Making the Most of Your Onstar Remotelink App
You can download the free app from the app store on your device. Once downloaded and installed, you must create an online account. You can do this through the app itself by selecting “Create Account” in the bottom right hand corner of the app's log in screen. You can also go to Onstar.com and select “Create Account”. What you will need is your Onstar account number, (which you can find in your first diagnostic email that was sent to you or by pushing the blue Onstar button in your vehicle and asking the Onstar Adviser), your home zip code and the email address you provided Onstar during the activation call.
Once your account is created, log into the app and hit the Update Bar at the top. Once updated with the current vehicle information, you can begin to use the app.
The first thing you will want to do is use the remote. You can select Lock, Unlock, Start, Cancel Start, Sound Horns and Lights, or Cancel Horns and Lights. (You will only have the remote start feature if your vehicle has a factory remote start installed). Unlike the remote on your key fob, you only need to select the action you want to take. There is no button combination that needs to be enacted. Once you select the action you want to take, you will be prompted to enter you four digit PIN number. After this, the app will send your request and let you know when it has been completed.
Another great feature available through Onstar in all vehicles during the first 6 months of ownership, and available always if you subscribe to the Directions and Connections package of Onstar (or if you have Navigation built into your vehicle), is the ability to search for any address through the app's navigation screen and then send that address to your vehicle remotely, so it will be waiting for you inside when you next start that vehicle.
To do this, go to the Navigation screen in the Onstar Remotelink App, enter an address in the search field at the top of the screen and hit search. Once the address has been located, select that address and you will be given the choice to send that address to your vehicle either through Onstar's Navigation feature or directly into your vehicle’s own Navigation System.
When you start your vehicle, your address will be waiting for you on your Mylink screen, ready for you to begin navigation. This is a fantastic way to enter an address while you are on the move.
There is a lot of great information about your vehicle provided for you inside the Onstar Remotelink App. I would encourage you to try it out today. If you would like assistance with setting up your Onstar Remotelink App or have any other questions regarding your GM vehicle, please give me a call or stop by the dealership. I would love to help.
Nyk Edinger, Technology Specialist
New for 2015
The Honda Fit returns fully revamped and redesigned for the 2015 model year.
Fit for a King, Designed Just for You
Subcompact cars rarely instill a great deal of excitement among car shoppers like larger, more powerful models do. But consumers flock to them all the same due to their fuel-efficiency, commendable utility, and modest starting MSRP. Indeed, the original Fit offered all of that and more, providing drivers with fun-to-drive road manners, a thrifty yet pliant engine, and a flexible interior with enough space for occupants and cargo.
Now, for 2015, the Fit returns. Only this time, Honda is looking to push the limits even further. Using its bold new looks as a launch pad, the 2015 Fit’s heightened visuals will surely appeal to a wide swath of consumers, while a larger interior, improved fuel economy, and overall higher-quality interior merely add to its impressive list of charms. In truth, the only thing more impressive is the car’s $15,525 starting price.*
Powertrains and Performance
Providing a fun driving demeanor while forgoing the type of wallet-sapping fuel-economy often associated with larger vehicles proved the cornerstone of past Fit models. And we’re happy to report that trend continues for 2015.
Under the Fit’s stubby hood lives a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that serves up a delightful 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, while customers looking for a more hands-off approach can opt for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
As mentioned, fuel economy is strong across the lineup, thanks to its direct fuel-injection technology. The six-speed delivers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined (29 city/37 highway).** And despite our own preference for manuals, the 2015 Fit’s CVT puts in an excellent shift (pun intended) thanks to a remarkable 36 combined mpg rating (32 city/38 highway).**
As for driving pleasure, the 2015 Honda Fit is happy to oblige. Zipping around town still appears to be the Fit’s natural habitat, but it’s more than capable of getting up to highway speeds in a jiffy, and maintains a great deal of composure even at higher speeds.
Cornering is another area where the Fit feels focused. Drivers will find the new six-speed manual a breeze to operate, while even the CVT proves more than capable thanks to smart downshifts that provide ample acceleration when called upon.
Features and Trims
The 2015 Honda Fit is available in LX, EX, EX-L, and EX-L with Navi trim levels.
The 2015 Fit is lavishly equipped, with standard exterior equipment on LX models comprising of 15-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera, with the latter a fairly uncommon feature within this segment, let alone a standard feature.
Other standard equipment includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth® phone connectivity that allows for hands-free calling and music streaming, and a five-inch display screen. The 2015 Fit also comes with a four-speaker sound system with CD player and USB/iPod ports.
Customers wishing to step up to EX models get 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, and a sunroof. Honda also ups the car’s tech quotient with a larger seven-inch touchscreen, Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring system, and an upgraded six-speaker audio system that adds native Pandora® music streaming functionality.
Finally, the top-of-the-totem pole EX adds a number of creature comforts such as heated mirrors, leather upholstery, and heated front seats, while the EX-L with Navi adds a navigation system with voice recognition features for hands-free searching.
Car names often fall short of their mark but that’s not the case with the 2015 Fit. In keeping with its moniker, the Fit is taut and handsome, with just the right amount of athleticism mixed in to keep owners and onlookers excited.
Previous models were certainly fun, offering up a good mix of character and dynamism, but with the 2015 Fit’s redesign, the bar has been raised across the board to create one attractive car that is simply leaps and bounds above the competition.
We already mentioned the use of improved materials in the 2015 Fit’s interior, but it cannot be overstated what an impact this has had. The word "premium" is rarely bandied about with compact hatchbacks but the Fit’s new cabin certainly has that “premium” feel. In addition to new materials, Honda’s designers have also gone about penning an exciting interior that feels every bit as dynamic and as eye-catching as the exterior.
The front bucket seats are a particular highlight; they’re nicely bolstered and offer excellent support. Instrumentation has also been given equal attention and now sport a soft and alluring blue glow. Underlining everything is an abundance of cup holders, storage bins, and Honda’s excellent “Magic” rear seat, which can fold completely flat or flip bottom up, further incresing space and utility.
Small in stature but big on safety, every 2015 Honda Fit includes standard antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active head restraints.
Notable advanced safety features include Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot system (EX and EX-L trim), which instantly switches the 7-inch screen's display to a low and wide view of the passenger side blind spot when the right turn signal is engaged.
Despite its diminutive frame, the 2015 Honda Fit has a lot to offer. Few vehicles are able to match the car’s sprightly handling and impressive performance, while also delivering the same outstanding level of fuel economy.
Likewise, Honda’s redesign has totally revitalized the Fit, boosting appeal and value in one fell swoop. Toss in an exciting new interior that boasts a remarkably premium feel, a welcome amount of space for cargo and occupants alike, and there is virtually nothing the 2015 Honda Fit isn’t capable of. And while Honda’s latest model may be 'fit' for a king, it won’t cost you a princely sum to get behind the wheel.
So for the sake of fun, adventure, and maybe even your wallet, be sure to contact your local Honda dealer today and experience the 2015 Fit for yourself.*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $790.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX and EX 6MT models. 33 city/41 highway/36 combined mpg rating for LX CVT model. 32 city/38 highway/35 combined mpg rating for EX and EX-L CVT models. 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 33 city/41 highway/36 combined mpg rating for CVT model without paddle shifters. 32 city/38 highway/35 combined mpg rating for CVT models with paddle shifters. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
For years now power has been the lifeblood of trucks and SUVs. For vehicles that are expected to provide unmatched utility, towing, and off-roading prowess, churning out large amounts of torque and horsepower makes sense. Nowadays, however, consumers demand more from their trucks and SUVs. It’s no longer enough for a truck to be a heavy hauler or for an SUV to venture off road. No, consumers demand efficiency from their engines, too, and Chevrolet is ready to meet those demands.
In an effort to develop more powerful yet fuel-efficient vehicles, Chevrolet recently announced that its new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on 2015 Silverado models equipped with the brand’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine.
The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed is approximately the same size and weight as the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic. Its 7.0 overall gear ratio spread is wider than GM’s six-speed automatic transmissions, providing a numerically higher first gear ratio that help drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering. The 8L90 also enables numerically lower rear axle ratios, which reduce engine rpm on the highway.
Despite being more efficient, the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 is the most powerful engine offered in any light-duty pickup. Capable of generating 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, Chevrolet's workhorse offers a maximum available trailer rating of 12,000 pounds, based on SAE J2807 Recommended Practices. And as with other cutting-edge EcoTec3 engines, it seamlessly switches to four-cylinder operation under lighter loads, which greatly improves fuel economy.
Powerful and efficient engines are but a few reasons to own a Chevrolet truck. For more information, or to test drive one of many amazing models, be sure to visit our dealership today.
Auto owners like you take pride in their cars. Regardless of whether you bought a new car from the showroom or bought your car used, you want to keep your vehicle looking like new for a long time. Unfortunately, modern life is the enemy of a great-looking car. Tar and stones from roadways can wreak havoc on beautiful finishes. Other drivers can carelessly dent your car in parking lots and refuse to accept responsibility for the damage. Debris flying out of trucks, birds, and other problems add to the long list of threats to your car. Rather than accepting dings, scrapes and grime on your car as a fact of life, follow these five steps to keep the exterior of your car looking fabulous.
1. Get covered
Rain, snow, and sunshine can all adversely affect the exterior of your car. You can do little about the weather while driving your car, but when you get home, you can cover your car to protect its beautiful finish. Although garages offer the best protection against outside forces for your car, you might find out that you can get similar results by using a car port or a portable garage. A portable garage is a flexible cover that you can put over your vehicle to protect its exterior while not in use.
2. Paint Protection Film
Special products exist that help protect the finish of your car at all times, even while you drive. Paint protection film creates a layer of protection between the exterior surfaces of your car and the environment, so your car can withstand an array of road hazards. This type of product eliminates expensive trips to your dealer’s body shop for touchup work and preserves the resale value of your car. Ask your dealer what recommended paint protection products will work best for your model.
3. Wash Your Car
Although a carwash can put the exterior of your car in jeopardy, it can help prevent harmful grime build up. If you care a lot for your car, you will give it a loving hand-wash and wax periodically to keep its finish looking great. While you wash, you can look for new scrapes and dents that either you or your dealer can quickly repair before they become ugly and embarrassing.
4. Cautious Parking
Parking lots pose some of the most severe threats to auto exteriors. Regardless of how carefully you park, someone else will come along and park too close to your car, giving your car a free dent. Although often minor, parking-lot damage can cost a lot to repair. Motorists these days live with the fear that a claim will cause their insurance premiums to rise, so they might not take responsibility for denting or scraping your car. It’s time to take parking into your own hands. You can try taking up two spots when you park, making it impossible for other car doors to reach your vehicle. Also, you can park far away from other cars where most people will never park. The long walk will give you valuable health benefits, and the remote parking spot can help prevent damage to your car.
5. Common Sense
Your best defense against scrapes, dents, and grime might reside under your own hat. Common sense should tell you to avoid roads while they undergo paving line-painting work. Avoid attempting to enter narrow alleys and resist the temptation to drive up to your mailbox when you get home at the end of the day. Never drive your car near trees and bushes. Always avoid dirt or gravel roads. Also, keep your garage and carport clear of tools and other objects that can easily fall and damage your car.
Getting your kids ready for school after a long vacation can prove to be a hassle for everyone involved. The transition can be smooth or bumpy, depending on your kids’ frame of mind during the summer. Successfully getting your children in the ‘back-to-school’ mindset involves organization, repetition, and routine. Keep reading for tips on making your kids’ transition back to school as easy as possible for you and your children.
Talk about school
Frequently remind your kids that their first day back to school is coming up, and set up a calendar with the first day circled. Sit down with your kids and ask them how they are feeling about the upcoming school year. Be encouraging and supportive. Begin with the understanding that all kids experience some sort of hesitation or anxiety when going back to school. Remind your kids that it will be nice to see their friends and classmates again, and give them positive ideas about returning to school. Mention exciting opportunities such as making new friends, joining clubs or sport teams, or even just learning about interesting subjects.
Start a sleeping schedule
During the summer, kids often go to sleep late and wake up late. Start implementing earlier bedtimes at least a week or two before the first day of school. Nothing will make an early morning routine worse than a lack of sleep the night before. Plus, kids need a full night’s sleep to stay mentally alert and involved in class all day. Even older kids will benefit from this new sleep schedule, and it will make learning and morning routines much easier once school starts.
Establish morning and evening routines
Practicing daily routines will significantly decrease early morning chaos on the first day of school. Getting into a set morning routine that includes waking up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast will speed things along on that first day back. Set a morning schedule now, and get your child an alarm clock to decrease your morning rush and to give them the responsibility of waking themselves up in the morning. In the evenings, cut back on TV and videogame time. During the school year, this time will be spent doing homework. Get your kids in the routine of reading in the evenings during summer vacation to make the transition back to school easier.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Research has continually shown that eating a healthy breakfast every day is extremely important, especially for young children and students. Without proper nutrition in the morning, kids tend to feel drowsy and distracted. Many children don’t like eating breakfast in the morning because they are not used to getting up that early, so as soon as you begin setting a practical sleeping schedule for your kids, also introduce a healthy breakfast routine. A nutritious breakfast will give your kids the long-lasting energy that they need to kick start their school day.
Unless you pay for school lunches, your kids’ midday meal usually comes from home. Get yourself or your children in the habit of planning their lunches the night before. You can also pack the non-perishable items in their lunches the night before to save even more time in the morning. Include healthy snacks and try to limit the amount of junk food and sugary drinks in their lunches. Nutritious snacks will give your kids the energy and important nutrients that they need to focus on learning.
Lay out clothes
Avoid last-minute searches for socks or your kids’ favorite article of clothing by laying out their outfit for the next day the night before. Ask your child for input and suggestions to help them feel a sense of inclusion and responsibility. For younger children, practicing getting dressed quickly and efficiently can save lots of time and hassle in the mornings.
Shop early for school supplies
Going shopping for school supplies ahead of time will relieve the anxiety of having incomplete supplies on the first day of school, and will also help prepare your child for school. Bring your kids along with you and have them help pick out the things that they want to use for school. Most school systems provide complete lists of necessary school supplies to make your shopping trip even easier.
Set up a study area
A designated study area will help keep your kids focused on homework, assignments, and studying. This space can also double as an area where your kids’ school items are located. Backpacks, lunchboxes, and the next day’s clothes will all be conveniently located in one spot the night before, so in the morning your kids have everything they need already prepared and laid out for them.
Go over safety tips
Last but not least, it is important to go over safety tips before your kids leave for their first day of school. Teach your children basic safety measures such as to never travel alone and to stay away from strangers. More importantly, teach your kids to be aware of situations and actions that are out of the ordinary, and to follow their own instincts. Make sure they know that if something doesn’t feel right, they should keep their distance and tell an adult.
Having everything prepared and organized ahead of time will save you and your children a lot of time and energy, and it will give your kids time to prepare and get excited for the upcoming school year! By reintroducing school-year habits and routines before school starts, kids naturally shift out of the summer mindset and get ready for a year of learning.
Quick, when you think “Labor Day,” what immediately comes to mind? Sales? Grills? Football? Before firing up the grill, driving to the mall, or donning your team’s colors, take a look at some facts about Labor Day that might surprise you.
The first Labor Day was actually a Tuesday. Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City, to be exact. The holiday didn’t officially move to the first weekend of September until 1884.
McGuire or Maguire?
The subject of Labor Day’s father is a little controversial. Historically, carpenter and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, Peter J. McGuire, has been credited for suggesting the holiday to honor the working man. Others claim that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, was the real founder. Maguire fans cite research that shows he suggested the holiday in 1882 as secretary of the Central Labor Union in NY.
Average American worker
The average American worker in the late 1800s deserved a break much more than the average American worker today. Typical work weeks involved 12-hour days, seven days a week, just for basic living wages. Some factories and mines even employed children as young as five or six-years-old.
The Parade That Almost Wasn’t
The first official record of Labor Day recorded it as a celebration that should host a street parade to show to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, then a festival for recreation and amusement. The first parade’s turnout was so paltry that it was almost cancelled, until two hundred marchers from the Jewelers Union of Newark Two showed up with a band and saved the day.
Canada was first
Yes, Canada coined the first Labor Day in 1872, ten years before the U.S., but it was more of a large demonstration for workers’ rights than a celebration of laborers.
Sorry folks, but it’s time to put away your crisp white linen suits and white leather pants, if you have them. Technically, it’s no longer in fashion to wear white or seersucker after Labor Day because summer is officially over.
Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887, making Oregonians the original Labor Day hipsters.
Good Old Grover
Labor Day wasn’t a national holiday until President Grover Cleveland made it so in 1894. As a result, many resident hipsters of Portland, Oregon stopped celebrating Labor Day around this time, because it had become too mainstream.*
Whether you find yourself snooping out sales, blazing up some burgers, or watching the first pigskin game of the season this Labor Day, we hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the workers’ holiday.
*This is a joke, not a fact.
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Do you love to turn up the heat in the kitchen? I’m not talking temperature heat – I’m talking hot sauce heat. If you do, have you ever thought about making your own signature spice? Lucky for you pepper people, hot sauce is not only delicious, but it is one of the easiest condiments to make at home. If you have a few peppers and some vinegar, follow these easy steps and you will be well on your way to producing your very own capsaicin-creation.
Start by picking out a peck of your favorite peppers. How much is a peck? Let’s say 5-10, depending on size.
Now, this part is very important. Before you do any chopping, make sure to protect yourself against the peppers. You want to avoid any contact between the peppers and your hands and eyes. Whether this protection involves simple plastic gloves or a full zombie-apocalypse-is-now getup depends on the heat level of your peppers.
Now that you’ve geared up, de-stem the peppers and take out the seeds (or don’t if you want extra heat). Throw them in an appropriately-sized sauce pot.
Add some vinegar and any additional flavoring that suits your fancy. A good standby is a 50/50 split of apple cider vinegar and white vinegar. Add enough to make a sauce, without drowning your peppers. Also toss in some garlic and onion, and a dash of salt. Really, you could add anything here, so feel free to get creative.
After simmering for about a half hour, let the mixture cool a bit and then purée and funnel into a bottle. Your sauce should last anywhere from 1-3 months in the fridge.
Well, look at you. You’ve just made your own sauce! Now go, hot-sauce-hero, and bask in your culinary achievement.