Seven Ways to Increase Fuel Economy

Increase Fuel EconomyWhile there is a high and low range on every car that tells what you can expect from it from a fuel efficiency standpoint, what you may not think about is how you drive – and how you maintain your vehicle – can make a significant difference on your overall MPG numbers. With that in mind, we offer seven great ways to save money on fuel economy.

(1) Be a light foot: Smooth driving is an easy way to increase fuel economy. Hard starts and stops are wasteful. Look ahead and plan ahead; don’t race up to a red light, only to stop and wait for it to change.

(2) Stay in tune: Keep your car in top mechanical shape. It will run better, last longer, and return better fuel economy.

(3) Good inflation: Drivers waste millions of gallons of gas each year due to under-inflated tires. Maintaining optimum tire inflation is one of the best ways to maintain – and even increase – your fuel economy.

(4) Weight watchers: It takes more energy (and therefore, more gas) to move a heavier object. Inspect your trunk, and remove unnecessary heavy objects.

(5)Drive straight: Poor wheel alignment increases tire friction, causes premature tire wear, and requires extra gas to move the vehicle.

(6) Low grades: Don’t waste your money on premium gasoline if your car doesn’t require it. Consult your owner’s manual and use the lowest octane gas it recommends.

(7) Cruise control: On long trips where traffic permits, use your cruise control. It will enable you to maintain a constant speed more efficiently

If you have any questions, feel free to ask your friendly Kia of North Grand Rapids service advisor. We’re happy to help!

Car and Driver Magazine Loves the Kia Sportspace Concept Car

Kia SportspaceThe folks at Car and Driver magazine have been around for many years, and they know a great car when they see one. They couldn’t help themselves from heaping praise upon the Kia Sportspace Concept.

If you haven’t seen the Sportspace yet, click on the link here and read the full article for yourself. The Kia Sportspace has the shape (and therefore the hauling utility) of a station wagon – but that is where any comparison to a wagon ends! It truly is in a class by itself.

This car is spectacular. If you don’t believe us here at Kia of North Grand Rapids, take it from the people at Car and Driver. 

Just like you, we’ll have to wait and see if this becomes a production vehicle. But we have our fingers crossed!

Motor Trend: 2015 Sedona Dominates the Competition

Sedona DominatesFor decades, the minivan has served as the do-everything, hold-everything family hauler. So when the experts at Motor Trend magazine ran the Kia Sedona through its paces and compared it to the competition from Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler, we took notice.

In the end, the Kia Sedona stood tall, impressing the judges the most. Included among the many positive reviews was this very impressive paragraph: Simply put, the Kia blew the judges away with the amount of technology and content it offers. Not only did the Sedona’s cabin feature Nappa leather and real wood cribbed from the K900 sedan, but it also featured those trick second-row lounge seats, a 360-degree camera system, and collision mitigation technology.

Finally, in announcing the winner, they had this to say: The Kia Sedona … is hands-down the most stylish, comfortable, and best-driving minivan on the road. The Sedona is a value-rich vehicle that its owners are sure to enjoy, whether they’re schlepping to work or down the coast for another fun-filled family vacation.

The new Kia Sedona is available for your inspection and test drive today at Kia of North Grand Rapids. Stop by, take a look, test-drive it, and try to remember it’s not a luxury car.

Kia Warranties Offer Peace-of-Mind Driving

Kia WarrantyAs you may already know, all new Kias come equipped with a 10-year, 100,000-mile Limited Warranty, heralded as one of the best in the entire auto industry. By maintaining stringent design and manufacturing standards, Kia is able to offer perhaps the best dollar-for-dollar value in the market today. Kia (and Kia of North Grand Rapids) stands behind every new Kia that comes off the line and out of our showroom.

Getting the most out of your Kia is what it’s all about. With regularly scheduled maintenance services as outlined in the warranty and owner’s manual, you and your Kia will be companions for years to come!

Stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today for more information!

Meet Patric Hansen, Sales Manager

Patric HansenIn his 11 years in the automotive business, Patric Hansen has never seen anything quite like Kia of North Grand Rapids. “For one thing, I was very eager to be part of a team that built a brand-new dealership and helped it grow into something big,” he said. “Big things are happening here already, after just one month, and the family atmosphere the owners have put in place in such a short time has been fantastic.”

He is thoroughly enjoying his job so far. “As Sales Managers, Justin (Wagenshutz) and I get involved much earlier in the sales process,” Patric said. “When the manager is introduced to the customer right away, they feel more relaxed. I have had so many customers tell me how great it is that the typical back-and-forth that goes on during negotiations has been eliminated.”

Patric says Kia’s warranty and quality are obviously very appealing to customers, but he says the styling of today’s Kias are what completes a terrific all-around buying experience for them. “Ever since Peter Schreyer left Audi and took over the job of handling Kia’s designs, they have improved so much,” he says.

Born in Grand Rapids, Patric spent several years of his early childhood elsewhere before returning home. He and his wife, Sara, have been married for five years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and watching his two favorite teams play – the Michigan Wolverines and the New England Patriots.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Our Staff

St. Patrick's DayAll of us at Kia of North Grand Rapids wish you a very safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While you’re celebrating, don’t forget to stop by the dealership? Why? We don’t have any leprechauns here … just lots ‘o luck! Check out or new and used inventories … schedule a test drive … and even take a tour of our brand-new dealership facility.

You’ll love our unique and easy buying experience, as our non-commissioned sales team is there strictly to answer your questions and help get you in the car that makes the most sense for you, your needs and your budget.

At the end of your journey, who knows … you might very well drive away in a brand-new (or new-to-you) dream machine!

2015 Kia Soul Named One of “Best Cars for Families”

Best Cars For FamiliesThe folks at US News and World Report have given the 2015 Kia Soul the honor of being on their Best Cars for Families list. The publication has given out these awards for new vehicles sold in America since 2007. This award comes on the heels of the Soul being mentioned on the Most Popular list. There’s no doubt, consumers and experts alike live the Soul … and for good reason!

Jamie Page Deaton is the managing editor of US News Best Cars. What did Kia do right, according to Jamie? A lot! “Parents might first look at Kia models for their value, but the Soul proves there are many other reasons to consider the brand … Excellent safety and reliability ratings make the Kia Soul a car that families can feel good about driving.”

Why not stop by Kia of North Grand Rapids today for a closer look at this award winner?



Meet Eric Rzentkowski, General Service Manager

Eric RzentkowskiEric Rzentkowski is a bit of a throwback when it comes to his automotive dealership management style. “I am not the typical guy who sits behind a desk pushing papers,” Eric said. “My job is very simple. I am here at Kia of North Grand Rapids to be an asset to our customers, to my coworkers, and to the community. The new owners have given me a great opportunity, and I am very excited to be here.”

Because he was one of the first employees hired, he was able to witness the construction of the dealership almost from Day One. “The first time I walked in this place, it was terrible. It looked like a war zone. But here we are 90 days later, and the place looks brand-new. The environment is open and inviting; I tell people everything works so well together it’s like a well-decorated Christmas tree.”

This is Eric’s second time at a Kia dealership, as he previously spent two years at another store. “You get as much, if not more, value from a Kia than anything else out there,” Eric said. “Just as important, you don’t find warranties like the one you get when you buy a new Kia. They’re basically telling you they’ll stand behind them longer than anyone else. They couldn’t do that if their cars weren’t among the best in the business.

Eric is a Milwaukee native who enjoys the traveling, going to the gym, and tackling the occasional complex culinary project. “The challenge of making something new is a stress reliever to me,” he says.

Meet Bryan Cady, Service and Parts Manager

Bryan CadyBryan Cady and the folks in his parts and service departments are going through a bit of a unique experience at the moment. “Because our dealership just recently opened, we really don’t have a whole lot of service customers just yet,” he said. “Over time, of course, that will change.”

When it does, Bryan and his team will be ready – because Bryan understands the importance of his department very well. “The salesperson sells a customer their first car, but it’s the service department that sells them their next 10 cars,” Bryan said. “When you can build relationships with your customers, it makes a huge difference. The customer enters the service department with the feeling that they’re coming to see friends … and it makes their experience that much better.”

Bryan’s service team consists of four technicians (two of whom are Kia certified) and one quick lube tech. “Even though we’ve only been here a short time, there is already this unbelievable family atmosphere here at Kia of North Grand Rapids,” Bryan says. “I knew there would be, because of the guys who own the dealership; they wouldn’t have it any other way, and that’s why I wanted to work here.”

Bryan and his wife, Susan, have been together a long time; they were high school sweethearts. The couple has two daugheters, ages 23 and 18. Bryan is a big music fan, and was once the drummer of a band called New Vintage that played classic rock cover songs.

Meet Justin Wagenschutz, Sales Manager

Eric RzentkowskiPrior to entering the automotive industry, Justin Wagenschutz was an Infantry Specialist in the United States Army, where he served for eight years. After that, he began his automotive career at an Ohio Kia dealership – and he brings that six years of experience to us at Kia of North Grand Rapids.

“I really believe we are going to sell a lot of cars here,” he says of his new store. “Our commission-free salesperson philosophy has been a big hit. A lot of customers have told me that’s the biggest reason they shop here. It them instantly at ease, because the salespeople are there only to lend their knowledge about the car that interests the customer. Once they realize we’re true to our word, it becomes a much easier and more relaxing process for them to make a vehicle purchase.”

Justin says he still sees room for tremendous growth for the Kia brand. “A lot of people still don’t know what a really great value a Kia is,” Justin explained. “People come in without knowing how loaded Kia vehicles are with technology, and how ultra-competitive the price points are. Beyond that, Kia is also ahead of the game because their warranties are out of this world.”

Justin is a Marion, Michigan native who enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending quality time with family and friends … and he’s the proud owner of a Black Lab named Tyson.