Giving Back – Bowman Style

The Bowman team takes pride in being a part of the Clarkston community – and, as part of Clarkston, we participate in local events, sponsor sports teams and charities, and make an effort to be a part of the heart of Clarkston. Through these efforts, there are four charities that we hold near and dear to our heart and take an active role.

055Clarkston SCAMP is a local organization that is a “special camp for special kids,” providing an environment for children who are not able to attend traditional camps to go. Since Bowman Chevrolet started in 1984, our founder John Bowman supported SCAMP – it holds a special place for us too since one of our own, Mimi Ridings (Bowman), attended this camp in her childhood. SCAMP has six major fundraisers throughout the year, and we are proud to be a sponsor in each!

Grace Centers of Hope is an organization based in Pontiac, MI that provides help and services to the homeless. Established in 1942, Grace Centers of Hope has become the largest faith-based outreach providing services to the homeless and disadvantaged. Based on Christian values, Grace Centers of Hope seeks to help every individual and family get back on the right track and become productive members of society through outreach and services.  Bowman Chevrolet has contributed to Grace Centers of Hope for a number of years and have more recently become involved in sponsoring their major fundraising events.

????????????????????????????????????Easter Seals is a national organization providing outreach and services to individuals with disabilities. The Bowman team has supported Easter Seals for over 20 years, combining our twice-yearly Customer Appreciation Day with their $50,000 and Corvette giveaway over the last 12 years. Through our partnership with the local Easter Seals chapter, we have built a relationship that helps raise tens of thousands of dollars for Easter Seals annually.

Clarkston Area Youth Assistance (CAYA) is a unique youth assistance program that the late John E. Bowman began working with over 20 years ago. CAYA is administered through the Oakland County family court and works with the court system, educational system, individual cities and townships. The youth assistance program operates on the intention of preventing juvenile delinquency, neglect and abuse through community involvement. CAYA’s programs and events work on this premise and reward both individuals and the community through its efforts. We follow in Mr. Bowman’s footsteps with his passion for this organization and look forward to working with them for many more years to come.

Our community involvement is an important aspect of who we are and what we represent. We are grateful to support these wonderful organizations – its our pleasure to serve them as they serve our community.

Welcome to Team Bowman

13KTBZELTCH332Bowman Chevrolet is proud to announce we expanded! Randy Hosler Buick GMC closed the end of April 2013. We were happy to hire many of those employees at Bowman in our main office, body shop and service department. We were also lucky to acquire the Randy Hosler building and open a new Clarkston used car sales and service dealership called:  Sellers Renew Auto Center.

We would like to officially welcome some of the Hosler Buick GMC familiar faces that are now at Bowman Chevrolet:

Service Button LinkedInBarb Jockwig, a Randy Hosler employee for 13 years, joined our office team as a biller. Her experience at Hosler made an easy transition into our team, and she has been welcomed to our busy hub with open arms.

Larry Szulborski spent a few months at Hosler before they announced their closing, and we were happy to offer him a position as our Body Shop manager at both our Bowman and Sellers Renew locations. With 17 years of experience in the industry, Larry is sure to be a viable asset to our organization.

Our service department was rewarded threefold, bringing in three new ASE Master Certified technicians ready to help you.

Tim Mars started as a porter at Randy Hosler in 2001. He received an Associates in Applied Science from Ferris State University and became a Master Certified technician and moved his way up the service ladder. Mars’ strive for excellence is apparent and Bowman Chevrolet is proud to now have him as a part of our team.

Tommie Knight has been in the business for over 30 years. As a Master Certified ASE technician, he has a lot of knowledge and experience to offer you in our service department. Knight was with Hosler for 8 years and his service experience has been a wonderful addition to our Bowman team.

Steve Sweetman was with the Hosler team for 17 years and is a Master Certified Technician and an Advanced Level Specialist. With 26 years of experience and advanced technical knowledge, Sweetman and his big blue toolbox have brought a smile to our face and a welcome addition to our team.

Tire Tread Coin Test

RhondaIts almost summer and time to plan that vacation!

If you are planning a road trip, don’t overlook getting your car ready too. Here are some simple “self maintenance” tips (thanks to our friends at Tirerack.com) you can do to keep you car in great condition.

 

Tire Tread Coin Test 

Check the tread on your tires with this simple test:

penny-tire-thread-check-614x345Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32″ of tread depth remaining.

Place a penny into several tread grooves across the tire. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is always covered by the tread, you have more than 6/32″ of tread depth remaining.

According to most states’ laws, tires are legally worn out when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth. So keep an eye on your tires and make sure you have them rotated.

Young Woman Standing Over a Car Engine Bay Checking An Oil DipstickFluid Check

Check your fluids: brake, coolant and transmission to make sure they are at the right level and there is no discoloration. Fluids break down and evaporate over time. Keeping these fluids at proper levels and fresh will keep your car running with optimal performance.

Oil Check

Check your oil every other time you fill up. Did you know your car may be using too much oil? That overuse will not necessarily be indicated on your instrumental panel. Most of those indicators do not monitor levels, just the timing of your oil life. The best bet is to just take a look for yourself. If you would like we’d be happy to show you how… just stop by the service department.

These 3 simple steps are things you can do at home and will help you avoid unnecessary expenses and keep your vehicle in great running condition. Hope you have a great summer!

RhondaSmall_160x120Rhonda Jensen, Bowman Chevrolet Service Director