The holidays are coming up, and you know what the means — it’s time for your annual road trip! If you’re hitting the road in your vehicle to visit family, here are some tips to take with you.
Prep Your Car
Before you even hit the road, you’ll want to prep your car for your road trip. Check tire pressure, fluid levels, and wipers. Clean your car free of trash and debris. Doing all of this will ensure a safer (and cleaner) road trip.
Keep Spare Change
It can be easy to forget about tolls when you’re on the road — so be sure to set aside spare cash or change in your car. Even if you have an Easy Pass, it never hurts to have spare change or cash for other situations that come up.
Craft Road Trip Playlists
Before you get in the car, create multiple playlists that you can choose from. If you’re travelling with family, have everyone create their own playlist. This will keep the passengers happy during the ride and will help the driver stay awake and entertained.
Switch Off Driving
If you’re traveling with other drivers, take advantage of it! Be prepared to switch off drivers to help split up driving time. Taking breaks while other drivers take the wheel will help everyone stay alert when it’s their turn to drive.
If you need service, bring your vehicle into Hatfield Buick GMC and we’ll help get you ready for the road ahead.
October is here, which means it is time for things to get a little spooky. If you are looking for some fun Halloween events in Redlands this year, we have found a few to add to your calendar.
Suveg Cellars Halloween Bash
If you love a good bottle of wine, Suveg Cellars will be hosting its first All Hallows Eve at its California Street Tasting Room in Yucaipa. The event takes place Oct. 26, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly event, and there will be a contest to determine the best get-up.
Historic Downtown Redlands will offer a safe trick-or-treat experience on Halloween from 3-4 p.m. The downtown stores and volunteers will be distributing candy until they run out, giving your young one a chance to get in on all the fun safely.
Trunk or Treat Festival
The whole community is invited to a free Trunk or Treat festival on Oct. 31 at Cucamonga Christian Fellowship in Redlands from 5-8 p.m. There will be carnival games, a bouncy house, lots of candy, and lots of fun.
Cajon Street & Olive Avenue
If you want to go trick-or-treating without worrying about cars, come to the Cajon Street and Olive Avenue. These streets will be closed to traffic starting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, and trick-or-treating proper starts at 6 p.m. Lots of houses will also feature spooky activities for the kids to enjoy.
If you’re on the market for a stylish new vehicle but don’t want to pay a scary high price, look no further than Hatfield Buick GMC.
Last month, Buick announced the starting price for the 2019 Regal Avenir, the latest Avenir trim to join the Buick lineup. The Avenir trim is the height of luxury, unlike any levels of luxury ever before offered on Buick models.
The range-topping Avenir trim starts at $36,195 for the 2019 Buick Regal. This makes the 2019 Regal Avenir more affordable than the performance-oriented Regal GS. The Avenir trim is reserved exclusively for the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback model, meaning the GS and TourX wagon cannot get the Avenir treatment.
Buick Regal Avenir models will come standard with the Driver Confidence Package I. Included in that package are LED headlights, auto-leveling headlights, cornering lights, wireless charging, heated exterior mirrors, four-way lumbar-adjustment front seats, and a range of safety features, such as Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Rear Park Assist.
Inside, the 2019 Buick Avenir will sport embroidered headrests and exclusive diamond quilt-stitched front seats. Avenir models boast a Whisper Beige interior with ebony accents and also include an 8-inch infotainment system that includes navigation, as well as an eight-speaker Bose® audio system. The exterior of the Regal Avenir will include a 3D mesh grille and 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels.
To learn how you can get behind the wheel of your very own 2019 Buick Regal Avenir, stop into Hatfield Buick GMC.
Buick recently partnered with ExxonMobil to create an in-dash fuel payment system that will not only make paying for fuel easier but offer valuable savings to drivers. The Buick in-dash fuel payment system will operate through Marketplace and will be available at more than 11,000 Exxon or Mobil stations around the country.
“Our goal with Marketplace is to help make everyday tasks as easy as possible for our customers so they can focus on enjoying time spent in their vehicles,” said Rick Ruskin, Marketplace Line of Business leader for Buick. “Bringing the ExxonMobil pay for fuel functionality right on the touchscreen of our vehicles is the latest advancement of this platform, allowing drivers to easily access Speedpass+ and securely pay for gas while inside their car.”
According to Buick, the technology will let you pay without swiping a credit card or accessing your smartphone. The system is synced with an ExxonMobil Speedpass+™ app account, which means there’s no need to get your wallet or phone out. Simply pull up and get your gas. In addition to convenience, the system lets you earn points for frequent fill-ups, potentially saving money in the process.
If you don’t already have an ExxonMobil Speedpass+ app account, you can sign up through Marketplace. In additional to secure payments, the app allows you to locate the nearest Exxon or Mobil station.
Buick’s focus on innovation is part of what makes it one of the hottest and most advanced lineups on the road today. To see Buick’s latest vehicles in person, stop into Hatfield Buick GMC and take a test drive.
The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali isn’t even out yet, and it’s already one of the hottest trucks on the market. Lovers of elegant design and interior comfort are clamoring for the all-new Sierra Denali, which proves undeniably that even the best can get better.
“The next-generation Sierra Denali has a deliberate, commanding presence,” said Matt Noone, director of design, GMC Exteriors. “Its unmistakable design embodies the essence of GMC, while advancing the brand’s core styling elements — rooted in inherent capability — with a new expression of its signature cues.”
Most notably, the new GMC Sierra has been updated with a bigger and more commanding grille, a taller hood, and refined C-shaped signature lighting. The 2019 Sierra 1500 will also stand out a bit more thanks to adjusted wheel placement and tires that are larger and diameter
The interior of the 2019 Sierra 1500 is just as refined as it in on the outside, offering best-in-class front headroom and best-in-class front legroom as well as an additional 3 inches of rear legroom on crew cab models. Premium features offered with the Sierra Denali include exclusive leather-appointed seats, open-pore wood trim, and aluminum details.
The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali is made for those who appreciate the finer things. If you are that person, be sure to stop into the Hatfield Buick GMC showroom when it arrives later this year.
If you’re in Southern California (or anywhere in California, for that matter) one thing is certain: There is no shortage of amazing road trips that you can embark on, even if it’s at the drop of a hat. If you’re up for a drive or want to introduce an out-of-state visitor to the glory that is Cali, consider these among some of the best California road trips you can take.
Highway 1: San Francisco to Fort Bragg
This breathtaking route starts at the Golden Gate Bridge and takes you to Fort Bragg, home of the beautiful MacKerricher State Park and iconic Glass Beach. Along the way, you’ll have incredible views of redwood forests, dramatic cliffs, rolling vineyards, and much more of the natural and man-made beauty that the state has to offer.
Highway 101: Malibu to Lompoc
It doesn’t get much better than the 120-mile route from Malibu to Lompoc, which offers unforgettable views of the Santa Monica Mountains, amazing beaches, and beautiful wine country. To cap it all off, Lompoc is known for its summer flower fields, which are rich in bright, dazzling colors and quite simply unforgettable.
Highway 18: Rim of the World Scenic Byway
If you’re looking for something truly unique, the Rim of the World Scenic Byway is sure to live up to even the highest expectations. Narrow cliffs, charming small villages, panoramic views of the Pacific—the Rim of the World Scenic Byway has it all and more than deserves a spot on every California road trippers list of must-drive routes.
These are just three of the many, many trips you can take this summer in the new ride you pick up at Hatfield Buick GMC. While you’re here, ask the team about their favorite road trips, and you’ll have even more ideas for how to break in your new Buick or GMC vehicle.
As it falls within the last week of May, the point at which the weather is truly ripe for grilling out and taking road trips, Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of summer. This, and the fact that you’ll likely be enjoying a three-day weekend as a result of it, might lead you to associate the holiday with fun and frivolity.
But the purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the lives of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and it has been since its first observances as Decoration Day. While the occasion is still a great time to enjoy yourself and bond with family, it’s also worth knowing the history of Memorial Day and the hows and whys of its traditions.
According to The History Channel, the loss of life created by the Civil War led Americans to pay tribute to fallen soldiers by praying and leaving flowers at their graves. These unofficial acts of remembrance served as the inspiration for General John A. Logan to designate May 30, 1868, as an official day of remembrance for “comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”
Over the years, Decoration Day came to be known as Memorial Day and continued to fall on May 30. In 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act went into effect, establishing that Memorial Day was to fall on the last Monday in May. Since 1971, Memorial Day has fallen between May 25-31; in 2018, Memorial Day takes place on May 28.
Though parades honoring military personnel and visits to cemeteries and memorials are some of the more solemn traditions of the holiday, its proximity to the official start of summer has made Memorial Day ideal for getaways, grilling out, and general rest and relaxation. We hope that you’ll join the team at Hatfield Buick GMC in celebrating this year’s Memorial Day by taking a moment to consider the sacrifice of so many American servicemen and servicewomen in the effort of keeping this great nation free.
Did you know that washing your car is an important part of its routine maintenance? Just like you get regular oil changes at Hatfield Buick GMC, you need to wash your car regularly, too. But, how often should you wash your car?
Some experts recommend as often as every two weeks. However, if you routinely drive in salty conditions, like near the ocean or through the snow, you might need to do it even more often.
Salt can be very corrosive on a car’s finish, which is why it is so important to wash it away as quickly as you can. This is also why if you live in a wintery area with salted roads, you need to wash your car more often in the winter than in the summer.
If washing your car that often sounds like a big chore, there are a few ways to go longer in between washes. If you do not drive every day and keep your car stored in a garage, this keeps it out of the elements and can extend the time between car washes.
When you are ready to give it a bath, the best way is to do it by hand. But, if you use an automatic car wash, avoid the type that touch your car as they can leave behind tiny scratches from all the collected dirt. It’s also important to make sure that you wash beneath the car to remove salt from underbody components like your muffler and suspension.
If you need additional help getting you car in tip-top shape, whether it’s a balance and rotation or a new air filter, you can get it done in a jiff at Hatfield Buick GMC.
At Hatfield Buick GMC, we are excited to share the news that our owner, Bill Hatfield, has been nominated as Time Dealer of the Year. This nomination came from Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers Association.
In a statement regarding his nomination, Bill Hatfield said, “The chance to be a trusted adviser to 105 years’ worth of customers and their families is very rewarding to me. I also take great pride in being a good employer to our many employees and their families. We are all in this together and we need to work together.”
Hatfield Buick GMC has been in business since 1913 and was started by Bill’s grandfather. It was then led by his father and uncle, before he took the lead role. Today, his two daughters also work at the dealership.
This award is considered one of the most prestigious honors a new car dealer can receive, and this year’s winner will be announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Show that will be held in March in Las Vegas.
To receive a nomination for this award, a dealer has to show not only exceptional dealership performance and customer service, but also heroic community service. Hatfield has served in leadership positions for the YMCA of the East Valley, Rotary Club of Redlands, and more.
We are so proud of Bill Hatfield, and are honored that the award may be coming to our own dealership.
If you’re still working on your New Year’s resolutions for 2018, you’re probably thinking of things like getting started at a gym or taking up better habits on a daily basis. One of the areas where we could all probably improve a bit is the way we drive—it never hurts to be safer, even if you already consider yourself a safe driver. For a few ideas, consider setting one of these goals to become a safer driver in 2018.
Put Your Cell Phone Away
Today’s vehicles often offer technology that allows drivers to make hands-free calls and text messages. Even with safe options, drivers might still be tempted to check social media or email on the road or glance at their phones. Keep your phone tucked out of sight to avoid that temptation altogether and keep your eyes locked on the road ahead.
When drivers are running late, they’re more likely to make aggressive moves, like tailgating, speeding, or running yellow lights. Give yourself extra time to get to your destinations so that you can drive patiently and cautiously, and see if it doesn’t also positively affect your stress level.
Practice Good Maintenance
Keeping your car in good condition is an important step to safe driving. Getting regular checkups according to your owner’s manual will ensure that all parts are running as they should be, and that you have a lower chance of getting stranded. Schedule regular oil changes and checkups for your vehicle in 2018 and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with driving a safe car.
If you already do these things, then congratulations: you’re an effective driver. Maybe you should set a different kind of New Year’s resolution—upgrading to a brand-new GMC or Buick, which you can get at Hatfield Buick GMC.