Nov 29

Travel Tips For A Successful Holiday Trip

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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

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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.

Oct 19

What’s the Difference Between Used and CPO?

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If you’re thinking about buying a previously owned vehicle, then you may have one important question lingering in your mind – what’s the difference between Used and CPO? Well, we’re here to give you the breakdown so you can have all the facts in order to make a perfectly informed decision.

Used Vehicles

Used vehicles are simply that, used. They usually don’t come with any sort of warranties or guarantees that will protect the purchase. If you’re the type of person that likes to do simple maintenance work on your vehicles, then this would be a good choice for you. Used vehicles are sold mostly by private sellers, but some dealerships do offer used choices for those not needing the extra safety guarantees.

CPO Vehicles

If you wish to have some extra peace of mind, then you should focus on finding a CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) vehicle. These vehicles go through rigorous inspections based on the vehicle brand and often come with extended warranties. They also come with extensive accident reports so you can know exactly what the vehicle has gone through. Additional perks for some CPO vehicles include roadside assistance and available maintenance plans.

Depending on what type of car owner you are will probably help you decide between used or CPO vehicles. The key is to stay smart and do your research. Visit us at Pfeiffer Used Cars if you’d like to take a look at some of the vehicles we have available.

Oct 12

5 Top Colleges in Michigan To Check Out

School has been back in session for a couple months and students have been working hard to stay on top of their academics while having a great time experiencing college life. In order to help the undecided high school seniors of today, we’ve decided to put together this list of the top colleges in Michigan.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan is home to the Wolverines and it is possibly the best school in Michigan, for many reasons. It has one of the best engineering programs in the country and also offers many free online courses. Oh, and we hear they have a pretty good football team, too.

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Michigan Stadium. Photo by AndrewHorne.

Michigan State University, Lansing

If you’re big on clubs and organization, you better head to Michigan State University to become a Spartan. The campus offers over six hundred opportunities to make new friends and enjoy exciting activities. Additionally, the college is well-known for its groundbreaking research initiatives.

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Beaumont Tower at MSU. Photo by Jeffness.

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo

The name may sound funny but the school is anything but a joke. The selection process is tough but highly worth it thanks to its goal to fully immerse students in international and intercultural experiences. Be sure to check out their K-Plan, which breaks down the college’s viewpoint on engaged learning.

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Hoben Hall. Photo by AaronEndre.

Calvin College, Grand Rapids

This Christian liberal arts college offers over one hundred degree programs, so you’re sure to find something perfect for you. Class sizes are relatively small and allow students to truly have one-on-one time with professors and Calvin College graduates have incredibly high acceptance rates to graduate schools as well.

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant

As the home of the Chippewas, Central Michigan University provides students with a multitude of degree options and student activities. The college boasts nationally acclaimed programs in engineering, business, and health professions, to name just a few!

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Warriner Hall.

We hope this small snippet of information gives you some insight on some of the top colleges in Michigan. Once you’ve made your decision, come see us at Pfeiffer Used Cars to get you into the perfect car for your new college adventure!

 

Sep 27

Find the Best Used Cars for College

Young Man in Driver Seat at DealershipWhile most college students can get by without a car, having one can definitely provide a leg up, but finding your fit can be tricky.  Figure out what your major needs are for the car; do you want something fuel efficient for long trips, full of cargo space, or just a great asset for tailgating?  Luckily for you, after you know what you want the car to do, we’ve found some of the best used cars for college that are sure to meet your needs.

Mazda 3

Aim for model years 2004-2009. The Mazda 3 comes in both sedan and hatchback form. The hatchback has the most cargo space—a definite must-have for a college car. It also delivers sharp styling and tons of features.

Honda CR-V

Model year 2002-2006 should be affordable, while still coming with a lot of life. See if you can find one that still has the table folded into the cargo area. Another bonus is the bottom of the cargo area is watertight and drainable, meaning it can double as a cooler—perfect for the next football tailgate party.

Acura TSX

Drive around in luxury with a 2004-2008 TSX. The first-generation comes full-stocked with power features, leather, and even Bluetooth (2006 and later).

Toyota Prius

When it comes to saving money at college, not spending it on gas is a good place to start. The 2006-2009 models of the Prius not only deliver efficiency, but versatility, too, with their hatchback designs.

Here at Pfeiffer Used Cars, we have many of these cars available on a regular basis, and our inventory is always changing.  So whether you’re looking for fuel efficiency or just fun, you never know what used cars for college we’ll have in stock, but you’re sure to find one to fit your needs.

Sep 26

The Top 7 SUVs for Tailgating!

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Fall is now upon us, the leaves will soon be changing and the football season is now underway. No matter what team you root for, one thing most sports fans can agree on is the fun of tailgating! Take a look at these SUV’s that would be perfect to pack full of your snacks, gear and friends for the optimal tailgating experience!

2016 Audi Q5

For those Audi fans out there the Audi Q5 is a great choice for your tailgating experience. With the Audi Connect system you can hook up multiple devices to the internet so you can have your tunes and game updates right at your fingertips.

2016 GMC Yukon

Hauling a big group of friend? Or are you the one with all the grill and chairs? The GMC Yukon is a very spacious option great for such events. Especially if you have the Yukon XL, it has 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space alone not to mention seats 8.

2016 Kia Sorrento

Do you have fewer people to bring but still need lots of cargo? The Kia Sorrento is for you then, with 38 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2nd row of seats.

2016 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is perfect for those looking to have their pregame tunes, with its 12 speaker Sony audio system with satellite radio options. As well as the MyKey function that allows you set speed and audio volume controls, so while you may not be driving you’re still in control of your vehicle.

2016 Porsche Macan

This one’s for the sport cars fans out there. While you won’t be able to bring much with you, you and your passengers will be riding in style in the Porsche Macan.

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Do you have a rolling BBQ pit or small camper you may need to bring to the game? The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the SUV for you. This SUV comes with the capacity to tow up to 7,400 pounds, in attention to carrying passengers and goodies in its spacious cargo area.

2016 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V may not be super flashy like some of the others, but what it will do is take you and your friends to the game in a comfortable ride. In addition to the comfortable ride, the CR-V offers plenty of storage space for your snacks and gear.

 

But don’t stop there, tailgating is not just limited to Football you can do it at just about any sporting function or concert! So stop on by to check out our selection of SUV’s here at Pfeiffer Used Cars that would be perfect for all your tailgating needs!

Aug 31

ArtPrize 2016 Competition Coming to Grand Rapids Soon

Eight years ago, ArtPrize began in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to experiment with a new kind of art event. For almost three weeks starting in mid-September, the ArtPrize 2016 competition opens up the conversation about art, its meaning, and what it is to the masses by covering three square miles in different forms of creative expression. Anyone can contribute to the competition, which is judged both by a panel of experts and public vote.

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ArtPrize 2016 will take over Grand Rapids, Michigan in mid-September.

Self-described as radically open,” ArtPrize will provide hundreds of exhibitions, galas, receptions, and other events and feature works in three categories: Critical Discourse, ArtPrize on Screen, and ArtPrize on Stage. Whether it’s through music, film, performance, or whatever else, you’re welcome to become an “ArtPrizer” by expressing yourself to the public. Or, if you’d rather stay out of the spotlight, you can start previewing all the event has to offer starting September 14th before voting opens on the 21st.

The ArtPrize 2016 competition and all the annual events that preceded it are unlike anything ever before seen in the realm of art. Have you ever wondered who says what is and isn’t art? Here, you decide what has artistic merit and deserves to be recognized, so come down to Grand Rapids mid-September for the experience of a lifetime.

 

Aug 24

Driving Safety Tips for the Back-to-School Season

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Driving safe is more important than ever with school back in session!

With the kids going back to school soon and all the preparation that entails, it can be easy to forget the nightmare of driving in congested traffic during morning drop-off, getting stuck behind a bus in your neighborhood, or cruising at a snail’s pace through a school zone.

Here are a few driving safety tips for the back-to-school season that should help keep you and your kids safe while keeping traffic flow efficient.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed and in a hurry when dropping kids off before work, but remember to stay calm and take your time. Check for other children walking into the street. Kids will be standing at bus stops and walking into school from their parents’ cars, so you should be extra careful around those areas.

In order to reduce traffic, try starting a carpool with other children. You also should never drop children off across the street from a school, and for those kids who are walking from across the street, pay attention to cross walks and any signs instructing you to yield to pedestrians.

More children get hit near schools than in any other location, so it’s important to obey laws that accommodate the safety of children traveling to school.

Try using these driving safety tips to keep traffic moving without endangering the lives of students.

Jul 26

James Corden’s 5 Best Carpool Karaoke Performances

By now, you’ve probably seen one of James Corden’s viral hits from The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke. From Adele, to One Direction, to even The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, James Corden has had just about everybody singing at the top of their lungs with him. With so many great performances it’s hard to choose favorites, but here is our ranking of the 5 Best Carpool Karaoke performances.

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5) Justin Bieber

Justin is a repeat Carpool Karaoke guest and he and James bring the laughs every time. Their chemistry is great and we definitely wouldn’t mind seeing a show of just these two!

4) Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

Former Disney stars Demi and Nick get together for this hit filled carpool karaoke session! Best friends in real life, these two are a treat to watch together!

3) Broadway Stars

Creator of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway legend Audra McDonald, Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Modern Family star Jane Krakowski all combined in this star studded session for the Tony Awards! When you get this many great voices in one car, some truly great musical magic is bound to happen!

2) Michelle Obama

The First Lady of The United States of America, Missy Elliot, and James Corden all in one car? Dream team! It’s impossible not to smile while watching this one, we just hope the next time Michelle brings Barack Obama along for a surprise visit!

1) Adele

Adele is a legend and from her classic hits, to her breaking out Nicki Minaj’s verse in “Monster”, this takes home our #1 best carpool karaoke performance of all time (so far). The way Adele reacts when she realizes James can actually sing is priceless, and the humor between these two is not to be missed!

We hope you all got as much joy out of these videos as we did at Dan Pfeiffer Used Cars. Who do you want to see James Corden singing with next?

 

Jul 25

3 Tips for a Stress-Free Road Trip

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What are your tips for a stress-free road trip? Let us know!

Vacations are a relaxing getaway from the stress of everyday life. However, getting to those vacation destinations can often cause more stress than you are escaping from! Road trips can often become very frustrating as they move along. Avoid this frustration with these 3 tips for a stress-free road trip.

Tip #1: Pack Entertaining Distractions

If you pack your entire family into one vehicle for an extended period of time, then they are sure to eventually get on each other’s nerves. However, if you bring along entertaining distractions, like movies or audiobooks, then the trip will include much less arguing.

Tip #2: Clean Your Vehicle

Staying inside the cabin of a vehicle for extended hours can already make passengers feel cramped. That claustrophobic feeling is only amped up when the car’s cabin is a cluttered mess! Clean your car’s interior to avoid this uncomfortable seating situation.

Tip #3: Make Frequent Stops

Even the most focused of drivers will start to feel drowsy after continuous hours of driving on the highway. To avoid this freeway fatigue, make sure to make frequent stops on your road trip in order to recharge your energy levels and stay focused for the road up ahead.

When you follow this road trip tips, your journey to your vacation will be much more enjoyable!

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