How to Minimize Your C8 Corvette’s Wheel Gaps

If you’re crazy about your stylish, powerful, and innovative new Chevy Corvette C8 but you’re looking to reduce the size of its wheel gaps, you’re in luck. A new aftermarket part is now available which can reduce the gap that many Corvette owners would rather be without.

 

For those unfamiliar with the Corvette’s ride-height controversy, note that it is present in certain configurations of the mode, like the C8 outfitted with the Z51 Performance Suspension and Front Lift Suspension.

 

The product is a front lift lowering collar from Paragon Performance, a manufacturer of high-end vehicle-performance equipment. Per Paragon, the device will allow you to manually adjust your Corvette’s ride height. It has the ability to lower the front end by 0.75 inches, a match to the factory rear max adjustment setting.

 

Paragon Performance developed the accessory with the use of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. The company tested models that came from 3D printers before perfecting the design and going into production mode.

 

The lowering collar is built from 6061 Aluminum. It sports an anodized black color with a laser logo. Opt for the available Mag Ride socket and de-pin tools, which will simplify do-it-yourself installations. Paragon’s progressive new part also comes with a lifetime warranty, truly staking its reputation on the product.

 

Find out more about the C8 Corvette or how you can customize it when you call us at Atzenhoffer in Victoria, Texas

5 Tips to Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Thanksgiving is a fun and busy time for many Americans. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed by the extra get-togethers and road trips. Here are some Thanksgiving strategies to help you save time, as well as your sanity, this November.

One of the best things to do, according to the Food Network, is to travel intelligently. If you have to drive a long distance with food, it can often spoil or spill. If you’re transporting gravy, for example, consider storing it in a thermos during the trip. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ice cooler to store larger food items like casseroles and the turkey.

Minimize the time you spend on food prep by taking advantage of your local supermarket’s salad bar. These usually have clean, fresh, and chopped food such as onions, beans, peppers, bacon crumbles, and hard-boiled eggs.

If you’re running out of space while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal, consider using the kitchen cabinets as your cookbook stand. You’ve got plenty of open space right in front of you: simply tear out cookbook pages and tape them to cabinets so the pages aren’t on the counter.

Another simple trick for getting gravy instead of pure grease is to use your measuring cup as a fat separator. You can pour your drippings into a heatproof container, freeze it, and then skim off the unsavory grease before melting it down again.

Finally, if you need your well-meaning friends and family members to stay out of the kitchen as you’re busy with cooking, make sure to give them small tasks that will also save you time. For example, ask them to take care of drinks (filling water glasses, opening wine bottles, etc.), hang up coats, or help entertain the kids.

Contact us here at Atzenhoffer to schedule your vehicle’s pre-holiday service appointment. We’re here to make sure that your seasonal travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

Five Spring Maintenance Tips

Washing car | Victoria, TX

While winter in Texas is never that bad, it is nice that spring has finally arrived. With the warmer outdoor temperatures, it is time to start checking things off of your to-do list. This includes taking care of your car. Here are five spring maintenance tips to get you started.

  1. Check your tires. Give your tires a thorough inspection. This should include checking the tread depth, looking for uneven wear, and checking the air pressure.
  2. Change your oil. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended maintenance schedule. If you are due for a change, give your car some fresh oil and a new filter.
  3. Get new wiper blades. You should replace your windshield wiper blades every six to 12 months, especially if they are leaving streaks or stuttering across your window. Don’t forget the rear blade, if you have one.
  4. Check your lights. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled properly. When you can’t signal your intentions to other drivers, it could end badly.
  5. Clean your car. Time to wash away with the winter. Start with the top and work your way down your car. Use a two-bucket method (one for soapy water, one for dirty water). Don’t forget to give the undercarriage a good rinse.

If your vehicle is in need of more thorough spring maintenance, bring it to our expert team of technicians at Atzenhoffer.

Head to the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade

St. Patricks Day Clover

Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this March? Every year, Houston puts on one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation, spanning two hours and a 60-year history. This year, there will even be an all-new route for the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade, so make your way to this rain-or-shine event on Saturday, March 16.

 

Every year, the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade features over 100 entries for audiences to enjoy. It first began in Houston’s “Irish Town” in the 1880s, when people would follow the parade to the pubs at Market Square where they would spend the day eating good food, drinking with friends, and playing games. Despite tough times through the Depression and other financial hardships, the parade has continuously been supported and uplifted by the community for its message of bringing everyone together to “be Irish for the day.”

 

So mark your calendar to come to the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade at noon on March 16th. Pat Duane is the Grand Marshal for 2019, and members of the local community can feel free to sign up to be in the parade every year. This is truly an experience about bringing everyone together for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and we at Atzenhoffer hope to see you there. Share your experiences with us, and stop in to Experience the Atzenhoffer Difference! 

Creative Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Couple Driving

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it is time to show your significant other how much you love them. Surprise him or her with one of these unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Bonfire

What better way to get cozy than next to a fire? If your backyard allows, gather up some firewood and make some s’mores. You could even head down to the beach.

Dancing

Instead of just going to a club, impress your love with some legitimate dance moves. Sign up for a couples’ dance class. Try Let’s Dance Victoria.

Ghost Tour

You will be holding on to each other a little tighter after a spooky tour. Try the Yorktown Memorial Hospital in nearby Yorktown.

Museum

Expand your horizons by taking a walk through a local museum. Here in Victoria, we have the Museum of the Coastal Bend, the Nave Museum, the Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Art Car Victoria Museum.

Themed Night

If you want to spend Valentine’s Day at home, you can still make things exciting with a themed night in. Pick out a romantic movie and plan a creative dinner that ties it all together. For example, watch Roman Holiday and make a big Italian dinner.

Here at Atzenhoffer Automotive, we wish you and your significant other a happy Valentine’s Day.