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How Can I Determine my FICO Credit Score Before I Start Car Shopping?
   Published August 10, 2018
Youíve probably heard the term FICO score and while you know it has an impact on your credit, you may not know exactly where it comes from and how itís generated. FICO stands for the initials of the company that developed the scoring system Fair Isaac Company, the last names of the two founders.

A measure of credit risk, FICO scores are calculated through the three major consumer reporting agencies in the United States: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion based on your credit history as  Read More
How to Determine Your Budget for Purchasing a Used Car
   Published July 24, 2018
Financial experts agree that the key in purchasing any car, truck, or SUV, is to understand the total amount of money that youíll spend owning the vehicle. The concept is called Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and is a financial estimate that helps consumers determine the full and total costs of owning a car, truck, or SUV.

TCO goes beyond the initial purchase price to consider the full cost of a car, truck, or SUV over the time that you own it. A TCO analysis often shows there can be a  Read More
What is GAP Insurance and Why Should I Have It?
   Published May 29, 2018
Nothing exceeds the excitement you feel when you purchase your new car, truck, or SUV. You imagine the trips youíll take, the fun youíll have and what the neighbors will think when you pull into your driveway. The last thing you want to think about is what will happen if your new vehicle is stolen or damaged in an  Read More
Advantages of Purchasing a Pre-Owned Vehicle from a Dealership
   Published May 16, 2018
When you decide to buy a used car, you can buy from either a used car dealer or a private party. Many people think they get the best deal purchasing from a private party but there may be issues that they have not  Read More
Spring Festivals - West Michigan
   Published May 16, 2018
As we all thaw out and shake-off a particularly nasty winter, itís now time to climb out of our caves and watch the earth emerge from its slumber. Everywhere you look in West Michigan there are signs of new life, whether its ducklings or buds on trees. So letís go celebrate the wondrous spring we have here in the area with a list of hand-selected events for you to choose  Read More
Why It Is Important to Look at Total Cost of Ownership before Choosing a Make and Model
   Published May 7, 2018
Owning and operating a new vehicle will cost a driver an average of $8,469 annually, or $706 each month, according to a new study from AAA. Surprised? Itís likely that the cost of depreciation, maintenance, and repair, including items like tires, fuel, and insurance exceed the monthly payment on your vehicle. And thatís the average. If you own a light truck, the cost is over $10,000 annually or over $830 per month.

This is why the Managing Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair at AAA  Read More
3 Best Working Trucks
   Published April 2, 2018
Pick-up trucks are intrinsically linked to work; for over a century people have been using pick-ups to carry goods, equipment, and tools. Yet as society has developed and changed the love affair with these vehicles has never wavered, just the way they are utilized has evolved to be also considered a vehicle to suit a lifestyle. Anyone with even half an idea about motoring will be aware the best-selling vehicle in the USA is the Ford F-Series (since 1981 if you were wondering), and trucks are as  Read More
What Is the IIHS?
   Published March 1, 2018
Road accidents come at a huge cost to the community; more people under the age of 55 die from motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause. In 2016 alone, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 37,461 people were killed in 34,436 motor vehicle crashes. That is 102 people on average dying every single day.

You might have heard of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Founded by three insurance associations in 1959 to originally support  Read More