Friday, July 21, 2017

Varieties to Try During National Hot Dog Month

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, jalapeƱo 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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Make Your Car Your Own

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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Graff Gives Back to the Bay Area Community this July

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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Monday, July 10, 2017

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

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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Friday, July 7, 2017

Chevrolet Keeps Families Safe with the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

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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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Top 10 Most Forgotten Vacation Items

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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bad Habits that Reduce Vehicle Performance

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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