• What’s Your Story? Meet Leo Smith

    Leo SmithLeo Smith is an automotive technician here at College Chevrolet Buick. He is from (and currently lives in) Marshall, Michigan and spent some time studying at Lincoln Tech (DADC) in Denver, Colorado. Leo is newer to our team, he started in September just last year. Although he is newer to us, he has been in the automotive industry for 13 years.

    Leo’s dream car is a Factory Five GTM because you build it yourself so you can make it exactly how you want. He also likes the fact that it’s powered by the Chevy LS1. When not at work, you’ll find Leo camping, cycling, single board computing, python programming, and watching comedy shows. His favorite recent television show is Mr. Robot, but his all-time favorite is The Eric Andre Show.

    Currently, Leo drives a Mercury Milan. He would like to mention that the Milan was featured in Jalopnik’s “Meh Car Monday“. His favorite car he’s ever owned was a Mazda Rx7 Turbo 2, he also says that this car was his most unreliable. His favorite Chevy model is the Camaro ZL1, but says that his personality most resembles a Subaru Forester because he is reliable.

    Leo enjoys working in our service department because he likes to diagnose tricky problems. He feels rewarded when he completes a diagnosis. The next time your vehicle needs serviced, rest assured that Leo will be ready to help!

  • Meet Our Team – What’s Rebekah Woodring’s Story?

    What's Your StoryRebekah is a Service Writer here at College Chevrolet Buick! She’s been in the auto industry for 1 year and 3 months, but is a newer member of our team. Rebekah is from Adrian, Michigan, but currently lives in Jackson.

    You may be wondering what a Service Writer does. The duties of a Service Writer include developing cost estimates, logging parts needed, and figures out how much time is required for a specific repair. She also verifies warranty information and contract coverage for the vehicles. Her job is to make your service visit as seamless as possible.

    When not at work, you’ll find Rebekah reading or painting. Her favorite television show is Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. She was really happy with the outcome of this years’ College Football Championship game because she is an Alabama fan.

    She enjoys working at College Chevrolet Buick because she truly enjoys helping people. The next time your vehicle needs service, we invite you to say “Hello!” to Rebekah!

  • Winter Driving Tips

    Winter Driving Tips

    Winter is well under way, and it isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Check out these winter driving tips from us here at College Chevrolet Buick so you can have safer travels this season.

    Slow Down

    While heavy winter snow and icy roads may be cause to want to get off the roads quickly, speeding isn’t the way to do it. Driving at increased speeds leave you with less time to stop, effectively increasing the chances of an accident.

    Slowing down will provide you with more time to stop. Be sure to accelerate and decelerate slowly as well. Not only will slowing down make your drive even safer, but you’ll also see reduced fuel consumption as well!

    Avoid Idling

    Idling is one of the most common wastes of fuel, and more drivers choose to idle in winter to warm up their car. Since it’s such a major drain on fuel and, by extension, your wallet, it’s wise to drive at a moderate speed to warm up your vehicle. Doing so will help increase fuel economy, get you on the road quicker, and save you money at the pump.

    Increase Following Distance

    Under normal circumstances, drivers should keep a following distance of around three to four seconds. During winter, the following distance should be increased to eight to ten seconds. Doing so will provide you with more time to stop in the event another driver hits their brakes unexpectedly.

  • Perfect Gifts for Car Lovers

    If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the motor head on your Christmas shopping list, then here at College Chevrolet Buick, we’ve got you covered. Check out these wonderful gifts for car lovers and call your holiday shopping done.

     

    Revell Visible V8 Engine Model Kit

    This is a perfect gift for car lovers, no matter their age. This incredible scale model is a great way to help the car enthusiast in your family learn about how an engine is assembled and how it operates. Plus, it’ll look great on display, whether on the toy shelf or office desk.

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    Speedometer Cufflinks

    Looking for a great, inexpensive stocking-stuffer for the gearhead on your shopping list? Check out these super stylish Speedometer Cufflinks. They look great and are sure to be a big hit for their looks and the automotive details they’ll add to your car lover’s wardrobe.

     

    Streamlight Night Com UV LED Flashlight

    Every good mechanic knows you can’t get very far without a high-performance flashlight. This great gift features a powerful LED flashlight and also a UV light that is perfect for diagnosing oil leaks.

     

    Don’t fret if you don’t know anything about cars but need to shop for a car enthusiast—any of these gifts are sure to be a hit.

  • What’s Brian Butts’ Story?

    What's Your StoryThis December, we would like to introduce a newer member of our team, Brian Butts! Brian works as a sales consultant at College Chevy and currently resides in Jonesville, MI. He is very knowledgeable in the sales word, having 20 years of experience before coming to our dealership.

    When Brian has the free time, he enjoys to spend his time outdoors either off-roading or camping. He also enjoys watching his favorite TV show, Gold Rush, and spending time with his children. Brian is originally from Fishers, IN but him and his family now call Jonesville his home.Brian Butts - College Chevrolet Buick

    While working in the automotive industry, Brian has formed his own opinions about the cars he’s experienced in his life. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is his Jeep XJ. This car has sentimental value to him because it is the vehicle that he met his wife in. Although Brian currently drives a Suburban, he says that his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Corvette. The worst car he’s ever driven was his daughter’s F-150 because it’s always breaking down on him!

    We invite you to come say “Hi!” and welcome one of our new team members at College Chevrolet Buick. He’s the perfect sales rep to help you find your brand new car!

  • Jimmy Faust, What’s Your Story?

    What's Your StoryThis month, we’d like to introduce Jimmy Faust! Jimmy is a sales consultant here at the dealership and currently resides in Jackson. Although he has only been with us for a short time, he has worked with auto auctions as a buyer in the past.

    When not at work, you’ll find Jimmy hunting, fishing, and snowboarding. His favorite TV shows include Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. He’s originally from New Orleans, so you’ll catch him cheering for the Saints during football season.

    Next, let’s talk cars! His current ride is a 2001 GMC Sierra, but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1987 Buick Regal. It was his very first car and never let him down. His dream car is a 1967 Mustang GT 500 (Eleanor). His favorite Chevrolet vehicle is a 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06 (we can’t disagree on that!) If he had to choose a car that best fit his personality, he would choose a 2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax. The worst car he has ever driven was a 1994 Ford F-150 because the bed fell off as he was test driving it)

    We would love for you to stop by and meet one of our newest team members, Jimmy Faust! He would love to have the opportunity to help you find the perfect new car!

  • Black Friday Shopping Tips for a Stress-Free Savings Experience

    If you’re one of the millions of Americans who takes part in the frenzy of Black Friday shopping every year, you know how stressful this high holy day of gift-buying and bargain-hunting can be. Luckily, there is a way to actually enjoy (yes, enjoy,) your experience without missing out on the hottest deals — just follow these few easy Black Friday shopping tips!

    Price Check while in the Store

    Thanks to smart devices, you can search for the lowest price on an item right there in the store. One way to do this is with the Amazon app, which lets you scan the barcode right then and there. No matter what you use, though, if it’s cheaper online, put it back on the shelf and add it to your online shopping cart!

    Get a Babysitter and a Shopping Buddy

    You’re trying to wrangle up fire-sale deals, not children, so leave the kids at home with a trusty sitter, but take along a shopping buddy. Whether it’s holding your place in line while you grab that one last item or just helping you decide which striped silk tie to go with, a friend is always a good idea on Black Friday.

    Start on Wednesday

    Black Friday isn’t just a single-day sale anymore. All week long, you’ll find a wide range of deals at all sorts of retailers, so hit up the shops on Wednesday, especially for hot-ticket items that might be hard to find come Friday.

    Black Friday shopping tips

    The most important Black Friday shopping tip, though, is not to leave home without a vehicle you can trust! At College Chevrolet Buick, we have a huge selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs, and a superior service departments, so visit us today to find your perfect ride or have your current one checked out.

  • The History of Trick-or-Treat: a Halloween Tradition

    Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the US, for both kids and adults. While adults can have fun at parties that last through the night, kids mostly enjoy Trick-or-Treat. Though it’s now accepted as a normal holiday tradition, the history of Trick-or-Treat actually dates to ancient times.

    2,000 Years In The Making

    According to the History Channel, Trick-or-Treat has its origins in Celtic festivals over 2,000 years ago. In particular, the festival of Samhain was celebrated on October 31st, when it was believed the dead returned back to life. In order to ward off the evil spirits and keep them happy, sacrifices and homage (a.k.a. treats) were paid to the deceased.

    Guy Fawkes Night

    The tradition is also associated with Guy Fawkes Night. On November 5, 1606, Fawkes was executed for attempted treason (the so-called “Gunpowder Plot”). Many later commemorated his death with bonfires and by begging for pennies. Brits in the 17th century would go around asking for a “penny for the Guy,” a tradition much like Trick-or-Treating.

    Pranksters

    Modern celebrations didn’t really start until the 1920s, when Halloween pranks were popular. Many young people would cause damage in neighborhoods with their pranks, so adults would try to bribe them with candy and other rewards. Now, Americans spend more than $6 billion on Halloween, making it the second-largest commercial holiday.

    At College Chevrolet Buick, we can’t wait for the celebration to start.

  • Kevin Weighman - Service Manager

    What’s Kevin Weighman’s Story?

    Kevin Weighman - Service Manager

    Kevin Weighman is our Service Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick. The service department at our dealership is a large part of our business and we are very lucky to have Kevin running the show with our service customers. He is very knowledgable in the automotive industry with 18 years of experience and 9 years of experience at our dealership.

    Kevin is originally from Jackson, MI but now resides in Albion where he enjoys watching and going to sports games, especially his Michigan State Spartans. If Kevin isn’t at or watching a game, you’ll find him hanging out with his children and girlfriend. His favorite TV show at the moment is “House of Cards”, but nothing will compare to his all time favorite, “Deadliest Catch”. What's Your Story

    When looking more at the vehicle aspect of his life, Kevin is definitely a truck guy. He currently drives a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado but his favorite car that he’s ever owned was his 2012 2500 HD Duramax. The majority of Kevin’s favorite cars are ones that we have right on our lot, just like his dream car, the Silverado 3500 HD Duramax.

    Whether it’s time for a service visit or you need some work done on your car, come say “Hi!” to our very own Kevin Weighman. Nothing is too difficult for our team and Kevin says that watching the technicians work together to solve difficult problems is what makes working at College Chevrolet Buick so great!

  • 2018 Chevy Silverado Updates

    There’s no pickup quite like the durable, bold Chevrolet Silverado. This truck manages to stick to traditional standards of strength and performance while adapting to the modern driver’s needs. So what are these new 2018 Chevy Silverado updates? College Chevrolet Buick has the latest word on the next model year.

     

    2018 Chevy Silverado 1500

     

    The next Chevy Silverado 1500 will maintain its steel body, its impressive powertrain lineup, and its unbeatable capability. Passengers will get some added luxury with the addition of OnStar and SiriusXM Satellite Radio in the Customer Convenience Package. In Work Truck models, the standard radio will be replaced with a Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch touch screen, and all trucks will now have a six-speaker sound system rather than a four-speaker one. The Rear Vision Camera becomes a new standard across all trim levels, too.


    2018 Chevy Silverado HD

     

    The next Chevy Silverado 2500 and 3500 will also get new standard Rear Vision Cameras in every truck, as well as the updated 7-inch Chevy MyLink touch screen and the new six-speaker audio system. The Z71 package and the High Country trim level will both get a new black grille mesh. Two new exterior colors take the place of three old ones so buyers now have more, updated aesthetic choices when picking out the ideal work truck for their lifestyles.