Best Kickoff Snacks & Food for the Big Game

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Make a productive day of shopping for the championship game by stopping by Classic Chevrolet to pick up the ingredients you need for snacks for the big game. You’ll not only want snacks, but because the game is around dinner time, you’ll want some dinner items, too.

Dinner Items

Pick up a couple different types of your favorite frozen pizza. For the fussy eater, you might want just cheese or pepperoni and cheese, but be sure you have a supreme pizza for those who like tons of stuff on the pizza.

Build your own pulled pork sandwiches. Cook a Boston butt in the crock pot for about 8 hours, and then when it’s done, shred the meat with two forks. Remove any grease or water from the crock pot, and then put the pulled pork back in. Add your favorite barbecue sauce. Buy sliders or hamburger buns to build the pork sandwiches.

Have some coleslaw on hand as some people like to eat it with their dinner and some might like to put it on the pulled pork sandwich.

Snack Items

Popular snack items include buffalo wings, pretzels, chips, tortilla chips with a layered bean dip and pigs in a blanket. To make the pigs in a blanket, open a pop can of croissant dough. Cut each triangle in thirds lengthwise. Spread each triangle with Dijon mustard. Roll a mini hotdog or cocktail wiener in each triangle. Brush them with egg wash and bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 to 15 minutes.

Other popular snack items include cocktail wieners cooked in chili sauce and grape jelly, sausage balls made with cream cheese, Teriyaki chicken wings, honey barbecue chicken wings, fried mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers and deviled eggs.

Drinks

Keep drinks stored in a large cooler so you are sure not to run out of beer and soda. And, it keeps people from constantly opening the fridge. You could also use the cooler to store some of the larger appetizers, such as a platter of layered dip.

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Always the Best: Chevy Silverado

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If you are considering a Chevy Silverado, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 1500, 2500HD or the 3500HD. The Silverado was introduced in 1999 and took the place of the C/K line. The name “Silverado” was a trim level on the C/K line from 1975 through 1998. However, Chevy isn’t new to pickup trucks – they have been making trucks since 1930.

The first generation of the Silverado ran from 1998 through 2007 and was built on the GM GMT800 platform. This model gave customers a choice of five engines: the 4.3-liter, 4.8-liter, 5.3-liter, 6.0-liter and the 8.1-liter. All were V-8 models except for the 4.3-liter V-6.

In 2002, GM gave the Silverado a slight refresh with some small design changes and upgraded the HVAC controls and audio. In 2007, GM added “Classic” to the first generation trucks. Also in 2000, a four-door extended cab was finally offered. In 2003, the Silverado got an updated rear end and a new front end. It wasn’t until 2006 when the Silverado got another facelift, including the removal of the “Chevrolet” badge from the tailgate.

In 2003, GM launched the Silverado SS, a high performance model. This model was based on the Silverado and featured an upgraded drive train plus upgrades for the interior and exterior appearances. The SS featured a standard 6.0-liter Vortec high output V-8 engine that put out 345 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

In 2006, the auto manufacturer released a special edition SS called the Intimidator SS to honor Dale Earnhardt. This model features a rear spoiler, Intimidator custom badging and embroidered headrests. Only 933 of these trucks were made.

Today’s truck have seen several upgrades in safety, security and entertainment features. You also have several choices of trim levels to choose from including the base model work truck and the top-of-the-line trim level with all of the bells and whistles.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Chevrolet Silverado for truck month. Ask your salesperson about the discounts and specials we are running on the Silverado models for truck month, including cash back offers and special lease and finance options.

Must-Do Events Around DFW in February

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After you visit Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new vehicle, head out on the town for some local events. You could even make a romantic day of it by getting your sweetheart a new vehicle for Valentine’s Day and then going on a date to the movies, to a caviar and wine tasting, or go exploring secret underwater worlds.

National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice: Exploring the Secret Underwater Worlds

On February 4, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas. Admission is $35. Join David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes as they explore the underwater worlds of Papua New Guinea and Kimbe Bay. You’ll also see what the depths of the ocean look like under the Antarctic ice and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Some of the wildlife you’ll see includes harp seals, whales and wolfish. For more information call (214) 428-5555 or visit perotmuseum.org/events-and-programs/special-events/National-Geographic-Live/index.html#2016-02-david-doubilet-and-jennifer-hayes. For tickets, visit tickets.perotmuseum.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=12629.

Champagne & Caviar

Enjoy music, bubbly and culinary excellence at the Dallas Fish Market, 1501 Main Street in Dallas from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on February 10, 2016. You must RSVP. Food is prepared by Executive Chef Richard Triptow and Annie West of The Sweet Life Chef. Premier champagne tastings are included. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/champagne-caviar-tickets-20136731506.

A John Hughes Production: Pretty in Pink – 30th Anniversary Event

On February 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. or at 7:00 p.m. at the Cinemark 17 and IMAX Theatre, 1819 Webb Chapel Road in Dallas, catch a showing of Pretty in Pink, co-starring Molly Ringwald. Admission is $15 to $18.

You can also catch a double feature with Ricki Derek and Casablanca at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue in Dallas for a romantic tribute to Frank Sinatra and the day of love. Ricki Derek will perform live, and then a screening of Casablanca will be shown. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and admission is $25 to $35.

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Why the 2016 Chevy Tahoe is a Best Seller

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If you liked the Chevy Tahoe before, you’ll love the new 2016 model. If you can’t make up your mind between the Tahoe and another favorite model, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive both models – and you’ll learn why the 2016 Tahoe is a best seller.

Even though the Tahoe was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, it still had room for improvement. This year, Chevy added some new technological and safety advances to the SUV. These include a new enhanced driver alert package for the LS model. The package features forward collision alert, power adjustable pedals, lane keep assist, a safety alert seat and IntelliBeam headlights.

The LTZ trim level got a new heads-up display with the available driver information center, which has been enhanced. And, the LTZ features an 8-inch diagonal multicolor display that is configurable.

Additionally, the Tahoe now has new phone integration technology via Apple CarPlay; and two new premium colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat and Siren Red tintocoat. Add the direct-injected EcoTec 5.3-liter engine and you have the perfect recipe for the industry’s best-selling full-size SUV.

More Features

Additional features for the LS, LT and LTZ models include second and third row seating that folds flat, an available power folding feature for the seats, standard 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with MyLink, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot and a three-month trial, up to 12 USB ports and power outlets, including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, keyless entry, push button start and an available rear seat entertainment system with two screens and a Blu-Ray DVD player.

The Tahoe features an EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The engine features cylinder deactivation, direct injection, an advanced combustion system and continuously variable valve timing; and it is expected to get 16 mpg* in the city and 23 mpg* on the highway. This is a significant increase over last year’s model.

The engine is backed by a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift control, auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, the best-selling full-size SUV in the industry.

Here’s Why You Should Consider the Chevy Sonic

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When you stop by Classic Chevrolet, you’ll most likely test drive more than one vehicle to see what you like the best. Add the Chevy Sonic to your list if you are looking for something that has tons of features and that has excellent gas mileage.

Entertainment Features

The Sonic features a premium audio system with six speakers so you’ll be able to commute or take a road trip with your favorite tunes. Additional features include a USB port, auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, and OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in WiFi hotspot.

Convenience Features

The Sonic has tons of features to make your drive comfortable, whether it’s a short commute or a long road trip. Convenience features include a tilt and telescopic steering column with a three-spoke sport steering wheel, an oil life monitoring system, driver information center, express up and down driver’s window, power door locks, remote keyless entry and remote vehicle start, electronic cruise control, air conditioning, an air filtration system, front and rear cup holders, front bottle holders and driver and passenger vanity mirrors.

Engine and Transmission

The Chevrolet Sonic features a 1.8-liter EcoTec engine with variable valve timing backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm.

Safety and Security Features

You’ll find that the Sonic has plenty of safety and security features including four-wheel ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, hill start assist, daytime running lights, 10 airbags including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, rear child security door locks, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Additional features include automatic on and off headlights, heated power door mirrors, variably intermittent wipers, a rear wiper and defroster, an engine immobilizer and a theft deterrent system.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic and to learn more about this model’s features.

What to Do When You’ve Gone Flat

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A flat tire can easily ruin your day. However, a flat tire is even more frustrating when you’re not sure what do when one occurs. These 10 steps to fixing your flat tire will help you feel confident if you’re ever confronted with the hassle of a flat tire on a road trip or even your daily commute.

1. Locate a safe place to stop.

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Don’t panic when you come to the realization that you have a flat tire. Simply locate the nearest exit (if you’re on the freeway) or a safe, uncrowded place to pull off of the road. Choose a location with flat ground to make jacking your car off the ground easier.

2. Turn on your hazards.

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Your hazard lights will let everyone know that something is wrong with your vehicle and that they should pass you slowly. Once your hazards are on, locate your spare tire, jack and a wrench.

3. Loosen your tire’s lug nuts.

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You won’t need to remove your lug nuts at this point, so simply loosen them by turning your wrench counter-clockwise. You may need to put the wrench in place and stand on the wrench arm to loosen extremely tight lug nuts.

4. Start jacking your vehicle off the ground.

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Be sure your jack is securely in place, then jack your vehicle up roughly six inches. If you can’t locate your jack, your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you exactly where to find it.

5. Take the tire off.

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Now is the time to fully remove the lug nuts and take the tire off the car. Be careful not to let any of the lug nuts get lost. Pull the tire directly towards you and off of the vehicle.

6. Place your spare tire where the flat tire was.

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Carefully align the holes in the spare with the lug nut posts to ensure the tire is in the correct place. Push as hard as you can to make sure the tire is as far as it can go onto the wheel base.

7. Screw the lug nuts back on.

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You don’t need to fully screw them down yet, so just make sure they’re properly holding the wheel on the vehicle.

8. Lower your vehicle back to the ground.

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Use the jack to lower the car slowly to ground level. Remove the jack and set it out of the way.

9. Tighten the lug nuts.

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Now that the vehicle is on the ground, you can tighten the lug nuts one by one. Tighten one lug nut about 50-percent of the way, then tighten the opposite lug nut the same amount. Tighten the opposite lug nuts in this manner until they’re as tight as possible.

10. Carefully place the tools back in your trunk, making sure not to forget any items on the side of the road.

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Place the tire in your vehicle, so you can dispose of it properly.

When you’re in need of new tires or any other vehicle maintenance, there’s no better place to go than Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

Car Won’t Start? It May Be Your Battery

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When it’s cold out, it is entirely feasible that you walk out to start your car and it won’t start – even if you have a newer battery. A no-start situation could be for just about any reason; however, the first thing you should check is the charging system. You’ll need a voltmeter to do this; and you can pick one up at any auto parts store or at many dealerships including Classic Chevrolet.

Step 1: Set the voltmeter to volts. Touch the red lead to the positive battery terminal and the black lead to the negative battery terminal. If the voltmeter reads at least 12 volts, you have enough voltage in the battery; however, you could have a dead cell, which means that you don’t have enough amperage to activate the starter.

Step 2: Holding the leads on the battery terminals, have someone try to start the vehicle. If the voltage drops below 10, you don’t have enough amperage to start the vehicle. Charge or replace the battery.

Step 3: Once you charge the battery, you’ll need to test it again. With the vehicle running, touch the red lead to the positive battery terminal and the black lead to the negative battery terminal. If the voltage is less than 13.5, the alternator is most likely not charging well, though the battery could have a low charge. If you are sure the battery is completely charged, you’ll need to replace the alternator.

Step 4: Turn the vehicle off. Leaving the leads on the terminals, have someone start the vehicle while you are watching the voltmeter. If the battery voltage drops to 10 volts or less, the battery is bad and will not hold a charge. If the voltage does not drop below 10.5 yet does not rise above 12.5 when the vehicle is running, the alternator is weak and should be replaced.

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It is also possible to have a bad battery and alternator. If the battery had to work too hard because the alternator was not charging, you could have drained the battery so that it will never recover. If you need a new battery, alternator or both, call the service department at Classic Chevy to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle repaired.

Stronger, Better, Faster: 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid

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If you are in the market for an affordable hybrid, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevy Malibu hybrid. This year’s model is better, faster and stronger than the last model year. This year, GM used technology from the second-generation Volt, according to Steve Majoros, the marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. Majorors stated that by “leveraging technology,” Chevrolet was able to use lessons to “bring consumers a world-class hybrid.”

The new year’s model features a new hybrid powertrain. The drive unit has been modified this year to work better with the electric motors – the same used in the Volt.

The 2016 Malibu Hybrid’s Features

The Malibu hybrid features Chevrolet MyLink Radio, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a rear vision camera. Additional features include cruise control, 10 airbags, push-button start, Teen Driver, a new Ecotec 1.8-liter hybrid engine with direct injection and two electric motors for the drive unit.

The Malibu also mutes the audio or any device attached to it when those in the front seat are not wearing their seat belts. Teen Driver allows parents see how their teens drove the Malibu.

Depending on the trim level you choose, you’ll get available front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist, and low speed front automatic braking.

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To learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid including which features come with the different trim levels, stop by Classic Chevy to take a test drive. If you previously drove a Malibu and didn’t like it, try the new model year if you are still looking for a hybrid vehicle – you’ll find that it has more power and is better than the previous models.

New Year, New You: How To Tell It’s Time to Get a New Chevy!

Drivers tend to get attached to their vehicles. After all, your vehicle is something you use every day, and it’s a place where you’ve made plenty of memories. However, there comes a time when you need to break up with an old vehicle that’s dragging you down. Maybe the gas mileage is poor, maybe the repairs are breaking the bank or maybe the safety features aren’t adequate.

These 10 ways to tell if you need to get out of your old vehicle and into a new Chevy will help you kick your old care to the curb.

1. Your vehicle’s repairs are exceeding its value.

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It often seems easier to repair an old vehicle than buy a new one, but here at Classic Chevrolet, we make purchasing your new vehicle easy and affordable. Stop throwing money (which you’ll never get back) into a beater that continues to decrease in value.

2. The mileage is high.

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High mileage probably means you’ve taken good care of your vehicle, but it also means costly repairs are just around the corner.

3. Safety features are limited.

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Older cars certainly have fewer safety features than newer ones, and that can put you and your loved ones in danger every time you get behind the wheel. Come talk to us at Classic Chevrolet to get into a safer, more reliable vehicle for an unbelievably affordable price.

4. Your family doesn’t want to be seen in it.

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They say not to judge a book by its cover, but if your family doesn’t want to be seen in your vehicle, it may be time to get a new one.

5. Rust is visible.

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Rust causes damage to vehicles in more ways than one, and those damages can be extremely costly. If you’re driving a vehicle with a rusty exterior, holes in some areas or even pieces of metal falling off, you know it’s time to get into a new one.

6. You’re spending way too much on gas.

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Every year, Chevy vehicles are getting increasingly fuel efficient, and you could be saving big bucks. Chevy offers a wide selection of extremely affordable, fuel efficient vehicles to help you start your 2016 budget in the right direction.

7. You see your check engine light every day.

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Service lights shining on your dashboard are never a good thing, and they can mean that serious repairs are ahead.

8. You don’t worry about locking your vehicle.

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Let’s face it. If you’re not afraid your vehicle is going to get tampered with when you leave the doors unlocked, it’s probably because nobody wants to go near it.

9. You use duct tape for repairs.

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If you’re using duct tape to solve repair issues on your vehicle, you know it’s time to opt for a duct tape-free ride.

10. You own a lemon.

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Some vehicles just seem impossible to keep on the road without repairs being needed. If you’re heading to the repair shop often, and returning to have the same repairs made again, it’s a sign that your vehicle should go.

The 5 Signs You Know You Need to Change Your Windshield Wipers

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Windshield wipers don’t last forever, and when they fail, they can cause serious vehicle safety issues. Fully-functioning windshield wipers make driving in undesirable weather conditions easier, so you can arrive at your destination safely and on time. These five signs that prove you need to change your windshield wipers could save you from a number of inconveniences and dangers down the road.

1. Check for smears or streaks. If your wipers are causing smears or streaks on your windshield, it’s likely you need new wiper blades. Listen carefully for scraping or chattering sounds when you use your wipers. These sounds are also indications that you should replace your wipers before they fail and leave you in a difficult situation.

2. Examine your wipers for dirt, debris or tears. Take a look at your wiper blades and wipe them with a damp cloth to help discover any tears or breaks in the rubber edge. Keep an eye out for anything that refrains your wiper from sliding snuggly against the glass.

3. Take note of your wipers while driving. You can tell a lot about the condition of your wipers when using them. If the blades are pulling away from your windshield when you’re traveling at high speeds, instead of resting tightly against the windshield, it’s likely they need to be replaced.

4. Examine the metal arm of the wiper to ensure it is not cracked or bent in any places. If you see any cracks or bent pieces, the wiper is probably not resting properly on your windshield and is creating the smears you see and chattering sounds you hear when using them.

5. You haven’t changed them in more than 6 months. Most wipers need replacing after roughly 6 months of use. This is usually when they begin to lose their snug fitting and fail to provide clear vision when driving in rain and other undesirable weather conditions. Fortunately, windshield wipers are an inexpensive vehicle accessory, especially here at Classic Chevrolet, and they can be changed in a matter of seconds.

There’s no reason to worry if you experience any of the above difficulties with your vehicle. Simply bring your car, truck or SUV to Classic Chevrolet, and our certified service repair team will replace your wipers quickly and affordably. We can also inspect your entire vehicle to determine what precautions you need to take to keep your vehicle in top condition. Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us in Grapevine, Texas, today.