Top Road Trip Destinations in New Mexico

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From the famous International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns and the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, there’s no better state for a road trip than New Mexico. And with sunny skies and warm weather still on the horizon this fall, it’s time to start planning your getaway to these top New Mexico road trip destinations than today.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October will be dedicated to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this year, and if there’s one annual site to see in New Mexico, this one is it. With incredible events like car shows, chainsaw carving, balloon flying competitions, balloon glows, rodeos, fireworks and tons of live music, you’ll probably want to stay from start to finish to see it all.

White Sands National Monument

New Mexico’s Tularosa Basin offers one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders — the White Sands National Monument. These gorgeous, wave-like sand dunes span 275 square miles through the dessert to create the world’s biggest gypsum dune field. The national monument is open during all four seasons, but summer and fall warrant especially desirable weather.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has been a New Mexico staple since July, 1997. It’s one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions with incredible art exhibits featuring Georgia O’Keeffe and a number of other world-renowned artists. Family-friendly museum activities, performances and educational talks take place at the museum often, so check their schedule before you arrive.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns offers a family-friendly outdoor experience that you’ll never forget. The National Park offers more than 119 caves with guided or self-guided tours available. And for those extra adventurous families, a ranger guided cave tour will take you through canyons and rocky slopes to find the most beautiful hidden treasures of the caves.

Stop and See Us at Classic Chevrolet

Start your New Mexico road trip off right with a new or used vehicle from Classic Chevy in Grapevine.

Yummiest Smoothie Recipes

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When you pick up a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, you may want to take a road trip since the vehicle is brand new. Make some smoothies for the cooler before you head out so you have something good to drink and to help you concentrate on the road. Once you make the smoothies, put them in a cup with a lid, then pack them in ice.

Fruit Smoothie

Make this fruit smoothie with canned fruit. For two large servings use 1 10-ounce package of frozen mixed berries, 1 15-ounce can of drained peaches or pears and 2 tablespoons of honey. Add all three ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

For a light but healthy smoothie, combine 1 banana, 6 strawberries, 1 kiwi, ½ cup frozen vanilla yogurt and ¾ cup pineapple and orange juice blend in a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth.

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Blend 4 ice cubes, ¼ fresh pineapple, 1 large banana and 1 cup of pineapple juice or apple juice. Blend everything together on high until the mixture is smooth.

Purple Smoothie – Or Shake

Make this smoothie with juice, soy milk or milk, depending on the time of day you want to drink this or the mood you’re in. This recipe makes four to six drinks.

Blend 2 frozen peeled bananas, ½ cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup of orange juice or milk, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth. Not only can you substitute any type of juice, but you can also leave the honey and/or the vanilla extract out if that is your preference.

For a thicker smoothie or shake, use less juice or milk. For a thinner smoothie, use more juice or milk.

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule your vehicle’s maintenance or service.

Great Oklahoma Locations for a Weekend Trip

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From scenic byways and campgrounds to spas and vineyards, Oklahoma is the perfect place for a summer road trip no matter what your travel interests may be. Pack your car, truck or SUV and head across the border to some of these awesome Oklahoma road trip destinations.

Summerside Vineyards, Winery and Meadery

Enjoy the scenic cruise to Vinita, Oklahoma, where you’ll find Summerside Vineyards, Winery and Meadery located right on Historic Route 66. In addition to a fun and romantic tasting room, this award-winning winery provides a gourmet deli, gift shop, private tastings, live music and wine cellar tours.

Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway

You don’t even have to exit your vehicle to enjoy the mystifying Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway. From the rigid lowlands to the prairies, wildflowers and rocky cliffs, you can view the Wichita Mountains wildlife from your car or get out an explore it for yourself at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. With 240 bird species, 50 mammal species and over 806 plant species, there’s no doubt you’ll see something phenomenal on your road trip through the mountains.

The Canebrake Restaurant and Resort

Road trip to a special retreat on Fort Gibson Lake where you and your fellow travelers can enjoy live music, horseback riding, golf games, spa treatments, boat rentals, yoga classes and all types of summer fun at the Canebrake Restaurant and Resort. This unique resort only houses 16 rooms and suites, so be sure to make your reservations ahead of time to ensure yourself a spot.

The Admiral Twin Drive-In

Arrive in Tulsa and drive right up to the Admiral Twin Drive-In for a nostalgic outdoor drive-in movie experience. This theater dates all the way back to 1951, and although the theater has made some serious upgrades (like on-site concessions and restrooms), it still has that classic Route 66 drive-in theater appeal.

Upgrade Your Summer Road Trip Vehicle

If you’re looking for the ultimate road trip vehicle this summer, you can find it right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine. We’ve got all of the finest Chevrolets in the industry right here on our lot and ready to be driven away today.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

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If you drive a car, at some point, someone has told you to check your tire pressure. Maybe it was your dad, or your Classic Chevrolet mechanic, or your car itself, but it seems like someone is always singing the praises of the tire pressure check. There’s good reason for people to encourage you to keep an eye on your tires–they are instrumental to your safety and fuel efficiency.

Under-inflated tires can change the way your car handles. Particularly with an under inflated front tire, your car may pull to one side or the other, forcing you to overcompensate in your steering and increasing the chance f an accident. Under inflated tires are also more likely to have a blowout. A blowout at low speeds is a costly annoyance. At high speeds, a blown tire could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, endangering yourself and everyone else on the road at the time.

In addition to putting you in danger, an under inflated tire can cost you money. According to fueleconomy.gov , your fuel economy suffers to the tune of .3 percent for every PSI that a tire is under-inflated.This means that if each tire is down three PSI, you could be wasting over three percent of your gas.

Checking your tire pressure is not really that difficult. If you have a newer car, it may actually monitor your tire pressure and display it on your dashboard! Failing that, you can buy a tire gauge at any store that sells auto parts and accessories. The easiest to use is the digital one, but even the manual one is not too complicated. You just basically unscrew the cap from the valve stem on your tire (don’t lose it!) and put the circular end of the gauge on it. You will hear what sounds like a lot of air escaping but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Just push the gauge onto the valve stem as tightly as you can and you should hear the “hissing” stop and you should be able to read your tire pressure on the gauge.

Of course, if you don’t want to check the pressure on your tires yourself, you can get them checked when you come in for an oil change. And of course, if you bought your car from Classic Chevy, we’ll always be happy to check your tires for you.

Tips to Keep Your Chevrolet Clean and Organized

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We spend hours in our car and on the road. Whether we are commuting to work, running errands or taking a long deserved vacation, our car is a point of pride. It’s hard to be proud of a dirty cluttered car, which is why keeping it clean and clutter free is so important.

  • A good wax will help keep your car protected from dirt and scratches longer than washing alone. Make sure to leave the wax on your as long as recommended before wiping it off.
  • Regularly schedule a time to wash your car. If you establish a routine, it will be much easier to stick to and much more likely to get done.
  • Keep a trash bag in the car. If you have a bag for garbage you are much less likely to just leave it around your car.
  • Find a place for all the items you use regularly. For example, sunglasses can be clipped to the visor or stored in compartment near the driver.
  • Make a point to clean out the car at least once a week, and to throw away trash every time you get out of the car. Remember that routines are easier to stick to, and will eventually become a habit.
  • Try using hanging organizers. These are great for the back seat, and really come in handy if you have kids. You can store small toys, books, and maps here.
  • Make good use of mats for the front and back seats. If you don’t have them already, get some. Mats help keep the floor from getting dirty, which makes clean up a breeze. They can easily be taken out of your car and shaken out or sprayed down.
  • Keep baby wipes handy – or other disposable wet wipes. They are great for cleaning up small spills and sticky fingers. If you have a habit of eating in the car they are invaluable.

Classic Chevrolet has plenty of new and used Chevrolets that you can be proud of. Classic Chevrolet also offer high quality service and car parts for all your repair needs, so that you can continue to be proud of your Chevy for years to come.

Keeping Your Classic Chevy Safe

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You may think your classic is safe as long as you keep it in a garage, but you should think twice. Dr. Phil learned this lesson; and luckily, he got his classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air back with little damage — though it did take several months.

A few years ago, thieves singled out Phil McGraw’s classic Chevy, then stole it from a Burbank, California, repair shop. The story has a happy ending, though — the police recovered his $100,000 classic Chevy along with 13 other stolen cars.

Repair shops are not the only place that thieves will break into. If a thief knows what is in your garage or driveway, the thief could steal your classic from you much easier than at a repair shop. Repair shops and dealerships such as Classic Chevrolet have tight security and often store classics inside the bays while they are in for repairs or bodywork. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Even if you garage your Chevy, you should have additional locks on the vehicle. You should use a club on the steering wheel, plus have an alarm installed in your vehicle. Preferably, you should have an alarm with starter kill. If you hear the car alarm, simply press a button on the remote to stop the car. It won’t start again until you reset the alarm.

The club is a visible deterrent. Most thieves won’t try to steal a car that is equipped with a club. If you combine a club with a car alarm with starter kill, you have double protection in the event that a thief is able to remove the club.

Furthermore, thieves look for easy targets. If you keep your car in the garage, lock the garage doors and the car doors. If a thief is determined, he or she will be considerably slowed by having to get past the locks, but, in most cases, unless the thief is desperate for your particular make and model, the thief will pass by your securely locked vehicle. Keep your alarm remote in the same room as you so you are able to kill the engine quickly should a thief trip the alarm.

If you have any questions about installing security alarms or otherwise protecting your vehicle — or questions about service or our new and used car inventory, give Classic Chevrolet a call for more information.

7 Stops You Must Visit on Your End-of-Summer Texas Road Trip

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Summer isn’t over yet, and there’s still plenty of time to enjoy an end-of-summer road trip before the back-to-school blues sets in. The Lone Star State is one of the best places in the country to discover a huge range of natural and man-made wonders, ranging from trendy cities and bustling beach towns to mountains, rivers, caverns and so much more. The following seven stops are ones you don’t want to miss on this year’s end-of-summer adventure.

1. Dinosaur Valley State Park

Travel back in time in Glen Rose, Texas, at the renowned Dinosaur Valley State Park. This state park is home to real dinosaur footprints and tons of other dinosaur-themed adventures and activities.

2. Gorman Falls

Texas may not sound like a tropical paradise, but it sure feels like one at Gorman Falls. This stunning site in Colorado Bend State park takes a 1.5-mile-long hike on rough terrain to reach, but this oasis in the heart of Texas is well worth the journey.

3. The Medina River

The Medina River is a must-visit destination for kayakers, paddlers, canoers and water-lovers of all kinds. The river is known for its picture-perfect greenery and towering trees that appear as though they sprout from the water. It’s not rare to see fish jumping, frogs hopping, birds chirping and a few fellow kayakers enjoying the serenity.

4. Corpus Christi

No end-of-summer excursion is complete without a trip to the beach, and Corpus Christi is home to some of the most picturesque sands in the state. The USS Lexington battle Ship, Texas State Aquarium and tons of other family-friendly activities are available to make every moment in this beach town a memorable one.

5. Austin

No city lover should skip a visit to one of the trendiest cities in the country — Austin. The capital city is home to some of the state’s most innovative restaurants, countless unique shops and almost as many festivities as there are days in the year. Whether you’re into dining, drinking, sightseeing, shopping, gallery hopping or outdoor adventures, Austin is a city that has it all.

6. Paris

Texas is no stranger to odd roadside attractions. Head to Paris, Texas, to visit the town’s must-see replica of the Eiffel Tower. This popular landmark is just one of many perks of visiting the tiny town, which offers a charming historic district packed with ancient homes, museums, locally-owned shops, art galleries and a town square.

7. Route 66

America’s legendary Route 66 passes through the Texas Panhandle. The 178-mile-long stretch of roadside attractions, relics and creepy ghost towns is guaranteed to impress everyone in your vehicle more than boring Interstate 40.

Make this Texas road trip the best one yet by cruising in a brand-new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine.

Cruise to School in the 2017 Cruze Hatch

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The 2017 Cruze Hatch is the ultimate back-to-school vehicle, whether you’re taking the kids to school every morning or are sending the older ones of to college. The 2017 Cruze Hatchback offers more space, more safety features and the latest and greatest technologies to make every trip down the road safer and more enjoyable than ever before. The following are six reasons why the all-new Cruze Hatch should be on your shopping list.

You’ll Always Show Up in Style

Your kids won’t be embarrassed to have you drop them at the front door anymore. The 2017 Cruze Hatch’s sporty styling and sleek curves create an adventurous yet sophisticated look that reflect how dynamic this vehicle really is.

You’ll Have More Space for Friends and Gear

The 2017 Cruze Hatch features 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row seats down. This convenient vehicle has proven more than spacious enough for camping excursions, trips to the dog park, picking up do-it-yourself supplies and taking the kids (and their friends) to the movies. Whatever you’re into, the 2017 Cruze Hatch will inspire you to do it more.

You Can Spend Less and Experience More

You don’t just save big when you purchase the new Chevy Cruze Hatch. You save even more when you’re cruising down the road. The standard 1.4-Liter turbo engine provides power and efficiency, so you can take the scenic route without worrying about gas prices.

You Can Stay Connected on the Go

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch is available with built-in 4G LTE WiFi, so you enjoy a powerful WiFi connection everywhere you go. The Cruze’s signal can connect up to seven devices at once, making road trips more enjoyable for every passenger.

You’ll Stay On Top of Technology Trends

The 2017 Cruze Hatch is equipped with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, making it easy to use all of your smartphone’s best features through the Chevrolet MyLink display. The full-functionality MyLink system allows Bluetooth and USB connectivity, so you can text, call and listen to your favorite tunes without jeopardizing safety.

You Can Travel with Peace of Mind

The 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch’s most important features are the ones that keep you safe. Active safety technologies are able to scan the roads to ensure your path is free of hazards. Available rear cross traffic alerts, lane keep assist and forward collision alerts keep you on the ball all of the time. The Hatch’s 10 air bags and high-strength steel safety cage are ready to protect you and your cargo if anything does go wrong.

Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to find out more about the all-new, 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch today.

5 Reasons to be Excited for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

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Chevy is shaking things up for 2017, and the introduction of the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is guaranteed to change the auto industry forever. The following are five reasons why you should start getting excited about the release of this groundbreaking vehicle.

1. It’s All Electric

Chevrolet obsessed over creating the 2017 Bolt EV, and it shows. This all-electric vehicle can travel an estimated 200 miles per charge, so you don’t have to worry about recharging while you’re at work or out running errands.

2. You Can Charge At Home

Skeptics have been steering clear of electric vehicles for years, but that’s because charging hasn’t been made as simple as it is with the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. A 240-volt charging unit can be purchased and professionally installed at your home, so charging your vehicle is as simple as charging your smartphone. The available unit will charge your Bolt EV faster than the competition and makes customizing your charge settings easy. Best of all, you can still use public charging stations while you’re away.

A full charge on the available 240-volt unit requires just 9 hours, and you can reach up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.

3. You Can Stay Connected Everywhere You Go

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV offers technology in every nook and cranny. The standard 10.2-inch center display screen provides important information, including your battery levels, estimated range, climate controls, charge settings, music, calls and text messages. The interactive screen looks and operates like a tablet, so you can easily access all of your phone and battery’s information.

4. Safety Comes First

Technology isn’t worth anything if you and your fellow travelers aren’t safe inside your vehicle. The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV provides peace of mind with 10 air bags, a high-strength steel frame, available forward, side and rear alerts, OnStar advisors and automatic crash response. Chevy’s available Surround Vision camera system utilize four optimally-placed cameras to help you see what’s happening on all sides of your vehicle at all times. Whether you’re taking the kids to school, dropping your pet at the groomer or driving solo to work, you can rest assured that your Chevy is constantly working to keep you and your cargo safe.

5. Your Vehicle Will Turn Heads

Unlike other electric vehicles, the Chevy Bolt EV doesn’t turn heads because it looks funny. This all-electric hatch back vehicle features expressive proportions, stylish curves and an enclosed, flat underbelly  that will turn heads — in a good way.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will hit the streets in late 2016, and it will pay to be ahead of the curve. Reach out to our Classic Chevrolet sales team to find out how you can be one of the first to own it.

The Chevrolet Camaro Turns 50!

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It’s hard to believe that the Chevy Camaro is turning 50. When the sports car was introduced to the world in 1966, the auto industry changed forever. For the last 50 years, the Camaro has continued to shock car enthusiasts and the competition by staying ahead of the curve in terms of power, performance, technology and safety. The 2017 Camaro is now meaner, lighter, leaner and more head-turning than ever before.

The following are six reasons why you are guaranteed to be wowed by the sixth-generation Camaro as soon as you lay eyes on it.

1. It has been sculpted to perfection. The 2017 Camaro is designed to smaller and lighter than the previous generation, which means you enjoy a tighter driving experience. More responsive breaks and a more streamlined design allow you to take tight corners with ease.

2. It turns heads. The 2017 Camaro’s new “reverse Mohawk” roof channel, wider opening, unique grille draft angle, lift-reducing spoiler and carefully designed edges were extensively wind tunnel tested to ensure optimal performance and airflow on the roads and at the track.

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3. You’ll feel like a professional. The interior of the new Chevrolet Camaro makes you feel like you get paid to drive. Tailored stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rotating HVAC dials, an ergonomic center console, aggressive heated and ventilated seats and countless other features combine to ensure that you enjoy your most luxurious driving experience yet.

4. You can customize your interior. Drivers who choose the Camaro 2SS or the Camaro 2LT can enjoy interior spectrum lighting that allows you to choose one of 24 colors to illuminate the interior of your vehicle and the radio console. Change your interior to suit your mood at the push of a button.

5. You can literally feel the wind in your hair. Opt for the Camaro Convertible, which offers the same stylish roof line and curves as the Camaro Coupe, and you’ll be able to put the top down to feel the wind in your hair. The fully-automatic soft top disappears beneath a hard cover, making the Camaro one of the most streamlined convertibles in the industry.

6. You can actually take it to the track. Choose the Camaro’s famous 1LE Track Package, and you’ll enjoy performance that the pros will envy. Stiffer suspension, aggressive tires, better cooling and advanced breaking provide the performance you’ve been seeking from your dream sports car.

Make your dreams come true by purchasing a brand new Chevrolet Camaro right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. We’re your No. 1 Chevy dealer in Texas, offering the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for the best prices in the industry, whether you’re seeking the high performance Camaro, the rugged Colorado, the fuel-efficient Cruze or any of Chevy’s other must-see models.