The Best Places for Tubing in Florida

Florida is the most popular state for vacationing in the country, and it’s also the perfect place to float down a lazy river in an inner tube. Check out some of these perfect rivers for tubing in Florida.

One of the most famous tubing rivers in Florida is the Ichetucknee in Fort White in north Florida, where you’ll find sandy beaches and beautiful scenery. There’s a max on the number of tubers per day, though, so arrive early.

Rainbow Springs State Park is another great spot, not that far south of the Ichetucknee. The river is wide and the current is slow, so you have plenty of time to take in the lush trees and colorful flowers. Kelly Park in Apopka has a short 30-minute stream for tubing, and Blue Springs State Park has an even shorter route where you can ride your inner tube down to the springs and swim all day.

Go tubing at Madison Blue Springs, once named the best swimming hole in the country by USA Today, or if you’re looking for a party, hit up Ginnie Springs, which allows alcohol and can get a little wild on the weekends. However you’re looking to spend your day, there’s a tubing spot for you. Find out more at Linus Buick GMC!

Best Backroad Drives in Florida

Florida is a beautiful state. However, many of us miss out on its natural beauty thanks to big cities and busy highways. However, if you head off the main roads, you experience Florida closer to its natural state. Here are some of the best backroad drives in Florida.

  • A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway. This beautiful road is just minutes away from Vero Beach. You will see breathtaking ocean views, lots of wildlife, and will pass by St. Augustine, Florida’s oldest city.
  • Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway. This road takes you right through the beautiful Ocala National Forest. Along the way, you will see some lush Florida forests and may pass by some rare Florida animals, like bears.
  • Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway. This route along the Indian River Lagoon will take you past the Kennedy Space Center, a number of wildlife refuges, and lots of beautiful beaches.
  • Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail. Head north to Volusia County for a taste of old Florida. This loop will take you past museums, historic buildings, state parks, and more.

If you need a new vehicle for your summertime adventures here in Florida or beyond, come visit us at Linus Buick GMC today.

Off Roading in Florida: The Best Spots

Off roading is a great way to make the most of your GMC truck. That’s why we’ve put together a list of places you can off-road in Florida, including public lands. Read on to learn more about safe and fun locations to take your new GMC truck. There’s nothing more thrilling than off roading in Florida.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, there are a number of places you can ride in the state. Among the off-highway vehicle sites in Florida are the Blackwater River State Forest, Apalachicola National Forest, Tate’s Hell, Osceola, Withlacoochee, Ocala, and Big Cypress National Preserve. These are located in various locations across the state to make it easy to find places to go off roading.

It’s important to remember that you must have a title for any off-highway vehicles (OHV) that you own, especially those operated on public land. One of the most popular locations is the Withlacoochee State Forest, which has hardwood, scrub, and a distinct landscape. Mining operations have drastically changed the environment, making the area one of a kind. You’ll also find places for camping and picnicking.

Thinking about going off road in your new car? Stop by Linus Buick GMC to learn more about the best vehicles for the job.

Kid Friendly Summer Bucket List Items

kite flying - Vero Beach, FLSummer is a magical time for people of all ages, especially kids. As the weather gets warmer and the sky brighter outdoor adventures are a must.

Luckily, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do! There are literally hundreds of activities for kids to enjoy, but these few always belong on the summer bucket list.

Picnics

What better way to enjoy summer than by venturing outside for a picnic! Pack along food and refreshments, roll out that blanket and soak in the sun for a peaceful experience

Kites

Simple but so effective. Let the wind carry your kite as you chase after it to and fro. A great way to have fun and also get in some exercise!

Backyard Camping

You don’t have to travel far to get away from it all! Spend a night under the stars and become one with nature as you sleep in the gentle breeze.

Water Balloon Fights

Perfect for groups of friend to enjoy together, you can fill up colorful water balloons and throw with all your might as you try to stay cool in the summer heat.

Ice Cream Trips

Last but certainly not least: getting ice cream! The treat that’s ideal during those hot days, ice cream is a staple of surviving summer.

Have any more ideas? Linus Cadillac Buick GMC would love to hear them!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Now that winter’s over, you need to help your car get back on its feet after the harsh winter weather. Getting your car ready for spring may sound like a daunting task, but if you follow these easy steps, it’s a piece of cake.

First, give it a thorough wash, or even go through a car wash. Make sure you clean off the underside of the car thoroughly to get all the built-up dirt and salt off to prevent it from rusting. While you’re at it, you might want to clean the inside of the car out too—vacuum the carpets to get up all the mud that’s gotten caked on them over the last few months.

2017 GMC Acadia a car ready for spring
The 2017 GMC Acadia is ready for spring!

Next, have the battery inspected, since cold weather can be hard on them and even give them a last kick toward the grave if they were already weak. You should also check your tire pressure and add or let out air if necessary since cold weather can shrink the air in your tires. Now is also a great time to change your wiper blades.

Get an oil change and have the rest of your fluids checked and topped off. If your mechanic or dealership is offering other services, think about taking them! Tire rotation, battery checks, and more might be available at a good price.

Cadillac Escala Concept is One of Many Showcased in Detroit

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Cadillac Concept Announced

Cadillac recently made a splash at the Detroit Auto Show, also called the North American International Auto Show. In particular, the brand showcased the Cadillac Escala. Though not the premiere of the vehicle, Cadillac was able to release some important information about the modern-looking car. Don’t just take our word for it—this car is truly stunning.

According to Bloomberg, the new Cadillac Escala concept is a sleek, four-door sedan with a range of premium features. This includes LED lighting, an aluminum grille, 22-inch rims with special designs, and a truly distinct front fascia. It also has a smooth body line that signals motion and speed—perfect for this model.

New Technologies To Come

President Johan De Nysschen said that the Escala is “the direction we are thinking about for technologies, automation, connectivity, interior design, [and] craftsmanship.” Under the hood of this concept is a twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine.

Cadillac also showcased some other models, including the CT6 Plug-In. This new sedan has a hybrid powertrain that has up to 30 miles of pure-electric range, over 400 miles of hybrid range, and up to 335 horsepower. It truly is the future of powertrain design. Presented alongside the new Cadillac Escala, the CT6 Plug-In signals to visitors that Cadillac is aiming to set new standards in the following years.

Things to Add to Your Bucket List for 2017

Traditionally, a bucket list is a list of things you would like to see or accomplish before you die. But, you can have a bucket list even while you’re still young. Perhaps you’ll be reaching a milestone age this year, or just want to be more adventurous this year. Whatever your motivation, here are some ideas for your bucket list for 2017.

  • Be a tourist. Spend a weekend acting like a tourist in your own city. Go visit traditional tourist destinations, buy yourself a souvenir, and take photos of yourself everywhere you go.
  • Pare down your wardrobe. Look through your closet and dresser. We all have clothes we don’t wear anymore. Get rid of these unwanted items and donate them.
  • Reconnect with someone from your past. Social media like Facebook is a great way to find people you have lost contact with over the year. Find someone like a favorite school teacher and update him or her on your life.
  • Go on a picnic bucket list for 2017Go on a picnic. Round up your favorite people and head out to a local park for a traditional picnic on the grass.
  • Travel to a new state. Plan a trip to a state you’ve never been to before.

Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things are your list? If your bucket list consists of owning a luxury vehicle, then Linus Cadillac Buick GMC is the place!

2017 Buick LaCrosse Features

2017 Buick LaCrosseThe 2017 Buick LaCrosse comes to the road with a new design, inside and out. This full-size luxury sedan offers the best of the best at an incredibly affordable price. From a power-packed engine to a premium interior, there’s no other full-size sedan quite like the Buick LaCrosse!

Starting at just $32,065, the Buick LaCrosse offers seating for up to five passengers. An available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, capable of connecting up to seven devices, makes every road trip an enjoyable one.

The Buick LaCrosse comes to the market with an all-new 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that produces 310 hp. The latest model also comes with available all-wheel drive that sets it apart from the competition. Models equipped with front-wheel drive can earn up to an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway, thanks to start/stop technology and active fuel management.

Drivers will never have a noisy, unpleasant ride in the new LaCrosse. Active noise cancellation uses the speaker system to detect and cancel out unwanted sounds. The acoustic materials themselves help absorb road noise and eliminate it before it reaches the cabin as well.

Here at Linus Cadillac Buick GMC, we’re proud to offer the new Buick LaCrosse to our local area!

Introducing the 2017 Buick Envision

Buick Envision The 2017 Buick Envision is the beginning of a new era for Buick’s lineup. In 2016, the all-new small SUV – which was developed to fit between the subcompact Encore and the three-row Enclave – saw a limited release of only two, higher-end trim levels to give consumers a taste of what was to come. For 2017, however, more Buick Envision details are being released attesting to the expansion of the nameplate’s model lineup.

The 2017 Envision adds three less expensive trim levels to its lineup with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 197 horsepower. The Essence and Preferred trims also offer the option of all-wheel drive. Unlike the 2016 model, where the lowest trim level cost about $42,995, the base model of the 2017 version will see the price drop to $34,990. Even though the base models see a reduction in performance due to not having the turbo engine on the Premium and Premium II trims, the base model comes with a long list of standard features, such as heated seats, automatic climate control, and remote keyless start.

The 2017 Buick Envision is coming to dealerships soon with these expanded options, making it more affordable for customers to get their hands on the grace, leisurely comforts, and great performance of Buick’s latest installment to the SUV class.

Why Get an Oil Change?

oil changeWe’re sure that everyone has heard that oil should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. But do you know why? Changing your oil that often may seem like a troublesome task, but it is crucial for the upkeep of your vehicle.

The lifeblood of your vehicle is the oil. It keeps your car working efficiently and your engine running smoothly. The engine of your vehicle gets very hot, so the oil helps to pull away the heat and prevent the engine from blowing up. In addition to pulling away heat, the oil also collects varnish and carbons. This turns the oil into more sludge and less of a liquid.

To keep your car’s engine safe, it is important to keep the oil in its liquid form. That is why it is recommended to change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Usually it is more dependent on the amount of miles driven than the amount of time passed. Some cars may require oil changes more or less often, depending on the type of car and the oil used. Check your owner’s manual for specific details of your vehicle’s oil.

In addition, extreme weather or towing weight can impact your oil. There are a variety of conditions that can affect your oil, so it is important to regularly check your oil using the dipstick. Making sure your oil is clean allows it to properly do its job. Changing your oil regularly prevents problems with your engine and various car parts. An oil change may seem like a nuisance, but doing so prevents costly repair bills.

If you have any more questions, give our Service Department a call. We’ll be happy to give you more information or schedule an oil change for your vehicle.