What is the most important safety feature on your Cadillac? While your first instinct might be to say something like your brakes, rearview camera, or even automatic emergency braking, the answer is your tires. Your tires are the only things that keep you in contact with the road. If even one of your tires fail, you are going to have a hard time stopping and staying in control, which is why it is so important to know when it is time to get new tires for your Cadillac.
Check the Tread
The grooves in your tires are called the tread. The tread pattern
helps give you traction by cutting through anything on the road and keeping
your car steady. Over time, the rubber will wear down and the tread will not be
as effective. Your tread should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep. To measure
the tread, take a penny and put it in between the grooves with Lincoln’s head
pointing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too
shallow, and you need new tires. Do this in multiple places on all four tires.
Regardless of the tread depth, the rubber that makes up your
tires will eventually break down. Most tire manufacturers recommend that you
replace your tires every ten years.
Managing car maintenance can be difficult, but we’ve got your back. If you have any questions, stop by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and we’ll get your ride road-ready in no time.
The Russo brothers, best known for directing several
“Avengers” films, recently partnered with Cadillac to unveil to the
long-awaited XT6. Cadillac knows XT6 customers are ready for an adventure, and what
better way to kick off the adventurous XT6’s campaign than with the highest
ever grossing film directors of all time.
Deborah Wahl, Cadillac’s chief marketing officer, said of
their decision to team with the Russo brothers, it “was the perfect way to
bring this vision to life.”
Cadillac offers a wide array of paint and interior schemes
on the XT6, but the Russo brothers seemed to have their eyes on the striking
Shadow Metallic finish with a tan leather interior.
The title for the project, “Crew Ready,” seems to indicate
the XT6 is ready to take you and your “crew,” anywhere you need to go. All set
to the tune of Diplo’s “Welcome to the Party,” the video highlights the
vehicle’s highly capable 310 horsepower, 3.6L V6 engine.
While one unfortunate guitarist gets left out of the XT6
because of a child’s car seat in the Russo production, Cadillac is proud to
boast about the XT6’s segment-leading 37.2-inch standard third-row headroom and
78.7 cubic feet of max cargo space behind the first row.
Cadillac offers two trim levels for the XT6. The Premium
Luxury option comes decked out with interior décor upgrades, including wooden
accents, the Sport package receives upgraded wheels and a twin-clutch sport
control AWD system.
With “Crew Ready,” Cadillac and the Russo brothers have shown that Cadillac may be synonymous with luxury, but that doesn’t mean their cars aren’t fun. To get up close and personal with all of Cadillac’s extraordinary vehicles, look no further than ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.
The 2019 Cadillac XT4 luxury SUV
stands out in its segment for its sophisticated styling, impressive
performance, and advanced technology. Here are five things we love about the
new Cadillac XT4:
The powerful turbocharged engine: The
Cadillac XT4 takes its power from a turbocharged four-cylinder that cranks out
237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
An intuitive infotainment system:
Cadillac’s User Experience infotainment system is miles ahead of its
competitors. Cadillac’s system uses physical buttons and knobs instead of using
unreliable touchscreen controls. The system, with an 8-inch screen, is very
easy to use and comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
More rear space: Rear-seat passengers
can enjoy more room in the back than they could in competing compact and
subcompact SUVs. The XT4 boasts best-in-class rear legroom at 39.5 inches.
Maximum comfort: The inviting leather
seating and advanced climate system make the ride in the XT4 highly pleasant.
But the comfortable ride depends on more than just that. The 2019 Cadillac XT4
also includes available Active Sport Suspension with adaptive shock absorbers,
which make the ride even more smooth and calm.
fuel economy: The 2019 Cadillac XT4 earns up to 30 miles per gallon on the
You can come see why we love the new Cadillac XT4 here at ELCO Cadillac in Ballwin. We have plenty of these impressive vehicles on our lot for you to take on a test drive.
There’s no shortage of summer fun in the St. Louis and
Ballwin area. From cultural celebrations to free concerts, here are just a few
of the exciting festivals you can enjoy this summer.
Blues at the Arch
Lauded as the “Best Way to Celebrate St. Louis” by the
Riverfront Times, this festival brings renowned Blues artists from across the
nation for a series of free concerts in August. Head to the Gateway Arch
National Park on Aug. 9, 16, 23, and 30 to take in some soulful tunes.
The Art Fair at
Admire skilled handiwork and fine craftsmanship at the Art Fair at Queeny Park in Ballwin. Since the event in held indoors at the Greensfelder Recreation Center, it will be held regardless of weather conditions. You can browse the booths and mingle with the artists from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Festival of Nations
At the International Institute’s Festival of Nations, you can enjoy the region’s largest multicultural celebration. Featuring live dance demonstrations, non-stop music, folk art, and more than 40 vendor booths, this festival offers fun for revelers of all ages. Join the festivities from Aug. 24-25.
Come to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis to experience this annual celebration of Japanese culture. You can enjoy a tour of the Japanese garden, arts and crafts, authentic cuisine, and cultural demonstrations. The event runs from Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, starting at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday.
At ELCO Cadillac, we’re proud to be a part of the Ballwin and St. Louis community.
Everyone has a favorite superhero movie, and true fans have
a love that you can trace back to the pages of the comic books in their bedroom
closet. National Superhero Day is April 28 this year, and the best way to
celebrate it is to head over to these comic book stores near Ballwin, MO.
Comic Relief (St. Charles)
Comic Relief has new and older comic books in stock. It also features graphic novels and a range of kid-friendly comics and action figures.
New Castle Comics and Games (Maryland Heights)
New Castle Comics and Games offers comic books as well as an array of card/table top games. It also hosts table top gaming events, so consider checking them out, if you are a gamer.
The Wizard’s Wagon (St. Louis)
The Wizard’s Wagon includes all your favorite comic books, as well as a large assortment of collectibles. This shop also hosts gaming tournaments, so keep an eye on the events schedule if you have a taste for a challenge.
Fantasy Shop Comics and Games (St. Charles)
For everything fantasy and superhero-related, Fantasy Shop Comics and Games has you covered. From comic books to “Geeky Yard Sales,” you will findyour next imaginary world to visit.
When it came to lookin’ good in classic American movies, filmmakers knew a surefire way how to do it: shine a spotlight on a cool and classy Cadillac vehicle. Few vehicles have gained as much fame from the movies as Cadillacs, where they have been driven by Hollywood’s greatest actors. Here are some of the most famous Cadillacs featured in movies.
The Big Wheel (1949)
The Big Wheel pays
homage to American auto racing with its main character, Mickey Rooney, gunning
for a career in motorsports. In a movie that heavily features cars, one stands
out in particular — Rooney’s sleek 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible coupe.
Pink Cadillac (1989)
The Big Wheel is
not the only film to feature a Series 62 convertible. Pink Cadillac refers to the same model. In this film, Clint
Eastwood — as a bounty hunter — pursues a woman on the run in her husband’s
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
In Driving Miss Daisy,
one of Daisy’s cars is a white 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special.
This comedy involves the titular group employing a 1959
Cadillac ambulance to travel to all their ghostbusting endeavors.
Feel like a celebrity yourself when you stop in at ELCO Cadillac for a test-drive.
Whether you’re visiting friends or family for the holiday season or driving your daily commute to work, your time on wet, icy roads is as certain as you hitting the morning snooze. Stay safe this season and follow these winter driving tips.
If you are driving on snow and ice, one of the best ways to maintain
traction between your car’s tires and the road is to accelerate slowly. Starting
up quickly can cause your vehicle to slip, so give yourself some time to get up
to speed gradually.
Leave early for work, appointments, and other engagements to
give yourself extra time to adjust your driving to the weather conditions. Severe
winter weather calls for slower driving, so take your time when you turn,
start, and stop.
Stock Up On Gas
In cold weather, it’s important to keep the gas tank half
full. A low fuel tank can cause the gas line to freeze up.
Skip the Cruise Control
If you are using cruise control and come across an icy patch,
the cruise control could be your worst enemy, as it may keep your vehicle
accelerating when it shouldn’t. Avoid using this feature on slick surfaces so
you can maintain control over your vehicle.
We know that you will use common sense out on the roadways. However, if the weather is not kind to your vehicle, you can bring it to ELCO Cadillac for maintenance and repairs.
Over time, minor scratches can accumulate on your vehicle, but we have some good news. There are several ways you can remove scratches from your car’s paint that are affordable and effective so you don’t have to pay for a touch-up or whole new coat of paint. Remarkably, you can use toothpaste to remove minor scratches from your car, and here’s how.
Evaluate the scratch. Toothpaste is less effective at combating deeper scratches. If the scratch appears buried, pursue other scratch removal methods.
Wash the area. Use water and a cleaning product designed for car exteriors.
Prepare cloth with toothpaste. Get a microfiber towel, dampen it with water, and add about a quarter-sized amount of toothpaste.
Apply toothpaste to scratch. Firmly rub the toothpaste into the scratch using circular motions.
Rinse off toothpaste using water and re-evaluate the scratch. If necessary, you can reapply toothpaste one or two more times, evaluating after each application. Applying toothpaste more than three times might damage the clear coat on your vehicle’s paint.
Next time you are at your bathroom sink, remember that your toothpaste does more than clean your teeth. If you would like more tips and tricks on caring for your vehicle, visit us at ELCO Cadillac.
Not all Cadillac vehicles are meant for everyday use. One the rare occasion, a special one might be tucked away for very particular intentions. One such vehicle lives in Detroit, where it has been stored safely for decades when not in use. This special Cadillac is a white, vintage LaSalle hearse. Cadillac built this hearse in 1940, with two doors, three speeds, and a shifter in the steering column.
The vintage Cadillac LaSalle hearse is a gorgeous vehicle that has been dusted off for use in honoring some remarkable lives. Most recently, the LaSalle hearse was used to transport Aretha Franklin during her public viewing and memorial in Detroit. Aretha Franklin’s Cadillac LaSalle hearse has also been used in ceremonies for her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; for David Ruffin, a member of Motown vocal group the Temptations; and Rosa Parks.
The Cadillac LaSalle hearse is owned by the Swanson Funeral Home, who purchased the vehicle back in 1958. The same driver typically drives the vehicle throughout the past 30 years, though on this particular event, it was O’Neil D. Swanson, the president of the funeral home, who took the wheel.
The Cadillac LaSalle is a beautiful and classic Detroit icon just as the Queen of Soul was a Detroit icon herself, so many viewers — including us at ELCO Cadillac — were touched to see this perfect fit come together for her public viewing.
Autumn is right around the corner, which means that now is the perfect time for a fall road trip. Missouri has many great routes for those who want to appreciate the natural beauty this state has to offer. You can take a tour of wine country, watch the leaves change, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air as you drive.
The Lake of the Ozarks Loop is one of the best scenic drives in the fall, according to Missouri Howell. Covering 130 miles, you will go past the hills of the Osage River Valley and the scenic Lake of the Ozarks. There are several state parks and conservation areas along the way, including smaller roads off the beaten path for those who want to go on an adventure.
Next, take a tour of wine country. While Napa and Sonoma Valleys are the best-known spots in the US for wine, Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of vino buono—“the good wine.” You can take a 125-mile tour of places just outside St. Louis and as far as Hermann. There are several wineries in the area, but be sure to take a designated driver along if you plan on drinking. If you prefer beer, check out the Hermann Oktoberfest.
The St. Francois Loop is perfect for those who want a romantic getaway. Covering 70 miles of mountainous scenery and striking colors, the beautiful regions includes Johnson’s Shut-Ins and the Mark Twain National Forest.
If you want a great vehicle to take on a fall road trip in Missouri, check out our selection of new and used vehicles at ELCO Cadillac.