Free Alignment Inspection at Any Butler Service Center

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Is it starting to feel like your car or truck is out of alignment?  (Signs include uneven tire wear, vibration, and a vehicle that pulls or drifts to one side while you’re driving on a straight-away.) Don’t wonder any longer!  Print and redeem the coupon above for a FREE alignment check any of our four Butler Service Center locations.  If your vehicle’s fine, you’ll be on your way with no cost.  If an alignment is needed, and you decide to let us do the work, you’ll be entitled to $20.00 off the regular price.  It’s a win-win!  Call us to set up an appointment or just drop by.  We’ll be ready for you!

Suzuki Auto Files Chapter 11, Pulls Out of U.S. Market

2012 Suzuki

Suzuki will focus new car sales efforts on other shores.

Goodbyes are never fun but sometimes they’re imposed upon us.  That’s the case with the announcement this week that American Suzuki Motor Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will discontinue the sale of new cars in the U.S. market.

As a Suzuki dealership, we’re especially bummed.  The automaker is recognized around the globe for its quality and, while struggling to gain a foothold in the U.S. has outsold many other well-known brands elsewhere in the world, even topping Honda sales in Japan.  Chuck Butler, owner and founder for Butler Auto Group, says, “We all know what a fine product Suzuki brought to the American market and, it is unfortunate that these international financial factors impacted the profitability of American Suzuki Motors overall.”  He adds that Butler will continue to offer Suzuki service and parts, and will honor all customer warranties until expired.

Suzuki’s decision affects automobiles only;  Motorcycle and marine engine business will stay unchanged.   While that’s some consolation we’re still sad to know we’ll be taking no more new deliveries of such fan favorites as the Kizashi or the towable Grand Vitara.   So, farewell Suzuki.  We’re glad to have known you.

Look for liquidation prices to be posted on Butler Suzuki stock in the near future.  For a walk down Suzuki memory lane visit http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/07/remembering-suzuki-of-america-in-commercials/.

Suzuki Forenza/Reno Recall

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Possible headlight issues have Suzuki recalling more than 100,000 Forenza and Reno models.  The company says a faulty wiring connection could result in the headlamps’ failure to operate which could plunge a driver into darkness.  The recall, which starts September 2012, affects certain 2004-2006 Forenza models and 2005-2006 Reno models.  Owners will be notified and directed to a Suzuki dealer to have the affected wired reconnected, free of charge.

For more information or to find out whether your vehicle is affected, contact Suzuki at 1-714-996-7040 and reference recall campaign “NU”.

(Source: www.autoblog.com,  NHTSA)

Suzuki S-Cross Crossover Concept to Debut Fall 2012

sketch of Suzuki S-Cross Crossover Concept

Suzuki S-Cross Crossover Concept

Suzuki’s generating buzz around the debut of a concept car that could find its way into production. The S-Cross crossover concept will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this fall. Suzuki’s apparently being purposely vague in its description otherwise the official press release wouldn’t characterize the S-Cross design as “Emotion x Quality x Aerodynamics”. The company’s released a handful of sketches but, for a clear look at the S-Cross you’ll have to wait until the press conference scheduled for September 27th.

(Source: Suzuki)

Butler Auto Group Makes Oregon Business Magazine’s List of ‘Top 150 Private Companies’

Butler Auto Group is proud to be one of five Jackson County businesses named to Oregon Business Magazine’s annual list of the ‘Top 150 Private Companies’. The list published in the July 2012 edition ranks Butler as 114th among companies that claim less than $50-million dollars a year in revenue. That’s ten spots higher than last year. Butler has been a regular on the ‘Top 150’ list since 2000. Thank you to everyone who helped us get – and stay – there!

Congratulations go out to the handful of other Jackson County firms that made the rankings. They include Harry and David Holdings (#20), Sherm’s Thunderbird Market (#41), Combined Transport (#68), and Cascade Wood Products (#104). Klamath County window and door manufacturer Jeld-Wen hangs on to the top spot.

Warm Weather Driving Prep: Get Your Vehicle Set for Summer

Summer’s a’comin’! So, it’s time again to treat your vehicle to a little TLC. Last November, we posted a list of everything you might need to tackle winter driving conditions. Now that the studded and snow tires have (hopefully) been removed, here’s how to travel worry free into the warmer months:

 

1. Check tires. Remove and store your winter tires, and rotate all-season radials.

2. Check tire pressure. And check again. Because air pressure increases with temperature you’ll want to check your tire pressure more frequently during the summer months.

3. Check brakes for noise. You’re looking for grinding, squealing, screeching or chatter. Excessive amounts of any or all mean it’s time to invest in new ones.

4. Replace windshield wiper blades. They took a beating over the winter.

5. Wash it! And not just the parts you can see. Spray the underbody and undersides of both bumpers to get rid of build-up. As for the body, wash it in the shade. Then wax it. But wait until it’s completely dry before doing so.

6. Apply “sunscreen”. Hours in the sun can result in the cracking of any vinyl surface or the fading of cloth. Apply a protectant… reapply when needed.

7. Clean – and clean OUT – the interior. You don’t want your old trash blowing around when it’s finally warm enough to drive with the windows down.

8. Change the oil. Consider synthetics… they’re specifically designed for warm weather engine protection.

9. Check all fluids. That means brake, transmission, coolant, power steering and windshield washer fluid. Replace, or refill, to proper levels.

10. Test the AC.

11. Examine belts and hoses for wear or deterioration.

12. Consider assembling a car care kit, if you don’t already have one. Include a couple large bottles of water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, and a first aid kit. Maybe throw in a blanket, just in case.

Finally, be aware that heat often makes people uncomfortable and thus, irritated. Irritated drivers tend to be impatient and less apt to pay attention. Give drivers their space and stay alert.

Now all that’s left to do is plan a road trip! Happy travels!

(To read up on Winter Driving Preparations, visit: http://butlerautogroup.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/oh-no-snow-everything-you-and-your-vehicle-need-for-winter-driving/)

The 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara: Tow It!

We have something of a situation on our hands. It seems demand for quality “tow behind” cars, like Suzukis, is high while supply is, shall we say, out of sync with demand. The good news is Butler Suzuki’s coming to the rescue by offering an inventory that includes the new 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara!

The Grand Vitara, which is available in 4-wheel drive, is popular among RVers because it can be flat-towed, that is, towed with all four wheels on the ground, without racking up odometer miles. The fact that it gets an estimated 26 mpg on the highway once unhooked from the RV doesn’t hurt, either. Suzuki calls the Vitara an “all access pass to planet Earth.” Basically, it goes everywhere your RV can’t.

So, while, the good news is we can now offer 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitaras, the bad news is we only have *two* of them. But that’s two more than yesterday. And two more RVs that’ll soon be sporting the must-have tow-behind car of the season.

Best, Worst, and Weirdest Car Names Ever

The infamous Chevy Nova

Remember the story about Chevy and the Nova? The auto maker’s efforts to market the car in Latin America failed spectacularly . Turns out “no va” in Spanish means “it doesn’t go”, and nobody wants a car that doesn’t go!

The story is usually cited to illustrate the difficulties in translation when it comes to naming vehicles. But I’m not concerned with what American model names may mean in other languages so much as in what they mean – or don’t mean – in America.

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of the best, worst and weirdest car names: http://www.forbes.com/2004/07/12/cx_dl_0712feat.html. But there must be others out there… can you think of any?

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Really, Silver?

Top 10 Global Vehicle Colors:

1. Silver – 26%
2. Black/Black Effect – 24%
3. White/White Pearl and Gray – 16%
4. Red – 6%
5. Blue – 5%
6. Brown/Beige 3%
7. Green – 2%
8. Yellow – 1%
9. Gold – 1%
10. Others – <1%
Source: DuPont’s 58th Global Automotive Color Popularity Report , 2010

It’s the kind of information you’d realize you knew if only you took the time to think about it: that is, that the most popular car color in the world is silver, at least according to DuPont’s 58th Global Automotive Color Popularity Report. Apparently, it has been for years now. For some reason I’m surprised. Maybe because one has to have a sense of the subtle to appreciate a more modest hue like silver, and nobody’s ever mistaken me for subtle. Maybe because I’ve never owned a silver vehicle and don’t know what I’m missing. Or maybe, because I’ve never thought about it.

As I sit here in my office at Butler’s Ashland dealership, however, it occurs to me that a majority of the dozens of vehicles within my view are, in fact, silver.

I’m intrigued. Of the 7 vehicles I’ve owned – or more accurately, that some bank has owned – only one was purchased regardless of color, and that was simply because it was purchased without my knowledge (It was my first vehicle: a 1976 Datsun pick-up, which my folks paid for in part by raiding my bank account. But that’s another story.) When I was involved in the decision, color definitely played a role. My vehicles have been white, black, red, or blue. Come to think of it, that sums up the spectrum of my wardrobe, too.

Which is exactly my point. I pick cars because they “fit” me – make, model and color match my personality. I’m an “all or nothing” kind of girl; I like things simple, definite, basic… like primary colors. So maybe I just don’t speak the “silver” language. I’d love to learn, though. Maybe someone will help me? I mean, 26-percent of the population can’t be wrong!

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