Last Minute Road Trip Ideas

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If you want to take one last road trip this summer – before the kids head back to school – you’ll find plenty of “short” road trips where it’s only a few hours to your destination. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevrolet – or test drive that new vehicle you’ve been planning on getting this summer.

Possum Kingdom

This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.

Mineral Wells

Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Muenster

If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. And, visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches and strudel.

Roma

Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive that new vehicle you’ve been eying or give us a call to schedule a service appointment before you take your road trip. Even if you just had your vehicle serviced, it’s a good idea to have it checked before you leave.

Chevy is Going to Have Diesel Midsize Trucks for 2016

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If you like Chevy midsize trucks but prefer diesel so buy another brand, get ready to trade that other brand in – Chevrolet is going to have diesel midsize trucks for 2016 – and they will be available at Classic Chevrolet. The models – the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2016 GMC Canyon – will be available this fall. The base LT diesel Chevy Colorado will start at less than $32,000.

While Chevrolet has not yet released the fuel economy numbers, the company said that the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission in the Colorado should get about 27 mpg* on the highway. The Duramax turbo-diesel is expected to make 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; and the truck should be able to haul 7,600 pounds if you opt for four-wheel drive. Two-wheel drive trucks should tow 7,700 pounds.

According to Sandor Piszar, the director of Chevrolet truck marketing, “there’s no other midsize truck that can do what Colorado can do with its all-new Duramax diesel.” The midsize truck is more efficient and has more capability than other midsize pickup trucks. The new models also expand Chevrolet’s lineup, giving customers more choices.

The Colorado diesel will have two trim levels: the base LT and the Z71 crew cabs. All models will be available in two- or four-wheel drive. Features will include a six-speed automatic transmission, a vibration absorber, a Z28 trailering package and an integrated trailer brake controller.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle. If you are not quite ready to get a new vehicle, be sure to call our service department to set up an appointment to have your vehicle repaired or at least checked. If you are buying or leasing new, be sure to ask your salesperson about any finance or lease specials we may be running.

DIY Activities for Kids in Car Trip

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When planning for a road trip with children, you’ll need to pack something for them to do while in the vehicle. If you don’t, they’ll get bored and start fighting with each other – or you’ll never hear the end of “Are we there yet?” Fun activities will help the time fly by for them, and before they know it, you’ll be at your destination.

Another item you need to do before you leave is to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you have service that might be due during your trip or shortly after your return, it’s a good idea to have that done before you leave. If you just had your vehicle serviced, it’s still a good idea to have everything checked at Classic Chevrolet before you leave.

Write a Book

Staple several pages of paper together to form a book. Give each child a favorite topic and have them write a book. For younger kids, have them create a picture book – be sure to pack crayons or water-soluble markers. For older kids, have them write a book on their tablets.

Make a Deck of Cards

Cut out card-sized pieces of heavy construction paper ahead of time so kids won’t have to use scissors while in a moving vehicle. Have the kids make their own decks of cards for Go Fish and Memory games. Create the cards in the vehicle, then play the games when you get to your destination.

Make a Windchime

Get the parts to create a windchime. Have the children string it up on the trip. If you get plain wood, they can decorate the wooden part. Or, have them string beads together for the top part of the chime.

Make Jewelry

Bring each child a kit to make jewelry. Have them make necklaces and bracelets for themselves and their friends.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you are planning on a new vehicle this summer, 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.

How to Have the Best #Staycation

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Sometimes, whether for financial reasons or because you just don’t have a block of vacation time big enough to take the trip you want, you may decide to take a #staycation. Generally, you’ll stay at home or in your city. #Staycations can be just as fun as going on a vacation if you plan it right, especially if you have a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet.

Make a Budget

Before you take a staycation, write out a budget. Start with the amount you have available to spend. Choose what you want to do, whether it’s hosting a large barbecue, visiting a local theme park or going camping near the DFW area. Determine the cost of doing everything you want to do. Don’t forget to figure in gas, meals and a little extra for spending. This way, you can plan on doing more than one thing if you want.

If you just have $1,000 and your family of five wants to go to a theme park, that might be all you can do on your staycation. However, if you prefer to do something different everyday, you might skip the theme park and choose something that is less expensive so that you can do several things.

Plan Meals

A vacation isn’t a vacation unless you go out to eat at least once, even if you are in an RV and plan on cooking all of your meals. Thus, you should plan to eat out at least once on your staycation. Pick your favorite restaurant – one that you don’t often get to visit – and be sure to fit that into your budget. Otherwise, you might plan to eat out more, but at restaurants that are less expensive.

Pick an Event for Everyone

If you have a larger family and are planning on doing several things during your staycation let each family member pick an event. This way, kids feel like they helped plan the “vacation” and won’t be so upset about “staying home.” Activities and events may include rafting, hiking, visiting a favorite museum, going to a concert by a local artist, visiting a restaurant you wouldn’t normally visit and more.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy before your staycation so you won’t have to worry about using your time for maintenance. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, test drive your favorite Chevrolet model before you take a staycation.

Best Places to Take a Road Trip to in Texas

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

Coolest Chevrolet Paint Jobs

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When you pick up a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet you can keep the current paint job – which in many cases is very cool – or you can have your vehicle painted with a specialty paint job. You may find a neat paint job idea on something that’s not a Chevy but would look great on your Chevy.

Sometimes, Less is More

Sometimes you can grab looks with less rather than more. Choose a color that stands out from your vehicle’s original color. Add a pinstripe down the side of the vehicle and have it lead into a design on the hood. Add a teardrop hood scoop to your Chevy – put the V part of the scoop toward the front. Have the pin striping come up onto the teardrop to form the face of an eagle. Or, you can simply have the side stripe come up to the front of the hood in scrolls.

Candy Apple

Of course, one of the best paint jobs is candy apple red. While this is an expensive process and nearly impossible to touch up, if you can keep other people and things away from your vehicle, this paint job will last forever. It uses several coats of clear coat tinted with candy apple red over a gold base coat.

If you’re not a fan of red, you can have this process done with any color. Plum crazy purple works great in the candy process; and it uses a silver base coat. For a neat trick, add gold metal flake to the silver base coat; and add pearl to the plum crazy purple-tinted clear coat.

Tiger Stripes

Have your Chevy painted with horizontal black and yellow tiger stripes. Not only will it look fast just sitting there, but it’ll look fast while you’re traveling down the highway – and you’ll definitely get a lot of looks.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Chevy with a cool paint job or ask our body shop about a trick paint job for your current Chevy.

Ways to Organize Your Garage

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Lots of times, people have garages – but can’t fit the car inside. Since a garage is supposed to protect your investment from Classic Chevrolet, you should find ways to organize the garage so your Chevy vehicle will fit inside. Once you have everything organized and on shelves, you should be able to fit all of your stuff and your Chevy inside.

Shelving

Line one of the side walls with shelves. If you have a two-car garage and just one car, you can line both sides. Make the shelves floor to ceiling – you can build them yourself or get some of the metal shelving units from a home improvement store. If you make your own shelves, you can put the shelves at different heights to better manage wasted space.

Use tubs with covers to store smaller items of all one kind. Purchase the size you need – don’t buy all big tubs, as that is just more wasted space. Most tubs stack on top of each other, too, so you can organize your things easier. You may want to use one tub for home extension cords and another for shop/heavy duty extension cords. You can also separate your holiday decorations in separate tubs to make them easier to find.

Tools

Built a tool bench or get a tool box for the front of your garage. Tool boxes are usually narrow in depth so you should still have plenty of room for your Chevy. On the same wall, hang pegboard so that you can hang tools and garden implements to keep them out of the way.

Rafters

If your garage has rafters or has a crawl space, use that for longer items such as extra PVC, poles and other things you don’t need immediate access to. You can also screw hooks into the ceiling – be sure you hit a rafter if they are not visible – to hang things like hoses and other hard-to-manage things that you don’t use on a daily basis.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to pick up that new Chevy you’ve been eying – especially once you go through the work to organize your garage. What better way to use that roomy garage space than with a new Chevy?

Top 10 Reasons to Own a Chevrolet

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When you making the decision of what make of vehicle to buy, be sure to have Classic Chevrolet on your list – not only do you have several reasons to own a Chevrolet, but many of those reasons are because of the service we provide to you.

Low Cost of Ownership

A Chevy has a low cost of ownership including the cost of parts. You’ll find that an alternator for a Chevy is usually less expensive than an alternator for a foreign vehicle – and less expensive than other American vehicles. Other costs are also lower in many cases.

Best Selling Vehicle

If you are looking for a truck, the Silverado is the best-selling truck you can get.

Safety Rating

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a 5-star overall National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating.

Tons of Choices

Most Chevrolet models give you several trim levels to choose from, so almost everyone can afford a Chevy – and if you can afford something on the higher end, the highest trim levels have all of the bells and whistles.

Excellent Customer Service

Classic Chevrolet provides excellent customer service and has been GM dealer of the year for 12 consecutive years. And, we have been the nation’s #1 volume Chevy dealer for eight consecutive years.

Service

When you do need repairs, we can fix anything on your Chevy – and we do it with as quickly as possible while still providing quality service.

Model Choices

Chevrolet gives you tons of model choices. If you prefer something sporty, choose a Camaro or Corvette. If you need a sedan, choose an SS or Impala. If you need a truck, Chevrolet makes tons of trucks: the 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD. If you need a people hauler, check out the Suburban or Tahoe.

Quality Engines

Chevrolet has always had good engines – and even some great engines. Not only are they inexpensive to repair, but the parts – even for those really old Chevys – are easy to find.

It’s American!

And, the last reason to buy a Chevy is that it’s an American car!

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a truck, SUV, sedan or a hot rod – and you’ll see first hand why you should buy a Chevrolet.

Best Supplies to Use to Clean Your Chevy

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You can clean your Chevy like the pros and keep it looking great so that when you trade it in for a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, it will be worth more. Taking care of your vehicle inside and out makes the surfaces last longer since they are conditioned and cleaned frequently – they won’t look worn out.

Air Compressor and Hard Bristle Brushes

When you clean the carpets, vacuum them, then use the bristle brush on them to bring more dirt to the surface. Vacuum again. Repeat this until you get all of the dirt out. Take carpeted floor mats out and blow them with an air hose – that works better than any vacuum; however, it does make a mess. Use the brush to bring more dirt to the surface, and then blow it off with the air hose. Also, use the compressed air to clean out the ducts and other hard to reach places.

Non-Acid-Based Tire Cleaners

When you clean tires and brake dust from your wheels and tires, be sure to use something that is not acid-based because acid will pit any material over time – your wheels will start to oxidize.

Sponge, Soft Bristle Brush and Hose

Wet the exterior of your vehicle, then add soap to the soft bristle brush. Rub the soap all over the vehicle. Wet the sponge and add soap. Use the sponge to get stubborn spots and to get into hard-to-reach places. The brush is great for places that are too high for you to reach. Rinse the vehicle, making sure you get all of the soap off.

Oscillating Buffer

Use an oscillating buffer and a little bit of rubbing compound to really clean the paint, remove old wax and make the vehicle shiny. Be careful of how much pressure you put on the buffer – you don’t want too much as rubbing compound will take paint off. Once you get the paint cleaned, rinse and dry the vehicle, then wax it.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or to have your vehicle serviced.

Chevrolets Featured in Movies and on TV

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When you pick out a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you may pick out one that was featured in a movie if you choose a Corvette, Impala or Camaro. Other models that were featured in movies include the Lumina, the ’57 Chevy and the ’55 Chevy 210.

1990 Chevrolet Lumina

This model was featured in Days of Thunder as the #46 race car. This movie launched NASCAR’s most successful decade.

Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette was featured in three movies over the years. Route 66 features a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette. Every year, GM put the stars in a new ‘vette for this series, which ran from1960 to 1964.

The 1973 Chevrolet Corvette was featured in Corvette Summer where Mark Hamill spends this entire 1978 flick getting the car back after it was stolen. And, a 1965 model year was used in Stingray, a series that ran from 1985 through 1987.

1958 Chevrolet Impala

This model was featured in American Graffiti, a film about a summer night in 1962.

Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro was featured in Transformers – this was a 1976 model year and this “Bumblebee” became a 2010 Camaro in the 2007 megahit. And, in the 1985 John Cusak film, Better off Dead, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was featured.

1957 Chevy

The iconic ’57 Chevy was featured in Hollywood Knights, a 1980 film. The ’57 was driven by Tony Danza.

1955 Chevy 210

This model, which featured a solid front axle and a 454 with a tunnel ram, was featured in American Graffiti and Two-Lane Blacktop.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

While some of these vehicles are classics and hard to come by; and are not even made anymore, you can get some of them in their newer skins when you stop by Classic Chevy for a test drive. Take a ride in a Camaro, Corvette or Impala and remember some of these great movies that featured great cars.