Mar 27

See the Butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a magical place filled with stunning exhibits and gardens with a five-story tropical conservatory. Regardless of what time you visit, there is plenty to see in the scenic gardens, from beautiful sculptures to temporary events. One of these events is the annual butterfly show, Butterflies Are Blooming, which began on March 1st and will continue until April 30th. The show is sure to present a family-friendly, once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience.

Taking place inside of the tropical conservatory, which is kept at 80 degrees year-round, you’ll get to experience lush, tropical plants, flowers, and trees while also being surrounded by butterflies that have been set loose in the building–more than 50 different, exotic species of butterflies and moths! Admission to the event is included in normal hours and rates and is ongoing every day until the end of April. Make sure to stop by in the next month or so to see this incredible display.

If you go to the Frederik Meijer Gardens, we at Pfeiffer Used recommend that you look in high places, under leafy shrubs, along the stream bed or waterfall, or any of the many feeding stations in the conservatory in order to find the most butterflies as possible. Plus, if you have small children, make sure not to miss any of the many educational classes about butterflies!

Mar 22

Choosing a Safe Used Car for Teen Drivers

safe used carIf you’re a parent whose teen just got a driver’s license or is in the process of earning it, you might be thinking about getting them a used car. Used cars are great options because they’re more affordable and are oftentimes just as reliable as newer cars if they’ve been well maintained. Here are some things to look for when choosing a safe used car for your teenager.
Go for bigger and heavier vehicles: Your first instinct might be to go for smaller cars because they are cheaper, are easier to park and maneuver, and cost less to fuel up, but when it comes to safety, having a heavier vehicle is a must.
Look for electronic stability control: Also called ESC, this system reduces risk by giving the driver more control on curves and slippery roads.
Don’t go for higher horsepower: Every teenager wants to be the cool kid with the sports car, but a more powerful engine can tempt them to get into more trouble. Opt for a milder engine instead.
Check safety ratings: This is an obvious one, but often overlooked. If you have a certain model year of a nameplate in mind, check the safety rating from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ahead of time.
Buying a safe used car for your teen driver can be a complicated process, but we here at Pfeiffer Used are ready and willing to help you through it. Just call or come by today.

Feb 20

Great American Pie Month

Every month has its peculiar and unique “holidays.” In February, we get to celebrate Great American Pie Month! If you need an excuse to make and eat pie, you now have one. And, as the saying goes “It’s as American as apple pie,” so we’ll share some of the best apple pie recipes we can find for a delicious twist on an American classic.

  • Apple Crostata. Similar to a pie, a crostata has a pastry crust; however, it isn’t baked in a pan so it comes out much thinner. This recipe uses a variety of apples along with some cherries for a sweet, tart taste.
  • Iced Apple Pie Bars. For a recipe that delivers the sweet taste of pie, but in a less complicated form, try these bars.
  • Maple Apple Pie. This pie delicious amazing flavor since all the apple slices are soaked in maple syrup before going into the pie.
  • Apple Pie Churros. Combine your two favorite desserts into one with these delicious handheld treats.
  • Apple Crumble Pie. This pie is topped with a melt-in-your-mouth walnut crumble.
  • Quince Mince Pie. Relive childhood memories of visiting Grandma’s house when you bite into this pie that combines mincemeat and apples.

What is your favorite way to make and eat apple pie?

Feb 10

When Is the Best Time to Buy a Used Car?

2015 Ford Fusion - Grand Rapids, MI

For the best used cars, choose Pfeiffer!

If you’ve been thinking about car shopping, now is the time to buy a used car. Used car prices have been falling lately, which means it is a buyer’s market. Another factor is the fact that there will be a surge of vehicles coming back as their leases end.

According to Edmunds as reported by CBS News, there are bargains to be found in nearly every segment. In the compact crossover segment, you should be able to find a good deal on a Honda CR-V. Another good buy would be the mid-size Toyota Camry or even the large GMC Yukon SUV. Or if you’re in the market for something small, consider the Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris.

With this influx of quality used cars, you should be able to find the exact model you’re looking for with low mileage and little wear.

Here at Pfeiffer Used, we carry a wide range of makes and models. If you’re looking for something specific, let us know what you need and we’ll help you find it. We want to help get you in the right car for the right price. If you’re in need of credit, you can apply online or here at the dealership.

Jan 20

Beer Month GR: Celebrate Cool Brews Hot Eats in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is one of the best places to get a beer. In fact, the city was named Beer City USA in a national poll, as well as the Best Beer Town and Best Beer Scene by magazines like TODAY, among others. If you’re looking for a creamy stout or some bitter IPAs, there’s something for everyone. If you’re a true beer fan, check out Beer Month GR, a celebration of the city’s many brews.

According to Experience Grand Rapids, there are over 60 craft breweries within a one-hour drive from downtown Grand Rapids. Plus, new locations are popping up like crazy as the town is recognized by more and more organizations. In addition to earning a spot as Beer City USA, Grand Rapids was also named the Best Food City in Michigan, making Grand Rapids any bar fly’s paradise.

This year’s Beer Month GR is themed Cool Brews Hot Eats, letting you experience both the great food and craft brews the city has to offer. Specialty dishes will be paired with beers to offer you the best dining experience possible. Offered from February 15 to March 15, 2017, this is the best time to explore the city’s culinary culture.

The official menus will be announced right before the month starts, but we can’t wait to see what’s offered. Just be sure to get a designated driver or to take a taxi if you decide to have a drink or two.

Jan 19

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers: Find the Perfect Present

Valentine's Day - Grand Rapids, MI

Spread some cheer to the car lover in your life this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many still have trouble finding the perfect gift for the car lover in their life. That’s why we’ve put together some auto-themed gifts, helping you to find the perfect way to say I love you. From practical gifts to silly presents, below is a list of gifts for car lovers that should be ideal for the upcoming holiday.

According to Business Insider, you can’t go wrong with a quality travel coffee mug. Is your significant other a caffeine addict? This might just be the perfect gift. Though it might sound simple, you can find a good travel mug that keeps the hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold. This simple gift is a great way to show you care about even the little things.

For those who can’t go a minute without cars, consider the complete box-set of Top Gear. Really, anyone can enjoy this British show (yes, the British one—not the many imitations). You can see exotic challenges across the world, and you can even see the infamous Stig race everyday cars around a high-speed track.

Finally, consider buying a quality pair of sunglasses. OK, it’s no set of chocolates and roses, but sunglasses come in handy for those who drive long hours. Ray Ban sells pairs well into the hundreds, but you can still find a nice pair for less than $100. Avoid yellow-tinged night glasses or special light-reflecting lenses—an ordinary pair of shades will do the trick just as well.

Dec 20

Buy a Used Car for Christmas

used car for christmas

While most of us don’t have the budget or desire to give someone a car as a Christmas present, if you are considering it, then the holiday season is actually an ideal time to buy. According to CarGurus.com, buying a used car close to Christmas can get you a better deal than if you waited until later in the winter, in say February or March.

CarGurus has tracked millions of used car prices since 2010 and has found that prices usually are at their lowest from post-Thanksgiving until early January. This is because car demand is usually at its lowest. After the holidays, prices rise as demand starts to grow again.

With all the holiday stress and hubbub, it might seem crazy to add car shopping to your list, but if you want to score a great deal, it might be worth taking the time to do it.

Here at Pfeiffer Used, we have an excellent selection of quality used cars, including many under $10,000. We carry a wide range of makes, models, and year, so we likely have something that will fit your needs.

If you’re ready to make someone’s Christmas dreams come true, stop by Pfeiffer Used, and we’ll help you find the perfect choice.

Dec 06

December Events Near Byron Center, Michigan

December Events Near Byron Center, Michigan

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can turn our focus towards Christmas and all the other festivities that the end of the year brings. Here are some great December events near Byron Center that are sure to add some joy and fun to the holiday season.

  • Beauty and the Beast. Based on the beloved Disney animated film, this on-stage version is just as wonderful. It is playing now and will be at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre through December 18th.
  • A Musical Holiday. If you love a cappella music, be sure to attend this fun musical event with both the Great Lakes Men’s Chorus and the Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines. There will be an afternoon and evening show on December 10th.
  • Adult Open Studio. Create your own masterpiece at Artists Creating Together. At this monthly art event, for just $10, you have access to a wide range of supplies to either create your own art or follow along with a planned craft.
  • Miracle on 34th See this classic Christmas story live on stage December 17th at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center here in Byron Center.
  • A Christmas Story: The Musical. Experience your favorite Christmas movie live on stage with a big dose of fun music. Catch it December 27th-30th at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids.

Do you have any must-attend December events to add to our list? Share the details in the comments below.

 

 

Nov 29

Travel Tips For A Successful Holiday Trip

Christmas Lights

Spending time with your loved ones during the holidays is one of the best gifts of all. The traveling to get to them however is usually a pain. Here are a few tips to try and help make a successful holiday trip!

The first thing you will need to look into is which means of travel will best suit you and your families travel needs.

Research

Alternative routes: If you’re driving you will want to map out your course of travel and make sure you have a back-up route. Also, look to see if there are and detours or construction zones to watch for. Also making not of rest areas and food will be helpful.

Time and Date: When picking the best time to travel opt for the “off-peak” days and times.  Traveling in the middle of the week when everyone else is at work is often the best days. That is unless the holiday is in the middle of the week, then it would not be wise. But, taking off and leaving is often recommended early in the morning or late at night. There are typically fewer people on the roads and less people in lines at the airport.

TSA: If you are flying double check on what you can and cannot bring, check on additional baggage fees, take a few moments to early check- in on line and make sure to leave with enough time to get the whole family through security checks.

Stay Connected

Make sure you have charged phones and GPS and that you pack their chargers too. This will help in staying connected as there are many apps to assist with traveling, from food, gas prices, hotels, and airline info.

Packing:

Pack light: If you are flying try to avoid checking luggage unless you really need to, to save time. This also goes for traveling by car with limited space.

Goody Bags: Pack earplugs, reading materials, headphones and tunes, these will be lifesavers no matter how you choose to travel.

Eat:

To prevent a bad case of Hangry, don’t forget to eat! If you’re flying there is always the snack bar in the airport or the snack carts on the plane. However, if you’re driving make sure to pack a small cooler with snacks and beverages to avoid extra stops for snacks.

Gifts:

If you’re traveling via plane it is recommended to ship the presents to your destination instead of taking them on the plane. Or even just opt for gift cards.

Plan for the unexpected:

Just in case, give yourself extra time! It is always best to plan for the unexpected; Mother Nature hits at the best and worst times. So if you are flying be prepared for possible delays and if you’re driving make sure to double check the spare and pack a small emergency kit.

And Last but not least… Breathe!

Things don’t always go as planned, bumps are bound to happen along the road but the most important part for us to remember during the this time of year is the holidays are here for us to enjoy. So don’t let the stress of traveling toll on you when you get to your holiday destination! Just relax and enjoy!

Nov 18

Tips for Success on Black Friday

Black Friday Tips

Photo Credit: Diariocritico de Venezuela

 

Thanksgiving can be a fun and hectic time of the year. And if you’re a shopper that braves the Black Friday crowds, then you know that more than anyone! Here are some Black Friday tips that’ll help you have a successful shopping day.

Go Early                                                                                                             

If you’re a frequent Black Friday shopper, you probably already know this. But going early means that you’ll snag the best deals and snag products before they fly off the shelves.

Have a Budget

It can be easy to blow tons of money on Black Friday because of the deals. Make sure you set a budget ahead of time so that you know what you need to stick to.

Study

Studying isn’t just for school. Research and find deals before you head to the store. If you have an exact list, it’ll make your shopping much quicker and easier.

Price Match

If price matching is allowed, do it! Find an ad from another store and take it to your favorite store to get them to match prices. This could help you make less trips and still get the prices you want.

Account for Space

Make sure you have room for all the things you’re buying. Out of your excitement, you could get three new TVs before you realize that they won’t fit in your sedan.

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