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What Senate Bill 1 Could Mean for Your Car Insurance
   Published March 20, 2019
Insurance rates in Michigan are over 80% higher than the national average.

One of the jobs of politicians is to legislate, but it is also their job to adapt old legislation when times change and new factors present themselves. Senator Nesbitt is doing just that with Senate Bill No. 1 to amend 1956 PA 218, entitled ďThe insurance code of 1956.Ē

Removes Requirement to Double Down on CoverageThe amendment states, among other things, that there will no longer be a redundant requirement for  Read More
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Top 5 Cars For Rideshare Drivers
   Published March 12, 2019
Drivers of Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies must make an important decision ó which vehicle to choose for their business.

If you are a new rideshare driver, you must consider selecting a reliable model, as youíre going to be using the car regularly (and as your business), and you will never make any money if your vehicle breaks down frequently or consistently has trouble. Particularly because most rideshare companies allow riders to rate and review their experience with their  Read More
Stretching Tips For A Long Commute
   Published February 18, 2019
According to an article in Scientific American magazine, studies have shown that long-distance commuters suffer from symptoms that range from headaches and backaches to digestive problems and high blood pressure. There are a number of reasons these symptoms occur, including bad weather, traffic jams and accidents, which all raise stress levels.

The most common indications of commute-related stress are tight muscles throughout your body ó particularly in your shoulders, as well as in your  Read More
How to Teach A New Driver About Black Ice
   Published February 18, 2019
Of all the possible driving hazards that are present in our four-season Michigan climate, winter presents the greatest number of challenges, especially to a new driver. One of the most feared/dangerous of these is the dreaded black ice. Itís hard to spot, especially if you donít know what youíre looking for ó and can easily be missed if you are distracted by a smartphone or the vehicleís audio system.

The first place to start in educating someone about the threat black ice poses is to make  Read More
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Why and How to Wash Your Car During the Winter
   Published January 28, 2019
Because we live in an area of the country that accumulates some of the greatest amounts of snowfall each year, the chances that your car, truck, or SUV appears less pristine than usual are great. Roads become covered with salt and dirty snow which mix together and create a film on your vehicle as soon as the thermometer rises above freezing. While washing your vehicle in the middle of winter may seem counterintuitive, because logic argues it will probably just get dirty again as soon as you hit  Read More
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7 Michigan Driving Laws You Thought You Knew but Might Have All Wrong
   Published January 21, 2019
1. Itís OK to drive through a yellow traffic light
In a word, no. Michigan Vehicle Code 257.612 states in part, "vehicular traffic facing the signal shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at the intersection or at a limit line when marked, but if the stop cannot be made in safety, a vehicle may be driven cautiously through the intersection."
That is to say, unless it is dangerous to pedestrians or oncoming traffic to stop, you must brake when the light turns yellow. The only  Read More
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The Best Car Features for Winter Travel
   Published January 2, 2019
All-Wheel DriveWhether a vehicle is equipped with an electronically-controlled All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system that automatically engages when the vehicle reaches a certain traction threshold, or it is a traditional 4x4 system that relies upon the operator to engage four-wheel drive: the outcome is the same. With all four tires distributing the power of the engine to the ground, especially in wet, icy, and/or snow-covered conditions, you are much less likely to have your vehicle slip or slide when  Read More
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Taking a Road Trip with Kids: Fight Backseat Boredom with These Tips
   Published November 21, 2018
Road trips are an ever-popular way for many American families to reunite over the holidays. In fact, over the next two months, the overwhelming majority of American families prefer to skip the airport and instead hop in the car to reach their destinations.

However, although a road trip can be a great bonding experience, too much time together cooped up in a car definitely has its challenges. Younger children are used to short car trips and often get restless sitting in one place through  Read More
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Get Your Vehicle Winter Ready
   Published October 30, 2018
Driving in snow, especially in heavy snowfall or a blizzard, takes patience and preparation. A vehicle that is properly prepared for the elements can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather takes an unexpected turn for the worse.

To ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter driving, we at Used Car Motor Mall recommend that drivers run through our 10-point winter driving check-list before the first snowstorm of the year. Some of these are items you can do yourself,  Read More
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Three Benefits of Buying a Used Car
   Published October 30, 2018
Beat the Initial Depreciation
Depreciation is a major cost in vehicle ownership. Understanding how depreciation affects you, you can save a great deal of money on every car that you purchase. Take a brand new car for example. It loses 20% of its value as soon as you drive it off the lot, so your $30,000 car is now worth $24,000 and you havenít even pulled into your driveway. By the end of the first year, depreciation coupled with mileage along with wear and tear could bring that down another 10% to $21,000. Thatís $9,000 of value lost in the first year alone.   Read More
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Whatís the Best Age of a Used Car to Purchase?
   Published September 28, 2018
The perception that many people have is that the greatest risk in purchasing a used car is the cost of maintenance and repairs. They think that with a new car they receive a warranty that will cover their vehicle so that their out-of-pocket costs for repairs will be low. The reality is that cars are more reliable, and many manufacturers offer transferable warranties that keep the vehicle covered for many years after its initial sale.

So if repairs are no longer the major cost a consumer can  Read More
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Is it Better to Pay Cash or Finance a Used Car?
   Published September 25, 2018
Weíve all been in the position where weíve considered whether it was more advantageous to finance a car or to pull the money out of the bank and pay for it in cash. While most everyone is intrigued by the idea of paying for their new purchase with cash, it isnít necessarily the right decision for everyone. Here are a few items to  Read More
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Back to School Ė A Parentís Survival Guide
   Published August 31, 2018
A few years ago there was a department store that used the Christmas song ďItís the most wonderful time of the yearĒ to promote their back-to-school sales. Of course all parents feel torn when summer ends. On one hand itís great that the kids are occupied with school and after-school activities, but on the other-hand youíve just gotten used to having them around the house.

Unfortunately, itís not our decision as parents as to when the kids return to school - our job is just to facilitate the  Read More
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Five Quick Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Credit Score before Shopping for a Used Car
   Published July 24, 2018
Credit score repair begins with your credit report. If you haven't done so already, request a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit agencies. Your credit report contains the data used to calculate your credit score and it may contain errors.  Read More
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A Checklist for Summer Travel in Michigan
   Published June 15, 2018
Summer is a glorious time of year in Western Michigan. Not only is there fresh local produce available at all the area farmerís markets, they are also plenty of things to do and see. According to the West Michigan Tourist Association there is on average 12 different festivals, fairs, or events taking place in our area on each weekend this summer. Simply said, thereís plenty to in Western Michigan over the  Read More
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New Car Depreciation
   Published May 29, 2018
When itís time to purchase a replacement car, truck, or SUV, the experts suggest that you evaluate something called the Total Cost of Ownership. To properly evaluate this important financial decision, they say, itís critical that you look beyond just the car payment itself. Add to it the cost of insurance, fuel, maintenance, and depreciation to find out what the vehicle will truly cost you over how many years of  Read More
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Eight Expert Tips on What to Check When Purchasing a Classic Car
   Published May 16, 2018
Purchasing a classic car is not really that much different than purchasing a used car. The process of financing, titling, licensing, etc. is all the same. The one area thatís different is there tends to be a great deal more emotion involved in the purchase of a classic car; so much that you might overlook or underestimate damage or required repairs. We donít want to dampen your enthusiasm Ė after all how often do grown-ups have this much fun? We just want to make sure your eyes are wide open  Read More
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The Differences between Front Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive, All Wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive
   Published May 7, 2018
It can get confusing and the car companies havenít made it any easier in the way they employ their nomenclature. Front-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive versus four-wheel drive. These labels donít apply 100% of the time, so youíll have to ask some questions if the salesperson doesnít explain it to your satisfaction. We wonít name names but thereís at least one manufacturer that sells as four-wheel drive what other car makers might call all-wheel drive. Hereís the short  Read More
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3 Tech features in cars that make working parentsí life easier
   Published March 19, 2018
Technology has come a long, long way. Gone are the days of listening to scratchy radio stations on road trips; families these days have access to a myriad of features to make driving a more enjoyable, as well as safer, experience. Weíve narrowed a very long list of technology features down to a few that are sure to keep every drive stress  Read More
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Three Best Family SUVs
   Published March 1, 2018
Safety, value, practicality, and performance. These four basic requirements are the foundations of choosing a car for our family, and while priorities may overrule certain points the premise is the same; you want a safe, reliable car that can easily soak up kids and their accompanying paraphernalia, that doesnít cost an arm and a leg.

If youíre in the market for a car, and youíre hauling a family and all the bells and whistles that come with it, youíve probably got two major considerations;  Read More