Mother’s Day will be here on May 14th. That means there is still time to get your mom a thoughtful gift that will make her love you even more. If you need some inspiration, here are five great gifts for mom.
- Jewelry. Let her show off her mom pride with a necklace customized to show how many kids she has. Or, jewelry customized with her birth month flower or stone.
- Hobbies. What is your mom’s hobby? Does she love gardening, playing music, reading? Whatever she loves, give her a gift to help her explore and express her creativity even more. Try this indoor herb garden for the mom who loves to cook.
- Food. Moms love a good meal, especially ones they don’t have to cook. Make her a delicious homemade feast of her favorite foods, and make sure to do the dishes afterwards.
- Time. Perhaps the best gift you can give any mom is to spend time with her. Let her relax and enjoy being surrounded by her family without any obligations getting in the way.
Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we wish all moms everywhere a happy Mother’s Day!
When you live in Florida and feel the urge to hit the beach, there’s really only one problem: which one to choose. The Sunshine State features the finest coastlines in the US. Here’s a list of the top five best beaches in Florida.
# 5 – Destin – A number of features make Destin one of the most attractive beaches in the state. There’s the pure white sand, its affordability and its constant sunshine.
# 4 – Sanibel Island – Off the coast of Fort Myers is Sanibel Island. This is where you can go when you want to avoid Spring Breakers and enjoy some quality quiet time with the family.
# 3 – Key West – Part of the fun of Key West is getting there, as you get to drive the phenomenally scenic Overseas Highway. Once you’re down there, the party never stops.
# 2 – St. Petersburg – They don’t call St. Petersburg the Sunshine City for nothing. The town bears the distinction of holding the Florida record for most consecutive days of sunshine.
# 1 – Naples – Some might argue that the best part of Naples has nothing to do with sand. They might be right, but that’s a hard argument—the beaches here are not only open to the public, they are simply gorgeous. Naples offers the all-around treatment with great restaurants, interesting attractions and superb golf courses.
Speaking of attractions in Naples, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC today and get behind the wheel of a new Buick!
There’s nothing quite like the throaty hum of a finely-tuned engine. It’s something we can get used to over time and that’s why when it suddenly changes, it can be disconcerting to say the least. So, what changed? Here’s a short list of what different car noises could indicate.
If your vehicle squeals when you apply the brakes, it could be telling you that you need new brakes pads. Have your vehicle inspected soon, because once pads wear out completely your rotors could be damaged.
A loose exhaust system can cause rattling that appears to be coming from underneath your vehicle. You could even take a peek under there to check it out. But, it’s probably better to seek the service of a professional.
There are a number of kinds of grinding sounds an unhealthy vehicle can make. A light grinding sound could mean that your brake pads have been rubbed down to nothing.
If you drive a manual transmission, grinding during shifting could indicate a variety of issues. It could be a dragging clutch or a failing synchronizer. These are problems that normally arise as your vehicle reaches high mileage.
If your troubles are stacking up and you think the solution may be a new vehicle, stop in at DeVoe Buick GMC to explore our excellent lineup!
Buick is well known for its intelligent designs and impressive safety. In fact, all six 2017 Buick models earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Safety Administration—one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. This is the third year in a row Buick has earned this significant achievement.
According to GM, Buick is only one of two brands in the industry to reach this achievement. The 2017 Cascada is also the first 2017 convertible to earn a 5-Star Rating. The LaCrosse also has some impressive safety features for the new model year, including sophisticated technologies, premium craftsmanship, and improved handling.
“We know safety is top of mind for buyers when shopping for new vehicles, and the recent ratings by NHTSA showcase our brand’s dedication to providing our customers with safe, reliable transportation,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “We’ve launched four new vehicles in 2016 and we are extremely proud to continue to offer a lineup of award-winning vehicles that have NHTSA five-star Overall Vehicle Score ratings across the board.”
Buick safety awards are well-deserved, especially considering the number to technologies the brand offers. This includes a Safety Alert Seat, Front Pedestrian Braking, and even a front-center airbag on the Enclave—the only offered in its segment. Stop by DeVoe to learn more about Buick safety systems.
GMC recently introduced the all-new 2018 Terrain, a stunning compact SUV that’s bound to turn some heads on the highway. This model comes with a number of added features and options, though most people can’t stop raving about the sleek new styling. Read on to learn more about the new 2018 Terrain design.
GMC has provided a list of new features for the 2018 model year, including a sculpted exterior, stronger design cues, and a refined fascia. Chrome trim adds appeal as well, while features like roof rails, LED lighting, and machined alloy wheels make this model truly stand out. Let’s not forget the wide, athletic stance that gives the Terrain a bold atmosphere.
“GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”
Under the hood is your choice between three all-new turbocharged engines. One of these is a diesel, which offers impressive torque and fuel economy. The Terrain will come with a Denali version, like most GMC SUVs, and will feature intelligent interior touches including touchscreen infotainment, smartphone connectivity, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The new 2018 GMC Terrain is truly remarkable. We here at DeVoe Buick GMC can’t wait to see this new model in action.
It’s that time of the year… tax season! Doing your taxes is rarely enjoyable, but it does get better once you get that tax refund. Here are some smart ways you can spend your refund.
Pay of Credit Card Debt
Credit cards can be helpful but they can also be pesky when debt builds up on them. Use your tax refund to pay off some debt and avoid interest payments.
Start/Build an Emergency Fund
An emergency fund is a perfect in-between of your checking account and savings account. It’s money that you could pull from in case you really need it. Start a new account or build onto an existing emergency account.
It never hurts to put more money into savings. It’ll help you earn positive interest and it puts a little extra boost in your account.
Have you always hated that pink bathroom tile? Put your tax refund money towards something in your house that you’ve always wanted to fix.
Why not give back with your tax refund? Pick your favorite charity (or multiple charities) and make a donation to them. Check out one of our favorites here.
Prepaid Debit Card
Prepaid debit cards have the benefit of no bank fees, so if you want to give your kids an allowance with your tax refund, this is a great way to go.
There are a lot of reasons why you should call a Buick “yours,” but one of the biggest reasons is top safety. This year, the 2017 Buick models feature more safety than ever.
The 2017 Buick Envision has earned a five-star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To earn this high score, a vehicle must meet stellar safety requirements, and the Envision certainly does. It didn’t only take home five stars from the NHTSA, it also earned the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for the second year in a row.
So, what makes Buicks so safe? It starts with top standard safety technology like radar and ultrasonic sensors that always keep drivers safe and confident. Available features like Forward Collision Alert and Forward Automatic Braking help give the driver an extra hand on the road and help prevent accidents.
The all-new Buick Envision also has features like front crash prevention and high intensity discharge headlights, all which helped it earn the top IIHS safety rating.
“Safety, quality and craftsmanship are designed into every Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing.
No matter what 2017 Buick model you choose, you know that you’ll be getting amazing safety.
Thanksgiving Day and weekend typically have horrible traffic, so if you’re planning on taking a road trip out of town, it’s important to keep these Thanksgiving road trip tips in mind.
Auto-related deaths on Thanksgiving have generally less to do with drunk driving and more about long distances and heavy traffic. Try to leave early on your trip, since other drivers will be less drowsy and there will be fewer of them on the road, but you should also avoid leaving earlier than you would normally get up in the morning. Driving too early in the morning isn’t any better than driving at night—you’ll still be sleepy and off your game.
Another thing to look out for is stress. The holidays can take a lot out of us, and getting everyone together for a several-hour road trip with the prospect of dealing with relatives isn’t the most exciting. Heavy traffic just increases stress, so you just have to avoid letting it get the better of you and causing you to drive recklessly. And be watchful of other stressed-out drivers!
When packing food and luggage in the car, make sure everything is secured and won’t move. If you do get in a wreck or even just come to a sudden stop and there are heavy, loose items around, it could seriously injure you or a passenger.
Bring plenty of games, handheld devices, audiobooks, and regular books to keep your kids entertained on the trip. Avoid driving after you eat turkey, especially at night—the Tryptophan in turkey makes you drowsy. If you can, stay with your relatives.
After the popularity of its Avista concept, Buick has decided to launch its bold luxury sub-brand for the 2018 model year. The Buick Avenir sub-brand will be applied to existing Buick vehicles as a new luxury trim as well as future Buick cars.
Buick has spent the last few years reinventing itself, putting out cars like the convertible Cascada and the stylish Verano. With a reinvigorated brand, Buick hopes to use the Avenir lineup to attract younger customers and allow Buick to compete with other luxury brands.
According to Buick, the brand has quickly gained popularity with female customers, and half of new Buick buyers came from competitor brands, interested in Buick’s high-end luxury vehicles. Most Buick buyers are going for the top trim levels.
Avenir is the French word for “future” and will borrow from the 2015 Avista concept in design, maintaining the mesh grille. Details on the Avenir have been vague, but it will also have large-diameter wheels and interior accents like Avenir script and unique seat details. The Avenir cabin will “enhance the brand’s quiet, inviting environment,” according to a statement from Buick.
More details will be announced about the Avenir sub-brand in the coming months.
Getting a new car opens up a range of possibilities when it comes to exploring your community. You’ll find tons to do in the Naples, FL area, especially during the month of November. From Thanksgiving events to community gatherings, there is something for every in the area at the end of the year. Read on for recommended Naples, FL events and activities.
According to Paradise Coast, one of the must-see events in the area is the upcoming Marco Craft Beer & Fine Food festival on November 6th. You can sample more than 25 craft beers from the area, from half-a-dozen local breweries. Each beer will be paired with delectable dishes from local Marco Island restaurants. General admission is $50, though it also comes with unlimited food, beer tastings, a beer glass, and more. Just be sure to get a designated driver if you plan on drinking!
If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out BaconFest Naples on November 12th. Net proceeds go toward ending child hunger in Southwest Florida. This event is for all ages, and admission is just $10. You can sample unique and exotic bacon preparations, as well as classic fried bacon. If you love bacon (who are we kidding, who doesn’t love bacon?), mark this on your calendar!
These are just two upcoming November events near Naples. Hop in your car and explore the area today.