How to Get Your Chevy Summer Ready

5-26-2016

Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or your Chevy is older, you’ll want to get it ready for the summer. You are most likely going to put more miles on your vehicle during the summer months because of vacations and road trips. This means you’ll need to do a bit more maintenance.

Recommended Maintenance

Be sure you have the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance completed on your vehicle. Even if you are not quite at the recommended mileage, have it completed if you expect to take a road trip that could will exceed the mileage or time for maintenance.

Exterior

Wash and wax your vehicle, even if you are not planning on a road trip until the middle of the summer. The hotter sun, dust and bugs will take a toll on the paint. Let the summer take its toll on the wax instead of the paint.

Emergency Kit

Rotate bottled water and emergency food in your emergency kit. You can also remove the heavier jackets and blankets in favor of lighter jackets, umbrellas and lighter blankets. Double check the first aid kit to ensure that nothing has been used. And, rotate the batteries. Use the batteries you put in the vehicle in the fall and put new batteries in the emergency kit.

If you plan on traveling to remote areas, you may also want to add a small tent to the emergency kit. If you happen to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, you could sleep in the vehicle if it will be a day for help to get to you; however, sleeping in a tent might be more comfortable, especially if you have kids with you.

Tires

Don’t forget to check the tires. Check for uneven wear and check the tire pressure. If the tread is almost down to the tread bars, change the tires instead of waiting.

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Car Safety Tips for Your Furry Friend

It’s National Pet Month, and if you’re like many pet owners, you probably want to take your pet everywhere you go. There’s no denying that road trips can be fun for you and your furry friend, but there are a number of steps you should take before loading your pup into the vehicle and hitting the road.

The following tips and pet safety items will help you and your pet enjoy your spring and summer adventures to the fullest.

1. Consider pet restraints.

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Pet restraints aren’t required by law, but there are a number of pet restraints, or pet seatbelts, available on the market. These devices can provide peace of mind for the driver, keep pets from causing distraction and keep them safe in case of emergency.

2. Use a crate if possible.

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A crate is a useful pet restraint that may be more familiar to your furry friend. If a pet crate, that’s large enough for your pet to stand and turn around inside, fits in the rear of your vehicle, it can be one of the most effective ways of keeping you and your pet safe on the road. Load the crate with your pet’s favorite toys, bed and water to ensure a comfortable, stress-free ride.

3. Test drive your pet first.

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The only way to find out if your pet is a good road traveler is to take a number of smaller road trips first. Start by driving around the block, then advance to longer journeys to ensure your pet doesn’t get sick or stressed in the car.

4. Make sure your pet is prepared.

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Your pet needs his or her bags packed too. Be sure your pet is wearing a durable collar with a contact tag attached. Bring plenty of leashes, collars, toys and stop by the vet to pick up your pet’s health and rabies vaccination records. If you’ll be on the road for an extended amount of time, don’t forget heartworm medication and any other medications your pet needs.

5. Allow plenty of time.

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Many travelers assume road trips take the same amount of time with a pet in the back seat. That’s not the case. Pets need to be let out of the vehicle to exercise and relieve themselves roughly every 2 hours. Be sure to plan ahead for the time needed for frequent stops.

6. Feeding times may be different.

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You don’t want to take your pet off of his or her normal feeding schedule if you don’t have to. However, you should give your pet a light meal roughly 3 to 4 hours before departure. Remember never to feed your pet in a moving vehicle.

7. Use the right vehicle.

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It’s important to road trip in a vehicle that is comfortable for you and your pet. A number of the Chevrolet sport utility vehicles available here at Classic Chevrolet are exactly what you need to adventure with your furry friend.

GM Expands Discounts for Military Veterans & Spouses

5-3-2016

Twenty-one million veterans are now eligible for a discount on select Chevy vehicles that are available at Classic Chevrolet. Normally, the discount is open to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retirees and their spouses and those who have been separated within a year. Through May 31, 2016, regardless of separation date, veterans can take advantage of the military discount as GM honors National Military Appreciation Month. The discount is good on select Buick, Chevrolet and GMC models.

The discount is not available on the 2016 GMC Canyon SL, Acadia SL, Terrain SL, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze L manual, Cruze L Limited, Colorado base model, Impala Limited, Equinox L, Malibu L, Traverse LS base, Spark EV, the 2016 Buick Regal 1SV, Cascada 1SV, LaCrosse 1SV or the Verano 1SV.

Military members and veterans may combine the military discount with other incentives and could potentially save thousands on a new vehicle.

GM has supported the military since 1917 when 90 percent of its truck production was for WWI manufacturing. GM stepped up again during WWII by converting all of its plants to support Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Arsenal of Democracy.” No other manufacturer has produced as many military vehicles than GM.

Today, GM still supports the military with discounts; and the auto manufacturer hires and helps the newest generation of veterans when they return home. GM is a national partner of Hiring Our Heroes, which helped to find jobs for over 500,000 vets since 2012. You can do your part in helping by supporting GM when you choose a GM vehicle for your next new vehicle.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle and to learn more about your favorite model’s features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about the military discount and any other discounts we may be running on certain vehicles.

Ultimate Grad Gift Ideas: Chevy Style

Every little bit helps when you’re headed off to college, and Chevy understands that. That’s why the esteemed American vehicle manufacturer offers the Chevy College Discount Program. The program helps college students, recent graduates and grad students a chance to purchase vehicles at a below-MSRP price. The following five Chevy gift ideas will help you choose a reliable, affordable and safe vehicle for your favorite grad.

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1. The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is a city-smart SUV for grads who need more space for cargo without the poor gas mileage typically associated with SUVs. It’s an SUV that can easily, safely and affordably be driven in the city and way beyond.

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2. The new Chevy Sonic is an ultra affordable small, sporty car that can get up to an EPA-estimated 40 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Even better, this compact vehicle features 10 air bags and was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick by The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

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3. The 2016 Chevy Cruze Limited offers the amenities you’d expect from a high-end, luxury sedan in the convenience and affordability of a compact car. Buy your special grad the Cruze Eco Limited, and they’ll enjoy up to an EPA-estimated 42 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

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4. Opt for the 2016 Chevy Spark, and your grad will travel in style to and from school, home for the holidays and everywhere in between. This fuel-efficient vehicle features 10 airbags and a starting MSRP of just $12,660.

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5. Purchase the Chevy Malibu Limited, and your grad will enjoy the luxuries, safety and technology of this stylish sedan long after graduation. If you’re looking for a gift that will keep giving, the 2016 Chevy Malibu Limited is it.

Find out more about how you can save big on a vehicle for your grad with the Chevy College Discount Program by contacting us at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

Should I Lease or Finance my New Chevy?

4-21-2016

When you choose Classic Chevrolet, you have a choice of leasing or financing. You may want to lease because you like a new vehicle every few years, or you may want to finance because a vehicle lasts you for quite a long time if you don’t put a lot of miles on it.

Benefits of Leasing

When you lease, you get more car for your money. Since you are paying only on the depreciation payments are lower, which means you can go for a more expensive vehicle. Depending on your credit, you may have to come up with a large down payment if you purchase a vehicle. Because you are financing less money for a lease, the down payment could be less. Just keep in mind that the more you put down up front, the less the monthly payments will be; and this goes for leasing or buying.

For those who prefer a new vehicle that is always covered under warranty, leasing might be better. Most leases last approximately three years, and this is usually the length of the new car bumper to bumper warranties. When the lease is up, you pick up a new vehicle with another new warranty. And, you always get any new upgrades or technologies the auto manufacturer implements.

The Downside of Leasing

When you lease a vehicle, you are limited to the number of miles you can drive. Once you pass the restrictions, you are charged a fee per mile you drive. Depending on how much overage you have, those extra miles could really add up, giving you a huge payment when you turn the vehicle in.

You won’t be able to make any modifications to the vehicle unless they are minor modifications that can be reversed before you turn it in. You’ll have to pay a fee for any alterations you make that are not reversed.

And the biggest downside to leasing is that you’re just renting the vehicle and paying interest to finance it. You won’t be building up any equity in the vehicle. You’ll either have to lease a new vehicle, but the vehicle from the dealership or finance another vehicle.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Financing

When you finance a vehicle, you can keep it as long as you want. And, you own the vehicle once the loan is paid off, which means you can build equity in the vehicle. You can also make any modifications you want. And, you are not charged for going over the mileage restrictions.

If you keep the vehicle in good shape, once the loan is paid off, it’s yours and you won’t have any more car payments. Ah, the freedom!

When you finance, you roll the dice on the vehicle’s residual value. If you plan on keeping the vehicle for over five years, this isn’t as important, but if you sell the vehicle four or five years down the road, you could actually lose money.

And, you might need a large down payment to purchase a new vehicle – up to 20 percent. To get the payments to fit in your budget, you’ll have to increase the number of months you finance the vehicle. And when you do that, you are paying more interest.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle and take into consideration the benefits of leasing or financing to decide which way is best for your situation.

The Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Chevy with Your Tax Refund

It’s tax season, and for many, that means getting a big fat refund check in the mail. It’s easy to splurge on a vacation, a new flat-screen TV, or a few big nights out, but there’s a wiser way to spend your refund check. Invest your tax refund into a brand-new Chevy, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a long-lasting, stylish and luxurious vehicle for 2016 and beyond. These 10 reasons to buy a Chevy will convince you to head to Classic Chevrolet and make a wise investment today.

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1. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Chevy vehicles the highest in initial quality in the categories of midsize sporty car, large car, large heavy duty pickup, large light duty pickup, and large CUV.

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2. The Chevy Camaro, Impala, Silverado HD, Avalanche, and Tahoe received the lowest number of issues per 100 vehicles among the previously listed categories. That means you can purchase your new vehicle with confidence.

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3. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was named the 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and the 2016 Colorado took home the prize as the 2016 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

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4. Chevrolet vehicles continue to earn top marks for safety and performance. The Chevy Volt was named the 2016 Green Car of the Year, the Equinox was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and the Tahoe was named one of the 15 Best Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book.

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5. Chevy vehicles are backed by some of the best warranties in the business, including bumper-to-bumper coverage for three years or 36,000 miles, powertrain coverage for 5 years or 60,000 miles, and sheet metal coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles. Chevy’s 2016 Warranty Coverage extends far beyond buyers’ expectations.

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6. You can get an even more amazing deal on Chevy’s 2015 models, which are on sale for unbelievably low prices this spring at Classic Chevrolet. Many qualified buyers will receive a 0-percent APR for 60 months on most remaining 2015 Chevy vehicles.

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7. Classic Chevrolet is home to more than 2,500 Chevrolet cars, trucks, and SUVs, which means you’ll find the exact vehicle you’re seeking without having to make any sacrifices.

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8. Chevy drivers enjoy more fuel efficiency than other drivers on the road. The Avalanche features a best-in-class fuel economy, the Cobalt offers best-in-class highway miles-per-gallon, and the Colorado’s 5-cylinder engine provides more horsepower and better fuel economy than the Toyota Tacoma. Chevy lovers don’t find it surprising that most Chevy vehicles achieve better fuel economies than comparable vehicles in their classes.

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9. March is Chevy’s Truck Month, which means you can save thousands on the brand-new Chevy truck of your dreams.

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10. You can finally get behind the wheel of the car, truck, or SUV of your dreams. Brand-new Chevy vehicles are now offered at better prices than ever. You can get into a 2016 Chevy Cruze, and numerous other luxurious, stylish and powerful Chevy vehicles, for less than $200 per month.

Spring Cleaning Tips Chevy Style!

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The official start of spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to bring out the rags, buckets and soap for a serious spring cleaning on the interior and exterior your vehicle. Here at Classic Chevrolet, we’re experts at detailing vehicles, and we’d love to share some of our insight with our loyal customers and followers. The following are 10 easy-to-follow tips that will help you clean the winter grime off of your vehicle and make it look and feel like new.

1. Use a scrub brush or air compressor on carpets. 

An air compressor will help you blow the dirt out of the tight weaving of your vehicle’s carpets, so you can vacuum it up quickly. A stiff brush will also work as an alternative to an air compressor or in addition to one for an even deeper clean.

2. Use cleaners that are non-acid based.

Acid-based cleaners are often used by the professionals, but it’s best that everyday car enthusiasts clean with non-acid based ones. Acid-based cleaners, if not used correctly, can damage painted or alloy wheels.

3. Use your hands.

Hand washing is the best way to get a deep clean on your vehicle’s exterior, so put the brushes away and roll up your sleeves.

4. Make sure you get the paint clean.

It’s easy to wash your vehicle once and consider it clean, but it often takes more than one wash to thoroughly clean your vehicle’s paint. Once dry, run your hand across the surface of your vehicle. If it feels gritty, it needs to be cleaned again.

5. Protect your paint.

The fresh coat of wax your vehicle had when it left the factory has probably worn away. In fact, vehicle wax wears away every few months. Use a paste or liquid wax to to ensure your paint shines properly and is protected from hazards.

6. Clean out your winter mess.

It’s amazing what your vehicle can acquire over the winter months — jackets, socks, windshield scrapers, bags of salt, hats, gloves and other winter supplies. Check your back seats and the trunk to ensure that all of the gear you don’t need is back in the house.

7. Check under the hood.

Pop your vehicle’s hood, wipe down the edges and remove and dirt, debris or leaves.

8. Clean the glass last.

Glass gathers all of the dirt from the other steps of the cleaning process, so it’s best to clean it last. Use a quality glass cleaner without ammonia and be sure to buff the glass with a microfiber cloth.

9. Replace your wipers.

Winters can be extremely harsh on your windshield wipers. Make sure your wipers are in proper working condition and replace them if they’re not.

10. Consider maintenance.

One of the best things you can do for your vehicle after a long winter is bring to our carefully trained mechanics here at Classic Chevrolet. Get your vehicle back in top working condition with an oil change, engine tune up, new tires, brakes or one of our many other services.

What to Do When You’ve Gone Flat

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A flat tire can easily ruin your day. However, a flat tire is even more frustrating when you’re not sure what do when one occurs. These 10 steps to fixing your flat tire will help you feel confident if you’re ever confronted with the hassle of a flat tire on a road trip or even your daily commute.

1. Locate a safe place to stop.

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Don’t panic when you come to the realization that you have a flat tire. Simply locate the nearest exit (if you’re on the freeway) or a safe, uncrowded place to pull off of the road. Choose a location with flat ground to make jacking your car off the ground easier.

2. Turn on your hazards.

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Your hazard lights will let everyone know that something is wrong with your vehicle and that they should pass you slowly. Once your hazards are on, locate your spare tire, jack and a wrench.

3. Loosen your tire’s lug nuts.

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You won’t need to remove your lug nuts at this point, so simply loosen them by turning your wrench counter-clockwise. You may need to put the wrench in place and stand on the wrench arm to loosen extremely tight lug nuts.

4. Start jacking your vehicle off the ground.

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Be sure your jack is securely in place, then jack your vehicle up roughly six inches. If you can’t locate your jack, your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you exactly where to find it.

5. Take the tire off.

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Now is the time to fully remove the lug nuts and take the tire off the car. Be careful not to let any of the lug nuts get lost. Pull the tire directly towards you and off of the vehicle.

6. Place your spare tire where the flat tire was.

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Carefully align the holes in the spare with the lug nut posts to ensure the tire is in the correct place. Push as hard as you can to make sure the tire is as far as it can go onto the wheel base.

7. Screw the lug nuts back on.

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You don’t need to fully screw them down yet, so just make sure they’re properly holding the wheel on the vehicle.

8. Lower your vehicle back to the ground.

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Use the jack to lower the car slowly to ground level. Remove the jack and set it out of the way.

9. Tighten the lug nuts.

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Now that the vehicle is on the ground, you can tighten the lug nuts one by one. Tighten one lug nut about 50-percent of the way, then tighten the opposite lug nut the same amount. Tighten the opposite lug nuts in this manner until they’re as tight as possible.

10. Carefully place the tools back in your trunk, making sure not to forget any items on the side of the road.

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Place the tire in your vehicle, so you can dispose of it properly.

When you’re in need of new tires or any other vehicle maintenance, there’s no better place to go than Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

Car Won’t Start? It May Be Your Battery

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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.

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

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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.

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.