Car Won’t Start? It May Be Your Battery

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.

Family Fun in DFW During Winter

Winter doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun out of your house. Get out and about in DFW for some family fun. If you need a new vehicle to get around, stop by Classic Chevy 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.

The Dallas Zoo

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.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

For some great photo opportunities, 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.

Cedar Ridge Preserve

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.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

For a rousing dinner and show, 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!

Legoland Discovery Center

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.

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Make sure you stop by Classic Chevrolet before you hit the road for further destinations. 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. 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.

Start 2018 in a Chevy Cruze

Affordability, style, technology and comfort are just a few of the 2018 Chevy Cruze’s star features. The new Chevy Cruze proves that you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the finest luxuries of today’s new cars. And with the huge selection available on our lot at Classic Chevrolet, there’s no reason you can’t drive away in one today.

Space and Comfort

Compact cars usually leave your back seat passengers feeling cramped and uncomfortable, but that’s not the case with the spacious Cruze. This vehicle offers more passenger room and cargo space than Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus, so you know you’re getting superior comfort without the extra cost.

The optional heated leather-appointed seats, soft-touch interiors, rich color combinations and 30 acoustical treatments mean you enjoy a quiet, comfortable ride no matter where you’re sitting.

Superior Technology

Chevy’s MyLink technology gives you access to your phone, radio, directions and music all in one place. Connect your phone via Bluetooth or USB and gain access to safe hands-free calling and texting. Apple iPhone users are also offered Chevy’s Siri Eyes Free technology, so you can eliminate all texting, calling and researching when driving to keep you and your family safe at all times.

Stylish Exterior

The Chevy Cruze is more than your average compact vehicle. Chevy’s dominant grille, sweeping head lamps and carefully sculpted fenders give this compact a sports car appeal that will turn heads everywhere you go. The Cruze’s improved aerodynamics not only make it look more appealing driving down the road, they help increase fuel efficiency, so you can spend your money on the places you visit instead of the car ride getting there.

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Nothing proves the Cruze’s luxurious driving experience like a test drive, and we have a number of 2018 trims and color combinations available right here at Classic Chevy. Stop in and test drive your new 2018 Cruze today.

The Best Chili Spots in Texas

Texas is the place to go for authentic chili and winter is the perfect time to eat some. Chili is the state dish of Texas, but Texas is also a big state so you know there’s going to be differences from one corner to the next. That said, you really can’t go wrong when you go hunting for a bowl of red in the Lone Star state. Hit the road in your Classic Chevrolet and try these amazing chili places across Texas.

Fred’s Texas Cafe – Fort Worth

With three locations in Fort Worth, Fred’s Texas Cafe has got you covered on good chili in the fall and winter. The chili is seasonal, so you know it’s being prepared with lots of love.

The recipe is made with high quality sirloin and the bowl is served with grilled onions, sliced jalapeno peppers, and shredded cheese. The bowl is the way to go, but you can also have them put it on your burger or fries.

Tolbert’s Restaurant and Chili Parlor – Grapevine

Founded by one of the co-founders of the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off, Tolbert’s serves up some certifiably authentic and delicious Texas chili. It’s got plenty of spice, too, so make sure your tastebuds are prepared.

You can order Tolbert’s chili by the bowl or on a hot dog or Frito pie.

Texas Chili Parlor – Austin

No list of Texas chili places would be complete without including the Texas Chili Parlor in Austin. Located within easy walking distance of the Texas State Capitol Building, Texas Chili Parlor is a place where both your average Joe and politicians bump elbows as they dig into a bowl of red.

Chili is all Texas Chili Parlor does. That isn’t to say that they don’t have other items on the menu, rather that pretty much everything on the menu involves their chili. Whether you get a spicy bowl served with cheese, onion, and jalapeno or you put it on a burger, hot dog, or Frito pie, you can’t go wrong at Texas Chili Parlor.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you are planning on a new vehicle this winter, stop by to test drive your favorite model before you leave for the trip – you’ll be able to take a road trip in a new vehicle.

Get the New 2018 Chevy Silverado for the New Year

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado if you need a truck that will do it all. The Silverado will haul a trailer full of horses or cattle or it can do something that doesn’t require a lot of power, like taking a road trip or going to the grocery store.

Exterior

The Silverado features 18-inch painted steel wheels, all-season tires, frame-mounted recovery hooks in the front, chrome bumpers, rear bumper corner step, halogen projector headlights, solar absorbing glass, bed rail and tailgate protection caps and a locking tailgate.

Interior

The interior features a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, a center fold-down armrest with storage, a folding bench rear seat, tilt steering column, driver information center with a 3.5-inch diagonal display, express up and down driver window, express down windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control with control mounted on the steering wheel and assist handles on the driver and passenger A-pillars.

Mechanical

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado features a Vortec 6.0-liter engine with variable valve timing that can run on flex fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with powertrain grade braking, cruise grade braking, a tow/haul mode and electronic controls. This combination makes 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Additional features include a 4.10 ratio rear axle, a high-capacity air cleaner, heavy duty locking rear, trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness for trailering, a suspension package, an external engine oil cooler, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty battery with 720 cold cranking amps, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Safety Features

Safety features include StabiliTrak with traction control and proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway control, hill start assist, daytime running lights, an airbag deactivation switch for the front passenger, OnStar, and driver and front passenger airbags.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and to learn more about this model’s capabilities and its convenience, entertainment, safety and security features.

Best Events Around DFW in January

After you pick up your new Chevy at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll be ready to head out to some January events in and around Dallas. Pack up the kids for some events, or pack up yourself and a significant other for other events. You could even leave the kids with the significant other and head out with friends for some events.

Dinosaurs Live!

The Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place in Mckinney, is hosting Dinosaurs Live!, a perfect way to keep the kids entertained for a couple hours. Admission ranges from free to $9 and the 46-foot T-Rex is included. Plus the exhibit features eight new animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Pick a day when temperatures are above 45 degrees as the museum cannot animate the dinosaurs when it’s too cold. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. though 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. For more information call (972) 562-5566.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt

Turn Dallas into a game. Throughout January and through July from sunrise to sunset, enjoy the Amazing Race and a three-hour city tour. You’ll need a smart phone for this activity as this is what will be guiding you. Make your way among the city’s gems to solve clues and complete challenges. Admission is $39.20 for a team of two to five players after promo code VISITDALLAS. Start your game any time during daylight hours at Union Station, 400 South Houston Street in Dallas. For more information call (805) 603-5620. Sign up at UrbanAdventureQuest.com/.

Paint the Town Burgundy

On January 9, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m., head uptown to 5118 Greenville Ave to start this winery, chocolate, cheese, pizza and jazz tour. The tour starts at Two Corks and a Bottle with a wine tasting. Chocolate includes Kate Weiser Chocolate, Dude, Sweet Chocolate and CocoAndre Chocolatier. Enjoy jazz at Deep Ellum. Admission is $59 and includes private bus, food samples, tour guide and beverages. For more information call (972) 814-5997. Tickets are available at dallasbitesfoodtours.com/.

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New Year Car Organization Tips

Man Hoovering Seat Of Car During Car Cleaning

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.

Classic Chevy Body Shop

Whether you need service for your engine or body work, you can find all you need for your vehicle at Classic Chevy. Our body shop provides the best repair experience you can get. Not only do we get your vehicle back to you as soon as possible, but we make sure that the repairs are done with quality workmanship.

Body Shop Services and Specials

Keep your eye on our body shop web page for body shop specials. Our services include 24-hour vehicle status availability, a service after repair completion and a limited lifetime warranty. Even if your vehicle is not a Chevrolet, we will work on the body. Once you bring your vehicle in, and after we assess the damage, we will give you an estimated completion date. The date depends on the amount of damage and the availability of parts.

Insurance

Classic Chevrolet’s body shop accepts all insurance estimates. We will also advise whether filing a claim would be in your best interests. If you have any questions about the insurance process or about any work being done – even during the repair process – feel free to call us with your questions and concerns.

Benefits of Using Classic Chevrolet’s Body Shop

When you visit our body shop, you are visiting an I-CAR Gold Class Certified shop with 24-hour vehicle status availability, email or text message with notification of your repair status, an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office on site with availability to pick you up if needed, Paintless Dent Repair, limited lifetime warranty, assistance with claim filing, free shuttle service within a 15-mile radius and technicians that are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your vehicle’s repair.

We also work with your insurance carrier to insure the quality of repairs is great and that the proper repairs are being completed. Also, we direct bill your insurance company so you’re not stuck waiting for a check from the insurance company, as long as your carrier agrees to direct billing.

Contact Classic Chevrolet for any body work you may need, and remember to check our web site for any body shop service specials. If you need repairs such as brakes, tires, or need maintenance, be sure to check our pages for service repair specials.

Out With the Old and In With the New: 2018 Chevy Models

The New Year calls for some new Chevrolet vehicles. It’s time that the old 2017 models leave and the new 2018 models come in. Check out what exciting new vehicles Chevy has for 2018 and their convenience, performance, and safety features.

The 2018 Chevy Silverado

The Silverado features 18-inch painted steel wheels, all-season tires, frame-mounted recovery hooks in the front, chrome bumpers, rear bumper corner step, halogen projector headlights, solar absorbing glass, bed rail and tailgate protection caps and a locking tailgate.

The interior features a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, a center fold-down armrest with storage, a folding bench rear seat, tilt steering column, driver information center with a 3.5-inch diagonal display, express up and down driver window, express down windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control with control mounted on the steering wheel and assist handles on the driver and passenger A-pillars.

The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado features a Vortec 6.0-liter engine with variable valve timing that can run on flex fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with powertrain grade braking, cruise grade braking, a tow/haul mode and electronic controls. This combination makes 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Additional features include a 4.10 ratio rear axle, a high-capacity air cleaner, heavy duty locking rear, trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness for trailering, a suspension package, an external engine oil cooler, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty battery with 720 cold cranking amps, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Safety features include StabiliTrak with traction control and proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway control, hill start assist, daytime running lights, an airbag deactivation switch for the front passenger, OnStar, and driver and front passenger airbags.

The 2018 Chevy Traverse

The spacious interior features supple touch surfaces and a Smart Slide second row seat that moves to allow easy access to the third row. If you go with the LTZ trim level, you’ll get heated and cooled seats, a sliding armrest with storage and tri-zone climate control. The Traverse features 116.3 cubic feet of maximum storage space with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. You’ll still have plenty of room for luggage, even when the third row is being used. Access the cargo area through a power remote lift gate.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features a USB port in the front center console and two in the rear, plus you can get an available rear seat entertainment system. Enjoy features such as Bluetooth, syncing your phone through a USB port, Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio. Use touch controls or your voice to access your favorite media and tunes.

The available Chevrolet MyLink allows you to integrated a compatible smart phone so you can play music, access your contacts and handle calls. The navigation feature that comes with OnStar is standard for the first six months. You could also get navigation through the available MyLink. The Traverse also comes with a 3-month trial of SiriusXM NavTraffic.

Stay connected via a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen. Add RemoteLink Key Fob services through OnStar so you can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle and activate the horn and lights so you can easily find your vehicle.

Standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, high-strength materials, the LATCH system for cars seats and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and more.

The Traverse also features OnStar with automatic crash response and OnStar Advisor, which uses GPS technology to request emergency help to be routed to your location.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features power lumbar and height adjuster for the driver’s seat, reclining rear seat, a front center console with covered storage, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, Driver Information Center, express down windows, power programmable door locks, lockout protection, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, panic alarm and air conditioning.

Additional features include cup holders in the front center console, bottle holders in the doors, illuminated vanity mirrors, map pockets and theater dimming lighting.

The 2018 Equinox features a rear vision camera, an engine immobilizer, an anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, dual stage front airbags with a passenger-sensing system, seat-mounted airbags and head curtain airbags.

Additional features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, rear child security door locks, variably intermittent wipers, a rear variably intermittent wiper, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

You’ll find plenty in the way of entertainment features on the Equinox including four auxiliary power outlets throughout the vehicle, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot trial, 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM radio, MP3 decoder, a radio data system, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speakers and a USB port.

The Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is backed b a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive any new 2018 Chevy model and to learn more about 2018 models and their convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. Classic Chevrolet can also help you with auto service, parts, and accessories.

Why Buy At Classic Chevrolet?

When you are ready to buy or lease a new vehicle you have to determine which model you want, then which dealership you will use. When you decide to buy a Chevrolet, you should choose Classic Chevrolet for several reasons including the dealership’s outstanding customer service and sales record.

Location, Location, Location

Our dealership is convenient to several locations so that we’re convenient to you. You’ll find us – and the same outstanding customer service on a large 22-acre lot within 2 miles of DFW International Airport. Since we are in the heart of the Texas Metroplex, we’re convenient to Frisco, Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas.

This is important as you won’t just buy a vehicle from us – you’ll want to bring it in to be serviced by our ASE Certified auto technicians. Our service department has the same outstanding customer service that you’ll find in our sales department. With over 65,000 square feet in our facility, we not only have the perfect Chevy for you, but we provide everything you need from maintenance to service repairs to the addition of accessories for you.

New and Used Vehicles

If you want a “new” vehicle but don’t want a brand new vehicle, we also have tons of used vehicles for you to choose from. Our pre-owned inventory often exceeds 2,500 SUVs, cars and trucks. Keep an eye on our used inventory online or stop by to ask us if we have the vehicle you are looking for.

Service and Parts

No matter what service you need on your Chevrolet, our ASE Certified technicians will ensure that your vehicle is running as smoothly as possible when you pick it up. Whether you are here for maintenance, repairs – warranteed or not, to add accessories or for body work, you’ll be treated the same way. Not only do we employ ASE Certified technicians to work on your engine and drivetrain, but we also employ ASE Certified techs and I-CAR Certified techs in our body shop.

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy whether you are looking for a new vehicle or used vehicle, or you need repairs or maintenance – or you had a mishap and need body work.