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.


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.

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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!

Ford Introduces Ford F-150 Limited

Ford is aiming for the high end of the automotive market with the unveiling of a new luxury version F-150 pickup. Consumers in the United States have been snapping up trucks and SUVs in the midst of lower gas prices, leaving fuel efficient coupes and sedans in the rearview mirror. The F-150 Platinum will soon take a step down from the top of the F-150 ladder to make way for this new trim.

2015 Ford F-150

Current Platinum Trim Interior

The 2016 Ford F-150 Limited will head to dealer lots later this year. One of the new features practically explains the amount of luxury within the pickup in itself: multi-contour massaging seats.

Fifty percent of Ford’s pickup sales in the month of June consisted of the three current premium models, the Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Lariat tops $40,000 while the current top-of-the-line Platinum can hit upwards of $60,000 depending on options.

The F-150 Limited will also top $60,000 in answer to consumer’s high end demands. The pickup will pack a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. Fuel economy will sit at an EPA-estimated 17 city/24 hwy mpg.

The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling model in the United States since 1982.

We at Friendly Ford are waiting on our toes for the latest in luxury pickups to arrive!

How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer

cars on lotKeeping your car comfortable in the summer usually means keeping it cool during the day. Obvious methods to keep your car cool in summer include parking in a garage, in the shade, or leaving the windows down.

But, doing this at work can be difficult if there’s no parking garage or available shade. Leaving the windows down for hours on end is a safety issue. So what do you do? We here at Friendly Ford are here to help you keep your car cool in summer!

Purchasing a sunshade is one of the best ways to both keep your car cool and protect your interior. You can also go the extra mile and have a custom sunshade made to fit your windshield’s specifications.

Blocking out the sun protects your interior from UV rays and keeps your car up to 10 degrees cooler. Throw a towel over the steering wheel to protect your hands from heat as well.

If you’re a driver who likes to blast themselves with air conditioning as soon as they jump into the car, reconsider that. Instead, switch the setting to “fresh air” and open the bottom vents. Open your windows as well–hot air rises so the cool air from the bottom vents will push the hot air up and out. When you’re comfortable, close the windows, switch to “re-circulation,” and head home!

Ford Car Sharing Program Under Way in UK

loanThese days, our cars are an important part of our daily lives; now, you will be able to let other people depend on your car too. The new Ford car sharing program allows owners to rent their vehicles to others if they use a Ford finance package to pay for their vehicle. The first car manufacturer in the United Kingdom to offer this service, Ford has partnered with easyCar Club to make it possible.

The new system allows owners to rent their cars for others use. The logic in the system recognizes that many cars remain in one place, whether you’re at work, school, or a family gathering. The opportunity to make a little money renting out your car isn’t out of the question for many drivers.

The system is currently preparing to undergo trials. In all, 12,000 Ford finance package customers from London will take part. Customers have until August 1, 2015 to sign up. The pilot program will last a total of six months.

The real question that begs to be answered is whether or not drivers will be willing to let others drive their cars unsupervised. Although it’s currently only in the trial stage in the United Kingdom, if the program is a success, it’s possible we’ll see it here in the States as well.

What Does Oil Do?

oilRoutine maintenance on your vehicle is just that—routine. So it isn’t often you think about why something needs to be done. Some drivers simply follow their owner’s manual while others listen to the advice of friends and family. One important part of routine maintenance is changing the oil regularly. This is an extremely important part of owning a car, yet many owners aren’t sure what oil does. We at Friendly Ford are here to answer that question: just what does oil do?

Oil works in three ways to keep the engine operating smoothly. First, it helps keep the metal parts that are constantly mashing together lubricated to prevent any damage to the engine. It also carries away any dirt, grime, and metal shavings between parts.

Second, the engine is constantly setting off very small, contained explosions within its cylinders. That generates a lot of heat; oil helps to remove some of that heat and heat caused by friction between the moving parts.

Third, it keeps carbon and varnishes from building up in the engine. A very expensive engine cleaning is the only effective way to remove carbon and varnish build up. The worst that can happen if you don’t change your oil is your engine could seize up entirely. Trust us; that’s not a bill you want to pay!