New Ford Resource and Engagement Center is $5 Million Investment in Detroit

The Ford Motor Company Fund recently announced that it would be creating a Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit, MI, the second of its kind. This center will provide essential needs and services to east-side residents in Detroit, concentrating on education, job training, and business development. Overall, the new community center is a $5 million investment.

According to Ford, the new community center will be located at a middle school named Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. There are up to 18 nonprofit community groups that will be helping with services, including things like food distribution, legal assistance, workforce development, and more.

“The decision made by Ford Fund to create the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in a traditional public school reflects the reality that there are few, if any, stronger investments to ensure impact, scale and sustainability within a neighborhood or community,” said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools.

The new community center represents Ford’s long-term investment in the future of Detroit, a city that’s suffered financially in recent years. At Friendly Ford, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker that isn’t just interested in pure profit, but that strives to become an integral part of the communities with which it’s involved. This new community center is just one of many exciting new projects on the horizon.

Meet Laura Gersch – October Employee Spotlight

Friendly Ford is happy to recognize our very own, Laura Gersch, for October’s employee spotlight! Laura is the Comptroller/Office Manager at our dealership and has been in the car industry for many years. Her hard work does not go unnoticed as she is an integral part of our Friendly Ford staff. We sat down with Laura to learn a little bit more about her background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current position at Friendly Ford (Comptroller/Office Manager).

I started working in the automobile business during high school.  My dad was the service manager at a Lincoln Mercury dealership and he got me my first job.  I worked there through H.S. and college.  After graduation they offered me a full time job and I was there for 28 years.  After they were sold I worked at a couple other dealerships until a former coworker told me about the position here at Friendly Ford.  The rest is history!

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

No, I have always lived in La Grange Park.

What are your current job responsibilities as Comptroller/Office Manager. What is a typical day like for you?

My main duty is to manage the finances on a daily basis and to ensure the accuracy of the accounting throughout all departments.

What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I want to work with my coworkers to ensure Friendly Ford is a successful and viable business for many years to come.

What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I enjoy the people I work with.  They make it fun to come to work.   It truly is like a family.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

I don’t think I have one.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Gardening and quilting

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I played the clarinet through grade school, high school and college.

If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why ?

Carol Burnette because people tell me we look similar.  ( I guess you have to be of a certain age to know who she is)

Now that you’ve gotten to know a little more about Laura, stop by Friendly Ford today to say hello! She makes sure our dealership is running properly but always makes time for others around.

 

Ford Hurricane Relief Totals $3.5M, Including Donations, Packages for Ford Owners

Ford is making massive donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief and to individuals affected by the storm. The brand’s hurricane relief donations total $3.5 million, with various donations going to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Team Rubicon, and many more organizations that are assisting with hurricane relief.

Ford has also started the “Texas Is Family” assistance package for Ford owners whose vehicles were damaged or lost during the flooding. The package will give buyers the same deals offered to Ford employees, with payments deferred until 2018. The bundle will also include Low Ford Credit interest rates or lease rates.

Ford hurricane reliefExisting Ford customers whose vehicles weren’t lost or destroyed can also apply to have their monthly payments deferred for up to two months by contacting Ford Credit or Lincoln Automotive Financial Services. Additionally, first responders are eligible for a $1,000 discount toward the purchase of any Ford or Lincoln vehicle.

At Friendly Ford, we’re proud to be part of a company that does so much to help its customers and employees, the brave first responders who put themselves in danger to help others, and every American affected by these storms. You can find more information on Ford’s hurricane relief donations here.

Meet Paul Licitra, CARSTAR Friendly of Roselle

Friendly Ford is thrilled to have Paul Licitra as a Body Shop Estimator for our CARSTAR Friendly of Roselle at the dealership. Paul has been with the company for some time and has really grown to be a passionate part of Friendly Ford’s family. We sat down with Paul to learn a little bit about his background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

 

Paul Licitra

Body Shop Estimator – Paul Lucitra

 

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current position at Friendly Ford which is Body Shop Estimator?

I was an electrician before I got into this industry. Always having a passion for cars, I am beyond lucky to have been granted an opportunity to get into this industry and I love it!

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I am actually not from this area. I grew up in River Grove Illinois and moved out to St. Charles, where I currently still am.

What are your current job responsibilities as Estimator? What is a typical day like for you?

I oversee the whole process of a customer’s vehicle. Starting when you call/come in after an accident. I go over your vehicle and put together an estimate of what it will cost to repair. I deal with insurance companies on a daily basis.  I make sure that when your vehicle is done that you not only leave happy, but that you leave with safe/quality repair.

What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I hope to build the Body Shop big enough and strong enough to be able to expand to a second location.

What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I love the challenge of estimating a variety of vehicles, because each and every vehicle is so different. We work on all makes and models and it is exciting because I never know what’s going to come in! What makes me so passionate is the end result and our customers leaving satisfied.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

Oh with out a doubt… Ford Raptor!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Paul Licitra Snowboarding

Paul snowboarding

I love being outside.. R/C Cars & Boats, Biking, Boating, Snowboarding, taking my wife and 3 daughters on a walk to the park! I just love anything outdoors!

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I can always put a smile on someone’s face!

If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Robert DeNiro! His on screen charisma of being serious and funny at the same time. Plus I respect him as an actor

Now that you’ve gotten to know a little of Paul Lucitra, come by Friendly Ford today and give him a friendly hello! He’s always looking to brighten everyone’s day.

Tips to Have a Healthy Summer

Have a Healthy Summer at Friendly Ford

Summertime has long been considered a time of relaxation, sunshine, fun, and indulgence. However, with a little preparation, you can have a healthy summer while still having fun. Read our tips below to find out how.

 

  • Use sunscreen. While you might want to head to the beach to soak up the rays, you still need to apply a sunscreen with a least a rating of SPF 30. Reapply every two to three hours, especially if swimming.
  • Drink water. The summer sun can easily lead to a hot, sweaty day. This, in turn, can leave you dehydrated. Drink plenty of water or try other healthy alternatives like green tea, coconut water, or even a juicy piece of fruit.
  • Keep exercising. If the high temperatures make you avoid outdoor exercise, considering joining a gym, watching and following along with exercise videos at home, or switching your exercise routine to early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler outside.
  • Bring healthy snacks. For your next family outing, plan ahead and pack a cooler full of healthy snacks like yogurt, veggies and hummus, peanut butter wraps, and fruit. This can help you avoid relying on fast food.

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy in the summer? If you need a new summer vehicle, come visit us at Friendly Ford.

Meet Matt Yockey, Our Friendly Ford General Manager

Friendly Ford is thrilled that Matt Yockey has been promoted to the role of General Manager here at the dealership. Matt has been with the company for quite a while and all his hard work has definitely paid off. We sat down with Matt to learn a little bit about his background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

Are you from the Roselle, IL area?

I live in St. Charles, IL, which is about 25 minutes away. I was born and raised there.

How did you come to work at Friendly Ford?

Friendly Ford

Friendly Ford GM – Matt Yockey

In High School I got into a program where I could work for half of the day, and so, I went to Friendly Ford and I asked for a job. They started me off washing cars and sweeping floors. Soon after that I worked my way up to becoming a Lube Tech/ Mechanic. I liked it so much I decided to attend UTI (Universal Technical Institute) and graduate Ford FACT, which is basically becoming an authorized Ford Motor Company Technician. From there I became a Master Diesel Mechanic, Service Manager, and then finally became the GM of this great dealership and team.

What are your future goals for Friendly Ford?

I would really like to see Friendly Ford grow into a larger business. Right now, we are a “small fish in a big sea”, and I want to become the standard for building great relationships with customers and customer service itself in Roselle. We really care about our customers, and I want to show each one that we appreciate them stopping by to see us.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to your job?

I love the variety this job offers. Each day is different from the customers I help and employees I work with to the cars that come to our lot and service team. I cannot guess what my day will be like. There is never a dull moment, and I am excited for what the day will bring.

If you could have your dream car, what would it be?

That is a tough question! I have more than one. Can I just have them all? Half of me wants to go towards the supercar, the Ford GT. Everyone likes that. I also have a little part of me that wants an old Ford Mustang retrofitted to the new body style and engine, but the hillbilly part of me wants a monster, jacked diesel engine truck. In the end, I guess I don’t just have one. I have like six.

Outside of work, what do you do for fun?

Matt Yockey - Friendly Ford

Matt with his wife and daughter.

I love to boat and go boating, and wake surfing is a lot of fun. Other than that, snowmobiles and ATVs take up most of my time. I have a little girl now, so I end up hanging out with her and my wife a lot as well, which is amazing.

If they made a movie about your life, what famous actor would you like to play you?

The Rock! I love The Rock. He makes everything better and he’s a Ford guy!

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about Matt Yockey, stop by Friendly Ford today and say hello! Whether you’re looking to buy a vehicle or get it serviced, Matt will make sure you’re in good hands.

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Named Best in Class

2017 Ford F-250

The three-quarter-ton pickup segment sees some of the fiercest competition in the industry, but the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty has prevailed once again. The Super Duty model already boasts numerous best-in-class awards and accolades, but both PickupTrucks.com and Cars.com added to the shelf by naming the F-250 Super Duty King Ranch the “Best Premium Three-quarter Ton Pickup Truck of 2017.”

The Ford F-250 Super Duty pulled off the prestigious victory by effectively defeating competitors like GMC, Chevrolet, and Ram. The trucks were put through a number of tests to determine their towing capacity, acceleration, comfort, and overall performance.

“Like a great all-around athlete, the new Ford F-250 King Ranch has the powertrain of a bulldozer and the interior features and technology of a luxury hotel room,” said Mark Williams, pickup truck expert at Cars.com.

Ford’s dedication to creating quality, power-driven trucks with a capacity for work continue to make the F-Series the best-selling line in the industry. With a best-in-class 925 lb-ft of torque and maximum towing capacity of 21,000 pounds when properly equipped, the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty is a truck designed to make the toughest jobs easy.

We here at Friendly Ford are pumped to see the 2017 F-250 Super Duty take home another prestigious award!

Updated 2018 Ford Explorer Revealed

2017 Ford Explorer shown. 2018 Ford Explorer will recieve minor updates to design and technology.

2017 Ford Explorer shown. 2018 Ford Explorer will receive minor updates to design and technology.

The refreshed 2018 Ford Explorer was revealed last month, with updates to the grille and fog lamps as well as five new wheel choices and four new color options: Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat, Cinnamon Glaze, Platinum Dune Tricoat, and Blue Metallic.

The new Explorer was just refreshed mid-cycle for the 2016 model year, so the updates to the 2018 model are fairly minor, but it does have several technology updates that will have drivers gunning for the new model. The Explorer will have a 4G LTE hotspot with Wi-Fi connectivity that can support up to 10 devices with a range of 50 feet around the vehicle, and drivers can use it to lock and unlock the vehicle remotely as well as start it with the FordPass phone app.

The biggest addition to the Explorer is the Safe and Smart Package, which includes tons of active safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and more. It will keep the same engine options, which include a 3.5-liter V6, a turbocharged inline-four, and a turbocharged V6.

You can look for the 2018 Ford Explorer in dealerships this fall. Get more information about the upcoming Explorer today at Friendly Ford!

Check Out the All-New Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

Serious work calls for a serious truck, and the all-new 2017 Ford F-250 is the best of the best. It follows in the footsteps of the F-150 by using high-strength, military-grade aluminum body panels. However, it is stronger and smarter than ever.

The new truck starts with a high-strength steel frame and adds stronger axles, springs, and suspension to be the toughest and strongest Ford Super Duty truck yet.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

2017 Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

Along with its superior strength, the Ford F-250, including 16 class-exclusive available features, including adaptive cruise control, LED lighting, an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, and more.

Buyers can choose from two, more powerful engines this year. The familiar 6.2-liter V8 delivers more power with 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. And, the available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 has also been updated and is rated at a phenomenal 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque.

Experience the all-new Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford today. We think once you take it out for a test drive, no other truck will do.

Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program

Ford Transit Connect

Commercial Vehicles

If you need a work truck or a cargo van for your business, there’s no better brand than Ford. For 31 years, Ford has been the best-selling brand of commercial vehicles, in part thanks to the Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program. This program focuses on building strong teams of educated, knowledgeable members who can help buyers choose and build the best commercial vehicle for their business. These teams are put together at Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealerships. Friendly Ford is happy to say that we are one of those dealerships.

Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program

The Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program aims to offer the very best customer service to potential buyers. Expert dealers can answer questions about the various Ford commercial vehicles and their different configurations. These experts are even able to discuss upgrade options, helping each buyer find his or her perfect vehicle for the job. Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealerships come equipped to answer questions about financing. When you search for a commercial vehicle at one of these centers, you’ll feel informed and in control along the way.

We’re Here to Help!

If you’re ready to find the best commercial vehicle for your job and your lifestyle, contact us at Friendly Ford. We offer the best service possible to everyone who walks through the door. We look forward to setting up with one of America’s favorite commercial vehicles!