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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 [...]

Fall is returning to West Michigan and along with it, plenty of sporting events to attend with family and friends to root for your favorite team! Whether your sport of choice is football, soccer or the various types of car racing, one thing is certain… having a vehicle that’s ready to become a tailgating supercar will add fun and excitement to any event. Here are our tips on how to get your ride tailgate ready!

1. Create A Gameplan

Your favorite team wouldn’t step out onto the field without formulating a plan ahead of the big game and neither should you! Before you go, start by finding out what the weather conditions will be like the day of the event, which anyone in the greater Grand Rapids area knows can vary from one extreme [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Over the course of its existence, visiting the Secretary of State(SOS) or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has become synonymous with being about as much fun as a root canal. And in a way, it makes sense. Hours spent sitting in line, waiting to renew your license, get your tab or title a vehicle, only to hope you have everything you need when you get to the front of the line… who in their right mind would actually look forward to it?  But recent changes to the State of Michigan’s Secretary of State offer better solutions to help avoid long lines and endless hours sitting at one of their locations and as a dealership who has to frequent the DMV often, we’re letting you in on the tips and tricks we know that can get the [...]

It’s been in the news frequently over the last year but there has finally been a resolution to change car insurance for Michigan drivers. In case you somehow managed to miss it, Michigan Legislature recently voted to make significant changes to not only how our state’s auto insurance will work but the way policy premiums can be decided. What do all of these changes mean to the average Grand Rapids driver? Well, that’s still up for debate on how it will all shake out in the end but we’ll start with the changes to Michigan’s No-Fault auto insurance and leave it up to you to form an opinion.

 

New Options For PIP (Personal Injury Protection)

Michigan is the only state in the USA which mandates all drivers carry an unlimited amount of personal injury protection or PIP [...]

You work hard for your money so why would you want to spend more on your vehicle than you absolutely need to buy it pr maintain it? In an effort to help our customers save more, we’re talking today about easy ways to avoid wasting money on your vehicle!

 

Buying A Used Vehicle Without A Warranty

There was a time when you simply couldn’t find a used vehicle from a dealership that also came with a warranty on it but those days have changed. Some dealerships, like Broadmoor Motors, have begun to offer their customers not only a variety of quality vehicles but ones that come backed by a warranty and then the option to purchase extended warranties. Which begs the question… if you could purchase a vehicle that you know comes with the certainty that you [...]

spring break family fun Grand Rapids

Spring Break is a great opportunity for families in the greater Grand Rapids area to take a break and make some lasting memories together after a long Michigan winter. With this year being particularly harsh, even families who weren’t planning on leaving to a warmer, tropical location still wanting to enjoy their time off and have some adventures together. If you’re one of those looking for some local fun with the family, here are some great staycation ideas for families in West Michigan!

 

TreeRunner Grand Rapids

For the bold, seeking maximum adventure, a fun option for the brave at heart is TreeRunner Grand Rapids which touts itself as a premier aerial adventure park in West Michigan. Here you and your family or friends can scale to great heights and traverse [...]

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 [...]

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