Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2018 Chevy Equinox Makes Packing a Breeze

OKEMOS, Mich., – Are you the adventurous type, but are always running out of room when you pack up your vehicle? Well, you're in luck, because the 2018 Chevy Equinox makes packing a breeze! With a foldable backseat and spacious trunk room, owners of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox can make use of up to 63.5 cubic feet of cargo space. While cargo specs can sometimes be misleading, the Chevy Equinox was tested in the Cars.com Compact SUV Challenge and was able to pass the challenge with ease. Read on to see how it was tested and how it stood up to the Compact SUV Challenge!

2018 Chevy Equinox Makes Packing a Breeze

"Cargo included a 23-inch adult bicycle and an adjustable cardboard box tested in two sizes: 37 inches long, 6 inches wide and 41 inches tall, which we fit behind the backseat, and an expanded 70-by-6-by-41 inches, which we fit with the backseat folded. And to top it off, a pair of golf bags. Though we laid the cardboard box flat for visualization of the cargo area, general practice for transporting a cardboard box like ours with a flat-screen TV inside is to keep the TV upright." - Cars.com

2018 Chevy Equinox Makes Packing a Breeze

The Compact SUV Challenge put the Equinox's carrying capacity to the test, but it was able to pass with flying colors. The Equinox, equipped with a flat load roof, made loading all of the materials an easy task. The cargo area has two releases for split portions of the back seat, allowing drivers to maximize cargo space in an easy and organizable format. Its foldable seats allow for an easy transition from the full seating of midsize crossover to its impressive cargo capacity of 63.5 cubic feet. The Equinox is also equipped with cubbies for smaller items, a large center console, two wells, and a net between the cargo wells in the back to carry groceries. You can fill your Equinox to the brim with just about anything you'll need for your journey!

If you're heading out on a road trip or vacation soon, you'll want to make sure you have enough room in your vehicle to pack everything. Luckily, the 2018 Chevy Equinox makes packing a breeze so you won't have to worry about carrying capacity or running out of space. Want to get a closer look at what the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox can do for you? Download the 2018 Chevy Equinox Brochure to get a closer look at trim levels, optional and standard features, and much more! After checking out the brochure, be sure to browse our Equinox inventory to find new and used Equinox vehicles available for you to test drive. Find something you like? Call us and let us know right away!

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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Friday, September 15, 2017

8 Must-Try Game Day Recipes

OKEMOS, Mich., – Now that football season is in full swing, what better way to celebrate game day than with a football-themed party? Put on your favorite team's jersey, fire up the oven, and give these 8 must-try game day recipes a try at your next get-together!

Pretzel Monkey Bread


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

This soft, buttery, pull-apart pretzel bread is a must this football season! Serve it with a side of honey mustard or warm cheese for extra flavor in every bite. It's easy to make and full of flavor.

Salsa Verde Queso Dip


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

Want to make an easy, cheesy game day recipe? Salsa verde queso dip is the answer. This slow cooked dip is best served with tortilla chips, bread, or on game day tacos!

Turkey Swiss Sliders


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

Looking for healthier alternatives this season? These turkey swiss sliders are a lighter option for game day recipes without sacrificing any of the flavor. The best part is, this recipe only requires five ingredients, so you can make it quick before the next game!

Sloppy Joe Sliders


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

Follow up your game day appetizers with the main course: sloppy Joe sliders! With a flavorful mixture of sloppy Joe and melted cheese on toasted buns, you can savor every bite of these easy-to-make sandwiches in the convenience of a slider!

Sweet Chili BBQ Kielbasa


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

No game day is complete without sweet chili BBQ kielbasa! This 3-ingredient crowd-pleaser will score high no matter where you serve it. Combine your favorite BBQ sauce, sweet chili sauce, and kielbasa in a crockpot for an undeniably easy game day recipe!

Crockpot Mac and Cheese


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

For more crockpot cooking, this warm and gooey mac and cheese is perfect for game day snacking, post game eating, and leftovers the next day. Slow cook your favorite cheeses with some al dente macaroni and you'll have a winning recipe!

Football Puppy Chow


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

No matter who you're rooting for, this puppy chow is the Super Bowl Champion of snacks! You can add a personal touch on game day by changing the candy melt colors to match your team. 

Cookies and Cream Football


8 Must Try Game Day Recipes

Go big or go home this season with delicious desserts! This cookies and cream football is the perfect finisher to your game day. Enjoy Oreo flavor on top of Nilla wafers, pretzels, or apple slices for a tasty treat!

Whether you're a diehard football fan or are just enjoying the game day fun, these 8 must-try game day recipes will be sure to add the perfect touch to your festivities! While you're out and about gathering ingredients for your recipes, get a head start on your fall car care to keep your vehicle in peak condition this season! If you find anything that may require attention, schedule a service appointment with us right away. We'll even pick up and deliver your vehicle to you afterwards, free of charge!

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chevy Unveils Red Wings Tribute Logo

OKEMOS, Mich., – The Little Caesar's Arena is open for business! This all-star venue will host hockey games, basketball games, concerts, and much more in downtown Detroit. Chevrolet is the official vehicle sponsor of the Little Caesar's Arena and the Detroit Red Wings. In honor of the partnership with these organizations, Chevy unveiled a Red Wings tribute logo that will be featured at the northeastern entrance of Little Caesar's Arena. The sculpture, which is 9 feet long and 5 feet high, pays tribute to the iconic Red Wings logo with discarded Chevrolet vehicle components that create a truly intricate work of art.

Chevy Unveils Red Wings Tribute Logo

The sculpture, created by a former professional stuntman from the Czech Republic, took over 700 hours to sketch, model, and sculpt. It was created using over 186 parts from 13 separate Chevrolet vehicles, including shocks, brake calipers, rotors, bearings, brake pads, and a hubcap from a 1918 Chevrolet vehicle. The center of the wheel features the iconic Chevrolet Silverado bowtie. It weighs 772 pounds and is on permanent display at the northeastern Chevrolet entrance of Little Caesar's Arena. Watch the video below to see a time lapse of the sculpture's creation!

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“Chevrolet commissioned this unique sculpture as a tribute to the people and the industry that fuel the city of Detroit and to honor the Detroit Red Wings who have been a true symbol of grit and determination,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Tomas Vitanovsky has demonstrated a talent for bringing together what seem to be very ordinary parts into a striking piece of industrial artwork that we are proud to share with the city.”

Chevrolet is the official vehicle of the Detroit Red Wings and the Little Caesar's Arena. Paying tribute to this partnership and the city that built it, Chevy unveiled a Red Wings tribute logo at the grand opening of Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit. The tribute logo features parts and components from multiple Chevrolet vehicles. Take a look at our new vehicle inventory to find the vehicles that carry these components, or check out our accessories if you want to add a personal touch to your vehicle. Need to have routine maintenance performed on your vehicle soon? Use our coupons to get a great deal on service!

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5 Tips to Increase the Life of Your Brakes

OKEMOS, Mich., – Your brakes are the most essential safety component in your vehicle. Without proper care they can wear down quickly, reducing your ability to stop and increasing your risk of danger out on the road. Follow these 5 tips to increase the life of your brakes so that you improve you and your passengers' safety on the road as well as increase your gas mileage.

Watch Your Speed


5 Tips to Increase the Life of Your Brakes

Stopping your vehicle at high speeds is the number one way your brakes are worn down as you drive. This bad driving habit causes brakes to wear down significantly faster than they would at slower speeds. Your brakes begin to work by using the brake pads to reduce the rotation of your brake discs when the vehicle is traveling. When this happens, the brake pads are slowly worn down and the energy of the spinning disc converts into heat. The faster you drive, the more energy you produce, thus generating more heat when the brakes are applied to it. Over time, the heat your brakes produce can wear down its important components, leading to costly repairs and potential damage to your brakes. If you practice slower driving habits, your vehicle will put less stress on your brakes.

Practice Coasting


5 Tips to Increase the Life of Your Brakes

A great way to reduce your chances of stopping at high speeds is by coasting while you drive. Allowing your vehicle to naturally slow down before applying your brakes at a stop will save you on fuel costs as well as reduce the wear on your brakes. However, keeping an eye on other drivers while you're on the road is an extremely important safety tactic! Remaining mindful of other drivers' behaviors will keep you and your passengers safe.

Consider What You Carry


5 Tips to Increase the Life of Your Brakes

Whether you're commuting to work or heading out on a road trip, the luggage you keep in your vehicle will directly affect important components on your brakes. The added weight to your vehicle will add pressure and make it more difficult for your brakes to slow down the vehicle, wearing them down at a much faster rate than normal. Keeping your vehicle light and free of excess weight will allow your brakes to perform efficiently without any unnecessary pressure.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings


5 Tips to Increase the Life of Your Brakes

It's impossible to predict the behavior of other drivers on the road. Sometimes, drivers will brake or swerve between lanes for no reason, potentially causing the vehicles behind them to have to slam on their brakes. To avoid this, give yourself a wide berth between other vehicles while you're on the freeway to increase your safety and the longevity of your brakes. That way, you'll avoid having to perform unnecessary stops on the road that would otherwise wear your brakes down. Practice this mindful habit next time you're on the freeway!

Have Your Brakes Serviced


5 Tips to Increase the Life of Your Brakes

One of the best ways to ensure your brakes last a long time is to have regular maintenance performed on them. Investing in regular brake maintenance can help you to avoid expensive replacement costs in the future. If you'd like to have your brakes looked at, bring your vehicle in to the Graff Okemos Service Center! Our attentive staff will go above and beyond to ensure your brakes are working at their absolute best. You can schedule an appointment online without having to leave your couch!

The condition of your brakes can be the difference between a potential accident and remaining unharmed out on the road. Follow our 5 tips to increase the life of your brakes listed above to help keep your brake pads, discs, calipers and other components in good condition. If you plan on having your brakes looked at, utilize our wide array of coupons for brake inspection or other maintenance services to help save you money!

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

MSU Tailgating Activities and Tips

OKEMOS, Mich., – Kick off the football season in style this year! The Michigan State Spartans are ready to take on the Big Ten and whatever else college football has in store for them with an energetic and fired up roster this season. If you plan on heading out to a game at Spartan Stadium this year, use these MSU tailgating activities and tips to make your trip to East Lansing unforgettable. Enjoy a safe and fun tailgate this football season by participating in old MSU traditions and enjoying the best East Lansing has to offer. Sparty on!

Bring the Fun to the Tailgate


MSU Tailgating Activities and Tips

One of the best ways to enjoy tailgating is by bringing the fun with you! Grab a few friends or family members and bring along cornhole or lawn golf to enjoy some games of your own before kickoff. If you want to try something a little different, give these lawn games a shot for a unique tailgating experience!

Checklist of Tailgate Supplies


MSU Tailgating Activities and Tips

When you head out to tailgate, you'll want to cook food and bring some entertainment along while you wait for the game to start. Make sure to pack all of these supplies:

  • Trash bags
  • Grill
  • Grilling supplies (tongs, charcoal, spatula, lighter, matches, etc.)
  • Plates, plastic silverware, paper towels, napkins, etc.
  • Cutting board
  • Canopy tent (MSU tailgate rules note that it can't be any larger than 10ftx10ft)
  • Lawn chairs
  • Main and side dishes
  • Cooler
  • First aid kit (just in case!)
  • Rain ponchos
  • Jumper cables
  • Football

Grab a Bite to Eat


MSU Tailgating Activities and Tips

If you don't feel like cooking or want to explore Downtown Lansing, we've got the perfect list of places to try! For a quick bite to eat, head out to any of these restaurants before the game:


Pre-Game Warmup on Adams Field



Every year, fans bring their blankets and set up their tailgates near Adams field to get the perfect view for the pre-game warmups! About 2 hours before the game, the band members arrive and warm up on different parts of the field. Once the Sousaphone section arrives, the whole band breaks out into a show for all of the fans gathered around! The band quickly breaks into "The Series", an MSU game day tradition, before heading down Red Cedar Road to the stadium. 

Enjoy a Safe and Fun Tailgate


MSU Tailgating Activities and Tips

Most importantly, make sure you have a fun and safe tailgate experience! Read up on MSU's tailgate safety rules to ensure that you don't break any rules while you enjoy your day. If you have any questions or are curious about a specific rule, contact MSU's game day department for more information. Following the rules and cooperating with the police will allow you to enjoy all the pre-game festivities before the game!

One of the best ways to have fun from beginning to end at an MSU game is by enjoying a great tailgate before the team hits the field. Have a fun and safe experience before you make your way to Spartan Stadium by taking part in these MSU tailgating activities and tips. Fun fact: not only is it college football season, it's also SUV season! Browse our new vehicle inventory to find exclusive discounts and offers, and use some of our rebates and incentives to enjoy price reductions on new and used vehicles in our lot! 

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Chevy Bolt EV Provides a Fun Autocross Experience

OKEMOS, Mich.,–– Autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate through traffic cones to showcase their driving skills and the vehicle's handling in a safe, monitored, and controlled environment. The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV may not seem like the type of vehicle that isn't fit for this type of competition, but the smaller size, hatchback body style, and surprising speed make it a great competitor. The Chevy bolt EV provides a fun autocross experience to first-timers as well as veterans who want to blaze through the course with impressive times.

Chevy Bolt EV Provides Fun Autocross Experience

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV's 60 kWh lithium ion battery pack allowing the vehicle to go from zero to 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds. The vehicle also puts out an impressive 266 lb-ft of torque that makes the Bolt's little wheels squeal on the pavement when the pedal is put to the metal, but that's about all you'll hear - the lack of revving may seem a little out of place at an autocross competition. However, speed and power don't necessarily determine a driver's success at an autocross event. The Bolt EV's batteries, located low and directly on the chassis, allow this hatch to remain steady through the tight curves and turns on an autocross course.

Chevy Bolt EV Provides Fun Autocross Experience

The best part about the 2017 Bolt EV? Even after three hours of autocrossing, you'll still have more than enough battery life to get home. The Bolt EV carries an average of 238 miles of electric range in driving. You can drive the Chevy Bolt EV slow, fast, or anywhere in between and still receive an efficient and mileage-minded drive! According to Chevrolet, the Bolt EV's battery range is perfect for the average commute to and from work and provides more than enough mileage to get drivers through an autocross event.

"If Chevrolet was using this autocross to change the conversation around electric cars, it has succeeded. Where EVs used to have a singular purpose of making every electron count, the Bolt EV does that all while being fun and not being so quirky and strange that it draws unwelcome judgment and confused looks (hello, Prius). The Chevrolet Bolt EV could be the electric car that leads to broader adoption: It’s green, practical, actually affordable, comfortable, versatile, and, as I learned during the autocross, it can perform." - Jodi Lai, AutoGuide

The Chevy Bolt EV provides a fun autocross experience for those who prefer to compete record-breaking speeds and times, but also a fun daily driving experience for all other drivers. Download the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV vehicle brochure and view our Bolt EV inventory today to see what's available in Okemos, MI! Find something you like? We can set up a test drive at your convenience so you can experience the power of the Bolt EV in person!

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Cookout Recipes to Try Before Summer Ends

OKEMOS, Mich.,–– Make the most of these warm and sunny days while you can, because summer is almost over! The end of the summer is the perfect time to gather the whole family together for one last cookout or get together before school starts up again and the weather starts to cool down. Impress your guests or your host with these cookout recipes to try before summer ends. Below you'll find a few appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts. Enjoy!

Appetizer: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

With kiwis, apples, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, this customizable fruit "salsa" is the perfect topper for homemade cinnamon chips! Fruit salsa and cinnamon chips are a great, healthy appetizer to kick off a fun cookout. Plus, this dish is extremely easy to make and serves up to 8 people.

Appetizer: Salsa De Tomatillo (Green Salsa)


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

For those of you still craving a savory sort of salsa after reading the last recipe, worry not: this salsa de tomatillo, or green salsa, will satisfy! This green take on salsa is tasty dip for tortilla chips, but can also be used in other dishes - like on top of chicken enchiladas. Get creative with it! 

Side Dish: 7-Layer Pasta Salad


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

This layered salad is packed to the brim with  pasta, avocado, broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, ham, and cheese so you can enjoy everything you love in one scoop. This dish is great because you can assemble each layer separately without worrying about tossing afterwards. Use ranch dressing to make this dish extra tasty!  

Side Dish: Grilled Corn


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

Grilled corn is a cookout classic, but did you know there are so many different ways to serve it? This recipe provides a wide variety of topping combinations, from bacon-wrapped corn to barbecue sauce and potato chips! Give a few of these a try to take your grilled corn to the next level. 

Entree: Triple B Burgers


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

The three B's on the Triple B Burgers stand for burger, barbecue, and bourbon sauce. This Guy Fieri staple should satisfy all your guest, including those particular burger afficianados. Give the Triple B a go at your next cookout to see why Guy Fieri ranks it as one of his all-time favorites!

Entree: Chicken, Bacon, & Ranch Skewers


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

What goes better with chicken than bacon and ranch? The assembly of these skewers is relatively easy and the grilling is quick. You can drizzle the ranch on top before serving, or with a side of ranch so your guests can dip to their liking. Put a BLT spin on these skewers and serve with lettuce! 

Dessert: S'mores Krispie Treats


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

S'mores Krispie Treats. Need we say any more? Using chocolate, marshmallows, Golden Grahams cereal, and butter, you'll have a less messy, no-bake s'more dessert ready for 20 people at one time! This is the ideal summer dessert you can enjoy out of season without the campfire, too. 

Dessert: Banana Split Kebabs


End of the Summer Cookout Recipes

Looking for a slightly healthier alternative for a dessert? Banana Split Kebabs use bananas, pineapple, strawberries, and a chocolate drizzle and crushed peanut topping for a super sweet healthy kebab. You can skip the chocolate and throw these on the grill for a caramelized touch, or use sugar-free chocolate to make it a little healthier. 

If you're planning on making your next get-together the best one yet, use these end of the summer cookout recipes to make the best appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts your guests could ask for! If you want to brush up on your cooking skills before the big get-together, try these amazingly easy summer recipes to get started. Headed on a trip for Labor Day? Make sure to check your tires, oil, windshield wiper fluid, and other important components before you take off. See our routine maintenance tips online or stop by to have our experts give your vehicle a quick inspection! 

Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864

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