Two Chevy Pickups Named Best Used Trucks Under $10,000

If you’re in the market for a used pickup truck, Car and Driver has got you covered. The respected magazine has put together a list of the “Best Used Trucks for under $10,000,” and we’re happy to report that the first two models featured were both from Chevrolet.

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One of these is the Chevrolet S10 ZR2, which, if you’re a truck enthusiast, you might recognize as one of the icons of 1990s off-roaders. It hasn’t been in production since 2005, but it’s spiritually succeeded by the Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is even more capable than the S10 ever was and a top-notch choice for used pickup shoppers.

C&D’s other top candidate is the first-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It was praised for its reliable 4.8-liter and 5.3-liter V8 engines, for the easy accessibility to parts should anything happen, and for its “class-leading smooth ride and comfortable interior.” The current-generation Silverado 1500 ranks among the bestselling vehicles in the country, but if you’re shopping on a budget, any used Silverado 1500 is worthy of your consideration.

It’s clear that when buying used, it pays off to go with Chevrolet. Get a closer look at our extensive lineup of used Chevrolet models at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, and ask any of our associates about our top deals!

Chevrolet teases the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV

For a few years now, General Motors has been adding a nearly constant stream of electrified vehicles to the lineups of all of its brands. One of the newest EV announcements is for Chevrolet in the form of a refreshed 2022 Bolt EV and an all-new 2022 Bolt EUV model.

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While we are familiar with the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV (Electric Utility Vehicle) is an SUV model. It will have a longer wheelbase than the smaller Bolt, which should translate to more interior space for both passengers and cargo.

Another big surprise for the Bolt EUV will be the availability of Super Cruise. This will be the first non-Cadillac model to offer this advanced hands-free driving technology. The Bolt EUV will help make this premium technology more accessible to the average driver.

As for the standard Bolt EV, it will not be completely redesigned for 2022, but is going to get some significant updates. These will include a new infotainment system, more supportive seats, and an improved dashboard. It will also come equipped with gear selector buttons and Adaptive Cruise Control technology.

Both the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are expected to enter production in summer 2021 and will start arriving at dealerships shortly after that.

Keep your eyes on the ELCO Chevrolet blog for more information on the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV as it becomes available.

IIHS Hails Chevrolet Equinox as Safe for Teen Drivers

Safety comes first when you’re looking for a reliable ride for your teen driver, and the Chevrolet Equinox is one of the safest options around. This fact has been confirmed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which named the 2016 and newer Equinox to its list of the best choice for teen drivers.

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IIHS’ list includes vehicles that earned top scores in its crashworthiness tests as well as from the National Highway Traffic Administration. Each vehicle also earned high marks from Consumer Reports for reliability, helping ensure your confidence when you put your kids behind the wheel.

The Chevrolet Equinox offers ample standard safety features and is among the first vehicles in the Chevy lineup to offer Teen Driver Technology. With Teen Driver, you can set limitations for your child whenever they take the wheel like max speed and auto volume. You can even set it to where the audio won’t play until everyone buckles their seatbelts.

But the Chevrolet Equinox isn’t just a safe choice for teen drivers — it’s a stylish, smart, and fun-to-drive SUV that’s great for a learning driver. If you’re looking to give your kid the tools they need to become a safe driver and stand out a bit at school, stop by ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, and check out our wide selection of new, used, and Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet vehicles.

Exciting updates coming to the 2021 Silverado HD

The Silverado 2500 HD may have just been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year; however, it is already getting some exciting updates for 2021. These additions include new standard features, newly available options, and new packages. You can expect it to arrive at ELCO Chevrolet later this year.

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Previously, the Work Truck trim level came with no storage options in its front bench seat. In 2021, the bench seat has been updated with covered armrest storage. The Work Truck and Custom trim levels also get two USB ports instead of just one.

An available option for most trim levels is an auto-dimming rearview mirror, which includes an innovative feature that gives you a small video display of the truck bed. You can access this with a Bed View Camera on the high-mounted brake light.

If you are looking for ways to make your Silverado 2500 HD stand out from the crowd, the 2021 model will be available with a wide range of new packages and special edition models. The Midnight Edition will come with blacked-out styling, including 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels. As the name implies, the Z71 Chrome Sport Edition adds chrome exterior details like a chrome skid plate along with Z71 badging.

Stay tuned to the ELCO Chevrolet blog for updates as we learn more about the upcoming 2021 Silverado HD, and visit our main website for availability when it launches later this year.

Tips for taking care of your car while it sits still

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There are times in our lives when we do not drive as much as we used to. Perhaps you are working from home now, or you recently retired. Whatever the reason, there are some easy ways to take care of your car while it stills for long stretches of time. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure that your vehicle still works the next time you need to drive it.

Take it for a short drive

Whether you use your car for your next trip to the grocery store or you just take a quick spin through Ballwin, Missouri, you should fire up the engine every couple of weeks to keep everything lubricated and moving. This will also help prevent your car battery from dying.

Don’t skip the maintenance

With an idle car, it is especially important not to skip any oil changes. Since you are not driving as much, you will want to use the time interval for your next oil change instead of the mileage suggestion.

Fill up the tank

You might be saving a lot of money by not buying as much gas, but you should still keep your tank full. A partially filled tank can start to form condensation, which can lead to rust. When you fill it up, that condensation can’t build, and your car will stay healthy for longer.

Whether your car is sitting still or just needs some attention, the certified service technicians at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac are ready to make your vehicle as good as new.

The National Corvette Museum releases educational videos to watch at home

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Working to engage the public online, the National Corvette Museum recently released a series of educational videos called the Vetteacademy. This free-to-watch museum miniseries is available on YouTube and Facebook, offering information about how to change tires, the history of the Corvette, and the differences between Corvette generations.

These videos are designed to be fun and engaging, and they’re for a broad audience that may have no in-depth knowledge of cars. The videos are well-suited for kids, as they offer educational information in easy-to-understand language, focusing mainly on how cars work and what makes the Corvette so special.

“As a nonprofit foundation, our mission is to educate the public. We developed these videos to not only provide educational content, but also be entertaining and engaging,” said Dr. Sean Preston, President and CEO of the Corvette Museum.

You can also access the “Fully Vetted” series, which is perfect if you’re trying to fight boredom. It has stories by Bob Bubnis, the museum historical media coordinator, and Derek E. Moore, the director of collections and curator. You can learn in-depth info about the brand, getting a behind-the-scenes view of one of America’s favorite cars. Check out these videos today to learn more about everything from the classic Stingray to the latest model year.

As big fans of all things Corvette, you can rest assured that all of us at ELCO Chevrolet are enjoying everything the National Corvette Museum is producing. To talk about how to get behind the wheel of your dream car — or just to geek out over the first mid-engine Corvette — don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Chevy brings updates to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado

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The Chevrolet Colorado is getting a number of changes for the 2021 model year, including a bold new exterior design, additional options, and a new trim level, among other things. No matter which version you choose, this sporty midsize truck offer exceptional value, durability, and capability.

The Colorado will have a new base trim level called the Work Truck, which is perfect if you want a practical truck that is designed for towing and hauling. There are also standard 17-inch wheels as well as three new custom colors: Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, Dune Metallic, and Pow Zinga Metallic. You’ll find more prominent exterior badging and skid plates as well.

“We believe Colorado will remain very competitively priced in the mid-size truck segment and will see continued strong sales fueled by its fresh new look,” said Chevy spokesperson Chris Bonelli.

Other new features for 2021 include three new appearance packages. There’s a WT Appearance Package, Custom Special Edition, and Chrome Appearance Package. Features include an available 4×4 powertrain, body-colored door handles and mirrors, and available 18-inch Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels. The Chrome Appearance Package has chrome on the grille, door handles, rear bumper, and beltline molding. The new Colorado is not only engineered for performance, but it will also help you make a statement wherever you go.

We look forward to seeing you here at ELCO Chevrolet when the 2021 Colorado finally launches later this year.

The Last Chevy Impala has left the assembly line

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With more drivers looking for versatile crossovers and SUVs in lieu of traditional sedans, Chevrolet announced its plans to discontinue the esteemed Impala some time ago. As of February 28, 2020, the last Chevy Impala had left the assembly line in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, opening the way for a new era of electric vehicle production.

The Chevy Impala has been around for 60 years, proving again and again to be a popular pick all over the country, despite two prior discontinuations. It’s had appearances in many television series and movies, and has been a go-to model for U.S. law enforcement agencies. Throughout the years, the Impala continued to earn awards and accolades, garnering titles like “Best Large Car for the Money” by U.S. News.

Saying goodbye to the iconic Impala midsize sedan was a big step in Chevrolet’s plan to invest in the all-electric vehicle market. The company has dedicated $2.2 billion to converting the Detroit-Hamtramck plant into a facility dedicated to electric vehicle production. This plant is moving towards a bright future full of exciting new models, including the development of the all-new electric Hummer EV. It’s also set to produce the lineup of electrified Cadillac models, and other electric models from Chevrolet that may be on the horizon. Batteries for these vehicles will be built at the General Motors’ Ohio plant.

We hope that you’ll join all of us here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in bidding the Impala a fond farewell as we look forward to an exciting new phase in automotive history.

Chevrolet Dominates early NASCAR® races

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Chevrolet made quite an impression at the first NASCAR® races of the season. The brand only had to wait for the third race this year to see its drivers completely dominate the track.

Alex Bowman brought the first win, leading 110 laps of the total 200 laps in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in March. Bowman was one of four different Chevy drivers in the top 10 of that race. He was followed by Kurt Busch in third place, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson in seventh.

The drivers had lots of praise to say about their Chevy vehicles, applauding things like the Camaro’s body, handling, and long run speed.

These talented drivers were invaluable to the team’s success at the Auto Club 400, but equally important were their partners: the high-performance, precision-engineered Chevrolet vehicles they drove. The good news for those of us who don’t have the pleasure of driving in NASCAR® is that these same standards are displayed in the 2020 lineup of Chevrolet vehicles.

Whether you choose to drive the sporty Camaro as your regular ride or opt for a more family-friendly vehicle like the Blazer crossover, you’ll see that there’s power, agility, and smooth handling across Chevy’s lineup.

While we hope you won’t start racing your new Chevy at NASCAR® speeds, we do believe that you’ll find your next favorite vehicle — whether it’s a truck or a family SUV — right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

The First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Sold for $3 million at Auction

The First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Sold for $3 million at Auction | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is poised to usher in a new era for the American icon, marking the first time one of Chevy’s high-performance sports cars was built on a mid-engine platform. And the very first example of the new mid-engine Corvette sold earlier this year at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a cool $3 million.

That $3 million will go to a very good cause. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund, which aims to improve the quality of schools in the city of Detroit. General Motors CEO Mary Barra was at the event to congratulate — and thank — the lucky winner. The new owner of the revolutionary supercar, in addition to receiving the world’s first production mid-engine Corvette, will also get a guided tour of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

So who was the lucky winner of the $3 million 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? None other than famous racer, car collector, and NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick, who has bought a long list of famous Chevrolet models at this and other auctions over the years.

While $3 million is a hefty price tag, it is not large enough to make this Corvette the most expensive ever auctioned by Barrett-Jackson. That distinction belongs to a 1967 L88 Corvette Coupe, which fetched $3.85 million when it was auctioned in 2014.

While the first mid-engine Corvette to leave the assembly line already has an owner, you can experience the all-new supercar’s excellence right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac when it hits lots later this year.