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.

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.

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.

Fall Means Football, School, and Hot Air Balloon Days

Fall is for football. Simple enough, but lots of other events take place in autumn.

For just about every school-aged child in Iowa, fall means friends and foes. Friends that they may not have seen for three months as they enjoyed their summer vacation away from their foes, teachers (we kid, we love teachers).

Hawkeye football fans were on the edge of their seats a bit more than we would have appreciated in a week one opener against UNI. But a win is a win, and now it’s on to Ball State.

NFL and fantasy football fans everywhere are rejoicing, as the NFL kicks off with matchup between to NFC championship contenders; Green Bay at Seattle.  The last time the two faced off at CenturyLink Field we were treated to 12-14 game that ended in controversy. Thankfully that controversy lead to the return of the regular officials.+

In Creston, fall bring Hot Air Balloon Days. Three days of entertainment, food, community involvement, and balloon races.
Whatever fall means for you, we hope you enjoy it. A season where the heat of summer cools and crisp air fills the night sky.

Balloon Days Are Back

The 36th Annual Hot Air Balloon Days have returned to Creston. This weekend enjoy food, friends, fun, and plenty of hot air balloons.

There will be activities and balloon races happening all weekend. Beginning Thursday the 19th with a pork chop dinner at McKinely Park and ending with the final balloon races Sunday the 22nd. In between that time there will be a parade, car show, pet show, craft fair, 5k, and so much more.

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An event that began in 1978 with 22 balloonists, has grown to over 50 on an annual basis and become the second largest balloon even in Iowa.

Stalker Chevrolet will be on hand as a proud balloon sponsor and you can also check us out at the Car Show that begins at noon on Saturday.

For more information on Balloon Days, visit www.crestoniowachamber.com.

Fall Means Football

As the days start to get a little shorter and the weather begins to cool off (a little bit anyway) our thoughts turn to fall. And when our thoughts turn to fall, we begin to think about football season.  The Panthers are already 1-0 after an impressive win at Chariton and both the Hawkeyes and Cyclones fell in college football’s opening weekend.

While we certainly hope Creston/OM can continue to play well, now you have a choice to make between Iowa and Iowa State.

With football season brings rivalry and health competition, so we’ve decided to get in on the spirit during the WHO TV-RV TV tailgate Monday September 9th at the Creston Depot. During the event we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Creston Food Pantry in “Victory Trucks”. Our truck will be collecting for the Iowa Hawkeyes, the truck from M&M Motors will be collecting for the Iowa State Cyclones, and Creston Automotive will be collecting for those who wish to remain neutral, but still want to have a good time. The final weigh-in will be around 10 P.M. to decide the winner.

Cyclones take on Hawkeyes
Iowa vs. Iowa State

The tailgating fun starts at 4 P.M. with music, food, games, and WHO TV getting some fan insight from the folks of Creston. Live telecast will be shown at 5, 6 and 10 P.M.

Make sure you wear all you Hawkeyes or Cyclone gear for the Best Dressed/Most Supportive Hawk & Cyclone Supporter contest that will be shown during the live telecast at 5 P.M. Signups will be at the Depot and you must register before 5.

Hawkeyes, Cyclones. Football season is here everyone! We hope to see you out at the Depot on Monday!

Join Stalker Chevrolet During Relay for Life

Creston’s Relay for Life event takes place . The event will take place at Creston High School Track, 601 W Towline St., Creston. Relay for Life is one of the largest fundraising events for the American Cancer Society.
Stalker Chevrolet is glad to participate in an amazing event that helps out so many. Over $14,000 has been raised so far for Relay for Life!
We’ve had a few dealership fundraisers and events to raise money for Relay and will continue to raise until the 14th.The story of Relay for Life is an inspirational one for many. Millions across the country and world are affected each day by cancer.

Whether you’re honoring a loved one or just raising money for a great cause, the money raised from Relay for Life can help to save lives and spread hope.

We hope to see you at out at the event on June 14th

Relay for Life Raffle

On Friday June 14th at Creston High School a large crowd will gather to participate in a great event for a great cause, Relay for Life.

Relay for Life is an event where individuals and teams gather to share experiences, create memories, and raise money the fight against cancer. There are unique experiences that take place during a Relay for Life event, including the Survivors Lap, Lunminaria Ceremony, and Fight Back Ceremony.

The history of Relay for Life dates back over 25 years, to 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt decied to raise money for the fight against cancer by running for 24 hours straight! During that first unofficial Relay for Life event, Dr. Klatt raised $27,000!

Stalker Chevrolet has joined fight with fundraising events to donate toward Relay for Life. Stop by Stalker Chevrolet between now and May 6th to enter a raffle to win a free oil change! Purchase 1 ticket for $1 or 6 for $5. Help us donate to this amazing fundraiser and get a chance to hang out with some of our amazing service staff.

You may be curious what your money is going toward. Through Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society uses these funds to conduct research and find new groundbreaking cancer medicines and cures. The money is also used for living accommodations for patients who must travel to receive the care they need. Relay for Life also helps fund the Road to Recovery® program that drives patients to and from treatment. To learn more about what Relay for Life fundraising efforts go to, click here.

Relay for Life Oil Change