July 4th in DFW

If you are looking for the best places to see this year’s fireworks you can catch them in several places. Jump in the brand new vehicle you just bought or leased from Classic Chevrolet, pack some snacks, a picnic lunch and beverages and head out for the fun.

On July 4, 2014, Arlington will be hosting the Made in America, Celebrating Ingenuity parade at 9:00 a.m. The parade will start at the southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper Streets. There will be free open seating bleachers, free parking, cool mist stations, convenient restrooms and refreshments for sale. If you have children, be there before the parade or stay after for the Kids Zone face painting, bounce houses and games. The award ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. – after the parade – at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front Street. For more information, visit arlington4th.org.

Six Flags Over Texas will be celebrating the 4th from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. There will be fireworks at night during the entire weekend. If you bring any Coca Cola product, you can get in an hour earlier (9:30 a.m.). For more information visit sixflags.com. ‘

Bedford Boys Ranch Park, located at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive will host a free celebration with family-friendly activities, live music, food vendors, a classic car show and fireworks. You can bring lawn chairs, coolers, blanks and non-alcoholic beverages, but nothing in glass containers. Admission to the Bedford Splash Aquatic Center is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3 to 17, and free for those 2 and under. Parking is $5 for limited shuttle service, $20 per car on site and $15 at the Bedford Old School and Bedford Public library.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic will be held at Billy Bob’s Texas on July 4 at the Rodeo Plaza in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Live performers include Josh Abbott Band, Dierks Bently, Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham. Willie Nelson will perform at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $60 at the gate. Anyone 17 and under must come with an adult. Please leave the chairs, umbrellas, coolers and pets home.

While Classic Chevy is closed on the 4th, you can still stop by during the weekend to test drive your next new vehicle.

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Best Kept Secrets in Texas

If you are looking for a day trip or a great weekend trip, consider visiting some of Texas’ best kept secrets. A weekend trip – or even a week-long vacation to visit more than one of the “secret” sites – is a perfect way to celebrate the new car or truck you just bought at Classic Chevrolet.

If you head out to Big Bend National Park or the Davis Mountains, be sure to stop by Marfa’s Mystery Lights. The lights are small-town Marfa’s claim to fame and show up between Marfa and Paisano Pass on clear nights. To see the lights, face toward the Chinati Mountains. The first record of these lights was in 1883. Sometimes the lights look like they are fusing and splitting, sometimes they move and sometimes they are colored. To this day, no one has figured out what the lights are from.

Glen Rose features the Dinosaur Valley State Park. While you can’t dig up your own dinosaur bones, you can see dinosaur footprints and other dinosaur-related things. The park is located on the Paluxy River and you can also see mudstones, limestones and sandstones that were deposited in that location about 113 million years ago. The area used to be a sea.

If you like treasure hunts, visit Mason County to hunt for natural topaz. The stone, which is Texas’ state gem, is commonly found in ravines and streambeds, but only in Mason County. There is no commercial mining in the area, but several ranches in the area will set you up for topaz hunting. The ranches are usually closed during deer season, so if you don’t make it out there before then, you’ll have to wait until deer season is over.

If you prefer hiking, stop by Colorado Bend State Park in Hill Country to hike to Gorman Falls. The hike is about 1.5 miles of rougher terrain, but the falls – an oasis in the middle of Texas – is worth the climb.

If you haven’t purchased or leased a new vehicle yet, but want to take some of these trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle checked before you head out, especially if you take some of the longer trips. Ask our service manager about any service specials that we might be running.

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Chevy Traverse Named Top Family Car for Safety

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If you want the best car for safety, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevrolet Traverse – for the second year in a row, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com named it one of the 10 best family cars. It won the award for the 2013 and 2014 model year. The Traverse competed in the SUV category; and the judges looked at efficiency, value, style and safety.

Of the four categories, most people count safety as the most important category for a family car. The Chevy Traverse has something no other SUV has: a front seat center airbag. The airbag inflates between the two front seats to give the driver and front passenger more protection.

In addition to being named one of the 10 best family cars by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, the SUV was named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2013. The center airbag is not the only reason the Traverse meets such high standards: It also features lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

One of the engines available in the Traverse is the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which makes 288 horsepower. It also gets 24 mpg* on the highway. Since the Traverse was created for families, it features family-friendly items such as multiple USB ports, an entertainment system for the rear seat and seats that clean up easy. Consumers also get to choose whether they want a three-person bench seat or captain’s chairs, which seat one person each, in the rear. Furthermore, the third row bench seat also seats an additional three people.

That is not all of the awards the Traverse won. It also named on Kelley Blue Book’s 12 best family cars for 2014 list. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala also made that list. Thus, if you don’t want an SUV, you might consider test driving the Impala if safety is a big concern for you.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Traverse or the Impala and to get a full list of features, options and additional packages available with each trim level. Also, be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials going on that might apply to the vehicle you are interested in.

Camaro Outsells the Competition

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There’s that rivalry again… Chevy vs. Ford. And right now, the Chevrolet Camaro, now available at Classic Chevy, is winning. From January 2014 through the end of May 2014, Chevrolet sold 38,951 Camaro models while Ford sold 36,600 Mustangs, according to AutoData. Each month’s tally for both vehicles showed that the Camaro was ahead by the same margin each month.

The 2014 Camaro convertible SS with 2SS features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The rear features a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential. This combination makes 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. To help stop the vehicle, the Camaro features four-wheel ABS disc brakes and Brembo performance four-piston calipers in the front and rear.

Safety features include StabiliTrak stability control system, traction control, several airbags, daytime running lamps, OnStar, Ultrasonic rear parking assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar comes with six months of Directions and Connections, which includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and navigation.

Convenience features include front leather sport bucket seats that feature adjustable head restraints, six-way power and heat for the front seats, a floor console, center armrest, tilt and telescopic steering column with a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel, a head-up display with color digital readouts, driver information center, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls and remote keyless entry.

Additional features include a three-channel programmable universal home remote, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, rear window defogger, an air filtration system with a pollen filter, cup holders, map pockets, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

Exterior features include 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, a spare tire and wheel, a tonneau cover, folding rear glass with an integral defogger, a hood blanket, rear spoiler, halogen headlights, power-adjustable heated door mirrors – the driver’s door mirror is auto-dimming, and body-colored mirrors and door handles.

Entertainment features include an eight-speaker Bose system, SiriusXM satellite radio, Chevrolet MyLink and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel.

To learn more about the convenience, safety, entertainment and security features of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. Be sure to ask us about any special we may be running.

Famous Chevy for Sale

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If you’re a fan of Rob Dyrdek, the guy who set a record for jumping the Chevrolet Sonic backwards – and for kickflipping a Sonic – you know his passion for cars. Recently, one of his custom Chevy Tahoe SUVs was up for sale on E-bay. However, it did not meet the reserve of $22,000, so you might still have a chance to get it.

Dyrdek’s Tahoe is a 2008 LTZ with a 5.3-liter engine and is listed as the “Storm Trooper from the show Fantasy Factory.” It is being sold by the person who bought it from Dyrdek. If you can’t get your hands on that Tahoe, you can get a brand new one from Classic Chevrolet and customize it yourself.

We have a 2013 – brand new – Tahoe 1500 LS with four-wheel drive. This model features the 5.3-liter Vortec engine with FlexFuel and active fuel management. It can run on unleaded or E85. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and a tow/haul mode. It makes 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque on unleaded and 326 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque on E85.

The transfer case is an active single-speed electronic Autotrac with rotary controls. This setup also features powertrain grade braking, a seven-wire harness, 2-inch trailering receiver, recovery hooks mounted on the frame and four-wheel antilock disc brakes.

The interior features adjustable head restraints, a floor console, six-way power front seats, an adjustable, leather tilt steering wheel with a brake/transmission shift interlock, and mounted audio and cruise controls.

The door locks are programmable and the windows feature express down and lockout features. Additional features include remote keyless entry, a theft deterrent system, tri-zone air conditioning, a rear window defogger, several power outlets, an illuminated entry.

Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

For a full list of convenience, safety, entertainment and security features for this Tahoe, stop by Classic Chevy to take a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about options so that you can customize this Tahoe to your liking.

Summer Fun in DFW

If you’re looking for something fun to do or you just need an excuse to drive the new vehicle you just bought at Classic Chevrolet, head out for some summer fun for kids of all ages to water parks, golf parks, and tons of entertainment. Some of the entertainment is inside so you will have something to do even on a day that is less than stellar.

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  • Alley Cats is located at 2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road in Arlington. It offers 24 bowling lanes, a two-story laser tag arena, a huge arcade, rock climbing wall and billiards. If you get hungry, Alley Cats has a snack bar and an adult full service bar.
  • If you want to do something a little different, check out Bandera, Texas “Cowboy Capital of the World,” located at 126 State Highway 16 S in Bandera, Texas. Kids will be able to meet cowboys, ride horses, see what a dude ranch looks like, see a rodeo, learn rope tricks and more.
  • Bowl & Barrel, located at 8084 Park Lane, Suite 145 in Dallas is an indoor venue that offers boutique bowling. It is a tavern, but offers kid-friendly food, bumpers and ramps.
  • Celebration Station, located at 4040 Towne Crossing Boulevard in Mesquite, Texas has tons of indoor and outdoor attractions for kids of all ages. It’s a great place to hold a birthday party or other family outing. Enjoy bumper boats, go-karts, paintball, miniature golf, a video arcade and more.
  • Dallas Aquatics, located at 833 Sunset Inn Circle in Dallas, provides family fun with one indoor pool and 17 outdoor pools. The pools are located throughout the city so you might find one in your neighborhood. When you just need to beat the heat, take the entire family over to the pool.
  • Water Works Park, located at 2400 Long Road in Denton is a perfect way for the entire family to have fun and cool off. Enjoy four huge slides, the lazy river, a children’s play pool, pavilions for parties, sand volleyball, picnicking and concessions.

Head over to Classic Chevy today to test drive your next vehicle or to get your current vehicle serviced before you head out for some summer fun.

Rev Up Your Drive With the All-New Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 3LT

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If you couldn’t wait for the new Stingray to come out, your wait is over. The 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible Z51 3LT is now available at Classic Chevrolet. Getting right to the nitty-gritty, the 6.2-liter engine puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine features a dry sump oil system. It is backed by a seven-speed manual transmission that features active rev matching. The limited slip rear features a 3.42 gear – perfect for highway driving and great for getting the jump at the light.

Safety and security features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, six months of Directions and Connections – including automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, navigation and roadside assistance, a theft deterrent system and a rear window defogger.

Convenience features include the 3LT interior trim for the seats, console, door armrest and the instrument panel, eight-way driver and passenger seat adjusters, heated and ventilated seats, Napa leather, center console with two cup holders, USB ports, an auxiliary power outlet, an SD card slot and storage, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and a head-up display with color readouts.

Additional features include keyless access, push button start, remote transmitters, driver and passenger express up and down windows, cruise control, two driver presets for seat, door mirror and steering wheel memory, universal home remote, dual-zone air conditioning, a pollen filter, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, electric locking glove box, and storage behind the screen, in the center console and in the rear compartment.

Entertainment features include an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, an AM/FM stereo, MP3 playback, a radio data system, SiriusXM/HD radio, a hidden integral antenna and a 10-speaker Bose system with a bass box.

To learn more about the Stingray’s entertainment, convenience, security and safety features, and to test drive your next hot rod, stop by Classic Chevy today. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any ongoing specials for purchase or lease, and about any maintenance specials.

Get Your Father a Chevy!

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Even though Father’s Day 2014 is over, you can still get your dad a Chevy at Classic Chevrolet for Father’s Day! Does your father like hunting, taking trips, fishing or does he work all the time? Choose a vehicle that fits his lifestyle needs and you will have gotten him the best present he’s ever received.

For a dad that likes to go hunting and fishing – or a dad that needs a truck for work – a Silverado would be perfect. For a dad that commutes to the office or likes to take long trips, consider a sedan or SUV. We even have Chevys for dads who have everything they need for work and most types of play. If this is going to be a second vehicle, you might even consider getting dad a Corvette or a Camaro.

If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place with the decision because your dad is the greatest and does everything, the 2015 Silverado 3500HD Double Cab with a long bed is perfect. It can haul an RV for hunting, fishing and family trips; it can haul tools for work; it can even double as a comfortable-riding vehicle for long trips. Of course, it won’t catch a Corvette on the highway, but you can still beat a Corvette at the bracket drag strip – and it will turn a lot of heads!

The 3500 features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing. It also runs on E85 or unleaded fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

This combination puts out 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The rear axle features a 4.10 gear and a locking rear; and the suspension includes 51mm twin tube shock absorbers and a 33mm front stabilizer bar.

This model features a trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness, independent fused trailering circuits, a connector for four-way use for trailers without brakes or lights, an external engine cooler, an auxiliary external transmission cooler, a heavy-duty battery, an integrated trailer brake controller, frame-mounted front recovery hooks, and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your dad’s next new vehicle and give him the surprise of his life!

2015 Tahoe LT

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If you are in the market for a new SUV, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT two-wheel drive model. This brand new SUV features Chevy’s 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine with active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection. The block is aluminum, which lightens the load considerably – and that means better fuel economy. The engine runs on unleaded fuel or E85.

Backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode, the engine puts out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It features a heavy-duty locking rear and a premium suspension package to make towing a cinch. The engine has an extra oil cooler and transmission cooler, also helpful when towing.

Safety and security features include theft deterrent, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and a stability control system with brake assist and traction control. Additionally, the Tahoe features several airbags including head curtain side-impact bags for all rows in the outboard seating positions.

Additional safety features include OnStar Directions and Connections with automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation (6 months), rear parking assist with an audible warning, a rear vision camera, forward collision alert sensor indicator, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitor system.

Convenience features include front leather-appointed bucket seats with heated seat cushions and backs, 10-way power passenger and driver seat, two-position memory for the driver’s seat, and two-way power lumbar control and power recline. When the luxury package is ordered, the door mirrors features two memory presets. Both rear seats are 60/40 split folding bench seats.

Additional convenience features include a tilt and telescopic steering column with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, audio, cruise and driver information center controls mounted on the steering wheel, a multi-color driver instrument information panel, programmable door locks with lockout protection, remote keyless entry – with extended range when the luxury package is ordered, remote vehicle start, express down on all windows, and express up on the front windows, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual settings for the rear passengers, driver and passenger front side and a rear window defogger.

For more information about all of the convenience, entertainment, safety and security features, and additional options available for the Tahoe, stop by Classic Chevy for a test drive today.

Chevy Impala Wins Safety Award

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Luxury, watch out! The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, available at Classic Chevy, was the only non-luxury car to wear a “superior” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new tests for high-tech crash prevention systems. The “superior” rating was given to vehicles that not only warned a driver of an impending crash, but automatically applied the brakes to significantly slow the vehicle.

Only luxury vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, Buick Regal and two Cadillac models earned “superior” ratings. If a vehicle’s system only warned the drivers and the brakes only reduced speed moderately, the vehicle received an “advanced” rating. These included the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, Buick LaCrosse, Audi A3 and A6, and several others.

If a vehicle was equipped with a radar and camera, it earned “superior” ratings, however, those that earned the “advanced” rating were equipped only with “City Brake,” a camera-only system. The radars and lasers determine whether a vehicle is getting to close to something – usually another vehicle – in front of it. The systems may warn a drive audibly or with seat vibrations; but many used both types of warnings to alert a driver. The system then prepares the brakes for when the driver presses on them. In vehicles with the automatic braking system the vehicle brakes itself without input from the driver.

While automatic braking may not prevent a crash, it definitely reduces the speed enough so that injuries are less severe. IIHS started testing and rating the braking systems of vehicles in the Fall of 2013 hoping to get automakers add the automatic braking system as standard equipment. According to the IIHS, about 40 percent of the 2014 models feature optional forward collision warning and 20 percent offer automatic braking.

The IIHS tested vehicles at 12 and 25 miles per hour. Those vehicles that slowed to less than 3 mph were the highest rated. The IIHS also has a “basic” rating; vehicles that earned this warned drivers of an impending crash, but reduced the vehicle’s speed by less than 5 mph. These included the BMW 3 Series without City Brake, the Toyota Avalon and the Infiniti Q70.

To learn more about the new Impala and all of its features, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive.