If there’s one thing folks in Garland know about summer in Texas, it’s that it gets awfully hot out here. The sun and rising temperatures won’t just take a toll on you if you’re not careful — it can also have negative effects on your vehicle. However, if you take preventative steps to protect your Chevy from the heat, you can get out and enjoy your summer with less worry.
Find a safe spot to park
The next time you grab a parking spot, see if you can put your Chevy in the shade somewhere. Keeping your vehicle out of direct sunlight will minimize sun damage to the exterior and interior as well as help reduce the temperature in the cabin.
Buy the right accessories
Your Chevrolet is an investment, so protect it from the summer heat with the right accessories. A windshield sun protector and seat covers can help prevent materials like leather and plastic from being worn down by intense ultraviolet light. If you can’t find a shaded spot to park, you can also opt for a car cover, which will at least protect your ride from direct sunlight.
Keep it clean
Washing, drying, and waxing your vehicle won’t just have your Chevy looking spiffy. Doing it regularly will help remove dirt and protect your vehicle’s exterior from ultraviolet rays over time.
The only thing hotter than the summer heat in Garland is the new Chevy lineup. Visit Jupiter Chevrolet and see what’s new from the bowtie brand and for all your summer service needs.
In an SUV, you can accommodate more passengers. So, if your family is large or you regularly transport a big group, choose an SUV. Small and midsize SUVs offer seating for five, but larger SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban can accommodate seven to nine passengers. Due to their size, SUVs can be easier to handle compared to trucks, too, making them more versatile. Most SUVs, too, will return better fuel efficiency on highways, ideal if you and your family like to cover a lot of miles.
Trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado lineup and Chevrolet Colorado offer impressive towing capabilities. If you need to tow a trailer, equipment, or road trip gear like a boat, then you should get a closer look at the Chevy truck lineup. Even if you’re not towing on a regular basis, but still need to haul a lot of stuff, the bed of a Chevy truck will give you the space you need and then some.
With so many options to choose from, buying a used car can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be. To find the used car that works for your family as well as fits your budget, keep these simple tips in mind.
Set a budget
You can find a used car at pretty much any budget point, so setting a budget will help you narrow down your options. Whether you are looking for an off-road truck or a family-friendly SUV, you can find the right pre-owned vehicle for the right price. By sticking to a budget, you may even be able to purchase a used vehicle at a higher trim level or with some extra features that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
Check the history
To have peace of mind when choosing your vehicle, be sure to check the vehicle history report for each car you’re interested in. This report gives you details about the car’s title history, previous owners, the record of maintenance, and any collisions it was involved in.
Select a reputable dealer
To make sure you’re getting a reliable car, it’s important that you shop at a reputable dealer, like Jupiter Chevrolet. Here, we make sure to offer a wide selection of used vehicles that you can count on to drive your family safely.
If you’re looking to better organize your Chevrolet SUV, the glove box is a great place to start. Be sure to place the following items inside the compartment to have them within easy reach and get the most out of this convenient storage area.
To make trips to the grocery store or gas station more sanitary, it’s a good idea to use some hand sanitizer or travel wipes. Both items easily fit inside your SUV’s glove box.
You never want your phone to run out of battery, especially in emergency situations. That’s why you should store your phone’s standard charger or a portable charger in your glove box so that you can keep your phone fully powered at all times.
The glove box is a great place to store important documents, such as your proof of insurance, automotive registration, and a copy of your driver’s license. Other items you may want to have on hand include lists of your medications, emergency contacts, and any allergies your family has.
No matter how long you’ve had your Chevrolet SUV, always keep your owner’s manual in the glove box. You never know when you might have questions about different components or need to look up what a light on your dashboard means.
If you need any assistance caring for your Chevy or want to find a new family hauler, give us a call at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas.
Whether you plan to take a scenic drive to see holiday lights with your family or simply want to improve your commutes this winter, listening to an audiobook is a great way to enjoy the ride. Check out one of these fantastic audiobooks during your holiday drives.
“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
While most families are familiar with “A Christmas Carol”, it’s well worth listening to Tim Curry narrate this classic holiday tale. The magnificent narration combined with the heartwarming story is enough to put even the biggest Scrooge in the holiday spirit.
“My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” by Stephanie Perkins
If your family has tweens and teens in tow, this audiobookis an excellent holiday distraction for short drives. The audiobook is comprised of 12 different short stories written by popular Young Adult authors and edited into one collection by Stephanie Perkins.
“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat
If you’re interested in improving your cooking this winter, you can learn how to do so with this audiobook. During your holiday drives, gain insight into preparing different meals for your family. Then, try your hand at these meals while at home.
We at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas, hope you have a fantastic holiday season. If there’s any way we can assist you at this time, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Trailering is a skill, just like many other aspects of driving, that takes time and effort to perfect. Whether you’re helping a friend move to Garland, Texas, or you’re planning a cross-country road trip with a trailer, keeps these tips for trailering with your truck in mind.
Pick a truck
Before you can tow a trailer, you need to get the right truck for your towing needs. The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is great for smaller trailers, as it will tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped with a 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine. You also can’t go wrong with the 2021 Silverado 1500, which will tow up to 13,300 pounds when properly equipped.
It’s also important to practice before you embark on your journey. Familiarize yourself with the hitch and trailer, and make sure to note the blind spots. It’s especially important that you test the brakes and get a feel for how having a trailer affects your driving.
Leave more room
Be sure to increase your following distance when trailering. Trailers add weight, which means deceleration takes longer. You don’t want to end up slamming the brakes with a 7,000-pound trailer behind you.