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Archive for May, 2013

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Summer is in the air, which means that it is time for road trips. There is nothing better than the wind in your hair, your favorite song on the stereo, heading toward adventure. Road trips can be a perfect getaway, but order to get to your destination safely; here are some tips to make your road trip as safe as it is fun.

Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, stop by at least one month before you go.

Check the coolant. If your destination is a lot warmer or cooler than home, check the coolant’s mixture of antifreeze and water to make sure the car is properly protected.

Check the tires. Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure. Low pressure can cause extra heat buildup that can lead to a blowout at high speeds

Check the spare tire. Make sure the spare is fully inflated and that the jack, wrench, and other tire-changing bits are in the trunk.

Check the glove box. Check for the owner’s manual and registration. Check the registration to make sure it won’t expire during your trip. Consider carrying it in your wallet in case the car is stolen.

Get any scheduled maintenance done. If you think your car is going to come due for an oil change or other maintenance during your trip, stop by the service department at Freeway Chevy to get it done before you go.

Clean out your car. The more stuff you haul, the more fuel you burn.

Check the air filter. A clogged air filter reduces fuel economy. They’re inexpensive and easy to change.

Join AAA. If you don’t have some sort of roadside assistance program, consider joining AAA. They’ll tow your car if it breaks, change the tire if it goes flat, jump start the car if the battery dies, open the doors if you get locked out, and give you gas if you run out.

Fill the gas tank.

Look at what you’ve packed. Open your suitcases and take one last look — do you really need all that stuff? If there’s anything you can do without, then do without.

Load evenly and carefully. If you’re carrying lots of heavy objects, position them forward in the trunk and distribute the weight evenly side to side. Cars don’t have unlimited carrying capacity, so don’t overload.

Although unexpected things can happen if you’ve followed these guidelines or visit Phoenix Chevrolet before your trip, you have likely prevented a lot of potential problems. Relax and enjoy your trip!

 

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With the environmental movement of the twenty-first century, Chevrolet has begun to think about the future of fuel efficient vehicles. The new plans have earned Chevy a nice chunk of the growing market for cars with ground-breaking fuel economy. Chevy has steadily improved the quality and design of all its products. At a Phoenix Chevrolet dealer, you can preview our list of Chevy models and read the latest news about Chevy’s fuel-efficient models.

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Chevy Spark

The Chevrolet Spark is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatchback. It features bold styling, vibrant color choices, and impressive cargo and passenger space. The front-wheel drive Spark is offered in LS, 1LT, and 2LT trim levels. Power comes from a new 85-hp 1.2-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, or a four-speed automatic transmission. Notable features offered include: MyLink infotainment system, heated front seats, air conditioning, power windows, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, OnStar, cruise control, and leather wrapped steering wheel. Standard safety equipment includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, and ten airbags.

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Chevy Sonic

The Chevrolet Sonic combines a fuel efficient engine, seating for five and ample cargo space to its sporty entry into the sub-compact market. The front-wheel drive Sonic is offered in two body styles; sedan and hatchback. All models come standard with a 138-hp 1.8-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There are two available transmissions, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. A 138-hp 1.4-litre engine is also available on the LT and LTZ trims. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, ABS brakes, automatic headlamps, panic brake assist, hill hold control, OnStar and ten airbags. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, power windows, heated front seats, cruise control, a security system, air conditioning, XM satellite ratio, alloy wheels, remote engine start and Bluetooth.

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Chevy Cruze

The Cruze is Chevrolet’s newest entrant in the highly contested compact sedan segment. It is based on a global platform that has been refined for America with an emphasis on fuel economy. The Cruze features two new small-displacement four-cylinder engines; a 140-hp 1.4-liter turbo, or a 138-hp naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter. Depending on trim, a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. Available safety features include ten airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control and anti-theft alarm with engine immobilizer. The Cruze can be equipped with features such as heated leather power seating, sunroof, remote start, satellite radio, navigation system and automatic climate control.

Check out the full lineup of fuel efficient vehicles available at Freeway Chevrolet!