Chevy Bolt Wins Car of the Year Title

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The North American International Auto Show is held every year in Detroit and could easily be classified as the largest auto show in the United States. Each year, automakers all over the world flock to Detroit to show off their new wares in January, and NAIAS recognizes individual nameplates with awards like Car and Truck of the Year. This year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV took home the award for Detroit’s Car of the Year.

The Chevy Bolt has already won a few other honors, including Motor Trend’s Car of the Year back in November and the Green Car of the Year award given to the vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Bolt seems to be collecting a heavy collection of awards, though it’s not unwarranted; with a sticker price below $30,000 and an electric range of around 238 miles on a single charge, the Chevy Bolt costs about half the price as the competition, including the Tesla Model S.

Kicking off 2017 with the Car of the Year award from the Detroit Auto Show isn’t anything to turn up your nose at, either. The Chevy Bolt has already started the New Year with a big win, an omen of its success as a highly-anticipated and much-needed member of the electric car segment.

Check Out Weekly Classic Car Shows from HB Hot Rod

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Classic Chevrolet Malibu

If you love cars and you’re looking for something to do in Huntington Beach, you’re in luck. The auto club HB Hot Rod holds weekly classic car shows every Wednesday for residents in the area, so you can come out on a Wednesday evening to see a variety of vintage vehicles that have been refurbished and treated with love. It’s the same place every week – 16882 Gothard Street – and the event runs from 6:30 until 8:30pm.

HB Hot Rod refers to the event as Cars and Cruisin’, and it’s designed to be a unique experience for guests and members alike. The facility features a shop, kitchenette, and games like darts and cornhole for hanging out and communing with members of the club. HB Hot Rod also invites weekly guests that come to talk about different subjects related to caring for classic cars. Later, the real magic happens – a cruise around Main Street and the surrounding streets to show off the members’ slick rides.

Whether you have a classic car of your own that you wish to show off – in which case, check the club’s guidelines before you go – or you just want to see a bunch of cool cars showing their stuff in Huntington Beach, HB Hot Rod is committed to the upkeep of these vintage cars and bringing together a community of people around them.

Motor Trend Car of the Year is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Motor Trend Car of the Year

In the past three years, Chevrolet has earned four awards from Motor Trend. The latest is the Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

In the past three years, Chevrolet has earned four awards from Motor Trend. The latest is the Motor Trend Car of the Year award for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The other three awards were for Car of the Year in 2016 for the Camaro and Truck of the Year in 2015, and 2016 for the Colorado.

“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

The Bolt EV earned this year’s award because it performed exceptionally well in six evaluation categories: engineering excellence, advancement in design, value, efficiency, safety, and performance of intended function.

With the Bolt EV, the electric car segment will get a great, game-changing addition. It will deliver an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge. In addition, it will be available across the country and has an affordable starting price of $37,495. Many customers may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, making it even more affordable.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be available here at DeLillo Chevrolet by the end of this year.

How to Enjoy Winter in Southern California

December is here, which for a lot of the country means snowy weather and freezing temperatures. However, winter in Southern California equals glorious days of warm weather and maybe some rain. If you’ve spent much of your life living somewhere with four seasons, or just want to experience a true winter, here are some of the best places to enjoy winter in Southern California.

 

  • Idyllwild. This mountaintop community in Riverside County enjoys light snowfall in the winter. There isn’t any skiing, so it won’t be as crowded as other mountain areas.
  • Baldy. Located just minutes from any spot in Orange County, this is a popular location for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and just some fun playing in the snow.
  • Big Bear Lake. For a bit more of a drive, head to Big Bear Lake. You can stay at the resort or just spend the day snowshoeing or building a snowman.

 

For those of us who want to feel like they’re in a winter wonderland, without the actual cold and snow, here are a few Christmas-themed events to try.

 

 

  • Mission Inn Festival of Lights. This is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southern California. It’s free, but can get crowded, especially on the weekends.
  • Newport Boat Parade. This parade is a five-day event running from December 14th-18th. Participants put a lot of effort into decorating their extravagant yachts with holiday lights.

 

What is your favorite way to enjoy winter in Southern California?

Why California is the Best State

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There are a number of states that can make the argument that they’re the best but none have more reasons than California. The west-coast wonder boasts a number of attractions and atmosphere that attracts incredible numbers of visitors year after year. Here are at DeLillo Chevrolet, we have several strong arguments as to why California is the best state.

  1. Death Valley National Park – There are few places more beautiful than Death Valley National Park. The park offers a somewhat shocking look at what the future of post-global warming America could be while offering a breathtaking scenic view few can ever forget.
  2. Cities – California is home to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Both world-class cities attract visitors from all over the world without fail. The sheer size, quality of life, and number of attractions overwhelm every other state.
  3. Innovation – The state of California is a hotspot for tech startups and innovation. Netflix, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and many other major social media, streaming, and search engines call California home. That’s something no other state can lay claim to.

We can go on and on about what makes California great, including scenery, stardom, and many more reasons. Stop by to see for yourself. We will be happy to say hello here at DeLillo Chevrolet, should you stop in!

Behind the Scenes at a Car Dealership

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Like any business, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at a car dealership that you, the customer, generally don’t see. Sometimes that can transition to a long wait but there’s always a good reason for it. Allow us here at DeLillo Chevrolet to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at a car dealership.

You’ve found a car you like and the salesman walked off a few minutes ago to retrieve your requested car. It seems to be taking an unexpected amount of time. The reason, if you found the car online, could be that the car isn’t on the main lot. While retrieving a car sitting on the lot takes just a minute or two, finding one in an off-site lot could take more than a few minutes. If you requested to drive a car in the showroom, it will take even longer.

Salesmen try to deliver the best experience possible and much of that comes with meeting your every request. If you choose to test drive a specific car, they’ll make it happen but it could take a few minutes more than expected. To help reduce the wait time, call ahead and let them know what model you want to drive. Odds are the salesman will have it ready to go by the time you arrive.

So you’ve made a deal and you’re just waiting on the car, but it seems to be taking forever. The obvious, and more likely reason, is that the service department is preparing the car by cleaning the interior and exterior, tightening bolts, and making sure everything is in working order. Dealerships are dedicated to making sure you have an exceptional experience and it’s that attention to detail that makes it happen.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is Changing the Way We Think About Electric Cars

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At one point in time, a car getting 20 MPG was impressive, and it would be insanity to think that we could possibly have a car that runs purely on electricity. However, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is changing the way that we think about how cars function in the world.

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV is a purely electric car that is going to get up to an estimated 238 miles of range per full charge. As the average daily commute for a worker is approximately 40 miles, this means that people could potentially go a few days before having to charge their vehicle.

As for charging the battery, there are a few features that help save battery life. One is called the “regen effect”, which essentially allows drivers to slow down without using the brake pedal. As drivers let off the gas, the vehicle slows down, which transfers energy back to the battery.

The traditional way of charging the Bolt EV is with a special charger at home that gives you about 25 miles per hour of charge. It takes about 9.5 hours to completely recharge the battery.

Improve Your Pregame Party with These Tailgating Essentials

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There is no better way to experience an NFL or college football game than by getting to the stadium a few hours beforehand to soak in the atmosphere and join in the tailgating festivities. To make sure that you show up prepared and the envy of every other party happening in the parking lot, remember these tailgating essentials on the next game day.

Dress Appropriately

Leave no question about which team you’re supporting. Whether it’s a jersey, shoes, or decals to put on your equipment, tailgating is a time to show your team spirit. Here are a few pretty cool options:

Food and Drinks

This may just be the most important aspect of any tailgating party. Is it even tailgating if you don’t have a massive selection? Check out these items:

Pregame Activities

Last, but definitely not least, are the activities that you plan on doing beforehand. Food and team spirit can only take your party so far. These items will help you take it to the next level:

Follow these simple tips, and you will be the talk of the tailgating party.

Take the Huntington Beach Historic Walking Tour

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By Mcclane2010 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35323902

Looking for something fun to do in the Huntington Beach area? The Huntington Beach Historic Resources Board has been kind enough to write a very comprehensive outline to follow for a self-guided Historic Walking Tour through the downtown Huntington Beach area. Starting in front of the information kiosk at the Huntington Beach Pier, the walking tour will hit many of the area’s great local attractions. Here are a few highlights:

The Pier: Dating back to 1904, the pier has a rich, colorful history of its own.

Helme/Worthy House: Currently being renovated by the Worthy family, this home, built in 1901, is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Huntington Pacific Condos: These condos couldn’t be built now due to building restrictions, but they’ve persevered to this day despite their origins in the 60s.

International Surfing Museum: What says California like a museum about surfing? Check out the numerous exhibits, including a cornerstone of the 1914 pier.

Perqs Nite Club: Originally a school in 1905, Perqs was turned into a night club with the arrival of the oil-hungry “roughnecks” in the 20s. Now, it’s a photography studio.

The Huntington Beach Historic Walking Tour includes many other interesting sites besides these, so be sure to check it out.

How to do a DIY Oil Change

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Changing oil is something all car owners have to do at some point. The recommended amount of time between oil changes is three months, but don’t we all procrastinate on getting things done from time to time? Plus, taking your car in to get serviced takes money. If you want to save yourself a bit of cash, you can easily change your oil at home. Here’s the step-by-step process for a DIY oil change!

You’ll need an oil filter, oil (check the owner’s manual for what kind), a ramp or jack stand, a large drain pan, and things like rags and gloves to help with the mess.

Let your vehicle cool off before starting this process so you don’t burn yourself. After that’s done, pop open the hood to the engine and unscrew the oil cap. This helps prevent a vacuum from forming as you’re draining the old oil so that it drains faster. Ramps are a safer method of elevating your vehicle than jacks, but a jack stand will do. Raise the vehicle, place the drain pan underneath the oil drain, and pull off the drain plug.

Loosen the oil filter while the oil is draining and replace it with the new oil filter. After the oil is drained, simply put the plug back on and put the proper amount of new oil into the engine before putting the oil cap back on. Then, you’re done. Performing a DIY oil change is easy, takes less than an hour, and saves you a lot of money in the long run.