School season is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time for some back-to-school auto maintenance. Aside from basic car care — such as changing the oil — there are a few things you can do to stay safer and better prepared for when school starts.
Regular maintenance, according to Radair, should include an oil change, tire rotation, fluid-level check, and wiper replacement. You should also give your warning lights a glance. If your check engine light — or any other warning light — is on, you should take your car to the shop as soon as possible. Once school starts, you may be too busy for repairs.
Stock your emergency roadside kit. You should have jumper
cables, a pair of gloves, a first aid kit, water, blankets, and a flashlight. Be
sure to make sure your spare tire is properly inflated. Staying prepared is key
to handling any potential problems.
Cars often become a deposit for various belongings during
the school year, so consider avoiding all of the clutter by using in-car
organizers to separate books, sporting gear, and professional clothes. It’s
also worth trying to coordinate a carpool with friends and neighbors. Not only
will sharing your commute reduce your carbon footprint and save you money, it
can help keep you on schedule.
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.
Trying to decide between buying your next vehicle new or used? Before making your decision, consider these important factors.
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
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
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
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.
Looking for fun summer events near Gladewater? A range of festivals offer much to do, even if you are passing through.
The Roundup Rodeo
The Roundup Rodeo occurs in Gladewater from June 5-8.
Founded in 1937 by Jack Yates, the rodeo is one of the top recognized rodeos in
the state. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, you will find events for the whole
Take a short drive to Nacogdoches on June 8 for the 30th
annual Texas Blueberry Festival. If you love the iconic blue fruit, you will enjoy
the annual harvest with activities, food, and more. Over 19,000 visitors experience
the Blueberry Festival every year.
East Texas Country
Come visit Salmon Lake Park for the East Texas Country Music
Festival in Grapeland from July 4-6. It will feature over 25 country bands, a
fireworks show, and more. The lineup includes Cooper Wade, Holly Tucker, Sarah
Lee Hobbs, Justin Kemp, and Aaron McDonnell. Stay at the various campsites or
cabins in the area.
Whether you’re looking for a rodeo, a farm-fresh market, or a fun outing for the whole family, this region offers something for everyone. Hop in your car and explore the area today, including the new inventory selection at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.
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!
Spring auto maintenance is just as important as spring cleaning. The change of seasons should remind you to perform routine maintenance. This includes changing the oil and filter, topping off fluids, and more. Changing weather patterns in the spring make auto maintenance especially important for dependability and safety reasons.
Inspect your car’s tires. This includes the condition — such
as cracking, bulges, or bald spots — as well as the tire pressure. Air pressure
dipping in the cold likely entails tires being overinflated in the warmer
spring. Stop by your nearest gas station for an air-pressure gauge and an air
Wipers and Windshield
Swap the wiper blades once a year. Depending on where you
drive, consider putting Rain-X® on the windshield to improve visibility during
Remove any garbage from the cabin, and be sure to wash and
wax your car. A coat of wax will protect the paint and the clear coat, ensuring
your car sustains its pristine condition.
Stop in at our service department at McKaig Chevrolet Buick for any car care needs and tips. Schedule an appointment with our certified technicians.
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.
We will also post information about upcoming community
events that you will not want to miss, including fun family events in
Travel tips and
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