Trailer and Towing Safety!

Whether it’s towing your boat to the cottage or beach, heading on a camping adventure or just everyday fun, your vehicle plays an important role in summer activities!  When partaking in such, it is not uncommon to use a trailer for towing.  However, as many of us can surely attest, people often tow things in an unsafe manner.  The picture below is a clear example of what NOT to do!

After witnessing the above, we felt it important to share some tips on towing and trailering to keep you and others safe on the road.  First and foremost, it is important that you know your vehicle’s towing capacity.  Exceeding this capacity can not only cause damage to your vehicle, but can seriously endanger others on the road.  Each vehicle has a different capacity, so keep in mind that what you are able to tow with one of your vehicles may not be the same on another.  If you are unsure, such information is provided in your owner’s manual.

If your current vehicle is not equipped with towing capabilities, be aware that most GM and Honda trucks, SUV’s and crossovers have the option for a factory-installed trailering package.  If you are interested in more information on such products or installation, please contact our one of our three dealerships: Queenston Chevrolet, Queenston on the Mountain or Image Honda.

Towing Safety Tips:

  • Ensure that your vehicle can withstand your trailers capacity.
  • Make sure you have thoroughly inspected your trailer tires, brakes and hitch and ensure they are in working order before hitting the road.
  • DON’T overload your trailer and always make sure that the weight is balanced out.
  • If you have loose items, make sure that they are securely fastened or covered to prevent them from moving.  Accessories such as cargo nets and other products are available for purchase from our parts departments.
  • Keep a safe distance when travelling behind other vehicles.  The additional weight of the trailer will make it harder to stop.
  • Always adjust your mirrors so you can see the traffic behind you.

Please keep these safety tips in mind for your benefit and others on the road.  If you have any questions concerning your vehicles towing capacity or are interested in installing a trailering package on your vehicle, please contact us at any of our three locations and we will be happy to assist you!

By: Amy Cochren

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Queenston on the Mountain

Queenston Chevrolet on Centennial

New Athleticism for the 2016 Camaro?

There will be a leaner, more athletic design for the 2016 Camaro, which will be introduced on May 16, during a special public event in Detroit. There are several new additions to the design of the Camaro including an aluminum hood with a sculpted look that appears as though it is “form-fitted” around the mechanical components. The outcome? The hood looks as though it has been shrink-wrapped around the engine. The modifications make the Camaro look lower and wider when in reality; it’s smaller than its predecessor.

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The anticipation is almost too much!  We can’t wait for its reveal…can you?

 

 

 

 

Credit: GM Canada

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

When we hear someone say “all-new” at the dealership, there are several things that come to mind. New technology, advanced safety features, shiny exterior and connectivity are just to name a few. On April 1st, when Chevy introduced the 2016 Malibu, the word “all-new” took on a whole new meaning.

Longer and lighter, with more interior space than ever before, the 2016 Malibu boasts an impressive line-up of features. Its improved fuel economy offers an estimated 4.9L/100km city, 5.2L/100km highway driving. As a new hybrid sedan, the re-designed Malibu will certainly give our competitors a run for their money.

2016 MalibuAdditional vehicle highpoints include:

  • GM exclusive OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle connectivity and wireless phone charging
  • Standard safety technologies (10 standard air bags, with available features including: Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Parking Assist)
  • All-new Teen Driver feature – this will allow you to view your child’s driving habits, speed, warning alerts and so much more.
  • New power-dense Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with fuel-saving stop/start technology (standard feature)
  • Chevrolet MyLink with an 7 inch touch screen is standard on LS, LT and Hybrid models
  • Chevrolet MyLink with an 8 inch touch screen is available on LT and Hybrid Models and standard on Premier model
  • Chevrolet MyLink with navigation is available with 8 inch MyLink system and features three dimensional maps.
  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on all models (includes 3 month/3GB data trial – whichever comes first)

The styling on the all-new Malibu is similar in many ways to the 2014 Impala. It’s sleek, elongated and shows off the dual-port grille. Contemporary lighting is a strong characteristic and includes light-emitting diode (LED daytime running lamps available on LT and Premier Models). The Malibu Premier also includes LED taillamps. With so much to offer, there is no doubt you will want to take this vehicle for a test-drive when it hits our showroom floor in the late fall of this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the new 2016 Malibu or any other vehicles in our award-winning lineup, please visit us at one of our 2 Queenston locations: Queenston on Centennial (905-560-2020) and Queenston on the Mountain (905-528-7001).

Online at www.queenstonchev.com

A familiar EV for Canadian Consumers

Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec are welcoming the Chevrolet Spark Electric Vehicle in 2016. The Spark EV was previously only available to Canadian fleet buyers and some U.S. states, but will now become an exciting option for consumers who can take advantage of their province’s incentive programs.

In Ontario, the incentive could range from $5,000 – $8,500 towards the purchase or lease of an eligible, new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicles. The rebate is determined by the vehicle’s battery capacity. Homeowners can also apply for rebates up to $1000 towards the installation of 240 V Level 2 home chargers for their garage or driveway.

sparkevWith an EPA-rated 132 km range, the Chevy Spark’s exciting 327 lb-ft of torque makes a standstill to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds.  The Spark’s DC quick-charge can replenish the batteries up to 80 percent in roughly 20 minutes.

With the Spark’s primary audience being young drivers, this electric vehicle may get attention it deserves from green-minded Canadians. Look for the rollout of this smart Chevy at Queenston by the end of this year!

GM Certified Service at Queenston

From maintenance to major repairs, the Certified Service experts and technicians at Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC can take care of all your vehicle needs.

gm_certified_serviceMany people have the misconception that maintaining your vehicle at a dealership is more expensive than a local lube shop. We have shopped around, and when you compare apples to apples (same quality of oil, fluid, filter and multi-point inspection), our prices are very competitive for regular maintenance items.

At Queenston you get:

-GM certified technicians who know your GM vehicle inside and out.

-Technicians who are equipped with state of the art diagnostic equipment, enabling quick and accurate diagnosis.

-Service experts who know the maintenance schedule for your Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC, as well as Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer or Oldsmobile.

-Service experts who recommend what service is required and when, according to your vehicle maintenance schedule, your environment and your personal driving habits.

-A choice of certified parts to suit your budget and driving habits.

-A comprehensive explanation of the services performed on your vehicle so that you can stay informed of your vehicle’s needs.

Our Queenston on the Mountain location’s extensive renovations are almost complete. Our state-of-the-art car wash is now operational, and we offer a complimentary car wash with each service. We are in the process of updating our lounge, to provide a more comfortable, inviting environment. Soon, we will open our Certified Service Express, which will offer an under 30 minute Lube, Oil & Filter service and extended hours for your convenience.

drive_smarterBring your vehicle to the experts at Queenston’s Certified Service. Visit us at www.queenstonchev.com to schedule your service appointment online, 24/7!

Queenston Commercial and Fleet Sales

At Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, we pride ourselves on providing an exceptional sales and service experience for local business owners. Our dedicated Commercial Sales Managers work with you to provide vehicles to suit your business’ unique needs and our expert service teams ensure your vehicles stay on the road, where you need them.

Picture2When it comes to your business vehicles, you can’t afford mistakes. Queenston is a Business Elite dealer that has a dedicated commercial team to help you with all your business vehicle needs. We stock a diverse lineup of commercial work ready vehicles ready for sale at a moment’s notice. Plus, we have the facilities, tools, equipment and certified technicians to accommodate your specific service needs. You need the right vehicles, customized to your specific business needs and a dealer you can count on. Whether your business needs are 1 vehicle or 100, Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC will take the time to learn about your unique business challenges and offer you real solutions.

We understand that when your vehicles need repairs, your business comes to a halt. Queenston’s Express Business Services provides Priority Service and Work Ready loaners so you can carry on with your workday uninterrupted.

Picture8Queenston is also proud to offer GM’s Business Choice incentive program, designed specifically for small business owners like you. It offers valuable options to help offset the cost of getting your new GM vehicles work-ready. Providing cash incentives or value towards upfits and accessories, the GM Business Choice program is available on eligible new Chevrolet and GMC models.

For more information on Commercial and Fleet Sales & Leasing, visit us at www.queenstonchev.com.

2016 Bolt EV Concept

Debuting at the Detroit International Auto Show, the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept caused quite a stir! With an estimated range of more than 300 kilometres, the Bolt represents Chevrolet’s vision for an affordable, global EV solution. And don’t you just love the name – the Bolt sounds fun to drive!

bolt1Every aspect of the innovative and uncompromising design, from the body’s unique silhouette to the lightweight materials used both inside and out, is designed to push the envelope both technologically and aesthetically. For the interior, Chevrolet revised their signature dual-cockpit design, incorporating easy-to-use technology with minimal design to create a more enjoyable driving experience.

An advanced lithium-ion battery provides over 300 kilometres of all-electric range, and with DC fast-charging capability, an 80 percent charge can be achieved in less than 45 minutes. The Chevrolet Bolt EV is also equipped with lightweight aluminum wheels featuring clear inserts between the spokes, giving the wheels a unique look while maximizing efficiency by reducing drag.

bolt2Fun, funky and futuristic, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is due to go into production in 2016, and we should see it in our Queenston showroom in 2017. Visit us online at www.queenstonchev.com.