Summer is the ideal time to take an epic road trip with your Chevy. However, before you can hit the road, you first need to figure out how to fit all of your luggage and gear inside the car. Follow these tips to pack light and have plenty of space in your car to stay comfortable during your summer travels.
Select your outfits carefully
Before filling up your suitcase, take a look at the weather forecasts for the areas you’re traveling in and choose your clothes accordingly. Pick tops and bottoms that match with each other, so that you can wash your clothes in the middle of your road trip and then wear them again with different pieces. By doing this, you can bring fewer clothes overall and pack them in a much smaller suitcase.
Grab your essentials
Place your toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, and other essentials in a sealable, gallon-size bag. Unless you need to use specific shampoo, conditioner, and body soap, you won’t need to pack these items since almost all hotels come with them.
Fill your bags
When putting your gear into one or more bags, be sure to place the heaviest items on the bottom and the lightest ones on top. Roll up each clothing item and put your toiletry bag on top of them. If you’re bringing cash, split it up and store it in two separate bags for extra safety.
Need any maintenance or even a new Chevy before your road trip? Stop by ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, and our staff will be happy to help.
An electric Chevrolet Silverado is expected to launch for the 2023 model year. The automaker has yet to reveal full specs and details for the new truck, but there’s still plenty we know so far.
How much power will the electric Chevrolet Silverado make?
The upcoming Silverado EV will share its platform and assembly line with the Hummer EV. It’s very likely they’ll also share a powertrain, meaning either one, two, or three electric motors depending on trim and options. All-wheel drive will probably be standard and horsepower could go as high as 1000.
How far can the Chevy Silverado EV go?
The electric Chevrolet Silverado will use GM’s new Ultium battery technology. We’ve not yet seen this technology’s potential achieved, which GM says can be scaled to produce to massive 200-kWh battery packs. According to Chevrolet, this would give the Silverado EV an incredible 400 miles of range on a single charge.
Where will the Chevy Silverado EV be made?
The new Chevy Silverado will be built at the Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit, an EV-only factory that received a $2.2 billion investment in January 2020. The batteries will be made in Lordstown, Ohio, at a $2.3 billion Ultium facility.
One thing we know for sure is that the Chevy Silverado EV is going to be an incredible machine. Visit ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in Ballwin, Missouri, for a look at the current Silverado as we wait a bit longer for the Silverado EV to materialize.
Summer is the perfect time of year to head out on a family road trip. Before you hit the road, you should make sure your vehicle is road-trip-ready. Here are a few maintenance items to check before you leave.
Oil change. While the industry standard has long been every three months or 3,000 miles, you should check your vehicle’s owner’s manual of the exact recommended schedule. If you will hit your oil change interval while on your trip, you should get the oil changed early.
Tire checks. Your tires are going to do a lot of work on your road trip. Make sure they are in good condition before you go. Check the tire pressure in each tire and get them rotated if you are close to the recommended interval.
Air filters. Your car has two important air filters: the cabin air filter and the engine air filter. As you would expect, the cabin air filter cleans the air flowering into your cabin and the engine air filter helps clean the air that flows into your engine. Check both filters to see if they need to be replaced.
Air conditioning. A long summer road trip without air conditioning would be awful. Make sure your AC system is fully charged and ready to keep you cool.
Schedule a pre-road trip service appointment for your Chevy when you call us at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri. It’s an easy way to help ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe on your summer adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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!