Pickup Buying Tips to Get the Right Truck

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If you tow frequently or needs to carry lots of equipment, you need a truck. If you have a busy family who likes the outdoors, you could also use a truck.

No matter the reason you want a truck, it is important that you choose the right truck for your needs. Here are a few pickup buying tips to get you started.

How Are You Going to Use the Truck?

If the truck is just going to be your family hauler, you probably won’t need the most powerful engine, largest truck bed, and most rugged features. However, you want to make sure you get a Crew Cab, so everyone has enough room.

If your truck will primarily be used for work, you want to make sure it has the right towing and handling capabilities.

What Options Do You Need?

An affordable truck can quickly become too expensive with the addition of attractive options and packages. While you might be tempted to add in all the bells and whistles, your checking account might not be too happy about that. Focus on the features you really need to make the truck work for you.

If you want a strong new truck or an affordable used truck, you can find both at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.

Buick SUV Lineup Adds New Encore GX

If you are shopping for sophistication, great technology, and premium amenities in your next car, you need to consider Buick. If you haven’t found the Buick you’re looking for yet, perhaps this may interest you: The Buick SUV lineup is expanding with the addition of the Encore GX model for the 2020 model year.

Nearly 90 percent of all Buick sales in the U.S. come from its SUVs, so it’s no surprise that another version of the Encore is on its way. “As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC.

Buyers will get a complete package when they choose the Encore GX. It will come standard with numerous driver safety aids including Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking.

Inside, the Encore GX will have seating for up to five passengers. It will also come with a spacious cargo area that will provide about 5 cubic feet more room than the Encore and about 3 cubic feet less than the Envision.

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The Encore GX will arrive in early 2020 at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck. Once it does, Buick will have four premium SUV models to choose from: the Encore, Encore GX, Envision, and Enclave, all available here.

All-new CarbonPro Editions of GMC Sierra on Sale this Summer

The all-new CarbonPro™ Editions of the GMC Sierra, which will be offered on the Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500, are set to debut in dealerships this summer.

The innovative new CarbonPro bed on the GMC Sierra is the first use of this unique carbon fiber composite in pickup trucks, and it delivers unmatched strength and durability. Boasting “best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance,” according to GMC, the CarbonPro bed is more lightweight, spacious, and versatile than ever.

The carbon fiber used to make the CarbonPro bed, the same raw material often found in supercars and spacecraft, is super lightweight, shaving 60 pounds off the total weight of the Sierra. It’s bigger, too, with an extra cubic foot of cargo space in the bed, and its durable, textured surface means it doesn’t even need a bedliner.

The CabonPro bed was rigorously tested to ensure its resistance to every kind of damage. GMC tested its performance in extreme temperatures both high and low, dropped heavy loads into the bed repeatedly, and even ran a snowmobile in the bed at full power, with the bed sustaining little to no damage.

A limited number of CarbonPro-equipped vehicles will be released for the 2019 model year, so find a GMC Sierra Carbon Pro on sale soon. If you miss it, though, don’t worry — GMC plans to offer the CarbonPro much more widely in 2020.

Visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck for more details on the all-new CarbonPro™ Editions of the GMC Sierra.

Buick Highest Rated Automotive Brand in JD Power CSI

J.D. Power published this year’s Customer Service Index study, and Buick scored big. The mass-market brand landed at the top of the rankings for the third year in a row. Booking appointments digitally increased customer satisfaction. Thanks to its industry-leading service, Buick was the Highest Rated Automotive Brand.

Buick scored 857 out of a possible 1,000 points, putting it ahead of second-place MINI and third-place Mitsubishi. Chevrolet and GMC ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Although Buick models feature luxurious amenities and affordable pricing, the brand still competes with mass-market manufacturers. Premium brands were rated separately, although Buick’s score competed with the top brands there as well.

Thirty-four percent of survey respondents stated they preferred to communicate via text message. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of service departments use text as a method of communication.

Buick continues to streamline the car ownership experience, and that dedication played a major role in the brand’s success. More consumers enjoy the convenience of booking service appointments digitally. Many preferred to communicate with dealers via text messaging.

While some brands lag behind and have yet to implement technology into sales and service, Buick is ahead of the curve. Notably, the Customer Service Index survey found brands with an all-digital experience scored 75 points higher.

Get a closer look at what Buick has to offer and why it is the highest rated mass-market automotive brand for dealership service when you visit Jim Causley Buick GMC.

 

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How to Avoid Pothole Damage

When water gets into the cracks in concrete and freezes, it expands, weakening the concrete and causing the phenomenon known as potholes. Potholes are one of the worst parts of driving during the winter and can seriously damage your car, so follow these tips on how to avoid pothole damage.

  • Increase your following distance. If you’re following too close to the car in front of you, you won’t see a pothole in time to avoid it, so leave plenty of space to give yourself more time.
  • Slow down. The faster you hit a big pothole, the more damage it might do to your car, so go slow on roads and highways with lots of potholes.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Your tires are less likely to take significant damage if they’re inflated to the level suggested by the manufacturer.
  • Avoid puddles. A puddle in the middle of the road probably means a pothole, and you have no way of knowing how deep it is when it’s filled with water.
  • Keep a firm grip on the wheel. If you do hit a pothole, the last thing you want is to lose control of your car, so when you see a pothole you can’t avoid, grip the wheel tightly and make sure you have control of it.

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If your car has suffered pothole damage or is in need of routine maintenance, schedule a service appointment at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.

How General Motors Was a Major Contributor to the History of Detroit

Detroit wouldn’t be what it is were it not for the automotive industry, and the automotive industry wouldn’t be what it is were it not for Detroit. It’s impossible to understate the impact that the Motor City has had on the American car market and its explosive growth throughout the 20th century.

Of the major players in the history of Detroit, few are as influential as General Motors. The Michigan city wasn’t a household name until pioneers like William Durant and Charles Stewart Mott put it on the map. When they founded General Motors in 1908 in Flint, Michigan (later moving to Detroit in the 1920s), they probably didn’t anticipate the impact their business would have.

As General Motors acquired Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and Pontiac, manufacturing jobs and economic growth in Detroit skyrocketed. By 1950, Detroit was America’s fourth-largest city, with a population exceeding 1.85 million people. Throughout the 20th century, General Motors’ engineering innovations injecting Detroit’s economy with vitality and prosperity. Even a century later, General Motors is inextricably linked with Detroit’s reputation as a hub of cutting-edge innovation.

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Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck is proud to be located in the Detroit metro area, where the automotive industry began and continues to grow a century later. We look forward to the many innovations that General Motors has in store for the 21st century.

Basic Facts about the GM Employee Discount

If you work for General Motors (or are related to someone who is), the GM Employee Discount includes a range of perks and special deals that you won’t find elsewhere. There’s a GM Extended Family Card, a GM Accessories Employee Discount, a Certified Service Discount, and more. In short, you or your GM employee can find special deals for every step of the car-buying process. Whether you’re looking for small accessories or you’re buying a new GMC, using your employee discount will save you money.

According to GM, employees and eligible family members can use a GM Employee Discount to buy or lease an eligible, new Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle at a discounted price below the MSRP. The list below shows everyone who’s eligible:

  • Any active GM employee
  • Their spouse, children (and stepchildren), grandchildren, grandparents, parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
  • Retired and former hourly or salaried GM employees
  • Widows and widowers of former GM employees
  • And employees, retirees, and surviving spouses of eligible divested companies and other organizations

Most new and used 2019 and 2018 GM cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans are eligible for discounts. In order to use the special discounts and rewards, you’ll need to obtain an authorization number and then take that to your local GM dealership. Simply select “GM Employee Discount” from the Programs menu on the GM Family First website, and select “Get Authorization Number.”

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at Jim Causley and let us know you’re eligible for a GM discount.

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