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    Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac Mt. Pleasant Is Your Destination for New Cars, Used Cars, and Auto Service

    When you visit our Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac dealership in Mt. Pleasant, we work hard to make sure all of your automotive needs are met. Whether you need a new Buick, GMC, Cadillac vehicle, auto service, auto repair, or financial assistance, we’re here to help! Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac is dedicated to your complete satisfaction, which is why we’ll work hard from the moment you step foot in our Mt. Pleasant dealership until long after you’ve left.

    We pride ourselves on being the all-in-one auto care destination for customers in Mount Pleasant and beyond! Contact Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac directly by calling (989) 773-3917.

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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 Buick GMC Cadillac in Mt. Pleasant, MI

    If your vehicle is in need of auto service or routine maintenance, the Hank Graff Service Center is where you need to be. With ASE Certified technicians, a state of the art Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac Service Center, and competitively priced services, you’ll be satisfied with your time spent with us. Our Mt. Pleasant Service Center services all makes and models, both foreign and domestic.

    In addition to being a one-stop Mt. Pleasant shop, we also provide our customers with superior customer service. We love doing what we do and that excitement can be felt all throughout our Mt. Pleasant dealership. We encourage you to stop by Graff Buick GMC Cadillac today and see what we mean!

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    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, and Auto Service in Mt. Pleasant at Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac

    Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac is proud to be the Michigan dealership of choice for customers in Mt. Pleasant and beyond! We are honored to be a part of such a wonderful city and truly enjoy serving Mt. Pleasant’s community members.

    It is because we enjoy making our customers happy that our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership is such an exciting place to visit. We like to refer to our lobby as ‘controlled chaos’ because there is always a lot going on and everyone is having fun. The employees at Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac all treat each other like family, which creates a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. However, don’t just take our word for it – stop by Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac today and take part in the action!

    In addition to an upbeat and fun atmosphere, Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac also provides our customers with a great selection of vehicles. No matter if you’re looking for a new Cadillac, new Buick, new GMC, or used car, truck, SUV or crossover, we have the vehicle for you at our Mt. Pleasant dealership.

    Once you’ve found the vehicle of your dreams, we’ll happily step up to the plate to help you take care of it at our Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac Service Center. We provide first-rate auto service and routine maintenance to all of our customers. The best part about this is that we cater to your schedule. Whatever works for you, we’ll make it happen.

    Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac services all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. Our services include oil changes, tire rotations, wheel alignments, coolant flushes, and so much more!

    When you visit Hank Graff Buick GMC Cadillac, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be taken care of. We welcome the opportunity to serve you and proudly serve communities across Michigan including Mt. Pleasant, Wise, Weidman, Pleasant Valley, Coe, Two Rivers, Summerton, Oil City, Beal City, Winn, Delwin, Strickland, Rosebush, Crawford, Alembic, Midland, Clare, Alma, St. Louis, Ithaca, and Big Rapids.

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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

    Michigan travel

    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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    2019 Silverado Leads Industry Innovation with Dynamic Fuel Management - 06/05/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will feature the most advanced gasoline V-8 engines in the brand's history: updated versions of their proven 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with Dynamic Fuel Management. An industry-first, this innovative cylinder deactivation technology enables the engines to operate in 17 different cylinder patterns to optimize power delivery and efficiency.

    “Chevrolet first introduced its Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system in 2005, and Dynamic Fuel Management is a natural progression of the technology,” says Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. “Dynamic Fuel Management enables only the cylinders needed to deliver the power you want, seamlessly delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy.”

    Compared to the current Active Fuel Management, which alternates between eight and four-cylinder modes, Dynamic Fuel Management features 17 cylinder patterns, which mixes them constantly to optimize efficiency and power delivery at all speeds.


    During an industry-standard test schedule, the 2019 Silverado 2WD featuring the 5.3L engine with Dynamic Fuel Management operated with fewer than eight active cylinders more than 60% of the time, which is about 9% more than a comparably equipped 2018 model with Active Fuel Management.

    Dynamic Fuel Management utilizes an electromechanical system that deactivates and reactivates all 16 of the engine's hydraulic valve filters, controlling valve actuation. This system uses solenoids to deliver oil pressure to control ports in the lifters, which activate and deactivate the lifters' latching mechanisms. During deactivation of a cylinder, the two-piece lifters collapse on themselves to prevent valve opening. During reactivation, solenoids send an oil pressure signal to the control ports on the lifters and latching mechanisms to restore them to normal function, allowing the valves to open and close.

    “The increased variability of Dynamic Fuel Management means the engine will operate more often with a reduced number of cylinders, which saves fuel across the board,” says Lee. “Better yet, the transitions are transparent, and because the system is torque-based, you’ve always got that satisfying feeling of power on demand that comes from Chevy’s Gen V Small Block V-8 engines.”


    The 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management is SAE-certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb. ft. of torque, and is matched with a Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The 6.2L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management - the largest and most powerful gas V-8 in the segment - is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb. ft. of torque, and is matched with a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

    Both transmission feature significant enhancements designed to improve shift quality, as well as a new centrifugal pendulum absorber torque converter that reduces vibrations during cylinder deactivation to improve smoothness.

    The new Dynamic Fuel Management engines also feature optional stop/start technology that helps to conserve fuel in stop-go traffic. The 5.3L engine comes standard in the LTZ and High Country models and is available on the LT, RST, and Trail Boss. The 6.2L engine is also available in the LZT and High Country.

    The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado hits showrooms this fall. EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available and will be closer to launch.


    We hope you're as excited as we are for the new 2019 Silverado! Featuring the enhanced V-8 engines with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management. In the meantime, schedule a service appointment with us to make sure your vehicle is running at its best. Check out our financing department to prepare for the launch of the new 2019 Silverado!

    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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    National Safety Month: Chevrolet Teen Driver Technology - 06/04/2018


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Nothing is more important than the safety of your family. Many of us at Graff Mt. Pleasant are parents, and we know that one of the most pride-inducing and nerve-wracking stages of life is when your child gets behind the wheel for the first time. Fortunately, Chevrolet vehicles have some of the best safety technologies on the market, including one that's specifically designed for young drivers.

    This National Safety Month, we'd like to share with you some information on Chevy Teen Driver Technology.


    A HANDS-ON TEACHING TOOL

    Chevy Teen Driver technology offers a ton of safety features with new drivers in mind, such as automatically engaging active safety technologies like Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Forward Automatic Braking. On top of that, the built-in "report card" tool tracks things like speeding and other information to help you identify potential problem areas and coach your teen in safe driving habits.


    AUDIO LIMIT

    According to the CDC, about 93% of teen drivers play loud, distracting music when behind the wheel. Additionally, only 61% of high school students wear their seatbelt when driving with someone else. With Chevy Teen Driver technology, you can set a volume limit on your child's music and even mute audio until the driver and front passenger is buckled-up.


    SPEED LIMITER

    Teens are more likely to underestimate or not recognize dangerous situations when driving, and one of the biggest problem areas is speeding. With Chevy Teen Driver technology, you can set a speed limit that caps your teen's vehicle speed at 85mph.


    LEADING THE COMPETITION

    In order to encourage safe driving habits, Chevy is the only car company that offers a driver safety technology suite dedicated to teen drivers. On top of that, it is available on most models including:
    At Graff Mt. Pleasant, our number one priority is the safety of your family behind the wheel. When you're in the market for an awesome and safe first car for your teen driver, pay us a visit! Our friendly and knowledgeable team of experts will not only help you find the perfect vehicle, but also work with you to hammer out a financing program that plays nicely with your budget. Even after you close the deal, our service department is here to help ensure that your teen's car is always running at it's best!

    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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    The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Offers Multiple Engine and Transmission Combos - 06/01/2018


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Variety. That's the focus of the upcoming 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, which is estimated to hit showrooms sometime this fall. Featuring eight different trims and six engine/transmission combinations, there's a 2019 Silverado 1500 to perfectly fit for everyone's performance, efficiency, technology, and value needs.

    "A major focus of the next-generation Silverado is expanding the range of choices," says Tim Asoklis, chief engineer for the 2019 Silverado 1500. "With all-new engines and a broader model range, there's a Silverado for everyone, whether you're buying your first pick-up or your tenth."

    The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 propulsion line-up includes:

    • Over half of the models will be equipped with the most advanced V8 engines in Chevy's history. Updated versions of Chevrolet's proven 5.3L and 6.2L engines with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management featuring 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation.
    • An all-new, advanced 2.7L Turbo engine replaces the 4.3L V-6 as the standard on the high-volume Silverado LT and new Silverado RST. It expects to offer 22% more torque, greater fuel efficiency, and a stronger power to weight ratio than the current model.
    • Tried and true 4.3L V-6 and 5.3L V-8 engines deliver full-size truck capability and performance for the most affordable trucks in the Silverado lineup.
    • An all-new, Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo diesel. ETA early 2019.


    A SILVERADO - AND AN ENGINE - FOR EVERYONE

    Each of the six engine/transmission combinations available in the 2019 Silverado 1500 is matched with an exterior design and interior features, giving each trim its own distinct personality. These are based on three customer profiles: High Value, High Volume, and High Feature.

    High Value: If you're looking for full-size truck capability and the highest level of affordability, the Work Truck (WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims offer two engine/transmission combos that could work for you:
    •  Standard: 4.3L V-6 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified at 285 hp/305 lb-ft.)
    • Available: 5.3L V-8 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified 355 hp/383 lb-ft.)
    High Volume: If you're shopping for something that brings the best of all worlds, the LT, RST, and LT Trail Boss offer a fantastic balance of technology, efficiency, and performance:
    • Standard (LT and RST): All-new 2.7L Turbo with Active Fuel Management and stop/start technology paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified at 285 hp/305 lb-ft.)
    • Standard (LT Trail Boss) and Available (LT and RST): An updated 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop/start technology with an eight-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified 355 hp/383 lb-ft.)
    • Available (LT and RST): The all-new Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel with stop/start technology paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. ETA early 2019.
    High Feature: If you're in the market for a premium truck, the LTZ and High Country trims offer the highest levels of performance and technology you can get:
    • Standard: Updated 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop/start technology paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified 355hp/383 lb-ft.)
    • Available: Updated 6.2L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop/start technology paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified at 420 hp/460 lb-ft.)
    • Available: The all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six Turbo-Diesel with stop/start technology paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. ETA early 2019.

    IMPROVED DRIVING EXPERIENCE


    The performance of each engine/transmission combination available in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 benefits from a truck that is lighter and more aerodynamic than the previous model.
    With less weight and less wind resistance, we improved the driving dynamics without sacrificing fuel efficiency,” said Asoklis. “The next-gen Silverado is a bigger truck, but the chassis feels more responsive and acceleration is more pronounced. I would argue it’s the best-driving truck we have ever built.”
    The 2019 Silverado is larger than its predecessor, including an up to 3.9-inch (100mm) longer wheelbase, but with an overall length that is only 1.6 inches (41mm) longer. This enables more cargo volume as well as more interior room for all cab lengths. Remarkably, it’s also much lighter, weighing up to 450 pounds (204 kg) less than the current Silverado when comparing crew cab V-8 models, due to extensive use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing.
    To improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the next-gen Silverado, the front grille features functional air curtains, similar to those we saw first on the sixth-generation Camaro, which help to reduce wind drag by routing air around the front wheel wells. The powerful side profile also enhances aerodynamics, with an integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab that directs air onto the contoured tailgate, reducing wind drag from the bed. Most models also feature active aero shutters integrated into the front grille that close to reduce wind drag and open to provide improved engine cooling when needed. These changes result in a 7% increase in aerodynamic efficiency for the 2019 Silverado 1500.

    BIG SHOES TO FILL

    The new 2019 Silverado 1500, has the lofty task of improving upon the legacy of the Most Dependable, Longest Lasting full-size pickups on the road. To do so, the next-gen truck will go through more than 475,000 validation tests and reach a staggering seven million miles of real-world road testing before the first model is delivered to showrooms.
    That includes several tests for the Silverado engines and transmissions that will simulate a range of customer needs:
    • Each type of engine was first subjected to a “torture test” in a dynamometer test cell, running for months nonstop to simulate a lifetime of maximum hot and cold cycles.
    • Each Silverado variant is certified to the SAE J2807 standard for towing and payload capacity. Certification requires a gauntlet of grueling tests such as the Davis Dam test, in which the truck must carry its maximum gross combined vehicle weight up a 7% grade in 110-degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celcius) heat, with no reduction in performance, including air-conditioning.
    • Chevrolet engineers prove every Silverado engine and transmission design for lubrication capability on tilt stands, originally developed for the Corvette, that tilt at an angle of up to 53 degrees and can simulate angles at a rate of up to 40 degrees a second — the equivalent of up to 1.4g.
    The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 is expected to hit showrooms sometime this fall. There is no EPA fuel economy info just yet, so be sure to check back for updates! In the meantime, why not schedule a service appointment with us to make sure your current Silverado or other vehicle is running in optimal condition? We hope you're as excited as we are about the new 2019 Silverado 1500!

    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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    10 Mouth-Watering BBQ Recipes for Summer - 05/29/2018


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Summertime is full of sunshine, fun adventures, and of course delicious BBQ! Like watersports and camping, cookouts are a mandatory part of summer in the Mitten, and Graff Mt. Pleasant has some tasty grilling suggestions for you to try! Check out these mouth-watering recipes for your next summer cookout!





    1. GRILLED CORN ON THE COB

    This is a summer cookout staple. Don't forget the butter and salt!

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    2. GRILLED POTATO SALAD WITH BACON VINAIGRETTE

    Potatoes + Bacon + Grill = Happy tummies.

    Get the recipe from Country Living.


    3. GRILLED KIELBASA TACOS

    Two countries on one plate!

    Get the recipe from Bon Appetit.



    4. BARBECUED CHICKEN

    No summer cookout with complete without barbecued chicken! Mix it up with some hot sauce!

    Get the recipe at Bon Appetit.


    5. GRILLED PINEAPPLE SLIDERS

    A BBQ classic gets a tropical makeover! Also, no bun means low-carb.

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    6. STEAK FAJITA SKEWERS

    One word: Yum.

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    7. GRILLED SPARE RIBS WITH CHERRY COLA GLAZE

    Classic spare ribs with a sweet twist!

    Get the recipe from Bon Appetit.



    8. SHORTCUT BBQ RIBS

    Whoever said good ribs take a long time haven't tried these! 

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    9. HONEY SOY GRILLED PORK CHOPS

    Pair it with some pineapples or cherries!

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    10. ASIAN BBQ SALMON

    Give your salmon obsession an Eastern twist!

    Get the recipe from Delish.


    Now that we've sufficiently fired-up your taste buds, get grilling! While you're at it, why not schedule a service appointment with us to make sure your vehicle is ready for all of your summer adventures!

    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 Important Women in US Military History - 05/22/2018

    5 Important Women in US Military History

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- At Graff Mt. Pleasant, we honor those who have an continue to give so much of themselves in order to keep our country safe. We're of course referring to our military. No matter what your branch, rank, or division. Whether on active duty, retired, or passed on. We thank you for your service.

    While the military has long been a predominately male profession, women have and continue to be immensely prevalent within the ranks. In this blog, we'll be discussing 5 important women in United States military history.



    5 Important Women in US Military History

    1. CAPT. KRISTEN GRIEST & LT. SHAYE HAVER

    The Army Rangers are a Special Operations division of the military, and prospects must pass many grueling trials including the notoriously difficult Ranger School in order to prove that they have the endurance, stamina, intelligence, and mental toughness to join their prestigious ranks. Up until 2015, those ranks were exclusively comprised of men.

    On April 20th of that year, Capt. Kristen Griest and Lt. Shaye Haver were two of 18 women to enter into the first gender-integrated Ranger School, and later that August would become the first female soldiers to graduate and be accepted into this elite corps. Since Capt. Griest and Lt. Haver shattered the Army's glass ceiling, 12 more women have graduated Ranger School as of 2018.


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    2. GENERAL ANN D. DUNWOODY

    General is the highest rank an individual can achieve in the Army, and as of 1981, the four-star grade is the highest achieved of that rank. As a senior commander of the branch, the responsibilities of an Army General include overseeing Central Command (CENTCOM) and policy-making.

    In 2008, General Ann D. Dunwoody became the first woman to hold the rank and four-star grade and served in this capacity until 2012. When General Dunwoody joined the Army in 1974, women served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC), and things were far from equal. Much has changed since then, however, and General Dunwoody is a prime example, paving the way for other women in the military to achieve greatness previously reserved for men.


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    3. CATHAY WILLIAMS

    Following the American Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers were the first African-American unit of the military sanctioned by Congress. Despite being stationed in one of the most inhospitable regions of the nation and subject to poor living conditions, the Buffalo Soldiers had the lowest desertion rate in the standing Army, taking their commitment to defending their land and people very seriously.

    Back then, women were not allowed to serve in the military, and African-American women were especially barred from enlisting given the intense racism and misogyny of the time. Cathay Williams ignored this prejudice, disguising herself as a man and enlisting under the name "William Cathay", becoming the first documented African-American woman to serve in the military as one of the famed Buffalo Soldiers, holding her own alongside the men on the harsh frontier of the American Southwest for two years before she was discovered and discharged in 1868.


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    4. COL. EILEEN COLLINS

    Being a NASA astronaut takes crazy amounts of training, including conditioning the body to handle being shot into outer space and subsequently enter zero gravity, among other things. Being a shuttle commander, however, that takes nerve.

    Following her graduation from Syracuse University in 1978, Col. Collins was one of four women chosen for Undergraduate Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. While in the Air Force, she served as an instructor pilot at both Vance and the Air Force Academy flying the T-38 Talon, C-141 Starlifter, and T-41 Mescalero. In 1990, she was selected by NASA for astronaut training, and just nine years later became the first female commander of a US Spacecraft with Shuttle STS-93, deploying the Chandra X-ray Observatory which is responsible for the discovery of several black holes across the universe as well as imaging the never-before-seen remains of exploded stars.


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    5. 2D LT. ELSIE S. OTT

    Prior to World War II, wounded personnel were not evacuated from the battlefield and all medical care was provided on the spot. This was extremely dangerous to both the wounded and medics, as they were left completely exposed to enemy attacks, the risk of infection was high, and proper equipment was difficult to carry and resupply in the midst of the action. However with the advancement of aeronautics at the time, "air ambulances" became more tangible.

    On January 17th, 1943, Second Lieutenant Elsie S. Ott was selected to serve as an in-flight nurse on the first-ever med-evac mission. Despite having only 24 hours notice and zero air-evacuation or pilot training, 2D Lt. Ott masterfully cared for five soldiers suffering from grave conditions ranging from paralysis to tuberculosis. She was instrumental in safely transporting them from India all the way to Washington D.C. During her flight, she took meticulous notes of things that could benefit future air evacuations, many of which are still in use today.

    Following the incredible success of the mission, 2D Lt. Ott became the first woman to receive the US Air Medal, which is awarded to individuals who display acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight.

    Despite the military being a mostly male-dominated world, there have been several women throughout American history who have proven they can definitely hang with the men. From earning their place in the ranks of one of the most decorated Spec Ops divisions to changing military operation and policy for the better, female soldiers have and continue to close the gender gap in America. From all of us at Graff Mt. Pleasant, we thank you for your service.

    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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    Have Your A/C System Inspected to Beat the Heat this Summer - 05/21/2018

    Have Your A/C System Inspected to Beat the Heat this Summer

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich -- While our winters may be harsh, Michigan summers are hot. We spend a good portion of those hot summers in our cars traveling to tons of fun places, but it can be extremely miserable if your A/C system is shot.

    In order to beat the heat this summer, we at Graff Mt. Pleasant encourage you to have your A/C system inspected. We also offer air conditioning tune-up and flushing services in addition to thorough inspections, so schedule an appointment with us today!


    Have Your A/C System Inspected to Beat the Heat this Summer

    WHAT CAUSES A/C SYSTEM ISSUES?

    Over time your vehicle may begin to lose refrigerant, which causes your A/C system to lose its cooling efficiency. When this happens, your air conditioning system needs to be recharged. Getting an A/C system recharge is a simple service when you choose to come to the experts at Graff Mt. Pleasant.

    Our factory-trained technicians have the tools and skill to get your A/C system running efficiently again. We will complete an inspection of all components and conduct a detailed test to diagnose what is causing your A/C problems. Let us help you beat the heat 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.

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


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    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures - 05/18/2018

    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Summer is finally here in the Mitten State, and that means it's road trip season! There are plenty of adventures to be had on a road trip through Michigan, but there are a couple things you should know in order to ensure your travels are enjoyable as well as safe. Graff Mt. Pleasant is here with 5 helpful road trip tips to make your next excursion the absolute best!


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    1. GET SLEEP

    The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 100,000 vehicular accidents are caused by driver fatigue each year, resulting in about 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and a whopping $12.5 billion in collision repairs.

    Before heading out on a long drive, it is essential that you get enough sleep the night before, at least 8 hours according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you're traveling with other people of driving age who have their license, plan to switch out driving duties. If you're going it alone, work a hotel stop into your itinerary.


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    2. FUEL UP

    It might seem like a no-brainer, but about 800,000 drivers run out of gas each year on the road due to overestimating how much fuel they have left in their tank. The good thing about road trips is you'll mostly be cruising highways, which eats up less gas. However, Graff Mt. Pleasant recommends you do some preliminary research such as:

    • How many miles will you be traveling? Most GPS services will tell you when you're planning your route. You should also look into how many gas stations are on the way, the more the better.
    • How's your vehicle's gas mileage? Gas mileage tells you how many miles you can travel before your car uses a gallon of gas, and you can easily look this up online or in your owner's manual. Additionally, it's good to know how many gallons your gas tank can hold, which can also be found using the aforementioned sources.
    Most importantly, if your fuel light comes on, DO NOT be a hero. Otherwise, make sure you have either roadside assistance or a no-spill gas can on board so you can hoof it to the nearest gas station.


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    3. INSPECT YOUR VEHICLE

    Before you head out on your road trip, make sure your car is running at its best. This not only saves you money on the costly repairs that can result but is also essential to your safety. Here's a checklist of things to inspect before a long drive. If you're uncomfortable performing the check yourself, feel free to schedule a service appointment with Graff Mt. Pleasant! Our friendly and knowledgeable service technicians will be happy to answer any questions and make sure your car can handle the trip!


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    4. CHEW GUM

    During a long drive, chewing gum has actually been proven to increase circulation and improve alertness, which are both important things to have since you'll be sitting for long periods of time while piloting two tons of motorized metal.


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    5. HAVE SOME SOUND

    A killer playlist is not only an essential part of the road trip experience, but it's also a good way to keep you alert while driving. Music helps to stimulate the brain and break up the monotony of driving, which in turns cuts down on fatigue and boredom. Audiobooks work too!

    Summer is road trip season in Michigan, and we hope you've found these 5 tips helpful! From all of us at Graff Mt. Pleasant, we wish you safe and happy adventures! Need a new ride before you head out? Check out our inventory of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles and schedule a test drive!

    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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    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes - 05/14/2018

    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- General Motors has a long history of supporting our military and focuses on assisting veterans in three ways: jobs, vehicles, and homes. We at Graff Mt. Pleasant are proud to be part of a company that honors our nation's heroes and seeks to give back to them in return for everything they do to ensure our freedom and safety. 

    Here are 3 important ways that General Motors honors our military veterans.


    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    1. JOBS

    The unemployment rate amongst veterans 3.7 percent nationally. Thanks to companies like GM, it is below 3.5 percent in the state of Michigan as they currently employ over 5,000 vets and will hire 500 more this year.


    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    2. VEHICLES

    The General Motors Military Discount Program gives a special discounted purchase or lease price on eligible GM vehicles to active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans within 3 years of discharge, and retirees of the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. 

    Effective June 1st, GM is expanding its military discount program to include First Responders. Find out more on the official website.


    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    3. HOMES

    Through their support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan, GM helps to place vets in Smart Homes so they can live the lives they deserve.

    Through the Smart Home Program, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation has committed to building a minimum of 200 mortgage-free, custom-designed homes to meet the specific needs of injured service members. The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan, an all-volunteer group of private citizens, offers essential financial assistance to our state's veterans of the post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their families.

    Over the years, GM has raised more than $8 million dollars towards the support of our military veterans through these two charities with the help of their customers, dealers, and employees. Find out more about the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund of Michigan and see how you can join the cause!

    Those were 3 important ways that General Motors gives back to our nation's heroes for everything they give to us, and Graff Mt. Pleasant is honored to be apart of it. With Memorial Day coming up, we encourage you to keep the families of fallen service members in your heart and mind and be sure to thank a veteran or active duty member for the sacrifices they've made and continue to make to ensure our freedom and safety.

    During the month of May, military service members can share their GM military discount with a family member! Contact us to get started.

    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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