Cars are one of the most expensive purchases people will make in their lifetime.  So knowing that, doesn’t it only make sense to do everything you can to give it the best care possible?  Find out what you can do to extend your car, truck or minivan’s life and prolong having to buy your next vehicle.

 

Drive Less

We know, it sounds insane.  In this day in age, who’s driving anymore than they have to!!  And while you may not be cruising the strip needlessly, you might be wasting your fuel’s efficiency and adding unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle by making more trips than you really need to do.  Try combining as many errands into one trip as possible or decide to do them when you already will be out on the road.

 

Regular Maintenance

It’s not the first time you’ve heard it and it certainly won’t be your last… regular preventative maintenance is one of the easiest ways to extend the life of any vehicle.  Routine maintenance can prevent big problems and keep your vehicle running smoothly.  These can include oil changes, tuneups and replacing your air filter frequently.  Every vehicle manufacturer has their own recommended service schedules and you should check with your owner’s manual to see when you should perform them.

 

Keep Your Fluids Full

Fluids are the lifeblood of your engine and if you’re missing any, your vehicle is straining to perform.  Start by having your oil changed before your trip to ensure the oil is clean and full, as well as a new air filter to gain your best gas mileage.  Next, check yourself or have your trusted mechanic check your Coolant, Brake, Transmission and Steering fluids to make sure none of them are low.  If they are low, it’s important to replace them but it could also be telling of a bigger problem you should resolve.  Also, while your hood is up, double check that your Washer Fluid reservoir is full to keep your windshield clear of any snow, slush, dirt, grime or debris.

 

Brakes In Check

Brakes are something we tend to take for granted, that is until they don’t work as well as we’d hoped they would.  Brakes are one of the most critical safety features on your vehicle, and their ability to stop your car in a timely manner can be the single difference between a being involved in a collision and avoiding one.  People may wait until their brakes are making noise before they have a mechanic take a look at them but that can be a costly mistake that could leave your car in the shop for longer than need be. Having your brakes inspected before a trip to see how much life is still left in your brake pads can prevent damage to your rotors and to avoid brake failure down the road.

 

Take Care Of Your Tires

Not only does tire pressure play heavily into your vehicle’s safety out on the road, it can also greatly determine whether or not you’re getting the best performance out of it as well.  Under inflated tires take more energy to turn and consume more fuel in the process.  Recent studies have shown that low tire pressure can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency up to 4%, which may not sound like much for one tank of gas but over time that 4% can really add up!  Tire monitoring systems became standard in 2008 and can be found on vehicles of that year and newer.  But these sensors only detect when air in a tire is 25% below the manufacturer’s recommended pressure while fuel efficiency can be affected by as little as a 20% reduction in pressure.  Tires also tend to wear unevenly, making rotating your tires another important tire care tip.  Check your manufacturer for their recommendations on how often to do so.

 

Clean It Up

It sounds a little strange but you’d be surprised at how differently people take better of their vehicle when it’s clean!  Take some time this year to spiff up your car to help remind you to take better care of your vehicle and extend its life.  You can pay to have your vehicle professionally detailed by a shop but if saving money is the primary goal, you can do a decent enough job yourself.  Start with the basics… decluttering any items you have lying around in your vehicle unnecessarily and throwing away any trash you find.  Then focus your attention on giving a good wipe down to the dashboard, console, door jams, windows, mirrors and vacuuming out the interior.  If you find your floor mats and upholstery are stained or dingy, try giving them a light scrub with soapy water and then removing the moisture using a wet/dry vac to prevent molding or a musty smell from developing.  Last but not least, give the exterior a good wash and your vehicle should be sparkling!  Not only will this make it look better but it will also show a dealership your car is well taken care of, which will be important to any prospective future buyers.

 

Taking care of your car is critical to making sure it runs properly.  If you find yourself doubting your car, truck or van’s ability to get you where you need to go, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars.  At Broadmoor Motors Hastings, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Hastings and Caledonia locations with financing available to those who qualify, and we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.

Let Broadmoor Motors Hastings save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car or Work Truck and on your next Car Rental.  Whether you need a short term car rental, long term car rental, a replacement while your vehicle is getting serviced or simply need to replace your car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Broadmoor Motors Hastings is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the greater Barry County area, Hastings, Middleville and Caledonia.  Give us a call at 269.320.6304 in Hastings or 616.698.9595 in Caledonia to see how we can get you back on the road!

Regardless if your vehicle was bought new or used, it is still one of the most expensive purchases you’ll make in your lifetime.  While you may not always get a heads up to every problem it can have, paying attention to early signs that there are issues lurking underneath can help prevent you from added frustrations and costs in repairs, not to mention extend the life of your car, truck or van.  But ignoring these warning signs can lead to big problems…

Indicator Lights

Sometimes called dummy lights, indicator lights are never good to ignore.  If after starting your vehicle, you notice any of these remain illuminated, you should get your car to a trusted dealership or shop to investigate the underlying cause.

Engine Light: Indicates a problem with vehicle’s systems and should never be ignored.  Reasons for it engaging vary from a loose gas cap to a malfunctioning sensor to a faulty catalytic convertor, with costs ranging from nothing but a little bit of elbow grease to thousands.  The most important thing to remember… whatever the issue, it won’t solve itself and ignoring it longer will only increase the cost of repairing the issue.

Oil Pressure Light: Indicates there is a problem with your oil pressure and can be caused from low oil, defective oil pressure sending unit, faulty oil pump, warning light switch or oil pressure gauge.  How dangerous to your vehicle’s health to continue driving once it makes its appearance?  Extremely!!  Oil is your vehicle’s lifeblood and driving when there’s an issue with it can lead to expensive repairs or possibly having to replace the engine.

Temperature Gauge: Indicates your engine is running too hot or overheating.  This should not happen, even during stop & go traffic or when it’s hot if the coolant system is working properly.  If your temperature gauge light is glowing, turn off your vehicle to let it cool before continuing to drive or checking to see if your coolant fluid is low.

Low Battery Light: Indicates a battery charging problem. This could indicate a problem with the battery itself, a problem with the alternator which recharges it or more commonly, an alternator belt.  Differing from other mechanical issues, keep the engine running to recharge the battery if at all possible or at the very least will help you avoid having to restart it which is one of the biggest tasks that drains your battery.

Brake Warning Light: Indicates there is something wrong with the brake hydraulic system.  This could be as easy as forgetting to release the parking brake to hydraulic pressure being lost in one of the brake systems to brake fluid in the master cylinder being dangerously low.  Issues with your braking system are serious because they can lead to brake failure, resulting in a dangerous situation where you can’t stop.

Low Tire Light: Indicates tire pressure that is low enough to create unsafe driving conditions.  Keeping in mind that your tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road beneath helps put their importance in perspective.  Underinflated tires mean lessening of traction, undue tire wear and possibly even tire failure.  Pressure may be lost from an item having punctured it, leading to a slow or fast leak, or due to cold conditions.  A less common reason for a low tire light glowing is a faulty sensor.  If you have checked and all of your tires are properly inflated, a faulty sensor may be the culprit.

 

Smoke

They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire but if it’s coming from your vehicle, it can mean you’re burning your hard earned money.  Thick blue or black smoke indicates the vehicle is burning oil, meaning oil is somehow leaking into your engine’s combustion chamber. Burning oil like this can cause a wide range of issues from reduced fuel economy to less-than-stellar acceleration.  White smoke can combined with coolant loss can mean a cracked or warped cylinder head, a cracked engine block, or head gasket failure caused by overheating. A cracked head may allow coolant to leak into one or more cylinders or into the combustion chamber of the engine.

 

Leaking Fluids

Knowing how to identify what fluid is leaking from your vehicle is important to deciding just how urgent a repair may be.  While it’s never a good thing to have a leak, some fluids matter more than others.  Probably one of the easiest to identify is oil which is black.  Green fluid is coolant and one of the most common fluids to leak.  While it doesn’t spell immediate danger to your car, it can to your pets.  Take care to clean up any leaking from your vehicle to prevent an animal ingesting it.  Gas can be easily identified by its odor and location, which will be towards the rear of the vehicle.  Brake fluid is yellow and is somewhat thicker.  If you suspect you are low on this fluid, it’s best not to risk driving to the shop and instead calling a tow truck.  Red fluid is transmission fluid and without it, you risk grinding your engine into oblivion.

Strange Noises

After a while you get to know your vehicle… how it handles and how it sounds when it’s running smoothly.  If you suddenly start to hear strange noises from it, it means it’s trying to tell you something.  Take care to notice any thumping while braking, any sounds while turning, grinding while shifting into a different gear, knocking from the engine compartment or loud bangs, you should get it checked out.

 

If finding a great, reliable used vehicle is on your list this year, Broadmoor Motors can help!!  At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Caledonia and Hastings locations.  Financing available to those who qualify, we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.

Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car or Work Truck and on your next Car Rental.  Whether you need a short term car rental, long term car rental, a replacement while your vehicle is getting serviced or simply need to replace your car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Check out our reviews and feel confident with our reputation for quality vehicles at great prices.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Service needs in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  Give us a call at 616.698.9595 to see how we can get you back on the road!

 

Now is a great time to get yourself into a reliable, used SUV with All Wheel Drive from Broadmoor Motors Hastings!!  Check out this 2014 Chevrolet Equinox AWD loaded with a ton of great options.  Accident FREE and with a clean Carfax, this Sport Utility Vehicle is equipped with Leather Seats, Onstar System, Multi Level heating, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Exterior Mirrors, Remote Ignition and Power Windows are just a few of the options this Equinox comes equipped with, as well as a 2.4L 4 Cylinder Engine and a Warranty!!

Fully Serviced, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2014 Chevy Equinox AWD SUV will not last long so give us a call at 269.320.6304 to schedule your Test Drive in Hastings today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this Sport Utility Vehicle, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Hastings Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!!  Local in Hastings, Family Owned & Operated with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable.  Broadmoor Motors Hastings is your locally owned & operated source for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  With two locations to serve you in Caledonia and Hastings, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.

2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Minivan

Check out our extensive inventory of Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Chevy, and Ford Minivans at both locations in Caledonia & Hastings, MI. Financing is available.

If you’ve been looking for a reliable Minivan LOADED with options and backed by a WARRANTY, then you will want to check out this 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Minivan!!

This Extra Clean, Low MileOne Owner Minivan has been Detailed and Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  Equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine and automatic transmission, this minivan also comes fully loaded with the technology, convenience and entertainment packages you’d expect.

Features included on this Minivan are Leather Seats, Power Rear Doors, Power Gate, DVD Player, Electronic Brake Assistance, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Backup Camera, Satellite Radio, Aluminum Alloy Wheels, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Sliding Doors as well as Power Mirrors and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this Loaded 2014 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Minivan will not last long so give us a call at 616.698.9595 to schedule your Test Drive in Grand Rapids today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this Chrysler, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Caledonia Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence from a family that’s been in the business for over 60 years!!  Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable!  Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  With two locations to serve you in Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.

Click to view this Minivan’s Complete Listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

Frustrated by used car dealerships that only offer As-Is Fuel Efficient Cars?  Broadmoor Motors Hastings offers reliable used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that come backed by a WARRANTY!!  Featured today is a 2012 Ford Fusion Sport with All Wheel Drive and a 3.5L V6 engine.  This economical, fuel efficient car comes equipped with Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Dual Climate Control, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Power Locks, Power Windows, Keyless Entry, Automatic Headlights and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2012 Ford Fusion Sport AWD will not last long so give us a call at 269.320.6304 to schedule your Test Drive in Hastings today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this Ford Fusion Sport Utility Vehicle, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Hastings Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!!  Local in Hastings, Family Owned & Operated with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable.  Broadmoor Motors Hastings is your locally owned & operated source for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Barry County and Grand Rapids area.  With two locations to serve you in Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.

If you’ve been thinking about getting yourself into a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle, now is a great time!!  Featured today is a 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited with 4 Wheel Drive and 3.7L V6 engine.  Accident FREE and with a clean Carfax, this Jeep Liberty comes backed by a WARRANTY and equipped with Heated Leather Seats, Bluetooth, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Adjustable Exterior Mirrors, Cruise Control, Heated Exterior Mirror, Keyless Entry, Rear Folding Seats and so much more.

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2011 Jeep Liberty Limited 4WD will not last long so give us a call at 269.320.6304 to schedule your Test Drive in Hastings today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this Jeep, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Hastings Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!!  Local in Hastings, Family Owned & Operated with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable.  Broadmoor Motors Hastings is your locally owned & operated source for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Barry County and Grand Rapids area.  With two locations to serve you in Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.

2008 Lexus GS 350 AWD 4DR

Check out our extensive inventory of Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Chevy, and Ford cars at both locations in Caledonia & Hastings, MI. Financing is available.

If you’ve been looking for a Luxury Sedan in fantastic condition loaded with options and that drives like a dream, then you will want to check out this 2008 Lexus GS 350 sedan!!

With Convenience Package, this Luxury Fuel Efficient car has spent most of its life in the south avoiding harsh Michigan winters and comes backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  With a 3.5L V6 SFI Engine with an automatic transmission, this Lexus comes loaded with the technology and convenience packages you’d expect.

Features included on this Lexus GS 350 are Heated & Cooled Leather Seats, Front Power Memory Seat, Sunroof, Electronic Parking Aid, Electronic Brake Assistance, Steering Wheel Mounted ControlsGenuine Wood Trim, OEM Lexus Floor Mats, Navigation, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Power Trunk LidKeyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this luxury Lexus will not last long so give us a call at 616.698.9595 to schedule your Test Drive in Grand Rapids today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this GS 350, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Caledonia Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence from a family that’s been in the business for over 60 years!!  Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable!  Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  With two locations to serve you in Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.

Click to view this Lexus complete listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

2006 Buick Terraza Handicap Wheelchair Accessible Van

Check out our extensive inventory of Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Chevy, and Ford Minivans at both locations in Caledonia & Hastings, MI. Financing is available.

If you’ve been looking for a reliable Wheelchair Minivan LOADED with options and backed by a WARRANTY, then you will want to check out this 2006 Buick Terraza Handicap Accessible Minivan!!

This Extra Clean, Handicap Minivan has been Detailed and Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  Equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine and automatic transmission, this wheelchair accessible minivan also comes fully loaded with convenience and a multitude handicap accessories.

Features included on this Buick Terraza are Power Ramp, Power Rear DoorsLeather Seats, Remote Start, Power Front Seats, DVD Player, Remote Rear Door Lift Control, Kneel Air Suspension, Scooter Station Non-Occupied Tie-Down, Power Folding Ramp, EZ-Lock Wheelchair Tie-Down, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows, as well as Power Mirrors and so much more!!

Fully Serviced with NEW Brake Pads & Rotors in the front, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this Loaded 2006 Buick Terraza Handicap Accessible Minivan will not last long so give us a call at 616.698.9595 to schedule your Test Drive in Grand Rapids today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this Wheelchair Accessible Minivan, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Caledonia Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence from a family that’s been in the business for over 60 years!!  Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable!  Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  With two locations to serve you in Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.

Click to view this Minivans Complete Listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

If you’re looking for a great, reliable, Fuel Efficient used car for under $10,000, you need to check out this 2010 Ford Fusion SE at our Hastings location!!  This 2010 Ford Fusion gets an incredible 29 MPG HWY and has an Excellent Safety Rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Keyless Entry, Power Driver Seat, Power Locks and Power Windows are just a few of the convenient options available in it.  And with its roomy interior, soaring headroom, and abundant legroom, you’ll not only love the money and gas you save on this great used car, you’ll love the ride you get to take every time you’re in it!!  Not to mention the Warranty that covers it!

Fully Serviced, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2010 Ford Fusion SE will not last long so give us a call at 269.320.6304 to schedule your Test Drive in Hastings today!!  To view Full Listing Details on this Ford Fusion, click HERE.  Or to view our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at our Hastings Location ONLY, visit HERE.  To see our Entire Inventory of Quality, Pre-Owned Vehicles at both our Broadmoor Motors locations in Caledonia and Hastings, please click HERE.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!!  Local in Hastings, Family Owned & Operated with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable.  Broadmoor Motors Hastings is your locally owned & operated source for Car Rental and Car Sales in the greater Barry County and Grand Rapids area.  With two locations to serve you in Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Rental, Sales & Service needs.