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Maybe Not as Often as You’re Advised

If you take your car to a less reputable oil change establishment that offers extreme discounts, chances are they are going to find other services that “need” doing on every visit. Whether it’s an air filter replacement or a transmission fluid exchange, it’s important to know the manufacturer’s expected maintenance intervals so you don’t end up paying out the nose for unnecessary services. The experts at Freeway Chevrolet know exactly when you need additional services and won’t try to sell you unnecessary repairs. This Chevrolet Service Center keeps detailed records of all your services, and can even let you know if your vehicle has any recalls they need to address.

Like Oil, Transmission Fluid Deteriorates

Depending on how you drive your car and the conditions you drive under, you may need a transmission fluid exchange as often as every 50,000 miles. Under lighter conditions, the fluid can last as long as 150,000 miles. Rabbit starts and stops, heavy towing and extreme heat all can hasten the deterioration of the fluid. Transmission fluid starts out as a burgundy red, but turns much darker when it starts to go bad. You can often smell a burnt odor if you put your nose close to the dipstick. If you see traces of dirt on the dipstick, it is definitely time for a change.

Feel Free to Shop Around

Just because a mechanic tells you it’s time to change the transmission fluid doesn’t mean your car is going to stop working in the next couple of days. Unless you feel comfortable with your service facility, feel free to shop around for price. Give the folks at the Chevrolet Service Center at Freeway Chevrolet a chance to earn your business and become your repair facility of choice. Some vehicles require a power flush, which forces the old fluid out before pumping in new elixir. Other vehicles simply require the fluid to be drained, much like an oil change.

Transmission Fluid Exchange Not a Magical Cure

If your automatic transmission is slipping or shifting roughly, it certainly won’t hurt to have a fluid exchange, but don’t expect it to magically fix your problems. The cost of an automatic transmission rebuild can be in the thousands of dollars, so treat your car gently and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on when to get that new fluid. A properly maintained automatic transmission can easily last 200,000 miles or more.

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Initial Quality Review Has Four Chevys on Top

Based on responses from more than 86,000 purchasers in a survey conducted by noted research firm J.D. Powers, Chevrolet has the most cars of any automaker in the top three positions of the Initial Quality survey. The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox, Spark and Silverado LD each captured the highest ranking in their respective categories. Other Chevys in the top three included the Sonic, Camaro, Impala, Traverse, Silverado HD and the Tahoe. “We are constantly challenging ourselves to bring to market the highest quality products for our customers, regardless of the type of vehicle they purchase,” said Alan Batey, president of global Chevrolet. “Quality studies like this one tell us we are moving in the right direction.”

Customers Show Quality Results in Sales

Not surprisingly, the sales numbers for May show that consumers are responding to the outstanding quality of Chevrolet vehicles. From a year ago, May sales show that the Equinox was up 30 percent, Malibu rose 11 percent, Silverado LD was 11 percent higher and Silverado HD was up 6 percent. Surveys were taken after 90 days of ownership with the intent of providing automakers information that could quickly head off any problems. See the results of attention to detail for yourself by taking a test drive of any of the Chevy vehicles at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.

Malibu Weight Reduction Improves Performance

Along with paying attention to every detail in terms of quality, Chevrolet put the Malibu on a weight loss program that results in better efficiency and handling. By dropping nearly 300 pounds from the previous model year, the standard Malibu increased its highway fuel consumption numbers to 37 mpg, while the Hybrid gets 48 mpg in the city. Much of the weight loss is due to a new body composition that uses thinner high-grade steel. The structure is just as protective in the event of a crash. Additional use of aluminum, a lighter engine and lighter finishing components also helped bring the Malibu weight down.

Robots Test Traverse Seats to Improve Quality

When Chevrolet engineers decided to put the Traverse seats to the ultimate test of real world driving for a mid-size SUV, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Seats are used for sitting, of course, but they are also used to carry boxes, as a makeshift desk and sometimes to stand on or walk over. By using robotic technology, Chevy ran through up to 50,000 different entry and exit cycles that was the equivalent of more than 10 years of use. “It was mandatory for us to maintain the quality of the mechanism of the seat but at the same time enable passengers, especially younger ones, to access the third-row seats,” said engineer Marco Zaccagnini. The result is a comfortable and durable seat that won’t break down after extended uses. Sit in a Traverse and feel how it safely cradles you and your precious cargo with a trip to Freeway Chevrolet.

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Couple Leaves Work Behind to Explore

At some point in their lives, most people have the urge to just quit their job and leave the stress and monotony behind. The difference between most people and the team of Mark Christy and Nives Riddles is that most people get over the urge and end up going to work the next day. Christy and Riddles, a TV production tech and makeup artist, finally had enough of the daily stress and sold all their belongings. They took the money, built a little camp trailer and bought a dependable Chevrolet Silverado to take them to the badlands of Arizona.

Started with a Grand Canyon Hike

During a wedding in Arizona, the couple hiked the Grand Canyon. They fell in love with the natural beauty of the gorge and the incredible peace and quiet. “We both had that moment of not wanting to go back. We wanted to stay until we were sick of it,” Christy said. They did go back to their jobs in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t long until they just couldn’t stand it anymore and started the wheels in motion to become adventurers. They chronicle their adventures on the blog, Camp by Camp.

Chose Silverado for Towing Power

According to their blog, the couple originally started with a Toyota FJ Cruiser but it didn’t have enough power to tow through the challenging Arizona trails. They moved up to the ¾ ton Chevrolet Silverado and have had no problems exploring the backwoods and mountain ranges of the sunshine state. “The truck has gotten us everywhere we wanted to go,” Christy said. “It’s completely stock and has yet to leave us bogged down or stranded.” If you are planning some backroad adventures of your own, check out the lineup of 4x4s at Freeway Chevrolet.

Plan Met With Varying Degrees of Enthusiasm

Although their plan to drop out of the corporate world found some support among friends and family, others treated the news with a raised eyebrow. The couple has been pleasantly surprised with the number of people in the wild willing to offer a helping hand when needed. “It feels so different from the city, where it feels like people are out to get you,” Christy said. “Out here, people are so helpful.” Having sold all their belongings, the pair has nothing to go back home for so their plans are fluid. They plan to continue the adventure until they don’t want to anymore.

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Best Selling Chevy Tops 3.5 Million Units

As Chevrolet prepares to introduce the next generation Cruze later this month, it comes on the heels of an announcement that the midsize sedan has sold more than 3.5 million vehicles, including a 10 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year. “When we introduced the Cruze it replaced 15 other compact vehicles around the glove,” said the president of GM North America, Alan Batey. “By consolidating design, engineering and marketing efforts, we were able to produce an award-winning, value-driven sedan that won over customers around the world.” The Cruze heads an impressive energy efficient lineup for Chevy that includes the Spark, Sonic, Malibu and Volt. Of all the Chevy cars, only the large sedan Impala gets less than 30 mpg on the highway.

Cruze Lures New Buyers to Chevrolet

The sporty appeal and environmental efficiency of the Cruze attracts young buyers to the bow tie brand for the first time, with the majority of them staying at least for their second vehicle. Fifty-six percent of first-time Cruze buyers stick with Chevrolet upon trading in the Cruz, with almost a quarter of those buyers purchasing another Cruze. With a diesel option that delivers up to 46 miles per gallon on the highway, the Cruz offers some of the most affordable high mileage compact vehicle packages on the planet. Visit Freeway Chevrolet and take a test-drive of the all-new Cruze when they arrive on the showroom floor next year.

New Cruze Larger and Lighter

Although Chevy is holding details close to the vest, the new Chevrolet Cruze is expected to be a little larger to provide more interior room and a little lighter to drive it’s industry-leading fuel economy even higher. Expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this Fall, the 2016 Cruze will be in dealerships by the spring of 2016, with the price tag remaining under $20,000 for entry models. Visit Freeway Chevrolet today to take advantage of lot-clearing discounts and rebates on the 2015 Cruze models.

New Technology Improves Entertainment and Safety

Along with the Volt, Spark, Malibu and Camaro, the new Cruze will be taking advantage of innovative technology to improve safety, performance, fuel economy and Internet connectivity. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is slated to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to take full advantage of the features on your smart phone through touch screen technology. All the new technology will usher in a new level of sophistication to the compact car segment, according to a General Motors spokesperson. Five years of basic OnStar service comes standard with all Cruze models.

New Camaro Lives up to Hype

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Months of Teasing End in Big Reveal

The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix track was the site for the reveal of the completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. After months of teasing Camaro enthusiasts on the Chevrolet website with glimpses of specific parts and the sounds the new Camaro will make, a huge crowd gathered in the middle of May to see what all the hub bub was about. The result was a vehicle that is 200 to 300 pounds lighter than last year’s model, depending on configuration. Built on the General Motors Alpha Platform that it shares with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the new Camaro utilizes many parts that are unique to the new Chevy.

Throaty? Exotic? Thunderous? You Describe the Roar

Each owner will undoubtedly have their own description of the sound the dual mode exhaust makes when they tramp down on the V6 accelerator, but suffice it to say it is much more sophisticated than the other vehicles in the Pony car wars. Feel the power unleash as you edge past the redline of 6,500 RPM. It’s an experience that grips your soul through the specially designed sport bucket seats that embrace your body in a loving hug.

Interior a Big Step Up

One of the problems with releasing a totally new redesigned vehicle is that buyers of the final previous model year will be disappointed. That’s certainly a possibility with the new Chevrolet Camaro. With an active noise cancellation system, you can decide whether you want to be in sports car mode and hear the rumble, or enjoy some concert quality sound on your way to work. More details on the interior will be released before the new Camaro appears in the Freeway Chevrolet showroom in the Fall of this year.

Comes with Three Engine Choices

Although the 2.0-liter Turbo will provide plenty of power to have fun on those daily commutes, if you really want to unleash the horses you might consider with the 3.6-liter V6 or the 6.2 LT1 V8. The latter engine will only be available on the SS model, producing 455 horsepower and 455 foot-pounds of torque. When designing the new Camaro, Chevrolet focused on performance, technology and design. Along with lightening the load and producing more horsepower, Chevy introduces magnetic ride control suspension on the SS for the first time ever. Take the new Chevrolet Camaro through its paces by visiting Freeway Chevrolet later this Fall for a test drive.

GM Offers Special Pricing for Veterans

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Program Honoring Soldiers Runs Through June

General Motors is extending its military discount to all past and present service members through June 30. This special pricing program allows any active or separated soldier to present papers and receive a huge discount that works with any other active savings programs. Military members can either go into a GM or Chevrolet dealership, like Freeway Chevrolet, to figure out exactly how much the discount will be, or use the GM Military Discount Web Page. First build your vehicle online, and then the calculator will show your savings.

Available on Trucks, Crossovers and SUVs

“At a time when more Americans have been buying trucks, crossovers and SUVs, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to make a GMC vehicle more attainable to the men and women who have served this country,” said Duncan Aldred, GMC VP. Ever since the program was first designed in 2008, military members and veterans have taken advantage of deep discounts to obtain high quality family vehicles at prices that represent GM’s commitment to recognizing a soldier’s sacrifice. More than 40,000 active and retired service members used the discount last year alone.

GM has Long History with Military

When GM first started replacing horse-drawn wagons with trucks during World War I, it began a relationship of providing vehicles for military members that continues to this day. GMC worked with all the Allies during World War II to deliver $1.5 billion worth of vehicles panning 59 contracts. GM’s “Duck” vehicles provided an innovative way to transport troops and equipment over both water and land. These vehicles have been repurposed for tourism activities in waterfront locations.

Chevy Also Offers Military Discount

In honor of June as Military Appreciation Month, Chevrolet is also offering a Military Discount on all eligible vehicles. All you have to do is go to a dealership like Freeway Chevrolet or register online if you are on active duty, a retiree or in the reserves to get your discount. This discount is also available with all other incentives, which can add up to substantial discounts on the Chevrolet of your dreams. The discount comes with Chevrolet Complete Care, a program that provides all regular maintenance for your new vehicle for 24,000 miles or 24 months. Chevrolet also supports the military in other ways, including financial assistance for the Achilles Freedom Team and by working closely with the Cell Phones for Soldiers foundation.

GM Delivers 500th Million Vehicle

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Honor Wounded Soldier with Malibu

In order to celebrate the delivery of General Motors’ 500th million vehicle, GM executives recently donated a “key” to a new 2016 Malibu to Iran war veteran Trent Brining to thank him for his service. Brining received a Purple Heart after he was hit by a grenade while on patrol near Baghdad. He has received 23 surgeries to his arms and legs. The new Malibus aren’t in production yet, but will be delivered to Brining later this year about the time they show up at Freeway Chevrolet. He is one of five lucky customers who will receive a new GM vehicle in honor of the company moving half a billion units.

GM Proves Customers are King

During the ceremony celebrating the 500th million sale, GM took the opportunity to highlight loyal customers around the world. Video snippets included:

  • A Minnesota retiree who bought a 1957 Chevy pickup from a farmer for $75 more than 38 years ago and still drives it every day.
  • A woman from Brazil who was born in the front seat of a Chevy and who remains a customer.
  • A Chinese man who so loved his Chevy Cruz that he retrofitted to match his own style. He then started a business helping others give their cars a personal statement.

Loyal customers are being rewarded with tickets to auto shows and owner-only gatherings.

Selling 1,000 Vehicles Per Hour

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she expects the company to have a record year. “During 2015, we expect to sell more than 1,000 new vehicles per hour, 24 hours a day,” she said. That would add up to more than 10 million vehicles sold in one year, which would be the most in GM history. To keep up with demand, GM will be investing in its infrastructure, including more than $170 million in the Fairfax Kansas Assembly plant to build the new Malibu. The company said it will spend $5.4 billion during the next 36 months to improve plants for all its vehicles, including more than $780 million in the state of Michigan. The development is meant to keep up with the push to keep the cars flowing through your Phoenix Chevy dealer.

GM Source of Many Auto Innovations

The people behind GM have introduced many new features to the auto world since the company was founded in 1908. Along with the first automatic transmission, the company also built the first V-8 and utilized the first crash dummies to incorporate the industry’s first air bags. The new Malibu also has a first; a feature called Teen Driver will store data and show parents exactly how their teenagers are driving when alone on the road.

Chevy Hooking Up With Millennials

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For the 20- and 30-something-year-old millennials, the good old days when Chevy’s muscle cars and family sedans dominated car sales might as well be something out of a history book, situated alongside tales of Marco Polo and the Wright Brothers’ initial flight. Millennials weren’t alive in the 1950s and 60s, but were instead born on the tail end of a time when American automakers were suffering from poor design, gas guzzling engines and market share losses to foreign automakers. Millennials were more likely to have a Japanese or European import in their parent’s driveway than a car from Detroit, which is why Chevrolet is making a staunch effort to connect with these young car buyers through social media. Your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet, is ready and available to help young buyers purchase their first Chevy.

There’s an App for That

Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Vine, Chevrolet is taking advantage of all avenues to promote its product line with young buyers. “It’s important to incorporate a playful, but authentic tone,” said Mallory Woodrow, social media manager for Chevrolet. “We try to customize our messages to be brief, especially on some of the newer platforms.” One example of a recent push to promote Chevrolets is a sweepstakes through Instagram that resulted in seats at the Country Music Awards.

Promoting Specific Product Lines

Most of the buyers of the Chevy Spark, Sonic and Cruze come from the millennial age group (35 and under). Coincidentally or not, more than a third of the people who buy those cars are first-time Chevrolet buyers. Most of Chevrolet’s promotion through social media is designed to get millennials to consider that product line as it includes energy-efficient vehicles that are at a reasonable price point. The promotion of the all-new 2016 Camaro included the simple hashtag “#six,” because the new model is the sixth generation of the popular pony car.

Trax Campaign Features Hidden Gems

Chevy used social media effectively to introduce the new Trax with a campaign it called “Hidden Gems.” Using what they call “social media influencers” to post data to different platforms, Chevy effectively explored locations off the beaten path in major cities to build interest in the new vehicle. Once a social media post piques your interest, Freeway Chevrolet invites you to examine the new Chevrolets and see why the American automakers are back to the glory years of the good old days.

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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Corvette Grand Sport

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!