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

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
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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.

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.