Get Your Vehicle Ready for Fall at Waldorf Ford

Fall can be a busy time for any family, especially if you have kids. Between the new school year starting, extra-curricular activities, and the busy (and quickly approaching) holiday season, it’s hard to find the time to do anything, let alone prepare your car for inclement weather. Although it’s tough to find the time, it’s very important to do so, to ensure your family is safe on the road.

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Here are a few tips for safe travel when going into the Fall months:

  • Inspect Your Tires: Fall and Winter usually mean slippery conditions. Between wet leaves laying on the road and rain, sleet, and snow in the winter, you’ll want to ensure you have tires with ample tread to ensure you have good traction.
  • Check Lights: Ask a friend or family member to come outside with you while you turn on and off each light to ensure all are working properly. Fall means less day light. Make sure your lights work good while you still have time!
  • Replace Wiper Blades: Fall and Winter mean sleet, snow, rain, and everything in between. Make sure your windshield wipers can get through anything before the bad weather starts.
  • Make Sure Defroster Works: Check the functionality of your front and rear defroster to make sure they’re working properly to avoid having your windows fog up.
  • Check Your Battery: Nothing is worse than being in a hurry on a cool fall morning, just to find out that your car battery is dead. Hook up a battery tester to your car’s battery to ensure it’s in proper working order.
  • Check All Fluid Levels: Make sure you have enough fluids in your car (windshield, power steering, brake, transmission, and coolant). There’s nothing worse than an overheating car when you’re in a rush to get the kids to school.

Our technicians are ready and waiting to help you get your vehicle fall-ready—make an appointment with Waldorf Ford’s Service Department today!

The 2017 Ford Mustang: Your Dream Awaits You

The Ford Mustang has been around for 51 years, with the first Mustang produced in 1965. Since then, generations of Ford lovers have come to cherish the sporty car, at car shows, with collector’s editions, and with memorabilia.

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Here at Waldorf Ford, we love the Mustang, and we’re sure that you’ll fall in love, if you haven’t already. With models that acquire 31 highway miles per gallon, and 22 in the city—the 2017 Ford Mustang is nothing short of spectacular.

You’ll have the option to purchase your new Mustang with a 6-speed select shift manual transmission and a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, or a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 5.0L V8 Ti-VCT engine, your ride will never be boring. We have a wide variety of colors and trims to choose from, as well as both convertible and hard-top models to choose from.

If you’ve had your eye on a Mustang for a while, but weren’t quite sure whether or not the Mustang lifestyle is for you, we have the perfect way to help you decide.

On Saturday, September 10, Waldorf Ford will be hosting the Southern Maryland Mustang Club Show. Stop in, mingle, check out the beautiful cars on display and decide for yourself. We’re sure you won’t regret your decision, that is, if you choose to buy one.

Football Tailgating Hacks for your Ford F-150

Pre-season football is already in full swing, and the regular season will be starting in just a couple of short weeks.

There is nothing better than going to a Washington Redskins game with your family and friends, enjoying the atmosphere, the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs cooking, and the all-around good time you have, even before the game starts.

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We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tailgating tips that you are sure to love, and you can put them to great use in your brand new Ford F-150 this year!

  • Keep a toolbox in the back of your truck, stocked full of cooking utensils, silverware, trash bags, condiments and other essentials that are easy to forget when rushing to the game. Having these items available to you without having to pack them each time will save you a ton of time.
  • Cut up and prepare all of your fixings beforehand—shape your burger patties and refrigerate between wax paper sheets, cut up all lettuce, tomato and onions so that they’re ready to go before you head to the game. Pack all of your perishable items into a cooler with plenty of ice, and load it into your F-150.
  • Throw a large plastic bin into the back of your F-150 to bring back used dishes and trash that may not have made it to a garbage can. Fill an old laundry detergent jug with water to use as a hand sanitizing station.
  • Keep a metal bucket in the back of your F-150 to throw potentially hot grilling ashes into, rather than leaving them in the grill or on-site.
  • Buy an inexpensive set of plastic drawers and keep them in the back of your truck. Keep the drawers stocked full of essentials like cooking spray, aluminum foil, plastic cups or utensils, and paper plates.

Keeping all of these items in the back of your F-150 might not seem ideal, but, with a cover on the bed of your truck, you’ll hardly even know they are there. Visit us online to discover bedcovers and liners to get your F-150 ready for football season

Vehicle Spotlight: Ford Escape

The 2017 Ford Escape is one of our favorite vehicles of all-time, and it’s been turning heads left and right, recently.

With the new, sleek and sporty style, and 21 city MPG and 29 highway MPG, the crossover is one of our top selling vehicles, and we completely understand why.

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There are three trim styles available; the Ford Escape S, Ford Escape SE, and the Ford Escape Titanium. All three of the models include 6-Speed SelectShift, power windows and door locks, a storage bin under the floor, touch controls on the steering wheel, and flat-fold rear seats. In addition, a 6-speaker AM/FM radio with a CD player, MP3 and auxiliary input, as well as a communication and entertainment system are included on the Ford Escape.

All models are standard equipped with front and rear anti-lock brakes, AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, and a rear-view camera. Advanced safety technologies include adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping system, and enhanced active park assist.

The Base S Trim comes with a 2.5L, 4-Cylinder Engine with 168hp that gets an EPA estimated 22 MPG in the City and 31 MPG on the Highway. The SE and Titanium come standard with a 180hp 1.5-Liter EcoBoost engine, with an optional 245hp 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine available instead.

The two EcoBoost equipped Escapes come with Auto Start-Stop Technology which will help fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving. The S Trim can only be purchased as a two-wheel drive but the other two models give you the option of four-wheel drive.

Also available is SYNC Connect, which allows you to start, lock, unlock and locate your vehicle from virtually anywhere using your smartphone.

Check out what your trade is worth, and then stop in and test drive one for yourself—you won’t regret it!

 

Ford Mustang GT Gets New Power Packages

The 435 horsepower under the hood of the new Ford Mustang GT is already enough to turn heads, and when paired with the superior handling, you’ll find that the GT is already an incredible specimen of a vehicle. There is enough power in the standard engine of the GT to knock you back, but there is enough power to keep you in control. Straight from the start, fans of performance cars were blown away with the power inside the Mustang GT, but Ford, always looking to impress, recently announced the release of three additional performance packages that will be available for the Ford Mustang.

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Power packs, the first of the power packages, is a stage package of parts and engine tunes that will work on cars from 2015 to 2017 model years. Power pack one is a basic package that features a K&N high-flow air filter and an ECU tune, which increases the horsepower by 13 and boosts the torque by 16 lb-ft. The power pack one also grants the driver an increase in low-end torque as well, providing an additional 40 lb-ft when the engine reaches 1500 rpm.

The other two packages come with features that were lifted from the Shelby GT350, with their own individual tuning calibrations and different parts. The power pack 2 features the cold-air intake from the GT350, plus an 87-mm throttle body. This brings the driver a 21 horsepower increase and a 24 lb-ft increase in torque. The power pack 3 adds all the features of the power pack 2, plus the intake manifold of the GT350. This brings the driver 37 more horses under the hood and five more lb-ft of peak torque. When the engine hits 7500 rpm, look out for 60 more horsepower.

Ford Adds Sync 3 to All 2017 Models

The Ford Motor Company is expanding the placement of the Sync 3 infotainment system into all 2017 models. Back in 2007, Ford made history by becoming the first U.S. automotive maker with a technology system in place that integrates with the driver’s mobile phone into the dashboard when they teamed up with Microsoft. Your friends at Ford continue to make history by being one of the first automakers to place a uniform technology system in all models.

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The Sync 3 infotainment system was introduced to Ford drivers in the 2016 Ford Escape, America’s favorite crossover vehicle. When it came to 2016 models though, not all models possessed the SYNC infotainment system. For instance, those who bought a standard 2016 Ford Explorer were previously left without a Sync 3 infotainment system.

But starting in Fall, all brand new 2017 Ford vehicles will have the infotainment system. Every single car, SUV, EV, and light truck in the entire Ford line up will possess this feature, so no longer will customer have to fret about whether or not their new Ford will have a Sync 3. All vehicles will now be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through their Sync 3 system.

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The Ford Sync 3 was a massive improvement when it comes to infotainment systems. Ford responded to critics by creating a vastly better system than the one present in previous models. This version of the infotainment system in more usable and more convenient than ever. With a new look that is far from rudimental, the Sync 3 is everything you want out of your dashboard technology. The simplicity and speed of the system are two of the most attractive aspects of the Sync 3 system.

Ford recently released the Sync 3 AppLink Emulator in an effort to ease the cost of making apps for the Sync platform. The developer simply needs a smartphone and a computer with emulator software. Ford stated the company has over 15,000 registered AppLink developers and almost 100 AppLink apps across the world. Ford continues to pave the way in the automotive industry and Waldorf Ford is ecstatic to be along for the ride.

Get Your Student Driving in Style for the 2016-2017 School Year at Waldorf Ford

It’s the end of July, which means only about a month left until school starts in the Southern Maryland area.

 

Parents of high school and college students are not only preparing to buy all of the clothes, shoes, and school supplies to get your kids off to a great start, but what about a new car to keep them driving safely to and from class?

Waldorf Ford is the go-to destination for back-to-school vehicles for the 2016-2017 school year. With a wide variety of Ford models, you’re sure to find your student’s new car, for a great price!

The Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Ford Fusion make wonderful first cars. From the unbeatable fuel efficiency to the unmatched drivability, you’ll find a car that makes both you, and your pocket-book happy!

The Ford Fiesta is an attractive sedan, that is a treat to drive in itself. With 28 city miles and 36 mpg highway, how could you go wrong?

Slightly larger, the Ford Focus is also an awesome pick for a first-time buyer. With the newly re-designed style, 27 city miles and 40 mpg highway, you’re sure to love this car. Buyers have the option to choose between three designs, with options of including 15, 16, 17, and 18 inch wheels.

The Ford Fusion is one of America’s favorite cars. The redesigned look of the Ford Fusion makes it a sleek, clean and beautiful choice for a first car. With optional technology such as a rearview camera, satellite radio, all-wheel drive, active park assist, blind-spot monitoring, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, a navigation system and the amazing lane keeping system, your student is sure to love their new car.

If you’re looking for something a little more spacious, why not try the Ford Escape? This beautiful small SUV is the solution to your problem if you’re looking for something larger but that won’t break the bank in fuel efficiency.

So, what are you waiting for? Your student’s dream car is just a click, call, or visit away!