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August 18, 2014

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OnStar RemoteLink® Mobile App

OnStar RemoteLink® Mobile App

 

OnStar1 RemoteLink® mobile app creates a secure connection between your mobile device and your OnStar-equipped vehicle.

To connect your vehicle to RemoteLink, make sure you have:

  • An active OnStar service plan and online account sign up now
  • A compatible vehicle and mobile device

Get the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app today and use your mobile device to control your vehicle from anywhere:

  • Access automated features like remote door lock6 and remote start7

  • Send Turn-by-Turn directions8 to your vehicle

  • Get current, accurate vehicle diagnostic information

  • Manage your vehicle’s built-in Wi-Fi hotspot

  • View your vehicle’s current location and at the push of a button10

OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services

An active OnStar Directions & Connections or Safe & Sound service plan is required to access most RemoteLink features. However with 2014 OnStar equipped vehicles, when you download and use RemoteLink just once during your OnStar trial or consecutive subscription, you’ll unlock access to the RemoteLink Key Fob Services, including Remote Start, Remote Door Lock and Remote Horn and Lights, for five years from date of vehicle delivery.

OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services do not include any emergency services, Automatic Crash Response, stolen vehicle assistance, live Advisor service, or Hands-Free Calling. If you sell your GM vehicle or wish to cancel use of OnStar Key Fob Services, you must contact OnStar at 1.888.4.ONSTAR. Subsequent owners will be able to activate the remaining term of Key Fob Services by calling 1.888.4.ONSTAR.

When OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services are active, location information is collected each time you use the app.

Learn more about the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app here.

Should you pay for your teen’s first car?

August 17, 2014

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It seems like only yesterday that your son or daughter was taking his or her first steps and now is ready to drive. A certain trepidation is likely to be mixed in with your pride in your child’s increasing independence.

While your teenager is eagerly anticipating getting their first car, you have totted up the costs involved and realized that this could add thousands of dollars a year to family expenses. A big chunk of those extra costs come from the fact that teen drivers tend to have more accidents, and are so more expensive to insure; another worrying factor.

Most teenagers aren’t going to be able to cover costs by themselves, so how should you handle getting your teenager’s first car, and how much should you contribute?

Read the entire CarFax article: CarFax.com

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Maintains 12,000-lb. Max Trailering

August 11, 2014
GMC Sierra Towing

GMC Sierra Towing

 

The 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 maintains a 12,000-pound maximum trailering rating under SAE J2807 Recommended Practices – calculations being adopted throughout the industry. “For 2015, the GMC Sierra 1500 builds on the strong foundation introduced with the redesigned 2014 model to offer uncompromising strength, capability and confidence,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “The implementation of SAE J2807 levels the playing field among all manufacturers, affirming the capability customers depend on from GMC.”  Sierra’s 12,000-pound maximum rating is for the Double Cab 2WD configuration equipped with the available 6.2L V-8 engine and available Max Trailering Package. Trailering ratings for other configurations remain the same or are slightly lower, per the new SAE J2807 calculations. Examples of popular configurations with revised ratings include:

Configuration 2014 (Pre SAE  J2807) 2015 (SAE J2807)
Double cab 4×4 5.3L V-8 6’ 6”  box 3.42 axle 9,600 lbs. 9,200 lbs.
Crew cab 4×4 5.3L V-8 5’ 8” box 3.73 axle 11,200 lbs. 10,800 lbs.

While the calculations for trailering ratings may have changed, the Sierra 1500’s powertrain and chassis features that support serious towing have not:

  • The available 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 is the most powerful engine offered in the light-duty segment, with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Like other EcoTec3 engines, it combines proven performance with advanced fuel-saving technologies, seamlessly switching to four cylinders to improve efficiency in light-load driving
  • The available Max Trailering Package includes a 9.76-inch rear axle, heavy-duty rear springs, revised shock tuning for increased control, enhanced cooling, and an integrated trailer brake controller. Also included is the G80 locking rear differential, a trailer hitch, and bumper-mounted four- and seven-pin connectors
  • Sierra’s standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 and available 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 also will offer significant towing capability for 2015, with maximum available trailer weight ratings of 7,600 pounds for the V-6 and 11,200 pounds for the 5.3L.

Customers should follow the trailering guidelines in their owner’s manual, ask their GMC dealer for trailering advice, or contact GMC Customer Assistance for more information. Additionally, the GMC Trailering Guide can be found in the Manuals & Videos section under the Ownership tab of the GMC.com Web site. The foundation for all 2015 Sierra 1500 models and their trailering capability is a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame. Extensive use of high-strength steels in the frame and body structure also contributes to a quieter interior and more solid feel, and helps Sierra earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety in the newest government crash tests. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program. GMC backs Sierra customers with the ProGrade protection program. It includes two years/24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance, covering four services of an oil change, tire rotation and 27-point inspection. It complements the three-year/36,000-mile (whichever comes first) bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) powertrain limited warranty for peace of mind. Background: SAE J2807 Recommended Practices Performance standards for trailering vehicles: To help ensure that vehicles can confidently tow the rated maximum trailer weight under a variety of real-world driving conditions, SAE J2807 establishes specific test protocols. These include:

  • Cooling capability on a long highway upgrade modeled on the Davis Dam grade on Arizona SR 68;
  • Launch and acceleration performance on a level road and a 12 percent upgrade;
  • Combined handling performance – understeer and trailer sway;
  • Combined braking performance – stopping distance and parking brake-hold on grade; and
  • Structural performance for the vehicle and hitch or hitch receiver.

New calculations for trailer weight ratings: In addition to the performance standards, SAE J2807 also uses a specific set of assumptions to calculate maximum trailer weight ratings:

  • For light-duty full-size pickups (GVWR < 8,500 lbs.), SAE J2807 assumes that the tow vehicle includes any options with higher than 33 percent penetration;
  • It assumes there is both a driver and passenger in the vehicle, each weighing 150 pounds;
  • It assumes that tow vehicles also include up to 70 pounds of aftermarket hitch equipment (where applicable); and
  • For conventional trailer towing, SAE J2807 assumes that 10 percent of the trailer weight is on the tongue.

 

7 Ways to Travel Smart and Save Gas

July 8, 2014

10547453_10152561053464630_7335201015015694756_nReady to take off for vacation? With road trips more popular than ever, and families watching their budgets carefully, traveling as efficiently as possible makes good sense. Here are 7 tips from fueleconomy.gov to help you get the most out of every gallon of gas this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving — speeding, rapid acceleration and braking — wastes gas and can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% in town.

2. Remove excess weight. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to 2%.

3. Avoid excessive idling. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon — and can use 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of fuel per hour, depending on your engine size and air conditioning use.

4. Use cruise control on the highway to help maintain a constant speed. It will save gas in most cases.

5. Keep your tires properly inflated. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door frame or the glove box, and in your owner’s manual.

6. Use the recommended grade of motor oil. You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Check your owner’s manual to find the manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil for your vehicle.

7. Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you’ll make. The difference between a vehicle that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $903 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.61/gallon).

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, GM offers 19 2013 models with an EPA-estimated 30 MPG highway or better. Each of these 19 models is equipped with OnStar Directions & Connections® Plan standard for at least the first 6 months. Get more information about these fuel-efficient vehicles and Visit JessupAutoPlaza.com for complete inventory listings and details about Jessup Auto Plaza.  Phone: (760) 328-9999 Address: 68-111 E Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Do you own a GM vehicle?

June 11, 2014

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Do you own a GM vehicle, 2006 model or newer? Does it have OnStar but you have never tried it out? Here is your chance. Just press the BLUE OnStar button in your vehicle and follow the prompts to reach an agent. Tell them you want to “c”. No commitment, no credit card required!

Pets in Vehicles

June 3, 2014

10269641_10152492183194122_578235745036780683_nEvery year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.

The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.

Complete details at the American Veterinary Medical Association blog: http://goo.gl/nt1Wfl

Your Credit Score and Auto Financing

May 29, 2014

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Your credit score plays an important role when financing a vehicle.  Once you’ve found the right car or truck, your credit score helps determine first if you’re qualified for an auto financing contract, and second, the finance rate associated with the credit. Learn what makes up your credit score: http://goo.gl

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