2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Lean, Mean… and Strong

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The all-new Chevrolet Equinox has been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year; a redesign that includes shedding 400 pounds of extra weight! So, what do drivers gain by this 10% body-mass loss? For starters, our most popular crossover is now more agile on the road and offers drivers a more safe, comfortable driving experience.

Thanks to a lighter, stiffer, and stronger structure, the 2018 Equinox rewards drivers in the following areas:

SAFETY: High-strength and ultra-high strength steel creates a safety cage around its passengers, which are complimented by the high-level restraint systems and available safety features.

RIDE & HANDLING: By reducing the chassis flex in the Equinox suspension system, Chevrolet engineers were able to focus more on overall ride comfort and precision on the road.

QUIETNESS & REFINEMENT: The stiffer body-structure of the Equinox also pays off when it comes to blocking out exterior noise and vibrations. Contributing the overall weight loss of the Equinox, the stiffer body-structure also means that engineers could reduce the amount of sound-absorbing materials in the overall design.

FUEL ECONOMY: This might seem like a no-brainer, but we’re pretty excited about this added benefit of the 2018 Equinox! The lower the weight, the better then fuel efficiency. The all-new Equinox delivers EPA estimated 32MPG and 29MPG on the highway with the standard 1.5L turbo and 2.0L turbo engines. The diesel engine offers a GM-estimated 40MPG on the highway.

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Like the many models before it, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features a modern, expressive design and is equipped with the latest in vehicle connectivity and safety features.

low speed forward automatic braking | lane keep assist & lane departure warning | forward collision alert | rear vision camera | rear cross traffic alert | rear park assist | side blind zone alert | lane change alert

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is now available at Bob Bell Bel Air. Discover why the Equinox is the right choice for you or view our inventory by simply visiting our website.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | Chevrolet | Bob Bell Bel Air 

 

 

Unlimited OnStar Data Now Available!

Are you on always on the go? Whether you drive your Chevrolet for work or leisure, most of us, at one point or another, have used data with our mobile devices or OnStar while commuting. Say goodbye to large data bills! Chevrolet Owners can now purchase unlimited data plans with OnStar 4G LTE.

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Last year alone, Chevrolet owners used more than 4 million GB of data through OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots. That’s 200% more data than the previous year! Not only are these Chevrolet drivers using OnStar AtYourService, but they are streaming videos, using social media, navigating and using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. As a response to the high usage of data consumption, OnStar now offers an unlimited prepaid data plan, enabled through AT&T, for $20/month!

The unlimited plan is available on most Chevrolet models from the year 2015 onward, providing a complete in-vehicle safety and connectivity system! The hotspot is very easy to use and connect to your devices, and is always on when your vehicle is running. So sit back and enjoy a fast and reliable connection worrying less about your mobile’s devices battery.

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“As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014 and has more vehicles on the road equipped with 4G LTE than any other automaker”

 

Learn more about OnStar and whether your vehicle is eligible to take advantage of this new unlimited plan today!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-879-2544

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | OnStar

 

3 Ways to Make Your Smartphone Love You Again with Chevrolet

chevy mylinkaWhen you’re driving, your phone goes through some serious hardships: from being banged around throughout your commute, being sat on, or just falling out of the coffee cup holder on to the floor, it’s no wonder your phone is starting to show some wear. With our Chevrolet lineup, worry no more: these are vehicles made to give your phone a little TLC.

  1. Set your smartphone free: Give it access to wireless from anywhere with OnStar wifi. Passengers can check email, stream media and play games.
  2. Add some music to your commute: listen to your smartphone’s music and playlists or favorite radio station apps (Stitcher, Tunein) using MyLink. Got an older phone? You can stream audio from ANY smartphone that supports Bluetooth Audio Streaming.
  3. Call a friend and stay in the know: Pair your smartphone and address book with MyLink before your drive. Need to make a call? Just tap a button on your steering wheel and say a command to make a call.
  4. BONUS for 2016’s: Is your smartphone overheated? Treat your smartphone to an active phone cooling bed to soothe those heated batteries. Find out more about Active Phone Cooling Here!Chevrolet-introduces-tiny-ac-to-cool-your-smartphone-in-car

We hope this list helps you and your smartphone get along better during your commute. Thanks for reading!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air is dedicated to serving all of your automotive needs. For us, “customer service” means making your car buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. View our inventory or visit us to take advantage of features for your smartphone and more!

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Worn Brakes

Hello fellow Chevy drivers! Ready for some car tips? Today, we’re talking about brake pads: how can you tell it’s time to replace your brakes?

Brakes wear out faster or slower depending on how you drive your vehicle, what the road conditions are like in your area, how heavy your car is,  and (of course) how much you drive. Do you live in LA or Buffalo? Are you a weekend driver breezing down a country road or do you drive an hour and a half to work every day in stop-and-go traffic? You’re going to have a different experience, and these factors affect how often you need your brakes checked. The simple answer is that every 7,500 miles or 12,000 kilometers you should get your brakes checked.

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Check Your Brakes Regularly

An indicator to watch out for is a screeching sound coming from your brakes when you’re releasing your brake pedal. Most brake pads have wear detectors that make a high-pitched warning sound, alerting you to have your brakes checked right away. You should go to the dealership to get your brakes checked as soon as possible once you hear that sound because every time you use your brakes in your daily drive, you are wearing your brakes down even more. Driving with worn brakes can potentially damage other parts of your vehicle like your rotor, which means your service costs will go up.

Bob Bell Bel Air’s Certified Service expert technicians can help make maintaining your vehicle simple and convenient. We are not only a one-stop destination for all your vehicle maintenance needs, but we also have convenient hours, competitive service & parts pricing and advanced technology to take the stress out of servicing your vehicle. From oil changes to tire rotations, brakes, batteries and multi-point vehicle inspections, we can handle it all. Simply click here to schedule an appointment today.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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Tire Maintenance 101

 

 

Where the rubber meets the road is more than just a commonly used expression – it is where the safety and performance of your Chevrolet vehicle begins. We usually become proactive in tire maintenance as the season changes.  And the season will change sooner than we probably expect.  Here is some ‘tire talk’ for you to prepare for that moment of ‘change’.

How long do tires last?

40 years ago, the average life expectancy of a tire was not more than 2 years!  Today it is best to change your tires after every 6 years at least.  After tires hit a life span of 6 years, they should be discarded. This is because rubber loses its elasticity and resistance properties over that period.  Ultimately, the life expectancy of a tire greatly depends on its maintenance, environmental conditions and the driving style of the driver.

Factor Affecting the Life of Tires

  • Climatic Conditions – If you stay near the beach or if it rains a lot in your area, the chances are the moisture in the air will ruin the rubber faster.
  • Road Conditions – A bumpy ride can also reduce your tire’s life
  • Exposure to Sun – Simply put, the more the exposure to the sun, the sooner the tire ages.
  • Other Factors – Avoid exceeding the total limit of weight allowed for your tires to carry.
  • Quality of Maintenance – How long you can use tires depends a lot on how you took care of it in the first place. When the tires are neglected or the wheel alignment is not correct, it will accelerate the aging process.

How to Extend Your Tire’s Life

Tire life can be increased by taking a few simple steps which will help protect them from premature rotting:

  • Check your tires for proper inflation pressures on a monthly basis. Buy and use a good digital tire gauge even though your tires may be equipped with tire pressure monitors. Do not use the maximum pounds per square inch (PSI) noted on the tire’s sidewall as the measure for proper inflation; the recommended PSI for your vehicle’s tires is located on the driver’s side door jamb or in the owner’s manual for your car. Under or over-inflation of your tires inhibits the effectiveness of stabilizing additives found in most tires.
  • Park your car in a garage or carport to decrease the tires’ exposure to the elements.  Protection from excessive heat and UV rays will help protect your tires from premature rot.
  • Apply a tire conditioner that is formulated to protect tires from UV rays and/or ozone. Household cleansers and petrochemical or silicone containing tire cleaning products can actually remove much of the tire’s protective waxes.
  • Drive the car regularly and at moderate speeds. Car tires that sit, unmoving, for long periods of time do not flex. Therefore, the stabilizing additives do not distribute as designed.
  • Buy new tires that were manufactured no more than two years prior. Dates are located on one side of each tire, and use numbers that coincide with week and year of manufacture. For example, 1209 means it was made in the twelfth week of 2009. Ask for tires that have UV stabilizers and ozone shielding additives.

  • Outside edges: tires that are worn on the outside edges have been under inflated.
  • Center of tire: tires that are worn in the center have been over inflated.
  • One of the edges: when the tire is worn on one side but not the other the camber angle is off either negative or positive. (Positive camber: is when the top of the tire leans away from the vehicle. Negative camber is when the top of the tire leans in towards the vehicle. This can also be caused by bent or damaged front end parts: tie rods, ball joints, etc.)
  • Tire is feathered: when the tire is feathered across the tread the tie rods are worn or the vehicle needs to be aligned.
  • Tire is scalloped: when the tire is scalloped or cupped across the tread it is usually caused by bad shocks or struts. This can also be caused by out of balance tires.

Rotate Your Tires

When tire rotation is done at the recommended times, it can preserve balanced handling and traction and even out tire wear. Tire rotation can even provide performance advantages.

Many tire mileage warranties require tire rotation to keep the warranty valid. When should tires be rotated? We recommend that tires be rotated every 6,000 to 10,000Km even if they don’t show signs of wear.  Consider tire rotation with oil change intervals while the vehicle is off the ground.

Tire rotation helps even out tire wear by allowing each tire to serve in as many of the vehicle’s wheel positions as possible. Remember, tire rotation can’t correct wear problems due to worn mechanical parts or incorrect inflation pressures.

If you maintain your tires, observe the wear on your tires, rotate your tires and recognize a tire has a life of it’s own, you will maximize it. If you need new tires, try our ‘Tire Finder‘ tool.  Search by year, make, model and tire size and we will show you quality new tires that fit your vehicle.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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Get Better Fuel Economy

 

You’d be surprised at how much you can really save by doing the smallest of things.

The list of these things goes on and on, with some tips actually being myths. It all depends on the credibility of the source. Recently, ConsumerReports.org provided some tips that wanted to share.

  • Choices. If you have a smart phone, there is an array of applications you can download that will tell you the prices of nearby gas stations. One of the best ones by far is GasBuddy. It’s free and easy. When it’s time for a fill-up, there’s no reason in the world you shouldn’t spare the single minute it takes to find your options.
  • Pass on premium gas. If your car is designed to run on regular gasoline, as most vehicles are, don’t waste your money on premium unless it’s “required”. It won’t make your engine run any better, and the only real difference you’re likely to see is about 20 cents more per gallon. To find out if your car needs top-grade gas, check the owner’s manual, or fuel-filler door. If premium is “recommended,” then it is optional. Peak, at-the-limit performance may decrease, but it is not likely to be noticeable to the typical driver.
  • Reduce drag. Don’t add to your car’s aerodynamic drag by carrying things on top of the roof or hanging off the back of your vehicle if you don’t have to. When ConsumerReports installed a large car-top carrier on a Toyota Camry, gas mileage dropped by a notable 6 mpg when we drove at 65 mph. Ski season is over; take off the unused rack. And even though kayak season is in full swing, remove the carrier when not in use.
  • Tire inflation. This one has been said time and time again and in ConsumerReports’ tests, they found that fuel economy is reduced when tires are not inflated to where they should be. Check your tires’ pressure and top off as needed when they’re cold (before the vehicle has been driven or after no more than a couple of miles of driving). Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer, not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall. The recommended pressure is usually found on a placard on a front door jamb, in the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual.
  • Check your route. With GPS systems, it is now even easier to track traffic and choose alternative routes, but keep in mind that traveling at a consistent speed without many stops or traffic lights is best for fuel economy. Some GPS devices, including recent Garmins, have an “Eco” function to factor fuel consumption into its route plans.
  • No idling. There is no need to warm up your car or keep it running while waiting for passengers. The general rule-of-thumb is to turn off your car if you know you’ll be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Don’t worry about the starter, it is designed for multiple, repeated starts.


Give these fuel saving tips a try, every little bit helps.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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The Chevrolet Navigation System Option

If there is anything we have an abundance of today it’s options, especially when it comes to buying a new Chevy. One option we want to discuss today is the Navigation System… should you opt in for the factory navigation system built into the vehicle’s center dash or should you hold out and put your own in after?

There are pro’s and con’s to both options, but at Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air we recommend going with the one offered with your new Chevy car or truck. Here are our reason’s why:

  1. Warranty. Since the factory navigation system is part of your vehicle, it’s covered by the bumper-to-bumper warranty. If anything goes wrong with the system, you can take it to the Chevrolet dealership for repair as opposed to having to send an aftermarket system back to the manufacturer where you probably won’t get it back again for weeks or they won’t fix it at all.
  2. Looks. You spend a lot of time in your vehicle, you want it to look nice and neat, without things poking out all over the place, stuck here and there. If you buy an aftermarket navigation system, you’ll likely have to attach it to the windshield, then run the power adapter down to the power source. With a factory, built-in navigation system, you won’t have this problem.
  3. Theft. Unless you are willing to take your GPS system off the dash, unplug it and tuck it away somewhere safe every time you get out the car, you’ll have to worry about theft. Thieves will have a much harder time stealing a built-in factory navigation system than a portable unit that’s stuck to the windshield with a suction cup.
  4. Resale Value. Factory navigation systems also improve a car’s resale value. Edmunds.com used-car analysts say that visible options on used cars, like navigation systems, tend to hold their value in the used-car market and make a car more desirable to potential buyers.

There you have it… 4 important things to think about when the sales person asks… ‘would you like to opt in on the navigation system.’

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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Get Road Trip Ready

Summer is practically here, so it’s time to start planning your summer adventures! You’ve thrown a dart at the map on the wall, and have decided where to go.  Now you need to think about the vehicle that will take you on the adventure, after all, if the car breaks down, all your careful planning can go out the window.

  1. Have a technician look at your vehicle  before any long distance trip:
    1. MOST IMPORTANT – Change your oil and filter regularly, not just when you’re going through a road trip checklist.  It’s a quick, inexpensive process that can literally add years and thousands of miles to the efficient service life of your engine.
    2. Check tire pressure regularly (preferably before driving, while they’re cold). Go by the manufacturer’s recommended settings in the owner’s manual or door sticker.  Have the wheels aligned for better handling, tire wear and safety.
  2. Check your spare tire and make sure your car jack and all parts are in the vehicle.
  3. Put together an emergency kit.  At the very least you should have:
    1. bottled water, granola  bars or other non-perishable food
    2. flashlight and batteries (not just your lighter or smartphone app!),
    3. basic first aid kit (one you put together yourself, or a pre-made kit from the pharmacy)
  4. Bring a spare set of car keys.  Locking the only set of keys in the car can take the fun out of any holiday, fast.
  5. Be sure you have valid proof of insurance in the car with you. And if your policy doesn’t include roadside assistance, consider adding it through your carrier or through a motor club like AAA.

Now that the not so much fun stuff is taken care of, you can head out onto the open road, knowing you’re ready to face whatever your adventure has to throw your way!

Let Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air help you on your way, book a service appointment today.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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Child Seat Installation

When it comes to keeping your kids safe, don’t risk installing their seat incorrectly. Here are a few easy steps to installing the seat correctly.

Before you even think about putting it in the vehicle…

  1. Read the manual.  Now, I know most people loath reading instructions… but I would hope that in this case you would make an exception. Read both your vehicle owner’s manual and the car seat manual from the manufacturer. You’re not only looking for proper installation, but also information such as the weight and height limits for the seat.
  2. If you are borrowing a car seat, or have bought one second-hand, be sure to check the seat carefully, and ask if it’s been in a vehicle during an accident. Make sure it has all the instructions and hardware, it has no discolored stress marks or cracks, the harness is not worn or torn, and it has a properly working buckle and latch. Also look for the sticker from the American National Standard Institute and expiration date. If the seat of over 7 years old, toss it. NEVER USE A SEAT IF IT HAS BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT.
  3. Choose the right seat. Car seats are made to fit children at different ages and heights. A baby under 20 lbs and under 1 year, should always travel in a rear-facing seat. Toddlers who weight between 20 – 40 lbs and are over the age of 1 should ride in a forward-facing seat. Pre-school kids between 20 – 80 lbs, and those shorter than 4.75 feet should use a booster seat until the age of 8.  All children under 13 should ride in the back seat.

Time to install the seat…

  1. Anchor the car seat. All vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2002 are equipped with the Universal Anchorage System (UAS) and lower anchorage bars for securing the seat. Then properly thread the seat belt or UAS through the child car seat, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Apply a lot of pressure. Kneel on the child seat to push it into the vehicle’s seat. Use your muscles to tighten the seat belt or UAS. Then grab the seat and try to move it side to side, don’t go easy on it either because you want to make sure it won’t move if you have an accident. It shouldn’t sway more than an inch in any direction.
  3. Tighten the straps on your child. Check the tension on all straps – they should be tight enough so you can only fit one finger between the child and the straps.  All straps should lie flat against the child’s body and the chest clip should be positioned at armpit level. If your child whines don’t give in and loosen the straps – the result could be deadly in a collision.

If you are still unsure of how to correctly install your child’s safety seat, or you want someone to double-check your work, you can take it to a child car seat inspection station.  Certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge – and show you how to correctly install and use it. Follow the link provided to find one near you. http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm

One last point… you may want to put a blanket or towel under the child seat to protect your vehicle’s seats from spills, crumbs and whatever else your child may throw its way.

Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air
1230 Belair Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
(888) 844-0314

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