Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas

DURAND, Mich.,–– Tis' the season for holiday treats galore! Whether you're attending a Christmas party, baking cookies with the family, or you've received your annual treat basket from a neighbor, there are lots of opportunities to indulge in the sweet desserts this holiday season brings. There's no denying the fact that Christmas is one of the best times of the year, especially because of all the delicious goodies that accompany the holiday. If you're ready to put on your apron and get baking this year, check out these irresistible Christmas cookie ideas:



Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



No Baking Necessary

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



Bake Time: 15 minutes

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



Bake Time: 6 minutes

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



Bake Time: 8 minutes

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



Bake Time: 14 minutes total

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas



Bake Time: 14-18 minutes

Irresistible Christmas Cookie Ideas


These sweet indulgences are well deserved this year. Treat yourself to delicious recipes that will only have you begging for more. Any of our irresistible Christmas cookie ideas are bound to be a fan favorite. Take these cookies to your next holiday party and watch your friends and family satisfy their dessert cravings. Warning: There most likely won't be any leftovers, so plan to make extra. Are baking cookies one of your holiday traditions? You should add it to the list and check out these other fun Christmas ideas as well. Although this season can be busy, don't forget to take the time to make sure your vehicle is winter ready. Check out our winter car care tips on our website to ensure you remain safe on the road. Schedule an appointment with us online if you're in need of routine maintenance!

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, December 7, 2017

The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires

DURAND, Mich.,–– As we all know, Michigan doesn't like to go easy on the snow in the winter. Although some winters may be more extreme than others, it's necessary to plan ahead and make sure your vehicle is ready for whatever road conditions may come your way. Many people get stuck on the question of whether or not they need winter tires for their vehicle during this snowy season. There are a lot of factors to consider when making the decision. Depending on your type of vehicle, weather patterns, and what road conditions you'll encounter this year will depend on what kind of tires will work best for you. We are here to help you determine the difference between winter tires and all-season tires so that you remain safe on the road this winter!


All-Season Tires

The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires

Most vehicles come standard with all-season tires. This type of tire provides a quiet ride, good fuel economy, and extended tread life. Because these tires are geared for a variety of weather conditions, they are durable enough to handle wet roads and light winter driving. No matter what season you drive in, these tires are built to handle it all. Ideal for moderate climates, these tires do not have the maximum ability to perform in extreme cold and snowy conditions. The rubber of an all-season tire stiffens in the winter, causing less grip on the road.


Winter Tires

The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires

Winter roads in Michigan are very unpredictable. Whether it's black ice or heavy snow, winter tires are geared for traction in extreme conditions. This type of tire provides improved grip on the road for better starting and stopping power when you need it most. The tread rubber of a winter tire is designed to remain flexible, allowing a better hold on the road. Winter tires also feature deeper tread depths to reduce snow buildup and unique tread patterns to channel snow and slush. Along with this, these tires also have an increased amount of biting edges for traction in deep snow and on ice. Winter tires have been known to shorten braking times to a quarter of the time of all-season tires.


Which tire is best?

The Difference Between Winter Tires and All-Season Tires

We are all aware that Michigan provides some pretty brutal winter seasons. The Flint Metro area doesn't get hit as hard with snow as other areas in Northern Michigan do. Nevertheless, if you want to remain safe on the road this cold season, winter tires may be your best bet. It's better to take precaution than putting your safety at risk in dangerous weather conditions.


Stay out of harm's way this season by making sure your vehicle is equipped with the best tires to handle unpredictable road conditions. Knowing the difference between winter tires and all-season tires will make it easier for you to decide which type is best for your needs. If you decide winter tires are the best option for you, make sure to install a full set. Only changing out the two in the front or the two in the back will increase the likelihood that opposite tires will skid and lose traction, making it difficult to steer your vehicle. For more information on tire care, visit our website. If you're ready to invest in a new set of all-season or winter tires, schedule an appointment with our Service Center. We'll make sure we find the best tire to meet your vehicle's capabilities this season. Looking for more tips to help your vehicle survive the cold? Check out our winter car care page online where you'll gain access to tips on car batteries, brakes, oil changes, and wiper blades.

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, December 5, 2017

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

DURAND, Mich.,–– Do you have any special holiday traditions? This Christmas, start something new with your family and friends. Whatever it may be, you'll make memories that will last a lifetime. Even the simplest of things will lift your holiday spirit. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year! If you're looking for a new ritual to start with your family, then you've come to the right place. We've put together a list of 8 holiday traditions you'll want to start this year. See which ones are your favorite:

1. Bake cookies from scratch: Nothing beats a warm batch of delicious cookies. Have the kids help decorate for a personal touch. And don't forget to make extra for Santa, too!

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

2. Hang an annual ornament: Adding a new ornament to the tree every year gives it that personal touch. To make it fun, pick a new theme each Christmas!

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

3. Hot cocoa and s'mores night: Indulge in a delicious cup of hot chocolate with a classic s'mores treat. Gather the family around while you all enjoy these delightful snacks.

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

4. Pick out a tree: Jump in the car with your family and head to the nearest tree farm. There's nothing more Christmasy than cutting down your own fresh tree!

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

5. See the holiday lights: Check your local area for holiday lights to see near you. It'll make for a merry and bright Christmas experience with the family!

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

6. DIY Christmas stockings: Who said you can't make your own stocking? This is an enjoyable way to craft with the kids this holiday season!

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

7. Christmas movie night: Gather the family, make the popcorn, and snuggle up on the couch for a night in. Pick out your favorite Christmas movies for a full night of entertainment.

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year

8. Open one gift on Christmas Eve: This is a fun way to get the kids excited about Christmas morning. You could pick a theme so that everyone opens up a similar present. For instance, you could get everyone matching Christmas pajamas!

8 Holiday Traditions You'll Want to Start This Year


Whether it's baking cookies with the kids or cutting down a fresh Christmas tree, you'll be sure to spread the joy of the holiday season! Bring the family together with these 8 holiday traditions you'll want to start this year. If you've got your own Christmas traditions, we'd love to hear them! To make the holidays even more exciting, get the family together and take your dream Chevy for a test drive. You'll receive a $50 gift card with a new test drive! If you decide you are ready to buy, we'll give you $2,500 trade-in assistance. Our awesome sales team is here to answer any 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, November 30, 2017

SUVs and Trucks That Will Keep You Safe This Winter

DURAND, Mich.,–– Winter is almost here, and with it comes hazardous weather conditions in Michigan. The type of vehicle you drive can determine your safety on the road during a season like this. Chevy makes several different models, large and small, that'll make driving during the cold months a lot easier. We want you staying out of harm's way whenever there is dangerous road conditions. That is why we've put together a guide of SUVs and trucks that will keep you safe this winter. Take a look at our top picks:


2018 Equinox

SUVs and Trucks That Will Keep You Safe This Winter

If you're looking for a compact SUV, the 2018 Chevy Traverse should be your first choice.

Safety Features:
  • Front
    • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking: At low speeds, if the Equinox's system senses a front-end collision with another vehicle, it will automatically apply the brakes to help reduce the severity of the impact.
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: If you drift outside of your lane, the Equinox will gently steer wheel turns and alert you to get your vehicle back in place.
    • Forward Collision Alert: This feature will alert you when vehicles ahead in your detected path are slowing down.
  • Rear
    • Rear Vision Camera: As you put your Equinox into reverse, the rear vision camera will display your surroundings behind your vehicle on the touch screen.
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Utilizing radar sensors to monitor approaching traffic passing behind the vehicle, this feature alerts you through the rear vision camera screen.
    • Rear Park Assist: This feature will alert you if an object is too close behind you and uses guiding lines on the rear vision camera screen to help you park.
    • Side Blind Zone Alert: Using short-range radar sensors, this feature warns you when other vehicles are in your blind zone areas.
    • Lane Change Alert: This technology provides side mirror alerts to help you avoid a collision with an approaching vehicle when you are changing lanes.


2018 Traverse

SUVs and Trucks That Will Keep You Safe This Winter

This mid-size SUV has exceptional cargo space and advanced infotainment systems to make traveling a smooth and hassle-free process.

Safety Features:
  • Front
    • Forward Collision Alert: See above.
    • Front Pedestrian Braking: If a collision with a pedestrian is about to happen and the driver has not already applied the brakes, the Traverse alerts the driver and can automatically apply the brakes to reduce the severity of the collision or possibly avoid it altogether.
    • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking: See above.
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: See above.
    • Forward Automatic Braking: This system will automatically apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision if impact with a vehicle ahead is imminent.
  • Rear
    • Rear Vision Camera: See above.
      • Rear Cross Traffic Alert: See above.
      • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert: See above.
      • Rear Park Assist: See above.


    2018 Silverado 1500

    SUVs and Trucks That Will Keep You Safe This Winter

    For some heavy-duty lifting and substantial power, the 2018 Silverado 1500 has you covered.

    Safety Features:
    • Front & Rear
      • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
      • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
      • Forward Collision Alert
      • Safety Alert Driver Seat
      • Front and Rear Park Assist
      • Rear Vision Camera
      • OnStar Automatic Crash Response: Available for a limited trial period if equipped.


    Chevy's newest models all come equipped with the latest and greatest safety features. Not only does the Equinox, Traverse, and Silverado have the most advanced technology but they are each also full of specs, such as AWD and 4WD, that will give better traction during snowy road conditions. If you're ready to find an SUV or truck that will keep you safe this winter, take a look at our full inventory online. You'll be able to compare specs and features for each trim level on the Equinox, Traverse, and Silverado model overview pages to find the model that'll suit your needs best.

    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, November 28, 2017

    7 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

    7 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

    DURAND, Mich.,–– Although the holidays revolve around spending time with loved ones, it's also a good time to think about those who are less fortunate. Helping others is a part of our human nature; whether it's lending a hand to a neighbor, volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or just simply getting involved in the community. Even the smallest acts of kindness make a huge difference. Take part in something special and enjoy the feeling of giving with these 7 ways to give back this holiday season:

    1. Pack up stockings for the homeless. Purchase some cheap stockings from your local dollar store and fill them with practical and useful items, such as snacks, water, a toothbrush/toothpaste, and warm pieces of clothing (hats/gloves/socks).

    2. Get rid of old toys. Clean out and declutter your kid's old toy box. Donate the old and unused toys to a children's hospital or a foundation like "Toys for Tots".

    3. Participate in a local food drive or donate to a local food bank. Gather up any non-perishable foods and canned goods you may have for donation. You can find a local food pantry in your area here.

    4. Donate your old coats to Goodwill/Salvation Army or a local homeless shelter. If you have old jackets laying around that are in good condition, gather them up so that you can donate them to those in need.

    5. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. If you're an animal lover, this is a great way to spend your time helping out dogs and cats that have been neglected.

    6. Use Amazon Smile. Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Instead of using the regular "amazon.com" URL, register your account through "smile.amazon.com". It's the same Amazon you use, except 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to the charity of your choice.

    7. Adopt a family. Sponsor a family in your area in need of help this holiday season. By signing up as a sponsor, you'll be able to provide direct support, such as food, toys, and clothing, to a family in need.


    "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson


    Helping those less fortunate will put you in the giving spirit this year. Even a simple donation will go a long way. Make someone's holiday one to remember with these 7 ways to give back this holiday season. Whether you try them all or pick one to do, you'll spread cheer to someone in need, elevate your own mood, and inspire a world full of giving. At Graff Durand, we are all about giving back. This can be shown in the many donations we make throughout the year to foundations like National Breast Cancer and Toys for Tots. Check out our full list of community involvement on our website. See why Graff Chevrolet in Durand should be your first choice. Whether you need vehicle service or are looking to purchase a new ride, we've got a team who cares and will go the extra mile to make sure you are happy with our service!

    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, November 21, 2017

    Chevy Camaro Named Car Connection's Best Performance Car to Buy 2018

    DURAND, Mich.,–– Looking for a high performance sports car with a low price tag? That may seem nearly impossible to find. Typically, any sports car that has a V-8 engine and exceptional rear-wheel drive handling comes at a cost over $50,000. However, there is one car that has both without the expensive cost. With advanced performance technology, increased responsiveness, and substantial power, the Chevy Camaro was named The Car Connection's Best Performance Car to Buy 2018.

    Chevy Camaro Named Car Connection's Best Performance Car to Buy 2018

    The Car Connection's Favorite Camaro Package & Best Liked Features:

    6.2-liter V-8/ 455 horsepower/ 6-speed manual/ 0-60 mph in under five seconds

    * Thundering power
    * Amazing rear-drive handling
    * V-8 exhaust
    * Flat cornering & sharp steering
    * Everything we want in a musclecar
    * Under $40,000

    "It's the performance car we may not deserve, but we're lucky to have."

    Chevy Camaro Named Car Connection's Best Performance Car to Buy 2018

    The Chevy Camaro is a true sports car masterpiece. There are many performance options available that you can't go wrong with, but there's only one that stands out amongst the rest. With refinement and engineering that dominates, it's a no wonder why the Chevy Camaro was named The Car Connection's Best Performance Car to Buy 2018.

    Chevy Camaro Named Car Connection's Best Performance Car to Buy 2018

    Ready to take one for a spin to see what it's all about? Browse our Chevy Camaro inventory and contact us to schedule a test drive. You can also take a look at our 2017 Chevy Camaro brochure to view more specs, features, and vehicle photos. If you'd like to customize your own, stop by our dealership and we'll help you get the exact one you're looking for this holiday 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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    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Prep Your Home and Car for the Cold Weather Ahead

    DURAND, Mich.,–– Winter is right around the corner, making everyone anxious for what this cold season will bring to Michigan this year. Whether it is snow or below freezing temperatures, it's best to be prepared for what is to come. Your house and vehicle(s) are valuable investments. They may not be ready for the impact that the cool temps will have on them. That is why we've put together a list of how to prep your home and car for the cold weather ahead. These tips will make your life easier and help you save a few extra bucks in the long run this season:

    Prep Your Home and Car for the Cold Weather Ahead

    Home
    1. Prep all your plumbing inside and out. Clean out your house's gutters and disconnect/drain all your outside hoses. Shut off your outside water valves, if possible. Keep your cabinet doors open in your kitchen and bathroom(s) during cold spells to allow warm air to circulate around your pipes. Use heat tape around pipes that are prone to freezing, if necessary.
    2. If you have a fireplace, make sure it is ready to go for nice and cozy fires all winter long. Get your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional. It is also a good idea to have your heating components in your house checked to make certain that warm air will flow freely.
    3. Sealing the leaks around your house will keep the warm air inside. You don't want any cold drafts seeping in. Add weather-stripping around your doors and windows and caulk any gaps that you see. Also replace any worn doorstops. If need-be, install storm windows and doors to ensure every inch of your house is closed off from the outside air.
    Prep Your Home and Car for the Cold Weather Ahead

    Car
    1. Tire Maintenance: Check your tire pressure. Cold weather can cause your tire's air pressure to decrease. Road conditions aren't ideal in the winter, increasing the chances of getting into an accident. Check your tire tread as well to ensure your vehicle will have enough grip on the road in the snow and slushy/wet conditions this season.
    2. Brake Care: If your brakes aren't in the best condition, you are putting yourself at risk while driving. Ensure your safety on the road by getting your brakes inspected. They may need to be repaired or replaced.
    3. Vehicle Fluids: Oil is a vital component to your car's ability to run properly. Check your oil to make sure it's not low or black and gritty. If it is, you'll want to stop in for an oil change to help last you through the winter. Also make sure to check out your vehicle's other fluids, including coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and washer fluid.
    4. Wiper Blades: Winter weather can make it hard to see clearly through your windshield while driving. Your windshield wipers may experience significant wear and tear from cold temps and ice/snow buildup. Make sure your wipers aren't worn out by checking out our list of signs to look for.
    Prep Your Home and Car for the Cold Weather Ahead

    Don't be the victim of a frozen house pipe or faulty brakes this winter season. Prep your home and car for the cold weather ahead now before the cool temps and dangerous road conditions begin to take over. You'll be thankful you did. If you are in need of new tires, brakes, an oil change, wiper blades, or any other maintenance, schedule an appointment with our service team. We'll take care of your vehicle needs to make sure you remain safe on the road this winter! Be sure to frequently check out our coupons page to help you save on service.

    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, November 14, 2017

    The Fastest and Most Powerful Corvette Ever

    DURAND, Mich.,–– Get ready for the new sports car that'll leave you in the dust. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 returns as the king. This model's most notable performance specs top every other generation of Corvette's. With significant power, exceptional track performance, and the most advanced technology in its production history, the 2019 ZR1 is unlike any other. With a whopping 755-horsepower, this sports car is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever.


    The Fastest and Most Powerful Corvette Ever

    The Corvette has an exclusive LT5 supercharged engine with 715 lb-ft of torque. Improved capability on the track comes from the two wind tunnel-honed aerodynamics packages. There are two types of transmissions that'll be available: seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic. This is the first time that an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.

    Along with these major specifications, the car also features a special carbon-fiber "halo" hood that is open in the middle to clear out the LT5 engine's supercharger/intercooler assembly. The ZTK Performance Package includes the adjustable High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 also debuted a Sebring Orange Design Package.

    “I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”


    The Fastest and Most Powerful Corvette Ever

    The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is unlike any other. It not only has set the bar, it is the bar. Now that it is the fastest and most powerful Corvette ever, it is the highest-performing in its production history. Ready to get behind the wheel? The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will go on sale next Spring. If you're wanting to get your hands on one, contact our sales team! We will help you get the exact one you're looking for as soon as it is released. If you are in need of a new vehicle for the winter, check out our selection of new inventory. Not only do we have a lot of vehicles to choose from, we have great deals going on as well.

    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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    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    DURAND, Mich.,–– Let's face it. Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year because of all the delicious desserts we get to eat, not to mention turkey dinner. Are you in charge of making the pie this year? Don't fret, we've got you covered. Bake a pie that your guests will love this holiday by checking out our list of perfect Thanksgiving pie recipes. Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings:



    Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    You can't go wrong with a classic this year!



    Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    S'mores in a pie... need we say more?



    Cook Time: 50 minutes

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    The pie that screams Thanksgiving.



    Cook Time: 50 minutes

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    For a sweeter taste, this cranberry cheesecake pie is perfect.



    Cook Time: 12 minutes

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    If you're a chocolate lover, this pie will satisfy your taste buds!



    Cook Time: 1 hour

    Perfect Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

    Another classic for the fall season.


    Whether you like the classics or are looking to break out of your shell, these perfect Thanksgiving pie recipes will be sure to suit your needs. Your dessert will be a hit among your family and friends. Don't forget to give thanks this holiday to the ones you love. You can also give back to your vehicle that gets you to where you need to be with some routine maintenance. Your car is a valuable investment that deserves the attention it requires. Check out our fall car care tips to prepare for the snowy season ahead! 

    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, November 7, 2017

    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas for People Who Can't Stand Turkey

    DURAND, Mich.,––Many people believe that you shouldn't break the popular Turkey tradition on Thanksgiving and that it is the one and only main dish that should be served. Despite popular beliefs, Turkey doesn't have to be the main meal served at Thanksgiving dinner. There are plenty of other options that'll live up to the high expectations set for this food-loving holiday. We've put together a list of Thanksgiving meal ideas for people who can't stand Turkey. If you're looking for an alternative to the beloved holiday tradition, then you'll want to check out these recipes:



    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas for People Who Can't Stand Turkey

    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 45-50 minutes



    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas for People Who Can't Stand Turkey

    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 55 minutes



    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas for People Who Can't Stand Turkey

    Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes



    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas for People Who Can't Stand Turkey

    Cook Time: 45-50 minutes



    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas for People Who Can't Stand Turkey

    Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes


    Is your mouth watering yet? Because ours sure are! We're ready for Thanksgiving to be here already so we can indulge in these delicious dishes. If you're not a turkey lover and are looking to start a new family tradition, then these Thanksgiving meal ideas for people who can't stand turkey will be sure to satisfy your needs this year! Do you plan on heading out for some Black Friday shopping this season? Check out our guide on how to make the most of your experience. You can also avoid the hassle of not having enough space in your vehicle for all of your Black Friday purchases by shopping our crossover/SUV inventory. We'll get you into a vehicle that is safe and spacious this holiday 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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    How to Make the Most of Your Black Friday This Year

    DURAND, Mich.,––Black Friday is considered a public holiday that takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This occasion is especially exciting for those looking to save big on their Christmas shopping. Retailers across the nation will be gearing up to handle the large crowds of bargain hunters on Black Friday, and even some on Thanksgiving Day. If you're planning on participating this year, you can also get geared up and mentally prepared for all the craziness of Black Friday with a few simple tips. Here's how to make the most of your Black Friday this year:

    How to Make the Most of Your Black Friday This Year

    1. Know Exactly What You Want

    This is the most important thing to do in preparation for Black Friday! The big ticket items - mainly electronics, games and consoles, cookware, and kitchen gadgets - are highly sought after and go really quick because they're the most expensive and the most discounted. We recommend making a prioritized list of the items you want for each store you want to attend. It's hard to do, but if you can find everything you want at one store your Black Friday shopping will be much easier!


    2. Have a Backup for Each Item

    If you've ever been Black Friday shopping, you know that things don't always work out. You don't go early enough, you can't find parking, you can't get to an item quick enough, etc.! It's fairly likely that an item you want won't be available. This is a real bummer, but having a backup for each item on your list can save you a little headache. You can also make a list of backups online on your smartphone, so if your item is sold out in the store, you'll immediately have a solution in the palm of your hand.

    3. Have a List You Can Check Off

    There are so many discounts that you could shop on Black Friday for almost anyone on your list. If you're shopping for more than 3 people, it's handy to have a physical list in your pocket when you go out shopping. Each time you pick up an item or make a purchase, cross it off the list. This way, through all the chaos, you'll be able to know what's left and what you've already accomplished without having to scramble through your car, shopping bags, or cart.

    4. Plan for Parking & Traffic 

    People go a little nuts for a good deal on Black Friday. Many people have had Thanksgiving dinner with family and will be traveling on the road, while others are rushing around in attempts to get to their shopping destination as soon as possible. Traffic and parking can be rough because shoppers are in such a rush and aren't paying attention to others around them. Plan for this craziness by being early, taking it easy on the road, and being aware of your surroundings.


    5. Take Care of Yourself First! 

    Make sure you get plenty of sleep before heading out, or if you choose to go after Thanksgiving dinner, have some caffeine at the ready. This will help you keep your focus on what's happening around you. Avoid being hangry (hungry/angry) and eat a proper breakfast or at least a small snack to keep you satisfied. Nothing is worse than trying to fight a crowd on an empty stomach! We also recommend bringing an on-the-go drink so you can stay hydrated and happy throughout all your shopping.
    How to Make the Most of Your Black Friday This Year

    6. Go Shopping Online & Avoid the Crowds 

    If going out on Black Friday sounds like too much of a nightmare, or the image above simply gives you anxiety, you can always choose to do your shopping online and avoid the crowds! Try giants like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target for great deals online. Just like shopping physical retail, have a plan in mind, have your browser windows open and ready, and make your biggest purchases first.


    Whether you choose to brave the craziness of Black Friday out on the road OR choose to do your shopping online, your safety is our number one priority! We can help you keep your car in great shape so you can avoid any mishaps while you're doing your Holiday shopping and preparation. Stop by for an oil change, winter tire installation, brake inspection, and any other winter car care maintenance services you need this season.

    We're also proud to offer a well-equipped Collision Center and experienced technicians that are able to help you complete and body work you might need done. If you were unfortunately involved in an accident with a deer or buck this fall, schedule an estimate and get entered to win $1,000 in our Busted Bumper Buck Pole contest, ending December 30th.


    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, November 2, 2017

    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    DURAND, Mich., – From the beautiful backdrop of colors that greet you when you step outdoors to the warm and welcoming holidays, it's clear to see why fall is the best and most beautiful season of the year! Bring a sense of autumn awe to your home with these 10 fun fall DIY crafts. Before you know it, your house will be as vibrant and colorful as the outdoors!

    1. Fall Greeting Sign


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Greet your guests in style with this creatively clever fall sign! When the holidays and snow come to Michigan, you can swap out the autumn leaves and bittersweet berries for holly and evergreen to make this DIY project last through the winter, too!

    Supplies Needed: Chalkboard paint, bittersweet berries, fall leaves, tray, autumn branches

    Difficulty: Easy

    2. Flannel Coasters


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Make your home feel just a little cozier this fall by crafting a set of flannel coasters! With a few felt squares, an old flannel, a sewing machine, scissors, and an iron, you can transform an old flannel into new cozy coasters in a mere matter of minutes!

    Supplies Needed: Flannel, felt, sewing machine/thread, scissors, an iron

    Difficulty: Easy

    3. Leaf Bowl


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Need a centerpiece for your table this fall? Create a leaf bowl with just a couple supplies to top off your beautifully decorated kitchen! We don't recommend you put anything too heavy in it, though, as the leafs can rip and tear with too much weight. Acorns or other fall goodies are perfect!

    Supplies Needed: Artificial autumn maple leafs, triple thick glaze, mod podge matte, plastic bowl, plastic wrap

    Difficulty: Medium

    4. Maple Leaf Roses


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Give the maple leafs in your backyard a new home by folding them into roses! You can hang your roses from string, decorate your dinner table, or even create a beautiful "bouquet" of maple leaf roses as a centerpiece!

    Supplies Needed: Autumn leaves, floral tape, floral wire/craft wire, scissors

    Difficulty: Hard

    5. Thanksgiving Pie Garland


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Whether you're a fan of pumpkin pie, apple pie, or both, this Thanksgiving pie garland is perfect for any lover of this beloved autumn dessert! Carve up a slice of creativity this fall to make the sweetest decorations of the Thanksgiving season!

    Supplies Needed: Ruler, cardstock, twine, white pom-poms, cutting mat, craft knife, glue gun, scoring board

    Difficulty: Medium

    6. Cinnamon Stick Candles


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Want to make your mantle pop this fall? All you need are cinnamon sticks, rubber bands, and some twine to transform your candles into these fantastic fall centerpieces! This cool craft is so easy that it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes to create!

    Supplies Needed: Candles, cinnamon sticks, twine, rubber bands

    Difficulty: Easy

    7. Gold Leaf Pinecone Garland


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Bring the fall festivities into your home this November by crafting a gold leaf pinecone garland! This affordable project is a quick and simple craft that you can put together with your whole family. Plus, the pinecones last a long time, so you can even keep your garland going through the winter!

    Supplies Needed: Pinecones, twine, gold spray paint, gold leaf adhesive, foam brushes, spray sealant, screw eye hooks, pliers

    Difficulty: Medium

    8. Fall Bucket List


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    There's so much fun to be had during the autumn months, but remembering to do it all before the snow starts to fall can be challenging. Craft a fall bucket list to create a cute way to keep track of any activities you want to do while fall is still in full swing!

    Supplies Needed: Tin bucket, fall filler (acorns, leaves, etc), large popsicle sticks, Sharpie marker, clip-on chalkboard sign, chalk, paint, and a paintbrush 

    Difficulty: Easy

    9. Maple Leaf Mason Jars


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    Make your mason jars pop by giving them a little fall flair! After you finish this crafty addition to your home, fill your maple leaf mason jars with corn kernels and top them off with tea lights to create a perfect autumn ambiance once the sun goes down.

    Supplies Needed: Paint, mason jars, tea lights, corn kernels, leafs

    Difficulty: Easy

    10. Tree Stump Candle Holders


    10 Fun Fall DIY Crafts

    If you have any leftover logs that you'd like to repurpose this fall, with just a few steps, you can turn an ordinary stump into a breathtakingly beautiful candle holder! Plus, once winter comes to Michigan, you can your tree stump candle holders into firewood by simply removing the candles!

    Supplies Needed: Wood, drill, 1 1/2" wood boring drill bit, hand saw, tea light candles, boxwood wreath

    Difficulty: Hard

    There's something about autumn that sets it apart from the other seasons. Whether it's the fun holidays or the kaleidoscope of colors that nature provides us, fall is without a doubt the most beautiful time of the year. With these 10 fun fall DIY crafts, you can give your home the fall flair it deserves to stand out this November! If you've got a hunger for DIY crafts that you just can't quite seem to satisfy, check out our Pinterest page for fall crafts, recipes, and more. Before you head out to gather your crafting supplies, make sure your vehicle's components are ready to take on the changing temperatures with our Fall Car Care guide! You can additionally protect your vehicle by following our Routine Maintenance guide to ensure that key parts of your vehicle are functioning properly. That way, you'll be able to count on your car when the snow starts to fall!

    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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