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.

Back-to-School Prep

Fall is right around the corner which means the kids will soon be heading back to school for another year. Summer can significantly impact your preparedness when the school year officially starts. We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have some back-to-school prep that can help you get into the swing of things this fall!

Daily Routine

Start things off by establishing a daily routine. Hanging a list of things for the kids to check off in the morning allows you to track their progress and get them to school on time. Have a second list of things for them to do at night in preparation for the next day. Establishing a routine is essential to a child’s success in school.

Homework Area

Kids hate doing their homework, but it’s a necessity for them to learn the material and pass their classes. Establish a study area with plenty of essential materials like pencils, pens, paper, and post-it notes. Doing so will allow children to get into the groove and get their homework done efficiently while sharpening their skills (and pencils) along the way.

Planners

Planners are good for helping children keep track of their homework and keep you in tune with what’s going on at school. Plus, it can help you keep track of things that you need to do during the chaos that is the school year!

Check Out the New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

General Motors is rolling with the “go big or go home” motto when it comes to the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. It wasn’t long ago that Chevrolet revealed the Camaro ZL1 1LE performance model, but now the American automaker is upping the ante. The new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R is a racing model designed to compete with the best of the best.

New Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

The new Camaro GT4.R is the first GT customer car from General Motors that’s available to the global market. Chevrolet joined forces with Pratt & Miller to create the track-ready model. The GT4 build means it can take to the track in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenges Grant Sport class and Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class.

“The Camaro GT4.R is a true racing customer car that Chevrolet is proud to support,” said Shawn Meagher, Chevrolet’s Program Manager for the Camaro GT4.R.

Under the hood of the Camaro GT4.R lies a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a heart-pounding 650 hp. It comes perfectly complemented with Brembo brakes, adjustable traction control, and much more.

The track-oriented model is set to make its official debut at the Pirelli World Challenge. Two Camaro GT4.Rs will take the track with Tony Gaples and Lawson Aschenback behind the wheels.

We here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet are pumped to see the new Camaro GT4.R up close!

Fun Summer Activities at Home

The kids will be out of school for the summer before you know it which means now is the time to prepare! Having the kids around during summer means it’s up to you to entertain them. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun-filled activities you can do right in your yard or living room. Here are a few fun summer activities you can do at home as suggested by us here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!

Fun Summer Activities

  • Camp Out – A weekend camping trip in the woods an get expensive and time consuming very quickly. Fortunately, those with access to a yard can minimize the experience in a way that kids will love. Pitch the tent in the yard, start a fire (safety first), and cook some hotdogs and marshmallows.
  • Develop Skills – Did you know that many home improvement stores host workshops for families? Inquire about times and dates at your local hardware store, like Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s a great way to spend time with kids and introduce and develop new skills!
  • Visit Local Museum – School may be out, but that’s no excuse to slack off when it comes to education. Kids should always be learning whether they know it or not. Many museums offer special classes, workshops, and tours that expose kids to new ideas and concepts. Find museum event that your kids will enjoy and sign up!

Buff Whelan Chevrolet Blood Drive

On the first Friday of every third month, Buff Whelan Chevrolet holds a Red Cross blood drive and has since 2000. In the 17 years the dealership has been holding blood drives, we’ve had 9,624 people give blood and even more register, and we’re on track to get to 10,000 by the end of 2017!

Buff Whelan Chevrolet blood driveThe most recent Buff Whelan Chevrolet blood drive took place on March 3rd, and we collected blood from 214 donors. 12 were first time donors, and a record 21 donors were double red donors. Every blood donation is enough for up to three people, so the March 3rd drive saved 642 lives total.

Becoming a Buff Whelan blood donor has plenty of other benefits too! We provide free food and drinks to help you get your energy back after you donate, including a free slice of pizza from Holiday Pizza. You’ll also get a $10 off coupon for an oil change at Buff Whelan. You don’t have to drive a Chevy to get your car serviced by our expert service department!

Everyone who registers will be entered into a drawing to win sports or concert tickets, so don’t miss the next blood drive on June 2nd. Sign up online and come save lives at Buff Whelan Chevrolet!