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How to Safely Buy a Car Off the Internet

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Review the Ad, Print it Out

If you’re looking for a used car on the Internet, chances are you’ve reviewed dozens of ads by the time you make an appointment to actually see a car. It’s very normal for all the ads to jumble together in your brain. Print out the ad for every car you’re going to see, paying particular attention to any type of promises the seller makes, such as “runs good,” “rebuilt engine,” or any other repairs. Although there is no Lemon Law that protects you when it comes to dealing with private parties, having a copy of the ad on hand can prove useful if you find the seller was untruthful. When you’re looking for a car on the Internet, give some thought to using a qualified dealer like Freeway Chevrolet. Dealers must adhere to specific consumer laws that are designed to protect you.

Meet in a Public Place

Odds are you won’t have any trouble going to a person’s house to look at a car, but why tempt fate? Meeting in a public place, such as a library, grocery store or mall parking lot provides another level of safety against scammers who might be looking to do you harm. In addition, always try and have a friend or family member accompany you to meet a stranger who is selling a car. As an added measure of security, either call or text someone with the information on who, where and when you’re meeting. Message that person again when the meeting is over and you are safe.

Beware of Red Flags

There are a number of things that should raise a red flag when you attempt to buy a car from an individual off the Internet. The first problem area is a lack of a title or paperwork that doesn’t seem authentic. Carefully check the VIN number on the title against the vehicle and make sure there are no liens listed on the title. If a car has a fresh paint job, it could be a sign of underlying damage that was hastily repaired. Also beware if a seller isn’t keen on offering a bill of sale and a receipt. Any scrupulous seller will have no problem providing the proper paperwork to complete a car sale.

Safest Bet is to Visit a Dealership

Buying a car off the Internet doesn’t mean you have to meet a perfect stranger in a setting that may or may not be hazardous to your health. Most dealerships like Freeway Chevrolet now have an extensive Internet presence where you can go and look over the available used and new inventory. Buying a car through a dealership not only guarantees a safe environment, but it also gives you a level of comfort that the vehicle your purchasing has been inspected and all the paperwork is on the up and up.

With the newest installment of the Fast & Furious series recently released, it feels like everywhere you turn, it’s Fast and Furious fever! For those of you who follow and enjoy the films, it’s easy to understand the hype. As we all know, the series is jammed and packed full of amazingly impressive rides. Here at Freeway Chevrolet, our focus tends to migrate towards the Chevy makes and models- rightfully so. Let’s take a look at the top three Chevy cars that made a glorious appearance in the Fast and Furious movies.

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1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Ah. The Chevelle SS. Some would agree that the Fast & Furious movies just wouldn’t be complete without this automotive gem playing a part. The Chevelle is driven by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who is first seen driving it in a post credits scene incorporating the memorable quote, “I live my life a quarter mile at a time… Nothing else matters. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.” The impressive Chevy Chevelle meets a glorious end when Dom utilizes it as an explosive distraction against the film’s antagonist in order to escape an ambush. Rest peacefully oh dearest Chevelle.

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This beauty can be seen in the fifth installment of the series. After commencing in a visually stimulating road chase, the gorgeous Grand Sport is not only driven off a speeding train, but also careens off a cliff- only to meet its fate in a watery grave. Luckily, the car that met the unfortunate doom was actually a replica of the Corvette Grand Sport. Replica or not, the car is beautiful and awesome to look at!

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1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

Of course, we cannot forget the beautiful blue of the 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. This particular piece of vehicle eye candy was won by Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” After winning the pink slip to this gorgeous ride, it is used in the second half of the movie to evade the police. It ends up flying through the air and makes an impressive, and memorable, landing onto a yacht!

Who would have thought that when The Fast and The Furious came out so many years ago that it would have made as much of an impact as it did? But come on, here at Freeway Chevrolet, we know why everyone loves these movies so much- the beautiful, rubber-burning, heart-thumping Chevrolet rides of course!

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Ready for one of the most thrilling and visually stimulating sports cars that Chevy has ever made? If your answer is yes, then you need to stop by Freeway Chevrolet today to check out the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette. Despite the affordability in comparison to all others in its class, the 2015 Corvette hones in on a head turning appeal combined with a streamlined engine guaranteed to knock your socks off! So what makes this impressive ride so appealing?

Fast, Sleek Design

As much as we would love to say, “It’s not about the looks,”- it really is with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette. The clean, precision of its appearance is second to none and continues to catch the eyes of onlookers. The carbon-nano-fiber components contribute to an increased performance while enhancing the efficiency with a light-weight and aerodynamic sculpting. Although most drivers aren’t interested in fuel costs when purchasing the Corvette, the lightweight effect impressively increases the fuel efficiency contributing to an overall 29 mpg on the highway. Its provocative design teams perfectly with its functionality. This beautiful ride offers the perfect combination of ingenious design, impressive performance and first class engineering.

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And of course, the engine!

All versions and trims of the 2015 Corvette come standard with a jaw-dropping 455 hp! Not to mention a 6.2L V8 engine that puts out 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It can have a standard transmission that features a seven-speed manual and automatic rev-matching. Addressing the requests of sports car enthusiasts, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette offers the option to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission providing its driver with more power and better performance. It comes in as the most powerful and quickest Corvette to date. A car this miraculous deserves the best care and therefore comes standard with Chevrolet’s Complete Care offering 2 years or 24,000 miles of roadside assistance, scheduled maintenance and much more!

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Test Drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette!

Freeway Chevrolet is proud to carry the 2015 Chevy Corvette. If you are seeking a thrilling and appealing driving experience, stop by today to inquire about our selection of head turning Corvettes!

Three Great Work Truck Options

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In the market for a new work truck? Freeway Chevrolet has a truck lineup that is built on a strong foundation of capability and dependability. With Chevy’s Colorado winning the title of Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year and our impressive options for the Silverado, Freeway Chevrolet is the go-to spot for new truck buyers! With advanced features, dynamic engineering and innovative cargo space, our top work truck options include:

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

With the best available fuel efficiency out of any other pickup, the Colorado offers an invigorating 305 horsepower and a 7000 lb towing capability. It comes standard with an impressive safety system featuring Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alerts. The Colorado is the first truck of its class to include 4G LTE Wi-Fi for those looking to stay connected at all times. With a stylish and impressive appearance and phenomenal fuel economy, the Colorado is a great choice for those seeking a reliable and attractive work truck option.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

If power, dependability and ingenuity in a work truck is what you seek, perhaps the Chevrolet Silverado  is a great fit for you! With the best in class V8 towing capacity of 12,000 lbs, the Silverado 1500 is perfect for those who desire endless towing capabilities. This truck maintains excellent fuel efficiency along with a 5 year/100,000 mile Powertrain warranty. It’s impressive roll formed steel goes hand in hand with its dynamic technology, including Trailer Sway Control with the Stabilitrak system. Enjoy its quiet, comfortable and attractive cabin during long trips or simple daily commutes.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Powered with Chevy’s legendary Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is impressively strong with a trailering capacity of 17,900 lbs. Much like the Silverado 1500, the 2500 includes the smart technology of Trailer Sway Control from Stabilitrak along with Trailer Brake Controller that provides its driver with the ability to tow even the heaviest of loads! The Silverado 2500 maintains an impressive cargo bed lined with roll formed steel that maintains to durability with continued use. The Silverado 2500 is also available with the Vortec engine that allows for the use of Compressed Natural Gas.

Can’t decide which work truck is the best option for you? Come on down to Freeway Chevrolet today talk to our professionals and test drive the new Chevy Colorado and Chevrolet Silverado!

               

Vehicle Spotlight: The Chevrolet Volt

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Ready to be amazed at how far an electric vehicle can get you? The Chevrolet Volt for sale at Freeway Chevrolet has an impressive propulsion system that allows its driver to operate with pure electricity during their daily commute. Need to take a longer trip? The Chevy Volt has the ability to seamlessly switch to gasoline use for longer journeys. As the winner of various “Best Buy” awards, the Chevrolet Volt continues to impress its drivers with continued fuel efficiency and a premier driving experience.

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Propelled by an electric motor that produces 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the Chevrolet Volt is powered by a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack fitted in a central tunnel located under the rear seat. It’s battery pack has the ability to be recharged in 10 hours with the use of a standard 120-volt outlet.With the ability to travel nearly 30-to-40 miles on pure electric power, the Volt can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour! As battery life decreases, a gasoline powered 1.4-liter 4-cylinder kicks on as an alternate power source for the electric motor. As a result, the Volt has a driving range over 300 miles! When operating on electricity, the Volt is capable of achieving an impressive 98 miles per gallon in combined city or highway driving. Once it is converted to gasoline motor, it can average 35-40 miles per gallon.

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With a thrilling off-the-line acceleration feature and a well-tuned suspension system, the Chevy Volt offers a smooth and quiet driving experience. The Chevrolet Volt for sale is available with a premier navigation system combined with a Bose audio system and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Standard features also include GM’s MyLink infotainment system along with Bluetooth, remote start and a center mounted touchscreen. The Volt can be upgraded with the Comfort package which adds a leather wrapped steering wheel feature and heated front seats. Drivers can also opt for the Enhanced Safety package that includes rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, available lane departure and forward collision warning systems.

With an exterior design that sets it apart from other electric vehicle styles, the Chevy Volt maintains a unique, good-looking appearance that complements its agile performance. While harnessing the best of electric and gas features, the 2015 Chevy Volt is an impressive option for those seeking a spacious, attractive and fuel efficient vehicle. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet and test drive the new 2015 Chevy Volt today!

Introducing the 2015 Chevrolet Trax

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In the market for a small SUV with a big city appeal? The 2015 Chevrolet Trax may just be what you are looking for. Part of a new breed of SUV, the Trax hones an impressive line-up of smart features and technologies that allows its driver to conquer any city while maintaining an impressive 34 MPG fuel economy. The Chevy Trax is chock-full of standard features including an impressive 7-inch color touch-screen and a rear vision camera. Outranking all competitors in its class, the Chevy Trax houses 15 storage areas along with a passenger’s seat that folds flat allowing additional cargo space.

Interested in its connectivity? The Trax offers a 4G LTE service along with USB ports and Chevy’s MyLink capability. It maintains the Siri Eyes Free aspect and even offers a Wi-Fi hot spot for those on the go. The Trax has a remote keyless entry system providing additional convenience to its driver. This impressive little SUV outranks its competitors once again with more standard air bags guaranteeing peace of mind while driving.

As part of a youth focused lineup, (including the Chevy Sonic and Chevy Spark) the Trax caters to those gearing towards a smaller sized SUV with generous interior spacing and cargo capacity. It fits in with the rest of the Chevy’s small-car lineup with a short height of nearly 169 inches and width of 70 inches. The Trax is built atop the Gamma SUV platform and features a tall hoodline while showcasing the Chevy dual-port grille. The SUV is offered in three trims and carries the standard Chevy trademark of LS, LT, or LTS monikers. The differences between the three vary cosmetically. From wheel sizes to seat materials and trim for the dashes and doors, all styles are attractive and guaranteed to impress its buyers.

Housing GM’s proven 1.4-liter turbo engine, the Trax includes a progressive system that allows this 2800 pounds of vehicle to run smoothly and efficiently. Available in a six speed automatic transmission, the Trax is front wheel drive and is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 9.1 seconds! It functions on a 26 city and 34 highway fuel economy that fit nearly everyone’s needs.

Whether you are going downtown, out of town or just up the street, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is combines an attractive appeal with impressive SUV fuel efficiency. With a138-horsepower, its sharp and responsive handling provide its driver with an exciting yet safe driving experience. If you are on the lookout for a small sized SUV with abundant spacing that offers fuel efficiency, visit us at Freeway Chevrolet today!

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If you live in or visited any part of Phoenix last week, you don’t have to be a sports fan to notice the Super Bowl was in town. Of course, with the Super Bowl comes the widely anticipated commercials. Automakers are part of the plethora of companies to take part in this American institution and don’t seem to fall short when it comes to memorable Super Bowl moments. This year’s commercials were as great as ever, but let’s take a glance at some of the most memorable Chevrolet Super Bowl commercials.

1. In the 2012 Chevy Volt commercial, Chevrolet managed to be both entertaining and informative. This commercial featured a group of aliens that seem to be confused about the Chevy Volt and how it works. The gentleman sums it up for them (again.) Chevrolet does a great job at tying up the commercial with a bit of humor by adding a quick innuendo of discomfort from the ogling extraterrestrials. So beware folks, if you purchase a Chevy Volt from our Phoenix Chevy dealer, you may just get some interesting intergalactic visitors!

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2. For a while there, Glee was everywhere. Seriously, everywhere. So, it makes sense that the widely known show would make an appearance in the 2011 Super Bowl commercial line up. Of course, you either love or hate Glee, but it was a smooth move for Chevrolet to team up and utilize the show’s popularity to their advantage.

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3. 2012 was a big year for the “end of the world” hype. Chevrolet hops on the bandwagon by putting an entertaining spin on surviving a catastrophic event with a Chevy Silverado. With a quick jab at Ford, the characters remind you that those who didn’t “make it,” weren’t driving the “longest lasting, most dependable truck on the road.” Conclusion: If you purchase a Chevy Silverado from Freeway Chevrolet, you may just survive an apocalypse!

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4. Both exciting and entertaining, 2011’s Chevrolet Super Bowl commercial was action packed and touching with a witty conversation between the narrators walking you through the whole commercial. With subtle hints that Camaro’s are exciting, sporty and great for those doubling as a secret agent, Chevrolet does a great job at reminding it’s audience that a Camaro is suitable for everyone- even a sweet school teacher!

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5. A yellow and black Camaro just isn’t complete unless accompanied by a Transformers reference. Many would agree that Bumblebee owns the car/color combination and was a great idea for Chevrolet’s 2011 Super Bowl commercial. With an entertaining reaction to the mascot’s attempt at “damaging” his exterior, Bumblebee puts on a great show, then quickly converts back to the sleek, appealing form of the Chevy Camaro. Note to self, unless you want to get tossed in the air, treat your yellow and black Chevy Camaro with kindness!

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Best Gifts for the Motorhead on Your List

It’s the giving time of year but you may feel a bit lost on what to get the Chevy fanatic in your family. Lucky for you, Chevrolet accessories come in all shapes and sizes and can be found online or at Freeway Chevrolet. Here is a collection of our favorite Chevy and auto gifts for the season.

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Driving Gloves/ Chevrolet Apparel-If you live in a cold climate you know the importance of keeping your hands toasty warm while steering for comfort and safety. A nice pair of driving gloves makes a great gift for even the most amateur driver out there. Live in a climate that stays sunny and warm year round? Chevrolet has numerous t shirts and hats for both males and females to represent their various car models.  If you are looking for something a bit more luxurious, check out the Chevrolet watch partnership with Fossil featuring sleek and sophisticated designs

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Sunglasses-Fight snow and sun glare with a new pair of Chevrolet sunglasses. UVA and UVB rays can still harm the eyes during overcast and winter weather, and harsh glares are a safety hazard. Chevrolet sunglasses range from every day to designer so you are sure to find a pair that fits your price point and style. Look for the swivel sunglass tower on the counter in our accessories department.

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Automatic or Hands Free Adapter-Is your gift recipient obsessed with driving data and diagnostics? Opt in for an Automatic, a cool little device that connects your car to a smart phone through a standard diagnostic port. The gadget monitors engine health and notifies you about any internal trouble. It also sends driving feedback tracking rough breaking, speeding, rapid acceleration as well as a trip timeline. If that isn’t enough Automatic can notify emergency personal in case of an accident, as well as help you find your parking spot.Maybe your loved one owns an older Chevy without Bluetooth capability. If so, pick up a hands free adapter device that will pair their smart phone and car speaker to allow hands free calls and voice commands to their smart phone.

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Coffee Table Books-Revel in the history of Camaros or Corvettes with a coffee table book. Beautifully shot photos will be appreciated by all car fans alike and allow your recipient to own virtually every edition of the car. While it may not be a gadget, a nice book is hard to replace with a newer version, and compatibility standards are not an issue. Simply put it on your table, in a bookshelf, or by the bed and its ready to read.

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Colored gear shifter- Got a manual driver in the house? Add a touch of color to the interior of their car with a certified Chevy gear shifter. Find the color match to their cars exterior, or mix and match with a complementing hue. They are sure to feel like a pro driver when holding on to one of these; best of all they won’t go out of style and will last the life of the car!

Car care kit- Long time car fanatics will most likely already own a well-stocked car care and detail kit but chances are newbies are in need of essential supplies. You can either be creative and put together your own kit, or purchase a bundle complete with wash, wax, sprays, and more. If your recipient is well versed in car care, add a polisher or buffer to their kit and take their detail job to the next level. Don’t have time to put together a set? A gift card or IOU for a detail job will always be graciously welcomed by any car owner, expert or not.

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Signs- Every man cave, lady lair, or garage can be improved with some classic Chevy tin signs. From vintage styles, to road sign clones, you can find a variety of signs in our dealership accessories department or online.

Don’t find yourself caught in the dust as everyone else revs towards the holiday season.  Find a great selection of Chevrolet accessories and gifts at our dealership’s parts department.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

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The reintroduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado couldn’t come at a better time. Many of the top automotive companies including Chevrolet are introducing new midsized crossovers, a kind of shrunken SUV meant for tight city parking and crowded streets without compromising space. It only makes sense that a smaller pickup should be put on the market for customers wanting something a bit smaller with increased fuel efficiency without sacrificing a handy bed and towing capability. The 2015 Colorado not only fits these demands but offers more.

The smaller pickup features smooth lines compared to its older and bigger brother the Silverado. A swooping cab and rounded grille softens the look but maintains a rugged feel. The frame is made from high strength steel and alloys allowing a light but ridged structure.  In the case of a crash,  the Colorado automatically shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks doors, and turns on hazard lights.  Chevy has put together five exterior accessories packages to further customize the Colorado to fit the lifestyle needs of the driver. Whether it is being used for adventuring, as a commercial vehicle, or as a daily drive, there is a package to maximize the trucks benefits. From the exterior the 2015 Colorado looks like a truck, but the interior resembles a roomy and spacious sedan. Triple sealed doors and thick side glass reduce outside noise, while easy to clean leather or standard cloth seats offer ultimate comfort and support for every ride. Enjoy hidden storage throughout the cabin and under the rear seats.

Choose between either a 2.5L I-4 or 3.6L Vg engine under the hood. A 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel will be offered early next year, a first for any mid sized pickup in North America. An EPA estimate 26 MPG highway is best in class  due to direct injection and a declaration fuel cutoff during breaking to maintain efficiency. The Colorado can tow up to 7,000 lbs and carry 1,590 lbs with 305hp and 269 lb/ft of torque. An available 6-speed automatic transmission is available with tow mode to help minimize shifting while carrying heavy loads or towing a trailer. For off road enthusiasts, the Z71 Off Road package is available to increase stability and comfort on multiple terrains. Automatic locking rear differentials maintain control in the event of poor traction due to water or mud.

High-tech features set the Colorado apart from competitors like 4 LTG high speed WiFi from OnStar, Chevrolet MyLink for information and smart phone compatibility, OnStar for emergencies, and navigation and rear vision camera to make driving a bit easier and safer.  New safety technology like forward collision alert and lane departure warning uses smart cameras to scan traffic and surrounding vehicles to reduce collisions.

To  browse our selection of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado’s or ask further questions, please stop by Freeway Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Silverado is 2013 most stolen truck

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The Chevrolet Silverado is considered the most stolen truck of 2013 as well as the most stolen domestic brand vehicle. Precautionary measures can be taken to ensure your truck stays safe whether you’re at home or out and about.

Common Sense- this includes locking your vehicle each time you leave it unattended, parking in well-lit areas, and removing any valuables from sight. Professional car thieves may steal for various reasons; trucks are a target for the fact they may be carrying expensive tools. Consider leaving any tools at home when not in use. Get in the habit of carrying your car registration in a wallet or purse verses leaving it in the glove compartment.  If a thief is pulled over for reckless driving they will not be let go without proof of vehicle registration. Finally, do not hide spare keys around or in your car. Key hiding spots are no secret and are the first place a thief may check for easy access into any locked vehicle.

Technology- The more technologically advanced cars become, the harder they are to steal. Most cars with a built in navigation system will also have GPS tracking that allows police to easily find where the stolen vehicle is. Consider upgrading to a trim level with navigation when you purchase a new car. Other advanced safeguards include security systems and alarms that range in price.

Physical Locks- Physical locks are an inexpensive way to add another layer of protection to your car. These locks come in various shapes and sizes and can be used to lock wheels, disconnect the gas or braking systems, lock the gearshift, lock tires, and even lock the hood. If you plan on leaving your vehicle unattended and outside for an extended period of time, consider investing in a physical lock or disabling parts of your vehicle.

Take precautions when leaving your Silverado unattended and avoid being part of the car theft statistic. For more information on the Silverado truck line or other Chevy vehicles stop by Freeway Chevrolet