatre Program’s production of Cabaret April 7-9, 2017. This award-winning musical is sure to have you laughing, singing, and dancing in your seat. Tickets are $12.

Midland Downtown Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like spending a morning picking out fresh produce for a delicious lunch later that day. The Midland Downtown Farmers Market opens this month and offers everything from locally grown fruits and veggies to homemade loaves of bread and jams.

Church Under the Bridge 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

Enjoy the weather and practice your swing all while supporting the Church Under the Bridge. This annual tournament is held at the Hogan Park Golf Course, just minutes away from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac. Registration is $400 per team with various sponsorship levels. Don’t miss out on your chance at a $25,000 hole in one!

Let all of us at Midland Buick GMC know if you go to any of these April events in Midland. We’d love to hear how much you liked them!

Go Green with These St. Patrick’s Day Food Recipes

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St. Patrick’s Day In Midland

Every year, on March 17th we like to turn a little green a show off our Irish spirit, even if we’re not from Ireland. If you want to amp up your festivities this year, here is some delightfully green St. Patrick’s Day food you should try.

St. Patrick’s Day Parfaits

This is a simple treat that makes a big statement. It uses pistachio pudding and kiwi fruits for the green layered with creamy Cool Whip.

Peek-a-Boo St. Patrick’s Day Cake

Everyone will be in awe of your creative abilities if you can pull this cake off. Each slice reveals a hidden rainbow shamrock in the middle of a chocolate cake. This recipe will definitely take some time and talent, but it will be well worth it.

Guinness Brownies

Guinness beer is perhaps one of the most Irish things ever. Add some to this brownie recipe and top them off with green sprinkles for a St. Patrick’s Day flair.

Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe may be humble, but it is delicious, hearty, and warming.

Which of these recipes are you planning to try for St. Patrick’s Day? If you want every day of your life to have some green, you can pick out your favorite shade of green car right here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.

March Events in Midland

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The Magic Of Midland Festivals

March is a great time of year here in Texas. Spring is in the air and we get our first tastes of truly warm weather again. If you want to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful time of year, here are some March events in Midland.

Museum of the Southwest

Now through March 25th, you can visit the Museum of the Southwest to see the traveling exhibition of works by President George W. Bush. It features portraits of murals of 98 service members along with stories of their courage.

Girls World Expo

This special event was created by teen girls for teen girls. It will be held March 3rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Midland Plaza. The event will feature seminars, vendors, performances, and more.

Ruffles and Rust Expo

This expo is an upscale boutique show with a big dose of vintage. Shoppers can find clothes, furniture, handmade goods, and other treasures. It will take place March 17th at the Ector County Coliseum in Odessa.

Building Bots Robotics & Engineering FunLab

If you have any 3rd through 6th graders, sign them up for this fun, hands-on learning experience at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. It will take place March 20th.

Which of these March events would you like to attend? If you need a new vehicle this spring, come visit us at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland, TX.