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!

Chevrolet RST Special Edition

Chevrolet RST Special Edition

Chevrolet recently announced its new special edition trim, RST, which will be available on the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban. RST, which stands for Rally Sport Truck, will be available with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower, Magnetic Ride Control, and an all-new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.

The RST is inspired by after-market performance parts and does away with almost all chrome trim. It comes with body-color grille surround and door handles with a gloss-black grille and mirror caps, as well as black badging. It will come with a range of other available packages to boost performance and braking.

The director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing, Sandor Piszar, said that RST is a reflection of Chevy’s ongoing effort to make the Tahoe and Suburban adaptable to every kind of driver, with “various combinations of capability, technology, and performance.” He went on to say that the RST is for “customers who want a street performance look without sacrificing capability or refinement” that still allows for increased performance.

RST will be available on the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban in fall of this year, and preliminary estimates show that the Tahoe will have a towing capacity of 8,400 pounds and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. For more information about the Chevrolet RST Special Edition, call us at Stalker Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Introduces Redesigned Traverse

2018 chevrolet traverse

At the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit early this year, Chevrolet unveiled its redesigned Traverse that will be part of the 2018 model year. It will come with a bold new look in addition to best-in-class cargo space and third-row legroom, two big factors for a family-friendly crossover.

“The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”

When it goes on sale later this year, it will be Chevrolet’s fourth updated crossover or SUV within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV, and 2018 Equinox.

The 2018 Traverse will add two new trim levels, a sporty RS and premium High Country. These packages will give buyers even more options for a more personalized driving experience. With the RS, buyers will get blacked-out exterior design elements, including a black chrome grille, 20-inch wheels, a black bowtie, and more. The High Country trim delivers premium options like Loft Brown leather details with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, power-folding third row seats, and other quality amenities.

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will be coming to Stalker Chevrolet this fall.

Newest Chevy Off-Road Truck Is 2017 Colorado ZR2

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

There’s nothing quite as awesome as a Chevy off-road truck. The latest addition to the off-road lineup is the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. This high-performance pickup will make its debut this spring and will have a starting price of $40,995 MSRP, including a $940 destination fee*.

Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, said, “When you buy a ZR2 at the starting price of $40,995, you are getting all of the significant off-road technologies standard with the vehicle, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission and a wealth of other features at no additional cost.”

With this price, the ZR2 is more than $2,000 less than the next comparable model, and isn’t any less capable. You’ll be able to take on high-speed desert runs, tackle two-track trails, and climb the steepest rock crawls.

Standard features at the MSRP price includes front and rear locking differentials, off-road rocker protection, modified front and rear bumpers for better clearance, cast-iron control arms, a transfer case shield, 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires, exclusive ZR2 17- by 8-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and more.

For those wanting even more features, the Colorado ZR2 has a number of desirable options. These include a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, a full-length black vinyl floor, and a class-exclusive 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Actual price will be set by the dealer and may vary.