Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4 Tips for a Healthy Chevy

When you buy a car, you want it to perform at its best for as long as possible. Here are some tips to extend the life of your vehicle: 

1. Clean the Inside, Not Just the Outside

It might seem like enough to regularly wash the outside of your car, but it’s important to keep your interior clean. Dirt, spilled liquids, and other litter can be corrosive or abrasive. Vacuum and sponge your car’s interior every time you wash your car, not just every once in a while.

2. Protect the Paint

Your car’s paint looks nice, but it also protects the body of your car from rust. Park in the shade whenever possible to avoid faded paint, or purchase a car cover. Make sure to touch up any nicks as soon as possible to prevent rust from forming. 

3. Rotate the Tires

Rotating your tires will ensure that you get the maximum life out of them by evenly distributing the tire wear. Your owner’s manual should specify how often you should rotate your tires, but if not rotate every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. 

4. Drive with Care

Driving with care means there will be longer intervals between repairs. Accelerate slowly, don’t let it idle, don’t hold the steering wheel at extreme angles, and consolidate your short driving trips.

Share your own tips in the comments.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Get Rid of That Mess and Organize Your Chevy

When driving to your destination, it’s important to keep your car organized. An organized car is a safe car, plus it is much easier to find what you need when your car is well organized. Here are some steps to get your car in order:

Step 1 – Get Rid Of Clutter

Remove anything extra that doesn’t belong in your car. Get rid of papers you no longer need, and throw away any trash. Don’t store things in your car. If you don’t need it right away and it isn’t for emergencies, put it back in the house.

Step 2 – Organize the Interior

Make sure all of your essential items are within easy reach, so that you don’t get distracted from the road if you need them. Get a glove compartment organizer, and add a trash can or bag so that garbage can be easily disposed of.

Step 3 – Organize the Trunk

Though it’s important to have essentials such as an emergency repair kit and first aid kit in your trunk, you don’t want it to be constantly full. Make sure that you have plenty of room to put items such as groceries, or luggage for when you go on vacation. Purchase a trunk organizer to keep smaller items from shifting around as you drive.

If you have some car organization tips of your own, we’d love to hear them! Share your ideas in the comments.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Minnesota Vacation Ideas

Take a vacation this weekend! We have some great Minnesota vacation ideas for you:

Grand Marais

This spot is for nature lovers. As a small town on Lake Superior, Grand Marais offers plenty of picturesque cabins to rent so that you can get away from the city for a while.

The Boundary Waters

Located in Northeastern Minnesota, this beautiful recreation area is a true wilderness experience. You will travel by canoe, portaging between lakes with no electricity, phone lines, or roads. If this is a little too much nature for you, there are several vacation resorts in nearby towns.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Visit Minnesota’s Twin Cities. From parks, to museums, to sports, Minneapolis and St. Paul have something for everyone.


Instead of being gone the entire weekend, take a daytrip to Valleyfair. This amusement park has been a Minnesota staple for almost 40 years, but it is constantly being updated with new rides and attractions. 

Have some great Minnesota vacation stories? Share them in the comments.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tips for Fuel Efficient Driving

Whether you’re going on a road trip or simply driving to and from work every day, gas prices are probably on your mind. These tips will help you get from place to place without having to break the bank.

Close Your Windows

Open windows will also increase drag, causing them to use more gas than air conditioning. Though air conditioning also uses up gas, it is the better choice if you need to keep cool.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Make sure that the air pressure in your tires is at manufacturer-recommended levels. Just one underinflated tire can greatly increase fuel consumption.

Go Slow

We know you want to get where you’re going as quickly as possible, but driving slowly will actually help you save on gas. Aerodynamic drag increases the faster you go, and will cause you to burn gas more quickly.

Have some tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Merit Chevrolet - 4th of July

Merit Chevrolet will be closed on the 4th of July, but you can still celebrate the weekend with us. We will be open from 9:00AM - 6:00PM on July 5th, so feel free to stop by. We'll see you then!

Have a fantastic 4th of July!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

These Ideas Will Add Fun to Your Summer

Want to have some summer fun, but lacking in inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Here are some activities to add excitement to your summer.

Pick berries
Visit a farm and pick your own berries. You could also try picking flowers or vegetables.

Lay in the sand

Whether sandcastles or sunbathing is more your style, anyone can have fun in the sand. Take a day trip to the beach or lake for a relaxing afternoon.

Have a barbecue 

Fire up the grill and invite friends, family, and neighbors over for a barbecue. Not a very good cook? Make it a potluck. 


Take a moment to appreciate the night sky. Read up on the constellations ahead of time and see if you can find them. 

What are your favorite summer activities?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Top Three Tips for Having the Perfect Road Trip

Road trips are a summer staple, but they definitely come with a few bumps in the road. Here are some tips to keep your road trip memorable for the good moments, and to avoid the bad.
1. Get your car serviced 
Getting your car checked out is before you leave is the easiest way to ensure a good trip. After all, who wants their car to breakdown halfway through?

2. Take Breaks 
Driving for fifteen hours straight will not only tire you out, but it will also slow down your reaction time. Stop to take a coffee break, stretch, take a nap, or see the sights.

3. Bring a Repair Kit 
If your car does break down, you want to be prepared. Bring a basic kit with duct tape, a few differently sized screwdrivers, vice grips, and bailing wire. Don’t forget your spare tire!

Most importantly, relax and have fun!