Cut Stress and Save Money with These Tips for Buying Your First Car

Tips for Buying your First Car, like the 2019 Chevy Spark

For many, buying a car for the first time can seem like a daunting task. But with a little bit of preparation, shopping for just the right car is fun and easy. If you’re ready to buy a car but are not quite sure where to start, check out these tips for buying your first car and get ready to learn how much fun car shopping can be.

Establish a budget

Before anything else, you should spend some time figuring out what you can realistically afford to pay for your new car. This helps you narrow down your search later on and also helps you avoid unsustainable monthly payments. When establishing your budget, make sure you factor in the cost of insurance, maintenance, and monthly payments.

Decide what you really need

Once you have an idea of how much money you can spend, you should decide what you truly need in a vehicle. Once you think about the features you absolutely need in your new car, you’ll be able to narrow down your search even more easily.

Do your research

Researching new cars is easier than ever before. There are ample resources online that will help you narrow down your search to a few possible options in no time. Just make sure you don’t spend too much time looking into cars that don’t meet your needs or are out of your budget.

Don’t rush the test drive

When you finally go to the dealership to test drive your potential new car, don’t rush the test drive. Buying a new car is a big investment, so it’s best to spend time during the test drive really considering if this one is the car for you.

 

Here at LaSorsa Chevy Buick, we are more than happy to help you pick out your first vehicle.

Chevy Vehicles Are Perfect for Road Trips

The 2018 Chevy Equinox has all the features you need for the perfect road trip!
The 2018 Chevy Equinox has all the features you need for the perfect road trip!

There’s no better time during the year for a road trip than summer. With the kids out of school, long summer days present the perfect opportunity to hit the road and explore the country both near and far. Not all road trips are created equal, however, so you will want to plan out the particulars of your road trip to make it the best it can be. For instance, it matters what kind of vehicle you set out in, and we think that Chevys are perfect models for road trips.

Suburban for Space

The 2018 Chevy Suburban is a large SUV that will have the whole family sitting comfortably in its spacious interior. The Suburban offers seating for up to nine passengers and a maximum cargo capacity of 121.7 cu-ft. With the Suburban, you’ll have more than enough room for all your luggage and outdoor adventure gear.

Equinox for Features

The 2018 Equinox is smart from tip to tail, designed to meet your needs at every turn. The Equinox features a tech-smart interior with an advanced infotainment system that will keep everyone connected and entertained while on the go, while its ten available state-of-the-art safety features will give you additional peace of mind while driving.

Cruze for Efficiency

The 2018 Cruze offers plenty of smart features – like an available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® – along with great efficiency, making it a great choice for road trips. With its advanced 1.6-liter Turbo-Diesel engine, the Cruze boasts up to 52 mpg on the highway.*

Find the best vehicle for your next road trip at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.

*Cruze: EPA-estimated MPG highway for Cruze Diesel Sedan with 1.6L 4-cylinder Turbo-Diesel engine and manual transmission. EPA-estimated 47 MPG highway for Cruze Diesel Sedan with automatic transmission.

GM Military Discount Recognizes Service of Military Personnel

GM Military Discount Offered at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick

At LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who serve in the military. That’s why we are grateful that our dealership offers the GM Military Discount. The discount, which can result in substantial savings on a new or used Buick or Chevrolet,  is available to Active Duty members, National Guard members, Reservists; retirees of the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps; and veterans who are within 12 months of their discharge date.

Finding a GMC Military Discounted vehicle to suit your lifestyle is easier than you think. There are so many options! Both used and new models of numerous GM SUVs; midsize, heavy-duty and light-duty pickup trucks; cargo and passenger vans; and crossovers from 2017 and 2018 are privies to the discount whether you choose to buy or lease. Eligible vehicles are listed here.

Even if you’re stationed overseas, you can take advantage of the program when you take delivery of your new ride stateside. Plus, spouses can benefit from the discount. In total, eligible consumers can apply the discount to two vehicles per year.

If you’d like to learn more about the GM Military Discount and how it can help you see some serious savings, call or visit LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.

Spring Cleaning Tips: Freshen Up Your Home and Car

Spring Cleaning tips for your car

Now is the perfect time for spring cleaning, even if the season is still a bit away. Whether you’re wiping down your car or airing out your home, there are a number of things you can do to get rid of the dust, dirt, and gloom of the wintertime.

Carpet Cleaning

You can easily refresh your car’s carpeting with a few household materials, according to Progressive.  First, remove your floor mats and give them a good power wash, hanging them to dry when finished. Next, use a combination of distilled white vinegar and hot water to scrub out any stains in the carpet. Finally, use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove any extra salt or residue left from winter.

Window Washing

A combination of 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% tap water is also an ideal mixture for window cleaning, either in the home or in your car. If the glass is grimy, we recommend washing with soapy water and rinsing before spraying. By simply applying the vinegar-water solution to windows and wiping away, you’ll have a streak-free shine. Some auto experts also suggest using clean newspaper to wipe away any possible glare.

Washing and waxing is important as well, but be sure to pay attention to other details. For example, you should get new wipers in the spring, as they’re usually worn out from winter. Scrubbing headlights can sometimes remove gunk that builds up over time, and tire cleaning is great for a little added shine.

If your spring vehicle cleaning also involves getting rid of that old winter beater, then come by LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, and we’ll be happy to get you behind the wheel of an excellent new car — and this time, the cleaning is on us.

Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

Holiday Gifts for Car Lovers

The holidays are right around the corner, one reason we at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick have compiled a list of the top gifts for car lovers this year. Whether you’d like to get something fun or practical, there’s a gift out there for nearly anyone interested in automobiles. Nothing shows you care like finding the perfect present.

One of the most popular car-related presents this year, according to Best Products, is the Omaker Car Mount Holder. Even if you don’t get this brand, you may consider a mount for a smartphone that allows you to easily access directions on the go. Look for a design with a locking pivot point, a suction cup, and a clip attachment.

Next, consider seat protectors. For those with children or pets, seat protectors will definitely come in handy. They come with easy-to-clean materials that are often heat resistant and color-safe, protecting both leather and cloth. Some even come with pockets for added storage.

Also, consider a car care kit. Meguiar’s Complete kit is one of the best to get, though it may set you back over $50. It comes with special cloths, sponges, waxes, and more. While it may not be a glamorous gift, most car lovers will enjoy a good car care kit.

Finally, any car lover will enjoy a new set of tools. You can start with a wrench kit or work your way up depending on how much you’re looking to spend. While some people are finicky about their tools, you may be able to find the perfect gift by speaking with your local auto parts store about new tools. These are just some of the many great gifts for car lovers to keep an eye out for this Holiday season.

Why Buy a Chevrolet

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

With a respectable history, a trustworthy and iconic name, and a versatile lineup, there are plenty of reasons to buy a Chevrolet vehicle. Read our top five favorite things about Chevrolet, then stop in at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick to see which Chevy car, truck, or SUV is right for you.

Performance

From thrilling and sporty performance vehicles to strong and capable pickups, each vehicle in the Chevy lineup offers its own impressive performance.

Durability

The only things that seems to last longer than Chevrolet vehicles themselves is the Chevrolet legacy. From engine to interior, these cars are built to last.

Awards

The Chevrolet lineup has won numerous awards over the course of many years. It’s the only brand to be honored with J.D. Power dependability awards for cars, trucks, and SUVs for two years in a row.

Versatility

Whether you’re looking for an SUV suitable for carpool or a truck capable or heavy-duty performance, the Chevrolet lineup can deliver. There are even hybrid options, perfect for those interested in saving on gas and cutting back on emissions.

Value

These cars are packed full of innovative safety features and smart technologies, and with new standard features in almost every model year, you’ll be surprised by what you find in each Chevy vehicle.

Learn more about why we love Chevrolet and which Chevy is right for your needs when you visit LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick today.

Five Celebrities Who Love Their Chevrolet

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

It’s no secret that celebrities usually want the best of what they can buy. Here’s a list of celebrities who went looking for the best and decided on a Chevrolet.

Kevin Hart

When A-list comedian and actor Kevin Hart isn’t on set, he’s often rolling around in his Chevrolet Suburban. This full size SUV is perfect for a big entourage or a big family.

Kobe Bryant

Now retired from basketball, Kobe Bryant has plenty of time to enjoy the finer things in life, such as his classic Chevrolet Impala. While there is no denying that the retro styling of older Impalas gives them a certain allure, newer Impalas retain the spirit of the classic car with the added benefit of modern features and greater fuel efficiency.

LeBron James

It’s easy to see why LeBron James has a Chevrolet Camaro in his collection. Like James, the Camaro possesses raw power and sure to turn heads wherever it goes.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has been seen around Los Angeles in her Chevrolet Tahoe. And with 6 children and a busy lifestyle, this is the perfect choice.

George Clooney

What list of celebrity Chevrolets would be complete without a Corvette? While a lot of celebrities have driven Corvettes, Clooney’s is one of the coolest: a 1958 Corvette V8 C1. For the rest of us who can’t find this ultra-rare classic car, the new Chevrolet Corvette has more aggressive performance and style than ever.

No matter which model Chevrolet you decide on, you’ll be in good company. Celebrities have always loved collecting the finest cars available, and Chevrolet models are always on the list. Stop by LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick for a test drive today.

Redesigned Chevrolet Traverse Gets Big Updates

For the 2018 model year, Chevrolet’s largest SUV, the Traverse is getting some work done. The redesigned Chevrolet Traverse will be bigger and better than ever. In fact, it will be two inches longer than the outgoing model.

With a larger exterior, the Traverse gains passenger space, too. Chevy said second and third-row passengers will enjoy more headroom and legroom than before. And, even with more passenger space, the Traverse will still boast an impressive 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and up to 99 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

Another strong feature in the new Traverse will be its technology. Buyers will be able to choose from a wide range of available features, including a 4.2-inch color Driver Information Center, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, up to seven USB ports, Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless charging station for smartphones.

Buyers will have the choice of multiple engines, including a strong V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder. There will also be a new trim available, a sporty RS model with a differently-tuned suspension and unique trim.

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will make its arrival here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick by the end of the year.

redesigned Chevrolet Traverse

How to Deal with Traffic in New York

Blue ChevroletTraffic can ruin everything from a road trip to a work commute, but don’t let it ruin you! Here are some tips on how to deal with the traffic in New York without losing your mind, from us at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.

Practice Breathing

This may seem obvious, but you need to breathe! If the cars in front of you aren’t going anywhere, take a deep breath in and out. Practicing deep breathing can help reduce your anxiety and slow your heart rate down.

Get Comfy

If you’re going to be in traffic for a while, then you’ll want to get comfortable. Make sure that you are cool or warm enough, whether that means blasting the A/C or opening the windows. If you run into traffic often, you can get a seat cushion or seat cover to help keep you comfy.

Blast Your Favorite Tunes

You know those songs that you can’t resist singing along to? Make a playlist of your favorite songs and call it “Traffic Tunes.” That way when you’re stuck in traffic, you can sing along to your favorite music and pretend you’re on “The Voice.” It’s a great way to distract you from the stress of traffic.

Take a deep breath, crank the tunes in your Buick, and kiss that traffic stress goodbye!

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Sneak Peek

Large vehicles are selling like hotcakes, so to speak, and General Motors is aiming to capitalize on the current trend. Chevrolet crossovers and SUVs already dominate the competition with relative ease, but there’s always room for improvement. That’s why the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will get a little bigger and boast plenty of technology.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

The upcoming Chevrolet Traverse will grow 2 inches in the wheelbase, effectively offering more headroom and legroom for rear passengers. While the cargo area shrinks to 23 cubic feet, that’s still more than enough to top competitors like the Ford Explorer, which offers just 21 cubic feet of space.

As for styling, the 2018 Traverse boasts a more modern look with a truck-line profile. A hexagonal grille and narrow headlights fill out most of the front end while the rear end is similar to the GMC Acadia.

According to Chevrolet, the Traverse drops just over 350 pounds compared to the previous model. That makes the three-row crossover more comparable to competitors like the Honda Pilot.

Performance still comes standard with a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine under the hood. Total power output comes to an impressive 305 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. A smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available in the new RS trim. Both engines come mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission and start/stop technology.

We here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick can’t wait for the arrival of the all-new Chevrolet Traverse!