• Tips on Driving Safely in the Rain

    Tips on Driving Safely in the Rain in Albion, MIWhile we all love that April showers bring May flowers, spring rains can make driving a bit less pleasant. Rain can reduce visibility and traction on the road, but there’s no reason to worry — with a few simple spring driving practices, you’ll be all set. Here are some tips on driving safely in the rain.

    • Check windshield wiper blades and tires before hitting the road: If your windshield wipers are damaged from winter’s snow and ice, you should replace them, as damaged blades can streak and reduce visibility. You should also check your tires and make sure they have adequate tread depth, as this will help you maintain traction and control on the road.
    • Drive more slowly and increase your following distance: Travelling at lower speeds makes hydroplaning less likely, so it’s important to slow down when there’s water on the road. You should also avoid hard braking, quick turns, and increase your following distance from the car in front of you.
    • Stay calm if your car skids: If your car skids, you will want to stay calm and continue steering your vehicle in the direction you want it to travel. You should also avoid slamming on the brakes, as this decreases your control and stability on the road.

    For all of your spring maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into College Chevrolet Buick and let our expert technicians take care of you.

     

  • Chevy Builds Full-Size LEGO® Chevrolet Silverado

    LEGO Chevrolet SilveradoChevrolet unveiled a very special treat at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January. In celebration of the Silverado’s appearance in “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which hit theaters in February, Chevy built the first ever full-size LEGO® Chevrolet Silverado.

    The LEGO® Silverado, which is an exact copy of the 2019 Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss, was built in partnership with students from the FIRST LEGO® League from the Oxford Community School and the World in Motion Program from Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary.

    The project took 2,000 hours, 334,544 LEGO® pieces, and the work of eighteen LEGO® Master Builders to complete, and even has working lights. It weighs 3,307 pounds and measures six feet high, 20 feet long, and 8 feet wide.

    Chevrolet has partnered with LEGO® since the 2017 release of The LEGO® Batman Movie for which Chevy built a life-size LEGO® Batmobile. The Batmobile was revealed at the 2017 NAIAS and was also made by builders from A World in Motion and the FIRST LEGO® League, along with students from Detroit’s Cody Rouge community.

    Chevrolet is proud to partner with the LEGO® movie series, which always incorporates themes of teamwork, determination, family, community, and creativity. To see the real Silverado up close and in person, stop into College Chevrolet Buick.

  • Chevrolet Shows Off New Truck with Silverado Marketing Campaign

    2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is completely redesigned and better than ever. This is big news and Chevrolet wants to share it with the world. That is why it has crafted an extensive Silverado marketing campaign that covers nearly every type of media.

    To begin, Chevrolet produces three new digital spots to showcase the versatility of the new Silverado. “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll” shows how the Silverado can work with nearly every lifestyle. Next, the “Official Truck of Real People” shows how everyday people put the Silverado to work. Finally, “Tailgates” show the evolution of the Chevy truck over the last 100 years.

    You may have also caught a glimpse of the Silverado “breaking through” the packaging on 7.1 million Amazon packages. Amazon customers can also have their packages delivers straight to their Silverado through the Amazon Key In-Car Delivery program.

    If you love magazines, the Silverado got some great coverage on the front cover designs of some big names, including ESPN, GQ, Motor Trend, Bon Appetit, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Texas Monthly, Southern Living, and Sports Illustrated.

    Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said, “Leveraging all the available channels — traditional and new — along with unique partnerships and integrations allows us to reach both traditional truck buyers and potential new customers who may be drawn to the versatility and lifestyle that comes with owning a pickup truck.”

    If you’re looking for a capable, stylish, and powerful new pickup, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is up for grabs and ready to test-drive at College Chevrolet Buick.

  • 2019 COPO Camaro Celebrates a Half-Century of Excellence

    CamaroChevrolet is bringing a classic back to life for the modern age with the launch of the 2019 COPO Camaro. The new 2019 COPO Camaro will only be offered in a run of 69 units to celebrate the year in which the COPO Camaro was first created, as well as the total of the original run, making it one of the most covetable and desirable vehicles of its kind on the market today.

     

    The 2019 COPO Camaro will be powered by an LSX-based 350 engine paired with a 2.65-liter Magnuson supercharger, a 302-cubic-inch engine, or a LSX-based 427 racing engine, and it will feature a unique front-end design that helps set it apart from the conventional Camaro. It will be offered with a COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition package that will include an orange engine block, chrome valve covers, and a black high-rise intake manifold.

     

    “Chevrolet is proud to celebrate 50 years of the COPO Camaro legacy,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s one of the most enduring legacies in drag racing, with a powerful past and fast future.”

     

    You’ll need to register at www.chevrolet.com/performance/copo-camaro for your shot at one of just 69 new COPO Camaros, but the odds are likely not in your favor. If you want a no-less-impressive performance car that can be had much more easily, stop into College Chevy Buick and check out our selection of new Chevy Camaros.

  • Tips on How to Transport a Christmas Tree

    Tips on How to Transport a Christmas TreeChristmas trees are a staple of the holiday season that kids love, and nothing beats the wonderful scent of pine that fills up your home when you bring home a real tree. But getting it home can be tricky, so we’ve put together some tips on how to transport a Christmas tree that will keep you and your car safe.

    Supplies

    Always bring with you a tarp or blanket, work gloves, and bungee cords or something else to strap the tree down to your roof. This is the easiest way to transport a tree home without getting your interior covered in sap and stay needles, especially if you have a small vehicle.

    Cover the roof

    Lay down the tarp on the roof — you don’t want sap getting stuck to your paint job and drying in the cold. Secure it as best you can to keep it from flapping around and obscuring visibility while you drive.

    Positioning the tree

    Load the tree onto the roof with the trunk facing the front of the car, and make sure it’s positioned in the center of the car to help it stay stable while you drive.

    Make sure you’re wearing thick gloves when handling a tree! Pine needles are called needles for a reason, and the bark can rough up your hands too.

    Securing the tree

    Wrap your bungee cord or rope around the tree first, then pull it through your roof rails to secure it. If you don’t have roof rails, you can secure it to the inside of your car through the windows.

    Why not start your holiday shopping early by getting yourself a little something nice, like a new SUV or truck from College Chevrolet Buick? They’re perfect for transporting your Christmas tree.

     

  • What’s Your Story: Maara Puckett

    MyWhat's Your Story name is Maara Puckett and I am a mother of 4 boys. I am one of the newer members of the College Chevrolet Buick family in Albion. Since 2011 I have groomed, trained, and been a handler in boarding and Day Cares for K9’s. I always assumed I would have a career based around dogs of all breeds. I have had a passion for animals since I was young.

    Test driving a truck at College Chevy, changed my life. In May of 2018, I saw a truck online located at College Chevy. I came in to look at it and immediately took it on a test drive. While doing my finance application and talking about food (I love food), the finance manager jokingly asked me if I wanted a job. I laughed and declined.  When I realized that my seasonal work through Jackson County was coming to an end, I called College to ask if they were serious about the job offer, they said “Yes!”. While working at College Chevy, I found a passion that I didn’t even know I had.  I not only got into the truck I wanted, but I also acquired a new extended family with all of my new teammates.

    They sold me a truck and made my overall experience an unforgettable one. Now they are stuck with me for good!

  • Visit One of the Best Haunted Houses in Michigan This Halloween

    TombstonesThe weather is cooling down. The leaves are changing from green to yellow, red, and orange. Pumpkins are appearing on front porches. For some, this may simply mean it’s time to air out their sweaters and scarves and warm up a mug of apple cider. But for those of you who think only of goblins, ghosts, and ghouls the minute fall arrives, you know that it’s time to head out to a haunted attraction. You’ll find some of the country’s best haunted houses in Michigan, so don’t hesitate to hit them up if you love a good scare.

    Erebus

    Erebus in Pontiac is routinely mentioned among the best haunted attractions in the world thanks to its Hollywood-level special effects and high-quality scares. According to its last count, more than 7,000 guests have failed to complete the attraction because they were too scared. Are you brave enough to try your luck?

    Jackson’s Underworld

    In the mood for an old-school haunted house? Then head to Jackson, Michigan, and pay a visit to Jackson’s Underworld, a four-story tower of terror. If you want to make it a twofer, Jackson’s Underworld is located next door to Psycho Vision 3D, which shocks your senses with vivid colors and blacklight.

    Hush Haunted Attraction

    Hush, despite its name, has earned quite the reputation for making its guests scream. Westland’s premier haunt is bigger and longer in 2018 with 75 percent of the attraction being all-new.

    If you are in need of a reliable ride to get you to and from your favorite haunts this season, look no further than College Chevy Buick.

     

  • 2019 Buick Regal Avenir Provides More Luxury

    2019 Buick Enclave Regal LaCrosse Avenir Lineup When you purchase a vehicle from Buick’s Avenir lineup, you are getting a guarantee of the highest luxury. Now, you have the opportunity to get the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir, which arrives to ensure that the brand’s popular new Regal Sportback is even more opulent than ever.

    Currently, half of all Regal Sportback buyers are choosing the top trim level. As demand for high-end options in the midsize car segment continues to grow, the Regal Avenir couldn’t be joining Buick’s lineup at a better time.

    This luxurious Regal trim uses Buick’s first-ever cloud-connected infotainment system, allowing customers to interact with embedded apps and other features, including voice recognition and navigation. You can easily personalize your preferences so that the system performs exactly as you want it to.

    You will also find other interior features exclusive to this trim, including Whisper Beige upholstery with Ebony accents, unique diamond-quilt-stitched seats, embroidered first-row headrests, and Avenir-branded sill plates. The Regal Avenir is also available with a rich Ebony interior color scheme.

    Along with these one-of-a-kind interior features, the Regal Avenir also comes standard with a slew of driver-assistance technologies, including Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and auto-dimming driver-side mirrors.

    The 2019 Buick Regal Avenir should be arriving at College Chevrolet Buick very soon. Be sure to stop in and we’ll make sure that you’re among the first to take one for a test drive.

     

  • The History of Labor Day

    Labor Day

    Labor Day, which takes place on the first Monday of September every year, is a national holiday that celebrates workers in America. The history of Labor Day has roots in the labor movement of the 1800s, a movement that protested against the inhumane treatment of workers during the Industrial Revolution and helped win key rights for the American labor force.

    At the start of the Industrial Revolution, as early as the 1700s, laborers began protesting against the horrible conditions of factories and their long work hours. The labor movement grew more organized as the years went on, attempting to organize into unions, as well as rallying and holding strikes.

    A member of the labor movement proposed making Labor Day an official holiday in the early 1880s, though historians still debate whether Peter McGuire or Matthew McGuire was the first to propose it and when. Regardless, the first Labor Day celebration was held on September 5, 1882.

    Workers organized to hold another Labor Day celebration on the same day in 1883, and in 1884 an official proposal was made for Labor Day to take place on the first Monday of every September. Labor Day was celebrated in 23 states before Congress passed a law in 1894 making it an official holiday nationwide.

    This Labor Day, kick back and relax — you’ve earned it! While you’re at it, treat yourself by stopping into College Chevrolet Buick and checking out our selection.

     

  • Summer Road Trip Destinations in and Near Michigan

    Chicago Skyline

    Summer is a great time to hit the road and explore, but you don’t have to go far to enjoy a successful road trip. There are plenty of great opportunities for fun all within short driving range of Albion—these are just some of them worth considering.

     

    Ann Arbor and Detroit

    Detroit is a major cultural center that offers a variety of things to see and do, from historic charm to great food and drink to excellent nightlife opportunities. If you’re headed to Detroit from Albion, there’s no better decision than to make a stop in Ann Arbor on your way, a city known for its artsy atmosphere and small-town-in-a-big-city charm.

     

    Huron Manistee National Forest

    Outdoorsy types won’t be able to get enough of the Huron-Manistee National Forest, located northwest of Albion and featuring a diverse variety of ecosystems spread across nearly one million acres of pristine wilderness.

     

    Chicago

    There’s no city like Chicago, with recognizable attractions ranging from Millennium Park to Willis Tower to the Navy Pier. Whether you’re planning a romantic vacation for two or bringing along the little ones for a family adventure, there are plenty of sights to see and places to grab a great bite to eat.

     

    Mackinac Island

    Historical charm and island life await you on this island on the northernmost end of Michigan. It’s known for its local fudge shops, carriage rides, water recreation, and horseback riding among other things.

     

    There are just some of the many possibilities available to you within driving range of our fair city. If you need a reliable vehicle to get you to your vacation destination, look no further than College Chevrolet Buick.