Tips for a Seamless Thanksgiving Road Trip

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with the busiest travel holiday of the year!

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If you’ve traveled on this holiday in the past, you know that planning is key to a seamless, relaxing trip, and we’ve got just the list to keep you organized this year!

  • Stay Connected – Download the latest travel apps for your phone before you hit the road—Spotify is a great channel for music, Waze will help with traffic, and Citymapper will be your best-bet for navigation!
  • Travel Late or Early – Instead of sitting in a huge mess of traffic this year, leave in the middle of the night, or early in the morning to avoid traffic jams—you’ll get to where you’re going much faster, and your passengers will thank you… especially if you have kids!
  • Pack Wisely – Make sure to bring temperature-appropriate clothing, shoes, and coats, especially if you’re heading north or to the mountains!
  • Have Your Car Serviced – Make sure that all of your fluid levels are topped off, your brakes, lights work properly, and that your car is up to date on all routine maintenance including oil changes and tires. Contact our Service Department to set up an appointment to have your car prepared for your road trip!
  • Have Travel Documents on Hand – Be sure to carry your Insurance Card, Roadside Assistance information, and any other vital information, in case of emergency.
  • Make All Stops at Once – If you have children, it might be challenging trying to travel with the constant stopping for bathroom breaks, food, and drinks, but, if you stop in a place where you can use the restroom, grab a sandwich and a bottle of water, all in one place, you’re guaranteed to save time instead of loading and unloading everyone into and out of the car at each place.

Visit us online to schedule your appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your vehicle is up-to-par for your Thanksgiving travel. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ford SuperDuty

The 2017 Ford SuperDuty is the perfect truck for hard working men and women that are just looking to get the job done, and it’s one of our favorite vehicles here at Prince Frederick Ford.

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With 430lbs-ft of torque, a V-8 engine, and 385 horsepower, the 2017 SuperDuty is perfect for any trailer you want to tow or load you want to haul. The 6.2-liter engine and rear-wheel drive makes driving a treat, no matter what condition the road is in. The newly established, lightweight aluminum body makes fuel efficiency a top priority, while still delivering a great deal of power.

The 2017 Ford SuperDuty comes with a 3 year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 5 year, 60,000-mile power-train warranty and roadside assistance. With coverage like that, how could you go wrong?

With multiple trim styles available both with 2 doors and 4-doors, this truck is perfect for a single person, or for a family of four, and contains all of the same features you love in Ford Trucks.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to learn more about the 2017 Ford SuperDuty. We’re sure you’ll love it!

Best Fall Sight Seeing Destinations in Maryland and Virginia

Autumn is an absolutely beautiful time of year. Between the crisp cool weather, the leaves turning every shade of red, yellow and orange, known to man, and the foliage that takes your breath away, no matter where you look.

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Maryland and Virginia are known for having some of the best destinations for sight-seeing in our area. Take a look at our list of some of our favorite places to visit in the Fall.

  • Deep Creek Lake, Maryland—Deep Creek Lake, located in Northwestern Maryland has some of the most spectacular sites during the months of September, October, and November. Take advantage of farmers markets, concerts, antique, car and craft shows, at the Autumn Glory Festival from October 12-16.
  • C&O Canal National Historic Park, Maryland—Located in Hagerstown, Maryland, C&O Canal National Historic Park is perfect for hiking, biking and history exploration among a 184.5-mile-long canal along the Potomac River. The stunning views of the fall foliage will make you want to stay forever.
  • Elk Neck Peninsula—Located at the top of the Chesapeake Bay, Elk Neck State Park and Forest is perfect for water lovers. Dig your toes into the sand and enjoy the colorful forest around you with those closest to you.
  • Ocean City, Maryland—Although it might be too chilly to swim in the ocean, Ocean City is still a wonderful place to visit in the Fall months. Take advantage of the beautiful ocean views, incredible dining options, and shops along the way.
  • The Crooked Road, Virginia—If you love music, this might be your go-to destination. The Crooked Road is a 300-mile voyage through the breath-taking Appalachian Mountains. You’ll see and hear some of the best performers of traditional country, folk and bluegrass music, all without having to travel far to do it.
  • The James River, Virginia—If you’re a history buff, you know that the James River and the James River Plantations are a huge part of our Nation’s history. Take a trip back in time and see the history that the James River Plantations have to offer.
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia—If you’re looking for an educational outing, and a little bit of adventure, a trip to Colonial Williamsburg is for you! Get the best of both worlds with an adventure back in time in the historic town, or, release your audacious side at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your new Ford vehicle and start making plans. After all, fall won’t be around forever.

Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer has been one of the most popular mid-sized SUV’s in America, since 1991. 15 years later, it’s still turning heads, and we understand why completely.

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The 2017 Ford Explorer is one of the leading mid-sized SUV’s in America, and anyone that owns one can tell you why.

The 2017 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5L V-6 290hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, a telescoping steering wheel, an emergency communication system, remote key-less entry, side seat mounted airbags, safety canopy system curtain, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd row overhead airbag, passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, 18″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

7 passengers fit comfortably in the Ford Explorer, with split-bench 3rd row seating, and with 5 trim styles available, you’re sure to find the vehicle that you love.

With an estimated 24 MPG on the highway, and 17 in the city, the 2017 Ford Explorer is not only sleek and practical, but it’s fuel efficient.

Stop in to Prince Frederick Ford, and try your new Ford Explorer on for size.

 

The 2017 Ford Mustang: Your Dream Awaits You

The Ford Mustang has been around for 51 years, with the first Mustang produced in 1965. Since then, generations of Ford lovers have come to cherish the sporty car, at car shows, with collector’s editions, and with memorabilia.

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Here at Prince Frederick Ford, we love the Mustang, and we’re sure that you’ll fall in love, if you haven’t already. With models that acquire 31 highway miles per gallon, and 22 in the city—the 2017 Ford Mustang is nothing short of spectacular.

You’ll have the option to purchase your new Mustang with a 6-speed select shift manual transmission and a 2.3L EcoBoost Engine, or a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 5.0L V8 Ti-VCT engine, your ride will never be boring. We have a wide variety of colors and trims to choose from, as well as both convertible and hard-top models to choose from.

We love the Mustang, and have no doubt in our minds that you will too! Contact us to set up your test-drive appointment, today!

Football Tailgating Hacks for your Ford F-150

There is nothing better than going to a Washington Redskins game with your family and friends, enjoying the atmosphere, the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs cooking, and the all-around good time you have, even before the game starts.

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We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tailgating tips that you are sure to love, and you can put them to great use in your brand new Ford F-150 this year (after-all, the Ford F-Series Truck was named the official truck of the NFL this week).

  • Keep a toolbox in the back of your truck, stocked full of cooking utensils, silverware, trash bags, condiments and other essentials that are easy to forget when rushing to the game. Having these items available to you without having to pack them each time will save you a ton of time.
  • Cut up and prepare all of your fixings beforehand—shape your burger patties and refrigerate between wax paper sheets, cut up all lettuce, tomato and onions so that they’re ready to go before you head to the game. Pack all of your perishable items into a cooler with plenty of ice, and load it into your F-150.
  • Throw a large plastic bin into the back of your F-150 to bring back used dishes and trash that may not have made it to a garbage can. Fill an old laundry detergent jug with water to use as a hand sanitizing station.
  • Keep a metal bucket in the back of your F-150 to throw potentially hot grilling ashes into, rather than leaving them in the grill or on-site.
  • Buy an inexpensive set of plastic drawers and keep them in the back of your truck. Keep the drawers stocked full of essentials like cooking spray, aluminum foil, plastic cups or utensils, and paper plates.

Keeping all of these items in the back of your F-150 might not seem ideal, but, with a cover on the bed of your truck, you’ll hardly even know they are there. Visit us online to discover bed covers and liners to get your F-150 ready for football season.

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!