Tips for taking care of your car while it sits still

Tips for taking care of your car while it sits still | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

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

National Corvette Museum | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

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

2021 Chevrolet Colorado | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

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

Chevy Impala | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

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

NASCAR Races | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

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.

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are set to continue their market dominance

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban

The Tahoe and the Suburban are a dominant part of the SUV market, comprising 31 and 15 percent of last year’s sales for the entire segment, respectively. After the reveal of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban — which showcased the next generation of the lineup — you’ll find exciting new engine options, interior features, and more.

The 2021 SUV lineup comes with an updated pair of small-block V8 engines — which optimize performance without sacrificing fuel economy — as well as an independent rear suspension for optimal handling and ride comfort. You’ll also be able to opt for a new inline six-cylinder diesel engine for increased torque and impressive fuel efficiency.

“To prepare for this launch, we’ve invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington since 2015, including an all-new paint shop, body shop, and many other state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Which leads to my final point: the reason we invested in all of that and worked so hard to develop these new SUVs — we are here to win.”

While Chevrolet’s SUV design expertise dates back to 1935, the 2021 model year vehicles have a wide range of thoroughly modern innovations. You’ll find in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity, available wireless charging, access to phone apps, and more. Plus, with a bold exterior design update, the Tahoe and Suburban will turn heads wherever you go.

We can’t wait to see you here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac for an SUV revolution when the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban launch later this year.

Source: https://carbuzz.com/news/2021-chevrolet-tahoe-and-suburban-should-be-segment-leaders

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.