Only three Sparks left in stock at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Chevrolet is taking 20 percent off all 2016 Chevy Spark, Sonic and Impala (excluding Limited Edition) models, through the end of June.
Plus, you can stack this offer with the $3500 Cash for Junker Sale at Berger Chevrolet, in Grand Rapids, Mich., the dealership where I’m proud to sell cars. You can also stack the 20% discount with GM Card Earnings.
Get a brand new car for around $10K!
Check out the break down:
A 2016 Chevy Spark, 1LT, automatic starts at $16,660.
$16,660 – MSRP
minus $3,332 – 20% discount
$13,328 – Selling Price
minus $3,500 – Your Trade Value on your ’86 or newer jalopy
I wanted to show you a couple of videos about Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the 2016 Chevy Mylink infotainment systems. These aren’t my videos; I borrowed them from YouTube. I know, I totally need to make my own. I will soon!
The first video about Apple Car Play is for iPhone users, the second video about Android Auto is for Android users.
After Apple Car Play/Android Auto videos, I share a couple more YouTube gems about Chevy Mylink phone intergration, including Siri Hands Free, which is great if you’re in a 2014 or 15 Chevy, or even a 2016 Chevy that doesn’t have Chevy Mylink, but offers whats called “voice pass through.”
Enjoy! And please, contact me if you have questions or want to schedule a technology review with me.
I’m learning that people can easily get overwhelmed when they buy a new car. It can be hectic at the dealership. There are so many decisions to make, a lot of waiting around and tons of new information to digest.
Sometimes, by the end of a car deal, car buyers have simply had enough. There are a few new car owners who don’t even want to learn more about their new car; they just want to take their keys and go. But really, they’re missing out on a variety of features they could enjoy in their new Chevrolet.
In case this sounds like you, I’ve created a few tips to help you take advantage of — at least some — of the features your new Chevrolet offers. And, I strongly recommend you schedule a follow up appointment with your sales consultant (hopefully it was me) to review some of the technology features in your new vehicle, such as Chevy Mylink, bluetooth, Apple Car Play/Android Auto, Onstar, 4G LTE Wifi, and the Remote Link App.
Here are 7 things to do immediately, after taking delivery of your new Chevrolet:
Take your picture with your new car. Post it to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; text it, email it — and tell your friends about your sales consultant and the great service you hopefully received.
Push the blue Onstar button on your rear view mirror to complete your
Onstar welcome call. You will be asked to create a 4-digit pin, and customize a user name and password for your vehicle’s WiFi. Ask your advisor for your Onstar account number and write it down. Your advisor might ask you if you’d like to be enrolled in Dealer Maintenance Notifications. Say “yes.” You might also be asked if you’d like to be enrolled in continuous coverage or to buy WiFi data, both of which is completely up to you.
Download the Onstar Remote Link App. Once in the App, go to “Create Account” and use the account number you received during the Onstar Welcome Call. (If you didn’t get it, don’t worry. It will come in your email within 24 hours of your Welcome Call.) Login with your new account info to enjoy the FREE Key Fob service for 5 years, even without keeping an Onstar paid subscription. P.S. Your 2016 or newer Chevy also comes with a 3-month WiFi trial AND with Onstar Basic for 5 years, including diagnostics and dealer maintenance notification (excludes emergency services). Learn more about Chevrolet apps.
Try out Onstar Directions and Connections. Push the blue Onstar button and ask an advisor to send directions to your next destination. Learn how to store a destination and plan a route! You can also send directions to your car using your Remote Link app from anywhere. Directions will begin once the car starts.
Go to My.Chevrolet.com and login using your Onstar account login information. Here, you can manage ALL your GM vehicles‘ service records, warranty info, recall alerts, how-to videos and owners’ manuals. You can also access all your vehicles’ Sirius XM, GM Reward Card and Onstar accounts from the My.Chevrolet.com portal. Learn more.
Download the MyChevrolet App. This app gives you easier access to call roadside assistance (which you get free for 5 years in a new Chevy). It also allows you to set parking reminders, access your Remote Link App, schedule a service appointment, view your owner’s manual and understand what light indicators mean in your car — all from the app. Learn more about Chevrolet apps.
The other thing that drives me crazy as a sales person, is that people actually forget they have free oil changes with their new car. I’ve had customers tell me they paid for their first oil change. Don’t let that be you! I want to remind you that you get two years free scheduled maintenance and free roadside assistance for five years from Chevrolet (or, free with Onstar while you have the free trial or a paid subscription).
Cash for Junkers is back! I love this sale; it only comes around once in a blue moon! If you have a clunker, a junker or a jalopy, get $3500 minimum** when you trade in your 1986 or newer car*, as long as it starts, drives and stops. This sale ends June 30, 2015, at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Contact Sylvia for details or to make at appointment.
*one trade per deal, must be registered and insured for last six months.
I finally logged in to the Chevrolet Owner Center at My.Chevrolet.com and it was glorious. It’s a comprehensive way to manage all the service, warranty and extra offers that come with your GM vehicle. And, you can manage all the GM vehicles in your household in one place!
The best way to log in to the Owner Center is to use your Onstar.com account user name — usually your email address — and Onstar.com password. Or, you can create a new account, but it’s very convenient to have these accounts linked.
Side Note: Even if you don’t have an active Onstar account and your free trial has expired….it’s handy to have an Onstar account created if your vehicle is equipped with the Onstar system.
From the Chevrolet Owner Center, you will be able to access service records, read your owner’s manual, see how-to videos about your vehicle, be alerted to recall notices and even link to your SiriusXM, GM Rewards cards and Onstar accounts.
Using your Onstar account login, all the vehicles in your household associated with your Onstar account will populate in your Chevy Owner Center garage! In my garage, I can access my Chevy Cruze and my son’s Cruze as well. (His is the green one.) You can also add any other GM vehicles in your household to your garage.
By clicking on your vehicle’s profile, you get an overview of your total mileage and recall information. You can also request a service appointment online with your preferred dealer!
From your Chevy Owner Center maintenance icon, you can also see your scheduled maintenance, i.e. when the next oil change and tire rotation is recommended.
From your Chevrolet Owner Center, you can also view your vehicle’s warranty information. Notice my 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance Warranty is expired. Bummer!
Don’t you hate it when your friends don’t listen to you? I do! Especially, when the information you share is helpful to them.
I visited my best friend Stacey in Traverse City recently. Heading to a yoga class Sunday morning, we rode in her 2015 Chevy Cruze LS she leased from me last summer.
I noticed the “Change Oil Soon” alert on her DIC (Driver Information Center) screen, driving into town. I’m like… “Stacey, I’ve never seen this alert come up before. I wonder how much oil you actually have left.” I reached over from the passenger seat to scroll through her DIC menu. She had 18K+ miles on the car. And the remaining oil life? ZERO! She literally had 0 percent remaining oil life!
I said, “Stacey, you can’t be driving this car without any oil!” She retorted that she’s been busy, plus oil changes are expensive; it cost $50 the previous two times she took the Cruze to her mechanic, she told me. “What?!” I gasped! “Stacey, you have a brand new leased Chevrolet. Your only mechanic is a GM dealer and your oil changes are free! The Chevy dealer will shuttle you to work and back so they can do the oil change while you’re at work. I told you this so many times!”
How could this happen? My best friend — a busy single mom — who I really wanted to make sure she took advantage of her new car free perks — had payed for her last two oil changes. Despite the fact that I told her several times about the free scheduled maintenance — in person, at delivery, over the phone, via text and email and even in snail mail. Still, she had somehow missed the part where she gets free oil changes.
It makes me wonder…If my own friends aren’t listening to me about their free scheduled maintenance, how are my other customers are handling their vehicle’s service needs?
So please, let me remind you: Chevrolet 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance coverage is included with the purchase or lease of new 2014 and newer Chevrolet models.
Chevrolet 2-Year Scheduled Maintenance includes only the following:
2-year/24,000-mile Scheduled Maintenance (whichever comes first; up to a total of two service events for ’16 models, or 4 service events for ’14 and ’15 models):
ACDelco dexos1®Oil and ACDelco Oil Filter Change (excludes Spark EV)
4-wheel Tire Rotation (excludes dual rear wheel vehicles, all Corvette models and select Camaro models – ZL1 model and 1LE package cars – due to their unidirectional tires; see Owner’s Manual for details)
27-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI)
It’s also worth noting that a new Chevrolet comes with the free 5 Years Roadside Assistance Program
Chevrolet is proud to offer the response, security and convenience of the 24-Hour Roadside Assistance Program. Roadside Assistance is provided with all purchased or leased GM vehicles that are within the Powertrain Limited Warranty (5 years/100K miles on ’14 and ’15 models or 5 yeasr/60K miles on ’16 models).
Emergency Towing (from a public road or highway to nearest Chevrolet dealer)
Lockout Service (keys locked inside vehicle)
Flat Tire Changes (service to change a flat tire with the spare tire (if equipped))
Fuel Delivery (enough fuel for vehicle to get to the nearest service station)
Jump-Starts (service to jumpstart a dead battery
Contact a Chevrolet Roadside Assistance Program advisor at 1-800-243-8872 OR push the blue Onstar Button and say “Roadside.” (Even if your Onstar trial is over or your Onstar account is inactive, you can still call Roadside this way.)
Years ago, the GM World card, a.k.a BuyPower card, earnings could be used with the GM Employee Discount as well. Be assured this is no longer the case . If you are eligible for GM Employee pricing, be advised there is only one GM credit card eligible to combine its earnings with the GM Employee Discount — the GM Extended Family card.
GM card earnings can be applied to both purchases and leases.
Is your vehicle ready for its road-way appearance this season?
With Appearance Protection, your new or used vehicle from Berger Chevrolet can look showroom ready, long after you take it home.
Whether you want the effect of Rain-X on steroids for your windshield or you want to reduce road noise by 30 percent, I’ve got a protection you can add to your vehicle to enhance your vehicle’s value at trade-in time. The most important appearance product might be Corrosion Protection, i.e. rustproofing.
Some customers ask me why their new vehicle doesn’t come with corrosion protection from the factory. It does, in fact, come with a rust-through protection for 6 years or 100,000 miles. GM vehicles are designed to resist corrosion. However — and it’s a big caveat — GM’s anti-corrosion warranty doesn’t cover damage due to environmental factors, such as salt from the winter roads in Michigan.
As your sales consultant at Berger, I work directly with Great Lakes Chemical in Grand Rapids, Mich. — and can offer you the best deal — for all your appearance protection needs, including paint, interior, corrosion, windshield and wheel protection, as well as sound treatment undercoating.
Whether you lease, finance or own your vehicle, I offer a variety of package combinations to keep your vehicle protected and looking great. Pricing ranges from $249 to $998, which can be added to your payments or paid for separately.
Contact me to make your Appearance Protection appointment today!
I offer the following Appearance Protection products for any and all of the vehicles in your household:
Paint Protection – Nano-based sealant applied to exterior painted and chrome surfaces eliminates need for waxing and creates a durable finish. Protects against environmental damages caused by tree sap, acid rain, bird waste, UV rays and hard water spots. Includes seven year environmental warranty.
Interior Protection – Protects against food and beverage stains, bleaches and dyes, fading, discoloration, mold/mildew and cracking of the dash from the sun’s UV rays. Comes with 7 year warranty.
Corrosion Protection – Petroleum-based chemical designed to resist corrosion perforation. Protects against road salt, calcium chloride and exposure to the elements for long lasting protection. Comes with a 10 year warranty for new cars and seven years for pre-owned vehicles. (When packaged with Paint Protection includes a 5 year surface warranty for new cars and three years for pre-owned cars.)
Electronic Corrosion Protection – Used in place of the chemical process, Electronic Corrosion Protection was developed by NASA engineers. A module using radio frequency and pulse-wave technology is installed to protect all grounded components from corrosion perforation. This protection is transferable to other vehicles, is environmentally friendly and covers vehicle inside out.
Undercoat/Sound Treatment – Asphalt-based rubberized coating is sprayed to the applicable components of the undercarriage. It protects and insulates the vehicle’s under body from moisture, salt spray and corrosive chemicals. It also reduces road noise by 30 percent. (If you don’t add undercoating, but only Corrosion Protection, your rust proof product is applied to the under body.)
Diamon Fusion – A two-step application process designed to strengthen your windshield up to 10x. The first step fills in pores of the glass to reduce the road glare, bringing down night glare by 35 percent. The second step creates a water resistant layer to repel rain, snow and ice.
Wheel Protection – Solvent based coating applied to your rims, creating a protective bond to the clear coat. This hand-polished product makes the wheels easier to clean, protects against brake dust and keeps your wheels looking new.
Contact me to make your Appearance Protection appointment today!
I represented Berger Chevrolet on Wood TV’s Eight West on opening day of the Michigan Auto Show International in Grand Rapids. The All-New 2016 Malibu is featured, especially its safety features and Teen Driver system.