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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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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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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).

But before we take a look at how Android Auto promises to simplify your drive, let’s take a look at how we got here in the first place. Continue Reading…

On June 5, 2014 Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, addressed an audience of over 1,000 GM Employees during a “Global Town Hall Meeting” at it’s Warren Technical Center to provide an update on the GM Ignition Switch Recall.

Below is the full press release from GM:

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Breaking News: GM has just announced another Lease Pull Ahead program. The program begins today, March 26th, 2014 but will only last for five days until the end of the month.

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Here’s the facts you need to know….

  • You will qualify for this lease pull ahead if you currently lease a GM vehicle that matures before August 31, 2014.
  • GM will waive 3 of your remaining payments totaling up to $1,500.
  • Good towards the lease or purchase of any new GM vehicle.
  • You must take advantage of this offer on or before March 31, 2014.
  • This lease pull ahead is compatible with most other GM incentives.

Are You Ready To Pull Ahead?

Are you ready to Pull Ahead into your next GM vehicle? We’re ready to help you!

Contact any of one of our dedicated Lease Specialists at (877) 696-5813 and they will help get you out of your current GM vehicle and into a new one.

Our LaFontaine GM Dealerships are:

If you have any other questions, please check out our Lease Pull Ahead FAQ.

With the recent announcement that General Motors will be recalling 1.6 million of its vehicles, we’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails asking questions about the GM ignition switch recall.

I wanted to put this article together to cover the most frequently asked questions about the recall, and let you know what to do if your vehicle is one being recalled.

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GM Ignition Switch Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What vehicles are a part of the GM Ignition Switch Recall?

A. The vehicles that are being recalled are:

  • 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR
  • 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada Only)
  • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
  • 2007 Pontiac G5
  • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion
  • 2007 Saturn Sky

Please note that not every single one of these 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 your vehicle for you.

Q. Are these vehicles safe to drive? 

A. There is a risk, under certain conditions, that your ignition switch may move out of the “run” position, resulting in a partial loss of electrical power and turning off the engine.

This risk increases if your key ring is carrying added weight (such as more keys or the key fob) or your vehicle experiences rough road conditions or other jarring or impact related events.

If the ignition switch is not in the run position, the air bags may not deploy if the vehicle is involved in a crash, increasing the risk of injury or fatality.

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Memories of the North American International Auto Show are still fresh with us (and they were pretty darn great!). Now that the pizzazz of the concepts and the pristine wonder of the new vehicles have come and gone, it’s time for the accolades; or as we should call it, the Chevrolet Praise Awards.

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Chevrolet won the 2014 North American Car of the Year award with the beautiful new Corvette Stingray, as well as North American Truck of the Year with its rugged Silverado.

With so many people speculating on how Chevy managed to win both awards among such fierce competition, we sent our Digital Marketing Team downtown to investigate just how Chevy Rocked the Auto Show.

1. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – North American Car of the Year

Chevy took a risk that paid off 

The expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind when thinking of the transformation of the Corvette Stingray. With such a popular and classic car loved in its current state, some might find breaking tradition to be a sign of trouble.

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What do Bob Dylan, The Muppets, Morepheus and Leonard Hofstadter all have in common?

Each starred in a car related Super Bowl XLVIII commercial that helped keep us entertained during a less-than memorable Big Game (unless you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan that is).

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The automakers pulled out all the stops with their commercials this year to keep us amused when the game itself couldn’t – and I took the initiative to compile all the car related commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII right here for your viewing enjoyment.

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Having a recent slate of successful Super Bowl commercials under their belt featuring Eminem and Clint Eastwood, Chrysler turned to the legendary Bob Dylan to talk about American Pride and the 2015 Chrysler 200 – America’s Import.

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The most popular question our customers ask us is, “when will GM be offering another lease pull ahead?”. I’m happy to say that the answer to that question is “Right Now!“.

We’re jumping for joy because General Motors just announced their first Lease Pull Ahead program for 2014 and it’s running now until the end of February.

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I know what you’re thinking…you want to know if you and your vehicle qualify for this program. Great question, we’ll answer it below!

Do I Qualify For GM Lease Pull Ahead?

Getting out of your current lease early and into a new one will never be easier than it is right now.

If you currently lease an eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac model that matures between now and June 30, 2014, you qualify for Lease Pull Ahead.

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I’m happy to let you know that GM just announced the GM Employee Discount For Friends Program that is available to all General Motors active salaried employees and salaried retirees.

The GM Employee Discount for Friends Program now allows active salaried employees and salaried retirees to share their GM Employee Discount with two additional friends, neighbors or family members who are not already eligible for the employee discount.

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Your Friends & Neighbors will be excited by the enhancements to the GM Employee Discount

The best part is that the program allows friends of a GM Employee to combine Holiday Bonus Cash with the GM Employee Discount on the purchase or lease of select 2014 vehicles or the purchase of select 2013 vehicles.

If you’re a qualified GM Employee and would like to share your GM Employee Discount with a Friend, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get your friend’s date of birth and ZIP Code.
  2. Visit gmfamilyfirst.com, log in and choose “GM Supplier Discount for Friends” in the left-hand navigation menu to get an authorization number.
  3. Email the authorization number to your friend to print out and use at LaFontanie Buick GMC of Ann Arbor, LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC or LaFontaine Chevrolet

If you’re not a qualified GM Employee, but have a friend that is, send them a link to this article and have them share their GM Employee Discount For Friends with you today.

You won’t want to delay as GM has not announced whether or not the GM Employee Discount For Friends Program will continue in to 2014.

If you have any questions about this program, feel free to give us a call at (866) 523-6682.