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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

As a parent, we should never have to choose between budget and safety. Continue Reading…

History was just made at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland, Michigan – the kind of history that’s only been achieved by a select few in any field or industry.

The LaFontaine Family just announced to the team that our Cadillac, Buick & GMC franchises have each won the General Motors Dealer of the Year Award for an unprecedented 4th year in a row!

Ask any sports team that has ever won a championship how difficult it is to win another one the next year. They’ll all tell you it’s not easy and history has proven that point over and over again.

There’s only been a handful of teams ever to win the ultimate prize two or more times in a row and now you can add the team at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC to that list.

General Motors only bestows their prestigious Dealer of the Year Award to the best dealerships. It’s not an easy award to win, as a dealership has to exceed all expectations in Sales, Service, Parts and most importantly – Customer Satisfaction.

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The GM Dealer of the Year and Mark of Excellence Award

Winning this award 4 years in a row is a direct reflection of every single person who works at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC. Without their hard work and dedication, these awards would never be won.

Even though we’re talking about dealership awards here and not sports championships, the winners must overcome common obstacles when the new year begins.

Once you’re on the top of your profession, the competition lines up to take their best shot at “the champ” in order to claim the title.

Also, there’s always the possibility of a “championship letdown” that can occur when a team starts believing their own hype and forgets to do all the little things that got them to the top in the first place.

And then there’s the simple fact that nothing lasts forever.

However, I will tell you the entire team at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC has no plans to slow down anytime soon. We’re only half way though the first month of 2014, and the whole team here already has their sights set on winning the GM Dealer of the Year Award again for the 5th straight time.

Game On!