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.

Chevrolet to Offer Popular Redline Trim to Nine Different Models

Redline TrimChevrolet is known for offering tons of trim levels for each of their models, in an effort to ensure that every driver can find exactly what he or she is looking for. And now, those options just got a bit more luxurious.

The new Chevrolet Redline trim level is available on nine different Chevy models – the Cruze sedan and hatchback, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Colorado, Malibu LT, Traverse Premier, and the Silverado Double Cab LT Z71 – providing even more choices.

Redline trim models are easily distinguished by their blacked-out wheels with red accents, adding a trendy flair to the vehicles.

A Chevrolet Redline special edition model first made its debut at the 2015 SEMA show and earned such a reputation that the automaker must have decided to expand the trim level to most of its lineup.

Many 2017 Chevrolet models will be available in the Redline trim level. Give us a call ahead of time to see if your favorite Chevy model is one of them.

To learn more about the Redline trim level or to explore the other Chevrolet vehicles that we currently have in store, feel free to contact us or visit us anytime, right here at Stalker Chevrolet.

Chevrolet MyLink Tech Makes Driving Safe, Easy, and Fun

Chevrolet MyLink
None comes close to Chevrolet MyLink – the ultimate infotainment system for the modern driver – which you can find in all new Chevy models.

While nearly every vehicle seems to have a smart console front and center these days, none comes close to Chevrolet MyLink – the ultimate infotainment system for the modern driver – which you can find in all new Chevy models.

To start with, Chevy MyLink makes it safe and easy to receive and send text messages, so that the dangerous practice of texting and driving can become a thing of the past. You can use MyLink to make phone calls, too.

Additionally, there’s really no limit to the music you can access on Chevy MyLink, starting with the ability to integrate your own smart device to your vehicle, granting you access to your personal library. You can also use SiriusXM Radio, Pandora, and more.

Lastly, Chevy MyLink even comes with a Teen Driver Mode, which – when enacted – can guarantee certain behaviors for a driver. For example, Teen Driver Mode can be set so that music will not come on until all seatbelts are buckled.

Want to learn more about Chevrolet MyLink or check out one our many available vehicles with the new technology? Contact us or simply stop by anytime, here at Stalker Chevrolet, to take a vehicle out on a test drive.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is visiting the Warren Cultural Center! The great team of musicians will be here Saturday, February 18th.

Be sure to check out the great ensemble that recreates music from the 1920’s.

Tickets are $25.00 a piece which you can get from here.

With over 1,100 performances under their belt, you’ll definitely want to catch it.

 

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

2015 Silverado 3500HD Hauling
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!

Full Silverado Sleigh
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.