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2018 Chevy Silverado Updates

There’s no pickup quite like the durable, bold Chevrolet Silverado. This truck manages to stick to traditional standards of strength and performance while adapting to the modern driver’s needs. So what are these new 2018 Chevy Silverado updates? College Chevrolet Buick has the latest word on the next model year.   2018 Chevy Silverado 1500

What’s Chuck Hiatt’s Story?

This month’s spotlight is on our very own General Manager, Chuck Hiatt! Chuck has been an integral part of College Chevrolet Buick for 12 years now. He is originally from Logansport, IN but now resides in Albion, where he cheers on the Michigan Wolverines. Chuck has been in the car industry for 28 years and

What’s Pam McMillan’s Story?

Pam McMillan

Pam McMillan is the Controller here at College Chevrolet Buick. First, you may be wondering just what a Controller does. Pam is in charge of directing the overall financial planning, budgeting, and accounting here at the dealership. Needless to say, Pam is a very important member of our team! Pam is from Detroit and went

Check Out the Race-Ready Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Chevrolet is going to make the racing world even more exciting this year with its factory-built Camaro GT4.R. This race-ready car will be built to meet global GT4 regulations and will be eligible to race in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class, the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class, and any other GT4 class races around the world.

Pratt and Miller Engineering helped develop the Camaro GT4.R, which is based on the Camaro ZL1 1LE. Under the hood of the GT4.R is a dry-sump 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine paired with an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shifters.

Other performance modifications include an Xtrac limited-slip racing differential, an adjustable traction control, an adjustable ABX system, two-way adjustable Ohlins Racing coilovers, and six-piston mono-block Brembo brake calipers in the front. Visual modifications include a revised rear wing, front dive plans, and front splitter to improve aerodynamics.

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Gaples, Aschenbach to debut impressive new GT4-spec Camaro

The Camaro GT4.R had its debut at the Pirelli World Challenge race in St. Petersburg, Florida in mid-March. It earned a solid second-place finish in all rounds driven by both Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples for Blackdog Speed Shop.

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we can’t wait to see how this wicked Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R performs for the rest of the season.

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!

Chevrolet Redline Edition Series Debuts in Chicago

Chevrolet Redline Edition Series

Chevrolet Redline Edition Series

The Saturn Redline Editions were favorites of enthusiasts across the country but, alas, they’ve been gone for years now. While the Saturn brand may be off the market, Chevrolet is looking to revive the Redline Edition Series. The American brand pulled the cover off of several Redline-equipped vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Chevrolet Redline Edition Series will spread to nine vehicles and offer significant changes in appearance from standard models. All nine automobiles are scheduled to hit the market by the end of 2017, giving enthusiasts another package to look forward to.

The Redline package will feature black wheels with red hash marks, black nameplates with red outline, black grilles, and black bowtie logos. Some vehicles will also receive additional unique styling effects.

Both the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado made the cut and will feature red tow hooks when equipped with the Redline package. The Camaro will feature red hash marks above the wheels, a nod to the brand’s history on the track.

Other vehicles set to see the Redline effect include the Malibu, Equinox, Traverse, Trax, and Cruze sedan and hatchback. The Silverado Redline is available for order from dealerships now.

We here at College Chevrolet Buick can’t help but be excited for the return of the Redline Edition!

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!

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.