Tips for Buying A Car in College

It’s finally happened – the car you drove in high school has finally kicked the bucket. So, what do you do? Here, we provide some tips for buying a car in college that should help make the process a bit easier.

Consider buying used. Used vehicles tend to be more budget friendly, so if you’re on a tight budget, then this is the direction you can go. You should be able to get more bells and whistles on a used car than you would on a new car.

Purchase from a dealer. If you purchase a vehicle from a dealer, you might get a warranty. You can also trade in your old car to put towards your new vehicle, and find a few financing options. Finally, you can also purchase a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, which is less likely to have issues that a regular used car.

Think about your financing options. Purchasing a car with cash is the best option, but if you don’t have that much cash on hand, what should you do? Consider all the financing options available to you, including the dealership and directly through a bank. You can even ask family for a low-interest loan to help pay for the car in advance.

Bring help. During the buying process, you should consider bringing along a second pair of eyes – preferably those that have experience purchasing a vehicle. Bringing along a parent or grandparent means that they can help you look for the things you should consider when you’re looking at vehicles.

If you’re ready to replace your old reliable car, come see us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

The Student Guide to Car Maintenance

When you’re a student, taking care of your vehicle might not seem like a top priority – but it should be. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide to car maintenance that will help you stay o top of your vehicle’s care.

Keep track of your dashboard lights. Your dashboard lights are there for a reason – to let you know when there’s an issue with your vehicle. If your Check Engine light comes on, then you should bring your vehicle into the shop right away. For those lights that you’re not sure about, check your owner’s manual – it should have a guide to what each indicator means.

Check your tires. Your tires are essential to keeping you safe – after all, they’re the only thing between you and the road. Regularly check your tire pressure and make sure that the tread isn’t balding or wearing unevenly.

Don’t forget routine maintenance. Regular oil changes and tire rotations are necessary to keep your car running smoothly. Make sure you take your car in for its oil change on a regular basis, and have all your fluid levels checked while you’re at it.

Clean your car regularly. If dirt builds up over time, corrosion and rust can occur. That’s why it’s important to take your vehicle to the car wash regularly. Also, make sure you clean the inside, too. It will hold up much better over time if you do.

If you think there’s something wrong with your car, or you know it need maintenance, contact the service department at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

What Do these Warning Lights Mean?

If you have ever stressed out over a new warning light, we are here to help. Here are some of the most common indicators and what those warning lights mean.

Check Engine

Nearly everyone recognizes the dreaded Check Engine light. Depending on the light, it could be something as simple as a loose or missing gas cap to something much more catastrophic. If it’s a steady glow, then it’s not as serious and you can schedule a visit to the mechanic in the near future. If it’s flashing, it’s serious and you should stop right there and call a tow truck.

Coolant Temperature

When this light turns on, it means you engine is getting too hot. It could indicate low coolant, a coolant leak, problem with the radiator, or a broken fan.

Battery

This battery symbol means the voltage level has fallen below normal operating levels. Check your battery to make sure all cables are properly connected.

Oil Pressure

When you see a picture of an oil can, your vehicle has detected a loss in oil pressure. Don’t wait: you need to check your oil level as soon as possible. Driving your car with little to no oil can result in major engine damage.

Tire Pressure

If one or more of your tires is running low on air pressure, this light will turn on. When you see it, refill your tires with air as soon as you can.

Warning lights are never fun, but knowing what each one means will help you determine if it’s a car emergency or you just need a tune up. If you have any questions about warning lights or other systems, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac. We’ll be glad to answer any questions or help maintain your car. 

Why the Buick Encore Is the Perfect Family Car

If 2019 is the year for a new family car, we think you should choose the Buick Encore. It’s the perfect family car due to its well-equipped and comfortable interior.

The Buick Encore is a compact luxury crossover, but don’t let the “compact” name fool you: The Encore has a surprising amount of interior space, plenty for up to five passengers plus some cargo. You can fold down the rear seats and the front passenger seat for extra versatility when you need additional cargo space. Thanks to its small dimensions, it is easy to drive through crowded city streets and park in tight spots.

The strong, responsive powertrain includes a turbocharged engine paired to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission.  The standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System and available AWD provides extra grip on the road, even during hazardous conditions.

Buick prioritizes safety, which is why the Encore comes standard with a 10-airbag system, Passenger Sensing System, and a rear vision camera. Available options include rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and other advanced safety aids.

The Encore comes well equipped with cutting-edge technology and desirable features like the eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth® connectivity, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, five USB ports, a rearview camera, and OnStar® with 4G LTE Wi-Fi® capabilities.

If you and your family are interested in a spacious luxury crossover, consider the 2019 Buick Encore and visit us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac to see it for yourselves.

Things to Do in Ruston

A lively historic district, college sports, and live music performances make Ruston the place to be every day of the week. There are plenty of things to do in Ruston for families and friends of all ages.

Family movie night.

Are you in need of a relaxing family activity on Monday nights? You’re in luck. The Lincoln Parish Library holds a traditional Family Movie Night every Monday from 6 – 8 p.m. Visit or phone the library ahead of time to see which movie will be playing at the beginning of each week. This gives you a great chance to pick up some books or get out and be social with other families too.

Percussion ensemble concert.

Louisiana Tech’s Percussion Ensemble will be performing a live concert on February 4th. The concert takes place at the Howard Center for Performing Arts. Admission is free, and the community is invited to support the ensemble and enjoy the performance. The concert takes place between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball vs UTEP.

Sports enthusiasts and the Ruston community at large are invited to support the Louisiana Tech Men’s Basketball team as they take on UTEP at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on February 14. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and your love of sports by supporting the local team.

All of us at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC are as excited as you are to enjoy all of these events in Ruston, so get out there and enjoy the fun!