The time of year has come again to give thanks to our Dads, Granddads and to those who we see as special or important in our lives. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th this year. Instead of boring the special men in your life with the usual cheap tie and dinner, take him out for a drive in your Chevy.
While out, you can spend some quality time, or not, at several of the events being held in the area. The first up on our list is the Day for Dads hosted by Asador in Dallas, TX. For only $50 per person, Dad receives a cocktail lesson, cigar, lunch and a golf cart ride to the Hank Haney Driving Range where he can practice his swing. This is sure to make your Dad feel manly and important. Space is limited though so make your reservations early.
For the sports fans, the Cowboys Stadium is offering Dads a chance to kick field goals, get autographs from the cheerleaders and more! Ticket prices range from $14.50 to $27.50. Kids also will love this event with their wide variety of activities. All the fun starts at 9 AM.
If Dad is the adventurous type, check out taking a bike ride through the Santa Fe Trail in east Dallas. This newly developed trail connects the White Rock Lake Trail, Deep Ellum and Downtown. It stretches just over 4 miles long and is free to use. Along the trail are a few favorite places to stop. The waterfall at White Rock Lake is just a short walk away from the trail. The Deep Ellum Brewery Company and Deep Ellum Art and Bark Park are also located off of this beautiful trail.
Get out there and enjoy the day with Dad. Have a Happy Father’s Day from your DFW Chevy dealer!
We all strive to look and feel the best. What we drive can usually tell others a lot about who we are as people. So keeping our vehicles clean inside and out is important, especially for those first impressions. A majority of the public will only see our cars from the outside. So make sure the paint stays presentable! Here are some tips and tricks from your DFW Chevy dealer.
Wash your car every two weeks. If you live near the ocean or somewhere there is a lot of pollution or roadwork, you might want to wash it more often. Chemicals from the air can wear at your paint job and dull it faster. When deciding how to wash your car, always use a touchless carwash. This will prevent any unnecessary dings or scratches that machines are undoubtedly known to cause. If you do wash your car yourself, make sure you rinse your car thoroughly before touching any part of it. Wash with a soft and clean washing mitt. Dirty mitts can scratch the finish of your Chevy. Never let your car sun dry or during mid-day. This can leave spots on the car. Instead, use micro fiber drying cloths and a squeegee. Micro fiber cloths absorb the most water and leave no streaks, reducing the fine scratches that other drying cloths can leave.
It is recommended to wax your car at least three times a year. Using a carnauba-based wet wax is best for a fresh, wet shine to your car. It has an easy on and off application and also protects from UV rays. Wax but never polish. If you do decide to polish your car, use the least abrasive polish you can find. Also, for those unfortunate and inevitable times when we get chips or dings, use a paper clip to touch up the paint job instead of a paint brush. Simply dip the end into your paint and apply right to the scratched surface. Only touch up scratches that are longer than 1/16th inch. Smaller scratches will not look as good after being touched up.
Remember to never wash your car in the sun. The car should be cool to the touch. Use these few words of advice and keep your car’s paint job looking new. Go and show the world how amazing you look in your Chevy!
Traveling brings families closer together and it wouldn’t be a family trip without your pet. Giving your pets a chance to see different places and new experiences is healthy and fun for them. It is also a way to avoid the trauma and cost of boarding your dog or cat. Traveling long distances isn’t so easy for all animals. Try taking your pets on shorter trips first to get them acclimated to traveling in a car. Even if it is short rides around town in your Chevy, each outing will help your pet get used to riding in the car.
It’s vital that you pack your pets essentials such as medical and vaccine records. Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date with phone number and address in the event your pet gets lost. Remember your pet’s meds, food bowl and scooper along with a crate. Feed your pet only a light snack before leaving on your trip. Pets can become carsick. Once you’ve arrived at your destination or stopped for the day, go ahead and feed them normally.
Packing for your pooch is just as important as packing for yourself. Familiar scents help to comfort your pet and make them feel more at home. Any blankets or pillows that your pet uses should be put in the car or crate. Along with proper bedding, a few good chew toys will help keep your dog occupied for hours. A lot of chew toys come with hollowed out centers. Kongs are a great idea for dogs. They are durable and can be easily filled with treats, frozen peanut butter, or other snacks. This will keep them entertained indefinitely.
Remember your pet needs rest breaks and water on your trip. They aren’t like humans so they can’t go too long without potty breaks. Aside from a bathroom break, it’s a good chance for your pet to stretch their legs, get some water and some exercise. A tired pet makes a happy pet and better traveling companion. Make sure you have your leash ready. Your pet might not be able to wait while you are digging to find their leash.
So the next time you and your furry friend want to go on a road trip, stop by your Grapevine Chevy dealer for an awesome car!
It is an exciting feeling buying a new car. You sit inside and breathe in the new car smell. You run your hands along the steering wheel feeling the smoothness of the leather. It’s then you make a solemn vow to always keep it looking, feeling and smelling new. But how does one keep it looking like it just rolled off the lot? First thing’s first. You have to make sure it is clean inside and out! A car with a well maintained exterior and interior is a fast way to making your car feel like new again.
Give your Chevy a good scrub down at least once a week. Detail your car every other month or so. That is to say, shampoo all upholstery and carpets and even cleaning all the grime from the engine bay. Freshly cleaned and polished wheels are quick and easy ways to improve appearance too. Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight or in hot weather. Instead, wash your car close to dusk with ample shade. This will prolong the life of your paint. Also be sure to use proper vehicle soap and drying cloths. Never let your car simply air dry. Doing this will leave unwanted streaks and water spots which could lead to rusting areas.
At the same time, you can make sure your headlights stay clear and bright by using cleaners to rid of any yellowing. Change any worn out rubber seals or strips on your car including your wiper blades. Be sure to regularly replace brakes, shocks and springs that are designed to wear out and degrade your performance. Once you’ve completed all these small tips, your car should be looking and feeling like new!
How do you keep your Chevy looking and smelling great? Need some inspiration? Stop by your Grapevine Chevy Dealer for some in person tips!
Chevy enthusiasts are a loyal bunch, and they tend to love both new and used vehicles. Before you go shopping for a used car, your local Grapevine Chevy dealer would like to provide you with some tips on what to look for in a pre-owned vehicle.
First, verify that the vehicle is parked on level ground before you begin examining it. You need to be able to clearly see all the tires and to make sure the vehicle isn’t sagging. Examine the ground to see if there are any leaks from the vehicle. It’s prudent to start up the vehicle and then check for leaks once more while it is still running.
Open and shut each door, to make sure it works properly and closes shut. Also check that each door’s locks will open and close, and that you can roll the windows up and down completely. Then, get inside the vehicle and check out the interior. Are there any rips, tears or stains on the upholstery or the seats? This might not be a deal breaker for you, but such minor damage can indicate that the owner neglected to take care of other aspects of the vehicle as well.
Turn on the air-conditioning. This is especially crucial in a hot environment like Texas. Crank it up all the way and make sure the AC is doing a good job in cooling the interior.
Do check the odometer, to make sure that the vehicle hasn’t been driven too many miles in too short of a span of time. A good rule of thumb is about 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year. However, if the vehicle is very old, low mileage is not your only consideration.
Get out of the vehicle and look under the hood. Do you see any rust, dents or other signs of damage? If so, it may mean that the owner did a poor job of maintaining the vehicle, or that it was involved in an accident. Of course, you will want to examine the belts and hoses to see that they are not cracked and are intact. Also open the trunk and check to make sure it doesn’t have holes, cracks or rust.
You shouldn’t consider buying a pre-owned vehicle without taking it for a test drive. During the test, accelerate to about 30 miles per hour and then hit the brakes to see how they function. Does the car swerve? Did you feel any vibrations in the brake pedal or hear any unusual sounds?
Pre-owned Chevys are great for people who need to watch their budget. No matter what vehicle you select, once you’ve taken steps to make sure it’s in good shape, you are bound to find it provides you with a safe, comfortable and stylish ride.
Every time you take a step related to debt, whether it’s as small as making the minimum payment on your credit card bill or as big as filing for bankruptcy, you’re affecting your credit score. This number between 300 and 850 is an approximation of your financial fitness as it relates to credit risk, and it’s based on your credit history. The higher your score, the lower a lender’s expected risk when you borrow money.
You probably know that you need to be aware of your credit score when you go to buy a home, but did you know that the same principles apply to a car purchase? Before you head out to your Grapevine Chevy dealer, take a few minutes to understand how your credit score is going to affect your purchase. Here are three ways that this little three-digit number will impact you.
1. Major Factor in Approval for Financing
Before you get offered a loan to purchase a Chevy, the dealership will pull your credit score and evaluate your personal finances. This is because the lender wants to see that you make enough money to cover your car payments and that you were consistent with making payments when you borrowed money in the past. If your credit score is below the lender’s cutoff, you won’t be able to get financing at all, at least not without a co-signer.
2. Affects Interest Rate on Purchase
Getting approved isn’t the only time your credit score will factor in. Once a lender has decided to approve your car loan, the lender will use your credit score to determine what interest rate you’ll pay. A low credit score means it’s a risky loan, so the lender will charge a higher interest rate to compensate. You’ll usually qualify for the lowest interest rates on your Chevy purchase if you have a credit score that’s over 750.
3. Impacts Monthly Payments
The interest rate you get will, in turn, affect the monthly payments on your loan. If you have to pay a higher interest rate because of bad credit, your monthly payment will have to be higher to cover the interest. For example, say you want to borrow $25,000 and repay it over the course of five years. If you qualify for an interest rate of 5%, your monthly payments will be $471.78. However, if you have to pay an interest rate of 15%, your monthly payment will jump to $594.75.
As your Chevy dealer, we want you to understand how you can qualify for the best possible financing. Check your credit score before you shop for a car. If it’s not as good as you would like, dispute inaccurate information, catch up on payments, and pay down your credit card debt to boost your score before your purchase.
Happy New Year! Yes, it’s 2013 and while you’re making – and breaking – your resolutions, why not make one that you’re sure you can keep? Like picking up that new Chevrolet you’ve always dreamed of from your Chevy dealer!
We know what you’re thinking – the beginning of a new year isn’t the best time to purchase a new car, right? Well not necessarily. While it’s true that you can find good deals at the end of the year, when dealers are clearing out their old models to make way for the newer ones, it’s a fact that there’s no “best” time of the year. Along those lines, however, here’s a look at three great reasons why buying a new car at the start of a new year is a great idea:
- It’s a fun resolution: Let’s face it, most New Year’s resolutions aren’t fun. Go to church more. Eat healthier. Exercise more often. Buying a new car is a resolution that’s fun and enjoyable, especially if you’re due for a little bit of a treat yourself. Why not go out and buy that new Chevy you’ve always wanted but have been so hesitant to pull the trigger on? Now’s the time.
- Start fresh: The new year is a fresh start – a time to forget about the past and focus on the future. The new year can be a welcome relief after a rough previous year. Why not start out the new year on the right foot with a new car? Getting that car you’ve had your eye on all these years will give you a nice boost and something to look forward to all year long – and beyond. Now that’s starting the new year off on the right foot – a new car!
- Tax time: Finally, another reason to go out and get that new car is if you’re expecting a tax refund or haven’t spent the last of that Christmas bonus that’s burning a hole in your pocket. Yes, while the new year is usually about paying off credit card bills (from Christmas, duh!), it’s also a time of year when people find themselves in good monetary situations. So if you’re fortunate enough to be one of the aforementioned people, you finally have the funds to buy that car you’ve always wanted. Why not?
When you think about the new year, you probably don’t immediately think about buying a new car. Even so, the new year might be the best time of year to buy, for a variety of different reasons.
One of the saddest things for your Grapevine Chevy Dealer to see is your brand new Chevy vehicle covered in mud, snow and rock salt during the winter months. We want you to show off your vehicle as much as you do all year round.
So don’t ignore your vehicle when the temperature starts to fall. Expecting those dry and sunny Texas winters have become a thing of the past as more blustery weather can arrive at anytime in all its snowy fury.
It’s time to break out the ice scraper, lay down the plastic mats, and fight against the snow sure to cover over your vehicle. We have created a short list of tips you can use to keep your vehicle looking its best throughout the winter.
Winter Tip #1: Vehicle Covers
Your vehicle can get dirty even when you aren’t driving it. If you don’t have a garage or car port to keep your vehicle inside from the harsh winter weather, then you may want to invest in a vehicle cover. This will keep the piled snow from the plow trucks away from the beauty and shine of your vehicle.
Winter Tip #2: Plastic Mats
You have to get plastic mats for the inside of your vehicle if you don’t already have them. Nobody wants to spend their free time vacuuming and cleaning the mud and rock salt from the floor of their vehicle. You don’t have to get fancy with your purchase. You just need something to catch the water and mud from shoes.
Winter Tip #3: Antifreeze
Driving your vehicle without antifreeze to clean the windshield is like driving with horse blinders on. You’ve probably seen vehicles with so much dirt and dust covering both windshields and all the windows that it makes you wonder if they are using psychic powers to find their way down the highway. Keep the antifreeze handy and add wash additive to help fight against the frost.
Winter Tip #4: Paint Sealant
What is the one thing that’s worse than rock salt residue covering your vehicle? It’s this same rock salt eating away at the paint finish and exposed areas of your vehicle to cause rust. Purchase and apply a high quality wax or sealant to your vehicle to protect the paint. Don’t forget to add protective wax to the tires as you make sure they are properly inflated.
Winter Tip #5: Wash Your Vehicle Frequently
Okay, we all do it. We let the Chevy just sit there, covered in grime, as we wait until after the winter snow is gone to wash it. But frequent washing cuts down on the amount of damage the salt causes to the vehicle. So get your vehicle to the car wash or do it yourself as often as possible.
Have A Beautiful Vehicle During The Winter
With just a bit of winterizing and upkeep, you can have your Chevy vehicle not only looking good, but running properly. Enjoy the winter months and your vehicle as the snow falls.
So you just picked the Classic Chevrolet of your dreams from your favorite DFW Chevy dealer. What better way to break it in than by rounding up your buddies, snatching a map and road tripping across Texas or the United States. Just think – the memories that you’re bound to make are a great way to start life off with your new whip.
Pack up your clothes, some snacks, some hygiene products and perhaps even a tent and some sleeping bags in case you want to forego hotel costs on your journey and instead camp. Then it’s time to hit the open road to let those two lanes take you anywhere.
To help pass the time on your trip, consider engaging your fellow passengers in some road tripping activities. Here are three that are fun, cheap and sure to pass the time:
- License Plates: There are several different games you can play with license plates. For instance, take note of all the different states you see (at the end of an hour, day or trip, the one who saw the most wins). You can also take note of the letters that you see in each license plate and play, A to Z, with your fellow passengers. Don’t just stick to those two games – create your own games with the letters, numbers and states that you see in various plates on the road. It’s a fun, easy way to pass the time.
- I Spy: This is a road trip classic. It’s simple and fun, only consisting of you and your observant fellow passengers as contestants. To play, you just “spy with your little eye” a landmark on the open road ahead of you. Then, sit back and let all the other passengers guess what you’re talking about. If a passenger gets it right, then they go next. Just be sure to “spy” an object or landmark that’s going to be within your sightlines for a few minutes – you know how quickly you can pass things in a moving car.
- Trivia: Trivia is another low-budget, fun game to pass the time on the road. You can either create your own questions and categories before or even while you’re on your trek, or you can head out to your local store to pick up a questions kit that someone else put together. Regardless of which avenue you choose, it’s a great way to pass the time, fun and you and your passengers can even learn a thing or two in the process.
Road trips are fun adventures that allow you and your passengers to bond. But it’s unrealistic to think that there won’t be parts of the drive that are bound to drag on. That’s why road trip games and activities are so important.
You probably spent hours decking the halls at home, hanging up garland, stringing lights and adding gorgeous, colorful bulbs to your Christmas tree. Perhaps you set up a Menorah and added blue and white lights to keep the season bright. However, during the month of December, it is the perfect time to also decorate your beloved Chevy for the holidays. Many customers and employees at the Grapevine Chevy Dealer have turned this into an annual tradition, and the following tips will allow you to join in on the fun.
Tips for Decorating your Chevy for the Holidays
- Turn your Chevy into one of Santa’s reindeer — perhaps even make it Rudolph. This is a fun and unique way to turn your vehicle into a part of Santa’s gang. The reindeer antlers clip onto the windows so that it appears they are coming out of the car. For those who want their car to be Rudolph, a giant red nose can be attached to the front of the car’s grill. The kids are sure to get a kick out of this one.
- Hang a wreath from the front of your car. This is a simpler gesture, but still allows you to get your Chevy decked out for the holidays. A small wreath can hang on the front of the car. Keep your wreath plain or add ribbon to it. However, make sure that nothing glass or dangerous that can fall off the wreath is attached. You don’t want the wreath to be a hazard to others who are traveling on the roadways this holiday season.
- Get some car markers and have fun putting holiday messages, decorative designs or snowflakes on the car’s paint. Car markers are sold at many different craft supply stores, and they come in a wide variety of colors. If you celebrate Christmas, go ahead and pick up some red, green and white markers to write Merry Christmas on the side of your vehicle. For those who celebrate Hanukkah, pick up some blue markers and adorn your car with dreidels and Menorahs. If you don’t celebrate any particular religious holiday but still want to enjoy this festive month, simply draw some beautiful snowflakes on your car. Just remember to not cover the windows so that the painted words and drawings are not a vision obstruction.
This is the season of holiday parties, baking cookies and trimming the tree. Who says it isn’t also the season to decorate your car as well? Show your friends and family just how much you love your car, and also show your holiday season pride. And of course, don’t forget to snap a few photos as well. We’d love it if you sent photos in of your decorated car to the Grapevine Chevy Dealer — it would certainly make our holidays merry and bright.