Fun Events in DFW

Most people don’t consider buying a new vehicle “fun,” however, we make car-buying easy so you can enjoy the fun of picking out the vehicle you want. You can search our blog and our website at Classic Chevy for ideas for the perfect vehicle whether you need a work truck, a sedan for commuting or you want a “show off” vehicle – think Camaro or Corvette. Once you drive off in the perfect vehicle, you’ll want to continue the fun by heading out for some fun events in DFW.

Build It Garage will be held from June 17 through August 17, 2014 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Learn how to launch a rocket, build a robot, make a car to race and work with a 3D printer. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is general admission plus an extra $4 for materials. For more information, call (214) 428-5555. The museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Tex., 75201.

Watch Flight of the Butterflies in 3D at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located at 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Tex., 75201. Admission prices vary so for more information, call (214) 428-5555. The film is a great scientific adventure that shows you through a monarch butterfly’s year-long migration cycle. From scenes in remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico through the butterflies’ flight to Canada, you’ll see how these beautiful creatures find their way from their winter home to their summer home.

If you’re into fashion, visit Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style, from July 19 through October 5, 2014 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas, Tex., 75205. Admission is from $10 to $16. You’ll see what inspired this fashion designer’s life and work, explore his career and see more than 60 garments, including some that are out for viewing for the very first time. You’ll also see highlights of clothing worn by Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and Hilary Clinton. For more information, contact the center at (214) 200-4300.

If buying a new vehicle is not in your “fun” schedule this month, be sure you bring your current vehicle to Classic Chevrolet for a checkup or for maintenance if it’s time to do the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance.

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Should I Buy or Lease?

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Once you decide to get a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you have to determine whether you want to lease or outright purchase a vehicle. Things you need to take into consideration include your lifestyle and financial picture. If you want a new car every couple of years or you want something that costs more than you could afford, you might consider leasing. Purchasing also has its benefits – if you’re the type who likes to save money and drive a car until it’s dead, then leasing might not be for you.

Advantages of Leasing a Vehicle

Advantages include having lower monthly payments, having to put down less money for a down payment, you can “afford” a “better” car, your repair costs are lower since you are leasing a new car under warranty, you get to trade it in for something new every two or three years, you don’t have any trade in squabbles at the end of the lease and you pay sales tax only on the part of the vehicle you finance.

Advantages of Buying a Vehicle

When you buy a vehicle, you can modify it as you please and not have to worry about putting it back the way it was or getting charged for your modifications, buying is more economical if you’re the type who keeps a vehicle longer than a typical lease term, you don’t get penalized for driving more miles than is allowed on a leased vehicle, and you can sell the car whenever you want – you don’t have to wait for a three-year lease to end.

Disadvantages

As you can see, there are advantages whether you buy or lease a vehicle. Along with those advantages come the disadvantages. If you lease, you don’t own the vehicle at the end of the lease, your yearly mileage is limited, the contracts to lease can sometimes be confusing, leasing is more expensive in the long run unless you sell or trade in your purchased vehicle every four to five years, you get charged for wear and tear on the vehicle and if your driving needs change, it will cost you to break the lease.

Just as leasing has its disadvantages, so does buying, including requiring a higher down payment, higher monthly payments, paying for maintenance costs and having more of your cash tied up in the initial purchase of the vehicle.

Again, to buy or to lease depends on what you want and how often you want to get a new vehicle. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle and then determine whether it’s more beneficial to you to lease or buy.

Chevy vs. Ford

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The Chevy vs. Ford argument will be a forever thing – there’s always going to be a competition between the two models. If you are torn between the Camaro and Mustang, be sure to head over to Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Camaro before you make your decision.

Price

While the price difference is large between the V-8 models, you can get a V-6 Camaro for about the same price as a 5.0-liter Ford. However, you’ll be missing out on some “hidden” things, such as depreciation and status if you go with the Ford. The Camaro SS with 2SS will have more value than a non-SS Camaro or the Mustang later in life.

Engines

The Camaro features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with sequential fuel injection. It is backed by a six-speed manual transmission and features a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential. The Ford Mustang features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with multi-point fuel injection and runs on premium unleaded fuel. It is backed by a manual transmission.

The Camaro makes 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The Mustang makes 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and only 390 pound-feet of torque at 4, 250 rpm. The Camaro’s horsepower comes in earlier than the Mustang’s, giving the Camaro the advantage on a quarter-mile track.

The Camaro also features a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection, a performance suspension and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. The front and rear calipers are Brembo four-piston calipers. The Mustang features four-wheel disc brakes and ABS brakes, and a mechanical limited slip differential.

Safety Features

Both vehicles features some sort of stability control: The Chevy features StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control. The Ford features electronic traction control. The Camaro also features daytime running lamps, OnStar with automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. It also features several airbags for the front and rear. Additionally, the Camaro features rear parking assist, a rearview vision camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The Mustang features an engine immobilizer instead of the stolen vehicle assistance, but also has several airbags for safety. This particular model does not have standard parking assist or a rearview vision camera.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Camaro, whether it’s a V-6 or V-8 model. Be sure to ask your salesperson for a full list of standard features.

Summer Fun Checklist

Summer is the time for fun and that usually means packing up your Chevy and driving somewhere – even if it’s just to the next neighborhood or the other side of town. Most activities take some planning, especially if you have children. Part of the planning should include making sure your vehicle is safe – bring it to Classic Chevrolet for a checkup if you haven’t been for maintenance recently.

Once you have your vehicle serviced or you drive off the lot in your new vehicle, you’ll need a list of summer fun things to do.

  • Go tent camping
  • Hook up the RV for a long road trip
  • Go hiking
  • Go fishing
  • Go tubing
  • Take a bicycle ride
  • Blow bubbles
  • Have a party just to have a party
  • Watch fireworks
  • Visit the zoo
  • Go swimming
  • Go to a concert in the park
  • Go on a city history tour
  • Finger paint
  • Take a boat out on a lake
  • Take a canoe down a river for some white water excitement
  • See a drive-in movie
  • Go to the fair
  • Ride a ferris wheel
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Run through sprinklers
  • Read a book
  • Have a treasure hunt with your neighbors, then eat all the hotdogs and burgers you can eat at a neighborhood cookout
  • Play Frisbee
  • Play volleyball
  • Go to the beach

Make sure you plan for the activity. Making lists helps so that you don’t forget anything for the bigger activities, such as fishing, camping and a day at the beach. Whether you have a truck, an SUV or a sedan, you can fit just about everything you need in there – well, except for the sedan – if you go tent camping, it might get pretty crowded in the trunk, depending on the size of your tent.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to have your current vehicle serviced or to test drive a new model pickup, SUV, coupe or sedan.

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Take a Hill Country Road Trip!

You’ve just had your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy – or maybe you sprung for a new vehicle – and that means it’s time for a road trip. If you haven’t been to Hill Country lately, you might want to plan a weekend trip to the area around Bandera.

Between Ingram and Bandera, you can find plenty of sights to see and shopping to do, so plan to leave early in the day so you can do everything.

If you are looking for some leather furniture and some great sculptures, stop by Grand Wows in Ingram. It’s located at 3167 Junction Highway 830.

In the mood for some horseback riding? Plan to stay over at the Dixie Dude Ranch for home-cooked meals and trail rides. The dude ranch is a 725-acre working cattle ranch. You can find more information at dixieduderanch.com.

Looking for designer denim? If it’s time for a new pair of fancy jeans, stop by Schreiner Goods on the downtown mercantile at 214 Earl Garrett Street. While you are checking out the top label jeans and other denim offerings, sip a mimosa.

If you’re getting a bit thirsty after traveling, stop by the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Be careful not to scare the horses tied at the hitching post. You’ll meet some great people including hipsters, ranch hands and bikers while you listen to live music and suck down a couple of ice cold brewskies. For more information, visit 11thstreetcowboybar.com.

Do you have a taste for seafood? Stop by Francisco’s for the best tilapia ceviche with pico de gallo and other seafood delights. Wash it down with a bottle of cold beer. For more information, visit franciscos-restaurant.com.

Now that you have a brand new pair of jeans, you’re going to want a pearl snap shirt to go with them. You can stock up at Gunslinger Dry Goods. And if you need accessories such as a hand-tooled leather bag, boots, hats and artisan jewelry, be sure you stop by. For more information, visit gunslingerofbandera.com.

If you’re looking for an exciting show, visit the Bandera Rodeo, put on by the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association. You’ll get to see tons of barrel racing, enjoy a barbecue cook-off and even the kids will have fun with kid activities. Banderarodeo.com will give you a schedule and more information.

There’s a ton of fun to be had in your new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet – so if you don’t have a new Chevy in the driveway, stop by to test drive a new truck, car or SUV.

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Chevy Corvette History

When you buy a Corvette at Classic Chevrolet, think about the history of this car – it’s come a long way. First of all, General Motors made Buicks, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, GMCs and Chevrolets – about what you’d think – but the company also made locomotives and home appliances and provided insurance to people. It was not a company that one would have associated with a sports car back in the day.

In 1951, Harley J. Earl, General Motor’s chief designer at the time – and also the man who invented the 1938 Buick Y-Job, had an idea. He wanted to build a sports car that was in line – pricewise – with a typical Chevrolet sedan, which was about $2,000. He came up with some ideas and turned them over to Robert F. McLean. McLean used parts from other Chevrolet models to build this new sports car. It used a 1952 Chevrolet sedan for the suspension and chassis, and the same inline-6 that was featured in all Chevy’s cars.

However, McLean pushed the passenger compartment back so that 53 percent of the car was “front.” He also built the motor with a higher compression ratio, a more aggressive camshaft and triple Carter side-draft carburetors. Since this 150-horse engine was deemed to be too much for Chevy’s three-speed transmission, it used a two-speed Powerglide trans. And, to keep costs down, the body was made from fiberglass instead of steel.

The car came in at $3,498 – higher than expected, which was okay since it was never built to be sold. It was only supposed to be part of the Motorama exhibit at the 1953 New York Auto Show – that is, until Ed Cole, chief engineer for Chevrolet, saw it. At the time, Cole was working on making the 1955 small block V-8 engine and just loved the Motorama car. Because of this, corporate talks were held, and before the auto show even opened, the engineering to put the flashy new car into production began.

Now, Cole needed to figure out what to call the car. Myron Scott, the founder of the All-American Soap Box Derby came up with the name: Corvette. Since Cole liked the suggestion, that is the name he used. The first year of the Corvette – 1953 – saw a vehicle that was nearly identical to the prototype being manufactured. That first ‘Vette went from zero to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds. The 1953 and 1954 models did not sell well, even though people were clamoring for them at the show.

In 1955, Chevrolet added the V-8 engine – a 256 cubic-inch engine with 195 horsepower. It still had the Powerglide, but this one did the zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Even with this slow beginning, Chevy kept at it and the rest is history.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive one of the new Corvettes – and just remember this little piece of history.

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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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2015 Silverado 3500HD Crew 4WD

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The 2015 Silverado 3500HD four-wheel drive truck is the perfect vehicle for someone who needs to haul a boat, an RV or a trailer full of horses or cattle. The powerplant for this truck, now available at Classic Chevrolet, is a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing; and it is capable of running on unleaded fuel or E85. The engine is backed by a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The electronically controlled transmission also features cruise grade braking and a powertrain grade braking.

Interior features include a front split bench that holds three passengers and a 60/40 split rear folding bench seat that also holds three passenger. If purchased with the LT convenience package, the seats are jet black leather. The driver and front passenger seats recline – and when there are only two in the front, the center armrest folds down.

The manual tilt steering wheel is leather-wrapped and features mounted cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a 4.2-inch diagonal color monitor, warning messages, personalization and vehicle information. The driver’s window features express up and down and all other windows features express down.

Additional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated driver and front passenger vanity mirrors and A-pillar-mounted assist handles.

Safety and exterior features include StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway, traction control and stability control. It also features hill start assist. Additional features include several airbags six months of OnStar Directions and Connections plan.

Additional features include 18-inch forged polished aluminum wheels, wheelhouse liners, a tire carrier lock, chrome bumpers, a corner step in the rear bumper, chrome grille, halogen projector headlights, power adjustable outside mirrors, deep tinted glass and a locking tailgate.

Entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, AM/Fm stereo, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, SD card slot, Bluetooth, hands-free phone integration, Pandora, voice activation, a CD/MP3 player, SiriusXM HD radio, and a six-speaker audio system.

Additional features include vehicle stability assist, emergency brake assist, turn signals in the outside heated mirrors, child safety locks, an auxiliary transmission oil cooler, trailer wiring, cruise control, adjustable head rests, daytime running lights, a tailgate protector, trailer towing hitch, adjustable lumbar seats, intermittent wipers, ABS brakes, tow hooks and remote power door locks.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Silverado 1500HD and to learn more about all of its security, safety, entertainment and convenience features.

July 4th in DFW

If you are looking for the best places to see this year’s fireworks you can catch them in several places. Jump in the brand new vehicle you just bought or leased from Classic Chevrolet, pack some snacks, a picnic lunch and beverages and head out for the fun.

On July 4, 2014, Arlington will be hosting the Made in America, Celebrating Ingenuity parade at 9:00 a.m. The parade will start at the southeast corner of Mitchell and Cooper Streets. There will be free open seating bleachers, free parking, cool mist stations, convenient restrooms and refreshments for sale. If you have children, be there before the parade or stay after for the Kids Zone face painting, bounce houses and games. The award ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. – after the parade – at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front Street. For more information, visit arlington4th.org.

Six Flags Over Texas will be celebrating the 4th from 10:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. There will be fireworks at night during the entire weekend. If you bring any Coca Cola product, you can get in an hour earlier (9:30 a.m.). For more information visit sixflags.com. ‘

Bedford Boys Ranch Park, located at 2801 Forest Ridge Drive will host a free celebration with family-friendly activities, live music, food vendors, a classic car show and fireworks. You can bring lawn chairs, coolers, blanks and non-alcoholic beverages, but nothing in glass containers. Admission to the Bedford Splash Aquatic Center is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for ages 3 to 17, and free for those 2 and under. Parking is $5 for limited shuttle service, $20 per car on site and $15 at the Bedford Old School and Bedford Public library.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic will be held at Billy Bob’s Texas on July 4 at the Rodeo Plaza in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Live performers include Josh Abbott Band, Dierks Bently, Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham. Willie Nelson will perform at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $60 at the gate. Anyone 17 and under must come with an adult. Please leave the chairs, umbrellas, coolers and pets home.

While Classic Chevy is closed on the 4th, you can still stop by during the weekend to test drive your next new vehicle.

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