Tips for Back-to-School Auto Maintenance

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School has started for most, which means your schedule is likely crammed with events and activities. However, back-to-school auto maintenance should also be a priority this time of year. The fall is the right time to schedule regular service like oil changes, inspections, and more.

According to Allstate, the first thing you should do this fall is get an oil change. Most cars need an oil change roughly four times a year (3,000 miles or three months), which means fall is the perfect time to bring your car in. You can also check and top off fluid levels, including coolant, oil, transmission fluid, brake and power steering fluid, and washer fluid.

Next, check the tires. Tire pressure decreases in cold weather, which is usually right around the corner by the time school starts. Air pressure decreases at about 1 psi for every 10-degree dip in temperature. This can also cause added wear on the tread—another thing to check. You can test tire tread using the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above President Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time for new tires.

Finally, check your lights. This time of year is often darker than early summer, which means it can be hard to see. Plus, the school year brings added pedestrians to sidewalks and cross walks. Have someone help you test your lights to see if they’re all on (including brake and reverse lights).

Stop by Fairground Auto Plaza this fall for your regularly scheduled maintenance.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Safety

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric vehicle known for its impressive 238-mile range. The popular electric model has earned a reputation for comfort and reliability. Now Chevrolet can add safety to the list. The Chevrolet Bolt recently earned the Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

According to the IIHS, the Chevrolet Bolt is the first all-electric vehicle to earn the honor. The Bolt scored a top “Good” rating in all five crash tests. Its advanced safety technologies brought it even closer to the top score with a “Superior” rating.

The active safety technologies helped the Chevrolet Bolt stop and avoid collisions as both 12 mph and 25 mph.

The only thing that stopped the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt from achieving the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating was its headlights. While many vehicles feature headlights that are generally rated as too dim, the Chevrolet Bolt’s headlights were the exact opposite. Its headlights were so bright that they could cause glare for oncoming drivers.

Had the Chevrolet Bolt dimmed the headlights a little, it would have earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating with ease.

We here at Fairground Auto Plaza are happy to see the advanced Chevrolet Bolt raises the bar with an abundance of safety features!

GMC Adds New Yukon Denali Updates for 2018

Yukon Denali Updates
2018 Yukon Denali Stands Tall

GMC has always catered to fans of upscale luxury with the brand’s range-topping Denali models. For 2018, the GMC Yukon Denali is getting a few upgrades to its already lavish design. Ranging from differences in the powertrain to even more high-end styling cues and touches, the Yukon Denali updates will keep the model on the cutting edge of cool without losing that standard GMC reliability.

New Trims

Updates to the Yukon’s Denali trim level will include a brand-new sculpted grille on the exterior, a cabin featuring a Mastique Ash real wood trim, and a Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission to go with the Yukon’s 6.2-liter V8 engine for a smoother and quieter driving experience.

Sophisticated Design

Director of Global GMC Exterior Design Matt Noone commented on the styling changes:  “It’s a more exciting and sophisticated design, while remaining instantly recognizable as part of the GMC Denali family.”

More Premium Features

With all the premium features that come both standard and available, the GMC Yukon Denali updates add a bit of extra flair to its already luxurious design. The 2018 Yukon Denali will be available at dealerships in the fall of 2017, at which time you can come to us at Fairground Auto Plaza in Rolla, MO to experience it for yourself!

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Road Pickup

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Road in Rolla, MO
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Off-Road

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is one of the most anticipated off-roading pickups to ever hit the market. The versatile model shipped out earlier this month, much to the pleasure of enthusiasts everywhere. Built on the standard Chevrolet Colorado, the new model brings plenty of advanced features designed to tackle the toughest terrain the world has to offer.

Price

Starting at $40,995, the Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup is more than $2,000 cheaper than the nearest competitor*. The new model rolls out on 31-inch off-road tires, a two-inch lifted suspension, and front and rear locking electronic differentials.

Specifications

Under the hood likes a 3.6-liter V6 engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and produces a thrilling 306 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The available 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features

The off-roading pickup is far from just brawn though. Inside, drivers will enjoy a standard rear vision camera, automatic cruise control, Chevrolet MyLink, and an eight-inch touchscreen.

“ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Marketing Director.

We here at Fairground Auto Plaza are happy to see the long-awaited Colorado ZR2 finally shipping out!

*Use for comparison only.

Take a Peek at the Upcoming 2018 Buick Regal

It wasn’t long ago that General Motors revealed the all-new Buick Regal to the cheers of enthusiasts around the world. The upcoming 2018 Buick Regal will be available in two body styles. Notably, the latest model bids farewell to the sedan body style, and instead, replacing it with a hatchback and station wagon.

The 2018 Buick Regal will feature the hatchback, called the Sportback, and station wagon, referred to as TourX. The two models will offer more utility without sacrificing the Regal’s sleek styling.

The Regal Sportback is the closest to the sedan, featuring a coupe-like roofline, low stance, and long styling. A hatch covers the cargo area, which executives hope to offer a greater challenge to competing crossovers.

The Regal TourX comes in closer to a crossover in design and features an athletic, rugged style that is likely to challenge models like the Subaru Outback and Audi A4 Allroad.

Excited drivers can look forward to the arrival of the new Regal at the end of 2017. The 2018 model will be made in Germany. While the Regal may be under an American brand, the primary target is China, where the consumers bought more than three times as many units compared to the United States market.

We here at Fairground Auto Plaza can’t wait for the upcoming 2018 Buick Regal!

Road Trip Tips That Will Make Your Vacation Perfect

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Whether you’re setting out on your road trip tomorrow or you aren’t going until July, it’s never too early or too late to implement some helpful hacks into your agenda to reduce your stress levels. Here are some of our favorite road trip tips.

First of all, you want to keep yourself and your passengers entertained on the drive, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Pre-load your mobile devices with apps, games, and videos—unless your car has a mobile hotspot, in which case you don’t have to worry about it.

Check out books for the kids and audiobooks for you to listen to on the drive from your local library. Another way to keep kids occupied is to get a map that will span your whole trip, laminate it, and have your kids follow along with marker so they can see your progress.

Keep your car clean and organized with easy food storage tricks, like keeping celery or pretzels in a half-empty jar of peanut butter, putting dry snacks in old coffee creamer bottles, and using a plastic cereal container as a small trashcan.

You should also download apps that will make your trip easier, like the SitOrSquat app that helps you find clean places to use the restroom and GasBuddy, which compares area gas prices and helps you find the cheapest ones.

These are just a few hacks to improve your road trip—find even more here. And if you’re looking for the perfect summer road trip car, stop by Fairground Auto Plaza today!

General Motors at the North American International Auto Show

The North American International Auto Show is where manufacturers from around the world to present their best creations. General Motors didn’t disappoint with two redesigned models set to take over the crossover and SUV segments. The Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Terrain practically stole this year’s show in Detroit.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

Originally released in 2009, 2018 will mark the first full redesign for the popular SUV. The 3.6-liter V6 engine will come mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that delivers around 25 hwy mpg, according to General Motors estimates.

Two new packages, the RS and High Country, will be available in the next model year. The RS package will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 20-inch wheels, and a black chrome grille.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will continue to offer a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, sizable touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse - North American International Auto Show
2018 Chevrolet Traverse

2018 GMC Terrain

The 2018 GMC Terrain made its official debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit as well. Drivers can expect sculpted curves and design cues that optimize aerodynamics and look good doing so.

The new model will feature three turbocharged engines, one of which is a turbo diesel. The new nine-speed automatic transmission will come standard. The latest model will feature new safety features, like Surround Vision and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well.

The 2018 GMC Terrain will hit dealership showrooms this summer.

2018 GMC Terrain Denali - Rolla, MO
2018 GMC Terrain Denali

We can’t wait for the new and improved models to arrive here at Fairground Auto Plaza!

Where to Have Valentine’s Day Dinner in St. Louis

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This Valentine’s Day, make a romantic mixed CD and make the hour-and-a-half drive with your sweetie to our neighboring city. Whether you’re in the mood for something casual or a fancy night on the town, you’re sure to find the perfect place for a Valentine’s Day Dinner in St. Louis.

Roberto’s Trattoria

You might be skeptical at first when you’re pulling up to a strip mall. But inside, Roberto’s Trattoria features white table cloths, excellent service and amazing food. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two over a glass of wine and fresh selections so authentic you might as well pretend you’re in Italy.

Bristol Seafood Grill

This is the place to dine if you want a luxurious seafood dinner. You’ll have the best of both surf and turf here, and the wait staff will take good care of you.

Tony’s

Tony’s offers a classic and elegant St. Louis experience and a world-class menu. Table-side preparation, educated wine recommendations and professional service add classy touches to the evening.

Mission Taco Joint

If a white-tablecloth dinner isn’t really your style this Valentine’s Day, head to Mission Taco Joint. A casual, cool atmosphere and affordable prices make this a great place to stop for dinner if you’re planning other adventures in the city afterwards. There are tons of authentic tacos to choose from, a wide selection of beers to quench your thirst.

Did we miss anywhere that you think should be on this list? Let us know by commenting below and we’ll be happy to update it with your own experiences!

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

how to keep New Year’s Resolutions 2016 is over and 2017 is here. A great way to start off the new year on the right foot is by setting some resolutions for yourself. Of course, making New Year’s Resolutions is the easy part. What is much harder is keeping up with those resolutions as the year rolls along! However, as difficult as this task may be, it is not impossible. To help you achieve your goals in 2017, make sure to follow these tips for how to keep New Year’s Resolutions.

Tip #1: Be Specific

One way to easily make a goal difficult to reach is by making that goal vague. Unspecified endpoints can ultimately be the undoing for your resolution. Be specific with your goal, so as to have a distinct and recognizable destination.

Tip #2: Find a Friend to Help

Sometimes self-motivation is simply not enough. That’s where friends can lend a helping hand. Ask one or more of your friends to help you keep to your resolution. You can even help them keep New Year’s Resolutions of their own in return.

Tip #3: Set Short Term Goals along the Way

Sometimes, your resolution can seem very far off. To help motivate you in the interim, you can always set smaller short term goals to increase your motivation.

Whatever your New Year’s Resolution is for 2017, our team at Fairground Auto Plaza wishes you the best of luck reaching it.

2017 Chevrolet Lineup Awards Reach Record Number

2017 Chevrolet LineupIf it seems like Chevrolet is raking in awards left and right for its vehicles, that’s because it is. The American carmaker recently broke a brand record in the number of awards given to its 2017 Chevrolet lineup. This number reached 18 earlier this month and was led by the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range and an affordable starting price of $37,495, which is why it’s quickly become one of the most awarded vehicles in the industry. It not only earned a position on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars list, but was named the Best New Car to Buy by Green Car Reports, Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal, and Best EV by Car Connection.

Among the other Chevrolet award recipients were the Camaro 1LE and Corvette Grand Sport, which were also named to the Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. Six other Chevy models earned Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy awards, while the Impala and Tahoe were also recognized as Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award recipients.

Finally, the Hispanic Motor Press also named the Bolt EV, Camaro, and Colorado as the best vehicles in their segments.

To see Chevrolet’s record-breaking, award-winning 2017 lineup for yourself, make sure you stop in to Fairground Auto Plaza. There are plenty of models for you to see and to test drive.