Buick Encore In NW Ohio With QuietTuning

The Buick Encore, sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is one of the reasons, Ballas has been awarded the Mark of Excellence Award three years in a row.  It’s superior design, comfort and power makes it a car everyone loves.  Ballas Buick GMC is eager to see this latest vehicle scheduled to arrive in 2013.

Specifically, Buick has excelled at the technology of noise cancelling.  Encore is said to take QuietTuning to the next level. In addition to already employed technologies — things like an acoustically treated headliner, an acoustic-laminated windshield and sound-absorbing materials in the cabin, under the hood and in the wheelwell liners — Encore benefits from “active noise cancellation.” That bit of electronic legerdemain uses ceiling-mounted microphones to detect engine noise, the frequencies of which are then processed by a computer “that directs counteracting sound waves through the audio system’s speakers and subwoofer.”

Encore’s interior is designed to reduce, block and absorb sounds from the road noise to cross-town traffic.  We did this because even your personal solitude should come standard.

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 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

 

Tips from Ballas Buick GMC to Survive Holiday Road Trips with Children

Getting on the road with your kids is fun.  But let’s be safe too.  Ballas Buick-GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is here to help you.   Ballas Buick GMC’s Service Department is known for its tire selection and auto repair, like getting your car ready for those road trips.  Located in Toledo, Ohio values, savings and high quality service are some of the reasons people like to do business with us.

Inevitably many of us will be loading up the car for a visit with family and friends this holiday season. When taking a road trip with children during the already hectic holidays, a little planning can go a long way. We have a few tips to keep your family safe and children entertained when you hit the open road.

Safety Comes First:

Anytime you are traveling, safety should be the number one priority. One of the worst things can happen during holiday travel is breaking down on the side of the road or needing to make a stop for preventable repairs. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and up to date on all maintenance. Before you get on the road, be sure your washer fluid is full and check your tire pressure. Stop by Ballas for

Children need to be restrained in the appropriate car or booster seat and everyone in the car must be wearing a safety belt at all times. If your children become unstrapped or are inconsolable, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. Never remove a child from a car seat to sit on your lap. Not sure if your child is in the correct seat for their age? The National Highway Traffice Safety Administration can help you determine what car seat is the right one for your child based on their age, height and weight.

Stick to Your Routine:

Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and also figure in breaks along the way. If possible allow the kids to get out and stretch their legs to burn off some energy at a local park or rest area. Bring a small cooler with your child’s favorite snacks and drinks in spill proof containers. Be sure to bring napkins, wet wipes and a bag for trash to help keep your interior clean.

Keep your child on schedule as much as possible. This includes meals and nap time. Change can often be difficult for children to adjust to, be sure to explain where you are going and what stops you will be making along the way.

Keep Them Entertained:

Perhaps the best way to keep your children occupied and your driver from being distracted is to be prepared to entertain your kids while on the road. Bringing a portable DVD player, their favorite toys (and maybe a few new ones) and some travel friendly games that can be played on the road can make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone. Many local libraries rent out books on tape/cd and there are also free pod casts available that can work well for children of all ages. PBS Kids, OnStar and iTunes are all good resources for free audio stories.

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 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

What Dangers To Avoid When Using All Weather Floor Mats

We have all seen the commercials featuring the clumsy dad spilling coffee all over the floor and the soccer team can wear their muddy cleats in the minivan.  Makes you want to install the thickest set of all weather floor mats you can find at the store, huh?  This desire can actually cause an accident.  Ballas Buick GMC wants you to be safe. The Ballas Service Department; located in Toledo, OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals.

At first glance, spending the money may seem high.   But All Weather Floor mats are frankly a wonderful way to protect the value of your vehicle and the later re-sale value.

But how well do they fit?  Depends.  If you are purchasing your floor mats from your local store that also sells bread, apples and socks, you are taking a risk.  All Weather Floor Mats; when purchased from Ballas Buick-GMC; will be the correct fit for your vehicle and ensure your safety.

Recently reported was a massive Toyota and Lexus recall that followed a fatal crash blamed on an errant all-weather floor mat that reportedly jammed the accelerator in the Lexus ES 350 the family was driving.  Oftentimes, rubber floor mats can become a danger in any car.  Specifically, when the vehicle owner improperly installs the All Weather Floor Mats on top of the factory standard carpeted floor mats.

Our staff at Ballas Buick-GMC will help you select the best option for you and keep you safeon the road.

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 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

 

Rotate Tires to Protect Your Investment

Buying tires isn’t fun and can be costly so it’s important to take a few easy, low cost or no cost steps to prolong the life of your tires.  Ballas Buick-GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is here to help you.   Ballas Buick GMC’s Service Department is known for its tire selection and auto repair. Located in Toledo, Ohio values, savings and high quality service is one of the reasons, including a great deal on new tire purchases made now.  Customers can receive either a $100 or $50 mail-in rebate (paid in form of debit card) on top of the 30-day tire price match.

Drivers of front-wheel-drive vehicles, which includes most of us here in the US, are likely to notice excessive wear on their front tires in comparison with those on the rear of the vehicle. This wear, which is a result of receiving more of a workout from the road as the vehicle accelerates, brakes, and steers, all while bearing the weight of the engine can be prevented. To prolong their effective use, it is recommended that consumers keep tires properly inflated and aligned and do their best to maintain a regular rotation schedule every 6,000 miles.

It may seem to make sense that you can just replace the front and not the back and hope that they wear evenly next time. Although it is counterintuitive, the two with the most tread, should always be placed on the rear of your vehicle with your previous tires being relocated to the front. The new tires on the rear of the vehicle can help you maintain control in slippery or wet conditions and prevent your vehicle from hydroplaning.

Worn tires are a serious safety issue. When the tread on your tires is worn down it can increase your chance of hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle. Be sure you are always placing your new tires on the rear of your vehicle. Regular maintenance is key to help your tires wear evenly, so be sure to rotate your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles

Ballas Honors & Distinctions:

  • #1 volume Buick dealership in Ohio (2010)
  • GM Mark of Excellence- 2009, 2010 & 2011-
    • 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)

How to Determine the Age of Tires

Before you get behind the wheel for a long road trip, take a minute to answer one question that is important to your safety and the safety of your passengers: How old are the tires on your vehicle? Ballas Buick-GMC is here to help you.   Ballas Buick GMC’s Service Department is known for its tire selection and auto repair. Located in Toledo, Ohio values, savings and high quality service is one of the reasons, including a great deal on new tire purchases made now.  Customers can receive either a $100 or $50 mail-in rebate (paid in form of debit card) on top of the 30-day tire price match guarantee.

There is an easy way to identify the date a tire was made by reading its Tire Identification Number, which is also referred to as the tire’s serial number. Tire Identification Numbers are batch codes that identify the week and year the tire was created.

“It’s not as though you can cut the tire in half and count the rings like you would a tree”, laughs service manager, Dave Shields.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) require that Tire Identification Numbers are on every tire. DOT serial numbers make up a combination of the letters, followed by ten to twelve letters and/or numbers that identify the manufacturing location, tire size and manufacturer’s code, along with the week and year the tire was manufactured.

All tires made after 2000 have four digits representing the week and year each tire was produced. If a tire has a number code only three digits long, the tire was made in the 1990s.

You can determine the age of a tire by looking at the last four digits of the Tire Identification Number. The first two digits identify the week and the last two digits to identify the year.

Finally, when you buy new tires, hold on to your sales receipt. Some tire standard manufacturer warranties cover their tires for four years from the date of purchase or five years from the week the tires were manufactured.

Let’s say you have a receipt showing you purchased new tires that were manufactured exactly two years ago. The tires will be covered four years from the date of the purchase for a total of six years since they were manufactured. If you lose the receipt in this same case, the warranty coverage for your tires will end five years from the week the tire was produced resulting in the tire manufacturer’s warranty.

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 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.