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.
Chevy Equinox models from 2016 and after were all named as top choices for teen drivers in the latest “Safe Vehicles for Teens” list released annually by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
In order to receive a spot on this respected IIHS list, cars must receive ratings of “acceptable” or “good” in the IIHS driver-side small overlap front test. The Equinox also had to earn “good” safety ratings in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, side, and head restraints tests.
More standards had to be met to get on the list. The 2020 Chevy Equinox also received at least 4 stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) side and front tests to go along with an overall score of 4 stars at minimum. A spot on the list also required a score of at least 3 out of 5 on the Consumer Reports emergency handling capability test.
The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS after proving its mettle in crash tests. Teen Driver is a safety feature that enables you to determine which features will be activated and which will be limited while your teen drives. Teen Driver will track your child’s performance and present you with an in-vehicle report card detailing their habits.
Find out more about the Equinox when you call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Or better yet, stop by to take it for a test drive!
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.
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the most anticipated upcoming additions to the Chevrolet lineup. The brand has tweaked the model to be bigger and bolder than ever. Now, we know a little more about this SUV, since Chevy released the gas mileage and tow ratings for the 2021 Tahoe.
The 2021 Tahoe manages to squeeze out an EPA-estimated 20 mpg on the highway, when equipped with the standard 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. Engines with higher power outputs lower the fuel economy by just a bit.
Towing capacity is where the 2021 Tahoe really shines, however. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more impressive metrics among large SUVs. When the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and comes configured with 2WD, it can tow up to 7,900 pounds. Opting for 4WD lowers that tow rating by just 200 pounds. Regardless of which drivetrain you go with, you can easily bring along a camper or boat on your family’s next getaway.
Learn more about the upcoming 2021 Tahoe when you call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Can’t wait until the new model arrives? Stop by to test-drive one of the 2020 Tahoe models we have in stock right now. We’ll help match you with the right Tahoe to suit your family’s needs, preferences, and budget.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer was recently named the Best New Midsize SUV, which is part of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Best New Family Car Awards. If you’re in the market for a new two-row SUV in Dixon, Illinois, consider this family-friendly Blazer.
The Blazer is a midsize SUV that comes with seating for five people, over 64 cubic feet of total cargo space. The Blazer can also easily tow 4,500 pounds, when properly equipped, so you can bring along a small trailer. Plus, drivers can pick between a 2.5-liter engine, 2.0-liter turbo, or a 3.6-liter V6.
“A stylish exterior and an appealing aesthetic wraps this practical, fun-to-drive crossover,” said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute head engineer and chief technologist. “You’ll enjoy a confident, responsive drive that stands out on city streets and highways alike.”
The institute tested each vehicle for convenience, considering things like cargo space, convenience, safety, and infotainment. The Blazer, for example, has Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to let you hook up your smartphone to the in-vehicle media system, accessing apps, playlists, contacts, and more. Each vehicle is tested for 5,000 miles by the Good House Keeping Institute for the Best New Family Car Awards.
Experience all that the Blazer has to offer when you stop by Ken Nelson Chevrolet to test-drive it. You’re sure to fall in love with this award-winning SUV.