As a business owner, you look for every available way to save more of your hard-earned dollars while also trying to make choices that will benefit your business.  It can be a struggle to decide which choices make sense to help grow your company and which ones might cost you more in the future. But having a clear idea of why you should make a decision can help clear away the doubt and make you feel more confident that you are doing the right thing for your business. Today, we’re talking about the 4 benefits to buying a used commercial vehicle over new. So take it in and take notes because knowing these pros might just save you in the future.

 

Lower Cost

It’s a well-known fact that vehicles aren’t cheap and when you factor in the additional cost of buying a commercial van or truck that may need additional specialty options which are unique to your business, those dollars can quickly add up.  When you take into account just how much money your business can save initially just by purchasing a used commercial vehicle over a new one, it’s no wonder that so many business owners are deciding to buy used and save more of their companies money for other improvements.  While a used vehicle in the past may have carried with it negative connotations, improvements to engine performance as well as an ever-growing demand for higher quality vehicles have created an environment where cars are lasting longer than in years previously and making the purchase of a used car that much more advantageous. In fact, many running vehicles on the road today have higher mileage on them than seen 30 years ago!

 

Less Depreciation

Saving in the purchase price isn’t the only monetary advantage associated with buying a used commercial vehicle but one of the largest plusses for not losing money has to be in less depreciation on a used commercial van or truck over a new work van or truck.  Experts estimate that cars can lose as much as 19% of their value in the first year and an additional 46% within the first three years. Unfortunately, that drop in value is something you won’t recover when you go to sell or trade it in, meaning you are absorbing the loss when you’re ready to get into a newer vehicle.

 

Insurance Rates

Before you’ll be able to put that work truck or commercial vehicle you just purchased into your fleet of vehicles, you’ll have to make sure it’s insured in order to be road ready. A higher price tag on the lot means a higher price tag to replace it, and in turn a higher premium you’ll be paying each month to insure it.  Whereas a commercial van or work truck that’s purchased use will not only cost you out of pocket initially but the months ahead in insurance rates.

 

 

Tax Benefits

Last but certainly not least… the tax benefits! You might not have heard about it but Section 179 deductions offer business owners an opportunity to deduct the full purchase price of a commercial van, work truck or work van in the first year of use if it is used predominantly for business. Similar to how business owners currently write off depreciation of an asset on their taxes each year for their business, Section 179, depending on the percentage of your business usage, allows you to expedite that depreciation instead of spreading it out over the life of the asset for the business.

How do you know if the commercial van or truck you’ve been eyeballing qualifies?  As always, check with a trusted tax accountant or advisor to find out if your used commercial van or work truck qualifies. These are the general for Section 179:

  • Must be placed into service before the end of the tax year
  • At least 50% of its use must be for business
  • Purchased from a dealer either new or used (no private sellers)
  • Deduction must be taken from profit and not loss

 

 

If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minivan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. 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 all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! 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 Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

 

Winter isn’t just long and cold in Michigan… it’s also often shrouded in dark and dreary skies. In fact, as the days shorten in West Michigan, many find themselves commuting in the dark both to and from work. Simply knowing it’s going to happen every year doesn’t make it any less frustrating or any easier to drive in. But these tips on how to drive at night like a boss just might!

 

Get A Better Bulb

Advancements in headlight technology have allowed people today to have more options for illuminating dark roads than they’ve ever had before, including halogen, LED and HID (high-intensity discharge). Knowing which bulb you prefer means diving deeper into what benefits they provide.

Halogen is a more common bulb and is found in most cars today. The main benefits of halogen bulbs include low replacement costs and longevity, while the drawbacks are they emit a yellow light which is the weakest of all three options. On the flip side, LED headlights that have the most recent advancement in headlight technology and are found in many newer vehicles. They provide a stronger amount of illumination than halogen and are able to be formed into nearly any shape due to their small size. The downside for LED bulbs is that they could possibly compromise other electronics from performing correctly if they were to fail. HID lights are another option outside of halogen and LED headlights, offering a brighter light than halogen with less heat and do not risk the possibility of affecting other vital electronics in the vehicle. HID lights have been found to possibly be overpowering and blinding to other motorists even in low beam. though Deciding which of the headlights works best for you boils down to your budget, your needs and your preferences. Regardless of which headlight you choose, utilizing both low and high beams is recommended.

 

 

Clean It Up

If you decide not to swap out your current bulbs for newer technology or you’ve had your vehicle for a while, cleaning up your current headlights is always good advice for seeing further at night. Over the years, headlights can become dim and start to form a haze around them.  Remove the glaze that hinders the light from shining brightly by giving those headlights a good scrubbing.  Using a damp cloth and toothpaste, firmly begin rubbing in small circles until the film is removed.  Once your headlights are clean, it’s time to give the same attention to your windows which may be hindered with dirt and dust that’s built up over time and created a haze you might not even have noticed is there. Give them a good wipe down to ensure that you’re seeing everything you should be seeing.

 

 

Reduce Light Inside the Vehicle

The ability to see further down the road is largely one of the biggest problems drivers face while driving at night. Utilizing high beams when possible will help aid in the issue but if there is light pouring into the vehicle, you’re still going to have problems. While eliminating all of the light streaming inside your vehicle might not be entirely under your control, there are things you can do to help to reduce it. Bright lights from your dashboard can interfere with your night vision and cause unnecessary glares.  Adjust the brightness of your dashboard with your vehicle’s dimmer switch to help avoid these issues and avoid using interior lights while you’re driving. Next, adjust your side mirrors to point slightly down and flip your rearview mirror up in older model vehicles or flip the small switch or lever on the bottom of your rearview mirror on newer models to mitigate the amount of light that reflects into your eyes from the vehicles behind you.

 

Scan Ahead

Now that we’ve done our best to extend the light of our headlights further down the road and helped preserve your night vision, it’s time to do what you should already be doing in daylight… scanning ahead for possible dangers. As far as you are able to see, you should continue practicing getting a bigger picture of what’s ahead by rotating your view between what’s in front of your vehicle, to the sides and then what’s behind. This will help give you more time to react to anything unexpected that may be in your path.

 

If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minvan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. 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 all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! 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 Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

 

Winter in West Michigan can feel seemingly endless and for those who need to commute to work, school or for errands, driving can at times go from difficult to extremely hard to navigate. But having the right tires in the right condition can make all the difference between getting you safely to your end destination or getting stuck and stranded.  While it may feel inconvenient to take the time to look over your tires to evaluate their integrity, doing so now can save you time, money and frustration in the long run.

 

Tire Pressure – If you’re not a winter type of person, the dropping temperatures can affect your mood but for the air in your tires, it can cause the pressure inside to lower and create unsafe, underinflated tires.  Despite hearing how driving on underinflated tires can lower your gas mileage the real problem during winter driving is how this tire pressure change can become extremely dangerous. Low tire pressure creates a wider driving surface on the tire than intended by the manufacturer, increasing the wear and tear to it in the process. Additionally, underinflated tires have far less traction than tires that are correctly inflated, making it more likely your vehicle will slide on icy, snowy roads. Best practice… check your tires often to make sure they are the correct PSI while temps are fluctuating in winter.

 

Treadwear – While you’re checking your tires air pressure, why not take the time to make sure you have enough treadwear left on it for optimal performance? Tread on tires must be a minimum of 2/32″ to comply with Michigan law but many argue that’s still too little to provide adequate traction and safety while driving, let alone during the winter. In fact, many tire experts recommend replacing your tires when they are below 5/32″, where traction is compromised in snow and ice.

 

Snow Tires – Not all tires are created equal and that couldn’t be truer for All Season and Winter Snow tires. All Season tires provide a relatively quiet, smooth ride with good tread life and year-round performance which makes them popular and ideal for many seasons but you might want to reconsider utilizing them during winter months when the conditions become more challenging. Unlike All-Season tires, which begin to harden and begin to lose traction with temps below 45°, Snow tires remain flexible in frigid temps, creating a better grip on the road. In addition, winter tires have deeper tread depths with unique designs intended to provide more traction on Grand Rapids’ roads which will be unpredictably covered in snow, rain and black ice. To prepare for the long, cold Michigan winter, you might consider swapping out those All-Season tires for Snow Tires.

 

Tire Rotations – It may seem like a big hassle but rotating your tires can not only keep you safer by helping reduce the risk of a tire failing but also helps extend the life of your tires by preventing uneven wear and aids in them wearing at the same rate.  The type of vehicle you have will also impact how tires wear, with FWD vehicles front tires wearing quicker than the rear tires and RWD having the reverse.  Most manufacturers recommend rotating tires as part of a vehicle’s routine maintenance and we recommend having the wear checked on your tires to see if it is uneven before heading into Winter.

 

Wheel Alignments – Would you be surprised to find out that wheel alignment is just as important as having winter tires? You might just be shocked to hear it but it’s true! Wheel alignment factors as an important role in maintaining your vehicles steering integrity and provides the most effective way to distribute your car’s weight. But if they are not aligned, it can cause your tires and other parts of your vehicle to take the brunt of the stress and cause things to break faster. While alignment is important if you are driving on All-Season tires, Snow tires can take an even bigger hit due to being created with softer materials.  Do yourself, and your vehicle, a favor by getting your alignment checked.

 

 

If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minivan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. 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 all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! 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 Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!