Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer Car Care at Graff Chevrolet Okemos

OKEMOS, Mich.,–– Your car is a significant part of your life. Whether you prefer joy rides or simply heading from point A to point B, taking care of your vehicle is very important. With Michigan's unpredictable weather, keeping a close watch on vehicle maintenance will keep you enjoying your drives without any issues! Routine care maintenance will keep your vehicle safe from any unnecessary damage and can help extend its life so you can enjoy the fresh air and activities of the summer. Read up on our Summer Car Care tips to learn how to keep your vehicle running smoothly this summer. When Okemos starts warming up, keep a close eye on these key components of your car to ensure a safe and enjoyable car ride:

Summer Car Care at Graff Chevrolet Okemos

Cooling System

When it gets hot, your air conditioning is working double-time and can wear down making hot days a miserable experience. If you feel weak airflow or lack of airflow coming from your vents, you'll want to get it fixed before the heat starts to kick in. Service is typically very affordable and doesn't take much time, so make sure you get it taken care of before it starts to get too hot out there!

Fuel System 

It's road trip season, which means gas prices can go up and fuel systems can wear down with extensive driving. If your fuel system starts to wear down in any way, it can affect your fuel economy and gas mileage, which can make your trips a lot more expensive. Keep a close eye on any emergency lights and be sure to take care of any issues so that you can travel all over the state this summer without any automotive issues.

Exterior Vehicle Lights

Late nights and nighttime driving tends to increase in the summer, and remaining visible on the road is extremely important to your safety. Getting your lights fixed in advance can improve your visibility and assist with nighttime driving, which can help you keep an eye out for deer or other road hazards. Make sure your lights are working this summer so you can drive safely when the sun goes down.

Cosmetic Vehicle Repairs

The outside of your vehicle is just as important as the inside. Chipped or cracked glass can greatly reduce visibility, and rust from extensive use can wear down your vehicle, causing additional damage. If these repairs are left untreated, they can make car rides very risky, especially with damage through rust. Repairing these exterior issues can make car rides much safer in the short and long run.

Sun Protection

UV rays can damage your skin, but did you know that they can also damage vehicles? The increased heat can cause your engine and other interior parts of your vehicle to heat up, which when added to the heat of driving can warp and damage components. Purchasing a sunshade or regularly washing and waxing your vehicle's exterior can reduce the risk of interior and exterior damage.

Summer can be the most enjoyable time of the year, but it's important to minimize the stress on your vehicle by following our Summer Car Care tips. Watching out for any big issues that may come up will help you make the most of your summer while also avoiding any extensive and costly maintenance to your car. If you have any questions or concerns, our Service Center staff would be happy to assist you with scheduling service to your vehicle!

Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with integrity and convenience, all close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Planning the Perfect Day in Okemos

OKEMOS, Mich., – Stop us if you've heard this one before: it's a Saturday morning, and you have no idea how you're going to spend the rest of your day. You're tired of spending your weekends at home, but you don't have a single clue as to do for the weekend. Worry not, though - we're here to help. Make the most of your Saturday with some pro tips on planning the perfect day in Okemos.

Planning the Perfect Day in Okemos

10:00 - Take a Walk at the Harris Nature Center

Located on the banks of the Red Cedar river, the Harris Nature Center has over five miles of trails and plenty of activities. Whether you want a relaxing escape from the world or an educational journey through the exhibits and nature center, the Harris Nature Center has everything you need!

12:00 - Lunch at Stateside Deli


Planning the Perfect Day in Okemos

The Stateside Deli and Restaurant, an award winning deli in Okemos, carries some of the most delicious sandwiches in the Lansing area. Their signature hit, the Famous, layers hot slices of corned beef and fresh coleslaw on rye with Russian dressing and swiss cheese. This mouth-watering delicacy is a must have and a local favorite.

1:30 - Give Escape 20/20 a Shot


Planning the Perfect Day in Okemos


The newest adventure in town, Escape 20/20 gives participants 60 minutes to solve clues and puzzles in order to escape a locked room. Make sure you bring your thinking cap because you'll need it to uncover the mysteries of any of the three rooms available!

3:00 - Visit the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

Learn about some of the most influential women in the Mitten at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Over 308 women have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1983, with their remarkable accomplishments showcased in this beautiful museum.

4:00 - Shopping at the Meridian Mall


Planning the Perfect Day in Okemos

One look at the directory quickly makes you realize the large selection of stores and shops the Meridian Mall has to offer. With plenty of places to choose from, the mall's retail stores and food court offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for clothing or candles.

6:00 - Dinner at Red Haven


Planning the Perfect Day in Okemos

Red Haven provides customers with an authentic farm-to-table experience. Their seasonally changing menu and tapas-style sharing experience offers large portions that will fill you up. The local ingredients support businesses and farmers in the area, too!

We hope that this guide to planning the perfect day in Okemos keeps your Saturday busy and eventful! If you have too much fun and end up needing maintenance on your car, you can schedule an appointment and we can get your car back to you quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, feel free to contact us for any vehicle needs!

Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with integrity and convenience, all close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Brochure

OKEMOS, Mich., – Some vehicles transcend being just a car. The Corvette, a brilliantly designed sports car, is one of them. To discover its power and performance, download the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette brochure for all the information on the vehicle. The digital brochure includes detailed information on engine specs, fuel efficiency, and more as well as photos of the dynamic interior and exterior. The brochure also compares the three incredible 2017 Corvette trim levels, the Grand Sport, Stingray, and Z06. So download the brochure today on your computer, tablet, or mobile device to start exploring everything there is to know about this dream car.

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Brochure



Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Brochure

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Brochure

Powered by a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine, with 455-650 hp depending on trim level, the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette has incredible power and speed. This sports car also has a number of impressive technology features including Heads-Up Display projected onto the windshield, Chevrolet MyLink technology, Bluetooth capability, and more. The 2017 Corvette also comes available in coupe or convertible body types. Download the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette brochure today to see what a 60+ year heritage of speed and performance culminates into.

We want to make sure you're making the right vehicle purchase for you lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Graff Okemos to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette or any of our other Chevy models! Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with top-notch service and convenience close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you find your dream car – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Chevy Introduces New Special Edition for Tahoe and Suburban - Rally Sport Truck

OKEMOS, Mich.––At Graff Okemos, it's our goal to help you get the perfect vehicle for your needs, lifestyle, budget, and personal taste. Thanks to Chevy's latest innovations in Special Edition cars, including the Midnight Editions, the Redline Series, and Special Ops Edition, it's even easier to get a car that's unique to your style! Chevrolet is introducing another new Special Edition for the Tahoe and Suburban - the Rally Sport Truck, otherwise known as the RST. Let's take a look:

Chevy Introduces New Special Edition for Tahoe and Suburban - Rally Sport Truck

The RST Special Edition will be available for the 2017 Tahoe and Suburban models this Fall, for those who want street performance styling and better performance capability. This new Special Edition from Chevy was inspired by popular aftermarket trends in the SUV segment. Some of cosmetic details include the black mirror caps, black bowties, black roof rails, black window trim, the body-color grille surround and door handles, badging, and the beautiful 22-inch wheels.

Chevy Introduces New Special Edition for Tahoe and Suburban - Rally Sport Truck

Chevy Introduces New Special Edition for Tahoe and Suburban - Rally Sport Truck

Aside from the sporty look, there are performance upgrades that come with the RST Special Edition that'll help give you that true street performance feel. The 2017 Tahoe and Suburban RST will come with a Borla exhaust system for that deep growl you desire and exhaust flow improvement by 28%. The RST will deliver with a 7-10 hp gain in the rear wheels. As you can see in the picture directly above, there is an available Brembo brake package, which includes huge front red six-piston Brembos and large Duralife rotors that are great for reduced corrosion, quieter braking, and less braking vibration. 

With the Tahoe RST, you can get a exclusive performance package with Magnetic Ride Control, performance calibration, and a new 6.2L V8 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. The 10-speed allows for smaller steps between gears meaning a more smooth and confident acceleration. This transmission, as a bonus, also improves engine efficiency at highway speeds. This package will deliver some serious power, with 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque, and 0-60 mph acceleration in under 6 seconds - pretty incredible for a large SUV!

If you're interested in Chevy's latest Special Edition for the Tahoe and Suburban, the Rally Sport Truck, stay tuned for more information. Full performance metrics will become available closer to the Fall launch. Take a look at the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2017 Chevrolet Suburban vehicle brochures to learn more about what each SUV has to offer by itself. Don't hesitate to stop by to take a look at the new inventory on our lot! 


Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos
 is committed to providing you with integrity and convenience, all close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Brochure

OKEMOS, Mich., – Download the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado brochure to learn about all the new and advanced features of this rugged mid-size truck. The vehicle brochure includes information on the spacious interior, engine specs, fuel efficiency, payload and towing capacity, and more to better inform your purchasing or leasing decision. Download the brochure today to your computer, tablet, or mobile device to explore the capable and versatile 2017 Chevrolet Colorado!

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Brochure

The 2017 Colorado also has the best available fuel economy of any pickup, an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway, with its 2.8L Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine which also offers best-in-class torque! The 2017 Colorado simply can't be stopped. Chevy's latest model of their incredible mid-size truck also has an array of impressive technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Chevrolet MyLink technology, and Bluetooth capability.

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Brochure

Download the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado vehicle brochure from Graff Okemos to learn if this awesome truck is right for you! Its strength and size make it a perfect vehicle for anything you need, whether it needs to haul weight on a work site, have the added room to transport the whole family, or be packed up for a weekend getaway. Download the brochure today for more information!

We want to make sure you're making the right vehicle purchase for you lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Graff Okemos to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro or any of our other Chevy models! Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with top-notch service and convenience close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you find your dream car – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to Defend Yourself Against Pothole Damage

OKEMOS, Mich.,––It's Spring in Michigan, which means one thing: rain and potholes. Wherever you travel in the state, you're bound to run into some potholes on the road, which can do some serious tire and wheel damage if you're not careful. Chevrolet recently shared some of their tips and tricks for surviving pothole season, and we've got a few to share with you too. Here's how to defend yourself against pothole damage this Spring:

How to Defend Yourself Against Pothole Damage


The following tips are courtesy of Chevrolet


1. Look Ahead and Slow Down

Being "defensive" about potholes can help you avoid them. Paying extra attention to the road can help you spot potholes before your tire sinks into one. If you do see a pothole, but can't avoid it, slow down. Hitting a pothole at a higher speed will increase your chances of damage.


2. Watch Out for Water 

If you've ever played the game "pothole or puddle", you're likely a seasoned Michigan driver. Potholes are often lurking beneath water, so be sure to drive around puddles if you can - especially the suspicious middle-of-the-road puddles.

3. Check Your Car for Damage 

If you hit a pothole that makes you cringe at the sound or feel, it's a good idea to pull over and check your car. Your car likely has sensors in the tires that will alert you if any one is losing air, however, there could be damage your car won't alert you about. It's better to catch damage early and avoid further damage.


4. Know What to Look For

Chevy said it best: "Potholes can cause more than just tire damage. Damage can also be done to tire rims, exhaust systems, alignment, and more. If you feel as if your car is making noises, pulling in one direction or operating irregularly be sure to take it into a professional to be assessed."


5. Help Your Fellow Drivers

If you've ever wondered "when are they going to patch that darn pothole?", you're not alone. You could in fact be the one to help get it fixed! Make sure to report any potholes to your nearest road commission.


6. Be Prepared 

You should already have a car jack, lug wrench, and spare tire in your car, but if you don't, you can find the appropriate tools at an auto parts or tire store! This is important not just for pothole season but year-round. If you're not confident in changing a tire, watch some videos on YouTube to get comfortable with the process just in case.


7. Check Your Tire Pressure

Your tires work best when properly inflated, meaning they will deal with a pothole best when properly inflated. Underinflated tires can be ruptured from potholes, while overinflated tires are even more susceptible to damage. Additionally, having properly inflated tires can help you achieve ideal fuel economy and extend the life of your tires.


How to Defend Yourself Against Pothole Damage


We'd like to give you a few additional tips regarding your tires:


8. Have Your Tires Rotated Regularly

This is a simple part of routine maintenance you can have done at your next oil change! Rotating your tires helps to keep wear even across all four tires, meaning you'll be able to use your tires longer. Having them rotated every 5-7,000 miles is the recommended maintenance period, which is about every other oil change for most drivers.

9. Get an Alignment 

While you probably don't need an alignment more than once a year, you can still have the professionals at Graff Okemos check the alignment for you. Having alignment that is "off" can cause your vehicle to pull to one side or the other. This also means your vehicle works harder to travel straight, meaning your tires can wear more quickly and your fuel efficiency may drop slightly

10. Check Your Tires 

Just by doing a visual inspection, you'll be able to see if your tread is too low and if there is any uneven wear or damage. These items are simply for general tire health, but as you might know, if your tires are already damaged, they're more likely to be damaged further if you hit a pothole. Our service technicians will gladly check your tires when you're in for an oil change or any other service.


Wherever you travel to in Michigan, we want you to be prepared in the event of a pothole catastrophe. We hope these tips on how to defend yourself against pothole damage helps you get through the Spring season! If you need any assistance in inspecting, inflating, rotating, or repairing your tires, please let us know. You can conveniently schedule your service appointment online. For even more Spring Car Care tips, visit our website and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with integrity and convenience, all close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Brochure

Okemos, Mich. – Are you ready for the heavy duty 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD? It's the dominant choice in all categories. Whether you are towing or trailering, life has been made easier with the Silverado 2500HD. It has both excessive capability and impressive versatility to make it the ideal choice for your next vehicle purchase! Learn more about what this truck has in store in the downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD brochure.

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Brochure

Downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Brochure

With "confidence that stretches for miles", the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD will continue to perform the way you want it to, year after year. Advanced trailering technology, legendary transmission, and massive torque make this truck dependable and able to get the job done without breaking a sweat. On top of all that, it has a bold new look and refined finishes that will turn many heads. Check out the digital brochure to see vehicle photos and the many editions that are available. This truck will suit all your needs and exceed all your expectations! Once you learn all about it in the downloadable 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD brochure, you will want to know where you can get your own!

We want to make sure you're making the right vehicle purchase for your lifestyle! Be sure to stop by Graff Okemos to schedule a test drive of a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD or any of our other Chevy models! Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is committed to providing you with top-notch service and convenience close to home. Let our friendly team of Chevy professionals at Hank Graff Okemos help you find your dream car – simply call us at (517) 349-8300 or visit our showroom, located at 1748 W. Grand River Okemos, MI 48864. We’re just minutes from Lansing!

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