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2015 Chevrolet Trax, Re-imagining The Compact SUV

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is finally making it to Freeway Chevrolet dealership lots this fall. The compact SUV, already sold in Mexico and Canada, is built on the Gamma SUV platform, which also underpins the Opel Mokka and Buick Encore.

The Trax is short at 168.5 inches, has an average width at 69.9 inches,  but tall 65.9 inches. These dimensions give the Trax a large amount of interior and cargo space, even with the tiny footprint.

The Trax is positioned against a slew of recent entrants into the mall-SUV market that include the Kia Soul and Nissan Juke. The segment prioritizes versatility and affordability; so don’t expect to tear up the track.

A 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines powers the 2800-pound 2015 Trax. Power is sent to the front wheels, though all-wheel drive is an option. Chevrolet claims the Trax can reach 60 mph in 9.1 seconds with an EPA-rated 26 city and 34 mpg highway rating for the front-wheel model. The only transmission is a six-speed automatic.

While the Trax is aiming for affordability, it does so while offering a slew of great new technologies. The Trax will offer Chevrolet’s 4G LTE service, multiple USB ports and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Siri Eyes Free capability and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and touch screen are also available.

Standard is a backup camera, multiple storage areas and remote keyless entry. Safety is a priority for the 2015 Trax, offering more airbags than its competitors.

The Trax will come in three trim levels, LS, LT and LTZ monikers. The differences between the trims are mostly cosmetic in nature. The LS is fitted with 16-inch steel wheels, while the LT is upgraded to 16-inch aluminum wheels. The LTZ comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Slipping inside, seat materials and trim on the dash and doors differ from trim level to trim level. Price hasn’t been finalized, but is expected to come in below $20,000.

For more information, visit your Phoenix Chevrolet dealer today.

Getting the best rate on a car loan

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Before you even come to Freeway Chevrolet, it’s a good idea to understand your credit and how it may affect the next car you buy.

To get the best rate on auto loans, you need to have good credit. Lenders look at your credit history to determine how much – or how little – risk you pose to them when you borrow money. Your credit score gives them a good idea of if you can be trusted to pay a loan back in a timely manner. The higher your score, the more trustworthy you are in their eyes and the lower interest rate you’ll have to pay. If your credit score is poor, the lender can charge you higher interest or not even offer you a loan at all!

Unfortunately, many car buyers don’t think about their credit score until they are on the lot, shopping for a vehicle. This isn’t the time to wish you had a better credit score, as it can take months to improve. Your best bet is to always be mindful of how your financial decisions impact your credit score and always be working to get – or keep! – a higher credit score.

You can only make a plan for getting better if you know where your credit stands now. You can pull your credit score for free once a year, but in order to see your credit score (also known as the FICO score), you’ll have to pay about $20 per credit bureau. There are three credit bureaus lenders use to get your credit information. A great resource is myFICO.com. Avoid “free credit report” sites as they typically don’t share the scores your lenders will use. If your FICO score is 760 or higher, you’re doing great! Below that and you might want to work toward improving.

Once you’ve pulled your credit reports, you will want to double check them for errors including fraudulently opened lines of credit and payments incorrectly marked as late. Fixing this with your lenders is the first step to better credit. More than a third of your credit score is based on your credit history (were your payments in full? Were they on time?). Paying back any missed payments will give you the opportunity to reach out to the credit card company and ask if your account can be adjusted to show no late payments.

The remainder of your credit score is based on the amount owed, the length of your credit history, if you’ve recently opened a new line of credit and the types of credit you have. Taking all of these factors into account help keep you mindful of your credit score.

Knowing your credit score before you begin vehicle shopping allows you to get rate quotes from various auto lenders. It also helps you better understand what your budget is for a new or used car. It’s easy to be pre-approved for a loan at Freeway Chevrolet. Learn more about auto-financing and pre-approval before you come in to test drive!

Chevrolet Introduces 4G LTE, In Cars This Summer

With mobile data usage on the rise, and far from subsiding anytime soon, it was only a matter of time before automakers began turning their cars into mobile data hotspots.

We’ve all been listening to a streaming radio service when it would have to buffer, totally killing the mood on any morning commute. Mobile data usage is only going to increase and Chevrolet is on the cutting edge of offering its customers the best service possible.

Chevrolet, which announced plans to rig 4G LTE wireless connections to its cars last year, has finally detailed which 2015 models will receive the new, exciting technology. Expect the entire new Chevy inventory to offer 4G LTE in the coming years.

Chevrolet also introduced a suite of new apps at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that work in unison with the 4G LTE in-car technology. For the latest on Chevrolet and its 4G LTE network, visit Freeway Chevy today.

AT&T will be providing the wireless connectivity. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Volt are the first to receive the connections. The Equinox, Silverado and Spark will follow shortly thereafter. You can check the latest new Chevy inventory by stopping by our exquisite showroom.

The connection, which doesn’t require a mobile phone for Internet access, opens up a host of technological possibilities.

Also unveiled was the creation of the AppShop. This is a store filled with widgets deigned specifically to be downloaded to the car. Some apps shown include NPR, The Weather Channel, Slacker Radio and others. Even though the apps are free, users will need to sign up for a data plan.

Thanks to the apps living within the car’s infotainment system, Chevrolet says there should be fewer user-experience headaches. This new technology could eventually allow cars to easily communicate to each other for a slew of cool possibilities and traffic management.

For more information when you can buy a 4G LTE Chevrolet, contact Freeway Chevy today.

Chevy’s College Discount Program Earns an A+

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College students know how to pinch pennies. Ramen noodles, dollar draws and hand-me-down futons are commonplace at colleges and universities nationwide. And when your Dad’s old sedan that you’ve been driving since freshman year finally gives out after dozens of road trips and hundreds of thousands of miles, the cost of a new car can be terrifying.

Luckily, Chevrolet offers a discount program on new vehicles for current students and recent grads to keep those hard-earned dollars where they belong – in your wallet! The discount program even covers graduate and nursing students and recent graduates, which means new professionals and non-traditional students can take advantage as well. Eligible buyers are anyone who can show either current enrollment in an associate, undergraduate, nursing or graduate degree program OR supply a diploma dated no more than two years prior from an associate, undergraduate, nursing or graduate degree program.

The discount program applies to most new 2013 or 2014 model-year Chevy, GM and Buick vehicles. The total of your discount will vary. It is the total model and options invoice amount on all eligible GM vehicles plus destination fees and a $150 program fee. It’s listed on the vehicle invoice as “SUPPLR” – just ask your sales associate at the Chevrolet dealership to show you. In most cases, this discount can be applied on top of current incentives and it can also be combined with the GM Mobility program for adaptive equipment.

Freeway Chevrolet proudly participates in this discount program, so when you come in to take a look at vehicles and find the one that’s the best fit for you, please tell the dealer. We’re happy to help current students and new grads find a perfect new car and ensure you get the discount you deserve. Being a frugal college student doesn’t have to mean settling for a used or unsafe vehicle.

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Freeway Chevrolet has been recognized as one of General Motors “Deal of the Year” award winners.  Dealerships are awarded based on superior sales volume, up to date facilities with well trained technicians and mechanics, and high customer service ratings.

To win the award, the dealership must meet or exceed three qualifiers.  The dealerships Retail Sales Index must be reported as 100 or higher by year end. In addition, the dealership is based upon Purchase and Delivery and Service Satisfaction CSI survey questions. These represent customer satisfaction and potential willingness to recommend to dealership based on a comprehensive look at the retail experience. The final qualifier is to meet or exceed a Dealer Parts Loyalty 12month Object of 75%. This is based on the percentage of customer pay and internal repair parts that are recognized as GM or ACDelco parts. Using certified GM parts are important for car safety and customer satisfaction: the higher the percentage, the better the dealership and customers are committing to using GM and ACDelco parts.

This honor was awarded to 50 dealership s in the US with only two in Arizona. Congratulation’s Freeway Chevrolet on your achievement and keep up the good work!

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Named North American Car of the Year

For 2014, the Chevy Corvette is all new and available at Freeway Chevy. There are performance upgrades, a nicer interior and an exotic exterior design that heralds in the seventh generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. All of the hard work from the men and women at General Motors has earned the Corvette the coveted North American Car of the Year award.

Raking in 211 points from the 49-member jury, the Corvette virtually swept the competition—and for good reason. While the other two competitors are spectacular cars, they just couldn’t amass the votes to win.

Packing up to 460 horsepower and offering a sub four-second 0-to-60 sprint, the 2014 Corvette is a performance beast. For a mere $52,000, which isn’t chump change, but still cheap, you can have a car that performs against competitors twice its price.

With a seven-speed manual shifting the gears, the Corvette has a top speed of about 190 mph—plenty of speed to have a license or two revoked.

The interior of the 2014 Corvette is where the engineers and designers really excelled.

In the previous-generation Corvette, the interior was a hard sell for many people. When compared to its competitors, the Corvette had the interior of a car 10 years older than it actually was. Cheap plastic pieces were everywhere. The seats were lackluster, and many had a hard time justifying spending money on a car that felt cheap on the inside, regardless of performance.

For 2014, all that has changed. The Corvette has an interior that exudes opulence and functionality. It finally feels like the interior of a true, modern sports car. Soft leather wraps the dash. The seats hold a driver firmly in place and in comfort. The instrument cluster is modern and technologically advanced for the segment.

The exterior is still unmistakably Corvette. While the lines have gotten sharper and the signature, round taillights are now gone, the Corvette looks like a modern sports car all around. It’s a car no longer fit for the retirement community parking lot. Corvette has had a problem with its customers being more from the AARP market, but now they have a car that everyone wants in their driveway. To get your 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, visit your area Phoenix Chevrolet dealer today.

2014 Chevy Silverado

Available at a Phoenix Chevy dealer, the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was recently named North American Truck of the Year. This honor is awarded annually at the start of media week at the North American International Auto Show. Forty-nine automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

Though it may be hard to see at first, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is all-new from head to toe. It’s what lies beneath the bodywork that counts, as the Silverado’s improvements become immediately evident once you step inside. The 2014 Chevy Silverado offers one of the best interiors in its class. Basic push-button controls handle most primary functions, and the ergonomic center stack keeps the touch-screen within arm’s reach. Crafty storage solutions scattered throughout the interior demonstrate thoughtful attention to detail.

The 2014 Silverado is offered in standard cab, double cab and crew cab body styles. Double cab models come with a 6’6” bed, while regular cabs offer the choice of a 6’6” or 8’ bed. Crew cabs are available with a 5’8” or 6’6” bed. In terms of equipment, the volume-leading LT grade includes an “EZ-Lift” tailgate, a driver information center with a 4.2-inch display, OnStar emergency/concierge services, and a 6-speaker audio system with Pandora and basic voice-recognition software. Stepping up to the LTZ trim gives you heated front seats, leather and touch-screen audio, while the upper-crust High Country edition adds ventilated front seats, Bose premium audio, and 20-inch chrome wheels in a Western-themed package. Z71 versions up the performance ante with a locking rear differential, off-road suspension and all-terrain tires.

Under the hood, The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a completely new EcoTec3 engine lineup. All three engines feature an aluminum block and heads, direct injection, variable-valve timing, and GM’s Active Fuel Management, which shuts down two cylinders in the V6, or four cylinders in the V8 under light load conditions to save fuel.

The 4.3-liter V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, while the 5.3-liter V8 makes 355 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both can run on regular gasoline or E85 ethanol. A 6.2-liter V8 will also be offered later this year, but power numbers have yet to be announced. The lone transmission is a 6-speed automatic.

For more information on the 2014 Chevy Silverado, or to go on a test drive, visit Freeway Chevrolet.

Chevy Certified Pre-Owned Program

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Now every Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Chevy gives you the value and confidence you need. That’s because starting from the delivery of your vehicle, Freeway Chevrolet provides you with CPO exclusives.

In order for your Chevy to participate, it must meet these certification standards:

  • Be a 2007 (or newer) model Chevy, Buick, GMC, Pontiac or Saturn
  • Have a maximum of 75,000 miles
  • Pass our 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Process
  • Have a clean title
  • Come with a Vehicle History Report

Every Certified Pre-Owned Chevy vehicle comes with the 2-year/30,000-Mile Standard CPO Maintenance Plan to keep your vehicle in great condition with the following services:

  • Oil Changes: based on your vehicle’s Oil Life Monitor system
  • Tire Rotations
  • Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI)

Almost every part of our vehicles are covered under the 12-Month/12,000-Mile1 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty (excludes normal wear and maintenance items). Visit Freeway Chevy for a list of exclusions.

Now every Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from Chevrolet comes with a transferable 5-Year/100,000-Mile4 Powertrain Limited Warranty, plus 24-hour Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation. We believe in our vehicles and aren’t afraid to stand behind them.

Here’s What’s Included:

  • $0 Deductible
  • Transferable to subsequent owners
  • 24-hour Roadside assistance: Wherever you go, we’re right there with you. We’re proud to offer the response, security and convenience of our 24-hour GM Roadside Assistance Program for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty. See your dealer for details.
  • Courtesy transportation: During the warranty coverage period, this program provides alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses under the Courtesy Transportation Program if your vehicle requires warranty repairs. Visit Freeway Chevrolet for details.

To learn more about the Chevy CPO program, visit Freeway Chevrolet.

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Honoring our military staff and their families, Freeway Chevrolet is proud to announce special pricing on select GM and Chevrolet vehicles, often resulting in discounts of up to $3,000 off the price of a 2013 or 2014 vehicle. And, as a special bonus, any active military personnel who come to Freeway Chevrolet for an oil change will receive the oil change for free.

In addition to discounts on vehicle prices, military members often can combine those savings with current incentive offers. The Chevrolet Military Discount is available to more military divisions than any other brand. Active Duty members, Reserves, Veterans within one year of discharge and Retirees of the US Military – including their spouses – are eligible for this exclusive way to save on a new GM or Chevy vehicle.

Military members who also use USAA as their insurance carrier can receive a $750 incentive off the price of a vehicle from Freeway’s new Chevy inventory. For example, if a military member wants to purchase a 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Short Box 2WD LT, he or she may receive up to a $3,887 discount off the MSRP price of $37,345. Interested in purchasing a 2014 Cruze FW 1LT Automatic? You’ll save nearly $2,500 off the MSRP of $20,735 through the military discount program.

“This program is a tremendous way to honor the service of our military members,” explains Mike Cook, General Manager of Freeway Chevrolet. “The discounts are a way to say “thank you” to those who have served and protected our freedoms. It’s a great way to get a vehicle because the military discount can often be combined with other incentives.”

Current incentives include bonus cash, consumer cash and special financing offers. Right now, there is $1,500 of consumer cash on a 2014 Cruze; the 2014 Silverado has a special finance offer of 3.9 percent APR for 60 months. These offers can be used in addition to the military discount. Disabled military members also can use their discount in conjunction with the GM Mobility reimbursement. Other restrictions may apply: Contact the sales professionals at Freeway Chevrolet for more information on the military program and incentives on eligible vehicles.

Winter care tips for electric vehicles

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Cold winter temperatures affect both combustion and electric engines alike, but for EV owners, special care should be taken when driving an alt-fuel vehicle winter. A Chevrolet electric vehicle is a wonderfully-convenient car for those living in cities or suburbs with a short commute, but some may find the charge life is decreased and the car acts differently in the cold.

To maximize range, Plug in America recommends drivers “precondition” their cars before they leave their house in the morning.  What this means is keeping the vehicle plugged in as it warms up in the morning. By doing this, the car will be toasty when you enter and have a full charge to sustain it throughout the day.  Another way to conserve battery life is to use the seat warmers instead of the cabin heater when possible. Seat warmers take much less battery energy then a cabin heater. If you need to heat the entire cabin, try alternating between the two to conserve precious battery power.

Another way to protect the life of your EV battery is to park in a garage overnight and during winter storms. If you park outdoors, try to find a spot in direct sunlight to help warm your battery up a bit. Remember, both hot and cold weather can harm your battery, so do your best to keep it protected!

An emergency kit is always a must-have in your vehicle, but for EV owners, it should also include a heavy-duty 200′ extension cord and portable charger. Don’t forget gloves, a hat, or anything else that could keep you warm in an emergency. 120v outlets are not too difficult to find, both business and residential communities have access to them; with your 200 ft extension cord and portable charger, recharging for a couple hours in the case of an emergency should not be a problem.  As a point of courtesy, always ask before you plug in to a place of business and offer to pay for the electricity you’ve used. An added bonus to carrying your portable charger in your trunk is  you may be able to charge during work hours. Make sure you find an available outlet and ask your place of work first. Visit Freeway Chevy and ask your dealer if you can order a second portable charger if you would rather leave your original at home.

While we all love how quickly our EV’s can accelerate, slow down your driving speed on snow, rain, and ice covered roads. The last thing you would want is to skid off the road into another car. By slowing down (and driving your car in its economy mode) you will also extend your driving range as far as possible. If you aren’t in a rush, take surface streets home verses the highway to get the most out of your car.

Please visit a Chevy dealer in Chandler if you have any more questions on how to optimize the driving of your electric vehicle in the winter months.