Ford Helps Businesses Design Ultimate ‘Billboard on Wheels’ Through New Custom Graphics Tool

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  • Ford helps business owners design, quote, share and purchase custom-designed vehicle wraps through redesigned and simplified Ford Commercial Graphics tool
  • Improvements to the tool include access to more than 5 million images from the library of Getty Images, and an on-call designer to help businesses design their brand image
  • Custom options are available for the all-new Ford Transit family; the tool can be used by both small and large businesses to create a custom “billboard on wheels”

WALDORF, Maryland, 2013 – Entrepreneurs and businesses that want to develop the ultimate “billboard on wheels” now have access to Ford’s redesigned custom vehicle graphics site, http://www.fordcommercialgraphics.com/.

Improvements to the Ford Commercial Graphics tool have made the process of creating, ordering and purchasing vehicle wraps simpler than ever. The tool’s cleaner interface, ability to better customize images visually and streamlined ordering process provides customers with more control than ever to develop their brand image, said Greg Basiliko.

“The site accommodates a variety of designs and budgets – from businesses that operate a single vehicle to larger fleets,” Greg Basiliko added. “Graphics are a tremendous way to make a first impression and the retooling of this site helps customers make a better design more easily.”

For even more choices and inspiration, customers now have the ability to tap into more than 5 million images from the library of Getty Images, a world leader in stock photos. Customers also can upload their own pictures.

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A new service through 3M, the company that produces Ford Commercial Graphics, allows customers to work with on-staff designers to develop a theme for their vehicle, helping businesses enhance their brand.

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“It’s a true advantage to have design experts take customers through the design process of their vehicle wrap,” Greg Basiliko said. “The business still has control over the design of its graphic, but our team can help them refine their brand image.”

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All production is done in-house, and installation is handled by Waldorf Ford or a specially trained installation company obtained through Waldorf Ford. Designs are covered with a clear over-laminate to add durability to the product and lessen the effects of UV light on the material. Graphics are designed to last from three to five years.

The site also allows customers to share their designs through social media sites including Facebook, giving businesses the opportunity to become even more interactive with their community and receive early feedback on designs.

Operators of the original Ford Transit Connect were among the first to take advantage of customizing their vehicles through this graphics service. Now Ford offers the option throughout its fleet of commercial vehicles so that customers of F-Series Super Duty, E-Series, the new Transit Connect and the upcoming Transit van can raise awareness for their business.

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“One of the strengths of Ford’s commercial vehicles, like the Transit family, is that they are available in several configurations that can be easily customized for small-business owners,” said Greg Basiliko.  “This website mirrors that versatility to allow customers to create their vision of the ideal rolling billboard for their business.”

For more information on this please visit Waldorf Ford located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20601 or call (301) 843-2400.

Waldorf Ford Makes Driveway Car-Washing Easy and Fun with Tips and Video

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Waldorf Ford Makes Driveway Car-Washing Easy and Fun with Tips and Video

Waldorf, Maryland, 2013 – Saving a few dollars, getting a little exercise in the sun or prepping your classic for a summer cruise are just a few reasons to clean your vehicle by hand.

Besides, a freshly-washed and cleaned car just looks better, right?

Waldorf Ford has some tips for the next time you’re in the mood to grab a hose and a bucket to make the star of your driveway look its best.

Visit http://www.TheFordStory.com to watch “Ford Makes Car-Washing Easy,” a short and entertaining video featuring Gerry Bonanni, senior engineer, Paint and Body Repair and the Ford GT Mustang.

Cleaning your car’s exterior:

• Be well-soaked: Make sure the car is fully rinsed off first and kept wet during the wash. You want to float the dirt off the surface

• Use the right soap: Ford recommends soap specifically formulated for cars. “Even a mild dishwashing liquid can strip wax protection and possibly cause waterspotting concerns,” said Gerry Bonanni, senior engineer, Paint and Body Repair

• Grab your mitt: Ford recommends a sponge or wool mitt. Keep the sponge or mitt wet and sudsy to help float the dirt away instead of rubbing or scratching the surface

• Start at the top: Wash the top, then the sides and save the bottom for last, which is where the most grit typically accumulates

• Dry it off: Use a water blade and a soft towel to fully dry the vehicle

• Wax on: Ford recommends waxing your car to help keep the surface protected

• Wiper blades: Use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol

Each Ford vehicle undergoes a five-layer paint process designed to enhance long-term durability. The procedure starts with a pretreatment that protects against corrosion and ends with a clearcoat that aids in reducing chips and scratches.

Cleaning your car’s interior:

• Instrument panel: Wipe the instrument panel, interior trim areas and cluster lens with a clean, damp white cotton cloth, then use a clean and dry white cotton cloth to dry those areas. Household or glass cleaners are not recommended

• Vacuum: For fabric, carpets, cloth seats and safety belts, use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and loose dirt

• Use the right cleaners: Ford recommends using auto-specific carpet and upholstery cleaner for light stains. If grease or tar is present, Ford recommends spot-cleaning the area first with an auto-specific spot-and-stain remover

• For leather seats: For routine cleaning, wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth. For more thorough cleaning, wipe the surface with a mild soap-and-water solution. Dry the area with a soft cloth. Leather cleaning products designed for automotive interiors also are available

Summer-specific issues
Ford recommends never washing a vehicle that is hot to the touch or during exposure to strong, direct sunlight. In addition to warm weather, summer also presents other challenges when it comes to keeping your car looking nice. When you’re hit with the following, try to clean off quickly and follow these tips:

• Bird droppings, bugs, suntan lotion, insect repellent: Wash off with car wash soap and water as soon as possible
• Tree sap and tar: Use a good quality bug and tar remover and wax afterward
• Bothered by bugs? Going on a long trip and don’t want to face a windshield and/or bumper full of dead insects by the time you arrive? Wipe down your windshield with a tumble dryer sheet; bugs won’t stick to the glass as easily. Also, give your bumpers the once-over with cooking spray
• Don’t scratch it; smear it: Can’t get that sticker from the amusement park or beach parking lot off your window? Saturate it with cooking oil before you start scrubbing

Here are a couple of tips aimed at those who display their vehicles at car shows.

To clean aluminum wheels and wheel covers:
• Use wheel and tire cleaner. Heavy dirt and brake dust accumulation may require a little elbow grease with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly with a strong stream of water
• Never apply any cleaning chemical to hot or warm wheel rims or covers

To clean the engine:
• Take care when using a power washer. The high-pressure fluid could penetrate sealed parts and cause damage
• Do not spray a hot engine with cold water. You could crack the engine block or other engine components
• Use specially formulated engine shampoo and degreaser
• The battery and filters need to be covered when cleaning. Refer to your owner’s manual
• Never wash or rinse the engine while it is hot or running; water in the running engine may cause internal damage
• Never wash or rinse any ignition coil, spark plug wire or spark plug well, or the area in and around these locations

Be sure to refer to your vehicle owner guide or contact Waldorf Ford for more cleaning and care information.

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Hwy in Waldorf, Maryland 20601. Call 301-843-2400.

Join us for Waldorf Ford’s Customer Appreciation Day! Saturday, June 8th, 2013!

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Who: Everyone is welcome!  Current customers, friends, family, children, and anyone in the community! Come one, come all!!!

What: Please Join us for Waldorf Ford’s 13th Annual Customer Appreciation Day Event!!!

When: Saturday, June 8th, 2013! From 10 am to 2 pm!

Where: Waldorf Ford, located at 2440 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20601.

Phone: (301) 843-2400.

Why:  The annual Customer Appreciation event was created in 2000, as a way to give back to our community and give THANKS to all of our customers and all the children.

“It is our way of saying thanks to the community by providing a free service to parents to safeguard our children.  During Customer Appreciation day we provide a free DNA life print for kids all while making it fun for the whole family.  We provide food, games, activities, and prizes to give thanks and to show our customers how important they are to us,”  said Greg Basiliko, General Manager of Waldorf Ford & Dodge.

What to expect:  There will be food, clowns, games, karaoke, prizes, Free DNA Life Print for children, visits from the Humane Society of Charles County, and lots more!

Come rain or shine!  We look forward to seeing all of you there tomorrow and THANK YOU!

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Hwy in Waldorf, MD just 15 minutes south of Washington, DC.

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