With Halloween just around the corner, you might be considering which horror film you could watch to offer the biggest scare factor but if you’re in the market to buy a new or used car, van, truck or SUV, the most terrifying thing you could come across are the tricks waiting for you at a car dealership. But equipped with the right knowledge, you can take the fright out of car buying!
The Trick: In-house Financing
One of the quickest ways to pay more for your vehicle than you need to is walking blindly into a dealership without doing any of your homework ahead of time on where your credit stands and what interest rate you qualify to get on a loan. Many people are completely unaware but dealerships often mark up the interest rate on your [...]
What’s a startling statistic that no parent wants to hear? Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 1-13 annually. While that statistic can be alarming, the good news is that there are steps parents can take to greatly reduce the risk of fatalities and injuries to their children. Child Passenger Safety Week takes place in the third week of September and was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort to bring awareness not only to the unnecessary number of child injuries and deaths each year in automobile accidents but to the importance in proper car restraint and seat belt usage for children riding in vehicles as well.
Child Car & Booster Seats
Car seats, booster seats and seat belts have been proven to save lives and [...]
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 [...]
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, 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.
They say there are two seasons in West Michigan… Winter and construction. And we’d say based on the all of the Road Closed signs you find driving in and around Grand Rapids, that’s a pretty accurate depiction. From the time the snow melts in Michigan until the time it snows again, crews set to work fixing and repairing our roads. While extremely helpful in the long run, it can be frustrating for your everyday commute or creating unexpected delays on your chance to get away out of town. Here are our tips to avoid the construction madness this summer!
Know Before You Go
Online Heads Up
It might sound oversimplified but the best way to avoid road construction is to know where it exists beforehand. Whether you are driving locally or taking a nice, long summer road trip, [...]
In an effort to help curb distracted driving and bring awareness to the very real and growing problem Michigan drivers face today on the road, April has been deemed Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted Driving is any activity that takes away the attention of the person behind the wheel of a vehicle from doing their primary task of driving. It can include visual distractions, physical distractions, cognitive distractions and auditory distractions.
Visual Distraction – taking your eyes off the road to look at something either inside or outside of the vehicle. This can include reading a text, looking at someone inside the vehicle or watching something outside the vehicle such as an accident. These distractions keep you from seeing dangers on the road you may encounter.
For many parents, having a young, inexperienced driver on the road can be one of the most stressful times in raising their children. Inexperience coupled with impulsiveness not only increase teenagers risk of being involved in an automobile accident but actually make them three times as likely to be in a car accident compared to adult drivers. When you factor in that car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 16-19 years old, it’s no wonder that parents are looking for more safety strategies for their young drivers.
Buckle It Up
There’s no doubt about it… seatbelts save lives and your teen wearing one regardless if they are driving or not, decreases their risk of being seriously injured in the event they are involved in an accident. No matter if they are sitting in [...]
Whether you’re thinking about purchasing a new or used vehicle, taking a prospective car for a test drive before you buy it can be one of the easiest ways to help you avoid possible frustrations and costly repairs in the future. But did you know that a surprising 1 in 6 people are opting to skip out on taking the vehicle they thinking about buying for a simple test drive before buying it? When you consider that a vehicle purchase is often the second most expensive purchase a person will make in their life, it seems crazy that they wouldn’t spend an hour or so driving it before signing on the bottom line to make sure it fits not only their lifestyle but that it doesn’t have any immediate warning signs for issues [...]
Today’s vehicles are safer than and that is by no accident. Since the 1960s, car manufacturers have been continuously working to add more safety features to keep drivers and passengers alike, safer inside of automobiles. This process has become two-fold, beginning with trying to safeguard people in the event of an accident and now has transformed into using technology to help prevent them before they even happen. Below are some of the ways manufacturers continue on this quest by expanding on previous advancements and with exciting, new technology.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is an intuitive technology that utilizes the cruise control already equipped in vehicles with sensors and computing power to adjust the speed of your vehicle to go faster or slower according to the speed of the vehicle in front of you. Advanced [...]