• Meet Our Team: Parker Votava

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    Parker Votava – Service Writer

    We’d like to introduce you to Parker Votava one of the newest members of our team. Parker is a Service writer and has been working here at College Chevy for 2 months. Although he is new to the dealership, he is not new to the industry. He has been working in the car industry for 4 years. Parker is from Marshall, Michigan and went to Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

    Parker’s dream car is a 2016 Chevy SS. He loves the fact that the SS has the same features as a normal sedan, but has the power of a Camaro. Currently, he drives a 2013 Ford F-350 Platinum Edition, but his favorite car was his 2000 Chevy Silverado. He feels that the Chevy Silverado 3500HD Duramax best-matches his personality because he feels prepared for anything when he’s in a truck. He also says that he is a hard worker, just like the 3500HD. The worst car Parker has ever driven was a Mini Cooper.

    When not hard at work, you’ll find Parker working on small projects around the house and tinkering with his vehicles. He also enjoys playing golf and skateboarding. His favorite show right now is “Animal Kingdom” and his favorite show of all time is the British Car Review show called “Top Gear”. He is looking forward to football season so that he can cheer on his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers!

    So far, Parker is enjoying his time here as a part of the College Chevy team. His favorite part of the job is working with all of our great small town customers. He also really enjoys spending time with his co-workers. The next time you’re in for service, please say “Hey!” to one of our new team members, Parker Votava!

  • What’s Your Story? Meet Leo Smith

    Leo SmithLeo Smith is an automotive technician here at College Chevrolet Buick. He is from (and currently lives in) Marshall, Michigan and spent some time studying at Lincoln Tech (DADC) in Denver, Colorado. Leo is newer to our team, he started in September just last year. Although he is newer to us, he has been in the automotive industry for 13 years.

    Leo’s dream car is a Factory Five GTM because you build it yourself so you can make it exactly how you want. He also likes the fact that it’s powered by the Chevy LS1. When not at work, you’ll find Leo camping, cycling, single board computing, python programming, and watching comedy shows. His favorite recent television show is Mr. Robot, but his all-time favorite is The Eric Andre Show.

    Currently, Leo drives a Mercury Milan. He would like to mention that the Milan was featured in Jalopnik’s “Meh Car Monday“. His favorite car he’s ever owned was a Mazda Rx7 Turbo 2, he also says that this car was his most unreliable. His favorite Chevy model is the Camaro ZL1, but says that his personality most resembles a Subaru Forester because he is reliable.

    Leo enjoys working in our service department because he likes to diagnose tricky problems. He feels rewarded when he completes a diagnosis. The next time your vehicle needs serviced, rest assured that Leo will be ready to help!

  • Kevin Weighman - Service Manager

    What’s Kevin Weighman’s Story?

    Kevin Weighman - Service Manager

    Kevin Weighman is our Service Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick. The service department at our dealership is a large part of our business and we are very lucky to have Kevin running the show with our service customers. He is very knowledgable in the automotive industry with 18 years of experience and 9 years of experience at our dealership.

    Kevin is originally from Jackson, MI but now resides in Albion where he enjoys watching and going to sports games, especially his Michigan State Spartans. If Kevin isn’t at or watching a game, you’ll find him hanging out with his children and girlfriend. His favorite TV show at the moment is “House of Cards”, but nothing will compare to his all time favorite, “Deadliest Catch”. What's Your Story

    When looking more at the vehicle aspect of his life, Kevin is definitely a truck guy. He currently drives a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado but his favorite car that he’s ever owned was his 2012 2500 HD Duramax. The majority of Kevin’s favorite cars are ones that we have right on our lot, just like his dream car, the Silverado 3500 HD Duramax.

    Whether it’s time for a service visit or you need some work done on your car, come say “Hi!” to our very own Kevin Weighman. Nothing is too difficult for our team and Kevin says that watching the technicians work together to solve difficult problems is what makes working at College Chevrolet Buick so great!

  • Don’t Miss These Fall Car Care Tips

    fallThere is a definite chill in the air now as the days continue to get shorter. As you settle into your autumn routine, make sure to take some time now to take care of your car before winter arrives. Here are some fall car care tips to help prevent some major breakdowns when the weather really gets cold.

    • Read your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual includes a list of routine maintenance you should have done on a regular basis. If you’ve missed some of this maintenance, get your car back on track.
    • Resolve performance issues. If your engine just doesn’t drive the way it should or you experience hard starts, rough idling, or stalling, get these issues resolved now as they will intensify with cold weather.
    • Keep your tank full. A fuel tank that is kept full helps prevent moisture from forming in the fuel lines. That moisture can freeze in the winter, so try to keep your tank full.
    • Check your HVAC system. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are in good working order. Your A/C still plays an important role in the colder months as it removes moisture from the air via the defroster.
    • Inspect your lights. As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your lights more. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.

    If you want to get your car ready for colder weather, schedule an appointment with College Chevrolet Buick.

  • Car Fluids You Should Check Regularly

    fluidMost drivers know about checking engine oil, but there are several different fluids your engine needs to keep running smoothly. Here are some car fluids you should check regularly to maintain your car’s health and functionality.

    Transmission fluid is one of the most important fluids in your car, as it lets the gears run smoothly. While when checking your engine oil the car should be cold, transmission fluid is best checked when the car is running. When you check transmission fluid, your concern is the quality, not the quantity. If transmission fluid is low, there is a problem with your car. If it’s dirty, it needs replaced, but this shouldn’t be necessary more than every 50-100 thousand miles.

    Coolant is another important fluid to replace, as it keeps your car from overheating. This is easy to check, as you can just glance at the fill line in the clear tank. Check your brake fluid when you do an oil change. If it’s brown instead of golden, it needs replaced. You should also keep your power steering fluid levels high, but you’ll most likely never need to replace it.

  • 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!

  • Spring Car Care Tips to Remember All Season Long

    serviceNational Car Care Month–every April–may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason to stop spending extra careful attention to the care and maintenance of your vehicle. Keep your car in top-notch condition all season long with these spring car care tips from College Chevrolet Buick.

    • If you haven’t been to the auto shop for a solid check-up lately, be sure to do so. Especially after the harsh winter months, your car can always benefit from a tune-up.
    • Be sure your tires have enough tread and are inflated to the right level. If your tires are worn down, you are putting yourself at risk of hydroplaning.
    • We’ve all heard the term “spring cleaning.” Why not use the beautiful weather as an excuse to give your car a thorough cleaning, on the inside and the out?
    • Check all of your car’s fluids, such as the engine oil and windshield wiper fluid. You won’t want to wait to find out until it’s too late.

    Do you have any other spring car care tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.