If you want to dominate your fantasy football draft this season, you’re going to have to prepare harder than you ever have before.

But don’t worry folks, I’m here to help you not just dominate your fantasy football draft, but to give you the tools you need to win your whole league.

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Unless you’re playing in one of my leagues that is…if you are, there’s nothing to see here. Move along….move along.

editors note: Jeremy Sheldon is the resident eCommerce Guru for the LaFontaine Automotive Group. He’s also one of the biggest fantasy sports geeks that I’ve ever met (he plays fantasy NASCAR for cryin’ out loud). This is Jeremy’s first article covering the fantasy football landscape in a series we expect to run all season long. -JS

The tips that I’ve provided below are directly out of my own fantasy football draft playbook. These are proven tips that I have personally used over the years to win the fantasy leagues that I play in.

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We’ve all had that moment: driving along, and your car makes a noise like a polar bear inside a dryer. We hear it….and ignore it. Or we pray that it goes away. Because we know that, if we take it to get looked at, they may give us that most grim of diagnoses for car owners: you’re gonna need to get a new vehicle.

And maybe we’ve heard that before. And another time. But for reasons near and dear to us, we can’t bear to part with the car. Maybe it’s financial reasons, or maybe it’s a gift your grandparents got you when you turned 16. Either way, it can be tough to let go of such an important part of your life.

Moving-On-Kids-Cars-College-TitleYou’re not the only ones having this sort of problem. We’re in August, which means kids will soon be filing back to school. For some parents, their kids will be going to college. The same kids that they’ve packed lunches for, checked homework for, driven around for school projects and homecoming dances….they’ll soon be off on their own. This can be very scary for parents, and they may not know what to do.

But it’s funny; you can handle both situations the same way…..remember the good times, and move on.

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On behalf of the entire LaFontaine family, I’m happy to announce the opening of the LaFontaine Used Car King in Fenton, MI.

It’s an exciting time for all of us and we hope to be a valuable community asset in Fenton and Genesee County.

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The LaFontaine Used Car King plans to live up to its name by offering the largest selection of quality and certified pre-owned vehicles in the area.

About the LaFontaine Used Car King

The LaFontaine Used Car King is the newest addition to the LaFontaine Automotive Group family of dealerships.

Founded in 1980, the award winning and nationally recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 19 franchises in 12 locations across Michigan and employs over 850 people.

The “LaFontaine Family Deal” offers customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle, it is the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family.

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On behalf of the entire team at LaFontaine Toyota, I’m thrilled to announce that Doug Kropp has achieved the level of Master Diagnostic Technician (MDT) from Toyota.

We’re all so proud of Doug for being able to accomplish this rare certification.

Doug-Kropp-Toyota-Master-Diagnostic-TechnicianSo what exactly is a Master Diagnostic Technician and what does it mean to you? Simply put, MDT is the highest level of certification that any Toyota Technician can achieve.

Doug, and all MDT’s, have repeatedly shown the ability to tackle the most challenging repairs on Toyota vehicles.

Think of Doug like you would “Dr. House” (minus the cynicism and narcissism). If your Toyota has a problem that others can’t solve, Doug and the service team at LaFontaine Toyota will fix it when no one else can.

In order to achieve the title of MDT, a technician must:

  • Have 5 years of Toyota service experience.
  • Pass all the ASE certification tests.
  • Pass the same test that Toyota gives to it’s team of field engineers at 80% or better.

Being technically proficient is only part of what it takes to make Toyota technician a MDT. Along with technical skills, MDT’s like Doug must also possess excellent communication skills to effectively work with service advisors, fellow technicians and customers.

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Love driving and saving fuel? Then the all-new 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel is the car for you! Volkswagen offers the cleanest diesels of any car brand in America.

Thanks to the 2015 Golf TDI’s Clean Diesel engine, you’re going to save money at the pump all year round.

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The 2015 Golf TDI comes with an all-new 2.0-liter Clean Diesel engine made with lightweight ultra-high strength steels.

The same lightweight materials are used throughout the hatchbacks body; lowering the car’s overall weight by 79 lbs. The Clean Diesel engine delivers an average of 35mpg and about 236 lb-ft of torque; significantly better than most gasoline-powered cars.

Because Diesel

Going hybrid is not the only solution to the CO2 problem. The TDI Clean Diesel technology produces fewer emissions than 93% of other vehicles.

Not only is it environmentally friendly, but you can bet the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI will live up to it’s prior reputation of being sporty and fun to drive as well.

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Now I know what you’re thinking….aren’t TDI’s known for being a bit more pricey? Volkswagen addressed this issue head on by lowering the entry point of the Golf TDI over $3,000 to $21,995 – thus making it an affordable and fun car to drive.

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately from folks who have a vehicle that’s a part of GM’s Ignition Switch Recall, asking when the parts would be available to fix their vehicle.

I wish the answer was as straightforward as the question, however after discussing the issue with LaFontaine Service Director, Todd McCallum, the answer is a bit more complicated.

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Some of the confusion is based on how the GM Ignition Switch Recall is different from a typical manufacturer recall.

In an effort to clear things up, let’s take a look at the way vehicle recalls typically work:

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The hard working and dedicated professionals at the LaFontaine Import Super Center in Dearborn, MI would like to introduce to you, our dear customers a term that sums up the experience you can expect when you do business at one of our fine retail establishments.

It’s a little something we like to call #Enjoyability.

Enjoy!

Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags - both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000′s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

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The compact SUV segment is full of quality competition where each automaker is aggressively trying to make their entry in this vehicle-class stand out from the crowd.

The 2014 Honda CR-V is leading the way in it’s class when it comes to offering premium technology as standard features.

Dean Snell, Sales Consultant at LaFontaine Honda, recently stepped in front of our video cameras to tell you exactly what makes the CR-V stand tall.

Dean touched on the high points, now lets dive in and take a look at the 5 surprising standard features that you’ll find on the 2014 Honda CR-V.

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On Friday, June 30, 2014 General Motors announced six more safety recalls involving 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.

Three weeks earlier, GM CEO Mary Barra addressed assembled employees and media on the status of the GM Ignition Switch Recall and their plans moving forward.

Barra emphasized that the company has adopted and will continue to adopt sweeping changes in the way it handles safety issues.

It seems this latest recall may be a direct result of the restructuring of GM’s recall decision making process.

Recalled GM Vehicles

Please note that not every one of the vehicles that were produced and sold are being recalled.

We can help you determine if your specific vehicle is a part of this recall.

Call us at (877) 997-0012 and we’ll be able to look up your vehicle to see if it’s a part of the recall.

Below are the vehicles affected by the latest GM recall:

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