Camping Tips To Celebrate National Camping Month

Get some great camping tips to enjoy National Camping Month!

Get some great camping tips to enjoy National Camping Month!

June is the month where we finally emerge from our abodes and shake off the last remnants of cabin fever. It also happens to be one of the best months to pitch a tent and brave it for all-night adventures in the wild (or semi-wild). Makes sense then that June is National Camping Month.

As many of you have likely experienced, camping can be tough. To ensure that your night out amongst the flora and fauna goes off without a hitch, here are a few helpful camping tips.

Make sure you bring the right supplies! Some sort of water filter and hydration bladders to store the water. Fire resistant gloves are a must if you enjoy cooking over a campfire. A multi-tool is absolutely essential to any camping trip.

Your success can largely depend on your campsite. Choose a location upwind from your neighbors, away from potentially falling dead branches, but otherwise with plenty of tree cover to abate a light rain.

Trail Sherpa provides other tricks to help you have the best camping trip possible. “Cotton balls with a smear of petroleum jelly make great fire starters,” and “Create various zones at your campsite,” like one for eating, another for lounging, etc. Bring activities and games for the kids! Camping can be thrilling for them, but it helps to keep them occupied at all times.  Tell us here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY your camping tips!

How to Read a Tires Size

There is only one thing, well four really, that connects your vehicle to the ground. When you really think about that, you realize how important they are. Traction, stopping distance, and reaction time are just some of the things that the tires have a huge impact on.

No matter what tires you buy, you’ll eventually need to replace them. To do that, you need to have an idea on what to look for. So what do you need? Well, luckily your old tires have this information on them – But maybe you want to know what it all means? Luckily for you, Autobytel was kind enough to put together a video giving a quick overview of what it all means!

Check it out below, and if you still have questions, just come on down to Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC and ask our knowledgeable service department!

GMC Reveals the Bold New 2014 Sierra 1500

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The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 was revealed this past Thursday, and saying we’re impressed is an understatement.

First of all, the 2014 Sierra is the most powerful truck ever offered in GMC’s history.  Consumers will have a choice of a 4.3L V6, a 5.3L V8 and a 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 engine.  This not only translates to some incredibly impressive hauling capability, but also great fuel economy.  One of the great aspects of the EcoTec3 engine is that it features Active Fuel Management technology, which means that it seamlessly switches to run on four cylinders during light-load driving to save you fuel.

The interior of the 2014 Sierra is one of the most luxurious-feeling we’ve ever encountered in a truck.  Use of premium materials and attention to detail surround you, and the instrument panel even features a 4.2-inch Driver Information Center with radio, navigation, and even information regarding your truck’s status.

We couldn’t be more excited to feature the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 in our showroom in the near future.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu: Engineered for Proficiency, Style and Performance

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As we think of the most stylish cars we know of, the Malibu jumps to the top of the list.  Even fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi thinks so.

“I don’t design cars, but I know great design when I see it and that’s how my newest collection was born,” said Mizrahi, referring to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

The 2013 Malibu really is brains and beauty in an all-in-one package.  Not only is it beautifully designed, with refined surface materials such as chrome, woodgrain and metallic accents, but with an EPA-estimated 37 MPG on the highway in the Malibu Eco, it’s one of the smartest cars you’ll ever drive.  The brains originate from the fuel-efficient drive in the available 7-inch diagonal touch-screen.  This screen includes a Power Flow display that indicates which mode eAssist is in as well as Pandora and Stitcher internet radio.

If you’re interested in experiencing the 2013 Malibu for yourself, stop by our dealership in Paintsville, KY!

Chevrolet’s Attempt at a Purely Electric Spark is a Huge Success

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV was introduced to the world last Tuesday, and we immediately felt a buzz in the air when it happened.  To date, Chevrolet accounts for over 50 percent of all EV sales in the United States, and the technology behind the Spark really piggy-backs off of what we’ve already seen in the Volt by taking what already works and improving it.

First off, the 2014 Spark EV is expected to have the best range of any car currently in the EV segment.  Plus, its motor and drive unit are expected to deliver best-in-class acceleration.

“When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mpg in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America.

Also, the 2014 Spark EV will be equipped with two seven-inch, high-resolution LCD screens for displaying on-the-fly vehicle updates and infotainment.  Our favorite feature, though, is the DC Fast Charging capability.  With this, your Spark is able to be charged to 80 percent capacity within 20 minutes.  That means no more waiting over night for a charge!

Although initial markets for the Spark are mainly in the Western United States, we hope it won’t be long for the Spark EV to reach Kentucky!

Are Tires Just Spinning Rubber? Not To GM

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How important is it to have specific types of tires on your car?  According to a recent study performed by GM and a few independent researchers, the type of tires you have on your car is very important.

According to their study, having an optimized tire design can increase your mpg by up to seven percent!  That can be anywhere from three to five mpg on some of today’s cars, and that really adds up over time.  This is exactly why GM is performing research on the tires they use, looking at aspects such as tread pattern, construction, material quality and processing techniques.

The testing and research is being performed at the National Tire Research Center, which officially opened last month.

“This facility’s equipment…can test tires in the full range of the performance spectrum,” said Frank Della Pia, executive director for the tire research center.  “It can test tires in the full range of the performance spectrum.  This facility has no peer in the world.”

Equipping your Buick, Chevrolet or GMC vehicle with the right tires can mean all the difference when it comes to the safety and performance of your vehicle.  Use our Tire Finder Tool to find the right tire for your vehicle.

GM is Ready to Focus on EVs in the Next Five Years

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Five years is like a life time when it comes to technology.  Think about it: between the years 2007 and 2012, smart phones were developed, LED lighting was perfected, we gained “cloud” computing and social media hit its stride with Facebook.  Who knows where technology will take cars in the next five years?

GM is taking a guess where they’ll be, and that is focusing on electric vehicles, or “EVs.”  GM even says that they are prepared to have 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2017.  That’s a bold statement.  Don’t get us wrong, we love the Volt, but even those wonder cars are closer to having 20,000 units sold so far this year than 100,000.

Of course, though, GM isn’t claiming they’ll have half a million fully-electric vehicles like the Volt on the road by 2017.  They’re including vehicles that have systems like eAssist as well.  Even so, there are bound to be several more fully-electric vehicles on the road by 2017 (hopefully the Cadillac ELR concept car is one of them), and we’re excited to see where GM will fit into the future’s “EV world.”

2013 Chevrolet Suburban – Space of an SUV, Power of a Truck

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Is it an SUV, or is it a truck?  Think of the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban as a sort of hybrid of the two; it has the space of a Tahoe (it’s 20 inches longer, in fact), yet has the power of a Silverado.

The Suburban’s passenger space is quite nice.  This comes from the fact that it is home to three very spacious rows of seating, thanks to the Suburban being one of the widest and longest SUVs on the market.  Even for those without a large family, removing the second and third rows provides the driver with 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row.

The Suburban’s space is not the only substantial aspect of this large SUV.  On 2500 models of the Suburban, its 6.0-liter V-6 is capable of producing 352 horsepower.  Even the 1500 offers incredible strength under the hood with its 5.3-liter V-8 capable of producing 320 horsepower.

If you’re interested in taking spacious and powerful 2013 Suburban for a test drive, please call us at (866)-661-1832.

GMC 2500 HD Sets Land Speed Towing Record

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The record for the fastest vehicle towing a trailer is 141.998 mph.  The only reason we know this is because the guys from Diesel Power just broke the previous record of 139.11 mph, and they did it using a souped-up GMC 2500 HD.  This truck had over 1,000 horsepower and was set up with a two-stage nitrous.  The main focus was on the engine and getting it up to 1,000 horsepower; little was done in the way of reducing wind resistance.

Of course, they recommend in normal circumstances never towing past the recommended speed limit, and not past 55 mph when you can help it.

Although we can’t guarantee that the 2013 GMC 2500HDs at our dealership will be capable of this feat without quite a bit of tweaking, we still recommend that you come check one of them out or take one for a test drive!  We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.

Reviewing the 2013 GMC Terrain

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The 2013 GMC Terrain is a fantastic SUV that’s full of space, storage, comfort and even power.  We’re proud to say that we carry this luxurious SUV at our dealership in Paintsville, KY.

First of all, we think it’s pretty incredible that GMC was able to upgrade the V6 to a 3.6 V6 (over the previous 3.0 V6), yet keep the fuel economy the same (17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway).  This means you’re getting a more powerful vehicle without sacrificing a thing.

Next, we’d like to talk about some special features of the Terrain.  You get a standard 7-inch color touchscreen display and you can enhance the audio system with the IntelliLink system, which uses Bluetooth streaming audio to integrate apps such as Pandora radio from your smartphone into the system.

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, this is one that you shouldn’t pass up.  Please stop by our dealership and take this beautiful SUV for a testdrive.