Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

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

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
a driver using a calculator to value the trade of their vehicle while holding a bundle of cash dollar bills

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.


Do I Qualify for a Car Loan if I Have Bad Credit?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
a small gold toy car set up next to a calculator, notebook, and jar of coins for calculating car financing

Bad Credit Loan Approval and Financial Assistance in Kenosha, WI

How much does your credit situation affect your ability to purchase or lease a new vehicle? For those with good credit, bad credit, and everything in between, today we’ll lay out your options for financing here at the Palmen Motors dealership.


How does Electronic Stability Control work?

Monday, August 6th, 2018
2019 Jeep Cherokee parked in forest

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! (more…)

How can I negotiate for a used car?

Sunday, July 15th, 2018
how to negotiate the price of a used car, man and woman talking to car salesman

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. (more…)

Get through construction zones safely this summer!

Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Drive Safely Through Construction with these tips

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! (more…)

What should I pack in the car for my road trip?

Friday, April 6th, 2018
Snacks and drinks to pack for a road trip

Snacks and drinks to pack for a road trip

When you are preparing for a road trip, it can be helpful to plan ahead to pack some healthy snacks and drinks to have on-hand in the car. This can help cut down on the number of stops you need to make so that you can reach your destination sooner. Check out these snack and drink ideas to pack for a road trip! (more…)

How does my backup camera work?

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
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! (more…)

Do I need to warm up my car in the winter?

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
Car covered in snow

Winter is here and so are the cold temperatures. From below-freezing temperatures to wind chill advisories, ’tis the season for frigid days. On cold days like these should you warm your car up before you drive? Is it a positive thing or are you doing more harm than good? (more…)

Drive safely this winter!

Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Snowy road Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Safety Tips

Before you know it, the snow will be flying and many people need a refresher on how to drive in the snow to avoid accidents and increase their safety. Check out these tips to help you drive safely in the snow! (more…)

50,000 Miles Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Vehicle Maintenance Checklist at 50K miles

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:  (more…)

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