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Buying a vehicle can have a significant effect on both your budget and your overall peace of mind so it’s no wonder why so many people feel overwhelmed by the task.  But taking the time to ask yourself the following useful questions before you even begin your search, can lessen the burden and help lead you down the right path for you, your lifestyle and your wallet.


Should I buy a new or used car?

Buying a brand new vehicle versus a quality pre-owned vehicle can literally cost you thousands of dollars more but that shouldn’t immediately turn you away from buying a new car, nor should the possible issues that could arise from buying a used car leave you running for the hills in fear of purchasing a lemon.  There are clear benefits to buying new and purchasing used, and only by considering all [...]

Halloween is an exciting time in West Michigan for kids and youth alike… elaborate costumes, trick or treating and free candy! But while scary movies and decorations might be a welcome addition this time every year, the terrifying risk of a child being struck by an automobile is one doctors and safety officers say families don’t think about enough. Yet according to recent studies, the risk of kids being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Have fun while staying safe by following these important rules on Halloween safety for parents, kids and drivers.


Tips For Parents

  • Light ’em up: Help your child be more visible when it’s dimly lit or dark outside by adding reflective tape to trick or treat bags and costumes, and by giving your [...]

If you’ve lived in West Michigan long, you have realized that the odds of encountering a deer in the road are extremely high.  In fact, the state of Michigan ranked 9th overall in the USA for the number of vehicle and deer collisions in 2017 with reports averaging that 1 out of 85 drivers will need to file an insurance claim related to hitting one.  So how do you avoid becoming one of the statistics this fall in the greater Grand Rapids area and steer clear of hitting a deer?  Follow these safety tips for deer and driving in West Michigan.


What You Need To Know

  • Be aware of high-risk deer areas: It’s possible to find deer in urban areas but they’re found most often in rural surroundings. Be alert on the countryside roads we [...]

The 11th National Teen Driver Safety Week begins this week and focuses its attention on reminding parents to talk to their young drivers of the additional steps needed to prevent accidents.  Too often, these young drivers inexperience lead to poor decisions and actions behind the wheel, leaving them more susceptible to being involved in an accident, some of them fatal.  Today, we’re discussing not only the problems and challenges are youth face behind the wheel of an automobile but what we can all do to better equip them for successfully gaining the experience they need.


How Big Is The Problem?

  • Currently, automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for teens from 15 years old to 18 years old in the US.
  • On average, 9 teens ages 16-19 are killed every day of the year.
  • 47% [...]

When you’re in the market for a used truck, choosing the right vehicle to fit both your needs and your budget can be a struggle.  But knowing where to get started and what questions to ask beforehand can save you from buying a lemon and help you find the pre-owned truck that’s just right for you.


Deciding What You Need

Before you can begin your search, it’s important to consider exactly what you are looking for in a used truck. What is the terrain like where it will be driven most, will it have rough or slippery terrain requiring 4WD or AWD or just city driving where FWD will be sufficient?  Will it be a commercial vehicle or work truck?  Are there options that are non-negotiable if it is going to be used for work [...]

Trying to decide what to do with your vehicle once you’ve found your next new or used car to buy can be difficult. There are advantages to selling your current vehicle both privately and trading it in but there are also downsides. Knowing what the pros are of both can help you decide what works best for your needs and allow you to proceed with confidence.


Pros Of Trading In Your Vehicle

  • Convenience – One of the biggest reasons that people choose to trade in their vehicle when buying something new is the sheer convenience of signing over the title and handing over the keys while they pick up their new ride.  And there’s something to be said about how easy it is to do just that when you work with a [...]

It’s a topic that no parent wants to think about but the leading cause of death for children in the United States is injuries caused during a motor vehicle accident.  Realizing that every 33 seconds a child under the age of 13 is involved in an accident, it’s no wonder the NHTSA has made it a priority to create National Child Safety Awareness Week to help share important info with parents and give them the best chance of keeping their children as safe as they can be while in a vehicle.


Use The Proper Seat

Knowing whether your child should be sitting in a rear-facing car seat, forward facing car seat, booster seat or old enough to sit without one is paramount in keeping your child safe and could be the difference in an accident causing serious injuries or even a [...]

Everyone wants to get a great deal when buying a newer Pre-owned Vehicle in Grand Rapids but how good a deal you’re actually getting can depend largely on making sure you’re getting top dollar for your current vehicle.  Simply said, if you aren’t getting the best trade in value possible for your current vehicle, the hard truth is you’re leaving money behind on the bargaining table.  While a lot of people focus entirely on the sticker price of the vehicle they’re looking to buy, whether new or used, they often underestimate the hidden money sitting right in the very car they drove to buy it. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to help you get the most for your trade in!


Periodical Maintenance

It might sound surprising but getting the most for your trade in starts from the very [...]

There are hundreds of used vehicles available to purchase in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. With so many options, it can be difficult to narrow down which is best when you’re ready to purchase your next used car, work truck, minivan, SUV or commercial vehicle. While it may be impossible to avoid all mistakes in life, avoiding these 10 used car buying mistakes can help you feel more confident that you are getting a great deal on a good used vehicle…


1. Not Doing Researching – Before you even begin to shop around, whether online or in person, it’s important to do your homework so you know what type of vehicle will work for you and what options are non-negotiable for your lifestyle.  Once you are confident in the kind of vehicle you are looking for [...]


Not everything you see or read (especially on the internet) should be believed, including rules of the road and how to take care of your vehicle. Today, we’re debunking Top Driving Myths that you may unknowingly be following…


You Only Need Your Headlights At Night

Many people consider headlights to be a tool strictly for their own benefit behind the wheel but the truth is they are actually there for the benefit of everyone on the road.  Not only do they help to make the road more visible to the driver of the vehicle they are being used, but they also help the vehicle increase its visibility to other drivers on the road.  In fact, some states such as Michigan, have made it a law that drivers must use their headlights during inclement weather in order to [...]

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