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Finding the Right Tires for Your Truck

shutterstock_98507390Tires by definition are just rubber wrapped around your wheels providing cushion and traction. They are the directly responsible for your trucks performance. Tires have come a long way from their humble beginnings by Charles Goodyear in 1844.  Tires now come in all sizes and many different manufactures.  Choosing the right tire can be daunting.  Here are some ways to make the process easier.

The type of tire: What do you need the tire to do for your truck? Do you need them for long wear, comfort, performance, or seasonal? Obviously size, load capacity, and speed rating are things you need to know also.  You may want to sit down and think about your driving habits to best decide what type of tire you need for your truck. Don’t forget to include your driving environment. Snow tires may be a good investment.

Price: Now I know what your thinking.  Your tire dealer is always going to try and up sell you.  While this may be true, listen to your dealer why some tires are more pricey than others.  When buying truck tires, always go with at least the same quality of tire you originally had if not one step up.  Trust me you will notice a difference.  Yes a premium tire may cost more up front, but in the long run you will see your money returned.  Premium tires last longer because they are made better.  Meaning you have to replace them less. See, money saved. The ride is often smoother too.

Remember a good set of tires will give you more traction and control on the road no matter the conditions.   If you have questions on anything tire related to your GMC trucks or SUV, always talk to your dealer.  Your dealer will often have OEM tires available and a plethora of information on what tire would best work for you.  Talk to your local dealership in Thunder Bay parts and service about new tires today.





Winterizing made easy by your Parts and Service Dept

shutterstock_39705241Winter is coming and it’s time to prepare yourself for the cold.  As we are pulling out our winter gear for ourselves, hats, coats, ect., now is the perfect time to remember your cars needs some extra protection from the elements too. When I was growing up, my dad always took care of winterizing my car.  I always assumed he just changed a few things on his own, so I could go on my merry way.  Later I found he was actually taking my car to our Buick cars parts and service department.   “You wouldn’t go to a dermatologist about your cholesterol, would ya?” That was what he would tell me when I questioned him about not taking my Buick cars to a regular mechanic shop.  Let the experts take care of you.

The type of oil you need for an oil change is different when the temps start dropping.  In order to insure you are getting the correct type of oil, your parts and service department will take care of you, and make sure you are getting the best type of oil for the temps outside.

Then there is the battery.  Ever had a car not start in the cold months due to a dead battery.  Oh yeah there’s nothing like trying to start your car and realizing uh oh my battery is dead. Oh and I forgot my jumper cables.  Make sure those are packed in your trunk.  Your Buick cars parts and service department can check your battery to make sure none of the wires are corroded, for cracks and breaks, and if the manufacture date says it is getting old.  Old batteries like old humans tend to lose a charge.

Don’t forget your windshield wiper fluid.  Ever been behind a semi kicking up frozen yuck and can’t get your wipers to actually remove the nastiness, then you understand the importance of good wiper fluid.  Once again refer to your parts and service department.  Certain wiper fluids can actually damage the paint on your car.

The easiest thing for any person to do is just to take your car down to your local Buick cars dealer and let them handle all the joys of winterizing your car for you.  They may have even more advice.  Before it gets too cold, visit your Thunder Bay certified Buick cars parts and service department.

Truck Shopping We Will Go

shutterstock_116301295When buying a new truck, choosing the right sales team is a must.  Yes the make and model are important, but the experience you have with the sales rep can make or break a sale.  Here are some easy steps to make the whole shopping experience go more smoothly.

Research: Go online and check the websites of truck dealers.  Just how informative are they on the site? A dealer who wants your business is going to have lots of easy navigation for you to find the right truck.  Check out the manufactures web site too. Car and Driver and Consumer Reports are good resources.

New or Pre-Owned: Your GMC trucks dealer is going to have many new and certified pre-owned models available for you to choose from.  Remember you can often times get a great deal on a pre-owned truck. Ask to see all models new and pre-owned.

Make a list: Make a list of all the features you need. Then make a list of all the features you want.  Your sales rep will explain to you some of the bonus features only available on GMC trucks that you may come to add to your list of needs and wants.  Don’t forget to ask lots of questions about features you don’t understand.  Remember your sales rep is the expert and should be able to get you answers.

How are you going to pay: Your local dealer will have a finance team available to get the best auto loan.  Many times if you finance through the dealership certain incentives are available. The dealer website may even have a link to get you pre-approved. Ask about this before financing through another source.

Make sure your comfortable: If you feel the sales rep you are working with is not working with you, do not be afraid to ask for someone else.  Trust me the dealership wants to make you the happiest customer they have ever had.  After working in sales for many years, one learns a happy customer is the customer who returns. For the best in customer service visit your Thunder Bay GMC Trucks dealership.