How to Remove Scratches from Your Car

Most drivers like to make sure their ride stays in pristine condition for as long as possible. While a few scratches aren’t the end of the world, they can be can a blemish on your otherwise perfect car. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be. Here’s our advice on how to remove scratches from your car’s paint.

Before you get started, you’ll need to check each and every scratch you plan to fix. Do so by dragging your fingernail over the scratch. If your nail gets caught, the scratch may be too deep to fix.

Once you’ve determined the depth of each scratch, clean them carefully. The last thing you want is dirt and grime caught in your paint. After the scratches (and surrounding areas) are clean, it’s time to get started.

cleaning

Grab a tube of toothpaste and a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth and add a few dabs of toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste over the scratches in small circular motions. The deeper the scratch, the more toothpaste and time this will take.

To check whether the scratch is gone, simply lift the cloth and take a look. If the scratch isn’t visible or you’re satisfied with the result, that’s it. Removing a scratch from your car really is that simple!

2016 Ford F-150 MVP Edition Is a Baseball Fan’s Dream

baseballThe Kansas City Royals are returning to Major League Baseball as the league champions and Ford is celebrating in their own way. Fan Marc Lassalle emailed Ford after the team took the championship with a suggestion for a limited edition vehicle. The Detroit-based automaker eventually invited him to join the company’s executives at the Kansas City Assembly Plant for the unveiling of the Ford F-150 MVP Edition.

The Ford F-150 has been built in Kansas City since 1957. The last time the Royals won the championship in 1985, Ford responded with an MVP edition of the Ranger.

Based on the XLT trim, buyers in Kansas City can choose between white and paint. The truck comes with polished rocker panels and special badging, among other cosmetic additions.

The special edition F-150 comes at the perfect time given the Midwest Ford dealers have just renewed their sponsorship of the Royals for the 2016 season.

Only 300 Ford F-150 MPV Editions will hit the streets. Once those models—60% of which are “flame blue” and 40% are “Oxford white”—are gone, the model will go out of production.

While we here at Friendly Ford are proud to see Ford creating special models to celebrate sporting events close to the company’s heart!

Ford’s Pothole Protection System in Development for 2017 Ford Fusion

potholeOne of the more unfortunate parts of living in a big city is the potholes. Potholes seem to show up on the road all the time. What’s worse is that they can often cause some serious damage to your vehicle! If you’ve ever dreamed of a system that could help you avoid these potholes in the road, Ford has made your dream a reality.

According to a Ford press release, the automaker has developed a pothole protection system for the 2017 Ford Fusion.

Ford’s pothole protection system uses computer-controlled shock absorption to minimize the amount of damage potholes can do to your car.

“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert. “Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”

The 2017 Ford Fusion is just the first vehicle in the Ford lineup to make use of this revolutionary technology. Hopefully, it will spread to other vehicles in the near future in order to help drivers everywhere avoid the constant and irritating potholes on city roads!

Random Acts of Vehicle Kindness to Perform

Here at Friendly Ford, we like to live up to our name. One of the best ways to be friendly to your neighbors is through random acts of kindness. Such actions can vary depending on who you’re doing them for or what needs done, including these random acts of vehicle kindness you could perform.

  1. Wash Someone Else’s Car

car washIf someone you know has a busy schedule, washing their vehicle might be the last thing on their to-do list. Offer to wash their vehicle for them so that they don’t have to take up part of their time to do so.

  1. Form a Carpool to Work

If some of your neighbors work with you or near you, consider hosting a carpool to work in the morning. Not only will it be better for you all, but it will be better for the environment as well!

  1. Help Someone Jump-Start Their Vehicle

The next time that you pass by a vehicle that’s been stalled on the side of the road, consider making a stop to help the driver jump-start their battery so they can get back on the road.

These random acts of vehicle kindness can really help you brighten somebody’s day!

The Fascinating History of Navy Pier

There are so many attractions in the great city of Chicago that it’s practically impossible to see it all in one weekend. But, for those limited on time while in the Windy City, Navy Pier is always a top priority. From its iconic Ferris wheel to its serene Crystal Gardens to its multitude of restaurants, Navy Pier has become a top destination in downtown Chicago.

Navy Pier

But how did Navy Pier become what it is today? Here’s a brief history of Navy Pier.

Navy Pier’s origins began in 1909 when city planner Daniel Burnham had the idea to build several recreational piers in Chicago. Only one was eventually built, costing $4.5 million (a lot of money back then!) and opening in 1916. At that time it was called Municipal Pier. It became a hub of entertainment in the rollicking 1920s and even survived through the Great Depression.

Interestingly, during the World Wars, the US military housed regiments of soldiers, Home Defense personnel, and Red Cross efforts on the pier. That’s why it was renamed Navy Pier in 1927 to honor the Navy veterans.

Over the next decades, it was the site of numerous conventions but after a fire tore through it, the pier fell into disuse by 1971.

Luckily, it was declared a historic landmark by the city in 1977 and the following decades were spent renovating Navy Pier into a $150 million attraction that was re-launched in 1995.

Next time you’re in Chicago, spend an afternoon at Navy Pier. And if you have time for a second place, visit us at Friendly Ford!

Ford Tests Driverless Vehicles in Snowy Conditions

snowy roadSeveral automakers are currently testing driverless technology. However, Ford Motor Company is going above and beyond to test driverless vehicles in a variety of conditions.

One of the biggest questions about driverless cars is how the sensors and cameras will be able to function in snow or other bad weather. Autonomous vehicles use sensors, cameras, radar, and other technology to pinpoint their location, but what will happen when snow covers the cameras and lane markers?

Ford is working to solve that problem by testing a fleet of driverless Fusion Hybrids on a snow-covered, 32-acre, closed-course testing facility in Ann Arbor. Ford has been working with the University of Michigan to develop special 3D maps. These maps will allow the vehicle to precisely understand the road’s signs and markings no matter what the weather.

Fusion Hybrid

Fusion Hybrid

The 3D maps are created to contain useful information allowing the car to localize, even with snowy conditions. Ford is even hoping to enable the program to recognize when the weather is too rough and stop driving.

Jim McBride, Ford technical leader for autonomous vehicles, said in a statement, “Weather isn’t perfect, and that’s why we’re testing autonomous vehicles in wintry conditions — for the roughly 70% of US residents who live in snowy regions.”

We at Friendly Ford are thankful that we are part of a company that cares about the safety of its customers. Being in Chicago, we know about snow and are excited to see the testing of driverless vehicles in snowy conditions!

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.