May 05

Take a Summer Road Trip in Michigan

Summer Road Trip

Are you ready for a summer road trip? Warm weather and mild driving conditions are the key factors for making any drive great, and there are a number of locations in Michigan that are ideal as road trip destinations. Whether you prefer the beaches along the lake or the big cities on the Lower Peninsula, there’s a place for everyone in Michigan.

According to The Metro Times, everyone should take a trip to Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula. Popular among hunting and fishing enthusiasts, there’s also a historic downtown area, a fine arts museum, and a state fair. Plus, the scenic stretches will make your drive unforgettable.

Road trippers should also take a drive to Frankenmuth, which strongly resembles a Bavarian city. There’s a water park, traditional chicken dinners, bratwurst, sauerkraut, chocolate, and great beer. Stop by in the summer or save up for the yearly Oktoberfest.

While the Motor City sometimes gets a bad rap, there is a ton to do in the city of Detroit. There’s a world-class casino, award-winning restaurants, spas, and the Henry Ford Museum. You can see rare artwork at the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Belle Isle Park is an unforgettable day trip.

Before you head out on your summer road trip adventures, stop by Pfeiffer Used Cars to get behind the wheel of a new ride.

Apr 20

Spring Car Cleaning Tips to Get Your Car Looking Like New

Spring Car Cleaning Tips to Get Your Car Looking Like New

One of the most important parts of spring car maintenance is giving your car a thorough cleaning. Not only does it help prevent rust, improve safety, and keep your car healthy, but it’s a great way to start the season off right. Follow these car cleaning tips to welcome spring:

Clean the carpets

It’s easy to do a quick sweep of your car and call it a day, but to get down to the nitty gritty, you need to take extra measures. Don’t just vacuum the floors — push the seats back as far as they can go to get all the junk underneath and even use a carpet cleaner on the floors. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes, and your carpet will last longer.

Clean the windows

Your windshield and windows don’t only get dirty on the outside. With everything you track into your car throughout the winter, the insides can get pretty grimy, too. Use glass cleaner to wipe down the windows on the inside — it’ll have a huge impact on visibility.

Get into the nooks and crannies

Now is the time to clean the little spots you ignore the rest of the year. Use a small brush or paintbrush to clean the dust out of your air vents. Wrap a cloth around a flathead screwdriver to clean narrow spaces and around buttons. You might find your buttons, which you didn’t even realize were sticky, move more easily after a thorough cleaning.

Don’t forget to schedule your spring maintenance check with one of our expert technicians at Pfeiffer Used Cars.

Apr 11

Facts about Potholes: Everything You Need to Know

Facts about Potholes: Everything You Need to Know

Winter is finally moving on, but it’s leaving behind a seriously annoying souvenir: potholes. So how should you deal with potholes, what happens if you hit them, and why do potholes get so bad in the winter? Understanding the enemy is the first step to overcoming it, so check out these facts about potholes.

Why are potholes worse in the winter?

Potholes are a side effect of freeze-thaw cycles. When it rains or snows, the water seeps into the road then turns to ice when the temperature drops. Water expands when it freezes, so the ice breaks up the concrete, causing potholes.

How can you safely drive on pothole-covered roads?

While bureaucracy takes its sweet time getting those potholes filled, you have to zigzag along the highway to avoid blowing out your tires. That’s why it’s so important to use extra caution and slow it down.

Potholes are much easier to avoid at lower speeds — and if you hit one, it’ll do less damage than at high speeds. Plus, it’s even harder to see potholes during the spring rainy season, when they fill up with water and blend in with the intact road. So be careful.

What if you hit a pothole and it damages your car?

If you hit a pothole and your car needs to be repaired, you can get reimbursed by the government, depending on where you live. However, you’ll have to go through a lot of red tape and there are still no guarantees the government will actually give you the money. Save yourself the headache and just avoid hitting potholes in the first place.

At Pfeiffer Used Cars, we have an extensive inventory of cars ready to handle the demands of spring; stop by for a test drive.

Mar 26

Why You Should Rotate Your Tires

Rotating Tires

After buying a vehicle at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used, it is important to keep up with routine maintenance tasks, such as oil changes and tire rotations. But why is it so important that you rotate your tires?

Simply put, rotating your tires will make them last longer. Because your front tires turn but your back tires don’t drive the same way, they don’t wear down evenly. Rotating them regularly ensures that your tires all wear evenly, which will help them properly grip the road.

Your owner’s manual will recommend how frequently to rotate your tires. Typically, automakers and mechanics recommend every 5,000 miles, which lines up perfectly with scheduled oil changes. Instead of making more than one trip to the dealership, ask about tire rotations when you take your car in for its regular oil changes.

Tires are your vehicle’s only way to grip and maintain control of the road, so it’s important to keep them in the best shape possible. Rotating your tires helps ensure that your tires wear properly and give you the best possible driving experience.

If your car needs its tires rotated, or you’re not sure if they do, stop by Pfeiffer Used or give us a call to make a service appointment. We’d be happy to take a look at your car.

Mar 11

3 Signs Your Car Is Not Ready for Spring

Car Service In Grand Rapids, MI

Michigan winters are brutal. Luckily, spring is on its way. Before you go out and celebrate the warm weather, you’ll want to make sure your car is ready to join you. Here are three signs your car is not ready for spring:

  1. It’s still covered in salt: Road salt is terrible for your car, as it can quickly lead to rust. If you haven’t yet taken your car through the car wash, you’ll want to do it soon.
  2. Your wiper blades are leaving streaks: Wiper blades only last about six to 12 months, on average. After a snowy winter, your wiper blades may be near the end of their life. Replace yours before your big spring break road trip.
  3. You haven’t gotten routine maintenance: How long has it been since you had your car’s oil changed? How about a tire rotation? Routine maintenance is important at all times of the year, but winter can be especially rough on your car. Spring is an important time to double check your car’s maintenance schedule and make sure your mechanic does a thorough inspection of your vehicle, checking the condition of your brakes, tires, battery, engine, and more.

If your car needs to see a mechanic for some post-winter maintenance, give us a call or stop by Pfeiffer Plainfield Used to make an appointment with our service department.

Feb 22

Off-Roading Tips for Beginners

Off-Roading

Off-roading can be a great way to get to know your vehicle better and to explore the outdoors from a whole new perspective. If you have an off-road ready vehicle from Pfeiffer Used Cars, we encourage you to explore the experience. But use these off-roading tips for a safe and successful first-time out.

 

Pack the Essentials      

Don’t head out empty-handed. You’ll wantto bring a first-aid kit for yourself, as well as a kit for your car should you get stuck. Try to get a hold of a winch, and bring a hatchet, a shovel, and a flashlight. A GPS is good to have, but you should have a backup map and compass in case the GPS doesn’t cut it off the beaten path

 

Check the Weather

While mud is fun, you don’t want to get caught in some during the middle of a downpour. Heavy rains could mean flash floods, which can be extremely dangerous. Know what conditions you’re getting into before you head out.

 

Know Your Vehicle

Before you go out on a real off-roading trip, be sure that you know everything you can about your vehicle. Look at its ground clearance and its width, and read the owner’s manual to learn about features. Once you take your vehicle off-road for the first time, you’ll inevitably learn a lot more about it, but the more you can find out ahead of time the better you’ll be able to handle it when the going gets tough.

If you’re looking for an off-road capable vehicle, stop by Pfeiffer Used Cars to take a look at our inventory.

Feb 21

How to Keep a Clean Car

Keep A Clean Car

 

Was cleanliness one of your New Year’s resolutions? These tips from Pfeiffer Used Cars will help you to keep a clean car no matter how busy your days may be.

 

Keep a Duster on Hand

A can of compressed air is the perfect tool to dust vents and small crevices in your cabin.

 

Use Upholstery Cleaner

You can buy a cleaner from an auto parts store, or make your own inexpensive but effective version with a DIY recipe like this one.

 

Buy a Microfiber Windshield Cleaner

These tools come on a long handle for easy reach across the entire inside of your windshield. The interior of your windshield collects its own dust and grime, so regular cleanings will keep visibility at its best.

 

Make a Trash Can

If you have trouble keeping clutter from your floor, a trash can is a great idea. You can make the perfect car can by lining a Tupperware cereal container with a plastic bag. The lid allows you to keep the “trash can” closed while the bag makes for easy emptying.

 

Stay Organized

You should always have quick and easy access to your insurance card, your registration, and other important documents. A simple mini binder from the office supply store can keep these things together neatly in your glove box.

 

If you’re in the market for your next vehicle, stop by Pfeiffer Used Cars to check out our inventory.

Jan 29

Winter Car Hacks

Winter Car In Snow

 

The bitter cold can be brutal in the winter, especially in Michigan. While you wait for spring to come, here are some winter car hacks to get you through the coldest months of the year.

Lift those wipers                                                                     

Pesky snow and ice can sometimes freeze your wipers to your windshield. Avoid this by lifting your wipers at night and covering them with socks.

Shaving cream de-fogger

It might sound ridiculous, but you can de-fog your windows quickly and easily with shaving cream. Just spray a layer on the inside of your windows and then wipe it clean.

Freezer bag your mirrors

Freezer bags can be used for more than you think! At night, put gallon-sized plastic freezer bags over your side mirrors to prevent them from icing over. Zip them as much as possible, and then use rubber bands to secure them.

Cardboard under your tires

If you’re stuck in deep snow, wedge a few pieces of cardboard under your tires to help them gain traction.

Avoid hot water

Never, ever use hot water to thaw the ice on your windows or windshield. Some people believe that it will de-ice their windshield, but really it will do much more harm than good. Pouring hot water on your ice cold windshield will cause it to shatter.

If you’d like more tips on how to care for your car this winter, we’re always ready to help at Pfeiffer Used Cars.

 

Jan 17

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Makes Rebelle Rally Debut

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

 

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado always knows how to make an impression, especially the 2017 Colorado ZR2. The ZR2 took on the ultimate challenge – the Rebelle Rally.

The all-female, seven-day Rebelle Rally takes place in a rocky, off-road environment. The ZR2 proved that it can handle anything by placing third overall in its category at the rally. One benefit of the ZR2 is its ability to switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, which helped it navigate the rocky hills at the rally.

Multimatic shocks are a unique feature of the ZR2, which help the truck roll over rocks and roads easily without jarring the driver. Different engine options on the ZR2 include both diesel and gas options that are both powerful and innovative. The 369 lb-feet of torque in the diesel engine also gets you going, fast.

The ZR2 isn’t the only Chevy truck that’s turning heads. While the ZR2 owned the rally and off-roads, there are also plenty of trucks that will satisfy your everyday needs. The Chevy Colorado’s multiple trim levels means that you can find the perfect Colorado for you.

If you want to check out the Chevy Colorado for yourself, come down to Pfeiffer Used Cars for a test drive.

Dec 12

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Christmas trees pose potential danger if you don’t take the proper precautions. Check out these Christmas tree safety tips to keep you safe this season.

Christmas is a time for holiday joy and merriment, but one injury could turn the season upside down. While it may be an immobile object, Christmas trees can pose a potential danger to those who fail to take the proper precautions. Check out these Christmas tree safety tips to help keep you safe this season.

Fire Safety

As with all other flammable objects, keep the tree away from heat sources. Dry pine needs and a lack of water can quickly lead to a fire hazard that will ruin any hope of a merry Christmas. Portable heaters and other heat sources, such as a fireplace, shouldn’t be within five feet of the tree.

Child Safety

Kids have a tendency to run first and look where they’re going second. That tendency, combined with low-hanging branches full of pine needles, can lead to serious injury. Warn children to stay away from the tree and keep your eye on them at all times, especially if energy is running high. Trimming lower branches is a great way to remove the potential for injury. It can also help keep pets from climbing up the tree, or even pulling it down.

Light Safety

Christmas tree lights can be a potential problem, especially if they’re older. Frayed wiring can become a fire hazard if not dealt with. As a safety precaution, turn off the lights when you leave the house or go to bed for the night.

From all of us at Pfeiffer Used, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday season.