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What to Do After a Car Accident

It only takes one mistake or one bad driver to get into an accident, which means that no matter how careful of a driver you are, the possibility of getting involved in an accident is unfortunately always there. Whether or not it’s your fault, you need to know the proper procedures to follow when it happens. Here is what to do after a car accident.

 

Stay Calm

No matter what happens, do your best to stay calm. Don’t let emotion or adrenaline get the better of you. The first and most important thing to do is to check to make sure that you and everyone else around is safe.

 

Consider the Cars

If the accident is minor, talk with the other driver to see where the best place would be to move the cars. However, if the accident is serious, leave the cars exactly where they are until help arrives.

 

Call the Police

Even if the accident is minor, it’s best for you to have record of the accident. When you report the accident to you insurance company, it’s better for you to have an objective report of what happened.

 

If you have any questions about your car or are looking for a new vehicle after experiencing an accident, please feel free to call down to Crawford Buick GMC to see how we can help. We would love to hear from you!

How to Fix a Dent in Your Car

No matter how careful you are with your car, it’s going to happen to you at some point. Whether or not it’s your fault, you will end up with a dent in your car. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be an expensive fix. Here is how to fix a dent in your car so that you don’t have to spend any money.

 

Plunger Method

The plunger method is probably the simplest way to fix a dent in your car. All that you need is a suction cup that is the size of the dent. If nothing else is available, the plunger from your bathroom will work just fine. Simply place the suction cup on the dent, and plunge gently until the dent pops out.

 

Hot/Cold Method

If the plunger method doesn’t work, or you don’t have a suction cup of any kind, the next method is the hot/cold method. All that you need is a hairdryer and some ice. Without holding the hairdryer too close to the car, warm up the area around the dent to make it malleable. Once it is sufficiently warm, apply the ice to the area to pop out the dent.

 

If you need any further assistance with your car, please feel free to call down to Crawford Buick GMC today!

These Preventative Maintenance Tips Can Help You Avoid an Auto Accident

wiper bladesIf you want to get the most out of your vehicle, the best thing you can do is perform routine, preventative maintenance. Why wait until your tire goes flat or until a low oil level causes permanent damage when you can easily prevent these dangerous incidents?

Here is a simple list of preventative maintenance tips to get you started.

  • Keep a notebook in your car, and use it to detail what maintenance you have performed and when.
  • Check your tire pressure and your oil about once a month, or more, if you tend to drive on rougher roads.
  • Familiarize yourself with the rest of your vehicle fluids, and be sure to check up on them occasionally, too.
  • Don’t overlook the importance of your windshield wipers, and replace them whenever they get streaky.
  • Lastly, build a relationship with your local service department – like ours at Crawford Buick GMC – where an expert can help you out!

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How to Put Air in Tires

tiresNow that winter is over and spring has officially started, it’s time to check your tires’ air levels. Cold weather makes tire pressure fluctuate, so get yourself a good pressure gauge if you don’t have one, and follow these steps on how to put air in tires.

First, find the valve stem on the inside of the tire, uncap it, and put the end of your pressure gauge into the stem to check the pressure. If the pressure is lower than the psi suggested in your owner’s manual, you need to add air.

The easiest way to do this is to go to a gas station. Most have consoles where you can put air in your tires for a quarter. Park close to the air pump. Just like when you checked the pressure, unscrew the cap on the valve stem.

Start the machine and place the tip of the air pump into the valve stem and let the air flow in. If you hear a loud rush of air, it probably isn’t secured properly, so wiggle it around. Check the pressure as you go. When you’re done, recap the valve stems and repeat as needed on the other tires.

How Important Are Regular Tire Rotations?

TireWhile it may seem like just another inconvenient service appointment, tire rotations are actually a very important piece of the car maintenance puzzle. Without regular rotations, your tires will wear unevenly, not only destroying the tires themselves prematurely, but causing other issues, too.

So, just how important are tire rotations?

Your tires wear differently based on a number of factors, including the position of the tires on the vehicle, the condition of your suspension, and your overall driving style. Rotating your tires every 3,000 to 6,000 miles (check your owner’s manual) encourages your tires to wear evenly over time.

Front wheel drive vehicles will almost always wear the front tires down more rapidly, since those tires carry the majority of the car’s weight, and do all of the steering and thrusting. More often than not, rear wheel drive cars will also wear down on the front tires faster, since 80% of braking is accomplished with the front tires.

Get the most out of your tires by having them rotated on a regular basis. You’ll find that your car not only drives better, but it will be more efficient and help to keep your alignment and transmission in good shape.

Give us a call at Crawford Buick GMC today and make an appointment to have your tires rotated!

How Alternators Work

serviceCars are highly complex pieces of machinery, and the ways in which the parts work together to run the car smoothly is fascinating—if not essential—to know for the average driver. And one of the most essential parts of your car is the alternator, so here’s a quick rundown on how alternators work.

The alternator is the part of your car that continuously recharges your battery so that you don’t run out of juice. It puts out between 13.5 and 14.8 volts, enough to charge the 12-volt battery as well as run the other electrical parts of your car.

The three main parts of the alternator are the stator, rotor, and diode. The alternator belt spins the pulley on the alternator, which in turn spins the magnetic rotor inside it. The rotor spins inside the stator, a bundle of copper wires, which produces electricity, and the diode converts the electricity produced in the alternator into a type of electricity your battery can use.

The alternator also has a voltage regulator that shuts off the flow of electricity to the battery if the voltage gets above a certain level.

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!

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.

Improve Your Driving, Improve Your Fuel Saving

fuel savingA common misconception about fuel economy is that the EPA-rated mpg is the mpg you get. But in a real world scenario, your fuel saving is more dependent on driving style than any other factor, including the EPA rating.

For example, taking longer distances to brake and accelerate will not only help improve fuel economy by as much as 33 percent but also reduce tire and brake wear. It’ll even make you a safer, better driver!

Additionally, doing something as simple as managing the air conditioning can have amazing advantages. Turning the A/C off at low speeds in favor of rolling down the windows can reduce the strain on the engine, while turning it back on at high speeds and closing the windows will lower air resistance. Doing both can increase fuel saving by as much as 15 percent.

Of course, it does help to have a vehicle with higher mileage, like the Buick Encore that gets 33 mpg on the highway, to begin with—that makes all of these percentages even more valuable! Let us know how much fuel you saved at Crawford Buick GMC!

Winter Car Care Tips

Winter Car Care TipsWith the sandstorms behind us and the winter season quickly approaching, Crawford Buick GMC would like to remind everyone about the importance of vehicle maintenance and taking precautions while braving the roads in the cold. While we might not see extremely cold temperatures here in El Paso, the holiday season has many of us traveling to areas that do. Your vehicle needs a little extra TLC in the winter just like you do, so we’ve compiled a few winter car care tips to help keep your vehicle running efficiently this winter:

 

  1. Replace filters. Did you know that a clogged or dirty filter can cause you to burn more fuel? A good rule of thumb is to inspect air, fuel, and PCV filters to see if they need replaced before each season.
  2. Check your headlights. This one might seem like common sense, but driving in areas with any type of winter precipitation makes it much more difficult to see other cars and roadway hazards. Aside from just checking to see if you have two working headlights, make sure your headlights are clean from dirt and film. For bonus points, check your taillights, too.
  3. Ensure your battery has plenty of juice. Colder temperatures and winter weather put added stress on your car battery, especially if you park your vehicle outside. A quick battery check is a much better option than getting stranded in the cold.
  4. Tire Pressure. When temperatures drop so does tire pressure. Underinflated tires don’t get as much traction against pavement, making it harder to go over snow covered or icy roads. Don’t forget to check the tire pressure in your spare, too.
  5. Survival Kit. Even with the most careful maintenance on a car, there’s always a chance you could still become stranded. A survival kit with a thermal blanket, lighter, whistle, flashlight with extra batteries, and metal cup for melting snow is a must. Adding a few non-perishable snacks, like dried fruit or granola bars, wouldn’t hurt either. Be sure to keep this survival kit inside the cabin of you vehicle. It won’t do you any good if it’s in the trunk and you can’t access it.

 

If you need help getting your car in shape for winter, swing by the service department at Crawford Buick GMC. Our experienced and friendly staff will be happy to help!