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What is a Safety Rating?
   Published January 2, 2019
When purchasing a new vehicle, many shoppers are just as concerned about the safety of the vehicle as they are about any of its other features. It is a very rationale concern as cars, trucks, and SUVs have gotten heavier in weight and drivers are now more distracted than ever before. Buyers want to know that the vehicle they purchase will keep them as safe as possible in a collision.

The most common method of evaluating the safety of a vehicle is to check out its safety rating. However, for  Read More
Winter Driving Tips
   Published November 30, 2018
If you live in Michigan, thereís no escaping it. Whether itís commuting, driving the kids to school, or going grocery shopping youíll encounter heavy snow at least a few times over the winter months.

To make the months between November and April a little less stressful weíre offering a series of expert tips on driving in winter conditions. Itís likely youíve heard of a few of them, but then maybe not others. In either case, itís good to brush up on your skills before you have to brush off  Read More
The Differences between All Wheel Drive and Four Wheel Drive
   Published October 24, 2018
The terminology can be confusing, as some manufacturers may have one vehicle they market as All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and another they market as Four-wheel Drive (sometimes written as 4WD or 4x4).

So whether it's an AWD or a 4WD system, you know that power is being delivered to all four wheels in a low traction situation, a clear advantage over traditional two-wheel drive vehicles, whether they are Front-wheel Drive (FWD) or Rear-wheel Drive (RWD) either of which are driving just a single  Read More
Five of the Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers
   Published September 25, 2018
While crash test scores and a suite of active safety features, along with vehicle reliability scores are what parents look at when considering a car for their teen driver, the teen, on the other hand, is more concerned about style and connectivity features. Which itself is a root of the growing problem of distracted drivers, especially among teens.

A recent study by Liberty Mutual found that 90 percent of teen drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving, and 78 percent say theyíve  Read More
Is it Safe to Submit a Credit Application on a Car Dealer Website?
   Published September 20, 2018
Security issues now days can make customers feel reluctant when providing their information online. We want our customers to feel at ease. Thatís why the Automaxx Battle Creek website credit application is fully secure with a current SSL certificate. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and in simplest terms, your computer and the finance computer at Automaxx agree on a unique secret code. Then all information is transferred using that code so that it canít be read as it travels through the  Read More
5 Safest Used Cars Under $20,000
   Published August 16, 2018
Whatís the best way to choose a used car? Certainly, the total cost of ownership is one method. Itís when you calculate all operational costs for the time you plan on owning a vehicle, then doing the same for another vehicle youíre considering, so as to determine which will cost you less out of pocket over the long run.

A big factor in total ownership cost is depreciation, but by purchasing a used vehicle youíve avoided the worst of it. All cars continue to depreciate until theyíre either  Read More
Top 10 Road Trip Hacks for the New Age of Connectivity
   Published July 23, 2018
There are countless lists available online that cover much of the same road trip advice thatís been circulating for years Ė bring bottles of water, games for the kids, tight-sealing containers for snacks ad infinitum. What weíve not seen, and thought it would be valuable to our customers, is a list of hacks based on the new world of cellular connectivity. Here are our 10 top hacks for road trips in the age of streaming  Read More
Test Driving a Car
   Published May 11, 2018
When it comes to finding your dream car knowing how to properly test drive a vehicle is the first step in your buying process. Making sure that you are getting a quality well running vehicle is one of the most important things to know. Learn what to check for when you are test driving a vehicle here at Auto Maxx Kalamazoo.  Read More
Twenty Auto Financing Terms You Should Understand Before You Walk Into a Dealership
   Published April 24, 2018
Purchasing a new or used car, truck, or SUV is one of the most complicated financial processes the majority of people will ever encounter, just short of purchasing a home. While youíre at the dealership youíll have terms thrown at you that you might never have heard before. Weíve assembled a list of 20 terms that unless youíve purchased a car in the recent past you might not have come across. So before you head to a dealership to talk financing, itís our advice that you familiarize yourself  Read More
Three Tech Features Parents of Teenage Drivers Should Know About
   Published April 2, 2018
The freedom that comes from passing your driving test, and obtaining a driverís license, is a wonderful and memorable feeling, for both the excited (and most likely teenage) recipient and the relieved parents. For years it is likely that the parents played the role of taxi driver and chauffeur, ferrying their kids to school, to sports and music practice, picking them up late from parties, being part of a car pool service, and so on. Finally after the best part of two decades the parents can  Read More
3 Best Midsize SUVS for people who live in their cars
   Published March 19, 2018
If such a statement is taken literally, this will be a list of vehicles offering some important features; loads of storage space, flexible seating arrangements, and good build quality are among them. Very few, if any, SUVs are perfect, but weíve found some that would be suitable for hauling loads of people and stuff with relative ease and  Read More
Insurance - What are the different kinds?
   Published February 6, 2018
Choosing car insurance can certainly be an overwhelming experience, especially if youíre new to the game. Even if youíre not, there is an inundation of material out there that can potentially lead you astray, or have you paying for something you did not want, do not need, or worse, something that is not appropriate. Before signing up for anything, make sure you are aware of what you need, or require. There are different laws in each state for coverage for liability, for example, so get the  Read More
Extreme Couponing
   Published August 21, 2017
Need to save serious $$$? A bit OCD? Extreme couponing could be the solution for you! Sure, we all collect a few coupons if we spot a good deal, but some people take couponing to a whole new level. Hereís how the extreme couponing lifestyle works.  Read More
Ways to Save Money when on a Road-trip
   Published August 21, 2017
We have all been there, sat around a map, calculating MPG and working out how much a road trip will cost us. The beauty of it is that a road-trip can cost us as much or as little as we want it to. With our guide, you should see your road-trip costs significantly reduced.  Read More
5 Tips to Help Bring the End to Your Money Worries
   Published August 2, 2017
The five simple tips will help you regain control of your finances.   Read More
3 Tips to Help Stay on Budget
   Published August 1, 2017
We all have things we want to buy, things that we are saving for and things that we want immediately. When sticking to a budget it is often difficult to maintain discipline, especially in a world where we are advertised to every waking minute of the day. So, to spare you from having to bury your head in the sand we have compiled 3 simple tips to help you stick to your budget  Read More