Each year, Consumer Reports issues a comprehensive study that tracks the reliability of all vehicles sold in the United States covering brand new models to models up to ten years old.

Known as the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, the information that they gather and organize is always a welcome resource to consumers looking to make an educated decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.

Over 1.1 million people responded to the survey, making it one of the most useful and data-rich studies about vehicle ownership for 2015 and beyond.

I wanted to highlight a few of the vehicles and manufacturers that earned the highest reliability rankings to give you an idea of what the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey is all about.

Toyota: Most Reliable Non-Luxury Auto Maker

Toyota comes in at number 2 for overall reliability (their luxury arm, Lexus, holds the number 1 spot) and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead for most reliable non-luxury auto maker.

One of the reasons Toyota manages to do that, we believe, is that they introduce new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.

While their vehicles may seem to some as plain, you can’t deny the fact that the Toyota line-up has some the most impressive and reliable mainstream vehicles in the industry today.

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By now you may have heard about the massive Takata Airbag Recall that is affecting millions of vehicles in the U.S. from over a dozen manufacturers.

When the news hit, our customers started calling and stopping by our service departments to see if their vehicle was affected by this recall.

Takata Airbag Recall

Because of the increased awareness, I put this FAQ together to help you determine if your vehicle is affected by the recall and also let you know what next steps, if any, you should take.

Let’s start by taking a look of the vehicles known to be a part of the Takata Airbag Recall according to the NHTSA:

Vehicles Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall

If you own one of the vehicls on this list, the NHTSA recommends you take action immediately to address your recall (see next steps below)

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Fantasy leagues are great but there is always the one guy in your league that makes things much more difficult on everybody.  You know what I mean and you know who you are!

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There is one in every league that isn’t the commissioner of the league but acts like it and definitely has an opinion about everything, especially trades!

Here are a few characteristics of the famous THAT GUY in Fantasy Football.

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Just when you thought the Honda CR-V had all your needs covered with the 2014 model, Honda surprises us again with the refreshed 2015 CR-V.

The new CR-V is such an impressive vehicle that it was just named Motor Trend’s 2015 Sport/Utility of the Year thanks to its exceptional value, advanced safety features, and forward thinking design.

Introducing the 2015 Honda CR-V

So what is it about the 2015 Honda CR-V that let’s it stand at the top of a very crowded list of mid-size SUV’s?

Let’s take a look…

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Every year after I draft my fantasy football team I sit back and say to myself “yep, this year is my year!”.

And what’s not to feel good about? I did my research, I feel confident in my picks and the draft website projects me to finish towards the top of the league so It should be a breeze making it into playoffs.

Nothing to be afraid of here, right?

Fantasy Football Horror Story

But then week 1 arrives, and some ominous things begin to happen to my fantasy football roster.

At first I write them off as coincidence and no big deal, but week after week it just keeps getting worse.

Tell me if you’ve seen this scary movie before.

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On Wednesday October 8th, the LaFontaine Family completed the paperwork that finalized the purchase of Gladwin Ford located in Gladwin, Michigan.

Now that all the I’s and T’s are dotted and crossed, I’m thrilled to introduce to you the all-new LaFontaine Ford of Gladwin!

LaFontaine Ford of Gladwin Michigan

With the addition of LaFontaine Ford of Gladwin to our family of dealerships, the LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 20 franchises in 13 Michigan locations.

John Berghoefer, General Manager of LaFontaine Ford of Lansing will also take on the duties of overseeing the operations of LaFontaine Ford of Gladwin.

The two Ford dealerships plan on working closely together to ensure that the customers of both stores have access to the entire Ford lineup of cars, trucks and SUV’s.

Ryan LaFontaine spoke on behalf of the family and the entire team,

We have many long time customers and friends in northern Michigan. Finally having a facility and staff there will make an already great business even better for our customers. We are looking forward to growing in this market with a full line-up of great Ford products and a wide variety of pre-owned vehicles.

The Family deal is about being there for our customers throughout their ownership journey. It’s not just about selling a vehicle, it’s about enhancing the overall experience from sales to service to parts.

We’re looking forward to showing our dedication to the customer and our commitment to this community. This is a proud time for us and couldn’t be happier to have a new home in Gladwin.

To show our support of the community right from the start, LaFontaine Ford of Gladwin is proud to be official sponsor of the Gladwin High School Flying G’s.

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Four years ago a tradition was started at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC with an event that we now call the LaFontaine Family Fun Fest.

Local residents and the families of our employees were invited in to the dealership to enjoy a safe and fun alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Each year since, the Fun Fest has been an event that we all look forward to.

LaFontaine Family Fun Fest

Because it has always been such an enjoyable event for kids and adults alike, it made sense to hold a Fun Fest at more of our locations.

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During my many years of playing fantasy football I have come across some very useful tools that I stash in my Fantasy Tool Box. Season after season these tools have helped me build multiple championship teams.

And now, I will share some of these tools with you to help you stay on top of anything and everything regarding your fantasy players.

1. Bleacher Report App

Fantasy Football Tools Bleacher Report

Before you read any further, do yourself a favor and get the Bleacher Report App, like right now.

Once this app is loaded up on your smartphone or tablet all you have to do is sit back and wait for the magic to happen.

This BR App covers everything sports and it lets you customize what trending or breaking news alerts you want to receive.

You can customize a favorite team as well as (wait for it…..wait for it…) easily sync your fantasy teams directly from your fantasy league provider.

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October has arrived, and with it one of the greatest holidays to ever start with an ‘H’…….Halloween!

There are many things to love about this occasion: the spooky decorations, eating enough candy to help a dentist retire, the fact that it’s almost Christmas (although, people have been saying that since July).

5 Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for your Car

Yet perhaps the most defining part of Halloween, is the large variety of costumes that people sport.

Everyone loves dressing up for Halloween. Whether you’re going as a scary vampire, or going as that adorable Snow White/Prince Charming duo, costumes are a staple of the holiday. What better way to go all out than by dolling up your car for Halloween as well?

Here are a few classic “costume ideas” for your car:

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Now that we are four weeks into the fantasy football season, you have a pretty good idea of what your team is and if you a realistic shot to make the playoffs.

To gear up for the next two-thirds of the season, you might want to pull off a trade or two to try and really strengthen your squad.

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But you shouldn’t just make a trade for the sake of making a trade, right?

If you’re going to make a fantasy trade, you want it to be more beneficial to you than the person you’re trading with.

The trick is you have to make your trade partner feel just as good about the trade as you do.

To help you out, I’m going to share with you my personal system for making fantasy football trades.

And folks, I’ve never shared this with anyone before. Up until now I’ve kept this information closely guarded.

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