Chevy Certified: What It Means And Why It’s Worth It

Back in the day, when it was time to buy a vehicle, you had two choices: Pay the price for security of knowing everything that has happened to your car as its first owner, or save money and take a risk on a vehicle that may or may not “have a history.”

But what if there was an option that gave you the greenest grass on both sides of the automotive fence?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Chevrolet Certified vehicle – a pre-owned price for a reliable car without the shady past.



But what exactly makes a pre-owned vehicle “certified?”

For Chevrolet products, only the best of the best in better condition will do.  And then we throw a few extras like OnStar and XM Radio on top – just because we can.

“It’s like buying new for a used price,” says Chevy Certified Sales Manager Mark Wilson. “It’s really that simple.  It’s security, and its guaranteed.”

We secure that guarantee by having our certified technicians inspect every aspect of a recent model vehicle before we put it out on our line. They have to be thorough, and careful, because that vehicle also comes with a warranty.  If there’s anything out of place, the vehicle won’t be approved to wear that “Certified Pre-Owned” flag in its window.

The Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Program offers you benefits such as:

  • Thorough 172-point vehicle inspection by Chevrolet certified or authorized technicians.
  • 24 Hour Roadside Assistance, 7 days a week.
  • 2 Year / 24,000 Mile Standard CPO Maintenance plan, 5 year / 100,000 mile Powertrain Limited Warranty from the original in-service date and a 12 month / 12,000 mile GMC bumper to bumper limited warranty with no deductible. Also backed by a 3 day / 150 mile Satisfaction Guarantee.
  • Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation for the period of 5 years / 100,000 miles which ever comes first, from the original in-service date.
  • All XM – equipped GMC Certified Used Vehicles come with three trial months of “XM Everything.”
  • All digitally equipped GMC Certified Used Vehicles are eligible for 3 trial months of OnStar Directions & Connections® including OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation.

There aren’t many better ways to shop on the pre-owned side of the fence, when you have a manufacturer guarantee.  It certainly beats sketchy meetings in grocery store parking lots with the faceless folks you met on, doesn’t it?


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Photos and post written by Milton Ruben Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright.



Meet Our Internet Sales Team

Milton Ruben Superstore has a lot to offer that a most automotive dealerships don’t.  Certified technicians, authentic manufacturer parts, variety, competitive pricing, and – of course – the ability to do a major portion of your shopping online.

Ahhh, ain’t technology grand? You can call us and be connected to an Internet Sales Consultant, peruse our online inventory with our certified sales staff, have all of your questions answered, and narrow down the multitude of options we have available – all from your couch, in your pjs, with no need to feel ashamed of the empty bags of junk food on your coffee table.

We’ve even had customers travel as far as Tennessee, Florida, or Arkansas to work with our informed team.  We’ve delivered vehicles as far as Texas and Canada, thanks to our friendly and helpful Internet Sales Team.

Let’s introduce ourselves, shall we?



Patricia Dupeire, from North Augusta, SC, has been with us for two years.

 “Patricia was very helpful, informative, humorous, and courteous, as was the entire staff my daughter and I dealt with. So far, I am loving my new car, and would highly recommend this dealership for your next car purchase. Best experience I’ve had purchasing a new car!” – Rebecca Crosby –



Dennis Giles, from Augusta, GA, has been with us for seven years.

“Dennis is a great sales person. Knows his business and cars. Tries to get you the car you want at the right price.” – Lula Froelich –



Britain Hayes, from Atlanta, GA, has been with Milton Ruben for almost three years.

“Great customer service, worked with me for days to make sure everything was taken care of on my car.” – Edward Warwick –



Don Heathman, from Minnesota, has been with us for three years.

“Mr. Don Heathman is awesome, he has helped me purchase not one but two cars from Toyota and helped me at my difficult time after hte fire ofm y first car.  I will recommend him to anyone! He deserves an award for his great work!” – Laquita H. –



Ray Lockamy, from Hepzibah, has been working for Milton Ruben for over seven years.

 “Ray Lockamy was very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful during our car buying process. I would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a vehicle in the Augusta, Ga area.” – bert8406, –



Larry Schuler, from Charleston, SC, has been working for us for five years.

“Excellent! Informative, reasonable in negotiations. Knows the product very well.” – Christina Crawley –



Tay Teeling, born in Europe, has been here for over three years.

“Easiest purchase ever. Spoke several times about our needs and budget and was able to drive in and sign… Never better. Vehicle was ready when we got there and we were in and out within an hour.  Thank you!!!” –  nmon, –



Robert Trinidad, from Texas, has been working here for year and a half.

“Why change a good thing – Internet Sales Jeff Hennen and Robert Trinidad are the best!” – Robert Delgado –



Charles Wills, from Evans, has been selling for Milton Ruben for a year.

“Charles Wills exceeded all my expectations.” – Derek Rosington –



Kim Varner, from Massachusetts, has been with Milton Ruben for four years.

“From the first inquiry I had a great experience on site and on the internet. My saleswoman, Kim Varner, was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and honest.” – Daniel Newman –



And their fearless leader, Jeff Hennen, who is from Pennsylvania, and has been at Milton Ruben for over four years, and has been managing our Internet Team for two.

“Only negative response is you make it ‘too’ easy to buy a new Toyota Avalon!! Great customer service. No pressure tactics or dragging feet! Would definitely recommend Milton Ruben!” – Patricia Vandegrift –



Our Internet Sales Team would be happy to help you find the car of your dreams! Chat with our Call Center to make an appointment or give us a call at 706-868-0588!

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Post and photos by Milton Ruben Superstore Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright.




“It’s A — !!” : 2015 Models Arriving at Milton Ruben Toyota, Scion

Fall is always an exciting time in the automotive industry. Like an expectant mother, we wait impatiently preparing for the next years models that have been announced in Spring. Then, finally, after months of waiting and researching and training, the baby 2015s arrive. Now, just like a proud parent, we peer through the glass of the nursery window, beaming at our newest bundle of joy.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are overjoyed to announce that Milton Ruben’s Toyota and Scion store is now stocked with 2015 models!

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The newest, most modern body styles, the latest technology, and even an updated fuel economy that saves you time – and money.  We are hard at work developing videos to tell you everything there is to know about the our newest editions, but in the meantime, give us a call at 706-868-0588 and speak with one of our sales representatives to make an appointment.  We would be happy to share this proud parent feeling with a brand new 2015 model owner! 

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Photos and post by Milton Ruben Superstore Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright.

Feet First: The Basics of Buying Tires (Speed Rating)

October 24, 2012 – The day that speed demons everywhere cried with joy.  The day that Chrysler Inc. decided to pursue the concept of the powerful Hellcat (that may not be true). The day that Texas announced their 85-mph speed limit on Hwy 130.

Possibly the day that hundreds of car-enthusiasts decided to upgrade their tires.

“Tires?? Why would they buy new tires??”, you ask.

Good question.  The answer? The tire’s speed rating.

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On the far right, in pink and purple, is the tire’s “service description,” consisting of load rate, and speed rating.

Speed rating is what kind of miles per hour a tire is capable of withstanding.  Think of it in the sense of the term, “burning rubber.”  When a tire meets the road, it does so continuously, over and over again as it carries your vehicle across a stretch of distance.  This creates friction, thus heat.  The faster you go, the more the tire meets the road, the more friction, the more heat. Alas, the term “burning rubber.”

Found in the alphanumeric “service description” next to a tire’s size on the sidewall, speed rating is assessed from a lab test by the manufacturer where the tire is applied to a large metal drum at the pressure that equates to the load rating.  The tire is spun against the drum at increasing speeds in ten minute intervals until the necessary speed limit is met.  That number is represented by a letter.

It should be noted that these gradings assume the tire has not been damaged, is within tread life, is properly inflated, and that routine maintenance (ie: rotation) has been kept up.

Tire Speed Rating Infographic. By Heather Cortright.

Now before you start hyperventilating that you need a “Z”-rated tire on your minivan, keep in mind that most cars have a “top” speed they can reach before they max out.  It would be kind of worthless to equip your Sienna with Z(Y) tires when the fastest it can reach is 120 mph.  (Which makes it the perfect vehicle for your driver-in-training teenager, right?)  Save your money for that freedom cruise when the kid finally turns 18 – for you, not them.  Conversely, it’s not a good idea to put a lower-rated tire on a higher-rated vehicle.  This is why it’s suggested you only ride on the spare tire for a day or two at lower speeds – it really can’t handle much more than that.


Of course, if you are, hypothetically, one of these mythical speed demons (because no one ever really tests out the reaches of their muscle engine, surely), then some crazies in the tire industry brought us the “Z-series.”  As you can see in the infographic, Z-rated tires are then expanded into three levels.  These tires have the best grip and stopping power, but when (hypothetically) used to their purpose, have a very weak tread life.  Yes, these are the tires the Nascar drivers have to change every twelve left turns – because they’ve quite literally burned off the tread. (Whoa.)

Ever seen those shredded tires on the interstate left in the wake of an 18-wheeler? That’s the fate of a tire not properly rated to the weight and speed of it’s automobile.  For a semi, it has a multitude of back-ups.  For you, the results could be fatal.  A safe rule of thumb is to stay with the speed rating chosen by your vehicle’s manufacturer, or, as always, consult an expert.


There you have it.  The last of our four primary components that define the perfect tire for your ride.  We’ve smoothed out the points of ride quality, lengthened the life of your tire, bundled you up for inclement weather tires, and, finally, given you a quick recap of speed rating.  Hopefully these basics will help you in your next tire-search.  Of course, these are still only a small slice of the pie that is complicated tire formulas, but maybe now the words our tire experts are saying will make a little more sense – saving you time in your next visit.

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This post, including graphics, was created by Milton Ruben Social Media Specialist, Heather Cortright.