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!

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!

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

The third week of September has officially been named National Drive Electric Week.

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2014 Ford C-MAX Energi

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make the switch to an electric or hybrid car and how it will change your life, there are two Drive Electric events close to Roselle, Illinois. One is in Naperville and the other is in Chicago.

On Sunday, September 21, the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association will host a Ride & Drive event to showcase the benefits of living an electric vehicle (EV) lifestyle. The event will be held at the Naperville Car Test track from 1pm to 4pm. with many EV owners on-hand to answer questions.

For a larger event, head to Daley Plaza in Chicago on Friday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There you can talk to EV experts and owners and even test drive a few EV cars yourself.

Once you have the information you need, check out the 2014 Ford C-MAX Energi that’s available now at Friendly Ford. The C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid car that will give you up to 19 miles of electric-only driving on a fully-charged battery. When the battery is depleted, the car switches over to hybrid mode and uses both gas and electricity. All combined, this gives the C-MAX an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 38 mpg combined.

Will you be attending either Drive Electric Week event?

Order your 2015 Ford Mustang from Friendly Ford!

Order your 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang – Available for order at Friendly Ford!

It’s that time… the time we have all been waiting for! That’s right; you can now order your very own 2015 Ford Mustang! Pony up in the American classic! Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the 2015 offers more power, performance, comfort, and technology than ever before.

New for the 2015 model year, the Mustang is available with a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that offers efficiency and plenty of power for your drive. Take your choice of the new 4 cylinder, a 3.7-liter V6 or a 5.0-liver V8.

Inside the 2015 Mustang, you will find only the best in up-to-date features. Some of our favorites include MyFord Touch infotainment system, Intelligent Key passive entry system, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and powertrain driving modes.

If you have a need for power and a knack for design, check out the completely redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang! Right now, you can order your new 2015 from our dealership in Roselle! If you would like to wait to see the Mustang in-person before you buy, it should arrive at our dealership sometime this fall! Give us a call at (866) 928-7905 if you have any questions or would like to order your 2015 Ford Mustang!

A Peek at the 2015 Ford Expedition

A Peek at the 2015 Ford Expedition

2014 Ford Expedition

2015 may be almost a whole year away, but the 2015 models are starting to appear among automakers. One of the highly anticipated Ford models for 2015 is the Ford Expedition. If you happened to be at the Auto Show in Dallas on February 19th, you got a peek at the 2015 Ford Expedition.

New for the 2015 model year, the Expedition will be available with only one engine option. The 2015 fullsize SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine replacing the 2014’s 5.4-liter V8. Ford wants to help drivers get better fuel economy and better low-end torque with the V6 swap.

The 2015 looks very similar to its 2014 counterpart. Ford has put a new three-bar grille on the front and has restyled the headlamps. The rear of the Expedition gets slightly revamped with a chrome tip exhaust and more accents on the hatch.

At Friendly Ford, we are excited to see what the new 2015 Expedition has in store! Be sure to swing by Autoblog to view pictures of the recently unveiled Expedition and be sure to stop by our dealership in Roselle, Illinois to check out the 2014 model.

Winter-Ready Features

Winter-Ready FeaturesIn Roselle, we have had our fair share of cold weather days – in fact, months of it! Below is a list of winter-ready features that make winter driving a little more enjoyable.

  • Heated Seats – These are perfect on mornings where you don’t have enough time to let your car run long enough for it to heat up the entire inside. Heated Seats can take the chill away sooner, making your drive in to work a little more enjoyable.
  • Heated Mirrors – These are great on days when your car is covered in ice! Instead of having to scrape the ice off of your mirrors, your car does it for you!
  • Winter-Ready Features

    2014 Ford Explorer Interior

    Have an all-wheel drive option – AWD and 4×4 vehicles can make you feel a little bit better about hitting the road when there are inches of snow on the ground.

  • Remote Start – This comes in handy in the mornings! You can turn your car on and get the heat running from inside your warm and cozy home. When you’re ready to hit the road, your car is too!
  • Dual Zone Heating – You and your passenger can choose the temperature that is just right for them! This way you will not be too hot or too cold.

Many of these features are available on Ford models found at our dealership! Which winter-ready feature is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below!

Model T Driving Class

Model T Driving Class

1912 Ford Model T

Ever wondered what it would be like to drive a Ford Model T? The Gilmore Car Museum which is located about 3 hours away from our dealership will be offering driving classes to people of all ages during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons in 2014. The Gilmore Car Museum located in Hickory Corners, Michigan offers a whole day of vehicle exhibits.

The Ford Model T was assembled in Detroit on 1908. The Model T engine was placed in 15,000,000 automobiles within 19 years! The introduction of the assembly line in 1914 enabled Ford to produce more automobiles than any other company of that time. The Ford Model T remains an important part of American History.

The Model T Driving Class lasts for about two and a half hours and is limited to 18 students per class. Classes will be offered on May 3rd, June 22nd, July 22nd, August 23rd, and September 14th. The driving class is only $95 and it includes a tour of the museum. If you are interested in taking part in one of the classes, be sure to call and reserve your spot at 269-671-5089. You can also check out their website for additional information.

Holiday Events in Roselle and Beyond

In our beautiful village of Roselle, tradition truly does meet tomorrow during the holidays. If you’re looking for holiday events in Roselle and the Chicago area, you won’t have to travel far to find the holiday spirit. Here are some of our favorite events here at Friendly Ford:

ZooLights at the Lincoln Zoo

At the top of our list is a must-see for the whole family. The ZooLights at the Lincoln Zoo is a spectacle that you won’t soon forget.  Lit up on November 29th, this twinkling wonderland will continue to shine each night until January 5th (closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). ZooLights is a free event, so bring the kids on to meet Santa and some of his wild zoo friends. For more information, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/.

Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest

The outdoors a bit chilly for you? How about a winter wonderland that takes place entirely indoors? The Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest does just that, featuring carnival rides and ice skating amid the sights and sounds of the season. Marvel at the themed Christmas trees decorated by community groups, meet Santa, and even take part in the Craft Corner and Winter WonderTown. Visit http://www.winterwonderfest.com for more information on this magical event.

Holiday Exhibition Roller Derby Bout

Sure, hot cocoa and glittering lights are nice, but some people need a little more excitement in their holiday season. Here in Roselle, the Derby Dames will be competing in their Christmas best at Coachlite Skate Center. As The Griswolds, The McCallisters, The Red Ryders, and The Leg Lamps, they are going to zip, tackle, and scream holiday spirit this Saturday at 5:30pm. For more information, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/516839.

The Ford Focus Defends its Title of Best-Selling Nameplate in the World

Ford is proud to announce that the Ford Focus has defended its title Floyd Mayweather style by keeping the distinction of the Best-Selling Nameplate Worldwide. It once again owned the first half of 2013 in terms of sales. The information is based on the release of latest Polk global vehicle registration data.

Sales of the Focus were actually up 20% from a year ago during the half of 2013 with 589,709 vehicle registrations.  Demands for the Focus have been increasing especially in China and sales have been up 137% in comparison to 2012.

“The new Focus looks high-tech and meets my aesthetic expectations,” said Xiao Bing, a new Ford customer from Beijing. “It has significantly changed from the previous model. The car’s handling is great. When I test-drove it, the new Focus cornered smoothly. Overall, it’s the best combination of looks, performance, value, and fuel economy.”

The Focus may be the reigning champion but the Fiesta is wearing the championship belt as the “Best-Selling Subcompact Car Globally” with 356,434 units sold in the first half of 2013.

To check out a great selection of the top-selling car in the world, as well as the best selling subcompact, head over to Friendly Ford today.

Ford Transit Connect Taxi Begins Work in Hong Kong

A lot of people depend on their vehicles for their job, but no one does as much as a taxi driver, so when they select their car, you can bet it’s a good one.  That is why taxi drivers across the globe are opting for the Ford Transit Connect Taxi, whose popularity is growing in cities from Los Angeles to New York, and now, Hong Kong.

“Ford Transit Connect Taxi has proven itself in taxi fleets across the U.S.,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of global product development, in a press release. “Now, we are building on that success, offering the vehicle for sale in even more markets, including global cities like Hong Kong.”

In the U.S., Ford accounts for nearly 60 percent of the taxi market, and the Transit Connect Taxi’s introduction in Hong Kong could open new doors for the Dearborn automaker.

The Transit Connect Taxi that Ford has unveiled in Hong Kong boasts a clean-burning liquefied petroleum gas fuel system, which is able to flourish thanks to Hong Kong’s well-established LPG infrastructure.

Visit us today at Friendly Ford to learn more about the Transit Connect Taxi!