New Silverado HD Alaskan Edition is Ideal for Winter Driving

Check out the new Silverado HD Alaskan Edition this winter. This new pickup concept comes with a truly rugged exterior that’s perfect for rain, snow, or shine. This model comes with a custom stainless snowplow among other features, making it the perfect ride for wintertime. You won’t want to leave the warm seat of this model anytime soon.

According to Chevy, the new Silverado HD Alaskan Edition comes with tons of great features, including a custom silver-accented blue exterior paintjob with grizzly bear decals, chrome bumpers, wheels, and mirrors, and a polished chrome grille. Plus, a leveling kit is perfect for maintaining an even stance as you drive with added equipment

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Even in snowy, rough terrain the Silverado HD is equipped to do more. (Pictured – 2015 Silverado 3500HD)

“No matter what the weather brings, Chevrolet HD trucks are designed to make the toughest jobs easier,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director. “The new Alaskan Edition gives customers in snow country a stronger tool for tackling the worst that winter throws at them.”

The interior comes with great features like rubberized floor coverings to keep the cabin protected from snow and water, and Alaskan-themed materials set the perfect atmosphere for your ride. Under the hood you’ll find a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel design, which generates a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque. If you plan on driving in harsh winter weather, get the new Alaskan Edition. Or if the Alaska Edition is quite for you, try one of Chevy’s many other capable trucks!

Holiday Shopping Tips: Making the Most of Gift-Giving

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time for last-minute holiday shopping. In addition to getting a Chevy, which is guaranteed to have plenty of space for all those presents, there are some important holiday shopping tips to keep in mind. If you’re looking to give the best gifts without breaking the bank, read on.

It sounds obvious, but Real Simple suggests making a list to help get you started. Make columns or rows of everyone you know, and start with the easy gifts. In addition to names and possible gifts, be sure to create a maximum spending column to help you manage your budget. If you have a large family, costs can definitely add up—a list is a great way to keep you out of the red.

Opening Christmas Presents

Next, be sure to get an early start. In addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are some great deals out there; however, waiting until the last minute will cost you big time. Typically, gifts actually tend to be cheaper before December, so getting things out of the way early could save you some serious dough.

Finally, do some online research. Shopping around can be fun, but it’s hard to find the best deals by foot nowadays. Hop on the internet and browse deals. Compare store websites, but also be sure to check out Consumer Reports for the latest information. If you’re tech-savvy, consider downloading a shopping app to help you hunt down deals. Every penny counts.

Making a list, starting early, and doing research are the best ways to start the holiday shopping season. You’ll be glad you followed these tips when you save money this year.

We also want to say thank you again to all of those who donated to Santa’s Silverado Sleigh! This was our most successful year to date and we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Santa’s Silverado Sleigh was overflowing with toys!

 

New Chevy Diesel Powertrain Options: Wider Selection Than Ever Before

In order to give drivers more options than ever before, Chevy has decided to release more diesel powertrain options. The new 2018 Equinox, the Cruze, and Cruze Hatchback will add diesel versions to provide better fuel economy.  Capable of earning more than 40 mpg highway, these new power plants are bound to be more popular than ever.

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback
For 2018 the Cruze Hatchback will have a diesel option

According to Detroit News, diesels only make up a small portion of US automotive sales (about 3%), one reason many automakers have failed to provide a wide range of powertrain options. However, these new Chevy diesel powertrain options are designed to give car shoppers the opportunity to get better gas mileage by switching to a different fuel source.

As of now, Chevy is basically testing the market to see how popular these engines will be. “We’re going to see how the demand shakes out,” said Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros. “We’re going to provide another alternative for somebody that’s looking for that.”

What’s the difference between gasoline and diesel? Diesel engines compress air to heat and ignite fuel, a complex process that often leads to more efficient fuel consumption. While a normal gasoline engine compresses at a ratio of 8:1 or 12:1, a diesel works at a ratio of 14:1 or even 25:1. While diesel may be slightly more expensive at times, you often save more in the long run.

Warren Cultural Center Hosts Max Wellman

Looking for something to do in the area? Check out the Warren Cultural Center. First opened in 1896, the Warren Center is an opera house that has hosted some of the biggest names of the early 20th century. Placed on the National Historic Register in 1979, a massive restoration process enabled the Center to open its doors again in 2012, serving as a multi-use facility.

According to the Warren Cultural Center website, the building hosts a number of events. These include art shows and musicians, many of which are local. Ed and Eva Warren, the founders, also opened a retail shop that is home to a number of historic photographs, artwork, and more. If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, stop by the Warren Cultural Center.

One upcoming event is the Max Wellman Trio, which will perform on November 19th. Reminiscent of the Big Band era, Wellman has had success with multiple albums, includes Comes Love in 2009 and You Must Believe in Spring in 2014. If you love musicians like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harry Connick Jr., you’re bound to enjoy the work of Max Wellman.

This is just one of many events that are regularly held at the Warren Cultural Center. Follow us on Twitter for more about Warren Cultural Center events!

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Family

October is finally here, which means the kids are gearing up for one of the busiest nights of the year. Trick-or-treat night brings out hundreds of kids and parents in some neighborhoods, which means there are a few precautions to take before you head out. Here are a several great Halloween safety tips from us at Stalker Chevrolet.

  • Costumes – One of the major ways for a child to injury themselves is by falling. That’s why parents should make sure their child’s costume fits perfectly. Masks can also obstruct a child’s vision, which isn’t a good thing, especially in the dark. Use face paint or makeup when possible. Add a glow stick to your child’s costume to make them easier to spot.
  • Supervising – Children under the age of 12 need to be supervised by an adult. Those older than 12 should stay in lit areas they’re familiar with to avoid injury or danger. In these cases, large groups are a parent’s friend.
  • Driving – Drivers, you have an obligation this Halloween as well. Slow down, keep your lights on, and watch for any wandering children. See what times your area has trick-or-treat and do your best to stay off the road during those hours. Remember to stay off your phone while behind the wheel as well!

We love Halloween and we want to help keep you and your children safe. On Monday, October 31st, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM we’ll be hosting Trunk or Treat! A safe and fun way for your little superheros and ghosts to enjoy Halloween. Check out our Facebook page for pics from last years Trunk or Treat and visit our website for directions or to give us a call.

Trunk or Treat

 

 

What Is the Native Fund?

If you’re looking for a way to support an awesome organization and get a quality piece of merchandise, then supporting The Native Fund is the way to go! Described as “Iowans helping Iowans,” The Native Fund was inspired by the flooding in Cedar Rapids. Dallas Clark and Ashton Kutcher started the organization in 2008 with the mission to help those in need.

Here at Stalker Chevrolet, we’re selling Back Porch Revival Concert shirts; all proceeds benefit The Native Fund. The Back Porch Revival Concert took place on August 27th and features country stars Blake Shelton, Big and Rich, and Thomas Rhett.

The Native Fund has raised funds to assist those in need, including Iowans suffering from natural disasters and the post-9/11 Iowan veterans who need medical care. The organization’s reach extends to children with life-threatening diseases and is focused on bringing assistance where the need for it exists.

An organization focuses on the “neighbors helping neighbors” philosophy, The Native Fund is there to help those in need. Now is the time to support their mission by buying a t-shirt from Stalker Chevrolet.

In the future, you could be the one in need of assistance, and The Native Fund could be the organization to help you out.

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.

Four Tires

 

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.