Community Organizations Close to Home, and Our Hearts

Here at Waldorf Ford, our community is the absolute foundation of our success, and the non-profit organizations that assist our community members (and pets) are organizations that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Donations from the community are the foundations for success with many of these organizations, and for most, a small donation goes a long way.

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Here are a few organizations that we hold near and dear to our hearts, who you may want to consider donating to this year:

Southern Maryland Food Bank and Outreach Services

Our Place Waldorf

Charles County HARC

Humane Society of Charles County

Although there are several community organizations that we think the world, of, we thought we’d name a few that you might want to consider sponsoring, the next time you’re looking to give back to your community.

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Ford GT Seeks To Outperform Ferrari

All-NewFordGT_01_HRYeah that’s right, Ford is gunning for European super cars in 2016 with its third fabrication of its 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans victor, the GT. The Blue Oval hyper-car stole the spotlight at this years’ North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this weekend putting many rumors to rest. If you’re looking for a supercharged V-8, you’re not going to find it here. That’s right, the engineers at Ford have replaced the previous eight-cylinder engine found in the 2005-06 GT with a super-freak 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V-6! Producing 600 HP  in the mid-mounted engine, and launching 0-60 MPH in 3.0 seconds Fords’ GT is a competitive stock in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans race.All-NewFordGT_03_HR

Spectators at the NAIAS we’re in love at first sight when they met the new GT this week because of its exotic breathtaking body design. Ford embraced its revolutionary aluminum infrastructure with super-car carbon fiber technology in the framework to give the GT a striking power to weight ratio. Built to win, the Ford’s super-car is equipped with racing style torsion bar push rod setup suspension with adjustable ride height. Like its competitor the McLaren P1, the GT is designed with active aerodynamics such as a rear spoiler whose height and angle calibrate to the cars momentum. Driven by a seven speed dual clutch transaxle transmission the 20 inch wheels surrounded by Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires we’re specifically designed for Fords‘ GT. And what’s going to bring this raging asphalt shredding monster to a halt? Ford’s performance engineered carbon ceramic breaks intended for hyperactive competition.

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Enter inside the cockpit of this sleek and sexy hyper-car and you’ll be turned on immediately. Set up like a F1 car, the seat is fixed with steering and pedals adjustable to meet the pilots’ preferences. No clutter on the steering column, drivers will be able to emerge themselves into the world-class performance with Ford’s simplistic layout. A few electronic buttons linked to the latest SYNC technology and sport-car paddle shifters is all you’ll find. Not mimicking the older model too much, the interior was digitally remastered for a more futuristic driving experience. I can’t assure you the delivery date, but I can assure you that this carbon fiber machine won’t be cheap. It’s predecessor hit dealers with a $140,000 sticker in late 2004 for the 2005 model year, so we’ll anxiously await from the manufacturer on details about pricing and delivery for the new GT.     All-NewFordGT_11_HR

2440 Crain HWY

Waldorf, MD 20601

301.843.2400

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Holy Truck! 2015 Ford F-150 Is Better Than Ever

For the last few months all I’ve been hearing about is the 2015 Ford F-150 and today I got the chance to test drive one. First off, believe everything you read by the automotive critics when they tell you that this truck is going to be the hottest truck of the year! I’m a truck guy, I’ve been driving an F-series truck since the age of 16, so I’m going to be it’s biggest critic.

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2015 Ford F-150 XLT at Waldorf Ford

The first thing I did was walk around the truck to inspect the body lines, feel the new aluminum body, and jump up in the bed. Ford did a fantastic job with this aggressive looking front end. To me it’s a more manly look the way the hood lines flow into the chrome horseshoe shaped grill. Notice the fog lights, last year we had circular fog lights, this year Ford squared them up to compliment the rest of the edges on the front end.

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When I got to the back of the truck I opened up the tailgate. As a matter of fact I opened the tailgate about three times because I couldn’t believe how light it was! And don’t get it twisted, it wasn’t light in a poor quality way but light in a performance perspective. The tailgate was thick too, unlike a lot of other tailgates I’ve opened. Everything felt secure on the back end, and looked really well. You can see in this photo how well that body line about 6 inches down from the top wraps around the bed of the F-150 across the taillights and onto the tailgate. IMG_0208

So from here I was eager to see the interior so I jumped on in with no hesitation. Immediately I noticed the new dash that Ford has created. That rectangle – horseshoe look that we saw on the front end is replicated into the dash using the chrome outlined air vents, and SYNC entertainment system. Attention to detail is important, and Ford executed the appearance of this F-150 really well. IMG_0202

Though it’s only a minor component to this masterpiece, the power outlets on the dash of the ’15 Ford F-150 meet the needs of all consumers. From your traditional cigarette lighter socket, to a 110-V household power socket, to USB, this blue oval beast can charge about everything. IMG_0203 (1)

My next highlight is going to be the space in this 2015 F-150, which for me hasn’t been a problem because the more recent F-150’s have always had plenty of room. But what I’m so excited about is the extra width of this truck. I first noticed this when I sat in the back seat of the truck. I’m 6ft. 1in. and this was my position in the backseat with the driver’s seat fitted to another 6ft. person. A lot of room right? And not only room in front of me, but room to the side as well! I felt like 3 large adults could sit comfortably next to each other with out breaking into ones’ personal space.
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Fellas have you ever rode in a truck with your buddy or co-worker and kept bumping elbows because the arm rest was just too narrow? Awkward, I know! You won’t have this problem in the 2015 F-150 unless of course you and your passenger are built like the Incredible Hulk. Ford used it’s extra cab width right by making more room in the middle for arms, or perhaps another person. IMG_0206

Now, the best part of this whole first experience was putting this tough monster on the highway! As soon as I let the break out, and turned out of the parking spot I could tell that the truck drove smooth. The steering wheel felt right, everything rolled like I was floating on a magic carpet. For a minute there I forgot I was driving a truck. Then, as I entered onto the highway I put the pedal to the metal to see what this bad boy had in it. Wow! That 3.5L Ecoboost  V6 had my jaw on the floor, and the wheels turning. I couldn’t believe there was just 6 cylinders to this machine and not eight. I’ve had a V8 in all of my trucks, but to be honest, none of them really gave me the thrill that the ’15 just did. From the acceleration, to the breaking, and turning the ’15 Ford F-150 had me wishing I could drive this every day.

So now you know my thoughts on the highly anticipated 2015 Ford F-150 at first glance. It’s your turn to come into Waldorf Ford and experience the thrill of the 2015 truck of the year.

2440 Crain Hwy Waldorf, MD 20601

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Brand New Alignment Check Machine in Waldorf Ford’s Service Lane!

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Waldorf Ford’s Service Department

Today I was pleasantly surprised to see our service lane transformed.  What was once a very nice and steady service drive lane, here at your local Southern Maryland Ford Dealer, was now an active and exciting place!  It was great to see both service employees and customers actively engaged in their vehicle health!

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Chris conducting a Wheel Alignment

Today was the debut of the brand new wheel alignment check machine. Here is some trivia for you: Did you know that approximately 60% of vehicles are out of alignment?  After hearing that percentage many customers (me included) were definitely taking advantage of this complementary service.  I was asked by Hunter Engineering’s manufacturer representative if I would like a complementary vehicle inspection that only took 3 minutes!  I thought awesome!  Convenient and FREE?  What more could I ask for? I did have some questions though.  It just seemed too good to be true.  Questions like: how were they able to inspect my vehicle in such a short amount of time? How did the computer work? How could it be free?

Well,  Hunter Engineering Company‘s Representative was very excited about the freshly installed alignment check machine and was more than happy to explain how it worked.  He also encouraged me to learn how the process worked.  He first gave me a step by step demonstration on the inspection process and before I knew it; I was able to inspect the vehicle myself!

The Hunter Quick Check Inspection Process is more than just an alignment quick check system; it allows the operator to optimally test key maintenance items like batteries and tires.

Did you know that over 10% of vehicles have battery related issues? Like many of us, the battery is an afterthought but it’s so easy to test. So, the first thing we did was test battery.  During the test we made sure that it was within OEM (Original equipment) specifications.  Luckily mine was Green for Good; not Red for Bad!

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Inspector Chris checking the Battery

Also, did you know that over 20% of vehicles have one or more tires in need of replacement? That’s right, so that’s why we checked for tire tread depth and tire pressure. What was most cool about this was that they let me check the tire tread depth and pressure on my own – it was so easy!  I got to use this super cool Tread-Depth tool that allowed you one or three-point tire readings.

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Tire Tread Depth Tool

Finally, we determined whether the vehicle needed a wheel alignment. Everything was in the green which was good.

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All of this information was taken by a photo capture that then forwarded to the control console.  Which then after calculating was able to create a special customized printout that clearly outlined all my test results!

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This process was super cool and quick. Thank you to Waldorf Ford’s Service Department! The FREE Wheel alignment Quick Inspection definitely gave me piece of mind!

Stop by Waldorf Ford’s Service Department for your FREE Alignment Check!