The internet is a great place to find information but if you aren’t careful, you can get suckered into believing the untrue.  With the rise of gas prices and the increase of travel in Spring, people are bound to start looking for every solution they can find to their fuel budget quandaries.  While there are proven methods and means of increasing fuel efficiency and gas savings, rumors abound on the matter as well.  Today, we’re diving into some of the biggest myths and legends we’ve heard of for saving money on fuel and increasing your overall fuel economy.

Gas saving products ~ Just like Jack wanted to believe in those magic beans, we desperately want to believe that additives we put inside our tank can prolong every tank of gas.  But some things are in fact, too good to be true.  The Federal Trade Commission suggests you proceed with caution when considering buying oil and gas additives based on gas-saving claims. Out of 100 alleged gas saving products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not found any product that significantly improves gas mileage.  In fact, some may cause damage to a car’s engine or increase emissions.  Word of advice… buyer beware.

 

Air conditioner versus open windows ~ This legend is as popular as Elvis sightings but does it carry with it the same validity?  In a Consumers Report testing, results went both ways.  In stop and go traffic, having your windows down instead of the ac would be beneficial.  But in speeds of 45 mph or more, air drag becomes an issue and having your windows down will in fact drop your fuel efficiency up to 20%.

 

Fuel in the morning  ~ It’s been said time and time again that to get more gas for your dollar, you should fuel when it’s coolest.  It stands to reason that since gas is a liquid and measured in volume, it’s accuracy is affected by how much it expands (warmer weather) or contracts (cooler weather).  Much debate has been had over this topic, including legislators!  The finding?  Gas stations typically store their fuel in underground tanks, where the temperature variation during the day is much less than in the air above. The result is that the temperature of the gasoline coming out of the fuel nozzle varies very little, if at all, during any 24-hour stretch at any particular station.

 

Only a small car can get good gas mileage  ~ Is it really necessary to trade in your sedan for a subcompact in order to get great gas mileage?  We’re happy to report that’s no longer true!  With the advancement technologies such as hybrid engines and turbocharges, even larger vehicles get better gas mileage than much older smaller cars.

 

A dirty fuel filter will cost you more gas ~ There was a time that a dirty fuel filter did in fact affect your fuel efficiency by forcing the engine to suck harder to get the correct amount of fuel.  Today’s fuel injected vehicles don’t have to worry about this problem anymore, utilizing sensors to send the optimum fuel to increase fuel efficiency.  As for performance though?  You’ll definitely want to change out that dingy fuel filter to prevent your vehicle from experiencing misfires, a decrease in power and acceleration, and even stalling.

 

A full tank is more fuel efficient ~ The idea behind this myth is that the fuller the tank, the less room the fuel has to evaporate inside of it.  While cars in the past may have allowed for fuel to evaporate, modern day vehicles are designed with vapor recovery systems that make this a non issue.  In fact, many vehicles with pressurized fuel systems even display a check engine light if the gas cap is loose, missing or not properly sealed

 

Manual transmission vehicles are more fuel efficient than automatic ~ There was a time and place where this wasn’t actually a myth.  Often times, a driver with a little bit of know-how could achieve better gas mileage by controlling engine revs through efficient shifting.  But today’s technology has once again made this unnecessary by achieving it automatically.

 

Gas mileage lessens as a vehicle ages ~ On a vehicle that is not properly maintained, it should only be expected that not only fuel efficiency but overall performance will drop as it ages.  But the inverse is true as well… if you keep your vehicle properly maintained and see to any needed repairs, you shouldn’t see any noticeable decline in fuel economy.  Maintenance items to address as regular maintenance include oil changes and replacing dirty fuel filters, defective oxygen sensors, worn spark plugs and plug wires, and a defective or leaky gas cap.

 

 

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!

Renting a vehicle comes with a lot of decisions.  What company to rent from?  What size vehicle?  For how long?  By the time people step up to the rental counter, the last thing they want to think about is… do I need additional insurance for a rental car?

Before you can answer that question, it’s important to understand not only what your options are but what needs you have regarding coverage.  Rental insurance is actually  not insurance at all.  Instead, it’s referred to as a Damage Waiver  and is completely optional.  There are three different types; which vary in cost and coverage.  While all three are optional, knowing the difference between them is vital when deciding if it’s necessary for you to fill in any gaps in coverage if the unfortunate happens.

Loss Damage Waiver – LDW

Purchasing a Loss Damage Waiver protects the renter from incurring costs repairing the vehicle should the vehicle be damaged.  This type of coverage protects against any physical damage to the vehicle; including an accident with another vehicle, theft, vandalism, a chip in the windshield, hitting a deer, a natural disaster, etc.  It covers 100% of the cost to repairing the damage to the rental vehicle.  A Loss Damage Waiver also provides coverage for loss of use, or the money the rental car company is out from not being able to rent the vehicle while it’s being repaired.  It does not, however, provide protection for liability, personal injury or property damage.

Collision Damage Waiver – CDW

Collision Damage Waivers provide coverage only in the event of an accident with another vehicle.  Unlike a Loss Damage Waiver, it does not provide protection against natural disasters or striking an object other than another vehicle.  It also does not offer coverage for liability, personal injury or property damage.  Collision coverage is particularly important in states, such as Michigan, that are considered no-fault accident states.  In these states, the law does not take into account who is at fault for the accident when considering who is liable to pay for damages. Meaning, even if the accident is not your fault, you will still be held responsible to pay for repairs on the vehicle you were driving.  Just as Loss Damage Waivers, Collision Damage Waivers provide protection against loss of use.

Partial Damage Waiver – PDW

Partial Damage Waivers protects against loss of use and covers up to $1000 of the deductible on your own personal automobile insurance.  Purchasing a Partial Damage Waiver means you are electing to use your own personal automobile insurance in the event of an accident.  Therefore, any claim needing to be submitted for repairs, would go to your insurance company and possibly raise your insurance premium.  Personal automobile insurance policies can vary greatly and it’s important for you to realize you’ll be assuming liability if your insurance company denies your claim for any reason or if you do not have enough coverage.

 

Understanding Your Risk

Before renting a vehicle, we recommend talking to your insurance agent about your coverage and whether they suggest you obtain a damage waiver.  If you have comprehensive and collision coverage on your policy, you may already be covered in a car rental.  While your personal insurance policy may in fact extend over to a car rental when driving one for personal use, it’s important to know specifically that yours does. In addition, if you are utilizing a car rental for business use, you should clarify that to your agent to ensure that you are still covered.  And even if you have asked before, we highly recommend talking to your agent before deciding to rent a car out of the country, which may actually change your coverage.

Besides talking with your car insurance agent, we also recommend checking with your credit card company.  Some offer as a perk various amounts of coverage at no additional charge if you pay for the car rental using their credit card.  It’s important to note that coverage may be secondary to your personal policy or not offer adequate coverage so it’s vital to know heading into your reservation where you are at with both.  Often times, you must book the rental car under your name with that credit card to receive these benefits.  As always, a phone call ahead of time can help you truly understand your needs.

Damage waivers can vary from company to company and from location to location.  It’s important to read the details of coverage and the specific rental conditions each time you rent a car.  Take special care to avoid violating any of your rental conditions, which could void your damage waiver and create unwanted liability for yourself, so make sure you understand the agreement before signing it.  Opting for or against purchasing a damage waiver  is an individual decision and should be decided by each individual, based on their specific needs and insurance policy.

 

If you’re questioning whether your vehicles is as road ready as you’d like for a long drive or are just looking to get into a newer vehicle, check out our extensive inventory of reliable used vehicles that come backed by a warranty.  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 current Caledonia and Hastings locations (NEW Wayland location coming soon!!) 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!

Now is a great time to get yourself into a reliable, used SUV with All Wheel Drive from Broadmoor Motors Hastings!!  Check out this 2015 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT AWD loaded with a ton of great options.  This Sport Utility Vehicle is equipped with Deep Tinted Windows, Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite, Onstar Directions & Connections, 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 2015 Chevy Equinox 1LT 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 GMC Terrain Denali AWD SUV

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

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

This Clean GMC has been Detailed, Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and is backed by a WARRANTY!!  Equipped with a 2.4L L4 DOHC 16V FFV 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 GMC Terrain Denali AWD are Leather Seats, Front Heated Seat, Front Power Memory Seat, SunroofAutomatic Headlights, Electronic Parking Aid, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Remote Ignition, Deep Tinted Glass, Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror, Keyless Entry, Power Locks, Power Windows, Tow Receiver and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this AWD GMC Terrain Denali 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 GMC Terrain Denali , 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.

Frustrated by used car dealerships that only offer As-Is vehicles?  Broadmoor Motors Hastings offers reliable used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs that come backed by a WARRANTY!!  Featured today is a reliable, FUEL EFFICIENT 2013 Civic EX Coupe 5 Speed and a 2.4L L4 DOHC 16V engine.  This SUV is equipped with Subwoofer, Sunroof, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Subwoofer, Power Locks, Power Windows, Keyless Entry, Automatic Headlights as well as an extremely impressive 39 MPG HWY and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2013 Civic EX Coupe 5 Speed 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 Fuel Efficient Car, 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 Chevy 3500 Cargo Extended Commercial Work Van

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

If you’ve been looking for a reliable Commercial Van that’s also backed by a WARRANTY, then you will want to check out this 2014 Chevy 3500 Cargo Extended Van!!

This One Owner, Accident Free Cargo Van has been Detailed and Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  Equipped with a 6.0L V8 engine and an automatic transmission, this 1 Ton 3500 Commercial Van is in Excellent Running Condition and has seating for 2 in addition to being fully loaded with a multitude of convenient work accessories.

Features included on this Chevy 3500 Cargo Van are a fully working Wide Double Entry Side Doors with Glass and Rear Double Doors with Glass, Large Empty Cargo Storage Area, New TiresPower Windows, Locks and Mirrors, Multiple Cup Holders, Automatic Headlights, NEW Tires and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2014 Chevrolet 3500 Commercial Extended Cargo Van 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 Work Van, 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 Vans Complete Listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.

If you’ve been thinking about getting yourself into a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle, now is a great time!!  Featured today is a 2009 Jeep Compass Sport with 4 Wheel Drive and 2.4L engine.  This Jeep Compass comes backed by a WARRANTY and equipped with a 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Seating for 5 Plus Storage Area, Keyless Entry, Rear Folding Seats and so much more.

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2009 Jeep Compass Sport 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.

2014 Cadillac CTS 3.6L 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 CTS 3.6L Luxury sedan!!

This completely Luxurious Sedan is LOADED with a ton of incredible options and comes backed by a 30 Day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  With a 3.6L V6 DOHC 24V engine with an automatic transmission, this Cadillac comes loaded with the technology and convenience packages you’d expect.

Features included on this Cadillac CTS Luxury are HEATED STEERING WHEELHeated & Cooled Leather Seats, Front Power Memory Seat, Backup Camera, Sunroof, Electronic Parking Aid, Electronic Brake Assistance, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Run Flat TiresGenuine Wood Trim, High Intensity Discharge Headlights, Navigation, 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 CTS 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.

Get yourself into a truck at a great price at Broadmoor Motors Hastings!  Featured is a 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 LS Crew Cab 4WD.  Fully Serviced and Detailed, with a 4.8L V8 engine and Chrome Wheels, this truck is ready to get you where you want to go in Hastings!  Options include 4 Wheel Drive, Power Locks, Power Windows, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls, Keyless Entry, Heated Exterior Mirror, Cruise Control and Automatic Headlights to name a few.

This Fully Serviced and Detailed Commercial Vehicle will not last long so give us a call today to schedule your Test Drive in Hastings at 269.320.6304!!  Check out Full Listing Details for this 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS Crew Cab 4WD Pickup by visiting HERE.  To view our Entire Commercial Inventory, visit HERE.  Or click HERE to see our entire stock of quality, pre-owned vehicles.

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.

 

2013 Toyota Prius V Five 4DR Hybrid Sedan

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 FUEL EFFICIENT HYBRID Sedan with a ton of great options and backed by a WARRANTY, then you will want to check out this 2013 Toyota Prius V Five!!

This Extra Clean, One Owner Car has been Detailed and Safety Inspected, Fully Serviced and backed by a 30 day/3,000 mile Powertrain Warranty!!  Equipped with a 1.8L L4 DOHC 16V HYBRID and automatic transmission, this sedan gets an incredible 44 City MPG and 40 Highway MPG while also loaded with the technology and convenience you’d expect.

Features included on this Toyota are Power Windows, Power Doors, Power Locks, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, HVAC and Phone Controls, USB 2.0 and AUX inputs, Cruise Control, Keyless Entry, as well as Navigation System with Voice Activation and so much more!!

Fully Serviced, Safety Inspected, Detailed and ready for its new owner, this 2013 Toyota Prius V Five Hybrid 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 Prius, 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 Toyota Prius complete listing or our entire inventory. Give us a call to schedule your test drive today at 616.698.9595.