Tire Safety Tips for Cold Weather

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Winter is one of the best seasons for road trips. The Texas temperatures are more mild and destinations are less crowded. However, it’s important to know that your vehicle is in top condition before you hit the road, and your tires are a big part of that.

These tire safety tips will help you stay safe on the roads as temperatures drop this season.

Check for Signs of Wear and Tear

Do a visual inspection of your tires before you hit the road. Check for over or under inflation by seeing if your tires are wearing more in certain areas than others. A majority of the wear on over-inflated tires will be in the center of the tread, while you’ll notice more wear on the edges of the tread if your tires are under-inflated.

Low tire pressure is something you may encounter on a road trip in the cooler months. Keep a pressure gauge in your vehicle to check your tire pressure often. Your recommended tire pressure is listed on a sticker inside your driver-side door, or you can find it in your owner’s manual.

Check Your Tire’s Tread

One of the easiest ways to check if your tires have enough tread is to use a coin test. Insert a coin into the tread groove with George Washington’s head facing down. If Washington’s head is not visible, your tires are ready to hit the road. If you can see a portion of Washington’s head, you’ll want to stop and see us at Classic Chevrolet for a dependable set of new tires.

Be Aware While Driving

Be aware of any unusual thumping or vibrating noises while you’re driving. These signs could alert you that one of your tires has a flat spot, a separated belt or another issue.

Bring your vehicle to our service department at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to ensure your tires are in top condition before you hit the road.

Let’s Review the 2017 Malibu

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If you are in the market for a new sedan, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and to learn more about this model’s features. This affordable sedan seats up to five people comfortably and get excellent fuel mileage.

Impressions

The 2017 Malibu feature great fuel economy, quick acceleration, and good handling. The tech features, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Chevy MyLink, make the Malibu a tech lover’s dream. Plenty of legroom and a stylish exterior are also pluses.

Convenience Features

Convenience features include cruise control, a full center console with covered storage, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a multi-function remote for doors and trunk, air conditioning, power steering, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, remote power door locks, OnStar Directions & Connections, power mirrors, Bluetooth, one-touch power windows on all four windows, and a rear window defroster.

Additional features include privacy/tinted glass, plenty of storage, beverage holders, power driver’s seat, front bucket seats, a compass, clock, tachometer and trip computer.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include intermittent wipers, four-wheel ABS brakes, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system, dusk-sensing headlights, electronic stability control, ABS and driveline traction control, a passenger airbag, driver’s front impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbags and head curtain airbags for the first and second rows.

Technical Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 196 horsepower. The engine is backed by a front-wheel drive six-speed automatic transmission.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu today and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. Be sure to ask your salesperson if we are running any finance or lease specials. Not in the market for a new vehicle? Schedule service with Classic Chevy for your current car or truck.

New Year Car Organization Tips

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You don’t have to wait until spring to do some organizing and cleaning. A clean car is a happy car and the new year, with its numerous resolutions, is all about finding happiness. Try these organization tips to get your car neater and more pleasant to drive.

Get a Backseat Organizer

With numerous choices on the market, you can find a good backseat organizer at most stores. Just strap one to the back of a front or mid-row seat and keep the clutter off the seats and floor. This is especially great for kids in the back seat on longer road trips. All of their toys and games can be stowed on the organizer, which will help control the clutter.

Get a Car Trash Can

These can also go on the back of a seat, but regardless of where they’re placed, they can help immensely. We all know the situation: you’ve got a bunch of trash you don’t know what to do with, maybe the remains of a fast food meal you had to eat in the car. Lacking options, you toss it behind you into the back seat and forget all about it. A few days later, that forgotten bag starts to smell. Avoid having a trashy vehicle by having a designated place to put all your trash.

Evaluate the Essentials and Toss the Rest

If you still find you have too much clutter, go to your car the next opportunity that you have, clean out what’s obviously trash, and then look at what items are left. If you don’t expect ice, do you really need the ice scraper? If it’s the depths of winter and the days are cloudy, do you really need that sun visor? The best way to deal with clutter is to simply eliminate it and avoid putting it back in your car.

Use Storage Areas Whenever Possible

This seems like common sense, but it’s worth mentioning. Whatever you do keep in your car, stow it away in one of the vehicle’s storage areas. Put whatever you can (as neatly as you can) into the glove box, under the seats, and in the trunk.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Chevy and start over with a clean slate. Classic Chevy can also help you to get your car in good shape with maintenance and service.

Top 8 Reasons to Start the New Year in a Chevy

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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. The New Year is the time to do it!

These 8 reasons ought to give you enough of an excuse to ditch your old ride for a new Chevrolet.

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

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet today if it’s time to upgrade your ride in the new year.

Best Events in DFW This Month

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See what January has in store for DFW. Check out one of these events and explore what the metroplex has to offer.

The 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade

Celebrate the legacy of the great civil rights leader by attending the annual MLK Day parade on January 16. The parade starts at 10:00 am at 1519 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Dallas. The parade will proceed to Fair Park and end at 1:00 pm. Parade participants include civic organizations, youth groups, and other community organizations.

Clay Between Two Seas

Journey through eleven centuries and across three continents with the Crow Collection of Asian Art at 2010 Flora St. in Dallas. The exhibit runs through February 12. The ceramics on display move from early Islamic empires to Chinese dynasties to European kingdoms and even viceregal Mexico.

Art and Nature in the Middle Ages

Explore the art and nature of the Middle Ages with this exhibit, running through March 19, at the Dallas Museum of Art located at 1717 North Harwood Street in Dallas.

Visit Classic Chevy

Stop by Classic Chevrolet this month to test drive a new 2017 Chevy model before you head out to any festivals or events in the DFW area. Who knows? Maybe you’ll love your test drive so  much that you’ll head out in the comfort of a new Chevy.

Winterizing Your Vehicle

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Winterizing your vehicle is something that is usually done before the first cold snap – or just after, if the first cold snap takes you by surprise. However, if you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done now instead of taking chances of breaking down or getting stuck in an accident in the snow and cold.

Tires

In addition to ensuing your tires are appropriate to the season, be sure to check the tread and air pressure. At a minimum, you should have all-season tires. You should have plenty of tread so you’ll have better traction in the rain and snow. Air pressure is important, too – too much or too little air will reduce traction, making it easier to spin out.

Brakes

Most vehicles have ABS and driveline traction control and ABS brakes. If your ABS light is on, call Classic Chevrolet for an appointment to repair the ABS system. In addition to ensuring that the computer systems are working properly, including the sensors, make sure the brake pads and rotors have enough meat on them for ultimate stopping power. Grooved rotors and thin brake pads could cause the brakes to give out at any time.

Fluids and Fuel

Always check and top off the fluids. When topping off the coolant, be sure to use the appropriate antifreeze. If you use just water, you’ll dilute the mixture and eventually will have more water than antifreeze – and that could cause your engine block could freeze.

It’s always a good idea to keep your fuel tank filled up when the temperature drops below freezing. If you do get stuck in a storm you’ll have a full tank and a better chance of keeping warm until help can get to you.

While it is important to keep all fluids filled, one of more important fluids is your vehicle’s wiper fluid. Don’t use just water – use the fluid from the auto parts store as it has antifreeze in it. If it’s slushy out or raining, snow, ice, mud and crud can hinder your view. A full tank of washer fluid allows you to see clearly.

Emergency Kit

Make sure you have a winter emergency kit available. This means that you have the typical items such as a first aid kit and flares, plus you have extra blankets, hats, gloves, extra batteries and matches at a minimum. High energy food and bottles of water should be in your kit, too.

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Visit Classic Chevy today to have your vehicle maintained and winterized if you have not done it yet. Be sure you have the supplies to help you survive and keep warm should you get stuck in a storm.

The Hottest Restaurants in DFW Going into 2017

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If you want to celebrate buying a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, stop by one of these hot restaurants in DFW. Even if you aren’t ready to buy a new vehicle, you still go out for a nice dinner. Work an appointment in at our service department earlier in the day so that your vehicle is ready for the winter months.

Horseshoe Hill Cafe

If you like chicken fried steak, head over to Horseshoe Hill Cafe, a small, rustic eatery located in the Stockyards, 204 West Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth. Chef Grady Spears is back and he’s cooking up his enchiladas, chili and other toppings. For more information visit horseshoehillcafe.com.

Dagwoods Grinders and Growlers

If you’re in the mood for a great sandwich but don’t want the same old fare, visit Dagwoods Grinders and Growlers where chef David Hollister’s recipes and some craft beer make a great lunch. Choose sandwiches such as ham and brie with cranberry mustard or a 2-ton Reuben with Akaushi corned beef. The salads come with housemade maple balsamic dressing. Dagwoods Grinders and Growlers is located at 1736 Mall Circle in Fort Worth.

Heim Barbecue

If you have a taste for barbecue, stop by Heim Barbecue, a new place run by Travis and Emma Heim. You might have to wait in line, but the brisket is worth every minute you spend waiting. Be sure to get there early for the bacon burnt ends. Heim Barbecue is located at 201 East Hattie Street in Fort Worth.

Gypsy Scoops

If you want some great ice cream, visit Gypsy Scoops, 2905 Race Street in Fort Worth for great ice cream flavors including Candyland and Wookie’s Cookies, and sodas and board games. This kid-friendly place is perfect for when you’re out and about with the little ones.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may be running.

The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions of 2017

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Gyms become more crowded, Amazon sells more books and people start stuffing a few extra dollars into their piggy banks. A new year means a fresh start, and that’s why many Americans choose to make resolutions for the New Year. Some resolutions have proven to be more popular than others over the years, and these 10 are some that you’re guaranteed to hear your friends choosing in 2017.

1. Read more books. As smartphones and tablets begin to take the place of books, many Americans are hoping to revert back to the basics. The resolution to read more books is one that continues to be in the top 10 year after year.

2. Lose weight. Gyms overflow in January every year, but losing weight can be a tough resolution to keep. However, there’s no doubt that losing weight is on just about every list of the hottest New Year’s resolutions.

3. Quit smoking. The more studies come out about how bad smoking is for everyone’s health, the more people are trying to quit. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it’s a resolution that many smokers will try year after year until their goal is accomplished.

4. Save money. Saving money is on a lot of people’s minds after the holiday spending has ceased. Paying off debts and saving more money is a resolution that many choose in the New Year, but it also means a commitment to a change of lifestyle.

5. Eat healthier. Eating healthy is difficult for many busy Americans, but the vow to eat more fruits and vegetables or change junk food eating habits entirely is seen as a positive way to start the New Year.

6. Live with less stress. Stress is something that drags many people down everyday, and removing that stress can mean a happier and more productive lifestyle. However, relieving stress can be one of the most difficult resolutions to keep.

7. Travel more often. Traveling is a way of incorporating more relaxation, adventure and culture into your life, and it’s hard to see a downside of escaping work and everyday stresses more often. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling more often means keeping better track of your budget too.

8. Give to more charities. Whether it’s time, money, clothing or other means of donating, many people vow to help others more in the new year.

9. Spend less time on Facebook. This relatively new resolution has gained popularity as Facebook has become accessible everywhere we go. Spending less time on Facebook could result in higher levels of productivity, especially when you’re tempted by social media at work.

10. Try an extreme sport. For many, a new year means new adventures, and bigger and better adventures can mean a more amazing year than the last. Bungee jumping, skydiving and other adventure sports require courage from the participant, but these activities are found rewarding to those who have a little bit of adrenaline junkie inside.

Make 2017 the best year yet with a new or used Chevy from Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

Holiday Side Recipes to Complete Your Meal

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If you’ve already had your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevrolet, you are well on the way to being prepared for the upcoming holiday. Now, you just have to plan your meal. If you go traditional, your job is easy, but you may want to try a different take on certain dishes.

Butternut Squash

Make this dish in several different ways. Peel and boil the squash – make sure you scoop out the seeds – and then mash it with brown sugar and plenty of butter using a potato masher. Alternatively, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Line a baking pan with foil. Add about an inch of water to the bottom of the pan. Place the squash cut side down and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until it’s tender. Flip it over and add brown sugar and butter to the scooped-out cavity. Bake until the sugar and butter melt.

Cornbread

For a twist on cornbread – and to help it stick together, add a half cup of sugar to the dry ingredients. If you “cheat” and use the Jiffy Mix cornbread, add ½ cup sugar to two boxes and mix well before you add the liquid ingredients. Grease the bottom and sides of a cast iron pan with bacon fat. Pour the double recipe into the pan and bake as directed or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Potatoes

Instead of the same old boring mashed potatoes, give them a kick. Cut red potatoes into 2-inch pieces. Boil them until they are tender. Drain them, and then put them back into the pan. Add butter and milk as you normally would. Add about 1 tablespoon of garlic powder per pound of potatoes; and add salt and pepper to taste. The garlic gives the potatoes a different flavor and leaving the red skins on is not only healthy, but gives the plate a splash of color.

Corn

Instead of using boring corn from the can use fresh cob corn if possible. If not, frozen corn tastes almost as good. Drain any liquid from the corn. Melt ½ cup butter in a sauce pan. Add the corn and about ¼ cup sugar. Cook until hot, stirring constantly. Don’t let the sugar burn.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle if you are considering something new. Ask your salesperson about any finance or lease specials we may have running at the time.

4 Reasons Why a Chevy Should be On Your Wish List!

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Adding a Chevy to your wish list could make both your Christmas and New Year. Here are some reasons why a Chevy warrants inclusion on your wishlist this year.

1. The contemporary design of a Chevy is guaranteed to turn heads everywhere you go.

2. Chevrolet vehicles provide peace of mind on the road. Available side blind zone alerts, side mirror alerts, rear cross traffic alerts, rear park assist, forward collision alerts and lane departure warnings make all of your driving experiences safer, easier and less stressful.

3. A Chevy is all yours. Personalize the technology so you can access your favorite songs, make phone calls and compose text messages without having to take your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

4. Chevy makes owning easy. Chevrolet Complete Care ensures you love your purchase from start to finish. The ownership benefit program includes two maintenance visits, a five years or 60,000 miles of 24-hour roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, five years of the standard OnStar Basic Plan and six months of the OnStar Guidance Plan.

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Need one more reason to add a Chevy to your Christmas list this year? Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, has plenty of vehicle specials on most Chevy models, so there’s always a good deal to be had, no matter which vehicle you have your eye on. Give Classic Chevrolet a call, log online, or stop in and see us to find out more about our holiday pricing today.