What Every Driver Should Know On Halloween

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many in the greater Grand Rapids area, especially for little ghouls and goblins all over West Michigan who are counting down the days until they can trick or treat. Unfortunately, there are hidden dangers that kids, parents and drivers alike are either unaware of or choose to ignore when it comes to this holiday.

Scary Statistics On Halloween:

 

  • An estimated 41 million children will trick or treat each year on Halloween.
  • Children are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident on Halloween.
  • 52% of automobile deaths on Halloween involve alcohol.
  • 63% of children trick or treating on Halloween do not carry a flashlight and 82% will not have any reflective tape or devices on their costumes to increase visibility, including those wearing [...]

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be considering which horror film you could watch to offer the biggest scare factor but if you’re in the market to buy a new or used car, van, truck or SUV, the most terrifying thing you could come across are the tricks waiting for you at a car dealership. But equipped with the right knowledge, you can take the fright out of car buying!

 

The Trick: In-house Financing

One of the quickest ways to pay more for your vehicle than you need to is walking blindly into a dealership without doing any of your homework ahead of time on where your credit stands and what interest rate you qualify to get on a loan. Many people are completely unaware but dealerships often mark up the interest rate on your [...]

A vehicle is arguably one of the most expensive purchases each person will make in their lifetime so it only makes sense that you would want to do everything you can to maintain its value and mitigate future financial loss when you decide it is time to trade it in or to sell it privately. If you are looking to develop habits that increase your car’s resale value we suggest following the following…

 

Regular Maintenance

Having regular maintenance done to your vehicle can not only help prevent larger, more expensive issues from becoming a problem over the course of you driving it but it can also help you get more cash when you decide to sell it for something newer. Periodical maintenance can include oil changes done on the correct schedule, regular tune-ups, having an alignment, and [...]

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