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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.

Summer Essentials for Your Car

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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.

Car Safe Resolutions for the New Year

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Now that 2018 is here, you have the opportunity to make some changes in your life. While you might be considering living healthier or saving money, we have a few car safe resolutions for you to consider.

  • Never use your phone behind the wheel. Every year, thousands of people die in accidents related to cell phone use. Make sure you are not the cause of one of these accidents by resolving to keep your phone away while you drive.
  • Make safety a priority. If you have plans for a new car this year, put safety features at the top of your priority list. Perhaps even spend a bit more to get advanced active features.
  • Use proper car seats. If you have young children, make sure they are using a car seat that is appropriate for their age and size. Children 12 and under need to be in the back seat. And, children should be in a booster seat until they are at least 4-foot 9-inches tall.
  • Always use seat belts. While seat belt usage is more universal than ever, there are still deaths that could be avoided simply by buckling up. Make sure you and all your passengers are secure before you start driving.

Which of these car safe resolutions will you be committing to this year? If you are looking for a new, safer car, visit us at El Dorado Chevrolet.

Deciding to Buy a New Vs. Used Vehicle

New Vs. Used vehicleIt’s the age-old question: should I buy a new car or a used one? Both are viable options, and El Dorado Chevy has great vehicles in both categories. We’ll show you the short version of deciding to buy a new vs. used vehicle.

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Lots of people choose to buy new cars because of the peace of mind that comes with them. New cars come with warranties that will protect your wallet in case of any unexpected problems. New cars will also have the latest in technology and safety features. If you value the security that comes with advanced driver assistance tools, or need to have a Wi-Fi hotspot in your vehicle for work, a new car can deliver. The downside of new cars, of course, is the higher price, but the cost is worth it to many.

 Used

The biggest benefit to buying a used car is the money that the shopper will save. Not only does one save on the initial price tag, but that lower price will also mean lower insurance, lower taxes, and lower registration. That used to be the only reason to buy used, but these days cars are made to last, so a used car can be just as reliable as a new one. Find a model that’s recent enough to have the features you want, and you’re looking at a great deal from El Dorado Chevy.

Fuel Efficiency Tips: Saving More Money at the Pump

One of the most expensive parts of owning a car is paying for gas. That’s why we’ve written a post on fuel efficiency tips to help you make the most of your driving. From getting the right car to driving habits and maintenance, there are a few things you can do to squeeze every last drop of gasoline for power.

According to Popular Mechanics, selecting the right car is one of the most important things. At El Dorado Chevy, we have a wide selection of efficient cars that help you save at the pump. The Malibu, Colorado, Spark, Cruze, Trax, and Bolt have exceptional gas mileage.

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Proper maintenance also affects fuel economy. Make sure you’re getting oil changes every 3-5 months, or as needed, and check the tires, air filter, fuel filter, and other parts regularly. By ensuring your engine is well-lubricated and that airflow is smooth, your engine will fire with optimum efficiency.

Finally, reconsider your driving habits. Speeding on the highway tends to be one of the biggest causes of bad gas mileage, as added drag can reduce efficiency. You should also avoid rapid acceleration and hard braking—signs that you’re burning fuel at a high rate. Remain calm behind the wheel, and, if possible, try carpooling a few days out of the week to save more.

These are just some of the methods of saving more money at the pump.

Checking Tire Tread: Is it Time for New Tires?

Checking Tire Tread - McKinney, TXTires are one of the most important parts of your car, especially since it’s the only component that touches the road. Bad tires can decrease fuel economy, reduce handling, and increase the likelihood of a breakdown. That’s why it’s important to get new tires when the time is right. How do you know if you need new tires? Read on to learn about checking tire tread.

One of the easiest ways, according to Pep Boys, is to try the penny test. Simply take a penny, flip it upside down, and put it in the middle of the tire tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, that means you have less than approximately 2/32 of an inch left on your tires. Any less, and it would be illegal in most states to drive.

You should also check tires for wear and tear. This includes bulges, cracking, and bald spots. Bald spots or patches of missing tread are often signs of misalignment because the vehicle is probably not riding properly. Bulging and cracking are signs that the rubber may be going bad. Additionally, tires should be replaced after about five years even if you don’t use them, as rubber compounds breakdown over time.

Not sure if you need new tires? At El Dorado Chevrolet, our specially trained staff can easily tell you if it’s time for new tires, a tire rotation, or if your pressure is getting low. Call or stop by for all your tire maintenance needs.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Spring Car Maintenance Tips | El Dorado Chevrolet

A simple wash and wax is great, but what every car really needs is some love and care to kick off spring. Vehicles that have endured a harsh winter are in need of some routine maintenance in order to prepare for warmer weather. Check out these spring car maintenance tips from us here at El Dorado Chevrolet and enjoy the warmer weather!

  • Tires – Fluctuations in temperature can cause your tire pressure to go up and down constantly. That’s why it’s important to check each tire’s pressure once a week to ensure they’re properly inflated. As the weather gets warmer, your tire pressure will likely rise, so be sure to keep an eye out to avoid over-inflation problems.
  • Wipers – Winter isn’t exactly a lightweight in many climates, so odds are your wipers felt some of the pain. Worn wipers simply won’t do in heavy spring rains. Take a few minutes out of your day to replace your old wipers with a new set. They’re relatively inexpensive and are a vital safety feature to your vehicle.
  • Battery – A car requires more current to start during colder weather. That can put some strain on your car’s battery, which is why it’s important to look it over once a month. If your battery is more than two years old, consider getting a new one, just to be safe.
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Detail Your Car Like a Pro – Your How-To Guide From El Dorado Chevy

Over time, it is expected that your car will become dirty. However, there is no need for you to take it to a professional to have it cleaned. Save yourself some money, and do it yourself. If you follow these simple tips, you will be able to detail your car like a pro.

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The first step is to get out the air compressor. This is a great tool to get all of the dust out of the corners and cracks of your car. If you blow it from the corners of your car and into the center, it’s much easier to vacuum later. You can also turn it onto your vents to clean out the air system.

After getting rid of the dust, move to the exterior of the car. It’s important that you don’t use an acidic cleaner on your car. This will eat away at the protective layers on your paint and rims. Instead, use a soap that was designed specifically to be used on cars.

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If you follow these simple steps, your car will be looking clean and professional in no time. You’ll also save yourself a bit of money by not taking into a shop.

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How to Fix a Scratch on Your Car Like a Pro

Throughout the life of a car, there are lot of nicks and dings that happen on accident. You will inevitably experience a scratch on your car at some point in time. Instead of spending a bunch of money to have it fixed at a shop, learn how to fix it on your own. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be able to fix a scratch on your car like a pro.

  • Step 1: Clean the surface around the scratch, and make sure that there isn’t any dirt or residue. This should be done with a soft cloth. Masking the trim around the area where you will be working may be a wise idea.
  • Step 2: Polish the area that you cleaned. After a few strokes of polish, clean the area with a soft rag. Make sure that it’s dry. Go slowly to make sure that you don’t go through the clear coat.
  • Step 3: Purchase primer and matching paint. If you are unsure what color paint that you need, simply take a sample into the store to get it matched.
  • Step 4: After applying the primer and sanding it smooth, apply the new paint to the area. Sand and buff it if necessary before applying the final coat.

Now that you know how to fix simple scratches, you will save yourself a lot of money.

Windshield Wipers

Three Tips for Making Your Windshield Wipers Last Longer

Your windshield wipers play a major role in your ability to drive safely, but are all too often overlooked. In an effort to save you time and money on replacement blades, we come up with a few maintenance tips to keep your windshield wipers working better for longer.

Don’t use them on a dry surface. Always turn your windshield wipers off before turning off the engine. Your wipers take on extra friction whenever they wipe across a dry windshield, so be diligent about turning them off when wet conditions clear up.

Always scrape ice and snow. Windshield wipers are all too often used as a mechanism to clear built-up ice and snow. The extra weight, friction, and uneven surface cause the rubber blades to wear more quickly. Instead, use your defroster and manually scrape your windshield before employing the wipers.

Clean your wipers and windshield. Help your windshield wipers out, and take a minute to clean the windshield every time you get gas, ensuring the wipers are clearing a clean surface. Also be sure to use a clean cloth or paper towel and water or window cleaning solution to wipe the blades down. Be gentle so that you don’t damage the blade, but you should see that anything that has collected on the wiper’s surface will come right off, leaving a smooth edge.

For more tips, to make your windshield wipers last longer, visit raineater.com.

If you need more information about replacing your windshield wipers, call our parts department at El Dorado Chevrolet today!