Why You Should Take a Test Drive at Classic Chevrolet

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When you find that perfect vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, whether you find it online or because you stopped by the showroom, you should take a test drive. Taking a test drive prevents buyer’s remorse for many reasons, including comfort while driving or riding and features available for various models and trim levels.

Ensure It’s Spacious

While you might like a vehicle’s looks, you should take a test drive to ensure that it’s a good fit. If you are a taller person, some vehicles may not have enough legroom or headroom. If you are shorter, the seats may not move forward enough so that you can comfortably reach the pedals.

And if you have a larger family and love to take road trips, or plan on carpooling, you’ll definitely want to ensure that the rear and third row seats have plenty of room for adults or teens, not just smaller children. Without a test drive, you won’t know until it’s too late – then you won’t be happy with your purchase.

See How It Rides

Even though the vehicle you fall in love with looks great and has plenty of space, you might not like the ride. Many new vehicles have settings for steering and the transmission, though some don’t and you might not like how the vehicle rides. Also, you may not find that the seats are comfortable enough for you. Taking a test drive allows you to evaluate whether you are comfortable with the ride.

Verify Features

While everything might be what you want – fit, comfort, ride – if you buy a vehicle without test driving it, you may later learn that the model does not have certain features you need; or that it might have features you don’t want. While many features are listed on our website and in our blog posts, not every feature is always included in every vehicle. Taking a test drive allows you to look for and test certain features.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the vehicle or vehicles you have in mind so that you can make the best choice for your wants and needs.

You Know You’re from DFW When…

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the vehicle you need for your family, for work, or for the farm. If you already have a newer Chevy or did not plan to buy something new this year, be sure to give our service department a call to set up an appointment for maintenance or repairs.

Living in DFW, you’ve probably noticed that the Metroplex has its peculiarities. You know you’re a true native if you can relate to the following…

  • The traffic isn’t messing around. Hopefully you’ve got a good vehicle, because we all spend a lot of time in the driver’s seat.
  • And what’s up with the roads? They sure like to break them up, but then they forget to do anything afterwards!
  • No matter what the supposed season is, it’s best to bring a jacket along. And flip flops. And maybe an umbrella. And perhaps sunscreen. Just pack your closet is what we’re saying.
  • Even if you live east of Dallas or west of Fort Worth, you still struggle to decide which city to go to when you’re looking for a night out. Who can choose?
  • You know the four basic food groups and make sure you get them every day: barbecue, nachos, fajitas, and chili.
  • You know that the only real Mexican food is Tex-Mex.
  • When you refer to more than one person, you say “y’all” and when you tell someone you’re getting ready to do something, you say you’re ‘fix’n’ to do it.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next car, truck, or SUV. You’ll have several trim levels to choose from, plus each one has additional available options to make it your own. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may have running on Silverado models or any other models we have in stock.

Keeping Warm this Winter

Whether you’re outside playing in the cold and snow or you just brought a load of groceries in, you’ll want some favorite ways to keep warm. Or, you may be looking for ways to keep warm if your vehicle breaks down and you’re waiting for a tow truck; or the power goes out because of an ice storm. One of the ways to ensure you don’t break down in the vehicle is to have it serviced regularly at Classic Chevrolet.

While it doesn’t get very cold here in DFW, you might travel this holiday season like many other Americans. If you’re heading somewhere where the snow piles up and the ice lies thick on the road, keep these tips in mind to stay warm.

Keeping Warm in Your Vehicle

Keeping your vehicle serviced lessens the chance of it breaking down on you; however, it does not lessen the chance of sliding into a snow bank. The last thing you want to do is to constantly run the vehicle, especially if you don’t expect a tow truck right away. You’ll want enough gas to get you to the nearest gas station if you’re stuck.

You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including extra blankets. Let the vehicle run for about 10 minutes every hour to keep the temperature somewhat reasonable and keep yourself wrapped in blankets. If you are planning a trip to a less inhabited area, it’s also a good idea to bring a thermos of hot coffee or hot cocoa. This will also keep you warm while you are waiting for help.

Keeping Warm Outside

Whether you’re outside for fun or because you have to be, keep warm by wearing layers of loose clothing. Tight clothing will not keep you warm. Long Johns and sweat pants will help keep you warm while you’re shoveling snow or having a snowball fight. Wear mittens instead of gloves to keep your hands warmer. And wear a hat too. If your jacket has a hood, put the hood up over the hat.

Keeping Warm Inside

If you lose power and don’t have wood heat, keep warm by closing off all of the rooms that you are not using. Have everyone stay in one room. If you have a generator, run a space heater, but be sure you do it safely. Never run the oven to try to keep the house warm. Wrap yourselves in blankets to help stay warm. If you are using a propane space heater designed to work inside, be sure the room is ventilated.

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Give our service department at Classic Chevy a call to make an appointment for service or stop by our showroom to test drive a new vehicle.

Best Texas Beaches to Visit This Summer

There’s still a lot of summer left here in Texas: even if school’s back in, the heat isn’t letting up any time soon. If you’ve got an open weekend, jaunt down to the gulf or your nearest lake and hit up one of Texas’s best beaches for a day of fun, sun, and relaxation.

Galveston

Most Texans know that Galveston is a hot vacation destination. However, many don’t know that it’s one of Texas’ most historic cities. Travel just an hour south of Houston, and you can enjoy more than 32 miles of beach, stunning Victorian architecture, museums, and, of course, plenty of sun and sand. Galveston is the ideal getaway spot for travelers seeking uncrowded beaches that are located minutes from attractions, eateries, and more.

South Padre Island 

South Padre Island is on nearly every list of top Texas destinations. That’s because South Padre Island, located near the Mexico border, offers warm temperatures, towering palm trees, and stunning Gulf Coast beaches.

Spend your days on the sand, engage in a number of water-based activities (like surfing, paddleboarding or renting a wave runner), play a round of golf or venture to the action-packed Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. South Padre Island is overflowing with things to do for visitors of all ages.

Burger’s Lake

If you’re in the DFW area, like Classic Chevy, and don’t want to drive to the coast for a day at the beach, this is probably already one of your favorites spots to cool off. Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers family fun. The spring-fed pool offers sandy beaches, diving boards, water slides, and fountains. There are also concessions and picnic areas with plenty of shade from the abundant trees in the area.

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Stop by Classic Chevy this summer 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.

 

The 2017 Chevy Colorado Sets a New Standard

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For 2017, the Chevrolet Colorado offers an all-new V-6 engine and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. It is the latest major update for Colorado, which entered the market for model year 2015. Chevrolet is on track to sell more than 160,000 Colorados in the first 24 months on the market, reigniting the midsize segment.

“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” said Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

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The most significant update for the 2017 Colorado is an all-new V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission, creating a combination that’s unmatched in the midsize segment.

According to Stan Ludlow, chief engineer for the 2017 Colorado, the engine and transmission were calibrated to emphasize performance and refinement while optimizing fuel economy: “The Colorado is currently the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in America, with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway when equipped with the diesel engine. As such, for the new V-6 and eight-speed combination we focused on improving everyday driving performance. Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed.”

This second generation of Chevrolet’s double-overhead-cam engine architecture retains the same 3.6L displacement as before, with an updated suite of advanced engine technologies. This includes improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust, improved direct injection and for the first time, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications. Horsepower and torque increase to an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft (373 nM) at 4,000 rpm.

The engine is mated to the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L45 is roughly the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed automatic it replaces. However, the eight-speed automatic offers a wider 7.0 overall gear ratio spread than the 6L80 transmission’s 6.0 ratio. This results in a numerically higher first gear ratio, helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering, and numerically lower rear axle ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway for improved efficiency.

Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium, combined with similar packaging to the outgoing 6L80 transmission, equates to no increase in overall weight for Colorado models equipped with the new 8L45 transmission.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

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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.

10 Reasons Why the New Chevy Silverado Trounces the Competition

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Chevrolet manufacturers some of the highest ranked vehicles in the industry. The Silverado is no different. According to J.D. Power and Associates, this responsive, heavy duty truck is the highest ranked heavy duty pickup in initial quality. That means you get more bang for your buck when choosing Silverado.

If you’re still up in the air about finding the perfect pickup for your needs, these 10 reasons why the Silverado is superior to its competitors will make you want to cruise over to Classic Chevrolet and purchase your new heavy duty truck today.

1. They’re built just right.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the Chevy Silverado HD received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among large, heavy-duty pickups in the 2013 Initial Quality Study.

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2. The 2015 Silverado 1500 is the fastest growing pickup brand of 2015.

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3. The 2015 Silverado tows better than its competitors.

Drivers can choose an available 12,000-pounds of V8 towing capacity — the best in the Silverado’s class.

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4. It’s a super safe truck.

The new Silverado 1500 received the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety in 2015.

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5. The Silverado has unrivaled fuel economy.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab short box pickup gets superior V8 fuel economy to the 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab short box and the 2015 Ford F-150 super crew short box.

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6. You can take all of your toys with you.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 can tow nearly 1,000 pounds more than the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

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7. Want to take the internet with you? Now you can.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 is equipped with available built-in 4G LTE WiFi, a feature that is not available in the 2015 Ford F-150 or the 2015 Ram 1500.

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8. Go green while going big.

The new Silverado 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine is the most fuel-efficient Gas V8 pickup engine ever.

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9. Handles like a dream.

The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine offers the most torque of any standard V6 in the Silverado’s class.

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10. It has a killer sound system.

The 2015 Silverado offers one of the quietest interiors in the industry, so you can hear the Bose premium audio system more clearly and enjoy every riding experience more than ever.

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Find the Chevy Silverado of your dreams right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

What We Know About the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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If you have been waiting for the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, you’ve still got a bit of a wait, but it will be at Classic Chevrolet as soon as it makes its debut. For those who have the need for speed, this vehicle looks like it may have bigger wheels and aerodynamic bits, both upgrades from the sixth generation muscle car.

The newest model will have a different body kit which includes a lower front fascia, a rear spoiler, and may even have a hood scoop. The hood scoop is a guess as Chevrolet hasn’t yet removed the camouflage. Another difference is the four tail pipes that poke out of the rear of the Camaro; and these are larger than the tail pipes on the Camaro SS.

The 2017 model year ZL1 features the same architecture as the Cadillac ATS, which means that it’s a lot lighter than the 2015 model year ZL1. If Chevy puts the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged engine in it, not only will the Camaro get a bump up in horsepower, but that horsepower will have a faster time slip because of the drop in weight. This engine in the Corvette currently makes 650 horsepower; however, it still remains to be seen if Chevrolet will use the same engine or a version of it. Even if the horsepower is bumped up to just 600, it’s a 20-horsepower increase over the outgoing ZL1.

It is expected that the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will debut in early 2016, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show. It will be released sometime in late 2016, after the new Camaro debuts.

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Be sure to keep your eye on this spot for more information about the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as it becomes available. Or, stop by Classic Chevy for more information as it becomes available.

Best Places to Take a Road Trip to in Texas

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

The 2015 Chevy Camaro at Classic Chevrolet

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Sometimes, you just have to have that second vehicle – or third… and it has to be something special. If you’re ready to get your dream car, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. The 2015 model year features a 7.0-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine features a dry sump oil system. It makes 505 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 481 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The transmission is mated to a limited slip differential with a 3.91 gear ratio. Stopping power is provided by Brembo four-wheel ABS disc brakes, six-piston performance calipers in the front and four-piston performance calipers in the rear.

Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, including traction control, daytime running lamps, Directions and Connections for six months, dual-stage frontal airbags, thorax side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain side impact airbags, front and rear outboard seating side airbags and a passenger sensing system.

Additional features include the LATCH system for child safety seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a trunk emergency release handle. The Directions and Connections plan includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Convenience Features

The easy-to-clean seats feature leather and sueded microfiber inserts, a floor console, armrest, a driver’s side dead pedal, alloy pedals, a three-spoke sueded microfiber-wrapped flat bottom tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver information center, remote keyless entry, express up and down windows, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, an air filtration system, trunk release, theft deterrent system, locking glove box, power outlets and a rear window defogger.

Additional features include cup holders, map pockets, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, front reading lamps, halogen headlights, intermittent wipers and power adjustable door mirrors.

Entertainment features

The Camaro features an AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 playback, Graphic Information display, music navigator, auxiliary jack, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth. The radio controls are also mounted on the steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Chevy Camaro and to learn more about all of the standard features and available options.