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    Visit Hank Graff Chevrolet Bay City for New Chevys and Used Cars, Chevy Auto Service, and Collision Repairs

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    Find New Roads at Graff Bay City

    When you visit Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, you’ll quickly realize we’re not your average run of the mill Chevy dealership – we’re trying to revolutionize the car buying experience!

    We are committed to our customer’s complete satisfaction; a commitment we achieve by providing exceptional customer service, a warm and friendly environment, a fantastic inventory of new Chevy vehicles and used vehicles, and so much more!

    Hank Graff Chevrolet takes care of you and your car or truck throughout your vehicle’s lifetime, and for the duration of your next vehicle’s life as well. We believe in making our customers into lifetime friends – so stop by Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City and let us give you a complete car buying experience that you’ll be happy with!

    Quick Chevy Oil Changes and Auto Service in Bay City, MI at the Hank Graff Chevrolet Service Center | Providing First-Rate Service from Start to Finish!

    At the Hank Graff Chevrolet Service Center, we understand that life can get busy and it may be difficult to find time to bring your vehicle in for routine maintenance and service. To help our customers when spare time is scarce, we’ve created Graff Xpress Service! This service allows for our customers to bring their car or truck in for a quick oil change and/or tire rotation that is not only speedy, but also extremely affordable.

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    We also offer the Graff Xpress Pit Stop in Bay City, a fantastic new option that gives your car the tune up it needs. The Graff Xpress Pit Stop includes a tire rotation, wash, vacuum, fluid top off and a battery check – everything you need to fine-tune that beautiful machine of yours! For more information on the Graff Xpress Service and Graff Xpress Pit Stop, feel free to browse our website or give Hank Graff Chevrolet a call at (989) 684-4411.

    Get a Graff Diagnosis Report - Our way of keeping our customers safe! Is your vehicle not running efficiently? Bring it into our Graff Bay City Service Center for a no obligation vehicle diagnosis. Schedule your appointment with our experts TODAY!

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    Get to Know Our Fearless Leader at Hank Graff Chevrolet, Lisa Rechsteiner

    Behind every successful business is a strong leader – at Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, ours is Lisa Rechsteiner. Lisa is a wonderful individual who not only works hard to see our Chevy dealership succeed, but also the Bay City community. She works diligently every day to make our Chevy dealership a great place to visit, and the community of Bay City a great place to live.

    Lisa is very passionate about helping the Great Lakes Bay Region and we are truly humbled by her efforts to make the world a better place. She divides her time between Just For Kids, the SVSU Athletic Advisory Board, Maier and Associates Advisory Board, the Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU Community Youth Days, and so much more! To read more about our Fearless Hank Graff Chevrolet Leader, click the link below or stop by our Bay City dealership and introduce yourself! You can also read more about the Hank Graff history by clicking the appropriate link below.

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    New or Used Cars, Chevy Auto Service, and Body Work in Bay City, MI at the Hank Graff Chevrolet Service and Collision Centers

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    Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City is the Chevy auto dealership of choice for customers across Michigan, simply because we know how to satisfy our customer’s automotive needs. When it comes time to service your car, truck, SUV or crossover, stop by our Hank Graff Chevrolet Service Center that is friendly, relaxed, and staffed by ASE Certified Technicians. This ensures that your vehicle will only be taken care of by the best technicians in Bay City and for a great, low price. If you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, you’ll enjoy browsing our vast inventory – all of which is available on our Bay City lot or online!

    Our new Chevy inventory in particular is well-stocked with popular models like the Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Traverse, and the Chevrolet Volt.

    If you don’t see what you want on our Bay City lot, rest assured that our well-connected team of professionals will find you the exact vehicle you want and have it brought to our Bay City Chevrolet dealership in no time. After all, your complete satisfaction is our end-goal!

    Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City is proud to be a part of the Bay Area, Mid-Michigan, and Tri-City Area community. Being the premier auto dealership in Mid-Michigan, we are proud to serve such communities as Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant, Essexville, Pinconning, Coleman, Sanford, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, St. Charles, Birch Run, Zilwaukee and more!

    To contact one of our friendly professionals, please feel free to call (989) 684-4411 or stop by Hank Graff Chevrolet located at 3636 Wilder Road in Bay City, MI – we look forward to serving you at our Chevrolet dealership soon!

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    Hank Graff Chevrolet in Bay City is proud to be a part of the Bay Area, Mid-Michigan, and Tri-City Area community. Being the premier auto dealership in Mid-Michigan, we are proud to serve such communities as Bay City, Midland, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant, Essexville, Pinconning, Coleman, Sanford, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, St. Charles, Birch Run, Zilwaukee and more! To contact one of our friendly professionals, please feel free to call (989) 684-4411 or stop by our dealership located at 3636 Wilder Road in Bay City, MI – we look forward to serving you at our dealership soon!

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    Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers - 08/18/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– The summer is almost over, which can only mean one thing: school is starting again! Whether your kids love it or hate it, you can tell it's the end of the summer when it's time to go back to school shopping. Get everything done ahead of schedule this year with our back to school checklist for middle schoolers to beat the traffic and get the best deals possible! From 6th to 8th grade, we've put together a list of necessities that will make shopping a breeze. Some teachers release lists of supplies students are required to bring, but these supplies will help to organize and prepare your middle schooler for the next few years!

    6th Grade


    Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

    Purchasing school supplies for 6th graders can be difficult. It's tough to know what supplies will work best for your child as they become more organized and prepared for classes than ever before. Here are a few items we think will help your 6th grader get off to a great start:

    • An agenda for organization
    • (5-6) 2-pocket folders per class
    • (2) 3-subject notebooks w/dividers
    • (12) No. 2 pencils
    • (2) red pens for corrections
    • Hand wipes, sanitizer, etc.
    • Plastic flip-top drink container for water
    • (2) packages of pocket tissue packs
    • (1) pencil case
    • Magnetic locker basket for easy organization
    • Small umbrella for rainy days
    • Pair of gym shoes
    • (10) pens, blue and/or black
    • (1) package of loose leaf paper
    • 12" ruler
    • Pair of scissors

    7th Grade

    Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

    In the 7th grade, your child will start to enjoy a more personalized schedule. They'll be able to pick certain classes they enjoy while also taking part in the required core classes every middle schooler has to take. They'll probably be a little more knowledgeable about what they need, but it's better to be prepared for anything! Make sure you get these supplies before the school year starts:

    • Package of graphing paper for math
    • Agenda for organization
    • 2 GB flash drive
    • Graphing compass
    • Scotch tape
    • (4-5) 3-prong folders with pockets
    • (12) pencils with extra erasers
    • Composition notebook
    • (4) packages of dividers
    • Black, blue, and red pens
    • Dry erase markers
    • Class-specific requirements (instrument, art supplies, etc.)
    • Handheld pencil sharpener w/lid
    • College lined loose leaf paper
    • White out

    8th Grade


    Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

    With one year left in middle school, your 8th grader probably wants to get back to school shopping done as quickly as possible. Since you've probably acquired most of the supplies you'll need over the past couple years, shopping with your 8th grader will be much easier. However, don't forget any of these extremely important supplies:

    • Graphing calculator
    • (3) 3-ring binders
    • Protractor 
    • Dry erase marker/whiteboard
    • Package of sticky notes
    • (5) packages of dividers
    • (12) pencils w/extra erasers
    • White out
    • Agenda or planner for organization
    • Stapler and staple remover
    • Blue, black, and red pens
    • Sharp scissors
    • (3) highlighters, different colors
    • Colored pencils
    • (4) composition notebooks

    Back to school shopping can be an enjoyable and easy experience if you are prepared and get organized ahead of time. Stay ahead of the curve this year with our back to school checklist for middle schoolers so you aren't lost or stuck Googling school supplies while you shop! Before school starts up, plan a fun getaway during Labor Day with some fresh and fun family-friendly activities. Planning a cookout for Labor Day weekend? Try some of these mouth-watering recipes to give your tastebuds the vacation they deserve! If you're going on vacation soon, make sure you double check everything you pack to ensure you aren't missing one of the top 10 most forgotten vacation items

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG - 08/15/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– With a new 1.6L turbo-diesel engine, drivers of a diesel 2018 Chevrolet Equinox can say goodbye to the gas station. The Chevy Equinox diesel offers an industry-leading 39 mpg engine, allowing drivers to achieve max productivity with their diesel engines. The Equinox carries a 577-mile cruising range. Drivers can go from Chicago, Illinois to Memphis, Tennessee without having to fill up once! Coupled with its high mpg rating, the 2018 Chevy Equinox is expected to be the industry leader in fuel efficient diesel vehicles.

    Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG

    The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is the first crossover SUV of its kind to achieve mileage of up to 39 mpg, topping the rankings across the board. Its stop-start technology allows drivers to save additional gas as they wait for lights. The Equinox automatically stops your engine and restarts it when drivers need to continue on their journey, improving their fuel efficiency with no harm done to their vehicle's starter. This one-of-a-kind crossover is also compatible with B20 bio-diesel fuel, giving drivers an efficient and environmentally friendly ride, too.

    “Chevrolet continues to lead with technologies that offer customers more choice,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “Our three-engine turbo-charged Equinox lineup means we can provide drivers more options for the performance and efficiency they desire.”


    Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG

    “It is very fun to drive, with torque on demand at all speeds,” said Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems. “In fact, the engine delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 1,500 and 3,250 rpm. The strong torque provides the feeling of a larger engine, with exceptional smoothness and quietness.”

    You can experience the uniquely modern 2018 Chevrolet Equinox today by taking it out for a test drive at Graff Bay City! Spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road with the Chevy Equinox diesel, offering industry-leading 39 MPG. View our 2018 Equinox inventory to compare trim levels, features, reviews, prices, and more! If you can't find what you're looking for or would like to order a Special Edition Chevy, be sure to contact us and we'll get you set up with exactly what you're looking for!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle - 08/10/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– At Graff Bay City, safety is our top priority. The National Safety Council estimates that at least 40,000 fatalities and over 4.6 million people were injured as a result of car crashes in 2016, the highest in almost a decade. To better keep you and your passengers safe on the road, we've put together a list of safety features worth having in your next vehicle!

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert


    Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

    Available on new Chevrolet models, Rear Cross Traffic Alert informs you of approaching drivers or hazards when you back out of a parking spot or driveway. This safety-minded feature works hand-in-hand with Rear Camera technology, a feature that is standard on every new General Motors vehicle, giving you a clear image of the area behind your vehicle on your dashboard display. Rear Cross Traffic Alert technology provides visual and audible notifications if any moving objects or hazards are nearby to prevent any accidents from occurring. 

    Lane Keep Assist


    Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

    Lane Keep Assist technology provides audio and visual alerts on your vehicle dashboard display when you unintentionally drift into another lane. Should you continue to drift, Lane Keep Assist will gently nudge your steering wheel to keep you in your lane. Using cameras placed on every side of the vehicle, this feature monitors the patterns of the road, alerting you if you don't use your turn signals or if you regularly drift into other lanes. Lane Keep Assist helps to improve the safety of you, your passengers, and other vehicles on multi-lane roads and highways.

    Front and Rear Parking Assist


    Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

    Eliminate the stress of parking in a difficult spot with Front and Rear Parking Assist technology. Cameras positioned on the front and back of your vehicle provide guidelines and notifications to help you adjust your position to prevent any damage to your vehicle or surroundings. From new drivers to experts behind the wheel, this technology can ease the process of parallel parking and reduce the stress behind it as well. Front and Rear Parking Assist is standard on most GM models and is a great feature for drivers of any lifestyle!

    Adaptive Cruise Control


    Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle


    Improve your cruise control experience with Adaptive Cruise Control technology. This feature allows you to match the speed of drivers in front of you, eliminating the need to constantly brake and accelerate to accommodate to others' speeds. You can adjust the space, or "follow gap" between other vehicles to allow other drivers to merge into your lane, too. Adaptive Cruise Control technology is available on most modern GM vehicles.


    Forward Safety Awareness


    Forward Safety Awareness technology utilizes the same cameras that Lane Keep Assist technology uses to alert drivers of impending danger in front of the vehicle. Radar technology alerts you of slowing vehicles ahead, providing video and audio notifications through your display dashboard. If a collision is imminent, Forward Safety Awareness automatically applies your brakes to either reduce the damage of a collision or prevent it altogether. 

    The United States Automobile Association lists each of these features on their website as features that improve car safety for drivers, passengers, and other drivers. These safety features worth having in your next vehicle will make the road a much safer place for everyone. All of the features mentioned are either standard or available on most modern General Motors vehicles. Browse our model lineup to see what safety features are standard with each vehicle. Take a look at Chevy car and truck technology to view additional customization options that are available on your Chevrolet vehicle, too. If you have any questions or would like to take a vehicle out for a test drive, call us to set up an appointment and we'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips - 08/08/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– On road trips, your passengers can make or break your time while you drive. Without proper entertainment to distract everyone, you'll probably hear "are we there yet?" more than once. Plus, distractions from passengers of any age can take your attention away from the road and can increase your chances of getting into an accident. Follow our guide on how to keep your kids entertained on road trips to maximize your peace and quiet and minimize any chances of distraction, giving everyone on the road a much safer experience.

    Play Road Games


    How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

    A great way to get children of any age involved in a fun and distracting activity is by playing the "alphabet game". Using road signs, businesses, and billboards, the goal of the game is to find words that start with every letter of the alphabet, from A to Z in order! You can make it a group effort or divide your vehicle into teams to make it more competitive. If you aren't a fan of the alphabet game, there are plenty of other road trip games you can try, too!

    Purchase a Polaroid


    How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

    For older passengers, a Polaroid camera can be an awesome way to make road trip memories extra special. They're relatively inexpensive and print photos as soon as you take them. Whether your passengers are taking pictures of noteworthy destinations, state signs, or landmarks, this is a great way to help your teens hone their photography skills and make use of their time in the car!

    Non-Digital Entertainment


    How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

    Want your kids to take a break from the screen time? You can keep them entertained with plenty of great non-digital activities to bring their creative minds to life! Coloring books, whether the artists are young or old, are proven to reduce stress and make them that much happier. Other activities, like a good old-fashioned game of Hangman, Mad Libs, or candy necklace making, can keep anyone of any age occupied for long periods of time!

    Listen to an Audiobook


    How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

    By age 3, children are typically old enough to follow a story. Head to the library or book store to purchase an audiobook that'll bring a story to life! Whether you're listening to the incredible story of Harry Potter, the classic tale of Charlotte's Web, or something else, you'll be able to find a story for everyone in no time. Plus, you can download audio stories on devices individually if you want to listen to music on your own but want to keep your kids distracted!

    Download Entertaining Apps


    How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

    With hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from, the possibilities are endless for entertainment and fun on the road! You can make a scrapbook with Animoto, play a game of Road Trip Scavenger Hunt, or take on the road with Extreme Road Trip! Whether you're looking for games, fun, or a great way to save your memories, there's something for everyone on the app store. Download plenty of apps on your tablet, phone, or other electronic device to keep everyone entertained for hours to come.

    There are plenty of ways to keep everyone on the road occupied, but having a few backup plans just in case something falls through is the best way to stay prepared! Now that you know how to keep your kids entertained on road trips, you'll have the perfect strategy to minimize distractions and maximize road trip fun. Plus, who knows, you just may join in on the alphabet game or another form of entertainment, too! Before you go on your road trip, don't forget to inspect your vehicle to see if it needs maintenance. If it does, schedule an appointment with us before you go on your trip to avoid any inconveniences! Also, don't forget any important vacation items while you pack this year!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Family-Friendly Labor Day Activities - 08/04/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– Before we know it, Labor Day will be here! This is the last chance to enjoy some fun before the school year begins again. Prepare for this great holiday by planning some family-friendly Labor Day activities. Enjoy your time off work with your friends and family with different activities ranging from boat tours to baseball games. You can make this year's Labor Day weekend a fun-filled extravaganza with these affordable events that'll be sure to entertain everyone!

    September 2nd - Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour


    Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

    Head out on the Saginaw River on Saturday for a two hour cruise aboard the Princess Wenonah or Islander! Enjoy an educational tour with a history lesson while you enjoy some snacks aboard a historical riverboat in Bay City. You'll learn all about Bay City and its origins while you explore the Saginaw River, spotting local wildlife along the way. Plus, if you miss the tour Labor Day weekend, you'll still have a chance to catch it again throughout fall!

    September 2nd - Enjoy a Great Lakes Loons Game


    Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

    Looking for an inexpensive, fun, and entertaining getaway? Take the family out to a Great Lakes Loons game for a fun day at the ballpark! The Loons will be taking on the Lake County Captains this September, and the Dow Diamond is sure to be full of excitement for everyone. Tickets are available now, so make sure to get yours today before it's too late. The game starts at 7:05 pm.

    September 3rd - The Art of the Brick


    Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

    The Midland Center of the Arts will be celebrating the Art of the Brick on its final day on Sunday, September 3rd. These unique art exhibits, created entirely with Lego bricks, contain over 85 exhibits of famous artwork, locations, and more. Plus, your ticket admission comes with admission to the Hall of Ideas and Spark!Lab for additional hands-on fun! Enjoy these exclusive exhibits while they last!

    August 31st - The Last Whistle Celebration


    Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

    The Saginaw Art Museum will be honoring renowned artist Ken Newman with a permanent addition to their exhibits. Newman's sculpture, The Last Whistle, honors Bay County's blue collar workers and their dedication to their community. The Saginaw Chamber of Commerce will be consummating this sculpture with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a picnic after. Take a look at the art exhibit, enjoy the newly dedicated sculpture, and make your trip to Saginaw a fun one!

    August 31st - September 4th - Catch a Movie at the Theater


    Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

    Head on down to the Bay City Goodrich Theater for a fun filled movie night! From family friendly flicks to date night must-sees, the theater is full of great showings throughout the months of August and September! Plus, Labor Day discounts will come in handy with finding an affordable movie for the whole family to enjoy on the weekend. Take a look at show times and dates to find the perfect film for the extended weekend!

    The Bay County area is full of fun on Labor Day weekend! Whether your family prefers baseball games, art exhibits, or even movies, there's something for everyone this holiday season. Our list of family-friendly Labor Day activities is just a start, but there's plenty of fun to be had for the full extended weekend, no matter what you do. Before you head out for the long holiday, take advantage of our $18.95+tax oil change special to get some routine maintenance done at an inexpensive rate! If you need new tires, brakes, or other service, utilize some of our coupons so you'll save even more before Labor Day comes!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Discover Special Edition Chevy Vehicles at Graff Bay City - 08/02/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– If you're looking for additional features to give your vehicle a custom and personal touch, consider purchasing a special edition Chevrolet! These unique packages add distinctive features and benefits to your vehicle that you otherwise wouldn't have access to on a standard model. Stand out on the road by upgrading to one of our special edition Chevy vehicles at Graff Bay City! It's time for you to take a closer look at what these special editions have to offer.

    Special Edition Chevy Vehicles



    Whether you drive a Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Camaro, Cruze, Traverse, Equinox, Trax, or Malibu, there's a special edition package for everyone! You can express yourself on the road with strikingly unique features, or increase your vehicle's power with upgrades to towing capacity, brake power, and more! Our Special Edition Chevy Vehicles page lists details and specifications that each special edition vehicle carries. When you've made your decision on what you're looking for, choose from a variety of special edition styles and packages, including:

    • Redline
    • Midnight
    • RST - Rally Sport Truck
    • RealTree
    • Custom Sport HD


    Can't find what you're looking for? Fill out our request form and we can get a special edition Chevrolet vehicle ordered for you right away! Browse our special edition inventory now to get a closer look at what we have to offer. You can view pricing, vehicle details, features, specials, and more with a few quick clicks! Discover special edition Chevy vehicles at Graff Bay City today to put a personal touch on the vehicle of your dreams! Choose from a wide variety of colors, styles, and benefits, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help right away!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance - 07/26/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– Whether you're a first-time vehicle owner or have sat behind your fair share of steering wheels, knowing when your vehicle may need maintenance can save you money and can prevent expensive repairs from arising. Learning how to inspect your vehicle for maintenance will give you the skills you need to check your oil, tire pressure, and more to ensure your vehicle achieves top performance on the road. Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to save money with your vehicle, and checking up on the workings of your vehicle on a weekly basis will keep you prepared in the event that it may need maintenance in the future.

    Checking Your Tires


    How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

    Your tires, while durable, can wear down after long months of driving, reducing their tread. If your tires don't have deep grooves, they won't be able to grip the road effectively, especially in wet or muddy environments, and can greatly increase the risk of hydroplaning. 

    A very easy way to check your tires' tread is the popular "penny method". Place a penny face down in the center groove of your tire. If you can see most or all of Lincoln's face, your tread is too short and will require replacement. In the event that you require new tires, our tire price guarantee gives you the benefit of the doubt! If you purchase tires with us, and within 30 days of your purchase find something cheaper, we will refund you the difference!

    Check Your Oil


    How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

    Engine oil works to lubricate important components of your engine, allowing it to run smoothly and prevent overheating. Your oil should be replaced every 3,000-5,000 miles, or whenever your vehicle owner's manual tells you to do so. Checking it at home can give you a good idea of whether or not you'll require an oil change soon. 

    Pop the hood of your vehicle (while your engine is cool) and look for an oil dipstick like the one in the image above; it should be clearly labeled or stand out among the engine components. Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean with a cloth, then insert it and pull it out again. The dipstick should have a way of indicating the level of your oil, whether it's "min" and "max" labels, or "L" (low) and "H" (high). If your oil is below the minimum level, it's time for an oil change. We offer a variety of oil change options and specials with our selection of coupons, free for you to use at your disposal!

    Checking Your Coolant


    How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

    Your coolant is another extremely important fluid that helps your vehicle run efficiently. Coolant helps to reduce the temperature of your engine, and without it, your engine would quickly overheat and break down. Coolant is typically replaced every 30,000 miles, or whenever your vehicle owner's manual recommends it. Checking your coolant is even easier than checking your oil level or tire tread, and can save you a lot of stress in the event that your coolant needs replacing.

    After letting your engine completely cool down, pop the hood of your vehicle and locate your coolant reservoir. It should be in a large container next to your engine that is brightly colored. Locate the labels on the side of the reservoir to properly inspect the coolant's levels. If your coolant is below the minimum level, get your vehicle in for a coolant replacement right away to prevent any extensive damage to your engine or its components! Use our Graff XPress service for quick, easy, and efficient service to get your coolant replaced right away.

    Checking Your Wiper Fluid


    How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

    Other fluids, such as wiper fluid, are just as easily checked as coolant. Keeping your wiper fluid properly filled, regardless of the season, will allow you to remain ahead of the curve in the event of a storm or abrupt change in weather. If you've noticed your wiper fluid isn't as efficient as it once was, it may be time for a refill. Pop your hood and locate the blue wiper fluid reservoir, then refill as needed. You'll be ready to go in no time!

    Wiper Replacements


    How to Inspect Your Vehicle for Maintenance

    If you notice your wipers "skidding" across your windshield, they may have begun to wear down after repeated usage. While this may not seem like a big deal initially, ineffective wipers can reduce your vision in the event of a storm. It's better to be safe than sorry! Wipers are very inexpensive and if you purchase them with Graff Bay City, we'll be more than happy to help you install them, free of charge! 

    With these handy tips, you'll be able to perform a quick and easy inspection on your vehicle in no time, just like an expert mechanic would! Now that you know how to inspect your vehicle for maintenance, your car will be in good hands if something were to happen. If your vehicle is experiencing any issues that we haven't covered, or is in need of an extra pair of eyes, feel free to schedule an appointment with us. Our friendly and attentive Service Staff will gladly take a look at your vehicle! If you want to perform more at-home preventative maintenance, refer to our routine maintenance tips for some extra tips.

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Netflix Shows You Need to Start Today - 07/24/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– Need a new show, but don't know where to start? Netflix carries so many different shows that it can be hard to figure out which ones you may actually like. Whether you're looking for a heart-pumping drama, hilarious comedy, or something totally off the beaten path, we've got you covered! Our reliable guide on Netflix shows you need to start today will help you find the perfect show that suits your taste!

    The Office (Comedy)




    If you haven't started this award-winning comedy yet, you're missing out! Follow the story of bumbling boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and his bizarre coworkers in this incredible (and surprisingly emotional) comedy series!

    Mad Men (Drama)



    After reaching an incredible conclusion in 2015, Mad Men has withstood the test of time as one of the best dramas of the 21st century. Don Draper, suave ad executive, battles with clients, coworkers, and his past in this incredibly jaw-dropping drama.

    Stranger Things (Science Fiction)



    Take a trip back in time with this bone-chilling homage to the 80s! When local boy Will Byers disappears suddenly, his friends embark on a journey to find him, discovering a supernatural world that threatens to swallow their hometown alive.

    Master of None (Comedy)



    Dev, a 30 year-old freelance actor from New York, navigates the confusing life of adulthood with plenty of questions and jokes along the way. Aziz Ansari's debut show is full of beautiful cinematography and incredibly funny and relatable jokes.

    Orange is the New Black (Comedy/Drama)



    Piper Chapman, a public relations executive, is sent to minimum-security prison for a crime she committed almost a decade earlier. She quickly learns how life changing prison can be, making a few friends and enemies along the way.

    House of Cards (Drama)



    House of Cards tells the story of Frank Underwood, a notoriously ruthless congressman who will stop at nothing in the quest for power. This Emmy and Golden Globe winning political tale is on its final season this year, so new viewers will get to see Frank's story told from beginning to end.

    Black Mirror (Science Fiction/Thriller)



    For something scary, realistic, and a little too real, Black Mirror is the answer. Considered the "modern day Twilight Zone", Black Mirror follows several stories of the near-future and what happens to society when it comes to rely too much on technology.

    Jessica Jones (Action/Thriller)



    One of Marvel's darkest but best told superhero stories, Jessica Jones is a private investigator who uses her abilities to track down a tormentor from her past. It's a much darker take on the traditional superhero origins, but is easily one of the most unique and dynamic.

    While these are only a few of the best shows available to Netflix users, they'll be sure to keep you up late wanting to binge for more. Watch these Netflix shows you need to start today if you're looking for something new! While you're catching up on your new favorite show, take a look at our new vehicle inventory to do some shopping, too. You'll be able to customize it with exclusive General Motors accessories, available to any customers of Graff Bay City! If you're just looking to save some money on auto service, though, you can always take advantage of our coupons for the best deals in Mid-Michigan!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Varieties to Try During National Hot Dog Month - 07/21/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– This July is National Hot Dog Month. Every year, this American all-star is honored around the world with different toppings, buns, and more. Whether you're a fan of the classic ketchup and mustard combination, a loaded Chicago dog, or a special combination of your own, there are so many delicious options to enjoy. If you're a true hot dog love, here are some famous regional varieties to try during National Hot Dog Month!

    The New York


    Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles

    While hot dogs originated in Germany and were first sold at ballparks in St. Louis, the Big Apple is known worldwide for their hot dogs. In fact, the name "hot dog" came from the New York Polo Grounds on a cold Yankees game in 1901. The New York dog is recognized by its toppings: they're typically covered in sauerkraut or onions, which are occasionally dipped in chili powder, and topped off with a swizzle of spicy mustard. New York style hot dogs are hard to come across in the Mitten, but the ingredients are easy to find and you can make your own at home!

    Chicago Style


    Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles

    One of the most renowned and unique hot dog styles around the globe, the Chicago dog is loaded up with toppings and carries a crazy amount of tastes. Typical Chicago dogs use poppy seed buns, which are filled with tomato slices, pickle spears, celery salt, pickled peppers, relish, lettuce, and mustard. While this may seem like a lot, the veggies, dog, and condiments all blend together to make this Windy City special a must-have in the Midwest. Try making them yourself

    Danger Dog


    Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles


    Los Angeles is home to Hollywood, Venice Beach, and the infamous "Danger Dog." It earned its name from the method in which it is cooked. Danger dogs are wrapped in bacon and deep fried, and are served with a variety of toppings. Combine the deep fried, bacon-wrapped goodness of the dog with grilled onions and bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, then you've got yourself one dangerous hot dog. Give the recipe a try yourself if you think you're up for the challenge.

    Corn Dogs


    Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles

    Originated from Texas, corn dogs can be found at carnivals, ballparks, and fairs around the country! They substitute the traditional bun for a sweet, crunchy, deep fried cornmeal casing, and are held on a stick for the eater's convenience. Dip it in mustard, ketchup, or whatever you prefer for a great classic taste! You can find corn dogs at your grocery store, ballpark, or you can make them yourself

    Coney Dog


    Must-Try National Hot Dog Day Styles


    We saved the best for last! Not only is Michigan the best state in the union, but you can also find one of the most comforting hot dog styles at almost any coney-island type restaurant. Warm chili, tangy mustard, and fresh onions top off these all-beef dogs. Whether you're a loyalist to Lafayette or a diehard American Coney Island fan, these hot dog styles are simply unbeatable. If you're already familiar with the Detroit style, familiarize yourself with Flint's unique take on the coney dog, which substitutes the Detroit style Coney sauce with ground beef flavored with dry sauce. 

    From Hollywood to the Big Apple, the United States is full of different interpretations on hot dogs, each with their definition of the "best hot dog in the world". Whether you prefer your hot dog spicy, savory, or simply plain, these varieties to try during National Hot Dog Month are a great way to give your taste buds a trip around the USA! While you're out celebrating Summer and National Hot Dog Month, bring your vehicle to our Service Center for a limited-time $18.95 + tax oil change! You can also get more bang for your buck with our overstock sale, with trade-ins starting at $3,000. 

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    How to Make Your Car Your Own - 07/19/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– One of the most exciting aspects of vehicle ownership is the customization. Your vehicle is uniquely yours in that you can do whatever you'd like with it, whether it's a new coat of paint, wiper blades, or even a fresh set of wheels. We're here to give you a few ideas on how to make your car your own, with tips on personalizing your vehicle and maintaining its resale value. Many of these options are fairly inexpensive and add a nice personal touch to your one-of-a-kind vehicle, from subtle accents to big statements. Get started on making your vehicle your own today!

    Remove Dents and Scratches


    The best way to get started on personalizing your vehicle is by performing some basic maintenance. Making your vehicle look brand new will increase its resale value and make it far more appealing to the eye. Besides taking it in for maintenance, there are a few homemade remedies you can try to remove scratches and dents. The "suction method" is used to remove dents. Wet the surface of your vehicle and the surface of a suction cup or plunger. Place the suction cup or plunger on your dent, and after a few seconds, pull the suction cup off. Repeat this process a few times to reduce the size of the dent or altogether remove it. Purchasing a scratch repair pen can be cheap and can reduce the damage of scratches on your vehicle. However, it only removes damages to the paint and surface of any scratch, so keep this in mind as you fix them up!

    How to Make Your Car Your Own

    Replace Your Floor Mats


    Your vehicle's floor mats accumulate a lot of dust and dirt over time. While getting them shampooed can bring them back to life, frequent shampooing of your carpets and mats can be quite expensive. Instead, we recommend upgrading your old floor mats to more durable, rubber ones! Not only will they remain durable year-round, they're also extremely easy to clean and can prevent the buildup of mold from wet shoes and boots. Plus, you can customize them for your own unique personal twist! It's best to hold onto your old mats as well if you plan on reselling or trading in your vehicle. This will help uphold its full value. 

    Purchase Seat Covers


    Whether you own a furry friend or simply have messy kids, a great way to protect your vehicle's seating from fur or uncontrollable stickiness is with some seat covers. They can add additional comfort with an extra layer of cloth and greatly improve the resale value of your vehicle. If your seats are already too damaged to salvage any repairs, you can also cover up the severity with seat covers.

    Upgrade Your Sound System


    While replacing your sound system may seem a little more expensive, you don't necessarily have to break the bank to update your standard system. In some instances, simply replacing the standard speakers can make a world of difference, as speakers tend to wear out after years of usage. However, if you're willing to make the investment, upgrading your speaker system can become a better long-term investment. If you end up trading in or replacing your vehicle but want to keep your upgraded speaker system, you can repurpose it to function as surround-sound speakers within your home, or add it to your new vehicle to improve its sound system.

    How to Make Your Car Your Own

    Get Some New Wheels


    Believe it or not, wheels can make a huge difference in your vehicle's appearance. Take a look for yourself if you don't believe us! Over time, your vehicle's wheels can wear down and look extremely unsightly, with built up rust and dirt damage. Investing in a new set of wheels will improve the look of your vehicle, enhance your gas mileage, and contribute to the overall stability while driving. However, new wheels can be quite costly and are a long-term investment. You should only replace your wheels if you're looking to keep your vehicle for quite some time!

    While these are just a few examples on vehicle personalization, we at Graff Bay City also carry a variety of accessories and are more than happy to help you customize your vehicle! We also offer custom graphic services to give your vehicle a new coat of paint, custom looks, and unique designs. Make sure to request any parts you may need if you want to get your tires replaced, speakers upgraded, or other personalization and we'll be more than happy to assist you every step of the way to help make your vision a reality! Now that you know how to make your car your own, it's time for you to add your own personal stamp! 

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July - 07/13/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,– Throughout the month of July, Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, Michigan, will be donating $10 from every vehicle sale and $0.25 from every vehicle service to the Bay Area Community. The money raised will benefit Bay Area Community, a foundation dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of the Bay and Arenac County by providing grants and funds for students and organizations dedicated to making the community a better place. Please join us in raising money as Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July!

    Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July

    The Bay Area Community's main goal is to make the Bay and Arenac County area a better place by providing funding to members and organizations. These grants and scholarships are to be used for renovating and improving our community. At Graff Bay City, we're dedicated to supporting local charities and organizations that make a difference in the Bay Area and making it easy for you to give back, too! Not only can you save on auto service and auto sales simply by coming to Graff Bay City, but you can be confident part of the money you spend will go back into the community you live in as well.

    For every $0.25 from every vehicle service and $10 from every vehicle sale, Graff gives back to the Bay Area Community this July to help improve Bay and Arenac County with scholarships and grants. To support the Bay Area Community and its philanthropic endeavors, schedule an appointment online today for your auto service needs and save yourself from having to wait in line. Our experienced and friendly sales staff can help you find the perfect car to meet your needs and budget in 2017. Browse our inventory today to see what you could be driving!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Tips You Can Follow to Pick the Perfect Chevy for Your Needs - 07/10/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– At Graff Bay City, it's our goal to match you up with the vehicle of your dreams. Taking the first step and deciding what kind of vehicle you want can be a daunting task. There are so many makes and models out there that might suit your needs, but how can you be sure a vehicle is right for you? When you get started on your vehicle search, here are a few tips you can follow to pick the perfect Chevy for your needs! 


    Tips You Can Follow to Pick the Perfect Chevy for Your Needs


    Consider Your Lifestyle


    One of the most important steps in choosing a vehicle is determining which type will suit your lifestyle best. Ask yourself the following questions that apply to how you will be using this vehicle for years to come. How far is your commute to and from work? Do you have any pets or children that will be in the vehicle? How many seats will you need? What types of things will you need cargo space for? Will you be using your vehicle for work? What type of climate will you be mainly driving the vehicle in? How much are you willing to pay for gas? Keep the answers to these questions in mind when you start your search!



    Sort Your Options by Category


    A great way to help curb your options is by sorting vehicles by class based on your needs. Keeping your needs in mind, you can sort your lifestyle into a vehicle category, whether it's a sedan, crossover vehicle, pick-up truck, or SUV. Every category or size of vehicle has specific benefits that work hand in hand with their respective lifestyles, but what you drive is up to you at the end of the day. We at Graff Bay City are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us for recommendations and assistance!



    Research Potential Vehicles


    If you've already got your sights set on a certain vehicle, take a look at some more in depth information before you go on a hunt. Our comprehensive model overview pages give you an opportunity to research potential vehicles you have in mind. You can view vehicle specs, features, inventory, and price ranges to help better influence your decision. Plus, you can download vehicle brochures for more information on technology, safety features, and more. If you're curious about any vehicles, or have any questions, our knowledgable Sales Staff will be happy to assist you with whatever you need!



    Test Drive Vehicles You Like


    The best way to find out if a vehicle is right for you is to get behind the wheel! Set up an appointment with us and we can get you on the road in the vehicle of your choice right away. While you're out on the road, you should test the vehicle based on your lifestyle. If you drive on highways on your commute to work, take it for a spin on a nearby freeway. If you live on a dirt road or regularly drive on one, take your potential vehicle through the backroads to see how it handles. Inspect how different functions work. Test the sound system, sit in passenger seats for comfort, and check the trunk to see how much cargo space you have to work with. When you've finally gone through all the features during your test drive, you'll know whether or not it's the one for you!



    Decide to Lease or Buy


    Keeping your budget in mind will help you choose between buying or leasing a vehicle. Each have their own individual pros and cons to consider, and each carry different obligations in terms of financing. While buying a new vehicle gives you complete ownership, it's important to understand the long term costs associated with doing so. Leasing a vehicle, which is a better option financially for some, may limit your driving experience more than you want. Consider researching the benefits and setbacks of buying or leasing a vehicle before you make your final decision.



    Before you know it, you'll be behind the wheel on the ride of your dreams! At Graff Bay City we want to help you pick the perfect Chevy for your needs, budget, and lifestyle. So if you need any help throughout the vehicle search or the leasing/buying process, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We often run promotions for new Chevrolet vehicles, so stay tuned to us on social media and our online inventory.


    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox - 07/07/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,––Schools out for Summer in the Bay area and the kids are out and about enjoying the warm, sunny weather. One of the biggest concerns for parents in Bay City is the safety of their children, even within your own yard. Did you know, out of the 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries from backover crashes 40% occur in residential areas? In fact, 24% of those incidents happen in driveways. That's a number we want to see decrease, and so does Chevrolet. Thanks to innovations and advancements in vehicle safety, Chevrolet is keeping families safe, especially with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

    Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox


    A standard feature you'll see in many new cars is the Rearview Camera; however, Chevy has taken it to the next level with the Surround Vision feature in the new Equinox crossover. Instead of relying on one set of eyes to see what's happening around the car before backing out, the 2018 Equinox provides a full 360-degree vision, which is shown on the infotainment display for easy viewing. 


    Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox


    The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Surround Vision uses four cameras to complete the 360-degree view. The technology combines the powers of the Rear Vision Camera, a camera that lies in the front grille, and two cameras that sit under each side mirror. When the Equinox is put into reverse by the driver, the display will show both the bird's eye view of the car and the Rear Vision view. This means you'll be able to see what's surrounding your vehicle on each side and what's directly behind your vehicle, complete with alerts when you're getting close to an object. 

    The 2018 Equinox and Chevrolet is well equipped to keep families safe with features like:
    • Surround Vision
    • Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
    • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking 
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Rear Seat Reminder
    • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    Ready to check the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox out in person? Our team at Graff Bay City is available to help you find the perfect one and show you how to use and adjust all the neat safety features, Chevrolet MyLinkTeen Driver Technology, and more. Our sales persons, service technicians, and management personnel have families within Bay City and the surrounding areas. We know how important it is to find a vehicle that fits everyones needs and offers safety you can truly count on. We're proud to offer new Chevrolet vehicles that do just that!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    The Top 10 Most Forgotten Vacation Items - 07/06/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. – Vacation season is upon us! Fun fact: on average, people forget at least three things per trip. Phone chargers, toothbrushes, and even changes of clothing are frequently misplaced or forgotten. Avoid the top 10 most forgotten vacation items this season while you're packing for your next vacation! Not only will you save money, but you'll also save the time it would take to run to the store to get any missing items! Maximize your vacation fun this year by making the most of your time off!

    The Top 10 Most Forgotten Vacation Items

    1. Copies of Travel Documents

    If you're going out of the country for your vacation, you'll want to make sure you have copies everyone's travel documents. This will save you time at the gate and eliminate any hassle you would run into from not having proper identification. Save yourself the headache by bringing a copy of everything, just in case something goes missing. You won't want to miss your flight or take an extra trip back home to grab anything you forgot!

    2. Sunscreen

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's extremely easy to forget sunscreen! Usually, vacation spots and convenience stores will overcharge customers for this commodity. Some stores charge up to $8 for a small bottle, so you'll definitely want to come prepared for your vacation. Your skin (and wallet) will thank you later after you lather on some sunscreen you brought from home! 

    3. Phone Charger

    Forgetting one of these can cost you up to $15-20, depending on your phone and what kind of charger it needs. It's easily forgotten in the mess of packing all your other items, but you'll be thankful you have it on you. Keep in contact with everyone, and take lots of pictures with your fully charged phone by keeping your charger on hand. Make sure you double check before you leave!

    4. Extra Memory Card

    Bringing a digital camera on your trip? It never hurts to have an extra memory card on hand. You may bring a full or near-full card by accident, and without an extra memory card, you may need to delete some old photos. Save yourself the trouble and bring a spare with you! You'll be able to record more moments and share some more fond memories later with your friends and family. Plus, it serves as a great backup in case you lose the first one!

    5. Sunglasses

    Much like sunscreen, sunglasses are often overpriced at vacation spots and convenience stores. Expect to spend at least $15 on a pair if you forget yours. However, the best and most cost-effective solution to this is to just bring your own! It'll keep your eyes safe, your outfit stylish, and your wallet safe from overpriced shades.

    6. Hairbrushes

    Forgetting one of these can be a costly mistake, as finding a decent hairbrush on a vacation can be a daunting task. To eliminate the time consuming process of search for a new one, double check and make sure you bring your hairbrush with you! Keep your hair and bank account in check this vacation season by remembering to pack your hairbrush!

    7. Snacks

    Whether you're driving for long periods of time or are waiting at the airport, snacks help you avoid any unnecessary stops and keep your stomach full. It can help you save unnecessary costs when purchasing snacks at your vacation spot and helps you curb your appetite when you're hungry between meals! Keep the kids and your appetite satisfied this vacation season with some high quality snacks!

    8. Prescriptions

    If you or someone in your family takes medicine on a regular basis, making sure you bring extra doses with you will help with flight delays or traffic. You'll save your family from a stressful vacation by keeping extra medication on hand! If your baggage gets lost or goes missing at the airport, it can't hurt to have a backup prescription or medication on hand, as well.

    9. Headphones

    These accessories have multiple benefits during vacation. If you're on an airplane and you get stuck next to the crying child, putting these in can drown out the sound and help you relax more on your flight. If you're on a road trip and one of your kids is getting bored, headphones allow them to listen to music or watch a movie. Don't forget to bring headphones!

    10. Light Jackets

    At night, temperatures tend to drop, even in the summer. The best way to fight the cold evening winds is with a light jacket! It won't make you feel too hot and will still protect you from the cool air. Plus, if it rains, you'll have something to protect yourself from weather discomfort!

    Enjoy every second of summer fun while you're on vacation this year. Just make sure you don't fall victim to the top 10 most forgotten vacation items while you're packing! You'll be thankful you've come prepared so you don't have to spend any extra money on things you could've brought! If you're about to head on a road trip, schedule an appointment with us and we can get your vehicle inspected to ensure it's safe for the long drive. When it comes to road trips, it's better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your vehicle!

    Hank Graff Chevy
    is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Bad Habits that Reduce Vehicle Performance - 06/28/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. – Your vehicle is a huge financial investment! From daily commutes to road trips, your vehicle's efficiency is extremely important. However, many people fall victim to bad habits that reduce vehicle performance. These bad habits can cut the life of your vehicle in half and significantly lower its resale value. While these habits can be hard to break, with enough effort, you'll be giving your vehicle the proper attention it deserves in no time! 

    Bad Habits that Reduce Vehicle Performance

    Bad Habit #1: Accelerating Too Fast


    While accelerating quickly may give you an adrenaline boost, it can be very bad for your vehicle! Doing this too frequently can burn a lot of fuel, hurting your fuel economy placing a heavy load on driving components. When you accelerate too quickly, you're likely going to have to brake abruptly too, which can cause your brake pads and rotors to wear down or warp over time. The best way to extend the life of your engine and brakes is to avoid sudden or repeated acceleration!

    Bad Habit #2: Driving Dirty


    Driving with a dirty interior or exterior can cause both short and long-term damage to your vehicle. Without regular washes, your vehicle's exterior can receive damage from salt, dirt, and other elements it may encounter on the road, which will reduce its resale value. Also, a dirty windshield can reduce your vision or altogether prevent you from driving safely. Make sure you clean your vehicle's interior frequently to avoid any stains or messes that would further reduce its value.

    Bad Habit #3: Carrying Too Much


    Frequently carrying a large amount of cargo, especially in the first few thousand miles of a vehicle's life, will put a significant amount of strain on your vehicle. Your engine will need to put more effort in to make up for the additional weight, which will drain fuel quicker and put more pressure on your brakes, tires, and other components. Clean your vehicle regularly to reduce this strain and increase its value. 

    Bad Habit #4: Ignoring Warning Signs


    If you notice any squeaking, rattling, humming, or emergency lights, have someone diagnose it as soon as possible! You may be worrying about the initial costs, but it will be much more expensive if it ends up being something serious that could have been prevented. Read our list of service lights and their meanings to prepare yourself for any situation may require your attention. 

    Bad Habit #5: Abruptly Shifting from Reverse to Drive


    Abruptly shifting your gear from reverse to drive or vice versa puts immediate strain on your vehicle's transmission, which can lead to extremely costly repairs. Making sure your vehicle is completely stopped before you transition between gears will make a noticeable difference with parking and pulling out. You'll extend your transmission's life and make shifting gears a much easier process. Automatic vehicles are the most likely to suffer from this, so if you drive an automatic, make sure you aren't falling victim to this bad habit!

    At Graff Bay City, we want you to value your vehicle, as it's a very large part of your life. Since you use it almost daily, you'll want to make sure it runs smoothly. Keeping an eye on any bad habits that reduce vehicle performance will maximize your vehicle's life and keep you safe on the road. If you notice anything different with your vehicle or would like it checked out, feel free to schedule an appointment to get it looked at as soon as you can! It's better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your vehicle!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Mouthwatering Summer Cookout Recipes - 06/27/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. – What's better than a summer cookout, surrounded by family, friends, and fun? Nothing! The summer is full of excitement, and your stomach should be too! Try some mouthwatering summer cookout recipes to treat your taste buds this season! Even the pickiest of eaters will be coming back for seconds with these incredibly delicious dishes. From filling entrees to satisfying side dishes, creating the perfect cookout meal is just a few simple steps away!

    Fajita Chicken Kebabs


    Mouthwatering Summer Cookout Recipes

    Spice up this year's cookout with some tasty fajita chicken kebabs. Show everyone who's boss with this fantastic combination of chicken, vegetables, and salsa. Sprinkle some salt and limes to add an extra kick of flavor! If you aren't much of a salsa person, guacamole and chips go perfectly with this yummy entree. 

    Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches


    Mouthwatering Summer Cookout Recipes

    Want all the taste of buffalo wings with none of the hassle? These grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches are sure to be the talk of the cookout. The bold flavor blends with the freshly grilled chicken, and it goes perfectly with the blue cheese-apple slaw served on top! It's an easy to make entree with an iconic buffalo sauce to top it off!

    Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges


    Mouthwatering Summer Cookout Recipes

    Take a bite of golden, tender perfection with these garlic parmesan potato wedges. They're much healthier than regular french fries, and have an added kick of garlic parmesan flavor, too! It only takes around 45 minutes to cook and the recipe serves up to 6 people, so you'll be able to feed the whole family with this terrific side dish! 

    Grilled White House Pizza


    Mouthwatering Summer Cookout Recipes

    Looking for a healthier option this season, but don't want to miss out on great food? The grilled white house pizza uses vegetables and sweet potatoes for a surprisingly satisfying and tasty take on a pizza. You can make the most of this fresh flavor with some oregano for that bold kick! Give your taste buds the special treatment they deserve with a slice of this savory pizza.

    Honey Lime Fruit Salad

    Mouthwatering Summer Cookout Recipes


    Experience every color of the fruit rainbow with this honey lime fruit salad! Using orange juice, honey, and lime zest, you can create the perfect dressing for this extravagant spectrum of flavors! You can use the leftovers with some yogurt and granola to make a fantastic follow-up breakfast, too. The honey and lime dressing will help to create a tart flavor that will compliment the sweetness of the fruits, giving you a must-have side dish for cookout season!

    With just a few of these easy-to-make recipes, you'll be the talk of the cookout in no time. Putting together these must-have dishes will fuel your creativity and give you even more ideas for the next cookout. We hope these mouthwatering summer cookout recipes have inspired the master chef in you! If you're out and about and run into any trouble on the road, feel free to contact us and we can get your vehicle towed and inspected as soon as possible! Make sure to regularly check up on our coupons to ensure that you get the best deal you can when you schedule service, too!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    What to Look For When Buying a New Car - 06/22/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. – Purchasing a new vehicle is a big decision to make, especially when it's what will get you from Point A to Point B. When you are ready to purchase, you'll be able to shop around and look at different makes, models, and specifications to fit your needs, while also finding something that fits within your budget and meets your personal preferences. It's a very exciting time in your life, which is why you'll want to make sure you make the right vehicle purchase. If you're wondering what to look for when you're buying a new car, Graff Bay City has compiled a list of factors for you to consider. On the hunt for a specific vehicle style? We carry an extensive inventory of vehicles that'll meet all of your expectations, from sporty driving to family-friendly SUVs.


    1. Consider Your Budget


    The first thing you'll want to take into consideration is your budget. Knowing how much you are willing to spend on a vehicle is essential in helping you narrow down your choices to find something that'll best suit your needs. Usually, the rule is that your car payments should equal up to 20% of your take-home income. Since down payments for vehicles can be quite expensive, there are a lot of options available to vehicle buyers. If you're interested in applying for an auto loan for financing, fill out a credit approval form and our auto-loan experts will help you find a plan that best fits your budget!

    2. Buying vs. Leasing


    Once you have your budget in mind, you'll want to consider the options of either buying a vehicle or leasing one. Buying a car can provide you with a long-term investment which will return on itself, however, it can be extremely costly initially, with large down payments and long-term payment plans. Leasing may seem like a much more affordable option, but it can also become expensive if you go over your mileage limit or have to finance any repairs. Read about the pros and cons of each on our buying vs. leasing page!

    3. Write Out Your Needs


    You have your budget and you've made a choice between buying a vehicle or leasing a vehicle. Now what? Figuring out what you and your passengers need is the next step. Write out everything you want and need in a vehicle. Think about what you need now and what you'll need in the future. Do you want something spacious with a lot of room? What about a flashy, sleek vehicle with a lot of customization? Safety features? How many seats do you want in your vehicle? Keep all of your needs and preferences in mind when you go in to purchase a vehicle, as they will factor into your budget and final purchase decision.

    4. Pick Your Vehicle Out


    Now that you've gotten all of that figured out, it's time to visit the dealership to find your perfect match. If you prefer searching at home, take a look at our inventory to see the many options available to you! You can edit your search to specify what you're looking for, whether it's a spacious SUV or a fast and powerful 2-seater! If you're curious about a specific vehicle, you can also read their brochures for more information on the specifications and what they have to offer! In just a few short steps, you'll be able to take your new vehicle out for a drive!

    5. Give it a Test Drive


    Finding the right vehicle may be the hard part, but once you do, it's smooth sailing from there! First, you'll need to contact us to set up a test drive appointment. This is your chance to find out whether or not the vehicle you've been researching is the one for you! Refer to your needs you wrote out earlier to find out if the car matches your specifications. Try driving it based on your commute: if you drive on highways, see how it handles the high speeds; if you live on a dirt road, consider taking it off-road to see how it will manage! Check the trunk for its spacing, the exterior for any damage, and seats for comfortability. These steps are all a necessary part of making sure that you are happy with your purchase! If you have any questions or concerns, our Sales Staff will be glad to address them!

    While purchasing your vehicle can be very fun and exciting, it can also be very time consuming. Keeping your budget and personal preferences in mind all play a huge role in this decision. We hope that this list of what to look for when you buying a new car helps you to narrow down your choices to find the vehicle that's just right for you! Feel free to reach out to us with any concerns you may have. We're happy to help match you up with your dream car!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer - 06/20/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. – Is your heart yearning for adventure? Want to get out of the house but hate long road trips? You're in luck: you can quell your hunger for exploration in your very own state! We at Graff Bay City have compiled a list of where to travel in Michigan this summer to help you plan your next vacation! Take a look at some of the best the Mitten has to offer with quick and easy getaways for the whole family! With destinations ranging from massive sand dunes to serene forests, you'll have plenty of options when you plan your next family trip!

    The Sleeping Bear Dunes - Leelanau County


    Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

    Voted "The Most Beautiful Place in America" by Good Morning America, it's clear that this breathtaking destination lives up to its title. As one of the most unique locations in the entire state, its miles of sand bluffs tower over Lake Michigan, giving visitors a one-of-a-kind view you can't get anywhere else. With attractions like a lighthouse, expansive park, and a center for the arts, the Sleeping Bear Dunes has something for everyone!

    Porcupine Mountains - Ontonagon


    Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

    Explore one of the Upper Peninsula's most unique hidden gems - the Porcupine Mountains. Earning its name from its silhouette at night, this mountain range carries with it several treasures. The Lake of the Clouds, a stunningly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, is one of the most pleasant surprises the mountain range has to offer. The Porcupine Mountains are full of excursions and activities for any season: kayaking, fishing, and skiing are just a few of the unique opportunities this exciting getaway has to offer. 

    Frankenmuth Village - Frankenmuth


    Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

    Known as "Little Bavaria", this quaint little village in Saginaw County carries a lot of history with it. It's evolved into one of the top tourist destinations in the Mitten, best known for Zehnder's and its award winning chicken. The center of the town carries a long district of shopping centers, each carrying Bavarian style and activities for the whole family. If you're on the lookout for some early holiday shopping, Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland is open around the year with the over 50,000 ornaments and gifts! Check out Frankenmuth's calendar of events for parades, festivals, and more!

    Mackinac Island - Mackinac


    Where to Travel in Michigan This Summer

    One of Michigan's most known travel destinations is the Mackinac Island. It's full of excitement, from world-renowned Mackinac fudge to historic sites and museums. Worried about the cost of staying on the island? Don't worry - every month, the island releases unique specials and discounts for activities. Make sure you plan your vacation to the Mackinac Island as soon as possible! Take a bike, ride a horse, and more on this one-of-a-kind island. This exclusive destination is a tourist hotspot, and you'll want to make sure you've got your spot reserved before lodging fills up!

    Planning vacations can be extremely exciting, but they're even more exciting when you know its only a short road trip! We hope our handy guide of where to travel in Michigan this summer keeps you and your family entertained throughout the year! If you're looking for fun in the Bay County area, be sure to stop by our 7th Annual Classic Car Show this August! Planning a road trip? Make sure you're keeping up on routine maintenance this summer to keep your vehicle in top shape to face those long drives!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    7th Annual Classic Car Show - 06/14/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. – The hottest event of the summer is quickly approaching! We'll be closing out Summer 2017 with our 7th annual Classic Car Show at Graff Bay City! This event will take place on August 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM at our dealership. There will be plenty of fun for the entire family, including free food and drinks, a 50/50 raffle, trivia, music, games, and more! Visit the Graff dealership for a day full of excitement and cool vintage cars!

    7th Annual Classic Car Show

    The proceeds raised from the Classic Car Show will go towards the Just For Kids Foundation of Bay County. Just For Kids is a local charity that strives to help Bay County children in need and provide them with food, medical supplies, school supplies, clothes, and other necessities. At Graff Chevrolet we are proud to support this incredible nonprofit organization as they work to meet these children’s basic needs and provide them with opportunities to be successful in the future.

    Showing off your vintage ride? Register your vehicle early for $5 off your registry fee. Registration is $15 on the day of the car show. Your registration fee will be directly donated to Just For Kids. To learn more about Just For Kids and their efforts to make Bay County a better place, check out their website or call their center at (989) 667-KIDS. Make this August 5th a fun day for a good cause with our 7th annual Classic Car Show!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects - 06/13/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.–– Did you know that you can repurpose the old stuff that's cluttering up your garage and storage spaces into fresh, new projects? "Upcycling" is a brand new trend that breathes new life into your old stuff that may not be useful to you anymore. Check out a few of these 5 fun and easy upcycling projects to make the most of things you would otherwise throw out! You can help the planet and your wallet with these easy-to-follow instructions!

    1. Turn An Old Sandbox Into a Kid's Garden



    Teach your children the basics of gardening with this fresh and creative take on sandboxes! When they outgrow the sandbox phase, you can repurpose it into a new garden to educate your children and give them their own chance to grow something of their own! It only takes a few steps and they can help, too!

    2. Turn a Colander into a Flower Basket


    5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

    With a few simple steps, you can turn that old colander of yours into a brand new hanging flower basket for the patio! Upcycle your old kitchen accesories for a unique take on a flower basket that will be sure to impress everyone!

    3. Turn Old Jars into New Canisters


    5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

    What do you do with the jar when you finish a container of jelly, salsa, or sauce? You upcycle them, of course! Using a few easy-to-find supplies, you can turn these old jars into brand new jar canisters that you can keep for a long time! Not only do they look great, but they help you save money on containers and make your kitchen look modern and sleek!

    4. Turn Dollar Store Frames into Hurricane Lanterns


    5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

    If you want to redecorate your house but you're on a budget, try making these beautiful hurricane lanterns for only $5! Using dollar store picture frames, you can turn an otherwise plain item into a gorgeous decoration. The project will only take up to 30 minutes of your time, so you can create a lot of these very quickly to breathe some life into your house!

    5. Turn Your Tin Cans Into Retro Lights


    5 Fun and Easy Upcycling Projects

    Want to give your home an old school twist? Try giving your tin cans a second chance by upcycling them into retro lights! It only takes a few minutes and the lights work surprisingly well. They can work in almost every corner of your house, so give this handy trick a shot today!

    Upcycling is the best way to save money and redecorate your house this summer. With quick and simple solutions to expensive problems, we hope that these 5 fun and easy upcycling projects will keep you and the whole family entertained for the summer! If you're looking to save some more money with routine maintenance, we have a page of coupons that are available at your disposal! Enjoy every second of this summer with upcycling!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Why Buy Chevy? June Power Hour - 06/06/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.–– With so many vehicle options and brands to choose from, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Purchasing a vehicle can take a lot of time and can be a stressful process. With so many questions and different factors to consider, choosing a vehicle worth purchasing can take a lot of time out of your day. This month's Chevy Knowledge Power Hour will give you some reasons reasons why you should buy Chevy. Join us at The Fix at Uptown Bay City for a crash course on why Chevy has what you need in a vehicle! Read up on our website for more information about the event and what it will entail.

    Why Buy Chevy? June Power Hour

    Chevy has been one of the brand leaders in the auto industry since its creation. With multiple awards in versatility, efficiency, and durability, Chevy vehicles return your investment in more ways than one. The brand carries a wide array of vehicles, ranging from trucks to electric cars to suit anyone's preferences. This has allowed Chevy to cement itself as a high-quality, easily accessible brand for anyone. Take a look at some of Chevy's signature brands to get a better idea of what the brand has to offer.

    We hope you'll join us for a comforting, hot cup of joe at The Fix in Uptown Bay City, located at 5 East Main Street, Bay City, 48708 for June's Chevy Knowledge Power Hour to why you should buy Chevy! We'll be there for any questions you might have about features, vehicle prices, or any other dealership related topic and would be happy to answer them on Wednesday, May 10th from 12:00-1:30 pm.

    We also want you to utilize our online resources to learn more about your car, truck, crossover, or SUV and its needs. We have an entire Service section on our website dedicated to all things routine maintenance and auto repair. Our seasonal maintenance tips will keep you current on how to care for your car each season, and our online scheduling tool makes it easy for you to save time in having your vehicle serviced at Graff Bay City.

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car - 06/05/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich., –– Applying for an auto loan and buying a new car, truck, crossover, or SUV, can be a very intimidating and time consuming process. Filling out paperwork, proving your identification, picking the right model, and choosing a payment plan can take a lot of effort if you're not sure what steps to take and when! We at Graff Chevrolet Bay City, want to make sure you're confident in the process of getting an auto loan, so you can get approved quickly and on your way to driving off in a new vehicle. We've created a short and simple guide on how to get an auto loan & buy a new car. 

    Step 1: Fill out the Financing Form


    How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

    To ensure the speediest service, fill out our financing form to get approved before you head into the dealership. It can be finished quickly online, and filling it out in advance minimizes any wait time you may have to sit through at the dealership. You'll get a head start on the whole process and you'll be one step closer to getting your new car! 

    Step 2: Prepare Any Documents You May Need


    How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

    You'll need to prove your identification when you apply for your loan, but you'll need other documents for additional proof as well. Make sure you also have your proof of residency, income, pay stubs, and any other relevant information your employer may have. We will take care of the vehicle information portion of this process once you've picked the car you want! 

    Step 3: Find Out if You're Discount Eligible


    How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

    Take a look at our list of available GM discounts to see if you're eligible to save more on your new vehicle! We want to ensure that you're able to find a vehicle that not only fits your wants and needs, but also your budget. With discounts for educators, military, and more, we have specials for everyone of every background!

    Step 4: Get a Great Interest Rate


    How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

    We at Graff Bay City want you to receive the best rate you possibly can. Looking at your credit score, the length and term of the loan, and the car you're purchasing or leasing determines the auto loan interest rate. We understand the limitations a poor credit score can create; our financial team is happy to help with any issues you may have. Give our financial experts a call at (989) 684-4411 or stop by our dealership on Wilder road with any questions or concerns you have before applying. 

    Step 5: Protect Your Investment


    How to Get an Auto Loan & Buy a New Car

    Once you've finally chosen the vehicle of your dreams, it's extremely important to protect your investment. A wide range of programs and insurance policies are available for you, ranging from our GAP protection (which serves as a safety net for new and used car buyers) to corrosion protection. Each program contains their own individual benefits, so research what program works best for you! Our team would be happy to help you choose a plan best suited for your driving habits.

    With this guide on how to get an auto loan & buy a new car you'll be ready to make the commitment of an auto loan in no time. Following our guide will get you behind the wheel of a new Chevy car, crossover, SUV, or truck in no time! We are here to help our customers with their unique financial situation and pride ourselves on the care we put into our clients. Our relationship with credit agencies in Bay City allows us to tailor our programs to anyone. We're willing to go the extra mile for you!

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Graff Gives Back to Ponyride - 06/01/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– Throughout the month of June, Graff Chevrolet in Bay City, Michigan, will be donating $10 from every vehicle sale and $0.25 from every vehicle service transaction to the Ponyride. The money raised will benefit Ponyride, a nonprofit that seeks to support artists, entrepreneurs, and other nonprofits in an effort to make Detroit more sustainable. Please join us in raising money as Graff Gives Back to Ponyride!

    Graff Gives Back to Ponyride


    Ponyride's main goal is to help creative minds unleash their potential with startup assistance, skill development, and space activations with affordable leases. Proceeds from oil changes, tire rotations, brake pad replacements, and any other auto service needs you have will now benefit Ponyride and its services offered in the metro Detroit area. At Graff Bay City, we're dedicated to supporting local charities and organizations that make a difference in our community.

    For every $0.25 from every vehicle service and $10 from every vehicle sale, Graff gives back to Ponyride to ensure their success in Detroit to help creative minds blossom and allow their talent to flow freely. To support Ponyride and its creative endeavors, schedule an appointment online today for your auto service needs and save yourself from having to wait in line. Also, our experienced and friendly sales staff can help you find the perfect car to meet your needs and budget in 2017. Browse our inventory today to see what you could be driving!


    Hank Graff Chevy
     is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Service Lights and What They Mean - 05/30/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– We've all had it happen before: you're driving and suddenly a service symbol lights up on your car's dashboard. It can make anyone worried, from first time drivers to people that have been driving for a very long time. To help you manage your stress and vehicle, we've created a list of the most serious service lights and what they mean. Using this handy guide can keep you and your car safe with any situation. We'll show you to handle each of these severe warnings to keep your vehicle in peak condition.

    Service Lights and What They Mean

    Check Engine Warning

    Service Lights and What They Mean

    There are many reasons why your Check Engine light can come on, but it's best to be proactive with this warning. It could be anything from a loose cap to wires that need replacing. When a Check Engine light comes on, it is best to take it to a mechanic as soon as possible, as their scanning tools can diagnose the issue much quicker to get your vehicle back on the road.

    Coolant Temperature Warning

    Service Lights and What They Mean

    This light means that your vehicle is running at a higher than normal temperature. It's best to think ahead when you see a warning like this, as it can potentially damage your vehicle if left unchecked. It can be a coolant leak, a malfunctioning engine thermostat, or other issue, but your best bet is to get your vehicle towed to take care of the issue before it gets too serious.

    Parking Brake Warning

    Service Lights and What They Mean

    If you have malfunctions in your braking system, this light will turn on to indicate that. However, there's also a chance that you could have left your parking brake on, so before you test your brakes, make sure your parking brake isn't on! If you release it and the light is still illuminated, you should call for assistance. You and the other vehicles on the road will be much safer because of it!

    Traction Control Warning

    Service Lights and What They Mean

    When this light is illuminated, it means your vehicle's ability to brake or control traction is impaired, either due to the computer in your vehicle or through your car itself. Sometimes, the traction control's "off" button may have been accidentally pressed, and other times, it can be a more severe issue. Refer to your vehicle owner's manual to reset the issue, and if it persists, make sure you receive service!

    Airbag Warning

    Service Lights and What They Mean

    This light comes on for a few seconds when you start up your vehicle. If it stays on, though, it means there could be an issue with your airbag or seatbelt. If you get into an accident and this light is on, it can prevent your airbags from operating. You can still drive your vehicle with no issue, but make sure you get this problem taken care of as quickly as possible.

    Safety is a priority for us at Graff Bay City. We want to make sure that you know what to do if one of these lights happens to come on while you're driving. Keeping up to date on service lights and what they mean will help you keep yourself safe on and off the road. If one of these lights comes on, make sure to schedule an appointment at our Service Center as quickly as possible. We have an FAQ for any questions you may have with additional service lights or other maintenance issues. Our Service Staff is always available to help you with any concerns you have for your vehicle.

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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    Chevy Starts First-Ever Video Series on Twitter - 05/24/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– In a swift and innovative move, Chevy starts the first of its kind video series on Twitter. This "retweet by subscription" service offers weekly comedy videos with pranks, quizzes and more by comedian Mark Smith interacting with Manchester United soccer players. The show is entitled Everything but Football Football Show, and is expected to start up this week. With some help from Commonwealth and MOFILM, a community of content creators and filmmakers, the show will take off on Twitter as a totally unique subscription service.

    There will be plenty of opportunities for viewers and users to interact with the Chevy brand through the Moments option on Twitter, as some of the world's greatest athletes are interviewed and interact with the audience through the show. The show will be updated weekly and will give subscribers a notification through Twitter so they can be the first to see what it has to offer.

    “It is our goal to break through the newsfeed-scrolling behavior of social, drawing fans to our brand and keeping them coming back week after week,” said John Gasloli, Global Chevrolet Marketing. “Using Twitter Moments and Retweet to Subscribe, Chevrolet is changing the video viewing experience from one that is passive, to one that is fully participatory and engaging. It also keeps the user within the experience, allowing them to engage with all content without ever leaving Twitter.”

    Chevy Starts First-Ever Video Series on Twitter

    Chevy's partnership with Twitter will allow it to interact with customers on a very personal level, offering them content directly tailored to their interests at a fast pace. With Chevy starting the first of its kind video series on Twitter, this new partnership puts Chevy directly in contact with their customers. Be sure to check out @ChevroletFC on Twitter to learn more and tune in to the show.

    Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

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