Car Tips: Prepare Your Car For Winter

Taking care of your vehicle properly starts with routine maintenance. Winter is right around the corner, which means it’s time to take the proper steps to ensure your vehicle runs all winter long. Don’t get stuck out in the cold waiting on roadside assistance! Here are a few helpful tips to prepare your car for winter from us here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet.

Prepare your car for winter

  • Battery – Taking care of your battery is pertinent if you want your vehicle to start in cold weather. If your battery is more than three years old, odds are its time for a replacement. Examine your battery for bulges, cracks, leaks, and other potential problems. Scrape the corrosion off the posts while you’re at it.
  • Oil – Fresh oil is far more efficient than old oil, which is why an oil change is highly recommended at the change of the season. Changing the oil ensures your engine will operate at peak efficiency. That reduces the risk of an engine problem on the road, especially in winter.
  • Lights – Staying properly visible is just as important as being able to see. That’s where your lights come in. Take the time to clean the lenses and replace any burnt out bulbs. Doing so decreases the likelihood of an accident due to decreased visibility.

2016 SEMA Show: Chevrolet’s Blue Line Concepts

Chevrolet didn’t steal the 2016 SEMA Show, but it certainly grabbed a good portion of the spotlight. While other automakers spent their time designing and engineering power-packed vehicles and custom creations that won’t see the public market, Chevrolet went another way. Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts turned heads for plenty of reasons. Best of all, most of the upgrades made to the Blue Line vehicles will be available to the public by mid-2017.

The Cruze Hatch RS, a sportier version of the Cruze hatchback, took center stage with its Genesis White paint and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. The chrome grille was one of a few cosmetic changes.

The Cruze Hatch RS included a few performance upgrades that visitors couldn’t see. A lowered suspension, performance brakes, and a new intake and exhaust system made the short list. All of the upgrades will be available to the public by mid-2017, if they aren’t already.

Chevrolet also brought a Malibu Blue Line concept to the 2016 SEMA Show. Like its smaller sibling, the Malibu Blue Line concept saw a Genesis White paintjob and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. Unlike the Cruze Hatch RS, the Malibu also saw a blacked-out grille insert, bowtie badging, and illuminated doorsills, to name a few changes.

Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we’re proud to see fantastic cars getting more options to make them even better!

Chevy Sets Guinness Book World Record

Whether you’re an avid Guinness Book World Record follower or just have the book as a coffee table read, you can admit there are lots of awards that are fascinating and unbelievable. Well, Chevy is joining the Guinness Book, so now you definitely have a reason to check it out!

So just what did Chevy do to earn a Guinness World Record? Well, in Fort Worth, Texas, the 2017 Silverado HD did some serious work! They set the record for World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.

You may ask, “Is that a record?” But it is! Really, anything can be a record. The occasion was the State Fair of Texas, and appropriately enough, Texas is the largest truck market. The 2017 Silverado flew the U.S. flag for the event, and broke a record in the process.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado sets a Guinness Book World RecordTo set the record, the Silverado had to drive at least 100 meters flying the flag. The flag could not touch the ground for the record to be passed. But don’t worry, the Silverado passed with flying colors! The flag, which was almost 3,200 square feet, was flown effortlessly by the Silverado for four laps around the track. That’s one and a half miles!

Check out the 2017 Silverado today to see what you can tow!

Most Iconic Chevys

You love your Chevy, but there’s more than just yours! Throughout Chevy’s nearly 105-year history, there’s been some pretty epic cars that have come along. Here are some iconic Chevys that have graced the road.

1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster

This is easily one of the most iconic Chevys, with an intriguing and dynamic design. It lived up to its “Royal Mail” name, with edgy and contemporary lines that gave it that high-class look.

The 1936 Chevrolet Suburban is an iconic chevy1936 Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban of the ’30s looks nothing like the Suburban of today, but it definitely made an impression at the time. It stood out because it had even more room for eight people than other stations wagons of the ’30s.

1948 Chevrolet Pickup

America loves trucks, and especially Chevy trucks! The new Advanced Design pickup immediately became a success because of roomier cabins and that famous pickup truck resourcefulness. It was perfect for the “working man” or for families.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette debuted its distinct sports-car styling and powerful engine in 1953. This was only the start of the Corvette but it was famous almost immediately.

These are just some of many famous Chevys. What’s your favorite?

Teen Driver Technology: Putting Parents’ Minds at Ease

According to a recent Harris Poll, one of the biggest worries for parents of teens centers around driving. With more than 360,000 teens becoming eligible for a driver’s license in the past month of August alone, there’s never been a more pressing need for safety technologies. That’s why Chevy is working hard to provide the latest systems around.

The Harris Poll survey, according to Chevy, shows that around 55% of parents say that having their teens drive is the biggest area of parental stress. In order to put parents’ minds at ease, Chevy developed Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017 models.

“While we can’t control a teen’s behavior when they are in a car without a parent, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Technology can remind them to buckle up and avoid speeding, while our other available active safety features can help to alert them in certain situations when they’re making less-than-perfect driving decisions,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.

Teen Driver Technology can be found in many Chevrolet vehicles such as the ColoradoSome of the technologies include features like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Cross Traffic Alert, Stability Control, Traction Control, Forward Automatic Braking, and more. Some of the Teen Driver technologies can report back to parents just how safe their children are driving. Here are some of the things you can track:

  • Distance Driven
  • Maximum Speed
  • Hard Brakes
  • Tailgating Alerts
  • Wide-open Throttle Alerts

These are just some of the many things you can keep an eye on. You can get these technologies on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt. You’ll always be better protected in a Chevy. Get yours today.

Car Tips: Extending Your Car’s Life

Fall is the perfect time of year for regular service. With the change in temperatures and weather as well as wear and tear from the summer, your car will be ready for some maintenance. Not only will service help reduce the risk of breakdowns, but it can even extend the life of your car.

According to Bankrate, one of the best fall maintenance tips is to get an oil change. The average driver will need an oil change every six months or 7,500 miles. Americans tend to drive around 12,000 miles every year, so that means that you should change your oil about twice a year.

Fall Maintenance Tips for your Chevrolet VehicleYou should also consider checking tire pressure. Tires can lose air as the temperature decreases. In fact, around every one-degree dip in temperature leads to a loss of about one psi. Under-inflated tires can cause friction when driving, leading to added wear and tear. If it is bad enough, it can even cause fuel economy to decrease.

Make sure to get some new wipers in the fall. With winter right around the corner, you don’t want to wait before it’s too late. You should also check your fluids and top them off if necessary, including wiper fluid.

These are three of the best things you can do to prepare for the fall. For all your maintenance needs, be sure to stop by Bill Roberts Chevrolet Buick.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

General Motors released Magnetic Ride Control over a decade ago and it stands as one of the most advanced suspension systems currently on the road. However, despite being one of the most advanced technologies in today’s vehicles, it’s fairly simple to explain. Let us here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet walk you through how Magnetic Ride Control works.

Known as the fastest reacting suspension system around the globe, Magnetic Ride Control makes every ride a smooth one. The shock absorbers are filled with a unique polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. Electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers and, when they detect an electric charge, the polymer fluid can change from a free-flowing state to a rubber-like density in a split second.

2015 Chevrolet SS with Magnetic Ride ControlAn Electronic Control Unit and sensors read the road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second and adjust the system accordingly. Capable of detecting every crack, bump, and pothole as the car hits it, Magnetic Ride Control adjusts instantaneously, effectively providing a smoother ride, less vibration, and improved handling.

That combination makes Magnetic Ride Control perfect for almost any terrain. Track-oriented vehicles benefit from improved handling while cruising on country roads are as smooth as can be. First debuting on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is bound to stick around for years to come.

New Chevrolet Vehicles to Launch in China

It’s no secret Chevrolet hasn’t been doing too hot in the Chinese automotive market, also known as the largest automotive market in the world. Sales are down, but parent General Motors is ready to kick off a new phase of growth in the country. Five new  (or majorly upgraded) Chevrolet vehicles are planned to launch in the second half of 2016 and some have already hit the market.

The new Chevrolet Cruze XL and Malibu XL launched earlier this year and officially kicked off the new phase. There’s still plenty more to come as well.

According to GM Authority, two of the new vehicles will be an SUV and a performance vehicle. Both of those models will launch in North America as well as China, giving us here in the States something to look forward to as well.

A rebadged Cavalier has already been announced as well, but there’s no clarification if it counts as one of the five new vehicles. That model will take the place of the previous Cruze, and has already begun to do so, since it has now begun to roll off of dealership lots.

Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we’re pumped to see the new vehicles hit roadways!

Car Tips: Cooling Off Your Car

It’s the middle of summer and many drivers are feeling the heat. While some drivers can take the miserable temperatures with a smile, others just can’t take it. As a result, cooling off your car is the only option. There are a few obvious ways, like cracking the windows, which can help lower your car’s interior temperature, but it can’t defeat the sun. Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we have some tips for cooling off your car.

  • Oil – There’s more to a fresh oil change than meets the eye. While it will help your engine run more efficiently, fresh oil will also help lower the engine’s temperature. One of oil’s major benefits is that it carries away some of the excess heat generated by the explosions within the cylinders. In short, fresh oil means a cooler car.
  • Coolant – Did the name give it away? Coolant is responsible for keeping your engine cool. Also known as antifreeze, coolant levels can cause all sorts of problems if your car is running low. Make sure to top it off according to your owner’s manual!
  • Ice Packs – For those with malfunctioning air conditioning, attaching an ice pack to the dashboard vents can work wonders. The ice pack will chill the air as it exits the vent, effectively replicating air conditioning.

Tips for cooling off your carDo you have tips for cooling down your car? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

2017 Chevrolet SS Could See a Supercharged Engine

With Australia’s Holden Commodore scheduled to leave the production line next year, the Chevrolet SS is flying its colors for the final time. The 2017 model year will see the last of the SS, but it looks like Chevrolet is giving it a final send off the only way the automaker knows how: if rumors are true, the 2017 Chevrolet SS could see a supercharged engine.

Word has it that the final Chevrolet SS could see the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine as the fifth generation Camaro ZL1. While the luxury car isn’t selling in massive numbers, it does offer one of the most power-packed rides a driver can find.

The 2017 Chevrolet SS could get a supercharged V8.The current Chevrolet SS offers a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that puts out 415 hp. If Chevrolet does add the 6.2-liter supercharged LSA V8 engine, the final SS could see up to 580 hp under the hood. While the SS offers a design similar to that of the more popular Malibu sedan, a simple pump of the accelerator will prove naysayers otherwise.

To further support the rumors, the Commodore, the SS’s Australian cousin, currently features the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, which offers 638 hp and powered the last Corvette ZR1.

Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we can’t wait to hear if the rumors are true!