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.
Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to bring your vehicle in to Classic Chevrolet to have it checked out. If it’s near time for service, have it serviced before you leave instead of bringing it in when you get back – you’ll feel better about knowing that everything has been checked and that your vehicle is ready for a road trip.
You’ll also need to pack the necessities for your road trip – and these are not the things you’ll be using every day. These are things you may need in the event of an emergency. If you already have an emergency kit, be sure to rotate the food and water in the kit so you have fresh for the road trip.
Food and Water
Even in the warm months, you need an emergency kit that will sustain you and protect you from the elements should you get stranded. Each person should have a couple liters of water and enough high-energy food for at least one meal for two to three days. You may use high-energy bars, peanut butter and jelly, peanuts, nuts and other foods that store well. Chocolate is a great high-energy food; however, it melts too easily.
First Aid and Safety
Make sure you have an extensive first aid kit that includes several sizes of bandages, gauze, tape, a needle and thread, antibacterial cream, eye wash, tweezers, cleaning solution for cuts, alcohol pads and more. The smaller kits that are available do not have nearly enough in them for just one person, never mind a whole family.
You should also have at least one flashlight, extra batteries, a flare gun and reflective triangles especially if you will be traveling in a remote area. Never rely on your cell phone – you may get stranded in an area that has no service.
Pack an extra change of clothing plus a blanket for everyone. Even summer nights could get cool in some parts of the country. The extra clothing comes in handy if you get stranded on your way home and everything else is dirty or if you get stranded on the way to your destination – you won’t have to look for a washing machine.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or at least checked before you leave on a road trip so you better eliminate the chance of being stranded.
When planning your vacation, you have some extra steps to do if you are taking your pet on the road this summer. One of the biggest things is to be sure that your vehicle is safe for your pet. If you have a large dog and you prefer to crate, you’ll need more than a sedan. Smaller dogs or even large dogs that will wear a pet seat belt will be good in a sedan or coupe with a large enough back seat. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and you want to take your pet, make that one of your considerations when test driving a vehicle at Classic Chevrolet.
Many people let their pets ride loose in the vehicle; however, this is not only dangerous for your pet, but for you, too. Your pet may cause you to become distracted and that could cause you to get into an accident. You’ll take a chance of injuring or killing yourself and your pet.
Be sure to either crate your pet or put a seat belt on your pet to keep its movements restricted. The last thing you need while driving is for your pet to try to get into the front seat with you.
The other danger is caused by other drivers. If someone else causes an accident, not only do you have a chance of getting injured or killed, but so does your pet. Even if you and your pet are not injured, your pet could escape and run out on the highway.
While traveling with your pet, be sure you have food and water available. If your pet is crated, you can tie a 5-gallon bucket with about 2 gallons of water in it to the crate – if there is room in the crate. If you feed more than once per day, be prepared to stop for meals. And of course, be prepared to stop for potty breaks for your pet.
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When you visit Classic Chevy to pick out a new vehicle, take your pet’s needs into consideration if you plan on traveling with it this summer.
If you are in the market for an SUV or a crossover, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the top SUV models including the Traverse, Equinox, Suburban and Tahoe. If you prefer something smaller, test drive the Traverse or Equinox; and if you prefer medium to large, test drive the Tahoe and Suburban.
Common Interior Features
Depending on the model you choose and the trim level, interior features may include leather-appointed seats, heated seats, power seats, power lumbar and recline, memory seats, front and rear cup holders, a console with storage, SD card slot, auxiliary jack, a tilt and telescopic steering column with mounted audio and cruise controls, a driver information display, power door locks, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, express up and down windows, a universal home remote, theft deterrent for unauthorized entry, climate control, dual- or tri-zone air conditioning, a rear window defroster and wiper, 110-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and assist handles.
Common Safety and Security Features
Safety and security features that are common in Chevrolet SUV models include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, StabiliTrak, brake assist, traction control, front and side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, side impact and head curtain side impact airbags for the outboard seating, an occupant-sensing system for the airbags, OnStar Directions and Connections, rear parking assist, a rear vision camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Higher trim levels may also feature forward collision alert, lane departure warning and a safety alert seat.
Additional features may include daytime running lights, heated power door mirrors and variably intermittent wipers.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive any of the four SUV or crossover models we have on our lot. Ask your salesperson about the various features for the different trim levels and whether we have any lease or finance special running on these models.
The accessories you choose for your vehicle depends on the type of vehicle you are driving – or the type you intend on buying or leasing from Classic Chevy. You can make your Chevy your own with certain accessories – or you can make your vehicle more practical.
Pick up a bed extender to add an extra 2 feet to the bed of your truck. These come in handy when you need to haul 8-foot lumber in a 6-foot bed. The bed extender fits over the open tailgate and keeps things from falling out of the bed.
Bedliners and mats keep the inside of the bed from being scratched up from the things you haul. They also keep things from sliding around in the back.
If you add a toolbox to your bed, you may want to add a bed step so that you can reach into the center of the box without having to climb in the bed of the truck.
One of the neatest accessories for a Silverado, especially if you like to camp or go hunting, is a sport tent. The tent is water- resistant and converts the bed into a camper. The tent features a waterproof floor and is made specifically for the Silverado bed.
Cars have limited space so a roof rack is a good addition if you are constantly trying to cram big things in the back seat or the cargo area. Choose from cargo management items to better organize the trunk, remote start if your vehicle didn’t come equipped with it, license plate holders, a spoiler kit, window deflectors and splash guards. Interior accessories include door sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers.
No matter what you drive, you should have a good first aid kit and a roadside assistance package in the event of an emergency. You can also pick these items up at our accessory shop.
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Visit Classic Chevrolet to pick up or have accessories installed or to have other service completed on your vehicle. If you are looking for a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your next new car, truck or SUV.
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Winterizing your vehicle is something that is usually done before the first cold snap – or just after, if the first cold snap takes you by surprise. However, if you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done now instead of taking chances of breaking down or getting stuck in an accident in the snow and cold.
In addition to ensuing your tires are appropriate to the season, be sure to check the tread and air pressure. At a minimum, you should have all-season tires. You should have plenty of tread so you’ll have better traction in the rain and snow. Air pressure is important, too – too much or too little air will reduce traction, making it easier to spin out.
Most vehicles have ABS and driveline traction control and ABS brakes. If your ABS light is on, call Classic Chevrolet for an appointment to repair the ABS system. In addition to ensuring that the computer systems are working properly, including the sensors, make sure the brake pads and rotors have enough meat on them for ultimate stopping power. Grooved rotors and thin brake pads could cause the brakes to give out at any time.
Fluids and Fuel
Always check and top off the fluids. When topping off the coolant, be sure to use the appropriate antifreeze. If you use just water, you’ll dilute the mixture and eventually will have more water than antifreeze – and that could cause your engine block could freeze.
It’s always a good idea to keep your fuel tank filled up when the temperature drops below freezing. If you do get stuck in a storm you’ll have a full tank and a better chance of keeping warm until help can get to you.
While it is important to keep all fluids filled, one of more important fluids is your vehicle’s wiper fluid. Don’t use just water – use the fluid from the auto parts store as it has antifreeze in it. If it’s slushy out or raining, snow, ice, mud and crud can hinder your view. A full tank of washer fluid allows you to see clearly.
Make sure you have a winter emergency kit available. This means that you have the typical items such as a first aid kit and flares, plus you have extra blankets, hats, gloves, extra batteries and matches at a minimum. High energy food and bottles of water should be in your kit, too.
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Visit Classic Chevy today to have your vehicle maintained and winterized if you have not done it yet. Be sure you have the supplies to help you survive and keep warm should you get stuck in a storm.
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If you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done as soon as possible. The certified technicians at Classic Chevrolet will be glad to help you ready your vehicle for winter’s harsh months whether you are driving a pickup truck, SUV, crossover, sedan, minivan or sports car.
If you haven’t had your radiator flushed in the past three to five years, it’s a good idea to get it done and to ensure that you have the proper mixture of water and antifreeze for the winter. Antifreeze not only keeps the block from freezing during severe cold temperatures, but it also keeps the block from rusting. It also lengthens the life of the engine’s freeze plugs and any metal water piping.
Always be sure the fluids are topped off and that your vehicle has no leaks. This includes power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. If you don’t repair a leak and you end up losing all of a certain fluid, you could be stranded in the freezing cold weather with no way to keep warm.
If your vehicle does not have all season or mud and snow tires, you should change your tires immediately. “Summer” tires or highway tires don’t have enough traction for snowy roads and that could cause an accident. Also, if you do have the proper tires but the tread is nearly worn to nothing, change the tires as soon as possible.
Not only do you need to make sure you have enough material on your vehicle’s brake pads, but you must also be sure the power brake booster, calipers and hoses are all in good working condition. Most vehicles have ABS brakes. If your vehicle’s ABS light is lit, stop by our service department to have the ABS checked and repaired.
Your vehicle should have an emergency kit – at the minimum, a first aid kit. However, in the winter you’ll want to add several things for a good emergency kit including blankets, bottled water, nonperishable high-energy food, a shovel, a flare gun and flares, safety triangles, a set of dry clothes, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a heavy winter jacket.
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Visit Classic Chevy to get your vehicle ready for winter and to reduce your chances of being stranded with no heat. Even if you are confident that your vehicle won’t break down on you, you never know when someone else on the road could cause you to slide into a snowbank at a time a tow truck can’t get to you.
Before you visit Classic Chevrolet to test drive a vehicle, you have to decide which one is the bests for you. Most of your decision will depend on your family’s needs and your financial position. It will also depend on the other vehicle or vehicles that you may already own.
Before you can even make a partial decision, you have to know what your financial position is. Determine how much you have to put down on the vehicle. The more you can put on the down payment, the less your monthly payment will be. This includes the value of a trade if you are trading in a vehicle. We will value your trade for you if you bring it in. Add any cash that you are able to put toward the down payment.
Second, you have to know your credit score. The higher your credit score, the lower the interest rate – and you’ll also have a better chance of getting the vehicle you want. If you have a fair or good credit score, your interest rate will be higher, thus lowering the amount of vehicle you can afford. If you have an excellent credit rating, you’ll get a lower interest rate and will be able to afford a vehicle with a higher principal.
Your Family’s Needs
Once you determine how much you can afford in monthly car payments, you can then choose the vehicle that is the best fit for your family. Whether you need a work truck for light work such as hauling tools or a light trailer or a heavy duty truck for hauling a horse trailer with several horses – or you need an SUV or sedan for the family, your choice will depend on your needs and financial picture.
Choose More Than One
Plan to test drive more than one vehicle unless you need a Silverado 3500HD. If you are buying a vehicle for your family and are not concerned with a work truck, then be prepared to test drive a couple sedans and / or SUV models. Try to pick vehicles that you think are in your price range – the car-buying process will be quicker if you know what you can afford and what you will qualify for.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one or more vehicles to finish the decision process. You may like an Impala on paper, but a Tahoe might be better for your family, so keep your mind open.
Once you decide to get a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you have to determine whether you want to lease or outright purchase a vehicle. Things you need to take into consideration include your lifestyle and financial picture. If you want a new car every couple of years or you want something that costs more than you could afford, you might consider leasing. Purchasing also has its benefits – if you’re the type who likes to save money and drive a car until it’s dead, then leasing might not be for you.
Advantages of Leasing a Vehicle
Advantages include having lower monthly payments, having to put down less money for a down payment, you can “afford” a “better” car, your repair costs are lower since you are leasing a new car under warranty, you get to trade it in for something new every two or three years, you don’t have any trade in squabbles at the end of the lease and you pay sales tax only on the part of the vehicle you finance.
Advantages of Buying a Vehicle
When you buy a vehicle, you can modify it as you please and not have to worry about putting it back the way it was or getting charged for your modifications, buying is more economical if you’re the type who keeps a vehicle longer than a typical lease term, you don’t get penalized for driving more miles than is allowed on a leased vehicle, and you can sell the car whenever you want – you don’t have to wait for a three-year lease to end.
As you can see, there are advantages whether you buy or lease a vehicle. Along with those advantages come the disadvantages. If you lease, you don’t own the vehicle at the end of the lease, your yearly mileage is limited, the contracts to lease can sometimes be confusing, leasing is more expensive in the long run unless you sell or trade in your purchased vehicle every four to five years, you get charged for wear and tear on the vehicle and if your driving needs change, it will cost you to break the lease.
Just as leasing has its disadvantages, so does buying, including requiring a higher down payment, higher monthly payments, paying for maintenance costs and having more of your cash tied up in the initial purchase of the vehicle.
Again, to buy or to lease depends on what you want and how often you want to get a new vehicle. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle and then determine whether it’s more beneficial to you to lease or buy.
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.