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The Fourth of July is a day set aside to celebrate the day our great country was unified as a nation. Many spend the day with family and friends, showing their American pride through food, fun, and, of course, fireworks! Check out this list of pure American fun to be had this Independence Day:

Learn About the Flag

The stripes on the American Flag represent the 13 original colonies, and the stars represent all 50 current United States. It is a way for our country to portray itself to the rest of the world. Let’s raise a flag this 4th of July to show our pride and freedom for our country! Click here to learn more about the flag and its importance.

Dress in the Colors of the American Flag

What better way to show your patriotic spirit by dressing in red, white and blue on Independence Day! Patriotic gear is available at many local stores and online. Get the family together and take a family picture on this great holiday. Continue Reading…

When it comes to summer in Michigan, the weather is amazing. These 10 summer destinations are something to see! So, get your bags packed and hop in the car with friends and family to enjoy a slice of Pure Michigan.

Charlevoix 

Charlevoix The Beautiful certainly holds up to it’s name. Surrounded by three bodies of clear blue water (Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake and Lake Michigan), Charlevoix attracts tourism from all over the world. The downtown district offers an array of boutiques, ice cream and fudge shops, and restaurants. The Charlevoix City Marina fills with boats of all sizes, while the nearby splash pad and band shell entertains the guests. Visit the many sandy beaches, including the 125 year old train depot and flower garden located at Depot Beach. Bike trails, parks, fisheries, the community skate park are only a few of the additional activities in Charlevoix. Plan your visit today!

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College Football’s National Signing Day has passed and Michigan’s recruiting class is not the typical top 10 class Michigan fans are used to.

This year Michigan closed signing day with a flurry but only ended up with the 38th ranked recruiting class finishing with 14 total recruits.

Michigan Football 2015 Recruiting Class

None of them of the five-star variety.

But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years it’s that recruiting classes and player star-rankings are often overrated.

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On behalf of the entire LaFontaine family, I’m happy to announce the opening of the LaFontaine Used Car King in Fenton, MI.

It’s an exciting time for all of us and we hope to be a valuable community asset in Fenton and Genesee County.

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The LaFontaine Used Car King plans to live up to its name by offering the largest selection of quality and certified pre-owned vehicles in the area.

About the LaFontaine Used Car King

The LaFontaine Used Car King is the newest addition to the LaFontaine Automotive Group family of dealerships.

Founded in 1980, the award winning and nationally recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group now includes 19 franchises in 12 locations across Michigan and employs over 850 people.

The “LaFontaine Family Deal” offers customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle, it is the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family.

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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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Before review functionality on websites like DealerRater, Google Plus and Cars.com were around, if a customer wanted to let a dealership know about their experience, they would most often write a letter to the Owner, General Manager, Sales Manager and/or Service Manager of the store.

In today’s age of text messaging, email and social media – communicating with another person or business is fairly easy and instant. And that’s how we recieve the vast majority of our messages from our customers.

Having these open channels of communication is an amazing thing as we get to understand exactly how we are performing as a dealership or automotive group in real-time.

However every once in a while, one of our guests will go out of their way to write or type us a letter and send it in the old fashioned way, via snail-mail.

Needless to say our own Tom Koslowski and the entire team at LaFontaine Volkswagen of Dearborn was thrilled when a letter from Lamar Golden recently arrived at the store (read the entire letter here).

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Lamar’s simple act of taking the time share his thoughts about his experience with our service department on an piece of paper made us smile.

Thank you Lamar for making our day, and we’re glad you enjoyed servicing your vehicle with us.

Did you have an experience at LaFontaine Volkswagen that you want to share? Make us smile and send it in to:

LaFontaine Volkswagen
2200 S. Telegraph Rd.
Dearborn, MI  48124

And yes, we always appreciate your digital reviews and recommendations as well. Share them on our Facebook & Google Plus pages for the world to see.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the twinkling lights on the tree lined, snow-blanketed streets of Saline in winter, is there? They bring cheer to area visitors and keep Saline aglow with holiday spirit all season long.

This year, there’s a distinct possibility that not all of the trees lining Downtown Saline will be lit.

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We need your help to Keep Saline Aglow.

“More than 50 of our 78 lighted trees are now in urgent need of trimming. To make it happen, we must remove the lights from the trees and replace them in the fall. It’s a big task requiring us to hire professionals. The cost is estimated to total $55,000. Financial support — from people like you — will be needed.”

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