Follow These Tips for Getting your Car Ready for School

If you child in high school or college, it’s time to get your car ready for the new school year. Especially for new drivers, it’s crucial to make sure your car is in great condition in order to avoid any dangerous situations whether your child is on their way to high school or driving around campus. Follow these tips for getting your car ready for back to school so your student driver can drive with confidence.

Monitor tires

Before your kid heads back to school, take some time to examine out the condition of their car’s tires. Check for proper inflation, alignment and tread and consider replacing the tires if they are looking visibly worn down. Healthy tires are one of the most important aspects of car safety, so replacing them before they’re completely worn out is always a good idea.

Check emergency kit

Your child’s car should contain an emergency kit containing essential items that make a huge difference in the event of an emergency. Such a kit should have a blanket, a change of clothes, and a battery-powered cellphone charge, food, and water.

Talk about safety

Finally, talk to your kid about driving safety before they go back to school. Between late night parties and all-nighter study sessions, there is plenty of potential for dangerous driving situations at school.

If your teen’s car isn’t quite up to standards, or you’re looking for a car to buy, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to help make sure this school is the safest one ever.

The 2019 Blazer Design Promises to Impress

The Chevy Blazer is a classic SUV that’s coming back for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Blazer design promises to be bold and modern, including a number of features you won’t find elsewhere. Designed to fill demand between the Equinox and Traverse, the Blazer is a surprisingly contemporary midsize SUV.

According to Chevy, the Blazer design will feature dramatic sculpting to accent the athletic stance, and it will also have a high beltline to accentuate contours. The grille is complemented by LED lighting, and dual-element taillamps are situated above the dual exhaust outlets. There’s also an integrated spoiler and standard 18-inch alloy wheels.

“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

The interior design will emphasize personalization, as you’ll be able to customize several features thanks to an array of color and trim options. There will also be padded trim, rounded vents, and grab handles on the doors. In short, the driver-centric interior is comfortable, yet it also carries over the sportiness from the exterior styling.

For more information about the 2019 Chevy Blazer, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevy.

 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets More Efficient

Truck manufacturers face the incredible challenge of making trucks more capable while reducing their fuel consumption. General Motors may have done just that with an all-new engine that will come standard in some Chevrolet Silverado models. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will see a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine that uses every sip of fuel wisely.

The 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will replace the V6 engine in some 2019 Silverado 1500 models. The new engine will benefit from active cylinder management technology. Thanks to the fuel-saving technology, the Silverado 1500 will cut two of the four cylinders when full power isn’t necessary.

Drivers worried the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 won’t live up to the competition should put their fears aside. The turbocharged engine will produce more torque than the base V6 engines. Total performance output comes to 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet has yet to release any official fuel economy figures, but the turbocharged four-cylinder engine with active cylinder management is sure to increase the full-size truck’s efficiency. The automaker also assured truck enthusiasts that the Silverado’s turbocharged engine will offer comparable capability to competitors with V6 engines.

The 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine won’t be the only fuel-efficient powertrain available in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. A new turbo diesel six-cylinder engine is expected to join the range in the near future.

To learn more about the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and when it might arrive here at Vann Gannaway Chevy, get in touch with us.

 

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Performance

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has been the talk of the automotive industry since it made its official debut weeks ago. Thanks to some dedicated researchers, we now know what to expect under the hood of the new model. According to information obtained from order guides by GM Authority, the Chevrolet Silverado will feature two V8 engine options for the 2019 model year.

The 5.3-liter V8 engine is the smaller of the two engines and carries over from the outgoing 2018 Silverado. Its performance output remains the same as in the 2018 model, up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The larger 6.2-liter V8 engine sees a slight change in performance from the 2018 model. The refreshed powertrain will produce 425 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes mated to an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission.

Drivers that want a different engine are in luck as Chevrolet has confirmed that the upcoming 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine and transmission combinations. One of the new engines is a 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel six-cylinder engine. A new base engine is likely on the docket as well.

The experts at GM Authority believe that another V8 engine will slot between the 5.3- and 6.2-liter engines. An electrified or hybrid powertrain certainly isn’t out of the question either.

We can’t wait for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado to finally get here. Contact the ream at Vann Gannaway Chevy to learn more about this vehicle (and when to expect it in the dealership).

Production of the Chevrolet Bolt to Increase, Create Jobs

The world is more quickly embracing alternative fuel technologies as we begin to more fully understand the negative effects that gas-powered vehicles can have on our environment. Chevrolet has been at the forefront of the mission to introduce these alternative fuel vehicles to the market with options like the Malibu Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle.

In fact, very recently, GM CEO Mary Barra stated that Chevrolet would be increasing production of the Chevrolet Bolt at its Orion Assembly plant near Detroit in order to embrace the future of electric driving. Doing so will create more jobs in the city of Detroit.

In an interview, Barra told CNBC, “I think it’s [adoption of EVs] going to happen more quickly than decades. As more and more people recognize that we have the right range, understand that we have a charging infrastructure so they don’t think you’re going to be stranded, I think you’re going to see EV adoption continue.”

Barra is right: The Bolt in particular has largely reduced range anxiety, as it can go 238 miles on a full charge. GM is also looking to partner with energy industry players to build a greater network of EV charging stations in the US. This is just one of many reasons Chevrolet continues to be among the best automotive brands around.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Bolt and how it can change how you drive, visit Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.

Corvettes at the Barrett-Jackson Auction Raise Over $2 Million for Veterans

When it comes to helping veterans, General Motors is serious. Earlier this year, Chevrolet sold two Corvettes at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Combined, the two Corvettes fetched $2.325 million that will be donated to veterans organizations. Here at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet, we are proud to see Chevrolet doing so much to support our veterans.

The first model was a Corvette Carbon 65 Edition signed by President George W. Bush. This model was bought by John Staluppi, owner for Atlantic Automotive Group. He bought this unique model for $1.4 million. This money will be donated to Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative, which assists post-9/11 veterans and their families transition back to civilian life.

Next up on the auction block was a Corvette ZR1. This first production model was purchased by Rick Hendrick, chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, for $925,000. The proceeds from this sale will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. This organization supports wounded veterans.

“GM and Chevrolet are proud to honor and support the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “Thanks to the generosity of two of our dealers, John Staluppi and Rick Hendrick, we will be able to offer additional support to some of our most severely wounded veterans.”

We applaud Chevy’s presence at this event. If you’d like to test drive a Corvette for yourself, simply visit us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.

Try Out These Fun Things to Do in Eustis in 2018

As we charge into the second month of this new year, it is important to get off the couch and try new things. Here are some fun things to do in Eustis in 2018 that come heavily recommended by the staff here at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.

  • Adventures in Florida: If you want to challenge yourself by getting out on the water, perhaps to see the manatees, to kayak down a river, or do a bioluminescence paddle, then you’ll want to check out Adventures in Florida. Learn more here.
  • Ferran Park: Take the family for a day at the park along the lake in Eustis. You’ll see lots of wildlife, and the kids can enjoy two playground areas.
  • Disney World: Just an hour outside of Eustis is the happiest place on earth—Disney World. Just be sure to visit outside of peak season to avoid the crowds.
  • Polar Express Train Ride: It’s difficult to imagine a winter-themed getaway in Florida, but the Polar Express Train Ride in Tavares does the trick. This coming winter, you can find more about the Polar Express adventure, which is the only one of its kind officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, online at the train’s website.

City of Eustis 2nd Annual Georgefest Chili Cook Off

Last Saturday, the City of Eustis hosted their 2nd Annual GeorgeFest chili cook off at Ferran Park.  Ten teams faced off in this exciting event.  It was a great time with many attendees coming out and tasting their delicious creations.   We had the honor of cheering on Rusty Seely, one of our Body Shop Technicians, as he prepared his top-secret chili recipe.  Rusty knocked it out of the park and earned 1st place trophy as all around winner and 1st place people’s choice winner!  Congratulations Team Seely!

Bold Styling, Refined Design: The Tahoe Z71 Midnight Edition

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a bold SUV that’s great for large families, people who love the outdoors, or those who simply want a reliable ride that gets the job done. New for 2018, the Tahoe Z71 Midnight Edition is causing quite a stir thanks to its striking exterior design and a plethora of available features. For a vehicle that truly stands out from the competition, the Z71 Midnight Edition aims to please.

The new Tahoe special edition is not simply fun to drive, but it also has aesthetic appeal to satisfy modern tastes. There’s a jet-black exterior, black wheels, black body trim, and more. The black mesh grille is bound to make a confident entrance wherever you go. This version comes with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac® tires for peak capability on uneven terrain. It also comes with a Z71 Off-Road Package that’s perfect for braving new trails with ease.

The Tahoe Midnight Edition will impress family, friends, and fellow drivers with its dramatic profile. It also has the brawn and surefootedness you need for every journey. Experience the new Tahoe Z71 Midnight Edition for yourself when you stop by Vann Gannaway Chevrolet. But be forewarned—you might just drive this model home.

2018 Equinox Exterior: Bold, Refined, and Intelligent

The 2018 Equinox exterior is sleek and stylish, and there are also several new options to choose from in terms of colors and features. As a compact SUV, the Equinox has an intelligent design that combines capability with city-friendly styling, allowing you to explore the great outdoors or navigate the urban jungle with ease. From the first glance, you’re bound to fall in love with the Equinox.

According to Chevy, the new Equinox has a whopping 12 color options. You can choose basic colors like Mosaic Black Metallic or Nightfall Gray Metallic, while there are a range of exciting, vibrant options such as Cajun Red, Orange Burst Metallic, and even Sandy Ridge Metallic. You’re bound to find a color that’s right for you thanks to the extensive options.

Signature LED daytime running lamps are perhaps one of the most notable exterior features you’ll find on the Equinox. These lights not only improve visibility, but as Chevy puts it, they’ll “make for an unmistakable presence everywhere you venture.” The contoured exterior is also great for improving aerodynamics, while the available hands-free gesture liftgate makes life a little easier.

You can test drive the 2018 Equinox at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet to learn more about this model’s extensive features. With looks that are bound to impress wherever you go, the new Equinox is an ideal SUV for nearly any driver.