General Motors Sedans are Here to Stay

General Motors sedans

While most of the auto industry is turning to SUVs, satisfying the small-car market with subcompact crossovers, many drivers are wondering what will happen to the sedans. Unlike many of its competitors, General Motors plans to keep its sedan segments alive and well.

This news from GM came on the heels of Ford’s announcement that it plans to stop producing sedans for the next few years. GM isn’t worried — in fact, the company is glad for the reduced competition. Though GM, particularly Chevy, will invest less into sedans in the coming years, General Motors Sedans aren’t going anywhere in the long term.

According to Steve Majoros, the marketing director for cars and crossovers at Chevy, sedans are “a pretty big opportunity for [the company]” now that their drop in popularity is causing a drop in production by other automakers. Chevy is happy to be the brand buyers turn to for sedans.

GM sees sedans as entry-level cars: small, affordable, and great for young adults, as well as singles just out of college. To add appeal to its sedan lineup, Chevy will add the premium RS trim to the latest version of the Malibu, which will help it compete with popular sporty sedans in the segment.

Stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC to test-drive your favorite Chevy sedan model.

Luxury Avenir Trim Coming to the 2019 Buick Regal

Luxury Avenir Trim

Buick customers are going wild over the luxury Avenir trim, and the automaker is looking to meet their demands. The Avenir trim is currently only available on the Buick Enclave and LaCrosse trims. According to a recent GM fleet order guide, the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback will be the next model to receive the Avenir treatment.

The midsize Buick Regal Sportback sedan will expand the Avenir offering to drivers who don’t want a crossover or full-size sedan. Notably, the Buick Regal TourX wagon won’t receive an Avenir trim this coming model year.

The 2019 Regal Avenir will feature a nine-speed automatic transmission that optimizes performance output and efficiency. Leather upholstery and an eight-speaker Bose® premium audio system lend a sophisticated vibe to the cabin. 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels and distinctive badging make the Avenir trim stand out on the road.

The Buick’s Driver Confidence I package comes standard on the Regal Avenir trim. That package includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Rear Park Assist. It also incorporates heated outside mirrors, as well as four-way lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat

The Driver Confidence II package elaborates on the previous package, but also includes Forward Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. Another perk of the Buick Regal Sportback Avenir is that it will cost less than the sport-inspired Regal GS.

For more information about the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback Avenir trim, contact us at Richard Karr Buick GMC.

Buick Offers In-Dash Fuel Payment with ExxonMobile

in-dash fuel payment

Unless you drive an electric car, getting gas is a frequent activity for any driver. Buick and ExxonMobile are making this activity even easier by offering in-dash fuel payment and savings options on eligible Buick vehicles.

This is a new update to the Marketplace system available on many new Buick infotainment system. It will allow drivers to pay for fuel without swiping a credit card or using a smartphone. When properly set up, the system will automatically connect to the driver’s ExxonMobile Speedpass™ account letting them accumulate rewards.

“Our goal with Marketplace is to help make everyday tasks as easy as possible for our customers so they can focus on enjoying time spent in their vehicles,” said Rick Ruskin, Marketplace Line of Business leader, Buick.

This service is available now at more than 11,000 Exxon or Mobil gas stations across the country. If you don’t already have an ExxonMobil Speedpass account, you can enroll for free through the Marketplace. From there, you can also find the nearest Exxon or Mobil gas station and set up your payment options.

When you arrive at the gas station, select the ExxonMobil icon within Marketplace. Then, select the pump number and confirm your payment method. The pump will then activate and you can start filling up your Buick.

Contact us at Richard Karr Buick GMC for more news from Buick.

How to DIY Repair Chipped Car Paint

chipped car paint

Got a bad case of chipped car paint? Thankfully, these minor damages are easy to fix. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to repair paint chips yourself.

Evaluate the Chip

The best way to tell if you can do it yourself is to look at the size and status of the chip. If it’s larger than a quarter or in the process of rusting, save yourself time and effort by taking it to a shop.

Wash and Prime

When repairing chipped car paint, it’s important to start with a clean and primed foundation. Use soap and water, then sterilize the surface with denatured alcohol. Next, apply a layer of paint primer. Let the paint dry for at least half an hour.

Paint

Once you’re sure you have a matching color (you can test this on a sheet of paper), apply a layer of paint to the chip. Let it dry for an hour, and then apply a second coat. After a few days, add a layer of polishing compound to the chip and rub the surface.

Wash and Wax

Washing your vehicle then following it with a fresh coat of wax is a habit that will protect your car from future paint chips.

Contact us at Richard Karr Buick GMC to schedule a maintenance appointment for your vehicle, whether you need help repairing a paint chip or need to address a more major issue.

GM Wants to Have the Detroit Auto Show in June

Auto shows are a big part of the automotive industry. They give automakers a chance to show off their latest models along with concepts that spawn ideas for future vehicles. One of the biggest shows here in the U.S. has long been the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in Detroit.

For years, NAIAS, or the Detroit Auto Show, has been held in January. Recently, however, General Motors has been pushing to hold the Detroit Auto Show in June.

One reason GM wants to push the show to June is so that it aligns with two other auto-themed events, the Belle Isle and Detroit Grand Prix. With the change, it would be part of what Tony Cervone, GM’s senior vice president of global communications, calls a “massive festival of automotive.”

By coinciding with the other events, it could potentially draw in more spectators who came for the Grand Prix but want to catch the auto show while they are in the city. It could also help boost participation from other automakers, especially since some big brands have already disengaged from the show for 2019.

There are, however, some downsides to moving the show. The first could be a nightmarish parking situation with all the traffic from all of the automotive events. The second would be the potentially higher cost of hosting the show in June because of air conditioning costs for the large expo center.

For the latest GM news, or to test drive a shiny new GMC or Buick model, stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC.

Detroit Auto Show in June

myBuick App Upgrade Monitors Driving Habits for Insurance Discounts

It’s common knowledge that responsible drivers with safe driving habits are often eligible for insurance discounts. However, sometimes monitoring your driving habits for insurance purposes can be a hassle. The myBuick app upgrade is changing that. Not only will the app monitor driving habits and provide drivers with available insurance discounts, but it will also alert you about specific poor driving habits and offer tips for improving your driving tendencies.

Buick’s web-based Smart Driver service launched back in 2016, which used OnStar diagnostics to give drivers insight into their driving. It also allows users of the Smart Driver service to sign up for insurance discounts while keeping their information private. The Smart Driver services have now been integrated into the myBuick app to provide users with even more convenience and accessibility.

Regular reports from the myBuick app will inform drivers of their gas mileage, how often they make hard brakes or accelerate quickly, the frequency of high-speed or nighttime drives, and total miles they’ve driven. In addition to a Smart Driver score that rates safe driving habits, it will also provide tips for improving that score. As more drivers get access to the myBuick app upgrade, Buick expects the current number of Insurance Discounts Eligibility program members (approximately 100,000) to increase.

Besides pursuing safe driving habits, you can also choose a safe vehicle to enhance your protection on the road. Stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC to take one of our reliable models for a test drive.

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The First-Ever Concept Car: 1938 Buick Y Job Makes an Appearance in Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno’s Garage, hosted by Jay Leno, routinely reviews and features classic cars and motorcycles. This past February, fans of GM and the brand’s glorious past got a treat: a historic GM vehicle—the 1938 Buick Y Job—made an appearance on the show, rolling up and looking classic and sleek alongside General Motors’ president of Global Design, Michael Simcoe.

The 1938 Buick Y Job was the first-ever concept car. Concept cars differ from production vehicles, as they are never intended for production for public use. Rather, they typically debut innovative, state-of-the-art technology and design, providing a sneak peek into what’s to come from the automaker. There are only seven Buick Y Job models, and that’s why it’s so remarkable that one was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.  As Leno said on the show, “[This is] probably the most famous car in the history of General Motors.” No one quite knows how the concept car got its name, but some speculate that it has to do with “Y” meaning prototype within the aerospace industry, or that it indicates a step beyond traditional “Project X” products.

The Buick Y Job makes quite an impression, featuring a low and long body that looks properly sophisticated. It featured innovative technology for its time, including power windows, a power-retractable roof, and an automatic transmission in place of the clutch pedal.

Celebrate Buick’s progress by test driving one of the 2018 models for yourself, when you stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC.

Buick Named Winner of J.D. Power Total Ownership Experience Award

When it comes to customer satisfaction, we here at Richard Karr Buick GMC can attest that few brands do it better than Buick – and J.D. Power seems to agree. The automotive experts at J.D. Power recently named Buick the first-ever mass-market auto manufacturer brand to receive its new Total Ownership Experience award.

To earn this award, automotive brands must offer customers an excellent experience through all stages of the vehicle buying and ownership process. The winners of the award are decided after being reviewed in five categories: sales, appearance, service, long-term reliability, and initial quality.

According to Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, “We continue to examine every aspect of customers’ opinions on vehicle sales, quality, and dependability, as well as dealership customer service. Addressing these areas effectively creates repeat buyers and brand advocates, so it’s important for manufacturers and dealers to listen, learn, and continue to evolve with the times.”

The Total Ownership Experience award only goes to brands that do well in five other studies from J.D. Power: Execution and Layout (APEAL), Automotive Performance, Customer Service Index (CSI), Initial Quality Study (IQS), Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI), and Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

Buick managed to come out on top in last year’s J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index and Customer Service Index as well.

To experience the incredible lineup from award-winning Buick, stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tires

While we all can’t be car gurus, it is important to know key things about our vehicles — what different dashboard lights mean, how to change a flat tire or the oil, etc. To help you out, Richard Karr Buick GMC proudly presents everything you need to know about tires.

When to rotate and replace them

You should rotate your tires every time you get your oil changed (so roughly every 5,000 miles) or at least every other time. When you bring your vehicle into Richard Karr Buick GMC for service, we’ll rotate your tires during your oil change.

When the tread depth wears away so much that your tires fail the penny test, it is time to replace your tires. You may also want new tires if you find yourself losing traction frequently in rain or snow when traveling north.

What kind of tires you need

For drivers in Texas, all-season tires generally work fine. If you will be spending extensive time up north in the winter, you may consider switching to snow tires for better grip. If you drive a performance vehicle, you might want summer tires, which will enhance your speed and agility.

Have more tire questions? Bring them to our service professionals at Richard Karr Buick GMC.

everything you need to know about tires

2018 Buick Envision Named “Top Safety Pick” Among Mid-Size Luxury SUVs

Buick vehicles are no strangers to automotive awards, and this year, the brand has added yet another trophy to the rack. For 2018, the 2018 Buick Envision was named “Top Safety Pick” by IIHS, beating out some very stiff competition and coming out on top of the Mid-size luxury SUV category, despite recently bolstered requirements by the IIHS.

The award shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though, as the Buick Envision achieved a 5-star Overall Safety rating in both 2017 and 2016. The innovative SUV also gained “Top Safety Pick Plus” status for both of those years. So, the 2018 award simply continues a legacy of continued excellence in safety performance for the Buick Envision.

The Envision’s lasting success is partially thanks to an advanced suite of safety technologies that includes available features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Lane Departure Warning technology. These features rely on a sophisticated system of cameras and sensors to keep those inside and outside the vehicle one step ahead of potential hazards and safely, securely on their way.

Come in to Richard Karr Buick GMC and go for a test drive to learn more about the innovative technology behind the 2018 Buick Envision.

2018 Buick Envision