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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!

Don’t Miss These Fall Car Care Tips

fallThere is a definite chill in the air now as the days continue to get shorter. As you settle into your autumn routine, make sure to take some time now to take care of your car before winter arrives. Here are some fall car care tips to help prevent some major breakdowns when the weather really gets cold.

  • Read your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual includes a list of routine maintenance you should have done on a regular basis. If you’ve missed some of this maintenance, get your car back on track.
  • Resolve performance issues. If your engine just doesn’t drive the way it should or you experience hard starts, rough idling, or stalling, get these issues resolved now as they will intensify with cold weather.
  • Keep your tank full. A fuel tank that is kept full helps prevent moisture from forming in the fuel lines. That moisture can freeze in the winter, so try to keep your tank full.
  • Check your HVAC system. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are in good working order. Your A/C still plays an important role in the colder months as it removes moisture from the air via the defroster.
  • Inspect your lights. As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your lights more. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.

If you want to get your car ready for colder weather, schedule an appointment with College Chevrolet Buick.

Car Fluids You Should Check Regularly

fluidMost drivers know about checking engine oil, but there are several different fluids your engine needs to keep running smoothly. Here are some car fluids you should check regularly to maintain your car’s health and functionality.

Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car, as it lets the gears run smoothly. While when checking your engine oil the car should be cold, transmission fluid is best checked when the car is running. When you check transmission fluid, your concern is the quality, not the quantity. If transmission fluid is low, there is a problem with your car. If it’s dirty, it needs replaced, but this shouldn’t be necessary more than every 50-100 thousand miles.

Coolant is another important fluid to replace, as it keeps your car from overheating. This is easy to check, as you can just glance at the fill line in the clear tank. Check your brake fluid when you do an oil change. If it’s brown instead of golden, it needs replaced. You should also keep your power steering fluid levels high, but you’ll most likely never need to replace it.

What to Do and How to Be Safe If Your Engine Overheats

check engineWhile you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats:

  • First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over.
  • Cautiously lift the hood of your car, allowing some airflow to cool off the hot contents.
  • Look around, but whatever you do, do not touch or remove the radiator cap, which would likely result in serious injury.
  • Next, call a professional and wait for help. It is not safe to drive with an overheated engine.
  • In the meantime, try to figure out what went wrong. Perhaps you are out of coolant, or one of the cooling system’s fans is broken.

In general, the summer seems to be the worst time of the year for engines overheating. Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.

Just in Case: Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

jumper cablesWhether you drive long commutes that make it feel like you live in your car or go short distances around town – no one is exempt from the occasional flat tire or dead battery. Are you prepared for when it happens to you? Here is a brief list of essential items to keep in your car for those “just in case” scenarios.

To be ready for a flat tire, be sure to keep a spare tire, car jack, and wrench located in the trunk of your vehicle. You may also want to consider keeping a tire inflator and sealer as well. In case you’re out of practice, here’s a brief brush-up on how to change a car tire.

A dead battery: it’s happened to the best of us. You go out to start your car and realized you left your lights on…oops! To get that battery up and running again, be sure to have a set of jumper cables. Here is a refresher video on how to jump your car battery.

first aid kitIt is also a good idea to always keep a first aid kit in your vehicle as well.

We at College Chevrolet Buick encourage all of our readers to double check your vehicles and make sure you have these essential items, and if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help!

Spring Car Care Tips to Remember All Season Long

serviceNational Car Care Month–every April–may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason to stop spending extra careful attention to the care and maintenance of your vehicle. Keep your car in top-notch condition all season long with these spring car care tips from College Chevrolet Buick.

  • If you haven’t been to the auto shop for a solid check-up lately, be sure to do so. Especially after the harsh winter months, your car can always benefit from a tune-up.
  • Be sure your tires have enough tread and are inflated to the right level. If your tires are worn down, you are putting yourself at risk of hydroplaning.
  • We’ve all heard the term “spring cleaning.” Why not use the beautiful weather as an excuse to give your car a thorough cleaning, on the inside and the out?
  • Check all of your car’s fluids, such as the engine oil and windshield wiper fluid. You won’t want to wait to find out until it’s too late.

Do you have any other spring car care tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

A Bitter Winter Causes Drivers to use their RemoteLink App

RemoteLink App

OnStar Available on the 2014 Chevy Cruze

Is it just us or has this winter been especially frigid? In a town like Albion, Michigan, we are accustomed to long bitter winters, but this one may be one of the worst! Thankfully many GM vehicle owners have the option of starting and heating up their cars from inside their warm toasty house.

Many Chevrolet drivers are using the RemoteLink App through OnStar® to make sure their car is warmed up and ready to go when they are. On its record-setting day, January 7th, the RemoteLink App was used more than 200,000 times across all General Motors brands. During the entire month of January, the RemoteLink App was used almost 3 million times, 55% of those requests were for remote start.

The RemoteLink App is not just used for remote start. This innovative app can give you on-demand vehicle diagnostic information and directions. If you are using OnStar® in your GM vehicle, be sure to look into downloading this app for your smartphone.

To learn more about vehicles available with OnStar® and RemoteLink capabilities, stop by our dealership near Jackson, Michigan. We look forward to seeing you (and Spring) soon at College Chevrolet Buick!

Car Care Tips from Certified Service Experts

We all know car care is important to keep your Chevy or Buick running properly. To help with this GM has enlisted the help of certified service experts to explain how you can get maximum performance and life from your vehicle.

First will explore how to check properly check your oil. Maintaining an accurate oil level is important for the life of your engine. Chevrolet certified service expert, Chris Crosby explains how you can check your oil.

For an insight on Buick certified service, we turn to Dave Campbell. He’ll discuss things to look for when replacing your tires. As always feel free to contact College Chevrolet Buick with any questions you have about your vehicle. Give us a call at 517-680-4269 or contact us by clicking here.

Replacing your tires isn’t always the first option. By knowing how to take care of your tires you can keep them on the road a bit longer. Here’s Kathleen Murawski with tips to improve your tire life.

GM vehicles are known for their safety, and one of the most fundamental safety features on a vehicle are the brakes. Marty Rosol, a Buick certified service expert, breaks down brakes and break pads.

We hope these car care tips prove useful to you in getting the most from your car, truck, or SUV. Feel free to give us a call any time to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Keep Your Car Clean This Spring

It seems like it took a little while, but spring has finally sprung around here. And while that means “hot dogs, peanuts, apple pie, and Chevrolet”, it also means keeping your car clean.

Through pollen and mud, dirt and grime, now is the time to prepare your garage with cleaning supplies to take care of your car.

Keeping your vehicle clean is about more than washing the exterior, there’s plenty of dirt on the inside, too.  So we’ll start with some interior car cleaning tips.

1. Make sure you clean everything you touch.  This means everything, steering wheel, seat belt fastener, audio controls, turn signals, seats, etc. These areas can build up dirt quickly, so spend a little extra time on these areas.

2. It’s all about TLC. You may not clean your interior as often as you’d like, but when you do, don’t go overboard. Powerful solvents and hard scrubbing can do more damage than the dirt your working to remove.

3.  Brush it out. Debris and dirt lodged in fabric can be difficult to remove. To loosen things up, use a stiff brush before vacuuming.

 

Know that we’ve got you started on the interior let’s move to the exterior.

1. Wash from top down. Not only do you want to wash your car in sections, it’s best to wash from the top down. This way dirt doesn’t trickle down on to the freshly washed parts of your car.

2. Made in shade. In the warmer months not only is it more comfortable to wash your car in the shade it’s better for your car too. The sun can cause soap and water to dry too quickly and leaving spots, which wear on your paint over time.

3. Clean inside and out for maximum visibility. Both sides of your windows need to be cleaned properly for real clarity. And not with the same soap used on your exterior. Grab the glass cleaner and some paper towels, then buff with a 100% cotton towel.

These tips should get you started on the right path to a clean car spring. Keep checking out the College Chevrolet Buick blog for more tips and insights on car care.