How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston - West Point Buick GMC - Houston, TX

In just a few short weeks, we will be sharing some of our favorite foods with some of our favorite people as we celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston and throughout the rest of the country. Along with the delicious food, Thanksgiving also brings some fun activities here in the Houston area you should know about.

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

Start Turkey Day off right by watching the 70th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. It starts at 9 a.m. in downtown Houston, but you can also watch it on TV while you prepare your turkey. Thanksgiving falls on November 28th this year.

100th Holiday Spectacular

On Saturday, November 30th, head to downtown Houston and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Mayor Turner. This free family event includes the annual lighting of the 65-foot Christmas tree. There will also be live musical performance.

The ICE

While Houston doesn’t get very much winter weather, you can still experience the fun of ice skating outdoors at Discovery Green in downtown Houston. This large outdoor skating arena is open November 15 through February 2. It is even open on Thanksgiving Day if you want to burn off some of your pie calories.

Zoo Lights

Come see the Houston Zoo transformed into a beautiful display of lights. More than 15 miles of lights will illuminate the zoo’s pathways and trees. The lights will be on display November 17 through January 13.

What are some of the other ways you celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston? Let us know at West Point Buick GMC! We’d be happy to hear your Thanksgiving plans and, if you are traveling out of state to visit family, to set you up with a reliable vehicle for your trip.

Best Haunted Attractions in Houston to Check Out This Halloween

Haunted Attractions in Houston | Houston, TX

In the mood for a good scare this Halloween season? There are several haunted attractions in Houston that deliver just what the mad doctor ordered.

Houston Scream Fest

The Houston Scream Fest offers a full package of Halloween fun for just $40. The cost of admission earns you unlimited entrance to haunted houses like Sanitarium, Castle of Doom, and Casa de La Llorona as well as zombie paintball, live entertainment, and free drinks. If you want to double your pleasure, visit from Oct. 4-6 for Free Proof of Purchase Night, where you’ll get in for free if you show that you’ve visited another haunt. 

Haunted Trails

You get two for the price of one at The Haunted Trails in Houston, home to the eponymous haunt as well as Psycho Hollow. Open every Friday-Saturday in October as well as Oct. 24, 30, 31 and Nov. 1-2, the Haunted Trails is better than ever for 2019 with new scenes, new characters, and more screams per square foot.

Phobia Haunted House

If you want to get the absolute most out of your haunt experience, check out Phobia Haunted House on S Sam Houston Parkway E. Phobia houses eight terrifying haunted attractions, including Clown Mania, the Dark Institute, and Dawn of the Machines. Phobia is also the home of Exile, a triple attraction that includes Darke World, Savage Ground, and Contagion. Ticket prices vary depending on how many haunts you want to hit in one go.

If you love Halloween as much as we do, then you need to check out these haunted attractions in Houston. For deals on new luxury vehicles so good it’s scary, visit West Point Buick GMC.

What’s New with the 2020 GMC Lineup?

2020 GMC Lineup | Houston, TX

GMC doesn’t earn its reputation as a purveyor of fine luxury vehicles by standing still. Each year, it strives to put forth vehicles that are better, more precise, and more in tune with the wants and needs of drivers. The 2020 GMC lineup sees key improvements across the board, making it arguably the best offering GMC has ever put to the road.

Here’s some of what you can expect to see new with the 2020 GMC lineup:

2020 GMC Terrain

  • Standard GMC Pro Safety suite
  • Optional Driver Alert Package
  • Denali Premium Package
  • New internal valves and spring isolators for Terrain Denali
  • Terrain Black Edition renamed Terrain Elevation Edition

2020 GMC Acadia

  • Completely redesigned for 2020
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist standard
  • First-ever Acadia AT4 trim
  • 2.0-liter Turbo engine standard for SLT
  • Nine-speed automatic standard for 2.0-liter, 2.5-liter, and 3.6-liter engines

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

  • 3.0-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel available
  • CarbonPro™ Edition available on AT4 and Denali
  • 10-speed automatic transmission available for 5.3-liter V8
  • Elevation trim offered in Crew Cab
  • Segment-first transparent trailer view offered with available Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system
  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera

2020 GMC Sierra HD

  • New Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission for 6.6-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel
  • MultiPro™ tailgate available for all trims
  • Sierra AT4 Heavy Duty available for Crew Cab (2500 and 3500 SRW configurations)
  • Available smart trailer integration
  • Available segment-first 15-inch-diagonal head up display
  • Available segment-first Rear Camera Mirror
  • Segment-first transparent trailer view offered with available Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system

2020 GMC Canyon

  • Available Carbon Black Metallic exterior
  • Standard Tire Fill Alert
  • Available remote locking tailgate
  • Driver Alert package, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning available for Canyon All Terrain

The 2020 GMC lineup — from the Terrain to the Sierra HD — offers something for every kind of driver. To experience for yourself what GMC has to offer you, stop in and visit us at West Point Buick GMC.

New 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Gets Upgraded Powertrain Options, Enhanced Tech

2020 Sierra 1500 | Houston, TX

The GMC Sierra 1500 has long been a benchmark of overall quality and capability in the competitive full-size pickup segment, and the new 2020 Sierra 1500 is set to set the bar even higher. Featuring some new powertrain updates as well as enhances technology and safety features, the 2020 Sierra 1500 takes a good thing and makes it even better.

Enhanced ProGrade Trailering Features

The 2020 Sierra 1500 features an all-new Available Enhanced ProGrade Trailer system that features a segment-first transparent trailer view technology. This industry-leading technology offers up to 15 total available camera views for unrivaled confidence when trailering.

Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera

New to the 2020 Sierra 1500 is available Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera technology for enhanced safety and convenience. This upgraded ACC system leverages a forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror to monitor traffic ahead and bring the Sierra 1500 to a complete stop.

Upgraded Powertrain Options, CarbonPro™ availability

For the first time, the new 3.0-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel engine will be available from launch on the 2020 Sierra 1500. Additionally, 5.3-liter V8 models will now be available with the 10-speed automatic transmission options. The new CarbonPro™ cargo bed will now be available for the full model year and will be offered for models equipped with the Duramax®.

Enhanced Tech Features

The 2020 Sierra will also see some upgrades to the existing infotainment system. Most notably, the 8-inch diagonal touchscreen display infotainment system will now support SiriusXM™ radio with 360L2 technology.

The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 will be available soon at West Point Buick GMC. Stop in to learn more about what you can expect when it arrives later this year.

Your Guide to Car Seat Laws in Texas

Car Seat Laws in Texas | Houston, TX

Safety requirements for traveling with a child in a car are continually updated, and it’s vital that caregivers are aware of and follow the most up-to-date information about car seat laws in Texas. Below are the “best practice recommendations” from the recently published guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (November 2018).

Although it might feel odd to have your baby riding backwards in the back seat, it’s the safest traveling position. The longer you can keep your child safely and comfortably in a rear-facing car safety seat (refer to the CSS manufacturer guidelines), the better. A child may be able to ride rear-facing until age two or beyond in a modern convertible seat.

Once your child has exceeded the approved weight or height limit on the rear-facing CSS, they should be secured in a forward-facing CSS. Make sure the new car seat has a harness and refer to the CSS manufacturer for height and weight limits to determine how long they can safely ride.

A belt-positioning booster seat should be used once a child becomes too heavy or tall for the forward-facing, harness-equipped CSS. Until your child is able to secure a car’s lap and shoulder seat belt properly, they should use the booster seat. According to the AAP, that typically occurs between ages 8 and 12 and when the child measures 4 feet, 9 inches.

When the booster no longer fits, always instruct your child to fasten their lap and shoulder seat belts. No one under the age of 13 should ride in the front seat.

Safety is a priority in the vehicles we sell at West Point Buick GMC. Stop by to experience the latest safety technologies.

Why Service at West Point Buick GMC?

service at West Point Buick GMC

Buying a vehicle is a significant investment, and it’s worth protecting your investment by properly maintaining your vehicle. There’s no better way to do this than having it serviced at a dealership service center, such as the one at West Point Buick GMC. Here are a few reasons why you should service at West Point Buick GMC.

  • Highly trained and certified technicians: At West Point Buick GMC, our technicians are GM factory-trained and have particular expertise in the make and model of your vehicle, allowing you to feel confident that your vehicle is in good hands.
  • Complimentary shuttle service or loaner car: While your vehicle is being serviced at our dealership, we provide a complimentary shuttle service or loaner car, making is so properly maintaining your vehicle doesn’t impede on your schedule and responsibilities.
  • 5-Year GM Elite Service Department: West Point Buick GMC has a Certified Elite service center, which allows us to better handle customer needs and maximize customer satisfaction. In fact, our service center has received tons of 5-star reviews, and we couldn’t be prouder.
  • Comfortable Waiting Area: if you decide to wait at the dealership while your vehicle is serviced, you’ll be treated to a comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi, coffee, popcorn, and snacks. The waiting area is child- and pet-friendly and includes a service play area.
  • Houston’s Largest Parts Department: West Point Buick GMC is home to Houston’s largest parts department, ensuring that all your service and repair needs are met in a timely manner. In addition, our service center frequently runs specials on parts and services to provide the best possible value.
  • Convenient Hours: Our service center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, accommodating a range of schedules for your convenience.

Regular service and maintenance are key for the longevity of your vehicle, and there’s no better place to preserve your investment than West Point Buick GMC.

2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions Make Best-in-Class Even Better

2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro Editions

The all-new Sierra 1500 is already one of the most versatile, capable, and advanced full-size pickups to ever hit the road, but this legend is about to take things to the next level as GMC rolls out new 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions. Available on Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500 trims, the carbon-fiber CarbonPro™ bed boasts best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance.

Strength and durability

Engineered for unrivaled strength and durability, the carbon fiber of the CarbonPro™ bed lends it better scratch, dent, and corrosion-resistance than any other truck bed around today.

Corrosion-resistance

The CarbonPro™ bed lasts longer thanks to the natural corrosion-resistance of carbon fiber, which withstands weathering and other damages that often cause major problems for lesser truck beds.

Reduced weight

Not only is the CarbonPro™ bed stronger, it’s lighter, too. In fact, it weighs 25 percent less than a traditional steel bed.

Increased volume

The Sierra 1500 already has a class-leading cargo capacity, but the CarbonPro™ bed takes things even further, increasing overall bed capacity by an entire cubic foot, enabling best-in-class cargo volume.

Enhanced functionality

The CarbonPro™ bed features two additional tie-down locations for added versatility, as well as new indentations designed specifically to accommodate dirt and street bikes.

The 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions head into production this June and should be arriving at West Point Buick GMC shortly thereafter. These durable beds will be in limited supply for the 2019 model year, so call ahead to secure yours.

When Are the Best Times to Fill Up the Tank?

Best Times to Fill Up the Tank

While gasoline prices are not as high as they were a few years ago, getting gas is still a significant expense when it comes to car ownership. If you are looking for ways to save, here are some of the best time to fil up the tank.

According to GasBuddy’s nationwide analysis, Mondays are the days you can expect to see the cheapest gas prices. Sundays and Tuesdays follow. On the other side of the coin, Thursdays and Fridays are the most expensive days, on average. However, here in Texas, Wednesdays are often the most expensive days to buy gas.

If you are more concerned about saving time, you can follow the same advice. On Sundays and Mondays, you will have the shortest wait times. And, if you want to fill-up during your commute the work, the best time to visit the gas station is between 8-10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said, “Our data shows that most motorists are filling up on not only the most expensive day, but the busiest. Having a tank of gas last until Sunday or even Monday each week can collectively save drivers $2.6 billion and spare the headache of not being able to find an available pump.”

If you’re looking for a new ride to pump petrol into, look no further than West Point Buick GMC. We’ve got the latest fuel-efficient vehicles from two of America’s favorite premium brands.

Buick Cascada Discontinued, So Get While the Getting’s Good

A lot of drivers have a soft spot for droptops because they make springtime and summer driving feel all the more adventurous and freeing. Something about driving with the top down in a convertible just seems so quintessentially American. But as market demand shifts toward more crossovers and SUVs, the convertible becomes less and less of a priority. For this reason, the Buick Cascada will be discontinued after the 2019 model year.

Buick Cascada discontinued

If you’ve always wanted a stylish Buick convertible, now is the time to act. The 2019 Buick Cascada is an elegant and refined choice that’s perfect for all-season driving but especially tailored for tackling the open road when the sun is held high over Houston. From its quick-retracting top, which stows in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph, to its smooth handling informed by StabiliTrak and an innovative Hi-Per strut front suspension, the Cascada is fun to drive and great for showing off.

Because both the Buick Cascada and Buick LaCrosse will be leaving the lineup after 2019, you can expect to see them replaced with exciting new crossover options in the future — the names Envoy and Enspire have been thrown around a bit, but we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, if you want to get in on the action with a new Cascada or LaCrosse, get into West Point Buick GMC and take one for a spin.

What’s New with the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

The all-new GMC Sierra has established itself as the most innovative and exciting pickup in its class, topping even its reputation from years gone by. If you’re considering making a new truck purchase this year, check out what’s new with the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and see for yourself why it’s the best thing going.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

MultiPro™ Tailgate

The 2019 GMC Sierra’s most impressive improvement is its industry-first MultiPro™ Tailgate, which offers six different functions and positions. The MultiPro™ Tailgate offers advanced solutions for second-tier loading and load-stop as well as improved access to the cargo box and a functional workstation.

CarbonPro Box

The 2019 GMC Sierra is the first truck in the game available with a carbon fiber cargo box. The CarbonPro box delivers best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance, making it the superior choice for rugged work.

Segment-First Technologies

The 2019 GMC Sierra offers first-in-segment technologies like a Multi-Color Head-Up Display and Rear Camera Mirror, which helps keep you and your passengers safer and more secure. The Sierra is also the first truck in the industry to feature an auto Electric Parking Brake, which keeps your trailer on the ball and helps you avoid unwanted rolling.

From the way it performs to the way it looks, there’s more to love about the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 than we can even put in to words. The best way to experience how much the Sierra has improved is to stop into West Point Buick GMC and test one out for yourself.