• 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.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Fourth of July Driving Tips

    4th of July

     

    Heading out onto the road is just a regular part of celebrating Independence Day, but it’s not a task that should be taken lightly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more drivers died in collisions on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year from 2010-14, making it exceedingly important that you exercise caution on roadways. Consider the following before hitting the road this 4th of July.

     

    Have your vehicle serviced

    If you’re planning on going somewhere for Independence Day, make sure that you’ve maintained your recommended service and maintenance schedule. If you’re due for an appointment at College Chevrolet Buick, the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July is a great time to get necessary work done.

     

    Follow the three-second rule

    Make sure there are at least 3 seconds of time between you and the vehicle in front of you, or approximately two car lengths. This was a rule that you learned in driver’s ed, but it may have slipped from your mind as you’ve become more comfortable behind the wheel. Refamiliarize yourself with this habit to maximize safety.

     

    Have a designated driver

    Drunk driving is a significant problem for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on any day of the year, and the danger only increases on days where celebration is the norm. If you plan on having any alcohol over the Fourth of July, make absolutely sure that you have a designated driver at the ready.

     

    Plan accordingly

    The best way to avoid the congestion that comes with the July 4th is to not drive on that day. Instead, get to where you’re going a day early and leave a day later; not only will you feel less rushed, but you’ll be less likely to run into a jam.

     

    These are just some of the ways that you can better ensure your safety on the road this Fourth of July. From all of us here at College Chevrolet Buick, stay safe and have a great holiday!

  • 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.

     gifts for car lovers

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.