Tips for the DMV: Avoiding Lines, Boredom, and Unpreparedness

Few things are more dreaded in American society than a trip to the DMV. Nevertheless, you can’t always avoid going, especially if you move to a new state or purchase a new vehicle. That’s why the team here at DeLillo Chevrolet has written a post on tips for the DMV. On your next trip, you’ll hopefully be a little more prepared for the long lines and boredom.

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LifeHacker suggests doing as much as possible online. Though that might sound obvious, few people realize just how much you can do using the online DMV website. For instance, you can renew your ID and license plates, request driving records, change your address, and more. Just make sure to use the DMV website for California.

If you can’t avoid heading to the DMV, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Most of the information about paperwork is listed online. For instance, getting a used car requires a title, bill of sale, odometer reading, emission-test certification, and the VIN number. If you’re getting an ID, you usually need multiple forms of ID (SS card, passport, etc.), proof of your current address, and payment.

Research the best times to go. Here’s when NOT to go (typically):

  • Before or after a holiday
  • Beginning or end of a month
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays (beginning and end of week)
  • During lunch or after 5pm

Many DMVs list the optimum hours for a short wait. Even if you think you can avoid the long wait, bring something to do like a book, game, or newspaper. Those are just some of the things to keep in mind the next time you’re thinking about going to the DMV.

 

New 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE is an Engineering Marvel

The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE is one of the fastest production Camaros ever made. The newest Camaro comes with a tuned powertrain and suspension, aerodynamic contours, a lightweight build, and more. The ZL1 even completed the famous Nürburgring track with a lap time of just 7:16.04. At DeLillo Chevrolet, we couldn’t be more excited about the new 2018 Camaro.

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CNET notes that the 2018 ZL1 1LE beat the previous Camaro’s lap time by a whopping 13.56 seconds—a considerable gap for any race car. New features include a carbon fiber wing that provides 80 percent more downforce. The front end has dive planes and a splitter to optimize airflow, while the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 produces 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the Multimatic DSSV® dampers keep the car stiff at high speeds.

“‘X’ decals are affixed to the sides of the mammoth rear wing of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE,” said Jon Wong of Roadshow. “Chevrolet engineers say it’s to signify the model as the most extreme interpretation of the sixth-generation pony car. If you’re an enthusiast who measures a car by how well it romps around a racetrack, you may agree that those ‘X’ stickers are warranted with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:16.04.”

In addition to the many engineering marvels under the hood, it would be remiss of us not to mention the stunning exterior. The smooth black hood accentuates the front end, the headlights are bold and aggressive, and the fat tires imply raw power. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE at first sight.

The All-Electric Chevy Bolt EV Proves a Point Against Volkswagen

While your average enthusiast will tell you that a car needs good ol’ gasoline to be high-performing, the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV has a surprise in store for those fossil fuel fanboys.

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The all-electric Chevy Bolt EV went head-to-head against the Volkswagen Golf GTI in a series of three races, delivering a true whooping to the VW in two out of three bouts. One race ended with a win for the Golf GTI by the skin of its teeth, but only because of a faulty start by the Bolt.

 

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is well-known for being a sprightly little hatchback with a lot more “oomph” than meets the eye, but that golden-child reputation didn’t help it much in this battle with the Bolt. The Chevy Bolt EV is as striking as its name implies, with impressive features such as 238 miles on a single charge and the Electronic Precision Shift gear system.*

 

If you’ve had that anti-electric attitude about the Bolt before, it’s time to take a look at this hot little hatchback with new eyes. It’s proving itself with its high-performance left-and-right, even being named the Motor Trend “Car of the Year” for 2017.

 

The Chevy Bolt EV is rated with 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, going from 0-60 in about 6.5 seconds. Pretty significant numbers for a car that guzzles zero gas! Stop by or give us a call at DeLillo Chevrolet for more information on the Chevy Bolt EV.

 

Visit DeLillo Chevrolet and put it to the test! Stop in and test drive the Chevy Bolt EV today!

 

*EPA estimates. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique.

You’ve Been in an Accident — Now What?

You can never fully anticipate a car accident, but you can be prepared for one. After you’ve been in an accident, there are a few things you should do to make the follow-up as simple and stress-free as possible.

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  1. Pause and take a deep breath. Staying calm is very important.
  2. Check yourself for injuries first, and then assess your passengers. If you’re unsure about anyone’s injuries, call an ambulance. This is absolutely one of those situations in which the phrase “better safe than sorry” applies.
  3. Turn on your hazard lights.
  4. In the case of a minor accident, move the involved vehicles to a safer place, away from traffic. In high-volume areas, there is often a nearby crash investigation site, which will allow emergency officials to get to you quicker and easier.
  5. Call the police for any sort of accident.
  6. Call your insurance agent to report any sort of accident.

 

After you’ve been in an accident, things can rush at you pretty quickly, so let us reiterate step one: stay calm. You’ll find it more helpful to yourself and all those involved in the accident if you can keep an even keel.

 

If you require any repairs after an accident, our technicians are standing by at DeLillo Chevrolet’s service center.

Summer Truck Maintenance

Chevrolet pickups are built to last—there’s no doubt about that. But that doesn’t mean that your pickup won’t benefit from some summer truck maintenance. Follow these tips from DeLillo Chevrolet to make sure your truck has the care it needs to survive the summer heat.

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Tires

Having tires that are in good shape is an important step towards getting the best gas mileage and ensuring the safest driving. Hot temperatures can wear on your tires more quickly than usual, so you should keep an eye on your truck’s tires to make sure they’re at the correct PSI and have plenty of tread, so that you can get good fuel economy on your summer road trips.

 

Battery

Your truck’s battery is also more susceptible to corrosion in excessive heat. Check your battery and clean off any visible, built up corrosion. You can also clean the battery cables, checking for cracks or damage along the way.

 

Coolant System

Your coolant system will be working hard this season, so make sure it has what it needs to perform well. Check your coolant fluid levels and look over the radiator and its surrounding parts for any damage. Use a pressure washer to clean debris and dirt from your radiator while your truck is turned off. Keeping your radiator clean will help ensure that your coolant system works at maximum efficiency this summer.

Tips for the Perfect Beach Day

With Huntington Beach just 10 minutes away from DeLillo Chevrolet, we love stopping off for a lunch break or an afternoon in the sun. When you’re planning your family’s days at the beach this summer, use these simple tips to have the perfect beach day every time.

 

Protect your gear

Even if your phone is in a waterproof case, store it in a ziplock back when you’re at the beach. This ensures that it’s protected from both water and sand, and the touch screen is still accessible through the baggie.

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Meanwhile, it’s easier to protect all of your belongings from the sand when you use an upside down fitted sheet as your beach towel. Just put one item, such as a cooler, at each corner and pull up the edges of the sheet around the items to build a little sheet wall around the perimeter.

 

Hide your valuables

Hide your money, jewelry, and keys out of plain sight by cleaning out an old sunscreen bottle. This makeshift, low-budget safe will blend in with its surroundings, keeping your valuables out of the limelight.

 

Clean up

Some people like having sand in their vehicle as a happy reminder of fun in the sun. If you’re not one of these people, keep a soft bristled brush in your vehicle to help clean sand off of passengers before entering. Baby powder is also a handy tool in cleaning wet sand off of sun-kissed feet.

Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

 

Chevrolet abandoned the original FNR concept shortly after the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, but it wasn’t gone for long. The American brand brought the new and improved FNR-X concept to the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show not long ago. Featuring a hybrid powertrain, the sport-inspired crossover truly is the vehicle of the future.

 

 

The “all-purpose sports concept” offers an adjustable ride height and wheel blades designed to automatically adjust to reduce drag at high speeds. Not all of the technologies are futuristic though; active grille shutters are available on numerous vehicles, just like the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup.

 

The Chevrolet FNR-X concept features two driving modes, Versatility and Sport, which are capable of adjusting the ride height and performance of the hybrid powertrain. Optical and acoustic recognition sensors are littered around the vehicle to optimize the autonomous driver suite’s performance.

 

Inside, the FNR-X concept features plenty of advanced technologies, like an augmented reality heads-up display. Ambient lighting changes according to which driving mode is selected and a graphene-inspired trim sets the tone for the future of the industry as a whole.

 

While there’s no official word on a production schedule or release date, the updated FNR-X concept seems ready to roll. We here at DeLillo Chevrolet are looking forward to see what the future has in store for the FNR-X concept!

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

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Follow our summer car maintenance tips so you can have great adventures in your Chevy all year long!

Taking care of your car is a year-round job, but summer maintenance is by far the most important, especially for warmer climates. From what’s under the hood to the interior, there’s quite a few steps to getting your car operating at peak performance for the summer months. Here are some helpful summer car maintenance tips from us here at DeLillo Chevrolet.

Tires

Take the time to give your tires a good look before taking to the road on any trips. Tires that have low tread won’t have enough traction to ensure you can drive safely on any road conditions. Keep an eye out for any abnormalities like bulges or cuts. Make sure the tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer-suggested pressure as well. It wouldn’t hurt to pick stones and other debris out of the tread either.

Air Filter

Clean cabin air is important to many drivers, even if they don’t think about it. Your cabin air filter likely needs to be changed as summer rolls around, assuming it wasn’t changed in spring. On the bright side, air filters are fairly inexpensive and you can replace them yourself.

Coolant

An improper level of coolant or old coolant could lead to an overheated engine once summer arrives. Take the time to flush old coolant and replace it. Check the hoses for any holes or wear and tear.

Three Great Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

 

Garden

At DeLillo Chevrolet, we love anything that inspires a greener lifestyle. Earth Day is a great reminder that it’s up to us to protect our planet. Here are three ways how you and your family can make a difference and celebrate Earth Day this year.

 

Start a garden

Earth Day shouldn’t just be a one-day thing; it should be an inspiration to make changes and tweaks for a more sustainable lifestyle moving forward. Gardening is a great way to create a positive relationship with the Earth, and to get away from processed foods and major factory farms. Start small by planting a couple of herbs, then let your garden grow from there.

 

Make your car greener

This day is a great opportunity to ride your bike to work or walk to the grocery store. But for your usual daily commute, look into ways to make your vehicles more efficient. Start by cleaning out any excess junk in your car. The extra weight requires more gas to move it. Then, learn about the different ways in which you can develop green driving habits, like using less aggressive acceleration and avoiding idling.

 

Get outside

There’s no better way to rekindle your relationship with planet than by spending some quality time together. Plan a picnic with your family or a long hike at a local state park. There are so many ways to enjoy the planet, from planting a tree to bird watching. Find a new way to get the most out of nature with your family this Earth Day.

 

Top Destinations for Spring Break in California

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Since its discovery, Americans have been drawn to the West. The sunshine, the sweet scent of orange groves, and the seemingly infinite and variable vacation destinations make it hard to resist. Whether you live in the area or are flying in from elsewhere, whether you’re looking for a wholesome family getaway or a place to party away the exam blues, everyone should experience a spring break trip in California at least once. Here are some of our favorite picks.

 

Los Angeles

This bustling west coast city is home to plenty of attractions sure to enchant the family. From the magical Disneyland to Universal Studios to the sunny Santa Monica Pier, you can plan endless days in the sun. Rent rollerblades or bikes at Venice Beach and be sure to grab a tasty lunch at a local taco truck. Just remember to stop in and say hi to us at DeLillo Chevrolet!

 

Big Sur

For less city and more natural wonders, you can’t go wrong with Big Sur. This gorgeous, rocky stretch of the central California coast is known for its rocky overlooks, beautiful hiking trails, and its friendly, laid back, California culture.

 

Palm Springs

Spring is the perfect time to visit Palm Springs, a desert city just two hours east of Los Angeles in the Coachella Valley. It’s warm enough to take a dip in the pool at your mid-century modern hotel, but cool enough to be comfortable enjoying a game of golf or a visit to Joshua Tree National Park. This resort town has so much art, nature, and experiences unique to it, it’s a must-visit on any spring break bucket list.

 

Don’t forget to stop by DeLillo Chevrolet to make sure your vehicle is ready for its next road trip!