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.

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.

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.

 

Visit the International Surfing Museum

Visit The International Surfing Museum

Surf City

 

When you think of Orange County, perhaps you picture surfers riding the waves at sunrise. That’s a fair expectation, given that Huntington Beach has well-earned its nickname of “Surf City.” With that in mind, where else would the best location be for the International Surfing Museum than here in Huntington Beach?

 

Orange County natives, visitors, and surfers will all be stoked to check out Surf City’s contribution to California’s generous list of surfing museums. You’ll be greeted with remarkable enthusiasm for the sport, even by those who don’t partake themselves—like the museum’s founder, Natalie Kotsch. Kotsch came to California from Canada, where there was no surfing, but was entranced with the sport after her move. Thanks to her, much of the area’s recent surf history has been preserved.

 

During your visit, exhibitions featuring surf boards, posters, and memorabilia will demonstrate the progression of area surfers throughout the years. Rotating exhibits allow new details of the sport a chance in the spotlight and encourage return visitors. If surfing is one of your passions, a second visit further down the road is definitely worth another $2, the price of the museum’s admission. From special events to “Surfin’ Sundays” featuring live surf music, the International Surfing Museum is constantly finding a new way to celebrate the sport.

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?