October Specials at Classic

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If you are thinking about a new vehicle, now is the time to stop in at Classic Chevrolet to grab your next new car or truck at a deal. Get ready for the fall and winter seasons with a new vehicle – you’re going to love the newness when you head out on fall trips to orchards, festivals and wineries; and for winter trips to see Christmas lights and trips to holiday dinners at relatives’ and friends’ homes.

If you’ve had your eyes on a Chevrolet Camaro for some time, now is the time to take a test drive. Well-qualified buyers get 3.9 percent APR for 60 months on the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.

Lease or purchase a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. You can purchase this truck at 3.9 percent APR for 60 months or you can lease it for $299 per month for 36 months with $2,839 due at signing.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze has a great deal on it now with 2.9 percent APR for 60 months. The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox – if you need something bigger than the Cruze – is available for 2.9 percent for 60 months or for lease for $219 per month for 36 months with $3,019 due at signing.

Lease a 2015 Chevrolet Impala for $299 per month for 36 months with $3,209 due at signing or purchase it for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months. If you prefer the 2015 Malibu, you can get $500 bonus cash plus $1,000 consumer cash, or you can purchase it for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months and still get $500 bonus cash.

Need a truck? Choose from many 2015 model year Silverado models, including the 1500 and 2500 for 2.9 percent or 3.9 percent APR for 60 months. Our trucks also have several lease specials for well-qualified buyers.

Business owners and other who need a van or a cutaway also benefit. Get a 2015 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3500 for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months, a 2015 Chevrolet Express Commercial Cutaway at 2.9 percent APR for 60 months or a 2015 Chevrolet Express Passenger for 2.9 percent APR for 60 months.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive a sedan, coupe, sports car, SUV, light-duty or heavy-duty truck today. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all specials on the model you are interested in.

Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT Convertible

If you are in the market for a convertible coupe, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT convertible. The ‘Vette features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a seven-speed manual transmission with active rev matching and Z51 performance ratios. This combination puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.

Additional mechanical features include a dry sump oil system, an electronic limited slip rear, a rear differential cooler, the Z51 performance suspension, performance four-wheel ABS brakes and speed-sensitive steering with variable ratio.

Safety features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, several airbags, daytime running lights and OnStar. The OnStar includes six months of Directions and Connections, which includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Interior features include GT bucket seats, the 3LT interior trim, eight-way adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, Napa leather, a leather-wrapped instrument panel and a floor console with covered cup holders, USB ports, auxiliary power outlet, auxiliary input jack, SD card slot and storage.

Additional interior features include a power tilt and telescopic three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a color driver information center, head-up display with color readouts, driver information center, navigation, oil life monitoring system, programmable door locks, keyless access and push button start, express up and down windows, cruise control, engine immobilizer, dual-zone with automatic climate control, rear window defroster, illuminated vanity mirror, and an auto-dimming rear rearview mirror.

Exterior features include silver-painted aluminum 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the back, a power folding convertible top with remote control, glass rear window, and Solar-Ray light-tinted glass.

Entertainment features include an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, smart phone integration, MP3 playback, AM/FM stereo, a radio data system and a 10-sepaker Bose audio system with bass box. Additionally, the Corvette features SiriusXM radio and a one-year subscription.

For a complete list of standard features and additional options available for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 3LT convertible, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any ongoing specials for lease or purchase options.

Upcoming Events in Grapevine!

Grapevine has many upcoming and ongoing events – and planning a dinner out and the attendance of one or more of these events is the perfect way to celebrate that new vehicle you just bought at Classic Chevy. Fireworks or a wine tasting – or any other local event is a perfect way to start or end an evening.

Summer Blast runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This event provides family fun including special exhibits, waterparks, outdoor activities, fireworks, shopping, dining and more. The fireworks are every Friday night over Lake Grapevine. Take the kids to Legoland Discovery Center or help catch the outlaws on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. You might also want to catch a show at The Texas Star Dinner Theater or take in some music at the Grapevine Opry Show.

The Grapevine Farmer’s Market is going on – it started on April 10, 2014 and will run until October 18, 2014 at the Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main Street, Grapevine. The Farmer’s Market runs from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you want locally grown produce and products, this is the place to go.

Stop by the Gaylord Texan Resort for wine and cheese pairings from June 13, 2014 through August 30, 2014. The resort is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. The wine and cheese pairings are held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00p.m. You’ll enjoy three wines and an Artisanal cheese selection. You must be aged 21 or over. The price per person is $35.

The Night Watchman Tour is being held from January 2, 2014 through November 29, 2014 at the D’Vine Wine of Grapevine, 409 S. Main Street, Grapevine. Stop by for stories of haunted wineries and haunting history. This is a walking tour – it takes 90 minutes and goes through Grapevine. The tour starts at D’Vine Wine. Tickets include a glass of wine when you return to the winery after the tour. You should be present 15 minutes before the tour starts. Tours are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but call the winery for times. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to get a new sedan, SUV or truck if you haven’t already – that way, you’ll be ready to head out to as many events as you can fit into your schedule.

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Best Places to Travel in the South

It’s summer and it’s vacation time, but you have no idea where you want to head out to. With a brand new vehicle or a just-serviced vehicle from Classic Chevy, you are ready to hit the road. If you have time for a lengthy road trip, consider some of the best places in the south to visit for the food, the education or just to have some fun by visiting someplace you’ve never been before.

Take a trip to Maryland even if it is just to get the best crab cake in Maryland at The Crab Claw. The restaurant has been in business for over 45 years and is located in St. Michaels. While you are gorging on crab – or crab cakes – you’ll be able to watch the yachts and sailboats on the Miles River. Be sure to stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum while you’re there. If you’re in the area because you rented a boat, you can also dock at the restaurant. For more information and directions, visit thecrabclaw.com or call (410) 745-2900.

If Maryland is a little far for the amount of time you have, consider a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the best live music in Tennessee. Be sure your visit includes a Saturday night so that you can visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in some of the best music – just like the rest of the world has since 1925. Visit opry.com for more information, including entertainer appearances.

It’s history you want? Then head out to the best historic site in Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg. Stop by the Trellis Restaurant for Death by Chocolate – originally created by the restaurant. While touring the blacksmith shop, be sure to visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a customized 17th-century-style apothecary scrub or ride in a carriage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information on the Trellis, visit thetrellis.com and for more information on the area, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

If you only have a few days for your vacation or you just don’t feel like doing a several-day road trip, visit the best dance hall in Texas, located between San Antonio and Austin. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state. It was built in 1878 and saw the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the Dixie Chicks. You never know who you might run into. For more information, visit gruenehall.com or call (830) 606-1281.

Even if you plan to stay local, be sure to have your vehicle checked over or serviced at Classic Chevrolet before you leave. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now would be a great time to visit us – you could take your road trip in a brand new Chevy.

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Chevy Traverse Named Top Family Car for Safety

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If you want the best car for safety, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevrolet Traverse – for the second year in a row, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com named it one of the 10 best family cars. It won the award for the 2013 and 2014 model year. The Traverse competed in the SUV category; and the judges looked at efficiency, value, style and safety.

Of the four categories, most people count safety as the most important category for a family car. The Chevy Traverse has something no other SUV has: a front seat center airbag. The airbag inflates between the two front seats to give the driver and front passenger more protection.

In addition to being named one of the 10 best family cars by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, the SUV was named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2013. The center airbag is not the only reason the Traverse meets such high standards: It also features lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

One of the engines available in the Traverse is the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which makes 288 horsepower. It also gets 24 mpg* on the highway. Since the Traverse was created for families, it features family-friendly items such as multiple USB ports, an entertainment system for the rear seat and seats that clean up easy. Consumers also get to choose whether they want a three-person bench seat or captain’s chairs, which seat one person each, in the rear. Furthermore, the third row bench seat also seats an additional three people.

That is not all of the awards the Traverse won. It also named on Kelley Blue Book’s 12 best family cars for 2014 list. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala also made that list. Thus, if you don’t want an SUV, you might consider test driving the Impala if safety is a big concern for you.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Traverse or the Impala and to get a full list of features, options and additional packages available with each trim level. Also, be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials going on that might apply to the vehicle you are interested in.

Silverado Will Truly Rule the Roads Soon

The Chevrolet Silverado makes several trim levels that have many available options and you can find them all – or order them – from Classic Chevy. Now, Chevrolet is making yet another version of the Silverado – the SSV or Special Service Vehicle. This model will be available to police, border patrol and fish and game enforcement agencies. The Silverado SSV joins the 2015 Tahoe and the SS as police cars. Chevrolet renamed the pursuit-rated SS sedan “Caprice.”

The Chevrolet Silverado SSV will be available in four-wheel and two-wheel drive versions, but will not be pursuit rated. The SSV will feature the same 335-horsepower V-8 engine in the lower level WT and LS models.

Even though law enforcement agencies can purchase tricked-up Silverado models, they don’t come with a high-output alternator and an auxiliary battery to run electrical equipment with the engine off. Additionally, the SSV features a 110-volt outlet and four additional switches so that officers can control sirens, flashing lights and other equipment.

If you want your own tricked out Silverado – minus the special switches, battery and high-output alternator, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the Silverado models. The 2014 Silverado crew cab High Country model with four-wheel drive features standard options such as daytime running lamps with automatic exterior lamp control, several airbags, OnStar, a tire pressure monitoring system and a rear vision camera with dynamic guide lines.

Installed options include vehicle stability assist, turn signal mirrors, emergency brake assist, roll stability control, a traction control monitoring system, memory seats, security system, a universal garage door opener, a multifunction steering wheel, folding power mirrors, trailer wiring, fog lamps, cruise control, a trailer towing hitch, heated door mirrors, heated and cooled front seats, ABS brakes, tow hooks, and auto-dimming mirrors.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2014 Silverado 1500 High Country four-wheel drive or any of the other Silverado models on the lot. Be sure to ask your sales person about any purchase financing or lease specials.

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Chevy Brings the MyLink to the 2013 Spark and 2013 Sonic

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Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts, have you heard about Chevy’s latest in-car technology yet? At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, we learned that the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS and the higher-end model of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will host the MyLink infotainment system that allows your iPhone, Android and other smartphones’ capabilities into the vehicles.

So what exactly is the MyLink? A seven-inch, touch screen display (produced by LG Electronics) that incorporates your audio, phone, telephone and more. As you know, these type of systems are generally considered expensive. Autoblog summed it up pretty well by saying that buyers that spend that kind of money usually don’t care about deep smartphone integration, but young people do. This is exactly why the MyLink is coming to the Chevy Sonic and Chevy Spark.

In a GM press release, GM Global Infotainment Program Manager, Sara LeBlanc, said “The whole philosophy of MyLink is about letting our customers personalize how they bring information and music into their vehicles. Customers all over the world told us they’ve set up their smartphones exactly how they want them, and the ideal car radio should extend the capabilities of their smartphone rather than try to duplicate them.

According to Sara, Chevrolet listened to their customers and created a safe, simple and connected system. This is exactly why I love the Chevrolet brand.

Those who attended CES were able to test drive the MyLink system for Sonic RS and Spark at a special display. One of these days I’m actually going to make it to this show, I swear. But for now, I’ll just have to rely on the videos and coverage from those fortunate enough to attend. And of course, I’ll continue to share these videos with all of you in Dallas and Ft Worth! Up first, is Chevy’s official video that played during the show followed by a more detailed video showing the functionality of the MyLink. Enjoy Chevy lovers and stay tuned to Classic Chevrolet for updates on the MyLink and all things Chevrolet.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Who Has the Right of Way in Dallas Ft Worth?

Hey Chevy owners, have you ever come up to a four-way stop sign and see other vehicles going out of turn? Not only is this frustrating, it’s also dangerous and illegal. One of the most basic concepts we learn in driver’s ed is the “right of way”. Simply defined, when you yield the right of way to another vehicle, you are letting them go before you in the traffic situation. This rule is something most people have forgotten or wrongfully  assume they have in different situations. Though it might be hard to believe, the law actually gives the right of way to no one. Instead, the law states who must give up (yield) the right of way in various situations.

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In this situation, Car A has the right of way because he is on the right side of car B.

So what happens when we fail to yield the right of way in our Chevys? Crashes. This is true in all states. Failure to yield the right of way leads to crashes in all states. Here’s a list of instances when you must yield the right of way:

  • At a yield sign;
  • To pedestrians in a crosswalk;
  • To persons using a seeing eye guide dog;
  • To persons using a white cane with or without a red tip;
  • At uncontrolled intersections where vehicles are already in the intersection;
  • At “T” intersections where you must yield to vehicles on the through road;
  • When turning left in which case you must yield to oncoming pedestrians, cars, etc.;
  • When driving on an unpaved road that intersections with a paved road; and
  • When returning to the roadway after the car is parked.

One of the most misunderstood driving rules is the “Yield to the Driver on the Right” rule. This rule controls most intersections when drivers arrive at an intersection simultaneously. SafeMotorist.com describes this situation perfectly:

Imagine you come upon a stop sign at the same time as another driver in a cross street, and he is on your right. You yield (give up) the right of way to that driver by letting him go first. If you reach an uncontrolled intersection at close to the same time, the vehicle who actually reached the intersection last is the driver who must yield the right of way. If you reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left should yield the right of way.

Sounds simple enough, right Texas Chevrolet drivers? As I mentioned before, this is the most misunderstood concept of all. Now that I’ve given you a refresher course, hopefully it will stick in your memory the next time you find yourself in one of these situations. On a final note, never assume that other drivers will give you the right of way… even if it belongs to you. Always try to anticipate other drivers’ actions in addition to yielding whenever needed or required by law.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

100 Years of Icons: A Chevrolet History for Dallas Ft Worth

texas chevrolet dealerI’m sure most of you avid Chevrolet lovers in Dallas and Ft. Worth already know that this year marked Chevys 100th anniversary. Hard to believe that Chevrolet has been winning the hearts of Americans for a century, isn’t it? Known as the top-selling auto brand of all time, Chevy was always a step ahead of the game when it came to bringing all-steel bodies, electric headlamps, automatic shifting and power steering to the working class at a reasonable price.

An article from Business Week noted that Chevy even embedded itself in American culture, sometimes changing it by knowing what people wanted to drive before they did. Not to mention their spectacular advertising and marketing efforts. Their slogans and jingles have dominated radio and TV.  Here’s a fun fact for you Dallas Ft. Worth: Bands reference Chevys in more than 700 songs. Can you name a few?

In a press release, Vice President of Chevrolet of Global Marketing and Strategy, Chris Perry said, “We understand Chevrolet is more than a brand – it belongs to everyone who owns, designs, builds, sells or loves Chevrolets. The past 100 years wouldn’t have been possible without millions of people who have each made Chevrolet a part of their life’s journey.”

Boy was he spot on. As a Chevy driver, I’m sure you know exactly what he’s talking about. No other auto brand has come close to adoration Chevy drivers feel for their vehicles especially during the 1950s and `60s.

“The American car from the mid-1930s to the end of the `60s was a Chevrolet,” said John Heitmann, an automotive history professor at the University of Dayton and author of The Automobile and the American Life. “It was the car of the aspiring American lower and middle classes for a long period.”

So how do you feel about your Chevy DFW? Are you driving a new Chevrolet car or truck for the first time or have you been a lifer? Share your stories with us, we’d love to hear them! In the meantime, check out these great videos about Chevrolet history. The second one is a bit longer than the first and is for all of you history buffs out there. Enjoy!

 

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

The Truth About Idling Your Chevrolet in Dallas and Ft Worth

new chevrolet dallasIt’s finally beginning to look like Fall in the DFW metroplex. After such an insanely hot summer, I bet a lot of you are thinking that these 50-degree temperatures feel more like the 30s. This morning was the first time that I’ve actually used the heater in my new car. My previous vehicle was an older model, and I remember idling the vehicle anywhere from 5-15 minutes on cold mornings to “warm up the engine”. Though I hate to admit it, there were even times that I would rev the engine in park to try and get the engine warm.

If only I knew now what I didn’t know then about what idling can actually do to your vehicle. There are three common notions people have about idling, and guess what? They are all wrong.

  1. You should warm up your engine before driving. WRONG. This used to be true decades ago, but it’s simply not necessary in today’s modern engines. The only time it’s really okay to do this is in extremely cold weather. But even then, all you need is 30 seconds.
  1. Idling is good for your engine. WRONG. In fact, it’s the compete opposite. Idling in excessive amounts is damaging your engine components including your cylinders, spark plugs and exhaust systems. While idling, fuel is only partially combusted because the engine is not operating at it’s peak temperature. This can lead to a build up of fuel residue on cylinder walls, which can inevitably increase your fuel consumption.
  1. Shutting off the engine uses more gas than idling. WRONG. According to the Consumer Energy Center, two minutes of idling your engine uses equals driving one mile in terms of gasoline. Once you go past 10 seconds of idling, you’re using more fuel than it takes to start your engine.  So it actually takes more gasoline to idle your vehicle than it does to shut it off and restart.

Bottom line, DFW? Avoid idling whenever possible. This is especially true with your brand new Chevrolet during its break-in period. If you’re going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, your gas tank and engine will be much happier if you turn them off.