Back to School Tips

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The beginning of a new school year can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time for kids and parents alike. Here are some back to school tips to help your family ease back into the academic year.

Tour the school: Make sure you attend the school’s open house. An event like this lets you and your child meet the teachers, while also familiarizing your child with the school’s layout. Younger kids might feel more comfortable once they know where to find their desk, playground and classroom.

Reconnect with friends: If your children didn’t get to see their school friends during summer, schedule a playdate in the weeks leading up to school. This is a fun way to refresh your child’s friendships — and to ensure your kid has a friend on the first day of school.

Splurge on a few supplies: Kids use their notebooks, pens and pencils for the whole school year. If your child loves the glittery notebook or wants a pencil with dinosaurs printed on it, go ahead and splurge. Your child will be excited to use these cool supplies on the first day of school, making it much more fun for your little one to head back to class.

Looking for the perfect family hauler? You can find it at El Dorado Chevrolet.

How Does Chevrolet Teen Driver Work?


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When your teen takes the wheel, you want to teach them safe, responsible driving habits. Luckily, your Chevy comes with Teen Driver mode, which can help you set safety restrictions and monitor your young driver’s habits. Here’s a look at what Chevrolet Teen Driver has to offer.

Buckle to drive: Unless the driver is buckled up, the vehicle won’t shift out of park for 20 seconds. It also uses audio-visual alerts to remind your teen to buckle up.

Speed warning: This feature allows you to set a maximum speed. The vehicle will display visual and audio alerts if that speed limit is breached.

Speed limiter: With this setting, you can prevent your teen from going over the speed limit of your choice, with a maximum of 85 mph.

Volume limit: A blaring stereo can be distracting to a new driver. Teen Driver mode lets you establish a maximum volume limit.

Seat belt audio mute: If you’re looking for a way to make sure your teen buckles up, enable this rule. Unless your teen and their front passenger buckle up, Teen Driver will mute the stereo.

Better yet, Chevrolet Teen Driver is convenient. All you have to do is register your preferred Teen Driver settings to your teen’s key fob. That way, you won’t have to manually disable the settings each time you want to crank up the volume.

Want to find the perfect vehicle for your new driver? We’ll help you find it at El Dorado Chevrolet.

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2021 Chevy Trailblazer Release Confirmed for Early 2020

Chevrolet confirmed in late May that the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer will be available at dealerships in the first half of 2020 as a sport crossover option sized between the subcompact Trax and the compact Equinox.

The new Trailblazer, which shares its nameplate with the popular Trailblazer SUV produced from 2001 to 2009, has been the subject of speculation since April 2019, when Chevy announced that a new vehicle with the Trailblazer name was in development.

The announcement of the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer release date was accompanied by our first real look at the features and trims we can expect to see, but we still have very few details about the upcoming small crossover.

We do know that the Trailblazer will feature a special RS trim, with slightly different exterior styling from the other trims and a two-tone roof as part of its focus on customization. Chevy says the Trailblazer will be equipped with a standard active safety package that includes Front Pedestrian Braking and Automatic Emergency Braking.

Though specs have not been released, it’s assumed that the Trailblazer will have the same or similar engine options as the Equinox, and it will almost certainly come with an all-wheel drive option in addition to standard front-wheel drive.

We at El Dorado Chevrolet are excited for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer to be available. In the meantime, our inventory is filled with incredible vehicles. Stop in for test drive.

Chevy Youth Baseball Program Helps Kids Get Into Sports

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The Chevy Youth Sports program was started in 2006 with Chevy Youth Baseball, and since then it’s helped millions of kids in the U.S. play on a sports team by donating time, money, and resources to local baseball and soccer teams.

Chevy Youth Baseball alone has provided over 1,800 free clinics, donated 149,000 kits and helped with over 15,000 enhancements to local little leagues, thanks to individual Chevy dealerships creating partnerships with parents and leagues in the community, as well as donating funds and manpower.

Participating in team sports helps kids direct their energy, learn teamwork, and be more active, and it’s especially important to have programs like this during the summer, when school is out and kids have less social interaction and structured exercise.

Over 150 summer baseball clinics, many taught by professional players, were held in 2018 alone, and 42 out of 50 states had at least one league participating in Chevy Youth Baseball. These clinics involve learning hitting, pitching, and other baseball fundamentals over a half-day session.

For summer 2019, clinics have been going on since March and will continue through mid-August, and signups are first-come first-serve. So, if you’re interested in signing your child up for one, check the clinic schedule to see if a clinic is being offered near you and when, and get signed up.

El Dorado Chevrolet is proud of this incredible program and we wish every player good luck this summer!

Features of the Redesigned Chevy Blazer

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Although the 2019 Chevy Blazer is not the first Chevy vehicle bearing that name, the vehicle is all-new for the 2019 model year. The new Blazer offers trendy style, advanced performance, and all the modern technology that drivers are looking for. Here are some of the top features of the redesigned Blazer.

Camaro-Inspired Design

Who said mid-size SUVs couldn’t be beautifully stylish? The Blazer adapts the Camaro’s looks for a two-row SUV design, creating a bold silhouette that hints at the vehicle’s sporty performance. In addition, the Blazer’s different trim levels allow you to express your personality, from the fun, sporty RS to the sophisticated, city-savvy Premier.

Advanced Performance

The 2019 Blazer comes equipped with a standard 193-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but if that isn’t enough power for you, you can opt for the available 3.6-lier V6 engine. This latter engine pumps out a whopping 305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque, and towing capacity up to 4,500 pounds. The Blazer’s performance is further enhanced by its available AWD system, sport-tuned suspension, and refined driving dynamics.

Intuitive, Driver-Centric Design

The Blazer’s interior is sporty, sleek, and features intuitively laid-out controls across the dashboard. This includes a Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration technology, keeping you connected so you can safely access your favorite apps while driving.

There’s a lot more to love about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer than just these aspects. Learn all about this SUV by visiting El Dorado Chevrolet.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox and 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Differences

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Pictured: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS

If you’re looking to purchase a new Chevrolet SUV this year, it’s likely you’re considering either the Equinox or the Blazer. While each of these models is a solid, family-friendly option, the right fit for you really depends on what you’re looking for. Here’s a look at the major 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and 2019 Chevrolet Blazer differences.

Interior Space

As you might expect because of its larger size, the Blazer provides more room for passengers and cargo. It can haul a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet of cargo and offers 108 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Equinox, on the other hand, offers 63.9 cubic feet and 100 cubic feet, respectively.

Power & Efficiency

Depending on whether you want extra power or better fuel efficiency, either of these models can suffice. The Equinox has better gas mileage because of its lighter frame, offering up to 39 mpg on the highway when equipped with its 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine.* The Blazer’s best efficiency rating is 27 mpg on the highway.**

When it comes to capability, the Blazer is better off than the Equinox. That’s because of its more powerful engine. The Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped, while the Equinox can go up to 3,500 pounds.

Whether you decide on the 2019 Equinox or 2019 Blazer, we have both options available here at El Dorado Chevrolet.

*EPA-estimated 39 MPG highway for 1.6L Diesel FWD models.

**EPA-estimated 22 city/27 highway MPG for 2.5L FWD engine and 20 city/26 highway for 3.6L FWD engine.

El Dorado Chevy Is a Pioneer Net Zero Car Dealer

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When El Dorado Chevy officially has its new solar panel canopy installed, we will become one of the very first net zero car dealers in the country. What does this mean? All the energy that our 28-acre dealership needs to run each and every day will be sourced from this solar panel, rather than traditional means that are bad for the environment.

The solar panel canopy comes from our partnership with Sunfinity Renewable Energy and Ratliff Group. The 1.0-megawatt, 3,456 solar panel canopy is more than a source of clean energy: The canopy will also operate as a carport-esque barrier that protects vehicles on the lot from the sun’s harmful rays and from hail, which is common here in Texas.

“The project helps the Texas grid by supplying power when it’s most needed,” remarked John Billingsley, chairman and CEO of Sunfinity. “And […] El Dorado will be offsetting a significant amount of CO2 — equivalent to replacing over 35 million pounds of coal burned.”

The solar panel canopy will save El Dorado Chevy $4 million over its three decades of life and will generate more than 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

El Dorado Chevy is going all-in on green. In addition to being a net zero car dealer with the solar panel, it is implementing a new recycling program at its dealership and is investing in plants for its landscaping that need less irrigation than its current plant life. Our dealership truly cares about the environment, especially in McKinney, Texas.

Check Out These 2019 Spring Events in McKinney, Texas

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Looking for something unique to do in the area with family and friends? These are guaranteed to be some of the best 2019 spring events in McKinney, Texas.

Movies in the Bark

The fourth Thursday of every month is Movies in the Bark at the Bonnie Wenk Park Amphitheater. This free event runs from 7-9 p.m. and is dog-friendly. In March, catch Benji; in April, watch Show Dogs; and in May, you’ll see Sgt. Stubby.

Hoopin’ with the Blue

Play basketball with the McKinney Policy Department on March 29th from 8-10 p.m. at this free event, held at the McKinney YMCA.

11th Annual Texas Trash-Off

Ahead of Earth Day later in the month, attend the 11th Annual Texas Trash-Off to collect litter at Bonnie Wenk Park from 9 11:30 a.m. The event is followed by a celebration lunch.

Arts in Bloom

This free event runs the whole weekend from April 12-14 in Historic Downtown McKinney. During the event, 150 artists will set up displays on the streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Indoor Triathlon

Head to the Apex Centre on April 27 for this indoor triathlon (swimming, running, and biking). Get more info here.

El Dorado Chevrolet hopes to see you around McKinney this spring at some of these memorable activities.

Things to Do With Your Chevy Truck in Dallas

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You’ve bought a Chevy truck at El Dorado Chevrolet, and now you’re looking for a new adventure. Fortunately, Dallas has a variety of trails and off-road parks that make for great getaways. Check out these adventurous things to do with your Chevy truck in Dallas this weekend!

Practice Off-Roading

If you’re new to off-roading, the Trophy Club Park at Lake Grapevine features areas where novice drivers can learn the ropes. Off-roading veterans can test their skills on the rest of the 877-acre recreational park. If you need to stretch your legs after hitting the trails, the Trophy Club Park also offers swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Challenge Mother Nature

Challenge Mother Nature herself on the Rock Trails, specifically designed for off-roading. At this park, drivers of all experience levels can tackle rough terrain and put their Chevy truck through its paces.

Explore 300 Acres

The Northwest OHV Park encompasses 300 acres of trails with varying landscapes. Dirt, rocks, and foliage present both novice and veteran drivers with off-road challenges and unforgettable adventures. Explore nature and unleash your wild side by taking a Chevy truck through 25 miles of rough terrain.

El Dorado Chevrolet is proud to be a part of the Dallas community.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Takes Midsize Pickup Capability to the Next Level

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With an impressive powertrain lineup, unbeatable off-road capability in ZR2 trims, and plenty of advanced tech inside, the Chevolet Colorado is a midsize truck worth exploring if you’re in the market for a new truck.

Class-Leading Power

Equipped with the 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, the 2019 Colorado offers best-in-class 308 horsepower and more towing capability than any other competitive V6 engine. For tougher jobs, the 2019 Colorado is also available with the GM-exclusive Duramax® 2.8-liter turbo-diesel, which boasts best-in-class towing capability, torque, and fuel economy.

Extreme Off-Road Capability

Behind the wheel of the 2019 Colorado ZR2, you can take on virtually any situation. Featuring the segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSV™ Damping System, front and rear locking differentials, and a purpose built off-road suspension, the 2019 Colorado ZR will help you dominate even the roughest of paths.

Advanced Technology

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado isn’t just stronger than ever, it’s smarter, too. Equipped with the new Chevrolet Infotainment System, the 2019 Colorado offers a seamless connectivity experience. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ enable passengers to engage with favorite music, apps, and smartphone features to make the drive seem shorter.

Stop by El Dorado Chevy to test-drive the 2019 Colorado for yourself. Just be forewarned — you might just drive this bad boy home.