Get Your Ford in Tip-Top Shape this Spring

We’re nearing the beginning of Spring, and soon spring cleaning will be on everyone’s minds.

But spring cleaning isn’t only for your home or office.

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Take the time this year to make sure you properly clean your car, and get it looking it’s best for spring and summer, with these few tips:

  • Organize the glove box, and consoles. Sort through all of the paperwork in your glove box, and remove old insurance cards, vehicle registrations, and any other objects that you no longer need to cart around every day. Create a folder for your current vehicle registration and insurance card, and neatly place the important documents back inside of your glove box, to ensure that everything is there and easy to find when you need it!
  • Clean the windows—inside and out.  Wintertime driving can be pretty trying on the exterior of your car. Clean the windows extra, both inside and outside, with a clean towel, to ensure your visibility is never compromised.
  • Remove clutter from your trunk. Sort through all of the clutter in your trunk, and take out anything you might not need this summer (snow brushes, ice melt, gloves, etc.) and store them away for next year. While your trunk is clean, verify that your spare tire is in perfect, working order, just in case!
  • Scrub the exterior.  Winter time can leave salt and road grime all over the exterior of your vehicle. Be sure to scrub off the salt, especially on the lower half of your vehicle, and make sure your paint stays looking brand new!

If you’re in need of service for your vehicle, to ensure it’s running its best before you venture out for your spring and adventures, contact our Service Department, today!

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The Top 3 Reasons To Test-Drive The 2018 Ford Explorer

Thinking about buying or leasing a new SUV? If you live in Alexandria, Clinton, Annapolis or the surrounding areas, read our top 3 reasons why you should choose the 2018 Ford Explorer from Waldorf Ford!

Then, visit us today and test-drive the new Ford Explorer in your preferred trim to experience everything it has to offer!

1.  Powerful & Efficient

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes equipped with a best-in-class 365 horsepower V6 giving you enough power to tow up to 5,000lbs, when properly equipped.

Plus, with features like Curve Control and Hill Descent Control, you can take on the road with added confidence.  You can also rely on AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ to keep you steady when you tow your favorite weekend toys.

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2. Spacious Premium Interior

Take everyone along and then some!  Now your whole family can enjoy the adventure in complete comfort with seating for up to 7 passengers and 21 cu. ft. of cargo space.

Need extra room? The second row of seats features a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench and the third row has a 50/50 split folding seat gives you easy access to the back.

Plus, when properly situated, the new Explorer gives you up to 81.7 cu. ft. of cargo space.

3. Stay Safe & Connected

Stay connected wherever you go with the tech you need to make your drive smarter while keeping you focused on the road ahead. The 2018 Explorer’s available Sync® 3 system features voice command options and helpful navigation to make getting to your destination a breeze. You can also access all your favorite tunes and listen through the available Sony® Premium Audio system.

Plus, the new Ford Explorer comes equipped with the latest in safety technology like a 180-degree camera, Lane-Keeping System, and more, so you and your passengers can arrive safely to your destination.

Bonus Reason: Get Your 2018 Explorer For Less At Waldorf Ford

If you need another reason to drive the 2018 Ford Explorer, here it is: Waldorf Ford has it for less!

Schedule your test drive today to lock in your special pricing, then visit us to start saving on our lineup of new Ford Explorers!

We proudly serve drivers from Alexandria, Clinton, Annapolis or the surrounding areas!

Learn More & Test-Drive the 2018 Explorer

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Top 3 Reasons To Test-Drive The 2018 Escape At Waldorf Ford

There’s only one compact SUV that’s built for adventure, commutes and everything in between. The 2018 Ford Escape from Waldorf Ford does it all, and you can get it in 4 remarkable trims in Southern Maryland.

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1. Escape Is Powerful & Fuel Efficient

Choose between 3 innovative engines in the new Ford Escape. Its standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine delivers an optimal balance of fuel efficiency and power for the average driver. However, if you need to tow a boat, camper or other heavy object, the available 245-horsepower 2.0L EcoBoost® engine may be right for you. Pair it with the Class II Trailer Tow Package to get a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. If a gas-sipping engine is more your speed, opt for the available 1.5L turbo EcoBoost, which offers an EPA-estimated 30 MPG on the highways of Southern Maryland.

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2. Escape Has Cutting-Edge Technology

You’re always just a simple voice command away from your friends in the new 2018 Ford Escape. Equipped with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, voice-recognition and available SYNC® 3 infotainment with touchscreen display, you can make hands-free calls, stream music, access mobile apps and much more.

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3. Escape Is Filled With Smart Safety Features

The new Escape features the latest in cutting-edge safety technology. Available Lane Keeping System, Blind Spot Information System and Forward Collision Warning help you avoid impending accidents while on the road by alerting you or by taking active measures to prevent or minimize danger. Meanwhile, its standard backup camera makes backing out of your driveway or parking spot easier than ever before!

Visit Waldorf Ford in Southern Maryland to test-drive the 2018 Escape compact SUV. Waldorf Ford serves drivers in the Lexington Park, Lexington Park and Alexandria areas.

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!

Football Tailgating Hacks for your Ford F-150

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

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!

Summer Road Trip Checklist

It’s the middle of July, and you know what that means—summer vacation!

Millions of folks are packing up their cars this summer with only the sun, the sand and relaxation on their minds. But before you set sail for your summer trip, review our checklist to make sure your vehicle is travel-ready.shutterstock_259676957.jpg

  1. Check your tire pressure and tread. Low tire pressure can mean higher gas mileage, and too high of pressure can cause a flat tire, or worse, a blowout.
  2. Top off your fluids. Be sure to check your windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid and coolant before hitting the road. Taking these few steps can save you a big hassle and a big chunk of change in the long run.
  3. Clean your windows. It might seem like a silly item on the checklist, but visibility is key to safety when traveling. Take a few minutes to wash your windows—a nighttime glare on your windshield can make seeing a very difficult task.
  4. Get an oil change. Depending on what your Ford vehicle manual portrays, it is a good idea to change your oil every 3,000-7,000 miles. Changing your oil on a regular basis will keep your car running smooth.
  5. Have your brakes checked. Be sure to have a technician look over your brakes before you begin your journey—safety first!
  6. Check your belts and suspension. Make sure that your vehicle is road-ready by checking all of your belts and your suspension. A broken belt can leave you stranded, and that’s no way to start a vacation!
  7. Replace your windshield wiper blades. Don’t let a streaky windshield or heavy rain slow you down—make sure your windshield wiper blades are up-to-par.
  8. Check your lights. It’s always a good idea to do a walk-around of your car prior to leaving for your destination. Have someone sit in the car and turn on and off all of the lights (including turn signals) to ensure all lightbulbs are working correctly.
  9. Run an air conditioning test. Hot temperatures can make riding in a car without air conditioning nothing short of miserable. Have a technician make sure your AC is running nice and cool!
  10. Conduct a transmission check. Transmission failure can be a long and very expensive ordeal. Preventative maintenance and checking your transmission functionality before your trip could save you a ton of time, and money!

If you’re planning a summer road trip and need some help with conducting your road trip checklist, make an appointment with Waldorf Ford’s Service Department. Our technicians are ready and waiting to help you get your vehicle road-ready!