The Ultimate I-95 South Road Trip in the 2019 Chevy Traverse

If you are looking to take a road trip and make memories this summer with your family we have compiled a list of “MUST SEE” stops heading on I-95 South from Wilmington to Florida!

Starting with….

South of the Border

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Your first stop on the trip heading south on 95 should be South of Border. For over 50 years South of the Border has been a landmark of the southeast. Pedro the lovable grinning mustachioed caricature mascot stands 97 feet tall making him the largest freestanding sign east of the Mississippi, you can even drive through his legs! When driving on I95 you see Pedro talking to you from the signs for miles telling you you’re almost to South of the Border. Mexico Shop East and West have tons of souvenirs, everything you can think of. A summertime favorite, fireworks start at the South Carolina state line, Pedro’s Rocket City has a huge selection with all the favorites! Don’t forget about the best Mexican food in northern South Carolina at Sombrero Room Restaurant. There are other food choices if you do not want Mexican or a sit-down restaurant. Pedro’s Casateria offers food in short order making it quick and easy to get back on the road. There’s also Pedro’s Southern Fried Chicken which looks like an antebellum mansion with rocking chairs and a giant chick on the roof. Then there is Peddlers Steakhouse shaped like a Mexican hat very hard to miss. Before getting back in the car be sure to ride to the top of Sombrero Tower in the glass elevator. If you decide to stay at South of the Border there is RV campgrounds and 300 motel rooms spread of 135 acres which allows access to Pedro’s Pleasure Dome with indoor pool, steam room, jacuzzi, bar and wedding chapel.  

 

Darlington Raceway

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Head to “The Track Too Tough to Tame” at Darlington Raceway. Even if there’s not a race going on when you visit you can still take a walk through the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum. Not only will you see the history of Darlington Raceway but also the entire sport. Whether you’re a long time race fan or new to the sport the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and NMPA Hall of Fame offers a unique stroll through the history of NASCAR. Darlington Raceway gift shop, NMPA Hall of Fame and Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Be sure to stop by, who knows you may even spot some Jeff Gordon history!   

 

Wood Bay State Park

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Next on the stop is the Wood Bay State Park, get out and stretch your legs while enjoying some time in nature! Wood Bay offers one of the last remaining large Carolina Bay on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. The 1,590-acre park features a wide range of habitats such as marsh, sandhills. Oak-hickory forest and shrub bog. There is much wildlife to see and great for bird watching especially during migration seasons. The park can be explored by taking the nature trail which circles the mill pond or walks the length of the 1,150-foot boardwalk, where you can see the alligators in the cypress-tupelo swamp. If you want to make it a longer adventure the best way to see the park is by following the canoe trail which will take paddlers pas the Carolina Bays to the elliptical depressions.

 

Congaree National Park

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Just a short drive down the road from Wood Bay State Park is the Congaree National Park. The Congaree National Park offers a wide range of biodiversity with the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forever remaining in the southeastern United States. There is so much to do at Congaree, with canoeing through the beautiful rivers, camping, fishing, hiking, nature watching, you’re sure to enjoy time with the family while taking a break.

 

Santee State Park

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Another great State Park is the Santee State Park sits along Lake Marion, and is known for its abundant population of large catfish. Other activities include hiking, biking, pontoon boat tours, kayaking, boating and a whole lot more! If you want to camp on the lake there is lakeside camping, if you prefer indoors there’s also 10 cabins that sit on the piers overlooking the lake.

 

UFO Welcome Center

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In the small town of Bowman, SC with less than 1,000 residents is the UFO Welcome Center. Bowman resident Jody Pendarvis has been building the UFO Welcome Center for the past 25 years. Pendarvis graduated from Bowman High School in 1970 then he went on to serve in the Air Force from 1973 to 1984, where he gaining a military education working on computers. Following his service in the military, Pendarvis attended South Carolina State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1990. Four years later he began working on the welcome center. The UFO Welcome Center consists of a 42-foot-wide flying saucer built out of wood, fiberglass, and plastic, in 2003 a smaller saucer about 20 feet in width was added on top of the original structure. There is everything that an alien might need if they are to visit, Pendarvis envisions himself as an ambassador for aliens. During the summers the top saucer is cooler than Pendarvis’ mobile home so he stays in the top saucer. There is a wooden container near the sentence that is painted blue saying “Tips” as the admission fee. There is a sign near the entrance that reads “Space People Only. Enter at Own Risk, Danger” then you walk in there is a book which asks you to write down your name and the planet that you come from. Bowman Mayor Marion Glenn would like to make the UFO Welcome Center more a true town welcome center, however, Pendarvis is indifferent about it, for now, it will remain Jody’s Welcome Center. When visiting the UFO Welcome Center like all places be sure to watch your step, stay safe, and take a lot of photos. Who knows you might be there to welcome the aliens.

 

Carolina Heritage Outfitters

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The Carolina Heritage Outfitters just outside of Walterboro, SC is the perfect night getaway especially after being on the road. At the Carolina Heritage Outfitters, you can enjoy canoeing and if you plan to stay you will be able to stay in beautiful tree houses. The tree houses offer the perfect relaxation with the privacy which is only accessible by canoe, it is a beauty to take in the longest free-flowing blackwater river with sandy banks and a shallow sandy bottom perfect for swimming and picnicking. When the water is higher during the winter months you can paddle right into the forest of cypress trees.

 

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Savannah, GA

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Now we continue south to Georgia where our first stop is Savannah, a city with a lot of history and so much today is a coastal city separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. Take a trip to Savannah Historic District with tours of the downtown and water tours you can see the history and beauty of Savannah. Or head over to City Market for fine dining, shopping, and fun entertainment while taking in the historic town.

 

Tybee Island, GA

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Just 20 minutes outside of Savannah is Tybee Island is the perfect sandy getaway. Tybee Island is home to Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse which you can take a tour of, you can also visit Fort Pulaski where the Union Army successfully tested a rifle canon in 1862 during the Civil War. If you want to get into nature and enjoy the water Tybee has boat rides where you can see the dolphins, kayaking, paddle boarding and all of the beach favorites!

 

Cumberland Island, GA

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Another stop along the Georgia coast is Cumberland Island. Cumberland Island is much different than Tybee Island. While Tybee Island is beautiful and there’s a lot to do it is made for the tourist. Whereas Cumberland Island is the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia. It offers over 17 miles of secluded white sandy beaches, wild horses and other island wildlife freely roaming throughout the ruins and along the beach. A beautiful scenic escape Cumberland Island has a lot to offer from history to nature. If you’re interested in riding the ferry it is recommended to book a reservation prior to arriving.

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Now we have made it to Florida, there are a lot of stops to make in Florida along the coast, so get ready for a fun-filled journey as we venture down the beautiful coast of Florida!

 

Jacksonville, FL

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Our first stop in Florida is Jacksonville, a large city that shows it all. No matter what type of adventure you are looking for Jacksonville has it! In addition to Jacksonville Beach, there are several others. See some animals at the Jacksonville Zoo & Garden or head over to the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary to see big cats. Downtown Jacksonville has a lot to offer, you could spend all day in Jacksonville or keep heading down the beautiful coast Florida, really just depends on your time.

 

St. Augustine, FL

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St. Augustine lays the claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., being known for the Spanish colonial architecture and Atlantic Ocean beaches. The history is a must see when visiting St. Augustine. First, we will head to Castillo de San Marcos which symbolizes the clash between cultures. The St. Augustine Light Station is a site to see as it is still an active working lighthouse. Who doesn’t love treasure and pirates, right? Check out the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum to be transported back to the Golden Age of Piracy over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica. Cannot miss the beautiful white sandy beaches of St. Augustine to get to the beach cross over the Bridge of Lions. Bridge of Lions spans the  Intracoastal Waterway, it connects downtown St. August to Anastasia Island across Matanzas Bay, it is a site to see for sure! Visit any of the beaches in St. Augustine you won’t be disappointed!

 

Daytona Beach, FL

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Now we have made it to the “World Center of Racing” Daytona International Speedway! Go to the place where Jeff Gordon 4 time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer won not one but three Daytona 500s! There are 3 types of tours that you can do of Daytona International Speedway. In addition to tours, fans can also access the new Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which now house the DIS Ticket and Tours Building, as well as take part in NASCAR Racing Experience. The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America showcases and honors all fours of motorsports: Stock Cars, Sports Cars, Open-Wheel, Motorcycles, Drag Racing, Land Speed Records, Powerboating, and Aviation. In addition to Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach has much to offer! If you’re looking to get away from the crows check out Tomoka State Park. Tomoka State Park is a 2,000-acre State Park located along the Tomoka River, where your visitors can camp, hike, and boat. Of course, when visiting Daytona visitors must enjoy the World’s Most Famous Beach. There is so much to enjoy in Daytona.

 

Ponce Inlet, FL

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Ponce Inlet is a beautiful beachy town in Volusia County, Florida, located on the southern tip of a beach peninsula just south of Daytona Beach. The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light is the tallest lighthouse in the state, beautiful stop for sure! Smyrna Dunes Park is a vast public park where pets are allowed on the leash and fun for the whole family! Go-Kart City is a fun-filled day for the whole family with a lengthy go-kart track, 7-stall batting cages, and a colorful, fun 18-hole putt-putt course because who doesn’t love putt-putt, right? Ponce Inlet has much to offer and is just a short drive from Daytona!

Along the coast, there are many stops in Florida that visitors can stop and not be disappointed in. Now we continue south because our trip must come to an end to Homestead Florida.

Homestead, FL

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Just south of Miami Homestead has much to offer. Of course, a Jeff Gordon or NASCAR fan must stop by Homestead-Miami Speedway. Another stop is Coral Castle created and structured by Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin, who single-handedly and secretly carver over 1,100 tons of coral rock. Everglades Alligator Farm the farm features snakes, alligators, caimans, and crocodiles plus airboat tours. Another fun place to see wildlife is the Monkey Jungle it is a 30-acre wildlife park in 1933 for the exhibition and study of endangered monkeys in their semi-natural habitats.

 

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There you have it you have made it! You have seen I-95-South in its entirety!

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 us for Summer of Chevy for events and giveaways all summer long June-August

TRAVERSE TAKES THE LEAD

The all-new 2019 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.

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Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Offers The Best Military Discount In The Business

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Offers The Best Military Discount In The Business

May is National Military Appreciation Month and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet wants to honor all of those who have served our Great Nation. We proudly offer the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Military Discount to all who have served in the military and we even extend it to loved ones of those who have served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces? It’s just the right thing to do.

The GM Military Discount allows eligible members of the U.S. Military to purchase or lease eligible Chevrolet vehicles at a special discounted price that is below MSRP. Plus, you can combine the discount with most current offers and incentives to save even more. There are a number of different vehicles in the Chevrolet lineup, like the Blazer, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Trax and Volt

The Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Military Discount is available to Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans within one year of discharge date, retirees of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It also applies to any spouses of eligible military members.

Visit ID.me to get your Authorization number and then GO to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet with your Military I.D. and we’ll handle the rest.

Don’t live near Jeff Gordon Chevrolet? No Problem! We offer free travel assistance from Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield.

We also offer a Fly-in-Drive-Home program, as well as Hassle-Free Door to Door Delivery. If you’re overseas and want a new ride when you get home or have a spouse who needs a new vehicle stateside, give Jeff Gordon Chevrolet a call and we will help get you or your family that you can get the perfect vehicle!

At Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, it is an honor to be a service to those who have served our great nation. Without you and your great sacrifices, America would not be the free country that it is today. And most of all, “Thank you, for your service to our country.

Still have questions about the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Military Discount? Check out our answers to some of the most common queries here, or feel free to call Jeff’s Internet Sales Hotline 888-817-5744.

 

The New 2015 Tahoe Arrives at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

A few weeks ago we wrote a post about our anticipation of the arrival of our first 2015 Tahoe and Suburban: Why We’re Excited About The New Tahoe & Suburban (And You Should Be, Too.) Well it’s arrival was definitely exciting, so much so we couldn’t help but start taking pictures right off the truck, with the plastic still on. We’re still awaiting the Suburban’s arrival, which should be here very soon. For any questions or to schedule a test drive, just call the internet sales hotline at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet: (910)798-2650.

Jeff Gordon Chevy Offering Monumental Savings for Presidents Day

PD1For those who don’t know, Presidents Day is this coming Monday, February 17th. Luckily for consumers, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is celebrating until the end of month, offering monumental savings on most new 2014 Chevrolet models.

Meet the candidates:

2014 Silverado 1500 Double Cab All-Star Edition
   $37,520 Starting MSRP (before discounts)
– $3,900 Presidents Day Cash Allowance
– $2,442 Presidents Day Discount
–     $750 Optional Package Discount
$30,428 Presidents Day Price!
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Related: 6 Reasons to Stop Shopping for a New Truck

2014 Malibu LT 
$1,750 Customer Cash
+  $500 Presidents Day Cash
$2,250 Total Cash Allowance
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Lease for only $189/mo for 36 months with $2,469 due at signing.
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2014 Cruze LT
$1,000  Customer Cash
+  $500 Presidents Day Cash
$1,500 Total Cash Allowance
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Lease for only $159/mo for 36 months with $1,869 due at signing.
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2014 Equinox LS FWD
       $500 Customer Cash
+$1,000 Presidents Day Cash
$1,500 Total Cash Allowance
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Lease for only $199/mo for 36 months with $2,729 due at signing.

2014 Traverse LS FWD
       $500  Customer Cash
+$1,000 Presidents Day Cash
$1,500 Total Cash Allowance
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Lease for only $259/mo for 36 months with $2,139 due at signing.
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For more information on available offers and to see if you qualify, fill out the contact form below or call the internet sales hotline at (888)261-0090

Being part of the Hendrick Automotive Group and having 15 acres of land, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC holds the largest new Chevrolet inventory in the southeast U.S. region, and over 6,000 available pre-owned vehicles, which means we can find just about any vehicle that you want for the price that you want it. And with our exclusive door-to-door delivery program, we can arrange hassle-free delivery of your next vehicle right to your front door, anywhere in the country.

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Why We’re Excited About The New Tahoe & Suburban (And You Should Be, Too)

ImageGeneral Motors unveiled all-new redesigned full size SUV’s across the board in the last quarter of 2013: the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, and of course, the Tahoe and Suburban.

Although they all went under some great make-overs, we’re undoubtedly most excited about the Tahoe and Suburban, not only because we’re a Chevy dealership, but the 2 bow tie-wearing full-size SUVs are the industry’s segment leaders, and their new-and-improved versions will only help that legacy continue just as strongly. The 2015 Suburban year model will also be representative of its 80th anniversary, and 12th generation of the original SUV.

Introduced in September of 2013, the 2015 Tahoe & Suburban went under a sharp and sophisticated redesign not only on the outside, but the inside too. The exterior’s new style isn’t just looks, but also helps contribute to an overall quieter ride. New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior cabin and contributing to improved aerodynamics – an attribute that helps the vehicles slip through the air on the highway with less drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and lift gate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass. A more-efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 power train coupled with improved aerodynamics help offer greater estimated highway fuel economy. Other improvements provide drivers with a stronger, more planted stance, stronger braking, and new tires that are a 1/2-inch wider for better cornering.

ImageInside, premium materials and enhanced ergonomics demonstrate the Tahoe and Suburban’s blend of sophistication, craftsmanship and function. A new instrument panel houses an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen. The compartmentalized center console is large enough to store a laptop or iPad (they thought of everything)!

The designs of the all-new Tahoe and Suburban reflect their greater functionality, technology and refinement, forging a new presence for Chevrolet SUVs that’s conveyed with unmistakable brand heritage. – Ken Parkinson, executive director of design

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Other cool features include: Fold-flat second and third row seating (there will be a power option for this, too), two inches of more leg-room for your second row passengers, up to 6 USB ports and power outlets AND a 3-prong outlet to support all of your plug-in things, and available rear-seat entertainment and Blu-Ray player. But wait, there’s more! There will be a ‘conversation mirror’ in the overhead console that will give you a panoramic view of all the rear seats, which is great news for moms and dads whose vehicles often double as court rooms.

We’re anxiously waiting the arrival of the new Tahoe and Suburban which is expected to hit Jeff Gordon Chevrolet‘s lot in Wilmington, North Carolina this coming Spring. For more information on the big arrival or pre-ordering, call the internet sales hotline at (888)261-0090 or fill out the contact form below to send us an email!

Don’t live near Jeff Gordon Chevrolet? No problem! With our exclusive door-to-door delivery program, you can still take advantage of our competitive pricingbecome part of the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet family and we can deliver your new 2015 Tahoe or Suburban right to your front door, anywhere in the country! Just call or email us for more information.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Offering Safest Minicar on the Market | Which Flavor Would You Like?

Minicars are becoming popular among those who are looking for something good on gas with a low monthly payment. Just about every major car company has made their contribution to the minicar class including the Honda Fit, Fiat 500, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Prius, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and of course, Chevy Spark.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested 11 minicars and most yielded miserable results – the Fiat 500 and Honda Fit failing the worst. The only model that survived the crash tests was the 2014 Chevrolet Spark. As a result, the Spark is now the only minicar to earn the group’s 2014 Top Safety Pick award. Several other models previously honored lose that endorsement after failing the new crash test, which is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car or object like a utility pole or a tree.

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The Spark is equipped with 10 airbags and provides a great combination of safety and technology with features like the StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability System with incorporated ABS braking system that help control sliding and wheel spin.

And yes, safety is important, but what makes the Chevy Spark fun is its spunky color palette, allowing you to choose what ever color matches your personality. These 8 expressive colors include: Salsa, Lemonade, Denim, Grape Ice, Jalapeno, Silver Ice, Summit White, and Black Granite.

Spark Best Car under $18KThe Spark was named the Coolest New Car under $18,000 by Kelly Blue Book, one of Ward’s Top Ten Best Interiors of 2013, and received a 9.3 out of 10 in consumer ratings. With tech-savvy features like Chevrolet MyLink and Siri Eyes Free Technology paired with a surprising amount of passenger and cargo (31.2 cubic feet) space, and a starting price of $12,170, it’s no surprise either.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC currently has 6 of these peppy minicars in stock, and we’re always expecting more. Call our internet sales hotline at (910)798-2650 or toll-free at (888)261-0090 to schedule your test drive, or check out our Spark inventory online to pick your flavor today. Don’t forget that you can also create your deal online with our new Shop-Click-Drive program and we will gladly bring your new Spark to your front door – anywhere in the country!

You can also watch these videos to learn more about the Chevy Spark.

How to Get A Used Vehicle at a New-Car Rate

ImageFor a limited time, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is offering 1.9% APR financing (for qualified buyers) on all GM Certified Pre-Owned vehicles through the end of February 2014.

Along with the great finance rates, buyers will also be able to take advantage of 2 years/24,000 miles of FREE regular scheduled maintenance that will include your regular oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point inspection. And of course, the GM Certified Pre-Owned warranty hasn’t gone anywhere so you can still have the peace of mind that you’ll be covered.

In order for a vehicle to be GM Certified, it must be a 2009 year-model (or newer) Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Saturn with no more than 75,000 miles. It must then pass a rigorous 172-point inspection and reconditioning process. The vehicle must also have a clean title with a vehicle history report (CARFAX, if you will.)

Qualifying vehicle models include:

Chevrolet

  • Cruze
  • Malibu
  • Silverado 1500
  • Silverado 2500HD
  • Traverse

GMC

  • Acadia
  • Sierra 1500
  • Sierra 2500HD
  • Terrain

Buick

  • Enclave
  • LaCrosse
  • Regal

Click here to view a list of all qualifying Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Saturn models.

As a leading dealer of GM Certified used cars for over a decade, there’s no better place to get your next pre-owned vehicle than Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC. We have a great selection of qualifying vehicles, and as part of the Hendrick Automotive Group, we have access to hundreds of vehicles across the country that we can simply get transferred if we don’t have exactly what you want.

Get started before this offer runs out – check out our certified pre-owned vehicle inventory online, chat with us live, or call the internet sales hotline at (888)261-0090 for more information or to set your appointment.