The 2012 Chevy Sonic Says “Let’s Do This” Dallas Ft Worth

2012 Chevrolet Sonic DallasThe sky is no longer the limit for the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. If you’ve seen the two most recent ads in this campaign, you know exactly what I mean. Chevrolet’s new campaign called “Let’s Do This” features the Sonic performing a variety of extreme stunts including skydiving and bungee jumping showing everyone that the all-new Chevy Sonic is up for adventure. It’s turbocharged, connected and fun to drive.

Did I forget to mention that the 1.4L turbo with the six-speed manual also achieves an EPA highway fuel economy of 40 mpg? To give you a real-life scenario, imagine taking a road trip to New Orleans from Dallas in your Chevrolet on one tank of gas. That’s right, the Sonic Turbo offers up to 488 highway miles in one tank, making it one of the most fuel-efficient small cars in the market.

Along with being one of the most fuel-efficient cars out there, the Sonic goes from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and 0 – 60 mph in 0.4 seconds when dropped from a plane. If you don’t believe me, check out the video below.

Not only is this car adventurous, it’s also safe. So safe in fact, that the Sonic was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earlier this year and is equipped with two more air bags than its competitors. It also has a vehicle safety cage that is 60 percent high-strength steel, features a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for Children) system and six months of OnStar service including automatic crash response and panic brake assist technology. Should you be involved in an accident, there are sensors that will diagnose the severity of impact and control the deployment of its 10 airbags. Talk about a “Smart Car”.

So let’s recap: the Sonic is fast, fuel-efficient, safe and smart. What more could you ask for from your Classic Chevy Texas dealer? Are you ready to get adventurous, Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet lovers? The 2012 Sonic sure is. Check out its latest bungee jumping adventure.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

What to Do When Driving Your Chevrolet in the Event of an Earthquake

Dallas Chevrolet DealershipIt’s not very often that we experience an earthquake or aftershocks in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, but many of you probably felt the 5.6 quake that shook central Oklahoma on Saturday night. I just read that Oklahomans experienced a 2.9 magnitude aftershock this morning, and I got to thinking that most of you DFW Chevrolet drivers probably aren’t aware of what to do in the event of an earthquake. Luckily, a large number of people were sleeping when the quake hit, but do you know what to do if you happen to be in driving your Chevrolet around town? Hopefully, none of you will ever have to experience this, but here’s a few pointers on how to act in the event.

First, you need to realize what is going on. When you’re driving, an earthquake will sometimes make you think something is wrong with your car. So use your senses and look around. You’ll feel the earth shaking and start to see things falling or cracks opening. Next you need to move to the side of the road as quickly as possible. You probably won’t be the only person on the roads, so be wary of other panicked drivers. Avoid pulling under bridges, overpasses, signs, power lines, trees or anything else that could potentially fall on top of you. You should also avoid parking next to large structures like buildings. You car doesn’t offer very much protection from falling objects so it’s best to park your Chevy somewhere that has the smallest chance of being hit by falling debris.

Turn off your engine and put on the emergency brake. Turn on the radio and listen for updates, advice and warnings and stay in your vehicle until the shaking stops. Once it has, go ahead and head home cautiously. Don’t drive through flood waters, over large cracks or under bridges with visible structural damage.

Lastly, be prepared for aftershocks. As I mentioned before, Oklahoma was still feeling aftershocks from the Saturday night quake this morning. Here’s a great video providing some more information on what to do during an earthquake.


Did anyone in the DFW metroplex feel this recent quake? I slept through it, but I’d love to hear from someone first hand. Hopefully, we will never experience something like the 5.9 quake, but if we do and you happen to be driving your Chevrolet down the road, remember the advice above. Stay safe out there!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Are You Thinking About Leasing a 2012 Chevrolet Dallas Fort Worth?

 Chevrolet Dealerships Ft WorthSo you’ve got your sights set on that new 2012 Chevrolet, but you haven’t quite decided whether or not you want to lease it or buy it. If you turn on your radio or TV, odds are you’ll hear at least one car commercial about “leasing starting at x-amount of dollars”. But has anyone really ever explained what all leasing entails? If you’re considering leasing a new Chevrolet, make sure you fully understand the process before hand. After all, this is a HUGE decision; one that will affect you financially for the next two to six years. Here’s a overview of the pros and cons. In the end, you may find that leasing is the best option for you or you may decide to go ahead and buy.

The easiest way to do explain leasing is to compare it to renting an apartment. You pay a pre-determined monthly fee to live in an apartment, but in the end, you do not own that apartment. Think of it this way… When you lease, you are making monthly payments to use the vehicle. When you finance a loan, you are making monthly payments to own the vehicle. Sounds easy enough to understand, right?

Advantages

Flexibility: Leasing is a shorter commitment than buying. The average leave is two to three years, while financing a loan for a car typically lasts between five and six years.

Lower Monthly Payment: Since you are not making payments toward the full purchase price of the car (including interest). This will give you a little more spending money during the month or even allow you to drive a more expensive car.

No Maintenance: This is a big plus for most car leasers. You will be driving a brand-new car that will most likely never have to be taken in for maintenance.

Disadvantages

Nothing to Show in the End: When you’re lease expires, you will have to return the car and have nothing tangible to show for all of those payments you made. If you had financed a loan for the car, ever payment you’ve made has gone toward the purchase price of the car (including interest).  If you spent $200 a month on a lease payment, at the end of two years, that’s about $5000 gone. And don’t forget, you’ll have to bring that car back and have to start from scratch on either a new lease or finance loan.

No Modifications: Another downside to leasing is the fact that you cannot make any modifications to the car. So no new stereo or speakers, larger or different tires, etc. You will also have to stay within the allowed mileage. If you go over, it can get pretty pricey. One other important thing to note is that you will have to pay out of pocket for any damages to the car.

I know it’s a lot to digest and think about, but this is a decision that has to be entirely made by you. Here’s a helpful video you can watch that will further explain the pros and cons of leasing a car. If you’ve already made your mind up, head over Classic Chevrolet Texas and start driving that new 2012 Chevrolet in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex today!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

The Truth About Idling Your Chevrolet in Dallas and Ft Worth

new chevrolet dallasIt’s finally beginning to look like Fall in the DFW metroplex. After such an insanely hot summer, I bet a lot of you are thinking that these 50-degree temperatures feel more like the 30s. This morning was the first time that I’ve actually used the heater in my new car. My previous vehicle was an older model, and I remember idling the vehicle anywhere from 5-15 minutes on cold mornings to “warm up the engine”. Though I hate to admit it, there were even times that I would rev the engine in park to try and get the engine warm.

If only I knew now what I didn’t know then about what idling can actually do to your vehicle. There are three common notions people have about idling, and guess what? They are all wrong.

  1. You should warm up your engine before driving. WRONG. This used to be true decades ago, but it’s simply not necessary in today’s modern engines. The only time it’s really okay to do this is in extremely cold weather. But even then, all you need is 30 seconds.
  1. Idling is good for your engine. WRONG. In fact, it’s the compete opposite. Idling in excessive amounts is damaging your engine components including your cylinders, spark plugs and exhaust systems. While idling, fuel is only partially combusted because the engine is not operating at it’s peak temperature. This can lead to a build up of fuel residue on cylinder walls, which can inevitably increase your fuel consumption.
  1. Shutting off the engine uses more gas than idling. WRONG. According to the Consumer Energy Center, two minutes of idling your engine uses equals driving one mile in terms of gasoline. Once you go past 10 seconds of idling, you’re using more fuel than it takes to start your engine.  So it actually takes more gasoline to idle your vehicle than it does to shut it off and restart.

Bottom line, DFW? Avoid idling whenever possible. This is especially true with your brand new Chevrolet during its break-in period. If you’re going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, your gas tank and engine will be much happier if you turn them off.

How to Drive Your Chevy through a Foggy DFW Metroplex

Chevrolet Dealerships DallasLooks like it’s time to sound the fog horn in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex because visibility is low on this Monday morning. Any other Chevrolet drivers out there have a difficult time driving to work or school this morning? Extreme fog is not something we see too often in North Texas, but let’s just say that when it rains, it pours. Or in this case, fogs.

Fog forms when the temperature drops to the dew point and invisible water vapor in the air condenses to form suspended water droplets.  To put it plainly, fog is basically a huge cloud at ground level that can reduce our visibility to a quarter mile or less. This makes driving a little stressful, especially living in a busy metroplex like DFW. So let’s briefly discuss how we should drive in these conditions.

First, do not turn on your brights. The high beams will reflect back off the fog and actually make visibility worse. Only use your low beams and fog lights. (Only if your car has them.) Second, reduce your speed. This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are a handful of people out there who continue to drive at high speeds in inclement weather conditions. This is very dangerous, especially in foggy conditions because you can’t really see what’s ahead of you. Don’t forget to keep looking at your speedometer, too. Fog can create an illusion of slow motion, and you may not realize that your speeding.

Be sure to use your windshield wipers and defrosters and crack or roll down your window to listen for traffic you cannot see. If you’re having a really hard time seeing the lanes in front of you, use the right edge of the road or painted road markings as a guide.

If for some reason you have problems in fog, such as your car stalling, do not stop on the highway or a heavily traveled road. I know that sometimes this cannot be helped, but do your best to move as far away from other vehicles as possible. Once you’ve stopped, turn your headlights off and your hazard lights on. Also be sure to also take your foot off the brake pedal. Other drivers will subconsciously follow tail lights in fog, and they may not realize you are stopped.

Overall, the best advice I can give you for driving in foggy conditions, is to be patient. Take your time and constantly survey your surroundings. Fog only tends to appear in the early morning and late afternoon, so you won’t have to suffer through it for too long. Anyone else have any tips they’d like to share on driving in the fog? We’d love to hear them! 

 

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing. 

Hey DFW, Say Hello to the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1

Ft Worth Chevy dealerHey DFW Camaro lovers, I have some exciting news. Earlier today, Chevrolet announced that its most-powerful convertible ever, the 2013 Camaro ZL1, will debut at the LA Auto show next month. According to a press release issued by General Motors, this Camaro will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles. I told you I had exciting news!

The ZL1 will be powered by a 580-horsepower LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, so I’m sure Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser, wasn’t kidding when he said, “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.”

The convertible will share all its characteristics and engine parts with the 2012 ZL1 coupe model which recently lapped the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes. The only changes we’ll see are a tower brace under the hood, a transmission reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace and a set of X and V braces under the body. All of these are aimed at stiffening the chassis to better handle and apply all the power the LSA generates. Check out this video of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 at Nordschleife.

Are you getting excited yet? The ZL1 convertible will most likely be available for purchase in the late months of 2012. Until then, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest updates!

Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Says Texting Doubles a Driver’s Reaction Time

Dallas Ft Worth Chevy dealerWe’ve all heard of the dangers of texting while driving time and time again, but there are still those who continue to do it. Hopefully, my fellow Chevy DFW drivers out there have taken this matter seriously. If not, time to listen up. A new study coming to us from the Aggies shows these dangers are far worse than most experts believe.

Earlier this week, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), an agency of the Texas A&M University System, released a report revealing that reading or sending a text message while driving doubles a driver’s reaction time.  The study consisted of 42 drivers between the ages of 16 and 54.

First, participants were asked to drive a course with and without texting, and their reaction times to a periodic flashing light were recorded. Without texting, reaction times fell between one and two seconds. With texting, the reaction times doubled to three and four seconds. Furthermore, drivers were more than 11 times likely to miss the light all together when texting.

As the drivers’ reaction times were being recorded, their ability to maintain proper lane position and speed was also being measured. The results showed that drivers were less able to:

  • safely maintain their position in the driving lane when they were texting.  Plus, their swerving was worse in the open sections of the course.
  • maintain a constant speed while texting, tending to slow down in an effort to reduce the demand of the multiple tasks. By slowing down, a driver gains more time to correct for driving errors (such as the tendency to swerve while texting). Speed variance was also greater for texting drivers than for non-texting drivers.

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Christine Yager, an associate transportation researcher in TTI’s Center for Transportation Safety who managed the study said, “Most research on texting and driving has been limited to driving simulators. This study involved participants driving an actual vehicle. So one of the more important things we know now that we didn’t know before is that response times are even slower than we previously thought.”

Research doesn’t lie, friends. It’s a fact that texting while driving slows reaction time. So why risk you an accident in your new Chevy to send or read a measly little text message? Surely your life is worth than that.

The 1965 Chevy Corvette Shines in the Fast Five Movie

Chevrolet DFWEven if you’re not a fan of The Fast and The Furious movie franchise, you’ve got to at least check out the fifth movie, Fast Five, for the cars alone. The list is long and ranges from 1960s classics to 2011 models. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that my favorite on the list is the 1965 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport. You could probably say I’m a little biased, but even Dennis McCarthy, one of the most well-known picture car coordinators in the business, calls it the “Hero Car”. And with good reason.

Built by Mongoose Motorsports, this replica of a Grand Sport features the Chevrolet 502 big block backed by a Borg Warner Super T-10 four-speed transmission and rides on CS Corvette suspension. Here’s a breakdown of the car’s role in the movie from Dennis McCarthy himself.

According to McCarthy, all of the Fast Five vehicles had a pretty rough life on set. The only ones still drivable were the Hero and two stunt cars. If you haven’t seen the movie yet and you’re a car lover like me, I definitely recommend you check it out. Here’s a scene from the movie featuring the Corvette. Enjoy!

How to Handle Yourself When Getting Pulled Over

New Chevrolet DFWThere’s nothing worse than the feeling you get when you’re being pulled over.  Whether or not you’ve broken a traffic law or may have a headlight out you’re unaware of, it can be stressful seeing those red and blues flashing behind you. If you know how to handle the situation, it’ll be easier for you to remain calm and possibly up your chances of receiving a ticket.

First and foremost when you see the police’s lights behind you, signal and pull over to the side of the road. Make sure you pull as far over to the right as possible without putting your entire vehicle in the grass. Be sure you don’t do this too quickly though, you don’t want the officer to have to slam on his brakes.

Once you’ve pulled over, go ahead and turn off the car. Roll your window down and place your hands on the wheel. If it’s night time, turn on one of the interior lights. A lot of times people will have their license and registration ready for the officer by the time he gets there. However, I would recommend waiting until he asks you for it. That way, it doesn’t look like you are rummaging about in the vehicle.

When the officer comes to your window, don’t speak first. I’m sure you’ve all seen people in movies saw “What seems to be the problem, officer?” This can come off sarcastic or cocky regardless of how you meant it. Answer all of the officer’s questions with “yes, sir” or “yes, mam”. This is common courtesy in any situation.

I’ve heard that one of the first things officers learn is to make up their minds on whether or not to give a ticket before leaving their vehicle. However, you have nothing to lose by being extremely polite and cooperative. You never know, you may be let off with a warning for your little four mph over offense in your new Chevy.

Electric When You Want It, Gas When You Need It

Chevy Volt DFWElectric cars are still pretty new to the states and so it’s only natural that people have questions and may be confused. The new, two-part 2012 Chevy Volt ad addresses this very issue in a brilliant way. Check out part one.

What makes the Chevy Volt so unique is it’s ability to switch between running on electricity and gasoline. In fact, it’s the first automobile with this ability.  Not only does the Volt have an on-board electric source allowing you to drive gas-free, it also has an onboard gas generator that produces electricity giving you an additional 375 miles on a full tank of gas!

With all of these options comes choices. Do I drive on electric, gas or both? The answer is simple, let the Volt decide for you! That’s right, the car is actually programmed to give a choice of the three driving modes for the most efficient trip. You can also download an app that will give you real-time data on your battery level!

I’m telling you guys, the Volt brings an entire new meaning to term hybrid.  Here’s the second part of Chevy’s gas station commercials. Enjoy!