Tips for Taking Care of Your Silverado & Colorado

taking care of your Silverado

What Goes Into Taking Care of your Silverado Or Colorado?

According to registration data from the last three decades, the Chevrolet Silverado is the longest-lasting pickup truck, and the newer Colorado is built with the same great quality. Even so, keeping your Chevy truck running for years involves some work on the owner’s end. Here are some basic tips for taking care of your Silverado or Colorado.

Never miss an oil change

Oil changes are important for the engine health of cars and SUVs. Trucks are no different. Use your owner’s manual to keep track of when your Silverado or Chevrolet Colorado is next due.

Don’t forget the tires and wheels

If you get the oil changed at our dealership, we can also rotate the tires while we are at it to ensure even wear. You should also routinely get the alignment checked and have your tires balanced.

Check on your fluids

Your truck has a lot of essential fluids. We’ll check them and top them off during your visits, but you should watch them in between visits as well and refill as necessary. If you suspect a leak, bring your truck in right away.

Wash it regularly

Take pride in your truck by keeping it spotless. Doing so will also keep it from rusting.

If you need maintenance work done to your Silverado or Colorado to keep it healthy, bring it to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC. We’d be glad to work on it.

Try Out These Unexpected Twists on Thanksgiving Dinner

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Yet another Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are getting burnt out on the same old traditional Thanksgiving dinner year after year, try one of these surprising twists on Thanksgiving dinner for this year’s celebration:

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When we consume potatoes during Thanksgiving, we typically have mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole. The maple-roasted sweet potatoes are a unique and tasty twist that are only 96 calories per serving.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage

The kids may oppose this one just because they’ve been taught that Brussels sprouts are icky, but we adults know the truth: Brussels sprouts are delicious. They’re just not commonly eaten at Thanksgiving. Ditch the green bean casserole and try making this delicious dish instead.

Fruit Salad with Cranberry Dressing

Cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple, but if eating them by themselves has never been your cup of tea, you might like them more when they’re used more subtly in a dish. The dressing is delicious, and the fruit is a refreshing change of pace after all the savory foods of Thanksgiving. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin-Walnut Biscuits

Move over, pumpkin pie. There’s a new pumpkin delicacy in town. These biscuits are perfectly sweet but also full of healthy goodies, like vitamins A, C, and E.

We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

What is the Purpose of a Pace Car?

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Why Do We Need The Pace Car In NASCAR?

While watching major automotive racing events, you might have noticed a car that leads the pack before the race starts or during random caution events. This is called the pace car, and it actually serves an important purpose.

There Are Multiple Reasons

According to USA Today writer Michelle R. Martinelli, a pace car’s primary purpose is to keep the drivers safe but also to get them warmed up before a racing event begins. When there is an accident on the track, bad weather, or some other event that could cause safety concerns, the pace car must insert itself in front of the leader of the pack and bring everyone down to a slow speed until the issue is resolved.

History Of The Pace Car

The first pace car ever used was in the Indianapolis 500 during the inaugural race in 2011. It was a Stoddard-Dayton, and Carl G. Fisher was the driver. Chevy vehicles are quite frequently used as the pace car for the Indy 500. Popular Chevy models for this honor include the Corvette and the Impala. In NASCAR races, the automaker of the pace car can vary depending on who sponsors the track. Chevy tracks use a Chevy Camaro.

Have more questions about NASCAR racing? Ask the experts at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Great Race Day Snacks for Your Next Party

Race Day Snacks

Pre-Race Snacks

The race car season is going full tilt, so why not throw a big race day party for your friends and family? If you’re wondering what race day snacks you should provide at your next race day party, never fear – we’ve put together a list that will help you get started.

Spare Tire Donuts

If you’re going to be watching the big race, why not have a bit of a race day theme going on with your food? You can make your own chocolate-covered donuts at home (or purchase some from the grocery store) and call them spare tires. After all, those little circles sure do look like a delicious set of wheels.

BBQ Cocktail Wieners

There’s nothing more fool-proof than some delicious cocktail wieners. Simply buy a couple packages of these mini hotdogs, put them in a slow cooker, add some BBQ sauce and “Viola!” You have a delicious snack for your friends and family.

Hot Broccoli Dip

Sneak in something green into your guests’ race day meal with some hot broccoli dip. Just follow the recipe here and serve it with some tortilla or pita chips.

Pizza

Whether you order some from your local pizzeria or want to have your guests make their own, pizza is a great way to cater a party. You can even pick some up from the grocery store and simply pop it in the oven before the race begins.

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Near Hickory, NC, we are always looking for some new race-day recipes, so feel free to share some of your own.

Fun Things to Do in Hickory, NC

Things To Do In Hickory

Exploring Hickory

Located only twenty minutes away from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet lies Hickory, North Carolina. This wonderful town has a welcoming, small-town feel that is difficult to ignore. That’s why we encourage you to visit and enjoy one of these many things to do in Hickory.

Hickory Museum Of Art

Catch a bit of culture while you’re in Hickory at the Hickory Museum of Art. This museum has a number of changing exhibitions throughout the year and a collection that focuses on American and American Southern Folk art styles. Whether you want to simply visit the museum to enjoy the beautiful works of art or plan on taking one of the museum’s many classes, the options are endless at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Check Out A Hickory Crawdads Game

There are a few things better than having fun at a baseball game when the weather’s beautiful. Luckily, the Crawdads, Hickory’s very own Minor League Baseball team, has a jam-packed schedule that makes it easy to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

Explore Bakers Mountain Park

Looking to get outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of Hickory? Well, look no further than Bakers Mountain Park. You can hike through this 189-acre park, climb a mountain, and see the beautiful views of Catawba Valley. With over six miles of trailers, there’s no doubt that you will truly enjoy this day outdoors.

If you need a new ride to get you around Hickory, NC, check out our lineup here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Fun Summer Road Trips in North Carolina

Road Trips In North Carolina

So Many Fun Places To Go!

Road Trips In North Carolina

Are you a Newton resident looking for a fun weekend road trip here in our great state of North Carolina? We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet have plenty of recommendations:

Catawba Science Center

Just a 20-minute drive from our dealership is the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, the perfect place for families to learn together. While there, be sure to check out the aquarium and planetarium.

Blue Ridge Parkway

This scenic drive along the southern Appalachian Mountains will take you through the Great Smoky Mountains and even up to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia if you venture far enough north. The North Carolina section includes the breathtaking Pisgah National Forest.

Outer Banks

Take a drive out to America’s first beach for stunning ocean views, delicious seafood, and plenty of fun things to do, like shopping, kayaking, museums, and more.

Charlotte Motor Speedway

NASCAR fans living in North Carolina should spend some time visiting this classic race track. Even if there is not a racing event going on during your stay, it is worth a visit, just to say you’ve seen it.

Dismal Swamp State Park

For a spooky adventure, visit this state park with a spooky backstory. Enter if you dare!

If you first require a vehicle for these Road Trips In North Carolina, then check out our lineup of Chevy models here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Here’s Some of What Sold at the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show Silent Auction

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show

You Don’t Have To Be Quiet During The Auction

285 Vehicles At The Event

Last month, we hosted the annual Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show, which had 285 registered vehicles. In total, we awarded 103 trophies.

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show Silent Auction

Another big part of the festivities was the Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Auto Show Silent Auction, which took place on June 16th. We auctioned off a lot of really cool stuff. These were some of the hottest items:

  • Four Atlanta Braves tickets
  • A Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet replica race hood
  • A signed and framed Dalen Earnhardt Chevrolet technician shirt
  • Custom-built Chevy cornhole boards
  • An autographed Kyle Larson hat from his victory
  • Four tickets to Tweetsie Railroad
  • A Luke Kuechly signed Carolina Panthers NFL football
  • Sunday brunch for four at the Catawba Country Club
  • Two tickets to a NASCAR race at Richmond
  • Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. trash cans
  • Four Garage Hot Passes and grandstand seat tickets to the NASCAR Bank of America 500 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • A Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet rug
  • Coleman camping gear
  • A Dale Jr. Budweiser pit crew uniform
  • A Dale Jr. autographed hero card
  • Two tickets to a NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • An actual brick from the Corvette assembly plant (and two tickets)
  • A Dale Earnhardt basket
  • Four tickets to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

If you missed the auction, don’t worry. We still have plenty of great vehicles that you can purchase here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Accessories

Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Accessories

Deck Out Your Tailgate

Amazing Chevrolet Silverado Tailgate Accessories

Chevrolet Silverado tailgate accessories can help improve every tailgating event, no matter the time of day. From illumination to safety, there’s a tailgate accessory for every occasion. Gather around the Silverado pickup and celebrate with friends and family this summer!

Tailgate Light Bars

Making your Chevrolet Silverado more visible when tailgating continues after dark is as simple as installing a tailgate light bar. Most light bars are fairly affordable and urge caution to those who happen to be driving by. Light bars are a cost-effective lighting and safety solution for those who never want the tailgate to end.

Tailgate Mat

Protecting your tailgate from scratches, dents, and other forms of damage doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A simple tailgate mat can go a long way in protecting the bed of your truck during a night of tailgating. Not only will a tailgate mat protect your truck and look good doing it, but it can also make those sitting in the bed more comfortable.

Tailgate Net

Keeping unwanted guests out of the bed of your Chevrolet Silverado is easy with a tailgate net. In addition to keeping people from climbing in and out of the truck, the net can protect your tailgating supplies. Containing coolers, grills, and other tailgating necessities can be accomplished by an easy-to-install tailgate net.

Of course, if you want accessories for your Chevrolet Silverado tailgate, then explore our lineup at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Sneak Peek

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

For The Heaviest Of Jobs

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Revealed

Chevrolet has been on a roll with truck debut after truck debut, and now the automaker is looking to keep the good times rolling. Hot off the debut of the 2019 Silverado 1500, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD promises to bring a bolder look to the segment. According to Chevrolet Global Head Alan Batey, a new, expanded range of Silverado models will make its way to the industry sometime soon. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD promises more customization and capability, all while maintaining the reliability and longevity that drivers love.

Your Presence Will Be Known

Based on the teaser image released a few weeks ago, the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado HD will feature a bolder stance and larger proportions that make the trucks’ presence known. The heavy-duty truck will also be designed according to the needs of heavy-duty truck buyers. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be built at the Flint Assembly facility. The model is expected to hit dealership lots by fall of 2019.

More Heavy Duty Options

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD follows the official debut of the 2019 Silverado 1500. The all-new model weighs less than its predecessor and will bring plenty of upgrades to the full-size truck segment. Chevrolet also recently showed off a line of chassis-cab trucks. The Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD will make their way to the lineup later this year. The medium-duty pickups will provide drivers with even more truck options.

If you’d like to know even more about Chevy’s upcoming lineup of trucks, then be sure to stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Shows Off New Look

2019 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro Gets An Upgrade

New Muscle. New Style

The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro recently made its official debut. The popular muscle car will sport a new style that gives the model a more distinct stare for the model year. Better yet, the Chevrolet Camaro will also receive a new trim and powertrain option for the 2019 model year.

The Unveiling of the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro

The unveiling of the Chevrolet Camaro’s new design follows the reveal of redesigns for other cars in the automaker’s lineup. The Malibu, Cruze, and Spark will join the Camaro on the list of major redesigns for the 2019 model year. A version of the updated Camaro made an appearance in Transformers: The Last Knight last year. The redesigned Chevrolet Camaro will feature a new grille that varies between trims. The Camaro RS features a sleeker front fascia with sharp lines, while the high-powered SS trim boasts a bulkier grille.

Go Turbo

An exterior redesign isn’t the only change on the docket for the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro. A new Turbo 1LE model will be available for the model year as well. That trim features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 275 horsepower and 296 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the SS trim will feature a 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission with custom launch control. In addition to a new design and trim level, the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro sees a few technological upgrades. Drivers will enjoy access to the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. Other technologies, such as a Rear Camera Mirror, are available.

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC, we can’t wait for the refreshed lineup of Chevy passenger cars to arrive for the 2019 model year.