New Chevy MyWay Service Offers Virtual Showroom

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Premier | Sour Lake, TX

Chevy’s new MyWay service lets you virtually try out a new vehicle from the convenience of your living room. When you sign up for a tour, a product specialist will show you around the vehicle of your choice. You can schedule a tour ahead of time or log on and see what is available. The tours use live video and audio feeds to let you get a good look at the car or truck you are interested in. You can ask questions during the tour or sign up for a test drive at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Live tours were first introduced in 2019 for the Cadillac brand, but Chevy MyWay goes a bit further. In addition to vehicle tours, you can see prospective Chevrolet vehicles and listen to GM racing experts at virtual auto shows. You can also join a group tour rather than a one-on-one session.

Chevy MyWay is available in the Eastern United States seven days a week. You can book a tour online from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sour Lake Chevy is excited about this new virtual offering from Chevrolet. But we still think the best way to experience Chevy vehicles is to get behind the wheel yourself. Stop by our dealership to test-drive the shiny new Chevy you’ve been daydreaming about.

Top 3 Family-Friendly Road Trip Movies

Woman on road trip with dog | Sour Lake, TX

Of all the different film genres out there, none are nearer or dearer to our hearts here at Sour Lake Chevrolet than the road trip movie. If you’re gearing up for your next adventure, we recommend watching some of these great road trip movies in order to get in the mood.

The Muppet Movie

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the zany antics of Kermit and the gang in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” It focuses on America’s favorite frog as he sets out for Hollywood with dreams of a life among the stars. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, but like any good road trip movie, the experience is all the better for it.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

When Pee Wee Herman’s (Paul Reubens) beloved bike is stolen, he sets off on the titular “Big Adventure,” traveling all the way to The Alamo Mission in Texas (which is only four hours from Sour lake!), and encounters more than a few memorable characters. This film also introduced the world to Tim Burton, who went on to direct movies like “Batman” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

While none of the main characters in “Homeward Bound” drive a car, there’s no denying that the story is an adventure for the ages. After fearing that their owner has left them forever (they didn’t), a Golden Retriever, an American Bulldog, and a Himalayan cat embark on a trip through the Sierra Nevada in attempt to reunite with their beloved family, with only porcupines, mountain lions, and hundreds of miles standing in their way. Exceptional voice acting by Michael J. Fox and Sally Field round out the package.

If your Silverado 1500 or other Chevy model needs a bit of attention before you set out to write your own road trip story, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Sour Lake Chevrolet.

Simple Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Driving

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With warmer weather approaching, we’ll soon want to spend more time outdoors and traveling. This also means more time driving. These sunny days can be very enjoyable but can also tire out your eyes. Here are a few ways you can protect your eyes while driving in and around Sour Lake.

Wear sunglasses

The simplest thing you can do is wear sunglasses while you drive. However, not all sunglasses are the same. Choose high-quality glasses that are close fitting to block out the most UV rays. You can also consider polarized lenses that help reduce glare and make images sharper.

Use sun visors

When the sun is low in the sky and is directly ahead of you, it can be blinding. Flip down your vehicle’s sun visor and sit up as straight as possible to help block the sun.

Take breaks

If your eyes are feeling tired or dried out, you probably need to take a break. Pull over at a rest stop and close your eyes for a few minutes. If there is someone else who can drive, take turns so you can rest your eyes.

Visit the eye doctor

Make a habit of visiting your eye doctor each year. You may be able to get prescription transition glasses that will automatically help you see better in harsh sunlight.

Here at Sour Lake Chevrolet, we want to ensure that all of our customers are safe. By following these tips, you should be set for a fun-filled summer of driving.

Ways to Save on Car Expenses in 2021

Chevrolet Certified Service Technician changing filter | Sour Lake, TX

Cultivating smarter financial habits is a worthwhile goal to have for the new year. Here are some tips to help you save on car expenses in 2021.

Focus on Maintenance

Keeping your car in good running condition will keep you safe and it will save you money in the long run. Take it to the dealership for regular servicing to stay ahead of big repair bills. Be sure to schedule these services regularly:

  • Tune-ups — Keeping your car tuned improves gas mileage by 25 percent.
  • Oil Changes — Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles will extend the life of your engine and save money on repairs.
  • Change Filters — Oil filters are changed when the oil is replaced, but people often neglect the air filter. Keeping the filters clean helps extend the life of the engine and boosts gas mileage.
  • Check fluids — Coolant, transmission fluid, brake and clutch fluids should be checked to keep them at appropriate levels.

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Using the right tires and taking care of them can save you a lot of money. Keep these tips in mind as you drive around Sour Lake, Texas.

  • Buy steel-belted radials tend to get better gas mileage.
  • Check the inflation regularly to improve fuel economy (and traction).
  • Have tires balanced once a year. Unbalanced tires case wear on shock absorbers and the suspension system.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet if you have any questions about vehicle maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment for your Chevy.

Winter Emergency Kit Essentials

winter emergency kit | Sour Lake, TX

Winter is right around the corner, which means residents of Sour Lake, TX can expect some rainy commutes. These essentials are important additions to a winter emergency kit for your car and will help you stay safe on the road.

 

Blanket and extra warm clothes

 For the most part, our winters in Sour Lake stay pretty warm, but sometimes night temperatures can drop low. If you’re stranded after dark and only wearing short sleeves from the daytime, you’ll be happy to have something warm while you wait for help.

 

Road flares or reflective triangles

It’s always good to have road flares or some type of warning signal in your car, in case you need to pull over for an emergency. This is even more important in the winter when it’s dark out early. Flares will help protect you in potentially rainy weather when slick roads could cause dangerous conditions for passing drivers.

 

Flashlight and extra batteries

With the earlier time of sunsets during winter, it’s good to keep a flashlight in your vehicle. Even if you have one built into your smartphone, this will ensure that you have some illumination if your phone’s battery dies and your vehicle breaks down at night.

 

Windshield cleaner

With all the winter rain, you can expect to have a dirty windshield for the next few months. Keep some windshield cleaner in your winter emergency kit, and this way you’ll always have what you need to ensure clear visibility.

 

For more winter maintenance tips, contact us at Sour Lake Chevrolet. And remember to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment to ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun during the cooler months.

Silverado Gets MultiPro™ Tailgate Variant for 2022 Model Year

2020 Chevrolet Silverado | Sour Lake, TX

GMC will soon offer a MultiPro™ Tailgate variant for the 2022 Chevy Silverado, a move that would elevate the abilities of the Silverado and open up new possibilities for its owners.

Per Autblog’s Ronan Glon, the new MultiPro™ Tailgate variant for the Silverado will include the current six standard functions while adding a seventh of its own. The name for the tailgate is expected to be the MultiFlex or the Multi-Flex, as GM already holds a trademark for the moniker.

Though we don’t know much about the Multi-Flex yet, we do know that it will take many cues from the MultiPro™. This tailgate is made up of a primary gate and a smaller inner gate hinged inside the primary gate. You can lower both of these gates to get 7-9 inches closer to the bed than you normally would, for easier unloading and loading.

Full-width steps, hand grabs, and load stops are just some of the other features that make the MultiPro™ Tailgate so impressive and make the upcoming Silverado variant so exciting. Stay tuned for more news on the Multi-Flex tailgate in the days ahead. And in the meantime, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to take one of our current Silverado models for a whirl.

Introducing the Chevy Silverado XFE Fuel Economy Package

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Sour Lake, TX

Most pickup trucks can either be powerful or fuel efficient. However, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is aiming to change that with the available XFE Fuel Economy Package. With this package, it can help maximize your fuel economy, while still giving you the performance you want.

The XFE Fuel Economy Package gives the Chevy Silverado a premium soft roll-up tonneau cover. This not only helps protect your cargo, but it reduces drag that is often created from an open truck bed. This increase in aerodynamics gives the Silverado a boost in efficiency with an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined and 24 mpg highway*.

In addition to the tonneau cover, this package also includes 18-inch Bright Silver painted wheels and all-season tires. The total price for this package is $850. This package is also not available with the Max Trailering Package, Z71 Off-Road Package, or Convenience package. You cannot get any other options with the Fuel Economy package.

This package is available on the Silverado 1500 LT trim with the Short Bed and Crew Cab body. It also requires the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and 2WD. This powertrain combination has an output of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

Call us at Sour Lake Chevrolet to learn more about the XFE Fuel Economy Package or another available add-on that the Silverado 1500 offers. We’re here to help you get the most out of your Chevy truck

Chevy Starts Production on the 2021 Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe | Sour Lake, TX

Though Chevy had delayed the production of the 2021 Tahoe earlier this year, the brand finally started rolling these models off the assembly line this summer. There are quite a few reasons to be excited about this new model.

For starters, this large SUV comes with seating for seven or nine people depending on the configuration. It also has 122.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. There’s an available Bose® premium audio system — which is perfect for music lovers — as well as an optional power sliding center console for more storage options. Plus, the available 15-inch Head-Up Display keeps you up to date on the go, while Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ provide phone connectivity.

The Tahoe is also designed to be capable. The Z71 edition specifically comes with an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension for a more comfortable ride, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, and red tow hooks to help get you out of any precarious positions. You can choose between a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 or a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, the latter of which has an impressive 420 horsepower and comes standard on the High Country trim. A Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel is also available.

You’ll also find a suite of safety systems on the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, which has a standard Automatic Emergency Braking system to help prevent frontal collisions. There’s also a Following Distance Indicator, Auto High Beams, optional Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to test-drive the 2021 Tahoe models in our inventory.

Our Favorite Restaurants for Tasty Takeout in Sour Lake, Texas

Pizza Being Served | Sour Lake, TX

Sour Lake Chevrolet is proud to call Sour Lake home. The city is special because of its diverse residents, its proud history, and the delicious food available at a wide range of restaurants. If you and your family are looking for some tasty takeout food, we recommend you check out these Sour Lake staples:

Goodfella’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

Goodfella’s has what many Sour Lake residents would call the best pizza in town. They don’t limit themselves to traditional pies; we’re fond of the Hot Stuff Pizza, Burrito Pizza, and cherry streusel-topped dessert pizza on a butter crust. If pizza isn’t your thing, try the New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwiches.

Goodie’s Cafe and Catering

Goodie’s has been supplying Southeast Texas with its delicious combination of lunch, dinner, desserts, and catering for a decade. Build your own burger, get a lunch special for under $10, or try the famous smothered pork chops. You can never go wrong with the peach bundt cake, the blueberry cheesecake cups, or the sweet potato pie.

Vautrot’s Cajun Cuisine

If you’re partial to the strong flavors of Cajun food, order takeout from Vautrot’s. The boudin balls alone are reason to come, but the fried chicken toes and Martha’s award-winning crawfish etouffee will turn Vautrot’s into one of your regular takeout joints.

Need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these foodie locations this summer? Stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to test-drive a shiny new Chevy.

Tips for Working From Home

Family Working from Home with Kids | Sour Lake, TX
Family Working from Home | Sour Lake, TX

If you’ve recently found yourself transplanted out of the office and into your own (potentially improvised) home workspace, it can be hard to get back into a normal rhythm. So, we’ve put together a few quick, simple ways to maximize your productivity and find a good flow while you’re working from home.

Dress to impress

Just because you don’t necessarily need to adhere to your company’s dress code doesn’t mean that you should just slum it while you’re working from home. You don’t necessarily have to put on a three-piece suit, but getting out of your sweatpants and into a semi-professional outfit can get you into the right headspace for your workday.

Maintain regular hours

While you may not have to clock into your job while you’re working from home, maintaining the routine you’ve established is vital. Try not to sleep in, otherwise, you may not get your work done. On the other hand, when it’s time for your lunch break, make sure to silence notifications and take some time for yourself before you get back to the grind.

Separate work from fun

Depending on your housing arrangement, it may not be possible to keep your work station away from your relaxation space, but if you can, you should. Separating the place you work from the places you sleep, cook, and enjoy time with your family will make working easier during the day, and living your personal life feel like the reward it truly is.

All of us at Sour Lake Chevrolet wish you and your families nothing but the best. If you feel like talking about cars — whether its questions about your next Chevrolet, scheduling your next maintenance appointment, or the best places to drive around Texas — don’t hesitate to give us a call.