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!

Nov 23

Three Affordable Thanksgiving Decorations to Try This Year

Thanksgiving decorations

Nothing complements a delicious Thanksgiving feast like some beautiful Thanksgiving decorations to match. But save the money for the pies! Here are three affordable decorations that will make your holiday all the more lovely.

 

Bring Nature Inside

 

Acorns and pinecones get a new artsy twist with a little paint. Choose neutral earth tones or soft blues and greens. Paint some and leave some natural. Then place a branch from outside in a vase and hang your ornaments there for a delightful decoration.

 

The Centerpiece

 

Nothing says autumn quite like a group of colorful pumpkins and gourds of different shapes and sizes. Place your squash in a cornucopia for a traditional look. Or line a serving tray with corn husks and arrange the pumpkins and gourds on top of that for something a little different.

 

Brown Paper

 

A roll of brown paper will barely make a dent in your wallet but its possibilities are endless. Use it as a tablecloth at the kids’ table and leave out crayons for coloring. Or cut it into homemade placemats and leave guests pens so that they can write what they’re grateful for as they dine. You can also cut out paper leaves ahead of time and have guests write on those, then hang them up for all to see.

 

Share your decoration ideas with us!

Nov 21

Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses Event

Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses event

Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses event

We are very excited to be partnering with The BackStoppers Inc. for the month of November for our #GatewayGivesBack program. This organization is dedicated to providing aid and long-term financial help to the families of Police Officers and Firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. We are proud of all of the great work that they are doing, including their Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses event.

This year, we are so proud and honored to be a Ring of Champions sponsor for the Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses event.

This year the event will be held on Wednesday the 23rd at 6:30 pm. It is located at the Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. This event started in 1987 by Jerry Clinton and Myrl Taylor, and has grown in popularity and impact since then.

Make sure that you get your tickets to support these families, this organization, and an overall great event. We hope to see you there!

Oct 26

Visit Hazelwood Parks: Explore Your Community

Enjoy local Hazelwood parks.

Enjoy local Hazelwood parks.

Spend some time at local Hazelwood parks. There are tons of activities for all ages, as well as places to exercise, picnic, host family gatherings, and more. Plus, with scenic views and well-maintained grounds, it’s easy to see why so many visit Hazelwood Parks.

According to the Hazelwood parks website, the 16 parks in the area have plenty of activities. This includes the following:

  • 2 Recreation Centers
  • Senior Citizen Transport Service
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Fishing Pond
  • 18-Hole Disc Golf Course
  • Sports Complex (baseball and softball)
  • And more…

Now that the summer is coming to a close there will be a whole new list of activities and events to consider.

There will also be a Food Truck or Treat event. This is on Friday, October 28th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Howdershell Park. Food trucks from the area will gather to serve some of their best dishes, and there will also be music and a costume contest!

These are just some of the many fun things to do at Hazelwood Parks. Plan your visit today.

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