Rim country residents still have a shot at winning a new car at Chapman Auto Center through the General Motors-OnStar promotion.
"GM wants to get the public acclimated to using OnStar and sell more cars," said Kevin Bailey, sales consultant at Chapman's. Bailey brought a 2004 Chevrolet Impala to the Roundup office the first week in February and about a dozen of the paper's employees tried their luck at winning a car.
He said the system is available in Chevrolets, Humvees, Saabs, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, Buicks and Oldsmobiles. The giveaway program began Jan. 1 and concludes Feb. 29.
"I'd guess about 250 people have come into the dealership to try and win a car," Bailey said. A total of 1,000 cars are to be given away and about 500 are still available, he said.
"OnStar is not a navigation system," Bailey said. "You talk to a live person. They can give you directions if you get lost. They will call if you're in an accident and your airbag deploys or if you go off the road. They track the vehicle 24-7. It's better than LoJack, which doesn't work in this area. It will unlock the car if you're locked out, roll up the windows. If the ‘check engine' light comes on, you can push a button and they will interface with the car's computer and let you know if it's safe to drive."
Chapman Auto Center is at the northwest corner of Highway 87 and Longhorn Road. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.