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Contact: Carlito Mojica
LaFontaine Automotive Group
248-887-4747
LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run
11661 S. Beyer Rd. Birch Run MI 48415

Birch Run, MI – April/13/2017LaFontaine Automotive Group is pleased to announce the newest member of the Family Deal: LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run. The brand new, state-of-the-art dealership is located on 19 acres along I-75, between Shiawassee Harley Davidson and Birch Run Expo Center.

LaFontaine Ford Birch Run is very proud to be recognized as the Ford Motor Company’s only Gold LEED Certified dealership in the world. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program through the U.S. Green Building Council for buildings and communities that guides their design, construction, operations and maintenance toward sustainability. It’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The LaFontaine Automotive Group has achieved LEED Certification in four storefronts: Gold Certified Cadillac Buick GMC of Highland, Gold Certified Ford of Birch Run, Silver Certified Volkswagen of Dearborn, and Silver Certified Chevrolet of Dexter. The LaFontaine family is proud to participate in this program and remains committed to ensuring their facilities are designed with a positive customer experience in mind, all while being extremely environmentally and resource efficient.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carlito Mojica
LaFontaine Automotive Group
248-887-4747

LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run
11661 N. Beyer Rd. Birch Run MI 48415

Birch Run, MI – December 4, 2016 – LaFontaine Automotive Group is pleased to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art Ford facility in Birch Run. The new facility, is located on 19 acres along I-75, between Shiawassee Harley Davidson and the Birch Run Expo Center.

LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run Exterior BuildingThe community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the LaFontaine Ford Birch Run dealership. The 34,000 square foot building is aspiring to be a Silver or Gold rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility, complimenting their existing Gold LEED Cadillac/Buick/GMC location in Highland, as well as their Silver LEED Chevrolet in Dexter and Volkswagen of Dearborn locations.

LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
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LaFontaine Automotive Group is so excited to announce that the Ford Early Bird offer is back! This offer is a great for anyone who is looking to get out of their current Ford lease up to three months early. It pays to be an early bird!

Are you curious to know if you and your vehicle qualify for the offer? Here is everything you need to know.

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Do I Qualify For The Ford Early Bird Offer?  

Getting out of your current Ford lease and into a new 2015 or 2016 model is convenient and easy with this current offer.

If you are looking at leasing or purchasing a new eligible (see list below) 2015 or 2016 Ford vehicle from January 26, 2016, through April 4, 2016.

If you are currently leasing a Ford vehicle and that lease is ending March 1, 2016, through May 31, 2016, you qualify for the program.

It’s that simple.

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When you think October in Michigan, you probably think about the fall colors, decorating pumpkins, and a Detroit Lions season that’s over before it really started. But if you’re in the automotive biz, you also think about the upcoming North American International Auto Show and the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards.

You see, October is when the independent journalists who ultimately select the North American Car and Truck of the Year release their short list of vehicles that are under consideration for these awards.

2016 North American Car Truck of the YearSo without further ado, here are the vehicles that made the list:

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On May 1, 1980 Mike LaFontaine Sr. purchased his very first car dealership. Exactly 35 years later I’m excited to introduce you to our newest family member, LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth.

On a beautiful spring morning in Frankenmuth, the LaFontaine and Galsterer families completed the sale of Galsterer Ford to the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

Introducing LaFontaine Ford of Frankenmuth

For nearly 100 years, the Galsterer Ford dealership has been a very large part of the Frankenmuth community. Taking care of their customers, employees and being good stewards in town was always important to the three-generation family.

As they began to ponder retirement and with none of their next generation interested in the car business, brothers Mike and Robert Galsterer searched for the proper partners as they prepared to turn over the family car dealership to new owners.

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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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In 1969, the Blue Oval unleashed a variant to the Torino family simply known as the Ford Cobra.

The Cobra was only in production for two years, and it’s name was taken directly from the 428 Cobra Jet Engine that was included as standard equipment.

1969 Ford Cobra Vintage Magazine Ad

With only 14,000 or so of this specific vehicle built, by today’s standards the Ford Cobra is a bit of a rare find although it does have a strong enthusiast base.

So for #ThrowbackThursday, let’s travel back to 1969 and take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the Ford Cobra.

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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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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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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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