Pictured left to right Mike Kimmel, Ally Financial; Robert Gault, Classic Chevrolet Finance Director; Rick Fisher, Ally Financial; Tom Durant, owner Classic Chevrolet; Dan Antonelli, Ally Financial
Despite the fact that the Department of Transportation built a major freeway right through the dealership property, 2013 was a year of remarkable accomplishments for Classic Chevrolet. Classic was named the #1 volume Chevy dealer in the nation for the 8th year, and the #1 volume GM parts dealer in the nation.
And now, for the fourth consecutive year, Classic Chevrolet has been recognized by Ally Financial as their #1 automotive customer in the nation. And when you consider that Ally is the largest lender in the U.S. in retail automotive finance, that packs some serious clout when it comes to financing customers.
In 2013, Classic contracted 3238 transactions with Ally, which is more than any other automotive dealer in the country. Said Robert Gault, Classic Chevrolet Finance Director, “when you have a great financial partner like Ally, it makes our job easier when it comes to getting our customers financed quickly and smoothly. No one wants to wait for hours in a car dealer’s finance office while they struggle to get the correct paperwork in order. Here at Classic, we know exactly what they need from us, and they know that our professional finance managers will dot every “i” and cross every “t”. Everyone wins, especially the customer.
If you are in the market for a vehicle with excellent gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Volt or the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. The Volt is a hybrid, while the Sonic is a gas only vehicle.
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt features a 1.4-liter engine that puts out 83 horsepower and an electric drive – Voltec – that puts out 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This electric vehicle uses a 16.5-kWh lithium-ion propulsion battery rechargeable energy storage system with a liquid thermal management system and active control. The charge cord is a portable 120-volt cord.
This set up gets 101 MPGe* in the city and 93 MPGe* on the highway. Using gas only, the Volt gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway.
Safety and security features for the Volt include StabiliTrak, LED illumination, daytime running lights, several airbags, a tire inflation kit, OnStar, a theft deterrent system, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor system.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic features a 1.8-liter ECOTEC engine with variable valve timing and four-cylinder sequential multiport fuel injection. It is 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. The Sonic gets 27 mpg* in the city and 37 mpg* on the highway.
Safety and security features for the Sonic include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and hill start assist. Additionally, the Volt features Chevy’s StabiliTrak stability control system and traction control to help keep the vehicle in control in less-than-favorable conditions.
Additional safety and security features include daytime running lights, 10 airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera, rear child door locks, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor system.
Both vehicles include Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, 17-inch wheels, heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. For more information including pricing and a full list of features for each vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Volt or the Sonic. Both vehicles have special financing or discounts available.
When you need a part for your Chevrolet, you don’t want to wait for someone to order it for you – you need it right now. This is where Classic Chevy comes in. We stock over 7 million dollars in inventory and have about 50 employees to handle the parts and customer requests. In 2003, our parts department was number 76 in the nation. From there, we reached number 2 in 2012. Today – in early 2014 – we are the number 1 volume GM parts dealer out of approximately 4,000 GM dealers in the United States.
Classic Chevrolet, whether its auto sales department, service department, or parts department, is a solid, customer-oriented business that is well-organized and has a monitored action plan. This means that you get what you need in record time with excellent service.
Classic Chevy Parts Department
Our vision statement, be the best at everything we do, is what made us sell more Chevrolet vehicles than any other Chevy dealer in the country for the last eight consecutive years – and it is what made us the largest volume Chevrolet parts department. And, according to Tom Cross, our parts manager, we plan on keeping that #1 spot for the foreseeable futures.
On February 18, 2014, a delegation of GM executives gathered at Classic Chevrolet to formally present us with the honor of being the largest parts department in the nation. Not only are we the largest, but we also outsold everyone else.
“There are more than 4000 GM dealers in the country, and you are the largest by far,” said John Bolton, GM Customer Care & Aftersales Wholesale Zone Manager. “You handedly outsold every one of them.” Bolton went on to say “And here’s something that you may not realize. I looked back on the records and this is the first time ever that the nation’s #1 Volume Chevy Dealer for Sales is also the nation’s #1 GM Dealer for Parts! For as long as GM has been keeping records, I can honestly tell you that this has never happened before. It is a testament to the team that [owner] Tom Durant has built and the culture that everyone at Classic has created.”
Classic Chevy broke a GM record this year – we are the nation’s #1 volume Chevy dealer for sales and the #1 GM dealer for parts. This has never happened since GM has been keeping records.
On top of being the best at car sales and parts sales, we rank in the highest 2 percent for customer satisfaction – and have done so for 11 consecutive years.
To see what all the hullabaloo is about, stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next dream vehicle. Our sales persons can tell you all you want to know about each vehicle, including installed options, and additional options. And next time you need a part for your Chevrolet, whether it’s something as simple as an oil filter or you want to drop a crate motor in your classic Camaro, stop by Classic Chevy’s parts department.
When you purchase a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet, you get to put your hands on a lot of new technology including the MyLink features. As technology becomes available, Chevrolet adds it to MyLink.
With MyLink, you can stay connected even while you are out of the house or office – and it’s safe. You can take phone calls, enjoy your favorite new programs and listen to music. MyLink allows you to pair a compatible smart hone for Bluetooth audio and to make or answer phone calls. You can even access your contact list – all without looking at your phone. You can connect the phone or a portable hard drive to the system via the USB port so you can listen to favorite play lists.
MyLink features a color touch screen display. You can customize the display to your personal preferences for entertainment, navigation and other features including Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher Smart Radio. The technology allows you to access over 140 channels of commercial free programming including sports, music, talk shows and entertainment via SiriusXM satellite radio.
Apps via the smart phone such as Pandora are free. You can search for music via the name of your favorite artist, song, composer or comedian. As with Pandora on the computer, it will create a station based on your choices. Once you save your favorites, they will be updated automatically.
When you plug in via the USB port, you can control your phone or portable hard drive via the 7-inch diagonal touch screen display or with voice control. MyLink’s speech recognition program allows you to use simple commands for many things including initiating a phone call, selecting a radio station or playing music from an MP3 player or flash drive. Simply tap a button on the steering wheel while making a voice command. The steering wheel controls keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road while making phone calls or selecting music.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to ask your sales person which models feature MyLink and other technology such as blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear view cameras and other safety technology.
Spring is around the corner and most people are anxious to get out of the house, even if it’s for a day trip or a weekend away with your Classic Chevy truck and your family. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has many places to visit that are a short drive, yet far enough away from the city to make it feel like a mini vacation.
Plan to visit Athens if you like scenic rolling hills and valleys. Stop by the East Texas Arboretum or visit Athens Scuba Park to explore for underwater treasures. You can even take a tram tour at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center or watch a dive show. If you like wine, stop by a vineyard or winery to taste the different wines. And for those who are really adventurous, visit Texas ZipLine Adventures.
If the mountains make you happy, head over to Davis to visit the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma. Visit the natural pools under the 77-foot waterfall, located in Turner Falls Park. Visit the Arbuckle Wilderness Park to take a safari tour. If you are a history buff, visit the Chickasaw Cultural Center and National Recreation Area for Native American history or the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum.
Another great historical site is Granbury – a town with lots of folklore legends and frontier history. The town square has many antique shops, restaurants and unique boutiques. Granbury is also the home of the Hood County Jail and Historical Museum. Take the Ghosts and Legends tour for some ghost hunting or ride the free trolley around town. If you happen to be in Granbury on the second Saturday of the month, you just may see a gunfight in the square. If it’s warm enough and you want a great way to cool off, visit the city beach.
Saint Jo also has a lot of history including the Chisholm Trail, Stonewall Saloon Museum and the Red River Valley. Visit the Running N Ranch’s VW Beetle sculpture garden and Devil’s Backbone. Taste some wine at Arche Vineyard and Winery. Stop by Ancient Ovens for a great meal.
Before you head out on day trips or weekend trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to make sure all maintenance is up to date and that your vehicle is in good running condition.
If you are in the market for a new performance sedan but haven’t decided which one you want, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevy SS. The SS features a 6.2-liter V8 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift. This combination puts out 415 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 415 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.
This model is a rear-wheel drive model with a 3.27 rear axle ratio. It features an engine oil cooler, transmission oil cooler, battery rundown protection, a 140-amp alternator and sport suspension. The four-wheel ABS disc brakes are made to stop the power this vehicle puts out.
Entertainment features include an 8-inch color touch screen display, CD player, AM/FM stereo, SiriusXM radio, a USB port, a premium nine-speaker Bose system and MyLink, which includes Bluetooth streaming and hands-free smart phone integration for certain phones.
Comfort and Convenience features include heated driver and front passenger bucket seats with eight-way adjustments, memory presets for the seats and outside mirrors, a leather steering wheel with redundant audio controls, a head-up display with color digital readouts for driving and vehicle information and a driver information center.
Additional conveniences include a compass and outside temperature display, keyless access, cruise control, remove vehicle start, a rear window defogger, two power outlets, dual zone automatic climate control, cup holders and plenty of storage.
Safety and Security features include StabiliTrak with traction control and brake assist, several airbags, daytime running lamps, OnStar, a rear vision camera, automatic park assist, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Exterior features include 19-inch polished forged aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, hood blanket, front intermittent wipers with Rainsense, fog lamps and outside mirrors that are heated and power adjustable with memory. Furthermore, the driver’s side outside mirror automatically dims when needed.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the brand new 2014 SS. This is the first rear-wheel drive sedan that has been in the Chevrolet portfolio in the past 17 years. Ask your salesperson about any special deals on the 2014 SS and for a complete list of standard features, dealer-installed options and additional options available.
This spring, consider spending your Spring Break in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you need a new vehicle to get around, stop by Classic Chevy before the break to test drive a truck, car, or SUV so you have something new, fun, and reliable to take you and your family to area events. While Dallas might be your backyard, that doesn’t mean you have to leave the area to have fun on Spring Break.
Visit The Dallas Zoo with your family – members of all ages will enjoy the animals and events at the zoo. The zoo is located at 650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75203-3013.
For some great photo opportunities, especially when the tulips are in bloom during the spring, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, located at 8225 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. This is also a nice way to wind down younger children after a visit to the zoo.
For those who are more active and don’t have very young children or those who like to hike and see nature at its best, visit the Cedar Ridge Preserve. The Preserve is located at 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75249-1159. The Preserve is a 360-acre park that features seven miles of hiking trails around Joe Pool Lake, a butterfly garden, educational exhibits, and picnic areas. You’re sure to see many different animals and birds that live on the Preserve.
While visiting the area – or even if you are from the area and are staying for Spring Break, be sure to visit Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. The venue is located at 2021 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207 and features authentic costumes. Your kids can even eat with their hands and not get yelled at!
Of course, the one thing you can’t miss out on, regardless of your age or whether you have small children, is Legoland Discovery Center, located at Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051. While it is geared for those under 12, older teens and adults can have fun, too. The Discovery Center also features a 4D cinema theater, carnival-type rides, and a climbing and play area.
Make sure you stop by Classic Chevrolet before you start Spring Break. If you are not in the market for a new vehicle, but currently drive a Chevy, be sure your maintenance is up to date before leaving on break. Schedule an appointment with the service center to bring everything up to date and to be sure your current Chevy is in good working order with no surprises coming up.
General Motors took the North American Car of the Year for car and truck categories this year. The Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, both available at Classic Chevy, won for their categories as announced at a Dec. 13, 2013 new conference held at the North American International Auto Show.
A jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States voted on vehicles this year. This is the 21st year of the North American Car of the Year award. Most awards are given by a single media outlet, but this award is given by journalists from different media outlets. The journalists represent television, magazines, newspapers, radio and web sites.
Visit the Classic Chevrolet truck showroom for more information about the Silverado.
The North American Car of the Year award recognizes the most outstanding vehicles of the year. The jury votes on several factors including comfort, innovation, safety, design, driver satisfaction, handling and value for the dollar. The Stingray was awarded 211 points. The next vehicle was quite far from the Stingray – the Mazda3 received 185 points. An even larger spread separated second and third place. The Cadillac CTS received 94 points.
This is not the first time the Corvette won this award; it won in 1998. This is also the sixth time a General Motors vehicle won the award.
In the truck category, the Silverado garnered 219 points. The Jeep Cherokee came in second, trailing by 45 points with a score of 174. The Acura MDX trailed the leading Silverado by 122 points with a score of 97. The Silverado is the fourth truck win for General Motors and the second win for this model – the Silverado previously won in 2007.
Visit the Classic Chevy Corvette showroom for more information on the Stingray.
In comparison over the 21 years of the awards for cars, domestic auto manufacturers won 12 times, Japanese auto manufacturers one three time, European auto manufacturers won four times and a Korean auto manufacturer – Hyundai – won twice. Domestic trucks won 14 times, Japanese trucks won four times and European trucks won three times. Vehicles are only eligible for the award if they are brand new or have had extensive changes.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Stingray if you are in the market for a sports car or the Silverado if you are in the market for a truck.
If you’ve been to Classic Chevy and other dealerships to test drive trucks, but still can’t make up your mind whether you should go with Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, or Ford, consider test driving the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – again if you’ve already driven it. The 2014 model has upgraded powertrains for better fuel mileage. In short, the 2014 absolutely rules the road!
The 4.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V6 engine features active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection so it gets much better gas mileage than the older Silverado trucks. It runs on unleaded or E85 fuel; and it makes 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm.
The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that features a tow/haul mode and electronically-controlled overdrive. This combination gets you 16 mpg* in the city and 22 mpg* on the highway.
Additional features that make the Silverado more than tempting include remote start with two transmitters, a three-passenger front seat that is split 40/20/40, and a rear bench seat that also folds with a 60/40 split. The front seat features recline, outboard head restraints, and a center armrest with storage that folds down.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel features mounted cruise and audio controls which allow you to keep your eyes on the road while adjusting what’s on the radio/CD player or while adjusting the cruise control.
Furthermore, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 looks good on the outside. The P255/70R17 tires ride on 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels. The truck comes with a full size spare. The bumpers are chrome and the four-wheel drive models feature recovery hooks.
The cargo area features lighting so you can see what you are doing in the back when it’s dark out – no more fumbling with a flashlight while you’re looking for something. The tailgate and the bed have protection caps so you don’t scratch the paint if you slide something over the top or allow a large load to rest on over the edges.
The rear bumper features a corner step so it’s easier to get in and out of the bed – or just to reach something at the edge of the box. The outside mirrors are heated and power adjustable, so there’s no more losing all the heat from putting the window down to clear or adjust the mirror.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Silverado. You’ll also get a full list of safety, security, infotainment and convenience features so you can easily compare other truck and see that Chevy is the best.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle but are still unsure as to what you want, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive several of the models in this year’s lineup. Make sure you include the Chevrolet Traverse. The 2014 Traverse features a 3.6-liter engine that puts out 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. If you opt for dual exhaust, you can increase the horse power to 288 and the torque to 270 pound-feet.
The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The Traverse is a front-wheel drive vehicle with a 3.16 axle ratio. It also features four-wheel antilock disc brakes and a 660-cold-cranking-amp battery.
The infotainment system features Chevrolet MyLink with a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, a CD player, Bluetooth streaming audio, hands-free, Stitcher and Pandora. The 10-speaker system is a Bose premium system with Bose 5.1 Surround Sound if you order the Traverse with rear seat entertainment. If you opt for the standard, it is a 10-speaker Bose system. The audio system also features an auxiliary input jack, two USB ports and rear audio system controls with headphone jacks.
Inside, the front bucket seats recline. The Traverse seats up to seven people with two in the second row seats and three in the third row seats. The second row features flat-folding captain’s chairs and the third row is a 60/40 split bench seat. The seat trim is perforated leather. The driver’s seat features two position memory and eight-way power with the memory package. The passenger seat also features eight-way power adjustments.
The center console features cup holders and a covered storage bin. The armrest slides to access storage. The heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has the cruise and audio controls mounted on it. The steering column also tilts and is telescopic. It also features a brake/transmission shift interlock.
The Traverse also features remote keyless entry that is programmable with two transmitters. It also features extended range and a panic button. The rear vision camera display is integrated within the color touch radio. The Traverse also features a universal home remote that includes a garage door opener.
For a complete list of all safety, security, infotainment and convenience features, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Traverse.