Memorial Day History: Why Do We Celebrate this Holiday?

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Memorial Day

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.

How Often Should You Wash Your Car?

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how often should you wash your carDid 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.

Bill Hatfield Nominated for Time Dealer of the Year

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Time Dealer of the YearAt 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.

New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Safer Driver

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New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Safer Driver

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.

Leave Earlier

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.

Holiday Events in Redlands

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With the holiday season upon us, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than attending some festive holiday events with the family? Here are a couple events in the area that we at Hatfield Buick recommend.


Mountain Grove & Citrus Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony

On the night before Thanksgiving on November 22nd, come join the community for the 2nd annual tree lighting ceremony at Citrus Plaza & Mountain Grove and see two 50-foot Christmas trees lit up for the holiday season. Each tree boasts over 20,000 lights, so you won’t want to miss it! Other activities include live musical performances, hot cocoa, and visiting Santa in Santa’s village. Santa will also be available for photos November 24th-26th from 11am-2pm, so you have plenty of opportunity to bring your children out for this classic holiday tradition.

Christmas on the Ranch

Head to Galway Downs in Temecula to skate around Southern California’s second biggest outdoor skating rink. That’s not all Galway Downs has to offer, as you and your family can enjoy sleigh rides, a Christmas village, food, arts and crafts, and more. Open skate is December 7th through 15th, and reserved time skate is December 16th through January 7th. On opening night, there will be a tree lighting ceremony that will surely be fun for the whole family.Holiday Events in Redlands

Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the million sides you have to make, especially if you’re hosting. Food Network has a massive list of over a hundred great Thanksgiving side dishes, but here are some of our favorites to help you narrow it down.

There are lots of different kinds of Thanksgiving sides—veggies, starches, desserts, casseroles, breads, and so on. Casseroles, in particular, are a hallmark of Thanksgiving dishes, especially green bean casserole, and you can’t go wrong with a dish from the master himself, Alton Brown.

For a lighter option, and to satisfy all the vegetarians out there, try these balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts, or go with this more versatile roasted potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and brussels sprouts recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.

Breads and starches are an essential part of any Thanksgiving meal. Try these delicious-looking homemade dinner rolls from Bobby Flay’s kitchen and scalloped potatoes gratin from Tyler Florence (yes, we said and). You can even do a twist on traditional potatoes and make this incredible loaded baked potato casserole!

For dessert-y sides, there’s the ever popular sweet potato casserole, or go a little more out of the box and try the Neelys’ sweet potato soufflé. And, of course, you can never go wrong with cranberry sauce.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so make sure you have a car you can rely on for your holiday travels and give us a call today at Hatfield Buick GMC!

Thanksgiving side dishes

Follow These Trick or Treating Safety Tips for a Worry-Free Halloween

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Kids everywhere look forward all year to the fun of Halloween night. But, in all of the excitement, don’t forget to follow these trick or treating safety tips to ensure you and your kids have a blast.


Trick or treating safety 


Plan Ahead

Whether you’ll be out with the kids or staying at home, be sure to plan a route in advance. Pick one that’s not too long and stays within familiar territory.


Wear Comfy Shoes

Outfit the kids and yourself in comfortable walking shoes. No matter the costume, remember that you’ll be on foot all night. A princess costume will look just as good without the high heels!


Stay Well-Lit

Integrate bright and reflective materials into costumes. Reflective tape and brightly colored paints will look cool and keep the kids safe as they run around in the dark.


Short Costumes

Overly large costumes that make it hard to move or drag on the ground are dangerous, especially in the dark. Make sure costumes let feet move freely and don’t cover up the hands or face.


Avoid Masks

Masks may seem like a simple way to complete a costume but, in reality, they can make it hard to breathe and obscure your child’s vision. Non-toxic face paint is easy and safe!


Check Candy

At the end of the night, do a quick check of the candy your kids have collected. Discard anything that’s not in its original wrapper or looks like it’s been tampered with.


Avoid unnecessary Halloween stress this year with these simple trick-or-treat safety tips. Then, for the ultimate seasonal treat, stop by Hatfield Buick GMC today!

2018 Buick Enclave

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2018 Buick Enclave


The 2018 Buick Enclave represents a complete overhaul of the Enclave nameplate. The full-size, three-row SUV is even more stylish and elegant than before with a new powertrain and enticing standard features.

Under the hood of the 2018 Buick Enclave lurks a 3.6-liter V6 engine, partnered with Buick’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine lays out 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The Enclave comes as a front-wheel-drive model but is available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Though the new Enclave has not undergone safety testing, it is built on the same chassis as the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, which earned a five-star

2018 Buick Enclave

overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We expect similar results from the 2018 Enclave.

Standard on the new Enclave are tri-zone climate control, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, LED taillights, pushbutton start, and keyless entry. You’ll get 20-inch alloy wheels, bifunctional LED headlights, and more on the Enclave Avenir model, which is new for 2018.

Key competitors for the Enclave include the Audi Q7, the Volkswagen Touareg, the Lexus RX, and the Volvo XC90.

Want to learn more about the new 2018 Buick Enclave? Contact us at Hatfield Buick GMC for more information.




Back-to-School Driving Tips

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The new school year is nearly here, which means it’s time to freshen up on driving in and around school zones—so, here are some helpful back-to-school driving tips from us here at Hatfield Buick GMC.

Back-to-School Driving Tips

Watch Out

If you’re taking the kids to school, odds are you’ll be passing through at least one, but likely more, school zones. That means you’ll need to keep your eyes open for other parents dropping their kids off, buses, pedestrians, and small children in general.

Avoid honking at pedestrians and always stop for flashing lights. Make sure to listen to the school patrol officer or crossing guard.


Helping to reduce the number of vehicles dropping kids off is one way to ease the stress of back-to-school driving. Converse with other parents and make a schedule that dictates who has the responsibility, of taking the kids to school each morning. Don’t forget to decide who picks them up afterward, too!

Beware of Buses

School buses are hard to miss, so there’s no excuse for passing or crashing into one. If the lights are flashing or the stop arm is extended, use caution and come to a complete stop. Don’t try to speed past the bus as the doors are opening—the last thing any parent or driver wants is an injured child.

Make sure to follow these tips, and driving while school is in session will be safer for everyone.

Summer Fun in Redlands, California

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If you live in or are visiting the Redlands, California area this summer, you will have plenty of activities to choose from. Here is a quick glimpse of some of the summer fun in Redlands.

summer fun in Redlands

  • Redlands Bowl. The Redlands Bowl is a summer music festival that lasts all season long. It offers a wide range of musical groups and styles. This summer you can still catch Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, a Bollywood Spectacular, Opera Under the Stars, and more.
  • Shopping. For those want to pick up some new treasures, delicious food, and handmade gifts, Redlands has plenty to offer. Try the Downtown Market Night on Thursdays or the Saturday morning Farmers Market.
  • Outdoors. Redlands is a place of great natural beauty. There are plenty of walking, hiking, and biking trails in the area to see as much of the area as you can.
  • Lincoln Memorial Shrine. If you love history, a visit to this spot is a must. Many consider this to be the best place to learn about one of most beloved presidents west of the Rocky Mountains.

Here at Hatfield Buick GMC, we love calling Redlands our home. If you are shopping for a great new or used car in the Redlands area, come visit us for a great car-buying experience.

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