What to Do If You’re Driving Your Vehicle Less in Ohio

Many people in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, are driving less nowadays, but there are some important maintenance tips to keep in mind to keep up vehicle health. Whether you’re working from home or you simply aren’t going out as much, you can extend your vehicle’s life by stabilizing the gas, getting a trickle charger, and changing the oil, among other things. Stop by the Dave Kehl Chevrolet Service Center today to learn more.

One of the most crucial components to maintain as winter months approach is the battery. Electrical systems often fail in the winter, and if you’re driving less, that means the charge is more likely to disappear. Trickle chargers are a smart investment if you’re only using one car at the moment, as they provide a steady stream of electrons to the battery to keep it in working order while it sits.

Cold temperatures can also take a toll on the fuel system. When not driving for extended periods of time, it’s important to top off your tank. You should also consider adding a fuel stabilizer in the winter, as this will prevent the gasoline from crystalizing in extreme temperatures.

Don’t forget to change the oil as well. Even if you don’t drive 3,000 to 5,000 miles, the oil will still degrade over time, so stay on schedule to change it about every six months. In the winter, consider switching to a low-viscosity oil, such as 5W, and don’t be afraid to run your car once a week just to keep the components lubricated and corrosion-free.

For more maintenance tips and all your service needs, turn to the experts at Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg. Whether you’re driving more or less than usual, we’re ready to help you brave the Ohio winter ahead.

Truck or Treat: How to Decorate Your Pickup Truck for Halloween

With social distancing and staying safe a priority, Halloween will obviously be a bit different this year. But there are still plenty of frightfully fun festivities you and your family can take part in, including decorating your truck for the spooky season.

A simple way to show off your Halloween spirit is to decorate the outside of your truck the same way you might decorate your house. Add stickers and decals, write spooky messages with car-safe paint, and even add decorations like fake spiders and cobwebs. Turn your pickup’s bed into a cemetery with fake tombstones and other props. Driving around Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in your terrifying truck is sure to attract attention and spread some seasonal joy.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, gather some Halloween decorations and turn your truck’s cabin into a haunted house. Family drives will be extra creepy with hanging bats and spooky stickers surrounding your passengers. Share the frights with onlookers by having a skeleton or monster peeking through your back window.

Finally, let your creativity shine by taking part in a Trunk-or-Treat event. These family-friendly gatherings are a great way to have a scary good time while still staying socially distant. Families decorate their vehicles in whatever way they want, and dress up to partake in the Halloween tradition of passing out candy. With a little imagination, some arts and crafts, and a healthy dose of Halloween spirit, you and your loved ones can still have some freaky fun this fall.

Have a happy (and healthy) Halloween, from all of us here at Dave Kehl Chevrolet!

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Arrives at Dave Kehl Chevrolet

The wait is over: the new and improved Chevrolet Colorado is available now at Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado offers exceptional performance and a refined design. This midsize truck is perfect for hard work, yet it’s equally well-equipped for transporting your family around town. In addition to the premium quality and capable powertrain on the standard trim, you can also opt for the ZR2 or ZR2 Bison, among other trim levels, if you want an off-road ready truck.

The Colorado is perfect for driving around Mechanicsburg, Ohio, or hitting the open road. That’s because this truck comes with three powerful yet versatile engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, available 3.6-liter V6, and the mighty Duramax® 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel. No matter which engine you choose, you’ll get ample towing and payload capabilities as well as impressive efficiency.

 The interior is also stylish and intelligent, with a range of luxury amenities on trims such as the LT, Z71, and ZR2. Available features include the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch color touch screen, an EZ Lift & Lower tailgate for easy access to the bed, and dual rear seats with under-seat storage to keep valuables safe.

And for those who want a true work horse, you can opt for a range of performance features. This includes an off-road suspension package and automatic locking rear differential. There’s increased ground clearance and a Multimatic DSSV™ damping system on the ZR2 trim, and this truck has nearly 50 cubic feet of maximum cargo space for all your work needs.

Don’t wait — test drive the 2021 Colorado today. You’ll find the new Colorado right here at Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Lights, Camera, Action: What to Bring to a Drive-In Theater

In the world of social distancing, a great American pastime is making a comeback. The popularity of drive-in theaters is on the rise because it offers a great way for families to spend time together watching movies safely and from the comfort of their trucks. If you’re planning on scheduling an outing to a great local drive-in theater like the Dixie Twin Drive-In or the Sydney Auto Vue Drive-In, here’s what you need to bring.

A portable radio

You can use the radio in your Chevrolet Silverado or Colorado to listen to the audio that matches the movie on the big screen. But if you’d rather give your truck a break and sit out under the stars, bring a handheld radio and post up in your coziest lawn chair or on your comfiest blanket.

Snacks

One of the best parts of going to a drive-in theater is hitting up the concession stand for burgers, hot dogs, and popcorn. But if you’re leery or you want to save some bucks, you can most likely bring in your own snacks. Most drive-ins have policies that permit outside food, though same may require you to pay for a food pass for a small fee. Either way, check your drive-in’s rules and regulations before you visit.

A pickup truck

Why drive a car to the drive-in when you can roll up in a truck? The Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado are tailor-made for trips to the drive-in (among other things) with spacious cabins, comfortable seating, and expansive beds perfect for lounging.

Ready to hit up the drive-in theater for a night of movies and popcorn but need a cozy truck to head out in? Make your first stop Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. We’ve got the trucks you need for work, play, and everything in between.

Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat to These Lakes Near Mechanicsburg, OH

Summer is here, and it’s fair to say we could all use the chance to get away from it all. If your idea of fun is hitching your boat or jet skis up to your Chevrolet Silverado and heading out toward the water, these lakes near Mechanicsburg are calling your name.

Buck Creek State Park

Buck Creek offers a 2,120-acre lake for boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The park is a great place for a weekend getaway with your family, featuring over 100 campsites (as well as boat camping), an 18-hole disc golf course, and plenty of spots for hiking and a picnic. Pets are also permitted, so you can bring the whole family.

Alum Creek

Alum Creek Lake near Columbus is about 3,269 acres with boat ramps, docks, campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, and more. Fishing at Alum Creek is quite good, offering everything from smallmouth bass and muskellunge to black crappie and channel catfish. It’s also a beautiful place to explore with gorgeous shale bluffs, abandoned farm fields, and plenty of wooded area for hiking.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park

Grand Lake was originally a feeder lake for the Miami-Erie Canal and is the world’s largest man-made reservoir, measuring 13,500 acres. Grand Lake offers swimming, boating, fishing, and camping opportunities. No-wake areas and speed zones are indicated on the park map, and there is a zone for skiing and pulling tubes on the west side of the lake. There are restaurants in the area surrounding the boat ramps.

Indian Lake

Indian Lake, Ohio, is a popular summer hotspot for boating and fishing and is the site for some popular fishing tournaments each summer. The lake includes many islands, inlets, and bays, with over 30 miles of shoreline.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the perfect truck for towing a boat. The cutting-edge, intelligent towing capability plus advanced features like 15 different camera views make the trailering system easy to use. If you’re ready to enjoy your summer to the fullest, start your journey by checking out one of the many great Silverado trucks we have at Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

How to Use the Advanced Trailering System in Your Chevy Truck

The new hassle-free Advanced Trailering System is one of the best additions to the Chevrolet truck lineup. If you’re curious about how to unlock to all the capability of this impressive towing functionality, here’s a quick rundown of what it entails. 

  • Custom Trailer Profiles: ATS features the capability to add custom trailer profiles to allow you to monitor each trailer’s mileage or maintenance requirements. You can make up to five profiles using the in-cabin app, and you have the versatility to create even more when utilizing the myChevrolet app.
  • Hitch Guidance: Built to facilitate ease-of-use whenhooking up your trailer to your truck, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View system offers visual guidance for a typically difficult task. Hitch Guidance provides dynamic backup lines and a high-definition look at your truck’s hitch so you can connect your trailer right the first time.
  • Light Test: Before taking off on a long voyage with your trailer, it’s imperative to make sure the lights are functioning properly. The Advanced Trailering System features a light test capability that allows you to check the lights on your trailer yourself from the comfort of your cabin. After running the test, you’ll have a full diagnostic report on the status of your trailer’s lights.

Contact Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg today if you’d like a hands-on demonstration of the versatile Advanced Trailering System. Once you see how easy Chevy makes hard work look, you’ll never want to drive anything else. 

How Much Can the Chevrolet Silverado Tow?

If the difficult spring has you pining for a camping trip this summer, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado lineup has what it takes to put social distance between you and civilization. The Chevrolet Silverado can tow your trailers, campers, boats, RVs, and assorted other adventure toys to your summertime getaway with ease — you just need to figure out how much power you need.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 boasts an available 6.2-liter V8 that puts out more power than any other V8 engine in the segment. It also delivers more towing capability, pushing the Silverado 1500 to max trailering of 13,400 pounds.* Add in best-in-class cargo bed volume with Durabed, and the Silverado is a solid choice for loading up for a weekend adventure

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

Need more power? You’ve got it with the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, which gives you the might of the legendary 6.6-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel and all the abilities that come with it. When properly equipped, the Silverado 2500 HD can tow up to 18,510 pounds, making it great for towing an RV that can sleep your whole family in comfort.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

Got big plans for the summer? The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD is happy to oblige with up to 35,500 pounds of max towing capability. That’s a full 52 percent more power than the 2500 HD and likely more than enough muscle for whatever summer plans you have in mind.

Trailering is easy with a Chevrolet, and it’s easy to get your hands on the right truck for you at Dave Kehl Chevrolet. We’re here for all of your needs in challenging times, and we’re only a phone call or an email away.

*Requires Silverado 1500 Double Cab Standard Bed RST 4×4 with available 6.2L V8 engine, Max Trailering Package and 20-inch wheels. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

**Requires Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab Long Bed with 17-inch and available fifth-wheel/gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.***Requires Silverado 3500 HD Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD DRW with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 and gooseneck hitch. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the

Don’t Be a Fool: Stay on Top of Spring Car Maintenance

Spring vehicle maintenance isn’t that important, right? That’s what April fools think. Keeping your vehicle up to date with routine seasonal service will keep it working for you for much longer, and that’s no joke. These spring car maintenance steps will help you avoid serious transportation troubles this season.

Catch up on your service schedule

Is there anything you haven’t been keeping up with on your vehicle? Now is the time to get oil changes, filters replaced, and other fluids checked or refilled. Things like transmission fluid, brake fluid, and even wiper fluid are important.

Replace your wipers

Remember, April showers bring May flowers. Instead of letting your visibility get bogged down under all that rain, replace your vehicle’s old windshield wipers so you can see clearly — before the rain is gone.

Look at your tires

Tires are one of the most important components of your feelings, and they need some TLC. Even if you bought a new set recently, now is the time to get them rotated. Check tire pressure and make sure everything’s up to par. If tire tread is worn, it might be time to stop by Dave Kehl Chevrolet for some new tires

Get an engine check-up

Even if everything else looks good from a DIY perspective, spring is a great time to get your car to somebody who knows what they’re doing, like a dealership service technician. Have them give your vehicle’s mechanical parts a once-over to make sure it’s all in working order.

Need some essential spring car maintenance done? Visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg, OH.

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

With the weather warming up once again, the mind turns to the task of spring cleaning. While dusting and sweeping, paring down unneeded baubles, and getting the yard in order are some of the taller tasks around the home, it’s important that you show some TLC to your ride. These spring cleaning tips for your car will help you get back to sparkly clean when the sun comes out to play.

Leave Windows and Tires for Last

Starting by washing your wheels and windows is not ideal given how much dirt will be cascading down the vehicle as you clean. Your best approach for making the most of your time is to clean the entire exterior of the vehicle and leave the windows and tires for last.

Don’t Forget the Undercarriage

Road salt is part of winter driving, and when it lingers underneath your vehicle for long periods of time, it can lead to corrosion and damage to underbody components. To make sure that you don’t have to deal with costly repairs, take some time to rise off underneath your car.

Get a Trash Bag

The inside of your vehicle probably has a few things sitting around in it — fast food wrappers, receipts, and assorted papers. Clear these things out before you clean the interior. If there’s stuff you want to keep, bring it inside.

Use the Right Tools

Vacuuming the floor of your vehicle is one thing, but if you want to deep clean, make sure you’re using the right products and brushes to get dirt out of tight corners, wipe down leather, and clean your floor mats.

If your idea of spring cleaning your car is getting out of your old ride and into something shiny and new, visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet and check out our huge inventory of trucks and SUVs.

What Should Be in a Roadside Emergency Kit?

No matter the season, no matter the weather, it’s essential that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle that will assist you in the event of an emergency. What should be in a roadside emergency kit? Here are some of the essential components.

Blanket and seasonally appropriate clothing

Having a blanket to keep you warm can be a big help if you find yourself stranded by the roadside during the winter. Your roadside emergency kit should also have a change of clothes in case you need them — think a pair of fresh socks, a jacket or hooded sweatshirt, and gloves or hats. When spring and summer roll around, you can swap these out for warmer-weather clothes like flip flops, tank tops, and so on.

Jumper cables

Having jumper cables in your car is essential because, while it may seem like a foregone conclusion that everyone has them, that is far from the case. If you have a dead battery and need a jump, don’t rely on someone else having jumper cables to get you out of a pickle. Better still, if you have cables of your own, you can get someone else out of a jam.

Tool kit

Keep a wrench, screwdrivers, a knife and other multi-purpose tools in your emergency kit. Along with the tools, keep a list of instructions on how to fix common roadside vehicle issues if you don’t already know how to fix them.

Water and snacks     

Always keep a few bottles of water and some granola bars, or other long-lasting food items in your emergency kit in case you get stranded for a while. If you have a pet that you sometimes travel with, include some kibble and water for them as well. There are so many more things to include in a roadside emergency kit, so don’t stop short with these items. If you need help putting together a list or you want a stylish new vehicle to put your roadside emergency kit in, visit Dave Kehl Chevrolet in Mechanicsburg.