315 South Blvd Baraboo, WI 53913 608-355-9440
246 W. Main Street Sun Prairie, WI 53590 608-318-6100

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 4x4

For decades, General Motors truck line has been know for holding the best resale value and having a higher price MSRP when purchasing new. And yet for decades people will still purchase these vehicles new and pay the premium for them on the used car market. At first I thought it was just a looks thing? But Ford and Ram have put out some pretty aggressive competition. Then I thought maybe it was just the Ford-Chevy-Mopar badging thing? However over the past two decades in the business, I've come to realize that brand loyalty isn't as strong as it used to be. Then it hit me, people are buying off a multitude of things, and the GM line up hits most of them out of the ball park.

I have the opportunity to drive vehicles home for a couple reasons. First is to familiarize myself with the vehicles, and then I want to make sure that even though the vehicle has gone through a safety inspection and has been set up for the lot, that there isn't anything that may have been missed or not found like you would in every day driving. I took home the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 4x4 the other day and had my eyes opened to what people are talking about with the GM product.

Now, in my older years I'm getting a little more spoiled. I like driving a truck to sit me up higher and for the practicality of having a truck form on and end jobs around the house. However I've spoiled myself with the more luxurious SUV and sedans on the market.

As I got ready to leave the dealership, I adjusted the six way drivers power seat to fit my shorter than most structure, adjusted the power mirrors to my liking and adjusted the rear view mirror. After leaving the dealership in the 2012 Chev 1500 Crew Cab, I was impressed by the comfort of the seat. Along with being sat up and able to see more of the surroundings that you get in a truck, this 2012 Silverado also gave a comfortable seat and ride. Handling around the round about and then down the road was more than I expected. The 2012 Silverado for town driving felt more like an SUV or larger car with it's ride, suspension, and steering. Don't get me wrong, it's not as smooth as a Cadillac, but was not what I'd expect from a full size truck equipped to go trail riding.

As I crossed over Old 12, entered the round about, and then merged onto 12/19, getting up to highway speeds was not an issue at all. The 5.3L V8 powering this full Crew Cab truck has more than enough power to get you up to speed and maneuver around the highway. When set in my place on the highway, I started to check out the rest of the features at my fingertips. I moved my left thumb over the cruise control located on the left side of the steering wheel, and turned it on and set it at the desired speed. I then moved my right thumb over the radio controls located on the right hand side of the steering wheel and proceeded to move through the media options (hoping to find XM active and listen to some Hair Nation, but found it was not activated at this time) and ended on FM radio, then adjusted on the steering wheel the volume. I do like how all are right there at your finger tips so you don't have to take your eyes of the road. As I did look around, this 2012 Silverado is well equipped with Power Locks, windows, Air, Tilt Steering and CD player also.

I was rather impressed with the handling of this full size truck driving down the interstate also. I started out this article by saying GM hits most of the features people are looking for out of the ball park. This is what I meant, here is a 2012 Chev half ton truck that most would expect to be basic, rougher ride due to truck suspension, noisy, and a looser steering. However, driving this 2012 Silverado was just the opposite, it handles beautiful down the road with a nice tight steering, comfortable suspension ride (almost like a car even having the Z71 suspension), a quite cabin with little road noise, and is fully loaded. And with an EPA of 15 city and 21 Hwy, this full size truck that can become multi purpose for odd and end jobs and drives out like an SUV with a ton of room gets about the same fuel economy as most mid/full size SUV's.

As I walked around the truck in my driveway at home I was taken in by the tough look, a couple of small accessories that were added took away from the basic look like the black bug shield, tonneau cover, and wheel well moldings to match the black side mirrors and door handles. It wouldn't take much to put a little lift and a slightly more aggressive tire and possible aftermarket rim to transform this already sharp looking truck to the next level. But this is what always gets me in trouble lol, not everyone wants that look and or stance.

Either way, if you're in the market for a full size Crew Cab truck check out this beautiful 2012 Chev Silverado 1500 4x4 currently at our Oliver Motors Baraboo location.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited AWD(SOLD)

(SOLD)Does a spontaneous trek through the woods to do some camping sound appealing? The off-road-ready 2016 Subaru Crosstrek could be for you. This SUV is the best of all the worlds, great fuel economy on the highway, smooth commuter around town, and is more than the typical crossover for heading into the wilderness.

I want to start by saying how impressed I am in Subaru as a whole. There aren't a lot of manufacturers that can say that almost all their line of vehicles start under $35,000.00 brand new. Or that the majority of their line of vehicles get over 30 mpg hwy (many in the mid 30's) and did I add the entire line comes standard AWD?

Now with that being said, I have stated in many articles in the past, that I try and drive every vehicle to familiarize myself with them and make sure there aren't any surprises for the guest after they buy it. And while looking over the lot today, to see what vehicle I take should take home tonight, again (like I have numerous times over the past decades) I skipped right over the Subaru in the line-up. I was eyeing up the 2015 Audi Q7, but needed to move the 2016 Subaru Crosstek in order to get it out. As I grabbed the keys for the Subaru, I hesitated and asked myself, why not just take this? Is it because it's not sporty enough? Do I really have a thing against the wagon look? The only thing I truly do know, is that I made it a point to drive EVERY vehicle and give my driving experience in an article.

As I was ready to head home for the night, I walked outside, locked the door, and went to unlock the 2016 Subaru Crosstreck. As I looked at the key fob in my hand I noticed it was very much like BMW. Both makes have a lock button on top, their logo below (which is the unlock) and then this model also has the rear hatch and panic button.

I opened the rear driver side door to place my lap top bag on the back seat and was surprised by the amount of room in this compact SUV. As I climbed into the driver seat I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of room in the drivers compartment. I was expecting to be cramped or at least a little uncomfortable. But much to my surprise, even after moving the seat forward, there was plenty of room. I set my coffee cup in the large cup holders to my right, and started to make the Crosstrek my own. I adjusted the seat, the rear view mirror, and the side mirrors. Everything was easily accessible and right at my fingertips. While sitting in the vehicle I started to notice a couple extra bonus features on this Limited model, like Weather Tech floor mats, rain guards on the windows, and a nice roof rack. These features nicely complimented the power locks/ window/ mirrors, Air, Cruise, Tilt, sporty honeycomb looking two tone wheels, and Sunroof this vehicle also came equipped with.

I placed my foot on the brake, put the key in the second cup holder, and pushed the start button. As I dropped the vehicle into drive and started to pull out of the driveway onto South Blvd., I noticed that this 2.0L 4 cyl had a little pep to its step. Now don't get me wrong, it's not going to win races or leave black marks on a constant basis, but that's not what this vehicle was designed for. Subaru did a good job of matching a 2.0L 4 cyl with enough pep to nicely take off from a stop sign, and easily merge from an off ramp onto a highway with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) transmission to make sure to offer the best fuel economy for an SUV.

While driving from work to home on the highway, I moved my right thumb slightly to the left on the steering wheel to easily activate the cruise control. I like having it set into the steering wheel with easy access to reach, and see, so as not to have to search and take my eyes off the road. I also noticed on the left hand side were the controls for the radio and vehicle info center on the dash between the tac and speedometer. I looked up and noticed the large sunroof that was above the driver and passenger in the front seat, I can't wait for this Wisconsin March weather to finally warm up so I could enjoy it.

This 2016 Subaru Crosstrek drove out nicely. It was a smooth ride, comfortable, enough cabin room, performance was there to do the job, and I was surprised by how quite the CVT transmission was compared to ones I've driven in the past. When backing up the large screen turned into a well lit back up camera, and I noticed a ton of other great safety features through out the vehicle like air bags.

The next morning at I walked out of my house, headed down the sidewalk, I looked up and saw the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek sitting there alone in my driveway. For the First time I really noticed the aggressive looking stance, nice body lines, and rounder aero dynamic body that this compact SUV has. When parked next to other vehicles on the lot, you really don't get a chance to take it all in. Then marry in the sharp sporty wheels and the luggage rack and that helps to take the aggressive stance to a tough look.

All-in-all I have to say I was quite satisfied with the driving experience I had with this 2016 Subaru Crosstreck Limited 2.0I AWD. The only feature I wasn't able to check out (and honestly I'm not disappointed I couldn't) was the AWD system. So I will have to take Subaru's word that they have one of the best ALL WHEEL DRIVE system's on the market.

If you'd like to schedule a test drive, call to verify its still available and at what location. At the time I am writing this it is located at Oliver Motors 315 South Blvd Baraboo Wi.

608-355-9440--Oliver Motors Baraboo

608-318-6100--Oliver Motors Sun Prairie

2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD(SOLD)

(SOLD)The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse checks nearly ALL the right boxes for anyone looking for a larger sized crossover SUV, then add the LTZ package to it, and it is now one of the best picks in the segment.

In doing test drive reviews, we..... ok , I like to drive the sportier, fun cars. But lets face it, not everyone has a need for a sportier, fun vehicle. Adulting and practicality come into place. I can't count the amount of times before I was in the business, I went into a dealership to look at a Mustang, only to end up in a mini van. And now, after combining families with my wife, and our son who is now 6 (and needs to take his entire toy room with him on a trip to the grocery store), I am back to a point where we definitely need a 6-7 passenger vehicles

One of the things we like to do at Oliver Motors is to make sure to drive every vehicle. It helps us familiarize ourselves with the vehicle so we can let our guests know all the features and benefits, and also lets us make sure (even though it's been through and passed a safety inspection) that something small wasn't accidently missed. So last night I took home the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD we just had brought to our Baraboo location.

I have driven many 3rd row SUV's over my years, however aside from the Ford Flex, the GM line of Traverse, Enclave, and Acadia seem to have the best leg room and a lot more stylish look. Over the years we have taken family trips, and to date the farthest driven with the larger family was from Portage Wi to Gatlinburg TN. The first of three trips taken was in a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse. At the time it was an LT package, but after driving this LTZ we have on our lot, I can see how the extra features would have come in handy.

Much like that 2014 Traverse I drove to TN, this 2014 gives plenty of leg room for not only driver, but ALL passengers. I remember the 14 hour drive and how comfortable it was for everyone in the vehicle. This 2014 Traverse LTZ was no different. Plenty of room in front compartments, plenty of leg room in middle and third row compartment, and a large cargo are in the back. That was a saving grace with kids and luggage, unlike other vehicles where the kids were crammed together in a back seat and luggage in the trunk, or in a smaller SUV where luggage was hitting them in the back of the head, as it hung over the seat, this had more than enough room for all. One thing that I did notice different, is that the windows for front and middle seats are large, however the 3rd row windows are a little smaller and harder to see out of in the blind spot. One of the advantages I noticed with this LTZ is to help with that, is that it is equipped with blind spot monitors in the side mirrors. A feature that would have been great tooling down the highways to TN.

As I drove the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ home last night, I again was impressed with the ride quality. It may be a large crossover, but it rides like car yet sits you up like a truck. Everything that I needed to control as the driver, was right at my fingertips.

I was talking about the extra features in this LTZ that would have made my trip years ago more pleasant. I already touched base with one, the blind spot monitors. Other features that this LTZ was equipped with that would have made the trip more pleasant were, the large NAV screen on the radio. Although I didn't need it as much in TN as I would have liked it while leaving Wisconsin in March, this LTZ is equipped with Heated/cooled leather seat. A lot of people don't understand the difference between cloth and leather, but leather definitely makes for a more comfortable seat, especially on a longer trip. As I was driving it home last night I also noticed my hands were getting warm, and realized that this LTZ was equipped with heated steering wheel as well.

When I got home, I started to look over the Traverse. I was impressed with some of the little things it has to offer. Now, only those of you with smaller children can really appreciate the full rubber floor mats. And I may be getting a little older and like a more elegant look, but the wood grain accents really make it look classy. As I was adjusting the seats, I noticed how easy it was to slide the center seats for access into the back and fold the backs down on the center and rear seats making a nice level plateau in case I would need to haul something. It was kind of like a small truck with a solid topper. As I continued to crawl through the SUV, I noticed what are again little but huge features that this LTZ had to offer like the Dual Sunroof, Back Up Camera, Duel Powered Front Seats, Driver Memory Seats, BOSE stereo system, and Alloy Wheels.

The only thing I wasn't able to try out (and I'm not upset at all that I couldn't ) was the AWD system. It's the middle of March and temps are finally hitting high 40's low 50's and 90% of all the snow is gone, so I hope not to have to worry about that feature till next year.

If you'd like to see for your self how great a 3rd row full sized crossover this beautiful 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD is, it is currently at our Oliver Motors 315 S. Blvd. Baraboo Wi. location. Stop by, Call us at 608-355-9440 or visit our website olivermotors.com for 51 photos, a walk around video, and a complete Auto Check.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4x4

The Jeep Wrangler is a ready-for-anything vehicle that can trace its lineage right back to the original military-grade Willys that debuted just in time for the Second World War.  Today’s model still features the same body proportions, has a spare tire mounted on the rear door, and has option hard/soft top, traits that go all the way back to 1941. Yes you heard me.... 1941. That's 75 years of heritage, countless other manufacturers have come and gone, and the others have done dramatic changes to their lines, but Jeep remains.

I have driven countless Jeeps in my time in the auto business, and not one has ever let me down. I worked for a C/D/J/R Franchise for many years and came to understand not only the cult following but why. There's a Jeep motto "It's a Jeep Thing , You Won't Understand" that many people laugh at, until they are in the passenger seat of their buddies Wrangler and pass another Wrangler on the road, and there's the subtle "Wrangler Wave" between drivers. Or they get picked up by a friend on a beautiful sunny warm day, and drive across town with the top's and doors off giving the ultimate free experience while driving. Or maybe, just maybe it's when there is a ton of snow and you are stranded at your house but need essential and your friend pulls up in their Jeep knowing they have by far the BEST 4 wheel drive system on the market. I will never forget the day I learned, it was my second day at work for the Jeep Dealership. It had snowed the night before (Perfect way to start my new venture) 14" of snow dropped overnight and was blowing huge drifts. Another salesman and I were trying to move vehicles so we could start to plow. I came across a new 2011 Jeep Patriot that was parked in with vehicles front, back, and a huge wall of snow on the drivers side from the snow plow and what looked like a 2-2/2 foot drift on the passenger side. I looked at Lance and asked how are we suppose to get these out. He laughed, clicked up the 4x4 button and said "don't you know how to drive?? Turn right and crawl over the drift, this will walk out without an issue". Sure enough I was out in seconds. A feat I tried with other pre-owned vehicles on the lot and had to dig out. I WAS SOLD!!!

Over the years I drove all the models and fell in love with the flagship for many reasons I listed above. The Wrangler is the ultimate driving machine, I'm not going to say it doesn't have its fault but what vehicle doesn't. And when the biggest faults are, it hasn't really had a body style change in decades, it has a little more road noise than other vehicles, and it's not a fully equipped luxury vehicle, those "faults" many see, are also the MAIN reason Jeep owners LOVE THEIR WRANGLERS!

When a new Jeep Wrangler hits the lot, I am the one who calls dibs on taking it home for the night to "familiarize" myself with it. Mainly I want to make sure any bugs have been worked out and fixed after it comes out of our safety inspection (and I really just LOVE driving Jeeps). So when this 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara hit the lot, I was all over it.

Now being 5'7'' I get a lot of ribbing when people see me get in trucks and Wranglers. But in all reality, the Wrangler has easy access with the newer Unlimited 4 door models (the 2 door Wranglers, I will admit make it a challenge for the rear seat) and yes they have better ground clearance than most SUV's but the design makes it easy for even someone a little shorter to get in and out of.

So it was a beautiful Wisconsin March night, you know 21 degrees at 6pm. I was getting ready to close up for the day and noticed that this 2016 Wrangler Sahara had remote start. I clicked the lock button, lights flashed, then double clicked the remote start button and the vehicle started in seconds. I let it warm up for a few minutes and as I walked out, unlocked the Jeep and got in. Now there is something to be said for the newer Jeeps, I have driven some older ones where there was a lot more gaps and weren't insulated as well as the new models. The cabin had warmed up in just that short time I let it run. As I put it in drive to head off the, lot I noticed the big screen that was installed as an aftermarket radio. Much to my surprise, it was a touch screen and was wired in so that the controls on the steering wheel also worked the features.

As I drove down the road I did notice the little things like a little stiffer seat, and you definitely feel and hear the road more. But not half as bad as the Wranglers of the past, and again it's what makes a Jeep a Jeep. As I was getting ready to merge from the off ramp onto the highway, I remembered another great feature of the Wrangler, which is the amount of open window view for blind spots and visibility. The biggest change in the Wrangler from the original version over the past decades, was it now has a smoother ride due to extending it into the Unlimited 4 door model. And this 2016 Wrangler proves just that. As I'm driving down the highway it has a smoother ride, and plenty of power from the 3.6 Pentastar motor pushing 285hp. As I pulled into the driveway, my little guy got the biggest smile on his face. When he was really young, everything was a Jeep, and he loves Wranglers. So of course he had to come over and check it out.

As I headed back into work the next morning, and put the Wrangler in reverse to back down the driveway I noticed that the aftermarket head unit also had a back up camera. The nice big screen made for a great monitor to assist in backing out. On the ride in I played around with other features I noticed were included in this Jeep like the power window switches located just under the center screen, the power locks and windows. I set the cruise as I traveled down he highway and enjoyed the rest of the ride.

It's just a shame that it's Wisconsin in March and I was unable to pop the tops above my head off or take off the entire top for a fun convertible ride. But I'm sure we will have another Wrangler in I can enjoy in the summer month. As for now, if you're in the market for a fun 4x4 multi versatile SUV come check out this 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4x4 we have currently at our Oliver Motors Baraboo location with 114,299 miles.

2014 BMW 5 Series 528i X Drive AWD(SOLD)

(SOLD)The BMW 5 Series offers a delightful balance of comfort and performance. There is definitely something to be said about not only the 528i X Drive that I had the pleasure of driving, but the BMW line as a whole.

BMW has been noted as one of the highline foreign manufacturers in the United States for decades. Their line up has been a romantic, sporty must have vehicle in the eyes of many. Over the past decades, I've been lucky enough to drive many different year, make and models of BMW. The biggest thing I love about the brand, is regardless if its a 3 series, 5 series or any other model in the arsenal of BMW Line up, they all have that sports car handling and luxury car feel. And this gorgeous 2014 528i X Drive is no different.

We like to drive the vehicles we get in for a couple different reasons, one is to familiarize ourselves with the vehicles. Another, and more importantly, is so we can go through all the options and make sure that even though it's been put through the inspection, everything is working properly. I took the BMW 5 series one night last week for just those reasons. As I sat down behind the wheel to leave, it was a little bit of a drop into the seat (that form around you like a sports car seat), not much, but enough to give you the feel of getting into a sports car. As I drove out of the parking lot, and entered the round a bout in front of the dealership, I noticed it was lowered just enough to give this 5 Series a great stance for perfect handling into the corner. As I was driving down the road I noticed that everything you needed to make your drive enjoyable, was at the drivers fingertips. What really surprised me however, was that with the little lower stance, and responsive suspension, as I was driving down the interstate I didn't hear road noise and feel a lot of bumps.

The next morning it was time to head back to work. I'm driving this 5 Series in Wisconsin, the state that can have all four seasons in one day. I was lucky enough to drive this BMW a morning with a little icier road, which allowed me to feel how the car hugged the road with some amazing traction. I felt comfortable knowing the all wheel drive system kept the vehicle perfectly under control when coming across icier patches. Being it was a brisk and cold morning, I started the car and let the defrost clear the windows. In just a few minutes, I was able to get behind the wheel of the car and start on my way. I turned on the heated seats, which worked perfectly in just a few short minutes, heating up the comfortably fit leather seat. One thing that is a little different about the BMW line, is that these newer BMW's have gone to an electronic shifter which is a little intimidating at first. But after driving it for the night it was like second nature when heading back to work. I reached over with my right hand to where the controls were for the multimedia and quickly and easily tuned in 96.3 for the ride to work. The controls are nicely located right below the shifter making it easy to see and navigate while driving down the road. The big screen in the top center of the dash makes it easy for even my old eyes to read perfectly the radio stations, the information screen, or the bright colored NAV map that's equipped with this luxurious 5 Series.

BMW has not let us down when it comes to performance either. Weather it's from a stop, switching lanes, or merging from the on ramp onto the highway the 2.0L turbo motor gives a great performance and acceleration. All-in-all I am still to this day impressed by the style, performance, features, handlining, and over ride of the BMW line. After driving this 5 series, due to cabin room alone, it has moved up to one of my favorites in the line up. More room than that of the 3 series but yet not too big of a car like I feel the 7 series is for my needs.

If you're in the market for a great AWD sedan, stop in and check out this gorgeous car which is currently at our Olive Motors Sun Prairie location.

What should you research before buying a car.

What should you research before buying a car?

When people think of buying a new vehicle, they usually only think of the car itself as being the only decision they need to make. However, that is just one of the many decisions they will have to make in the car buying process.
Let’s start with the obvious one.:
1) Of course, the first decision is what vehicle to buy. Example: what is the best type of vehicle for me or my family? What features do I want/need? What colors would I like? Is fuel economy a major concern? These are just the start of questions to ask yourself about the car.
2) Secondly, the decision about affordability needs to be made. Do I have enough to pay cash, or should I finance the vehicle? If I finance, what can I afford for a monthly payment?
3) Lastly, there are decisions that must be made at the dealership:
a. Would you like to protect yourself with GAP coverage?
b. Would you like to protect yourself with an Extended Service Plan?
c. Would you like to have the protection of a 5 in 1 package?
d. Would you like to put a Paint Protection / Fabric guard on your vehicle?

There are a lot of factors that go into buying a vehicle. It is best to sit down and figure out a budget you can afford. But it is also important to figure out the cost of the added protection you can put on your investment.
In the State of Wisconsin, every vehicle sold by a licensed dealer is required to go through a 45-point safety inspection. That means at the time of the sale, the vehicle has passed the requirements the State of Wisconsin DOT requires to consider a vehicle is in good safe working condition. That however does not state that the vehicle will not have any issues down the road. Therefore, dealerships will offer additional products (like GAP and Extended Service Plans) from 3rd party sellers to help protect you from large expenses down the road.
What to watch out for?
When people hear Extended Service Plan (many call it Extended Warranties), or aftermarket products, they tend to be reluctant from stories that they have heard in the past. Unfortunately, there are some companies who take advantage of people and promise more than they fulfill or try and find ways not to pay claims through loopholes. That is why it is extremely important to do your homework on not only the vehicle, the dealership, but also the companies for which the dealership sells aftermarket products.
Oliver Motors makes sure that they have investigated the ratings and reviews of each company that they offer. Oliver Motors has contacted references from not only other selling dealers but also other repair shops to ensure claims are paid in a timely manner and that the entire process was simple for the shop and the customer.
What do each of these products even do?

GAP Coverage: Optional coverage you can purchase that will help pay off your auto loan if your vehicle is considered totaled in an accident or stolen and you owe more than the car's depreciated value. Many people will add in tax, title, license, and in some cases, money owed from a previous vehicle that they traded in on a new car.
An Example: If the new car you are buying is valued at $10,000, and you are financing $14,000, in the case of an accident your insurance will only pay out what the vehicle is valued at. GAP coverage will step in and pay off the remainder of your loan, or $4,000.

Extended Service Plans: With the technology put into vehicles today, and with that technology being man-made, there is a chance that there may be some failures. With the amount of moving parts for a better, smoother ride there is a lot of wear and tear on vehicles today. With that being said, the vehicle may be in perfect shape right now, but what about a year from now with an additional 12,000 miles? What about three years from now with 30,000 miles? Will you have money set aside to help with repair bills down the road? Will you have a saving able to fix a large ticket repair?
An Example: The cost to remove and replace a Shock Assembly on a 2015 Ford F150 is in the $1,200-$1,500.00 range. A timing Chain on a 2009 Traverse is in the $1,400-$1,800 range.
You can purchase an Extended Service Plan from a basic driveline to help with the parts listed above, to an all-inclusive which is almost as good as a manufacture’s coverage.
Drive Train will cover all internal parts of the motor, transmission, and drivetrain. The parts that make the vehicle run and get you from point A to Point B. The all-inclusive will be for more of the luxury features. Oliver Motors offers two different companies, which each company has a variety of year and mileage options, and coverage options available.
5 in 1 Coverage: It is the little things that get you!! You are on the dock ready to get in the boat and drop your keys in the lake. You are driving down the highway and the vehicle in front of you kicks up a rock chipping or cracking your windshield. You come out of the grocery store and notice the car next to you left a dent in your door. 5 in 1 will help with all this along with Tire and Wheel Protection and Roadside Assistance.
Paint Protection/ Fabric Guard: Americans are always on the go. In the mid-’90s; the average person would drive 10,000 miles per year. With a combination of more people commuting to work and busier lifestyles; that amount has increased to an average of 18,000 miles per year. With that being said, the interiors of our vehicles have become a mobile office, cafeterias, beauty salons, weekend project haulers, and all-purpose transporters. This is where Paint Protection/ Fabric Guard will help protect your vehicle from interior issues like fast food stains, makeup marks, cigarette burns, rips & tears, and gum. It will also help protect the exterior from issues like bird waste, tree sap, hard water spots, paint overspray from road projects, and bug and insect guts.
In summary, purchasing a vehicle is the largest investment you will make next to buying a house. You will want to make sure that you have made the right choice, at a price/payment you can afford, and have protected yourself not only today but down the road. I hope this information helps you when shopping for your next vehicle!

Why Buy From A Dealer Vs. Private Party

Why Buy From A Dealer Vs. Private Party?

When buying a new vehicle… many people get the idea that buying from a dealer is not the wisest choice due to pricing. The impression is the dealers are only out to make a profit to cover the salesperson’s commission, inventory, the building, insurance, etc. These expenses are real; however, there is much more to it than that. Purchasing a vehicle from a licensed WI Auto Dealer may cost a bit more but provides you with a tremendous amount of protection and possible recourse.
Wisconsin is one of the most regulated states in the nation when it comes to automobile sales for dealers. When buying from a licensed Wisconsin dealer; you are protected by Wisconsin's Motor Vehicle Trade Practice Law. WI licensed dealers follow the law when they advertise, display, and sell vehicles. You will not get the same protection if you buy from a private party or from an out-of-state dealer. Private Party and other state’s dealer sales are considered “Buyer Beware” which means the consumer has absolutely no recourse if the motor should be bad, the frame should be rotten, or the title should happen to be branded. Its now your problem to deal with.
WI Licensed Dealers are required BY LAW to fully inspect every vehicle placed for sale. If everything on the WI Buyer’s Guide is not repaired; it MUST be disclosed to the buyer. This is NOT required by private party sellers or out-of-state licensed dealers.
Expect these advantages when you buy from a licensed dealer (taken from Wisconsin DOT website):
Truthful advertising:
Expect ads to say what they mean and mean what they say. An advertised price will include all charges you'll pay to buy a car (except tax, title, registration and service fees). If an ad promises you a set price for your trade, you'll get that price for a trade of any age, condition, or mileage. You won't have to buy anything to get a gift offered "free" in an advertisement.
Accurate window labels:
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price Label (MSRP)
You'll find the "MSRP" label on the window of any new, executive, or demonstrator car offered for sale. It lists the following:
• Manufacturer's base price
• Standard equipment and manufacturer's optional equipment with prices
• Freight charge
• Suggested retail price
Cars may sell for more or less than the manufacturer's suggested retail price.
Dealer supplemental price label
You may also find a dealer supplemental price label on new cars. It lists optional equipment and services the dealer offers or has already installed.
Wisconsin Buyers Guide 
Used cars display the Wisconsin buyers guide which gives the following information:
• How a vehicle was used (private use, business use, lease use, rental, etc.)
• Price
• Title brands (permanent brands that are on the title or will be on the next title)
• Make, year, model, identification number, engine size and transmission type
• Sold with remaining manufacturer's warranty, a dealer warranty or "As Is"
• Description of items dealer inspects
• Condition of the vehicle and its safety equipment, with defects explained
Dealers complete the guide based on a visual inspection and test drive. They must disclose any noticeable defects. However, they aren't required to take vehicles apart to check them.
Warranty information
New car warranty
All new cars carry a warranty, usually of at least 12 months and/or 12,000 miles. Tires, battery, and dealer-installed options may have separate warranties that differ in time and mileage. Read any warranties to find out what is covered and for how long, who will honor the warranty, and what you have to do to keep it in effect.

Wisconsin's new car Lemon Law
The Lemon Law protects you when you buy or lease new vehicles. It entitles you to a refund or replacement vehicle if, in the first year under warranty, your vehicle has a serious problem the dealer doesn't repair in four tries, or if it's out of service due to defects for a total of 30 days or more. Save your repair orders. For more information, call the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Dealer Section consumer hotline (608) 266-1425 or DealerLicensingUnit@dot.wi.gov.

Used car warranty
Read the Wisconsin buyers guide window label to find out if a used car has any dealer warranty or remaining manufacturer's new car warranty. Ask who will transfer any remaining manufacturer's warranty and who will pay any transfer fee. The dealer will show you a separate warranty document for any warranty listed on the label.

If you buy a car with no dealer warranty, it will be marked "As-Is" on the window sticker. "As-Is" means the dealer is not responsible for repairs the car needs later, even if the car comes with a manufacturer warranty.
A binding contract…You sign, you buy
Dealers use the "purchase contract" form when selling cars. Read and understand the contract before you sign. Once you and the dealer sign the offer, it becomes a binding contract. The dealer can't raise the price or sell the car to anyone else. You can't cancel the contract without a penalty.
The contract should include the following information about your purchase:
• Whether you're buying the car with a warranty or "As-Is"
• Date your vehicle will be delivered
• Other conditions of the sale. Get all promises in writing on the contract
Purchase cancellation
Many consumers mistakenly believe they have three days to cancel the purchase contract. They do not. The 3-day "cooling off" period only applies to sales the dealer makes away from the dealership.
Get the price for your trade-in in writing on the contract. The price won't change unless you put on more miles than agreed to in the contract, remove parts, or damage the car before you trade it in. Protect yourself and the next owner by giving accurate information about your trade-in's mileage and condition, and how it was used.
License plates
You must display a license plate on all autos and light trucks. Your dealer will provide you with a temporary plate good for 90 days if you do not have a plate to transfer. Some dealers offer title and registration services that allow them to give you plates and stickers right away. If you choose this option, you will receive your title sooner than if your dealer mails your application. There is a fee for this service.

So when you're looking for your next vehicle... make sure to protect your investment by buying from a Licensed Wisconsin Auto Dealer.

Is your vehicle ready for OLD MAN WINTER

Is your vehicle ready for OLD MAN WINTER?

When I was on the sales floor on a more consistent basis, one of the things I used to joke around about with my guests was "Welcome to Wisconsin.....where you can have all four seasons in one day!"  And we would laugh and laugh and then cry because we knew it was true.  

Being from Wisconsin is a great thing, we have the seasons that most parts of the country aren't able to experience.  However, with that being said, we also know that in the fall with winter right around the corner we should take precautions with our vehicles to make sure they are safe and ready for old man winter.

Oliver Motors makes sure that any vehicle you purchase from Baraboo or Sun Prairie has gone through and passed not only the State of Wisconsin 45 point safety inspection but a total of 110 point safety inspection on every car we sell.  But what if you aren't looking to buy a new vehicle?  How can you tell if the vehicle you're driving is ready for winter? Is it something you can do yourself? Is it better to take to a shop? 

Many people think that the vehicle they are driving is fine....... it's safe, I don't hear any noises or see any warning lights on so I have nothing to worry about........ But that's not true!  Much like going to get a check-up or a routine visit with your doctor as a preventative measure to ensure you are healthy and to help prevent big issues from rising, you should have your vehicle do the same. 

Vehicles are a man-made machine, and parts wear, some faster than others, and when one part wears, it can sometimes lead to a domino effect and take out other parts that are directly or indirectly connected to it.  This is why it's so important to have routine checkups.  

For example, a tie rod that is going or needs replacement, if not repaired, could in turn screw up the alignment of your vehicle,  putting stress and taking out the wheel bearing,  which would also destroy the tire. So a $100.00 fix if caught right away could save you $500.00 plus down the road.  Another example of a large end repair bill for a minor precautionary measure would be not properly doing your oil changes.   Many people don't understand that a simple oil change can stop major issues that could hurt the internal mechanics of the motor, and not doing a $19.99 oil change could cost you $3,500.00 or more in replacing a motor. 

What to focus on when making sure your vehicle is ready for the season (some are normal routine check-up items)

Tune Up-  Making sure that your vehicle has new plugs/ wires to help ensure that your vehicle doesn't flood out in cold weather due to a faulty/ dirty plug or broken/loose wire.

Coolant Check- With the colder weather and temps you want to make sure that your coolant can handle the cold temps and that it doesn't freeze which could destroy your motors. A safe coolant is good to -30 degrees.

Battery Check- Very much like your coolant, you want to make sure that your battery cranking amps are adequate for the cold weather to help with the cold starts. You will need to see what the cold-cranking amps are for your battery and have the battery tested to see if it is strong enough to last the season.

Tires- Many people look at tires and think that they have more than enough tread.  It's very important to make sure that the tires that are on your vehicle have over 50% tread depth so that it has enough tread to give you traction in the snow and help more on the ice. This is a very important step to take, the rest of the vehicle can be perfect, but if the tires are bald, you can slide through a stop sign or off the road and do thousands of dollars of damage to your vehicle and others proerty, 

Brakes/ ABS/ Traction Control- it's very important to make sure that your brakes will be strong for the winter season, if the brakes should have issues it could domino into the ABS and traction control which are important features to help slow and keep from sliding from a start in the snow and ice. 

Front suspension work- Ball Joints, Idler arms, Pitman Arms, Tie-rods should all be looked at and made sure they will not have any issues during the season.  With the build-up of snow, it will be harder to feel if one or all are going bad, and if you should accidentally slide off the road, there isn't a chance a weak part will hold leaving you stranded in a situation you may have been able to back out if the part was replaced. 

and last but not least, as minor, as it sounds, wiper blades- Such a small inexpensive item can be sometimes the most important.  Just try driving once in the rain and don't turn on your wipers, now add accumulating snow.  It's very important that your wipers are new, can clear, and not streak your front windshield.

There are some people who have the time, skill, and tools to examine and if need be repair the above services.   For everyone else, shops like OM Finishing Touch will do inspections on your vehicle to look the vehicle over and recommend services that should be addressed immediately or soon down the road.  At OM Finishing Touch, they do the exact same 110 pt safety inspection during the inspection that they do when they safety the vehicles for Oliver Motors. 

OM Finishing Touch now through December 15th, 2020 will be doing FREE SAFETY INSPECTIONS to help ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter driving.  If you are looking for a reputable shop to look over your car give OM Finishing Touch a call at 608-318-1115 and schedule an appointment.  

Tips for First-Time Drivers

Tips for First -Time Drivers

Learning how to drive and buying your first car are sometimes your first big choices in life!  Maybe you're turning 16 and going for your license, or maybe you need a car for school? Maybe you moved on your own, and need a car for your NEW job!

Whether you are young or old, your first time on the road can be a new adventure. If your not inheriting the family's second car,  and need to buy a car yourself, this adds another level of stress.
That’s why we’re sharing some of the best tips for first-time car buyers. While everyone dreams of driving a Mustang Shelby GT500 or Dodge Challenger Demon, we all know it’s not the best first car. Regardless, a first car is your ticket to freedom and responsibility.

The best advice we can give for purchasing your first car:

1. Research the best vehicle for your needs :
Car-buying research includes searching for the make and model of safe and reliable cars and making sure there aren’t any major consumer complaints, recalls, or safety-related defects. Just because you like the look doesn’t mean it’s a good first-time car. It’s important that you buy with knowledge and not impulse when purchasing your first car. 
Just because there is a new pickup truck on the market doesn’t mean it’s the best car for your day-to-day needs. If you don’t have a family, an SUV or minivan may not be the best choice either. Research the costs of fuel, maintenance, and repairs.

2. Establish a budget :
Be realistic with your car budget. If you have to pay for the car yourself, this is an important time to demonstrate responsibility and potentially save hundreds (if not thousands) at the dealership. While the best option is to pay for the entire vehicle in cash, sometimes that’s just not possible. Most car buyers need some sort of financing. Make sure to save enough money to put up to 20% down and at least tax, title, license, and fees so you are only financing the vehicle and not putting yourself in what's known as an upside-down position.

3. Don’t buy a used car from a private seller :
Unless you have a family or friend of the family, who you know and trust who has a vehicle that fits your needs, stay away from private sellers.  Buying a private party is a buyer beware AS-IS purchase.   there is no recourse in the state of Wisconsin if you buy a car from a private party with issues. Buying from Oliver Motors is a lot easier and protects you more.  The state of Wisconsin has guidelines EVERY dealer must follow and failure could result in getting your money back if the vehicle was sold misrepresented.

4. Get an AutoCheck report:  
Never purchase a vehicle without first viewing an Autocheck report. If you know the VIN number, you can look up its vehicle history AutoCheck report. However, if you buy a vehicle from Oliver Motors, we will most likely have an Auto Check report available for free (Classic Vehicle may not)
This report provides essential information on the vehicle’s past life, including accident reports, emissions results, service records, title information, and history of previous owners.

5. Locate a respectable dealer: 
When looking for a responsible and reliable first car, such as a Toyota, Chevrolet, or Ford, make sure you do your research into the dealership first.
Learn what separates the dealership from the rest:

Do they display the Wisconsin Disclosure Buyers guide in the car?  Are their vehicles clean and marketed properly? Are the salespeople friendly and genuine? Will, they let you take the vehicle to your own mechanic to look over? Are the salespeople pushy or do you feel comfortable? This is the second, possibly the largest investment of your life,  make sure you are happy and comfortable with it. 

Oliver Motors does everything in our power to make the car buying experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

6. Inspect the car yourself or take to a 3rd party shop:
It’s never been easier to know what to look for when inspecting your potential new vehicle. In addition to a visual inspection of the inside and outside of the vehicle, you’ll want to take it for a test drive. The Stat of Wisconsin Disclosure Buyers guide informs you of what is necessary to focus on. if you still feel uncomfortable never hesitate to take to a 3rd party shop to look over.

7. Secure financing (if necessary) and look at extra protection like GAP and Extended Service Plans:
When financing your new vehicle, try to put at least 20% percent down plus tax, title, and license. This helps to keep you in better equity in the vehicle and helps with payment and term options. For instance, if the car gets stolen or totaled, you could end up owing more money than the car is worth.
Before you approach a bank or credit union for a loan, check with us, we most likely often better financing options with our preferred lenders.  Oliver Motors goes to the lenders 3-4 times a day where you go 1 time every 3-4 years.  Oliver Motors has stronger buying power with their perferred lenders.   And since all the payments and purchases come from one place, it makes things a lot simpler.
Ask Oliver Motors for extra protection on your new vehicles, such as GAP coverage and Service Plans which can be added to the loan for minimal investments.  

If you have bad or no credit, don’t worry. Oliver Motors may be able to help get a co-signer so you can piggyback off their good credit.

Finally, enjoy this car-buying experience. Buying and owning your first car is a great experience, one that you hopefully remember fondly for the rest of your life.