• The Benefits of Warranties and Coverage for Your Vehicle

    Maintenance and Service | College Chevrolet Buick | Albion, MI

    Every vehicle requires maintenance and service during its lifetime. To help protect your nerves and your budget, College Chevrolet Buick in Albion, Michigan, offers several extended coverage plans for when your vehicle needs some help to work its best. Here is a closer look at some of the benefits of warranties you can earn with your vehicle purchase at College Chevy Buick.

    Car Care Benefits

    Depending on the coverage you choose, you can avoid budget-busting maintenance and repairs. The Buick, Chevrolet Protection Plan offers two levels to suit your needs and may include coverage such as lost key and lockout, towing, roadside assistance, and approved repairs. When a repair is necessary, you can rest assured that our Certified Service technicians will use OEM parts for your Buick or Chevrolet model.

    One of your vehicle’s most important safety equipment is the tires. With a choice between two levels of tire coverage through the Tire and Wheel Protection plan, you can safeguard your tires and budget when road mishaps occur. This plan can also assist with tire repair and replacement, when applicable. Although Chevy models are built to last, you’ll feel even more confident when you add the Chevrolet Extended Limited Warranty to your automotive toolbox.

    Learn more about all the available coverage and plans for your vehicle at College Chevrolet Buick in Albion, Michigan.

  • High-Mileage Used Truck Maintenance Tips

    High Mileage Truck | Albion, MI

    Does your truck have a ton of miles on its odometer? Check out these tips for high-mileage used truck maintenance so you can keep driving your Chevy for many years to come.

    Stay on top of oil changes

    Regular oil changes are essential for any vehicle — especially a high mileage used truck. Clean oil safeguards the engine against heat and friction. If your engine has clocked over 75,000 miles, the experts at College Chevrolet Buick will provide it with specialized high mileage oil, which is designed to last longer, mitigate leaks, and cut back on emissions.

    Clean the fuel system

    A well-maintained fuel system is essential for your vehicle’s longevity. Clogged fuel injectors won’t deliver the proper mix of air and gasoline to your engine, resulting in diminished performance and more stress on your truck’s engine. While supplementing your vehicle with a fuel system additive can help, it’s best to have this critical system inspected and serviced by the expert technicians at College Chevrolet Buick.

    Alignment

    Older vehicles need to be aligned more often to ensure proper traction, optimal efficiency, and a smooth ride. Alignment can even help your truck’s tires last longer. Consider requesting an alignment every time you bring your used truck in for an oil change at the College Chevrolet Buick service center.

    Check under the hood

    At least once a month, pop your truck’s hood and inspect the fluids, hoses, and belts. Top off any fluids that you notice are low, but if they’re discolored or gritty, bring your vehicle to our service center to have them flushed and replaced. It’s also a good idea to inspect the truck’s hoses and belts for cracks, leaks, and other signs of damage.

    If you’re not sure where to start with repairs, feel free to schedule an appointment at our Service Department at College Chevy Buick in Albion, Michigan.

  • Chevy Raises $2.7M for Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

    Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

    Chevrolet auctioned off the final seventh-generation Corvette — a handsome black Z06 — earlier this year at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The gavel banged at a record-breaking final total of $2.7 million, which is all the more impressive considering that all the proceeds will given to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

    The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds smart homes for injured service members and pays their mortgages, helping ensure a better life after sacrificing so much for their countries. The foundation also pays off the mortgages of families of first responders killed in the service of others. To date, Tunnel to Towers has 85 homes built or in the process of construction.

    “This is going to vibrate across America,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Foundation. “This donation will build at least five homes for our catastrophically-injured veterans to give them their independence and a better quality of life.”

    Over the past five years, General Motors and Chevrolet have helped raise more than $10 million for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. In 2018, $2.2 million was raised, including $925,000 earned in the auction of the first 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 off the production line.

    College Chevrolet Buick is proud to support our community at large and proud to represent a brand that does so much for our nation’s heroes.

  • Great Car-Related Gifts for Mother’s Day

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    If you’re trying to think of the perfect Mother’s Day gift, we’re here to help! If your mother, mother-in-law, or wife is a car fanatic, then we’re here with some suggestions for a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

    Meguiar’s Complete Car Care Kit

    If your mom is a do-it-yourself person, this complete car care kit is the perfect gift. It includes microfiber wash mitts, a liquid wax, and everything else your mom needs to make her car look like new.

    Neonetics Cars and Motorcycles Corvette C6 Neon Wall Clock

    Chevy Corvettes hold a special place in many car-lovers’ hearts, and if your mom loves Corvettes, she’ll love this clock. It has distinct Corvette branding and a bright, neon outline.

    Cargo Management Systems

    Additional cargo space always helps! You can check out Chevy accessories like the GearONTM Cargo Management System or Roof Rack Cross Rail Packages. Buick offers plenty of cargo accessories, too, like Roof Rack Cross Rail Packages or an Integrated Cargo Liner.

    Assist Steps

    Assist steps are the perfect addition to large vehicles. Molded Assist Steps as well as Rectangular Assist Steps can be added to the Buick Envision and Buick Enclave, while Round Assist Steps and Off-Road Step Bars are perfect for Chevy vehicles.

    Spar. Saa Inverted Umbrella

    This inverted umbrella has a comfortable c-shaped handle, and, best of all, won’t get the car’s interior wet! The wet layer of the umbrella folds into the dry layer when you close it, keeping everything dry!

    If you want to get the mother in your life the ultimate car-related gift for Mother’s Day, bring her into College Chevrolet Buick and let her take her pick from the hottest vehicles we have in our showroom.

  • 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.

     

  • Employee Spotlight: Vince Lefere

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    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!

  • 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.