Getting Your Chevy Revved Up for Spring

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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.

A Night Out in Grapevine

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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

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 this Winter

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.

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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.

Date Night Ideas in DFW

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.

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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!

Traveling with Your Chevy this Holiday Season

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.

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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.

Father’s Day in Your Grapevine Chevy

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!

Keeping Paint Looking New

We all strive to look and feel the best. What we drive can usually tell others a lot about who we are as people. So keeping our vehicles clean inside and out is important, especially for those first impressions. A majority of the public will only see our cars from the outside. So make sure the paint stays presentable! Here are some tips and tricks from your DFW Chevy dealer.

Clean ChevyWash your car every two weeks. If you live near the ocean or somewhere there is a lot of pollution or roadwork, you might want to wash it more often. Chemicals from the air can wear at your paint job and dull it faster. When deciding how to wash your car, always use a touchless carwash. This will prevent any unnecessary dings or scratches that machines are undoubtedly known to cause. If you do wash your car yourself, make sure you rinse your car thoroughly before touching any part of it. Wash with a soft and clean washing mitt. Dirty mitts can scratch the finish of your Chevy. Never let your car sun dry or during mid-day. This can leave spots on the car. Instead, use micro fiber drying cloths and a squeegee. Micro fiber cloths absorb the most water and leave no streaks, reducing the fine scratches that other drying cloths can leave.

It is recommended to wax your car at least three times a year. Using a carnauba-based wet wax is best for a fresh, wet shine to your car. It has an easy on and off application and also protects from UV rays. Wax but never polish. If you do decide to polish your car, use the least abrasive polish you can find. Also, for those unfortunate and inevitable times when we get chips or dings, use a paper clip to touch up the paint job instead of a paint brush. Simply dip the end into your paint and apply right to the scratched surface. Only touch up scratches that are longer than 1/16th inch. Smaller scratches will not look as good after being touched up.

Remember to never wash your car in the sun. The car should be cool to the touch. Use these few words of advice and keep your car’s paint job looking new. Go and show the world how amazing you look in your Chevy!

Road Trip With Pets

Road Trip With PetsTraveling brings families closer together and it wouldn’t be a family trip without your pet. Giving your pets a chance to see different places and new experiences is healthy and fun for them. It is also a way to avoid the trauma and cost of boarding your dog or cat. Traveling long distances isn’t so easy for all animals. Try taking your pets on shorter trips first to get them acclimated to traveling in a car. Even if it is short rides around town in your Chevy, each outing will help your pet get used to riding in the car.

It’s vital that you pack your pets essentials such as medical and vaccine records. Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date with phone number and address in the event your pet gets lost. Remember your pet’s meds, food bowl and scooper along with a crate. Feed your pet only a light snack before leaving on your trip. Pets can become carsick. Once you’ve arrived at your destination or stopped for the day, go ahead and feed them normally.

Packing for your pooch is just as important as packing for yourself. Familiar scents help to comfort your pet and make them feel more at home. Any blankets or pillows that your pet uses should be put in the car or crate. Along with proper bedding, a few good chew toys will help keep your dog occupied for hours. A lot of chew toys come with hollowed out centers. Kongs are a great idea for dogs. They are durable and can be easily filled with treats, frozen peanut butter, or other snacks. This will keep them entertained indefinitely.

Remember your pet needs rest breaks and water on your trip. They aren’t like humans so they can’t go too long without potty breaks. Aside from a bathroom break, it’s a good chance for your pet to stretch their legs, get some water and some exercise. A tired pet makes a happy pet and better traveling companion. Make sure you have your leash ready. Your pet might not be able to wait while you are digging to find their leash.

So the next time you and your furry friend want to go on a road trip, stop by your Grapevine Chevy dealer for an awesome car!

Keep Your Chevy Like New

It is an exciting feeling buying a new car. You sit inside and breathe in the new car smell. You run your hands along the steering wheel feeling the smoothness of the leather. It’s then you make a solemn vow to always keep it looking, feeling and smelling new. But how does one keep it looking like it just rolled off the lot? First thing’s first. You have to make sure it is clean inside and out! A car with a well maintained exterior and interior is a fast way to making your car feel like new again.

Give your Chevy a good scrub down at least once a week. Detail your car every other month or so. That is to say, shampoo all upholstery and carpets and even cleaning all the grime from the engine bay. Freshly cleaned and polished wheels are quick and easy ways to improve appearance too. Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight or in hot weather. Instead, wash your car close to dusk with ample shade. This will prolong the life of your paint. Also be sure to use proper vehicle soap and drying cloths. Never let your car simply air dry. Doing this will leave unwanted streaks and water spots which could lead to rusting areas.

At the same time, you can make sure your headlights stay clear and bright by using cleaners to rid of any yellowing. Change any worn out rubber seals or strips on your car including your wiper blades. Be sure to regularly replace brakes, shocks and springs that are designed to wear out and degrade your performance. Once you’ve completed all these small tips, your car should be looking and feeling like new!

How do you keep your Chevy looking and smelling great? Need some inspiration? Stop by your Grapevine Chevy Dealer for some in person tips!

What To Look For In A Pre-Owned Vehicle

Chevy  enthusiasts are a loyal bunch, and they tend to love both new and used vehicles. Before you go shopping for a used car, your local Grapevine Chevy dealer would like to provide you with some tips on what to look for in a pre-owned vehicle.

First, verify that the vehicle is parked on level ground before you begin examining it. You need to be able to clearly see all the tires and to make sure the vehicle isn’t sagging. Examine the ground to see if there are any leaks from the vehicle. It’s prudent to start up the vehicle and then check for leaks once more while it is still running.

Open and shut each door, to make sure it works properly and closes shut. Also check that each door’s locks will open and close, and that you can roll the windows up and down completely. Then, get inside the vehicle and check out the interior. Are there any rips, tears or stains on the upholstery or the seats? This might not be a deal breaker for you, but such minor damage can indicate that the owner neglected to take care of other aspects of the vehicle as well.

Turn on the air-conditioning. This is especially crucial in a hot environment like Texas. Crank it up all the way and make sure the AC is doing a good job in cooling the interior.

Do check the odometer, to make sure that the vehicle hasn’t been driven too many miles in too short of a span of time. A good rule of thumb is about 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year. However, if the vehicle is very old, low mileage is not your only consideration.

Get out of the vehicle and look under the hood. Do you see any rust, dents or other signs of damage? If so, it may mean that the owner did a poor job of maintaining the vehicle, or that it was involved in an accident. Of course, you will want to examine the belts and hoses to see that they are not cracked and are intact. Also open the trunk and check to make sure it doesn’t have holes, cracks or rust.

You shouldn’t consider buying a pre-owned vehicle without taking it for a test drive. During the test, accelerate to about 30 miles per hour and then hit the brakes to see how they function. Does the car swerve? Did you feel any vibrations in the brake pedal or hear any unusual sounds?

Pre-owned Chevys are great for people who need to watch their budget. No matter what vehicle you select, once you’ve taken steps to make sure it’s in good shape, you are bound to find it provides you with a safe, comfortable and stylish ride.