Bird Invasion in Oswego, IL

Bird Invasion in Oswego, IL

Hey, anyone else have plump black birds invade their neighborhood this morning? This was filmed in Lakeview Estates in Oswego, IL on the morning of the 27th of January 2017.

It was crazy! And, what kind of birds are they anyway?  There were thousands of bird.  They were kind of plump, black birds.  Not tiny birds either.  Not sparrow-sized.  I don’t normally see birds like this in our backyard like I do the other types of birds.

A friend of mine said she saw them too!  She saw them in her neighborhood several miles away.  They were flying is a huge swarm(s) just like you see on T.V. Haven’t seen them since. Weird.

How to operate the trailer brake on 2017 Silverado

How to operate the trailer brake on 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.

We get this question all the time.  So, here is video that explains how the trailer brake works on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.

If you have additional questions, please contact our customer care team at 630-898-9630.

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Silverado Trailering Mirrors and Rear Guidance Lamps

If you would like a Chevy Silverado to go along with your trailer mirrors…don’t hesitate to call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us online at www.WestphalChevy.com.
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The average new car price in 2016

At Ron Westphal Chevrolet we're proud to be below average.
At Ron Westphal Chevrolet we’re proud to be below average.  2017 Chevy Spark’s MSRP is under $14,000.

$34,077 dollars.  Yikes.  That’s about twice what my folks paid for their first house.  Yessiree, the average new car price for 2016 now over $34,000.  And, Edmunds expects that to rise to over $35,00o for this year.

But, the average car loan amount finances was only $30,022 (according to Experian), which means most folks have some cash or trade-in equity to use as down payment.

What if you can’t afford $34,077?

No problem.  At Ron Westphal Chevrolet we’re proud to be below average! We offer many, many cars, trucks and SUV’s priced well below the 2016 average.  Some new 2017 models are selling for only $12,558* and come with full factory warranty.  Call our Customer Care Team now at 630-898-9630 to go over all your options. Or, find your new vehicle on our website at www.WestphalChevy.com.  

The average new car prices are up over 12% in only 5 years.

So what’s causing this? Edmunds believes the primary factor is growth in the light-duty truck market. It currently engulfs about 62 percent of the new-car market, and if you’ve ever been to a truck manufacturer’s site to play around with Build and Price tools, you’d know pickup trucks or an SUV can get expensive.  A new 2017 loaded Silverado Crew Cab LT 4×4 has a MSRP around $45,000+ but lease deals can put these trucks in the hands of those who may not be able to afford traditional financing.

Leasing gains in popularity

Almost 1/3 of new vehicle sales are leases.  If you think a brand new car, truck, van or suv is out of your budget-think again.  We may be able to get you behind the wheel of your ideal Chevrolet with no money out of your pocket and with a low monthly payment.  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 for more information or drop by our showroom.

*Plus tax, license and fees.  Includes all incentives.

 

30 Day Tire Price Guarantee

Tire price guarantee at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL.
Visit Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL.

30 Day Tire Price Guarantee at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.  Visit us today or schedule your appointment at 630-898-9630.

30 day tire price guarantee

With our 30 day tire price guarantee you have the peace of mind that you’ve received the best possible value.  Provide us with a better price at time of purchase and we’ll match it.  Find a better price within 30 days of purchase and we’ll refund the difference.  Ad, written estimate or internet quote for identical tires from a competing tire retailer located within 100 miles of Ron Westphal Chevy required during period of price match.

Quality Tires at a Great Value

Whether you’re in the market for repair or replacement, our Certified Service technicians can handle all of your tire needs. Use our Tire Finder Tool to start shopping for tires – simply enter your vehicle’s year, make, model, and tire size. Not sure about your tire size? It’s the combination of letters and numbers located on the side of your tire. Once you’ve selected the right set, schedule an appointment that’s convenient for you.

Your tires are the first and only contact with the road, so it’s important to choose the right set. Our Tire Finder tool makes it quick and easy to find tires for any vehicle. Use the drop-down menus to select your vehicle information and navigate your search. Once you’ve selected your new tires, the Certified Service expert technicians can handle all of your tire needs at your scheduled appointment—it’s that simple.

You are encouraged to routinely inspect your vehicle’s tire pressure because all tires will lose pressure progressively, during both warm and cold temperature months. The weather is not the only element that results in a decrease in pressure either. Altitude variations, flexing, and tire wall impacts will slowly decrease air pressure. The proper process for optimal tire care is to always inspect tire pressure each alternate visit to the gas station. With respect to tread depth, it’s recommended that you rotate your tires every alternate oil change to extend the life of your tires. Rotating your tires every 6 to 8 thousand miles will help maintain a level tread wear throughout the life span of the tire.

Feel free to visit our service department for a free tire pressure check or if you have any questions.  Thanks!

 

Auto Loan Credit Inquiries Explained

Learn how Auto Loan Credit Inquiries impact your credit report.

Explained: The difference between hard inquires and soft Auto Loan Inquiries
Explained: The difference between hard inquires and soft inquires

Did you know…FICO score considers all inquiries within a 45 day period for an auto loan as a single inquiry.

Ever wondered…Hey, what’s the difference between a hard inquiry and a soft inquiry on my credit report?

Well, here are some answers.

When someone checks your credit report, it’s called an inquiry. Some inquires do not affect your credit, while others might.

Soft Inquiries

Lenders do not see soft inquiries when they order your credit report. Soft inquiries include:

  • Pre-screened offers for credit (example:  free credit card offers)
  • Account reviews by your existing lenders
  • Requests related to employment
  • Requests for insurance purposes
  • When you request your own credit report

Hard Inquiries

Hard inquiries typically come from a lender or other creditor who wants to check your credit report as a result of your loan application or request for credit, goods or services. These inquiries are shared with other lenders viewing the report and can have an impact on credit scores and lending decisions.

Multiple Inquiries

One exception occurs when you are “shopping”.  FICO score considers all inquiries within a 45 day period for an auto loan as a single inquiry. You can avoid lowering your FICO Score by doing your all your serious auto hunting within a short period of time.

 

Looking for an Auto Loan?

We can help!

It’s common for Ron Westphal Chevrolet to submit your information to multiple lenders in an effort to find the lowest interest rate and most favorable loan terms. This practice allows you to benefit from lenders competing for your business.

Lenders recognize that shopping for only one car and does not mean you are trying to open multiple new accounts. Credit scoring systems have been designed to account for that practice and include rules such as counting the same type of inquiry as only one inquiry as long as they are made within a short period of time.

Call our Finance Department at 630-898-9630.  We will be happy to provide you with additional information in English or Spanish.  Or, visit our website.

What is the ‘FICO Score’

A FICO score is a type of credit score created by the Fair Isaac Corporation. Lenders use borrowers’ FICO scores along with other details on borrowers’ credit reports to assess credit risk and determine whether to extend credit. FICO scores take into account various factors in five areas to determine credit worthiness: payment history, current level of indebtedness, types of credit used, length of credit history and new credit accounts.

Source:  Experian.com and Fico.com

Read more: FICO Score Definition | Investopedia http://www.investopedia.com/terms/f/ficoscore.asp#ixzz4Vpp98X1I

Chevrolet Teen Driver Technology

Leading the Competition

To encourage safer driving habits, Chevy is the only car company to offer Teen Driver technology with an in-vehicle report on most of its models.

  • Included on new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Bolt, Camaro, Colorado, Silverado 1500, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt.
  • Would you like to upgrade your ride?  Call Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us in person or online.
Teen Driver technology available at Ron Westphal Chevrolet
Teen Driver technology available at Ron Westphal Chevrolet on select new 2016 and 2017 models.

Promoting Safe Driving Habits

Nothing is more important than the safety of your family. That’s why Chevrolet offers Teen Driver an available built-in system that helps you coach your new driver — even when you’re not there. It lets you set speed alerts, a volume limit and more; and with the industry’s first and only in-vehicle report card, it’s easy to track your teen’s driving performance.

Showing New Drivers the Way

Studies show that teenage drivers are more likely to make poor decisions like speeding or not fastening their safety belts than adults. Teen Driver gives parents the tools to discuss and correct some of the possible mistakes they or their new drivers make on the road.

A Hands-On Teaching Tool

Teen Driver has a number of safety features, from muting audio until front seat occupants are buckled, to automatically turning on available active safety technologies like Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert and Front Automatic Braking. The in-vehicle report card shows how your teen performs behind the wheel so you can identify potential problem areas and coach your new driver on improvements.

Teen Driver Technology

Teen Driver is easy to set up. Just enter a PIN to access the Teen Driver menu through the available Chevrolet MyLink display and register a key. When your teen drives the vehicle with a registered key, Teen Driver enables various features, including:  Custom Alerts, Speed Limiter, Audio Limit and Distance Driven.

 For more view source:  http://www.chevrolet.com/teen-driver-technology.html

GM Recalls – Do you need one?

Don't know if your Chevy needs a recall?
Not sure if your Chevrolet needs a recall?

GM Recalls.  Not sure if your vehicle needs a recall? No problem. Just give our service department a call at 630-898-9630 and provide us with your VIN number. Or, if you have visited our service department in the past or purchased a vehicle from us, we will have your VIN number on file. We’ll be happy to investigate your vehicle to make sure it is up to date.

Online GM Recalls

You can also check for GM recalls online at https://my.chevrolet.com/recalls. GM provides information on this website for recalls announced on or after August 20, 1999. This information is available for vehicles in which repairs have not been completed.

Many recalls can be completed while you wait, but if you need to get back on the road immediately let us know.  We offer free current model year loaner vehicles to insured motorists 25 years or older.*

Would you like to upgrade your ride?  Visit our website or call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 to schedule a no-obligation demonstration drive.

*(Must have valid insurance and license along with major credit card)

 

GM to Start Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturing and Testing in Michigan

On the heels of the signing of the SAVE Act legislation to support autonomous vehicle testing and deployment in Michigan, General Motors will immediately begin testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. GM also announced it will produce the next generation of its autonomous test vehicles at its Orion Township assembly plant beginning in early 2017.

Source: GM to Start Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturing and Testing in Michigan