Summer is here and that means it’s time for summer fun in the sun. Summer is a pleasant season for most, but it can mean a very unpleasant experience for your Classic Chevrolet. The heat, along with intense ultraviolet light, can be hard on everything, especially our vehicles. Everyone knows how important and vital sunscreen is since it protects our skin from harmful sun rays. But many fail to realize the sun can do just as much damage to our vehicle’s interior.
High temperatures get trapped inside our cars. On a hot day, your steering wheel can reach a scalding temperature of 159 degrees. Your seats can get as high as 160 degrees and the dashboard becomes a grueling 181 degrees. All of this can happen in a little as a few hours or even less. Did you know that the value of your car can decline as much as $1,000 to $2,000 just from interior sun damage? Let’s not waste another second. It’s time to start protecting your car’s interior and your investment.
Park in the Shade
Whenever you can, park in the shade. By far, this is one of the easiest forms of protection. You’re avoiding direct sunlight, which keeps your dashboard from drying and cracking. If you can’t park in the shade, use a windshield sun protector. This not only helps to keep your car cooler, it also prevents sun damage.
Protect Your Upholstery
There are many options for both vinyl and leather treatments that will protect the interiors surface along with blocking UV rays. Leather seats are more susceptible to drying out and cracking due to high temperatures. Make sure to apply a leather conditioner often. Another option is installing seat covers. Not only do they protect fabric and leather seats, but they will also keep them cooler. If you are able, another thing that will help is to have a tint installed on your Classic Chevy’s windows.
Crack Your Windows
Cracking your windows helps keep the inside temperatures lower and your car from turning into a giant oven. Excessively hot temperatures over time will cause interior surfaces to fade along with deteriorating. Leaving your windows cracked even an inch will create enough space to help vent the hot air out. Remember to keep these tips and advice in mind this summer.
Summer is in full swing and the Texas temperatures are as hot as ever. That means it’s time to start thinking about staying cool everywhere you go, whether you’re at home, outdoors or even in your vehicle. These seven must-have tips to help keep your car cool this summer, whether it’s parked or in motion, are exactly what you need to beat the Texas heat.
1. Use a solar shade to keep the sun’s harmful rays from coming inside your vehicle. Not only will a solar shade keep the interior of your vehicle up to 40 degrees cooler, it will protect the interior of your vehicle from fading and deterioration.
2. Use wet beach towels to soak up the heat. Summer is all about heading to the lake, ocean and pool, and your wet towels can keep your vehicle cool while you’re out doing other things. Wet towels absorb heat while drying at the same time.
3. Keep the air moving. There are a number of solar-powered items on the market to keep the air inside your vehicle moving while you’re not in there. If you don’t have one of these items, you can crack your windows or tilt your sunroof to allow air movement inside your vehicle. Although, you’ll want to be careful not to crack them so far that rain can pour through.
4. Consider tinting your windows. Some states have laws against certain tints, but most allow you to tint your windows to some extent. Window tinting is similar to sunglasses for your vehicle. It keeps light from entering and allows your vehicle to stay cooler on hot days, whether you’re parked or cruising down the road.
5. Opt for a vehicle with a remote start system. Many Chevrolet vehicles now come equipped with remote start systems, which means you can get the air conditioning inside your vehicle blasting before you enter. If you’re not in the market for a new vehicle, a remote start system can be installed in your existing car, truck or SUV.
6. Keep coolant in your vehicle. The word “antifreeze” can be misleading, and many people don’t know that it’s essential to have antifreeze, or coolant, in their vehicles during the hottest times of year. Antifreeze has an extremely high boiling point, and it works to keep your vehicle cool on hot days.
7. Consider a newer vehicle. Our Classic Chevrolet lot is loaded with the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles in the industry. Stay cool with features as luxurious as air-conditioned seats, remote start systems, premium ventilation and more.
Staying cool during a Texas summer is something we joke about in the Lone Star State. It seems impossible to keep the sweat beads from forming the moment you step out your front door and into the summer sun and stifling humidity. The following are 15 tips to help you stay cool this summer.
1. Use a sun umbrella to keep you shaded anywhere at anytime. Traditional rain umbrellas work just fine too.
2. Stop the ice cream truck, grab a tasty popsicle or ice cream cone and remember how much fun summer was when you were a kid.
3. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverages before sticking them in the freezer. They’ll be ice cold in a fraction of the time.
4. Reach for ice cubes whenever you can. Whether you’re at home or digging in a friend’s cooler at a soccer game, ice cubes can offer a brief escape from the heat.
5. Enjoy iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Pour a pot of coffee into your ice trays, then use those cubes for your iced coffee, so it doesn’t become diluted.
6. Carry a paper fan. It may seem a bit primitive, but a good-old-fashioned paper fan can keep you cooler than if you travel without one.
7. Use a wet towel to cool yourself and your pets down. Place that towel in the freezer or refrigerator first for a whole new level of cool.
8. Bust out the fans. Even those with fully-functional air conditioning units can use fans in stuffier areas of the home. Place one by your bed for extra comfort at night.
9. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can make you unbearably hot on summer days. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that wicks the moisture and heat away instead.
10. Place ice packs or cold compresses on your wrists, elbows, ankles, neck and other areas for immediate relief when you’re feeling uncomfortably hot.
11. Give yourself some space. Unbearably hot summer days are not ideal for cuddling. Sleeping or laying alone keeps your partner’s body heat at bay.
12. Find your local watering holes. The heat of summer is one of the best times to start locating your town’s nearest swimming holes. Rivers, lakes and pools are some of the best (and most fun) solutions to sweaty Texas days.
13. Stay low in your house. Hot air rises, so you may notice your upstairs bedrooms becoming outrageously hot in summer. Opt for a summer of sleeping in the basement or living room instead.
14. Step back from the grill. Steer clear of turning on the stove, oven or grill. Hot summer days are ideal for enjoying cool sandwiches and salads instead.
15. Spend some time in your new Chevy. If you’re tired of dealing with the sub-par air conditioning in your everyday driver, stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet to feel the cool breeze of air conditioning in your brand-new Chevy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. March is Chevy’s Truck Month, which means you can save thousands on the brand-new Chevy truck of your dreams.
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.
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.