Best Car Gadgets for a Chevrolet

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Whether you just picked up a brand new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet or you are still driving your current Chevy, stop by our accessories store to pick out the best gadgets for your car. Whether you want something to help you work, keep organized or just to change the look of your vehicle, we have what you need.

Exterior Accessories

Molded hood protectors save your Chevy’s paint from small rocks that might fly up and bugs. If you leave bugs on the paint, the acid will eventually damage the paint. Not only do hood protectors protect your vehicle, but they also look neat.

Pick up some cargo management accessories. Exterior cargo management includes roof rails and roof storage accessories, rear bumper accessories for skis, bikes and other equipment and more.

Change the look of your Chevrolet by changing the grille. Stop by our accessory department to see what is available for your specific vehicle.

Don’t ignore the rest of your vehicle. You can also add exterior trim pieces, splash guards, different wheels and rear spoilers to change the look of your vehicle.

Interior Accessories

Protect the carpets in your vehicle with floor mats. Choose from several styles to keep the carpets looking brand new.

Add an interior entertainment system by having headrest DVD players installed. They’ll keep the kids entertained for hours while you are on your next road trip.

If you would love a remote start, but are not ready to upgrade your Chevrolet yet, have us install a remote starter. The remote starter also gives you keyless entry.

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next Chevy. While you’re there, be sure to pick out some new accessories for your Chevy. And, if you’re not ready for a new Chevy, stop by our accessory department to find something to spruce up your current Chevrolet.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500HD

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD if you need a truck that will do it all. The 3500HD will haul a trailer full of horses or cattle or it can do something that doesn’t require a lot of power, like taking a road trip or going to the grocery store.

Exterior

The 3500HD features 18-inch painted steel wheels, all-season tires, frame-mounted recovery hooks in the front, chrome bumpers, rear bumper corner step, halogen projector headlights, solar absorbing glass, bed rail and tailgate protection caps and a locking tailgate.

Interior

The interior features a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, a center fold-down armrest with storage, a folding bench rear seat, tilt steering column, driver information center with a 3.5-inch diagonal display, express up and down driver window, express down windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control with control mounted on the steering wheel and assist handles on the driver and passenger A-pillars.

Mechanical

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD features a Vortec 6.0-liter engine with variable valve timing that can run on flex fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with powertrain grade braking, cruise grade braking, a tow/haul mode and electronic controls. This combination makes 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.

Additional features include a 4.10 ratio rear axle, a high-capacity air cleaner, heavy duty locking rear, trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness for trailering, a suspension package, an external engine oil cooler, auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, a heavy-duty battery with 720 cold cranking amps, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Safety Features

Safety features include StabiliTrak with traction control and proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway control, hill start assist, daytime running lights, an airbag deactivation switch for the front passenger, OnStar, and driver and front passenger airbags.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and to learn more about this model’s capabilities and its convenience, entertainment, safety and security features.

How to Make the Best of the Rest of Your Summer

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If you are looking for something to do for at least part of the rest of the summer, plan some weekend road trips. Pick a place you’ve never been before. Or, throw a huge family barbecue in your back yard or at your local park. Whatever you decide to do, be sure that your vehicle has been serviced at Classic Chevrolet recently.

No More Procrastination

One of the other things you can do is to stop procrastinating on buying that new vehicle. If you still haven’t made up your mind as to what brand you might like, stop by our showroom to test drive a truck, SUV, sedan or a sports car. Since we won’t pressure you into buying something you don’t want, you can feel comfortable coming by to test drive your favorite model.

Chevrolet models tend to give you many choices so choosing a trim level might seem overwhelming. We can make that easy for you. Just tell your salesperson what features you want and he or she will be able to point you to the right trim level. Be sure to ask about additional options – sometimes you may not want everything in a certain trim level but you just have to have that one feature. Sometimes you can order a lower trim level and add the feature you need to that model.

Road Tripping

Pick something that’s only a few hours out so that you have more time to spend at your destination. Even if you plan on staying the weekend, the sooner you get to your destination, the more fun you can have. Rent a cabin on a lake or a houseboat if you want to get some fishing in or if you just want to have fun on the water. If suntanning is what you want, drive to the beach for the weekend – or make it a long weekend by taking an extra vacation day. No matter what you decide to do, just have fun! Soon enough, it will be harder to get away due to school kids and weather.

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment.

Last Minute Road Trip Ideas

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If you want to take one last road trip this summer – before the kids head back to school – you’ll find plenty of “short” road trips where it’s only a few hours to your destination. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevrolet – or test drive that new vehicle you’ve been planning on getting this summer.

Possum Kingdom

This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.

Mineral Wells

Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Muenster

If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. And, visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches and strudel.

Roma

Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive that new vehicle you’ve been eying or give us a call to schedule a service appointment before you take your road trip. Even if you just had your vehicle serviced, it’s a good idea to have it checked before you leave.

Chevy is Going to Have Diesel Midsize Trucks for 2016

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If you like Chevy midsize trucks but prefer diesel so buy another brand, get ready to trade that other brand in – Chevrolet is going to have diesel midsize trucks for 2016 – and they will be available at Classic Chevrolet. The models – the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2016 GMC Canyon – will be available this fall. The base LT diesel Chevy Colorado will start at less than $32,000.

While Chevrolet has not yet released the fuel economy numbers, the company said that the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission in the Colorado should get about 27 mpg* on the highway. The Duramax turbo-diesel is expected to make 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque; and the truck should be able to haul 7,600 pounds if you opt for four-wheel drive. Two-wheel drive trucks should tow 7,700 pounds.

According to Sandor Piszar, the director of Chevrolet truck marketing, “there’s no other midsize truck that can do what Colorado can do with its all-new Duramax diesel.” The midsize truck is more efficient and has more capability than other midsize pickup trucks. The new models also expand Chevrolet’s lineup, giving customers more choices.

The Colorado diesel will have two trim levels: the base LT and the Z71 crew cabs. All models will be available in two- or four-wheel drive. Features will include a six-speed automatic transmission, a vibration absorber, a Z28 trailering package and an integrated trailer brake controller.

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle. If you are not quite ready to get a new vehicle, be sure to call our service department to set up an appointment to have your vehicle repaired or at least checked. If you are buying or leasing new, be sure to ask your salesperson about any finance or lease specials we may be running.

DIY Activities for Kids in Car Trip

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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.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

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.

How to Have the Best #Staycation

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Sometimes, whether for financial reasons or because you just don’t have a block of vacation time big enough to take the trip you want, you may decide to take a #staycation. Generally, you’ll stay at home or in your city. #Staycations can be just as fun as going on a vacation if you plan it right, especially if you have a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet.

Make a Budget

Before you take a staycation, write out a budget. Start with the amount you have available to spend. Choose what you want to do, whether it’s hosting a large barbecue, visiting a local theme park or going camping near the DFW area. Determine the cost of doing everything you want to do. Don’t forget to figure in gas, meals and a little extra for spending. This way, you can plan on doing more than one thing if you want.

If you just have $1,000 and your family of five wants to go to a theme park, that might be all you can do on your staycation. However, if you prefer to do something different everyday, you might skip the theme park and choose something that is less expensive so that you can do several things.

Plan Meals

A vacation isn’t a vacation unless you go out to eat at least once, even if you are in an RV and plan on cooking all of your meals. Thus, you should plan to eat out at least once on your staycation. Pick your favorite restaurant – one that you don’t often get to visit – and be sure to fit that into your budget. Otherwise, you might plan to eat out more, but at restaurants that are less expensive.

Pick an Event for Everyone

If you have a larger family and are planning on doing several things during your staycation let each family member pick an event. This way, kids feel like they helped plan the “vacation” and won’t be so upset about “staying home.” Activities and events may include rafting, hiking, visiting a favorite museum, going to a concert by a local artist, visiting a restaurant you wouldn’t normally visit and more.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy before your staycation so you won’t have to worry about using your time for maintenance. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, test drive your favorite Chevrolet model before you take a staycation.

Best Places to Take a Road Trip to in Texas

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

Coolest Chevrolet Paint Jobs

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When you pick up a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet you can keep the current paint job – which in many cases is very cool – or you can have your vehicle painted with a specialty paint job. You may find a neat paint job idea on something that’s not a Chevy but would look great on your Chevy.

Sometimes, Less is More

Sometimes you can grab looks with less rather than more. Choose a color that stands out from your vehicle’s original color. Add a pinstripe down the side of the vehicle and have it lead into a design on the hood. Add a teardrop hood scoop to your Chevy – put the V part of the scoop toward the front. Have the pin striping come up onto the teardrop to form the face of an eagle. Or, you can simply have the side stripe come up to the front of the hood in scrolls.

Candy Apple

Of course, one of the best paint jobs is candy apple red. While this is an expensive process and nearly impossible to touch up, if you can keep other people and things away from your vehicle, this paint job will last forever. It uses several coats of clear coat tinted with candy apple red over a gold base coat.

If you’re not a fan of red, you can have this process done with any color. Plum crazy purple works great in the candy process; and it uses a silver base coat. For a neat trick, add gold metal flake to the silver base coat; and add pearl to the plum crazy purple-tinted clear coat.

Tiger Stripes

Have your Chevy painted with horizontal black and yellow tiger stripes. Not only will it look fast just sitting there, but it’ll look fast while you’re traveling down the highway – and you’ll definitely get a lot of looks.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Chevy with a cool paint job or ask our body shop about a trick paint job for your current Chevy.

Ways to Organize Your Garage

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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.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

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?