One of the things you may want or need is a new pickup truck, but the cost of ownership over and above the price of the vehicle might be a bit much to swing. Insurance costs, rising fuel prices and maintenance of a truck all add up over time. Chevrolet has been thinking about those that would be in the market for a pickup truck if it weren’t for a less than stellar paycheck.
The auto manufacturer is considering releasing the Chevrolet LUV in the United States, including at dealerships such as Classic Chevrolet. A blogger at Gas2 heard a rumor about the LUV being released in the U.S., and pulled that string hard enough to learn that Chevrolet is definitely going to be released the compact pickup truck here.
The new Chevy LUV will look like the Chevrolet Montana LUV that is currently made in Brazil. Small trucks like the LUV and the S10, which is still in production, will open the market for customers who need or want a pickup truck that is good on gas. Furthermore, it will allow urban millennials – those who have an issue with large vehicles – to have a vehicle that is more utilitarian than a sedan or sport coupe.
The urban millenials take issue with the larger trucks and SUVs as they are known to be gas guzzlers, however, auto manufacturers are finding new technology that increases fuel economy every year. A pickup truck that may have gotten 12 to 13 mpg in the past now gets upwards of 18 mpg in the city. Because of the Chevy LUV’s size and the fact that it probably won’t have a powerful V8 engine, it will allow those who are concerned with fuel economy to own a vehicle that will have the ability to haul considerably more cargo than a sedan.
And, if Chevrolet gives the LUV a 1,500-pound tow package; that would be even better. You could definitely haul lawn equipment, a motorcycle, a jet ski and other small “toys.” Keep your eye on this space or stop by Classic Chevy for more information on the Chevrolet LUV as it becomes available.
If you are in the market for a new truck and are undecided between a couple of models, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Vincentric just awarded Chevrolet the Best Value Truck Brand in America for the 2014 Silverado. This includes the outgoing 2014 HD trucks. Vincentric is a research firm that analyses a vehicle’s cost of ownership using by comparing fees, taxes, depreciation, financing, fuel costs, maintenance costs, insurance costs, repairs and opportunity costs.
When you add those costs – the costs of ownership – to the price, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado comes out above the rest of the full size trucks. Vincentric analyzed over 1,000 pickup truck configurations in this study.
Safety features in the Silverado include daytime running lamps, automatic exterior lamp control, several air bags, OnStar, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Convenience and entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD player and MP3 player and a Bose six-speaker sound system.
Additional features include leather-appointed bucket seats in the front, heated seat cushions and seat backs, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, a 60/40 split rear bench seat that folds up, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a floor console with movable cup holders and space for your cell phone, driver information center, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, a universal home remote, theft deterrent system, dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioning, a rear window defroster and power sliding rear window.
The powertrain features a 5.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V8 engine with active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking. This combination makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Silverado 1500 or any of the other Silverado models on the lot. According to GMAuthority.com, all of the Silverado models won the Vincentric award for Best Value Truck Brand in America.
In 2013, Lambracht Chevrolet had an auction and that auction included 50 “ancient” cars. Many of them are the same models that might have been sold at one time at Classic Chevy.
One buyer bought a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and towed it 800 miles to his home in Indiana where he started restoring it. The ’59 had been sitting in a field in Nebraska and was very rusty. The seats were torn and it needed a ton of work.
Inside, among the rust and torn seats, he found a love letter dated Feb. 7, 1965. It was from a woman to a man – and the last line, along with the names of the couple, was still visible on the faded and mouse-eaten letter. The last line said, “Let’s get married.” The new owner of this very old car tracked down the son of the man mentioned in the letter. The new owner thought that the letter should be reunited with its rightful owners.
It turns out that the man in the letter worked at Lambrecht Chevrolet as a mechanic and the ’59 Bel Air was his personal vehicle. He and the woman who wrote the letter eloped and later had two children. The new owner found one of the children and turned the letter over to him.
When you buy a Chevy from Classic Chevrolet you never know who might find it later. You might even buy a used Chevy and find a treasure that someone missed over the years. Some of the popular older models include the Bel Air, Chevelle, Impala, Nova and Camaro. The newer models include the Impala, Camaro, Corvette, Traverse and more. Though you can only assume some of these cars will be around in 50 years, you can probably bet that the Impala and Camaro – or even the Corvette – will be around much later.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet to look at a new vehicle or to look at their used vehicles. You may just find yourself an old love story or missed treasure in an older vehicle.
Classic Chevy is the top-selling Chevrolet dealer in the nation, and this past Tuesday, April 1, we celebrated the grand opening of our natural gas fueling station, the first one to be owned by a dealership anywhere in the country.
The new station, Classic Clean Fuels CNG, has an ANGI Energy compressor system and one two-hose dispenser. Zeit Energy built the new public access station. The ANGI energy compressor at the station is designed for light- to medium-duty vehicles.
As reported in Fleets and Fuels, “As more and more Americans realize that freedom from dependence on foreign oil is a national priority, the viability of American produced natural gas has become forefront.” Furthermore, natural gas produced in America is not subject to the fluctuating oil and gas prices, world politics and OPEC.
You can expect to see the 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sometime this summer. Currently, we promote the Silverado 2500 and 3500HD bi-fuel pickup trucks. We also have three-quarter-ton CNG vans. The pickup trucks have a range of over 650 miles.
According to Ken Thompson, founder of the Thompson Group, the Group has been committed to finding ways to help their business customers since 1978. He stated that one of the benefits of opening a bi-fuel station is that it allows its customers to be more competitive. Many of the Group’s customers are already planning to convert their fleets to vehicles that use natural gas throughout the next year. Not only will using natural gas give of fewer emissions, but it saves the businesses money.
Classic Chevrolet already uses six bi-fuel Silverado models to deliver parts in three states. Fourteen other CNG fuel outlets exist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but this newest is the first dealership-owned station. Classic Clean Fuels also provides ethanol, biodiesel, and regular unleaded gasoline. Plans are underway to add a charging station for electric vehicles.
The new station is located next to the Thompson Group Commercial & Fleet building, just north of the Stone Myers Parkway exist on Highway 121.
Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevy Traverse if you are in the market for the perfect family vehicle that gets good gas mileage and has plenty of horsepower and torque. The Traverse features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and gets 17 mpg* in the city and 24 mpg* on the highway.
Entertainment features include the Chevrolet MyLink system, a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, smartphone integration, Pandora/Stitcher, and voice activation. The audio system features a Bose 10-speaker system and Bose 5.1 Surround Sound with the optional U42 rear seat entertainment system.
Additional features include an auxiliary input jack, USB ports, rear system controls and headphone jacks.
Convenience features include reclining front bucket seats, flat-folding Captain’s chairs in the second row and a 60/40 split flat-folding bench for the third row. The seats feature leather appointed seat trim. The front seats are heated and cooled and eight power settings. The driver’s seat features lumbar control and memory.
The front center console features cup holders, a covered storage bin and a sliding arm rest with additional storage. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel is heated and leather wrapped, and it features mounted audio and cruise controls.
The remote keyless entry features is programmable and features a panic button and two transmitters with an extended range. The Traverse also features remote vehicle start. A universal home remote features a garage door opener and has three programmable channels.
The tri-zone air conditioning features climate control and individual climate settings for the driver and front passenger. The system also features separate controls for the second and third rows.
The interior rearview mirror auto dims. The interior features a total of 10 cup holders with the seven-passenger seating configuration and 12 cup holders with the eight-passenger seating configuration.
Safety and security features include a rear vision camera with a display that is integrated into the color touch radio, a rear window defogger, rear parking assist, front fog lights, heated door mirrors that are power adjustable, power folding and, on the driver’s side, auto dimming.
To learn more about the numerous safety and security features, and convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Traverse.
Now that Spring is here you’ll want to spend some time in the parks just to relax after a long week at work. Pack the picnic basket, grab the bathing suits and throw everything you need for a fun day in your Classic Chevy and head out for some fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and more.
Cooper Lake State Park is about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 F.M. 1529 South, Cooper, Texas, 75432. Cooper Lake State Park is a newer park and it features a large lake, hiking trails, nature trails, biking trials, horseback riding trails, a fishing pier, boat rental, water skiing, swimming and shelters.
If you want to camp overnight, you can rent a cabin or bring your tent. Be prepared to see wild turkey, bald eagles, deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more while you enjoy your stay at the park. For more information contact the park at (903) 395-3100 or visit the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake.
Cedar Hill State Park is another park you can visit – you can visit for the day or make a weekend of it. Cedar Hill State Park is located at 1570 West F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, Texas, 75104. The park land used to be the old Penn Farm. It features a lake and some original farm buildings. The park also features nature trails, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, a boat ramp and more. For more information about the park, contact (972) 291-3900 or visit the web page at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cedar_hill.
Eisenhower State Park is another destination that’s not too far – about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at 50 Park Road 20, Denision, Texas, 75020. You can reach the park at (903) 465-1956 or by visiting the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/eisehower. This park features camping spaces for tents or RVs, water skiing, nature trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, a fishing pier, swimming and more.
Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of all the fun – and include your Classic Chevrolet in the pictures. Stop by our dealership to test drive a new vehicle, make a service appointment or to just show us pictures of you having fun in your Chevrolet.
Now that Spring has sprung in DFW, it’s time to jump in your Classic Chevy and head out to some events. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is full of things to do for adults when they want to head out on a date night. Line up a sitter and have some fun.
The 2014 Spring Thoroughbred season starts April 10, 2014 at Lone Star Park. The venue is located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas, 75050 and is handicapped accessible. The grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Live racing starts at 6:35 p.m. On Sundays, the gates open at 11:30 a.m. and live racing starts at 1:35 p.m. Visit, bet and eat to earn rewards from the venue – the more you do, the more rewards you get.
If you want to hear some David Allen Coe, stop by Billy Bob’s Texas on April 4, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. You may hear such hits as Take This Job and Shove It, Willie, Waylon and Me, Jack Daniels If You Please and more. Billy Bob’s Texas is located at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, Texas, 76164 and is handicapped accessible.
For those who are carefully watching their brackets, the Fox and Hound Restaurant has a March Madness Watch Party from March 18 through April 7, 2014. The Fox and Hound Restaurant is located at 603 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. The watch party runs all day so stop by with your friends – it’s more fun watching with people!
While you’re having fun, take some pictures with you and your Classic Chevrolet and tag us on our Facebook page. While you’re there, browse through the posts – you’ll learn more about the new 2015 Tahoe, where to create your own unique Chevy, and how to custom order your Corvette!
Spring is here and that means more work outside – whether you are farming or you are landscaping your yard. Farmers are getting fields ready for planting, those who live in the city are getting ready to spruce up their landscaping, and rural dwellers are getting gardens ready for planting. This means that your vehicle is going to get a work out.
Regardless of the age of your vehicle, it is important to keep up with the maintenance. During regular maintenance our service technicians at Classic Chevy check everything over to try to catch upcoming service so you hopefully won’t be stranded. After all, being stranded on the highway or having your truck down when you need to get to the coop for seed or other gardening supplies can definitely ruin your schedule.
Check our website for service specials. We have specials on oil changes, tire rotation and more. Many parts come with a limited lifetime warranty. That means if it breaks, you don’t pay for the part again.
Important service is sometimes obvious – such as regular oil changes. However, there are some things you may not think about. If you use your truck for towing, especially in excessive heat or in the mountains, the auto manufacturer may recommend having the transmission service sooner rather than later.
Brakes should be checked sooner rather than later if you use your vehicle for towing or are frequently in the mountains. Even if you are not towing an RV in the mountains, you should have your brakes and transmission serviced sooner rather than later as those items work much harder than they would on flat land.
Spring is also a good time to give your vehicle a good detail job. It will get any winter grime off the outside, thus extending the life of the paint job. In the event that you drove in the snow, you most likely have salt buildup under the vehicle and salt splatters on the body. Since salt is detrimental to metal and paint, you can keep your vehicle looking new by removing the winter grime.
You can call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to schedule an appointment or you can schedule a service appointment through our website.
With spring comes rain – much needed rain. However, no one wants to stay inside throughout the spring, so the best thing you can do is to jump in your Classic Chevy and head out for some indoor spring events.
For those sporting types, the Dallas Gun Show will be held at the Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, on April 12 and 13, 2014. The doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
This is the best firearms collectors show in the Southwest. If you do bring your guns, they have to be unloaded outside the building. The safety committee will inspect the gun and magazine, then tie the firearm so that it is inoperable. It must remain in that condition while you are at the gun show. Even if you have a CHL, you cannot bring a loaded gun into the building.
You can bring as many guns as you want to sell or trade, though all local, state and federal laws must be followed. Also, be sure to leave your camera at home – the show does not allow photography of any kind.
If hunting and collecting guns is not your thing, you can visit the Dallas Market Hall on April 25 through 26, 2014 for the Leake Auction. Though the doors open at 9:00 a.m., the auction doesn’t begin until 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
There will be over 400 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military personnel with a military ID, and $7 for children. If you want to auction off a vehicle, vehicle check in is Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
It is a good idea to stop by early to look at the vehicles – Saturday, there will be two lanes of vehicles being auctioned simultaneously.
If you are in the market for a new car, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a hybrid, truck, sedan or SUV! Be sure to ask your salesperson about any financing or lease deals, and about the new technology in Chevrolet vehicles.
When you visit Classic Chevy to test drive a Chevrolet Cruze, you get to choose from three different powertrains: the gas engine, the diesel and the turbo diesel. All three are in the same price range, so the choice will be your preference based on standard features and available options.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze turbo diesel features a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that gets 27 mpg* in the city and 46 mpg* on the highway. It is backed by a six-speed electronically controlled transmission with overdrive.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze diesel features a 2.0-liter diesel engine that gets 27 mpg* in the city and 46 mpg* on the highway. This engine is backed by an electronically controlled transmission with six speeds and overdrive.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze unleaded fuel model features a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 26 mpg* in the city and 38 mpg* on the highway. This is an ECOTEC engine with variable valve timing that puts out 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850rpm. It is backed by an electronically controlled six-speed transmission with overdrive.
All three models have several shared safety and security features, including four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, several airbags, OnStar, the LATCH system for child safety seats, an emergency trunk release and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The unleaded fuel model also features a rear vision camera that is integrated into the Chevrolet MyLink radio.
All three models also feature many of the same interior comforts including a tilt and telescopic steering column and a leather-wrapped thee-spoke steering wheel with polar silver accent and mounted audio and phone interface controls. All three models also feature remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start and a theft deterrent system with an anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer.
The Chevrolet Cruze, regardless of which powertrain you choose, also feature Chevrolet MyLink radio, an AM/FM stereo, MP3 playback, CD player and a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen display. Additional entertainment features include Bluetooth, Pandora, Stitcher, Gracenote, an enhanced acoustic package and a six-speaker audio system.
The entertainment system also features a USB port in the center console, an audio interface, auxiliary input jack and SiriusXM satellite radio.
For more information about any of the Chevrolet Cruze models and to test drive all three, stop by Classic Chevrolet today.