myChevy, myLife, myWay…the Phone App That Does it All

Technology today is incredible.  So incredible in fact, that it is much like we have ripped a page out of a science fiction novel and manifested it into reality. Phone applications are just a small piece of the pie, but even they are becoming more and more sophisticated. Phone App’s have literally brought the world to our fingertips, even as we busily hustle about here and there. What a neat piece of technology…and it’s getting even cooler!

In case you haven’t heard, Chevrolet has created a phone application called “MyChevrolet Mobile App”. This application is available for iPhones and Android platforms. Possibly, other phones in the future. So what is it all about?

Chevrolet wanted to provide Chevy owners with a unique ownership experience. The mobile application allows for open communication to exist between Chevy owners and their dealerships, making for a type of relationship to evolve  never heard of before in the car industry.

The MyChevrolet app provides Chevrolet customers with a searchable Owner’s Manual, one-touch information for warning lights and indicators, parking reminder notifications (with photos, notes and meter timer), and the ability to locate a Chevrolet Dealer and schedule service-all from your mobile device.  The apps functions and capabilities include:

  • Roadside assistance-one click to call, map location.
  • Parking Reminder: location maps, photos, notes, meter timer, directions.
  • Schedule Service-locate and set preferred dealer.
  • Locate a dealer.
  • Searchable compressed Owner’s Manual.
  • Current offers.
  • Explanation of instrument clusters.
  • Create a profile with VIN scanner to identify your exact vehicle.
  • Link to OnStar and MyLink (Remote control door lock/unlock, remote vehicle information, etc).

You can find this FREE application at on your web browser, or iPhone users at itms:// and Android users at

The MyChevrolet Mobile app is available for ALL 2011 MY Vehicles.  If you need help setting up your personal or vehicle profile, visit myChevrolet Mobile Application Help Guide on Jack Maxton’s website  or call your sales specialist.

Employment In These Tough Times: Where are the good jobs? Right Here.

By: Suzanne Williams, Web Marketing Specialist, Jack Maxton Chevrolet

Suzanne Williams, Web Marketing Specialist

When I was hired by Jack Maxton in late June of this year, I was a bit skeptical. I had never worked for a car dealership before. I didn’t know what to expect,  and I certainly didn’t know anything about selling cars. As a mother of three children, holding a Bachelors of Science in Communications and soon to be Masters of Science in Marketing and Communications, I had been looking for employment after my previous internship had long been over. Hearing about the massive layoffs and unemployment challenges that our nation as a whole was experiencing, I was afraid. I took this job, thinking that it was going to be the same as countless other jobs I had held: Long hours, poor pay, poor benefits, co-workers that put down the company and talked about everyone else, poor management, etc.

Within my first month, I was pleasantly surprised that I had not encountered any negativity at the dealership. I had always had poor opinions of salesmen working at dealerships and considered them misers, sharks and swindlers. I quickly found out that the guys working the sales floor had great hearts, and were honestly good people. As the months rolled by, I started getting to know the service guys and gals, the title and finance people, and everyone else who worked at Jack Maxton. I found out that they all were fantastic people. I also found out that it was these people who made Jack Maxton the great company that it is.

I noticed, that when I came home at night, I didn’t find myself complaining to my spouse about my job. I remember my husband saying to me shortly after I was hired, “You must like your job because you aren’t coming home and talking about it”. It got me thinking about my situation. Unlike all my other jobs, I have a great relationship with my immediate boss, and both the owners of Jack Maxton. They are flexible, understanding when it comes to me having children and needing to take time off for my kids, and never once have they put me down. Instead, they tell me how great I am doing and how important I am to them. They are positive, encouraging and value the people they hire.

As I examined my feelings surrounding my new job, I came to this conclusion; Finding the perfect job is like finding your soul mate. It takes some of us years to find that perfect job, and some of us never do. But when you do…you just know it. I woke up today, after being employed for four months, and today I realize that I just know it.

I wanted to write this article for two reasons. First I wanted to explain about misconceptions. We all have them. I was like many people who believe that car dealerships are all the same. After having worked here for four months and personally getting to know the staff inside and out, I realize that not ALL car dealerships are the same.  There are those few gems, who have a strong commitment to their customers and their employees. All be it rare, they do exist and Jack Maxton is one of them. The second reason, I wanted to give hope to anyone out there looking for good employment in these troubling times. It may seem impossible, but when you very least expect it, you might just find it.

Perhaps, you just might find it in a place where before you have had doubts. But if you are having trouble finding good work, don’t despair. Good jobs do still exist, Jack Maxton is proof of that.

When, after you’ have finally found that good job, you’re looking to buy your next car-don’t forget to stop by Jack Maxton. You’ll find we are different, we are better, and I stand behind that 100%

Winter’s Coming-Are You Ready?

It’s that time again. The leaves are quickly changing and the days are getting shorter . If summer is any indicator as to what we can expect for winter….we might be in for a real harsh one. It’s very important that you start to prepare your vehicle for the long cold winter that will soon be upon us.

We have listed below some helpful maintenance tips and advice to keep your car running strong and smoothly all winter long.

According to AAA, inclement weather can pose challenges for even the most experienced driver.

Because the probability of accidents and property damage increase during the winter months, it is wise to plan for adverse weather driving conditions. AAA states three factors that can help reduce occurrences: prepare your vehicle, plan your journey in advance (if you can), and drive cautiously while on the road.

Preparing Your Vehicle-The COLD HARD FACTS!

You would never consider hitting the ski slopes without bundling up in protective gear for your body, face and hands, right? The same should go for your vehicle.

  • Have the battery and charging system tested. A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather. (You don’t want to be surprised with a dead battery as you head out to work in the morning or worse yet…when you’re getting ready to leave work at the end of the day!)
  • Have the brakes checked to ensure they work properly and apply smoothly, which helps prevent the wheels from locking on slick surfaces.
  • Make sure the tires are properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can be dangerous, and may suffer damage. Remember, the air pressure in your tires will decrease 1-2 psi for every 10 degree drop in outside temperature (kinda like when you buy a helium balloon for your kids’ birthday party and it deflates as soon as you walk out of the store.)
  • Use the tire size recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer for best snow traction. Overly wide tires tend to float on top of the snow, reducing grip.
  • Make sure the engine coolant provides anti-freeze protection down to the lowest temperatures you expect are likely to encounter (in Ohio…expect the unexpected go with a -30*F/-34*F as a good guideline.)
  • Visibility is critical in adverse weather conditions, so replace worn windshield wipers that streak, and be sure the washer reservoir is filled with a winter solvent that will not freeze.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to minimize condensation buildup that can lead to gas line freeze-up. If the fuel in your area does not already contain alcohol, use a gas line “dryer” additive periodically to absorb moisture.
  • Carry a winter driving kit for use in the event of an emergency. The kit should include a small bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter), a mall snow shovel, a snow brush, traction mats, a flashlight with new batteries, window solvent, an ice scraper, a cloth or roll of paper towels, jumper cables, a blanket, warning devises (flares or triangles), drinking water and extra clothes.
  • Program your radio for AM 530 or 1610 stations, as you may see signs referencing those frequencies for important traffic advisories.
  • Carry a cellular phone and car charger. Program important phone numbers for emergency and roadside assistance providers. (such as AAA)

Last but not least, we’re going to suggest you consider getting OnStar for your vehicle if you haven’t already. The peace of mind it offers is definitely worth the small monthly fee. Whether your in an accident, get stranded on the road, or can’t find your keys, OnStar will help you.

Remember, severe weather causes hazardous driving conditions. Always be sensible and drive with caution. If you’re running late, it’s not worth it to speed. Be safe and be courteous of other drivers on the road!