Car Sanitizing Tips to Fight COVID-19 Spread

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During this global COVID-19 pandemic, you have likely become a little hyper aware of all the things you have to touch, especially when you are out of your home. To help protect yourself against the potential spread of the virus, you can sanitize your car. Here are a few car sanitizing tips to get you started.

Cleaning Supplies

To clean hard surfaces in your car you can use either disinfectant wipes or normal soapy water and a washcloth. For carpets and upholstery, use whatever is appropriate for the materials in your car like leather cleaner, carpet cleaner, or upholstery shampoo. Make sure you don’t use any products with bleach, as you don’t want to unintentionally ruin your car’s interior.

Hard Surfaces

Wipe down all the hard surfaces in your car. Pay special attention to high-touch areas like the steering wheel, audio controls, climate control, and gear shifter. If you are using water and a washcloth, be sure to squeeze out as much excess water as you can so you don’t damage any electronics. You also want to avoid using any ammonia-based cleaners on the touch screen surfaces.

Soft Surfaces

For the upholstery, carpeting, and other soft surfaces, follow the cleaning directions on the products you are using. You can always test the product in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t damage your interior.

Contact El Dorado Chevrolet to schedule a maintenance check and keep your car running smoothly.

Zoos Across the Country Offering Online Visits

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While we are all stuck at home, there are times you and your family might be feeling a little bored. In normal times, this would mean a fun family outing to the zoo. Unfortunately, we can’t visit our favorite zoos in person, but many zoos across the country are offering online zoo visits. Here are a few highlights.

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo is home to the famous Fiona the Hippo. Most days the zoo offers a Home Safari program at 3 p.m. EST on its Facebook Live Feed. You can also head to their YouTube channel and catch up on any animals you may have missed.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo offers a variety of live animal cams where you can watch the animals explore their habitats, enjoy mealtime, and play with each other. Some of the animals available include elephants, gorillas, giraffes, flamingos, and leafcutter ants.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in the world. You and your kids can virtually visit some of their most popular animals including koalas, pandas, polar bears, and tigers.

Until you are able to visit a zoo with your family, enjoy these virtual tours. When it’s time to get back on the road, make sure your car is up to the task by scheduling a maintenance appointment at El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas.

2020 Chevrolet Lineup Features Bold Color Options

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Many Americans view their cars as basic transportation and not much more. However, some of us love our cars and feel they are an extension of our personalities. One great way to express yourself with your car is by choosing a bold exterior color, and the 2020 Chevrolet lineup has great colors to choose from.

If you like the sharp, sophisticated Blazer, get a cool color to match. The bold Red Hot will turn heads, while the Bright Blue Metallic can help cool things down. Another popular SUV is the Equinox. It comes in daring colors like Cayenne Orange Metallic, Pacific Blue Metallic, and Chocolate Metallic.

You can go electric with the innovative Chevrolet Bolt. Along with its estimated 259-mile electric driving range, it offers you an impressive rainbow of interesting colors to choose from.* The Oasis Blue, Cayenne Orange Metallic, and Kinetic Blue Metallic are some of the eclectic choices.

The powerful Camaro and Corvette have some bold colors that match their high-speed performances. The Camaro is available in the premium colors of Shock and Crush, while the Corvette Stingray comes in bold colors like Elkhart Lake Blue, Rapid Blue, Accelerate Yellow, Long Beach Red Metallic, and Sebring Orange Tintcoat.

The Spark may be small, but it comes with some of the most unique colors including Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Caribbean Blue, and Orange Burst.

Contact El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas, to learn more about your color options for the 2020 Chevrolet lineup.

*EPA-estimated 259-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, and how you use and maintain your vehicle.

Chevrolet Spark Special Edition Revealed for 2020

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Pictured: The standard version of the Chevrolet Spark

If you love the compact Chevrolet Spark, you’ll definitely be impressed by the Spark Special Edition. This unique model was showcased at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show and comes with stylish updates that help it stand out from the standard Spark.

Outside, the Spark Special Edition comes with a black-painted grille, black daytime running lamp bezels, and black Bow Tie emblems. It also comes with 15-inch machine-finished wheels with a black finish.

The Special Edition upgrades are only available on the 1LT trim for the 2020 model year. You can choose between the 1LT Manual or 1LT Automatic models. Both are powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque.

Even if you don’t choose the Special Edition model, the Spark is still a fun, peppy car available at four trim levels: LS, 1LT, 2LT, and ACTIV. The base trim comes well-equipped with technology including a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth® connectivity, OnStar® with an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

The 1LT trim, which is what you would get with the Special Edition model, adds power accessories, fog lights, cruise control, and a six-speaker audio system.

Contact El Dorado Chevrolet to learn more about the 2020 Chevrolet Spark and its Special Edition trim in McKinney, Texas.

Chevy Reveals Silverado HD Z71 Sport Concept

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Chevrolet recently unveiled the Silverado HD Z71 Sport Concept, a unique take on the classic truck. Premiering at the 2019 SEMA Show, the Z71 Sport Concept comes with the new Z71 Sport Package, which includes a revamped exterior, off-road capabilities, and more.

The exterior will help you make an entrance wherever you go. The Z71 Sport Concept comes with high-intensity LED lighting for better visibility, a body-colored Chevy grille bar (which comes with chrome inserts), body-colored rear and front bumpers, and custom exterior graphics. You’ll also find that the Silverado comes with special Chevrolet Bow Ties and badging.

This new model is also equipped with a standard off-road package. This includes features such as special off-road tires for added traction, an underbody shield (colored black for the Z71 model) for added protection, and Rancho® shocks. You’ll also find Hill Descent Control for better handling on inclined terrain.

Under the hood of the Z71 is a 6.6-liter V8 engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and an optional Trailer Package. You can also opt for a diesel engine, which has 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, allowing the Silverado HD to tow up to 35,500 pounds when properly equipped.

Learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado HD at El Dorado Chevrolet.

Which Chevy Models Offer Sunroofs?

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One of the best ways to enjoy the warm spring air, take in the stars, or feel the sun’s rays is to open the sunroof and go for a ride. If you don’t have a sunroof, you’re missing out on a life-changing experience. Chevy understands how a sunroof can improve your drive, so a variety of their Chevy models offer sunroofs.

One of the top Chevy panoramic sunroofs is offered on the two-row Chevy Blazer. This model has a sunroof as an available standalone option on the 3LT, RS, and Premier trims. This power sunroof will help to provide a healthy dose of fresh air and sunlight.

Looking for added elegance on a sedan? Consider the Chevy Malibu Premier. This high-end trim comes with a dual-pane power sunroof to create an entirely new atmosphere while you’re on the road. Plus, it pairs well with premium interior trim and a smart 8-inch touch screen infotainment system.

The Chevy Suburban is a truly legendary SUV, and the 2020 model year is no different. In addition to a distinguished exterior design, capable powertrain, and spacious interior with seating for up to nine people, the 2020 Suburban also comes with an available power sunroof — which is ideal for getting a breath of fresh air.

Check out the sunroofs on the Chevy Blazer, Malibu Premier, and Suburban at El Dorado Chevrolet.

Complete Performance Details Posted for Chevy Corvette Stingray

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The Chevy Corvette Stingray is completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. The eight-generation Corvette is boldly different from the previous model with an innovative mid-engine design. In fact, only one piece was carried over from the seventh generation. We have now learned that Chevrolet has released the full performance numbers for the new Corvette.

All 2020 Corvette models will be powered by an all-new 6.2-liter LT2 V8 engine. The base configuration has an output of 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. With the available Z51 Performance Package, the output is increased to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This makes the C8 Corvette, the most powerful production Stingray ever.

With the Z51 Performance Package, the C8 Corvette can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. It can also complete a quarter-mile track run in 11.2 seconds, travelling at 121 mph.

To achieve this high performance, the 2020 Corvette comes with Track mode. With Track mode, you can initiate a “performance launch” by pressing the Track mode button and pressing in the brake and accelerator at the same time. When the car reaches 3,500 rpms, you can release the brake pedal for a thrilling launch experience.

Learn more about the powerful Stingray at El Dorado Chevrolet and check out our available Corvette inventory.

Chevy Silverado Takes Home Truck of the Year Award from 2019 SEMA

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Every year, you can see the best aftermarket and custom vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Each year, the show organizers hand out awards for the best cars, trucks and SUVs on display. At the 2019 show, the Chevy Silverado earned the title of Truck of the Year.

At the show, Chevrolet pulled out all the stops and showed off an impressive array of custom trucks including a classic 1962 C-10 pickup with an innovative powertrain system with two Bolt EV battery packs for a combined output of 450 horsepower.

As for the Silverado, Chevrolet brought five impressive custom trucks. These included the HD Z71 Sport Concept, the HD Carhartt Edition, the Trail Boss Midnight Edition, the Hall Racing Silverado, and a Redline Concept.

To win the Truck of the Year award, Chevrolet had to show how easy it is to upgrade the Silverado with aftermarket part and accessories. With all the custom trucks on display, it was an easy award to win.

“The SEMA Show is where the newest and most innovative aftermarket products are seen first,” said SEMA vice president Mike Spagnola. “SEMA Show exhibitors are the innovators and experts who drive the $45-billion industry. Knowing what they believe are the best vehicles for accessorization helps to forecast trends.”

Get behind the wheel of the award-winning Chevy Silverado at El Dorado Chevrolet.

2020 Events in McKinney, Texas

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El Dorado Chevrolet is a proud member of the McKinney community because of the beautiful climate, friendly people, and excellent community events. Keep reading to learn about some of the 2020 events in McKinney.

Krewe of Barkus

The 18th annual McKinney Krewe of Barkus will be held on Sunday, February 23, in historic downtown. The event, which features a parade of over 250 costumed dogs as well as a festival held in Mitchell Park, is modeled after the New Orleans tradition of the same name that aims to fundraise for animal welfare. This year, thousands of spectators are expected to attend the parade that will feature pups of all sizes dressed as pop idols.

Arts in Bloom

The McKinney Main Street collective is hosting the Arts in Bloom event in early spring from April 17 – 19 in historic downtown. During the festival, over 150 artists from local schools and the Artist Village will converge to sell and showcase paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and photography. Festival-goers can enjoy free admission and a free shuttle to transport them to the event, which includes live music, delicious food, and a Kids Creation Station to entertain and enrich the little ones.

No matter the time of year, McKinney, Texas, is filled with plenty of entertaining community events. When you’re out exploring McKinney, make sure to stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to check out our new Chevy models.

Celebrating 85 Years of the Chevrolet Suburban

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The Chevrolet Suburban is a fan favorite because of its luxurious appearance, spacious interior, and family-friendly features. Thanks to the Suburban’s loyal following, the full-size SUV recently celebrated its 85th birthday. Keep reading to learn more about the Suburban’s history.

A True Pioneer

When the Chevy Suburban reached its 85th birthday back in November 2019, it became the first vehicle in history to do so. No other vehicle has been in production for as long as the Chevy Suburban’s impressive 85-year run, which makes the Suburban the auto industry’s longest-running nameplate.

Humble Beginnings

The Suburban was introduced way back in 1935 as the Chevy Carryall. Though the name changed over time, the premise — a comfortable interior built for passengers upon the frame of a capable pickup — has remained the same. Believe it or not, a few other automakers have introduced a Suburban model, but only the Chevrolet Suburban made history.

Today’s Suburban

The 2020 Chevy Suburban is the culmination of 85 years of continuous improvement in engineering, capability, and comfort. The current nine-seater model produces up to 383 lb-ft of torque and 355 horsepower with its V8 engine, which makes it capable of towing up to 8,300 pounds when properly equipped.

El Dorado Chevrolet has a variety of new and used Suburban models in stock today. Check out our lot to see for yourself why the full-size SUV has stood the test of time.