Simple Tips to Properly Winterize Your Car

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You can already feel it in the air: winter is just around the corner. Before hitting the road in the cold, it’s important to follow these simple steps to properly winterize your car.

 

Check your oil

Cold weather causes motor oil to thicken up and become less effective. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to switch to thinner oil that delivers optimal performance even when the temperature drops below freezing. Fortunately, this is an easy, inexpensive step you can take to keep your car running well all winter.

 

Install snow tires

Despite what the name suggests, all-season tires aren’t your best option in cold weather. Instead, consider installing a dedicated set of snow tires, as they provide better traction and performance in cold, snowy driving conditions.

 

Wash and wax

Keeping your car clean isn’t just about looking flashy. In fact, hitting the car wash and applying a protective layer of wax is one of the best ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior against corrosive materials like salt that tend to build up on car bodies over the winter.

 

Stow emergency items

Finally, it’s important to stow some emergency items in your vehicle in case of a cold-weather breakdown. You should always have non-perishable food and water, a blanket or two, and a battery-powered cellphone charger in case of emergency.

 

Of course, another good idea is to get your car checked here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck. Our friendly service staff would be happy to make sure you are cold-weather fit.

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Fall Car Care Tips to Keep Your Car Running

Fall is in full-swing, which means winter is just around the corner. Each season bears its own list of essential automotive maintenance tasks, and there are certain car care duties you can perform to keep your car running in tip-top shape. Here are a few fall car care tips you should address this season to prepare your car for winter.

  • Check your tires: The hot roads and pavement during summer can be tough on your tires, so you will want to check your tire treads and make sure they’re not too worn now. You will also want to check tire pressure, as fluctuating external temperatures can cause the air pressure and inflation to drop.
  • Check vehicle lights: Since the sun sets earlier in the fall and winter months, it’s important to make sure all your lights are working for nighttime driving. Check the bulbs and clean off hazy glass.
  • Check windshield wiper blades and fluid: Hot summer weather can dry out your wiper blades, causing them to streak and not work as effectively. Fall is the perfect time to replace your wiper blades so you can improve visibility during rainy fall weather and winter snow storms.
  • Check heating and defroster system: Not only does the heating system keep you and your passengers warm, but it also keeps your windows defogged.
  • Check battery: To start your vehicle in the cold, it’s necessary to have a charged battery. Have your battery and charging system checked in the fall to make sure you’re good to go when the weather gets colder.

If your vehicle needs seasonal maintenance work done to it, bring it to the Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck service center. We’ll make sure your car is ready for autumn.

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Maine’s Most Scenic Drives

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While tourists flock to bigger, crowded cities this time of the year, Maine residents and visitors looking for rocky coastlines, towering pines, and quaint communities can find plenty of destinations on these beautiful Maine drives.

State Route 11: Fish River Scenic Byway

Catch a glimpse of an eagle or a moose on this spectacular, hilly Maine byway. The 38-mile drive between Portage and Fort Kent offers outstanding views of meadows, Mount Katahdin, and Eagle Lake. Load up the car with picnic materials and stop for a family lunch at one of the many wilderness camps surrounding the area’s lakes.

Route 113: Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway

This magnificent section of Route 113 from Baldwin to Gilhead runs along the Saco River, taking its travelers through thousands of years of history in just 60 miles. The presence of the Sokokis Indians lives on through the work done by the artisans, craftsmen, and sustainable farmers there today. Stop for a hike through picturesque White Mountain National Forest.

Schoodic National Scenic Byway

The quintessential Maine can be found on the Schoodic. Pass through the only mainland section of Acadia National Park and head towards gorgeous Schoodic Point. Look to the cold, rugged North Atlantic waters to witness the Maine lobster boats at dock or the wooden piers jutting into the sea. Cadillac Mountain and rolling hills full of wild blueberries provide the perfect backdrop.

If you’re looking for a new vehicle to take on Maine’s most scenic drives, visit us at Fuller Chevrolet. We have a great selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Don’t Waste Money on Gas: Efficient Driving Tactics

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Aside from getting a new set of wheels, there are some ways to save gas this summer by driving more effectively. Fuel costs have consistently risen over the years, which means you shouldn’t be surprised to see prices exceeding $4 per gallon in the near future. With that in mind, try out some of these efficient driving tactics to help you lower your expenses and save money.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things you can do is coast to a stop. Basically, pretend you’re riding a bike—try to anticipate when traffic lights will change so you can coast to a stop and reduce fuel consumption. Hard braking is inherently less efficient than slowly coming to a halt, so give coasting a try next time you’re commuting.

Don’t start slowly. This might sound like it goes against conventional wisdom, but your car will get lower fuel economy in low gears. This is especially true if you’re eventually going to reach highway speeds, because your car will reach its top, fuel-saving gear sooner if you don’t crawl to reach higher speeds.

Use the air conditioner at high speeds. Again, you may have heard that the A/C is terrible on fuel economy, but having the windows down at highway speeds is actually worse. That’s because having the windows down creates drag, lowering fuel economy by quite a bit. If you’re going less than 55 mph, then have the windows down. Otherwise, use the air conditioner.

If you want a fuel-efficient truck for your daily drive, you’ll find one at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation Sets Its Sights on Adventure

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Many truck owners buy a truck so they can explore the great outdoors. For the next-generation 2019 lineup of Sierra trucks, GMC is releasing a GMC Sierra Elevation special edition model that is geared up and ready to take on your next adventure.

The Elevation model will feature bold styling that includes chiseled fenders, a bold grille design, monochromatic door handles and bumpers, black exterior accents, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. The sharp C-shaped “light blade” signature lighting up front finishes off the look with an intense stare.

“The 2019 Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach,” said Rich Latek, GMC marketing director. “With inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”

To help you tackle rough terrain, it will come standard with a Traction Select System. By turning the dial to the appropriate mode, the Sierra Elevation will adjust its transmission, throttle, shift points, and other systems to maximize its performance.

For an even better off-road performance, there is an available X31 Off Road package you can add to get Hill Descent Control, a locking rear differential, Rancho shocks, underbody skidplates, a dual exhaust system, and a two-speed transfer case.

The 2019 GMC Sierra and all its editions will be available this year at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck. Contact us for more information.

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Take Your Pick of Six Engine Options on the 2019 Silverado

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For the 2019 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is getting completely redesigned. This will include new styling, new technology, and new powertrain combinations. In fact, there will be six engine options on the 2019 Silverado.

The most popular choices will undoubtedly be the V8s. Both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter version have been updated and will include Dynamic Fuel Management technology with 17 modes of cylinder deactivation. This will increase performance and efficiency.

The Silverado will offer an all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine as standard on the LT and RST models. This engine is expected to deliver a stronger power-to-weight ratio and improved efficiency over the previous standard engine.

Buyers will still be able to opt for the proven reliability and performance of the 4.3-liter V6. In addition, there will be an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine available in early 2019.

“A major focus of the next-generation Silverado is expanding the range of choices,” said Tim Asoklis, chief engineer of the new Silverado 1500. “With all-new engines and a broader model range, there’s a Silverado for everyone, whether you’re buying your first pickup or your tenth.”

With so many engine options to choose from, it is clear the all-new Silverado is designed to suit a variety of needs. Get your 2019 Silverado at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

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2019 Suburban RST Performance Package Adds Excitement and Power to SUVs

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If you love driving a full-size SUV but wish it came with more power, your wish has come true in the form of the new Suburban RST Performance Package. This power-filled package adds a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine with Magnetic Ride Control and a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

“The RST Performance Package made its debut on the Tahoe RST last spring, and the response from our customers was overwhelmingly positive,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevy Trucks Marketing and Advertising. “In fact, Tahoe RST with the Performance Package is the fastest-turning Tahoe model, and we’ve received customer requests to offer the same performance and power to Suburban RST.”

With this package, it will be the first time the 6.2-liter V8 has been offered on the Suburban. This engine uses a variety of systems to make it fast, sophisticated, and efficient. These features include Active Fuel Management, continuously variable valve timing, and direct fuel injection.

In addition, the Magnetic Ride Control feature promises to deliver a smooth ride. Its active suspension technology continually “reads” the road to improve body motion and on-road performance.

This high-performance package will be available on the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban, which will come out later this summer, though if you can’t wait, the 2018 Suburban is available now at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Unveiled

If there’s one car that drivers can expect more from each and every year, it’s the Chevrolet Cruze. Following in the tracks of its predecessors, the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze comes stocked with a ton of features and better trims that make it a must-have car for drivers of all ages.

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback is now available in a base LS model. The LT and Premier trims are still available as well. The Cruze hatchback amounted to 20% of all Chevrolet Cruze sales in 2017.

Upscale styling remains the norm in the upcoming Cruze. Redesigned headlamps and taillamps offer a new gaze, a larger grille features sport-inspired curves, and new wheel designs offer a more unique look in the compact car segment. The RS package includes black window surrounds, badging, and alloy wheels.

As for performance, the 2019 Cruze will continue to feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine available in both sedan and hatchback models. Unfortunately, the 2019 model will not be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Inside, Chevrolet Cruze drivers will enjoy a new standard 7-inch touchscreen display complete with the automaker’s infotainment system. Higher trims feature standard navigation, and the range-topping Premier trim comes with standard automatic climate control and Automated Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

Here at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck, we are looking forward to seeing the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze in person, though you can come see the current, stylish 2018 Cruze already on our lot today.

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Cars.com Honors Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 with Best Pickup Truck of 2018 Award

Chevrolet is no stranger to top awards, and the honor of receiving one now extends to the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Last month, the experts at Cars.com named the Colorado ZR2 the Best Pickup Truck of 2018. Citing its remarkable combination of off-road capabilities and creative design, the Colorado ZR2 proved unbeatable and led the Cars.com editors to remark that the truck is “not just an interesting example of a new pickup truck, but quite possibly the most distinctive vehicle that’s come along in years.” The off-road capabilities on this vehicle are virtually unparalleled, providing exceptional performance in all road situations.

If you are an off-road enthusiast, you’d be hard-pressed to find a vehicle more suited to your wants and needs. The Colorado ZR2 offers an increased suspension lift, as well as wider tracks for optimal stability on tough terrain. It also comes equipped with front and rear bumpers designed for high clearance alongside additional rocker protection. For the first time ever, Chevrolet has applied Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV™) damper technology to off-roading functionality. The ZR2 seamlessly manages these advanced off-road capabilities alongside great general maneuverability, which is a balance that many drivers will value.

Having been able to take a close look at the Chevy Colorado ZR2 ourselves at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck, we can attest to the incredible capability and distinctiveness that had Cars.com so awed. We hope you’ll swing by to take a look of your own!Best Pickup Truck of 2018 -- 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Special Somebody

You want the special person in your life to know exactly how much they mean to you, but you’re having trouble finding the right gift that expresses what you feel. If this sounds like you, have no fear! We have some easy DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that will knock the socks off your special somebody without knocking the wind out of your wallet.

Love Potion Kit

Does your lover have a thing for coffee? Cocktails? Fancy fizzy drinks? Whatever poison they pick, you can whip up a cute little “Love Potion Kit” by packaging all the ingredients in decorated jars or bottles and presenting them together as fun activity.

Decorative Photo Frame

Purchase any old photo frame and spruce it up with hearts, confetti, paint, cotton balls — whatever you think will float the boat of your Cuddle Bug. Insert your favorite picture of the two of you, and your sweetheart will have a happy way of remembering this Valentine’s Day for years to come.

Jar of Love

You adore your darling, but do they know exactly why? Write down reasons why you love your partner on small slips of paper, then put them in a decorated glass jar. Give it to them in the morning and instruct them to pick out a piece of paper here and there throughout the day.

And how about this for a great Valentine’s Day gift: a brand new car from Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck! Visit us today to pick out a special ride for your special someone!

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