The Redesigned 2015 Chevy Silverado

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The 2015 Chevy Silverado is turning a lot of heads in the automotive world and our Sales team was eager to share their favorite things about the 2015 Silverado. These are just a few of our favorite things about the redesigned Silverado, and let’s face it, this list doesn’t even scratch the surface of why we love this truck!

 

  1. MyLink: USB and Bluetooth connectivity allows you the freedom to stay connected on the go. MyLink uses natural speech commands and has navigation system with 3D maps and points of interest helps take the guess work out of where you are going and how to get there.

    MyLink navigation with 3D maps.
    MyLink navigation with 3D maps.
  2. 3 Ecotec3 V8 Motor: This motor gives the truck 355 horsepower and offers up to 23 highway MPG. This powerful, direct injection V8 allows the Silverado to be the most fuel efficient V8 truck on the road, getting 1 more highway MPG than Ford’s V6 Ecoboost. Visit this page to see the direct injection in action!
  1. 4G LTE: The 2015 Silverado is the next model to double as a rolling WI-FI hotspot! This 4G LTE service is faster, more reliable, and more powerful than a smartphone’s hotspot. It can extend up to 50 feet outside the vehicle, which is great for those of you that like to take your work with you in the great outdoors.

 

4G LTE WI-FI available on the 2015 Silverado
4G LTE WI-FI available on the 2015 Silverado
  1. Triple Sealed Doors: Another feature favored by our sales team is the triple sealed, in laid doors. Most trucks have 2 seals between the body and the door, but the 2015 Silverado bumps it up to the next level with an extra seal making the Silverado the quietest interior in it’s class.
  1. Tow Max Package: Even though the ride is quiet and smooth, the 2015 Silverado is still a working beast. The Max Trailering package, which is available with both V8 engines, allows you to trailer up to 12,000 pounds. This trailer package allows you the freedom to haul everything from 4 wheelers to horse trailers. Trailer sway control works with the StabiliTrak system to automatically apply the brakes to both the truck and the trailer if the system detects the trailer rocking. Not sure if you need the Tow Max package? Visit this chevy page   and see what kind of package would work best for your Silverado.
  1. Cage Construction and Crush Zones: Steel pillars, side door beams and a steel reinforced roof all help keep the passenger area of the Silverado safer during a collision. The crush zones have been strategically placed by safety engineers to divert the impact and the energy from a collision away from the passengers. The 2015 Silverado 1500 is the first pickup trick to receive the highest possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the NHTSA changed its rating system. Safety is a top priority for Chevrolet and the Silverado didn’t score five stars on accident!
    Framework of the 2015 Silverado from chevrolet.com
    Framework of the 2015 Silverado from chevrolet.com

    Right now the 2015 Silverado can be a little difficult to track down for yourself, but we have a little secret. We have two 2015 Silverado trucks in stock, right now, ready for a test drive. Every customer that driven one has been impressed with the upgrades and the little touches that go a long way! Stop by the showroom during our Chevy Truck Month and ask to test drive a new Silverado today!

Buying Your Teenager’s First Car

It’s going to happen sooner or later, your children are going to become teenagers and start driving. We feel your pain, it hasn’t been easy watching our own children get behind the wheel and drive off into the sunset, probably at a faster rate of speed than we would like.

We took a poll around the dealership at what the deciding factors were in choosing cars for our own teenagers. We polled the sales managers and their sales team, the finance office, the accounting office, the service advisors and the service technicians, the parts department, and the collision center.

Here is what the professionals are concerned with.

As you can see from our spiffy pie chart, the responses were in line with concerned parents all over putting safety as their number one priority. The second highest category was reliability of the vehicle and payment and insurance coverage came in third.

As far as safety goes, our concerned parents mentioned everything from extra side curtain airbags and OnStar capabilities. These are features that are available on most new models as well as several pre-owned models. No matter which one you choose to test drive, ask about additional safety features that might not come to mind immediately like Forward Collision Alert and OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response.

If you are looking at a pre-owned vehicle for your first time driver, ask about the warranty options that come with the vehicle. Ask a lot of open ended “what-if” types of questions and don’t be afraid to tell your sales team member, and your teenager, that you would like to think about this big decision and won’t be pressured into signing any paperwork today.

A few more things that came up in our survey were things like size of the vehicle. Our parents didn’t want their new driver to be able to pack a bunch of their friends in the car, but at the same time weren’t comfortable with them driving something too small either. Our parents were also concerned about insurance for the new vehicle. It’s a great idea to have a conversation with your insurance provider before coming to the dealership because the cost of insuring a new driver might sway your decision on which types of vehicles you will want to test drive.

No matter what you choose to purchase, or where you choose to purchase, make it a memorable experience! A first car is a right of passage and a memory that will stick with your teen for the rest of their lives. Take lots of pictures and go for ice cream afterwards! Good luck and happy car shopping!

Joey's First Car '99 Convertible Cavalier
Joey’s First Car ’99 Convertible Cavalier

State Inspection Requirements

You know you should get your car inspected every year, along with registering it with the state of Texas (Check Your Date! Love Your State!), but do you know what your mechanic is actually looking for? A vehicle inspection includes a complete safety check and ensures basic road worthiness.

In case you don’t know what your mechanic is looking for, here are the specific guidelines from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Texas Department of Public Safety lists these 20 point criteria that a passenger car must meet to pass its inspection test.

  1. Horn
  2. Windshield Wipers
  3. Mirror
  4. Steering
  5. Seat Belts
  6. Brakes (system)( Parking- beginning with 1960 models)
  7. Tires
  8. Wheel Assembly
  9. Exhaust System
  10. Exhaust Emission System (beginning with 1968 models)
  11. Beam Indicator (beginning with 1948 models)
  12. Tail Lamps (2); (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  13. Stop Lamps; (1) if 1959 model or earlier
  14. License Plate Lamp (1)
  15. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
  16. Turn Signal Lamps (beginning with 1960 models)
  17. Head Lamps (2)
  18. Motor, Serial, or Vehicle Identification Number
  19. Gas caps on vehicles 2-24 model years old
  20. Window Tint

Once your vehicle has passed inspection you will get a new inspection sticker put on your windshield. If your vehicle does not pass inspection you should have the items repaired and then take it back to the shop where it was previously inspected. You can take it back to the shop for a free re-test within 15 days of the original test date.

Additionally, vehicles in the following counties are required to have their emissions checked every year along with the regular inspection. Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Montgomery, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson and El Paso counties.

Counties that require Emissions Testing- per TX Dept. of Public Safety
Counties that require Emissions Testing- per TX Dept. of Public Safety

Our Service Department wanted to remind everyone that there is a 5 day grace period from when your inspection sticker expires! Your sticker will expire at the end of the month and you will have until the 5th of the next month to renew your sticker.

Don’t forget to bring your insurance card with you and try to avoid the first and the last parts of the month, those are the busiest times for inspections!

Visit our Service Department page and book your appointment online. Prefer a more personal touch? Give our guys a call at (972) 408-1989.

What Does This Light Mean?

One of the most popular phone calls that the service department handles usually references a light that has illuminated on the dashboard. Join us on Wednesdays as we cover the basic, and not so basic, lights on your dashboard, what they mean and what to do about them!

If you have been following us from the beginning, you know that we already covered the dreaded Tire Pressure light in this previous post, but stick around because today we are going to talk about the Brake System Warning Light.

Brake System Warning Light
Brake System Warning Light

The Brake System Warning Light looks like this image, an exclamation point inside of a circle with brackets around it. Like on the Tire Pressure light, the exclamation point is there to get your attention, so if you see this light, your brakes need your immediate attention.

 

 

Another type of Brake Warning Light
Another type of Brake Warning Light 

 

 

 

It can ALSO look like THIS image, an exclamation point inside of a circle with brackets around it AND the word BRAKE above or to the right of the symbol. Once again, this is meant to get your attention, please do not ignore these symbols.

That sounds a little dramatic, but your brakes aren’t a part of your vehicle that you want to ignore for too long! Our service manager, Nick Gajdica, explains:

“Most of the time people see this light and it ends up being a simple cause and an easy fix, like your vehicle is low on brake fluid. Sometimes though, customers will see this light and we find out that one of the hydraulic circuits has stopped working. Either way, seeing this light is definitely a reason to call your service advisor.”

This light can illuminate on your dashboard for a few reasons.

  • Your brake fluid is low and needs to be replenished. Your brake fluid is located in the master cylinder and is monitored by a sensor, when the brake fluid drops below an acceptable level, it will trigger the Brake Warning System Light.
  • The parking brake is on and needs to be released. If you have already disabled the parking brake, and you are STILL seeing the light and hear a chime, you have a deeper brake problem that should be looked over at your local certified service department.
  • One of the brake circuits has stopped working properly.Your vehicle’s brake system has two hydraulic circuits and for normal braking operation, both circuits need to be in working order. However, if one circuit were to suddenly STOP working, the remaining circuit would still work to stop the vehicle.

The owner’s manual, from a Chevy Silverado, suggests the following:

“Warning: The brake system might not be working properly if the brake system warning light is on. Driving with the brake system warning light can lead to a crash. If the light is still on after the vehicle has been pulled off the road and carefully stopped, have the vehicle towed for service.”

 Like we said, brake problems are no joke and can lead to serious injury if not taken care of right away. If you or someone you love is experiencing problems with their brakes, no matter what make or model, please give them the number to our Certified Service Department here at Chuck Fairbanks Chevrolet. The direct line to our Service Department is (805) 807-8752.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Glee's Distracted Driving Campaign
Glee’s Distracted Driving Campaign

It seems like every time we turn on the news, we hear the same tragic story. Another story about a fatal accident that was caused by a distracted driver. Most of the time, when the news mentions distracted driving, your mind jumps to cell phone usage like texting or surfing the web while at a stop light, but the distractions don’t stop there.

From Distraction.gov:

“Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Talking to Passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting the radio, CD player, or MP3 player.

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”

It’s important to be honest with ourselves when distracted driving is concerned. No one is perfect, everyone can admit to eating a few French fries in between destinations, or checking your GPS when you are lost, but the bottom line is still the same. Distracted driving kills people every day.

So, why do people still text and put on mascara behind the wheel?

Short answer, because they can. Long answer, because they think they are above the statistics and they believe that their reaction time is better than the average person. Unfortunately, no one is safe from distracted driving. Even if you are a perfect driver and are always distraction free, you are surrounded by drivers that are constantly checking their cell phone messages, navigation apps, or chowing down on a cheeseburger. Do you still like your odds?

So, what can I do as a teen/parent/driver/passenger?

Just drive. Make a promise to keep your cell phone in the glove box,  in the center console, or in your handbag while you are driving. Wake up earlier and finish your mascara before you get in the car. As a teen driver, be more responsible. That text message can truly wait. Replying to someone’s LOL right away is a horrible reason to get into a car wreck.

As a parent, have a serious talk with the young drivers in your family about the dangers of distracted driving. There are plenty of resources online to help you have this talk with your teens. Check out www.distraction.gov for a few tips and infographics to show to your family. Make sure they understand that laws are changing all over the country and law enforcement agencies are cracking down on this dangerous habit.

As a passenger, have the confidence to speak up to a distracted driver! Your safety is at stake! If you are uncomfortable speaking up to a distracted driver, then offer to BE the driver! Problem solved.

One person CAN make a difference. BE that one person.

The stats speak for themselves!
The stats speak for themselves!

Upgrading to a Family Vehicle

 

2014 Traverse- Great Family SUV
2014 Traverse- Great Family SUV

Before your family started growing, buying a new vehicle for yourself used to be a fairly straight forward process. See a truck, pick out the color and the trim level and sign on the dotted line in the finance office. Now that you have a growing family, buying a new vehicle can be an overwhelming task. Never fear, we’ve outlined a few things for you to consider when looking at a new car or truck.

Safety

You know your new vehicle is going to come with some standard safety features like air bags and seat belts, but what about those extra safety features that manufacturers are always going on about? Those extra features like OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warnings are available on most new Chevys and really set Chevrolet apart from the pack in safety.

OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response will detect when your vehicle has been in a crash and will connect an adviser to your vehicle to see if you need any assistance. Side Blind Zone Alert uses radar sensors to keep an eye on those dreaded blind spots on the side of your new vehicle. When an object is in your Side Blind Spot, a LED light illuminates on your side mirror to alert you. Lane Departure Warning alerts you whenever your vehicle starts drifting from the lane that you are in without using the turn indicator.

The 2014 Impala received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety which is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highest rating.

Comfort and Cargo

One of the biggest challenges of buying a family friendly vehicle is making sure that you don’t sacrifice comfort for cargo space and cargo space for comfort. Finding a happy median is key! Thankfully, the 2014 Traverse and the 2015 Tahoe have all of the cargo space your family will need without being skimpy on the creature comforts!

The 2014 Traverse boasts a class-leading 116.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and the Traverse makes it easier to access all of your goodies with its power remote lift gate. The Traverse also uses Smart Slide second row seating, making it easier than ever to load the little league team without mud getting all over the upholstery.

The 2015 Tahoe offers the convenience of power folding, flat folding, third row seats giving the Tahoe plenty of room to haul fishing gear to the lake. The Tahoe LTZ models have standard heated and cooled leather front seats and with multiple seating configurations, it’s easier than ever to customize your seating to fit your family’s personal needs.

Seating Arrangements and Car Seats

If you have little ones in tow the last things you want to hear on your daily drive is “Mom, she’s touching my arm!” or “Dad, he’s breathing my air.” or even “Stop looking out my window!!”. These are all things that have been said in our car this week. Right now, our little ones are stuck in their car seats so they don’t have many options when it comes to where to sit to get away from their brother, but soon enough they will be out of car seats and free to roam the cabin until the seat belt sign comes on. If that day is here for you, bring the kids along when you look at new vehicle options and have them sit where they would normally sit. Are they a little too close to each other for comfort or do they have enough room for all of their stuffed animals pals?

With car seat requirements changing as often as your child outgrows a new pair of shoes, it’s incredibly important to make sure that your car seats will fit into your new vehicle. Don’t just look at the interior and assume that your 3 car seats will fit in the back seat of an Impala. Depending on the size of the seat, they might fit, but the time to figure out the car seat logistics is in the dealership parking lot, not in your driveway while you are running later for preschool. For the record, we DID get 3 seats (two toddler seats and an infant carrier) in the back seat of an Impala safely, but it would have been MUCH easier in a larger vehicle like a Traverse or Tahoe. Don’t be afraid to test out your car seats in the new vehicle before you sign any papers, your back will thank us later.

Stop by our showroom and let us know that you are looking for a family friendly vehicle that will be able to last your family through it’s growing years! Our sales team is full of guys with families of their own, so they know where you’re coming from when you say family friendly!

 

Top 5 Things to do After a Car Accident

Take pictures of the damage
Take pictures of the damage

With all of this crazy Texas weather happening lately, we thought we should share our suggestions for what you should do after an accident. We hope you never have to use these tips, but just incase, here they are.

5. Stay calm and safe.

It’s very normal to experience a little bit of anxiety and stress after being in a car accident. Try your hardest to remain cool and calm. The first priority is to make sure that you are in a safe area. If the accident is minor you can move the cars off of the road, but if you are unable to move to the side of the road, make sure passing drivers can see you. Don’t forget to turn on your hazard lights.

4. Check for injuries and call the police.

Even if the accident is minor, it’s best to have the police come out and make an official report. This is very helpful later when dealing with insurance companies.

3. Make notes about what happened.

Take note of anything that you might forget later such as the weather and road conditions, street names, license plate numbers and models of the vehicles. Don’t forget to use your smartphone or camera to take pictures of the damage to both vehicles.

2. Exchange Information.

Be sure to exchange information with the other driver. A notepad and a pen stored in the glove compartment can come in handy in situations like this. Don’t be afraid to be the first person to ask for the other driver’s information.

1. Call your insurance agent right away.

Your insurance agent will be able to guide you in what steps you should take next and what you can expect from their end. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if this is a new process for you, they are here to help. Write down all of your claim information and keep it in a safe place.