Chevrolet Tahoe Top For Cop K-9 Units

The Police version of the Chevrolet Tahoe is the most popular among K-9 units across the country. Check out this great video with officers speaking about why they prefer the Tahoe and how much they and their K-9 partners depend on it.

Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Brings A K-9 Unit Together
A typical K-9 unit has three separate entities: the officer, the police dog, and the vehicle. All three work together cohesively to make the unit stronger.
Christenson Chevrolet is proud to be the ONLY Lake County Business Elite Dealer. The Product Specialists in that department not only configure business vehicles. But they also configure Police and Fire vehicles.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call (219) 924-3344 or stop in to speak with our Commercial & Fleet Department Specialists at Christenson Chevrolet 9700 Indianapolis Blvd Highland, IN 46322. They will be happy to help.

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Extended Warrenty, Protection Plan, or Service Contract Is It Worth The Cost?

Extended Warranty, Protection Plan, or Service Contract, there are many names for adding protection to your new or used car purchase. But, is buying an extended warranty right for you? We here at want to point out a few things to consider before making up your mind one way or the other.

Cars and trucks are certainly built better these days. They go farther and last longer than in years past. Cars of today are extremely high-tech and have safety, pollution, and efficiency systems that would leave engineers of just 15 or 20 years ago scratching their heads, But just like cars, warranties come in different shapes and sizes. With different levels of coverage, deductibles, and varying costs. We are not going to get into all that here. It’s too vast and it depends on which vehicle you choose. Those particular items are best to discuss with your Finance Manager. It is their job to know the differences and explain them.

In the interest of full disclosure, I myself believe in, and purchase, extended warranties. I cannot begin to understand and how to do the basic maintenance like oil changes or replacing brake pads, let alone having to dive into a diagnostic system on a car if there were an issue. So for me and my sanity, it’s worth the price. And that is probably the biggest factor to consider about extended warranties when making your decision. How much is your piece of mind worth?

Your purchase and driving habits will also have a major impact on whether you feel you want or need an extended warranty. So ask these questions to help decide if you should buy a warranty or not.

Are you are going to lease a new car, truck, or SUV? If you do the typical lease of 3 years / 36,000 miles or less, then you will be covered by the bumper to bumper limited warranty from the manufacturer. So you will not need to extend the warranty. If you are leasing for a longer term or higher miles, then it is a good idea to ask about extended warranty options. Typically, the cost is minimal, considering you probably won’t be driving that many more miles or longer term than the warranty that comes from the factory to begin with. So the already lower lease payments should still be low with the added protection.

How long of a loan will you have? When buying new or used vehicles, a great part about extended warranties is that, most of the time, they can be included in the financing of the car or truck. (Apply for financing from Christenson Chevy in Highland Indiana here) What’s great about this is, if it’s included, you’ll know what your monthly payment is and if any covered issues arise it won’t affect your wallet. On the other hand, without and extended warranty, if something unforeseen were to happen and you were past the manufacturer’s warranty, you would need to come up with the total cost of repairs out of your pocket at that time. Plus, you still need to make the regular vehicle payment. If you typically have money in savings or can come up with a chunk of money in a hurry, then you may want to skip the warranty. But myself, like most people, spend my paycheck as fast as it comes in. Plus, I don’t want to put the repairs on my credit card and pay the higher credit card interest if I don’t have to.

How long do you plan of keeping the car or truck? Whether you pay finance or pay cash, if you usually trade in every two or three years, then you probably do not need an extended warranty. Unless, you drive a lot of miles. But if you plan on keeping your car longer or even driving it till the wheels fall off, an extended warranty is certainly worth a look. Just one repair could be the cost of the warranty itself, not to mention if other issues occur. Again, if you are not worried about coming up with money for repairs, then skip the warranty. Just be aware of the risk with any vehicle.

If you are interested in a warranty, then there are two things you should have a rough idea of before you go to the dealer. How long you plan to own your new car and how many miles you typically drive. Extended warranties can cover up to 7 years / 100,000 miles. But if you don’t drive a lot of miles, say for example 7,000 or 8,000 miles a year, then you may want to extend the warranty to 7 years but with only 60,000 miles. Or using myself as an example, I drive about 20,000 miles a year. So I don’t need 7 years. I only need 5 years because I usually reach the 100,000 miles end point within 5 years. Choosing a warranty tailored to your driving habits helps to keep the cost down.

In the end what maters most is what I mentioned earlier. How much value do you place on your piece of mind. Purchasing an extended warranty is like taking out an insurance plan. You hope you never need it, but in my opinion, you’ll be glad to have it if you do.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to stop in to our showroom at Christenson Chevrolet 9700 Indianapolis Blvd Highland, IN 46322 and one of our Finance Managers will be happy to help.

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Jim Schroeder
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Christenson Chevrolet
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Highland, IN 46322
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2016 Camaro Six Overview From Christenson Chevrolet | Highland Indiana

Chevrolet has revealed the ALL NEW Chevy Camaro Six. It’s the sixth generation Camaro and truly all new with only 2 parts carrying over from the previous generation.Those parts by the way, are the bowtie emblem on the back and the SS badge, that’s it. Everything else has been built from the ground up using the new Alpha platform.

The full press release is below. But a few highlights are it’s performance options, looks,  and technology, over the last gen.

First is performance. This new Camaro went on a diet and gets six brand new combinations for the powertrain.

  • Depending on which trim level you get, the car lost 200 or more pounds. That is huge in the world of sports cars. Especially with more and more technology being added to cars these days.
  • There are 3 engines available ranging from the most fuel efficient Camaro engine ever to the most powerful Camaro SS engine ever. These are mated to either a 6 speed manual or an 8, yes that’s right, an 8 speed automatic transmission.
    • 2.0L Turbo Charged Inline 4 Cyl engine with 275 hp & 295 lb-ft of torque while achieving over 30 MPG and 0-60 way under 6 seconds.
    • 3.6L V6 with direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and even Active Fuel Management, AKA – Cylinder Deactivation. (A first for the Camaro.) All this to be leaner and meaner with highest output any NON turbo or super charged 6 cylender engine in the segment at 335 hp & 284 lb-ft of tourque.
    • 6.2L LT1 direct-injected small block V8 with 455 hp & 455 lb-ft of torque. Again, making it the most powerful SS ever.

Second is looks. The exterior is chiseled and sculpted for a more athletic look. Chevy added 10 outside colors and 5 inside color combinations.  Inside they eliminated the need for regular heat and AC controls with control rings around the center air vents themselves. Plus Chevy added interior lighting options. (More on that below.)

Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2016 Camaro on May 16, 2015. For the first time in the car’s history, it is offered with a turbocharged engine – a new 2.0L turbo producing an estimated 270 horsepower and delivering an estimated 30 mpg highway.

Chevrolet introduced the all-new 2016 Camaro on May 16, 2015. For the first time in the car’s history, it is offered with a turbocharged engine – a new 2.0L turbo producing an estimated 270 horsepower and delivering an estimated 30 mpg highway.

An all-new, driver-focused interior in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro features performance-optimized ergonomics, including new seats, a new, flat-bottom steering wheel and a new center console designed for easier manual-transmission shifting.

An all-new, driver-focused interior in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro features performance-optimized ergonomics, including new seats, a new, flat-bottom steering wheel and a new center console designed for easier manual-transmission shifting.

Third is technology. Cars have been gaining more and more tech these days. And the new Camaro is no different. From function to fun, here is just a taste of the new tech.

  • Drive Mode Selector. This takes 8 of the car’s attributes and tailors them to 4 driving modes. Those are Snow/Ice, Tour, and Sport modes on all models. Plus Track  settings on the SS models.
  • Interior Spectrum Lighting. Something only Chevy has in this segment by offering 24 ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console.
  • HD Color Displays. These are configured to your taste and information needs. Plus, there is an option for dual 8″ screens.

When all is said and done, the all new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is a fantastic evolution to the iconic Camaro heritage and it will be a truly exciting car to see when it shows up on our lot here at Christenson Chevrolet located at 9700 Indianapolis Blvd Highland, IN 46322.

Here is the link to the full GM Press release:

2016 Camaro Establishes New Performance Benchmark.

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Chevrolet Sonic Named 2015 Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Chevrolet has improved the midyear 2015 Chevy Sonic and achieved the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating in the small overlap front crash test. This was enough for the Sonic to then receive the IIHS’ highest overall rating of ‘Top Safety Pick for 2015’.

The Chevy Sonic, available at Christenson Chevrolet in Highland Indiana, was already a highly rated car for safety with class exclusive 10 airbags plus a plethora of other safety systems such as StabiliTrak (Electronic Stability Control), and OnStar’s telematics system.

“With good ratings across the board in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, the improved Sonic delivers a high level of protection among small cars in the most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

‘Good’ is the IIHS’ highest test rating.

The Sonic’s improvements were in the front-end structure, door sill and door pillar for the midyear 2015 model.

“Customer safety is of utmost importance to Chevrolet, across all segments” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, General Motors Global Vehicle Safety. “The Sonic receiving this designation is a testament to that focus.”

Sonic also strives to avoid crashes with two optional, aptly named, safety features. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Forward Collision Alert signals the driver to help avoid crashing into an upcoming vehicle traveling much slower or has come to a stop. It also tells the driver they are following a vehicle too closely.

Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver that they may unintentionally be drifting out of their lane when their turn signal is not on.

Below is a video that explains how they work. It’s pretty impressive. to think that these systems were only found on high end cars just a few years ago.

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10 tips to avoid getting ripped off on your next used car purchase.

10 tips to avoid getting ripped off on your next used

car purchase.

Buying a used car can be scary. But if you know what to look for, you can have a great experience and save money at the same time. There are many reasons to purchase used over new. Let’s look at three of the biggest reasons.

  • Bang for your buck. You can get more bells and whistles for the money than if you were to purchase a new vehicle. You save because someone else has already taken the biggest depreciation that occurs when a new vehicle becomes used.
  • Your insurance costs may be lower on a used vehicle. Paying less for insurance gives you more money for the car itself. Again it goes back to the “More bang for your buck”.
  • The used cars of today are far better than in the past. They are higher quality and have better warranties and that translates into a better car with a longer life.

Now that all sounds great, but when purchasing a used car, you have to do a little investigating to get a car that will serve you for years to come. So here are some things you should you consider when searching for a used car?

  • How was the vehicle cared for?
  • Was it wrecked or in a fire or in a flood?
  • Are there any mechanical issues?
  • If you purchase from a dealer, what has been inspected or repaired before the vehicle is offered for sale?

Here are 10 quick tips to follow as you hunt for the perfect vehicle. Please remember, these are machines and things can happen at any time, even if they were new. Whether it’s a so called “Econo Box” or a $100,000 sports car, problems can happen from time to time. The trick is to take the proper steps to put the odds in your favor for a vehicle that is going to be there when you need it.

  1. DRIVE THE CAR!!! This, by far, is the most important tip. It sounds cliché. But you would not buy a pair of shoes without trying them on first. You need to know that the engine runs smooth, the transmission shifts properly, and the vehicle drives properly? The best way to find out is when you test drive the vehicle. It doesn’t matter if you have driven the same type of car before. You haven’t driven this one. Also, find a good route to drive. Look for one with highway speeds plus stop and go traffic. If you get lucky, you may even find a bumpy road to listen for thumps, squeaks, and rattles.
  2. Ask for the vehicle’s history. A reputable dealer will have no problem giving you a history report for free. They will most likely be from Carfax or Autocheck and a lot of the time are available on the dealer’s website along with the vehicle details. You can, and should, run your own check if you are buying from private party. Both & reports are available on mobile devices to help with this. You will need the vehicle identification number or VIN to run a report. Please be aware, if an accident did not involve the police or insurance company, neither company will have that information. Both reports are great, but Carfax does give maintenance history if the previous owner maintained their car at a dealer or big chain service center. Also, look carefully for overspray from a previous auto body shop repair.
  3. Ask upfront if a warranty comes with the car. If you are buying from an individual, there may be a warranty that is transferable with the vehicle. A quick way to check is with the history report companies mentioned earlier. They have information on original factory warranties that may still be in effect. If the seller has an extended warranty, check with that company to see what warranty is left and if it can be transferred. Most extended warranty companies will charge a small fee for this. If you are buying from a dealer, there are many choices. Let’s take a look at the most common.
    • Factory Certified Used Vehicles. These are vehicles that have met standards set forth by the original manufacturer. Certified vehicles are backed by the automaker with a warranty that is good at any of their dealerships across the country. Most certified vehicles include 24 hour roadside assistance and some even include a routine maintenance plan. As an added option, you can choose to purchase an extended warranty that works alongside the certified warranty to give you even better coverage and peace of mind.
    • Remaining Factory Warranty. Some used vehicles may still be under the original factory warranty. Warranties and coverage vary. So be sure to ask and even double check yourself what the original warranty is and if it can be transfered. Also find out the original in service date. This will help you figure out when the warranty will end. You can find these dates in the history reports mentioned before.
    • Powertrain Warranty. If a vehicle does not fit either of the previous criteria, reputable dealers will still give a warranty. The most common of these is a 3 month or 3,000 mile powertrain warranty. This covers the large items on the vehicle such as the engine and the transmission. But it does not cover features like the radio, air conditioning, power steering, and so on. Again, you can always choose to purchase an extended warranty for peace of mind with these vehicles.
    • As Is Vehicles. There may also be some cars that look decent and run ok but they are older or have high miles. In these cases, dealers may sell them as budget cars. These typically are sold as is with no warranty. They are not necessarily bad cars. But remember, you get what you pay for.
  4. Inspect the features on the car. Make sure the heat, air conditioning, power windows, and so on all work. If the car has power windows and locks, make sure they work from all switches. If it has keyless remote, make sure all buttons work. Don’t forget the wipers and outside lights. You do not want an accident on the way home with your new car because the brake lights didn’t work.
  5. Check the tires. Are they bald? Chances are if the dealer did not replace bald tires, there may be other issues they did not address as well. That work may cause the price of the car to be too high to sell. Also check how the tires look. Is the tread pattern worn evenly? If not, there could be alignment problems caused by something more severe.
  6. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable with the vehicle and the person or place you are purchasing from. If you are unsure about something, ask. The seller or salesman should have no problem answering all of your questions. If they do, simply walk away.
  7. Ask about an exchange or return policy. This is not that common. But it is becoming a growing trend among dealers as they try and earn your business. If they have a policy, find out what the rules are, if any, so you know exactly what to expect.
  8. Check the Safety Ratings. These ratings are important. So be sure to check them on the government’s website, to help with the decision.
  9. Know your credit history. If you are financing, find out your credit history and investigate current rates before you leave your home. Your history and score are the largest factors in determining your finance rate. You can get your credit history for free once a year from sites like or But if you want to see an estimate of your score, you will have to purchase that. These scores are only consumer estimates. The dealer and banks receive an Auto Credit Score when determining your rates and these often differ from the consumer scores. But the consumer score will give you an idea of where you stand. When a dealer or bank looks at your credit, they will provide you with a “Credit Discloser” that has the Auto Credit Score they used with other factors in approving or denying your application.
  10. Put some money down! Again, if you are financing this helps the banks to give better rates because their risk on the loan is less. So the more you can pay upfront, the better.

Following these tips will help you find a great car with all your needs and hopefully all, or at least most, of your wants. Happy hunting.

Jim Schroeder
Internet Sales Director
Christenson Chevrolet
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Highland, IN 46322
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Used Cars Highland Indiana Christenson Chevrolet Used Car Showroom Introduction

Used Cars near Highland Indiana. This is a quick walk through and introduction of the largest used car showroom in the area. Information about why we are better than the rest. Check out MOST of our inventory at And for used Corvettes, click on Thank you and please, shop us first. We’ll show you why we have been Driving The American Dream Since 1951.

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2014 Chevrolet Impala Quick Review Overview

The 2014 Impala, available at Christenson Chevrolet, is a huge leap in safety, styling, and technology over it’s predecessor.

Standard safety features include;

  • 10 Airbags to help protect every part of the Impala’s occupants. Most of you know about the usual six airbags. So lets explore the other four. Two protect the knees of the driver and front passenger. The other two protect the mid-section of the outboard passengers in the back seat. Combined with Impala’s safety cage, it;s like cruising down the road in bubble wrap. 🙂
  • Along with Anti-lock Brakes and Traction Control, the Impala also has StabiliTrak. This system automatically applies precise amounts of brake pressure at individual wheels and reduces the engine torque to help the driver keep the vehicle on track. For example, it’s a cold snowy day and the road has a hard right curve. Without StabiliTrak, you turn your wheel but the continue to go straight. This is called “Under-steer”. With StabiliTrak, the Impala knows you have the wheel turned and recognizes the start of under-steer. It then reduces the engine power and uses individual brakes to help keep your car on it’s intended path.

These are just two of the many safety features that are standard on the new Impala. There are also new safety options available as well. You can talk with one of our Chevy Sales Specialists for information about such options as

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning

The curves and lines of the new body are aggressive and upscale. With some inspiration from the Camaro. The new Impala is both sporty and elegant. With some of the highest praise in years coming from critics. Such as;

  • “envy-me exterior styling” Car & Driver
  • “arresting exterior design” Motor Trend
  • “it is sure to further blur the lines between luxury cars and mass-market vehicles” Wall Street Journal

I have mentioned some of the safety technology. But let’s look at a piece of tech that just about everyone interacts with in the car. The new available MyLink system is one of the biggest and easiest to use. It has three, that’s right 3, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, and an SD card slot. That’s a ton of options to get media to the 8″ control screen. Oh and one of those USB ports is behind the display that raises and lowers with the push of a button and is lockable. There is Bluetooth for wireless streaming of your music and voice recognition to listen to your commands. You can even customize the screen to set up your most used icons and apps.

All in all, the 2014 Impala is exactly what Chevy is striving for. Giving the consumer more than they expect. Check out our 2014 Impala inventory at or stop in our all new showroom for a closer look. We are at 9700 Indianapolis Blvd in Highland Indiana. Thank you.

Jim Schroeder
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