The Family is Growing in Frankenmuth and Birch Run

LaFontaine Automotive Group is pleased to announce the expansion of their family with the upcoming construction of a new state-of-the-art Ford facility to be built in Birch Run.

The new facility, will be located on 19 acres along I-75, between Shiawassee Harley Davidson and the Birch Run Expo Center.

The community is invited to a ground breaking ceremony that will take place at noon on Monday, November 23, 2015, with construction slated to begin immediately and an anticipated completion date of Fall 2016.

The 34,000 square foot building will hold a Silver rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), complimenting their existing Gold LEED Cadillac/Buick/GMC location in Highland, as well as their Silver LEED Chevrolet in Dexter and Volkswagen of Dearborn locations.

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Subaru Share The Love Event

Jeremy Sheldon —  November 18, 2015

The Share the Love Event is back – and the holiday season is the perfect time to share with those in need of support.

The eighth annual Share the Love Event will take place November 19th – January 2nd 2016, and we are also excited to announce that Subaru will again be donating up to $15,000,000 total this year!

For every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer’s choice of participating charities: ASPCA®, Make-A-Wish®, Meals On Wheels Association of America®,  National Park Foundation and our hometown charity Angels of Hope.

We love this idea so much that here at LaFontaine Subaru we are going to donate an additional $250 if you choose our local charity Angels of Hope, making a total donation of $500.

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5 Winter Tire Myths Busted

Bobby Lundwall —  November 3, 2015

We’ve reached the point of fall where we can safely say we won’t get another 80 degree day till next year (or next week), which means one thing: winter is coming!

Yes, the snowy wonderland will soon be upon us, and that means icy roads just begging to whip your car back and forth like Willow Smith’s hair. One remedy for this traction-less malaise? Winter Tires!

As advantageous as it is to swap out your all-season tires for their wintery counterparts, there are many who try to sell them short. Many winter tire myths are created to justify keeping your old tires on, which are complete and total bullsnot.


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When you think October in Michigan, you probably think about the fall colors, decorating pumpkins, and a Detroit Lions season that’s over before it really started. But if you’re in the automotive biz, you also think about the upcoming North American International Auto Show and the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards.

You see, October is when the independent journalists who ultimately select the North American Car and Truck of the Year release their short list of vehicles that are under consideration for these awards.

2016 North American Car Truck of the YearSo without further ado, here are the vehicles that made the list:

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Now that October has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween. I don’t know about you, but my favorite part about this time of year (other than the candy) is picking out pumpkins to decorate with my family.

Believe it or not, there’s a science to picking out the perfect pumpkin. You don’t just want to pick out any ol’ gord to decorate, especially if you plan on entering it in our Pumpkin Decorating Contest. You want the perfect pumpkin to be your canvas to showoff your artistic abilities.

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

So how do you find the perfect pumpkin? Just follow these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way

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There are plenty of reasons to love autumn in Michigan. The cool crisp air, the fall colors, football and of course – Halloween – which means now is the time to go out and stock up on pumpkins!

To celebrate our #FallTogether campaign this season, we’re having our first Annual LaFontaine Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

LaFontaine Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The contest runs from October 1st through the 21st, and entering to win is easy!

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On a beautiful spring morning this past May, the LaFontaine and Galsterer families completed the sale of Galsterer Ford to the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

For nearly 100 years, the Galsterer Ford dealership had 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.LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth Grand OpeningThe LaFontaine family has proudly carried on the tradition set by the Galsterer family and the Frankenmuth community at large has been more than welcoming since we moved in five months ago.

Now after having settled in our newest location and getting to know the Frankenmuth community, the LaFontaine family is excited to invite you to the official Grand Opening Celebration of LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth on October 22, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm.

The LaFontaine Family will be hosting a ribbon cutting celebration and party that the public is welcome to attend.

The welcome reception begins at 5 p.m. at LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth located at 504 N Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 with the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting taking place at 5:30 p.m.

After the ribbon is officially cut, the LaFontaine Family will welcome those in attendance and all are invited to stay for a tour of our facility and complimentary refreshments.

We hope to meet as many local residents as fellow business owners as possible so we’d love it if you’d stop by and say hi!

About The LaFontaine Automotive Group

Founded in 1980, the award winning and nationally recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group includes 22 franchises in 16 Michigan locations and employs over 1000 people. It’s the mission of the LaFontaine Family to personalize the automotive experience by building lifelong relationships that connect families and strengthen the community. The Family Deal: It’s not just what you get, it’s how you feel.

Every year, without fail, there are a handful of top fantasy picks that just seem to struggle at the beginning of the season.

While some people see these under-performers as fantasy busts, often times their lackluster start is simply due to tough match-ups.

TradeOne of my favorite things to do early in the season is to circle these under-performing superstars like a shark circling his prey and then right before the prey can get away…I strike!

That basically means I try and buy low on some of these proven fantasy studs from the year before that have gotten off to slow starts.

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As you may have heard by now, Volkswagen recently admitted that a ‘defeat device’ designed to cheat emission testing systems was installed on over 11 million VW cars equipped with the EA 189 engine worldwide.

Volkswagen EA 189 TDI Diesel Engine

The software that is installed on the EA 189 engine can detect when a car is undergoing EPA emissions testing and turn on the vehicle’s full emissions controls to ensure the vehicle passes the test. When the vehicle is operating under normal driving conditions, the software is turned off resulting in the emission of nitrous oxide at levels 10 to 40 times greater than what is permitted by law.

LaFontaine Volkswagen in Dearborn has been getting quite a few calls and emails from concerned customers regarding this issue, and we wanted to make sure we let you know what to do if you own or lease one of these vehicles.

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