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The LaFontaine Family is inviting the community to the 9th Annual LaFontaine Family Fun Fest. The festivities will take place at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland, Michigan.

9th Annual LaFontaine Family Fun Fest

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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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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show (known as the Detroit Auto Show in these parts) opens to the public on January 17th, attendees will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicles that will be on display.

With so many cars, trucks and SUVs vying to capture your attention, it’s almost impossible to see them all in one day.

The last thing we want to happen is for you to go to the Auto Show and miss out on some of the coolest production and concept vehicles that are on display.

The FamilyDealBlog.com team was lucky enough to be invited to see the vehicles firsthand during the Auto Show Press Preview. After taking it all in, we’ve highlighted these nine vehicles that you’ll definitely want to check out when you head to Cobo for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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One of the benefits a General Motors employee has is the ability to share the GM Supplier Discount with their friends and acquaintances.

This is done through the GM Supplier Discount for Friends program in which eligible GM employees can offer a great vehicle discount to one friend or acquaintance per month.

GM Supplier Discount for Friends at LaFontaine

What makes this program even better is that friends of GM Employees can combine the supplier discount with current GM incentives on select 2014 and 2015 vehicles for even greater savings (see current offers below)

So what do you need to do if you’re a qualified GM Employee who would like to give the GM Supplier Discount to a friend?

It’s simple, just follow these steps:

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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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LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC is teaming up with Lakeland High School and Milford High School in an effort to help raise funds to support the extracurricular activities and sports programs at each school.

To accomplish this, the schools are participating in the Buick Drive For Your Students program which matches a local school with a local Buick dealership to raise money during a test-drive event.

LaFontaine Buick Drive for your Students

“This program further demonstrates Buick’s commitment to community and education, as well as the local investment that dealers are making in their home towns,” said Molly Peck, director of Marketing for Buick.

In addition to gaining funds for their schools, students who help host the drive events gain valuable real-world experience in helping dealers plan, coordinate and execute events.

“We’ve been hosting test-drive fundraisers for area schools and organizations the past three years,” said Kelley LaFontaine of the LaFontaine Automotive Group, “we’re thrilled that Buick has joined us in this effort to support and offset the rising costs of after-school programs”.

How the Buick Drive For Your Students Program Works

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One of the benefits about LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC being located within a stone’s throw of the General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan is the abundance of camouflaged vehicles we see testing on the local roads each day.

Recently while filling up my gas tank at the local BP, I was lucky enough to be joined in the parking lot by this black and white masked SUV.

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After doing some research on Google, I’m fairly confident that you’re looking at the 2015 or 2016 Buick Envision.

The Buick Envision still doesn’t have an official release date for North America, but will be making it’s official global debut on August 28th at the Chengdu Auto Show in China.

The Envision, set to fill the gap size-wise between the compact Buick Encore and full-size Buick Enclave, will share the same underpinnings as the Chevrolet Equinox.

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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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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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