Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Vehicle

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When you buy a used vehicle from a dealership such as Classic Chevrolet, you don’t have quite so much to worry about. If you are considering buying a used vehicle from an individual or a small car lot that sells only used vehicles, you cannot count on the seller being completely honest. When you buy used at a large dealership, you can find certified pre-owned vehicles and the dealership will process the registration for you.

Title Questions

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the title you are getting is not a rebuilt title. If a vehicle has a rebuilt title, that usually means that it was totaled and then repaired. If the title is a rebuilt title, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should discount the vehicle – sometimes an insurance company will total a vehicle with hail damage and other damage that doesn’t affect the frame.

Accidents and CarFax

Ask for the CarFax – and if no CarFax is available, find out if the dealership has any information or noticed anything with the vehicle that shows it could have been in a crash. You can also look for signs. A different paint color on the inside of the door jams means that the vehicle was painted. While this doesn’t necessarily mean it was in a crash, it could have been. When you test drive, have a friend watch as you drive away to see if the vehicle dog tracks.

Maintenance

Ask if the vehicle looks as though the previous owner kept up on maintenance. While you can’t tell how often the vehicle was maintained less for a CarFax report, you or the dealership can look for signs such as an oil-caked mess under the valve covers, foul-smelling transmission fluid and dirty oil.

Options

Ask the salesperson if the vehicle was ordered with any special options. Sometimes a buyer might add a towing package that didn’t come with that particular trim level, an upgraded stereo system, different wheels, a different engine, and additional safety equipment that might have been optional.

Tires

Be sure to check the tires to ensure that they have enough tread to last for at least a year. If the tires are worn uneven or are low on tread, you may want to negotiate an alignment and tires into the deal.

Stop by Classic Chevy to browse through our used car lot and to test drive several of our pre-owned or barely used models.

 

Best Chevy Vehicles for Your Teen Driver

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Teen drivers have to start somewhere, and Chevrolet has plenty of models that’ll do the trick.

A teen’s first car ought to be a good combination of safety, efficiency, affordability, and a dash of style.

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2017 Chevy Sonic is definitely in that sweet spot of being a compact and affordable vehicle that doesn’t eat up too much gas and looks good to boot.

If you’re looking for a safe car, look no further. The Sonic comes standard with 10 air bags, rear vision camera, traction control, and StabiliTrak technology. There’s also an optional package, Driver Confidence Package, that includes lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear park assist.

It’s also got a solid engine that’s easy on gas consumption. The 1.4L turbocharged engine (that puts out 138 HP) and available 6-speed manual transmission offers an EPA-estimated 32 MPG on the highway.

It’s also fairly roomy, so your teen can take their hobbies with them. The Sonic hatchback with the rear seats folded down offers 47.7 cu. ft. of cargo space.

Speaking of rear seats, so many starter vehicles lack space for passengers. The Sonic offers 5 seats, which means that your teen can take their friends around town.

With a starting MSRP of $15,145, the 2017 Chevy Sonic is within reach no matter your budget. For getting to school to heading to their part time job, to seeing a movie with their friends, the Chevy Sonic will allow your teen to get around in style, comfort, and safety.

One of Our Pre-owned Vehicles

Of course you don’t have to go new — we have an extensive, ever-changing pre-owned vehicle inventory with many good deals on older models, many of which offer that good mix of attributes that you’d want for a teen driver’s car, especially affordability.

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Visit Classic Chevrolet to view our inventory of new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs. Classic Chevy provides auto sales, service, parts, and accessories for the DFW Metroplex. Stop in and shop for your teen today.

Tips to Keep Your Chevrolet Clean and Organized

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We spend hours in our car and on the road. Whether we are commuting to work, running errands or taking a long deserved vacation, our car is a point of pride. It’s hard to be proud of a dirty cluttered car, which is why keeping it clean and clutter free is so important.

  • A good wax will help keep your car protected from dirt and scratches longer than washing alone. Make sure to leave the wax on your as long as recommended before wiping it off.
  • Regularly schedule a time to wash your car. If you establish a routine, it will be much easier to stick to and much more likely to get done.
  • Keep a trash bag in the car. If you have a bag for garbage you are much less likely to just leave it around your car.
  • Find a place for all the items you use regularly. For example, sunglasses can be clipped to the visor or stored in compartment near the driver.
  • Make a point to clean out the car at least once a week, and to throw away trash every time you get out of the car. Remember that routines are easier to stick to, and will eventually become a habit.
  • Try using hanging organizers. These are great for the back seat, and really come in handy if you have kids. You can store small toys, books, and maps here.
  • Make good use of mats for the front and back seats. If you don’t have them already, get some. Mats help keep the floor from getting dirty, which makes clean up a breeze. They can easily be taken out of your car and shaken out or sprayed down.
  • Keep baby wipes handy – or other disposable wet wipes. They are great for cleaning up small spills and sticky fingers. If you have a habit of eating in the car they are invaluable.

Classic Chevrolet has plenty of new and used Chevrolets that you can be proud of. Classic Chevrolet also offer high quality service and car parts for all your repair needs, so that you can continue to be proud of your Chevy for years to come.

Keeping Your Classic Chevy Safe

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You may think your classic is safe as long as you keep it in a garage, but you should think twice. Dr. Phil learned this lesson; and luckily, he got his classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air back with little damage — though it did take several months.

A few years ago, thieves singled out Phil McGraw’s classic Chevy, then stole it from a Burbank, California, repair shop. The story has a happy ending, though — the police recovered his $100,000 classic Chevy along with 13 other stolen cars.

Repair shops are not the only place that thieves will break into. If a thief knows what is in your garage or driveway, the thief could steal your classic from you much easier than at a repair shop. Repair shops and dealerships such as Classic Chevrolet have tight security and often store classics inside the bays while they are in for repairs or bodywork. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Even if you garage your Chevy, you should have additional locks on the vehicle. You should use a club on the steering wheel, plus have an alarm installed in your vehicle. Preferably, you should have an alarm with starter kill. If you hear the car alarm, simply press a button on the remote to stop the car. It won’t start again until you reset the alarm.

The club is a visible deterrent. Most thieves won’t try to steal a car that is equipped with a club. If you combine a club with a car alarm with starter kill, you have double protection in the event that a thief is able to remove the club.

Furthermore, thieves look for easy targets. If you keep your car in the garage, lock the garage doors and the car doors. If a thief is determined, he or she will be considerably slowed by having to get past the locks, but, in most cases, unless the thief is desperate for your particular make and model, the thief will pass by your securely locked vehicle. Keep your alarm remote in the same room as you so you are able to kill the engine quickly should a thief trip the alarm.

If you have any questions about installing security alarms or otherwise protecting your vehicle — or questions about service or our new and used car inventory, give Classic Chevrolet a call for more information.

Should I Buy or Lease?

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Once you decide to get a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you have to determine whether you want to lease or outright purchase a vehicle. Things you need to take into consideration include your lifestyle and financial picture. If you want a new car every couple of years or you want something that costs more than you could afford, you might consider leasing. Purchasing also has its benefits – if you’re the type who likes to save money and drive a car until it’s dead, then leasing might not be for you.

Advantages of Leasing a Vehicle

Advantages include having lower monthly payments, having to put down less money for a down payment, you can “afford” a “better” car, your repair costs are lower since you are leasing a new car under warranty, you get to trade it in for something new every two or three years, you don’t have any trade in squabbles at the end of the lease and you pay sales tax only on the part of the vehicle you finance.

Advantages of Buying a Vehicle

When you buy a vehicle, you can modify it as you please and not have to worry about putting it back the way it was or getting charged for your modifications, buying is more economical if you’re the type who keeps a vehicle longer than a typical lease term, you don’t get penalized for driving more miles than is allowed on a leased vehicle, and you can sell the car whenever you want – you don’t have to wait for a three-year lease to end.

Disadvantages

As you can see, there are advantages whether you buy or lease a vehicle. Along with those advantages come the disadvantages. If you lease, you don’t own the vehicle at the end of the lease, your yearly mileage is limited, the contracts to lease can sometimes be confusing, leasing is more expensive in the long run unless you sell or trade in your purchased vehicle every four to five years, you get charged for wear and tear on the vehicle and if your driving needs change, it will cost you to break the lease.

Just as leasing has its disadvantages, so does buying, including requiring a higher down payment, higher monthly payments, paying for maintenance costs and having more of your cash tied up in the initial purchase of the vehicle.

Again, to buy or to lease depends on what you want and how often you want to get a new vehicle. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle and then determine whether it’s more beneficial to you to lease or buy.

Keeping Your Interior from Sun Damage this Summer

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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.

Don’t Melt Inside Your Car This Summer

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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.

Stay Cool During the Summer Months!

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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.

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.

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.