You can clean your Chevy like the pros and keep it looking great so that when you trade it in for a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, it will be worth more. Taking care of your vehicle inside and out makes the surfaces last longer since they are conditioned and cleaned frequently – they won’t look worn out.
Air Compressor and Hard Bristle Brushes
When you clean the carpets, vacuum them, then use the bristle brush on them to bring more dirt to the surface. Vacuum again. Repeat this until you get all of the dirt out. Take carpeted floor mats out and blow them with an air hose – that works better than any vacuum; however, it does make a mess. Use the brush to bring more dirt to the surface, and then blow it off with the air hose. Also, use the compressed air to clean out the ducts and other hard to reach places.
Non-Acid-Based Tire Cleaners
When you clean tires and brake dust from your wheels and tires, be sure to use something that is not acid-based because acid will pit any material over time – your wheels will start to oxidize.
Sponge, Soft Bristle Brush and Hose
Wet the exterior of your vehicle, then add soap to the soft bristle brush. Rub the soap all over the vehicle. Wet the sponge and add soap. Use the sponge to get stubborn spots and to get into hard-to-reach places. The brush is great for places that are too high for you to reach. Rinse the vehicle, making sure you get all of the soap off.
Use an oscillating buffer and a little bit of rubbing compound to really clean the paint, remove old wax and make the vehicle shiny. Be careful of how much pressure you put on the buffer – you don’t want too much as rubbing compound will take paint off. Once you get the paint cleaned, rinse and dry the vehicle, then wax it.
Visit Classic Chevrolet
Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or to have your vehicle serviced.
Tailgating is not just for football – take your Chevy out to the ball game with the Texas Rangers this summer. With over 45 home games left, you’ll have plenty of partying to do. Load up the cooler, grill, a baseball, baseball glove and tailgating food for a great time. And, if you don’t have a vehicle that is conducive to tailgating, stop by Classic Chevy to get a certifiable tailgating vehicle.
The Rangers’ home games for the summer are:
- Saturday, June 6 at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Indians;
- Monday, June 8 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Indians;
- Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9 and 10 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Marlins;
- Tuesday through Thursday, June 24 through 26 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Tigers;
- Friday, June 27 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Twins;
- Saturday, June 28 at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Twins;
- Monday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 9 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Astros;
- Thursday, July 10 and Friday July 11 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
- Saturday, July 12 at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
- Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 at 6:05 p.m. versus the Athletics;
- Monday, July 28 through Wednesday, July 30 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Yankees;
- Monday, August 11 through Thursday, August 14 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Rays;
- Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, August 17 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
- Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday August 24 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Royals.
The games continue into September – the Rangers are playing the Mariners, Angels, Braves, Astros and Athletics at the home games.
While you’re in the area for the games, consider making a complete day of it and visiting Six Flags Over Texas, The Parks at Arlington, and Seven Seas Marine Life Park. You’ll have a blast at the parks, then have a tailgate party and watch some all-American baseball.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you head out to the games to pick up your next new Chevrolet or to get your current vehicle serviced.
Chevy came away with several impressive Edmunds awards in the Top Rated and Most Popular categories for 2014.
The Edmunds Testing Team evaluates about 200 cars each year. Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and visits their test track for instrumented testing in controlled conditions. They use their findings to develop ratings to grade how a car stacks up against its direct rivals in its size and price class. Vehicles that earn an “A” rating receive an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award.
For 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Chevrolet Traverse were each awarded an “A” rating by Edmunds.
Every month, Edmunds evaluates new vehicle shopping activity, also known as “consideration,” by measuring the monthly unique desktop website visitors (measured by unique cookies) to the research and inventory pages on Edmunds.com for each new model. These pages include: model year detail pages (core pages), reviews, build and price tools and new car inventory. They then derived the Most Popular vehicle list by finding the three models in each vehicle segment with the highest car-shopper consideration in calendar year 2013.
Chevy had seven vehicles that earned an Edmunds “Most Popular” trophy:
- The Chevrolet Colorado was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Compact Truck of 2014.
- The Chevrolet Camaro was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Entry Sport Car of 2014.
- The Chevrolet Impala was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Large Car of 2014.
- The Chevrolet Traverse was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Large Crossover SUV of 2014.
- The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Large Truck of 2014.
- The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Midrange Sports Car of 2014.
- The Chevrolet Tahoe was named Edmunds.com’s Most Popular Large Traditional SUV of 2014.
Chevrolet was also named in several of Edmunds’s “Top N” lists for 2014. The Silverado made several lists as did the Cruze and others. Edmunds researches all vehicles to determine what consumers like and dislike about each vehicle. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive one of these or any of the other Chevrolet models on the lot.
- The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 made Edmunds’ Top 10 Least Expensive Trucks list. It came in at Number 5 on the list, right in the middle. The list is based on the base model’s MSRP.
- The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also made Edmunds’ Top 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks list. It tied with the GMC Sierra 1500 in the Number 3 spot. The both vehicles get 18 mpg* in the city, 24 mpg* on the highway and 20 mpg* combined. Edmunds gets its fuel economy information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel made Edmund’s Top 11 Sedans with the Best Highway Fuel Economy for 2014. The Cruze came in at Number 3 on the list, tying with the Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid. Edmunds uses the EPA rating for highway mileage to compose this list.
- The Chevrolet Equinox tied for fourth place on Edmunds’ Top 11 Crossovers and SUVs with the Best Highway Fuel Economy for 2014 list. The numbers are gleaned from the EPA. The Equinox tied with the GMC Terrain and two other vehicles. All four get 32 mpg* on the highway.
If you are in the market for a new truck, the Chevrolet Silverado is the best way to go. Classic Chevrolet sells more Silverado trucks than any other truck – and listed above are two of the reasons. When you pick a Silverado, not only do you get a great deal on the MSRP, but you also get an “easy keeper.” The truck in inexpensive to maintain and it won’t break your pockets with a fuel bill!
Stop by one of our dealerships to test drive the Silverado and find out for yourself why this is one of the more popular full-size trucks in America.
After you pick up your new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you may want to go out and celebrate. Even if you are married with children, you can enjoy a date night with your spouse. The day you choose will depend on your work schedule and how late you want to stay out. Find a baby sitter you like because you may want to have a date night every week once you see how much fun it is.
Until the end of football season, you can catch a football game, and then head out to one of the many restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a fun dinner. If you catch a Saturday game, the Pour House has live music on Saturdays – and Fridays – but if you catch a Sunday game, you won’t get the live music. You can also visit one of the many sports bars in the area including Christie’s and Katy Trail Ice House.
If you prefer something a little more romantic for a date night, you can visit a winery, including the Calais Winery, which is one of the few wineries that make its wine on site. After some wine tasting, head out for a romantic dinner. If it’s not too late or if you are a couple that enjoys staying out late, head out for some dancing.
If you want to turn date night into a date weekend, head out to WinStar World Casino and Resort, located in just across the border of Oklahoma north of DFW. Before you head out, plan your weekend to make it extra special. Choose the perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner, and choose a good hotel in the area.
Date nights are something you set up based on your own preferences, but these ideas should give you a good start – and if you want that date night to be the first place you go in your brand new Chevrolet from Classic Chevy, make sure you plan ahead so you can head out after you drive off the Classic Chevrolet lot!
Before you hit the road, even for a short trip, you should have your Chevy checked. If you haven’t brought it in for regular maintenance at Classic Chevrolet and it’s due, all our service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. If you have completed all maintenance and your Chevrolet is running good, you should still check it before you go on a long trip.
Road Trip Tips: Traveling long distances can be tiring. Add holiday traffic, bad weather or both, and tempers tend to run short, drivers get frustrated and tired and accidents happen. You can avoid accidents by:
- Share driving responsibilities with someone, even on trips as short as four or five hours.
- Leave early. If you expect your trip to take 12 hours, leave 13 or 14 hours before your arrival time. This gives you time to stop several times for food and rest on the way. Your trip is also less stressful.
- Plan your trip around heavy traffic times. If you have to drive through a large city area halfway through the trip, leave at a time that allows you to avoid the area during rush hour.
- Keep a cooler with ice, water and soda where you can reach it. This way, you won’t have to stop every couple hours for a drink – you only need to stop every four or five hours to refresh yourself.
- Bring plenty of good music. You may drive in an area with no radio reception. Good music also helps keep you alert.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive this 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. For more information call the dealership or click on the photo. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet.
Service Tips: You can bring your vehicle into Classic Chevrolet for maintenance or service before you leave. However, if you’ve just had your vehicle serviced, you still need to check the fluids and other items before you go on a long trip. Things you should check include:
- Belts for dry rot, tears and looseness
- Hoses for leaks
- Brakes – sometimes you can see the brake pads through the wheels
- Oil and water leaks
- All the fluids including power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, clutch fluid (if applicable), oil and transmission fluid (if applicable).
- Tires for wear or for signs of separation
If you notice something that concerns you such as a bubble on the tire – a sign of separation , uneven tire wear, brake pads that look thin, leaking water or oil or any other thing that may give reason for concern, stop by Classic Chevrolet to let our certified service technicians check your vehicle.
Buying a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet means you can go to as many winter or holiday events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as you want – without worrying about your car breaking down.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, now is the time to check out the vehicles at Classic Chevy – visit today to check out our new and used vehicle specials – and our finance specials! After you get your new car, head out and enjoy some of the fun Dallas/Fort Worth has to offer.
Dallas Zoo Camps for Children
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 is the start of the Stars over the Savanna for children in PreK, Kindergarten, second, third and fifth grades. The children learn how to identify certain constellations, plus meet some of the real-life animals at the zoo, including a crab, scorpion, bears and a dolphin.
On Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, the camp has Crittergrams for children in PreK, Kindergarten and second grade. The children learn about ancient cultures and their use of animal images to write.
The zoo has several more camps for children including Naming Nature and Creature Costumes. For more information on the zoo’s programs contact the Dallas Zoo at (469) 554-7300.
Dallas Winter Warmer
This event has three levels: GA, VIP, and DD. Ticket prices do not include fees. The Winter Warmer-GA includes a 5-ounce glass snifter, 12 2-ounce samples, free water, access to No Beer Left Behind education courses. It is $40 to get in. Winter Warmer-VIP, which is $75 to get in, includes access to the VIP area, limited release beers, a 5-ounce glass snifter, appetizers, 12 2-ounce samples, water, and access to the No Beer Left Behind educational courses.
2014 Chevrolet Suburban – the perfect family vehicle to visit winter/holiday events. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet
The Winter Warmer-DD, which is $20, features ticket access to the event, soft drinks and snacks. No beer is allowed in the tent.
The festival starts at noon and ends at 5:00 p.m., but employees will start scanning tickets at 11:00 a.m. The event is limited to 2,000 people, so be sure to get your tickets early – and don’t forget to bring your ID! Children are not permitted at this event. The event will be held on Dec. 14, 2013 at Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main St., Dallas, TX 75201. For tickets and more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/dallas-winter-warmer-presented-by-sigels-fine-wine-and-spirits-tickets-7836620543.
Be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet before you start the holiday and winter partying to pick up a new Chevy so you can get where you need to go!
If you or one of your regular car passengers is a known “spiller”, then I’ll bet you probably have a stain or two on the cloth seats in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet. I will freely admit I have several. There’s the huge one on my passenger seat from the time I knocked my Jamba Juice over while vacuuming out my car, and then just last week, I was taking back a rug doctor and the left over water leaked all over my back seat.
Whether it’s from coffee, greasy food, or a Jamba Juice, stains are definitely not desirable in our vehicles. While some of you may have the luxury of having your seats professionally steamed and cleaned, there are some home remedies we can use to try and get these stains out on our own.
For starters, you should vacuum out the seats regardless of the origin of the stain. Getting the dirt out of the way will help immensely since dirt tends to trap stains. As I mentioned above, I actually happened to create a stain while vacuuming out my car. Luckily, I was able to immediately pick up most of it with the vacuum. Let’s examine two of the most common stains and how to clean them up.
Greasy Food Stains.
To clean up a stain from greasy food, mix a teaspoon of Dawn, or any other dishwashing soap, with a cup of warm water. Grab a clean cloth, dip it into the mixture, and then blot the stain. After that, take a second cloth, dip it into a bucket of clean water, and blot away the soap mixture. You may have to repeat this several times.
The best way to get a coffee stain out is to saturate it with clean cool water. Let the water dry completely, the soak the remaining stain with glass cleaner. Leave it alone for about five minutes, then blot the cleaner dry with a clean white cloth.
These methods can also work on other types of stains. As with most stain-removing cleaners, you should test it out on a small section first. So any of you with stains out there, give these methods a try and get your new or pre-owned Chevrolet looking amazing again. Happy cleaning, Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine!
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.
Summer is almost over in Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth. While I wouldn’t say it’s been the worst summer we’ve ever had, the nation as a whole has seen record heat levels.
What a lot of people don’t know or don’t think about is the fact that high temperatures take a toll on more than just ourselves and our electric bills… it also takes a toll on our new and used Chevrolets. I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about the dangers heat can propose to your vehicle, but today I’m going to focus on the tires alone.
ConsumerReports.org says that hot weather exacerbates heat build-up and actually weakens your tires which can potentially lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failure. On a hot 90-degree day at our track, surface temperatures easily exceed 150-degrees. And let’s be honest, a 90-degree-day in the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex is a walk in the park compared to what we are used to, so think about what our tires are experiencing while we are cruising around in the cool a/c.
So what should we do to help prevent tire failure as much as possible? The answers are actually pretty simple. Check out these tips from consumer reports below:
- Check the inflation pressure in each tire (and the spare) when the tires are cold or have sat more than three hours.
- Inflate the tires to the recommended setting outlined on the tire information placard found most often on the driver’s door jamb and/or the vehicle owner’s manual.
- Check the tires monthly. Tires will typically lose up to 1 psi per month, and pressure drops about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in air temperature.
- Buy a good tire gauge. It’s also a good idea to buy a portable compressor that works off of your car’s power outlet; these are available in many auto parts stores.
- Tires also lose air to common punctures, so if you find you’re always adding air to one particular tire, it might have a slow leak. Have it checked out at a service garage.
The summer is almost over, DFW Chevy owners. So let’s make sure we do everything we can to give the tires on our new and used Chevrolets a smooth transition into the fall. Safe travels!
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.
Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers, did you know that it’s National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization week? From May 21 – June 3, approximately 10,000 law enforcement officers across the nation are participating in the “Click It or Ticket” crackdown. And when they say “crackdown”, they mean it. Over the course of five years, the annual two-week Click It or Tick Crackdown has resulted in more than three million seat belt citations. Three million! That equates to a ticket every other second.
For my generation, putting on a seat belt the second we get in to our Chevrolets is second nature. That’s probably because it’s been the law since we all started driving. This is not the case for my father’s generation, though. Back when he started driving, wearing your seat belt was not required by law. Let me just say that I’m more than thankful new car models make that annoying noise until you buckle up. If it weren’t for that, he’d probably wear his seat belt a lot less often.
Though it need not be said, seat belts are important. Besides the fear of receving a ticket, we should always wear our seat belts to protect our lives should we be in a crash. If all passenger vehicle occupants five and older had worn seat belts, and additional 3,341 people could have been saved in 2010. Just for good measure, that’s more than twice the lives lost when the Titanic sunk.
As you may have noticed, the Memorial Day holiday occurs during National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization Week. In a press release, the NHTSA said that 241 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes during the Memorial Day holiday period in 2010. Nearly two-thirds of these fatalities occurred at night between the hours of 6:00 PM and 5:59AM — when the risk of being in a crash triples — and 66 percent were not belted.
So Dallas Ft Worth, whatever your plans may be this holiday weekend, be sure to buckle up. In fact, be sure to buckle up all the time. Not only will it save your bank account, it’ll also save your life.
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.
Awhile back, I told you guys about the new fuel economy labels that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently modified. Leave it to Chevrolet to take these new revised labels a step further.
On January 26, Chevrolet announced that its vehicles sold in the US will have Ecologic™ environmental labels on the windows, starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, that will let customers see some of the environmental features of the vehicle relating to manufacturing, driving and recycling.
Chevy is the first of the automakers to introduce this new type of label that can be seen as early as March on the rear driver-side windows of Sonics followed by other Chevrolet models later this year.
In a press release, General Motors North America President, Mark Reus, said, “Customers want companies to be honest and transparent about their environmental efforts and sustainability goals, and rightly so. Putting an Ecologic label on each Chevrolet is just one more way for us to share our environmental progress.”
The new label communicates vehicle-specific features to customers in the following areas:
- Before the road: Environmental aspects related to vehicle manufacturing and assembly.
- On the road: Fuel-saving features such as advanced engine technologies, aerodynamics, lighter weight components or low-rolling resistance tires.
- After the road: How 85% by weight of the vehicle can be recycled at the end of its lifespan.
Eileen Claussen, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), said “Chevrolet’s goal to invest millions in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other lower-carbon projects to reduce U.S. emissions by up to 8 million metric tons demonstrates innovative corporate leadership. With this new labeling program, Chevrolet not only gives easy access to information customers want, it again shows its commitment to the environment.”
I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t agree more with Eileen. As a lover of Chevrolets in Dallas Ft Worth, isn’t it nice to know how focused Chevy is on ways to save fuel and alternative energy sources? Not to mention how important the environment is to the company.
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.
[Source: GM Media]