Tips for Test-Driving A Used Car

Test Drive

You’ve decided that you want to purchase a used vehicle, which is a great way to save money and value. But how do you go about test driving it? Here, we give you a few tips for test-driving a used car to help make the process easier.

Give it a good once over — inside and out. Before you even get into the car for a test drive, make sure you look it over. Examine its exterior for any rust or scratches, including its windshield. Make sure that the tires are in good condition and that there is a spare. Inside the vehicle, check out how well the upholstery has held up, the fit of the panels, and all of the electrical components.

Listen closely. When you get to driving, listen to various components to help detect any issues. Is the engine purring along like it should? Do you hear a screeching sound every time you hit the brakes? There are certain sounds that can indicate issues with the vehicle, so make sure you pay close attention.

Get a second opinion. If you’re not sure about the quality of the vehicle, then get someone that you trust to give it a go, too. They can either confirm the used vehicle isn’t as great as it should be or that it’s fine.

If you’re ready to test-drive a used vehicle, stop into Bill Roberts Chevrolet Buick — we’ve got a huge and great selection of high-quality pre-owned vehicles.

Drive-In Movie Tips and Tricks

The drive-in is a classic part of summer. If you’re looking to relive your childhood, follow these easy drive-in movie tips for a fun, carefree night with the whole family.

Drive-In Movie

Bring Activities

Going to the drive-in isn’t the same as going to a movie theater. You’re allowed to get out of your seat and play around, so it’s a good idea to bring stuff to do for your kids.

Bring Warm Clothes

You’ll probably get to the drive-in before dark, while it’s still hot outside, but once the sun sets you’ll get chilly fast. Make sure you have sweatshirts and blankets to keep you warm after the sun goes down.

Bug Spray

It’s summer, and you’re going to be in the middle of a big open field at the drive-in. You definitely need to bring bug spray, especially if you want to keep your kids from getting eaten up by mosquitos.

Have a Way to Listen

You can tune into the movie’s audio with your radio, but that means you’ll have your car battery running the whole two hours you’re there. If you’d rather play it safe, bring a portable, battery-charged radio for easy listening.

Eating and Getting Rid of Food

You’re going to be at the drive-in for a while, so don’t forget to bring snacks. But make sure you have a garbage bag to get rid of chip bags, plastic bottles, paper plates, and napkins.

On the hunt for a new vehicle to take to the drive-in? Visit us at Bill Roberts Chevy Buick and take a closer look at some of the great new vehicles in our showroom.

Here’s How to Make a Car Emergency Kit

We here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet pride ourselves on the quality Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that we sell, which are protected with General Motors’ latest and highly innovative safety technology. Even so, we highly recommend that all of our customers build a car emergency kit, just in case things don’t go their way out on the road. Here’s everything you should include in your kit:

Car Emergency Kit


Some common car mishaps include a dead battery and flat tire. Make sure you have jumper cables, jacks, a lug wrench, and, of course, a spare tire. Some other tools to have on hand include a flashlight (with new batteries), a hammer, and screwdrivers.

Food and Drinks

In case you become stranded, you will want to have bottled water in the car. Also pack high-protein, nonperishable food items.

Blankets and Warm Clothes

If your car emergency happens in the winter in a cold climate, you will be grateful to have blankets in your trunk. You should also keep extra hats, gloves, coats, and scarves packed, as well.

First Aid Kit

Purchase a small first aid kit with bandages and other essentials, just in case someone gets hurt while away from home.

For even more maintenance tips, contact us at Bill Roberts Chevrolet. Our service team will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

5 Important Spring Car Maintenance Musts

Treating your vehicle to routine maintenance is the best way to ensure its longevity on the road. Ideally, you’ll bring your car into service at Bill Roberts Chevrolet every season for maintenance to make sure it is road-ready. Here are the types of spring car maintenance you’ll need to consider as we (finally) head out of winter:

Spring Car Maintenance - Oil Change

Oil Change

Follow your owner’s manual for oil change frequency instructions. Depending on how often and far you drive, you may need an oil change two, three, or even four times a year. If you are a frequent driver, the changing of the seasons is a great reminder for an oil change.

Wiper Blades

After a wet winter, it’s probably time to replace your wiper blades—before those April showers.

Check Your Tires

Winter can do a number on your tires. Check their inflation and their tread. If you used winter tires, change them out for all-season ones.

Test the Lighting

Now is a good time to see if any bulbs burnt out over the winter since you probably used your lights more often. We can replace any bulbs that have burnt out.

Test the Battery

Cold weather can drain your battery. Test yours to make sure it is still functioning properly after winter, and replace it if necessary.

For more maintenance suggestions, call us or schedule a service appointment, to ensure that your vehicle is safe and functioning smoothly as you transition into spring.

Sage Advice on Whether to Buy or Lease Your Car

Buy vs Lease


If you’re not sure whether you should buy or lease your next vehicle, you’re not alone. Many shoppers are unclear on the benefits of each choice. To help you narrow it down, Bill Roberts Chevy Buick has created this buy vs. lease guide.


If you would like to stick to the same car for many years to come, buying is the way to go. When you buy a vehicle, you become its owner, so you can make any modifications you’d like. There’s no limitation to how many miles you can put on the vehicle, whereas a lease will restrict your annual mileage.


Leasing a vehicle is essentially like renting one long-term. A lease is a good idea in a few different circumstances. For instance, lease agreements tend to have a lower down payment as well as lower monthly payments, so they’re great for shoppers on a budget. Secondly, since a lease ends after one to two years, it’s a useful option for those buyers who like to stay on top of the newest available technology, safety, and performance features in a vehicle.

If you have further questions about whether to buy or lease your car, visit Bill Roberts Chevy Buick. We have excellent options in both categories and will be happy to help you find the financing option and the vehicle that are right for your needs.

What Are Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles?

Used cars are a great way to save big on buying your next vehicle, but the downside is that buying used comes with its own set of risks. When you find that perfect used car at a low price, you might be worried if it’s too good to be true, with a host of undetectable mechanical failures waiting under the surface. You can bypass these concerns by purchasing certified pre-owned vehicles instead of used ones. Certified pre-owned, or CPO, programs are run by auto manufacturers so customers have access to more reliable previously-loved cars.


Take Chevy, for example. Chevrolet requires all vehicles used in their CPO program to be less than six years old and to have less than 75,000 miles on the odometer. In addition, customers get benefits like a warranty, a schedule maintenance plan that covers two visits, a free Vehicle History Report, and more. The way it works is that Chevy takes a used vehicle that’s been given back to the dealership and subjects it to a 172-point inspection. If the vehicle passes the tests, it gets certified.


We have a whole host of certified pre-owned vehicles on our lot here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet. If you want an option for buying a new ride that is affordable and reliable, opt for Chevrolet’s CPO program.

Tips for Travelling with Pets This Summer

For more and more people, travelling with the whole family usually includes pets. Whether you’re taking a cross-country road trip or simply taking your furry family member to the dog park, there are some important things to keep in mind. Here are some essential tips for travelling with pets; from providing fresh water to proper safety, you should follow these if driving with an animal.

The DMV has a list of helpful tips and solutions, especially for the summer—when most people go on vacation with pets. The first and most important tip is to avoid letting your pet stick their head out the window. As much fun as Fido is having, this can be especially dangerous. Debris may strike your animal, heavy airflow can hurt the pet’s respiratory system, and some animals even escape when they spot another dog, cat, or squirrel.

Not all dogs love to be tied down, but it’s essential to purchase the right restraints. As much as you want your pet to sit on your lap, this can be a serious distraction. There are several carriers and special seatbelts now available on the market that keep pets safe, especially in an accident. When selecting restraints, look for ones that strap into your car securely, have comfortable bottoms, and include spill-free water dishes.

You can also buy dog gates and guards for bigger dogs, which fit in the back of your Chevy Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Equinox, or other crossover SUV. It’s not recommended that you let your dog sit in the back of a truck, as thousands die each year from road debris and from falling out.

Finally, take breaks at least every two hours and never leave your dog locked in a vehicle. Much like small children, hot temperatures can be fatal. Even if you roll down the window, temperatures can soar as much as 20 degrees higher inside than the outside temperature. When driving, it’s also important to stop every two hours for bathroom breaks, fresh water, and a stroll. This will prevent accidents—even if your pet isn’t prone to them.

To learn more about the best cars for travelling with pets, visit Bill Roberts Chevrolet. We can show you not only the vehicles, but also the many accessories offered for travelling with dogs and other animals.

These Tips to Keep Your Car Cool Will Help You This Summer

Tips To Keep Your Car Cool | Bolivar, MO
Enjoy The Summer But Skip The Heat

Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Spring is officially upon us, with summer rapidly approaching, and you know what that means. Your car is about to get super hot – especially when your return to it after a long day in a parking lot.


Try to keep the temperature down this year by following these tips to keep your car cool.

  • First and foremost, always try to park indoors, in a parking garage, or at least under a tree. The shade will make an enormous difference.
  • Get yourself a quality sunshade, and if you ever have to park your vehicle in the sun, be sure to prop it up.
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, keep your windows slightly cracked for some air ventilation.
  • Throw blankets or towels over anything that you don’t want to get burning hot, like the steering wheel, seat belt buckles, or back seats.
  • If you’ve just returned to your car and know it’s going to be uncomfortably warm, open the doors and wait for a few moments. Don’t force yourself to suffer!

Learn More

To learn more about how to manage your vehicle this summer, or to take a new vehicle on a test drive, give us a call or stop by and visit us at Bill Roberts Chevrolet.

How to Keep Your Car Organized

How To Keep Your Car OrganizedIn this hectic life, there isn’t always time to take care of the little things around us. Unfortunately, that often means that our rooms, homes, and cars aren’t always quite as organized as we may like them to be. Here are a few simple tips on how to keep your car organized.


Trunk Dividers

A lot of junk tends to get thrown in the trunk, and it piles up into quite the mess. If you can find a way to divide your trunk space, or fit in collapsible bins, you can organize all of the different stuff that gets thrown back there.



Instead of letting little things pile up all over the interior of your car, find something to put all of the stuff in. One example of this is to repurpose an old remote caddy from your house. If you can strap them to the backs of your front seats, you have extra space to store little things like headphones, toys, or anything else that may be sitting around.


Glove Box

If you’ve ever opened your glove box to a mess of papers and napkins, there’s a simple fix. Find some old folders to organize all of the papers that are sitting in your glove box.


By getting creative and thinking outside of the box, you will find a lot of different ways to organize your car.

How to Buy a Car on a Budget

how to buy a car on a budgetPurchasing a car is both exciting and intimidating. It’s one of the most important financial decisions that you will make this year, as making the wrong choice can lead you into financial chaos. For those looking to spend their money wisely, there are plenty of great options out there. Here is how to buy a car on a budget.

Establish a Budget

This may seem obvious, but many people fail to establish a firm budget for themselves when purchasing a car. Determine what you can and cannot afford, and cross out every single option that is over your budget. If you’re making payments on the car, determine how much you can afford to pay each month.

Just Say No

If you’re buying your car at a dealership, learn the word ‘no’ real fast. They are going to offer you a lot of different things to try to talk you into buying a different car than what you came in for. While it may be tempting when that nice new car is sitting in front of you, you have to be able to say no if it isn’t in your budget. However, do not be afraid to negotiate.

If you follow these simple tips, you will not overspend on your car.