Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Durabed is the Largest in its Class

2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Durabed is the Largest in its Class

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado is now available at Graff Mt. Pleasant! Test drive it today!

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.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Well, it's here. It seems like only yesterday that your son or daughter was just a little kid playing in the sandbox, but now they're young adults heading off to college this fall. Some of us moms and dads at Graff Mt. Pleasant know this experience all too well. College move-in day is certainly an emotional time, full of excitement as well as tears, but it doesn't need to be stressful.

Before you let your parental nerves get the better of you, read up on these helpful move-in day tips to help your child's transition to their dorm as smooth as possible!


Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

1. LET THEM LEAD

As much as you don't want to think about it, your child really isn't a child anymore. While we parents know that we only mean well, sometimes our sons or daughters interpret our care and concern as overbearing behavior. On move-in day, let them take the lead. Allow them to introduce themselves, take charge of unpacking, and handle any issues that might arise. Believe us, the feeling of seeing your kid display their independence and efficacy is way better than them screaming at you to get out because you're "smothering" them. Plus, you get to bask in the pride of having raised such an awesome human! Go you!


Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

2. EXCHANGE CONTACT INFO

If your student has a roommate, it's a good idea to exchange contact information with them just in case you ever have trouble reaching your son or daughter. If possible, it doesn't hurt to buddy up with the roommate's parents and get their numbers too. Strength in numbers!


Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

3. KEEP CALM

Move-in day is likely to be one when emotions run high. Your student is in a new place with new people, this is the first time they've ever been on their own, and now they have to LIVE at school. As a parent, it's important to help keep the energy positive during this time. Be calm and patient, don't give lectures or warnings, and (if you can help it) break down into tears AFTER you leave. Make this the big and exciting event it's meant to be!


Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

4. LIMIT YOUR ENTOURAGE

Several members of your extended family might want to come along to help and share in the excitement, but it's smarter to politely decline. Move-in day is absolute chaos. The rooms are often small as well as the hallways, and both are piled to the ceilings with boxes. That being said, it's best for cargo space and stress levels if you limit your moving party to just you, your student, and/or your spouse or a friend.


Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students

5. BRING REFRESHMENTS

Chances are on move-in day, neither you nor your student is super familiar with what's around campus. On top of that, with how crowded and crazy it is, do you really want to venture out for anything? Instead, pack a cooler with snacks and drinks.


Heading off to college is a pretty emotional time, and move-in day is one of the most chaotic of the semester. Have no fear though, you've got this! From all of us at Graff Mt. Pleasant, we hope you've found this information useful, and wish all of the students in our community a safe and happy semester! Fire up Chips!

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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Top 10 Songs About Friendship

Top 10 Songs About Friendship

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- More than just an art form, music is a powerful and unifying force. It has a lot in common with friendship, so it's no wonder why some of the greatest songs ever written are inspired by the concept! Some are happy, some are sad. Some make you think of cool summer nights by the campfire surrounded by your pals, some bring a tear to your eye as they make you reminisce about those good old times long since past but always alive in your heart.

Whatever emotions they inspire within you, here are Graff Mt. Pleasant's top ten picks for our favorite songs about friendship! Complete with videos! So grab a friend and sing along!


1. "YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND" - QUEEN, 1975

The moment you hear those cheerful Wurlitzer notes, this song immediately puts you in a good mood, thinking about the better things in life! As straightforward a song about friendship goes, this pop-ballad was originally written by Queen's bassist, John Deacon, about his wife and the joys of friendship that can evolve and carry on into marriage.



2. "UMBRELLA" - RIHANNA, 2007

If there's one thing that defines a true friendship, it's always being there for each other no matter what. In this ultra-catchy track, Rihanna sings about exactly that with her friend Jay-Z providing the rapping bit!


3. "STAND BY ME"- BEN E. KING, 1961

Having your friends means always having the support of people who know you better than you know yourself. Ben E. King's belt-worthy ballad is inspired by that unshakable bond that friends share, and that great feeling of knowing that, whatever you're going through, they're right beside you.


4. "WIND BENEATH MY WINGS" - BETTE MIDLER, 1982

Bette Midler's passionate ballad of the admiration and gratitude between best friends, featured in the 1988 tearjerker Beaches, is enough to make you immediately burst into tears upon seeing your buddy. But they're good tears!


5. "WE ARE GOING TO BE FRIENDS" - THE WHITE STRIPES, 2002

This simple acoustic track by Michigan-natives, The White Stripes, perfectly captures the innocence and excitement of childhood friendship. Listen to the lyrics and tell us you don't instantly think of that moment when you just knew that you and your bestie were destined for each other.


6. "WE GO TOGETHER" - GREASE, 1971

Straight from the original high school musical, the finale number of Grease gets us thinking literally of those last days of senior year when you can't imagine the next chapter of life without your pals, and also generally about the absolute feeling of "right" you get when you're in their company.


7. "I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU" - THE REMBRANDTS, 1995

In addition to being the theme song of a show literally called Friends, this catchy, upbeat tune by the Rembrandts is the perfect embodiment of the very spirit of friendship.


8. "I'LL BE MISSING YOU" - PUFF DADDY (FT. FAITH EVANS & 112), 1997

Written in memoriam of his best friend and hip-hop icon, Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy samples The Police on this heartfelt track about the loss of someone close to you, and the bond that remains even after they're gone.


9. "MY BEST FRIEND" - WEEZER, 2005

This punchy headbanger from rock quartet Weezer is an anthemic tribute to the power of friendship that conjures up memories of driving with the windows down and just rocking out with your pals.


10. "THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND" - ANDREW GOLD, 1978

Best known as the ever-appropriate theme song of The Golden Girls, this feel-good tune originally written and performed by Andrew Gold is one of appreciation for your best buddies.


We hope you enjoyed this list of our favorite songs about friendship! Now that you've assembled it into an awesome playlist and planned that road trip with your besties, be sure to schedule a service appointment with Graff Mt. Pleasant before you hit the road! We want to make sure all of your adventures in your vehicle are safe and happy!

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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

An All-Star MVP, the 2019 Camaro, and Chevrolet Inspire Kids Through Baseball


MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- The 2018 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player, Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros, was given his choice of either the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS or the trail-ready Colorado ZR2. He chose the redesigned Camaro during the All-Star Game MVP ceremony hosted by Chevrolet earlier this month at Nationals Park in Washington.

This year's All-Star Game was Bregman's first appearance as a participant, during which he hit the game-winning home run for the American league.

“Bregman set a great example for baseball fans and especially our kids by hustling hard for the entire game and demonstrating exceptional teamwork — essential qualities to win on the field, in the classroom, and in life — and that is why Chevrolet is proud to present the MVP award,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.

Since 2005, Chevrolet has been the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball and is also an Official Partner of Play Ball, a collective effort by the MLB to encourage young people to get involved in baseball and softball. Through the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program in partnership with dealerships across the country, Chevrolet has donated more than 150,000 equipment kits, raised more than $36 million, and offered more than 1,800 free skills clinics - all of which has positively impacted more than 7 million boys and girls across the United States.

“At Chevrolet, we appreciate the positive effect that playing sports has on our kids, and that is why it is so important for our brand and our dealers to support baseball at every level,” said Sweeney.

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. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Considering the super hot and dry conditions we've been experiencing lately, we at Graff Mt. Pleasant feel that it's a great time to remind you that you're not the only one who needs to stay cool! Like humans, dogs are very susceptible to the same risks as we are when it comes to hot weather. Although, they need a little more of your help to beat the heat. Here are five tips to keep your four-legged friend safe when the temperatures rise!


5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

1. KEEP THEM HYDRATED

Water is just as important to our dogs' survival as it is to our own, as it's responsible for the proper function of every cell and organ in their bodies! If your dog spends a lot of time outside, make sure you put their water bowl out there with them and check it regularly. While on walks, bring a bottle of water along for them as well as for yourself, and stop for breaks!


5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

2. WATCH OUT FOR HEATSTROKE

Dogs with shorter noses (such as boxers, pugs, Shar-Peis, Boston terriers, Brussels griffins, mastiffs, chow-chows, bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Staffordshire terriers, Lhasa apsos, and spaniels) and senior dogs are especially susceptible to heatstroke. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, fever, vomiting, and collapse. Remember: they can't tell you if something is wrong. Keep an eye on them while they're outside and when they come in, and get them to a vet as soon as possible if anything seems off!


5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

3. DON'T LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR

Every summer, many dogs die because they were left in their owners' hot car, but it is avoidable! A 75-degree day can feel like 150 to your friend in the fur coat, and the temperature inside a car can quickly rise an additional 20 degrees to that within the first 10 minutes - even with the windows rolled down. The number one way you can avoid losing your buddy is by using good judgment. If its way too hot outside, leave your dog at home in a cool place.


5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

4. HAVE MORE WAYS TO KEEP COOL

In order to help your pup beat the heat, offer them more ways to keep cool at home! Fill up a kiddie pool in the backyard for them to splash around in, leave a fan in a place where they can lay in front of it, or get them a treat like doggy ice cream from your local pet bakery!


5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

5. AVOID HOT SURFACES

When taking your dog for a walk or letting them outside, try to avoid hot surfaces like pavement whenever possible. You know how your feet burn off when you walk on a hot sidewalk? Well, you have the luxury of putting on shoes. Try to go for walks in the park where they can walk on grass, and lay out a rug along their path if your house's backdoor doesn't immediately open up to the yard.


At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we love our dogs as much as we love our cars. And that's a whole lot! We want you and your pet to be safe this summer, and we hope the information we've provided here is helpful to do just that. While you're at it, why not stop by our service department for a summer tune-up? We're always happy to help with anything you need!

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. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Michigan Summer Events Around Mt. Pleasant, MI

Michigan Summer Events Around Mt. Pleasant, MI

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Summertime in Michigan is here and there are plenty of fun and exciting activities for the whole family in and around Mt. Pleasant! Longer days means there is plenty of time to check out fun events and surrounding cities – it's the best time to try something new. Whether you want to stay within Mt. Pleasant or are looking to venture out a bit father, check out these ideas and resources for Michigan Summer Events around Mt. Pleasant, MI.

1.) Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitor Bureau

When you're searching for something to do this summer, you're sure to find what you're looking for when you visit the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitor Bureau. On their website they list all of the upcoming area events complete with event information. From kids art and yoga classes to Market Days and Festivals theres something for every member of your family!


2.) Yoga in Bloom

If you're headed up north this weekend, be sure to stop by Boyne City for Yoga in Bloom taking place on select dates in July and August. With a focus on guided yoga in the presence of nature around you, the group class is great for anyone from advanced yogis to those just starting out on their yoga journey. To enhance this yoga experience, each class will end with a soothing guided meditation, a mini Tibetan singing bowl meditation, and a drop of house-made lavender oil. Plus, you can go to Lavender Hill Farm (LHF) in Boyne City, and receive a 10 percent off a LHF racerback tank or a LHF t-shirt after participating in the event. Find out how nature-focused yoga can change your life this summer!

3.) Summer Exploration Days

During Summer Exploration Days at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland from June 20, 2018, to September 3, 2018, engage in tons of fun games, crafts, and experiments. Not only will you learn about special characteristics of each ecosystem within the park, you will have fun doing so! Get out into nature to experience all that the Chippewa Nature Center has to offer. This event is free for all ages under 18 present with an adult. Should you be looking for educational fun, this is where you will find it!

4.) Shows & Concerts at Soaring Eagle Casino

For the adults looking to get out of the house and have some fun, be sure to check out the concerts and shows coming to Soaring Eagle Casino right in Mt. Pleasant. With so much to do right on-site you can spend the day or weekend taking in all that Soaring Eagle has to offer from the spa to the casino, or even the Graff Mt. Pleasant Car Wars Sale coming to the casino this month!


Wherever you're headed this summer, make sure your vehicle is prepared to make the trip. Stop into our service center before you hit the road, or visit our Graff Mt. Pleasant showroom featuring the latest and greatest cars with experienced professionals here to help! You can always visit us online to explore our inventory or to make and appointment for your visit. We look forward to serving you this summer!

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.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The New 2019 Chevrolet Volt Cuts Charging Time in Half

2019 Chevrolet Volt

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Drivers are about to get more out of the new 2019 Chevy Volt! The new 2019 Chevrolet Volt is cutting charging times in half and is adding twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge. The new 7.2 kW charging system allows for an increase in the all-electric utility, which is particularly beneficial for drivers who plug in while traveling around town, known as “opportunity charging.”

“With about twice the range added during 240V Level 2 charging sessions, the 2019 Volt’s 7.2 kW system makes opportunity charging more worthwhile,” said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. “It effectively extends the vehicle’s all-electric driving range, while providing about twice the range for the money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.”

In as little as 2.3 hours, with a 240-volt outlet, a complete recharge can take place with the new 7.2 kW system which comes standard on all 2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier models, and is available as an upgrade on the LT trim.

Plus, when it comes to the new 2019 Chevrolet Volt, drivers will enjoy an EPA-estimated 53 miles of pure EV range and 106 MPGe (gasoline equivalent) with a full charge and a full tank of gas. The gas-powered generator begins working once the battery of the Volt begins to run low, which then extends the driving range to 420 miles on a full tank.

While the driving range and charge times are two important factors when it comes to the Chevy Volt, the 2019 Volt also offers a good number of other exciting features. If you are driving in a colder climate, where you wish to use less gas, the 2019 Volt allows you to defer activation of its automatic engine-assisted heating system until much lower temperatures (-13 degrees F/-25 degrees C). It also offers a smoother ride through regenerative braking capability with the Low and Regen on Demand profiles, which therefore allows the vehicle to reach its class-leading EV range. Additionally, the 2019 Volt's in-car tech has been upgraded with the Chevy Infotainment 3 system that incorporates a new Energy App within the 8-inch color touchscreen. Through the app, drivers can ensure they are getting the best performance out of their vehicle by better understanding how their route, driving style, cabin comfort, and weather conditions may be impacting their range via mileage, rather than by numerical "score" as in the past..

Design-wise the 2019 Chevy Volt is bringing both interior and exterior upgrades to the streets. The interior of the vehicle is becoming more digital with front and rear speakers that will alert drivers when operating at slow speeds, a digital rearview camera, a slight horn alert when the full pressure of a tire is achieved, a wireless charging pad that is relocated ahead of the shifter for easier use (available with navigation radio), and new cruise control options where the driver can select Adaptive Cruise Control or conventional cruise control. A first for the Volt, is the introduction of a power driver's seat which will come standard on the Premier model and will be available on the LT models. On the exterior, the 2019 Volt will offer a new Pacific Blue exterior color, as well as a new Jet Black/Porcelain Blue interior on the Premier version. Or, if you're looking for something more sleek, opt for the dealer-installed blackout package for black front/rear bowtie emblems, sport pedals, and 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets.

Volt owners have been able to drive over 2.8 billion EV miles, which saves more than 108 million gasoline gallons. You could join those already making a difference, by taking home a new Chevy Volt from at Graff Mt. Pleasant? Our experienced professionals can help you find the best vehicle that suits your needs. Our customer service is beat by no one. Experience the Graff Mt. Pleasant difference.

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.