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Should I buy a truck or an SUV?

Truck or SUV?

Have a lot to haul around but can't decide on a used truck or SUV? If you have a family and/or pets to escort around, a great option is to purchase a used Chevy Suburban. The largest Chevy SUV, the Suburban shares both engines and chassis with the Chevy Tahoe. It can hold up to nine passengers and can come equipped with front, side and even head-protecting curtain side airbags for ensured safety. OnStar assistance is standard, but navigational systems and DVD/entertainment systems are optional. If you're an off-road adventuring family (or a small traveling band), these are all extra beneficial perks!

   
Where can I find a manual for a used Chevy?

Used Chevy Manuals

Just bought a used Chevy but can't find the manual? Have no fear. You can order Chevy manuals from Helm Inc. Helm publishes old manuals and sells them for General Motors Corporation, which covers the following car makes: Chevy, GMC, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Saturn, and Cadillac. You can also order accessories for your Chevy at the website.

Look for Helm Inc. online at www.helminc.com or call 800.782.4356 to order.

   

Classic vs. Antique

If you want to know if your Chevy Malibu is a classic or an antique, the answer is a little tricky. An "antique" car (or anything else for that matter) is defined as one that is 25 years old or older. A "classic" is a more difficult to define, as its criteria are generally in the eyes of the owners/fanatics. Some may think a '72 VW Bug is a classic. In fact, most would agree, from a historical perspective. However, there are many who would simply consider it an inferior piece of automotive machinery. (Anyone who's been in an old VW Bug in the winter can attest to that. Brrr.)

Your best bet is to look up your used vehicle online and compare reviews. See how much your car is selling for, and that will give you an idea of what the general public thinks its worth in terms of its "classic" quality.

   
What's a good "guy" car?

Two Chevys Make the Top 10 Guy Car List!

Sure, cars are functional. We need them to get around. But car enthusiasts know that the type of car you drive says a lot about you. The gang at CarTalk.com (based on the popular and very funny NPR program of the same name) did an online poll to decide which were the top 10 Guy Cars of All Time. Not one, but two Chevy models made the cut!

The Chevy Camaro: All the horsepower in this vehicle got it voted into the list. Power is sexy, after all...

The Chevy Corvette: With its generous hood-to-cab ratio, this car was an aesthetic favorite.

The best news is you can find used Camaros and Corvettes at reasonable prices. Be sure to see your used Chevy dealer to learn more.

   
How should I buy replacement parts for my Chevy?

Used Chevy Repairs

Even the best used Chevrolet vehicle will eventually need some repairs. Here's a great tip to keep in mind when you're in need of replacing a specific Chevy part. Always look for OEM-quality or OEM-style replacement parts. OEM stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer."

Bonus Tip: If you want to save some money, search for the part online. You can generally shop for better prices on equipment that way. Then see if your garage will install the part for you. You'll still pay for labor, but you will have gotten a better price for the part you need.

   
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