GMC and Buick Shine in 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Three GMC vehicles and one Buick vehicle have been ranked among the most dependable vehicles in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study: the GMC Sierra 1500 in the full-size light-duty pickup segment, the Yukon in the large SUV segment, the Terrain in the compact SUV segment, and the Buick LaCrosse in the large car segment.

2015 GMC Yukon
2015 GMC Yukon – Recognized in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Every year, J.D. Power tracks vehicles in their third year of ownership to determine those with the highest level of dependability and reliability, ranking the top three in each automotive segment. This is determined based on the amount of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100).

The Buick and GMC brands themselves were ranked highly: the former was 2nd, the highest of any non-luxury brand, and GMC was 10th, both performing far better than the industry average PP100 of 147.

Though it analyzes 2012 model year vehicles, the 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study is still a great tool for picking out the best models and brands when it comes to reliability. You can find all of the models mentioned above at Crawford Buick GMC!

Fun Things to Do in El Paso, Texas

Spring is upon us, and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the many festivities El Paso has to offer this time of year! Here are some things to do in El Paso, Texas this April.

April 4th

Color Vibe 5KJoin the most fun (and low-pressure) run on earth! Participants are invited to move at their own pace and get doused in fun colors along the way. Kids 12 and under are free!

Poppy Fest 2015Enjoy live music, real wolf and eagle nature tours, and a variety of vendors and exhibitions at the El Paso Archeology Museum–for free!

April 12th

5th Annual Fallen Brother and Sister Foundation RideHave a motorcycle? Great! Then you have no excuse to skip the Valley Boys Motor Cycle Club’s 5th annual Fallen Brother and Sister Foundation Ride.

GECU Bark at the Park Grab your furry friend, and head to Southwest University Park for the big game.

April 18th

Mighty Mujer TriathlonFeeling competitive? Sign up for the women-only Mighty Mujer Triathlon to benefit the Center Against Family Violence.

April 19th

Mission Trail Art MarketJoin the Mission Valley’s most well-known arts and crafts sale along the Mission Trail. Bring your pets and enjoy live entertainment, concessions, and an unbelievable display of arts, crafts, and gourmet selections for sale.

April 23- 26

Las Cruces Country Music FestivalDust off your cowboy boots and head to downtown Las Cruces for three days of country music’s best artists, including RaeLynn (breakout star of The Voice), Kenny Rogers, Bri Bagwell, Swon Brothers, and Dustin Lynch.

April 25th

Children’s Day Celebration! Día de los Niños, Día de los LibrosHosted by the El Paso Public Library and Parks and Recreation, kids will enjoy live entertainment, activities, prizes, and books at this all-day event–for free!

For a complete list of events in the El Paso area, head over to visitelpaso.com. We at Crawford Buick GMC hope to see you around town.

Tips on Buying a New or Used Car

used car lotIn order to prepare you for buying a new or used car, we have created a small guide of tips that will give you insight into what to do before you make the big decision. There are different benefits to buying a new or used car, and there are multiple ways to finance a car in various credit situations. There are a lot of factors that go into buying a car and we’re here to help.

  1. Know Your Credit Score: Knowing what type of credit you have will allow you to walk into a dealership and realistically know what type of offers you potentially qualify for. YoungMoney advises to check your credit score with these three bureaus: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion .
  2. Create a Budget: It’s important to know what kind of budget you have when it comes to buying a car. In different situations, buying a used car might be your best bet, in others; you could qualify for a better offer when buying a new car. If you have a lower credit score, purchasing a great used car could be a key step in helping to repair your credit.
  3. Do Your Research: It’s important to do some research before coming into a dealership. This will help you pinpoint what you’re looking for and, in turn, will make it easier for you to relay that information to your sales person.
  4. Bring Your Documents: If you’re serious about purchasing a car, it’s important to bring the proper documents with you. Be prepared with a recent pay stub, recent bill, driver’s license, and personal references (shoot for three).
  5. Look for Added Bonuses/Options: We offer discounts for recent college grads and military members and lots of others. If you’re not sure if you qualify for extra discounts, look online or simply ask your salesperson. Finding additional bonuses like these could definitely help when buying a new car. Also looking at other options like leasing, using a co-signer, or being a first-time buyer could all help you in the process of buying a car.

The most important step in buying a car, whether it is new or used, is to ask as many questions as possible. Don’t be afraid to go overboard when it comes to research because after all, you’re making a large, lifetime purchase. For additional information on what you can do before you decide to buy, give us a call at Crawford Buick GMC.

Border Patrol Testing Body Cameras

roadThe United States Border Patrol is taking part in a 90-day testing period for body cameras in areas including Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Michigan, and Washington. The testing period comes after a long list of complaints about use of force against illegal immigrants.

“The Border Patrol anticipates the use of this equipment will also allow our community members to have more insight as to what our agents do on a daily basis and what challenges they face,” the US Customs and Border Protection agency told ABC-7.

After the test, the agency plans to analyze legal, privacy, and policy issues that arise. The cameras work for around four to six hours and can be worn on the head or chest. After an initial review of cases involving force and misconduct by agents and inspectors since 2009, new internal affairs head Mark Morgan found 155 that merited further investigations.

Vicki Gaueca, director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights welcomes the use of body cameras. “[The cameras] will help protect abuse victims, and if used appropriately these cameras will help ensure that CBP’s interaction with community members is fair and lawful.”

We at Crawford Buick GMC hope this approach will make law enforcement safer and fairer for everyone.