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Summer Essentials for Your Car

2018 Chevrolet Corvette

Summer’s finally here and it’s time to enjoy some fun in the sun. Before you head out on your next adventure, though, make sure you remember to bring these summer essentials for your car.

Bug spray and sunscreen. During the summer, the sun is typically beaming, and the bugs are looking for their next big meal. That’s why it’s important to keep both bug spray and sunscreen in your car. After all, no one likes to be sunburnt and mosquito-bitten!

Tote bags. Along with being a great way to help the environment out (no more plastic bags at the grocery store!), tote bags are also handy for a number of small mishaps. Whether you need to throw some dirty clothes into one or carry lunches easily, these bags will have you covered.

First aid kit. Accidents happen. Make sure you’re ready to bandage up any scraps or bruises your children may get during their outdoor explorations with a first aid kit.

A window shade. Your car’s going to get hot during the summer, especially when the sun’s out. A window shade is a sure way to keep the sun from roasting your car’s seats and making it more difficult to cool your car down.

A reusable water bottle. When you’re out and about, you don’t want to have to worry about whether you and your family are staying hydrated. Keeping a reusable water bottle with you means you’re set to take on the hot days ahead.

For more tips on enhancing your summer trips, give us a call at El Dorado Chevy.

General Motors Military Discount Gets Extended

General Motors is making it easier for military personnel to save money when they purchase a new vehicle. The American carmaker recently announced that it will be extending its military discount.

The General Motors Military Discount now allows military members to take advantage of the discount for up to three years after discharge. This means they can potentially save thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. Previously, this discount was only available up to one year after discharge.

military personnel

“Supporting service members and their families is truly part of our fabric at GM,” said Steve Hill, vice president of U.S. Sales, Service, and Marketing. “Extending the discount to three years post-service allows military families to settle back into civilian life and take the time they need before purchasing a new vehicle.”

This discount is available for all active duty, reserve, and retired members of all U.S. military branches, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard. It applies to all GM brands and is available now on most 2018 GM vehicles, most 2017 vehicles, and the new 2019 models.

You can find a comprehensive list of vehicles that it can apply to here. To use this discount, simply go to the GM Military Discount website, selected the best price available, get an authorization number, and find the nearest participating dealership that has the vehicle you desire.

For more details about this exclusive discount, call us at El Dorado Chevy.

4 Best Chevy Vehicles for Families

2018 Chevrolet Equinox in McKinney, TX

Chevrolet prides itself on its wide range of vehicles, from the durable Chevrolet Silverado (great for the jobsite) to the super fast Chevrolet Corvette (great for the track). But perhaps Chevy’s greatest strength is in its family vehicles. These are four of the best Chevy vehicles for families, available now at El Dorado Chevrolet:

  1. Chevrolet Equinox: Though compact, this SUV is plenty roomy for small families with 63.5 cubic feet of cargo volume. It’s also highly efficient for families on a budget: The new turbo-diesel engine yields up to 39 miles per gallon on the highway.*
  2. Chevrolet Bolt: Speaking of efficient, the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt is Chevy’s economy EV. The Bolt offers incredible eco-friendly tech—it can go 238 miles on a single charge and can charge to a 90-mile range in just 30 minutes with DC Fast Charging.
  3. Chevrolet Traverse: The Traverse offers best-in-class max cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet and boasts up to 14 available advanced safety features, such as Forward Collision Alert and the Rear Vision Camera.
  4. Chevrolet Suburban: Chevy’s largest SUV offers incredible towing (up to 8,300 pounds) for family camping or boating trips. It also offers plenty of room for family members and their luggage with 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to test drive one or more of these family-friendly models that are sure to make each drive a bit more pleasant.

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

4 Fun Things to Do in Dallas This Summer

family outdoors in summer

The city of Dallas has so much to offer, from delicious restaurants to educational museums to a roaring nightlife. Looking for something unique this season? Here are four things to do in Dallas this summer:

  1. Little Elm Craft Brew and Que: If you love delicious barbecue and even more delicious beer, this is one event you won’t want to miss. About 45 minutes north of downtown Dallas is Little Elm Park, which will play host to this event on June 2nd from 4 to 9pm. There will be live music in a family-friendly atmosphere with food and drinks, as well as beer sampling tickets, available for purchase.
  2. Decks in the Park: Head to Klyde Warren Park for this free music event on Thursday, June 21st, from 5 to 10pm. The festival features DJs from a variety of genres playing live music. On-site food trucks will provide refreshment.
  3. Quakecon: Video gamers, unite! This event, held at Gaylord Texan from August 9th through the 12th, is a non-stop video game festival—just remember to register online and bring your own computer.
  4. Texas Outdoor Musical: If you love live outdoor entertainment, then don’t miss the Texas Outdoor Musical at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, open Tuesdays through Sundays all summer. Get more info here.

For even more ways to celebrate the warm weather this summer, contact us at El Dorado Chevrolet. We’ll gladly recommend our favorite local pastimes.

Chevrolet Teases Next-Generation 2020 Silverado HD

Chevy Silverado HD

It’s no secret that Chevy has been updating its Silverado lineup and it looks like the American automaker isn’t going to be ignoring its HD lineup. The brand just released a teaser photo for the 2019 debut of the 2020 Silverado HD lineup.

“With a completely new, expanded range of Silverado models on the horizon, we expect to see even more truck buyers in Chevrolet showrooms,” said Alan Batey, global head of Chevrolet.

Currently, protype testing hasn’t begun just yet for the Silverado HD, but the model is expected to have a bolder design and larger proportions.

The reveal of the 2020 Silverado HD follows the debut of the 2019 Silverado 1500, which occurred in January. The American truck maker has also announced a new lineup of Silverado chassis-cab models, which includes the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD.

Each of these recently introduced models have seen some significant changes. For instance, the Silverado 1500 has lost weight compared to the previous models and offers more customization options, so customers can find the pickup of their dreams.

While we don’t know much more about the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD lineup, we do know that it will be manufactured in Flint, Michigan. It’s expected to make its bow in showrooms across the country in fall of 2019.

Until then, stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to test drive the brand’s current Chevy Silverado HD models.

MISD Teachers of the Year

MISD TEACHERS OF THE YEAR WILL BE RIDING IN STYLE FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS COURTESY OF EL DORADO CHEVY MAZDA

McKinney, TX (May 25, 2016) – As she eases into the black leather driver’s seat of a brand new Chevy Camaro, McKinney ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Carol Winters says with a laugh, “ I chose something that I wouldn’t normally drive.”

Maybe so, but within moments, the veteran AP English teacher from McKinney High School looks right at home in this new set of wheels that is sure to be the envy of her students.

Sales Manager Rusty McDonald will hand the keys over to her in a few minutes, and it’ll be Winters’ to drive for a year – free of charge – courtesy of El Dorado Chevrolet Mazda of McKinney.

CArol Winters

While Winters soaks up the coolness of her new Camaro, Megan Whittaker smiles and opens the back hatch of a new 2016 Chevy Equinox. “I teach Pre-K, and I carry a lot of bins back and forth between school and home. There’s no way I could fit everything in that car,” she laughs, gesturing toward Winters’ Camaro. As the 2016 MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, Whittaker is receiving a new vehicle too.

Megan Whittaker
“It’s truly, truly an honor,” says McDonald of the opportunity to offer the use of these vehicles to Winters and Whittaker. “It’s awesome. We feel very fortunate to be able to help.”

It’s one way the dealership hopes to show its appreciation for the teachers of MISD.
El Dorado has been a strong supporter of the district for some time. In 2011, when the FAA program needed a truck to haul projects to livestock shows, El Dorado donated a new Chevy Silverado One-ton Crew cab. The dealership also sponsors the Teacher of the Month recognition on 97.5 KLAK as well as the radio station’s end of the year banquet which honors the teachers spotlighted throughout the year. And, in 2015, they launched this Teacher of the Year vehicle program as another opportunity to give back.

The generosity of El Dorado Chevy Mazda is not taken for granted.

“I just think it’s amazing that a car dealership would show this much appreciation to our teachers and our community,” says Whittaker. “They’re a business, and I know that they could be making money from these cars, but instead they’re showing their appreciation for the school district.”

What better time to hop into a new car than summer? School will roll back around soon enough, and the time for loading up bins and teaching supplies will be here again before we know it.

But, for now, it’s time to relax a little…and just cruise.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.