Amesbury Days Celebration

Amesbury Days Fireworks

Amesbury, Massachusetts, is a city that is proud of is long and established history. However, Amesbury becomes even more passionate about its history around the Fourth of July. Independence Day is not only a big deal for the people of Amesbury, but the New England area as a whole. In fact, the Fourth of July marks a celebration in Amesbury known as Amesbury Days.

Amesbury Days is an extended festival celebrating the history of the city of Amesbury. 2016 marks the 117th anniversary of this beloved event. This year, Amesbury Days kicked off on June 23 and will appropriately commence on July 4.

A block party on June 23 marked the kickoff event of Amesbury Days, where community members in the Amesbury area gathered to celebrate the town we all call home. On June 25, Amesbury celebrated the citywide favorite fruit during the Strawberry Festival. One of our favorite events, the car show, took place the next day on June 26.

However, the real showstopper of the festival is the magnificent fireworks display. This year, the fireworks show will take place on Sunday, July 3. The show will also be accompanied by music.

Show your support and passion for the city of Amesbury by participating in this year’s Amesbury Days! What’s your favorite part?

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Chevrolet & Major League Baseball Continue Partnership

Chevrolet & Major League Baseball Partnership

Since 2005, Chevrolet has been a major sponsor for Major League Baseball. Now, Chevrolet & Major League Baseball (MLB) are continuing their partnership as Chevrolet will once again be the Official Vehicle Partner and also becomes the Official Automotive Sponsor for MLB.

In addition, Chevrolet will be supporting the USA Baseball’s Play Ball initiative. This program, which is entering its second season, encourages participation in baseball and softball programs aimed at kids of all ages.

“Providing young people with more access and opportunities to play baseball is an important priority for us,” said Noah Garden, MLB Executive Vice President, Business, in a statement. “Chevy’s commitment to youth baseball aligns perfectly with the goals of Play Ball. This renewal displays an ever-increasing commitment to our partnership and to youth baseball players all over the country.”

The Play Ball program goes hand in hand with Chevy’s own Chevy Youth Baseball program, which it started in 2006. Participating youth baseball programs get equipment, sponsorship checks, fundraising opportunities, and unique Major and Minor League Baseball experiences and clinics. Over the past 10 years, Chevrolet & Major League Baseball have donated more than 90,000 equipment kits, renovated 9,400 parks, and helped more than 5.2 million kids enjoy baseball.

Are you a baseball fan? Which MLB team is your favorite?

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Car-Themed Father’s Day Gifts

Car-Themed Father's Day gifts

In just a few weeks, it will be Dad’s turn to enjoy some well-earned appreciation. Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19th this year. If you haven’t planned a gift for dear old Dad yet, here are some great car-themed Father’s Day gifts any gearhead will love.

Car-Themed Father’s Day Gift Ideas

  • BlipShift Gear. For some truly unique car-themed apparel, visit BlipShift. This site features a unique automotive design every day that you can get on a t-shirt, poster, tie, etc. It will make getting a tie for Father’s Day cool again.
  • Recaro Office Chair. If your dad has to suffer through a day job sitting at a desk, make his job even more exciting with a Recaro office chair. Not only will he feel like he’s sitting in a race car all day, but his back will be thanking you, too.
  • Franklin Mint Die Cast Car. Get your dad the car of his dreams—in miniature form. Most of us can’t afford a classic car, but we can all make some room in our budget for a scale model of one.
  • Gift Card. If your dad is always saving up to buy the next part for racing machine, help him get a step closer with a gift card to his favorite parts store. Or you could even buy the part for him.

Are you planning any car-themed Father’s Day gifts for your dad? Let us know in the comments!

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Road Trip Safety Tips

Road Trip Safety Tips

Road trip safety is a big deal whether you’re driving cross-country with your buddies all summer or driving your family a few hours to your favorite vacation spot. Being prepared and following these tips is the best way to keep your road trip from turning into a bust.

Road Trip Safety Tips for Your Car

Before you leave, have your car inspected and stock it up with emergency items like a spare tire, tools, and a first aid kit. Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable snacks like granola bars along with water and a change of clothes. Since it’s summer, it’s a good idea to pack something that will cool you off, like a battery-powered fan.

Road Trip Safety Tips for Yourself

Try not to take long trips alone unless you have to, and make your companions take a few legs of the drive. Being well-rested is essential on long drives, so get a good night sleep the night before and take breaks every few hours.

Drive cautiously, and do what you can to avoid heavy traffic areas during busy times. Not only is this a more dangerous time to drive, but it will frustrate you and add time to your trip!

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GM Supplier Discount Program

GM Supplier Discount

If you work for a company that acts as a supplier for General Motors, you can qualify for the GM Supplier Discount Program! This program offers a sizable discount to all employees of supplier companies and is extremely easy to use.

The GM supplier discount is applicable on a wide range of GM vehicles, including most passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and SUVs. Supplier employees can use the discount on up to two new vehicles per year and can share the discount with a family member. To find out if your company is eligible for the discount program, contact your HR department.

How to Claim Your GM Supplier Discount

Getting your discount is a quick and simple process. Just visit gmsupplierdiscount.com and register using  your company code, which you can get from your HR director. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be given a personal authorization number, which you can bring to the nearest GM dealership to qualify for the supplier discount price.

This program is a great way to get GM vehicles at an even more affordable price than the MSRP, so take advantage of it if you work for a GM supplier company!

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Driving Alongside Bicyclists This Spring

Be careful when driving alongside bicyclists

Warmer weather means that there will be more pedestrians, more animals, and more bicyclists on the road. Sharing the road with bikes can be dangerous, especially if you do not know how to handle the situation. Driving alongside bicyclists is easy, as long as you take the necessary precautions.

Be Careful When Driving Alongside Bicyclists

According to Edmunds, one of the biggest dangers is that drivers often fail to understand a bike rider’s vulnerability. For example, a bike tends to be four thousand pounds lighter than the average car in the US. Plus, our brains often fail to recognize that bikes are smaller than cars; this can lead to driver’s cutting off bicyclists that they don’t see, or it can cause them to tailgate closer than intended. Always leave a little extra room for bikes.

Turning right is also dangerous when there are bikes on the road. An added blind spot you will have is behind you and to the right. If a bike decides to go straight as you turn right, a collision could occur. Always check this blind spot when turning.

Finally, many drivers need to adjust their attitudes towards bicyclists. As long as riders are over the age of 10, they are considered vehicles. That means they have to ride on the road, and they must obey traffic laws. Treat bikes as equals on the road, and be sure to have patience.

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The New 2017 Sonic Design is Sleeker and Sportier than Ever Before

2017 Sonic Design

The new Chevrolet Sonic has been revealed, driving auto enthusiasts everywhere wild. This new eco-friendly model comes with a sleek compact design, fuel-efficient powertrain, and the latest technologies. The 2017 Sonic design is bound to put a smile on any driver’s face.

2017 Sonic Design Features

According to Chevy, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will come with updated styling, including a more athletic exterior and added details. A new hood, new front fascia, projector-beam headlights, available LED Daytime Running Lights, and available 17-inch aluminum wheel designs are just the tip of the iceberg. New exterior colors also include Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red Tintcoat, and Artic Blue Metallic.

“The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car with leading technology—all at an affordable price,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet cars and crossovers. “This is an important segment for Chevrolet, as we really have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new buyers and show them what we’re all about.”

Other new features will include Keyless Open and Start, available heated cloth seating, a heated steering wheel, RS trim and logos, and more. A 7-inch diagonal infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and 4G LTE are also great for those that love the latest tech features.

2017 Sonic Design Apple Car Play
2017 New Sonic Design Apple Car Play
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Four Chevys Rank Highest in 2016 J. D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

J. D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study - Silverado

Four Chevrolet vehicles have been ranked highest in their segments in the 2016 J. D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, proving once again that when customers look for a vehicle they can truly count on, they ought to pick Chevrolet.

2016 J. D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Chevrolet Winners

For the fourth year in a row, the Camaro was named the most dependable Midsize Sporty Car. And for the second consecutive year, the Malibu and the Silverado were named most dependable in the Midsize Car and Large Heavy Duty Pickup segments, respectively. Also, for the first time, the Equinox took the award in the Compact SUV segment.

In addition, three other Chevrolet models were featured in the top three in their respective segments, including the Tahoe and Suburban in the Large SUV segment and the Silverado in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment.

Chevrolet – Tried & True Reliability

The dependability of all the vehicles featured was based on the amount of reported problems per 100 vehicles from the 2013 model year. In other words, after owning all of the listed Chevy models above for three years, owners found they had experienced fewer problems than owners of other brands. Because reliability goes up every model year, that makes it a great time to shop at Amesbury Chevrolet!

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Chevrolet Silverado eAssist Isn’t a Full Hybrid

Chevrolet Silverado eAssist Isn’t a Full Hybrid

General Motors has announced it would introduce the new Chevrolet Silverado eAssist mild-hybrid technology, allowing customers to get even more mileage out of the already fuel-efficient pickup truck.

This isn’t exactly a Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, but it definitely suggests one could come in the future. Unlike full-on hybrid systems, eAssist can’t power a vehicle on electricity alone; instead, a single electric motor and 0.45-kWh lithium-ion battery pack work together to take some of the load off the internal combustion engine.

The result should be a 13% improvement in fuel economy, or an extra 2 miles per gallon based on GM’s estimated ratings. In addition, eAssist will add 100 pounds to the Chevrolet Silverado but also increase horsepower by 13 and torque by 44 lb-ft.

For the Amesbury Chevrolet customers who like to buy trucks they can work on themselves, part of the appeal of a Chevrolet Silverado eAssist is that it wouldn’t be as mechanically complicated as a full hybrid, which makes it less likely to run into problems, and easier to repair in the unlikely event that something does go wrong. If you’re interested in looking at the Silverados we have on our lot now (without Chevrolet Silverado eAssist), check them out here.

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Active Safety Technology from Chevy Stars in a Parody of Horror Movie Trailers

Chevrolet's Active Safety Technology
The Malibu features Chevrolet’s Active Safety Technology.

Driving doesn’t have to be a scary experience. Not when you have active safety technology like the kind found in the latest lineup of Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet has recently developed a creative way to advertise that safety technology.

According to a Chevrolet press release, Chevrolet’s Active Safety Technology is now on display in a clever new parody of horror movie trailers.

Based around the idea of the audience warning characters in horror movies not to make unsafe decisions, the advertisement shows how the active safety technology featured in the Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze warns drivers of unsafe conditions.

In order to capture the feeling of a horror movie, Chevrolet brought in famed director Sam Raimi, the mind behind the Evil Dead series. We’ve come a long way since the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88.

“We continue to look for unexpected, attention grabbing ways to tell our story,” said Paul Edwards, US vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “With this trailer, we have thrown a twist into that quintessential, edge of your seat horror movie moment to highlight the comprehensive suite of available active safety technologies in our new Malibu and Cruze.”

Be sure to see the creative trailer when it comes to a theater near you!

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