Picking the Best Tonneau Cover for your Chevy or GMC Truck

Chevrolet Silverado | Dixon, IL

A tonneau cover can protect your truck’s bed, shelter its cargo from the elements, and protect your valuables from theft. Because there are so many different types of tonneau covers on the market, it can be hard to pick the right one. Here’s a look at a few different types to help you decide for your Chevrolet or GMC truck.

Retractable tonneau covers

These convenient covers slide back so you can easily access your cargo. This Advantage brand cover, designed for the Chevy Silverado 1500, features a versatile build that can be locked at any point along the rail.

Hard tonneau covers

Want extra protection for your cargo? A hard, folding tonneau cover (like this one from REV for the GMC Sierra 1500 LTD) can shelter your tools and cargo from damage. These covers have the advantage of being exceptionally durable and easy to operate.

Soft tonneau covers

Soft tonneau covers are lightweight, flexible, and easy to use. This soft roll-up cover from Chevrolet features the brand’s signature bowtie emblem.

You can shop for the perfect tonneau cover for your Chevrolet or GMC truck through our parts department at the Ken Nelson Auto Group in Dixon, Illinois. Contact us or stop by our dealership, and our team will be glad to assist you.

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.

2021 Chevrolet Trax | Ken Nelson Chevrolet | Dixon, IL

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).

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!

Transform Your Truck Bed for Summer Fun

Silverado Truck Bed | Dixon, IL
Silverado Truck Bed | Dixon, IL

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.