How to Prep Your GMC Sierra for a Summer Road Trip

GMC Sierra

2017 GMC Sierra

The American roads can take you almost anywhere—to the beach, to the mountains, to the kitschy roadside attractions. Wherever the roads are taking you this summer, make sure you prep your GMC Sierra before you depart for the best performance and a successful voyage.

Check Your Tires

Your tires are about to roll you and your Sierra across miles and miles of pavement, so make sure they’re ready for the task. They should be filled with air to the recommended PSI and checked for any extreme wear in the tread. With good tires, you’ll get the best fuel efficiency.

Come Prepared

You’ll no doubt be filling your GMC Sierra’s bed with cargo like camping gear, bikes, kayaks, or whatever else you might want on your journey, but make sure you remember the essentials in case of an emergency, like a first-aid kit, extra water and snacks, and even a spare tire kit.

Get a Second Opinion

It’s good and ambitious to check your fluids, your belts, your brakes, and everything else on your own to make sure things are in good condition. But, for the greatest peace of mind, bring your GMC Sierra into Varney Buick GMC and have our GMC-trained technicians give it a look. If there are any issues that might affect your journey we can handle them for you and send you on your way for a victorious summer road trip.

4th of July Party Ideas

Fourth of July Party

What are YOUR Fourth of July plans?

At last, the season of barbeques and pool passes has arrived. If you’re planning your summer holiday celebrations, consider some of these ideas from Varney Buick GMC for the perfect 4th of July party.

Decorations

As long as you stick to red, white, and blue—and plenty of it—you can’t go wrong with 4th of July decorations. Drape streamers along with string lights across your porch or back patio, or decoupage stars and stripes onto old mason jars, then place a tea light candle in each of them for ambient lighting.

Activities

If you’re expecting little ones at your get-together, set up a craft table with various activities to keep the kids entertained. Collect red, white, and blue items from the local craft store—whether beads, dice, buttons, or etc.—and provide glue and paper for a 3D collage.

Food

Make snacking an activity in and of itself by setting up a festive ice cream float bar using red and blue sodas, vanilla ice cream, and red and blue-striped straws. Make your spread of finger-foods more festive by using colored utensils, or by decorating with a table runner made by using left-over streamers and weaving them into a checkered pattern.

Finally, give your guests something to remember the party by with a goodie bag filled with red, white, and blue candy and sparklers for later.

If you want more ideas for a Fourth of July party, come on by Varney Buick GMC! We’d love to talk to you about your plans.

New GMC Sierra Technologies for 2017 Model Year

2017 GMC SierraNew GMC Sierra technologies are wide ranging, including everything from Wi-Fi to innovative safety systems. While many classic trucks like the Sierra are made to be durable and rugged, they are also designed to be intelligent.

Not only do new tech features make driving easier, but they also provide improved safety and peace of mind. Read on to learn about the Sierra’s latest tech features.

According to GMC, the new Sierra comes with two basic categories of features: infotainment and safety. The infotainment systems include things like the available eight-inch color touchscreen, IntelliLink technology with navigation, and Bluetooth. Smartphone integration also allows you to access your phone through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto through the in-vehicle system.

The new Sierra also comes with intelligent safety systems, including the new Rear Seat Reminder. This technology is designed to remind you to check the second-row for passengers, especially young children, before you leave the cabin. It can be turned on and off, and it uses sensor tech to regulate when people enter and leave the vehicle.

Finally, you’ll find driver assist technologies like forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, forward collision assist, and the smart Safety Alert Seat. Stop by Varney Buick GMC to learn more about the Sierra’s great new features.

Mother’s Day Auto Gifts: Fun and Practical Presents

Mother's DayThere are a number of great Mother’s Day auto gifts to get this year. May 14, marks the annual celebration of important women in your life, and many prefer to get both fun and practical gifts for their moms or wives. Read on to learn more about auto-inspired gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

First, according to AutoZone, you should consider personalized gifts such as a custom license plate frame, those iconic stick-people decals, or seat covers. Mom may also prefer a steering-wheel cover to keep her hands warm in cold weather, while premium floormats add appeal to the interior of any car.

Next, consider electronics. If mom is a music lover, you might consider a premium audio system or display audio system. These can be more expensive than other electronics, including the classic remote car starter system, which is perfect for warming up the car on cool mornings.

Finally, consider safety and utility gifts as well. These include jumper cables, a portable tire inflator, roadside emergency kit, or an alarm system. Each of these will work to keep mom prepared and safe in virtually any situation. Many gift-seekers also buy back-up camera systems as well, a combination of safety and electronics that’s more than simple practicality.

Stop by Varney Buick GMC to see some of the innovative features offered on our latest vehicles—many of which may be possible gift ideas.

History Behind the Easter Egg

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Easter eggs aren’t just colorful – they’re also rich with history!

Have you ever wondered why spring is synonymous with painted hard-boiled eggs? At Varney Buick GMC, we love to learn about the history of our traditions, so we’ve dug up a little history behind the Easter egg.

The egg symbolizes a lot of different things for different groups, like fertility or the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The history of the Easter egg actually begins thousands of years before Christianity, when Iranians and other cultures painted eggs to celebrate their New Year and the spring equinox. However, as the Easter egg became more prominent, it developed lots of symbolism significant in Christianity.

Catholic and Orthodox churches began painting eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ. The shell of the egg represented the tomb in which Jesus was buried, and cracking the shell of the hard-boiled egg represented His resurrection. This was also the first chance for many Christians to eat eggs after abstaining from them for Lent. The Easter tradition of egg rolling is even said to represent rolling away the stone from Jesus’ tomb.

This year when you paint your Easter eggs, think about what they represent to you and enjoy finding a deeper experience in this spring tradition.

How to Give Your GMC Sierra a Spring Check-Up

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Keep your Sierra looking and feeling fresh by following these tips!

We’ve finally made it through the winter, and so has your truck. Just as we need to stay healthy and hydrated moving into the warmer seasons, so do our vehicles need their own spring tune-ups.

Here are some of the ways in which we recommend giving each GMC Sierra from Varney Buick GMC a solid spring check-up.

1. Check the Fluids

Think of this step as hydration for your GMC Sierra. Check your truck’s oil level, brake fluids, coolant, and wiper fluids. If anything needs topped off, now is the time to do it.

2. Watch for Leaks

Sometimes warmer weather can cause a radiator hose to bust. Make sure you’re aware of your truck’s surroundings and are watching for any pooling liquid beneath it that would indicate a leak.

3. Wash the Exterior

If you’ve been driving in a snowy area, your pickup is likely covered in road salt. Washing this off isn’t just for looks—it helps to keep your truck’s exterior in good shape. Road salt can cause corrosion and rust, so take your pickup to a car wash and use a pressure washer to wash the salt off the exterior and the underside.

4. Check the Battery

Winter temperatures can cause a battery to lose a lot of its power. Once the warm weather hits, check your pickup’s battery to see that it’s still holding the charge it needs for a successful performance. If not, or if it’s more than four years old, it’s probably time to replace it.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Interior Upgrade

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Interior

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Interior – Image courtesy of The News Wheel

The new GMC Canyon Denali offers the same rugged styling as the traditional pickup. However, this model comes with added features like a refined interior, exclusive styling, and the latest high-tech gadgets. In fact, you won’t believe your eyes when you see the new Canyon Denali—it’s truly sophisticated.

According to NY Daily News, you should absolutely get this model if you want a pickup but don’t want to sacrifice luxury. In addition to the stylish upgrade of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali interior, this model also includes sleek exterior features like LED lighting, a specially designed chrome grille, and a more athletic wheelbase. You’ll also find perforated leather seating, soft-touch materials, and special stitching to make the cabin more enjoyable.

“Bottom line: if you want a pickup that feels good and looks great without sacrificing the things that make a truck a truck, nothing in the mid-size segment hits all those marks quite like the GMC Canyon Denali,” said Kyle Campbell, auto reviewer for the NY Daily News.

Another great feature in the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali is the forward collision alert system, which is great for keeping you safe in virtually any driving situation. You can also get lane departure warning among a host of other great safety features. Check out the new Canyon Denali at Varney Buick GMC today.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions: Staying Safe and Having Fun

St. Patrick’s Day traditions

St. Patrick’s Day has been around for years. Initially created to celebrate the life of Patrick, the patron saint of the Emerald Isle, the holiday has since grown. Among the most popular things to do include parades, eating, and drinking. We here at Varney Buick GMC have put together a list of St. Patrick’s Day traditions and safety tips to help you celebrate March 17 this year.

According to Allstate, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year. That means you should keep some safety tips in mind. First, always have a ride home. Get a designated driver or call a cab to ensure you get home safely. Notify the police if you witness a drunk driver on the road.

Parades are also a popular sight on the holiday, and some places, like Chicago, dye their local rivers green to celebrate the holiday. You can see plenty of shamrocks and green during the holiday, a color that is associated with Ireland’s rolling hills.

St. Patrick’s Day is also known for the classic meal of corned beef and cabbage. Be sure to try some of this salt-cured dish, a staple in the US. In reality, it was more popular in the US among immigrants than in actual Ireland, likely due to the cheap cost of the dish. This is just one of many great St. Patrick’s Day traditions to try this year.

New 2017 Cascada Design Gets Exclusive Features

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The new-look 2017 Buick Cascada.

The Buick Cascada is one of the most iconic luxury convertible models on the market, and it’s getting some exciting new features. In addition to updated technology and performance, the new Cascada will also come with an exclusive Dark Effects package and a Sport Red Exterior color. For a truly bold ride, check out the latest Buick Cascada on the market.

According to Buick, the 2017 Cascada design will feature the latest sport touring color on the market: Sport Red. This vibrant color is designed to catch the eye as you drive and has been in high demand for several years. Buick has finally granted the consumers’ wishes.

“We’ve heard it from customers all year: ‘What a beautiful car. Can I get it in red?’ Well yes, now you can,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “This new addition to the Cascada portfolio offers a modern style statement with blacked-out exterior trim and red interior stitching.”

In addition to the added colors, you’ll also find a revamped Dark Effects package as well. This comes with tons of features, including a black-finished grille, mirror caps, 20-inch alloy wheels, and more. The interior has red stitching—a perfect complement to the newly available Sport Red—and you’ll also find added accents throughout. The Sport Touring model for which these new features are being added is only available for a limited time, so be sure to stop by Varney Buick GMC.

Light-Duty vs. Heavy-Duty Trucks: Which Is Right for You?

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The Sierra is GMC’s signature truck.

As if shopping for a new truck weren’t hard enough, one of the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make is whether or not to buy a light-duty pickup or a heavy-duty truck. Although some purists only look for rugged durability and raw torque, there are some advantages to light-duty trucks. Alternatively, heavy-duty trucks offer capabilities you just can’t get elsewhere. Read on to learn more about light-duty vs. heavy-duty trucks.

Heavy-duty trucks are fewer and further between according to Autotrader. In some ways, this makes them easier to narrow down. You can select a model like the Chevy Silverado 2500 or 3500 and the GM Sierra HD, for example. These vehicles come with large diesel engines, heavy-duty transmissions, and added features like limited-slip differentials and more. Basically, they are built for work. You can tow more than 20,000 pounds when properly equipped, and some can get over 6,500 pounds in payload capacity.

Light-duty trucks have some advantages as well. This includes easy maneuverability, improved gas mileage, and higher top speeds. Unfortunately, they can’t tow as much as their heavy-duty counterparts.

Which is right for you? It depends on your driving needs. Heavy-duty trucks are better for those who simply want a workhorse. Light-duty trucks are perfect for drivers who want something for everyday use, with a few added capabilities.