Monday, August 21, 2017

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut

BAY CITY, Mich.,–– The "Vegas to Reno" race, the largest off-road race in the United States, broadcasted on August 19th. In the competition, over 350 participants compete in a 550 mile off-road race from Las Vegas to Reno. From mountain passes to desert wallows to dry lake beds, drivers put their vehicles to the test in a heated competition. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 made its competitive debut and received a 1st Place Best In Class award, finishing with 18 hours, 50 minutes, and 16 seconds on the clock.

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut

Out of the 350 participants in the race, only 204 vehicles made it through the challenging track. The Colorado ZR2 that participated in the race was modified with an upgraded roll cage, racing body-mandated safety harness, a 44-gallon racing fuel tank, racing lights, a GPS system, and a two-way radio. The ZR2 was also equipped with upgraded Chevrolet performance features that will be announced at a later date.

“First and foremost, this was a development trip for our engineering team,” said Mark Dickens, executive director of Global Accessories, Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports, General Motors, who was part of the chase and support team following the race from start to finish at all 14 pit stops.

“ZR2’s performance went beyond our most optimistic expectations, completing Vegas to Reno in its first outing. We learned a lot of things about the truck and could not be happier with the result, as well as the efforts of the Hall Racing team.

“The fact that the Colorado ZR2 was the only stock midsize truck to compete in Vegas to Reno reinforces our claim to be in a segment of one with this vehicle. Our success in this race is a testament to all that we’ve accomplished since the relaunch of our midsize truck program three years ago,” said Dickens. “We cannot wait to pass along the benefits of what we’ve learned here under extreme use and at future races to our customers.”

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut

You can get a closer look at the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 by downloading the Colorado brochure. View vehicle details, specifications, trim levels, exterior colors, and more! This month, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 made its competitive debut, and came out with a bang! You too can experience the success of the Colorado ZR2 by getting one of your own. Shop around our ZR2 inventory to find the perfect full-size pickup that matches your specifications. You can view reviews, testimonials, prices, details, and more on our comprehensive inventory pages. Feel free to contact us if you can't find what you're looking for and our Sales Team will be more than happy to set you up with the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 that matches your exact specifications.

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, August 18, 2017

Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

BAY CITY, Mich.,–– The summer is almost over, which can only mean one thing: school is starting again! Whether your kids love it or hate it, you can tell it's the end of the summer when it's time to go back to school shopping. Get everything done ahead of schedule this year with our back to school checklist for middle schoolers to beat the traffic and get the best deals possible! From 6th to 8th grade, we've put together a list of necessities that will make shopping a breeze. Some teachers release lists of supplies students are required to bring, but these supplies will help to organize and prepare your middle schooler for the next few years!

6th Grade


Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

Purchasing school supplies for 6th graders can be difficult. It's tough to know what supplies will work best for your child as they become more organized and prepared for classes than ever before. Here are a few items we think will help your 6th grader get off to a great start:

  • An agenda for organization
  • (5-6) 2-pocket folders per class
  • (2) 3-subject notebooks w/dividers
  • (12) No. 2 pencils
  • (2) red pens for corrections
  • Hand wipes, sanitizer, etc.
  • Plastic flip-top drink container for water
  • (2) packages of pocket tissue packs
  • (1) pencil case
  • Magnetic locker basket for easy organization
  • Small umbrella for rainy days
  • Pair of gym shoes
  • (10) pens, blue and/or black
  • (1) package of loose leaf paper
  • 12" ruler
  • Pair of scissors

7th Grade

Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

In the 7th grade, your child will start to enjoy a more personalized schedule. They'll be able to pick certain classes they enjoy while also taking part in the required core classes every middle schooler has to take. They'll probably be a little more knowledgeable about what they need, but it's better to be prepared for anything! Make sure you get these supplies before the school year starts:

  • Package of graphing paper for math
  • Agenda for organization
  • 2 GB flash drive
  • Graphing compass
  • Scotch tape
  • (4-5) 3-prong folders with pockets
  • (12) pencils with extra erasers
  • Composition notebook
  • (4) packages of dividers
  • Black, blue, and red pens
  • Dry erase markers
  • Class-specific requirements (instrument, art supplies, etc.)
  • Handheld pencil sharpener w/lid
  • College lined loose leaf paper
  • White out

8th Grade


Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

With one year left in middle school, your 8th grader probably wants to get back to school shopping done as quickly as possible. Since you've probably acquired most of the supplies you'll need over the past couple years, shopping with your 8th grader will be much easier. However, don't forget any of these extremely important supplies:

  • Graphing calculator
  • (3) 3-ring binders
  • Protractor 
  • Dry erase marker/whiteboard
  • Package of sticky notes
  • (5) packages of dividers
  • (12) pencils w/extra erasers
  • White out
  • Agenda or planner for organization
  • Stapler and staple remover
  • Blue, black, and red pens
  • Sharp scissors
  • (3) highlighters, different colors
  • Colored pencils
  • (4) composition notebooks

Back to school shopping can be an enjoyable and easy experience if you are prepared and get organized ahead of time. Stay ahead of the curve this year with our back to school checklist for middle schoolers so you aren't lost or stuck Googling school supplies while you shop! Before school starts up, plan a fun getaway during Labor Day with some fresh and fun family-friendly activities. Planning a cookout for Labor Day weekend? Try some of these mouth-watering recipes to give your tastebuds the vacation they deserve! If you're going on vacation soon, make sure you double check everything you pack to ensure you aren't missing one of the top 10 most forgotten vacation items

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, August 15, 2017

Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG

BAY CITY, Mich.,–– With a new 1.6L turbo-diesel engine, drivers of a diesel 2018 Chevrolet Equinox can say goodbye to the gas station. The Chevy Equinox diesel offers an industry-leading 39 mpg engine, allowing drivers to achieve max productivity with their diesel engines. The Equinox carries a 577-mile cruising range. Drivers can go from Chicago, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee without having to fill up once! Coupled with its high mpg rating, the 2018 Chevy Equinox is expected to be the industry leader in fuel efficient diesel vehicles.

Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is the first crossover SUV of its kind to achieve mileage of up to 39 mpg, topping the rankings across the board. Its stop-start technology allows drivers to save additional gas as they wait for lights. The Equinox automatically stops your engine and restarts it when drivers need to continue on their journey, improving their fuel efficiency with no harm done to their vehicle's starter. This one-of-a-kind crossover is also compatible with B20 bio-diesel fuel, giving drivers an efficient and environmentally friendly ride, too.

“Chevrolet continues to lead with technologies that offer customers more choice,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “Our three-engine turbo-charged Equinox lineup means we can provide drivers more options for the performance and efficiency they desire.”


Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG

“It is very fun to drive, with torque on demand at all speeds,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems. “In fact, the engine delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 1,500 and 3,250 rpm. The strong torque provides the feeling of a larger engine, with exceptional smoothness and quietness.”

You can experience the uniquely modern 2018 Chevrolet Equinox today by taking it out for a test drive at Graff Bay City! Spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road with the Chevy Equinox diesel, offering industry-leading 39 MPG. View our 2018 Equinox inventory to compare trim levels, features, reviews, prices, and more! If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to order a Special Edition Chevy, be sure to contact us and we'll get you set up with exactly what you're looking for!

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, August 10, 2017

Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

BAY CITY, Mich.,–– At Graff Bay City, safety is our top priority. The National Safety Council estimates that at least 40,000 fatalities and over 4.6 million people were injured as a result of car crashes in 2016, the highest in almost a decade. To better keep you and your passengers safe on the road, we've put together a list of safety features worth having in your next vehicle!

Rear Cross Traffic Alert


Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

Available on new Chevrolet models, Rear Cross Traffic Alert informs you of approaching drivers or hazards when you back out of a parking spot or driveway. This safety-minded feature works hand-in-hand with Rear Camera technology, a feature that is standard on every new General Motors vehicle, giving you a clear image of the area behind your vehicle on your dashboard display. Rear Cross Traffic Alert technology provides visual and audible notifications if any moving objects or hazards are nearby to prevent any accidents from occurring. 

Lane Keep Assist


Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

Lane Keep Assist technology provides audio and visual alerts on your vehicle dashboard display when you unintentionally drift into another lane. Should you continue to drift, Lane Keep Assist will gently nudge your steering wheel to keep you in your lane. Using cameras placed on every side of the vehicle, this feature monitors the patterns of the road, alerting you if you don't use your turn signals or if you regularly drift into other lanes. Lane Keep Assist helps to improve the safety of you, your passengers, and other vehicles on multi-lane roads and highways.

Front and Rear Parking Assist


Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

Eliminate the stress of parking in a difficult spot with Front and Rear Parking Assist technology. Cameras positioned on the front and back of your vehicle provide guidelines and notifications to help you adjust your position to prevent any damage to your vehicle or surroundings. From new drivers to experts behind the wheel, this technology can ease the process of parallel parking and reduce the stress behind it as well. Front and Rear Parking Assist is standard on most GM models and is a great feature for drivers of any lifestyle!

Adaptive Cruise Control


Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle


Improve your cruise control experience with Adaptive Cruise Control technology. This feature allows you to match the speed of drivers in front of you, eliminating the need to constantly brake and accelerate to accommodate to others' speeds. You can adjust the space, or "follow gap" between other vehicles to allow other drivers to merge into your lane, too. Adaptive Cruise Control technology is available on most modern GM vehicles.


Forward Safety Awareness


Forward Safety Awareness technology utilizes the same cameras that Lane Keep Assist technology uses to alert drivers of impending danger in front of the vehicle. Radar technology alerts you of slowing vehicles ahead, providing video and audio notifications through your display dashboard. If a collision is imminent, Forward Safety Awareness automatically applies your brakes to either reduce the damage of a collision or prevent it altogether. 

The United States Automobile Association lists each of these features on their website as features that improve car safety for drivers, passengers, and other drivers. These safety features worth having in your next vehicle will make the road a much safer place for everyone. All of the features mentioned are either standard or available on most modern General Motors vehicles. Browse our model lineup to see what safety features are standard with each vehicle. Take a look at Chevy car and truck technology to view additional customization options that are available on your Chevrolet vehicle, too. If you have any questions or would like to take a vehicle out for a test drive, call us to set up an appointment and we'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs!

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, August 8, 2017

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

BAY CITY, Mich.,– On road trips, your passengers can make or break your time while you drive. Without proper entertainment to distract everyone, you'll probably hear "are we there yet?" more than once. Plus, distractions from passengers of any age can take your attention away from the road and can increase your chances of getting into an accident. Follow our guide on how to keep your kids entertained on road trips to maximize your peace and quiet and minimize any chances of distraction, giving everyone on the road a much safer experience.

Play Road Games


How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

A great way to get children of any age involved in a fun and distracting activity is by playing the "alphabet game". Using road signs, businesses, and billboards, the goal of the game is to find words that start with every letter of the alphabet, from A to Z in order! You can make it a group effort or divide your vehicle into teams to make it more competitive. If you aren't a fan of the alphabet game, there are plenty of other road trip games you can try, too!

Purchase a Polaroid


How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

For older passengers, a Polaroid camera can be an awesome way to make road trip memories extra special. They're relatively inexpensive and print photos as soon as you take them. Whether your passengers are taking pictures of noteworthy destinations, state signs, or landmarks, this is a great way to help your teens hone their photography skills and make use of their time in the car!

Non-Digital Entertainment


How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

Want your kids to take a break from the screen time? You can keep them entertained with plenty of great non-digital activities to bring their creative minds to life! Coloring books, whether the artists are young or old, are proven to reduce stress and make them that much happier. Other activities, like a good old-fashioned game of Hangman, Mad Libs, or candy necklace making, can keep anyone of any age occupied for long periods of time!

Listen to an Audiobook


How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

By age 3, children are typically old enough to follow a story. Head to the library or book store to purchase an audiobook that'll bring a story to life! Whether you're listening to the incredible story of Harry Potter, the classic tale of Charlotte's Web, or something else, you'll be able to find a story for everyone in no time. Plus, you can download audio stories on devices individually if you want to listen to music on your own but want to keep your kids distracted!

Download Entertaining Apps


How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

With hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from, the possibilities are endless for entertainment and fun on the road! You can make a scrapbook with Animoto, play a game of Road Trip Scavenger Hunt, or take on the road with Extreme Road Trip! Whether you're looking for games, fun, or a great way to save your memories, there's something for everyone on the app store. Download plenty of apps on your tablet, phone, or other electronic device to keep everyone entertained for hours to come.

There are plenty of ways to keep everyone on the road occupied, but having a few backup plans just in case something falls through is the best way to stay prepared! Now that you know how to keep your kids entertained on road trips, you'll have the perfect strategy to minimize distractions and maximize road trip fun. Plus, who knows, you just may join in on the alphabet game or another form of entertainment, too! Before you go on your road trip, don't forget to inspect your vehicle to see if it needs maintenance. If it does, schedule an appointment with us before you go on your trip to avoid any inconveniences! Also, don't forget any important vacation items while you pack this year!

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, August 4, 2017

Family-Friendly Labor Day Activities

BAY CITY, Mich.,– Before we know it, Labor Day will be here! This is the last chance to enjoy some fun before the school year begins again. Prepare for this great holiday by planning some family-friendly Labor Day activities. Enjoy your time off work with your friends and family with different activities ranging from boat tours to baseball games. You can make this year's Labor Day weekend a fun-filled extravaganza with these affordable events that'll be sure to entertain everyone!

September 2nd - Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour


Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

Head out on the Saginaw River on Saturday for a two hour cruise aboard the Princess Wenonah or Islander! Enjoy an educational tour with a history lesson while you enjoy some snacks aboard a historical riverboat in Bay City. You'll learn all about Bay City and its origins while you explore the Saginaw River, spotting local wildlife along the way. Plus, if you miss the tour Labor Day weekend, you'll still have a chance to catch it again throughout fall!

September 2nd - Enjoy a Great Lakes Loons Game


Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

Looking for an inexpensive, fun, and entertaining getaway? Take the family out to a Great Lakes Loons game for a fun day at the ballpark! The Loons will be taking on the Lake County Captains this September, and the Dow Diamond is sure to be full of excitement for everyone. Tickets are available now, so make sure to get yours today before it's too late. The game starts at 7:05 pm.

September 3rd - The Art of the Brick


Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

The Midland Center of the Arts will be celebrating the Art of the Brick on its final day on Sunday, September 3rd. These unique art exhibits, created entirely with Lego bricks, contain over 85 exhibits of famous artwork, locations, and more. Plus, your ticket admission comes with admission to the Hall of Ideas and Spark!Lab for additional hands-on fun! Enjoy these exclusive exhibits while they last!

August 31st - The Last Whistle Celebration


Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

The Saginaw Art Museum will be honoring renowned artist Ken Newman with a permanent addition to their exhibits. Newman's sculpture, The Last Whistle, honors Bay County's blue collar workers and their dedication to their community. The Saginaw Chamber of Commerce will be consummating this sculpture with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a picnic after. Take a look at the art exhibit, enjoy the newly dedicated sculpture, and make your trip to Saginaw a fun one!

August 31st - September 4th - Catch a Movie at the Theater


Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

Head on down to the Bay City Goodrich Theater for a fun filled movie night! From family friendly flicks to date night must-sees, the theater is full of great showings throughout the months of August and September! Plus, Labor Day discounts will come in handy with finding an affordable movie for the whole family to enjoy on the weekend. Take a look at show times and dates to find the perfect film for the extended weekend!

The Bay County area is full of fun on Labor Day weekend! Whether your family prefers baseball games, art exhibits, or even movies, there's something for everyone this holiday season. Our list of family-friendly Labor Day activities is just a start, but there's plenty of fun to be had for the full extended weekend, no matter what you do. Before you head out for the long holiday, take advantage of our $18.95+tax oil change special to get some routine maintenance done at an inexpensive rate! If you need new tires, brakes, or other service, utilize some of our coupons so you'll save even more before Labor Day comes!

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, August 2, 2017

Discover Special Edition Chevy Vehicles at Graff Bay City

BAY CITY, Mich.,– If you're looking for additional features to give your vehicle a custom and personal touch, consider purchasing a special edition Chevrolet! These unique packages add distinctive features and benefits to your vehicle that you otherwise wouldn't have access to on a standard model. Stand out on the road by upgrading to one of our special edition Chevy vehicles at Graff Bay City! It's time for you to take a closer look at what these special editions have to offer.

Special Edition Chevy Vehicles



Whether you drive a Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Camaro, Cruze, Traverse, Equinox, Trax, or Malibu, there's a special edition package for everyone! You can express yourself on the road with strikingly unique features, or increase your vehicle's power with upgrades to towing capacity, brake power, and more! Our Special Edition Chevy Vehicles page lists details and specifications that each special edition vehicle carries. When you've made your decision on what you're looking for, choose from a variety of special edition styles and packages, including:

  • Redline
  • Midnight
  • RST - Rally Sport Truck
  • RealTree
  • Custom Sport HD


Can't find what you're looking for? Fill out our request form and we can get a special edition Chevrolet vehicle ordered for you right away! Browse our special edition inventory now to get a closer look at what we have to offer. You can view pricing, vehicle details, features, specials, and more with a few quick clicks! Discover special edition Chevy vehicles at Graff Bay City today to put a personal touch on the vehicle of your dreams! Choose from a wide variety of colors, styles, and benefits, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help right away!

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, July 26, 2017

How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

BAY CITY, Mich.,– Whether you're a first-time vehicle owner or have sat behind your fair share of steering wheels, knowing when your vehicle may need maintenance can save you money and can prevent expensive repairs from arising. Learning how to inspect your vehicle for maintenance will give you the skills you need to check your oil, tire pressure, and more to ensure your vehicle achieves top performance on the road. Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to save money with your vehicle, and checking up on the workings of your vehicle on a weekly basis will keep you prepared in the event that it may need maintenance in the future.

Checking Your Tires


How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

Your tires, while durable, can wear down after long months of driving, reducing their tread. If your tires don't have deep grooves, they won't be able to grip the road effectively, especially in wet or muddy environments, and can greatly increase the risk of hydroplaning. 

A very easy way to check your tires' tread is the popular "penny method". Place a penny face down in the center groove of your tire. If you can see most or all of Lincoln's face, your tread is too short and will require replacement. In the event that you require new tires, our tire price guarantee gives you the benefit of the doubt! If you purchase tires with us, and within 30 days of your purchase find something cheaper, we will refund you the difference!

Check Your Oil


How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

Engine oil works to lubricate important components of your engine, allowing it to run smoothly and prevent overheating. Your oil should be replaced every 3,000-5,000 miles, or whenever your vehicle owner's manual tells you to do so. Checking it at home can give you a good idea of whether or not you'll require an oil change soon. 

Pop the hood of your vehicle (while your engine is cool) and look for an oil dipstick like the one in the image above; it should be clearly labeled or stand out among the engine components. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean with a cloth, then insert it and pull it out again. The dipstick should have a way of indicating the level of your oil, whether it's "min" and "max" labels, or "L" (low) and "H" (high). If your oil is below the minimum level, it's time for an oil change. We offer a variety of oil change options and specials with our selection of coupons, free for you to use at your disposal!

Checking Your Coolant


How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

Your coolant is another extremely important fluid that helps your vehicle run efficiently. Coolant helps to reduce the temperature of your engine, and without it, your engine would quickly overheat and break down. Coolant is typically replaced every 30,000 miles, or whenever your vehicle owner's manual recommends it. Checking your coolant is even easier than checking your oil level or tire tread, and can save you a lot of stress in the event that your coolant needs replacing.

After letting your engine completely cool down, pop the hood of your vehicle and locate your coolant reservoir. It should be in a large container next to your engine that is brightly colored. Locate the labels on the side of the reservoir to properly inspect the coolant's levels. If your coolant is below the minimum level, get your vehicle in for a coolant replacement right away to prevent any extensive damage to your engine or its components! Use our Graff XPress service for quick, easy, and efficient service to get your coolant replaced right away.

Checking Your Wiper Fluid


How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

Other fluids, such as wiper fluid, are just as easily checked as coolant. Keeping your wiper fluid properly filled, regardless of the season, will allow you to remain ahead of the curve in the event of a storm or abrupt change in weather. If you've noticed your wiper fluid isn't as efficient as it once was, it may be time for a refill. Pop your hood and locate the blue wiper fluid reservoir, then refill as needed. You'll be ready to go in no time!

Wiper Replacements


How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

If you notice your wipers "skidding" across your windshield, they may have begun to wear down after repeated usage. While this may not seem like a big deal initially, ineffective wipers can reduce your vision in the event of a storm. It's better to be safe than sorry! Wipers are very inexpensive and if you purchase them with Graff Bay City, we'll be more than happy to help you install them, free of charge! 

With these handy tips, you'll be able to perform a quick and easy inspection on your vehicle in no time, just like an expert mechanic would! Now that you know how to inspect your vehicle for maintenance, your car will be in good hands if something were to happen. If your vehicle is experiencing any issues that we haven't covered, or is in need of an extra pair of eyes, feel free to schedule an appointment with us. Our friendly and attentive Service Staff will gladly take a look at your vehicle! If you want to perform more at-home preventative maintenance, refer to our routine maintenance tips for some extra tips.

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, July 24, 2017

Netflix Shows You Need to Start Today

BAY CITY, Mich.,– Need a new show, but don't know where to start? Netflix carries so many different shows that it can be hard to figure out which ones you may actually like. Whether you're looking for a heart-pumping drama, hilarious comedy, or something totally off the beaten path, we've got you covered! Our reliable guide on Netflix shows you need to start today will help you find the perfect show that suits your taste!

The Office (Comedy)




If you haven't started this award-winning comedy yet, you're missing out! Follow the story of bumbling boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his bizarre coworkers in this incredible (and surprisingly emotional) comedy series!

Mad Men (Drama)



After reaching an incredible conclusion in 2015, Mad Men has withstood the test of time as one of the best dramas of the 21st century. Don Draper, suave ad executive, battles with clients, coworkers, and his past in this incredibly jaw-dropping drama.

Stranger Things (Science Fiction)



Take a trip back in time with this bone-chilling homage to the 80s! When local boy Will Byers disappears suddenly, his friends embark on a journey to find him, discovering a supernatural world that threatens to swallow their hometown alive.

Master of None (Comedy)



Dev, a 30 year-old freelance actor from New York, navigates the confusing life of adulthood with plenty of questions and jokes along the way. Aziz Ansari's debut show is full of beautiful cinematography and incredibly funny and relatable jokes.

Orange is the New Black (Comedy/Drama)



Piper Chapman, a public relations executive, is sent to minimum-security prison for a crime she committed almost a decade earlier. She quickly learns how life changing prison can be, making a few friends and enemies along the way.

House of Cards (Drama)



House of Cards tells the story of Frank Underwood, a notoriously ruthless congressman who will stop at nothing in the quest for power. This Emmy and Golden Globe winning political tale is on its final season this year, so new viewers will get to see Frank's story told from beginning to end.

Black Mirror (Science Fiction/Thriller)



For something scary, realistic, and a little too real, Black Mirror is the answer. Considered the "modern day Twilight Zone", Black Mirror follows several stories of the near-future and what happens to society when it comes to rely too much on technology.

Jessica Jones (Action/Thriller)



One of Marvel's darkest but best told superhero stories, Jessica Jones is a private investigator who uses her abilities to track down a tormentor from her past. It's a much darker take on the traditional superhero origins, but is easily one of the most unique and dynamic.

While these are only a few of the best shows available to Netflix users, they'll be sure to keep you up late wanting to binge for more. Watch these Netflix shows you need to start today if you're looking for something new! While you're catching up on your new favorite show, take a look at our new vehicle inventory to do some shopping, too. You'll be able to customize it with exclusive General Motors accessories, available to any customers of Graff Bay City! If you're just looking to save some money on auto service, though, you can always take advantage of our coupons for the best deals in Mid-Michigan!

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, July 21, 2017

Varieties to Try During National Hot Dog Month

BAY CITY, Mich.,– This July is National Hot Dog Month. Every year, this American all-star is honored around the world with different toppings, buns, and more. Whether you're a fan of the classic ketchup and mustard combination, a loaded Chicago dog, or a special combination of your own, there are so many delicious options to enjoy. If you're a true hot dog love, here are some famous regional varieties to try during National Hot Dog Month!

The New York


Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles

While hot dogs originated in Germany and were first sold at ballparks in St. Louis, the Big Apple is known worldwide for their hot dogs. In fact, the name "hot dog" came from the New York Polo Grounds on a cold Yankees game in 1901. The New York dog is recognized by its toppings: they're typically covered in sauerkraut or onions, which are occasionally dipped in chili powder, and topped off with a swizzle of spicy mustard. New York style hot dogs are hard to come across in the Mitten, but the ingredients are easy to find and you can make your own at home!

Chicago Style


Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles

One of the most renowned and unique hot dog styles around the globe, the Chicago dog is loaded up with toppings and carries a crazy amount of tastes. Typical Chicago dogs use poppy seed buns, which are filled with tomato slices, pickle spears, celery salt, pickled peppers, relish, lettuce, and mustard. While this may seem like a lot, the veggies, dog, and condiments all blend together to make this Windy City special a must-have in the Midwest. Try making them yourself

Danger Dog


Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles


Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, Venice Beach, and the infamous "Danger Dog." It earned its name from the method in which it is cooked. Danger dogs are wrapped in bacon and deep fried, and are served with a variety of toppings. Combine the deep fried, bacon-wrapped goodness of the dog with grilled onions and bell peppers, jalapeƱo peppers, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, then you've got yourself one dangerous hot dog. Give the recipe a try yourself if you think you're up for the challenge.

Corn Dogs


Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles

Originated from Texas, corn dogs can be found at carnivals, ballparks, and fairs around the country! They substitute the traditional bun for a sweet, crunchy, deep fried cornmeal casing, and are held on a stick for the eater's convenience. Dip it in mustard, ketchup, or whatever you prefer for a great classic taste! You can find corn dogs at your grocery store, ballpark, or you can make them yourself

Coney Dog


Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles


We saved the best for last! Not only is Michigan the best state in the union, but you can also find one of the most comforting hot dog styles at almost any coney-island type restaurant. Warm chili, tangy mustard, and fresh onions top off these all-beef dogs. Whether you're a loyalist to Lafayette or a diehard American Coney Island fan, these hot dog styles are simply unbeatable. If you're already familiar with the Detroit style, familiarize yourself with Flint's unique take on the coney dog, which substitutes the Detroit style Coney sauce with ground beef flavored with dry sauce. 

From Hollywood to the Big Apple, the United States is full of different interpretations on hot dogs, each with their definition of the "best hot dog in the world". Whether you prefer your hot dog spicy, savory, or simply plain, these varieties to try during National Hot Dog Month are a great way to give your taste buds a trip around the USA! While you're out celebrating Summer and National Hot Dog Month, bring your vehicle to our Service Center for a limited-time $18.95 + tax oil change! You can also get more bang for your buck with our overstock sale, with trade-ins starting at $3,000. 

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, July 19, 2017

How to Make Your Car Your Own

BAY CITY, Mich.,– One of the most exciting aspects of vehicle ownership is the customization. Your vehicle is uniquely yours in that you can do whatever you'd like with it, whether it's a new coat of paint, wiper blades, or even a fresh set of wheels. We're here to give you a few ideas on how to make your car your own, with tips on personalizing your vehicle and maintaining its resale value. Many of these options are fairly inexpensive and add a nice personal touch to your one-of-a-kind vehicle, from subtle accents to big statements. Get started on making your vehicle your own today!

Remove Dents and Scratches


The best way to get started on personalizing your vehicle is by performing some basic maintenance. Making your vehicle look brand new will increase its resale value and make it far more appealing to the eye. Besides taking it in for maintenance, there are a few homemade remedies you can try to remove scratches and dents. The "suction method" is used to remove dents. Wet the surface of your vehicle and the surface of a suction cup or plunger. Place the suction cup or plunger on your dent, and after a few seconds, pull the suction cup off. Repeat this process a few times to reduce the size of the dent or altogether remove it. Purchasing a scratch repair pen can be cheap and can reduce the damage of scratches on your vehicle. However, it only removes damages to the paint and surface of any scratch, so keep this in mind as you fix them up!

How to Make Your Car Your Own

Replace Your Floor Mats


Your vehicle's floor mats accumulate a lot of dust and dirt over time. While getting them shampooed can bring them back to life, frequent shampooing of your carpets and mats can be quite expensive. Instead, we recommend upgrading your old floor mats to more durable, rubber ones! Not only will they remain durable year-round, they're also extremely easy to clean and can prevent the buildup of mold from wet shoes and boots. Plus, you can customize them for your own unique personal twist! It's best to hold onto your old mats as well if you plan on reselling or trading in your vehicle. This will help uphold its full value. 

Purchase Seat Covers


Whether you own a furry friend or simply have messy kids, a great way to protect your vehicle's seating from fur or uncontrollable stickiness is with some seat covers. They can add additional comfort with an extra layer of cloth and greatly improve the resale value of your vehicle. If your seats are already too damaged to salvage any repairs, you can also cover up the severity with seat covers.

Upgrade Your Sound System


While replacing your sound system may seem a little more expensive, you don't necessarily have to break the bank to update your standard system. In some instances, simply replacing the standard speakers can make a world of difference, as speakers tend to wear out after years of usage. However, if you're willing to make the investment, upgrading your speaker system can become a better long-term investment. If you end up trading in or replacing your vehicle but want to keep your upgraded speaker system, you can repurpose it to function as surround-sound speakers within your home, or add it to your new vehicle to improve its sound system.

How to Make Your Car Your Own

Get Some New Wheels


Believe it or not, wheels can make a huge difference in your vehicle's appearance. Take a look for yourself if you don't believe us! Over time, your vehicle's wheels can wear down and look extremely unsightly, with built up rust and dirt damage. Investing in a new set of wheels will improve the look of your vehicle, enhance your gas mileage, and contribute to the overall stability while driving. However, new wheels can be quite costly and are a long-term investment. You should only replace your wheels if you're looking to keep your vehicle for quite some time!

While these are just a few examples on vehicle personalization, we at Graff Bay City also carry a variety of accessories and are more than happy to help you customize your vehicle! We also offer custom graphic services to give your vehicle a new coat of paint, custom looks, and unique designs. Make sure to request any parts you may need if you want to get your tires replaced, speakers upgraded, or other personalization and we'll be more than happy to assist you every step of the way to help make your vision a reality! Now that you know how to make your car your own, it's time for you to add your own personal stamp! 

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, July 13, 2017

Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July

BAY CITY, Mich.,– Throughout the month of July, Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, Michigan, will be donating $10 from every vehicle sale and $0.25 from every vehicle service to the Bay Area Community. The money raised will benefit Bay Area Community, a foundation dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of the Bay and Arenac County by providing grants and funds for students and organizations dedicated to making the community a better place. Please join us in raising money as Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July!

Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July

The Bay Area Community's main goal is to make the Bay and Arenac County area a better place by providing funding to members and organizations. These grants and scholarships are to be used for renovating and improving our community. At Graff Bay City, we're dedicated to supporting local charities and organizations that make a difference in the Bay Area and making it easy for you to give back, too! Not only can you save on auto service and auto sales simply by coming to Graff Bay City, but you can be confident part of the money you spend will go back into the community you live in as well.

For every $0.25 from every vehicle service and $10 from every vehicle sale, Graff gives back to the Bay Area Community this July to help improve Bay and Arenac County with scholarships and grants. To support the Bay Area Community and its philanthropic endeavors, 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 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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Monday, July 10, 2017

Tips You Can Follow to Pick the Perfect Chevy for Your Needs

BAY CITY, Mich.,–– At Graff Bay City, it's our goal to match you up with the vehicle of your dreams. Taking the first step and deciding what kind of vehicle you want can be a daunting task. There are so many makes and models out there that might suit your needs, but how can you be sure a vehicle is right for you? When you get started on your vehicle search, here are a few tips you can follow to pick the perfect Chevy for your needs! 


Tips You Can Follow to Pick the Perfect Chevy for Your Needs


Consider Your Lifestyle


One of the most important steps in choosing a vehicle is determining which type will suit your lifestyle best. Ask yourself the following questions that apply to how you will be using this vehicle for years to come. How far is your commute to and from work? Do you have any pets or children that will be in the vehicle? How many seats will you need? What types of things will you need cargo space for? Will you be using your vehicle for work? What type of climate will you be mainly driving the vehicle in? How much are you willing to pay for gas? Keep the answers to these questions in mind when you start your search!



Sort Your Options by Category


A great way to help curb your options is by sorting vehicles by class based on your needs. Keeping your needs in mind, you can sort your lifestyle into a vehicle category, whether it's a sedan, crossover vehicle, pick-up truck, or SUV. Every category or size of vehicle has specific benefits that work hand in hand with their respective lifestyles, but what you drive is up to you at the end of the day. We at Graff Bay City are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us for recommendations and assistance!



Research Potential Vehicles


If you've already got your sights set on a certain vehicle, take a look at some more in depth information before you go on a hunt. Our comprehensive model overview pages give you an opportunity to research potential vehicles you have in mind. You can view vehicle specs, features, inventory, and price ranges to help better influence your decision. Plus, you can download vehicle brochures for more information on technology, safety features, and more. If you're curious about any vehicles, or have any questions, our knowledgable Sales Staff will be happy to assist you with whatever you need!



Test Drive Vehicles You Like


The best way to find out if a vehicle is right for you is to get behind the wheel! Set up an appointment with us and we can get you on the road in the vehicle of your choice right away. While you're out on the road, you should test the vehicle based on your lifestyle. If you drive on highways on your commute to work, take it for a spin on a nearby freeway. If you live on a dirt road or regularly drive on one, take your potential vehicle through the backroads to see how it handles. Inspect how different functions work. Test the sound system, sit in passenger seats for comfort, and check the trunk to see how much cargo space you have to work with. When you've finally gone through all the features during your test drive, you'll know whether or not it's the one for you!



Decide to Lease or Buy


Keeping your budget in mind will help you choose between buying or leasing a vehicle. Each have their own individual pros and cons to consider, and each carry different obligations in terms of financing. While buying a new vehicle gives you complete ownership, it's important to understand the long term costs associated with doing so. Leasing a vehicle, which is a better option financially for some, may limit your driving experience more than you want. Consider researching the benefits and setbacks of buying or leasing a vehicle before you make your final decision.



Before you know it, you'll be behind the wheel on the ride of your dreams! At Graff Bay City we want to help you pick the perfect Chevy for your needs, budget, and lifestyle. So if you need any help throughout the vehicle search or the leasing/buying process, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We often run promotions for new Chevrolet vehicles, so stay tuned to us on social media and our online inventory.


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, July 7, 2017

Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

BAY CITY, Mich.,––Schools out for Summer in the Bay area and the kids are out and about enjoying the warm, sunny weather. One of the biggest concerns for parents in Bay City is the safety of their children, even within your own yard. Did you know, out of the 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries from backover crashes 40% occur in residential areas? In fact, 24% of those incidents happen in driveways. That's a number we want to see decrease, and so does Chevrolet. Thanks to innovations and advancements in vehicle safety, Chevrolet is keeping families safe, especially with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox


A standard feature you'll see in many new cars is the Rearview Camera; however, Chevy has taken it to the next level with the Surround Vision feature in the new Equinox crossover. Instead of relying on one set of eyes to see what's happening around the car before backing out, the 2018 Equinox provides a full 360-degree vision, which is shown on the infotainment display for easy viewing. 


Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox


The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Surround Vision uses four cameras to complete the 360-degree view. The technology combines the powers of the Rear Vision Camera, a camera that lies in the front grille, and two cameras that sit under each side mirror. When the Equinox is put into reverse by the driver, the display will show both the bird's eye view of the car and the Rear Vision view. This means you'll be able to see what's surrounding your vehicle on each side and what's directly behind your vehicle, complete with alerts when you're getting close to an object. 

The 2018 Equinox and Chevrolet is well equipped to keep families safe with features like:
  • Surround Vision
  • Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking 
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Seat Reminder
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Ready to check the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox out in person? Our team at Graff Bay City is available to help you find the perfect one and show you how to use and adjust all the neat safety features, Chevrolet MyLinkTeen Driver Technology, and more. Our sales persons, service technicians, and management personnel have families within Bay City and the surrounding areas. We know how important it is to find a vehicle that fits everyones needs and offers safety you can truly count on. We're proud to offer new Chevrolet vehicles that do just that!

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, July 6, 2017

The Top 10 Most Forgotten Vacation Items

BAY CITY, Mich. – Vacation season is upon us! Fun fact: on average, people forget at least three things per trip. Phone chargers, toothbrushes, and even changes of clothing are frequently misplaced or forgotten. Avoid the top 10 most forgotten vacation items this season while you're packing for your next vacation! Not only will you save money, but you'll also save the time it would take to run to the store to get any missing items! Maximize your vacation fun this year by making the most of your time off!

The Top 10 Most Forgotten Vacation Items

1. Copies of Travel Documents

If you're going out of the country for your vacation, you'll want to make sure you have copies everyone's travel documents. This will save you time at the gate and eliminate any hassle you would run into from not having proper identification. Save yourself the headache by bringing a copy of everything, just in case something goes missing. You won't want to miss your flight or take an extra trip back home to grab anything you forgot!

2. Sunscreen

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's extremely easy to forget sunscreen! Usually, vacation spots and convenience stores will overcharge customers for this commodity. Some stores charge up to $8 for a small bottle, so you'll definitely want to come prepared for your vacation. Your skin (and wallet) will thank you later after you lather on some sunscreen you brought from home! 

3. Phone Charger

Forgetting one of these can cost you up to $15-20, depending on your phone and what kind of charger it needs. It's easily forgotten in the mess of packing all your other items, but you'll be thankful you have it on you. Keep in contact with everyone, and take lots of pictures with your fully charged phone by keeping your charger on hand. Make sure you double check before you leave!

4. Extra Memory Card

Bringing a digital camera on your trip? It never hurts to have an extra memory card on hand. You may bring a full or near-full card by accident, and without an extra memory card, you may need to delete some old photos. Save yourself the trouble and bring a spare with you! You'll be able to record more moments and share some more fond memories later with your friends and family. Plus, it serves as a great backup in case you lose the first one!

5. Sunglasses

Much like sunscreen, sunglasses are often overpriced at vacation spots and convenience stores. Expect to spend at least $15 on a pair if you forget yours. However, the best and most cost-effective solution to this is to just bring your own! It'll keep your eyes safe, your outfit stylish, and your wallet safe from overpriced shades.

6. Hairbrushes

Forgetting one of these can be a costly mistake, as finding a decent hairbrush on a vacation can be a daunting task. To eliminate the time consuming process of search for a new one, double check and make sure you bring your hairbrush with you! Keep your hair and bank account in check this vacation season by remembering to pack your hairbrush!

7. Snacks

Whether you're driving for long periods of time or are waiting at the airport, snacks help you avoid any unnecessary stops and keep your stomach full. It can help you save unnecessary costs when purchasing snacks at your vacation spot and helps you curb your appetite when you're hungry between meals! Keep the kids and your appetite satisfied this vacation season with some high quality snacks!

8. Prescriptions

If you or someone in your family takes medicine on a regular basis, making sure you bring extra doses with you will help with flight delays or traffic. You'll save your family from a stressful vacation by keeping extra medication on hand! If your baggage gets lost or goes missing at the airport, it can't hurt to have a backup prescription or medication on hand, as well.

9. Headphones

These accessories have multiple benefits during vacation. If you're on an airplane and you get stuck next to the crying child, putting these in can drown out the sound and help you relax more on your flight. If you're on a road trip and one of your kids is getting bored, headphones allow them to listen to music or watch a movie. Don't forget to bring headphones!

10. Light Jackets

At night, temperatures tend to drop, even in the summer. The best way to fight the cold evening winds is with a light jacket! It won't make you feel too hot and will still protect you from the cool air. Plus, if it rains, you'll have something to protect yourself from weather discomfort!

Enjoy every second of summer fun while you're on vacation this year. Just make sure you don't fall victim to the top 10 most forgotten vacation items while you're packing! You'll be thankful you've come prepared so you don't have to spend any extra money on things you could've brought! If you're about to head on a road trip, schedule an appointment with us and we can get your vehicle inspected to ensure it's safe for the long drive. When it comes to road trips, it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your vehicle!

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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