Why Is the 2018 GMC Acadia Great for Families?

If you’re in the market for a family-friendly sport utility vehicle, let our salespeople at EastSide GM show you the 2018 GMC Acadia. Besides a stylish exterior and a comfortable ride, it offers several features that will make the whole family happy.  




Whether you want to stay connected to your family while driving solo or keep the whole gang entertained on long road trips, the GMC Infotainment System has got you covered. With hands-free calling and voice control, you can call home by simply pushing a button and saying the name of a contact. The available 4G Wi-Fi connects up to seven devices to the internet. Your passengers can check email, stream movies, and play games just like they would if they were at home. There are also multiple USB ports in the 2018 GMC Acadia, so no more arguing over who gets to charge their smartphone first. 




We know that a life with kids is a life on-the-go and your needs are always changing. Driving the whole team to the soccer game? The 2018 GMC Acadia seats up to seven passengers. Hands full of instruments for band practice? The power lift gate opens the hatch with just a motion of your foot. In-laws in town for the week? Smart Slide gives you quick and easy access to the third row of seating. 




The safety of your family is as important to us as it is to you. The 2018 GMC Acadia offers several technologies than can give you peace of mind. Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert checks for rapidly approaching vehicles or cars in the next lane, so you confidently change lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns you of oncoming traffic when you’re backing up. Rear Vision Camera gives you a clearer view of objects behind you when the car is in reverse.    


The 2018 GMC Acadia is a great option for families on the move. Visit EastSide GM and take a test drive. We’d love to get you in a new car today. 

Come Prepared to Buy

Before you grab your car, keys and rush out the door, excited about the thought of purchasing your new Buick Lacrosse, stop a minute to reflect. Are you prepared to purchase your new car? Here are a few tips from Eastside GM to start you on the path to new car ownership.

Prepare Your Trade-In

If you want to negotiate a great deal for your trade-in, then make sure your car is dealership ready. If you’ve been delaying with any minor repairs or touch-ups, now’s the time to get this work completed. You want your car looking and running at its best to maximize its trade-in value.

Review Your Credit Report

You probably know a good score on your credit report will likely get you a good auto loan rate. Review your credit report to make sure there isn’t anything listed that is incorrect. Also, if you have some charges that you could pay down or pay off, then take care of this.

Get Pre-Approved by Your Bank

A pre-approval tells a dealership that you’re serious about buying a car and it also might give insight into an amount that you can afford. While you might opt for a loan from the dealership, it could be helpful in negotiating an interest rate.

Grab and Go With These Documents

Make sure you have your driver’s license and proof of auto insurance. You’ll want to test drive your new Buick Lacrosse and to do this, you need you driver’s license to get off the lot. If you’re trading in your old car, bring the prink slip or title with you.

You’re Ready!

Your purchase of a new Buick Lacrosse could be a snap with a few simple preparations. You might prepare your car for trade-in, review your credit report, get pre-approved for a car loan and arrive at the dealership with the right documents. You’ll come to us ready to experience the thrill of buying your new car at Eastside GM.

These Camaro Features Will Blow You Away

For more than five decades, the Camaro has thrilled car owners with its performance, power, capabilities and look. This two-door coupe has been a popular car on the market and continues to improve its features each year. If you’re interested in a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, you should head over to Eastside GM and check out the selection today. Imagine yourself behind the wheel of one of these amazing cars! 


The Need for Speed 


Have you ever driven a car with poor acceleration? It’s a pain to struggle up hills and not know whether you’re ever going to get up to highway speed. You won’t have this issue in a Camaro—not even close. A new model will get you from zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds, leaving other cars in the dust. You can select from four engines: 2.0-liter turbo, 3.6-liter V6, 6.2-liter V8 or a 6.2-liter LT4 V8. Each of these is a power-packed powertrain choice that will give you the confidence and assurance you need in the driver’s seat.  


Braking Capabilities 


With all that speed, you need the peace of mind that your Camaro can stop suddenly when necessary. The car comes equipped with 390-millimeter-by-36-millimeter, six-piston front and 365-milillimeter-by-28-millimeter, four-piston rear rotors. The brakes also have Magnetic Ride Control, which examines the road conditions and can stop the car from moving in an instant.  


Other Safety Features 


Nothing is more important in a car than staying safe when you’re on the road. Though you can’t prevent every accident, it’s nice when your vehicle can protect you from hard. You’ll breath a sigh of relief knowing this car has eight standard air bags and a steel safety cage. You also have a rear camera to help you back up out of tight, crowded spaces.  


What’s not to like in a Camaro? Check out what this machine can do for you.  

Tips for Paying Off Car Loan Quicker

Paying off your used car may seem like a burden, but there are effective ways you can pay it off faster without upsetting the dealership. Here are some quick and easy tips for speedily paying off your car loan.

Try Bi-Weekly Payments

If you pay half your monthly payments every two weeks, you may be able to reap some excellent rewards. Because you’d be making the payments more often, less interest will accrue. This would save you money in the long run. Also, because you’d pay every two weeks, you’d end up making an extra payment because 52 weeks in a year becomes 26 payments total.

Round Up Monthly Payments

Instead of paying $278.13 every month for your 2017 Chevrolet Spark LS, why not try rounding up to an even $300? That’s an extra $22.87 you’re adding every month, and after an entire year, that’s $274, just shy of an entire extra month’s payment. Just adding an additional chunk of change to your payments can be an easy way to save money in the long term while not forcing you to pay too much more out of your monthly expenses.

Make One Extra Payment

Bi-weekly payments or rounding up can be tough, but making a single extra payment a year can help you immensely in the long run. If you divide your monthly payment by 12 and add that number to every payment you make, by the end of the year you may have paid off an entire extra month. For example, $278.13 divided by 12 months equals $23.18. So, you could just add that to every payment, and by the end of the year, you’d have paid off an entire extra month.

Of course, you might want to check with the dealership for all of these tips, because you may be penalized for making extra payments or paying the loan off before it’s due. But most quality dealerships like Eastside GM may be willing to talk and lead you through any questions you might have. So get paying today!

Tips for Buying Your University-Bound Teen a Used Car

If your older child is heading off to university soon and needs a vehicle, you will probably have to help him or her make choices about buying a car and may even be handling the payments. A quality used car can help your teen get to classes on time, meet friends and hold down a part-time job, and we’d like to offer you a few helpful tips for finding the right vehicle.


Buy from a Dealer


Buying a pre-owned vehicle from a dealership can offer you a variety of benefits. Not only are many dealer cars certified, which can offer you peace of mind when it comes to quality, you can benefit from a dealer’s knowledge about different makes, models and model years. If you cannot pay cash or have only a small down payment, a dealer may be able to help you with in-house financing to help get your teen behind the wheel quickly.


Do Your Homework


Before you head out to your local dealership, sit down with your teen and create a list of questions that need answering before you shop. You can talk about what you can afford to spend, how much money you will be putting toward monthly payments, and who will be paying for insurance and maintenance costs. You can also perform a bit of research on the makes and models your teen is interested in so you can narrow down your choices before you visit our lot.


Remain Realistic


Not all used cars are created equal, but it is important that you and your teen remain realistic when it comes to what you can afford. Your child might have his or her eye on a pre-owned sports car because it might turn heads on campus, but standing firm and guiding him or her toward a reliable and safe vehicle may serve you both better in the long run.


Buying a used car for your university-bound teen can be a challenge. However, with careful planning and cooperation, you and your child can reach a choice that will benefit and satisfy you both.

Finding the Right Used Car Dealership

Once you’ve settled on the decision to buy a used car, it’s time to find the best place to shop for it. That’s not always easy; you have plenty of options.


Naturally, we feel we’re the best place for you to shop. But you have to make up your own mind. Here’s what we think it makes sense to look for in a used car dealership.


Using an Established Business


Of course, you could buy your car directly from another person. But by going that route, you won’t get the security of working with an established business like ours, with a high level of service and customer satisfaction.


Do a Little Background Research


Used car dealerships can get rated and reported. Take the time to research two or three dealerships in your area. We’re confident in our service, the transparency of our pricing, and the customer satisfaction we offer, so we hope you’ll take a look at how we stack up.


Comparing Your Options


Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you still want to be as certain as possible you’ll be happy with the place you selected. Here’s how to know you’ve found the right dealership for you:


  • Service: Do you get attention when you walk onto the lot?
  • No-rush attitude: Do you have plenty of time to ask questions (and get satisfying answers)?
  • No-pressure selling: Do you feel relaxed during the process—or like you’re being rushed into a sale?


We know the best customers are happy customers, the ones who come back every time they want to buy another used car. We don’t believe in pressure or other hard-sell tactics, because we want to make sure we give our customers the time they need to make a purchasing decision they’re happy with. That’s why we want you to make sure you feel comfortable doing business with us. We believe you will.