While most people would love to have all the latest whistles and gadgets that come in a new vehicle, that’s not always possible with everyone’s budget. But the great news is… just because you need to purchase a vehicle that is missing some of the extra options you are looking for, doesn’t mean you have to do without!  Here are some terrific upgrades that are both budget-friendly and can help you bring your older vehicle into the 21st century.

 

Phone Mounts

Phone mounts might not be part of the recent wave of technological advancements in car technology but they are key components in creating a safe and legal way, when combined with other hands-free tools, to utilize your smartphone while you’re behind the wheel. By utilizing a phone mount, your phone can be raised up to your dashboard to mimic an infotainment screen where navigation on your phone can be utilized, as well as music apps. A variety of different options exist for mounting techniques to include being able to mount it to your windshield, vent or directly onto your dash, all at varying price points but largely affordable for even the strictest budget. Shop online at retailers like Amazon and in-store at places such as Office Depot to find one that works best for you.

 

Bluetooth Connector

By buying a Bluetooth transmitter or car kit, you are creating a veritable hands-free experience for your vehicle no matter the age, make or model. Simple, easy to install and affordable, these systems work by transmitting a signal from your phone to your stereo system without the need of an auxiliary cord, making it possible to listen to your music, stream a podcast, take in an audiobook or even take a phone call all without touching your phone! Better yet, some of these even offer a single or double USB port where you can charge your phone while you’re driving. With many options available, you can easily find one with great ratings for less than $25, making this one of the cheapest and easiest ways to upgrade your vehicle in an instant.

 

Backup Camera

Backup cameras have been shown to save lives and lawmakers began requiring car manufacturers to make them standard by the year 2018. But if your vehicle was manufactured before then, it might be missing this key safety feature. Fortunately, aftermarket backup cameras are pretty easy to come by these days and are often just as easy to install. With some starting under $50 and ranging to the hundreds, they are actually quite affordable for the peace of mind they can afford.

 

Remote Starter

Once an expensive add on, remote starters have become quite affordable and even easier to use. In previous modules, the user needed to be within a certain range in order to press the button to start their vehicle, they now can simply start it from an app on their smartphone from the comfort from their home or business. With price points from just over $100 to $300, if getting out in the cold during our harsh West Michigan winters doesn’t sound appealing, you can upgrade pretty easily to add on a remote option.

 

Parking Sensors

Parking sensors use high-frequency sound waves to detect objects near your vehicle. These sensors emit sound pulses that reflect off of nearby objects which a receiver detects the reflected waves and calculates the distance from your vehicle to the object to warn you when your vehicle is getting too close to an object. For less than $20, you can find parking sensor kits readily available online which are easy to install yourself.

 

Seat Heater/Cooler Unit

Surprisingly affordable, aftermarket seat heater and cooling units are appealing for many in Grand Rapids who have to battle both the extreme temperatures of our frosty winters and our humid summer days. And with prices beginning around $50 for dual units which are capable of cooling when your vehicle is hot and warming when its cold, their cost can be equally tantalizing. Shop online to find the best deal.

 

 

 

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 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!

 

When you’re in the market for a new vehicle, there can be a lot to consider… what make, model and year are you looking to find, will you be buying new or used, and even if you’ll secure financing? If so, should you find it independently or should you finance through a dealership? While we may not be able to make some of those decisions for you, we can help provide helpful information regarding the positives and negatives of financing through a dealership.

Know Before You Go

Before you decide if financing through a dealership is the right choice for you, it’s important to know what your credit score is, what you can do to improve it and double-check there aren’t any errors in the report.  Your credit score includes information about you to lenders on where you live, if you’ve paid your bills late or on time, and whether you’ve been sued or have filed for bankruptcy before. The information found within that score is one of the biggest determining factors on not only being able to secure a loan but what interest rate you’ll end up paying for it once you do. Fully understanding how a great credit score can make the difference between securing your financing at an excellent rate or not even being able to get a loan at all, it only makes sense to do a little detective work into where your credit stands beforehand.  While many credit card companies offer credit reports monthly for free, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires all 3 of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.  By requesting a free copy of your credit report, you can verify that there are no errors that could end up costing you more or show you what habits you might need to change in order to raise it.  If errors are discovered, the law requires the company who gave the information to the credit bureau to correct it.  You can find more about your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act on the Federal Trade Commission’s website here.

 

 

All Loans Are Not Created Equal

Many people do not realize it but many dealerships tack on their own higher points to your financing in order to make more money on the sale of the vehicle. While Broadmoor Motors does not add points to interest rates, the average markup of other dealership’s interest being 1.8% per loan, that small amount can make a big difference in your long term cost of the vehicle.  Make sure you understand all aspects of your financing before signing on the dotted line including interest rate, length of the loan and any unnecessary fees that might have been added to the terms. Financing contracts are binding and you’ll find yourself with little recourse after the fact.  Working with trusted, reputable dealerships like Broadmoor Motors who offer transparent financing with many local credit unions and banks can help alleviate any undue risks and concerns.

 

 

The More You Know The Better

Now that you know it’s possible to secure financing with a trusted dealer without paying additional points, it’s important to arm yourself with knowledge before you start shopping so you can feel confident you’re getting the best rate possible. Whether you have a favorite local bank or credit union, we recommend shopping around to many in the area or even online to see what you dollar amount you can be approved for and what interest rates are available to you. Contrary to what you might expect, lenders are not required to give you the best rate you qualify for regardless of your credit score.  You’ll want to make sure you only shop around within a 2 week timeframe to ensure you don’t hurt your credit score.  When comparing offers from different lenders, make sure you look at more than just the interest they charge.  Keep an eye out for hidden fees, prepayment penalties and that the loan is for the same amount of time since paying longer on a loan can add more to the overall cost.

 

 

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 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!

Summer is synonymous with road trips for many across West Michigan. But just because you plan to get out of town, doesn’t mean you need to spend more doing so than necessary. Before you go, check out these tips and tricks to save money on your next road trip.

 

Plan Ahead

While spontaneity can bring excitement to a trip, it can also make things more expensive than they absolutely need to be but making some decisions beforehand, you can help reduce the overall cost of your trip versus making decisions on the fly. Start by deciding some of these things…

  • Will it be a house, a condo or a boat? If so, utilizing websites like Homeaway, VRBO or Airbnb to find lodging at a privately owned home or rental can help you find a good deal at the destination of your choosing.
  • Will your drive be long enough to make it necessary to have an overnight stop to sleep where you’ll need to stay at an additional hotel? If so, try comparing hotel and motel rates with websites like Kayak, Orbitz or Hotels.com to find a cheaper rate typically over what you can get booking directly through the hotel’s or motel’s website.
  • What attractions will you be taking part in while you’re there? More than likely your trip will involve some type of sightseeing and knowing what you plan to do ahead of time can save you some green. Many cities offer bundle deals to some of their most popular attractions and buying one can typically save you a bulk amount if you plan on hitting up all or some of the locations listed. Try searching for deals before you leave or seeing if buying tickets online and printing them out before you leave home can save you as well. Remember, every $5 or $10 you don’t have to spend adds up! In addition, you can search sites like Groupon, LivingSocial or CoolSavings can help you find hidden savings or events you never thought to try while you were in town!

 

Get Road Ready

Road trips are only fun if you can get there. Avoid the stress of breaking down on some unknown highway or byway by getting your vehicle in shape for the trip ahead before you head out. Check your tires to make sure they offer the recommended tread to keep you safe on the road to ensure they have the recommended air pressure. Not only will it keep you safer on the road, but it will also help improve your fuel efficiency and savings at the pump. In addition, getting an oil change and a tuneup before you leave will lessen the odds of having issues on your vacation. If you decide your vehicle just isn’t roadworthy enough to make a long-distance trip, look into renting a vehicle. While it may seem like an added expense, the truth is it could be the difference between having an expensive tow and repair bill in a strange town or getting there worry-free.

 

Pack Smart

Making frequent stops for snacks and meals while on the road can not only make a long trip feel even longer, they can also tally up fast as unneeded hits to your pocketbook. Packing sandwiches, drinks and healthy snacks into a cooler for your trip can help alleviate both problems and you’ll find it will more than likely be a healthier choice to keep you feeling better as well.

 

Save At The Pump

While many people may download apps like Gas Buddy to save at the pump (which also isn’t a bad idea), you can save on fuel before you even get there by adjusting your driving. Habits like accelerating quickly, braking often and driving too fast reduce your fuel efficiency as well as making your drive more stressful. Driving defensively can not only help you improve your mpg but it can help you avoid an unwanted accident.

 

 

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 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!