Back to school cars

If you need help deciding which car will best suit your child’s needs (and yours), consider these back-to-school car buying tips from Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s

  • Safety first. It’s hard to imagine anything more important than the safety of your children, so choosing a safe car is of the utmost importance. It is also wise to look for more than just crash survivability, although that is very important. These days, active safety equipment in the form of electronic driving aids can be equally important to your child’s overall safety. Lane departure warning, cross-traffic alert, back-up cameras and forward collision warning are all vital new technologies.
  • Reliability. Among the last things you want is to have your child stranded because her or his car quit. This is not only inconvenient; it could also be unsafe, so choosing a reliable vehicle is a key factor.
  • Economy of purchase and operation. You might think that choosing a cheap car would give you a leg up on economical transportation, but a cheap vehicle that guzzles gas and has frequent mechanical problems can be more expensive over the long haul than a car that costs a bit more to purchase. The KBB 5-Year Cost-to-Own data can help in this area.
  • New or used. Buying a new car has the obvious advantages of offering the newest technology, typically the best fuel economy and lengthy warranty coverage. Buying a used car can be significantly more economical. A good compromise solution is a  Pre-Owned Car.
  • Fun! A car is more than an appliance; it is often an expression of one’s personality. Choosing a car that your child can be proud of has many advantages, and getting a new car should be fun.

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steel vs aluminum truck beds


Does GM’s steel vs. aluminum argument hold any water?

When it comes to truck beds, perhaps Chevrolet's jabs at the Ford F-150 aren't so unreasonable after all

One day after Chevrolet released a series of videos that “poked holes” at Ford for using aluminum on the beds of its F-150 pickups, the online jury of pickup owners has ruled Chevrolet in contempt — but a metallurgist and a leading maker of truck beds say General Motors was absolutely right to point out the superiority of steel for truck beds.

“What moron would drop cinder blocks from four feet into a new truck bed just to prove a point?” came one of the more reasoned comments from a discussion on “By the looks of the background, they could have budgeted for a tandem trailer. It’s sounding like Chevy Desperado.”

Hundreds of commenters on other truck forums agreed. Few truck owners would drop materials from any height into a pickup bed the way the ads do — and most owners who spend $50,000 on their trucks, even fleet and commercial users, will add some sort of inexpensive bed liner, even if it’s a sheet of plywood.

“I know a lot of truck owners of all makes and 95 per cent have some sort of bed liner protection,” said one reader. “This test means nothing to most truck buyers. I wonder if GM will compare beds and rocker panels from rust states in three years?”

But David Michaud, an engineer who owns neither a Ford or GM truck and runs 911Metallurgist out of Kamloops, B.C., says “it surprises most mortals” to learn steel is much better for something like a truck bed.

“Well, duh,” he said in response to the ads. “For everyday usage like a pickup bed, it has to resist impact. Being aluminum, it can’t do that.” To resist impacts, the aluminum would have to be thicker, which would make it heavier and negate using it in the first place, he said. “Steel is more elastic. Strain versus stress is the key to what’s happening there. Steel is a sure thing.”

Michaud likes aluminum for its light weight — he recently bought an aluminum trailer. But he said Ford must have decided fuel economy was more important than durability, suggesting they should have done more testing in commercial settings where “these guys are not always wearing pink gloves.”

Marland Pruitt, the technical advisor for sales at CM Truck Beds, a supplier of truck beds across North America, agrees. He says his company, based in Kingston, Oklahoma, often removes the factory aluminum beds on new Ford trucks and replaces them with steel. He said workers have to be extremely careful when removing the box so as not to bend it.

“If you want a bed that you can beat and dent, it’s going to be steel,” he said. Sure, aluminum is lighter and good in coastal climates and places that use salt on the roads because it’s less prone to corrosion, but for sheer strength, “I can tell you from experience — and I tell everybody about the durability of aluminum — steel is the way to go.”

Automotive financing

We are happy to announce the addition of Credit acceptance to our lending portfolio. This will enable us to provide credit options to all of our customers. Credit acceptance offers options to customers with credit challenges. contact us today! we are here to help you get into the car of your dreams and now we have financing for all. with over 40 lenders we  have financing as low as 1.99% . 

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cm truck bed ~ flat bed ~service bodys

cm truck beds is Americas largest provider of service bodies and flatbeds  with styles available in steel with tex armour powedercoat to the extruded aluminum. check out our website today at with over 150 beds in stock we can get you rolling today . call our team today to discuss what your best choice of bed is with 9 models available we have the perfect fit for you . our dedicated team of installers have years of experience see us today! call today 636-938-5777

Removable power lift gate

We are proud to stock the all new Liftgator, a removable lift gate  that will lift up to 1250 LBS , this gate is easily handled by one person and uses your trucks hitch and power source . leave ity on your truck full time or fold it up and roll it in the garage corner when finished!

Used flatbeds and take off OEM beds

We often have used truck beds for sale , either OEM beds or preowned beds flatbeds or service bodies. If you are looking for something particular give us a cal as inventory changes daily 636-938-5777

Spring car care tips~We service Eureka pacific wil

Springtime Auto Tips

Springtime Auto Tips

Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. That first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of grit and road salt) is literally washed away. Take out the snow shovel, the gloves, and heavy boots and store them 'til next season. Surely summer can't be far away.

Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as you envision then now. ASE offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer.

  • Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules.
  • Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in.
  • Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.
  • If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, we are happy to help
  • The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician.
  • Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician to reduce the likelihood of more costly repairs.
  • Change the oil and oil filter as specified in owner's manual. (Properly dispose of used oil.)
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended.
  • Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs.
  • Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to combat summer's dust and insects.
  • Call today to schedule a appointment 636-938-5777

CM Service Bodies are Here

It’s been a long time coming. We are ready now and ready to ship. We now can complete your CM body lineup with our new Service Bodies. We have Galvaneal and Aluminum bodies to offer you. We are one of the first with Aluminum. The all new Dakota service bed  Available now at Midwest Motors /Eureka MO /636-938-5777

OEM take off beds

We offer a lot of factory take off beds ~ we often have Ford Chevrolet Dodge Ram & GMC  take off beds in stock - give us a call today to see if we have what you are looking for -636-938-5777