Top National Parks In Texas

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This fall, you’ll want to spend a lot of time in the national parks in Texas; and that means your vehicle should be in good working order especially if you are traveling a long distance and spending more than a day at a park. Call Classic Chevrolet to set up a service appointment to have your Chevy checked and serviced before you get on the road. Or, if you are planning on a new vehicle this year, stop by to test drive the vehicle you have in mind.

Big Bend

Big bend is located in the big bend of the Rio Grande in western Texas. When you visit this park, you’ll see tons of different bird species, ancient limestone, rivers, mountains and desert. And, you’ll also see many different types of cactus. Be sure to bring your camera as you’ll want to capture the magic you can find at Big Bend.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you want to hike and backpack, head over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In this pristine wilderness area, you’ll find tons of history, tons of birds and other wildlife, and lots of fun. The park is located 110 miles east of El Paso on U.S. Highway 62/180. It is also 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

If you have never been to this park before, be sure you are prepared. Dell City is the closest town with gas, so be sure you fill up. It is also the last stop for food, ice and diesel. The park features campgrounds, but they are primitive. RVs will need their own power and holding tanks. Your cell phones may not work in the park as coverage is unreliable. And, the weather is unpredictable, so even in the summer, you should be prepared with cool weather clothing and extra clothing, especially if you are hiking.

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Before you head out to these national parks, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Classic Chevy. Even if you just serviced your vehicle in the past couple months, it’s a good idea to bring it in to have everything checked.

Our Favorite Southern Chicken Recipes

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It’s Chicken Month! Celebrate everyone’s favorite bird by whipping up these scrumptious southern chicken recipes.

1. Traditional Southern Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • approx. 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (more or less depending on taste)
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • Peanut Oil for frying, though any oil will do in a pinch
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces

Directions

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with water. Add hot sauce until egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Dip seasoned chicken into the egg mixture and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep skillet or pot. Keep the oil under the half the skillet/pot’s capacity.

Fry the chicken in oil until crispy and golden brown. Dark meat will take about 14 minutes. White meat will take about 9 minutes.

Try serving with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and biscuits.

2. Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 package fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. small carrots with tops
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub chicken thighs evenly with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Stir together salt, pepper, and rosemary in a bowl. Sprinkle the chicken thighs evenly with this spice mixture.

Next, stir together potatoes, carrots, and onion wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and then with the remaining Tsp of spice mixture. Toss to coat evenly.

After, spread the vegetable medley in an even layer on a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan lightly greased with cooking spray. Place chicken thighs 2-3 inches apart on vegetable medley.

Finally, bake at 375 degrees F for about an hour. Internal temperature in thickest part of chicken thighs will register at 170 degrees F when ready.

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6 Reasons to Love the 2017 Chevy Silverado

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The all-new 2017 Chevy Silverado has a lot to love. Before you rush over to Classic Chevy to give it a test drive, see what you’re in store for with this totally updated truck that’s sure to please.

1. New Colors That Really Shine

The all-new Silverado has some all-new colors: Graphite Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic. We’re sure you’ll love them.

2. The High Country Package is a Must-Have

The revised High Country Package comes with some awesome features, like enhanced driver alert package, IntelliBeam headlights, power adjustable pedals, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and P265/65R18 off-road tires.

3. Features That’ll Make Your Head Spin

The 2017 Silverado comes with some awesome new features, like teen driver mode, low speed mitigation braking, and Chevrolet MyLink audio system. There’s even a rear-view camera (so your head doesn’t even need to spin!).

4. It’s so affordable!

The 2017 Chevy Silverado is well within your budget. While the starting MSRP varies depending on model and body style, affordability is a definite attribute.

5. Class-Defining Specs

With available class-leading towing of 12,500 lbs. and available best in class horsepower of 420, the Chevy Silverado is ready to work as hard as you do.

6. A Continuing Reputation for Dependability

The 2017 Silverado continues the reputation of the Silverado line as a dependable, long-lasting full-size pickup truck.  It was awarded the “Highest Ranked Large Light Duty Pickup in Initial Quality, Two Years in a Row,” by J.D. Power.

See the 2017 Chevy Silverado for Yourself at Classic Chevrolet

Ready to take the 2017 Chevy Silverado for a spin? Drop by Classic Chevrolet to take a test drive. Classic Chevy is the largest Chev dealer in DFW, offering salves, service, parts, and accessories.

Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Vehicle

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When you buy a used vehicle from a dealership such as Classic Chevrolet, you don’t have quite so much to worry about. If you are considering buying a used vehicle from an individual or a small car lot that sells only used vehicles, you cannot count on the seller being completely honest. When you buy used at a large dealership, you can find certified pre-owned vehicles and the dealership will process the registration for you.

Title Questions

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the title you are getting is not a rebuilt title. If a vehicle has a rebuilt title, that usually means that it was totaled and then repaired. If the title is a rebuilt title, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should discount the vehicle – sometimes an insurance company will total a vehicle with hail damage and other damage that doesn’t affect the frame.

Accidents and CarFax

Ask for the CarFax – and if no CarFax is available, find out if the dealership has any information or noticed anything with the vehicle that shows it could have been in a crash. You can also look for signs. A different paint color on the inside of the door jams means that the vehicle was painted. While this doesn’t necessarily mean it was in a crash, it could have been. When you test drive, have a friend watch as you drive away to see if the vehicle dog tracks.

Maintenance

Ask if the vehicle looks as though the previous owner kept up on maintenance. While you can’t tell how often the vehicle was maintained less for a CarFax report, you or the dealership can look for signs such as an oil-caked mess under the valve covers, foul-smelling transmission fluid and dirty oil.

Options

Ask the salesperson if the vehicle was ordered with any special options. Sometimes a buyer might add a towing package that didn’t come with that particular trim level, an upgraded stereo system, different wheels, a different engine, and additional safety equipment that might have been optional.

Tires

Be sure to check the tires to ensure that they have enough tread to last for at least a year. If the tires are worn uneven or are low on tread, you may want to negotiate an alignment and tires into the deal.

Stop by Classic Chevy to browse through our used car lot and to test drive several of our pre-owned or barely used models.

 

Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Volt

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Chevy recently interviewed Pamela Fletcher, Executive Chief Engineer, and John Cafaro, Executive Director of Global Design, to learn more about the 2017 Volt’s development.

According to Pamela Fletcher, “Customers tell us they love range, so we wanted to give them more range. We’ve fine-tuned the aerodynamics and drag coefficient, resulting in… nearly 40 percent more [range] than the first-generation Volt.”

Speaking of other differences between the first- and second-generation Volt, Pamela Fletcher said, “The first-generation Volt was a breakthrough vehicle, and the second-generation Volt takes that idea even further. Volt is the no-compromise electric vehicle with a gas-powered generator on board to take you hundreds more miles beyond its battery range. We worked around every system of the car to make it more efficient and the new vehicle is over 230 pounds lighter than its predecessor.”

John Cafaro shared the approach to the Volt’s exterior design by saying, “When we started putting pencil to paper on the Volt, we wanted something exciting-looking. We knew it was going to have four doors, but we really wanted something sleek with a coupe aesthetic. The biggest change from Gen I to Gen II from an exterior standpoint is that the car’s just got a lot more attitude. We spent 340 hours in the wind tunnel, validating and tuning the exterior surface like you might tune a guitar, dialing in the notes just perfectly so they sound right. There is this hint of something beautiful and functional about the car’s new shape. We made the next-generation Volt more dynamic and more gestured. It’s eco with an attitude.”

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Intrigued by the Chevy Volt? Drop by Classic Chevrolet to view it or give it a test drive. Classic Chevy is your go-to DFW Chevy dealership that offers sales, service, parts, and accessories.

Best Chevy Vehicles for Your Teen Driver

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Teen drivers have to start somewhere, and Chevrolet has plenty of models that’ll do the trick.

A teen’s first car ought to be a good combination of safety, efficiency, affordability, and a dash of style.

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2017 Chevy Sonic is definitely in that sweet spot of being a compact and affordable vehicle that doesn’t eat up too much gas and looks good to boot.

If you’re looking for a safe car, look no further. The Sonic comes standard with 10 air bags, rear vision camera, traction control, and StabiliTrak technology. There’s also an optional package, Driver Confidence Package, that includes lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear park assist.

It’s also got a solid engine that’s easy on gas consumption. The 1.4L turbocharged engine (that puts out 138 HP) and available 6-speed manual transmission offers an EPA-estimated 32 MPG on the highway.

It’s also fairly roomy, so your teen can take their hobbies with them. The Sonic hatchback with the rear seats folded down offers 47.7 cu. ft. of cargo space.

Speaking of rear seats, so many starter vehicles lack space for passengers. The Sonic offers 5 seats, which means that your teen can take their friends around town.

With a starting MSRP of $15,145, the 2017 Chevy Sonic is within reach no matter your budget. For getting to school to heading to their part time job, to seeing a movie with their friends, the Chevy Sonic will allow your teen to get around in style, comfort, and safety.

One of Our Pre-owned Vehicles

Of course you don’t have to go new — we have an extensive, ever-changing pre-owned vehicle inventory with many good deals on older models, many of which offer that good mix of attributes that you’d want for a teen driver’s car, especially affordability.

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Visit Classic Chevrolet to view our inventory of new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs. Classic Chevy provides auto sales, service, parts, and accessories for the DFW Metroplex. Stop in and shop for your teen today.

Road Trippin’ from DFW!

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If you’re not ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet, but you don’t have a lot of time for a long trip, now’s the time for a day trip or a weekend away with your Classic Chevy 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.

See Why Chevy is Ranked the Highest

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It’s no surprise that Chevy is consistently awarded by the auto industry. Chevrolet strives to outperform the competition. One area that Chevy excels in is dependability, as evidenced by some of the most recent awards from J.D. Power & Associates.

Dependability is one of the most important aspects of a car, we’re sure you’ll agree. No one does dependable better than Chevy; Chevy has won more J.D. Power Dependability Awards than any other brand.

Dependable means that your car is in the shop less and on the road more. Dependable means that you can rely on your Chevy to come through for you day in and day out, whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, visiting family and friends, or taking a long road trip.

With the features and amenities to make Chevrolets a joy to drive, you’ll find that your Chevy is not just dependable, but comfortable as well.

The awarded cars, below, are highlights in the Chevy lineup and represent segment leading models.

Chevy Malibu

The Chevy Malibu has won “Most Dependable Midsize Car, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Whether you’re trying to get to work or drop off your kid at school, you can count on the Malibu.

Chevy Silverado HD

The Chevy Silverado HD has won “Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Don’t be left stranded when you need to get some work done. The Silverado HD is a pickup you can rely on.

Chevy Equinox

The Chevy Equinox has won “Most Dependable Compact SUV” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Need a good vehicle for hauling your crew around? The Equinox will make sure you’re on time.

Chevy Camaro

The Chevy Camaro has won “Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car, Four Years in a Row” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Yes, that’s four years. 1, 2, 3, and 4! The Camaro isn’t just a flashy car that you’ll love to drive, but one that you can count on!

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If you’re in it for dependability, come see us at Classic Chevrolet to view or test drive some of the models listed in this article. Your Classic Chevy salesperson will be able to answer any questions you have about the model you’re interested in.

Top 5 Scenic Roads to Experience in Your Camaro

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The Chevrolet Camaro has always been designed with the open road in mind. If you own a Camaro or are looking to buy, you owe it to yourself to head to these beautiful routes and experience the full joy of owning your Camaro.

In no specific order:

1. Pacific Coast Highway

The almost stereotypical drive for good reason. Hugging the coastline for 123 miles, the drive is a spectacular opportunity to see the dramatic coastline of Big Sur. Enjoy the view of the Pacific ocean from the tops of cliffs. Along the way, you can try the wineries, see the famous redwoods, and maybe eat some great seafood.

Be careful if you go in peak season (roughly late summer, like July and August) as the roads are crowded. Considering the at times narrow roadway and tight turns, make sure you watch your speed.

2. Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, which are famous for their spectacular fall foliage displays. As such, the best time to go is when the leaves have turned, probably around early October, though spring can also be a great time to go due to the numerous wildflowers that bloom.

Skyline Drive winds its way along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles and goes through Shenandoah National Park along its route.

3. Finger Lakes Region

Located in central New York State, the roads in the area pass around and over a number of lakes that are roughly shaped like fingers if you look at them on a map.

There are 11 lakes in all: Canadice, Honeoye, Skaneateles, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Hemlock, Conesus, Otisco, Owasco, and Canandaigua. Ranging between Syracuse and Rochester, or about 80 miles, the lakes were formed by old glaciers from the last Ice Age.

The scenic parts of this drive come not only from the lakes, but the idyllic farms, towns, and numerous wineries sprinkled along the shores.

Once there, give yourself a few days to fully enjoy the area, since we’re assuming you won’t want to just plow through the area without stopping. It would be a shame to miss the food, wine tastings, and hiking opportunities endemic to the region. Plunging gorges and waterfalls cast the drive with natural beauty.

4. San Juan Skyway

The San Juan Skyway winds through 230 miles of some of Colorado’s best countryside. Though you can get through the route in less than a day, you really ought to set aside a few days to fully enjoy yourself.

The route will take you through Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests, Grand Mesa, and San Juan National Forest.

Enjoy viewing cliffs and ridges, alpine woods, small towns, and pueblo ruins.

The San Juan Skyway is always a great choice no matter the season. Each season brings its own special display, from the waterfalls of spring, the wildflowers of summer, the foliage of fall, and the serene white snow of winter.

5. Patchwork Parkway

Travel through the painted desert of Utah on the Patchwork Parkway, also known as Route 143. About 50 miles long, the route features lava fields, canyons, lakes, plateaus, and mountain peaks.

Enjoy the gorgeous red and orange landscape that makes this area of the United States famous.

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Come check out a Camaro at Classic Chevrolet today. Classic Chevy is your dealership in Grapevine for Chevy sales, service, parts, and accessories.

 

 

Date Night Ideas in DFW

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After you pick up your new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you may want to go out and celebrate. Even if you are married with children, you can enjoy a date night with your spouse. The day you choose will depend on your work schedule and how late you want to stay out. Find a baby sitter you like because you may want to have a date night every week once you see how much fun it is.

Until the end of football season, you can catch a football game, and then head out to one of the many restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a fun dinner. If you catch a Saturday game, the Pour House has live music on Saturdays – and Fridays – but if you catch a Sunday game, you won’t get the live music. You can also visit one of the many sports bars in the area including Christie’s and Katy Trail Ice House.

If you prefer something a little more romantic for a date night, you can visit a winery, including the Calais Winery, which is one of the few wineries that make its wine on site. After some wine tasting, head out for a romantic dinner. If it’s not too late or if you are a couple that enjoys staying out late, head out for some dancing.

If you want to turn date night into a date weekend, head out to WinStar World Casino and Resort, located in just across the border of Oklahoma north of DFW. Before you head out, plan your weekend to make it extra special. Choose the perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner, and choose a good hotel in the area.

Date nights are something you set up based on your own preferences, but these ideas should give you a good start – and if you want that date night to be the first place you go in your brand new Chevrolet from Classic Chevy, make sure you plan ahead so you can head out after you drive off the Classic Chevrolet lot!