FUBAR. I haven’t heard that phrase in years. Remember the movie it came from? Tango and Cash I believe. Wow…how long ago was that? I’ll tell you–it was Dec 22, 1989! Nearly 30 years ago. I don’t remember the whole movie, just bits and pieces. And, I think it would probably be a pretty corny flick by today’s standards. But then, what 1989 movie wouldn’t be? Well, let’s see…there’s The Abyss, Driving Miss Daisy, Born on the Fourth of July and many more. All released in 1989 and not quite so hokey. OK…whatever. I remember I enjoyed the film in 1989 even if I wouldn’t like it so much today. And we did get FUBAR out of the whole thing. That’s gotta be worth something, right?
Actually FUBAR is the third level of disaster. It is an unofficial military term. This phrase did not originate in the movies. It came to be on the battlefields. FUBAR MEANS: ****** Up Beyond All Recognition. And, that’s just not the case with this custom Cavalier. Watch the video. It’s short and interesting.
If a twin engine Cavalier is not your thing…visit Ron Westphal Chevy in Aurora, IL and check out the Chevrolet Cruze. Only one engine and it’s a good one. Call us today at 630-898-9630 to schedule a no-obligation test drive.
Due to a computer error at General Motors…0% apr has been extended. This was not a planned event. GM had a computer malfunction that kept the Bonus Tags from being announced on time. Due to GM’s boo-boo, our clients benefit by having both Bonus Tags and 0% apr to choose from at the same time! Usually these incentives do not overlap. But, in this rare instance, customers have a win-win choice on their hands. They can choose Bonus Tag Cash Back or 0% apr for up to 72 months.
BONUS TAG CASH BACK
Bonus Tag Cash Back is a Big Deal with rebates up to $18,500! Ok, so the 18 grand is on a new Z06 Corvette…maybe you want a Z06 Corvette. Usually dealers don’t discount Z06’s at all. And to think now you would be getting over $18,000 off…it’s Crazy-Good!
It’s not just Corvettes that have massive Cash-Back. You receive over $10,000 back on many new Silverado models. And, Equinox, Malibu, Cruze, Trax, Traverse etc., all have extra large amounts of Bonus Tag Cash Back.
Additional incentives available in September include: Lease Specials. Gm is offering very attractive lease specials on nearly every 2017 Chevy model. Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630. We will be happy to give you a personalized lease quote based on your preferred vehicle.
And, with both 2016 and 2017 models on the lot right now, our clients have even more choices available to them.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may call our customer care team at 630-898-9630. Thanks.!
0% x 72 Extended to 9-12-16
*0% apr x 72 months is available through 09.12.16. All new 2016 Chevrolet models (‘L’) models excluded. Plus tax, license and fees. 0% x 72 is a stand alone program not compatible with other offers. September Bonus Tags are on select models. Bonus Tag Cash Back is not compatible with most other offers. Lease incentives vary. See dealer for details. Bonus Tags end 09/30/2016.
Is it worth it to put nitrogen in our tires? Is there any advantage to nitrogen?
Sort of. From the top: Air is 78 percent nitrogen, just under 21 percent oxygen, and the rest is water vapor, CO2 and small concentrations of noble gases such as neon and argon. We can ignore the other gases.
There are several compelling reasons to use pure nitrogen in tires.
First is that nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over the long term. Racers figured out pretty quickly that tires filled with nitrogen rather than air also exhibit less pressure change with temperature swings. That means more consistent inflation pressures during a race as the tires heat up. And when you’re tweaking a race car’s handling with half-psi changes, that’s important. When your driving your Chevy sedan to work every day…it’s probably not that important.
Some dealerships and tire stores claim that filling your tires with nitrogen will save you money on gas while offering better performance than air. But a closer look reveals that nitrogen has few benefits and much higher costs. For starters, a typical nitrogen fill-up will cost you about $6 per tire.
Tire Pressure Check
Visit Ron Westphal Chevrolet on the corner of routes 3o and 34 in Aurora, IL. We are located right next to Plainfield and Naperville. We’ll be happy to check your tire pressure at no charge.
Need more service? Schedule an appointment online or call our service department today at 630-898-9630.
The Get Nitrogen Institute Web site says that with nitrogen tire inflation, drivers will note improvements in a vehicle’s handling, fuel efficiency and tire life. All this is achieved through better tire-pressure retention, improved fuel economy and cooler-running tire temperatures, the institute says.
This sounds great in theory but let’s take a closer look at each of those claims.
Better tire-pressure retention: Over time, a tire will gradually lose pressure. Changes in temperature will accelerate this. The general rule of thumb is a loss of 1 psi for every 10-degree rise or fall in temperature. The institute says that nitrogen has a more stable pressure, since it has larger molecules than oxygen that are less likely to seep through the permeable tire walls.
In 2006, Consumer Reports conducted a year-long study to determine how much air loss was experienced in tires filled with nitrogen versus those filled with air. The results showed that nitrogen did reduce pressure loss over time, but it was only a 1.3 psi difference from air-filled tires. Among 31 pairs of tires, the average loss of air-filled tires was 3.5 psi from the initial 30 psi setting. Nitrogen-filled tires lost an average of 2.2 psi from the initial setting. Nitrogen won the test, but not by a significant margin.
Improved fuel economy: The EPA says that under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. The theory is that since nitrogen loses pressure at a slower rate than air, you are more likely to be at the correct psi and therefore get better fuel economy.
If you are proactive and check your tire pressure at least once a month, you can offset this difference with free air, and you won’t need expensive nitrogen. We think this invalidates the “better fuel economy with nitrogen” argument.
For many people, however, this kind of maintenance is easier said than done. Most people either forget to regularly check and top off their tires, or never learned how to do it in the first place. Even Edmunds employees (typically a pretty car-savvy group) were under-inflating or over-inflating their tires, according to a tire-pressure study we conducted a few years ago.
And though tire-pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) now come standard on cars, a 2009 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) study found that only 57 percent of vehicles with TPMS had the correct tire pressure. That’s because most systems are only meant to signal that a tire has very low pressure, not to show that the pressure is optimal.
Cooler running temperatures: When air is pressurized, the humidity in it condenses to a liquid and collects in the air storage tank you use at the local gas station. When you add compressed air to the tire, the water comes along for the ride. As the tire heats up during driving, that water changes to a gas, which then expands, increasing tire pressure. Because nitrogen is dry, there is no water in the tire to contribute to pressure fluctuations.
But this fluctuation in temperature isn’t as significant as you might think. A 2008 ExxonMobil study plotted the changes in temperature over the course of various inflation pressures. The lines on the graph were virtually on top of each other. In other words, the change in temperature when using nitrogen was negligible.
Cost and Convenience
Let’s say a person bought a set of tires at Costco, a place that uses nitrogen to fill all the tires they sell. If he needs to top off the tires with more nitrogen, he won’t be able to go to just any gas station. He can use regular air if there is nothing else available, but that would dilute the nitrogen in the tires. He’ll have to go back to Costco and wait until the tire technicians can attend to the car. On a busy day, he could be there awhile.
Nitrogen is free at Costco and at some car dealerships we called, but these are rare cases. We called a number of tire shops that carry nitrogen and found that the prices for a nitrogen fill ranged from $5-$7 per tire. Assuming our consumer was diligent about checking his tires monthly, he could potentially spend about $84 a year on nitrogen alone per tire. Compare that to the most gas stations, where air is free or a 75-cent fill-up for all four tires at the most.
Finding tire shops with nitrogen could be an issue, too. We called a number of large chains, including America’s Tire Co., Discount Tire and Walmart. None carried nitrogen.
Is Nitrogen Worth It?
The air we breathe is made up of 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and a few other elements. To get the desired benefits for tires, nitrogen needs to be at least 93 percent pure, according to nitrogen service equipment providers quoted on Tirerack.com. So we’re basically talking about adding an extra 15 percent of nitrogen and getting rid of as much oxygen as possible.
Based on cost, convenience and actual performance benefit, we don’t think nitrogen is worth it. A much better use of your money would be to buy a good tire-pressure gauge and check your tires frequently. This is a good idea even if you have a tire-pressure monitoring system in your vehicle. The warning lights aren’t required to come on until you have less than 25 percent of the recommended tire pressure. Having the correct tire pressure will get you many of the benefits of using nitrogen and will ensure that your tires last longer.
Are your cars valve stems green? Generally green valve stem caps mean your tires are filled with nitrogen.
Maybe your next new SUV or Crossover should be a used one. We have many used vehicles in Aurora, IL to choose from.
Why not save thousands up front on a pre-owned vehicle? Keep your money in your pocket while still getting a superior, dependable vehicle. Most of our late-model Chevrolet SUV are GM Certified. You’ll have peace of mind with a GM Certified vehicle because they come backed with a GM warranty at no additional charge. Plus, you know you are getting a dependable SUV because each GM Certified vehicle must pass an extensive 172 point inspection before they qualify as Certified.
We have many used vehicles in Aurora, IL to choose from:
Which Chevrolet SUV is right for you?
Trax may be the smallest crossover in the Chevy family but it’s big on style, technology & fuel economy. It’s the perfect small SUV for city driving with ample performance for highway cruising as well. One of its competitors is the Jeep Renegade. We often stock used Jeeps but remember the Trax offers better fuel economy with 34 mpg versus only 31 for Jeep Renegade. Trax also offers 4G LTE WIFI standard. WIFI is not available on Renegade.
Trax is fun, efficient and afforadable.
Equinox is our best-selling crossover for many reasons. Rated an impressive 32 mpg highway, you don’t have to give up anything for this sporty ride. And, it’s family friendly with a rear seat that slides fore/aft 8 inches. This rear seat allows tremendous rear legroom for your passengers. Or, scoot the seat up for more rear cargo room. If you are performance oriented, Equinox is available with a powerful and fun-to-drive V6.
Equinox is roomy and versatile.
Need to seat up to 8 passengers but don’t want a full-size SUV? Traverse has your back. Available with 7 or 8 passenger seating this crossover travels in style. Incredibly stable and smooth, this people-hauler works hard and looks great doing it too.
Available with all the amenities you expect, this mid-size crossover checks all the right boxes.
Traverse is stylish, comfortable and easy-on-the-wallet
This full-size SUV meets all your expectations. Tahoe features powerful V8 performance with active fuel management for maximum fuel economy. Able to tow up to 8,600 lbs, Tahoe is ready to tow your boat, motorcycle or trailer. Available in 7 or 8 passenger configurations this big beauty is the #1 choice for many.
Tahoe is a Full-Size SUV that does it all.
The Suburban is the alpha dog of all Sport Utility Vehicles. No one can compare to this full-size, voluptuous ride. It’s roomy, comfortable and stylish with the latest technology features. Known for it’s towing capability, Suburban can handle over 8,000 lbs. Available in 2 or 4 wheel drive this ‘Cowboy Cadillac’ is a status symbol for the best of the best.
Suburban is the full-size Alpha Dog with more rear cargo space than Tahoe.
We have many used vehicles in Aurora, IL
to choose from and SUV’s and Crossovers have never been more popular. They are stylish and versatile so they work well for almost everyone. An affordable alternative to buying brand new is GM Certified. We have GM Certified SUV and Crossovers in stock at all times.
We also stock used competitors models such as Honda, Toyota, Jeep, Ford and others.
Visit our website to browse our inventory or for the latest inventory updates, call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630. Or, stop by our showroom anytime.
First, think about your total cash budget. If you are paying cash, you should factor in extra costs such as sales tax. (Ron Westphal Chevrolet is located in Kendall county where our sales tax rate is the lowest in Illinois @ only 6.25%. This fact alone can save you hundreds of dollars compared to many of our nearby competitors in located in other counties) Also, don’t forget license plates fees. Let your salesperson know if you need to renew your license plates, if you will be transferring your license plates from another vehicle or if you will be getting brand new license plates. Other additional costs include document fees and other optional costs such as extended warranties or accessories.
Paying Cash for a Used Car doesn’t mean you can’t get an extended warranty. If you purchase a GM Certified vehicle a GM extended warranty is included at no additional cost. If your vehicle of choice is not GM certified-you may want to consider purchasing an extended warranty through the dealer. Your Ron Westphal Chevrolet salesperson or one of our finance managers will be happy to explain your extended warranty options. GM offers a variety of plans ranging from basic warranties that provide coverage for the powertrain only (engine, transmission and drivetrain) up to bumper-to-bumper warranties that cover almost everything. Extended warranties provide peace of mind for both the buyer and seller but they are not mandatory. USED CAR FACT: There is no sales tax on extended warranties!
Ron Westphal Chevrolet strongly recommends test driving your vehicle of choice prior to purchasing. We even offer an extended overnight test drives for most of our vehicles. And, if you have a mechanic, family member or friend that you would like to consult prior to your purchase, just let us know. We want you to be happy during the entire purchase process so we will do our very best to accommodate any requests you may have. If we can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to ask.
You can reach our Customer Care Department at 630-898-9630. Feel free to browse our website.
Paying Cash for a Used Car – If you pay with $10,000 or more in cash the dealership may need to report the transaction to the IRS. See more information HERE.
*Insurance requirements for extended test drive: Management approval, must be 25 years or older with valid license and full coverage insurance. See Ron Westphal Chevy for details.
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Changes boasts an all-new V-6 engine with more horsepower and torque than previous 2016 models.2017 Colorado will be the only truck in it’s class with an 8-speed automatic transmission.These are the latest major changes since Colorado was introduced in 2015.
Chevrolet is planning to sell more than 160,000 Colorado pickup trucks in the first 2 years on the market.If you would like to see and drive a new or pre-owned Chevrolet Colorado please call our Customer Care Department at 630-898-9630 or check out our website or visit our showroom.
Colorado is one of the industry’s hottest-selling vehicles for many reasons.Cutting edge technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have really increased customer interest.And, Colorado is the only truck in it’s class available with a diesel engine.
Colorado’s other engines, it’s base 2.5 liter 4 cylinder and it’s optional 2.8 liter diesel engine will be unchanged for 2017.Other small changes for Colorado 2017 include a new 4-wheel drive selector knob on all 4WD models.And, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode is now optional along with heated seats that are no longer restricted to just leather seating.
The 2nd generation of Chevy’s 3.6L engine is completely new.The displacement is the same as last year but don’t let that fool you.The new engine offers improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust.Another system improved for 2107 is Colorado’s direct injection.Direct injection eliminates the need for spark plugs and wires.Plus, for the first time Colorado with feature Active Fuel Management.Two engine cylinders will automatically de-activate under light throttle applications maximizing fuel economy.Horsepower increases to 308 at 6,800 rpm and torque is rated at 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
All all-new engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.GM created the Hydramatic8-speed 8L45 transmission to replace the 6L80 transmission.The new transmission is approximately the same size and weight at the one it replaces but it offers a wider 7.0 overall gear ration spread versus the last year’s 6.0 ratio.The higher first gear ratio helps driver’s starter off with more confidence when pulling a heavy load or traileringwhile the lower rear axle ratios reduce engine rpm on the highway for improved efficiency and fuel economy.
The new 2017 Colorado weighs the same as last year due to extensive used of lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium.
The new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado models are scheduled to arrive in showrooms during he fourth quarter of this year.For updates on 2017 Colorado arrivals, call our customer care team at 630-898-9630.
Currently Chevrolet Colorado makes up 23 % of the total midsize truck segment.Since 2015, the total midsize truck segment has nearly doubled from 1.5 percent of total vehicle sales to 2.4 percent.The average 2016 Colorado sells in about one month which makes it one of the fastest selling vehicles in the segment.
Chevrolet Colorado have been the most awarded midsize pickup over the past two years, including earning back-to-back Motor Trend Truck of the Year awards.
New for 2017, Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks feature a patented air intake system that drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult driving conditions. The intake system underwent extensive testing based on the most challenging real-world driving conditions to ensure capable performance no matter the weather.
Looking for a new Diesel? Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or Visit our Website today.
A ‘purist’ model that leverages a half-century legacy of motorsports success
GENEVA – With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introduced today at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package.
Heritage-inspired design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the historic Grand Sport legacy, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.
“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”
The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe.
Lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics
An engine offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
Coupe and convertible available this summer in U.S. and fall in Europe
Grand Sport Collector Edition available later in model year
No holding back
Engineers adapted the chassis tuning, upgraded cooling systems, and performance technologies of the Corvette Z06 to give the new Grand Sport capability commensurate with its racing-derived history.
“We didn’t hold back with the new Grand Sport,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “For the first time, buyers can equip the Grand Sport with a Z07 performance package – which adds carbon-ceramic brakes, Michelin Sport Cup 2 summer tires, and carbon-fiber aero package that delivers true downforce.”
The result is a potent track car. In fact, the Grand Sport with the Z07 package is less than one second off the track record for the previous-generation Corvette ZR1 on the road course at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.
Content highlights for Grand Sport include:
Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires: 285/30ZR19 (front) and 335/25ZR20 (rear)
Specific Grand Sport wheel design: 19×10 inches (front) and 20×12 inches (rear)
Brembo brake system with (355 mm) 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers in front and (340 mm) 13.4 inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear
Standard magnetic ride control, specific stabilizer bars and unique springs
Standard electronic limited-slip differential
LT1 V8 engine rated at (343 kW) 460 hp, with dry-sump oiling system and active exhaust
Seven-speed manual transmission with active rev match and available eight-speed paddle-shift automatic with specific performance calibration
Available Z07 package adds carbon ceramic-matrix brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Cup tires.
In addition to track-focused aero elements, the Grand Sport also features specific front fender inserts, a Z06-style grille and wider rear fenders – a distinctive design package that gives the car a track-ready attitude.
Grand Sport models are offered with the Stingray’s full exterior and interior color palette. An available Heritage package includes hash-mark fender graphics in six colors, with the hash-mark detail carried onto the interior’s brushed aluminum trim. Full-length stripes are also offered.
“The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The packages take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement like no other.”
Grand Sport Collector Edition
The Grand Sport Collector Edition features an exclusive Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior with Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, satin black full-length stripes, black wheels and a unique Tension Blue full leather and suede-wrapped interior.
The Tension Blue color is a bold, modern take on the hue historically associated with the Grand Sport. Inside, a three-dimensional representation of an original Grand Sport race car is embossed in the headrests and that shape is also used on an instrument panel plaque that carries a unique build sequence number.
The Collector Edition will be offered later in the model year in the U.S. and Europe.