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DYI- Winter Safety Kit

DYI- Winter Safety Kit

DYI Winter Safety Kit

by: Adam Christopoulous

By now you must know, in Southern Alberta the weather can change drastically. Within in a five minute period we can go from blue skies and sun to a full on blizzard of snow.

We scramble to make sure our vehicles are winter ready, we get the oil change, we put winter tires on, we use winter grade washer fluid. The one thing we forget to do is…

We forget to pack a winter safety kit. With a little guidance, I can help you gather the mere basic necessities to create your own Winter Safety Kit.

Warm Blankets- A Warm blanket is your best friend on a chilly night, why not add one to your vehicle. If you ever find yourself on the side of the road, or parked at a truck stop. A warm blanket will help keep your body heat in without running your vehicle all night.

Warm Hat and Gloves- Staying warm is the most important survival tactic when you’re stranded in the winter. It’s always a good idea to have an extra hat or two and a few sets of gloves so you or your passenger’s can keep warm while getting your car out of a ditch, changing a tire or taking a look under the hood.

Hand crank Flashlight- Yes, a hand crank flashlight. it ‘s one of those do I need one type of items. It totally is one of those type of items that I recommend you carry in your safety kit.

Extra Cell Phone Charger (cigarette lighter type)- Cell phones are welcome lifelines when your car is stuck, but they’re only effective when they’re charged. So keep a spare cell phone charger in your safety kit to keep your phone charged up.

Notepad and Pen or Pencil- When you call for a tow, there are likely additional phone numbers that the dispatcher will give you, or if you’re in an accident, you’ll need the other driver’s license and plate number. If your pen isn’t writing, it could be frozen, so warm it up between your hands. Or you can use a trusty pencil.

Jumper Cables- If you don’t own a pair, I highly suggest you get a pair and add them to your safety kit. You should never count on another motorist to have a set of jumper cables for you to borrow, carry your own. They’re inexpensive and could mean the difference between a helpful motorist helping you get your car started or paying a tow truck to do it. Make sure you also know the right way to jumpstart your car.

Now that you have the basics, Pack it all up. Put everything into a sturdy box or plastic bin and pop it in the trunk or back seat. Hopefully you’ll never need to use it, but you’ll be thankful you have your winter emergency car kit if you do find yourself stranded.


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

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. 



*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.


Extend My Remote Start Time.


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

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.

Help! How do I pair my phone?

Dear Jarrett, (1)Dear Jarrett,

How do I pair my phone to my vehicle bluetooth system?


“Hello can you hear me?” I’m in Alberta dreaming about who we used to be…


Press and hold (phone answer) for two seconds. You should hear “Ready” followed by a tone. Say “Bluetooth.” You should hear “Bluetooth ready” followed by a tone. (Most model year 2014 vehicles can skip this step and you can just say “pair phone” as your first command). Say “Pair.” You should hear “Please start a search on your Bluetooth phone” and a four-six digit PIN number. Depending on the phone, you may have to press “scan for new devices”, and/or “make this device visible to other Bluetooth capable devices” before it will be discovered. The PIN number will be used in the next step. Start the Pairing process on the cell phone that will be paired to the vehicle. Locate the device named “General Motors”. Select that device for pairing and enter the PIN number that was provided in the previous step. (Some smart phones may perform this step for you, and you will only need to press “Pair”) Reference the cell phone manufacturer’s user guide for further information on this process. For phone-specific instructions and compatibility information go to: The system may prompt for a name for the phone. Use a name that best describes the phone so you will recognize it in the future, i.e. “Mike’s phone”. The system then confirms the name provided. You should hear confirmation feedback, i.e., “Mike’s phone has been successfully paired” after the pairing process is complete. Repeat Steps 1 through 7 for up to five phones to be paired. (Up to ten devices may be paired on later model 2014 vehicles).

Scared to Purchase a Used Vehicle? 4 tips find the right one.

Used Yukon.

Buying your next vehicle can be an intimidating process. You are about to make one of your larger life purchases and with so many different options to choose from how do you know you aren’t going to purchase “someone else’s” problems?

Well unfortunately there is no way to be 100% sure your vehicle won’t have any problems after you buy it, but there certainly are many preventative measure you can take before your next vehicle purchase. One thing to remember is buying a vehicle can be very exciting! Try not to allow your emotions over a certain vehicle cloud your judgment. I have constructed a list of details we look at before purchasing a vehicle that I think you can use as well.

1. Do your HOMEWORK. 

First, do your homework! With the advent of the internet we now have the ability to research hundreds, if not thousands of comparable vehicles in your city and province. This little bit of time can save you money. Sites like: , and can be an excellent resource to view comparable vehicles. This will help you in your search for the market value for your vehicle.

2. Ask the RIGHT questions.

Once you have arrived at your appointment ask for the vehicle history. Some questions you might want to ask should be, how many previous owners? Any previous service work history or repairs? Is there a lien on the vehicle? Is there an available carproof? View the registration and see if there is a rebuilt or salvage status. All of these questions will save you huge potential costs on your vehicle. Know your vehicle! If there is expected service work at 120,000 km like a timing belt or front end repairs and it hasn’t been replaced yet but the kilometers are close to that milestone you may have to make costly repairs quickly into ownership. (If you don’t have this kind of information try phoning us here at Davis GMC Buick to ask what different types of maintenance are expected and at what km or age should they occur.) Has there been a mechanical inspection? There are places that can provide you an inspection of the vehicle. It will be an extra cost to you but could save you significant cost in the long run. Two other items you should look at it is a carproof of the vehicle and ask to view the registration. When viewing the registration see if the status of the vehicle is coming up as a “rebuild” or “salvage” these are things that might not be disclosed in a private sale.

3. Know what to look for Inside and Outside the Vehicle.

Now that you are satisfied that these questions have been answered, do a vehicle walk-around in addition to deciding whether or not this is visually pleasing to you take a look for any pitting that could have resulted from hail damage. On each wheel well take a look at the tires and see what kind of tread depth is remaining. While at the wheel well take a very close look to any inconsistencies in the paint that could show some rust starting to form under the paint. Look for any obvious signs of damage. Once you are in the front of the vehicle check the windshield are there cracks or chips that are beginning to form cracks? This could be a $250-$400+ repair.

If you are satisfied with the exterior, check out the inside. Things to look for immediately would be any rips or tears in the seams of the seats. If leather, is there any cracking? Once you are seated inside look at the roof for any stains or tears. Look closely around the sunroof to see if there are any signs of water damage. A leaking sunroof is one of the most overlooked faults in used vehicles. Has it been smoked in? How are the floor mats?

Begin to test all of the functions of the electronics, try not to miss anything. Cycle through all of the audio functions and radio. If it has a DVD/Navigation test it out. If you don’t have a DVD ask if you can borrow one to test it. Look on the dashboard to see if there are any warning lights and cycle through the menu to find the engine hours and oil life remaining. Sometimes vehicles are used for companies and they stand idle for many hours. They will show lower kilometers but will in fact have many hours on the engine.

4. Test Drive Check List.

The final step is the test drive. At this time I would recommend to not have the stereo running so that you can listen to the vehicle. Take it to the highway so you can have a chance to cycle through all of the gears in the transmission. Is it a smooth transition or is it rough? Try taking your hands off of the wheel for a brief moment to see if it pulls in one direction or another. This could be an alignment issue. Listen to the road noise, is there a cupping noise? Is the engine 1 or knocking?

It is important to note that at the end of the day you should feel good when making this purchase and know that a vehicle is a vehicle and even the professional vehicle appraisers can’t foresee all repairs. These few things however, should save you potential money or even allow you to purchase if for a lesser amount.

Here at Davis GMC Buick we have a certified pre-owned program. This program means that we have gone through the vehicle with a fine toothed comb inspecting 150 different points of the vehicle and making sure they are above the standard of safely driving. These include most of this list, and we will also guarantee our inspection with a 3 month/5000km limited warranty to give you peace of mind. At Davis GMC Buick we care about our customers and understand the anxiety that can sometimes come with purchasing your next vehicle. Let us put your mind at ease to find a vehicle that you like, that is safe and fits in your budget.

-Tyler Ogrins- Lease and Sales Consultant