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Road Trip Tips

Spring has finally arrived, which means now is the time to take, or at least start preparing for, a family road trip! There’s a lot to do before you head out on a road trip, no matter how long it may be. Whether it’s your first or five-hundredth getaway, some things just have to be taken care of. Here are some help road trip tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Hit the road and enjoy the wonderful weather.

Road Trip Tips - Tom Naquin Chevrolet - Elkhart, IN

  • Plan Carefully – While it always helps to have a plan before hitting the road, committing solely to that plan could cause problems. A single delay can throw a road trip that’s too tightly knit off schedule. Make a plan prior to leave, but be sure to allow for any delays.
  • Come Prepared – It pays to have all of your documents in your car when you take a road trip. Make sure to include your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Having just a few documents can get you out of some tight spots if you get pulled over.
  • Clean Up – There’s little doubt your vehicle will be a mess after returning home. While there isn’t much you can do about that, you can minimize the trash, dirt, and grime by cleaning your car inside and out before hitting the road.

First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sells for $250,000

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a track-ready monster of a muscle car that isn’t yet available on the public market, but the first model has already been sold. The first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE went up for sale at a Barret-Jackson auction and sold to the tune of $250,000. This isn’t the first time the buyer has made such a large purchase either.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - Tom Naquin Chevrolet - Elkhart, IN

The buyer, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, dropped a quarter-million on the most track-oriented Camaro to date without blinking. His past purchases include the first-ever Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which went for $825,000.

Under the hood of the new Camaro ZL1 1LE sits a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a massive 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque for a perfectly-tuned 1:1 ratio. Drivers will also enjoy Brembo brakes, track-oriented tires, a carbon fiber rear wing, and more.

Like all first-ever production models of General Motors vehicles, the money went to a good cause. The United Way charity received all proceeds from the auction. The charitable organizations works to help communities through partnerships with schools and banks.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE officially hits the market later this year. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’re happy to see the first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE helping a great cause and going to a great owner in one fell swoop!

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Changing your cars batterya

If the battery is more than a few years old, it might be best to get a new one, just in case!

Keeping up with routine car maintenance can be difficult, but it’s a necessity for drivers who want to maximize the lifespan of their vehicle. Proper maintenance can help reduce the overall operating cost of your car as well. Check out these informative spring car maintenance tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Get out on the road and enjoy a spring drive!

 

  • Battery – A car requires more current to start when it’s cold out. That can put a major strain on a battery, especially if it’s fairly old. Take a few moments to look the battery over for any abnormalities, like bumps or bulges, and clean the connections if possible. If the battery is more than a few years old, it might be best to get a new one, just in case.
  • Wipers – Spring brings warm weather and heavy rains, which is why it’s necessary to have a good pair of windshield wipers. Fortunately, new wiper blades are fairly inexpensive and are easy to install. Simply consult your owner’s manual for exact instructions for your vehicle.
  • Lights – Driving at night without properly functioning headlights will only lead to disaster. Heading out in the rain without headlights won’t end well either. Perform an inspection of your lights to ensure they work properly before you need them!

 

If you find yourself in need of some professional help with car maintenance, just give us a call here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to help!

New Chevrolet Camaro Race Car

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Chevrolet is always on the hunt for ways to one-up the competition and the latest Camaro track model could do just that. The new Chevrolet Camaro race car is based on the ZL1 1LE production muscle car, with a few upgrades. Racing fans, take your seats and start your engines; it’s about to be a crazy year on the track.

 

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R boasts a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine paired with a 6-speed transmission complete with paddle shifters. The transmission also boasts built-in traction control to avoid hitting the wall.

 

The new race car took to a wind tunnel to optimize aerodynamics to cut down on as much drag as possible. The end result is the addition of a new front splitter, dive planes, and rear wind to better cut through the air. Of course, no race car is complete without a bunch of ladder-topping equipment. The new Camaro GT4.R boasts Öhlins coilovers and Brembo brakes that optimize handling and traction.

 

While the teaser image doesn’t show off the race car’s interior, expect something similar to existing models. A stripped down interior and plenty of safety features are more than likely all that the cockpit brings to the track.

 

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are pumped to see how well the new Camaro race car does on the track!

Fun Indiana Road Trips

Indiana road trips

Listen To Your Elkhart

With the weather getting warmer and spring slowly approaching, the time is coming to get out and explore your state. So why don’t you hop in the car and check out these awesome Indiana road trips?

Amish Acres

Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana is a great getaway. If you want to take a time out from your busy life, you can find some solitude here with 80 acres of farms. For extra fun, turn off your technology for the visit and live the Amish way.

Levi Coffin House

If you want to experience a piece of history, this house in Fountain City is perfect. It was part of the Underground Railroad and the original owner, Levi, was called the President of the Underground Railroad. Think about how many lives this house saved.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Be one with nature at this conservatory in Fort Wayne. There are tons of different gardens with different themes, like the Desert Garden and the Tropical Garden. It smells pretty great, too. 

Hall of Heroes Museum

This museum in Elkhart is great for the whole family, especially the kids. It’s the only Super Hero and Comic Book Museum in the world, so it’s a special road trip to take. You’ll find two stories of comic book history here.

Have you been to any of these places? If so, tell all of us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, IN what you thought of them in the comments below.

All-New Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL1

Even More Speed In The Camaro

The all-new Camaro is the fastest one yet! The Camaro ZL1 will light the track on fire (not literally) at the next road races.

The ZL1 has plenty of power, starting with its 10-speed automatic transmission; it makes the race smoother than ever. The ZL1 was tested at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground. A proving ground is exactly what it sounds like – it makes the car prove what it can do. The ZL1 certainly proved its power by peeling around the track at 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 mph in the other. That brings the Camaro ZL1’s official top speed to a jaw-dropping 198 mph.

“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.

The Camaro ZL1 is sure to prove its innovation on the racetrack. The coupe shoots from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds and can even brake from 60 to 0 in 107 feet. That’s pretty impressive! Its engine delivers an unbeatable 650 horsepower and has top technology like Magnetic Ride Control and electronic limited-slip differential as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for the lightning-fast Camaro ZL1… if you blink you might miss it! Come see a Chevrolet Camaro for yourself at Tom Naquin in Elkhart, IN today!

Spring Car Cleaning

Keeping your car clean in winter is a hassle, what with the ice, snow, and cold weather! Spring is right around the corner, which will be a prime opportunity to clean your car in preparation for warmer weather. We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have some helpful spring car cleaning advice to help you get off to a productive start this season.

Washing a car

Keep your car clean this spring!

  • Upholstery – Believe it or not, your car’s seats are probably covered in a layer of dirt and dust. Fortunately, cleaning most seats is as easy as wiping them down with a damp cloth. Specialized car leather cleaner can go a long way as well, leaving you with shining seats that are ready for spring.
  • Wheels – Washing your car’s wheels is usually an afterthought, despite all the crud that accumulates over winter. Road salt, dirt, and grime make their way into the crevices, resulting in a rather surprising mess. Remove the hub caps and wash them down then move to the wheels themselves. Tire shine will help make your car look as good as new.
  • Wipers – Spring showers are on the way, which means a set of new wipers is a necessity after a long winter. Wiper blades are cheap to replace and the entire process takes just a few minutes. Check out your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your vehicle.
Chevrolet Redline Special Editions lined up next to each other

Chevrolet’s Redline Special-Edition Trims

The Saturn Redline edition models were high-performance versions of popular vehicles designed to appeal to the speed demon in us all. While Saturn is long gone, Chevrolet is reviving the Redline name in a big way. Originally debuted at the 2015 SEMA Show, Chevrolet’s Redline special-edition trims are returning to the market to feed the demon.

Chevrolet Redline Special Editions lined up next to each other

The new Chevrolet Redline Special-Editions

The Redline package will re-enter production and be available on a total of nine vehicles by the end of 2017. The package will include black wheels with red hashes, black nameplates with a red outline, and black grilles. Specific vehicles will see their own unique styling touches as well.

 

The Chevrolet Camaro Redline, for example, will feature the red hash marks above the wheels as a nod to Chevrolet’s history in motorsports. Both trucks, the Colorado and Silverado 1500, will feature red tow hooks.

 

Other vehicles that will see the available Redline package include the Malibu, Trax, Traverse Premier, Equinox, and Cruze hatchback and sedan. The first model to hit the market will be the Silverado. Potential consumers can inquire about ordering a Silverado Redline of their own by contacting a certified dealership.

 

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are excited to see the Redline special edition models roll out throughout the year!

Elkhart is a Part of the Heritage Trail Driving Tour


Love scenic routes? If you live in Elkhart, you’re in luck. Elkhart is actually a pit stop on the Heritage Trail Driving Tour, voted one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” by readers of USA Today. Set in the midst of Amish country, this driving tour can take you through beautiful scenery, local attractions, and cozy and vibrant communities all nestled in the middle of the Indiana countryside.

The website provides a free audio tour, and you can listen to this tour via CD or through a digital download. There’s also a free map provided, so you can take the trip yourself. Aside from Elkhart, cities such as Goshen, Shipshewana, Wakarusa, Middlebury, and more are included in the driving tour. The maps also have attractions such as the local parks and gardens, museums, and shops marked on them, so you can get a little taste of every town as you’re passing through.

Whether you want to revel in the beauty of Amish-owned land and visit quaint businesses for souvenirs or get a taste of the museums in every town in the county, the Heritage Trail Driving Tour is a great free option for anyone looking for something to do with their weekend.

Chevy Unveils New 2018 Traverse in Detroit


There’s no shock that Chevrolet has one of the most well-rounded SUV lineups in the business, with six nameplates under the brand’s belt. With crossovers on the rise in current U.S. market trends, it seems only reasonable that Chevy would take the Traverse – a full-size crossover – and give it a modern remake. As a result, the new 2018 Traverse recently made its auto show debut at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new Traverse is said to offer more truck-like proportions, harkening back to the crossover’s SUV-inspired roots. With a larger overall size, the next-generation model was designed to deliver more space and more versatility than ever for America’s families. The 2018 Traverse will also be receiving a new 3.6-liter V6 that gives the vehicle a 10% improvement over current models when it comes to fuel economy. Estimated fuel numbers claim it will get around 25 mpg on the highway.

The new 2017 Traverse was engineered to give the nameplate an extra edge over the competition by breathing new life into its design. A number of other vehicles within the same segment outsold the Chevrolet Traverse in the previous sales year, and an improved and more modern offering will likely draw consumers to the nameplate with new powertrain and technology options.