Thursday, August 17, 2017

What's New with Chevrolet?

DURAND, Mich., – Chevy has continued a successful 2017 with such recent announcements as unveiling their new 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car and offering OnStar Family Link to help keep teen drivers safe. Chevy is always striving to innovate and are routinely announcing new available vehicles, features, and promotions to better serve their customers. So find out what's new with Chevrolet!

Chevy Introduces the Tahoe Custom

The Detroit motor brand recently announced that the 2018 Tahoe model will come available in the Custom special edition for customers who want a good looking and extremely capable full-size SUV at a great value. The 2018 Tahoe Custom will offer expected segment-leading 23 mpg highway from its 5.3L V8 engine as well as 355-hp, 112 cubic feet of cargo space, and 6,600 lbs of standard towing capacity. Along with its striking design elements, this special edition full-size SUV will come with a suite of available connectivity, entertainment, and safety technology features such as 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver Technology, and more.

What's New with Chevrolet?

The 2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Expected Segment-Topping 39 MPG HWY

Thanks to its 1.6L turbo-diesel engine, the new 2018 Chevy Equinox Diesel will go much farther between trips to the pump! Chevy expects the diesel mid-size crossover SUV to get a segment-leading 29 mpg hwy, leaving its competitors in the dust. This impressive fuel efficiency also grants the 2018 Equinox Diesel a 577-mile cruising range, which could get you from Durand, MI to Nashville, TN!

What's New with Chevrolet?

2018 Chevy Traverse Starting Price Announced

Chevrolet recently announced pricing for the 2018 Traverse, which will start at $30,875. The new Traverse offers best-in-class maximum cargo space at 98.2 cubic feet, can seat eight passengers, and is loaded up with a number of impressive convenience, comfort, and connectivity features. The new 2018 Chevy Traverse looks to be an incredible ride and the ideal choice for the family vehicle.

What's New with Chevrolet?

Chevy Introduces myChevrolet App for Apple Watch

Ever striving to provide their customers with the latest technology and connectivity features, Chevrolet now has made their myChevrolet app available on Apple Watch. Currently, nearly 1.4 million Chevrolet owners have downloaded the app and use it regularly. The myChevorlet app offers Chevy owners the ability to control your engine, locks, horns, and lights from your Apple Watch as well as the ability to run a vehicle diagnostic report, contact OnStar emergency services, and more. Full connectivity with you vehicle can now literally be at your fingertips with the myChevrolet app!

What's New with Chevrolet?

Keep updated on what's new with Chevrolet and all the new innovations they're announcing. If you're interested in the 2017 Equinox, Traverse, or Tahoe browse our inventory online and contact our friendly and helpful sales staff to schedule a test drive. Additionally, make sure to keep your vehicle in top shape this season by following our Summer Car Care tips or scheduling an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center to get any maintenance you need to be done.

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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8 Things to Check on Your Car Before a Road Trip

DURAND, Mich., – Before taking a long road trip for vacation or driving up north for a holiday weekend, it's important to make sure your vehicle is up to the task! Prolonged periods of driving can put lots of stress on your vehicle's components and systems and you don't want anything to break down while you far away from home and the service centers you know and trust. So be prepared and keep your vehicle in top working condition by consulting our list of 8 things to check on your car before a road trip.

8 Things to Check on Your Car Before a Road Trip

Fluid Levels 

Most vehicle fluids have recommended mileage or time amounts needed for replacement or refilling. Engine oil and radiator, transmission, and coolant fluids are all crucial to your vehicle running properly. If you go on a long trip with prolonged periods of driving you could cause serious damage to internal components if these fluids aren't at proper levels. So before you head out of town, make sure to get your fluids topped off! Check your windshield wiper fluid as well, it's always important to keep your windows clean so you have a clear view of the road.

Tire Tread & Pressure

You can't always avoid getting a flat tire, but you can make sure your tires are fully inflated before heading out on your road trip. You can refill your tires at most gas stations or our service staff would be happy to do so for you next time you visit our Service Center. The recommended PSI level to fill your tires up to can be found in your vehicle's owner's manual, on the inside of the driver's door, or in some cases on the side of the tires themselves. To ensure your vehicle's tires can grip the road, stop, and handle properly, make sure your tire's tread isn't too worn down. You can test this by performing the famous "Penny Test" to check the tread level. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln's head, your tires should really be replaced for your safety out on the road.

8 Things to Check on Your Car Before a Road Trip

Brake Pads

Often overlooked in terms of routine maintenance by the average driver, brakes and brake pads are extremely important and should be maintained and inspected regularly. Pay attention to any grinding or squealing sounds, reduced brake pedal responsiveness, and pulling or shaking of the steering wheel as signs that your brake pads need replacing. It's not a repair that can be put off either, as you run the risk of an accident happening or serious and costly component break down. Typically, you should have your brakes checked about every 5 months or every 5,000 miles and definitely before embarking on a long road trip.

Air Conditioning & Air Filter

Long drives in a hot car can be unbearable, so you should make sure to get your air conditioning system checked or fixed by our friendly and skilled service staff to make sure everyone on your road trip rides comfortably. Additionally, getting your air filter replaced (recommended every 35,000-45,000 miles) if it's clogged up and dusty can help improve engine performance, ideal for long periods of driving. 

Lights

Bring your vehicle into our Service Center or grab a friend to check if all of your lights, including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are working properly. To ensure safety out on the road, make sure all your lights are illuminating and replace them if need be. Road trips often require night time driving, and the last thing you want is to have a headlight out, reducing your visibility for yourself and oncoming vehicles. Plus, you won't want to get a ticket for having a taillight out on your trip!
 

Hoses

It's quick and simple to get your hoses checked by our service technicians before your road trip. Hot engine fluid temperatures and other stressors can wear down hoses over time, making them more susceptible to cracks and leaks. Don't get stuck on the side of the road trying to replace a hose to your engine or radiator because they sprang a leak and now can't circulate important fluids to other components!

Battery

The average vehicle battery lasts about four years, but when you should always have it checked when you're visiting our Service Center. It takes only a moment for our technicians to check how well your battery is running and if it needs to be replaced soon. Your battery, like other components on this list, can derail your trip and keep your vehicle from running if it unexpectedly dies on you. As a precaution, we recommend always keeping a set of jumper cables in your car just in case.

Belts

Your vehicle's engines and other internal components are mostly run by belts that can wear down and crack over time. If while you're on your road trip, something major like your serpentine belt breaks, you'll be stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck to come make a costly repair. It's more much cost-effective to get your belts checked and replaced if need be at your local automotive service center. You can check your engine belts yourself by turning them sideways with your hand so you can see the friction surface. Look for ragged, torn, cracked surfaces or if you can see fiber cords, which are all signs that the belt needs to be replaced. Also, if you hear loud screeches when you pull away from a stoplight, a loose belt is probably the cause. If you think your belts need to be replaced, schedule an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center and we'll get them taken care of right away.

8 Things to Check on Your Car Before a Road Trip

Every component of your vehicle plays a huge part in making sure you reach your destination safe and sound on a road trip. If you bring your vehicle into our Service Center, we can inspect it to make sure it's ready to handle your adventures! Use our list of 8 things to check on your car before a road trip to maximize your fun and ensure a smooth drive! In our opinion, even the best road trips seldom go according to plan, but that doesn't mean they should be derailed by breakdowns and other automotive issues! If you need any automotive maintenance done, schedule an appointment at the Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center.

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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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Back to School Supplies Checklist

DURAND, Mich., – Summer is sadly coming to a close and it's almost time for your young students to go back to school. Whether they're in high school or starting kindergarten, help your student start the school year off on the right foot by being prepared with all they'll need to excel in the classroom. Use our back to school supplies checklist to make sure you don't forget anything for the first day of school!

Back to School Supplies Checklist


  • Backpack
  • Athletic Shoes
  • P.E. Clothes
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Highlighters
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Erasers
  • Paperclips
  • Notebooks
  • Trapper Keeper
  • Post it Notes
  • Sharpies
  • White-out
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Index Cards
  • Glue Sticks
  • Calculator


    Other supplies to consider:
    • Chapstick
    • USB Drive
    • Umbrella or Rain Jacket
    • Water Bottle
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Travel Packs of Tissues
    • Vitamins

    So make sure to double check our back to school supplies checklist to make sure your student is ready for school to start. You can also get you or your student's vehicle ready for the carpool or morning commute to school by following our Summer Car Care Tips and scheduling an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center to get any maintenance you need to be done.

    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, August 11, 2017

    Chevrolet Introduces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

    DURAND, Mich., – Chevrolet recently made a major announcement and introduction by unveiling the 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup race car. The new Camaro ZL1 will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and make its debut in February 2018 during Daytona Speedweeks to kick off the 2018 NASCAR season. Powered by a supercharged 90-degree V-8 engine with 650-horsepower and a configuration similar the Cup racing engines, the 2018 Camaro ZL1 joining the Camaro SS in the NASCAR circuits. The Camaro SS has been racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series since 2013.

    Chevrolet Introduces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

    Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and Seven-time Cup champion, drove the new racing Camaro ZL1 into the reveal event at Chevrolet's headquarters in Detroit. 

    “The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans,” said Johnson. “And as someone who’s enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I’m really looking forward to getting this new race car on the track.”

    Chevrolet Introduces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

    Chevrolet Introduces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

    The ZL1 name was originally given to a Chevrolet-developed all-aluminum racing engine in the 1960s. The engine was dominant in the road racing scene, and then in 1969, drove a group of dealers to use Chevrolet’s special-order system to get the ZL1 engine installed in 69 regular-production Camaros. The specially outfitted Camaros then became legendary vehicles and performed incredibly well on the road and the dragstrip.

    When designing the new Camaro ZL1 for NASCAR, Chevrolet engineers were tasked with keeping the iconic ZL1 design character while ensuring the aerodynamic performance needed to compete. The engineers employed an array of tools including computational fluid dynamics analysis and reduced-scale and full-scale wind-tunnel testing to design a car that can perform at close to 200 mph. The Camaro ZL1 has a lot to live up to, from its rich heritage to its more recent legacy. Chevrolet drivers have achieved a 70 Cup series wins and a record 30 Cup championships, including Jimmie Johnson in 2016. The Detroit motor brand's drivers also earned a record 39 NASCAR manufacturer titles, including 13 consecutive titles from 2003-2015.

    “Chevrolet, Camaro, and ZL1 are all synonymous with winning, both on and off the track,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of GM Global Product Development. “We are thrilled to run Camaro in NASCAR next year, with the time-honored and track-tested ZL1 badge, and we’re just as excited for our drivers, teams, fans, and customers.”

    Chevrolet Introduces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

    So next year during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, keep an eye out for the newly introduced 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on the race track. Chevrolet looks to continue its racing legacy and winning ways with help from the new Camaro ZL1. Make sure to keep your own vehicle in top shape as well, by following our Summer Car Care tips or scheduling an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center to get any maintenance you need to be done.   

    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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    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    Pick of the Week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab

    DURAND, Mich., –– Our latest pick of the week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab, is a heavy duty truck with a striking appearance to match its exceptional power. With a dark crimson metallic exterior, extended cab, and 295 horsepower this 2009 Sierra can get the job done whether you need a work truck, family vehicle, or just an awesome new ride. Drive off in this 2009 GMC Sierra with only 75,760 miles on it for $17,900.

    Pick of the Week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab

    Vehicle Features Include:
    • OnStar
    • MP3 Compatible
    • Audio Input Jack
    • Auto Headlights
    • Security System
    • 4x4
    • Power Windows
    • Power Door Locks
    • Stability Control
    • Traction Control
    • ABS
    • Seats Six

    Pick of the Week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab

    Engine: Vortec 4.8L V8 SFI

    Transmission: Electronic 4-Speed Automatic w/OD
    Wheels: 17" x 7.5" 6-Lug Chrome-Styled Steel

    Pick of the Week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab

    Pick of the Week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab

    The interior of the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 is uniquely refined with an array of entertainment and comfort features as dark titanium design elements and ebony bolsters with cloth seat trim. The cabin of this truck is also quite spacious with plenty of room in the back bench seat for additional passengers. With all of it's features and capability, its hard not to imagine yourself driving off in this impressive truck. So stop by our dealership to test drive our pick of the week - 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 SL Extended Cab today!

    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, August 4, 2017

    Chevrolet Offers OnStar Family Link to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

    DURAND, Mich., – Chevrolet is partnering with OnStar to add another technology feature to Chevy vehicles that will help ensure the safety of young drivers and give their parents peace of mind. The technology, called OnStar Family Link, allows parents to monitor their teen's vehicle location wherever it goes out on the road. It also allows parents to set up text or email alerts to notify them when the vehicle arrives and leaves a destination or travels outside a specified area. So read on to learn more about Chevrolet offering OnStar Family Link to help keep Teen Drivers safe out on the road!

    Chevrolet Offers OnStar Family Link to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

    Throughout August, Chevrolet is offering customers three months of free OnStar Family Link service. Owners of 2012 or newer model year Chevy vehicles inside the U.S. with an active OnStar account can sign up for the free trial. Once the trial ends, you can continue the service for $3.99 a month plus tax. You can subscribe for a free trial of OnStar Family Link online.

    “The day your children start driving is a dream come true for them, but it can be a nightmare for a concerned parent,” said Luciana Chamberlain, Family Link product marketing manager for Chevrolet. “OnStar Family Link can help minimize a parent’s anxiety by letting them know when their child has arrived at school, left a friend’s house or traveled outside of their comfort zone.” 

    Chevrolet Offers OnStar Family Link to Help Keep Teen Drivers Safe

    Coupled with Chevrolet's Teen Driver Technology, the OnStar Family Link can help parents manage and mentor their teen's driving habits even when they're not in the vehicle. Teen Driver works by allowing parents to set radio volume limits, create speed warnings, limit the top speed of the vehicle to 85 mph, and more. Parents can then review the Teen Driver Report Card which tallies all of the information on their child's trips in the vehicle, including distance driven, over-speed warnings, and forward collision alerts among many others. Teen Driver is available on a number of  2017 Chevrolet models, reach out to our friendly sales staff to find out which vehicle with Teen Driver are available at our dealership. 

    So if you've got a teenager who'll soon be driving on their own or already is, and you want to do everything you can to keep them safe and continue to develop their driving skills, consider using these new technologies. Chevrolet is offering OnStar Family Link to help keep teen drivers safe with a 3-month free subscription starting in August. Take advantage of this special offer and help keep an eye on your young driver out on the road. You can also ensure your new driver's safety by making sure their vehicle is in top condition by following our Summer Car Care tips or scheduling an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center to get any maintenance you need done.

    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, August 3, 2017

    5 Signs Your Brakes Need to Be Replaced

    DURAND, Mich., – Brakes are some of the most crucial components of your vehicle that the ensure safety of not only you and your passengers but other cars out on the road as well. Yet, brakes are often overlooked in terms of routine maintenance by the average driver, and their repairs and replacement aren't always seen as a priority. Well, we're here to tell you that your brakes and brake pads are some of the most important components in your vehicle and they need to be maintained and inspected regularly. Otherwise, you run the risk of an accident happening or serious and costly component break down. We've compiled a list of 5 signs your brakes need to be replaced to help you tell when it's time to bring in your vehicle to a service center.

    5 Signs Your Brakes Need to Be Replaced

    How can I tell if my brake pads need replacing?

    That is always the big question. You can start by searching for brake pad wear by looking through the spaces between your wheel's spokes. You will see the outside brake pad pressed against a metal rotor, and the pad should be at least 1/4 inch thick. Any less than 1/4 of an inch and you should have your brake pads inspected to see if they need to be replaced.

    Typically, you should have your brakes checked about every 5 months or every 5,000 miles. If you drive in stop-and-go traffic a lot or make hard brakes often you should get your brake pads checked even more frequently. You can always ask our technicians to take a look at your brakes the next time you're at a service center for an oil change just to be safe.

    Signs your brake components need replacing:


    Grinding or Squealing

    If, when you brake, you hear a loud metallic sound, it means that your brake pads have worn down completely, and are most likely beyond replacement. The grinding or squealing noise you hear is caused by the two pieces of metal (the disc and the caliper) rubbing together, scratching your rotors and creating an uneven surface. If this happens, your mechanic will likely tell you that the rotors need to be resurfaced or replaced.

    Reduced Responsiveness 

    If your brakes aren't reacting to your foot, are less responsive, or if the brake pedal sinks all the to the floor when you press on it, there may be an air or fluid leak in the braking system. An easy way to check is to look for a small puddle of brake fluid underneath the vehicle when it's parked. Brake fluid has an appearance very similar to fresh motor oil.

    Pulling

    If you find your vehicle pulling to one side while you're braking, it may be time for a brake adjustment or to get your fluid drained and replaced. When your vehicle pulls during breaking, it's usually a sign that the brake linings are wearing down unevenly or that there is debris or foreign substances in the brake fluid.

    Vibration

    If you feel a vibration on the brake pedal when you're applying your foot to it, this can either mean that the rotors have become warped or that your wheels are out of alignment. Warped rotors are caused by severe braking for long periods, and the vibration is felt because the brake pads are not able to grab the surface evenly.

    Shaking Steering Wheel

    Warped or thin brake rotors can also cause your steering wheel to shake and vibrate as well. This is because the rotors aren’t able to disperse the heat. If you’re experiencing this issue, it’s important to have your brakes looked at and repaired so you’re safe on the road.

    If you are experiencing any of these 5 signs that your brake pads, rotors, or other brake components are wearing down or need to be replaced, it's very important you get them looked at right away. Our experienced and skilled team at the Graff Chevrolet Durand Service Center can address and fix any issues you may have. The sooner you get these issues taken care of, the better. Putting off these repairs can compound the damage and affect other components in your vehicle making for a costly repair bill. Plus, you're putting yourself and others on the road in danger by driving with compromised braking ability. So schedule an appointment today to ensure that your vehicle is top working order.

    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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