School Lunch Tips for Packing the Best Meal

School Lunch Tips
School Lunch Tips

It’s an age-old question: how do you prepare a healthy school lunch that your kids will actually eat? With these simple school lunch tips from Stalker Chevrolet, you can have your kids eating well all year long.

 

Plan Ahead

If you want to send your kids to school with something they’ll enjoy, you’ve got to be realistic. Don’t send them your favorite lunch. Instead, talk with them once a month to see what they’re interested in trying. Bring the kids grocery shopping with you so they can pick out the vegetables and proteins they like.

 

Prep Ahead

Most of the things you’ll be sending along in lunches can be prepared ahead over the weekend. For instance, you can chop up veggies, wash fruit, or make a batch of pasta, soup, or rice. Get the simple stuff out of the way and your morning rush will be all the easier.

 

Keep the Kids Involved

Their job isn’t over when you leave the grocery store. If you have plenty of fresh options to choose from, your kids will have fun putting together sandwiches and snacks that they know they will enjoy. Their thoughtful lunch will be the talk of the cafeteria, and you’ll never find a backpack with another rejected sandwich in it again.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

The Chevrolet Camaro is undoubtedly one of the most powerful muscle cars in the industry, but the upcoming model may prove that Chevrolet has officially outdone itself. The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE brings more performance and an aerodynamic design that allows it to lap the Nurburgring faster than some supercars.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE boasts a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, a perfect 1:1 balance. That kind of performance leads to a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds. As for the infamous Nurburgring, the Camaro ZL1 1LE conquered it in just 7 minutes and 16 seconds. That’s a faster time than its Corvette sibling and every Ferrari on the road.

Aiding the high-powered Camaro’s performance is an advanced aerodynamic design unlike any other, with a package that comes complete with a carbon fiber rear wing. The design itself was tested in a Formula 1 wind tunnel that added 300 pounds of downforce at a whopping 150 mph.

The upcoming model packs in plenty of performance-driven gear, including an onboard Chevrolet Personal Data Recorder and a specialized suspension.

We here at Stalker Chevrolet can’t wait to see the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE burn rubber in person.

Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Army Truck Goes for Testing

Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado has proven itself to be one of the most capable trucks in the industry, but now it’s facing its greatest challenge yet. The United States Army traverses some of the toughest landscapes that the world has to offer. As such, they need a vehicle that can conquer the roughest terrain imaginable. The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 army truck is the vehicle for the job.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 army truck is silent, sneaky, and tough. The model is powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell electric powertrain that’s silent and produces water as its only emission. That’s a near-180-degree turn, green-energy-wise, from the current diesel-powered Humvees the army currently uses.

The big Humvees haven’t given the army a reputation for being silent, but the Colorado ZH2 could change that. The large mud tires, silent powertrain, and near-invisible heat profile make it a hard vehicle to detect.

The prototype is currently undergoing a year of testing by the army in some of the roughest conditions imaginable. The truck will make its way to a number of army bases throughout the country as it proves it mettle time and time again.

If testing proves successful, we may very well be looking at the next generation of army transport vehicles.

We here at Stalker Chevrolet are proud to see such a capable truck undergoing testing in the field.

Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Road Trip

Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Road Trip
Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Road Trip

Gearing up for a vacation away on the beach? Keep these summer driving tips in mind.

Service Your Vehicle in Advance

Before you head out on any big trips that will put a lot of miles on the odometer, have your car inspected by a mechanic who can perform any upcoming maintenance you need to do and check for potential safety hazards. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car.

Keep Kids in the Backseat

All children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat. Additionally, any children who meet the criteria for being in a car seat should be in a properly-installed car seat. You can check NHTSA’s website for tips on how to select the proper car seat and install it correctly.

Take Breaks and Stay Alert

While that dream vacation may only technically be a 6-hour drive away, it’s hard on any driver to stay behind the wheel for a consecutive 6 hours. If you have another legal driver with you, take turns driving. Take breaks for everyone to get out, stretch, and eat, and make sure you’re in good condition to pay attention to other drivers on the road.

Share the Road

Summertime means cyclists, runners, and motorcycles will be out on the road. Don’t be that driver who hogs the road.

 

Follow these summer driving tips from us at Stalker Chevrolet for a stress-free road trip.

Tips for Buying Your First Car

Tips for Buying Your First Car
Tips for Buying Your First Car

Buying your first car can be a daunting process if you don’t have anyone to help you through the process. It’s actually simpler than you think.

Decide What You Can Afford

A good rule of thumb for this one is determining what kind of loan you’d be able to pay off in three years. Consider your income, your other monthly payments and financial obligations, and how much you have saved for a down payment.

Shop For a Loan First

Don’t get in over your head with a car that’s too expensive. Try to get pre-approved for a loan that gives you a ballpark amount to work with.

Then, Shop For a Car

We at Stalker Chevrolet have a diverse inventory of reliable, versatile Chevy nameplates, and our friendly staff will be happy to walk you through the process. We also have used vehicles if you’d prefer the more affordable price tag.

Wrap Up the Process

Once you’ve been pre-approved and have a vehicle in mind, it’s time to finish up. Contact your bank with the final details concerning the loan, then register the vehicle and transfer the title.

 

Have any more questions about buying your first car? Don’t hesitate to swing by our dealership at Stalker Chevrolet.

We even have a finance department if you need more information on loans.

2019 Silverado Sneak Peek

2019 Silverado Sneak Peek
Chevrolet Silverado

Before a new model can hit production, it has to be thoroughly road tested in the real world. However, automakers don’t want to give away their design secrets, so they use camouflage and padding to hide the finer points of a new model while it is out on the road. While it hides the details, it also makes it obvious that it is a test model.

Recently, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming all-new 2019 Silverado. Photographers recently caught the new model out testing and were able to capture a few shots of the truck with a lot of padding. However, from the details we can see, the new truck will gain a new headlight design, the side mirrors are being moved to the doors, there is a new grille design, and a larger air dam. Many of these features will seemingly help the truck be more aerodynamic to gain a few miles per gallon.

Another interesting detail captured was a side-exit exhaust. This could indicate that Chevrolet is testing a new engine for the Silverado 1500, which could either replace one of the existing engines or be a new available option.

While we don’t know when the 2018 Silverado will officially be unveiled, the North American International Auto Show held in Detroit in January is a likely bet.

Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we can’t wait to see what the next-generation Silverado has in store.

2018 Equinox Updates Offer More Features

2018 Chevrolet Equinox
2018 Chevrolet Equinox

 

For the 2018 model year, the popular Chevrolet Equinox is getting some significant updates. The 2018 Equinox updates include styling, new engines, and more technology. It also loses some weight to the tune of 400 pounds, when compared to the outgoing model. This weight loss will help the Equinox be more efficient and buyers will appreciate that when they are at the pump.

From first glance, you can tell that the 2018 Equinox is something worth driving. Its sculpted design and signature lighting give it an upscale look and feel. And, with a wide range of colors to choose from, you can find the perfect Equinox to fit your personality. This sophisticated look and feel continues inside with lots of passenger space and available premium features.

Under the hood, buyers can choose from three engines. A turbocharged 1.5-liter engine comes standard, and delivers the ideal balance of efficiency and power. If you want more power, choose the 2.0-liter turbo that offers 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Finally, if efficiency is what you crave, the Equinox offers a 1.6-liter Turbo-Diesel that is expected to deliver a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway.*

Come experience the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox available now at Stalker Chevrolet.

*Estimate only. Actual mileage may vary.

New 2017 Colorado ZR2 Arrives: Significant Off-Road Power

Chevrolet just delivered the 2017 Colorado ZR2, a sporty new pickup trim that promised off-road durability and impressive performance, to dealerships across the country. First introduced at the LA Auto Show in 2014 as a concept vehicle, the new ZR2 promises to deliver power and versatility like no other mid-size truck on the market.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

According to Motor Trend, the new ZR2 will get an intelligent Multimatic DSSV damper system, a lifted suspension (by 2 inches), and a wider stance (by 3.5 inches). This new truck is designed for off-road performance, offering a taller ride height than the standard model, as well as a more rigid yet comfortable ride than previous model years. Plus, with a selectable Off-Road Mode, you can specially calibrate the engine, transmission, traction control, and suspension.

Under the hood of the latest Colorado is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates a whopping 308 horsepower, or alternatively a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with up to 181 horsepower and best-in-class torque. When equipped with the turbocharged diesel, the new ZR2 can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Other great features include the front and rear locking differentials for added handling and control.

The 2017 Colorado ZR2 is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. To learn more about this pickup, stop by Stalker Chevrolet today.

Using Summer Tires: Why All-Season Tires May Not Be Enough

Most drivers stick with all-season tires because they come standard on many vehicles. Such tires are versatile and can work in many driving conditions, but all-season tires are not always the most suitable tires for your car. For instance, using summer tires may save you money in the long run, improve handling, and prevent blowouts.Using Summer Tires - Stalker Chevrolet - Creston, IA

According to Popular Mechanics, all-season tires are the most popular tires on the road because they usually come standard on vehicles. Despite the phrase “all-season,” such tires do not actually work best in all conditions. Winter tires are specially designed for cold temperatures and slippery surfaces, and in the same manner, summer tires are made for hot asphalt. In their specific conditions, they both work much better than ordinary all-season tires.

Summer tires are made with special rubber compounds that stand up in hot temperatures. They are also great for damp-road traction like you experience in the spring. They don’t work as well in the winter on snow and ice, but if you substitute tires out twice a year, you’ll be better prepared for the seasons.

Why should you bother? In addition to improved handling and safety, switching to summer tires can save you money in the long run. Because such tires are designed for the conditions in which you are driving, they tend to last longer. All-season tires don’t have to be changed every winter/summer, but they are also mediocre in terms of durability and handling.

Switching to seasonal tires is right for most drivers—is it right for you? For more information about tire care and replacement, stop by Stalker Chevrolet today.

Getting Your Car Ready for Spring

Getting Your Car Ready for Spring

The cold weather has finally passed, so it’s the perfect time to start getting your car ready for spring. Follow these routine maintenance tasks to help your car recover from winter and keep going strong through spring and summer.

One of the most important things you can do when winter is over is thoroughly wash your car inside and out. Between the harsh chemicals and salt that spray the outside of the car and the grime that builds up inside, your car takes a beating in the winter. Remember to thoroughly clean the undercarriage to remove any leftover salt, and scrub the inside of the windows to improve visibility.

Next, you should replace your windshield wipers. They get pretty worn out during the winter, and you’ll want them in good shape for the rainy spring months. While you’re at it, use a pressure gauge to make sure your tires are properly inflated, since they can lose a lot of air when it’s cold.

Finally, get an oil and filter change and top off any oils that are low. If you notice that anything is dangerously low, have your vehicle inspected to make sure you don’t have leaks in your system. If you’d like to schedule service at Stalker Chevrolet, just give us a call!