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Making A Difference: 4th Annual Blood Drive

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American Red Cross unloading.

  Knowing that a small gesture of appreciation can go a long way possibly change a life.  Isn’t it a great feeling to know that your efforts have made a difference?

Yep, we think so, too.

Today, in honor of Red Cross Month, Lou Fusz Buick GMC is holding its 4th annual blood donation drive within the dealership.  The drive is open to all employees and also to customers who want to make a contribution to the American Red Cross.  The drive was announced as being open to the public in hopes of getting as many people to donate as possible.

Our office manager Beth Meister and body shop receptionist Stephanie Watson are responsible for heading up the event and both explained why the drive is so important to the dealership.  “We’re always looking for ways to do our part and give back to our community.” Stephanie says.   This is our fourth year having this blood drive and It’s just part of our conscious effort to be support people in need of blood,” says Beth.

Also, General Manager Randy Fusz expresses that this is just the tip of the iceberg.  “I plan on having at least four events this year.  I want to have blood drives every quarter and get us participating in other events as the year progresses.”

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All set up in the showroom.

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Salesman Nick Demaso donating.

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More Fusz Crew donating.

The Red Cross website gives tons of insight to all of the different options that are available for people and/or businesses interested in contributing.  It also provides some very interesting facts about blood needs, supplies, donors and the donation process.  According to the website:

  • Every TWO SECONDS, someone in the United States is in need of blood.
  • One donation can help save the lives of up to three people
  • The blood type most often requested in hospitals is Type O.  This is because  Type O  red blood cells can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Considered the “universal donor”, only 7% of people in the United States have this blood type.

I understand that everyone is not able to donate for various different reasons.  However, I would really suggest that anyone who is willing and able to give blood to do so.  It’s very inspirational to think of the fact that a mere 30 minutes of your time dedicated to this process could potentially save THREE LIVES.  What fuels you to donate?  Leave us a comment and let us know why.

For more information about Red Cross and donating, please visit www.redcrossblood.org.  

 

 

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The Aftermath

…And mercifully….it ended!

It is 24 hours after and it is still the talk of the city.  Clearly every person and business in the Metro St. Louis area was rocked by the snow storm yesterday.  While some thought it was going to be worse than what it was, it still caused weather conundrum that St. Louis hasn’t seen in quite a few winters.  Businesses were forced to close due to dangerous conditions and lack of man power, highways were at a standstill for hours (some closed), and cars were stuck and stalled all night!

Old man winter definitely dished out some ill weather…however, it could have been a LOT worse, so I won’t complain too much.

On a lighter note, the weather did make for some fun times and activities that only snow can provide.  How many of you revisited your childhood and took to Art Hill or played in the snow with friends and family?

Unless the task wasn’t tackled last night after the smoke cleared, most of St. Louis will be out today scraping and cleaning off their cars.  Just be glad that you just have one or two to worry about.  There were quite a few Fusz members outside cleaning cars in the lot!

What you see below is the aftermath of twitter dubbed “#Snowmageddon” and “#Snowpocalypse”:

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The Fusz team cleaning and scraping.

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That poor GMC Acadia isn’t going ANYWHERE!

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The smallest mount that was plowed!

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GM Randy Fusz cleaning off a Buick Verano.

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Nice job Randy! She’s clean…but she’s still stuck.

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Larry Bushhorn plowing it down!

We’d love to see your storm pics!  Visit us on Facebook or Twitter to share!

Be safe out there, guys!

What’s In A Buick: 2013 Encore

The 2013 Buick Encore has arrived!

Despite mentioning a hiatus in our last post, the “What’s In a Buick” campaign returns!

This week, a brand new crop of Encores rolled into our dealership and have been the topic of discussion and has taken center stage on our showroom!

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So, what is all the hoopla about the Encore?  As mentioned in the WIAB: Enclave post, the 2013 Encore is the first compact-sized SUV/crossover vehicle to be introduced into the Buick family.  In comparison to the mid-sized Enclave, the Encore packs just as much luxury and quality into its smaller frame and has a significantly lower price tag.  Other stand out features are:

  • ECOTEC® Turbo 1.4L 4-cyclinder engine offering a average fuel economy of 28 MPG.  All-wheel drive options are also available.
  • Impressive technology options including front and rear parking assist, Bluetooth connectivity and Buick’s Intellilink system.
  • Stylish contemporary exterior design with chrome accents and standard 18”aluminum wheels (with chrome options available).

Take a 6-second tour of the 2013 Buick Enore below:

For more information on the Buick Encore or other Buick products, please visit the Lou Fusz Buick GMC website.  For comments and suggestions, follow us on Twitter @FuszBuickGMC.

Well…I can say that for now, this is the last post for the “What’s In a Buick” mini-campaign.  But never fret, we will still be here to give your weekly update on Buick and GMC as well as other automotive news and tips.

What’s In a Buick: 2013 LaCrosse

Ready to find out What’s in A Buick this week?

Let’s get right to it.  This week, we will be looking at the 2013 Buick LaCrosse.  The LaCrosse is Buick’s answer to the customer seeking a mid-sized family vehicle without the bulkiness of an SUV or cross-over.  Introduced in 2008 to replace the Buick Lucerne, the LaCrosse has become Buick’s main flagship sedan.  Our salesman Steve Vansickle was chosen this week to express what about the LaCrosse makes it one of his favorite go-t0 cars at the dealership.

“The Buick LaCrosse offers the best ride that I’ve ever experienced in a car,” he states.  “It handles very smoothly and easily and is really a pleasure to drive.”  This smooth ride could be contributed to a host of different things.  Most likely, it is due to LaCrosse’s StabiliTrak features.  StabiliTrak technology is a control system which monitors the road and steering input to help achieve a ride that is both safe and relaxed.  These are definitely features that compliments it’s sleek and appealing exterior.  The LaCrosse also features e-Assist technology in the engine, which generously boosts fuel economy upwards of 36 MPG on the highway.

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Taking a step inside the car, Steve talks about the interior room.  “The size inside is great.  It’s very roomy; very comfortable to ride in.”  He goes on to say “The room in the backseat of the car is really nice.  There’s tons of legroom.”  After taking a seat in the backseat, I was VERY impressed with the comfort.  As with all Buick cars, the LaCrosse delivers this comfort without compromising the luxury that is sought out in Buick products.

The Buick LaCrosse is a vehicle that is the epitome of great quality and performance.  There is a lot packed into its mid-sized frame that puts it up against the likes of the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Acura TL.  If you’re craving more information on the Buick LaCrosse or other Buick products, please visit the Lou Fusz Buick GMC website.  For comments and suggestions, follow us on Twitter @FuszBuickGMC.

Until the release of the Buick Encore, the “What’s In a Buick” spotlight series will go on a hiatus.  I know…I’m sad, too.  However, make sure you come back every week for the latest in Buick GMC information and tips!

What’s In a Buick: 2013 Enclave?

This week for our “What’s In a Buick” movement, we shine some light on the brilliant 2013 Buick Enclave.  Although the Enclave falls in the category with other popular midsize SUV’s, Fusz salesman Nick Demaso insists that there is NO comparing the Enclave to other cars in its class.  When asked why he chose to highlight the Enclave, he boasts “Buick is known to be a reliable vehicle and because it is a part of the Buick family, the Enclave is a quality front-runner ”  Since its release in 2007, the Enclave has been the only SUV in the Buick family.  However, 2013 will introduce the Encore, a smaller sized SUV to the line-up. 

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In regards to his favorite attributes of the Enclave, Nick expressed that there were a couple stand-out features .  Almost immediately, Nick began speaking about the attention to detail that is found throughout.  “Externally, the design is very sleek and meticulously crafted.  It’s very easy on the eyes.” Nick says.  Internally, the design and detail is very rich.  Soft leather and chrome and wood-grain accents are just a few details that make the Enclave a very worthy contender to such luxury SUV’s as the Acura MDX or Lexus 470.   Also, Nick highlights the interior space expressing “the space makes the car very appealing and family friendly without compromising its luxury. 

These features are merely a small part of what makes the Enclave an exceptional vehicle for families or the individual that enjoys a finer ride.  For more highlights and information on the Enclave or any other Buick product, visit the Lou Fusz Buick GMC website.  Also, the 2013 Buick Encore will be arriving at our dealership within the next few months.  For comments and suggestions, follow us on Twitter @FuszBuickGMC, include hash tag #WhatsinaBuick.  Once again, tune in next week for a new car and more information highlighting #WhatsinaBuick.

Crew Fusz Goes To Moe’s

Taking a pause from our regular blog posts to bring you a little bit of entertainment.  

You never know what is going to pop off at a lunch break outing with social media manager Erik Schwenke and fellow social media intern Jen Metzler and myself, dubbed “Crew Fusz”.  We had a bright idea to make a commercial for the Auto Awards program exclusive to Lou Fusz. Filmed at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Creve Coeur, yours truly was chosen to lead the video to shine some light on the features and benefits of the program.

The filming experience was great and getting a 10% discount for showing our AutoAwards cards was AWESOME!

Visit the Lou Fusz AutoAwards website for more details and a full list of participating restaurants and businesses and their discounts.

What do you think of AutoAwards?

Bring On 2013!

Wow…take some time and reflect back on 2012.  Can’t believe that it will be over in FOUR DAYS!  Personally, this was an AWESOME year!  So many different life events happened and I couldn’t be happier about it and am definitely looking forward to 2013.  
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With that being said, this will be the last post of 2012, which touches on a subject matter that is VERY important and personal to me.

In three days, one of the biggest nights of celebrating of the year will be underway.  For the sake of ringing in the new year, there are many planning events and doing some traveling for New Year’s Eve.  With the celebration of NYE comes the increase of alcohol consumption of party goers.  After the ball has dropped and confetti has been thrown, partiers hit the road and head to their next destination on one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers.

The purpose of this post is not to scare or terrify with statistics on how many accidents and fatalities are seen from drunk drivers on NYE, even though the statistics say that 54% of all New Year’s Day accident fatalities are due to drunk driving.  This is simply a post to advise EVERYONE hitting the road on NYE to be aware on the road and DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING!  No matter how far or close you are driving, the risk is NOT worth the possibility of causing harm to yourself or others by operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Whether you plan to party or not on NYE, here are a few tips for safety and accident prevention:

  • Of course, if you plan on drinking, DO NOT DRIVE!  If you are out with a group of people, appoint a designated driver.
  • KNOW YOUR LIMIT!  Having a few drinks at a party isn’t bad, but know the limit of what you can drink so that you do not go overboard.
  • Do some research on alternative ways of getting home from the party spot.  There are usually cabs or other transportation services available that will escort you home so you won’t have to drive intoxicated.  If not available, see if someone can come get you or just stay where you are until you sober up.
  • If you are hosting, make it your responsibility to ensure no one who is impaired gets on the road!  If you notice there may be a few people who drove and are impaired, offer to drive them, provide transportation for them or even TAKE THEIR KEYS!
  • Be aware of cars that are driving dangerously on the road.  If you spot a car that appears to be being driven by an impaired driver, make sure you drive BEHIND them at all times and alert authorities immediately.

This is just little information about how to make this New Year’s Eve one that is FUN and SAFE.  

2013 is right around the corner and I am excited to see what it has to offer and I would like to see everyone from 2012 in 2013!

I wish everyone a VERY happy holiday and I’LL SEE YA NEXT YEAR!

Winter Safety

GRAB YOUR HATS, SCARVES AND GLOVES!!!  OLD MAN WINTER IS HERE!!    


Today marks the official start of winter and we’ve already gotten a taste of what’s to come.  Winds at a high and temps got pretty low.  It was possibly the first time this year that it actually felt like winter.  However, weather in St. Louis can be VERY unpredictable (as we know) and the little bit of snow we’ve gotten so far COULD be all we see.  In either case, ensuring that your vehicle is weatherproof for the winter diminishes any worry no matter the weather conditions.  Here is a list of 6 important tips (in no particular order) to combat your car and yourself against the winter elements:

6. Tire Check – Making sure that all of your tires have the proper tread depth is essential, especially for areas that anticipate lots of snow and ice.  Any tires on your vehicle that appear worn unevenly or completely should be replaced.  Also, ensure tire pressure is accurate and tires are properly balanced.

5. Full Tank – Ensuring that you have a full gas tank is a great winter proofing tip.  You can never be too certain that a trip in your car is going to be “simple” or “quick”, especially in harsh weather conditions.  Delays due to weather can happen and making sure your vehicle is fully fueled eliminates the inconveniences of running out of gas.

4. Battery Life – You will hear this time and time again that you NEVER want to have a half-hearted battery in your vehicle when winter time comes.  Cold temperatures cause your car battery to work overtime and crank out more energy to power the vehicle.  You don’t want to take a chance of having your battery crap out on you. Your local Lou Fusz dealership offers battery testing, so stop by and make sure your battery survive the cold.

3. Coolant/Heating – While we’ve got the hood up, you also want to check that the antifreeze in your car is topped off.  It is recommended that a system flush is performed every two years and if possible before winter strikes.

*BONUS* – Also, make sure that your heating system is testing and working before winter comes. It’s already cold outside, no need to have cold air slapping you in the face inside your vehicle.

2. Exterior Lighting – Exterior lights on your vehicle should always be functional.  These lights include: headlights, tail lights, brake lighting and turn signal lights and even fog lights if you have them.  This is essential for the safety of you and others on the road so that your car is seen by them and theirs by you if vision is obstructed by rain, sleet and/or snow and ice.

1. The “Just In” Case – It is important to always have an emergency case of essential items on hand at all times during the winter.  No matter how new or advanced the vehicle, you always want to prepare for the worst and have backup items in the event that you or another traveler are stranded or stuck.  Some helpful items to include are: flashlights with extra batteries, jumper cables, blankets, coats/boots and other warm clothing, ice scraper/brush, and food items.  Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have a candle and matches to keep warm in case of power failure in cold weather.

Hopefully, this has served as a good guideline to follow to make sure that you and your car can survive whatever winter has in store.

See anything missing from the list? Leave a comment with your top cold weather tip.

Let’s make this winter and safe one!

Everyone have a VERY Merry Christmas!

Memory Lane: The First Set of Wheels

Today is a day that I like to call “Feel Good Friday”.  It puts me in a good mood so I’m posting some feel good content.  Ready??

Do you remember your first car?

Ahh, wasn’t that a great day?

The day when you finally had wheels of your own and you didn’t have to depend on your parents to cart you around.   You felt a sense of liberation and independence.  And if you had a car before the rest of your friends, you were SUPER COOL!   Be honest, you weren’t really concerned with the responsibility that came with the car (insurance, maintenance etc.), you just knew that you had to wash it every now and then, gas it, round up the posse and GO!

As for my first car, it was the pinnacle of pristine automotive invention.   It was the epitome of luxury on wheels!  I’m talking a silver 1996 Chevrolet Corsica.  The car belonged to my friend’s grandfather and it was in very good condition to have been 8 years old at the time.  When the topic of buying the car came up, he went from grandfather to Godfather, declaring for me to “make him an offer he can’t refuse”…and I did.

The craziest thing about my first car (dubbed “The Bucket”) was that I got it and my license in the same week and I was nineteen at the time.  Yep, NINETEEN and I was just getting my license.  However, that’s another story for another post.  Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that car did and seen A LOT of things.  Through accidents, tickets, taking me back and forth to college, and a little recreational mischief, the bucket was there for it ALL.  Unfortunately, the bucket has gone on to that big tow yard in the sky, but it had a long and semi-healthy 5 years.

I often wonder how things would have been if I had a different car back then.  What if I would have purchased a brand new car or my dream car (which I can’t recall right now)?  Would I have been in some of the situations that I was in with the bucket?  What would I have named it?  Ah, heck…this could go on all night.  Let’s just say that if the car had been newer, I would have definitely taken better care of it.

As of now, my 1999 Chevy Malibu (dubbed “The Bu”) is still kicking.  It may not look the best, but it RUNS!  However, I would not object to a new car, especially a 2013 GMC Terrain or 2013 Buick Regal (just a couple of my personal faves).

So what about you guys?  What are your first car memories?  Are they good?  Are they bad?  Was it a new car or a clunker?  I want to hear ALL about it.  Keep this “Feel Good Friday” going by sounding off and sharing your stories below.

Thanks for another week of reading and liking!

Until next time…I’m OUT!

Cars: Past, Present and Future

You have to admit it, cars are AWESOME!  There is no one that hasn’t sat back and thought about their dream car and pictured themselves driving around and craving the attention from envious onlookers. For some, they visualize the cool convertible.  Riding around with the top down and their hair blowing in the wind.  Others (myself included) may have a more “Knight Rider” approach.  The sleek, super powered sports car ripping through the streets at insane speeds.  Domestic or foreign.  Sedan or coupe, cars have come a long way…a REALLY long way.  Gone are the days of the Ford Model T’s with crank starters and whopping top speeds of 45 MPH.  In comparison, the modern vehicle soars to unbelievable heights as automotive technology improves and consumer demands and lifestyles create avenues of invention that would have otherwise been stifled.

So, with all of that being said, isn’t it ironic that in some respects, cars have not advanced as much as we thought they would have by now.  Well, let me rephrase that.  Cars haven’t advanced to WHERE we thought they would be by now.  Think about it, years ago we thought that by the time we entered the “new millenium” the world would look like an episode of “The Jetsons”.  A futuristic universe with robots EVERYWHERE and cars that defy gravity and fly you to your destination.  The flying car has always been the epitome of advanced automotive technology as it has been depicted time and time again in science fiction.  However, this does not mean that cars are behind in the times, it just suggests that these television shows and movie concepts may have been a tad bit behind in theirs.

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Now, the million dollar question is…what DO we have to look forward to in the cars of the future.  Within the past 20 years, we have evolved from keys to keyless operation, touch screen navigation, televisions and even cars that park themselves.  With all that has been done, it’s hard to predict what the “next big thing” is going to be.

Well, according to several different media outlets, the possibility of car-to-car communication is looking promising.  The purpose of this communication among drivers would be to share information in regards to road hazards, traffic jams and other safety precautions.

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Also, another feature we may be seeing soon is an interactive windshield with different icons and holograms available to assist and inform on the area you are traveling according to a CNN.com article.  The gesture of pointing at a particular item within you view will let you know more about it.

HOW COOL IS THAT?!!

Something else cool to note:  The Side Blind Zone Alert feature in the 2013 Buick LaCrosse is pretty sweet!  I bet Mr. George Jetson didn’t have one of  those babies!

As for cars being able to fly, as incredible as it would be to experience, I doubt that it will be debuting anytime soon.  However, it will definitely be exciting to see what new technologies and innovations will be bestowed upon cars in the future.

What do you guys think?  What crazy innovations would you like to see?