Outside of buying a home, a vehicle is one of the most expensive purchases people make in their lifetime. But did you know that you could be throwing your money away on it long after you buy it?  If you’d like to keep your hard earned cash avoid these common  and costly mistakes…

 

Oil Changes Every 3,000 Miles

Regular oil changes are important to maintain proper lubrication in your vehicle’s engine but having oil changes completed too often can be an unnecessary expense.  While most dealerships strongly encourage people to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles, experts have agreed it simply isn’t needed that frequently.  Broadmoor Motors recommends to customers having it changed every 4,000 miles to maintain a clean and healthy engine.

 

Premium Gas vs. Regular

Higher octane helps prevent knocking in engines but if it’s not recommended for a vehicle, the user is just throwing money away.  While some people view octane levels as good, better and best, that simply isn’t the case.  Most engines are designed to take regular gas and using premium will not enhance performance.  Unless you have a more powerful engine and the manufacturer recommends a higher octane, save yourself some pain at the pump… fill it with regular.

 

Dealership Maintenance Schedule

Regular maintenance is an absolute must for extending the life of your vehicle, but how do you know how often to have it done?  It may seem like a good idea to listen to your dealership when they recommend having service done but it’s possible their recommendations benefit them more than you.  Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance to be sure that you are indeed helping your vehicle and pocketbook.

 

Underinflated Tires

Did you know that a tire under inflated by even 6 psi can cost you 5% of your fuel efficiency, reduce the lifespan of that tire by 25% and even lead to failure?  It’s true.  Low tire pressure is not only dangerous but it can take a big hit on your wallet as well with additional money spent on gas and replacement.  A tire that’s correctly inflated will last longer, keep your safer and use less gas. To save money on fuel and unwanted additional wear to your treads, keep your tires inflated to the psi recommended by the manufacturer.

 

Stop and Go

While you may not be cruising the strip needlessly, you might still 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.  Instead of running out to grab a couple of ingredients for a dinner recipe or picking the kids up from practice separately, try combining as many errands into one trip as possible.  It may not always be possible, deciding to make a necessary stop while you are already out on the road, you’ll end up saving money on gas and the grueling wear and tear on your car.

 

Warming Up Engine

Once an imperative practice to increase your vehicles longevity, warming up your engine for 5-10 minutes is no longer required.  Back in the day, when carburetors were a crucial engine component, letting a car warm up was highly recommended to keep it working well.  With the invention of fuel injection engines in the late 80’s and early 90’s, idling lost its purpose.  True, a cold engine is less fuel efficient than a warm one but driving your vehicle will warm it faster than leaving it to run in your driveway.  Not only does idling waste gas and money, but it also can cause inadvertent wear on your engine.  That being said, sometimes it’s necessary to letting it heat up a bit in winter to clear the windshield.  Always make sure you have a clear line of visibility and that your windshield is free of all snow, ice and fog.

 

Auto Insurance

You need it and you should have it but there are a couple of different ways that you could be throwing away money on your auto insurance.  Having a low deductible sounds good in theory but you should ask yourself if you’re really going to make a claim for anything less than $1000.  If you aren’t, you should raise that deductible to $1000.  It doesn’t hurt to shop around for prices for your premium either.  You may not find a cheaper price but at least you’ll know.

 

Ignoring Engine Warning Light

An engine warning light indicates a problem with vehicle’s systems and should never be ignored.  Reasons for it engaging can vary from something as simple as a loose gas cap or a malfunctioning sensor to a faulty catalytic convertor, with costs ranging from nothing but a little bit of elbow grease to thousands of dollars in repairs.  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.

 

 

At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used car, minivan, truck, or SUV 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 with 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.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the greater Grand Rapids and Barry County area.  Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia  or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

Looking for a Work Truck to help you get the job done in Hastings?!  Then we have the vehicle for you at Broadmoor Motors Hastings!!  This 2009 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck with Extended Cab and 4 Wheel Drive pickup truck comes equipped with a 3.7L L5 DOHC 20V engine and seating for 5.  This Chevy work pickup is backed by a Warranty and equipped with 2 Power Outlets, Automatic Headlights, Cargo Tiedowns, Second Row Folding Seats, Voice Activated Telephone, Onstar Safe & Sound Accessibility, Tool Box and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2009 Chevrolet Colorado Work Truck Extended Cab 4WD pickup truck 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 Chevy Work Truck, 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.

2014 Cadillac XTS Luxury AWD

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 2014 Cadillac XTS Luxury sedan!!

This completely Luxurious Sedan is LOADED with a ton of incredible options, is accident free with a clean title and comes backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  With a 3.6L V6 VVT Direct Injection Engine with an automatic transmission, this Cadillac comes loaded with the technology and convenience packages you’d expect.

Features included on this Cadillac XTS Luxury are HEATED STEERING WHEELHeated & Cooled Leather Seats, Front Power Memory Seat, Full Panoramic Power Sunroof, Electronic Parking Aid, Electronic Brake Assistance, Steering Wheel Mounted ControlsGenuine Wood Trim, High Intensity Discharge Headlights, Navigation, Heated Exterior Mirrors, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this luxury Cadillac 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 Cadillac XTS Luxury, 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 Cadillac complete listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

You see them illuminated on your dashboard every time you start your car, truck or van but we rarely give them any thought until one unexpectedly greets us at an inopportune time.  Do you ever get the feeling they are really just strange hieroglyphics that only the manufacturer can decode or do you actually know what they mean when you see them?  Get to know all those strange symbols with our getting to know your dashboard guide.

Fog Lights

With the appearance of a comet blasting across space, it would be easy to assume this symbol has an ominous meaning seeing it illuminated actually only means that your fog lights are on.  The indicator is meant to give the appearance of a headlight with lights slashing through the fog and only appears when your fog lights have been activated.  Some vehicles come equipped with rear fog lights, and as such have a secondary fog light indicator in amber.

Washer Fluid

While it may look like a butterfly with box wings, this symbol actually indicates that your washer fluid is running low.  Because a clean windshield is imperative to seeing clearly the many obstacles you may encounter out on the road, we advise filling it sometime in the near future with washer fluid that contains alcohol and not just water.  Not only can water freeze during the frigid temps West Michigan has to offer as a possibility half of the year, but water sitting inside the reservoir in hot temperatures can actually breed bacteria that can make you sick as it’s dispelled into the air.

Oil Pressure Light

It may look like a dripping genie in a bottle, but ignoring this oil pressure light could result in you wishing you could go back in time to avoid a costly mistake.  Oil not only helps engines remain lubricated but it helps with cleaning, cooling, sealing and protecting the engine components from repeated impacts.  Irreversible damage can be caused within seconds and it is highly advised to turn your engine off in order to check your vehicle’s oil levels.

Check Engine Light

It’s not a personal submarine floating on your dashboard but if you ignore this serious warning symbol, you could find yourself in deep water.  This symbol 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.

Brake Warning Light

It looks like your vehicle is shouting some type of expletive at you and in a way, maybe it really is.  This light indicates there is something wrong with the brake hydraulic system.  It could be as easy as forgetting to release the parking brake or it could mean hydraulic pressure has been lost in one of the brake systems or even 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.

Check Engine Light

It looks like a key is sinking into sea and when you see it, you may experience a sinking feeling in your stomach.  The Check Engine Light indicates a problem with vehicle’s systems and should never be ignored.  Reasons for it engaging can vary from a loose gas cap, a malfunctioning sensor or 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.

Traction Control

It’s not an early warning system that your vehicle is being chased by snakes, but an indication that your traction control is engaged.  Today’s vehicles come equipped with sensors that not only monitor if your Anti-lock Braking System will engage but your wheel speed to assist in traction if it is lost in one or more wheels.

Low Air Pressure

If this wasn’t a low air pressure indicator, there would be no explaining for this symbol as anything but an alien lifeform.  Fortunately, we know that this 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.

 

 

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!

Now is a great time to get yourself into a reliable, used SUV with All Wheel Drive from Broadmoor Motors Hastings!!  Check out this 2010 Chevrolet Traverse LT1 AWD Sport Utility Vehicle loaded with seating for 8!!  This SUV has a 3.6L V6 DOHC 24V Engine, XM Satellite Radio, Power Seats, Power Windows, Power Locks and Power Exterior Mirrors, just to name a few of the options this Traverse comes equipped with in addition to being backed by a Warranty!!

Fully Serviced, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2010 Chevy Traverse LT1 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.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 4WD CREW CAB PICKUP 4-DR

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

If you’ve been looking for a Pickup Truck in fantastic condition and full of special options and backed by a WARRANTY, then you will want to check out this 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 4WD Truck!!

This Extra Clean Silverado is accident free and has been DetailedSafety Inspected, Fully Serviced and backed by a Warranty!!  Equipped with a 5.3L V8 OHV 16V FFV engine and automatic transmission, this truck also comes fully loaded with the technology, convenience and entertainment packages you’d expect.

Features included on this Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT are Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Automatic Headlights, Towing Package, Heated Exteriors Mirrors, Steering Wheel Mounted ControlsTrailer Brake Assistance, Deep Tinted Glass, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 4WD Crew Cab Pickup 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 Chevy Silverado, 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 Chevrolet 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 SUV’s?  Broadmoor Motors Hastings offers reliable used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that come backed by a WARRANTY!!  Featured today is a 2010 Honda CR-V EX-L 4WD 5 Speed SUV with 4 Wheel Drive and a 2.4L L4 DOHC 16V engine.  This SUV is equipped with Leather Seats, Front Heated Seats, Manual Sunroof, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Subwoofer, Power Locks, Power Windows, Keyless Entry, Automatic Headlights and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2010 Honda CR-V EX-L 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 Honda 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.

2014 Ford Edge Sport AWD SUV

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

If you’ve been looking for a SUV in fantastic condition, LOADED with options and comes backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty, then you will want to check out this 2014 Ford Edge Sport All Wheel Drive SUV!!

This Clean Edge has been Detailed, Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and is backed by a WARRANTY!!  Equipped with a 3.7L V6 DOHC 24V engine and automatic transmission, this Sport Utility Vehicle also comes fully loaded with the comfort and convenience you’ve come to expect.

Features included on this Ford Edge Sport AWD are Leather Seats, Front Heated Seat, Front Power Memory Seat, Automatic Headlights, Electronic Parking Aid, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Deep Tinted Glass, Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this AWD Ford Edge SUV 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 Ford Edge, 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 Ford complete listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4WD 4DR

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

If you’ve been looking for a Pickup Truck in fantastic condition LOADED with options and that has a FACTORY WARRANTY until 100,000 miles, then you will want to check out this 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4WD Truck!!

This Extra Clean Sierra has been Detailed and Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and backed by a Factory Warranty!!  Equipped with a 5.3L V8 engine and automatic transmission, this truck also comes fully loaded with the technology, convenience and entertainment packages you’d expect.

Features included on this GMC Sierra 1500 SLT are Heated & Cooled Leather Seats, Leather Wrapped Dash and Steering Wheel, BOSE PREMIUM Speakers, Towing Package, Trailer Brake Assistance, Steering Wheel Mounted ControlsSpray In Bedliner, Remote Ignition, Deep Tinted Glass, Electrochromic Exterior & Interior Rearview Mirror, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 4WD Crew Cab Pickup 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 GMC Sierra, 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 GMC complete listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

Have you ever wondered why used car dealerships only offer As-Is Cars, Trucks, Vans or SUVs?  We have!!  That’s why Broadmoor Motors Hastings offers reliable used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that come backed by a WARRANTY!!  Featured today is a 2008 GMC Yukon SLT-1 with a 5.3L V8 engine.  This SUV is equipped with DVD Player, Deep Tinted Glass, Power Sunroof, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Power Locks, Power Windows, Keyless Entry, Trailer Hitch and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2008 GMC Yukon SLT-1 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 GMC 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.