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.

Are You Up for an Oil Change?

Part of keeping your vehicle in great running condition is ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, including oil changes. Changing the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important maintenance items you do for your vehicle.

Engine Sludge

Engine oil gets dirty – very dirty. Eventually, the oil will get so thick that it won’t drain back into the oil pan, nor will it get into the heads where it is needed. Over time, the oil also breaks down to create more sludge. When it gets this bad you could cause engine failure because the pertinent parts won’t get the oil needed to keep metal from rubbing metal. And, on top of that, it can start building up in the heads, which causes the engine to work harder and use more gas.

Operating Temperatures and Friction

Oil contains ingredients that reduce friction. The more friction in an engine, the hotter the operating temperatures and the more wear you’ll put on the internal engine components. It also makes the engine run warmer, thus taxing the cooling system.

And, when the engine runs hotter, that means the sensors are going to try to adjust the fuel mixture to lean the mixture out to cool the engine. In some circumstances, this could damage the engine. Changing the oil at the recommended times keeps the friction and crud in the engine at a minimum; and you’ll have a smoother-running vehicle that will serve you for many miles.

When You Should Change the Oil

Consult your owner’s manual to see when you should change the oil as it varies depending on the vehicle you are driving and on your driving habits. If you often drive in the mountains, sit in traffic for long periods of time or frequently tow heavy loads, you may have to change your oil sooner rather than later. If your commute is easy on the vehicle, you might be able to go up to 7,000 miles between oil changes, depending on your vehicle and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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Call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to make an appointment to have your oil changed and for any other maintenance the manufacturer recommends.

Why You Should Trade In Your Old Car

When you stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new vehicle, you have the choice of trading in your old car or not. You could sell it yourself, however you may not be able to sell it right away. There are many benefits to trading in your old car when you buy or lease a new car.

Instant Gratification

When you trade in the vehicle, you won’t have to wait for someone to buy it and have that money tied up in something you may not drive again. Plus, you can apply the cash from the trade to you new vehicle to lower the price of the new vehicle.

Upside Down

When you’re upside down on a vehicle, it’s harder to sell it because you may owe more than what you could sell it for on the street. Often, you can trade in a vehicle that is upside down. You may have to take the difference onto the price of the new vehicle; however, this means that you don’t have to wait until you could at least break even if you are more than ready for a new vehicle.

Vehicle Repairs

If you sell a vehicle on the street, you have to ensure that its in good running condition and that the wear and tear items are not overly worn, else you will have a hard time selling it. Replacing tires, brakes and other wear and tear items means that’s less cash in your pocket.

Although you should make sure the vehicle is in good condition when you trade it in, you’ll lose less money on the sale for something like brakes that have a few thousand miles left on them. You will want to make sure the interior is clean and that there are no dings and scratches on the paint for maximum value.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive a new Chevrolet and see what you can get for the trade in value on your old car or truck. You may get enough so that you can afford more vehicle than you originally thought.

Back to School Tips

When it’s time to go back to school, you’ll have a lot of shopping to do. The kids need school clothes, books, notebooks, pencils, pens, new crayons, a computer or tablet depending on age, and backpacks and lunch boxes. You may even need a new car, especially if the kids have outgrown your old sedan. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a larger sedan or SUV so you have more room for bigger kids.

Create a List

It’s easy to forget something during school shopping, especially if you have two or more kids. Some schools require some type of uniform, whether it’s an actual uniform or a requirement that students wear a certain color or type of pants and shirt. Creating a list with the help of your children, especially if they are older, will make your shopping experience less stressful.

Outfit Your Kids

For clothing and shoes, make a list for each child. Don’t forget the school’s requirements for color and style, gym clothes, a bathing suit if the school has a pool and any special clothing for extra curricular activities.

Find All the Supplies

While some schools provide paper, writing utensils and other items needed, many schools now require that students provide their own, even at elementary level. If you do have to buy these things for grade school students, be sure to have notebooks, plain paper, writing paper with larger lines for the early grades, crayons, pens, pencils, a stapler, glue, a pencil bag, lunchbox and book bag for your grade school student.

Older children will need notebooks, pens, pencils, a book bag, a small lunch cooler and possibly a computer or tablet. Older children may need a notebook for each subject.

Get to Know the Teacher

Plan to attend a meet the teacher night to learn more about your child’s instructor(s) and to ask them questions about their curriculum and teaching style. Having a relationship with your child’s teacher is important and helps you stay current with your child’s progress. It’s also a great opportunity for your child to be more comfortable with the upcoming school year if they’ve already interacted with their teacher.

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Be sure to plan a stop at Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give us a call to set up a service appointment if you are going to keep your current vehicle. Ask your service adviser to do a complete safety check on your vehicle when you bring it in for maintenance.

Tips to Stay Chevy Cool this Summer

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.

8 Reasons to Choose Chevy Over the Competition

These 8 reasons to buy a Chevy will convince you that Chevrolets outshine the competition. 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. Chevrolet vehicles continue to earn top marks for safety and performance. Chevrolets have been name Green Car of the Year, Top Safety Picks by the IIHS, and Best Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book.

4. 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.

5. You can get an even more amazing deal on Chevy’s 2016 models, which are on sale for unbelievably low prices at Classic Chevrolet. Many qualified buyers will receive a 0-percent APR for 60 months on most remaining 2016 Chevy vehicles.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Brand-new Chevy vehicles are now offered at better prices than ever. You can get into a 2017 Chevy Cruze, and numerous other luxurious, stylish and powerful Chevy vehicles, for less than $200 per month.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and to learn more about your favorite Chevy models.

Ways to Organize Your Garage

Lots of times, people have garages – but can’t fit the car inside. Since a garage is supposed to protect your investment from Classic Chevrolet, you should find ways to organize the garage so your Chevy vehicle will fit inside. Once you have everything organized and on shelves, you should be able to fit all of your stuff and your Chevy inside.

Shelving

Line one of the side walls with shelves. If you have a two-car garage and just one car, you can line both sides. Make the shelves floor to ceiling – you can build them yourself or get some of the metal shelving units from a home improvement store. If you make your own shelves, you can put the shelves at different heights to better manage wasted space.

Use tubs with covers to store smaller items of all one kind. Purchase the size you need – don’t buy all big tubs, as that is just more wasted space. Most tubs stack on top of each other, too, so you can organize your things easier. You may want to use one tub for home extension cords and another for shop/heavy duty extension cords. You can also separate your holiday decorations in separate tubs to make them easier to find.

Tools

Built a tool bench or get a tool box for the front of your garage. Tool boxes are usually narrow in depth so you should still have plenty of room for your Chevy. On the same wall, hang pegboard so that you can hang tools and garden implements to keep them out of the way.

Rafters

If your garage has rafters or has a crawl space, use that for longer items such as extra PVC, poles and other things you don’t need immediate access to. You can also screw hooks into the ceiling – be sure you hit a rafter if they are not visible – to hang things like hoses and other hard-to-manage things that you don’t use on a daily basis.

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to pick up that new Chevy you’ve been eying – especially once you go through the work to organize your garage. What better way to use that roomy garage space than with a new Chevy?

Plan the Perfect Chevy Summer Road Trip

For many, school is either out or will be out soon. Families all over are gearing up for one of the biggest and most anticipated seasons of the year — summer. Planning for summer vacation is exciting, but can be overwhelming at times. Don’t let the stress get to you this year. There are several ways you can help this process go smoother.

Create a Budget

First and foremost, create a budget for your trip. No matter what, stick to this. You don’t want to run yourself broke from overspending on hotel rooms or those fancy souvenirs. Keep it modest and simple if needs be. Choose where you will go based on what you can afford. Keep the age of all going in mind in case you have children or young relatives going with you. You can usually find great deals online or through a travel agent. There are several websites that have specials on rental cars, hotel room and even airfare.

Know Where You’ll Stay

There are infinite choices when deciding where to stay. There are, naturally, hotel rooms that have adjoining rooms for a large party. You can also rent apartments or condos if you’re not visiting relatives who you can stay with. Another great option, which is kind of off the beaten path, is renting an RV or motorhome. That way you have both your hotel and vehicle in one. It is also a good idea to pre-plan your activities and events with your children before you head out. Let them help in the decisions and do their own research if possible.

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Have fun this summer, but before you hit the road, make sure you come by Classic Chevrolet. Whether you need to get your car checked out or you need to shop for a new vehicle, Classic Chevy can help.

How to Get Your Chevy Summer Ready

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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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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our Chevrolet service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance. Be sure to check our website for new vehicle specials and service specials.

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.