Great Accessories for Your GMC Sierra 1500

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 | Dixon, IL

The GMC Sierra is one of the most powerful and feature-packed pickup trucks on the market. It’s also compatible with hundreds of GMC-made accessories that let you customize it to your needs. Here are some GMC accessories that let you make your GMC Sierra even better.

Floor liners and mats

If you have kids, you know the backseat of your vehicle is bound to get messy. And it’s easy to track dirt and debris into your pickup truck, whether you’re camping or on a work trip. GMC offers a range of rubber floor liners and mats that make it easy to clean your cab.

Cargo management

You can add all kinds of cargo management options to your Sierra, like roof-mounted canoe carriers, bicycle mounts that connect to the hitch, and even a carrier designed for surfboards. If you and your family have an active lifestyle, check out this selection.

Infotainment accessories

There are lots of electronic accessories available with the GMC Sierra, including Bluetooth headphones, earbuds, and speakers that are perfect for long rides and outdoor trips. And if you want to keep your kids entertained, add on this Universal Tablet Holder to create a rear-seat infotainment system.

Trailering

The GMC Sierra is a great truck for towing, and it’s even better thanks to the many towing accessories GMC offers. A wide range of hitches with different towing capacities, hitch locks, wiring harnesses, and a mobile tow scale to weigh your trailer are available.

To equip your Sierra with these and other great GMC accessories, contact our team here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois.

Tips for Buying a Used Car in Dixon, IL

Chevrolet Logo | Dixon, IL

Ken Nelson Chevrolet prides itself on having a diverse selection of pre-owned vehicles on our lot. That makes it easy to find just the right ride for your rural family in Illinois. Here are some tips for buying a used car in Dixon.

Know your limits

Before you start test-driving models that you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to set a budget. That way, you can choose to consider only those vehicles within your budget not outside of it. If you’re paying cash for your car, remember to allocate a portion of your funds toward insurance and registration costs.

Aim to find the right fit

Determine what type of vehicle would be best for your family. Maybe it’s a well-rounded truck like the Silverado 1500 that can tow and haul all you need it to. Or perhaps it’s a family-oriented SUV like the efficient Equinox to transport you on commutes and day trips around Illinois. It’s also wise to establish a “must-have” list of features you absolutely can’t live without, such as heated seats, adaptive cruise control, or roof rails.

Leverage vehicle history reports

Here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet, we guarantee transparency at every step including the shopping process. Access the vehicle history report of any used model in our inventory for more confidence that you’ll drive home a safe, sound, and high-quality Chevy.

Stop by Ken Nelson Chevrolet to test-drive the gently-used Silverado, Colorado, and Equinox models we have in stock. We’ll help you find just the right Chevy to fit your family’s budget and preferences.

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.

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