Gas Prices Lower for Thanksgiving 2013 Travel

gas pumpAmong the multitude of things we are thankful for this holiday season are lower gas prices!  The Mail Tribune says fuel prices are among the lowest since 2010.  As of this week Oregongasprices.com shows prices ranging from $3.16/gallon (at the Safeway in Medford) to $3.79 (at the 76 station in Ashland).  At some locations prices have dropped more than 30-cents in just the last month!

Wednesday, November 27th was expected to be the busiest day on the road this year.  Triple-A said just under 14% of Americans would be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and that many would find expenses lower than expected.  Doreen Loofburrow, the Vice President of Travel Services for AAA Oregon/Idaho, says, “Those carving out a travel budget will find Thanksgiving to be the least expensive holiday of the year so far.”  But even if you’ll only be driving around town this holiday we bet you, like us, will be giving thanks for even the smallest cut in fuel costs!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving - used 2013Whether you’re a relative, a friend, a customer – or all three – we hope you know how much we appreciate you. Thank you for being in our lives. Have a beautiful holiday season!
~ All of us at Butler Auto Group

Check Engine Light: What’s it Mean?

check-engineThe holidays are stressful all on their own.  Throw road travel in the mix and they can become downright hairy, especially if halfway through your drive the check engine light comes on.

While the “check engine” light can indicate serious problems, it can also alert you to minor, and possibly easily remedied, issues.  Here’s a list of some of the problems most likely to trigger that dreaded warning light:

  • Loose gas or oil cap
  • Low fluid(s):    Oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, anti-freeze
  • Loose or broken belts
  • Worn-out spark plugs
  • Faulty sensors
  • Problems with the catalytic converter
  • Problems with the anti-lock brake
  • Problems with the airbag(s)
  • Blown head gasket

If you don’t notice any smoke or unusual noises or smells coming from your vehicle, and it’s not losing power or fuel efficiency, the situation is probably not dire.  But do get your vehicle checked as soon as possible.  The “check engine” light is designed to warn you of engine malfunctions, no matter how small so, ignoring even a tiny problem can lead to bigger headaches down the road.

To be on the safe side, why not schedule an auto checkup a week or two before your trip?   A little forethought can prevent unnecessary stress during a season already fraught with it.

To schedule a service appointment at any of Butler’s Service Centers click here.

We wish you safe, happy, and “check engine light”-free holiday travels!

Sources:
www.cars.com
www.walmart.com

www.auto.howstuffworks.com
www.driveside.com

Butler’s Giving Away a Pair of Oregon Civil War Tickets!

DucksBeavers_CivilWar2_LRWe have something special for all you Duck and Beaver Football Fans! Butler Auto Group is offering 2 FREE Tickets to the Civil War football game between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University come 4:00 p.m. on November 29th! the game will be played at Eugene’s Autzen Stadium.

All you have to do to enter is visit ANY of the Butler Automotive Group Facebook Pages (Butler Ford, Butler Acura, Butler KIA, Butler Hyundai, Butler Service Centers or Butler Automotive Group – you’ll find links over there to the right!) and look for the SWEEPSTAKES button under the cover photo. Click on the “Sweepstakes” button and enter your email address. It’s just that simple!

The sweepstakes ends Wednesday, November 27th at 5pm. We’ll notify the winner that evening via FB and email. You must be 18 years old to enter. Only one entry per email address.

Join us in being a proud supporter of community youth and sports programs!

Keep Your Vehicle Humming Along During the Holidays (and Beyond!)

Is your vehicle ready to drive in these conditions?

Is your vehicle ready to drive in these conditions?

Too many of us race into the cold months without making sure our vehicle is ready for winter. The way we see it you have three options: You can do nothing, you can completely winterize your car, truck or SUV, or you can take a course of action somewhere in the middle, ensuring the most important items are covered. Tat’s where today’s blog entry comes in. Huge thanks to Butler Ford Sales Consultant Rocky Moore for putting together this list of the nine essential steps to help keep your vehicle humming along during the holidays.

1. Check hoses and belts. Cold weather can weaken both.

2. Check defroster and heating units. You want to maintain visibility and heat!

3. Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. The emptier it is the more likely that condensation will form. You don’t want water in your fuel tank.

4. Change the oil. It’s one of the best, and most affordable, things you can do for your vehicle’s well-being.

5. Check the battery. Cold weather can lead to its working harder.

6. Check anti-freeze. A professional can tell you whether it’s at a proper level.

8. Check lights. Headlights, brake lights, and turning lights. You want to see and be seen!

9. Emergency gear. Carry blankets, gloves, boots, a flashlight, non-perishable food, etc., especially if you’ll be driving in areas that require 4-wheel drive.

(Note: When you bring your vehicle in to any Butler Service Center for an oil change our technicians will check items 1 through 8 and provide you with a list of emergency supplies to carry with you.)

For more from Rocky Moore visit Rocky’s Ramblin’ Readables.

Image courtesy:  www.freefoto.com

 

Butler Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

IMG_4377IMG_4376Charge it! Your electric vehicle, that is! Butler now has a couple electric charging stations at its Ashland locations, one of which is available to our customers. If you’re in the area and need to “fuel” up your electric vehicle, drop by our service center at Butler Ford or Butler Acura, tell us you need some juice, and we’ll get you hooked up!

How Often to Change Wiper Blades

Image courtesy:  carcarenewsservice.com

Image courtesy: carcarenewsservice.com

After an unbelievably beautiful, clear, warm Southern Oregon Fall the forecast is calling for rain this weekend. If you haven’t considered swapping out your vehicle’s wiper blades yet this year now might be a great time. You could wait until your blades start streaking but it’s a better idea to make a habit of changing them out between one to three times a year depending on weather conditions and whether you keep your vehicle garaged. If you’re worried about your blades lasting all the way through the cold months, consider “winter blades” which include a protective rubber boot to prevent ice and snow build-up. Not sure which blades your vehicle uses or how to install them? No worries. Our shop can answer your questions and even swap out your blades for you. Click here to pick a Butler Service Center location. Here’s to clear visibility no matter what Mother Nature throws at us!