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!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20th – April 14th, 2013

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Erik Abel has been named Official Artist for the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The Nations Greatest Springtime Celebration

Looking for something to do to Celebrate Spring?  Why not visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.  Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.

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“Today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from modest beginnings into the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. Over the years, millions have participated in Festival events and viewed the flowering cherry trees.  In 2012, the Festival expanded to five weeks (from 16 days in recent previous years) to provide a grand tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees.  Today, more than 1.5 million people visit Washington, DC each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and participate in diverse programming that heralds spring in the nation’s capital. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.  Events are primarily free and open to the public.” – http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

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Visit us at Waldorf Ford located at 2440 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20601.  Or Visit us at http://www.waldorfford.com!

AAA Auto Buying Experts Choose Ford Fusion and Flex Among Top Vehicles for Commuters

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WALDORF, Maryland, 4/2/13– After evaluating hundreds of vehicles each year for fuel efficiency, comfort and overall performance, AAA Auto Buying experts have selected their 2013 top vehicle picks for commuters. Both the 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Ford Flex have been honored with being chosen by AAA in their respective categories of top sedans and crossovers. With an average commute of 25 minutes each way and gas prices hovering about $3.50 per gallon since February, selecting the right vehicle can make a commute more enjoyable and lower expenses.

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“We’re proud to have made AAA’s list with two great picks in the Ford Fusion and Ford Flex,” said Greg Basiliko. “We welcome the community to experience these wonderful products first-hand by stopping by our dealership for a test drive anytime.”

To learn more about AAA’s top commuter picks, please follow the link below: http://newsroom.aaa.com/2013/03/aaa-auto-buying-experts-select-top-vehicles-for-commuters/

Waldorf Ford is located at 2440 Crain Hwy,  Waldorf MD 20601.  Phone: 888-284-1463 and http://www.waldorfford.com.

Evolution of Ford Vehicle Technology – Guest Blogger Clarence Ball

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Editor’s Note: Welcome our guest blogger Clarence Ball!  He is a Sales Consultant here at Waldorf Ford, located in Waldorf, Maryland. He has been with us for since 2001, that’s 12 years to be exact!  He is originally from Waldorf, Maryland and attended the College of Southern Maryland.  Mr. Ball is very active in his community.  From volunteering at local charity events to being visible at all our events here at Waldorf Ford, I am sure you have met him!  His favorite part of the job is making sure his customers are completely satisfied!  He also enjoys learning & developing his product knowledge base as you will see in this blog!  Clarence’s automotive knowledge is expansive so if you have any questions ask for him!

It seems like it was just yesterday when in 2001 Ford Motor Company introduced The Personal Safety System and made it standard on most vehicles.  At the time, this innovative system was a tool that recognized the weight of a passenger, how close they were to airbags, the speed of a vehicle, and also determined the amount of pressure need for each front passenger.  Today, along with the Personal Safety System Ford has added standard side curtain airbags and rear inflatable seat belts in the Explorer and Flex.  Even now the Ford Fiesta offers drivers a knee air bag!

In 2002, reverse sensing and flip down video cassette players were introduced when the Expedition came out.  Since video cassette players, Ford has evolved to flip down DVDs to DVDs in headrests with USB connections.  Then there came navigation systems.  Navigation systems first started with a small screen with seven discs for each region of the United States, now they are large MyFord Touch screens running off a small SD card. That means saving space!  The vehicles still offer the reverse sensing system but now have available rear view cameras which show you backing into a parking space, garage, or even assist in backing up a boat or trailer!  Our trucks and vans now offer a built in trailer brake controller.  This controls the braking of your trailer which is conveniently displayed on your instrument panel and can also STOP your loaded trailer faster than your conventional aftermarket brake controllers!

In 2007, technology in Ford vehicles really took a big leap forward with the introduction of SYNC.  SYNC is an operating system designed by Microsoft that debuted in 2007.

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sync3In the first version, it was just Bluetooth for your phone and music connectivity for your line in or USB devices such as IPODs.    The latest generation of SYNC on 2010 models and newer, feature SYNC Services which has a turn by turn navigation, Vehicle Health Report (gives you the health of your vehicle like when it is time for your oil change), and 911 Assist.  All can be activated on the http://www.syncmyride.com website.

Next jump was the introduction of Adaptive Cruise control in some of our vehicles.  This feature is great for stop and go traffic.  It can measure the distance between you and the car in front of you.  For instance, if the vehicle in front slows down, your vehicle maintains the same distance or gap between the two vehicles.  2011-ford-edge-adaptive-cruise-controlSome of the other great advances are BLIS and Active Park Assist.  The Blind Spot Information System automatically senses vehicles in your blind spot.  It uses an amber indicator that comes on in the corner of your side view mirrors.  Another great feature is the collision warning with brake assist.  This is available on some models.  This feature senses cars in front and gives you a warning if you need to brake quickly.  It actually precharges your brakes so you can stop quicker than without this system.

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Active Park Assist is another great feature.  It can parallel park your car for you once a space is found.

So possibly, one day in the future you might see people with a car that can drive for them.  Like K.I.T.T. on Knight Rider.

hoff-knight-rider-mustangThere are many more innovations in the works and some that are actually arriving in our showroom now.  If you would like to hear more about them, just stop in and see me at Waldorf Ford.  Waldorf Ford is located on Route 301 North in Waldorf, just 15 minutes south of Washington DC.  You can find us online at waldorfford.com.

2013 FORD C.MAX and 2013 FORD FUSION

Two new powerful and fuel efficient cars have arrived at Waldorf Ford. The winner of the Hybrid Awards, the Ford C.Max and the stunning Ford Fusion.

Each car boast a wonderful 47 mpg, but some readers are wondering which one is right for them?

The Fusion, starting at  $21,700 places you in the right merge of style and technology. The sleek design, focuses on a mature class, while the fuel economy allows for longer trips, more often, at lower prices.  Unlike certain flashy sports cars, pulling into your neighborhood in a new Ford Fusion will not scream “mid-life crisis” instead this car will articulate refinery, and a lot of fun.

The 5 seat C.MAX boasts an improved aerodynamic design, giving it a unique appearance that will fit in at Chandra’s soccer game and concerts or nightclubs. Such a diverse audience the C.MAX has.  Some have questioned what the C.Max actually is, calling it a Frankenstein car, created from pieces of Volkswagen, Vans, and Sports cars. Ignite the engine, and create the fire, the New Prometheus has given man.

Whatever car you choose, you will be able to go further with Ford.

Putting Regular In Your Premium Car? Think Twice

We hope that you find this information helpful. If you have any questions about which fuel is recommended or required by your Ford vehicle, just give us a call at 800-883-1487. Waldorf Ford is located on Route 301 North in Waldorf MD, just 15 minutes south of Washington DC

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As we get closer to Memorial Day weekend, there’s closer focus on gas prices for the heavily-traveled holiday period.  For the moment at least, fuel flows about 25 cents cheaper per gallon than this time in 2011, according to AAA.  That’s also about the current price gap between regular and premium, give or take.

Some drivers are doubling-down their savings.  They’ve stopped running higher-grade gas in favor of the lower-octane option.  Though as the Los Angeles Times cautions, saving a little now could come back to haunt motorists down the road.

Engine knock, characterized by a metallic pinging sound, can occur when an engine is under load and things get out of sync in the combustion chamber, with misfiring low-grade gas often the catalyst, so to speak.  It’s not a beautiful noise, and it’s not at all good for an engine’s health.

Cars today are equipped with knock sensors to…

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