Understanding Credit Score – What Does It Mean For You?

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Your credit score is like a report card for adults.

 

When you’re in school, GPA is the number that governs your life. It reflects your grades, determines the kinds of colleges or post-graduate programs you might be able to apply to, and even helps you secure out-of-college jobs.

Later on, though, GPA starts to matter less, and credit score takes over. It’s the new number everyone cares about, from when you need to take out a loan to buy a car or house or even when you open a new account with the local internet service provider. Unfortunately, credit score can be confusing, and many people still don’t understand what it is exactly or how it can be changed.

Credit score, like GPA, is a grade, but instead of summarizing your performance and history in school, it summarizes your financial history. It’s a tool that helps banks and other entities determine the financial risk you present based on your financial situation and how reliably you’ve paid your bills in the past.

Knowing this, it’s actually quite easy to figure out how to improve credit score. For example, you should:

  • Minimize debt as much as possible (try to never take out loans for anything other than a car or a house)
  • Always pay your bills on time
  • Avoid opening numerous lines of credit

That being said, even if you have low credit, remember that we’ll always work with you to give you the best deal possible on a car at DeLillo Chevrolet! You stick with your salesperson all the way through – no need to haggle with a separate finance department. Learn more about our internet financing options!

New Chevrolet Ad Uses Horror Film Trope with a Twist

We’ve all been there. Those crucial moments in horror movies that make us want to scream, “No, don’t open that door!” Somehow, characters in these kinds of movies always seem to have less common sense, or at least fewer survival instincts, than normal people.

In a new Chevrolet ad for the all-new 2016 Malibu and Cruze, critically-acclaimed director Sam Raimi uses the audience’s familiar feeling of watching a horror movie to playfully suggest that for once, they should indeed turn away from the door.

“Imagine however, if for once, that character could heed the warnings of theatergoers and avoid the inevitable threat,” the automaker explains.

The ad points out that if a character could listen to the audience’s warnings, it wouldn’t be unlike the relationship between a driver and the available active safety technologies in the all-new 2016 Malibu and other vehicles you can find at DeLillo Chevrolet. Whenever the driver isn’t paying close attention, or seems to be driving headlong into trouble, the safety systems will warn them—and, if needed, even automatically apply last-second braking.

Maybe it wouldn’t be a horror story anymore, but the last thing we need on the road is a horror story, don’t you think?

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Production Model Specs Unveiled in Detroit

Though the Chevrolet Bolt has long been teased and previewed by the brand, the Bolt production model finally made its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January. The 2017 Bolt had also been revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show, but Detroit makes the car’s first event specifically catered to cars and the auto industry. Chevrolet took the opportunity to release some previously unknown information regarding the new Chevy Bolt and its features and performance.

 The company revealed that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a lithium-ion battery pack with 60 kilowatt-hours, while the electric motor in charge of spinning the Bolt’s front wheels has an output of about 150 kilowatts, or, in more familiar terms, 200 horsepower. The Bolt will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds, thanks to the traction motor’s 266 lb-ft of torque. Chevy says the charger is capable of replenishing 50 miles in two hours, with a full recharge taking about 9 hours at the most.

 If buyers of the Bolt production model have the convenience of access to nearby CCS charging stations, they can also opt to use the built-in CCS charging port, which Chevrolet representatives have stated will charge the 2017 Bolt up to 90 miles in just 30 minutes. This may change as CCS stations become more commonplace and advanced, as current stations have an output of 50 kW or less.

If you can’t wait for the new Bolt, check out the new Chevys currently in stock!

Valentine’s Day Activities for the Whole Family

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These activities help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in a family-friendly way.

Valentine’s Day is about a lot of things. Some people think it’s just a Hallmark holiday invented to sell things. Some people think it’s about celebrating romantic love with flowers, chocolate, and dates at nice restaurants. For some families, however, it’s just not a viable option to pass the kids onto a babysitter and go out for the evening — or, you may want to share the gift of love with your kids as well. But in a world drenched in romance, what are some Valentine’s Day activities that are fun for everyone, kids included?

 Parents can take the opportunity to use Valentine’s Day as a way to teach children about love. Love in this sense doesn’t necessarily mean romantic love — friends and family are just as vital to our lives. Taking the time to make gifts and compliment each other can really help kids understand the value of interpersonal relationships. For example, you might have the family write letters of appreciation or thanking each other for specific good deeds. You could even make each other candies or other sweets instead of just buying Valentine’s candy from the store.

 If you don’t just want it to be a family event, you can have a Valentine’s party for your kids as well and let them invite friends over. At these parties, parents can have the kids make Valentines for each other and provide red, pink, and white snacks (or have the kids help make them!).

 Valentine’s Day activities don’t just have to be about you and your significant other. They can include the whole family! Scouring through the web turns up a bunch of ideas for Valentine’s Day inspired games, crafts, and activities, and I’m sure you can even come up with a few of your own if you’re feeling creative.

Share your ideas with us at DeLillo Chevrolet in the comments below!

Interesting Facts About The Interstate System

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You’ll look at the open road in a new light once you learn these interesting facts about the interstate system

When you’re stuck on the interstate, idling for hours in a traffic jam, do you ever look around and ponder just how amazing the interstate really is? That’s probably not the best time to appreciate what is truly a marvel of engineering. But it’s true. It’s amazing! We’ve put together a number of interesting facts about the interstate system….

  • The longest interstate is I-90 at 3,020 miles. It connects Seattle with Boston.
  • The shortest interstate is I-97 at 17 miles. It exists solely in Maryland.
  • The most dangerous stretch of interstate is on I-10 in Arizona. A 150-mile stretch sees 85 deaths every year.
  • The numbering of north-South interstates begins on the West coast to avoid confusion with US numbered highways, which begin in the East. There is no I-50 because it would have been in the vicinity as US-50.
  • The first interstate was constructed in Missouri and would later be designated part of I-70.
  • States determine the traffic laws on interstate. That’s why the speed limit can change state to state.

As of 2013, the entire interstate system added up to 47,856 miles. That means that if you maintained a steady speed limit of 65 mph and never stopped, you could drive the entire system in 30 days.

Looking to get some serious driving done? Here are our new cars!

Chevrolet Listed Twice On Ward’s Auto Best Engines List

If there’s one thing that Chevrolet knows, it’s engines. After all, it was Chevy that originally created the Chevy V8 small block. There have been 100,000,000 Chevy small block engines produced since the engine was designed in 1995.

These days, Chevrolet is still cranking out highly capable and highly innovative engines and not without notice. Two Chevy engines recently made their way on the prestigious Ward’s Auto Best Engines list.

For one engine that made the list, the recognition proves that Chevrolet is still on top of their performance/sports car game. The 3.6-liter V6 featured in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro gives you more bang for your buck, according to what they found over at Ward’s Auto. The director of content at Ward’s Auto says, “The 3.6 delivers the kind of power and lusty exhaust note you associate with a V-8 for the price of a V-6.”

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The 2016 Chevy Camaro was named to the Ward’s Auto Best Engines List.

For the other engine that made the list, it proves that Chevrolet is fully embracing the evolving landscape of the automotive market. The Voltec propulsion system featured in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt represents the second-generation of the technology. Ward’s Auto: “General Motors has taken what already is the most innovative and disruptive propulsion system in the auto industry and made it lighter, stronger and a lot more fun to drive.”

Taking a Peek at the Upcoming 2017 Chevy Bolt

The upcoming 2017 Chevy Bolt is set to officially debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, but new spy shots are letting us take a look at it ahead of time.

If the Chevy Bolt resembles the Volt in name, so does it too in appearance. Styling elements borrow heavily from the Volt, and perhaps even from the i3, at least insofar as dimensions are concerned.

When it launches, the Bolt hatchback is expected to have a 200-mile electric range, though in sheer size it seems larger than a traditional hatchback. In other words, it’ll allow families who want to go green the opportunity to drive something even more efficient than the Volt without being cramped for room.

It will be built at the GM Orion Assembly facility in Michigan and arrive at DeLillo Chevrolet some time in 2017. Stay tuned to CES to know exactly what to expect!

Chevrolet Supports Wreaths Across America

Chevrolet has announced its support of Wreaths Across America, helping the organization place more than 70,000 wreaths at military cemeteries across the country.

Honoring as many of America’s military heroes as this requires a lot of wreaths and a lot of moving around, so Chevrolet dealers such as DeLillo Chevrolet and volunteers are donating more than 13,000 wreaths to the organization to help make it happen.

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Chevrolet supports Wreaths Across America through wreath and vehicle donations.

The automaker is also providing several vehicles to Wreaths Across America, including decorated Suburbans and Silverados, that will lead their journey from its headquarters in Maine to the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

“We think it is so important to teach our younger generation that our freedoms are not free, and that the stories of our fallen and departed heroes should not be lost through the years,” said Dan Adamcheck, Chevrolet regional sales and marketing manager. “Laying those wreaths and paying tribute is a small way to show how grateful we are.”

All-New 2016 Chevrolet Volt Donated to FIRST to support STEM Students

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt

 

We all want the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt. It’s smarter, better looking, and more capable than any that have come before it—and those that have come before have been quite successful at DeLillo Chevrolet. But one of the first recipients of the new car is an unlikely one: FIRST, a K-12 robotics program that helps raise money for student robotics opportunities across the country, especially in communities underrepresented in STEM fields.

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt was donated to FIRST to help raise some of those funds. “The Volt exemplifies technology, and behind the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is a diverse team of engineers who understand the power of science and math,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet Marketing Director. “FIRST brings science and math alive outside the classroom, just like we are bringing it alive on the road.”

The organization will auction the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Volt, with proceeds going to support its many STEM programs around the United States. This is just the latest of many collaborations between Chevrolet and FIRST—for instance, just last year, GM engineers worked with 866 FIRST teams representing 10,000 students.

Lucky Guy Gets the First All-New 2016 Chevrolet Camaro from Danica Patrick

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If you’ve followed IndyCar at all in the last few years, you must have heard of Danica Patrick, who has been breaking all kinds of records related to female performances in motorsports. And if you’ve paid any attention to cars in general, you must also have heard of the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, which offers a previously unseen combination of performance, refinement, and technology.

Now both Danica Patrick and the Camaro have come together, but not in the way you might think. The first person to take delivery of the new car was Alican “Turk” Boyacioglu, who has been eagerly waiting for his 2016 Camaro SS for months. If his excitement wasn’t enough to begin with, it went over the top when he saw that none other than Patrick drove his car over and delivered the keys in person.

Unfortunately, we can’t promise that Patrick will be delivering your own 2016 Camaro should you purchase one from DeLillo Chevrolet, but we can guarantee that your experience at the wheel will be just as remarkable!