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I'm Buying a Used Car...What is Considered Good Mileage?

Buying a used car is always an option, especially if you are on a budget or looking for great value. If you're in the market for a used vehicle, you may be wondering what is considered good mileage for a car that has already had one or more owners. Is 100,000 miles too much? What should be the limit when looking to buy a used car? Lets look into this more.  When it comes to good mileage for a used vehicle, there is no right or wrong answer. It really depends on a number of different factors. First, think about the age of the vehicle and the miles associated. If its an older vehicle with close to 100,000 miles, this makes sense because the vehicle has been driven for years. Another thing to keep in mind is maintenance. If the used vehicle was properly maintained, the mileage won't matter as much. This is why it is important to use resources such as Car Fax and Kelly Blue Book to get a good idea of vehicle value and history.  Most vehicles can actually run well past ... read more

NYE Driving Safety Tips

It’s time to ring in the New Year, celebrating that another year has passed and hoping that the New Year will bring us all good health and fortune. Many people will be out celebrating the holiday with their loved ones, which is why it is so important to remember to stay safe tonight wherever you plan to be.  If you are planning on driving to a destination tonight to celebrate, be sure to remember the following safety tips which will protect your safety and the safety of others on the road:  NEVER drink and drive. If you are planning on partaking, we suggest not driving at all and getting a ride share or taxi sorted to get you where you need to be. If you do drive to a friends house and partake in drinking, ask to spend the night until morning when you will be safe to drive home. When you drink and drive, you risk taking your own life and the lives of others.  You may want to leave early to get to your destination to avoid heavy traffic in populated areas.  ... read more

Happy Thanksgiving from Ervine's & Grand Rapids Hybrid!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Ervine's & Grand Rapids Hybrid! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family. With all the holidays comes lots of travel, so if you are planning a road trip in the near future, we recommend that you check off some important travel measures before you hit the road.  Be sure to have your vehicle inspected by the experts here at Ervine's & Grand Rapids Hybrid before you hit the road. You never want to be caught in a situation where you are stuck without a working vehicle, so guaranteeing that your vehicle is ready for any road trip will keep your family safe and bring you peace of mind on the road.    Pack ample blankets and coats for the road to keep warm if you’re traveling in the cold this winter.    Have an emergency kit on hand in your trunk to help out in cases of emergencies. Some things to make sure you have with you include a spare tire, jack, wrench, flashl ... read more

How to Handle Engine Overheating

Noticing that your engine is overheating while driving can be very stressful and concerning. If you do find yourself in this situation, the best thing to do is find a safe place to pull over. Even if you feel your vehicle can make it to the nearest auto repair center, the best thing to do is just call for a tow and have your vehicle towed into our shop to avoid making matters worse. Driving when the engine is overheating can cause more damage and make the repairs more extensive and expensive.  If you see smoke coming from underneath the hood, refrain from opening the hood. The engine components will be extremely hot and can cause severe burns if you try to touch anything under the hood. Turning the engine off will help cool it off and stop the smoke.  The temperature warning light is the most common indication of an overheating engine. However, you can also pay attention to the temperature gauge and if you notice that it is very high, that is another indication that your en ... read more

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