The 4th of July is largely held as the holiday for cookouts, gatherings and fireworks. This year in Fort Worth, their Independence Day event is bigger than ever. It also marks the 25th Anniversary of their sister city, Nagaoka, Japan. This special event is honored with fireworks of a magnitude the Japanese would be proud of! There are more activities than ever before with more food and drink options as well.
Gates open at 2pm on Thursday, July 4th with contests, concerts and activities happening every hour. There will be tubing, Jet Ski shows, miniature golf, pony rides, a water slide and even a treasure dig! The food vendors are to include Kona Ice, Jolly Trolly, Flying Fish, Ms. Piggy’s and lots more. Musical guests Petty Theft will be performing at 6pm. Fireworks start at 9:30 so be sure to bring your lawn chairs, sunscreen and blankets for a day full of family fun and entertainment!
The official Independence Day celebration of Dallas is the MetroPCS Fair Park Fourth. This huge event begins at 4pm on July 4th and runs until 11:30pm. It will feature a 16-minute fireworks display at 9:30pm at the Cotton Bowl (wristbands required), entertainment by the Dallas Wind Symphony and others as well as dozens of kid-friendly activities. Admission is free but if you want to park inside the gates of Fair Park, the fee is $15.
The Dallas Wind Symphony will also be performing their Star Spangled Spectacular at 1pm on July 4th before their appearance at the Fair Park Fourth. They will feature the great songs from composer John Phillip Sousa and even have a guest appearance from a look-a-like. Indoor fireworks and a salute to our armed forces finish off this performance. Tickets start from $18.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July from your DFW Chevy dealer!
Did you know that heat is the #1 killer of automobiles? With summer approaching, ask yourself this question: is your car ready for the summer heat? As temperatures get hotter, aspects of your vehicle tend to break down. You will want to make sure your car can withstand any weather conditions. Keeping your Chevy up to date with routine maintenance is the key to beating the summer heat. But here are a few extra tips from your Texas Chevy dealer.
Tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a car. Only 1 out of 10 drivers actually check his or her tire pressure correctly. Under-inflated, or even over-inflated, worn down or misaligned tires can be extremely dangerous. Even more so in the hot summer months. Use the classic penny trick to see if you still have enough tread on your tires. Stick a penny into the tread grooves. If Lincoln’s head disappears, then you are good to go.
Keeping hydrated is extremely important during high temperatures. Why would your car be any different? The oil in your car is like its blood. It keeps all the hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. Most of us do a lot of heavy driving during the hot summer when an engine is more likely to overheat. So check your oil before you head out on the open road or taking any family trips.
Not only do we want our car to run well, you should also clean your car to get it ready for summer. Remove the mats. Shake out dirt, rocks and any other debris. Vacuum your car out including the mats. Using a gentle all-purpose cleaner and cotton rag, wipe down the inside of your car. Place a dashboard cover to help prevent warping, cracking, or fading from the harsh summer sun. Lastly, give your vehicle a good scrubbing. Do this preferably under the shade or closer to dusk to avoid the sun’s harmful rays.
We all look for ways to save money. How about saving that money through consereing gas? Great idea! Here are a few pointers from your DFW Chevy dealer. Instead of parking in direct sunlight park in the shade. Gasoline will actually evaporate right out of your tank and does so when you’re parked in direct sunlight. Parking in the shade also keeps your car’s internal temperature cooler causing you to need less AC to cool off.
Cruise control is good but avoid using it while driving on hilly highway roads. The cruise control’s job is to keep you at a constant speed. Which means it will not be able to anticipate an upcoming hill and has to accelerate harder to maintain its constant speed.
You don’t need to drive like Mario Andretti to get to your destination. Slow down and ease up on the pedal. It’s a well proven fact that driving fast will increase the drag and increase your fuel intake.
Don’t fill up at just anytime of the day. When refueling your Classic Chevrolet, fill up during the late night or early morning hours. You will actually be getting more gas in your tank by doing this. Service stations storage tanks are buried below ground and the colder the ground is, the denser your gasoline will be. When temperatures begin to rise, gasoline will expand. So what you think should be a gallon isn’t exactly a gallon.
Avoiding heavy breaking and accelerating will improve your vehicles fuel efficiency and save on gas. Avoid idling whenever possible and even shutting off the engine for prolonged waits.
Invest in a GPS for your vehicle if you don’t already have one. You can plan ahead to take the shortest routes on outings. Don’t just drive around aimless, lost for hours and burning through fuel. By having a GPS, you will be able to get to any destination in less amount of time.
We all strive to look and feel the best. What we drive can usually tell others a lot about who we are as people. So keeping our vehicles clean inside and out is important, especially for those first impressions. A majority of the public will only see our cars from the outside. So make sure the paint stays presentable! Here are some tips and tricks from your DFW Chevy dealer.
Wash your car every two weeks. If you live near the ocean or somewhere there is a lot of pollution or roadwork, you might want to wash it more often. Chemicals from the air can wear at your paint job and dull it faster. When deciding how to wash your car, always use a touchless carwash. This will prevent any unnecessary dings or scratches that machines are undoubtedly known to cause. If you do wash your car yourself, make sure you rinse your car thoroughly before touching any part of it. Wash with a soft and clean washing mitt. Dirty mitts can scratch the finish of your Chevy. Never let your car sun dry or during mid-day. This can leave spots on the car. Instead, use micro fiber drying cloths and a squeegee. Micro fiber cloths absorb the most water and leave no streaks, reducing the fine scratches that other drying cloths can leave.
It is recommended to wax your car at least three times a year. Using a carnauba-based wet wax is best for a fresh, wet shine to your car. It has an easy on and off application and also protects from UV rays. Wax but never polish. If you do decide to polish your car, use the least abrasive polish you can find. Also, for those unfortunate and inevitable times when we get chips or dings, use a paper clip to touch up the paint job instead of a paint brush. Simply dip the end into your paint and apply right to the scratched surface. Only touch up scratches that are longer than 1/16th inch. Smaller scratches will not look as good after being touched up.
Remember to never wash your car in the sun. The car should be cool to the touch. Use these few words of advice and keep your car’s paint job looking new. Go and show the world how amazing you look in your Chevy!
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is here and it is certainly a head turner! Never in the past 5 generations of Impalas has it been so visually interesting. The Chevrolet Impala has moved into the 21st century. The new model has improved in a few ways. The latest Impala is a front wheel drive, full-sized four door sedan and powered by three different engine choices coupled with an automatic transmission. The V6 engine gets 22 MPG combined. Though this car has not been on the market long, company reviews have been favorable so far of the pickup the Impala has even without the SS attached to it. In a review written by Marty Padgett of TheCarConnection, he mentions the fuel economy of the new Impala is “off the pace” and a few digits lower than the Azera and Avalon.
When you first step inside the 2014 Impala, you will notice a spacious and luxurious feel. Some customers say parts of the interior have a “flimsy, plasticy feel”. While others feel the interior now has “too much drama”. The center dash has a motorized, eight-inch, touch screen that raises out of the panel revealing a storage area with USB port for charging or tethering your phone or music player. Easy to customize and use, you will soon be listening to your favorite music with the MyLink system. There are 4 themes to choose from to display a look you like that also changes the look of the driver information system. The navigation system in the new Impala uses a 3D map and also has a valet mode to keep wandering hands out of your valuables.
The seats in the new Impala have an option for heating and cooling. You also have more leg room in both the front and rear seats. Every detail of the Impalas interior was selected and crafted to be an exceptional driving environment tailored to its driver. Here at Classic Chevrolet, we strive to deliver the most exceptional cars on the market. This is a classic car which has been redefined and brought back from almost certain death of the model.
Traveling brings families closer together and it wouldn’t be a family trip without your pet. Giving your pets a chance to see different places and new experiences is healthy and fun for them. It is also a way to avoid the trauma and cost of boarding your dog or cat. Traveling long distances isn’t so easy for all animals. Try taking your pets on shorter trips first to get them acclimated to traveling in a car. Even if it is short rides around town in your Chevy, each outing will help your pet get used to riding in the car.
It’s vital that you pack your pets essentials such as medical and vaccine records. Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date with phone number and address in the event your pet gets lost. Remember your pet’s meds, food bowl and scooper along with a crate. Feed your pet only a light snack before leaving on your trip. Pets can become carsick. Once you’ve arrived at your destination or stopped for the day, go ahead and feed them normally.
Packing for your pooch is just as important as packing for yourself. Familiar scents help to comfort your pet and make them feel more at home. Any blankets or pillows that your pet uses should be put in the car or crate. Along with proper bedding, a few good chew toys will help keep your dog occupied for hours. A lot of chew toys come with hollowed out centers. Kongs are a great idea for dogs. They are durable and can be easily filled with treats, frozen peanut butter, or other snacks. This will keep them entertained indefinitely.
Remember your pet needs rest breaks and water on your trip. They aren’t like humans so they can’t go too long without potty breaks. Aside from a bathroom break, it’s a good chance for your pet to stretch their legs, get some water and some exercise. A tired pet makes a happy pet and better traveling companion. Make sure you have your leash ready. Your pet might not be able to wait while you are digging to find their leash.
So the next time you and your furry friend want to go on a road trip, stop by your Grapevine Chevy dealer for an awesome car!
It is an exciting feeling buying a new car. You sit inside and breathe in the new car smell. You run your hands along the steering wheel feeling the smoothness of the leather. It’s then you make a solemn vow to always keep it looking, feeling and smelling new. But how does one keep it looking like it just rolled off the lot? First thing’s first. You have to make sure it is clean inside and out! A car with a well maintained exterior and interior is a fast way to making your car feel like new again.
Give your Chevy a good scrub down at least once a week. Detail your car every other month or so. That is to say, shampoo all upholstery and carpets and even cleaning all the grime from the engine bay. Freshly cleaned and polished wheels are quick and easy ways to improve appearance too. Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight or in hot weather. Instead, wash your car close to dusk with ample shade. This will prolong the life of your paint. Also be sure to use proper vehicle soap and drying cloths. Never let your car simply air dry. Doing this will leave unwanted streaks and water spots which could lead to rusting areas.
At the same time, you can make sure your headlights stay clear and bright by using cleaners to rid of any yellowing. Change any worn out rubber seals or strips on your car including your wiper blades. Be sure to regularly replace brakes, shocks and springs that are designed to wear out and degrade your performance. Once you’ve completed all these small tips, your car should be looking and feeling like new!
How do you keep your Chevy looking and smelling great? Need some inspiration? Stop by your Grapevine Chevy Dealer for some in person tips!
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo with a diesel engine hits your favorite Texas Chevy dealer in the latter part of 2013. This car is already gaining quite a buzz as the most fuel efficient car on the market.
While the EPA touts the diesel engine on the Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo gets 46 miles to the gallon, approximately 710 miles distance on one tank, an energy engineer for General Motors states she traveled 900 miles on just one tank of diesel.
The EPA’s estimate involved driving the six-speed automatic transmission at the speed limit. The engineer, Tessa Baughman, drove five miles below the posted speed limit on her trip home to her family in Arkansas. On her return trip, she drove with the speed of the traffic and went approximately 800 miles on one tank.
Benefits to the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo
The 2014 Chevy Cruze diesel is certainly impressive when it comes to fuel economy, but there are other stand-out features that make it the car to own. There is an auxiliary heater that helps warm up the car quickly on cold days. There’s a rear back-up camera for your safety too.
The engine is incredibly quiet, and that’s going to make it popular with many. The two-liter German diesel engine gets about 148 horsepower and 258 pounds per foot of torque. There is also an overboost feture that kicks the torque up to 280 pounds per foot when you need quicker acceleration.
The engine is designed to be environmentally friendly with about 90 percent less nitrogen oxide than other diesel engines. In addition, the Chevy Cruze’s baffles are made from recycled tires, so GM even put thought into recycling waste in this car’s design.
The car is aerodynamic with clean lines and 17-inch alloy wheels that make it feel sporty when you’re behind the wheel. It’s definitely a car that will develop a huge fan following!
With an MSRP of $24,885, you don’t have to invest a lot to get a car that helps you trim your budget year after year. Save money on fuel and head to a Texas Chevy dealer to see when the dealership expects to have these cars available.
Chevy enthusiasts are a loyal bunch, and they tend to love both new and used vehicles. Before you go shopping for a used car, your local Grapevine Chevy dealer would like to provide you with some tips on what to look for in a pre-owned vehicle.
First, verify that the vehicle is parked on level ground before you begin examining it. You need to be able to clearly see all the tires and to make sure the vehicle isn’t sagging. Examine the ground to see if there are any leaks from the vehicle. It’s prudent to start up the vehicle and then check for leaks once more while it is still running.
Open and shut each door, to make sure it works properly and closes shut. Also check that each door’s locks will open and close, and that you can roll the windows up and down completely. Then, get inside the vehicle and check out the interior. Are there any rips, tears or stains on the upholstery or the seats? This might not be a deal breaker for you, but such minor damage can indicate that the owner neglected to take care of other aspects of the vehicle as well.
Turn on the air-conditioning. This is especially crucial in a hot environment like Texas. Crank it up all the way and make sure the AC is doing a good job in cooling the interior.
Do check the odometer, to make sure that the vehicle hasn’t been driven too many miles in too short of a span of time. A good rule of thumb is about 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year. However, if the vehicle is very old, low mileage is not your only consideration.
Get out of the vehicle and look under the hood. Do you see any rust, dents or other signs of damage? If so, it may mean that the owner did a poor job of maintaining the vehicle, or that it was involved in an accident. Of course, you will want to examine the belts and hoses to see that they are not cracked and are intact. Also open the trunk and check to make sure it doesn’t have holes, cracks or rust.
You shouldn’t consider buying a pre-owned vehicle without taking it for a test drive. During the test, accelerate to about 30 miles per hour and then hit the brakes to see how they function. Does the car swerve? Did you feel any vibrations in the brake pedal or hear any unusual sounds?
Pre-owned Chevys are great for people who need to watch their budget. No matter what vehicle you select, once you’ve taken steps to make sure it’s in good shape, you are bound to find it provides you with a safe, comfortable and stylish ride.
One of the things that make your DFW Chevy dealer happy is to see how customers get so much enjoyment out of their Chevy on road trips to fun and exciting places. If you haven’t been to San Antonio lately, now is the time to take a trip. Here are some suggestions for places you can visit in San Antonio.
SeaWorld San Antonio
As the weather heats up, you’ll want to pack up the whole family and head out to SeaWorld San Antonio. This enormous attraction spans 250 acres, making it the biggest marine-oriented theme park in the world. It has plenty of dolphins, whales, sea lions and sharks for you to check out. You won’t want to miss the Steel Eel roller coaster which will hurtle you along the track at speeds approaching 65 miles per hour, or about the same speed you drove to get to the park.
The Great White is an inverted steel roller coaster and the first of its kind in Texas. To help you keep cool, there is a water park with water slides and swimming pools, or you can just hang around the killer whale tank until you get thoroughly soaked by the splashes these enormous creatures make as they leap from the water.
Remember the Alamo
If the last time you visited the Alamo was when you were a kid during a school field trip, what better time to revisit this important aspect of historical Texas. The 4.2-acre complex holds such significance to not only Texans but also people from all over the world, it sees more than 2.5 million visitors every year. Admission is free.
You’ll learn about the efforts made by Texans as they fought against the army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, with such luminaries as Davy Crockett, James Bowie and William Travis becoming famous for their noble sacrifice. The Alamo is now managed by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and you will have an opportunity to tour the site, visit the museum and take a stroll in the Alamo Gardens.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Founded in 1980 and run by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens is a beautiful complex spread out over 33 acres. Visitors enjoy the formal and display gardens, which include the Rose Garden, which is a sweetly perfumed location you won’t want to miss, and the Kumamoto En Garden, which is a gift from San Antonio’s Sister City of Kumamoto in Japan. The Sensory Garden, also known as the Garden for the Blind, will stimulate your sense of smell and touch.
The Lucille Halsell Conservatory contains a wide variety of plants from desert and rainforest environments, as well as insect-eating plants and plants that live in water. Be sure to take in the sights of the forest of palm trees in the Palm and Cycad Pavilion, a 65-foot high environment.