Preparing Your Car for a Summer Road Trip

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When preparing your car for a summer road trip, follow these tips!

The kids are out of school, which means it’s time to pack your bags and head out on a road trip. But, before you leave, follow these tips on preparing your car for a summer road trip.

  • Get a tune up. Schedule an appointment to have your car checked out before you leave. Have the oil changed, tires rotated, A/C inspected, and anything else you might need before you hit the road.
  • Clean your car. You don’t want to be driving around with pounds of unnecessary junk in your car. Not only will this reduce your cargo capacity, but it will reduce your fuel efficiency too. Spend an hour or two cleaning out your car and you’ll be glad you did.
  • Be prepared for issues. You had your car inspected, but that doesn’t mean you won’t accidentally leave your headlights on and drain your battery. Be prepared with a roadside emergency kit, including jumper cables, a first aid kit, flashlight, and other tools.

Are you taking your family on a road trip this summer? Stop in to Hatfield Buick GMC and let us help you make sure you are prepared for the road that lies ahead.

Buick Cascada’s Safety Is Strong and Stylish

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2015 Buick Cascada
The new 2016 Buick Cascada’s safety features are coming to us early next year! (2015 model shown)

There’s nothing quite like feeling the wind blow through your hair as you drive along a scenic road, which is what makes convertibles so popular. With the new Buick Cascada coming soon, there will be a stylish new option on the market.

Engineers found a way to blend the Buick Cascada’s safety features into the car without compromising its styling.

The Cascada has a reinforced structure to give the car extra strength and rigidity. It also features rollover protection bars that are spring-loaded and located behind the front seats. They are linked to the air bag system and when deployed extend 14 inches into the air to match the height of the windshield.

“Intelligent design is a hallmark of Buick’s renaissance and the all-new Cascada advances that legacy with seamless integration of great convertible design and safety,” said Holt Ware, Buick exterior design director, in a statement. “It’s a design that fosters the Cascada’s clean, uninterrupted lines while helping enable confident, top-down driving enjoyment.”

Other engineered safety measures include press-hardened steel in the inner structure of the A-pillars, reinforced rocker panels, and underbody reinforcement with X-braces and V-braces.

Because of all of these reinforcements, the Cascada’s structure is extremely rigid. This will give drivers a fantastically responsive driving experience.

Be on the lookout for the 2016 Buick Cascada, which is due to arrive at Hatfield Buick GMC early next year.

Tips on Staying Awake While Driving

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Follow these tips on staying awake while driving, and keep you and your loved ones safe!

Odds are if you’re a frequent nighttime driver, you’ve driven while drowsy. In fact, over 55% of drivers admit to driving while tired, a condition that is often compared to driving under the influence. Here at Hatfield Buick GMC, we care about your safety, so we’ve put together a list of tips on staying awake while driving to ensure you’re always safe behind the wheel.

According to the UCLA Sleepcenter, more than 100,000 drowsy-related accidents occur every year. The traditional method for avoiding incidents is to pull over if you’re too tired to drive. You’re body needs sleep every 24 hours, so avoid driving if you haven’t sleep lately.

Aside from napping on the side of the road, eating and drinking can help keep you alert. Try sipping ice water or slowly eating chips. While eating a four-course meal while driving can also be dangerous, stimulating your taste buds with a snack is a great way to stay awake.

Avoiding sugar crashes is also important. Sugar can affect your alertness drastically, often making individuals hyperactive or increasing drowsiness after long periods. Don’t load up on sweets if you’re getting behind the wheel.

Last but not least, crack a window. This will keep you cool and alert, while creating enough noise to hold your attention. As long as you don’t freeze, cold air can be a blessing while driving late at night

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Growing STEM Education

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Buick Scholarship Awards
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will give award 50 college students with $25,000 a year!

Showing its support for education, Buick recently announced over $1 million in scholarships. This money is designed to enable college students in four-year programs to pursue education in science, technology,

engineering, and math related fields (STEM). This one more way Buick is showing it’s more than just an automotive company.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will give $25,000 per year to 50 college students, according to Buick. A majority of recipients are students from diverse backgrounds and first-generation college students. Also, one in four of the scholarship winners have ties to the military, as service members or family to service members.

“The future of our country lies in technology and innovation and depends on a strong pipeline of highly skilled talent,” said GM Foundation Chairman Bob Ferguson. “Our scholarship program is helping bridge the gap between a skilled workforce and positions that companies are looking to fill.”

This scholarship is in its fourth year, awarding a total of $28 million in scholarships and grants to 3,400 high school students and undergraduates nationwide. As part of the GM Foundation initiative to increase STEM education, more than $70 million has been given by Buick’s parent company.

To learn more about Buick and the Acheivers Scholarship program contact us at Hatfield Buick GMC.

Buick Scores Three Times In KBB’s 2015 Cost-To-Own Awards

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In Kelley Blue Book’s 2015 5-Year Cost-To-Own Awards, it would be an accomplishment for any brand to win in just one category. Buick won in three categories this year. And if that weren’t enough, it’s the second year in a row that it has pulled off this impressive feat.

KBB’s cost-to-own analysis measures a number of factors. Those include fuel costs, financing as well as maintenance and repair costs.

The 2015 Buick Verano took the cake in the Entry-Level Luxury Car category. According to KBB, it was “plenty of standard amenities and a quiet and composed ride” that helped Verano win in its category.

2015 Buick Verano - 2015 Cost-To-Own Awards
2015 Buick Verano

Winning recognition in the Luxury Compact/SUV Crossover category was the 2015 Buick Encore. It was features like a “quality look,” “QuietTuning package” and “well-tuned suspension” that caught the attention of analysts at KBB.

2015 Buick Encore - 2015 Cost-To-Own Awards
2015 Buick Encore

The 2015 Buick Enclave is “a great value proposition” because despite a roomy and easy to operate interior and all of the tech amenities you could imagine, the Enclave’s price remains hard to beat.

2015 Buick Enclave - 2015 Cost-To-Own Awards
2015 Buick Enclave

We have each of these 2015 Buick vehicles available here at Hatfield Buick GMC in Redlands, CA. Come visit us to take one for a test drive!

Buick’s Innovative Three-Wet Paint Process Provides Multiple Benefits

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2015 Buick Verano three-wet paint process
The 2015 Buick Verano at the Chicago Auto Show.

With its three-wet paint process, the Buick team is working smarter to paint vehicles like the Verano using less energy and more efficiency for better results.

Typically, a vehicle is painted with a primer, sent through a primer bake oven to dry, painted with color and a clear coat, and sent through the bake oven again to dry. Buick’s three-wet process paints on all three layers of paint while they are still wet before sending the vehicle to the bake oven. No, it does not make the vehicle turn out looking like a child’s watercolor picture or a manicure gone wrong. Rather, the innovative process results in a smoother and more durable surface of the car with increased resistance to assaults from objects like tree sap, bird droppings, or water spots or dings from flying rocks or road debris.

2015 Buick Verano three-wet paint processIn addition, the process conserves energy because vehicles only go through the bake oven one time. This has resulted in helping GM to reduce operational costs, which of course, translates to savings for customers as well.

Now that you know the behind the scenes story, stop by Hatfield Buick GMC today and take a look at the efficiently painted and exceptionally smooth Buick Verano today.

Cascada Weatherproofing Test Gets the Car Soaked So You Stay Dry

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2015 Buick Cascada weatherproofing test

It’s been decades since Buick has made a convertible car, so just to ensure that they get the weatherproofing aspect correct, they’ve devised a demanding certification process aimed at keeping drips out of the cabin.

Buick constructed a test platform that uses dozens of sprayers that douse each Cascada with torrents of water over the course of ten minutes. A video of this Cascada weatherproofing test was released by Buick and notes that with each sprayer pumping out 1.9 gallons per minute, the Cascada convertible tops have to repel 5,500 bathtubs worth of water before passing the certification. The water is then collected, purified and 98.5% of it is re-used on another test.

However, the waterproofing and soundproofing engineering feats are only two of the design elements put into the Cascada’s ragtop. It also boasts the ability to be raised and lowered in 17 seconds at speeds up to 23 mph, and also when stowed, it still allows for nearly ten cubic feet of storage room.

Check out this beautifully-designed luxury convertible at the Hatfield Buick GMC showroom this summer.

Join Us for the Buick Drive For Your Students Event!

Buick Drive For Your Students Event

In order to raise money for athletic programs, we’re partnering with Redlands High School to host the Buick Drive For Your Students event. We’re looking to help the Terriers raise up to $10,000 with this one-time event, which takes place from 8am – 4pm on April 25th at Redlands High School.

How does it work?  The Buick brand is donating $10 for every participant who test drives a brand new Buick. After the first 100 drivers, the amount will be doubled to $20 per test drive. At the end of the day, we hope to reach our maximum goal of $10,000.

“The Buick Drive for Your Students event presents a dynamic opportunity to support Redlands High School students, whose growth and development are of great value to the local community and state as a whole,” says Hatfield Buick GMC owner Bill Hatfield. “We are thrilled to play a role in accelerating students’ futures.”

In order to participate in the Buick Drive For Your Students event, you must be 21 or older, have a valid driver’s license, and valid auto insurance. Come on over and help support the Terriers by doing something as simple as sampling the luxury of Buick.  Redlands High School is located at 840 East Citrus Avenue, Redlands, California 92374.

Buick Named Best Value Luxury Brand in 2015 Brand Image Awards

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2015 Buick Verano
The Buick Verano is just one vehicle in the Buick lineup that contributed to Buick’s Brand Image Award.

Kelley Blue Book has ranked Buick as the Best Value Luxury Brand in its 2015 Brand Image Awards, marking the third consecutive year the automaker earns the recognition.

The Brand Image Awards focus on honoring automakers’ “outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the attention and enthusiasm of the new-vehicle buying public.”

Buick LogoIn other words, if an automaker’s cars consistently give consumers good impressions about the brand, it’ll probably do well in the Brand Image Awards. Because Buick’s lineup always seems to score well with drivers, its standing as the Best Value Luxury Brand isn’t too terribly surprising.

12,000 shoppers were asked about their new cars this year, and Buick once again came out on top in the luxury category. But what stood out the most to us at Hatfield Buick GMC is how it won: according to Kelley Blue Book, Buick’s entire lineup positively influenced car shoppers’ perceptions, including the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, Enclave, and Encore.

This is impressive because it means the automaker somehow managed to make all of its models appealing to the majority of shoppers. Usually we expect a few to be very popular and a few to be less so, but it seems that if you shop Buick, you’ll end up happy no matter what you picked.

To check out the Buick lineup in person, visit us at Hatfield Buick GMC!

Distinctive 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition Revealed

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2015 Buick Enclave
The 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition will be a new trim level added to the current 2015 Enclave (pictured).

The Buick Enclave was first introduced in 2008, and with the recent announcement of a new Tuscan Edition trim for the 2016 model year, we have a feeling the crossover is here to stay, at least for now. The new Tuscan Edition trim is described as a “more distinctive” version of Buick’s popular crossover SUV.

The Tuscan Edition will be set apart on the exterior by its grille’s bronze hue, 20-inch chrome wheels, and bronze-colored accents. Because only certain exterior paint colors compliment the bronze features, just three colors will be available: Dark Chocolate Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and White Frost Tricoat.

“Buick’s quality, refinement and style continues to attract more customers and this modern resurgence started with Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick in a news release. “It was a pioneer for three-row luxury crossovers and remains one of the segment’s most popular. The new Tuscan Edition celebrates Enclave’s achievement and rewards owners with a higher level of distinction.”

The Tuscan Edition will only be available in the Leather and Premium trims, both of which offer a long-list of exciting features. Some of our favorites include a heated steering wheel, dual moon-roof, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, a powered liftgate, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

Look for the 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition to be available at Hatfield Buick GMC later this year!

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