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Cadillac recently told Edmunds.com that not all of its 940 dealers in the U.S. would carry the 2014 Cadillac ELR. In fact, upwards of 400 Cadillac dealers have opted not to carry the luxury brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle.

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When posed with the question of whether or not to carry the ELR, Robert Milner, General Sales Manager of LaFontaine Cadillac, was adamant about the desire to not just carry the vehicle, but aggressively market it.

The all-new Cadillac ELR is the perfect fit for our luxury market. The Detroit Market is the largest Cadillac Market in the country. We have seen firsthand how important the environment is to our customers by their overwhelming positive reaction to our new Gold LEED Certified Dealership in Highland, Michigan.

The ELR’s combination of luxury, technology, eco-friendly and fuel efficiency make it a unique offering in the marketplace. We are very optimistic about the demand for such a vehicle in the Detroit Market and we have the resources, infrastructure, personnel and expertise to represent this unique vehicle aggressively.

A Growing Investment

Many Cadillac Dealers decided not to carry the ELR because of the significant investment for infrastructure, equipment and training needed to support the ELR.

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Once known for being the car your grandfather drove, Buick has been making bold statements lately with their design, technology, safety and overall luxury (you know, things that people of all ages can appreciate)

We’ve seen it here in the dealership ever since the redesigned Buick LaCrosse hit our showroom in 2010 and since then, Buick has been putting out vehicle after vehicle that is setting a new standard for affordable luxury.

From the Regal and Verano to the Enclave and Encore – Buick now boasts an all-star, luxury lineup.

Obviously we’re a little bit biased having Buick Dealerships in Ann Arbor and Highland (and for full disclosure, I drive a Buick Verano myself).

So don’t take my word for it, take the word of one of the most respected 3rd party names in the automotive retail industry – Kelley Blue Book.

The 2014 Buick Enclave, Encore & Verano each just won a KBB.com 5-Year Cost To Own Award.

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These awards are based on KBB’s analysis of the 5-year ownership costs of all 2014 model-year vehicles available for sale in the United States. The analysis considers every key criterion that figures into the overall cost to obtain and operate a motor vehicle over a five-year period.

Included among the factors are financing costs, insurance costs and state fees plus the anticipated costs of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs. Also included are the critical factors of purchase price and projected depreciation.

Now that you know how each of the vehicles were graded, let’s take a look at the vehicles to see why and how they won a KBB.com 5-Year Cost To Own Award.

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If the idea of having an anxiety-free 340 mile driving range wasn’t electrifying enough – it’s just been announced that the first 1000 owners of the 2014 Cadillac ELR will also get a free charging station courtesy of General Motors.

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR on display at LaFontaine Cadillac in Highland, MI

While the Cadillac ELR is a luxury coupe that blends dramatic design with industry leading extended range technology to deliver a driving experience that is both sporty and environmentally friendly – at the end of the day, you’ll want to charge your ELR at home to make the most out of it’s extended range capabilities.

In an effort to make the ownership experience easy on the first 1,000 Cadillac ELR customers nationwide – General Motors is footing the bill for installation of a 240V Bosch Home Charging Station at your residence.

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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.

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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!

Do I Qualify For GM Lease Pull Ahead?

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.

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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!

Pick out your finest threads and prepare for a night of beauty and elegance as Fashion and Cars merge once again on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 during the 5th Annual LaFontaine Charity Bash.

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This is your chance to participate in a strolling fashion show and enjoy refreshments and entertainment all while taking in the Fashion and the Automobile Exhibit – a touring exhibit that highlights the many changes wrought on popular culture by the evolution of the car.

The 5th Annual LaFontaine Charity Bash is being held at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC located in Highland, MI and is presented by Lady La’s Boutique.

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There’s some exciting news coming out of Lansing, Michigan that is sure to bring a smile to your face and put more money in your pocket.

Both the State House and Senate passed ‘sales tax on the difference’ bills that allow consumers to deduct the value of your trade-in vehicle from the taxable value of your new vehicle.

How does it work? Simply put, the value of your trade-in is subtracted from the selling price of the vehicle you are buying or leasing before Michigan’s 6% sales tax is added in. The old way required a consumer to pay sales tax on the full selling price of the vehicle before subtracting the amount of the trade-in.

Here’s an example of what the sales tax on the difference law will look like when it’s fully implemented:

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As you can see, using this example you’d be putting $600 back in your pocket. The best part (besides the extra cash) is, that as a consumer there’s no paperwork required or confusing tax documents to keep track of. Your Sales Consultant at your local LaFontaine Dealership will take care of everything for you.

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Every year for Halloween, the LaFontaine Family invites all the area ghouls and goblins to LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC in Highland, Michigan for their annual Family Fun Fest.

This event is always a hit with kids and adults alike and If you’ve never been, here’s 5 reasons you and your family should attend the LaFontaine Family Fun Fest for Halloween this year.

1. It’s Free

And who doesn’t like free? Everything we do at our Family Fun Fest is geared toward providing area families with an enjoyable and convenient way to celebrate Halloween.

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2. Safe Trick or Treating

For Kids, the best part about Halloween is Trick or Treating. But for parents, this can sometimes be a nerve racking experience. At our Family Fun Fest, we’ll lead your little ones through our entire dealership for an unique Trick or Treating experience that you won’t get anywhere else.

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