Wednesday, January 17, 2018

9 Michigan Mountains to Visit on Your Next Family Ski Trip

BAY CITY, Mich. –– Spending too much time inside and not being active this winter can begin to take a toll on you emotionally. So why not make use of our state's natural beauty and all the fun to be had during the snowy months? If you're looking for something to do with the whole family, we recommend an adventure to Northern Michigan for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, and more. Whether you're beginners or experienced skiers, these nine Michigan mountains are worth visiting on your next family ski trip! There's plenty of exciting activities, dining, and nightlife at many of these resorts to partake in as well! Start planning your next winter getaway right now!

9 Michigan Mountains to Visit on Your Next Family Ski Trip

Boyne Mountain - Boyne Falls, MI

Perhaps Michigan's most well-known skiing resort, Boyne Mountain offers Michigan's largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay! spas and salons, 60 downhill runs, seven terrain parks, plenty of trails for cross-country skiing,  as well as a zip line course down the backside of the mountain. plenty of incredible restaurants, tubing park,

Boyne Highlands - Harbor Springs, MI

The other Boyne skiing resort, boasting as much fun as Boyne Mountain. There's plenty of skiing and snowboarding, as well as a zip line course, tubing course, snowshoeing trails, horseback rides, and much more.

Shanty Creek - Bellaire, MI & Mancelona, MI


Experience award-winning skiing that is fun for the whole family at Shanty Creek and their two mountains Schuss and Summit. You can also enjoy their exceptional dining options at the resorts or venture out to nearby Traverse City for all sorts of winter activities.

Crystal Mountain - Thompsonville, MI

A more scenic mountain experience you won't find! Crystal Mountain, located near Sleeping Bear Dunes, has four different skiing areas. You can also spend your time fat tire snow biking, ice skating, snowmobiling, and much more!

Nub's Nob - Harbor Springs, MI

Nub's Nob is the perfect family-friendly ski mountain! There are 53 total ski runs with a varying range of difficulty as well as two award-winning terrain parks to take advantage of this winter.

Big Powderhorn Mountain - Bessemer, MI

Skiing in the Upper Peninsula in an incredibly unique and enjoyable experience thanks to the heavy snowfall and rustic scenery. Big Powderhorn Mountain is a massive ski resort, with 253 skiable acres and a run that is one mile long!

Big Snow Resort - Wakefield, MI

Another resort where you can experience two mountains so you won't ever have to ski or snowboard down the same run twice! Indianhead Mountain and Blackjack Mountain at Big Snow Resort in the Upper Peninsula receive significant snowfall and powder for your skiing enjoyment. There are plenty of other activities to do and enjoy including snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and your family can even play on their Yeti Snow Forts!

Pine Mountain Resort - Iron Mountain, MI


A fun and cozy mountain atmosphere up in the U.P. that is perfect for a weekend getaway. Enjoy the skiing and up north air when your visit Pine Mountain!

Marquette Mountain - Marquette, MI

This mountain has it all, including traditional runs, terrain parks, and backcountry skiing! Plus, you'll be just a few miles away from Lake Superior, a breathtaking scene to behold during wintertime.

Visit these 9 Michigan mountains for your next family ski trip to have fun this winter, stay active, and make springtime come a little faster! Before you head out on your trek up north or anywhere else, make sure your vehicle is ready to brave the elements and handle the trip by completing our Winter Car Care maintenance routine. Our service staff will check your tires, battery, and other internal components to ensure they're in top shape and won't be negatively affected or disabled while you're out on the road this time of year. Schedule an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center to get your vehicle looked at by our experienced technicians this week!

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.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Chevy Trucks Start 2018 Off Strong

BAY CITY, Mich. –– After celebrating the incredible 100 year legacy of Chevy trucks in 2017, the Detroit motor brand's future is looking brighter than ever.  Only a few short weeks into 2018, Chevy has announced and unveiled multiple new truck models and has had several in their lineup win major awards. Their commitment to innovation and the dependability of their trucks has not gone unnoticed, and their efforts have ensured that a new generation of trucks will continue to dominate the segment and lead the industry. Catch up on the latest happenings and find out how Chevy Trucks are starting 2018 strong!


Chevy Trucks Start 2018 Off Strong

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Revealed at Chevy Truck Centennial Event

The next generation of America's most dependable, longest-lasting pickup was unveiled the Chevy Truck Centennial event in Texas last month with hundreds of Chevy's Truck Legends program members in attendance. The all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 boasts modern design and incredible power to revolutionize the future of trucks. This new pickup is designed with advanced manufacturing including a higher-grade alloy used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel truck bed floor that is lightweight and extremely durable. The report is that there will be a total of eight different 2019 Silverado models, each with specialized strengths, design, and capabilities to best suit the unique needs of their owner. The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 will be on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January.


2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards.

Kelley Blue Book has recognized a number of 2018 Chevy truck and SUV models this year for their resale value, including the 2018 Silverado HD, named Best Resale Value: Full-Size Pickup Truck, and the 2018 Tahoe which earned Best Resale Value: Full-Size SUV/Crossover. Additionally, the 2018 Colorado and 2018 Silverado both ranked in KBB.com’s Top 10 for Best Resale Value.

Chevy Trucks Start 2018 Off Strong

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Named FOUR WHEELER's 2018 Pickup Truck of the Year

FOUR WHEELER, the world’s leading 4x4 authority since 1962, named the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 has been named Pickup Truck of the Year. The ZR2's power, durability, and maneuverability were tested over 1,000 miles of various terrain, including a racetrack, paved roads, sand, rocky trails, snow, loose-dirt hill climbs, and water crossings to outclass its competition and earn the title.
Chevy Trucks Start 2018 Off Strong

Chevrolet to Unveil its All-New Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD at The Work Truck Show® 2018 

Chevy has now promised to reveal the all-new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD at The Work Truck Show® 2018, during March 6th - 9th in Indianapolis. These new work trucks will be powered by Duramax diesel engines and Allison transmissions, and available in regular and crew cab models, with 2WD and 4WD capability with a wide range of GVWRs and wheelbases. Additionally, Chevy is expanding their suite of industry-leading driver connectivity and fleet management solutions, including OnStar, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and a number of telematics offerings to optimize organizational efficiency for companies looking to incorporate these trucks into their work vehicles.

Chevy Trucks Start 2018 Off Strong

Chevy trucks are starting 2018 strong and aim to continue their success as America's most dependable pickups. If you're interested in a new 2018 Chevy Colorado or 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 we recommend shopping our online inventory to check out what trucks we have available at our dealership. Once you find one (or a few!) that you're interested in, give our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff a call to schedule a test drive. You won't believe the power of these machines until you experience it for yourself.

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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

8 Tips to Relieve Your Dry Skin This Winter

BAY CITY, Mich. –– During the winter months when the freezing temperatures roll in, many of us begin to experience dry, chapped, or split skin this time of year. It all stems from the cold air drawing the moisture out of your skin, leaving it dry, brittle, and susceptible to damage. Your regular skincare routine may not work well enough during this time of year, so we recommend following our eight tips to relieve your dry skin this winter.

8 Tips to Relieve Your Dry Skin This Winter

Don't Use Hot Water

Whether you are washing your hands or taking a shower, try to use your water at its hottest setting. Hot water strips your body and skin of its natural oil barrier which you need to help trap moisture and keep your skin smooth and moist. Instead try to just use mildly warm water, which isn't so tough on your skin.

Scrub Gently

Again, while either washing your hands or showering, take care this winter to be more gentle on your skin. Scrubbing your hands or skin too hard will definitely remove your body's natural oil barrier, but the friction of your intense scrubbing will damage your skin in general. Now during a warmer month, your skin would be able to bounce back, but during winter it will struggle to do so.

Apply Moisturizer Regularly

Lathering up with moisturizer is one of the tried and true methods of avoiding dry skin during the winter. Moisturizer's benefit is right in its name, helping to rehydrate your skin and avoid dryness. During winter, you should moisturize after every shower or bath to keep your skin healthy. Find an "ointment" moisturizer that's oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.We also recommend carrying a non-greasy hand cream with you the day as well for use after each hand washing.  

Drink Lots of Water

Moisturizer is a significant help when trying to hydrate your body, but you can always do it the old-fashioned way too, by drinking water. This winter, make sure you are still drinking lots of water to maintain your hydration levels and help your skin out. There are also plenty of fruits and vegetables you can eat to help keep yourself hydrated as well such as apples, oranges, kiwi, celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. 


Wear Lip Balm or Chapstick

We all know that our lips can become chapped and dry as well during the wintertime, so make sure to keep lip balm or chapstick on your person during the day for regular use and application. It will help repair and defend your lips from the cold.

Bundle Up!

We're not quite sure why you wouldn't be wearing gloves, hat, or scarf outside in the freezing cold, but if you're not you are doing your skin a disservice. Bundling up during the winter isn't just about staying warm, it's also about protecting and shielding your skin from the cold air.

Get a Humidifier

Heating your house keeps you warm, but it also removes moisture from the air, making dry skin even more parched. To combat this, we recommend getting a humidifier for your home. Use the humidifier to reintroduce moisture into the air to create a comfortable living space and a reprieve from the cold outside for your skin. An indoor humidity of about 50% is recommended.

Moisturize Overnight

The best time to heal your skin is at night, a long interrupted period of time when it's not being washed, moved, or exposed to the cold. Lathering up with moisturizer or healing ointments before you hop into bed is recommended for best results. However, here's a handy tip if your hands or feet are severely cracked and damaged; generously apply your moisturizer to the affected areas and then put on socks and knit gloves to wear to bed. The socks and gloves will help trap the moisture in your skin allowing for a "deep-treat" overnight.

Follow our homemade dermatology routine with these eight tips to relieve your dry skin this winter. We can't stress how important it is to take of your skin this winter, but it is equally crucial to look after your vehicle this time of year as well. Complete our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to ensure your sedan, truck, or SUV's internal components don't get worn down, broken, or disabled by the cold weather or poor road conditions.

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.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

9 Winter Driving Tips to Help Keep You Safe

BAY CITY, Mich. –– Driving on snowy and icy roads during can be very dangerous even for an experienced winter driver. The possibility of losing control of your vehicle due to the road conditions is greatly increased, and the freezing temps make any accident or mishap even more perilous. But thankfully, there are ways to mitigate the risks and ensure your well-being out on the road. Try these nine winter driving tips to help keep you safe this time of year.

9 Winter Driving Tips to Help Keep You Safe

Clear Off Your Windshield

Before you even start driving, it is extremely important to clean all the snow and ice off of your vehicle's windshield, windows, headlights, and brake lights. Clear visibility while driving is crucial to your safety while driving out on winter roads and to the safety of other drivers. You may often see some trying to drive to work in the morning while looking through a tiny little hole they cleared in the ice on their windshield. Simply put, that is not safe, and you should never do it. Take the time to clear off your windshield and other windows.


Drive Slower

Driving slower is the best way to stay safe on the roads this winter. Your reduced speed allows you to have more time to brake, react to other vehicles, and will lessen the impact of any slipping or sliding.

Allow for More Space Between Vehicles

Allowing for double or even triple the amount of distance you would normally give between you and the vehicle in front of you is important on snowy roads. In fact, the recommended that the normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds in snowy conditions. The added space allows you more time to react to their movements and brake if need be.


Don't Brake Abruptly

Putting your foot down hard on the brake pedal won't help you stop in snowy driving conditions. Instead, if you need to stop, slowly apply the brake. This way your wheels will slow their rotation in a controlled manner before coming to a complete stop. A hard stop will make your tires lose their grip on the road and slip.

Don't Take Sharp Turns

Make slow, wide, and deliberate turns to maintain control of your vehicle in the snow. Sharp or fast turns through intersections or elsewhere can cause your vehicle to fishtail, swinging the back of the car out of control, with the possibility of hitting another vehicle.

Don't Use Cruise Control

Cruise control can be extremely dangerous to use during winter. If you're driving on the highway or just a normal road with cruise control activated and your vehicle slides on some ice, slush, or snow your wheels may wind up off course. The cruise control will then keep you accelerating on your new path potentially sending you off the road, into a ditch, or maybe even into oncoming traffic.

Winter Car Care

The best way to ensure your vehicle is up to the task of winter driving is by completing our Winter Car Care maintenance routine. During freezing temps your vehicle's internal components can become compromised, crack, break, or become disabled. It's also important to get your vehicle's battery, tire pressure and tread, heating, and other components as winter sets in.


Check the Forecast

Keep an eye on the weather channel or other meteorology services for what is headed your way. If possible, avoid driving during snowstorms or in other poor road conditions.


Practice Driving in the Snow

The best way to become a comfortable and skilled winter driver is to practice. Find an empty parking lot with some snow and ice where you can practice turns, braking, and more so that you're prepared for anything out on the road.

Driving on the snow and ice can be nerve-wracking but if you follow our nine winter driving trips to help keep you safe, you'll feel much more confident in your ability to be on the roads this time of year. If you have any additional questions about our Winter Car Care maintenance routine, schedule an appointment at our Graff Chevrolet Bay City Service Center. We'll make sure your vehicle is ready to handle the cold weather. Or, if you're interested in any new 2017 or 2018 Chevrolet models and their advanced safety features, give our friendly sales staff a call. They will answer any questions you may have and can even help you schedule a test drive to check out a new sedan, truck, or SUV in person!

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.

How to Deal with the Post-Holiday Blues

BAY CITY, Mich. –– It's very easy to get down in the dumps once the holidays are over. This time of year, with bills rolling in from all the Christmas gifts you bought, nasty winter weather, and the sun going down at what feels like 5 pm every day, it's likely you're going to start feeling a bit sad and morose. But thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself feeling happy and bright until springtime blooms. So read on,  to learn how to deal with the post-holiday blues!

How to Deal with the Post-Holiday Blues

Find Things to Look Forward To

People often find January and February tough because the holiday season was such a big string of fun and family filled events and get-togethers. Now that they're over though, it can feel like there's not a lot to look forward to until summer or maybe spring break. Mentally it can be helpful to plan trips or events for yourself in the near future, that can give you something to look forward to. So schedule a vacation for sometime in 2018 or even a weekend getaway sometime soon. Or, you can always get tickets to a show, schedule meet-ups with friends, or just find reasons to get out of the house.

Set Some Goals

Maybe you didn't make a New Year's Resolution for 2018, but that doesn't mean you can't set some goals for yourself this year. Start small, and make sure that within your goals there is a way to document your progress. Working out, eating healthier, growing an indoor plant, or other ideas can be great ways to lift your mood. When you see the progress continue to add up, your brain will reward itself and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Declutter Your Life

Messes and clutter can have a negative psychological effect on you, especially this time of year when you're likely stuck inside at home most nights and weekends. Cleaning and organizing your work and living space can really improve your emotions, and leaving you feeling unburdened and ready to start anew. So clean up your desk at work, clear your computer desktop, clean your kitchen, organize your closet, pick up your room, and more to give 2018 a fresh start.

Stay in Contact with Your Loved Ones

You get to see a lot of your friends and family over the holiday season and spend quality time with them. So come the second week of January, it can start feeling a bit lonely as you start back into the grind of your work schedule and see less of your loved ones in person. But there is nothing stopping you from messaging them, calling them, and even using video chat to stay in contact with your loved ones. Don't let a false feeling of isolation keep you from reaching out to people who make you happy and upbeat.

Don't Be Too Hard on Yourself

When you're already feeling down because of the post-holiday and winter blues, it can be easy to overreact to any little that goes wrong or that you mess up, like forgetting your lunch at home or something simple like that. But give yourself a break! You're not going to navigate life perfectly and it's important this time of year to cut yourself some slack.

Change Your Thinking

It can be tough but try to not look at the first few months of the year as something to get through, and instead see them as time to get yourself in shape or develop a new talent, or put in extra time at work to make an impression. Pretend that from now until May you're a caterpillar in its cocoon, developing and working hard to make improvements in your life until you emerge into the warm summer weather as the new you!

Look After Yourself

With dark cold nights that keep you from being as active as usual, it's important that you take care of your health this winter. Make sure get enough sleep, eat well, drink a lot of water, and get plenty of exercise. All of these factors will help improve your wellbeing as well as your mental health. Even going for a short walk during your lunch break to get a little sunshine can have a significant improvement in your mood.

It's important to learn how to deal with the post-holiday blues, as they happen to most people and can really hinder your happiness, relationships, and growth as a person. So try taking the steps listed in this blog to start 2018 off right and keep yourself happy and upbeat for all that the new year has in store for you. We also recommend looking after your vehicle's wellbeing this time of year as well, as the freezing temps and harsh weather can have significant negative effects on it as well! Complete our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to ensure your sedan, truck, or SUV's internal components aren't worn down, broken, or disabled by the cold or poor road conditions 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.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

How to Start Up Your Car on Winter Mornings

BAY CITY, Mich. –– Waking up to freezing temperatures on winter mornings is no fun to begin with, but add in the potential for not being able to start your car because it's too cold, and they're positively dreadful. Most drivers will warm up their vehicles on chilly mornings, to defrost the windshield and warm up the cabin for their commute. Now, you may have heard that it is bad for your engine to warm your car in the morning. While that's technically not false information, there are also positives to warming up your vehicle that will help it run better and avoid internal damage, so long as it's not warming up for a prolonged period of time. So, allow us to explain further, and walk you through how to start up your car on winter mornings.


Over the course of a winter night, as the temperature drops, a number things happen to your vehicle. The battery in your car begins to produce less current as it grows colder, making it more difficult or impossible to start your vehicle. The engine oil in your car also becomes thicker and doesn't flow as well. Circulating through your engine then becomes difficult for the oil and doesn't allow it to lubricating your engine's internal components as well.

To help mitigate the negative effects the cold weather, we strongly recommend keeping your vehicle parked inside your garage if possible. It that isn't an option, even parking in an open carport or under a large tree will keep your vehicle a few degrees warmer than if it was out in the open, completely subjected to the elements. You may also consider getting a battery heater or engine block heater, as this will help your vehicle be able to start up with relative ease in the morning.

So, to properly start your car on a cold winter morning, follow the routine below:

  1. Turn off all electrical accessories such as the headlights, heater, defroster, etc.
  2. Insert the key into the ignition.
  3. Turn the key to "On" position, turning on the display lights and the fuel pump.
  4. Allow for a minute of time to pass so that the fuel pump can circulate fuel through the engine.
  5. Turn the key fully, to start the vehicle.
  6. You should only allow your vehicle idle and warm up for five minutes. This will allow the oil and fuel to warm up and properly circulate so that no internal damage to the vehicle will occur.

If your engine is cranking slowly and does not turn on, you should take it into an auto service center and have the battery checked, especially if the battery is more than 3 years old. Older batteries can't stand up to freezing temperatures and won't  be able to start up your car.

If you have any additional questions on how to start up your car on winter mornings, you can visit the Graff Bay City Service Center to speak with our knowledgeable and friendly service technicians. We also recommend that you complete our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to take care of your vehicle's internal components so they are not compromised, cracked, or disabled by the cold weather. These service fixes will help your vehicle run in top condition all through the winter and help you avoid breaking down on the side of the road in freezing temperatures.

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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Car Care Vehicle Maintenance Tips

BAY CITY, Mich. –– Michigan winters can be tough on us, the roads, and our vehicles. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and road salt all take their toll on cars and it's important to prepare your vehicle for the winter. We suggest bringing your vehicle into our Graff Bay City Service Center to get some seasonal maintenance work done like getting your brakes, tires, windshield wipers, and batteries checked and replaced if need be. Getting an oil change this time of year is a great idea as well. Following our Winter Car Care vehicle maintenance tips can help ensure your vehicle will be able to perform in top condition, handle well on the icy roads, and avoid the possibility of breaking down. Read on to learn the importance of taking care of your vehicle this winter!

Winter Car Care Vehicle Maintenance Tips

On our new Winter Car Care Page, you’ll find tips on –
  • Brakes: Your vehicle's brakes keep you safe through every season, but during the winter they are especially important. In winter weather it can take your vehicle a longer distance to break on snow and ice, so making sure your brakes work properly is key. You don't want to be the car that slides through an intersection or into a ditch. Follow the link to read more about your brakes.
  • Tires: Find out why it’s important to understand the value winter tires offer. Winter tires are designed to handle winter roads specifically, and with the roads being slushy and icy, the thicker treads will help keep you from sliding around. Click the link to learn more about winter tires.
  • Oil Changes: Your engine’s performance depends on regular oil changes, and when your oil is changed on a regular basis, you help extend the life of your vehicle. In the winter, it’s particularly important to keep up with oil changes because the frigid temperatures can have a negative effect on the oil, making it less effective at keeping your engine components from overheating and warping. For a list of signs your vehicle needs an oil change, follow the link.
  • Wiper Blades: You need a clear view to drive in any season, but your vehicle's wiper blades become especially important in the winter due to debris from snow, salt, and ice. Harsh winter conditions can wear on your wiper blades, so click the link to find out how to know if you need to replace your wiper blades.
  • Batteries: In general, car batteries normally last around two to three years. However, freezing temperatures can be hard on your battery life and make it more difficult to start your engine in the morning after a cold night. So, it’s crucial to be aware of your vehicle's battery life and replace it when necessary. Learn more about your car battery by clicking the link.
We hope you consider following our Winter Car Care vehicle maintenance tips, as they will help keep you safe on the road and likely save you money in the long run on costly repairs. If you're still worried about you and your passenger's well being out on the road, we recommend reading up on Chevrolet's new advanced safety features available on most new 2018 Chevy models. Features like the Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist Technology, Forward Safety Awareness, and more can help make driving a much safer endeavor.

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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