Kids Get a Free Ford GT Snap Kit at Detroit Auto Show

Ford GT

Real Ford GT

If you are headed to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later this month, be sure to bring your kids along. If they stop by the Ford stand, they could get a free Ford GT snap kit.

This Revell-built model includes 14 pieces and will snap together in just a few minutes. It will also feature a unique auto show stamp on the bottom to mark this special edition model.

“Our annual Revell Make ‘n Take model kit program has become a fun-filled auto show tradition,” said Mark Bentley, Ford Licensing manager, in a statement. “Letting kids build their own Ford GT is a great way to introduce them to the Ford brand and create new enthusiasts.”

Now, in case you don’t have any kids, or just would like a model of your own, a retail version will be available in April, and it will be more detailed. The retail version of the Ford GT model will include 28 pieces and will take about 10 to 15 minutes to build. It will cost $14.99.

At previous shows Ford has offered models of the 2015 Ford Mustang and an F-150 Raptor.

Are you going to the Detroit Auto Show this year?

My Old Car—Should I Trade it In or Sell It?

vehicle salesWhen the time comes to get a new car, most people want to get rid of their old one. To do this, you have two choices: you can trade it in or sell it yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of each option to help you decide which is best for you.

Trading it in

When you trade in your car, the dealership will evaluate your car, look at all of its features, consider any damage and offer you a price. You can use that money and put it directly toward the purchase of your next car. This is by far the easiest way to rid yourself of your old set of wheels since there is very little you have to do.

Selling it yourself

If you want to sell your car yourself, this will take a lot more work. You will have to advertise your vehicle, determine how much you are willing to sell it for, keep it insured, and take time out of your day for test drives.

When you do a private-party sale of your car, you may end up getting more money for it, but after you consider the cost of keeping it insured, possibly paying for advertising, doing any necessary cleaning and repairs, and taking time for test drives, that financial benefit begins to wane.

In the end, if you are willing to take the time and effort required to sell your own car, then by all means, go for it. But, if you prefer a no-hassle approach, bring your old car in to Friendly Ford and we promise to give you a fair price for your car.

How to Find the Best Vehicle for a Young Driver

2016 Ford Focus

2016 Ford Focus

Finally allowing your teen to drive on his or her own can be a nail-biting experience. It’s not that they are incompetent but you can’t control all of the other drivers out there.

One thing that you can do to help is to get them a great car, one that has all of the important features to keep them safe and sound. The best vehicle for a young driver should have the following features.

Mild Horsepower

A lot of horsepower may tempt your teen to test the limits of the vehicle. On the other hand, healthy acceleration is actually essential to safety. In those rare times you need it, it should be there.

No Minicars

Just as you would imagine, cars that are extremely small simply do not perform as well as their larger counter parts.

Safety Ratings

By far the most important feature is safety. Both the IIHS and NHTSA test all of the vehicles on the market. You should look for top-scoring vehicles. In fact, the IIHS compiles a list of the Best Used Vehicle Choices for Teens every year. Check it out here!

 

Donated Ford Transit Connect Cargo Vans Set To Help Hunger Relief Cause

Ford Transit Connect

Ford Transit Connect

If you think about it, the Ford Transit Connect is the best vehicle to serve hunger relief efforts. It’s highly efficient so you can keep costs down, meaning more money will go to more important things. It’s also got enormous cargo space, which in effect also saves gas as you can transport more with each trip. In fact, according to the automaker, each Transit Connect is capable of transporting 1,100 meals per vehicle per trip.

Hunger relief is actually one of a number of causes for which Ford has given its support. The latest charitable move was to donate five Ford Transit Connect cargo vans to various organizations that serve the Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Phoenix and Dallas metropolitan areas.

Ford is well aware of the food insecurity issue in America. Janet Lawson, director of the Ford Motor Company Fund, said in a press release, “More than 48 million Americans live in fear of going hungry each day.” The donated Ford Transit Connect vehicles will tangibly help the cause.

Tips and Tricks for Removing Car Scratches

vehicle detailUnfortunately, car scratches and dents tend to be an unavoidable part of car ownership. Whether someone else opened their car door into yours, your kid used your car as a resting spot for their sporting equipment, or you accidentally dried your car with a dirty towel, superficial scratches are likely to happen at some point. Here are some tips and tricks for removing car scratches.

First, determine what kind of scratch your car has endured. If your car is just scratched on the surface of the clear coat, you’ll be able to polish the scratch out with compound.  Using a kit found at automotive parts stores, you can easily buff out the area immediately surrounding the scratch. If you find that you’ve removed too much of the clear coat, you may have to reapply clear coat to even out the top layer (see below).

If your car’s scratch has penetrated through the clear coat to the base coat or primer, you’ll need to actually fill the scratch in with matching paint. Once you’ve added paint or primer to the scratch, let it sit overnight. Once it has cured, use 600- or 1000-grit wet-or-dry sandpaper to sand the area just until the new paint is flush with the rest of the car’s finish. Use compound to re-gloss the area. If you find you have low spots in the scratch, repeat the process until it is 100% smooth.

If you’ve sanded through or removed any clear coat, you’ll need to reapply clear coat. Buy automotive clear coat spray intended for spot repairs, and follow the direction to properly apply the clear coat to the affected area.

If your scratch is large, deep, or otherwise needs extra attention, contact us at Friendly Ford!

Ford and Petty’s Garage Create Three Mustang GT King Edition Models

Ford Mustang PonyFord and Petty’s Garage (NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s the in-house speed shop) have teamed up to create some seriously powerful Mustang GT King Edition models. Capable of putting out up to 727 horsepower (with an optional level two upgrade that uses a smaller supercharger pulley), the modified Mustang GTs are sure to appeal to sports car enthusiasts everywhere.

Featuring Petty’s Garage’s signature blue accents, custom wheels and performance summer tires, there is no mistaking the GT King Edition–but it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that will have drivers gripping their steering wheels. Fitted with extreme-duty TrakPak Ford Performance halfshafts, a rear axle upgrade, and three-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, the customized Mustang GT is prepared to make the most of all that power the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine is packing.

“I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with,” said Richard Petty in a statement. “These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own. They are great fun to drive, and have a signature single exhaust.”

Interested? You better act fast. Only 243 King edition models, 43 King Premier and 14 King Premier Convertibles will be made available. Give us a call at Friendly Ford to learn more!

Dwayne Johnson and Ford Team Up to Promote Ford Service

In its newest marketing campaign, Ford has enlisted celebrity Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to lead a series of commercials that will tout Ford Motor Company’s factory service professionals. In his role, the Fast and Furious star will lead a team of “Specialists” who are prepared to tackle any issue that may come up with your Ford vehicle.

service

Ford hasn’t released many details, but we do know that the Specialists are an elite crew of Ford technicians, trained and equipped to handle anything. We suspect the spots will offer a healthy amount of humor to highlight Ford’s superior service departments.

According to a recent news release, the Dwayne Johnson and Ford partnership stems from Johnson’s genuine love for the brand, having owned several Ford vehicles over the years.

Look for the ads to begin airing this week, along with other related content!

Here at Friendly Ford, we know you have a choice when it comes to servicing your vehicle. Stop by to meet our friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient staff, and see how we can meet your car’s needs!

An Explanation of Drive Systems: Which Is Right for You?

All-wheel-drive (AWD), front-wheel-drive (FWD), rear-wheel-drive (RWD), and four-wheel-drive (4WD) describe how the power from the engine is delivered to the wheels. These four systems help us to understand how the car drives, and how it will handle in different conditions. If you don’t understand the differences between the systems, it can be overwhelming to know which system is right for your lifestyle.

All-wheel-drive (AWD) – Power is delivered to all four wheels as needed, all the time, resulting in improved traction and reliable handling in all weather conditions. Car shoppers who live in areas that get a lot of snow, ice, or rain should consider AWD. Keep in mind that because AWD systems are heavier than FWD or RWD, you’ll likely sacrifice some fuel economy.

Front-wheel-drive (FWD) – Power is sent from the engine to the front wheels. Since the front wheels do the steering and deliver the power, FWD vehicles provide impressive traction on slippery streets. FWD has become increasingly popular as the go-to option for passenger sedans.

Rear-wheel-drive (RWD) – Power is sent from the engine to the rear wheels only. Most commonly found in sports cars, performance vehicles, and heavy-duty utility vehicles, the extra power in the rear allows for speedier takeoff and acceleration.

2015 Ford Mustang

The 2015 Ford Mustang is a RWD Sports Coupe

Four-wheel-drive (4WD) – Equal amounts of power are sent to the front and rear tires for improved traction while navigating difficult terrain in slippery conditions, including dirt, mud, sand, and snow. Generally, 4WD is reserved for true off-roading vehicles, like truck-based SUVs and pickups. Shoppers who are looking to get off the beaten-path should consider 4WD.

Visit thecarconnection.com for more useful information.

Here at Friendly Ford, we’d be happy to give you an explanation of drive systems to help you find the right fit for your lifestyle.

Jump Start a Car in 15 Minutes or Less

jump startKnowing how to jump start a car is one of the basic skills every new driver should have to learn. Not only could it help them, it could help others as well. With the increasing availability of roadside assistance, the know-how of jump starting a car is slowly becoming something many young drivers don’t know. Jump starting a car doesn’t take long – it can take less than 15 minutes and we here at Friendly Ford have the steps to make it so!

  1. Arrange the cars nose to nose and put them in park. Manual transmission vehicles should be left in neutral with the parking brake set.
  2. Attach the positive (red) ends of your jumper cable to the positive (red) terminals of both the dead and live batteries in that order. Attach the negative (black) end of your jumper cable to the live battery’s negative terminal.
  3. The other end of the negative cable should be attached to a jumping post or other piece of non-painted metal near the dead battery. Don’t touch the battery itself. If you can’t find a jumping post, an unpainted bolt will do.
  4. Once all the cables are attached, start the car with the live battery and let it run for a few minutes. Lightly rev the engine once or twice.
  5. Try to start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let both vehicles idle for a few minutes.
  6. Disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them. Start with the negative cable attached to the jumping post. If you’re unsure about any of this, your owner’s manual should have further instructions.

Ford Ranger Returning to Lineup?

ford logoIt wasn’t long ago that most heavy hitting automakers cut smaller pickups and truck-based SUVs from their lineups. Times have changed and with General Motors bringing back the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, it may be time for another midsize pickup to return. Word on the street is that Ford is considering reviving the Ranger.

General Motors and Jeep have been rolling in sales as a result of lower gas and oil prices. Truck sales have been soaring. The full-size F-150 pickup is a bestseller but that still leaves Ford losing out in the midsize truck market.

Ford has discussed bringing a midsize pickup and SUV to the lines at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit. The plant had been transformed during the recession to produce small cars and hybrids. Previously, the plant built Expeditions, F-150s, Lincoln Navigators, and Broncos.

With Ford moving the Focus and C-Max out of the country, that leaves plenty of open floor space. Rumor has it the pickup and SUV could be in production as soon as 2018, although there’s no confirmation on the plan.

While the common belief is that the Ford Ranger returning would hurt F-series sales, that idea seems unlikely. The average transaction price of an F-series truck now reaches over $40,000. That’s quite a bit of wiggle room for the smaller Ranger.

We here at Friendly Ford are ecstatic to see what will come out of the Michigan Assembly Plant!