A Few Fun DIY Christmas Gifts for Anyone

Want to give out something unique this Christmas? Consider one of these delightful DIY Christmas gifts! They’re perfect for anyone, from a friend at work to your beloved service technician at Harvey’s GM.

  1. Hand-Warmers: Cute and convenient, a nice set of cotton hand-warmers will surely come in… handy! All you need to complete this craft is cute fabric, cotton fleece, and a little bit of needle and thread.
  2. Rootbeer Reindeer: All this precious gift requires is a six pack of bottled rootbeer (preferably brown in color), some brown pipe cleaners, red poof-balls, and googly eyes. Just apply them to each bottle in the six pack, and you’ll be well on your way to a tasty “Santa’s sleigh” of a DIY Christmas gift.
  3. Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix: Fill a glass mason jar with your favorite cocoa powder and all the mixin’s you desire, from peppermint bark to peanut-butter chips.
  4. Coffee Cup Candle: Pick up some miscellaneous mugs from any thrift store and fill them with hot wax and a wick then — voila! — you have an adorable, personalized candle!
  5. Clay Jewelry Dish: Get crafter’s clay from any art supply store and form small, simple dishes, splash some colorful paint on them, and give them out as ring or earring dishes.

Of course, if you’re planning to surprise someone on your list with a brand-new vehicle, you can find the perfect automotive option here at Harvey’s GM.

History of Radford, Virginia

The history of Radford, Virginia, predates the American Revolution by more than a decade. In its more than 200-year history, Radford has seen strife, prosperity, and peace. Today, the city stands as a beacon of history in the surrounding community.

Prior to the arrival of the railroad, the settlement of Radford sat at the New River crossing on what is now US 11. In 1762, William Ingles established Ingles’ Ferry. Shortly after its founding, the ferry became the center for business in the area. Within a few years, a general store, tavern, and blacksmith opened their doors.

The 1854 arrival of the railroad brought growth to the Radford area. The depot was established at a central location and became the center for both commercial and residential growth. In 1854, the area had a population of just 30. Two years later, the population surpassed 100 people.

Between 1880 and 1890, the city’s population soared from 300 to 3,000. In 1885, Central City was officially renamed to Radford. In 1892, Radford’s population exceeded 5,000.

In the 1930s, Radford became a spot of choice for federal military production pursuits. As a result, the population boomed and employment alone exceeded 20,000. Following World War II, population growth slowed.

The railroad’s passenger service ended in 1971, effectively halting the city’s population growth. Today, Radford is a small university town with an active business community. If you’re in the Radford area and are in need of a car, come stop by Harvey’s GM.

All-New Chevy Silverado Concepts

Along with the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado come all-new options for the vehicle. Four different Chevy Silverado concepts for the upcoming model year prove that you can pick the Silverado that fits your personality.

Silverado High Country

The 2019 Silverado High Country is on display at the State Fair of Texas until October 21st. This capable outdoor truck features segment-exclusive features like the Power Up-Down tailgate and commanding 22-inch wheels. An underseat organizer also offers more storage for the Silverado’s interior.

Silverado LTZ

If you have a lot of towing to do, you’ll love this concept vehicle. The Silverado LTZ focuses on towing with a Trailering Camera Package that mounts on any trailer you’re towing as well as upgraded performance parts for the 5.3-liter V8 engine.

Silverado RST Off Road

Are you taking the roads less traveled? The Chevy Silverado RST Off Road concept is ready to take you there with special features like a two-inch suspension lift, off-road assist steps, and a sport bar. These features are paired with off-road Squadron sport lamps that help you see where you’re going.

Silverado RST Street

The Chevrolet Silverado RST Street is just what is sounds like – it’s perfect for hitting the city roads. It’s equipped with ample power and capable 22-inch wheels. Carbon fiber exhaust tips and a black Silverado nameplate leave an impression.

Create the Chevy Silverado model that best suits your style here at Harvey’s GM.

Why Chevy is Right for Your Needs

The car-buying process is a difficult one. How can you find the vehicle that’s just right for your needs? That’s where Chevrolet comes in. The Chevy model lineup here at Harvey’s GM has a comprehensive list of vehicles, from those that are ready to get dirty off road to those that are perfect for your daily drives.

I Need A Vehicle for My Family

Balancing your children’s schedules isn’t always easy – but Chevrolet wants to make things a little easier for you. That’s why it has a list of vehicles that are ready to fulfill your family’s needs. From the Tahoe three-row SUV to the Chevy Malibu sedan, there’s an option for every family in this brand’s lineup. Want to learn more about the Chevy vehicles that will suit your needs? Check out our “I Need A Vehicle For My Family” page here.

I Need A Vehicle for Adventures

There’s no greater feeling than out on an unbeaten path with plenty of gear in your trunk. But does Chevrolet offer the types of vehicles that are perfect for adventures? It sure does. From the rugged, capable Colorado ZR2 to the family-friendly, yet powerful Traverse, Chevy has you covered. Are you ready to learn more about how Chevy can help you have the best outdoor adventures possible? Then don’t hesitate to check out our “I Need A Vehicle for Adventures” page here. 

Buick Enhances 2019 LaCrosse Lineup with Sport Touring Model

The athletic Buick LaCrosse is getting an update for the 2019 model year. This summer, a new Sport Touring (ST) model will join the 2019 LaCrosse lineup and will feature unique styling elements.

Some of the notable new visual elements include 19-inch midnight silver wheels, a rear spoiler, “ST” badging on the trunk lid, and a black mesh grille. With an overall monotone theme, the LaCrosse ST will have a body color grille surround and side vents.

“The LaCrosse ST emphasizes the importance of design, while also complementing the safety, refinement and technology of our flagship sedan,” said Phil Brook, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing. “The LaCrosse exemplifies what we mean by attainable luxury, offering Buick’s signature QuietTuning, spirited and efficient performance and the latest in-car connectivity all at a tremendous value to customers.”

Under the hood, the LaCrosse ST will come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 310 horsepower. It comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers will be able to choose from five stunning exterior colors: Satin Steel Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat, White Frost Tintcoat, Quicksilver Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic.

In addition to the ST model, there are a few other updates for the LaCrosse. The Avenir model will come standard with a new air ionizer to help eliminate odors while on the go.

Come check out the entire Buick LaCrosse lineup when you visit Harvey’s GM.

Best Camping Spots in Virginia

Heading out for a weekend in the great outdoors is best done in a capable vehicle, like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Virginia is home to a number of spectacular camping sites, many of which are easily accessible by a versatile truck or SUV. Here are some of the best camping spots in Virginia, recommended by us here at Harvey Chevrolet.

Chippokes Plantation State Park

Located in Surry, Chippokes Plantation State Park is a working farm that’s been in operation for nearly 500 years. The park features four cabins with basic amenities, heat, and air conditioning. Those who would rather rough it will enjoy camping spots, trails, and much more. Pack up your Chevrolet Tahoe and head off-road for a weekend of memories you won’t soon forget.

Pocahontas State Park

Located near Richmond, Pocahontas State Park features cabins, picnic tables, and modern restrooms. The park is perfect for families of all ages with everything from electric and water hookups to hot showers. An aquatic center offers families the opportunity to escape the wilderness for a day of fun in the water.

Sherando Lake Recreation Area

Best accessed by a truck, such as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Sherando Lake Recreation Area features boating, swimming, fishing, and more. Three camping areas ensure there’s room for everyone. Whether you’re hitting the trails in an RV or setting up your tent, the Sherando Lake Recreation Area has a little something for everyone.

Chevrolet Traverse and Malibu Make List of the Best Family Cars

Two Chevrolet Models

Every year, Parents magazine works together with auto review organization Edmunds to provide a list of the best vehicles for families. Two Chevrolet models made the list for 2018 – the Chevrolet Traverse and Chevrolet Malibu. Requirements for making the list included earning top safety scores from both the NHTSA and IIHS, as well as other criteria for determining best family cars such as versatility, seating, and cargo capacity.

While other winners on the list included two Honda nameplates, the Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Edge, and Kia Soul, the Chevrolet Malibu and Traverse ranked near the top of the list. Their safety ratings definitely helped, but judges said that they used information from Edmunds regarding the vehicles’ efficiency, technology, space, and overall quality to determine the final ranking, in addition to conducting some tests of their own.

The Chevrolet Traverse was said to have “better gas mileage, handles better, but still has plenty of room on the inside and it’s very comfortable.” Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Malibu was notable for its advanced technology features.

The fact that both the Chevy Malibu and the Chevy Traverse made the top five in Parents’ best family cars rankings shows Chevrolet’s commitment to producing safe, high-quality, and family-friendly vehicles. You can find these vehicle models when you take a trip to Harvey’s GM.

GM Military Discount

At Harvey’s GM, we want the best for all of our customers, just as we would want for our closest family members and friends. That’s why we’re so pleased to be one of many dealerships that offers the GM military discount to our customers that serve us in the U.S. Military.

Who Is Eligible

The people in the U.S. Military put their lives at risk to serve this country. The employees at Harvey’s GM wish to give back, and so does GM itself. GM recognizes this bravery and expresses gratitude by offering savings to those affiliated with the U.S. Military. Anyone involved in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard may be eligible for savings through this program. That includes Active Duty members, National Guard members, Reservists, and Veterans within three years of their discharge date.

What Vehicles Are Eligible

Many different GM vehicles are eligible for the discount as well. This could include a new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac from the 2017 or 2018 model year. The GM military discount applies to vehicles of all types, from SUVs to compact cars to trucks to crossovers.

At Harvey’s GM we salute the service of those in the U.S. Military. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your service, but we do hope this GM discount will be a way for us to give a little back.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

The winter is tough on everyone and everything, including our cars. This spring, extend your spring cleaning routine to your vehicle, washing it down and making it shine for the warmer months. Since spring cleaning is typically the time we do a thorough cleaning rather than just a cursory one, devote the extra time to cleaning up your car in a way that will make it feel luxuriously new. Here are some cleaning tips for your car that we recommend.

Wash exterior:

When the temperature is high enough that you want to spend afternoon outdoors, listen to your favorite tunes as you take the time to thoroughly wash down the exterior of your car after the winter wear-and-tear. Wash off winter’s dirt, salt, and grime, and shine the windows so they look like new. Maybe even polish and wax your car’s finish. You should also check your windshield wiper blades to make sure they’re still in good shape and ready for spring rainfall.

Deep clean interior:

After months of keeping the windows up and letting a bit of trash accumulate on your car’s floor, take the time to deep clean the interior’s carpet and upholstery. Use a vacuum or carpet cleaning machine on both the floor and seats, wipe down the dash and console, and add an air freshener of your favorite scent. Additionally, remove any winter weather accessories and store them away for the warmer months.

If your vehicle requires extensive service to prepare for the spring season, bring it on down to Harvey’s GM, where we are happy to help.


Buchanan Civil War History Weekend: A Fun-Filled Event

The upcoming Buchanan Civil War History Weekend is from April 27th to 29th. There’s free admission, and the event starts at 10am, so whether you’re looking for a fun family event or you simply want to learn more about history in the area, the Buchanan Civil War History Weekend is great for everyone.

Located in Buchanan Town, according to Visit Roanoke, the weekend will include Living History Camps where you can learn more about what life was like in during the Civil War. There’s also Sutler’s Row, a Camp Dance, a period church service, and more. You can find plenty of arts and crafts, antiques, great food, and then there’s a reenactment where you can see General McCausland and his Confederate troops battle for the Raid of the Valley.

The American Civil War is one of the most significant events in US history, and Virginia was one of the major battlegrounds for the war. Richmond served as a capital for the Confederacy for a period, and there’s an incredible array of history around the area. There’s a whole list of events planned for the weekend, so be sure to plan your visit soon.

At Harvey’s GM, we can’t wait for this educational event, and if you need a new vehicle for your next road trip, stop by and we will be happy to find the perfect one for you.