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.

Tips

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.