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Check Out Our Favorite Things to Do in El Paso This Summer

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Visit the El Paso Zoo!

Looking for fun in the sun this summer in El Paso? Luckily for you, El Paso is one of the most vibrant, cultural cities in the state, offering a long list of activities and attractions that the whole family will enjoy during the warm, summer months.

Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in El Paso:

And of course, if you’d like to spend your summer behind the wheel of a new (or new-to-you) vehicle, contact us at Crawford Buick GMC.

Best Places to Get Dessert in El Paso

We at Crawford Buick GMC love dessert, and El Paso offers some of the best sweet treats in Texas. If you’re looking for the best place to get dessert in El Paso after a stressful day or big dinner, we have some suggestions.

  • V & G Ice Cream & Coffee Parlor: Nothing beats the cool, creamy treat of old-fashioned ice cream after a hot El Paso day. Their banana splits are some of the best, but if you prefer something else, you have dozens of other flavor options.
  • Hana Banana: This up-and-coming El Paso chain has three locations in the area which serve a variety of smoothies, waffles, and crepes—most drizzled in rich chocolate. Indulge by ordering a slice of cheesecake topped with ice cream and wrapped in a crisp pastry.
  • Gufo Di Milano: Known for its all-natural, old-fashioned gelato in flavors like toasted almond and ginger cream, this upscale eatery also offers hearty servings of Italian dishes like paninos and crepes paired with specialty coffee drinks.
  • DirtyMouth Cupcakes: Beautiful to look at and scrumptious to eat, these specialty cupcakes will change the way you think about baked goods. Ever had a French Toast & Bacon cupcake? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.
  • Popcorn Extravaganza: Make your dessert salty-sweet by mixing some of these incredibly-flavored popcorn varieties together. Go with pre-mixed suggestions or make your own combination—you’ve got over 50 to choose from!

Halloween Fun in El Paso

HalloweenThere is no shortage of Halloween fun in El Paso. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly, some costumed fun, or some legitimate ghost haunts, El Paso has it all. Take a look at some of these great events you can add to your calendar.

  • UTEP Haunted Campus Tour. Learn all about the paranormal activity found across campus. The tour starts at the UTEP Student Alumni Lodge on October 22nd and 23rd at 6:30pm. Tickets cost $10 for general admission before the tour starts, or $15 at the door.
  • Ghost Stories by Moonlight. This adults-only event will be filled with spine-tingling tales, legends, and folklore all performed outdoors by local storytellers. It will be held on October 23rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Magoffin Home. Tickets cost $15 per person. Wear a warm costume of your favorite spooky character. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served as well.
  • Boo at the Zoo. For a true family-friendly event, visit the El Paso Zoo on October 24th or 25th for the annual Boo at the Zoo. Kids can dress up in their costumes and trick-or-treat through the zoo. You can also watch your favorite animals have fun with some pumpkins, visit the glow in the dark bug room, head through a Halloween maze, and more.

What is your favorite Halloween event here in El Paso?

Go Dancing in the City This Summer!

dancing in the cityIf you were wondering what to do this month in El Paso, wonder no more! Over the summer, thousands will go Dancing in the City at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, including a few of us from Crawford Buick GMC!

The event takes place every Saturday through June and July. The concert is at 8pm-10pm, but if you don’t want to show up feeling like the only fool on the block who can’t dance (don’t worry, you’re not alone), you can take dance lessons an hour before, from 7pm-8pm.

Each Saturday will feature different bands and different kinds of music, ranging from swing and salsa to cumbia and funk. This June, bands like Los Chamukos, Texas Gypsies, and the Abe Mac Band will set the tone for your newly-acquired skills. There won’t be a concert on Saturday, June 27th, as that night will be dedicated to the annual Downtown Street Festival, but you can still go to learn how to dance!

Celebrate the Holidays with These November Events in El Paso!

November Events in El Paso
Happy Thanksgiving from Crawford Buick GMC!

November is the start of the holiday season—not only is it the month of Thanksgiving, but it also is also known as the month to get your gift shopping done for the December holidays. To celebrate this month right, make sure you check out some November events in El Paso and start your holidays off right!

Wednesday, November 19
What: Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
Where: Trinity-First Methodist Church
When: 6:30 PM
Activities: Play time in the gym commencing at 6:30, followed by a screening of the movie and a Charlie Brown Meal (including popcorn, buttered toast, jelly beans, pretzels, and ice cream sundaes). For children ages 3-11
Contact: 915-533-2674

Saturday, November 22
What: Riverside Ranger Band 5K Race and 1-mile Fun Walk
Where: Ascarate Park
When: 9:00AM for packet pickup
Activities: A competitive 5K run and 1-mile fun walk
Contact: Sean Kilkenny at 915-434-7295 or this website

What: Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Where: Galatzan Recreation Center
When: 9:00AM
Activities: Browse local arts & crafts vendors, purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind products
Contact: 915-581-5182

What: Trailblazers Outdoor Skills Workshop
Where: Armijo Recreation Center and Park
When: 10:30 AM
Activities: Learning opportunity for youth ages 8-18 to discover skills in camping and archery
Contact: Carlos A. Rodriguez at 915-544-5436

Thursday, November 27
What: YMCA of El Paso Turkey Trot
Where: 808 Montana Avenue
When: 7:15AM
Activities: A 5K competitive run, 3K Fun Walk, and Team Challenge
Contact: Email randy.wastradowski@elpasoymca.org

For more information on November events in El Paso, contact Crawford Buick GMC today!

Quick Response (QR) Codes: What They Are and How to Use Them

QR ScannerYou’ve probably seen these funky little bar codes floating around on everything from sports posters to restaurant flyers, but do you know what they are? These quick response (QR) codes connect offline customers with online content, such as special offers and coupons, product information, promotional efforts, video clips, surveys, and so much more.

Soon you’ll be seeing QR codes on our window stickers and other areas throughout the Crawford dealership. So how do you access the information contained in a QR code? To start, you must have a camera-equipped smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc). You’ll also need to make sure you have an app that reads QR codes. There are tons to choose from in the App Store, including several free versions that work just as well as the paid versions. Select one and download it to your smartphone.

From here you’re ready to find a QR code and start scanning. Open the app and point your phone’s camera at the QR code. For most apps, you shouldn’t need to physically take a picture; simply center the QR code between the bars and the app should be able to “read” the encrypted message. Next you’ll get some sort of prompt to take you to the information concealed in the code. For example, if the code was being used to provide product information, you may get a pop up on your phone asking to open the URL to the website that is linked to this product. And it’s as simple as that!

The next time you visit Crawford Buick GMC, be sure to pull out your smartphone and scan our QR codes to learn more about your next Buick or GMC vehicle!

Crawford Buick GMC Announces $100,000 Test-Drive Campaign

Who doesn’t want a little extra cash after the holiday season? Start the New Year off right with a bigger bank account balance thanks to Crawford Buick GMC. UCLA and Virginia Tech will be facing off in the Sun Bowl on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. If the combined scores of UCLA and Virginia Tech reach one hundred (100) points or more, Crawford Buick GMC will pay out $10,000 each to 10 lucky test-drive winners!*

So how do you get your chance at this amazing prize? It’s simple; test drive any NEW 2013 or 2014 GMC truck at Crawford Buick GMC between now and game-time of the Sun Bowl (kickoff is at noon on 12/31/2013) and you earn an entry into our $100,000 Test-Drive Campaign giveaway. As an added incentive, if you purchase any new or used vehicle from Crawford Buick GMC between 12/20/2013 and by noon 12/31/2013, you get one hundred (100) entries.

And now for the fine print: *PROMOTION ENDS 12/31/2013. TEST DRIVE ANY NEW 2013 OR 2014 GMC VEHICLE AND GET ONE (1) ENTRY. PURCHASE ANY NEW OR USED VEHICLE AT CRAWFORD BUICK GMC BETWEEN 12/20/2013 AND BY NOON 12/31/2013 AND GET ONE HUNDRED (100) ENTRIES. COMBINED SCORE MUST REACH OR EXCEED ONE HUNDRED (100) POINTS AT TERMINATION OF GAME AND TEN (10) WINNERS WILL BE PULLED ON NEW YEAR’S DAY (01/01/2014) AND AWARDED TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS ($10,000) EACH. NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN, 1099 TAX STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS.

For more information visit our website or stop by in person at 6800 Montana Ave. at Airway. Be sure to tune in at noon on December 31st to see Virginia Tech and UCLA battle it out and to see that final score. Winners of the Crawford Buick GMC $100,000 Test-Drive Campaign will be announced on January 1, 2014 if that combined score reaches 100 points or more. Good luck!

 

Crawford Buick GMC Helping to Make the Season Bright with Operation Santa Claus

Crawford Toy Drive
Travis Crawford, president of Crawford Buick GMC, pictured here with some of the donated toys.

For many families, the holiday season truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately for other families, Christmas time is a reminder that there simply isn’t room in the budget for a new doll or truck for their children. Crawford Buick GMC wants to help make the season brighter for families in need so that those less fortunate may also experience all the joys of the holiday season.

Travis Crawford, president of Crawford Buick GMC, hopes to spread some holiday cheer this Christmas by hosting a toy drive for Operation Santa Claus, a Fort Bliss Military non-profit that collects toys year round for military and civilian families. Members of the community are asked to help by simply donating a new or gently used toy to the Crawford Buick GMC dealership at 6800 Montana Ave. (at Airway) now through December 21, 2013.

“We appreciate the service of the men and women in uniform who are far from home and we here at Crawford Buick GMC are happy to collect toys for those families in need during this holiday season,” said Mr. Crawford.

From everyone at Crawford Buick GMC, Happy Holidays!

 

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!

 

Buick May Bring a Diesel Engine to U.S.

Buick Verano We think the lingering stink and smoke from the diesel engines of the ‘70s and ‘80s is starting to clear as many auto makers are starting to introduce diesel options here in the U.S. One of these is Buick. General Motors has already introduced the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and it is being received well with positive reviews.

Edmunds reported that an unnamed GM source confirmed the possible Buick diesel model, though would not give specifics. Since GM already has the Cruze Diesel, Edmunds, suspects the Buick model would be the Cruze’s counterpart the Buick Verano.

As CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standard are getting pushed higher and higher, auto makers have to find ways to make cars more efficient and diesel engines are a great way to do this. The Cruze’s diesel engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 148 horsepower. This engine has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 46 mpg on the highway, which equals over 700 miles on a single tank of gas.

We would love to see this type of efficiency and range in a Buick model. Which Buick model would you like to see with a diesel engine option?