Tips for Driving Your Chevy Safely in the Rain This Spring

While springtime brings with it the promise of warmer weather and bright colors, it also brings plenty of rain. Slick roads can be downright dangerous for drivers, and knowing how to stay safe is imperative if you’re planning to explore Ballwin and beyond with your Chevy during the rainy season. Here are a few tips for driving your Chevy safely in the rain this spring.

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Check your windshield wipers

The harsh winter months can damage the rubber on windshield wipers, making them unable to sweep away water during a rainstorm. Thankfully, swapping out your old blades for new ones is a simple and inexpensive process that can be done right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

Check your lights

Double check to make sure that all of your vehicle’s lights are working perfectly. Make sure your headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and interior lights are all in working order so that you can both see and be seen on the road.

Check your tires

The changing seasons can greatly affect your tire pressure. If your tires are underinflated or overinflated, their ability to maintain traction on slippery roads will be reduced. Make sure your tires are always inflated to your manufacturer’s recommended limits.

Drive cautiously

Always be sure to drive at safe speeds while it’s raining, and maintain a solid distance away from the car in front of you. Avoid using cruise control and keep your attention completely on the road. If you start to skid, make sure you turn your vehicle in the same direction as you’re skidding. Stay calm, and don’t spin the wheel quickly or slam on the brakes.

If your Chevy is in need of a seasonal tune-up, prepare it for your upcoming warm-weather trips by scheduling an appointment at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, today.

GM Plans to Be Fully Carbon Neutral Within 20 Years

Even though the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are shaping up to be bona fide hits, General Motors is upping its game by thinking ahead even further. It recently announced an ambitious plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. By using science to guide its path, the automaker intends to reach carbon neutrality in both its products and its operations. 

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In order to be carbon neutral by 2040, GM plans to upgrade its gas-powered lineup with battery-powered vehicles. By the end of 2025, electric models will comprise roughly 40 percent of the automaker’s output, with 30 EVs available globally, including sedans, SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. 

General Motors and EVgo also have a plan to install over 2,700 fast chargers across America by 2025 to help increase EV adoption. The chargers will be added to the public fast-charging network and be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

The automaker will invest $27 billion in EVs and autonomous vehicles in the next five years. This money will go towards developing the GM Ultium battery technology and updating several of its most productive factories. By 2030, GM plans to use 100 percent renewable energy at its facilities and invest in carbon offsets.

GM didn’t become America’s largest carmaker by thinking small, and this investment in renewable energy shows that it doesn’t plan to slow down. To experience that innovation first-hand, check out the exceptional vehicles on our lot at ELCO Chevrolet, right here in beautiful Ballwin, MO.

The Camaro and Corvette Score Spots on the 2021 Best Muscle Cars for 2021 List

Two iconic Chevrolet sports cars have earned a spot on the U.S. News and World Report  10 Best Muscle Cars for 2021 list. The Camaro and Corvette were honored for their performance, tech tools, and impressive value.

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The Camaro earned high marks for its modern connectivity technology, impressive powertrain options, and affordable sticker price. Every Camaro is equipped with modern tech tools like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and a built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot.

“As one of the more affordable muscle cars on the road, the Camaro features an impressive lineup of powerful V6 and V8 engines,” state the editors of U.S. News and World Report. The model’s available powertrains run the gamut from 275 to 650 horsepower.

The Corvette, on the other hand, scored the highest among sports cars on the list. It wowed the judges with its Nappa leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, and intuitive smartphone integration. Naturally, its 490-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 2.9-second 0-60 time helped it speed ahead of the competition, too.

“Redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette sits atop our ranking of luxury sports cars as well as our rating of luxury convertibles,” the publication said of the mid-engine marvel. “Now in its eighth generation, the classic nameplate sports a mid-engine layout and a modern interior.”

Want to learn more about the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette? Visit us online or contact us at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, MO.

Biggest Differences Between the Trax and the All-New Trailblazer

For the 2021 model year, Chevrolet has unveiled its new entry-level small SUV, the Trailblazer. So how does the 2021 Trailblazer compare to the bowtie brand’s other small SUV, the Trax? The two share a lot in common, but there are also some key differences between the two SUVs:

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Under the hood

The Trax is limited to a single powertrain: a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that serves up 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. For the Trailblazer, you can choose between the standard 1.2-liter turbo engine that delivers 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque and an EcoTec® 1.3-liter turbo engine, which cranks out 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.

Interior space

The Chevrolet Trailblazer and Trax both comfortably seat up to five passengers, but the Trailblazer offers a little more room for gear. The Trailblazer has 25.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row and 54.4 cubic feet with the second row folded; the Trax has 18.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 48.4 cubic feet with the second row folded.

Trim levels

Choose between two trims for your 2021 Trax: LS and LT. Or go with the Trailblazer, which offers five unique trims: L, LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS.

Contact us at ELCO Chevrolet to learn more about the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer, or stop by to see which model is right for you.

GM Introduces OnStar® Insurance

Last year, General Motors rolled out its brand new OnStar® Insurance program. At the end of 2020, coverage was available to GM employees in Arizona, but starting this year, General Motors will be offering OnStar® Insurance to the general public.

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What makes OnStar® Insurance different is its focus on reinforcing positive driving habits and vehicle usage for determining eligibility and rates, rather than other factors you often can’t control. Shopping for OnStar® Insurance can be done entirely online, but you will be able to speak with an agent if you run into any questions.

As you drive with OnStar® Insurance, the service will analyze your driving behavior and make suggestions to improve your on-road safety. If you follow that guidance and improve your driving habits, OnStar® will reward you with significant discounts on your insurance premiums.

In addition, OnStar® Insurance is compatible with OnStar® Safety & Security. In the event of a collision, you will appreciate Automatic Crash Response and contact with an OnStar® Emergency-certified Advisor, who can contact first responders while you focus on your own safety.

If you’re interested in learning more about OnStar® Insurance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at ELCO Chevrolet.

Chevy Sonic Named One of the Best Cars for Recent Graduates

Graduating from school is an exciting step and a pivotal moment when the future is full of possibilities. It can be both thrilling and daunting to decide what comes next, so you may be reading up on advice and recommendations. When it comes to choosing your next car, U.S. News & World Report has you covered with their list of the Best Cars for Recent Graduates in 2020. One of our favorites on the list is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic.

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The Chevy Sonic is a fun, reliable compact car that’s available in either a hatchback or sedan body style. In order to land a spot on the list, vehicles needed to have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price below $25,000, and the Sonic definitely passes. With an MSRP of just $16,720 and efficient performance, it’s a great financial choice for a recent graduate on a budget.

Other qualifications included good value, advanced safety features, reliability, and high-quality, standard infotainment. The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic comes with a 7-inch touchscreen and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. Its standard safety tools include a rear vision camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and 10 airbags.

Although it’s small, the Sonic still offers plenty of space for weekend bags. The hatchback model provides up to 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded down. With its efficient powertrain, low starting price, and generous features, the Sonic was a clear choice for the Best Cars for Recent Graduates in 2020 list.   If you want to check out the Chevrolet Sonic, collect your recent or upcoming graduate and stop by ELCO Chevrolet for a test drive.

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.