Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Car Care

DURAND, Mich., – Summer is finally here and we know that means travel plans for many families. With that in mind, we recommend consulting our Summer Car Care tips to get your vehicle ready for long drives and hot conditions. It’s easy to be more excited about vacation time than taking your vehicle into our service center, but it’s important to stay up-to-date on your vehicle maintenance this time of year. We’ve outlined some of the basic maintenance you should keep up on your car during the summer, including cooling and A/C systemscosmetic damagesexterior lightsfuel system, and sun protection.We want to make sure you and your family arrive at your destination safely and comfortably. Read on to learn about some of the steps you can take to prepare your vehicle for the summer months.

Summer Car Care

Summer Car Care

Cooling and A/C Systems

The importance of your cooling and A/C systems working properly during the summer months cannot be overstated. Both of these systems are crucial during hot weather for the safety of your passengers and your engine. A car's cooling system keeps the engine from overheating and having internal damage, while your A/C system keeps everyone in your vehicle, including adults, children, and pets, cool and in no danger of getting heat stroke. Learn the warning signs that could tip you off to a dysfunctional cooling or A/C system, and may ultimately help you recognize a problem with your car. Don’t get stuck on the side of the road due to an unchecked cooling or A/C system.

Cosmetic Damage


Summer is the perfect time to catch up on and fix all of the cosmetic damages on your vehicle that occurred last winter and all of the inclement weather conditions. Learn about some basic cosmetic fixes and why they are important to the life of your car to get them fixed. Plus, some cosmetic damages can cause rust, which greatly decreases the value of your vehicle. So save yourself time and money in the long run by fixing cosmetic damages as soon as possible.

Exterior Lights

Long drives up north on Friday nights and the general increase in nighttime driving during the summer mean it's even more important that your exterior lights are in proper working order. Light maintenance often gets overlooked when it comes to routine vehicle care, but exterior lights are very important to your safety while driving. Learn about the different types of headlights and how you can change them yourself at home, as well as an easy test to make sure your exterior lights are working properly.

Fuel System

On this page, we explain what your fuel system does for your vehicle and about it's different components. You'll learn about some of the warning signs that mean your fuel system may be not working efficiently and why it’s important to maintain the fuel system in your vehicle. With all the driving you're likely to do this summer, you'll want your fuel system working as best it can so you can go farther between trips to the pump. If the fuel system isn’t working properly, you could also be causing expensive damage to your vehicle. If you notice the warning signs, don’t wait to get your fuel system serviced.

Sun Protection

On the Sun Protection page, we discuss a number of tips and tricks for protecting your vehicle from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Yes, they're not just harmful to your skin, they can also do damage to your vehicle. Learn about the types of damage that can be caused by the sun and what you can do to prevent them. You wouldn’t go out in the sun all day without sunscreen on your skin, so why would you want to leave your vehicle unprotected from the sun during the summer?

After you’ve read through all of our Summer Car Care pages, we hope you'll understand the importance of maintaining your vehicle during the hot summer months. We’d be more than happy to help you with your cooling and A/C systemcosmetic damagesexterior lightsfuel system, or sun protection to get your car in great working condition for all of the summer plans you have this season. Be sure to give us a call at (989) 288-2657 or make a service appointment online. If you have any other questions or concerns about your vehicle maintenance, you can check out our FAQ section on our service page.

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand is revolutionizing the car buying experience. We provide all the transparency and customer service you need, while simultaneously making your purchase experience fun! We proudly serve Durand and surrounding communities including Owosso, Flint, Swartz Creek, and Genesse Charter Township. Learn more about Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand, or for any questions contact us at (989) 288-2657 or visit our website atwww.GraffChevyDurand.com!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

5 Must-Try Recipes this 4th of July

DURAND, Mich., –– The 4th of July is the best day to appreciate everything there is about being an American! Not only do you get the day off to celebrate our Nation's founding, but it's also the perfect time for cookouts, family get-togethers, and fireworks! Creating special memories with your family and friends is one of the best parts about any holiday, and what better way to do that than through a good old-fashioned cookout? Give these 5 must-try recipes this 4th of July a go and watch everyone come up for seconds! Chow down on a burger, snack on some side dishes, or even indulge yourself in a delicious dessert! The choice is yours this holiday season!

1. The Perfect Burger


5 Must-Try Recipes this 4th of July

No cookout is complete without this classic. This recipe provides a variety of unique choices like roasted peppers and ginger to customize the burger to your exact preferences, and give it some extra flavor. Cooking these medium-style will make some amazingly tasty entrees! Using these creative recipes will help you perfect the ultimate burger this Independence Day!

2. Red, White & Blue Chocolate Strawberries


5 Must-Try Recipes this 4th of July

This mouth-watering treat is sure to be a family favorite this year. All you need is strawberries, white chocolate, and some blue sprinkles to put this patriotic masterpiece together! This recipe is so easy and quick that you could make these for any season or any holiday. Show your patriotism with some deliciously sweet desserts this year!

3. Baked Beans


5 Must-Try Recipes this 4th of July

When it comes to cookout side dishes, nothing tops the classic taste of baked beans. This recipe goes best with fresh cornbread, biscuits, and honey! If you allow the beans to soak for a while after they're done cooking, they'll absorb more flavor and taste much better after you're done cooking. Give this fantastically delicious dish a shot today!

4. Guacamole


5 Must-Try Recipes this 4th of July

If you're searching for an incredibly tasty appetizer this year, try guacamole! It's quick and easy to make, only requires a few steps, and is actually pretty good for you! Use avocados, onions, cilantro, and lime for a perfect kick of flavor. You'll want scoop after scoop of this dip the second you pull it out of the fridge for the cookout! Just be sure you save some for everyone else!

5. Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs


5 Must-Try Recipes this 4th of July

Want to make even the pickiest of eaters fight for the last bite? Rosemary ranch chicken kabobs will be the talk of the cookout. It's tender, tasty, and melts in your mouth with every bite. Make sure you keep this recipe saved, as it'll be a family favorite in no time! You won't even need dipping sauce for these tasty and juicy kabobs!

What better way to spend your vacation than with family and friends? Make this 4th of July one to remember with these 5 must-try recipes. Show everyone just how great you are at cooking this year with these fresh and tasty surprises! While you're out and about putting things together for your cookout, stop by Graff Durand to get a bucket tour to learn all about us and get some free gifts! Be sure to schedule an appointment if you need any maintenance or assistance in these upcoming weeks, as well! We want to make sure your experience is as quick and efficient as possible.

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand wants to revolutionize your car buying experience. We’ll bring all the transparency and customer satisfaction you need while making the buying experience fun! If you have any questions be sure to contact us at (989) 288-2657 or head over to our website at www.GraffChevyDurand.com! We are proud to serve Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Pick of the Week - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited LS Auto

DURAND, Mich., –– Check out our latest pick of the week - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited LS Auto. Thanks to its red hot exterior, it's hard to take your eyes off this dynamic and sporty sedan. The real quality of this 2016 Cruze doesn't just lie on the surface either, it also features a comfortable interior, nimble handling and performance, and a 1.8L 4 cylinder engine for impressive gas mileage. Drive off in this certified pre-owned 2016 Cruze, with only 23,760 miles on it, for just $12,900.

Pick of the Week - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited LS Auto

Vehicle Features Include:
  • OnStar
  • Bluetooth
  • MP3 Compatible
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Satellite Radio
  • Audio Input Jack
  • Auto Headlights
  • Security System
  • Power Windows
  • Power Door Locks
  • Side Air Bags
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • ABS
  • Seats Five

Pick of the Week - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited LS Auto

Engine: ECOTEC 1.8L VVT DOHC w/Federal Emissions

Transmission: Electronic 6-Speed Automatic w/OD
Wheels: 16" Steel w/Silver-Painted Wheel Covers

Pick of the Week - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited LS Auto

Imagine how much fun you'll have in this flashy ride? Plus you'll be saving at the pump due to its fuel efficiency, 25 city/35 hwy mpg. This 2016 Cruze is an amazing ride and the perfect way to add some style to your driving experience! Visit our dealership to check out and test drive our pick of the week - 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Limited LS Auto. To see this and other new and used vehicles, stop by Graff Chevrolet in Durand, MI and one of our experienced sales staff would be happy to assist you! Additionally, we recommend you take care of your vehicle this season by completing your Summer Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center. It's the best way to ensure your vehicle's performance and your personal safety out on the roads this season.

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand wants to revolutionize your car buying experience. We’ll bring all the transparency and customer satisfaction you need while making the buying experience fun! If you have any questions be sure to contact us at (989) 288-2657 or head over to our website at www.GraffChevyDurand.com! We are proud to serve Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Chevy Becomes Official Vehicle of Little Caesar's Arena

DURAND, Mich., –– Olympia Entertainment and Chevrolet are extending their partnership and strengthening the bond between these two major Detroit companies. Chevy has been named as the official vehicle of the Little Caesar's Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons! Chevy has been the official vehicle of the Detroit Red Wings since 2015, but this recent partnership with the new arena, which will open before the 2017-2018 Red Wings hockey season, is expected to offer an incredible viewing experience for sporting events and concerts. Detroit has been waiting in great anticipation for the opening of the "LCA" as it will be a huge boost to the downtown atmosphere and economy. Plus, it will bring all of Detroit's professional sports teams (Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and a future Major League Soccer team) together in downtown.


The northeast entrance, located on Detroit's iconic Woodward Blvd., will showcase Chevy's brand and events through a giant video screen. The Chevy bowtie will be featured throughout the arena as one of its four sponsors with the nameplate in a series of unique styles. Chevrolet is also the official vehicle of the Detroit Tigers, Fox Theater, and Olympia Entertainment. Red Wings superstar Dylan Larkin will serve as a brand ambassador for the following season, helping to usher in the new arena and its familiar sponsor.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Chevrolet, one of the most recognizable, respected brands in the world,” said Tom Wilson, President, and CEO of Olympia Entertainment. “Adding another Detroit-based name to Little Caesars Arena is a significant point of pride, and one our fans will enthusiastically embrace.”

The arena will have a lot of unique features, including:
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Increased pregame and postgame entertainment opportunities, located in the heart of District Detroit
  • Luxury amenities and a wide array of food and drink options
  • An iconic bowl seating incline which gives fans a firsthand glimpse into the action
  • Immediate access to the city's bustling downtown entertainment scene
Learn more about Little Caesar's Arena and District Detroit to see how downtown Detroit will soon transform, and to plan a trip to see the Wings play this upcoming season! Chevrolet is proud and excited to become the Official Vehicle of Little Caesar's Arena and to form this new partnership with Olympia Entertainment. The automotive brand is also looking forward to continuing help the community of Detroit and aid in the city's revitalization.

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand wants to revolutionize your car buying experience. We’ll bring all the transparency and customer satisfaction you need while making the buying experience fun! If you have any questions be sure to contact us at (989) 288-2657 or head over to our website at www.GraffChevyDurand.com! We are proud to serve Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

DURAND, Mich., –– Summer is here and school is out! Don't let your kids sit inside all during their vacation playing on their electronics and watching tv. We've compiled a list of active and super awesome games to make this summer a memorable one. So get outside and enjoy the sunny weather with these fun summer activities for your kids! 

Bubble Party

Take your bubble party to the next level by making giant bubbles with help of a kiddy pool and a hula hoop!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Yard Scrabble

Cut up 100 of cardboard squares (or just use heavy card stock printer paper) to create a life-size version of Scrabble that you play on your lawn. Your kids will love creating the fun words and using the large letter tiles! Plus, it will keep them working on their spelling throughout the summer.

Mini Obstacle Course

Create your own obstacle course in your backyard for a fun exercise activity for your kids! Record their times and see who can hold the course record!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Lawn Twister

Everyone loves Twister, and now you can play it out in the backyard! Don't worry about painting your grass as it will be gone in one or two lawn mowing sessions.

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Water Fight

Break out the sprinkler and the squirt guns for some cool fun in the sun! You can also substitute traditional water balloons for water sponges. Or, try a fun new game called Duck, Duck, Splash!

Giant Jenga

A super-sized version of normal Jenga that is fun for all ages. It's easy to make the blocks as well!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag

Make this classic game even more fun for your kids by lighting up the players at night with glow sticks! It will help you keep an eye on everyone at night too!

Frozen Banana Pops

Reward your kids for playing outside with a delicious frozen treat that's much healthier for them than popsicles and ice cream!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

In addition to these games, there are plenty of other fun summer activities you can do with your kids like sidewalk chalk, catching fireflies at night, or a kickball game with all the neighborhood kids! Spend your summer outside with you children so that they're active and have the best summer ever! Additionally, take care of your vehicle this season with our Summer Car Care tips to get it ready for any long road trips and to deal with the heat. 

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand wants to revolutionize your car buying experience. We’ll bring all the transparency and customer satisfaction you need while making the buying experience fun! If you have any questions be sure to contact us at (989) 288-2657 or head over to our website at www.GraffChevyDurand.com! We are proud to serve Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

6 Things You Need To Know About Your Tires

DURAND, Mich., –– At Graff Durand, our main priority if your safety out on the road, and we would like to take this time to educate you on perhaps the most important component of your vehicle outside of the engine, your tires! A vehicle's tires do a lot more than people realize and can effect its performance in major ways. So read on to learn 6 things you need to know about your tires!

6 Things You Need To Know About Your Tires

What is the main cause of tire damage?

You might think it would be getting punctured by a rock or something sharp out on the road, but most of the time, it's improper inflation. Driving on deflated tires can cause a number of issues, but keeping them properly inflated will improve your fuel economy, keep your handling at top performance, and extend the life of your tires in general. Now, your tires will naturally deflate over time, but regularly checking their pressure and adding more air when they need it will help keep them in good condition. Think your tires are full? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 19% of drivers properly inflate their tires. So next time you're out by your vehicle, check its tires to make sure!

How much air do my tires need? 

Typically, the suggested air level is between 30-35 PSI. If you don't know how much air your tires need though, you can find the recommended PSI in your owner’s manual or on a sticker in your driver’s side door. We recommend using a tire gauge to check the PSI or you can always bring your vehicle into our service center to have checked. We'd be happy to check it for you!

How often do my tires need to be replaced?

There is not an exact time frame for when you need to replace your tires, like an oil change. It is completely dependent on how worn out the tires are. Bald tires, meaning when the tread of the tire has been significantly reduced, or abnormal bulges and uneven tread wear are all signs that it's time for a new set of tires.

How do I check my tire's tread?

If you're unsure how to tell if your tires are bald and the tread is worn past the acceptable limit, try using the "Penny Test".
  • Place a penny in the lowest tire tread grooves with the head of Lincoln pointing downward or upside down.
  • Move the penny along the groove.
  • If at any point in your tire’s tread Lincoln’s head isn’t covered by the tread, it means your tread is extremely worn and your tires aren’t equipped well enough to grip the road properly.
Otherwise, you can always bring your vehicle in to our Service Department, and one of our friendly technicians can check for you.

Why do I need to get my wheels aligned?

Bad road conditions like potholes, driving on dirt roads, and even just regular driving wear can negatively affect your vehicle’s tire alignment. Normally, you tires should remain perpendicular to the road and parallel to each other, but bumpy road conditions will slowly knock them out of alignment. If they are out of alignment, it will greatly reduce your fuel efficiency and begin to develop uneven tread wear on your tires which reduces handling and tire life overall. At Graff Durand, we offer free wheel alignments when you download our coupon off our website. While you're getting your wheels realigned at our service department, you should get them rotated as well!

6 Things You Need To Know About Your Tires

How do I know what kind of tires to choose?

That's where we come in! Our experienced team of technicians can give you a list of possible choices and inform you on each type and find the ones that meet your need and budget. You can also ask for the same brand that you had before as well. If you’re replacing just one or two tires, you should match the new tires as close as possible to the other tires you already have for the best handling and even tread wear. You can also use our Tire Finder online to figure out what type of tires are recommended for you vehicle!

So if your tires look bald, have uneven wear, or are constantly deflating, it may be time to consider getting a new set. Remember, a new set of tires can improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency and handling. If you have any other questions after reading through these 6 things you need to know about your tires, feel free to give our friendly staff a call! They'll help answer any automotive or tire related questions you may have!

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand wants to revolutionize your car buying experience. We’ll bring all the transparency and customer satisfaction you need while making the buying experience fun! If you have any questions be sure to contact us at (989) 288-2657 or head over to our website at www.GraffChevyDurand.com! We are proud to serve Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pick of the Week - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS

DURAND, Mich., –– This week we're featuring our pick of the week- 2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS. The sleek and sporty subcompact sedan is a dynamic ride that will impress everyone who sees it. It also features a comfortable interior, digital dashboards, and terrific handling. This 2012 Sonic has only 89,501 miles on it and one previous owner and it can be all yours for just $5,900.

Pick of the Week - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS

Vehicle Features Include:
  • OnStar
  • Audio Input Jack
  • Auto Headlights
  • Security System
  • Power Door Locks
  • Side Air Bags
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • ABS
  • Seats Five
Pick of the Week - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS

Engine: ECOTEC 1.8L DOHC VVT

Transmission: Automatic
Wheels: 15" Painted Aluminum

Pick of the Week - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS

With an eye-popping blue topaz metallic exterior, this sedan shines out on the road and get great gas mileage to boot, at 25 city/35 hwy mpg. Powered by a 1.8L 4 cylinder ECOTEC engine with 138 hp this Chevy Sonic has more zip than you'd expect for a subcompact car. Visit our dealership to check out and test drive our pick of the week - 2012 Chevrolet Sonic 2LS. To see this and other new and used vehicles, stop by Graff Chevrolet in Durand, MI and one of our experienced sales staff would be happy to assist you! Additionally, we recommend you take care of your vehicle this season by completing your Spring Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center. It's the best way to ensure your vehicle's performance and your personal safety out on the roads this season.

Located at 9009 East Lansing Road in Durand, MI 48429, Hank Graff Chevrolet Durand wants to revolutionize your car buying experience. We’ll bring all the transparency and customer satisfaction you need while making the buying experience fun! If you have any questions be sure to contact us at (989) 288-2657 or head over to our website at www.GraffChevyDurand.com! We are proud to serve Durand and the surrounding communities of Owosso, Flint, Genesee Charter Township, Swartz Creek, and Corunna.

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