• Meet Our Team: Parker Votava

    Parker Votava
    Parker Votava – Service Writer

    We’d like to introduce you to Parker Votava one of the newest members of our team. Parker is a Service writer and has been working here at College Chevy for 2 months. Although he is new to the dealership, he is not new to the industry. He has been working in the car industry for 4 years. Parker is from Marshall, Michigan and went to Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

    Parker’s dream car is a 2016 Chevy SS. He loves the fact that the SS has the same features as a normal sedan, but has the power of a Camaro. Currently, he drives a 2013 Ford F-350 Platinum Edition, but his favorite car was his 2000 Chevy Silverado. He feels that the Chevy Silverado 3500HD Duramax best-matches his personality because he feels prepared for anything when he’s in a truck. He also says that he is a hard worker, just like the 3500HD. The worst car Parker has ever driven was a Mini Cooper.

    When not hard at work, you’ll find Parker working on small projects around the house and tinkering with his vehicles. He also enjoys playing golf and skateboarding. His favorite show right now is “Animal Kingdom” and his favorite show of all time is the British Car Review show called “Top Gear”. He is looking forward to football season so that he can cheer on his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers!

    So far, Parker is enjoying his time here as a part of the College Chevy team. His favorite part of the job is working with all of our great small town customers. He also really enjoys spending time with his co-workers. The next time you’re in for service, please say “Hey!” to one of our new team members, Parker Votava!

  • 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!

  • Welcome Brian Eberhard!

    Brian Eberhard
    Meet Brian – Our New Body Shop Manager!

    All of us at College Chevrolet Buick would like to welcome Brian Eberhard, our new Body Shop Manager, to our team! Brian brings tons of experience to the position, having worked in parts departments and body shops for over two decades.

    Before working at College, Brian worked at another Chevrolet dealership for 20 years. While there, he worked in the parts department for 18 years and then moved to the body shop as a Production Supervisor. Brian then moved to Kansas for 6 months to be with his family and took on the role of Production Supervisor at another body shop. With all of his experience, we knew he would be the perfect fit for the Body Shop Manager position here at College Chevy!

    Born and raised in Battle Creek, Brian is very familiar with the Albion area. He has quickly found a place within our team, and he didn’t waste any time establishing a great rapport with his associates and making new friends.

    Brian is a family man, so when he’s not hard at work, he likes to spend time with his family.  He also enjoys working on various projects around the house. One of the biggest reasons we knew Brian was perfect for the job was that, just like us, he loves vehicles!  His dream car is a truck—a 4×4 Chevrolet Crew Cab.  He figures that it would be the ideal vehicle for doing weekend mud runs, a favorite pastime of his.

    So far, Brian’s favorite part of his new job is getting to know everyone.  From there, his goal is to take the body shop at College Chevrolet Buick to “the next level” and help the business grow. We are happy that Brian joined our team and look forward to his success in the future! Please join us in welcoming Brian to our team!

  • Happy 4th of July!

    Happy 4th of July
    Happy 4th of July!

    Where has the time gone? This summer is breezing by as the 4th of July is now only days away. Are you looking for something to do to celebrate the holiday? Below is a list of Albion and area events including fireworks, BBQs, and more.

    July 3rd – Red, White & Blue Cruise In. The event will take place on Albion’s Historic Brick Street (AKA Superior Street). Registration for the Cruise-In starts at 4PM with the event going from 5PM-9PM. You may also enjoy Sparnfarkel’s Pig Roast during the event.

    July 3rd – Albion, Fireworks display. After dark, Albion will have their annual fireworks display over the Kalamazoo River.

    July 4th – Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. The fireworks display lasts around 15 minutes and is said to be one of the best in the entire state. Admission is $10 and there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Children under 3-ft are free. The display will begin at 10:30PM and will also feature a musical soundtrack.

    Do you know of any other events going on in the area? Let us know in the comment section below!

    Have a fun and safe 4th of July – from College Chevrolet Buick!

  • 2012 Chevy Camaro Newest Member of 11 Second Club

    For Camaro engineers and owners speed is and has always been the name of the game. The powerful 2012 Camaro ZL1, however, takes speed to another level. At the dragway in Milan, MI the Camaro ZL1 hauled off the line and posted a time of 11.93 seconds for the quarter-mile.

    Take a peek a the video to learn a bit more about that record breaking Camaro.

     

    It’s not uncommon for Chevrolet to take the Camaro to dragways and test out the Camaro’s muscle. The 2012 Camaro hit the Bondurant drag strip in Arizona and posted a more than respectable time, clocking in the 12 second range. This time Chevrolet went all out and was able to drop the time 11.93 second for the automatic transmission and 11.96 seconds for manual.

    However, the Chevy Camaro is more than straight line speed and brute strength. It can turn corners, brake, and accelerate too. Heading across the big pond to Nürburgring, the guys at Chevrolet rolled out the Camaro for the undeniably tough road course. This course is standard for sports cars. Turning in a time of 7 minutes, 41 seconds, the Chevy Camaro performed on par with vehicles like the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, and Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

    Another milestone down for the Chevy Camaro and I can only imagine that the engineers at Chevrolet are already thinking of ways to make the Camaro faster, quicker, better handling, more fuel efficient, safer, and so much more.

     

    Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

  • Artistic First: The Chevy Sonic

    The Chevy Sonic is known for its many firsts. First vehicle to kick flip and first to bungee jump. Well here’s another one to add to the list. The Sonic teams up with amazing street artist, Jeff Soto and a brick wall and what comes next is a masterpiece. Soto breaks down how the collaboration between man and machine worked to create this imagery. You can expect more first from the Sonic, because we’re sure this is just the beginning.

     

     

    Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube