Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions | Amesbury, MA

As 2020 approaches, many people are setting goals for the future. These strategies for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions will help you get you started on the right foot.

Be Real

Sometimes the best way to be successful with a New Year’s resolution is to start small. Give yourself a goal that you know you can meet, like going to the gym twice a week versus six times a week.

Remember the Pros and Cons

As your initial momentum threatens to wear off, you may need some extra motivation to keep you going. Make a list of the pros and cons to keeping your resolution. Ask friends and family to contribute to the list and add to it as you think of more items. Regularly revisit your goal to help you remember why you want to stick to your resolution.

Talk About It

Talking about your goals and your process is another great way to keep in touch with what your goal means to you. Talk to friends about how things are going and seek support when needed.

Don’t Give Up

If you feel like you’ve slipped up, don’t beat yourself up over it. New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be about perfect execution. They should be about making positive changes and challenging yourself. Don’t give up. Remember that you can start over or pick up where you left off at any point during the year.

Amesbury Chevrolet wishes you and your loved ones a Happy New Year. Remember to keep us in mind the next time your Chevy needs service or if you’re shopping for a new ride.

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A Retrospective Look at Chevrolet’s Official Video Game Lineup

2018 Chevy Corvette | Amesbury, MA

You may not know this, but Chevrolet has licensed video games that allow you to enjoy virtual versions of their famous Chevy sports cars. These are the official games that you can purchase to take advantage of every opportunity to drive a Chevy.

Corvette (2003)

Perhaps the most iconic Chevrolet car is the Corvette. Chevrolet gave the Corvette its very own video game for fans to enjoy. This game was the first of the brand’s licensed games and it was developed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this model. You could choose from Corvette models ranging from 1953 to brand-new 2003 models. This game was available on the Gameboy Advance, PC, Xbox, and the PlayStation 2.

Ford Vs. Chevy (2005)

Everyone knows about the intense rivalry between Ford and Chevy in the real world, but this rivalry went to a new level in the Ford vs. Chevy video game. You could select to race dozens of models from both brands, including some that aren’t included in other licensed Chevrolet games.

Chevrolet Camaro Wild Ride (2010)

Several years later Chevy gave their other iconic car its own video game. Gamers could race many different Camaros in competitions in three different continents. Wii motion allowed users to control their Camaro by using the Wii Wheel. This game was accessible via Wii, DS, and 3DS.

For more interesting facts about Chevrolet, contact us here at Amesbury Chevrolet. Or stop by to say hello and to test-drive one of the models that inspired these video games.

 

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Things to Do in Amesbury this Fall

Seasonal Activities in Amesbury | Amesbury, MA

The cooler weather of fall makes it the perfect time to get outdoors and explore your community. If you’re looking for seasonal activities in Amesbury, consider visiting Cider Hill Farm, the Brewery Silvaticus, or Lake Gardner. These are just some of the many things you can do to stay busy this autumn.

According to Trip Advisor, one of the top things to do in the area during the fall is to visit Cider Hill Farm. Started by the Cook family over three generations ago, this 145-acre farm hosts events, but you can also stop by to try their sparkling cider or their organic crops. Cider Hill Farm is dedicated to maintaining environmental sustainability, which also makes it a great place to learn about eco-friendly initiatives. Events include Friday Farm Tastings and Cider Under the Stars, as well as Pioneer Day with Laura Ingalls Wilder on Nov. 9.

Want to try some rustic ale or another hearty brew? Stop by the Brewery Silvaticus in the historic mill building in downtown Amesbury. Located right off the Powwow River, this brewery has a small tap room and an outdoor beer garden. You can also find local food trucks if you visit on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Finally, stop by Lake Gardener before it gets too cold. You can hike, paddleboard, or kayak on the lake. Though, if you prefer more land-based adventures, you can also go bird-watching or walk your dog on the trails.

Call us at Amesbury Chevrolet if you need to schedule your vehicle’s fall service appointment. We’re here to make sure your seasonal travels are as safe as they are pleasant.

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The Differences Between the 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Explained

2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD | Amesbury Chevrolet | Amesbury, MA

The Chevrolet heavy-duty pickup truck lineup is back for the new model year, and it’s the best it’s ever been. That being said, how does the 2020 Silverado HD differ from its predecessor? These are some of the differences between the 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

 

Performance

 

For the new model year, the 2020 Silverado HD now comes with two powerful engines. The first is all new and is a standard 6.6-liter V8 engine. It produces 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque, replacing the 2019 model’s less powerful 6.0-liter V8.

 

The 2020 Silverado’s second engine is one that showed up mid-year on the 2019 — a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that puts out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. This engine now comes paired to an all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission, rather than last year’s six-speed.

 

Size

 

Bigger is better when it comes to the Silverado heavy-duty lineup. The 2020 model’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer and 1.4 inches wider. It has also gained an additional 10.4 inches in overall length.

 

Technology

 

While each of these Silverado HD model years come with a range of connective features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2020 offers more. This model comes with a range of trailering apps, wireless smartphone charging, audio system upgrades, and more USB ports.

 

Experience the thrill of the 2020 Silverado HD for yourself when you stop by Amesbury Chevrolet for a test drive. 

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Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration

Fireworks | Amesbury, MA

Although the Fourth of July is known for its spectacular fireworks displays, the end of summer deserves its own celebration. Entering its seventh year, the annual Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration will take place on the Thursday before Labor Day Weekend (Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019) between 8:30-9 p.m., marking a close to the summer months. This WBOP Gathering will celebrate our community, love, and the end of summer with a breathtaking, family-friendly fireworks display at the Boston Harbor.

The Illuminate the Harbor celebration believes that Boston’s waterfront and Harbor belong to the Boston community and celebrates the array of individuals, communities, and public resources that support the waterfront. To show your support for love and connectedness, donate to the celebration here.

The Illuminate the Harbor fireworks display will feature fireworks set off from two barges in Boston Harbor located between Long Wharf and Seaport. The display can be viewed from anywhere along Boston’s waterfront, but several locations along the Boston Harborwalk are recommended. The recommended locations are Christopher Columbus Park, North End; Piers Park, East Boston; and Fan Pier, Seaport District. Before the celebration, you can kick off Labor Day Weekend right with some local grub, supporting local businesses along the Harbor.

We here at Amesbury Chevrolet hope to see you at this year’s Illuminate the Harbor event. Until then, feel free to stop by to test-drive a shiny new 2019 Blazer or Silverado 1500.

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The Top Car Games for Staying Entertained on Road Trips

Top Car Games | Amesbury, MA

Staying entertained on the road is hard enough for adults, but what do you do if you have children in the backseat. There are a variety of top car games for kids, from classics like I Spy to more original ones  you might not have heard of. In addition to stopping every two hours and keeping your kids fed and hydrated, eliminating boredom is a great way to make any road trip better.

According to Mini Time, the classic game I Spy is always a good idea because it can be sustained for long periods of time. The directions are simple: someone looks for something in the environment, says the classic words (“I spy something . . .”), and gives a clue.

Next, try the license plate game. If you’re driving on the interstate, give kids a pad of paper to record the state from which the vehicles around them come from. The first person to collect all 50 states wins, and you can even give bonuses for Canadian provinces. This is a great way to learn geography while you’re on the go.

The game “I’m going on a picnic” is also a great. This memory game requires your kids to remember a list of items — a trick that’s harder than it seems. The first player starts by saying “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing . . .” followed by something that begins with the letter A (e.g., apples). The second player repeats what the first person said, but adds something that begins with the letter B. This goes on until you reach the end of the alphabet. The only caveat is that it must be something you would bring on a picnic — food, supplies, etc.

Contact us at Amesbury Chevrolet if you’d like to schedule a pre-trip service appointment for your vehicle.

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What Does Your Car Color Say About You?

2019 Chevy Lineup in Different Car Color | Amesbury, MA

What we wear, how we speak, and the things we do can tell people a lot about us. But did you know the color of your car could also reveal your inner truths? Find out what the experts say your car color might mean:

  • Blue: If you drive a light blue car, you are calm and honest. If the car is dark blue, you are authoritative and confident.
  • Black: Drivers of black cars are elegant and powerful…
  • White: …whereas drivers of white colors are pure and pristine. You’d have to be pretty clean and fastidious to drive a car that shows trace amounts of dirt, right?
  • Orange: If you drive an orange car, you are likely individual and artistic. Orange is a bold color, after all.
  • Yellow: Similarly, yellow car drivers are funny and joyful; they too have loud personalities.
  • Silver: If you drive a silver car, you are futuristic. Chances are, you always have the latest gadgets and love technology.
  • Red: Have a red car? That may mean you are sensual or like danger.
  • Green: Like blue, green can have a range. Light green usually means you are easy-to-please and understated. Dark green means you are traditional and trustworthy.

We have a ton of different vehicles at Amesbury Chevrolet in a variety of different car colors. Head to our lot to find your next ride and tell people all about yourself!

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The Best Restaurants near Amesbury, Massachusetts

Best Amesbury Restaurants | Amesbury, MA

From fresh seafood to authentic Italian cuisine, the restaurant scene of Amesbury, Massachusetts, is a melting pot of flavors. Whether you’re planning a visit to Amesbury, you’ve lived here all your life, or you’re just passing through, these restaurants in and around the city are sure to amaze you.

1: Ristorante Molise in Amesbury

This gourmet Italian restaurant features an inviting shopfront with a charming patio and a menu filled with delicious dishes, like Gnocchi, Salmon Giorgio, Linguine Bolognese, Pollo alla Vodka, and Fettuccine con Funghi (mushrooms).

2: The Coop Rotisserie in Amesbury

The Coop Rotisserie offers a blend of traditional American and Latin American food, from burritos and tacos to soups and sandwiches to entrees like porkchops with mole sauce. With innovative sides and toppings and a literal wall of hot sauce, the Coop is truly a unique spot.

3: Trina’s Starlight Lounge in Amesbury

Trina’s Starlight Lounge makes southern food with gourmet twists, like sweet potato hash and burgers with chipotle aioli. Expect southern hospitality, delicious cocktails, and the best mac and cheese in the state of Massachusetts when you visit Trina’s.

4: Hana Japan in Newburyport

Head just south of Amesbury to Newburyport and visit Hana Japan, where you can get Japanese cuisine and enjoy the freshest, highest quality cuts of fish from the sushi bar. The artfully assembled sushi rolls and nigiri offer impressive variety, including unique vegetarian options.

5: Lena’s Seafood in Salisbury

Northeast of Amesbury in Salisbury is Lena’s Seafood, another great spot for fresh seafood. Lena’s has tons of great clam and shrimp dishes including chowders and sandwiches, as well as all-American sides like onion rings and kid-friendly options like mac and cheese.

If you need a vehicle to get you to all of these culinary destinations, visit Amesbury Chevrolet.

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Spring Cleaning Tips: Prepare Your Car for Warmer Weather

Spring Cleaning Tips | Amesbury, MA

With the cold months of winter behind us, we have a lot of work to do. Your car has been through one harsh winter, and now it is time to restore it for the warmer months ahead. The Amesbury Chevrolet service team recommends these spring cleaning tips

Wash it

Take your vehicle to a carwash that cleans the outside body along with the undercarriage. This ensures that all water and salt gathered below your car is gone so as to avoid corrosion. Also, clean the interior. Wipe down the dash, and vacuum the floor. For the future, buy some floor mats to keep your floor clean.

Inspect it

Winter can add wear and tear to your Chevy car’s set of wheels, so examine your vehicle’s tires for balding tire tread. Swap out your winter tires for summer tires or all-season tires. Your car’s tires will require the best grip on the road for those April showers.

Check it

Every winter can affect on your car’s windshield wipers, so replace them this month. Test your battery at our dealership to see how much the winter drained it. If it is older than four years, you most likely need to get it changed.

Fill it

Top off all fluids, including your windshield wiper fluid and coolant.  Get your oil changed, and keep track of your brake fluid. If your brake fluid is low, you will know, as stopping tends to take longer.

Schedule a spring cleaning service appointment by visiting the Amesbury Chevrolet website.

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Ron’s Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Spring Car Maintenance Tips | Amesbury Chevrolet

Winter is rolling out, and spring will take its place before we know it. Is your car ready for a road trip? Check out what Ron, our service manager, has to say when it comes to spring car maintenance tips!

Change the Wipers

Do you use your windshield wipers during winter? If you do, odds are the rubber wiper blades have taken quite a hit from the snow, ice, and cold. That can leave the blades unable to clear the spring showers from your windshield.

Changing your wiper blades is something most drivers can do at home. A replacement set doesn’t cost much compared to the cost of a fender bender because you couldn’t see.

It’s important to make sure your view of the road is free and clear. Your windshield wipers are the first line of defense to an unobstructed view.

Check the Battery

Your car can’t start without a functioning battery. Performing a battery inspection can help avoid any unexpected surprises. Open the hood and perform a visual inspection for any bulges or bumps. Tighten all the connections and scrape any corrosion off of the posts. If it’s been more than three years, consider replacing the battery altogether.

Wash the Exterior

A harsh winter can lead to salt and debris buildup that can harm your car’s paintjob. Wash every inch and crevice of your car. Once the paint shines in the sunlight, apply a coat of wax.

For even more spring maintenance, stop into Amesbury Chevrolet.

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