Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

a driver using a calculator to value the trade of their vehicle while holding a bundle of cash dollar bills

“Double Taxation” Law on Trade-In Vehicles Targets Illinois Drivers

Make Your Trade-In and Purchase at Palmen Automotive in Kenosha, WI

Many people shopping for a new or used vehicle have an old car they want to get rid of. Often, car shoppers trade-in their old model as credit towards their new purchase. Currently, for Illinois residents, sales tax only applies to the difference between the trade-in value and the new vehicle price.

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How does Electronic Stability Control work?

What is Electronic Stability Control?

There are many systems installed in your car that help to keep you safe and give you control behind the wheel. Many times, you don’t even realize a system is operating to help you while you are driving, because it is seamlessly integrated into the overall function of your vehicle. But it’s important to learn and understand all of the features of your car so that you can drive safer and know when something goes wrong. Let’s learn more about Electronic Stability Control! Read the rest of this entry >>

how to negotiate the price of a used car, man and woman talking to car salesman

How can I negotiate for a used car?

How to negotiate the price of a used car

When you are shopping for a used car, price is probably one of the main indicators that you are looking for to ensure you stay within budget. But what if you find the perfect vehicle and discover that it’s a bit outside of your target budget? That’s where negotiating comes in! Check out these tips to help you negotiate like a pro for your next used vehicle. Read the rest of this entry >>

Drive Safely Through Construction with these tips

Get through construction zones safely this summer!

Safety tips for driving through construction

Those of us from Wisconsin know that the state has two seasons: Winter and Construction. It seems like as soon as the snow melts (and sometimes even before the snow melts), those familiar orange cones are lining many roads and highways throughout the state. Navigate through those zones safely this year by keeping these safety tips in mind! Read the rest of this entry >>

How does my backup camera work?

How does my backup camera work?

How does a backup camera work?

Most vehicles today are equipped with a rear vision camera, or offer one as a feature that drivers can upgrade to. Backup cameras can be very helpful if you learn how to use them correctly because they can act as another set of eyes at the back of your vehicle to help you see your surroundings better. Check out this helpful video to learn more about how your backup camera works! Read the rest of this entry >>

Vehicle Maintenance Checklist at 50K miles

50,000 Miles Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Keeping your vehicle in great shape requires more than seeing an expert when things start to fall apart. Instead, you’ll want to ensure that you’re having things inspected, repaired and replaced regularly throughout the life of the vehicle. One of the first milestones in the life of a vehicle is the 50,000 mile mark. Once your vehicle has been driven for 50,000 miles, it’s best to have a thorough inspection of the exhaust, suspension, fuel system and tires. Check out the 50,000 mile maintenance checklist here:  Read the rest of this entry >>