• 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!

  • to do in Michigan

    Last-Minute Road Trip – Top Things To Do in Michigan

    Don’t let summer slip away without taking another road trip or two. Get your car tuned up at the College Chevrolet Buick service department, then head out to experience one of these fun things to do in Michigan.

     

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    Summer is the perfect time to visit the Upper Peninsula. The whole area is beautiful, but if you’re in need of a specific destination, you can’t go wrong with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Gorgeous rock formations, scenic hiking trails, and sand dunes all face the vast horizon of Lake Superior.

     

    Motown Museum

    Honor Michigan’s role in Motown music by visiting the official museum in Detroit. A guided tour will teach you everything there is to know about the Motown spirit. You’ll feel so connected to the history you might even imagine you see Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, or the Four Tops in the hallway.

     

    Detroit Institute of Arts 

    While you’re in Detroit, be sure to stop at this world-class museum. You’ll be surprised at the richness of the permanent collection, as well as the diversity of rotating exhibitions.

     

    Mackinac Island State Park

    This park is another of Michigan’s must-see natural attractions. Not only will you enjoy gorgeous views of water and land, but you’ll experience something special on this automobile-free island, where life seems slower and simpler.

  • Employee Spotlight: Matthew Sullivan

    Matt Sullivan
    Matthew Sullivan

    This month, we’d like to highlight Matthew Sullivan! He is a Parts Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been a part of our team since 2006. He has been working specifically in our parts department since 2013, so he really knows his stuff! Matthew is from Homer, but currently calls Albion his home.

    Matthew currently drives a 2002, but his favorite car of all time was his 1977 K5 Blazer. If he had to pick his favorite vehicle that we sell on our lot, it would be a 2017 Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel truck. He also believes that the Silverado matches his personality best. If Matthew could have any car in the world, he would choose a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

    When not at work, you’ll find Matthew off-roading, watching Sprint Cup races, being a volunteer firefighter, or spending time with his family. He enjoys watching “Fast and Loud” and cheering on the Detroit Tigers.

    We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Matthew! He would be happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding parts for your car, truck, or SUV!

  • Employee Spotlight: Rob Brown

    This month, we’d like to highlight one of our newest team members. Meet Rob Brown, our new sales consultant. He’s Battle Creek native and has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. He graduated from Harper Creek High School and also attended Kellogg Community College. Rob is a proud Combat U.S. Army Veteran who took part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

    Rob isn’t big on television, but he does enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his daughter, Kylie. He is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan!

    If Rob were a car, he says that a truck would match his personality best. Currently, he drives a 1999 Olds 88, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. His favorite vehicle that we carry on our lot is a Chevy Camaro. Rob says that the worst car he’s ever driven is a Ford Festiva.

    Rob’s favorite thing on the job is meeting with new people and helping them with their vehicle needs. Stop by and say “Hey!” to our newest team member, Rob Brown today!

  • How to Celebrate Memorial Day

    Celebrate Memorial Day

     

    Nothing seems to welcome in summer vacation quite like Memorial Day. Make this year a special one and celebrate with friends and family with these ideas from College Chevrolet Buick.

     

     

    Memorial Day Parades

    Search your local newspaper for information on your area’s Memorial Day Parades. These community gatherings offer a chance to meet with friends in the morning. Plus, there’s nothing like starting your day off with some live music and colorful floats.

    Decorate with Flags

    One Memorial Day tradition is to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags. Decorate your own house with flags, or have a craft day with the kids to make your own American flags, as a way to honor these soldiers.

    National Moment of Remembrance

    Memorial Day may be a great opportunity to spend a day off with loved ones, but it’s also good to remember why it was created in the first place—to honor our fallen soldiers. One way to connect with the reason behind Memorial Day is to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. Congress established this moment at 3 pm each Memorial Day as a way to create national unity for one minute every year. Take that minute of silence out of your day this year to thank our fallen soldiers and show gratitude for your freedom, family, and friends.