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!

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Big Game Sales Event

February 5th and 6th ONLY, receive a $100 Buffalo Wild Wings gift card with every vehicle purchase. While supplies last. Also, February 5th, 6th and 7th, be entered to win (with every vehicle purchase) the Sweetheart Package valued at $500!  You’ll receive a Ruth’s Chris Steak House Gift Certificate, 1 Dozen Roses, and a Men’s Care Package to Sport Clips.  This weekend only during the Big Game Sales Event! Don’t miss it!  Stop by Waldorf Ford today or shop online at www.waldorfford.com!

2440 Crain Hwy Waldorf, MD 20601

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Get into the New at Waldorf Ford

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It’s a new year and it’s time to get into a new ride at Waldorf Ford.  The time is now to experience America’s Best-Selling brand and it’s more affordable than ever.  Choose a 2015 Ford Focus or a 2016 Ford Fusion or Escape and receive 0% APR for 60 months PLUS $2,000 trade-assistance cash.  All that on top of our already low prices and incentives.

The 2015 Focus comes in seven fuel efficient models, all with a long list of award-winning features and options.  The base S Sedan has a starting MSRP of $17,170 and features a 2.0L Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine with Flex Fuel Capable, cloth front bucket seats with 6-way manual driver’s seat, AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control, Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbags (first and second row) and 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.  When you advance through trim levels the options become greater like SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, cruise control, Sony® Audio system with 10 speakers including subwoofer, heated front seats, Intelligent Access with push-button start and much more. The options also come with a higher price-tag, making the Titanium Sedan and Hatch $23,170 and $23,670, respectively.  The ST model boasts a 2.0L high-Output EcoBoost® engine and 6-speed manual transmission and has a starting MSRP of $24,370 and the Electric model, with its 107 kW electric motor and 23 kWh liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery, comes in at $29,170

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The 2016 Ford Fusion is a thoughtfully designed four-door sedan with a distinctive silhouette and an array of smart technologies.  Five engine options make each fusion unique.  There’s the standard 2.5L i-VCT I-4 engine or the available 1.5L or 2.0L EcoBoost® engine.  The Fusion Hybrid has a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle powertrain, coupled with electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT) and electric motor, while the Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid has a 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine with a state-of-the-art, 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery.  Eight trim levels include the S, SE, Hybrid S, Hybrid SE, Titanium, Hybrid Titanium, Fusion Energi SE, and Fusion Energi Titanium. Starting MSRP ranges from $22,110 to $35,730.  Awesome features include a standard rear-view camera, SYNC® with MyFord and SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, available Active Park Assist, available Lane-Keeping System, available BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System)* with Cross-Traffic Alert, and much more.

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The 2016 Ford Escape has it all; it is a revolutionary feat in the name of compact SUVs. A 168-horsepower, 2.5L Duratec® engine comes standard with the choice of two EcoBoost engines.  There are three different trim levels to choose from.  The S has a 2.5L I-4 engine, cloth-trimmed front bucket seats, a rear view camera with 4.2-inch screen, SYNC, and 17″ Steel Sparkle Silver-Painted Wheel Covers.  The SE model has all the standard options of the S, but with a 1.6L EcoBoost® Engine and options such as the Class II Trailer Tow Package, SYNC® 3, 18″ Bright PVD/Chrome Aluminum Wheels, and power liftgate.  The starting MSRP of the S and SE are $23,100 and $25,300, respectively.  The Titanium trim has the optional 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 Engine, Power panoramic Vista Roof®, 19″ Luster Nickel-Painted Aluminum Wheels, and Voice-activated Navigation System.  It comes standard with full leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats and a Hands-Free, Foot-Activated Liftgate.  The starting MSRP of the Titanium trim is $29,505

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Stop by Waldorf Ford today to test drive a Focus, Fusion or Escape. We have the largest inventory, at lowest prices and offer superior customer service!

2440 Crain Hwy Waldorf, MD 20601

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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.

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The Brand New 2015 F-150 Driving Experience

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Leading up to the 2015 Ford F-150 Drive the Future of Tough Event at Waldorf Ford on Friday, November 7th , 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM one of our Sales Managers had the opportunity to test drive and experience the Brand New 2015 Ford F-150 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Annual Ford Dealer Meeting.

Look below to see exclusive photos of the Brand New 2015 Ford F-150 and read our Sales Manager Thomas’s experience!

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I had the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of a 2015 F-150 King Ranch earlier this month.

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Loaded with cameras and LED lights to enhance my overall experience, the new F-150 was everything I expected it to be and more!

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Its ride was smooth and quiet.  Coming in at 700 lbs lighter than the previous F-150’s, I expect to be able to tow/haul more than I ever have and I will be surprised if my fuel economy does not improve drastically.

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The F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 37 years but it feels like Ford is just getting started!

Waldorf Ford also looks forward to seeing everyone at Waldorf Ford’s 2015 F-150 Consumer Tour on Friday, November 7th 2014 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM.  Register now because slots will fill up quick! www.f150drive.com/waldorfford

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20601.  Visit us online at www.waldorfford.com or call 301-843-2400 for more information!

Guest Blogger Keith Wright: Aaron’s Hope Visit

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Editor’s Note: Welcome our guest blogger Keith Wright! He is a Sales Consultant here at the Waldorf Ford , located in Waldorf, Maryland. Although Dr. Keith Wright has been with us for only a year he is a great resource for all your vehicle buying needs because of his experience in education, performance, and research. Originally from Dayton, Ohio where his family still resides, Dr. Wright is not only a student of the Automotive business but he has multiple degrees in music from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Kansas. Currently he is a faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland. There you can see him perform in the CSM’s Latin Ensemble, Ritmo Cache and in the Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Ban Caribe (He is a Flutist). Dr. Wright stays busy with music, software such as Labview, an in Architecture. As you will see in his blog, Keith shows true dedication and heart in everything he does and incorporates the humanities, education, and music into his daily work.

Keith also prides himself on providing his customers with the Best Sales Experience. When asked what his personal philosophy about working with customers he states “I treat customers with the same level of professional service as I expect if I were purchasing a vehicle.” He also states that he has learned a lot about resilience in the automotive industry and that “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” So if you are looking for a vehicle at Waldorf Ford Dr. Keith Wright is the (W)right Guy for your Automotive needs. 

 

Aaron’s Hope Visit

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In this picture General Sales Manager Allan Levi and Students from Aaron’s Hope. 

On Thursday, June 5th Waldorf Ford had a scheduled visit from Aaron’s Hope.

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Finance Manager Marsha Johns greets the visitors! 

Aaron’s Hope, Inc. (AHI) is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that provides a 365 day-year round academic and vocational program to prepare its target population for gainful employment within the workforce.

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Internet Manager Kaitlyn Campbell and Finance Sales Manager Tyeshia Lashana Jones

Residential support is provided within a community setting for people with autism and to encourage greater levels of independence by helping each resident maximize his/her highest potential.

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Internet Sales Consultant Jazmin Walker visits with the students.

The students attend Stethem Alternative High School in Charles County.

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CEO, Adraine McCann organized the visit.

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The visit represents Waldorf Ford dedication to excellence and promoting inclusiveness to all individuals in the community.

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This provided an opportunity to meet and greet key Waldorf Ford personnel, explain their role and our processing of customers, tour the facility, and see our large inventory of vehicles.

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf, MD 20659. We can also be reached at 301-843-2400 or online at http://www.waldorfford.com.

From Acid Baths to Power Hop Hill, 10 Ways Ford Torture-Tested the 2015 F-150

 

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  • Ford to increase durability testing to 10 million cumulative miles for 2015 F-150

 

  • Extensive testing proves this all-new F-150 lives up to Built Ford Tough standards

 

  • Ford went to new extremes – from  mountaintops to frozen lakes – to put the truck through its paces

 

WALDORF FORD, MD, 2014 – The all-new 2015 Ford F-150 has already scaled the highest points of the Continental Divide and experienced the most extreme weather conditions as Ford has set out to engineer its toughest truck yet.

 

Before the first 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line, it will have been subjected to 10 million miles of combined real-world and simulated durability testing.

 

“We wanted to build the toughest, most capable F-150, while making it as much as 700 pounds lighter,” said Greg Basiliko, General Manager of Waldorf Ford. “We challenged the team to torture the truck harder than any F-150 before it.”

 

The new F-150 towed trailers over mountain passes in temperatures above 120 degrees, withstood frame-punishing terrain on an off-road course and conquered a frozen lake at minus 40 degrees. It endured high-humidity chambers, salt vats and riverbeds. The F-150 towed heavy loads up grueling, steep roads. Robots slammed its doors and tailgates, and dropped heavy objects onto the bed of the truck. It persevered through twisting and shaking from multiple directions.

 

Some Ford tests are so extreme that a five-day period equals 10 years or 150,000 miles of abuse by the roughest customers. Greg Basiliko is quick to remind customers that the extreme tests Ford runs are conducted in controlled settings. “I discourage anyone from trying to create their own top 10 list,” he said. “Leave the testing to us.”

 

The all-new F-150 has been through hundreds of torture tests. Here are the 10 toughest:

 

  1. Seven-channel input: Ford built a special torture rack that violently twists and shakes the truck seven ways – simultaneously – for five days, simulating the equivalent of 225,000 miles. This testing isn’t random. After running a fully instrumented truck through durability courses, engineers recorded the forces the road surface put on various vehicle components. Those forces are replicated in seven channels – four up and down, two side to side and one lengthwise down the center. The frame and body are stressed to see how well the truck performs in situations that might bend the frame.

  1. Silver Creek: The famous Silver Creek durability course in Romeo, Mich., combines two extremely rough roads. One section of the route has 15 distinct types of chuckholes, while the other is made from broken pieces of concrete. Test drivers beg off this route after one pass because the pounding and speed is so intense. Imagine hitting a crater-sized pothole every five feet for miles – going 20 mph. With this road surface, 500 miles is equal to 20,000 miles on the country’s roughest roads.
  1. Power Hop Hill:This washboard Ford test track in Romeo was created to replicate a steep, off-road dirt trail in the Hualapai Mountains of northwest Arizona. The severe 11 percent grade – steeper than the final section of most ski jump ramps – stresses engine and transmission components when the wheels lose contact and then return to the surface.

  1. Drum drop: Ford engineers dropped 55-gallon drums into the bed of the truck on an angle, making sure all of the force came down on the sharp rim of the drum. Engineers in Dearborn, Mich., then measure the impact and make adjustments until the cargo box floor is suitably tough.
  1. Corrosion bath: The 2015 F-150 is the first high-volume vehicle with a high-strength steel frame, and body panels made of high-strength, aluminum alloy – the same material used to make armor-plated tanks and navy warships. An advantage aluminum has over steel is that it doesn’t produce red rust. So Ford had to go beyond the usual tests that include driving vehicles through countless salt baths and soaking them in high-humidity chambers. The company developed a modified corrosion test using an acidified spray to be more aggressive on the high-strength, aluminum alloy. After simulating 10 years of exposure, the aluminum material showed virtually no signs of degradation.
  1. Davis Dam: Run a half-marathon at Olympic-sprinter speed while carrying a 600-pound duffel bag in 120-degree temperatures. Then do it 250 more times. That’s the Davis Dam durability route that stretches from just outside Bullhead City, Ariz., to the top of Union Pass. The F-150 climbed for 13 miles at posted speeds (varying from 35 mph to 65 mph) while pulling maximum trailer loads and running the air conditioning full blast in the heat of an Arizona summer.
  1. Stone Peck Alley: There’s a special place in Romeo where paint jobs come to prove their mettle while testers work to protect the metal. To test paint for the all-new F-150, engineers drove the truck 150 miles over gravel roads, then another 150 miles over pellets of extremely jagged scrap iron that is first passed through a blast furnace. Oversized tires spray the stones and scrap iron at every surface of the truck.
  1. Engine thermal shock: F-150 engines are first placed in a special cell and hooked to equipment, called a dynamometer, which simulates pulling a heavy trailer at full throttle up a steep grade.  Next, thermal shock testing takes engines from the coldest polar vortex to extreme heat in just seconds. The engine coolant and oil are quick-cooled to minus 20 degrees in as little as 20 seconds, then the engine runs at maximum powerwhile coolant and oil temperatures stabilize, first at 230 degrees and then at 270 degrees, before being chilled again. This process is run 350 times over more than 400 hours to prove the durability of the engine block, seals, gaskets, cylinder heads and liners.
  1. Rock and stop: Serious off-roaders navigate difficult terrain using the same drive/reverse/drive technique many drivers use to get unstuck from snow. Ford performs 500 aggressive starts on a stand specially designed to torture rear axles. The stand creates impacts at nearly 2,000 lb.-ft. of torque. This is more torque than the truck is capable of making – 130 percent more and then some – just to be certain the rear axle and all of its parts can withstand the abuse.

  1. Twist ditch: F-150 customers need to trust their trucks in off-road terrain. The twist ditch is a set of parallel dirt mounds built to create a situation in which one front wheel hangs in the air while the opposing rear wheel leaves the ground repeatedly. Only two small patches of rubber are left to make contact with a slippery surface and maintain traction. These ditches can put incredible stress on the truck’s body and frame.

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Highway in Waldorf Maryland.  We can also be reached at 301-843-2400 or online at http://www.waldorfford.com.