Safer Alternatives to Driveway Salt to Try This Winter

2019 GMC Yukon | Bellefontaine, OH

It’s wintertime once again in Bellefontaine, Ohio. That means it won’t be long before you’ll need to break out the salt to keep your driveway clear of ice and snow. But did you know that using salt can actually cause rust damage to your vehicle? If you want to keep the new Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC you’ve purchased or leased from Steve Austin’s Auto Group in tip-top condition, try one of these safer alternatives to driveway salt.

Sand

Think of how hot the sand gets at Indian Lake in the summer. When sunlight hits the sand, it heats up easily, making it a great option for de-icing your driveway in the winter. What’s more, sand helps promote traction when driving, making it easy to get up and go on an icy day.

Coffee Grounds

Nothing hits better on a cold morning than a piping hot cup of coffee. Before you toss out those grounds, consider the fact that they’ll also help absorb sunlight and provide traction much in the same way that sand does. Not only are coffee grounds healthier for your car and the environment, but they’ll also help give your driveway a nice java smell in the process.

There are many other safe alternatives to driveway salt to consider, but there’s one ideal choice for all your winter service and maintenance needs in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Whether it’s addressing rust damage, changing your windshield wipers, or getting a routine oil change, the experts at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are here for all your needs.

GMC Terrain Is Ideal Pick For Teens

2021 GMC Terrain | Bellefontaine, OH

GMC has some fantastic family vehicles on the market, with options for parents and teens alike. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports, the GMC Terrain is one of the “best choices” for teens to drive. Whether your teen is driving in Bellefontaine, Ohio, or across the state, you can have peace of mind when they’re behind the wheel of the Terrain.

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports teamed up with the IIHS to develop a report on the best models for young drivers, especially if you’re sticking to a budget. 2014 and 2016 to present Terrain models made the list in the midsize SUV segment. To land on the list of “best choices”, the Terrain had to score “good” ratings in different IIHS tests. It also needed to have electronic stability control and high Consumer Reports’ reliability grades.

The Terrain

The Terrain is also worthy of making the list thanks to its wide array of safety features. The 2021 model, for example, comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, the Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. It also has the Teen Driver system, which includes an in-vehicle report card so you know how your teen is driving on the road.

Be sure to give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, if you’re interested in getting a new or used vehicle for your teen.

Should You Buy Used or New from Steve Austin’s Auto Group?

Used Cars | Bellefontaine, OH

The question of buying used or new is a familiar one for many drivers. Is it better to purchase a shiny, freshly assembled vehicle with the latest tech, or a used vehicle that costs you less? The answer to this question will differ for each driver, so we’ve assembled the top benefits of used and new vehicles to help you determine which option best fits your wants and lifestyle.

Buying Used

The biggest perk of buying a used vehicle is the money you’ll save. Even if the pre-owned vehicle you’re eyeing is from a more recent model year, it will still have a much more affordable price than it did when new. Another positive is the vehicle’s resale value. If you choose to sell your used vehicle after a few years of ownership, the resale value will likely be close to the amount you initially paid to own it.

Buying New

By purchasing a new vehicle, you can enjoy a number of fantastic benefits. First, you’ll have access to the latest technologies and conveniences, which can help you stay connected and comfortable on the road. Shopping for a factory-fresh vehicle also means you don’t have to worry about its condition or age, and you have a wide variety of financing options to choose from.

If you’re in the market for a used or new ride, give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to learn about the current options in our inventory.

How to Trade in Your Vehicle to Steve Austin’s Auto Group

Trade In Your Vehicle | Bellefontaine, OH

When you’re tired of your old car and want to upgrade to a newer model, you have to figure out what you’re going to do with your old ride. Do you sell it online? Do you leave it parked at Grandma’s house? We think your best option is to put that car toward the cost of your new one! Steve Austin’s Auto Group wants your trade-in, so we’d like to explain how to trade in your vehicle to us.

Why Trade-In Your Car?

Trading in your car to a dealership, like Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is a convenient way to get rid of it. Private sales through online marketplaces or front lawn displays take a lot of effort, from posting the listing to answering every inquiry to filling out all the paperwork to transferring the title.

If you trade in your car to Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we’ll do the work for you. All you have to do follow a couple of simple steps, and the value of your old car is then directly applied to the cost of your new car. It’s that easy!

Advice For Training In Your Car

When you’re ready to trade in your car for a new one, bring the following items to Steve Austin’s Auto Group: the original vehicle title, proof of ownership, current registration, all key copies and proof of insurance. These are all you’ll need to transfer ownership to us and save money on your auto loan.

It is also helpful if you clean the car beforehand and remove any belongings from the trunk, glovebox and other storage places.

If you have any questions about the process of trading in your car to us, please call us anytime. We’re happy to make the transaction simple and clear for you.

Tips for Cleaning Your Used Vehicle

Cleaning Car Interior | Bellefontaine, OH

A car that’s free of clutter, dust and debris looks better and lasts longer. Here are a few tips for cleaning and revitalizing the look and feel of your used car.

Care For Upholstery

Your car seats will look like new after a thorough vacuuming and wash using a shampoo that’s specifically designed for car upholstery. Pay particular attention to the headrests. If there is a stain that you cannot remove manually, use a portable spot cleaning machine.

Wash The Mats

Over time, dirt, mud and water will soak into your car’s floor mats. If you ignore this mess, the appearance of your interior will suffer. Pull out the mats, apply shampoo, and use a power washer to blast away the grime. If your cleaning efforts are not enough to renew the mats, consider replacing them.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Wipe down your steering wheel, dashboard, cupholders and other hard surfaces, including your door handles with a cleaning solution or wipes safe for car interiors. Use appropriate wipes to wipe down leather seats.

Clear The Air

The cabin air filter absorbs dust and smoke, and over time, it can become overloaded and ineffective. A new air filter will help improve your cabin’s air quality. You can replace the filter yourself or trust the job to the experts at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.

At Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we offer high-quality used vehicles in Bellefontaine, Ohio. For all your car shopping and maintenance needs, be sure to contact us.

The Best GMC Models For Pet Owners

Your pets are just as much a part of your family as your kids are, so of course, you want to bring them along on family vacations. To make the most of each drive with the whole family, consider one of these great GMC models for pet owners.  

2020 GMC Terrain

2020 GMC Terrain | Bellefontaine, OH

The GMC Terrain is a small SUV that’s loaded with convenient amenities and is surprisingly spacious. There are 29.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row and 63.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row, so you and your pet can spread out.

2020 GMC Acadia

2020 GMC Acadia | Bellefontaine, OH

The Acadia is more spacious than the Terrain with three rows of seating and ample cargo space. Plus, it comes with smart features, like the available Hands-Free power programmable liftgate, which makes it easy to get your pet into the SUV.

2021 GMC Yukon

2020 GMC Yukon | Bellefontaine, OH

The GMC Yukon has plenty of room for all your passengers, thanks to its sizeable interior. Utilize up to 122.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, and keep everyone cool and content with the tri-zone automatic climate control.

To find out more about how these SUVs can benefits road trips with your entire family, give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Family-Friendly Games to Play in the Car

When you hit the road, whether it be for a quick trip around Bellefontaine, Ohio, or a full-blown road trip across the country, it’s wise to have different solutions for keeping your family entertained.  If you’re looking for a couple of new ways to occupy your children in the car, consider these family-friendly games.

Word-by-word improv

Not only will this game encourage your kids’ creativity, but it will also almost certainly make you laugh. The rules are simple: you start by saying one to three words, then pass the continuation of the sentence off to your backseat passengers, who will take turns adding a few words to the story. By the end, the story will have turned in directions you never imagined, and you’ll have covered numerous miles without realizing it.

A good old-fashioned singalong

It doesn’t matter if your kids are into musicals, animated movies or classic rock, singing along with a song you all love is a fun way to pass the time. Consider bringing along a variety of music so you can cater to everyone’s tastes. If you have older kids, turn the singalong into a game by having each family member sing a line from a different song. The last word of your song’s line should then be the first word of another family member’s line, and so on.

No matter where you’re headed, laughing and passing the time with your family is an experience to be treasured. If you think your car needs service before your next road trip, don’t hesitate to contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® Capabilities Coming to GM Models

General Motors has announced that many of its 2021 models are receiving wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities. Vehicles with these capabilities will make it more convenient for you and your family to enjoy smartphone connectivity.

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ enable you to connect your phone to your vehicle’s touch screen and utilize your favorite smartphone features on the go. As such, you can send and receive messages, listen to your playlists and access different apps.

With wireless integration in 2021 GM models, you can use all these features by taking advantage of Bluetooth® technology instead of plugging your phone into a USB cable. In the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, you can have wireless smartphone connectivity by simply opting for the available Technology Package.  

Other 2021 vehicles that will offer wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities include the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. In addition, the new GMC Yukon and Yukon XL as well as the Buick Encore GX will have these impressive capabilities available.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excited to add 2021 Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models to our dealership located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about these new models and the innovative technologies that they will offer.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes List of the Safest SUVs

The seven-passenger 2020 Cadillac XT6 has earned itself a spot on MotorTrend’s list of the safest SUVs for the 2020 model year. The editors compiled this impressive list by looking at the vehicles with the top crash scores and safety ratings.

Thanks to its Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 proved itself worthy of being on the list.

On top of having these fantastic ratings, the midsize SUV also comes standard with a comprehensive suite of driver-assist technologies. These include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

In addition, there are plenty of available safety features, like Reverse Automatic Braking and Rear Pedestrian Alert, to give you added peace of mind. However, the 2020 XT6 has more to offer than just its protective technologies. It also boasts a variety of entertainment options and a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque so you can have fun drives.

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a great option for active families. Contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to learn more about the midsize SUV and the other family haulers at our dealership.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST Is a Cool Family SUV

It used to be that there was really only one segment geared towards family travel — the minivan. However, thanks to the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST, you can take your family on road trips and weekend outings in a spacious SUV. U.S. News & World Report placed this SUV on its list of the 23 Coolest Family Cars for having a well-appointed interior as well as a stylish exterior.

The RST Edition of the Suburban can turn heads in the carpool lane with its Black bowtie emblems, 22-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels and Black nameplate badging. Inside the Suburban, there’s seating for a maximum of nine occupants and plenty of legroom for each family member. The versatile seating of the SUV also enables you to adjust the space to accommodate your family and your road trip necessities.

The Suburban can keep your family entertained on each trip with the standard Chevrolet Infotainment System, which comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities. Back seat passengers can enjoy the available rear-seat entertainment system, which lets them watch their favorite movies.

By opting for the RST Edition of the Suburban, you can also have fun and smooth drives with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. This powerful engine achieves 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Discover all that makes the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST a cool family SUV when you contact our staff at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.