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CAR OF THE MONTH

The New 2020 Corvette

What better time is there for motor heads and car enthusiasts to daydream of hitting the open road with the perfect combination of power and style than these days being cooped up indoors. For the like-minded car nuts, the new 2020  Chevy Corvette Stingray coupe should fit the bill. This all-new mid-engine sports car has been completely redesigned to bring the next level of pinpoint precision and beefed up muscle to this legendary brand of American sports car nostalgia. The re-imagined aerodynamic machine might not be at the top of your everyday car shopping list, but the once in a lifetime driving experience should be at the forefront of every enthusiasts behind the wheel fantasy.

According to Chevrolet, the 2020 Stingray offers a number of incredible “style points” including door handles and hatch and hood releases that have been hidden for a perfectly clean appearance and improved aerodynamics, an all-new LT2 V8 engine visible through a rear hatch window, an available Engine Appearance Package that adds carbon-fiber components as well as LED lights to illuminate the engine, ultra-light 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels available in two designs with two spoke styles, a rearward engine that allows for a lower cowl, and a hood and steering wheel designed for the utmost in forward vision.

The 2020 Corvette also offers a first-ever production retractable hardtop. The top adds just 77 pounds to the weight of the vehicle and flows seamlessly into the body while maintaining the Stingray’s impressive storage capabilities. Available in body-color or Carbon Flash, the two-piece hardtop can activate at speeds up to 30 mph. But what’s on most motor head’s minds is power and when it comes to the Stingray, the new mid-engine configuration provides incredible visibility, responsiveness and driving feel. The placement provides rear weight bias, meaning more power is directed to the rear wheels in certain given situations. With the windshield now over the front wheels, there’s improved down-force without the need for a front air dam giving the American icon the ability to deliver 495 horsepower and 470 pounds of torque, the most powerful of its kind ever produced.

For more information visit chevrolet.com/corvette

The Car of the Week is sponsored by Ruge’s.

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BEING AN EDUCATED BUYER

 

When it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, it has become easier than ever before to gather information before even stepping foot into a dealership. This can be both helpful and overwhelming. It may seem like there are hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers to choose from – and that’s because there are! There are also hundreds of websites that will claim to be the authority on what’s best. The recipe for success, however, is a combination of doing some online homework and going to a dealer and driving one for yourself.

Let’s say you think you might want a Chevy Silverado pickup. I’d suggest the following:

Chevrolet.com and YouTube will have plenty of photos, videos, and spec sheets. This will help you get familiar with what’s available and what might meet your needs. Websites like Cars.com and Autotrader.com will show you both new and used vehicles near you, so you can get all of your options in one place. Kelley Blue Book is a good place to get an idea on trade-in value if you are considering trading in your current vehicle. Keep in mind the dealer will evaluate your trade based on condition and the local market at the time, but it’s a great point of reference. Then, head on over to your local dealer’s website to see what they have. You can even use their payment calculators to get a buy or lease payment range. You should also look at their reviews on social media to make sure you’ll be well taken care of. You’re ready to look at real trucks, walk around them, sit in them, and drive them! Now you’re an educated buyer which helps you and the dealer to get you where you want to be. Congratulations!

Patrick Downes
Ruge’s Chevrolet, Millbrook, NY. www.rugeschevrolet.com

August 10th, 2019|Car Advice|