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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Loosen the lug nuts until you can turn them by hand. Don’t remove them entirely just yet.
Consult your owner’s manual for proper jack placement. Raise the car around one foot off the ground.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
There’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.
One 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.
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.
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.
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.
When you get behind the wheel of a Buick, you’ll have tons of smart technology on your hands. That’s because starting with the 2015 model year, Buick vehicles are available with an OnStar subscription plan that helps you with smart driving.
Part of OnStar’s subscription plan includes a Smart Driver system that makes you and Buick quite the intelligent team. While you drive, OnStar will track your driving habits so that you can see how your drive on the road. It’s hard to monitor yourself while you’re driving, which is why OnStar does it for you! Some of the information that OnStar smart driving gives you are the total number of hard braking/hard acceleration occurrences, your average mpg, high-speed driving percentage, and more.
Not only will be safer with these features from OnStar, but you’ll also save money. When you have OnStar Smart Driver and access to your OnStar Smart Driver Score, you can get discounts off of your car insurance, up to 30% off of your regular rate. Basically, you’re losing nothing! You have a chance to improve your driving skills all while getting lower rates on your insurance.
Are you ready to get behind the wheel and get smart? Come down to Richard Karr Motors today and ask about Buick’s Smart Driving system.
You love GM, but there’s still plenty to learn about this impressive car brand. Here are some little-known, fun facts about GM.
GM was a big manufacturer of war vehicles during World War II. They produced over 584,000 vehicles like the “Duck” and the “Deuce-and-a-half”.
GM was ahead of its time. It was one of the earliest producers of electric cars, releasing electric vehicles in 1912 – 1917. While these are nothing like the electric vehicles of our time, that’s still impressive!
GM brought cars to the Middle East in the 1930’s. All cars were specifically made to handle the desert roads.
In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of GM. That made her the first female CEO of a major automobile manufacturer.
Since its conception, GM has never been in any major financial or legal troubles. That’s over a hundred years of good business!
First Turn Signals
GM was the very first car manufacturer to install turn signals. Thanks to them, drivers said goodbye to pesky hand signals.
GM was the very first car manufacturer to gross a billion dollars in a single year! These guys definitely know success.
Take all that love for GM down to Richard Karr Motors to see what amazing GM cars we have to offer.