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.

How Chevy is Making Neighborhoods Safer

Chevrolet Offers Parents Safety Technology That Acts Like Extra Sets of Eyes

Today marks the official start of summer and Chevrolet wants to help parents avoid situations where summer moments become tragic incidents. With school out and the weather warming up, more children are spending time outside drawing chalk pictures on the driveway, blowing bubbles into the wind or riding bicycles around the neighborhood.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, on average there are 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries a year caused by backover crashes. Of those crashes, NHTSA estimates that 40 percent occurred in residential areas, with 24 percent happening in driveways.

“The majority of backover incidents are caused by the driver not being able to see their immediate surroundings,” says Rondell Burge, researcher of driver behavior, Chevrolet. “When you hear about backover or frontover incidents involving parents or grandparents and their little ones, your heart sinks. It’s personal and at Chevy we want to help drivers see as much of their environment as possible to help them avoid the unthinkable. That’s where Surround Vision can help.”

Surround Vision technology, available on the all-new 2018 Equinox, provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vehicle by acting like multiple sets of eyes that help drivers quickly view their vehicle’s perimeter during low-speed maneuvers such as backing up or parking.

The technology uses four cameras: the standard Rear Vision Camera, a forward-looking camera in the front grille and two side-looking cameras under each side mirror. When drivers shift into reverse, the bird’s-eye view is displayed on the center stack instrument panel, alongside an image from the forward- or rear-looking camera, providing the driver with multiple views of the immediate area.

Burge, who is responsible for analyzing how drivers interact with viewing systems like the Equinox’s available Surround Vision, takes his role very seriously.

“I have a family and think of them often when doing my research. My wife is a driver and my three young children are passengers in our vehicles. They’re also the little ones playing in our front yard, running around having fun,” says Burge. “Technology offered on the Equinox, like Surround Vision, is designed to give drivers more tools to help them see around their vehicle before they put it in gear.”

In addition to Surround Vision and standard Rear Vision Camera, the all-new 2018 Equinox offers other purposeful technology to help the driver and their passengers stay safe, comfortable and connected, including a suite of available active safety features plus Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver.

Chevrolet offers Surround Vision on the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Equinox, and Traverse. Rear Vision Camera is available on the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, City Express, Colorado, Corvette, Cruze, Equinox, Express, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Sonic, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Trax and Volt

It’s important to remember that safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information. Before getting in a vehicle, all drivers, even those without children of their own, should walk all the way around their parked vehicles to check for children, or anything that could attract a child, such as a pet or toy.

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Stop by Classic Chevy in DFW today to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and to learn more about Chevy safety features and technologies. Classic Chevy can also help you with auto service, parts, and accessories.

DIY Activities for Kids in Car Trip

When planning for a road trip with children, you’ll need to pack something for them to do while in the vehicle. If you don’t, they’ll get bored and start fighting with each other – or you’ll never hear the end of “Are we there yet?” Fun activities will help the time fly by for them, and before they know it, you’ll be at your destination.

Another item you need to do before you leave is to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you have service that might be due during your trip or shortly after your return, it’s a good idea to have that done before you leave. If you just had your vehicle serviced, it’s still a good idea to have everything checked at Classic Chevrolet before you leave.

Write a Book

Staple several pages of paper together to form a book. Give each child a favorite topic and have them write a book. For younger kids, have them create a picture book – be sure to pack crayons or water-soluble markers. For older kids, have them write a book on their tablets.

Make a Deck of Cards

Cut out card-sized pieces of heavy construction paper ahead of time so kids won’t have to use scissors while in a moving vehicle. Have the kids make their own decks of cards for Go Fish and Memory games. Create the cards in the vehicle, then play the games when you get to your destination.

Make a Windchime

Get the parts to create a windchime. Have the children string it up on the trip. If you get plain wood, they can decorate the wooden part. Or, have them string beads together for the top part of the chime.

Make Jewelry

Bring each child a kit to make jewelry. Have them make necklaces and bracelets for themselves and their friends.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or checked. If you are planning on a new vehicle this summer, stop by to test drive your favorite model before you leave for the trip – you’ll be able to take a road trip in a new vehicle.

The 2017 Chevy Malibu Review

If you are in the market for a new sedan, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and to learn more about this model’s features. This affordable sedan seats up to five people comfortably and get excellent fuel mileage.

Impressions

The 2017 Malibu feature great fuel economy, quick acceleration, and good handling. The tech features, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Chevy MyLink, make the Malibu a tech lover’s dream. Plenty of legroom and a stylish exterior are also pluses.

Convenience Features

Convenience features include cruise control, a full center console with covered storage, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a multi-function remote for doors and trunk, air conditioning, power steering, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, remote power door locks, OnStar Directions & Connections, power mirrors, Bluetooth, one-touch power windows on all four windows, and a rear window defroster.

Additional features include privacy/tinted glass, plenty of storage, beverage holders, power driver’s seat, front bucket seats, a compass, clock, tachometer and trip computer.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include intermittent wipers, four-wheel ABS brakes, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system, dusk-sensing headlights, electronic stability control, ABS and driveline traction control, a passenger airbag, driver’s front impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbags and head curtain airbags for the first and second rows.

Technical Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Malibu features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 196 horsepower. The engine is backed by a front-wheel drive six-speed automatic transmission.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu today and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. Be sure to ask your salesperson if we are running any finance or lease specials. Not in the market for a new vehicle? Schedule service with Classic Chevy for your current car or truck.

10 Ways to Know You’re from Texas

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the vehicle you need for your family, for work or for the farm. If you already have a newer Chevy or did not plan to buy something new this year, be sure to give our service department a call to set up an appointment for maintenance or repairs. You just might need a Silverado to live up to some of these Texas actions.

You know you’re from Texas if:

  • You actually know someone who ate a 72-ounce steak and got it for free – or if you were the one who managed to eat it all.
  • You go to a formal event all decked out, including your finest jewelry and you wear cowboy boots.
  • You know that food that isn’t spicy isn’t from Texas.
  • You know that rattlesnake meat tastes like chicken.
  • You know the four basic food groups and make sure you get them every day: barbecue, nachos, fajitas, and chili.
  • You can tell when another Texan is from the North, East, South, West or Central Texas as soon as that person speaks.
  • Your pastor wears cowboy boots.
  • You know that the only real Mexican food is Tex-Mex.
  • When you refer to more than one person, you say, “Y’all.”
  • When you tell someone you’re getting ready to do something, you say you’re ‘fix’n’ to do it.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next car, truck, or SUV. You’ll have several trim levels to choose from, plus each one has additional available options to make it your own. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may have running on Silverado models or any other models we have in stock.

Classic Chevy Recognized Among the Top Chevy Dealers of 2016

General Motors names Classic Chevrolet to its exclusive Chevrolet Dealer of the Year list.

The program honors 50 Chevrolet dealers from across the country, 10 per region, based on exceptional performance in sales, service and customer satisfaction. Classic Chevrolet has now been the recipient of this award for 16 consecutive years.

“Chevrolet dealers play a pivotal role in the brand’s overall success and their commitment to delivering exceptional service has once again been recognized as among the best in the industry by J.D. Power,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet. “Our top 50 dealers this year have gone above and beyond to provide their customers the best possible total ownership experience. We sincerely appreciate and applaud their efforts.”

Dealers must also show a long-term commitment to retaining and providing customers with exceptional service using Genuine GM Parts.

“At Classic Chevrolet our goal is to earn customers for life and we are so honored to have our efforts recognized,” said Ken Thompson of The Thompson Group at Chevrolet. “This award is a testament to the entire team’s dedication to making sure every touch point we have with our Chevrolet customers exceeds their expectations.”

GM has recognized dealerships in the U.S. with this honor since 2000. Classic Chevrolet has earned the award every year since its inception.

Over 95 percent of Chevrolet’s current product portfolio is less than two years old, offering North Texas customers the latest technologies and safety features. Part of this lineup includes the Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Colorado which won Motor Trend’s 2016 Car and Truck of the Year awards.

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More people have purchased from Classic Chevrolet than any other dealer in the nation for almost a decade. And for the 4th consecutive year, Classic Chevrolet purchased more GM parts than over 4000 other General Motors dealerships in the country making them nations #1 Volume GM parts dealer again. Family owned and operated by Tom and Susan Durant, Classic has earned a reputation as not only one of the most trusted and respected Chevrolet dealerships in the area but a staunch support of the local community, having raised well over $1.6 Million since just 2012.

Improve Your Hot Dog Grilling Game!

Summer is prime time for grilling and hot dogs are a time-honored classic. So classic, in fact, that you may not think that there’s any room for improvement. You’ve got your method down after all and why mess with a good thing? Simple: there’s always room for improvement.

For the sake of a better hot dog, you ought to consider trying these tips and tricks if you want to take your hot dog grilling game to the next level.

Selecting the Right Dog

All dogs are not created equal. There are good dogs and bad dogs and better dogs taste better, no matter how you cook them. When you’re at the supermarket, look for all-beef dogs: beef dogs stand up better to classic seasonings, such as garlic, onion, and mustard without being overpowered. Turkey, chicken, pork, and blends tend to not hold up as well.

There’s also the choice between skinless franks or those in natural casings. You might not be aware, but most hot dogs you find on the shelf are skinless. If you can find hot dogs that are still in their casing, however, you’re in for a nice surprise. When grilled, the casing gives the hot dog a bit of a shell, adding a satisfying texture and trapping in the juices.

Make Sure to Slash Your Hot Dogs Before Grilling

For plumper, juicier, and tastier dogs, make sure to cut slits down the length of each dog. Nothing too deep and spaced evenly do nicely. This allows the dog to expand during cooking instead of bursting, which tends to lose more juices than a pre-made cut. If you managed to find cased dogs, don’t bother slitting them like this, as the casing tends to hold up fairly well and prevent bursts.

Be Creative When Dressing Your Dogs

Sure there’s the classic hot dog with mustard and relish, but just like burgers, hot dogs allow a lot of creative license and unique interpretations. Treat that bun and dog as a blank canvas. Let different cuisines inspire you. You know what works with Tex-Mex, for example. Why not use that to create a masterpiece? Maybe some cilantro, a little bit of salsa, a slice of avocado? Or maybe your tastes run more along the lines of a steak house – grill some onions alongside your dogs and douse it with your favorite steak sauce.

Visit Classic Chevrolet this Summer

Summer isn’t summer without some memorable trips and activities. What better way to get around this summer than in a new Chevy car or truck? Classic Chevy is DFW’s best dealership for any Ford you have your eye on. Drop by and check out our inventory today.

 

Get a Closer Look at the 2017 Chevy Colorado

If you are in the market for a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. You’ll find that this truck has plenty of utility and plenty of features. The crew cab short box Z71 version also features four-wheel drive.

Entertainment Features

The Colorado’s entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink Radio, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM stereo with seek and scan, a digital clock, voice-activated technology for the radio and phone, Bluetooth streaming audio for select phones, Apple CarPlay for compatible phones and an auxiliary jack.

Additional features include six speakers, two USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio and OnStar with 4G LTE.

Interior Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado features heated power front seats, power driver lumbar control, heated front seats, a floor console, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tilt and telescopic steering column, a driver instrument display, express up and down driver’s window, power door locks, automatic electronic cruise control, remote vehicle start, remote keyless entry, unauthorized entry and immobilization theft-deterrent systems, rear window defroster, air conditioning with automatic climate control, an overhead console, illuminated sliding vanity mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Mechanical Features

The Colorado features a 3.6-liter engine with variable valve timing backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 269 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Additional features include a 3.42 rear axle ratio, hill descent control, an electric two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, front recovery hooks, an off-road suspension package, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and a tow/haul mode.

Safety Features

Safety features include the StabiliTrak stability control system, electronic traction control, dual stage frontal and side impact airbags, head curtain and seat-mounted side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, and airbags for the front and rear outboard seating positions with a passenger sensing system.

Additional safety features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months, OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines and a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Best Water Parks in DFW

Summer in DFW is all about the quest to stay cool. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to go for a swim. While the area has plenty of community pools and lakes, what’s more fun than throwing some water rides into the mix? The next time the weather is hot (i.e. tomorrow and the day after that…), head to one of the Metroplex’s best water parks.

Hurricane Harbor

The biggest and baddest water park in DFW, Hurrican Harbor, located in Arlington across from Six Flags Over Texas, has crazy and inventive rides that you’re not going to see at most water parks. For example, the “Banzai Boggan” lets you skip across the water like a pebble after you shoot down an ultra-steep 45 foot slide on your own toboggan. The “Black Hole” slide encloses you in darkness as you slide down the loops and whirls of a sci-fi themed slide. The really brave can try one of Hurricane Harbor’s infamous free-fall slides. There are also more relaxing attractions, such as the Lazy River or the Surf Lagoon.

NRH20

Located in North Richland Hills just outside of Fort Worth, NRH20 is one of a kind. One of the park’s most prominent features is the Green Extreme, the world’s largest uphill water-coaster. At 1161 feet long and 81 feet tall, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experience. Besides the coaster, NRH20 features a number of other attractions, including water slides, a kiddie area, wave pool, endless river, and more.

Great Wolf Lodge

For when the sun is just simply too hot, book a stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. The resort has one of Texas’s biggest and best indoor water parks and it’s included with your visit. Great Wolf Lodge makes for a great staycation destination if you want to enjoy some time off but don’t want to travel halfway across the country to do it.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet this summer to test drive a new or used vehicle. From cars and vans to SUVs and trucks, Classic Chevy has got a car with your name on it.

Classic Chevrolet’s “Electric Avenue” Hosts the Arrival of the First 2017 Chevy Bolt EVs in Texas

Pictured, Craig Boland taking delivery of the 2017 Bolt EV from Richard D. “Buzz” Smith of Classic Chevrolet.

Classic Chevrolet, the largest volume Chevrolet dealer in the country for over a decade is leading the market with the newest all-electric vehicle to be offered by Chevrolet. The first 13 of 47 total 2017 Bolt EV’s on order arrived late last week and eager customers were ready to take delivery at Classic Chevrolet’s “Electric Avenue,” a building dedicated solely to hybrid and electric vehicle sales and service. “Richard D. “Buzz” Smith, self-proclaimed “EVangelist” and supervisor of Electric Avenue explains, “we built Electric Avenue exactly for days like this. We designed this building to give our customers a place to explain the technology with videos and experts on hand, more like an Apple store than a car dealership. These cars are loaded with technology that requires more than just handing someone the keys. This interactive environment allows for group discussions, informative videos and one-on-one tutorials.” A very early adopter of hybrid and plug-in technology himself, Buzz and his team are keenly aware of their fellow EV enthusiasts. “Our customers are uniquely linked together with a common desire to be more environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint. Having a place for like-minded individuals to gather information and share their experiences is what Electric Avenue is all about. And with the first cars now arriving, today is an exciting day for all of us.”

One of Classic’s first customers to take delivery of his Bolt was Craig Boland of Arlington, who had been driving a Toyota Prius for 13 years, but was ready to make the leap to the all electric Chevrolet Bolt, impressed with it’s 238-mile range, affordable price and cargo space. “I was surprised that I couldn’t just go to any Chevrolet dealership and buy one,” explains Mr. Boland. “I went to my local Arlington Chevy dealer first and they explained that only dealerships with technicians certified to service the Bolt are allowed to sell them, and they immediately recommended Classic as the place to go.” Boland and fellow Bolt customer Michael Malone were impressed with Classic’s commitment to hybrid and plug-in technology. “They show far more than a passing interest in the future of electric vehicles,” said Malone, “this Electric Avenue building shows that Classic Chevrolet is all-in.”

The Bolt EV, 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, starts at just $29,995 after allowing for a $7500 federal tax rebate, and with a 238-mile range, Chevrolet is making affordable long-range transportation available to the masses with Classic leading the way with sales, service and Electric Avenue.