Tires 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.
The Bolt EV safety features allow you to feel more comfortable behind the wheel in fact, many of these can be found on the entire 2017 model lineup. In addition to its impressive all-electric powertrain design that saves you money at the pump and eliminates emissions, the Bolt EV also recently earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With the Bolt’s high-quality design and the latest technologies on the market, you can rest assured you’re safe when you’re driving the new Bolt EV.
The Bolt EV is the first all-electric vehicle for 2017 to earn the IIHS rating, which marks a landmark for this Chevy model. According to The Car Connection, the Bolt EV scored “good” on all crash tests and a “Superior” in the category of front crash prevention. The five tests the IIHS uses are the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint.
The Bolt EV’s optional front crash prevention system will reduce the risk of and possibly prevent collisions at speeds of 12 to 25 mph. This is just one of many great aspects on the latest electric vehicle to come from the 2017 model lineup. To learn more about Chevy safety features for the latest model year, visit El Dorado Chevrolet today.
As the number of Spanish speakers in the United States increases so does the number of Chevy owners requesting OnStar in Spanish. OnStar has had Spanish-speaker advisors for years, but the numbers of Spanish calls coming in is increasing.
In fact, Chevrolet says more than 1,000 Spanish speakers press the OnStar button every day, which is 30% more than in 2013.
“We understand that not all Chevrolet owners speak English fluently or at all…” said Terry Inch, executive director of GM’s Global Connected Customer Experience. “As a result, OnStar has a dedicated team of advisors who can help Spanish-speaking customers keep safe, connected and ready for the road ahead.”
Chevrolet owners can have their OnStar requests automatically routed to the Spanish team if they want. They can either set this up at the dealership with an OnStar welcome call or request the feature themselves at any time by pressing the blue OnStar button in their Chevrolet vehicle.
Every new Chevrolet vehicle includes the OnStar Basic Plan for five years at no charge. The Basic Plan includes great features like Dealer Maintenance Notification, Advanced Diagnostics, and access to the myChevrolet mobile app.
Here at El Dorado Chevrolet, we are here to help any of our customers with any of their OnStar needs.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It falls on May 14th this year, so there is still time to prepare a gift for your mom, wife, or other significant woman in your life. If your wife or mother is like most moms, she likely spends a lot of time in the car, driving to and from work, shuttling the kids here and there, and running errands. That is why car gifts for mom are not a bad idea.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Car detailing – If the mom in your life is constantly toting children from one activity to the next, odds are high, her car is pretty dirty and covered in everything little kids leave behind. Surprise her with a car detailing so it looks and smells like new again.
Satellite radio – Give her the gift of listening to whatever music she wants wherever she is without commercials. If her car is equipped with satellite radio already, buy her a subscription.
Love notes – Write out a bunch of love notes and leave them hidden away in her car. Some she will find right away, but others might not appear for months. Every note she finds will fill her with joy.
It’s already March, which means that spring is right around the corner and the weather is already starting to warm up. No more jackets and gloves! With the warm weather and the sprouting greenery, it’s easy to be lured into the great outdoors and get bit by the camping bug. El Dorado Chevrolet knows there are some great places to go camping in McKinney; you just need to know where to look!
Erwin Park: This self-described “rustic campground” offers everything from playgrounds to picnic pavilions to cycling and hiking trails for the explorers at heart. Call in advance for campground availability.
Texas Star RV Ranch: This secluded RV roost offers nice spots for plenty of peace and quiet. It offers free Wi-Fi and is pet-friendly, too, so you don’t have to leave your best friend or your phone behind.
Lighthouse RV Resort: Another RV campsite, you get lots of amenities here like laundry facilities, a pool, mini-golf, playgrounds, and even security monitoring at night. There are even places to work out if you want to stay in shape on vacation.
Camping in McKinney is fun and gives you a chance to get out of your home and into the Texas spring weather, before the heat kicks in during the summertime months. Feel Free to come on down to El Dorado Chevrolet and Check out our wide selection of SUV’s that would work great for storing and transporting all your camping gear!