Reasons to Buy a Truck

Trucks are known for their capability, durability, and reliability but, as far as their reputation goes, they may be forging a new path. Small and large pickups alike are growing more versatile when it comes to areas like technology and safety which opens the door for more drivers. Here are a few great reasons to buy a truck, like the Ford F-150, from us here at Sanderson Ford!

  • Comfort – In the early days of trucks, selection was incredibly limited and the pickups were generally uncomfortable. Today, that’s no longer the case. Modern trucks come stocked with seating for five, a quiet ride, air conditioning and heat, and more. Even though they’ve gotten more comfortable, they still pack the same capability as ever.
  • Towing – No one wants to pay someone else to tow an ATV, boat, or race car, none of which can be legally driven on public roads. That’s where a truck comes in. Modern trucks come with a fifth-wheel trailer hitch that mounts ride in the bed. That set up keeps the truck as stable and maneuverable as ever.
  • Safety – Generally speaking, trucks are some of the safest vehicles on the road. While much of this has to do with their construction, other factors include advanced active and passive safety features. Designed for durability, a truck will go through most obstacles to protect its passengers.

Reasons to Buy a Truck from Sanderson Ford

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Who Gets the New 2017 Ford GT?

The Ford GT has become something of an icon among enthusiasts and drivers alike and with its limited return, thousands of drivers are pining for the latest model. With a limited production run, who gets the new 2017 Ford GT? As it turns out, the answer isn’t celebrities and sports stars, at least not to the extent one would imagine.

Many applicants to become the owners of a shiny new 2017 Ford GT were outraged when musician Deadmau5 and YouTuber Shmee150 were picked to get behind the wheel. Many tried and true Ford fans were disappointed to say the least. Fortunately, Raj Nair, Ford’s head of product development, put their minds at ease.

In an interview with @FordOnline, he revealed that 87% of the chosen applicants currently own a Ford vehicle while 69% owned a Ford GT from the previous generation. That’s not all he had to say though.

“We created a distribution strategy in an effort to be as fair as possible and are working on a plan that will allow us to make even more deserving applicants happy. Stay tuned,” Nair said.

Although the Ford GT’s production run is set to last just two years. Nair may very well be hinting that there’s more Ford GTs to come. As always, only time will tell!

Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ll be keeping our eyes open for the new 2017 Ford GT!

2017 Ford GT

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Ford’s Robotics Technology Continues to Revolutionize Assembly Lines

Working on automotive assembly lines is a strenuous, demanding, and important job—and it’s crucial that workers don’t get burnt out or exhausted while doing their jobs. That’s why it’s important they receive a “helping hand.”

As a company continually revolutionizing the assembly line, Ford is testing a new form of assembly line robot to assist workers—rather than replace them.

Developed in collaboration with a German robotics company, Ford’s robotics technology uses highly intuitive sensors to “learn” how to help workers through imitative programming. Through a simple lift, these arm-shaped devices are able to lift and position heavy parts when needed. Yet, they’re precise and smart enough to make a cup of coffee and shake hands!

Currently, two robots are being tested in Germany. If the robot assistants prove to be a hit, it is possible Ford might implement them in other manufacturing plants too. This just goes to show how careful Ford is to make sure its employees have everything they need.

Ford’s Robotics Technology

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Best Summer Destinations for Kids in Glendale

The city of Glendale is a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family. There are plenty of places for kids to go during the summer to cool off from the heat, so take your family to one of these great summer destinations for kids in Glendale.

  • Playgrounds Fun Zone: This 3,500-square-foot forest-themed playground is a blast for children under eight years old as they climb and crawl around obstacles.
  • Jump Street: This indoor trampoline parks has areas reserved for bigger and smaller children so kids, teenagers, and adults can all get active.
  • Foothill Recreation & Aquatics Center: A pool outside and gym inside, your family will find all kinds of athletic activities here, no matter what season.
  • Arizona Doll & Toy Museum: For an educational outing, share a walk down memory lane with your kids by visiting this collection of vintage play items from yesteryear.
  • Tolmachoff Farms: Known for its fall festivals, this farm is fun year-round with train rides, animals to pet, and a fun house to play in.

summer destinations for kids

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Large Families Attracted to Ford Transit Over Traditional Minivan

It’s probably no surprise that large families need more room when the travel than smaller families, and typically, the minivan is the go-to option for those large families.  But what if there was another option?  Looks like the growing number of families are turning away from the traditional minivan and moving on to the Ford Transit passenger wagon.

Available as a cargo van, passenger wagon, cutaway, or chassis cab, the Ford Transit does seem to be the best option for large families.  With seating for up to 15 passengers, is there really a better way to travel in style with your large family than in a Ford Transit?  With a 30% year-over-year increase in sales for the Ford Transit, it’s clear that more and more families are turning to the more non-traditional travel approach.

Interested in seeing what the Ford Transit can do for your family?  Contact us at Sanderson Ford and we would be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your large family today!

Ford Transit

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1,353,048 Ford Vehicles Sold During the First Half of the Year

Here at Sanderson Ford, we have been quite aware of the demand for Ford vehicles. We can hardly keep our new Ford on the lot! Of course, that doesn’t make the latest announcement from Ford any less surprising and welcome.

According to a Ford press release, 1,353,048 Ford vehicles have been sold during the first half of the year. That makes the last six months the best first half of the year for Ford sales since 2006!One major boost to vehicle sales for the first half of the year comes in the form of Ford’s truck lineup. Ford reports that 531,500 of its trucks have been sold since the beginning of the year. Ford’s SUV sector also experienced some incredibly high sales, with 395,116 total units sold.

“Strong customer demand has helped us continue growing our truck leadership position, further widening the gap with our nearest competitor versus last year,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Consumer demand for Ford SUVs also continues to surge to all-time highs, allowing us to introduce new levels of capability, versatility and technology to a whole new generation of SUV fans.”

This is a great way to start out the year for Ford. Stop by Sanderson Ford to purchase a Ford vehicle and make the second half of the year even more successful for the best automotive brand in the country.

Ford Vehicles Sold During the First Half of the Year

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2017 Ford Escape Part of World’s Largest ‘Escape the Room’ Experience

If you haven’t had the chance for an ‘Escape the Room’ experience, then maybe it’s about time.  Ford is teaming up with the popular game to create the best experience yet!  The first-ever driveable game will allow participants to navigate through the game using the 2017 Escape’s latest technology, with the goal being to entice more millennial buyers.

“Younger, urban consumers today want to live through experiences and engage with brands that represent their lifestyle.  They are voracious consumers of life – they’re not spectators, they’re participants,” said the Ford experiential marketing manager, Ginger Kasanic.

Some of the technology incorporated into the game?  Remote start, rearview camera, seven-color ambient lighting, voice-to-text capabilities of SYNC 3 driver connect system, and so much more!

The game is open to the public for only 4 days, and within the first 24 hours, saw over 1,000 consumers sign up to play the game.  So what are you waiting for?  Learn the newest technology of the 2017 Ford Escape through a gaming experience like you’ve never seen before!

2017 Ford Escape

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CO2-Derived Foam Helps Ford Help The Planet

Ford has added foam and plastic made from captured CO2 to the long list of recycled and alternative automotive materials they already use in Ford vehicles. What the new technology will save in fossil fuels is staggering. Ford predicts that C02-derived foam will replace 600 million lbs. of petroleum every year.

The reality of carbon pollution is alarming. According to a press release from Ford, every second 2.4 million lbs of CO2 are released into the air around the world. The amount that Ford will save by using CO2-derived foam may seem like a drop in the bucket but it’s still significant.

What’s perhaps even more significant is just how committed the automaker is to researching and implementing carbon-saving measures. Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader of sustainability, said recently, “At Ford, we’re aggressively developing new, more sustainable ways to produce high-quality products, with an eye toward preserving and improving our world.”

Ford foresees using the CO2-derived foam and plastic in seating and underhood. The new material will join a host of other alternative materials already employed in Ford vehicles. Mirror gaskets contain recycled tires. Carpets contain old T-shirt material and denim. You can find soy foam in every Ford vehicle. There’s even coconut in your Ford vehicle–as reinforcement for the trunk liner.

co2-derived foam

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Spring Car Care Tips

Winter is finally gone and that means spring is ready to rumble with warmer weather and plenty of travel opportunities. Now that the harshest season of the year is over, it’s time to give your car the attention it deserves. Here are a few spring car care tips from us here at Sanderson Ford.

  • Wash – Winter has a tendency to lather your car in road salt if you traveled somewhere with snowy roads for the holidays. That will do a number on your paint, among other things, if left untreated. Fortunately, the solution is to take a few minutes and scrub your car until it’s squeaky clean. Adding a layer of wax certainly doesn’t hurt either!
  • Wiper Blades – With spring comes warmer weather and, after a season of colder temperatures, that could cause your wiper blades to show their age. Wear and cracking are the most common problems with wiper blades after winter. Inspect yours thoroughly. You won’t want to get caught in the spring rain with insufficient wipers!

Tires – After winter, inspecting your tires is a must-do safety precaution. The tread is obviously the most important part to check on but your tire pressure is a close second. The colder weather causes tire pressure to decrease and you likely added more air to make up the difference. Warmer weather causes your tire pressure to increase, which means you might need to let some air out. Doing so will improve fuel economy, overall safety, and the lifespan of your tires.

Spring Car Care

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Sanderson Ford’s 61st Anniversary

It’s not every day you turn 61, but here at Sanderson Ford, that’s exactly what we just did! Sanderson Ford’s 61st anniversary was a milestone for our staff and technicians. Through our long years in the Phoenix community, we’ve made leaps and bounds and have the awards to show for it. Customer satisfaction has been our top priority since our founding and with this latest anniversary, we’re looking to offer specials that prove it.

The Phoenix community is important to us, and we have a reputation to uphold for excellent service. We’ve won both corporate and community awards for decades, including the coveted “President’s Award.” Not only have we won the prestigious award consistently, we’ve often been the only dealership in the Phoenix Metro area to receive it.

Originally founded on May 1, 1955, by Don Sanderson Ford in Glendale as Glendale Motors, we’ve grown to offer and service every model in the Ford lineup. We also offer a selection of used cars for first-time or cost-conscious drivers.

A premiere Ford dealership, we offer every service possible. From Ford parts to routine maintenance to repairs, and more, we here at Sanderson Ford are all about going above and beyond customer expectations.

Let us here at Sanderson Ford demonstrate our commitment and show you why we’ve won many prestigious awards year after year.

Sanderson Ford’s 61st Anniversary

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