Back to School Tips

When it’s time to go back to school, you’ll have a lot of shopping to do. The kids need school clothes, books, notebooks, pencils, pens, new crayons, a computer or tablet depending on age, and backpacks and lunch boxes. You may even need a new car, especially if the kids have outgrown your old sedan. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a larger sedan or SUV so you have more room for bigger kids.

Create a List

It’s easy to forget something during school shopping, especially if you have two or more kids. Some schools require some type of uniform, whether it’s an actual uniform or a requirement that students wear a certain color or type of pants and shirt. Creating a list with the help of your children, especially if they are older, will make your shopping experience less stressful.

Outfit Your Kids

For clothing and shoes, make a list for each child. Don’t forget the school’s requirements for color and style, gym clothes, a bathing suit if the school has a pool and any special clothing for extra curricular activities.

Find All the Supplies

While some schools provide paper, writing utensils and other items needed, many schools now require that students provide their own, even at elementary level. If you do have to buy these things for grade school students, be sure to have notebooks, plain paper, writing paper with larger lines for the early grades, crayons, pens, pencils, a stapler, glue, a pencil bag, lunchbox and book bag for your grade school student.

Older children will need notebooks, pens, pencils, a book bag, a small lunch cooler and possibly a computer or tablet. Older children may need a notebook for each subject.

Get to Know the Teacher

Plan to attend a meet the teacher night to learn more about your child’s instructor(s) and to ask them questions about their curriculum and teaching style. Having a relationship with your child’s teacher is important and helps you stay current with your child’s progress. It’s also a great opportunity for your child to be more comfortable with the upcoming school year if they’ve already interacted with their teacher.

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Be sure to plan a stop at Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give us a call to set up a service appointment if you are going to keep your current vehicle. Ask your service adviser to do a complete safety check on your vehicle when you bring it in for maintenance.

Tips to Stay Chevy Cool this Summer

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.

8 Reasons to Choose Chevy Over the Competition

These 8 reasons to buy a Chevy will convince you that Chevrolets outshine the competition. Head to Classic Chevrolet and make a wise investment today.

1. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Chevy vehicles the highest in initial quality in the categories of midsize sporty car, large car, large heavy duty pickup, large light duty pickup, and large CUV.

2. The Chevy Camaro, Impala, Silverado HD, Avalanche, and Tahoe received the lowest number of issues per 100 vehicles among the previously listed categories. That means you can purchase your new vehicle with confidence.

3. Chevrolet vehicles continue to earn top marks for safety and performance. Chevrolets have been name Green Car of the Year, Top Safety Picks by the IIHS, and Best Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book.

4. Chevy vehicles are backed by some of the best warranties in the business, including bumper-to-bumper coverage for three years or 36,000 miles, powertrain coverage for 5 years or 60,000 miles, and sheet metal coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles. Chevy’s 2016 Warranty Coverage extends far beyond buyers’ expectations.

5. You can get an even more amazing deal on Chevy’s 2016 models, which are on sale for unbelievably low prices at Classic Chevrolet. Many qualified buyers will receive a 0-percent APR for 60 months on most remaining 2016 Chevy vehicles.

6. Classic Chevrolet is home to more than 2,500 Chevrolet cars, trucks, and SUVs, which means you’ll find the exact vehicle you’re seeking without having to make any sacrifices.

7. Chevy drivers enjoy more fuel efficiency than other drivers on the road. The Avalanche features a best-in-class fuel economy, the Cobalt offers best-in-class highway miles-per-gallon, and the Colorado’s 5-cylinder engine provides more horsepower and better fuel economy than the Toyota Tacoma. Chevy lovers don’t find it surprising that most Chevy vehicles achieve better fuel economies than comparable vehicles in their classes.

8. Brand-new Chevy vehicles are now offered at better prices than ever. You can get into a 2017 Chevy Cruze, and numerous other luxurious, stylish and powerful Chevy vehicles, for less than $200 per month.

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Ways to Organize Your Garage

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.

Shelving

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.

Tools

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.

Rafters

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?

Plan the Perfect Chevy Summer Road Trip

For many, school is either out or will be out soon. Families all over are gearing up for one of the biggest and most anticipated seasons of the year — summer. Planning for summer vacation is exciting, but can be overwhelming at times. Don’t let the stress get to you this year. There are several ways you can help this process go smoother.

Create a Budget

First and foremost, create a budget for your trip. No matter what, stick to this. You don’t want to run yourself broke from overspending on hotel rooms or those fancy souvenirs. Keep it modest and simple if needs be. Choose where you will go based on what you can afford. Keep the age of all going in mind in case you have children or young relatives going with you. You can usually find great deals online or through a travel agent. There are several websites that have specials on rental cars, hotel room and even airfare.

Know Where You’ll Stay

There are infinite choices when deciding where to stay. There are, naturally, hotel rooms that have adjoining rooms for a large party. You can also rent apartments or condos if you’re not visiting relatives who you can stay with. Another great option, which is kind of off the beaten path, is renting an RV or motorhome. That way you have both your hotel and vehicle in one. It is also a good idea to pre-plan your activities and events with your children before you head out. Let them help in the decisions and do their own research if possible.

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Have fun this summer, but before you hit the road, make sure you come by Classic Chevrolet. Whether you need to get your car checked out or you need to shop for a new vehicle, Classic Chevy can help.

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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Spring Cleaning Tips Chevy Style!

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The official start of spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to bring out the rags, buckets and soap for a serious spring cleaning on the interior and exterior your vehicle. Here at Classic Chevrolet, we’re experts at detailing vehicles, and we’d love to share some of our insight with our loyal customers and followers. The following are 10 easy-to-follow tips that will help you clean the winter grime off of your vehicle and make it look and feel like new.

1. Use a scrub brush or air compressor on carpets. 

An air compressor will help you blow the dirt out of the tight weaving of your vehicle’s carpets, so you can vacuum it up quickly. A stiff brush will also work as an alternative to an air compressor or in addition to one for an even deeper clean.

2. Use cleaners that are non-acid based.

Acid-based cleaners are often used by the professionals, but it’s best that everyday car enthusiasts clean with non-acid based ones. Acid-based cleaners, if not used correctly, can damage painted or alloy wheels.

3. Use your hands.

Hand washing is the best way to get a deep clean on your vehicle’s exterior, so put the brushes away and roll up your sleeves.

4. Make sure you get the paint clean.

It’s easy to wash your vehicle once and consider it clean, but it often takes more than one wash to thoroughly clean your vehicle’s paint. Once dry, run your hand across the surface of your vehicle. If it feels gritty, it needs to be cleaned again.

5. Protect your paint.

The fresh coat of wax your vehicle had when it left the factory has probably worn away. In fact, vehicle wax wears away every few months. Use a paste or liquid wax to to ensure your paint shines properly and is protected from hazards.

6. Clean out your winter mess.

It’s amazing what your vehicle can acquire over the winter months — jackets, socks, windshield scrapers, bags of salt, hats, gloves and other winter supplies. Check your back seats and the trunk to ensure that all of the gear you don’t need is back in the house.

7. Check under the hood.

Pop your vehicle’s hood, wipe down the edges and remove and dirt, debris or leaves.

8. Clean the glass last.

Glass gathers all of the dirt from the other steps of the cleaning process, so it’s best to clean it last. Use a quality glass cleaner without ammonia and be sure to buff the glass with a microfiber cloth.

9. Replace your wipers.

Winters can be extremely harsh on your windshield wipers. Make sure your wipers are in proper working condition and replace them if they’re not.

10. Consider maintenance.

One of the best things you can do for your vehicle after a long winter is bring to our carefully trained mechanics here at Classic Chevrolet. Get your vehicle back in top working condition with an oil change, engine tune up, new tires, brakes or one of our many other services.

Road Trip Necessities For Your Vehicle

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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.

Clothing

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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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or at least checked before you leave on a road trip so you better eliminate the chance of being stranded.

Should I Lease or Finance my New Chevy?

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When you choose Classic Chevrolet, you have a choice of leasing or financing. You may want to lease because you like a new vehicle every few years, or you may want to finance because a vehicle lasts you for quite a long time if you don’t put a lot of miles on it.

Benefits of Leasing

When you lease, you get more car for your money. Since you are paying only on the depreciation payments are lower, which means you can go for a more expensive vehicle. Depending on your credit, you may have to come up with a large down payment if you purchase a vehicle. Because you are financing less money for a lease, the down payment could be less. Just keep in mind that the more you put down up front, the less the monthly payments will be; and this goes for leasing or buying.

For those who prefer a new vehicle that is always covered under warranty, leasing might be better. Most leases last approximately three years, and this is usually the length of the new car bumper to bumper warranties. When the lease is up, you pick up a new vehicle with another new warranty. And, you always get any new upgrades or technologies the auto manufacturer implements.

The Downside of Leasing

When you lease a vehicle, you are limited to the number of miles you can drive. Once you pass the restrictions, you are charged a fee per mile you drive. Depending on how much overage you have, those extra miles could really add up, giving you a huge payment when you turn the vehicle in.

You won’t be able to make any modifications to the vehicle unless they are minor modifications that can be reversed before you turn it in. You’ll have to pay a fee for any alterations you make that are not reversed.

And the biggest downside to leasing is that you’re just renting the vehicle and paying interest to finance it. You won’t be building up any equity in the vehicle. You’ll either have to lease a new vehicle, but the vehicle from the dealership or finance another vehicle.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Financing

When you finance a vehicle, you can keep it as long as you want. And, you own the vehicle once the loan is paid off, which means you can build equity in the vehicle. You can also make any modifications you want. And, you are not charged for going over the mileage restrictions.

If you keep the vehicle in good shape, once the loan is paid off, it’s yours and you won’t have any more car payments. Ah, the freedom!

When you finance, you roll the dice on the vehicle’s residual value. If you plan on keeping the vehicle for over five years, this isn’t as important, but if you sell the vehicle four or five years down the road, you could actually lose money.

And, you might need a large down payment to purchase a new vehicle – up to 20 percent. To get the payments to fit in your budget, you’ll have to increase the number of months you finance the vehicle. And when you do that, you are paying more interest.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle and take into consideration the benefits of leasing or financing to decide which way is best for your situation.

New Year Car Organization Tips

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You don’t have to wait until spring to do some organizing and cleaning. A clean car is a happy car and the new year, with its numerous resolutions, is all about finding happiness. Try these organization tips to get your car neater and more pleasant to drive.

Get a Backseat Organizer

With numerous choices on the market, you can find a good backseat organizer at most stores. Just strap one to the back of a front or mid-row seat and keep the clutter off the seats and floor. This is especially great for kids in the back seat on longer road trips. All of their toys and games can be stowed on the organizer, which will help control the clutter.

Get a Car Trash Can

These can also go on the back of a seat, but regardless of where they’re placed, they can help immensely. We all know the situation: you’ve got a bunch of trash you don’t know what to do with, maybe the remains of a fast food meal you had to eat in the car. Lacking options, you toss it behind you into the back seat and forget all about it. A few days later, that forgotten bag starts to smell. Avoid having a trashy vehicle by having a designated place to put all your trash.

Evaluate the Essentials and Toss the Rest

If you still find you have too much clutter, go to your car the next opportunity that you have, clean out what’s obviously trash, and then look at what items are left. If you don’t expect ice, do you really need the ice scraper? If it’s the depths of winter and the days are cloudy, do you really need that sun visor? The best way to deal with clutter is to simply eliminate it and avoid putting it back in your car.

Use Storage Areas Whenever Possible

This seems like common sense, but it’s worth mentioning. Whatever you do keep in your car, stow it away in one of the vehicle’s storage areas. Put whatever you can (as neatly as you can) into the glove box, under the seats, and in the trunk.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Chevy and start over with a clean slate. Classic Chevy can also help you to get your car in good shape with maintenance and service.