Monday, August 21, 2017

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Makes Competitive Debut

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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Friday, August 18, 2017

Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

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

6th Grade


Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

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

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

7th Grade

Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

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

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

8th Grade


Back to School Checklist for Middle Schoolers

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chevy Equinox Diesel Offers Industry-Leading 39 MPG

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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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Safety Features Worth Having in Your Next Vehicle

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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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Road Trips

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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Friday, August 4, 2017

Family-Friendly Labor Day Activities

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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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Discover Special Edition Chevy Vehicles at Graff Bay City

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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