• Employee Spotlight: Kris Raatz – Body Shop Manager

    Kris RaatzWe’d like to take the time to introduce you to Kris Raatz our new Body Shop Manager! Kris is from and currently lives in Lansing, Michigan. He attended college at Lansing Community College. Although he is new to College Chevy, Kris has worked in the automotive industry for 22 years.

    Currently, Kris drives a Chevy Cruze, but his favorite Chevy vehicle is a 1969 Chevy Camaro. One day, he would love to own a 1957 Chevy (and says that everyone else should have that dream too!). His favorite car that he’s ever owned was a 1957 Cadillac DeVille. His least-favorite car he’s ever driven was a Toyota. He says that a Chevy truck would match his personality best because he considers himself to be hard-working and dependable.

    When he isn’t hard at work in our Body Shop, Kris enjoys playing golf, working around the house, going to the beach, and sitting around a bonfire with some good friends. He also enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Detroit Tigers.

    Kris’ favorite part about working here at College, is being able to make cars look as good as new! He loves seeing customers smile once they see that their vehicles looks like it did before there was an accident. If you have been in an accident, please consider bringing your vehicle in to Kris and the rest of the College Chevy team! We’d be happy to help you get back on the road!

  • Preparing in case of a Auto Accident

    Unfortunately, auto accidents happen. Why not be as best prepared as possible? There are a few things you can do to get yourself and your car ready… just in case!

    First, be sure to always carry your insurance card with you. Some keep their card in the glove box while others keep it in their purse or wallet. Many insurance companies now have identification cards available to print online or you may also be able to pull up a digital copy on your Smartphone. Just make sure that you have a copy of your insurance card easily accessible in case of an accident.

    If an accident occurs, move carefully after impact. Do not injure yourself trying to remove yourself from the vehicle or by helping someone else. Next, be sure to call emergency personnel to the scene. Contact 911 for assistance and call a towing company if you are able.

    Next, be sure to get all of the information you need for insurance purposes. Get everyone involved to exchange contact information, insurance information and plate numbers. The police will be able to help you with this task.

    The next step is to document the accident. The police and emergency personnel will be able to help you with this task also. Use your camera or cell phone to take pictures of the scene. Also try and get the names of any witnesses if possible.

    The last step after an accident is to reach out for assistance. Contact your insurance company to file a claim. Check with your provider to be sure and get your claim entered on time. Also reach out to your local dealership, College Chevrolet Buick, to help you get back on the road quickly.