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Scenic Drives in Michigan

Many midwesterners already know that summer is the perfect time to visit Michigan. Temperatures are warm but milder than southern states, and wildlife and nature are at their best. Enjoy the Great Lake State by taking your vehicle from College Chevrolet Buick on one of these scenic drives in Michigan.

 

Red Arrow Highway

This beautiful route will take you through some of the most charming beach towns and past the gorgeous southern coast of Lake Michigan. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop and explore interesting Michigan cities like Union Pier and Harbert. There are many wine vineyards to be enjoyed along this route, too—just make sure you reserve a quaint bed and breakfast or a cozy campsite to sleep it off before continuing on your course along the west side of Michigan.

 

M-22

If camping is definitely a goal, take M-22 north towards Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The road stretches along a different part of the Lake Michigan coast, and takes you to gorgeous destinations such as Sleeping Bear Dunes, as well as Huron-Manistee National Forests.

Scenic Drives in Michigan

US-2

You haven’t really toured Michigan until you’ve also gotten a taste of the Upper Peninsula. You can catch US-2 just across the Mackinac Bridge in St. Ignace. From there, you’ll take it along the southern coast of the UP. Breathtaking sites are aplenty up here, whether you’re on the southern end or catch M-117 at Engadine to head north towards the stunning Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Employee Spotlight: Matthew Sullivan

Matt Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

This month, we’d like to highlight Matthew Sullivan! He is a Parts Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been a part of our team since 2006. He has been working specifically in our parts department since 2013, so he really knows his stuff! Matthew is from Homer, but currently calls Albion his home.

Matthew currently drives a 2002, but his favorite car of all time was his 1977 K5 Blazer. If he had to pick his favorite vehicle that we sell on our lot, it would be a 2017 Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel truck. He also believes that the Silverado matches his personality best. If Matthew could have any car in the world, he would choose a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

When not at work, you’ll find Matthew off-roading, watching Sprint Cup races, being a volunteer firefighter, or spending time with his family. He enjoys watching “Fast and Loud” and cheering on the Detroit Tigers.

We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Matthew! He would be happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding parts for your car, truck, or SUV!

Employee Spotlight: Rob Brown

This month, we’d like to highlight one of our newest team members. Meet Rob Brown, our new sales consultant. He’s Battle Creek native and has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. He graduated from Harper Creek High School and also attended Kellogg Community College. Rob is a proud Combat U.S. Army Veteran who took part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Rob isn’t big on television, but he does enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his daughter, Kylie. He is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan!

If Rob were a car, he says that a truck would match his personality best. Currently, he drives a 1999 Olds 88, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. His favorite vehicle that we carry on our lot is a Chevy Camaro. Rob says that the worst car he’s ever driven is a Ford Festiva.

Rob’s favorite thing on the job is meeting with new people and helping them with their vehicle needs. Stop by and say “Hey!” to our newest team member, Rob Brown today!

How to Celebrate Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day

 

Nothing seems to welcome in summer vacation quite like Memorial Day. Make this year a special one and celebrate with friends and family with these ideas from College Chevrolet Buick.

 

 

Memorial Day Parades

Search your local newspaper for information on your area’s Memorial Day Parades. These community gatherings offer a chance to meet with friends in the morning. Plus, there’s nothing like starting your day off with some live music and colorful floats.

Decorate with Flags

One Memorial Day tradition is to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags. Decorate your own house with flags, or have a craft day with the kids to make your own American flags, as a way to honor these soldiers.

National Moment of Remembrance

Memorial Day may be a great opportunity to spend a day off with loved ones, but it’s also good to remember why it was created in the first place—to honor our fallen soldiers. One way to connect with the reason behind Memorial Day is to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. Congress established this moment at 3 pm each Memorial Day as a way to create national unity for one minute every year. Take that minute of silence out of your day this year to thank our fallen soldiers and show gratitude for your freedom, family, and friends.

Employee Spotlight: John William

John WilliamThis month we’d like for you to meet John William! John is a part of our sales team and has been working with us for an impressive 49 years! He is an Albion native and still resides right here in his hometown.

When it comes to cars, his dream car is a Bugati Veyron because they look cool and intimidating. Who wouldn’t want that? John says that if he were a car, he would probably be a Chevrolet Corvette. Currently, you’ll catch John driving down the road in his GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, or Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. His favorite new vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Camaro or the Buick Regal. The worst car John says that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing seemed to work on it.

When not on the job, you’ll find John fishing, checking out antique cars, bowling, spending time with his grandkids or BBQ’ing. His favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers and he really enjoys watching Law and Order and 60 Minutes.

We invite you to come say “Hello!” to John because his favorite part of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is meeting and interacting with different people. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see John today!

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!

Employee Spotlight: Mark Wasick

Mark WasickThis month we’d like to introduce you to Mark Wasick, a sales consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick! Mark has been working at our dealership for five years and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Currently, Mark drives a Cadillac STS4 and his most favorite vehicle that he’s ever owned was a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The worst car that Mark has ever driven was a Ford Escort and his current favorite is any Silverado HD. If Mark were a car, he says that he would be an International Terrastar 4×4 pickup truck!

When not at work, you can find Mark cheering on the Detroit Red Wings or catching up on his favorite TV show, “Deadliest Catch”. He also enjoys re-watching his favorite TV show of all-time, The Sopranos.

Mark says that the best thing of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is finding out people’s needs and giving out solutions that exceed expectations. If you are in the market for a new car, truck, or SUV, let Mark exceed your expectations! Stop by and ask him to show you around our dealership.

Employee Spotlight: Kristi Russell

Kristi Russell

Kristi Russell – Administrative Assistant

Kristi Russell is the Administrative Assistant here at College Chevrolet Buick. She’s been with us since 1998. She was even part of the staff when we were known as Frahm Chevrolet Buick Pontiac. Kristi has been happily married for 18 years, has two great kids, and 3 cats. She currently resides in her hometown, Marshall.

When not working hard at College Chevy, you’ll find Kristi cooking for her family, watching Food Network, or enjoying the great outdoors. She and her family like to explore Silver Lake Sand Dunes in their Jeep and also enjoy spending time on the water with their boat.

Currently, Kristi drives a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban and she says that it’s the best vehicle that she’s ever owned. If she could have any car, she’d like to have a 1975 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon. She loves the style and look of it! On the other hand, Kristi says that the worst car she’s ever driven is a Ford Tempo.

Kristi’s favorite part about working at our dealership is interacting with customers. She enjoys meeting new people so please stop by College Chevrolet Buick and say “Hi!” to Kristi, our Administrative Assistant!

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.