Category Archives: Automotive News

Lease or Buy?

Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Ann Arbor drivers. It's always a tough question for auto owners, but here is some info that'll help you make an informed decision.If you buy, you'll pay the full cost of the vehicle, maybe an initial down payment, monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.Ann Arbor drivers who lease finance the portion of the cost of the vehicle that's used up during the term of the lease. You'll pay some money up front: fees, security deposit, first month's payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the vehicle to your local Ann Arbor area dealership. So how do Ann Arbor drivers decide?First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down payment.How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be m ... read more

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Are There Blind Spots in Ann Arbor?

All Ann Arbor drivers have blind spots – and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around Ann Arbor.First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others...To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your vehicle before you start to drive.First, Ann Arbor drivers should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their vehicle. Ann Arbor folks don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It's pretty obvious, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the c ... read more

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Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in Ann Arbor?

There is a clear and vocal demand in Ann Arbor and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Michigan market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Ann Arbor area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. Ann Arbor auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest Ann Arbor dealership.Ann Arbor drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in Ann Arbor, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide what you can afford and what wi ... read more

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Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Every car in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is at risk for theft. So it's up to us to make our cars a less appealing target and more of a challenge – hopefully sending potential thieves to look elsewhere.The National Insurance Crime Bureau recommends a layered approach to protecting vehicles: Common sense Visible and audible devices Immobilizing devices Tracking devices Let's review each of these. One is common sense; you would be surprised how many vehicles are stolen in Michigan where the keys were left in the ignition with the doors unlocked. Always take your keys and lock the doors. In fact, in some places it's against the law to leave a vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition.And don't leave spare keys in the car or hide them outside – because a thief will find them. Ann Arbor drivers would be wise to park in well-lit areas that have a lot of foot traffic. If possible, park near the ... read more

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Can Car Scent Keep You Safe on Michigan Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and it might keep you safer...The average American commuter in Michigan spends two and a half hours daily in their vehicle.The government says 100,000 auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)So what does this have to do with how your vehicle smells while you're driving around Ann Arbor?Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry B. New Car C. Pine D. Warm Vanilla Breeze It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the vehicle, according to AroMetrics.And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.And you thought they just smelled nice. Convenience Auto Service2280 W. Liberty StreetAnn Arbor, Michigan 4810373

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What to Do in Case of an Accident in Ann Arbor

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Ann Arbor, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Ann Arbor drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Ann Arbor is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Michigan driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Ann Arbor emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything se ... read more

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