Back-to-School Auto Maintenance Tips

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.

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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.

Whether you’re a student, teacher, or parent, getting your vehicle serviced before the whirlwind of the school season will help keep your life running smoothly. Give us a call here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick — our service department will be happy to help you prepare your car for the busy year to come.

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Get to Know Bassmaster Elite Series Participant Lee Livesay

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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.

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  • 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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Check Out These Summer Events Near Gladewater, TX

Summer Events near Gladewater, TX

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 family.

Texas Blueberry Festival

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 Music Festival

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.

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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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Spring Car Maintenance: Proper Car-Care Tips

Spring Car Maintenance - Gladewater, TX

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.

Filters

According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, replace any necessary filters, including the oil and oil filter every three months or 3,000 miles. Change the fuel and air filters every two years as well.

Tires

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 pump.

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 a downpour.

Other Necessities

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.

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Welcome to the McKaig Chevrolet Buick Blog

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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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