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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

Employee Spotlight: 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.

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

All-New Chevrolet Traverse Revealed in Detroit

all-new Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is already turning heads.

As 2017 models start to launch in the automobile market, automakers are turning their attention to the upcoming 2018 model year. One such brand is Chevrolet, which kicked up anticipation in Detroit at the recent North American International Auto Show. Following the reveal of the next-generation 2017 Acadia last year, Chevy had the all-new Chevrolet Traverse lined up to turn heads once again in anticipation of the nameplate entering a new generation for 2018.

The Traverse was first introduced to the full-size SUV segment in 2009, but hasn’t gotten a major upgrade since then. While its appearance follows the new design philosophy of the aforementioned Acadia, the Chevrolet Traverse aims to be more truck-like for its new generation – more spacious, versatile, reliable, and upscale. While there’s no official EPA rating as of yet, Chevy estimates the Traverse’s new 3.6-liter V6 will have a 10% boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model.

The all-new Chevrolet Traverse has been redesigned for a slightly more affluent demographic, and Chevy is capitalizing on this by increasing the tech features found inside the new 2018 version. Despite this, the company is confident this new angle on the Traverse will boost sales among US families looking for a more roomy and premium option.

If you have questions, would like more information, or are ready to take a new Traverse for a test drive, visit us today at College Chevrolet Buick!

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.

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.

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.

Meet the Team: Rene Gedeon

Rene Gedeon

Rene Gedeon

Rene Gedeon is a Sales Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been with us since 2007. Rene is a Lansing native and currently resides in Dimondale. He has been working in the automotive business for about 12 years.

If Rene could have any car, he would pick a Corvette. He has owned one in the past and completely fell in love with the performance. Currently, he drives a Chevy Equinox, but he thinks that the Tahoe matches his personality best. He says that the worst car that he’s ever driven was a Chevy Corsica.

When not at work, you’ll find Rene at the bowling alley, hanging out with family, and playing the guitar. He is a big fan of “Impractical Jokers” and “Two and a Half Men”. He also enjoys cheering on the Detroit Lions.

Rene says that his favorite part about working here at College Chevy is meeting people and helping customers solve problems. He also enjoys helping people get what they want. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see Rene! He would be happy to help you find the perfect new ride!

New Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Try

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from College Chevrolet Buick!

Thanksgiving is all about family traditions, but if you’re sick of doing the same old thing, here are some new Thanksgiving traditions for the family looking to mix things up.

 

Make a Big Breakfast

Who wants to wait for dinner? Tide yourself over until the big meal later by indulging in a bigger-than-usual breakfast, all made from scratch.

 

Have Some “Me Time”

Some people get exhausted interacting with family all day. Before the big dinner, take some time to yourself to read a book, watch your favorite show, or go to a park.

 

Have Everyone Write Down Their “Thanks” – On the Table!

Instead of a tablecloth, try covering the table in butcher paper, then hand out pens to everyone. Have everyone write down what they’re thankful for during dinner.

 

Take a Walk as a Family

Now that your belly is full of delicious food, have everybody burn off the calories before dessert by going for a walk together.

 

Skype With Faraway Loved Ones

Is your family out-of-town? Use a program like Skype or Google Hangouts to get in touch during dinnertime!

 

Do you have any new Thanksgiving traditions of your own? Get creative this Thanksgiving season and brainstorm new ways to celebrate the holiday with your family.

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.

Chevy Reveals Special Edition Models for Equinox and Traverse

If you’re a fan of Chevy’s popular Equinox and Traverse SUVs, you’re in luck. Chevrolet recently unveiled several Special Edition models for the two nameplates: two for the Equinox and one for the Traverse. Known as the Chevy Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions and the Traverse Graphite Edition, these three models add cool cosmetic touches to the two different nameplates to give them an extra dose of style.

2017 Chevy Traverse Graphite Edition

2017 Chevy Traverse Graphite Edition

The Equinox is one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market, and the Midnight and Sport Editions are only available on its LT trim level. The Midnight Edition comes in Mosaic Black Metallic, while the Sport Edition is Summit White. Touches such as black grilles and Chevrolet logos, black 18-inch wheels, other blacked-out accents, and leather-appointed seats give both models a sleek, sporty appearance.

Meanwhile, the Traverse Graphite Edition is only available on the 2LT trim with the body color available in Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat. It will also receive black Chevy bowties in addition to 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels.

The Special Edition models of the Equinox and Traverse were released to give potential buyers extra incentive to buy before both nameplates are redesigned next year for 2018. If you’re looking for an SUV with unique flair, try one of these with the Special Edition packages equipped.