Best Texas Beaches to Visit This Summer

There’s still a lot of summer left here in Texas: even if school’s back in, the heat isn’t letting up any time soon. If you’ve got an open weekend, jaunt down to the gulf or your nearest lake and hit up one of Texas’s best beaches for a day of fun, sun, and relaxation.

Galveston

Most Texans know that Galveston is a hot vacation destination. However, many don’t know that it’s one of Texas’ most historic cities. Travel just an hour south of Houston, and you can enjoy more than 32 miles of beach, stunning Victorian architecture, museums, and, of course, plenty of sun and sand. Galveston is the ideal getaway spot for travelers seeking uncrowded beaches that are located minutes from attractions, eateries, and more.

South Padre Island 

South Padre Island is on nearly every list of top Texas destinations. That’s because South Padre Island, located near the Mexico border, offers warm temperatures, towering palm trees, and stunning Gulf Coast beaches.

Spend your days on the sand, engage in a number of water-based activities (like surfing, paddleboarding or renting a wave runner), play a round of golf or venture to the action-packed Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. South Padre Island is overflowing with things to do for visitors of all ages.

Burger’s Lake

If you’re in the DFW area, like Classic Chevy, and don’t want to drive to the coast for a day at the beach, this is probably already one of your favorites spots to cool off. Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers family fun. The spring-fed pool offers sandy beaches, diving boards, water slides, and fountains. There are also concessions and picnic areas with plenty of shade from the abundant trees in the area.

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Stop by Classic Chevy this summer to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and find one that’s perfect for both day-to-day life and road trips. If you’re not on the market for a new car, but are planning a road trip, stop by and see the service department at Classic Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for travel.

 

How to Make the Best of the Rest of Your Summer

If you are looking for something to do for at least part of the rest of the summer, plan some weekend road trips. Pick a place you’ve never been before. Or, throw a huge family barbecue in your back yard or at your local park. Whatever you decide to do, be sure that your vehicle has been serviced at Classic Chevrolet recently.

No More Procrastination

One of the other things you can do is to stop procrastinating on buying that new vehicle. If you still haven’t made up your mind as to what brand you might like, stop by our showroom to test drive a truck, SUV, sedan or a sports car. Since we won’t pressure you into buying something you don’t want, you can feel comfortable coming by to test drive your favorite model.

Chevrolet models tend to give you many choices so choosing a trim level might seem overwhelming. We can make that easy for you. Just tell your salesperson what features you want and he or she will be able to point you to the right trim level. Be sure to ask about additional options – sometimes you may not want everything in a certain trim level but you just have to have that one feature. Sometimes you can order a lower trim level and add the feature you need to that model.

Road Tripping

Pick something that’s only a few hours out so that you have more time to spend at your destination. Even if you plan on staying the weekend, the sooner you get to your destination, the more fun you can have. Rent a cabin on a lake or a houseboat if you want to get some fishing in or if you just want to have fun on the water. If suntanning is what you want, drive to the beach for the weekend – or make it a long weekend by taking an extra vacation day. No matter what you decide to do, just have fun! Soon enough, it will be harder to get away due to school kids and weather.

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What You Need to Know About the Pure Electric Chevy Bolt

Chevy is shaking things up for 2017, and the introduction of the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is guaranteed to change the auto industry forever. The Chevy Bolt is a seriously convenient car, especially if you live in the city. Whether you’re a daily commuter or just need a vehicle to run errands with, the Chevy Bolt may just be the ultimate urban vehicle.

Here’s what you should know about the purely electric Chevy Bolt.

1. It’s All Electric

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

2. You Can Charge At Home

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

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

3. You Can Stay Connected Everywhere You Go

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

4. Safety Comes First

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

5. Your Vehicle Will Turn Heads

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

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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will undoubtedly be ahead of the curve. Reach out to our Classic Chevrolet sales team to find out how you can be one of the first to own it.

 

Take A Look At The New 2018 Equinox

If you are in the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevrolet to check out the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s features.

Convenience Features

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.

Safety and Security Features

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.

Entertainment Features

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.

Engine and Transmission

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 see the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Back to School Tips

When it’s time to go back to school, you’ll have a lot of shopping to do. The kids need school clothes, books, notebooks, pencils, pens, new crayons, a computer or tablet depending on age, and backpacks and lunch boxes. You may even need a new car, especially if the kids have outgrown your old sedan. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a larger sedan or SUV so you have more room for bigger kids.

Create a List

It’s easy to forget something during school shopping, especially if you have two or more kids. Some schools require some type of uniform, whether it’s an actual uniform or a requirement that students wear a certain color or type of pants and shirt. Creating a list with the help of your children, especially if they are older, will make your shopping experience less stressful.

Outfit Your Kids

For clothing and shoes, make a list for each child. Don’t forget the school’s requirements for color and style, gym clothes, a bathing suit if the school has a pool and any special clothing for extra curricular activities.

Find All the Supplies

While some schools provide paper, writing utensils and other items needed, many schools now require that students provide their own, even at elementary level. If you do have to buy these things for grade school students, be sure to have notebooks, plain paper, writing paper with larger lines for the early grades, crayons, pens, pencils, a stapler, glue, a pencil bag, lunchbox and book bag for your grade school student.

Older children will need notebooks, pens, pencils, a book bag, a small lunch cooler and possibly a computer or tablet. Older children may need a notebook for each subject.

Get to Know the Teacher

Plan to attend a meet the teacher night to learn more about your child’s instructor(s) and to ask them questions about their curriculum and teaching style. Having a relationship with your child’s teacher is important and helps you stay current with your child’s progress. It’s also a great opportunity for your child to be more comfortable with the upcoming school year if they’ve already interacted with their teacher.

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Be sure to plan a stop at Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give us a call to set up a service appointment if you are going to keep your current vehicle. Ask your service adviser to do a complete safety check on your vehicle when you bring it in for maintenance.

A Closer Look at the 2017 Chevy Tahoe

If you liked the Chevy Tahoe before, you’ll love the new 2017 model. If you can’t make up your mind between the Tahoe and another favorite model, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive both models – and you’ll learn why the 2017 Tahoe is a best seller.

This year, Chevy added some new technological and safety advances to the SUV. These include a new enhanced driver alert package for the LS model. The package features forward collision alert, power adjustable pedals, lane keep assist, a safety alert seat and IntelliBeam headlights.

The LTZ trim level got a new heads-up display with the available driver information center, which has been enhanced. And, the LTZ features an 8-inch diagonal multicolor display that is configurable.

Additionally, the Tahoe now has new phone integration technology via Apple CarPlay; and two new premium colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat and Siren Red tintocoat. Add the direct-injected EcoTec 5.3-liter engine and you have the perfect recipe for the industry’s best-selling full-size SUV.

More Features

Additional features for the LS, LT and LTZ models include second and third row seating that folds flat, an available power folding feature for the seats, standard 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with MyLink, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot and a three-month trial, up to 12 USB ports and power outlets, including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, keyless entry, push button start and an available rear seat entertainment system with two screens and a Blu-Ray DVD player.

The Tahoe features an EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The engine features cylinder deactivation, direct injection, an advanced combustion system and continuously variable valve timing.

The engine is backed by a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with TapShift control, auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, the best-selling full-size SUV in the industry.

The Best Events in the DFW Area This August

Summer is winding down and school is on the way, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area isn’t ready to stop the fun just yet. The metropolitan area is bustling with nonstop festivals, concerts, museum exhibits and so much more. The following four events are ones you don’t want to miss in the DFW area this August.

August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is offering dollar days throughout the month of August. For the entire month, visitors can enjoy all the Dallas Arboretum has to offer for only $1 general admission and $5 for parking. For only an extra $1, visitors can also gain access to the 8-acre Children’s Adventure Garden.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Perot Museum – Ongoing

Elaborate royal tombs, ancient languages, human sacrifice, sports, and extraordinary architecture. All define the fascinating Maya civilization that is the bedrock of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s upcoming traveling exhibition – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. The largest traveling Maya exhibition ever to tour the U.S., the 10,000 square-foot display brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, which still has millions of living descendants today. The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, is presented by Highland Capital Management and will run through Sept. 4, 2017.

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Classic Chevrolet is the No. 1 place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to find the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for unbeatable summer prices. Stop in and see why Chevy has been the most awarded car company for two years in a row.

Theme Parks to Visit in Texas Before Summer is Over

With just a few weeks left of summer, you should make plans to visit at least one theme park in Texas. There are many to choose from including Six Flags and Sea World. For more fun, plan a weekend trip so you have two days at the park. Before you leave, be sure to have your vehicle serviced, or at least checked, at Classic Chevrolet.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Enjoy over 200 acres of fund in San Antonio. The park features eight roller coasters, nine water rides, live shows, food, beer and a water park. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is located at 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78257. For more information call (210) 697-5050.

Six Flags Over Texas

Take a trip to Six Flags Over Texas, 212 acres of fun in Arlington. This theme park is located at 2201 Rd to Six Flags E, Arlington, Texas, 76011. This version of Six Flags features over 50 rides including 12 roller coasters and five water rides. Additional features include live bands, family shows and more. For more information call (817) 640-8900.

SeaWorld San Antonio

Visit this 250-acre marine mammal park that includes an animal theme park and oceanarium. SeaWorld San Antonio is located at 10500 Sea World Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78251. The park features thrill rides, marine life shows, and the ability to get close up to penguins, dolphins and other animals. Rides include Journey to Atlantis, Grover’s Roundup, Steel Eel, Rio Loco and The Great White. For more information call (800) 700-7786.

Joyland Amusement Park

If you prefer a traditional amusement park, visit Joyland, a family-owned park located at 500 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, Texas, 79401. This old-school park features water slides and rides for all ages and plenty of snack food. For more information call (806) 763-2719.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle if you are ready to trade in your old one or if you want a second or third vehicle; or call our service department to set up an appointment to have your vehicle checked or serviced.

Tips to Stay Chevy Cool this Summer

Staying cool during a Texas summer is something we joke about in the Lone Star State. It seems impossible to keep the sweat beads from forming the moment you step out your front door and into the summer sun and stifling humidity. The following are 15 tips to help you stay cool this summer.

1. Use a sun umbrella to keep you shaded anywhere at anytime. Traditional rain umbrellas work just fine too.

2. Stop the ice cream truck, grab a tasty popsicle or ice cream cone and remember how much fun summer was when you were a kid.

3. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverages before sticking them in the freezer. They’ll be ice cold in a fraction of the time.

4. Reach for ice cubes whenever you can. Whether you’re at home or digging in a friend’s cooler at a soccer game, ice cubes can offer a brief escape from the heat.

5. Enjoy iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Pour a pot of coffee into your ice trays, then use those cubes for your iced coffee, so it doesn’t become diluted.

6. Carry a paper fan. It may seem a bit primitive, but a good-old-fashioned paper fan can keep you cooler than if you travel without one.

7. Use a wet towel to cool yourself and your pets down. Place that towel in the freezer or refrigerator first for a whole new level of cool.

8. Bust out the fans. Even those with fully-functional air conditioning units can use fans in stuffier areas of the home. Place one by your bed for extra comfort at night.

9. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can make you unbearably hot on summer days. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that wicks the moisture and heat away instead.

10. Place ice packs or cold compresses on your wrists, elbows, ankles, neck and other areas for immediate relief when you’re feeling uncomfortably hot.

11. Give yourself some space. Unbearably hot summer days are not ideal for cuddling. Sleeping or laying alone keeps your partner’s body heat at bay.

12. Find your local watering holes. The heat of summer is one of the best times to start locating your town’s nearest swimming holes. Rivers, lakes and pools are some of the best (and most fun) solutions to sweaty Texas days.

13. Stay low in your house. Hot air rises, so you may notice your upstairs bedrooms becoming outrageously hot in summer. Opt for a summer of sleeping in the basement or living room instead.

14. Step back from the grill. Steer clear of turning on the stove, oven or grill. Hot summer days are ideal for enjoying cool sandwiches and salads instead.

15. Spend some time in your new Chevy. If you’re tired of dealing with the sub-par air conditioning in your everyday driver, stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet to feel the cool breeze of air conditioning in your brand-new Chevy.

How Chevy is Making Neighborhoods Safer

Chevrolet Offers Parents Safety Technology That Acts Like Extra Sets of Eyes

Today marks the official start of summer and Chevrolet wants to help parents avoid situations where summer moments become tragic incidents. With school out and the weather warming up, more children are spending time outside drawing chalk pictures on the driveway, blowing bubbles into the wind or riding bicycles around the neighborhood.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on average there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries a year caused by backover crashes. Of those crashes, NHTSA estimates that 40 percent occurred in residential areas, with 24 percent happening in driveways.

“The majority of backover incidents are caused by the driver not being able to see their immediate surroundings,” says Rondell Burge, researcher of driver behavior, Chevrolet. “When you hear about backover or frontover incidents involving parents or grandparents and their little ones, your heart sinks. It’s personal and at Chevy we want to help drivers see as much of their environment as possible to help them avoid the unthinkable. That’s where Surround Vision can help.”

Surround Vision technology, available on the all-new 2018 Equinox, provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vehicle by acting like multiple sets of eyes that help drivers quickly view their vehicle’s perimeter during low-speed maneuvers such as backing up or parking.

The technology uses four cameras: the standard Rear Vision Camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and two side-looking cameras under each side mirror. When drivers shift into reverse, the bird’s-eye view is displayed on the center stack instrument panel, alongside an image from the forward- or rear-looking camera, providing the driver with multiple views of the immediate area.

Burge, who is responsible for analyzing how drivers interact with viewing systems like the Equinox’s available Surround Vision, takes his role very seriously.

“I have a family and think of them often when doing my research. My wife is a driver and my three young children are passengers in our vehicles. They’re also the little ones playing in our front yard, running around having fun,” says Burge. “Technology offered on the Equinox, like Surround Vision, is designed to give drivers more tools to help them see around their vehicle before they put it in gear.”

In addition to Surround Vision and standard Rear Vision Camera, the all-new 2018 Equinox offers other purposeful technology to help the driver and their passengers stay safe, comfortable and connected, including a suite of available active safety features plus Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver.

Chevrolet offers Surround Vision on the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Equinox, and Traverse. Rear Vision Camera is available on the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, City Express, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Equinox, Express, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Sonic, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Trax and Volt

It’s important to remember that safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information. Before getting in a vehicle, all drivers, even those without children of their own, should walk all the way around their parked vehicles to check for children, or anything that could attract a child, such as a pet or toy.

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Stop by Classic Chevy in DFW today to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and to learn more about Chevy safety features and technologies. Classic Chevy can also help you with auto service, parts, and accessories.