Take a Look at Some of Buick’s Best Safety Features

Buick’s best safety features

Across its impressive lineup of luxury models, Buick offers a host of standard and available safety features that elevate the driver’s experience behind the wheel. Here’s a glimpse at a few of Buick’s best safety features, available on vehicles today at George Gee Buick GMC:

Side Blind Zone Alert

Using advanced radar to detect vehicles approaching your blind zone, Side Blind Zone Alert keeps drivers aware with a visual warning on the side mirror, reducing the number of collisions caused by blind zones.

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

It’s easy to start drifting while you’re behind the wheel, especially in the midst of an extended trip on the freeway. Lane Departure Warning from Buick alerts drivers when they start to leave their lane if their turn signal has not been activated. It even helps to smoothly guide your vehicle back into its proper lane position.

OnStar

OnStar has earned the trust of millions of driver across the United States. OnStar offers numerous emergency services, including Automatic Crash Response and Roadside Assistance, so you can embark on the open road with increased confidence for yourself and all your precious cargo.

Front Pedestrian Braking

Front Pedestrian Braking helps to protect yourself and others. The system alerts you to pedestrians ahead and, if an unavoidable collision is detected and the brakes have not already been initiated, will automatically trigger the brakes and send out both a visual and audible alert.

To explore each of these impressive technologies, be sure to visit George Gee Buick GMC.

Everything You Need to Know about the Updated 2019 Buick Envision

2019 Buick Envision at George Gee

2019 Buick Envision

Customers spoke, and Buick listened. The updates to the 2019 Buick Envision were developed and designed with Buick customer feedback at the forefront, meaning a more satisfying and driver-centric Buick experience for you.

Here is what you can expect from the 2019 Buick Envision:

  • New exterior design elements, including: a “flying wing” front grille; “spread-wing” LED headlights; chrome-trimmed fog lights; a refreshed lower bumper; diamond-shaped LED taillights; trapezoidal tailpipes; and more chrome accents in the rear.
  • A new 19-inch tire option.
  • A new nine-speed transmission with the 2.0-liter turbo engine option; torque is improved to 295 lb-ft. with this engine option.
  • A deactivation switch for the auto-stop function.
  • New interior amenities, including: next-generation wireless charging, an updated hands-free microphone, fast-warming heated seats, enhanced visibility for the rear-vision camera, and an ionizer for improved air-quality and odor-control.
  • Rosewood Red and Meteoric Iron Gray exterior paint colors.

The upgraded Envision has been cruising streets across China since the fall of 2017, but was only recently unveiled in North American markets. If you’re at all intrigued by the updates to the 2019 Buick Envision, plan on stopping by George Gee Buick GMC soon to check them out for yourself.

Spokane Spring Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Spring Event in Spokane

If you’re like our staff here at George Gee Buick GMC, then you look forward to the coming of spring all throughout the year. Not only is spring the perfect time to get out and enjoy a scenic drive, but it’s also a great time of year to experience all the Spokane area has to offer. Here are some of our top picks for Spokane spring events that you shouldn’t miss.

Sound of Music

You can experience the award-winning Sound of Music in a brand new production coming to the INB Performing Arts Center this March 22 – 25. Whether you’re a big musical fan, or just curious to find out what the production’s all about, be sure to catch this musical’s limited run.

National Geographic Live

 Visiting the INB Performing Arts Center on March 28, former International Space Station Commander Terry Virts offers stunning video and images of our planet and beyond, and interesting insights into a huge variety of subjects.

Spokane County Raceway

 From NASCAR to drag racing, the Spokane County Raceway has a particularly exciting schedule of events for the 2018 season. Things kick off April 7, so be sure to make plans to check out some incredible racing this spring.

Paw Patrol Live

 Kids and families of all ages will love this live-action performance of Paw Patrol, coming to the INB Performing Arts Center April 7 and 8. This wholesome production is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family, so be sure not to miss it.

With the arrival of spring, you’ll find that the Spokane community offers plenty of enjoyable activities.

Visit the Upcoming Spokane Great Outdoors and Bike Expo

Great Outdoors and Bike ExpoDo you love the outdoors? Then come check out the Spokane Great Outdoors and Bike Expo. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, virtually everyone can enjoy the upcoming Expo. This showcase will not only show you the latest products on the market, but there are also contests, giveaways, and much more. We at George Gee Buick GMC couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming show, which is just a short drive from Liberty Lake, WA.

According to Visit Spokane, the Great Outdoors and Bike Expo will be held on February 24 to 25 from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday. The event will be at the Spokane Convention Center, and there is a $10 admission charge at the door. This is a great activity for the family or even for a date.

The Expo will feature a variety of displays and activities. This two-day event will focus on outdoor recreation and travel, but it will also have things like free clinics, product demonstrations, and speakers. For those who love riding, you can test mountain bikes, road bikes, commuters, and even electric-assist models. There’s cornhole, horseshoes, and other outdoor games, and there will even be a rock climbing wall.

In short, this is one event you won’t want to miss. The Pacific North West is heaven for anyone who loves the outdoors, and the Bike Expo is one way to make the most of your experience in and around Spokane.

Ski Resorts Near Spokane

With so many ski resorts in the Spokane area to choose from, finding one that offers the best value is no easy task. Fortunately, we here at George Gee Buick GMC have a few recommended ski resorts near Spokane that are worth a visit.

Ski Resorts Near Spokane WA

Bear Creek Lodge        

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend of hitting the slopes, Bear Creek Lodge is the place to be. With everything from snowshoeing and snowmobiling to tubing, there’s something for everyone this winter season. Located just a quarter mile from the entrance of Mt. Spokane State Park, the lodge offers a great view of nature at its best.

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort

The 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort is home to some of the best slopes in the state of Washington. With skiing lessons for visitors of all ages, including young children, there are few better family-friendly resorts in the area. The Selkirk Mountains in Colville National Forest offer scenic views for those looking to see everything that Spokane has to offer.

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

Getting in a few hours on the slopes is exactly what the Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park was designed for. The mile-long Terrain Park features new rails designed for snowboarders of all experience levels. A tubing hill is great for younger children. The park also offers night skiing for those who want an after-dark experience.

The Meaning Behind GMC’s Vehicle Names

GMC Vehicle Name Meanings

Have you ever wondered where your favorite vehicles get their names from? It’s not a haphazard process. The vehicles at George Gee Buick GMC all have their name for a reason. Read on to discover how GMC’s vehicle names are chosen.

Terrain

A terrain is any stretch of land, no matter what its features may be. The GMC Terrain, though small, is ready to tackle any terrain with ease.

Acadia

Before Acadia was associated with a GMC SUV, it was recognized as the name of a territory in Canada. The winters in that area are rough—the kind that only something as capable as the GMC Acadia could handle.

Yukon

Like Acadia, Yukon is a territory in Canada. Yukon borders Alaska, so it’s no surprise that its winters are equally cruel. The GMC Yukon is built to handle weather like the tough winters in Yukon itself.

Canyon

The GMC Canyon is a capable mid-size truck, named after some of the rugged landscape features that it’s fit to explore.

Sierra

Since a Sierra is defined as a mountain chain, it makes sense that GMC’s capable, full-size truck would be named after such a rugged terrain.

Denali

This title continues with GMC’s tradition of naming its vehicles after geographical features. Denali is the highest peak in North America. If you want the highest luxury possible, you choose the GMC Denali trim.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

How to Prepare Your Car For Winter

Winter is right around the corner, bringing with it cold weather, snow, and ice, all intent on doing damage to your car. That is why it is imperative that you take some time now to get your car ready for winter. Here are a few tips on how to do so:

  • Have your battery tested.

    Bring your car into George Gee Buick GMC, and we’ll gladly test your battery. Having a weak battery in the winter can lead to a car that won’t start, which is never fun, especially not when it’s cold outside.

  • Check your tires.

    Make sure the tread on your tires is good enough to survive until spring. It’s also a good idea to rotate them (and get that oil changed now) before heading into winter. Remember to frequently check their air pressure as well.

  • Test your heater, defroster, and lights.

    Make sure your heater and defroster work efficiently before the temperatures drop. Now that it’s getting darker sooner, check all your lights—taillights, brake lights, headlights, and more—to ensure you’ve got good visibility this winter.

  • Replace your wiper blades.

    Avoid a streaky windshield during the blizzards by replacing old wiper blades now.

Need help prepping your car for winter? Bring it into George Gee Buick GMC for service. We’re happy to help!