Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Chevy Volt Skates past Half a Billion All-Electric Miles

Half a Billion All-Electric MilesThe Chevy Volt hit the new car market back in the last quarter of 2010, and it’s been steadily gaining on its competitors in the all-electric EV segment ever since its release. Word of mouth—and statistics—just keep getting better, too; many Chevy Volt owners report posting over 40 all-electric miles on a single full charge. The official range is just 35 miles.

“The fact that most of the folks who purchased the Volt at launch are still enjoying EV range performance on target with when they took delivery is testament to the attention to detail our team paid to delivering on our promise of most people driving all electrically most of the time,” said Pam Fletcher, Chevrolet Volt executive chief engineer.

In the four years the Volt has been on the road now, it has posted over half a billion all-electric miles, saving over 25 million gallons of gasoline over that same time period. The extended range allows Volt drivers to stay in all-electric driving mode over 63% of the time as well. If you want to go over a month—and almost 1000 travel miles—without visiting a gas pump, come see us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet and check out the Volt today.

Three Tips for Finding Your Perfect Car

Buying a new car is a big decision, and sometimes finding the perfect car to meet your needs (and wants) can be overwhelming. To help you get started, we’ve outlined a few tips for finding your perfect car.

Vehicle Features

Before looking at any specific car, determine the features and equipment on your must-have list. If you simply can’t live without back-up sensors, a navigation system, or a third row seat, narrow your shopping list down to only vehicles with those features. Cutting out car that don’t meet these minimum requirements will save you time, and possibly keep you from falling in love with a car that doesn’t fit your needs. If you need space to get half the team to the soccer game, a convertible probably won’t do.

Resale Value

Think long-term. Although the car you’re looking at right now might be your dream car, chances are it won’t be the car you want to drive forever. You’ll want to consider how many years you plan to keep the car, and what kind of mileage and wear-and-tear you think it’ll endure. This can be incredibly difficult to predict, but it’s worth considering. If you want a mini-van that you plan to run into the ground, resale value might not be as important as a sports car that you plan to keep in tip-top shape. Features like energy-saving technology and new safety devices can cost more up front but also add to the resale value.

Car Insurance Premiums

Don’t under-estimate insurance expenses. In addition to your monthly vehicle payment, you will also be paying a hefty sum to make sure you’re covered in case of an accident. Not only will your past driving record, age, gender, and education play a role in your insurance costs, but the type of car you purchase and the safety features it offers can affect your insurance payment as well. Larger trucks can often cost more to insure because they can cause more damage in an accident, along with sports or performance cars that tend to be driven more aggressively.

Find more on these and other car-buying tips at MSN Autos.

Stop by Tom Naquin Chevrolet today to learn more and find the perfect car for your lifestyle!

Chevy Already Hard at Work on C8 Chevrolet Corvette

C8 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Chevrolet Corvette is currently enjoying a banner year; the C7 Corvette Stingray, now in its second model year, continues to rack up the accolades. It was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year and sports a 9.3 out of 10 customer rating on KBB.com. Then there’s the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is the “most track-capable” and performance-oriented Corvette ever produced.

These cars already compete favorably with the world’s greatest supercars—and the Corvette is much more affordable than those cars, anyhow—but Chevy knows that when it comes to supercars, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. That’s why Chevy engineers are already hard at work on the C8 Corvette, and there are already rumors that the future Corvette will feature a hybrid assist system to boost both performance and efficiency.

The C7 is already the most powerful and efficient Corvette generation, but apparently it’s soon to be upstaged by the C8. We don’t know anything else about the C8 yet here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, but we promise to bring you that news as soon as we have it. If you’re looking to nab a C7, though, you’d better hurry, because these things are selling faster than we can get them in here to the showroom.