Apr 01

April Fool’s Day Pranks: A List of Classics

Happy April Fool's Day - monkey talking on the phone

April Fool’s Day pranks can be truly memorable, one reason we’ve put together a list of some classics. From some famous practical jokes to pranks you might consider (or watch out for!), this is one truly fun tradition. Believe it or not, April Fool’s dates back to the 1500s when pranks were pulled on people who forgot to adopt a new calendar system. At Gateway Buick GMC, we’re glad to see the tradition continue.

Looking for pranks you can do on your own? According to Deal News, one classic prank is to take a paper cup, place it upside down, and write “Don’t open—spider inside!” on the top. Leave it on a coworker’s desk, and watch the hilarity ensue. Another good one is taping “PUSH” to a pulling door, or you can fill a sleeping person’s hand with shaving cream and tickle their nose with a feather.

Some of the single most famous pranks include one from the BBC in the 1950s and one from Sports Illustrated in the 1980s—both of which were widely accepted by readers and viewers. Nearly half a century ago, the BBC tricked viewers with a news story about Swiss farmers harvesting record spaghetti crops, pictures and all. Some were so convinced the story was real, they truly believed the pasta noodle was a natural crop. Sports Illustrated pulled another famous gag in the eighties by introducing a pitcher that could throw 168 mph, nearly 60 mph faster than even the current record.

There are many other great pranks, but we’ve listed some of our favorites. Be sure to keep your hoaxes fun and safe for everyone!

Mar 14

Annual Gateway Dog Adoption Day | Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Annual Gateway Dog Adoption Day | Stray Rescue of St. Louis

The cutest day of the year is quickly approaching at Gateway Buick GMC, and we could not be more excited! All of the puppy love and cuteness you dream of could be yours at our Annual Gateway Dog Adoption Day.

This is an event that not only supports a great cause, Stray Rescue of St. Louis, but has fun prizes and surprises and of course….puppies!

Make sure that you are here on March 18th from 11am-2pm. At 12pm, there will be free Imo’s Pizza while supplies last. And that is not all that Imo’s Pizza is doing, they are paying ALL of the adoption fees!

And your adorable new adopted friend will also already be spayed/neutered, microchiped, vaccinated, and 1 year of FREE training.

106.5 The Arch Radio Station is also coming out! They are going to be giving away St. Patrick’s Day prizes that include 1 pair of Green Day concert tickets (show is 8/14 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre), $25 Imo’s Pizza gift card, $25 Walnut Grill gift card, Green 106.5 The Arch swag (2 green 106.5 The Arch t-shirts, Green 106.5 The Arch pens & Gateway Keychains/Pens/etc.)

Great prizes from 106.5 The Arch Radio Station, pizza from Imo’s Pizza, and puppies with adoption fees covered; what more could you ask for? We cannot wait to see you at our Annual Gateway Dog Adoption Day!

Mar 10

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

St. Patrick's Day Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day traditions are something we all become aware of at a young age. Whether it’s in school or at home, many Americans bring out the festive attitudes on St. Patrick’s Day. However, how much do you know about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Here is an explanation of a few of the most popular.

 

Who Was St. Patrick?

Contrary to popular belief, St. Patrick was not actually Irish. In fact, St. Patrick was a noble Brit that was taken as a slave by Ireland when he was just 16 years old. After 17 years as a slave, St. Patrick received his freedom. He then returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

What Should You Drink?

While many people see St. Patrick’s Day as a day for drinking, do you know what to have in your hand? While Americans drink, on average, 600,000 pints of Guinness per day throughout the year, that number jumps to approximately 3 million on St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Although this is a traditional American meal on St. Patrick’s Day, the origins are more in the United States than in Ireland. Irish immigrants were mostly poor in the 19th century, and corned beef and cabbage was an affordable option for hungry families.

 

Now that you know a bit more about the history of St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and enjoy the holiday! And if you’re in the St. Louis area, visit us at Gateway Buick GMC!

Feb 15

New 2018 Terrain to Debut in Detroit

New 2018 Terrain

Last year, GMC brought the next-generation Acadia to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Acadia showed off significant weight loss, huge upgrades to the onboard tech features, and many other changes. Now, GMC is following with one of the Acadia’s siblings – the new 2018 Terrain. For the 2017 Detroit show, the newest version of the GMC Terrain shows off many of the same changes as the Acadia, such as a dramatic 500-pound drop, as well as other new features.

Notably, the 2018 GMC Terrain offers three brand-new engines, all turbocharged and one of them a diesel engine offering. Other features include standard LED exterior lights, the choice of front- or all-wheel drive, and even a new kind of transmission that appears to feature new technology. This new transmission will operate using what GMC refers to as “push buttons and pull triggers,” replacing the usual shifters.

The new 2018 Terrain will reportedly be on sale this summer, bringing consumers a new option in the five-passenger compact SUV segment to match the latest model of the GMC Acadia, which debuted last year. Available features include Apple CarPlay, a heated steering wheel, integrated navigation, an onboard Wi-Fi hot spot, and a premium Bose audio system.

Feb 06

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Everyone

Is it almost February already? With January coming to an end, it’s time to think about what you’re going to get that special someone in your life for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a list of cool and unique Valentine’s Day gifts that everyone will love, regardless of gender.

Valentine's Day gifts

  • Pajama Set: You can’t go wrong with a pajama set, though I urge you to pursue something a bit more fancy than the silly fleece sets Grandma would get you for Christmas.
  • Collection of Love Poems: If you don’t have a way with words, good news – there’s someone out there who does. Pick up an anthology of love poems for a gift that’s easy, but makes you look more cultured.
  • Nice Notebook and Pens: Does your beloved enjoy writing themselves? Nothing will impress them more than a leather-bound notebook and a nice set of writing utensils.
  • Fitbit: Be careful with this one! Only pick up a Fitbit for your love if they already have an interest in fitness, or you’ll be treading on sensitive ground. But if they enjoy having a healthier lifestyle, a Fitbit is a great way to do it.
  • Mobile Speaker: Sometimes you just want to listen to your favorite music or podcasts in the comfort of your own home while multitasking. If you have a speaker for your smartphone, it’s easier than ever.
  • Wine!: An old favorite for Valentine’s Day gifts, of course, but it’s impossible to go without a bottle of wine for this romantic holiday.

Jan 16

Using Four-Wheel Drive To Your Advantage

Winter weather can look beautiful and seem quite harmless from the warmth of your home—but it can wreak significant havoc on your vehicle, causing a great deal of harm when you’re behind the wheel. Four-wheel drive can play a key role in keeping you safe in hazardous conditions; however, knowing how to properly utilize your four-wheel drive is essential for maintaining your own safety, the safety of your passengers, and the long-term safety of your car as well. Read on for our guidelines to learn how you could be using four-wheel drive to your advantage (without causing undue harm to your vehicle).

good weather for driving

Two-wheel drive is the standard operation method for well-paved roads and good driving conditions. In such environments, when your tires are much less likely to lose traction, even models with 4WD capabilities should be driven like two-wheel drive model. This is because two-wheel drive settings only requires power from the rear axles and rear wheels, meaning that your vehicle is using enough power to remain stable, without over-straining it unnecessarily.

slick roads poor driving conditions

High-range four wheel drive is specifically designed to help you in situations where roads are more slippery and you feel there is a possibility your tires may lose traction. This setting engages the front axle of your vehicle, so that both the front and rear axles (and all four wheels) receive power. Operating in high-range four wheel drive in good conditions, where roads are easy to navigate, places extra stress on those axles and transfer cases, which can lead to substantial damage. That’s why it’s important to remember to shift out of 4 HI as soon as your road conditions seem to approve.

Alternating between high and low road traction

In conditions where roads seem to alternate between having high and low-traction areas, the Automatic 4HI setting found in some select models can be very beneficial. This setting allows torque to be automatically distributed between the front and rear axles when required. Because of its ability to only engage the front axles when low traction is detected, Automatic 4HI can safely be used in any road conditions, without the threat of long-term vehicle damage.

low-range four wheel drive for off-roading

The final option for select models is Low-range four wheel drive. This setting effectively doubles the amount of power that is sent to both the front and rear axles, allowing for enhanced speed and traction in off-road or severely hazardous conditions. Low-range four wheel drive is absolutely not intended for dry surfaces, or for any situation where the roads have moderate traction. The Low-range setting truly is your option for getting out of emergencies, at which point you can shift back into a safer gear to keep from damaging your axles and drivetrain components.

 

Our vehicles have numerous assets for ensuring your safety, and Four-wheel drive is definitely one of them. But like most good things, four-wheel drive also comes with responsibility. For more information about navigating your four-wheel drive vehicle, or to safely test-drive one, come visit us today at Gateway Buick GMC.

Jan 16

Key Winter Car Care Tips Will Prepare You for Snow and Ice

Winter can be particularly hard on your car — and on your nerves, if you’re the one driving! But to keep those winter weather conditions from wearing at your vehicle and becoming hard on your wallet, check out our winter car care tips below.

winter car care tips

 

  • Make sure that you have a full reservoir of windshield wiper fluid, so that you’re well-equipped to remove any dirt or grime that may be blocking your view.
  • Are your headlights working at fuel capacity? You will want to have maximum visibility of everything on the road in the event of a snowstorm, and other drivers will want to be able to have maximum visibility of you, so now is the time to test them.
  • If your battery is particularly old, consider getting a new one, or at least have it checked out by a professional. Cold weather can be extra tough on car batteries, which can leave you in a hard spot if your battery (especially on a night when temperatures are low!).
  • Check to see if you are low on coolant, which is what keeps your engine from freezing in the winter. Fill up the reservoir you need to.
  • Give your tires a critical inspection, inflating them to the proper tire pressure and deciding whether or not to adopt winter tires for the upcoming months. In geographic areas that are particularly prone to winter weather, appropriate tires are a wise investment.
  • Lastly, be sure to have an ice scraper somewhere in your car, as well as possibly even a snow shovel or some salt, so that you’re ready to fend off ice whenever the need arises.

 

For more winter weather safety ideas, or to test drive a winter-ready vehicle, stop by and visit us anytime, here at Gateway Buick GMC.

Dec 28

Assured For Life With Gateway’s Lifetime Warranty

Life can take you down any number of unexpected roads– that’s why Gateway Buick GMC is looking out for you every step of the way, by offering a Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty on every vehicle sold at our dealership. That’s right: for as long as you own the car, Gateway Buick GMC’s Lifetime Warranty will have your back by providing full maintenance and protection for all the key components of your car!

Some car providers offer similar protection packages, but may charge a substantial amount of money for them. However, we at Gateway Buick GMC offer our Lifetime Warranty completely free with every vehicle purchase! In fact, the only thing we ask of you is that your vehicle is kept up to the manufacturer’s recommendations. As long as you keep up your end of that bargain, we will continue to keep up our promise to pay for your covered claims up to our extremely generous limit of liability.

Our warranty includes all the parts you would usually worry about most– your engine, transmission/transmission case/all-wheel-drive assembly, and the drivetrain assembly. Repairs on these parts can be costly, which is why we are so confident that our coverage will save you significant repair costs throughout the lifetime of your vehicle! Visit our official Warranty information page for full details on the extents of coverage, and to answer any additional questions you may have.

Here at Gateway Buick GMC, we strive to provide each and every customer with an excellent experience in every respect, from the time they find the car of their dreams to the time they have a service need. And now, with our new Lifetime Warranty, we can also look to ensure an excellent experience for every mile in between! Come see us today, and see the Gateway difference for yourself!

 

 

 

 

Dec 14

Best Christmas Movies to Watch as a Family

Looking for the best Christmas movies to watch with your family this winter? Here are some classics that are sure to please everyone.

 

  • Ready to watch the best Christmas MoviesHome Alone: This favorite will catch the kids’ attention since it’s more than just a Christmas movie – it’s also an action movie that stars a kid as the clever and resourceful protagonist.
  • Elf: A more recent addition to the canon of Christmas classics, Elf is funny, endearing, and will get the family into the spirit of the holidays in no time.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: They don’t make movies like this anymore. With the classic stop-motion animation, Rudolph has truly stood the test of time.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: Everyone loves the Peanuts! Enjoy Charlie Brown and his droopy Christmas tree in this fun and heartwarming classic.
  • A Christmas Story: The familiar tale of Ralphie and his BB gun never gets old, so enjoy it with kids and adults alike this holiday season.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Jim Carrey’s spectacular transformation into SFX makeup, over-the-top humor, and quirky facial expressions are sure to charm and amuse as the titular Grinch.
  • Nightmare Before Christmas: If it seems like the holidays came too soon and Halloween was just a week ago, maybe this Tim Burton classic will help bridge the gap a little better.

 

There’s something for everyone on this list of best Christmas movies, so be sure to give them a shot!

Dec 07

Easy and Fun DIY Christmas Decorations

DIY Christmas Decorations

Christmas is almost here! Want to make your home more festive for the holidays? These DIY Christmas decorations are cheap, easy, and add extra flair to your home.

 

  • Hanging Stars: Make stars out of a variety of materials and string them from the ceiling with twine for an indoor starry night.
  • Garlands on Everything: Never underestimate the power of green! Line staircases and doorways with garlands. For extra oomph, add ornaments.
  • Paper Cup Candle Holders: Have the kids decorate paper cups with markers and pack them with garland pieces for makeshift candle holders.
  • Candy Bowl Centerpieces: Instead of a candy bowl, stack color-coded candies in a clear vase for a different style of centerpiece.
  • Sweatshirt Stockings: No stockings? No worries. Take one of those old ugly Christmas sweaters and re-purpose it into some stockings for the fireplace.
  • Santa Mug Pots: If you have small plants around the house, try re-potting them into cheap Santa Claus mugs from the thrift store or clearance section.
  • Glitter Frost: Try rolling your decorations in a mixture of white and silver glitter before putting them up for a frosted look!
  • Bells on Table Cloths: Want to make your tables festive too? Punch holes in the corners of the table cloth and tie jingle bells on the edges.

 

Hopefully these ideas for DIY Christmas decorations have inspired you to make some changes in your home for the Christmas season. Happy Holidays from us here at Gateway Buick GMC!

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