How to Choose a Used Car

Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial decisions that you will make this year. Choose the right car and you can drive hassle-free for years. Choose the wrong car and you may have to sink a whole lot of money into it over the years. Here is how to choose a used car.

Set Your Budget

This is the most important step. Do not choose a car that you cannot afford. While looking at all of the shiny expensive cars is very tempting, decide what you can afford and stick to it. Do not be afraid to negotiate with the seller, and do not let the seller talk you into buying something that you know you shouldn’t buy.

Choose Between Private Seller and Dealer

You don’t always know what you’re getting from a private seller. They could tell you that the vehicle is in great condition and then a month later, you are replacing the transmission.

how to choose a used carThe advantage of going to a dealer is that they are generally more reliable than private party sellers. Most dealerships offer warranties on their vehicles and will fix any problems that may arise.

Whatever you choose, do your research first. Avoid making a hasty purchase, and utilize our team at Richard Karr to get the answers you’re looking for!

How to Exercise in Your Car

In this increasingly fast-paced world, there isn’t always enough time to complete everything in our schedules. Unfortunately, exercise is often one of the first things to go when we’re pressed for time. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here is how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

Wrists and Forearms

To exercise and strengthen your wrists and forearms, keep a grip strengthener in your car. They are small and can fit in your center console or glovebox, and they are relatively inexpensive. Spend 15 minutes on each hand during your commute.

Biceps

While you aren’t going to become a bodybuilder in your car, you can do bicep curls with light weights to tone your arms. A five to ten pound weight shouldn’t take up too much space in your vehicle.

Core

In addition to strengthening your wrists, forearms, and biceps, you can also focus on your core. While you’re driving, lift your hips off of your seat. Repeating this will help you strengthen your core.

how to exercise in your carAlthough it isn’t a complete replacement for regular exercise, these simple exercises on your daily commute are much better than not exercising at all. Once you’re in the habit, you can translate this to exercise at home as well.

GM OnStar Go System: Innovative Mobility Technologies

Partnering with IBM, GM has developed the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility system. Building on technologies like OnStar and IBM’s Watson, the new GM OnStar Go system is made to connect drivers with their favorite brands, so you can receive personalized content, digital channels, and more.

According to GM, the new system will allow drivers to enhance their experience behind the wheel. For example, you can avoid traffic when low on gas, find gas and pay from the dash, pre-order coffee if you are on the go, and get in-vehicle entertainment and info customized for your personal needs.

“On average, people in the U.S. spend more than 46 minutes per day in their car and are looking for ways to optimize their time,” said Phil Abram, Executive Director, GM Connected Products and Strategy. “By leveraging OnStar’s connectivity and combining it with the power of Watson, we’re looking to provide safer, simpler and better solutions to make our customers’ mobility experience more valuable and productive.”

GM’s goal is to expand the OnStar Go system to make it more available to customers by the end of 2017. Other features allow you to receive restaurant recommendations from IBM’s Watson, and you can also get alerts to see when in-store pickups are ready. The possibilities are nearly limitless. We can’t wait to see this new system in action.

Thanksgiving Driving Tips: Staying Safe During the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays of the year, especially when it comes to travelling. That’s why we here at Richard Karr Motors have put together a list of Thanksgiving driving tips to help you make the most of you holiday. From transporting food to staying safe, there are several things to keep in mind.

According to the Huffington Post, one of the best tips to remember is to plan your trips carefully. Traffic tends to be the worst on Sunday afternoons—be sure to read ahead on traffic updates leading up to the holiday. You should also plan trips when you are most awake. Driving between midnight and 6am is a high-risk situation—try to drive during the late morning or afternoon if possible.

Thanksgiving Driving Tips Are Easy If You're Behind The Wheel Of A BuickAlways be sure to buckle up, especially on long trips. You should fasten your seatbelt every time you get behind the wheel, because buckling can reduce the risk of fatal injury by up to 45%. If you have a car seat, make sure that it fits properly. Children under two should be in a rear-facing seat, and anyone under 12 should likely use a safety seat of some kind.

Finally, don’t drink and drive. Holidays can be fun get-togethers; however, you should always have a designated driver if you plan on drinking. If you plan on going out to the bars, consider downloading Uber or some other vehicle service app before you head out, and be sure to go with a responsible group.

These are just some of the most important Thanksgiving driving tips to keep in mind.

Check Out These Basic Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage, Every Time You Drive

Whether gas is expensive or cheap, it’s always a good idea to try to increase your gas mileage. Not only will this save you money, but also, you can lower your personal impact on the environment.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some easy ways to get better gas mileage:

  • Keep your car well-maintained, which will allow it to offer the most optimal performance possible.
  • Slow down, within reason. The slower you drive, the more fuel-efficient your vehicle becomes. Avoid going over the speed limit.
  • Check your tire pressure. If your tire pressure is too low, you may be wasting energy. You can find out just how inflated they should be by consulting your owner’s manual.
  • Empty out the back of your vehicle or the trunk. The heavier a car is, the worse its gas mileage becomes.
  • Lastly, stop idling your car. This pointless practice contributes to lower fuel efficiency and can also cause long-term damage to your engine.

Get Better Gas MileageAnd of course, the easiest way of all is to invest in a vehicle that gets excellent gas mileage to begin with, including many of the vehicles we have here at Richard Karr Motors. Visit us anytime to take one out on a test drive!

The New Buick Encore Safety Ratings Declare It One of the Road’s Safest

Buick has always been known for their focus on providing the safest driving experience possible, a fact that has just been reinforced with the new, top-notch safety ratings for the 2017 Buick Encore, a model that has become the third Buick vehicle to earn a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Program has represented the gold standard in automotive safety for decades, evaluating a vehicle’s ability to keep its driver and passengers safe in the event of a front crash, a side crash, and even a rollover.

the 2017 Buick Encore Safety RatingsThe new Buick Encore scored as highly as possible on the NHTSA’s scale, thanks to its performance in these rigorous tests, as well as the long list of standard safety features that the model has to offer.

Optional safety features in the new Buick Encore also include rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert, rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning – all of which are considered “driver assist” technologies.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Buick Encore safety ratings, or maybe even take the vehicle out on a test drive? Contact us or visit us anytime, here at Richard Karr Motors.

Check Out These Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips Before You Start Your Masterpiece

It is everyone’s favorite time of the year again: fall! As the temperature begins to go down and the leaves begin to get crispy, many fall traditions are sure to be in full swing soon. For one thing, it’s just about time to check out the local pumpkin patch.

Once you’ve picked out your pumpkin (or a few!) and are ready to carve it, be sure to think about these pumpkin carving safety tips:

  • Try to find a pumpkin with a flat bottom that will not roll away from you when placed on a similarly flat surface.
  • Be sure to purchase quality carving tools designed specifically for this purpose, which are less likely to cause injury.
  • Never let children carve pumpkins unsupervised, and be sure to have first-aid materials handy, just in case.
  • Carve your pumpkin in a clean, debris-free area that is well lit, despite the timely, spooky allure of your garage.
  • Lastly, keep a Ziploc bags and garbage bags ready to collect pumpkin seeds or throw away the inside gunk, keeping your carving space free for elbow room.

Here are some pumpkin carving safety tips!
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For more safety tips or to start the fall season out behind the wheel of a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime at Richard Karr Motors.

Stunning Cadillac Escala Concept Shows Off Future Plans

Cadillac recently revealed their latest concept model at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: a larger sedan that shows off Cadillac’s design direction and sleek plans for future models.

The concept model is called the Escala, which is a Spanish word that translates to “scale,” which makes sense, given the model’s larger proportions. It seems with the Escala that Cadillac is going for a more intimidating, James Bond-style vibe.

As far as luxury sedans go, the Cadillac Escala concept is even larger than the newest Cadillac CT6, making it an interesting turn for the automaker. It’s clear that an entire family could fit in this gorgeous model, though it could definitely be driven by a supervillain, too.

The concept model also serves to show off what new tech Cadillac will likely be putting in their upcoming vehicles, including new headlights, a new, futuristic three-screen system, and more. It appears that they have a lot planned for 2017, technology-wise.

Lastly, the Cadillac Escala concept car is powered by an immense 4.2-liter twin turbo V8 engine, which we would love to see in a production version of this car.

For more information on what Cadillac has coming up, or to check out what they currently have in store, contact us or visit us anytime at Richard Karr Motors.

2017 GMC Acadia Introduces Industry-first GMC Rear Seat Reminder

The 2017 GMC Acadia is introducing an innovative feature that will help to save lives: the GMC Rear Seat Reminder. The accidental deaths of children and animals is unfortunately common—sleeping kids in the backseat are easy to forget about when you’re a busy parent, and even leaving them alone for a few minutes can be fatal.

The new Acadia—and probably, other brands and models in the future—is aiming to combat this with Rear Seat Reminder, which keeps track of when backseat doors are opened and reminds the driver to check the backseat when they’ve been opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being driven.

GMC Rear Seat Reminder in the 2017 AcadiaThe feature doesn’t have radar to detect items in the backseat, so even if the Rear Seat Reminder doesn’t active for whatever reason, it’s important not to grow complacent.

This will also prove helpful in cases of theft, since items forgotten in the backseat are a major target for theft. According to GMC, almost 23% of cases of petty larceny in 2014 were from a car. Half of children under age 14 who die of in-vehicle heatstroke have been forgotten by caretakers.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Developed by General Motors in the early 2000s, Magnetic Ride Control is still in use today. First debuting on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, the system is in its third generation and is one of the most advanced suspension systems to ever hit the automotive market. Although it may seem complicated, Magnetic Ride Control is relatively easy to understand. Let us here at Richard Karr Motors explain.

Magnetic Ride Control makes use of an Electronic Control Unit and many sensors to read the road up to 1,000 times per second, making it the fastest reacting suspension system on the market. Capable of reading every crack, pothole, twist, and bump as the car crosses it, the system adjusts the shock absorbers accordingly. The end result is a smoother ride with less vibrations and improved cornering.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has Magnetic Ride ControlThe shock absorbers themselves are filled with a polymer fluid unique to the Magnetic Ride Control system. That fluid is filled with magnetized iron particles that can change their viscosity from a free-flowing liquid to dense rubber instantaneously. Electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers and send electric charges through the fluid, allowing it to adjust to road conditions.

Magnetic Ride Control is found in many track-oriented vehicles, including the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Offering improved handling and a smoother ride, the system is perfect for the track and bumpy country roads alike.