Stay Cool During the Summer Months!

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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.

Chevy Wins Two Engine Awards

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle and you’d like something that looks great, gets decent gas mileage and has one of the best engines out there, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. And, if you want something great for commuting, has an engine that is great enough to win awards and gets excellent gas mileage, visit our showroom to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro features a brand new 3.6-liter V-6 engine; and this engine made WardsAuto’s “Ward’s 10 Best Engines” list. The company reviewed engines and compared them with data for engines that are similar to the winners. WardsAuto looked at 31 engines across 11 different auto manufacturers for new technology, fuel efficiency, power and refinement.

The V-6 features advanced technology including cylinder deactivation, which increases fuel efficiency. This engine makes 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque; and these are the highest power ratings for a naturally aspirated V-6 engine in this segment. The active fuel management system cuts out two cylinders when you don’t need them to increase fuel economy. Furthermore, the Camaro features noise-reducing features including a new cam drive system.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The new Volt features a Voltec propulsion system with zero range anxiety. The system features a range-extending engine, the drive unit, a battery and power electronics. You’ll be able to drive about 53 miles on electric power only and have a total driving range of over 420 miles, giving you over 1,000 miles between the times you have to visit the gas station.

This year’s drive unit is about 12 percent more efficient and it dropped 100 pounds when compared to the first generation. Because the Volt uses both motors, it has a 19 percent improvement in acceleration when under electric power. It takes 2.6 seconds to go from zero to 30 mph; and it shows a 7 percent improvement in acceleration from zero to 60 mph, which takes 8.4 seconds.

The gas engine is a 1.5-liter engine with direct injection and it runs on regular unleaded fuel. The battery is an 18.4 kWh battery with revised cell chemistry; and it features 192 cells instead of the 288 cells in the previous year’s model. Though the cells were decreased, saving 21 pounds, storage capacity increased.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro or the 2016 Chevrolet Volt and to learn more about these two models.

Chevy Introduces 2016 Equinox

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The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the hottest-selling SUV models and this year, Chevy gave this model something extra in the way of updates and new styling. The 2016 model year will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, 2015.

The 2016 Equinox – the 2015 model year is now available at Classic Chevrolet – will have a wider grille and some minor tweaks to update the styling to keep the crossover SUV fresh. As of now, though, because of the great run the current model year is having, Chevy hesitates to do a complete update with a new platform, though that will likely happen for the 2017 model year, according to gmauthority.com.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS

Many of the things on the 2015 Equinox will remain the same on the 2016 model year. The 2015 model year features a 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing and spark ignition direct injection. This engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This engine and transmission combination makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm.

This model features a 120-amp alternator and a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection and 525 cold cranking amps. The chassis features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, a Refined Ride suspension and power-assist, electric-variable steering.

Safety features include hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, daytime running lights, several airbags, a passenger sensing system for the airbags that also senses the presence of children, OnStar Directions and Connections for 6 months, the OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years, power door locks with child security locks in the rear, a tire pressure monitoring system and the LATCH system for child safety seats.

Interior features include the LS interior, a front center console with armrest and concealed storage, mounted cruise and audio controls on the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver information center, express down on all four door windows, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, several power outlets, illuminated vanity mirrors and assist handles.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model; or keep your eyes on this space for more information on the 2016 model year, including a release date.

Service and Parts Specials at Classic

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Getting your vehicle serviced is something that must be done if you want it to last a long time. In some cases, people skip over service appointments because they are afraid of the cost or simply don’t have the extra money at the time. You can reduce some of the cost of service by taking advantage of our service specials at Classic Chevrolet.

Oil Change, Tire Rotation and Inspection

Keeping your oil changed is just as important as doing an inspection on your vehicle. When you have an inspection done each time you have the vehicle’s oil changed, you can find things that are worn to the point where they might leave you stranded.

Get a 5-quart oil change, 4-tire rotation and a 27-point inspection for just $34.95 with conventional oil or $39.95 with Dexos1. These prices exclude full synthetic and diesel engines. Tax and more than 5 quarts of oil are extra. Other restrictions may apply. This special expires December 31, 2015.

ACDelco Professional DuraStop Brake Pads

For just $99.95 per axle, get ACDelco Professional DuraStop brake pads installed and have the rotors inspected. If the rotors need to be turned or replaced, that is extra, as is tax and all other services. This prices excludes Corvettes and other select vehicles. This offer ends December 31, 2015.

30-Day Tire Price Guarantee

If you buy select tires from us and find a better price on the same tires within 30 days of purchase, we will refund the difference. Eligible brands include BFGoodrich, Bridgestone, Continental, Dunlop, Firestone, General, Goodyear, Hankook, Kelly, Michelin, Pirelli and Uniroyal. You’ll have to bring the store’s ad, a written estimate or an Internet quote in for the identical tires from one of our competitors. This offer ends on March 31, 2015.

Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty

Our Limited Lifetime Parts Warranty is available for select auto parts from your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealer. As long as the parts are dealer-installed, the Limited Lifetime Part Warranty will cover the cost of the new part. The part must be customer paid; and the warranty does not cover labor for the replacement part.

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Call our service department at Classic Chevy to set up a service appointment and to learn more about restrictions on specials for certain vehicles.

The 2015 Chevy Suburban at Classic Chevrolet

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If you are in the market for a Suburban with all of the bells and whistles, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD LTZ. This four-wheel drive model features tons of safety equipment and technology to keep your family safer while on the road.

Security and safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, OnStar and an automatic occupant sensing system for the airbag. The sensing system determines whether there is a passenger in the front seat and whether that passenger is a child. Additional airbags include front driver and passenger frontal and side impact airbags and seat-mounted side impact and head curtain side impact airbags for all rows. The Suburban also features StabiliTrak, a stability control system with traction control and brake assist.

Additional features include a rear vision camera, front and rear parking assist, a rear cross traffic alert sensor indicator, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, forward collision alert sensor indicator, lane departure warning, safety alert seat, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Convenience features include heated and cooled power front seats. The driver’s seat has 12 positions and the passenger seat has six positions. The driver seat has two memory positions, four-way power lumbar and power recline. The second row bucket seats are also heated. The third row is a 60/40 split bench with power fold.

The floor console features storage, cup holders, an SD card slot and an auxiliary jack. The steering column is features power tilt and telescoping features, a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and theft deterrent locking feature. The steering wheel also features mounted audio, cruise and driver information controls.

The door locks are power programmable and feature lockout protection. Additionally, the Silverado features passive entry, remote keyless entry and remote vehicle start. The windows are all power and all have express down. The front windows also feature express up. The cruise control is electronic with set and resume, though you can order adaptive cruise control. The brake and gas pedal are power adjustable.

Furthermore, the Silverado features tri-zone automatic climate control with individual setting for the driver, right front passenger and rear passengers. The rear window features a defogger.

For a complete list of features and additional options, stop by Classic Chevrolet to take the 2015 Suburban for a test drive.

2015 Silverado 3500HD Crew 4WD

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The 2015 Silverado 3500HD four-wheel drive truck is the perfect vehicle for someone who needs to haul a boat, an RV or a trailer full of horses or cattle. The powerplant for this truck, now available at Classic Chevrolet, is a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing; and it is capable of running on unleaded fuel or E85. The engine is backed by a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The electronically controlled transmission also features cruise grade braking and a powertrain grade braking.

Interior features include a front split bench that holds three passengers and a 60/40 split rear folding bench seat that also holds three passenger. If purchased with the LT convenience package, the seats are jet black leather. The driver and front passenger seats recline – and when there are only two in the front, the center armrest folds down.

The manual tilt steering wheel is leather-wrapped and features mounted cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a 4.2-inch diagonal color monitor, warning messages, personalization and vehicle information. The driver’s window features express up and down and all other windows features express down.

Additional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated driver and front passenger vanity mirrors and A-pillar-mounted assist handles.

Safety and exterior features include StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway, traction control and stability control. It also features hill start assist. Additional features include several airbags six months of OnStar Directions and Connections plan.

Additional features include 18-inch forged polished aluminum wheels, wheelhouse liners, a tire carrier lock, chrome bumpers, a corner step in the rear bumper, chrome grille, halogen projector headlights, power adjustable outside mirrors, deep tinted glass and a locking tailgate.

Entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, AM/Fm stereo, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, SD card slot, Bluetooth, hands-free phone integration, Pandora, voice activation, a CD/MP3 player, SiriusXM HD radio, and a six-speaker audio system.

Additional features include vehicle stability assist, emergency brake assist, turn signals in the outside heated mirrors, child safety locks, an auxiliary transmission oil cooler, trailer wiring, cruise control, adjustable head rests, daytime running lights, a tailgate protector, trailer towing hitch, adjustable lumbar seats, intermittent wipers, ABS brakes, tow hooks and remote power door locks.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Silverado 1500HD and to learn more about all of its security, safety, entertainment and convenience features.

Chevy Plays Cupid

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In 2013, Lambracht Chevrolet had an auction and that auction included 50 “ancient” cars. Many of them are the same models that might have been sold at one time at Classic Chevy.

One buyer bought a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and towed it 800 miles to his home in Indiana where he started restoring it. The ’59 had been sitting in a field in Nebraska and was very rusty. The seats were torn and it needed a ton of work.

Inside, among the rust and torn seats, he found a love letter dated Feb. 7, 1965. It was from a woman to a man – and the last line, along with the names of the couple, was still visible on the faded and mouse-eaten letter. The last line said, “Let’s get married.” The new owner of this very old car tracked down the son of the man mentioned in the letter. The new owner thought that the letter should be reunited with its rightful owners.

It turns out that the man in the letter worked at Lambrecht Chevrolet as a mechanic and the ’59 Bel Air was his personal vehicle. He and the woman who wrote the letter eloped and later had two children. The new owner found one of the children and turned the letter over to him.

When you buy a Chevy from Classic Chevrolet you never know who might find it later. You might even buy a used Chevy and find a treasure that someone missed over the years. Some of the popular older models include the Bel Air, Chevelle, Impala, Nova and Camaro. The newer models include the Impala, Camaro, Corvette, Traverse and more. Though you can only assume some of these cars will be around in 50 years, you can probably bet that the Impala and Camaro – or even the Corvette – will be around much later.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to look at a new vehicle or to look at their used vehicles. You may just find yourself an old love story or missed treasure in an older vehicle.

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Road Trippin’ In Your Chevy

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Now that Spring is here you’ll want to spend some time in the parks just to relax after a long week at work. Pack the picnic basket, grab the bathing suits and throw everything you need for a fun day in your Classic Chevy and head out for some fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and more.

Cooper Lake State Park is about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 F.M. 1529 South, Cooper, Texas, 75432. Cooper Lake State Park is a newer park and it features a large lake, hiking trails, nature trails, biking trials, horseback riding trails, a fishing pier, boat rental, water skiing, swimming and shelters.

If you want to camp overnight, you can rent a cabin or bring your tent. Be prepared to see wild turkey, bald eagles, deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more while you enjoy your stay at the park. For more information contact the park at (903) 395-3100 or visit the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake.

Cedar Hill State Park is another park you can visit – you can visit for the day or make a weekend of it. Cedar Hill State Park is located at 1570 West F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, Texas, 75104. The park land used to be the old Penn Farm. It features a lake and some original farm buildings. The park also features nature trails, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, a boat ramp and more. For more information about the park, contact (972) 291-3900 or visit the web page at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cedar_hill.

Eisenhower State Park is another destination that’s not too far – about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at 50 Park Road 20, Denision, Texas, 75020. You can reach the park at (903) 465-1956 or by visiting the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/eisehower. This park features camping spaces for tents or RVs, water skiing, nature trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, a fishing pier, swimming and more.

Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of all the fun – and include your Classic Chevrolet in the pictures. Stop by our dealership to test drive a new vehicle, make a service appointment or to just show us pictures of you having fun in your Chevrolet.

School’s in Session and the Buses are Out and About

School buses strike up different feelings for different people. If you have children and they ride the big yellow to work, you love them. On the other hand, those of you without kiddos probably hate them. Speaking of someone without children, I can completely understand why some of you have a strong dislike for the big yellow, but that doesn’t mean we can break those safety rules encompassing them.

Did you know that there is an average of 139 fatalities per year involving school transportation-related crashes? That’s right, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most of these fatalities aren’t to the children on the buses, but rather to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes (72 percent) or to other non-occupants of the buses, such as those who are walking and biking to school (20 percent). If that right there isn’t enough to grab your attention, I’m not sure what will.

In order to lower these statistics and educate motorists, ConsumerReports.com has shared a list of rules we all need to follow. Read them, learn them, use them!

  • Never pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is illegal in all 50 states. Also, never pass a school bus on the right — it is illegal and dangerous.
  • If you are traveling in the same direction as a stopped school bus, you must stop as well.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to pickup or drop off children. If you are driving, slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the bus is stopped, and that children are getting on or off. This, of course, means that you have to stop as well.
  • When waiting with your own child, teach them to wait until the stop arm is fully extended and the bus door opens before moving toward the bus.
  • The area ten feet around a school bus is at the highest risk for child being hit, so stop your car further than that to allow space for children to enter or exit. Most states have distance requirements, and they may be much further away than you may think.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Better yet, walk around your car or out to the sidewalk to check for any children walking in your path before you get in.
  • Be aware that roads that pass close schools may have slower speed limits during arrival and dismissal times than during non-school hours and that those limits are often more strictly enforced.
  • Drive slowly and watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Also be aware of children playing or waiting around bus stops.
  • Be alert and aware on the road. While children are typically taught about looking both ways, they could dart into the street without looking if they are late or distracted.

On a final note, I think it’s important to mention that the majority of school-bus related auto injuries happen in the afternoon rather than the morning. So be wary during both times. Safe travels, Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers!

[Source: ConsumerReports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Who’s Your Favorite Character from Chevrolet’s Under the Blue Arch?

I don’t know about you guys, but I love The Office. And as you know, I love Chevrolet. So naturally, I’m a big fan of Chevrolet’s latest advertising campaign “Under the Blue Arch”. Since it’s directed by the same guy who directed The Office,  Randall Einhorn, I had no doubt in my mind that I would love the commercials.

Back in February, GM issued a press release describing the ad campaign as a 30-second retail format featuring a consistent cast of characters – from the former radio host turned salesman to the top-selling single mom – set in a new Chevy dealership.

“The automotive retail advertising landscape is very crowded, so you have to find a way to break through,” said Joel Ewanick, GM vice president and Global Chief Marketing Officer. “Humor is a great educator and this campaign is designed to grab people’s attention, tweak their funny bone and get them to consider Chevrolet.”

“The dealership and each of its characters represents the Chevrolet brand, which are friendly people in a comfortable and inviting surrounding,” said Ralph Watson of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. “Randall and the cast brought the store to life in a way only they can – by thorough preparation and thoughtful choices for improvisation. Over the course of rehearsing, they became their characters.”

So who is your favorite character, DFW? Let Classic Chevrolet know! In case you’ve missed any episodes, you can check them all out right now!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.