Apr 27

How to Take Care of a New Car

how to take care of a new carWhether you are a veteran car owner or new to car ownership, it is important to remind yourself of the responsibilities you have for your car, to ensure your safety and efficiency on the road and to get the most out of your resale value when you go to sell it or trade it in.

Here is how to take care of a new car:

  • Keep up with regular maintenance:

    Seriously, this is the most important thing you can do—and you don’t even have the hard part. All you have to do is schedule a routine maintenance appointment at Gateway Buick GMC roughly every 5,000 miles or six months. We’ll keep up with things like oil changes, brake checks, tire rotations, air filter replacements, and more—and we’ll be able to spot potential problems before they become too big or too expensive to fix.

  • Keep it clean:

    Washing and waxing your car regularly not only shows you take pride in your car, but also helps protect it from rust damage. And taking care of your interior makes your car more pleasant to be in, for you and your passengers, and helps ensure higher resale value.

  • Drive it responsibly:

    Obey all traffic laws, don’t drive aggressively, and never drive drunk, distracted, or sleepy.

If you want a new car, or have questions about the one you just purchased, feel free to visit us at Gateway Buick GMC for help.

Apr 18

2019 GMC Black Edition SUVs Are Announced

2019 GMC Black Edition SUVsAt the end of last month, we got our first glimpse of two new 2019 GMC Black Edition SUVs, which will arrive here at Gateway Buick GMC this summer. The two special edition models are the 2019 GMC Terrain Black Edition and the 2019 GMC Acadia Black Edition.

The 2019 GMC Terrain Black Edition will be available on two trims—SLE and SLT—and will ride on 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels. You can probably guess by the name, the Black Edition Terrain will feature a number of black exterior styling cues, like the black mirror caps, black roof rails, and black exterior model and trim badging. It also boasts a darkened grille insert and black surround and is available in five menacing colors: Sedona Metallic (new for 2019), Satin Steel Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, Summit White, and Ebony Twilight Metallic.

The 2019 GMC Acadia Black Edition is exclusive to the SLT trim and sits on 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with black accents. Other black features include the black grille insert and black surround, black roof rails, black mirror caps, and black headlamp and tail lamp details. The Acadia Black Edition is available in Dark Sky Metallic and Smokey Quartz Metallic (new for 2019), as well as White Frost Tricoat, Summit White, and Ebony Twilight Metallic.

For more information about when the Black Edition SUVs are available and how much the upgrade costs, come see us at Gateway Buick GMC.

Mar 24

Spring Car Care Tips For St. Louis

spring car care

Make Spring Cleaning Fun

Now that spring has arrived, there’s plenty to do—put away your sweaters, clean the gutters, and perform some seasonal maintenance on your car. Not sure what your car needs right now? Just check off these spring car care tips from Gateway Buick GMC.

Follow Service Schedules

Your owner’s manual should have a recommended service schedule for your specific car. Follow this carefully and get any check-ups that are recommended for spring.

Check Belts

Pop the hood and take a look at the belts in your vehicle. Check for cracks or damage and if anything looks like it needs replacing, bring your car into Gateway Buick GMC for service.

Check Battery

Your car’s battery hates the cold weather from the winter as much as you do. It may have undergone some wear during the season, so have your car’s battery checked to see that it’s still in good condition.

Check Tires

Tires also don’t do well in cold weather. Look at your vehicle’s tires to see that there are no signs of wear, cracks, bulges, or low tread.

Wash and Wax

Not only does washing your car make it look better, but it ensures that all of the road salt is off of the surfaces. If road salt is sticking to your car’s undercarriage it could lead to rust and damage. Follow it up with a good wax, and your car will be protected from debris over the spring and summer.

If you want a set of professional eyes to look at your car, or you have discovered a problem that needs repairs, come see Vehicle Service Team today at Gateway Buick GMC.

Mar 10

Introducing the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali and SLT

2019 GMC Sierra

Updated Sierra Dashboard

2019 GMC Sierra Reveal

There are plenty of reasons to admire the GMC Sierra at Gateway Buick GMC. Some are drawn to it for its bold styling, others for its sophisticated cabin filled with advanced technology. Fans of this particular model will be happy to know that the next generation has just been revealed, and it will be at the dealership before we know it.

Exclusive MultiPro Tailgate

The 2019 GMC Sierra SLT and Denali have been completely redesigned, and its new features are ready to take on the realities of modern driving. For instance, the new 2019 GMC Sierra will offer a GMC Exclusive MultiPro Tailgate, and extremely versatile and flexible tailgate featuring six functions, a standing workstation, and more. It will also be available with an extremely durable and efficient GMC Exclusive Carbon Fiber Pickup Box and a new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App. The 2019 GMC Sierra will also offer two new segment-first features: the Multi-Color Head-Up Display and the Rear Camera Mirror.

Upgrade To The Denali

For drivers that want a little bit more out of their trucks, the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali will include its own upgraded features, like the exclusive Adaptive Ride Control and a long list of available driver-assist safety features. The 2019 Sierra Denali will also feature a taller, bolder design that will help it to stand out even more from the crowd.

Both the 2019 GMC Sierra SLT and Denali will go on sale to customers like you this fall. Once the production date approaches, we’ll have ordering and pricing information at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO.

Feb 28

How to Decorate for St. Patrick’s Day

decorate for St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone’s Irish in St. Louis

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, or you just want to add some luck of the Irish to your house this year, here are a few ideas to help you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.

Steamer Rainbow

Buy a roll of streamers in every color of the rainbow. Then, attach them to the wall in rainbow order. Use white tissue paper to create clouds on one side and add a cutout of a pot of gold to the other.

Lucky Flowerpots

Gather some empty mason jars, puppy paint, and green spray paint. Use the puffy paint to draw shamrocks or write out messages. Once it dries, spray the whole thing green. Add some spring tulips for the final touch.

Clover Wreath

Either make your own using green felt and shamrock ribbon, or buy this beautiful clover wreath.

Emerald Table Setting

Class up your table with emerald green goblets, green napkins, and a striped tablecloth for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dinner party.

Green Food

You can never go wrong with green food on St. Patrick’s Day. Make shamrock cucumber sandwiches or shamrock spinach chips for a festive snack.

Are you hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party near St. Louis, MO this year? If you want even more green in your life, come pick out a new car in your favorite shade of green here at Gateway Buick GMC.

Feb 09

2018 GMC Terrain’s Aerodynamic Design

GMC Terrain’s aerodynamic design

Upgrading The Train

Functional & Attractive

A vehicle’s design does a lot more than just make it look good. Designers and engineers spend hundreds of hours fine-tuning a design to make sure it is both attractive and functional, especially when it comes to aerodynamics. The 2018 GMC Terrain’s aerodynamic design comes after spending more than 300 hours in a wind tunnel to get every surface just right.

Decreasing Drag

“Reducing the aerodynamic drag of an SUV is always a challenge,” said GMC Aerodynamic Engineer Alicia Bidwell. “Our engineering team paid attention to even the smallest details to deliver the size and cargo space our customers want.”

More Streamlined

With its new streamlined design, Terrain owners get a more efficient SUV. In fact, drivers can expect an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined with all-wheel-drive models, which is up to 3 mpg more than previous models.

Stylish Design

The Terrain has a lifted stance that directs airflow under the vehicle, which in turn increases drag. To combat this, engineers found other way to guide the air to the back of the vehicle. This makes the styling and mechanical components work together to deliver the best-looking Terrain ever.

Test Out The GMC Terrain’s Aerodynamic Design

Come visit us at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO today to see the 2018 GMC Terrain’s streamlined aerodynamic design today.

Jan 26

Fun Facts About President’s Day

President's Day Fun

‘Merica!

President’s Day is about more than just a long weekend. This holiday has its own special roots. Have a little President’s Day fun with your kids this year and share with them these facts about this U.S. holiday.

“President’s Day” is a Nickname

President’s Day isn’t the official name of this federal holiday. This holiday is officially titled Washington’s Birthday. The first president of the United States was born on February 22nd, 1732, but the holiday now more commonly known as President’s Day falls on the third Monday of February each year.

Why Celebrate?

At Gateway Buick GMC, we love to learn the purposes behind holidays. In this case, President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday is designated as a time to celebrate our country’s line of presidents. One of the reasons that Washington’s Birthday became President’s Day is because it falls close to the birthday of another historically great president: Abraham Lincoln.

Get to Know the Presidents

In order to honor this U.S. holiday, take some time to learn about our presidents. For instance, did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president to appear on T.V.? Or that the two presidents who signed the Constitution were James Madison and George Washington? Or that Woodrow Wilson is the only president to be buried in Washington D.C.?

Choose a president or two this President’s Day and learn how they had their own unique impact on American history. Tell us about what you learned in the comments below, and have a great President’s Day from all of us at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO!

Jan 02

Coming Soon: The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

Buick Regal Sportback

Tons Of Convenient Space

Things are changing for the Buick Regal, and they’re changing for the better. The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback takes the traditional sedan styling of old and revamps it with an innovative design that is functional and fashionable, all while bolstering performance and intelligence for a thoroughly luxurious experience.

 5-Door Sedan

This Buick Regal “sedan” is actually a five-door car, with a rear hatch that opens to a spacious and versatile cargo space. The Buick Regal Sportback is more reminiscent of a coupe than a hatchback, and it takes styling cues straight from the race track. It’s equally sporty in its performance, thanks to a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. And with an available all-wheel-drive system—not to mention up to 31.5 cu. ft. of cargo space—the Buick Regal Sportback is as ready for adventure as it is for the race track.

 Technology For Safety & Fun

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is also filled with smart technology, like the Buick Infotainment System on a 7-inch touchscreen plus Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ for easy smartphone connectivity. The Buick Regal Sportback also offers up a suite of smart safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking, which provides peace of mind so that drivers can enjoy the ride.

 Take One For A Test Drive

There’s truly something for everyone in this unique combination of sporty styling, intelligence, and capability. Stop in at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO to test drive the first-ever 2018 Buick Regal Sportback.

Dec 19

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

keep your New Year’s resolutions

New Year’s Celebration

If you feel like you drop the ball somewhere mid-February, don’t worry. You’re not the only person who finds it difficult to keep your New Year’s resolutions. But with these tips from Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO, we hope you’ll find the tools you need to keep your resolutions going strong all year long.

Start Small

One important key to keeping a resolution is forming reasonable expectations. For instance, if you make it your goal to pay off $1,000 a month on debt but you only make $3,000 a month, you may be asking too much. Start with goals that you know you can reach and build up from there.

Keeping Track of Progress Helps Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

It’s important to keep your resolutions close by all year. To achieve a goal, you need to make it part of your life, not just an afterthought each day. Try talking to a friend about your progress, or keeping a journal of each day’s experience. You could even start a blog about your journey!

Be Kind to Yourself

One reason that New Year’s resolutions don’t last is that people tend to give up as soon as they mess up. But when it comes to resolutions of any kind, perseverance is key. Don’t let one bad month keep you from working towards your goal. At the end of the year, you’ll be glad you stuck with it even if it had its ups and downs along the way.

Dec 04

Five New Year’s Resolutions to Try This Year

New Year’s Resolutions

Starting The Year Off Right

It’s almost time for another New Year, and with each New Year comes the sense of new beginnings. While we all really have the chance to change our lives and habits every day, it helps many people to sit down and make New Year’s resolutions every 365 days. Here are five ideas from the team at Gateway Buick GMC near St. Louis, MO for you to consider this New Year.

Start Meditating

There are tons of books, CDs, and even smartphone apps that can help you start a meditation practice. It’s great for reducing stress, improving focus, and staying in the moment.

Get Outside

There are so many benefits to spending time outside in nature. You don’t have to wait until the warm season to do this one, either. Make it your goal to get outside a couple of days a week, for a walk, a night of camping, a ski trip, or anything!

Learn New Skills

Imagine how empowering it would be to learn a dozen new skills in the New Year? You can do so easily by focusing on one new skill each month! Choose your skills now, and spend a few hours each week developing your new subject of interest each month.

Keep a Journal

If you’ve never kept a journal, this can be a challenging resolution to keep. However, the personal rewards are vast, even if you’re just taking ten minutes at the end of each day to recap the day’s events.

Read More New Year’s Resolutions

Whether you join a book club or make your own list of intriguing titles, you’re sure to be enriched by making more time for reading in the New Year.

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