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.
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.
The LaFontaine Automotive Group is showing customers its environmental credentials thanks to a new “Green Dealer Recognition” program through General Motors.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
As a parent, we should never have to choose between budget and safety. Continue Reading…
On Friday, June 30, 2014 General Motors announced six more safety recalls involving 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.
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.
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:
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.
Here’s the facts you need to know….
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.
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.
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!
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.