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How to Keep Your New Year Resolution

How To Keep Your New Year ResolutionKeeping a New Year resolution can be challenging for even the most motivated people. Staying motivated is a battle within itself, especially if you aren’t sure how to go about succeeding in your resolution. Fortunately you don’t have to walk into your resolution blind. We here at Ewing Buick GMC have a few great tips to help you keep your New Year resolution in 2017!

  • Slow Down – When it comes to tackling your New Year resolution, it’s best to do so slowly. Changing several habits at once, for example, will increase the likelihood of failure. Start by changing one small habit and doing so consistently, then move on to another. Try to develop a rough schedule throughout the year so you can tackle each part of your resolution with full force.
  • Talk – Sometimes talking is one of the simplest ways to motivate yourself. Find a friend, family member, or pet that’s willing to sit and listen. They may even offer some advice. Simply discuss your resolution, what you want out of it, and how you plan to get it.
  • Relax – Failing once doesn’t mean your year is wasted. Shake the shortcoming off and try again. There’s nothing wrong with failure provided you can always get back up and give your resolution another shot!

GMC Named Most Ideal Popular Brand for Third Straight Year

Most Ideal Popular Brand
Perfect Day. Perfect Truck

GMC is known for offering some of the most popular vehicles on the market and it’s been recognized by AutoPacific for doing so year after year. Now, GMC has been named the Most Ideal Popular Brand for the third consecutive year. Three GMC models led their segments, making GMC one of only two automakers to accomplish the feat. GMC took home the top honor in AutoPacific’s 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards thanks to the Acadia, Yukon/Yukon XL, and the Sierra pickup. The Acadia topped the Large Crossover SUV segment while the Yukon/Yukon XL dominated the Large SUV segment. The GMC Sierra tackled the Light Duty Pickup segment for the second year in a row and also served as the brand’s bestselling model. Of the three, the 2017 GMC Acadia is all-new for the model year and boasts an impressive interior, advanced infotainment system, innovative safety technologies, and more. The SUV offers a comfort-oriented ride that makes it perfect for both short and long trips. In order to determine what brand and vehicles took home the top honors, the 2016 Ideal Vehicle Awards surveyed more than 65,000 owners. The survey took place after 90 days of ownership and asked customers what changes they would make in their vehicles in 15 categories. GMC featured the least amount of requested changes, earning it the top spot for the third year in a row. Here at Ewing Buick GMC near Dallas, TX, we’re proud to see GMC taking home another top honor!

New Dallas Zoo Monorail Zooms Visitors Between Exhibits

Dallas Zoo Monorail
Giraffes at the Dallas Zoo

If you’re looking something fun to do this summer, check out the Dallas Zoo. This zoo has plenty of exotic animals, from the most exotic to the truly fascinating, along with fun, family-friendly activities. The Dallas Zoo monorail was recently completed as well, making it easy to see the entire park without getting sore feet.

This new monorail offers a birds-eye view of five African habitats, according to the Dallas Zoo. This includes the mountains of Ethiopia, the woodlands of Kenya, the Great Rift Valley, the arid Saharan Desert, and the bush of the Serengeti in Tanzania.

This train is great for all ages, easing along at a comfortable 3 to 4 mph in a one-mile loop around the mark. The entire monorail covers roughly the back 106 acres of the park, making it easy to see animals like chimpanzees, crocodiles, penguins, the ibex, and more.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day that’s great for everyone, check out the new Dallas Zoo monorail. All of us at Ewing Buick GMC near Dallas, TX love it!

Winter Activities near Plano, Texas

winter activities near Plano
Dallas World Aquarium & Rainforest Shark Tunnel

In Texas, we have the benefit of enjoying near-ideal weather all winter long. Snow is a rarity and you rarely have to don more than a jacket. This means, we can enjoy a wide range of activities all season long. Here are some great winter activities near Plano, Texas.

  • Take a class. If 40-degree weather is still too cold for you. Stay indoors and learn something new by taking a class. If you want to improve your comedic skills, sign up for a class at the Dallas Comedy House School of Improv.
  • Head outdoors. Enjoy the wonderfully mild temperatures by heading outdoors. Take an afternoon stroll through the beautiful Arbor Hills Nature Preserve or Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, both located right here in Plano.
  • Dallas World Aquarium & Rainforest. If you’re always yearning for the heat, get a taste of tropical weather when you visit the great aquarium in Dallas. You’ll get to see flora and fauna from five continents.
  • Fort Worth Stockyards. For a Texan experience like no other, head to Fort Worth and visit the historic stockyards. Here, you can watch real cowhands drive the cattle twice daily. There are also restaurants, shopping, and great all-around fun.

What fun activities are you adding to your winter itinerary? Tell Ewing Buick GMC in the comments below or come to our dealership in Plano, TX today.

The Differences Between Chemical and Physical Sunscreen Are More Than You Think

 

the difference between Chemical and Physical Sunscreen
Enjoy the Beach This Summer

Though most of us know the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s UV rays, many do not know the different types of sunscreen available. Primarily – there are physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens, and hybrid types that include both physical and chemical properties.

The terms “physical” and “chemical” refer to the product’s method of blocking UV rays. Physical sunscreens create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun, with products such as titanium oxide and zinc oxide.

Meanwhile, chemical sunscreens use chemicals to actually absorb the sun’s rays. There are many chemicals commonly found in these types of sunscreen, including octylcrylene, avobenzone, and octinoxate.

So which type of sunscreen is right for you? Overall, both chemical and physical sunscreen will offer you significant protection, but each have their own pros and cons.

For example, while physical sunscreen is gentler on the skin and becomes effective the moment it’s applied, some physical ingredients do not cover the full UV spectrum. Conversely – chemical sunscreens offer full-spectrum protection but can irritate your eyes and skin and take twenty minutes to become effective.

Know that you know the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen, be sure to cover up this season! Let us know if you found this useful at Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX.

2016 Buick Verano’s Reveal Turns Heads in Shanghai

2016 Buick Verano’s Reveal
Happiness Comes Standard with the Verano

The much-anticipated 2016 Buick Verano’s reveal happened at the Shanghai GM Gala Night, just ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show. The Verano compact sedan was first introduced in 2011, and the 2016 model will be all-new, marking the car’s second generation.

Though details remain scarce, we do know that the 2016 Verano was inspired by the 2013 Buick Riviera concept, however designers also used elements from the new, luxurious Avenir concept. The Avenir-inspired styling cues include the front and rear wing-tipped LEDs and a windshield and rear glass with a steeper angle. The steeply-raked glass in the front and rear not only reduces the drag coefficient, but also makes the car appear longer than it actually is.

Autoblog.com points out that the new Verano is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged Ecotec four cylinder, capable of putting out 166 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

It remains to be seen how the U.S.-bound model may differ. Here at Ewing Buick GMC, we’ll keep you updated as more Buick Verano information becomes available.

Buick Is the Second Most Dependable Auto Brand in America

most dependable auto brand in America
Buick LaCrosse is Ready for the Day

When it comes to car shopping, you want to shop smart. Well, since you’re reading our blog, you’re off to a good start. Not only do we understand our customers’ desire for safe, efficient, and stylish options here at Ewing Buick GMC, we recognize that the best products we can sell are those that will last. That’s why we are bursting with pride to announce that Buick beat a host of luxury brands to become the second most dependable auto brand in America.

The title comes from the 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study conducted by J.D. Power in which 2012 model year vehicles were evaluated for the number of problems reported in the past 12 months. Those issues are used to calculate the problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). The vehicles with the lowest number of problems reported rank highest on the list.

Buick’s ranking is a testament to the fact that [we’re] on the leading edge of reliability, quality and customer service,” said Buick’s vice president, Duncan Aldred. “More and more customers are visiting the Buick showroom because we put these values at the core of every model we bring to the market.”

In addition to the brand’s overall success, the Buick LaCrosse took the top spot for dependability among large cars, while the Enclave ranked second in the competitive Midsize SUV segment.

Now that you’ve gotten off to a good start with your car shopping, stop by Ewing Buick GMC and we’ll help you finish finding the perfect vehicle for your needs.

In Top Ten Buick Consumer Reports

Buick Consumer Reports
Buick Regal On Another Level

Buick can hang its hat on being a top ten Consumer Reports auto brand, according to the neutral testing company.

The Consumer Reports evaluation involved road testing every vehicle of each brand factoring in safety and reliability, and compiling a comprehensive list of all 28 automakers.

Buick scored the highest of all U.S. brands and ranked number seven overall thanks to their restored image and more aggressive styling. “Buick has a reputation for large, cushy cars, and they’ve really reinvented themselves pretty quickly,” says Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports. Their revamped image vaults the Buick brand past Honda, Acura, and BMW.

This is a huge transcendence from vanilla slow-lane comfort cruiser, to feature-packed luxury thriller.

In a separate “top picks” category of the Consumer Reports, Buick Regal topped the sports sedan segment by de-throning the BMW 328i, which had reigned supreme the last two years.

Overall, Buick earned the highest percentage of Consumer Reports recommended models of any of the competition. So be sure to come to Ewing Buick GMC, and see our top-rated Buick lineup. Discover the Buick Consumer Reports for yourself.

Buick Driving Dynamics Technology: Giving Drives a Leg Up During the Winter

Buick driving dynamics technology
Buick Keeps You Safe & In Control

Driving in bad weather can drastically increase the danger of being on the road. That’s why Buick has developed some innovative new features to help you stay safe during the winter months.

Buick driving dynamics technology consists of several systems like All-wheel drive (AWD) and StabiliTrak. The AWD system is different than 4Wd because it individually monitors each wheel and sends power where it’s needed with precise timing. According to Buick, this is available on the new Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave, giving drivers excellent traction for bad winter conditions.

Aside from AWD, the StabiliTrak system also gives Buick owners a leg up. Electronic stability control recognizes when a car understeers or oversteers and can compensate for the slippage. In extreme situations, the system can even apply brakes when needed.

These two systems are the best in driving dynamics, ensuring you stay safe on the road. Buick also has some innovative features to keep you comfortable during the winter season, such as IntelliLink (available with 4G LTE Wi-Fi) and even heated steering wheels. These new systems highlight the luxury that comes standard with every Buick at Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX.

Buick Encore Production Raised by 50 Percent

 

Buick Encore production
The Buick Encore Takes the Scenic Route

The crossover segment is one of the fastest-rising in the country, and thanks to the Encore, Buick is right at the top of it.

The compact CUV sold 48,992 units in 2014 and that number isn’t showing any signs of going down—rather the opposite. When it came out in 2013, analysts had predicted about 18,500 U.S. sales of the Encore for that year, and 25,000 in 2015.

The Encore exceeded all expectations by a huge margin with just over 31,000 sales in 2013 and nearly 49,000 in 2014, up more than 50 percent. It’s already become our third-best-selling vehicle at Ewing Buick GMC, and could very well reach the top of the selling charts this year at the rate it’s going.

In fact, Buick Encore production will be upped by an additional 50 percent for the U.S. market, so it seems we’re not the only ones anticipating an encore of last year’s explosive performance!