Gearing Up Your Chevy for the Winter

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If you haven’t made an appointment for winter service for your Chevy yet, give the service department at Classic Chevrolet a call. You’ll want to have your vehicle ready for the winter, and that includes ensuring the tires have enough tread to handle snow and slush and the mechanics are most likely not going to let you down when it’s so cold outside.

The Importance of Maintenance

While there is no guarantee that you wouldn’t break down during the winter, having your vehicle checked could mitigate that. Your service technician will let you know what parts are wearing out and should be changed as you can expect it to give way sooner rather than later. This includes belts, hoses, tires, brakes and other wear and tear items.

While it would be nice to not see snow this winter, there’s a good chance that you will at least encounter cold weather; and sitting in a vehicle that might not start while you wait for a tow truck is not going to be fun.

As for tires, while most manufacturers recommend changing the tires when they have 2/32 inch of tread left, that is not enough to grip and release the snow. By the end of winter, your vehicle’s tires should have no less than 6/32-inch of tread on them.

Get the Emergency Kit Put Together

While you should carry an emergency kit all year, you probably won’t carry extra blankets and other cold weather gear during the summer. Be sure the first aid kit in the vehicle is all up to date and contains everything; and be sure you have extra blankets, high-energy snacks and a change of warm clothing in your winter emergency kit.

And, in the event that you do slide off a slippery road, you’ll definitely want to have reflective triangles, a flashlight and extra batteries.

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Don’t get caught out in the cold. Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy or give our service department a call to make an appointment for maintenance so that you are prepared for winter driving.

Must-Have Accessories for your Chevy this Winter

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Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or you are still driving your current Chevy, you may want some accessories for your vehicle. Whether you have a truck, SUV, sedan or coupe, these accessories will be helpful in the snow or in the cold.

Windshield Snow Shade

Make cleaning the snow and ice off your windshield easier by installing a snow shade while you’re parked. It will also keep dangerous ultraviolet rays from cracking and fading the interior of your vehicle at the same time.

Traction Weight for Trucks

Driving a pickup in the winter could be challenging because the light rear end slides on slippery snow and ice. Add a traction weight to the bed of the truck to help stabilize the rear during inclement weather.

Snowplow Kit

This kit is great for your Chevy truck if you have a long driveway to plow or if you live on a back road that gets plowed last or not at all. The snowplow will help you get out of your driveway when the snow is too deep and dangerous to drive through.

Remote Start System

If you have a vehicle that did not come with a remote start, you could add your own remote start. If you remember to leave the defroster on when you leave the vehicle, you can start it about 10 minutes before you’re ready to leave so it’s nice and warm and so that it is easier to clear the windows.

Wireless Salt Spreader

Add a salt spreader to your winter vehicle accessories to spread salt on driveways that you need to keep clean. This is especially helpful if you have a long driveway that you would like to keep clear. You could even pretreat the driveway ahead of time to keep the snow and ice from building up too much.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance or for help installing accessories such as a remote start.

5 Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin for Thanksgiving

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You don’t have to throw your pumpkins away now that Halloween has passed. In fact, you can make use of all of the pumpkins you picked up at the patch by using them as Thanksgiving decorations too.

Try these five creative options for turning spare (or new) pumpkins into Thanksgiving decorations.

1. Paint Them Instead

Painting pumpkins can be just as fun as carving them, and you can create unique Thanksgiving decorations by painting phrases like “Give Thanks,” or “Thankful,” on each pumpkin you paint.

2. Dress Them in Ribbon

Use ribbon or burlap to decorate pumpkins of all sizes for fall. Instead of choosing black ribbon as you would for Halloween, choose more earthy tones (like greens and browns) to bring out the spirit of the harvest season, and of course, Thanksgiving.

3. Use Them as Planters

Pumpkin carving doesn’t have to stop at Halloween. Clear out the insides of any size pumpkin, then place corn stalks and branches inside as though they are flowers in a vase.

4. Use Holiday Stamps

Most craft stores sell festive Thanksgiving stencils. Simply tape the stencils onto your pumpkins and brush them with black acrylic paint. You’ll have easy, affordable, no-carve decorative pumpkins created in a matter of minutes.

5. Decorate with Vines

Store-bought vines can turn your holiday pumpkins and gourds into decorations that will wow your friends. Use the vines to link the stems of your holiday decorations together, and you’ll have a stunning center piece, table decoration or design for the fireplace mantle in no-time.

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Visit Classic Chevy this Thanksgiving break to test drive a new or pre-owned car, truck, or SUV. Schedule some service while you’re here or shop for parts and accessories for your Chevrolet.

Our 3 Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

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With Thanksgiving almost here, we’d like to focus on our favorite part of the meal: dessert. Sure, it may be difficult to reach the final course with any room left in your stomach, but the reward for doing so could be one of these decadent and delicious recipes.

Homemade Nutmeg Cheesecake

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds fresh cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking instructions:

  1. Brush a 9-inch springform pan with half of the melted butter. Place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.
  2. Once the butter has hardened, apply another thick coat.
  3. Move your oven rack to the lowest position and preheat to 350 degrees.
  4. Apply a paddle attachment to your mixer and beat the cream cheese until it turns into a fluffy and smooth consistency.
  5. Beat the nutmeg, sugar, extracts and salt into the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Add the eggs into the mixture one at a time.
  7. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pan and place the pan on top of a double-layer of aluminum foil. Make sure there is at least 3 inches of foil around the pan, then fold the aluminum around the sides of the pan (not over the top of the cake).
  8. Fill a roasting pan with 1 inch of hot water. Place the foil wrapped cake in the roasting pan, so water does not overflow or seep into the cake.
  9. Bake for 1.5 hours or until the top of the cake is golden brown.
  10. Take the pan out of the water bath and let it cool for 15 minutes, then refrigerate uncovered for 2 hours.
  11. Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the pan by placing a large plate over the cake and flipping the cake onto the plate. Tap the pan to help the cake fall.
  12. Serve and enjoy.

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

What you’ll need:

For the base:

  • 5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples
  • Grated zest from 1 orange
  • Grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the topping:

  • 1/2 pound cold, unsalted butter (diced)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9-inch by 14-inch by 2-inch oval baking dish.
  3. Peel, core and slice the apples into large wedges.
  4. Place the apples in a large bowl and combine them with the juices, sugar, spices and zests. Pour the entire combination in the baking dish.
  5. For the topping, combine the sugars, flour, salt, cold butter and oatmeal in the bowl of an electric mixer. Use the paddle attachment to mix the ingredients together on low speed. Continue mixing until the mixture is crumbly.
  6. Scatter the entire mixture on top of the apple base.
  7. Place the baking pan on top of a sheet pan and bake it for about 1 hour or until the top has browned and the fruit is bubbly.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups white bread cubes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup miniature chocolate chips

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease six large custard cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and yolks together, then add in the pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth.
  3. Toss the bread cubes into the mix gently, then set the entire mixture aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter into the cups, then sprinkle brown sugar and chocolate chips over each serving.
  5. Place the cups in a shallow baking pan, then pour water into the pan until it is halfway up the sides of the cups.
  6. Bake the bread pudding for roughly 40 minutes or until it is golden brown, then let it cool for an additional 10 minutes.

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5 Reasons Why the Malibu Beats the Competition

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The 2017 Chevy Malibu is way ahead of the competition, such as the Accord and Camry. How? We’ve got a few reasons you might find compelling.

The Engine’s Got Serious “Oomph”

With two optional engine upgrades in the 182-hp Malibu hybrid or the 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo four in the Malibu Premier, the 2017 Malibu can really perform. The Premier also steps up its transmission an extra speed unit.

Listen to Your Music Better

The 2017 Malibu adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system in the Malibu LS and LT.

It’s Safe for All Drivers

The LS and LT trims also come standard with GM’s “Teen Driver” technology, which allows parents some insight into the driving habits and metrics of their kids, like average MPH.

It Looks Good

Maybe a bit subjective, but it’s hard to deny that the 2017 Malibu looks pretty good with its aerodynamic lines and well-proportioned body. There’s not a bad line or angle on it.

It’s a Reasonable Price

Starting with an MSRP on the base model of $22,555, the Malibu is quite the affordable family sedan. The most premium trim, the Malibu Premier, comes in at $31,850.

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Come by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Malibu and see why it beats the competition for yourself. Once you drive the Malibu, it will be clear why it outperforms the competition. While you’re at Classic Chevy, be sure to schedule service for your vehicle or to shop for parts and accessories.

Top 4 Hill Country Destinations for Your Chevy

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If you’ve never explored the Texas Hill Country, do yourself a favor and check it out. With plenty of interesting places to go and fun activities to do, the Texas Hill Country is centrally located around the Austin area and is only a day trip away from DFW.

Marble Falls

Just 45 minutes west of Austin, Marble Falls’ main attraction are its three lakes: LBJ, Buchanan, and the eponymous Marble Falls. For golf lovers, there’s also the popular Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Luckenbach

Country music fans will recognize the name. Luckenbach has been referenced by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. It’s a tiny place with just a general store, post office, and some picnic tables, but if that and some live country music are enough for you, it’s a place to relax and recharge away from it all.

For those not versed in its history, the town was founded in the 1800s and was beneath notice until 1970 when an entrepreneur purchased the town (population of 3) and built a dance hall that started to draw regional attention.

Fredericksburg

Like most of the Texas Hill Country, there’s heavy German influence from the numerous German settlers that came to central Texas in the 1800s, but Fredericksburg holds on to more of that culture than most places.

When approaching the town, you won’t be welcomed… you’ll instead see a sign saying “Wilkommen.” The city square is called Marktplatz and there are numerous German-themed restaurants serving both German food and Texas fare.

Shoppers will enjoy the town’s main street, which is filled with boutiques and artisans.

New Braunfels

Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country during Spring

If you’re more interested in activities as opposed to dining and shopping, New Braunfels is the place to go.

Another German settlement, New Braunfels today is popular for the Guadalupe River and the watersports you can enjoy there and for the water resort Schlitterbahn.

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Before hitting the road for any Texas Hill Country destinations (or anywhere else, for that matter), remember to stop by at Classic Chevrolet to get your vehicle serviced and make sure that you’re road trip ready. About time for a new vehicle? There’s nowhere better to shop than at Classic Chevy. Our huge inventory means that there’s sure to be a car, truck, or SUV that’s perfect for your needs and budget.

Events You Don’t Want to Miss in November

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DFW is full of events, concerts, and festivals this November. Head out there and enjoy all that the metroplex has to offer.

Blues, Bandits, and BBQ – November 11-12

Head out to Kidd Springs Park in Oak Cliff next weekend where more than 30 teams of barbecue specialists will be occupying the park for a two-day festival. Food and drink will be for sale and live music will be playing. November 11, spectators can watch the teams fire up their grills. The results will be presented on November 12 from 1-3pm. You can even taste it for yourself alongside the judges by purchasing a wristband for $20, which also allows you to caste a vote.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition – Now thru January 8

Debuting at the State Fair of Texas, this exhibit as been extended into January. The exhibit uses overblown panels of the Sistine Chapel images to give you an up close view of Michelangelo’s masterpieces without having to travel to Vatican City.

The exhibit is open daily from Tuesday to Sunday at the fairgrounds from 10am to 6pm. Admittance can be gained with a $16 ticket. Children 7 and older, students, and seniors pay $12. Children 6 and under get in free. Discounts are available for families and groups of 10 or more.

Autumn at the Arboretum – Now thru November 23

Named one of America’s “Best Pumpkin Festivals,” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest, this year’s Pumpkin Village will highlight the Art of the Pumpkin, featuring over 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash beautifully displayed by a talented horticulture team.

Besides which, the gardens are bursting with over 150,000 fall blooming flowers, like coleus, impatiens, zinnias, and salvia.

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Before you hit the road to enjoy any festivals or events this November in DFW, drop by Classic Chevy to make sure that your vehicle is ready to handle the rigors of the road. Think it’s time to get a new car or truck? There’s no better place to shop in the metroplex than Classic Chevrolet. Stop by today and check out our inventory and try out your favorite vehicles with a test drive.

Eerily Good Dessert Recipes

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These treats are easy to make and will put you in the mood for some Halloween fun. Head to a nearby store in your Chevy and pick up the ingredients you need.

Scary Spiders

  • 16 pieces of black licorice lace, 3 ½ inches long
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted (melt them in the microwave)
  • 4 chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies
  • 8 chocolate chips for decorations

Spread the melted chocolate on the bottom of the cookies. Bend the licorice into semicircles, and then press them into the chocolate for legs. Each cookie gets 4 pieces for 8 legs. Dip two chocolate chips for each cookie into the melted chocolate. Attach them to the cookie as eyes. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until the melted chocolate sets.

Ghoully Ghosts

  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons confectionary sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sprinkle the gelatin over ¼ cup of water; let it stand to soften the gelatin. Sift the cornstarch and confectionary sugar together. Spray a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with cooking spray, then coat it with the cornstarch mixture.

Heat the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water to boiling in a 2-quart saucepan. Boil the mixture for 1 minute; and then add the gelatin mixture. Cook the mixture over low heat to dissolve, stirring constantly.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add the vanilla. Beat the mixture for about 15 minutes until it is thick and glossy. Spread the mixture in the baking pan, then sift 1 tablespoon of confectionary sugar over the top. Cover with wax paper and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours or until it’s firm enough to cut. Cut the mixture into ghosts with 3-inch ghost-shaped cookie cutter.

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Top 5 Reasons to Be Excited for the Bolt EV

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is coming to Classic Chevrolet soon, and we’re excited to show it off. You should be excited too, since the 2017 Bolt EV has a lot of features and specifications worth getting excited about!

1. It can go the distance.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has an EPA-rated range of 238 miles on a single charge! That kind of distance goes far, even in a big state like Texas.

2. You can take it all with you.

Its hatchback design and ample storage space means that you don’t have to make tough decisions on what you pack or what you want to bring back with you.

3. It charges fast at home or on the go.

With a 240-volt Level 2 charger, your Bolt EV can get 25 miles per hour of charge. With DC Fast Charging, you can get 90 miles of range in 30 minutes. No waiting around watching the clock!

4. It’s electric, but you’ll hardly notice.

Sure it’s electric, and you may wonder what that’s like. You might even be put off by the idea — what if you don’t like it? What if it doesn’t drive the same as a gas-powered car? The truth is the Bolt EV feels like driving any gas-powered car… you know, other than saving all that money on gas.

5. It’s electric and that means it’s green.

You can feel good about driving the Bolt EV. Its all-electric design means zero emissions, so drive as much as you like!

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Keep checking back here for more info on the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV as it becomes available. When it arrives at Classic Chevrolet, stop in for a test drive. Or, just come in today and test drive any vehicle Classic Chevy currently has in stock, get some service done, shop for accessories, and shop around.

Top Accessories to Add to Your Chevy

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The accessories you choose for your vehicle depends on the type of vehicle you are driving – or the type you intend on buying or leasing from Classic Chevy. You can make your Chevy your own with certain accessories – or you can make your vehicle more practical.

Trucks

Pick up a bed extender to add an extra 2 feet to the bed of your truck. These come in handy when you need to haul 8-foot lumber in a 6-foot bed. The bed extender fits over the open tailgate and keeps things from falling out of the bed.

Bedliners and mats keep the inside of the bed from being scratched up from the things you haul. They also keep things from sliding around in the back.

If you add a toolbox to your bed, you may want to add a bed step so that you can reach into the center of the box without having to climb in the bed of the truck.

One of the neatest accessories for a Silverado, especially if you like to camp or go hunting, is a sport tent. The tent is water- resistant and converts the bed into a camper. The tent features a waterproof floor and is made specifically for the Silverado bed.

Cars

Cars have limited space so a roof rack is a good addition if you are constantly trying to cram big things in the back seat or the cargo area. Choose from cargo management items to better organize the trunk, remote start if your vehicle didn’t come equipped with it, license plate holders, a spoiler kit, window deflectors and splash guards. Interior accessories include door sill plates, floor mats and pedal covers.

No matter what you drive, you should have a good first aid kit and a roadside assistance package in the event of an emergency. You can also pick these items up at our accessory shop.

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Visit Classic Chevrolet to pick up or have accessories installed or to have other service completed on your vehicle. If you are looking for a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your next new car, truck or SUV.