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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.

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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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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