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You can find OnStar 4G LTE in the new Cruze Hatchback

Why Chevrolet Owners Love OnStar 4G LTE

What do Chevrolet owners love more than their Chevy models? Well, according to statistics, mobile data. A recent look at how much data is used by Chevrolet owners when driving their vehicles suggests that drivers love having Wi-Fi on the go. The survey says that Chevy drivers who have OnStar 4G LTE used a grand total of 4.2 million gigabytes of data last year in 2016, a 200% increase over the amount of data used on the go the previous year.

The reason? Demand for fun stuff inside your vehicle—such as music, movies, integrated navigation, and other connectivity features that make life easier—has skyrocketed. According to GM North America president Alan Batey, drivers now consider these features “an integral part of their day-to-day lives.”

Chevy broke down the stats even further to show which nameplates get the most data usage. Between 2015 and 2016, the Suburban and Tahoe showed the biggest increase, showcasing that OnStar 4G LTE tends to be the most popular among large, family-friendly SUVs. No surprise there, considering the popularity of built-in entertainment systems that features on-the-go movies and audio books.

If you’re interested in getting OnStar 4G LTE in your next vehicle, El Dorado Chevrolet can introduce you to a variety of subscription plans and help you through the process.

McKinney’s Main Street

Best of McKinney’s Main Street

One of the best parts of McKinney is McKinney’s Main Street. Here, you can catch tons of events or have a fun night out. Here’s some of the best you can catch on Main Street.

Chestnut Square Historic Village

Here, you can be a part of history with things like Living History Days, Ghost Walks, and the Holiday Tour of Homes. You can also just walk around and enjoy the historic buildings from the outside.

Frogs of Downtown McKinney

Some towns have cows, some have horses, so why not frogs? You’ll find fun frog sculptures all over downtown, from the farmer’s market to the art gallery. It’s a fun goal to try to find them all and pose with them!

Shopping & Entertainment

If you want a taste of McKinney, you’ll need to stop in at the downtown stores on Main Street. You’ll find the perfect combination of unique stores and tons of art galleries and performances.

Holiday Events

You won’t want to miss upcoming holiday events. Home for the Holidays is the McKinney Christmas celebration. You can attend this in late November to get into the Christmas spirit. You can witness the Christmas Tree lighting downtown and take part in some Candlelight Shopping for Christmas.

Chevy Truck Legend

The Official Chevy Truck Legend of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is a big event every year. It features trucks and truck-lovers alike, but it only has one Chevy Truck Legend.

This year, the Official Chevy Truck Legend of Texas was named: a 16-year-old Silverado with over 375,000 miles on it. Its owner, Lonzo Anderson, has been through a lot with the truck. He has driven his 2000 Silverado every day and it still holds the original engine.

Lonzo Anderson loves his Chevy and gives it credit for its dependability, “My favorite thing about my truck is that I can always depend on it. I was once called into work during an ice storm that left most people in the area stranded at home. Thanks to my Silverado, I was able to get out of my neighborhood and back to work with no trouble.”

The Chevy Truck Legends customer appreciation program exists to honor impressive Chevy trucks and owners. Any resident of Texas with more than 100,000 miles on their odometer are eligible to enter their truck in the program. Chevy Truck Legends like Lonzo Anderson will receive memorabilia, free car washes, discount oil changes, and more!

The Chevy Truck Legends program will soon be premiering nationally, so get that Chevy Truck of yours ready!

unknown road trips

Best Unknown Road Trips in Texas

Every state has its fair share of tourist hot spots, common vacation destinations filled to the brim with shops, restaurants, and fun attractions, and those places can be fun in their own right. However, sometimes when you’re looking for a weekend getaway, you’re just trying to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and uncover a hidden gem. Check out some of these unknown road trips in Texas for a vacation off the beaten path.

Medina River: While still a popular vacation spot for kayak enthusiasts, the Medina River has managed to avoid attracting partiers, making it more serene and relaxing than other fun rivers. There are also no rapids, making it excellent for beginners who want something tame and mild.

Enchanted Rock: A host of Native American legends about mystery and magic surround this rock, located in Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The rock tends to make strange groaning noises at night, though modern science says this is due to the rock cooling and contracting when not exposed to the sun.

Mason County: Want to hunt for natural topaz? Several ranches in Mason County will help guide you through the steps of mining the ravines and streambeds of the area for Texas’s state gem.

Marfa: The mystery lights of Marfa, Texas have puzzled visitors and residents alike for generations. They’ve been around since 1883, hovering just above the horizon on clear nights.

Hopefully these unknown road trips will satisfy your desire for adventure. What are you waiting for?

best tailgating party

Have the Best Tailgating Party in the 2017 Silverado 1500

For some, fall means crunchy brown leaves, cooler temperatures, and Halloween costumes. Those things are cool and all, but we also like to think of fall as football season. And what’s football without tailgating? We all love to kick back, grill out, and have a few cold ones before the game, and the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has everything you need to throw the best tailgating party you’ve ever had and wow your friends and family.

What do you need for a great day of tailgating? Entertainment, storage space, and plenty of power. The 2017 Silverado 1500 has all of these things in spades. Take advantage of the pickup’s modern tech, such as the available onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, to sync your phone to your truck and play music directly from your advice without using data. Additionally, the Chevy Silverado 1500 has a capable cargo box and up to 12,000 lbs of towing capacity when properly equipped for all yours supplies, from coolers and lawn chairs to your grill.

So what are you waiting for? If you want to throw the best tailgating party of your life, check out the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It has all the accommodating capability and modern amenities you could ever ask for.

hot tech chili cook off

2nd Annual Hot Tech Chili Cook Off in McKinney

Last year, McKinney hosted the 1st Annual Hot Tech Chili Cook Off, which raised money for the WERX Foundation. The organization is a non-profit that provides small businesses and startups with the necessary tools and resources needed to thrive. This year, the cook off is still benefitting the WERX Foundation and has added The Love Life Foundation, which is a non-profit that is dedicated to supporting victims of child abuse and to breaking the cycle within the community.

The 2nd annual event promises to be even bigger and better this year, with twenty teams competing for an array of awards, including: Best All Around, People’s Choice, Hottest Chili, and Most Unique. The event is being sponsored by and held at the TUPPS Brewery (Anderson St) on Saturday, October 15th, with cooking beginning at noon and tasting starting at 5pm. Doors open to the public at 2:30pm.

Not only will there be chili everywhere you go, there’ll be live music provided throughout the day with acts Gander Slu, Maylee Thomas, and George Fuller hitting the stage starting at 3pm. If you’re interested in registering a team for the cook off or getting early bird tickets, please use the links below.

Team registration information can be found here: http://www.mckinneywerx.com/chili-cookoff-team-register/

Ticket information: http://www.outhousetickets.com/Event/Event8434/

2017 Camaro ZL1 performance

Leave Other Drivers in Your Dust: 2017 Camaro ZL1 Performance

The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is the most powerful Camaro ever built. This model was designed for the track, with unparalleled performance options and a sleek new design. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 performance sets it apart from most other models on the road, making it stand out on both the track and the highway.

According to Chevy, the ZL1 can do 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. You heard right. It can even do a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds (at 127 mph). This Camaro gets up to 650 horsepower thanks to a supercharged LT4 6.2-liter V8 engine. Compared to the 1LE, the ZL1 is a speed demon.

“Building on Chevrolet’s well-established recipe for track-focused performance, the new 1LE packages expand the performance envelope of the Camaro SS and, for the first time, the Camaro LT,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “You’ll be hard-pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.”

The ZL1 didn’t just add a big engine; this model has some other upgrades. This includes a 220-pound weight reduction, which also increases handling and fuel economy. It gets the SS FE3 suspension with Magnetic Ride dampers, as well as a limited-slip differential. There’s nothing quite like the new ZL1.

Chevy Bolt Production

Two-Hundred-Mile, Electric Chevy Bolt Production to Begin This October

After months and months of anticipation, the much-awaited 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is finally going into production in October, according to Automotive News. A production version of the model was first revealed back in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

 

The Chevy Bolt electric vehicle – which will get an estimated 200 miles on a single charge – will easily be one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, raising the bar for the entire industry.

 

This rigorous production schedule will put the release of the Chevy Bolt ahead of both the Tesla Model 3 and the next-generation of the Nissan Leaf. Rumor also has it that some of the Chevy Bolt models will go to Lyft drivers.

 

But do not worry – there will be plenty of 2017 Chevy Bolt production models to go around. To learn more or to “get in line” for a Chevy Bolt, contact us or visit us anytime here at El Dorado Chevrolet.

Prepare Your Car for College

Prepare Your Car for College With These 5 Easy Steps

Are you planning to take you car to college this year? Whether you are starting your freshman year or you’re a “fifth year senior,” there are some steps you should take ahead of time to keep your car safe and in good shape.

 

Here are some tips to prepare your car for college:

 

  • Make sure that your vehicle is up-to-date on any inspections and oil changes. If you have been annoying any dashboard lights, now is the time to address them.
  • Check out your tires – looking for air pressure, tread, and alignment – and see that they are in good shape before you go.
  • Write a list of all the regular, routine maintenance that your owner’s manual indicates you should follow, and put those dates in your calendar.
  • Also, if you are going to school in a different state, familiarize yourself with any differences in their driving-related laws.
  • Lastly – visit your school ahead of time to secure a parking pass or otherwise confirm that you will be able to park somewhere.

 

For more advice – or to start the semester out behind a new set of wheels – contact us or visit us anytime, here at El Dorado Chevrolet.

how to jump start a car

Vehicle Basics: How to Jump Start a Car

Getting a dead battery can be caused by an array of factors, from a faulty electrical system, bad alternator, or simply old age. If you are stuck with a dead battery, it’s important to know how to jump start a car. This restores the electrical charge needed to operate the starter, and it can even recharge the battery in some instances.

According to Edmunds, you should start with a high-quality set of jumper cables. These should have a thick gauge of wire, and they should be around 20 feet long with solid copper clamps if possible. Next, you’ll need a working car to pull up near the dead car, without touching each other. Face to face works best.

Locate the battery and terminals. The battery is a black rectangle with two leads sticking up out of it, often colored red (+) and black (-). Make sure both cars are off and in park, and connect one red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery. If the terminal is corroded, rub it a bit with the clamp to get rid of unwanted residue.

Next, connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal of the jumper car. Connect a black clamp to the negative terminal (-) of the jumper car. Finally, connect the remaining black clamp to a grounded and bare metal piece in the engine compartment of the dead car. This grounds the charge and makes it safer. This should preferably be an unpainted bolt, bracket, or nut.

Start the jumper car and let it run for a few minutes. Try starting the dead vehicle. If it doesn’t start right away, let it sit for longer. If the car starts, remove the jumper cables in the order you put them on. Drive the dead car for 15 minutes before turning it off, allowing the alternator to charge the battery.