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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.