You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without trying them on but when faced with the decision to spend thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on a newer vehicle, a shocking number of people are foregoing a test drive! Shockingly, evidence suggests that half of the people who purchased a vehicle recently didn’t bother to take it for even a rudimentary spin around the block before signing on the dotted line and handing over their hard-earned dollars. If you’d like to avoid being taken for a figurative ride on the purchase of your new ride, we suggest taking these steps on how to take the perfect test drive.
Start At A Reputable Dealer
One of the biggest necessities in buying a preowned vehicle is trust… both in the vehicle you’re buying but also in the [...]
Summertime often brings road trips and travel to people in West Michigan. And whether it’s a short jaunt to the beach, the park or taking a longer distance trip to a vacation destination, many people are opting to take their pooch with them in lieu of leaving them home alone. Before you bring man’s best friend along for the ride, check out these ways to keep your pet safer in the car.
It Starts With You
The best way to keep your pet safe while you are driving might come as a surprise but it ultimately begins with you as a driver. We all realize how detrimental distracted driving is to the safety of everyone on the road but frequently, drivers fail to comprehend how distracting some things may be [...]
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.
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 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 [...]
When you’re in the market for a new vehicle, there can be a lot to consider… what make, model and year are you looking to find, will you be buying new or used, and even if you’ll secure financing? If so, should you find it independently or should you finance through a dealership? While we may not be able to make some of those decisions for you, we can help provide helpful information regarding the positives and negatives of financing through a dealership.
Know Before You Go
Before you decide if financing through a dealership is the right choice for you, it’s important to know what your credit score is, what you can do to improve it and double-check there aren’t any errors on the report. Your credit score includes information about you to lenders on where you [...]
Summer is synonymous with road trips for many across West Michigan. But just because you plan to get out of town, doesn’t mean you need to spend more doing so than necessary. Before you go, check out these tips and tricks to save money on your next road trip.
While spontaneity can bring excitement to a trip, it can also make things more expensive than they absolutely need to be but making some decisions beforehand, you can help reduce the overall cost of your trip versus making decisions on the fly. Start by deciding some of these things…
Will it be a house, a condo or a boat? If so, utilizing websites like Homeaway, VRBO or Airbnb to find lodging at a privately owned home or rental can help you [...]
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 [...]
Summer is synonymous with road trips, travel and family vacations. But as people get ready to take to the open road, it’s important to take the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the added miles. As the only point of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the road below you, June has been deemed National Tire Safety month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to remind people to check their tires to ensure they are safe. Ideally, tires should be checked regularly to make sure they are performing at their best and are not in need of being replaced. Doing so will not only improve your safety but extend the life of the tire and save you money in the long run.
Getting a driver’s license is right of passage that many kids can’t wait to achieve but for many parents, sending their kids off to navigate the open road alone can be a terrifying experience. When you consider the scary statistics behind teen drivers, it’s no wonder many find it hard to let them go on their own. Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any age group which is nine times as high as drivers who are 20 years of age and up, and six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults.
While Michigan has adapted their driver’s license program to include graduated licensing to give teens time to gain experience before they gain full driving privileges without restrictions, many parents still wonder if there is more they can [...]
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 [...]