Jun 23

Best Safety Features in Used Cars

Best Safety Features in Used Cars

Best Safety Features in Used Cars

The average vehicle is around 11 years old which means many lack modern safety features. While airbags are generally the golden standard of safety features, new technologies and techniques have made vehicles even safer. Check out some of the best safety features in used cars recommended by us here at Pfeiffer Used Cars.

Electronic Stability Control

As of 2012, all vehicles sold in the United States were mandated to have an electronic stability control system. The system works by checking to see if the car is traveling in the direction you’re steering. If it isn’t, the system applies the brakes and reduces torque output to help straighten the vehicle out.

Anti-lock Braking System

A vehicle that comes equipped with Electronic Stability Control will also come with an Anti-lock Braking System. The Anti-lock Braking System pumps the brakes automatically to prevent them from locking when the gas pedal is fully pressed.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems were a requirement in new vehicles as of the 2007 model year. As the name implies, the systems monitor tire pressure and warn drivers if pressure drops too low. A tire pressure monitoring system can help increase fuel economy and prevent flat tires as well as extend a tire’s lifespan.

May 22

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Spring Car Maintenance in Byron Center, MICars deal with every season differently just like people do, so it’s important to help vehicles adjust to the changing weather. Winter is harsh on cars, so spring car maintenance is mostly about helping cars recover from the winter and transitioning them into the hot summer months. Here are some essential maintenance tasks to do in the spring.

One important part of spring maintenance is cleaning the underside of your car and making sure you remove any built up salt and mud leftover from the winter. You should also clean your wheels and any other places that are hard to reach. You don’t want any part of your car to start rusting!

Winter is also harsh on your windshield wipers, so now is a great time to replace them—especially since you’ll need fresh ones for the rainy spring weather. You should also inspect your tires for damage and make sure your thread isn’t too worn.

Check all your fluids to make sure none are low and get your oil and oil filter changed. Cold weather makes your engine work harder, which means your oil gets dirty faster. Check your AC even if it’s not hot yet to make sure it’s working, and if it’s not, take it to a mechanic—you’ll definitely want that cold air when summer comes.

For more information on spring car maintenance, give us a call at Pfeiffer Used!

May 12

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Used Car Buying in Byron Center, MIBuying a used car can be tricky if you don’t know what to watch out for. Whether you’re buying from an independent seller or a dealership, here are some tips to make sure you get the best deal possible.

First of all, it’s a good idea to have used cars independently inspected before you buy them. You should be able to take the car for a test drive, at which point you can go to a mechanic and ask them to look it over. If they notice serious damage or costly repairs that need done, you may not want to buy that vehicle.

Always pay close attention on the test drive. It’s even more important than with a brand new car. You can listen for damage, feel how the ride quality is, and make sure none of the dashboard indicator lights are on. To be as safe as possible, you should get a vehicle history report and check for accidents in the past or anything that might cause concern.

Before you do any of this, though, you have to determine your budget and decide what kind of car you want. Buying used is great because it means you have a wider selection to choose from within your budget, but it can also be overwhelming. Think about how old of a car you’re willing to buy and what kind of car meets your driving needs—this information should help you narrow it down.

For more used car buying help, give us a call at Pfeiffer Used!

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.

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