You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without trying them on but when faced with the decision to spend thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on a newer vehicle, a shocking number of people are foregoing a test drive! Shockingly, evidence suggests that half of the people who purchased a vehicle recently didn’t bother to take it for even a rudimentary spin around the block before signing on the dotted line and handing over their hard-earned dollars. If you’d like to avoid being taken for a figurative ride on the purchase of your new ride, we suggest taking these steps on how to take the perfect test drive.

 

Start At A Reputable Dealer

One of the biggest necessities in buying a preowned vehicle is trust… both in the vehicle you’re buying but also in the person you are buying it from. To ensure you feel more comfortable during the entire transaction, we suggest starting your search with dealerships with a great reputation. You can start by asking friends and family who they’ve dealt with in the past to gather their experiences, both positive and negative, can be a great starting point but diving deeper into online reviews might tell you more. Reviews are there to help future customers know how past customers felt about their experience. No business is immune to getting a poor review from time to time from an unreasonable or unruly customer but if you are consistently reading about bad experiences from a specific dealership, buyer beware.

 

Check Out The Exterior

Before you grab the keys to take the prospective vehicle for a spin, take a cruise around the vehicle to check out the condition of the exterior. Take note of how much tread is still left on the tires, if there is any uneven wear, and if there is any rust, dents or scratches along the body. Then check the windshield for any cracks or chips and the condition of the windshield wipers.

 

Climb On In

While it’s important to take a good look at the exterior, the most important factors (much like people) are what’s on the inside. For starters, was it easy to get into the vehicle? Can you easily see over the dash and the gauges on the dashboard? How comfortable are the seats? Does it offer lumbar support and raise or lower to a height appropriate for you to drive safely? Are the gauges obstructed from view or can you see them clearly on the dashboard? Do the pedals adjust and if not, are they an appropriate distance for you?

 

Take It For A Cruise

If everything feels good, now is the chance to take it out on the open road to see how it drives. Keep in mind how you’ll be using it day to day, such as city driving or freeway and adjust as needed to get a good feel for how it shifts or handles curves and hills. Be sure to take it far enough distance to experience how it handles in stop and go traffic, as well as at how it feels at higher speeds. Does it accelerate smoothly and is there enough power? Is the steering responsive and is it a smooth ride over bumps?

 

Try Out The Options

You may have options in mind when you set out car shopping and you’ll want to make sure the one you are test driving checks off all of the boxes. If it does, there may be more than what you are already decided were necessary. Once you are back on the lot, take a look at all the added bells and whistles to see if they are working and if needed… find out how they work. If the vehicle comes with an infotainment screen on the dash, can you access it safely while driving? Something that has become less a luxury but a safety feature is if there hands-free buttons on the steering wheel so you don’t have to take your hands off of it to change the radio or answer a call?

 

Decide If It’s Right For You

Now that you’ve spent some time driving the vehicle and inspecting the interior and exterior, you probably have a good idea if it’s the right vehicle for you. But buying a vehicle is a big investment and there’s no need to rush into it. Unless you know it’s the perfect fit, it’s ok to take a day or two to think about it. In fact, a good salesman at a reputable dealership like Broadmoor Motors, wants you to be confident in your purchase and won’t mind you taking time to weigh the pro’s and if there are any cons.

 

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!

Summertime often brings road trips and travel to people in West Michigan. And whether it’s a short jaunt to the beach, the park or taking a longer distance trip to a vacation destination, many people are opting to take their pooch with them in lieu of leaving them home alone. Before you bring man’s best friend along for the ride, check out these ways to keep your pet safer in the car.

 

It Starts With You

The best way to keep your pet safe while you are driving might come as a surprise but it ultimately begins with you as a driver. We all realize how detrimental distracted driving is to the safety of everyone on the road but frequently, drivers fail to comprehend how distracting some things may be in a vehicle, including their beloved pet. Particularly when they are sitting on your lap while you are driving. Commit to lessening your distractions by never driving with your dog on your lap, regardless of how long you have been doing so in the past. Not only is it a danger to you and your pup, but to others who are sharing the road.

 

Buckle Them Up

There’s a reason why there are seatbelt laws for people… seatbelts work! Pet who are involved in vehicular accidents without being restrained greatly run the risk of suffering serious injuries such as broken bones, internal injuries, severe trauma and even death. They also run the risk of becoming a missile launched towards you in the event of a collision. Even at speeds as low as 25mph, an unrestrained pet can be launched forward at a force equal to 40 times its weight! Additionally, pets can become disoriented and afraid after a collision and run away from the scene of the crash.  Not only does this increase their chance of becoming lost in an unknown area, but it also prevents them from receiving medical attention that might be needed as quickly as they should.

Do your beloved pet and yourself a favor by finding a safe method to restrain them while inside the vehicle every time. There are many ways to keep your pet safely restrained in a moving car, van, truck or SUV.  Be sure to find the one that works best for you and your pet.  A crate that has been safely secured to avoid shifting or sliding is one way to keep your pet safe.  It should be large enough for your pet to sit, stand, turn around or lie down while riding inside.  A similar option for smaller dogs under 20 pounds or cats would be a pet carrier or a pet seat.  These devices can be secured by a seatbelt to keep them safe and an added bonus is they can be used as a carrier when you reach your destination.  Likewise, a harness designed and approved to be used in vehicles, used in tandem with a pet seat belt, can keep them safe.  Just use caution when purchasing them as there are no government standards or testing in place to regulate their safety.

 

Plan Your Feedings

Not every pet loves riding in a vehicle and even those that do may experience motion sickness if they begin the trip with a full belly. It can also lead to unpleasant bathroom accidents on your upholstery. But feeding Fido 3-4 hours before you intend to travel can help lessen the chance of them becoming nauseated and vomiting inside the vehicle or having an accident either out of fear or sheer necessity.

 

Be Prepared

Whether it’s a long trip to another state or short cruise to somewhere local in Grand Rapids, it’s important to be prepared. Be sure to pack a leash if they are traveling in a safety harness or crate inside the vehicle and water if you plan on being gone for any significant time period. For longer trips, it’s important to bring along some staples to keep them happy and safe. These should include a bowl, bottled water, food, a favorite toy to chew or play with on the way and a pillow or blanket to make them feel more secure. Also, it’s important to plan out any stops you’ll need to make along the way and if your pet will be allowed to join you inside any store or restaurant. Play it smart and avoid any risk to your beloved pet by foregoing leaving them unattended, even for short periods of time.

 

 

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!

Drivers Training is a great starting point for teaching young teens the rules of the road and to get them some experience behind the wheel, but as any parent of a new driver has already figured out, there is still plenty to learn before they should begin driving on their own. Michigan’s Graduated Licensing Program puts that responsibility in the hands of parents and guardians with a Graduated Level 1 License by requiring 50 hours of driving, with 10 of those being nighttime hours spent with their teen behind the wheel before they can even attempt to pass their driving test and gain their Graduated Level 2 License. During that time, here are the ten things to teach your young driver so you (and they) can feel confident behind the wheel.

 

Good Drivers Aren’t Born, They’re Made

One of the most dangerous things about young drivers learning how to navigate the roads is that they simply lack experience which is one of the most critical elements of becoming a good driver. Although some may believe that people are either born natural drivers or they aren’t, the truth is that a good driver is created by consistently honing their craft by driving frequently.

 

Practice Makes Progress

They used to say practice makes perfect but more often we’ve found that practice makes progress. With each new element that teen drivers are introduced to such as night driving, inclement weather the closer they can come to mastering it. So while it may make parents nervous to let their teens try new situations, in the end it’s exactly what they need to experience to become a safe driver. That being said, it’s important to gauge where your young driver is at in their lessons to determine if they are ready for the next challenge.

 

Look & Scan Ahead

In talking to a 3rd Party State Road Tester, he shared how studies have shown that new drivers only scan their mirrors a tiny fraction of the amount that seasoned drivers do. By not doing so, young drivers don’t have as much time to react to situations as someone else with more experience. Constantly remind your driver to be looking approximately 12-15 seconds ahead of the vehicle, as well as scanning their mirrors every 5-8 seconds. This will make them not only more spatially aware of vehicles around them, it will give them more options to avoid a collision.

 

Drive Defensively

the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course defines defensive driving skills as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” It is being aware of your surroundings, being prepared for the unexpected and not assuming that the other driver will do what they are supposed to while giving yourself time to react in case they do not. This is achieved by maintaining an awareness of road conditions, such as slowing traffic or construction ahead, as well as anticipating potential hazards, like erring drivers or bad weather.

 

No Distractions

Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities but reported to be a cause of more than an alarming 58% of all teen crashes. While distracted driving has been called an American epidemic, the sad truth is it is completely preventable. Talk to your teen frequently about the hazards of driving while distracted and your expectations for them to remove possible distractions from themselves before getting behind the wheel.

 

Know The Vehicle

Have you ever rented a vehicle and felt completely frazzled when you didn’t know how to turn the headlights on when you needed them or even the windshield wipers? If you have, you can empathize with your young driver that they probably don’t know what all the gadgets and switches do in your vehicle when they start driving. Take the time to go over how to use everything, including the ac and heat, radio, headlights, wipers, etc in the vehicle before they need to use them to help reduce anxiety and to keep them safer on the road.

 

Getting Gas

It’s something you don’t even think about anymore but your teen has probably never pumped gas before. Take them to the pump and show them how to work the credit card machine at the pump and how to go inside to pay just in case they need to use either. Show them the small arrow above their gas gauge that denotes which side of the vehicle their tank is on and go over which level of octane they should always use when getting gas.

 

Unofficial Rules Of The Road

Every seasoned driver knows there are unofficial rules of the road that we all expect people to follow. Whether it’s waving your thanks when someone lets you in or giving people space to merge on the highway, they are just nice customs we’ve created over the years. To save your teen driver from inadvertently angering another driver try to discuss these unwritten rules as they earn their hours behind the wheel with their GDL 1.

 

Drive-Thrus

If you’ve ever noticed all the different colors on the posts at fast food and bank drive-thrus, then it should come as no surprise that these narrow drives can be tricky for drivers to navigate. Help your teen spare their vehicle an unsightly scrape down the side by practicing with them while you’re in the vehicle and can help guide them along.

 

Passenger Safety

Many teens think that their role as a driver stops at controlling the vehicle but the truth is they should think of themselves as captains of their vehicle With this mindset, they are in charge of the safety of everyone inside their vehicle and as such, they need to make sure passengers are buckled properly and are not partaking in any unsafe behavior that can distract them as the driver and/or cause harm to themselves while they are riding along.

 

 

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!