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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!

    To schedule an appointment with one of our talented Cadillac, Buick, GMC technicians, click the ‘Make an Appointment’ link below!

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

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

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

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    New Cars, Used Cars, 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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    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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    5 Moms Who Changed the World - 05/08/2018

    5 Moms Who Changed the World

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Not all heroes wear capes, and the best examples of this are mothers. From day one (literally), our moms do so much for us. They're our caregivers, our protectors, and our biggest fans. While these amazing women change our individual lives in so many ways, there are several whose actions ended up changing the course of history, whether they intended to do so or even knew it or not. It's just what moms do.

    In honor of Mother's Day and women everywhere, Graff Mt. Pleasant 5 moms who changed the world.

    5 Moms Who Changed the World

    1. FEBB BURN

    In August 1920, Febb Burn of Mouse Creek, Tennessee was a mother of four and manager of a farm. Harry Burn, a representative of the Tennessee General Assembly and her son, was about to vote on the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. If passed, it would give every woman in the country the legal right to vote in political elections. If vetoed, as many other states had done already, it would be years before it would ever be brought up again. The vote from Tennessee would be the tie-breaker, so to speak.

    Febb knew that a majority of the state's senators would vote in favor, but the decision in the House would be close, and that Harry could swing the vote and make history. She then sat her 24-year-old son down on her porch and passed him a sweet, motherly note telling him about goings-on at home, but also urging him to "be a good boy" and vote in favor of women's suffrage. When it came time to vote, with his mama's letter in his pocket, Harry Burns voted "aye" so quickly and unexpectedly that it shocked the legislature. The opposition was fierce, but Harry simply replied: "a mother's advice is always safest for a boy to follow, and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification".


    5 Moms Who Changed the World

    2. VESTA STOUDT

    During World War II, Vesta Stoudt was an ordinance plant worker in Chicago with two sons in the Navy, getting the job to help ease her worries about her boys while they were overseas. However, as she was inspecting and packaging a box of rifle grenade cartridges, she noticed a problem.

    The cartridges were packaged in small, wax-coated boxes sealed with paper tape and a tab on the end. The idea was that the tab could be yanked back and open the box, but it often just tore off leaving the box still sealed. She then pictured hers and other mothers' sons dodging enemy fire while struggling to get the boxes open with a knife or their teeth. Fueled by her protective mama bear instincts, she designed an alternative to the paper tape in the form of durable, waterproof, cloth-based tape which could tear easily and give field operators split-second access to their cartridges.

    Back then, Vesta Stoudt was just a mom trying to make sure her sons were safe. Little did she know she would end up changing the world with her invention we now know as "duct tape".


    5 Moms Who Changed the World

    3. ERIN BROCKOVICH

    In 1993, Erin Brockovich was a single mother of three trying to make ends meet working as a legal clerk at a private law firm in Thousand Oaks, California. Despite her lack of formal education in the law, she was instrumental in building a case and winning a lawsuit against the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, who was knowingly responsible for the contamination the water supply of the small, Southern California town of Hinkley with hexavalent chromium, which was proven to have caused serious, chronic health issues in the unsuspecting residents, including the children. It remains the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history.

    Today, Brockovich continues her career as a legal clerk participating in several other anti-pollution cases and is an environmental activist. Her battle against PG&E was adapted into an eponymously-titled film starring Julia Roberts, which was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture. Back then, she was a mom who saw her own kids in those of Hinkley. Mom claws: engaged.


    5 Moms Who Changed the World

    4. J.K. ROWLING

    While in the process of penning the best-selling book series of all time, J.K. Rowling was a single mother and survivor of domestic abuse. In the early to mid-1990s, she wrote the first four books of Harry Potter between Scotland, London, and Portugal writing in many cafes with her baby daughter in toe, all while battling severe clinical depression, living on state benefits, and escaping an unhealthy marriage.

    Since then, Rowling's billion-dollar empire of magic has produced seven books and movies with more on the way, video games, endless merchandise, and even a theme park! Harry Potter defined a generation of kids who grew up in tandem with the Boy Who Lived, now adults who still wear their Hogwarts house colors with pride over two decades later.

    Rowling serves as the president of Gingerbread, an organization that works with single parents and their children to help them find resources and programs for success and support. "I am prouder of my years as a single mother more than any other part of my life", she says.


    5 Moms Who Changed the World

    5. MARY KAY ASH

    As a 45-year-old single mother of three in 1963, Mary Kay Ash launched her namesake cosmetics company that would give countless women the opportunity to work as sales consultants on their own time, being their own bosses, and using a business model that puts faith and family first. Mary Kay was also an advocate of female domestic abuse and cancer survivors and established the Mary Kay Foundation which has donated thousands of dollars for these causes.

    This Mother's Day, we at Graff Mt. Pleasant encourage you to the take the time to learn about these 5 moms who changed the world. We also would ask that you make sure to thank your own mom and any other mom you meet for everything that they do, and the impact they have on our lives.

    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 Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners - 05/04/2018

    National Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- For many people, dogs are members of the family. As such, they'll get to tag along on all of the fun family vacations you have planned this summer! Though sometimes, our furry friends can get just a little too excited about all the awesome adventures they'll be going on with you, or they may get a little freaked out by being inside of a moving vehicle. Regardless of the issue, there's always a solution.

    Ringing in National Pet Month, Graff Mt. Pleasant is here with 5 travel tips for dog owners.



    National Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners


    1. BURN EXCESS ENERGY

    The most important thing you can do before piling your pooch in the car with the rest of the kids is to give him a good dose of physical activity to burn off energy prior to getting on the road. Playing a couple rounds of fetch will make your dog more inclined to rest, thus making the journey a lot smoother and more relaxing for everyone. You can repeat this process over the course of your trip when making a rest stop. Just hook up the leash and do a couple laps in a safe and open area.


    National Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners

    2. FOOD AND WATER

    Unexpected delays are a part of traveling, which is why you should always be prepared with extra food and water if you've brought your dog along. There are tons of food and water containers for dogs that are specifically designed for travel, and can thus be packed away and transported easily.


    National Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners

    3. BE VIGILANT

    Even if your dog is highly car-trained, it's always a good idea to take precautions just in case. For instance, it's a fact that dogs love open windows. However, there's always the risk that their super-sensitive noses will pick up a particularly interesting smell, and they'll jump right out of the car. Be aware of your dog's size and crack the window accordingly.

    In addition to sensitive smell sense, dogs also have a crazy sense of hearing well-above human levels. That being said, unfamiliar sounds can cause them to retreat to their main source of comfort: you. Which can be very dangerous if you're driving. If you don't feel comfortable crating your dog up for the drive, invest in a "dog hammock" for your back seat. These not only prevent them from falling to the floor should you have to make a hard stop, but also make it harder for them to hop up front and cause a distraction.


    National Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners

    4. START THEM YOUNG

    The best way to get a dog used to anything is to start when they're a puppy, and that includes traveling. Car-training can even be accomplished with simple trips like running errands. This is also a good time to establish rules and boundaries to keep both you and your pup safe on your adventures.


    National Pet Month: 5 Travel Tips for Dog Owners

    5. KEEP THE ENERGY POSITIVE

    Dogs operate primarily on instinct and thus are highly affected by body language, vocal tones, and emotional vibes. On top of that, as the leader of their pack, they look to you for direction. If you make it seem like something is wrong, your dog will become anxious. That's why it's important to keep the energy positive when traveling with them. Give them frequent notes of affirmation like "You're doing such a great job!" or "That's my good boy/girl!" being sure to use a positive but not excited tone of voice. This will help keep them calm on long drives and prevent any stress that may cause them to put you or themselves in danger.

    In honor of National Pet Month and preparation for driving season, those were 5 travel tips for dog owners. Graff Mt. Pleasant wishes you and your pooch safe, healthy, and most importantly fun adventures this summer! Before you hit the road, ensure that your car is running at its best by scheduling a service appointment with us! If you schedule online, you'll receive 10% off no matter what kind of service you need! Happy trails!

    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 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo - 04/25/2018

    5 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Picture it: May 5th, 1862. Mexico. The Count de Lorencez leads a force of 8,000 French soldiers under orders from Napoleon III to occupy the city of Puebla, strategically situated between the capital of Mexico City and the country's main Atlantic port, Veracruz. At the time, the French Army was the best in the world. Well-equipped, highly trained, and undefeated for nearly half a century. Much to Lorencez's chagrin, he greatly underestimated the tenacity and strength of the significantly less equipped, less trained, and considerably outnumbered Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza who sent the French packing and prevented them from reaching the capital.

    This victory over the invading French was inspirational to wartime Mexico and helped establish a sense of national unity and patriotism. It also sent a message to the rest of the world that the nation was not to be underestimated, despite not being as advanced in military and infrastructure at the time.

    Today, Cinco de Mayo continues to be ceremoniously commemorated in Mexico. However, in the United States, it has become an all-out celebration of Mexican culture as a whole including music, art, films, and dance.

    Although for many people, one particular thing comes to mind: the tasty, tasty food.

    In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, we at Graff Mt. Pleasant would like to share with you 5 delicious dishes you absolutely need to try.


    5 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo


    1. MEXICAN STREET CORN

    A classic Mexican street food of grilled corn on the cob slathered in a creamy chili and lime sauce topped off with Cotija or feta cheese.



    5 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

    2. SMOKY CHIPOTLE AND BACON GUACAMOLE

    This smoky, salty guac dip is great for parties. Pair it with chips or even use it as a tortilla spread when making tacos, burritos, etc.



    5 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

    3. BAKED CHICKEN TAQUITOS

    Using a healthier no-oil baking method, these crispy baked chicken taquitos are an easy-to-make finger food.



    5 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

    4. TEX-MEX STYLE BEEF ENCHILADAS

    Savory seasoned beef and topped with the zesty spice of pico de gallo.



    5 Delicious Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

    5. CHURROS WITH BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE SAUCE

    What's better than sugar-coated churros with chocolate dipping sauce for a Cinco de Mayo dessert? Nothing.



    Mexican food is probably the most crave-inducing cuisine on the planet, and now you have 5 amazing recipes to try on Cinco de Mayo! We hope you've found something here to make your holiday delicious. Happy Cinco de Mayo from 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.

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


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    National Car Care Month: Spring for Inspection of Your Alignment and Suspension - 04/25/2018

    National Car Care Month: Spring Inspection of Your Alignment and Suspension

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich., -- With harsh winters and the drastic freeze/thaw cycles we experience heading into springtime, Michiganders are no strangers to terrible road conditions. Something we may not be aware of however is how much the alignment and suspension of our cars suffer when we drive over the many potholes that open up when the seasons change, and more importantly how to know when something's wrong and head in for service. Even if you don't suspect anything is amiss, spring is still a great time to schedule an inspection to make sure everything is well and good.

    During National Car Care MonthGraff Mt. Pleasant wants to share with you the importance of having your alignment and suspension inspected this spring.



    National Car Care Month: Spring for Inspection of Your Alignment and Suspension

    ALIGNMENT

    Over time, things like potholes, dirt/uneven roads, and regular driving can take a toll on your vehicle's wheel alignment. However, road conditions get particularly nasty here during the winter here in Michigan, so it's extremely important that you check up on your alignment when Mother Nature finally decides to let up for the season.

    When your wheels aren't properly aligned, your car has to work harder to move thus causing its performance to suffer. Spring alignment care is important because it maximizes tire life, performance, and fuel efficiency. Scheduling an alignment check at Graff Mt. Pleasant is super easy, and here are some signs for you to look out for in the meantime:
    • Your car pulls to one side
    • Vibrations in the steering wheel
    • Visible uneven tire tread wear
    • Squealing tires
    • Your steering wheel turns while traveling straight
    Of course, even if you don't notice something wrong, springtime is the perfect time to head in for an alignment inspection just in case.

    National Car Care Month: Spring for Inspection of Your Alignment and Suspension

    SUSPENSION

    Your vehicle's suspension is responsible for controlling the bounce and impacts of certain rough road conditions and helps to keep the tires in contact with the road. It also helps to provide consistent handling, control rolling and swaying, encourages even tire and brake wear, and contributes to overall passenger comfort. Spring suspension care is especially important after experiencing treacherous road conditions during the winter (and let's be honest, even well into spring). You can easily schedule a suspension inspection at Graff Mt. Pleasant, should you notice any of the following warning signs:
    • Hard steering
    • Heavy tipping feeling when turning
    • Nose-dive stops
    • Rough ride
    • Excessive bounce
    • Low riding height of the vehicle
    It's also good to just pop in for an inspection when the seasons change, to make sure everything is in top working condition.

    We in the Mitten State know that terrible road conditions are a fact of life, and our alignment and suspension suffer a great deal as a result. As we head into spring, it's a good idea to have both inspected to make sure your vehicle is ready to hit the road, and certainly if you spot any of the warning signs we've listed. Spring Car Care is not only essential to protect your investment, but also ensure yours and your family's safety.


    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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    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of - 04/20/2018

    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Michigan is famous for many things such as being the birthplace of a musical revolution, putting the world on wheels thanks to the automotive industry, and having some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the nation. What you might not have known, however, is that there are many big names who call the Mitten State home!

    Graff Mt. Pleasant brings you 11 famous Michiganders we should all be proud of.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    1. ALICE COOPER

    Born Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit on February 4th, 1948, Alice Cooper's legendary career as "The Godfather of Shock Rock" spans over half a century. With his distinctive raspy voice and wild live shows, Alice Cooper invented the subgenre of "shock rock" and inspired a generation of performers that followed after him. In addition to being a musician, Cooper has also appeared on the big screen in movies such as Wayne's World (1992), Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), and Dark Shadows (2012).


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    2. MADONNA

    The "Material Girl" and reigning "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s was born in Bay City and raised in Rochester Hills, where she graduated from Rochester Adams High School with perfect grades and a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Known for her lighter-than-air vocals and revolutionary imagery and lyrics that became the catalysts of a revitalized discussion of feminism in America, Madonna set the stage for empowering female superstars in pop music like Pink, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    3. BRUCE CAMPBELL AND SAM RAIMI

    Fans of fright know this dynamic duo as the star and director of the influential horror franchise, The Evil Dead, but did you also know that they're both from Michigan? As childhood pals growing up in Royal Oak, Campbell and Raimi would make Super 8 movies together with a camera given to Raimi by his father. Their first serious collaboration was a 30 minute short entitled Within the Woods, which was more of a proof of concept used to attract investors to produce what would be the film that would launch both of their careers. The Evil Dead enjoys a place amongst the greatest horror movies of all time and spawned three more feature-length films including a remake, video games, comic books, and more recently a Starz television series intended as a sequel to the original trilogy.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of


    4. DIANA ROSS

    Born and raised in Detroit, Diana Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the Supremes who were Motown's most successful act in the 1960s, and remain the best charting girl group in American music history as well as one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. In addition to helping to catapult the musical and cultural revolution that was Motown, Ross is the most successful female music artist in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records whose legacy has inspired the work of many other musicians, as well as cleared the way for future African-American R&B and soul musicians (especially women) to achieve mainstream success.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    5. THE WHITE STRIPES

    Known for their melding of blues and garage rock, raw minimalism in composition and performance, and their signature color scheme, the White Stripes also proudly call Michigan home. Jack White grew up in a large Catholic family in Detroit as the seventh son of 10 children, while Meg hails from the suburb of Grosse Pointe Farms and worked in Royal Oak, where the two met. With humble beginnings in the underground Detroit music scene, they rose to national then international fame six studio albums later. These days the Stripes are no longer making music together, with Meg choosing to leave the public eye. Jack, on the other hand, continues going strong with his record label Third Man as well as a successful solo career.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    6. EMINEM

    Marshall Mathers may not have been born in Michigan, but this is where he was made. He got his start in the Detroit underground hip-hop scene, participating in freestyle rap battles at West 7 Mile's Hip-Hop Shop and the Shelter at St. Andrew's Hall. Eventually, he caught the ear of legendary hip-hop virtuoso Dr. Dre and went on to become one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Eminem is praised for his technical and inventive lyrical ability, coupling a robust vocabulary with complex rhyme schemes that involve bending words so they rhyme, multisyllabic rhyming, multi-word bars, and use of melody. He even recently set the world record for Most Words in a Hit Single with "Rap God", which contains 1,560 words expertly laced through six minutes and four seconds, which averages out to be 4.28 words per second, spitting 97 of those words in one 15 second segment alone at "supersonic speed".


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    7. JEFF DANIELS

    Hailing from Chelsea, MI where he still resides, Jeff Daniels is a proudly Michigan-made legend of the stage and screen with a long list of credits including Terms of Endearment (1983), Speed (1994), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), and of course Dumb and Dumber (1994). He attended Central Michigan University where he participated in the theater program and is the founder and current executive director of the Chelsea-based Purple Rose Theatre Company. When he isn't acting, he's making music having released six-full length albums to date and performing frequent gigs notably around Ann Arbor.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    8. KID ROCK

    Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, grew up on a sprawling six-acre estate in Romeo where he helped his family pick apples and tend to their horses. He discovered hip-hop in the 1980s and taught himself how to rap and DJ, going on to participate in local talent shows in Detroit. Since then, his eclectic sound has drawn from hip-hop, rock, and country with lyrical content ranging from humorous boasting raps to more serious social and political issues. A self-taught musician, he is said to play every instrument in his backing band. Kid Rock does extensive charity work through his Kid Rock Foundation, which raises funds for multiple causes including military veterans. He is also an advocate for affordable concert tickets, making an effort to sell those for his own performances as low as possible, and gets a percentage of concession and ticket sales rather being paid for the show.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    9. SHERILYN FENN

    Born and raised in Detroit, Sherilyn Fenn is best-known for her role as Audrey Horne on David Lynch's cult-classic television show, Twin Peaks, in the early 1990s and again in 2017 for the third season revival of the series. While she grew up to be an actress, Fenn comes from a family of music greats including jazz musician Art Quatro (her grandpa), barrier-breaking female rockers Arlene and Suzi Quatro (her mom and aunt, respectively), and Leo Fenn (her dad) who managed Alice Cooper.


    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    10. JAMES EARL JONES

    Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi. Made in Jackson, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the legendary James Earl Jones began his acting career at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee. His over 60-year legacy includes a long list of stage and screen credits, though most people probably know him as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, and Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King.

    11 Famous Michiganders We All Should Be Proud Of

    11. MAGIC JOHNSON

    Hailing from Lansing and a Michigan State alum, Magic Johnson's illustrious career includes first selection overall in the 1979 NBA draft, playing point-guard for the Los Angeles Lakers for 13 seasons, receiving an MVP award as a rookie, bringing home Olympic gold in 1992 as part of "The Dream Team", and two-time induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame. After being stricken with HIV and abruptly retiring in 1991, he returned the next year to play in the All-Star game which netted him another MVP award. He then retired for another four years and returned to the Lakers in 1996 for 32 more games before retiring a third and final time. Since then, Magic has become a fervent activist for HIV/AIDS prevention.

    It's always cool to see people from your home state go on to do amazing things, for themselves, their craft, and for the world. These are just 11 famous people who call our wonderful Mitten State home, but do you know any others we missed? Have you met any of those we've listed here? Share your stories with us! Additionally, as the weather continues to warm up and you start planning more weekend getaways and summer road trips, make sure to get your vehicle checked out and serviced. After a long winter, your car, truck, or SUV can have a lot of issues that need to be addressed. We recommend bringing your vehicle to our Service Center to complete your Spring Car Care maintenance routine and get it back in top working condition!

    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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    Oil and Important Fluids: Why and How to Check them for National Car Care Month - 04/16/2018

    Oil and Important Fluids: Why and How to Check them for National Car Care Month

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- There are three important fluids that run through your vehicle and all of them serve specific purposes that affect function, performance, and efficiency. Making sure they're regularly checked, flushed, topped off, and changed is an essential part of seasonal maintenance that will improve the longevity and safety of your car. Oil, coolant, and washer fluid should be checked on a routine basis, and the start of spring is the perfect time to do so. If you're planning on spending a lot of time on the road come the warmer months, it's even more important to schedule a service appointment with us to stay safe and make sure your car is running at its best.

    We at Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant are here to tell you about oil and important fluids, and why and how you should check them for National Car Care Month.



    Oil and Important Fluids: Why and How to Check them for National Car Care Month


    WASHER FLUID

    Washer fluid works together with your wiper blades to allow you clear visibility through your windshield. Some vehicles have built-in sensors that signal low washer fluid levels on the dashboard, while others do not. In any case, it's important to learn how to check it yourself so you always have a means of clearing your windshield of precipitation and debris while driving. The opening to your vehicle's washer fluid tank can be found under the hood, indicated by a picture of a windshield on the cap. When completely empty, most washer fluid reservoirs will take a whole gallon. No matter what the level, be sure to pour evenly and slowly.

    If you go the route of doing it yourself, make sure you get a pre-diluted washer fluid that's rated for the temperatures you'll be driving in, otherwise you can risk it freezing in the tank. This information is always printed on the label. Though if you're unsure about going it alone, visit our service center and we'll gladly top it off for you!


    Oil and Important Fluids: Why and How to Check them for National Car Care Month

    OIL CHANGE

    Oil is an extremely important component of a well-running vehicle, as it lubricates the moving parts of your engine, helps to reduce heat caused by friction, keeps the engine clean, and protects it against wear. Routinely having your oil changed can help you avoid expensive damage in the long-run, as well as enhance the overall longevity of your car. Routine oil changes should be done every 3,000-5,000 miles, or sometimes longer depending on your driving habits and if your vehicle uses synthetic oil. If you're not sure, always consult your owner's manual.

    However, if you have any upcoming road trips or other spring and summer activities that will put you on the road more often, stop in for an oil change to ensure your vehicle can handle it and that your engine runs smoothly.


    Oil and Important Fluids: Why and How to Check them for National Car Care Month

    COOLANT

    Coolant, also known as antifreeze, is responsible for controlling the temperature of various engine components. It serves a dual purpose of keeping the radiators in your vehicle from freezing or overheating throughout the year. We recommend replacing your coolant every two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Different vehicles have different needs, however. So when in doubt, always check your owner's manual for your make and model's specs.

    If you suspect that your engine may be overheating or detect a sweet smell while driving that might indicate a coolant leak, come visit us and our service experts can see what's going on, and top it off if needed. With warmer temperatures on the way, spring is the perfect time to check your coolant fluid checked to prevent overheating.

    Now you know why it's important to check your oil and important fluids, and how to do it. All three fluids serve crucial purposes that are essential to a well-running vehicle and work together to ensure your safety as well as that of your investment. To perform their duties, however, they need your help. If you're uncomfortable checking or changing these fluids yourself, Graff Mt. Pleasant's friendly team of service specialists will gladly do it for you! Schedule an appointment today!

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

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



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    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors - 04/10/2018

    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- April showers, right? Or in Michigan's case lately, April snow showers. Either way, outdoor activities aren't exactly exciting options during this extra turbulent time of the season, but that doesn't mean there isn't fun to be had right in the comfort of your own home. For kids and adults, here are 5 fun activities for a rainy day indoors.


    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors

    1. GOOD OL' NETFLIX

    It's rainy. It's snowy. It's cold. What a perfect time to forget how dismal it is outside and catch up on your favorite shows inside! Grab some snacks and drinks, plop on the couch, and call upon your good friend Netflix. Rainy days create the perfect atmosphere for a horror flick scare-a-thon, or maybe you'll finally binge every episode of that one series everyone's been borderline spoiling on Facebook. If you have kids, you can never go wrong with Disney, and most of the movies double as a fun sing-a-long!


    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors

    2. INDOOR EXERCISE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

    Kids have a ton of energy, and we all know a rainy day doesn't change that at all. Consider some of these fun and active to-dos for your cooped-up kiddos:

    • Balloon Ping-Pong: This one doubles as a creative activity. Get a paper plate and tape a popsicle stick to the back, then get some crayons and let your kid customize their ping-pong paddle. Lastly, blow up a balloon and go nuts!
    • Dance Party: Throw on some of your kids' favorite music and have a dance party. Mix it up: When the music stops, everyone has to freeze in place until it starts again. Or add a "follow the leader" aspect, switching up dance moves as you make your way around the house.
    • Indoor Hopscotch: No really, just hear us out. Get some painter's tape and create a hopscotch grid on your kitchen or dining room floor. The good thing about painter's tape is it'll come off easily when you're done and it won't ruin your floor.
    • Hallway Bowling: Fill up some of the plastic bottles from your recycle bin with water, set them up at the end of the hallway, and have at it with any ball you have.

    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors

    3. HAVE A HOME SPA DAY

    Turn a gloomy day into a relaxing one by just pampering yourself. Light some candles, burn some incense, draw yourself a hot bubble bath and kick back with your favorite music, a good book, or both. Be sure to add an exfoliating face mask to your experience, as those are super nice and relaxing as well.


    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors

    4. GAMES THAT DON'T NEED ELECTRICITY

    The downside of technology as a source of entertainment is if a storm knocks the power out, there goes your fun, and wireless devices only last so much longer before they must be charged. In the event of such an occurrence, here some fun games you can play on a rainy day indoors that don't require electricity.
    • Pictionary: Draw a thing! Guess the thing!
    • Shadow Puppet Theater: Prop up a flashlight to shine on a blank wall. Brainstorm a story and use your hands to make it come to life!
    • Board Games: The classic activity that never fails.
    • Improvised Poetry: One person says a line of poetry, and the next person must make up their own line that rhymes with it, and so on.

    5 Fun Activities for a Rainy Day Indoors

    5. PLAN A VACATION

    Why not beat the rainy day blues by planning a vacation? For real this time! Make a list of places you'd like to visit or ask your kids where they'd like to go. Research transportation, look at pictures read about fun stuff to do while you're there. And, while you're at it, schedule a service appointment with us to make sure your vehicle is at its best for this awesome road trip in the works.

    Those are just 5 activities we recommend to spend a rainy day indoors. What do you like to do when the weather has you stuck inside? We at Graff Mt. Pleasant want to know! Your garage counts as "indoors" as well, why not also use the rainy day to rundown your Spring Car Care checklist? If you're thinking about getting an entirely new ride, take a look at what we have in stock 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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    Have Your Belts and Hoses Inspected for National Car Care Month - 04/09/2018

    Have Your Belts and Hoses Inspected for National Car Care Month


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,---We at Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant are here to share with you why you should have your belts and hoses inspected for National Care Care Month. When it comes to keeping your vehicle running in good shape, your belts and hoses are some of the most important parts of your engine because they enable your car to run! Normal use will cause them to wear down over time, but are more susceptible to damage in extreme hot or cold weather. Hot weather can add heat on top of existing friction, which causes these parts to wear down a lot faster. while cold weather on the other hand can make them stiff and prone to cracking.

    By following scheduled maintenance and having regular inspections completed, you can be sure that your belts and hoses are working properly. While they don't often require replacements, inspections can catch little issues before they become big problems. We've shared some tips below on the various kinds of belts and hoses that help your car run, as well as how to spot any signs of damage.

    Have Your Belts and Hoses Inspected for National Car Care Month

    BELTS

    Your engine's belts control things like your AC compressor, water pump, alternator, engine valve intake and exhaust, and power steering. A broken belt can completely disable your vehicle, and the changing temperatures that come with springtime can make them more prone to wear. Damaged, cracked, or frayed belts can still run but can cause even bigger issues like your engine overheating. While they don't often require replacements, it is important to get your belts inspected regularly.

    There are two kinds of belts your engine uses: the timing belt and the accessory or serpentine belt.

    Timing Belt: Also known as the Cam belt, the timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft. This helps the engine's valves open and close at the right times during the cylinders' intake and exhaust strokes. You should have your timing belt replaced every 60,000-100,000 miles or whenever your owner's manual tells you to do so, and here are a few signs to look out for that may indicate a replacement is in order:
    • Your engine "jumps" gears
    • Your vehicle is completely disabled
    • There are plastic pieces from the camshaft gears in your oil pan
    • There is loss of oil pressure (due to the camshaft pieces being in your oil)
    • You hear a squeaking noise from your timing cover
    • You hear rattling noises coming from your engine
    • You have trouble starting your vehicle
    Accessory or Serpentine Belt: Most vehicles usually have one or two drive/accessory belts. Also known as the "serpentine" belt, the accessory belt gets its name from the snake-like motion it uses around the pulleys of the engine. Its job is to transport power to components like your power steering pump, AC compressor, alternator, and many others.

    Water, dirt, oil leaks, and excessive heat can cause your serpentine belt to wear down very quickly. You should have it inspected every 10,000-20,000 miles, and replaced every 60,000-100,000 miles or whenever your owner's manual tells you to do so. Here are a few signs that your accessory belt might need replacing:
    • An overheating engine
    • A disabled vehicle
    • A loss of power steering
    • A squealing or high-pitched noise while accelerating

    Have Your Belts and Hoses Inspected for National Car Care Month

    HOSES

    In the same way your circulatory system moves blood and oxygen around your body, your engine's hoses move fluids vital to your car's performance throughout its entire system. A cracked or damaged hose can lead to the leaking of these vital fluids, like coolant or brake fluid, and reduce the efficiency of your vehicle. There are several kinds of hoses inside your car:

    Radiator Hoses: This hose moves coolant through your engine to regulate its temperature. Without it, your engine can overheat which can in turn case major internal damage and lead to costly repairs. Here a few indicators of a radiator hose leak:
      • Drop in coolant level
      • Smoke coming from your engine
      • Rising engine temperature
      • A bright pool of liquid underneath your vehicle
    Fuel Line: The fuel line transports fuel from your fuel tank to the fuel pump, and are typically made out of reinforced rubber but can also be made out of plastic or metal. While they aren't usually a part of your vehicle's routine maintenance, it is extremely important to have them checked before the end of the fall or beginning of spring when temperatures are changing drastically. Here are some signs you may need to replace your fuel line:
      • Loss in fuel efficiency/gas tank emptying faster than normal
      • Puddles of gas underneath your vehicle
      • Smelling gasoline while driving
      • Hard starts
      • Your vehicle not starting at all
    Brake Lines/Hoses: Brake lines and hoses are used to stop your vehicle when you depress the brake pedal. Some vehicles made of steel and some made of rubber, but rubber takes the majority for the flexibility it provides to your car's suspension when traveling on uneven surfaces. Here's how to tell if you have a broken brake line or hose:
      • Loss of braking ability
      • "Soft" brakes
    Now that you know why, go forth and have your belts and hoses inspected for National Car Care Month! Take care of your car, and it will take care of you. Schedule an appointment with our friendly and knowledgable service team today, and we'll help you keep your vehicle running at its best this spring and get it ready for 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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    Clean out Your Closet with 3 Simple Spring Cleaning Steps - 04/04/2018

    Clean out Your Closet with 3 Simple Spring Cleaning Steps


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––Give your closet the TLC it deserves this spring. There's no better feeling than having a clean, spacious, and organized wardrobe! People are creatures of habit, meaning we all tend to keep things in our possession longer than we probably should. If you have any sort of doubt about an item in your closet, chances are, it's time for it to go. Get rid of that old grey sweater and worn out pair of running shoes. It's time to clean out your closet with these 3 simple spring cleaning steps:


    Step 1: Purge

    Clean out Your Closet with 3 Simple Spring Cleaning Steps

    We know it can be hard to let go of items that once made you dazzle. However, sometimes, you just have to let go. Go through your closet and ask yourself these 7 questions:
    • Does this fit?
    • Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
    • Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
    • Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style?
    • If this is damaged in any way, will I actually make the effort to get this repaired?
    • If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
    • Do I feel confident when I wear this?
    If you answer a solid "no" to any of these questions, it's time to say goodbye. Another great way to decipher what items to keep is creating three different piles. One for "keep", another for "maybe", and the last one for "get rid of". This way you can sort through all your clothes and accessories and be able to distinguish what you actually want. Don't forget the 1-year rule! If you haven't worn it in a year, it's probably time to toss it out.


    Step 2: Sell, Donate, or Throw Away

    Clean out Your Closet with 3 Simple Spring Cleaning Steps

    Once you've decided what items you're getting rid of, it's time to figure out what you want to do with them. You have many options to choose from: sell, donate, or throw away. Selling your unwanted clothes can be a hassle and very time-consuming, but it can definitely be worth it for some extra cash to have on hand. If you have some expensive pieces that hold some real value, list them on a resale site like eBay! Now, if you have items that are really worn out or have holes or stains on them, just toss those in the trash. Whatever you have left, bundle it together in a large trash bag or box, and set it aside to be donated. Drop it off at your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other nonprofit institution that collects used clothes.


    Step 3: Organize


    Now that you've got the clothes, shoes, and accessories that you want to keep in your closet, it's time to do a little bit of reorganizing. There are three highly effective items to use for storage and organization: hangers, bins/totes, and hooks. Hangers keep the wrinkles out of your clothes and create a cleaner, less cluttered space. Bins/totes comes in all shapes and sizes. They are perfect for stacking on shelves and hiding items you don't typically use everyday. It's also a good idea to put seasonal clothes in boxes until you'll wear them again. Hooks are great for everyday jackets, belts, hats, scarves, purses, or even necklaces.

    Once you've got all your handy storage supplies in order, you'll want to arrange your items in a helpful and easy way. Vacant floor space can be used for totes, bins, or even large bags. Put the clothes/shoes that you wear regularly within reach. Store seasonal bins/rarely used items up high or out of sight. Try organizing your clothing by different categories (i.e. dress pants, jeans, casual shirts, blouses, jackets, etc.). You can even sort items by color, too!


    A lot of times we put spring cleaning aside because we either don't want to let go of certain items, or we don't want to take the time to do it. This spring, make the choice to clean out your closet with these 3 simple spring cleaning steps. Once you do, you'll feel accomplished, organized, and revived. It's a great feeling knowing that your space is clutter-free! Don't forget to clean out your car and perform routine maintenance for the spring season. Read our spring car care tips for information on tires, alignment and suspension, fluids, wiper blades, and spring cleaning. Make sure to schedule an appointment with our service team for any work and repairs your vehicle needs!

    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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    Tire Maintenance Checklist for National Car Care Month - 04/03/2018

    Tire Maintenance Checklist for National Car Care Month


    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––Did you know... April is National Car Care Month? Your vehicle endures many hardships throughout the winter season. All that corrosive road salt, slippery ice, and heavy snow is gone, leaving our roads filled with nasty and dangerous potholes. These potholes are your tires' worst nightmare! Ensure your car is ready to take on Michigan roads this spring season by getting it up to speed with this tire maintenance checklist for National Car Care Month:


    1. Perform Routine Tire Rotations

    • It is recommended that you rotate your vehicle's tires every 3,000-7,000 miles or every other oil change. Tires tend to wear unevenly, which is why it's important to rotate them to ensure they wear more evenly across all four of them. This will produce better handling overall. Bring your car into our service center for a tire rotation!

    2. Check Out Your Tire Tread
    • Your tire's tread is what allows you to grip the road, serving as a buffer between both surfaces that keeps you safe during various weather patterns. If your vehicle has low tire tread, you'll be put at a higher risk of hydroplaning or losing grip during rainy conditions this spring! It can also increase your stopping distance, making it more difficult to stop in an emergency situation. Check your tire's tread using the penny method or have our team of experts inspect them for you!

    3. Inspect Your Tire Pressure
    • The air pressure in your tires can become effected from various temperatures. It's critical that you maintain the recommended tire pressure at all times as it will improve your fuel economy, decrease risk for tire issues, and provide a much smoother ride as a whole. You can find the recommended PSI for your car's tires in the owner's manual. It's a good idea to check your air pressure in your tires every month or so. Our service team can fill up your tires if they are in need of some air!

    4. Change Your Tires
    • Have you taken off your winter tires yet? If not, it's time to do so. Winter tires are only meant to handle 45 degrees Fahrenheit and below. We recommend switching back to all-season tires. If you're in need of a new set, our service experts will be happy to get your vehicle into brand-new tires! We highly recommend replacing all four at the same time, allowing for even tread wear.


    Staying up-to-date with tire maintenance will ensure their effectiveness when gripping the road and will help extend their life down the road. Spring weather tends to bring slippery road conditions, making it crucial that your vehicle is up to speed on spring car care! Use our tire maintenance checklist for National Car Care Month to make sure you've covered all the bases. Consult our tire care page for more tips on maintaining your car this season. Don't forget to schedule an appointment online with our service team for a tire rotation, new set of wheels, or any other maintenance needs you may have!


    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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    Spring Car Care Tips from Graff Mt. Pleasant - 03/29/2018

    Spring Car Care Tips from Graff Mt. Pleasant

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Maintaining your vehicle all year round is critical to its condition and performance. An easy way to keep your car running its best is to perform routine maintenance and seasonal care. Your vehicle takes a beating in the winter, especially from all the heavy snow and salt on the roads. Once spring hits, it's essential to give your car the proper care it needs after a grueling winter. Our team of experts are here to show you easy ways to take care of your vehicle this season. Check out the new page we just launched with Spring Car Care tips from Graff Mt. Pleasant.


    When visiting our new page, these are the various topics you'll learn more about:

    Spring Car Care Tips from Graff Mt. Pleasant

    • Fluids – Fluids help keep your vehicle parts clean and running properly. Read about different types of fluids and the importance of Spring Fluid Maintenance and Care on our Graff Chevrolet page. 
    • Wiper Blades – Your wiper blades become a dependable resource during the rainy weather of spring, but they may have been damaged during the winter months. Find out what the best Spring Wiper Blade Care can be for your car on our Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant page. 
    • Tires – As one of the most important components to your vehicle, you'll want to take tire care seriously. Know what to check when inspecting your tires on our Spring Tire Care page for our Chevrolet Dealership
    • Alignment and Suspension – This spring make sure your vehicle’s alignment and suspension are ready for potholes! Know the importance of spring alignment and suspension on our seasonal maintenance page for Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant
    • Spring Car Cleaning – Time for spring-cleaning, and that means your car, too! We have tips and tricks for getting your vehicle in great shape after the gloomy winter. Read about the importance of spring car cleaning for the interior and exterior of your vehicle on our Graff Chevrolet page!

    Get your vehicle ready for the warmer weather with spring car care tips from Graff Mt. Pleasant. Our ASE Certified technicians are here to help you with all of your spring vehicle maintenance. Visit our Spring Car Care page on our Graff Chevrolet website to learn about your car's important components and how to take proper care of themSchedule an appointment with our Service Center online today! We want you to always be informed about vehicle maintenance and safety. Visit the FAQ page from Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant for answers to commonly asked car questions. Stay safe and have a Happy Spring!

    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 DIY Garage Organization Hacks - 03/27/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Ready to start your spring cleaning? Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it's the perfect time to clean out important areas of your home that tend to get cluttered during the cold winter months. A good place to start is your garage. Keeping tools and supplies straightened up will not only allow you to move freely in your space, but make it easier to find items you're looking for as well. Find some storage inspiration with these 10 DIY garage organization hacks:


    1. Magnetic Tool Holder
    You don't need to make the magnetic strip yourself, but you will have to find a perfect spot to hang it up. It's ideal for all those small drill bits that get lost in the clutter.

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    2. Repurposed Paper Towel Holder
    This is such a clever and handy way to hang those heavy duty garbage bags you use all the time. Make sure the rod to the paper towel holder is small enough to fit through the opening in the center of the bags!

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    3. Easy Chair Storage
    Use leftover wood scraps to create small brackets that you can easily screw to the wall. They are perfect for hanging up lawn chairs!

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    4. Screw Organizing
    Have extra jars laying around? Put them to good use! If not, you can purchase a cheap set from your local convenience store. Simply Screw the lid of each jar to the bottom of a shelf in your garage. Fill the jars with all your small pieces (nails, screws, bolts, etc.).

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    5. Bungee Cord Ball Storage
    Have a lot of sports balls running loose in your garage? This is a simple fix. Bungee cords are an easy and effective way for ball storage. Find the full instructions here.

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    6. Jumbo Tape Dispenser
    Although tape may not be as important, sometimes it's one of the hardest things to find. With some basic woodwork, you'll have a jumbo tape dispenser in no time!

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    7. Sliding Storage System
    Do your tubs take up a lot of space? Another easy fix. Creating overhead storage clears up extra space and will keep your garage nice and organized. Check out the instructions here.

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    For those heavy yard tools, create a wooden rack that has several slots for all your shovels and rakes! This space-saving design will keep your yard tools organized all year round. 

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    9. Repurposed Hanging Shoe Rack
    Hanging shoe racks can serve many different purposes. The little compartments are perfect for garage storage, especially spray paint cans!

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    Knowing exactly where your tools are is a glorifying feeling. Try this cheap project to keep your screwdrivers all in one place. You don't need a lot of materials to put this rack together. In fact, you can even use some scrap wood!

    10 DIY Garage Organization Hacks


    Staying organized and keeping your garage space clean is not only gratifying, but makes life just a little bit easier. Dive deep into spring cleaning this season with these 10 DIY garage organization hacks that'll keep your space nice and tidy. While you get your home ready for spring, it's also a good idea to get your ride up to speed as well. Check out our routine maintenance tips that'll help you make sure your car is safe on the road this season. Don't forget to schedule an appointment for any service your vehicle needs! We're here to provide you with the tips and tools you need to ensure your car will run at its best!

    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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    Chevy Named J.D. Power's Most Awarded Brand - 03/22/2018

    Chevy Named J.D. Power's Most Awarded Brand

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– The J.D. Power Automotive Summit, held in Las Vegas, had some exciting news to share on the morning of March 22nd. Through an extensive amount of vehicle awards, Chevy was named J.D. Power's most awarded brand of 2017. This achievement is a token to the car company's success in all categories across the board.

    Six different Chevrolet cars, trucks, and SUVs won a total of nine awards in J.D. Power's 2017 Vehicle Dependability, Initial Quality, and APEAL Studies. Taking home nine awards in just one year demonstrates Chevy's tremendous efforts to continuously develop reliable, safe, and advanced vehicles.


    "These awards highlight the automotive brands that are continually exceeding customer expectations and leading the way in terms of dependability, quality and overall customer satisfaction." - J.D. Power


    Chevrolet's 2017 J.D. Power Awards:

    Vehicle Dependability Study

    1. Chevrolet Sonic
    2. Chevrolet Camaro
    3. Chevrolet Tahoe
    4. Chevrolet Silverado HD

    Initial Quality Study

    5. Chevrolet Silverado
    6. Chevrolet Silverado HD
    7. Chevrolet Sonic

    Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL)

    8. Chevrolet Bolt
    9. Chevrolet Tahoe


    "Chevrolet is winning with consumers because our designers, engineers and dealers are focused on delivering great products and a great ownership experience," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. "This recognition from J.D. Power shows Chevrolet's strength and underscores the momentum we have across the board."


    On top of these many achievements, Chevrolet was also recognized in two other major studies: the 2018 J.D. Power Customer Service Index and the 2017 Sales Satisfaction Index Study. The 2018 J.D. Power Customer Service Index measures customer satisfaction with maintenance or repair work among owners and lessees of 1- to 3-year-old vehicles. The 2017 Sales Satisfaction Index Study measures customers' new vehicle purchase experiences form product presentation to final delivery. These surveys gather feedback from 28,000 to more than 70,000 customers.

    Chevrolet's momentum going forward is at an all-time high. The company has a relentless drive and determination to improve the ins and outs of vehicle ownership. This has made the brand GM's most powerful growth engine. Through extensive studies that have led to several vehicle accolades, Chevy was named J.D. Power's most awarded brand of 2017. Continuing this achievement for years to come is a compelling goal for Chevy. This can only be done by the endless support of satisfied customers.

    If you're ready to get behind the wheel of one of Chevy's most notable rides, take a look at our new vehicle inventory. Once you're ready to take a test drive, contact our friendly sales team and we'd be more than happy to help you test out a ride that you've got your eye on. Don't see the vehicle you're looking for? We can help you customize the perfect set of wheels!


    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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    13 Easter Brunch Ideas - 03/20/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Getting the family together on Easter this year? It can be stressful trying to figure out what food to prepare that'll satisfy a big crowd. If you can't decide between breakfast or lunch, why not make both? Make crowd pleasing and hassle-free dishes that'll please the whole family. Get creative with your meal this year and try one of these 13 Easter brunch ideas for unique and delicious cuisine that even the kids will love:


    This savory dish is easy to prepare and full of rich flavors.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    Although a little more difficult to make, these traditional rolls are sweet and delicious.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    Monkey bread doesn't have to be sweet, it can be savory too.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    Satisfy your lunch craving and enjoy delectable taste with these lettuce boats.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    The whole wheat in this recipe gives these muffins a heartier taste!
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    There's nothing easier than throwing ingredients into one pot and letting them cook themselves.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    With only five ingredients, this no-fuss Easter recipe is easy and elegant.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    Banana bread in flapjack form? It doesn't get much better!
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    Up your breakfast game with yummy quiche that everyone will want to wake up to.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    The sour cream flavor in this recipe puts a delightful spin on the traditional taste!
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    If the spring season could be formed into a bread, this would be it.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    This is a simple dish to make that'll please a big group of people.
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    You can't forget the dessert! And what could be better than cheesecake that looks like an actual egg?
    13 Easter Brunch Ideas


    Spruce up your dining table this spring with these 13 Easter brunch ideas that'll satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. There's plenty of recipes to choose from that are full of both sweet and savory flavors. Whatever dish you choose, you won't be disappointed. Now that spring is officially here, it's the perfect time to get your vehicle ready for the warmer weather! Clear out the salt buildup on the exterior and interior of your ride by getting a full-service car wash. It's also a good idea to bring your car in for routine maintenance to have your oil changed, tires rotated, wiper blades replaced, and more. You can schedule an appointment online today. We look forward to getting your vehicle ready for the road this season!

    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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    Chevy Partnered With Acclaimed Data Scientist to Create Cross Country Road Trip - 03/15/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Have you ever wanted to take a road trip across the entire country? Now, you can. Chevy partnered with an acclaimed data scientist to create a cross country road trip for families heading on vacation this spring. Randy Olson developed a custom map using a specific algorithm that planned a route through all 48 contiguous states, stopping at some of America's favorite family destinations along the way.

    A recent national survey held by Chevrolet found that spending time with family and exploring new places were U.S. parent's top two favorite parts about taking family road trips.

    Chevy Partnered With Acclaimed Data Scientist to Create Cross Country Road Trip

    This data-driven map includes stops at rip-roaring theme parks, national landmarks, and famous attractions all around the country. With less backtracking and less stress in mind, Olson designed this route in the most efficient approach. It was constructed in a way easiest for families to navigate. Get an interactive view of the map here.

    If you were to take this daring journey around the states, you would spend a total of 214.56 hours behind the wheel and log 13,389 miles on the odometer, which does not include time or mileage for overnight breaks and any detours along the way.

    "This map is designed so road trippers can start anywhere and drive as much or as little as they like," said Olson. "Across the U.S., people can create their perfect route, whether staying close to home or embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime 48-state journey."

    Chevy Partnered With Acclaimed Data Scientist to Create Cross Country Road Trip

    Keeping passengers entertained and connected on the go is important to Chevy. The in-vehicle tech, such as 4G LTE Wi-Fi, built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, is offered in a majority of new vehicles such as the Chevy Traverse, Equinox, and Trax. Most new models come equipped with the latest and most advanced safety features that are ideal when logging hours behind the wheel. These include:

    • Surround Vision
    • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • Rear Park Assist
    • Rear Seat Reminder

    Chevy Partnered With Acclaimed Data Scientist to Create Cross Country Road Trip

    Chevrolet has also earned numerous Dependability Awards by J.D. Power, including Most Dependable Compact SUV, Midsize SUV, Large Light Duty Pickup, and Midsize Car.

    Looking for a shorter road trip? Olson also curated shorter routes for families looking to explore different ares of the country more in-depth. His routes include the Midwest, the Northeast, the West Coast, Texas, and Florida.


    There's no need to map out your route this spring break season. Chevy partnered with an acclaimed data scientist to create a cross country road trip that the whole family will be sure to enjoy. Before you hit the road, it's important to make sure your vehicle is prepared to handle all conditions when logging hundreds of miles. Schedule a service appointment with our team to get your vehicle up to speed on routine maintenance.

    If you're looking to upgrade your ride, take a look at our new vehicle inventory. From compact sedans to full-size SUVs, we've got plenty of options to choose from. With the latest tech and safety features, you'll feel confident behind the wheel of a brand-new Chevy. Contact our friendly and helpful sales team if you have any questions or would like to take a test drive! Safe travels wherever you're headed this spring season!

    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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    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations - 03/13/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night. St. Patrick's Day is here once again! Dress up in your best green-inspired outfit and feel the luck of the Irish by your side all day long. Throwing a St. Patty's Day bash this year? Don't forget the decorations! Get crafty with your decor by trying your hand at one of these DIY St. Patrick's Day decorations:


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations


    Whether you're looking for something quick and easy to put together or something a bit more challenging, these DIY St. Patrick's Day decorations will get the party started! Stylish and green is the theme this year. Your friends and family will appreciate your sense of creativity. Going out this year instead? Make sure you remain safe behind the wheel. Before you hit the town, get your vehicle ready for the road by performing routine maintenance. Schedule an appointment with our service team if you're in need of an oil change, tire rotation, or any other basic service. Feel free to contact our friendly and helpful staff with any questions you have. Best of luck to you this St. Patty's Day!

    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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    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness? - 03/08/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––It's that time of the year again! The March Madness craze is getting everyone riled up for their favorite basketball tournament of the year. This popular Division I college basketball tournament is played in a single-game elimination style and features 68 different teams from around the country. To get in on the action, we've created our own starting lineup. Which Chevy is your top pick during March Madness?


    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness?


    Take a look at the vehicles we chose:


    Point Guard: Bolt EV

    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness?

    Always on the move, the Bolt EV handles well and takes charge of every day. It's the first all-electric car that is both affordable and efficient with a range of 238 miles on a single charge. Built with the latest and most advanced tech, the Bolt EV has the skills you need to get your offense started.

    Top Stats:
    • EPA-Estimated 238-mile range
    • 0-60 in 6.5 seconds
    • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
    • Performance Ride and Handling Suspension


    Shooting Guard: Malibu

    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness?

    The Chevy Malibu strikes the perfect balance between impressive safety and seamless connectivity, making it the perfect contender for shooting around the perimeter. Named the "Most Dependable Midsize Car", the Malibu is the shooting guard you can trust to score every game.

    Top Stats:
    • EPA-Estimated 36 MPG
    • 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick
    • OnStar Automatic Crash Response
    • Rear Vision Camera


    Small Forward: Equinox

    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness?

    Ever wonder what it's like to have everything you want all in one place? Get behind the wheel of the Chevy Equinox and you won't have to guess any longer. This fully capable crossover is an all-around player with the versatility you'll desire on the court.

    Top Stats:
    • EPA-Estimated 39 MPG with 1.6L Turbo-Diesel Engine
    • Most Dependable Compact SUV
    • 63.5 cu ft max cargo volume
    • Chevrolet MyLink audio system with 7" diagonal Color Touch screen


    Power Forward: Tahoe

    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness?

    The Chevy Tahoe carries a lot of bulk. It's rugged, aggressive, and knows how to make a play when given the opportunity. Not only is it America's best selling full-size SUV, it has also been named the Most Dependable Large SUV as well.

    Top Stats:
    • 23 MPG - Best-in-class V8 highway fuel economy
    • 355-horsepower 5.3L V8
    • Remote Start
    • Max trailering - 6,600 lbs.


    Center: Silverado 1500

    Which Chevy Is Your Top Pick During March Madness?

    Strong, capable, and built to last, the Chevy Silverado 1500 gets the job done inside the paint. This heavy-duty workhorse brings its A-game every single day. It's both dependable and durable, making it the easy choice for your starting lineup.

    Top Stats:
    • Most Dependable Large Light Duty Pickup
    • Four wheel drive
    • EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate
    • Max Available Towing - 12,500 lbs.


    Impressed by our starting lineup? It's no wonder Chevy is the most awarded and fastest growing brand the last four years overall. We've got a variety of vehicles that fit our team this month, including electric, sedans, SUVs, and trucks. Which Chevy is your top pick during March Madness? We understand, it's hard to choose! Take a closer look at the capabilities and features of our starters by viewing our full inventory online. You'll be able to compare specs and prices between each model that catches your eye. Don't see the car you're looking for? Contact our friendly sales team online or by phone at 989-773-3937. We're here to help you get behind the wheel of a new ride this March!

    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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    Spring Break Safety Tips - 03/06/2018

    Spring Break Safety Tips

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Heading off on a spring break vacation soon? Whether you are on a college break or taking a trip with the family, we want to ensure your safety while you are having fun away from home! Before the relaxation kicks in, it's important to make sure you are prepared for everything along the way. Make this year's trip one to remember and enjoy your time away by following these spring break safety tips:


    1. Consider travel insurance.
    If you're leaving the country, it may be wise to purchase travel insurance. Most health policies don't cover you if you leave U.S. soil. A good travel insurance policy will cover illness, injury, and emergency evacuation coverage.

    2. Embrace the buddy system.
    Whether you're headed somewhere close or far away, it's important to always use the "buddy system" in unfamiliar settings. Just because a place may seem safe, doesn't mean it necessarily is. Be prepared and always have a friend or family member with you wherever you venture to.

    3. Bring another form of identification.
    It's very easy for an ID to get lost or stolen, which is why it's so important to make sure you have some other form of identification with you, whether it be a student ID, old driver's license, or even a copy of your passport.

    4. Prepare for the sun.
    If you're going somewhere warm, make sure to pack sunscreen and aloe vera, no matter how well you may tan. The sun's rays are very powerful and even if you may think you're okay, there's still a chance you will get burnt. A nasty sunburn or sickness could ruin your whole trip. The same goes for sunglasses. Protect your eyes with the proper UV protection!

    5. Avoid staying on the first floor.
    Staying in a hotel? Try to refrain from getting a room on the first floor. It is a much bigger target for thieves! Store any valuables you brought with you in a secure location such as a safe.

    6. Carry phone numbers and cash.
    It's always a good idea to carry emergency cash and phone numbers of cab companies with you at all times. Make sure to include the address of your hotel or place you are staying at with you as well. It's better to be safe than sorry!

    7. Do your research.
    Read up on where you are going before you leave and pre-arrange transportation from the airport to your destination. The more you are prepared, the easier it will be. It's best to stay alert and know your surroundings ahead of time to ensure you remain safe throughout your entire trip!


    It's critical to take the necessary safety measures beforehand no matter where you're traveling to. Making arrangements before and during your stay will ensure a memorable and enjoyable trip. Follow our list of spring break safety tips to help you prepare before you head out to your vacation destination! Taking a road trip instead of flying? Get your vehicle into gear by making sure routine maintenance is performed. If your ride is in need of service, schedule an appointment with our team before you leave. We are here to make certain your car is ready to handle the road ahead and keep you safe along the way!

    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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    Healthy Snack Options & Recipes - 03/02/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– It can be tough to always eat healthy, especially when you're just looking for a snack between meals. Quick snacking options like power bars or other such items are usually quite unhealthy. There are alternatives though, that are healthy and nutrient-rich choices for snack time whether you just need to grab something and go or have a little time to prepare a recipe. Read on to discover healthy snack options and recipes that will help keep you fit and leave you satisfied!

    Healthy Snack Options & Recipes

    Fruit Options:

    • Apples
    • Apricots 
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries
    • Cantaloupe
    • Cherries
    • Clementines
    • Strawberries
    • Grapefruit
    • Honeydew
    • Kiwi
    • Mango
    • Oranges
    • Papaya
    • Peaches 
    • Pears
    • Pineapples 
    • Plums 
    • Pomegranate 
    • Raspberries 
    • Watermelon

    Vegetable Options:

    • Avocado
    • Bell Peppers
    • Broccoli 
    • Carrots 
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery 
    • Grape Tomatoes 
    • Green Beans
    • Olives 
    • Radishes 
    • Snap Peas

    Protein & Nuts:

    • Almonds (or Almond Butter)
    • Cashews
    • Chickpeas
    • Dates
    • Hard Boiled Eggs
    • Peanuts 
    • Pecans
    • Sunflower Seeds
    • Walnuts

    Recipes:


    Avocado Hummus
    A savory blend of two individually delicious dips for a great serving of protein and healthy fats.

    Healthy Snack Options & Recipes


    Bell Pepper Oven Fries
    Addictively crispy, you'll love these snacks, especially if you have a hankering for fried food.

    Apple Chips
    Find a new way to snack on delicious apples, in a crispier form.

    Monster Trail Mix Bites
    There's a little bit of everything in these delicious treats, perfect for snacking on the go!

    Healthy Snack Options & Recipes


    Sweet Potato Chips
    Sweet potatoes are some of our favorite foods right now, and slicing them thin enough to be baked into chips is an amazing choice.

    Zucchini Cheesy Bread
    This recipe is a terrific excuse to bite into something that tastes like a guilty pleasure but is actually fairly healthy.

    Cowboy Caviar
    Looking for a healthier dip to bring to a party, or just to snack on at home, dive into this flavor-filled dip!

    Healthy Snack Options & Recipes


    Bang Bang Broccoli
    Try broccoli with a little extra kick! It will make you love this green veggie!

    Chicken Avocado Wrap
    A pinwheel sandwich with a variety of nutritious ingredients like bell peppers, onions, avocado, guac for a well-rounded snack.

    Banana Ice Cream
    If you're looking for a dessert to indulge with, try banana ice cream! It has the consistency and delicious flavor of the real deal and is super simple to make.

    Healthy Snack Options & Recipes


    We hope you enjoy these healthy snack options and recipes! A well-balanced diet is very important to your overall health, and we highly recommend incorporating these snacks into your eating habits. Additionally, this time of year its also very important to be taking care of your vehicle! Winter takes quite the toll on your sedan, truck, or SUV and completing your Spring Car Care maintenance routine at Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant Service Center will get it back in top working condition. Schedule a service appointment online today!

    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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    Celebrate Springtime with Ladies Day at Graff Mt. Pleasant - 02/27/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Shake off the winter gloom and prepare yourself and your vehicle for springtime during Ladies Day at Graff Mt. Pleasant! On March 1st from 8am-8pm, we invite all of our female friends, neighbors, and family members in the community to visit our Chevrolet dealership for free car washes and savings on service, sales, and chances to win fun prizes!

    Celebrate Springtime with Ladies Day at Graff Mt. Pleasant

    Some of the best discounts you can get during Ladies Day include: 

    • $9.95 Oil Changes
    • Wiper Blades as Low as $6.30
    • $1,500 Off the Purchase of a New or Used Vehicle
    • & More - find all Ladies Day offers on our website! 
    So make sure to visit our Chevrolet dealership at 4580 Pickard Road on Thursday, March 1st. Remember, Ladies Day deals are good for one day only! You can give us a call to make an appointment or schedule your service ahead of time online to avoid waiting at the dealership, but feel free to just stop by from 8am-8pm. We'll also have a free drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Salon Blu to use on any service at their salon in Mt. Pleasant. We hope to see you there! 

    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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    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists - 02/24/2018

    MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Chevy vehicles have been showing up on a number of "Best of 2018" lists so far this year, including lists from major publications such as Consumer Reports, Car and Driver, and U.S. News & World Report. These lists thoroughly vet and assess the new 2018 models from across the market, and rank only the best of the best. Chevrolet has always prided itself on engineering excellence and for providing amazing vehicles for the American driver. Read on to find out which Chevy vehicles were named to "Best of 2018" lists!


    Consumer Reports - 10 Top Picks of 2018: Best Cars of the Year

    Consumer Reports went to great lengths to create their 10 Top Picks of 2018: Best Cars of the Year list and two Chevrolets were named among the best of the best. To do so, they assessed each new vehicle from all major motor brands in terms of reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety, while also putting the vehicle through an exhaustive road test. Vehicles that ranked spectacularly well in all four areas made the cut, and were named to their Best Cars of the Year list, including;

    Best Large Car: 2018 Chevrolet Impala

    "The Impala continues to be a gem among large cars, providing a driving experience that’s more akin to a luxury car. The controls are refreshingly intuitive and easy to use, including the feature-rich infotainment system. Its smooth ride is a true standout, soaking up bumps like a sponge. Those in the market would be wise to consider an Impala." - Consumer Reports

    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists

    Best Compact Green Car: 2018 Chevrolet Bolt

    "The Bolt proves that electric cars need not apologize for a lack of driving performance. This distinctive-looking hatchback delivers brisk acceleration and tight handling, plus a 250-mile electric range at a mainstream price." - Consumer Reports


    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists

    Car and Driver - 2018 10Best Cars

    A notable and well-respected automotive news and review organization, Car and Driver released their 2018 10Best Cars list recently, and two Chevy models made the cut. After two weeks of extensive hands-on evaluation of new 2018 model vehicles, Car and Driver experts drove and tested the sedans, trucks, and SUVs out on the track, checked out what was under the hood and inside the cabin, while also assessing the full functionality of their infotainment systems. The vehicles considered for this prestigious list must have a sale price under $80,000 and be either a returning winner, or an all-new or significantly revised model.


    2018 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 / SS / ZL1 Coupes

    "Imagine meeting Vin Diesel and discovering that he has a law degree, quotes Robert Frost, and speaks with an English accent worthy of royalty. Maybe he is all that; we don’t know—we’ve never met him. That’s the Camaro’s story as well: You can’t know it until you’re one on one with it, preferably on a challenging two-lane road. It is there that the Camaro will demolish your preconceptions, one corner at a time." - Car and Driver

    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists


    2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

    "The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport needs little introduction as a mega-performance bargain worthy of our 10Best Cars list, and 2018 marks the second year in a row that the Grand Sport targa and convertible have made the cut. From its Lightning Lap exploits to our current long-term test car, it is a track-day thriller and an unflinching ally on winding back roads. Factor in impressive civility at a price that massively undercuts any exotic of similar dynamic capability, and the Grand Sport earns its place again for being one of the best sports-car buys available." - Car and Driver

    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists

    U.S. News & World Report - The Best New Cars Arriving in 2018

    U.S. News & World Report is a world renowned reporting authority, and their automotive branch recently released a list of The Best New Cars Arriving in 2018, which includes two Chevy models. Criteria for inclusion on the list requires the 2018 models to be all-new or significantly redesigned.

    2018 Chevrolet Equinox

    "Chevrolet’s redesigned Equinox is a safe bet if you are looking for a compact crossover that includes plenty of features." - U.S. News & World Report


    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse

    "With class-leading cargo space, cavernous seating for up to eight, and lots of in-cabin storage, the Chevy Traverse is a great SUV. This large family hauler feels composed when driving, with easy steering and braking. The Traverse rides comfortably, even on rough pavement or while handling curves with enthusiasm. Technology features are intuitive, as well." -U.S. News & World Report

    Multiple Chevy Models Named to "Best of 2018" Lists

    Chevrolet is proud to have multiple different 2018 models, such as the 2018 Camaro, 2018 Equinox, and 2018 Impala named to various "Best of 2018" lists, including the Good Housekeeping Institute's Best New Cars of 2018 list! We believe, however, that Chevy's entire 2018 lineup of vehicles has a lot to offer you! If you're interested in learning about the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and many other incredible, reliable, and stylish vehicles browse our online inventory to find which sedans, trucks, or SUVs would potentially suit your needs. Schedule a test drive at your convenience to experience these Chevy models in person and meet with our informative sales team to take the first steps towards purchasing or leasing a new vehicle!

    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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