OnStar® is famous for offering on-the-go assistance to drivers in need. Now, General Motors is teaming up with Amazon to offer the new OnStar® Guardian skill for Alexa, so you can enjoy that same peace of mind when you’re at home.
OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor
With OnStar® Guardian, you can simply say “Alexa, call for
help,” to contact an OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor. They can lend
assistance during crises including fires, health emergencies, and home
Pam Fletcher, the vice president of GM Global Innovation,
stated, “This is another great example of how we’re expanding the safety and
security of OnStar® beyond the vehicle to help more people, which demonstrates
GM’s commitment to its growth strategy and innovating its software enabled
Giving Families Greater Peace Of Mind
“This hands-free Alexa skill makes it easy for customers to
get help from OnStar’s Emergency-Certified Advisors when they need it,”
concurred Beatrice Geoffrin, director of Amazon Alexa services. “We hope this
feature helps give families greater peace of mind throughout their day-to-day
lives at home.”
Initially, OnStar® Guardian will only be available to select
OnStar® members. GM plans to offer the service more broadly by early 2022.
Ultimately, the automaker is working towards making OnStar® Guardian available
to both GM and non-GM drivers.
For more information about OnStar services, contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
If you’re taller than average or simply enjoy having plenty of room in your ride, take a look at Kelley Blue Book’s list of the Best Used Cars and SUVs for Tall People. Both the Chevy Equinox and Impala made the cut, showing that you can have comfortable rides at an affordable price.
Important Car Considerations
In order to test out which vehicles were the roomiest, KBB
polled a couple of its employees over 6 feet tall about what their most
important car considerations were. These considerations include headroom,
legroom, mirror and steering wheel adjustment, windshield height, and whether a
moonroof left room for a tall driver’s head.
2017 – 2019 Chevrolet Equinox
KBB recognized the 2017 to 2019 Chevrolet Equinox as one of
the roomiest SUVs for tall people. The capable SUV not only comes with a
budget-friendly price tag, but it also offers 39.8 inches of front legroom and
40 inches of front headroom.
2017 – 2020 Chevy Impala
The late, great Chevy Impala was known for its sizeable,
commanding presence. Accordingly, KBB named the 2017 to 2020 Impala one of the
best used cars for long-legged individuals because of its impressive 45.8
inches of legroom.
If you’re shopping for a new family vehicle, you may find yourself trying to choose between the capability of a truck and the comforts of an SUV. To help make that decision a little bit easier, here’s a guide to the benefits of each.
Advantages Of A Truck
If you need the power and
capability to tow heavy loads, consider the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or
Silverado HD. For a more compact ride that still packs plenty of muscle, check
out the Chevrolet Colorado. These workhorses are great for bringing along
campers, ATVs, boats, or trailers. Thanks to the Durabed’s class-leading cargo volume,
the Silverado makes it easy to transport home-improvement materials,
landscaping items, furniture, and outdoor adventure gear, so it’s perfect for
families with an active lifestyle.
Perks Of An SUV
If you’ve got three or more kids — or
large four-legged friends you’d like to bring along for the ride — an SUV like
the Chevy Tahoe or Suburban might be a better fit for your needs. These
spacious, three-row vehicles offer seating for over seven passengers, along
with roomy cargo areas that are perfect for accommodating pet crates and
luggage alike. On top of that, SUVs tend to offer better fuel economy than
trucks, so if you’ve got a long commute, an SUV might be right for you.
GMC vehicles pair premium amenities and upscale features with family-friendly cabin designs. If your family wants to enjoy the best that the GMC lineup has to offer, consider buying or leasing a used GMC model. The following GMC models make drives around Bellefontaine, Ohio, more exciting without hurting your wallet.
The GMC Acadia is known for its safety and reliability, making it a great family SUV to buy or lease used. The 2011-2013 model years of the Acadia earned the Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the 2011-2014 models received five-star crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. You can depend on the SUV’s structural design and advanced technology to keep your family safe and comfortable.
GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 offers impressive capabilities and a modern cabin that the whole family can enjoy. Buying pre-owned means you can save lots of money on this tough truck, while still getting to take advantage of its responsive handling and strong performance.
The GMC Canyon is also a worthy contender for your next pickup, especially if you enjoy off-road adventures and traveling with your family. It’s easy to find a used GMC Canyon model that comes with smartphone compatibility so you can keep connected on the go or the Trailering Package if you plan to camp in a trailer.
Steve Austin’s Auto Group offers an array of used and new GMC models. Be sure to check out the used models we have in our inventory online and schedule a test drive in any that catch your eye.
General Motors has announced that it is offering an all-new navigation app for 2018 and newer Chevy, Buick, and GMC models. Whether or not these models originally came with navigation capabilities, you can still download the Maps+ app to their infotainment systems in order to more easily find your way around Ohio and beyond.
What You Need To Know
The brand-new app is available as long as you drive one of
the aforementioned GM vehicles and have an OnStar® Connected Services
subscription. It was developed in partnership with Mapbox, which is a company
that handles connectivity and navigation products.
What It Does
Maps+ has cloud-based connectivity, which allows it to
receive daily over-the-air updates to ensure your maps are up-to-date. Using
real-time traffic information, the app can help you avoid congested traffic
jams on your way home and even find a nearby gas station when your tank is
precariously close to empty. The app even notifies you about speed limit
changes and upcoming road hazards.
How To Utilize Maps+
To utilize Maps+, you can simply type in your destination as
well as any stops you want to make along the way. Predictive keyboard entry and
shortcuts make it easy to search for a point of interest. Voice control is
available for added convenience.
If you’re interested in driving a new or used vehicle with Maps+ and other modern tech, schedule a visit to Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to check out the models on our lot.
If you’re looking to enjoy a fun night of fine dining with friends and family in Bellefontaine, Ohio, you certainly won’t be at a loss for options. Our city is filled to bursting with exceptional restaurants that offer a variety of foods and experiences. Here are just a few of our favorites.
One of Bellefontaine’s most beloved eateries is undoubtedly
the aptly named Brewfontaine bar and restaurant. This local favorite was once a
1950s diner, but now it serves craft beer, handcrafted cocktails, and a variety
of sandwiches. It’s even been voted the top beer bar in Ohio.
If you’re looking for stellar barbecue and a fun family
atmosphere, check out 2G’s Barbecue. This restaurant also serves a variety of other
foods from catfish and sandwiches to tasty desserts.
When the residents of Bellefontaine want Mexican food for
dinner, they turn to Los Cabos. Featuring authentic cuisine and a knowledgeable
staff, this eatery is well-known as one of the area’s best Mexican restaurants.
No list of Bellefontaine’s finest restaurants would be complete
without The Syndicate, an eclectic spot that offers everything from pasta to
fillets. They’re also beloved for their weekend brunch menu that offers eggs,
waffles, shrimp, and more.
At Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we’re always looking for quality trade-ins to expand our used vehicle inventory — and we want to help you afford a new car in the process! That’s why we’re ready to offer a good deal on your trade-in. To get the best offer from us, here are some ways you should prepare your old car beforehand and increase its trade-in value.
Fix Any Simple, Cheap Problems
You definitely shouldn’t overhaul your old car just to make
a couple of extra bucks on your trade-in, but certain fixes could pay off for
you, especially if your car is relatively new. This may involve patching a flat
tire, fixing whatever is tripping the check engine light, and repairing any
broken glass or burnt bulbs.
Clean It Up
A messy appearance can make a bad first impression. We want
to see your old car in the best light possible, so show us how your car can
sparkle. Clean it outside and inside, washing off any filth and removing all
the trash that’s accumulated.
Have Thorough Repair And Maintenance Records
If you’ve taken good care of your car over the years while
living in Bellefontaine, Ohio, we want to know that! Prove how dedicated you’ve
been to caring for your old car by gathering all the service receipts and
invoices, whether you paid a mechanic to do the work or did it yourself at
If you have any questions about the trade-in process here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we welcome you to call us. We’re happy to answer your questions and ease any worries you have. After all, we’re here to serve you!
If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, knowing how and where to start can be tricky. With so many choices and requirements to consider, finding the perfect option feels like a difficult challenge. However, with the proper research and helpful tips at your disposal, you’ll be able to find a high-quality used car at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in no time. Here’s what to keep in mind when shopping pre-owned.
Know Your Needs
Cars come in all shapes and sizes, and knowing which is the
best fit for your lifestyle will help you narrow down your options. If you need
extra room for the kids, opt for an SUV like the Chevrolet Trailblazer or
Are you commuting through Bellefontaine, Ohio, and looking
to turn heads? Look into a Buick SUV like the Encore or Envision. If you’re
looking for extra power for work or play, maybe a GMC truck is more to your liking.
Be sure to research each vehicle you’re interested in to ensure it will meet
Decide On A Budget
A big part of determining which used vehicle to go for will
be how much you’re able to spend. No vehicle is worth going into debt over, so take
a look at your finances and be sure that you’re shopping accordingly.
Choose The Right Dealership
To have an easier car shopping experience, be sure to buy
from a reputable dealership. Here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group, we’re dedicated
to helping you find the perfect used car for your needs. Once you’ve found
vehicles you’re interested in, we’ll help you narrow your search down and
answer any questions about financing, vehicle history, and more.
If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of your next used car, give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.
Once you purchase a vehicle, whether new or used, it’s important that you properly care for it so that it can last as long as possible. Here are some tips for how you can extend your used car’s life and drive it for years to come.
Keep Up With Maintenance
Bring your used car into the reliable service center at
Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to keep it in good working
order. Regular oil changes, brake inspections, filter changes, and other
routine maintenance will allow you to get a lot more use out of your car.
Check The Fluids
You should check your car’s oil, coolant, and other fluids
at least once a month. Check your owner’s manual for instructions on how to
inspect the fluids yourself or bring your car to Steve Austin’s Auto Group for
Pay Attention To Noises
If you notice an unusual noise as you are driving, don’t
push it to the back of your mind. Get it checked over by a trained technician
at the dealership. Catching a problem early on can keep your pre-owned car
running for longer.
Have The Tires Rotated
To prevent your car from needing frequent tire replacements,
make sure to check the tire pressure periodically and fill up the tires as
needed. Also, get them rotated as often as your owner’s manual indicates or
about every 6,000 miles.
If your used car is due for service, make an appointment at Steve Austin’s Auto Group, and our staff will be happy to assist you.
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 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 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.