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Employee Spotlight: Vince Lefere

Vince Lefere

Vince Lefere – Parts Manager

Vince Lefere is the Parts Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick. What does the Parts Manager do? Vince is in charge of overseeing the Parts Department. He monitors purchase trends and parts inventory levels. He also handles customer parts requests. Vince has been working in parts departments since 1983 and has been working here at College Chevrolet Buick for just over 3 years.

Vince is from Jackson, but currently resides in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him spending time with his family, gardening, or making fountains. His favorite sports team is definitely Michigan (GO BLUE!).

Currently, Vince drives a Chrysler Aspen but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned was an Eagle Vision. Vince’s favorite vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Silverado, but thinks that the Corvette would match his personality best. Vince’s favorite part about his job is meeting new people and helping customers solve problems. We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Vince Lefere, our Parts Manager!

Employee Spotlight – Brian Eberhard

Brian EberhardThis month, we’d like to showcase Brian, our Bodyshop Manager. To say that he knows his way around cars would be a complete understatement. Brian has been working here at College Chevrolet Buick for almost 2 years and has spent 25 years in the industry. Currently, Brian lives in Battle Creek which also happens to be his hometown.

When not at work, you can find Brian working in his own garage or spending time with his family. He enjoys watching Saturday morning cartoons and thoroughly enjoys taking care of animals.

Currently, he’s the proud owner of a Chevy Tracker but his favorite vehicle is the Buick Enclave. Brian says that a 2017 Chevy Crew Cab truck would match his personality best because life begins where the blacktop ends! His 1979 Bronco is his favorite vehicle that he’s ever owned. He loves working here at College Chevrolet Buick because he is really glad to help make a difference in people’s lives whether it’s a customer or a co-worker.

If you are in need of some body work on your vehicle, be sure to keep us in mind. Brian and the rest of the team here at College Chevy would be happy to assist you!

Car and Driver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Review

Car and Driver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado ReviewDrivers looking for a pickup are often searching for a vehicle that’s tough enough to get the job done. The Car and Driver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Review shares that the Silverado doesn’t just offer powerful capabilities and durability. It also provides drivers with some of the best technologies and luxurious features in the automotive industry. Those in the world of automobiles are starting to take notice of the new Silverado’s amazing features and capabilities.

Recently, Car and Driver published a review for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. During its assessment of the vehicle, they found plenty to love!

First and foremost, the Chevy Silverado is a vehicle built to test the limits. With a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the Silverado is one of the most powerful vehicles on the road today. However, power isn’t everything, and Chevrolet understands that, which is why it equipped the 2017 Chevy Silverado with an impressive collection of technologies.

Some of the amenities that Car and Driver took note of during its review were the option of Android Auto connectivity, as well as Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode. Overall, the publication was impressed with the refinement of the Silverado.

If you too are ready to be impressed by everything that a powerful pickup can offer to you, stop by College Chevrolet Buick and discover the brand-new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.

Tips for Winter Weather Driving

Winter Weather DrivingDuring this time of year, the weather outside can be pretty frightful, especially when driving on the road! When you live in a state like Michigan, you need to be prepared for winter’s worst. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways that you can make your driving safer during this time of the year. Be sure to follow these tips for winter weather driving in order to avoid any chilling experiences on the road.

Tip #1: Don’t Use Your Cruise Control

Cruise control is a very helpful feature for driving on highways and keeping up with traffic. However, when there is a wintry mix covering the roadways, you will want to rely on your own driving skills in order avoid any possibility of losing traction while driving.

Tip #2: Increase Your Following Distance

Due to the conditions of the road during winter, many vehicles may need to stop at any time to avoid a nasty situation. If you want to avoid making contact with the back end of one of those vehicles, you will want to leave a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you at all times.

Tip #3: Avoid Stopping on a Hill

When descending a hill covered in ice and snow, it is important to always be in control, as you could start sliding down. The only thing more frightening than descending down a hill going forward is descending it backwards. Avoid stopping when ascending or descending to help avoid sliding during your drive.

Holiday Travel Tips to Reduce Stress

Holiday Travel TipsHolidays are stressful to begin with, and travelling tends to exacerbate the situation. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday travel tips, specifically those that’ll help you stay relaxed on your trip. Whether you fly, drive, or take a train or bus, there’s tips any traveler can appreciate.

To being with, ignore your instincts and pack light. According to The New York Times, you should avoid packing your vehicle to the brim if possible. If flying, ship your gifts in advance—don’t let them be ripped open by TSA agents.  “I’ve seen instances when TSAs had to rip open beautifully wrapped gifts, which is not a fun way to start off a holiday,” David Solomito, the vice president of marketing at the travel search engine Kayak, has said.

Solomito also notes that the best day to travel is—believe it or not—the actual holiday itself. You’re statistically likely to find fewer crowds, less traffic, and better airfare on Christmas Day, than, say, a day or two before. If you can avoid flying or driving home before the actual holiday, you could have a much more enjoyable trip.

Finally, take the direct route. For drivers, this is more obvious. However, if you choose to fly, you might consider spending a little extra for fewer layovers. Connections will drastically increase stress, especially because holiday flights are prone to delays and overbooking. Unless you save hundreds of dollars, it might be worth it to take the shortest route.

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.

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!

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!

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin is an Albion, Michigan native and has lived here his entire life. He went to Olivet College and works here at College Chevrolet Buick as a Service Advisor. Kevin likes his job at College Chevy because he gets to work with customers. He enjoys helping people resolve their issues and always puts the customer first.

When not at work, you will find Kevin golfing, camping, and spending time with his family. He currently drives a 2015 Chevy Silverado which is perfect because the Silverado lineup is his favorite. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1964 Buick Electra that his father built and restored.

Kevin’s favorite TV show of all-time is “M.A.S.H,” but his favorite current show is “Property Brothers”. Kevin enjoys cheering on all of Michigan’s sports teams. His dream car is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird because it’s the same age as he is. He says that he’s never had a least-favorite car because they’ve all had a special purpose in his life.

Kevin invites you to bring your car by College Chevrolet Buick’s service department! He would be happy to help you diagnose any issue and get it fixed quickly! Visit Kevin and the rest of the service team at College Chevy in Albion!

2017 Buick Encore Updates Revealed at NYIAS

2016 Buick Encore

Current Buick Encore Available at College Chevrolet Buick

Since its debut in 2013, the small crossover Encore—Buick’s most popular vehicle—hasn’t seen any major changes…until now. The many 2017 Buick Encore updates were revealed last month at the New York International Auto Show, showing off a new design and some exciting tech.

The front end has been totally redesigned to be more sculpted and refined than the previous Encore, with LED head- and taillights available. Inside, the 2017 Encore has some style updates, like the centralized dash and some cosmetic accents.

The new IntelliLink system will also be available in the new Encore, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two new apps that allow drivers to integrate their smartphones with the IntelliLink system. The Encore comes standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities and has convenient features like keyless entry and start.

The Encore has standard front-wheel drive with the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive, and the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has an output of 148 horsepower at the base level. This is certainly an Encore we’re looking forward to!