If Jay Leno says it…we will read it!

Jack Maxton Chevrolet has had the Volt at the dealership for a couple months now. It is still bizarre to see a car plugged into an outlet outside, but it really makes you think about how far we have come in the last 100 years. Just coming off the celebration of Chevy’s 100 year birthday, the buzz of that excitement is still in the air. At Jack Maxton Chevrolet we celebrated with a free iPad drawing, free lottery tickets, hot dogs, lemonade, and free inspections on GM vehicles. We were honored to celebrate and share the history of Chevrolet.

Our lucky recipient of the iPad, Paula, was very excited to be the winner and receive the popular prize before the Holidays. With the Holidays approaching very rapidly, some lucky people will wake up to a shiny new car on December 25th.  That is why we thought it would be helpful to share an article from http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com. Jay Leno, whom we all know as a funny comedian and an avid car lover, has driven his Volt 11,000 miles without refueling. Talk about electric mileage!


 “I took delivery of the Volt on Dec. 12 last year,” Mr. Leno said in a telephone interview before appearing Tuesday at a Chevrolet event held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show, “and I’ve never had to put gas in it yet.”

Peter Kramer/KRAPE, via Associated Press – Mr. Leno, in a file photo from 2010

The comedian and late night television host said he had put about 11,000 miles on his Chevrolet Volt in the last 11 months.

“They gave it to me with a full tank of gas,” he said. The tank, by the way, holds 9.3 gallons. “I’ve used less than half of that.”

Mr. Leno’s expansive garage is inBurbank, and every car is maintained with a full tank of gas, current registration and valid insurance, so he can select any one of them for a drive. Some of the cars are almost never driven.  That is not true of his Volt. It has quickly become a favorite.

“It’s my daily driver,” he said. “It really is. I commute in it to work every day. My commute, and all my other daily running around, totals less than 35 miles.”

Chevrolet claims the Volt can travel about 40 miles on electric power alone, under normal driving conditions, before the juice in the batteries would be depleted, after which the car’s small gasoline engine would provide added range.

“You get 40 miles free, as they say,” Mr. Leno said. “Because of the way I drive it, it almost never kicks into gasoline mode.”

Mr. Leno echoed one of the primary marketing points used by Chevrolet to differentiate the Volt from purely electric cars like the Nissan Leaf.  “I mean, I could jump in it and drive to Vegas,” he said, a trip of about 280 miles door-to-door fromBurbank. “They say the range is something like 400 miles.” The Leaf can travel roughly 100 miles before requiring a charge.

Aside from the mileage, Mr. Leno said he was also pleased with the rest of the car, especially its technology. “It’s a real breakthrough,” he said. “I know people probably get tired of hearing me say that. But it really is.”

So…11,000 miles? Without getting gas? We reiterate again that the relative comparison is around $1.25 for electric charge as opposed to the average $3.25 for a gallon of gasoline. What? You can still buy coffee at the gas station cheaper!

Safe Drivers and Happy Holidays



I know we are all in a hurry to get to the in-laws’ house to eat tasty turkey and mashed potatoes, but don’t let getting there put you in a bad mood.  Those pesky speed limit signs can really disrupt a busy holiday schedule. Sometimes it may be easier to ignore them, but unfortunately we cannot think this way.

Yes, speed limits were instated for a reason! Research shows that for every
mile per hour you drive over the speed limit, the likelihood of an accident
increases by 5 percent. I want us all to remain on the research end to understand
this percentage, so take their advice and don’t speed.

So many things are distracting us when we drive. When listening to the
radio we think we hear our phone… curiosity takes over and we have to dig for our
cell. Then the “secret” texting happens because of the new law against texting.
It may be a law, but it is going on right under our noses. Like Jim Morrison
says, “Keep your eyes on the road and hands upon the wheel.”

Aside from those distractions, make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. You
can read more about getting your car ready for winter in a previous blog: https://jackmaxton.wordpress.com/prepwinter. There is nothing more irritating than trying to figure out a noise your car is making while driving. Prep your car before you leave on a long trip to try to avoid some of the stress.

Finally, try to be extra aware of your surroundings. There will be holiday
parties and get-togethers where a few drinks are shared. It is a mind boggling
statistic that 30 percent of all fatal accidents include alcohol. It may be an
inconvenience to stay at someone’s house after a party, but you will feel better
about it in the morning.

Oh Winter… We know you are coming. 10 tips to help get your car ready before winter.

Can you believe summer is over already? We are going from apple pie in summer to apple cider in fall.
We are all dreading waking up early so we have enough time to scrape our car windows
and turn on defrost. I say let’s be ready this year! No more dead batteries and
squealing belts this winter! Here are 10 collective items you can check on your
vehicle before the winter chill gets here.

1. Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time
for a 30,000-mile full service on your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate!
Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used
should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of
year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do
the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for
guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures.

2. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield
wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to
invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take
before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your
windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. (Plain water won’t do
the trick at this time of year because it freezes.) Also, check to see that
your heater and defroster are working properly so you can keep the windshield
nice and clear. Do not forget a good ice scraper, not the free one you got from
your insurance company.

3. Give your battery a little TLC. This is an ideal time of year to
make sure your battery’s posts and connections are corrosion-free and your
battery has all the water it needs. If your battery is more than three years old,
have a certified repair shop test its ability to hold a charge. Granted, you
might be able to find a Good Samaritan to help you jumpstart your vehicle in
the middle of a blizzard — but wouldn’t you rather avoid such a scenario

4. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service
done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and
tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on
belts and hoses, so they deserve attention.

5. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure
you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is
often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy, or icy conditions. The air pressure
in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s
important to see where things stand now. (You can generally expect to lose 1
pound per square inch whenever the temperature drops by 10 degrees Fahrenheit.)
Again, your trusty owner’s manual will tell you what your target tire pressure
should be.

6. Think about switching to snow tires. Do you live in a hilly place
that gets its fair share of snow? Then you might want to improve traction even
more by investing in winter tires and using them over the next few months instead
of your usual all-season tires. When shopping around for snow tires, ask about
all the fees that might come into play, such as fees for mounting and
balancing. You can accomplish this easily and make accurate cost comparisons by
asking each store for the “out the door charge.”

7. Do you have four-wheel-drive? If so, it’s important to check
the status of your four-wheel-drive system and be sure it’s working correctly —
especially because most drivers don’t use their 4WD systems in the pleasant
summer months. Be sure the system engages and disengages easily, and that all
drivers in your household know how and when to activate the system.

8. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of
antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the
mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to
check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which
you can pick up at any auto parts store. If the mixture is off, your cooling
system should be drained and refilled or flushed. Be sure you’re equipped to
dispose of your old antifreeze properly if you do this job yourself. It can’t
just be poured down the drain.

9. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter
months, especially if a road trip is in your future:

  • a blanket
  • extra boots and gloves
  • an extra set of warm clothes
  • extra water and food, including hard candies
  • an ice scraper
  • a small shovel
  • a flashlight
  • windshield washer fluid
  • windshield wipers
  • flares
  • jumper cables
  • a tool kit
  • tire chains
  • a tire gauge
  • a spare tire with air in it
  • tire-changing
  • a first-aid kit
  • paper towels
  • a bag of abrasive  material such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can
    provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow.
  • Also, keep the gas tank as full as you can to prevent the gas lines from freezing.

10. Know what to do if you get stranded. Don’t wander away from your car
unless you’re completely sure about where you are and how far away help is.
Light two flares and situate them at each end of your vehicle to call attention
to your plight. Put on the extra clothes and use the blanket to stay warm. If
you have enough gas in the tank, run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes
for each hour you’re waiting for help. Leave at least one window open a little
bit so that snow and ice don’t seal the car shut. Suck on a hard candy to
prevent your mouth from getting too dry.




National Safety Council