Wednesday, August 15, 2018

GM Launches New Collision Repair Network to Better Assist Drivers

GM Launches New Collision Repair Network to Better Assist Drivers

BAY CITY, Mich. -- At the NACE Automechanika Atlanta show on Sunday, GM announced the launch of the new GM Collision Repair Network, a service used in conjunction with OnStar to help promote customer safety, satisfaction, and strong results for both dealership service centers and independent collision shops.

“We put the customer at the center when we designed the GM Collision Repair Network because for them, nothing is more important than knowing they can trust in the safety and integrity of their vehicle when it leaves the repair facility,” said John Eck, collision manager, GM Customer Care and Aftersales. “The collision repair industry will benefit too. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration* reports more than six million police-reported car crashes occur every year, and as vehicle technology evolves, it’s more important than ever to complete proper repairs and run an efficient enterprise.”

In the aftermath of a collision, the GM Collision Repair Network together with OnStar aids in the education and empowerment of drivers by helping them to locate repair facilities where qualified technicians utilize proper repair procedures using original equipment and replacement parts.

For dealership and independent collision repair centers, the new Collision Repair Network will supplement GM's existing training and tool-focused programs with the addition of standards for pre- and post-repair scanning, repair procedures, calibration, and overall repair. As a result, repair centers within the network should experience a more streamlined collision repair process, including reduced time spent diagnosing and pulling procedures.

Stay tuned for updates regarding the GM Collision Repair Network from Graff Bay City. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the functions and capabilities of OnStar, visit our website.

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.

10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

BAY CITY, Mich. -- Whether you're an incoming freshman or returning student, the Back to School season is especially huge for college students, especially when it comes to shopping for supplies, and certainly for those who will be living on campus. While you might have the essentials like a mini-fridge or Netflix, there are several things that you may not have expected would be so useful for dorm life.

From Graff Bay City, here are 10 unexpected things you didn't know you needed for college!



10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

1. A BEDSIDE CADDY

These are quite handy if you'll be sleeping in a loft or bunk bed or don't have access to a nightstand. Keep your phone, tablet, or favorite book right at your side, and most importantly safe and organized!



10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

2. SHOWER SHOES

Often times you'll have to use a communal bathroom if you live in a dorm, and that means having to share shower space with your dormmates. Unfortunately, it also means you run the risk of sharing all of their germs too, which is why a good pair of shower shoes is essential! College is stressful enough without nasty foot fungus.



10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

3. A PRINTER AND STAPLER

The campus library has printers and staplers available to students but, let's be honest, you won't be up for the walk when you've finished your paper at midnight. Instead, get your own printer and stapler for your dorm room. Even better, many printers nowadays are small enough to accommodate limited space, as well as wireless so you don't have to worry about scrounging for an outlet or tripping over cords.





10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

4. AMAZON PRIME

The free 2-day shipping offered by Amazon Prime can be a lifesaver, especially if you need a particular book, something for a project, or an emergency Keurig (hey, it happens). Additionally, Prime also offers movies and shows on-demand, not to mention the service is offered to college students free for 6-months and $49/year after (as opposed to the normal $99/month).




10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

5. EARPLUGS

Between snoring roommates, slamming doors, and weekend parties, dorms can get pretty noisy. To ensure that you get your proper rest, make sure to keep a package of earplugs handy.


10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

6. FIRST AID KIT

College is full of "it seemed like a good idea at the time" moments, and it's a great idea to keep a first aid kit in your dorm room to deal with the aftermath of such moments - or the occasional paper cut.



10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

7. MATTRESS TOPPER

The beds they provide to you at college are notoriously uncomfortable. Sleep on it for one night then put down the mattress topper you brought along. You'll notice the difference.





10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

8. PORTABLE CHARGER

With everything else you have to remember in college, keeping your electronics charged might slip through the cracks every now and again. A portable charger will fit right in your backpack and are typically good for about five charges to phones and tablets before it runs out of juice itself, and some are even powerful enough for laptops.



10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

9. A FAN

Some dorms do have central air, but the rooms can still get a little stuffy. Bring a little fan along and get the air circulating properly. This will also help make sharing a space with a smelly roommate a little more bearable.


10 Unexpected Things You Thought You Didn't Need for College

10. A POWER STRIP

If your school allows you to have one in your dorm (some don't), we strongly encourage you to take advantage of it. Why have two plugs in a probably unreachable place when you can have six readily available to you?


From all of us at Graff Bay City, we hope you have a safe and smooth transition back to school, as well as an awesome semester! Before heading back, why not stop by our service department to make sure your vehicle is running at its best?

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.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Leads the Competition in Cargo Space

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Durabed is the Largest in its Class

BAY CITY, Mich. -- With best-in-class cargo volume, box depth and box length at floor in addition to a segment-leading 12 fixed tie-downs and an exclusive power tailgate, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features the largest pick-up truck bed on the market.

“The bed is the heart and soul of any pickup, so we made several improvements to the bed of the all-new Silverado to give our customers an even better hauling experience,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors. “We’ve added so many features and benefits that it deserves its own name – Durabed.”

Each Silverado in the 2019 line-up has increased significantly in terms of bed size compared to the 2018 model year:

  • 2018:
    • Short box: 53 cubic feet
    • Standard box: 62 cubic feet
    • Long box: 75 cubic feet
  • 2019:
    • Short box: 63 cubic feet
    • Standard box: 72 cubic feet
    • Long box: 89 cubic feet
The 2019 Silverado short box option is 20% more than the competition, in order to achieve this, Chevy widened the maximum width of the bed floor nearly 10% (7 inches), and implemented this across all bed sizes for the 2019 Silverado.

Additionally, a higher grade steel is being used in the construction of the Durabed for 2019:

  • BED MATERIAL:
    • 2019 Silverado: High-strength steel (500 MPa)
    • 2019 Ford F-Series: Aluminum
    • 2019 Ram 1500: High-strength steel (340 MPa)
In terms of cargo box space, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado now leads the competition by at least 10 cubic feet. As for cargo box depth and length at floor, the 2019 Silverado now leads between 1-10 inches.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado sports 12 fixed tie-downs and has doubled the strength of each from 250 lbs. to 500 lbs. of force before bending. An additional 9 moveable tie-downs are also available for more cargo flexibility. With 21 tie-down points in all, the 2019 Silverado sports the most of any pick-up truck available.

Stay tuned for updates regarding availability of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

10 Back to School Songs to Get You Pumped for the New Year

10 Back to School Songs to Get Your Pumped for the New Year

BAY CITY, Mich. -- Contrary to Alice Cooper's anthemic tune, school is certainly not out forever. While the back to school season may be exciting with all the new possibilities a new school year brings, it can get stressful sometimes, especially for high schoolers and college students. But you can do it!

What better way to set your intention for greatness with some awesome music? We at Graff Bay City have curated an awesome Back to School playlist just for the occasion! Complete with music videos to sing along!


1. "BRAVE" - Sara Bareilles, 2013

Start the ride to school off on the right note with this encouraging track from Sara Bareilles, who implores you to be fearless in everything you do.


2. "WE RULE THE SCHOOL" - Belle & Sebastian, 1996

"Do something pretty while you can," sing indie rockers Belle & Sebastian in this soothing tune about realizing and taking advantage of your potential.


3. "DON'T TAKE THE MONEY" - Bleachers, 2017

"Don't take the money" is a phrase that Jack Antonoff (aka Bleachers) uses when his gut tries to steer him away from something positive, and staying on track is the message here. Break down those negative barriers this semester and rock out.


4. "SCRATCH YOUR NAME" - Noisettes, 2006

This song is all about making your mark and changing the world. A very school-worthy sentiment.




5. "DOG DAYS ARE OVER" - Florence + the Machine, 2009

Florence Welch belts over pounding percussion in this powerful track, inspiring feelings of fresh starts, perseverance, and fearlessness.


6. "UNBREAKABLE SMILE" - Tori Kelly, 2015

For middle school and high school students, one of the biggest pressures they face is "fitting in." This empowering declaration by Tori Kelly is a reminder to stay true to yourself and keep your personal energy positive, no matter what the "cool kids" are doing.


7. "WE ARE GOING TO BE FRIENDS" - The White Stripes, 2001

Michigan-natives The White Stripes perfectly capture that anxiousness and excitement of the first day of school and meeting new friends while you're at it.



8. "SAVE THE WORLD" - Swedish House Mafia, 2012

Blast this club banger on the way to school and tell us you don't feel like you can take on the world, or at least the semester.


9. "FLOAT ON" - Modest Mouse, 2003

Modest Mouse encourages you to not worry so much, see the potential in setbacks, and just "float on," alright?


10. "YOU GOTTA BE" - Des'ree, 1994

Let the chorus to this smooth and serene tune become your personal mantra, and definitely, have it in your headphones on the way into class.


From all of us at Graff Bay City, we wish all of the students in our community an awesome new year! We hope that this playlist gives you the drive you need to get out there and take on the semester!

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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

2019 Chevrolet Silverado: More Truck, More Capability, and More Value

2019 Chevrolet Silverado: More Truck, More Capability, and More Value

BAY CITY, Mich. -- The highly-anticipated 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT, slated for release in Fall 2018, promises to be a larger truck with more capability and fuel efficiency, all while being up to $700 less than the current model. 

“For more than 100 years, Chevrolet has developed a reputation for building trucks that offer incredible performance, capability, and value,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The next-gen Silverado continues that tradition — offering more interior and cargo room, higher towing and payload capabilities and a lower starting at MSRP on our highest volume model.”

STANDARD AND AVAILABLE FEATURES


The 2019 Silverado starts at $37,500 MSRP, even with new standard equipment such as a 2.7L Turbo engine with 22% more torque than the current 4.3L V6, and 8-speed automatic transmission, and stop-start technology. 

On the upscale High Country trim alone, a myriad of other standard equipment is being introduced such as a 5.3L V8 engine with new Dynamic Fuel Management, push-button start, and stop-start technology - as well as advanced safety features like Lane Change Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert. For a starting MSRP of just $1,000 more than the LT, the High Country will also feature Advanced Trailering System, enhanced LED exterior lighting, dual-exhaust outlets, and a class-exclusive power tailgate.

Available options on the 2019 Chevy Silverado include:

  • Z71 Off-road Equipment Package is now available on all models (and standard on Trail Boss models, which also feature a factory-installed 2-inch lifted suspension, Rancho monotube shocks, and Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires). The Z71 package includes:
  • Off-road tuned Ranch twin-tube shocks.
  • Electronic hill descent control.
  • Two-speed transfer case and automatic locking rear differential
  • Skid plates for engine oil pan and transfer-case protection
  • Heavy-duty air filter.
  • 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.
  • Dual exhaust outlets for models equipped with V-8 engines.
  • Advanced, active-safety features, including:
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • IntelliBeam headlamps, high-beam assist.
  • Advanced technology features, including:
  • GM-exclusive, 3 x 7-inch configurable color head-up display.
  • 8-inch configurable driver information center.
  • Surround Vision
  • Rear Camera Mirror

LARGER THAN LIFE

The 2019 Silverado is largest of any in its line to date in virtually every dimension. For example, the crew cab, short box boasts 1.2 inches more total width, 1.5 inches more total height, 1.7 inches more total length, and 3.9 inches more wheelbase.

That being said, the 2019 Silverado offers an additional three inches of cab length across all configurations and up to four cubic feet more of volume. Additionally, it features the largest cargo volume of any full-size truck on the market in short, standard, and long-bed models. The short-bed of the Silverado alone offers more cargo volume than the standard bed of the Ford F-150, at 62.9 cubic feet. Despite its gargantuan size, the 2019 Silverado is actually up to 450 pounds lighter than the current model, thanks to advanced manufacturing and the use of mixed materials.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado lineup offers more configuration choices than ever, including a total of six engine/transmission combos to the meet the needs of every driver in terms of performance, efficiency, and value, in addition to increased towing and payload capabilities:

  • Crew cab Silverado models increase in payload up to 14% or 340 pounds
  • The 4.3L V-6 now offer a maximum of 8,000 pounds towing, up 400 pounds (regular cab, rear-wheel-drive models)
  • The 5.3L V-8 with Max Towing Package now offers a maximum of 11,600 pounds towing, up 400 pounds (double-cab, rear-wheel-drive models)
  • For 2019, the 6.2L V-8 is now exclusively offered with four-wheel drive. Equipped with the Max Towing Package, it now delivers a maximum of 12,200 pounds towing, up 500 pounds from a similarly equipped 2018 model (double-cab, four-wheel-drive models)

We hope you're as excited for the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado as we are at Graff Bay City! When the time comes, our friendly and knowledgeable finance department can get you approved for a payment plan that will work with your budget. Once you've driven off in this monster of a truck, you can trust that our service department will ensure that it's always running at its best.

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

BAY CITY, Mich. -- Summer is in full swing here in the Mitten, and we at Graff Bay City know that you've been enjoying all of this sunny weather as much as we have! However, the super hot and dry conditions we've been experiencing lately can be dangerous if you aren't careful, sometimes even deadly. Our dealership cares about the safety of you and your family just as much as we care about your vehicle, so we've put together this summer heat survival guide with some helpful tips to stay safe when the temperatures rise!


Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

1. STAY HYDRATED

Topping our list is perhaps the most important thing you can do to beat the heat: staying hydrated. At least 60% of the human body is made up of water, and it's responsible for the proper function of every cell and organ including the heart and brain. It also helps to regulate our body temperature through sweating, and, just like an engine uses oil for the same purpose, to lubricate our joints.

It's recommended that you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of the stuff every day, and that's especially true during the summer. Whether you're outside working in the yard or spending a day at the park, always make sure to take a water break!


Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

2. EAT REGULARLY

During the summer, we tend to feel less hungry because our body temperature tries to regulate itself by cutting down on heat-inducing processes like digestion. However, a reduced intake of salt, sugar, and calories puts us at risk for heat exhaustion. Even though you may not feel like it, it's still important to make sure you eat when it's hot outside.

Fruits and vegetables are light on the stomach and contain just the right mixture of salt, sugar, and calories to keep you going without taking a lot of effort to digest, thus keeping your body temperature happy. On top of that, choices like strawberries and cucumbers have high H2O content, which helps keep you hydrated in addition to drinking water!


Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

3. APPLY SUNSCREEN

The sun itself can reach temperatures of 27 million degrees Fahrenheit, and most of its radiation is kept under control by our atmosphere so we don't end up a big ball of flames just like it! However, we're still at risk of harm by the sun's UV rays, which can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and even premature aging.

Before heading outside, be sure to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes beforehand and reapply the same amount you started with every two hours.


Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

4. DRESS APPROPRIATELY

Typical things in our summer wardrobes include tank tops, shorts, and flip-flops - all great choices! Although, while it may not seem like it, long sleeve shirts and pants made of lightweight materials like linen are also good for hot weather. Not only do they keep your skin protected from the sun, but they also help you to retain water lost through sweating, which will evaporate quickly in extreme heat. Hats and sunglasses are important accessories to have as they keep the sun out of your face and eyes!


Heat Wave Survival Guide: 5 Tips to Stay Safe When the Temperatures Rise

5. WATCH THE TIME

Unfortunately, hot weather doesn't care if you have things to do, but you can plan accordingly! The hottest parts of the day during summer are typically 10 AM and 4 PM, and any outside chores on your to-do list should be completed before or after, respectively. Your neighbor isn't mowing the lawn at 9:30 in the morning simply because they want to annoy you!


At Graff Bay City, we want you and your family to enjoy the warm, summer weather and stay safe in the process! We hope the information we've provided here is useful to you. While you're at it, take a look at how to protect your vehicle in this heat with our summer car care maintenance guide! If you need any help or have any questions, feel free to contact and schedule an appointment with our service department!

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life


The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life

BAY CITY, Mich. -- Summer in Michigan means a lot of things, and one of those things is cooling off with some deliciously sweet treats! Our beloved Mitten State ranks fifth in the nation for ice cream production, which isn't surprising given that we also produce more than 1.2 billion gallons of milk every year! July is National Ice Cream Month, and we at Graff Bay City would like to share with you our top five picks for Michigan-made ice cream flavors you need in your life.


The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life

1. SUPERMAN

The unmistakable blue, yellow, and red swirls of Superman ice cream are a sight every Michigander knows quite well. This classic Michigan flavor is widely credited to Stroh's, the historic Detroit brewery that began churning out ice cream during Prohibition. Depending on which ice cream shop you visit, yellow is either vanilla or lemon and red is either cherry or red pop. The blue, however, is always Blue Moon.


The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life

2. BLUE MOON

Is it Fruit Loops? Almonds? Maybe animal crackers? The exact flavor of Blue Moon is just as mysterious as its origins, with most people claiming it was developed in South Haven. Regardless of where in the state it's from, we all know that a Michigan summer is not complete without it!


The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life

3. MICHIGAN POTHOLE

Inspired by our notoriously derelict roads, Michigan Pothole was developed by Ashby's of Detroit! The flavor features chocolate ice cream laden with thick fudge and chocolate chunks, which are meant to represent black tar and asphalt, respectively. In April 2018, Ashby's teamed up with National Coney Island to sell the flavor at locations across the state and donated a portion of the proceeds to the Michigan Department of Transportation to help fill in some actual potholes.


The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life

4. MACKINAC ISLAND FUDGE

The idyllic island destination located on Lake Huron doesn't claim to have invented fudge, but you could certainly say that they perfected it, having produced the confection since the Civil War and delighting the taste buds of visitors from all over the state, country, and even the world. What could possibly make it better? Ice cream. Mackinac Island Fudge combines vanilla ice cream with swirls of butter fudge, along with chunks of chocolate fudge.


The Local Flavor: 5 Michigan-Made Ice Cream Flavors You Need In Your Life

5. MOOSE TRACKS

Developed in Wayland, MI by Denali Flavors in the mid-1990s, Moose Tracks is a Michigan-made favorite that's also now available all over the country! The flavor consists of vanilla ice cream, swirls of fudge, and mini peanut butter cups.

A Michigan summer is not complete without a scoop (or several) of ice cream, and now you have a list of five flavors made right here in the Mitten to enjoy! But let's be honest, if you're from here, you probably already have!

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.