My husband has been a GM customer since 1969. He bought a brand new 1969 el Camino at Reedman Chevrolet in Langhorn, Pa. I didn’t know him back then but in the last 12-plus years I’ve heard the el Camino story a zillion times. He saw it, fell in love with it and bought it. That was the beginning of his relationship with GM products.
When I met him in 1998 the el Camino was living permanently in a garage and he was driving a rather well worn 1987 Blazer with 145,000 miles on it. It got him around and he was confident in it. That Blazer did get us from New Jersey to Maryland to apply for our marriage license in mid-January of 1998. Unfortunately that trip drained the life out of it.
As soon as we got back to New Jersey we went to Malouf GMC in North Brunswick. There we purchased a used 1995 beautiful burgundy colored GMC Jimmy and drove that back and forth to Tennessee on vacations for several years. Once we moved to TN in ’01 we still continued back and forth trips with the Jimmy. We traded that Jimmy in with over 88,000 miles for a 2003 dark charcoal colored Chevy Trailblazer from Volunteer Chevy in Sevierville, Tenn. That car was loaded and we really loved it.
However, in 2003 we realized that if we ever needed a new Trailblazer we would not be able to afford to pay the price for a brand new one, and we don’t like to buy used. In order to upgrade at a minimal cost, we went ahead and traded in that Chevy on a 2005 light gray colored Trailblazer from Morristown Chevy, Morristown, Tenn. I love to cut a deal and by the time I was finished with the salesman, the manager and their finance guy they were almost ready to give us the car just to get rid of me! I managed to get a $20,000 trade in on that Chevy – good negotiating on my part!
Time marched on and the same thing – two years let’s trade it in. Surprisingly, Morristown Chevy allowed us back in their showroom. They were only willing to give us a certain dollar trade in and I would not settle until I got my way. By the end of several hours we negotiated to a price point within a few hundred dollars of what we wanted to spend. That took a little loner than the previous deal to negotiate but it was worth the time.
We very seldom had to take any of the Trailblazer in for service, other than to change out the radio on the current SUV which is still under warranty. We had that done at Hall Chevrolet in Cleveland, Tenn. The current 2007 dark gray colored Trailblazer has the longest warranty period of any of the previous vehicles we owned.
My husband is not only a die-hard Chevy man; he has been a mechanic since his teenage years and prefers to work on Chevy or GM products. He knows the cars well and has confidence in all GM products. Every time he thinks that he may never be able to buy another brand new GM vehicle little tears form in his eyes.
It’s over 700 miles one way to visit our family in New Jersey, but our Chevy SUV gets us there and back to our home in Cleveland, TN without a worry or care! We plan to drive the current Chevy Trailblazer a few more years. As long as there are Chevy products; one will be parked in our garage!