Automotive Technology Milestones

There’s little doubt that technology has influenced every sect of the world, and the automotive industry is no exception. According to Popular Mechanics Writer Ben Stewart, here are a few automotive technology milestones every enthusiast should know.

Electric Starter

Modern vehicles are simple to start: simply enter the vehicle and turn the key (or push a button). Prior to 1911 and the invention of the electric starter, this wasn’t the case. Vehicles came equipped with a hand crank startup process. In 1912, the first Cadillac models rolled off the line with the convenient electric starter. Invented by Charles Kettering and Henry M. Leland, the electric starter revolutionized the automotive industry.

Tire Pressure Monitoring

The first tire pressuring technology appeared on the Porsche 959 in the 1980s. The year 2000 marked the turn of the century and passing of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation Act. The act ensured that all passenger vehicles would come standard by the 2008 model year.

Rearview Camera

While the rearview camera is a fairly common piece of technology in modern cars, the technology is only around 15 years old. In 2002, Infiniti brought the first rearview backup camera to the industry. All passenger vehicles will come equipped with a standard rearview camera by the end of 2018.

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Automotive Technology Milestones

How Often Should You Buy A New Car?

It’s a common predicament—you have a car that runs, but it is outdated in safety, performance, and features. Should you keep your car until it will run no more? When is it reasonable to buy a new car?

The truth is cars that have been built in the last 10 years or so are set to last for a long time. These cars should perform well and safely for a long time. If your car is that recent, you may have no need for a new car if you’re just in need of something safe and reliable. Keeping the car that you have will save you from starting the financing process from scratch, and could ultimately be more convenient.

However, there may come a point when you realize that there are new safety features or gadgets that you really can’t live without. At that time, you should consider the cost and effort of investing in a new vehicle versus hanging onto your old one. You should also factor in that a new car will have a warranty and that peace of mind could be worth your money, too.

Many people will decide it’s time to buy a new car when they face a change in lifestyle. If you start a family or suddenly obtain a hobby or job that has towing needs, you’ll need something other than your trusty compact sedan. Whatever your needs may be, we have plenty of options on the lot at Richard Karr Buick GMC that are sure to please when you decide it’s time to make the move towards a new car.

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How to Change a Tire

Roadside assistance comes complimentary on most new cars, but odds are you can be back on the road quicker with the right skills. Changing a tire doesn’t take a long time to do and is fairly straightforward. Here’s a quick guide on how to change a tire from us here at Richard Karr Buick GMC.

  1. Pull off to the shoulder. Avoid hills and curves, otherwise drivers may not see you until it’s too late. Set the parking brake and exit the vehicle. If you have wheel wedges, place them either behind the rear tires or in front of the front tires.
  2. Remove the hubcap to expose the lug nuts. It’s easier to remove the hubcap prior to raising the vehicle. Prying the hubcap off with a lug wrench will work on most vehicles. Consult your owner’s manual for more information for your specific make and model.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts until you can turn them by hand. Don’t remove them entirely just yet.
  4. Consult your owner’s manual for proper jack placement. Raise the car around one foot off the ground.
  5. Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Place the spare tire on the lug bolts and push it all the way in. Begin tightening the lug nuts by hand.
  6. Lower the vehicle until it’s slightly off the ground and finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.

Lower the vehicle onto the ground and replace the hubcap.

How to Change a Tire

Fuel Efficiency Tips for Getting More Out of Your Tank

Is your gas budget a little bigger than you’d like? Here are some fuel efficiency tips for improving the fuel economy of your vehicle.

Accelerate Less

The more you accelerate, the more your vehicle burns through fuel. It doesn’t matter what speed you’re at—maintaining steady speeds uses less gas than stop-and-go traffic. Try using more highways and accelerating slower.

Brake Less

This goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip. The more you brake, the more you have to accelerate. Try coasting up to stoplights instead of racing to the white line. This gives the traffic light a chance to turn green before you get there.

Check Tire Pressure

Did you know improperly inflated tires are a major reason for lower-than-optimal gas mileage? Make sure your wheels are up to snuff by regularly checking tire pressure.

Service Your Car Regularly

Cars consist of many little mechanical parts, and if any one of them is malfunctioning, it can reduce your fuel economy. Your oil, oil filter, and air filter can play major roles in this, so make sure you keep up to date with routine maintenance.

We at Richard Karr Buick GMC just want everyone to get the best fuel economy that they can; follow these fuel efficiency tips to get the most out of your car.

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How to Get Your Car Ready to Trade In

The better shape your car is in when you trade it in for a different model, the more money you’ll get out of it. So it’s important to do what you can to get it cleaned up and working great before you take it to the dealer to be inspected. Here are some tips on getting your car ready to trade in.

First, do a deep, thorough clean. Vacuum out all the crumbs from the carpet and the seats, scrub the dashboard, clean off pet hair. You also want to remove all your personal items from it—the less work they have to do themselves, the more money you’ll get from it. Wash the car and give it a wax to make it look as shiny and new as possible.

If there are little problems you can fix yourself, like dings, scratches, headlights that are out, or low fluid levels, take care of them. These are all easy maintenance tasks that take minutes and that you can look up how to do online. Don’t bother fixing major mechanical issues, though—whether you lose money fixing them or lose money on the trade-in because of them, you’re still losing money.

Make sure you have any extra parts, like spare keys and special badging, to get the full value of your car applied to your trade-in. For more information on how to get your trade-in ready, call us today at Richard Karr Buick GMC!

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Fun Summer Activities

Getting out and having fun in the summer weather may start in June, but the fun keeps on rolling until later August. That’s a lot of time to fill which means you might run short on fun activities for friends and family. Fortunately, you’re not alone in your summer adventures. We here at Richard Karr Motors know of some fun summer activities to take part in this season!

Take a Road Trip

Packing up your truck or SUV and hitting the open road opens up the potential for a fantastic memory-making road trip. Even singles can hit the road and experience something new that they may have never seen or heard of before. There are plenty of interesting places around the United States that are best explored in an off-road-capable truck, like the GMC Canyon. Best of all, a truck can double as a bed with just a few accessories!

Have a Picnic

Whether you’re alone or with friends and family, having a picnic at a local park is a great way to spend a summer day. Pack a basket with your favorite foods, like sandwiches and cookies, grab a blanket, and set out for a wonderful day under the summer sun.

Sit Outside

Most people are fully aware of just how hot it can get under the summer sun. Sometimes it can feel too hot to engage in any activity. Fortunately, just sitting around outside is a great way to enjoy the day until the temperature drops in the evening.

2018 GMC Yukon Denali Updates

The Denali line has long been world-renowned as one of the most luxurious offerings in the industry thanks to its use of high-end premium materials, bold stance, and aggressive engine. Now the 2018 GMC Yukon Denali is raising the bar with a new look and some near gear under the hood.

Style comes standard in all Denali models and the GMC Yukon is one of the first to get a refreshed look. A new thin-and-thick front grille offers a more aggressive design and looks similar to the Terrain and Acadia. The Yukon Denali grille also comes equipped with automatic shutters to help reduce drag.

The 2018 GMC Yukon Denali is the third model under the General Motors umbrella to feature the new 10-speed automatic transmission. That new transmission comes mated to a standard 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Official fuel economy figures aren’t out just yet, but General Motors expects the new 10-speed automatic to deliver better numbers than the outgoing eight-speed automatic.

Of course, no Denali is complete without a high-end interior and the Yukon Denali is no exception. The 2018 model features Mastique Ash real wood throughout the cabin. Drivers will also enjoy three rows of leather-lined seating and incredible towing capability.

We here at Richard Karr Motors are pumped to get behind the wheel of the new 2018 GMC Yukon Denali!

How to Change Your Wiper Blades

How to Change Your Wiper Blades | Richard Karr Motors | Waco, TXThere’s nothing more annoying than a streaky, blurry windshield during a rainstorm. But, this poor visibility isn’t just obnoxious—it’s outright dangerous. This is why, at Richard Karr Motors, we recommend that you change your wiper blades at the start of every spring season for optimum visibility.

Fortunately, changing your wiper blades is easy and inexpensive. All it takes is the right pair of blades and five minutes of free time. You can purchase replacement blades from an auto parts store or a dealership like Richard Karr Motors. They will just need the make, model, and year of your vehicle to find the right kind.

Once you have your new blades, it’s time to take the old ones off. Lift the wiper arms so that they are vertical, then turn the blades perpendicular to the arms. You will see a small hinge where the blade connects to the arm. Pop this open, then pull the blade down and out of the arm. At this point in the process, the arms are unprotected, and if they snap down they can damage your windshield. Be cautious of this and consider lowering the arms while you prepare the new blade.

The new blades will go on same as the old ones. Slip them through the arms, and put the arm through the appropriate hole on the blade. Line up hook to hinge and press it closed until it snaps into place. Once you’ve repeated this on the other side, you’re all set for some safe, rainy weather driving.

Where to Eat for Mother’s Day in Waco, Texas

Where to Eat for Mother's Day in Waco, Texas | Richard Karr MotorsOne thing we at Richard Karr Motors love about calling Waco our home are the number of delicious restaurants in the area. Thanks to these versatile and tasty choices, celebrating Mother’s Day in Waco, Texas is a breeze. Choose from one of our favorite places below and make this Mother’s Day dinner one to remember.

Cafe Homestead

For a locally-sourced, well-prepared meal and a unique experience, a visit to Cafe Homestead is in order. Choose from delicious farm-to-table meals like grass-fed burgers and sandwiches, then finish off with homemade ice cream. Or, make it a Mother’s Day brunch and show up for some of the best waffles around.

Rudy’s

If the Mother in your life is a fan of BBQ, this is the place to take her. Rudy’s has some of the best brisket in the state of Texas, plus plenty of delicious sides like creamed corn and crunchy coleslaw.

Diamondback’s

If you want to treat the Moms in your life to something fancy this year, there’s no better place in Waco than Diamondback’s. Elegant and delicious meal options include prime rib, stuffed filet, and seafood options like lobster and shrimp. Have a fine bottle of wine with your meal, and enjoy some live jazz. From the menu to the service to the ambiance, Diamondback’s offers an unforgettable dining experience this Mother’s Day.

Tips for Handling Highway Driving

Tips for handling highway drivingFor some people, driving on the highway can be intimidating. That’s understandable, considering the traffic and high speeds. So, here are some tips for handling highway driving to calm your nerves.

Keep Your Distance

The closer you follow to other cars on the highway, the easier it would be to get in an accident. Leave at least two to three car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Think About Lane Changes

The best way to ease your anxiety about lane changes is to plan them ahead of time. Think about what exit you’ll be taking so that you’ll know where you need to be and have time to get over to the lane. That way, there’s no last-minute panic about getting into a lane.

Learn Left from Right

Know when to stay in what lane. Stay in the right lane if you’re going slow (the speed limit or under) and use the left lane to pass. The middle lane is great for maintaining a speed and passing when you need to.

Stay Consistent

As much as possible, try to keep a steady speed. Don’t worry about other drivers; they’ll pass you if they need to.

If you need any more highway driving (or other driving) tips, just ask us at Richard Karr Motors!