What to Do When Your Car Breaks Down

break downNoticing that you’re having car trouble while on the road can be scary, so it’s important to know what to do when your car breaks down to keep yourself and other drivers safe from harm.

The first thing you should do is pull over to a safe location. If you’re on the freeway, the shoulder is usually a safe bet, but try to pull off as far from the lanes as possible. In cities, finding somewhere to pull over can be more difficult, and if you can’t get off the road, stop and turn your hazard lights on so that other drivers know to get around you.

Next, if you have a cell phone or some kind of fancy tech in your car to contact help, now is the time to use it. Call your roadside assistance or a tow truck. If you have a problem you know how to fix, like a loose cable or a flat tire, that’s one thing, but more complicated fixes should be left to professionals.

Stay with your car, and stay far from the traffic lanes. It’s easy to get sideswiped in speeding traffic!

City Holding Parade of Heroes and Heroes’ Festival

classic carThis Saturday, September 12th, head over to nearby Cape Coral for the Parade of Heroes and Heroes’ Festival, which celebrates our local heroes. The title “hero” applies not just to military veterans but firefighters, police officers, first responders, and community contributors like the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

The parade will begin at 10am at the corner of Lafayette St. and Cape Coral St. and will head west, ending at the Southwest Florida Military Museum. Immediately after the parade, the festival will start in the museum parking lot and continue into the evening, ending at 8pm.

The festival will include live entertainment and games for kids and adults, food and merchandise provided by local vendors, and—our favorite—a classic car show. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll have a great time at the free Heroes’ Festival, and everyone can get behind supporting the people who make our city and our country great.

General Motors Opens New Active Safety Test Area in Michigan

2015 Cadillac CTSGeneral Motors offers 22 active safety technologies, and it now has one location to test them all. GM’s new Active Safety Test Area (ASTA) opened on July 24th near the automaker’s Milford Proving Ground in Michigan.

The $14 million safety testing facility is sprawled across 52 acres and will enable GM’s engineers to test current active safety features, develop new technologies, and even further the testing of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications, which are expected to be introduced as standard in the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

Features tested in the facilities include Front Pedestrian Braking, Night Vision, Curb View Camera, and 19 others.

“Our comprehensive safety strategy of helping customers before, during and after a crash continues,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of Global Vehicle Safety for General Motors. “GM historically has been a leader in the development and testing of safety technologies, and applying our deep knowledge and expertise to prevent crashes from happening in the first place.”

The new ASTA facilities are another sign of GM’s commitment to keep customers and its safety at the center of its mission to provide quality transportation around the world.

As Seen on Mad Men: 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Up for Auction

Cadillac LogoIf you ever watched the hit television series Mad Men on AMC, you likely saw leading man Jon Hamm driving the 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille owned by his character, Don Draper. Unfortunately, the show’s last episode aired this past May. However, the bright side is that items from the show are now being auctioned, including that classic DeVille.

Draper was the show’s the brilliant advertising exec –creative director and junior partner of Sterling Cooper Advertising –known for his ability to make a compelling sales pitch for the agency’s diverse lineup of products.

If you are interested in purchasing his ’65 Caddy, you’ll have to act quickly to seal the deal on this famous vehicle. The auction is currently underway and will only stay open until August 6th.

Bidding began online at screenbid.com on Friday, July 31 at noon Pacific Daylight Time. The starting bid was listed at just $1,500.

The Cadillac is described in this way:

“Don had mixed feelings about buying that Cadillac, but eventually went through with the purchase. Here we have the actual Coupe DeVille owned and driven by Don Draper. VIN# J5166669 VEHICLE IS SOLD AS IS.”

Don’t wait; head over to the auction site and name your price today!

2015 Cadillac SUV Price Competitively Low

2015 Cadillac SRXIf you’ve always wanted a luxury SUV but didn’t want to pay the hefty price tag that comes with it, now’s your chance. The 2015 Cadillac SRX is priced competitively, starting at under $40,000. A competitor in the crossover segment, the SRX is affordable and drives like a luxury SUV that’s looking to lead the pack.

While the Cadillac SUV price sits around $38,000 for a base model, higher-end models tend to get more expensive. That price isn’t that bad, especially for a brand as well-known as Cadillac. A fully loaded, topped-out 2015 Cadillac SRX will run you closer to $50,000; not a bad price either for the value that comes with it.

The base SRX seats up to five people. Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V6 capable of 308 hp, meaning it can power along the highway or move with traffic on city streets. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, mileage isn’t bad, sitting at 17 city/24 hwy.

Of course, this Cadillac SUV isn’t meant for performance as much as it is a comfortable driving experience. Even lower level trims will see heated seats, power everything, leather upholstery, dual zone climate control, a full touchscreen, and cruise control, just to name a few features.

Once again, Cadillac is bringing luxury value at an affordable price and we here at DeVoe Cadillac are ready to roll!

What to Do if Your Brakes Fail

Modern cars are engineered with some pretty advanced technology so the odds you’ll break down on the side of the road at random are slim. Some things, like routine maintenance, are left to drivers, many of whom forget to check their brakes.

Not being able to stop a two-ton vehicle can be frightening to say the least. Here at DeVoe Cadillac, we know just what to do if your brakes fail.

  • breaksStay Calm. Staying calm will allow you to think clearer which will help you remember these next couple of tips.
  • Try the Brakes Again. Most vehicles today have a dual braking system, meaning the front and rear brakes are independent from each other. As a result, both would have to fail to leave you without any power to slow down. Push hard on the brake with consistent force to slow the car. In the case you have lost both brakes, pull the emergency brake, which is separate from your normal hydraulic braking system.
  • Leave the Ignition On. The number one thing many people want to do when their brakes fail is turn the car off. While it may sound like a good idea, the car losing power will actually hinder you. Turning the ignition off will turn off your power steering as well, meaning you won’t be able to steer easily. Leave it on until you’ve navigated out of traffic and stopped on the side of the road.

A New Cadillac ATS-V Version Might be on the Way

2016 Cadillac ATS-VAfter reviewing a recent report from Car and Driver, it looks like a new Cadillac ATS-V version has some potential! The latest launch of the ATS-V and CTS-V models has been highly anticipated and adding to that lineup would be huge for the future of the powerful Cadillac lineup.

Dave Leone, chief engineer for Cadillac, stated, “We might have something down the road that is a little bit more aggressive.” And that’s all we needed to hear!

Another source reported that the new ATS-V version wouldn’t be officially released until 2017; however, the full details of the potential model have not yet been revealed by Cadillac. Although, if the new model gets the green light, it is suspected to take on a more European design.

In any case, we’re extremely excited for the current round of powerhouse ATS-Vs and CTS-Vs to arrive here at DeVoe Cadillac and about the potential of an even more extreme ATS-V version making its way into the lineup.

Cadillac Ciel Concept Makes Headlines in New Entourage Movie

CadillacIf you’re a fan of Cadillac and the former HBO Show Entourage, you definitely want to keep reading! If you’re not sure what show we’re talking about, take a moment to run out and pickup the series on DVD; you’ll thank us later.

The highly-anticipated Entourage movie edition has been the talk of the town since it was first announced and fans everywhere have been waiting for their chance to see what happens to their favorite characters, Vince, Turtle, Ari, etc… However, they’re not the only stars of the show. The Cadillac Ciel concept car will be featured in all its glory and that’s what has us really excited at DeVoe Cadillac.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re waiting to see what comes of each character too; we’re just excited to see the non-production droptop sedan on the big screen.

The movie releases this June, so be sure to check it out and get a good look at the Cadillac Ciel concept car as well.

1976 Cadillac Mirage Design Introduced Utility to Luxury

Most Cadillac aficionados are unacquainted with the rarest of Cadillac designs, the Cadillac Mirage. That is because this sinister-looking utility-coupe only had 204 ever built. The 1976 Cadillac Mirage design, a Gene Winfield inspiration, is based on the sprawling lines of the popular Coupe DeVille.

The Cadillac Mirage ended up as a utility land yacht with a luxury pedigree. What resembled an upscale Chevy El Camino was entirely Cadillac in its luxury driving experience. Because of the gas crisis in the 1970s, the Mirage’s huge 8.2-liter engine produced plenty of torque to get up and go, but only 200hp to conserve fuel once underway.

The 204-of-a-kind car provided for plenty of pickup truck capabilities with its queen-sized truck bed, while including features like a door for golf clubs to rest behind the passenger seat.

Although the Cadillac Mirage never saw its share of mainstream success, its plush features and utility appeal helped launch the luxury SUV genre of our Cadillac SUVs and Escalade trucks at DeVoe Cadillac.

2015 Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac and Fairmont Hotels Provide Luxury Accommodations

Cadillac has announced its exclusive partnership with Fairmont Hotels, a premier hotel chain with locations in New York City, Washington DC, Shanghai, London, and much more. In its partnership, Cadillac vehicles will be provided for the convenience of hotel guests at all of their locations.

A fleet of more than 25 vehicles is already in use across the country, most notably at the San Francisco, Maui, and Boston locations. The fleet, which includes the next-generation 2015 Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac CTS, is packed with advanced technology—including built-in Wi-Fi. All guests at Fairmont Hotels have first-come, first-served access to courtesy rides to local destinations; however, priority is granted to Fairmont President’s Club members and guests on Fairmont Gold floors.

2015 Cadillac Escalade

“Together, Cadillac and Fairmont bring a special, bespoke experience to our customers,” said Melody Lee, Cadillac director of brand strategy and planning in a statement. “Our partnership is designed to showcase the best in product, service and premium customer interactions.”

The partnership between Cadillac and Fairmont Hotels will only further enhance Cadillac’s brand image as a true luxury automaker by providing convenient, luxurious, and stylish transportation for hotel guests.

While being chauffeured in a brand-new Cadillac sounds fantastic, we think owning your very own, brand-new Escalade or CTS sounds even better. Stop by DeVoe Cadillac to test drive one for yourself!