Red lights are one of the worst nuisances on your drive. They slow you down, they reduce fuel efficiency, and they’re generally annoying. There’s no way around them, besides risking your neck and a big ticket. But what many people may not know is that if you watch traffic lights closely
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We have been hard at work to provide you with a brand spanking new ExpressAuto.com website. Easier to navigate than ever, we have taken customer suggestions into account and built a site just for you. Whether you are a returning customer or a new one, we hope that you enjoy exploring the new site. There is a wide selection of compact, mid-sized and full-sized cars to look over. As well as pick-ups, SUVs and minivans. You’ll also find descriptions and driving directions for all our locations. Remember that you’re never far from an Express Auto no matter where you are in Southwest Michigan.
Places of Interest:
- Take a look at our About Us page, where you can view testimonials of satisfied customers and familiarize yourself with the staff that is working for you here at Express Auto.
- Read about Our Advantage and find out why over ten thousand people have picked Express Auto to be their used car dealership.
- Contact Us with any questions, concerns, or just to say hello. We look forward to hearing from you.
- Peruse our inventory by selecting the kind of car you are looking for. Not sure what you’re looking for? Express Auto’s staff are experts at finding the best car at the best price for everyone, let us do the work by checking out our Have Us Find Something For You page.
- And finally, when you’ve picked out your perfect car and you’re ready to talk to us, Get Approved and let us help you get into the car of your dreams.
There’s so much more to the website than that, but it’s a great way to get started. Explore the site and come see what all the fuss is about. If websites aren’t your thing, just remember that we have five locations in southwest Michigan: Holland, Niles, Benton Harbor, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo to better serve you and your needs.
Thanks for choosing Express Auto.
This has been one of the more grueling winters that we can remember, but after winter must come spring. Here are 5 crucial spring car care tips to make sure your vehicles make a smooth transition into the better weather.
Spring Car Care Tip #1: Spring Cleaning (Car Edition)
Not only is spring a great time to clean out all the clutter in your house, but it also a good opportunity to clean the clutter that has gathered throughout the winter. This spring car care tip works for both the interior and exterior. Make sure to give your car a thorough washing of the salt that has damaged your vehicles body over the winter.
Spring Car Care Tip #2: Change the Fluids
We brought this up in the winter, but now it is time to change them again. This isn’t just a spring car care tip, as you should make sure your vehicle(s) oil is changed regularly, along with your coolants.
Spring Car Care Tip #3: Check your Belts and Hoses
Inspect and replace worn or cracked belts, as well as hoses that are blistered, brittle or too soft. Belts and hoses older usually have a lifespan of 5 years; always err on the side of caution.
Spring Car Care Tip #4: Tackle Your Tires
It’s no secret: the winter beats the heck out of your tires. Take the spring to rotate and balance your tires. Every vehicle in your fleet should have their tires inflated to the appropriate PSI (pounds per square inch). The potholes and the harsh road conditions ruin your tires and wear them down. Properly inflated and balanced tires will only help your fleet in the long-run.
Spring Car Care Tip #5: Follow National Car Care Month
While the first day of spring is March 21st, April is when spring really comes into fruition. April just so happens to beNational Car Care Month. Our spring car care tip is to take advantage of the beautiful weather and make sure your vehicle(s) are up to date.
High Number of Traffic Crashes in Michigan in January
It has been a cold, wet winter in Michigan. Which was a factor for a high number of traffic accidents in January 2014. Michigan State Patrol announced in February 5th press release that, “Troopers responded to more than 5,200 traffic crashes just during the month of January, nearly 1,100 more crashes than January of last year.” That’s a lot of accidents.
Michigan State Patrol Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said that “Driving too fast for conditions is the number one cause of traffic crashes during inclement weather.”
MDOT and MSP had several reminders to help reduce the number of winter related car accidents for the remainder of winter, including:
- Drive slower than the posted speed limit when conditions are poor.
- Give yourself extra time to get where you’re going during the winter months.
- Plan ahead using the State Patrol’s Winter Travel Advisory website for Michigan Road Conditions, and Michigan Traffic on the MDOT website..
Let’s slow down, drive safe, and minimize the number of accidents for the remainder of winter!
Motorists Can File Claims for Damage from Potholes“Cracked Road” Courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net/phanlop88
Have you ever been driving, and just narrowly missed a big pothole? Or have you been the unfortunate one to hit the growing pothole, and had to pull over to change a flat tire? As the ground thaws, refreezes, and thaws again, potholes develop… and sometimes very quickly. But fortunately for those who now sustain damage from a pothole on Michigan Highways, they may be able to file a claim for damage sustained to their vehicle from a pothole. To learn more, to learn what claims qualify, read this MDOT press release.
February 13, 2014 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a claims process for motorists whose vehicles have been damaged by hitting a pothole on a state trunkline, but certain conditions apply.
First, the pothole must be located on a state trunkline. A state trunkline is a highway with an M, I or US prefix, like M-1, I-75 and US-131. MDOT only has jurisdiction over state trunklines. Other roads are under the jurisdiction of counties, cities or villages.
Additionally, to prove a highway defect claim, state law requires a motorist to show that the road agency failed to maintain the highway in reasonable repair. The motorist must show that MDOT knew of the condition and had an opportunity to repair it, or that the condition existed for more than 30 days. Few claims are eligible for payment because potholes develop quickly.
A claim form and instructions are available on the MDOT website at: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9615_30883-93194–,00.html.
Claims for less than $1,000 must be submitted to the MDOT regional office or transportation service center (TSC) that covers the county where the incident occurred. MDOT regional offices and TSCs can be located on the MDOT website at: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9623-36042–,00.html.
If a claim is for $1,000 or more, it must be filed with the Michigan Court of Claims in Lansing. Contact information for the court is available on the pothole claims page on the MDOT website.
You have done your homework and found a reliable used car. In fact, you’ve even done the legwork to compare the vehicle’s market value against other similar cars, and you have shopped around for the lowest financing rates. This means the hard part is over, right? And now, getting a great deal on that used car should be as simple as signing your name.
Not so fast – Unfortunately, there are still a few mistakes you can make which may result in driving up the price tag. Below is a list of four mistakes you can’t afford to make when shopping for a used car. They could quickly turn your excitement into buyer’s remorse:
- Letting the dealer payoff the remainder you owe on your trade-in: Some dealers offer to pay off the remainder you owe on your trade-in. Unfortunately, this offer is not as great as it sounds. What happens is the remaining amount of what you owe is rolled into the new car loan. For example, a $25,000 sedan you bought could carry a loan balance of $28,000 to cover the $3,000 you still owe on your trade-in.
- Financing a 6-year or 7-year loan: Low interest rates are not the only part of the loan to consider. You also need to take a long hard look at the length of the loan. A 72-month or even 84-month loan will wind up costing you significantly more than a 60 or 36-month loan.
- Not taking an extended test drive: Always take the car for an extended test drive, even if it has been thoroughly inspected and has a high reliability rating. Short 30 minute test drives are simply not enough time to get an understanding of how the car drives under real-world driving conditions. By taking a test drive that last a couple of hours, or even keeping the car overnight, you will be able to better tell if you will enjoy driving the vehicle.
- Not considering the cost of insurance: While the sticker price may be low, the car insurance may be more than you expect. Sports cars and vehicles that are common targets among thieves will often come with a higher insurance rate. To avoid this, be sure to call your insurance company before making any decisions.
Everything you need to know about winter tires
As you can imagine, we hear a lot of questions about winter tires. And the most popular one is, “Do I even need winter tires?” At Express Auto, we believe that life is too short to spend your time being confused about tires – so we’ve provided answers to some of the most common winter tire questions.
Do I need winter tires?
This can be a tough question to answer because so many variables are involved, but for the most part it depends on temperature. Here’s a good rule of thumb: Since the winter temperatures where we live are regularly below 44 degrees F, you should invest in a set of four snow tires.
How are winter tires different than all-season tires?
All-season tires are built to handle a variety of road conditions – dry roads, wet roads, and in many cases, light snow. Winter tires are built specifically to perform in winter conditions like low temperatures, ice, slush, and snow. The tread compound of all-season tires can harden in low temperatures, so there’s less traction between the road and your tires. But winter tires use special rubber compounds that stay pliable in the cold, giving them better grip and improved braking, even in extreme conditions.
I have all-wheel drive (or four-wheel drive) so I don’t need winter tires, right?
Sorry…wrong. All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive improve traction by sending power to all four wheels when you accelerate (instead of just two wheels, as in front- or rear-wheel drive). But 4WD or AWD doesn’t help at all once you put on the brakes. Winter tires improve traction whether you’re accelerating, turning, or braking.
Do I really need to buy four winter tires, or can I get away with just two?
Winter tires should only be installed in sets of four, regardless of whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. Using two different types of tires can give your vehicle a “split personality” where the front and rear are not working together. For the best handling, control, and safety in tough cold-weather conditions, we strongly recommend using four winter tires.
Plus, if you were to put two snow tires on the front of your car, and keep your all-season tires on the back, your all-season tires wouldn’t wear evenly.
Can I use my winter tires all year round?
We certainly wouldn’t recommend it. When used in warm weather, the softer rubber compound can wear out faster than the compound used in all-season tires. If you used your winter tires year-round, it would end up costing you more than switching between two sets of tires.
Just think about it this way: tennis shoes. You could wear them all year round, whether you were on the beach in the summer or in the snow during the winter. But wouldn’t it be better to wear flip-flops in the summer heat and boots in the frigid winter?