Financial responsibility is an important skill that everyone should have. If parents teach kids to save money early on, then these children can grow up to feel confident and secure in their financial decisions. Use these tricks brought to you by Warsaw Buick GMC to make financing fun for both you and your little ones.
Use Different Jars
Having goal-specific jars for short- and long-term financial goals can help children understand what they’re working for in saving their money. Kids can decorate jars with images of what they are saving for which will encourage discipline.
Make a Chart
Visual aids can be very helpful in getting children to understand progress. Make a chart with a square for each week’s allowance. Kids can put a sticker in the square when they’ve set aside their savings. This will allow them to watch their money grow and see how many weeks of disciplined savings it takes to get there.
Set an Example
It may not always feel like it, but children look up to their guardians. If your kids see you saving money, too, they’ll enjoy following your lead. Make your own money jar, or use our DIY piggy bank craft to create fun and easy matching containers for your savings. While you and your kids pursue financial goals together, you’ll both be inspired to stay on track and save more in the future.
Saving for a car can be a serious challenge. But for the best financing at places like Warsaw Buick GMC, you should have enough to make a good down payment. You can make saving money more fun for yourself by getting your kids involved, and teaching them the value of financial responsibility as well. Use this DIY piggy bank craft to have a finance-oriented craft day that will encourage you both to save your pennies and your dollars for future investments.
Start by gathering one empty water bottle for each bank, plus colored craft paper, scissors, glue, paint and a paint brush, a pencil, and four wooden beads for each bank.
Your water bottle will magically turn into a piggy bank when it’s situated on its side with the cap as the snout and the coin slot cut into the top. Clean and wash your bottle, then cut a piece of colored paper to wrap around where the label used to be, cutting a slot out of this piece of paper as well. Next, cut ear shapes out of your paper, then trace your paper with the bottle cap for a snout-sized piece that you can glue onto the cap. Paint on eyes and other facial details, and glue on the four beads for the piggy bank’s feet.
Once you and your kids have finished assembling your DIY piggy bank, you can start slipping money through the coin slot on a regular basis. When it’s time to access it, you can simply untwist the bottle cap, empty the bank, and start your savings over again.
Getting your car ready for spring is hugely beneficial. It increases the car’s longevity and brings down the likelihood of an accident or breakdown during the hot summer months. Help your car recover from winter and transition into summer with these easy tips.
First, check your fluids and top off any that are low. If it’s been more than a couple of months since your last oil change, now is a great time to get one again, and you should also have the coolant checked to see if you might need a coolant flush. Having clean fluids is one of the best ways to keep your car healthy during spring and summer.
Now is a great time to check your tires and brakes, too. If your tires are worn or have any damage, you may want to have them replaced, and you should check the tire pressure and add air if it’s low. Get the tires rotated, balanced, and aligned. Have your brakes inspected by a professional for rust, worn pads, leaks in the lines, and more.
Finally, you should switch out your windshield wipers for new ones, especially if they’re squealing or leaving streaks, and give your car a thorough wash. Pay special attention to the undercarriage to get off any built-up grime.
For more tips on getting your car ready for spring, call Warsaw Buick GMC!
The GS name has been around for decades to indicate Buick’s performance vehicles, and the Buick Regal GS could include a 3.6-liter V6 engine, like the one in the LaCrosse that produces 310 hp, a step up from the Regal’s current turbocharged 4-cylinder. There are also rumors that the Regal GS could come with the Camaro’s 335-horsepower V6.
The news about the Regal GS first came out in April, when The Truth About Cars saw a blurb advertising the Regal GS with the V6 engine on the Buick Canada website. It has since been taken down, but it follows previous statements from TTAC reporting that a Regal with a V6 was on its way all the way back in 2016.
The Regal GS would also probably be paired with Buick’s new twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, which offers unique torque and vectoring capabilities that will further boost the performance and make for an even more exciting drive. No details have yet been released for the possible Regal GS, but you can find out about the 2018 Regal today at Warsaw Buick GMC!
The GMC Sierra is a tough truck to say the least, but its larger siblings make it look like a pipsqueak, especially when equipped with the new diesel engine. The available 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V8 engine comes with more in store for drivers than ever before. Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of the GMC Sierra HD Diesel from us here at Warsaw Buick GMC.
The new 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V8 engine comes mated to an Allison six-speed automatic transmission and churns out a massive 910 lb-ft of torque. That power creates opportunity when it comes to towing capacity and the Sierra 3500HD delivers with up to 22,900 pounds when properly equipped.
Even though the new turbo diesel V8 engine delivers more power and torque than its predecessor, the engine still produces 35% fewer emissions. Keep in mind that diesel engines are already some of the most efficient powertrains on the road, and this one is clearly no different.
Test drivers generally agree that, despite all its power, the turbo diesel V8 engine is surprisingly quiet. The refined engine offers a quiet ride, even when revving and towing immense loads, although drivers may hear a low rumbling from time to time to remind them just what lies beneath the hood.
Buick has generated itself as a reputation as the comeback kid and it looks to keep that trend. The entry-level luxury brand narrowly avoided death in 2009 and has gained ground ever since. Much of the brand’s growth has to do with the shift towards SUVs, and if market trends are any indication, more new Buick SUVs could be on the way.
The end of Buick seemed near when General Motors went bankrupt in 2009, but the entry-level luxury brand held true in the darkest of nights. Largely saved by its China sales, Buick has quickly gained ground.
Buick came in second on Consumer Report’s Top 10 Brands list and was the only brand under the General Motors umbrella to post a sales gain in 2016.
Coming up on its 120th birthday, Buick has one segment to thank for its immense success: SUVs. The Enclave rolled out in 2008 and grabbed the attention of drivers far and wide. The Encore quickly became the bestselling premium small SUV. The Envision, at just a year old, saw immense success.
While sales have been waning when it comes to luxury cars, they still amount to around 20% of Buick’s sales. Executives are playing it patient and keeping an eye on the future of the sedans. For now, the focus lies on innovation through the SUV segment.
We here at Warsaw Buick GMC are pumped to see what the future holds for Buick’s SUVs!
There’s good news for drivers who frequently have to navigate their way through poor weather conditions. Buick’s new Active Twin Clutch all-wheel-drive system makes it easy to do so. Rather than praying for the best, with this new system drivers can make their way through snow, ice, sleet, or rain with confidence—maybe even with grace.
The new all-wheel drive system, which can be found on the new Buick Envision crossover, is made possible by Buick torque vectoring. This is an intelligent feature that has been under continuous development for 20 years. In short, torque vectoring takes power (torque) and delivers it to a specific point (vectoring). In this case, the torque is being sent to the wheels that need it the most.
Buick’s torque-vectoring technology uses electronically controlled clutches that are capable of sending all of the power to the front wheels, the rear wheels, or dividing as needed. Not only does this intelligent feature make it easier to drive in wet or icy conditions, but it also improves handling on dry, paved roads. It’s yet another reason why we at Warsaw Buick GMC are proud to support the Buick lineup each and every day. Call us to learn more about torque vectoring, or to set up a test drive and experience it.
It’s finally happening: the Jeep Wrangler is undergoing an all-new redesign for the first time in ten years. Nothing quite says “all-American vehicle” as well as the Jeep Wrangler—after all, the Wrangler helped win World War II—but even the classicists know that it’s the modern twist that Jeep puts on the Wrangler time and time again that makes it unique in today’s market. That is why it’s so exciting to hear that the all new version of this timeless SUV will also come with an all-new model: the Jeep Wrangler Pickup truck.
Unfortunately for curious onlookers—including us here at Warsaw CDJR—the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler has plans to stay out of the limelight for now. It won’t be revealed to dealerships and the press until late fall 2017.
Fortunately for us, we got a tiny sample of what the new Wrangler pickup will offer thanks to some recent spy shots. The shots were only of a prototype, but it was still clear to see that the new Wrangler will keep some of the traditional Jeep details, like the seven-slot grille and the round headlamps. We’re hoping—and expecting—that this indicates that the new 2018 Wrangler will have the perfect balance between trademark details and modern innovation.
St. Patrick’s Day may just be a few days away, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still time to throw a festive celebration. At Warsaw Buick GMC, we’ll use any excuse to get together with friends. If you’re the same way, use these two tips to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend for a last-minute themed get-together.
Opt for a Potluck
Since the party is so soon, not only will you not have time to send out invitations, but you’ll also be hard-pressed to plan an entire menu. Instead of stressing over food, figure out which of your friends are coming and turn this fiesta into a potluck. Have guests bring Irish dishes like Guinness Stew, Irish Soda Bread, or Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can supply the dishes, the cutlery, and the green beer.
Choose Ambiance Wisely
There’s no need to rush to the store in search of four-leaf clover garlands. Instead, focus your energy on finding the perfect soundtrack to your party. Nothing says “Irish Pub” more than live music. Ask around and see if you can find someone who’s willing to play music during your party to give it a special, memorable kick. If not, create a playlist ahead of time filled with Irish bands and traditional Celtic music. Encourage guests to come dressed for dance, and don’t forget to say “Sláinte!”
If you’ve spent time in Warsaw, Indiana, you’ve seen or heard of the Barbee Hotel. This classic Warsaw landmark has a long history and is allegedly a prime location to experience real hauntings. It’s been through a lot, and every little experience seems to have added to this hotel’s character.
The history of the Barbee Hotel begins in 1897, when it was built as the Hotel Ormond. The Vanhoosen family owned the hotel then, and liked to host extravagant guests.
In 1922 the hotel—now named the Barbee Hotel after the nearby lake—burnt down unexpectedly. Just a year later, Barbee Hotel was rebuilt. In the years to follow, ownership changed hands several times.
But perhaps the most interesting piece of history, as is the case with most hotels, lies in the long list of famous guests. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard both stayed there. But this particular hotel was less a Hollywood hotspot and more of a gangster’s paradise as criminals like Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson all stayed here, too. Some say they conducted important business here. Others say you can still see Al Capone’s cigar smoke lingering in the hallways. In the end, you’ll just have to visit to see for yourself.