• Summer Road Trip Destinations in and Near Michigan

    Chicago Skyline

    Summer is a great time to hit the road and explore, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy a successful road trip. There are plenty of great opportunities for fun all within short driving range of Albion—these are just some of them worth considering.

     

    Ann Arbor and Detroit

    Detroit is a major cultural center that offers a variety of things to see and do, from historic charm to great food and drink to excellent nightlife opportunities. If you’re headed to Detroit from Albion, there’s no better decision than to make a stop in Ann Arbor on your way, a city known for its artsy atmosphere and small-town-in-a-big-city charm.

     

    Huron Manistee National Forest

    Outdoorsy types won’t be able to get enough of the Huron-Manistee National Forest, located northwest of Albion and featuring a diverse variety of ecosystems spread across nearly one million acres of pristine wilderness.

     

    Chicago

    There’s no city like Chicago, with recognizable attractions ranging from Millennium Park to Willis Tower to the Navy Pier. Whether you’re planning a romantic vacation for two or bringing along the little ones for a family adventure, there are plenty of sights to see and places to grab a great bite to eat.

     

    Mackinac Island

    Historical charm and island life await you on this island on the northernmost end of Michigan. It’s known for its local fudge shops, carriage rides, water recreation, and horseback riding among other things.

     

    There are just some of the many possibilities available to you within driving range of our fair city. If you need a reliable vehicle to get you to your vacation destination, look no further than College Chevrolet Buick.

     

  • Meet Our Team: Parker Votava

    Parker Votava
    Parker Votava – Service Writer

    We’d like to introduce you to Parker Votava one of the newest members of our team. Parker is a Service writer and has been working here at College Chevy for 2 months. Although he is new to the dealership, he is not new to the industry. He has been working in the car industry for 4 years. Parker is from Marshall, Michigan and went to Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

    Parker’s dream car is a 2016 Chevy SS. He loves the fact that the SS has the same features as a normal sedan, but has the power of a Camaro. Currently, he drives a 2013 Ford F-350 Platinum Edition, but his favorite car was his 2000 Chevy Silverado. He feels that the Chevy Silverado 3500HD Duramax best-matches his personality because he feels prepared for anything when he’s in a truck. He also says that he is a hard worker, just like the 3500HD. The worst car Parker has ever driven was a Mini Cooper.

    When not hard at work, you’ll find Parker working on small projects around the house and tinkering with his vehicles. He also enjoys playing golf and skateboarding. His favorite show right now is “Animal Kingdom” and his favorite show of all time is the British Car Review show called “Top Gear”. He is looking forward to football season so that he can cheer on his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers!

    So far, Parker is enjoying his time here as a part of the College Chevy team. His favorite part of the job is working with all of our great small town customers. He also really enjoys spending time with his co-workers. The next time you’re in for service, please say “Hey!” to one of our new team members, Parker Votava!

  • Fourth of July Driving Tips

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    Heading out onto the road is just a regular part of celebrating Independence Day, but it’s not a task that should be taken lightly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more drivers died in collisions on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year from 2010-14, making it exceedingly important that you exercise caution on roadways. Consider the following before hitting the road this 4th of July.

     

    Have your vehicle serviced

    If you’re planning on going somewhere for Independence Day, make sure that you’ve maintained your recommended service and maintenance schedule. If you’re due for an appointment at College Chevrolet Buick, the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July is a great time to get necessary work done.

     

    Follow the three-second rule

    Make sure there are at least 3 seconds of time between you and the vehicle in front of you, or approximately two car lengths. This was a rule that you learned in driver’s ed, but it may have slipped from your mind as you’ve become more comfortable behind the wheel. Refamiliarize yourself with this habit to maximize safety.

     

    Have a designated driver

    Drunk driving is a significant problem for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on any day of the year, and the danger only increases on days where celebration is the norm. If you plan on having any alcohol over the Fourth of July, make absolutely sure that you have a designated driver at the ready.

     

    Plan accordingly

    The best way to avoid the congestion that comes with the July 4th is to not drive on that day. Instead, get to where you’re going a day early and leave a day later; not only will you feel less rushed, but you’ll be less likely to run into a jam.

     

    These are just some of the ways that you can better ensure your safety on the road this Fourth of July. From all of us here at College Chevrolet Buick, stay safe and have a great holiday!

  • What’s Your Story, Alan DeVaughn

    Alan DeVaughn
    Alan DeVaughn

    This month, we would like for you to meet Alan DeVaughn! Alan has only been with us for a month, but we’re excited that he’s here! Alan is from Jackson, and still calls it home to this day. He went to College at Spring Arbor University and graduated with a major in Art.

    Alan’s dream car if a 1964 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. He says that he fell in love with the car during Spring Break of his Senior year of High School. Currently, Alan drives a Chevy Suburban, but his all-time favorite car he’s ever owned was a 1987 Pontiac Grand Am. His favorite current Chevy vehicle is the Suburban, but he thinks that the Impala matches his personality best. Alan says that the worst car he’s ever driven was a Chrysler PT Cruiser.

    When not at work, you’ll catch Alan playing games with his kids, going to the movies, and taking his wife on dates. He enjoys cheering on the Detroit Tigers and his favorite TV show is Royal Pains.

    Alan’s favorite part of his job is meeting and interacting with new people and the excitement of helping others purchase a new car. Like we said, we are very excited to have Alan as a part of the College team! Stop by and give him a warm welcome!

  • Who Was J.D. Power’s Most Awarded Brand in 2017? Chevrolet

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    The experts at J.D. Power are dedicated to cutting through the fat and determining the tops in the automotive industry year after year. The measure of an auto brand’s abilities to deliver for its customers can be easily determined based on the number of honors it earns from J.D. Power in a given year. By this standard, no other brand was better in 2017 than Chevrolet, which took home a total of nine awards in J.D. Power’s 2017 Vehicle Dependability (VDS); Initial Quality (IQS); and Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Studies.

    “Chevrolet is winning with consumers because our designers, engineers, and dealers are focused on delivering great products and a great ownership experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “This recognition from J.D. Power shows Chevrolet’s strength and underscores the momentum we have across the board.”

    Last year, six different Chevrolet vehicles earned J.D. Power awards, which measure “the automotive brands that are continually exceeding customer expectations and leading the way in terms of dependability, quality and overall customer satisfaction.” The Chevrolet Sonic and Silverado HD topped their respective segments in the VDS and IQS, and the Chevrolet Tahoe was tops in the VDS and APEAL Study.

    The Chevrolet Camaro also earned top honors in the VDS, the Silverado 1500 topped the full-size pickup segment in the IQS, and the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV earned the award for its segment in the APEAL Study. Chevrolet also scored big-time in the 2018 J.D. Power Customer Service Index (CSI) Study and 2017 Sales Satisfaction Index Study, which measure customer satisfaction with the brand’s services and experiences.

    We’re proud to represent J.D. Power’s most awarded brand, and we’re excited to show you first-hand why Chevrolet earned that very prestigious title. Stop in for a test drive at College Chevrolet Buick and feel the difference that award-winning quality makes.

     

  • Jack Maxson, What’s Your Story?

    What's Your StoryThis month the spotlight is on our very own Sales Consultant, Jack Maxson! Jack is a new member of our College Chevrolet Buick team and is excited about getting started in this new position in the automotive industry. Growing up in Jackson, Jack didn’t go too far away from home for college, where he graduated from Jackson College & Spring Arbor College. We are glad to have Jack as a part of our College Chevy family and look forward to learning more about him.

    In his free time, Jack enjoys outdoor activities and cheering on the Michigan State Spartans, especially their football and basketball teams. When it comes to cars, his dream car would be the 2018 Camaro with ZL1 Package, power with refinement. Not only is this Jack’s dream car, but it’s also his favorite vehicle that we have on our lot and the one that would match his personality. The 2018 Camaro is a special car to Jack and our dealership! Jack Maxson College Chevy

    We are honored to have Jack as a part of our team and we hope you feel the same way when you come in and meet him. His favorite part of his job is learning and listening, which makes him a great team member. Stop by College Chevy today and say “Hi!” to one of our newer employees!

     

  • Mindi Tompkins. What’s Your Story?

    What's Your Story

    This month we want to recognize one of our newest employees, Mindi Tompkins! Mindi is our new Office Assistant and has been a part of our team for just a few weeks. She is originally from Jackson, MI and attended Jackson College for school. She stays involved in the town by helping out with the Lumen Christi Cheer Team, as well as cheering on the Detroit Red Wings! When Mindi’s not helping cheer on a team, she enjoys watching Shameless or her favorite show of all time, The Bachelor.

     

    When it comes to cars, the best vehicle Mindi has ever owned is her Kia Optima that she currently drives now. Her dream car would be a yellow Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible so she can cruise down California State Route 1 with the top down. If Mindi could pick her favorite car on our lot, she would choose between either the Chevy Impala or the 2500 Silverado Duramax in all black. Mindi has been around a variety of vehicles, which makes her a great asset to our team.

    Mindi Tompkins

     

    If you find yourself in our dealership, come stop by and say hi to one of our newest employees. Mindi loves working with a team that is committed to helping each other and their customers. Let our team help you find a brand new car that is perfect for your needs! Visit College Chevrolet Buick today.

  • Buick Is Removing Its Badge for the 2019 Model Year

    Buick Badge

    The “That’s Not a Buick” commercials might lead you to think that it’s hard to spot a Buick if you have a certain expectation, but if you know today’s modern and boldly styled Buick, you know one the moment you see it. It certainly doesn’t help when you know to look for the Buick name on vehicles like the Envision and Encore, but a report suggests that you might not have that badge to rely on much longer.

     

    The eagle eyes at GM Authority noticed that the newly revealed 2019 Buick Envision was missing the Buick brand plate on the rear tailgate. They then reached out to Buick, who informed them that beginning with the 2019 model year, the Buick name will no longer appear in badge form on its vehicles.

     

    Now, before you go panicking, keep in mind that this is just the Buick name—the hallmark tri-shield logo will remain intact, as will model name badging. Sure, that should be enough for you to register that you’re looking at a Buick, but it will certainly make it a bit more surprising for those not in the know when they discover that the handsome sedan, wagon, or SUV they spied on the road was, in fact, a Buick.

     

    If you absolutely have to have the Buick name on your ride, then make haste—the Buicks found on the lot at College Chevrolet Buick will be the last to bear the name, so you’ll want to make sure you get one while the getting’s good.

     

  • Arron Short

    What’s Your Story, Arron Short?

    Arron Short
    Arron Short – Sales Consultant

    This month, we’d like for you to meet Arron Short one of our Sales Consultants! Arron is from East Lansing, but currently resides in Battle Creek. Arron has been working in the automotive industry for over 12 years and has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Michigan State (GO SPARTANS!). Being an engineer, he tends to notice the quality and technology and pays attention to how things are put together. He says that attention to detail is his key to success!

    When it comes to vehicles, his dream car would be a Lotus Exige. He has always loved Lotus cars because they are a super car that is hand-made in Ann Arbor. He currently drives an Infiniti G35x, but his favorite car of all-time was his modified ’94 Honda Accord. Of the new vehicles we have on our lot, his favorites include the Buick Regal and the Chevrolet Malibu 2.0T Premier. He says that the car that best-matches his personality is a Land Rover Evoque. The worst car he’s ever driven is a KIA.

    When not at work, you’ll find Arron spending time with his 7-year-old daugther, cooking, traveling, watching sports, and doing art projects. His favorite sports teams include the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, and of course the MSU Spartans. His favorite TV show is “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” but he enjoys all classic shows that make him laugh.

    Arron’s favorite part of the job is being able to accompany and assist guests that are in need. He enjoys offering advice and loves to watch people leave happy with a smile. If you are in the market for a new car, Arron would be more than happy to assist you! He will help you choose the perfect new car!

  • How to Prepare Your Car for a Spring Break Road Trip

     

    spring break road trip

    Spring break is just a few weeks away, which means it is time to start making your plans if you haven’t already. If you have a spring break road trip in your future, you need to make sure your car is ready to go along for the ride. A little preparation before you hit the road can help you prevent a disastrous vacation experience that you’d prefer to forget. The following is some of what you should consider.

    • Tires. Make sure the tread on your tires is not getting too low and look for signs of extreme wear, like cracks or bulges.
    • Brakes. If it takes you longer to stop than usual or you hear any squealing coming from your car while stopping, you might have a brake problem. Have them inspected to make sure you have enough brake life remaining.
    • Lights. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working, including turn signals, brake lights, and headlights. You want to be able to see and let others see you while driving at night.
    • Wipers. If it has been more than six months since you last replaced your windshield wipers, it is time for a new set.
    • Battery. You don’t want to be left stranded somewhere unfamiliar with a dead battery. Inspect your battery for corrosion and clean the terminals, if needed.

    All of these services can be performed quickly and correctly at College Chevrolet Buick. Schedule your appointment before your spring break excursion and make sure that your getaway is one worth remembering from start to finish.