5 Reasons Getting a Chevy is Better than a Black Friday Deal

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Black Friday is getting to be more pervasive than ever. It’s invaded the weekend after and is encroaching into Thanksgiving Day itself. Why go through all the hassle at an electronics store or a department store when you could come to Classic Chevrolet instead and get the king of deals: a new Chevy.

Here’s why getting a Chevy is better than any Black Friday Deal.

1. No Waiting in Lines

Black Friday means lines. Lots of lines, out in the chill of morning with no guarantee of success. When you come to Classic Chevy, you won’t have to worry about lines just to get to test drive a model or to talk to a sales associate. You simply get to do what you came to do: buy a Chevy.

2. You Don’t Have to Wake Up Early

With deals and specials that last all day (regardless of whether it’s Black Friday or not), you don’t have to go to bed super early, set an alarm, and eat breakfast on the road. Wake up when you’re good and ready — our inventory will be standing by!

3. Supplies Aren’t Limited

With our huge inventory, there’s no worry that you’re missing out. Most Black Friday deals, you have to ask yourself, “will there be any left once I get my chance?” With Classic Chevy, there’s always another car, truck, or SUV that’s sure to please.

4. No Doors to Bust Down

Hey, we’re a dealership… just drive onto the lot, no doors involved! Seriously though, come early or come late, we’ll be glad to help.

5. You Get to Leave in a Brand New Chevy

The best part of shopping for a car is getting to leave the lot in that car. Whether you head home for the day or wade into the melee of Black Friday shopping, you get to do it in the comfort and convenience of a new Chevrolet.

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So what are you waiting for? Come by Classic Chevy today to tour our inventory, test drive your favorites, and leave the lot in the winning vehicle.

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 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.

7 Tips Get Your Chevy Ready for Fall

Fall is here and though it hasn’t cooled off in DFW yet, it will sooner or later. Not to mention that you may need to travel out of town to colder climes. This means that you ought to give you car or truck a good once over and make sure that it’s all ship-shape for whatever the season has to throw at you.

1. Check Your Filters

Check the oil, gas and air filters. Don’t forget the cabin air filter. Your vehicle may require a different weight oil, so when you bring it in for the oil change, remind your service adviser that you need the oil weight for winter, especially if you will be traveling where it gets super cold.

2. Don’t Forget Your Brakes and Tires

It is important that brakes and tires – and the braking system – is up to par during the fall and winter months. Your tires should have plenty of tread on them in the event it snows earlier than you expect. Make sure the entire braking system is working properly. If the ABS light is on, be sure to have the ABS system checked.

3. Belts and Hoses are Important too.

Have the hoses checked for leaks and make sure they aren’t dry rotted. When it’s time to turn the heat on, you want it to work, especially if you are trying to melt the frost off the window. Belts are also important and need to be checked for wear and to see if they are dry rotted. Your vehicle may have a serpentine belt, V-belts or a combination of both. The belts run the air conditioning, alternator, power steering and the water pump. In some cases, the timing belt runs the water pump; if it is time to change the timing belt, have your service technician change the water pump – it’s the same amount of labor to get to either part.

4. Replace the Wiper Blades

Make sure that your wiper blades are fresh. Besides the rainy season in the spring, late fall and winter are the times when you want your wiper blades at their best. You need to be able to see at all times if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

5. Check the Lights

Speaking of being able to see, make sure that all of your lights are working properly, both for your safety and the safety of the cars around you. When visibility gets bad, accidents tend to happen if you can’t see or be seen.

6. Make sure the Defroster Works

Besides being an inconvenience in the morning when you just want to get going but have to wait on the ice on your windshield to melt, you also don’t want it to impede your vision while you drive, which can occasionally happen.

7. Have the Battery Tested

Take your vehicle by a service shop and have the battery tested. If it’s on its way out, don’t hesitate in replacing it. A busted battery at the wrong time can be extremely inconvenient, and if it’s cold outside, extremely uncomfortable while you wait for help on the side of the road.

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Visit Classic Chevy before the weather turns and make sure that your car is in good shape. Or, just replace your old car with a new one from Classic Chevrolet. That way you know that you’re good!

Tailgating with Your Chevy

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Now that football season has officially started, it’s time to get your truck ready for tailgating. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new vehicle that lends itself to tailgating; or give our service department a call to set up an appointment for serviced or to have your vehicle checked before you head out.

What to Pack

When pack for a tailgate party, you’ll need to be organized – you don’t want to forget something as important as the football! Bring a canopy to protect everyone from the sun. Make sure you have plenty of chairs for everyone who is going to party with you or have people bring their own chairs. Be sure that the grill is big enough to cook for everyone in your party. It’s no fun waiting for your food to cook while the other half of the party is already eating.

Remembering the food is the easy part. Don’t forget the condiments and the sides, though. If you are serving hamburgers, don’t forget cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. And, plates and plasticware. Don’t laugh – it’s been forgotten somewhere in the world. Also, bring wipes and napkins to clean your hands and face.

When to Arrive

You’ll want to arrive at least three hours before the game. This will give you time to set up your spot, heat up the grill, cook and eat. And, that should give you enough time to get in the stadium a few minutes early so you’re not tripping over everyone to get to your seat. And of course, you’ll want some time to throw a few passes. After all, what is a tailgate party that doesn’t include some football?

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked before you head out to the games this fall. Or, if you are thinking about getting a new vehicle, now is the time to stop by to test drive a new vehicle to tailgate with.

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.