In the world of Salvage Title vehicles, not all are created equal. The good news is that a Stolen and Recovered Salvage title is the safest option of them all and offer a variety of benefits to the buyer without the risks that are customary of other salvage title vehicles. To understand salvage titles and their risk, it’s important to understand first why a vehicle may have been given one.

 

Salvage vehicles are ones that are deemed a total loss by an insurance company for any of the following reasons:

  1. Collision damage more than the worth from an accident
  2. Flood damage (will be indicated on the title)
  3. Someone died in the vehicle
  4. Stolen and recovered

 

Unlike damage done from a flood or a collision from an accident, stolen & recovered vehicles are not necessarily deemed a salvage due to repair costs being more than the vehicle’s worth and often times are given a salvage title due to the time it took to recover the vehicle or because of each state’s regulations. In fact, many have little to no damage at all!   But when you’re considering whether or not to purchase a salvage title vehicle, it is important to watch out for the following…

 

They Don’t Disclose Its History

Whether or not the vehicle was deemed a salvage through extensive damage or had none at all, a dealership or a private individual should be upfront and honest about it being a salvage title and why it was deemed that way. If they aren’t willing to be open and honest about it from the get-go, it leaves you wondering what else they could know about it but don’t feel obligated to tell you regarding the vehicle?

 

They Won’t Show You Before Pictures

A dealership that is selling a salvage title vehicle should be able to provide photos of the vehicle when they purchased it from the auction so you can see for yourself the condition it was in before they made any repairs. We highly recommend asking to see these pictures before buying it and if they are unwilling to show them to you, you might want to consider walking away from the deal.

 

They Offer No Warranty On The Vehicle

One of the benefits of buying a pre-owned vehicle from a dealership over a private seller is getting a warranty with the vehicle. While many used car dealerships do not offer any kind of warranty on their vehicles, Broadmoor Motors is happy to provide a 30 Day Warranty on our vehicles, including salvage title vehicles! If you are considering buying a salvage title vehicle, we suggest buying one from a dealership who is willing to stand behind it with a warranty.

 

They Have Poor Reviews

It seems like a no brainer to us, but buying from a dealership you can trust means at the very least that you’ll be buying a reliable vehicle and getting a fair price on it in the process.  While many buyers take the time to research the safety and reliability of a car, they often overlook checking out the dealer they’re interested in purchasing that very vehicle from.  Today’s world of online reviews makes it that much easier to see what past customers have said about their experience while offering you a better idea of the environment you’ll be walking into.  Knowing you can believe and trust a car dealer is always important but it can be especially important when purchasing a salvage vehicle when you need to feel confident they are disclosing all of the pertinent information regarding its prior condition. Broadmoor Motors prides itself on providing a variety of good vehicles, at a fair price and giving our customers an incredible, pressure-free shopping experience in the process. We also encourage everyone to check out our Reviews on Google!

 

They Don’t Offer To Buy It Back

Often times, prospective buyers shy away from salvage title vehicles because they are afraid they will have trouble reselling the vehicle someday in the future. Broadmoor Motors understands that concern but it’s not one you need to have if you purchase a salvage vehicle from us. Because we are very familiar with the history of the vehicle already, we are happy to buy it back from you when the time comes for you to move onto a newer vehicle.

 

 

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 all of our theft recovered inventory or all of 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!

Whether you’re thinking about purchasing a new or used vehicle, taking a prospective car for a test drive before you buy it can be one of the easiest ways to help you avoid possible frustrations and costly repairs in the future. But did you know that a surprising 1 in 6 people are opting to skip out on taking the vehicle they thinking about buying for a simple test drive before buying it? When you consider that a vehicle purchase is often the second most expensive purchase a person will make in their life, it seems crazy that they wouldn’t spend an hour or so driving it before signing on the bottom line to make sure it fits not only their lifestyle but that it doesn’t have any immediate warning signs for issues to come. Here is what a good test drive can tell you about a used vehicle…

 

How It Handles

Vehicles, depending on their make, model and style, can have large variances in how they perform on the road. Does the car accelerate nicely and shift smoothly from gear to gear or are the changes jerky? Does it brake quickly or are the brakes too sensitive? Is the steering responsive or is it too touchy where you’re likely to oversteer with minimal changes?

 

If It Fits Your Lifestyle

The car, truck, SUV or minivan you think you want may actually be far different than the type of vehicle you actually need. Being honest with yourself about how much space, functionality and extras you need in a vehicle can help avoid frustrations later on after the purchase. Do you need it to be a work vehicle that requires a lot of storage? Will you need it to have towing capabilities and if so, how heavy? Is an All Wheel Drive or 4 Wheel Drive vehicle necessary for where you drive or the type of climate you live in? What is the minimum seating requirements you need to drive the vehicle day in and day out for years to come? Only after understanding these things before you take a vehicle out for spin, can you truly start to question if the vehicle you are test driving checks all of the necessary boxes.

 

If There Are Mechanic Issues

While some people are skipping the test driving process entirely, too many are choosing to take too short of a test drive. 50% of Americans say they only test drove a vehicle 30 minutes or less before they decided to purchase it but that may not be enough time to tell you all of the information you wished you had before spending thousands of dollars on a vehicle! Driving a vehicle for longer and over different types of conditions such as stop and go traffic and highway driving can show you much more. While you are on the road be on the lookout for these warning signs:

Indicator Lights

  • Engine Lights – Indicates a problem with the 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 converter, with costs ranging from nothing but a little bit of elbow grease to thousands.
  • Oil Pressure Light: Indicates there is a problem with your oil pressure and can be caused by low oil, defective oil pressure sending unit, faulty oil pump, warning light switch or oil pressure gauge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

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!

 

It’s a situation no driver wants to find themselves in… an accident. Even if you’re an experienced driver or have just received your license for the first time, it’s important to know what steps to take immediately afterward to ensure your safety and to make sure you’re complying with Michigan state law.

 

Stop

Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s also your legal obligation to stop after being in an accident despite how severe or minor it is and despite it involving another vehicle or a stationary object and regardless if it is on public or private property. You still need to stop to assess the situation!  Doing so will give you the opportunity to decide if any further action is needed.

 

Check For Injuries

The very first thing to do after an accident has occurred is to see if you or your passengers are injured. If someone is seriously injured, try not to move them unless they are unsafe where they are currently are, then seek medical help by dialing 911 yourself or asking a nearby bystander to do so if you can not.

 

Move To Safety or Activate Hazard Lights

If you are not too injured and if your vehicle is able to be moved out of the flow of traffic and into a parking lot or shoulder, do so to remove yourself and others out of harm’s way. If you are too hurt to move or if your vehicle is disabled, be sure to turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and do not stand in the roadway while waiting for help.

 

Call Police If Necessary

Michigan law requires drivers to report any accident that results in death, injury or damages over $1000 to property, and if it damaged an unattended vehicle or other property. If the accident is serious, the police should be notified immediately. Failing to do so in an accident with no injury could result in a hit and run accident that leads to fines, a suspended license and a misdemeanor conviction while it can lead to much more serious consequences if there injuries including a felony conviction up to 15 years and a $10,000 fine. Once the police arrive, they will gather the necessary information to fill out a report.

If there are not seriously injuries and police are not able to make it due to high volumes of accidents due to inclement weather, it is possible to gather the necessary information and report the accident later at a local police department. Chances are you will need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company.

 

Exchange Information

It’s important to gather and provide the following information with the other driver involved in the accident:

  • Full name and contact information
  • Insurance company and policy number
  • Driver’s license and license plate number
  • Color, make and model of the vehicle(s) involved
  • Location of accident

 

 

Document The Accident

Your insurance company and the police report will require information regarding the accident. Be sure to gather it all while you are there to avoid any complications or a loss of claim. Details should include:

  • Name and insurance information of everyone involved
  • Description of the crash, including how many people were in both cars and which direction the vehicles were headed
  • Details about damages and injuries
  • Photos of damage and video statements
  • Diagram of the accident scene

 

File Claim With Insurance

Michigan is a No-Fault state and as such means that each individual will carry their own policy that will cover the cost of repairs to their vehicle, lost earnings and any medical costs that may be incurred despite who is at fault for the accident. Because of this, each individual can decide for themselves if they would like to make a claim against their own insurance company in the event of an accident. While it may seem obvious to file a claim where there is significant damage, it might not be worth it to file one where there was minimal damage or if it is less than your deductible.

 

 

 

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!