How to Get Stains Out of Your New or Pre-Owned Chevrolet

If you or one of your regular car passengers is a known “spiller”, then I’ll bet you probably have a stain or two on the cloth seats in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet. I will freely admit I have several. There’s the huge one on my passenger seat from the time I knocked my Jamba Juice over while vacuuming out my car, and then just last week, I was taking back a rug doctor and the left over water leaked all over my back seat.

Whether it’s from coffee, greasy food, or a Jamba Juice, stains are definitely not desirable in our vehicles. While some of you may have the luxury of having your seats professionally steamed and cleaned, there are some home remedies we can use to try and get these stains out on our own.

For starters, you should vacuum out the seats regardless of the origin of the stain. Getting the dirt out of the way will help immensely since dirt tends to trap stains. As I mentioned above, I actually happened to create a stain while vacuuming out my car. Luckily, I was able to immediately pick up most of it with the vacuum. Let’s examine two of the most common stains and how to clean them up.

Greasy Food Stains.

To clean up a stain from greasy food, mix a teaspoon of Dawn, or any other dishwashing soap,  with a cup of warm water. Grab a clean cloth, dip it into the mixture, and then blot the stain. After that, take a second cloth,  dip it into a bucket of clean water, and blot away the soap mixture. You may have to repeat this several times.

Coffee Spills.

The best way to get a coffee stain out is to saturate it with clean cool water. Let the water dry completely, the soak the remaining stain with glass cleaner. Leave it alone for about five minutes, then blot the cleaner dry with a clean white cloth.

These methods can also work on other types of stains. As with most stain-removing cleaners, you should test it out on a small section first. So any of you with stains out there, give these methods a try and get your new or pre-owned Chevrolet looking amazing again. Happy cleaning,  Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine!

[Source: ehow.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Tommy Milner Helps Introduce the Fastest, Most-Capable Convertible in Corvette’s History

The all-new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible – the fastest, most-capable convertible in the history of Corvettes. Need I say more? Not really… but I’m going to anyway. With combined technology found in both the Z06 and ZR1 including carbon fiber elements and the handcrafted 7.0 LS7 small block engine with the Corvette convertible experience, this beauty is truly the first and only of its kind. Let’s break down a few of it’s remarkable qualities and hear from none other than the 2011 24-Hours of Le Mans Class Winner, Tommy Milner. I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t quit watching these videos… let’s start off with an overall introduction.

Amazing, isn’t it? Now let’s delve a little more into the 427’s performance straight from Chevy:

Power

Calling back legends of the big block 427 convertibles of the mid 1960s, the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible brings the supercar performance to the “top down” experience. That’s 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 190 mph on the test track and 505 horsepower with the wind in your hair. Remember to breathe. At the heart of 427 Convertible is the 7.0-liter (427 ci) LS7 aluminum-block V8, handcrafted by our own skilled engine craftsmen at the GM Performance Build Center where owners are invited to play a part with the optional Corvette Engine Build Experience.

The engine incorporates lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions. It’s track-ready power tucked within the classic Corvette convertible body for the first time in 60 years.

Handling

Everything on the 427 Convertible works together to create stability during high-speed handling. The optional Carbon Fiber front splitter and side rockers from the ZR1 and Z06 help reduce lift, which helps keep the 427 grounded while maneuvering at high speeds. Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control™, which provides increased wheel control by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll even on the roughest of roads or during difficult maneuvers at high speeds. Then there’s its optimized suspension, which was fully enhanced with a unique calibration specifically for the 427 Convertible. Consider all of that with launch control, standard with the short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox, which modulates engine rpm to lay the power down smoothly while providing consistent acceleration times on the track. All of this together means refined control no matter if you’re on a track or on the highway.

 

 What do you think, Dallas Ft Worth? Are we ready for this beauty to hit the metroplex’s roads? I know I sure am. I’ll leave you with one more video in the meantime. Enjoy and stay tuned to Classic Chevrolet for the latest on the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible.

 

 

[Source: Chevrolet]
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

 

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 Has Finally Arrived in Grapevine

Well Dallas Ft. Worth, the time has finally come. Classic Chevrolet has its first 2012 Camaro ZL1, and this is one beauty you are going to want to see in person. Trust me.

Seems like we’ve been talking about the new ZL1 for ages, doesn’t it?  It all started back in October 2011 when GM told the world about the ZL1’s 7:41.27-minute lap time at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. For an in-depth look at the ZL1’s German trip, check out the video below.

The world really shouldn’t have been too surprised with that lap time given that the ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 and puts out 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. In case you’ve forgotten or are unfamiliar with Nordschleife, all you need to know is that the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640,  Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Ferrari 430 Scuderia have all been timed at around seven minutes and forty seconds at this German track.

To put it plainly, the ZL1 is fast. Not to mention it has more than 100 development hours in the wind tunnel under its belt. Whatever you had planned this weekend, make sure you pencil in some time to swing by the Classic Chevrolet dealership and see this beautifully engineered masterpiece for yourself.  In the meantime, check out the fifth installment video from the engineers of the Camaro ZL1.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Know Where Your Tire-Changing Tools are Located on Your New or Pre-Owned Grapevine Chevrolet

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If I could pick one thing that I thought every car owner should know how to do, it’d be how to change a tire on their new or used vehicle in Dallas/Ft Worth, hands down. I know that some of you may be saying, ‘That’s what AAA is for’, but come on now. Knowing how to do this is not only extremely handy, but also something to boast about given the fact that most people (especially in my generation) couldn’t even tell you what lug nuts are! Let alone where they are.

One of my favorite things about Chevrolet car and trucks is that they have all the tools you’ll need to change a tire already on board the vehicle. Just by knowing where these tools are, puts you ahead of the game. Even if you don’t know exactly how to change you tire, hopefully you’ll at least be able to identify what is what and where your tools are. Oh! And let me also tell you that “Fix-A-Flat” is absolutely not acceptable! But that’s a whole different story…

Okay, back to the task at hand. If you don’t already know, almost all new Chevrolet models should have the materials you’ll need to change a tire somewhere in the vehicle. In fact, I recommend locating these tools the next time you head out in your Chevrolet. If you’re unable to find them, give Classic Chevrolet’s service department a call. They’ll be able to tell you where the tools should be. If for some reason you are missing anything, you can always pick up any one of these tools at your local hardware store or the Classic Chevrolet service parts department.

There are three things you need to always have on board when you head out in your Chevrolet car or truck: a jack, a lug wrench and a spare tire. Again, if you’re driving around Grapevine in a newer Chevy these three things should already be on board. Once you find them, you’re halfway there to being back on the road after a flat. If you yourself don’t know how to change a tire, odds are you know someone who does. And once they arrive to assist you, you can already have them set up and ready to go.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Consumer Reports Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with Video

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Hey Grapevine, Arlington, Dallas and Ft Worth Chevrolet fans, are you ready for the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco? General Motors recently loaned the Malibu to the folks over at Consumer Reports and their reviews are in. Their initial impression is good. But did we honestly expect anything less from Chevrolet? Consumer Reports’ summed up their review by saying that the Malibu’s redesign represents a major step forward in ride, handling, refinement, and interior quality. Here’s a snippet of what else they had to say.

The “Eco” designation indicates a mild hybrid with a small electric motor augmenting the gasoline-fueled engine. It works well, with smooth transmission shifts and decent acceleration. As in full hybrids, the engine shuts off when you stop and then instantly restarts when you let go of the brake pedal. The stop/start is so unobtrusive that most people won’t even notice it. Following the Malibu Eco, the base Malibu will debut with a new 190-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A range-topping version will be introduced even later in the year, with a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine instead of a traditional V6.

With its quiet, nicely appointed cabin and absorbent, steady ride, the new Malibu feels almost like a luxury car. Handling is fairly agile with precise and responsive steering. Such driving dynamics are not entirely surprising given the car’s European donor, the sophisticated Opel Insignia from Germany. The Malibu is not as Euro-centric as the Regal, though: It has a more relaxed demeanor that may have broader appeal.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to jump in a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and take it on my own test drive. Keep your eyes open for this beauty to hit your Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet dealership this March. Until then, check out this video from Consumer Reports and get a first-hand look.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.