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New Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Try

Thanksgiving is all about family traditions, but if you’re sick of doing the same old thing, here are some new Thanksgiving traditions for the family looking to mix things up.   Make a Big Breakfast Who wants to wait for dinner? Tide yourself over until the big meal later by indulging in a bigger-than-usual breakfast,

Employee Spotlight: Mike McCann

Meet one of our newest sales consultants, Mike McCann! Although Mike may be new to the dealership, he’s been in the automotive aftermarket for over 30 years. Mike is a resident of Adrian, but he grew up in Tecumseh. He went to Sienna Heights and also attended Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. Mike considers himself

Chevy Reveals Special Edition Models for Equinox and Traverse

If you’re a fan of Chevy’s popular Equinox and Traverse SUVs, you’re in luck. Chevrolet recently unveiled several Special Edition models for the two nameplates: two for the Equinox and one for the Traverse. Known as the Chevy Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions and the Traverse Graphite Edition, these three models add cool cosmetic touches

New Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Try

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from College Chevrolet Buick!

Thanksgiving is all about family traditions, but if you’re sick of doing the same old thing, here are some new Thanksgiving traditions for the family looking to mix things up.

 

Make a Big Breakfast

Who wants to wait for dinner? Tide yourself over until the big meal later by indulging in a bigger-than-usual breakfast, all made from scratch.

 

Have Some “Me Time”

Some people get exhausted interacting with family all day. Before the big dinner, take some time to yourself to read a book, watch your favorite show, or go to a park.

 

Have Everyone Write Down Their “Thanks” – On the Table!

Instead of a tablecloth, try covering the table in butcher paper, then hand out pens to everyone. Have everyone write down what they’re thankful for during dinner.

 

Take a Walk as a Family

Now that your belly is full of delicious food, have everybody burn off the calories before dessert by going for a walk together.

 

Skype With Faraway Loved Ones

Is your family out-of-town? Use a program like Skype or Google Hangouts to get in touch during dinnertime!

 

Do you have any new Thanksgiving traditions of your own? Get creative this Thanksgiving season and brainstorm new ways to celebrate the holiday with your family.

Employee Spotlight: Mike McCann

Mike McCann

Meet Mike McCann!

Meet one of our newest sales consultants, Mike McCann! Although Mike may be new to the dealership, he’s been in the automotive aftermarket for over 30 years. Mike is a resident of Adrian, but he grew up in Tecumseh. He went to Sienna Heights and also attended Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

Mike considers himself a “true car guy” who loves to tinker and restore old classic cars which makes sense because his dream car is any 70’s muscle car he can get his hands on. When not at work, you’ll find Mike playing Bass in one of two classic rock bands. He also enjoys riding ATVs with his son. You’ll also find Mike cheering on UM football and watching NASCAR on Sundays. His favorite TV show is “Shade Tree Mechanic” and he even got to help produce a few of the episodes!

Currently, Mike drives a GMC Yukon XL Denali, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird TransAm. His favorite Chevy vehicle is the Silverado Duramax Diesel Crew Cab truck!

Mike is a family man who has 4 grown children, one of which is a Freshman at Albion College! We invite you to stop by and say “Hi” to one of our newest team members, Mike! He’d love to show you around our lot here in Albion.

Chevy Reveals Special Edition Models for Equinox and Traverse

If you’re a fan of Chevy’s popular Equinox and Traverse SUVs, you’re in luck. Chevrolet recently unveiled several Special Edition models for the two nameplates: two for the Equinox and one for the Traverse. Known as the Chevy Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions and the Traverse Graphite Edition, these three models add cool cosmetic touches to the two different nameplates to give them an extra dose of style.

2017 Chevy Traverse Graphite Edition

2017 Chevy Traverse Graphite Edition

The Equinox is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, and the Midnight and Sport Editions are only available on its LT trim level. The Midnight Edition comes in Mosaic Black Metallic, while the Sport Edition is Summit White. Touches such as black grilles and Chevrolet logos, black 18-inch wheels, other blacked-out accents, and leather-appointed seats give both models a sleek, sporty appearance.

Meanwhile, the Traverse Graphite Edition is only available on the 2LT trim with the body color available in Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat. It will also receive black Chevy bowties in addition to 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels.

The Special Edition models of the Equinox and Traverse were released to give potential buyers extra incentive to buy before both nameplates are redesigned next year for 2018. If you’re looking for an SUV with unique flair, try one of these with the Special Edition packages equipped.

Employee Spotlight: Danielle Lambright

Danielle LambrightThis month, we’d like to highlight Danielle Lambright! She is a Service Advisor here at College Chevrolet Buick. Currently, Danielle lives in Albion, but she’s a Jonesville native. Danielle started her career in the automotive industry with us two years ago and we’re so happy to have her on board!

Danielle has a very specific dream car. She would love to have a slightly lifted 2002 Chevy Silverado HD painted flat black with tinted windows, blacked out headlights & taillights, and also sporting a dark grey interior. Danielle’s favorite car she’s ever owned is her current 2010 Chevy Malibu, but her favorite vehicle in the lineup is the Silverado. Her least-favorite car she’s ever driven was her two-toned Chevy Impala.

When not at work, you’ll find Danielle hanging out with friends and family around a bonfire, online shopping, and crafting with pallets. Her favorite TV show is Law & Order SVU and really loves cheering on her favorite team, the Michigan State Spartans!

Her favorite part about working here at the dealership is interacting with customers, learning new things each day, and mostly all of the great people she works with! We invite you to stop by and see Danielle for all of your service and vehicle maintenance needs!

Don’t Miss These Fall Car Care Tips

fallThere is a definite chill in the air now as the days continue to get shorter. As you settle into your autumn routine, make sure to take some time now to take care of your car before winter arrives. Here are some fall car care tips to help prevent some major breakdowns when the weather really gets cold.

  • Read your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual includes a list of routine maintenance you should have done on a regular basis. If you’ve missed some of this maintenance, get your car back on track.
  • Resolve performance issues. If your engine just doesn’t drive the way it should or you experience hard starts, rough idling, or stalling, get these issues resolved now as they will intensify with cold weather.
  • Keep your tank full. A fuel tank that is kept full helps prevent moisture from forming in the fuel lines. That moisture can freeze in the winter, so try to keep your tank full.
  • Check your HVAC system. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are in good working order. Your A/C still plays an important role in the colder months as it removes moisture from the air via the defroster.
  • Inspect your lights. As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your lights more. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.

If you want to get your car ready for colder weather, schedule an appointment with College Chevrolet Buick.

Employee Spotlight: Lance Waito

Lance Waito

Visit Lance Waito at College Chevy!

This month, we’d like to highlight Lance Waito who does Sales and Inventory Control at our dealership. Lance is an Albion native so he is very familiar with our area. Lance has been a valuable member of our team since 2008. Before his time with us, he spent 13 years in the automotive fastener industry.

When not at the dealership, you can find Lance playing hockey, camping, working as a volunteer firefighter and spending time with his family which is his favorite hobby of all. Lance enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Detroit Red Wings and his favorite TV show is Deadliest Catch.

Currently, Lance drives a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. He even says that his Silverado is his favorite car that he’s ever owned. If he had to choose a favorite Chevy vehicle, he says that he would pick the Suburban. As far as least-favorite cars, he says the worst come from Ford.

Lance says his favorite thing about working here at College Chevrolet Buick is his daily interaction with customers. We invite you to stop by and say “Hello” to Lance! We know for a fact that he’d be happy to help you choose your next vehicle. As an 8-year veteran of our dealership, he can definitely answer any questions you may have about the vehicles on our lot. Stop by and see Lance today!

A Brief History of Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day from College Chevrolet Buick!

Celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, Labor Day is known nowadays as the end of summer and the three-day weekend made for grill-outs. Some people may know that Labor Day was originally created to honor the contributions of workers, but many don’t know the in-depth history of Labor Day and its origins in the Industrial Revolution. In that era of our nation’s history, many people worked long hours in unregulated, hazardous conditions for very little pay.

Labor Day was first proposed during a time when many workers were going on strike for unfair wages and wanted to be recognized for their value and efforts. The idea was first proposed by one of two men, though people disagree on which one it truly was—either Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew McGuire of the Central Labor Union. Either way, the proposal was made and adopted in 1882, the year the very first Labor Day parade was held in New York City.

The holiday had difficulty working its way up to a national level. Originally, the idea of a “workingmens’ holiday” was honored in some state governments, but it wasn’t until 1892 that Congress solidified the history of Labor Day as a turning point in American history and uplifted it to the level of a national holiday.

Employee Spotlight: Dale Bannister

DaleDale Bannister has been a member of the College Chevrolet Buick team for the past year. Currently, Dale is the Internet Sales Manager. Before his time with us, Dale was a High School Principal.

Dale’s hometown is Flint, Michigan, but he currently lives in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him working on his golf game, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, or fishing. His favorite sports teams include the MSU Spartans (GO SPARTY!) and the Houston Texans.

Dale currently drives a Chevrolet Silverado (good choice!), but his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Chevrolet Suburban. He loves the Suburban because of it’s style, comfort, technology, and BLING! Dale’s favorite car that he’s ever owned is a Chevy Camaro and claims that the Spark matches his personality best because of the energy he brings to each customer here at College Chevy. His favorite thing about being a part of the College Team is making customer’s dreams come true.

We invite you to come visit Dale at College Chevrolet Buick! He would love to assist you in finding the perfect new ride! Browse our great selection of new and used vehicles online today!

Buick Enclave Is the Most American-Made Car

In a recently-compiled list, the most American-made car was determined to be the Buick Enclave. The measure was based on the percentage of parts from each vehicle that were sourced in the United States.

2016 Buick Enclave

2016 Buick Enclave

Though it should be said that no American vehicles contain 100% American parts, the Buick Enclave was found to contain 80% American parts (based on the 2015 model). This is made all the more impressive by the fact that US manufacturing jobs have declined dramatically in recent years.

Of course, simply because a vehicle happens to contain the highest percentage of American parts doesn’t mean it is a popular model. However, in the case of the renowned Buick Enclave, this is actually true.

Even a cursory look at the new 2017 Buick Enclave will have anyone drawing the conclusion that the latest model will increase this crossover’s reputation with the public. The 2017 Buick Enclave features available Wi-Fi hotspot, industry-first front-center airbag, and an optional Bose 10-speaker sound system.

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!