High regards for the Buick Encore at Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH

The 2013 Buick Encore sold at Ballas Buick GMClocated in Toledo, Ohio has arrived at our dealership. It has been getting great reviews, which is not surprising. Examinator.com writer, Greg Engle gave the Buick Encore great marks.  Below are some of his remarks.

“Out of the minivan craze grew the SUV; the Sport Utility Vehicle. These had more style, more comfort than a minivan, but still served the same purpose; plenty of room for growing families, and for hauling bits of your everyday life. But there were other reasons SUVs became popular; the fact that they were based on truck platforms, they were larger and higher giving a more commanding view of the road. But given the size and the truck heritage, most required a fuel tanker following them around to keep going.

Fast forward to modern day and thanks in large part to a bunch of sheiks in the Middle East, auto makers have developed a new breed of SUV; the crossover. Instead of trucks the crossovers are based on car platforms, thus use less fuel than their larger more ungainly cousins. But you still get a little more room than most cars and a higher more commanding view of the road.

Entering the new realm of the crossover SUV is Buick. And they have done so quite nicely.

Buick has survived the turmoil in the auto industry rising from the ashes at GM that saw Pontiac, Saturn and Oldsmobile fall by the wayside. They’ve done this, as they have always done, by filling a niche; reasonably priced vehicles with luxury features that make them a great value. It’s something they’ve done yet again with the newest entry into the crossover SUV genre, the Encore.

Introduced this year, the Encore is cousin to the Enclave, Buick’s full on SUV. Unlike its larger cousin however, the Encore is much smaller and of course less expensive. It doesn’t have the room of a full SUV; the cabin is best described as cozy, comfortable, but cozy. You might not want to bring along Uncle Jack who only showers once a week, but there is certainly enough room not to feel claustrophobic. Storage in the rear isn’t much more than a regular car, but a crossover isn’t about hauling things.

Inside the cabin is where any Buick shines. The base model Encore at $28,190 has enough standard features to keep you happy and many things you would expect only in higher priced vehicles. But for only a few dollars more why not go all out. The FWD Encore with the Premium group I had totaled out at $30,730, and there is an array of amenities that is almost staggering. Among the many items is navigation and radio information via a 7” screen in the center of the dash, rear vision camera, climate control, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, leather wrap steering wheel, cruise control and front and rear parking assist just to name a few. Enough to keep you busy for weeks.

My biggest reservation prior to driving the Encore was the size of the engine. Buick put a 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder powerplant rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. I could imagine myself urging the vehicle up a hill thinking all the while ‘I think it can, I think it can’. However, my fears proved very wrong. When mated up to the six-speed automatic the Encore performs just fine. It merges into traffic with ease and leaves the line respectfully. No it won’t be sufficient for a high speed police chase should you decide to use it for a getaway vehicle after a bank robbery and you’ll have to hang your head in shame if challenged at a stop light, but given the available power to weight ratio (3190 pounds in the front wheel drive version I had for week) for what the Encore is the powertrain is just fine.

That powertrain is more than adequate for the purpose the Encore was designed for; getting around town without having to stop at a gas station every few miles, but with many of the things a full size SUV is known for, such as a more commanding view of traffic. That higher view of the road isn’t sacrificed for poor handling though. The first time I aggressively took the Encore into a corner I held on for dear life fully expecting to be hanging upside down moments later. Had I crashed a total of ten airbags could have deployed making me feel as though I woke up in a bag of marshmallows. That wasn’t the case however; yes there was a bit of body roll, but the 18 inch wheels along with the StabiliTrak stability control system was a pleasant surprise and kept body roll to a minimum.

While riding around town, the road noise was kept to a minimum. The Encore has a system called ‘QuietTuning’ which along with sound dampening throughout features Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. While it promised a cabin as quiet of a library and it is quite good, it was more like a college library with few sophomores goofing around in the corner.

You won’t see an Encore charging up a dusty road as a rancher in Texas heads out to punch some little doggies or whatever it is they do, but after all that isn’t what a crossover SUV is for. Likewise growing families might find it too small. But for a small family or a couple whose kids have left the nest and who are looking for an SUV view while zipping around town without the SUV problems, a crossover will work just fine.

The Encore fits well into that crossover arena. It also continues the decades old Buick story of delivering loads of luxury at a reasonable price. Maybe that’s why Buick is known as a survivor; and if the Encore is any indication they are liable to survive for many more years to come.

Bottom Line: Looking for SUV features without breaking the bank or spending the day at the pumps? The Encore delivers luxuriously.

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.

10 Reasons the Buick Encore is Super Cool from Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH

Available with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, the 2013 Buick Encore; available at Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH; is a stylish and smart compact crossover SUV. The 2013 Buick Encore offers you everything you love about a Buick.  We think you will agree, the Buick Encore is one of the coolest cars on the market. Here are 10 reasons we think the Buick Encore is super cool.    

1.  Active noise cancelation offers the quietest ride possible 
 
 
2.  More than 48 cubic feet of interior storage with the rear seat folded 
 
 
3.  IntelliLink system with a seven-inch color screen and voice-activation 
 
 
4.  Front and rear parking assistance to help you squeeze into the smallest of spaces 
 
 
5.  Fuel economy maxes out at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway 
 
 
6.  Dual glove boxes and storage bins offer a safe place to store your gadgets 
 
 
7.  60 percent high-strength steel makes the car stronger, lighter and more efficient 
 
 
8.  Driver’s memory seat and mirrors 
 
 
9.  Blue-accented projector-beam head lamps offer style and practicality 
 
 
10.  Interior seating is made with high-density foam for absolute comfort, and the driver and passenger can enjoy heated seats on a cold day. 
 
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.

A review of the 2013 GMC Acadia

Wonderful things are in store for Buick GMC, including the 2013 GMC Acadia sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio. Is it any wonder Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. It has been getting great reviews.  We can’t say we are surprised.  Below is a review of the GMC Acadia.

The Auto Page
By John Heilig

Model: 2013 GMC Acadia AWD Denali
Engine: 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque: 288 hp @ 6,300 rpm/270 lb.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 118.9 in.
Length x width x height: 200.8 x 78.9 x 72.6 in.
Tires: P255/55R20
Cargo: 24.1/70.1/116.1 cu. ft.
Economy: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20.3 mpg test
Fuel tank: 22.0 gal.
GVWR: 6,459 lbs.
Sticker: $51,205

Bottom line: The GMC Acadia Denali is a nice package, is a good driver, has good power and towing capacity and is comfortable.

The Acadia was the first crossover in the GMC lineup. The luxury Denali version was added a few years ago, and is definitely the best choice of the model. For 2013 there have been minor exterior changes that clean up the design. All in all, it’s a nice package.

What interests me the most in a vehicle is ride quality. How does this thing do on the highway and in urban settings, and how well does it handle roads that are less than straight. Even an all-wheel drive version doesn’t have to be a world-class off-reader, but I would like it to know how to behave on dirt and lesser quality road surfaces.

Needless to say, the Acadia passes all the tests. On the road, there’s good power from the 3.6-liter V6. Even though the Acadia is fairly heavy, it moves along nicely. A luxury crossover normally has somewhat lower expectations, but the Acadia has a 6,459 GVWR rating that’s pretty good. Adding to the ride quality is a clear home screen for the navigation system. It provides information on audio, navigation, destination, phone, weather (a good source of information), traffic, setting and tone choices for the audio. It’s all part of the GM Intellichoice package. We found the weather information especially important on some dicey winter days.

The heads up display that gives the driver information on speed, outside temperature and other points is very useful. Habit makes me still look at the speedometer, but I can get better at remembering the HUD after a week.

With the Denali package, the Acadia has all the bells and whistles you’d ask for. It has a very complete menu of safety options. I’m a big fan of side blind zone alerts and have recently become enamored of rear cross traffic alerts. With the former, a light lights up on the outside rear view mirror if there is a vehicle there that you might not be able to see normally. With the latter, an alarm sounds if there’s a vehicle approaching from the misidentified when you’re in reverse.

The heated and cooled front seats are comfortable despite being on the flat side with not a lot of side support. However, you do have an arm rest provided by the deep center console and a grab handle on the passenger door. Second row seats have very good leg room when they are slid back. This sliding function is particularly useful when passengers want to go all the way back to the third row. SmartSlide for access to the third row bench seat works this way; the second row seat cushion flips up while the seat back slides forward with the pull of a lever, making it easier to access the third row. Seating back there is decent. Access to the second (and eventually third) row is facilitated with assist handles on the B-pillars and over the rear doors. There’s a flat floor through the whole passenger compartment.

Even with three rows, there is good cargo capacity. GMC says there are 24.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row and 70.1 cubic feet with the third row seats folded. If you’re really toting a lot of stuff, you can fold the second row buckets and get 116 cubic feet of cargo capacity. There’s even storage capacity under the cargo floor.

Interior cargo consists of a deep center console that slides. It has a tray inside to make it more useful. There’s a decent glove box that still has a lot of room, even with the manuals in there. The dash has soft surfaces – no hard plastic here – and the overall feeling is one of quality and luxury, to a certain extent.

A front wheel drive version of the Acadia is also available, and so is a non-Denali version, which might ease my major concern about the sticker. Still, the GMC Acadia Denali is a nice vehicle that can do the job of family transporter.

(c) 2013 The Auto Page Syndicate

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.

 

The Baby Enclave named “Encore” at Ballas Buick GMC

The Buick Encore sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is one of the reasons, Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. Its superior design, comfort and power makes it a car everyone loves.

The Buick Enclave, the industry’s best-selling three-row luxury crossover, has been redesigned for 2013 – and given some company.  The new Buick Encore is a smaller version, yet is packed with the same premium appointments as the much larger Buick Enclave.

            Autotrader.com recently named Encore to its list of “Top 10 Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2013,” calling it a “nimble crossover SUV with an exceptionally quiet ride, a high-tech interior and estimated highway fuel economy of 33 mpg.” Encore is also on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s list of “Greener Choices 2013.”

Marianne Ballas says, “The Encore is for the new wave of Buick buyers who are looking for luxury amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle.  It also has some new and beautiful interior color combinations that are quite European and will appeal to the most style conscious consumer.”

Director of New Car Sales Jeff Robinson is excited about the recently unveiled Buick Encore.  “It was great to be one of the first dealerships to have the Encore to hit the Ballas showroom floor, and you can also see it up close and personal at the Greater Toledo Auto Show, then see us for a test drive”.

            The Encore has all the technology of the Enclave, including Intellilink, CD/SiriusXM radio and USB ports for your gadgets.  “Customers seem to like the voice recognition feature in the Encore,” continued Mr. Robinson.  Encore also boosts the Active Noise Cancellation features. This allows you the quiet, luxury ride you have come to expect from Buick. 

            The Encore is only one of nine new, redesigned or refreshed models coming from the Buick GMC division of G.M. in 2013.  Another much anticipated vehicle is the 2014 GMC Sierra scheduled for production in the fourth quarter of 2013.   You can see the 2014 GMC Sierra at the Greater Toledo Auto Show.

            You’re invited to stop in and test-drive any of the Buick or GMC models at Ballas Buick GMC or shop online at www.ballasbuickgmc.com.

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.

Ballas; in Toledo, OH; Gets Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week

Your safety is a concern of ours. Is it any wonder Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. Our vehicle safety features makes the Buick and GMC a car everyone loves.

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)–October 14-20, 2012–is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road. Established by Congress in 2007 and held annually the third week of each October, its goal is to focus the country’s attention on this serious issue.

The theme last year in 2011 was supporting parents in teaching their teens to drive. This includes helping you navigate the practice driving phase, as well as driving on your own. The research of NTDSW shows that teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to crash and twice as likely to buckle up as teens with less involved parents. The evidence also reveals that the majority of teens (87 percent) have a parent involved in the learning-to-drive process.

We all want parents to be as prepared as possible to take on the important task of teaching you, your friends, and classmates to safely navigate the first years of driving. Talk to your parents about logging at least 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice to develop skills in a variety of situations.

Ballas encourages teens to know the driving laws for your state, and work with your parents to understand and follow them.

NTDSW is a great time to help parents become more effective driving teachers and coaches. Get creative with events at your school or in your community. Consider using the free resources on this site to support your efforts. Add a NTDSW message on your school’s website or send home some handouts to parents. Enlist the help of your school’s administration and student club advisors for ideas on spreading the word. Also check out Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care, a peer-to-peer campaign you conduct at your school.

Ballas Buick GMC wants you to be safe.  If you do get into an accident, don’t fret. The Ballas Parts & Accessories Department; located in Toledo, OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals. 

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)

10 Tips for Driving After Dark from Ballas Buick GMC

Ballas Buick GMC wants you to be safe. We have prepared several blogs to help drivers be better prepared for safe driving. If you do get into an accident, don’t fret. The Ballas Parts & Accessories Department; located in Toledo, OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals.

Driving at night can be a soothing and enjoyable experience; there are less people on the road, it’s much quieter, and you can’t see much beyond what’s directly in front of you. Pop in some of your favorite music on your Pandora, forget any destinations on your GM Navigation System, and just drive. Driving at night can be a great experience, but it can also be dangerous – here are some tips for driving after the sun goes down.

Aim Your Headlights – Many people are unaware that your headlights can be aimed a certain direction, much like your mirrors. Also like your mirrors, if they are not aimed correctly it can greatly affect their utility. Make sure your headlights are aimed properly so that they illuminate the road well but do not blind oncoming traffic. You can check your owner’s manual for instructions how to do this.

Also make sure that your headlights are free from haze and grime. Over the years the plastic surface of headlights can become yellowed and hazy, reducing the amount of light coming from your headlamps. If they are foggy or yellowed you can have them re-surfaced, polish them yourself, or replace them to regain proper visibility.  If you find your headlights are dim or you have a burned out light, contact Ballas at 419.535.1000.  Our Service Advisors can order and install headlights for you.  Or you can order it from our Parts Department and do it yourself.

Dim Your Instrument Panel – The many bright lights on your dashboard can be distracting visually from the road. To make sure you can see the road clearly, make sure to dim your dash lights quite a bit when driving at night. Also, avoid leading interior lights on as most illuminate the entire cabin and can also be a distraction.

Wear Proper Eyewear – There are yellow-tinted “night driving glasses” sold that claim they help you see better at night. These claims are false. There is no evidence to substantiate that wearing any kind of tinted sunglasses will help your vision in low light situations. Save your money and skip the glasses; pay attention to the rest of these tips instead.

Watch For Retinas – If you live anywhere with trees, there always seems to be woodland critters about waiting to jump into the road. Before you see them however, you can usually spot your headlights reflecting off of their retinas. Watch far ahead for two little balls of green or yellow light in the distance. If you see them ahead you can slow down to make sure you don’t hit them. If it seems like it’s too late and you see a deer in front of you, slow down as much as possible – if you try to swerve to avoid the deer they will often follow your headlights and you’ll end up hitting them anyway, just faster, and possibly swerve into oncoming traffic.

Don’t Stare at Oncoming Lights – It seems like a no-brainer, but in the quiet, dim hush of your car interior while driving at night, bright lights from oncoming traffic or bright street signs can be a distraction and you can be lulled into staring at them before you realize it.

Keep Your Windshield Spotlessly Clean – Windshields that appear clean in the day can reveal greasy streaks that cloud your vision at night. One trick to remove the streaks is to polish your windshield with newspaper to remove all of the residue. It’s mostly oil that’s the culprit so take care not to touch the inside of your windshield with your hands. In addition, do all you can to avoid getting interior dash conditioners on your windshield – they can be difficult to get off completely.

Add Auxiliary Lights – If you spend a lot of time driving on country roads at night with little other traffic, adding auxiliary lights may help you see the road properly. They must be exercised with caution however because they are so bright that turning them off requires your eyes to re-adjust, taking up to 30 seconds. A lot can happen in 30 seconds when you’re driving so it’s best to only add and use auxiliary lights when you absolutely need them.  Extra touches, such as auxiliary lights can be ordered from our Parts & Accessories Department.

Clean and Adjust Exterior Mirrors – If your mirrors are dirty they will reflect light from cars behind you in a wider, diffused manner that produces glare. Make sure they are clean and pointed slightly down so light doesn’t reflect directly in your eyes.

Keep Your Eyes Healthy – If your own vision is impaired, all of the proper lighting in the world won’t help you see the road clearly. If you wear corrective lenses, make sure your prescription is up to date and that your vision is crisp and clear. If you do not wear any type of corrective lenses, make sure to visit an eye doctor and take an eye exam to make sure you vision is still in top form, especially as you get older.

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.

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)