Ballas Buick GMC encourages emergency preparedness

A roadside emergency could happen at any time. Be prepared.  The Ballas Collision Center; located in Toledo,OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals who will be there for you if an emergency should occur.  It’s that integrity that sets Ballas Collision Center apart from the others.  

Don’t put your safety at risk. A basic roadside emergency kit can help you get back on the road.Here is a list of things that you want to keep in your vehicle at all times.

  • Cell phone – Make sure you have a car charger in the glove box.
  • First-aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light, hazard triangle, or flares
  • Tire gauge
  • Jack and lug wrench
  • Foam tire sealant or a portable compressor and plug kit
  • Spare fuses
  • Jumper cables or a portable battery booster
  • Flashlight
  • Gloves, hand cleaner, and clean rags
  • Disposable flash camera – In case of an accident this lets you record the condition of your vehicle and other vehicles involved in the accident.
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Pen and pad of paper
  • A copy of the Ballas Accident Assistance Guide

For long trips, Ballas Collision Center recommends adding these items to your basic list.

  • Basic tools
  • Coolant hose repair kit and tape
  • Extra clothes
  • Water and nonperishable emergency food
  • CB radio
  • GPS navigation system
  • A candle to produce heat and light.  it can also be used to melt snow for water.  Never eat snow! 

The Ballas Collision Center is located in Toledo,OH.  We service all makes and all models.   Our technicians and staff know your vehicle and all its technical systems. It’s that understanding, attention to detail and integrity that sets Ballas Collision Center apart from the others.  Our understanding to your needs is how we know you want to maintain the value of your vehicle.

Body Shop at Ballas Buick GMC helps customers ascertain damage

From minor bumps to high-speed crashes, most car accidents result in damages that require the expertise of an auto body repair shop. The Ballas Collision Center; located in Toledo,OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals.  We service all makes and all models. Collision repair isn’t always simple. Even minor accidents can cause auto body damage that is expensive and timely to repair. Our technicians and staff know your vehicle and all its technical systems. The type of impact and the style of the damaged car both play a role in determining how much damage has occurred.   It’s that understanding, attention to detail and integrity that sets Ballas Collision Center apart from the others.

Determining a Total Loss
Many drivers think that there’s no hope if their insurance company says that their car is ‘totaled.’ A car that is totaled is not necessarily unrepairable though. The extent of the damage has very little to do with whether or not an insurance company declares a total loss. Instead, the decision is based on the cost of the collision repair in comparison to the fair market value of the car. If repairing the auto body damage will cost more than the car is worth, it is said to be totaled.

Structural Damage
Correcting damage to a vehicle’s frame is one of the most expensive types of collision repair, but undoing structural damage is not impossible. A knowledgeable auto body repair shop will generally inspect a wrecked vehicle for misalignment before anything else. If the car doesn’t meet the exact measurements of the manufacturer, advanced machines are used to pull the frame back to its original specifications.  Ballas Collision Center has state-of-the-art laser guided machines to bring your vehicle back into alignment and back into factory specs.

Rear End Collisions
Depending on the speed, a car that is rear ended can suffer quite a bit of damage. Structural damage is not uncommon after a powerful rear collision. The amount of damage will also depend on the car. In a recent IIHS study, a low-speed rear end collision in a compact car with a poorly designed bumper can result in more than $3,500 in auto body damage. On the other hand, a car with dent-resistant plastic body panels can often be repaired for less than $200.  IS this a True statement?

Frontal Impacts
Front-end collision repair is often more extensive than rear end damage. At higher speeds, a head-on collision can cause damage to the front bumper, the hood, the windshield, and the quarter panels. If the damage is minor, the auto body technician may choose to repair the panels rather than replace them. Unless the parts are pre-painted, Ballas Collision Center will also have to match the paint color and re-spray each panel before reassembling the car.

Rollovers
A car that rolls over generally has much more auto body damage than a vehicle involved in a frontal or rear end crash. Damage to the frame is usually inevitable in a rollover. There is a possibility that every piece of the car has suffered at least minor body damage. The decision to repair a vehicle that has rolled over should be made carefully. Extensive damage like this could require additional mechanical work, as well.

Whether auto body damage appears to be major or minor, an experienced collision repair specialist you can find at Ballas Collision Center should examine the car for unseen damage. Accidents can cause cosmetic damage that is fairly easy to repair, as well as frame damage or mechanical troubles that are much more costly to fix. Almost any type of collision damage can be repaired, but sometimes it is more cost efficient to scrap the vehicle.

Stop by the Ballas Collision Center anytime for a free estimate.  Ballas offers a lifetime guarantee on our body work.  We’ll create a written estimate of what’s recommended to complete the repair, and we will offer Genuine GM Parts. In addition, if there is other service work that is required to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition, we have Certified Service technicians on hand. We will review this estimate with you and address any questions you may have.  We are located at 5715 W. Central Ave in Toledo OH.  You can also call us at 419.535.1000.

Ballas Buick GMC offers Safety tips regarding snow plows

Ballas Buick GMC wants you to be safe.  We have prepared several blogs to help drivers be better prepared for the winter driving.  If you do get into an accident, Ballas will be there for you in this stressful time.  The Ballas Collision Center; located in Toledo,OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals. 

We service all makes and all models.   Our technicians and staff know your vehicle and all its technical systems. It’s that understanding, attention to detail and integrity that sets Ballas Collision Center apart from the others.  In an interest to keep our customers safe, we are offering safety tips in regards to snow plows and snow removal.   

  • Yield to plow and salt trucks. Give them plenty of room to operate. Often, you may see them, but they may not see you.
  • If there is a fire hydrant in your yard or on a public right-of-way near your home, mark it with some type of safe marker such as a wooden stake. It may be your home for which the fire department needs water.
  • Don’t allow children to play in the snow close to the road, especially the high piles of windrowed snow left by the plow truck. Trucks often make several trips through each street, and they may not see children in or near the road.

Stop by the Ballas Collsion Center anytime for a free estimate.  Ballas offers a lifetime guarantee on our body work.  We’ll create a written estimate of what’s recommended to complete the repair, and we will offer Genuine GM Parts. In addition, if there is other service work that is required to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition, we have Certified Service technicians on hand. We will review this estimate with you and address any questions you may have.  We are located at 5715 W. Central Ave in Toledo OH.  You can also call us at 419.535.1000.

Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo OH Announces Air Bag Cocoon

Air Bags Cocoon Driver in GMC Acadia

New safety features are in store for GMC Acadia, sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio.  It’s superior design, comfort and innovation are a mark of the General Motors product.  General Motors has turned the “automotive safety cocoon” into a reality by rolling out a vehicle with the industry’s first front center air bag.  The GMC Acadia is available for you to test drive and get great information from our Buick & GMC Product Specialists

The new GMC Acadia will feature air bags on both sides of the driver — above and below the shoulder — as well is in the front. With the new setup, drivers will essentially be surrounded by cushioning, GM said.  “This is significant,” Russ Rader, vice president of communications for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told us. This setup “has real potential to save lives in side-impact crashes.”

Toledo auto dealer, Ballas Buick GMC has six (6) vehicle with the top honors from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  Ballas isn’t surprised to learn the GMC Acadia is on the list.  In the large SUV category there were only 4 vehicles.  Two of the four are available here at Ballas Buick GMC:  the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia.  The GMC Acadia is available for you to test drive and get great information from our Buick & GMC Product Specialists

The new bag, which pops out of the right side of the driver’s seat, specifically targets opposite-side crashes. For a driver, the real value is realized when the vehicle is struck on the right side. (For a passenger, it’s when the vehicle is struck on the left side.)

In a side crash, the occupant’s upper body is forced toward the window, where it rebounds off the side curtain air bag. During that rebound, the upper body bounces back toward the center of the vehicle. That can cause a neck injury or, worse, cause the driver to bang heads with the front seat passenger, who is moving in the opposite direction. With a front center air bag, the occupant’s momentum toward the center of the vehicle is cushioned.

“Now, you’re not going to fall too far over, and you won’t hurt your neck,” said Susan Eckel, vehicle chief engineer for the GMC Acadia and Denali. “And if you have a passenger, you won’t hit heads.”  The Acadia was a logical choice for the first center air bag, Eckel said.   ”And the side of the seat has to house the bag, so you need the seams on the seat to be just right.”

——–  GM is at the tip of a trend ———-

By introducing the center air bag, GM is at the tip of a trend that includes most of the industry. Many vehicles incorporate air bags for drivers, passengers, and rear seat occupants. Side curtain air bags are common, as are knee bags and front seat “outboard bags,” which provide lateral support for the lower half of the body.  At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show — the site of GMC’s Acadia rollout — other automakers hinted that center air bags would be coming soon.

GM said the front center air bag will also be available on the 2013 editions of the Buick Enclave.  The Insurance Institute said GM’s move to center air bags is a logical one.

About Ballas Buick GMC:
Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970.  Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 and 2010 (for business excellence).  For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

[Excerpts from DesignNews by Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test]

 

Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo OH has been reviewed by ABEC’s Small Business Review

[ The following article was featured in ABEC's Small Business Review ]

We do business with character.” Ballas Buick GMC, Inc. serves the Toledo and surrounding areas guided by this motto.  Customers, employees and the community at large are beneficiaries of the character, courtesy and moral fiber that Ballas Buick GMC has provided the community over the years. With a singular dealership, Ballas distances itself from of the mega-dealership image. “I’m in it to do it right,” said owner Marianne Ballas.

Ballas purchased the dealership in 2004 after the passing of original owner, George Ballas. The late George Ballas served as Marianne’s mentor for many years and she credits him for many of the business skills serving her today. “I quote George every day,” she said.

Marianne celebrates forty years of experience at the same dealership. “I started in 1969 as a clerk and receptionist to pay my way through college,” she said. As an elementary education major at the University of Toledo, she watched many of her friends graduate within the major yet unable to find employment in education. She continued working at Ballas Buick GMC, taking advantage of training opportunities like the GMC accounting school. She eventually became the dealership’s book keeper and cashier. “We had a one-girl office and I was it. I just decided to stay.”

“Neither of my two grandmothers ever drove a car, now I own my own dealership. Only in America can something like that happen in only two generations,” Ballas said.

For many years, Marianne ran the Budget Rental Car portion of the Ballas dealership. “I was running a business within the business. I built an entire skill set. I did the hiring, bought and sold cars, made insurance adjustments, negotiated contracts. I became bottom-line oriented,” she said.

Nationally, less than one percent of car dealerships are owned by women. GM’s program, the Women’s Retail Network, helps women within the industry as they work toward or take on the role of dealership owner. The program was vital in helping Marianne purchase the dealership franchise, offering a financing partnership that she will pay off next year.

Buick GMC responded to 2008’s economic crisis and subsequent gutting of the automobile industry by transforming the products coming out of Detroit. Marianne describes the first version of the Buick Enclave as the company’s first renaissance project. The Baby Enclave debuts in 2012 and is a compact version of the original Enclave. Marianne’s mom purchased the first new Verano sold at Ballas this year, a premium luxury compact car that boasts 32 miles per gallon. “Buick is the number one seller in China and is also very popular in South America,” she said, describing its appeal as somewhat of a European or continental style with impressive technology, innovation and power. She notes that the average age of today’s Buick Regal buyer is forty-two.

New and higher emission standards established by the government are already evolving into new vehicle production. Marianne said, “It is the right thing to do and we need to get away from foreign oil dependency, but pushing too fast is going to drive the price of cars up too fast for the average consumer.”

Ballas is proud of the contributions given back to the community by area auto dealers through an organization called Auto Dealers United for Kids. She chaired the gala event called “Cars are the Stars” last year when the group exceeded the one million dollar mark in gifting to kids programs and local charities. She said that it is the most successful regional charitable program among car dealerships in the country. The 2012 event is scheduled for Jan. 25. She is also president of the University of Toledo’s Women in Philanthropy organization which has gifted over $150,000 back to the University. She was recently awarded the Pacemaker of the Year Award from U.T., only the second woman to receive this honor. The award combining business excellence with both community and university support and places her name among a legacy of individuals who have earned the award over its fifty year history.

“My philosophy is that you have to give back where you earn and learn. It is a moral obligation. When you take money out of a community, when a community supports you and your business, you want your community to grow and prosper,” she said.

Ballas has matured in the business and knows it from the inside out, due to her many years of experience in numerous aspects of a dealership. That experience has landed her in positions of trust on boards representing Buick GM dealerships and her leadership is recognized on both local and national levels. She encourages women to consider the automobile dealership business when choosing a career. “Don’t be afraid,” she says. “It’s not the same ‘good old boys’ network as in the past. Women come to the table with different ideas and express them in a little different way. I think it softens the whole atmosphere in the car business.”

“Find something you love to do and attach yourself to someone you admire. Use them as a mentor and attach yourself to that star and just learn. It will eventually raise you up.”
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You can call on Ballas at 419.535.1000 or stop by at 5715 Central Ave.  Toledo OH 43615.   

Ballas Honors & Distinctions:

  • #1 volume Buick dealership in Ohio (2010)
  • GM Mark of Excellence- 2009 & 2010-
    • Only awarded to the top 50 dealers defining them as the “finest dealers who have committed themselves to unsurpassed performance and customer satisfaction.”
  • BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics Winner- 2007
  • UT College of Business & Innovation’s Business Pacemaker of the Year 2011
  • 5/3 Bank Platinum Dealer Award
  • Professional Parts Guild Dealership Award
  • President of the Buick/GMC Local Marketing Group (Marianne Ballas)
  • Elected to the Buick/GMC National Dealer Council (Marianne Ballas)
  • Board of Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce (Marianne Ballas)
  • University of Toledo Foundation Board member (Marianne Ballas)
  • Board of Toledo Hospital (Marianne Ballas)

What type of parts are used at Ballas Buick GMC Body Shop

Ballas Collision Center uses many different types of parts for collision repair and other vehicle repairs.   The Ballas Collision Center; located in Toledo,OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals.  We service all makes and all models.   Our technicians and staff know your vehicle and all its technical systems.   And that includes knowing what parts are the best for your vehcile and what your insurance company requires.  It’s that understanding, attention to detail and integrity that sets Ballas Collision Center apart from the others.  

In some cases, an individual’s insurance company will require Ballas Collision Center to use a specific type of part to repair a client’s vehicle. In other cases, individuals might want to specify the types of parts used in order to save money, or when other types aren’t available. The age of the vehicle is also taken into consideration, as new parts may not be available for that specific vehicle. The variables that go into choosing the types of parts used are many, so the parts are chosen on an individual basis.

Original Equipment Manufacturer(OEM) Parts
OEM parts are made by the same manufacturer that made the vehicle that is being repaired. In some cases, they’re made by a vendor that supplies parts for the manufacturer of the vehicle. An OEM part is the same as a “genuine part,” or a part that would be originally installed in a new vehicle before it’s sold. After a certain period of time, dealers are allowed to sell genuine parts, but they are placed in new packaging and typically are sold for a cheaper price. These are some of the most common parts used in collision repair and other types of vehicle repair.

Non-Original or Aftermarket Parts
A non-original or aftermarket part is created by a manufacturer other than the original car manufacturer or its supplying vendor. These are like “copies” of the original or OEM parts, and can be compared to purchasing the off-brand of something rather than the brand name. Aftermarket parts must meet the industry safety standards, and are usually the same quality or better quality than the OEM parts. In a lot of cases, aftermarket parts can help the customer save money on collision repairs and other types of vehicle repair. They are also sometimes required by the insurance company.

Recycled or Used Parts
Used parts have been removed from the vehicles on which they were originally installed and are being used to repair a different vehicle. Generally, before they are installed on a different vehicle, the parts are inspected and restored so that they’re “like in kind and quality.” Recycled parts are generally a lot cheaper than aftermarket or OEM parts, and can work just as well. However, these parts may not come with a warranty.

Knowing the different kinds of parts used by a body shop in Reno, NV for collision repair or other types of repair can help individuals select the perfect parts for their vehicle. It’s especially helpful if they’re trying to save a lot of money or want to ensure the quality of the parts before installation.

Stop by the Ballas Collision Center anytime for a free estimate.  Ballas offers a lifetime guarantee on our body work.  We’ll create a written estimate of what’s recommended to complete the repair, and we will offer Genuine GM Parts. In addition, if there is other service work that is required to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition, we have Certified Service technicians on hand. We will review this estimate with you and address any questions you may have.  We are located at 5715 W. Central Ave in Toledo OH.  You can also call us at 419.535.1000.

Apps for your phone from Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH

New, fun things are in store for Buick GMC, sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio.  It any wonder Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio.  It’s superior design, comfort and power makes the Buick and GMC a car everyone loves.  In 2012, we are excited about the new phone apps that have come out.   

In 2011 alone, the Apple App Store reported more than 100 million downloads to iphones and iPads.  There now seems to be an App for everything, and consumers with Smartphone’s have embraced this hand-held technology.  Our customers are enjoying our new apps too. Buick has launched three new eAssist Fuel Efficiency games.

Available on Buick.com, and free in Android market and Apple App store, the three games come bundled in a single app that offers a fun way to sharpen driving techniques and improve fuel economy. The games include: 

Regeneration Road highlights the regenerative braking feature of eAssist, which captures energy otherwise wasted during braking to repower the compact lithium-ion battery located beneath the car’s trunk floor. Players must make it through a town and to a destination without running out of fuel.

Pedestrians along the way add difficulty.

Roll and Boost: The energy stored from braking can later be used for an added, emissions-free boost of acceleration, and using that energy wisely is key to this game. A beautiful weekend drive through a flowing countryside is limited to just one tank of fuel. The goal is distance, not speed, and battery management strategy is vital. 

Wind Tunnel Tester allows players to become an automotive engineer. If a vehicle cuts through the air easier, eAssist’s other features don’t need to work as hard. By tweaking a car’s length and width on the screen, players can gain an understanding of how the sleek, modern shapes of Buick sedans help the car slice through the air.  Aerodynamics-defeating extras like spoilers and roof rails can be added or removed. 

Have fun gamers!

About Ballas Buick GMC:
Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970.  Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 and 2010 (for business excellence).  Mrs. Ballas represents a very small minority of female dealership owners which is less than 1% nationally.  She also serves on the National Dealer Council for the Buick GMC Division of General Motors with 21 other dealers from across the nation representing all five regions of the U.S.  For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

Ballas Buick GMC Prepares A Snow Kit

Ballas Buick GMC wants you to be safe.  We have prepared several blogs to help drivers be better prepared for the winter driving.  If you do get into an accident, don’t fret.  The Ballas Collision Center; located in Toledo,OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals.  If you do get into an accident, don’t fret.  Stop by the Ballas Collision Center anytime for a free estimate. 

One of the main points to remember is where you need a disaster kit. Although a lot of people keep a severe weather kit at home, many do not realize the importance of keeping another disaster kit in the car. Since most people spend a large portion of their time away from home or in their cars, it is vital to have secondary disaster kits in the event of an emergency.

  1. You can purchase a pre-made car weather safety kit or build your own. Even if you decide to purchase a kit, be sure you are familiar with the contents! Learn to use all of the supplies in the kit! When you are freezing cold, and possibly wet, you will NOT want to look at the directions on a bottle.
  2. Get blankets or sleeping bags such as a space blanket.
  3. Flashlight with extra batteries.
  4. A 1st aid kit.
  5. A knife and some high-calorie, non-perishable food.
  6. A large empty can and plastic cover with tissues and paper towels for sanitary purposes plus a smaller can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water.  Never, ever eat snow to re-hydrate yourself.
  7. Sack of sand (or cat litter) for tire traction and a shovel.
  8. An auto emergency tool kit. Kits should include tow ropes, windshield scrapers, jumper (booster) cables, and a first-aid kit.
  9. A compass and road maps.
  10. Extra clothing (warmer clothing)  to keep dry for all of the vehicle occupants.

Tips:

  1. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  2. Try not to travel alone, especially in unfamiliar places.
  3. Let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.
  4. Fully check and winterize your vehicle well before the winter season begins. Be sure the tread on your tires is good enough to last throughout the entire season.   Contact Ballas service to get your car in shape for winter weather. 
  5. One final note about automobile safety kits…No kit can fully prepare you for a winter driving season and all of the contingencies that could arise as a result of a sudden change in weather patterns. Because preparation is the key, make sure that you think about the individuals you will be protecting in your car or truck. Each may have their own needs. It is a better idea to pack extra of the supplies needed than to be stranded without the proper equipment.

Ballas offers a lifetime guarantee on our body work.  We’ll create a written estimate of what’s recommended to complete the repair, and we will offer Genuine GM Parts. In addition, if there is other service work that is required to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition, we have Certified Service technicians on hand. We will review this estimate with you and address any questions you may have.  We are located at 5715 W. Central Ave in Toledo OH.  You can also call us at 419.535.1000.