Lease or Buy a Car

Is It Smarter to Lease or Buy a Car?

Cars are a significant financial investment, so it’s important for you to make the most informed decision possible when looking for the right vehicle. The decision that it comes down to for many people is whether they should lease or buy a car. Here is what you need to know.

Should I Lease or Buy a Car?When to Lease

As leasing a vehicle doesn’t make as much sense financially as purchasing a car, there are just a couple of scenarios where it makes sense.

One such scenario is if you are someone who likes to drive new cars regularly. If you can’t afford to purchase a new car every year or two, leasing a car gives you the opportunity to cruise around in the newest car, truck, or SUV.

Another scenario where it makes sense to lease is if you simply don’t want to deal with the risk and maintenance of owning a car. A lot of leases include maintenance in their deals, so you don’t have to get the car fixed on your own.

When to Buy

Financially speaking, buying a car is the better choice. When you lease a vehicle, you spend a lot of money and don’t own anything at the end of the lease. When you purchase a car, you own that car, and you get some of that money back when you sell it. Just make sure that it’s a car that you can afford.

 

 

 

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips
Get to know your new set of wheels with these great new car care tips!

Taking care of your new car is vital to keep it running for years to come. While foregoing proper care won’t result in an immediate breakdown, it could seriously damage your car in the long run. Here are some new car care tips from us here at Nehls Chevrolet!

  1. Owner’s Manual – As boring and long as it is, read your owner’s manual. It contains almost everything you need to know about your car, including a manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Knowledge is power and by reading the owner’s manual, it’s easier to keep in touch with what your car needs and how to take care of future problems.
  2. Maintenance – A key part of taking care of a car is keeping up with regular maintenance. There isn’t much to do at first but new cars can have defects and other manufacturing problems. If you notice something wrong, don’t be afraid to contact the dealership. Make sure to get the first few oil changes performed a little early! Metal shavings often drop into the oil pan and too many can hinder the oil’s effectiveness.
  3. Driving – Before you pull a Fast & Furious out of the dealership lot, keep in mind your engine is brand new and hasn’t hit the road just yet. Take it easy for the first few hundred miles. You don’t have to drive like your grandmother, but don’t floor it from a dead stop either.

Sinkhole Aftermath: National Corvette Museum Reopens

The National Corvette Museum has reopened.
The National Corvette Museum has reopened as the museum and GM seek to save the damaged Corvettes (Photo Courtesy of Jonrev).

The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky reopened today after a 30-feet-deep sinkhole opened up Wednesday morning, swallowing 8 Corvettes on display in the “Skydome.”

No one was hurt, but the whole museum was closed down as a safety precaution following the collapse around 5:44 AM.

Two of the cars – a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” – were on loan from General Motors. The rest were owned by the museum.

The above video shows a few Corvettes above the rubble while the rest are pinned beneath the debris.

The following cars were victims of the destruction:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”
  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

General Motors has vowed to restore any of the Corvettes that can be recovered. If you would like to contribute to the rebuilding of the Skydome Corvette display, visit the museum’s website here!

NHTSA Gives 2014 Malibu 5-Star Safety Rating

Chevrolet and GM announced the 2014 malibu 5-star safety rating.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu scored high on NHTSA’s frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.

The 2014 Malibu 5-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is another Chevy victory.

Undergoing severe testing procedures, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu received high scores in the frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.

Chevy’s standard safety features for the 2014 Malibu include:

  • 10 airbags including knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Rollover protection
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electronic stability control
  • OnStar service for six months

GM’s general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, Gay Kent, states that safety is a top priority for the automaker.

“Safety is an increasingly important consideration for new vehicle buyers, especially for those in the midsize segment,” Kent said in a press release. “The customer is at the center of our day-to-day operations and when we design vehicles, it’s their safety that we have in mind.”

Perhaps you’re looking for a midsize sedan that will guarantee your safety. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will meet your expectations. Check out our inventory and visit us for a test drive!

Chevrolet Vehicles to Offer 4G LTE this Summer

4G LTE available in Chevrolets, starting this summer.
Thanks to 4G LTE, you will be able to access online information at high speeds in the comfort of Chevy cars.

Can’t get enough of technology, even when you are out on the road?

Chevrolet announced this week that they will be offering 4G LTE in its cars. This summer, Chevy will start this service with the Corvette, Impala, Malibu and Volt.

By the time the automaker rolls out its 2015 lineup, most of its American and Canadian vehicle will offer the connection.

This comes with a range of benefits for car occupants who need access on the Internet through their wireless devices.

  • Each car will allow multiple devices to be connected at the same time
  • Each car will act as a mobile hub for easier access to apps and other services
  • Data connection speed will be quick due to collaboration between Chevrolet and AT&T

While the OnStar 4G LTE will come with an additional cost not yet known, the payoff will be worth it.

Fans can expect the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado Heavy Duty editions, Spark and Spark EV to follow the same pattern after the summer.

2014 Camaro Z/28 Comes with a Price

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 is pricey, but it's a beauty as well.

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 comes at a price, and that was emphasized this week on a financial note.

Chevrolet announced this week that the 2014 Camaro Z/28 will cost $75,000, including destination fees and gas-guzzler tax.

The reason for the high price is due to the fact that the Camaro is built for one thing, and that is high speed. Its 7.0-liter aluminum V8 engine pumps out 500 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

The six-speed manual is one of the most expensive Chevrolet cars on the market. The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 only cost more ($76,595).

Chevrolet will take orders for the 2014 Camaro Z/28 later this month. Customers can expect to start seeing the Camaros on dealer lots in the spring just in time for racing season.

Do you love the Camaro? If you own one, share your car stories in the comment section below.

Corvette Stingray Reaches 200 MPH on Texas Highway

Corvette Stingray reaches 200 mph
The Corvette Stingray, along with modifications, has pushed the capabilities of the Corvette a step further.

Nehls racing fans, don’t get any bright ideas, but the 2014 Corvette Stingray reaches 200 mph with a HPE600 kit.

On December 11, American tuner Hennessy took the Chevy sports car for a spin on Houston’s Grand Parkway, which the Texas Departments of Transportation and Safety closed down for the event.

The HPE600 package includes a Nitrous Express nitrous oxide system that gives the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V8 engine some extra zip. The end result was John Hennessy test driving the Corvette at a top speed of 200.6 mph with 700 brake horsepower at 6,500 rpm.

Eventually, there will be a HPE700 kit that will manage the same speed at a price of $22,500.

Nehls Chevrolet encourages you to enjoy your car, but don’t floor it on a highway that is open to traffic. Watch the video below to capture the power of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and all to has to offer.

Chevy Sonic Aftermarket Parts to Boost Consumer Enthusiasm

chevy sonic aftermarket parts
If the Sonic is not fun enough and fast enough for you, it will be soon.

Last week in Las Vegas, Chevrolet introduced a list of new Chevy Sonic aftermarket parts at the SEMA aftermarket parts trade show.

This push for parts is Chevy’s way of making the Sonic more appealing to its customers because a quicker and more enjoyable car is bound to stir up consumer enthusiasm.

One of the packages Chevrolet is offering is a “stage kit.” This kit will add 10 horsepower to the Sonic by tuning the engine calibration along with a much better exhaust system.

Other Chevy Sonic aftermarket parts:

  • A head and camera kit
  • Stronger suspension for accurate, consistent turns
  • More powerful brakes
  • Wheels up to 18 inches

While Chevrolet already has a turbocharged RS version of its small car, these Chevy Sonic aftermarket parts will go the extra mile and give Sonic owners an edge on the road and the track.

Looking for a Sonic or another small car? Visit Nehls Chevrolet and check out our new and used inventory.

Car Care Month Emphasizes Responsibility

Car Care Month Emphasizes Responsibility
Car Care Month Emphasizes Responsibility

As the weather gets cooler with winter around the corner, Nehls Chevrolet realizes that the wellbeing of a driver’s car is important more than ever before.

Whether roads are snow-covered or wet from rain and temperatures are chilly or fairly mild, a driver is accountable for taking care of his or her car. Here are 5 things you need to be aware of:

1. Fear deer. Fall is a busy time for deer breeding. Be cautious and drive slowly. Deer can travel in packs and cause damage to your car if you hit one.

2. Be on high alert. Once daylight savings time ends, visibility on the roads decreases. Pay special attention to what’s in front of you at all times.

3. Keep your tires inflated and treaded. Weather and temperature changes will enlarge and shrink your tires, which will cause them to lose air.

4. Beware of leaves. Fall is a time when leaves are everywhere other than tree branches. Wet leaves on the road can make for slippery driving conditions. Drive carefully and avoid parking near leaf piles. Doing so could lead to heated circumstances if a fire starts from your car’s catalytic converter.

5. Expect sun glare. The time change will bring much sun to morning and late afternoon driving. Always carry an extra pair of sunglasses in your car and use visors.

Nehls Chevrolet has parts and service specials that will benefit your car’s stand against the upcoming seasonal weather. Stop in and see us today!

 

The Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50

Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50
Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50

The Chevrolet Malibu turns 50 years old this month.

Since the 1960s, much has changed. A gallon of gas has increased by more than 3 dollars, the cost of a movie theater ticket has jumped $7, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up nearly 14,000 points from where it closed out in 1964.

Like the real world, 50 years has brought much change to the Malibu as well. The now refined midsized sedan debuted in the 1960s as one of the first midsize cars in America, appealing to muscle car lovers and families.

While the 1964 Malibu featured a body-on-frame construction and rear-wheel drive, the 2014 model has a body-frame-integral design and is front-wheel drive. The below chart provides more detail of how far the Malibu has come.

1964 2014

Weight

2870 pounds 3393 pounds

Wheel Size

14 x 6.5 inches 16 x 7.5 inches

Fuel

1 single-barrel carburetor Direct injection

Horsepower

120 196

Transmission

3-speed manual (standard); 2-speed automatic (optional) 6-speed automatic

Brakes

Four-wheel drum Four-wheel disc with antilock brake system

Safety

Seat belts 10 standard air bags

Engine

3.2 liter incline-six 2.5 liter incline-four

Entertainment

AM radio Chevrolet MyLink

Air conditioning

Optional Standard

The results of Chevrolet’s progress with the Malibu and other cars demand a closer look. Visit Nehls Chevrolet today and check out our selection!