Each spring on Mother’s Day, we collectively dedicate a Sunday to celebrating all that our mom’s have done and still do for us. But to be honest, one day out of 365 just doesn’t seem like enough, does it? Don’t our mom’s deserve more than one single day out of the year?

Celebrating the Month of Mom at LaFontiane| #MonthOfMom

Think about all the diaper changes, the chauffeur rides to the mall, the birthday parties and holiday celebrations, the extracurricular school activities and sports, the words of wisdom, the shoulder to cry on, that extra ten bucks for gas money, the sometimes-not-so-gentle reminders to mow the lawn or clean up our rooms….

I could go on, but you get the point – our mom’s do A LOT!

When you add it all up I think it’s clear that mom’s should be celebrated for way longer than just one day. That’s why at the LaFontaine Automotive Group, we’re officially renaming the month of May as the Month Of Mom.

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On May 1, 1980 Mike LaFontaine Sr. purchased his very first car dealership. Exactly 35 years later I’m excited to introduce you to our newest family member, LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth.

On a beautiful spring morning in Frankenmuth, the LaFontaine and Galsterer families completed the sale of Galsterer Ford to the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

Introducing LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth

For nearly 100 years, the Galsterer Ford dealership has been a very large part of the Frankenmuth community. Taking care of their customers, employees and being good stewards in town was always important to the three-generation family.

As they began to ponder retirement and with none of their next generation interested in the car business, brothers Mike and Robert Galsterer searched for the proper partners as they prepared to turn over the family car dealership to new owners.

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Did you know May is National Pet Month? Why not celebrate by taking your dog on a road trip this summer!

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To a dog, motoring isn’t just a way of getting from here to there; it’s also a thrill and an adventure. The mere jingle of car keys is enough to send most any dog into a whimpering, tail-wagging frenzy.

~ Jon Winokur

Instead of leaving your dog behind with a pet sitter, allow your dog the thrilling experience of a car ride. Before you hit the road, here are a few preparation tips to get you ready for the journey ahead.

We put together this handy Dog Travel Tips Inforgraphic to help get your prepared for the next time your take your dog on a road trip.

Dog Travel Tips Inforgaphic

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Earth Day is here and now is a great time to commit to making some lifestyle changes to be better for our planet.

Think being greener and friendlier to the earth has to be difficult and expensive? Think again! There are plenty of simple things you can start doing immediately that will make difference for the earth today, tomorrow and in the future

Be The Best For Earth Day

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”  – Jane Goodall

So in an effort to be the best for the earth as we can today, tomorrow and forever – here are 3 things you can do to start making an impact on this big blue marble we call home.

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Today I am pleased to announce that the Dwyer and LaFontaine families recently came together to officially transfer ownership of Dwyer and Sons Volvo to the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

Because of our desire to provide our guests with the intimate Volvo experience they deserve, we’re relocating our Volvo dealership from it’s current location in Commerce to Farmington Hills – just a few miles down the road.

Volvo Cars of Farmington Hills

Officially the dealership will be known as Volvo Cars of Farmington Hills (located at 24730 Haggerty Road) and will be open for sales and service on April 1, 2015.

Frank Dwyer will be personally involved in the daily operations of Volvo Cars of Farmington Hills, and I know he’s looking forward to carrying on the Dwyer tradition of customer service at our new location.

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The news it out, the jig is up, we finally found it. The Renegade, they had it made, and now you can buy it!

That’s right ladies and gentleman (and Styx fans all over the world), the 2015 Jeep Renegade has arrived at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Saline, Michigan.

2015 Jeep Renegade at LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

We caught our first real life glimpse of the new Renegade at the North American International Auto Show and it certainly made a lasting impression.

With best in class 4×4, 9 speed automatic transmission, UConnect technology and over 30 miles per gallon – the Renegade is shaping up to be one of the best compact SUV’s available on the market today.

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The Family Deal has always been more than just a slogan. For those of us who work for the LaFontaine Automotive Group, it’s as much about being useful in the communities we do business in as it is about helping people buy cars.

One member of our team who exemplifies the spirit of giving back is Karla Griscom of our Grass Root Marketing Team.

Vote For Karla Now

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As the 2013 Hartland Chamber Member of the Year and 2014 Hartland Chamber Ambassador of the Year, Karla has previously been recognized for her wonderful contributions to the local community.

Today I’m happy to let you know that Karla is a candidate to be the first ever Hartland: Friendly by Nature Volunteer of the Year.

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The best thing in sports is here my friends, yes I am talking about March Madness and the NCAA Tournament. Besides the Super Bowl, this is the only sporting event that people who have zero interest in sports pay attention to.

So imagine what it does for those of us who love sports? It’s more than magical!

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While each year the tournament is filled with surprises and upsets, there are two things that are almost guaranteed to happen each and every year.

#1 – Nobody will ever fill out a perfect bracket (but you can give it your best shot in our Family Deal Bracket Challenge).

#2 – The Michigan State Spartans will probably make a deep run in the tourney.

And as a University of Michigan grad, this hurts me…a lot!

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Think you have what it takes to fill out a winning bracket during March Madness?

Then join us for the 5th Annual Family Deal Bracket Challenge and compete for your chance to win a new Xbox One entertainment system!

5th Annual Family Deal Bracket Challenge

You’re officially invited to participate in our Bracket Challenge along with LaFontaine Employees, Customers, Friends & Family – even Ryan LaFontaine himself!

The Family Deal Bracket Challenge is free to enter, so make sure you let your friends know all about it.

We’re hosting the contest on ESPN.com and filling out your bracket couldn’t be easier.

Simply click here to get started, and make a note that the password to enter the challenge is “familydeal” (one word, all lower case, no quotes).

But hurry, your bracket has to be completely filled out before March Madness tips-off on Thursday, March 19th (Please note that you will have to create an account on ESPN.com to fill out your bracket.)

If you are new to the bracket challenge, or don’t follow NCAA College Basketball closely, we’ve put together a few resources for you to use before you make your selections.

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Even though my vintage magazine collection is practically worthless in terms of monetary value, it is rich in content to post here on FamilyDealBlog.com (silver lining anyone?).

The past two months I’ve truly enjoyed flipping through these magazines and finding little nuggets of automotive advertising to share with you.

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If you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far, you’re going to love knowing that I have stockpiled enough vintage ads to publish a new piece each week for the next 12 years.

Yea, twelve years!

Because the weather is starting to warm up here in Michigan, it truly feels like a prelude to spring. In the morning you can hear the birds chirp, the snow is starting to melt, and ever since we’ve sprung forward it’s staying light out later.

It’s because of this prelude that in only makes sense to share with you this vintage advertisement for the 1983 Honda Prelude.

Let’s check it out…

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