Pictured left to right Mike Kimmel, Ally Financial; Robert Gault, Classic Chevrolet Finance Director; Rick Fisher, Ally Financial; Tom Durant, owner Classic Chevrolet; Dan Antonelli, Ally Financial
Despite the fact that the Department of Transportation built a major freeway right through the dealership property, 2013 was a year of remarkable accomplishments for Classic Chevrolet. Classic was named the #1 volume Chevy dealer in the nation for the 8th year, and the #1 volume GM parts dealer in the nation.
And now, for the fourth consecutive year, Classic Chevrolet has been recognized by Ally Financial as their #1 automotive customer in the nation. And when you consider that Ally is the largest lender in the U.S. in retail automotive finance, that packs some serious clout when it comes to financing customers.
In 2013, Classic contracted 3238 transactions with Ally, which is more than any other automotive dealer in the country. Said Robert Gault, Classic Chevrolet Finance Director, “when you have a great financial partner like Ally, it makes our job easier when it comes to getting our customers financed quickly and smoothly. No one wants to wait for hours in a car dealer’s finance office while they struggle to get the correct paperwork in order. Here at Classic, we know exactly what they need from us, and they know that our professional finance managers will dot every “i” and cross every “t”. Everyone wins, especially the customer.
When you need a part for your Chevrolet, you don’t want to wait for someone to order it for you – you need it right now. This is where Classic Chevy comes in. We stock over 7 million dollars in inventory and have about 50 employees to handle the parts and customer requests. In 2003, our parts department was number 76 in the nation. From there, we reached number 2 in 2012. Today – in early 2014 – we are the number 1 volume GM parts dealer out of approximately 4,000 GM dealers in the United States.
Classic Chevrolet, whether its auto sales department, service department, or parts department, is a solid, customer-oriented business that is well-organized and has a monitored action plan. This means that you get what you need in record time with excellent service.
Classic Chevy Parts Department
Our vision statement, be the best at everything we do, is what made us sell more Chevrolet vehicles than any other Chevy dealer in the country for the last eight consecutive years – and it is what made us the largest volume Chevrolet parts department. And, according to Tom Cross, our parts manager, we plan on keeping that #1 spot for the foreseeable futures.
On February 18, 2014, a delegation of GM executives gathered at Classic Chevrolet to formally present us with the honor of being the largest parts department in the nation. Not only are we the largest, but we also outsold everyone else.
“There are more than 4000 GM dealers in the country, and you are the largest by far,” said John Bolton, GM Customer Care & Aftersales Wholesale Zone Manager. “You handedly outsold every one of them.” Bolton went on to say “And here’s something that you may not realize. I looked back on the records and this is the first time ever that the nation’s #1 Volume Chevy Dealer for Sales is also the nation’s #1 GM Dealer for Parts! For as long as GM has been keeping records, I can honestly tell you that this has never happened before. It is a testament to the team that [owner] Tom Durant has built and the culture that everyone at Classic has created.”
Classic Chevy broke a GM record this year – we are the nation’s #1 volume Chevy dealer for sales and the #1 GM dealer for parts. This has never happened since GM has been keeping records.
On top of being the best at car sales and parts sales, we rank in the highest 2 percent for customer satisfaction – and have done so for 11 consecutive years.
To see what all the hullabaloo is about, stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next dream vehicle. Our sales persons can tell you all you want to know about each vehicle, including installed options, and additional options. And next time you need a part for your Chevrolet, whether it’s something as simple as an oil filter or you want to drop a crate motor in your classic Camaro, stop by Classic Chevy’s parts department.
General Motors took the North American Car of the Year for car and truck categories this year. The Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, both available at Classic Chevy, won for their categories as announced at a Dec. 13, 2013 new conference held at the North American International Auto Show.
A jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States voted on vehicles this year. This is the 21st year of the North American Car of the Year award. Most awards are given by a single media outlet, but this award is given by journalists from different media outlets. The journalists represent television, magazines, newspapers, radio and web sites.
Visit the Classic Chevrolet truck showroom for more information about the Silverado.
The North American Car of the Year award recognizes the most outstanding vehicles of the year. The jury votes on several factors including comfort, innovation, safety, design, driver satisfaction, handling and value for the dollar. The Stingray was awarded 211 points. The next vehicle was quite far from the Stingray – the Mazda3 received 185 points. An even larger spread separated second and third place. The Cadillac CTS received 94 points.
This is not the first time the Corvette won this award; it won in 1998. This is also the sixth time a General Motors vehicle won the award.
In the truck category, the Silverado garnered 219 points. The Jeep Cherokee came in second, trailing by 45 points with a score of 174. The Acura MDX trailed the leading Silverado by 122 points with a score of 97. The Silverado is the fourth truck win for General Motors and the second win for this model – the Silverado previously won in 2007.
Visit the Classic Chevy Corvette showroom for more information on the Stingray.
In comparison over the 21 years of the awards for cars, domestic auto manufacturers won 12 times, Japanese auto manufacturers one three time, European auto manufacturers won four times and a Korean auto manufacturer – Hyundai – won twice. Domestic trucks won 14 times, Japanese trucks won four times and European trucks won three times. Vehicles are only eligible for the award if they are brand new or have had extensive changes.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Stingray if you are in the market for a sports car or the Silverado if you are in the market for a truck.
If you’ve been to Classic Chevy and other dealerships to test drive trucks, but still can’t make up your mind whether you should go with Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, or Ford, consider test driving the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – again if you’ve already driven it. The 2014 model has upgraded powertrains for better fuel mileage. In short, the 2014 absolutely rules the road!
The 4.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V6 engine features active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection so it gets much better gas mileage than the older Silverado trucks. It runs on unleaded or E85 fuel; and it makes 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm.
The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that features a tow/haul mode and electronically-controlled overdrive. This combination gets you 16 mpg* in the city and 22 mpg* on the highway.
Additional features that make the Silverado more than tempting include remote start with two transmitters, a three-passenger front seat that is split 40/20/40, and a rear bench seat that also folds with a 60/40 split. The front seat features recline, outboard head restraints, and a center armrest with storage that folds down.
The leather-wrapped steering wheel features mounted cruise and audio controls which allow you to keep your eyes on the road while adjusting what’s on the radio/CD player or while adjusting the cruise control.
Furthermore, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 looks good on the outside. The P255/70R17 tires ride on 17-inch bright machined aluminum wheels. The truck comes with a full size spare. The bumpers are chrome and the four-wheel drive models feature recovery hooks.
The cargo area features lighting so you can see what you are doing in the back when it’s dark out – no more fumbling with a flashlight while you’re looking for something. The tailgate and the bed have protection caps so you don’t scratch the paint if you slide something over the top or allow a large load to rest on over the edges.
The rear bumper features a corner step so it’s easier to get in and out of the bed – or just to reach something at the edge of the box. The outside mirrors are heated and power adjustable, so there’s no more losing all the heat from putting the window down to clear or adjust the mirror.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Silverado. You’ll also get a full list of safety, security, infotainment and convenience features so you can easily compare other truck and see that Chevy is the best.
Chevrolet had two commercials in the 2014 Super Bowl – one was tongue-in-cheek and touted the heavy duty Silverado and the other was for cancer survivors. In the tongue-in-cheek commercial, a man – and his truck – picked up a bull. It showed the man stopping at a barbecue place and the bull “waiting with baited breath.” Eventually, the man opens the trailer and the bull faces a herd of cows licking their noses.
You can get a 2015 Silverado 2500HD at Classic Chevy now. Stop by to test drive one of the various trim levels. A Silverado with a crew cab, standard box and four-wheel drive features a 6.0-liter V8 engine with variable valve timing. The engine is FlexFuel capable and can run on unleaded or 85 percent ethanol. It puts out 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm.
The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features a tow/haul mode and overdrive. The transmission also features powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking.
The interior features a 40/20/40 split bench seat that is available in leather or cloth. The center armrests folds out of the way so that a third person can sit in the front. The rear seat is a 60/40 folding bench seat that holds three people. It also features a child seat top tether anchor.
The manual tilt steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has cruise and audio controls mounted onto it. The driver information center is a 4.2-inch diagonal color display that shows warning messages, driver personalization and vehicle information. The Silverado 2500 also features remote keyless entry and single zone air conditioning.
The entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, USB ports, an SD card slot, Bluetooth, Pandora, voice activation, and a CD/MP3 player. It also features SiriusXM satellite radio.
Safety features include StabiliTrak, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar and a tire pressure monitoring system. For more information on all of the infotainment, safety, security and convenience features, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD today.
While you won’t find an Intimidator Camaro at Classic Chevy, you can be well on your way to creating one like it with the newest Camaro on the lot. Only 10 black-on-black Camaro Intimidators were built; the car commemorated Dale Earnhardt’s fifth NASCAR Winston Cup championship in 1991.
One of the 2011 Intimidator Camaro models was recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. At a$196,000 bid, it was the top sale on the final day of the auction. The Camaro features a V8 engine that makes 704 horsepower – with the help of a supercharger. The car also features – according FoxSports.com – suspension, chassis, fuel, brake and exhaust systems that were “highly modified.”
The interior features a racing Intimidator shift made from a solid piece of aluminum. The shifter is grooved for a better grip and has an anodized “3” on the top. The Intimidator logo follows the shaft. Allegedly, this was the only car signed by Earnhardt’s wife and all four of his children.
You can pick up a 2014 coupe or convertible at Classic Chevrolet now. You can leave it stock or modify it. The stock version features a 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. Not too bad for something right off the showroom floor.
The engine is backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The rear features a 3.45 gear and a limited slip chunk. This particular model comes with a performance suspension, four-wheel antilock disc Brembo brakes. The front and rear features four-piston calipers for better stopping power.
Safety and security features include plenty of airbags, StabiliTrak, OnStar, daytime running lamps, rear park assist, a rearview camera with a display that is integrated into the Color Touch Radio and more.
The Camaro is loaded with convenience features including heated front seats, a head-up display with color digital readouts, a color driver information center, remote keyless entry, cruise control, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, a three-channel programmable universal home remote and tons more.
To test drive the new Camaro, stop by Classic Chevrolet today. Ask your sales person about all of the standard features and available options to make this hot rod uniquely yours.
The Chevy Reaper – Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Raptor – is going to be available at Classic Chevrolet. The Silverado-based Reaper was announced at the National Automotive Dealers Association in late January 2014. Ken Lingenfelter, a noted tuner who worked with Southern Comfort Automotive, designed the package.
The 2014 Reaper converts an average Silverado by adding a supercharger, giving the Reaper 550 horsepower. That gives the Reaper 139 more horsepower to Ford’s version, the Ford Raptor. Additionally, the Chevrolet Reaper features 20-inch beadlock wheels, a high-clearance bumper, a Fox Racing suspension, an integrated floodlight system and a reinforced skidplate.
Furthermore, the front of the Silverado has been redesigned, plus some graphics across the back have been added. The Chevrolet Reaper is expected to sell for $50,000 and up. Keep your eye on this space for more information about the Reaper conversion kit, which will be available at select Chevy dealers, including Classic Chevy.
Standard equipment on a 2014 Chevrolet Tuscany model includes a 5.3-liter FlexFuel engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 355 horsepower if run on E85 and the transmission features a tow/haul mode, overdrive, cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.
Entertainment features include Chevrolet’s MyLink audio system, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD, an SD card slot and USB ports. The Silverado also feature Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD/MP3 player and a rear seat DVD/Blu-Ray entertainment package.
Safety features include daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar also comes with six months of Directions and Connections, automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and Turn-by-Turn navigation.
The interior features a 40/20/40 leather-appointed split bench seat, heated seat cushions, 10-way power driver and passenger seats and a 60/40 folding rear seat. The tilt steering wheel is wrapped in leather and features cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a 4.2-inch diagonal color display that shows you warning messages and vehicle information.
The Silverado also features remote keyless entry and comes with two transmitters, remote vehicle start and a universal home remote.
For a complete list of safety, security, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevy today and test drive the new Silverado. Ask your salesperson about adding the Reaper Kit.
The Dallas Auto Show will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin, Dallas, Tex., from Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Forty auto manufacturers, including Chevrolet, are going to be at the show. If you want to see what Chevrolet has up its sleeves for upcoming vehicles – and what the auto manufacturer has in its current lineup, stop at the show. To get more information on the Chevrolet you like stop by Classic Chevy.
The Dallas Auto Show hours are:
- Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and for children aged 6 to 12. Children 5 years of age and under get free admission. Chevrolet is expected to bring the all-new Corvette and Silverado to the show.
The new Corvette will show off its sixth body transformation, according to Chevrolet.com. The 2014 Silverado was unveiled at a special event in the Detroit area this past December, but Chevrolet is expected to bring it to the Dallas auto show.
The new Silverado has been re-imaged and re-engineered and is more capable, stronger and smarter than ever. If you already have a Silverado, you’ll notice that the interior and exterior have been changed, including performance.
The new Silverado models are now available at Classic Chevrolet, so stop by and ask your salesperson about financing and lease specials. As you test drive the 2014 Silverado in any of its trim levels, you’ll learn about all of the security, safety, convenience and infotainment features that Chevrolet packed into the 2014 models. Don’t forget to ask about special packages such as the Reaper and Tuscany packages.
Against what most people would consider insurmountable odds, Classic Chevrolet pulled off the impossible on the final sales day for 2013. For seven straight years, Classic has been the #1 Volume Chevy dealer in the nation. But 2013 presented a host of challenges that put the 8th year in jeopardy. With the DFW Connector built right through the dealership property, blocked exits and ever changing detours made even getting to the dealership a nightmare. But despite the construction and repeated D.O.T. shutdowns of the main highways on key sales weekends, the team at Classic Chevrolet never lost focus.
“We knew going into December that we were down by 397 units by a very formidable competitor in New York,” explains Eric Bryant, General Sales Manager for Classic Chevrolet. And for most dealerships, outselling your competitor by almost 400 units in one month would be considered unattainable. But the team at Classic is not your typical sales force. Optimism remained high and the focus on the goal remained razor sharp. Acting as one cohesive unit with nothing but sheer will to fuel them, Classic’s team methodically chipped away at the lead by selling an average of 50 cars a day in the final week of December. But with the sales close looming on January 2nd, nothing short of a herculean effort was required to hit the goal. When the bell rang, Classic had sold 140 new Chevys in a single day to finish out 2013. And when the final national sales results came out, the margin could not have been slimmer. They needed 398 units to beat Bob Johnson Chevrolet. They did it by 399. One unit to spare.
“We never really thought that it couldn’t be done,” said Bryant. “Anyone that knows this team knows that failure is never an option. We counted on each other, and we just never lost faith. I’ll tell you what, it was quite a close.”
At the end of the day, Classic sold 683 new Chevrolets in December for a 2013 calendar total of 4734. The #2 dealership came in at 4732. “We applaud our competitor,” said Bryant. “They gave us a fight, but nothing can stop our team when we set our mind to a goal. Our owner Tom Durant has a very simple mission statement for the organization and that is “to be the best at everything we do.” His leadership inspires each and everyone one of us, and more importantly, he allows us all to do just that…be the best at everything we do.”
This summer, Chevrolet is adding 4G-LTE connectivity to the Impala, Corvette, Malibu, and the Volt. This is an added option.
By the time the 2015 lineup starts arriving at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll see additional vehicles with this option including the Equinox, Spark, Spark EV, Silverado HD and the Silverado.
If you opt to purchase that option, your vehicle will be a rolling Wi-Fi hotspot – your passengers will be able to connect tablets, smartphones and laptops to the Internet. The option is perfect for families who take long trips or for those who use their vehicle for business. Furthermore, it opens the door for future apps for the vehicle.
Since Chevrolet is partnering with AT&T for this option, current subscribers simply add the vehicle to a sharable data bucket. Non-subscribers just purchase data as a standalone option. As of now, Chevrolet has not released pricing for the new option.
The new 4G-LTE option will also affect Chevrolet’s MyLink. Some 2015 models will be able to download apps from the AppShop including vehicle data, music, weather, news and travel information. Some of the apps include Priceline, Slacker Radio, iHeartRadio and The Weather Channel.
Check out the newly redesigned Chevrolet Impala when you visit Classic Chevrolet.
The rolling hotspot isn’t altogether new technology – other manufacturers have a 3G connection in their vehicles, however, Chevrolet is the first to use the 4G-LTE connection, which is quicker than a 3G connection. Consumers will have to purchase yet another data plan in addition to the data plan on their smartphones.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle and are interested in having the 4G-LTE hookup, keep your eye on this space or stop by Classic Chevrolet for more information. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and need something now, stop by the dealership to test drive any of the new models. Several, including the Impala have been updated or redesigned for the current year.