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.

Chevy Equinox Makes IIHS 2020 List of Safe Vehicles for Teens

Chevy Equinox | Dixon, IL
Chevy Equinox | Dixon, IL

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!

Chevrolet Reveals Gas Mileage and Tow Rating for the 2021 Tahoe

2021 Chevy Tahoe | Dixon, IL
2021 Chevy Tahoe | Dixon, IL

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.