Playoff bound!

The regular season of Ohio High School Football is in the books and we are proud to announce our top 8 contestants going into the playoffs:

1. Justin Bishop
2. Alan Cuevas
3. Melissa Yacovone
4. Christina Canter
5.Robert Hoover
6.Lyndsey Strines
7.Melissa Bisker
8. Jennifer Rodway

That being said take a look at the changes coming to the playoff systems:

1. Just like real high school football, all season you played for playoff position. The positions listed above are your seeds going into the post season.
2. You can view the bracket here to see your competitor:!/a70f00dbb7725
3. Each set of competitors will receive a different of games to choose from, like the playoffs in the past, they will all be featured games worth 3 points each for a correct answer, each incorrect answer will subtract 3 points from your total.
4. Just like in High School Football, there will be no ties. Ties will be dealt with using this formula: Regular Season Score+Current Week Total Points=Tie Break Total.
5. The playoffs are single elimination and will run from November 8th-November 30th.
6. You will receive your match ups on Wednesday of each week and the forms will close automatically at 5:00PM, making late submission impossible.

At the end of the competition, the last competitor standing will receive a brand new iPad Mini and a set of Beats By Dre Solo Headphones!

That being said, here’s what we need from you: If you do not have an email address on file with us, please email

Good luck!


John Calabrese on why STEM programs are important

John Calabrese took the time to talk to a reporter about why he thinks STEM is so important.

In an area like ours that is heavily influenced by YSU we thought it fitting to post a recent interview on the importance of STEM with General Motors VP of Engineering, John Calabrese. He began his career with GM in 1979 as an intern and now has the responsibility of every vehicle GM produces. He takes the pursuit of best and brightest of tomorrow’s technology leaders especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

During a recent interview with Mr. Calabrese he spoke about why he believes so firmly in STEM programs. Take a look:


Question: You’ve spent most of your career in vehicle engineering. Why is advocating for the development of future engineers so important? What is the biggest challenge the industry is facing?

Answer: Advocating for future engineers is not only vital to GM and the automotive industry, but also the entire global business platform. Nearly 80 percent of future jobs have some component of STEM education such as problem-solving, problem-posing and design.

The biggest challenge the industry is facing is stopping the leaky pipeline of talent we have, particularly in the U.S., by developing a pool of highly skilled and creative innovators to carry it into the rapidly evolving future. To achieve this, we need to give students experiences not just equations, and show them how exciting engineering and math-based science can be when you apply basic principles.

Question: What is the goal of your STEM education outreach advocacy?  

My goal is to ignite the interest and advocacy of the entire ecosystem of support, which consists of government officials, educators, communities, parents and industry members. This issue is not fiscal, it is focus and alignment based. If we could combine the energy and interest in making positive strides in STEM education, we could truly make a difference.

GM is more than just a consumer of STEM. We are responsible for communicating our needs for the future generations. We are doing our part in contributing to talent development because we are involved in outreach programming from nearly cradle to professional and also with developing STEM educators through various corporate and industry partnerships.

Question: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently declared October STEM month in the state. What role does government leadership play in improving the STEM education outlook?

We need more government leaders and government bodies to take these types of stands to encourage the majority to support local initiatives. What Governor Snyder did was help us raise the awareness level, and we need to take the efforts surrounding these subjects seriously. Because the government helps dictate our educational programs, we need them to want to provide more experiential learning opportunities, not just equations and theories. In turn, these officials encourage other members of the ecosystem to take collaborative action.

Question: You’ve made it clear that you and other OEMs need to be involved with STEM education to make a difference. What outreach programs is GM currently involved with?

GM and the GM Foundation, have helped  multiple STEM programs including SAE Foundation’s A World in Motion and the FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics competition, which reach students from kindergarten through secondary school. We have a number of corporate partnerships in collegiate programs such as EcoCAR2 and target our secondary school educators with training through Project Lead the Way.

In 2011, the GM Foundation began funding the Buick Achiever’s Scholarship, focused on high school and college students planning to study engineering, technology, design and some business curriculum. Counting this year’s scholarships, Buick Achievers has awarded nearly $16.5 million to about 3,300 students since the program began.

Question: What message do you have for current or future science, technology, engineering and math students?

I want students to know that engineers are just people doing cool things. We are problem-posers, problem-solvers, designers and future innovators. We get to predict what customers will want in the future and provide solutions for socio-economic issues that we can see developing 20 to 30 years into the future. Technology is rapidly changing and you must constantly evolve your skill set and continue learning, but there couldn’t be a more exciting time to become an engineer.


If you or someone you know has ever considered a career in the STEM community, there has never been a better time!

The 2014 Silverado logged almost 12.5 million miles of testing

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado saw over 12.5 million miles of testing and owners are reaping the benefits. Testing ranged from the scorching deserts of Yuma, Arizona to the sub-zero of the Tundra in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Don’t forget that the 2014 Silverado also had to survive the grueling conditions of the Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. When it was all said and done those thousands of hours amounted to over 4 million miles in testing! Additionally a fleet of test vehicles racked up another 8.2 million miles of real world use.

In many of the tests, the trucks were loaded to the vehicle’s gross even though most Silverado customers won’t ever need the truck to perform in these demanding conditions. Testing literally took place all over the world! Validation and Durability testing took place in Silao, Mexico, Fort Wayne, Indiana in addition to the testing we already mentioned in Yuma and Kapuskasing. The 2014 Silverado also conquered the Belgian Blocks to test its mettle by splashing through the off-road-simulating grit trough, climbing and descending a 30 percent grade and driving at super high speeds.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was tested all over the world, including Kapuskasing, Ontario.

This is what the weather looks like in Kapuskasing!

Thanks to the testing that took place, the following key improvements were made to the 2014 Silverado:

  • A frame formed from high-strength steel to ensure it won’t crack, even when loaded to full capacity in the Tundra.
  • New Four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, along with brake tuning that improve pedal feel so you’re more confident braking on any surface. Including these Youngstown roads during the winter!
  • Anti-chip coating on the lower body for extra protection from stones or gravel.

Take an up close and personal look at the 2014 Silverado by visiting our Facebook gallery here:

To see the 2014 Silverado for yourself, give us a call at 877-360-5077 or email us at

Happy Birthday to the 2014 Buick Regal!

Happy belated birthday to the Buick Regal! The Regal has come a long way from what it was when it first rolled of the line in 1973. Lets take a look back at how the regal has evolved over the years.

In 1973 The “Century Regal” as it was called, served as the premium model in the Century line and also one of GM’s first personal luxury cars. The 1973 Buick Century Regal was designed with a sporty suspension and luxuries that were aimed at the driver. The ’73 Regal sold over 91,500 units.

The 1973 Buick Century Regal

This is what the 1973 Buick Regal looked like off the line.

A few short years later, beginning in 1978, Buick became the leader in turbocharging for better fuel economy. This expertise would be used in created what would go on to be recognized as some of the most powerful and significant cars of the 80’s!

Through four enduring decades, the Regal still carries on its sweeping design, dynamic driving experience and powertrain leadership. Today’s Buick Regal is still equipped with a powerful standard engine: a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 259 horsepower. Today’s 5th generation Buick Regal is also available with an advanced all-wheel drive system, limited-slip differential and HiPer Strut front suspension!

However, Buick hasn’t forgotten about the original purpose of making that large engine, to make sure they were efficient. The Regal can also come with a 2.4L engine with eAssist that delivers 36 mpg on the highway.

Take a look back over the 5 generations of Buick Regals and see for youself just how much the brand has changed!

Generation 1 – 1973 to 1977:

The first generation of Regal came with large swooping body lines and opera windows. It also came complete with an efficient V-6 engine. Take a look at the photo above to see what the original Buick Regal looked like.

Generation 2 – 1978 to 1987:

The second generation of Buick Regals saw some major changes. The car was downsized and the first mainstream turbocharged 3.8L turbocharged V6.

The 1985 Buick Regal

Generation 3 – 1988 to 1996:

The third generation saw another scale down. The new generation of Buick Regal also featured FWD and an award winning 3800 V6.

The 1995 Buick Regal

Generation 4 – 1997 to 2004:

Generation 4 of the Buick Regal saw some of the biggest changes of any of the generations past. It again became the top of the line version of the Buick Century. The Regal GS also debuted and unveiled the first ever supercharged V6, that put out 240 horsepower and 280 foot pounds of torque.

The 2003 Buick Regal

2005-2008 saw a brief production hiatus.

Generation 5 – 2009 to present:

2009 saw the return of the Buick Regal. This 5th Generation of Regal has become what we think of today when we someone says “Regal”. Some major highlights include the return of the dynamically optimized. high output Buick Regal GS which returned in 2012. In ’13 and ’14 Buick reintroduced all wheel drive versions. The 5th Generation Buick Regal now combines sport sedan handling with power-dense and technically advanced engines. It is now the flag ship for young buyers!

The 2014 Buick Regal

To see the changes to the Buick Regal yourself, take a look at our inventory by clicking here. If you have any questions, give us a call at 877-360-4928 or email us at



The GM Military Discount has been enhanced to provide more of a discount!

The GM Military Discount now has more enhancements than ever!

General Motors has just announced enhancements to the Military Discount Program! The program enhancements are intended to make it easier to purchase your new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC. The program was already the most generous in the industry.

The key features of the new Military Discount Program include an increased discount for greater savings: The discount is now set up to offer an invoice model and options price below the suggested retail value. The best part, you can combine the savings from the Military Discount Program with current incentives like bonus cash, consumer cash, GM Card Earnings and trade-in allowances.

The GM Military Discount Program is also available to more military members than any other automotive manufacturer: active duty, reserves, veterans, military retirees AND their spouses!

To find out more about how you can put your military discount to work for you, give us a call at 877-360-5063 or email us at

Siri Eyes Free Integration is coming to more vehicles than ever!

Chevrolet is proud to feature Siri's Eyes Free Integration on more vehicles than originally announced.

Chevrolet announced today that they will be adding Siri to more vehicles! Namely, the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt! Apple’s Intelligent Assistant helps you get things done just by using your voice without having to take your eyes off the road.

Through the cars’ available MyLink, you’ll be able to pair your iPhone running iOS 6 or 7 and direct Siri to perform a number of tasks. To further limit distractions while you’re driving, your phone won’t even light up! Once you’ve paired your phone with your car, all you have to do is use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end Siri sessions.

In the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt, you can use Siri to:

  • Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
  • Play songs from their iTunes libraries, switch music sources, and more.
  • Listen to and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in your contacts.
  • Access your calendar and add appointments.

In addition to the technology these cars already come with, you’ll also receive 6 months of OnStar’s premium Directions and Connections as well as use of OnStar’s RemoteLink app.

“Wow….I have never been to a dealership that made me feel like the way Sweeney did! Courtesy and professionalism definitely prevails at Sweeney!”

At Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC our goal is completely satisfy each and every customer that walks through our Youngstown, Ohio dealership’s doors. We strive to provide a buying experience different from any other!

When we get reviews like this, it lets us know that we’ve reached that goal. Take a look at what Nicole had to say about her recent experience with Sweeney Sales and Leasing Consultant Rich Killin and purchasing her new car! If you have something you’d like us to know about your recent visit to our dealership, email

Wow….I have never been to a dealership that made me feel like the way Sweeney did! Courtesy and professionalism definitely prevails at Sweeney! Rich Killin had spoken to me on the phone when I called there and we set up a time for me to come in. He answered all of my questions and concerns with professionalism and concern. He truly is an asset to the dealership and made the experience so easy and smooth. He was so knowledgeable, courteous and very pleasant. Needless to say, I walked away with a new car that day! I absolutely LOVE my new Buick!!

Stop in this month and find out what Nicole was talking about and test drive an applicable car, and $10.00 will be donated to help find breast cancer!



Exciting news at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC!

Today has been a very exciting day at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC! Not only did General Motors announce HUGE changes to the GM Employee Discount, but we’re also pleased to announce a very special lease pull ahead!

Let’s start with the lease pull ahead! If you have a current General Motors lease, that matures between today (10/1/2013) and 10/31/2014 you are eligible to trade in your current lease for a new model! To find out more about the pull ahead, give us a call at 877-360-5077 or email us at



General Motors also announced several changes to the GM Employee Discount! GM sought to make the discount bigger, simpler and down right better. One of the first changes we’d like to discuss is very exciting: as of today your GM discount will now permanently apply to your aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews!

Secondly, rather than a flat fee on each vehicle, you will receive of the Total Model and Options line of the invoice! Take a look at how much a difference these can make on the following examples:

2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2LTMSRP: $31,125.00 – Old EVA: $29,061.00 – New Discount Price: $28,577.00
2014 Buick Encore FWDMSRP: $25,085.00 – Old EVA: $24,325 – New Discounted Price: $23,360.00
2014 GMC Yukon Denali AWDMSRP: $65,225.00 – Old EVA: $58,323 – New Discounted Price: $58,278

As you can see, the new discount program is going to substantially reduce the price of a new vehicle! To find out how much the discount on the new vehicle you’ve had your eye on has changed, email us ( or give us a call!

Car Accident 101

Whether you're involved in a fender bender or a serious collision, dealing with the fall out of a car accident is never fun. Take a read and find out how you can make the process as painless as possible.

Did you know that the average American is in a car accident every 7 years? There’s nothing convenient about them but there are many ways that you can make the process as painless as possible. Below you will find out guide to help you avoid any additional expenses and to overall keep yourself sane. This post is obviously written about the best case scenario, a simple fender bender but many of the steps can still be applied in all situations. The most important thing to do in any situation is to stay calm.

The key to making the unfortunate event of being an accident more bearable is preparation. Put together an “emergency preparedness kit”:

  • cell phone
  • disposable camera
  • pen and paper
  • medical ID card – make sure it has your health insurance numbers, any allergies, etc.
  • contact names and numbers
  • first aid kit
  • small road cones, emergency flares and Mylar blankets.

After you have your kit put together, follow these steps after you’ve had an accident:

#1. Remain calm and make sure everyone is okay 

The first thing to remember is that everyone is okay, and your car is a material thing…no matter how much you love it. Take a minute and collect yourself, and make sure that you and everyone else (including the other vehicle) is safe.

#2. If necessary move your vehicles to a safe place

Once you’ve established that everyone is okay, if the vehicles involved in the collision are in the way of traffic, move them to a side street, or a place where you won’t interfere the flow of traffic. More importantly than getting out of the way of traffic you’ll be keeping everyone safe. Remember, there are going to be lots of first responders who will be showing up, be it police, fire, EMT, etc. who will be out of their vehicles and standing very close to moving vehicles.

#3. Report the accident

Now that you’ve moved to a safe place, if nobody is injured in the accident call the non emergency number for the police department where it happened. You can easily find this by Googling “LOCATION Police Non Emergency Number”. If you can’t find it, you can easily 911 and inform the operator that you were involved in an accident, that everyone is okay and that you need a police officer to come file the report.

#4 – Exchange Car Insurance and License Details 

Most police departments will give you a little card that has the other driver’s information, however if the officer doesn’t give you one then exchange the information yourselves. You’ll both need this for when you file the report. Make sure you get the following information:

  • name
  • address
  • phone numbers
  • driver’s license number
  • license plate number
  • insurance company and policy number

It may also be helpful to jot down the make, model and color of the vehicle.

#5 – Never admit fault

When it comes to facing off with the driver, never say “im so sorry, it was my fault”. This can come back to bite you, especially if the police officer finds otherwise. You pay good money in taxes and to your insurance company so that in the event of a car accident you never have to admit that fault.

#6 – Document the accident

Using either your disposable camera or your camera phone, take pictures of the damage to both vehicles. Make sure you get your car, the other car and the entire scene to give a good perspective of the event. Also, make sure that if your car is being towed that you know where it is going.

#7 – Report the accident

Make sure you report the accident within 24 hours. You will have to call your insurance agency and be prepared to be on the phone for quite some time. When you report the accident, make sure you ask about rental coverage while your car is being fixed.  Be prepared to have the rental car for awhile, depending on how long it will take them to fix it.

Once you’ve reported the accident, and you’ve been set up with a rental car, you now need to wait until you hear from your adjuster. They will call you and let you know how much its going to cost to get the car fixed, or if its totaled. If your vehicle is totaled, contact your local dealership and begin looking for a new car. For example, our dealership specializes in getting you into your new car and dealing with your insurance agency.

If you have more questions about getting into a new car after yours has been in an accident, give us a call at 330-SWEENEY and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

“Well low and behold….for the 3rd time John found my car.”

At Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC we strive to completely satisfy each and every customer that walks through the doors of our Boardman, Ohio dealerships. Our goal is to provide a customer experience unlike any other dealer and when we receive reviews like this from our customers it lets us know that we achieved that goal. If you have something you’d like us to know about a recent visit to our dealerships, please email!

Take a look at what a loyal Sweeney customer had to say about her experience working with Sweeney Sales And Leasing Consultant, John Partain:

This is the third time I have dealt with Sweeney. Each of these times I met with John Partain. John knows what “Customer Service” means. I was looking for a car for my daughter for college. Without much luck in finding a car in the price range and low mileage my husband mentioned giving my daughter my car and I would then get a car a couple of years old. My car (which I had also purchased at Sweeney from John) was only 5 years old. We looked around and tried out several different cars. We found a car, slightly used, went to see it. My husband and I talked and said let’s call John before we do anything. We called and explained what we were doing and why, as well as what we had found. His first question was is it what you want. My response was pretty close. Well pretty close for John wasn’t good enough. John asked what I was looking for and what price point. He soon called me back and asked that I meet with him as he felt he found my car. Well low and behold….for the 3rd time John found my car. Not only did he find the car but was able to put me in the car for the same price of the slightly used car that had just what I wanted. When my husband and I walked in John saw us coming, walked up with a big smile and asked how we were doing. We chatted for a few minutes and John said let me show you what I have for you. My husband and I took the car for a ride and loved it. But, of course, he doesn’t like to make quick decisions. We sat and talked with John a little while longer. One thing my husband hates is a pushy salesman. Never in the 3 cars we’ve purchased from John were we made to feel rushed or pressured to buy. My husband said well let us think it over and get back to you. I had to go out of town on business for a couple of days but let John know I wanted the car. I gave John the information he needed and when I got back in town, low and behold, everything was set and ready to go. I picked up my new Lacrosse. Now mind you, John was leaving town when I was coming back but wanted to insure I knew exactly who to meet with when picking up my car. This is when I had the opportunity to meet with Mike Moore who was very friendly, which made me feel comfortable and he was prepared….. I was in and out of his office in no time. There was also a young man who showed me everything about the car before I drove off. I have to apologize for not remembering his name. Believe me he too was very nice and knowledgeable. I hate spending money, but I love the level of service I’ve received each time I dealt with Sweeney and I love my new car. Thank you John, Mike and the young man for making me feel special and getting me on the road in a beautiful new car!! Sorry to go on and on but because of John and others I keep coming back.

John Partain, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Sales And Leasing Consultant.