Top Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Vehicle

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When you buy a used vehicle from a dealership such as Classic Chevrolet, you don’t have quite so much to worry about. If you are considering buying a used vehicle from an individual or a small car lot that sells only used vehicles, you cannot count on the seller being completely honest. When you buy used at a large dealership, you can find certified pre-owned vehicles and the dealership will process the registration for you.

Title Questions

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the title you are getting is not a rebuilt title. If a vehicle has a rebuilt title, that usually means that it was totaled and then repaired. If the title is a rebuilt title, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should discount the vehicle – sometimes an insurance company will total a vehicle with hail damage and other damage that doesn’t affect the frame.

Accidents and CarFax

Ask for the CarFax – and if no CarFax is available, find out if the dealership has any information or noticed anything with the vehicle that shows it could have been in a crash. You can also look for signs. A different paint color on the inside of the door jams means that the vehicle was painted. While this doesn’t necessarily mean it was in a crash, it could have been. When you test drive, have a friend watch as you drive away to see if the vehicle dog tracks.

Maintenance

Ask if the vehicle looks as though the previous owner kept up on maintenance. While you can’t tell how often the vehicle was maintained less for a CarFax report, you or the dealership can look for signs such as an oil-caked mess under the valve covers, foul-smelling transmission fluid and dirty oil.

Options

Ask the salesperson if the vehicle was ordered with any special options. Sometimes a buyer might add a towing package that didn’t come with that particular trim level, an upgraded stereo system, different wheels, a different engine, and additional safety equipment that might have been optional.

Tires

Be sure to check the tires to ensure that they have enough tread to last for at least a year. If the tires are worn uneven or are low on tread, you may want to negotiate an alignment and tires into the deal.

Stop by Classic Chevy to browse through our used car lot and to test drive several of our pre-owned or barely used models.

 

Which State Loves Chevy The Most?

I would have sworn on my life that the state that had to most Chevy’s would be Texas…. Well, good thing I didn’t cause I would have been dead wrong! The team at Edmunds.com using their expertise and skills put together some data that allowed them to figure out which states had the most Chevy’s in them. I think maybe some of the states that reached the top may surprise you. However, as you can tell by the map above it is evident that more Chevy’s are in the southwest! Where does your state lie on the list? If you are interested in test driving a new Chevy make sure you stop by your local Dallas Chevy dealer and we’ll take you for a take a test drive!

The talented Edmunds.com Data Department is constantly producing inspiring graphics to help illustrate the complex dynamics of the auto industry. And sometimes they just make up these cool maps for us. Next in our continuing series of pointing out where brands live is Chevy. The bowtie brand sells especially well in the “hourglass” mid-section of the country, or anywhere trucks make up a high percentage of sales.

So that you can see how these listings of current car registrations over the past five years rank state to state, the over-achieving  Edmunds Data folk has also included a (now colored-coded) numeric ranking by state (after the jump).

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing!

Your Valet Nightmare Comes True!

Have you ever pulled up to the valet at a restaurant or bar and had a thought go through your mind about not leaving the car there? Hey, it’s ok we’ve all thought it. There have been a few occasions where I have opted to park it myself rather than giving my keys to a 18 year old kid. Well just wait until you read this story and watch this video because you may never give your car to the valet again. Thanks to Straightline for sharing this story! If it were me i’d press charges in a heart beat if I caught the valet tearing up my ZR1… That’s not even funny!

Okay, so this video happens to be a Dallas auto auction security guard and not a valet per se, but the idea is the same: Kid gets to drive a car from A-B. Takes the long, sideways way ’round. Everyone gets in trouble.

We had a friend in high school who was a valet for a small, but pricey restaurant in a New England vacation spot. Claimed he burned a Viper’s tires to cords while the elderly owner was enjoying his chowdah. Trouble is, the guy could barely drive his 5.0 Mustang without careering into a marsh. No way he drove a Viper without dying. But without a video camera handy, well, it was our sense against his word.

That’s where this guy comes in. You can brag all you want to your buddies that you screwed around with someone else’s 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1, but unless there’s video, who can truly say you did or did not. Maybe he just videoed the boss tossing it around? That base, too, is covered by the best part of this video– the driver exiting the car, throwing his hands in the air and finger-gunning the camera.

The guard has been fired and the Corvette’s owner–Woodhouse Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge near Omaha, Nebraska.– is pressing charges.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Cars Made The List Of The Top 10 Cars For Family Travel? Do You Drive One?

Summer and winter holiday’s are the perfect time for families to start traveling. Everyone loves a good road trip right? You also want to be comfortable. Especially if you have children. When my wife, kids and I are going on a road trip we pretty much pack up our entire house. With that said, I was glad that Consumer Reports made the Chevrolet Traverse one of the top 10 vehicles for family travel. Not only did the Traverse score well on the road test from Consumer Reports but it also has good seating and cargo arrangements. It’s more than comfortable to ride in, scored well in all crash tests, and has proven reliable in owner surveys.

Chevrolet Traverse LT ($39,920)
The quiet, steady-riding Traverse handles well and offers plenty of room for people and cargo. Among the larger of the “mid-sized” SUVs, the Traverse has a third-row seat that’s comfortable even for adults. Rear visibility could be better, and fuel economy of 16 mpg is mediocre at best. – Consumer Reports.

Have you made it out and test driven the new Traverse yet? If you’ve got a big family this may just be the car for you. Let your Texas Chevy Dealer take you for a test drive. I don’t think you will be disappointed by any means of the word.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

See The First Look At The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze!

The all new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is on its way to your local Texas Chevy dealer. I wanted to give you a first look at how it drives, handles and let you know a little bit of what some of the critics are saying. The Chevrolet Cruze is going to be the replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt and even though it is a smaller car, it has a big bite. Thanks to Consumer Reports for sharing their thoughts with us on the brand new Chevrolet Cruze. I don’t think you will be disappointed by any means of the word. Check out this story, watch the video and then weigh in with your thoughts on the brand new Chevy!

Chevrolet replaces the mediocre Cobalt this September with an all-new sedan, the Cruze. Already on sale in many markets around the globe, the Cruze will give the division a much more competitive small car in the States than in the past. We borrowed one recently to give our auto engineers a chance to preview this significant new model and share their impressions in this First Look video.

The Cruze will be offered with two engines: a base 1.8-liter, four-cylinder and an up-level 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that has the potential to optimize performance and fuel economy. Both the automatic and manual transmissions offered are six-speed units. Much of the marketing attention will be on the 1.4-liter turbo, with its promised 40 mpg on the highway.

However, the bigger story is that all Cruzes, regardless of trim level or engine, are a marked improvement over the outgoing rental-ready Cobalt. Most of GM’s recent small cars have been underwhelming, but in our time with the Cruze, we found it to feel substantial and much more refined.  We think the car handles well, with responsive steering and a well-controlled ride. Noise levels are relatively low, and the cabin feels roomy for the class. Price concerns aside, the Cruze has much promise, and we are looking forward to purchasing a production example and running it through our exhaustive test regimen when it goes on sale.

—Jeff Bartlett

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Check Out These Crazy License Plates!! What Would You Want On Yours?

Personalized license plates are cool! A lot of people think to themselves that when they get a car they want an awesome license plate that’s personalized. In Texas you can get a license plate that had decals on it for Texas Christian University, University of Texas, Dallas Cowboys, things like I love Texas, I’m a blood donor etc. you can also get your license plates personalized with your choice of numbers and letters like the plate shown above. The question is: what’s the coolest or craziest one you’ve ever seen and more importantly what would you want on yours?

Click on the pictures to get a bigger view.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Let’s Make Some Beautiful Music Together. Cruze Style!!

Check out this video that Chevrolet put together showcasing the all new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. It is one of the coolest videos I have seen in a while coming out of GM. This video features audio test footage captured in the soundproof anechoic chamber during the development of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Not only is this entertaining but it clearly shows why the Chevrolet Cruze is one car you should be excited about! The music is simply beautiful… Ha!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Do You Want To Meet The Marvelous Women Behind The Chevy Volt?

Yes, it is true that the Chevrolet Volt is one of the most anticipated cars in years. I for one am very excited about getting them here at Classic Chevrolet. I know many others are as well because our phones do not stop ringing with orders and questions. It’s a very exciting time in the world of GM and Chevrolet. I was doing some light reading this morning and came across a story from USA Today about the women that are behind the Chevrolet Volt and it was inspiring. Every time I read about this car I get more and more excited. It’s the same feeling I got right before the newly designed Camaro was finally available for purchase and we all know how great that car was for Chevrolet and GM. I wanted to share this story with you and get your thoughts on it as well. Are you excited about the Chevrolet Volt? For those of you that are be rest assured that your Texas Chevy dealer will keep you posted on the latest news regarding the Chevrolet Volt and we will let you know when you can come check one out here at our store.

The most eagerly awaited car of the year is the Chevrolet Volt, the first next-generation extended-range electric car to hit the road. General Motors has a lot riding on the car, and it took a lot of workers to make it. Many of them were women in what has been traditionally the boy’s club that was yesterday’s auto industry. GM pulled together some biographies of some of the key women involved in the design of the Volt. Interestingly, each one is a mom. Here is what GM wrote about them:

Design – Nina Tortosa, pictured above, is the lead aerodynamicist on the Volt team. Her team has spent more than 500 hours of time in the wind tunnel with the Volt, often testing and tweaking changes in 1 millimeter increments. While their work is done in small measures, the cumulative impact is significant: Nina estimates that aerodynamic development on the Volt extended the electric-only range by almost seven miles at highway speeds. She has two children, ages four and five. Nina was born in Barcelona, Spain, and graduated from Mounds View High School, just outside Minneapolis.

Infrastructure – Britta Gross is director of Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization. She is working to prepare utilities and to get communities across the country “plug-in ready,” not just for Volt but for the wave of electric vehicles predicted to be on the horizon (Global Insight estimates that plug-in electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles could represent 20 to 60 percent of the market by 2030). This includes working with state and local governments on purchase incentives, with utilities to develop smart-grid and smart-charging technologies, and companies and municipalities to iron out home charging processes and to install charging stations at work places. Britta has two children, age 12 and 17; growing up, she lived in Kansas City, Chicago, and Baton Rouge.

Powertrain – Pamela Fletcher is the chief engineer for Volt and Plug-In Hybrid Propulsion Systems. She is responsible for the integration of the propulsion system components, including the lithium-ion battery pack, electric motors, and onboard engine generator, to ensure the cars meet customer expectations and business requirements. For the Volt this means creating an electric car with extended-range capability. Pamela has three children, ranging from 24 to 27 years of age; she grew up in Sarahsville, Ohio.

Marketing – Cristi Landy is the Volt product marketing manager. Cristi holds a degree in electrical engineering, and was part of the team that developed the Volt Concept in 2006. Currently, she acts as a liaison between Engineering and Marketing. As an example, Cristi helped identify the features and capabilities of the smart-phone application for Volt owners. This feature allows the driver to remotely heat/cool the cabin while the Volt is still plugged into the wall charger. This is much more efficient that using power from the battery for heat or air conditioning, extending the electric-only range of the Volt. Cristi has twin boys, age 10; growing up, she lived in Brookfield, Wis., and Jacksonville, Fla.

Manufacturing – Teri Quigley, pictured below, is the plant manager at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. Teri is responsible for preparing the plant and executing the launch of the Chevrolet Volt on the same assembly line as the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne. This includes production changes to accommodate the installation of the Volt’s unique powertrain, including the training and safety protocols to install the Volt’s six-foot long, 400-pound lithium ion battery pack. Teri has four children, ranging in age from 14 to 26, and has two grandchildren; she grew up in Dexter, Mich.

Well what do you think?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Which Chevrolet Concept Are You Waiting On?

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Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Fifth Gear Tears Into A Camaro SS! A must see video.

It’s no secret that the new Camaro is not available everywhere. In fact Europe won’t see our new Camaro until next year. They are excited. As they should be! The popular show Fifth Gear finally got a chance to take the 2010 Camaro SS for a spin. You can tell from the video below that host Jason Plato was having himself a grand old time. Thanks to AutoBlog for sharing this video so that I could share it with you. I think you will enjoy it. Here’s the story followed by the video. Let me know what you think. Your local Fort Worth Chevy dealer is loving this Camaro and we have plenty available if you’re interested in a test drive. 

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has been in U.S. dealerships for over a year now, and demand for Chevy’s newest pony car has been strong from the get-go. And though the Camaro is based off the Australian Zeta platform and built in Oshawa, Canada, it still rocks a Bowtie badge and carries a 6.2-liter small block V8 under the hood. That makes the Camaro an American pony car in our book; one that will (finally) officially go on sale in England early next year.

But before our allies to the east get a chance to pick up a Camaro of their own, Fifth Gear host Jason Plato took the reins of a Bumblebee-flavored Camaro out on the track. Hit the jump to watch Plato show no mercy to the 3,860-pound coupe. In typical UK-reviewer-on-American-car-ese, we definitely hear words like “lazy” and “heavy,” but Plato still looks like a very happy man behind the wheel. If you like smoking tires, oversteer and burnouts you’ll definitely like this video.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.