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Employee Spotlight: Mike McCann

Mike McCann

Meet Mike McCann!

Meet one of our newest sales consultants, Mike McCann! Although Mike may be new to the dealership, he’s been in the automotive aftermarket for over 30 years. Mike is a resident of Adrian, but he grew up in Tecumseh. He went to Sienna Heights and also attended Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

Mike considers himself a “true car guy” who loves to tinker and restore old classic cars which makes sense because his dream car is any 70’s muscle car he can get his hands on. When not at work, you’ll find Mike playing Bass in one of two classic rock bands. He also enjoys riding ATVs with his son. You’ll also find Mike cheering on UM football and watching NASCAR on Sundays. His favorite TV show is “Shade Tree Mechanic” and he even got to help produce a few of the episodes!

Currently, Mike drives a GMC Yukon XL Denali, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird TransAm. His favorite Chevy vehicle is the Silverado Duramax Diesel Crew Cab truck!

Mike is a family man who has 4 grown children, one of which is a Freshman at Albion College! We invite you to stop by and say “Hi” to one of our newest team members, Mike! He’d love to show you around our lot here in Albion.

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin is an Albion, Michigan native and has lived here his entire life. He went to Olivet College and works here at College Chevrolet Buick as a Service Advisor. Kevin likes his job at College Chevy because he gets to work with customers. He enjoys helping people resolve their issues and always puts the customer first.

When not at work, you will find Kevin golfing, camping, and spending time with his family. He currently drives a 2015 Chevy Silverado which is perfect because the Silverado lineup is his favorite. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1964 Buick Electra that his father built and restored.

Kevin’s favorite TV show of all-time is “M.A.S.H,” but his favorite current show is “Property Brothers”. Kevin enjoys cheering on all of Michigan’s sports teams. His dream car is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird because it’s the same age as he is. He says that he’s never had a least-favorite car because they’ve all had a special purpose in his life.

Kevin invites you to bring your car by College Chevrolet Buick’s service department! He would be happy to help you diagnose any issue and get it fixed quickly! Visit Kevin and the rest of the service team at College Chevy in Albion!

Employee Spotlight – Thomas Swope

Thomas Swope

Thomas Swope – Pre-Owned Car Sales Manager

At College Chevrolet Buick, we’re proud of our team! We’d like to take a few minutes to put Thomas Swope an 8-year dealership veteran in the spotlight.

Thomas started with us right after he graduated from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!). He served as our Internet Sales Manager for 7 years prior to becoming our Pre-Owned Sales Manager.

When not at work, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family and especially enjoys bonding with his 6-month old son! He also enjoys Snowmobiling, which makes the long Michigan winters much more enjoyable.

Thomas grew up in the Albion area. He graduated from Albion High School and is proud to be a part of the College Chevrolet Buick family. Currently, Thomas drives a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

If you’re in the market for a used car, we urge you to stop by College Chevrolet Buick to meet Thomas Swope and the rest of the pre-owned team. Thomas would be happy to help you find the perfect car for the perfect price!

Buick Avista Concept Shows Off Its Curves in Detroit

BuickBuick showed off a new concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that had us craving for a new sports coupe. Titled the Buick Avista concept, it borrows many of its looks from the award-winning Avenir concept, which debuted last year at the same event.

The front end features the prominent grille and wings that stretch away from the colored tri-shield logo. In addition to the flashy, aggressive headlights, these are all design cues we should expect on future Buick models at College Chevrolet Buick.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing an impressive 400 horsepower—all sent to the rear wheels for maximum enjoyment. It reminds us of Buick’s racing heritage and hints at future performance models—at least, so we hope.

“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick sales, service, and marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

Choosing the Right Car Type: Sedan or Hatchback

2016 Chevy Sonic Hatchback

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

When it comes to shopping for a new car, choosing the right body style for you can be the easiest or the hardest, depending on how specific your needs are. Here are some of the pros and cons when it comes to two of the most popular types: sedan and hatchback.

Sedans are four-doors with long trunks, which are separate from the rest of the car and sit below the back window. Hatchbacks are often called five-doors because of the rear liftgate, which covers the open cargo space behind the rear seats.

Hatchbacks are often a more practical choice than sedans because they have more cargo space, and most of them have seats that fold down. The problem with hatchbacks is that it’s easy to see into the trunk, which many drivers feel insecure about. They’re also widely considered more childish-looking than sedans.

So if you’d rather have a more sophisticated car and don’t have a need for the extra cargo space and folding seats, a sedan is probably for you. On the other hand, hatchbacks offer more practicality for some drivers.

Still not sure about choosing sedan or hatchback? Check some out in person at College Chevrolet Buick.

What to Do and How to Be Safe If Your Engine Overheats

check engineWhile you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats:

  • First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over.
  • Cautiously lift the hood of your car, allowing some airflow to cool off the hot contents.
  • Look around, but whatever you do, do not touch or remove the radiator cap, which would likely result in serious injury.
  • Next, call a professional and wait for help. It is not safe to drive with an overheated engine.
  • In the meantime, try to figure out what went wrong. Perhaps you are out of coolant, or one of the cooling system’s fans is broken.

In general, the summer seems to be the worst time of the year for engines overheating. Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.

Just in Case: Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

jumper cablesWhether you drive long commutes that make it feel like you live in your car or go short distances around town – no one is exempt from the occasional flat tire or dead battery. Are you prepared for when it happens to you? Here is a brief list of essential items to keep in your car for those “just in case” scenarios.

To be ready for a flat tire, be sure to keep a spare tire, car jack, and wrench located in the trunk of your vehicle. You may also want to consider keeping a tire inflator and sealer as well. In case you’re out of practice, here’s a brief brush-up on how to change a car tire.

A dead battery: it’s happened to the best of us. You go out to start your car and realized you left your lights on…oops! To get that battery up and running again, be sure to have a set of jumper cables. Here is a refresher video on how to jump your car battery.

first aid kitIt is also a good idea to always keep a first aid kit in your vehicle as well.

We at College Chevrolet Buick encourage all of our readers to double check your vehicles and make sure you have these essential items, and if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help!

When Words Aren’t Enough: Chevrolet’s Emoji Press Release

Sometimes words just aren’t enough.

2016 Chevy Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze – Coming Soon!

In a recent Chevrolet press release announcing the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, the company revealed, “Words alone can’t describe the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze…so to celebrate its upcoming reveal, the media advisory is being issued in emoji.” Emojis. You know, those little cartoon pictures in text messages used to emulate a feeling or emotion.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevy Cruze Interior Photo

Chevrolet’s emoji press press release included hearts, cars, rainbows, and a plethora of other icons for readers to decipher. In fact, the auto company encouraged translators of the pic-script to put their interpretations online using #ChevyGoesEmoji. Want to see how your emoticon translation skills are? You can see a full version of the emoji press release here, as well as its Chevy translation – using real words.

The new Chevrolet Cruze, which was unveiled several days after the press release, sports an athletic build, updated technology, and improved fuel economy, and according to the emojis – will put a big smile on your face.

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be coming to showrooms spring of 2016. Stay tuned to College Chevrolet Buick’s blog for more details.

 

The Chevy Colorado’s Pricing has been Released

Chevy Colorado's Pricing

2015 Chevy Colorado

Here at College Chevy, we have been anticipating the release of the 2015 Chevy Colorado. We know that Chevrolet’s revitalized mid-size truck will offer better MPGs and more utility than before. We know that fuel-efficiency is something that people look for when purchasing a new vehicle and we’re sure that the Chevy Colorado will not disappoint.

Coming in at $5,000 less than its big sister, the Chevy Colorado will be an affordable pickup. The base model featuring a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission will start at just $20,995. The engine makes 200-horsepower and 191-lb.ft of torque which is enough to help you even with the toughest jobs.

Drivers may also opt for the more powerful V-6 engine which makes 305-horsepower and 269 lb.-ft of torque. This engine will come standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission and plenty of interior features. Some of our favorite features included in the Colorado include a rear vision camera, locking tailgate, and power windows.

If the V-6 isn’t enough to do the job, drivers can also purchase a Colorado with a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine. This model will come with a higher price tag, but when it comes to tough jobs and efficiency, it will definitely be the way to go.

Be sure to stop by our dealership when the Colorado makes its debut! We hope to see you soon at College Chevrolet Buick!