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Winter Survival Kit
   Published November 30, 2018
Everyone who lives in our area should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car, truck or SUV. By carrying a full Winter Survival Kit with you it greatly improves your odds of remaining safe and comfortable while you wait out the conditions. And just because you only drive around in town doesn’t make any difference as you can be trapped in deep snow right in front of your own house.

Should you become stuck, first call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the  Read More
The Difference Between 4WD High and 4WD Low
   Published October 24, 2018
Most 4WD pickup trucks and more off-road oriented SUVs on the market will have a dual-range transfer case that provides the driver with multiple driving ranges, typically 2H, 4H, and 4L. The selection of any of these three options engages a different set of gears in the transfer case, typically mounted directly behind the transmission, which delivers power via the wheels based on the option the driver selected. The selection of the drive mode is either by the old-school lever on the floor or a more modern switch on the dash or center console.   Read More
What are the Best Months to Buy a Used Car
   Published September 25, 2018
It’s advice that you’ve heard probably hundreds of times in your life: Timing is Everything. There’s a song about it and there’s even a book about it. No one is sure who first spoke those exact words but the concept goes back to a Greek poet in 800 BC. Well, as in most endeavors, timing is everything as you search for the best value when purchasing a used car. Here are a few insider tips on the best timing for your next used car  Read More
One Day Road Trips in West Michigan
   Published July 23, 2018
We’re fortunate to live in an area like west Michigan that has so much to offer especially in the summer. If you’re looking for some one-day road trip ideas we’ve collected a few for you to review. We hope you find them interesting and participate in at least one this  Read More
Hybrid, Plug-In, Electric…What Are The Differences?
   Published May 11, 2018
Low- and zero-emission vehicles are clearly a hot topic among the media and followers of the automotive industry. However it can be a struggle to figure what you best option is when it comes to choosing between a Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicle. Understanding the difference as well as the positive and negatives of each vehicle will better help you pick the right car for you.  Read More
Three Tips to Maintain a Clean Interior
   Published April 17, 2018
Type into Google any search terms around cleaning a vehicle’s interior and you’ll be confronted with literally hundreds of articles full of advice. Some of its practical, some of it is ineffective, and some are just plain silly. Our focus here is on what you should be doing to maintain your vehicle’s interior so that you receive the maximum return when you go to trade-in or sell outright your car, truck, or  Read More
3 Best Vehicles For 3-row Legroom
   Published March 1, 2018
Spacious family cars are not simply a luxury anymore; the market demands them, and with so much choice it is often the ones that offer the most comfort that win out. It isn’t such a surprise the vehicles here are all SUVs. Even compared to minivans, the biggest SUVs are generous in their proportions and are only let down by their large external dimensions in day to day driving. That said, which offers the most space across the three rows of seating? For the purpose of simplicity, we only  Read More
3 Best SUVs for Storage Space
   Published March 1, 2018
SUVs are often full to the brim with kids, pets, paraphernalia, garbage, so on and so forth. You need space to store things, plain and simple. Which cars do it  Read More
Finding An Excellent Body Shop
   Published January 25, 2018
There are several reasons you might need to visit a body shop, and they’re not necessarily related to having an accident. Your pride and joy might be a little tired with a peeling clear-coat or a lackluster shine and you want to go all in and respray. Or, you might have a bodykit for a sports car and of course a perfect paint match is an absolute necessity. Then again, it could be that a couple of door dings might need rectifying. So, having decided you need to see a body shop, how do you find  Read More
What do you do if you are involved in an accident?
   Published January 12, 2018
It’s a scenario none of us ever wish to find ourselves in, yet at some stage during our lives it is inevitable to be involved in a fender bender or two, and hopefully it will not be serious. Below is a simple checklist to help get you through a stressful  Read More
5 Tips on Detailing your Vehicle
   Published June 7, 2017
Get your vehicle ready for Summer adventures.   Read More
Towing Options: How to Pick the Right Vehicle for the Job
   Published May 30, 2017
Towing capacity means the allowable weight that a particular vehicle can tow safely without damaging vital parts of the vehicle. Every vehicle, regardless if it’s a car, a truck, or an SUV, has a towing capacity.   Read More
SUV vs. Crossover
   Published May 8, 2017
Which is better suited for your lifestyle an SUV or a Crossover? Learn the main differences between an SUV and a Crossover. You maybe surprised at how different the two vehicles really are.   Read More
Get the Right Tires for your Vehicle
   Published June 26, 2016
Driving can get pretty tricky if you don’t have the right tires.
Most people pick out a car and drive away without putting too much thought into the type of tires they’re using. However, that can be a mistake and we usually find out why when the snow comes. All of a sudden the roads are clogged by stranded cars which can’t cope with a little bit of ice.
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Decoding your Tires
   Published June 6, 2016
For most of us, the information on a tire wall is a foreign language – indeed the chances are you haven’t even noticed there’s anything there. However, if you can decode those numbers, dashes and letters, you’ll uncover a surprising amount of information such as where it was made, its size and even how it complies with U.S. regulations.   Read More
Buying from a Dealership vs an Individual Seller
   Published April 30, 2016
When it comes time to buy a new or used vehicle you have two options. You can either choose to shop at a car dealership or buy from an individual. Many people have a preference and others just browse both until they find a car they like or a good deal. There are pro and cons to both options and when it comes time to buy your next vehicle, you may want to consider them before you shop at a dealership or do business with an individual seller.

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5 Stress Prevention Tips
   Published April 13, 2016
Stress is a part of life, but too much of it can cause a person to become ill and unhappy. While you can’t avoid stress completely, there are some ways you can prevent it from getting to you. When you learn how to prevent or avoid stress, you can live a much happier life. The five stress prevention tips can help.  Read More
Increase the Value of your Trade in with these 5 Tips
   Published April 7, 2016
Want optimal value on your car trade-in? While it’s often better to sell your car to a private party than head to a dealership in order to get the most money, sometimes the time and effort involved just aren’t worth it. The year, make and model, condition, and mileage on the vehicle all determine value and demand.  Read More
10 Must Know Automotive Financing Terms
   Published April 5, 2016
Once you’ve found a vehicle you want to buy or lease, unless you have cash in hand, it’s time to look at financing that vehicle. And that’s when the tricky part comes in. Many dealerships use “finance-speak” with customers, phrases that may not be readily comprehensible to most consumers. Here are some basic terms that will make you feel more comfortable with - and more informed about - the financing process.

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Financing Tips for First Time Car Buyers
   Published April 3, 2016
First time car buyers should be prepared not just to choose the ride of their dreams - or the ride their wallet allows - but to provide five items that are essential in order to finance the vehicle.
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