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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.
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If you haven’t winterized your vehicle yet, you should have it done as soon as possible. The certified technicians at Classic Chevrolet will be glad to help you ready your vehicle for winter’s harsh months whether you are driving a pickup truck, SUV, crossover, sedan, minivan or sports car.
If you haven’t had your radiator flushed in the past three to five years, it’s a good idea to get it done and to ensure that you have the proper mixture of water and antifreeze for the winter. Antifreeze not only keeps the block from freezing during severe cold temperatures, but it also keeps the block from rusting. It also lengthens the life of the engine’s freeze plugs and any metal water piping.
Always be sure the fluids are topped off and that your vehicle has no leaks. This includes power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, oil, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. If you don’t repair a leak and you end up losing all of a certain fluid, you could be stranded in the freezing cold weather with no way to keep warm.
If your vehicle does not have all season or mud and snow tires, you should change your tires immediately. “Summer” tires or highway tires don’t have enough traction for snowy roads and that could cause an accident. Also, if you do have the proper tires but the tread is nearly worn to nothing, change the tires as soon as possible.
Not only do you need to make sure you have enough material on your vehicle’s brake pads, but you must also be sure the power brake booster, calipers and hoses are all in good working condition. Most vehicles have ABS brakes. If your vehicle’s ABS light is lit, stop by our service department to have the ABS checked and repaired.
Your vehicle should have an emergency kit – at the minimum, a first aid kit. However, in the winter you’ll want to add several things for a good emergency kit including blankets, bottled water, nonperishable high-energy food, a shovel, a flare gun and flares, safety triangles, a set of dry clothes, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a heavy winter jacket.
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Visit Classic Chevy to get your vehicle ready for winter and to reduce your chances of being stranded with no heat. Even if you are confident that your vehicle won’t break down on you, you never know when someone else on the road could cause you to slide into a snowbank at a time a tow truck can’t get to you.
Before you visit Classic Chevrolet to test drive a vehicle, you have to decide which one is the bests for you. Most of your decision will depend on your family’s needs and your financial position. It will also depend on the other vehicle or vehicles that you may already own.
Before you can even make a partial decision, you have to know what your financial position is. Determine how much you have to put down on the vehicle. The more you can put on the down payment, the less your monthly payment will be. This includes the value of a trade if you are trading in a vehicle. We will value your trade for you if you bring it in. Add any cash that you are able to put toward the down payment.
Second, you have to know your credit score. The higher your credit score, the lower the interest rate – and you’ll also have a better chance of getting the vehicle you want. If you have a fair or good credit score, your interest rate will be higher, thus lowering the amount of vehicle you can afford. If you have an excellent credit rating, you’ll get a lower interest rate and will be able to afford a vehicle with a higher principal.
Your Family’s Needs
Once you determine how much you can afford in monthly car payments, you can then choose the vehicle that is the best fit for your family. Whether you need a work truck for light work such as hauling tools or a light trailer or a heavy duty truck for hauling a horse trailer with several horses – or you need an SUV or sedan for the family, your choice will depend on your needs and financial picture.
Choose More Than One
Plan to test drive more than one vehicle unless you need a Silverado 3500HD. If you are buying a vehicle for your family and are not concerned with a work truck, then be prepared to test drive a couple sedans and / or SUV models. Try to pick vehicles that you think are in your price range – the car-buying process will be quicker if you know what you can afford and what you will qualify for.
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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one or more vehicles to finish the decision process. You may like an Impala on paper, but a Tahoe might be better for your family, so keep your mind open.
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.
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.
Spring is here and that means more work outside – whether you are farming or you are landscaping your yard. Farmers are getting fields ready for planting, those who live in the city are getting ready to spruce up their landscaping, and rural dwellers are getting gardens ready for planting. This means that your vehicle is going to get a work out.
Regardless of the age of your vehicle, it is important to keep up with the maintenance. During regular maintenance our service technicians at Classic Chevy check everything over to try to catch upcoming service so you hopefully won’t be stranded. After all, being stranded on the highway or having your truck down when you need to get to the coop for seed or other gardening supplies can definitely ruin your schedule.
Check our website for service specials. We have specials on oil changes, tire rotation and more. Many parts come with a limited lifetime warranty. That means if it breaks, you don’t pay for the part again.
Important service is sometimes obvious – such as regular oil changes. However, there are some things you may not think about. If you use your truck for towing, especially in excessive heat or in the mountains, the auto manufacturer may recommend having the transmission service sooner rather than later.
Brakes should be checked sooner rather than later if you use your vehicle for towing or are frequently in the mountains. Even if you are not towing an RV in the mountains, you should have your brakes and transmission serviced sooner rather than later as those items work much harder than they would on flat land.
Spring is also a good time to give your vehicle a good detail job. It will get any winter grime off the outside, thus extending the life of the paint job. In the event that you drove in the snow, you most likely have salt buildup under the vehicle and salt splatters on the body. Since salt is detrimental to metal and paint, you can keep your vehicle looking new by removing the winter grime.
You can call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to schedule an appointment or you can schedule a service appointment through our website.
Nothing is more relaxing than a night out on the town, especially if you are celebrating something special (such as the purchase of a new Chevrolet from Classic Chevrolet!). Great food, great company, and the new car smell – you can’t beat it. Stop by the dealership today to test drive a new Chevrolet, and then break it in by spending a night out.
Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano
If you like Mexican food, make reservations at Esparza’s, located at 124 E. Worth Street in Grapevine. Call ahead for reservations at (817)481-4668. The restaurant offers a daily menu, brunch menu, gluten free menu, and a happy hour menu.
You can enjoy a margarita on the outdoor patio or enjoy a meal in one of the many dining areas. The restaurant is located in an 1800s renovated house in the historic district of Grapevine and is well-known for Tex Mex dishes, atmosphere, and its margaritas. The restaurant has seven HD televisions so you can also enjoy sports. If you’re familiar with the restaurant, stop by anyway and try something you have never tried before.
Sneaky Pete’s is located at 2 Eagle Point Road in Lewisville and can be reached at (972)434-2500 for information and reservations. The restaurant has been serving burgers and beer since 1989 and is a favorite for everyone. It features four bars, volleyball courts, has a lake, and a pool deck. Sneaky Pete’s also has a family-friendly atmosphere. Because the restaurant is first-come, first served, no reservations are necessary, but you may want to call ahead if you have a large party so that special seating may be arranged.
Either restaurant offers great food and a great atmosphere that is perfect for celebrating something fun, such as buying a new Silverado or Corvette – or any of the Chevrolet vehicles on the lot. Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next new vehicle, whether you want or need a truck, sedan or one of the sporty Corvettes or Camaros.
Maintaining your Chevy from Classic Chevrolet is important at any time, but winter maintenance is more important. Most of the winter maintenance you need to worry about is for the cooling system and tires, though you should not let these things overshadow other maintenance.
Tires: Before the first snow, check the tires. You should have all-season tires or mud and snow tires for the winter. If you don’t, it’s probably a good idea to get some now. The tires should have excellent tread. If the tread is the same height as the wear bars, you might as well be driving with ice skates instead of tires. If the tread is worn, replace the tires as soon as possible. Worn tires are dangerous any time, but more so in the winter if there is snow on the ground.
Furthermore, check for uneven wear – this could be caused by an alignment problem or suspension problem. It could also be caused due to wrong air pressure in the tires. If only the center is worn, the air pressure is too high. Release some air until the pressure is as recommended by the information on the tire. If both sides of the tire are wearing evenly, but the center is not worn, the air pressure is too low.
Chevrolet Silverado – with proper winter maintenance your vehicle will last longer.
If only one side of a tire is wearing, the problem is most likely in the alignment. Have the wheels aligned, and then switch the worn tires to the non-drive wheels. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, move the problem tires to the rear. If the vehicle is rear wheel drive, move the tires to the front wheels. If the tire is worn too much on one side, you may have to replace it.
Cooling System: You’ll find several types of antifreeze on the market. Always use the type recommended by Chevrolet. If the antifreeze is long lasting, you should flush the cooling system every five years or as recommended by your maintenance schedule. If you put another type of antifreeze in your vehicle, it may need to be changed as early as every three years. Ask the service department to put the Chevrolet-recommended antifreeze in when it flushes the cooling system.
If you are unsure of any maintenance required to drive safely or protect your vehicle during the winter, make an appointment with the service department at Classic Chevrolet to have everything checked.
After you pick up your new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you may want to go out and celebrate. Even if you are married with children, you can enjoy a date night with your spouse. The day you choose will depend on your work schedule and how late you want to stay out. Find a baby sitter you like because you may want to have a date night every week once you see how much fun it is.
Until the end of football season, you can catch a football game, and then head out to one of the many restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a fun dinner. If you catch a Saturday game, the Pour House has live music on Saturdays – and Fridays – but if you catch a Sunday game, you won’t get the live music. You can also visit one of the many sports bars in the area including Christie’s and Katy Trail Ice House.
If you prefer something a little more romantic for a date night, you can visit a winery, including the Calais Winery, which is one of the few wineries that make its wine on site. After some wine tasting, head out for a romantic dinner. If it’s not too late or if you are a couple that enjoys staying out late, head out for some dancing.
If you want to turn date night into a date weekend, head out to WinStar World Casino and Resort, located in just across the border of Oklahoma north of DFW. Before you head out, plan your weekend to make it extra special. Choose the perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner, and choose a good hotel in the area.
Date nights are something you set up based on your own preferences, but these ideas should give you a good start – and if you want that date night to be the first place you go in your brand new Chevrolet from Classic Chevy, make sure you plan ahead so you can head out after you drive off the Classic Chevrolet lot!
Before you hit the road, even for a short trip, you should have your Chevy checked. If you haven’t brought it in for regular maintenance at Classic Chevrolet and it’s due, all our service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. If you have completed all maintenance and your Chevrolet is running good, you should still check it before you go on a long trip.
Road Trip Tips: Traveling long distances can be tiring. Add holiday traffic, bad weather or both, and tempers tend to run short, drivers get frustrated and tired and accidents happen. You can avoid accidents by:
- Share driving responsibilities with someone, even on trips as short as four or five hours.
- Leave early. If you expect your trip to take 12 hours, leave 13 or 14 hours before your arrival time. This gives you time to stop several times for food and rest on the way. Your trip is also less stressful.
- Plan your trip around heavy traffic times. If you have to drive through a large city area halfway through the trip, leave at a time that allows you to avoid the area during rush hour.
- Keep a cooler with ice, water and soda where you can reach it. This way, you won’t have to stop every couple hours for a drink – you only need to stop every four or five hours to refresh yourself.
- Bring plenty of good music. You may drive in an area with no radio reception. Good music also helps keep you alert.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive this 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. For more information call the dealership or click on the photo. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet.
Service Tips: You can bring your vehicle into Classic Chevrolet for maintenance or service before you leave. However, if you’ve just had your vehicle serviced, you still need to check the fluids and other items before you go on a long trip. Things you should check include:
- Belts for dry rot, tears and looseness
- Hoses for leaks
- Brakes – sometimes you can see the brake pads through the wheels
- Oil and water leaks
- All the fluids including power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, clutch fluid (if applicable), oil and transmission fluid (if applicable).
- Tires for wear or for signs of separation
If you notice something that concerns you such as a bubble on the tire – a sign of separation , uneven tire wear, brake pads that look thin, leaking water or oil or any other thing that may give reason for concern, stop by Classic Chevrolet to let our certified service technicians check your vehicle.
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!