Thursday, June 22, 2017

What to Look For When Buying a New Car

BAY CITY, Mich. – Purchasing a new vehicle is a big decision to make, especially when it's what will get you from Point A to Point B. When you are ready to purchase, you'll be able to shop around and look at different makes, models, and specifications to fit your needs, while also finding something that fits within your budget and meets your personal preferences. It's a very exciting time in your life, which is why you'll want to make sure you make the right vehicle purchase. If you're wondering what to look for when you're buying a new car, Graff Bay City has compiled a list of factors for you to consider. On the hunt for a specific vehicle style? We carry an extensive inventory of vehicles that'll meet all of your expectations, from sporty driving to family-friendly SUVs.


1. Consider Your Budget


The first thing you'll want to take into consideration is your budget. Knowing how much you are willing to spend on a vehicle is essential in helping you narrow down your choices to find something that'll best suit your needs. Usually, the rule is that your car payments should equal up to 20% of your take-home income. Since down payments for vehicles can be quite expensive, there are a lot of options available to vehicle buyers. If you're interested in applying for an auto loan for financing, fill out a credit approval form and our auto-loan experts will help you find a plan that best fits your budget!

2. Buying vs. Leasing


Once you have your budget in mind, you'll want to consider the options of either buying a vehicle or leasing one. Buying a car can provide you with a long-term investment which will return on itself, however, it can be extremely costly initially, with large down payments and long-term payment plans. Leasing may seem like a much more affordable option, but it can also become expensive if you go over your mileage limit or have to finance any repairs. Read about the pros and cons of each on our buying vs. leasing page!

3. Write Out Your Needs


You have your budget and you've made a choice between buying a vehicle or leasing a vehicle. Now what? Figuring out what you and your passengers need is the next step. Write out everything you want and need in a vehicle. Think about what you need now and what you'll need in the future. Do you want something spacious with a lot of room? What about a flashy, sleek vehicle with a lot of customization? Safety features? How many seats do you want in your vehicle? Keep all of your needs and preferences in mind when you go in to purchase a vehicle, as they will factor into your budget and final purchase decision.

4. Pick Your Vehicle Out


Now that you've gotten all of that figured out, it's time to visit the dealership to find your perfect match. If you prefer searching at home, take a look at our inventory to see the many options available to you! You can edit your search to specify what you're looking for, whether it's a spacious SUV or a fast and powerful 2-seater! If you're curious about a specific vehicle, you can also read their brochures for more information on the specifications and what they have to offer! In just a few short steps, you'll be able to take your new vehicle out for a drive!

5. Give it a Test Drive


Finding the right vehicle may be the hard part, but once you do, it's smooth sailing from there! First, you'll need to contact us to set up a test drive appointment. This is your chance to find out whether or not the vehicle you've been researching is the one for you! Refer to your needs you wrote out earlier to find out if the car matches your specifications. Try driving it based on your commute: if you drive on highways, see how it handles the high speeds; if you live on a dirt road, consider taking it off-road to see how it will manage! Check the trunk for its spacing, the exterior for any damage, and seats for comfortability. These steps are all a necessary part of making sure that you are happy with your purchase! If you have any questions or concerns, our Sales Staff will be glad to address them!

While purchasing your vehicle can be very fun and exciting, it can also be very time consuming. Keeping your budget and personal preferences in mind all play a huge role in this decision. We hope that this list of what to look for when you buying a new car helps you to narrow down your choices to find the vehicle that's just right for you! Feel free to reach out to us with any concerns you may have. We're happy to help match you up with your dream car!

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, June 20, 2017

Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

BAY CITY, Mich. – Is your heart yearning for adventure? Want to get out of the house but hate long road trips? You're in luck: you can quell your hunger for exploration in your very own state! We at Graff Bay City have compiled a list of where to travel in Michigan this summer to help you plan your next vacation! Take a look at some of the best the Mitten has to offer with quick and easy getaways for the whole family! With destinations ranging from massive sand dunes to serene forests, you'll have plenty of options when you plan your next family trip!

The Sleeping Bear Dunes - Leelanau County


Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

Voted "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by Good Morning America, it's clear that this breathtaking destination lives up to its title. As one of the most unique locations in the entire state, its miles of sand bluffs tower over Lake Michigan, giving visitors a one-of-a-kind view you can't get anywhere else. With attractions like a lighthouse, expansive park, and a center for the arts, the Sleeping Bear Dunes has something for everyone!

Porcupine Mountains - Ontonagon


Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

Explore one of the Upper Peninsula's most unique hidden gems - the Porcupine Mountains. Earning its name from its silhouette at night, this mountain range carries with it several treasures. The Lake of the Clouds, a stunningly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, is one of the most pleasant surprises the mountain range has to offer. The Porcupine Mountains are full of excursions and activities for any season: kayaking, fishing, and skiing are just a few of the unique opportunities this exciting getaway has to offer. 

Frankenmuth Village - Frankenmuth


Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

Known as "Little Bavaria", this quaint little village in Saginaw County carries a lot of history with it. It's evolved into one of the top tourist destinations in the Mitten, best known for Zehnder's and its award winning chicken. The center of the town carries a long district of shopping centers, each carrying Bavarian style and activities for the whole family. If you're on the lookout for some early holiday shopping, Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland is open around the year with the over 50,000 ornaments and gifts! Check out Frankenmuth's calendar of events for parades, festivals, and more!

Mackinac Island - Mackinac


Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

One of Michigan's most known travel destinations is the Mackinac Island. It's full of excitement, from world-renowned Mackinac fudge to historic sites and museums. Worried about the cost of staying on the island? Don't worry - every month, the island releases unique specials and discounts for activities. Make sure you plan your vacation to the Mackinac Island as soon as possible! Take a bike, ride a horse, and more on this one-of-a-kind island. This exclusive destination is a tourist hotspot, and you'll want to make sure you've got your spot reserved before lodging fills up!

Planning vacations can be extremely exciting, but they're even more exciting when you know its only a short road trip! We hope our handy guide of where to travel in Michigan this summer keeps you and your family entertained throughout the year! If you're looking for fun in the Bay County area, be sure to stop by our 7th Annual Classic Car Show this August! Planning a road trip? Make sure you're keeping up on routine maintenance this summer to keep your vehicle in top shape to face those long drives!

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, June 14, 2017

7th Annual Classic Car Show

BAY CITY, Mich. – The hottest event of the summer is quickly approaching! We'll be closing out Summer 2017 with our 7th annual Classic Car Show at Graff Bay City! This event will take place on August 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM at our dealership. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family, including free food and drinks, a 50/50 raffle, trivia, music, games, and more! Visit the Graff dealership for a day full of excitement and cool vintage cars!

7th Annual Classic Car Show

The proceeds raised from the Classic Car Show will go towards the Just For Kids Foundation of Bay County. Just For Kids is a local charity that strives to help Bay County children in need and provide them with food, medical supplies, school supplies, clothes, and other necessities. At Graff Chevrolet we are proud to support this incredible nonprofit organization as they work to meet these children’s basic needs and provide them with opportunities to be successful in the future.

Showing off your vintage ride? Register your vehicle early for $5 off your registry fee. Registration is $15 on the day of the car show. Your registration fee will be directly donated to Just For Kids. To learn more about Just For Kids and their efforts to make Bay County a better place, check out their website or call their center at (989) 667-KIDS. Make this August 5th a fun day for a good cause with our 7th annual Classic Car Show!

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, June 13, 2017

5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

BAY CITY, Mich.–– Did you know that you can repurpose the old stuff that's cluttering up your garage and storage spaces into fresh, new projects? "Upcycling" is a brand new trend that breathes new life into your old stuff that may not be useful to you anymore. Check out a few of these 5 fun and easy upcycling projects to make the most of things you would otherwise throw out! You can help the planet and your wallet with these easy-to-follow instructions!

1. Turn An Old Sandbox Into a Kid's Garden



Teach your children the basics of gardening with this fresh and creative take on sandboxes! When they outgrow the sandbox phase, you can repurpose it into a new garden to educate your children and give them their own chance to grow something of their own! It only takes a few steps and they can help, too!

2. Turn a Colander into a Flower Basket


5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

With a few simple steps, you can turn that old colander of yours into a brand new hanging flower basket for the patio! Upcycle your old kitchen accesories for a unique take on a flower basket that will be sure to impress everyone!

3. Turn Old Jars into New Canisters


5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

What do you do with the jar when you finish a container of jelly, salsa, or sauce? You upcycle them, of course! Using a few easy-to-find supplies, you can turn these old jars into brand new jar canisters that you can keep for a long time! Not only do they look great, but they help you save money on containers and make your kitchen look modern and sleek!

4. Turn Dollar Store Frames into Hurricane Lanterns


5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

If you want to redecorate your house but you're on a budget, try making these beautiful hurricane lanterns for only $5! Using dollar store picture frames, you can turn an otherwise plain item into a gorgeous decoration. The project will only take up to 30 minutes of your time, so you can create a lot of these very quickly to breathe some life into your house!

5. Turn Your Tin Cans Into Retro Lights


5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

Want to give your home an old school twist? Try giving your tin cans a second chance by upcycling them into retro lights! It only takes a few minutes and the lights work surprisingly well. They can work in almost every corner of your house, so give this handy trick a shot today!

Upcycling is the best way to save money and redecorate your house this summer. With quick and simple solutions to expensive problems, we hope that these 5 fun and easy upcycling projects will keep you and the whole family entertained for the summer! If you're looking to save some more money with routine maintenance, we have a page of coupons that are available at your disposal! Enjoy every second of this summer with upcycling!

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, June 6, 2017

Why Buy Chevy? June Power Hour

BAY CITY, Mich.–– With so many vehicle options and brands to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Purchasing a vehicle can take a lot of time and can be a stressful process. With so many questions and different factors to consider, choosing a vehicle worth purchasing can take a lot of time out of your day. This month's Chevy Knowledge Power Hour will give you some reasons reasons why you should buy Chevy. Join us at The Fix at Uptown Bay City for a crash course on why Chevy has what you need in a vehicle! Read up on our website for more information about the event and what it will entail.

Why Buy Chevy? June Power Hour

Chevy has been one of the brand leaders in the auto industry since its creation. With multiple awards in versatility, efficiency, and durability, Chevy vehicles return your investment in more ways than one. The brand carries a wide array of vehicles, ranging from trucks to electric cars to suit anyone's preferences. This has allowed Chevy to cement itself as a high-quality, easily accessible brand for anyone. Take a look at some of Chevy's signature brands to get a better idea of what the brand has to offer.

We hope you'll join us for a comforting, hot cup of joe at The Fix in Uptown Bay City, located at 5 East Main Street, Bay City, 48708 for June's Chevy Knowledge Power Hour to why you should buy Chevy! We'll be there for any questions you might have about features, vehicle prices, or any other dealership related topic and would be happy to answer them on Wednesday, May 10th from 12:00-1:30 pm.

We also want you to utilize our online resources to learn more about your car, truck, crossover, or SUV and its needs. We have an entire Service section on our website dedicated to all things routine maintenance and auto repair. Our seasonal maintenance tips will keep you current on how to care for your car each season, and our online scheduling tool makes it easy for you to save time in having your vehicle serviced 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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Monday, June 5, 2017

How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

BAY CITY, Mich., –– Applying for an auto loan and buying a new car, truck, crossover, or SUV, can be a very intimidating and time consuming process. Filling out paperwork, proving your identification, picking the right model, and choosing a payment plan can take a lot of effort if you're not sure what steps to take and when! We at Graff Chevrolet Bay City, want to make sure you're confident in the process of getting an auto loan, so you can get approved quickly and on your way to driving off in a new vehicle. We've created a short and simple guide on how to get an auto loan & buy a new car. 

Step 1: Fill out the Financing Form


How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

To ensure the speediest service, fill out our financing form to get approved before you head into the dealership. It can be finished quickly online, and filling it out in advance minimizes any wait time you may have to sit through at the dealership. You'll get a head start on the whole process and you'll be one step closer to getting your new car! 

Step 2: Prepare Any Documents You May Need


How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

You'll need to prove your identification when you apply for your loan, but you'll need other documents for additional proof as well. Make sure you also have your proof of residency, income, pay stubs, and any other relevant information your employer may have. We will take care of the vehicle information portion of this process once you've picked the car you want! 

Step 3: Find Out if You're Discount Eligible


How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

Take a look at our list of available GM discounts to see if you're eligible to save more on your new vehicle! We want to ensure that you're able to find a vehicle that not only fits your wants and needs, but also your budget. With discounts for educators, military, and more, we have specials for everyone of every background!

Step 4: Get a Great Interest Rate


How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

We at Graff Bay City want you to receive the best rate you possibly can. Looking at your credit score, the length and term of the loan, and the car you're purchasing or leasing determines the auto loan interest rate. We understand the limitations a poor credit score can create; our financial team is happy to help with any issues you may have. Give our financial experts a call at (989) 684-4411 or stop by our dealership on Wilder road with any questions or concerns you have before applying. 

Step 5: Protect Your Investment


How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

Once you've finally chosen the vehicle of your dreams, it's extremely important to protect your investment. A wide range of programs and insurance policies are available for you, ranging from our GAP protection (which serves as a safety net for new and used car buyers) to corrosion protection. Each program contains their own individual benefits, so research what program works best for you! Our team would be happy to help you choose a plan best suited for your driving habits.

With this guide on how to get an auto loan & buy a new car you'll be ready to make the commitment of an auto loan in no time. Following our guide will get you behind the wheel of a new Chevy car, crossover, SUV, or truck in no time! We are here to help our customers with their unique financial situation and pride ourselves on the care we put into our clients. Our relationship with credit agencies in Bay City allows us to tailor our programs to anyone. We're willing to go the extra mile for you!

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, June 1, 2017

Graff Gives Back to Ponyride

BAY CITY, Mich. –– Throughout the month of June, Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, Michigan, will be donating $10 from every vehicle sale and $0.25 from every vehicle service transaction to the Ponyride. The money raised will benefit Ponyride, a nonprofit that seeks to support artists, entrepreneurs, and other nonprofits in an effort to make Detroit more sustainable. Please join us in raising money as Graff Gives Back to Ponyride!

Graff Gives Back to Ponyride


Ponyride's main goal is to help creative minds unleash their potential with startup assistance, skill development, and space activations with affordable leases. Proceeds from oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacements, and any other auto service needs you have will now benefit Ponyride and its services offered in the metro Detroit area. At Graff Bay City, we're dedicated to supporting local charities and organizations that make a difference in our community.

For every $0.25 from every vehicle service and $10 from every vehicle sale, Graff gives back to Ponyride to ensure their success in Detroit to help creative minds blossom and allow their talent to flow freely. To support Ponyride and its creative endeavors, schedule an appointment online today for your auto service needs and save yourself from having to wait in line. Also, our experienced and friendly sales staff can 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.