Classic Chevrolet Adds #1 Volume GM Parts Dealer to the Win Column

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When you need a part for your Chevrolet, you don’t want to wait for someone to order it for you – you need it right now. This is where Classic Chevy comes in. We stock over 7 million dollars in inventory and have about 50 employees to handle the parts and customer requests. In 2003, our parts department was number 76 in the nation. From there, we reached number 2 in 2012. Today – in early 2014 – we are the number 1 volume GM parts dealer out of approximately 4,000 GM dealers in the United States.

Classic Chevrolet, whether its auto sales department, service department, or parts department, is a solid, customer-oriented business that is well-organized and has a monitored action plan. This means that you get what you need in record time with excellent service.

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Classic Chevy Parts Department

Our vision statement, be the best at everything we do, is what made us sell more Chevrolet vehicles than any other Chevy dealer in the country for the last eight consecutive years – and it is what made us the largest volume Chevrolet parts department. And, according to Tom Cross, our parts manager, we plan on keeping that #1 spot for the foreseeable futures.

On February 18, 2014, a delegation of GM executives gathered at Classic Chevrolet to formally present us with the honor of being the largest parts department in the nation. Not only are we the largest, but we also outsold everyone else.

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“There are more than 4000 GM dealers in the country, and you are the largest by far,” said John Bolton, GM Customer Care & Aftersales Wholesale Zone Manager.  “You handedly outsold every one of them.” Bolton went on to say “And here’s something that you may not realize.  I looked back on the records and this is the first time ever that the nation’s #1 Volume Chevy Dealer for Sales is also the nation’s #1 GM Dealer for Parts!  For as long as GM has been keeping records, I can honestly tell you that this has never happened before.  It is a testament to the team that  [owner] Tom Durant has built and the culture that everyone at Classic has created.”

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Classic Chevy broke a GM record this year – we are the nation’s #1 volume Chevy dealer for sales and the #1 GM dealer for parts. This has never happened since GM has been keeping records.

On top of being the best at car sales and parts sales, we rank in the highest 2 percent for customer satisfaction – and have done so for 11 consecutive years.

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To see what all the hullabaloo is about, stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next dream vehicle. Our sales persons can tell you all you want to know about each vehicle, including installed options, and additional options. And next time you need a part for your Chevrolet, whether it’s something as simple as an oil filter or you want to drop a crate motor in your classic Camaro, stop by Classic Chevy’s parts department.

 

Dale Earnhardt Commemorative Chevy Camaro

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While you won’t find an Intimidator Camaro at Classic Chevy, you can be well on your way to creating one like it with the newest Camaro on the lot. Only 10 black-on-black Camaro Intimidators were built; the car commemorated Dale Earnhardt’s fifth NASCAR Winston Cup championship in 1991.

One of the 2011 Intimidator Camaro models was recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. At a$196,000 bid, it was the top sale on the final day of the auction. The Camaro features a V8 engine that makes 704 horsepower – with the help of a supercharger. The car also features – according FoxSports.com – suspension, chassis, fuel, brake and exhaust systems that were “highly modified.”

The interior features a racing Intimidator shift made from a solid piece of aluminum. The shifter is grooved for a better grip and has an anodized “3” on the top. The Intimidator logo follows the shaft. Allegedly, this was the only car signed by Earnhardt’s wife and all four of his children.

You can pick up a 2014 coupe or convertible at Classic Chevrolet now. You can leave it stock or modify it. The stock version features a 6.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. Not too bad for something right off the showroom floor.

The engine is backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The rear features a 3.45 gear and a limited slip chunk. This particular model comes with a performance suspension, four-wheel antilock disc Brembo brakes. The front and rear features four-piston calipers for better stopping power.

Safety and security features include plenty of airbags, StabiliTrak, OnStar, daytime running lamps, rear park assist, a rearview camera with a display that is integrated into the Color Touch Radio and more.

The Camaro is loaded with convenience features including heated front seats, a head-up display with color digital readouts, a color driver information center, remote keyless entry, cruise control, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, a three-channel programmable universal home remote and tons more.

To test drive the new Camaro, stop by Classic Chevrolet today. Ask your sales person about all of the standard features and available options to make this hot rod uniquely yours.

Meet the Chevy Reaper

The Chevy Reaper – Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Raptor – is going to be available at Classic Chevrolet. The Silverado-based Reaper was announced at the National Automotive Dealers Association in late January 2014. Ken Lingenfelter, a noted tuner who worked with Southern Comfort Automotive, designed the package.

The 2014 Reaper converts an average Silverado by adding a supercharger, giving the Reaper 550 horsepower. That gives the Reaper 139 more horsepower to Ford’s version, the Ford Raptor. Additionally, the Chevrolet Reaper features 20-inch beadlock wheels, a high-clearance bumper, a Fox Racing suspension, an integrated floodlight system and a reinforced skidplate.

Furthermore, the front of the Silverado has been redesigned, plus some graphics across the back have been added. The Chevrolet Reaper is expected to sell for $50,000 and up. Keep your eye on this space for more information about the Reaper conversion kit, which will be available at select Chevy dealers, including Classic Chevy.

Standard equipment on a 2014 Chevrolet Tuscany model includes a 5.3-liter FlexFuel engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 355 horsepower if run on E85 and the transmission features a tow/haul mode, overdrive, cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

Entertainment features include Chevrolet’s MyLink audio system, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD, an SD card slot and USB ports. The Silverado also feature Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD/MP3 player and a rear seat DVD/Blu-Ray entertainment package.

Safety features include daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar also comes with six months of Directions and Connections, automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and Turn-by-Turn navigation.

The interior features a 40/20/40 leather-appointed split bench seat, heated seat cushions, 10-way power driver and passenger seats and a 60/40 folding rear seat. The tilt steering wheel is wrapped in leather and features cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a 4.2-inch diagonal color display that shows you warning messages and vehicle information.

The Silverado also features remote keyless entry and comes with two transmitters, remote vehicle start and a universal home remote.

For a complete list of safety, security, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevy today and test drive the new Silverado. Ask your salesperson about adding the Reaper Kit.

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DFW Auto Show

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The Dallas Auto Show will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin, Dallas, Tex., from Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Forty auto manufacturers, including Chevrolet, are going to be at the show. If you want to see what Chevrolet has up its sleeves for upcoming vehicles – and what the auto manufacturer has in its current lineup, stop at the show. To get more information on the Chevrolet you like stop by Classic Chevy.

The Dallas Auto Show hours are:

  • Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and for children aged 6 to 12. Children 5 years of age and under get free admission. Chevrolet is expected to bring the all-new Corvette and Silverado to the show.

The new Corvette will show off its sixth body transformation, according to Chevrolet.com. The 2014 Silverado was unveiled at a special event in the Detroit area this past December, but Chevrolet is expected to bring it to the Dallas auto show.

The new Silverado has been re-imaged and re-engineered and is more capable, stronger and smarter than ever. If you already have a Silverado, you’ll notice that the interior and exterior have been changed, including performance.

The new Silverado models are now available at Classic Chevrolet, so stop by and ask your salesperson about financing and lease specials. As you test drive the 2014 Silverado in any of its trim levels, you’ll learn about all of the security, safety, convenience and infotainment features that Chevrolet packed into the 2014 models. Don’t forget to ask about special packages such as the Reaper and Tuscany packages.

Valentine’s Day in DFW

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It’s time to start thinking of doing something special for your loved one for Valentine’s Day. While going out is fun, make it better by surprising your loved one with a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet – even the ladies like to drive a hot car or a big truck. You have your choice of Camaro models, Corvette models, Impala models or even several trucks or SUVs, including the 1500 to choose from.

After you surprise your loved one with a new “toy,” take him or her out for an evening in your new Chevy. The House of Blues is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner in Crossroads at House of Blues Dallas on February 14, 2014. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. Prices for dinner and the show are $45 per person or $85 per couple.

For dinner, you will be served an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. For appetizers, choose a Texas Chop Salad, Roasted Beet Salad or Cream of Tomato Basil Soup. You can choose from three different entrees: Steak Frittes served with herbed potato wedges and brocolini, Rosemary Chicken served over diavolo or Parmesan Crusted Halibut served over confetti rice with roasted asparagus.

For the best part – the dessert, choose from White Chocolate Treasure, Red Velvet Molten Cake or Tuxedo Strawberries.

The House of Blues Dallas is located at the White Swan Building, 2200 N. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75202. Contact the venue at (214) 978-4800 for reservations and tickets.

You can also choose to have a quiet dinner at your favorite restaurant and surprise your loved one with America’s new favorite country singer, Scotty McCreary at the S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at LeTourneau University. Scotty has over 1.6 million album sales that includes a platinum-selling debut album, several new artist awards and has performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, for President Obama and has sung the national anthem at the World Series.

Make it a night listening to his deep voice after dinner at a favorite restaurant. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The performance center is located at 2100 Mobberly Ave., Longview, TX 75607 and can be contacted by calling (903) 233-3080. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., so plan ahead.

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to pick up that Valentine’s Day present before you head out. You will make this year’s Valentine’s Day a very special day for your loved one.

A Photo Finish Keeps Classic Chevrolet #1 in the Nation for the 8th Straight Year

Against what most people would consider insurmountable odds, Classic Chevrolet pulled off the impossible on the final sales day for 2013.  For seven straight years, Classic has been the #1 Volume Chevy dealer in the nation.  But 2013 presented a host of challenges that put the 8th year in jeopardy.  With the DFW Connector built right through the dealership property, blocked exits and ever changing detours made even getting to the dealership a nightmare.  But despite the construction and repeated D.O.T. shutdowns of the main highways on key sales weekends, the team at Classic Chevrolet never lost focus.

“We knew going into December that we were down by 397 units by a very formidable competitor in New York,” explains Eric Bryant, General Sales Manager for Classic Chevrolet.  And for most dealerships, outselling your competitor by almost 400 units in one month would be considered unattainable.  But the team at Classic is not your typical sales force.  Optimism remained high and the focus on the goal remained razor sharp.  Acting as one cohesive unit with nothing but sheer will to fuel them, Classic’s team methodically chipped away at the lead by selling an average of 50 cars a day in the final week of December.  But with the sales close looming on January 2nd, nothing short of a herculean effort was required to hit the goal.  When the bell rang, Classic had sold 140 new Chevys in a single day to finish out 2013.  And when the final national sales results came out, the margin could not have been slimmer.  They needed 398 units to beat Bob Johnson Chevrolet.  They did it by 399.  One unit to spare.

“We never really thought that it couldn’t be done,” said Bryant.  “Anyone that knows this team knows that failure is never an option.  We counted on each other, and we just never lost faith.  I’ll tell you what, it was quite a close.”

At the end of the day, Classic sold 683 new Chevrolets in December for a 2013 calendar total of 4734.  The #2 dealership came in at 4732. “We applaud our competitor,” said Bryant.  “They gave us a fight, but nothing can stop our team when we set our mind to a goal. Our owner Tom Durant has a very simple mission statement for the organization and that is “to be the best at everything we do.” His leadership inspires each and everyone one of us, and more importantly, he allows us all to do just that…be the best at everything we do.”

Ringing in the New Year in a New Chevy!

If you haven’t been down to Classic Chevrolet to get your new Silverado, now is the time to do it! The truck wars have started and Chevrolet is stepping up to the plate with tons of new upgrades to the 2014 Silverado model. This is the first time in seven years that Chevrolet brought out a new truck. And what better way to get the new year started than with a new Chevrolet Silverado?

First off, you’ll see differences as you are walking up to the truck. The exterior features a taller aluminum hood, and that shaved 17 pounds of the total weight of the truck. You’ll also see the new grille, corner rear bumper steps, flush-fit door and squared-off wheel wells. Chevrolet also added sharper styling edges, giving the Silverado a new look.

The extended cab models – now called double cab models – have front-hinged doors instead of rear-hinged doors. This makes getting in and out of the rear easier. Plus, Chevrolet moved the B pillar forward so the rear entry is 4 inches wider. The rear seat also has an additional 2 inches of legroom.

The new bed is a roll-formed steel bed, and according to Chevy, it is lighter and stronger and the stamped steel beds. The tailgate has a locking EZ Lift/Lower system so it opens slowly when you open it. The bed also comes with a spray-in liner and lights for night loading.

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The 2014 Silverado 1500 has lots of new features this year.

The engine upgrade features a 5.3-liter Ecotec engine that puts out 345 horsepower and features Active Fuel Management. When the truck is fitted with a 3.08 gear it gets 16 mpg* in the city and 22 mpg* on the highway. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination nets 383 pound-feet of torque and can tow up to 11,200 pounds if the truck is fitted with the maximum trailering package. Without the package, it will tow 9,600 pounds.

The Z71 has many standard features including off-road suspension, hill descent control, a trailering package, an auto-locking rear differential, power and heated outside mirrors, a power sliding rear window and stability control with trailer sway control among other standard features.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the new Silverado and to get a full list of features and options, including a list of everything that is new for this year.

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2015 Colorado has Everyone Talking!

To see what GM is bragging about, stop by Classic Chevrolet – you’ll notice trucks… lots of trucks of all sizes. From small to large, GM will have the only lineup of three different size trucks – a small truck, a midsize truck and a heavy duty truck. Chevrolet fans don’t have to go to another brand because they want two different types of trucks. In the spring, you will be able to choose a midsize truck – the 2015 Colorado.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado completes the trifecta. Ford and Ram do not offer a small truck and while Toyota and Nissan do, they don’t have a heavy duty truck. Yes, GM is the only auto manufacturer with a three-truck lineup.

Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, stated that GM’s strategy is to “meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base.” He expects that the midsize Colorado will bring the midsize segment back into the front of peoples’ minds.

GM designed the Chevrolet Colorado to be the most versatile truck in its class. It has the strength and other attributes of the full size trucks, but it is in a smaller package. It can tow up to three tons yet it is two feet shorter and 5 inches narrower than larger models.

The midsize Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 302 horsepower. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the Work Truck, LT and Z71 trims and come in extended or crew cab configurations. Both the extended cab and crew cab are offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For more information and a full list of the safety, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, you can test drive one of the models on the lot. If you need the midsize truck, get the information about the truck, and stop by in the spring when the 2015 Colorado is released to test drive the new truck.

Chevy’s Advanced Airbag Technology

If you are visiting your favorite Dallas Chevy dealer sometime soon, keep in mind that this innovative company has done it again. Chevy has continued research toward technological advances that make it possible to have the best on a more affordable budget with better technology.
10 Airbags Take, for instance, the flexible venting driver side airbag co-developed by General Motors and safety restraint distributor Takata. The new airbag costs less than traditional airbags yet has the same protection power as a traditional airbag. It works with a special venting technology, which allows the airbag to deploy in a more efficient manner.
Receiving positive reviews and a 5 star overall rating, this new airbag technology was recently tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Chevy’s 2013 Cruze. It is easy to see how the car would receive this review, considering the new airbags are included with the same safety equipment as past models. So far, it seems to work well and work safely.
Though the venting airbags work similarly to the traditional ones and provide just as much protection, they may be safer than the traditional ones. They are lighter, more compact, and flexible. Therefore, the risk of injury upon deployment is lesser.
Other airbags rely upon one inflator that deploys if there is a low speed crash, then there is another used in the event of a high speed crash. However, the venting airbag uses only one inflator that can provide the right amount of protection in either case. In addition, the force of the driver’s impact with the airbag is deflected as the air in the bag is able to be moved out and away from the driver.
The Chevy Cruze received the same 5 star overall rating the previous two years with the old two stage airbags as it has for the 2013 model. It is continuing that same standard of safety even as Chevy continues to innovate.
According to the GM general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, Gay Kent, the new technology has become an important part of Cruze’s consistent success in the safety testing. This particular airbag technology is an excellent way to manage the forces applied by a crash incident. And the safety ratings only mirror the confidence of the new safety technology being implemented as well as the old technology still in use.

2014 Chevy Silverado

2014 Chevy Silverado

Chevy recently unveiled their new 2014 Silverado. The truck will be available at your local Texas Chevy Dealer sometime during the summer of 2013. The truck features both interior and exterior redesigns for an updated look and higher efficiency. The Silverado is Chevy’s longest-running vehicle line, having entered production in 1975 with many tweaks and redesigns over the last 39 model years. The 2014 Chevy Silverado and its counterpart, the GMC Sierra, are being touted as the most important truck released by GM since its bail-out four years ago. GM calls it the “Stronger, Smarter and More Capable” Silverado. The new styling and long list of options will have these pickups in high demand at your Dallas Chevy Dealer.

Interior: The interior features additional comfort and entertainment options. The front seats have been restyled, making them more comfortable for both driver and passenger. The Crew Cab has also been slightly tweaked to allow for greater leg room for both front and rear passengers. The center console features storage space for all of your electronics, from laptops, netbooks, smart phones and digital music devices. There are also multiple USB ports for charging purposes. The Silverado also features the Chevy MyLink radio, which can be operated by controls on the steering wheel, and is compatible with your iPhone, iPod or other device. MyLink can handle up to ten wireless devices at one time. A large touch-screen on the dash also allows for improved access to features of the navigation and entertainment systems while helping the driver concentrate on the road.

Exterior: The exterior features an all-new box design for a cleaner, more streamlined look. Silverado fans can choose from a 5’8, 6’6 or 8′ box, depending on the cab. In addition, the Silverado comes with redesigned wheels. Buyers have their choice of 17″, 18″, and 20″ wheels that are 1/2-inch wider to provide greater handling and better control of the vehicle in turns. Redesigned hood, bumpers, headlights, front grill and fender flares add a tougher look to this truck, for added visual appeal.

Drive-Train: The 2014 Silverado features three powerful new EcoTec3 engine options. Silverado buyers can choose from a 4.3L V-6, a 5.3L V-8 or a 6.2L V-8 engine Final EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available on these engines, but they promise to be the most efficient yet. The EcoTec3 engine family adapts to your driving habits to maximize fuel economy. These engines feature Active Fuel Management, Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection for added mileage in town or on the highway.

For more information on the 2014 Silverado, see a member of the professional sales staff at your Dallas Chevy Dealer. They can provide you with information on pricing and options, and schedule you for an in-person showing at your Chevy Dealer when the new models become available. You can also sign up for news updates and information on all things Silverado at Chevy’s website.