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Fall Festivals near Elkhart, Indiana

Fall Festivals near Elkhart

If you’re looking to participate in some fall festivals this year, here are some of the best fall festivals near Elkhart, Indiana.

One of the best things about the autumn season is all of the festivals and fun. If you’re looking to participate, here are some of the best fall festivals near Elkhart, Indiana.

  • Pumpkin Fantasyland. See all the pumpkins, gourds, and squash you’ve ever wanted when you head to Fashion Farm in Ligonier. The special pumpkins are available to see through the end of the month.
  • Gathering at Five Medals. This annual historical event reenacts Midwestern life from 1660 to 1815. Watch canon demonstration, throw tomahawks, and more. It runs both October 15th and October 16th at the Benton Spillway-River Preserve County Park in Goshen. Tickets costs $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • Boo at the Zoo. Head to the Washington Park Zoo on October 22nd for a family-friendly, but spooky event.
  • Hesston Ghost Train. Climb aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad and take a ride through the haunted woods. The train leaves from the Hesston Steam Museum in La Porte, Indiana. There are rides every weekend in October.
  • November Arts Tour. Head to Goshen on November 4th to see some amazing original artwork. There will be exhibits along with art presentations and artwork available for purchase.

Which fall festivals are you planning on going to this year?

Getting Your Car Ready for Fall

Car Ready for Fall

Now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start getting your car ready for fall, so be sure to follow these useful tips.

Even though cold weather hasn’t even made an appearance yet, now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start talking about fall car maintenance. There are plenty of easy things you can do to get your car ready for fall, so follow these tips.

Fall is a time for replacing things so you don’t have to do it in the winter. Basically, fall car maintenance is pre-winter maintenance. Replace your windshield wipers, for instance, because you’ll want them in the best shape possible for all the heavy snow and ice they’ll be dealing with this winter.

You should also get an oil change if it’s been more than a couple of months since your last one. Going into winter with fresh oil is a good idea, since the oil is an important part of keeping your engine lubricated and not freezing in the cold.

Check your brakes and tires. Tire pressure will start to drop the colder it gets, so check it every couple of weeks and add air as needed. Brakes, too, are especially important in winter, since it’s harder to stop on slick roads, so have your brake pads replaced if you notice they’re very thin. If you notice any kind of strange noises or behavior from your car, get it inspected now.

It’s been a while since you’ve used the heater, so make sure the heater and defrost still work. Check the fluids, have the battery tested, and check under the hood for cracks or leaks. You don’t want to go into winter with parts that are leaking fluids. Obviously, proper fluid levels are important year-round, but never more so than in freezing cold winters.

General Manager Greg Fink Participates in Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana

Greg Fink, the General Manager here at Tom Naquin Nissan Chevrolet Cadillac, is supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana.

Greg Fink, the General Manager here at Tom Naquin Nissan Chevrolet Cadillac, is supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana in South Bend Hospital this year. As one of the Men in Kilts, Greg is wearing a kilt to raise awareness and money for the issues facing the community.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana, or RMHC, help thousands of families by offering meals, showers, and other things they need while their children are receiving treatment at Memorial Children’s Hospital. RMHC was able to do this for more than 2,000 families at least 20,000 times in 2015. This was done thanks to funding received from the community and also from money raised by charity initiatives like the Men in Kilts.

Support the RMHC and Greg by casting a vote for him through a donation! Every dollar counts as one vote for the person you choose, and it all goes to a great cause. The person with the highest number of votes will be crowned the victor at the annual McDazzle Gala on September 29th. You don’t have much more time to vote, so do it soon!

We’re so proud of Greg for supporting his community by bravely wearing his kilt in order to raise awareness for RMHC.

Chevy Low Cab Forward Trucks Coming to Dealers

Chevy Low Cab Forward Trucks

Chevrolet has your back when it comes to business. And now, dealers are launching into the medium duty market by bringing in Chevy Low Cab Forward trucks.

It’s not just about cars! Chevrolet has your back when it comes to business. And now, dealers are launching into the medium duty market by bringing in Chevy Low Cab Forward trucks.

Chevy is all about trucks, and not just pickups! The Low Cab Forward series makes it easier for businesses to find what they want at a Chevy dealer.

So, why the Low Cab Forward? It’s smart and it’s all about the customer. In this cab, you’ll get a maneuverable design that gives you top visibility on the road and a tighter turning radius.

“We’re in the business of helping our commercial customers succeed, and a big part of that is providing the vehicle choices they need to efficiently operate their businesses,” said Ed Pepper, US vice president of General Motors Fleet.

The new Low Cab Forward trucks are ideal for drivers who need top payload and towing capabilities while also requiring good maneuverability.

You can get the new truck in regular cab or crew cab with three different engine options. Keep your eyes peeled for this strong but agile truck!

Driving Pet Peeves that Everyone Should Stop

Driving Pet Peeves

There are some things that you just hate to deal with on the road. Here are some of our biggest driving pet peeves, can you relate?

There are some things that you just hate to deal with on the road. Here are some of our biggest driving pet peeves, can you relate?

Phone Time – Seriously, what’s worse than being stuck behind someone slow and then seeing them texting? There’s a reason that hands-free technology exists!

Tailgating – Um, sir/ma’am, I’m going about ten over the speed limit already. Get off my bumper!

No Turn Signals – I mean, come on, it’s literally right by your hand! You don’t even need to take your hand off the steering wheel to activate it!

Parking in Multiple Spaces – Well, I could have parked there, but since you decided your car deserved two spaces, I guess I can’t…

Keeping on High Beams – Yes, it’s hard to see sometimes, but it’s even harder to see when your brights are blaring in my eyes! Turn them off when you’re approaching another car, please!

Slow Drivers in the Passing Lane – Excuse me, but there’s a reason it’s called the passing lane.

Remember, never let your anger take hold of you when these things happen! Just take a deep breath and say, “I will be the bigger person.”

What’s your biggest driving pet peeve? Let us know in the comment section below.

The Importance of Sunglasses: More Than Just Stylish

Importance of Sunglasses

Though most of us are aware of the need to wear sunscreen, we don’t always seem to consider the importance of sunglasses.

Sunglasses are more than just a fashionable accessory; they also offer vital protection from both sun damage and harmful glare, which can make it difficult to see the road ahead of you when driving.

Though most of us are aware of the need for sunscreen, we don’t always consider the importance of sunglasses. The sensitive skin around our eyes is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, which could lead to skin cancer, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Additionally, sunglasses can truly make it easier – and safer – to drive. The reflection of the sun on snow and sand can decrease your visibility, unless you are wearing sunglasses, and they can also act as a visible barrier from wind, dust, and dirt particles, which could get into your eyes while driving.

To be safe – be sure to purchase a pair of sunglasses that offers both 100% UVA and UVB protection and also fit comfortably on your face.

For more safety tips, visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet!

The Upcoming 2017 Chevrolet SS Engine Could Produce 600 Horsepower

2017 Chevrolet SS Engine

It’s possible that the 2017 Chevrolet SS engine could be able to produce up to 600 horsepower, making it an attractive option for thrill-seekers.

The popular Chevrolet SS sedan was already quite powerful – fueled by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, capable of up to 415 horsepower – but now, rumor says that the Chevrolet SS will get even stronger in 2017.

According to GM Authority, the 2017 model will be the last version of the Chevrolet SS, but it will come with a turbocharged engine, making the sport sedan that much more fun to drive. The engine in question is said to be the same one that previously fueled the Corvette Z06 and the Cadillac CTS-V.

If this is true, then the 2017 Chevrolet SS engine should be able to produce up to 600 horsepower, making it an attractive option for thrill-seekers and Chevy enthusiasts alike.

Want to learn more about what Chevrolet is working on? Contact us or visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, where we’ll be happy to set you up on a test drive!

The Best Superhero Movies Ever Created

Best Superhero Movies

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have assembled a list of what we consider to be the best superhero movies that were ever created!

Elkhart, Indiana is a town that is full of attractions for residents and guests to visit. One of the more unusual, but popular, of those attractions is the Hall of Heroes, a museum dedicated to superheroes. Speaking of superheroes, each year more and more superhero movies seem to come out. But which ones are our favorites? We have assembled a list of what we consider to be the best superhero movies ever created!

Superman

When we first saw this classic in 1978, we truly believed that a man could fly! Since then, Christopher Reeve’s performance as the Man of Steel has become the stuff of legend, as Superman practically kick started the Superhero movie genre!

Iron Man

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently one of the most successful film franchises ever created. That franchise all started with 2008’s Iron Man. At the time, many were unsure of how successful Iron Man would be. Two sequels and a host of Avengers movies soon answered that question!

The Dark Knight

Batman has had his share of ups and downs when it has come to the big screen. However, none of his movies can outshine The Dark Knight. In it, not only does the Caped Crusader struggle against the maniacal efforts of the Joker, but also struggles to find a Gotham City that no longer needs the Batman.

The Chevrolet Silverado’s Steel Bed Proves to be More Durable than Ford’s Aluminum Bed

Chevrolet Silverado's Steel Bed

According to a Chevrolet press release, the Chevrolet Silverado’s steel bed proved to be more durable than Ford’s aluminum bed.

There’s been a lot of talk around town recently about the new aluminum body structure of the Ford F-150. Ford has not been shy about sharing details about this new design. However, it may surprise drivers to learn that Ford’s aluminum body may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

According to a Chevrolet press release, the Chevrolet Silverado’s steel bed proved to be more durable than Ford’s aluminum bed.

When put to the test, the high-strength steel bed of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado withstood 90 joules of impact energy without showing any signs of damage. When the Ford F-150 and its aluminum bed underwent the test, it cracked after only experiencing 40 joules of energy!

“Obviously, any material can be pushed to the breaking point if you subject it to enough impact energy,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “If a customer does manage to puncture the high-strength steel bed of the Silverado, they have the added peace of mind knowing steel tends to be easier to repair than aluminum — potentially saving money and minimizing time without their truck.”

Other brands can claim to have the toughest truck in the industry. However, there is only one truck that is truly the toughest: the Chevy Silverado!

Best of Elkhart Ballots are In: Tom Naquin Chevrolet Wins Again

Best of Elkhart

The Elkhart Truth holds an annual Best of Elkhart County beginning in late March to determine the best businesses in the area.

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’re proud to be part of a welcoming and diverse community. That’s why we were thrilled to be voted the Best New Car Dealer and the Favorite Used Car Dealer in the area. The people have spoken: if you want a new or used car, come to Tom Naquin.

The Elkhart Truth holds an annual Best of Elkhart County beginning in late March to determine the best businesses in the area. This contest is designed to let the residents of Elkhart vote on their favorite business, from 60 categories including best bakery, best bank, and, naturally, best car dealer in Elkhart.

“There are hundreds of outstanding businesses in Elkhart County that provide their customers with top-notch service and products each and every day. Here’s a chance to pay tribute to the ‘best of the best,’” reads the Elkhart Truth contest promotion.

Thousands of voters submitted their ballots, proving just how much people love our services. Tom Naquin Chevrolet has been family owned and operated since 1968, making it a landmark in Elkhart.