• 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.

  • Employee Spotlight: Vince Lefere

    Vince Lefere
    Vince Lefere – Parts Manager

    Vince Lefere is the Parts Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick. What does the Parts Manager do? Vince is in charge of overseeing the Parts Department. He monitors purchase trends and parts inventory levels. He also handles customer parts requests. Vince has been working in parts departments since 1983 and has been working here at College Chevrolet Buick for just over 3 years.

    Vince is from Jackson, but currently resides in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him spending time with his family, gardening, or making fountains. His favorite sports team is definitely Michigan (GO BLUE!).

    Currently, Vince drives a Chrysler Aspen but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned was an Eagle Vision. Vince’s favorite vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Silverado, but thinks that the Corvette would match his personality best. Vince’s favorite part about his job is meeting new people and helping customers solve problems. We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Vince Lefere, our Parts Manager!

  • 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!

  • All-New Chevrolet Traverse Revealed in Detroit

    all-new Chevrolet Traverse
    The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is already turning heads.

    As 2017 models start to launch in the automobile market, automakers are turning their attention to the upcoming 2018 model year. One such brand is Chevrolet, which kicked up anticipation in Detroit at the recent North American International Auto Show. Following the reveal of the next-generation 2017 Acadia last year, Chevy had the all-new Chevrolet Traverse lined up to turn heads once again in anticipation of the nameplate entering a new generation for 2018.

    The Traverse was first introduced to the full-size SUV segment in 2009, but hasn’t gotten a major upgrade since then. While its appearance follows the new design philosophy of the aforementioned Acadia, the Chevrolet Traverse aims to be more truck-like for its new generation – more spacious, versatile, reliable, and upscale. While there’s no official EPA rating as of yet, Chevy estimates the Traverse’s new 3.6-liter V6 will have a 10% boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model.

    The all-new Chevrolet Traverse has been redesigned for a slightly more affluent demographic, and Chevy is capitalizing on this by increasing the tech features found inside the new 2018 version. Despite this, the company is confident this new angle on the Traverse will boost sales among US families looking for a more roomy and premium option.

    If you have questions, would like more information, or are ready to take a new Traverse for a test drive, visit us today at College Chevrolet Buick!
  • Car and Driver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Review

    Car and Driver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado ReviewDrivers looking for a pickup are often searching for a vehicle that’s tough enough to get the job done. The Car and Driver 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Review shares that the Silverado doesn’t just offer powerful capabilities and durability. It also provides drivers with some of the best technologies and luxurious features in the automotive industry. Those in the world of automobiles are starting to take notice of the new Silverado’s amazing features and capabilities.

    Recently, Car and Driver published a review for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. During its assessment of the vehicle, they found plenty to love!

    First and foremost, the Chevy Silverado is a vehicle built to test the limits. With a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the Silverado is one of the most powerful vehicles on the road today. However, power isn’t everything, and Chevrolet understands that, which is why it equipped the 2017 Chevy Silverado with an impressive collection of technologies.

    Some of the amenities that Car and Driver took note of during its review were the option of Android Auto connectivity, as well as Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode. Overall, the publication was impressed with the refinement of the Silverado.

    If you too are ready to be impressed by everything that a powerful pickup can offer to you, stop by College Chevrolet Buick and discover the brand-new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.
  • Employee Spotlight: Kristi Russell

    Kristi Russell
    Kristi Russell – Administrative Assistant

    Kristi Russell is the Administrative Assistant here at College Chevrolet Buick. She’s been with us since 1998. She was even part of the staff when we were known as Frahm Chevrolet Buick Pontiac. Kristi has been happily married for 18 years, has two great kids, and 3 cats. She currently resides in her hometown, Marshall.

    When not working hard at College Chevy, you’ll find Kristi cooking for her family, watching Food Network, or enjoying the great outdoors. She and her family like to explore Silver Lake Sand Dunes in their Jeep and also enjoy spending time on the water with their boat.

    Currently, Kristi drives a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban and she says that it’s the best vehicle that she’s ever owned. If she could have any car, she’d like to have a 1975 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon. She loves the style and look of it! On the other hand, Kristi says that the worst car she’s ever driven is a Ford Tempo.

    Kristi’s favorite part about working at our dealership is interacting with customers. She enjoys meeting new people so please stop by College Chevrolet Buick and say “Hi!” to Kristi, our Administrative Assistant!

  • Meet the Team: Rene Gedeon

    Rene Gedeon
    Rene Gedeon

    Rene Gedeon is a Sales Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been with us since 2007. Rene is a Lansing native and currently resides in Dimondale. He has been working in the automotive business for about 12 years.

    If Rene could have any car, he would pick a Corvette. He has owned one in the past and completely fell in love with the performance. Currently, he drives a Chevy Equinox, but he thinks that the Tahoe matches his personality best. He says that the worst car that he’s ever driven was a Chevy Corsica.

    When not at work, you’ll find Rene at the bowling alley, hanging out with family, and playing the guitar. He is a big fan of “Impractical Jokers” and “Two and a Half Men”. He also enjoys cheering on the Detroit Lions.

    Rene says that his favorite part about working here at College Chevy is meeting people and helping customers solve problems. He also enjoys helping people get what they want. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see Rene! He would be happy to help you find the perfect new ride!

  • Employee Spotlight: Dale Bannister

    DaleDale Bannister has been a member of the College Chevrolet Buick team for the past year. Currently, Dale is the Internet Sales Manager. Before his time with us, Dale was a High School Principal.

    Dale’s hometown is Flint, Michigan, but he currently lives in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him working on his golf game, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, or fishing. His favorite sports teams include the MSU Spartans (GO SPARTY!) and the Houston Texans.

    Dale currently drives a Chevrolet Silverado (good choice!), but his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Chevrolet Suburban. He loves the Suburban because of it’s style, comfort, technology, and BLING! Dale’s favorite car that he’s ever owned is a Chevy Camaro and claims that the Spark matches his personality best because of the energy he brings to each customer here at College Chevy. His favorite thing about being a part of the College Team is making customer’s dreams come true.

    We invite you to come visit Dale at College Chevrolet Buick! He would love to assist you in finding the perfect new ride! Browse our great selection of new and used vehicles online today!

  • Employee Spotlight: Ben Snyder

    Ben Snyder
    Ben Snyder

    Ben Snyder is the Internet Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He’s been with us for almost a year and has been working in the auto industry for 5 years. Ben was born in Aurora, Colorado but was raised right here in Albion.

    Ben’s all-time dream car is the Batmobile, because well, who wouldn’t want to drive the Batmobile? He currently drives a Buick LaCrosse and a Chevy Equinox. His favorite car (which also happens to be the worst car he’s ever driven) was his ’91 Chevy Cavalier. The trunk leaked, the roof was caved in, the windshield was cracked, the brakes were soft, and it smelled terrible, but it was Ben’s introduction to freedom! Ben’s favorite Chevy vehicle is the upcoming 50th Anniversary 2017 Chevy Camaro. He says that if he were a car, he would be a 2016 Chevy Silverado High Country. Ben says he’s large and in charge on the outside, but comfortable and thoughtful on the inside – much like the truck!

    When not hard at work as our Internet Manager, Ben enjoys spending time with his kids. He has a 2-year-old and a 9-year old that love to play with Play-Doh and Legos. He also enjoys watching Michigan sports (GO BLUE!) and also enjoys Game of Thrones.

    His favorite part about working here at College Chevrolet Buick is the people. He thinks we have the best staff around (which we do!) and the customers make it fun to come into work every day! Stop by our dealership and say “Hello” to our teammate Ben the next time you’re out and about!

  • 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!