Friday, February 17, 2017

6 Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––The weather hasn't been terrible this winter in terms of snow and bitter cold temperatures, but there's something keeping us all down this season. It's the flu. The cold and flu usually run their course sometime during the winter, but this time it's taken quite a toll on everyone. Whether you got the flu shot or not, you should consider making some lifestyle changes to employ through the rest of the season to keep you safe. Here are 6 ways to stay healthy during flu season!

6 Ways to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

1. Eat Right

Valentine's Day is now over, so you can consider the candy binging out of season. It's fine to indulge every once and a while, but it's more beneficial to eat foods that will benefit your immune system! That doesn't mean you have to have a salad for every meal, there are plenty ways to eat right. Try to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables alongside nutritious proteins like poultry, legumes, etc. Don't be afraid to work up some soup recipes if you're feeling down. Broth and veggies together can help comfort a sore throat or aching stomach and are healthy, too!

2. Drink More Water

If you had a dollar for every time someone recommended you drink more water, you'd probably be rich. Although simple, this health 'rule' is king for good reason. Water not only keeps you hydrated should you already be sick and need to replace fluids in your body, but it also helps you flush some of the bad stuff out if you're harboring any flu germs. Water overall helps your body function optimally, so having a few extra glasses per day can only help! The recommendation is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.

3. Exercise 

That's right. Exercise is another factor that can help boost your immune system. It can be a simple walk outside or an extra sweaty cardio session at the gym. Whatever method you choose, make sure you're getting your heart rate up and are breathing heavier than normal. Cardiovascular exercise can help excavate bacteria out of you lungs and airways. Plus, the feel-good endorphins you get when working out can make you feel happy during the gray winter days. If you do go to the gym, just make sure to wipe down your machines before using to avoid picking something up.


4. Stay Home & Get More Sleep

There are two types of people in the world. One who thinks this tip is a death sentence, and one who sees this tip as a blessing. Even if you're the one who's overwhelmed at work and think staying home will stop your progress, don't come in! If you feel like you're getting sick, or are already sick, take caution. There's no sense in you exhausting your energy or spreading your illness onto others. Take time to veg out on your couch with some water, vitamins, and honest rest. If you really can't do that, make sure you're heading to bed earlier. Even an extra half hour of sleep can help your body feel better and fight off any flu germs!


5. Wash Your Hands & Watch What You're Touching

We learned to wash our hands before meals, after the bathroom, and after touching animals when we were little, but some of us don't follow the rules or simply forget. Now is the time to bring yourself back to your kindergarten roots! Make sure to wash your hands through the entire birthday song or alphabet song with soap and warm water to rid of germs. It's also good to be aware of what you're touching throughout the day. If you're touching "high-traffic" items, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes as these areas are like gateways to your immune system.


We hope these 6 ways to stay healthy during flu season keep you out of the doctors office until we reach spring! There are so many ways to care for our bodies, but we don't want you to forget about your car because it needs TLC, too. With winter winding down slowly and spring coming up to bat you might be confused as to how to care for your car. Take a look through our routine maintenance pages for tips on how to take care of your car year round, and stay tuned to our seasonal maintenance section where you'll see seasonal specific car care tips. And don't forget to schedule online for a service appointment at one of our Mt. Pleasant dealerships!

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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, February 16, 2017

2018 Chevrolet Traverse - A Fresh Take On Mid-Size SUVs

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––If you didn't make it to the North American International Auto Show last month, we've got something exciting to show you. The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has been revealed and is a fresh take on mid-size SUVs. The bold new body and refined styling are unexpectedly very different from the latest Traverse model. Not to mention, Chevrolet is out to break boundaries in interior space and thoughtful design. Let's take a look at the 2018 Traverse.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse - A Fresh Take On Mid-Size SUVs


If you like the new look of the Chevrolet Traverse in the photo above, you'll be happy to know the release date isn't really far away. The 2018 model is set to hit dealerships this coming fall. This game-changer is noticeably more boxy and athletic than its predecessor, with a hint of Tahoe and Suburban design. On the exterior you'll see stylish chrome accents, LED lighting, and available D-Optic headlamps.

You'll get a larger range of options with two new trim levels. The new RS trim level is made for those looking for a more sporty performer, while the High Country trim level is made for those looking for a more luxurious vehicle. The RS trim will feature 'blacked-out' features and a turbocharged engine, and the High Country will feature twin-clutch AWD, advanced technology, and premium Suede and Leather materials on the interior.

Speaking of the interior, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has big goals of being, well, the biggest. The new model Traverse is going to offer 98.5 Cu. Ft. of space which should offer the best-in-class passenger volume and cargo room. You and your passengers, up to 8 people total, will enjoy better storage options throughout the vehicle with larger bins, pockets, and the Smart Slide second row seating.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse - A Fresh Take On Mid-Size SUVs

Advanced technology and safety features will take the stage in the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Surround Vision, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Forward Braking, and Rear Seta Reminder are just a few features you'll find in the new Chevy Traverse.

The new 3.6L V-6 engine and 9-speed transmission are proposed to offer about 10% more horsepower than the 2017 Traverse, plus more confidence in towing. A FWD model has been estimated to received 25 mpg highway. There's so much to look forward to!

The fresh 2018 Chevrolet Traverse mid-size SUV is again set to hit dealerships this fall, so stay tuned to our blog for upcoming news in the meantime. If you just can't wait to check out the Chevrolet Traverse, you can get a taste by taking a test drive of the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse. We'd be more than happy to give you a tour of Chevrolet's SUV lineup.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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, February 10, 2017

What's New with Chevrolet? - February 2017


MT. PLEASANT, Mich. –– There's a lot of exciting things happening with Chevrolet right now! Following their impressive showing at the North American International Auto Show, Chevy has charged into 2017 with a number of new announcements, product debuts, and awards. Find out what's new with Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Debuts Redline Special Edition Series

Chevrolet premiered the Redline special edition series at the Chicago Auto Show recently. The Redline series is the broadest cross-portfolio special edition ever offered by the brand. All Redline vehicles are equipped with black wheels featuring distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles and black Chevrolet bowtie logos. Additionally, each vehicle also has other specialized design elements.

The Chevrolet Redline series spans across nine vehicles in the car, truck and crossover segments including:
  • Cruze LT (sedan and hatchback)
  • Camaro LT/SS (coupe and convertible)
  • Colorado LT
  • Equinox LT
  • Malibu LT
  • Trax LT
  • Traverse Premier
  • Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, Crew Cab LTZ Z71
What's New with Chevrolet? - February 2017

Chevrolet Announces 2017 Colorado ZR2 Pricing


The high-performance, off-road ZR2 trim level will launch this spring for the 2017 model year with a starting price of $40,995 MSRP. Fans of the brand and auto enthusiasts alike have been excited about this new midsize pickup since its preview at SEMA 2016.

 What's New with Chevrolet? - February 2017

Chevrolet Owners Consumed 4,220 Terabytes of Data in 2016

Chevrolet owners in the U.S. love to use their data! Last year, they used an incredible 4,220,684 gigabytes (or 4,220 terabytes) of data in 2016. This comes as an increase of nearly 200 percent of 2015's usage. Tahoe and Suburban owners deserve the lion share of the "blame", accounting for the largest increase in usage, using three-and-a-half times more data than a year ago.

 What's New with Chevrolet? - February 2017

2017 Chevrolet Bolt wins Motorweek Driver's Choice Award - Best Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Bolt continues its winning ways after taking home the Best Car of the Year award from Motorweek recently. The 2017 Bolt EV was also named the 2017 North American Car of the Year, 2017 Motor Trend® Car of the Year, 2017 Green Car Journal Green Car of the Year, and was listed among Car and Driver's 2017 10Best Cars list.

 What's New with Chevrolet? - February 2017

Stay tuned to learn more about what's new with Chevrolet in 2017! We'll keep you updated on all the developments with your favorite automotive brand. Additionally, your safety is important to us and with winter weather and road conditions adversely affecting your vehicle, we highly recommend completing you Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center to help ensure your safety behind the wheel this season.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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, February 8, 2017

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. –– Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches! You've probably started brainstorming ideas of what to give your loved one, a nice gift to express how much you care for them. There's always the obvious choices like maybe some jewelry or a nice watch, but you want to do something special and creative this year. We've got nine Valentines Day gift ideas for you to use. Make this Valentine's Day a memorable one!

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Flowers & Chocolate

You may think this is too obvious of a choice to include but you'd be wrong. Guys, if you’re reading this, when she says “Let’s not do anything big for valentines day this year”, this does not mean you don't still have to get her flowers and chocolate. Flowers and chocolate are the minimum.

Handwritten Letter

In the age of technology, text messages, and 140 character tweets, take the time to hand write your loved one a letter about all the reasons you care for them. They’ll appreciate the sentiment.

Garden Seeds

Let love grow! Seeds to plant a garden come springtime are the gift that will keep on giving. First, you’ll spend time planting and tending to the seeds, and then you can make delicious meals with the vegetables or fruits that you’ve grown!

A Succulent Plant

A perfect little piece of nature to brighten up your loved one’s work desk. Plus, they don’t require a green thumb to keep alive thankfully. You can find planted succulents at most grocery stores in the flowers/plants section.

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Take A Trip

Visit a sleepy up north town on Lake Michigan like Charlevoix or Petoskey, or take a trip to a museum like the Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University or the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Shaking things up and changing your surroundings can be healthy for a relationship and feel like a mini vacation!

See a show/play

See what's playing at the Midland Center for the Arts, the Wharton Center at MSU, or at one of the many theaters in Detroit. There's a showing of fan favorite, Pilobolus: Shadowland in Midland on February 18th that would be a perfect excuse for a night on the town.

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Animal Print Art

Thanks to our friends at the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw, you can now order priceless pieces of art hand, hoof, and flipper painted by the most adorable artists ever, the animals!

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Make Dinner

Making dinner is always a great way to show someone you care about them. Try this dinner and dessert combo of chicken parm and chocolate lava cakes. We guarantee it will make you and your Valentine's taste buds happy!

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

9 Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Give a Book/Audio Book Membership

Books are never the wrong gift to give! Your Valentine will love the fact that you took the time to find a story for them to enjoy. Consult the New York Times Best Sellers list for ideas or if your Valentine is on the go a lot, consider getting them an audio book subscription so they can listen in their car!

So make your loved one's holiday special and memorable by getting them one or more of these nine Valentines Day gift ideas! Also, please stay safe by preparing your vehicle for the cold weather and icy winter roads. We highly recommend completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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, February 2, 2017

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. –– Is there really anything not to love about the big game? Hilarious and innovative commercials, delicious snacks and appetizers, and oh yeah, football! If you're going to a viewing party and need a dish to bring, take a look at our eight mouthwatering Super Bowl recipes for an idea. You'll have everyone in attendance asking you for the recipe!

Taco Crescent Ring

A delicious and savory treat that's perfect for kids as well as adults! Perhaps the most underrated and under-appreciated football snack ever.

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Cowboy Caviar

This new recipe is quickly becoming a favorite of ours! It's fresh, light, and packed with flavor. Plus, it's very easy to make and looks beautiful!

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Baby Bloomin' Onions

If you bring these cute lil' onions to your Super Bowl party, they're guaranteed to be everyone's favorite appetizer. Get all the flavor of a true Bloomin' Onion in a bite-size snack with a lot less mess.

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Jalapeno Poppers

These poppers are so good they're bound to make you miss that big play or awesome commercial because you just had to get up off the couch and go back for seconds.

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Guacamole

Everyone loves guac! This particular recipe however will be the best you've ever had! When someone else inevitably brings another bowl of guacamole to the party, yours will be empty first. Trust us.

Quick tip, put the leftover avocado pits (maybe just two) into the dip while its refrigerating, waiting for the party, to keep it fresh and green!

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This recipe replicates the beloved taste of restaurant style spinach and artichoke dip. Likely to be the favorite dip of the ladies at your party!

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Bacon & Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs don't have to be just a holiday treat. The only problem, they're so easy to pop into your mouth that they'll be gone in a flash.

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

Brownies

For our final recipe, we thought we'd end with something sweet. This brownie recipe is incredibly rich, chocolatey, and will definitely make you feel like you need to go to the gym the next day. But it will be worth it!

8 Mouthwatering Super Bowl Recipes

So enjoy the football, friends, and these eight mouthwatering Super Bowl recipes courtesy of Graff Mt. Pleasant this Sunday. Also, please be safe driving out on the roads, the winter weather can really take a toll on your vehicle and put your safety in jeopardy. So, we highly recommend you help prepare your vehicle for the cold weather and icy winter roads by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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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Monday, January 30, 2017

Ladies Day Celebrations Continue at Graff Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.–– Our previous Ladies Days have been so well received we've decided to continue them with additional service and sales discounts, spa treatments, and prizes! We're proud to support our strong local women, but we love to occasionally shower them with savings and gifts! So, stop by our dealership this Thursday, February 2nd any time from 8am-8pm to have both yourself and your vehicle pampered.

Ladies Day Celebrations Continue at Graff Mt. Pleasant

As always, these savings and perks are available exclusively to wonderful women who visit our dealership. It's not just a great day to get your auto service work done at a discount but you can save $2,000 on a vehicle purchase! So if you were thinking that it's time to look good in a new ride, then Ladies Day is the best time to buy! Also, our friends from Salon Blu & Day Spa will be back again and there to relax and pamper you with luxurious, free spa treatments. You can also enter to win a $100 Salon Blu gift card! Other deals include:
  • Free Car Wash
  • Free Gift
  • $12 Oil Change
  • Wiper Blades as Low as $6.30
  • 10% Off Parts & Labor for Other Service Needs
  • $2,000 Off the Purchase of Any Car from 8am-8pm
Additionally, as a new perk this Ladies Day, now when you spend at Graff Mt Pleasant you can get a Salon Blu gift card of increasing value based on your bill.

If you spend:
Between $15-$50 you'll get a $5 gift card
Between $51-$100 get $10
Between $101-$200 get $25
Between $201-$350 get $40
Between $351-$500 get $60
Between $501-$700 get $75
Between $701-$1000 get $85

We love our local women and are excited to continue our Ladies Day celebrations at Graff Mt. Pleasant. Stop by our dealership on February 2nd for fun, relaxation, and huge savings!  Also, please RSVP on Facebook, and be sure to invite your girlfriends! 

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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, January 27, 2017

Why Graff Mt. Pleasant?

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– Why Graff Mt. Pleasant? Well, when we started operating here 13 years ago, it was clear that the Mt. Pleasant community was close-knit and invested in each other's success. We were so inspired by the atmosphere that we committed ourselves to being a part of it and to incorporating it into our company culture. At Graff Mt. Pleasant we don't see people as customers, we see them as family.

Why Graff Mt. Pleasant?

At Graff Chevrolet and Buick GMC Cadillac of Mt. Pleasant, MI we are family owned and operated and we believe that translates to our staff and their enthusiasm to work together as a team. When you walk into our dealership you'll find friendly and informative salespeople, skilled and honest service technicians, and a vast inventory of quality new and used vehicles. All of which will work to create the most comfortable and enjoyable dealership experience for you possible. We are also dedicated to improving our local community by supporting and promoting local organizations, charities, and causes. 

So why Graff Mt. Pleasant? Because with all that we offer, a large selection of a number of the top automotive brand, a congenial staff, and a helpful financing department, we force you to ask yourself, why would you ever need to leave Mt. Pleasant to purchase a vehicle? To learn more about what makes Graff Mt. Pleasant a great dealership that can exceed your expectations and meet all of your needs, visit our Why Graff Mt. Pleasant? page on our website. Your safety on the road is also very important to us at Graff Mt. Pleasant, so we highly recommend you help prepare your vehicle for the cold weather and icy winter roads by completing your Winter Car Care routine at our Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant 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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