Jan 19

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

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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

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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

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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

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.

Oct 19

What’s the Difference Between Used and CPO?

difference between used and CPO

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.

Michigan Stadium University of Michigan - Top colleges in Michigan

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.

Beaumont Tower at Michigan State - Best colleges in Michigan

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.

Hoben Hall Kalamazoo College - top colleges in Michigan

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!

Warriner Hall Central Michigan University - top colleges in Michigan

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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Keys to your Used SUV

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.

 

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