New Year’s Day is Christmas for Car Thieves

New Year's Day is Christmas for car thieves.
Watch out for this guy at this time of year!

While Christmas for car thieves tends to be a day off from their illegal behaviors, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are quite the contrary.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s study from 2012 suggests that no car is safe when the clock hits midnight. On January 1, 2013, 2,228 cars were stolen, and 2,152 car thefts reportedly happened the day before.

It’s important that car owners be on high alert at this time of year. Here are some tips to keeping your car out of the wrong hands.

  • Park in well-lit areas. Car thieves are more likely to break into a car where they can’t be seen.
  • Hide your valuables. Stow personal items away in a compartment or in the trunk.
  • Keep your car locked. Whether you’re driving, warming up your car or leaving it for one second, don’t leave it unlocked in your absence.
  • Install an anti-theft system. A security program is one of the best ways you can prevent your car from being stolen

If there is a chance you may cross paths with a car thief, give them your keys. Don’t try to be Batman! Call the police immediately, and you may end up getting your car back.

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.

Practice Safe Driving this Winter Season

Practice safe driving this winter
Drive safely this holiday and winter season.

While no one may mess with Texas, the upcoming season calls for drivers to practice safe driving this winter and pay special attention to their cars.

Whether you’re traveling this holiday season or heading to work on a morning of light snow, you need to be extra careful and follow these tips:

  1. Eliminate the snow and ice on your car’s roof, hood and windows.
  2. Check weather and traffic before you head out.
  3. Carry a cellphone always and let someone know where you are going.
  4. Store an emergency kit in your car with food, water, first aid, and blanket.
  5. Wear a seat belt at all times.

Also, remember that you are not the only person on the road. You also have to look out for other drivers as well because there will be accidents.

  1. Don’t follow a car too closely.
  2. Turn headlights on when out in stormy conditions.
  3. Drive at slow speeds when on icy roads and bridges.
  4. Let off the gas if your car starts to slide.
  5. Be courteous to others. They don’t enjoy being out in the weather either.

Nehls Chevrolet hopes you stay safe this holiday season. If there is ever anything you need before your travels, our service and parts department is only a visit or phone call away.

Chevy is Giving More at Nehls Chevrolet

Chevy is Giving More
Get great deals on your favorite models this holiday season!

The holidays are an impeccable time and season of giving, and now through January 2, Chevy is Giving More at Nehls Chevrolet!

If you’re looking for a new car, we have exclusive holiday deals on the 2014 Chevrolet lineup.

Chevy is Giving More with these Offers:

  • 2014 Malibu LS – $179/month for 36 months with 2,909 due at signing
  • 2014 Cruze 1LT – $159/month for 36 months with $2,159 due at signing
  • 2014 Equinox LS FWD – $209/month for 36 months with $2,899 due at singing
  • 2014 Traverse LS FWD – $259/month for 36 months with 2,969 due at signing
  • If you trade in an eligible vehicle for a 2014 Silverado All Star Edition V6, you will receive $3,500 in customer cash, $1,000 trade assistance and a $750 option package discount.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Check out our inventory at our website and pay us a visit today!

Chevrolet Presents the 2015 Chevy Colorado at the LA Auto Show

2015 chevy colorado at the la auto show
The Chevrolet Silverado will have a another truck under its wing next fall.

Chevrolet is expanding its presence in the truck market with the updated addition of an old friend.

This week, Chevrolet introduced the 2015 Chevy Colorado at the LA Auto Show. The midsize truck joins a lineup that already includes the Silverado 1500 and Heavy Duty trucks.

Available in 2WD and FWD, The Colorado will come in a crew cab with a five or six foot bed and an extended cab and six foot bed.

Standard with the Colorado is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is equipped with direct fuel injection, generating 193 horsepower and 184 1b-ft of torque.

The Colorado will be out next fall and is expected to get a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine as a feature, which will make it the only midsize pickup truck to offer such power.

While you wait, have a look around our Silverado inventory. Nehls Chevrolet can’t wait for the Colorado to reenter today’s market.

Weight Loss: The Chevy Silverado Cheyenne Concept

The Chevy Silverado Cheyenne concept
The Chevy Silverado could get a whole lot lighter in the future.

Chevrolet’s well-known pickup truck is shredding some pounds with the reveal of the Chevy Silverado Cheyenne concept at SEMA this week.

The Las Vegas auto show is showcasing a lighter, performance-based model of the Silverado that trades in the regular cab’s 5.3-liter V8 engine for a 6.2-liter V8 engine that runs on 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque.

GM claims that this concept cuts 200 pounds off the Silverado’s 4,503-pound figure.

In meeting this number, Chevy engineers added a carbon fiber tailgate, bumpers and inner cargo box and removed the trailer hitch, spare tire, the center console inside and some insulation as well.

Also, the Cheyenne concept got carbon ceramic Brembo brakes from the Camaro Z/28 as well as other things, including 19-inch aluminum wheels, Recaro seats and steering wheel.

Thanks to its engine and a high performance exhaust system, this truck will jump from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds.

While this truck is only a concept and may not head to production, you can check out the Chevy Silverado inventory at Nehls Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Provides Last Minute Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween

Last minute pumpkin carving ideas for halloween
Tired of carving the typical jack-o-lantern face? Try a Chevy car or car logo instead.

It’s Halloween, and that means it’s time to carve a haunting smile on that pumpkin you bought a week ago.

Are you in need any last minute pumpkin carving ideas for Halloween? Chevrolet has got you covered.

On Monday, Chevy posted 21 stencils to its Facebook page in which you can download and use for inspiration as you masterfully show off your artistic skills in front of your family and friends.

The designs include car logos and spooky themes that bring out a creepy personality in some of Chevy’s popular models. One that jumps out is the Chevy Volt, which is configured with bat wings and vampire fangs.

Regardless of which one you choose, you will have your work cut out for you as you try to cut out the design.

At the end of the night though, it will be worth it. Trick-or-treaters will not only know that your house is the home of an artist, but that Chevrolet makes for the best pumpkin-carving designs.

Happy Halloween from Nehls Chevrolet!

Teen Driver Safety Starts with the Parents

Teen Driver Safety Tips
Teen driver safety starts with the parents.

While it can be the shining moment in a teenager’s world, getting the car keys is only the first step of learning to drive.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is a yearly time set by Congress to encourage teenagers to drive safely and good passenger behavior. This year’s theme centered on how teenagers need their parents in order to transform into safe drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a teenager was involved in a deadly car crash every 2 hours in 2011. In that same year, 5,000 teenagers were a part of fatal car accidents, leading to 1,900 deaths and 180,000 injuries behind the wheel.

With these statistics in mind, Nehls Chevrolet encourages parents to work with their teenagers by teaching and supervising them and enforcing rules.

In order to accomplish this mission, here are some tips for parents:

1. Patience. Remain respectful and calm while giving criticism and advice to your teen.

2. At least 65 hours of supervised driving. Keep a driving log and create a driving lesson timeline to guarantee that your teens get to experience lots of different driving situations.

3. Setting rules. Clearly communicate the dos and don’ts (ex. driving time restrictions, prohibiting cell phone use and number of passengers).

4. Being a role model driver. Follow the laws of the road and speed limit. Wear your seatbelt always. Don’t use your cell phone when driving.

5. Knowing and teaching what’s crucial. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found through a study that 75% of serious teen accidents happened because of a critical teen driver error.

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!