Car Tips

Idle Car Care Tips

Idle Vehicle Service - Portland, ME

Whether we are keeping our distance or summering in another locale, many of us are driving less than usual recently. To help make sure your idle vehicle stays in excellent working condition while you are using it infrequently, the service experts at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland, ME, have compiled a few maintenance tips to follow.

  • Keep it Covered: As we enter the warm summer months on the east coast, make sure you’re keeping your car securely covered if possible to avoid damage to your car’s exterior. Bright sun and exposure to the elements can cause your vehicle’s paint to fade, so make sure it’s parked in a (preferably climate-controlled) garage or safe inside a soft material.
  • Take it for a Spin: To alleviate boredom and prevent engine fluids from stagnating, take your vehicle out for a brief drive around the block. This will keep your car in fighting shape by charging the battery and allowing fluids to circulate through the engine.
  • Complete Backlogged Maintenance: If you have been putting off important vehicle maintenance because you lack time, now is the perfect opportunity to visit the Quirk Chevy of Portland, ME service department to catch up. Our service department is open to you if your car needs service.

Call Quirk Chevy’s service department in Portland, ME, if you have any questions about keeping your vehicle healthy while it is idle.

Chevrolet, Colorado

Exciting Changes to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado’s Base Trim Level

2021 Chevrolet Colorado | Portland, ME

Chevrolet has made some big changes to the Colorado for the 2021 model year. They are shaking things up with the base trim level, which has been cut altogether. It also gains a striking new design, more exterior colors and some additional gear.

By eliminating the base trim level, the Colorado now begins with the Work Truck. According to Chevy, these changes are the result of buyers preferring simplicity and the ability to customize their trucks to their needs and wants. Updated styling and new features do result in a $500 price increase, but according to Chevy spokesperson Chris Bonelli, the Colorado will remain very competitively priced in the mid-sized truck segment.

Even with a higher price point, the Colorado is still one of the more affordable trucks in the mid-sized segment. The current Work Truck starts at only $26,395, which is just one reason why it offers so much value.

The 2021 Chevy Colorado will sport a redesigned grille, an all-new tailgate and standard 17-inch wheels. It will also allow you to express your unique style with more options, including thee new exterior colors like Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, Dune Metallic, and Pow Zinga Metallic. It will also sport a revised layout, more prominent badging and skid plates. All of us at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland hope to see you here for a test drive when the exciting new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado hits dealerships later this year.

Chevrolet, Racing

Chevrolet Dominates the Top 4 at the Auto Club Speedway

Chevrolet | Portland, ME

The brilliance of Chevrolet engineering is demonstrated by the automaker’s dominance on the racetrack. At the Auto Club Speedway, skilled driver Alex Bowman earned the first win of the 2020 season for Chevrolet. His fellow Chevy drivers, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott, followed close behind in third and fourth place, respectively.

 Together, these three Chevrolet racers dominated the competition. Bowman and his fellow Chevy drivers held the lead for 127 laps of the 200-lap event. However, it’s no surprise that Bowman was the one who brought home the prize — he was the fastest racer during the practice rounds as well.

Each Chevy racer is equipped with a finely tuned Camaro. Bowman praised the Camaro for its new body design and versatility, while Busch commented that Chevrolet models boast an ideal blend of speed and endurance. He also noted that competing models seemed to start sluggishly, unlike the energetic Camaro.

You can get a taste of this high-performance power — the 2020 Camaro offers a Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 650 horsepower alongside 650 lb-ft of torque. This beast can rocket from 0-60 to just 3.5 seconds.

What to see how a Chevrolet vehicle can boost your daily drive? Check out the 2020 lineup at Quirk Chevrolet — we’ll be happy to let you test drive any model you desire.

Chevrolet, Corvette

First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Sells for $3 Million at Auction

2020 Chevrolet Corvette | Portland, ME

When Chevrolet announced that the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette would be the first to feature a mid-engine configuration, sports car enthusiasts around the world were chomping at the bit to get behind the wheel of the street-ready supercar. In January 2020, Chevrolet auctioned off the first-ever mid-engine Corvette to leave the assembly line, and the results were impressive.

At the auction, NASCAR legend Rick Hendrick was the man lucky enough to take home the first 2020 Corvette. Hendrick, an avid car collector, secured the impressive piece of automotive history with a winning bid of $3 million. Even though the auctioned Corvette is a luxurious, fully-loaded 3LT model that includes leather interior and a removable top, that $3 million price tag is approximately 78 times more expensive than what you would pay to buy a mid-engine Corvette at Quirk Chevy.

Like Chevrolet, many automakers auction off the very first production model of a beloved nameplate’s new generation in support of a charitable organization. The beneficiary of the 2020 Corvette’s sale is the Detroit Children’s Fund, an organization close to GM headquarters that works to improve local schools by supporting teachers and providing educational resources. A $3 million donation has the potential to change the lives of countless area children.

The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will be available for purchase soon. Reach out to a specialist at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland today to pre-order your very own piece of history.

Chevrolet, Suburban, Tahoe

Chevrolet Expects 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban to Lead Segment

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban are back, helping to raise the bar for the full-size SUV segment. These two models are entering a new generation, which means there are some changes you should know about.

These changes include a new inline-six diesel engine option, a push-button shifter, and the models’ first-ever independent rears suspension for a smoother ride. With these new additions, along with a sportier style, General Motors believes that these two SUVs will continue their domination of their segment.

“To prepare for this launch, we’ve invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington since 2015, including an all-new paint shop, body shop, and many other state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Which leads to my final point: the reason we invested all of that and worked so hard to develop these new SUVs – we are here to win.”

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevy Tahoe sales currently account for 31% of the full-size SUV segment, while the Suburban is 15%, highlighting how Chevrolet leads this particular class of vehicles.

For the 2021 model year, the Tahoe and Suburban see some space increases and improved driving dynamics. The cargo space behind the Tahoe’s third row grew by 66 percent, while the Suburban gets 19% more room behind its first-row seats. Along with this, the SUV-focused interior offers up to five display screens throughout the cabin, while boasting a best-in-class nine camera views and trailering features.

To experience America’s favorite full-size SUVs for yourself, pay us a visit at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland to test drive the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban.

Chevrolet, Trailblazer

GM to Reintroduce Three-Cylinder Engines to the American Market

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | Portland, ME

Engineers are better than ever at designing engines that deliver impressive power and efficiency in increasingly smaller packages. The latest proof of this is the news that General Motors is adding two new three-cylinder engines to its American lineup for the first time in 20 years.

The last time a GM vehicle came with a three-cylinder engine was the 2000 Chevrolet Metro. This 1.0-liter engine was only rated at 55 horsepower. The two modern engines will come in 1.2- and 1.3-liter variants, and will be available on the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Unlike the older three-cylinder engine, these engines will come with turbocharged technology and features like an electronically driven water pump, an electrically assisted wastegate system, and an active vacuum system. With all of that technology, these engines are expected to have an output in the neighborhood of 150 horsepower.

Not only is this much better than the previous versions of these engines, but it is on par with larger, less efficient four-cylinder engines, making the new three-cylinder models at least as strong, more cost-effective, and more environmentally-friendly than the larger engines they will replace.

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is set to arrive here at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland sometime this spring. We can’t wait to see you here to celebrate comeback two decades in the making, and take the promising reinvention of the Trailblazer for a long-overdue test drive.

Chevrolet, Spark, Vehicle Awards

2019 Chevrolet Spark Named One of U.S. News’ Best Cars Under $16,000

2019 Chevrolet Spark | Portland, ME

For anyone looking for an award-winning and surprisingly affordable vehicle, consider the 2019 Chevrolet Spark. This model was recently named one of the Best Cars under $16,000 by U.S. News and World Report. Believe it or not, even though the Chevy Spark is the most affordable new vehicle on the market, it offers a wide range of impressive amenities. From high-tech gadgets to a fuel-efficient powertrain, the Spark has everything you want without breaking the bank.

The Spark is a subcompact hatchback car with a European-inspired exterior design. It seats four people comfortably and comes with a range of features to make driving more enjoyable. For example, the Spark has available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® connectivity to create a mobile hotspot even when you’re on the go. There’s also smartphone connectivity thanks to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which lets you access apps and more through the in-vehicle infotainment.

The Spark comes with a 98-horsepower engine, which also gets an impressive fuel economy of 38 highway mpg*. The Spark also scores particularly well when it comes to reliability, which means this model is designed to save you in both the short term and the long term.

Other standard features include a rear-vision camera system, which is great for reversing and parallel parking. There are ten standard airbags to help you feel better protected when you’re behind the wheel, as well as available driver-assist features such as Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Park Assist, and more.

If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a thoroughly modern vehicle that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and take the 2020 Chevrolet Spark for a test drive today.

Car Tips, Maintenance, Tires

How to Know When It’s Time to Get New Tires

Stack of New Tires | Portland, ME

Your tires are some of the most important components of your car, as they are the only things keeping you in contact with the road. That is why it is so important to take good care of them and replace them when they wear out. But how do you know when it is time to get new tires?

Tread Depth

One of the simplest ways to tell if your tires are too worn out is to check the tread depth. Thankfully, you don’t need an expensive tool to check your tires’ tread; all you need is a penny. Place a penny with Lincoln’s head pointing down into the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow, and it is time for new tires.

Uneven wear

If your tires are out of alignment, it can cause one or more of your tires to wear out in certain spots faster than the other tires. If you notice this, you will need new tires and an alignment, so it doesn’t happen again.

Age

If you have a car that you don’t drive very much, the tread may appear to be in good condition, but then the age of the tires come into play. Over time, the rubber begins to deteriorate, so most tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires after ten years.

Whether you know you need new tires or just want a second opinion, the experienced team at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland has got you covered. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape in no time.

Bolt EV, Chevrolet, Model Preview

2020 Chevy Bolt EV Range Estimated at 259 Miles

2020 Chevy Bolt EV | Portland, ME

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the EPA-estimated range of the new 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, and it’s impressive. The new Bolt EV will be able to travel 259 miles on a single charge,* which reflects a 21-mile increase over the previous model. This dramatic improvement should go a long way towards reducing anxiety among Americans on the fence about switching to all-electric vehicles.

“The Bolt EV set the benchmark for long-range, affordable electric vehicles, and we’re excited to raise the bar by offering nearly 10 percent more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year,” remarked Tim Grewe, director of Global Battery Cell Engineering and Strategy. “At Chevrolet, we’re constantly listening to customer feedback and we heard the desire for more range. The team worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.”

So how has Chevy achieved this amazing feat? The energy of the cell electrodes became the focus of the automaker’s battery engineering teams. By making small tweaks to the chemistry of the cells, the team was able to increase the battery’s efficiency by a significant amount. That means the physical battery pack did not change, nor did the way it is integrated into the Bolt’s structure.

If you’re as excited as we are for this game-changing EV, we can’t wait to see you here at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland when the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV launches later this year.

*EPA-estimated EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and conditions.

Model Preview, Trailblazer

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Preview

2021 Chevy Trailblazer | Portland, ME

The upcoming 2021 Trailblazer is an all-new addition to Chevy’s diverse lineup. It will slot between the Trax and the Equinox to provide drivers with a larger choice in the popular small SUV segment.

The 2021 Trailblazer puts safety at the forefront. Available safety features include Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. According to Steve Majoros, Chevy’s director of passenger car and crossover marketing, “These features deliver added confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel, helping drivers monitor the vehicle’s surroundings and the driving environment with an available combination of camera, short-range radars, and ultrasonic sensors.”

The Trailblazer takes a step away from Chevy’s typical crossover design. It features a standard two-tone roof on the Trailblazer RS model, as well as a touch-screen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

“The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization,” said Majoros. “Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will hit U.S. dealerships in early 2020. Until then, check back with us at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for updates on the upcoming Trailblazer and other new Chevy models.

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