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

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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?

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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.

Check Out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

Check Out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights MI

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the expanded Traverse lineup, which includes the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS. Already in 2018, the Traverse has become a standout vehicle in its class, offering best-in-class max cargo volume (up to 98.2 cubic feet), new advanced safety features, and more technologies than the outgoing model. The new Traverse RS builds on the Traverse’s momentum going into this year.

The big distinction for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS is its bold, black styling. The new Traverse RS wears a black grille, black roof rails, black bowtie emblems, and black window trim and sits on 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Dark Android finish, to match the overall darkening effect.

A turbocharged engine gives the Traverse RS a spirited performance. Motivated by the Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo engine, the Traverse RS delivers 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an efficient nine-speed automatic transmission that helps the RS achieve its fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway.*

Other standard features for the Traverse RS include an array of safety amenities to boost your confidence on the road. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Teen Driver, a power liftgate, and tri-zone automatic climate control come on each trim level.

Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to witness the 2018 Traverse RS for yourself and take one for a test drive.

*EPA estimated.

Chevrolet 48-State Road Trip Hits Most Popular Tourist Attractions

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Are you thinking of going on a road trip that allows you to hit 48 states at once? Well, Chevrolet has already mapped out the perfect trip plan for you. The American carmaker recently released a road trip itinerary that allows you to see 48 of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions—all in a single trip.

The Chevrolet 48-state road trip itinerary was created alongside data scientist Randy Olson. The partnership came up with a route that covers the most famous family attractions in the United States, usually with a single stop in each state. For instance, you can hit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Graceland in Tennessee, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon. You can even hit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore in our great state of Michigan.

This itinerary was created after Chevrolet completed a survey which indicated that families’ two favorite aspects of road trips are spending time with family and getting the opportunity to explore new places. It was assembled to create the least amount of backtracking throughout the journey, giving the most efficient routes to each destination.

Overall, the route itself would take an estimated nine days of driving. With the need to sleep, get snacks, and fuel up, it’s likely this trip could stretch into three weeks, which makes it perfect for your next summer family adventure.

For even more suggestions on where to travel this summer, contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be more than happy to recommend our favorite destinations.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Sales Pulls Ahead of the Competition

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For a long time, it was typical to see the Ford Mustang on top in terms of monthly sales, and not far behind that was the Dodge Challenger. Due to its killer combination of incredible performance, stunning style, and overall value, however, the new Chevrolet Camaro is causing quite a stir as it disrupts this familiar sales trend. Outselling both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger toward the end of 2017, the success of the new Chevrolet Camaro shows no signs of slowing down as 2018 rolls on.

In the face of overall muscle car sales declining toward the end of last year, and a huge 27.24% decline in the usually-popular Ford Mustang, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales are still going strong. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Chevrolet Camaro delivers more of what is most important to modern drivers, including exhilarating performance, premium safety features, and more standard advanced technology features.

The Ford Mustang might have a legendary past, but it’s current offering are falling a little flat when compared to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, which boasts standard Drive Mode Selector, a 7-inch infotainment display, standard automatic climate control technology, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, all of which are absent in the 2018 Ford Mustang.

The Camaro is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. To see other reasons why Camaro is surging in popularity, visit Buff Whelan Chevrolet to get behind the wheel for a test drive.

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.

Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena Team Up

Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena
Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena

Since the beginning, Chevrolet has called Detroit home, which is why it made perfect sense for Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena to join forces. Chevrolet is now the official vehicle of the brand new Little Caesar’s Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings, concerts, and other entertainment. Since 2015, Chevrolet has been the official vehicle for the Detroit Red Wings.

Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said, “We look forward to continuing to support the Red Wings and the revitalization of our hometown, the City of Detroit, as a landmark partner in the new Little Caesars Arena — a perfect complement to our partnership with the Detroit Tigers and presence at Comerica Park.”

With this expanded partnership, Chevrolet will have an even bigger presence at the arena. The northeast entrance, along Woodward Avenue, will feature large-scale Chevrolet branding. In addition, there will be a new Chevrolet Plaza with a giant video screen that will be used for community programming and concerts.

Visitors to the arena will be able to spot the Chevrolet brand and distinctive bowtie throughout the venue, including being one of four in ice partners.

The team here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, MI is excited about this new partnership between Chevrolet and Little Caesar’s Arena and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!