Fall Car Maintenance: Seasonal Service You Can’t Forget

Fall car maintenance is a great way to keep your car in shape. Temperatures dip, air quality changes, and driving habits also begin to vary. Plus, it’s a great time to change your oil and wipers, helping you to prepare for winter.

According to Bankrate, you should always check your tire pressure in the fall. That’s because colder temperatures cause air pressure to decrease. In fact, a 1° dip in temperature causes the pressure to decrease by 1 psi. Under inflated tires cause added friction, which adds wear and tear and lowers fuel economy.

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The air quality can also dip in the fall as the seasons change. Getting a new air filter can increase fuel economy and performance by optimizing air flow. At the very least, it’s a good idea to blow your current air filter out with compressed air.

Change your wiper blades. You should get new wiper blades at least once or twice a year, depending on your driving habits. Getting them in the fall will prevent you from waiting too long. The winter is often the harshest on the wipers.

Finally, get your car’s oil changed. You should change the oil about every 3,000 miles. For the average driver, that’s four times per year—or once every season. Now that the fall is on its way (the official start is September 22nd), you should consider changing the oil to prepare for harsher weather.

Some of you may be able to handle a few of these maintenance items on your own, but if you need some assistance we’re hear to help. Call, stop by, or schedule an appointment on line and our highly trained service team will be more than happy to take care of you.

Chevy Bolt EV Technology: Clean, Efficient—Self-Driving?

The Chevy Bolt EV recently made headlines in the automotive world for its impressive powertrain system, capable of driving 200 miles on a single charge. Plus, it can do all this without a driver behind the wheel. You heard right. GM is testing some of its autonomous vehicle technologies on the new Bolt, making it one of the most advanced models on the road.

2017 Chevy Bolt


According to Fortune magazine, Chevy Bolt EV technology is noteworthy in itself. Thanks to a high-tech battery and motor system, the 2017 Chevy Bolt can go 200 miles before you need to charge again, a process that only takes nine hours to go from empty to full. You can do all your driving, plug in for the night, and drive away in the morning. Considering that the average American only drives around 32 miles per day, the Bolt EV is more than practical.

Other cool features include a Location-Based Charging system that will gauge what time of day is the most cost-effective to charge. Because electric companies vary their price from hour to hour, you can save even more with this smart system.

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Chevy Bolt EV technology at your fingertips on the Bolt’s brilliant display

Of course, that’s not all. GM put self-driving technology on select Bolt EV models—only prototypes have this technology—to test this ability in Arizona. So far, the self-driving Bolt has managed to impress testers, suggesting autonomous vehicles are the next big thing. We can’t wait to see the new Bolt EV in action.

New Lyft-GM Partnership Makes 2017 Bolt Available Early

GM recently expanded a partnership with the ridesharing company Lyft in order to give drivers more selection. Specifically, drivers in California and Colorado will be the first to have access to the new all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, an exciting opportunity for many eco-conscious drivers.

According to Fortune magazine, the Lyft Chevy Bolt deal is being offered in these two states largely because that’s where the demand for the new all-electric vehicle is. However, Lyft co-founder John Zimmerman stated that the service would eventually be offered across the US, which should include the Bolt as well.

2016 Chevy Bolt EV
Thanks to the expanded Lyft-GM partnership, drivers will get a taste of the 2017 Chevy Bolt soon.

The new Bolt model should be made available once it is in full production, sometime in the fall. Until then, though, only Lyft drivers will have the rare opportunity to drive this next-generation vehicle. The Lyft-GM partnership will work to get the latest technologies on the market as soon as possible, though the ultimate goal of both companies is to develop an urban-friendly autonomous vehicle fleet.

For now, the latest technology on the auto market is the Bolt. This model comes with an estimated range of 200 miles per charge, as well as a quick-charging 240-volt input. An advanced battery makes it possible to travel much further, while custom controls and a 10.2-inch diagonal display make it easier to keep track of vehicle info and to access media. There’s nothing like the new Bolt. We can’t help but be a little jealous of Lyft drivers that will be behind the wheel of this new car soon.

What to Do If Your Car Is Stolen: Keep Your Vehicle Protected

Every 44 seconds, according to the NHTSA, a car is stolen. Obviously, if your car has been stolen, it can be an extremely stressful situation. That’s why it’s important to remain calm, get to a safe place, and follow the following list on what to do if your car is stolen.

To begin with, make sure your car is actually stolen. If your car is missing, it might seem obvious that it was stolen. However, according to Allstate, you should also look for “No Parking” signs or fire hydrants to be sure that your car wasn’t impounded or repossessed. Nonetheless, you still probably need to call the police.

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In the unfortunate event your car is stolen, make sure you call the police to have an official report filed. Photo via: thenewswheel.com

Calling the police won’t guarantee you will get your car back. They will provide you with an official report, which is needed for an insurance claim. You will have to give a detailed description of your car, including the following information if possible:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • License Plate Number
  • Registration
  • Driver’s License Number

If you don’t have these stored in a safe location (outside of your car), be sure to write them down in case your vehicle is ever stolen in the future.

Next, call your insurance company. This is especially important, not just because you might be covered, but because a vehicle can be used to damage property or harm others. Alerting your insurance company will let you off the hook if your stolen car is used for crime.

You should also consider ways to prevent vehicle theft. Always lock your car, and never leave windows open. Hide valuable belongings, like iPads and GPS devices, and park in a well-lit area. You can also equip your car with LoJack or OnStar to track your car in the event that it is stolen.

Iowa State Fair: Rides, Music, and Pure Fun

As one of the largest state fairs in the country, you can’t miss this year’s Iowa State Fair. Held in Des Moines and lasting 11 days, this event brings Iowans together from all across the state. Hop in your car and see what makes this event so unique.

According to the official website, the state fair will be held from August 11 to the 21. Among the top entertainment acts are several famous musicians, including Lady Antebellum, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Steven Tyler, and more. Jeff Dunham will appear on August 18, while a Grand Outlaw National Tractor and Truck Pull will be held on August 17.

Iowa State Fair

There will also be some unforgettable fair food, including new foods like Ice Cream Nachos, Not Your Mama’s Taco, the Pride of Iowa Wrap, and more. Food contest participants will also make an appearance, and, naturally, you can find all the classics like burgers and fries all over the fair. If you loved classic fried food, you won’t want to miss the Iowa State Fair.

What else is at the fair? Check out some of the cool rides at Midway, a great place for kids. There is a massive double Ferris wheel, Kiddieland with over 20 attractions, and challenging games of skill. There will also be free entertainment and a live stage available, making it easy to simply go to the fair and relax.

There’s nothing like the Iowa State Fair. Make sure to plan your visit this August.

Creston Party in the Park Recap: Best Music Around

Party in the Park is one of the most popular events in the Creston, IA area, so we’ve decided to do a Party in the Park recap to showcase some of the things you might have missed. With some of the best music around, this event was one of the best in years.

According to Travel Iowa, the Party in the Park event is held every year at McKinley Park in mid-June. This year it took place near the end of June, featuring some of the hottest bands around. This includes the Ultimate Eagles Experience, a Change of Heart, and Revelation (a Journey tribute band). Fans of classic rock could not have had more fun than at the Party in the Park event.

This party serves also serves as a fundraiser for the Creston Parks and Recreation Department. Todd Kinkade, who serves on a committee for the event, said that rock and country tribute bands are great for the event. “Everybody loves the tribute bands. We’ve had excellent feedback.” Kinkade said. “Last year we did very well numbers-wise, so we decided to try it again this year.”

Party in the Park

In addition to various bands, there was also a Country Showdown where competitors could qualify to compete at state, regional, and even national levels for massive cash prizes. Sponsored by KSIB radio, this competition is more popular than ever.

With great music and a friendly environment, what’s not to like about the Party in the Park event? Be sure to stop by next year for a good time.

Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

Now that summer is here, you and your family might be making some big road trip plans for the coming months. If you have a long car trip in your near future, make sure your car is road trip ready with these simple steps.

1. Check your fluids. You want to make sure all your vehicle’s fluids are in their ideal state. This includes the oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and even windshield washer fluid.
2. Inspect your wipers. If your windshield wipers are leaving streaks, it’s time to replace them.
3. Have the battery tested. You don’t want to be left with a dead battery while on vacation. Have it tested to make sure it has enough juice to last through the season.
4. Check your brakes. If you will be driving longer than 1,000 miles or driving through mountains, make sure all your brakes are at least 50%. If they are less than that, have them replaced.

5. Check your lights. Make sure all your lights, inside and out, are working. This includes your headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights
6. Inspect your tires. Check your tires to make sure the tread is adequate and can handle any tough driving you may be planning.
7. Repair any lingering issues. If there have been any strange sounds coming from your car or if there is anything else that just doesn’t seem right, get it resolved before you hit the road.

Road Trip Ready Chevy Silverado

Schedule a service appointment today with us here at Stalker Chevrolet and we will make sure your car is road trip ready.

Support the Dog Gone Rescue at Paws In the Park

We all know that our pet populations are ever-growing. One of the best ways to keep this in check is by choosing a new pet from a shelter. One of the shelters in our local area is the Dog Gone Rescue. They are holding their first Paws In the Park Fun Run/Walk on June 4th this year to raise money for all that they do.

If you want to participate in the Fun Run/Walk, you can register online for $25. And, of course, your dogs are welcome to join you. Everyone gets a t-shirt plus a bandana for their pet. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. at McKinley Park, Shelter House #6. The run and walk will both start at 9:30 a.m. After everyone has crossed the finish line, there will be awards and a drawing for prizes.

Dog Laying in Park Grass
Stop by McKinley Park this weekend for Paws In The Park!

All proceeds from this event will go towards vet expenses, food, and other pet necessities. And, in case you don’t have time to register online beforehand, you can sign up at the park, the morning of the run.

If you know anyone who loves pets and wants to support a great cause, share this event with them so we can all raise as much as we can for Dog Gone Rescue.

2016 Chevy Cruze is the Most Fuel-Efficient Car in its Segment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze at 42 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient car in its segment for highway fuel economy.

The Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than four million sold since it went on sale back in 2008.

2016 Cruze Sedan

Thanks to a new, direct-injected 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 250 pounds of weight reduction, the Cruze L, LS, and LT models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission were rated at 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined, better than rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta. The manual was rated at 29/41/33 mpg and the top-of-the-line Cruze Premiere at 30/41/34 mpg.

The new Cruze also uses stop/start technology to bolster efficiency in stop-and-go traffic and achieves about 7% better fuel economy than previous models during city driving.

Ideas for Celebrating Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is one of our favorite holidays at Stalker Chevrolet. It gives us a chance to show our love and gratitude for the mothers without whom we wouldn’t be alive. Check out some of our favorite ideas for honoring mothers on Mother’s Day!

Create a photo album of memories

Photo albums of memories are one of the best Mother’s Day gifts. They have everything to do with family and the relationship between a mother and her children—and that’s what Mother’s Day is all about, right?

Celebrating Mother's Day

Make her dinner

Everyone loves to have dinner cooked for them, but if your mother or wife is the one usually in charge of the kitchen, she’s sure to appreciate a home-cooked meal even more. Remember to leave the kitchen spotless when you’re done!

Offer her a spa treatment

Being a mother is stressful; she’ll love the opportunity to get professionally pampered. It doesn’t have to be a spa—it could be an appointment at a massage parlor, a hair salon, or a nail salon. Anything to get those worries out of her head and knots out of her back!

Plan a weekend getaway

Sometimes, the best thing to do is break the daily routine. Plan a weekend getaway at a location where she might enjoy some novel entertainment or relax—whichever you think she might prefer.