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.

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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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The Detroit Lions royally screwed up in the handling of Ndamukong Suh and his rookie contract when they restructured it not once, but twice.

While the restructuring in the short term made some sense, the end result was that the Lions were left in a horrible predicament in the 2015 off-season.

Suh BannerBecause Martin Mayhew and the Lions management team couldn’t lock up Suh long-term prior to free agency, they essentially had two options in handling Suh:

  1. The could apply the franchise tag and Suh would remain a Lion for 2015 and get paid a whopping $28 million.
  2. They could forgo using the franchise tag and attempt to sign Suh as a free-agent.

We all know what happened next.

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When flipping though my vintage magazine collection looking for an interesting piece of automotive advertising to share with you, I stumbled across this gem of an ad for the 1978 Dodge Magnum XE.

It’s not the look of the ad that caught my attention, it’s the totally outrageous story that’s being told.

1978 Doge Magnum XE Vintage Magazine Ad

A well dressed man in a tuxedo approaches a beautiful woman at a roulette table (in what I can only assume is a swanky casino) and opens with “Ever been….car-napped my dear?”

Say what!? Seriously, Dodge?

If you were to play out this opening scene today, this guy would probably get maced, punched and promptly escorted off the casino’s premises with him asking himself aloud, “was it something I said?”.

But apparently in 1978, the appropriate way for this young lady to react is to say “Car-napped? How intriguing!” /facepalm

So now that I’ve set the scene, see how the story ends in this riveting piece of advertising, straight out of Mad Men, for the ’78 Dodge Magnum XE.

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A vehicle is usually the second most expensive item we’ll ever purchase in our lifetime. While getting The Family Deal on a new car is great, sometimes we tend to forget about the other costs associated with owning a new vehicle.

Things like financing, insurance, gas, state fees, regular maintenance and vehicle depreciation add to the overall cost of ownership of a vehicle.

And if you’re like me and not a fan of the math, the vast amount of numbers to crunch can become overwhelming.

That’s where Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards come in to play. KBB has done all the legwork and calculated the cost-to-own on all vehicle models for 2015.

Now that the hard work is done, you can take your time and browse the list of vehicles with the lowest 5-year cost of ownership listed below.

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The LaFontaine Automotive Group is showing customers its environmental credentials thanks to a new “Green Dealer Recognition” program through General Motors.

LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC and LaFontaine Chevrolet

According to the automaker, both LaFontaine Chevrolet and LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC have a proven track record in areas such as energy reduction, renewable energy use, water conservation efforts, recycling and community outreach.

Visit either dealership and you’ll find several environmental features on site, including:

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Imagine spending 51 consecutive hours doing only one thing, with no sleep and only a ten minute respite every hour to break up the monotony.

Now imagine that one thing is having your lips kissing a car while both of your feet remained firmly planted on the ground.

Theron Hunter wins Kiss the Car

That’s exactly what Theron Hunter did in an effort to win the 5th Annual Kiss The Car contest put on by LaFontaine Chevrolet and 102.9 W4 Country.

At 12:00pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015 thirty people began kissing one of two Chevrolet Cruze’s at LaFontaine Chevrolet in hopes of winning a two year pre-paid lease on one.

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