Behind the Scenes – Veteran Owned Veteran Grown Feature

To showcase the Silverado during Summer of Chevy, we chose to go a different route in our filming.  Earlier this year, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet met Bill O’Brien and a few other board members of Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, a local non-profit that aids veterans by giving a renewed sense of purpose and potential entrepreneurship through agricultural endeavors.  The ultimate goal is to help veterans live a full, sustainable life and build a stronger community together.

VOVG exists for several reasons. The biggest one is to connect veterans and their families socially so they don’t feel like they are alone in this journey.  We focus strongly on agriculture in its many forms to help veterans become sustainable,” according to the Veteran Owned Veteran Grown website.   “Farming is hard work with long hours but, it also provides a peace and serenity that no pill the VA will give you can. Everything from raising chickens to craft work. We will do whatever we can to make you sustainable.”

Please enjoy the short feature that we produced on site at Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, starring some of their members with a little help from Team RWB Wilmington.

 

 

It was a beautiful day of shooting at Veteran Owned Veteran Grown Inc, headquartered in Burgaw, NC.

Check out some of our behind the scenes photos:

 

 

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For More Information on Veteran Owned Veteran Grown, their upcoming events, fundraisers, or how you can get involved, please visit their website or Facebook Page.

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One Tank Trip – How Far Can I Go In My Chevy Cruze?

Trying to plan a last minute summer trip?  With longer days and warmer nights its time to get out on the road and get lost in the Great American landscape.  So let’s “Cruze” Into Summer!

Above Photo from 2014’s “Cruze Into Summer” Photo Contest


One great low cost way to travel is in our Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.  The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel comes equipped with a 1.6L Turbo engine and a 13.5 gallon gas tank at an MPG of 31 City and 47 Highway.  Fueleconomy.gov states that the Chevy Cruze Diesel 500 miles of total range before having to refuel.

 

If we began a 500 mile journey in Wilmington, NC, where could we go with just one tank?

We came up with a wide variety of great American cities and towns that you could get to in just one tank of gas:

Orlando, Florida 442 miles  SSW
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 442 miles  NNW
Lexington, Kentucky 448 miles  NW
Trenton, New Jersey 448 miles  NNE
Frankfort, Kentucky 474 miles  NW
Columbus, Ohio 483 miles  NNW
Newark, New Jersey 494 miles  NNE
Cincinnati, Ohio 495 miles  NW
Jersey City, New Jersey 495 miles  NNE
New York, New York 496 miles  NNE
Montgomery, Alabama 500 miles  WSW
Tampa, Florida 509 miles  SSW
Akron, Ohio 511 miles  NNW
Birmingham, Alabama 511 miles  W
Louisville, Kentucky 517 miles  NW
Nashville, Tennessee 517 miles  WNW
St. Petersburg, Florida 526 miles  SSW

The Cruze Diesel is available in either Sedan or Hatch, and in either Automatic or Manual transmission.

How does the 2018 Chevy Cruze LT Sedan stack up against competitors?

Check out the comparisons below:

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Chevrolet Cruze LT Sedan vs. 2018 Ford Focus SE Sedan

 

When compared to the 2018 Ford Focus SE Sedan, we think you’ll find the stylish and connected Chevrolet Cruze LT Sedan to be the more buzz-worthy contender.

2018

CHEVROLET CRUZE LT

2018

FORD FOCUS SE SEDAN

Apple CarPlay™† & Android Auto™† Compatibility

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N/A

Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi

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N/A

Infotainment screen size

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4.2-inch diagonal

Standard Air Bags

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EPA-estimated fuel economy (city/highway/combined MPG)

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26/38/31

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 Compare the 2018 Chevy Cruze LT to the 2018 Honda Civic EX

Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi

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N/A

Rear Park Assist

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N/A

Start/Stop Technology

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N/A

Teen Driver Technology

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Standard Air Bags

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 Compare the 2018 Chevy Cruze LT to the 2018 Toyota Corolla XLE

Apple CarPlay™† & Android Auto™† Compatibility

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N/A

Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi

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N/A

Start/Stop Technology

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N/A

Teen Driver Technology

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N/A

Standard Air Bags

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 Compare the 2018 Chevy Cruze LT to the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL

Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi

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N/A

Rear Park Assist

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N/A

Start/Stop Technology

star winStandard

N/A

Teen Driver Technology

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Standard Air Bags

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Legend. Speed. Performance. Chevy Camaro – 50 Years of American Muscle + Hot Wheels Edition!

 

Many words could be used to describe this legendary performance family, but the only one that captures all of the refinement and engineering know-how that goes into every car — from the responsive LS to the supercharged ZL1 — is Camaro.

 

Also, to celebrate of 50 years of the die cast car favorite, Chevrolet released its Camaro Hot Wheels Edition:

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Click here to learn more about it from one of our previous features!

CHECK OUT THE HOT WHEELS EDITION THAT JUST ARRIVED HERE AT JEFF GORDON CHEVROLET!

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When it comes to comfort and convenience, the competition just can’t seem to keep up.

  2018 CAMARO 1LT 2018 FORD MUSTANG ECOBOOST 2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SXT
MSRP $25,905 $25,585 $26,995
Horsepower @rpm 275@5500 310@5500 305@6350
Torque (lb-ft) @rpm 295@3000 350@3000 268@4800
Standard Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed manual 8-speed automatic
Drive Mode Selector Standard Available N/A
Infotainment Screen Size 7-in diagonal touch-screen 4.2-inch diagonal 5-inch diagonal
Satellite Radio 12 months SiriusXM trial N/A N/A
Power Driver Seat Standard 8-way Standard 6-way Standard 6-way
Auto Climate Control Standard Available Standard
Android Auto/Apple Car Play Compatibility Standard N/A N/A
Standard Wheels 18-inch Silver-painted aluminum wheels 17-inch EcoBoost Wheel 18-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels
Convertible Top (if equipped) Fully automatic with remote operation (at speeds up to 30 MPH Power top, manual latch N/A

WANT TO AMP IT UP A LITTLE?

How does the Camaro stack up against the next up trim levels?  Check it out here:

2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS vs Ford Mustang GT - Dodge Challenger R-T - Jeff Gordon Cheverolet

  2018 CAMARO 2SS 2018 FORD MUSTANG GT 2018 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T
Standard Engine 6.2L V8 5.0L V8 6.4L V8
Horsepower @rpm 455@6000 460@7000 485@6100
Torque (lb-ft) @rpm 455@4400 420@4600 475@4200
Standard Transmission 6-speed manual w/ Active Rev Match 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Curb Weight with Automatic Transmission 3697 lbs 3733 lbs 4232 lbs
Drive Mode Selector Standard Standard N/A
Memory Seat and Mirrors Standard Available N/A
Android Auto/Apple Car Play Compatibility Standard N/A Standard
Heated Steering Wheel Standard Standard Available
Head-Up Display Standard Available N/A
Standard Wheels 20-inch Bright five-spoke silver painted aluminum 18-inch 20-inch polished aluminum w/black pockets
Brembo Performance Breaks Standard Available Standard
Performance Summer-Only Tires Standard Available Available
Transmission/Differential Cooler Standard N/A N/A
Magnetic Ride Control Available Available N/A

Find the right Camaro for your summer cruising here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to enjoy all of our Summer of Chevy Series!

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown Hotspots, Cruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

The Ultimate I-40 Road Trip in the 2018 Chevy Traverse

Several years ago, as you would depart Wilmington, NC going West on Interstate 40 you would be greeted with a sign on your right that declared:

Wilmington to Barstow, CA Road Trip Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Summer of Chevy

Due to the novelty of this installment, the sign was stolen many times and after 4 replacements the NC DOT decided that it would just not spend the money on putting up a new one anymore.

The memory of that sign has inspired us to take the ultimate road trip to the final destination heading West on Interstate 40 to Barstow, California in our 2018 Chevy Traverse!

Check out how our very own Fernez Family preps for a Summer Road trip:

If you are ready to pack up the family and make your own memories this summer we have put a list together for you of the “MUST SEE” stops on this Westward Bound Great American Road Trip!

Starting with….

Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Wrightsville Beach, NC was noted North Carolina’s Best Beach – it is the perfect home for those with active outdoor lifestyles.

Year round, Wrightsville Beach, NC is home to many outdoor enthusiasts who love the versatility of the area.  Known for its crystal blue waters and spacious beach, surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) competitions, and much more, it’s easy to find something to do here. No wonder Wrightsville Beach was voted North Carolina’s best beach.

In another 159 miles, turn on Exit 273B to

The Carolina Basketball Museum

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Photo courtesy of goheels.com

College Basketball is THE sport in North Carolina, and whether or not your family sides with UNC, Duke or NC State, this historic stop can’t be missed.  The sports lover in you will dive headfirst into the timeline showing the infamous Tobacco Road rivalry.

199 miles later, stop over in

Catawba Falls

 

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Photo courtesy of hikewnc.org

Stretch your legs and work up an appetite by stopping over for a breathtaking hike in Catawba Falls.  Just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, NC this Blue Ridge waterfall is over 100 ft high and is located at the Southern tip of Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District, just south of the Old Fort grade on I-40.

With hiking trails and several different waterfalls this natural marvel is now open for public exploration.

 

Clean off your hiking shoes and heads just 27 miles West to enter

Asheville, NC

 

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Photo courtesy of IPM Corp

 

You may want to stick around for a few days.  Downtown Asheville, NC is filled with iconic landmarks, independent shops, breweries, and some world-renowned dining all tucked away in a mountain community vibe.  Venture out to the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s Winter Estate complete with century-old gardens, hiking/biking and an on-site winery.  Tour the treasured American Pisgah and Nantahala Forests if you didn’t get enough Blue Ridge Mountain beauty in your last stop.

After you have had your fill of top-notch cuisine hop back in and head 82 miles west to

 

Gatlinburg, TN

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Photo courtesy of gatlinburg.com

Have you tried white-water rafting?  Gatinlinburg has access to several classes of rafting due to its location off the Big Pigeon River.

Ready for an epic zipline adventure?  Check out CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains Zipline Tour.  Complete with World-Class Ziplining and Mountain Biking adventures, CLIMB accommodates groups of all sizes.

And if you are a Blake Shelton fan mark your calendars – the country star plans to open the third Ole Red Restaurant and Entertainment complex right off the Gatlinburg Parkway.

Get back on US-441N towards I-40 W and in one hour you will be in

Knoxville, TN

With a walkable downtown, people love to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sitesart museumsparksgreenways and more.  Check out Zoo Knoxville, commonly referred to as “The Red Panda Capital of the World” because of their success in breeding red pandas.

Continue on to I-40 for another 180 miles and you have entered Music City –

Nashville, TN

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Photo courtesy of travelandleisure.com

Whether or not you are a country music fan, a MUST DO while in Nashville is visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.  This recently renovated 350,000 square foot museum showcases so much of American music history complete with the historic letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and a casual taqueria.  You can also take part in the ongoing battle over who has the best hot chicken in Nashville!

On your way to Memphis, TN, make quick stops at the Loretta Lynn Ranch and the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum.

Continue your music education by making a stop in

Memphis, TN

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Photo courtesy of lonelyplanet.com

About 3 hours outside of Nashville, you will be in the Western end of Tennessee.  Memphis boasts to be the home to the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and the best place in the country for BBQ (there are many in the Carolinas that will debate that opinion).

The Gibson Factory is here.  Graceland is here.  Get lost on Beale Street, dubbed “America’s Most Iconic Street.”

150 miles to

Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland, AK

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Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Parks

Just outside of Little Rock, AK, take a break from the city trips and take in a day hike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.  There are hiking and biking trails with varying levels of difficulty, and the peak of the mountain reaches more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley.

In about 333 miles – YOU ARE NOW AT THE EXACT HALFWAY POINT to Barstow, CA! –

Nicoma Park, OK

278 miles to

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

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This offbeat roadside attraction features 10 graffiti-covered Cadillacs standing upright in a row, buried nose-first in the ground. The sculpture is the brainchild of Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh III, who chose classics dating from 1948 to 1963, the “Golden Age” of the American automobile.

Continue on I-40W and in about 278 miles you will enter

Albuquerque, NM

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Photo courtesy of visitalbuquerque.org

Any I-40 road trip would be incomplete without a stop in Albuquerque, where the famous Route 66 brought visitors from all over the country.  Historic neon signs still glow along old Route 66 through Albuquerque, which is now Central Avenue. Alongside vintage signs, you’ll see new versions put up by businesses that are continuing the aesthetic traditions of Route 66, and many museums and tours to show the growth of the city since 1926 (when Route 66 was first commissioned).

You are so close – almost done!

En route to Flagstaff, be sure to stop and check out the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park.

About 323 miles outside of Albuquerque, you will enter

Flagstaff, AZ

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Photo courtesy of vacationideas.com

In the middle of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is an active city where a mix of small town charm and endless outdoor adventures will welcome you in.  Take in a guided tour of everything from the Grand Canyon to haunted city homes to old Route 66 stops.  Visit Coconino National Forest to see endless amounts of varying terrain including red rock, southwest desert, pine forests and frozen tundra – all in one place!

And finally, in about 352 miles you will enter…

Barstow, CA

You made it!  You have seen Interstate 40 in its entirety, coming up just shy of a straight away coast to coast road trip!

 

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown HotspotsCruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

TRAVERSE TAKES THE LEAD

The all-new 2018 Traverse is a step ahead of the competition when it comes to offering cargo space, Wi-Fi technology and safety features like the industry-first Front Center Air Bag.

Ready for the road-trip of a lifetime?  Check out our Chevrolet Traverse inventory so you can be well equipped.

2018 Chevy Traverse VS 2018 Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander - Summer of Chevy - Jeff Gordon Chevy

2018

CHEVROLET TRAVERSE

2018

FORD EXPLORER

2018

TOYOTA HIGHLANDER

BEST-IN-CLASS

Maximum Cargo Space

98.2 cu. ft. 81.7 cu. ft. 83.7 cu. ft.
AVAILABLE

4G LTE Wi-Fi

YES YES NO
AVAILABLE

Surround Vision Camera

YES NO YES

INDUSTRY FIRST

Front Center Air Bag

YES NO NO

 

 

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Diesel Dominates Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6

The Chevy Colorado looks great on North Carolina Beaches, but how does it size up against its toughest competitor?

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Rocks, mud, the competition.  ZR2 conquers them all.  With its segment exclusive features like Multimatic shocks and an available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine-not to mention its aggressive stance and styling-ZR2 leaves the Tacoma stuck in a rut.

But don’t just take it from us – check out the comparison chart below and  see what automotive industry experts say when comparing the the two midsize trucks.

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Segment-Exclusive Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel

Yes

No

Segment-Exclusive Standard Multimatic TM Shocks-DSSV Damping System

Yes

No

Segment-Exclusive Standard Front and Rear Electronic Locking Differential

Yes

No

Torque

369 lb.-ft

265 lb.-ft

Front and Rear Tread Width

65.9 in./65.9 in.

64.0 in./64.0 in.

Available Full-Size Bed-Mounted Spare Tire Center

Yes

No

Tubular Rocker Protection

Yes

No

Fully Boxed Frame

Yes

No

EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate

Yes

No

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Yes

No

Duralife TM Brake Rotors

Yes

No

Remote Start

Yes

No

Available 4G LTE Wifi Hotspot

Yes

No

Available OnStar or Equivalent

Yes

No

Available Touch Screen

8-Inch diagonal

7-inch diagonal

Available Max. USB Ports

4

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Find the right truck for your summer adventures here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to enjoy all of our Summer of Chevy Series!

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown Hotspots, Cruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

What to Know About Chevy Military Discounts

No matter what branch of the armed forces you or a loved one has served in, Chevrolet is proud to honor that immense sacrifice with the Chevy Military Discounts program. This program is offered by the manufacturer and is currently available to Active Duty members, National Guard Members, Reservists, Veterans within one year of discharge date, and retirees of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It also applies to any spouses of eligible military members.

Different vehicles in the Chevy lineup have different discounts in proportion to their MSRPs. Once you have picked the vehicle that is best for your needs, visit the official General Motors Military Discount page to get an authorization number. Then bring that number to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and we’ll help you get your perfect ride and drive away happy.

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevy, we are so proud and honored to serve veterans and retirees of America’s armed forces. Without you, America wouldn’t be the free country it is today. If you have any more questions about the Chevy Military Discounts, check out our answers to some of the most common queries here, or feel free to talk to us at the dealership.

Check Out the Best Beaches in North Carolina

When you think of heading out on a vacation, the famous beaches of Florida and other southern states probably come to mind. However, as any true North Carolinian knows, there are plenty of beaches to enjoy here in the Tar Heel State. Take a look at some of the best options on the Atlantic Seaboard to find the beach that’s perfect for your next day in the sun.

Bald Head Island: Since Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is in Wilmington, we had to include the nearby Bald Head Island. The island is only accessible by a ferry from Southport, but the beach and its turtle residents make it all worth it.

Carova Beach: If turtles aren’t your thing, consider heading to Carova Beach. It’s reportedly one of the most isolated beaches of the Outer Banks and its lack of paved roads mean you need a 4×4 to get there. Not only will you be far from the big groups of Outer Banks tourists, you’ll have the chance to see wild mustangs that are known to roam the beach.

Shackleford Banks: Shackleford Banks is in Carteret County and it’s another good beach for a possible sighting of wild horses, but this area is most well-known for its seashells and being a part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. If you visit in the summer, you might be able to see the loggerhead sea turtles make their nests and lay eggs before heading back out into the water.

Stop by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet today to check out all our beach-worthy vehicles!