Doubling Down On Diesel With GM

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, September 18th, 2017 at 5:59 PM

Come back in time with Cardinale GMC. Rewind to 2015 when VW was the sales leader for mainstream-diesel powered vehicles in the US. The biggest competitor was, you guessed it, GM. They started with the second-generation Cruze and GM declared their goal was becoming the market leader for passenger diesel. You’d think diesel would be on its way out of the U.S. when VW got into some trouble. But our Cardinale Automotive Group is happy to announce the future of diesel is still fresh on our minds.

Bye Bye VW, Hello GM!

GM hasn’t forgotten about the diesel technology. They’ve actually recently launched the Chevy Colorado, Cruze and GMC Canyon with diesel. They also announced earlier this year that they’ll be adding a new 1.6-liter “whisper diesel” to two of their most popular crossover vehicles: the Chevy Equinox and our very own GMC Terrain.

Get Your Own At Cardinale GMC

While we might not have a dealership full of diesel vehicles here in Seaside California, we do have a wide range of new and used options to choose from. You can search our website from the comfort of your home before scheduling a time to meet with someone on our team. Online you’ll be able to refine your search to look for specific engine types, color, year, make and model. That’s right, we have a whole array of options at Cardinale GMC. We’re confident you’ll fall in love with something, whether it’s diesel or gas powered. Make us your go-to dealership for all of your vehicle needs.

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

The Shift In Buying a Second Vehicle

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Cardinale GMC has noticed a shift in who is buying vehicles. It use to be folks aged 35-44 but now we are seeing Baby Boomers more often. Looking at the demographic facts, such as who is buying a new vehicle and how income correlates, helps us understand the recent change. GMC California wanted to take a look at the shift in regards to purchasing a second vehicle.

Are Two Vehicles Needed?

It’s quite simple, really. Those aged 35-44 aren’t investing in a second vehicle like they did in the past. Having one is most likely a necessity, but is a second a must? If finances are an issue, sharing a vehicle probably makes more sense. The down payment amount can be used towards a lot more than the convenience of a second set of wheels. That could be medical bills, utilities for the year or groceries. Vehicle prices are well over $20,000 doesn’t help the cause, either.

Did You Know…

  • Leasing penetration has returned to 19%, which is pre-recession rates
  • To finance a new vehicle, the average down payment is $2,914 and it’s $868 to lease something new
  • 72% of car loans have terms that are 60+ months
  • 4 years is the average age of vehicles on the road today; a record high
  • In the last 60 months, 87% of those who purchased a brand new vehicle with financing still have payments and 79% for those who bought used
  • 72-84 month loans are the fastest growing segment in the automotive buying industry
  • 56% of used buyers finance their vehicles and 81% of new buyers finance

Shift Or Not, Cardinale GMC Is Here To Help

Head on over to the Seaside auto mall to learn more about what’s involved in purchasing a vehicle. Whether it’s your household’s only vehicle or second, Cardinale GMC will assist you through the entire process. We’re here to help you decide if buying or leasing is the best option for you. We hope to see you soon!

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

The Best Dang Breakfast in Seaside

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 5:53 PM

It’s the most important meal of the day but it can be enjoyed anytime of day! At least that’s how we feel here at Cardinale GMC California. Breakfast is seriously so delicious. It can be sweet, savory or a little bit of both. We hate to play favorites but here are a few of our top picks in the Seaside area.

The Breakfast Club

Can’t go wrong with a name like that! Service is great and food is even better. Our go-to is the chicken and waffle but some other favorites are the traditional eggs benedict, Ron’s omelet and Annie’s breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth, try the cinnamon roll French toast.

Del Monte Cafe

Be ready to come hungry and leave stuffed. The Steak Rancheros with warm tortillas is a winner here. And who would ever think to order calamari with eggs and hash? It’s unique and really tasty. The orange juice is superb, too, and feel free to bring your doggie because they have a special patio to enjoy a meal with your pooch.

Googie Grill

It’s really hard to decide what is the best thing to pick here. You can’t go wrong with anything on their favorites menu: Olivia’s Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Bella’s Breakfast Sandwich or the Cosmic Breakfast Burrito. Food is fantastic, service is stellar and prices are reasonable.

Best Dang Service At Cardinale GMC

We know service at a restaurant is important, especially when you’re starving first thing in the morning. But everyone here at our Seaside auto mall knows how important service is when choosing a vehicle, too. Cardinale GMC strives to provide the best customer experience in the area. We encourage you to let us know what you love about our dealership and also anything we can improve on. We hope to see you soon!

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

The 2017 GMC Acadia – Denali Style

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 5:51 PM

If you’re looking for luxury without paying top dog pricing for a midsize SUV, you need to come see us at Cardinale GMC. We have a fully redesigned 2017 Acadia that has top of the line features. It’s the Denali and boy is she a pretty little thing.

Basics About The Acadia

Our Cardinale Automotive Group has had the Acadia around for nine years and we were pleased to welcome the full redesign for 2017 models. It’s a bit smaller and lighter than before but what you lose in size is made up for with other improvements. It also means it’s easier to maneuver in and out of parking lots. It drives around turns more confidently, too. The V6 is still available, as is all-wheel drive, but it has a newly available four-cylinder engine which we’ve seen has helped to improve its fuel economy.

Four Trim Levels – Denali Being The Top Dog

Some of our GMC California customers prefer the base model, while others prefer the new All Terrain model. For those looking for top-of-the-line, the Denali is where it’s at. It comes with a unique grille, 8” touchscreen, heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, navigation, hands-free power liftgate, polished wheels and Xenon headlights. You can also add the Technology package to get adaptive cruise control with automatic collision preparation, as well as a surround-view camera system. It really is the best of the best and you can’t go wrong with this trim.

More Denali Models To Choose From At Cardinale GMC

If you like the sound of the Acadia Denali you’ll love other vehicles we have available with the Denali emblem. Our Sierra, Terrain, Yukon and Yukon XL all come with a Denali option. Once you climb inside, you’ll see why this is anything but basic. We look forward to showing you what it’s all about at Cardinale GMC.

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

Guide To Buying A 2016 GMC Terrain

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Picking out a new vehicle can be a daunting task, especially if you’re in the market for something preowned. There are just too many options on the market today! Cardinale GMC wanted to give an overview of our 2016 Terrain in case it’s on your top 5 list, which Cardinale GMC California hopes it is.

What’s To Love

Our Terrain has been around for seven years now. It’s classed in the small-to-midsize crossover line and has grown in popularity. It stands out because of its unique square-shouldered body and larger-than-average size. You’ll enjoy a comfortable and quiet ride thanks to the powerful V6 engine. This crossover won’t feel too big but has plenty of room for your extra stuff, a whole family or both.

Performance Details

A standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder comes in the base model. Upgrade to the SLE-2, SLT or Denali with a 3.6-liter V6. Both of these engines also have a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels except the SL but front-wheel drive comes standard there.

What’s Inside

It might look truck-like from the outside but the interiors are anything but rugged. The dash has bright red back lighting highlighting in the controls and gauges. It’s a sight to see during nighttime driving. Some of the features to ask about are Bluetooth streaming audio, the 7” color touchscreen, noise-killing components, standard sliding rear seat and 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Buy Used With Cardinale GMC

Our Cardinale automotive group loves our brand new vehicles but there’s something special about buying preowned. Come see us today so we can tell you more about the 2016 Terrain as well as any other used vehicle. If Cardinale GMC doesn’t have what you’re looking for on site, we’ll do what we can to find one for you.

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

Get Your Vehicle Serviced Before Heading Back To School

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 4:19 PM

Can you believe it’s already time to go back to school? Our Cardinale Automotive Group knows how busy you’ll be once student mode kicks in. Hectic schedules, studying, sports and social events don’t leave much time to have your vehicle serviced. So, before you head back for another great year, Cardinale GMC recommends scheduling an appointment for a multi-point inspection.

But Is Regular Maintenance Really Necessary?

Absolutely. Think of how often you depend on your vehicle. Running errands, driving to class, going to work. Routine maintenance like tire rotation and oil changes are important but there are other things you might not think of that should be checked regularly. A multi-point inspection at Cardinale GMC California includes checking your windshield wipers, brakes and fluid levels, so make sure to add it into your schedule before heading off to school.

Maybe You Just Need A New Vehicle Altogether

Some students decide not to take a vehicle to school right away. If you’re ready to have a vehicle on campus or have decided to live off campus this year, we can help you pick the perfect ride. We offer a wide range of new GMC vehicles as well as quality preowned options. Whether it’s the Acadia and Terrain SUVs that catch your eye or a Canyon pickup truck, our Sales team is here to help you weigh pros and cons so you choose the perfect vehicle for your needs.

Once you’ve selected the right set of wheels, our Finance Team will assist in the next step. We know a student’s budget might be tight so we will do what we can to ensure you drive away in something you not only love, but can afford, too.

Get Campus Ready At Cardinale GMC

Whether you need service or a new vehicle, the entire Cardinale GMC Team is ready for you. Our Service Technicians will make sure your vehicle is “campus-ready” before heading off for a successful school year. And if a new ride is on your mind, we want to be the first stop on your list.

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

Spend Labor Day Sizzling With Some Seaside BBQ

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 4:14 PM

You don’t have to live in the South to get good BBQ. The staff members here at Cardinale GMC highly suggest spending Labor Day savoring some smokey Seaside California pork belly. Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean you have to pull out the Fall flavors yet. Sit back, relax and enjoy a family cookout or two chowing down with one of these local joints.

Dickey’s BBQ Pit

We really love this place not only because they make killer food, but the staff is super friendly and nice. We suggest switching things up and trying the pulled pork tacos. The cole slaw and beans are a great addition. And ask about their taco tray for your party. Did we mention the free soft serve? Make an ice cream float with your big yellow cup. You can thank us later.

Harborside Deli & BBQ

This is a great place right on the water. It’s a toss up which is better, the pulled pork or tri tip sandwich. If you’re looking for one of their BBQ plates, you’ll have to wait until the weekend. But don’t worry, it’s worth the wait! Sauce is delicious and the meat is super tender. Worth the quick trip into Monterey.

Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Not a true BBQ place, but they do have some things on the menu we crave. Smoked baby back ribs, braised bison short rib and 12-hour brisket are our favorites. Oh, and the best part is the dog menu if you sit outside on the patio! Fido will love it.  Can’t beat that.

Labor Day Specials At Cardinale GMC

It might not smell like BBQ the second you walk in our Seaside auto mall doors, but we still want to spend the Labor Day weekend with you! Who knows, maybe we’ll even have a special or two on one of our new or used Cardinale GMC vehicles? Come see us!

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

The All New 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, August 21st, 2017 at 4:10 PM

You’ve been waiting and the time is here. Cardinale GMC welcomes the all new 2018 Sierra 3500HD. What’s HD stand for? Well, heavy duty, of course! Let’s take a look at what you can expect when you come by the Seaside auto mall to test drive one of these bad boys.

Featured Details For 2018

  • 4 trim levels offered – Base, SLE, SLT and Denali
  • offered in a 4×2 or 4×4 with single rear wheel or double if expecting extra payload and/or towing capabilities
  • 0-liter V8 or Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engine
  • choice of gas or flex-fuel (gasoline or E85)
  • new distinctive details like available LED accent lighting, detailed new grilles and standard projector headlights
  • all models come with premium black wheel arch moldings and chrome grill surrounds
  • upgrade trim levels for unique wheel designs and grille details, mirror door handles and caps and chrome belt moldings
  • brand new double-cab model available with easier access to backseats via the forward-hinged rear doors
  • larger crew-cab rear doors with revised seats
  • new chassis and body design for improved handling, ride, comfort and capability
  • automatic locking rear differential standard in all models
  • CornerStep bumper with handholds built into the new box rail protectors
  • GMC infotainment System is standard
  • available EZ Lift and Lower tailgate option
  • heated seats standard with leather but optional with cloth
  • available LED cargo lights below the bed rails
  • Z71 Package available to include a skid plate, Hill Descent Control and Rancho shocks

Drive New With Cardinale GMC

This is just overview of what you can expect with our 2018 Sierra 3500HD. It’s big, it’s powerful and it’s fancy. Head into Cardinale GMC to be the first to test drive one and if you’re in the market for preowned, we have a large selection of used GMC trucks, too. We look forward to telling you more about our pickup trucks soon!

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

A Big Thank You To Our Sierra For Pushing GMC Over The Top

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 3:42 PM

Cardinale GMC California is in it to win it at all times. That’s why we go above and beyond for our customers. So, of course we were thrilled to hear that our GMC brand had its best month ever for retail ATPs in July. We saw an 8% year-over-year increase. Let’s dive a little deeper and toot our own horn for a bit.

What’s ATP?

ATP stands for average transaction prices. The Sierra led the pack last month with the highest retail ATP in the full-size pickup segment. The Sierra HD helped out as well with a 6% lift at retail. Our Yukon also saw a boost in retail sales, bumping up 4% year-over-year, making this the best July in a decade.

Check Out The Sales

In the month of July, two vehicles in our GMC lineup posted gains. Shouting out the Savana and Acadia! The Acadia was re-designed this year and continues to steal the show. A total of 9,722 were sold with a 30.3% sales increase. Since July 2016, Savana sales almost tripled. 726 vans were sold last July and this year it was 2,095. Both are also our year-to-date growth leaders. The Acadia sales are up 44% with 65,717 vehicles sold since Jan and the Savana is at 18,835 total with a 54.4% increase.

Total Vehicles Sold in July For Our Other Models

Sierra – 19,963

Terrain – 5,721

Yukon – 4,370

Yukon XL – 2,780

Canyon – 2,761

In the last seven months, Yukon XL sales were at 17,410 vehicles, seeing a 1.6% increase and the Sierra totals 119,116 vehicles. Overall, our GMC total sales were at 310,587, up 1.6%.

Keep Them Climbing At Cardinale GMC

Visit Cardinale GMC at our Seaside auto mall to pick out your next GMC vehicle. Everything you need to know can be found at www.cardinalegmc.com. We look forward to having you be a part of our growing numbers.

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com

Keep Your Teen Safe On The Road

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Mixed emotions flood through parents’ heads when their teens get their driver’s license. It’s exciting they’ll get to drive themselves to school and activities. But at the same time, it’s scary to think they’ll be out on their own! Safety is Cardinale GMC’s top priority and that’s why we wanted to recommend the following reminders before sending teens out on the roads of Seaside California.

Distractions Are For The Birds

Things can happen when you least expect them, and in a split second. Always remind your teen to keep their eyes on the road so they have enough time to react to a driving situation. A text or phone call is far less important than a life.

Buckle Up

It’s the law in California so remind your teen to get in the habit of wearing a seat belt as soon as they sit down. Studies have shown that buckling up is extremely effective in protecting occupants so make sure they ask their passengers to do the same.

Road Conditions & Weather

Teen drivers don’t have the experience with construction zones or various weather conditions. Try accompanying them when bad weather is expected and point out safety tips when possible. Having an experienced driver with them will help them gain confidence.

Speed Only Complicates Things

Teens look at driving as their first big taste of freedom. They might feel like they should speed to “show off” and act extra cool for their friends. Reaction time won’t be the same as yours so remind them to always follow the speed limit. Also, if they’re not comfortable on the highway yet, help them with alternate routes.

Safety Basics To Keep Handy

No matter who is driving, make sure the vehicle has a first aid kit, flashlight, basic tools, fix-a-flat and a gallon of water in case of an emergency.

Choosing The Right Vehicle At Cardinale GMC

If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, check out what Cardinale GMC has to offer at www.cardinalegmc.com. We have a lot to choose from at our Seaside auto mall and our Sales Team is here to help you pick the safest option for your new driver.

Cardinale GMC

2 Heitzinger Plaza

Seaside, California 93955

Phone: 877.957.1626

Website: www.cardinalegmc.com