2022 Trailblazer Wins Exclusive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

2022 Trailblazer | Ballwin, MO

Safety is the focus of the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, a sporty, fun-to-drive, and family-friendly SUV. With a well-equipped cabin, a sporty exterior design, and a potent engine, the 2022 Trailblazer offers you and your passengers a spirited and most importantly a safe ride. Thanks to its bevy of advanced tech, the 2022 Trailblazer earned the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — Top Safety Pick+.

Agency rating requirements

In order to earn the enviable rating of TSP+, a vehicle must perform well in all six crashworthiness tests as well as offer front crash prevention systems for both vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian monitoring. These systems must earn high scores in the IIHS’s testing, too. Finally, a vehicle’s headlights must be top-notch.

In the case of the 2022 Trailblazer, the SUV earned “good” in the crash tests, a “superior” rating for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, and an “advanced” score for its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash pedestrian system. The small SUV’s headlights were rated as “good” and “acceptable” depending on the trim level chosen.

2022 Trailblazer safety tech

The 2022 Trailblazer boasts the Chevy Safety Assist package as standard equipment. This gives you six advanced driver-assist technologies — Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam® High Beam Assist.

Test-drive the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri.

Ways to Make Money With Your Chevy Truck

Ways to Make Money With Your Chevy Truck

If you’re looking to earn some income with your Silverado 1500 or Colorado, you’ve got plenty of options. Here’s a look at a few ways to make money with your Chevy truck.

Snowplow service

It’s a bit of an investment to get started, but your Chevy truck can be transformed into a capable snowplow. However, with snowplow services typically ranging around $75 an hour, you may find that your investment in a snowplow can quickly pay for itself.

Moving services

If you drive a pickup, you’re probably familiar with friends and family asking for your help when moving to a new residence. Since your Silverado boasts 89.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity and more truck bed tie-downs than any competitor, it’s perfect for hauling furniture, boxes, and appliances. Movers can make as much as $75 per hour, or you can charge your customers on a per-project basis.


Hauling waste or landscaping material

Many homeowners enjoy renovating their property but don’t have access to a truck that can carry the items they need. If you don’t mind dirty jobs, you can fill that niche for a price. Consider using your Colorado for hauling debris or landscaping material like gravel, pavers, soil, or mulch for customers.

Need a truck to help fuel your next entrepreneurial venture? Get a Silverado 1500 or Colorado right here at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri.

3 Chevy Models Earn 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

For the 25th year, AutoPacific conducted its New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey to determine which vehicles 89,000 car owners were most satisfied with. Based on the survey results, three Chevy models took home 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

2021 Chevy Camaro | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

Camaro

AutoPacific found that the Chevy Camaro is the most satisfying sporty car. Owners appreciated the Camaro’s stylish paint options and exterior design. On the inside, the car received high marks for having easy-to-understand controls, great driver’s seat adjustability, and a sizeable center screen. And, of course, it provided great braking and responsive handling.

Colorado

Topping the compact pickup category, the Chevy Colorado earned praise for its intuitive center touch screen, exterior design, solid visibility from the driver’s seat, and easy-to-use controls. This truck also was recognized for being fun to drive, providing plenty of power and acceleration.

Blazer

The Blazer was named the top premium mid-size crossover SUV. It’s easy to get in and out of, has a conveniently adjustable driver’s seat, and provides a comfortable ride. Plus, owners noted that the SUV has a sporty style and is fun to drive thanks to a pair of great engine options.

To find the Chevy model that will satisfy your needs, be sure to visit ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, for a test drive.


Chevrolet Suburban Brings the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Texas

Back in 2019, the Chevrolet Suburban was the first vehicle to earn a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. While the Suburban loves rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, it recently brought its award home to share with Chevy fans and employees.

Hollywood Walk of Fame | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO


The Chevrolet Suburban’s star, technically an Award of Excellence from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, was just installed in the entertainment district of Arlington, Texas. The city is home to the General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant, where Suburban has been built since 1999. 


Area residents will have a lot of opportunities to see the star, as it’s between the new football stadium and the ballpark. 

Everyone who brings home a Chevrolet Suburban has a little piece of Hollywood history, since the model has been in at least one television series since 1956, and one movie annually since 1960. The Suburban name itself has been in constant use since 1935, making it the longest-running nameplate in the car world.

Besides Hollywood prestige, the Chevrolet Suburban has many features to make it ideal for your family. It can carry up to 144.7 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded flat, so there’s plenty of room for your next move or long road trip. It is a large vehicle, but the nine available camera views help you keep track of its corners as you maneuver. If you have passengers in the backseat that get bored easily, consider adding the optional Rear-Seat Media System with its 12.6-inch diagonal LCD HD touch screens.


If you’re looking to bring home a Hollywood celebrity for your next ride, contact us at ELCO Chevrolet. Or stop by to take one of our Suburban models for a whirl.

Hiking Trails near Ballwin, MO

Trails Near Ballwin, MO
You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking near Ballwin. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Missouri is a wonderful place to live, especially for anyone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Rock Hollow Trail

This 2.3-mile asphalt trail is relatively easy, making it perfect for a leisurely bike trip or a ride on the inline skates. The trail runs from Meramec Greenway Trail to Ridge Meadows Elementary School and is just a 15-minute drive from Ballwin.

River Scene Trail Loop

River Scene Trail Loop is also just 15 minutes from Ballwin, and rests in Castlewood State Park. This hiking trail creates a 3.1-mile loop with a moderately difficult path. The beautiful scenery includes views overlooking the Meramec River to make very step worth it.

Lone Wolf Trail

You can also find Lone Wolf Trail in Castlewood State Park, but it is slightly shorter. This trail is moderate and suits both mountain biking and hiking. The Lone Wolf Trail creates a 1.7-mile loop that goes into Kiefer Creek valley. Feel free to bring the four-legged friend along for this one, as dogs are welcome on the grounds as long as they are on a leash.

Stop by ELCO Chevrolet and ask the rest of our team about their favorite walking or biking paths.

Best Christmas Lights in St. Louis

Christmas Lights in St. Louis
You can find some of the best Christmas lights in St. Louis. It’s easy!

Driving through the city in your Chevrolet on a search for the best Christmas lights in St. Louis is quite the task. There’s a lot to see, but, fortunately, the lights are here to stay for the next month. Check out some of these must-see Christmas lights recommended by your friends at ELCO Chevrolet.

Way of Lights
The Way of Lights is one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. More than one million lights tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Cruise through the scene in your new Chevrolet or take a carriage ride. There’s also an indoor Christmas tree display. Admission is free, so pack the family into your Equinox and head down to Belleville.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Located in Jellystone Park in Eureka, Santa’s Magical Kingdom stretches across 35 acres of land. Millions of beautiful lights create dozens of holiday scenes. From Santa’s flying reindeer to the Waterfall of Lights, the spectacular Christmas lights display is one to remember. You can even take a wagon ride through Santa’s Magical Kingdom.

Festival of Lights
The Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season in downtown St. Louis. It all starts at Union Station with the light display and Christmas tree lighting. The evening closes with a fireworks display and a visit from Santa himself!

If you’re in need of a new Chevrolet or a quick service for Winter to explore the holiday lights, feel free to stop by ELCO Chevrolet today.

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Ballwin, MO

As the temperatures start to drop and it gets more uncomfortable outside, you probably have a checklist of things you do, like making sure everyone has a coat and boots that fit and sealing up any air leaks you might have around your windows or doors. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. Here is your car’s cold weather checklist.

  • Antifreeze. This fluid does exactly as its name implies. It helps maintain proper temperatures in your engine when it is really cold outside so the pipes and moving parts don’t freeze. Make sure the fluid level is correct and it has not been diluted.
  • Lights. As the nights get longer, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
  • Tires. Wet leaves on the road and dropping temperatures can lead to slick conditions. If your tires are running bald, you might not be able to stay on the road. Check your tires’ tread depth and consider switching to winter tires.
  • Emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in your car with items like blankets, road flares, an extra cell phone and battery, high-energy snacks, water and Gatorade, and other items you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.

If you need help preparing your car for cold weather, schedule a service appointment with us at ELCO Chevrolet.