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.

A Guide to Buying New Tires for Your Car

Buying New Tires - Dixon, IL
Buying New Tires – Dixon, IL

Car tires can be one of the more expensive maintenance items you have to deal with when owning a car, so it’s important you purchase the right kind the first time you do so. This guide to buying new tires will ensure you’re prepared when the expenditure comes up.

Choose the Right Tire

Before you purchase your tires, it’s important you understand what type you need. There are a few points to consider when doing so. Take a look at your lifestyle, along with your driving habits and location. You also need to look at your vehicle’s minimum requirements, which can be found in your owner’s manual. There are different types of tires to choose from, ranging from off-road options to those that are performance ready. If you’re in doubt about the type of tires you should purchase next, Ken Nelson is here to help you find the right option for your needs.

Pick the Right Seasonal Type

Along with finding the right tire for your driving habits, it’s also important to consider the season you will be driving in. What are the road conditions frequently like? For instance, in

Kansas City, you don’t want to mess around with our winters. From snow to ice and everything in between, your tires will take a beating, and all-season ones might not provide you with the traction you need. That’s why you should consider getting winter tires if you live here, which Ken Nelson is happy to provide for you. Picking the right seasonal tire can help you get the grip and traction you need throughout the year.

Contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet if you have any tire-related questions. You can also schedule a service appointment to install new tires or repair a leaky one.

3 Unique Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving

Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving |  Dixon, IL
Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving | Dixon, IL

Holidays can be a fun time to get yourself out of a cooking rut and try new dishes. This Thanksgiving, shake things up and try one of these recipes for a new take on the holiday.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast with Wild Rice Stuffing and Cranberry-Apple Chutney

Start with the bird. Instead of doing turkey with sides this year, try making a turkey showcase. This recipe butterflies the turkey breast and then stuffs slices of the meat with wild rice. To top it off, it gets wrapped in bacon and then paired with a cranberry-apple chutney for a symphony of flavors.

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

You’ve tried fried mac and cheese so make way for its cousin this year. All it takes is mashed potatoes mixed with cheese and bacon, rolled up into bite-sized pieces and deep fried to crispy perfection. No gravy necessary.

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles

These tasty popsicles not only bring the full flavor of pumpkin pie in a frozen format, but include healthy ingredients for a lighter take on the traditional classic. Only takes five ingredients to make and you can use Greek yogurt or coconut milk as the base.

Don’t stop there — consider wrapping the entire turkey in bacon for extra flavor and juiciness. Try making cupcake-sized pies instead of regular ones. Or substitute fried onions on your green bean casserole with fried onion rings.

Contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet to schedule your pre-holiday road trip service appointment. We’re here to help ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun this season.