Easy, Basic Instructions on How to Change a Tire

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How to Change a Tire

No matter how well you take care of your tires – a blowout can still occur. This is why it’s vital to know how to change a tire ahead of time, before you find yourself in an emergency. Here is a simple summary of how to change a tire:

  1. Slowly move to the side of the road, or to another safe location, and put on your emergency lights.
  2. Use a wrench to loosen the lug nuts, but do not remove them yet.
  3. Use a jack to lift up the vehicle, about six inches above the ground.
  4. Now, remove the lug nuts that you previously loosened, and gently remove the tire.
  5. Place your spare tire in its place.
  6. Put the lug nuts back on but do not tighten them fully yet.
  7. Lower the vehicle back onto the ground.
  8. Tighten the lug nuts carefully, applying pressure equally to each lug nut. Start by tightening one random lug nut at about 50%, and then tighten the lug nut on the opposite side of that one. Continuing tightening the lugs nuts in this fashion until they are all as tight as possible.

Lastly, don’t forget to pick up your broken tire and dispose of it properly. For more tips and safety advice, visit us anytime at Hatfield Buick GMC.

2017 Buick Encore Debut Reveals Updated Version of Popular Model

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2017 Buick Encore Debut - 2016 Buick Encore Pictured
2016 Buick Encore Pictured

The Buick Encore has been one of the most popular crossovers in a popular segment ever since its debut in 2013 – and now Buick has redesigned the model for the 2017 model year, making it more powerful, efficient, and versatile than ever before. Buick unveiled the 2017 Buick Encore debut recently at the New York International Auto Show.

The new model comes in a more streamlined, modern package with a new winged grille, new front headlamps, and rear LED signature tail lamps. Inside, drivers and passengers will find themselves in a refined, plush interior.

Plus – the new Encore comes with the very latest entertainment technology, including both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility – making it a breeze to sync your cell phone right to your new Buick.

The Buick Encore is already Buick’s most popular vehicle, and it’s safe to say that with these modern upgrades, the model will be even more popular. It’s the ideal vehicle for young drivers, small families, and solo drivers, making it an excellent option for many people.

To learn more about 2017 Buick Encore, visit us anytime at Hatfield Buick GMC.

Families Love the Yukon, and We Know Why

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Families Love the Yukon


The GMC Yukon has always been a well-respected vehicle, and nowadays it’s moving out of the “well-respected” range and into the realm of “beloved.” That might be a big claim, but we’ve got the proof to back it up: families love the Yukon, they really, really love it.

U.S. News and World Report recently announced the 2016 GMC Yukon is the “Best Large SUV for Families,” a coveted title in a thick SUV market.

Families love the Yukon for its wealth of comfort, capability, and infotainment features. The 2016 GMC Yukon comes stocked with Apple CarPlay and built-in Wi-Fi, ensuring that no one in the family gets bored during those long road trips. And when it comes to safety, you simply can’t beat the Yukon; for the third year in a row, the GMC Yukon was ranked the highest in its segment in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.

Safe, comfy, and fun, families of all sizes love the 2016 GMC Yukon!

The All-New Buick Encore Leaks Before Debut at New York Auto Show

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Buick Encore Leaks
2016 Buick Encore Pictured

The all-new Buick Encore was set to debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, but some impatient reporters have jumped the gun and have leaked images of the all-new Buick Encore ahead of schedule. These Buick Encore leaks are a must see!

As much as we’d like to admonish them for their questionable journalistic ethics, we can’t help but feel a little pleased here at Hatfield to be seeing the 2017 Buick Encore as soon as possible. Like the rest of the country (and folks all across the globe), we’re big fans of the Encore, and we’re happy to report that the new 2017 model looks just as promising as its renowned predecessors.

The all-new Buick Encore features a sharper front fascia styling, a new grille, and new wheel design. We haven’t been able to peak into the interior of the Encore as no cabin photos have been released; we have a feeling we’ll all have to wait for the New York Auto Show for those details.

All in all, the 2017 Buick Encore looks sharper-than-ever, and we can’t wait to start seeing them in our lot (and eventually your driveway).

5 Inland Empire Museums to Discover

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Have you ever heard about the Cabazon Dinosaurs? Check out the Inland Empire museums to learn more!

While it may not be located on California’s west coast, the Inland Empire still has a lot to do and see. Some of the area’s best attractions are its various museums. Covering a wide range of topics, these locations are not just educational, but entertaining as well. Be sure to check out these 5 Inland Empire museums to discover!

  1. Western Science Center

Guests to this museum can learn all about the past of the Inland Empire thanks to fossils and other artifacts from the Ice Age.

  1. Cabazon Dinosaurs

For years, travelers from around the country have made the trek out to see these gigantic roadside attractions!

  1. McDonalds Museum

You can learn all about the history of the fast food restaurant chain at the site of one of its original locations!

  1. California Route 66 Museum

You can get your kicks at this museum that is all about the most famous Route in the country.

  1. Planes of Fame Air Museum

Several of the country’s most iconic and famous planes are on display at this Inland Empire museum.

For more information on things to do in the Inland Empire, contact us at Hatfield Buick GMC.

Buick Airs Their First Super Bowl Commercial Ever

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2015 Buick Cascada
Did you catch the Super Bowl commercial featuring the Buick Cascada?

If you caught the Super Bowl, you probably caught a glimpse at a Buick advertisement during one of the commercial breaks. This commercial stands out in a sea of other Super Bowl commercials for a number of reasons.

According to a Buick press release, the Buick Super Bowl commercial was the first one to air for the Buick brand during the biggest of big games.

Super Bowl commercials do not come cheap, so Buick knew they had to find a way to make it stand out. First, they chose to promote the luxurious Buick Cascada.

To make it stand out even more, Buick enlisted the help of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress Emily Ratajkowski.

“We wanted talent that represented attributes of the Buick brand and design philosophy,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing “For Buick, Odell Beckham Jr. represents unique talent and commitment to excellence that mirrors Buick’s commitment to performance. Emily Ratajkowski brings style which aligns with the Cascada’s design and adventurous spirit.”

The result was one of the best commercials of the night! If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out, and check out the Buick Cascada while you’re at it!

Meet This Year’s New GMC Denalis

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2016 GMC Denalis
Read all about the new GMC Denalis, and why people love them!

No single word guarantees premium quality like the word “Denali.” Since the first GMC Yukon Denali was released in 1999, the moniker has informed customers that the vehicle they’re purchasing is of the highest grade through and through.

For 2016, there are two new GMC Denalis: the 2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and the 2016 GMC Canyon Denali.

The Sierra Denali Ultimate will increase its luxury appointments to offer more comfort, design, and performance amenities to the already best-in-class quality of the Sierra Denali. It debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale late in the first quarter of 2016.

The Canyon Denali, which also debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Denali version of GMC’s best-selling midsize Canyon pickup. The Denali title will bring new premium features such as a heated steering wheel, a remote vehicle starter system, and a full-color driver information center.

What do you think of the new GMC Denalis? (Besides envy, of course.) Come see us today at Hatfield Buick GMC, and discover why we love them so much.

How Do You Deal with Driving in El Niño?

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Stay safe with tips about driving in El Niño.

Already, this winter has been one of the strangest, wildest, most dangerous seasons in a long, long time, and it’s all thanks to that strange weather phenomenon we call “El Niño.”

So, what do you do when you need to get from Point A to Point B in bad weather? Our first tip is just to stay home, but if you need to be out driving in El Niño, here are a few tips to keep you safe:

  • Check your tires (an easy procedure: just stick a penny head-first into the tread; if any of Abe’s head is hidden, your tires are good to go). If you tread is worn, your traction is compromised and your chances of skidding, sliding, or slipping are greatly increased.
  • Avoid low elevation and valleys. Heavy rain means flooding and puddling, which can mean hydroplaning, which can me big accidents. This is one time when you really should take the high road!
  • Don’t use cruise control in wet conditions. In the event of hydroplaning or skidding, your car can accelerate instead of safely slowing.
  • Invest in snow tires. These really can make all the difference when the weather turns cold and rain turns into snow

Driving in inclement weather of any kind is a dangerous proposition, so the best thing you can do if you have to be on the road is remain aware, informed, and assertive. For more tips, stay in touch with us at Hatfield Buick GMC. 

What Happened to the Spare Tire?

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Learn why you may not have a spare tire.

If you’ve been car shopping in the last couple of years, you may have noticed that a seemingly important feature of some new cars has gone missing – the trusty spare tire. Thanks to improved technology, both in the tires themselves and in temporary tire repair, AAA reports that more than 36% of new 2015 models were sold without the spare tire.

Spare tires are heavy and take up a considerable amount of space in any car. By ditching the spare tire, automakers can claim better fuel economy numbers for their vehicles and improve cargo space. In place of spare tires, many automakers are putting to use run-flat tires or emergency flat-tire inflation kits.

Run-flat tires are designed to allow a driver to continue driving on a flat tire at a reduced speed until they can safely get to a repair shop or home. Emergency flat-tire inflation kits on the other hand, allow drivers to temporarily repair small punctures in the tire’s tread (keep in mind this kind of repair won’t work on the tire’s side wall).

Additionally, many new cars also come with road-side assistance for a specified amount of time, so that in the event you do have a flat tire, you won’t need to repair the tire yourself.

Learn more about spare tires and their alternatives at yahoo.com/autos.

Stop by Hatfield Buick GMC today to learn more about our exciting selection of new cars!

An American Buick Envision Could be A Reality

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See when the American Buick Envision could be coming!

Remember when the Buick Envision mid-size crossover debuted in China last year? We were pretty jealous. American auto enthusiasts everywhere agreed – when can we get our hands on that thing?

According to Automotive News, that day could be coming sooner than we think. Two sources close to the project have revealed that GM is moving forward with plans for an American Buick Envision, and we could see it as soon late spring next year.

If this is true, the Envision would mark the first instance of one of the Big Three Detroit auto manufacturers importing a light vehicle from China.

Currently, GM is declining to comment, calling these reports nothing more than speculation. It remains to be seen if and when the automaker will begin deliveries of the Buick Envision to the U.S. Check back in with the Hatfield Buick GMC blog often for more updates as they become available!

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