• Meet the Team: John William

    This month, we’d like to highlight John William! He has been with us for 49 years – If you’re looking for a dealership with experience, we’ve got you covered! He was born and raised here in Albion, and currently resides here as well. College Chevrolet Buick is the perfect place for John to work because he sincerely enjoys meeting and interacting with different people.

    When not at work, you’ll find John fishing, bowling, spending time with his grand kids, barbecuing or tinkering with antique cars. You may also find him cheering on the Detroit Tigers. His favorite television shows include Law and Order and 60 Minutes.

    Currently, John drives a few different cars including a GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, and a Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle of all time is a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 (sharp!). His favorite Chevy vehicle is a Chevy Camaro and his favorite Buick is a Regal. John says that the Chevrolet Corvette matches his personality best and the worst car that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing worked on it, but it ran!

    We would love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” to John. We’re so thankful that he has been a part of our team for so long.

  • Tips on How to Transport a Christmas Tree

    Tips on How to Transport a Christmas TreeChristmas trees are a staple of the holiday season that kids love, and nothing beats the wonderful scent of pine that fills up your home when you bring home a real tree. But getting it home can be tricky, so we’ve put together some tips on how to transport a Christmas tree that will keep you and your car safe.

    Supplies

    Always bring with you a tarp or blanket, work gloves, and bungee cords or something else to strap the tree down to your roof. This is the easiest way to transport a tree home without getting your interior covered in sap and stay needles, especially if you have a small vehicle.

    Cover the roof

    Lay down the tarp on the roof — you don’t want sap getting stuck to your paint job and drying in the cold. Secure it as best you can to keep it from flapping around and obscuring visibility while you drive.

    Positioning the tree

    Load the tree onto the roof with the trunk facing the front of the car, and make sure it’s positioned in the center of the car to help it stay stable while you drive.

    Make sure you’re wearing thick gloves when handling a tree! Pine needles are called needles for a reason, and the bark can rough up your hands too.

    Securing the tree

    Wrap your bungee cord or rope around the tree first, then pull it through your roof rails to secure it. If you don’t have roof rails, you can secure it to the inside of your car through the windows.

    Why not start your holiday shopping early by getting yourself a little something nice, like a new SUV or truck from College Chevrolet Buick? They’re perfect for transporting your Christmas tree.

     

  • Meet the Team: Albert Golden

    Al GoldenMeet Albert Golden, a new member of the College Chevrolet Buick team! He’s been with us for 2 months and so far his favorite part has been meeting new people. He loves to be a part of the excitement of helping customers find the perfect new car. Albert is from Flint, but currently resides in Ypsilanti.

    Albert’s dream car is a Mclaren F1. He currently drives a 2015 Buick LaCrosse and his all-time favorite car was his Honda S2000. Albert believes that the Chevy Corvette matches his personality best. He claims that the worst car that he’s ever driven is a Chrysler New Yorker.

    When not selling cars, you’ll find Albert watching University of Michigan football and auto racing. Speaking of sports, Albert enjoys watching ESPN in his free time and his favorite sports team is anything University of Michigan.

    We would love for you to stop by and meet one of our newest Sales Consultants, Albert Golden! We know that Albert would love to help you find the perfect new vehicle!

  • What’s Your Story: Maara Puckett

    MyWhat's Your Story name is Maara Puckett and I am a mother of 4 boys. I am one of the newer members of the College Chevrolet Buick family in Albion. Since 2011 I have groomed, trained, and been a handler in boarding and Day Cares for K9’s. I always assumed I would have a career based around dogs of all breeds. I have had a passion for animals since I was young.

    Test driving a truck at College Chevy, changed my life. In May of 2018, I saw a truck online located at College Chevy. I came in to look at it and immediately took it on a test drive. While doing my finance application and talking about food (I love food), the finance manager jokingly asked me if I wanted a job. I laughed and declined.  When I realized that my seasonal work through Jackson County was coming to an end, I called College to ask if they were serious about the job offer, they said “Yes!”. While working at College Chevy, I found a passion that I didn’t even know I had.  I not only got into the truck I wanted, but I also acquired a new extended family with all of my new teammates.

    They sold me a truck and made my overall experience an unforgettable one. Now they are stuck with me for good!

  • Visit One of the Best Haunted Houses in Michigan This Halloween

    TombstonesThe weather is cooling down. The leaves are changing from green to yellow, red, and orange. Pumpkins are appearing on front porches. For some, this may simply mean it’s time to air out their sweaters and scarves and warm up a mug of apple cider. But for those of you who think only of goblins, ghosts, and ghouls the minute fall arrives, you know that it’s time to head out to a haunted attraction. You’ll find some of the country’s best haunted houses in Michigan, so don’t hesitate to hit them up if you love a good scare.

    Erebus

    Erebus in Pontiac is routinely mentioned among the best haunted attractions in the world thanks to its Hollywood-level special effects and high-quality scares. According to its last count, more than 7,000 guests have failed to complete the attraction because they were too scared. Are you brave enough to try your luck?

    Jackson’s Underworld

    In the mood for an old-school haunted house? Then head to Jackson, Michigan, and pay a visit to Jackson’s Underworld, a four-story tower of terror. If you want to make it a twofer, Jackson’s Underworld is located next door to Psycho Vision 3D, which shocks your senses with vivid colors and blacklight.

    Hush Haunted Attraction

    Hush, despite its name, has earned quite the reputation for making its guests scream. Westland’s premier haunt is bigger and longer in 2018 with 75 percent of the attraction being all-new.

    If you are in need of a reliable ride to get you to and from your favorite haunts this season, look no further than College Chevy Buick.

     

  • 2019 Buick Regal Avenir Provides More Luxury

    2019 Buick Enclave Regal LaCrosse Avenir Lineup When you purchase a vehicle from Buick’s Avenir lineup, you are getting a guarantee of the highest luxury. Now, you have the opportunity to get the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir, which arrives to ensure that the brand’s popular new Regal Sportback is even more opulent than ever.

    Currently, half of all Regal Sportback buyers are choosing the top trim level. As demand for high-end options in the midsize car segment continues to grow, the Regal Avenir couldn’t be joining Buick’s lineup at a better time.

    This luxurious Regal trim uses Buick’s first-ever cloud-connected infotainment system, allowing customers to interact with embedded apps and other features, including voice recognition and navigation. You can easily personalize your preferences so that the system performs exactly as you want it to.

    You will also find other interior features exclusive to this trim, including Whisper Beige upholstery with Ebony accents, unique diamond-quilt-stitched seats, embroidered first-row headrests, and Avenir-branded sill plates. The Regal Avenir is also available with a rich Ebony interior color scheme.

    Along with these one-of-a-kind interior features, the Regal Avenir also comes standard with a slew of driver-assistance technologies, including Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and auto-dimming driver-side mirrors.

    The 2019 Buick Regal Avenir should be arriving at College Chevrolet Buick very soon. Be sure to stop in and we’ll make sure that you’re among the first to take one for a test drive.

     

  • Employee Spotlight – Derek Mason

    What's Your StoryThis month the spotlight is on our very own Service Adviser, Derek Mason. Derek is a new face to the company, having only worked at College Chevy for about three weeks. He’s been in the automotive industry for a couple years and previously worked as a Tire Technician at a discount tire shop. Derek is originally from South Lyon, MI but now resides in Grass Lake where he enjoys going on nature walks or outdoor adventures with his dog Buddy.

    Derek also enjoys watching That 70’s Show, but when football season is here, he spends his time cheering on the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines. As for the automotive side of things, Derek currently drives a 2015 Chevy Sonic and it’s his favorite car he’s ever owned. If he could chose a car that would match his personality, Derek would say the Colorado fits him perfectly. Even though Derek has a lot of Chevy favorites, his dream car is a 2014 Chevy Camaro ZL1 that he fell in love with the first time he took it for a ride.

    Derek Mason - Employee Spotlight

    We are very excited to have Derek as part of our staff and we hope you get the opportunity to work with him in our service drive. His favorite part about his job is being able to help out the customers, so don’t hesitate to come to Derek with any questions or concerns that you have.

  • The History of Labor Day

    Labor Day

    Labor Day, which takes place on the first Monday of September every year, is a national holiday that celebrates workers in America. The history of Labor Day has roots in the labor movement of the 1800s, a movement that protested against the inhumane treatment of workers during the Industrial Revolution and helped win key rights for the American labor force.

    At the start of the Industrial Revolution, as early as the 1700s, laborers began protesting against the horrible conditions of factories and their long work hours. The labor movement grew more organized as the years went on, attempting to organize into unions, as well as rallying and holding strikes.

    A member of the labor movement proposed making Labor Day an official holiday in the early 1880s, though historians still debate whether Peter McGuire or Matthew McGuire was the first to propose it and when. Regardless, the first Labor Day celebration was held on September 5, 1882.

    Workers organized to hold another Labor Day celebration on the same day in 1883, and in 1884 an official proposal was made for Labor Day to take place on the first Monday of every September. Labor Day was celebrated in 23 states before Congress passed a law in 1894 making it an official holiday nationwide.

    This Labor Day, kick back and relax — you’ve earned it! While you’re at it, treat yourself by stopping into College Chevrolet Buick and checking out our selection.

     

  • Employee Spotlight: David Benham

    David BenhamMeet one of our newest team members, David Benham! David is a new Sales Consultant and has been with us for about 2 months. Before working at College Chevrolet Buick, David spent 37 years in Education and taught at Bellevue Schools for 29 years. David is from Homer, but currently resides in Marshall.

    He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. (GO SPARTANS!) Speaking of which, David has been a MSU season ticket holder for over 30 years. When not at work you’ll catch David watching college sports or watching his daughters play volleyball. He also enjoys officiating high school basketball, baseball, and softball games. His favorite television show is currently “Moonshiners”. His all-time favorites include “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Andy Griffith Show”.

    David’s dream car is the Chevrolet Tahoe because of its versatility and the ability to go off-road. He currently drives a Honda CR-V, but his favorite vehicle of all-time was his S-10 Blazer. He thinks that the Chevy Impala matches his personality best and the worst car he’s ever driven was a Ford Galaxy 500 because it was rusted and falling apart.

    So far, David has enjoyed meeting people and helping them find the perfect new vehicle. We would love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” to one of our newest team members, David! He would love to help you find the perfect new vehicle!

  • 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.