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972 Towne Center Blvd
Sanford, FL 32771

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Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Your Car in the Summer Heat

The Florida heat can be unbearable during the summer months, not just for you, but also your car. Keeping your vehicle performing at its best means knowing how to take care of it in any season. No matter if it is the interior of your car or the exterior, the Sun’s blaze has a damaging effect on both. Here are our top 5 tips for how to keep your cool in your car this summer:

 

1.)    Prevent Dry Rot of Tires

Tires dry rot, or degrade, when exposed to harsh conditions, such as the hot sun. These conditions evaporate the essential oils in tires and breaks down their bonds. In order to prevent dry rot and maintain tire elasticity, it is important to lubricate the tires and grease them up every so often. Driving on dry-rotted tires is not safe, as they will tear apart while on the road.  There are a number of tire protectant products on the market that you can rub on your tires to keep them lasting as long as possible.

 

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2.)    Protect Paint and Fading from Sun

Aesthetics holds a lot of importance to some of us when it comes to our cars, and in this heat chipping or fading paint can definitely result. Unless you don’t mind the look of worn down car, make sure to wash and wax your car as often as you can. Built up dirt on the surface of your vehicle prevents the paint from being able to do its real job…protect the car! Scratches and peeling paint is what you can expect if you don’t bathe your vehicle regularly.

 

3.)     Keep It Cool with a Sun Shade.

It’s ok to be a little shady sometimes. That is, when it comes to blocking out the sun from your car’s interior. Not only does a sun shade reduce the heat in the cabin of your car, it also protects the interior leather or vinyl from fading and/or cracking.

 

 

4.)    Replace Cabin Air Filters to Avoid Broken Down A/C Unit

What’s worse than the summer heat? Not being to escape it! Can you imagine being boxed up in a stuffy car, suffocated by the heat? You NEED your air conditioning to work, for both comfort and safety reasons. Make a habit of checking the cabin air filter every 10,000 to 13,000 miles and replace accordingly to keep the cool air flowing in!

 

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5.)    Interior Fade and Deteriorate

As noted in tip #3, the interior of your car will crack and fade from exposure to sun. What you can do to ensure your interior does not age prematurely is invest in some window tinting and/or put up window shades in addition to pampering your seats to some leather conditioning every so often. Interior care and routine leather maintenance will keep your car looking its best. Avoid the wear and tear that comes from harmful UV damage!

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’57 Chevy: Fulfilling a Birthday Promise

Mike King gave his father a 1957 Chevy Bel Air for his 57th birthday, fulfilling the promise he had made to him when he was just 8 years old.

He had bought the Chevy two years earlier, but decided he wanted to save the surprise for his dad’s 57th birthday, so he hid it in his garage.

Roger, King’s father, had told Mike when he was 8 years old that his childhood dream car had been the ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Mike promised him that day that he would buy his dad’s dream car for him when he turned 57—so he did just that.

For video of Mike giving Roger the keys and showing him the car for the first time, click here.

 

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7 Car Organization Tricks

It’s surprisingly easy to let your car become a complete mess. French fries stuck between seats, loose change and receipts sprinkled across the floor, the glove box stuffed with a million different papers—it happens to the best of us. Here are some tips to keep the mess at bay in your car.

 

1.      Trash Bag Holder

Use an empty canister or tissue box to keep a bunch of plastic bags to use as trash bags. That way you always have a trash bag on hand when you need it.

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2.      Cereal Keeper Trash Can

For those of you looking for a greener option to keep your car tidy, keep a cereal keeper near your center console and put trash in there. That way, you don’t have to use plastic bags—just empty the keeper whenever you stop for gas.

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3.      Dryer Sheets under the Seats

To keep your car smelling fresh and clean, stick a few dryer sheets under the seats. It’s cheaper than buying an air freshener—and takes up less room too.

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4.      Loose Change in an Empty Gum Container

Keep all of your loose change in an empty gum container to avoid confusion at toll booths. It can fit in a cup holder for easy access, or in your center console or glove box if you don’t need to use it that often.

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5.      File Organizer in Glove Box

To your glove box clutter-free, use a file organizer with tabs to separate registration, insurance, and service receipts—it’ll be much easier to find what you’re looking for if your glove box is neatly organized. It’ll probably create more free space, too.

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6.      Visor Organizer

You can pick up a visor organizer just about anywhere nowadays, and they’re wonderful for keeping the things you use most nearby. They can hold your phone, sunglasses, CDs, pen and paper, chargers—everything you could possibly need, really.

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7.      Shoe Organizer on Back of Seat

Hang a shoe organizer over the back of the driver or passenger seat to keep important things handy, like hand sanitizer, sun screen, tissues, and water bottles. They’re also good for storing things to keep your children occupied, like books or toys, and keeping them very easily within their reach.

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These tricks are a great way to make keeping your vehicle clean that much easier. If you want to make your car look as good on the outside as it does on the inside, treat it to one of our Car Spa Packages.

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DAVID MAUS CHEVROLET EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS COLLECT FOR THE CARING CROCS PROJECT

In February David Maus Chevrolet employees and customers took part in a food supply drive for a local Seminole County school, Crystal Lake Elementary, that needed help providing food for their lower income students. Everyone participated and we were able to deliver more than five full boxes of snacks and food to help build back up the supply in their food pantry.

The program at Crystal Lake Elementary is call The Caring Crocs Project . It was started in 2011 as a way to help families in need at the school.  After watching a segment on 20/20 which talked about a homeless family in need within Seminole county the school administration felt it was important to reach out to our own school community.  Students at the school have been identified over the years as needing food and clothing but once the program was initiated it opened the door to many families who never asked. These families are struggling for many reasons including current tough economic times so any help is so appreciated by them.

The program takes donated items including non perishable food, toiletries, school supplies and school uniforms. These donations come from the Crystal Lake families and staff as well as some local businesses.  Some businesses sponsor the program and through these donations the program is able to donate approximately four times a year to several families in need at the school.

In addition to food and toiletry donations they collect unwrapped toys to distribute to families in need for the holiday season.  It’s been a very beneficial program at the school and they hope to help many more families in need for years to come.

To find out more about this program, contact the David Maus Automotive CARE Director, Andrea, at amccrorie@vtaig.com.

 

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A NEW TWIST ON THE ICONIC CAMARO; CHEVROLET INTRODUCES SIRI IN 2013 MODELS

The 1960s were good to Chevrolet, especially the Camaro and Chevy is recapturing some of that magic in the all new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The ZL1 is an iconic muscle car that brings performance and style to the road, making it the most advanced Camaro ever to hit the market.

The 2013 Camaro ZL1 offers a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine with a maximum speed of 180 mph for the coupe and 155 mph for the convertible model. According to Chevrolet, the ZL1 coupe equipped with the six speed manual transmission will go from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The convertible will do it in 4.2 seconds. The coupe will post a standing quarter mile time of 12.1 seconds at 120 mph. The convertible crosses the line in 12.4 seconds at 117 mph. The manual coupe’s top speed is a gearing and drag limited 180 mph. The convertible is governor limited to 155 mph. The coupe will pull 1.0 g of maximum lateral acceleration. The convertible pulls 0.98 g. For comparison’s sake, the most common SS Camaro coupe’s numbers are 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, a standing quarter mile in 12.9 seconds at 113 mph, a top speed of 155 mph, and only 0.90 g of lateral acceleration.

To find out more about the 2013 Camaro ZL1 visit or call David Maus Chevrolet today.

In other news:

Chevrolet will be the first to get hands-free Siri integration in its Sonic and Spark models. Starting today,  iPhone-toting drivers on iOS 6 will be able to integrate Siri with the cars’ in-vehicle infotainment system, Chevrolet MyLink.

The integration will let roadsters make hands-free calls to iPhone contacts, play songs from iTunes, listen to and compose iMessages or text messages, and add appointments to their calendar.

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