Hurricane Evacuation Driving Tips

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We’ve all seen what can happen when turbulent weather arrives unexpectedly. Thunderstorms can catch everyone by surprise but as all tenured residents of the Houston area know, the occasional thunderstorm is the least of our worries. The unfortunate reality about our region is the occasional visit from tropical storms and hurricanes. But the good news is those particular storms come with advanced warnings. So with hurricane season swiftly approaching, now is a good time to prepare yourself for a potential evacuation inland. Before you make your way toward the designated evacuation route, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the stress of this event and help reduce the evacuation stresses while on the road.

Prepare Your Vehicle 

A well prepared vehicle is vital for any road trip, especially one where basic services may be suspended due to either high demand, or those that provide the services being on the road themselves. This includes regular maintenance tasks, such as monitoring the fluid levels and tire pressure. Beyond that, is is always safe to assume that a common problem will occur on the trip. One of the most common issues vehicles can face on the road is a broken belt. Replacing a belt is a relatively easy chore, provided you have the right tools and the replacement part on hand. Keep printouts of the replacement instructions in your glove compartment, just in case the local cell phone towers are overwhelmed by travelers. Keep all of this with your spare tire, and never have to worry about getting out of town again.

Prepare For The Road

After preparing your vehicle, it’s vital to remember that basic services may be unavailable during the trip. During hurricane season, it is important to always maintain a full tank of gas, in addition to keeping an emergency supply in your trunk (only during the evacuation itself). The reason for this is simple, there will be an exceptionally high demand placed upon existing fuel sources along the route. The possibility is exceptionally high that gas stations will run out of fuel before the last family has evacuated. By having a full tank, and a little extra in reserve, you can guarantee that you can get out of the worst areas before needing to refuel.

Prepare Your Family

Being able to make the trip is one thing, making the trip with your sanity intact is something else entirely. You and your spouse will be feeling stressed over having your daily lives disrupted, and the children will be restless and possibly nervous by the sudden road trip. The only way to prevent frayed nerves from turning into arguments is to plan ahead.

At the start of every season, create an evacuation pack that is stored in a secure place in your home. When it comes time to leave, all you will need to do is toss the pack into the car and head out. This simple act will save you several hours of packing, and allow both you and your spouse time to collect things of value without feeling pressured. This pack should contain everything from clothing to games and food. It is amazing how a simple distraction or a treat can help make the miles, and hours fly by without incident.

Keep In Contact

After preparing your family and your vehicle, it is vital to keep those that you will be traveling towards abreast of your plans. Make sure your extended family knows the route you will be taking, and provide them with regular updates, including contact information for any hotels you may stop at. A hurricane evacuation is stressful for everyone involved, regardless if they are on the evacuation route or not.

Before hurricane season is in full swing, make sure to stop by Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC for a visit to our service department. Our qualified technicians will have your car up and running in perfect condition in no time! It’s important to keep your car maintained during this time, because you never know when a hurricane might hit, and being prepared ahead of time could be the difference in a safe ride. Schedule an appointment today!

Muscle-Bound: A Brief History of the Malibu

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One of Chevrolet’s oldest sedans is all new and ready to take on the town.  The Malibu has been completely redesigned for 2016, and your friends at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC has them.

Any time Chevy rolls out a fresh take on one of their classic models, we tend to get a little nostalgic. So we thought we’d take you on a quick tour of the Malibu brand starting all the way back to the Muscle Car Era.

A Malibu was a Chevelle

chevyhistoryThere is some debate about which car, exactly, started the muscle-car craze of the 60s and early 70s, but the point is essentially moot because most of the cars commonly credited for it were introduced the same year, 1964. It seems everybody got about the same idea at about the same time, and General Motors — which generally receives most of the credit on account of the Pontiac GTO — entered the muscle car market in 1964 with a mid-sized, A-body car known as the Chevelle.

To put it most simply, the Malibu was a fancier Chevelle — cooler interior patterns, nicer upholstery, a fancier steering wheel, different wheel covers, etc.

You could get them with a V-6 or the iconic 327 V-8, which made 300 horsepower in 1964.

Second Generation

Chances are, when you hear the word “Chevelle,” the image that pops into your head is the second-generation Chevelle, which ran from 1966-72, and included what many consider the ultimate expression of what a Muscle Car was: the 1970 Chevelle SS 454. It’s not only the massive big-block that makes the car a legend (although that is a major part of it). It is the rounder, more muscular body, the aggressive stance, and that beautiful dual-headlight setup that was gone by 1971.

By 1970, Chevrolet had dropped the lower trim packages and sold Chevelles as Malibus only. The overlapping branding didn’t seem to bother customers of the time or enthusiasts of today. Second-generation Chevelles sold like crazy in their time, and remain some of the very most collectible cars in the world, regardless of classification.

End of an Era

That the Oil Embargo of 1973 effectively ended the Muscle Car Era has been well documented. It took several years for all of the effects to change the way American manufacturers and American buyers thought of American cars, but by the 1973 model year you could already see some changes in the works.

The Chevelle was completely re-designed that year. It retained its engine lineup for the most part, but horsepower was down. By 1977, the Chevelle had evolved into the kind of high-cubic-inch land barge people associate with cars of the late 70s.

Also of note, in 1974, the Malibu became the entry-level Chevelle, replaced with something called the Malibu Classic, which had briefly been known as the Laguna.

Fourth Generation

Beginning in the throughs of the Malaise Era, the fourth-generation Malibu had disconnected from its muscle-car roots entirely by 1978. It was a foot shorter and, depending on the package, 500-1,000 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The once-loping body design was squared off.

This marked the end of the Chevelle nameplate. With the exception of a specialty car sold only in the Carolinas, this generation was known only as the Malibu and Malibu Classic, with a Malibu Classic Landau series offering two-tone paint and a vinyl top.

Ironically, these fourth-gen cars have become popular with enthusiasts and hot-rodders, who appreciate their simple styling, rear-wheel-drive chassick, and the ease with which they can be modified and reconfigured. This may have had to do with the Malibu’s extensive use in NASCAR from 1973-83.

Death and Resurrection

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Chevrolet discontinued the Malibu for the 1984 model year, and it appeared to be gone for good. Throughout the 80s and 90s, first- and second-generation Chevelles soared in popularity among collectors and drag racers, and as a result the Malibu brand name remained strong. It stood for muscle, performance and style, and connected people, particularly Baby Boomers, to a fondly remembered era.

So it made sense in 1997 when Chevrolet decided to bring it back. This was a new configuration to be sure. Front-wheel drive, and not offered with a V-8, the fifth-generation Malibu was not intended to revive the Muscle Car Era — GM had other vehicles in the works for that. But it was named Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1997.

The Malibu has been continually restyled ever since. With the introduction of the 2016 model year, this ninth-generation Malibu remains one of Chevrolet’s strongest brands and one of the best selling models available at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Learn more: 

A history of muscle cars, from History Channel.

An original review of the 1966 Chevelle.

5 Tips For Keeping Your Car Clean Without Even Trying

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Ever get into someone else’s car and think, “This vehicle looks like it has never been driven,” and then gotten jealous and frustrated because the inside of your car looks like a college student has been living in it for three semesters?

Well, we have good news and we have bad news. The bad news is, your friend’s car has probably been professionally detailed, because your friend is the kind of person who gets his shirts pressed and his car detailed, while you’ve worn the same pair of jeans to work for the last four days. The good news is, with just a few minor changes to your habit, you can achieve vehicular cleanliness without having to do much work or pay much money.

Here’s how:

When You Leave Your Car, Throw Something Away

Think about it. How much of the clutter in your car is stuff you actually need? Be honest. It’s mostly garbage, isn’t it? Garbage you have been too lazy or too hurried to throw away. And now it has accumulated over time.

Just get in the habit of throwing something away whenever you leave your car. You’re getting out anyway, and odds are there’s a trash can wherever you’re going. It adds practically no time or effort to your day, and it makes your car cleaner.

Stop Eating in Your Car

This is easier said than done, for some people, but even if you’re following step one and tossing some trash every time you leave your car, there are still the crumbs to deal with. Bread crumbs, stray fries, little spills of coffee or ketchup that seem like no big deal at the time, but start to add up.

Most people who have messy cars have messy cars because they eat inside them. It’s the No. 1 cause of vehicular messiness, and it’s easily eliminated.

Take Advantage of the Gas Station

Think about it: While the gasoline is pumping into your gas tank, what do you do? Check Facebook? Buy a coffee? Listen to the radio?

This is time that can easily be used to quickly throw away some trash or wipe down some surfaces. And you know your center console could use a good wipe-down. It’s a couple minutes where you’re at the mercy of the fuel pump, so you might as well accomplish something.

Floor Mats are Your Friend

If we had a dollar for every vehicle we saw with worn-out or out-of-place floor mats that were doing little to no good for the carpet underneath, we’d … buy the whole world a set of floor mats, we guess.

Here’s the thing about floor mats: They’re disposable, inexpensive, and easily changed, compared to the carpet underneath, which is molded, expensive, and takes a great deal of work to replace.

If all you do is keep your floor mats properly positioned so that they catch the majority of the action from your feet, you’re doing fine. Sometimes, you can just pull them out, give them a good shake, and throw ‘em right back in.

Keep Some Cleaner in the Car

This is so you can clean up any spots or spills immediately, before they dry and harden and become something that kinda, sorta comes out but the material never really looks the same again.

Just keep a rag and some all-purpose cleaner in the trunk, and when you spill something, clean it up.

Do this for a month, and note the difference. Notice how, even if your car isn’t spotless, it does come across as generally clean. Notice how you don’t have to move a bunch of stuff around every time someone needs to sit down. Notice how you don’t find yourself thinking, “Man, I really need to clean out this car.”

No, not you. You are a clean person now, and you barely even had to try.

Of course, if you’re looking for that new-car smell, there is only one way to get it: By stopping by our showroom at Finnegan Chevrolet, where our friendly, professional sales staff will get you in just the kind of clean, new ride you’re looking for.

What To Do When Your Car Overheats

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An overheated car is something to send to a professional technician, but we all know cars don’t wait until you’re at a car dealership to get hot.

Sometimes, you’re in the middle of nowhere and your temperature gauge starts rising and you don’t know what to do, but you know you need to get your car to someplace else.

Well, we’re here to help. Here is what to do if your car overheats.

Turn Off the Engine

This sounds obvious, but it is of such vital importance that it has to be mentioned. If your car’s temperature gauge gets into the danger zone, you smell coolant, or you see steam coming from the engine bay, it’s time to shut off the engine as soon as you safely can.

This is one of those scenarios in which you really can ruin your engine for good. So if you do nothing else, shut off the engine and let it cool.

Open the Hood

Pop open the hood and see if you can tell what the problem is. There are a lot of different reasons a car might overheat, but some of them will be obvious when you open the hood. For example, a common cause of overheating is a broken radiator hose, which lets coolant escape and results in a hot motor. If this is what happened, you’re probably looking at a steam of coolant shooting out of a hose.

Remove the Radiator Cap

Caution: You must be extremely careful about this. An overheated engine will be filled with outrageously hot liquid that might be under pressure. Let the engine cool down until it is no longer under pressure, then, with a rag to protect your hand, remove the radiator cap. Steam will come out. If you can’t see any water/coolant in the radiator, you need to add some.

This advice applies only if, as we suggested at the top, you’re in the middle of nowhere and need to get your car to safety. If you can, just have the car towed to a technician. If you can’t, you need to add some water or coolant or, ideally, a 50-50 mixture of the two.

Start the Car

Assuming you don’t have a leaking radiator hose, assuming you’ve allowed your car a good 10-20 minutes to cool, and assuming your radiator is now full of coolant/water, you can start your engine.

Keep a very close eye on the temperature gauge and shut the car off again immediately.

We hope we’ve made it clear that this is a stop-gap solution to a problem that requires the attention of an expert technician, like the ones we have at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC. Come see us, and you’ll be back on the road in no time with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your vehicle was repaired by pros with genuine GM parts.

How To Save Money At The Pump

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Even with oil and gas prices dropping at the pumps, we as the concrete navigators of Houston are always looking for ways to save money. With gas being a hefty monthly expense for many commuters in a city as big as Houston, there’s luckily a few techniques to get more miles for your money.

Slow Down

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it really does go a long way when getting better mileage. The logic goes like this: the more RPM’s your engine uses, the more gas it uses to power it. In a city with constant stop-and-go traffic, the RPM’s needed to accelerate from 0 mph to even 30 mph is a lot, especially if you drive an SUV (they’re heavier). Keeping your RPM’s low, or constant, will save you gas mileage, and money, in the long run.

Use Your Car’s Cruise Control

Continuing from the tip above, your car’s cruise control setting is designed to keep your speed, and your RPM’s, at a constant level. Using this setting, especially on long road trips, will undoubtedly get you better gas mileage. Instead of fluctuating your car’s speed and RPM, the cruise control setting will keep your speed and RPM’s at a constant level – ensuring your car uses fuel at a constant pace, rather than a sporadic one.

Maintenance is Key

Your car needs proper maintenance just like you need the right amount of sleep and food to function! Neglecting your car’s needs like routine oil changes, tire rotation, or cleaning the air filter all contribute to how hard your car’s engine has to work. Besides, car maintenance is easy, and just right around the corner from you. In the end, a well-maintained car will ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of mileage from your vehicle.

Schedule an Appointment

Not getting the gas mileage you want out of your car? Bring your vehicle into our service department and we’ll make sure everything is properly maintained! Visit our Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC website for more information, or bring your vehicle by our service department for a checkup!

Three Car Mistakes You Need To Stop Making

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You’re not a neglectful person. You pay your bills on time. You RSVP to weddings. You reply to text messages in a timely fashion. You’re on top of it.

But we all have our blind spots, and cars are complicated and, well, we here at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC have seen it all over the years. As much as we appreciate your business, nothing makes us happier than seeing cars and trucks running in tip-top shape.

So we thought we’d let you in on a few common car mistakes you may be making.

Letting Your Brakes Squeal

Well, the car keeps stopping, doesn’t it? It’s just a little squeak, and it doesn’t even do it every time. No big deal, right?

Here’s the thing: That brake squeal is caused by a part that has no function in your brake system other than to make a terrible and annoying squeaking noise to alert you to the fact your brake pads need changed, ASAP. That sound you hear is a little metal tab digging into your brake rotors. If you don’t replace the pads immediately, that tab — and eventually some other metal parts — will start digging into your brake rotor, and you’ll end up having to replace or resurface that too.

Not Flushing Your Transmission

We know, we know. We’ve seen the looks on your faces. A lot of people look at a transmission flush like it’s a bottle of snake oil, some needless gimmick designed only to separate you from your money.

Trust the automotive community on this one. Think of it like this: Transmission fluid is to your transmission what oil is to your engine. Granted, transmission fluid stays cleaner for longer because, unlike your engine, your transmission isn’t sucking air and fuel into it from the outside, nor are any explosions happening in your transmission. But that oil can’t last forever. If your car has more than about 70,000 miles on it, you’re probably about ready for a transmission flush. Trust us: It won’t cost that much, and you know what they say about an ounce of prevention …

Not Getting An Alignment

As with the noisy brakes, a misaligned suspension generally doesn’t render the car un-drivable, it just renders it mildly annoying — the steering wheel is off center and the wheels pull you to one side, but overall the car works OK.

The trouble is, that poor alignment is doing a number on your tires. It’s making them wear out faster and unevenly, and it might even make them develop this weird choppy pattern that will create more road noise. Just get the thing aligned. It won’t cost much, and your car will thank you.

As always, we’re here to take care of these and any other car problems you may be having. Know you can always trust our technicians to get the job done right the first time, with the convenience Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC has always been known for.

Common Sense Theft Prevention Tips For Your Vehicle

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Every year there are billions, yes you heard that right…billions of dollars worth of personal items and accessories stolen from vehicles. These items can range from a pair of sunglasses, to CD collections, to stereo systems and other valuables. Most thefts happen when you least expect it, but one thing you can expect, is for the thieves to be quick. Although there really is nothing you can do to completely stop these criminals from doing what they are going to do, there are a few things you can do to reduce your chances of being a target.

Lock Your Doors

The first step clearly seems like a no-brainer, however, 25% of thefts occur from unlocked vehicles! Whether you are just running in to grab a coffee or maybe you are just running up to return your Redbox, all it takes is a few seconds and a turned back to have your car broken into and your valuables taken.

Keep It Tidy

If you think that you are out of harms way because your car is cluttered with useless and invaluable junk, you might want to think again. One mans trash is another mans treasure, and just because you could live without that stuff doesn’t mean that you should want to fork out the money for a new window. Keep your car picked up and don’t give thieves a reason to believe they will be rewarded for their risk.

Put Your Valuables Away

This may also seem quite obvious, however you would be surprised at how many people leave things laying around. Don’t send theives an invitation to shop freely at your expense. There are some accessories that many of us have in our vehicles, and most of the time we don’t pay attention to the message that they send. Most thieves are experts in their field of work and are aware of all the tale-tell signs. So hiding your iPod in your glove box probably isn’t the best idea if your charger chord is plugged in and hanging out. If you can’t take it with you, make it seem as though it isn’t there.

Create Better Habits

When parking your car, make sure it is in a well-lit atmosphere and be alert of your surroundings. And if you can help it, try not to park your small car, in-between two large vehicles. When you head home, make sure that all of your valuables again, are put away and always take your garage opener, GPS, and other things that might look intriguing. Whether you are home or not, never leave your GPS out in plain-eyes-view. If the thieves really wanted to, they could track where you have been, and potentially find your home to do more damage.

Sometimes theft is unexplainable and unpreventable. However, with these simple steps you could be one step closer to being less of a target for auto theft and car break-ins.  Stop by Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC and visit with our knowledgeable and trusted to staff to get behind the wheel of a vehicle that has enough room and storage to keep your possessions stowed away at all times.

Do You Really Need That Premium Fuel?

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Let’s get this out of the way right off the top. The answer to the headline above is, most likely, “no”, you probably do not need premium gasoline. The vast majority of cars are designed to run just fine on regular gas, and adding premium to their tanks will do precisely nothing for your car.

So that’s the long and short of it. But if you’re like us, you’re gonna need more of an explanation.

That’s why we’re here.

What’s the Difference?

So, the technical explanation of this is pretty … technical. But we’ll try to put it in the simplest possible terms. The difference between 87 octane fuel and 93 octane fuel is the particular point at which they will explode. High-octane fuel can withstand more compression before it combusts, and therefore is only necessary for use in high-compression engines (typically performance engines).

Won’t Premium Gas Give My Engine More Power?

It will not. If you put premium fuel into an engine not designed for it, it will have no effect whatsoever. It won’t add power. It won’t increase efficiency. It won’t burn cleaner. It won’t do squat, other than cost you more.

What If I Put Regular In My Performance Car?

If your engine has a high compression ratio, and its manufacturer recommends running high-octane gas through it, using regular gas will cause a phenomenon known as “knocking,” which is exactly what it sounds like — a knocking sound coming from the combustion chamber. This is because the regular fuel won’t be exploding at the right time, and might be exploding more than once per revolution. It won’t immediately ruin your engine or anything, but you should definitely not run 87 gas in a vehicle designed for 91.

Why Do They Call it “Premium,” Then?

Because they’re in the business of selling gasoline, and “premium” sounds better than “regular,” and premium costs more. It’s effective marketing, but since we aren’t in the business of selling gasoline, we can tell it like it is.

So How Do I Know For Sure If I Need Premium Or Not?

If your vehicle requires premium gasoline, your vehicle will indicate that in some key areas, such as the gas cap, fuel door, fuel gauge, owner’s manual … don’t worry, it’ll tell you.

If your vehicle offers no indication one way or another, you’re fine going with the cheap stuff. Unless, of course, you’ve rebuilt your engine and modified it to make more compression, in which case you’re on your own.

If your car isn’t running right, bring it to our expert technicians at Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC. We’ll get you back on the road quickly and conveniently, with the confidence the job was done right.

Don’t Leave Home Without These 5 Vehicle Emergency Items

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If you’re like most of us, the main things you have in your car at any given time are, like, a coffee cup, a pair of gym shoes, a discarded wrapper or two, a pack of gum. You get the idea. The point is, we carry around a lot of stuff we don’t need.

But there are some things we do need to carry around in our cars — or at least some things we might regret not having at some point.

Here are five things you should keep in your car just in case:

Motor Oil, Other Fluids

If you’re checking your oil regularly, you’re probably in good shape, but it’s not a bad idea to keep a quart of oil in the trunk for that one day when, much to your surprise, the oil light comes on. While you’re at it, throw in some coolant/water, and maybe some brake fluid and power steering fluid. It could save the day.

First Aid Kit

This is fairly self-explanatory, but make sure your first-aid kit makes sense for you, specifically. If you have medications, keep some in there, along with emergency phone numbers. And don’t forget to include a flashlight with good batteries.

Jumper Cables

Every car should have a pair of jumper cables in the trunk. They cost very little, they never wear out, and they can often be the difference between being stranded in some parking lot and being on your way home. The thing is, your car’s battery will die at some point. It’s pretty much inevitable. Be prepared for that moment.

Rags

Or towels, even. If something goes wrong with your car — dead battery, oil low, etc. — odds are you’re going to end up getting your hands dirty dealing with it. Some shop rags are nice for this. But you may also consider something a little bigger, for that time your dog decides to roll in in the mud, or you get caught in a rain storm.

Battery-Powered Cell Phone Charger

Let’s say your battery is dead and you’re nowhere near civilization and you need to call for help, but your phone is about to die. This is when it would be really nice to have one of those portable phone chargers for some emergency juice.

Road Trip Down Memory Lane: A History of The Chevy Impala

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The Chevy Impala: no matter which group you ask, someone’s bound to know what you’re talking about. America’s most iconic muscle car stands just as strongly in our memories today as it did when it started its journey in 1958, as a high-end Bel Air model. Known as one of the few cars that’s ever made history, it’s a memory some can still look back on with fondness. So let’s take a cruise down memory lane and chronicle the Impala’s incredible journey.

1957

The first Chevy Impala is assembled at one of Chevrolet’s factories. Named after the antelopes of Africa, it’s intended for use as a luxury family sedan. The advertising campaigns of the time stated timelessly that the Impala “lets you know you’re the boss”.

1958-1959

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The Impala gains speed, as it flies off the shelves almost faster than Chevy can produce it. The designers made some fast decisions based on demand. A bold redesign resulted in one of the nation’s wildest, best auto designs of all time, with cat eye taillights and a Batmobile-style lid. Impala was no longer a gimmick: it was a line of fully featured vehicles.

1960

After their bold moves in ’59, Chevy dialed the design back a bit and made the accented lines a little less extreme, adapting the new slogan “Space, spirit, splendor” and focusing on new, electric technological features.

1961

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This was the year Chevy invented the muscle car. Another heavy redesign was in store for the Impala, as well as the birth of the legendary Super Sport. The release of the Super Sport with its 409 engine marked the beginning of an iconic era in American automaking. In fact, the Super Sport was so good on the road, that the Beach Boys themselves wrote a song about it. Now that’s history.

1962

Chevrolet refocused the Impala in ’62, building it more and more for the American Everyman. Adding more sedans to the lineup and squaring out the visuals, they focused in large part on keeping the Impala a quiet, stable ride.

1963

Adding even more space to the trunk and interior, by this point the Impala was offered in editions holding up to 9 riders! Trending strongly towards style as well as muscle, Chevy knew its clientele very well, making sure those who bought an Impala were constantly reminded of its above average status and quality.

1964

The Impala smoothed out even more in ’64, featuring a softer look with alterations to the signature taillight. The transition away from the hard corners and straight lines was divisive, but the 64 is still one of the more sought after models.

1965

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You guessed it – another redesign. Impala had figured out that diversification was key. More pronounced cases for the headlights, a switch from an X-frame to a perimeter base and a new suspension were just a few of the improvements. Clearly, this model’s blend of smooth aerodynamic contours was a hit. Chevy set the all-time industry annual sales record with this model.

1967

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Chevy ramped up the muscle in this generation of the Impala. Blending the roof right into the casing and wrapping the front grille around, Chevy also knew that a faster Impala had to be safer, including belts, side lights and a collapsible steering wheel mount.

1970

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The last true year of the blockbuster big sport coupe, Chevy saw the signs and discontinued some superfluous features on their Impala. Rest in peace, Super Sport. Other more direct models lived on to fight the good fight.

1971-1976

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As the years progressed, the Impala lost some horsepower, but gained an exorbitant amount of space, offering unheard-of comforts to passengers and drivers alike. To compensate for the extra space, Chevy packed loads of luxury features into the interior as well, essentially creating the classy cruise machine of the decade.

1978-Present Day

 

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Sadly, as all good things do, ’78 marks the year the classic Impala came to an end. Different demands down the decades meant different designs to deal with, and the muscle ethos of the previous generations just didn’t fit the majority need anymore. These days you can find the Impala in luxury lots, hinting ever so slightly at the glory days of yore.

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In spite of – or perhaps, because of its tumultuous evolution to the present, the Impala deserves to be remembered as one of history’s greatest and most versatile vehicles. Here’s to you, Impala. Run free.

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At Finnegan Chevy Buick GMC in Rosenberg, we have a whole lineup of brand new Impalas featuring the latest technology and performance like a custom-tailored Bose surround sound system, 10 standard air bags, and a 305 HP V6 engine. Come by our location today and take the latest generation Impala for a test drive!

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