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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For those automotive enthusiasts that have a need for speed but aren’t overly fond of tickets, racing video games are a great outlet to let off some high-flying steam.

Besides having a guilt-free driving experience that your driver’s ed instructor would frown upon, you have the option of driving the most garish and bold looking vehicles imaginable; literally, imaginable.

Some of these vehicles have to stay in the realm of fiction since they look positively Batmobile-esque….but what if one of these became reality?

Enter the 2020 Nissan Concept Vision Gran Turismo.

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We’re living in a world where technology is rapidly evolving and converging every single day.

New ground-breaking technologies are being released and our lives are irrevocably changed, even if we don’t realize it at the time.

On June 25, 2014 at Google’s annual developers conference, Android Auto was announced, promising to connect our phones and our cars for a seamless user experience.

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It’s certainly an exciting time as technology converges, especially for enthusiasts of Android smartphones and the auto makers who will support the platform (full list below).

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Nowadays the web is packed with information and tips on ways to spend less on gas by improving your fuel economy. Heck, we even post gas saving tips ourselves from time to time.

While there’s a time and place for tips to increase your fuel economy, the reality is that maintaining your conventional car’s gas mileage is a lifelong task that takes up your valuable time and money.

So let me ask you this….

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Would you like a way to not only save money at the pump, but free up your valuable time as well?

If so, then the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid just might be the car for you.

With its advanced technology and hybrid electric drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek has the lowest emissions out of All-Wheel Drive hybrid crossovers in the U.S.

This means less need for auto repair and better gas mileage. What’s not to like about that?

Here are a few more reasons to love Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Well it’s officially Summer, and that means it’s time for road trips, soaking up the sun and taking in some fireworks!

There are more fireworks displays than ever happening around Michigan this year – 509 to be exact – and there’s probably some taking place in your neck of the woods.

With so many fireworks displays to choose from, I wanted to highlight a few that you might be interested in checking out yourself on, before or after July 4th.

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So without any further ado, here are 11 firework displays happening around Michigan that you don’t want to miss.

1. Wixom’s Independence Day “Light The Night” Celebration

Date: June 26, 2014 at dusk
WhereSibley Square Park
Rain Date: N/A

For more information, visit the City of Wixom website.

2. Michigan Challenge Balloon Fest Fireworks

Date: June 27, 2014 at dusk
WhereHowell High School Complex
Rain Date: N/A

For more information, visit the Michigan Challenge Balloon Fest website.

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When you work for an Automotive Group that carries vehicles from 17 different manufactures, it’s not uncommon for one or more of the brands to take home a prestigious industry award on a regular basis.

Today is no exception as Hyundai has just been named the top performing non-premium brand in 2014 JD Powers Initial Quality Study!

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I know the LaFontaine Family is proud to tout the fact that 6 of the 10 vehicles in the Hyundai lineup ranked in the top 3 IQS positions by segment – with the 2014 Genesis, 2014 Elantra and 2014 Accent taking the #1 spot for their segments.

On behalf of the team at LaFontaine Hyundai, we’d like to congratulate Hyundai Motor America for achieving this honor – we’re proud to represent you and your vehicles here in Dearborn, Michigan.

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