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Install My GMC or My Buick App.

Have you installed your MY GMC or MY BUICK app yet?

These new apps combine the usefulness of the Remotelink app, with the support of the “My GMC” or “My Buick” apps, putting valuable information at your fingertips in real time!

With anytime access to digital owners manuals, dealership contact and booking info, WIFI services, and much much more!

Simply search for and install your FREE, ALL-NEW “My GMC” or “My Buick” app in your device’s app store TODAY! Or you can click this link https://www.onstar.com/ca/en/services/myvehicleapp.html

The MY GMC and MY BUICK comes free in new vehicles*, however you can still get it in older vehicles * . Click this link and select your vehicle’s model year to see if it’s compatible with the myGMC/myBuick mobile app. 

MY GMC: https://www.onstar.com/ca/en/services/myvehicleapp.html#/mygmcapp

MY BUICK: https://www.onstar.com/ca/en/services/myvehicleapp.html#/mybuickapp

*Some features require active OnStar service, or a paid OnStar service plan for functionality.

At Davis GMC Buick we are always here to help for more information, please contact Davis GMC Lethbridge @ 403-329-4444 and ask to talk with one of our sales representatives.

Buying a truck online.

Purchasing a Vehicle Online.

Purchasing a Vehicle Online | Brent Miller

Over the last 10 years nothing has had a bigger effect in our day to day lives then the internet, and  the auto industry is no different.  From pricing to customer reviews to advertising, the internet has become a whole entire vehicle (get it?) for auto dealers.  The one biggest benefit of car shopping on the internet is that geographic boundaries no longer exist.  Customers can filter their searches down to exact make, model, year and price, then begin the buying process. Our large inventory and competitive pricing lands many customers from all over North America each day on our web page inquiring about buying a vehicle. The internet sales team helps local customers who may not have  the time to visit us in person, or perhaps prefer to shop from rt the comfort of their own home and also helps customers from literally all over North America who prefer to experience the Davis Difference.

Francois and Manon flew into Edmonton from Blainville QC, and then had their son drive them down to Lethbridge (through the Rockies) to come pick up their 2015 GMC Sierra 2500. They said that the selection and service that we provided far exceeded anything back home, as the dealerships there have limited used trucks available due to most being shipped to the US. Thanks so much Francois & Manon for making the trip and choosing Davis GMC Buick!

Francois and Manon flew into Blainville QC, to come pick up their 2015 GMC Sierra 2500. They said that the selection and service that we provided far exceeded anything back home, as the dealerships there have limited used trucks available due to most being shipped to the US.

We have had customers from all over Canada fly in, drive in, get dropped off, we even had one send an employee in on a Greyhound to pick up his new truck. We’ve sold to customers from 8 different provinces and two territories in the past year as well as to many in the Western US.  Now you may be skeptical as to who would by a vehicle, especially a used one, unseen, not driven,  over the internet?  Well beyond (and in conjunction with)the internet, cell phones have impacted our lives as much as anything and again the auto industry is included in this as well.  Having the ability to shoot videos, send photos, exchange texts and email documents gives customers a virtual tour/ showing of the vehicle and allows us to provide Car Proof reports, do trade appraisals and show sales quotes.  A couple of quick phone conversations with our finance manager and its as simple as that.  Often times many of our internet customers do not see their new vehicle until they arrive at the dealership to pick it up or until it is delivered to their driveway or an exchange is made at a predetermined meeting place. 

Our Certified Pre Owned program combined with our extensive re conditioning process allows for peace of mind purchasing of used vehicles.  We have a professionally trained, knowledgeable and well versed Internet Sales Team that uses succinct, permission based engagement from real people (not computers, although we do use computers…).  As well, given the warranty options available through our finance office and our offering of vehicle protection packages, Davis Buick GMC is a leader in online vehicle shopping.  If you are considering a new or used vehicle, why not shop in your pajamas, visit davisgm.ca and let our Internet Sales Team help you out.  You can also message (and Like) us on Facebook at “Davis GMC Buick Internet Sales Team”. 

Brent Miller | Internet Sales Consultant at Davis GMC Buick.

Email: bmiller@davisgm.ca

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Winter Driving Tips

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Winter Is Still Here | Byron White

It is important respect the weather conditions for your safety and the safety of everyone around you.

Here are some Winter Driving Safety Tips:

  • Start by fully cleaning off your vehicle.  All windows , turn indicators, and lights must be completely exposed for safe driving.
  • Next, let your vehicle warm up for at least 5-10 minutes to make sure all your heaters are working and so your engine is ready to face the elements.
  • Always, keep a safe driving distance.
  • Keep your speed down.
  • Be sure your vehicle is equip with proper winter or all season tires and keep a safety kit in your vehicle in case you get stranded.

Winter driving requires your cooperation, please take in consideration these winter driving tip to help keep everyone safe on the roads.

Stay Safe 🙂

Byron White
Sales Consultant
Davis GMC Buick Ltd.
(403)929-0244

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Extend My Remote Start Time.

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Dear Jarrett,
BURR, it’s COLD out! Can I extend my remote start time?
Sincerely,
Fogged up in Fairmont

ANSWER:
Extending Remote Start Time
You can use your remote to extend the run time of the remote start event. Reprogramming the computer for a longer run time is not an option at this time. The Remote Vehicle Start(RVS) function allows engine starting while not in the vehicle. It also allows the vehicle HVAC system and other vehicle systems to enable, providing a comfortable vehicle upon entry.

RVS functions have an operating range of up to 195 feet, depending on conditions. The RVS sequence begins by pressing and releasing the lock button and then pressing and holding the RVS buttons on the keyless entry transmitter. The turn signal lamps will illuminate to indicate the vehicle has received the remote start request. Each time an RVS is performed, the vehicle doors are locked, however they may then be unlocked/locked with the transmitter or vehicle key at any time. Once activated, the engine is allowed to run for 10 minutes.

The RVS time may be extended by an additional 10 minutes by again pressing and releasing the lock button and then pressing and holding the RVS buttons on the transmitter. This feature is called a “RVS continue” and allows a maximum of 20 minutes of engine running. If the RVS continue is performed at 7 minutes into the initial 10 minute time-out, a total of 17 minutes of engine running would occur.

The RVS event may be suspended at any time by pressing only the RVS button on the transmitter or by entering the vehicle and turning ON the hazard lamps.

In between ignition cycles, only 2 RVS events may occur or be attempted. Once 2 events or attempts have been made, future RVS events will be suspended until the vehicle is started using the ignition.

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Fall in Love with Buick Regal Turbo

 

20161102-20161102-IMG_978610 Reasons to fall in love with the Buick Regal Turbo | by Rebekah Crabb

Here are some reasons why I love my Buick Regal! No more is this just a car for our experienced generation, but a car that everyone of all ages will appreciate. 

#1) SLEEK STYLE: The body style of the regal is sleek, smooth, and luxurious. With its sharp lines, distinctive waterfall grille, and sophisticated look, this car is bound to turn heads! If you want a car that not only is classy on the exterior, but also the interior, you want a Buick. 

#2) LUXURY INTERIOR: Buick has always styled the interior of the vehicle to speak for itself. With the soft touch moldings and high quality leather, this car takes away the look and feel of plastic pieces. You can not only see the quality that they put into their cars, but can also feel that as well. The wood trim details also add and carry the luxurious feel all the way around! 

#3) POWER: 2.0L Turbocharged engine gives you more gusto when out on the road! If you have a bit of a lead foot, like I do, it is very easy to get used to the power that the turbo gives you! With 259 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque, I have no issues passing other vehicles on the highway. 

#4) INTELLILINK INFOTAINMENT: I now have my phone, my music and my navigation right at my fingertips! For being a first time BlueTooth user, I couldn’t get over how easy and fast it was to sync my phone and start listing to my music! Don’t want to listen to your phone anymore? A quick click of a button and now I can choose between radio, CD, my I-pod or Sirius Satellite radio which I have 3 months free! Plus, when you have Navigation, Buick now enables you to save up to 60 favorites which can include: Contacts from your phone, songs, artists, destinations, and even a generic destination like “Tim Hortons” or “Starbucks”! It will then show you all the Tim Hortons or Starbucks in that city/town. 

#5) COMFORT: Leather seats are where it’s at! Buick definitely uses high quality leather and cushioning when it comes to their seats. Along with having lumbar support, tilt, and 8 other power options, these seats have been extremely comfortable on long drives. Don’t forget about the heated seats! Having 3 heat levels is the ‘icing on the cake’. 

#6) SMOOTH RIDE: Built with the available option of AWD, which I have, Buick’s suspension system is perfectly tuned to balance the comfort of a smooth ride, with  precise handling and powerful braking. Great for long trips or just to unwind on the open road.

#7) THE BUICK REMOTE LINK APP: Imagine having the ultimate key fob as an app on your phone. With the Remote Link app you can not only start/shut off your vehicle via this app, but can also unlock/lock, check your fuel range, flash & honk your horn, send directions to your vehicle, schedule a service appointment, check your OnStar Account and much more! It is a neat little tool to use and is completely free for 5 years! 

#8) SAFETY: There are many new available features such as forward collision alert, front and rear park assist, lane departure warning and side blind zone alert, which help to keep you focused and to make you more aware of your surroundings. They do help with the safety of ourselves and passengers, but does not replace my own responsibility to drive safe on the road! 

#9) WARRANTY: Buick has a great line up for warranty on their vehicles, When you purchase new, you also receive 2 year/48,000kms Lube Oil Filter Maintenance pkg!  They have a 4 year/80,000km New Vehicle Warranty, and then a 6 year/110,000kms PowerTrain Limited Warranty! Everything to keep you covered if you have any issues on your vehicle within that time!

#10) ONSTAR/WIFI: Along with having OnStar in your vehicle, Buick has now updated to a 4G network which allows your to hook up to WiFi right within your vehicle. It used the data from your OnStar account instead of the data off your phone. If you have a passenger that would like to use their Ipad for a long trip, no problem! Each WiFi account is personalized for each vehicle with its own username and password that you as the customer select. 

I could go on and on about the benefits that come with owing such a beautiful luxury vehicle, but I would be here for awhile! As Buick has made changes to their vehicles to keep up with the demands of our technology driven world, I am excited to see what they come out with in the future. If you are at all intrigued by Buick’s lineup of vehicles, I challenge you to come in and allow yourself a chance to get hooked on this car like I have! 

 

Auto 101 with Chelsea. Engine Oil.

Do I need to check my engine oil?

Your oil life monitor will let you know when it is time to change your oil, but it doesn’t know the level. It is a good idea to check the level when fueling up and keep it topped off.  Make sure the oil is between the upper and lower cross-hatch or dot marks on the dipstick.

Time for an oil change?

Davis GMC Buick located in Lethbridge, Alberta services all makes and models of vehicles.

Book an appointment.

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Important update for OnStar Remotelink App.

Important news update from GM:GM APP

Do you use the OnStar Remotelink app?  If so, we have great news!

The OnStar Remotelink app will soon be phased out, so customers are urged to download, for FREE, their ALL-NEW brand specific “My GMC” or “My Buick” app!

These new apps combine the usefulness of the Remotelink app, with the support of the “My GMC” or “My Buick” apps, putting valuable information at your fingertips in real time!

With anytime access to digital owners manuals, dealership contact and booking info, WIFI services, and much much more!

Simply search for and install your FREE, ALL-NEW “My GMC” or “My Buick” app in your device’s app store TODAY! Or you can click this link https://www.onstar.com/ca/en/services/myvehicleapp.html

At Davis GMC Buick we are always here to help for more information, please contact Davis GMC Lethbridge @ 403-329-4444 and ask to talk with one of our sales representatives.

 

Top 5 GM MOVIE STARS

 

TOP 5 GM Movie Stars- by Cole Balog

 

Everyone enjoys a classic movie but, a lot of people have no idea that we are continually being exposed to the persuasion of everyday marketing. GMC has been one of those companies that has continually placed its product in the limelight for millions of people to see up close and personal. Below you will find the top five movies in which GM products are readily available to view in non stop action. 

1) In 2007 the movie Transformers came out and was a record shattering blockbuster in its time. This movie has an obvious case of product placement in where it displays the Chevrolet Camaro as the transformer character Bumblebee. If a person does not want to hop into a Camaro after this display of theatrics they should check themselves into crazy town right after the movie.

2) The Lethal Weapon Series has to be one of the all time classics for the male population. This four movie series gives you comedy, girls, action, and best of all; the continual depiction of the GMC pickup in the late 80’s. Mel Gibson can be seen driving this truck all over the road and the combination of Mel Gibson’s character and this large dualie pickup make you want to grab a bottle of whiskey, some dog treats, a gun, and hit the back country for some four by fouring.

3) In Smokey and the Bandit the black T-top Trans Am Pontiac can be seen cruising at all speeds up and down the highway, back country, and inner cities. After the premier of Smokey and the Bandit, GM witnessed the number Trans Ams sold rise from 46,701 in 1976 to 93,341 in 1978, this being proof that product placement does work.

4) After the success of the Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit GM decided to test out the concept of product placement on the big screen by displaying the Trans Am once again in the always famous television series Knight Rider, where a Trans Am named KITT becomes a talking car that fights crime. How do things get better than this?

5) Ok, I lied I can only think of four movies/TV series where the GM product is displayed in obvious fashion but, I never said I was a genius at the beginning of this either. 

Cole Balog

Davis GMC Buick- Sales & Lease Consultant

 

 

 

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Update your vehicle Navigation System.

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Dear Jarrett,

“Have the Rocky Mountains moved, or is it just me?”  How do I update my Navigation map system?

Sincerely, 

-“Didn’t we just see that moose?”

ANSWER:

Because location information on a vehicle’s navigation system ages at a rate of 10-20% per year, you may want to update the data in your navigation system to be sure it has the latest information including streets, exits, and points of interest.

The GM Navigation Disc Center has the latest information on map versions and compatibility. Map updates can be purchased two ways:

  1. Call the GM Navigation Disc Center at 1-877-628-3472
  2. Visit gmnavdisc.com

Please note Customers do have to pay for this update.

**GM offered a Navigation Disc Update Program for 2006 and 2007 model year vehicles. Customers who purchased vehicles with navigation systems were eligible for two free map updates.

**This program concluded on December 31, 2009. The DVD Navigation Update Program policy has expired. Communications were sent to 2006 MY and 2007 MY vehicle owners when the program ended, informing them that they are no longer eligible for free annual updates.

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Myth Buster- Car Sales.

 

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OUR VERY OWN MYTH BUSTER-STEVE BURT

 

1. Myth:  I just want to pay cash, I’ll get a better deal.

NO! Cash is no different than finance or lease for a dealership; in fact the banks compensate the dealership for finding them loan customers, so it is more lucrative for the dealership to write a finance or lease deal instead of a cash deal. Most manufactures offer certain incentives for finance customers that are different from those of cash incentives. If you work out the overall cost over a certain time frame, you will usually find both to be very very similar.

2. Myth: I can  get a better interest rate at my bank!

Probably not. Simply due to the large amount of customers that use a dealership for financing; they have a preferred rate ( lower than most any bank will offer you on a vehicle loan). Manufactures make deals with the banks to buy lower rates on certain vehicles. A dealership will not charge you any penalty for paying your loan out early, however a bank generally will. The dealership makes its money selling you a car, the bank makes money by you paying interest, they want you to go full term.

Some people will think using their line of credit is a good thing to use due to low interest rates; This is a little bit of personal thought but, BAD idea!

3. Myth:  Can’t you just give me your best cash price.

Every salesperson has heard this at least 10 times by the time he has been in the business for his / her first 2 months. You will not walk into a dealership and get “the best price” until the salesperson has taken the sales process to a certain point. A sales person is not there to waste his time or yours, want the best price; let the salesperson help you find the right vehicle and be ready to buy it. A buyer is given the final price, a shopper is given an idea of what the price is. This may very well be the same in the end

depending on costs. There is more than just one person involved in this process and takes more time than just spouting out a number. 

4. Myth: This offer is good for today only!

Probably not! Never feel like you are being pressured into making a decision right now. Be sure to take the time and make a decision that is right for you. The manufacture gives incentives that do change ( usually every month ). If the incentives change before you sign a deal you may not get the same deal. Most times the incentives are very very close; you may lose in one area but gain in another. If a promotion is ending and you think it might be the right vehicle for you, but want to think about it for the night or talk to a spouse, that’s ok. You will just need to talk with one of the dealership managers and sign the deal. This will secure the deal you have, they can’t take it away from you, however it still give you the ability to change your mind.  ** Please note, the dealership cannot guarantee the interest rate at which a bank is lending money, but they can guarantee the price they gave you, that you signed off on in the deal.

5. Myth: The dealership will keep your deposit.

No we are not! It is against the rules of AMVIC for a dealership to keep your deposit. They can keep a part of or all of it if they have incurred expenses though. For example: if a dealership brings a vehicle in for you and have paid people to go get it and you decide to change your mind, the dealership can keep the portion of your deposit that will cover those expenses. This could hold true for adding accessories to a vehicle as well.

6. Myth: You have to get your car serviced at the dealership you bought it at.

Simply put; no you dont. You are free to let any garage service your vehicle. If a problem ever exists with a warranty question, as long as you have access to service records you are good. You can even do your own oil changes if you like; just keep the receipts for the oil and filters you use and keep track of the kilometers each time.

7. Myth: I’ve bought lots of cars before, I know how to negotiate a better deal.

A dealership negotiates thousands of deals each year, no matter how experienced you are, the dealership has more insight and experience than you do. Even if you have bought 20 – 30 cars in your lifetime, the average sales person has more experience than you in 2 – 3 months of sales. You can save a lot of time with just being open and upfront on what you want and your expectations. This is I’m sure is what you are hoping the salesperson will do.

8. Myth: I will get a better deal if  I bring my trade in at the end of negotiations.

Most dealerships today will deal with what is called “Actual cash value” meaning no matter what vehicle you are looking at and whether you are buying a vehicle or not, that is your trade value. In saying that there is no point in wasting your time or the salesperson time to have to go back and re-work the numbers. Keep in mind that if one dealership is offering you more than all the other dealerships, they are probably playing with the numbers; want to call their bluff to see if they are giving you the real trade value? Ask them to write you a check right then and there for that trade amount. If they say no, they were probably not being honest with you.

9. Myth: Dealerships are making buckets of money selling me a vehicle.

The average profit on a used vehicle is $1,934 on a new vehicle the average profit is $2,400. Yes the dealership will be making money when they sell a vehicle. Most people do not realize the cost involved in inspecting a vehicle, cleaning it for the lot and again when it is purchased, paying a salesperson as well as all the other hands a vehicle touches to get ready for delivery day, fueling it, registering and insuring it and fixing all the mechanical issues that may come up in the inspection. The average cost to recondition a vehicle is $2,100.

10. Myth: Salespeople are just waiting to attack me when I drive into the lot. 

Wrong! The majority of a salesperson’s day involves computer work and phone calls. They put in long hours and are more lucrative to be on the phone than walking the lot for the odd person that will actually stop instead of speeding up past them.  The industry average says that a salesperson will sell  to 23% of people they deal with. That means for them to sell between 10- 20 units a month they are already dealing with between 46 – 86 other people.

11. Myth: Sales people just want to sell me a car they will make lots of money on.

Not true. A salesperson job is not only sales, its a consultant as well. They may, based on investigation they have done while talking with you have suggestions. That’s all they are, just a suggestion. They want to get you into a vehicle you really want; this will lead to you remembering them and be back to deal with them again on your next one or even receive a referral from you to one of their friends and family. They want this sale to result in others; therefore getting you what you  really want is in their best interest.

* Interesting fact 80% of people end up buying a different vehicle than what they initially came in to look at.

 

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