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Employee Spotlight: Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder is the Internet Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He’s been with us for almost a year and has been working in the auto industry for 5 years. Ben was born in Aurora, Colorado but was raised right here in Albion. Ben’s all-time dream car is the

2016 Buick Envision Reviews Praise Impressive Interior & Versatility

2016 Buick Envision reviews are in, and the new SUV is officially considered one of the hottest SUVs on the road. It offers powerful performance, flexible seating, and vast cargo space–in addition to excellent handling and fuel efficiency. Of its many impressive qualities, the new Buick Envision is getting an enormous amount of praise for

Meet the Team – Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove is the Business Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a very important part of our team! He has been with us for almost a year, but has been working in the auto industry for 22 years! He’s currently a resident of Albion, but traces his roots to Lima, Ohio. He was a

Employee Spotlight: Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder is the Internet Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He’s been with us for almost a year and has been working in the auto industry for 5 years. Ben was born in Aurora, Colorado but was raised right here in Albion.

Ben’s all-time dream car is the Batmobile, because well, who wouldn’t want to drive the Batmobile? He currently drives a Buick LaCrosse and a Chevy Equinox. His favorite car (which also happens to be the worst car he’s ever driven) was his ’91 Chevy Cavalier. The trunk leaked, the roof was caved in, the windshield was cracked, the brakes were soft, and it smelled terrible, but it was Ben’s introduction to freedom! Ben’s favorite Chevy vehicle is the upcoming 50th Anniversary 2017 Chevy Camaro. He says that if he were a car, he would be a 2016 Chevy Silverado High Country. Ben says he’s large and in charge on the outside, but comfortable and thoughtful on the inside – much like the truck!

When not hard at work as our Internet Manager, Ben enjoys spending time with his kids. He has a 2-year-old and a 9-year old that love to play with Play-Doh and Legos. He also enjoys watching Michigan sports (GO BLUE!) and also enjoys Game of Thrones.

His favorite part about working here at College Chevrolet Buick is the people. He thinks we have the best staff around (which we do!) and the customers make it fun to come into work every day! Stop by our dealership and say “Hello” to our teammate Ben the next time you’re out and about!

2016 Buick Envision Reviews Praise Impressive Interior & Versatility

2016 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision reviews are in, and the new SUV is officially considered one of the hottest SUVs on the road. It offers powerful performance, flexible seating, and vast cargo space–in addition to excellent handling and fuel efficiency.

Of its many impressive qualities, the new Buick Envision is getting an enormous amount of praise for its interior, which is cozy while still remaining airy. Your entire family will fit comfortably in this stylish interior.

Given its stellar cabin design, the model is the ideal family car. In fact, the “Envision appears to be a strong candidate if you’re looking for a smaller SUV that stands out for it comfort, quiet and versatility,” according to KBB.com.

The new Buick Envision also is available in two luxurious trim levels, Premium and Premium II, adding even more premium features to the already lush vehicle. To learn more about the 2016 Buick Envision or to take one out on a test drive, visit us at College Chevrolet Buick.

Meet the Team – Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove – Business Manager at College Chevrolet Buick

Jason Upthegrove is the Business Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a very important part of our team! He has been with us for almost a year, but has been working in the auto industry for 22 years! He’s currently a resident of Albion, but traces his roots to Lima, Ohio. He was a Business Administration major at Mt. Vernon University which is located in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Currently, Jason drives a 1992 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight, but his dream car is a 1964 Cadillac Convertible because he was a big Ricardo Tubbs fan from the hit 80’s TV show, Miami Vice. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1977 Caprice Classic and his favorite Chevy vehicle is an Astro Van. He says that a Corvette best-matches his personality because he’s sleek, powerful, desired by many, but unattainable for most (sounds like a modest guy, huh!?). Jason’s least favorite car brand is Chrysler.

When not at work, you can find Jason spending time with his children, grandchildren, reading books, or participating in Community Theater. His favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his favorite TV shows include “Game of Thrones” and “The Wire”.

Jason Upthegrove’s favorite part about working here at College Chevy is the customer interaction. In his words, each day presents an opportunity for positive connections. We invite you to stop by the dealership and meet our Business Manager, Jason! We’re sure you’ll share a few laughs with this outgoing team member of ours!

See the Future with OnStar Proactive Alerts

2016 Chevy Equinox InteriorChevrolet wants to help you catch problems in your vehicle before they happen. And now, that’s possible, thanks to OnStar Proactive Alerts.

Chevy is the first automaker in the industry to develop this kind of technology, similar to the technology used in a Boeing 787. In the jet, in-flight messages can be sent to ground crews that alert them of parts that need inspection before the plane hits the ground.

OnStar Proactive alerts work similarly, by continuously monitoring the health of the starter motor, fuel pump, and 12-volt battery. If anything isn’t functioning as it should, you’ll get an alert from OnStar instructing you to take your car in for service.

Currently, this predictive technology is available to OnStar subscribers who own a 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, and Equinox.

“With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind of taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” said Steve Hollan, chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management at General Motors.

With these updates, you’ll get alerts on your vehicle’s health every time your car is started, and while you’re driving.

Now behind the wheel, you’ll be able to fix your car before you even notice something’s wrong!

Chevy Marketing Stirs Up Screams with New Horror Trailers

Chevy marketing is reaching a new audience base by creating trailers that are running before movies in theaters.

The current 60-second trailer will strike a chord with fans of classic horror movies. Created by acclaimed director Sam Raimi, the trailer has an ominous feel with suspenseful music. In it, the character is constantly on the verge of danger. There are spooky ghosts, creaking stairs, and unnatural lighting under doors.

Usually in a horror movie, the audience can often see pitfalls that the character misses but cannot do anything to stop the bad things from happening. In the trailer, the character starts to open a door that will most likely lead to trouble when the audience yells, “Stop!” The theatergoers tell the character to leave and warn her of the inevitable threat.

The idea behind the trailer is that it is helpful to have warnings before bad things happen. In this case, the fictional character does not open the door and successfully leaves the creepy mansion. Then, the trailer switches to the advanced warning system on the Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze.

Advanced warnings when driving are extremely helpful in staying safe. We at College Chevrolet Buick are proud to offer these Chevy vehicles that help the driver stay extra safe. For more information on the Malibu and Cruze’s advanced warning systems, visit us and we’ll show you how you’ll stay safer with Chevy’s latest technology.

Employee Spotlight: Kris Raatz – Body Shop Manager

Kris RaatzWe’d like to take the time to introduce you to Kris Raatz our new Body Shop Manager! Kris is from and currently lives in Lansing, Michigan. He attended college at Lansing Community College. Although he is new to College Chevy, Kris has worked in the automotive industry for 22 years.

Currently, Kris drives a Chevy Cruze, but his favorite Chevy vehicle is a 1969 Chevy Camaro. One day, he would love to own a 1957 Chevy (and says that everyone else should have that dream too!). His favorite car that he’s ever owned was a 1957 Cadillac DeVille. His least-favorite car he’s ever driven was a Toyota. He says that a Chevy truck would match his personality best because he considers himself to be hard-working and dependable.

When he isn’t hard at work in our Body Shop, Kris enjoys playing golf, working around the house, going to the beach, and sitting around a bonfire with some good friends. He also enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Detroit Tigers.

Kris’ favorite part about working here at College, is being able to make cars look as good as new! He loves seeing customers smile once they see that their vehicles looks like it did before there was an accident. If you have been in an accident, please consider bringing your vehicle in to Kris and the rest of the College Chevy team! We’d be happy to help you get back on the road!

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin is an Albion, Michigan native and has lived here his entire life. He went to Olivet College and works here at College Chevrolet Buick as a Service Advisor. Kevin likes his job at College Chevy because he gets to work with customers. He enjoys helping people resolve their issues and always puts the customer first.

When not at work, you will find Kevin golfing, camping, and spending time with his family. He currently drives a 2015 Chevy Silverado which is perfect because the Silverado lineup is his favorite. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1964 Buick Electra that his father built and restored.

Kevin’s favorite TV show of all-time is “M.A.S.H,” but his favorite current show is “Property Brothers”. Kevin enjoys cheering on all of Michigan’s sports teams. His dream car is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird because it’s the same age as he is. He says that he’s never had a least-favorite car because they’ve all had a special purpose in his life.

Kevin invites you to bring your car by College Chevrolet Buick’s service department! He would be happy to help you diagnose any issue and get it fixed quickly! Visit Kevin and the rest of the service team at College Chevy in Albion!

2017 Buick Encore Updates Revealed at NYIAS

2016 Buick Encore

Current Buick Encore Available at College Chevrolet Buick

Since its debut in 2013, the small crossover Encore—Buick’s most popular vehicle—hasn’t seen any major changes…until now. The many 2017 Buick Encore updates were revealed last month at the New York International Auto Show, showing off a new design and some exciting tech.

The front end has been totally redesigned to be more sculpted and refined than the previous Encore, with LED head- and taillights available. Inside, the 2017 Encore has some style updates, like the centralized dash and some cosmetic accents.

The new IntelliLink system will also be available in the new Encore, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two new apps that allow drivers to integrate their smartphones with the IntelliLink system. The Encore comes standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities and has convenient features like keyless entry and start.

The Encore has standard front-wheel drive with the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive, and the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has an output of 148 horsepower at the base level. This is certainly an Encore we’re looking forward to!

Top 5 Things to Do in Albion, MI

Many of us who live in Albion, Michigan typically spend our weekends in the larger nearby cities like Battle Creek, Lansing, or Ann Arbor. But, Albion is a great little community with plenty of its own attractions. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Albion, MI.

Bohm Theatre: This historic downtown gem was built back in 1929 and now houses a variety of movies and live performances. Prices are very affordable and it looks absolutely stunning on the inside.

Gardner House Museum: A great way to learn the history of the area, this old house was built around 1875 and has been preserved by the Albion Historical Society as a museum showcasing items and lifestyles from the past century.

Brueckner Museum & Gladsome Cottage: Part of the beautiful 350-acre grounds of Starr Commonwealth, these picturesque grounds house a number of historic landmarks that are available for tours.

Kids ‘N’ Stuff: This fascinating children’s museum provides young ones with hands-on opportunities to learn about science, the arts, and society. It’s easy to spend a whole day here.

Bobbitt Visual Arts Center: Part of the art department of Albion College, this facility houses art galleries and events throughout the year, with regional work showcased on a rotating basis.

We at College Chevrolet Buick hope that this encourages you to start exploring all the things that Albion has to offer!

Employee Spotlight – Wes Howell – Sales Team Member

Wes Howell

Stop by College Chevy and ask for Wes!

Wes is a recent hire of College Chevrolet Buick, well kind of! He was with us from 2006-2009 and has just recently re-joined our team. Wes has over 21 years of automotive industry experience and we’re happy to have him back on board! Wes is a graduate of Concord High School and Jackson College. He is also a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Wes is a lifetime resident of Concord, Michigan. He has a wife, Shannell and two daughters, Taylor and Maddi. He loves to spend time at home with his family when he isn’t at work. Along with being a family man, Wes also follows the Lions and Tigers and enjoys hitting the green every once in a while.

Wes’ family vehicle is a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ and he absolutely loves it so far! In fact, he would be happy to help you find your very own Chevy Equinox! If you are in the market for a new or used car, we urge you to stop by College Chevrolet Buick and talk to Wes!