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    Hank Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant for New Cars, Used Cars, Certified Pre-Owned Cars, and Auto Service

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    At Hank Graff Chevrolet in Mt. Pleasant, we make our customers our number one priority - we want your Chevrolet automotive needs to be completely satisfied at Hank Graff Chevy. No matter if you’re stopping by for a new Chevy vehicle, used vehicle, CPO vehicle, auto service, body repair, or financial assistance – Hank Graff Chevrolet in Mt. Pleasant is here for you!

    We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for customers in Mount Pleasant, Midland, and beyond. To contact Hank Graff Chevrolet directly, please feel free to call (989) 773-3937.

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    When you choose Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant, you're choosing a tradition of excellence that goes back over 100 years. Our friendly team will take the time to answer all your questions and make sure you’re always satisfied with your experience. We value our customers, and to show you how important you are to us, we offer lots of convenient services that you won't find anywhere else.

    Visit Graff Mt. Pleasant for a great new Chevrolet or used car, as well as everything you need to take great care of your car. We have more than just a great selection of new Chevys and used cars at amazing process; we have a dedicated team who will work with you to make your experience at our dealership convenient and enjoyable. At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we'll always make sure you get exactly what you need at the right price.

    Auto Service and Routine Maintenance at Hank Graff Chevrolet in Mt. Pleasant, MI

    Auto service and routine maintenance is key to having a perfectly performing vehicle. To keep your car, truck, SUV or crossover looking and running like new, we recommend bringing it in to the Graff Chevrolet Service Center in Mt. Pleasant!

    Our Service Center is staffed with ASE Certified technicians, ensuring your vehicle is serviced correctly and quickly. We also offer a state of the art Service Center, competitively priced services, and superior customer service. We encourage you to stop by Hank Graff Chevrolet – Mt. Pleasant today to experience our service for yourself.

    To schedule an appointment with one of our certified service technicians, click the ‘Make an Appointment’ link below!

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    Get to Know Our Hank Graff – Mt. Pleasant Leaders, Jim Messick and Lynette Wedding

    No business can be successful without the help of a great leader. At Hank Graff in Mt. Pleasant, we’re lucky to have not just one great leader, but two! Hank Graff – Mt. Pleasant is a great place to work and visit, and we have no one to thank for this except Jim Messick and Lynette Wedding.

    To learn more about the wonderful general managers that help make Hank Graff the business our customers have come to know and love, click the link below!

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    New Cars, Used Cars, Certified Pre-Owned Cars, and Auto Service at Hank Graff Chevrolet in Mt. Pleasant

    At Hank Graff Chevrolet – Mt. Pleasant, we pride ourselves on offering affordable inventory and incredible service to customers in Mt. Pleasant and beyond. Hank Graff Chevrolet enjoys being a part of such a welcoming city and is honored to serve so many members of the Mt. Pleasant community.

    No matter where you’re from, we always treat you like family at Hank Graff Chevrolet. Our Graff employees genuinely enjoy making our customers happy and comfortable. This results in an excited atmosphere. We oftentimes refer to this atmosphere as ‘controlled chaos’ because there is always a lot of excitement and fun to be had.

    In addition to an upbeat and exciting Chevrolet experience, we also offer a great selection of New Chevy, Certified Pre-Owned, and Used vehicles. No matter if you’re looking for a new or used car, truck, SUV or crossover, we have a vast Hank Graff Chevrolet inventory available for you to peruse on our lot and online.

    Once you’ve driven off our Hank Graff Chevrolet lot in a vehicle you love, we’ll do our part in helping you extend its life with routine maintenance and auto service at our Hank Graff Chevrolet Service Center. Whether you need an oil change, tire rotation, wheel alignment, or another type of service, our talented Chevy certified technicians will be able to take care of you quickly and affordably.

    In addition to auto service, we also offer collision repair, financial assistance, parts, accessories, and so much more. No matter the make or model, bring your vehicle to Hank Graff Chevrolet in Mount Pleasant for a fantastic experience!

    At Hank Graff Chevy, we welcome the opportunity to serve you. To reach our dealership directly, call (989) 773-3937. We are located at 4580 E. Pickard in Mt. Pleasant, MI.

    We are located in Mt. Pleasant but we proudly serve communities across Michigan including Roscommon, St. Johns, Gladwin, Beaverton, Shepherd, Coleman, Higgins Lake, Alma, Midland, Ithaca, Beal City, Winn, Delwin, Rosebush, Crawford, Alembic, Big Rapids, and more!

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    Chevy Introduces the Colorado ZR2 Bison to Its Mid-Sized Lineup - 09/18/2018

    Chevy Introduces the Colorado ZR2 Bison to their Mid-Sized Lineup

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Chevrolet adds the Colorado ZR2 Bison to their lineup of midsized pickup trucks, designed with high off-road performance in mind. The Bison is the product of Chevy's first collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer.

    In less than four years, Chevrolet has gained more than a quarter of the market's midsized pick-up truck sales as a result of its commitment to continued innovation. In that time, Colorado has introduced several segment firsts including an all-new V-6 gas engine /eight-speed transmission combo, diesel engine, the ZR2 "segment of one" off-roader, and now the Bison.

    In order to protect sensitive undercarriage components when driving over rocky, jagged terrain, the Colorado ZR2 Bison features five skid plates designed by AEV covering the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case, and front/rear locking differentials; which are constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel.

    Additionally, AEV also designed the stamped steel front and rear bumpers for further protection to the truck, featuring winch provisions and standard fog lights with recovery points integrated into the rear bumper.

    “More and more enthusiasts are discovering that Colorado is ideal for off-roading, especially overland travel,” says Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing, Chevrolet Truck.
    “The Colorado Z71 offers a full suite of off-road equipment, the maneuverability of a midsize truck and the driving range of a class-exclusive diesel engine. The Colorado ZR2 offers even greater off-road capability with class-exclusive front and rear locking differentials and Multimatic DSSV dampers. And now, Bison offers customers an even more extreme turnkey off-road truck ready to tackle your next adventure.”

    A unique departure from the classic Chevy design, the Bison ditches the traditional "bowtie" emblem in favor of an exclusive flow-through "CHEVROLET" lettered grille on its front end. On top of that, a set of 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires sit beneath larger fender flares than previously and wrap 17x8-inch aluminum wheels made specifically for the Bison ZR2.

    “We’ve been following Colorado since its introduction, and the ZR2 really captured our attention,” says Dave Harriton, founder, and president of AEV. “As this is the first Chevrolet vehicle we’ve given the AEV treatment to, we wanted to do something special with the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel. We also expect that Colorado drivers will love the added ruggedness of our front and rear bumpers on ZR2 Bison.”

    Everything you know and love about the standard Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 also comes equipped on the Bison, including but not limited to:

    • Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials
    • Revolutionary, segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSV dampers
    • Off-road rocker protection
    • Cast-iron control arms
    • Autotrac transfer case

    Available Bison options include:

    • 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, capable of 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque
    • Choice of crew- or extended cab configurations (including short and long beds, respectively)

    Stay tuned to Graff Mt. Pleasant for availability regarding the all-new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison!

    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.

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    Chevrolet Launches "Vocal" App that Aims to Curb Distracted Driving - 09/13/2018

    Chevrolet Launches "Vocal" App that Aims to Curb Distracted Driving

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Part of the initiative to promote safer and less distracted driving, Chevrolet is launching a new app called "Call Me Out" to help remind new and experienced drivers alike to put their phones down and keep their eyes on the road.

    According to a recent surveyed performed by Research Now, 84% of people admit that driving while handling a phone is dangerous, and yet 90% of drivers say that they do it. Driven to encourage a change and the behavior and conversation, Chevy hosted a hackathon during which they challenged teams of young people to propose ways to combat distracted driving, and from that, the framework of Call Me Out was conceived.

    The new app combines two powerful and influential forces: technology and our loved ones. Friends and family members of users have the ability to record a message through the app that will activate when the user tries to use their phone while driving, effectively "calling them out" and making them think twice about the potentially deadly consequences of taking their eyes off the road.

    “As the father of two daughters, I am keenly aware of all the perils that my children face out in the world on a daily basis, and that is why it is so important for GM and Chevrolet to offer technologies that help all of us become safer drivers,” says Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “With Call Me Out we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”

    HOW IT WORKS

    • Call Me Out uses the voices of the driver's loved ones to help them fight the urge to engage in risky distracted driving as if they were physically in the vehicle.
    • Currently, the app is only available to Android phone users who can download it for free in the Google Play store.
    • The app utilizes the vehicle's accelerometer and GPS to detect when the driver physically picks up their phone while traveling at speeds of more than 5 MPH, at which point it plays recorded, personalized messages from friends and family that remind them to put their phone down and concentrate on the road.
    • The app also adds a little competition to help encourage drivers to stay safe on the road, featuring a scoreboard and rankings, and keeping score of how much the user handles their phone. The less they do, the higher their score and rank on the leaderboard.

    “Today’s vehicles offer a range of active safety features like Lane Keep Assist and Forward Automatic Braking that help drivers stay more aware of their surroundings,” says Tricia Morrow, Chevy safety engineer. 
    “But we also know the vehicle is only one element. Chevy’s Call Me Out app gives drivers another great tool to reinforce good driving behaviors — and as a mom of a teenage daughter, I personally know how important it is to model good driving behaviors and encourage others to do the same.”
    Drivers must be 18 years or older and have a compatible device and data plan to use Call Me Out.
    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.

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    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For - 09/11/2018

    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Fall is now one week away here in Michigan, and we're starting to feel it! One thing we can all agree upon at Graff Mt. Pleasant is all of the great seasonal recipes you can whip up, and we'd like to share with you some of our favorites to try!



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    1. CHILI COLORADO

    There's nothing like a big bowl of chili on a cold autumn day. This recipe adds a Mexican twist to the seasonal staple, made with pork or beef and stewed in red chili sauce.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    2. APPLE CIDER DONUTS

    Few things capture the taste of Fall better than the sweet combination of a tall glass of apple cider and a donut. This recipe uses apple butter rather than sauce to achieve their delicious texture and flavor.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    3. PUMPKIN PANCAKES

    Pumpkins pull double duty as both a fun Fall craft, as well as a tasty treat! Your taste buds will thank you for a stack of these bad boys slathered in maple syrup. Delish.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    4. ROASTED ACORN SQUASH SALAD

    If you're looking for something on the lighter side, this recipe combines seasonal favorites like acorn squash and cranberries with arugula for your greens, all tossed in a dressing consisting of apple cider vinegar and maple syrup for that autumn flavor.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    4. CIDER-BRAISED CHICKEN, BRUSSEL SPROUTS AND APPLES

    This one-pan dish sweetens braised chicken with apples. Serve it with bread or mashed potatoes to soak up all the amazing flavor.

    Get the recipe on here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    5. PUMPKIN PIE

    You weren't thinking of finishing off that autumn dinner without some delicious pumpkin pie, were you? We didn't think so.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    6. CRISPY SALT AND VINEGAR POTATOES

    Fall without potatoes? Perish the thought.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    7. SHORT RIBS BRAISED WITH MUSHROOMS AND POTATOES

    Hearty meat and potatoes with the addition of some nice Fall mushrooms. *swoons*

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    8. BEEF STEW

    Like chili, beef stew is an absolute must during the Fall season.

    Get the recipe here.



    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    9. HARISSA AND MAPLE ROASTED CARROTS

    Maple roasted anything is an essential part of autumn-inspired dishes, but maple roasted carrots? That's a gift.

    Get the recipe here.


    10 Delicious Seasonal Recipes You'll Totally "Fall" For

    10. VANILLA APPLE GRATIN

    If you're looking for a less fatty or sugary autumn dessert, look no further than this recipe. All the flavor of apple pie topped with a scoop of ice cream with none of the guilt.

    Get the recipe here.


    Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so. What's your favorite Fall recipe? Share it with us!

    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.

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    The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is Getting Two New Colors - 09/08/2018


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- On top of numerous technology, connectivity, and safety upgrades, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is slated to be available in two new, awesome colors: Crush and Shadow Gray Metallic.




    CRUSH

    The bright orange "Crush" exterior color makes is arguably the most exciting of the two, and makes the 2019 Colorado look incredibly rad. It's available as a $395 upgrade in conjunction with both interior options (jet black and jet black with dark ash accents).




    SHADOW GRAY METALLIC

    The smoldering Shadow Gray Metallic adds a level of class to the mid-sized pick-up and does not have an upgrade fee, which means that it's included in the price of whatever 2019 Colorado you choose. Additionally, you can get it with either of the interior options.


    Stay tuned to Graff Mt. Pleasant for availability regarding the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and it's awesome new exterior colors!

    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.

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    GM Helps to Foster the Future of Women in Engineering - 09/08/2018


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- General Motors engineer Keysha Camps is helping to build the future of women in engineering by teaching a group of twenty high school girls in Detroit the skills they need to succeed. The Mercy Midnight Storm (after the Mercy Education Project from which they hail) is the all-girl robotics team headed up by Camps, who she says are the future of autonomous vehicle technology.

    The Mercy Midnight Storm is first all-girl robotics team out of Detroit to be part of FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and competes against other Michigan high schools in various competitions. An initiative for youth around the world, FIRST strives to drive interest and education in the fields of science and technology through accessible and innovative programs.

    The mentorship of Camps to the girls on the team is extremely important, as women make up only 14% of American engineers and one-in-four bachelor's degrees in engineering are awarded to women. Camps aims to shatter this glass ceiling by being a positive female role model to girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers and encouraging them to break down gender barriers in these predominately male fields.

    Camps says that she initially decided to join the FIRST organization because she was inspired by the numerous non-profits operating in the city aimed at improving the lives of youth. Her efforts with the Mercy Midnight Storm reflects the example set by GM CEO Mary Barra, who herself holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering along with an MBA.


    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.

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    2019 GMC Sierra Denali Makes Its Way to Dealerships - 08/28/2018


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Having set the new standard for capability, refinement, and innovation at its introduction earlier this year, the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra Denali is now beginning to make its way to dealerships and bolstering the GMC's position as the leading brand for premium truck buyers.

    Distinguished by an iconic design and segment-leading technologies, the 2019 GMC Denali is the flagship of the next-gen Sierra line-up, which features a broader and bolder range of pick-up trucks including the AT4 and Elevation models.

    “GMC ignited the premium truck market 17 years ago with the launch of the Sierra Denali and the next-generation model sets a new standard with unparalleled advancements and exclusive design,” says Rich Latek, marketing director of GMC. “It offers more upscale appointments, purposeful technologies, and capability - solidifying Denali as the ultimate in professional grade.”

    In addition to its beastly good looks and premium features, the 2019 Denali raises the bar with ride and handling and performance technologies engineered to provide a seamless balance of comfort, control, and capability - including the new Adaptive Ride Control and the most powerful V-8 engine in its class.

    The all-new 2019 Sierra Denali is offered as a crew cab with nearly 3-inches more of rear-seat legroom than its predecessor, as well as a roomier cabin trimmed with Denali-exclusive materials such as Forge leather-appointed seating, authentic open-pore wood trim, and dark-finish aluminum decor.

    The 2019 Denali secures its place as the most premium Sierra ever made, featuring segment-leading technologies and exclusive features including:

    • GMC Exclusive, Industry-first MultiPro Tailgate: The most innovative pickup tailgate ever. Featuring six unique functions and positions, as well as offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the box.
    • GMC Exclusive, Industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box: The CarbonPro offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.
    • All-new ProGrade Trailering System with in-vehicle Trailering App: A connected and comprehensive suite of trailering technology that offers more confidence and precision to the towing experience.
    • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display: Projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield in a 3x7-inch display for added safety.
    • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror: Gives the driver the option of utilizes either an inside rearview mirror or a rearview camera mirror display that provides a wider, unobstructed view that can help overcome common visual obstructions such as occupants or cargo. On top of that, this technology features zoom and vertical tilt capability.

    Other 2019 GMC Denali highlights (both standard and available) include:

    • Denali-exclusive exterior elements, including a bright, multidimensional grille, chrome exterior accents, and body-color bumpers.
    • New high-intensity LED headlamps that incorporate C-shaped "light blade" lighting elements, LED fog lamps and C-shaped LED elements within the taillights.
    • Standard 20-inch aluminum wheels, and available 22-inch wheels.
    • Integrated dual exhaust with bright polished outlets standard.
    • Standard heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seat and heated, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
    • GMC Premium Infotainment System with 8-inch-diagonal HD color touchscreen, embedded navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility.
    • Customizable profiles that save each driver's personalized settings and presets, which are then stored in the cloud and can be accessed and used in other compatible 2019 GMCs.

    RIDE AND HANDLING

    The exclusive Adaptive Ride Control on the 2019 Sierra Denali offers premium ride comfort with overall improved road isolation and control than ever before. Utilizing real-time road monitoring and driver inputs when accelerating, cornering, braking, and trailering, the system's active dampers can be individually adjusted every 2 milliseconds.

    On top of that, the all-new Traction Select System allows the driver to choose from preset drive modes, each tailored for different terrain and weather conditions like mud and snow, which then adjusts the 2019 Sierra's transmission shift points, throttle mapping, and StabiliTrak for optimal performance. The Traction Select System also operates with Adaptive Ride Control to further enhance the driving experience.

    The available Traction Select System modes include:

    • Tour: The default mode of operation at every time the driver fires up the truck. Designed to deliver the right blend of refinement and efficiency for everyday use.
    • Sport: The transmission downshifts in order to keep the engine in its peak powerband, while power steering assist is slightly reduced to make the steering feel more direct, communicative and sporty.
    • Snow: Available only on two-wheel-drive Sierras, this mode optimizes the vehicle's driveline for wintry weather. On top of leveraging the vehicle's standard Traction Control and StabiliTrak stability control systems, this mode also provides a slower, less sensitive accelerator pedal calibration.
    • Off-Road: Designed for use for higher-speed driving on non-paved surfaces, this mode utilizes the same accelerator calibration as Snow Mode which gives the driver precise throttle control. Off-Road also incorporates StabiliTrak and traction control calibrations that allow for a little more wheel slip than on dry surfaces to aid in carrying momentum which is crucial in mud or gravel.
    • Tow/Haul: Modifies the transmission calibration so that shift points are higher, allowing the engine to deliver peak power. It also initiates downshifts earlier in order to leverage engine braking and reduce wear on brake components. Tow/Haul also engages Grade Braking functionality so that on long, downhill stretches, a light touch of the brake pedal can initiate a downshift to slow the vehicle more efficiently.

    Additionally, the standard Autotrac 2-Speed Transfer Case provides a mechanical low range for amplified torque at low speeds, while a new electro-hydraulic power brake boost system (rather than a vacuum-assist system) offers a strong, smooth, and consistent brake pedal feel with a loaded bed or while trailering.

    THE MOST POWERFUL V-8 ENGINE

    The available 6.2L V-8 engine on the 2019 Denali is the largest in the segment as well as the most powerful, rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower with 460 lb-ft of torque, and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

    Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM), an industry-first cylinder deactivation technology, enables the engine to operate in 17 different shift patterns between two to eight cylinders which, depending on demand, is designed to optimize fuel efficiency and power delivery.


    Stay tuned for updates regarding the availability of the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali at Graff Mt. Pleasant!

    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.

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    5 Reasons You Should Have Your Vehicle Serviced at a Dealership - 08/22/2018


    Owning a car is a big responsibility. Like any machine, they need to be properly cared for in order to continue running at their best. Unless you’re a hardcore gearhead, however, you probably aren’t going to be performing routine maintenance yourself, and even if you are it helps to have a trusted resource to consult should you need to do so. The question is: who do you choose?

    A dealership service center and your local mechanic have their own pros and cons. However, for the sake of this article, we’re going to be focusing on the important reasons why a dealership like Graff Mt. Pleasant is the best place to have your car serviced.



     1. TRAINING 

    One of the biggest reasons the dealership wins over the local mechanic is the training provided. Automotive manufacturers offer specialist training through their network of dealerships, meaning that the technicians employed by a service center have expert knowledge of the performance of that particular line of vehicles, and thus know how and when they should be repaired. This training is often ongoing, meaning that dealership technicians are constantly kept up to date on the latest engineering and technologies released by the manufacturer.


     

    2. FREQUENCY

    Dealership technicians almost exclusively work on the make of vehicle sold by the dealership, granting them a higher degree of experience than an independent mechanic who may work on a particular brand here and there.


     

    3. EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES

    When it comes to the quality of tools used, dealership service centers certainly have a leg up over local mechanics. In addition to manufacturer-provided assistance with start-up costs and equipment, dealerships receive priority over anyone else when new service tools and specifications are developed, making them better equipped to handle service issues as engineering and technology are updated with each new model.

    Dealer facilities also tend to be cleaner and better organized than a mechanic shop, which not only bodes well for the condition of your vehicle once you get it back, but also for you as most dealerships feature things like waiting rooms, complimentary drinks and snacks, television, and even Wi-Fi to make the wait more bearable.



    4. WARRANTIES 

    Another benefit to having your car serviced at a dealership are warranties. Both local mechanic shops and dealerships offer warranties for the work they perform, but the advantage definitely rests with the dealership. Within your vehicle’s warranty period, any repairs or routine maintenance are covered free of charge. Although, should you have to have service performed outside of a warranty, a dealership can back up their work with a warranty that is honored nationwide. That way, if a repair doesn’t hold, you can have it fixed at any other dealer at no cost to you.

    Local mechanics, on the other hand, may only offer very limited warranties or only cover labor or parts, but never both. If you travel a lot or move, their warranty may also be worthless elsewhere, leaving you to foot a potentially hefty bill when you could have just visited one of the many dealerships in the network and had it done for free.


     

    5. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

    As representatives of the brand and the fact they have to pay the manufacturer to operate under their banner, dealerships have a significant advantage over local mechanics in the customer satisfaction department. Independent shops are free to run their business however they want and thus, depending on the character of ownership, are not held to the same strict corporate standards as are dealerships. If you have a bad experience at a local shop, your complaints run the risk of being overlooked as they answer to no superior entity. Dealership service centers, however, are policed by customer surveys and the open line of communication we have with the manufacturer itself (i.e. the one who keeps them employed).

    While it tends to be a matter of preference and convenience, this article highlights some advantages to having your car serviced at a dealership rather than a local mechanic. It may not be for everyone, but dealership service centers have some important perks that make them a valid resource for drivers. Schedule a service appointment with Graff Mt. Pleasant 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.
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    By Popular Demand, Chevy Introduces the 2019 Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus Special Editions - 08/21/2018

    Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus Special Editions Introduced by Chevrolet

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Chevrolet is expanding the availability of the 6.2L V-8 engine in its 2019 line-up of full-size SUVs with the introduction of the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions.

    The 6.2L V-8 was originally available on the 2018 Tahoe RST 6.2L Performance Package. It also recently debuted on the 2019 Suburban RST 6.2L Performance Package and is now available at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.

    “Our customers have shown strong demand for both Tahoe and Suburban with the 6.2L V-8 option,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Trucks Marketing and Advertising. “Thirty-six percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.”

    All Premier Plus vehicles, including the Premier RST with the optional 6.2L Performance Package, feature Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration along with a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission. An active suspension system that "reads" the road every millisecond,  Magnetic Ride Control triggers dampening changes in the electronically controlled shock absorbers in 10-15 milliseconds. This results in improved body-motion control while cornering and an overall more comfortable cruising experience.

    As for the 10-speed automatic transmission, drivers will enjoy smaller steps between each ratio to maximize engine power under acceleration. This is accomplished by using a wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread and lower top gear ratio, which allows for the reduction of engine revolutions at highway speeds.

    Other features include a unique interior with heated and ventilated black/mahogany, leather-appointed seats against a surrounding jet black trim. Along with 22-inch polished wheels, this premium two-tone interior makes its line-up debut on the 2019 Premier Plus special editions.

    Other appearance features include gold "bowtie" emblems, chrome nameplate badging, a head-up display and 8-inch diagonal cluster, cross rails, chrome power steps and exhaust tip, and Chevrolet-branded cargo organizer.

    In terms of connectivity, the 2019 Premier Plus special editions include a 12-month data plan of a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.

    The 6.2L V-8 engine now available on the 2019 Premier Plus special edition Tahoe and Suburban is capable of 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque. It also delivers three state-of-the-art technologies including direct injection, Active Fuel Management, and continuously variable valve timing in order for drivers to get the most out of power, torque, and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

    Stay tuned for updates regarding the availability of the 2019 Premier Plus special edition Tahoe and Suburban at Graff Mt. Pleasant!

    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.

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    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences - 08/15/2018

    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado introduces several levels of towing features to improve drivers' trailering experiences - all light-duty models feature myChevrolet trailering phone app capability with the available Advanced Trailering System, which includes in-vehicle access to the system.

    Working in tandem with both of these technologies, the Trailering Camera Package provides a more comprehensive view of whatever you're towing. On top of that, Chevy has taken the guesswork out of calculating combined truck and trailer weight with an industry-first trailering label.

    “Ultimately, these technologies serve to eliminate common pain points of towing and help provide customers with a less stressful experience while trailering,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors.


    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences

    MYCHEVROLET APP TRAILERING FEATURES

    All 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models will come with select trailering features included in the myChevrolet app such as pre-departure towing checklists and a glossary of towing terms. Additionally, the myChevrolet app allows you to conduct trailer light tests and automatic exterior light sequences to aid in confirming proper trailer connection. This feature can also be activated via the Advanced Trailering System.


    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences

    ADVANCED TRAILERING SYSTEM

    If you tow often, the Advanced Trailering System on the 2019 Silverado makes it a more seamless process. It comes standard on the LTZ and High Country trim levels, and is available on the LT, RST, and Trail Boss trim levels.

    • Auto Parking Brake Assist: If you've ever dealt with the frustration of perfectly aligning your truck and trailer hitch only to see your truck roll when you put it in park, then you will love this industry-first technology. Auto Parking Brake Assist sets automatically when Hitch View is activated to help avoid rolling when you've lined up your truck with the trailer then shift into park.
    • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View: Adding a dynamic backing guideline to the Rear Vision Camera, this feature aids in lining up the hitch to add precision and a visual cue to reduce alignment difficulty.
    • Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring System: This is an optional feature that can monitor the tire pressure of trailer tires using the infotainment system in your truck. On top of that, this also lets you monitor trailer tire temperature in order to prevent blowouts due to overheating. Requires optional equipment and dealer installation.

    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences

    ADVANCED TRAILERING SYSTEM INFOTAINMENT APP

    The available Advanced Trailering System features an infotainment app accessible from the dashboard, which allows you to track fuel mileage and transmission temperature of the truck while towing. Additionally, you can create up to five profiles, including guests, for different trailer types.

    Brake gain memory works with the integrated Trailer Brake Controller, providing fingertip control of the trailer brakes and letting you set and save the controller's brake gain setting for each profile.

    Another industry-first featured on the 2019 Chevy Silverado is Trailer Theft Alert, which can activate the truck's lights and horn if the trailer's harness is disconnected. If you're enrolled in the OnStar Safety & Security plan, you will also receive a theft alert through your preferred method of contact.


    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences

    TRAILER CAMERA PACKAGE

    All-new for 2019, this package enhances trailering views with three cameras that provide a 270-degree view including both sides and the rear. An optional fourth camera can also be mounted to the trailer itself for an even more improved view.


    2019 Chevrolet Silverado Aims to Improve Trailering Experiences

    TRAILERING LABEL

    Not all trucks are created equal in terms of towing and hauling capacities, even if they're from the same manufacturer, and tends to vary widely from truck to truck making it difficult to calculate. To alleviate the frustration associated with guessing, Chevrolet has included a trailering label in the driver's side door jamb of every 2019 Silverado, which includes the information necessary to calculate your truck's exact capacities.

    Information displayed on the label:
    • Gross vehicle weight rating
    • Gross combined weight rating
    • Gross axle weight rating (rear)
    • Maximum payload
    • Maximum tongue weight
    • Curb weight
    Stay tuned for updates regarding the availability of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at Graff Mt. Pleasant!

    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.

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    National Radio Day: Awesome Top 100 Songs from Each Decade - 08/14/2018

    National Radio Day: Awesome Top 100 Songs from Each Decade

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- The invention of the radio dates back to the late 1800s, and many inventors played a part in developing it into the entertainment and information medium we know today. If you can believe it, there was actually a time when people listened to rather than watched everything from news to shows (imagine the concept of "binge-listening" rather than "binge-watching")!

    Even though television dominates most of our media nowadays, there's still one thing that many of us still turn to radio for, and that's music! In honor of National Radio Day on August 20th, here are Graff Mt. Pleasant's picks of some awesome songs from Billboard's Top 100 for each decade of music radio!


    1940s: "PEOPLE WILL SAY WE'RE IN LOVE" - Frank Sinatra, 1943

    Recorded during the early musician's strike of the 1940s which meant that a chorus had to be used in place of a band, "Ol' Blue Eyes" proves on his interpretation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic that he didn't need instruments to croon his heart out.



    1950s: "I WALK THE LINE" - Johnny Cash, 1956

    The first chart-topping hit by the one and only "Man in Black", the unique chord progression in this song was inspired by backward playback of guitar runs Cash had recorded while stationed in Germany as a member of the Air Force. Why does he hum so much during? To find his pitch in amidst all those key changes!



    1960s: "SHE LOVES YOU" - The Beatles, 1964

    The "Fab Four" exploded onto the American music scene in the early 60s, causing countless teenage girls to lose their minds and forever leaving their mark on music history as one of the most influential acts of all time. This love song of theirs, unusually written from the perspective of a third rather than first party, is impossible to not belt at full volume.



    1970s: "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" - Queen, 1976

    Freddie Mercury's magnum opus is one of music's most iconic, fusing elements of rock and opera into nearly six minutes of mastery. Mercury's vocal range was so enormous and powerful that medical science has trouble explaining how it even existed in the first place, and "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a perfect example of his legendary capability notably the opening five-part harmony which is comprised entirely of his voice.



    1980s: "MATERIAL GIRL" - Madonna, 1984

    Michigan's own Madonna established herself as a hitmaker and pop icon with this punchy tune. While the song is often taken literally as valuing wealth over love, many critics have made a case for "Material Girl" being an early voice of feminism in music, coming from the perspective of a powerful and capable woman whose success allows her to have her pick of many suitors - although she subversively warns that money cannot buy happiness.



    1990s: "I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU" - Whitney Houston, 1993

    This song might have been written by Dolly Parton, but it arguably was made by Whitney Houston. Covered for the soundtrack to The Bodyguard in which Houston starred alongside Kevin Costner, this impassioned ballad spent 14 weeks at number one, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time, and the best-selling single released by a woman in music history.



    2000s: "ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL?" - Jet, 2004

    It's impossible not to dance to this solid, honest-to-goodness bit of rock n' roll from Australian quartet, Jet. While many comparisons have between the song and Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" and The White Stripes' "Screwdriver", drummer Nic Cester has cited Motown greats Martha and the Vandellas and the Supremes as its principle inspirations.




    2010s: "ROLLING IN THE DEEP" - Adele, 2010

    Her first number one single in the United States, Adele channels Wanda Jackson with a dash of Tina Turner in this song from the perspective of a scorned lover who makes the hard realization that, despite lingering sentiments, reconciliation is not possible. With over 7.6 million copies sold, "Rolling in the Deep" holds the record for the best-selling digital single by a female artist in the US. Note: She says "ship".


    We hope you've enjoyed this trip through musical time with us, and encourage you to remember that the musicians listed here as well as your personal favorites owe much of their careers to the radio! This National Radio Day, support your local radio station and thus your favorite artists by tuning in and enjoying the music!

    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.

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    2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Durabed is the Largest in its Class - 08/08/2018

    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.

    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.

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    Dorm Move-In Day Tips for Parents of College Students - 08/07/2018

    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.

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    Top 10 Songs About Friendship - 08/01/2018

    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.

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    An All-Star MVP, the 2019 Camaro, and Chevrolet Inspire Kids Through Baseball - 07/24/2018


    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. 
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    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather - 07/17/2018

    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. 

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    Michigan Summer Events Around Mt. Pleasant, MI - 07/11/2018

    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.


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    The New 2019 Chevrolet Volt Cuts Charging Time in Half - 07/09/2018

    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.
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    Michigan Travel: Four Summer Destinations That Mark The Spot - 07/05/2018

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    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – When you think of going on vacation, more distant locations might come to mind...Florida, California, the Caribbean, or the Bahamas might be your dream vacation spot. However, when summer is in full swing across the United States, Michigan is a prime destination for many seeking not only to get away from it all, but to enjoy all that there is to offer. The Mitten State is home to many different cities that are prime destinations for your summer travels. Whatever type of vacation you seek, check out these Michigan Travel locations for your summer vacation:





    1.) Traverse City, MI: One of the most well known of all places to go to in Michigan is Traverse City. Reserve a room on the bay to soak in the beautiful Michigan weather, or explore the city if you're looking for a little more adventure. There's no shortage of shops to browse downtown, or schedule a wine tasting on the peninsula. If you have little ones you may wish to discover the Great Lakes Children's Museum and take part in hands-on activities, events, and displays. When dinner time rolls around, check out the top Traverse City restaurants on TripAdvisor, they will not disappoint!


    2.) South Haven, MI: Located on the west side of Michigan near Kalamazoo, South Haven is a beautiful sight to behold. Boasting West Michigan's beautiful coast line, South Haven is perfect for relaxing on the beach or exploring the adventure that the city has to offer. If you want to get on the water, visit the Michigan Maritime Museum with over a half dozen river boat excursions and sailing available for all interested. There are also plenty of replica vessels and historic vessels available to see at the museum. Looking to be more active? Bike the 34-mile trail between South Haven and Kalamazoo! And don't forget to get a photo at the popular lighthouse!


    3.) Holland, MI: More than just a city on the beach, Holland has so much to offer travelers from near and far. Not only is the town itself beautiful and right on Lake Michigan, there are a number of great attractions to behold. You can check out the Holland Aquatic Center, the DeGraaf Nature Center, or all the walkable shops and restaurants downtown. Hit the slide at the Aquatic Center or take part in aquatic yoga. There's a reason this town attracts so many people for the springtime Tulip Festival – visit for yourself to take it all in!


    4.) Grand Haven, MI: Another West Michigan destination that might shock you with its cold water temps is Grand Haven. The infamous Grand Haven lighthouse is a spectacular site to behold and something you may wish to check out while you walk the beach or swim in Lake Michigan. A great way to check out the whole city is to hop on the trolley that goes all throughout town. Or visit the boardwalk to see all the boats nearby. If you've got more than a weekend, you could visit all of these West Michigan destinations!

    While summer travel is at the top of everyone's list in Michigan, make sure your vehicle is up for the trip before leaving town. At Graff Mt. Pleasant we can make your trip to a Michigan vacation destination a reality. Our friendly service center can make sure your car is in top condition before you hit the road, or if you need a new ride, our experienced staff is happy to help. We know you don't want to waste any time so make an appointment online and we can get you in and out quickly!

    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.


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    2019 Chevy Blazer: Showcasing The Need For Speed - 07/03/2018

    2019 Chevy Blazer

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – You may remember the Chevrolet Blazer from years past. You may have even thought that it was gone for good. However, think again. IT'S BACK! This time around, Chevy is introducing a whole new type of Blazer that is set to redefine everything. The new 2019 Chevy Blazer sports an attention-grabbing design with great functionality and amazing customer-focused technologies. Not only will this new Chevy feature muscular styling and strong grille, the SUV will offer different models including the up-level Premier model and sporty RS model.

    The new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will not disappoint when it hits the road. Featuring five-passenger seating and an adjustable sliding rear seat, the car delivers 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space with flat folded second-row seats. The Chevy-first cargo management system features a cargo fence and rail system so you can take everything with you, no matter where you're headed. If it's towing that you require, the available 3.6L V-6 will allow you to trailer as much as 4,500 pounds, or simply opt for the standard 2.5L I-4 engine. Plus, you won't miss out on any views whether it be the scenery or your trailer with the available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof and Available Hitch View features.

    “Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” Batey said. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

    Global Chevrolet Design Executive Director, John Cafaro, said this is because of the attitude the Blazer has. According to Cafaro, “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV." Not only does it feature magnificent features, it also showcases real power; driven by 269 lb-ft of torque and 305 hp on a 3.6L V-6 or 188 lb-ft of torque and 193 hp on a 2.5L I-4 engine. With both direct-injection engines featuring a nine-speed automatic transmission, the Blazer is more than just a pretty ride – it's a beast that balances performance and efficiency.

    Whether you're looking for speed or style, the new 2019 Chevy Blazer combines both. At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we understand both these needs and can help you find the best car for you. Our team of experienced automotive professionals can help you discover the best car for you to ride off into the sunset with.

    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.




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    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable - 06/29/2018

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Summer has arrived here in Michigan and that changes things quite a bit. People are not sticking around their home, cities, or towns. They are going elsewhere near the water in order to enjoy the summer weather while we have it. Those who are fans of the lakes around the state are in luck for what summer brings. You can go to the beaches and enjoy the sunshine. Maybe, you play some beach volleyball. You could be interested in going swimming too. With all the summer fun available in Michigan, there is no shortage of activities to keep you busy while you take advantage of the beauty that is out there. To determine which activities could be best for you to involve yourself in this summer, it could be helpful to take a look at all of the opportunities presented out in the sunshine:

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    1.) Taking A Road Trip Up North:

    The first part of your trip is likely jumping in the car. No matter where your trip is, it may involve a bit of driving, whether that is 30 minutes somewhere or a few hours. You could be heading out to Ludington or Grand Haven. Maybe, you are heading straight up to Traverse City or Charlevoix. You might have decided to go somewhere new as opposed to where you normally go. As you head up north or wherever your destination is, having an awesome car makes it all the better. Many great Chevy models exist that can pull your trailer for a boat or be reliable for good gas mileage. Part of your trip is getting there. It’s about the memories you make along the way. Sometimes, those are the memories you cherish the most.

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    2.) Jump on a Boat

    With summer in session and lots of sunshine, there might be no better choice than jumping on a boat. A boat allows you to see all the beauty of summer. You can go places on your boat and check out different islands or connect your boat to another boat. You could be driving down to Lake Erie. You might be heading over to Lake Huron. Perhaps, the UP is your destination and Lake Superior is your choice. Tubing or water skiing could be your choice of hobby. You might even decide to spend a night overnight on the water as you enjoy a beautiful sunset. Another time on your boat may involve going fishing or swimming. There’s no better time to spend your summer than on the water in one of your boats.

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    3.) Going Fishing

    When you find yourself up north, there are bodies of water everywhere. There is no shortage of things to do when out on the boat. Your reason for going could be to toss your rods on the boat and just relax while you are seeking to catch some fish. You might be doing so in order to find food for dinner. Otherwise, it may be for the pure sport of it all. Many fishermen just enjoy being out there and seeing what kind of fish they can catch or how many fish they could end up getting. It is a great thing to do when you are looking for something different. Some fishing might just involve a dock and a rod. Other types of fishing may have you out in the water yourself. Explore some of the different options of the sport.

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    4.) Playing Sports

    With it being warm out, there is no better time than to play some great sports. You could be out with a glove, ball, and bat playing baseball. Alternatively, you might want to get your basketball out and hit the court. For the summer, it might be great to play a game of soccer with your friends. This could make things a great deal more fun for you. You may choose football instead, if that is what the majority of the group wants to play, it may be more fun to go down that direction. Regardless, the most fun thing is being outside and enjoying the basic nature around you. The sounds and sights could make it all the more beneficial to everything you are involved in. A simple hike may be what you are most up for.

    Throughout the summer, there is no shortage of things to do. With it being warm out, it’s the perfect time to buy a new car. With many options out there, you will not find any place better than Graff Mt. Pleasant. We can find you a great vehicle that will make you feel cool as you drive down the road in the summer heat. By the time you get home, you will have felt you spent the day well.

    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.


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    Cadillac Continues Rollout of Super Cruise Feature For Other Models - 06/26/2018


    Cadillac super cruise

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The rollout of the Cadillac Super Cruise, a hands-free freeway driver assistance feature, continues on with the feature becoming available further in 2020 on all different Cadillac models. After it is implemented in Cadillac models, the feature will make its way onto other GM (General Motors) cars. If you are driving on the freeway, such a feature could provide a great deal of increased safety and calm the nerves of many drivers out on the road. The Super Cruise feature is made up of high precision GPS, a state-of-the-art driver attention system, a network of radar and camera sensors, and precision LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) map data. The system requires an active OnStar service plan with functioning emergency services. The system allows drivers to go over 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in Canada and the USA. This system allows for the drivers to remain focused and it also detects when a driver needs to be more attentive to the road. This does not serve as a reason for drivers to not pay attention to the road. They still need to remain vigilant while driving. GM Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain Executive Vice President Mark Reuss said this reflects the brand’s commitment to innovation.

    “The expansion of Super Cruise and V2X communications technology demonstrates Cadillac’s commitment to innovation, and to making customers’ lives better,” Reuss stated. “GM is just as committed to ushering in a new era of personal transportation, and technologies like these will enable it.”

    That is not the only thing that Cadillac is implementing in their quest to be the most innovative automotive brand out there. The auto brand is looking at offering V2x communications in a high volume crossover, which they can eventually expand across the many different models Cadillac offers. What is intriguing about this development is how Cadillac had introduced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications on the CTS sedan, using Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology, in 2017. They are seeking to utilize the Basic Safety Message as a base on which to build an extension to the roadway between other roadway users such as pedestrians and cyclists and the infrastructure itself. This will establish a V2X ecosystem, and different vehicles will be notified of traffic light statuses, changing work zones, hazardous road conditions, and more. Drivers will be notified of possible threats in time to avoid a crash with a range of around 1,000 feet. Cadillac President Steve Carlisle said this shows that the automotive brand is the leader for GM in the area of cutting-edge innovation.

    “Cadillac is proud to be the leader for the company’s innovation,” Carlisle said. “Groundbreaking technologies like these continue to provide unparalleled comfort and convenience for our customers.”

    Cadillac continues to make new and exciting decisions about their motor vehicles. Should you be interested in one of their cutting-edge vehicles, Graff Mt. Pleasant can help you discover one of the best vehicles out there. There are many options for you to choose from and our friendly staff of automotive professionals will help you make the selection to best suit your needs and budget.

    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.



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    GMC Elevates 2019 Sierra to New Heights - 06/22/2018


    2019 Sierra

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – GMC continues their bold trek into the future with their introduction of the 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation. The 2019 Sierra sets itself apart because of its designs showcasing black exterior accents. These include the tow hooks, side window trim, the standard 20-inch aluminum wheels, and grille insert. The 2019 Sierra also has a hood with bumpers, a grille surround, and monochromatic door handles. Including chiseled fenders, this vehicle has high-intensity LED headlamps utilizing a C-shaped light blade signature, C-shaped LED elements in the taillights and LED fog lamps. This is a grand showcase of what makes the 2019 GMC Sierra modern and cutting edge.

    “The 2019 Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach,” GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek said. “With inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”

    The vehicle offers four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive configurations. Its basis comes from the double cab model. It has around three inches of additional rear-seat legroom as compared with the current model and double cab front head- and legroom (max).

    The 2019 Sierra Elevation showcases a Traction Select System, which allows the driver to choose from many preset modes utilized for various conditions or purposes. An example of this optimum performance comes from the tour mode, which allows for everyday driving. Another variation, the Terrain mode, makes it possible for the 2019 Sierra to performance at its best in adventures away from the traditional path.

    If you choose to go down a different path than you usually do, it may be best for you to consider the X31 Off Road package that gives you lock rear differential, Rancho shocks, Hill Descent control, underbody skidplates, a dual exhaust system, a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing and all-terrain tires, and a heavy-duty air filter. This will give you unique suspension. You might wish to take advantage of the ProGrade Trailering System, which utilizes many different features such as the Trailering App. This helps to simplify the directions when connecting your car to your trailer and towing it.

    If you are headed somewhere off the normal trail you travel, you might use the GearOn rails that can allow for kayak carriers, bike racks, or many other accessories to be installed for your use. While the 2019 Sierra Elevation boasts an amazing amount of assistance for travel of all kinds, there’s an even greater interest inside the car itself. It contains a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This allows for 348 lb-ft of torque and 310 horsepower. The 5.3-liter V-8, which utilizes a Dynamic Fuel Management system, allows the engine to work on up to eight cylinders in optimizing the efficiency and power.

    Another great feature is the eight-inch GMC Infotainment System, which utilizes both Apple CarPlay compatibility and Android Auto with a six-speaker audio system. The premium GMC Infotainment System has advanced personalization features, voice recognition functionality, higher resolution touchscreen, and optional in-vehicle apps and an optional Bose premium audio system with seven speakers. USB Type A and Type C ports are standard for different mobile devices.

    When 2019 rears its head, the 2019 Sierra will be offered with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six-cylinder engine. If you are thinking about picking yourself up this car or another new GMC model, Graff Mt. Pleasant is your one-stop-shop for all your vehicle needs. We can help you locate the best GMC vehicle that will suit your needs.

    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.




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    2019 Yukon Graphite Editions Build Upon 2018 Yukon Models - 06/20/2018


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    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Two new 2019 Graphite Editions will be added to GMC’s premium Yukon line. The modernistic Yukon Graphite Editions feature various vehicle performance upgrades and a darkened exterior. The vehicles will have 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash metallic pockets, a premium black chrome grille mesh insert, fog lamp surrounds, gloss black accents, black roof rails, body-color grille surround, additional black trim, and gloss black beltline moldings.

    “The Yukon continues to lead the full-size SUV segment with premium features and an instantly recognizable and well-respected identity,” GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs Senior Marketing Manager Stu Pierce said. “The all-new Graphite Edition builds on the commanding road presence and inherent capabilities of the Yukon and affords customers the opportunity to project a unique, yet distinctly GMC style.”

    The Graphite Performance Editions will also include a 6.2LV-8 engine. This engine features Active Fuel Management, continued variable valve timing, and direct injection. The variable valve timing provides increased efficiency. It also has 460 lb-ft of torque and 420 horsepower. The engine of these editions is combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission that reduces engine revolutions at highway speeds to improve efficiency. The enhancements to the powertrain add to the Magnetic Ride Control that “reads” the road using sensors and altering the damping rate of shocks close to immediate.

    With the torque and power combined, composed ride, and greater efficiency, a positive drive experience can take place. The Graphite Performance Editions also include a 22-inch six-spoke Gloss black wheels and a trailer brake controller. They feature an active two-speed transfer case for 4WD models only and a 170-amp alternator. The editions boast a high capacity air cleaner and Bose Active Noise Cancellation. They include a 3.23 axle ration and a multi-color head-up display. The vehicles also showcase an eight-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Center and an eight-inch Color Touch Screen Navigation with GMC Infotainment System. The 2019 Yukon and Yukon XL will be available this summer in White Frost Tricoat, Dark Sky Metallic, and Onyx Black.

    This builds on the current edition, the 2018 GMC Yukon. The current 2018 Yukon models feature both six-speed shiftable automatic transmission and a 10-speed shiftable automatic transmission. It has seven to eight different seats and V-8 cylinders across all different models. The combined MPG varies from 17-19. Options available include an on-demand four-wheel drive and automatic locking hubs. Rear locking differentials and an electronic hi-lo gear selection are offered alongside an electronic single-speed too on various models.

    The 2018 Yukon models boast 14/22 mpg, 16/23 mpg, and 16/22 mpg. The size of the base engine for these models can be 6.2L or 5.3L. The horsepower in these Yukon models varies from 420 hp @ 5600 rpm to 355 hp @ 5600 rpm. The 2018 Yukon models feature a torque going from 460 ft-lbs @ 4100 rpm to 383 ft-lbs @ 4100 rpm. All versions feature direct injection, valve timing, and overhead valves.

    If you are interested in the coming 2019 Graphite Editions of the GMC Yukon line or are looking to pick up one of the current 2018 Yukon models sooner, consider contacting Graff Mt. Pleasant and we can help you discover the Yukon that best fits your needs.

    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.








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    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle - 06/12/2018

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Summer in Michigan is full of fun events. Camping, water sports, road trips, you name it. However, all that heat and stale air can do quite a number on your car if you keep up certain bad habits (and let's face, we're guilty of all of them).

    In order to protect your vehicle, Graff Mt. Pleasant is here with some bad habits that can reduce its performance.

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    1. KEEPING YOUR FUEL TANK LOW

    Gas prices are especially high during the summer months, and we've all been there where $10 worth is the best we can do at the time. However, trying to put a little extra in at the pump can save you the more expensive fate of replacing your fuel pump. Many fuel pumps stay cool by being submerged in the fuel tank. If you typically ride the gauge at a quarter tank or less, you risk speeding up wear and tear to your fuel pump.

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    2. RESTING YOUR HAND ON THE SHIFTER

    Driving a stick shift is great fun, and having one hand on the shifter and the other on the steering wheel seems like the most natural way to do it. Don't. When you leave your hand on the shifter, it puts added stress on your transmission's bushings and synchronizers, which can lead to premature wear. It's a lot safer to keep both hands on the wheel anyway.

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    3. IGNORING YOUR WARNING LIGHTS

    When your check engine, oil or tire pressure light comes on, it's easy to ignore it. "I can leave it for awhile," you might say to yourself, "I've never had any problems before!" Bad move, you. Your vehicle has a ton of sensors underneath all that metal, which are there to monitor the function and condition of different components. When there's a problem, those sensors will notify you on the dashboard, and you should listen. Granted in some cases it may be a false alarm, but bringing your car in for a service appointment with us to have it inspected is a lot cheaper than having to foot the bill for a replacement, not to mention a lot safer than having your engine blow up on the highway.

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    4. SUDDENLY SHIFTING

    When you've been driving for a long time, your operating skills become a lot more advanced and your movements more fluid. This is no more evident than in the way you shift gears, such as when you back out of a parking space then immediately shift into drive. It might seem harmless at the time, but sudden shift changes like that can do a lot of damage to your drivetrain. Instead, try to get in the habit of coming to a complete stop before shifting gears. It only costs you one more second and will help to spare you costly engine, transmission, and axle replacements.

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    5. HARD STOPS AND EXCESSIVE BRAKING

    While it's sometimes necessary to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a collision, you should not make a habit of it. On top of that, excessive use of your brakes, such as when you're following too close to the vehicle in front of you, is not good either. Both can accelerate wear and tear on your brake pads, which can then lead to brake replacements and, if left unchecked, brake reduction and even failure when you're on the road.

    We're all guilty of these bad habits that can negatively affect your vehicle's performance, but the good news is all habits can be broken! Now that you know the damage you're causing your car when you do these things, you can work towards reducing and eventually eliminating them. While you're at it, why not schedule a service appointment with us to make sure everything is in tip-top shape?

    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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    5 Famous Dads in History - 06/11/2018

    5 Famous Dads in History

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Dads are many things to us. They're our protectors, sound advice-givers, and source of face-palm worthy jokes. Dads are great, and many of them have helped to shape history and change the world in one way or another, and not just by killing the spider in the bathtub.

    This Father's Day, we at Graff Mt. Pleasant would like to share with you some famous dads in history!

    5 Famous Dads in History

    1. WILLIAM JACKSON SMART

    Kicking off our list is the dad who inspired Father's Day, William Jackson Smart, a veteran of the American Civil War and later a farmer and single dad of six. Following the death of his wife during childbirth, Smart took over raising all six of their kids by himself, never remarrying. After hearing church sermon regarding the newly established Mother's Day, his daughter Sonora felt that fathers deserved their own day of honor as well, and originally suggested Smart's birthday as the holiday on which all dads would be recognized.

    5 Famous Dads in History

    2. BARACK OBAMA

    Next on our list of famous dads in history is our 44th president, Barack Obama. In addition to being the proud and lovably dorky father of two daughters, Barack made history in 2009 when he became the first African-American president of the United States. Widely regarded as the most progressive president since FDR, he continued to make history throughout his two terms in office by legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Obama also ordered the military operation that took down Osama bin-Laden, ending the nearly 10-year search for the orchestrator of the 9/11 attacks.

    5 Famous Dads in History

    3. JIM HENSON

    Responsible for the show that would define the childhoods of several generations, Jim Henson was the proud father of five kids in addition to a legion of Muppets, most notably Kermit the Frog. While in college, Henson changed the television puppetry game by making it possible for the performer to work off-screen. He also believed that puppets should have "life and sensitivity", and thus began creating them from flexible, fabric-covered foam rubber as opposed to carved wood, which allowed them to express a wider array of emotions and become fully-realized beings rather than simply props.

    5 Famous Dads in History

    4. STEPHEN KING

    Widely regarded as the "King of Horror" and author of more than 200 works of fiction, Stephen King is a father of three, with his two sons both being accomplished writers themselves. In addition to his blood-curdling titles including Carrie and The Shining, King also penned many other popular novels such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, all of which have been adapted into award-winning films.

    5 Famous Dads in History

    5. BERRY GORDY

    In addition to founding Motown Records and sparking a musical and cultural revolution, Berry Gordy is the father of eight children. Out of his Detroit-based recording studio Hitsville USA, Gordy shaped and launched the careers of many of history's most beloved musical acts including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and the Supremes. 

    That was our list of 5 famous dads in history. This Father's Day, why not schedule a service appointment at Graff Mt. Pleasant and get Dad that oil change he's been talking about getting for the past four weeks? Until June 30th, we're giving them away for just $4.95!

    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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