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While volunteering for the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, one of the available raffle items immediately caught the eye of Jenifer Thomas.

It was a raffle for the chance to win a fire truck ride to school courtesy of the Hartland Fire Department.

Jenifer’s son, Noah, is an energetic and fun loving 11 year old boy with autism, who just happens to love all kinds of trucks. And not just regular pickup trucks mind you, but big trucks. And if those big trucks happen to have flashing lights and sirens? Then all the better.

Winning the raffle would be a perfect surprise for Noah.

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Four years ago a tradition was started at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC with an event that we now call the LaFontaine Family Fun Fest.

Local residents and the families of our employees were invited in to the dealership to enjoy a safe and fun alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Each year since, the Fun Fest has been an event that we all look forward to.

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Because it has always been such an enjoyable event for kids and adults alike, it made sense to hold a Fun Fest at more of our locations.

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October has arrived, and with it one of the greatest holidays to ever start with an ‘H’…….Halloween!

There are many things to love about this occasion: the spooky decorations, eating enough candy to help a dentist retire, the fact that it’s almost Christmas (although, people have been saying that since July).

5 Clever Halloween Costume Ideas for your Car

Yet perhaps the most defining part of Halloween, is the large variety of costumes that people sport.

Everyone loves dressing up for Halloween. Whether you’re going as a scary vampire, or going as that adorable Snow White/Prince Charming duo, costumes are a staple of the holiday. What better way to go all out than by dolling up your car for Halloween as well?

Here are a few classic “costume ideas” for your car:

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Today Last Day Dog Rescue (LDDR) announced a first in fundraising. LDDR, a not for profit animal rescue, will partner with our team at LaFontaine Subaru in Commerce Township, MI to “Stuff a Subaru” during its August adoption event, beginning 12:00noon – 3:00pm EST, Saturday, August 30, 2014.

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During the family friendly adoption event, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of pet food and pet supplies to help “stuff” the Subaru.

Sponsored by NASH 93.1, Costco, Veterinary Care Specialists and Silver Bone Pet Styling Salon – pet lovers and potential adopters will be treated to on-site dog training from Veterinary Care Specialist, tips about the benefits of grooming from Silver Bone Pet Styling and light refreshments and snacks compliments of Costco.

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We’ve all had that moment: driving along, and your car makes a noise like a polar bear inside a dryer. We hear it….and ignore it. Or we pray that it goes away. Because we know that, if we take it to get looked at, they may give us that most grim of diagnoses for car owners: you’re gonna need to get a new vehicle.

And maybe we’ve heard that before. And another time. But for reasons near and dear to us, we can’t bear to part with the car. Maybe it’s financial reasons, or maybe it’s a gift your grandparents got you when you turned 16. Either way, it can be tough to let go of such an important part of your life.

Moving-On-Kids-Cars-College-TitleYou’re not the only ones having this sort of problem. We’re in August, which means kids will soon be filing back to school. For some parents, their kids will be going to college. The same kids that they’ve packed lunches for, checked homework for, driven around for school projects and homecoming dances….they’ll soon be off on their own. This can be very scary for parents, and they may not know what to do.

But it’s funny; you can handle both situations the same way…..remember the good times, and move on.

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So you have your road trip destination picked out and you are looking forward to having a stress free journey. The only thing left to do is make sure that no matter how long your trip, you have everything you need to make it a success.

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There’s a lot to keep track of before hitting the road and for that reason I wanted to share with your this Cheat Sheet of 9 Road Trip Essentials.

Keep this cheat sheet handy, and you’ll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

~ Greg Andersen

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1. Bring a First Aid Kit (Just In Case)

Do you have a first aid kit in your car at all times? I’m going to guess that most of us don’t.

Let’s face it, accidents happen and can sometimes be inevitable. Whether it’s a scrapped knee from your child’s ill-advised sprint (and subsequent fall) across the Dairy Queen parking lot or something a tad more serious, having a first aid kit is a great way to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

The real questions is what items should you keep stocked in your kit?

At minimum, be sure your first aid kit contains motion sickness remedies, pain killers, anti-bacterial cream and bandages.

If you want to be as prepared as a Boy Scout, check out what they recommend for their first aid kits.

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Shopping for a vehicle online will never be the same again, thanks to Cat Mode – the newest feature on FamilyDeal.com.

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Cat Mode, which went live today, allows visitors to FamilyDeal.com to change all the pictures of cars to pictures of cats with the click of the mouse.

Jason Stum, Digital Marketing Manager for the LaFontaine Automotive Group, stopped by to talk about this game changing feature.

“Cat Mode is here today due to one simple fact: People love cats on the Internet. You can’t log on to Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and not see an endless stream of cute little kitties. It was a no brainer to bring this kind of cuteness to our own website. ”

When asked what the connection is between cars and cats, Stum explained.

“Other than the obvious similarity in spelling? I mean switch out an ‘r’ for a ‘t’ and there you have it. Cars to Cats, just like that. And that’s how easy it is to use Cat Mode, it’s just one click of a button. ”

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With 2013 quickly coming to a close, many people are getting ready to make a New Year’s resolution that will undoubtedly drop from their memory like the 2014 ball in Times Square.

Fact: A staggering 88% of people who make a resolution this year will ultimately fail, and I don’t want that to happen to you (or me!).

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That’s why I came up with this quick guide of helpful tips – so you’ll be able keep that promise to yourself, to others, and to your waistline.

Without further ado, here are 3 Ways To Make a New Year’s Resolution and Keep It:

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Last year, our Rockin’ With The Reindeer Event was such a success, we had to do it again this year. So we’re happy to let you know that Santa Claus is coming back LaFontaine this Holiday Season!

Luckily, Santa made time for us in his busy schedule and will be making two special appearances at LaFontaine Buick GMC of Ann Arbor and LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland this December.

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Take your picture with Santa this Christmas at LaFontaine

This will definitely be an event you don’t want to miss. Load up your sleigh and bring the family by to:

  • Have your picture taken with Santa Claus
  • Feed & Pet Santa’s Reindeer
  • Meet Santa’s Helpers
  • Enjoy Cookies & Hot Chocolate
  • Make A Personalized Ornament (Highland Only)
  • See Bubba from 102.9 W4 Country Broadcast Live (Ann Arbor Only)
  • and Spread Holiday Cheer

You are cordially invited to join us at:

LaFontaine Buick GMC of Ann Arbor
Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland
Thursday, December 19th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Come to one, or come to both. Either way you’re sure to have a jolly-good time. Just like last year, you’ll get a digital copy of your picture with Santa to use however you like.

We’re looking forward to seeing you here!

Lauren LaFontaine, grand-niece of Mike Sr. & Maureen LaFontaine, was diagnosed in May 2013 with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma.

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Lauren started experiencing pain in her left calf in April 2013. Initially, her doctor assumed it was just a strained muscle, but after weeks of increasing pain and extreme swelling, it was evident that something else was wrong. After many tests and days of waiting anxiously with stress and worry, Lauren and her family learned the devastating confirmation of Lauren’s cancer.

Lauren started chemotherapy on June 10th and has been in and out of the hospital on a regular basis since then for treatments and complications resulting from those treatments.

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