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Employee Spotlight: Lance Waito

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.

A Brief History of Labor Day

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

Employee Spotlight: Dale Bannister

Dale 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

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!

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!