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Ultimate Tailgate: 4 Steps to Success

With football season upon us, not only is it time to hit the stands for some exciting games—it’s also time to hit the parking lots for one of the best parts of the experience: tailgating! Pinic-basket.com has compiled a list of essential steps toward becoming a professional tailgater this season, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorite steps below:

  1. Provide Assorted Spirits

“There’s nothing quite like a cold brew to warm up your insides and make you feel all warm ‘n fuzzy on an icy cold day; or an frosty beer to really make you appreciate a nice warm spring day” says pinic-basket.com.

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  1. Up Your Food Game

A successful tailgate requires awesome food. Grill up some burgers and hot dogs, along with vegetarian options. Have a wide range of tailgating foods available so everyone has a variety they enjoy.

  1. Dress Like A Pro Tailgater

Don’t forget to look the part while playing corn hole! Wear your team colors or your favorite player’s jersey. No matter what, make sure you are enjoying yourself and you are dressed for the weather, warm or cold.

  1. Have a Portable TV and Radio

A portable TV allows you to enjoy both the pre-game and the game. Want to have some music but don’t have a cordless radio? You can use your car radio while having your open trunk double as additional seating or a food/drink station.

Enjoy watching your favorite team and enjoy the ultimate tailgate in a new GMC Sierra from Crawford Buick GMC.

OnStar RemoteLink App Reaches User Milestone

OnStar RemoteLink AppHave you ever wished you could check your car’s tire pressure and oil level with the click of a button? Well, there’s an app for that. The OnStar RemoteLink App provides OnStar users the ability to connect to their vehicles wherever they are and now, the app has surpassed the one million active users mark, making it one popular app.

“Over the past few years, RemoteLink has become one of the more popular OnStar service offerings,” said Terry Inch, chief operating officer of OnStar. “Customers see the value in having a remote connection to their vehicle, which comes in handy during the summer and winter months, or when planning a trip.”

Some features included in the OnStar RemoteLink App include the ability to lock and unlock car doors; starting the vehicle remotely; and, providing vehicle information with Get Vehicle Info. RemoteLink is available on all major smartphone platforms—iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows—but is most commonly used on iOS devices. Now, RemoteLink even has a service called Vehicle Locate, which shows where the vehicle is located on a map.

If you are interested in seeing whether your phone is compatible with OnStar RemoteLink App, click here or contact Crawford Buick GMC today!

GMC Sierra 3500 Named Ultimate One-Ton Truck

It’s the ultimate question among truck-lovers: which truck is the best? Ask anyone with any kind of experience with trucks and you’ll get a pretty biased answer about their personal favorite truck.

Sierra Ultimate One-Ton Truck
2014 GMC Sierra 3500HD

But what happens when you objectively compare all of the one-ton trucks on the market to determine the ultimate champion? That’s exactly what PickupTruck.com set out to do.

They created a tough set of 19 tests and paired it with judged criteria to determine what we here at Crawford Buick GMC already knew: the GMC Sierra 3500 is the Ultimate One-Ton Truck.

The Sierra won the competition by a clear margin by having the smoothest and most comfortable ride and the best fuel economy, even when towing a 20,000 pound trailer from Las Vegas to Denver. However, the interior with its multimedia interface along with the 8-inch navigation screen pushed the Sierra over the edge to ensure the victory.

The Sierra managed to beat out all of its competitors even while being the least expensive truck in the competition.

How Often Should You Change Your Oil, Really?

How Often Should You Change Your Oil, Really?There is no single right answer to the question “how often should you change your oil”. Car owners need to take into account a variety of factors including the type of oil being used, the manufacturer’s recommendations, and how hard you are on your car. Here we’ll help you sort out if your car can really go 15,000 miles between oil changes.

The 15,000-mile oil change is growing in popularity, with expensive synthetic oils that can last a full five times longer than the oil changes typically recommended by quick-lube locations. The quick answer is that yes, you can go 15,000 miles between oil changes with no harm to your car (with certain cars and certain oils). The bigger question is whether that’s the best choice for you.

Choosing an expensive synthetic oil in an effort to increase the time between oil changes is especially cost-effective over a long period of time. If you think you’ll drive your car right into the ground, it may be worth considering. It is important to note that some vehicles require synthetic oil, so make sure you refer to your owner’s manual to make sure you’re using the correct oil for your car.

For most car-owners, a conventional oil will do the trick. Due to better quality additives, these oils are lasting longer than ever before, with manufacturers even promising 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes (under ideal conditions, of course).

The bottom line: use synthetic oils if you plan to keep your car for a very long time, if you do a significant amount of driving or expect the car to take some abuse over its life, if you want to do oil changes yourself to save money, or if you just want to baby your prized possession.

Answer these questions to determine if a 15,000-mile change is right for you.

Still not sure? At Crawford Buick GMC, we’re happy to help. Stop by our service department to find out the best oil for your car.