Chevrolet Introduces First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

TUSTIN, Calif. — Today, Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

From front- to mid-engine, in under three seconds
“Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM. The traditional front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history. Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”

The new mid-engine layout gives the 2020 Stingray:

Better weight distribution, with the rear weight bias enhancing performance in a straight line and on the track.
Better responsiveness and sense of control due to driver positioning closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.
The fastest 0-60 time of any entry Corvette ever — under three seconds when equipped with Z51 Performance Package.
A race car-like view of the road due to lower positioning of the hood, instrument panel and steering wheel. Excellent forward sightlines throughout the vehicle for both driver and passenger.
An enhancement of Corvette’s traditional utility strengths, with dual trunks for a total of 12.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, ideal for luggage or two sets of golf clubs

Design inspired by racing and aeronautics
The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle.
“As America’s most iconic performance nameplate, redesigning the Corvette Stingray from the ground up presented the team a historic opportunity, something Chevrolet designers have desired for over 60 years,” said Michael Simcoe, vice president of Global Design, General Motors. “It is now the best of America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports car class. We know Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer.”
A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.

Some additional design touchpoints include:

Low profile headlamps designed around all-new projectors.
Completely hidden door, hood and hatch releases do not disrupt the sculpted design.
Large side air intakes for engine cooling and aerodynamic performance.
A-pillar shape that communicates speed and assists in visibility.
Large rear hatch that showcases the engine with seven air vents.
Quad exhaust tips located on the vehicle’s outboard ends.
Dual-element LED taillamps with animated turn signals.

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.
The interior is further enhanced by:

A cockpit that has not only migrated forward by 16.5 inches, but envelops the driver, conveying the high performance and aeronautic theme
Vertical climate controls and ultra-thin vents minimize the height of the instrument panel, creating a low, spacious interior.
A new, squared-off, two-spoke, small diameter steering wheel that enables an unobscured view of the 12-inch reconfigurable cluster display

The 2020 Stingray boasts premium interior materials executed at a high level of quality and craftsmanship:

Hand-wrapped, cut-and-sew leather components with thick press stitching.
Generous use of real metal.
Stainless steel speaker grilles with Bose Performance Series audio system.
Carbon fiber trim on the GT2 and Competition Sport Seats.
The choice of either real aluminum or real carbon fiber for console and door trim plates.

Customers can create their own design statement, with the most personalization options ever for Corvette:

12 exterior colors — Torch Red, Arctic White, Black, Blade Silver Metallic, Shadow Gray, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Long Beach Red, Elkhart Lake Blue and Sebring Orange — plus three all-new colors: Rapid Blue, Zeus Bronze and Accelerate Yellow.
Six interior color themes: Jet Black, Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Natural/ Natural Dipped, Two-Tone Blue and Morello Red.
Six seat belt colors: Black, Blue, Natural, Torch Red, Yellow and Orange.
Two optional stitch packages: Yellow and Red. Standard black interiors have Sky Cool Gray stitching.

Three seat options:

GT1 – a sporty style that emphasizes comfort while providing good support for performance driving situations. Features Mulan leather trim, optional two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment.
GT2 – a first for Corvette, these seats have a racing-inspired look with comfort for long trips courtesy of dual density foam. They include carbon fiber trim, a Napa leather insert, Mulan leather bolsters, a jet black-painted seat back, two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment, plus heating and ventilation.
Competition Sport – designed for the serious track-focused driver, these seats include aggressive bolsters, full Napa seating surfaces and carbon fiber trim on the headrest, heating and ventilation, along with an all-new durable performance textile inspired by Kevlar vests.

Engineered to be a true supercar for every day
Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid, connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or on long road trips.

“Our mission was to develop a new type of sports car, combining the successful attributes of Corvette with the performance and driving experience of mid-engine supercars,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer.

The tunnel-dominant approach offers many advantages, including:

Improved torsional rigidity with a solid, connected feel on both the road and track.
Outstanding ingress/egress for a mid-engine vehicle. Unlike some competitors, there’s no need for oversized rocker panels to bear structural and load weights, making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle.
Excellent stability due to a low center of gravity and outstanding handling.
Preservation of Corvette’s beloved standard removable roof panel, which can easily be stored in the rear trunk.
A front storage compartment that can fit an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag.
Availability in both left- and right-hand-drive variants — a first for Corvette.
Smart packaging with improved cabin comfort, including an additional inch of rearward seat travel and almost double the reclining angle.

The all-new Corvette Stingray is built with a smart mixed-materials strategy, enabling key features such as:

A strong, stiff and lightweight main structure of six high-pressure diecast aluminum parts, also known as the Bedford Six, which are manufactured at GM Powertrain in Bedford, Indiana. These minimize the number of joints within the vehicle, making a stiffer structure that aids in handling and track cornering.
Industry-first carbon fiber curved rear bumper beam for weight reduction.
Front and rear trunk tubs and dashboard molded from ultra-lightweight “float” derived from fiberglass and a proprietary resin. The material is so light that it can actually float in water. It works with other fiberglass and carbon fiber variants to lower mass and reduce noise and vibration.

Handling: core to Corvette’s fun-to-drive DNA
The Stingray is designed for superior ride comfort on the highway and well-balanced handling on the track.

“Thanks to sophisticated suspension geometry, tailored tire technology and exquisite attention to structural details, we have improved ride and handling,” said Juechter. “No Corvette has ever felt so comfortable, nimble and yet completely stable.”

The new Stingray features coil over dampers that create entirely new ride and handling characteristics. The mid-engine architecture allows for a short, straight and stiff steering system, coupled with an updated electronic steering system, making the driver’s chassis input instantaneous.

The new seating position places the car’s center of gravity close to the driver’s inside hip, so the car literally turns around the driver. It completely changes the perception of vehicle handling and responsiveness.

Other ride and handling upgrades include:

Steering ratio improved from 16.25:1 to 15.7:1.
New eBoost brakes that are more precise and tunable.
The first sports car application of Michelin’s all-season performance tire that can corner at nearly 1G.
Front suspension lift that raises ground clearance by approximately 40mm at the front bumper in 2.8 seconds, protecting against bumps, potholes, steep driveways and other road disturbances. It can operate at speeds up to 24 mph and be programmed to work automatically through GPS to remember up to 1,000 locations.
Launch control aided by the rear weight distribution, enabling the new Stingray to get off the line quicker than any Corvette in history.
Z51 Performance Package, which introduces a host of new technology to the 2020 Stingray:

• Performance suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats.
• Larger brake rotors with Z51 logo on calipers.
• Enhanced cooling.
• Specific axle ratio.
• Front brake cooling inlets.
• Performance exhaust.

An electronic limited slip differential integrated into the transaxle that modulates torque between the rear tires, enabling incredible vehicle stability.
A front splitter and open two-piece rear spoiler that add up to a combined 400 pounds of downforce while improving grip when cornering.
Available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, which reads the road better, providing more precise data through suspension-mounted accelerometers. Its improved electronics respond faster and more smoothly to driver inputs and contribute to class-leading ride quality.
Available Performance Traction Management.

The jewel in the center
The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

“Though now placed behind the driver, the LT2 gives the same visceral experience we all expect from Corvette,” said Jordan Lee, GM’s global chief engineer of Small Block engines. “The LT2 has been designed to deliver excellent low-end torque and high-end power to give thrilling pedal response at any RPM.”

The powertrain’s low position enables a low center of gravity for optimal handling. Perhaps the biggest update is found in the lubrication and ventilation system. For the first time ever, the base Stingray will use an engine-mounted dry sump oil system and three scavenge pumps for improved track performance.

During serious track driving, oil volume remains high to avoid diminished performance. The new Stingray’s lateral capability is greatly improved, so the LT2’s dry sump lubrication system had to be redesigned to provide exceptional engine performance even at lateral acceleration levels exceeding 1G in all directions.

A lightweight, 3.2mm-thick glass panel on the rear hatch allows owners to show off the engine. This panel features a cantilevered trailing edge to evacuate heat from the LT2 engine compartment.

Other notable engine characteristics include:

Jewel-like setting in the rear compartment, visible through the rear glass hatch.
Every part, including the exhaust system’s wires, tubes, routing fasteners, coolant hoses, exhaust manifold and even the bolts and fasteners, is built with appearance in mind. All engine components were given careful consideration just like the exterior, and even the heat shields are textured.
A brand-new block and vent system. The centerline of the crankshaft sits an inch lower to the ground where it mates to the transaxle for better handling.
Low-profile oil pan that reduces mass.
Oil cooler capacity increased by 25 percent.
Standard edge Red valve covers.

A shift of a different kind
The next generation LT2 is paired with Chevrolet’s first eight speed dual-clutch transmission, which provides lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer. This transmission is uniquely designed with TREMEC to provide the best of both worlds: the spirited, direct connected feeling of a manual and the premium driving comfort of an automatic. The double-paddle de-clutch feature even allows the driver to disconnect the clutch by holding both paddles for more manual control.

Paddle shifters allow drivers to choose a specific gear. “The performance shift algorithms are so driver-focused, they can sense when you’re doing spirited driving — regardless of driving mode — and will hold lower gears longer for more throttle response,” said Juechter.

The new Small Block V-8 has a torque curve optimized to take advantage of the bespoke DCT’s lightning-fast shifts. Engineers set the DCT up with a very low first gear to leverage the additional traction to get the car off the line quickly, and its close-ratio gears 2 through 6 keep the engine near the power peak on track. Tall seventh and eighth gears make for easy long-distance cruising with low mechanical stress and excellent fuel economy.

The DCT is mated to a new Electronic Transmission Range Selector. With this electric shifter there’s no mechanical interface between the shift lever and the transmission. The Corvette’s electric shifter incorporates two pull toggles for Reverse and Drive and push buttons for Park, Neutral and Low/Manual. The shifter has been designed to be more attractive and compact than a standard shifter.
All-new technology improves performance and usability
Driver mode choices have been expanded from four to six, allowing drivers to tweak the feel of their Corvettes to their personal preference. The familiar Weather, Tour, Sport and Track modes remain, and there are two new modes:

MyMode, a configurable setting for preferred driving style that can remain between key cycles.
Z mode, named after the famed Z06, ZR1 and Z51 Corvette performance packages, is activated through a “Z” button on the steering wheel. This is a single-use mode that takes MyMode configurations one step further, allowing drivers to adjust the engine and transmission as well.

The 2020 Stingray benefits from GM’s new digital vehicle platform, an all-new electronic architecture that enables the adoption of the company’s next generation of technologies. The architecture minimizes wiring while allowing for faster signal transmission between different vehicle systems and the higher resolution screens. The platform enables continuous vehicle improvements through over-the-air updates and enhanced cybersecurity measures.

Other new technology features include:

Corvette’s next-generation infotainment system is faster and simpler, with a higher resolution display.
Chevy-first one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Near Field Communication.
Wireless charging.
Learn-as-you-go voice recognition.
Improved real-time traffic.
A new, 12-inch customizable instrument cluster tailored to all six driver modes.

New electrical features include:

Driver and passenger seat memory.
Heated steering wheel.
Tire fill alert warns the driver when tire meets maximum pressure.
Two new Bose audio systems: a 10-speaker standard premium system and available 14-speaker Bose Performance Series system. Speaker grilles are integrated into lower door trim for a refined look that also helps guard against damage from footwear.
The industry-pioneering Performance Data Recorder, an advanced driving analysis tool upgraded with high-definition resolution camera and a new, in-vehicle user interface. Customers can record both circuit and point-to-point road courses. The PDR can be set to auto-record like a dash cam that starts a recording every time the Corvette is running, or configured to only start when the car is set to Valet mode.

Attainability remains a hallmark
Corvette has always represented iconic American design, performance, technical ingenuity and attainability. The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition, as it will start under $60,000.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. Additional pricing and packaging information will be shared closer to launch.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information can be found at www.chevy.com/nextgencorvette


Corvette’s Journey to Mid-Engine


TUSTIN, Calif. — The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the culmination of 60 years of mid-engine experimentation. While the eighth generation Corvette marks a radical leap forward in terms of capability from the seventh generation, it also incorporates lessons learned from past engineering exercises such as the Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicles (CERVs) I-III, the Aerovette and others.

Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered the father of Corvette, first encountered early mid-engine vehicles in his youth, including the Auto Union Types C and D Grand Prix racing vehicles.

Duntov had a wealth of propulsion knowledge and thrived as an auto racer and engineering consultant in automotive and aeronautics. He was attracted to GM by the original Corvette concept, which he saw at the 1953 Motorama in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria.

Duntov started at GM on May 1, 1953, and helped Chevrolet chief engineer Ed Cole turn his proposed Small Block V-8 into a viable technology for Corvette later that decade. Duntov became Corvette’s first true chief engineer and pursued the mid-engine layout through various concepts, including the CERV I, which debuted in 1960. Duntov described it as “a design without limit” and an “admirable tool” to instruct Chevy on “what to put in Corvette.”

CERV I was outfitted with seven different engine combinations in its working lifespan, but its original engine, a Chevrolet Small Block V-8, and its lightweight aluminum core are both modernized on the 2020 Corvette Stingray.

In 1964, Duntov’s team debuted CERV II, which Duntov and Chevrolet General Manager Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen envisioned as a challenger at Sebring, Le Mans and other races. With torque converters in the front and rear, CERV II employed the first-ever mid-engine four-wheel-drive system, for which Duntov held the patent.

The most recent attempt at a mid-engine vehicle was the 1990 CERV III concept built in conjunction with Lotus to explore future levels of performance. CERV III, more of a road car than a track performer, was intended as a development vehicle to evaluate mid-engine structures. CERV III was powered by a 5.7L, 32-valve dual overhead cam Small Block V-8 with twin turbochargers. It produced 650 hp and 655 lb-ft of torque.

Duntov, who retired from GM in 1975, saw the mid-engine layout with the engine located ahead of the rear axle as the optimal configuration for weight distribution, excellent handling and forward visibility. Despite the layout’s innate performance benefits, its implementation in the scheme of mass manufacturing proved problematic. The previous mid-engine Corvettes were relegated to concept status by issues including engine cooling difficulties, limited passenger and luggage space, loudness and the inability to produce a convertible variant.

Advances in development, aided by computer-assisted engineering and virtual reality, helped the current Corvette team carefully plot out the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s architecture. Engineers worked closely with designers to ensure that the vehicle’s form met all of the necessary performance benchmarks, while preserving the Corvette legacy.

Mid-engine was always part of Corvette’s destiny. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pays off the vision of thousands of people who came before it and lives up to Corvette’s core fundamentals of performance, functionality and attainability.

ABOUT CHEVROLET

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information can be found at www.chevy.com/nextgencorvette.


What Will a VIN Number Tell You about Your Used Chevrolet?

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Be sure to pay attention to the VIN on your used Chevrolet before buying the vehicle. The VIN tells you everything you need to know about a car, from its body style and options to whether it has been in any serious accidents.

Interpreting Your Chevy’s VIN

The basic information in the VIN can be decoded to give you a complete description of any vehicle. VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number, and it is made up of 17 numbers and letters. The first three digits of the VIN let you know the make of your car, in this case Chevrolet, and where in the world it was made. Digits four through eight give you more specific information about the engine type, body, transmission, and safety features of your vehicle. The ninth digit just makes sure it is legitimate. Looking at the 10th digit will tell you the model year while the 11th lets you know at what plant the Chevy was manufactured. The last numbers are a specific production number.

Even mechanics don’t have all of the various codes memorized, so most dealerships and service centers will keep a list on hand for each of the major automakers. You can also enter the VIN online on any number of websites, which will tell you exactly what the various digits say about your Chevrolet.

Using Your Chevy’s VIN to Find More

The VIN for a used Chevrolet truly comes in handy when you want to verify that the vehicle is what the seller says it is. You can use it to determine that the description matches the car being sold. You can then use the VIN to look up the vehicle history report, which will let you know about any red flags, such as a salvage title or a vehicle being reported as stolen. Because of this, it is crucial to look up the VIN for a vehicle when buying your used Chevy from an individual.

When you buy a used Chevrolet from Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, our friendly team will gladly go over the VIN with you and even help you get the vehicle history report so you don’t have to worry about anything.


3 Tips to Using CARFAX When Buying Your Used Chevrolet

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Do some simple research before buying your used Chevrolet to make sure that you are getting a model that is in good condition and exactly as advertised. In addition to researching the make and model for reliability and recalls, you should also use the VIN to get a vehicle history report from a website like CARFAX. This report will let you know the overall condition and history of a vehicle, indicating whether it is a good buy. You can use the report to confirm you want to buy the car and for the price being offered. To get the most out of the CARFAX report, follow these tips.

Confirm the Description

The first thing you do when you get a CARFAX report is read the vehicle description. Make sure that it matches the used Chevrolet that you are looking at. Unscrupulous sellers may change the VIN on a car to hide a less than favorable history with accidents or flood damage or even to mask a stolen vehicle. By reading the description on the report, you can confirm that the information on the report is actually about the Chevy you want to buy.

Look at the Accident History

One of the most important parts of the CARFAX vehicle history report is the accident history. This section of the report will indicate whether the Chevrolet has been in any accidents where reports were filed. It is also where you will find salvage title information and flood damage. Generally, you don’t want to buy a used vehicle that has a salvage title or flood damage since it may be in very poor condition with significant damage that has gone unnoticed.

Examine Maintenance Records

Your CARFAX report should include a section on maintenance records for the Chevrolet you are looking at. Use this section to confirm that the vehicle has been serviced according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.

Don’t buy a model that hasn’t been maintained regularly unless you have it inspected by a trusted mechanic and get a great price. Models without maintenance are more likely to experience future problems.

Now that you know how to use CARFAX when buying your next used Chevrolet, you are ready to visit Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, and check out our extensive selection of pre-owned models.


Why Buy a Used Chevrolet from Your Dealership?

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Many people prefer buying a used car rather than a new one. Reasons include price, cost of insurance, and “all the bugs are worked out.” Since a new car depreciates the moment you drive it off the lot, buying a used car at the already-depreciated price makes a lot of sense.

Why Buy From Your Dealership?

There are a number of good reasons why car shoppers in Houston should buy a used Chevrolet from the dealership rather than from a private party or from a used car dealer.

Reliability

When you buy a used Chevrolet from a Chevrolet dealer, it is highly possible that the car was purchased new from that dealership, maintained by the service department according to warranty standards, and then traded in on a new model. This means that the dealership has had a relationship with that car from day one. You can depend on the used Chevrolet being well maintained and a reliable source of transportation for many more miles.

Warranty

Depending on the year of the car, there may still be some of the original warranty left. If not, many dealerships will extend a 90-day warranty on their used vehicles. You won’t get this from a private party, or from many used car dealers.

Continued Service

When you buy a used Chevrolet from your Chevrolet dealership, you can take advantage of the service department to keep your car running in tip-top shape for as long as you keep the car. Certified mechanics that specialize in working on Chevys will perform whatever work becomes necessary over the years to maintain your car. This includes routine maintenance, such as oil changes, transmission service, and little things, like new wiper blades.

Safety

With all of the internet scams going on the past few years, we’ve become aware that it isn’t always safe to try to purchase a used car from the web. When the seller wants to meet the potential buyer in an unpopulated place, bad things can and have happened. When you visit your Chevrolet dealership to shop for a used car, you know that you are safe on the dealership grounds. Furthermore, you’ll be able to see and test-drive any car you wish before you commit to buy.

Your friendly Chevrolet dealership in Houston, Texas, is Davis Chevrolet. We will be pleased to assist you in finding the perfect used Chevy that meets your needs.


Which Used Corvette Models Are the Best?

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When you are in the market for a used Corvette, you may have a favorite year or model that you are looking for. It may be helpful to know which models and years are considered the best and the worst models before you make your decision. Every Corvette buff has his or her preferences, and you may be aware of the good points and bad points in the Corvette history. But in case you aren’t, here are some of the cars considered to be the worst and the best.

Best Corvettes in Houston

At the top of the list is the 1967 Corvette Sting Ray L88. This hot number came with a 427 ci engine that advertised 430 horsepower, but the actual output was closer to 550 horsepower. With only 20 made, if you can find one, you’ll likely pay a pretty penny for it.

The 1970 Corvette LT1 with its 370 horsepower is another top favorite. The peak year of muscle cars, the ‘Vette didn’t quite fit the category, however, with its V8-inspired engine, it featured an aluminum intake, forged engine internals, and a tight sound.

Leading the way into the 21st century, the model years 2001-2004 Corvette Z06 are popular. The hottest car since the ZR1, the Z06’s high-performance engine put out 385 horsepower.

The 2015 C7 Corvette Z06 is the newest favorite, thanks to its 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that blasts out 650 horsepower while looking as hot as it runs.

Chevrolet broke out of the mold when introducing the 1990-1995 Corvette ZR-1. Far different than its predecessors, the ZR-1 sported wider doors and wider wheels. Lotus Engineering designed its LT5 engine that featured four valves driven by four cams per cylinder that boasted of 375 horsepower, which was pumped up to 405 horsepower later in the run.

Worst Corvettes in Houston

Corvettes to look out for as being pronounced the worst start with the 1975 Stingray. With its 350 small block engine, it put out a pitiful 165 horsepower. Even though the 1979 L48 was the most popular year of all with sales that topped 58,000, its 195 horsepower pushed it onto the “Worst” list, also.

The 1983 Corvette made the list thanks to its late debut. Slated to be the 30th-anniversary car, it didn’t make it to the showrooms until January 1983, which bumped the C4 Corvette into 1984. The Corvette pace cars also got low ratings.

The friendly professionals at Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, will be happy to help you find just the used Corvette that will make you happy.


Prevent Sun Damage to Your Used Chevy

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Buy a new or used Chevrolet, and you will want to take all the possible precautions to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Unfortunately for Texas drivers, the Houston sun works against you with its powerful rays. The sun can fade the paint or interior or simply overheat mechanical components. Here are some simple ways to prevent any type of damage to your used Chevy from the sun so you can preserve your investment.

Park in the Right Areas

Although it will not always be possible, you should try to park in the shade whenever it is an option. If you don’t have access to covered parking, then look for a nice tree in the parking lot or choose to park next to a building so you will get some of its shade.

Wax Your Car

You know you should be washing your Chevy regularly to keep it looking as nice as possible. What you may not realize is that you also need to dry it thoroughly using a soft cloth so the sun doesn’t dry up the water and leave water spots. You should also add a protective layer of wax to block some of the UV rays and prevent your paint from fading.

Use Reflectorized Panels

Yes, it can be annoying to fold and unfold those shiny reflectorized panels when you park your car, but if you aren’t in a spot that will stay shady, they can make a huge difference. They will prevent the interior of your Chevy from overheating and limit the amount of fading to the interior.

Remember Regular Maintenance

Believe it or not, regular maintenance is also key for protecting your used Chevy from the sun. A perfect example is checking your fluid levels. Your Chevrolet will use up the fluids more quickly on hot, sunny days than it will on temperate days, so be sure to check their levels more often. Similarly, your battery is likely to experience a higher workload from running the air-conditioning and dealing with heat. Because of this, you should check it at least once every summer.

When it is time for regular maintenance, bring your used Chevy to Davis Chevrolet right here in Houston, Texas. We can also provide suggestions on how to keep your car safe from the sun.

 


Always Have a Used Car Inspected Before Buying

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Buying a used car is the perfect way to save money. To get the best deal, however, you need to make sure that the used Chevrolet you are buying is in good shape. You don’t want to sign all the paperwork, hand over the money, and then discover that there is a serious issue with the engine that will cost you thousands of dollars. Because of this, it is crucial to always have an inspection done before you buy a used car.

Why Do It

The reason for inspecting a used car before buying it should be obvious to most people: You want to avoid a scenario like the one described above. A private seller may not disclose more information than necessary about a used car since he or she wants to sell it and do so for the best possible price. While a test drive over a range of terrains will give you some valuable information about a used car, an inspection is also crucial since not all issues will lead to a noticeable difference immediately.

It is simple to hire a trusted mechanic to take a look at a potential used car since it shouldn’t take too long to do so. The seller shouldn’t object unless there is something to hide. Even if you are concerned about having to pay for the inspection, don’t worry. It should only cost about a hundred dollars for an inspection, although pricing will vary based on where you live. This is well worth it if it prevents thousands of dollars in repairs that you would have to make on a damaged used vehicle.

What About Certified Used Models?

The only time you can get away without having an inspection done on a used car before buying it is if it comes with a certification. Just make sure that the vehicle is actually certified by the automaker, not just the dealership or a third party. Dealership certifications are good, but those from automaker are even better.

When you are ready to buy a used Chevrolet or have a potential used car inspected, visit Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas.


What to Do After Buying Your Used Chevy

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Buy a used Chevy, and your work isn’t quite done yet. There are a few important things you want to do after buying a used vehicle. Some of these are similar to what you would do with a new car, but some are unique to used models.

Make Sure Your Used Chevy Is Registered

Take the time to make sure that your new Chevy is registered, insured, and licensed. You want all the proper paperwork to be in order before driving your Chevrolet around Houston so you don’t have to deal with any pesky fines.

Change Your Used Chevy’s Filters

Yes, the Chevy you bought should be in good condition, but it is still worthwhile to change all the filters. At the very least, take a close look at the transmission oil, air, and fuel filters, as well as that in the water purifier. If they aren’t in perfect shape, change them, since you don’t know how long ago they were last replaced.

Check out Your Used Chevy’s Manual

It may not sound fun to read your owner’s manual, but it is a crucial part of getting to know your used Chevy. The owner’s manual will give you key information on the maintenance schedule and other useful things, such as using the radio presets or connecting your phone via Bluetooth.

Clean Your Used Chevy

In most cases, the used car you buy will already be clean. Sellers know that a clean car sells quicker and for a higher price than a dirty one. If your used Chevy isn’t clean, then give it a thorough detailing, both inside and out. Now you won’t have to worry about even the smallest odors or dust particles the previous owner left behind.

The team at Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, can help you find a used Chevy and go through all the necessary steps with you. You can even have regular maintenance done at the service center.


Tips for Increasing the Resale Value of Your Used Chevrolet

Resale Value of Your Used Chevrolet

If you plan to sell your used Chevrolet in the future, you will want to do whatever you can to increase its resale value. You may have heard of ways to improve resale value when you buy a new car, but these don’t necessarily work with used models, since they already have extras and a history. However, there are still some things that you can do to get more money from your used car.

Clean It Regularly

If you aren’t quite ready to sell your used Chevrolet yet, but you know you will be doing so in the future, then take the time to clean it regularly and wax the exterior. This will keep it looking great and minimize any permanent stains or damage. When you are getting ready to sell your vehicle, take the time to have it detailed; this will dramatically improve its appearance and make it look newer.

Gather Important Records

Make life easier for yourself by keeping track of all maintenance done on your Chevrolet as you take care of it. This way, you can simply grab the pile of relevant paperwork when it comes time to sell your vehicle. If you don’t have a neat pile, then figure out where you put the maintenance records and compile them. In some cases, if you don’t have a copy but know where the service was done, your mechanic may be able to provide you with the proof of service.

Make Minor Repairs

 Look at your used Chevy from a potential buyer’s perspective. If minor repairs need to be done, such as replacing a light or changing the tires, then do so. The increase in value for your vehicle should be greater than the amount you spend on these minor things.

When you are ready to buy a used Chevrolet or trade in your old Chevy, the team at Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, is ready to assist you.