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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though some people are already counting down to fall, there’s still plenty of summer days left to enjoy. If you have a Chevy Colorado or a Silverado, it’s easy to transform your truck bed to enhance your summer fun. Here are some simple ways to do that.
Truck Bed Picnic
Take a meal outdoors with your loved ones while avoiding sitting directly in the grass. All you need to bring are some pillows, a blanket, and your favorite homemade or takeout food.
Truck Bed Movie Night
You don’t have to go to a drive-in to catch a movie in your truck. Grab a laptop or a tablet and watch your favorite movies in the bed of your truck. All you need to do is blow up an air mattress that fits, get some blankets and pillows, and lay back and watch. And pack some movie snacks and drinks in case you have the munchies.
Truck Bed Camping
Thanks to Chevy technology and towing capabilities, you might have already used your truck for camping. Consider truck bed camping in your backyard or driveway, to adhere to social distancing standards while still having a delightful night outside of the house.
For more ideas to get the most out of your Chevy truck, contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet.
As part of social distancing and
government guidelines for safety, many parents suddenly find themselves
adapting to a work-from-home lifestyle. While working around your children can
be rewarding in some ways, it also makes getting work done more challenging.
Working from home with kids can be tough, but you can take a few steps to make
sure you’re staying productive.
Establish a home office
A good general rule for working
from home is setting up a dedicated workspace within the house. Not only does
this make work-life balance easier to achieve, but it helps give your kids
boundaries to let them know when you’re off limits. Lay down ground rules about
what’s appropriate when you’re in the office and make sure your kids stick to
them. Have them knock when the door’s closed or even ask them to slip notes
under the door so you can deal with whatever questions or problems they have
after you’re done with an important task.
Build a schedule
You and your kids both need
stimulation, so working small breaks into your schedule will help you create a
rhythm and keep everyone happy. Having a dedicated 15-minute block for a walk
around the neighborhood or planning to have lunch at the same time every day
creates a nice sense of stability that also gives you and the kids something to
look forward to. What’s more, taking periodic breaks to get up and walk around
will help you stay focus by clearing out the cobwebs when the day gets
These are just some of the many ways that you can boost your productivity and keep your kids satisfied while working from home. Working from home with kids can be challenging, but the reward of being around your little people more than you’re used to is well worth the adjustment. The family at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, IL, hopes that you and your family are staying safe in these tough times. If there is anything that we can do to help make your life easier, whether it’s essential service or a new vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call.