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.

Are You Thinking About Buying a Used Chevrolet in Dallas Ft Worth?

used chevrolet dallas ft worthWhen it comes to getting a Texas car, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to buy new or pre-owned. If this is your first time getting a car on your own, there are a few things you should know. As with all things, there are advantages and disadvantages.

Let’s start with the positive. Obviously, you’re going to pay less money up front. This just so happens to be the biggest appeal to buying a pre-owned car for most. The reason your car is going to cost a significant amount less than a new car, is because someone else has already depreciated the car. While the car will continue to depreciate, it won’t depreciate as fast as a new car from year to year.

With a used car, you’ll also be saving a fair amount of money on taxes and insurance. Because property taxes are based on retail value, that lower vehicle amount will result in a lower tax.

On the flip slide, you don’t really know what kind of life the car has lived. Of course you can always check CarFax (which I strongly recommend), but you can never be too sure. Keep in mind that CarFax won’t tell you much about the interior of the vehicle.

Another thing about used cars… options. If you’re looking for a specific color, make, model and mileage, it can not only be hard to find, it can also restrict your options once you find one. Let’s say you find the exact car you are looking for, but you’re not so sure about the price. It may be hard to walk away and find another one with your exact requirements.

Lastly, a pre-owned car is well, pre-owned. The vehicle may already be halfway through it’s life which means there’s only that much left. It may also have some visible damage on the interior and exterior. Fact of the matter, a used car will not last as long as a brand-new car. It’ll also likely need more maintenance than a new car.

Regardless, there isn’t a right or wrong choice. It’s all up to you and what you’re willing to spend and what you’re hoping to get out it. If you’re still on the fence, you can always head down to Classic Chevrolet and take a look at both new Chevrolets and used Chevrolets. Any of our expert salesmen would be happy to help you decide.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Is the Alternator Going Out on Your Used Car in Dallas Ft Worth?

ft worth chevrolet serviceUh oh. You’ve found yourself with a dead battery, and you’re unable to jump it even with your friend’s powerful Chevy Silverado. There’s no corrosion on your battery terminals, so what the heck is going on? Let’s think back over the last couple of weeks… did you happen to notice your  gauges flickering at all? Or how about your headlights? Have they looked a little dim lately?

Whether or not these things were happening, if you found yourself with a dead battery and you are unable to jump start it, then you might be looking at a problem with your alternator. The alternator is part of the charging system in your Chevrolet that produces electricity for many devices. It’s a type of generator that transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. Your battery does supply your car with some electricity, but most of the electrical mechanisms within the vehicle, require the alternator’s steady stream of power. In layman’s terms, an alternator keeps your battery charged.  So even if your alternator dies or malfunctions, your car will run for a while directly off of the battery, until all the battery’s power is drained. That’s when you won’t be able to turn the engine over or get any power at all.

Luckily, there is a really easy way to tell if the alternator is going out on your used Chevrolet. As I mentioned above, one of the signs of alternator problems is dim headlights.  Why? The alternator supplies the vehicle’s electrical needs. So when it loses its full potential, so will the things that use it’s electricity. Drivers sometimes experience symptoms ranging from dimming or extremely bright headlights and dash lights, to speedometers and tachometers that simply stop working for no reason. Other accessories, like heated seats or power windows may experience a slowdown, as well.

There’s a great, DIY test you can do with your headlights to see if your alternator is working properly. Turn your car headlights on while the car is running (make sure you are outside… we don’t need any carbon monoxide accidents). Press the accelerator while the car is in park. If the headlights dim or get brighter when you press the accelerator, your alternator could be bad. If the headlights remain the same, your alternator is probably fine.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not your alternator is going out, or it already has for sure, go and see the service department over at Classic Chevrolet. Unfortunately, it’s not really cost-effective to have alternator fixed. You’ll most likely need a new one. But it’s still important to watch out for the signals so you don’t end up draining your battery and getting stuck on the side of a Dallas Ft Worth highway.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Corroded Terminals May Be the Reason Your Used Chevrolet Won’t Start

One of the most common things used Chevrolet car owners have to deal with is an issue with the battery. The average life span of a battery is between three and six years. However, a battery’s life is unique to the owner and their driving habits and also the quality of the battery.

When you find yourself with a dead battery, odds are you’ve either left your headlights on by accident or you’ve had the key on the ACC setting listening to the radio for too long. In this case, all it will take is a simple jump start and then some recharging.

However, there is another reason you’re battery may be malfunctioning. When you go to look under the hood, the first thing you need to check are your battery terminals. If you see grimy deposits (usually white) on the battery terminals, they are corroded. Corrosion can also be the reason your battery has been performing poorly (slow rolling windows, dim interior lights, etc.)

So how do terminals become corroded anyway? The main cause is an overflow of sulfuric acid from the battery, but moisture build-ups can also cause it. Not to worry, cleaning terminals is actually very simple, and I’m speaking from personal experience. Once you’ve finished, you’re battery will most likely restore to its proper performance level.

What you’ll need:

  • a flat-head screw driver
  • a can of Coca-Cola (you can also use baking soda and water)
  • water
  • a metal bristle brush ( a toothbrush will also suffice) and Vaseline

What to do:

  1. Make sure the car is off and pop the hood. Remove the negative battery cable by loosening it with a flat-head screwdriver and then lifting it off the terminal. Set it aside, and remove the positive battery cable the same way. Make sure you set the positive and negative cables away from each other. It’s very important that they don’t have contact.
  1. Pour the Coca Cola or baking soda and water on the battery terminals and the battery cable ends.  Scrub with the toothbrush or metal bristle brush until all of the corrosion is gone.
  2. Use the water to wash off the Coca Cola or baking soda and water.
  3. After the terminals and battery have dried, apply a thin coat of Vaseline to the terminals and slide the terminals back on and tighten (first the positive, then the negative cable)
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Corroded Terminals

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Cleaned Terminals

When you finish, test out your handy work. You should be able to get the car started. You might have to try and jump your Chevrolet again. If you’re still unable to get the engine to turnover, you may want to give Classic Chevrolet’s service department a call.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Classic Chevrolet Has More Than Just Great Service!

Our service department is second to none. They’re ready to do repairs, replacements, adjustments or checkups. They’re here to make you happy and get you back on the road in no time.

I have written many blogs on the maintenance and service of your vehicle and how important it is. It’s important to keep a vigilant eye on your tires, spark plugs, oil, belts, and so much more. Often in my blogs I give you the tools to try and fix it yourself but I want you to know that we are always here for you should you need further assistance.

When it comes time to service your vehicle, you can trust our factory certified service technicians at Classic Chevrolet – We are here to serve you!

At Classic Chevrolet, we share a common goal with our customers. We want to get you back on the road as soon as possible, while providing you with courteous, professional, hassel-free service.

We want you to understand that we know you have made a very important investment and that’s why we want to give you the best service in the metroplex! You wouldn’t just take your car to any ole’ mechanic would you? Of course not.

Because we believe so much in what we do we’ve decided to extend some special service offers for you to use between now and June 30, 2011. Feel free to print this blog off and bring your coupons in or visit our service department online.

Here at Classic Chevrolet we have a no non-sense hassle-free way of helping our customers. If you have any questions I would hope that you would reach out to me. I am always here to answer any questions you may have.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Do You Remember The Chevy Corvair? Check this out!

Chevy Corvair

I barely remember even hearing about this car. Have you ever heard of it or seen it? It’s the 1965 Chevrolet Corvair and apparently it was one pretty awesome car. There’s always going to be controversy but what until you read this story from USA Today. It’s one I hadn’t heard and I must say it peeked my interest.

It’s the 1965 Chevrolet Corvair, which aired about the same time that Ralph Nader would turn General Motors and the auto world on its ear with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, which chronicled the safety shortcomings of — you guessed it — the Corvair. Corvair fans still insist the car got a bad rap. But it wasn’t what Nader wrote as much as the way GM reacted that fanned the flames, and led to the movement for safer cars.

Here’s how the Washington Post put it in an obituary for the lawyer who successfully led Nader’s successful privacy lawsuit against GM: Hoping to tar Nader, General Motors hired a private detective. Nader began receiving dozens of annoying and threatening phone calls. He said that the private detective tailed him and that, in what he considered an attempt to entrap him, women repeatedly approached him on the streets to solicit sexual favors.

In a televised Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in 1966, GM President James Roche apologized to Nader for any harassment the company’s investigation into his personal life might have caused him.

Too bad. The controversy helped doom what was actually a pretty cool car.

Check out this commercial for the Chevrolet Corvair

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Looking for a used car? Check out these tips and hints!

Consumer Reports has no shortage of great tips and hints on all makes and models of cars in the auto industry. The one you are about to watch is very helpful. In this economy people are turning more to used cars then in years before and if you are thinking about getting a used car you may want to check out the video below first. Let me know if you need any help or have any questions at all regarding new or used cars.

With the economic downturn, more people are choosing to buy a used car over new. But before you even start your search, you need to know if a used car is always the best deal.

Used cars are often the best values in the auto market, especially late-model ones that provide the latest safety features and are fresh enough to have many reliable years ahead. The prices on used cars are lower than new ones as they have already gone through their steepest depreciation. However, you’ll often pay higher interest rates buying used. On the other hand, the lower purchase price means insurance and taxes will cost you less. But before you buy, there are a few things to consider.

Once you choose the model you want, it’s time to look for the best place to buy. Independent used-car dealers, service stations, online listings, and private owners are some common options, each with its pros and cons. No matter where you buy, it’s important to test drive the car and have it inspected by an independent mechanic.

The most important thing is to do your research and look for a reliable car (see our used-car ratings). Over time, used cars have become generally more reliable than they have ever been, and a recent, late-model car is less risky than buying an older one. Plus, vehicles less than three years old have more safety features such as ABS, stability control, advanced air bags, and LATCH child restraints. Those older than three years will be cheaper than new, but you may end up paying more in maintenance and repair and many may not have these aforementioned safety features.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

How Long Have You Had Your Vehicle?

How long have you had your car or truck? Is it time for a new one, or is everything still running fine and you’re happy with your ride? R. L. Polk & Co. have come out with a recent study that shows people are keeping their vehicles longer than they would have in years past. The economy is slowly but surely starting to get better and rest assured there are some great prices on Chevy’s!

Consumers are keeping their automobiles for longer periods than ever before, according to a study performed by the survey gurus at R. L. Polk & Co. For anyone keeping track of such things, this news comes as little surprise – average length of ownership has been steadily increasing at an average rate of 3.7 percent annually.

Since the global economic meltdown and the devastating effect it had on the world’s automakers in 2008, that average length of ownership has increased dramatically at a clip of more than 14 percent. The hard data shows that consumers are keeping their machines for 63.9 months on average, up 4.5 months from the same time last year.

Polk comes to a couple of conclusions from this data. First, the automotive aftermarket stands to benefit from older vehicles remaining on the road. Second, automakers have a big opportunity to get people buying more new cars to replace the rapidly aging vehicles currently in their driveways. – AutoBlog

What’s the longest you’ve ever owned a car or truck? If you are interested in a new car or truck but aren’t sure about your options please feel free to call me anytime. I am more than happy to help.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Is Your New or Used Chevy Yellow? Ever Think It’ll Get Stolen?

Do you drive a yellow car? Or maybe it’s not yellow, maybe it’s bright green, or bright red. Have you ever thought that your car or truck may get stolen? Or do you feel like you stick out like a sore thumb and no one would dare steal suck a bright car? It’s a thought. 

Well USATODAY.com put together a study and had some pretty interesting pieces of information. Check it out. 

If you want to feel really strange, drive a blindingly bright yellow car. As Drive On found out in the past week, you stand out like a sore banana. But then we spied an upside: who would dare steal a yellow car?

The downside of a driving a yellow car is you become convinced everyone is looking at you. Lose your car in the parking lot? Not a chance. But the Huffington Post pointed out the upside over the weekend: no one would dare steal it. If the police car radio squawked with the report of a just-stolen yellow car, the cops could probably get it back faster than you can say LoJack. Huffpo points to a Dutch study about how pink bicycles rarely get stolen compared to more mundane colors, then tries to draw the comparison to cars. Reasonable enough. We felt like we were finding out first-hand what the study was talking about:

Drive On has been tooling around Los Angeles in the past week in a stunning yellow Audi S4. If it were just another $59,150 sport sedan, it would fit right in with the mish-mash of Mercedes-Benzes and BMWs. But as a yellow car, it basically screamed out the attention — as if its lightning acceleration wasn’t enough.

One expert points out that yellow cars are about the only ticket to distinctiveness in a world filled with bland, earth-colored cars.

“You only see yellow cars in terms of new cars like semi-high performance,” says Tom duPont, publisher of the duPont Registry, a monthly guide of rare cars. “You never see a yellow Buick.”

One good reason: the color is so out of fashion that yellow cars could garner less on resale, the Dutch study points out.

Hey you could be driving around the Bumble Bee Camaro you just scooped up from your local Fort Worth Chevy dealer. Yes you may stick out like a sore thumb but at least you know that everyone is drooling at you as you drive by! 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Do You Drive One Of The Top 30 Ugliest Cars?

The Volkswagen Thing….What an ugly car. You may be a car nut and think you’ve seen them all. Did you know that the ugliest ones weren’t made here. They were made over seas. Below is a video of all the ugly cars that made this list. Some of them are the ugliest cars I have ever seen and they will burn your eyes! Thanks to AutoBlog for sharing the video.

Here’s the top 30 ugliest cars in alphabetical order:

  • AMC Gremlin
  • AMC Pacer
  • Aston Martin Lagonda
  • Aurora
  • Citroen Ami 6
  • Corbin Sparrow
  • Fiat Multipla
  • Ford Edsel
  • Ford Scorpio
  • G-Wiz
  • Hua Detroit Fish
  • Kia Opirus / Amanti
  • Lamborghini LM 002
  • Lightburn Zeta Sports
  • Mini Marcos
  • Nissan Cube
  • Nissan Micra C+C
  • Nissan S-Cargo
  • Pontiac Aztek
  • Reliant Bond Bug
  • Scangyong Rodius
  • Sebring-Vanguard citiCar
  • Skoda Roomster
  • Subaru Baja
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Suzuki X-90
  • Tang Hua Book of Songs
  • Tang Hua Piece of Cloud
  • Volkswagen Thing
  • Zap Xebra Electric Truck

So… Do you own one of these? Now this is just the opinion of one man. What do you think? Are they all ugly?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.