Sanitize Your Car to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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You may be spending less time in your car than usual with the pandemic keeping most Americans at home, but most of us are still going out to do necessary tasks like grocery shopping. Keep these tips in mind to sanitize your car and reduce your risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19.

Clean The Interior

Cleaning the interior of your car is vital to limiting the spread of coronavirus, both to the people riding in your car and those outside it. Use rubbing alcohol, disinfectant wipes, or just regular soap and water to wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, and other non-fabric surfaces.

If you have fabric seats and carpeting, use a small amount of laundry detergent and water to clean it. You don’t want to get it too wet or sudsy, or you risk ruining the material. And avoid all ammonia cleaners, as they can damage your interior.

Clean The Exterior

Your hands make contact with the outside of your car too, when you open the doors, pop the cargo hatch, or check under the hood, to name a few. Wash the outside of your car regularly, paying special attention to the door handles and other areas you touch frequently.

Keep Yourself Clean

Always use hand sanitizer or wash your hands to kill any traces of the virus you may have come into contact with before you drive. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves when you drive.

For more tips on maintaining your car, contact the service department at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Chevrolet Corvette Recognized as 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year

2020 Chevrolet Corvette | Buff Whelan Chevrolet | Sterling Heights, MI

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray earned the prestigious 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year award. The car won against other vehicles, thanks to its impressive mid-engine design, powerful engine and incredible value. 

The Corvette previously took home the MotorTrend Car of the Year award in 1984 and 1998. The iconic sports car won the latest award after Chevrolet completely redesigned the car for the 2020 model year, giving it a mid-engine design and striking style.

The fun-to-drive Corvette gets its power from a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which reaches 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when you opt for the Z51 Performance Package. This package also enables the car to go 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, while you sit comfortably in the cabin.

MotorTrend Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh said, “We have been looking forward to the arrival of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette for so long, that you’d think there is no way it could live up to the weight of expectations, but the all-new C8 Corvette epitomizes what it means to be MotorTrend’s 2020 Car of the Year.”

From its high-quality cabin space to its thrilling performance, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has all you need to enjoy the ride, making it well-deserving of the award. Learn more about the exciting cars that Chevrolet has to offer when you give us a call at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, Michigan. 

Ready to Go Green in the New Year?

Go Green In 2020 | Sterling Heights, MI

Looking for a resolution for 2020? Go green in the New Year. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, from cutting back energy consumption at home to routine vehicle maintenance. Try any one of these tips for going green today.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

The three-Rs are a great mantra for when you go grocery shopping and for around the house. In particular, try to cut-back on plastic, as it’s not only made from fossil fuels (oil derivatives) but also because it doesn’t break down as easily as organic materials. Carry reusable bags with you whenever possible and start recycling if you haven’t already.

You can also reduce environmental impact by properly disposing of drugs, batteries, and other supplies, and by cleaning with natural, non-toxic products. When you flush prescription pills or spray caustic aerosol solutions in your home, it can often leech into the environment.

Maintain Your Car

Be good to your car as well. Bring your car in for regular maintenance to keep performance and efficiency at their optimal ranges. Basic services include checking tire pressure, replacing air and oil filters, and tuning the engine.

For those looking to make a bigger impact, you can also consider carpooling or buying a more eco-friendly vehicle. If you’re driving around every day in an old clunker, it could have a serious impact on the air quality and consume more fuel than necessary.

Check out our lineup of fuel-efficient vehicles at Buff Whelan Chevrolet for a greener New Year.

Chevrolet Models Rank Among 2019’s Most American Cars

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What are the most American cars? You might be tempted to assume that any brand based in the United States is the “most American,” but that isn’t always the case — unless you’re Chevrolet.

Based on the latest results from Cars.com’s 2019 American-Made Index, three of the most American cars are Chevrolet models: the Corvette, Colorado, and Camaro.

“A recent Cars.com survey shows a clear majority of Americans want to purchase a car that contributes substantially to the U.S. economy, but gauging such contributions is no small task,” wrote Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays. “Cars.com has tried to do so since 2006 with the American-Made Index, an annual study that looks at various factors to determine just how homegrown a given car might be.”

Assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Corvette sports car is arguably Chevrolet’s most iconic model. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds — and if you upgrade to the Z06 or the ZR1, the Corvette becomes not just a great American car, but one of the world’s top sports cars.

The Colorado, a popular midsize pickup truck, is assembled in Wentzville, Missouri. If you want strong hauling and towing capability in a smaller package than a full-size truck like the Silverado 1500, the Colorado is a great choice. It’s also a lot of fun off road.

Finally, the Camaro — which was so beloved as Bumblebee in the Transformers film franchise that it got its own movie — is assembled in Lansing, Michigan.

Contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to see these American cars in person.

What’s That Sound? Common Car Noises And What They Mean

Common Car Noises

As a car owner, it is important to listen for certain car noises while driving. Over the course of your vehicle’s life, it will inevitably encounter issues that need to be addressed for your safety, and the noises your vehicle makes are often the first warning sign. Here are some common car noises and what they mean.

  • Squealing from tires when braking: This indicates that your brake pads have likely worn down and need to be replaced. This isn’t an urgent issue but should be followed up on in a reasonable amount of time.
  • A rumbling sound beneath the driver’s seat: This sound could indicate a crack or leak in the manifold of your vehicle’s exhaust system. While the uncomfortable shaking seat may be manageable, the issue could also mean carbon monoxide is leaking into the cabin, so roll down the windows and get it checked out right away.
  • Squeaking when turning the wheel: There is likely an issue with your power-steering system—typically the issue is that your vehicle is running low on power-steering fluid.
  • Squealing from under the hood: Noises from under the hood are never good. This specific squeal typically means your serpentine belt is loose or worn. This belt powers several crucial systems in your vehicle, so replacing quickly is paramount.

Whenever your car makes funny noises, smells, or shakes, contact the service team at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to take a look at it for you.

Get the Affordable Sports Car of Your Dreams in the 2020 Chevy Camaro

2020 Chevrolet Camaro

When you think of sports cars, you probably don’t think of the word “affordable.” They’re a symbol of prestige and luxury. However, when the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro debuts, it will be the least-expensive V8-equipped muscle car on the market. With an available V8 offered on the LT1 trim for less than what it costs to buy a Mustang with a similar V8, the Camaro is now the most affordable sports car on the market.

The LT1 trim is new to the Chevy Camaro lineup, but those who have been paying attention may notice its similarity to the entry-level 1LT model. That’s because the LT1 was created when Chevrolet took the 455-hp V8 engine off the Camaro SS and installed it in the 1LT trim. The new LT1 also features styling changes similar to the SS concept as well, like a vented hood, black bowtie emblems, LT1 badges, 20-inch wheels, and an available Technology Package, which comes with an 8-inch Chevrolet Infotainment System touch-screen and a Bose® sound system.

At under $35,000, the 2020 Chevrolet Camaro LT1 trim will be the most affordable sports car in the industry without skimping on power, thanks to its 3.6-liter V8 cranking out 455 hp. When the latest Camaro arrives, you’ll find it at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

All-new Chevrolet Trailblazer Revealed

Chevrolet Trailblazer Revealed

The 2019 Shanghai Auto Show was the stage for Chevrolet to unveil its resurrected Trailblazer. The Trailblazer hasn’t been in America since 2009 since the Traverse replaced it, and the all-new model doesn’t resemble its previous generations. It’s even better.

The company’s representatives said the new Trailblazer is, “bringing a bold and expressive look to the segment” with a “character all its own.” Reviewers have commented that the 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer revealed at Auto Shanghai feels like a miniature version of the new Blazer with the same sporty, lean look. Photos show the Trailblazer with 17-inch black wheels; thin, edgy headlamps unlike any previous models; and a “floating roof” design.

Stuart Norris, design director of global Chevrolet compact SUVs, said, “The all-new Trailblazer and Tracker are taking us to the next chapter of Chevrolet SUV design. With their lean muscularity, every member of the Chevrolet SUV family is reinforcing the brand’s focus on performance and capability.”

We’re wondering if the new Trailblazer will be replacing the Chevy Trax in the compact SUV segment. More details of engine specs, technology features, and pricing should be coming soon, and we’re looking forward to learning more.

Check back in with Buff Whelan Chevrolet this fall if you’re interested in the return of the Trailblazer. In the meantime, check out the 2019 Traverse.

Spotlight On The New Vehicle Locate For MyChevrolet App

Vehicle Locate

Chevrolet owners have a new option available on the myChevrolet app: Vehicle Locate. With Vehicle Locate, Remote Access Plan users can know exactly where their car is at any time.

Vehicle Locate for MyChevrolet app provides the ability to pinpoint your vehicle’s location as well as send text alerts to friends and family when the vehicle arrives or departs a location. Creating a boundary (or geofence) as big as a 20-mile radius or as small as a specific address, up to 10 connected people can know when their loved ones are leaving an area or arriving soon. Forget the “I’m headed home now” text. Vehicle Locate sends the alert automatically as soon as the driver pulls out from work.

There are other advantages to the new app update:

  • Parents can know when their kids arrive or depart school.
  • Know a loved one is safe if they’re traveling through a storm instead of texting them while they drive.
  • Know where the vehicle is if lending to a friend.
  • Stay safe on blind dates by letting friends know when they’ve left the restaurant.
  • Keep updated with loved ones who travel for work.

This function is available on Chevrolet models 2012 and newer in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For more information on the MyChevrolet app, contact Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

At the Chicago Auto Show in February, Chevrolet rolled out the all-new 2019 Blazer, a sporty mid-size crossover bearing the nameplate of the classic Chevy Blazer SUV, which Chevrolet first introduced in the 1960s and ended its run in 2005. But, now the Blazer is back.

The new Blazer slots between the compact Equinox and the mid-size Traverse in terms of size, making it a perfect option for drivers who want a crossover that offers sporty performance and looks, is easy to maneuver, and still has plenty of cargo space.

It’s rare to see a performance-focused SUV that still delivers utility, but the Blazer has utility in spades, with a max towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. Plus, it has a smart Cargo Management System to help parents, weekend warriors, and frequent travelers make room for all their things.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer debut announcement revealed that the new SUV is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and comes with two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6. The base engine delivers plenty of excitement with its 193 horsepower, but the V6’s 305 horsepower lets the Blazer’s exhilarating ride shine even more.

The inside of the new Blazer is just as stylish as the outside, with a sizable infotainment system and stitching accents to the trim that make a sophisticated look. Also available on the Blazer are luxurious comforts like heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, and smartphone compatibility for Apple and Android users.

Buff Whelan already has the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in stock. Find it in dozens of combinations of colors, engines, and trim levels to fit your needs.

Accessories to Keep Your Car Warm in Winter

Winter

Chilly mornings are no fun, and chilly days and nights are even less so. In the winter months, it can be hard to stay warm while out and about, making daily tasks a bit of a bother. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to stave off the chill. Here are a few accessories and gadgets to help keep your car warm in winter.

  • Heated seat covers: A quick and easy way make your car more comfortable in the wintertime is to purchase heated seat covers. Rather than having to flinch when sitting down on your cold seats, these seat covers will keep you nice and toasty.
  • Heated steering wheel cover: Why stop at the seats? You can also get a heated steering wheel cover to keep your hands warm.
  • Remote starter: This one’s quite a bit more sophisticated than the other two, but even more convenient. A remote car starter allows you to start your car and let it warm up before you even leave your house.
  • Windshield ice melter/de-icer spray: Your fingers can freeze if you waste time scraping off icy windows. For a quick remedy to pesky ice, have a bottle of de-icer on hand, which you can spray on the windshield or even door handles.

If winter has left your vehicle a little worse for the wear, come in to Buff Whelan Chevrolet for repairs and maintenance.