XFE Fuel Economy Package Adds Efficiency to the Chevy Silverado

2020 Silverado 1500 Fuel Economy | Crivitz, WI

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a bit different from other vehicles in its class with regards to fuel economy. A diesel engine option helps this model secure its status as the most efficient vehicle in its class. And Chevrolet is introducing the XFE Fuel Economy Package to help the Silverado receive better fuel economy even without the diesel engine option.

Chief among these features for the package is a premium soft roll-up tonneau cover. This cover does a great job protecting any tools and supplies, while also minimizing drag, making the Silverado 1500 more aerodynamic and efficient. The package also includes all-season blackwall tires.

When equipped with the XFE Fuel Economy Package and the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine, the Silverado is capable of achieving an estimated fuel economy of 24 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined. Even with this added efficiency, the EcoTec3 engine can produce up to 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

For a more efficient pickup truck option, consider adding the XFE Fuel Economy Package to the next Silverado 1500 you purchase here at Frank Porth Chevrolet in Crivitz. We can also help you decide on other packages and add-ons to customize your truck just the way you like it.  

Why Teens May Be Hesitant to Drive

Why Teens May be Hesitant to Drive | Crivitz, WI

Learning to drive is considered a rite of passage for American teenagers. However, not every teen is excited to get behind the wheel. Here are a few reasons why teens may be hesitant to drive.

Bad On-Road Experience

Even the most skilled driver will have a negative on-road experience at some point during their lifetime of driving. But, if a teen driver has this bad on-road experience early on when they’re learning to drive, it can leave them nervous about driving. Having a vehicle equipped with advanced safety features like the Teen Driver technology that comes on Chevrolet vehicles is a great way to boost their confidence behind the wheel.

Environmental Consciousness

Your teen might have an altruistic reason for not wanting to drive, such as being environmentally conscious. If they live in a city where public transportation is readily available, they might not even need to drive around as much.

Hesitant to Grow Up

Some psychologists suggest that a hesitant teen driver may avoid driving due to a reluctance to move onto the next stage of their adolescence. After all, driving is a big responsibility. If you think your teen is hesitant to get behind the wheel for this reason, it’s important to talk with them and address their concerns.

On the other hand, if your teen is excited to get their driver’s license, then you should consider reinforcing their enthusiasm by purchasing a new or used car for them here at Frank Porth Chevrolet.

Whether your teen is reluctant to drive or excited about it, remember to contact us at Frank Porth Chevrolet for your young driver’s automotive needs. Whether you’re helping them shop for their first car or need to schedule a service appointment for their vehicle, we’re here to support you and your teen in this new phase.

U.S. News Praises the Chevy Colorado and Silverado 1500 for Towing Capability

2020 Chevrolet Colorado | Crivitz, WI

The 2020 Chevy Colorado and 2020 Silverado 1500 have been named to the U.S. News and World Report’s 13 Best Trucks for Towing list. The editors based their decision on the engines, transmissions, and towing packages in the two popular Chevy trucks.

Big Strength in a Small Package

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado easily maneuvers through city traffic while still offering noteworthy towing power. Choose the 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with the six-speed automatic transmission and towing package to get a towing capability of 7,700 pounds. This combination is available on the Colorado’s LT trim.

Best-in-Class Towing

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 came in top of the list for light-duty trucks. The 6.2-liter V8 engine combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque for a best-in-class capacity of 13,400 pounds. Add four-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels and the Max Trailering package for the ultimate towing experience. The Silverado also boasts 15 camera views to optimize visibility. This makes it much easier to hitching up a trailer and monitor what you’re pulling during the tow.

Celebrate the Chevy Colorado and Silverado 1500 trucks’ newest accolades when you stop by Frank Porth Chevrolet to test-drive these models. We’ll help match you with the right model and configuration to suit your preferences and needs.

Strategies for Working From Home With Kids

Working from Home | Crivitz, WI

Most of the country continues to shelter at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, and the lucky ones are able to work from home. Working from home can be challenging on its own, and when you add a house full of kids to the mix it becomes even more difficult to navigate. These tips can help make the situation a bit less stressful for everyone.

Communicate needs

Talk to both your employer and your family about what you will need during this time. Explain to your kids that even though you’re home, you’re still at work. Then, let your employer and coworkers know that you’ll be working from home with kids, and that there will be occasional interruptions.

Arrange virtual playdates

When you really need to be uninterrupted for a period of time, consider establishing virtual playdates for your children. Arrange a video call with grandparents, friends, or a favorite babysitter. Although it’s not the same as an in-person engagement, kids can still have fun and stay occupied reading books, singing songs, or playing games with their guardian through the video.

Increase screen time

Many parents are wary of letting their kids sit in front of a screen for too many hours a day. But if you’re comfortable with giving your kids more screen time, it can be a helpful way to keep them engaged while you’re working from home during this unprecedented time. Make sure to spend time doing hands-on activities together when your work is over and take breaks throughout the day to check in on them and let them know you care.

Frank Porth Chevrolet wishes you and yours a productive and pleasant summer. Remember to call us for any questions you have about car care or to set up a maintenance checkup for your vehicle.

Fun Games to Play at Home with the Kids

Fun Games | Crivitz, WI

While you’re stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to not only keep yourself entertained but also to prevent your kids from feeling bored. If you’re looking for something new to pass the time, try out these fun games with your kids.

Touch-and-feel box

In recent years, a popular trend on YouTube and late-night television shows has been to place an item in a box and have another person guess the item by using just their hands to feel it. You can try this fun game at home by simply cutting a hole in the side of a shoebox and then placing different items in there. Your children can then take turns placing a hand in the hole, feeling the item, and guessing what it is.

Indoor bowling

If your family is missing your local bowling alley, you can try bowling at home during the pandemic. In a long hallway or an open living room, you can line up 10 water bottles at one end and make a starting line at the other end, using duct tape or a ruler. You and your kids can then bowl with a medium-sized ball.

Puzzles

If you haven’t broken out the puzzles already, it’s worth taking out your favorites or buying some new ones. Your children can put together a kid-friendly puzzle, while you occupy your time with a more difficult puzzle.

Frank Porth Chevrolet hopes your family enjoys playing these games. If you need a new family-hauler in Crivitz, Wisconsin, call us to learn about our available options.

Meet the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox

2021 Chevrolet Equinox | Crivitz, WI

The venerable Chevrolet Equinox is getting a nice upgrade next year, adding a powerful new look, a sporty new RS trim, and more amenities for the high-end Premier trim.

Set to launch in 2021, the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox brings in the popular RS trim as a new option for folks who love to show their sporty side. The all-new Chevy Equinox RS sports a gloss black grille with a red RS badge and black bowtie, stealthy black side rails, and mighty 19-inch Dark Android wheels. That sense of style carries over to the inside where you’ll find sharp red contrast stitching throughout the black upholstered interior and a sporty RS shift knob.

At the top of the range, the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox Premier gets shimmering new 19-inch machine-faced wheels to complement bright LED headlamps and taillamps and the chrome inserts in its gloss black grille. Also new for the Equinox Premier is a logo projection liftgate, high black gloss finish on the center console, and subtle French stitching that takes the feeling of luxury up another notch.

No matter what trim you select, the 2022 Chevrolet Equinox boasts a bold, redesigned face that includes an aggressive grille, revamped front fascia, and slim LED headlamps. The handsome-looking 2022 Equinox will arrive at Frank Porth Chevrolet in Crivitz, WI, next year; stay tuned for more details.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Rolls off the Line

2020 Chevrolet Corvette | Crivitz, WI

The first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the line in early February of this year. Manufactured at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky, the 2020 Corvette has been one of the most anticipated vehicles on the market. With a distinct mid-engine design and exceptional performance, this is one sports car any auto enthusiast can enjoy.

This eighth-generation Stingray is the first ever to offer a mid-engine design, which includes an all-new LT2 V8 engine that’s available through the rear hatch window. There’s a hardtop convertible design to let you enjoy the open air, while redesigned seats are ideal for the track and road. The 2020 Corvette generates 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is the most powerful production Stingray in history.

“The long wait is finally over, and the new mid-engine Chevy Corvette is as good as we could have imagined. So good, in fact, that it earned a 2020 10Best award right out of the gate,” said Car and Driver’s Michael Simari. “The eighth-generation Corvette now boasts an engine behind the passenger cabin, just like the best from Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren but at many thousands of dollars less.”

Other features include a special Z51 Package, which has larger brakes, eLSD lighting, a front splitter, and special performance tires, among other things. There’s also available Magnetic Ride Control™ 4.0, while a unique performance data recorder is great for those who want to capture acceleration speed, braking, gear choice, and more information.

For more information about the 2020 Corvette, contact us at Frank Porth. Or stop by to browse our current inventory of Corvettes in person.

Chevy Reserves Trail Boss Trim for Truck Models

Trail Boss | Chevy Silverado | Frank Porth Chevrolet

For a while, GM has been undecided whether or not they would extend the Chevrolet Trail Boss trim to their line of SUVs and heavy-duty pickups. For now, at least, the Silverado 1500 will continue to be the only Chevy to carry the Trail Boss brand name.

The Silverado 1500 Trail Boss edition is an off-road beast, coming standard equipped with the same off-road features as the Z71 Off-Road package, including hill descent control and Rancho shocks. Also included is a 2-inch suspension lift, 18-inch Mud Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac® tires, and other premium off-roading features.

Though the Trail Boss trim may not be making its way into the SUV market for now, the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban will offer a Z71 trim. These models will include 20-inch wheels, upgraded tires, and available features such as Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive suspension. The Z71 trim includes a front skid plate, red tow hooks, and black on black chrome exterior accents. As expected in an off-road vehicle, four-wheel drive will come standard, with a two-speed transfer case for ultimate traction and control.

As far as Chevy’s HD series of pickups go, no HD Trail Boss is in the works, but the Silverado HD Z71 Sport debuted at the 2019 SEMA show and is slated for production in 2021.

Experience the Trail Boss trim and Chevy’s other truck variations when you stop by Frank Porth Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the right rugged model to suit your outdoorsy lifestyle.

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Valentine's Day Date Ideas | Crivitz, WI

We all know that one person who waits until Feb. 13 to begin their Valentine’s Day shopping and date preparations. All we can say is don’t be that person; your partner will thank you for it. Here are five great Valentine’s Day date ideas for you and your sweetheart.

Bonfire picnic

Kindle some logs and rekindle the romance when you pack a picnic and enjoy some tasty food you’re your beloved near the warmth of a bonfire. And the frigid winter temperatures here in Wisconsin, your lover will have no choice but to cuddle up next to you for extra warmth.

Ice skating

Hone your skills on the ice rink when you take your significant other ice skating on Feb. 14. It’s a great way to release endorphins while holding hands and chatting the night away.

Dinner and a movie

If you and your partner are movie buffs, why not take the traditional “dinner and a movie” date to the next level? Establish a theme night dinner and movie; for instance, if your lover and yourself decide on a Martin Scorcese gangster movie night, make some homemade Italian pasta and pour some red wine to accompany it. 

Concert to your lover’s favorite band

If your beloved is a musician or music aficionado, take them to a live show of their favorite band or musician. The ambiance of the concert venue and dynamic experience of the performance will help make the holiday a bit sweeter for your favorite person.   

Frank Porth Chevrolet wishes you and your significant other a Happy Valentine’s Day. Remember to call us for any seasonal service appointments as we ride out the rest of winter here in Crivitz, WI.

3 New Year’s Events near Crivitz, WI

New Year's Events | Crivitz, WI

Ring in 2020 properly with one of these festive New Year’s events near Crivitz, WI.

Eagle Waters NYE 2020

Take a little New Year’s Eve holiday north for a visit to the beautiful Eagle Lake Park and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The Eagle Waters Resort is hosting its merry Eagle Waters NYE 2020 party. All-inclusive tickets get you access to an open bar, dinner-style apps, a photo booth, and fun games, prizes, and dancing.

Rolling Thunder: a Tribute to AC/DC

If classic rock is your number one idea of a good time, then this is the New Year’s celebration for you. Rolling Thunder brings the music of AC/DC to life with an energetic tribute show at Equity Hall & Bar in Pound, WI. Tickets are $25 per person and include snacks and party favors at midnight to help welcome the New Year with pizzazz.

NYE Pawty: The Barking 20s!

End 2019 in style, all while supporting animals in need via the Humane Society of Marathon County. This party takes place at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in Rothschild. The theme is Barking 20’s, and there will be plenty of ways to pass the last hours of the year with dancing, raffles, a photo booth, and games. All funds go straight to HSMC.

For more new year’s event suggestions, call us here at Frank Porth Chevrolet. Or call us to schedule a service appointment for your Chevy — We’re here to help ensure your safe travels in 2020.

How to Find the Right Tires for Your Chevy

Find the Right Tires for Your Chevy | Crivitz, WI

For many, tires are something to think about only in the event of a spare. But tires are one of the most important components of any vehicle. At Frank Porth Chevrolet, we can help you find the right tires for your Chevy. Whether you live in Crivitz, Octono Falls, Menominee, or Marinette, stop by to browse our diverse selection of new tires.

Tires for the seasons

All-Season Tires

Despite what the name implies, all-season tires aren’t necessarily the best choice for all weather conditions. Rather, all-season tires strike a middle ground an offer adequate performance in cold and hot weather.

Summer

Summer tires deliver optimal performance in hot, wet weather. While they don’t work as well in cold conditions, they can’t be beaten for summer driving.

Winter

Winter tires are made of special rubber than keep them pliable when the temperature drops below freezing, making them the best choice for driving in cold weather and snow.

Usage

Performance

Performance tires have a high-speed rating and special rubber compounds that offer optimal grip in fairly stable conditions.

Off-Road

If you plan on taking your vehicle off-road, special off-road tires might be the best option. Off-road tires feature wide and deep tread for enhanced traction in mud, though they tend to wear down quickly on normal roads.

Warranty

Finally, it’s important to consider warranty protection when shopping for new tires. At Frank Porth Chevrolet, we offer excellent warranty coverage on new tires so you can drive with confidence.

Contact us here at Frank Porth Chevrolet to set up a service appointment to install the tires of your choice. We’re here to make sure your travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

What Should You Bring When Buying a Car?

Documents to Bring When You're Buying a Car | Crivitz, WI
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Frank Porth Chevrolet is intent upon making the purchase process a breeze for our customers, which is why we’ve prepared a handy guide on what documents to bring when you’re buying a car.

Driver’s License: Believe it or not, a driver’s license is an important artifact to bring to the dealership when you’re trying to purchase a vehicle to drive off the lot. This not only serves as verification of your legal status as a driver but helps confirm your identity as well.

Car Insurance: We want to make sure your investment is protected, which is why we ask that you bring proof of insurance with you to the dealership. More importantly, it’s the law.

Title & Registration for Trade-In: If you intend to trade in your vehicle, it is vital to bring in a valid title and registration. Otherwise, we won’t be able to accept your trade-in. Additionally, if you have an active lien on the car, make sure to bring in your account number.

Supporting Rebate Documents: If you want to take advantage of Chevrolet’s many discounts (such as First Responder, Military, and Educator), you’ll need to make sure you bring in documents that prove your eligibility.

Payment: Don’t forget to bring in cash or a check if you want to make a down payment on your vehicle.

Still have questions about what to bring? Your sales associates at Frank Porth Chevy are ready to answer any questions.

Order a 2020 Corvette Before It’s Sold Out

2020 Chevrolet Corvette | Crivitz, WI
Order your 2020 Corvette before they’re sold out!

Within just a few months, it seems the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is nearly sold out. The redesigned C8 model features a mid-engine layout and it seems buyers are clamoring to be a part of this new generation. If you want to be a part of it, too, you need to order a 2020 Corvette soon.

Chevrolet builds the Corvette at its Bowling Green factory in Kentucky. To prepare for the new Corvette model, Chevrolet added about 400 jobs, invested $439 million on a new paint shop, and spent $290 million on technology upgrades.

In talking with Autoblog, GM design chief, Michael Simcoe, said, “I think the orders have already hit the first year of production numbers. It’s nearly sold out. It’s so close that it’s bound to be sold out soon.”

In addition to its groundbreaking mid-engine design, the 2020 Corvette will feature a driver-focused cockpit that will give you an immersive driving experience. You can choose from a variety of contoured sports seats to give you the support you need.

Under the hood, the 2020 Corvette will come standard with a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 rated at 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This engine will have a top speed of 194 mph.

For more exciting news about the 2020 Corvette, contact us at Frank Porth Chevrolet.

Celebrate Fall at Oktoberfest in Crivitz

Woman celebrating at Oktoberfest

There’s something about Oktoberfest celebrations that people love. Whether it’s good food, good beer, the traditional German decorations, or just spending some time in the crisp fall air with people you love, Oktoberfest has long been a fun event in many cities across the country. Oktoberfest in Crivitz is no different.

Festival Schedule

In Crivitz, Wisconsin, we celebrate Oktoberfest all day. On September 14, we’ll be tapping the keg at 11 a.m. — then keep up the party all day until 11 p.m. Sponsored by Witt’s Piggly Wiggly and Pelkin’s Smokey Meats, you’re pretty much guaranteed tons of delicious food to go with a day of festivities.

Oktoberfest in Crivitz will be held at Crivitz Community Veterans Park. Admission is free, and all proceeds from the event will go towards funding the local fire department.

Festival Activities

There will be activities and contests for both kids and adults, including things like bouncy houses, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and three live musical acts. Of course, there will always be plenty of beer and wine to go with the food.

Oktoberfest in Crivitz will be an engaging event for the whole community. Take your family out for a day of fun and entertainment. We here at Frank Porth Chevrolet hope to see you there. And feel free to contact us if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from this autumnal festival.

5 Family Friendly Adventures Near Crivitz, WI

Resch Falls at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
Resch Falls at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Rauglothgor

Looking for family-friendly activities in the Crivitz, Wisconsin area? Here are just five of our favorite local sites to explore.  

New Zoo & Adventure Park

Featuring six habitats from the wilds of Africa to the local species of Wisconsin, the New Zoo offers family fun with up close animal encounters. Fun behind-the-scenes events like feeding the giraffes or penguins are available, or register for one of the Summer Zoo Camps. The connected Adventure Park offers high-flying feats like a ropes course, zip line, and climbing wall.

Lumberjack Steam Train

Over in Laona is a real, working vintage 1916 steam train. Travel back in time in authentic passenger cars or cabooses as the engine pulls you to Camp 5, an 1800s logging site. There you’ll be able to browse the museum, blacksmith shop, petting zoo, and restaurant.

Death’s Door Maritime Museum

Located on the tip of a peninsula, the Gills Rock fishing town houses a fascinating museum of lake history. Death’s Door Museum features Hope, an authentic 45-foot tug boat dating from 1930. Check out the shipwreck exhibit and see artifacts dredged up from Lake Michigan’s dangerous passage, Death’s Door. And don’t forget to try out the augmented reality app to get interactive information as you explore.

Bay Beach Amusement Park

For classic amusement park fun, head to Bay Beach. Rides like bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, and the Zippin Pippin roller coaster border the shore of Green Bay.

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

For a fun, free time out in nature, head to the wildlife sanctuary to peruse 600 acres of natural wonderland. Come see rescued baby animals, hike the trails, or take part in catch-and-release fishing.

Stop by Frank Porth Chevrolet if you’re in need of a new Chevy to transport you to and from these dynamic destinations near Crivitz.

Fourth of July

Join us Thursday July 4th at 11 a.m for the Crivitz Fourth of July Parade. We’ll be throwing over 100#s of candy to the kids and kids at heart. The village of Crivitz will be having their 4th of July celebration all day long with fireworks at dusk.

Happy Independence Day From Frank Porth Chevrolet!


What other plans do you have while you are here for the week? Will you go and enjoy a first rate water ski show with the Crivitz Ski Cats? Maybe you’ll go up to the cabin, light a nice bon-fire and make some Smores with the kids. I wonder if the fish will be biting this week on Noquabay? Whatever you do, be safe, have fun and enjoy the day!

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Crivitz 1st Annual Food Pantry Golf Outing is June 25

Golf green in Crivitz, Wisconsin

Are you looking for a way to help out those in need? A brand new event in Crivitz is offering an opportunity to give to the community while enjoying a beautiful day of golf.

The Crivitz 1st Annual Food Pantry Golf Outing will take place on June 25, 2019 at Hunters Glen Golf Course in Crivitz. This first-ever charity event will feature a four-person scramble, and things kick off right at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the main game, attendees can enjoy other games, raffles, snacks, and refreshments.

Cost of entering the Crivitz 1st Annual Food Pantry Golf Outing is $300 per team, and all proceeds will go to the Crivitz Food Pantry. Participants can also donate non-perishable food items, and for every said item donated, attendees will receive one ticket entered into a raffle to win a 50-inch television.

The big-screen TV isn’t the only prize being offered at the Crivitz 1st Annual Food Pantry Golf Outing. The event has two main sponsors, Farmers Merchants Bank and Trust and Frank Porth Chevrolet. We’re proud to be a part of this event, and glad to be able to donate a Chevy Trax as a hole-in-one prize. In addition to the Chevy Trax from Frank Porth Chevrolet, Witts Piggly Wiggly has donated a lawn and garden tractor as a prize as well.

The Crivitz 1st Annual Food Pantry Golf Outing is sure to be a fun time, and the team at Frank Porth Chevrolet is honored to be a sponsor.