How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Get Your Car Ready for Fall

Fall is quickly rolling in and with it comes cooler weather. That means it’s also time for seasonal car maintenance. Here are a few tips from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to help you get your car ready for fall.

Create an Emergency Kit

Creating a just-in-case emergency kit is a necessity for every driver. It doesn’t matter if you’re the safest driver the road has ever seen. Nature might have other plans. Slick roadways and black ice can strike out of nowhere, leaving those unprepared to wait shivering for help. Pack an emergency kit with dry clothes, blankets, a flashlight and batteries, and nonperishable food items.

Get an Oil Change

Oil plays several key roles in the engine block. Old oil doesn’t perform any of those roles better than fresh oil. Getting an oil change is incredibly important as the weather begins to cool. Colder weather can stress the engine and old oil just won’t get the job done. That can impact your engine’s performance and efficiency.

Inspect the Tires

Worn tires with low tread won’t offer a safe amount of grip on slick roadways. Low traction can result in loss of control of the vehicle or worse. Perform a visual inspection of your tires. Keep an eye out for any bulges or other abnormalities. Make sure to check your tire pressure weekly as well.

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

What’s The Difference Between Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive?

A capable vehicle is one that can withstand the elements, even when they threaten to make driving difficult. The automotive industry has developed several systems to deal with slick roadways, but which one is right for you? Here’s a quick guide on four-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC.

Four-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive systems split the torque evenly between the front and rear axles. While this provides more traction, a truck can’t be driven safely on dry pavement. As a result, four-wheel drive is primarily used when off-roading or driving through snow. Drivers can revert their vehicle to two-wheel drive, which earns better fuel economy, by turning the four-wheel drive system off.

All-wheel drive systems send torque to the wheel with the least amount of grip, also known as the path of least resistance. Since the system does this automatically, all-wheel drive vehicles are great for all road surfaces. All-wheel drive systems cannot be turned off. As a result, vehicles equipped with the system tend to earn lower fuel economies.

Which One is Right for You?

Drivers in cold or varying climates year round are best off with an All-Wheel drive system. Those who value fuel economy and don’t always need maximum traction will be better off with a four-wheel drive system.

Scary Good Halloween Recipes

Scary Good Halloween Recipes The air is getting chillier and we’re warming up the hot chocolate. You know what that means – Halloween! Here are some delicious Halloween recipes to help ring in the spooky season, courtesy of our team at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Brain Big Batch Jell-O Shot

You can make this squishy treat with or without alcohol – but it’s fun either way! Use a plastic brain mold to mix all of the ingredients, refrigerate them, and then pop them out for the tastiest brain you’ve ever seen (and hopefully the only brain you’ve ever seen).

Ladies’ Fingers and Men’s Toes

Want a salty snack that’s also a little creepy? Craft some pretzel fingers and toes. This DIY recipe means that your friends will admire your work from scratch, and also the aesthetic spookiness of it.

Bloody Cheesecake

If you want a bloody-fantastic dessert, whip up this bloody cheesecake.  It’s made with the classic cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, graham crackers, and vanilla frosting. With the combination of red icing and cocoa powder, it becomes very spooky.

Pizza Skulls

Everyone loves pizza, so let’s make it spooky! Buy a skull-shaped pan (they’re available on Amazon) and fill it with plenty of dough, pizza sauce, and cheese. The result will be pizza-filled, doughy skulls that are sure to scare guests and taste delightful.

Get ready for the Halloween season by stirring the cauldron and producing these terrific treats.

Chevrolet Introduces myChevrolet App for Apple Watch


myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

Chevrolet is a brand all about convenience – which is why they created the myChevrolet app. This app helps you make car ownership easier than ever, and now it’s coming to Apple Watch.

If you have an Apple Watch, then you know that you have power and convenience on your wrist. Therefore, the myChevrolet app along with it makes the experience even better. With this app, Chevy owners can do a number of things, all with a touch on their watch. They can remote start and stop their vehicle, lock/unlock their doors, activate/cancel horns or lights, and locate their vehicle. All of this convenience leads to very satisfied customers.

“As a result, customers who use the myChevrolet mobile app are some of our most loyal and satisfied Chevrolet owners,” said John McFarland, director of GM Global Digital Experience.

Last year, myChevrolet combined with OnStar RemoteLink, resulting in even more features and easier access to roadside assistance, parking reminders, and vehicle diagnostics.

The Apple Watch makes it simple to access your myChevrolet app because you won’t even need to worry about pulling out your phone to access it.

Currently, 1.4 million Chevrolet owners use the myChevrolet app. It’s available in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and is available in English, Spanish, and French. If you’re a Chevrolet owner, it’s time to make your life easier with the myChevrolet app. If you want to learn more, feel free to reach out to us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

The Best Bites in Hickory, NC

Best Bites in Hickory, NC

Food In Newton

Our neighbors in Hickory, NC sure know how to cook (and we sure know how to eat). It was an arduous challenge to come up with this quick-list of the tastiest morsels in town, but our expert foodies at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet are fully confident that these three restaurants have to be the best bites in Hickory, NC.


At Fourk, they do everything “with a twist;” a tasty twist that is. The delicious, modern-American fare, including an mouth-watering veggie burger, would be enough to draw us back for lunch or dinner any day, but the ever-friendly wait staff and airy atmosphere is the olive in the handcrafted martini (of which they have an extensive lineup).


This modern Mediterranean tapas joint offers the perfect combination of flavorful food and chic styling, making it the perfect spot for a special date night or celebratory dinner. Boca is also the best choice if you need a place that will seat large groups comfortably without detracting from great service and food.

House of Nom Nom

Its mood may be casual, but there’s nothing laid-back about the full-bodied flavor and deliciousness of the Asian-fusion offerings at House of Nom Nom. From sweet bubble teas to spicy Bánh mì sandwiches and classic burgers with a Thai twist, there’s something for every sort of eater here.

These might be the best bites in Hickory, NC, but there is so much more to discover in town; make Hickory your next weekend day-trip, and, while you’re passing by, pay us a visit at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC.

Don’t Miss the 2017 Waterfront Music Fest in Mooresville

Waterfront Music Fest

Summer Music Festival

One Last Thing To Do This Summer

Summer’s not over just yet! The Waterfront Music Fest in Mooresville promises music-lovers one last chance to enjoy some fine Carolina sunshine and live jazz, blues, and beach music, right here in our neck of the woods.

Starting Mid September

The Waterfront Music Fest is a favorite of Mooresville locals and travelers from across the region. Starting on Friday, September 15 and running all weekend until Sunday, September 17 at 8:00 pm, the Fest offers live music both onshore and onboard, with bands performing at the Landing and on the sightseeing cruises that embark each evening or afternoon.

Found At Lake Norman

Along the shores of Lake Norman, the beautiful setting of the Waterfront Music Fest in Mooresville, you will see gorgeous, historic homes, stunning natural sights, as well as lovely waterfowl. Whether you make it to the sunset cruise on Friday night or opt for the sunshiny midday trips on Saturday or Sunday, the Fest cruises are perfect for sitting back and relaxing with a drink in hand while basking in the good vibes.

In addition to the performing bands and acts, the Fest will play host to a variety of restaurants and food and beverage vendors, so come hungry.

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet is proud to be a part of the Mooresville, NC community by supporting local events such as the Waterfront Music Fest.

Weekend Trips near Hickory, North Carolina

weekend trips near Hickory

Trips Made Easy

Summer is the perfect time to get out of the house and explore. If you can manage an overnight—or an entire weekend—away from home, then consider these weekend trips near Hickory, North Carolina.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Located in North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains is arguably one of the most beautiful places in America, with plenty of hiking and wildlife, mixed in with the tourist attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 110 miles


Called the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem is known for its nightlife, thanks to world-class bars and restaurants. While here, be sure to visit the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 75 miles

Asheville, North Carolina

A top destination for travelers to North Carolina, Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum, Western North Carolina Nature Center, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 80 miles

Outer Banks, North Carolina

For a beach getaway unlike any other, consider Outer Banks, 130 miles of barrier islands with a small fishing town feel.

Distance from Hickory, North Carolina: 391 miles

Need a new summer road trip car? We’ve got you covered. Browse our inventory here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy.

How to Pack Your Car for Camping

pack your car for camping

Chevy Makes Camping Easy

This summer is the perfect time to pack up your car and hit the open road for a camping trip with your family and friends. Before you go, read through our tips on how to pack your car for camping, and consider visiting Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, which offers up to 63.7 feet of cargo volume, perfect for storing camping supplies, and up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway, ideal for road trip driving on a budget.*

Have a plan

Before haphazardly throwing all your camping supplies into whatever nook and cranny you can find, survey the space offered by your vehicle. It helps to lay out all of your supplies, studying their shapes and sizes, to develop a plan to fit them in safely and efficiently.

Think of convenience

If there are any items you’ll need to get to during the drive, make sure you have easy access from the trunk or, even better, your seat. Consider which way zippers are facing when packing, too, so you won’t have to pull a bag out of the car to get inside it.

Don’t neglect the heavy stuff

You’ll want to put the heavier items in first, below the highest point of the rear seat. In the event of a sharp turn or stop—or worse, an accident—you’ll want heavy items low to the floor and secure, so that they don’t go flying.

Happy travels from all of us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC!

*EPA estimated.

Why the Chevy Silverado is the Perfect Summer Vehicle

Chevy Silverado

The Sun Never Set On The Silverado

Summer is the perfect time to get out, stay active, visit new places, and try new things. To make the most of this season’s opportunities, you need a vehicle that can keep you cool and comfortable, while providing the capabilities and space you need for your adventures. Believe it or not, the Chevy Silverado is just the vehicle.

The Chevy Silverado is Fuel Efficient & Powerful

Enter the Chevy Silverado. This powerful pickup is perfect for your summer needs. With best-in-class fuel economy and horsepower, up to 12,500 pounds in towing capability, available wi-fi, and plenty of comfort and space in the cabin, it will never disappoint. Plus, the Chevy Silverado is so dependable and long-lasting that you’re sure to have it for many summers to come.

The Chevy Silverado Has Plenty Of Room for Everything

Imagine seeing a movie at the drive-in and snuggling up in the bed of your Chevy Silverado, or using your Silverado to tow the family boat to the lake for a weekend. The Chevy Silverado could transport kayaks, bikes, camping gear, fishing gear, or whatever else fuels your passion. And with the solid fuel efficient engine options, and plenty of advanced safety features, you’ll feel good about taking your Chevy Silverado on the road, no matter how far your travel.

Don’t let summer slip away. Stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC to find the perfect Chevy Silverado for your summer adventure needs.

Benefits of Traveling in a Chevy Cruze

Chevy Cruze

Get Ready For Fun In the Chevy Cruze

If you’re looking for the perfect new vehicle, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn just how versatile the compact car segment can be. The Chevy Cruze is the best of its kind, and fits perfectly with many different lifestyles. Here are our five favorite benefits of driving a Chevy Cruze from Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Fuel Efficiency

Whether you opt for the sedan or the first-ever hatchback Chevy Cruze, you’ll find that this tiny car sips the gas. At best, the Cruze gets up to 40 mpg highway*, allowing you to spend less time at the gas pump and more time on the road.

Cargo Space

Despite its compact size, there’s plenty of space inside of the Cruze for cargo and passengers. Versatile seating makes room for up to 47.2 cu. ft. of cargo in the hatchback model.

Chevy Cruze Safety

The Chevy Cruze is full of proactive and reactive safety features, including available driver assist technologies and 10 standard airbags.

Intelligent Tech

You’ll have a hard time finding the latest technology in most compact cars. But in the Chevy Cruze, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch color touch screen is the standard. Add to that smartphone compatibility and available Wi-Fi, and the Cruze is as good as an office away from home.

Diesel Option

The Chevy Cruze is full of surprises, the latest one being the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan. The 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine gets up to 52 mpg highway* making it the most efficient non-hybrid option in the country.