The Benefits of Leasing Your Car

Leasing Your Car | Ballwin, MO

Leasing your car is an easy way to save money and worries. There’s no need to make a full and outright commitment to a vehicle. Instead, you can enjoy all the benefits of a new car without the pressures associated with total ownership. These following benefits of leasing your car will explain why it might be the right option for you:

Lower Monthly Payments

Leasing a car will usually save 30 to 60 percent on monthly payments as opposed to purchasing. Driving a vehicle that might otherwise be out your budget is completely within reason if you decide to lease from ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

Low Maintenance Costs

The full duration of a lease is often covered by a manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper warranty, meaning you won’t face any repair charges during your time with the vehicle. The burden of major repair costs is not an issue when leasing a new car.

Fewer Worries

Leasing a car for two to three years means you won’t have to worry about the headache of selling it once you decide to move on; instead, it goes straight back to the company or dealership. Damages will be covered by insurance the same as when you own, but diminished value is no concern.

Variety

There are so many great cars on the market; why commit to one for a decade or more? Drive an Escalade for two years and then switch to a Suburban.

If you want to learn more about leasing or get the process started, stop by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.

Thanksgiving Events in St. Louis

Thanksgiving In St. Louis
Are you and your family looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving in St. Louis or the surrounding area? Check out some of our suggestions.

Are you and your family looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving in St. Louis or the surrounding area? Pack up the car and pop over to the city for one of these family-friendly events:

  • Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade: Head downtown for this classic parade on Turkey Day. The event starts at 8:45 a.m. and features 130 parade floats and displays. Even Santa Claus will make an appearance. And if you’re up for it, head down early to watch — or participate in — the Turkey Trot 5K.
  • Brewery Lights: Believe it or not, this magical event held by Anheuser-Busch is completely family-friendly. Check out the light displays on Pestalozzi Street, then stop by the Biergarten for a glass. Kids will enjoy roasting s’mores and meeting the Budweiser Clydesdales. The event runs now through January 1.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues are playing the Nashville Predators on November 24 and the Minnesota Wild on November 25. Get your tickets now for an action-packed night at Scottrade Center.
  • Mannheim Steamroller: Your favorite Christmas band returns to St. Louis on November 25, playing the Christmas songs you’ve come to know and love. Get the details here.
  • Wild Lights: Head to the Saint Louis Zoo to experience beautiful lights displays among the animals during Wild Lights, which runs through December 30.

All of us at ELCO Chevrolet want you to enjoy the seasonal festivities in safety. If your vehicle is due for any maintenance, let our qualified technicians get your ride ready for some Thanksgiving fun.

Chevrolet Release Efficiency for the New Diesel Silverado Engine

efficiency for the new diesel Silverado engine

You can finally order the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine, which promises to be both powerful and fuel-efficient. Chevrolet has revealed the efficiency figures for the new diesel engine, and they’re impressive.

When equipped with the diesel engine and rear-wheel drive, you can expect to see an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway1. Four-wheel-drive models will achieve an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway2.

Along with its impressive efficiency, the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with this engine and other towing equipment, the Silverado 1500 can pull up to 9,300 pounds and can haul a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds.

Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer, said, “The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan.”

The 3.0-liter Duramax® is the first diesel engine to be made available for a light-duty truck since 1997.

If you want a pickup that doesn’t sacrifice power for efficiency, you want the all-new Chevy Silverado 1500 equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax®. Come experience the impressive balance at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.

Chevrolet HBCU Fellowship for Journalism Students

Chevrolet HBCU Fellowship
If you want to support a brand that supports worthwhile causes, visit ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and see what we stand for.

Chevrolet was proud to celebrate 2019 as its fourth year partnering with the National Newspaper Publishers Association for the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. The fellowship selects a handful of students from historically black colleges and universities each year and offers them a scholarship and an opportunity to work with NNPA editors and reporters.

This year, Chevrolet and DTU chose six students for the 2019 Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. Each student received a $10,000 scholarship from Chevrolet, as well as a $5,000 stipend. The six students were divided into two even teams, and each group was provided with a new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to use for transportation during their assignments. With the guidance of staff from the NNPA, the students traveled to African American communities across the country to share uplifting stories from the places they visited.

The summer internship ran through the months of June and July, 2019. During this time, the 2019 DTU Journalism Fellows worked at publications such as The Washington Informer, Chicago Crusader, Atlanta Voice, and Houston Forward Times.

Since its first year in 2016, the DTU program has given out almost $400,000 in scholarships and stipends. The program has garnered attention as a remarkable career-building opportunity for HBCU students interested in working in industries like journalism and communications.

If you want to support a brand that supports worthwhile causes, visit ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and see what we stand for.

Hiking Trails near Ballwin, MO

Trails Near Ballwin, MO
You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking near Ballwin. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Missouri is a wonderful place to live, especially for anyone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Rock Hollow Trail

This 2.3-mile asphalt trail is relatively easy, making it perfect for a leisurely bike trip or a ride on the inline skates. The trail runs from Meramec Greenway Trail to Ridge Meadows Elementary School and is just a 15-minute drive from Ballwin.

River Scene Trail Loop

River Scene Trail Loop is also just 15 minutes from Ballwin, and rests in Castlewood State Park. This hiking trail creates a 3.1-mile loop with a moderately difficult path. The beautiful scenery includes views overlooking the Meramec River to make very step worth it.

Lone Wolf Trail

You can also find Lone Wolf Trail in Castlewood State Park, but it is slightly shorter. This trail is moderate and suits both mountain biking and hiking. The Lone Wolf Trail creates a 1.7-mile loop that goes into Kiefer Creek valley. Feel free to bring the four-legged friend along for this one, as dogs are welcome on the grounds as long as they are on a leash.

Stop by ELCO Chevrolet and ask the rest of our team about their favorite walking or biking paths.

The Best Sports Bars in St. Louis for Watching Basketball

Sports bars in St. Louis

March marks an exciting time for us here at ELCO Chevrolet because some of the best basketball happens at this time. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you will likely find the perfect game day spot without a problem. Here are some of the best sports bars in St. Louis perfect for watching basketball.

The Post Sports Bar & Grill

There is nothing else you want at a sports bar when you have great food, a fun atmosphere, and plenty of TVs showing your favorite games. You’ll find all of this and more at The Post — a local favorite for all sports fans.

OB Clark’s

If you are looking for something different, OB Clark’s is a classic sports bar that is prominent among sports fans. It is also a familiar haunt for many famous blues alumni, making it an exciting spot to catch the game.

The Over/ Under Bar & Grill

As the weather warms up, watching the game while on the patio with friends is the perfect combination. The Over/ Under Bar & Grill downtown features an excellent outdoor seating area with a massive projection screen.

Stop in at ELCO Chevrolet, and ask us about our mad deals going on this month.

All-New 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Offers Class-Leading Tech

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Pickup trucks feature specific engineering to tackle the toughest jobs. Chevrolet recently debuted the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and it’s the most capable Silverado HD yet.

Pickup trucks feature specific engineering to tackle the toughest jobs. Chevrolet recently debuted the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and it’s the most capable Silverado HD yet.

This marks the third all-new Silverado in 18 months, with this version being longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. Its maximum towing capacity increases by 52 percent to 35,500 pounds.

“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer for the Silverado HD. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”

The Silverado HD will offer five trim levels – Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country – along with 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations to craft the ideal heavy-duty truck for your needs.

It also comes with two powertrain options. The first is a standard 6.6-liter V8 gas-powered engine that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. For the second engine option, you find a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which works with an all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission and generates 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. To make towing easier, this heavy-duty truck features a range of new Advanced Trailer System technologies and transparent trailer view to boost your confidence while towing.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be on sale this summer. Until then, take a closer look at our Silverado selection at ELCO Chevrolet.

Heads-Up, Silverado Lovers: The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty Debuts in February

2020 Silverado Heavy Duty

The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty will debut in February as the third all-new Silverado released in the last 18 months. This new truck is the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever built, meeting the needs of heavy-duty truck drivers.

The demands of HD truck drivers cannot be met by less powerful and capable trucks. The chief engineer of the Silverado HD, Jaclyn McQuaid, stated, “We built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” With thoughtful engineering and design, consumers will have a confident, capable driving and work experience.

You will notice that the Silverado HD shares some design cues with the light-duty Silverado 1500, but its form generally follows its bold, heavy-duty function. It includes two new advanced powertrain options, a new gasoline engine, a six-speed transmission, and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8. This latter engine is not for the faint at heart as it pumps out 910 lb-ft of torque and comes with an all-new Allison ten-speed transmission.

With bold looks and power, the 2020 Silverado HD features advanced trailering technology and increased towing and payload capabilities. While you haul your load, sit back in this truck’s comfortable, sophisticated, and smart interior because you know that a heavy duty truck delvers on its promises.

As we await the anticipated release of the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty, head on over to ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look at our 2019 Silverado HD selection.

Fuel-Efficient Driving Tips for Your Commute near Saint Louis

City Commuting

There are many efficient vehicle options out there ― from traditional gas engines to green electric vehicles. Regardless which type of vehicle you drive, these fuel-efficient driving tips can help you cut back on your gas usage.

Accelerate Slowly

If you constantly speed off from a stoplight, you use excessive fuel by making the engine work harder. Accelerating gradually is an easy way to cut back on fuel usage.

Maintain Your Speed

When you are on the highway, maintain a steady speed. Use cruise control, if possible, and avoid slamming on the brakes. The more you brake and accelerate, the more gas you will burn.

Don’t Idle

If you find yourself stopped for over 60 seconds, turn off the engine. Idling will suck the life out of your wallet, your gas tank, and the environment.

Cut Back Weight

If you are carrying a lot of weight in your car, you are using unnecessary gas. For every 25 kilograms you carry in your vehicle, your vehicle’s fuel consumption increases by an average of 1 percent.

For more fuel-efficient driving tips, drive on over to in Ballwin, MO.

Basic Pickup Truck Maintenance Tips

pickup truck maintenanceThe best thing you can do to keep your pickup truck running well over the years is to stay up-to-date with its maintenance schedule. Unlike many other vehicles, pickup trucks have their own particular set of needs, so it’s worthwhile to know what you should be doing for your truck by consulting the owner’s manual. In the meantime, here are some basic pickup truck maintenance tips to consider.

Frequent oil changes

Since many owners are frequently demanding high amounts of power and performance from their trucks, it’s important to stay on top of oil changes. Switching out the oil will help keep your truck’s engine running smoothly. There are many different kinds of oil, so you should spend a bit of time deciding which one best suits your driving needs.

Rotate the tires

Whenever you get your vehicle’s oil changed at the shop, you should also have the tires rotated. This will ensure that the tires wear evenly, which makes for a smoother ride. See if your mechanic can also check the alignment and balance of the tires when they are getting rotated as well, as these can be affected by tough terrain.

Check fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights

These simple checks go a long way, especially if you’re routinely using your truck on the worksite. These checks will help optimize performance and visibility and minimize wear to your vehicle.

Know your driving demands

Proper maintenance of your pickup truck also depends on how you use it. If you’re frequently driving in dusty conditions, you may need to change the engine air filter more frequently. If you regularly venture off-road, you will want to have the tire alignment and balance checked more frequently to avoid uneven wear, poorer handling and efficiency, and potential damage to your truck’s suspension.

As with any vehicle, proper maintenance is necessary to keep it running for a long time. To help keep your truck performing at its peak, visit our Service Department at ELCO Chevrolet.