Take an Affordable Spring Break Road Trip

Spring Break Beach

A spring break road trip is a great way to escape the daily grind, but it can also take a toll on your wallet depending on where you go. Luckily, there are a number of affordable spring break destinations, especially if you’re willing to take a road trip. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach setting or simply a change of pace, there’s an ideal spring break location for everyone.

Travel Channel recommends taking a trip to Washington D.C. While most people don’t think of the U.S. capital as a spring break destination, it has tons of history, lots of free museums and galleries, and iconic landmarks. Plus, there are a number of great places to stop along the route from Florida to D.C.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Visit Sanibel Island, Florida. It’s best to visit this area between February and April, however, if you want to find shells along the shore. Plus, the sandy beaches provide a comfortable place to relax, and it’s less crowded than other beaches in the state during spring break.

Lastly, New Orleans, Louisiana is another great, budget-friendly destination. The city boasts a dynamic nightlife scene, Southern comfort food, and a historic French quarter. Plus, if you avoid airfare and opt for road-tripping, you can save even more money.

Contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet if your vehicle needs a tune-up before you embark on your spring break road trip.

New Silverado 6.2-liter V8 Engine Wins Award from WardsAuto

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The new Silverado stands out from the competition. The latest reason is that it just earned an award from WardsAuto. The new 6.2-liter V8 engine was ranked on the Wards 10 Best Engines List, offering Dynamic Fuel Management to save you money at the gas pump without sacrificing power. The massive engine is the largest and most powerful gasoline V8 in the segment.

WardsAuto evaluates every all-new or improved engine available in the US, gauging factors like power, torque, fuel economy, noise, and innovative technologies. Judges were particularly impressed by the Dynamic Fuel Management system, which works to alternative between eight- and four-cylinder modes to save on gas when possible. According to Chevy, the new 6.2-liter V8 engine generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and it’s paired with an innovative Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

“Chevrolet first introduced its Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system in 2005, and Dynamic Fuel Management is a natural progression of the technology,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. “Dynamic Fuel Management enables only the cylinders needed to deliver the power you want, seamlessly delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy.”

In addition to the innovative engine, the new Silverado comes with a lighter design, cutting 450 pounds compared to previous model years thanks to a new mixed-material design. Offered in regular, double, and crew cab body styles with available 4WD, the Silverado is perfect for everyone. To learn more about it or go for a test drive, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.

Valentine’s Day On A Budget

Valentine's Day

Want to show your loved one you care without breaking the bank? Here are some ideas on how to have a meaningful Valentine’s Day on a budget.

  • Dress up to eat in: Rather than spending tons of money eating out, spend the time to make a thoughtful, home-cooked meal. To make it extra special, dress up in your finest clothes, light some candles, and swear off phones and technology for the evening.
  • Make a homemade card or gift: Making something for the person you love says so much more than simply buying them something you think they’d like. Spend the time to write a thoughtful card or make a thoughtful gift.
  • Make a playlist together for just the two of you: This activity makes for hours of fun and reminiscing with your loved one as you decide on your favorite songs as a couple and ones that express how you feel about one another. What’s more, this is the gift that keeps giving – you can enjoy the playlist year-round.
  • Pick out a few favorite memories to recreate: Maybe you both remember watching a certain movie on one of your first dates together, or you both love a particular hiking trail. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to re-watch one of your favorite movies or spend some time together outdoors.

Come talk to us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet if you’re saving money for a new or used car. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect fit.

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Car

Car Interior

Is one of your goals for 2019 to be a better car owner? You can start by making these car-themed New Year’s resolutions:

Get Regular Service

Getting your car regularly serviced is essential in prolonging its life. Check your Chevrolet’s owner’s manual for specific service timelines. If you take your vehicle to Vann Gannaway Chevy, we’ll give you reminders about your regular service.

Keep It Clean

One of the best things you can do for your car is to keep it clean throughout the year. Commit to regularly throwing out trash and vacuuming your interior. Try to get the exterior of your Chevy washed often, as this will not only eliminate dirt, but it will help protect your vehicle’s finish.

Change/Refill Fluids

Your oil helps your engine run smoothly, so be sure to change it on a regular basis. About every 3,000 miles is a good rule of thumb, but that varies from vehicle to vehicle, so check your owner’s manual. Be sure to check other fluids, like coolant, wiper fluid, and brake fluid regularly and top off when needed.

Maintain Tire Pressure

Measure your tire pressure regularly throughout the year, and fill them back up when they’re running low. If your tires have experienced too much wear and tear, consider getting new tires entirely, which we at Vann Gannaway Chevy can help you with.

How to Safely Transport Food in Your Car

Feasting With FriendsNow that we are in the midst of the holiday season, we will all have family events and parties aplenty. These gatherings almost always include food, which means you will need to transport food in your car on a regular basis. To do it safely and without spilling, it will take some preparation. Here is what you need to do.

Hot Food

Nothing warms your belly quite like a delicious casserole. If you are bringing along your favorite, you will need an empty box or laundry basket and a handful of towels. Line the bottom of the box with a towel and place the casserole dish on top. Put the rest of the towels around the dish to hold it in tightly. Then, place a rubber mat underneath the box or basket before you put it in your trunk.

Bite-Size Items

If you are bringing cookies or small hors-d’oeuvres you don’t want them smashed before you arrive. Place a kitchen towel on top of a baking sheet. Arrange all your items on top of the towel. Then, wrap everything, including the baking sheet, in plastic wrap. Use a rubber mat underneath to keep it from sliding around your car.

If you want your carefully crafted holiday dishes to arrive in style, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet to see the vehicles we have on our lot.

New Accessories and Parts for the 2019 Silverado 1500

2019 SilveradoWhile some people don’t mind blending in with the crowd, many of us like to express our own personalities and find ways to stand out. At the end of this month at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet will showcase unique ways to customize the all-new 2019 Silverado.

It will display four custom trucks that feature numerous accessories and parts for the 2019 Silverado. These trucks will show customers how easy it can be to create a truck that suits their needs and lifestyle.

Hugh Milne, Silverado marketing manager, said, “With a full catalog of accessories and performance parts, we offer exponentially more ways for customers to build their ideal truck. And, unlike certain aftermarket components, these are designed, engineered and validated to the same engineering standards as the Silverado itself, and backed by Chevrolet.”

The updated accessories and performance parts include items like illuminated bowtie emblems, step kits, tonneau covers, brake systems, and cargo bed storage boxes. The GM-designed parts are built to fit and work precisely with the redesigned Silverado. In addition, if installed at a Chevrolet dealership, they are covered by a warranty.

You can take a look at these new accessories and part online at Chevrolet.com/accessories. Contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet for more information about delivery and installation.

How to Get Sand Out of Your Car

At the BeachLiving in Florida has a variety of benefits. One of those is living so close to so many beautiful beaches. However, after spending a sunny day at the beach, the inevitable happens—you get sand in your car or truck. Here are a few tips on how to get that sand out of your car.

Shake It Out

Once you get home from the beach, carefully take everything out of your car and shake it out. This includes the floor mats and any seat protectors you might have. When you are planning a trip to the beach, it is a good idea to use covers on the seats and floors, or at least towels, if you don’t have anything else.

Vacuum

If sand does get in your carpet or upholstery, you need to get it out as quickly as possible. This is because as it works itself into the carpet, it can eventually break apart the fibers. After shaking everything out, use a strong vacuum to suck up all the sand. Make sure you get in between all the crevices. Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean up any remaining particles. You can also use q-tips to clean in hard-to-reach areas.

If you need a new vehicle to take to the beach, or you’re just looking for some new floor mats to help keep the sand contained, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.

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.