My Sebring Orange 2020 Corvette Coupe came off the Bowling Green Corvette assembly line on February 3, 2020. On March 11, it will have been one year since I took delivery at the National Corvette Museum. I can’t believe it’s been one year since I picked CRUSHIN up at the NCM, and what a year it has been! My dad and I also took delivery of a 2020 HTC from Mike Furman at Criswell Chevrolet last summer and I’ve driven the two 2020 Corvettes a little over 10,000 miles, with just over 5,000 miles behind the wheel of each Corvette.
On Saturday, March 6, I drove my 2020 Coupe to a local coffee and cars event. Being the first time I had driven the car this month, a March diagnostic email was generated by OnStar. There were two notices that recommended “immediate attention.” The first was related to “overdue maintenance” and stated, “Your vehicle is due for required maintenance because your oil life system has not been reset for 12 months.” The second was a “warranty tracker” notification that stated, “One or more of your warranties is nearing expiration.” I was surprised by the warranty tracker notification, so I clicked the “see warranty coverage” link to find out more about what appeared to be a one-year warranty that I was unaware of.
Besides the “Incandescent Exterior Bulb Limited Warranty” that will expire on March 11, 2021, I found that the “Chevrolet – First Maintenance Visit” is also set to expire March 11, 2021. In other words, Chevrolet provides owners of a new C8 with one free oil change in the first year of ownership. Furthermore, if you do not hit the 7,500 recommended oil change mileage level during the first year, you’ll need to schedule your free oil change visit before the one-year anniversary date of delivery.
The good news is that my 2020 Corvette, with a little over 5,000 miles, reminded me on Saturday that it was time to change the oil. That afternoon, I scheduled an appointment online with my local Chevrolet service department for 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. CRUSHIN’s oil change was completed by the service department at Classic Lawton Chevrolet this morning, compliments of the first maintenance warranty provided by Chevrolet.
Classic’s service manager, Damion Wagner, has trained his technicians well. After lifting the car utilizing the correct frame lift points, the technician added a screw jack for an additional level of safety. The technician drained the oil, removed the oil filter, added the proper amount of new oil, started the car to let it warm to 175 degrees, and checked the oil level with the engine running.
When it’s time for your first oil change, take a minute to talk with your service manager to ensure that proper C8 oil change protocols are both understood and observed. If you have a world class service manager like my dealership has, then you’ll find you’ll be in great shape.
Photos by Jeremy Welborn
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