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.

2017 GMC Canyon Updates Help Pickup Get New Award

2017 GMC Canyon updatesGMC only just recently announced the 2017 GMC Canyon updates, and this announcement is followed by something even better. Cars.com recently named the 2017 Canyon the Best Mid-Size Pickup of 2016. With the Cars.com award under its belt, GMC is going for even better ratings in 2017 with a broader lineup and more options.

The Canyon is the only premium mid-size truck in its segment and was also the top pick of Cars.com editors in a 2015 comparison of mid-size pickups. The 2016 Canyon was noted for its excellent towing and payload capabilities, a well-appointed interior, and balanced performance on the road and off.

Later that week, GMC announced that the 2017 Canyon will have a more diverse lineup, adding a new Denali trim, a new All Terrain model called the All Terrain X, and a new propulsion system, among others. The Canyon is consistent with GMC’s other Denali models, including its chrome exterior trim, a V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and unique interior content.

The All Terrain X package adds Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires, all-weather floor liners, and more. The new propulsion system is available on all Canyon models. The new Canyon also has upgrades to its technology and amenities, including new IntelliLink radio with touchscreen, standard Teen Driving Mode, and a heated steering wheel. These are just a few of the updates to the new Canyon.

Back-to-School Driving Tips for Parents and Teens

Now that school is back in session, we should all refresh or memories on how to safely navigate school traffic, especially parents and teens. Follow these back-to-school driving tips and make this school year a safe and stress-free one.

Leave early. If you’re a teen driver, you’re the most likely to be in a rush to get to school if you’re worried about being late. This leads to more reckless driving and breaking the speed limit, so combat this by leaving home at least ten minutes early.

Stay distraction-free. Early mornings are also the most important time to avoid driving distractions like texting, since you’re already tired and the roads are busy. You’re more likely to hit young pedestrians on the way to school than any other time.

Remember procedures. Parents, if you’re dropping your kids off, follow drop-off procedures and make sure you’re up-to-date on the right locations and policies. Don’t double park or drop your kids off across the road—stay in a single file line and pull up to the school. Your kids have a much lower risk of getting hit this way. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars in the line and make it move faster!

Keep your eyes open. Be cautious of bicyclists and pedestrians, and always stop well behind buses when they’re picking up or dropping off children. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep your eyes on the road!

If you’re looking for a great back to school car, check out our great selection at Linus Automotive!

Most Popular Car Brand in Ideal Vehicle Awards

Ideal Vehicle AwardsFor the third year in a row, GMC has been named the most popular car brand in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards. In addition, GMC was one of only two automakers with three models that led their respective segments.

Winning the Large Crossover SUV segment was the GMC Acadia. The Yukon/Yukon XL was ranked first in the Large SUV segment and the GMC Sierra led the Light Duty Pickup category for the second consecutive year.

The 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards poll 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year vehicles. After 90 days of ownership, the customers responded to the survey with any changes they would make to their car or truck. The surveyed covered a wide range of areas, including storage, safety features, handling, technology, and power.

“By asking vehicle owners if they would change various aspects of their vehicle if given the opportunity, we not only identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement, but we also find out which manufacturers are truly hitting the mark with owners,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

If you feel like your old cars have been missing the mark, come see what a premium ownership experience feels like at Linus Buick GMC Cadillac today.

What Can You Tow with a GMC Sierra 1500?

GMC Sierra 1500When you’re serious about towing, you turn to the GMC brand. Not only does it offer a lineup of powerful SUVs and trucks, but vehicles are also sophisticated, too. If you’re in the market for a pickup truck, here’s what you can tow with a GMC Sierra 1500.

Depending on which Sierra 1500 model you choose and which engine is under the hood, that determines how much you can tow. At the low end of the spectrum, when equipped with the 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6, you’ll be able to tow up to 7,600 pounds, that should be plenty for most boats, and would even be enough for a camper or snowmobile trailer.

When equipped with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, drivers will be able to handle up to 9,400 pounds of towing weight—enough for a larger boat, camper, or small horse trailer. The 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gives just a little more power with a tow rating of 9,800 pounds.

With the Max Trailering Package added to your Sierra 1500, this bumps the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 up to 11,100 pounds and the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 up to 12,000 pounds. With those capabilities, you can bring along your Boston Whaler boat, four Harley Davidson motorcycles, or two Polaris off-road vehicles.

Common Towing Terminology

towing terminology If you’ve never towed anything before, it might seem like a fairly simple task—hook up the trailer and drive away. Unfortunately, there’s a bit more you need to know in order to tow safety and effectively. Here is some common towing terminology to get you started.

  • Payload. For a pickup truck, payload refers the maximum weight the truck itself can carry. This includes items in the bed along with passengers. In addition, if you have a trailer attached, the payload includes the tongue weight on the hitch.
  • Maximum Towing. This number refers to the maximum weight that a truck can tow behind it. This includes the weight of the trailer and anything on it. Note that payload and towing amounts affect each other, so if you have a heavy payload, the maximum towing capability will be lower.
  • Gross Vehicle Combined Weight (GVCW). This figure refers to the maximum combined weight of everything in the truck and everything the truck is towing. Combine the curb weight, cargo weight and passenger weight to get the gross vehicle weight (GVW). Add this to the combined weight of the trailer and anything in the trailer for the GVCW.

To learn more about GMC trucks and how to properly tow with them, visit us today at Linus Cadillac Buick GMC.

Cadillac House in New York Showcases Men’s Fashion

For years now, Cadillac has had an ongoing relationship with the fashion industry and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA). And now, its Cadillac House in New York will show off some of the hottest men’s fashion from New York Fashion Week. From July 12-14, the Cadillac House became Platform 4 and hosted a diverse selection of shows including fashion from Timo Weiland, Gypsy Sport, EFM, and more.

And unlike other Fashion Week events with closed off venues, the Cadillac House’s large windows and open veranda let the public have a peek into the high-end fashion world.

Coinciding with Fashion Week, the Retail Lab hosted inside Cadillac House opened to the public on July 15th. This retail space gives budding fashion talent an opportunity to learn how to market their products to the public. Timo Weiland will be the debut designer with a new featured designer following every quarter.

Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA said in a statement, “Every designer aspires to a freestanding retail experience that allows them to tell their brand story and connect directly with consumers. Cadillac’s commitment to the industry will help the selected designers make this a reality.”

If you ever visit New York City, be sure to plan a visit to the Cadillac House and see what this innovative public space has to offer.

Beat the Heat: Keeping Your Car Cool this Summer

Keeping your car coolKeeping your car cool in the summer can not only prevent unnecessary breakdowns, but it can also extend the life of your car. Plus, a cool cabin is much more enjoyable for drivers and passengers. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways for keeping your car cool in warm weather. Not only can you beat the heat, but there are also several ways to optimize cooling and/or save money in the process.

According to CNet, shade is one of the best ways to beat the heat. Cars can reach unbearable temperatures when they sit in sunlight, capable of melting plastic and ruining leather. Plus, overexposure and cause paint to fade as well. Looking for a shaded spot may take a few extra minutes, but it is well worth it.

Instead of setting the A/C to full blast, one good tip is to toggle the A/C. You should always turn off the “recirculation” button (this button usually has a small car with arrows rotating inside), as this takes air from the cabin to reuse it. Normally, air on the inside of your car is warmer than the outside, so this simply makes cooling more difficult. Also, to save gas, try turning on the A/C only when you absolutely need it.

You should also use the bottom vents. One good technique is to open the windows and “push” the hot air out by blasting the floor vents with cool air. Though not necessarily efficient, this will cool your car quickly.

Finally, use a sun shade. These shiny reflectors keep the hot rays out. Premium UV shields can set you back hundreds of dollars, though sometimes all you need is a blanket or a piece of cardboard. If you are worried about appearance, then you may want to opt for a shade from your local auto parts store.

The Best Places to Drive a Convertible in Florida

 places to drive a convertibleDriving a convertible can be a truly liberating experience. With the bright sun and cool winds, you won’t want to leave the driver’s seat. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best places to drive a convertible in Florida. Regardless of your driving preferences, you’ll love these scenic views and fun routes.

According to Good2Go, the best places in the US for driving a convertible are right here in the Sunshine State. Right along the panhandle is a 28.5-mile route known as SR30A that stretches alongside the Gulf of Mexico. You can pass Laguna Beach or stop off and hike down the road.

US Route 1 is without a doubt one of the coolest drive’s you’ll ever experience. The Florida Keys are especially fun to drive on, including the iconic Overseas Highway. Covering a total of 127.5 miles, large sections cover the Atlantic, the Gulf, and more. Plus, architecture buffs will enjoy the array of bridges on the route, numbering more than 40.

The A1A, also called the Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, is a great destination for convertible owners. You can drive along Florida beaches, including Fort Lauderdale and Daytona, as well as some rural backroads. You may also have a chance to see the Jungle Trail, part of the old SR 252 road in northeast Indian River County.

These are just some of the many great locations to drive in your new car. Naturally, anywhere you drive in your convertible is bound to be enjoyable.

2017 Cadillac XT5’s Interior Earns a Spot on Wards 10 Best Interiors List

27218169785_6d247b77de_z 27218169445_bbf1b74de8_zEvery year, the editors at WardsAuto take a close look at any all-new or significantly updated car interiors and choose the 10 best. For 2016, the 2017 Cadillac XT5’s interior was good enough to earn a spot on the coveted Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list.

Editors were impressed with the XT5’s use of advanced technology, authentic materials, excellent use of space, and expert craftsmanship. To see the full effect of the XT5’s design, take a look at the Platinum Edition.

WardsAuto spent two months evaluating 47 contenders based on their aesthetics, design harmony, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, materials, fit-and-finish, and user-friendliness of the built-in technology.

The XT5 is the newest addition to the Cadillac family. Drivers will love its technology including the award-winning Rear Camera Mirror that shows a live view of everything right behind you and is built directly into the rearview mirror. You can switch between a mirror and camera-view with a simple touch of a button.

The all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 will be coming to Linus Cadillac Buick GMC in just a few months. If you’ve been searching for a luxury crossover with excellent style and features, be sure to take a look at the upcoming XT5.