Ford Drives U

schoolThe “broke college student” stereotype exists for a reason. Between the rising cost of tuition and how much money students spend on textbooks every semester, the prospect of purchasing a new car can seem like a distant post-graduation dream.

However, Ford is here to help. With the Ford Drives U program, eligible college students can apply for a $500 incentive and better finance rates; now that distant dream of owning your own brand-new car can become a not-so-distant reality.

You can sign up for the $500 in bonus cash right on Ford’s website to see if you’re eligible for the program. Once you sign up, you’re pre-registered until Ford approves you for great rates through Ford Credit.

In order to be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time student at an accredited four-year college or university, junior college, community college, or trade school
  • Graduate between the dates of May 1, 2014 through January 3rd, 2017 (yes, recent graduates are still eligible!)
  • Be a student in an accredited Graduate School program

The Ford Drive U program began January 5, 2016 and will end January 3, 2017. Only Ford vehicles in the model years 2016 and 2017 are applicable. In order to become approved for the program, you must bring Proof of Student Eligibility, including a copy of your diploma, a copy of your final transcript, a letter of intent, or proof of enrollment status such as a current class schedule, reported card, or a dated letter from the school itself. Applicants must be enrolled in at least two classes or the equivalent of six credit hours.

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.

Enter Our Mother’s Day Photo Contest!

From the team here at Friendly Ford, we sincerely hope you had a great Mother’s Day! Now that you have celebrated, be sure to enter a photo of you and your mom into our Photo Contest via Facebook. The winner of our contest will receive a $50 gift card to the Bulldog Ale House!

Enter Our Mother's Day Photo Contest!

How would you like to take your mom out for a nice dinner… ON US? It’s easy! All you have to do is “Like” us on Facebook and then visit http://friendlyford.pgtb.me/C29Gn0. There you will find all of our entries and the form to submit your own. The person with the most votes by May 16th at 12PM ET will be our winner! Get your friends and family to vote for your photo. We will announce the winner and post all of the photos we received on our Facebook page!

Join the fun and enter our Mother’s Day Photo Contest! You could win a $50 gift card to the Bulldog Ale House here in Roselle!

Ford Sends ST Owners to Octane Academy

Octane Academy

2014 Ford Fiesta

Ferrari and Jaguar send buyers of their most exotic racecars to racetrack lessons; what’s the point of owning a Ferrari and not knowing how to tame the beast? These automakers don’t want you making a fool of their cars while you’re out and about, trying to strut your stuff.

Not all of us can afford a Ferrari or a Jaguar, but for driving enthusiasts in the market for a more reasonable sports car, Ford is offering a free day of training at the ST Octane Academy to anyone who buys a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST.

Ford Fiesta ST Specifications

Focus ST Specifications

Located at Miller Motorsports Park near Park City, Utah, the Octane Academy happens to be one of America’s longest, most lavish racetracks, according to Yahoo Autos. The Miller Motorsports Park opened in 2006 and has been ground zero for Ford driver training, including extreme off-roading.

Octane Academy

2014 Ford Focus

The training day begins with a classroom session which outlines safety, the track, and an overview of the program. Everyone then heads to their cars and the real fun begins. Drivers practice rotating the cars around cones at 90 and 180-degrees using steering, clutch and handbrake, and even go so far as to practice reverse 180-degree spins.

Next up: an intense timed autocross course where drivers wind and sprint through orange cones, including slalom and figure 8’s.

After lunch, drivers are hooked up to outriggers that raise the car’s tires slightly off the pavement, creating a simulation of driving on ice. It can’t all be fun and games, can it?

The day wraps up with a visit to the East portion of the Miller circuit. Instructors get in the passenger seats and offer invaluable tips over the course of six laps. After that, drivers get wide-open free time to put their new skills to work and push their cars to their limits.

All in a day’s work, right?

Stop by Friendly Ford to learn more and check out a Ford Fiesta ST or Focus ST for yourself!

Car Show, Customer Appreciation Day, and Blood Drive at Friendly Ford

Summer is now in full swing and August it right around the corner. It’s an exciting month for those in the Roselle area. Bears preseason will be kicking that month, AND there are some big events going on at Friendly Ford as well.

On Saturday August 10th, Friendly Ford will be hosting our Car Show & Customer Appreciation Day. The show is designed to accommodate Ford, Lincoln, Mercury & all other makes and models too. Rods Customs vintage classic bikes will be there too. There is no fee, compliments of Friendly Ford. This is just our way of showing our customers our appreciation. There will be food service on site and 50 awards will be given out. The registration is from 9:00 AM to 12 PM with the awards given out at 3:30 PM.

Also going on at the same time same place is the Friendly Ford Blood Drive on Saturday August 10th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM right here at our dealership. To schedule your appointment go to www.heardlandbc.org and click in the box “Warm Hearts Clube” or contact Jenny Yockey at 630-924-8686. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are still welcome. Please eat a healthy meal prior to donating and remember to bring your photo ID.

Mark your calendar and be sure to come out to Friendly Ford on August 10th! We hope to see you there!