Your Ford and You: Driving Habits and Oil Changes

As engine technology and synthetic motor oils continue to improve, the intervals at which oil changes are needed become fewer and farther between. However, regular and timely oil changes are one of the most important factors in extending the life of your Ford vehicle. In another helpful article, MyFord Magazine has specified four types of driving that may lead to more frequent oil changes, especially during the heat of summer.

Generally speaking, cars built since 2008 need their oil changed approximately every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. Older models usually need fresh oil every 5,000 miles or, again, every six months. However, if you fit one of the “extreme driver” categories specified, those intervals fall to every 5,000 miles for cars built since ’08, and every 3,000 miles for cars built before that year.

First, we have stop-and-go commuting. Frequent starts and stops, especially in cold weather, can keep your engine from warming up to an optimal temperature. This can lead to unburned gasoline, which mixes with the engine oil and reduces its effectiveness. The flip side of that coin is highway driving in hot weather. To a certain point, driving at highway speeds keeps the oil moving where it is needed and keeps it at an ideal temperature. Once temperatures soar – like they do during these blazing Texas summers – the oil can thin out and oxidize more quickly.

Driving a lot on unpaved roads or in polluted environments can also have negative effects on your oil’s lifespan. The solution here starts with changing your air filter more frequently. When dust combines with the oil in your engine, it becomes abrasive and can erode the metal components. The sludge that results can have serious consequences for your engine’s health over time.

The final profile in the article is the “Heavy Hauler.” Heavy payloads and towing will cause your engine temperature to rise, which can trigger some of the effects mentioned above, such as less viscous oil, eroded metals, and premature oxidation. This particular profile can combine with any of the above, compounding the negative effects on your engine. Use this chart to determine the best time for you to change your Ford vehicle’s oil, and always consult your owner’s manual to ensure the correct materials are being used. Visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX (serving Dallas, Richardson, Addison, and Arlington) and ask about The Works service package, which can go a long way to extending the life of your Ford vehicle.

Read the full article here.

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Prestige Ford is Hiring!

Prestige Ford Entire Team July 2015 11222496_10205977514348356_1906219747667576930_oLooking for more than just another job? Ready for a new career?  You may be a great fit for our team at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford is like working with family.

Our Dallas-area dealership is looking for individuals to fulfill the a number of positions, including: Retail Sales, Customer Service Representatives and more!

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Randall Reed’s World Class Automotive Group

Our Randall Reed family of dealerships in Garland, Dallas, McKinney and the Houston area are seeking quality individuals to staff our dealership needs. The World Class Automotive Group (WCAO) seeks individuals that have the highest level of integrity, a stable work history, a commitment to relentless customer satisfaction and a desire for a long-term profitable career. Spanish speaking a plus!

Career Goals:

  • Guide retail sales clients through the proven sales process.
  • Ensure a superior sale, aftermarket, finance and follow up for each retail client.

Key Accountability Areas:

  • Develops buyers by maintaining rapport with previous customers
    • Suggesting trade-ins; responding to inquiries, networking and generating a potential customer base for sale of vehicles
  • Qualifies buyers by understanding buyer’s requirements and interests
  • Demonstrates automobiles by explaining characteristics, capabilities, and features
  • Completes sale by overcoming objections; asking for sale, negotiating price with Customer by way of Sales Manager; completing sales or services, financing; delivers automobile
  • Proficient in offering/explaining warranty, maintenance, and gap programs
  • Providing necessary after sales support and follow-up processes
  • Maintaining or beating the CSI standards
  • Meeting set sales targets
  • Keeping track of all the market products and prices, on-going training with the Store Sales Management and Corporate Training requirements to meet Certifications 

Skills/Qualifications

Should possess good written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and convincing abilities
  • Ability of meeting deadlines and achieving set sales targets
  • Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Positive, friendly attitude, along with a customer service mentality
  • Enjoy working in a fast paced environment
  • Available evenings and weekends
  • All applicants must be able to pass pre-employment testing to include background checks, drug test, credit report, and valid driver license

Benefits:

We strive for a superior customer experience and believe our associates should have the same superior experience. We believe in building a long-term relationship with each Associate offering the following benefits:

  • Paid training
  • 401K
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Disability & Life Insurance
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Vacation time, holiday and sick leave
  • Long-term career education assistance:
    • World Class University
    • OJT on the job training
    • Manufacturer’s certification processes

Our company maintains a strong policy of equal employment opportunity for all associates.  We hire, train, promote and compensate associates on the basis of personal and professional competence and potential for advancement without regard for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability or citizenship, as well as other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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The 2017 Ford Raptor is a Rougher, Tougher F-150

The 2015 Ford F-150 made history with its high-strength aluminum construction, EcoBoost engine, and wealth of technology, resulting in the toughest, smartest, and most capable pickup that Ford has ever produced. This is no trifling thing; the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the United States for decades, and every year gives us more to love and more to anticipate from the next model year. In 2010, truck nuts were given something beautiful: an F-150 that was designed from square one to be an off-road monster. The Ford Raptor was incredibly well-received, even if many that were sold would never see any time off road. Now, Ford has announced the new generation of Raptor that will be available for the 2017 model year.

Ford’s newly minted performance division, simply named Ford Performance, has a compelling roster of new vehicles due out over the next five years, and the Raptor is easily one of the most exciting. The changes that Ford has made go beyond merely carrying over the updates from the new generation of F-150 trucks: the 2017 Ford Raptor has a lot of new things to be excited about in its own right.

Chief among these is the all-new twin turbo 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine, which is slated to turn out significantly greater power and torque than the outgoing V8. The new engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, also brand new for the 2017 Raptor. Its four-wheel-drive capability and numerous selectable drive modes mean that the new Ford Raptor will be prepared for any terrain or road conditions. 35-inch tires will provide a smoother, more composed ride over rough terrain. The completely new suspension system rides on robust Fox Racing shocks and tuned springs, a significant improvement over the previous systems. Add to that the fact that the new 2017 Raptor is more than 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor and it is clear that the new version is a completely distinct machine from those that came before.

For an in-depth look at the beastly 2017 Raptor, check out this video from The Fast Lane Truck’s YouTube channel. They witnessed the unveiling of the new Raptor from the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year and got to talk with Tony Greco, Ford’s Program Manager for the Raptor.

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The 2015 Ford F-350 Tops the Competition

There are many factors to consider when buying a heavy duty pickup. Power, durability, cost, safety, and power. Yes, power was listed twice. Most people that buy a one-ton pickup have some serious work to be done, and that power translates into very important characteristics: payload and towing capacity. The truck nuts at The Fast Lane Truck decided to see how the Ram 3500, Chevy 3500, and the Ford F-350 Super Duty stacked up against one another in towing a heavy load.

For the competition, each truck is hooked up to a 12,000 pound RV trailer. They ran each through a steep uphill grade and timed how long it took each truck to climb the hill. The 440-hp, 860 lb-ft. Turbo Diesel in the Ford F-350 ended up winning the day with a time of 2:36, a nine-second improvement over the Ram 3500. The F-350 boasts best-in-class horsepower and torque, and as the FLT hosts conclude, what you get on paper is more often than not what you get on the road.

The 2015 Ford F-350 has much more to offer than just best-in-class power and towing capacity. It provides a comfortable, smooth ride and a stylish yet functional interior. It also offers multiple towing assists to ensure smooth power delivery and maximum control. At the top of the trim line is the iconic King Ranch model, which has a beautifully designed leather interior using hides from Texas’ own 825,000-acre King Ranch. When the 6.7L Turbo Diesel’s best-in-class fuel economy enters the equation, there is little doubt that the 2015 Ford F-350 Super Duty is the ideal choice for anyone with the need for a powerful heavy-duty pickup truck. Visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX – serving Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, and more – to experience the 2015 Ford F-350.

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The Evolution of Ford Design

From the car that brought mobility to the working class, to the first and foremost pony car, to the first American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, all the way to the best-selling pickup in America for nearly four decades, Ford Motor Company has always been an innovator. Every time the American automotive industry made leaps ahead, it was a fair bet that one would find the Blue Oval leading the pack. A look back over the last 112 years presents innumerable examples of Ford pushing the envelope of automotive design, and in doing so Ford has been a driving force behind the advancement of automobiles not only in the United States, but worldwide as well.

Ford has entered into a fascinating and very exciting period in its long and storied history. The newest Ford F-Series trucks are marvels of engineering that deliver never-before-seen levels of combined power and efficiency, while Ford sedans and SUVs like the 2016 Fusion and 2016 Explorer have reached new heights of comfort and luxury without sporting luxury-car price tags. All the while, Ford Motor Company continues to top the charts in sustainability and green manufacturing practices. A new release from Ford’s media division offers a look into the history of design and innovation that has defined the course of Ford Motor Company and kept it on the cutting edge of the automotive industry. When you buy a Ford vehicle from Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX, you’re buying the result of more than a century of excellence in automotive design.

Fords Through The Years

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Prestige Ford Makes Donation to Good Samaritans of Garland

Prestige ford donate good samaritansRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland and our team believe in our community and lending a helping hand whenever we can. Recently, the entire dealership team pulled together to raise funds and much needed good for the Good Samaritans of Garland.

Randall and Sherry Reed, owners; Justin Wright, GM/OP along with the staff and customers raised $400 in cash and over 115 lbs. in canned goods for the local charity.

The Good Samaritans of Garland strive provide food and utility assistance in the Garland, Rowlett and Sachse communities and help people move towards independence through personal relationships and community networking.

To learn more about Prestige Ford in Garland (serving Dallas/Fort Worth, Rockwall, Mesquite, Rockwall, Rowlett) take the short drive down 635 and Garland Road to 3601 S. Shiloh. Shop online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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F-150 Limited Offers Rugged Luxury

ford f150 limited dallas fort worthOur customers at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano) love the all-new Ford F-150 Limited. They stylish new truck meets the growing needs of discerning truck customers interested in exclusivity, capability and craftsmanship. The F-150 is ideal for drivers looking to differentiate themselves from other high-series truck buyers.

Looking for innovation in your next truck? That comes standard in Ford’s F-150 Limited, which includes SYNC® 3 with AppLink™, and class-exclusive1 features such as a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlamps, remote tailgate release and multicontour massaging front seats.

Check out this video:

ford f150 limited interiorThe Ford truck is stylish inside and out.  It has exclusive exterior and interior elements including a raised LIMITED lettering on the hood, unique custom satin-chrome grille and tailgate, 22-inch wheels, genuine fiddleback eucalyptus, Mojave leather seating surfaces, unique instrument cluster face and laser-engraved VIN plate with production number.

Come check out the good looks and rugged charm available in Ford’s Ford F-150 Limited edition at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford. The dealership is conveniently located at 3601 S. Shiloh Road (off 635 and Garland Road) in Garland. Shop online anytime at www.PrestigeGarland.com.

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Prestige Ford Takes the Field for Our Troops

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 9.42.45 AMEveryone at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland (serving Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson) believe it’s key to support our community. This week our had an amazing time at AT&T Stadium in in Arlington at a charity football tournament.

The event was in support of our troops. The once-in-a-lifetime charity flag football tournament was played on the actual field that our very own Dallas Cowboys use.

Unfortunately, Prestige Ford did not win the tournament but we had a great time and helped our amazing troops along the way.  That is the real win for us.

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2015 Ford F-150 Faces Top Athletes

There is no doubt that Texas is pickup country. Residents of Dallas-Fort Worth seem to especially like their trucks, given how many we see on the road every day. There is even less doubt that the Ford F-150 is the benchmark by which other trucks are measured; it is, after all, the best-selling truck in 39 states over the last year. Not only that, but it has been the best-selling pickup in the U.S. for nearly four decades! Arguing those numbers is tough, but not as tough as the radically redesigned 2015 Ford F-150.

The biggest changes to the new Ford F-150 are not immediately obvious, however. The body and frame are made using next-generation materials and processes, which result in an F-150 pickup that is stronger and lighter than any that have come before it. Ford has built the body of the new F-150 out of high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, replacing the steel of previous years. This is the biggest contributor to the drastically reduced curb weight of the new F-150, which is lighter than the 2014 model by about 700 pounds. Many Dallas truck owners are probably asking themselves, “How can aluminum be stronger than steel?” Well, take a look at this video released by Ford’s truck division and you’ll see how much of a difference the new aluminum body makes.

In the video, a number of professional athletes launch their respective projectiles at the steel bed of a 2014 F-150, followed by the aluminum bed of the 2015 F-150. What follows is pretty surprising. For more information on the new 2015 Ford F-150, or to take one for a test drive, visit Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX today!

Ford F-150 Impact Test

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Prestige Ford Team & Ford Donate to Red Cross

Red cross thanks prestige fordRandall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, Texas is proud to support our community and lend a helping hand to those in need  In May 2015, our Dallas/Fort Worth area Ford dealership held a fund raiser for the Red Cross.  Prestige Ford took it one step further and applied to Ford to match our funds to make the charitable dollars go even further for our community.
We are please to share that the grant was approved by the Ford Motor Co. All of the funds collected were from from employees who wanted to help those in need after recent natural disasters. With the funds from Ford, the Prestige Ford team was able to donate $640 to the relief efforts with the floods, tornados, and general bad weather assistance needed. Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 7.47.21 AM
“Everyday, we seek at both large and small ways to help our local community,” said Justin Wright, GM/OP of Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford. “This goes to show, when we all contribute and work together, we can help a lot.”
To learn more about Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford serving Garland, Dallas, Rockwall, Mesquite, Richardson, Plano, Grapevine, Grand Prairie and surrounding areas, visit www.PrestigeGarland.com.
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