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Discover the History of Chevrolet By Reading These Five Books

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Looking for something to do while beating the McKinney heat? Try one of these outstanding books celebrating the long history of Chevrolet and examining some of its finest vehicles.

The Cars

Larry Edsall’s 2017 book Chevrolet Trucks: 100 Years of Building the Future charts the course of Chevrolet pickups from early prototypes to today’s Silverados. Packed with vintage photos and incisive analysis, Chevrolet truck lovers shouldn’t miss this book.

If you’re looking for something more focused, Mike Mueller’s 2017 book The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955-1974 narrows the time period and the focus, remembering legends like the Impala Super Sport and the Camaro Z28 through dozens of photos and informative graphics.

The People

As part of the Images of America series, Michael W.R. Davis’ 2012 book Chevrolet: 1911-1960 recalls the rise of the Chevrolet brand. Discover the history of Chevy through portraits of key Chevrolet figures, classic advertisements and photos of significant vehicles.

Readers looking for something a bit thicker may enjoy Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette, a 2003 biography by Jerry Burton that follows the life of Zora Arkus-Duntov, a Russian-Jewish immigrant who was instrumental in designing the Chevrolet Corvette.

The Experience

Doug Boyce’s 2020 book Chevy Drag Racing 1955-1980: A Celebration of Bowtie’s Success at the Drag Strip examines the automaker’s performance in mid-20th century drag racing, remembering the brilliant vehicles and larger-than-life personalities that dominated the scene.

Contact El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas, to learn more about the current lineup of Chevrolet vehicles and to schedule a test drive.

Try Something New and Use Your Chevrolet as an Office

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If you find yourself needing to get out of the house at the same time you need to work, consider working from your car. With mobile data plans and portable laptops, taking care of complex tasks is simple as you relax in your own driveway or set up work at a local park for a beautiful change of scenery.

Productivity Boosts

Telecommuting problems got you down? Connecting your phone to your vehicle’s Bluetooth® may help. Bluetooth® filters out unwanted background noise, enhancing your audio quality.

Remote work requires an internet connection, so be prepared to invest in a significant data plan. Many Chevrolet vehicles offer available 4G LTE in-cabin Wi-Fi, or you can use your phone’s hotspot features. Either way, you’ll want to purchase a power bank for your laptop and phone, ensuring you can keep working all day long.

Work Comfortably

Working from your car does not need to be uncomfortable. Using windshield blinds and the AC will help keep the temperature where you want it in the summer months, and seat heaters can help keep you warm when the weather starts turning.

Laptops get hot when under serious use, and investing in a simple lap desk can help keep it — and you — cool. Otherwise, feel free to use your center console as a desk, or use your truck bed or SUV’s cargo area as a standing desk.

Make sure your car is running at its full potential. Schedule a maintenance check at El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas.

Enjoy the Rich Culture of Texas with a Virtual Museum Tour

 

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If you’re looking for a good indoor activity this summer, experience one of the virtual tours Texas museums have to offer. From films and paintings to activities, you’re sure to find something to make your day.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth supplies a rotating selection of artifacts to its online collection. Many of these paintings and posters include a short blurb discussing their significance.

Blanton Museum of Art in Austin

Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art offers a wide range of artifacts in its online collection. From contemporary American and Latin American art to Renaissance European paintings to plaster casts of Greco-Roman sculptures, this virtual tour has something for all types of art-lovers.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is giving the public access to their e-museum through social media, an email newsletter, their own website, and Google Arts and Culture. Online visitors will find a collection of films, sculptures, paintings, and artist lectures, all of which are searchable through the museum’s database.

Houston Museum of Natural History

The Houston Museum of Natural History’s online collection includes virtual tours with information centered on its insect zoo, dinosaur casts, Native American collection, Ancient Egyptian collection, and more.

Witte Museum in San Antonio

If you’re looking for activities to do with the kids (or by yourself), the Witte Museum in San Antonio launched its “Witte Where You Are Campaign,” which pairs educational lessons with downloadable activities on a daily basis.

Even though you’re probably not driving as much as usual, don’t neglect your car’s maintenance. Schedule a service appointment at El Dorado Chevrolet in McKinney, Texas.

Four Gorgeous Scenic Drives for a Texas Road Trip

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Are you up for a road trip? Enjoy the natural splendor and grandeur of Texas on these scenic drives.

Willow City Loop

The Willow City Loop in central Texas is especially beautiful in the spring, when wildflowers bloom by the hills and creeks that line the road. You won’t need to take a weekend for this trip, as this point-to-point trail is only 13 miles. To get to it, either head north from Willow City or turn east off State Route 16 near the Kunz Homestead.

Lonesome Highway

Be sure your car is in good repair prior to tackling the Lonesome Highway — this path along the Guadalupe Mountains is truly in the wilderness. Should you make the trip, you’ll find all sorts of awe-inspiring views along this scenic drive.

Highway 207

Highway 207 runs through the Palo Duro Canyon, America’s second-largest canyon. A full loop of the highway will take you out about 200 miles, so you’ll have plenty of chances to view this 120-mile long canyon in north Texas.

FM 170

FM 170, also called the “River Road,” follows the Rio Grande in western Texas. Prickly pears and other cacti line the route, as do the beautiful foot-tall Big Bend Bluebonnets. Parts of this highway will take you through the Big Bend Ranch State Park, and the south end isn’t far from the Big Bend National Park.

Schedule a maintenance check at El Dorado Chevrolet before you head out on one of these scenic drives.

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.