Car Maintenance Tips for When You’re Driving Less

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The holidays are fast approaching, but with the challenges we face today, it’s unlikely to be like any season we’ve experienced yet. Indeed, 2020 has been a year where many of us aren’t driving as much as we used to. But that doesn’t mean you should scale back on taking care of your vehicle. There are several key car maintenance steps you should take when you’re driving less to help ensure its health and longevity for the new year.

Don’t use your parking brake

Your parking brake is great for keeping you safely parked even on a steep hill, but you don’t want to use it long-term. If you leave the parking brake on for too long, it can cause the brake pads and rotor to stick together.

Give it a wax

Sitting idle for an extended period of time can cause more buildup of debris on your car, which can cause the paint to deteriorate and even cause rust. Protect your car’s body and paint by waxing and sealing it.

Park in a clear area

If you’re going to be leaving your car to sit for days or weeks at a time, it’s important to pick the right parking space. Try not to park underneath a tree if you can help it, especially in the fall, when your car will get covered with fallen leaves. If you have to park under a tree, invest in a car cover to keep the elements out.

These are just some of the ways you can take care of your ride when it’s not getting as much action. For all your car maintenance needs, even when you’re driving much less than normal, let the experts at Mitchell Buick GMC in San Angelo, Texas, get you squared away.

How to Celebrate Halloween at Home in 2020

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There are a number of family-friendly Halloween activities you can do this year, whether you want to start a new family tradition or simply have some scary fun in San Angelo, Texas. Enjoying a spooky dinner party, making paper lanterns, face painting, and Halloween cookie-baking are all great ways to connect with your kids and grandkids. Even if you plan to stay indoors the entire evening, you can still have a blast and celebrate Halloween at home in style.

First, start with a spooky dinner party. Halloween is often associated with candy, but older kids might enjoy a gothic-inspired dinner, with a dramatic charcuterie board and plastic spiders. Autumnal flavors are always popular, like spiced cider, pumpkin tarts, and chocolate, but in many cases the decorations are just as important as the dishes you serve.

You can also try making paper lanterns to accompany your jack-o-lanterns, and you can light them with tea candles or small LED bulbs. Simply make a cylinder out of construction paper, add slits, and add a handle. You can decorate using markers or colored construction paper.

Face painting is a smart alternative to masks, and it’s often more affordable. Inexpensive Halloween face-painting kits are easy to find, but you should be sure to wear a layer or Vaseline or cold cream to make removal easier. Older kids may also enjoy a temporary tattoo parlor or YouTube tutorials for more professional and scarier designs.

Finally, cookie baking and decorating are always popular. Simply get some inexpensive cookie cutters, orange and black decorations, frosting, and food coloring.

From our family at Mitchell Buick-GMC to you and yours, have a safe, healthy, spooky, and happy Halloween!  

Tips for Taking a Road Trip with Your Pet

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Plenty of families take the opportunity to explore the Lone Star State via a family road trip. For many, the complete adventure includes every member of the family, even the ones who walk on four legs. If you are planning on taking a road trip with your pet, there are several things to keep in mind.

Get a vet check-up prior to the trip

The last thing you want to happen is for your pet to suddenly become sick during your extended trip. To ensure that they’re happy and healthy, take your pet to the vet for a check-up right before your trip.

Use a ventilated crate

If you don’t have room for your dog or cat to move around in the cabin of your vehicle, you may need to opt for a travel crate instead. Just make sure that the crate is well-ventilated so that your four-legged family member can keep cool.

Prep your pet for the trip

Leading up to your big road trip, take smaller drives with your dog or cat in the car. This will help them familiarize themselves with the process and put them more at ease when the trip finally arrives.

Never leave your pet in a parked car alone

During the hot summer months, a dog or cat can suffer a heatstroke if left alone inside a parked car. During the winter, leaving your pet in the car can cause them to encounter frigid temperatures. No matter what time of year you take your trip, never leave your dog or cat alone in a parked car.

If you are looking for a vehicle to explore Texas in — pets included — come check out our large selection of pet-friendly vehicles here at Mitchell Buick GMC in San Angelo, Texas.

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July Without Fireworks

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There are a number of ways to celebrate Independence Day with your family in San Angelo, Texas, while still keeping safety in mind. You can read a patriotic story with the kids, have a family potluck or bake-off, create a quiz about the history of our nation, and so much more. With activities like these, you’ll be able to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks and not miss a beat.

One of the best ways to get young children involved is by reading them a story or watching a movie that’s about the founding of the United States. Even if you want to keep things light, you can even perform the signing of the Declaration of Independence or Paul Revere’s famous ride to get the family in the right spirit.

Food is a universal people-pleaser, and you can make any intimate gathering more memorable with the right dishes. Try red, white, and blue star cookies, patriotic punch, mini fruit tarts, or a flag cake. Classic cuisine includes grilled corn, potato salad, lemonade, watermelon, and your choice between hot dogs, bratwurst, and hamburgers.

You might also celebrate the Fourth of July at home with a friendly quiz or game. You can ask family members to answer facts about American history and reward them with candy or ice cream, or you can try games such as horseshoes, Fourth of July bingo, a patriotic scavenger hunt, or even an Uncle Sam costume competition.

If you’re looking for a red, white, or blue new vehicle, check out the selection at Mitchell Buick GMC. We’ve got the latest from two classic American brands ready to test drive.  

Tips for Great Grilling in Texas This Summer

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Is there anything more quintessentially Texan than grilling? Walking out onto the patio, firing up the grill, and enjoying a delicious, smoky meal is one of the best parts of summer. With these tips for great grilling, you’ll drive San Angelo wild with the smell of ribs, burgers, and steaks.

To sear or not to sear

You should probably be searing whatever you’re cooking on the grill. Color means flavor, so getting markings on your steak, chicken, burgers, or veggies will make everything taste better. If you’re worried about something overcooking, move it away from the direct heat and let it cook like it’s in an oven.

Dry rubs are king

While some people may think of barbeque as a generic piece of meat slathered in — admittedly delicious — BBQ sauce, that’s not what makes it great. To bring your grilled chicken, pork, or really any protein to the next level, lightly coat it with a dry rub and allow it to rest for as few as 15 minutes or as long as 24 hours. You can still coat it in your favorite barbecue sauce later, but it will have a much richer flavor if post dry rub

Consider smoking

If you happen to have a charcoal grill, you’ve got everything it takes to infuse any meat with a delicious smoky flavor. Once you’ve got your coals started, carefully spread them around the basin of the grill, keeping them close together. Then, continue the circle with unlit coals so the heat will continue to spread.

As the heat moves through the coals, move your meat opposite the heat, and open the vent above it to maintain the appropriate temperature for your protein. This will slowly cook the meat while filtering all of the smoky flavor directly through it. Once it’s cooked rested, you’re in store for the summer meal of your dreams.

If you need a new ride to get you to the grocery store — or if you just want to talk about great Texas grilling — please give us a call at Mitchell Buick GMC.

Texas is Trying to Stop Credit Card Skimmers

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Credit card skimmers have become a problem across the country, which is why the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has placed stickers on each gas pump. These stickers give details on ways to report suspected gas pump skimmers and also pumps that may be delivering inaccurate amounts of gas.

Each gas pump in the state of Texas has a sticker shaped like the state with three ways for you to report a questionable pump. You can do it by scanning a QR code, by calling 1-888-441-FUEL, or by going to the TDLR complaints page.

They also want you to stay vigilant for any signs of tampering at the pump. One possible way to spot a skimmer is to see if the fuel dispenser door seems damaged. Thieves have to open those doors to place a skimmer, so if the security tape is missing or damaged, beware of that pump.

There are also high- and low-tech options to spot a skimmer. The high-tech solution is an Android app called Skimmer Scanner that search for suspicious Bluetooth connections that could be associated with a skimmer.

The low-tech option is more like a precaution. You should try to pick a fuel pump that’s visible to the gas station clerk as pumps that are farther away would be easier for a crook to tamper with without being seen.

The last thing we want at Mitchell Buick GMC is for someone to leave the dealership in a brand-new truck, only for their credit card info to get skimmed the first time they fill up the tank. We hope that these gas pump stickers help customers better protect themselves.

4 Spring Car Care Tips

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A good way to stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance is to plan on performing some car care with the changing seasons. And with spring just around the corner, here are some helpful spring car care tips that will help you keep your vehicle in top shape all year long.

Wash and wax

Cleaning your car isn’t just about making it look good. Washing your vehicle’s exterior prevents the build up of corrosive substances that can damage the paint and harm the resale value of your vehicle. Go the extra mile and apply a coat of wax to keep your vehicle even more protected.

Monitor tires

Tires are one of the most important components of any vehicle. This spring, make a habit of monitoring your vehicle’s tires for proper pressure and alignment. Doing so will keep you safe and also ensure optimal performance.

Inspect wipers

Replacing your vehicle’s wiper blades frequently is inexpensive and a great way to stay as safe as possible no matter the conditions on the road. If your vehicle’s wiper blades are bent, cracked, or just not working like they used to, it’s time to replace them.

Look under the hood

Even if you’re no mechanical expert, it’s a good idea to take look under your car’s hood occasionally. A quick glance is often all it takes to check for any major corrosion or leaks that should be fixed right away.

Do you prefer to stay hands-off when it comes to car maintenance? No problem. Just bring your car to Mitchell Buick GMC for top-notch service. We’ll make sure it’s ready for the warm weather!

 

3 Holiday Events in San Angelo

Happy Holidays

Seasonal festivities abound in central Texas. Here are a few holiday events in San Angelo, if you’re still needing some fun Christmas plans this month.

Kayak Through the Lights – Dec. 14

Take to the water while witnessing onshore lights when you participate in Kayak Through the Lights. Hosted by Kayaking Divas and Dudes, this fun event provides the perfect opportunity to showcase your decorated kayak or canoe while building memories with loved ones. Paddlers will meet behind the girl Scouts building off of 304 W. Avenue A., where participants will launch their boats into the Concho River.

Run Rudolph Run – Dec. 15

Release some endorphins and help burn off some holiday calories when you take part in the Run Rudolph Run on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. This non-competitive run/walk event is open to strollers and wheelchairs to accommodate a wide range of participants. The route starts at Old Town on East Avenue B. and extends 2.5 miles through the Tour of Lights. There’s also cookies and hot cocoa if you need more incentive for donning your running shoes.

Tuba Christmas – Dec. 21

If you’re a fan of brass instruments, you’ll want to catch the Tuba Christmas concert on Dec. 21. This free performance will be held at noon at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Local tuba and euphonium players from the Concho Valley will share a program of traditional holiday songs while you sit back and soak up the soundwaves with your family or friends.

Mitchell Buick GMC wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas. And don’t forget to call us to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment, to ensure that your holiday travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

Trick or Treat Tips for Kids

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Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year to be a kid for a lot of reasons: dressing up, scary movies, and — of course — trick-or-treat. As we get closer to trick-or-treat time, keep these vital safety tips for kids in mind.

Driving on Halloween: While the Buick and GMC vehicles you purchase from Michell come with industry-leading safety features, trick-or-treat poses additional safety risks you must consider. Always take it slow and keep a watchful eye out for children at intersections, driveways, and even in the road.

Costume Safety: When planning your child’s costume, consider reflective or bright items to help drivers easily see your trick-or-treater. If your son or daughter has a dark costume in mind, have him or her bring a glow stick or flashlight to remain visible.

Pedestrian Pro-Tips: Have a conversation with your children before beggar’s night to discuss pedestrian safety. Make sure kids know the basics: look both ways before crossing, stay on the sidewalk, and be wary of cars. Importantly, children should know to put the cell phones and other gadgets away to avoid distractions.

Of course, the best way to ensure your child is safe during trick-or-treat is to provide adult supervision. No child under 12 should trick-or-treat alone, and older children should stay in groups.

Your friends at Mitchell Buick GMC wish your family a happy — and safe — Halloween.