When you pick up a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet you can keep the current paint job – which in many cases is very cool – or you can have your vehicle painted with a specialty paint job. You may find a neat paint job idea on something that’s not a Chevy but would look great on your Chevy.
Sometimes, Less is More
Sometimes you can grab looks with less rather than more. Choose a color that stands out from your vehicle’s original color. Add a pinstripe down the side of the vehicle and have it lead into a design on the hood. Add a teardrop hood scoop to your Chevy – put the V part of the scoop toward the front. Have the pin striping come up onto the teardrop to form the face of an eagle. Or, you can simply have the side stripe come up to the front of the hood in scrolls.
Of course, one of the best paint jobs is candy apple red. While this is an expensive process and nearly impossible to touch up, if you can keep other people and things away from your vehicle, this paint job will last forever. It uses several coats of clear coat tinted with candy apple red over a gold base coat.
If you’re not a fan of red, you can have this process done with any color. Plum crazy purple works great in the candy process; and it uses a silver base coat. For a neat trick, add gold metal flake to the silver base coat; and add pearl to the plum crazy purple-tinted clear coat.
Have your Chevy painted with horizontal black and yellow tiger stripes. Not only will it look fast just sitting there, but it’ll look fast while you’re traveling down the highway – and you’ll definitely get a lot of looks.
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The 2015 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can clean your Chevy like the pros and keep it looking great so that when you trade it in for a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, it will be worth more. Taking care of your vehicle inside and out makes the surfaces last longer since they are conditioned and cleaned frequently – they won’t look worn out.
Air Compressor and Hard Bristle Brushes
When you clean the carpets, vacuum them, then use the bristle brush on them to bring more dirt to the surface. Vacuum again. Repeat this until you get all of the dirt out. Take carpeted floor mats out and blow them with an air hose – that works better than any vacuum; however, it does make a mess. Use the brush to bring more dirt to the surface, and then blow it off with the air hose. Also, use the compressed air to clean out the ducts and other hard to reach places.
Non-Acid-Based Tire Cleaners
When you clean tires and brake dust from your wheels and tires, be sure to use something that is not acid-based because acid will pit any material over time – your wheels will start to oxidize.
Sponge, Soft Bristle Brush and Hose
Wet the exterior of your vehicle, then add soap to the soft bristle brush. Rub the soap all over the vehicle. Wet the sponge and add soap. Use the sponge to get stubborn spots and to get into hard-to-reach places. The brush is great for places that are too high for you to reach. Rinse the vehicle, making sure you get all of the soap off.
Use an oscillating buffer and a little bit of rubbing compound to really clean the paint, remove old wax and make the vehicle shiny. Be careful of how much pressure you put on the buffer – you don’t want too much as rubbing compound will take paint off. Once you get the paint cleaned, rinse and dry the vehicle, then wax it.
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Whether you already have a Chevy or you just bought one from Classic Chevrolet, you need to do a little work to keep it in tip-top shape during the summer months. The sun and the weather will eventually damage the interior and the paint. If you take just a few steps every month, your vehicle will look like new even when it has tons of miles on it.
Nothing trashes a vehicle more than hail. Summer storms often bring hail; and whether it is small or large, it will damage your vehicle. If you know bad weather that might bring hail or high winds that will knock down trees is coming, get your vehicle inside if possible. If you have no way of storing your Chevy in a garage and a hail storm is coming, cover it with thick blankets. That will keep smaller hail from putting a billion dents in your vehicle.
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are extremely destructive to the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Using a sunshade in the windshield or keeping your vehicle inside whenever possible helps alleviate ultraviolet ray damage.
Additionally, you should condition the interior with the appropriate products for the dash, leather seats and other materials in the vehicle. Wash your vehicle at least one per month – and more if you get tons of mud on it. Wax your Chevy at least every three months. If you keep a good coat of wax on the paint, the sun’s rays will do less damage.
Vacuum the carpets frequently. Even if you have floor mats, which is a good idea, sand and liquid can get into the carpets and will eventually ruin them. The floor mats also protect your carpets from the sun’s rays – the carpet will fade if it’s not protected. Keeping dirt from getting ground into the carpets also lengthens the life and keeps them looking new.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle if you are ready for something new and exciting this summer. If you are not quite ready, be sure to call us to set up a service appointment for maintenance – engine maintenance is just as important as protecting your Chevy from the elements.
Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to bring your vehicle in to Classic Chevrolet to have it checked out. If it’s near time for service, have it serviced before you leave instead of bringing it in when you get back – you’ll feel better about knowing that everything has been checked and that your vehicle is ready for a road trip.
You’ll also need to pack the necessities for your road trip – and these are not the things you’ll be using every day. These are things you may need in the event of an emergency. If you already have an emergency kit, be sure to rotate the food and water in the kit so you have fresh for the road trip.
Food and Water
Even in the warm months, you need an emergency kit that will sustain you and protect you from the elements should you get stranded. Each person should have a couple liters of water and enough high-energy food for at least one meal for two to three days. You may use high-energy bars, peanut butter and jelly, peanuts, nuts and other foods that store well. Chocolate is a great high-energy food; however, it melts too easily.
First Aid and Safety
Make sure you have an extensive first aid kit that includes several sizes of bandages, gauze, tape, a needle and thread, antibacterial cream, eye wash, tweezers, cleaning solution for cuts, alcohol pads and more. The smaller kits that are available do not have nearly enough in them for just one person, never mind a whole family.
You should also have at least one flashlight, extra batteries, a flare gun and reflective triangles especially if you will be traveling in a remote area. Never rely on your cell phone – you may get stranded in an area that has no service.
Pack an extra change of clothing plus a blanket for everyone. Even summer nights could get cool in some parts of the country. The extra clothing comes in handy if you get stranded on your way home and everything else is dirty or if you get stranded on the way to your destination – you won’t have to look for a washing machine.
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When planning your vacation, you have some extra steps to do if you are taking your pet on the road this summer. One of the biggest things is to be sure that your vehicle is safe for your pet. If you have a large dog and you prefer to crate, you’ll need more than a sedan. Smaller dogs or even large dogs that will wear a pet seat belt will be good in a sedan or coupe with a large enough back seat. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and you want to take your pet, make that one of your considerations when test driving a vehicle at Classic Chevrolet.
Many people let their pets ride loose in the vehicle; however, this is not only dangerous for your pet, but for you, too. Your pet may cause you to become distracted and that could cause you to get into an accident. You’ll take a chance of injuring or killing yourself and your pet.
Be sure to either crate your pet or put a seat belt on your pet to keep its movements restricted. The last thing you need while driving is for your pet to try to get into the front seat with you.
The other danger is caused by other drivers. If someone else causes an accident, not only do you have a chance of getting injured or killed, but so does your pet. Even if you and your pet are not injured, your pet could escape and run out on the highway.
While traveling with your pet, be sure you have food and water available. If your pet is crated, you can tie a 5-gallon bucket with about 2 gallons of water in it to the crate – if there is room in the crate. If you feed more than once per day, be prepared to stop for meals. And of course, be prepared to stop for potty breaks for your pet.
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When you visit Classic Chevy to pick out a new vehicle, take your pet’s needs into consideration if you plan on traveling with it this summer.
If you are in the market for an SUV or a crossover, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the top SUV models including the Traverse, Equinox, Suburban and Tahoe. If you prefer something smaller, test drive the Traverse or Equinox; and if you prefer medium to large, test drive the Tahoe and Suburban.
Common Interior Features
Depending on the model you choose and the trim level, interior features may include leather-appointed seats, heated seats, power seats, power lumbar and recline, memory seats, front and rear cup holders, a console with storage, SD card slot, auxiliary jack, a tilt and telescopic steering column with mounted audio and cruise controls, a driver information display, power door locks, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, express up and down windows, a universal home remote, theft deterrent for unauthorized entry, climate control, dual- or tri-zone air conditioning, a rear window defroster and wiper, 110-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and assist handles.
Common Safety and Security Features
Safety and security features that are common in Chevrolet SUV models include four-wheel ABS disc brakes, StabiliTrak, brake assist, traction control, front and side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, side impact and head curtain side impact airbags for the outboard seating, an occupant-sensing system for the airbags, OnStar Directions and Connections, rear parking assist, a rear vision camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Higher trim levels may also feature forward collision alert, lane departure warning and a safety alert seat.
Additional features may include daytime running lights, heated power door mirrors and variably intermittent wipers.
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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive any of the four SUV or crossover models we have on our lot. Ask your salesperson about the various features for the different trim levels and whether we have any lease or finance special running on these models.
The accessories you choose for your vehicle depends on the type of vehicle you are driving – or the type you intend on buying or leasing from Classic Chevy. You can make your Chevy your own with certain accessories – or you can make your vehicle more practical.
Pick up a bed extender to add an extra 2 feet to the bed of your truck. These come in handy when you need to haul 8-foot lumber in a 6-foot bed. The bed extender fits over the open tailgate and keeps things from falling out of the bed.
Bedliners and mats keep the inside of the bed from being scratched up from the things you haul. They also keep things from sliding around in the back.
If you add a toolbox to your bed, you may want to add a bed step so that you can reach into the center of the box without having to climb in the bed of the truck.
One of the neatest accessories for a Silverado, especially if you like to camp or go hunting, is a sport tent. The tent is water- resistant and converts the bed into a camper. The tent features a waterproof floor and is made specifically for the Silverado bed.
Cars have limited space so a roof rack is a good addition if you are constantly trying to cram big things in the back seat or the cargo area. Choose from cargo management items to better organize the trunk, remote start if your vehicle didn’t come equipped with it, license plate holders, a spoiler kit, window deflectors and splash guards. Interior accessories include door sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers.
No matter what you drive, you should have a good first aid kit and a roadside assistance package in the event of an emergency. You can also pick these items up at our accessory shop.
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Visit Classic Chevrolet to pick up or have accessories installed or to have other service completed on your vehicle. If you are looking for a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your next new car, truck or SUV.
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Winterizing your vehicle is something that is usually done before the first cold snap – or just after, if the first cold snap takes you by surprise. However, if you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done now instead of taking chances of breaking down or getting stuck in an accident in the snow and cold.
In addition to ensuing your tires are appropriate to the season, be sure to check the tread and air pressure. At a minimum, you should have all-season tires. You should have plenty of tread so you’ll have better traction in the rain and snow. Air pressure is important, too – too much or too little air will reduce traction, making it easier to spin out.
Most vehicles have ABS and driveline traction control and ABS brakes. If your ABS light is on, call Classic Chevrolet for an appointment to repair the ABS system. In addition to ensuring that the computer systems are working properly, including the sensors, make sure the brake pads and rotors have enough meat on them for ultimate stopping power. Grooved rotors and thin brake pads could cause the brakes to give out at any time.
Fluids and Fuel
Always check and top off the fluids. When topping off the coolant, be sure to use the appropriate antifreeze. If you use just water, you’ll dilute the mixture and eventually will have more water than antifreeze – and that could cause your engine block could freeze.
It’s always a good idea to keep your fuel tank filled up when the temperature drops below freezing. If you do get stuck in a storm you’ll have a full tank and a better chance of keeping warm until help can get to you.
While it is important to keep all fluids filled, one of more important fluids is your vehicle’s wiper fluid. Don’t use just water – use the fluid from the auto parts store as it has antifreeze in it. If it’s slushy out or raining, snow, ice, mud and crud can hinder your view. A full tank of washer fluid allows you to see clearly.
Make sure you have a winter emergency kit available. This means that you have the typical items such as a first aid kit and flares, plus you have extra blankets, hats, gloves, extra batteries and matches at a minimum. High energy food and bottles of water should be in your kit, too.
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Visit Classic Chevy today to have your vehicle maintained and winterized if you have not done it yet. Be sure you have the supplies to help you survive and keep warm should you get stuck in a storm.