Summer Service Tips

It’s finally summer, and while this season can make for some of the most pleasurable drives, it’s also an important reminder to service your vehicle and prepare it for the heat, humidity, and precipitation that come with the hottest season. Follow these summer car service tips to avoid problems and stay safe on the road.

summer car service tips in Farmington, ME

Prepare the battery

Conventional wisdom holds that battery problems are most frequent in the winter, but the intense heat of summer can cause just as many issues for your car’s battery, if not more. Batteries are susceptible to both heat and vibrations. Confirm that the battery is well-mounted, as this will minimize vibrations. Clean any corroded pieces on the battery terminal and the clamps; there will be more build-up during the summer due to the quick evaporation of the battery fluid.

Properly inflate the tires

The heat of the road in summer leads to many more tire blowouts, especially when the tire is under-inflated. Fill it up to its ideal PSI, which can often be found in your owner’s manual or inside the driver’s door, and check the pressure once a month.

Maintain a cool engine

Regularly flush your cooling systems and always check the overflow reservoir to keep the coolant at the optimal level. The last thing you want is to see smoke billowing out of your engine because it is overheated.

By following these tips, you’re well on your way to keeping your vehicle running smoothly all summer long. Come visit us at Hight Chevrolet if you need to get your car serviced.

Summer Fun in Farmington for the Whole Family

Summer is finally upon us, and the best place to make the most of it is right here Farmington. Here are just a few ways we think you can maximize your summer fun in our beautiful town this year.

Summer Fun in Farmington, ME

Farmington Farmers’ Market

The Farmington Farmers’ Market takes place all summer long. Not only will you have a lovely day in the sunshine, but you will keep your family supplied with fresh and healthy locally grown produce. Available items include eggs, meat, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, dairy products and produce. The Farmington Farmers’ Market takes place in the courthouse parking lot every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to October.

Emery Community Arts Center

If you haven’t yet, we strongly encourage you to check out an event or exhibition at the Emery Community Arts Center, part of the University of Maine at Farmington. The center presents programs, features and shows at no cost to the Farmington community. This summer, pair a visit to Emery with a relaxing picnic on campus.

Take a Hike

It’s no secret that our neck of the woods is full of natural splendor. All around the region, there is an almost unlimited supply of hiking, biking and horse-riding trails to explore solo or with the whole crew. Make a weekend of it and book a lot at one of Farmington’s numerous campgrounds.

No matter where in Farmington you’re headed, stop and see us at Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC if you’re in need of a new summer ride!

Explore the Area: May Events near Farmington

2019 Chevrolet Colorado - Farmington, ME
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is perfect for all the off-road activities at Barnstock.

Looking for May events near Farmington? Whether you want to get outdoors or simply have a fun date night, you will find a variety of fun things to do.

Wine and Beer Tasting

Start the month by taking a short trip to the Winslow VFW hall for wine and beer tasting. Starting at 5:00 p.m. on May 2, you can enjoy wine and craft beer from local vendors, as well as hors-d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Just be sure to bring a designated driver if you plan on drinking.

Duck, Duck, Death

Drive on over to Belgrade for a Murder Mystery Dinner event. The special Duck, Duck, Death! The Hallowell Open Theater Troupe performs the plot twists at the Village Inn and Tavern on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. Solve the case over a four-course meal.

Barnstock 2019

At the end of the month, check out Barnstock 2019. Starting May 31 at 10:00 a.m., this three-day event occurs at the Barn Yard All Terrain in Livermore. Activities include mud drags, rock climbing, deep mud racing, a tough truck obstacle course, and more. If you enjoys off-road driving, you will love Barnstock 2019.

Getting a new car is a great way to motivate yourself to get out and do more and learn more about your community. Test-drive a new car at Hight Chevrolet.

Local Farmington Activities to Take Your Chevrolet

Local Farmington Activities - Farmington, ME

Your new Chevrolet should be in the spotlight, and have you covered. These local Farmington activities offer plenty of opportunities to drive your new set of wheels around, while also enjoying a day out on the town.

Titcomb Mountain

As a popular local outdoor attraction in Farmington, Titcomb Mountain offers skiing, running trails, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Other outdoor activities

In addition to Titcomb Mountain, residents of Farmington can enjoy the trails at nearby Mount Blue State Park or Bigelow Mountain.

DEW Haven

DEW Haven is more than a zoo; it’s also a rescue center. It is home to more than 200 species of animals. Many of the exhibits come from recyclable materials and function more like a farm than a standard zoo.

Go downtown

Downtown Farmington is where the University of Maine resides, and it’s also the cultural center of Maine. Many artists and musicians flock to the local art scene in Downtown Farmington. Plenty of local shops and restaurants provide you with channels for browsing and eating.

Farmington Underground

If you are looking for a unique experience, the Farmington Underground Escape Room offers the chance for team-building activities through solving and escaping from puzzle rooms. Work together to find clues and break out before the time is up.

Stop by Hight Chevrolet in Farmington for service before you venture out into the surrounding area.

GMC and Chevy Towing Equipment: Improve Capabilities

GMC and Chevy towing equipment

If you want to improve your Chevy or GMC truck, there is a wide variety of GMC and Chevy towing equipment — from brake controllers to hitches. A number of accessories can improve performance and capability. These are just some of the many accessories you should consider getting if you need to tow and haul in the future.

Some of the most popular equipment includes brake controllers and hitches. A brake controller mounts to the dash area and can delay or moderate the trailer’s electrical braking system. Gale Banks Engineering offers a popular Brake Tuner device, while Tekonsha® has a much more affordable brake controller.

In terms of hitches, there are many options to choose from. Go with something that is durable, flexible, and stays connected to the chassis. CURT trailer hitches are among the top on the market, including the Curt Double Lock hitches. Go Rhino® and Trimax™ hitches come in handy as well, but we strongly encourage using Chevy or GMC hitches.

If you need fifth-wheel accessories, CURT and B&W offer great bang for your buck with high-quality fifth-wheel accessories. For instance, the A25 Fifth Wheel Hitch with a GM Puck System costs around $1200, but it will allow you to tow heavy loads like campers.

Stop in at our service department for more advice, and order an auto part for your GMC or Chevy vehicle on the Hight Chevrolet website.

Best Valentine’s Day Drives in Farmington, Maine

Valentine’s Day drives in Farmington

You can’t forget Valentine’s Day if you love someone. A great way to spend some time together is to go for a drive. If you haven’t planned an outing yet, here are some of the best Valentine’s Day drives in Farmington, Maine.

Titcomb Mountain

Spend a winter day by driving to the mountains. Visit Titcomb Mountain and go skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling or just play in the snow. Finish your adventure by warming yourselves up with a delicious meal at the lodge.

Waterville Opera House

The opera house in Waterville frequently presents HD broadcasts of world-class performances. This month, they will present Macbeth from the National Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, and The Bolshoi Ballet. Expect the drive from Farmington to Waterville to take 50 minutes.

Nordica Homestead Museum

Take a tour of this historic home, which showcases the life and history of one of Farmington’s most storied residents: Lillian Nordica. She was a famed Victorian opera singer born right here in Maine.

Ice Fishing

Take a nice drive to your favorite Maine lake and spend the day ice fishing. Try Authentic Maine Ice Fishing Adventures with Twin Maples Outdoors.

Before you make the trip, stop in at Hight Chevrolet for a routine car check-up in our service department. Schedule an appointment on our website.

Two Birds with One Stone: 2019 Resolutions for You and Your Car

2019 Resolutions for You and Your Car

It is easy to set goals at this time of year, but keeping them throughout the year can be a different story. Stick with a resolution that is not only manageable, but will benefit both you and your vehicle. If you want to drive with confidence this year, here are some 2019 resolutions for you and your car.

Eyes on the Road

Distracted driving is not only a something to avoid for your teenager, but for you as well. Vow to keep your devices on silent and your radio down as you stay focused on the road ahead. If you are driving with your family, store your smartphone in the trunk during the next drive. This will serve as a positive example for them to follow as you practice safe driving.

The Dreaded “E”

Running your vehicle on empty is a dangerous game to play. Fill up before your gas light alerts you so you can avoid getting stuck on the side of the road. Consider filling up when your gas gauge hits the halfway mark. This practice is especially useful in colder temperatures and ensures your car will run well by starting up faster and getting you on your way. In the long run, this will benefit your car, wallet, and peace of mind.

Learn more tips and tricks when you visit our service center at Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Chevrolet Celebrates the COPO Camaro 50th Year Anniversary


2019 COPO Camaro 50th Year Anniversary

In honor of the COPO Camaro 50th Year Anniversary, we wanted to take a look back when it was first produced and discuss what Chevrolet is doing to commemorate this milestone.

In 1969, Chevy dealer Fred Gibb found a way to use the company’s special ordering system ―  the Central Office Production Order ― to add the ZL1 427 racing engine to the Camaro. After a lot of cajoling, he convinced Chevrolet to do so.

However, there was one problem. For the engine to be eligible for NHRA races, there had to be 50 units available for public sale. Gibb took the plunge and ordered all 50 himself. Eventually, other dealers followed suit, and a total of 69 COPO Camaros were produced that year.

To celebrate  the COPO Camaro 50th Year Anniversary, Chevrolet is releasing a special model called the 2019 COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition. This unique model will come in Blue Metallic color similar to the Laguna Blue offered on the original models. It will also be available with the naturally aspirated LSX-based 427 racing engine.

Chevy will produce 69 exclusive models, which is the same amount that were produced in 1969. Customers can sign up for the chance to purchase one of these models online.

While the odds of getting a 50th Year anniversary COPO Camaro on our lot are not in our favor, the horsepower of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro will put a smile on your face. Stop in and test drive it at Hight Chevrolet.

In Celebrating EV Vehicles, Volkswagen Ends Up Advertising the Chevy Bolt

Chevy Bolt

As an automaker routinely named at the forefront of German engineering and manufacturing, Volkswagen is looking to the future with electric vehicle technology. To help raise awareness and enthusiasm around vehicle electrification, Volkswagen has launched an advertising campaign highlighting innovative electric vehicles that are pioneering the EV industry. Interestingly, as a result of the campaign, Volkswagen is spending millions advertising the Chevy Bolt EV.

In America, Volkswagen has established  a subsidiary titled “Electrify America,” which aims to establish a strong foundation in the states for vehicle electrification and “will invest $2 billion in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and education programs in the United States.” To get Americans interested in electric vehicles, Electrify America has launched a $45-million campaign, which heavily features the Chevrolet Bolt EV. While the Bolt EV is shown on screen, the commercial declares, “With instant acceleration, electric cars are more fun to drive – and more affordable – than ever.”

It’s easy to see why the Chevy Bolt EV is so appealing to contemporary drivers. Its crossover styling perfectly fits with modern design trends and makes it easily maneuvered around cities, and its ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds makes for an exhilarating ride. Electrify America could potentially help drive EV sales and raise worthy vehicles – like the Chevy Bolt EV – to prominence in the states.

If you’d like to learn more about the Chevy Bolt EV, stop by Hight Chevrolet with your questions.

Why Buy from Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC? Here Are Some Reasons

Why Buy from Hight Chevrolet

Why buy from Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC? There are many reasons you should visit our dealership, from our friendly staff to our great deals and quality service department. Our dealership has been a family-owned and operated business for over 100 years, providing the community with great cars and customer service.

We take pride in the people we hire and the way they treat our customers. There are no high-pressure sales tactics here; simply let us know what you want, and we’ll do our best to help you find it. Even the owner of Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC works in the building, continually involved with our sales and service teams to ensure customer satisfaction. That’s how we’ve created lifelong relationships with customers over the years.

There are no gimmicks at Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC; you just get honest deals. There’s a wide selection of new and used cars on our lot; after you buy, we offer specials on service jobs to help you maintain your car and ensure durability. Plus, we offer high trade-in values because we don’t auction your car off—old models are reconditioned to be resold, resulting in the best pay-outs for your old car.

We strive to ensure every time you do business with us, you leave satisfied. For instance, we have available loaner vehicles should you need to leave your car for repairs. There’s a local shuttle service for customers, too.

We at Hight Chevrolet Buick GMC pride ourselves in the ways we’ve supported the Skowhegan, ME community for over a century. Come visit us the next time you need a new or used car. We’d be happy to serve you.