Get Your Student Driving in Style for the 2016-2017 School Year at Prince Frederick Ford

It’s the middle of August, which means only a couple weeks 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?

Prince Frederick 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 in itself to drive. 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!

Ensure You’re Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck When It Comes to Summer Fuel Economy

Contrary to popular belief, the summertime is actually a time when your fuel economy may increase. Since the warmer weather causes your engine to warm up quicker to an efficient temperature, your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to get where it needs to be.

Unfortunately, summertime also calls for windows being rolled down and air conditioning blasting, which could ultimately lower your fuel economy if you’re not careful.

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Take a look at these steps to improve fuel economy in hot weather from our friends at the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Roll the windows down while traveling at lower speeds; use the AC at highway speeds.
  • Don’t use the AC more than needed or set the temperature lower than needed.
  • Park in the shade or use a sunshade so that the cabin doesn’t get as hot.
  • Drive with the windows open for a short time before using the AC. Letting hot air out of the cabin first will put less demand on the AC and help your vehicle cool faster.
  • Don’t idle with the AC running before driving. Turn the AC on after you begin to drive or after airing out the cabin briefly. Most AC systems will cool the vehicle faster while driving.
  • Read your owner’s manual. Most manuals explain how the AC system controls work and how to best use and maintain the AC system.4
  • For plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, pre-cooling the cabin while plugged into the charger can extend your vehicle’s range. Also, using a warmer temperature setting for the AC will use less battery power.

For more summer fuel economy tips, contact our Service Department to schedule an appointment to confirm that there is nothing else you can do to ensure better fuel economy.

Summer Road Trip Checklist

We have about one more month left of summer, and you know what that means—summer vacation!

Millions of folks are packing up their cars this summer with only the sun, the sand and relaxation on their minds. But before you set sail for your summer trip, review our checklist to make sure your vehicle is travel-ready.

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  1. Check your tire pressure and tread. Low tire pressure can mean higher gas mileage, and too high of pressure can cause a flat tire, or worse, a blowout.
  2. Top off your fluids. Be sure to check your windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid and coolant before hitting the road. Taking these few steps can save you a big hassle and a big chunk of change in the long run.
  3. Clean your windows. It might seem like a silly item on the checklist, but visibility is key to safety when traveling. Take a few minutes to wash your windows—a nighttime glare on your windshield can make seeing a very difficult task.
  4. Get an oil change. Depending on what your Ford vehicle manual portrays, it is a good idea to change your oil every 3,000-7,000 miles. Changing your oil on a regular basis will keep your car running smooth.
  5. Have your brakes checked. Be sure to have a technician look over your brakes before you begin your journey—safety first!
  6. Check your belts and suspension. Make sure that your vehicle is road-ready by checking all of your belts and your suspension. A broken belt can leave you stranded, and that’s no way to start a vacation!
  7. Replace your windshield wiper blades. Don’t let a streaky windshield or heavy rain slow you down—make sure your windshield wiper blades are up-to-par.
  8. Check your lights. It’s always a good idea to do a walk-around of your car prior to leaving for your destination. Have someone sit in the car and turn on and off all of the lights (including turn signals) to ensure all lightbulbs are working correctly.
  9. Run an air conditioning test. Hot temperatures can make riding in a car without air conditioning nothing short of miserable. Have a technician make sure your AC is running nice and cool!
  10. Conduct a transmission check. Transmission failure can be a long and very expensive ordeal. Preventative maintenance and checking your transmission functionality before your trip could save you a ton of time, and money!

If you’re planning a summer road trip and need some help with conducting your road trip checklist, make an appointment with Prince Frederick Ford’s Service Department. Our technicians are ready and waiting to help you get your vehicle road-ready!

Is Buying or Leasing Your New Car Better for You?

We’ve all been there. Wanting to purchase a new car, but not really knowing whether you REALLY want to buy the car, or just lease it. The decision is a tough one to make, but our Finance Department can help you make the right decision for your lifestyle.

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Read through this list of advantages and disadvantages of buying a car and leasing a car from our friends at Edmunds.com, and see which you think is your best option.

Advantages of Car Leasing

  • Lower monthly payments
  • Lower down payment
  • You can drive abetter car for less money each month.
  • Lower repair costs (With a three-year lease, the factory warranty covers most repairs.)
  • You can more easily drive a new car every two or three years.
  • No trade-in hassles at the end of the lease
  • You pay sales tax only on the portion of the car you finance.


Disadvantages of Car Leasing

  • You don’t own the car at the end of the lease.
  • Your mileage is limited to a set amount, typically 12,000-15,000 miles a year (excess miles are paid for at the lease termination).
  • Lease contracts are confusing.
  • Leasing is more expensive in the long run (as opposed to buying and driving until the wheels fall off).
  • Wear-and-tear charges can add up (paid at lease termination).
  • It’s costly to terminate a lease early if your driving needs change.


Advantages of Car Buying

  • Pride of ownership — you can modify your car as you please.
  • Car buying is more economical in the long run unless you buy and trade-in regularly.
  • No penalty for driving excess mileage
  • Increased flexibility — you can easily sell the car whenever you want.

Disadvantages of Car Buying

  • Higher down payment is generally required.
  • Higher monthly payments
  • You’re responsible for maintenance costs once the warranty expires.
  • Trade-in or selling hassles when you’re ready to get rid of your car
  • More of your ready cash is tied up in a car, which depreciates, rather than an investment that appreciates.

Or, if you’re thinking of trading in your old vehicle, look no further. Find out the value of your trade and contact a sales representative today!

When you’ve made your decision, our friendly staff in our Finance Department at Prince Frederick Ford are standing by, waiting to assist in making your new car dreams come true!

Not the Mom car

15MustangGTThere was a time when I drove a beautiful, bright Mustang. She was fast, she was fun, she was the one…and then I became mommy to my second child.

Hard as I tried, I couldn’t make the whole rear facing car seat thing work. There just wasn’t enough room for that, and me to drive. I contemplated a weight loss program to make it work, but alas, I love food. Oh and two doors? Any parent can tell you how difficult it is to get a car seat in the back of a car that only has two doors, never mind groceries, diaper bags, and a sibling.

Much to my dismay, it was time to say goodbye to a car that was jam packed with memories, and that helped me feel like I still had some control over how fast I became an adult. Each dent, each scratch (yes, there were a few that will make a great story for another day), held a memory. This car was the car I drove my children home from the hospital in. Their welcome to the world ticket home. And it was time to say goodbye.

I shed tears, yes real tears over losing her. Crazy, I know; I’m a tad sentimental, but the time search for bigger and newer had come.

I searched everywhere, I met many cars that just weren’t the “one”. My brain said get a van, but my soul said, not yet, not yet! And then I found her. A mommy car, that didn’t really scream mommy car, the Ford Escape. It was love at first sight, a blinding love that only grew as I learned more about her.

13EscapeShe’s a beautiful 24k gold, that glimmers like happiness in the sun. She has a power driver seat, and I can even talk to her to change the temperature, play a goofy kids song, or simply ask her to guide me to my destination. Goldie, as I call her (come on, we all name our cars, right?) is spacious, and has enough adapters that I can plug in my phone, kids can plug in their tablets, and there is still room for more. Not sure what the more is, but when I find it, I’m plugging it in.

She has a rear view camera, which has come in handy multiple times, and my favorite part, a skylight in the back, and a sunroof in the front. Yay sunlight! Next in line for favorite features, is the foot activated, hands free, power liftgate. Oh my! No more struggling to open the back with a kid in one arm, and and a bazillion grocery bags in the other!

Happily, I’ve always been a part of the Ford family, and I drive with pride in my new, no kid spilled cheerios on the seats escape. When they do finally spill their food, it’s okay, mommy got leather this time🙂

There’s plenty more to learn about the Escape than what I’ve mentioned, so please check us out on the web

15MustangGTThere was a time when I drove a beautiful, bright Mustang. She was fast, she was fun, she was the one…and then I became mommy to my second child.

Hard as I tried, I couldn’t make the whole rear facing car seat thing work. There just wasn’t enough room for that, and me to drive. I contemplated a weight loss program to make it work, but alas, I love food. Oh and two doors? Any parent can tell you how difficult it is to get a car seat in the back of a car that only has two doors, never mind groceries, diaper bags, and a sibling.

Much to my dismay, it was time to say goodbye to a car that was jam packed with memories, and that helped me feel like I still had some control over how fast I became an adult. Each dent, each scratch (yes, there were a few that will make a great story for another day), held a memory. This car was the car I drove my children home from the hospital in. Their welcome to the world ticket home. And it was time to say goodbye.

I shed tears, yes real tears over losing her. Crazy, I know; I’m a tad sentimental, but the time search for bigger and newer had come.

I searched everywhere, I met many cars that just weren’t the “one”. My brain said get a van, but my soul said, not yet, not yet! And then I found her. A mommy car, that didn’t really scream mommy car, the Ford Escape. It was love at first sight, a blinding love that only grew as I learned more about her.

13EscapeShe’s a beautiful 24k gold, that glimmers like happiness in the sun. She has a power driver seat, and I can even talk to her to change the temperature, play a goofy kids song, or simply ask her to guide me to my destination. Goldie, as I call her (come on, we all name our cars, right?) is spacious, and has enough adapters that I can plug in my phone, kids can plug in their tablets, and there is still room for more. Not sure what the more is, but when I find it, I’m plugging it in.

She has a rear view camera, which has come in handy multiple times, and my favorite part, a skylight in the back, and a sunroof in the front. Yay sunlight! Next in line for favorite features, is the foot activated, hands free, power liftgate. Oh my! No more struggling to open the back with a kid in one arm, and and a bazillion grocery bags in the other!

Happily, I’ve always been a part of the Ford family, and I drive with pride in my new, no kid spilled cheerios on the seats escape. When they do finally spill their food, it’s okay, mommy got leather this time🙂

There’s plenty more to learn about the Escape than what I’ve mentioned, so please check us out on the web www.princefrederickford.com

Ford F-150 for President

It sounds a little bizarre but when the Ford F-series have been America’s best-selling automobile for the last 38 years you’d think it deserve a presidential title. “The past is the past” some would say, but not this year because the ’15 Ford F-150 has been crowned the North American Truck of The Year! How do you explain consecutive decades of over-achievement?

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It’s simply revolutionizing. With the Eco-boost 3.5L V6 engine equipped in earlier models to deliver a more fuel-efficient truck, Ford needed to enhance the 2015 F-150 to stay ahead of its competitors. So what kind of changes can you make when you’ve been #1 for the past 38 years? Aluminum. Sounds like a downgrade I know, but don’t be fooled. The R&D team at Ford have been in tuned to what U.S. Military, and big-rig trucking companies have been doing with their vehicles, and joined the movement in their production. The aluminum alloy found on the 2015 F-150 is stronger, and has better dent-ding properties. How? Well at the right mixture of aluminum alloy, and at the right heat-treated exposure the metal can provide a stronger body over the steel. Now there’s a lot more to it than just mixing metals and heating it up! Ford also found that aluminum can be structured on the truck at a higher gauge than it’s predecessor steal. Meaning, engineers are applying three times more layers of aluminum giving it a thicker, lighter body since aluminum is a third of the density of steal. How much lighter you ask? A whopping 770 pounds lighter than the previous model F-150!Bridge1_UH-TuxedoBlack

With a 40% metal weight reduction from steel to aluminum the 2015 F-150 becomes amazingly more capable giving its owner more towing and payload performance. With less weight on its body, it makes sense that a truck will move easier, hull, and tow more!

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Back To The Future With The 2015 Ford Mustang

If you’re a fan of the vintage fastback Mustangs from the 60’s and 70’s, then you’re going to love the 2015 model. It has hints of the past with distinct body lines that curve from wheel to wheel. The minute you sit down in the driver seat you’ll feel like you have just climbed into a race car. 15MUST.GT.shot_03

With six gears in your hand and 400 pounds of torque under your foot this 5.0L V8 says nothing but “Go”. Even the steering wheel feels professional, but that’s nothing new. When you’re in the Mustang checking out the interior be sure to play with the switches on the dash, but be aware because you might put the car in its’ sports mode!  The push-to-start feature seems to be an industry standard now in the performance cars, but Fords‘ placement of the button on the center dash was a great choice.

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These 2015’s come  in ten different exterior colors from Triple Yellow to Deep Impact Blue. The most futuristic part of this years’ model is the HID headlamps with signature LED lighting and triple bar tail lamps that come standard on all Mustangs.

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Driving it, of course, was my favorite part. Words cannot describe the adrenaline rush I had taking the 15′ Mustang down these back county roads and accelerating down the highways. Stop in soon and get a feel for yourself with a “no obligation test drive”.