Best Products to Keep Your Car Clean and Shining

Premium vehicles like the ones at Sterling Buick GMC retain their value best when you care for them. That means regular car washes and detailing, inside and out. Make sure your garage is stocked with the following products to keep your car clean.

Exterior

  • Car wash soap and wax. Don’t be tempted by the dish soap you have in your kitchen. For optimal results in protecting its paint for years to come, use a soap from an auto parts store that is specifically designed to clean cars. Follow up with a thorough wax.
  • Microfiber towels. You may also be tempted to use bath towels or even old T-shirts when scrubbing your car and drying it off. This can be a huge mistake, as it can eventually scratch the paint. Instead, use soft microfiber towels to avoid scratches when drying your car.
  • Pressure washer. Don’t rely on the garden hose. Instead, browse the internet for a power washer meant to wash vehicles.
  • Other products. Your garage should also include a wheel/tire cleaner and a headlight renewal kit.

Interior

  • Cordless vacuum and carpet cleaner. Your feet bring lots of unwanted dirt into your Buick or GMC. Get a portable, cordless vacuum to make easy work of the cleanup. And always remember to clean the carpets after using the correct shampoo.
  • Leather conditioner. To maintain the integrity of your leather, regularly clean it with a high-quality leather conditioner.
  • All-purpose interior cleaner. For easy interior detailing, you can purchase an all-in-one interior cleaner that works on leather, vinyl, carpet, and fabric.

If you want your vehicle to run as cleanly as it looks, bring it to Sterling Buick GMC for an inspection and tune-up.

Tips for Taking Dogs on a Road Trip

If you’ve taken your dogs on a road trip before, you know the challenges that can arise. Traveling with your four-legged friends can be an absolute joy, but if you want to do it safely — and sanely — you’ll want to take note of these simple pet-travel tips:

Ease Them Into It

If your dog is unaccustomed to driving or being in a car, don’t shock it with a multi-day trek. Take it on a few moderate-length drives leading up to the full trip to ease her into it. Even animals who are veterans of in-car riding could use a little refamiliarization before an extended journey.

Bring a Crate

If a crate can fit safely inside your vehicle, consider bringing it with you and leaving your dog inside it during the drive. They may hate to be cooped up, but this will be the safest place for them in a collision. It will also prevent them from jumping around and being a distraction to the driver. If you can’t fit a crate, consider alternate means of harnessing your dog in place.

Pack the Essentials

Food and water are a must, of course, but don’t forget these other pet travel essentials: a beloved toy or pillow, blanket, leash, pooper-scooper, medications, extra collar, and a brush.

Sterling Buick GMC has many SUVs and trucks in stock that make great road trip vehicles for you and your dog.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Truck

A little TLC and regular maintenance can go a long way toward extending the life of your trusty pickup. Here at Sterling Buick GMC, we’ve gathered some of the best tips for taking care of your truck.

Maintain the Tires

It’s no secret that truck tires go through plenty of wear and tear, especially if you head off-road often. That’s why tire rotations and an annual alignment are important. Not only do they extending the life of your tires, but these maintenance items can protect your suspension, too.

Get Regular Oil Changes

Oil changes are one of the most important parts of routine maintenance. A simple oil change can go a long way in extending the life of your engine. After all, new oil does a better job of cooling, lubricating, and protecting the engine block!

Change the Air Filter

Over time, your engine air filter will become clogged up with dirt, dust, and debris. It’s extremely important to change your engine air filter in order to keep the air flowing smoothly through the engine block. A clean filter can help optimize your truck’s efficiency as well.

Know Your Truck’s Limits

Your owner’s manual should tell you what you need to know about your truck’s capabilities. It includes payload and towing capacities, a full maintenance schedule, and what each dashboard light means. It pays to know your truck’s limits. Exceeding your truck’s payload capacity, for example, can do significant damage and shorten your truck’s life.