Why You Should Use Synthetic Oil in Your Truck

Why You Should Use Synthetic Oil in Your Truck | Sterling, CO

When the time comes for your truck’s next oil change, you’ll be faced with the question of whether to use synthetic or conventional motor oil, or a blend of both. Ultimately, while a fully synthetic oil is a bit more expensive, it’s a much better investment than conventional oil. Read on to find out why.

It lasts longer

One major benefit of synthetic oil is that it lasts longer, making the decision to spend the extra money a bit easier. Synthetic oil will stay clean and effectively lubricate your engine for longer than conventional oil, which means you’ll make fewer trips to the dealership for an oil change and spend less in the long run.

It’s better in cold weather

You’ll notice that your vehicle runs much better in extremely cold temperatures with synthetic oil than with conventional. Synthetic oil has better viscosity that lets it flow more easily in cold temperatures, which tend to make conventional oil thicker and run more slowly. Synthetic oil gives your engine a break from the hard work of running in cold weather.

It protects your engine

Synthetic oil is also better for keeping your engine in good shape for longer. Because synthetic can withstand more extreme temperatures than conventional oil, it’s better at helping your engine work in very high and low temperatures. If your engine is better protected, it’s going to run better for more miles.

Schedule your next oil change with Transwest Chevrolet Buick today.

Why a Winter Vehicle Checkup is Essential in Sterling, CO

Sterling is beautiful in the winter, but snowy roads and icy conditions can make it a treacherous place to drive in. Before dangerous Colorado’s dangerous winter weather comes out in full force, schedule a winter vehicle checkup at Transwest Chevrolet Buick. Here is a list of the things we’ll handle for you during a winterizing appointment.

Tire check

Good tires are crucial for safely travelling on dangerous icy roads, which is why we make sure to fully check out your wheels’ condition. Not only will we check the tire pressure and tread wear, we’ll also ensure there is no visible damage. And if you don’t have winter tires equipped, we’ll strongly recommend installing a set.

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Brake inspection

Like tires, brakes can help prevent accidents when driving in slush and snow by slowing you down when you start to lose control. During your winterizing service at Transwest, we will complete a thorough brake system inspection to make sure you have enough padding and fluid to safely stop.

Heating maintenance

Keeping warm in your car isn’t just about comfort; it’s also a vital safety concern, especially if you were ever stranded in your car. Our mechanics at Transwest will ensure that your vehicle gets warm enough to keep your windshield (and your fingers) clear of frost for maximum visibility and will keep your warm if you get stuck in a snowdrift.

Call Transwest Chevrolet Buick to schedule your winterizing appointment as soon as possible. We’ll make sure your car is ready for winter’s worst.

How to Protect Your Truck During Winter in Sterling, CO

Winter is coming, and they can get rough around Sterling, Colorado. While your Silverado or Colorado is well-suited to keep you safe even under harsh conditions, it’s important that you return the favor. Here are a few easy ways to protect your truck during winter.

Apply an undercoating

One of the worst fates that could befall your pickup is underbody damage or rust, which can result from moisture and debris getting into the inner workings. The potential for issues increases during the winter, as the rock salt used to thaw snow can cause physical damage and contribute to rust. In order to prevent this, consider having a professional apply an undercoating, which acts as a shield protecting your truck’s undercarriage.

Wash and wax regularly

If salt accumulates on your truck’s body and stays there for a while, the paint job will quickly lose its luster. If you want to avoid prematurely aging your truck’s appearance — and potentially opening up the body to the risk of rust damage somewhere down the road — it’s a good idea to wash your vehicle when you can and apply a protective wax coating.

Clean the fuel line

Before the frigid temperatures come in full force, it’s recommended that you flush and clean the fuel line. This will remove any built-up condensation — which can freeze and damage the component — as well as give you an indication of whether there’s any damage.

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The expert service staff at Transwest Chevrolet Buick has years of experience winterizing Chevrolet trucks and performing maintenance of all kinds. To make an appointment, give us a call or visit our service page.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado to Add Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert

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Today’s Chevrolet Silverado is already one of the most advanced vehicles on the market when it comes to towing. Segment-first features like the available Advanced Trailering System and a best-in-class 15 available camera views mean you can work hard and smart in a Silverado.

With the upcoming 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ready to receive the new Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert feature, this intelligent truck is getting even smarter.

GM-Trucks.com reports that the 2022 Silverado will be the latest Chevrolet vehicle to get this cutting-edge towing tech. Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert debuted on the all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, both of which just recently arrived at Transwest Chevrolet Buick in Sterling, Colorado. It builds on the Lane Change Alert feature currently available on the Silverado, alerting you when a moving vehicle approaches either side of your trailer or your truck’s blind spots.

Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert helps prevent collisions while you’re changing lanes with a trailer in tow, keeping you and your cargo safe. It joins a suite of other advanced technologies that includes Front Pedestrian Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, making the new Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD a safer bet all around.

Transwest Chevrolet Buick in Sterling has the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD in stock for all your towing needs. If you’re ready to upgrade, call us now to arrange your test drive. 

Silverado Changes on the Way for 2021

We’re excited to have the newest 2021 Chevy Silverado coming to Transwest Chevrolet Buick in Sterling. This popular, durable truck comes in several models with different levels of capabilities. Each version will feature several new updates, so here’s a look at the 2021 Silverado changes on the way.

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The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is part of the fourth generation of this full-size pickup. It’s receiving a number of minor alterations, including a shuffling of features and availability among the trim levels. There are also three new exterior colors replacing two retired exterior colors, and there will no longer be a manual tailgate.

All of the new Silverado models — including the 2021 Silverado 1500 light-weight truck and the 2021 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD heavy-duty trucks — are adding some new advanced technologies. They’re available with a new Wireless Phone Projection for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. SiriusXM is now included on the Work Truck trim and is standard on the Silverado 2500 and 3500 LT models and many Silverado 1500 versions. The 2021 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD will feature a new Bed View Camera and a rearview mirror with partial video display for more confident maneuvering and hauling.

Each new 2021 Silverado will say goodbye to packages like the Remote Start Package and the Trailer Camera Package, and add updated features in their place. For instance, the 2021 Silverado models will be available with a new Safety Confidence Package, as well as many other appearance packages that will let you customize your truck.

If you’re interested in getting the best truck for your work in Sterling, Colorado, you’ll be able to find your ideal Silverado soon at Transwest Chevrolet Buick.

Simple Ways to Improve Your Truck’s Fuel Economy in Sterling, CO

If you love revving the engine of your Chevrolet Silverado or Colorado truck but wish you could save some money on gas, you’re not alone. Here are four strategies to improve your truck’s fuel economy as you explore the beautiful state of Colorado.

Clean the fuel injectors

Invest in a fuel injector cleaner lubricant from an auto parts store to keep the fuel injectors free of carbon deposits. This product will boost the performance of the system, giving your truck’s engine a better fuel-to-air ratio for improved efficiency.

Regularly replace air filters

Keep up with air filter replacements. A new air filter can boost your truck’s efficiency by as much as 15 percent, according to CarBibles contributor Dan Collins.  

Travel light

Just because you can tow and haul a ton of stuff in your Chevy truck doesn’t mean that you should all the time. Any extra weight your truck is carrying, whether it’s in the truck bed or the trailer it’s pulling, puts a strain on the engine. This results in reducing the truck’s efficiency. By removing unnecessary gear from your truck and the trailer it’s hitched to, you’ll save a bit more on gas.

Leverage cruise control

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When driving on I-76, make use of your truck’s cruise control feature. This technology translates to less braking and accelerating when you’re behind the wheel, which helps conserve fuel.

Of course, one of the best ways to make sure your truck is running efficiently is to keep up with regular maintenance. Contact our service department at Transwest Chevrolet Buick in Sterling for seasonal oil changes and engine inspections.

Express Your Style with Four New Silverado HD Special Editions

The Chevrolet Silverado HD is known for its power, versatility, and handsome good looks. And now, with an array of special edition models available, you can put your own spin on the Silverado HD’s styling.

The Z71 Carhartt Special Edition combines off-road capability with rugged, all-American styling that’s inspired by Carhartt workwear. This model sports all-terrain tires, Grazen metallic painted accents, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, and plenty of Carhartt-branded touches. These include Carhartt-emblazoned headrests, floor mats, and a roll-up tonneau cover.

If you’re looking for sleek styling, go with the Sport Edition or the Midnight Edition. These add a splash of black on the skid plates, badging, assist steps, grille inserts, gloss-black alloy wheels, and hood vent surround. The Midnight Edition also boasts mud-terrain tires on the Silverado 2500 HD.

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And if you really want to set yourself apart from the crowd, go with the Z71 Chrome Sport Edition. It boasts similar features to the aforementioned Sport Edition, minus the black badging and assist steps. However, it boasts a bold chrome skid plate, chrome grille accents, and trim-level-exclusive 20-inch wheels.

Want to get behind the wheel of a Silverado HD? You can find this stylish, capable truck at Transwest Chevrolet Buick in Sterling, Colorado. We have plenty of versions in stock now.

2022 Chevy Bolt EUV Preview

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For over two years, Chevrolet has teased the possibility of a new crossover based on the Bolt EV platform. Now, we’re happy to say the vehicle is real and expected to launch as a 2022 model. It will be called the Chevy Bolt EUV (electric utility vehicle), and this is what we know about it.

Before the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV launches in the summer of 2021, the similar Bolt EV will get a mid-cycle redesign for the 2021 model year. The changes it receives will be shared by the Bolt EUV, like a new front end with slimmer headlights. Inside, you can expect a sporty steering wheel, soft-touch materials with stitching and longer, wider front seats than in the current Bolt EV has.

Compared to the Bolt EV, the Bolt EUV will be more spacious. Its wheelbase will be three inches longer, allowing for more legroom and headroom, particularly at the rear. The roofline will also be longer, which could boost cargo space.

Both the 2021 Bolt EV and 2022 Bolt EUV will use the same 66-kWh battery pack from the 2020 Bolt EV, but GM officials have hinted that its peak fast-charging rate may be improved in the future. This would make the Bolt EUV a great vehicle for small families seeking an efficient ride.

Other new features are likely to include a cutting-edge camera and sensor array likely to make the Bolt EUV the first non-Cadillac GM model to feature Super Cruise technology. Bolt chief engineer Jesse Ortega also said the Bolt will get a button-activated one-pedal driving mode, something Bolt EV fans and EV drivers in general have been asking for.

When the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV launches next year, make sure to find it at Transwest Chevy Buick in Sterling, CO. In the meantime, you can find many efficient crossover SUVs here at Transwest Chevrolet Buick.

Tips for Researching New Cars Online

If you want to buy a car that fits your needs, budget, and style, you must be diligent with your research. Thanks to the internet, there’s no need to hop from dealership to dealership when you can do it all from the comfort of your home. Here are some tips we recommend for researching new cars online

Go big

The sky is the limit when it comes to searching for cars online, so don’t limit your choices. Cast a wide net for models that meet your needs. Then, start getting pickier with the features, price, safety rating, power, fuel efficiency rating, exterior dimensions, and interior space as you narrow down your top contenders.

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Evaluate the options

Now that you’ve whittled down your choices, it’s time to compare them side by side. Look at how their features match up. Which one has the driver assist tech you can’t live without? Does that SUV have enough cargo space to carry your road trip gear? What fuel ratings will keep you on the road longer? And last, look at the cost of each, determining which are in your budget.

Check reviews

Since you’re shopping online and not in person, you won’t be able to get a true feel for the car. So, you need to rely on what other drivers have said about the vehicle. Find reviews from reputable automotive sites. Check the safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration.

We at Transwest Chevrolet Buick are ready to help you find the right car for you. Browse our inventory online, which has detailed information on each new and used model we sell. Plus, you can always reach out to us with questions.

The Electric Future of General Motors

The future of General Motors will be electric. After finalizing the production of the Chevrolet Impala in February, the automaker is making electric vehicles the focus of its Detroit-Hamtramck facility.

The switch to electric vehicle production has required a $2.2 billion investment from the automaker. The move to EV production will add approximately 2,200 manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

“Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, during a press event at the plant with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other local and state officials. “Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years.”

GM electrification plans

The first on the production line at the Detroit-Hamtramck facility is the GMC Hummer EV. You’ll be able to get behind the wheel of the well-equipped, electrically powered pickup late next year. The Cruise Origin electric shuttle (a self-driving model) is next on the production line.

The legacy of the Chevy Impala

In 1958, the Chevy Impala appeared as the top level trim of the Chevy Bel Air. The Chevy Impala eventually broke free from the Bel Air trim lineup to become a standalone option. The Impala was a widely popular model and in 1965, it set the still current record of 1 million models sold. In 1977 and 1978, the Impala dominated sales in America, earning the title of the best-selling car in the nation.

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We at Transwest Chevrolet Buick are proud of the Impala sedan’s legacy and are excited about the electric future of GM. You can obtain a pre-owned or one of the few remaining new Impalas from Transwest Chevrolet Buick.