The Right Back-to-School Car for You

Let’s face it, college is extremely expensive and costs are only going to go up. Those textbooks are a must-have and there’s no such thing as buying them semesters in advance. Thankfully, there is one thing you can buy in advance and have it last for your entire college career, a new (or used) car.

Everyone needs a way to get to back to school, even if you’re not exactly looking forward to it. Once you’re actually back on campus, you’re going to want to have a way to get away for a little while here and there. Or you might even want to go home for a weekend or two.

2013 Chevy Sonic is the perfect Back-to-School carKelley Blue Book has recently released its 2013 Top New Cars for Students list, which only includes vehicles priced under $20,000. The safety, versatility, style, fuel economy, and overall value were taken into consideration to determine the list. Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, says,  “Parents and students alike will be surprised at the variety of amenity-laden, affordable new cars available on our 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list for 2013.”

We’re not surprised the 2013 Chevy Sonic made the list. The 2013 Sonic has a five-star NHTSA safety rating and the 1.4L turbo engine on the LT and LTZ models can get up to an estimated 40 mpg highway. Considering the Sonic has a starting MSRP at less than $15,000, you know you’re getting a quality car at a great value. Besides, how else are you going to get home?

Save with the 2014 Spark EV

Saving money has become even more important over the years. We understand that just as much as you do. Chevrolet gets the idea as well. The automaker is releasing the 2014 Spark EV with saving in mind. This completely electric mini car has the ability to save its owners approximately $9,000 in gasoline over the course of five years. That’s the equivalent of $150 each month.

When you break it down into a monthly sum, it may not seem like much, but it is. If you really think about it, you can buy some really great things with that extra $9,000.

  • About 5 roundtrip tickets to England
  • 9,000 Snickers bars
  • 6,425 Starbucks Tall Coffees
  • Two seats at a four championship round baseball games
  • A used car
  • 900 music albums

Or you could always put that $9,000 into paying off the brand new Spark EV you just bought. Get the picture? Saving money on gas because you chose to purchase an efficient car is definitely the way to go.

Just in case you need to hear a few more facts before making that decision, listen up. The EV has the most efficient MPG in its class at 119 and it has a driving range of 82 miles per charge. Did we mention that with tax incentives, the starting price is a reasonable $25,000?

Chevy’s director of small car and electrified vehicle marketing, Cristi Landy, says, “Spark EV is one of the most affordable EVs on the market, with one of the lowest costs of ownership of any new vehicle out there.  Spark EV is a great city car that rewards frequent use by being fun, efficient and affordable.”

Although the Spark EV has not been released nationwide yet, all you have to do is contact Dale Earnhardt Chevy and we’ll track one down for you.

Just a Little History

Dale Earnhardt ChevyWelcome to the brand new blog for Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet! Every week, we’ll be sharing information that we think might come in handy for you. Whether that be events or deals happening at the dealership, tips about caring for your car, or just some regular everyday topics we think might help you out in your daily goings on, our blog is going to have it all.

In case this is your first (of many) experiences with Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, let’s go over a little of our background. On July 16, 1987, Dale Earnhardt Sr. opened the dealership in Newton, NC. We’re still located at 1774 NC Highway 16 South. The focus of the dealership has always been quality customer service and automotive performance. Our customers experience the Earnhardt way through sales, service, parts, and body work.

We even have our own line of vehicles, The Earnhardt Series. These vehicles have been in production since Dale Sr. started the dealership in 1987. Each vehicle is customized in-house and fits a variety of needs. Some customers come looking for amped up horsepower, while others just want a customized Dale Earnhardt Chevy to show off at car shows or just around town.

Our partnerships with Dale Earnhardt Inc., the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, and Earnhardt Technologies enable us to provide a unique experience that no other dealership can match. We are truly masters of our craft and we look forward to sharing our insights and experience with you through our blog.