Money-Saving Tips When Buying a New Car

Money-Saving Tips - Gladewater, TX

Buying a new car is an exciting step in your life, and you should never let financial stress get in the way of enjoying your new ride. Once you’ve decided to buy a new car from a dealership, these money-saving tips will help you start the process in the best way possible.

Buy in Cash

The simplest way to save money on a new car is to buy in cash if possible. Avoiding loan payments will save you a significant amount of money by cutting out interest and fees altogether. Consider starting a savings fund for a new car so you can avoid all burdens of monthly payments and own 100 percent equity in your vehicle when you drive it off the lot.


Trading in your old car at a dealership can help you save a good chunk on the cost of a new model. You can also rid yourself of the stress and complications that come with selling a car on your own.


Work with a dealership to research all the new vehicles you’re considering and get to know them inside and out. What’s their fuel efficiency? What’s the car’s dependability rating? How much is covered by the warranty? Is the dealership running specials on any particular makes or models? Additionally, knowing what you intend to use the vehicle for primarily can help you narrow the wide field of available models and stop you from overspending on a model with capabilities you don’t need.

With these money-saving tips, you’ll navigate the car-buying process like a seasoned pro. If you have any questions, reach out to someone at McKaig Chevrolet Buick. We’re ready and waiting to help you with anything you need.

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Get to Know Bassmaster Elite Series Participant Lee Livesay

McKaig Chevrolet Buick Sponsors Bassmaster Elite Series - Lee Livesay

Not many fishing enthusiasts get to say they’re part of the Bassmaster Elite Series, a top-tier tournament for the best bass fishers around. Our team at McKaig Chevrolet Buick is proud to sponsor competitor Lee Livesay, who started fishing competitively as early as the mid-90s and has been making a splash on the scene ever since. The 34-year-old from Longview, Texas, made his way into the Bassmaster Elite Series when he finished in 13th place in the 2018 Bassmaster Central Open Standings.

So what should you know about Lee Livesay? He just recently celebrated his 34th birthday in July, has competed in 16 tournaments total, and has finished in the top ten rankings three times (in the top twenty seven times). In total, he has caught about 460 lb., 12 oz. in fish. That’s a lot of bass!

Lee Livesay wasn’t known for fishing when he was younger. In fact, he was the Defensive MVP for his high school football team his senior year and had a promising future in football, but he found himself drawn to fishing over football even as he continued to play in college.

So what does this Bassmaster Elite Series participant do now? Lee Livesay now owns a camp and acts as a local guide for visitors to Lake Fork. The bass fishery was where he spent most of his time in his east Texas hometown.

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Buying New or Used: Which is Right for You?

Trying to decide between buying your next vehicle new or used? Before making your decision, consider these important factors.

New or Used at McKaig Chevy Buick - Gladewater, TX
  • Buying used will almost always cost you less at the point of sale. If spending less on your new-to-you car is your priority, used is the way to go.
  • Buying a new car isn’t more expensive just because the vehicle is shiny and fresh. New cars also come with higher sales tax and registration fees and tend to cost more to insure.
  • A new car is a clean slate. If you’re suspicious by nature, this fact alone might make the cost of a brand-new car completely worth it. On the other hand, there are more vehicle history records and reporting methods than ever before, so it’s relatively simple to get a grip on the full and true story of any used vehicle you’ve got your eye on.
  • It’s important to consider that the “jalopy” has, for the most part, gone by the wayside. Modern vehicles are built to last longer, so buying a used vehicle isn’t the hit-or-miss risk it once was.
  • A used car has already undergone its depreciation process. Depreciation is the decrease in value a vehicle goes through over time. New cars immediately and significantly depreciate in value upon purchase.
  • For the most part, used cars don’t come with any sort of warranty. If you want peace of mind, buying new is your best bet. Alternatively, check out GM’s Certified Pre-Owned program.

No matter what type of car you choose, it’s important to have a good buying experience. McKaig Chevrolet Buick strives to make your purchase positive, and even fun!

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Summer Fun in Gladewater, Texas

Summer Fun in Gladewater, TX

There’s plenty of summer fun in Gladewater, TX, especially in the summer months! Here are some ways you can celebrate the summer season in and around Gladewater.

Saturday Night Opry

If you’re in the mood for some music on the weekends, check out the Saturday Night Opry. Every Saturday night, step out from the summer air into The Gladewater Opry, which hosts different country music acts every week. It’s a great way to support local musicians.

Gladewater Round Up Rodeo

Founded by Jack Yates back in 1937, the Gladewater Rodeo Round-Up is a weekend packed with rodeo events June 6-9. It’s family-friendly, too, with a children’s event called Mutton Bustin’, where young kids can practice their rodeo skills.

Freedom and Fireworks Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day by adventuring out to Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview for Freedom and Fireworks Celebration. This Fourth of July celebration has carnival rides, free music, a dog-themed fashion show, and fireworks.

Gladewater Art & Wine Stroll

The Gladewater Art & Wine Stroll takes place downtown on August 10, where you can see different art exhibits throughout shops and try wine from local wineries. Enter into a drawing for a gift basket. Though there’s wine, this event is family-friendly!

Before you have fun, make sure nothing funny is going on with your vehicle. Bring it in for service at McKaig Chevrolet.

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Welcome to the McKaig Chevrolet Buick Blog

McKaig Chevrolet Buick - Gladewater, TX

At McKaig Chevrolet Buick, we strive to meet all of your car-related needs — from helping you find the perfect vehicle to helping you properly maintain it over time. Buying and owning a vehicle is a life experience, but many wheels have to turn in this process. With our new blog, we hope to provide another layer of service to our Gladewater community members.

The McKaig Chevrolet Buick blog will provide community members with an array of information related to vehicles and our local community. Here are some topics that you will find here on our blog.

Latest news from Chevrolet and Buick

When shopping for a new Chevy or Buick vehicle, keeping current with the latest news from automakers is key. On our blog, we will post recent news stories concerning Chevy and Buick, highlighting information that we think is important for you to know.

Community events

We will also post information about upcoming community events that you will not want to miss, including fun family events in Gladewater.

Travel tips and suggestions

Owning a car gives you the freedom to hit the open road. On our blog, we will share travel tips and suggestions on where to explore in the area.

Car care recommendations and service tips

We can never stress enough to everyone about the importance of staying on top of routine car maintenance. In the months ahead, we will post about general car care and service tips to help you keep your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Stop in and see us anytime for the latest happenings at McKaig Chevrolet.

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