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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.

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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.

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What Is a Trim Level?

The process of buying a new car can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know too much about the industry or the products, like what is a trim level. Our Richard Karr Buick GMC website arms you with research about all of the vehicles we have in our inventory, which is a good place to start.

But even then, you might find yourself asking questions like, “What does torque mean, and how much do I need?” or “What is a trim level?” The staff at our dealership will be happy to help you with questions just like these when you stop by, but we thought we’d take care of one for you now: What is a trim level?

Simply stated, trim levels help us offer different features on the same car, truck, or SUV. There might be some cool features, like all-wheel drive or remote start, that someone in a cool climate might want, and other features, like a more powerful engine or off-road suspension, that someone who enjoys performance driving might want.

The base trim level of a model will have the most basic features and will come at the cheapest price. As you go up the ladder of trim levels, you will see newer, more advanced features — related to technology, safety, performance, and convenience — added; in some cases, they might replace a feature on a lower trim. The price for these higher trims will also increase.

Still have questions about trim levels? Contact Richard Karr Buick GMC for more information.

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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.

To discover the latest in automotive technology, visit Richard Karr Buick GMC today.

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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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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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