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.

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.

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!

Celebrities Love Chevy

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If you drive a Tahoe, Suburban, C10, Impala, Volt, Camaro, or a Corvette, you’re in good company. Many celebrities drive Chevys – some new Chevys and some old Chevys. If you don’t drive a Chevy yet, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the models on the lot.

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kevin Hart, and Rob Dyrdek drive Chevy Suburbans. While you can’t totally black out a Suburban like the celebs – most states have restrictions on tinted windows – you can definitely get a black Suburban and tint the windows as much as the law allows.
  • Joel Madden drives a C10. You might have a hard time finding one of these left; and if you can’t, you might settle for the Silverado.
  • Tyga and Kobe Bryant drive older Impalas. You can definitely find some older Impala models out there, but they’re better left for special occasions. Drive a new Impala for commuting and save the classic for weekend road trips, especially if you find one with numbers matching and low mileage.
  • Cindy Crawford and Bubba Watson drive Corvettes. New, old, it doesn’t matter. Corvettes were and still are bad to the bone.
  • Travis Barker drives a K5 Blazer. Here’s another one you might have a hard time finding. You might have to settle for the Tahoe, but that’s okay, because celebrities drive Tahoe models, too. Speaking of which…
  • Josh Duhamel drives a Tahoe.
  • Nicky Diamonds drives an SS Chevelle and an SS El Camino. You might have a hard time finding these in “restorable” condition, but you can definitely put out a pretty penny on one that someone has restored. Or you can simply head over to Classic Chevy and pick up one of the new SS models or an Impala – that is, if you are looking for a Chevelle.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drives – what else? – An older Chevy Camaro. A classic, just like the Corvette. It doesn’t matter if you choose old or new, your Camaro will get some appreciative looks.
  • Matt Farah drives a Volt. If going green is important to you, then you are in good company. Pick up a Volt like Matt Farah and you’ll save a ton on fuel costs.

To test drive any of these models or any other model Chevrolet, stop by Classic Chevy or visit our website today.

Cinco de Mayo 2014 in DFW

Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us and that means parties and lots of fun. You have the rest of the week to make sure your vehicle is just as ready as you are, so be sure to stop by Classic Chevy for maintenance or repairs before you head out for the weekend.

Even though Cinco de Mayo is, as the name would suggest, on May 5, the festivities start as early as May 3. The 2014 Cinco de Mayo Multicultural Festival and Educational/Health Fair in Irving starts on Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. The festival will be held at the Senter Park Recreation Center until 4:00 p.m. Head out to enjoy multicultural entertainment and food from different countries, and fun and games for the entire family, including the Little Miss Cinco de Mayo 2014 Pageant.

Also worth mentioning is the Cinco de Mayo Big Parade 2014, which is taking place in Dallas on Saturday, May 3. This annual event is in its 24th year and is the largest Cinco de Mayo parade in North Texas, with 20,000 attendees expected this year.

After whichever fiesta you attend, if you’re still hungry after sampling the vendor food, or you just want to enjoy more party atmosphere, stop by any of the restaurants holding their own celebrations, such as Urban Taco in Dallas, which will be holding a fiesta on Sunday, May 4, on the patio. They’ll also have drink specials including five for $5 on frozen lime, hibiscus, and urban rocks margaritas. Drinks also include tequila slammers and plenty of beer. The venue will feature a mariachi band and a DJ during the festival.

El Ranchito in Dallas will also have a celebration. Though this place seems to celebrate every night, the festivities for Cinco de Mayo will be kicked up a notch. Enjoy $5 enchiladas and $5 margaritas.

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Jump in a new Impala to make this year’s Cinco de Mayo more memorable than ever!

Reservoir Bar, Patio and Kitchen in Fort Worth will also be having its own festivities. Join the venue on its patio for the annual Cinco de Patio Weekend. The venue will feature DJs D-Roz and Traax, plus Mark McEuen will be playing. Enjoy $7 Patron shots and frozen Hornitos or $5 Hornitos tequila shots and Pacific schooners. You’ll also have plenty to eat, including Cinco de Mayo-inspired tacos and appetizers.

Of course, if you have a favorite Mexican restaurant that’s not one of the above, chances are it will have some sort of special going on.

The last thing you want to do is to ruin a night because your vehicle decides to act up on the way to a festival or on the way home. Make sure everything is working properly so you have less chance of having a problem by visiting Classic Chevrolet’s service department before you go. And, if you think your vehicle is beyond help, stop by to lease or buy a new car for the events!

Have fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo and remember to drive safe!

2014 Chevy Sonic Lineup

Chevrolet believes in giving you choices – lots of choices. That includes the new 2014 Chevrolet Sonic lineup, now available at Classic Chevrolet, gives you seven different choices – and that doesn’t include the two choices unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The two new choices added to the current lineup include the 2014 Sonic RS sedan and the 2014 Sonic Dusk. You can expect to see them at dealerships sometime this spring.

2014 Sonic RS

In 2013, Chevrolet restricted the RS trim level to Sonic’s four-door hatchback. However, it gave the four-door sedan – in addition to the 2014 four-door hatchback – the RS trim. The sedan and the hatchback share the same features including 17-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels, taller rocker accents, a new front fascia and a lower ride height. Available colors include granite metallic, black or silver.

The interior features faux suede and leatherette with red contrast stitching on the seats, bespoke shift knob for vehicles with a manual transmission and aluminum pedal covers. The engine is the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that produce 138 horsepower. Automatic vehicles have a transmission with a unique final drive ratio, giving it more zip.

2014 Sonic Dusk

The 2014 Sonic Dusk was first introduced as a concept car back in 2011 at the SEMA show. Show-goers also saw an amended version of the Dusk at the 2012 SEMA show. It took two years for Chevrolet to come out with a model based on that concept, but it is finally here.

The Sonic Dusk features 18-inch matte silver aluminum wheels, upper and lower grille inserts with matte finish and a ground effects package. You can only order the vehicle as a sedan. The two-tone interior is Mojave accents on jet black. The seats have sueded microfiber accents and leather trim.

The Dusk is powered by Chevrolet’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 138 horsepower – the same engine in the RS models and many of Chevrolet’s other models. You can choose from a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission

For more information about the RS and the Dusk, visit Classic Chevrolet or keep an eye on this blog. If you don’t want to wait for these models to come out, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the other 2014 Sonic models already on the lot.

Traveling with Your Chevy this Holiday Season

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.

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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.

Things to Do Before You Hit the Road This Summer

Ahhh the summer. For most of us, this is the time we take those vacations we’ve been planning all year long. I don’t know about you, but I just love hitting the road with the windows down and feeling that summer air (in the early morning of course when the temperatures aren’t unbearable).

If you’re planning a trip in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet with friends or family this summer, it’s a good idea to check a few things before you head out of the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex. 

For starters, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When is the last time you checked your refrigerant? Long roads trips quickly become miserable with no air condition especially during this time of year.
  2. How are your fluid levels looking? Check the wiper,transmission and brake fluid levels.
  3. When was your last oil change? Check your windshield for a sticker that lists the mileage of your last oil change. If it was more than 3,000 miles ago, I’d recommend a change. If you aren’t sure how long it’s been and there isn’t a sticker to tell you, then you definitely need to bring your car or truck in to the Classic Chevrolet service department and let them take a look for you.
  4. How’s that glove box looking? Do you have all of your documents up to date?

Now that we’ve made it through that list, here are a few other important things to check on:

  • Double-check the air pressure in all your tires,including the spare. Long hours of pounding the pavement are hard on tires,so check each tire’s tread for wear.
  • Check the antifreeze hoses,and make sure you don’t need to top off the coolant.
  • Make sure your headlights,turn signals,back-up lights are working. Did you know that extra weight in the rear of your car or truck can cause your headlights to shine higher than normal,potentially blinding other drivers momentarily?
  • Adding on to the previous item,make sure items you’ll need at a rest stop are easy to find. Avoid packing a lot more weight on one side of the car than the other.

Once you get on the road, you definitely don’t want to run into any car-related issues. It’s a terrible way to start or finish a trip. As always, the Classic Chevrolet dealership is more than happy to help you check off the above lists.

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Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Give Your Brakes a Break DFW Car Drivers

Arlington Chevy DealerHow long your brake pads will last in your car or truck really depends on your personal driving habits. It’s very easy to wear them down quickly, especially if you don’t realize you’re doing it.

One of the worst things for your brakes is stopping at high speeds. Braking a car requires a lot of energy, which your brakes then turn into heat. By driving at a lower speed, you’ll use less energy and create less heat, which will save your brakes from an early death.

It’s also a good idea to try and anticipate your stops with a sufficient amount of time before you have to apply the brakes. The next time your driving 60mph, try coasting down to 40 if safe to do so. This will help reduce the heat mentioned above from the brakes and ultimately the wear on your brakes.

If you can, try lightening your load as much as possible. Take out any unnecessary heavy objects you don’t need. This will help out your tires and fuel consumption, as well.

Lastly, be sure to maintain the brake fluid. This is a crucial step that will prolong your brake’s lifespan. Flush out the fluid periodically to keep it fresh and working properly. This will make the internal components last longer and help your brakes work more efficiently.  If you haven’t done this before, or can’t remember the last time you did, it might be time to bring your car in for some routine maintenance. If you’re ready to bring your car in now, you can schedule an appointment with us online.

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!