Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ford Remembers The Eagle Squadrons of World War II With Custom Car Tribute


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WESTLAND, Mich. – For many of us, World War II is an event that is part of a history that was long before any of us were born. It is something we read about in books or learn about in school. We never lived or experienced the events of the Pearl Harbor bombing in Hawaii or D-Day in France. These events did not shape or define our lives as they did for the generation that went through them. For those who lived through these events and fought in this war, their lives were not only shaped by these events but defined so deeply by them too. Many of those people still exist today and remember first-hand what it was like to go through these experiences. It is why Ford Motor Company has decided to pay tribute to the brave American fighter pilots who were part of the Royal Air Force during World War II.

These men were in squadrons that flew over Goodwood in the United Kingdom (UK) around 80 years ago during a war that changed the course of human history. Three Eagle Squadrons fought throughout the skies over northern Europe including France and the British coast with US volunteer pilots as some of those taking part. 2018 is the 20th year Ford has sponsored The Gathering during the EAA AirVenture. This year, alongside Vaughn Gittin Jr., a world champion drifter, Ford will be paying tribute to these heroes. This tribute will involve Gittin taking control of the one-off Eagle Squadron Mustang GT at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on July 12. This vehicle, co-created by Gittin’s RTR Vehicles and Ford Performance, it is a Mustang GT, whose design is inspired by the fighter-aircraft in all of its camouflaged glory. It will eventually head back to The Gathering during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in. This event, held on July 26, is in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, draws over 1,000 aviation enthusiasts every year. The vehicle will be auctioned off at The Gathering to help fund EAA’s education programs for youth. Ford has donated 11 custom-designed vehicles and helped garner over $3 million for the programs.

“Supporting young pilots through the EAA charity auction reflects Ford’s aviation history, tracing back to the company’s early days and the Arsenal of Democracy during WWII,” Ford Mustang Design Chief Darrell Behmer said. “The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”

The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT is a unique specimen in the motor vehicle department. Complete with a Ford Performance supercharger and a 700-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, it sports a Tactical Performance suspension package and an RTR carbon fiber wide-body kit. The highest bidder for this car will win a package for two people to attend the 2018 Ford Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, MI. The Dream Cruise takes place in August, where the winning bidder can take ownership of the car with an autographed plaque from the Ford design team and Gittin himself. Many other unique Ford car choices exist at North Brothers Ford. If you are looking for a particular model, we can help you explore all the different choices that might be suitable for you and your automotive needs.

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 855-739-2023, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ford Returns to Detroit: Moving Ford Team Edison


WESTLAND, Mich.,–– Ford is making its return to downtown Detroit with its purchase of a refurbished former factory in Corktown and the movement of Ford Team Edison, the company’s electric vehicle organization, to that location. This location will help Ford focus on crafting its first self-driving car and on accelerating hybrid options for different models such as the F-150 and Mustang.

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“Moving our teams to Corktown will further enhance our electric and autonomous vehicle development,” Ford Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification Vice President Sherif Marakby stated. “It gives our teams the workspace they need to promote collaboration and big thinking, and an urban setting that delivers crucial insight for both programs.”

The Corktown location will serve to accelerate Ford’s $11.8 billion investment in global electric vehicles to deliver different electrified cars such as the 2020 Mustang-inspired-battery-electric SUV. Ford has other plans to deliver various hybrid options for other different models. These include the Explorer, F-150, Mustang, Bronco, and Escape.

These new electrified models of Ford’s vehicle brands will enhance the performance, convenience, and capabilities of their vehicles. The F-150, for example, will feature different capabilities such as its onboard electric generator, which will achieve better mileage without sacrificing the performance of the vehicle.

Ford will push harder on the development of its battery-electric vehicle program with 40 different electrified vehicles becoming available globally by 2020. This includes 16 different full battery-electric cars. Ford’s ultimate goal is to make charging of vehicles more seamless and convenient while implementing the full-vehicle over-the-air software that can enhance capability and distinctive features.

At Ford Edison, the company’s future will be devoted to self-driving vehicle expertise. The company will realize this through the use of the artificial intelligence experience and robotics of Argo AI. Their work in Corktown will complement such efforts. There are other factors Ford will pay attention to as well.

Ford also seeks to provide dependable safety features, improved durability throughout urban environments, and a lower ownership cost via commercial-grade quality. The company’s hybrid-electric powertrain is geared toward achieving maximum mileage and a reduction of emissions in keeping the vehicle on the road for as long as possible.

“Our team has been researching self-driving technology for more than a decade, and when it came time to build out the business surrounding it, we put the customer at the center of our thinking,” Ford Motor Company Global Markets Executive Vice President and President Jim Farley said. “From the beginning, this drove the development of our production vehicle and technology.”

Farley added that this means a change in how Ford focuses on the vehicle types they are producing.

“What this means is we’re designing an all-new vehicle optimized for self-driving technology and the customers it will serve,” Farley stated. “We feel this optimization across the vehicle, technology, and customer experience will differentiate our business as we begin to serve leading companies, such as Lyft, in the movement of people and goods.”

If you want to be part of Ford’s future, consider picking up a brand new Ford vehicle from North Brothers Ford.

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 855-739-2023, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

8 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Car Guys


WESTLAND, Mich. -- Father's Day is right around the corner, do you know what you're getting for your dad? If not, North Brothers Ford is here to help you figure it out! We've compiled this list of eight awesome gifts that any car-loving dad will love.


1. RICHARD PETTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE

If your dad is a car guy, chances are he lives and breathes NASCAR. The Richard Petty Driving Experience in Brooklyn, MI is the gift of a lifetime. Remember all those times he took you go-kart racing? Now you can pay him back with his own spin around the track in a real NASCAR!

Learn more at Drive Petty.


2. RECARO RACE CHAIRS

For dads who drive a desk as much as they drive their cars, a Race Chair by Recaro is the perfect gift! These desk chairs are modeled after real racecar seats, and are just as comfortable!

Learn more at Recaro.


3. DRIVING SHOES

Shoes may not be on your mind of great gifts for your dad, but if he's a car guy and drives a stick shift (let's be honest, he taught you how), he'll love these! Piloti driving shoes are specifically made for heel-toe downshifting, and provide extra comfort and protection to the heel bone during.

Get them at Piloti.


4. HEATING AND COOLING CUSHION

These heating and cooling cushions from Viotek fit right on your dad's driver seat and feature a 12-volt port to keep him warm in the winter, and ventilated cooling for the summer. Perfect if your dad has a classic car with leather seats!

Get them at Viotek.

5. MEGUIAR'S COMPLETE CAR CARE KIT

Your dad's car is his pride and joy (aside from you, of course), and you can never go wrong with getting him everything he needs to make it pretty! And protect it!

Get it at Amazon.

6. STANDARD AND METRIC MECHANIC TOOL KIT

The most frustrating part of working on a car is not having the right tools handy, and you wouldn't want to do that to your dad! This mechanic tool set included both standard and metric tools, meaning he can tune up both foreign and domestic vehicles!

Get it at Amazon.

7. RADAR SCANNER

Dad might have a need for speed, but traffic laws require him to save it for the Milan Dragway. If your dad has a lead foot, get him a radar scanner! This one will alert him to nearby squad cars, speed traps, and even photo enforcement!

Get it at Amazon.

8. DIY MODEL ENGINE KIT

For the dad whose loves for working on cars doesn't stop when he leaves the garage, this DIY model engine kit is awesome! Once he builds it, the parts even move!

We hope you've found something on this list that your dad will love for Father's Day! While you're at it, why not schedule a service appointment with North Brothers Ford to make sure his car is in tip-top condition? We know he can fix it himself, but it's his day! He deserves a break!

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 855-739-2023, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Summer Car Care Tips

WESTLAND, Mich.,–– Vacation season is here, which means you'll be out and about a lot this summer! Making sure to take good care of your vehicle and to keep up on routine maintenance during the hot summer months can help you avoid the headache of car trouble on any trips, whether it's your commute to work or to somewhere out of state for vacation. Take advantage of our summer car care tips to protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, keep you and your passengers comfortable, and to keep your car running well on the road!

Summer Car Care Tips


Check Your Air Conditioning System


On scorching summer days, you won't regret keeping your A/C system properly maintained! If your A/C system is letting out little to no air or it's not cooling your cabin as quick as it used to, it may be time to have your system inspected. In some cases, your vehicle's air filter may need replacing. Getting your air filter replaced can be extremely beneficial as it will help your fuel efficiency and remove any pollen in the filter which can affect any allergies you might have, making it difficult to breathe. You'll be thankful once you get it replaced when you're stuck in traffic on a humid day!
In other cases, not receiving cool air could mean a more serious problem with your radiator or cooling system. If you're experiencing this, make sure to have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible for the sake of your engine!


Get a Car Wash


Grime and dirt can build up over time on your vehicle and it can be difficult to pay attention to, especially when you're busy having fun all summer. Although it's an easy task to ignore, it's important to keep up on car washes! This excess grime and dirt on your vehicle can cause micro scratching on the paint, which can lead to unsightly rust on vehicle's exterior. Whether you give your car a wash at home or have it washed at the car wash, make sure to top it off with a wax to even further protect your vehicle's paint. If you choose to wash your car at home, use gentle materials and soap formulated for automotive purposes to avoid any abrasion to your car's exterior. 


Park in the Shade


Whenever you get the opportunity, park in the shade! Your vehicle can heat up fairly quickly. Overtime, your vehicle's interior can become discolored and worn from UV rays, so regularly parking in the shade can help fight the aging process. The hot temperature can also wear down other components like tires, brake fluid, belts and hoses, and make them more susceptible to damage. As simple as it seems, parking in the shade will help to extend the life of your vehicle. Plus, you'll be thankful when you get back in your vehicle and it's not blazing hot. 


Replace Your Coolant


One of the most important parts of your vehicle, engine coolant, is used to regulate the temperature of your engine. Whether it's cooling down a warm engine on a hot day or a cold day, engine coolant plays an important role of regulating temperature in your vehicle's regular running function. Because it gets much warmer in the summer, your engine is simply more susceptible to overheating if the coolant is leaking or needs replacing. Engine coolant is typically replaced every 30,000 miles, or at the specified interval in your owner's manual. If you aren't sure when it was last replaced, we'd be happy to take a look and recommend a service date. 


Check Other Essential Fluids


Besides coolant, your other vehicle fluids should be replaced regularly to ensure your vehicle can withstand the heat and get you through all your summer adventures. Whether it's engine oil, wiper fluids, or brake fluid, each plays a very important role. Engine oil is usually replaced every 3,000-5,000 miles. Wiper fluid should be replaced as it's used to ensure you have enough liquid to clear your windshield. Brake fluid isn't something that needs replacing often, but it should be inspected if your brakes are feeling too soft or if it's taking you longer to complete a stop.


Feel free to give us a call if you have any other questions about caring for your vehicle this summer. Follow our summer car care tips for a great season on the road, and stay tuned to our blog for more car care tips, hacks, and more. If you need help with any vehicle maintenance, like an oil change, coolant flush, or vehicle inspection, let us know or schedule an appointment online. Looking for a new ride this summer? Take a look at our inventory of new Fords and stop in for a test drive. It's our goal to find you a vehicle that fits your needs and budget for all seasons! 

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 855-739-2023, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip

WESTLAND, Mich.–– Road trips can be very fun and exciting adventures, but it's always good to remain prepared in case of an emergency. Making sure you know what to do if your car breaks down on a road trip will pay off if anything does happen to your vehicle. Vehicle breakdowns are stressful and time-consuming, but simple preparation for these types of situations will make the process just a bump in the road on your vacation! So be prepared before, during, and after a breakdown with these helpful tips!

What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on a Road Trip

Before: Get Your Vehicle Inspected


The best way to prevent or reduce your chances of a breakdown is to get your vehicle inspected. Schedule an appointment with us at North Brothers Ford and we'll do a full inspection to make sure your vehicle is in proper working condition before hitting the road this summer. We'll be happy to give you an estimate on any maintenance costs, as well. If you're looking to make the most of your money, consider utilizing some of our coupons to save some extra road trip cash that could come in handy later!

Before: Prepare a Roadside Emergency Kit


Keeping a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle will prove extremely useful in the event that it breaks down. Having the tools you need to get yourself back on the road, will help eliminate the need for a tow truck and costly repairs from an unfamiliar auto shop. While a roadside emergency kit can contain many items, we've outlined a few extremely important tools and objects to keep on hand, including:

  • A spare tire, jack, and tire iron
  • Jumper cables
  • Engine coolant
  • Water, snacks, and a first-aid kit
  • Basic tools (screwdriver, wrench, pliers, etc.)

During: Remain Safe and Calm


In the event that you run into vehicle problems on the road, such as your engine overheating or a flat tire, make sure you're cautious and don't ignore the issue. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is okay and that you're able to safely pull over on the shoulder or side of the road. If your vehicle does run into trouble, follow this 5-step plan to safely handle a breakdown:

  1. Turn on your hazard lights and pull over at a safe distance from traffic. This will give you room to assess any damage done to your vehicle and you can pop your hood if you need it.
  2. Keep an eye on your surroundings: Are you on the backroads or a highway? Are you able to contact help using your phone? How close are you to the nearest gas station? How well-lit is the area you pulled over at? This information can help you remain safe and secure in the event of a breakdown and can help you alleviate any stress you may have during the process.
  3. Take a look at the damage to your vehicle. Is your tire flat? Is your engine smoking? Take note of anything you notice and write it down if you can.
  4. If possible, try to perform the repairs on your own. If you have a flat tire, switch it out for a spare, but if you aren't sure what to do, don't be afraid to ask for help. Call the police or a towing company and explain the situation. They'll be able to help you in no time!
  5. If you were able to successfully replace your vehicle's tire or perform maintenance or get a tow truck, make sure to take your vehicle to the nearest dealership or auto shop right away for professional assistance to make sure your vehicle is alright.  If you're still in the Detroit area, North Brothers Ford will help tow your vehicle and get everything taken care of as fast as possible. Contact us in the event of an emergency!

After: Keep a Record of the Event

After you get your vehicle looked at and take it in to the nearest dealership or auto shop, make sure you let the mechanic know exactly what happened from start to finish. If you are able to give the mechanic a detailed description of what happened, it will help them work on your repairs at a much quicker rate, and it may get you back on the road quickly. Don't forget to keep a record of your repairs if the problem persists to prevent any additional costs. If your vehicle's repair will take longer than expected, make sure you ask if they offer rental vehicles. Making sure you're back on the road and enjoying your vacation is important, especially after a stressful vehicle breakdown.

Road trips, while very enjoyable, can also be extremely unpredictable. Preparing yourself for any situation big or small is necessary if you want to maximize your fun on your vacation. Knowing what to do if your car breaks down on a road trip will help you save time and money this summer out on the road. Don't forget to schedule an appointment with us before you leave for your vacation so we can make sure your vehicle is up to speed!

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Updated Ford F-150 Raptor Raises the Bar for Ultimate Off-Road Performance


WESTLAND, Mich. -- Ford is making the beastly F-150 Raptor, which already holds the title of the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup, even better with next-level technology including class-exclusive, electronically-controlled FOX shocks, new Trail Control, and all-new Recaro sport seats.

“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” says Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”


While Raptor has plenty of torque and horsepower, that's not the only thing that goes into building a high-performance off-road truck. We're talking, of course, about the suspension. The upgrades to the Raptor’s suspension system make it even more capable of clawing away at the terrain.
To enhance Raptor’s already proven internal bypass shocks, Ford Performance worked directly with FOX to develop class-exclusive, electronically controlled Live Valve technology for the new platform that continuously adjusting damping. The FOX setup uses special sensors in the suspension and body to maximize comfort, handling, and bottom-out resistance.
“By automatically varying compression rates, Raptor can now make the most of its suspension travel of 13 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear,” says Salenbauch. “The 2019 Raptor is not just more capable off-road. It’s smarter.”
Paired with 2019 Ford Raptor’s Terrain Management System, Live Valve suspension technology enhances the truck’s high-speed, off-road capability while also enabling smooth on-road driving performance.
“Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are mid-air,” says Salenbauch. “Raptor sets the dampers to full stiffness to help smooth shock performance as the truck lands.”
Low-speed performance off-road is also improved. New Trail Control helps navigate challenging conditions. Think of it as cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain, automatically adjusting power and braking to each individual wheel. This allows drivers to focus on steering over rugged terrain. Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph depending on driveline position.
Whether you're driving a simple two-track trail or traversing rocky terrain, the new Trail Control system makes everything easier. Not only can it automatically draw significant engine torque to overcome steep obstacles, it can individually brake the wheels so the truck comes down smoothly on the other side.
Moving on to the interior, the 2019 Ford Raptor features enhanced seats to help keep drivers firmly in place for improved confidence at low and high speeds over rough terrain. Recaro sport seats provide aggressive support with generous bolstering in the seat back and cushion.
The upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. It goes on sale in late 2018.

We hope you're as excited about the all-new 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor as we are! In the meantime, schedule a service appointment with us to ensure that your current truck is running at its best. When the new Raptor does finally hit the showroom, let us value your trade and get you into one of your own!
 North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I Was In An Accident, What Do I Do Now?


WESTLAND, Mich. -- Accidents. They happen to the best of us. In the shock of the moment, it can be difficult to gather your thoughts and do what you need to do to and recover, but that's why North Brothers Ford is here! While a lot of drivers may not think of the possibility of a major collision, it's important to have a game plan just in case. We hope you never have to use it, but here are some things you should know if you're involved in a car accident.


EXCHANGE INFORMATION

When you've determined that everyone else involved in the accident is okay, you should exchange information. In most cases, this includes license numbers, vehicle registration, and insurance info. Make sure you do not leave the scene of the accident until you've gathered everything you need to file a claim with your insurance company.



GET A POLICE REPORT

Once you've gathered information from all drivers involved in the accident, call the police so they can document the incident, and call an ambulance if needed. Getting a police report is important for insurance purposes. Make sure to point out any damage to your car to the responding officer, and make a personal note of their name as well as the report number.



TAKE PHOTOS

When you're in an accident, taking photos of vehicle and property damage as well as personal injuries can mean the difference between a successful and unsuccessful insurance claim. Memory is notoriously unreliable, and having documented evidence can help build a strong case to get you the full compensation to which you're entitled.



SCHEDULE A COLLISION APPOINTMENT

Once everything is said and done, schedule a collision service appointment with North Brothers Ford! If you haven't already contacted your insurance company, we can make the call together. While your vehicle is in our shop, we can also help you make arrangements to get a rental car. No job is too big for us, and we're committed to getting you up and running and back on the road!

While North Brothers Ford hopes you never have to use this information, it's still important to know what to do in the event of an accident. Exchanging information, getting a police report, and taking photos are all crucial to getting the compensation you deserve. In the shock of the moment, it can be difficult to calm your nerves and take care of business, but it is essential.

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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