Is there anything more greatly anticipated than the return of Spring in West Michigan?! After a particularly grueling winter this year, with snowstorm after polar vortex after snowstorm, the first sightings of a robin returning to the greater Grand Rapids area feels like a reprieve with the promise of warmer days on the horizon. But with the change in weather comes a change in what your vehicle needs to give you its best performance and now is the perfect time to get your vehicle Spring ready…
Give It A Wash
Winter in Michigan is hard on the body of your vehicle… the snow, the slush, the grime but mostly the salt put down on the roads to help melt snow or ice and improve traction for vehicles on the road. But that repeated exposure to road salt [...]
Our goal at Broadmoor Motors has always been to help people find a great vehicle at a fair price but with today’s rising costs of vehicles, we began to wonder… is there another way to help our customers get even more for their hard-earned dollars when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle? This question led to a discovery about the hidden value of vehicles that were previously stolen and then recovered but given a salvage title.
Now, we know what you’re thinking… salvage title has to mean the vehicle received irreparable damage and should not be considered as a purchase. But the shocking truth is that many stolen and recovered salvage title vehicles have little to no reported damage at all!! Not even an accident report. That fact combined with a focus on a pressure-free environment at Broadmoor Motors and doing what’s right [...]
It’s a situation no driver wants to find themselves in… an accident. Even if you’re an experienced driver or have just received your license for the first time, it’s important to know what steps to take immediately afterward to ensure your safety and to make sure you’re complying with Michigan state law.
Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s also your legal obligation to stop after being in an accident despite how severe or minor it is and despite it involving another vehicle or a stationary object and regardless if it is on public or private property. You still need to stop to assess the situation! Doing so will give you the opportunity to decide if any further action is needed.
Driving in West Michigan during the winter can be challenging and many car buyers turn to purchasing a vehicle that can give them an edge on the snow-covered Grand Rapids roads. Once a less common occurrence, 4WD and AWD vehicles now make up 45% of vehicles on the road today and their added power in slippery conditions. While shopping for a vehicle, you might hear the words All Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive used interchangeably but are they really the same thing? Deciding which one works best for your needs depends largely on knowing what the benefits and drawbacks are to each before choosing.
There are two different types, full-time AWD and part-time AWD, which work similarly in function with no input from the driver by delivering torque to all four wheels via differentials, multiple clutches [...]
Winter isn’t just long and cold in Michigan… it’s also often shrouded in dark and dreary skies. In fact, as the days shorten in West Michigan, many find themselves commuting in the dark both to and from work. Simply knowing it’s going to happen every year doesn’t make it any less frustrating or any easier to drive in. But these tips on how to drive at night like a boss just might!
Get A Better Bulb
Advancements in headlight technology have allowed people today to have more options for illuminating dark roads than they’ve ever had before, including halogen, LED and HID (high-intensity discharge). Knowing which bulb you prefer means diving deeper into what benefits they provide.
Halogen is a more common bulb and is found in most cars today. The main benefits of halogen bulbs include low [...]
Unfortunately for people in West Michigan, not all used vehicles are created equal. Here are some definite warning signs you shouldn’t buy a used car…
The Dealer Is Unlicensed
Unlicensed dealerships can come in a couple of different varieties. Some of them appear, from all outward appearances, to look like a valid dealership with a car lot and salesmen but are actually not licensed by the State of Michigan to sell cars, vans, trucks or SUV’s. While curbstoners are people who may or may not present themselves as the person who owns the vehicle when in reality they do not. They actually “flip” vehicles by regularly buying cheap cars, doing a minimal amount of work on them (often cosmetically) to make them look better and then resell them quickly. Both are illegal due to Michigan Vehicle Code [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Forget apple pie and baseball… is there truly anything more American than a summer road trip seeking out adventure and relaxation?? It seems unlikely. And as the summer heats up, many families are packing up the car, minivan, truck or SUV to head out on the open road in hopes to see new sights and make lasting memories with their loved ones. Whether you are leaving West Michigan in hopes for long distance travel across the USA or staying somewhere a little more local in Michigan, check out these terrific travel hacks that can help you keep your sanity and discover so much more…
Drop Pin – When you’re in a new city, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with your strange surroundings and makes it difficult to remember exactly where you parked your car. To avoid [...]