Four Chevrolets Top 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Four Chevrolet vehicles have been ranked at the top of their segment in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, proving once again that when vehicle customers want reliability, their best bet is to go with Chevy.

2015 Malibu

The award-winning models included the following:

  • Camaro in the Midsize Sporty Car segment for the 4th consecutive year
  • Malibu in the Midsize Car segment for the 2nd consecutive year
  • Silverado HD in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment for the 2nd consecutive year
  • Equinox in the Compact SUV segment
2015 Chevy Equinox
J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Winner

In addition, two other Chevrolet models were ranked in the top three of their respective segment; the Tahoe was ranked second in the Large SUV segment and the Silverado was ranked third in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

The study is based on problems reported in the last year by the original owners of three-year-old vehicles. The fewer problems were noted, the higher the model was ranked. If you like driving cars, SUVs, or trucks that have fewer problems than most others in the industry, then you’ll love our lineup at Stalker Chevrolet!

#DayItForward Campaign Encourages Good Deeds

Leap day only comes once every four years, giving us 24 hours of extra time we didn’t have before. As part of a campaign dubbed #DayItForward, Chevrolet encouraged everyone to take that time to do something really nice and make someone’s day.

It didn’t just tell people to do it, though—it set an example with the help of some well-known actors and actresses like Kevin Spacey and Eva Longoria, and even major league pitcher Daniel Norris of the Detroit Tigers.

 

Watch Kevin Spacey shock an aspiring actor.#DayItForward Campaign

As part of the #DayItForward campaign, each of these celebrities did something nice for someone: Spacey offered help to an aspiring actor, Longoria gave back to children with cancer, and Norris spent a day at a ballpark with a young fan battling thyroid cancer—the same disease he himself survived.

Even if you missed #DayItForward on leap day, you can still do a good deed regardless of the day or the month. Tell us all about your acts of kindness on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StalkerChevrolet!

Get Your Camo On With the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition

Do you like your pickup trucks dark and sinister? Do camo designs make your head turn? Then you’ll love the latest thing to come out of Chevrolet’s decade-long partnership with Realtree: the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado Realtree Edition.

The Silverado Realtree is special-edition model inspired by the outdoors that Chevy knows its customers love to explore. If you’re a fan of camo, then you’ve probably heard of Realtree already, as it is widely regarded as one of the world’s top camouflage brands.

Headlight on the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado

The Silverado Realtree didn’t quite get the full camo treatment, though. The outside is all blacked out, including the bodywork, bowtie emblem, side steps, and wheels; however, the inside features that camouflage you know and love.

The special-edition pickup is based on the Silverado 1500 in LTZ trim with a crew cab and the Z71 package, which means it features a locking rear diff, an underbody shield, hill-decent control, monotube shocks, and all the other goodies you need for the ultimate off-roading experience.

It launches in the spring, so we’ll see you soon at Stalker Chevrolet!

First 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and COPO Camaro Donated for United Way

What’s a Camaro worth? If we’re talking about a COPO Camaro, quite a bit. Chevrolet only builds a handful of these each model year, and this time around, the very first sixth-generation COPO Camaro was donated at a Barrett-Jackson auction, with all proceeds of the winning bid going to United Way.

The car sold for $300,000 to an unnamed bidder, who owns and races another modern COPO Camaro, so it’s quite possible we’ll be seeing the car at drag strips in the future.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Auctioned alongside it was the very first 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe, which fetched an even greater price at $500,000, with proceeds benefiting Kettering University. NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick had the pleasure of taking that one home. It’ll be joining his collection of other incredible cars, including the 5th-generation Camaro coupe and convertible, the very first modern COPO Camaro, the first Corvette Z06, and the first Corvette Stingray C7 coupe and convertible.

A few more, and he’ll rival our own lineup at Stalker Chevrolet!

Tommey Walker Camaro Clothing Line

2016 Camaro

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is making a splash – and not just in the auto industry. The fresh take on the iconic Camaro has inspired a clothing line created by Detroit designer Tommey Walker, Jr.

“With the all-new Camaro, the team set out to transcend the traditional ‘pony car’ and deliver a world-class performance car, regardless of segment,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Chevrolet cars, in a statement. “The Camaro is a worthy contender for any performance car, which is perfectly summed up by Tommey Walker’s trademark design.”

Dubbed the “Camaro vs. Everybody” apparel line, the sportswear mirrors the style of the original “Detroit vs. Everyone” line, which was originally developed to help rebuild the image of Walker’s hometown. His T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and jackets have been seen on celebrities, sports figures, and other public figures.

“Detroit vs. Everybody started as a way to express pride in my hometown,” said Walker. “Camaro vs. Everybody serves the same purpose for Camaro fans, who know their favorite sports car is second to none.”

Check out the Tommey Walker Camaro clothing line at detroitvseverybody.com.

Stop by Stalker Chevrolet today to learn more about the exciting new 2016 Chevy Camaro today!

Three New Year’s Driving Resolutions You Can Keep

January kicks off the start of a new year, and with that, the opportunity to change bad habits and resolve to do better. This January, we encourage you to add these three critical driving habits to your list of New Year’s resolutions, and help to make our roads a safer place for everyone.

  1. Put the phone away. Resolve to keep the phone out of reach in the car. We all know that texting, browsing social media, and otherwise looking down at your phone while on the road is incredibly dangerous, but too many people still text and drive. Put the phone out of reach, where it can’t be a temptation.Don't Text and Drive
  2. Plan for a DD. Make sure you have a plan for how to get home before you go out. Stick to your plan, and call a cab or Uber in the event you find yourself without a sober driver.
  3. Always buckle up. Once buckling up becomes a habit, you won’t think twice. Seatbelts are the single most important and life-saving safety feature in your car, but they can’t work unless you buckle them.Buckle UP

For more driving resolutions, check out this handy infographic by The News Wheel.

Ready to get behind the wheel of a safer vehicle? Stop by Stalker Chevrolet today!

Holiday Road Trip Pre-Departure Checklist

Before you head over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday season, make sure your car is up for the challenge. Here is our road trip pre-departure checklist to make sure you don’t find yourself stranded while everyone else is enjoying the party.

“The last thing anyone wants during the holiday season is to break down miles from home in the middle of nowhere,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s always a wise idea to have your vehicle checked out before you leave home to identify any potential problems that can be serviced before your holiday journey.”

  1. Check your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure and tire tread to make sure they are in good shape before hitting the road. Not only does the safety of your passengers (and yourself) depend on it, but you’ll also improve your car’s efficiency.Tires on the 2015 Chevy Colorado
  2. Check your batteries. If your battery is nearing the end of its useful life, you’ll want to get it replaced before you leave. Frigid temperatures will only magnify any problems the battery has, possibly even leaving you stranded with a car that won’t start.
  3. Check your fluids. Check your engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
  4. Check your windshield wipers and lights. Finally, ensure that your windshield wipers effectively clear your windshield without leaving distracting streaks, and check all the lights, including the interior lights, headlights, high beams, blinkers, reverse lights, and brake lights.

Frozen Windshield

Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

2016 Chevy Camaro Is Named a Car and Driver 10Best

The respected Car and Driver publication has named the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to its 10Best list, noting the Camaro’s excellent driving dynamics and modern technology.

The Car and Driver 10Best list is a roundup of the publication’s favorite vehicles for less than $80,000. Every year, Car and Driver editors embark on a week-long mission, evaluating and scrutinizing vehicles for a number of combinations of virtues including value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul, and character. The cars that make the coveted 10Best list succeed in several of these criteria, and raise the bar in their segments.

2016 Camaro - Car and Driver 10Best

“The fifth-gen Camaro was America’s best-selling performance car for five consecutive years,” said Majoros. “To build on that success, the team delivered an all-new sixth-gen model with even greater levels of performance, efficiency, and technology. Being named one of the 10Best cars of 2016 by Car and Driver shows new Camaro is not only the best car in the performance-car segment, but is one of the best new cars on the market regardless of category.”

Stop by Stalker Chevrolet today to learn more and test drive the thrilling 2016 Chevy Camaro for yourself!

Dominos Delivery Vehicle Delivers a Whole Lot of Pizza on Very Little Gas

Dominos has chosen the efficient (and apparently versatile) 2015 Chevrolet Spark for its new DXP™ (Delivery Expert). The pizza company chose the 2015 Chevrolet Spark for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which might be its ability to maneuver around the city without the need for much gas.

Specifically designed to deliver pizzas, the Chevrolet Spark Dominos delivery vehicle was a crowd-sourced concept that was submitted as part of the Domino’s Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Challenge. Featuring a warming oven located behind the driver’s seat and accessible from the outside via a key fob, the Dominos DXP promises to deliver a warm pizza to your doorstep every time. In addition, the car ditches all seats except the driver’s seat, creating space for as many as 80 pizzas and has a special compartment for two-liter sodas.

Spark to being delivering Dominos
Be on the lookout for the Dominos delivery vehicle, the 2015 Chevy Spark!

“The Chevrolet Spark is the perfect vehicle to bring our pizza delivery to life,” said Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA in a statement. “Not only will the DXP have a warming oven on board and enough storage capacity to hold 80 pizzas in the rear, but the fuel efficiency is something our franchisees welcome.”

Dominos has deployed 100 DXP vehicles to franchises in 25 markets nationwide, and will provide special training for safe and efficient use of the delivery cars.

Stalker Chevrolet, is proud to see this little Chevy making a big impact across America. Stop by to see how a new Chevy could make a big impact on your life too!

How to Change a Car Fuse in Five Simple Steps

It’s not uncommon if you find a fuse has blown in your car – in fact, that’s its purpose. A fuse is designed to regulate how much electricity flows through it, and when it becomes too much, the fuse blows to prevent serious damage. Thankfully, it’s not difficult to learn how to change a car fuse, and even better, it’s inexpensive to do so. Follow these five simple steps to get the job done.

Car Fuses

  1. Locate your car’s fuse panel. Usually found under the steering wheel, the fuse panel has several different color-coded fuses plugged in. Check your owner’s manual for the exact location in your car.
  2. Remove the fuse panel cover. When you remove the cover, you may notice that there is a handy diagram on the back that shows what each fuse powers.
  3. Locate the blown fuse. Determine which fuse needs to be replaced by looking for a black fuse or one where the metal filament is broken.
  4. Remove the broken fuse. Using tweezers, pliers, or your fingers, carefully remove the blown fuse. These break easily, and it’s much easier to pull out an entire fuse than a broken one.
  5. Put the new fuse in. Make sure you’ve obtained the correct replacement using your owner’s manual. Be sure you have the correct amperage, as using the wrong fuse can cause serious electrical problems. Simply use your finger to push and secure the fuse into the slot.

That’s it. Easy, right? If you find you need more help, refer to dmv.org or give us a call at Stalker Chevrolet!