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.

 

Chevy Uses VR to Offer Cool Look at Vehicle Testing at Auto Show

Vehicle Testing

Always at the cutting edge of innovation, Chevrolet added a fun twist to their technological prowess by offering a 4D virtual reality experience of their vehicle testing at the North American International Auto Show. Chevrolet debuted this unique experience at the show from January 20th through 28th in Detroit. It was certainly a crowd-pleaser, offering to the public an experience and knowledge of the extent to which Chevy vehicles are tested before being released. It’s a thrilling experience as well as one that gives Chevy buyers peace of mind.

Within its vehicle testing procedures, Chevrolet makes sure that its cars are safe and able to handle the toughest of road conditions. For instance, the new 2019 Silverado will have undergone 7 million miles of testing by the time of its release. This VR experience allows guests at the Auto Show to feel what it’s like to be in the passenger seat during these rigorous tests, which include traversing tough terrain and low- and high-temperature environments ranging from -40° to 130°F. Chevy cars are also tested for their capabilities in high altitudes and in the presence of high wind and humidity.

If you want to learn more about Chevy’s latest advancements and unveilings at recent auto shows, visit us at Harvey’s GM.

Fun Winter Activities in Virginia

fun winter activities

In the wintertime, roads can be scary, which is why trucks like the Silverado are a great choice for families in Virginia. But if you need ideas for where to drive your Silverado, check out these fun winter activities.

Hiking Trails

Going outdoors may not be the first thing on your list when it’s cold outside, but winter in Virginia can be startlingly beautiful – and more often than not, you end up having the whole hiking trail to yourself!

Skiing

There are a number of ski resorts located in close proximity to our dealership here in Radford. Plan a day trip or a weekend getaway in order to enjoy the thrill of skiing.

Ice-Skating

If the high-speed fun of skiing is not for you, maybe ice-skating will be more your speed. Get the family bundled up and head to the nearest skating rink. During this time of year, there will be indoor and outdoor rinks for you to try.

Local Museums

Looking for something to do inside? There are plenty of museums and local attractions in Radford, such as the Glencoe Mansion and the Mary Draper Ingles Monument. There’s even a local paranormal hotspot for the ghost hunters.

Looking for fun winter activities near Radford, Virginia? Any of the above ideas are great options. Whether you want to be inside or go out, the Chevrolet Silverado will get you there.

Realistic New Year Resolutions

Realistic New Year Resolutions

We’re less than a month away from ringing in the New Year which, means now is a great time to start thinking about your resolution. Unrealistic resolutions, deemed “Most Likely to Fail,” are often abandoned rather quickly. Check out these realistic New Year resolutions, recommended by us here at Harvey’s GM.

Don’t Focus On the Little Things

Fretting over something small, insignificant event or interaction is a waste of time and can cause you unnecessary stress. There are dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of things that are worth your time and energy, and that conversation from three months ago isn’t one of them.

In order to achieve this New Year resolution, focus on ignoring the little things and devoting your time to something larger. It’s an easy resolution to keep, which makes it realistic for the New Year.

Spend More Time With Family

Spending more time with family is an easy New Year resolution to achieve, especially if you live close to one another. Even if you aren’t within driving distance, the video chatting, phone calls, and even text messaging are viable options for communicating. Aiming to spend more time with family is a great New Year resolution for both you and your loved ones.

Find Something That Makes You Happy

Being happy with yourself isn’t one of the easiest things in the world, but once you get there, life gets so much better. Finding something that makes you happy is the first step in becoming satisfied with your life.

Best of luck with all of your resolutions this year.

Avoid These 5 Bad Winter Habits That Could Ruin Your Car

bad winter habits that could ruin your car

The winter months are rough enough on our roads and cars. Don’t put your car through even more unneeded stress when the cold and ice come out to play. Avoid these five bad winter habits that could ruin your car, so you can ensure your daily driver makes it to spring.

Don’t Warm Your Car Too Long

Getting in a cozy car on a cold morning feels nice, but idling your car for too long wastes gas and does damage to your sparkplugs.

Don’t Forget to Check Tire Pressure

Your tire pressure drops by 1 PSI with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Keep a tire pressure gauge on hand to make sure your tires are properly inflated before commuting to and from work.

Don’t Use Hot Water to Deice Your Windshield

If you’re in a hurry but find your windshield covered in ice, never resort to dumping hot water on it. This could cause your windshield to crack.

Do Change Your Windshield Wipers

Don’t get caught in a snowstorm with streaky wipers. Change them in the fall to ensure visibility come winter.

Do Consider Winter Tires

If you have summer tires on your car, you absolutely need to change them for snow tires. While all-season tires can suffice, snow tires are still your best bet.

Have any maintenance questions as you head into winter? Visit Harvey’s GM today.