Whether you just purchased a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or you have a vehicle that is a few years old, you’ll need to get it ready for the cooler months ahead. This means getting it ready for any road trips you might take during the holidays and the rest of the winter and ensuring that the mechanics are solid.
If you have all-season tires on your vehicle, make sure the tread is good enough to last throughout the winter. Have the tires balanced and rotated. Your service technician will also check for a separated tire and whether the tread shows a problem with the alignment or suspension. If you still have summer tires on your vehicle, it’s time to change to winter tires.
Belts, Hoses and Brakes
Have your vehicle’s belts and hoses checked for wear and possible leaks. The last thing you want is to have a belt or a hose leave you stranded on a cold day. Your service technician will check the accessory belts, heater hoses, water hoses, power steering hoses and brake hoses. You’ll also want to check your vehicle’s brakes including the pads, rotors, calipers and brake hoses. And, if applicable, the tech will check the drums, wheel cylinders and the ABS system.
If the check engine light is on or you suspect any other problems, bring it to the attention of the service adviser so that he can have the tech check and possibly repair these issues.
Even if you don’t have plans for long road trips, you should have an extensive emergency kit in your vehicle. It could save your life even if you are stranded for just a couple hours while waiting for a tow truck in the city. The emergency kit should include an extensive first aid kit, extra blankets, a change of warm, dry clothing, a liter of water for every person in the vehicle and high energy snacks such as granola bars, peanut butter and crackers and other non-perishable items.
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Part of keeping your vehicle in great running condition is ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, including oil changes. Changing the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance items you do for your vehicle.
Engine oil gets dirty – very dirty. Eventually, the oil will get so thick that it won’t drain back into the oil pan, nor will it get into the heads where it is needed. Over time, the oil also breaks down to create more sludge. When it gets this bad you could cause engine failure because the pertinent parts won’t get the oil needed to keep metal from rubbing metal. And, on top of that, it can start building up in the heads, which causes the engine to work harder and use more gas.
Operating Temperatures and Friction
Oil contains ingredients that reduce friction. The more friction in an engine, the hotter the operating temperatures and the more wear you’ll put on the internal engine components. It also makes the engine run warmer, thus taxing the cooling system.
And, when the engine runs hotter, that means the sensors are going to try to adjust the fuel mixture to lean the mixture out to cool the engine. In some circumstances, this could damage the engine. Changing the oil at the recommended times keeps the friction and crud in the engine at a minimum; and you’ll have a smoother-running vehicle that will serve you for many miles.
When You Should Change the Oil
Consult your owner’s manual to see when you should change the oil as it varies depending on the vehicle you are driving and on your driving habits. If you often drive in the mountains, sit in traffic for long periods of time or frequently tow heavy loads, you may have to change your oil sooner rather than later. If your commute is easy on the vehicle, you might be able to go up to 7,000 miles between oil changes, depending on your vehicle and the manufacturer’s recommendations.
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When you stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new vehicle, you have the choice of trading in your old car or not. You could sell it yourself, however you may not be able to sell it right away. There are many benefits to trading in your old car when you buy or lease a new car.
When you trade in the vehicle, you won’t have to wait for someone to buy it and have that money tied up in something you may not drive again. Plus, you can apply the cash from the trade to you new vehicle to lower the price of the new vehicle.
When you’re upside down on a vehicle, it’s harder to sell it because you may owe more than what you could sell it for on the street. Often, you can trade in a vehicle that is upside down. You may have to take the difference onto the price of the new vehicle; however, this means that you don’t have to wait until you could at least break even if you are more than ready for a new vehicle.
If you sell a vehicle on the street, you have to ensure that its in good running condition and that the wear and tear items are not overly worn, else you will have a hard time selling it. Replacing tires, brakes and other wear and tear items means that’s less cash in your pocket.
Although you should make sure the vehicle is in good condition when you trade it in, you’ll lose less money on the sale for something like brakes that have a few thousand miles left on them. You will want to make sure the interior is clean and that there are no dings and scratches on the paint for maximum value.
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If you are looking for a vehicle that has the best gas mileage and prefer a Chevy, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Volt, Spark, Cruze or Malibu. All four vehicles get excellent gas mileage: The Volt gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway; the Spark gets 31 mpg* in the city and 39 mpg* on the highway; and the Cruze and Malibu get 25 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway.
Common Interior and Convenience Features
Convenience features that may be common to all of these models, depending on trim levels, may include automatic climate control, single- or dual-zone air conditioning, front and rear cup holders, a center console with covered or uncovered storage, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, a rear window defroster, a display center with a touch screen, power programmable door locks, and driver mode controls for normal, sport, mountain and hold modes.
Safety features you may find in any of these models include dual-stage front, side impact and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, a passenger-sensing system for the airbags, a child presence detector, roof rail side impact airbags, daytime running lights, lockout switch for the rear windows and doors for child safety, the LATCH system for child safety seats, OnStar Basic for 5 years, OnStar Directions and Connections for 3 years, StabiliTrak, traction control, an anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Entertainment features you may find in any of these models include Chevrolet MyLink radio, a CD player, MP3 player, AM/FM radio, a color touch screen display, Bluetooth, at least four speakers, auxiliary input jacks, USB ports, SiriusXM radio, MyVolt (for the Volt only) and an external antenna.
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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive any one of these vehicles with excellent gas mileage and learn more about each model’s safety, security, convenience and entertainment features.
*Estimates only. Actual mileage may vary depending on driving habits.
When you decide that it’s time for a new vehicle, you have several questions to ask yourself to help decide which vehicle you want and how you are going to get the vehicle. These might include, which make and model you want, and if you know that you want a Chevy, stop by Classic Chevrolet to pick out your vehicle. Then, you can work on the rest of the questions.
What Type of Chevy Do You Want?
A vehicle is most likely the second most expensive thing you’ll buy in your life – next to your home. You’ll have to make sure to pick something that you want or need. If you haul things or tow things a lot, you may want to choose a pickup truck. If you have more than one child, you may want an SUV, a sedan or a crew or quad cab pickup truck.
New or Used
The next question you need to ask yourself is whether you want a new or used vehicle. You can get a newer used vehicle and save thousands of dollars. You may even get lucky enough to find the vehicle you want that is just a couple years old with low mileage.
Lease or Finance
If you buy a brand new vehicle, you need to determine whether you want to purchase or lease. Both methods have pros and cons. You need to decide which way benefits you more. If you drive less than 12,000 or 13,000 miles per year and prefer something new all the time, leasing might be for you. If you drive over the typical lease allowance for mileage or you want to change things on your vehicle, you may want to finance.
Which Trim Level
The higher the trim level, the more the vehicle costs. However, you also get more features with the higher trim levels. If you “must” have adaptive cruise control, parking sensors or some of the other safety features, you’ll have to choose one of the higher trim levels if the lower trim level doesn’t have what you want as a stand-alone option.
The last question you need to ask yourself is what additional options you want to add to your vehicle. When you do the research on the model you’re interested in, you’ll learn about the additional option available for that model and trim level.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the vehicle you are interested in and to learn more about that vehicle’s features and additional options. Once you determine what you want and the cost of leasing vs. financing, you can chose whether you finance or lease.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And, the last reason to buy a Chevy is that it’s an American car!
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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.
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.
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.
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Whether you already have a Chevy or you just bought one from Classic Chevrolet, you need to do a little work to keep it in tip-top shape during the summer months. The sun and the weather will eventually damage the interior and the paint. If you take just a few steps every month, your vehicle will look like new even when it has tons of miles on it.
Nothing trashes a vehicle more than hail. Summer storms often bring hail; and whether it is small or large, it will damage your vehicle. If you know bad weather that might bring hail or high winds that will knock down trees is coming, get your vehicle inside if possible. If you have no way of storing your Chevy in a garage and a hail storm is coming, cover it with thick blankets. That will keep smaller hail from putting a billion dents in your vehicle.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are extremely destructive to the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Using a sunshade in the windshield or keeping your vehicle inside whenever possible helps alleviate ultraviolet ray damage.
Additionally, you should condition the interior with the appropriate products for the dash, leather seats and other materials in the vehicle. Wash your vehicle at least one per month – and more if you get tons of mud on it. Wax your Chevy at least every three months. If you keep a good coat of wax on the paint, the sun’s rays will do less damage.
Vacuum the carpets frequently. Even if you have floor mats, which is a good idea, sand and liquid can get into the carpets and will eventually ruin them. The floor mats also protect your carpets from the sun’s rays – the carpet will fade if it’s not protected. Keeping dirt from getting ground into the carpets also lengthens the life and keeps them looking new.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle if you are ready for something new and exciting this summer. If you are not quite ready, be sure to call us to set up a service appointment for maintenance – engine maintenance is just as important as protecting your Chevy from the elements.