Crotty Chevrolet Forges Season-long Partnership to Aid Corry Area Little League

Jon Andrus and Shane Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet present Brandon Arnink, Jeffery Powell and Brendan Zajac, Players in the Corry Little League with new equipment for the upcoming season.

Jon Andrus and Shane Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet present Brandon Arnink, Jeffery Powell and Brendan Zajac, members of the Corry Little League with new equipment for the upcoming season.

In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Crotty Chevrolet Buick is supporting Corry Area Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program.  This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2014 youth baseball season.

Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve.  Crotty Chevrolet Buick is sponsoring Corry Area Little League as a part of Chevrolet’s nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time.  Over the course of the season, Crotty Chevrolet Buick will donate equipment to the league which may include: equipment bags, baseballs, softballs, catcher’s gear, batting helmets, ball buckets, umpire’s equipment, coach’s kits, break away bases, bat racks and first aid kits.

Thanks to Crotty Chevrolet Buick and other participating area Chevrolet dealers, youth baseball participants will have a chance to attend a youth clinic with a local professional baseball team.

“We are looking forward to a great season with Corry Area Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations” John Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick, said.  “Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.”

The 2014 program will provide assistance to an impressive 334 leagues in the Northeastern region and Chevrolet dealers will contribute nearly $600,000 in monetary and equipment donations.

Chevrolet Silverado Named Lowest Cost to Own Pickup

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Award contributes to Chevrolet being named Best Value Truck Brand

Chevrolet has been named the Best Value Truck Brand in America, according to data analysis firm Vincentric. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD also won the Vincentric Best Value in America award, and the Silverado family of full-size pickups boasts the lowest cost to own in this segment. The national recognition means something for local drivers, as well. Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY-area residents may be happy to discover that they could save money over the long run by owning a Silverado.

“The average truck should be able to stand the test of time for more than a decade,” said Robert Crotty at Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The Vicentric award affirms to truck lovers in the Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY area that the Silverado provides customers with the expected reliability that should come with a vehicle of this caliber.”

Vincentric analyzes a vehicle’s cost-of-ownership through eight different measures: depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs. Vincentric awards the Best Value in America Award using an analysis comparing ownership costs to a vehicle’s market price.

Silverado is the most dependable, longest lasting pickup on the road. It offers the best pickup coverage in America, including 2-year/24,000 mile recommended scheduled maintenance and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them. We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value. All backed by our award winning service department. Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

Corvette training drives high-performance sales

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By Eric Tichy
eric@thecorryjournal.com

COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP — Shane Crotty, a sales consultant at Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Columbus Township, said it was an obvious choice when asked if he would take a work trip to Nevada.

Crotty, who has been helping out at the Route 6 family business since he was 14 years old, traveled in January to the Corvette Stingray Dealer Sales Academy at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nev., about an hour west of Las Vegas. The ranch is dubbed the country club for car fanatics.

Crotty said in order to sell the high-performance vehicle, a representative from the dealership had to take a two-day training session at the academy, which included classroom work and in-car driving.

“Every dealership that wants to sell the Corvette Stingray had to send someone,” Crotty said, noting that the dealership also had to designate Stingray specialists from the sales and service departments. “They told me someone had to go out to Nevada, and I said ‘Count me in,’” Crotty said.

According to Chevrolet, 900 dealerships across the country met qualifications to sell the Stingray when it became available over the summer. In order to qualify, the dealership had to sell a certain number of Corvettes. In addition to taking the $2,000 training class in Nevada, service personnel must undergo special training, and dealerships are required to purchase equipment specifically designed to service the cars.

“I was the lucky one picked to go to Nevada to drive the Corvette and experience the handling, performance and technology features which go into every 2014 Corvette,” Crotty said. “We got to learn all about them, too, of course.” Going through the training does have its perks. “If a customer comes in, I will be the Corvette consultant” Crotty said. “I get to inform them just how capable this performance vehicle is, the safety features, and technology Chevrolet has built into the automobile.” Crotty said while in the desert, he had the chance to drive the new model vehicle in a variety of surfaces, including a 2 1/2 mile road course and a wet figure eight course.

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There appears to be a market for the high-performance car locally. Aside from selling enough Corvettes to qualify for the training, Crotty Chevrolet already has an order for the Stingray model. In fact, before Crotty even went out in January, the dealership was aware of some interest in the Stingray. “We had one new one that sold already,” Crotty said. “We’re not sure when we’re going to get our next one, but we’re hoping over the summer.” “We probably sell three or four Corvettes a year,” he continued.

Rob Crotty, who co-owns the dealership with his brother, Chop, said he is excited to be able to sell the Stingray. “We’re very happy,” Rob Crotty said. “We know that our customers are looking for these types of vehicles, so we’re happy that we were able to obtain the special training to sell them.”

Those hoping to get their hands on the 2014 Stingray will need to fork over $51,000 for a base model. The price is still far lower than other high-performance cars in its class.

“It was an experience of a lifetime,” Shane Crotty, son of Chop Crotty, said of the Corvette training. “It was something that ended up being really neat, and not a lot of people get to do it.”

Get a Grip No Matter What the Weather

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2014 Buick Regal offers all-weather all-wheel-drive

Along with the technology, safety, and styling enhancements offered on the redesigned Buick Regal and Regal GS, is the newly available advanced all-wheel-drive.

“Living in the Snowbelt, Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY drivers, associate all-wheel-drive vehicles with wintery weather, the Regal’s on-demand automatic AWD system is designed to help provide better control in all weather and road conditions, including dry surfaces” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick.

Using a system that can distribute power both front to rear and side to side, the Regal is able to shift torque to the wheels based on vehicle data and driver input. When trekking through snow and icy conditions better control is achieved through improved traction and stability with drive to all four wheels.

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New 2014 Malibu Receives 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

New Car Assessment Program includes Chevrolet’s updated midsize sedan

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The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan, available at Crotty Chevrolet Buick, has received the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

“Safety is important to Corry, Erie, Warren, and Jamestown, NY-area drivers,” said Bill Mitchell of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “This designation by NHTSA confirms that the 2014 Malibu delivers top safety performance.”

Safety technologies featured on the Malibu include an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage, rollover protection and 10 standard airbags including knee airbags for both driver and front passenger.

In addition to these passive safety features, several other available active safety technologies, such as Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, can assist Corry, Erie, Warren, and Jamestown, NY-area drivers in avoiding a collision. Side Blind Zone Alert uses sensors to warn drivers of vehicles entering their blind spot on either side. The pairing of Rear Cross Traffic Alert, new to Malibu for 2014, and rear vision camera can make backing out onto busy streets a less-stressful affair.

Every Malibu comes with OnStar service standard for the first six months. In the event of a collision, OnStar Advisors can contact the vehicle even if occupants cannot respond.

Malibu had its best retail sales year since 1999 last year.

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

Chevrolet Sweeps 2014 NACTOY Awards

Corvette Stingray, Silverado pickup represent brand’s first double win

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The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500, now available at  Crotty Chevrolet Buick are the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year.  

It is the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Silverado was last named Truck of the Year in 2007 and the Corvette was last named Car of the Year in 1998.

“Chevrolet is constantly working on delivering the most eye-catching and innovative vehicles around,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “Both the Corvette and Silverado represent the brand’s commitment to providing Corry, Warren, Erie and Jamestown-area drivers with the best.”

Presentation of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards open media days each year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Forty-nine automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

The new Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2L V-8 engine – and 460 horsepower /465 lb-ft with the available performance exhaust system – enabling models with the available Z51 Performance Package to sprint from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.

Silverado’s available 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 generates 355 horsepower for confident towing and hauling, yet seamlessly switches to four cylinders to save fuel during light-load driving. With an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of up to 23 mpg, Silverado offers the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup.

“It is a distinct honor for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette and Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet.

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.


 

 

All 2014 Silverado Light-Duty Trucks Earn 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

New Car Assessment Program includes regular and double cab configurations

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The regular and double cab versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, now available at Crotty Chevrolet Buick, have received the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

Joining the previously tested 2014 crew cab models, which also received a 5-star overall score, all cab configurations of the Silverado 1500 series now have the highest possible Overall Vehicle Score. These models are the first pickup trucks to receive the 5-star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the implementation of more rigorous requirements for the 2011 model year.

“Safety is important to Corry, Warren, Erie and Jamestown, NY-area Silverado owners,” said John Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “This designation by NHTSA confirms that the 2014 Silverado Light-Duty truck delivers top safety performance.”

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Crotty Chevrolet Now Offering area Owners Two-year Scheduled Maintenance

Chevrolet Complete Care available with the purchase of 2014 or newer vehicle 

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Chevrolet is known for providing exemplary customer service, and now, Corry, Warren, Erie and Jamestown, NY area 2014 Chevrolet owners will receive a higher level of coverage.

Crotty Chevrolet Buick is now offering Corry, Warren, Erie and Jamestown, NY Chevrolet customers some of the best coverage around – Chevrolet Complete Care. The new program is available to customers with the purchase of all 2014 (or later) Chevrolet vehicles.

Complete Care’s comprehensive coverage enhances the overall ease of owning and driving a Chevrolet vehicle with benefits such as:

  • 2 years/24,000 miles of included scheduled maintenance
  • 5 years/100,000 miles of 24-hour Roadside assistance
  • 5 years/100,000 miles of Courtesy transportation
  • Comprehensive warranties (5/100 Powertrain, 3/36 bumper to bumper, 6/100 anti-corrosion)
  • OnStar® for six months on most Chevrolet vehicles
  • OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services on most Chevrolet vehicles 

“The scheduled maintenance is just one in a long line of the benefits of buying a 2014 Chevrolet vehicle,” said Shane Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet. “Complete Care is our commitment to providing area owners with the excellent service and support they expect from Chevrolet.”

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The scheduled maintenance program provides Corry, Warren, Erie and Jamestown, NY area drivers with a great added value and increased peace-of-mind. More information is available at www.CrottyChevy.com

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

 

Kids Turn to OnStar for News on Santa’s Journey

Latest status just a Blue Button push away for area families

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Starting on Christmas Eve, Corry, Warren, Erie, and Jamestown-area families traveling in General Motors’ vehicles with OnStar services will be able to learn Santa’s whereabouts by simply pressing the blue OnStar button in the U.S., Canada and now in Mexico.

For the fifth consecutive year, OnStar is providing the service through collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, “Track Santa” program.

From 7 a.m. on December 24 until 5 a.m. on December 25, anyone with an active OnStar subscription can request a “Santa Update,” which an OnStar advisor will provide based on NORAD information.

“The ‘Santa Seeker’ really helps spread holiday cheer,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The OnStar advisors put on their Santa hats and elf ears and wholeheartedly take advantage of the opportunity to spread such joy to the children in Corry, Warren, Erie, and Jamestown and more.”

So how does OnStar keep up with the high volume of inquiries from these curious little callers?

While their first priority is the safety and security of their subscribers, they make adjustments in staff so that they are able to respond to the Santa calls as well as their day-to-day calls for assistance.

“For nearly 60 years, NORAD has employed the same military technology used every day for Homeland Defense mission to also track Santa during his Yuletide journey,” said Stacey Knott, NORAD Tracks Santa program manager. “We use our military satellites, radars, fighter jets and Santa Cams to tell the world Santa’s location every Christmas Eve.”

Individuals without OnStar technology can also follow Santa’s progress via the NORAD Tracks Santa website, Facebook page Twitter hashtag #NoradSanta or by calling the hotline at 1-877-HI-NORAD.

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Shopping Encore: Top Tips for Holiday Shopping Season

Crotty Chevrolet Buick teams with Buick, SheFinds Media and Edmunds.com to offer advice

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Whether hitting the stores before dawn on Black Friday or scrambling to find that final gift on December 24, the Buick Encore offers Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown-area drivers a balance of parcel-packing efficiency and safe navigation of the ins-and-outs of mall parking spaces.

With the holiday shopping season starting earlier than ever, Buick and Crotty Chevrolet Buick are collaborating with Michelle Madhok, shopping expert and founder of shefinds.com; and Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Edmunds.com and auto expert, to help consumers conquer Black Friday, and the rest of the shopping season.

“Traditionally, Black Friday is the ultimate shopping day of the year,” said Madhok. “Those who want to save money and have a positive experience should carefully think through the day and keep some simple tips in mind.”

These tips include:

  • Aim for the big-ticket items that are highly discounted, such as electronics
  • Pass on the pricey warranty or home installation package
  • Make a list and stay focused, prioritizing the most expensive items first
  • Check specialty sites that report on all the Black Friday sales – such as www.blackfriday.com and www.bfads.net.
  • Don’t waste precious shopping time circling or waiting for a choice parking spot near the mall entrance. Instead, park in aisles equidistant to several mall entrances. 

Part of the battle, for Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown-area shoppers, occurs even before the first dollar is even spent. Crowded, dark parking lots offer their own set of challenges. Krebs offers some safety tips before ever reaching the mall entrance.

“Bigger isn’t always better,” Krebs said. “Compact cars and SUVs, such as the Buick Encore, have a surprising amount of interior room and are agile and easier to park. The Encore’s petite dimensions pay dividends when it’s time to squeeze into undersized parking spaces.”

In addition, Krebs says Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown-area consumers should consider holiday shopping safety:

  • Use a cargo cover when possible to keep packages out of view
  • Leverage backup cameras and mirrors in crowded parking lots
  • Use hands-free devices to avoid distraction
  • Use a driver remote door unlock, especially if alone in a dark parking lot

“The Encore was made to give our customers the storage space they need, to accommodate the ins and outs of their everyday lives,” said John Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “Holiday shopping is just another facet of that, and the Encore is the perfect companion for a safe and successful holiday season.”

Click here to learn more about Buick Encore’s Top 10 holiday shopping features and on Twitter at #blackfriday.

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

 

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