Car Safe Resolutions for the New Year

2018 Chevrolet Cruze in McKinney, Texas

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.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

What happens when you take Chevrolet’s versatile and peppy mid-size pickup and load it up with off-roading features? You get the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. And when it comes to off-roading, there’s hardly a better option than the Colorado ZR2.

Motor Trend feels the same way about the Chevy Colorado ZR2, since it chose it as the Truck of the Year finalist. The regular Chevrolet Colorado is already equipped with smart features, bold design, and strong engine options. It’s great for tackling jobs, but also serves as a city commuter.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 takes that versatility to the next level. The ZR2 packages adds a suspension lift suited for off-roading, locking front and rear differentials, Multimatic DSSV dampers, and a uniquely sporty exterior. The Colorado ZR2 is powered by one of two engines, either the 2.8-liter turbodiesel or the 3.6-liter V6. All of this makes for a confident and powerful performance on any terrain, yet the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 can transition back onto pavement as smoothly as ever. It’s that impressive versatility combined with unique capability that makes the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 the Truck of the Year finalist.

Looking to venture off of the beaten path? You can’t choose a better option that the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 for the task. See one of these mid-size pickups at El Dorado Chevy.

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.

New

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.

Chevy Announces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

This summer, Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car, which will debut at the Daytona Speedweeks races in February 2018, the beginning of the NASCAR season. This was the first race in which Chevy used the Camaro ZL1, previously opting for the Chevy SS.

With the retirement of the SS, Chevy moved onto the Camaro ZL1, adjusting the design to make it as speedy and efficient as possible on the racetrack. Chevy focused on making the ZL1 a great racecar without losing its iconic Camaro styling, and the brand succeeded—the stance, the lines of the hood, and the slope of the roof all recall the Camaro.

In August, Chevy invited NASCAR drivers and fans to check out the new ZL1 before it makes its debut during the next NASCAR season. One of the drivers was the mega-famous Jimmie Johnson, a Chevy driver excited to get behind the wheel of the racing Camaro ZL1 after loving it as a street-legal vehicle.

The ZL1 NASCAR Cup won’t hit the racetrack until next year, but you can still experience the production version of the Camaro ZL1. Give us a call today at El Dorado Chevy and we’ll set up a test drive.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Reviews

2018 Chevy Traverse in McKinney, Texas

When Chevy finally introduced a new generation of the Traverse after a decade on the market, gear-heads knew it was going to make a big splash. Now that the new Traverse is out in the world, reviews are pouring in, and the decision is just about unanimous: the 2018 Traverse is refined, sophisticated, and rides like a dream.

Kelley Blue Book calls the new Traverse “not just better—one of the best,” citing its tasteful design and proportions; a modern, fashion-forward interior; and an ease of driving in the city despite its big size. The KBB reviewer put 700 miles on the Traverse in this test drive and came to the conclusion that it beats even leading competitors in terms of size and features.

Consumer Reports also put out a glowing 2018 Chevrolet Traverse review. The outlet was impressed with the Traverse’s “cavernous” cabin, exceptional visibility through the windshield, and intuitive infotainment technologies. It was also a fan of the reduced cabin noise and improved fuel economy.

These are just a few of the positive reviews the new Traverse has received since it debuted months ago. To find out more about this smart, sophisticated three-row SUV or if you want to take it for a test drive, call us today at El Dorado Chevrolet.

Add Some Spice to Your Life with the Malibu Redline Edition

2017 Chevy Malibu Redline Edition - McKinney, Texas

If you want a car that stands out from the crowd, you can get just that with the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition. This special model will arrive at dealerships beginning this winter.

The Malibu Redline will feature 19-inch black wheels with distinct red painted hash marks, a blacked-out grille, black bowtie, and a black nameplate with a red outline. There could be a few additional unique details inside, but Chevrolet hasn’t released that information yet.

These unique features are available on the Malibu 1LT, which means it will come standard with Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, Chevrolet MyLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, heated mirrors, laminated side windows, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, rear air vents, satellite radio, and a rearview camera.

Powering the Malibu Redline is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined.*

To get a taste of what the Redline will feel like, come take the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu out for a test drive at El Dorado Chevrolet today. Then, you can place your order for this special edition model.

 

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Find the Bolt EV in Texas at El Dorado Chevrolet

2017 Chevy Bolt EV in TexasEver since the Chevrolet Bolt EV was shown off at the North American International Auto Show, car shoppers have been begging to drive it. If you have been looking for the Bolt EV in Texas, it is finally here at El Dorado Chevrolet. In fact, it is now available nationwide.

Customers in other areas of the country like California and Maryland have already enjoyed all that the Bolt EV has to offer.

“It’s been everything I had hoped!” said Brian Ro of Columbia, Maryland, who was among the first Bolt EV owners. “The CUV-styling fits my family of four just fine, and the EV performance and 200-plus mile range simply can’t be beat at this price point.”

Since its introduction, the Bolt EV has won nearly 40 awards, including being named the 2017 North American Car of the Year and Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal.

When fully charged, the Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range.* But, it is so much more than just an electric car. It comes standard with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, and plenty of technology.

Come experience the future of electric driving with a test drive at El Dorado Chevrolet today.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Best Car-Themed Halloween Costumes

Car Halloween Costumes in McKinney, TexasCar-themed Halloween costumes can be fun for adults and kids alike. Here’s some fun ideas if you want to celebrate the season like a gear head.

  • An Actual Car: All it takes is a cardboard box, some fake wheels, and a way to attach the car to your body. With some craftiness, you’ve got a costume. Use your imagination when decorating your “car”; you can make it look like a real car or something unique like the Batmobile.
  • Driver’s License: This one only takes a rectangular sheet of cardboard, cutting out a hole the size of your face, and some paint. Bonus points if you purposely make an awkward face or look terrible.
  • Road Sign: Like the driver’s license, all you need for this one is some cardboard and a bit of creativity. Make a fake Stop sign, a Pedestrian Crossing sign, Road Closed Ahead sign, or something else.
  • Race Car Driver: This one gives you a lot of leeway in terms of colors and patterns, but you’ll still be immediately recognizable. Accessorize with a checkered flag.
  • Used Car Salesman: It’s time to put on your best impression of a tacky salesman and get into character with a plaid suit, a comb-over wig, and maybe even a fake cigar.

These awesome ideas for car-themed Halloween costumes will be sure to win a costume contest this October! If you dress up, come over to El Dorado Chevrolet so we can see your handiwork.

2018 Chevrolet Impala Upgrades Added for the New Year

2018 Chevrolet Impala - McKinney, TexasThe full-size sedan segment is known for its distinct presence as a combination of spacious, family-friendly practicality and upscale interior comforts. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala is one such sedan, renowned for its commitment to quality at an affordable price. Though the Chevrolet Impala isn’t entering a new generation or even getting a major overhaul for 2018, it’s still picking up some new features. The latest Chevrolet Impala upgrades keep it at the forefront of the segment.

Remote Start is a new addition to the Impala’s long list of features, adding extra convenience to your morning commute. Plus, with goodies like a Bose® sound system, Chevrolet MyLink, and other high-tech systems, it’s easy to relax when you’re behind the wheel of the Chevy Impala. Some new colors have been added to the Impala’s palette, and the Sunroof and Spoiler package also adds the opportunity for drivers to opt into some new luxuries. A rear-vision camera and various other Driver Confidence Packages add to your safety.

Chevrolet Impala upgrades add new improvements for drivers to enjoy in a bold, capable, and opulent sedan. If you’re interested in the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, check it out at 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.

Fuel Efficiency Tips - McKinney, Texas

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.