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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 [...]

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 [...]

Winter in West Michigan can feel seemingly endless and for those who need to commute to work, school or for errands, driving can at times go from difficult to extremely hard to navigate. But having the right tires in the right condition can make all the difference between getting you safely to your end destination or getting stuck and stranded.  While it may feel inconvenient to take the time to look over your tires to evaluate their integrity, doing so now can save you time, money and frustration in the long run.

 

Tire Pressure – If you’re not a winter type of person, the dropping temperatures can affect your mood but for the air in your tires, it can cause the pressure inside to lower and create unsafe, underinflated tires.  Despite hearing how driving on underinflated tires can [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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