Colorado ZR2 Wins Truck of the Year for Abundant Off-Road Features

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison was recently named the Overland Truck of the Year, which makes it the first-ever truck to earn such an accolade.

Overland Journal is an expert in eco-friendly, worldwide vehicle travel, which means the editors are knowledgeable in which models are most rugged, capable, and efficient. Overland chose to evaluate the top six midsize trucks on the market, which included the Colorado ZR2 Bison among the stiff competition. Driving each vehicle thousands of miles, the judges rated trucks on payload, durability, capability, efficiency, and reliability.

“Our 2019 Overland Truck of the Year (midsize) goes to the Bison,” announced Overland Journal editor Scott Brady. “Just a list of its features makes it the truck we always wanted, only better … It checks all the boxes.”

Colorado ZR2 Wins Truck of the Year | Pinehurst, NC

That list of off-road features includes a small-displacement turbo-diesel, front and rear locking differentials, a winch-ready steel front bumper, heavy duty metal rear bumper with 1/4 panel protection, full-length rock sliders, and suspension that’s at the top of its class. On top of that, there are also five skid plates for underbody protection, as well as large fender flares to accommodate 17×8-inch alloy wheels, and cast-iron control arms.

What else makes the Bison stand apart? A striking exterior design that includes a tall ridge height and special badging. The Colorado ZR2 Bison is an adventurous truck that you can find and order at Clark Chevrolet. Call us to learn more.

Meet the 2020 North American Car of the Year: the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray | Pinehurst, NC

Each year, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, some of the most respected automotive journalists choose the best new car of the year. For 2020, the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named the North American Car of the Year.

“The 2020 Corvette represents a new era for the iconic brand,” said Lauren Fix, North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year president. “The excitement from consumers has been overwhelming. From a journalist’s perspective, this is one of the best-built GM products that exemplifies what it means to be the North American Car of the Year.”

This is the third time the Corvette has won this award. It previously won in 1998 for the fifth-generation model and again in 2014 for the seventh-generation model.

With its all-new design, the eighth-generation Corvette is unlike any other Corvette model. It has an innovative mid-engine design to give it superior performance and handling. It also boasts a refined, premium cabin with a focus on the driver.

The 2020 Corvette is powered by an all-new LT2 V8 engine rated at 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. With the available performance exhaust system, output increases to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. With this output, Chevrolet says the Corvette will have a top speed of 194 mph.

If you want to learn more about this exciting vehicle, contact us at Clark Chevrolet Cadillac.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

2020 is here, and there is still time to come up with New Year’s resolutions. This year, you might want to consider resolutions that involve your car. Here are a few examples of automotive New Year’s resolutions.

Commit to an Oil Change

If you’ve been putting off an oil change for your vehicle for some time, the new year presents the perfect opportunity to set up an appointment for this important step in regular automotive maintenance.

Learn a New Automotive Skill

During the upcoming year, you can commit to learning a new skill regarding your vehicle. It could be something as simple as learning how to change a tire to something complex, like learning how to drive a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission. This would be a great New Year’s resolution for your car.

Drop an Unsafe Driving Habit

New Year’s resolutions often involve dropping a bad habit, and this can be true for automotive resolutions as well. Whether you want to commit to speeding less or making sure you avoid texting and driving, these improvements will help keep you safe and those you share the road with.

If your resolution is to get a new car, talk with our staff at Clark Chevrolet this holiday season.

The Best Ways of Detailing Your Car

If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to declutter your life, why not start with your car? Here are some tips to detailing your car and its interior so you can cruise into 2020 in comfort and tranquility.

General Cleaning

Remove any clutter or trash. Gather up those toys, lost gloves, and empty fast food containers to put them away or dispose of them.

Next comes the cleaning. Pull out and wash the floor mats. Vacuum the interior thoroughly, including in the cracks between seat cushions. Dust everything, working from the top of the vehicle down. Scrub around the door frames with an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser.

Spiffing up the Upholstery

The way to clean upholstery is to treat any stains on the seats or carpet. Spray a stain remover on a soft brush, not directly on the fabric, and gently massage the stain. If you have leather seats, use leather cleaner. Spray the seats and carpet with a protectant.

Don’t Forget the Trim

Wash the rest of the interior with all-purpose cleaner.  A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge is perfect for removing scuff marks at the base of the doors or on the dash. Protect trim with a water-based dressing for plastics, vinyl, and rubber. Don’t forget to clean the windows and spray a bit of air freshener.

If your car is having trouble operating and you want an expert to take a closer look at it, we at Clark Chevrolet would be happy to inspect it for you. Contact our helpful service center.

Getting Your Car Ready For Winter

The coldest weather of the year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start getting your car ready for winter. Follow these tips for preparing your car to successfully survive the winter.  

Visibility

Maintaining good visibility is always important, but this is especially true in winter. Before winter arrives, makes sure all of your vehicle lights are working, and change your vehicle’s windshield wipers if they are cracked, bent, or ineffective.

Tires

The varying temperatures can cause the air in your vehicle’s tires to expand and contract, so as winter approaches, it’s important to routinely check your car’s tires for proper inflation. Additionally, it’s a good idea to consider a dedicated set of winter tires that perform best in cold weather conditions.

Battery

Cold weather can zap a failing car battery completely. Before the coldest days of the year are here, have your car battery tested by Clark Chevrolet Cadillac to make sure it is holding a proper charger. Replace it if not.

Emergency kit

It’s important to keep some emergency items in your vehicle should you suffer a breakdown in hazardous conditions. This emergency kit should include things like blankets, bottled water, and a battery powered cell phone charger.

If your car needs a checkup before winter, the service experts at Clark Chevrolet Cadillac can inspect it for you.

Fun Things to Do This Fall in Pinehurst, NC

With the beauty and festive time of autumn finally here, you can take advantage of all the things to do this fall in Pinehurst, NC.

Oktoberfest

Come to Tufts Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 26 for the annual Oktoberfest. The party starts at 4 p.m. with Kinderfest, a time when kids can show off their Halloween costumes and indulge in games and crafts. At 6 p.m., Oktoberfest starts with all the German food, drink, and music you can handle. Enter the stein-holding contest or the stein relay race to show off your skills.

Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

Take in the natural beauty of the season at the magnificent Sandhills Gardens. Meticulously cared for by students of Sandhills Community College, there are plenty of paths through plants, trees, and sculptures. Spend a few hours exploring the area and drink in the autumn weather and colors.

Low Country Boil & Halloween Party

The annual Given Memorial Library/Tufts Archives fall fundraiser is back. Grab a ticket to the party held at the wondrous Fair Barn venue. King DJ Curtiss will be supplying non-stop music, while The White Rabbit caters a delicious low country boil. Wear a Halloween costume and enter the judging for a prize.

Pinehurst is a wonderful place to see autumn colors. Take a drive to see the foliage in a car or SUV from Clark Chevrolet Cadillac.

Fall Car Maintenance Tips You Shouldn’t Neglect

The kids are back in school, the days are growing shorter, and you’re surrounded by pumpkin spice everything. All this can mean only one thing: fall is quickly approaching. It’s also a great time to give your car a little TLC. Not sure where to start? Check out these great fall car maintenance tips.

Battery

Unfortunately, car batteries don’t last forever, which is why it’s important to check in with your vehicle’s battery a few time a year. This fall, make sure your car’s battery is still holding a good charge and is free of excessive corrosion. Our expert technicians at Clark Chevrolet can help check your battery and replace it if necessary.

Tires

Your car’s tires are the only things separating you from the road, so it’s crucial to regularly check in on them. Monitor your car’s tires carefully, checking for proper pressure, tread, and alignment. Rotating your tires whenever you get an oil change is best practice to help your tires wear more evenly.

Headlights

Fall and winter are typically dark, cold, and wet, which is why proper visibility is so important. As fall approaches, take a moment to make sure all headlights and working and replace them now if necessary.

Wash and wax

While it might seem like a purely cosmetic concern, washing and waxing your vehicle’s exterior is a great way to protect it against the elements as the cold season approaches.

Bring your car to Clark Chevrolet for a fall tune-up so you can enter into the holiday season safe in the knowledge that your car is prepared to take on the cold weather.

Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

While there might be time to squeeze in one or two more weekend road trips this summer, it’s that time of year when we need to stop singing “school’s out” and start singing “school’s in.” Let’s ready ourselves into school year by refreshing on a few back-to-school driving safety tips.

Look Out for School Zones

The spontaneous nature of children can be a joy, but it’s a hazard when it comes to road safety. Always pay attention to sidewalks and be on the look-out for school zones. Kids will be darting all around the school area, especially at the beginning of the year when they’re excited to see friends again. Always adhere to the posted speed limit.

Note Increased Foot and Bike Traffic

Many kids walk or bike to school. Be aware that there will be increased non-vehicular traffic, especially in residential areas and areas near schools. There will also be school buses making their rounds, so heed their stop signals.

Dropping Off the Kids

Never drop off children across the street from the school. Don’t double-park, as this reduces visibility for yourself and other drivers. Try to carpool with neighbors or friends to reduce the number of cars coming and going from the school zone.

If you need a new car or SUV for your family to carpool to school in, check out the variety of Chevy vehicles we have in stock at Clark Chevrolet.

Summer Road Trip Packing List for a Successful Adventure

Summer can provide lots of opportunities to hit the open road, whether you head for a vacation in the mountains or a trip to the beach. Make the most of your time in the car with this road trip packing list

Essentials

While most of your things will be packed in the trunk, you should keep some personal items nearby while you’re driving. Have your ID, your proof of insurance, and any roadside assistance memberships on hand. Be sure to bring your car’s owner’s manual with you in case you need to address any mechanical issues.

Snacks

Snacks are an important part of any road trip, and healthy snacks will keep you focused and energized. If you have the space, consider bringing a cooler packed with pre-made sandwiches, cheese sticks, and berries. Pre-slice vegetables and fruit for a quick easy snack in the car, too, and pack protein-rich treats like jerky or mixed nuts to help keep you fuller in between meals.

Entertainment

Avoid the habit of searching for and downloading podcasts or playlists while driving. Instead, prepare all of your entertainment beforehand. A streaming app like Spotify will let you make a playlist especially for the trip. If you prefer to learn or be entertained, download an audiobook.

Clark Chevrolet has many models in stock that have great gas mileage and space for road trips, like the Equinox and Trax.