Are You and Your Off-Road Truck Ready for Action?

Colorado with Bikes in back

Owning an off-road truck is adventurous and exciting, but a few key tips will get you ready to roll safely and without damaging your truck.

Off-Road Driving

Know Your Vehicle’s Capabilities

Study up on your traction control, 4WD high and low systems, and locking differential. You need to understand when you need more torque, more speed, and your wheels spinning at the same rate.

Check Your Tires

Are you going to be driving in muddy, sandy, or rocky terrain? Double check with the experts to make sure your tires will give you the right traction and when you’ll need to adjust your traction control setting. And if you plan on water fording, assess the situation first. Know how deep it is and what’s underneath the surface.

Be Prepared

Carry some basics, like water, food, a fire extinguisher, snatch straps, tow strap, winch, snorkel, and a first aid kit. Think your game plan through, and stock up on what you might need if you need to recover from a tough situation.

Ask the Experts

The knowledgeable team at Bowman Chevy in Clarkston can help answer all your questions about all-wheel-drive vehicles and the benefits of roadside assistance, too. Stop in and see us anytime! We’re near Detroit and Waterford.

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Warning Signs Your Car May Need Chevy Certified Service

Has it been awhile since your last vehicle service appointment? If you notice any of the warning signs that it is time for maintenance, the Chevrolet Certified Service Department at Bowman Chevy would be glad to assist you. What are the warning signs you should look out for?

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“In the event that something goes wrong, there are usually warning signs that led up to it. By following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and heeding the warning signs that your vehicle may need service, you can have added peace of mind driving. Some of the warning signs that your vehicle may need service include fluid leaking, lower gas mileage, not starting right away, grinding or squeaking brakes, strange noises, or your vehicle starts drifting to one side or the other. Dashboard warning lights, like the check engine light, oil pressure warning light, coolant temp warning light, or the tire pressure monitor alert, also help warn about potential problems. All these signs mean it’s time for maintenance, and Chevrolet Certified Service can help you with the necessary repairs. Call or click to schedule your appointment today.”

Schedule an Appointment at Bowman Chevy

It is quick and convenient to schedule your next service appointment. Simply fill out our online form, or give us a call at (877) 345-9943.

How to Trade in a Car

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Wondering how to trade in a car and maximize your profits? It’s easy, if you follow some key steps.

How do You Trade in a Car?

Ultimately, you want to get as much money as possible for your trade in. Accomplishing this is all about arming yourself with information:

  • Estimate your car’s trade-in value. Go online for pricing guides and third-party data.
  • Get quotes for your trade-in. Call or email local dealers for trade-in appraisal.
  • Use your new car purchase as leverage. Keep your trade-in and new car purchase negotiations separate.
  • You don’t have to trade in your car. You can always sell your car to a private party if you don’t like your offers.

When to Trade in a Car

When you don’t owe any money on your car, trading it in is a no-brainer. If you have a car loan, things can get a little dicey if you owe more than your car is worth because you’ll have to pay the difference.

Bowman Chevy Trade-In Resources

If you need help with your trade-in, car loans, or deciding how to finance your next vehicle, Bowman Chevy is here for you with a wealth of resources. We’re located in Clarkston, and we’re close to Detroit and Waterford. Contact us today!

What is Chevy MyLink?


If you’ve been looking at the specs of popular models like the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Malibu, you might be wondering “What is Chevy MyLink?” This popular technology organizes your favorite apps and services in one convenient place, so you can stay connected to what matters the most – even while miles away from home.

 

Chevy MyLink Apps

Chevrolet MyLink syncs to your compatible smartphone to pull up your favorite apps directly on the touchscreen display. Whether you want to answer a phone call or find directions to a nearby gas station, the Chevy MyLink apps are ready for your instruction. Check out available features like:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Pandora Internet Radio
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Stitcher
  • And much more!

Stay Safe with Chevy!

Now that you’re more familiar with what Chevy MyLink is, learn all about more ways to stay safe on the road. Read all about creating a vehicle safety kit with Bowman Chevy of Clarkston, near Detroit and Waterford.

Five Tips you Should Know for Successful Trailering

ColoradoBoatWhether you are heading up north with your boat for the weekend, or hauling a camper on a cross-country road trip, Bowman Chevrolet is here to make sure you have all the information you need before you hit the road.

1)  Know the terms

Six trailering terms everyone should know:

  • AXLE RATIO – The relationship between driveshaft revolutions per minute and the rear axle revolutions per minute. The most powerful and efficient ratio for each individual is determined by the frequency and the usual weight being hauled.
  • CURB WEIGHT – The weight of an empty vehicle, without payload or driver, with standard equipment, fuel, coolant and oil. It is also known as the vehicle weight.
  • GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING (GCWR) – The maximum weight of both your loaded vehicle and your loaded trailer combined.
  • TRAILER TONGUE WEIGHT – The amount of weight put on the trailer tongue to keep it balanced for a safer driving experience.
  • GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT – The weight of a loaded trailer.
  • GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR) -The actual weight of the entire Chevy truck or SUV and its contents, including fuel and occupants.

2) Know how to pull your own weight

Before hooking a trailer up to your truck, make sure you know the towing capacity – how much the truck can safely pull. For example, the Chevrolet Colorado can pull up to 12,500 lbs. and the Chevrolet Silverado 35000HD can pull a maximum of 23,300 lbs. When figuring out the maximum weight that your truck can carry, keep in mind the added weight of extra passengers and added equipment. The driver and the base equipment are already included in the given weights in the Chevrolet 2018 Trailering Guide.

3) Know what hitch is right for your vehicle

Picking the correct hitch and successfully setting up electronic connections between your truck and trailer is imperative. A proper hitch positively affects the way your truck handles corners and brakes. When purchasing a hitch, it is important to know how much weight your trailer can carry. The weight limit for your trailer dictates what hitch is right for your truck, whether it is a fifth-wheel hitch or a gooseneck hitch. Visit the Chevrolet 2018 Trailering Guide to determine which hitch is best for your truck.

4) Know how to properly load your trailer and complete a safety check

Once you believe your trailer is correctly attached, double check to ensure everything is secure. Test your brake lights, adjust your mirrors and always use safety chains. The chains will keep your truck connected to your trailer in the event the hitch ball becomes disconnected. When loading your cargo, 60 percent of the weight should be loaded in the front half of the trailer. Heavier items should be loaded in the front and lighter items placed near the rear. You also want to check the tire pressure on both your truck and trailer. Finally, make sure the breakaway switch is connected and working properly while checking that all the loads are secure.

5) Know that the more you drive, the easier the ride

The first couple times you trailer, it may take some time getting used to the difference in the way you drive. A slow, constant speed will help keep the trailer safely behind you at all times. With the gross combined weight rating, your truck will need more time to come to a complete stop. The trailer will need more space to turn, so prepare to make wide turns. And remember, practice makes perfect.

For additional information about trailering and towing, and specifics about each Chevy truck, check out Chevrolet’s Trailering and Towing Guide.