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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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    5 Fun Fall Activities For the Whole Family - 09/13/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– Apple cider, pumpkin patches, hayrides, bonfires, and caramel apples. What do these things all have in common? They're some of the best parts about the fall season! With the temperatures dropping and the colors changing, we've put together the 5 fun fall activities for the whole family you won't want to miss this season. From cider mills to caramel apples, make unforgettable memories with your family this fall!

    Try the Gourmet Apple Cart


    5 Fun Fall Activities For the Whole Family

    For a limited time in Bay City, the City market will host the Gourmet Apple Cart on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall! The Gourmet Apple Cart, started in Flint, is renowned for their wide variety of unique candied apple flavors. People from around the Mitten gather to enjoy pistachio, Twix, and even s'more candied apples at the Flint Farmer's Market. The Gourmet Apple Cart is only in Bay City for a limited time, so get your hands on a Gourmet Apple from the City Market before it's too late!

    Head Out to Uncle John's Cider Mill


    5 Fun Fall Activities For the Whole Family

    Grab a doughnut, sip on a glass of cider, and enjoy a full cider mill experience at Uncle John's this year! During the fall season, you can purchase wristband packages that give you and your family full access to wagon rides, corn mazes, and much more! You can fire fruit from the Apple Cannon, catch a hayride, and play in the Kid's Corral this fall season. The best part is, Uncle John's is open 7 days a week from 9-8! Check up on their events calendar for detailed lists of seasonal specials and events that occur every week.

    Explore a Haunted Shipwreck


    5 Fun Fall Activities For the Whole Family

    During the fall season, the USS Edson becomes a haunted house! Michigan Haunted Houses calls the "Edson Incident" a not-so-scary haunted house, but visitors have to be at least 10 and up in order to enter. Explore five levels of terror in an abandoned Vietnam-era US Navy Destroyer, encountering scarier creatures as you make your way through the USS Edson. Find out for yourself what the Edson Incident has in store for you by exploring the haunted shipwreck this fall! 

    Pick a Pumpkin at Warmbier Farms


    5 Fun Fall Activities For the Whole Family

    Fall fun isn't complete without pumpkin picking! At Warmbier Farms, you can find pumpkins of any shape, size, and color in a huge, 12,000 square foot showroom! You can find flowers, statues, boutique jewelry, seasonal decor, and much more as well in their walk-in store in Auburn, Michigan. Warmbier's Fall Festivals in September and October feature discounts on mums, pumpkins, corn, and other fall produce. Stop by this fall season to find the perfect pumpkin to carve up this Halloween!

    Try a Doughnut from Cops & Doughnuts


    5 Fun Fall Activities For the Whole Family

    Every fall, the Cops and Doughnuts "precinct" in Bay City offers seasonal treats and delights for all of their customers to enjoy. Grab a cup of warm cider, give their "chief cake doughnut" a try, and stop by their Bay City precinct to check out their wide selection of doughnuts, cookies, breads, and cakes! Open 7 days a week from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Sutherland Precinct of Cops and Doughnuts in Bay City!

    This fall, discover the best Bay City has to offer with these 5 fun fall activities for the whole family! If you are interested in applying for an auto loan, fill out our credit application form to get pre-approved. We are here to help you obtain the best interest rate you can on an auto loan! Worried about the price of a vehicle? You may be eligible to receive an exclusive discount! Take a look at our GM Discount Programs to find out if you qualify, and make sure to contact us if you have any questions!

    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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    Know When to Get an Oil Change - 09/11/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– Your vehicle is very similar to the human body in that it requires a lot of working parts in order to run. Thinking of it in this way will help you to properly care for its individual components. If your vehicle's engine is its "heart", its motor oil serves as the "blood", allowing components to work efficiently and smoothly. However, your vehicle's specific components will require replacement over time. If you know when to get your oil changed, you can keep your vehicle's "heart" running for years to come. Read on to learn how to check your oil, when you'll need to get it changed, and more!

    When should I get my oil changed?


    Know When to Get an Oil Change

    Oil change intervals can differ between vehicles. Older vehicles may require an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles, while newer vehicles may need it every 5,000-8,000 miles. Depending on the type of oil your vehicle takes, these numbers can differ. If you aren't sure when your oil needs to be changed or the type of oil your vehicle uses, consult your owner's manual. You can use it as a service log to keep track of routine maintenance so you'll know when you need to schedule future oil changes!

    How do I check my oil?


    Know When to Get an Oil Change

    Before you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, you can check it at home with a few easy steps! Checking your oil is an important skill all vehicle owners should know. It will help you determine when you should schedule service and can help if you forgot when you last received an oil change. Follow these steps to check your oil at home:

    1. After turning off your vehicle and allowing your engine to cool down, pop your vehicle's hood.
    2. Look for your engine's dipstick. It should be a yellow lever similar to the one in the image above.
    3. Pull the dipstick out of your engine and wipe it on a cloth, removing any excess oil.
    4. Reinsert the dipstick into your engine, removing it again.
    5. Your dipstick will have "full" and "empty" labels on it. If your oil level is below the "empty" label, it's time for an oil change! 

    What are the signs that I need my oil changed?


    Know When to Get an Oil Change

    Consequently, there are also several signs that your vehicle can give you if you need an oil change. If you notice any of these indicators, bring your vehicle in for an oil change right away! Pay attention to these signs while you drive to find out whether or not you need an oil change:

    • Your Engine Oil Looks Dark: When you first get your oil changed, it will be a honey brown color. After a while, it will darken, but if you check your oil and it looks black and grimy, it's time to schedule an appointment for service.
    • Your Engine Is Running Louder Than Usual: If you have low oil levels, your engine can begin to make unusual noises and can run louder than normal. If you notice this or your engine's heat starts to increase, get your oil changed right away!
    • Your Check Engine Light Stays On: Newer vehicles usually provide notification to their drivers if their vehicle needs an oil replacement. However, older vehicles notify their drivers through the Check Engine light. Schedule an appointment right away when your Check Engine light illuminates!
    • You Find Particles In Your Oil: The next time you check your oil, wear latex gloves and rub the oil between your finger and thumb. If you feel any metal flakes, grit, or other particles, something could be severely wrong with your engine. Bring it in as soon as possible!

    What happens if I don't change my oil?


    Know When to Get an Oil Change

    Ignoring your vehicle's need to change oil can lead to serious consequences. Your engine's oil works to keep its components running smoothly, allowing it to run without any issue. Without it these parts can rub against one another, causing friction and increasing your engine's heat. If your engine's heat increases, several important components in your engine can become damaged or warped. This can lead to extremely costly repairs and can potentially ruin your engine. Don't forget to regularly check your oil and replace it when needed!

    How much does an oil change cost?


    Know When to Get an Oil Change

    Depending on the make, model, and type of oil your vehicle requires, costs can vary anywhere between $20-55. Some larger vehicles require more oil, and vehicles that require synthetic oil can affect the cost, as well. Call us today for a free estimate and make sure to check out our coupons to save some extra cash on your next oil change! 

    Routine maintenance is a significant part of vehicle ownership. In order to protect your investment and make sure that your vehicle enjoys a long and productive life, knowing when to get an oil change can make a huge difference in your vehicle's future. Save big on your next oil change by using our maintenance coupons. You'll be able to find discounts on oil changes, tire service, battery replacements, and much more! You can set up your next service appointment without leaving your couch by scheduling it online or calling us at (989) 684-4411. Let us know if you have any questions or if you need anything looked at and we can help you as soon as possible!

    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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    2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Now Available Nationwide - 09/06/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– Clocking in at an impressive EPA-estimated 238 miles of electric range, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV aims to impress. Over the course of the year, the Bolt EV has obtained the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2017 North American Car of the Year, the 2017 Green Car of the Year, and the IIHS Top Safety Pick, raising the standard of electric vehicles across the country. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is now available nationwide and has received nearly 40 independent awards, making it the most awarded electric vehicle of the year. Stop by Graff Bay City to get a closer look at this exclusive vehicle today!

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Now Available Nationwide

    The 2017 Bolt EV backs up its award-winning capabilities with a variety of versatile features. Its powerful engine can go from 0-60 MPH in less than 6.5 seconds, with 266 lb.-ft of torque to match its impressive electric range. The Bolt EV can also carry up to 56.6 cubic feet of cargo, providing drivers with the carrying capacity of a crossover and the efficiency of an electric vehicle. Other standard features on the 2017 Bolt EV include electronic precision shift, 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, and an 8 year/100,000-mile battery and propulsion system limited warranty.

    2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Now Available Nationwide

    "Current owners are praising the all-electric small crossover’s impressive range, affordability and roominess. “It’s been everything I had hoped!” said Brian Ro of Columbia, Maryland, who was among the first Bolt EV owners. “The CUV-styling fits my family of four just fine, and the EV performance and 200-plus mile range simply can’t be beat at this price point.”

    Owner Maria Mraz of San Francisco, California, adds, “Everyone who rides in it just loves it. It’s very modern-feeling and so easy to drive … I’m very happy with my Bolt EV.”" - Chevrolet


    Available in both standard and Premier models, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is now available nationwide. Experience a modern, cost-efficient, and versatile take on the electric vehicle with the new Bolt EV today! Take a look at our Bolt EV inventory to discover what we have in stock or contact us if you know exactly what you're looking for. Our Sales Team will be happy help you get behind the wheel of the 2017 Bolt EV that'll suit your needs! Looking to save some money with your purchase? Make sure to browse our coupons to find discounts that you can use to your advantage, and take a look at our GM Discount Programs to find out if you're eligible for a reduced price on a new 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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    Eye-Catching Outfits to Own this Fall Season - 09/05/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– Michigan weather sure is unpredictable. Going out on a fall day requires you to prepare for both warm and cold weather. Because of this, choosing the perfect outfit can be a bit of a hassle. Instead of trying to accommodate to the weather, try these eye-catching outfits to own this fall season. Choose an outfit perfect for a day the cider mill, a night out with your friends, or an evening curled up by the fireplace with your family. Discover your perfect fall style this year and make this season the most stylish one yet!

    Men: Sweater + Olive Jeans



    Pair a gray sweater with olive jeans and a gingham-plaid shirt for a stylish look that's bound to stand out this season. Top it off with a watch to create a formal, but casual look that's ideal for the office, a get-together with friends, or even a date with your significant other!

    Women: Sweater + Flannel



    For a great way to stand out this fall season, try a sweater and flannel combination. It'll be sure to impress, no matter what you're doing. Combine bright and dark colors to create a comfortable, yet fashionable look. 

    Men: Jacket + Hoodie



    Need a casual look that'll last through the colder months? This jacket and hoodie pairing is a great transitional look that works hand in hand with a solid pair of boots. Whether you're going for a more comfortable look or are preparing for the temperatures to drop, this outfit is a must-have this season.

    Women: Cardigan + Boots



    This cozy outfit is perfect for campfires, get-togethers, and everything in between! Pair your favorite cardigan with a clean pair of boots for a casual look that'll keep you warm through the fall season. You can use dark colored jeans and a darker colored shirt for a great color combination, too!

    Men: Flannel + Jacket



    For a great street look that just can't be beat, combine a white shirt, unbuttoned flannel, and jacket with cuffed jeans and a pair of Oxfords. Add a handbag, watch, and sunglasses to get the perfect fall outfit for any day of the week.

    Women: Dress + Scarf



    Perfect for adventures to the cider mill, this fall look is comfy, cozy, and classy all at the same time! If you're going out on a chilly day, match your scarf with leg warmers to look and feel great no matter the weather. You can't beat this cute and comfortable look!

    Men: Elbow Patch Sweater + Cuffed Jeans



    Another great business casual style that's sure to help you stand out at the workplace, this elbow patched sweater and cuffed jean combination can create the exact look you're going for with ease. Combine it with a pair of leather shoes and you'll be set this fall!

    Women: Flannel + Jacket



    Keep warm when the weather gets cold with this standout combination. If you're going out in especially cold weather, you can wear a white sweater underneath your outfit to match your color combination. Plus, grey booties work perfectly with any style you choose!

    Whether you're going for a casual look, formal fashion, or anywhere in between, these eye-catching outfits to own this fall season are sure to stand out no matter what you have planned this year. Follow our Pinterest page for more fashion tips, outfit inspirations, and other fall-themed boards to get you prepared for the season! Make sure your vehicle is ready for the busy fall season by utilizing our fall car care tips. If your vehicle needs any service or maintenance performed, make sure to schedule service with us at Graff Bay City to get your vehicle up to speed in a timely fashion!

    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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    Downloadable 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Brochure - 08/31/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich. –– With a new interior and exterior, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is here to impress. Explore the downloadable 2018 Chevrolet Equinox brochure today to discover the newest features this SUV has to offer, from new safety features to multiple engine options. The 2018 Equinox Brochure features photos, specifications, vehicle details, and more to help you get a better understanding of what this newly revamped SUV carries. Whether you're commuting to work with a crew or taking a family out for a drive, make sure the 2018 Chevy Equinox is right for you by viewing the vehicle brochure today!

    Downloadable 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Brochure

    Downloadable 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Brochure

    The new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is equipped with a windswept-inspired exterior, cutting-edge safety features, and up to 63.5 cubic feet of cargo space! The 2018 Equinox carries a suite of modern features, such as hidden trunk storage, rear-seat ventilation controls, a hands-free liftgate, and much more! New Equinox owners can select between 12 exterior colors, 6 interior fabrics, 4 trim levels, and 2 different wheel styles for maximum customization. You can also enjoy a variety of Special Edition packages available for the 2018 Chevy Equinox, including the Redline and Midnight packages. Take a look at what else the Equinox is capable of by downloading its brochure for more details.

    Downloadable 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Brochure

    For a bold and stylish experience both on and off the road, give the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox a test drive today! After learning about the features and accents on the downloadable 2018 Chevrolet Equinox brochure, find out more information on our Equinox Model Overview page. You'll be able to discover pricing, reviews, inventory, trims, and more. When you're ready to look at what options are available, browse our Equinox Inventory to see what we have in stock. Can't find what you're looking for? Give us a call at (989) 684-4411 to let us know what type of 2018 Chevy Equinox you'd like. Our knowledgable Sales Staff will get you set up with the Equinox of your dreams in no time!

    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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    Labor Day Desserts You Need to Try - 08/31/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– Nothing beats an extra day of vacation, right? Labor Day is here, and to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers, everyone gets to celebrate the first Monday of September with their families. Unfortunately, Labor Day celebrations means that summer is coming to an end. Enjoy every second of the sunny weather while you can and give these Labor Day desserts you need to try a taste at your next cookout, dinner, or family gathering! Treat your taste buds with timeless classics and new recipes this Labor Day weekend!

    Strawberry Shortcake Sundaes



    Whatever day of the week it is, these strawberry shortcake sundaes are a must-try this season. This simple recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and serves up to 6 people! This tasty treat pairs perfectly with warm weather and cookout food.

    S'mores Cupcakes



    Just because the summer is ending doesn't mean that s'more season has to end! Satisfy your campfire cravings with this unique twist on a great summer treat. This recipe serves up to 24 people. It's a great dessert to bring along to potlucks, family gatherings, and get-togethers!

    Red, White, & Blue Bark



    Ever wonder what freedom tastes like? After taking a bite of red, white, & blue bark, you'll never wonder again. The recipe only calls for six ingredients and serves up to eight people, so you'll be able to spread the freedom around the family with this melting pot of sweetness!

    Blackberry Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting



    If you're looking to make a brunch dessert that stands out for flavor and appearance, blackberry cake is your answer. This unusual take on a classic cake recipe combines the sweetness of blackberries with the tangy flavor of cream cheese, making one mouth-watering masterpiece.

    American Pie



    With flavor as bold as the iconic stars and stripes, show off your American pride with a great blend of strawberries and blueberries, topped off with an unbeatable design. Make your dessert the centerpiece of the get-together with an incredible American Pie.

    Banana Split Lasagna



    Combining the classic taste of a banana split with the size and shape of lasagna, banana split lasagna is bound to be one of the most surprising additions to the cookout this year! The best part is, this lasagna is no-bake, so you won't have to worry about an oven!

    Banana Cream Pie in a Jar



    Enjoy everything you love about banana cream pie in the portability of a jar! This easy-to-make dessert requires 5 ingredients and only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Take a spoon along for a quick on-the-go treat while you run errands!

    Whether you're relaxing on the beach, catching up with the family at a cookout, or enjoying the company of your best friends, these Labor Day desserts you need to try will be the highlight of your Labor Day weekend. If you're planning to fire up the grill, give these mouthwatering cookout recipes a shot to prove you're the king or queen of the grill. Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our family friendly Labor Day activities to find an event everyone can enjoy this holiday season, and if you need any maintenance done on your vehicle, utilize our coupons for affordable, quick, and efficient service at our Bay City Service Center!

    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 Child Proof Your Car - 08/23/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– Picture this: you finally finish cleaning your vehicle. After all the detailing, vacuuming, and cleaning, it looks good as new. Suddenly, disaster strikes. Your children set foot in your vehicle, snacks in hand. Before you know it, your pristine backseat reverts to a messy shell of its former self. Avoid a potential tragedy by knowing how to child proof your car. From simple backseat organization tips to interior vehicle protection, protect your vehicle from even the stickiest of fingers with our handy guide today.

    Utilize Your Vehicle's Childproof Technology


    How to Child Proof Your Car

    Your vehicle is equipped with several standard features to ensure the safety of your passengers. Engaging your vehicle's childproof locks will prevent your younger children from opening the doors while you drive. Flipping the childproof lock switch will allow you to open your vehicle's doors from the outside, but not the inside. You can also engage window locks to prevent your backseat passengers from opening the windows, making your backseat a much safer place.

    Turn Cupcake Liners Into Cup Holder Protectors


    How to Child Proof Your Car

    While the title may seem like a mouthful, these quick and easy cup holder protectors can make a huge difference in keeping your vehicle clean! Whether your passengers need a place to put loose change, trash, crumbs, or other debris, cupcake liners make cleaning your cup holders easy work. They only take a few seconds to "install", and prevent any unnecessary messes from building up in your car! You'll be surprised at how much of a difference this little bit of maintenance can make.

    Repurpose Your Remote Holder into a Car Organizer


    How to Child Proof Your Car

    Using nothing but a Flort from IKEA, you can quickly stow and organize your child's entertainment in the backseat to prevent any distractions from occurring. Store snacks, colored pencils, notebooks, and even iPads for quick and easy access for your passengers! They will learn the benefits of organization while you focus on the road, distraction free. With this car organizer, you won't have to constantly reach in the backseat to help your child find what they're looking for. It'll be within their reach!

    Keep Plenty of On-the-Road Entertainment On Hand


    How to Child Proof Your Car

    No one wants to hear the dreaded "Are we there yet?" while on a long road trip. Prevent this disastrous saying from ever leaving your passengers' lips by keeping them occupied during any drive, no matter how long or short. You can use the repurposed Flort from earlier or repurpose a shoe organizer for a creative and organized entertainment center. Pack multiple forms of entertainment - iPads, coloring books, novels, toys, or anything else you know your child enjoys to ensure your drive goes (virtually) complaint-free.

    Create an Activity Tray Out of a Cookie Sheet


    How to Child Proof Your Car

    Using velcro straps and a cookie sheet, you can create a quick and easy activity tray for your kids during longer drives. They can play, color, build, and enjoy any entertainment they may have brought along on a leveled surface. Plus, if you stop for a quick bite to eat along the way, they can use the activity tray as a makeshift table to enjoy their food without any unnecessary mess! The cookie sheet activity tray is easy to install and can be easily removed if needed.

    We at Graff Bay City prioritize the safety of drivers and passengers on the road. In order to ensure the safety of everyone in and out of the vehicle, the driver must remain fully focused on the road and avoid any potential distractions. Knowing how to child proof your car can make all the difference in the world whether you're on a short or long drive. If you're headed on a road trip or longer drive soon, you can further reduce the stress of long drives by keeping your kids entertained on the journey ahead. If you're in the market to purchase a new vehicle or want to increase the safety of you and your passengers, take a look at some of the safety features worth installing to improve your on-the-road safety. Our model overview page gives detailed descriptions on which vehicles offer specific safety features. You can find something for everyone 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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    Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut - 08/21/2017

    BAY CITY, Mich.,–– The "Vegas to Reno" race, the largest off-road race in the United States, broadcasted on August 19th. In the competition, over 350 participants compete in a 550 mile off-road race from Las Vegas to Reno. From mountain passes to desert wallows to dry lake beds, drivers put their vehicles to the test in a heated competition. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 made its competitive debut and received a 1st Place Best In Class award, finishing with 18 hours, 50 minutes, and 16 seconds on the clock.

    Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut

    Out of the 350 participants in the race, only 204 vehicles made it through the challenging track. The Colorado ZR2 that participated in the race was modified with an upgraded roll cage, racing body-mandated safety harness, a 44-gallon racing fuel tank, racing lights, a GPS system, and a two-way radio. The ZR2 was also equipped with upgraded Chevrolet performance features that will be announced at a later date.

    “First and foremost, this was a development trip for our engineering team,” said Mark Dickens, executive director of Global Accessories, Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports, General Motors, who was part of the chase and support team following the race from start to finish at all 14 pit stops.

    “ZR2’s performance went beyond our most optimistic expectations, completing Vegas to Reno in its first outing. We learned a lot of things about the truck and could not be happier with the result, as well as the efforts of the Hall Racing team.

    “The fact that the Colorado ZR2 was the only stock midsize truck to compete in Vegas to Reno reinforces our claim to be in a segment of one with this vehicle. Our success in this race is a testament to all that we’ve accomplished since the relaunch of our midsize truck program three years ago,” said Dickens. “We cannot wait to pass along the benefits of what we’ve learned here under extreme use and at future races to our customers.”

    Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut

    You can get a closer look at the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 by downloading the Colorado brochure. View vehicle details, specifications, trim levels, exterior colors, and more! This month, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 made its competitive debut, and came out with a bang! You too can experience the success of the Colorado ZR2 by getting one of your own. Shop around our ZR2 inventory to find the perfect full-size pickup that matches your specifications. You can view reviews, testimonials, prices, details, and more on our comprehensive inventory pages. Feel free to contact us if you can't find what you're looking for and our Sales Team will be more than happy to set you up with the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 that matches your exact specifications.

    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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    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

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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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