Monday, January 23, 2017

Chevrolet North American International Auto Show Recap

BAY CITY, Mich. ––  The 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) recently came to a close, and not many other automotive brands had as successful a showing as Chevrolet. Over the course of two weeks in downtown Detroit, the auto brand took home the top award of the show, had two major vehicle unveilings (albeit one was fictional), and showcased a number of their new 2017 models. Chevy's showcase was worth the price of admission alone at NAIAS this year.

Chevrolet North American International Auto Show Recap

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Named North American Car of the Year

Chevrolet has now won the North American Car of the Year or Truck of the Year award for fourth time in four years thanks to the 2017 Bolt EV. The streak of success began in 2014 with the Corvette Stingray and Silverado taking the Car and Truck awards respectively and continued with the Colorado’s win in 2015. The Bolt EV is Chevy's electric automotive marvel with an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge providing the average American driver more than five times the mileage of their daily commute on a single charge. The 2017 Bolt EV was also named Motor Trend® Car of the Year, Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year, and was listed among Car and Driver's 2017 10Best Cars list. The Bolt EV was rolled out into California and Oregon markets in December of 2016 and will be available at certified dealerships across the U.S. in mid-2017.

Chevrolet North American International Auto Show Recap

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Unveiled

The unveiling of the completely redesigned 2018 Traverse revealed that midsize SUV has a lot for motorists to be excited about. With a new bold and refined exterior, and improved safety features and technologies to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected the new 2018 Chevy Traverse is the ultimate family vehicle. The interior boasts the new split-folding second-row seat, improved third-row legroom which is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm) as well including maximum cargo room. Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies will be available and include 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Android and Auto Apple CarPlay, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Passengers will have also have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows of the vehicle.

The Traverse is powered by a 3.6L V-6 engine and will get a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway as well as an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.

Chevrolet North American International Auto Show Recap

Lego Batmobile From Chevy Revealed

Chevrolet and Lego unveiled the life-size Lego Batmobile, measuring 17 feet long and made of 344,187 Lego bricks, at NAIAS to the excitement of all in attendance. Chevy has partnered with Lego to promote "The Lego Batman Movie" which premieres on February 10th. In addition to the life-size Batmobile, Chevrolet also debuted its newest commercial in their "Real People, Not Actors" campaign which features a focus group of Lego minifigure people discuss what kind of person would drive the Batmobile, much to Batman's chagrin, and teased the unveiling of the caped crusader's ride by projecting The Bat Signal on the brand's Renaissance Center headquarters.

Chevrolet North American International Auto Show Recap

Chevrolet's impressive and noteworthy showing at the North American International Auto Show was a great way to kick off 2017. Auto enthusiasts and common car buyers alike have a lot to look forward from the auto brand, with the 2017 Bolt EV, 2018 Traverse, and other future models which were showcased at NAIAS. The future is definitely bright at Chevy. Additionally, at Graff Chevrolet Bay City, your safety out on the road is our highest priority so we strongly encourage you to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the cold weather and icy winter roads by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

BAY CITY, Mich. –– It's easy to start slacking on staying healthy during the winter months. With the sun setting early and the cold weather keeping you inside more, you're bound to be less active and eating more unhealthy meals. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of 10 healthy dinner recipes to help keep you fit, trim, and satisfied. Also, to bribe you into we included one not-so-healthy recipe at the end of the list. So enjoy these yummy, healthy recipes!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is super simple to prepare, fun to eat, and extremely flavorful. Bound to become one of your staple dishes, and will leave you feeling fit!

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Buffalo-Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers

An uber-tasty recipe that your kids will love! Substitute whole wheat buns for a healthier source of carbs, and try oven-roasted sweet potatoes as a perfect french-fry substitute.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Grilled Fish Tacos

Taco Tuesday can live on! Light, yummy fish tacos with powerful flavor will become a family favorite.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Lemon Pepper Chicken

For not having many spices or ingredients this recipe packs a punch of flavor! Serve over long grain brown rice with a side of veggies.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Butternut Squash Risotto

Our undisputed favorite recipe on this list. Add some chicken for protein and this savory dish will leave you dreaming of taking another bite once your plate is clean.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Turkey Meatloaf

Enjoy all the heartiness of regular meatloaf by substituting turkey into your recipe. We would argue it's even better than the traditional recipe!

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili


A perfect warm recipe for cold winter days. This chili is so delicious you won't even realize there's no meat in it!

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Another simple recipe for when you're in a weekday rush to get dinner done. They're as tasty as they are fun to eat!

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Chicken Tikka Masala

Quickly becoming one of our favorite recipes. This easy recipe is a great change-up from the flavor rut you may be stuck in this winter. Serve over long grain brown rice.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Teriyaki Salmon with Zucchini

For salmon fans, this recipe cannot be passed up. Another simple recipe, but one that feels like you're being treated to fine dining!

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

Super Creamy Mac and Cheese

We are not using the word "super" lightly here. This mac and cheese recipe is the creamiest, cheesiest version you may ever have. Also, and you didn't hear this from us, but it tastes extra amazing if you add crumbled up bacon to it. We recommend going for a run once you wake up from your nap after eating it though.

10 Healthy Dinner Recipes And One Indulgent Dish For Winter

We encourage you try out the 10 healthy dinner recipes that will help keep you feeling fit this winter, but won't fault you if you just focus on the mac and cheese instead. If you'd like to see more recipes, visit our Pinterest page. Be warned though, we can't vouch for all of our pins as non-indulgent! Also, make sure you're prepared for the drive in the cold weather and icy winter roads by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.
Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Car Care & Vehicle Maintenance Tips at Graff Bay City

BAY CITY, Mich. –– At Graff Bay City, we understand that buying or leasing a vehicle is a big investment, and it’s important to keep that investment in tip-top shape. With winter in full swing now, there are many damaging elements that can impact the condition of your vehicle like road salt, snow, and frigid temperatures. There is also your safety to consider! What happens if your car breaks down, or won't start, exposing you to the elements? What if you slide on the icy roads into a dangerous position?  If you haven’t yet taken any precautions to prepare your vehicle for the winter season, it’s time for some proper winter vehicle maintenance! On our website, our service section covers winter car care tips and vehicle maintenance at Graff Bay City. These best practices will help you keep your car running better and longer for seasons to come! 

Winter Car Care & Vehicle Maintenance Tips at Graff Bay City


On our new Winter Car Care Page, you’ll find tips on –
  • Tires: Find out why it’s important to understand the value winter tires offer. Winter tires are designed to handle winter roads specifically, and with the roads being slushy and icy, the thicker treads will help keep you from sliding around. Click the link to learn more about winter tires.
  • Batteries: In general, car batteries normally last around two to three years. However, freezing temperatures can be hard on your battery life and make it more difficult to start your engine in the morning after a cold night. So, it’s crucial to be aware of your vehicle's battery life and replace it when necessary. Learn more about your car battery by clicking the link.
  • Brakes: Your vehicle's brakes keep you safe through every season, but during the winter they are especially important. In winter weather it can take your vehicle a longer distance to break on snow and ice, so making sure your brakes work properly is key. You don't want to be the car that slides through an intersection or into a ditch. Follow the link to read more about your brakes.
  • Oil Changes: Your engine’s performance depends on regular oil changes, and when your oil is changed on a regular basis, you help extend the life of your vehicle. In the winter, it’s particularly important to keep up with oil changes because the frigid temperatures can have a negative effect on the oil, making it less effective at keeping your engine components from overheating and warping. For a list of signs your vehicle needs an oil change, follow the link.
  • Wiper Blades: You need a clear view to drive in any season, but your vehicle's wiper blades become especially important in the winter due to debris from snow, salt, and ice. Harsh winter conditions can wear on your wiper blades, so click the link to find out how to know if you need to replace your wiper blades.

Winter weather and the driving conditions it creates can take a serious toll on your car if you’re not properly prepared. To ensure that your vehicle will keep you safe and sound all season long, visit our Graff Bay City winter car care and vehicle maintenance pages for more information. Each page will provide you with the best winter car care tips for your tires, battery, brakes, oil changes, and wiper blades. If you’d like to schedule a service appointment for help on any of these topics, you can do that too. We’re always ready to help you at Graff Bay City.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

7 Things to Do Around Michigan This Winter

BAY CITY, Mich. –– It's easy to get down in the dumps during the early months of the year when the sun sets around 5pm as you're driving home from work and freezing cold temperatures make you want to stay inside hiding under a mountain of blankets. However, there are ways to enjoy yourself this season while you're waiting for Summer to come (because we all know Spring doesn't really exist in the mitten state). Experience and enjoy these seven things to do around Michigan this winter.


7 Things to Do Around Michigan This Winter


North American International Auto Show

January 14th-22nd - Detroit, MI
The North American International Auto Show or 'Detroit Auto Show' as most Michiganders call it is the ultimate gear-head experience. Walk around the enormous show rooms at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit to see what your favorite foreign or domestic car brands are unveiling.

Traverse City Chili Cook-Off

January 14th - Traverse City, MI
Enjoy local restaurants competing in chili categories such as 1 Alarm, 2 Alarm, 3 Alarm, White, Vegetarian, Ethnic, and Seafood. Attendees vote for their favorite in each category and their overall favorite for the People's Choice Award. 

Meridian Winter Blast

January 20th-22nd - Detroit, MI
This event really is a blast! Located in and around the beautiful Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, this event has a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that including ice skating, zip-lining, the Meridian Winter Slide, marshmallow roasting as well as live music and a food truck rally.

Wild Winter Weekends at the Detroit Zoo

January 21st, February 4th - Royal Oak, MI
Experience the magic of the Zoo during the winter! Visit your favorite indoor and outdoor habitats and special activities, zookeeper talks, crafts and much more. Especially their awesome Polar Bear exhibit!

Zehnder's Snowfest

January 25th-30th - Frankenmuth, MI
Enjoy larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings with additional entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children's activities.

See a game/event at Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI
It's the final season of action for the Joe Louis Arena, as it is making way for the new, state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. This incredible building is filled with history and is worth the price of admission to experience a live event here, sporting or otherwise. We recommend purchasing tickets to the MSU vs. UofM hockey game on February 10th. Tickets are very reasonably priced, and it will give you a chance to show off your school spirit while experiencing this hallowed ground of sporting legend before it is demolished.

Visit Boyne Mountain

Boyne City, MI
It's not just a skier's paradise but a perfect spot for a winter weekend getaway with the whole family. If skiing and snowboarding isn't your thing, you can still enjoy the multiple other amenities and activities that Boyne Mountain has to offer including the Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails, horseback trail riding, the tubing park, and a zip line course down the backside of the mountain.

There's also plenty more to do than just those seven things to do around Michigan this winter. You can take in a show or concert at one of the many incredible and historic theaters around the state, visit one of the numerous museums, or just trek out to your local sledding hill. However you do it, find some time to enjoy what winter has to offer in Michigan. Also, make sure you're prepared for the drive to these fun activities and events in the cold weather and icy winter roads by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Graff Gives Back to Local Student Athletes Through Operation: Step It Up

BAY CITY, Mich. –– To kick off 2017, Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, MI will be donating to Operation: Step It Up benefitting local student athletes in the Saginaw Valley region. This program uses fundraising efforts to purchase time at the Tri-City Sports Complex for local student athletes and their teams so that they can use the impressive facilities for practice, games, and more. At Graff Bay City, we're dedicated to supporting local charities and organizations that make a difference in our community. Please join us in raising money as Graff Gives Back to local student athletes through Operation: Step It Up!


Graff Gives Back to Local Student Athletes through Operation: Step It Up

Benefiting the local schools and their student athletes, the Tri-City Sports Complex has launched Operation: Step It Up. Many of the local student athletes in the Saginaw Valley region use the Tri-City Sports Complex for training, tryouts, indoor leagues and tournaments. These athletes and their teams would love to be able to spend more time using the complex but can't always afford to, and many other schools can't use the complex at all because their sports programs aren't well funded. Your donations will go directly to funding reserved facility hours for the local school(s)/organization(s) of your choice. The Tri-City Sports Complex is an invaluable resource to our local athletes, and one that they should all be able to use to their benefit.

Graff Bay City will be supporting local student athletes and Operation: Step It Up by donating $10 from every vehicle sale and $0.25 from every vehicle service transaction. Proceeds from oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacements, and any other auto service needs you have will now benefit middle school and high school students learning the value of hard work, dedication, and teamwork all while getting to experience top-of-the-line facilities. The health and well-being of the young people in our community is worth investing in. So schedule an appointment online today for your auto service needs and save yourself from having to wait in line. Our experienced and friendly sales staff can also help you find the perfect car to meet your needs and budget in 2017. Browse our inventory today to see what you could be driving!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

9 Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolution on Track

BAY CITY, Mich. –– It's 2017! You've probably got a New Year's Resolution in mind, even if you have vocalized it yet. If you're serious about it, it's a long road to success and December 31st, and we have nine tips to keep your New Year's resolution on track. Believe in yourself and you can make it happen!

9 Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolution on Track

Be Realistic - Make sure that your goals are attainable and realistic. Cutting a bad habit completely out of your life, cold turkey, is not likely going to work. Think about what you really know you can accomplish, start with that as your goal, and then expand on it from there.

Outline You Plan - Preparedness is you best ally to following through with your resolution. In correlation with being realistic about your resolution, break it up into segments or steps. Make the mountain into a bunch of molehills that you can climb each day.

Talk About It - Tell your friends and family about your resolution! They will help support you and keep you accountable to it.

Track Your Progress - Sometimes it's hard to see your actual progress as it's happening. Track the days, and weeks, and incremental steps that you have reached in your pursuit of achieving your goal.

Reward Yourself - Have a treat or get yourself something nice to celebrate the accomplishment on making through a certain amount of time. This will begin to develop a positive reinforcement to your new habit. Also, to help keep your resolution, don't reward yourself with something that will contradict it.

Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself - You're going to good days and bad days. Sometimes it will be a breeze and other times you'll want to abandon your resolution. Like we mentioned above, the best way to stay positive is to track the incremental steps you accomplish and to celebrate them.

Make a "Pros" and "Cons" List What happens if you succeed? What happens if you don't? This list will help keep you motivated during the roughest days of keeping your resolution.

Stay the Course - It has been scientifically proven that it takes us 21 days for something to become a habit, and six months for it to become part of our personality.

Keep Trying - If you find yourself breaking your resolution, just dust yourself off and get back on track. One misstep (or a handful) does not mean your entire year/resolution is ruined. There's no resolution police to keep you from trying again.

Consult these nine tips to keep your New Year's resolution on track and you'll be on track to achieve your goal! Also, make sure you're prepared for the cold weather and icy winter roads ahead by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Chevrolet Lineup

BAY CITY, Mich. –– As 2016 ends, we can now look forward to what Chevrolet has to offer in 2017 and beyond. Their new lineup is led by the 2017 Bolt EV, which has already collected numerous car of the year awards, and accompanied by brand classics like the Camaro, Cruze, and Silverado. Many of these new 2017 models also come equipped with the Chevrolet Teen Driver Technology, a new software that uses speed warnings, volume limits, and other features to help keep young inexperienced drivers safe out on the road.

2017 Models


BOLT EV

Named the MOTOR TREND 2017 CAR OF THE YEAR®, Chevrolet’s affordable long-range electric vehicle offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range per full charge with roominess and versatility.

CAMARO

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its induction in 2017 with a 50th anniversary edition and badges, the new Camaro comes offered with a standard 2.0L Turbo or available 3.6L V-6 engines.

2017 Chevrolet Lineup

MALIBU

Malibu topped the Midsize Car category in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for the second consecutive year. Nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on Premier with 2.0L Turbo engine.

CRUZE

This stylish vehicle is now offered in not just the standard model but the Cruze hatchback with 47.2 cubic feet of cargo space, and the Cruze diesel sedan. The standard 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection enables 0-60 mph acceleration in 7.7 seconds.

2017 Chevrolet Lineup

SPARK ACTIV

A sportier take on the brand’s versatile, connected mini-car offers 27.2 cubic feet of roomy cargo space and comes powered by an Ecotec 1.4L engine offered with a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is GM estimated at 29 city and 37 highway with the manual transmission and 30 city/37 highway with the CVT.
The new Trax enters 2017 with a fresh look, turbocharged performance and 10 standard air bags, expected to be the most of any competitor in its segment.
Volt owners have driven more than 650 million EV miles, saving 34 million gallons of gas – and they drive all-electric more than 80 percent of the time. The Volt offers 53 miles of EV range and 420 miles total driving range.

SILVERADO

The new Silverado 1500’s 12,500-lb. max trailering rating tops the segment for crew cab models, and is powered can be powered by either a 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8, or 6.2L V-8.

2017 Chevrolet Lineup
Introduced in 1935, it is the oldest continuously produced vehicle nameplate in the industry. The 2017 Suburban offers up to 8,300 pounds of trailering capacity when properly equipped, and up to 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The standard 5.3L V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management provides 355 horsepower and segment-leading fuel economy, 23 mpg highway.

TAHOE

Along with Suburban, Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs represent nearly 50 percent of the segment, and the Tahoe was the highest-ranked large SUV in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Survey.

New 2018 models


EQUINOX

All-new for 2018, the Equinox is a fresh and modern SUV designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected. Three new turbo engine choices will include what is expected to be the segment’s first turbo-diesel.

TRAVERSE

Redesigned for 2018, the next-generation Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class third-row legroom and cargo room. Premium cues, new technologies and all-new trim levels expand customer choices. The 2018 Traverse will debut on January 9th at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new 2017 Chevrolet lineup looks to be an impressive group that will help propel Chevy into the new year. If you're interested in driving a new 2017 model Chevy vehicle this year, stop by our dealership today! We'd be happy to help you find the SUV, truck, sedan or crossover you're looking for. We also want to help you be safe on the road this winter. Also, your safety is our chief concern at Graff Bay City and we recommend preparing for the cold and icy winter ahead by making sure to complete your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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