Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Vehicle

When you buy a used vehicle from a dealership such as Classic Chevrolet, you don’t have quite so much to worry about. If you are considering buying a used vehicle from an individual or a small car lot that sells only used vehicles, you cannot count on the seller being completely honest. When you buy used at a large dealership, you can find certified pre-owned vehicles and the dealership will process the registration for you.

Title Questions

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the title you are getting is not a rebuilt title. If a vehicle has a rebuilt title, that usually means that it was totaled and then repaired. If the title is a rebuilt title, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should discount the vehicle – sometimes an insurance company will total a vehicle with hail damage and other damage that doesn’t affect the frame.

Accidents and CarFax

Ask for the CarFax – and if no CarFax is available, find out if the dealership has any information or noticed anything with the vehicle that shows it could have been in a crash. You can also look for signs. A different paint color on the inside of the door jams means that the vehicle was painted. While this doesn’t necessarily mean it was in a crash, it could have been. When you test drive, have a friend watch as you drive away to see if the vehicle dog tracks.

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Maintenance

Ask if the vehicle looks as though the previous owner kept up on maintenance. While you can’t tell how often the vehicle was maintained less for a CarFax report, you or the dealership can look for signs such as an oil-caked mess under the valve covers, foul-smelling transmission fluid and dirty oil.

Options

Ask the salesperson if the vehicle was ordered with any special options. Sometimes a buyer might add a towing package that didn’t come with that particular trim level, an upgraded stereo system, different wheels, a different engine, and additional safety equipment that might have been optional.

Tires

Be sure to check the tires to ensure that they have enough tread to last for at least a year. If the tires are worn uneven or are low on tread, you may want to negotiate an alignment and tires into the deal.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to browse through our used car lot and to test drive several of our pre-owned or barely used models.

Why You Should Own a Chevy Cruze

Are you on the market for a sedan that can keep up with your busy lifestyle? The stylish, fuel-efficient, luxurious, and ultra-safe Chevy Cruze is a great car for going to school, commuting, or road trips. Here’s why you should considering owning a 2017 Chevy Cruze.

1. The Chevy Cruze is the ideal combination of stunning design, innovative technology and fuel efficiency, so you can get from Point A to Point B affordably, comfortably and while looking good.

2. The Cruze’s MyLink customizable, 7-inch touch-screen entertainment system with Bluetooth technology ensures you can shuffle through your music, find the fastest route to your destination and use your smartphone safely while on the road. The Cruze’s convenient steering wheel controls also mean you never have to take your eyes off the road.

3. The Chevy Cruze’s standard 1.4-liter turbo engine is capable of getting up to 40 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

4. The new Chevy Cruze’s advanced safety features don’t just protect you from potential collisions, they also help you respond more efficiently if one does occur.

5. A brand-new, 2017 Chevy Cruze starts at just $16,170, so you’ll still have money left over for the rest of your shopping list.

6. Opt for the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, and you can get up to 46 miles-per-gallon on the highway. That means you save more on fuel and have more money to spend on the things you really want.

7. The Chevy Cruze is described as a compact car, but it doesn’t feel that way when you step inside. The Cruze offers more passenger and cargo space than the Ford Focus Sedan.

8. The 2017 Chevy Cruze feels more sophisticated than ever before. Soft-touch interiors, optional heated leather seats, high-end colors, a triple-sealed windshield, and 30 acoustical treatments ensure every ride is quieter and more comfortable than ever before.

9. The Chevy Cruze is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including knee and side-impact airbags to keep you and your passengers safe. Roof-crush resistance and a high-strength steel safety cage surpass safety requirements to give you peace of mind everywhere you travel.

Find Your Cruze at Classic Chevrolet

Classic Chevrolet is your one-stop shop for all of the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles under one roof. Give us a call, log online, or stop in and see us in Grapevine, Texas, to find the best deal on a brand-new Chevy Cruze today.

The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Beats the Ford Raptor

When it comes to off-road specialty pickups, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is arguably the better vehicle. Here’s why you should consider getting behind the wheel of the Colorado ZR2, driving it off the lot of Classic Chevrolet, and hitting up your favorite off road spots.

The ZR2 is Smaller

Bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to off-roading capabilities, this is doubly true. The Colorado ZR2 is a smaller, lighter, and more nimble truck compared to the Raptor, which means that you can go places in your Colorado ZR2 that wouldn’t be accessible if you were driving around a bulkier truck. Not to mention that the Colorado ZR2 is also nicer to drive in an urban setting when you’re not out on the trails, being easier to park and maneuver.

The ZR2 is More Flexible

Not only does the ZR2 have a diesel option that the Raptor lacks, but it’s more fuel efficient than the Raptor regardless of engine type. Additionally, you can put whatever you wish into your Colorado ZR2 whereas the Raptor requires pricey premium gasoline. So not only can you fill your Colorado ZR2 up for cheaper, but that tank of gas will last you longer.

The diesel option really takes the Colorado ZR2 to another level, however. It’s cheap compared to gas, gets better fuel efficiency, and makes your Colorado ZR2 climb and scramble in off-road settings like nothing else.

The ZR2 is Less Expensive

Chevy offers the ZR2 in two configurations: Extended Cab with a 6-foot bed; and the Crew Cab with four full-size doors and a 5-foot bed. For the Extended Cab, prices start at $40,995, including $995 for destination. The Crew Cab starts at $42,620.

Compare that to the Raptor, which starts out, base, at $52,375 plus an additional $1,295 for destination. That’s more than $11,000 than the base ZR2. Full load the Raptor and you’re looking at a truck that’s going to run you over 70 grand.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 and learn more about its off-roading capabilities. If you’re in need of some auto maintenance this fall, schedule time with a technician at the service department of Classic Chevrolet.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

If you drive a car, at some point, someone has told you to check your tire pressure. Maybe it was your dad, or your Classic Chevrolet mechanic, or your car itself, but it seems like someone is always singing the praises of the tire pressure check. There’s good reason for people to encourage you to keep an eye on your tires–they are instrumental to your safety and fuel efficiency.

Under-inflated tires can change the way your car handles. Particularly with an under inflated front tire, your car may pull to one side or the other, forcing you to overcompensate in your steering and increasing the chance f an accident. Under inflated tires are also more likely to have a blowout. A blowout at low speeds is a costly annoyance. At high speeds, a blown tire could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, endangering yourself and everyone else on the road at the time.

In addition to putting you in danger, an under inflated tire can cost you money. According to fueleconomy.gov , your fuel economy suffers to the tune of .3 percent for every PSI that a tire is under-inflated.This means that if each tire is down three PSI, you could be wasting over three percent of your gas.

Checking your tire pressure is not really that difficult. If you have a newer car, it may actually monitor your tire pressure and display it on your dashboard! Failing that, you can buy a tire gauge at any store that sells auto parts and accessories. The easiest to use is the digital one, but even the manual one is not too complicated. You just basically unscrew the cap from the valve stem on your tire (don’t lose it!) and put the circular end of the gauge on it. You will hear what sounds like a lot of air escaping but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Just push the gauge onto the valve stem as tightly as you can and you should hear the “hissing” stop and you should be able to read your tire pressure on the gauge.

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Of course, if you don’t want to check the pressure on your tires yourself, you can get them checked when you come in for an oil change. And of course, if you bought your car from Classic Chevy, we’ll always be happy to check your tires for you.

Why You Should Own a Camaro

Not that you need much reason to own one of the strongest, fastest, and funnest cars on the road, but there are certainly some good reasons to own one. The 2017 Camaro is better than ever and it’s available right now at Classic Chevrolet. Come in and test drive it today and we’re sure you’ll agree that the Camaro is the car for you.

It’s Affordable

The 2017 Camaro won’t set your bank account back as much as other cars in its class. Starting out under $26,000, a 2017 Camaro might be more in your reach than you think. Not to mention that the base model comes with plenty of standard entertainment, performance, and safety features.

It’s Head Turning

There’s no denying that the Camaro is a great looking car. If you want to turn heads wherever you go, you need to get behind the wheel of a Camaro. With its retro-futuristic good looks, distinctive headlights, and muscular bearing, it commands respect on the road.

It’s Powerful

With a couple of powerful engine options, including the available V-8, and either an automatic gearbox or six-speed manual transmission, the 2017 Camaro is one fast car. If you want to cruise the highway in a sleek and powerful ride, leave it to the Camaro to provide.

It’s Just Plain Fun to Drive

It’s a bit subjective, but it’ll feel objective when you’re behind the wheel giving the Camaro a test drive. The Camaro handles beautifully thanks, in part, to the fact that it’s heavier than a traditional sports car. This means that you hug the road like you’ve never experienced. Even at higher speeds it can handle curves in the road like they’re nothing.

Did We Mention There’s a Convertible Option?

Well there is. If you love that classic wind in your hair driving experience, don’t forget to ask for a convertible 2017 Camaro.

See the Camaro at Classic Chevy

Make your dreams come true by purchasing a brand new Chevrolet Camaro right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. We’re your No. 1 Chevy dealer in Texas, offering the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for the best prices in the industry, whether you’re seeking the high performance Camaro, the rugged Colorado, the fuel-efficient Cruze or any of Chevy’s other must-see models.

 

Best Hikes in Dallas to Get You Active This Fall

Fall doesn’t mean that you have to sit around inside doing nothing. With cooler weather on the way, now’s the ideal time to hop in your Chevy and drive out to one of Dallas’s best hiking spots for a few hours of exercise and introspection among nature.

Cedar Ridge Preserve

Probably the best hiking spot in the Metroplex, Cedar Ridge Preserve is an area near Joe Pool Lake that is managed by Audubon Dallas. It features hills (anyone who lives in DFW knows how rare hills are!) that provide great scenic overlook points. Several cool creeks meander through the preserve and can provide hours of exploration as you follow their courses.

Spring Creek Forest Trail

Located in Garland, Spring Creek Forest Trail is primarily covered by old growth woodlands full of oak and walnut trees. It’s a great place to get “lost” for hours as you walk its secluded glades. It’s also a birdwatcher’s paradise as several species of birds love the area for nesting and resting. In the fall, the abundant trees mean abundant fall colors, which make for a fantastic setting for a hike as the wind rustles the leaves.

Texas Buckeye Trail

One of the most accessible hikes in Dallas (the trailhead is on Bexar Street) is the Texas Buckeye Trail. Just walk across the Trinity River levee and you leave Dallas and enter another world. You’ll seriously forget that you just walked out of a city as you cross green meadows, through wooded areas, and follow along the Trinity River. You’ll wonder how such a natural area persisted this long in an urban area.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy this fall to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and find one that’s perfect for both day-to-day life and road trips. If you’re not on the market for a new car, but are planning a road trip, stop by and see the service department at Classic Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for travel.

Take a Closer Look at the 2017 Chevy Bolt

The Chevy Bolt is kind of a big deal. After all, it’s the first affordable all-electric vehicle on the market that has enough range to actually get you places. It’s got plenty of cool features, but one stands out from the rest as far as we’re concerned.

It’s got some pretty cool systems in place to charge your batteries on the go. For example, it possesses a “regen on demand” paddle, which allows you to slow the car by pulling a small paddle tucked behind the steering wheel. “Regen” is just shorthand for “regenerative braking,” a system that can translate the kinetic energy it absorbs (from braking, for example) into electric energy it can feed into your systems. It takes some getting used to, not having a braking pedal, but it’s a smart feature that reinforces what the Chevy Bolt is all about. After a few days, you’ll find it’s the most natural thing in the world to brake with a paddle on the wheel.

Also, the Bolt comes with two driving modes, “drive” and “low.” The “low” mode is the car’s regenerative braking mode. Low mode makes the car use its own momentum and the motor’s resistance to regenerate power for the batteries. The car will also automatically slow down the second you pull off the accelerator, which allows you to easily coast to a complete stop, no brakes required. Every time you decelerate, you feed more power back into the batteries and increase how far you can go.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2017 Chevy Bolt and learn more about its high tech features, including the regenerative braking technologies. If you’re in need of some auto maintenance this summer, schedule time with a technician at the service department of Classic Chevrolet.

National Drive Electric Week

It’s national drive electric week and if you are in the market for a hybrid or electric car, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2017 Chevrolet Volt. This economical model is reasonably priced and get excellent gas mileage.

Interior Features

The Volt”s interior features include automatic climate control, a charge control that is programmable for the time of day, a center console with covered storage and dual cup holders, a rear console with open storage and dual cup holders, a touch-sensitive control center, electronic cruise control, a 7-inch LCD screen, mode control switch for Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold; a rear window defroster, keyless access, push button start, OnStar RemoteLink and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot.

Additional features include three auxiliary power outlets, remote start, a tilt and telescopic steering column, audio controls mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, special storage for the charging cord, a universal home remote, illuminated vanity mirrors, express down on all windows and express up on the driver’s window.

Safety Features

The Volt’s safety features include a passenger-sensing airbag system, dual stage frontal airbags, dual stage side impact airbags, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, LED daytime running lights, a lockout switch for the rear doors and windows, OnStar Basic for 5 years, OnStar Directions and Connections for 3 years, StabiliTrak stability control system, brake assist, traction control, a theft deterrent system, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring system, and a pedestrian safety signal with driver-activated horn chirp when the turn signals are activated.

Mechanical Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt features a 12-volt battery with rundown protection, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with electro-hydraulic power and a regenerative system, a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery storage system, electric parking brake, a 120-volt charging cord, the Voltec electric rive that puts out 149 horsepower, a 1.4-liter gas engine that puts out 83 horsepower and electric power steering.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Volt to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Top National Parks In Texas

This fall, you’ll want to spend a lot of time in the national parks in Texas and that means your vehicle should be in good working order especially if you are traveling a long distance and spending more than a day at a park. Call Classic Chevrolet to set up a service appointment to have your Chevy checked and serviced before you get on the road. Or, if you are planning on a new vehicle this year, stop by to test drive the vehicle you have in mind.

Big Bend

Big bend is located in the big bend of the Rio Grande in western Texas. When you visit this park, you’ll see tons of different bird species, ancient limestone, rivers, mountains and desert. And, you’ll also see many different types of cactus. Be sure to bring your camera as you’ll want to capture the magic you can find at Big Bend.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you want to hike and backpack, head over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In this pristine wilderness area, you’ll find tons of history, tons of birds and other wildlife, and lots of fun. The park is located 110 miles east of El Paso on U.S. Highway 62/180. It is also 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

If you have never been to this park before, be sure you are prepared. Dell City is the closest town with gas, so be sure you fill up. It is also the last stop for food, ice and diesel. The park features campgrounds, but they are primitive. RVs will need their own power and holding tanks. Your cell phones may not work in the park as coverage is unreliable. And, the weather is unpredictable, so even in the summer, you should be prepared with cool weather clothing and extra clothing, especially if you are hiking.

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Before you head out to these national parks, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Classic Chevy. Even if you just serviced your vehicle in the past couple months, it’s a good idea to bring it in to have everything checked.

Chevy Camaro Celebrates 50th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that the Chevy Camaro is turning 50. When the sports car was introduced to the world in 1967, the auto industry changed forever. For the last 50 years, the Camaro has continued to shock car enthusiasts and the competition by staying ahead of the curve in terms of power, performance, technology and safety. The 2017 Camaro is now meaner, lighter, leaner and more head-turning than ever before.

The following are six reasons why you are guaranteed to be wowed by the sixth-generation Camaro as soon as you lay eyes on it.

1. It has been sculpted to perfection. The 2017 Camaro is designed to smaller and lighter than the previous generation, which means you enjoy a tighter driving experience. More responsive breaks and a more streamlined design allow you to take tight corners with ease.

2. It turns heads. The 2017 Camaro’s new “reverse Mohawk” roof channel, wider opening, unique grille draft angle, lift-reducing spoiler and carefully designed edges were extensively wind tunnel tested to ensure optimal performance and airflow on the roads and at the track.

3. You’ll feel like a professional. The interior of the new Chevrolet Camaro makes you feel like you get paid to drive. Tailored stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rotating HVAC dials, an ergonomic center console, aggressive heated and ventilated seats and countless other features combine to ensure that you enjoy your most luxurious driving experience yet.

4. You can customize your interior. Drivers who choose the Camaro 2SS or the Camaro 2LT can enjoy interior spectrum lighting that allows you to choose one of 24 colors to illuminate the interior of your vehicle and the radio console. Change your interior to suit your mood at the push of a button.

5. You can literally feel the wind in your hair. Opt for the Camaro Convertible, which offers the same stylish roof line and curves as the Camaro Coupe, and you’ll be able to put the top down to feel the wind in your hair. The fully-automatic soft top disappears beneath a hard cover, making the Camaro one of the most streamlined convertibles in the industry.

6. You can actually take it to the track. Choose the Camaro’s famous 1LE Track Package, and you’ll enjoy performance that the pros will envy. Stiffer suspension, aggressive tires, better cooling and advanced breaking provide the performance you’ve been seeking from your dream sports car.

See the Camaro at Classic Chevy

Make your dreams come true by purchasing a brand new Chevrolet Camaro right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. We’re your No. 1 Chevy dealer in Texas, offering the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for the best prices in the industry, whether you’re seeking the high performance Camaro, the rugged Colorado, the fuel-efficient Cruze or any of Chevy’s other must-see models.