• 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.

     

  • Fourth of July Driving Tips

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    Heading out onto the road is just a regular part of celebrating Independence Day, but it’s not a task that should be taken lightly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more drivers died in collisions on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year from 2010-14, making it exceedingly important that you exercise caution on roadways. Consider the following before hitting the road this 4th of July.

     

    Have your vehicle serviced

    If you’re planning on going somewhere for Independence Day, make sure that you’ve maintained your recommended service and maintenance schedule. If you’re due for an appointment at College Chevrolet Buick, the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July is a great time to get necessary work done.

     

    Follow the three-second rule

    Make sure there are at least 3 seconds of time between you and the vehicle in front of you, or approximately two car lengths. This was a rule that you learned in driver’s ed, but it may have slipped from your mind as you’ve become more comfortable behind the wheel. Refamiliarize yourself with this habit to maximize safety.

     

    Have a designated driver

    Drunk driving is a significant problem for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on any day of the year, and the danger only increases on days where celebration is the norm. If you plan on having any alcohol over the Fourth of July, make absolutely sure that you have a designated driver at the ready.

     

    Plan accordingly

    The best way to avoid the congestion that comes with the July 4th is to not drive on that day. Instead, get to where you’re going a day early and leave a day later; not only will you feel less rushed, but you’ll be less likely to run into a jam.

     

    These are just some of the ways that you can better ensure your safety on the road this Fourth of July. From all of us here at College Chevrolet Buick, stay safe and have a great holiday!

  • Who Was J.D. Power’s Most Awarded Brand in 2017? Chevrolet

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    The experts at J.D. Power are dedicated to cutting through the fat and determining the tops in the automotive industry year after year. The measure of an auto brand’s abilities to deliver for its customers can be easily determined based on the number of honors it earns from J.D. Power in a given year. By this standard, no other brand was better in 2017 than Chevrolet, which took home a total of nine awards in J.D. Power’s 2017 Vehicle Dependability (VDS); Initial Quality (IQS); and Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Studies.

    “Chevrolet is winning with consumers because our designers, engineers, and dealers are focused on delivering great products and a great ownership experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “This recognition from J.D. Power shows Chevrolet’s strength and underscores the momentum we have across the board.”

    Last year, six different Chevrolet vehicles earned J.D. Power awards, which measure “the automotive brands that are continually exceeding customer expectations and leading the way in terms of dependability, quality and overall customer satisfaction.” The Chevrolet Sonic and Silverado HD topped their respective segments in the VDS and IQS, and the Chevrolet Tahoe was tops in the VDS and APEAL Study.

    The Chevrolet Camaro also earned top honors in the VDS, the Silverado 1500 topped the full-size pickup segment in the IQS, and the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV earned the award for its segment in the APEAL Study. Chevrolet also scored big-time in the 2018 J.D. Power Customer Service Index (CSI) Study and 2017 Sales Satisfaction Index Study, which measure customer satisfaction with the brand’s services and experiences.

    We’re proud to represent J.D. Power’s most awarded brand, and we’re excited to show you first-hand why Chevrolet earned that very prestigious title. Stop in for a test drive at College Chevrolet Buick and feel the difference that award-winning quality makes.

     

  • Buick Is Removing Its Badge for the 2019 Model Year

    Buick Badge

    The “That’s Not a Buick” commercials might lead you to think that it’s hard to spot a Buick if you have a certain expectation, but if you know today’s modern and boldly styled Buick, you know one the moment you see it. It certainly doesn’t help when you know to look for the Buick name on vehicles like the Envision and Encore, but a report suggests that you might not have that badge to rely on much longer.

     

    The eagle eyes at GM Authority noticed that the newly revealed 2019 Buick Envision was missing the Buick brand plate on the rear tailgate. They then reached out to Buick, who informed them that beginning with the 2019 model year, the Buick name will no longer appear in badge form on its vehicles.

     

    Now, before you go panicking, keep in mind that this is just the Buick name—the hallmark tri-shield logo will remain intact, as will model name badging. Sure, that should be enough for you to register that you’re looking at a Buick, but it will certainly make it a bit more surprising for those not in the know when they discover that the handsome sedan, wagon, or SUV they spied on the road was, in fact, a Buick.

     

    If you absolutely have to have the Buick name on your ride, then make haste—the Buicks found on the lot at College Chevrolet Buick will be the last to bear the name, so you’ll want to make sure you get one while the getting’s good.

     

  • How to Prepare Your Car for a Spring Break Road Trip

     

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    Spring break is just a few weeks away, which means it is time to start making your plans if you haven’t already. If you have a spring break road trip in your future, you need to make sure your car is ready to go along for the ride. A little preparation before you hit the road can help you prevent a disastrous vacation experience that you’d prefer to forget. The following is some of what you should consider.

    • Tires. Make sure the tread on your tires is not getting too low and look for signs of extreme wear, like cracks or bulges.
    • Brakes. If it takes you longer to stop than usual or you hear any squealing coming from your car while stopping, you might have a brake problem. Have them inspected to make sure you have enough brake life remaining.
    • Lights. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working, including turn signals, brake lights, and headlights. You want to be able to see and let others see you while driving at night.
    • Wipers. If it has been more than six months since you last replaced your windshield wipers, it is time for a new set.
    • Battery. You don’t want to be left stranded somewhere unfamiliar with a dead battery. Inspect your battery for corrosion and clean the terminals, if needed.

    All of these services can be performed quickly and correctly at College Chevrolet Buick. Schedule your appointment before your spring break excursion and make sure that your getaway is one worth remembering from start to finish.

     

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD Joining the Lineup

    Chevy Silverado

    If you love trucks and raw power, then you’ll love this recent announcement from Chevy: Chevy is unveiling the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD this year. In fact, we only have to wait one more month, as the new medium-duty work trucks will be revealed at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The show will be held March 6th through 9th at the Indiana Convention Center.

    So what do we know about these trucks ahead of the show, aside from the fact that we cannot wait to get them on the lot here at College Chevrolet Buick GMC? Not much, but enough to keep us counting down the days.

    We do know that the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD trucks will be available in both crew and regular cab configurations, and drivers will be able to opt for 2WD and 4WD in a wide array of wheelbases and GVWRs. We also know these commercial trucks will be motivated by Chevy’s famous, efficient, and powerful Duramax diesel engine, mated to an Allison transmission. The medium-duty Silverados will feature advanced tech, like OnStar 4G LTE, and judging by the teaser photos, we can also expect big, bright fog lights and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors.

    As for the rest of the details—well, we’ll know next month.

  • Winter Driving Tips

    Winter Driving Tips

    Winter is well under way, and it isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Check out these winter driving tips from us here at College Chevrolet Buick so you can have safer travels this season.

    Slow Down

    While heavy winter snow and icy roads may be cause to want to get off the roads quickly, speeding isn’t the way to do it. Driving at increased speeds leave you with less time to stop, effectively increasing the chances of an accident.

    Slowing down will provide you with more time to stop. Be sure to accelerate and decelerate slowly as well. Not only will slowing down make your drive even safer, but you’ll also see reduced fuel consumption as well!

    Avoid Idling

    Idling is one of the most common wastes of fuel, and more drivers choose to idle in winter to warm up their car. Since it’s such a major drain on fuel and, by extension, your wallet, it’s wise to drive at a moderate speed to warm up your vehicle. Doing so will help increase fuel economy, get you on the road quicker, and save you money at the pump.

    Increase Following Distance

    Under normal circumstances, drivers should keep a following distance of around three to four seconds. During winter, the following distance should be increased to eight to ten seconds. Doing so will provide you with more time to stop in the event another driver hits their brakes unexpectedly.

  • What’s Brian Butts’ Story?

    What's Your StoryThis December, we would like to introduce a newer member of our team, Brian Butts! Brian works as a sales consultant at College Chevy and currently resides in Jonesville, MI. He is very knowledgeable in the sales word, having 20 years of experience before coming to our dealership.

    When Brian has the free time, he enjoys to spend his time outdoors either off-roading or camping. He also enjoys watching his favorite TV show, Gold Rush, and spending time with his children. Brian is originally from Fishers, IN but him and his family now call Jonesville his home.Brian Butts - College Chevrolet Buick

    While working in the automotive industry, Brian has formed his own opinions about the cars he’s experienced in his life. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is his Jeep XJ. This car has sentimental value to him because it is the vehicle that he met his wife in. Although Brian currently drives a Suburban, he says that his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Corvette. The worst car he’s ever driven was his daughter’s F-150 because it’s always breaking down on him!

    We invite you to come say “Hi!” and welcome one of our new team members at College Chevrolet Buick. He’s the perfect sales rep to help you find your brand new car!