Highlights in the History of the Chevrolet Corvette

History of the Chevrolet Corvette - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

The iconic Chevrolet Corvette is officially celebrating its 65th birthday in 2018. This sports car is considered one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road, and it’s easy to see why. Throughout the course of its history, though, it’s undergone some significant changes.

Let’s looks at the history of the Chevrolet Corvette and what, exactly, made it the legend it is today.

Chevrolet first introduced the Corvette in 1953 during the New York Auto Show. The car’s display received so much attention that General Motors decided to make a production version available to the public. Only 300 were built in the first model year, but this number quickly increased to 3,640 for the 1954 version. Needless to say, demand for this sports car was high.

For the second generation, Chevy brought out the Stingray coupe, setting the stage for the current branding. As the Corvette continued to grow in popularity, Chevrolet saw no reason to make any major changes, keeping the styling relatively the same during the third generation.

Big changes came during the fourth generation, though, with the first complete redesign for the vehicle in over 20 years. In 1993, the Corvette celebrated its 40th birthday with a Ruby Red edition.

For the fifth generation, drastic changes came for the Corvette with new features and components that you will recognize in today’s models. The Z06 was re-introduced, staking a claim as the highest performance Corvette model ever. For the sixth generation, drivers revelled in a larger interior and a new engine.

This leads us to the latest generation –the current Chevrolet Corvette. This svelte sports car has a sculpted, muscular physique that is the complete opposite of its design in the 1990s. For 2018, Chevy is even adding a new Carbon 65 Edition, which will have only 650 models made.

If you want to see the latest Corvette and understand why it’s become such a legend, contact us as Buff Whelan Chevrolet to make an appointment. We’d be glad to show you all the Corvette has to offer.

How to Drive Your Chevy in the Snow

How to drive your Chevy in the snow - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

Winter weather can be beautiful, but it can also make it dangerous to travel on the road. To make sure you’re practicing the best bad-weather driving habits possible, we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have put together a quick guide on how to drive your Chevy in the snow.

Don’t drive when you’re tired

Driving when tired can reduce your reaction time, so make sure you get plenty of rest before heading out the road – especially if the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Keep the tires properly inflated

Lower tire pressure means the tires’ treads don’t get traction as well as they should. Keep track of the tire pressure, and fill it up if it dips below your owner’s manual’s recommended levels.

Make sure your gas tank is at least half full

When the gas tank dips below a certain level, the gas line can freeze-up, which means your car won’t work. Keep it half full at all times to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads

Cruise control is great on long distance drives, but it doesn’t allow you the control you need when driving on slippery surfaces. This means you shouldn’t use it if there’s rain, ice, or snow out on the road.

Turn into a skid

Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but if you find yourself in a skid, make sure you steer in the direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding – and don’t panic and over-correct. This will help the vehicle correct itself and get back on the road.

If you want a reliable, safe vehicle that you can operate in the winter, check out our selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

The Driverless Chevy Bolt: Look Ma, No Hands!

Driverless Chevy Bolt

Peeking inside the newest version of the Chevy Bolt and noticing that there is in fact neither steering wheel nor pedals, you might be inclined to wonder, “How am I supposed to drive this thing?”

The simple answer is: you’re not supposed to drive it, because it drives itself.

Chevrolet recently sought approval from the government to test a batch of autonomous (driverless) vehicles. These driverless Chevy Bolts have been designed with no steering wheel, no gas pedal, and no brake pedal. In order to meet NHTSA safety standards, a new autonomous vehicle must be tested with and without a driver—a hard requirement to meet when there’s no steering wheel inside.

This recent development coincides with GM’s announcement that it intends to have driverless vehicles transporting people and cargo in certain cities as soon as 2019.

GM purchased the start-up autonomous driving company Cruise Automation in the spring of 2016 and has since worked with them to develop four iterations of a driverless Chevy Bolt EV. The newest generation, in addition to lacking the once-essential pedals and wheel, will also feature automatically opening doors.

While don’t have any driverless Chevy Bolts for sale here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we do have a selection of brand-new Bolt EVs that are ready for you to drive home.

Giving Back: Community Blood Drive at Buff Whelan Chevrolet

Successful blood drive at Buff Whelan

We would like to thank to the community for helping us to have such a successful blood drive at Buff Whelan Chevrolet on December 1st of 2017.

We want to express a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who came out to our blood drive— it was a tremendous success! We collected 172 pints of blood. With each pint being capable of helping three people, that is 516 lives saved!

That brings our grand total since starting our series of seasonal blood drives 14 years ago to — drumroll, please — 10,220 pints. We’ve done the math; this means 30,660 lives saved!

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough for the kindness and generosity of all our friends and neighbors who came out on December 1st to make a difference with us.  We look forward to seeing you all at our next blood drive on March 2nd.

If you’re interested in donating blood at this upcoming event but haven’t before, make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy meal and avoid fatty foods
  • Wear a shirt that exposes your elbows or can be easily folded up past your elbows
  • Bring a valid form of ID that verifies your age, such as a driver’s license; you must be at least 17 years of age
  • Don’t come if you’re feeling ill

Together, WE CAN make a difference!

The 2019 Corvette ZR1: The Fastest Production Corvette Ever

2019 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet engineers are always setting new standards in the industry. In fact, the brand recently announced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which will be the fastest production car ever made. This impressive and unparalleled sports car comes with an exclusive engine, the latest technologies, and a distinct look. For true car lovers, the Corvette ZR1 may just be the perfect car.

This special Corvette has a LT5 supercharged engine that gets up to 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. Chevy notes that there’s also a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, while the new High Wing option creates up to 950 pounds of downforce. Every inch of the new ZR1 is designed with speed in mind.

“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The ZR1 also comes with a distinct carbon-fiber “halo” hood that’s built to be lightweight, as well as a specially tuned suspension. With the proper equipment, the new ZR1 will go over 210 mph on the track. Plus, there’s a special Sebring Orange Design Package for those who want a truly unique Corvette.

We at Buff Whelan Chevrolet can’t wait to drive the new Corvette in the spring when it’s released.

Have a Blast This Winter at Holiday Events in Sterling Heights

Have a Blast This Winter at Holiday Events in Sterling HeightsThe holiday season is upon us, which means there are tons of activities and events in the area. With a new Chevrolet car, truck, or SUV, you can explore the community and visit one of the many holiday celebrations that are happening near you. That’s why we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have created a guide to the top holiday events in Sterling Heights, providing you with family-friendly events anyone can enjoy.

Check out the annual “A Sterling Christmas” celebration, held on December 2nd from 5:45 to 8:30pm at the City Hall. Everyone is invited to this fun event; according to the Sterling Heights website, it will include a tree lighting ceremony, music, caroling, and a visit from Santa. There will also be wagon ride, a petting zoo, train rides, and much, much more!

Next, take a drive to the Special Recreation Christmas Dance. Held on December 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, this event is for people age 16 and older. There will be food, gifts, music, and dancing, and Santa is rumored to make an appearance. Held at the Century Banquet Center, this is one event you don’t want to miss.

Finally, plan a trip to the Christmas Open House at the local library on December 19th from 10am to 12pm. Located in the library programming center, the open house will have arts, crafts, drinks, and snacks. Santa will be there too, so bring your wish list.

There’s much to do in the area, so don’t miss these fun holiday celebrations.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter Vehicle Preparation in Sterling Heights, MichiganAs the winter season rolls around, on every driver’s mind is what that means for their daily commute. We all want to do our best to keep us and our passengers safe while on the road in the blustery weather conditions that winter throws at us. Here are a few tips from us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet on how to prep your car for the winter months.

Check the Liquids

Prior to getting on the road in wintery conditions, it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to defend your car. Check the following levels to help keep everyone safe:

  • Antifreeze: Antifreeze prevents your engine from freezing, so this is very important in the frigid winter months. You can easily add more if needed.
  • Wiper fluid: Similar to antifreeze, this is easy to add if needed. In the winter months, you should use special winter windshield wiper fluid which will not freeze and help optimize visibility.
  • Oil: Similar to how there is a winter version of windshield wiper fluid, there is a winter-friendly version of oil, which will help keep your engine running smoothly and reliably in the cold months. Select it when you get your oil changed before winter.

Improve the Tires

Lastly, make sure your tires are in good condition with lots of tread, and stash some extra jackets and snacks in the car in case you get stuck in some gnarly winter traffic.

If you need help preparing your car for winter, contact our service department.

Driving in the Macy’s Day Parade

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Family, friends, and food are a few things that immediately come to mind. For many, this list also includes the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Televised from 9am to noon EST, around 3.5 million people tune in with their loved ones to watch. Another 2,000 people take part in the parade itself, including the drivers of the floats we love. Here’s a few fun facts about driving in the Macy’s Day Parade.

Have you ever wondered who the people behind the wheel of these floats are? They are union members of New York City’s Theatrical Teamsters.

The parade begins in Manhattan, but the floats themselves are built and kept in Moonachie, New Jersey, and must be able to be deconstructed to more manageable pieces so they are able to be lugged through Lincoln Tunnel and into New York City. This trip begins around ten hours before the start of the actual parade itself: approximately 50 trailers are employed to transport everything and get it safely to the parade’s starting point.

Following the parade, the process is repeated in reverse. The floats are broken down once more and transported back to New Jersey, and the drivers of the trailers join the throngs of people in holiday traffic heading home to their loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner.

From the first float of the turkey to the last float of Santa, it’s truly the drivers who keep the parade going. While watching the parade this year, know that we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are watching as well.

Ways to Dress up Your Car for Halloween

Car Costumes For Halloween in Sterling Heights, MichiganGetting into the spirit of Halloween usually means putting up some spooky decorations and getting a bowl of candy for the kids. As it turns out, you can dress more than just yourself in a creative costume this year. Check out these creative ways to dress up your car for Halloween from our team here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

Theme

There’s little point in just tossing decorations on your car. Pick a theme first and go from there. Drivers with black cars, for example, might don their vehicle with some decorations to make it look like the Batmobile. Those with white cars can go the ghost route. Those are just two options; there are dozens of famous cars and decorative themes to choose from!

Safety

Before you start decorating, make sure your Halloween touches aren’t going to hinder the safety of yourself or other drivers. Be sure your decorations are secure and don’t block your view of the windows and mirrors.

If you don’t plan on driving your car, however, you can do whatever you please. Attach legs to make it a giant spider or tack on some add-ons that bring a more creative costume to your driveway.

 Simplicity

If you aren’t planning on going all out on your car’s Halloween costume, consider some simple decorations. Halloween-themed decals and magnets will do the trick. They’re cheap and show that you’re feeling the spirit of the holiday.

Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Owner Aids Hurricane Victims

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD - Sterling Heights, MichiganHurricane Irma took quite the toll on the Florida coast, particularly the Treasure Coast region. Natural disasters tend to bring out the best in people of all ages and backgrounds. That rings true for Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD owner Justin Drawdy. He and his heavy duty truck are doing their part to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Drawdy and his Silverado 2500 HD started their adventure helping out Texans who were hit by Hurricane Harvey. Upon returning to his Florida home, he put boards on his own home and then helped his neighbors do the same.

Soon after, Hurricane Irma struck in full force.

On Sunday, September 10th, Drawdy took his Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD to check on one of his offices. The 35-inch tires and six-inch lift were more than enough to forge his way through the flooded areas. From there, he went on to help a woman rescue her beloved dog from her apartment. He loaded both the dog and the cage into the truck bed and, as it turns out, Drawdy was just getting started.

The man and his tough truck went on to haul eight cars from the floodwaters of a nearby area before taking the woman and her dog to her office.

Our team at Buff Whelan Chevrolet is proud to see a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD owner doing his part to help those in need!