Category Archives: Just for Fun

Come to the Plano Balloon Festival

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Hot Air Balloons. Photo by Tomas Castelazo.

Do you love hot air balloons? The Plano Balloon Festival celebrates hot air ballooning annually by filling the skies with brilliant colors and shapes. Fun for the entire family awaits you, with other attractions including live entertainment, tethered balloon rides, the Texas Parachute Exhibition of sky-divers, and several marathons to participate in of varying skill levels. There’s even a Kid’s Fun Zone, and if you wait until the evening, a fireworks show.

The Plano Balloon Festival is a weekend event, starting September 22nd and lasting until Sunday the 24th. Just head to Oak Point Park in Plano, Texas to witness the colorful sights for yourself. Kids under 36” tall are free, with general admission being $5 a person. Seniors 65 and older get a $1 discount. Food vendors will also be available onsite for you to enjoy great food and drink as you walk among the balloons and enjoy the live entertainment. There will be a viewing area where you can watch the balloons as they take off, so make sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs!

Presale tickets for the Plano Balloon Festival go on sale September 1st, so make sure you bypass the line by snapping them up as soon as possible. We at Ewing Buick GMC love to pay attention to local happenings near our dealership and encourage people to take part in their community events, such as this one.

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!

Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade

Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade
Starting At The Adolphus Hotel

The holiday season is one of the most fun times of the year. The decorations start to come out, people are a little bit happier, and everyone is just a little bit more generous with their time, money, and kindness. To celebrate all of these things, head out to the 29th annual Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade on December 3rd at 10:00am, to kick off the Christmas season. Here is everything that you need to know. The parade began all the way back in 1988 and was started by the Adolphus Hotel and Children’s Health as a gift to the citizens of Dallas for enabling both institutions to prosper. It has grown and evolved into one of the biggest parades in the country and it draws a crowd of approximately 400,000 every single year. As the event happens every December, it gets better with each year that passes. As such, this year’s parade is going to feature festive floats, a marching band, and Santa Claus. It will also be televised nationally to over 100 million homes across more than 350 TV stations. If you’re looking for a fun family activity to join this year, look no further than the Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade, and stop by Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX, and let us know how you liked it!

Ewing Buick GMC Teacher Photo Contest Winners

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One of Our Teacher Contest Winners
Last month, we hosted a Teacher Photo Contest on our Facebook page for local area teachers. Visitors shared photos and videos along with words of praise for their favorite teachers. The posts that received the most “likes” were declared the winners. Each winning teacher will receive a $250 Visa gift card. For April, the winning teacher was Aisha Murtadah. She currently teaches at Dooley Elementary School in the Plano Independent School District. Parent Jay Rankin said this about Mrs. Murtadah, “She taught my (mildly) special needs son in 2nd grade. She changed his life with her patience, understanding, and knowledge. We saw him grow so much in the year that she taught him, and it still brings tears to our eyes (and his) when we think about it… All of the staff at Dooley are amazing, but Mrs. Murtadah is the kind of teacher any parent would want for their children, and there is no teacher more deserving.” In early May, on Teacher Appreciation Day, we announced the winner of our Frisco Teacher Photo contest, Anton Bucher. Mr. Bucher teaches theater at Pioneer Heritage Middle School in the Frisco Independent School District. Parent April Trawick Emerson said, “My daughter suffers from severe anxiety that impacts her daily activities. She has always been very shy and very timid… Once Bucher came into her life, she was a changed little girl. She was becoming more social; she spoke to people and not just when they asked her question; she was blossoming. It was beautiful to witness. Bucher also began a Partner’s Theatre class at PHMS. General education students ‘partner’ with special education students from our functional academics classroom. Kids have signed up to be partners in this class because of the servant’s heart that Bucher has instilled in his kids.” We are so pleased by the success of our Ewing Buick GMC Teacher Photo Contest and want to congratulate both Mrs. Murtadah and Mr. Bucher on their success with their students. We can tell they are excellent teachers who love what they do every day. Like the Ewing Buick GMC Facebook page to see more updates and more contests, or visit us near Dallas, TX.

Defining Vehicle Body Styles: Hatches, Coupes, Sedans, and More

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Explaining The Hatchback

Defining vehicle body styles is not as difficult as it may seem. Although different terminology is used for various models, including hatchbacks, coupes, wagons, and more, there are relatively simple distinctions between the various styles. Understanding the various vehicle types will allow you to shop better, and it will help you to understand the jargon of the industry.

According to Edmunds, some automakers actually make it difficult to categorize their vehicles on purpose, making the models “stand out” on the market. However, many still use roughly the same criteria. Various body styles include: hatchbacks (or a “hatch”), coupe, convertible/cabriolet, sedan, crossover, SUV. These are just some of the most popular

  • Hatchback – with two or four doors, a hatch has a sloped back and a hinged cargo hatch (a trunk liftgate) that opens upwards. These European-inspired designs are usually fuel-efficient space savers.
  • Coupe – most coupes have two doors and a conventional trunk, as well as a sloped roof. Small sports cars are often referred to as coupes. Technically, the name is designated for cars with less than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume; however, not all manufacturers are so technical.
  • Convertible – drop the top and feel the wind through your hair. Also called a “cabriolet” in Europe, convertibles come with both soft- and hard-top designs.
  • Sedan – this is your standard four-door design. Technically, sedans have more than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume, so it is possible to have a two-door sedan. Again, most manufacturers are less technical. Sedans tend to be large and spacious.
  • Crossover – a blend between a sedan and an SUV, crossovers are usually smaller than their SUV counterparts, and crossovers have sloped roofs. They also have a unibody design, which means the body is attached to the frame.
  • SUV – these are all-American designs with separate bodies and frames. Built to be large and to have great off-road capabilities, SUVs are iconic. Usually the size gives it away.

These are the most common body styles you will encounter on the road. For more information, stop by Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX today.

Automotive New Year’s Resolutions to Make

New Year’s Resolutions
Push Button Start the New Year Right

2016 is here! A new year means new resolutions to make. This year, consider making a change for the better in regards to your vehicle. Here are a few automotive New Year’s Resolutions to make!

Get Your Oil Changed on Time. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy routine of life and forget about changing your vehicle’s oil. However, this is a crucial component of automotive care. Be sure to change your oil on time this year!

Clean the Junk Out of Your Trunk. Are there plenty of items in the back of your car that need to be returned to the store after the holidays? Get that done now! Not only does it take up precious cargo room, it also decreases the efficiency of your vehicle.

Promise not to Text While Driving. We cannot stress this one enough! Texting while driving not only puts you in danger, but those around you as well. No matter how skilled you think you are at multitasking, just say no to texting while driving.

Good luck with your automotive upgrades and resolutions, and have a Happy New Year from Ewing Buick GMC in Dallas, TX.

Why is Buick the Best Car Brand for Bookworms?

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Bookworms Unite!

Car lovers and book lovers don’t often overlap – maybe briefly for titles like Stephen King’s Christine or the novelization of Herbie: Fully Loaded (publication pending). But, finally, they can join hands over something – and that something is good ol’ Buick!

Buick is pulling ahead as the best car brand for bookworms thanks to its new partnership with Audiobooks.com and their new OnStar AtYourService infotainment platform. OnStar 4G LTE will come standard on every 2016 Buick model; also coming with every 2016 model are free downloads of two books from Audiobooks.com.

The downloading process is simple as well. All active OnStar customers need to do is access the OnStar RemoteLink smartphone app or give a call to a live representative. 2016 will be the year boredom on the road dies – at least for Buick drivers.

See why we think Buick is the best brand for bookworms? They found out that their customers are more likely than customers of any other brand to read a book during their down time, and promptly found a way to bring this comfort inside the car. Just one more item on the long list of ways Buick is raising the bar on customer service! To see a Buick up close, come visit us at Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX.

Reasons to Buy or Lease a Car

Buy or Lease
To Buy or To Lease? That is the Question.

One of the most important decisions you make while looking for a new car is whether to buy or lease. Each option has its own benefits and downsides, but your final decision can truly depend on your lifestyle and financial situation. To make the decision between buying or leasing a bit easier, here are a few pros and cons for each: Buying When you purchase a car rather than lease it, it becomes yours. This allows you to modify the vehicle in whatever way you want. Buying a vehicle can be more expensive at first, since it typically has a higher down payment than leasing a vehicle. Eventually, though, you won’t have to pay your monthly payments any longer. The biggest downside to buying a vehicle has to do with the warranty. Typically, paying for vehicle repair falls on you once your vehicle’s warranty expires, which can be quite expensive. Leasing The majority of leases come with warranties that last for the entirety of the lease, ensuring the car is covered for service. Leasing is also cheaper at first glance with a small down payment getting you a lot of bang for your buck. When you lease a vehicle, though, your new vehicle has a restricted amount of miles you can travel. If you go over these miles, it’s likely you will have to pay a significant fee. You also can’t modify the vehicle at all during your leasing period. Whether you decide to buy or lease your next vehicle, Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX has great you will want to check out 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.

Warmer Weather Approaches: Car Cooling Tricks to Avoid the Heat

Car Cooling Tricks
Spring Maintenance

Spring is finally here, and while for many, that means the joy of the winter months melting away, others are concerned about the dreaded car heat. You know, that horrible wave of hot air that hits you when you return to your parked car? To prevent this summer staple, just in time for the warm weather to roll around, all of us at Ewing Buick GMC have put together a list of car cooling tricks:

  • Park in the shade if there are any covered spots available.
  • Manufacture some shade for yourself, with a blanket or a sun shade, up against the windshield.
  • Once you’re back in the car – make sure you’ve got you’re A/C set to fresh air as opposed to recirculation, which would take much longer to cool down.
  • Take your car in for a routine check-up to make sure everything is working properly, particularly the vents and air conditioning.
  • Have an emergency supply of water in the car to keep you hydrated, which also helps to bring down body temperature.

Have any other tips to cool down hot cars? Let us know in the comments.