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.

Easy Fall Recipes

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The crisp, colorful fall season is finally upon us. Stay warm this autumn with some our staff’s favorite and easy fall recipes!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This crockpot sandwich filling is easy to prepare and perfect for a party. Simply mix three pounds of boneless pork blade with your choice of seasonings, some onion, some garlic, and your favorite barbeque sauce and let it cook on low overnight or for 10-11 hours.

Black Bean Chili

Nothing says fall like a big bowl of chili. This black bean chili can be prepared in the crockpot overnight or during the day while you’re at work. Combine three drained cans of black beans, 15 ounces of hominy, a can of tomatoes, 28 ounces of broth, and your choice of seasoning and vegetables and let it cook on low for eight hours.

Butternut Squash Roast

Put an autumnal twist on the classic roast by adding butternut squash or whatever fall vegetables you can find at your local market. Mix 1.5 pounds of beef with the squash and vegetables, plus two cups of broth, onions, and seasoning, and let it cook on low for 10 hours. This will store in the fridge for a few days, but it’s so tasty we doubt you’ll have any leftovers!

Virginia Tech Tailgating

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Setting up your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 makes for the perfect way to celebrate the start of Virginia Tech tailgating season. The beginning of football season always draws a crowd to the parking lot. Chevrolet vehicles simply make tailgating all the more enjoyable, thanks to their versatility and capability. Here are a few reasons to tailgate at Virginia Tech in a Chevy from Harvey’s GM!

Toolbox

Finding a place to store everything you need for game day isn’t easy, but you can always keep some of the smaller items out of the way until you need to use them. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Colorado pickups offer a toolbox that features multiple drawers and compartments. Stowing utensils, lighters, and more is a breeze with such a versatile toolbox right in the bed.

Grilling

You might find it a little difficult to fit a grill into a compact car. Fortunately, Chevrolet Trucks and SUVs offer plenty of space for almost any size grill, with plenty of room to spare. Once you’re on the lot, simply set up and start grilling up some grub.

Connectivity

Sometimes you want to do more than just keep track of the game’s score. Fortunately, Chevrolet vehicles come with an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot that’s capable of connecting to seven devices. The signal is better than one found on a smartphone, and it allows for streaming the game directly to your compatible device.

Celebrities Drive Chevy, Too

Celebrities Drive Chevy, Too | Harvey's Chevrolet | Radford, VA

You might think of the Hollywood elite as being more inclined to purchase expensive and exotic vehicles, but you’d probably be surprised to learn just how many celebrities drive Chevy models.

Robert Pattinson

Though he’s gone on to do other things, this celeb is still best-known for his vampire antics in Twilight. He keeps things a little more down-to-earth at home, though, where he’s been seen cruising the streets in an older Chevy Silverado pickup.

George Clooney

With an extensive and respectable acting career under his belt, Mr. Clooney needs something a little more on the elegant side when it comes to his drives. That’s why he’s been spotted making the rounds in a classic drop-top red Corvette – even though it’s his dad’s car, not his.

Chris Pratt

While Chris Pratt may not personally commute in a Chevy, he was selected as an honorary pace car driver for the Brickyard 400 in 2014 and blazed the trail in a Chevy SS. Given Pratt’s love for all-American pastimes like NASCAR and classic rock, it’s no surprise he’d be a Chevrolet supporter.

A lot of celebrities drive Chevy vehicles. Want to see what all the fuss is about? Then come on down to Harvey’s Chevrolet.

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.

Best Camping In Virginia

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.

Top Reasons to Buy Used

2017 Chevrolet TahoeAre you thinking about getting a used car from Harvey Chevrolet, but you’re not sure if used is the way to go? For many people, buying a car that’s a few years old is a much better option than buying new, and it may work out well for you too. Here are five good reasons to buy used over new.

  • Value

Probably the biggest draw to buying a used car is the money that you will save. New cars depreciate in value quite a bit from the moment they’re driven off of the lot. You’ll spend far less on a car that’s two or three years old in initial cost, taxes, and insurance.

  • Dependability

A few decades ago, buying used wasn’t quite as promising as it is today. But today’s automobiles are built to last for a long time. It’s easy to find a used car that will perform well for years to come.

  • Vehicle History Reports

Websites like Carfax allow buyers to look up a vehicle’s history report using the vehicle identification number. These reports will tell you everything you need to know about a car’s past, like whether it’s had any major accidents or repairs done. This lets you make smart and informed decisions when picking a used vehicle.

  • Safety

Just as cars are now built to be more dependable, they’re also built to be safer. Even if you’re looking at a vehicle that’s six or seven years old, it’s still likely to have been manufactured with many of the advanced safety features that are on the market today.

  • Get a Better Car

Since you’ll be spending less on your used vehicle, you can be more selective when looking at the model. Buying used allows you to pick a vehicle of a slightly higher trim level or more expensive model that you might not otherwise be able to afford.

Best Summer Vacation Spots in Radford

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Located just a short drive from Roanoke, Radford, Virginia is a prime destination for affordable lodging, making it a magnificent vacation spot. Visitors from all over the country stop by Radford to take a breather before making their way to Roanoke. What many travelers find is that there are plenty of summer vacation spots in Radford that make it a great place for a getaway. We here at Harvey Chevrolet have a few local favorites we’d like to share with you.

  • Albans Sanatorium – Ghost hunters and horror lovers will find the St. Albans Sanatorium right up their spooky alley. The facility used to house the mentally ill, most of whom who were subject to experimental procedures. Originally constructed in 1892 as a Lutheran Boys School, the land was not unfamiliar with the supernatural. Today, it’s rumored that the facility is home to more ghosts than living creatures.
  • Glencoe Museum – History buffs interested in the years following the American Civil War need look no further than the Glencoe Museum. Visitors will enjoy a life-like picture of the Reconstruction Era through the many exhibits depicting the history behind the Civil War, railroads, and Radford.
  • Virginia Museum of Transportation – Speaking of the railroad, the Virginia Museum of Transportation offers a larger-than-life look at it through an exhibit that features both the local and regional use of the rails. Visitors can also enjoy an aviation gallery.

Awesome Road Trips Near Radford, Virginia

road trips near RadfordChevrolet recently announced the launch of the 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan, which has the best fuel economy of any non-hybrid, with an EPA-estimated 52 mpg on the highway. With the Cruze Diesel and many more fuel-efficient vehicles in the Chevy lineup, why not plan on one of these road trips near Radford?

Roanoke

Located right by Radford and loaded with tons to do – from night life to hiking trails to the Blue Ridge Parkway scenic route – Roanoke is a great and historic option for roadtrippers.

George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

Slightly northeast from Roanoke are these two beautiful national forests, where you can go cabin, tent, or RV camping to get away from it all for a weekend.

Winston-Salem

Head south into wine country to experience the scenic and delicious vineyards of Winston-Salem, or enjoy the local heirloom gardens that have been tended for centuries.

Burke’s Garden

See the wonders of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia’s highest valley and oldest rural historic district. Surround yourself with lush vegetation and wildlife for a weekend away.

Harvey Chevrolet is proud to call Radford home, and we love how many great road trips there are near this city for an awesome weekend away. So why not hop in the efficient Cruze Diesel, or any other Chevrolet vehicle, and head out for a weekend trip?

2017 Virginia Auto Show Was a Success

Virginia Auto Show - 2017 Chevy BoltAuto shows are an ideal place for those interested in expanding their knowledge about cars, SUVs, and trucks. It’s nice to be able to ask questions in a pressure-free environment. Auto shows provide that, thanks to their educational nature.

The Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show, which took place in Richmond February 17-19, was one of many international auto shows in the country. The Virginia Auto Show presented hundreds of new vehicles, from the latest designs to classic automobiles, even including custom cars. Visitors spent the weekend browsing the versatile displays, and they had time to take in everything from exterior design details to different engine options.

There were plenty of experts on hand at the Virginia Auto Show, so visitors could ask questions and get to know each vehicle. Auto shows, such as this one, are a great place to do some research before buying a new car.  They’re also a nice opportunity to see—or even test drive—some of the newest models in the automobile market.

One of the most exciting new displays at the 2017 Virginia Auto Show was the new Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt EV, which offers around 238 miles of range and accommodating features, won the Motor Trend Car of the Year. Visitors were able to explore all that the Bolt has to offer and learn how it’s doing its part to lead the way toward greener driving options.

North American Car of the Year is 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Every year at the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit, a panel of automotive experts and journalists choose what they believe to be the best new car of the year. At this year’s show, held last month, the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was named the North American Car of the Year.2017 Chevrolet Bolt

This award is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry. It is the Bolt EV’s latest award in a long list of accolades that includes the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year, a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars list, and more.

“The Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer an affordable, long-range electric,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “It is a game-changer that is not only a great electric vehicle; it’s a great vehicle — period.”

With the all-new Bolt EV, buyers across the country will get to experience an electric car unlike any other. It offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range when fully charged. It has a starting price of $37,495; however, many buyers may be able to qualify for a federal tax incentive up to $7,500, making the Bolt EV cost less than $30,000.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has already started arriving at dealerships and will be available nationwide by mid-2017.