June Featured Classic Chevrolet Inventory

With summer around the corner, freedom awaits you. Let us help you find your next dream car at Classic Chevrolet! We have several new and exciting vehicles to choose from. Whether for pleasure or business, we have what you are looking for. All new this year is the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS sedan. It gets an amazing 36 MPG highway and comes loaded with dozens of standard features. On the list is an enhanced acoustics package, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth for personal cell phone connectivity. The base model starts at $17,600 and can be upgraded with a range of options.

The iconic symbol of the Camaro is back in 2013 with a new feature for the manual models. Hill Start assist which can help your Camaro from rolling backwards when you’re taking off. It also gets the new MyLink touchscreen audio system on LT, SS and ZL1 models. If you have ever dreamed of owning a Camaro, now is the time. This fantastic car starts from only $23,600.

2013-Chevrolet-Volt

Also new this year is the 2013 Chevrolet Volt. This vehicle combines gas and electric to offer you the most mileage for your money. When it runs off electricity, the Volt gets an estimated 101 MPG in the city. It also integrates the MyLink system with Bluetooth capabilities and an ultra-sleek interior. This car will for sure turn heads. Don’t miss out on this spectacular car. Prices start at only $39,000.

One of the last cars we would like to mention is the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. While the Malibu doesn’t have the MyLink system, it does have the standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio and OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation built right in. This is another really nice car that you need to check out when you visit Classic Chevrolet. It starts at $22,100.

And of course, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is also here! Stay tuned for more blogs regarding this state of the art vehicle!

We look forward to seeing you!

Keep Your New or Used Chevy Cool During the Hot DFW Summer

Summer is approaching quickly. Some might even argue that it’s already here given the fact that we are seeing temps in the 90s already in Dallas Ft Worth. I can’t believe I’m already having to find ways to keep cool, and it’s only May!

Keeping ourselves cool is not the only thing we have to worry about when it comes to the summer months, though. There are also several things we can do to help protect our cars in this heat. Gastorf-Schrumpf Motors suggests the following:

1. Check the coolant.  Obviously the level of the coolant is important, but so is the strength of the coolant.  Before you check the coolant, make sure that the radiator is cool.  Water and antifreeze are both needed in the summer – antifreeze raises the boiling temperature of the coolant and protects against corrosion.

2. Tire Pressure.  Tire can create heat and can expand and create air pressure.  This can cause tires to become hard and more likely to blow out.  Remember to check tire pressure when the tires are cool.

3. Clean Filters.  It is important to make sure that the air filter is clean.  Also check the filter in the air conditioner and cabin to keep air flowing properly.

4. Belts and Hoses.  Keep an eye on belts and hoses on older cars.  Check your records to see just how old they are, but also visually inspect them too.  Refer to your owner’s manual or contact your mechanic if you are not sure if they should be replaced.

5. Wax your car or truck.  Waxing provides a shield for the paint from the ultraviolet rays from the sun, and summer smog in urban areas.

Hopefully these tips will help keep your new or used Chevrolet in tip-top shape this summer.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

How Old Are the Tires on Your Grapevine Car or Truck?

I know I’ve stressed the importance of checking your tire tread on a regular basis, but there’s something else equally as important that you should check when it comes to the reliability of the tires on your used Chevrolet: tire age.

The general standard for replacing tires is six years, regardless of use, and never to exceed ten years. But according to an article on Edmunds.com, the Rubber Manufacturers Association says there is no way to put a date on when a tire “expires” because factors such as heat, storage and conditions of use can dramatically reduce the life of a tire. For example, research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  found that tires age faster in warmer climates and exposure to sunlight and coastal climates can also speed up the aging process. Even if a tire is just sitting in a store for a few years, it still ages.

So what exactly happens to a tire as it ages? The President of Safety Research & Strategies, Inc., Sean Kane, compares an aging tire to an old rubber band. If you were to pick up an old rubber band and stretch it, you’d probably see cracks in the rubber. The same goes for tires. Over time, cracks in the rubber begin to develop on the surface or the inside of your tire which can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire.

Now that you are aware of aging tires, you may be asking yourself how in the world you can determine your tires age. Luckily, tires contain what we call DOT numbers originally designed to help the NHTSA recall tires and keep track of their manufacturing dates. The DOT code is often stamped in a recessed rectangle and tells us who manufactured the tire, where it was made and when. The last group of digits in the code is the date code that tells when the tire was made.

The first two digits are the week of the year (01 being the first week of January), and the third and fourth digits are the year (04 meaning 2004). In the example below, you’ll see the date code is 4202. This means the tire was manufactured in the 42nd week of 2002.

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If you’re tire has a date code with any year below 2006, it’s probably time you start looking for a new set of rubber. The best thing I can suggest is to not buy used tires. Head over to Classic Chevrolet and let the service experts give you a hand. I’m sure they’ll have no issues with you inspecting the age of the tire for yourself.

If you need any help at all determining your tires’ age, they’ll gladly help with that, as well. Remember Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet owners, tires are crucial to your safety. So be sure to maintain them as best you can and constantly inspect them for cracks and worn tread. And don’t forget to keep an eye on that manufacturing date. Just because the general standard is six years, doesn’t mean that’s the case with all tires. It all depends on the individual’s driving habits.

[Source: Edmunds.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.