McCarthy Chevrolet Lee's Summit Blog

October 25, 2019
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5 Reasons You Should Buy a Used Electric Car or PHEV

Finding a great used car that’s cheap, reliable, and great on gas sounds like a fairy tale. If you’ve got the room for a home charger, however, pre-owned PHEVs or electric cars are excellent options that may just cover your entire wishlist. But is buying a pre-owned EV or plug-in hybrid car better than buying new? Take a look at these top 5 reasons why you should consider financing a used electric car.

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September 19, 2019
by Danny Chan
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Trunk-or-Treating: Events Near Kansas City & Car Decoration Ideas

Halloween comes but once a year, which means kids get just one night to trick-or-treat. What a bummer. So, it’s a good thing someone invented trunk-or-treating. These trunk-or-treat events are often held on multiple days around Halloween, allowing kids to fill up their buckets several times over before October 31—just what the dentist ordered.

If you’re looking for places in Lee’s Summit and KC to trunk-or-treat, or you want to decorate your vehicle for the holiday, here’s your guidebook.McCarthy Chevy Lee's Summit Trunk or Treat

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August 21, 2019
by Danny Chan
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Car Maintenance Schedule Guide: By Season & Mileage

At the change of the seasons, it’s important to perform common routine automotive maintenance tasks. This includes rotating tires, changing oil, checking the battery, and performing a general multipoint inspection. You can do all this in your driveway, although novices should seriously consider bringing their vehicle to a certified auto service center.

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In addition to oil changes, tire rotations, and battery inspections each season, we recommend completing the following seasonal maintenance on your car before spring and winter. Please note: This is meant to be a general guideline, so be sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for its specific service recommendations.  Continue Reading →

July 19, 2019
by Danny Chan
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2019 Chevy Colorado vs. Ford Ranger: May The Best Midsize Truck Win

Midsize. Compact. Small. “Lifestyle.” Whatever you call ‘em, pickup trucks like the 2019 Colorado and Ranger are more capable than their ancestral roots would suggest. Harnessing the power of a midsize truck just two or three decades ago, you’d have been the laughing stock of every Lowe’s parking lot from Kansas City to San Diego to Madawaska, Maine.

Today? Let’s just say smaller trucks like the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger are having the last, collective laugh. Unlike models of generations past, which put a premium on playtime rather than hard work, newer so-called lifestyle trucks have the grandest of grand ambitions. They cross items off honey-do lists and restore homes to their previous glory – that’s their new MO, adopted from larger pickups like the Silverado. Rejoice!

Chevy Colorado vs Ford Ranger

But we digress. You’re here to find out which American truck is the better buy: the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado or Ford Ranger. Explore and compare prices and the major differences between the Chevy truck and Ford pickup below. Continue Reading →

June 19, 2019
by Danny Chan
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The Best Kansas City Spots for a Family Picnic

Are you planning on celebrating National Picnic Month in Kansas City? You should. Whether you just want to pack your Chevy SUV with a great lunch and mountain bikes, or you’re searching for a Missouri park with fun things for the kids to do, consider us the Boo-Boo to your Yogi Bear. Here are some of the top picnic hotspots near Kansas City.

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May 21, 2019
by Danny Chan
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12 Must-Attend Summer Concerts in Kansas City (2019)

 

Starting June 21, the best time of year begins: concert season, of course! As Kansas City venues prepare their green rooms and stages, now’s your chance to run through your favorite artist’s discography, request time off work, and give your ears a pep talk before pelting them with power chords and power vocals. Here are some of 2019’s hottest summer concerts in Kansas City.

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April 18, 2019
by Danny Chan
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Tiny Homes on Wheels: Design Ideas to Reduce Towing Weight

America’s “tiny house” community is ironically growing larger by the day, as thousands of millennials and retirees alike seek to reduce their carbon footprint, cut down on expenses, and live off the grid. Tiny homes on wheels (or THOW) have even hit the silver screen, with numerous reality shows being aired on HGTV, DIY Network, Hulu, and other stations.

The Chevy Silverado Can Haul Anything

Still, you can’t just build a tiny home willy-nilly! Transplanting one’s life into a 350-square-foot house with wheels takes a lot of planning and preparation. Among the many design factors to consider, weight should be at the top of the list. Oftentimes weighing over 12,000 pounds, fully loaded tiny homes are built with (mostly) standard housing materials, which means they’re more burdensome to tow than typical campers or RVs.

As you begin constructing your new THOW, review these design ideas that will help you reduce towing weight. Every pound counts!

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March 14, 2019
by Danny Chan
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Best Free 2019 Easter Egg Hunts Near Kansas City

Are you looking for budget-friendly Easter events in the Kansas City area? We’ve searched for 2019’s best free Easter egg hunts and other free Easter events for you to enjoy with your family this holidayWith activities taking place on weekends from Saturday, April 13th, through Sunday, April 21st, you can keep your kids on an egg hunt for nearly half of April. That’s a lot of free family fun! Enjoy these local egg hunts in Kansas City.  

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February 18, 2019
by Danny Chan
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What Chevy Unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

As the largest car show in America, the Chicago Auto Show proudly hosted Chevrolet’s two all-new models this February: the 2019 Chevy Blazer and 2020 Silverado HD. The new Blazer is already available for sale and lease at our Lee’s Summit Chevy dealership, while the 2020 Silverado ¾-ton pickup is set to be released this summer. Here’s all you need to know about both of these stunning new Chevrolet vehicles.

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January 16, 2019
by Danny Chan
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How to Protect Your Car From Road Salt Damage

Road salt is one of those necessary evils in life — it’s needed to keep roads drivable in ice and snow, but extremely damaging to your vehicle. Every year, the Missouri Department of Transportation drops as much as 129,000 tons of salt on state roads, including those in the Kansas City, Independence, and Lee’s Summit areas. The salt works to lower the freezing point of water, thawing frozen asphalt and preventing more ice from forming.

Over time, the salt and any additional chemicals used by road crews to melt ice can be corrosive to your car’s exterior, including its paint. What’s worse, the salt can work its way into small crevices in your vehicle’s underbody and corrode any metal surfaces. Leave it to do its damage, and you could face high repair bills as metal parts on your car or truck fail.

But you can prevent road salt from taking a toll on your vehicle with a few simple steps.

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