Are You Thinking About Buying a Used Chevrolet in Dallas Ft Worth?

used chevrolet dallas ft worthWhen it comes to getting a Texas car, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to buy new or pre-owned. If this is your first time getting a car on your own, there are a few things you should know. As with all things, there are advantages and disadvantages.

Let’s start with the positive. Obviously, you’re going to pay less money up front. This just so happens to be the biggest appeal to buying a pre-owned car for most. The reason your car is going to cost a significant amount less than a new car, is because someone else has already depreciated the car. While the car will continue to depreciate, it won’t depreciate as fast as a new car from year to year.

With a used car, you’ll also be saving a fair amount of money on taxes and insurance. Because property taxes are based on retail value, that lower vehicle amount will result in a lower tax.

On the flip slide, you don’t really know what kind of life the car has lived. Of course you can always check CarFax (which I strongly recommend), but you can never be too sure. Keep in mind that CarFax won’t tell you much about the interior of the vehicle.

Another thing about used cars… options. If you’re looking for a specific color, make, model and mileage, it can not only be hard to find, it can also restrict your options once you find one. Let’s say you find the exact car you are looking for, but you’re not so sure about the price. It may be hard to walk away and find another one with your exact requirements.

Lastly, a pre-owned car is well, pre-owned. The vehicle may already be halfway through it’s life which means there’s only that much left. It may also have some visible damage on the interior and exterior. Fact of the matter, a used car will not last as long as a brand-new car. It’ll also likely need more maintenance than a new car.

Regardless, there isn’t a right or wrong choice. It’s all up to you and what you’re willing to spend and what you’re hoping to get out it. If you’re still on the fence, you can always head down to Classic Chevrolet and take a look at both new Chevrolets and used Chevrolets. Any of our expert salesmen would be happy to help you decide.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Corroded Terminals May Be the Reason Your Used Chevrolet Won’t Start

One of the most common things used Chevrolet car owners have to deal with is an issue with the battery. The average life span of a battery is between three and six years. However, a battery’s life is unique to the owner and their driving habits and also the quality of the battery.

When you find yourself with a dead battery, odds are you’ve either left your headlights on by accident or you’ve had the key on the ACC setting listening to the radio for too long. In this case, all it will take is a simple jump start and then some recharging.

However, there is another reason you’re battery may be malfunctioning. When you go to look under the hood, the first thing you need to check are your battery terminals. If you see grimy deposits (usually white) on the battery terminals, they are corroded. Corrosion can also be the reason your battery has been performing poorly (slow rolling windows, dim interior lights, etc.)

So how do terminals become corroded anyway? The main cause is an overflow of sulfuric acid from the battery, but moisture build-ups can also cause it. Not to worry, cleaning terminals is actually very simple, and I’m speaking from personal experience. Once you’ve finished, you’re battery will most likely restore to its proper performance level.

What you’ll need:

  • a flat-head screw driver
  • a can of Coca-Cola (you can also use baking soda and water)
  • water
  • a metal bristle brush ( a toothbrush will also suffice) and Vaseline

What to do:

  1. Make sure the car is off and pop the hood. Remove the negative battery cable by loosening it with a flat-head screwdriver and then lifting it off the terminal. Set it aside, and remove the positive battery cable the same way. Make sure you set the positive and negative cables away from each other. It’s very important that they don’t have contact.
  1. Pour the Coca Cola or baking soda and water on the battery terminals and the battery cable ends.  Scrub with the toothbrush or metal bristle brush until all of the corrosion is gone.
  2. Use the water to wash off the Coca Cola or baking soda and water.
  3. After the terminals and battery have dried, apply a thin coat of Vaseline to the terminals and slide the terminals back on and tighten (first the positive, then the negative cable)
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Corroded Terminals

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Cleaned Terminals

When you finish, test out your handy work. You should be able to get the car started. You might have to try and jump your Chevrolet again. If you’re still unable to get the engine to turnover, you may want to give Classic Chevrolet’s service department a call.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.