Russ Darrow Tips | Safety Recalls

Posted on February 3, 2015

If your vehicle has been involved in a recall, try to bring it in for the required service as soon as possible. Vehicles that are recalled pose a potential safety risk to all consumers, their families and others on the road.

 Automakers as well as safety agencies issue recalls based on recurring events or issues with a certain make and model.  Whether you own a new or used vehicle, you can use several methods to determine if a recall has been issued.

The National Travel Highway Safety Administration keeps records of every recall. Using their website owners can if their vehicle has been recalled. Owners can also report potential safety issues pertaining to their vehicle. Additionally, some reputable sourcesallow you to check for technical service bulletins for your vehicle. These consist of minor repairs that were not serious enough to issue a full recall.  

Automakers also keep detailed records of their vehicles that have been recalled. Dealerships constantly update these records with individual vehicles that have been serviced under the recall. Sometimes, the easiest way to find out if a vehicle has been recalled is by contacting the automaker directly. All you is need is the vehicle’s identification number and a description of the problem. Some automakers even offer an online VIN check for their vehicles.


Additional third party companies such as Carfax constantly update their databases based on a vehicle’s VIN.  If you receive a recall letter from your automaker, check your local dealership to see if they are qualified to perform the repairs. Under a recall, all work is free of charge to the consumer. Stop by your local dealership to see if there any recalls on your vehicle.


Russ Darrow driving Tips

Posted on January 27, 2015

As a driver, you’ll want to feel as safe as possible when on the road.  Defensive driving can improve your skills and help deter a variety of dangerous situations.  Compared to typical driver’s education courses, defensive driving classes offer supplemental instruction for anticipating danger and being more proactive when behind the wheel.  Most insurance companies even offer discounts for driving who voluntarily enroll in a defensive driving course.

Defensive drivers are trained to better understand the capabilities of their vehicle, which can help them make quicker decisions like steering themselves out of harm’s way.  Individuals can maintain better control of their vehicle utilizing advanced techniques not taught in many drivers licensing schools.

Here are some defensive driving tips:

Keep your cool! If you’re involved in an altercation, do you best to neutralize the situation, this will help to avoid potential road rage by either party.  If a driver’s actions are dangerous or threatening, give them plenty of room and try your best to stay out of the way. Avoid responding to inflaming comments as they can quickly escalate to physical violence. Even if you have the right of way, yielding to arrogant drivers reduces the chance of a collision, keeping you and your vehicle safe.

Actively scan your surroundings and quickly analyze potentially dangerous scenarios. Individuals talking on their cell phones, applying makeup  and eating are all distracted drivers who could cause a serious collision. You’ll be able to quickly adapt to changing situations and have a greater emergency window in which to respond.   As always, being well rested will make you comfortable behind the wheel  allowing you get the most out of your next driving experience.


So make sure to be careful on the road and enroll yourself in a defensive driving course so you can learn more of the skills that will keep you safe on the road, or come in and see us for some more tips on defensive driving.



The car maintenance checklist

Posted on January 22, 2015

Proper car maintenance is the key to keeping your ride performing at its best.  

1. Keep your tires in shape

It's easy to take those tires for granted. But according to, more than 11,000 tow-away (that is, pretty serious) crashes annually are caused, in part, by tire issues.

  • Check air pressure: Underinflated tires are 3 times more likely to cause a serious accident than their properly pumped counterparts. Use a pressure gauge to test them at least once a month and make sure the pressure matches the recommendation listed in your vehicle's manual or on the tire sidewall.
  • Rotate your tires: For longer tread life, rotate every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.
  • Check the alignment when you rotate the tires: Poor alignment can lead to uneven tread wear.

2. Change the oil and check the fluids

As a general rule, check your oil each month and change it as directed by your owner's manual. If you don't drive that frequently, you can likely go a bit longer.

Oil isn't the only fluid your car needs. Around the time you change your oil, remember to check your power-steering, automatic transmission, wiper, and brake fluids.

3. Test the lights

Flip on your headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals while your car is parked and make sure each one is working. Aside from being a safety hazard, a broken bulb might get you a fix-it ticket. If a bulb is out, take your car to an expert who can determine whether it's the bulb or the fuse that needs replacing.

4. Replace windshield wipers

If you notice that your wipers aren't working like they used to, don't let the problem linger until you end up in a downpour with no view of the road ahead. Snapping in a couple of new blades is a quick and affordable fix.

5. Check your air filter

Pull out the filter and hold it up to a strong light. If you can't see light through it, it's time to replace it. A clean air filter can improve your car's performance.

6. Give the core components a once-over

There's nothing too technical here, but you can help prevent overheating or electrical failure in your car by simply cleaning debris from the radiator and making sure the battery cables are securely connected and corrosion-free.

7. Regular check-ups

Many other car-care tasks — inspecting the exhaust, flushing the cooling system, and replacing valves, hoses, and brakes — can be done less frequently by experts in a repair shop. Scheduling regular tune-ups will help ensure that your car gets total maintenance.

spending a little on your car now can save you more later


Russ Darrow Tips | Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

Posted on December 26, 2014
  • Before you do anything else, read your owner’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.
  • Get engine performance and driveability problems — hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. — corrected at a reputable repair shop that employs ASE-certified repair professionals. Cold weather makes existing problems worse.
  • Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline.
  • As the temperature drops below freezing, add a bottle of fuel deicer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line. Keeping the gas tank filled also helps prevent moisture from forming.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual — more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. A poll of ASE Master Auto Technicians revealed that regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.
  • The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended. Do-It-Yourselfers: Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses also should be checked regularly by a professional technician.
  • The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for passenger comfort and driver visibility.
  • Replace old blades regularly. If your climate is harsh, purchase rubber-clad (winter) blades to fight ice build-up. Stock up on windshield washer solvent — you’ll be surprised how much you use during the winter months. And don’t forget to always carry an ice scraper.
  • Have your battery checked. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. However, most motorists can perform routine care: Wear eye protection and protective rubber gloves. Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; retighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check fluid level monthly. A word of caution: Removal of cables can cause damage or loss of data/codes on some newer vehicles, so always check your owner’s manual first. Be sure to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs. Replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean road grime from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag. Clouded lenses can be refinished by many service outlets or by using a DIY kit found in major auto parts outlets.
  • Exhaust fumes inside your vehicle’s cabin can be deadly. Have the exhaust system examined for leaks and problems while the vehicle is on a lift. The trunk and floorboards should also be inspected for small holes.
  • Worn tires are dangerous in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month, letting the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget to check your spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition. Under-inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and thus use excess gasoline.
  • Have your brakes checked periodically for safety and to prevent costly repairs that can be caused by neglect.
  • The transmission is often neglected until a major failure. Routine checks and fluid changes at prescribed intervals can prevent very costly repairs down the line.
  • Always carry an emergency kit with you: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger. Put a few “high-energy” snacks in your glove box.

Russ Darrow | Side of the Road Safety Tips

Posted on December 10, 2014

Breakdowns happen, and nearly everyone will find themselves stuck by the side of the road at least once in their lives. Ensuring your safety is key in this situation. Know what to expect and plan ahead for possible problems anytime you are on the road, even if just during your daily commute.

Vehicle Maintenance

Preventing the problem in the first place is the best way to go. The Texas Department of Public Safety suggests preventative maintenance before heading out on the road. For longer journeys, map out the route ahead of time, marking rest stops where you can check the vehicle if needed. Before you leave, it’s a good idea to check and top off all fluids, including brake fluid, oil and water, and to check the tire pressure. Maintain the pressure of your spare tire as well. Regular tune-ups will help keep your vehicle from breaking down unexpectedly.

Before leaving on a trip or even a slightly longer drive, check the road conditions of the area you will be driving in. It’s also a good idea, particularly for longer journeys, to ensure that someone knows when you should arrive and what your route is.

Be Prepared

This isn’t just a Boy Scout motto; it’s for everyone. Being prepared for a roadside emergency means having a well stocked emergency kit in the car at all times. It is very important to keep your cell phone charged too, so you can call for help in an emergency situation.

A good car kit should include several things: A flashlight, duct tape, gloves, jumper cables, bungee cords, a multi-tool or screwdriver set, and pliers. Keep in mind that every car should have a jack and lug wrench that fits your vehicle too, as well as a basic first aid kit and a blanket for emergencies. A tow rope may also be helpful.


Apart from the tools, you may want to add some granola bars or other simple snacks to your kit, in case you’re waiting for help for a while. A bottle of water is always a good idea, as well as a waterproof poncho in case it is raining when your car breaks down.

When You Breakdown

The National Safety Council advises pulling your vehicle over at the first sign of trouble. You will need to slow down gently, avoiding sudden braking, and move into the breakdown lane or the shoulder of the road, using caution. Put on your hazard lights and make your vehicle as noticeable as possible with traffic cones or reflective triangles so other cars will be able to see you. At night, turning on the interior light can help turn the car into a beacon. Leaving the hood up will let everyone know that you need help, and tying a white rag to the antennae can alert help to your situation.


When possible, you should safely change a tire or make a small repair to get your car back on the road. If that’s not possible, it’s important to consider waiting for help. In high traffic areas, it’s usually best to wait away from the vehicle, not beside or behind it where you could be in danger. For areas that are not highly trafficked, sit inside the vehicle with the doors locked. Never try to flag another vehicle down, though if someone does stop, you can lower the window a few inches and ask them to call the police if you haven’t done so already.

Walking for Help

This is only advisable in an area where you feel safe and when there is no inclement weather. It’s far safer to drive to your destination as opposed to walking. If you can limp along on the side of the road with your vehicle, it may be possible to reach a gas station where you will have better light at night and more space to work with. Walking, if absolutely necessary, should be done on the left side of the road, but avoid crossing busy lanes, as this would be more dangerous.


When you are properly prepared with everything you need in your emergency kit, a breakdown doesn’t have to be more than a minor setback. Be sure to have a charged cell phone with you at all times to call for help and follow the above guidelines to stay safe while waiting. In cases where you can make the repairs yourself, take precautions to avoid dangers such as speeding cars or unsavory characters.


Should I Lease or Finance?

Posted on December 2, 2014

Leasing is becoming a popular choice amoung consumers. As a matter of fact according to, more than one-fourth of new vehicle purchases in 2013 have been leases. Lower monthly lease payments available to consumers are playing a big role in this shift. recognizes the importance of not only finding the right vehicle for you but also the right way to purchase that vehicle. We have available to you a Finance department and sales staff that is trained to consult you by asking you the right questions. By providing you with a well rounded consultation we are better able to help you find the vehicle you want at the price you need.

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Russ Darrow's Safe Driving Tips For Teenage Drivers

Posted on November 10, 2014

    It's a fact. Teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group.

So, if you're a teen driver, does that mean you should just stay home all the time? Take public transportation? Beg an older driver to take you to your destination?


Not necessarily. By practicing these safe driving techniques―such as driving defensively―you'll increase the odds you'll keep yourself safe on the road.


 Whether you're just getting ready to hit the road or have been driving for months―or even years―now, take some time to review these eight safe driving tips.

1) Keep Your Cell Phone Off

Multiple studies indicate using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk―that's even when using a hands-free phone. Besides, your state may prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Many do for drivers of certain ages.

2) Don't Text

Research shows texting―on average―causes a loss of focus on the road for five seconds. A lot can go wrong in those five seconds.

Don't try the "texting-while-stopped" approach, either, as many states ban texting while behind the wheel. And, when you have your head down, you won't notice key developments that may occur, even when you're stuck at a red light.

3) Turn on Your Headlights

Doing so can increase your visibility and help other drivers see you, even on sunny days.

4) Obey the Speed Limit

Speeding causes about 40% of all fatal teen accidents. That's especially true when driving on roads with lots of traffic or you're not familiar with.

Don't feel pressured to keep up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is flying by you. Driving a safe speed helps ensure your well-being, and keeps you away from costly traffic tickets that can cause a sharp hike in your auto insurance premiums.

5) Minimize Distractions

It may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you're cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds. And, that can be enough for an inexperienced driver to lose control of your car, or not notice an obstacle in the road.

6) Drive Solo

Having a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Adding additional teen passengers causes the risk to escalate.

7) Practice Defensive Driving

Always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, and have possible escape routes in mind. Stay at least one car length behind the car in front of you in slower speeds, and maintain a larger buffer zone with faster speeds.

8) Choose a Safe Car

If possible, drive a safe car with the latest safety equipment (such as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and air bags), and one with an excellent crash safety record.


Russ Darrow | A History of Giving Back

Posted on October 28, 2014

Supporting the Russ Darrow Group is supporting your community. We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community at large. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others-for their sakes and our own.

The Russ Darrow Group strives to exemplify the best of businesses that feel a strong commitment to the communities they serve. The Darrow family encourages the Russ Darrow Group team to a high standard of involvement, giving generously of their time and resources to support countless individuals, groups and organizations that represent all walks of life.

Established in 1965, the Russ Darrow Group has become Wisconsin's all-time vehicle sales retailer. We employ over 600 staff members at our 17 Wisconsin locations and corporate offices. In 2012 we enjoyed a wonderful association with many local charities and community organizations throughout the state and here are a sample of these events and groups...

  • YMCA Healthy Kids Day
  • Ann's Hope Foundation Annual Run
  • Oshkosh Irish Fest
  • Disney-Strawberry Fest in West Bend
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Operation Kid Safe
  • Washington County Fair
  • Wisconsin State Fair
  • Milwaukee Air & Water Show
  • Zoo Ala Carte
  • West Bend Fishing Tournament Series
  • Slinger Speedway Memorial Go-Kart Event
  • Rock the Green in Milwaukee's Veteran Park
  • Milwaukee NARI
  • American Cancer Society Breast Cancer research
  • Boys/Girls Club
  • 6th Annual Veteran's Golf Outing
  • Rally for the Cure
  • Zoological Society
  • Kettle Moraine YMCA
  • Salvation Army

The Russ Darrow Rewards Card

Posted on October 24, 2014

At the Russ Darrow Group, we believe that satisfying our customers is our most important job. Our goal is to develop a long-term relationship with you and your family. As a member of our Rewards Card Program, you are entitled to valuable discounts, complimentary services, and Exclusive Membership Status. Our Rewards Card Program is our way of saying "Thank You!"

It's easy! Just present your Rewards Card to the cashier when you visit us for service to receive your exclusive benefits and rewards. Superior service at a great price, all while earning DOLLARS towards your next vehicle purchase at any Russ Darrow Group dealership. You can also check your Rewards Card point balance, get monthly coupons and see your up-to-date benefits online 24 hours a day 


Want a Rewards Card? E-mail us to receive one!


Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Avoiding road rage

Posted on October 15, 2014

Navigating through today’s busy highways can be frustrating but avoiding road rage increases your chances of safely getting to your destination. What can be lawfully considered as a ‘criminal act of violence’, road rage most often stems from aggressive driving and careless decisions made while on the road.

Emotionally distraught drivers should take some time to cool off before getting behind the wheel. Driving while angry or depressed may urge you take more risks; putting your life and the life of others in jeopardy.

A lack of sleep makes us easily annoyed, which then can easily turn into feelings of anger and resentment. Carefully consider your lifestyle habits and try to develop a more productive sleep schedule.  This will give you extra time during your commute and makes you less prone to losing your temper.

Listening to relaxing music reduces stress and helps clear your mind of ongoing confusion. A calm driver can think more rationally and to react more quickly to changing traffic patterns. 


At the end of the day, simple courtesy is contagious and will definitely make your daily commute more enjoyable.   So stay calm and safe while on the road and come in for more tips on safe driving!




Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Bluetooth technology

Posted on October 6, 2014

Bluetooth technologies provide reliable wireless connection for variety of devices. Using short-wavelength radio transmissions, Bluetooth technology allows you to create your own personal network of media devices. Simple, standardized protocols allow cell phones, PDAs and even wireless headsets to communicate with the vehicle at incredible speeds.

Bluetooth headsets provide the comfort of hands free communication while on the road. When paired with infotainment systems, drivers can use voice commands or easy access buttons when making, answering and ending important phone calls.  You can even play music from personal media devices through the vehicle’s speakers without worrying about adapters or expensive cables. For older vehicles, Bluetooth enabled kits offer an innovative approach to hands free calling. Bluetooth capable GPS navigation systems can quickly update crucial map databases and point of interest features with simple voice commands.  The built in Bluetooth microphone and speakers in many GPS devices provide exceptional clarity for text to speech directions and phone conservations when a mobile phone is paired to the device. In car systems can even sync with medical devices to provide accurate and consistent monitoring of a patient vitals.   


Come visit your local Russ Darrow dealership for more information about Bluetooth technology in vehicles and other new car technologies available to you. 


Heisman Trophy Coming to Russ Darrow Nissan

Posted on September 23, 2014

The most prestigious trophy in college football is coming to town. The Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding player in collegiate football, will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Russ Darrow Nissan, located at 11212 W. Metro Auto Mall in Milwaukee. Attendees may take photos with the Trophy.

“We’re honored to host a trophy with the amount of history the Heisman has,” said Mike Darrow, President of the Russ Darrow Group. “As big college football fans, we’re excited to have the opportunity to share the Trophy with the community for a day.”

One of the oldest trophies in all of sports, The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award was first awarded in 1935. The award is voted on and presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust every year in early December. Last year, the trophy was presented to Jameis Winston, a quarterback at Florida State University. The trophy is named in honor of John W. Heisman, a renowned college football player and coach from 1887-1927.

The University of Wisconsin football team has had two players honored as recipients of the Heisman, with Alan Ameche winning the award in 1954 and Ron Dayne earning the honor in 1999. Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was the most recent Wisconsin player to be a finalist for the Heisman, placing fourth in 2011


Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Drive Smoothly Into Summer

Posted on September 19, 2014

 With summer rapidly approaching, it’s time to get your vehicle in shape for hot weather travel. Take a moment to perform a few quick maintenance activities that will have you cruising the streets all summer long.

“Summer’s hot temperatures combined with low antifreeze/ coolant concentration levels in your vehicle may lead to an aggravating episode of engine failure. To prevent this, perform a cooling system inspection and, if necessary, a flush and fill,” advises Richard Courtney, director of Prestone Products Research & Development and Technical Services.

To perform a flush and fill, simply wait until the engine is cool, drain out old antifreeze/ coolant fluid and dispose of it properly. Flush out the system with water and fill with a fresh supply of antifreeze/coolant. Try Prestone® Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant-this formula may be added to any make or model automobile or light-duty truck, foreign or domestic.

If you have recently performed a flush and fill, a top-off may be the only maintenance necessary for your cooling system. Top off with a pre-diluted formula that has the correct mix of antifreeze/coolant concentrate and water. Prestone® 50/50 Ready-to-Use Extended Life Antifreeze/ Coolant may be poured directly into the cooling system for premium quality protection.


Once your cooling system is protected, you’ll be on the road in no time. But don’t forget to keep your windshield clear with a summer-specific windshield washer fluid designed to combat seasonal grime. Help prevent bug buildup and other pesky road debris from collecting with Prestone® Bug Wash® Windshield Washer Fluid. The citrus-fresh formula removes bug residue, road grime, bird droppings and tree sap from windshields and leaves behind a streak-free shine for optimal visibility.


Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Defensive Driving

Posted on September 18, 2014

The Benefits of Learning a Defensive Driving Technique

Automobile accidents cause thousands of deaths and millions of injuries every year. The best way to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road is by learning a popular defensive driving technique.

There are a large number of successful defensive driving techniques to help ensure the safety of all individuals on the road. Being alert while driving is the important defensive driving technique and is connected with all of the others. This means being fully aware of what is going on around you. All too often, drivers concentrate on other objects besides the road. Examples of such distractions are:

• cell phones
• car radios
• applying makeup
• other passengers

Some areas of the United States and other countries have already banned, or are enacting legistlation to ban, the use of cellular phones when driving. Cellular phones are often held with one hand while the remaining free hand is used for driving. Driving with one hand is not the main cause of an automobile accident, but talking on the phone that is the problem. Many individuals are unable to talk on the phone and to concentrate fully on their surroundings while driving.For instance, an approaching vehicle could swerve into the lane of a driver who is talking on a cell phone, and they would probably not have enough time to process and to react to the situation. There are many drivers on the road, with our without cell phones, who would be unable to maneuver their vehicle around an unexpected obstacle. For this reason, staying aware and alert is a the most popular defensive driving technique.

The defensive driving technique of vigilance also involves looking out for debris on the road. Although the majority of roads are safe to travel, sometimes harmful debris can end up on the roadway. A driver of large truck hauling construction equipment could have inadvertently dropped debris. If the driver was unaware that debris fell from his or her vehicle, they will likely keep on moving and the debris will be left on the road. Whether a vehicle hits an object traveling at ten miles an hour or sixty miles an hour, damage is likely to occur. A lucky situation would involve only damage to the vehicle; debris on the roadway can cause vehicles to spin out of control or even to flip over, potentially causing injury to the driver or other passengers.

Animals and people on the road or along the side of the road are often a concern for drivers. This. once again, is another reason why being aware of your surroundings is a successful defensive driving technique. Walkers or joggers alongside the road pose a potential hazard, since the slightest nudge of a vehicle can seriously injure a pedestrian. Depending on the location, many roads have crossways for domesticated or wild animals. It is not uncommon for dogs, cats, squirrels, skunks, or deer to run out in the middle of the road unexpectedly. Although it may be impossible to avoid striking a wild animal, being alert will significantly reduce the risk.

Staying alert and aware of your surroundings is a defensive driving technique that requires little effort. Staying alert is something that should be done regardless of your situation when driving. Popular defensive driving techniques are designed to keep all individuals on the road safe. In addition to preventing injury, applying a defensive driving technique is likely to save you money in the long run. Insurance rates increase with every ticket or automobile accident. Learn a defensive driving technique and see the benefits of being careful.


Russ Darrow Automotive | Car Buying Tips

Posted on September 9, 2014

Buying a vehicle is an exciting yet challenging experience. It gives you a sense of independence and security, but can also be stressful if you go in without doing some initial research. If you’re thinking about buying new or used, the following information should make the whole process easier.

New vehicles normally require less maintenance and usually offer a warranty of at least 3 years. Additionally, your state’s lemon laws guarantee compensation if you have persistent problems with a new vehicle. Complimentary roadside assistance is offered with most new vehicles giving you even greater peace of mind, as well as various other types of warranties and incentives.


Used vehicles attract many consumers with lower cost and greater selection of models. Buyers purchasing a used vehicle can avoid depreciation costs associated with many new cars.  On average, a new car loses 11% of its true value after leaving the dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles offer the price and selection of a used vehicle with a more extensive warranty; making it a popular choice for many consumers. Visit your local dealership to determine the type of vehicle that’s right for you, your family, and your budget.


Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Roadside assistance

Posted on September 4, 2014

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road, you know the importance of roadside assistance. While shopping for coverage, consider plans that cater to your personal needs without accumulating out of pocket expenses. While benefits may vary,   larger companies might offer quicker response times and can offer a greater amount of incentives to attract your business.

Add on plans may require additional cost to consumer’s existing membership. Some policies cover a specific vehicle while others cover the cardholder as well as the vehicle they’re using. Always determine the number of miles allowed for each tow to avoid an unexpected repair bill later.  A few insurance companies treat roadside assistance similar to insurance claims. A frequent number of requests could result in higher premiums so always read the fine print before accepting an agreement.

Stand alone plans are usually offered by auto clubs with benefits catering to individuals as well as families with teen drivers.  Inquire about the cost of a basic membership and the number of people covered by your plan.  The average response times for a call as well as the number of tows allowed are important questions when making a decision.

Overall, roadside assistance can invaluable help in times of need. Carefully consider all available options so you can choose the one that’s right for you.


Some dealerships even offer complimentary roadside assistance when buying a new or used vehicle.  Come in today to see what kind of roadside assistance we have to offer. 


Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | What You Should Do After An Automobile Accident

Posted on September 2, 2014

So you’re driving down the street with your family and/or friends and suddenly you and another vehicle hit each other and now you are in a state of panic in the driver seat. Here are a few guidelines to help you through with your troubling problem.


Stay clam. After an automobile collision, a person can feel up to a varying and multiple amounts of emotions that may affect the way he or she can handle the current situation. It is best to clam yourself down by using whatever methods work best for you such as taking deep breath or counting to some arbitrary number. Once you are in a clam state you are better able to handle the situation.


Check for injuries. Depending on the seriousness of the automobile collision, there may be people injured. If it is a minor injury, try to assist the injured person however for more serious injuries, call an ambulance.


Call the police. Once the people are safe call the local police and update them with the current facts. Give them facts and not some ambiguous information such as “I wasn’t speeding” and instead respond with a concise answer like “I was driving at 40 miles per hour”.


Write everything down. Get the information of anyone directly involved in the accident such as their names, driver license numbers, date of births, addresses. You should also take down the cars’ license number and state that issued the license of the cars involved in the accident as well as the license number and state that issued the license of cars nearby as the police can track them down to use as witnesses.


Call your insurance agent. The sooner you call your agent the better it is for you. They will give you information that will help you get over this problem and get you back onto your life.


Don’t sign any document that is unfamiliar. Signing something without knowing what it is, is an insanely moronic practice to begin with so it should apply here as well. Even the police explain to you what you are signing, which is usually an automobile collision and also your insurance agent explaining what you are signing as well.


Call your lawyer. The sooner you get into contact with your lawyer, the better it is for you. They can clarify any legal ramifications that you may questions about relating to your automobile collision so that you may better understand the current situation that you are in.



Ask questions. Though the police, your insurance agent and your lawyer may give you information, they will assume that you will know about everything in-between if you don’t ask any questions. Even if you are remotely confused about something it is better to ask now rather than finding out how it can hurt you later.

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