Monday, June 26, 2017

What to Do During a Flood Warning

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– The flood last week took a lot of people in the Mount Pleasant area by surprise. Roads were shut down or destroyed, apartment complexes were overflowing, and cars were trapped in the storm. Being prepared for events like these is extremely important. It can keep you, your property, and your family safe in the event of another storm in the future. With flooding expected to continue for the rest of the week, we at Graff Mt Pleasant have compiled a list of what to do during a flood warning to help you through this week and any future events the city may run into. 

What to Do During a Flood Warning

Be Aware


A flood warning is different from a flood watch. Where a flood watch advises residents to pay attention to the weather channel, a flood warning means there can and will be flooding in your area. Remaining aware is extremely important. If a flood warning occurs, make sure you have moved all of your furniture or valuable items to higher ground to protect them from potential flooding. If you're advised to evacuate, get to a safe area as soon as possible! Furniture and other items can be replaced.

Avoid Driving or Walking Through Flooded Areas


This may seem like a no-brainer, but just 6 inches of water can knock you over if you aren't careful! While driving may seem like the safer bet in the event of a storm, 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away and into impending danger. It's better to be safe than sorry, so turn around if you see anything that looks like a flood! Your vehicle could have potential engine damage to its engine if you drive through a deep flood and it can leave you hydro-locked. Don't drive through a flood unless you're fully sure you'll be able to navigate it without any damage! If you absolutely have to head through a flooded area on foot, bring a large stick to help yourself remain balanced. You can use it to measure the depth of water too, which will make navigating flooded areas a much easier process. 

Move to Higher Ground


If flash flooding occurs, make sure you're able to get to the highest point possible. Flash flooding can occur at any time during a flood warning and is the number one cause of weather related death in the United States. Getting to higher ground will allow you to survey the surrounding area, find a safer space after the flash flooding recedes, and will give you a plan to get to your next location. However, you should stay on higher ground until you're absolutely sure you'll be able to navigate safely! 

Keep Your Radio and TV On


Turning on your radio and TV will keep you updated on any information about further floods, safe areas, and what to do to keep yourself safe. Keeping an eye on the flood watch or warning alerts can inform you on the amount of risk for potential flooding your town is facing. You'll be more prepared this way, and in the event of lighter, inconvenient flooding, you can turn on the TV or radio to distract everyone. 

Prepare for Future Flooding


You never know when the next flood or natural disaster can occur, so having a plan of action is a vital component of owning a home. First, you'll want to find out if your home is a flood risk. You can find this by contacting your city and asking them about natural disaster risks associated with your home. Next, you'll want to gather several supplies in the event of future natural disasters.

A few good supplies to keep on hand include:

  • A fully furnished first-aid kit
  • Several cases of water and canned food
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cash
  • A copy of your city's emergency evacuation plan
These are just a few things you can keep on hand to prepare yourself. You can also contact your city to find out evacuation spots, areas that are at risk for flooding, and emergency exits and shortcuts needed to get you to safety. Remember, it's better to be over prepared than under prepared!

Keeping yourself and your family safe is your top priority. Flooding can be a very scary and costly natural disaster, so preparing yourself for potential future events will be integral to ensuring you're ready for the next event, however far away it may be. We hope that our list of what to do during a flood warning helps to prepare you with any situation, no matter how big or small it may be. If you run into an issue with your vehicle this week or have experienced damage with flooding, contact us and we can help tow your vehicle to our service center and get it looked at. We'll be able to give you a ride to your home and back, too - all you have to do is just ask!

At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5 Common Auto Collision Accidents & Tips to Avoid Them

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– There are many ways that your vehicle can be damaged on the road through accidents and collisions. Because each accident and each car involved is different, there are unique maintenance costs and timeframes for repair. Any accident or collision can be scary, time consuming, and costly, which is why we want to help you avoid it! We've put together a list of 5 common auto collision accidents & tips to avoid them to help keep you, your passengers, and your vehicle safe on the road!

5 Common Auto Collision Accidents & Tips to Avoid Them

1. Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are some of the most common accidents that happen on the road. Depending on how fast the rear-ender is going, repairs can be little to none, or very costly. If you're the rear-ender, you might have more damage to critical components, while the rear-ended vehicle will have more body damage. Michigan is a no-fault insurance state, which means your personal insurance will cover some-all of the cost of your damage repair. How can you avoid this situation? Stay alert and follow other cars at an appropriate distance based on the speed your traveling. Distractions as small as switching the radio station can take your eyes away from the road, making you more prone to accidents, especially if you're following close behind. 

2. Side-Impact Collisions

Side-impact collisions are also known as "T-Bone" and "broadside" collisions. A side-impact collision is when the side of a vehicle is hit by the front of another vehicle or an object. While the damages may vary depending on what angle the car hits at and how fast each vehicle is going, these collisions can be expensive and extremely dangerous. Many of these collisions happen in intersections, so slow down and pay extra attention to other driver's movements as you go through, even when the light is green!

3. Single Car Accidents

A single car accident is exactly as it sounds and only involves one car. These types of accidents can lead to property damage and injury, as well as damage to various parts of your vehicle depending on the situation. These accidents regularly occur in Michigan due to animal crossings and slippery roads during the winter, but mostly occur because drivers aren't paying attention or aren't fully aware of their surroundings. To avoid these situations, utilize your windows and mirrors to the fullest and always check to see what's around your vehicle before making an action. When the road conditions are bad, or there are animals out and about, slow down and pay attention. 

4. Vehicle Rollover

A vehicle rollover is a more extreme type of collision that occurs when a vehicle flips over on its side or the roof. These are usually caused by extremely sharp turns at very high speeds, or by hitting an object that can make the vehicle go airborne. While every vehicle has the potential to be involved in a rollover accident, SUVs are much more likely to end up in rollover accidents due to their height and center of gravity. Always slow down when turning and stay within your lane to avoid these types accidents, especially if you're in a taller vehicle or are turning sharply. 

5. Sideswipe Collisions

Sideswipe collisions usually take place when two parallel cars make contact and 'swipe' each other. This is caused when one driver doesn't pay attention to their blind spots, or is aimlessly drifting on the highway. These accidents can happen with both vehicles traveling the same direction or the opposite direction, too. Depending on the speed and angle of collision, the cost of repair varies, but most of the damage will be on the body of the vehicles. To avoid these collisions, pay attention to the cars around you and avoid being close to cars that are drifting into others' lanes. 

We hope this guide on 5 common auto collision accdients & tips to avoid them helps you drive with more awareness and caution on the road! While it's impossible to predict the behaviors of other drivers, maintaining safe and cautious driving behaviors yourself will minimize your chances of ending up in an accident. If you find yourself in an accident and need someone to lean on, you can feel confident in getting accident assistance from the team at our Collision Center, located at our Chevrolet dealership. We provide towing, rental vehicles, communication with your insurance company, and confidence throughout the repair process. 

At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Crafts

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– In just a matter of weeks, the 4th of July will be rolling around! Cookouts, family fun, and eye-catching fireworks are a must. While you're preparing for this fun and exciting holiday to come around, you can decroate your house with some fun and patriotic 4th of July crafts! These quick and creative projects will give you and your family plenty of entertainment in the next coming weeks before the big day, so check a few of them out while you can!

Red White & Blue Yarn Lights


Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Crafts

Bring festivity to your outdoor lights this year with these red, white, and blue yarn lights! With some string, balloons, and glue, you'll be able to give your regular string lights a much needed makeover! The best part is, you can use different colors to make holiday based themes year round!

4th of July Banner


Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Crafts

Hosting a 4th of July themed party? Greet your guests at your cookout with this festive banner! This is a perfect way to unleash your creative side with different patterns of scrap paper! You can add drawings, lettering, and more to these cool and fun banners!

Patriotic Wreath


Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Crafts

Bring out the best of the red white and blue this season with a patriotic wreath! Not only are they extremely easy to make, but you can teach your kids so they can make their own, too! Make this surprisingly festive wreath the centerpiece of your holiday decorations now!

Flag Balloon Dart Game


Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Crafts

Looking for a fun game for a 4th of July themed party? This balloon dart game will be a hit! You can fill the balloons with candy and money for prizes and the flag game only takes a few cheap supplies! Give everyone a chance to show off their sharpshooting skills this holiday season!

Lollipop Centerpiece


Fun and Patriotic 4th of July Crafts

If you need the perfect centerpiece that the kids are sure to love, consider putting together these lollipop centerpieces! Not only are they extremely colorful, but they also make a great candy to tide over the kids while you finish cooking up the food. Don't eat too many of them, though, because you don't want to have cookout on a full stomach!

Fireworks, family get-togethers, and cooking out are the best parts of this holiday season. You can make it even better and show off some pride with some fun and patriotic 4th of July crafts. Enjoy the sunny weather and make the most of your money this season by checking out a few of our coupons, too! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us and our Service Staff will be happy to assist you with whatever you need!

At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Collision Service

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Dealing with car accidents can be time consuming throughout the entire process. We know it can be an exhausting ordeal, which is why we're happy to help you through it every step of the way. After you've exchanged insurance information and received your police report, contact us and we can get your vehicle towed as soon as possible! Once you get your vehicle into our Collision Center, you'll more than likely have a lot of questions that need answering. Luckily, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about collision service to prepare you for any situation. Our Service Center staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, as well!

Frequently Asked Questions About Collision Service

Q: What should I bring with me in order to file an insurance claim?

A: Filing an insurance claim requires several pieces of proof. First, you'll need a copy of the police report, which you can obtain from the officer on site or from the police station. Next, you'll need the insurance information of any other parties involved in the accident. Getting eyewitness proof will help further your case, as well. Finally, you'll need a copy of the claim number, which we are happy to assist you with obtaining. We've also compiled a list of frequently asked questions about car accidents, which lays out a step-by-step instruction to help you navigate this stressful situation!

Q: Can you communicate with my insurance company to work out the details?

A: Absolutely. Our Service Staff is happy to assist you with navigating this stressful and time-consuming process. We can finish the paperwork with your insurance company ourselves, or one of our dedicated members of the Service Staff can help you directly. We will then bill your insurance company, which will give you a deductible to pay off accordingly. Be sure to check out our insurance FAQ if you have any questions about insurance claims!

Q: When will my vehicle be repaired?

A: Every accident causes different damage and certain accidents may require more extensive repairs. While some may only take a few hours, others can take days. We at Graff Mt Pleasant make it our goal to service your vehicle at the fastest and most efficient speed we can so you can comfortably sit behind the wheel again in no time. Feel free to reach out to our staff at the Collision Center for any questions you may need answered or for further assistance.

Q: What are my options while my vehicle is in the shop?

A: Our Collision Center carries rental cars that you will be able to utilize until your vehicle is ready to go. Let us know that you need a rental and we'll get the process started for you right away. We can also give you a ride back to work or home after you get your vehicle in for repair, and can pick you up as soon as the repairs are done! We can assist you anywhere in mid-Michigan, from Big Rapids to Rosebush and beyond!

Car accidents can be extremely inconvenient, not only because of the cost, but the time it takes to get your vehicle repaired. Because of this, we're dedicated to helping you get through any accident as quickly and stress-free as possible. We hope our guide to frequently asked questions about collision service helped to answer any questions you may have had about auto repair. If you need any help or have any other questions, feel free to contact us and we'll assist you with whatever you may need!

At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– The school year is over and Summer Vacation is here! It's every child's favorite time of year, and the terrific weather makes it perfect for playing outdoors. So don't let your kids sit inside all summer playing on their electronics and watching tv. Get them outside to stay active and make memories in the upcoming months with these fun summer activities for your kids!


Bubble Party


Little bubbles are fun, but giant bubbles are the best! Make life-size bubbles with help of a kiddy pool and a hula hoop right in your back yard!

Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids



Giant Jenga


It will only take a short amount of time to create this super-sized version of this classic game. You can play it outside for maximum fun, and remove the blocks until the giant Jenga tower topples over!
Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids


Water Fight


The best way to beat the heat on hot summer days is with a big, fun water fight! Break out the sprinkler and the squirt guns to help everyone cool down. Plus, try substituting water sponges for the traditional water balloons and give this new, fun game, Duck, Duck, Splash a try!


Lawn Twister


Another "twist" on a classic game that kids love! Paint your grass in your yard to look like a twister board and start playing! Your little ones will love stretching and reaching to get their hand or leg on a new color spot.

Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids



Yard Scrabble


First, cut up 100 cardboard squares (or just use heavy card stock printer paper) to create the letter tiles for a life-size version of Scrabble that you play on your lawn. Your kids will love creating the fun words and using the large letter tiles! Plus, it will keep them working on their spelling throughout the summer.


Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag


Hand out glow sticks for kids to wear on their wrists to make a game of capture the flag even more fun at night! As a bonus, It will help you keep an eye on everyone at night too!


Mini Obstacle Course


Use chairs, string, tables, and other household items to create your own obstacle course in your backyard for a fun exercise activity for your kids! Record their times and see who can hold the course record!

Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids



Frozen Banana Pops

Reward your kids for playing outside with a delicious frozen treat that's much healthier for them than popsicles and ice cream!

Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids

Try these fun summer activities with your kids and many others like sidewalk chalk, catching fireflies at night, or a kickball game to get them outside and more active during their vacation. You'll create a fantastic summer filled with memories for your kids as well. Additionally, make sure to take care of your vehicle this season with our Summer Car Care tips to get it ready for any long road trips and to deal with the heat. Schedule a service appointment online today to get your vehicle in great running condition!


At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Accidents can be a very scary, and a stressful process to go through afterwards. Once you've scheduled your appointment to get your vehicle repaired, it's best to know what documents and information you need to bring with you when you go in for the appointment. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about car accidents and what you'll need when you go in the appointment. We hope this guide will help relieve some of the stress that comes with accidents to prepare you for your appointment!

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents


Q: What should I do if I have an accident?

A: In the event of an accident, it's important that you don't leave the scene of the accident until you're absolutely sure you have all the information you need to file an insurance claim. The most commonly exchanged information between all the drivers involved is the license numbers, vehicle registrations, and insurance numbers of all the parties. You'll also need to call 911 to make sure that police can document a report or provide emergency help, if needed. If you aren't sure about anything, make sure to call the police, because it's better to be safe than sorry!

Q: How do I get a copy of an accident report?

A: If you file for an insurance claim, they will probably ask you for a copy of the Police Accident Report. If you need to obtain this for your claim or for personal use, contact the office of the responding police department and ask for a copy.

Q: Will Graff Mt. Pleasant contact my insurance company, or should I do it myself?

A: It is highly recommended that you contact your insurance company yourself. However, if you would prefer that we contact them, or that we contact them together with you, we would be happy to help. Our Service Staff is more than willing to help you navigate this stressful process.

Q: Where do I get my claim number?

A: When you report your accident to your insurance company, they will provide you with a claim number. Bring it in to our Collision Center and we'll take care of the rest.

Your safety and time are two things that are very important to us at Graff Mt. Pleasant. Because of this, we're dedicated to helping you get through any accident that occurs as quickly and stress-free as possible. We hope our guide to frequently asked questions about car accidents keeps you prepared in the event of an accident. If you need any help or have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll assist you with whatever you may need!

At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Your vehicle is a very large part of your life. Getting from point A to point B can be a daunting task if it isn't properly cared for. Making sure your car is running properly is extremely important: you can make or break a road trip depending on how well you've been taking care of your vehicle. Keep an eye on your vehicle to make sure it's up to speed with our important vehicle maintenance tips!

Air Conditioning Services



Let's be honest here: Nobody wants to drive in the summer without air conditioning. Sometimes the only cure to a scorching day is a chilly blast of air from your vehicle. Without it, you're left to suffer against the sun. Keeping your A/C system up to date is extremely important, especially if you want to enjoy the warm weather!

Batteries


Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips

If your car is having trouble starting up or the lights are weak and dim when you drive, you may have issues with your car's battery. Make sure you get it or recharged as quickly as possible. Without a strong or working battery, you won't be able to start your engine! It could also be an issue with your cables too, so make sure you get your vehicle in as quickly as possible to ensure it is in good hands!

Cooling System


Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Making sure your vehicle's cooling system is up to date should be a huge priority throughout the year. Your coolant (sometimes called antifreeze) helps to regulate the heat of your vehicle in the summer and prevents freezing in the winter. If your engine overheats or freezes, it can sustain serious damage or cause complete engine failure, so keeping an eye on your coolant is extremely important. You should have your coolant changed every 24,000 miles or every 2 years. 

Oil Changes


Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Probably the most common example of vehicle maintenance, oil changes should occur within 3,000-5,000 miles of each change. Making sure your oil and filter are replaced regularly will ensure a longer life for your vehicle and a return on your investment. Oil helps to keep your vehicle's components lubricated and assists with regulating heat. The filter helps to remove any harmful components the oil may have, which will help improve your engine's performance.

Tires & Tire Rotations


Important Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Tire maintenance is a very integral part of making sure you're able to get from one place to the next. You can reduce the risk of getting a flat tire by keeping an eye on your tire's tread and making sure they are properly inflated. Getting your tires rotated every 3,000-7,000 miles or every other oil change will help to extend the life of your tires and increase the distance your vehicle can go!

Remaining proactive of any potential dangers is very important in ensuring your vehicle is ready to go for any long hauls. This list of important vehicle tips should keep you prepared for any potential maintenance you may have! Our complete list of routine maintenance is full of tips and tricks to keep your vehicle up to your standards through all four seasons. Schedule an appointment to get your vehicle back on the road in a quick and efficient manner!

At Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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