Archive for May 31, 2013

Hot Rod Power Tour® Returns with Chevy Performance Cars

Chevy started this June off by showing off an impressive line of current high-performance cars and concept cars.

This tour kicks off in Arlington, TX on June 1st and ends just outside of Charlotte, NC on June 7th.  Check out the full schedule on the Power Tour site.

Chevrolet gives car enthusiasts a treat with a truly unique custom vehicle, the Hot Wheels® 1967 Chevy Camaro Concept. This concept is a full sized interpretation of one of the original sixteen Hot Wheels® vehicles that made their debut in 1968.

 

The Camaro isn’t the only special treat for Chevy fans. Each stop on the tour Chevrolet will bring along the Chevrolet Performance trailer. The trailer will have representatives on hand to answer questions on how to transform their Chevy performance vehicles. Chevrolet’s Performance trailer also includes up-close looks at several performance engines like the LSX454 and ZZ383; not to mention the trailer will feature a partial chassis installed with an LS376/575 engine and 4L85E transmission, and much more.

“Chevrolet Performance has been part of the Hot Rod Power Tour for more than a decade and we’re excited to demonstrate our performance vehicles, crate engines and other performance products out on the highway,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles & Motorsports. “The Power Tour also gives car builders and other enthusiasts a closer look at our products and the opportunity to discuss with our engineers and product experts how to integrate them in their projects.”

If you’re headed down south next week and you happen to be near an area that’s a Power Tour stop we recommend you check it out. But if you can’t make it check back in to our blog or check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CollegeChevroletBuick) for pictures.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a day to remember the ones who are no longer with us, who have honored the United States of America by signing up and serving in our armed forces. Those honored include family members, friends, and neighbors.

In remembering these brave souls the festivities around Memorial Day celebrate their memory and spirit. Like the Memorial Day Parade in Jackson that takes place Monday at 10 a.m. in front of City Hall.

However, many spend Memorial Day weekend with family and friends sharing food, laughs, and stories.

Backyard barbeques and shopping trips often make the list of things to do over Memorial Day weekend, so we want to remind those who do hit the road to stay safe.

Here are a few things to remember this weekend and anytime you head out on the road.

 

Don’t Drink and Drive – Not only is this against the law it is incredibly dangerous. Drinking and driving accounts for nearly 30% of all auto accident deaths. Have a good time this weekend, but if you drink make sure to have a sober designated driver.

Avoid Speeding – The roads will be a bit more crowded. Leave several minutes earlier and plan for delays.

Buckle Up – Another law here in the state of Michigan. Drivers and passengers must be buckled up for safety. In case of an accident, seat belts are critical to keeping passenger safe.

Practice Defensive Driving – While you may be driving safely on your trip, others on the road may not travel with the same caution. Be aware of your surroundings and the activity of other vehicles on the road.

Road Ready Vehicle – As ready as you may be for your road trip, make sure your car is even more ready. Do a maintenance check on your vehicle before taking off on a road trip. Tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, brakes, windshield wipers, these are a few things to check to make sure your vehicle is ready to travel. If you have any apprehension about your vehicle after checking these things out stop by our service department and we’ll help get you back on the road quickly.

We hope these tips help you out a bit.

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.

National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week

With the warmer months coming up, we’d like to bring focus to something other than our high-performance and stylish vehicles that you’re used to reading about. Instead, we’ll turn our attention to National Bike Month, which we’re celebrating here at College Chevy Buick all month long!

There are many benefits to biking, such as saving money on gas, being earth-friendly, getting exercise, and just the pure enjoyment you get from feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your back. Whatever your reason, try to get out and enjoy a change of pace. In addition to National Bike Month, Bike to Work Week is this week, May 13-17. A nice bike ride to work would provide some great exercise and that perfect jolt to help you kick-start your day.

 

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we take biking very seriously, which is why we paired up with Kathy Roche-Wallace to sponsor her in her “Race Across America”. During her ride “she will ride 3,000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet, trying to average about 250 miles per day to finish in the allotted 12 day time period.” Pretty incredible stuff, if you ask us!

As always, remember to always be safe out there when riding your bike. Wear your helmet and signal when you are making a turn. If you are riding at night, make sure to have lights on your bike and wear bright attire. Now get out there and go enjoy yourself!

 

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.