• Mindi Tompkins. What’s Your Story?

    What's Your Story

    This month we want to recognize one of our newest employees, Mindi Tompkins! Mindi is our new Office Assistant and has been a part of our team for just a few weeks. She is originally from Jackson, MI and attended Jackson College for school. She stays involved in the town by helping out with the Lumen Christi Cheer Team, as well as cheering on the Detroit Red Wings! When Mindi’s not helping cheer on a team, she enjoys watching Shameless or her favorite show of all time, The Bachelor.


    When it comes to cars, the best vehicle Mindi has ever owned is her Kia Optima that she currently drives now. Her dream car would be a yellow Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible so she can cruise down California State Route 1 with the top down. If Mindi could pick her favorite car on our lot, she would choose between either the Chevy Impala or the 2500 Silverado Duramax in all black. Mindi has been around a variety of vehicles, which makes her a great asset to our team.

    Mindi Tompkins


    If you find yourself in our dealership, come stop by and say hi to one of our newest employees. Mindi loves working with a team that is committed to helping each other and their customers. Let our team help you find a brand new car that is perfect for your needs! Visit College Chevrolet Buick today.

  • Jimmy Faust, What’s Your Story?

    What's Your StoryThis month, we’d like to introduce Jimmy Faust! Jimmy is a sales consultant here at the dealership and currently resides in Jackson. Although he has only been with us for a short time, he has worked with auto auctions as a buyer in the past.

    When not at work, you’ll find Jimmy hunting, fishing, and snowboarding. His favorite TV shows include Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. He’s originally from New Orleans, so you’ll catch him cheering for the Saints during football season.

    Next, let’s talk cars! His current ride is a 2001 GMC Sierra, but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1987 Buick Regal. It was his very first car and never let him down. His dream car is a 1967 Mustang GT 500 (Eleanor). His favorite Chevrolet vehicle is a 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06 (we can’t disagree on that!) If he had to choose a car that best fit his personality, he would choose a 2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax. The worst car he has ever driven was a 1994 Ford F-150 because the bed fell off as he was test driving it)

    We would love for you to stop by and meet one of our newest team members, Jimmy Faust! He would love to have the opportunity to help you find the perfect new car!

  • 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!

  • 2012 Diamonds & Dreams

    College Chevrolet Buick is participating in Chevrolet’s 2012 Diamonds and Dreams program promoting youth baseball.

    Youth baseball is a great way to get kids outside, practicing good sportsmanship, and an excellent way to make lifelong friends and memories.

    Chevrolet Diamonds & Dreams program has granted makeovers to more than 25 community baseball fields nationwide.

    In addition to the field makeover, winners will also receive $1,000. Find out more about Chevrolet’s Diamonds and Dreams program on our Facebook Page.

    Here’s a video from the Diamonds and Dreams program rebuilding a field in Detroit, MI. Check out how Chevrolet workers, volunteers, and kids changed revamped Jayne Field.



    Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

  • Electric Range Extended For The 2013 Chevy Volt

    If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to drive electric, now is the time to hop over completely. The Chevy Volt is back and better than ever for the 2013 model year. Here are just a few reasons we at College Chevy Buick think you should give the Volt a chance:

    Electric Range: With the 2013 Volt, you’ll get an all-electric range of 38 miles. That’s up 3 from last year.
    Total Range: After the Volt’s battery is depleted, the Volt will switch over to the 1.4-liter gas range extender which powers a generator to provide energy to an electric motor (good for 149 hp), which brings the total range up to 380 miles.
    Efficiency: The 2013 Volt received an incredibly high EPA rating of 98 MPGe. The previous model received a rating of 94.
    Battery Power: The batter pack for the 2013 Volt has been bumped up ever so slightly. Now, instead of 16 kilowatt-hours of energy, the Volt’s battery can hold 16.5. That might not sound like much, but it means that the Volt can draw on 10.6 kWh instead of 10.3.


    Need more convincing? Stop by College Chevy Buick today, and we’ll be happy to show you just how shockingly awesome the Volt truly is!


    Image(s) courtesy of © General Motors

  • Electric Range Extended for the 2013 Chevy Volt

    There are some electrifying rumors about the 2013 Chevy Volt that are currently charging the nation, and we at College Chevy Buick just can’t stop talking about them. From what we’ve heard, it’s likely that your favorite EV will soon be available with something completely new and exciting: a battery conservation mode that will allow you to use the Volt’s integrated gas tank when the car reaches higher speeds, like on the highway. This will conserve the battery.


    This system makes a lot of sense for drivers who sometimes take their electric cars out of the city and into a faster-paced driving, because, although electric cars are incredibly efficient during in-town driving, their batteries drain very quickly at higher speeds. The Volt’s innovative “EV Hold Mode,” however, allows you to switch into the gas-powered mode so that you can maintain the battery’s current charge and implement your fuel reserves for the highway miles.

    That’s not all that’s new and improved for the 2013 Volt, however. The EV will also feature the sacred lane-departure warning that has saved numerous lives since it first appeared in Chevy vehicles. In addition, the Volt will shed its black roof and trunk and take on body-colored parts to match the rest of the vehicle.

    Keep checking back in with us for more Chevy Volt news, or, for instant updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

    Image(s) courtesy of © General Motors

  • 2012 Chevy Camaro Newest Member of 11 Second Club

    For Camaro engineers and owners speed is and has always been the name of the game. The powerful 2012 Camaro ZL1, however, takes speed to another level. At the dragway in Milan, MI the Camaro ZL1 hauled off the line and posted a time of 11.93 seconds for the quarter-mile.

    Take a peek a the video to learn a bit more about that record breaking Camaro.


    It’s not uncommon for Chevrolet to take the Camaro to dragways and test out the Camaro’s muscle. The 2012 Camaro hit the Bondurant drag strip in Arizona and posted a more than respectable time, clocking in the 12 second range. This time Chevrolet went all out and was able to drop the time 11.93 second for the automatic transmission and 11.96 seconds for manual.

    However, the Chevy Camaro is more than straight line speed and brute strength. It can turn corners, brake, and accelerate too. Heading across the big pond to Nürburgring, the guys at Chevrolet rolled out the Camaro for the undeniably tough road course. This course is standard for sports cars. Turning in a time of 7 minutes, 41 seconds, the Chevy Camaro performed on par with vehicles like the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, and Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

    Another milestone down for the Chevy Camaro and I can only imagine that the engineers at Chevrolet are already thinking of ways to make the Camaro faster, quicker, better handling, more fuel efficient, safer, and so much more.


    Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

  • Chevy Corvette Departs To South Korea

    The Chevy Corvette is getting some Seoul. Back for the first time, the Corvette makes its maiden voyage to South Korea and is set for a debut on Friday May, 4th.



    It’s undeniable that the Chevy Corvette is one of the most popular vehicles in the world. The Corvette burst on to the scene in 1953, and hasn’t stopped thrilling people since.

    For car enthusiasts who just can’t get enough of the Corvette, you can always make the voyage to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. This museum is home to some of the rarest and most exotic Corvette’s the world has ever seen.

    The C6 body style of the current Chevy Corvettes gets many of its styling from past models. The smooth powerful grounded exterior and rounded fender have always been part of the Corvette’s appeal.

    South Koreans will get their first taste of the Chevrolet Corvette with a few pricing and package options. The coupe price has been set at KRW 86.4 million ($76,399) and a special leather interior package option is available for and additional KRW 3 million ($2,653).


    Image(s) courtesy of © General Motors

  • Artistic First: The Chevy Sonic

    The Chevy Sonic is known for its many firsts. First vehicle to kick flip and first to bungee jump. Well here’s another one to add to the list. The Sonic teams up with amazing street artist, Jeff Soto and a brick wall and what comes next is a masterpiece. Soto breaks down how the collaboration between man and machine worked to create this imagery. You can expect more first from the Sonic, because we’re sure this is just the beginning.



    Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube