Tips for a Safe Halloween

The Zombies are Out

BOO! Now that I have your attention; it’s that time of year again: Halloween. The day that will fuel your kids’ next six sugar rushes has arrived. Halloween is the one time of year where kids get to run around from house to house dressed as Power Rangers and Princesses. Although Halloween is a night of fun, it can also be dangerous with all of the Trick-or-Treaters running about. Parents and kids are bound to be a little more preoccupied and might not pay as much attention as usual. So, here are some tips to help you drive safely on Halloween night:

-Refrain from using your cell phone while driving. It’s already a dangerous distraction while driving, but there’s even more of a risk on Halloween because of all the foot traffic.

-Drive slower than usual through residential neighborhoods during trick-or-treating hours. Kids are unpredictable and when there are a lot of them running from house to house and playing around, you never know when one will just run out into the street without looking.

-Have your headlights on; it will make your vehicle more visible while you’re driving- at night and even before.

Trick or Treat

Do not assume pedestrians will stop for you. This ties in to driving slower. You never know if someone is paying attention or not. Trick-or-treaters are thinking about candy, so looking both ways may not come to mind.

-Be careful driving by parked vehicles. Many times parents will drop their kids off to trick-or-treat. It’s important to watch for this because the kids will be so excited to sprint up to the next door that they could run out into the street without looking.

-Entering and exiting driveways can be dangerous as well. Be extra cautious when pulling in or backing out your driveway, kids may be running through driveways to get to the next house.

-If you, yourself, are dressing up this year, put your mask on when you get to the party. It can already be difficult to see through a mask walking around; it’s even tougher while you’re driving.

-If you are taking your kids around, make sure your vehicle stands out so that your kids get into YOUR vehicle and not a stranger’s. Remind your kids to NEVER get into a vehicle with a stranger. To make your vehicle stand out, you can put a battery powered jack-o-lantern on the dash or hang a blinking LED light from your rearview mirror; anything that is easily recognizable and clearly visible in the dark.

-Have your kids carry glow sticks or something reflective. This will make them more visible to other vehicles.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Jack o Lantern

For more tips on being safe on Halloween, visit this link:

Photo Credit:

Dave Malkoff

Kreg Steppe

Randy Robertson

The Noble Homecoming: A Profile of the 2015 Colorado/Canyon


The hiatus is over! The Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon are back.

The Colorado/Canyon is the perfect vehicle for those who want the power of a pickup and the maneuverability of a crossover. When equipped with the recommended trailering package, this truck is capable of towing up to 7,000 pounds. The base model pushes out 193 horsepower with its 2.5L four-cylinder engine. When upgraded to the 3.6L V6, it gets around 300 horsepower, the same as a base model Chevy Silverado 1500. That just goes to show that size isn’t everything. With all of the power that comes with this truck, it still gets 26 MPG highway.


With an updated model, comes an abundance of upgrades. This new version of well-known GM truck can now be your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot. Through OnStar, GM is now offering vehicles with a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. So, whenever you’re going on a long road trip, you’re passengers can keep themselves busy by connecting their phones or tablets to your internet hotspot.

Colorado Interior

As part of the technology boost, GM also enhanced the safety features on the Colorado and the Canyon. They are now equipped with a rear vision camera which kicks on when you shift into reverse, as well as a forward collision alert. How the forward collision alert works is the front of the truck has built-in smart cameras that constantly scan traffic while you drive; watching for stopped or slowing vehicles. Once you start to get dangerously close to another vehicle, the truck lets you know. It is also equipped with a lane departure sensor that warns you if you begin to unknowingly drift out of your current lane through a camera located near the interior rearview mirror.


It’s obvious that GM wanted to up their game in the business. By unleashing an updated version of the Colorado/Canyon, they showed that they thought of everything. This is a truck that can pull a trailer, but doesn’t feel like driving a bus, with a quieter cabin, and enough technology to make it your new home.

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The base model of the Colorado starts for around $20,000 and the base model Canyon for around $23,500.

Follow these links to check out our inventory of both the Colorado and the Canyon!



Welcome to the Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore!

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We are delighted to announce the opening of the Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore!

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The Superstore is finally ready to open its doors. Formerly known as Lake Michigan Auto Center, Todd Wenzel purchased the building from Lake Michigan Credit Union in late July. Todd Wenzel Chevrolet had been housed right down the street since 2004, so who better to sell a local dealership to than a West Michigan-based auto group heavily involved in the local community?

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Since Todd’s beginning in the automotive industry, it has always been about the customers. The Superstore is more than just another used car dealership. Like the other Todd Wenzel dealerships, the Todd Wenzel Platinum Program will be available to customers of the Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore. As a Todd Wenzel customer, you are also guaranteed to get more for your trade-in.

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There are big plans for the Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore. We will have over 400 pre-owned vehicles available, one of the largest inventories in the West Michigan area. With the opening of a new operation, Todd Wenzel Automotive brought in the best and brightest in order to fulfill his vision of creating one of the most successful and welcoming pre-owned dealerships around.

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Along with having access to over 400 pre-owned vehicles, the Superstore also kept the carwash that came with the purchase of the building. The carwash will have numerous options available to keep your vehicle clean through the Michigan weather.

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While there are still minor renovations taking place, the Superstore is now open. So, come out to check out our extensive pre-owned inventory or stop in for a car wash! We’d love to show you around!

You can get more information about the Todd Wenzel Pre-Owned Superstore by giving us a call at 616-669-7799.

Camaro: The Affordable Sports Car


A shiny new Camaro pulls up next to you at a red light. The sun reflects off the freshly polished paint. You watch it shake from the idling engine and think, “I only wish that I could afford a car like that.”

Sports cars are dream cars. The cars people can only imagine driving and think they’ll never have the money to purchase. It has been this way for the longest time. However, all of that is starting to change, and that’s all thanks to Chevrolet.

Chevy is known for the top notch Corvette which is often compared to the upscale Porsches and Audis on the market. This is a car that could be considered more exotic than the average sports car. Then there’s the Camaro; Chevy’s answer to the Mustang and the Challenger.  According to Greg Fink with GM, the Camaro has outsold the Mustang and the Challenger for the last four months and is in the running to snatch up sports car of the year.

General Motors is revealing a brand new generation of sports car that is more affordable for the average consumer. The base model of the newest Camaro is going for as low as the mid $20,000s. If you follow this link   you will see that our Hudsonville location is offering Camaros starting at $23,389.

When compared to Chargers and Challengers offered at local dealerships, the Camaro is priced significantly lower than its Dodge counterparts. The Mustang is at a more comparable price to the Camaro; however, the Camaro gives you more horsepower for your money. It’s no secret that more power means more money. When you’re in the hunt for a muscle car, you want something strong and the Camaro does just that for a wallet-friendly price.

With the 2016 model right around the corner, the Camaro is going to continue to be a more affordable (mid $20,000 for the base model) and roomier alternative to the Corvette.

The Chevy Camaro shows no sign of slowing down.

Photo Credit:

Abdullah AlBargan

Gearing Up for Classics & Camaro’s 2012 at Todd Wenzel Chevy

ImageWe are making final preparations for our third annual car show at our Chevy store and it’s going to be another great event! We’re expecting even more classic cars and hot rod’s to be on display, and can’t wait to see how many friends from our local Camaro and Corvette clubs join us. The afternoon engine rev is definitely going to require ear plugs this year!

So, we just have to decide what to serve everyone for lunch. Two years ago we had an array of footlong subs. Last year, we had amazing Asian-fusion tacos from a local food truck. Given our current options, we know lunch will be delicious, but are curious if you’ve attended other shows that have served a lunch that really impressed you.

There is still time to register your vehicle online at And although the show doesn’t officially start until 9:00 a.m., you are welcome to arrive early to park your vehicle.

If you’ve never attended a car show at Todd Wenzel, take a look at our video from Classics & Camaros 2011. We hope to see you on the 14th!

Introducing the Todd Wenzel Platinum Program!

When you drive a Todd Wenzel vehicle, we want you to have a premium experience. That’s why we are excited to announce that starting today, all new and certified used vehicle buyers will be automatically enrolled in our brand new Todd Wenzel Platinum Program! This program offers our customers a buying and ownership experience unlike any other dealership in West Michigan. The exclusive benefits include:

  • FREE vehicle detail by appointment every time your vehicle is in service.
  • FREE service pickup and delivery within a 50 mile radius of our dealership.
  • New loaner vehicle available by reservation with any service appointment.
  • $19.95 oil changes for as long as you own your vehicle.
  • Exclusive promotions and special offers reserved only for our Platinum VIP customers.
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed – find a better price on a new or certified used vehicle and we’ll beat it.
  • Guaranteed highest trade-in value – we will give you more for your trade-in than any other dealer.
  • Rebate Protection – if GM increases their rebate offer within 30 days of your purchase, we will credit the difference to you.
  • FREE Certified Vehicle Maintenance Plan on every certified used vehicle. This two-year/30,000 mile standard vehicle maintenance plan includes oil changes based on your vehicles Oil Life Monitor System, tire rotations and Multi Point Vehicle Inspection. Plus a comprehensive 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

Are you ready to be treated like a VIP? Visit Todd Wenzel Chevrolet in Hudsonville or Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Grand Rapids!

The Volt Experience – week 3 and 4

In the final two weeks of our experiment, Ric and Leandro share their observations through written and video journals. Ric has definitely adjusted his driving style when he’s behind the wheel and Leandro is pleasantly surprised by the creature comforts the Volt affords. After a month of running on electric power and saving big at the pump, they regrettably return the vehicle to Todd Wenzel Chevrolet. Thank you Ric and Leandro, for sharing your Volt Experience with us!

From Ric
A favorite feature of the Volt is the touch screen display over the central console.  It is VERY EASY to change or select any display feature available, but I find myself changing very little while focusing on my driving.

I have virtually retrained my driving style to eliminate “jack rabbit starts” and screeching halts at braking.  I find myself taking it a bit more easy in my overall driving habits, particularly due to the fact that every move I make is shown in simple graphics on the display screen.  I feel a bit guilty if I am wasting energy by flooring the gas pedal or pumping on the brakes rather than downshifting into “low” for slowing or going through curves or when cornerning.

On my continued trips out of town for court appearances or meetings, the Volt consistently pleases me…a two hour trip to the east side of the state costs just a few dollars in gas and electricity…a far cry from the $100 plus fill up cost of my Mercedes SUV, diesel powered and very expensive to operate.  I have not forgotten to turn off the car when parking since my first mistake during week number 2.

We have had continued mild weather, and there has not been enough snowfall to coat the roads, at least in West Michigan. I was looking forward to seeing how the Volt handles on snowy roads. Entering into my final week of the Volt Experience, I might get a chance to see how it handles in the snow.

Trips to the mall and to various retail outlets over the past week after Thanksgiving has given me a lot of opportunities for short trips, always on electric power. The Volt still draws stares and comments from fellow drivers and shoppers. It’s with a sense of pride and environmental responsibility that I have enjoyed this unique vehicle for the past month.

This past Sunday afternoon, we went to Squires Tree Farm in Rockford for a Christmas tree. Not wanting to mess up the spacious interior with pine needles or the roof with pine pitch, a friend accompanied us and we put our tree in the back of his GMC pick up truck. Two 7 foot Frasier fir Christmas trees were gulped up in the spacious truck bed, and I was glad that we did not try to use the Volt as a truck. But for shopping trips and lots of packages, whether to Costco or to Macys, the Volt has an amazing amount of cargo space, plus room for additional passengers, or one lucky Scottish Terrior named Barney who loves the ride!

The battery problems are dealt with by GM with a buy-back program, but in a recent Grand Rapids Press article, one featured owner has no plans of returning the vehicle. If I were an owner at this point rather than driving the Volt as a demo, I would most certainly stick with the Volt. It’s been a great experience.

From Leandro
For a month I drove the Volt from Grand Rapids to GVSU in Allendale. In the beginning I was quite nervous because I did not understand the fact that the car would stop running on battery power and switch to electricity generated by gas after 36 miles. That happened the first time I drove it and it went so smoothly I almost did not realize it. I find many people like the design of the Volt, as I got lots of compliments from people at GVSU and while driving around Grand Rapids. I feel fortunate for having had the opportunity of driving the car of the future.

The overall experience could not have been better. While I was driving it I felt secure. It did not take me long to figure out how the car works, because it shares similarities with my other car, a Chevy Equinox. It is really cool to drive and you feel you are not contaminating the planet! The Volt hardly makes any noise when it’s running on battery power, and when it switches to gas there is a vibration, but it’s minimal.

The navigation system is nice, and so is the sound of the stereo. The touch screen has the same logic of my iPad, so it is quite handy. The car has two digital screens, but only one is touchable. I thought that issue was going to be somehow distracting, but that did not happen at all.

I was concerned to hear about the battery issues, but our experience was without issue. The car worked as promised 100%. It is a great car to travel in…I drove pretty fast regularly and I did not feel the Volt was any slower than other cars. Of course, as an electric car, it takes a couple of seconds longer to increase the speed, but nothing considerable at all.

The interior space is great, and there is room for 4 adults. The electronic system is also great, for example you can program the car to heat up the seats every time you start the car. The graphics of the screens are tasteful and sleek, which is exiting to watch. I would buy it no question at all!