Prestige Ford’s Hot Weather Maintenance Tips

Summer-car-maintenance-tipsThe temperatures are still sky high and not likely to give us much relief anytime soon Garland. So, our team at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford (serving Mesquite, Rockwall, Plano, Garland and greater Dallas) has some quick hot weather car tips to keep in mind this summer season.

Maintenance Matters
This may go without saying, but make sure you do all of your regular scheduled maintenance — from oil changes to filter changes. Many dealerships and service stations, including ours, conduct a general check of various components such as tires, brakes, etc. Make sure to ask if that is available to ensure your car, truck or SUV is in overall general good health.

Under Pressure
Your tires are the only thing between you and the road, so it’s key to make sure they are in good shape and that they are properly aired up as well. See your manual or tire instructions and adhere to the suggested air pressure. It not only helps the life of the tire and can help improve the quality of your vehicle’s ride and the overall MPG.

Interior Protection
Car shades and window tint also play a role in maintaining you vehicle after months of warm weather. These can help reduce the temp inside the car, which can reach upwards of 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit on a 90-100 degree F summer day. Furthermore, more comfortable driving environments can help reduce fatigue of the driver.

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Engines have to work extra hard during the summer months. Without proper cooling system maintenance, you car becomes more at risk for long term engine damage. Engine coolant should be changed roughly 30,000 miles, though you should be safe up to 50,000 if you have a modern car using modern coolant formulas.

Battery Basics
Over time, the heat can do a real number on your battery. So while you may think that heat won’t last much longer, the same may be true for your battery. It’s a good idea to get your battery checked every couple months. Remember to keep your battery clean, as dirt can become a conductor that will ultimately drain power from your battery.

Be Prepared
It’s a fact of life, breakdowns happen. From tire mishaps to dead batteries, it’s always good to have an emergency road kit on hand. Some basic items include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, coolant, and a first aid kit.

When in doubt, bring your car in and let our team at Prestige Ford check it out. Visit us online at www.PrestigeGarland.com to schedule an appointment!

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Ford Brings Improved Aerodynamics to 2015 F-150

2015 Ford F-150: Toughest and Most AerodynamicThe F-150 is easily one of the most well-known pickup trucks from around the world. The Ford team has been hard at work building on past success of the F-150, and their efforts are apparent in the all-new 2015 F-150. Not only does this new model maintain the rugged, tough exterior of past F-150s, but it has also seen drastic increases in aerodynamic efficiency.

Engineers and designs of the F-150 had quite the daunting task ahead of them; it’s difficult to make improvements to the world’s most popular pickup truck. Nevertheless, they buckled down to create an aerodynamic, fuel-efficient design without sacrificing the rugged idiosyncrasies of Ford trucks. With bold contours and squared paneling, the all-new 2015 is built to last while reducing your trips to the pump.F150_Aero_Graphic

“The truck’s sharp, boxy shape gives it a tough appearance, but actually the key to the design is aerodynamic efficiency – getting the most out of the shape,” said Brad Richards, Ford F-150 exterior design manager. “We made F-150 look tough and capable, while also reducing wind resistance.”

According to Ford, testing clay models allowed designers to see exactly where they could improve, including:

  • Flush-mounted windshield eliminates need for molding that would disrupt smooth airflow
  • Tailgate top is designed to act as a spoiler, giving air that flows off the roof a place to land before smoothly trailing off, reducing turbulence behind the truck
  • Cargo box is narrower than the cab, with no reduction in box volume, which enhances airflow, while a trim piece prevents air from getting trapped between cab and box
  • Rear corners including taillamps are precisely angled so air breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck
  • The duct under the headlamp channels air through to the wheel housing and reduces the wake generated from the wheel.

15F150-Windtunnel_0169With dropped beltline styling around the headlamps and taillamps, the beveled angles and edges pop even more. “The shapes, lines, angles and motifs are much stronger on the all-new F-150, and the chiseled edges convey toughness,” said Richards. “The hallmark beltline along the outside mirrors is the strongest piece of Built Ford Tough DNA. That’s inspired by heavy equipment such as cranes and bulldozers. It looks good, but it also improves driver visibility.”

Our team is so excited to get a hold of these incredible new trucks! Stay tuned to our blog for the latest updates on the 2015 F-150 and other Ford models. Stop by the Prestige Ford dealership in Garland (also serving Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano, and the greater Dallas area) or visit us online at www.PrestigeFord.com!

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Prestige Ford Celebrates Labor Day with Huge Savings

Our Ford dealership in Garland is crammed, jammed and slammed with thousands of new Ford trucks, Ford cars and Ford SUVs.

Looking to save a bundle on a new Ford F-150 or Super Duty? Now is the time. How about a new Ford Mustang or even get a great deal on a ROUSH? Our team can help you save! Ford Taurus, Fusion, Focus, Fiesta — they are all on sale for amazing prices now through Labor Day!

Just look at some of the incredible deals you’ll find at this weekend’s sale!

Don’t wait, take advantage of these massive savings during the Labor Day Sale at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland (also serving Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano, and greater Dallas area). Shop online anytime by visiting www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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2015 Ford F-150, RAM 1500, Chevy Silverado Battle in Uphill Towing

Imagine this… three trucks pulling an identical 7,000 lbs. in unforgiving heat. The air conditioning is running on high and the trucks are taking on a 6 percent grade up a three-mile stretch of Davis Dam in northern Arizona.

The contenders are lined up and ready to battle for king of the uphill towing title. The trucks that are ready to roll include: the 2.7-liter 2015 Ford F-150, the size of a four-cylinder with the ability to match a V8 for work; the Chevy 1500 Silverado, powered by a 5.3 V8 and the RAM 1500 3.0-liter EcoDiesel. At Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford (serving Garland, Plano, Mesquite, Rockwall, and greater Dallas), we are putting our money on the Ford.

Who has the torque to take on this test and bring home the towing title?

When you’re ready to com and give a new Ford truck a road test of your own, visit Prestige Ford located at 3601 Shiloh Rd. Log on to learn more at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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10 Driver-Friendly Features on the 2015 F-150

The Ford Motors team has been hard at working crafting the all-new 2015 F-150. Ford 1408649270963recently released an article discussing the top 10 features they thought of so customers wouldn’t have to, so we thought we would feature some of our favorites from their list!

These features were specifically engineered by the Ford design team to make interacting with your vehicle that m1408649229038uch easier. These features were implemented to satisfy customers without them ever even noticing. “If I do my job, the customer simply intuits that things are right – both inside and outside of his truck – without even having to think about it,” said Cary Diehl, Ford human factors engineer, who worked on the design and development of the all-new F-150.

Here’s a look at a few of our favorites:

  • Hard buttons on external keypad: While capacitive touch keyboards are extremely popular right now, Ford designers were in-tune with the wants and needs of pickup drivers. They have implemented a tactile feedback keypad for easier, more simplistic access. Not to mention, it still looks rather sleek.
  • MyView productivity screen customization: Ford knows that everyone who drives their vehicles is not the same. As such, the team has created a revamped heads-up display that allows truck customers to sort and organize their top 7 favorite gauges in a cluster on the F-150′s 8-inch productivity screen.
  • Entertainment information exclusivity: As part of Ford’s dedication to safety, entertainment information has now been reserved exclusively to the center console stack. “Our customers were adamant that trucks are different from cars, and vehicle information is essential,” Diehl explained. “Their truck is their tool, and they need to know what it’s doing. Other stuff can be in the center of the dashboard, or what we call the center stack.” The only entertainment information that appears in the instrument cluster of the F-150 are incoming calls and turn-by-turn directions.

With features like these its quite easy to see that the 2015 F-150 is in a class of its own. Stay up to date on the latest from Ford and the F-150 by visiting www.PrestigeFord.com, or stopping by the dealership off Shiloh Rd. See you soon!

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Prestige Ford Sponsors Texas Scottish Rite Clay Shoot

10469777_10203651588281658_1950966578887463852_nRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland was thrilled to be a part of the Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This year’s event was held August 23 at the Elm Fork Shooting Sports Complex in Dallas.

The event started bright and early at 7 a.m. with check-in and light breakfast. At 8 a.m., rotation began as shooters comp10357122_10203653029157679_5178809031798076673_neted for the top spot! In fact, our very own GM/OP Justin Wright walked away with the first place prize in addition to winning a gun at the auction! Paying it forward, Justin opted to donate his gun to a young gun enthusiast. The young man who received the gun from Justin then donated his current gun to a younger sibling. What a great way to pay it forward!

Prestige Ford could not be more excited to have been involved in such a wonderful event benefitting a wonderful organization. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children first opened in 1921 and has long been a source of premier medical care for children afflicted with a wide 10606481_10203652201696993_1793591813496823631_nvariety of conditions and disorders. Texas Scottish Rite remains one of the leading research and treatment facilities for children in the nation, and Prestige Ford is honored to be able to support such an organization.

You can get more information about Texas Scottish Rite by visiting their website. For more info on the event, click here. We hope to see you at next years event!

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Prestige Ford Celebrates Employee Birthday, Anniversaries

Phil Stetson, Mark Rupert, Justin Wright, Ron Needham, and Donny Geldert slaving over the hot grills to serve up good eats for the great team!

Phil Stetson, Mark Rupert, Justin Wright, Ron Needham, and Donny Geldert slaving over the hot grills to serve up good eats for the great team!

It’s time to celebrate! At Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, we believe in taking time to show our appreciation to all of hard-working employees.

Each month, our Prestige Ford family gets together for a fun cookout, custom created cakes and milestone awards. The Ford dealership management team enjoys coming together to celebrate our award-winning staff.

 

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Every month, we pause to honor those with anniversaries and birthdays at Prestige Ford in Garland (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano, Grapevine). Take a look at the cookout and celebration!

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 1.20.13 PM“We greatly appreciate and want to celebrate each and every member of our wonderful team,” said Justin Wright, General Manager/Operating Partner.

“Our employees really care about our customers and about each other. I think that shows in the great job they do every day,” he added. “That’s why we feel it is so important to take a moment to celebrate our wonderful dealership family and all they do.”

Justin Wright, GM/OP and Suzanne Baker, GSM take a break from cutting cake for a quick bite.

Justin Wright, GM/OP, and Suzanne Baker, GSM, take a break from cutting cake for a quick bite.

Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 1.54.24 PMHappy Anniversary to: Gareth George, Bruce Hultman, Larry McCoy, Colton Baker, Joe Rodela, Joann Olivares, Jonatan Vargas and Krisenda Tatum.

Happy Birthday to: Timothy Dozzi, Michael Hines, Martin Morales, Tony Roberson, Joe Rodela, Jason Shannon and Jose Alamaza.

Again, a huge thanks to our amazing team. To learn more about Prestige Ford, we invite you to come down and visit us at 3601 S. Shiloh Road (off 635 and Garland Road). We’re proud to serve the greater Dallas – Fort Worth areas. www.PrestigeGarland.com

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Ford C-MAX Earns Top Safety Pick

2013 Ford C-Max HybridFor the 2nd consecutive year, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The C-MAX Hybrid earned a rating of “good” in moderate overlap front, side, head restraint and seating tests, according to Ford Motor Co.

This news comes as no surprise to our team at Prestige Ford in Garland (serving Dallas, Mesquite, Richardson, Rockwall, Plano and Grapevine). One of the many features that our customers appreciate about Ford is the safety measures the manufacturer takes.

Check out what Motor Trend has to say about the C-MAX and why they like it better than the Toyota Prius.

“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

Some of the standard safety equipment includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and an SOS Post Crash Alert System.  C-MAX also comes with a ton of airbags, a safety canopy system, reverse sensing system and rain-sensing wipers.

With these kind of safety features, it’s easy to see why the C-MAX was award Top Safety Pick. Come in and take the Ford C-MAX Hybrid for a test drive at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford located at 3601 S. Shiloh Rd. in Garland, TX. You can shop our inventory online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com!

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Prestige Ford Awarded eTex Stewardship Award

image001Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford is proud to have received the eTex Stewardship Award. This recognizes businesses that have taken step to make their business more energy efficient.  Prestige Ford management is constantly seeking out new ways to create a more eco-friendly workplace. One of our recent upgrades was energy efficient lighting around the Garland-based Ford dealership.

“We feel it is important that we do our part to help conserve energy and reduce the size of our environmental footprint,” said, Justin Wright, General Manager/Operating Partner of Prestige Ford. “By taking steps in various areas of our business, such as upgrading to eco-friendly lighting, we know over time that will add up to make a difference.”photo 1

That is a philosophy found throughout the family-owned dealerships and with Ford Motor Co., as well. Ford is known for making environmental stride in both their manufacturing processes and in the vehicles themselves.

Eco did you know?

  • Rice hulls are the latest sustainable material used in Ford F-150. That’s right! The hulls reinforce plastic used in an electrical harness in 2014 F-150.
  • Other eco-friendly materials in F-Series trucks are soybeans and post-industrial recycled cotton . One 2014 Ford F-150 truck uses the equivalent of about 10 pairs of jeans, 26 bath towels or 31 T-shirts as carpet insulation or sound absorber.
  • Eco-friendly materials complement fuel efficient F-Series powertrains, including an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, which improves fuel economy up to 20 percent and reduces CO2 emissions up to 15 percent compared to similarly capable V8 engines.

When you’re looking for the environmentally friendly choice, take the short drive on 635 to Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford (serving Garland, Plano, Richardson, Rockwall and greater Dallas area). Our award-winning staff is ready to help you find the Ford of your dreams. See you soon!

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Prestige Ford Sponsors AMX Clay Shoot

1620580_10203629382886537_7741224170953362831_nRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford is had a fantastic time at the 9th Annual AMX Clay Shoot, presented by Cabela’s! Prestige Ford participated as a station sponsor for this year’s shoot, which benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bigs Outdoors Programs.

The Bigs Outdoors program provides a one-of-a-kind experience for children and their mentors to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, hiking and more!The fundraiser allows many of the program’s children to explore the outdoors, giving them an unforgettable opportunity to experience something they may not have otherwise had.10264962_10203629382646531_6676699924012109197_n

Prestige Ford even fielded a shooting team, including our very own General Manager/Operating partner Justin Wright. “We had an incredible time at this year’s AMX Clay Shoot. Tons of fun for a great cause!” Men, women and children of all ages were invited out to participate in this year’s event. Interested participants could register online as an individual, team or sponsor.

This wonderful event was held at Elm Fork Shooting Sports complex in Dallas. For more information about the Big Brothers Big sisters program, you can visit their website at www.bbbstx.org. More info on the clay shoot fundraiser can be found here. Thanks to all who came out to support the cause!

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