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

    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

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


    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

    1. KEEP THEM HYDRATED

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


    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

    2. WATCH OUT FOR HEATSTROKE

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


    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

    3. DON'T LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR

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


    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

    4. HAVE MORE WAYS TO KEEP COOL

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


    5 Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

    5. AVOID HOT SURFACES

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


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

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

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

    Michigan Summer Events Around Mt. Pleasant, MI

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

    1.) Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitor Bureau

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


    2.) Yoga in Bloom

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

    3.) Summer Exploration Days

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

    4.) Shows & Concerts at Soaring Eagle Casino

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


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

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


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

    2019 Chevrolet Volt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.
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    Michigan Travel: Four Summer Destinations That Mark The Spot - 07/05/2018

    Michigan travel

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





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


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


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


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

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

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


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

    2019 Chevy Blazer

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

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

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    1.) Taking A Road Trip Up North:

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

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    2.) Jump on a Boat

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

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    3.) Going Fishing

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

    Summer in Michigan: Four Ways to Make it Memorable

    4.) Playing Sports

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

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

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


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


    Cadillac super cruise

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


    2019 Sierra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








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

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

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

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

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    1. KEEPING YOUR FUEL TANK LOW

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

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    2. RESTING YOUR HAND ON THE SHIFTER

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

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    3. IGNORING YOUR WARNING LIGHTS

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

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    4. SUDDENLY SHIFTING

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

    5 Bad Habits that Can Damage Your Vehicle

    5. HARD STOPS AND EXCESSIVE BRAKING

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

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

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

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


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    5 Famous Dads in History - 06/11/2018

    5 Famous Dads in History

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

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

    5 Famous Dads in History

    1. WILLIAM JACKSON SMART

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

    5 Famous Dads in History

    2. BARACK OBAMA

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

    5 Famous Dads in History

    3. JIM HENSON

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

    5 Famous Dads in History

    4. STEPHEN KING

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

    5 Famous Dads in History

    5. BERRY GORDY

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


    A HANDS-ON TEACHING TOOL

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


    AUDIO LIMIT

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


    SPEED LIMITER

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


    LEADING THE COMPETITION

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

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

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


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


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

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

    The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 propulsion line-up includes:

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


    A SILVERADO - AND AN ENGINE - FOR EVERYONE

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

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

    IMPROVED DRIVING EXPERIENCE


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

    BIG SHOES TO FILL

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

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

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


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


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





    1. GRILLED CORN ON THE COB

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

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    2. GRILLED POTATO SALAD WITH BACON VINAIGRETTE

    Potatoes + Bacon + Grill = Happy tummies.

    Get the recipe from Country Living.


    3. GRILLED KIELBASA TACOS

    Two countries on one plate!

    Get the recipe from Bon Appetit.



    4. BARBECUED CHICKEN

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

    Get the recipe at Bon Appetit.


    5. GRILLED PINEAPPLE SLIDERS

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

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    6. STEAK FAJITA SKEWERS

    One word: Yum.

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    7. GRILLED SPARE RIBS WITH CHERRY COLA GLAZE

    Classic spare ribs with a sweet twist!

    Get the recipe from Bon Appetit.



    8. SHORTCUT BBQ RIBS

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

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    9. HONEY SOY GRILLED PORK CHOPS

    Pair it with some pineapples or cherries!

    Get the recipe from Delish.



    10. ASIAN BBQ SALMON

    Give your salmon obsession an Eastern twist!

    Get the recipe from Delish.


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

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

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


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

    5 Important Women in US Military History

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

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



    5 Important Women in US Military History

    1. CAPT. KRISTEN GRIEST & LT. SHAYE HAVER

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

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


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    2. GENERAL ANN D. DUNWOODY

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

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


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    3. CATHAY WILLIAMS

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

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


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    4. COL. EILEEN COLLINS

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

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


    5 Important Women in US Military History

    5. 2D LT. ELSIE S. OTT

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

    WHAT CAUSES A/C SYSTEM ISSUES?

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

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

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

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


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

    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

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


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    1. GET SLEEP

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

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


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    2. FUEL UP

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

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


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    3. INSPECT YOUR VEHICLE

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


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    4. CHEW GUM

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


    5 Road Trip Tips For Your Summer Adventures

    5. HAVE SOME SOUND

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

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

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

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


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

    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

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

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


    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    1. JOBS

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


    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    2. VEHICLES

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

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


    3 Important Ways General Motors Honors Military Heroes

    3. HOMES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    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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