Road Safety for Parents

Kids safe in car

Not only is it Spring Break right now for many North Texans, but summer isn’t too far off either. Since you’re probably planning some road trips in the near future, now’s the perfect time to brush up on car safety, especially if you have kids.

This comprehensive guide on road safety for parents, from SR22 Insurance, will help you make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your kids safe as you travel, whether it’s to drop them off at school or to strike out cross-country on an epic family road trip.

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When you’re traveling this spring break (or beyond), don’t forget to stop and see us at Classic Chevrolet. We’re your one-stop Texas auto dealership for sales, service, parts, and accessories. Part of safe driving is making certain that your vehicle is safe to operate. That boils down to having your car or truck serviced regularly, something that Classic Chevy can help you with.

Why You Should Take a Test Drive at Classic Chevrolet

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When you find that perfect vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, whether you find it online or because you stopped by the showroom, you should take a test drive. Taking a test drive prevents buyer’s remorse for many reasons, including comfort while driving or riding and features available for various models and trim levels.

Ensure It’s Spacious

While you might like a vehicle’s looks, you should take a test drive to ensure that it’s a good fit. If you are a taller person, some vehicles may not have enough legroom or headroom. If you are shorter, the seats may not move forward enough so that you can comfortably reach the pedals.

And if you have a larger family and love to take road trips, or plan on carpooling, you’ll definitely want to ensure that the rear and third row seats have plenty of room for adults or teens, not just smaller children. Without a test drive, you won’t know until it’s too late – then you won’t be happy with your purchase.

See How It Rides

Even though the vehicle you fall in love with looks great and has plenty of space, you might not like the ride. Many new vehicles have settings for steering and the transmission, though some don’t and you might not like how the vehicle rides. Also, you may not find that the seats are comfortable enough for you. Taking a test drive allows you to evaluate whether you are comfortable with the ride.

Verify Features

While everything might be what you want – fit, comfort, ride – if you buy a vehicle without test driving it, you may later learn that the model does not have certain features you need; or that it might have features you don’t want. While many features are listed on our website and in our blog posts, not every feature is always included in every vehicle. Taking a test drive allows you to look for and test certain features.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the vehicle or vehicles you have in mind so that you can make the best choice for your wants and needs.

Choosing an SUV vs Sedan

Classic Chevy here, giving you the best information on sedans and SUVs. First of all, if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you might be wondering which type of vehicle to buy. Sedans and SUVs have different benefits and we’re here to run them down for you so you can make a great decision when you buy.

SUVs

If you’re looking to buy an SUV, you might want to consider a few pros and cons.

The pros:

  • You may have optional four-wheel drive.
  • You have more space in the SUV to carry items and people.
  • You can take SUVs on camping expeditions and into rough terrain.

The cons:

  • Gas is expensive with many older SUVs, and if the MPG rating isn’t great, you’ll be looking at spending a lot of money at the pump.
  • Larger vehicles may need more upkeep.
  • You may have difficulty getting up to speed as quickly as you can in a sedan.

Sedans

If you’re considering a sedan, you can think about these pros and cons:

The pros:

  • Sedans typically get more miles to the gallon than SUVs, which means you’ll save money on gas.
  • Sedans are quicker in many cases, so you can get up to higher speeds on highways.
  • Sedans are closer to the ground, so they may feel more stable.

The cons:

  • Sedans can’t hold as much as an SUV, so if you plan on long trips with multiple people, you could run out of space or feel cramped.
  • Sedans don’t normally have four-wheel drive unless you upgrade your package.
  • Sedans may not be able to handle rough terrain or inclement weather conditions as well as SUVs.

When it comes down to your decision, you’ll need to know what you plan to do with a sedan or SUV before you buy. Your lifestyle will be a major factor in the need for either one of these vehicles.

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Regardless of which type of vehicle you prefer, come see us at Classic Chevy – our inventory is sure to have something to suit your needs.

Top 5 Reasons to Get a New Chevy in 2018

Drivers tend to get attached to their vehicles. After all, your vehicle is something you use every day, and it’s a place where you’ve made plenty of memories. However, there comes a time when you need to break up with an old vehicle that’s dragging you down. Maybe the gas mileage is poor, maybe the repairs are breaking the bank or maybe the safety features aren’t adequate. The New Year is the time to do it!

These 5 reasons ought to give you enough of an excuse to ditch your old ride for a new Chevrolet.

1. Your vehicle’s repairs are exceeding its value. It often seems easier to repair an old vehicle than buy a new one, but here at Classic Chevrolet, we make purchasing your new vehicle easy and affordable. Stop throwing money (which you’ll never get back) into a beater that continues to decrease in value.

2. The mileage is high. High mileage probably means you’ve taken good care of your vehicle, but it also means costly repairs are just around the corner.

3. Safety features are limited. Older cars certainly have fewer safety features than newer ones, and that can put you and your loved ones in danger every time you get behind the wheel. Come talk to us at Classic Chevrolet to get into a safer, more reliable vehicle for an unbelievably affordable price.

4. Your family doesn’t want to be seen in it. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but if your family doesn’t want to be seen in your vehicle, it may be time to get a new one.

5. You’re spending way too much on gas. Every year, Chevy vehicles are getting increasingly fuel efficient, and you could be saving big bucks. Chevy offers a wide selection of extremely affordable, fuel efficient vehicles to help you start your 2018 budget in the right direction.

 

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet today if it’s time to upgrade your ride in the new year.

Car Won’t Start? It May Be Your Battery

When it’s cold out, it is entirely feasible that you walk out to start your car and it won’t start – even if you have a newer battery. A no-start situation could be for just about any reason; however, the first thing you should check is the charging system. You’ll need a voltmeter to do this; and you can pick one up at any auto parts store or at many dealerships including Classic Chevrolet.

Step 1: Set the voltmeter to volts. Touch the red lead to the positive battery terminal and the black lead to the negative battery terminal. If the voltmeter reads at least 12 volts, you have enough voltage in the battery; however, you could have a dead cell, which means that you don’t have enough amperage to activate the starter.

Step 2: Holding the leads on the battery terminals, have someone try to start the vehicle. If the voltage drops below 10, you don’t have enough amperage to start the vehicle. Charge or replace the battery.

Step 3: Once you charge the battery, you’ll need to test it again. With the vehicle running, touch the red lead to the positive battery terminal and the black lead to the negative battery terminal. If the voltage is less than 13.5, the alternator is most likely not charging well, though the battery could have a low charge. If you are sure the battery is completely charged, you’ll need to replace the alternator.

Step 4: Turn the vehicle off. Leaving the leads on the terminals, have someone start the vehicle while you are watching the voltmeter. If the battery voltage drops to 10 volts or less, the battery is bad and will not hold a charge. If the voltage does not drop below 10.5 yet does not rise above 12.5 when the vehicle is running, the alternator is weak and should be replaced.

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It is also possible to have a bad battery and alternator. If the battery had to work too hard because the alternator was not charging, you could have drained the battery so that it will never recover. If you need a new battery, alternator or both, call the service department at Classic Chevy to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle repaired.

New Year Car Organization Tips

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You don’t have to wait until spring to do some organizing and cleaning. A clean car is a happy car and the new year, with its numerous resolutions, is all about finding happiness. Try these organization tips to get your car neater and more pleasant to drive.

Get a Backseat Organizer

With numerous choices on the market, you can find a good backseat organizer at most stores. Just strap one to the back of a front or mid-row seat and keep the clutter off the seats and floor. This is especially great for kids in the back seat on longer road trips. All of their toys and games can be stowed on the organizer, which will help control the clutter.

Get a Car Trash Can

These can also go on the back of a seat, but regardless of where they’re placed, they can help immensely. We all know the situation: you’ve got a bunch of trash you don’t know what to do with, maybe the remains of a fast food meal you had to eat in the car. Lacking options, you toss it behind you into the back seat and forget all about it. A few days later, that forgotten bag starts to smell. Avoid having a trashy vehicle by having a designated place to put all your trash.

Evaluate the Essentials and Toss the Rest

If you still find you have too much clutter, go to your car the next opportunity that you have, clean out what’s obviously trash, and then look at what items are left. If you don’t expect ice, do you really need the ice scraper? If it’s the depths of winter and the days are cloudy, do you really need that sun visor? The best way to deal with clutter is to simply eliminate it and avoid putting it back in your car.

Use Storage Areas Whenever Possible

This seems like common sense, but it’s worth mentioning. Whatever you do keep in your car, stow it away in one of the vehicle’s storage areas. Put whatever you can (as neatly as you can) into the glove box, under the seats, and in the trunk.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Chevy and start over with a clean slate. Classic Chevy can also help you to get your car in good shape with maintenance and service.

The 5 Signs You Know You Need to Change Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers don’t last forever, and when they fail, they can cause serious vehicle safety issues. Fully-functioning windshield wipers make driving in undesirable weather conditions easier, so you can arrive at your destination safely and on time. These five signs that prove you need to change your windshield wipers could save you from a number of inconveniences and dangers down the road.

1. Check for smears or streaks. If your wipers are causing smears or streaks on your windshield, it’s likely you need new wiper blades. Listen carefully for scraping or chattering sounds when you use your wipers. These sounds are also indications that you should replace your wipers before they fail and leave you in a difficult situation.

2. Examine your wipers for dirt, debris or tears. Take a look at your wiper blades and wipe them with a damp cloth to help discover any tears or breaks in the rubber edge. Keep an eye out for anything that refrains your wiper from sliding snuggly against the glass.

3. Take note of your wipers while driving. You can tell a lot about the condition of your wipers when using them. If the blades are pulling away from your windshield when you’re traveling at high speeds, instead of resting tightly against the windshield, it’s likely they need to be replaced.

4. Examine the metal arm of the wiper to ensure it is not cracked or bent in any places. If you see any cracks or bent pieces, the wiper is probably not resting properly on your windshield and is creating the smears you see and chattering sounds you hear when using them.

5. You haven’t changed them in more than 6 months. Most wipers need replacing after roughly 6 months of use. This is usually when they begin to lose their snug fitting and fail to provide clear vision when driving in rain and other undesirable weather conditions. Fortunately, windshield wipers are an inexpensive vehicle accessory, especially here at Classic Chevrolet, and they can be changed in a matter of seconds.

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There’s no reason to worry if you experience any of the above difficulties with your vehicle. Simply bring your car, truck or SUV to Classic Chevrolet, and our certified service repair team will replace your wipers quickly and affordably. We can also inspect your entire vehicle to determine what precautions you need to take to keep your vehicle in top condition. Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us in Grapevine, Texas, today.

Keeping Warm this Winter

Whether you’re outside playing in the cold and snow or you just brought a load of groceries in, you’ll want some favorite ways to keep warm. Or, you may be looking for ways to keep warm if your vehicle breaks down and you’re waiting for a tow truck; or the power goes out because of an ice storm. One of the ways to ensure you don’t break down in the vehicle is to have it serviced regularly at Classic Chevrolet.

While it doesn’t get very cold here in DFW, you might travel this holiday season like many other Americans. If you’re heading somewhere where the snow piles up and the ice lies thick on the road, keep these tips in mind to stay warm.

Keeping Warm in Your Vehicle

Keeping your vehicle serviced lessens the chance of it breaking down on you; however, it does not lessen the chance of sliding into a snow bank. The last thing you want to do is to constantly run the vehicle, especially if you don’t expect a tow truck right away. You’ll want enough gas to get you to the nearest gas station if you’re stuck.

You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including extra blankets. Let the vehicle run for about 10 minutes every hour to keep the temperature somewhat reasonable and keep yourself wrapped in blankets. If you are planning a trip to a less inhabited area, it’s also a good idea to bring a thermos of hot coffee or hot cocoa. This will also keep you warm while you are waiting for help.

Keeping Warm Outside

Whether you’re outside for fun or because you have to be, keep warm by wearing layers of loose clothing. Tight clothing will not keep you warm. Long Johns and sweat pants will help keep you warm while you’re shoveling snow or having a snowball fight. Wear mittens instead of gloves to keep your hands warmer. And wear a hat too. If your jacket has a hood, put the hood up over the hat.

Keeping Warm Inside

If you lose power and don’t have wood heat, keep warm by closing off all of the rooms that you are not using. Have everyone stay in one room. If you have a generator, run a space heater, but be sure you do it safely. Never run the oven to try to keep the house warm. Wrap yourselves in blankets to help stay warm. If you are using a propane space heater designed to work inside, be sure the room is ventilated.

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How to Prepare Your Chevy for the Cooler Months Ahead

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, especially if you have holiday travel plans that take you north. 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.

Tires

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.

Other Mechanics

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.

Emergency Kit

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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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service.

Why Own a 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.

Safety Rating

The 2017 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!

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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.