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volvosubaru_santaarrivalat12oaksmallDon’t miss Santa’s Arrival on Friday, November 11th at 11:30 AM in the Lifestyle Cafe Food Court. LaFontaine Subaru and LaFontaine Volvo of Farmington Hills are proud to sponsor Santa’s arrival. Santa will arrive in style and be escorted by a couple of LaFontaine’s valued employees.

The first 20 children in line will receive a FREE PHOTO with Santa, on us! We would love for you to share your photos with Santa, either in the comments or on our LaFontaine Subaru Facebook page.

The event will include: holiday-themed activities for children, balloon twister, a first look at our new holiday experience, appearance by 100.3 WNIC radio personality, Jay Towers, and more!

The LaFontaine Family opened their hearts to hundreds of children on October 18, 2016 at 9:00am at the ribbon cutting for the LaFontaine Learning Academy. We are so blessed to be able to show our support to the Whaley Children’s Center, a home for neglected children that have been taken from their parents for one of many different reasons. A safe place for the kids, the center offers security, love, and hope for the future. The LaFontaine Family is passionate about giving back, so much so that the mission statement for the Automotive Group includes “…building life long relationships that connect families and strengthen communities…”

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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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I don’t think I’m alone when I say that Fall is my favorite season in Michigan. The leaves turn spectacular colors, the cider mills are bustling with activity and the pigskin begins to get tossed around in earnest.

But with the kids going back to school and our lives in general getting busier after a relaxed summer, you can miss what makes autumn in Michigan special if you’re not careful.

So with that in mind, #FallTogether with us this season and check out these 7 things you must do in Michigan this fall.

1. Take a Fall Color Tour

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Michigan Fall Colors in the Keweenaw Peninsula

There’s no other state quite like Michigan when it comes to appreciating the beauty of autumn as trillions and trillions of leaves change color from green, to gold, to red.

Find a free weekend in late September or early October and hit the open road to enjoy Fall in Michigan at it’s best.

If you don’t want to map out your own route, head over to the Michigan.org website and use one of their pre-planned fall color tour routes.

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There are plenty of reasons to love autumn in Michigan. The cool crisp air, the fall colors, football and of course – Halloween – which means now is the time to go out and stock up on pumpkins!

To celebrate our #FallTogether campaign this season, we’re having our first Annual LaFontaine Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

LaFontaine Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The contest runs from October 1st through the 21st, and entering to win is easy!

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Not too long ago I suggested a few Quirky But Beautiful Road Trip Destinations that you and your family might enjoy now that summer vacation season is officially underway.

Before you get too excited about mapping out your next road trip destination, let’s bring you back to reality for a few minutes.

The Zen of Road Trips: 5 Ways to Survive the Drive

Road Trips can either be amazing journeys that you remember forever or they can be the thing of nightmares that you’ll never forget (as much as you may want to).

Personally I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum, and I can tell you if you want to have a Zen-like vacation that’s free of stress it all comes down to preparing ahead of time.

So whether you’re hitting the road to visit your family or you’re diving off to experience something new – follow along with these 5 Ways to Survive the Drive and the odds of you having an anxiety free vacation are in your favor.

1. Prepare Your Vehicle Before You Hit The Road

OK, first things first. Your mind and body won’t be in a peaceful state if your vehicle isn’t prepared to handle the rigors of a long road trip.

Before you set out on your journey, make sure your vehicle is in good shape. Check your oil, tire pressure and all the vital fluids. If anything needs to be tuned up or fixed, schedule a service appointment before you head out.

And remember (and I speak from experience on this one), if the check engine light comes on during your trek, stop immediately and get it checked out (R.I.P. ’86 Chrysler Lebaron).

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Each spring on Mother’s Day, we collectively dedicate a Sunday to celebrating all that our mom’s have done and still do for us. But to be honest, one day out of 365 just doesn’t seem like enough, does it? Don’t our mom’s deserve more than one single day out of the year?

Celebrating the Month of Mom at LaFontiane| #MonthOfMom

Think about all the diaper changes, the chauffeur rides to the mall, the birthday parties and holiday celebrations, the extracurricular school activities and sports, the words of wisdom, the shoulder to cry on, that extra ten bucks for gas money, the sometimes-not-so-gentle reminders to mow the lawn or clean up our rooms….

I could go on, but you get the point – our mom’s do A LOT!

When you add it all up I think it’s clear that mom’s should be celebrated for way longer than just one day. That’s why at the LaFontaine Automotive Group, we’re officially renaming the month of May as the Month Of Mom.

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Did you know May is National Pet Month? Why not celebrate by taking your dog on a road trip this summer!

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To a dog, motoring isn’t just a way of getting from here to there; it’s also a thrill and an adventure. The mere jingle of car keys is enough to send most any dog into a whimpering, tail-wagging frenzy.

~ Jon Winokur

Instead of leaving your dog behind with a pet sitter, allow your dog the thrilling experience of a car ride. Before you hit the road, here are a few preparation tips to get you ready for the journey ahead.

We put together this handy Dog Travel Tips Inforgraphic to help get your prepared for the next time your take your dog on a road trip.

Dog Travel Tips Inforgaphic

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The dawn of a new year is upon us, and with it is the gleam and dazzle of so much potential and promise. Everyone loves this time of year because of the opportunities that await us: chants of “This is the year!” and “Everything will be different” run rampant through our minds.

How To Make The New Year, A New Year

Well, that’s fine and all, but not quite how it works.

What I’m trying to say is, 2015 will be exactly like 2014 in the sense that it will be shaped and molded by you.

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November has welcomed us in with a chilly embrace (although knowing Michigan, we’re bound to have at least one more 85 degree headscratcher).

This month houses some pretty important dates: Black Friday for the bargain-hunters, Veterans Day to honor our soldiers, and November 18th, which we all know as being National Only-37-Days-Left-Till Christmas Day.

The Heart of Thanksgiving

But nestled comfortably in this month is one of our most time-honored traditions: Thanksgiving Day.

Many families will gather together around the table that day, sharing stories and laughs through mouthfuls of turkey, stuffing, and all the other staples of the holiday. It’s during these moments that we share in the company of our relatives, both loved and estranged (everyone has an Uncle Eddie in their family.)

Believe it or not, these moments are what make up this wonderful holiday.

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