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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 [...]

Handing over the keys to the family car to your teen can be a scary prospect to many parents but doing so when the roads are covered with ice, sleet or snow is even tougher.  While you can’t safeguard against every situation they may encounter while behind the wheel, preparing them for winter driving is certainly a necessity.  Here are tips for your teen & winter driving… everything they need to know in the snow.


Getting The Vehicle Ready

It might be second nature to you but to your teen, knowing how to safely warm up their vehicle before taking off or how to safely remove ice and snow from the vehicle could be something they’ve never even thought about! When starting their vehicle to idle, talk to them about the dangers of doing so in an [...]

As a business owner, you look for every available way to save more of your hard-earned dollars while also trying to make choices that will benefit your business.  It can be a struggle to decide which choices make sense to help grow your company and which ones might cost you more in the future. But having a clear idea of why you should make a decision can help clear away the doubt and make you feel more confident that you are doing the right thing for your business. Today, we’re talking about the 4 benefits to buying a used commercial vehicle over new. So take it in and take notes because knowing these pros might just save you in the future.


Lower Cost

It’s a well-known fact that vehicles aren’t cheap and when you factor in the [...]

Fall is such a great time of year in West Michigan… football games, sweater weather, visiting local pumpkin patches and the crisp autumnal air.  For many people, it is undoubtedly their favorite time of year but drivers on the greater Grand Rapids roads, it can be a challenging time to navigate safely to all our needed destinations. Fortunately, with a little heads up and added attention to these common problems with Fall driving, we can hopefully skip any unwanted stress and just enjoy one of the beautiful landscape that Fall has to offer in West Michigan.


Slippery Leaves

On the trees or in people’s yards, leaves are a spectacular display of mother nature’s color creations but on area roadways, they can become an unexpected hazard, particularly when they are wet.  Leaves can retain moisture even if [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Vacations are meant to be fun and refreshing but without a little prior planning, they can end up being extremely stressful and more expensive than they need to be.  Whether you are planning your next summer destination somewhere in Michigan or aiming for a broader destination, let our tips for having a stress free vacation help you get the most out of your next trip.


Know Why You’re Going

Every trip has a purpose and before you head to your vacation destination, it’s important to know what your plans and expectations are for yours.  Some vacations are full of sightseeing and physical activities, some meant strictly for relaxing on a beach or next to a pool and some others include a variation of both.  Knowing what you want most out of your trip and communicating it to your fellow travel companions means you can set [...]

Winter driving in West Michigan can include ice, snow, sleet and slush with little to no warning it’s coming but Summer driving offers its own set of challenges.  While it is nice to not have to worry about icy or slippery roads during the summer months, these hazards of summer driving can increase your risk of an accident if you are not careful.



As the warm weather increases, the air inside tires expands and can create problems for tires that are overinflated and already damaged. In addition, an increase of weight loads from pulling trailers and boats can cause a strain to tires that aren’t in their best shape.  Stay proactive by checking your tires regularly for their condition and pressure to make sure they are in good condition to avoid ending [...]

Are you looking for the perfect used vehicle in Grand Rapids?  Here are our tips to finding just that…

Find A Trusted Dealership

Whether you’re planning on buying a new or used car, minivan, truck or SUV, finding a trusted dealership should be your first step and regardless which vehicle you are interested in purchasing may vary in options and features, one thing that should be standard is the confidence you hold in the dealership you’ll be purchasing it from.  Before you buy, you should feel confident that they’ll be able to deliver a reliable and safe vehicle.  An obvious place to start your search is with a dealership you’ve already had a positive experience working with.  But if the perfect vehicle is at a dealership you are unfamiliar with, we highly recommend checking online [...]

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