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AskPatty Has Found a Home at Crawford Buick GMC

Crawford Buick GMC AskPattyThere is, unfortunately, a long-standing stigma that interest in and knowledge of automotives—from playing with Hot Wheels or RC Cars in youth to understanding the troubles that may be plaguing your vehicle as an adult—is primarily a male-centric characteristic.  Furthermore, this kind of thinking has served to breed a backwards mentality at certain auto dealerships, creating a “boys’ club” environment in the offices and on the showroom floors that can be quite uncomfortable for female employees to work in and for female customers to purchase from.

Fortunately, there is AskPatty.com, a company that prides itself as “a safe and reliable source for expert automotive advice and research.”  They aren’t kidding about the expert part.  Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, has her own series on Ehow.com and AutoNet TV, has spoken at dozens of engagements across the nation, and published articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes Autos.

In addition to helping consumers by offering them news, tips, and information, AskPatty.com also services the automotive industry by helping auto dealers, tire dealers, collision centers, and auto service and repair centers better market toward their female demographics.

These services include training and certifying employees and owners of these businesses in the art of attracting and selling to their female constituency, as well as methods for retaining their valuable business and capturing their loyalty.

We here at Crawford Buick GMC would like you to know that our dealership is AskPatty Certified Female Friendly and that it is our primary goal to ensure that all customers feel welcome and comfortable in their shopping experience.

To celebrate our AskPatty certification, we would like to offer Ask Patty Discount Day every Thursday.  On Ask Patty Discount Day, all female customers who use our Service Department and pay their bills with us will receive an additional 10% discount in addition to any other applicable discounts.  We hope to see you down at Crawford Buick GMC soon!

Buick Celebrates Eleven Decades as an American Automaker

1931 Buick SedanVery few car companies have reached as many milestones as Buick has. This year the automaker celebrates its 110th birthday and highlights a legacy that spans 11 decades of constant innovation. Buick has become one of the mainstays in the General Motors brand, having survived the axe a few years ago and becoming a true survivor. Buick is currently the oldest active American automobile brand, and one of the oldest automotive brands in the world.

The Buick Motor Company was founded by David Dunbar Buick on May 17, 1903 in Detroit, Michigan. The Buick Model B, Buick’s first production vehicle, was offered to retail customers as a 1904 model. The first of the Model Bs off the assembly line was sold to Doctor Herbert H. Hills of Flint, Michigan, and ironically decades later the brand developed a reputation as a “doctor’s car”. Today Buick makes a variety of luxury cars including LaCrosse, Verano, and the very popular Enclave crossover.

“Consistency, longevity, reliability. Those are the words that come to mind when you talk about Buick,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum, in an interview.

In early 2013, Buick was named Best Value Luxury Brand in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Awards. With elegant designs, efficient performance, and tech-savvy interiors, Buick shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Happy Birthday, Buick!

Encore Joins All Other Current Buick Models as a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick

2013 BuickThe weather is warm, the sun is shining, and school is out for the summer: yes, summer travel season has arrived. Before you pack up your family hauler this vacation season, ask yourself, is this vehicle safe enough to carry my precious cargo to our destination? Well, if you’re driving any of the five current Buick models, the answer is yes. Recently the 2013 Encore earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick, which means all five models in the brand’s showroom now share this distinction.

To earn a Top Safety Pick nod a vehicle must score the highest rating possible in all four tests performed on it. In addition to an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2013 Encore also received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. New for the 2013 model year, Encore is a compact luxury crossover with high efficiency in a smaller package.

“Safety is a top priority in Buick’s product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these latest safety accolades for Encore,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. “Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today.”

The entire safe and stylish Buick lineup can now be found at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership before you head out for your summer adventures. Find more information on any current Buick vehicle at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

Take On Your Summer Road Trip in a Top 5 Highway Cruisers Pick

2013 Buick LaCrosseThe warm weather has rolled in, the school year is winding down, and the summer travel season is about to be in full swing. In the past, popular summer road trip vehicles have included large SUVs for their space, or on the opposite spectrum, compact cars with great gas mileage. Thanks to both efficiency and advanced technologies, today’s full-size sedans are becoming a thriving choice as they provide power, roominess, and impressive fuel economy ratings.

The Buick LaCrosse has been recognized by AutoTrader.com as one of the Top 5 Highway Cruisers, making the American-made large sedan a solid choice for both families and individual adventure-seekers this summer vacation season. The eye-catching exterior is sharp and classy and gives way to a high-quality, inviting interior. The 2013 Base model features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 182-horsepower and estimated mileage ratings of 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway. Features include a leather wrapped steering wheel, remote engine start, auto-off headlights, power steering, climate control, and navigation.

To entertain the crowd during a highway cruise, satellite radio, an MP3 player, a CD player, an auxiliary audio input, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system are readily available. The 2013 LaCrosse is also a safe vehicle for summer travels, earning an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick and an overall 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When you are reading to head out on your summer road trip, make sure you are being the wheel of one of the Top 5 Highway Cruisers, the Buick LaCrosse. Visit Crawford Buick GMC in El Paso for a test drive today. Explore the LaCrosse online anytime at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

Safety Tips for Teenage Drivers

Teenage driversIt might surprise you to learn that the deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers rose 19% in the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011. The Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association found that 25 states reported an increased in 16- and 17-year old driver deaths. The fact is teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group. We’ve compiled a few safety tips below to help teenage drivers stay alert behind the wheel and hopefully keep these statistics down:

 

 

1)      Keep your cell phone out of reach while driving.

–          Several studies indicate that using a cell phone while driving is equivalent to driving drunk. Both talking and texting on cell phones distracts you from focusing on the road ahead and you may miss key developments that could create hazards for you.

2)      Be mindful of the speed limit and obey it.

–          Did you know that 40% of all fatal teen accidents are caused by speeding? That’s a number that can easily be brought down. The recommended speeds are posted for a reason. Follow them.

3)      Be a defensive driver.

–          Be aware of traffic that is in front of you, next to you, and behind you. Always stay at least a car length behind the car in front of you.

4)      Skip the carpool lane and drive solo.

–          While it may be fun to pile up a few friends in your car and head to school or weekend activities, having even a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Add in a few more teen passengers and the risk continues to escalate.

5)      Start by driving a safe car.

–          Choose a car with the latest safety technology and excellent crash test ratings. We can help with that!

At Crawford Buick GMC, your safety is important to us. Visit our El Paso dealership in person for additional safety tips and to view our new inventory for the latest in vehicle safety technology.

2014 Sierra To Offer Most Torque In Segment

2014 Sierra engineIf you’re a truck owner who uses your pickup for hauling or towing, you know a thing or two about torque. For others who are unfamiliar with this term, you may not know the benefits torque can bring to your vehicle. To put it in its simplest terms, torque is the force that enables a vehicle to start moving from a stop and pulls it up steep hills. Torque also provides power when you are towing or hauling something behind the vehicle.

We are excited to say that the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickup will arrive later this summer with a standard 4.3-liter EcoTec V6 engine that will offer the most torque of any standard V6 in its segment. The standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 will offer 305 lb-ft of torque. The new EcoTech3 engines feature state-of-the-art direct injection, active fuel management, and continuously variable valve timing.

“This is technology no other truck maker can match, and we offer it in every EcoTec3 engines, for every customer,” said Jordan Lee, GM Powertrain chief engineer. “It is a standard feature, so our drivers our best and most sophisticated technology regardless of trim level.”

In addition to new engine choices, the 2014 GMC Sierra will showcase a new look and a plethora of new features. Watch for its arrival this summer at our El Paso dealership. Stop by or visit us online for more information.

GM Wins Big in Vincentric 2013 Best Fleet Value in America Awards

Crawford Fleet VehiclesAs costs rise in the automotive marketplace, so does our desire to make our dollars stretch farther. When a vehicle is recognized as being a good value by a trusted automotive resource, we tend to take notice. Vincentric, a leading resource for providing data and insight in the many aspects of automotive value, recently announced their picks for the Vincentric 2013 Best Fleet Value in America Awards. General Motors led the pack with a total of 13 vehicles being recognized in this year’s awards, including four Buick and four GMC models.

To determine this year’s award winners, Vincentric analyzed several cost factors, including depreciation, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and fees taxes. The Buick models recognized as Best Fleet Value winners are Encore, Enclave, LaCrosse, and Verano. In addition, the GMC Savana Cargo G1500, Savana Passenger G3500, Sierra 2500HD work truck, and Sierra 3500HD work truck were also declared award winners.

“The Vincentric Awards are a great yearly measurement for fleet vehicles,” said Ed Peper, GM U.S. vice president of Fleet and Commercial Sales. “This year demonstrates GM’s strength in not only the work truck and van segments, but across our product portfolio. These awards are a testament of how we cater to the business needs of any customer – small or large.”

Find your next fleet vehicle at Crawford Buick GMC. Our extensive lineup of fleet and commercial vehicles is waiting for you at our El Paso dealership. Stop in for a test drive today or view our inventory online anytime.

2014 Sierra is First in Full-Size Pickup Segment to Offer Some Advanced Safety Features

2014 GMC SierraBy now you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz around the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra. When this full-size pickup arrives this summer, it will boast a fresh look, new engine options, and an array of innovative features. Something you may not notice at first glance is the addition of available safety features never offered to full-size pickup owners previously.

GMC’s optional Safety Alert Seat coordinates with such features as the Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure warning and uses vibrations to alert the driver of a possible concern on the road. Vibrations in the driver’s seat bottom on triggered on either the left or right side with the correlating side of the road the potential danger is on.

“It’s akin to someone tapping on your should in a crowd to get your attention,” said General Motors Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond Kiefer. “Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction provides an effective and intuitive way to cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience.”

Other active safety features offered on the 2014 Sierra include Front and Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera, and Trailer Sway Control. Watch for the arrival of this safe and innovative new Sierra in just a few short months at Crawford Buick GMC!

GM and Ford Partner to Develop Advanced Technology Transmissions

General Motors and Ford recently signed an agreement in which both domestic automakers will share in the development of an all-new generation of advanced automatic transmissions. Wait..did you just read that correctly? Yes, you did. For the third time in the past decade, the two auto giants will combine collaborative efforts to help them both deliver durable transmissions to customers around the world.

“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions,” said Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering. “We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios. This agreement provides tremendous benefits for both companies.”

This new joint agreement will be to develop 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. The new transmissions will be installed in some of Ford’s most popular vehicles and in a variety of GM’s award-winning models.

GM - Ford Joint Transmission

The Times Have Changed – Literally

GMC Acadia Denali InteriorIf you’ve ever taken driver’s ed or attended a driving school, you immediately know what is meant when you hear “hands at 10 and 2”. For years, auto industry experts, driving instructors, and auto safety administrations have advised drivers to image their steering wheel as the face of a clock and hold it at the 10 and 2 positions for proper control. And as times are changing, so are the times at which you are recommended to hold your hands on that steering wheel clock.

Trusted automotive resources are now suggesting the 10 and 2 positions are a downright dangerous place to hold your hands in the event that your air bag deploys. Many driving guidelines, including those issued by AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, now recommend that drivers lightly grip the wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.

As safety features on vehicles have changes over the years, so have their steering wheels and associated mechanisms. Air bags are designed to deploy upward to protect your head and chest in the event of a collision. The higher up your hands are on the steering wheel, the more likely they are to be hovered directly over the plastic cover that encompasses the air bag, thus causing significant damage when it inflates at a rate of 150 to 250 mph. The air bags also have the potential to slam your hands into your head upon deployment, causing concussions or broken noses.

Keep up with the changing times. Remember that 10 and 2 and out and 9 and 3 are now the preferred hand positions on your steering wheel. For more information on the safety features of our vehicles, visit us online or stop by our El Paso dealership to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.