3 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

With the promise of warm weather getting closer by the day, it’s important to remember that winter isn’t the only season that you should prepare your Chevrolet vehicle for. Here are a few easy tips for how to get your car ready for spring.

Keep an eye on your tires

Changes in temperature can cause fluctuations in tire pressure, and the switch from winter to spring may leave your tires underinflated. Before you head out for a family road trip across Illinois, make sure to check your tire pressure, and don’t forget to give the tread a look as well.

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Make sure the air conditioning works

While a nice warm commute may sound like a dream when you’re in the middle of a frigid Dixon winter, you should try firing up your air conditioner to verify that it isn’t on the fritz before it starts getting hot outside. If it’s not able to get the job done, a service expert at Ken Nelson Chevrolet can recharge the system.

Replace wiper blades

Snow and ice can do a number on your windshield wipers, reducing their effectiveness by the end of winter. If you notice them skipping across your windshield or leaving unsightly streaks, it may be time to pick up a new set from Ken Nelson Chevrolet.

If your car needs some preventative maintenance or replacement parts to start spring in tip-top shape, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Ken nelson Chevrolet.

The Differences Between the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer

If you’re in the market for an affordable small SUV, Chevrolet has two great options to consider. Setting aside their distinctive looks, there are several differences between the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Trailblazer to consider before making your decision.

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Max storage space

Both the Trax and Trailblazer make good use of their compact sizes. But if you’re looking for the one with the most cargo volume, the Trailblazer offers 54.4 cubic feet with the second row laid flat. The Trax is still impressive in its own right with 48.4 cubic feet of total cargo volume. Both can accommodate long cargo items, too — the Trax has a max cargo length of 8 feet and the Trailblazer has a max length of 8.5 feet.

Safety features

Both the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer earned the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each also offers a range of safety features, including Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer features Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist technologies including Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

Trim choices and engine options

With the 2021 Chevrolet Trax, you can choose from the well-appointed LS and LT trims. Both versions of the Trax feature a standard 1.4-liter ECOTEC® Turbo engine that puts out 155 horsepower and returns 31 mpg on the highway.*

The all-new Trailblazer offers a bit more variety with five trims: L, LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. The Trailblazer lineup includes two engine options: a standard 1.2-liter ECOTEC® Turbo and an available 1.3-liter ECOTEC® Turbo.

The best way to weigh the many differences between the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer is to try them both out for yourself. Call or email Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois, and we’ll schedule your test drive.

*EPA-estimated 26 MPG city/31 highway (FWD models).

Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Clean This Winter in Illinois

Cleaning Your Car | Dixon, IL
Cleaning Your Car | Dixon, IL

During the colder months here in Illinois, snow and ice can do a number on your car. Here are some easy ways to keep your car clean this winter.

Protect the Finish

Keeping your car’s paint job looking as fresh as possible will improve its resale value, and let’s face it, it looks nice. Applying wax or sealant helps to protect from salt as well as chips and nicks from stones and ice. A protective coat of wax lasts about three months, so do it at the end of autumn before the weather cools down. You can go a step further with a high-tech, polymer sealant available at an auto parts store.

Regular Rinse

Rinsing your car with a pressure washer, either at home or at a car wash, is a good way to remove salt and small rocks that can damage the finish. Pay attention to the underside and wheel wells, too, as these areas are especially vulnerable to corrosion. Make sure to dry the locks and door seals after rinsing to keep them from freezing.

Keep Mud in its Place

The inside of the car needs protection, too. Mud and snow tracked into the car can leave dirt and salt stains on carpeting, so invest in some all-weather floor mats. It is easy to remove them, hose them down and then put them back when they are dry.

For more care-care tips, give us a call here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon.

Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette Listed Among the Best Convertibles of 2020

2020 Chevrolet Camaro | Dixon, IL
2020 Chevrolet Camaro | Dixon, IL

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the wind in your face while you’re behind the wheel of a convertible. Since Chevrolet is constantly looking for ways to satisfy every type of driver, you can rest assured that Chevy has a collection of impressive convertible models.

Two of those models, the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Corvette, were recently named among the 16 Best Convertibles of 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. 

While the standard model for Camaro is a coupe, the sports car does come in a convertible variant as well. Lowering the top of the Camaro Convertible is easy, thanks to an advanced key fob that it comes packaged with. The 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 DI engine helps the Camaro race from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

The new iteration of the Chevrolet Corvette manages to be even sportier than the Camaro. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, thanks to its new mid-engine design and 6.2-liter V8 powertrain.

Like the Camaro, the Corvette is available as both a hard-top model and a convertible. This impressive sports car also made an appearance on theU.S. News & World Report list of the Best Luxury Sports Cars for 2020.

To learn more about these two sporty Chevrolet vehicles, feel free to speak to our staff at Ken Nelson Chevrolet.

The Benefits of New Car Replacement Insurance

Benefits of New Car Replacement Insurance | Dixon, IL
Benefits of New Car Replacement Insurance | Dixon, IL

Buying a new car is a big commitment and it is natural to wonder what would happen if something goes wrong. New car replacement insurance can help you relax about the new vehicle you just brought home.

What new car replacement insurance is

New car replacement insurance will cover the full cost of a new mode — minus the deductible — if you happen to total it in an accident shortly after buying it. It does need to be added to your existing auto insurance before you drive off the lot, however.

This type of insurance is wise to have because new cars begin to depreciate as soon as you bring them home. In fact, they lose over 20 percent of their value within the first year, so having full replacement coverage can be a lifesaver if disaster strikes.

How to get it

Typically, you can add new car replacement coverage to the auto insurance policy you already have. Be sure to check the rules to make sure the car meets the company’s age and mileage requirements, though. Some insurance companies cap the coverage at 1,000 miles. It’s also smart to look for the lowest deductible you can find when selecting this type of coverage. That way, you’ll keep out-of-pocket costs low.

Call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet to find out more about new car replacement insurance or any other type of auto insurance. We’re here to help make car ownership a more positive and less stressful experience.