Making a New Year’s Resolution for Your Car

New Year’s resolution for your car

 

It’s never too early to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. In fact, if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, why not make goals for your car?

Schedule regular service appointments

The key to having a long-lasting car is keeping up with preventative maintenance. Scheduling regular check-ups for your vehicle to nip potential problems in the bud before they pose a hazard to your car’s functionality and your safety.

Keep your car clean

Did you know that if you have too much junk in your car, it can impact your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy? Make an effort to clean your car out regularly in the new year.

Check tires and wheels regularly

Any slight wobble or vibration usually indicates an issue with your tires and/or wheels. Keep your tires properly inflated, check to see if your tread is worn down, and make sure your wheels are properly aligned.

Replace fluids

Fluids are critical to the life of a car—brake fluid, oil, coolant, and even windshield wiper fluid each play a crucial role in your auto’s performance. Make sure to replace or change your vehicle’s fluids regularly.

Set New Year’s resolutions for your vehicle by picking one of the above goals that will keep your car running smoothly while also protecting you on new excursions. If you need any help, stop in to Sanderson Ford and we’ll lend a helping hand!

Local Winter Events Near Glendale, AZ

Glendale Glitters

 

If you’re expecting a white Christmas, Glendale isn’t exactly the place to be. However, there are still some great local winter events that can help you get into a festive mood this holiday.

 

Winter Wonderland 2017

Arizona doesn’t usually get much in the way of ice and snow – so Glendale’s Winter Wonderland brings artificial snow and frozen water right to you. Head to Murphy Park for ice skating and  making snow angels, two rare pastimes to experience right in the heart of Glendale, Arizona.

 

Glendale Glitters

What are the holidays without some festive light shows to attend? Head to this award-winning light show for some family fun in Historic Downtown Glendale. Featuring 1.5 million LED bulbs, this attraction starts November 24th and continues through December.

 

Winter Jam

On November 10th, you can head to Gila River Arena for a great music festival full of family-friendly music at Winter Jam. It’s only $15 to get in, and military and veterans gain free admission in honor of Veterans Day weekend. Artists like Family Force 5, Mac Powell, and more will be performing live.

 

Check out these local winter events in Glendale, Arizona for a fun and engaging Christmas season to suit the whole family. Stop by Sanderson Ford and let us know how it was!

Signs You Need New Tires

Need New Tires

 

Keeping your tires in good condition is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to get the most out of your vehicle. When tires are damaged or low on tread, this impacts your vehicle’s traction. This is especially true when traversing on dry, rough Arizona roads. Tires need to be in excellent shape to perform safely and efficiently.

 

So how do you know if you need new tires? There are several warning signs that will tell you whether it’s time to bring your vehicle into Sanderson Ford for some new tires. Repeat blowouts are one sure sign that you should replace your tires. This problem indicates that wheels should be replaced or repaired, since a bent wheel is likely causing the damage to the tire that triggers it to blow out.

 

Another sign that your tires are worn enough to replace is a change in the smoothness of your vehicle’s performance. Have you begun to notice constant vibrating when you’re on the road? Vibration related to the tires typically worsens at higher speeds. This may be a sign that you have a bent rim, which will eventually cause a flat tire if not replaced. Slight vibrations can also be a sign that a tire has worn down unevenly or has bumps or other damage, which would mean that the tire itself is ready to be replaced.

 

Learn to watch for these warning signs and keep your tires in good shape so you can easily tackle the challenging Arizona terrain.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://drivingtests101.com/articles/do-i-need-new-tires

Ford Hurricane Harvey Relief: Texas is Family

Ford Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

After Hurricane Harvey hit, Texas was left with catastrophic damage. Many of its residents have faced extraordinary damage to their homes and possessions. However, the state has seen overwhelming support from many groups and individuals from across the country, including Ford Motor Company.

 

Ford Motor Company and its Texas dealers have organized a number of different ways to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. To begin with, Ford has donated $500,000 to groups such as The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Catholic Charities. Additionally, the Texas Ford dealerships organized a Cowboys-Texans telethon which allowed them to raise $200,000 in donations as of September 1st. These dealerships plan to raise another $1 million, which Ford will match.

 

Not only is Ford aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey via financial relief, but the company has also created a “Texas is Family” program, offering special deals for families and employees impacted by the hurricane. Those who qualify will receive family and employee prices, low lease rates, and the benefit of zero payments until 2018. Ford hopes that this program helps families meet their immediate transportation needs in the wake of Harvey’s destruction.

 

To learn more about Ford’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and how you can help, stop by Sanderson Ford.

Giving Back this Holiday Season in Glendale, AZ

giving back this holiday season

With holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can end this year on a generous note. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few suggestions for how you can give back to the community this holiday season.

Kick off your seasonal altruism by attending the 2017 We Believe Gala on October 28th from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, hosted by the Horse Rhythm Foundation. This is the largest fundraising event for the organization, and it will feature guest speakers such as war veteran and former POW Colonel Thomas H. Kirk. Tickets must be purchased in advance via the gala’s website.

Next, on November 10th, spend a night out on the town with the 2017 Annual House of Refuge Gala. Held from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the theme for this year’s event will be “New York State of Mind.” The event will feature foods inspired by the Big Apple. Guests can enjoy games and live music while helping improve the lives of homeless individuals and domestic abuse victims.

Finally, on December 9th, join the 25th Anniversary Gala for the Phoenix Deaf Women Organization. Held from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the MonOrchid, this event will educate the public about deaf culture, advocacy, and empowerment. Special guest Missy Keast, entrepreneur with ASL Inside, will be the featured speaker along with other noteworthy guests.

These are just some of the many ways you can give back to the local community this holiday season.

New 2018 F-150 Diesel is the First of Its Kind

2018 F-150 Diesel

The 2018 F-150 Diesel is causing quite a stir in the auto industry, offering a Power Stroke V6 Diesel engine that works to optimize power while using less gas. Although the 2018 F-150 has several updates, this new diesel engine option is perhaps the most significant.

According to Car and Driver, the diesel engine is turbocharged and mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, to yield optimum performance. You may be wondering, “Why should I buy a diesel engine?” While old diesel engines produced dark black smoke and guzzled fuel, modern engines are quieter and typically require less maintenance and fuel.

Previously, diesel engines were only offered in Europe, but we’re seeing some changes in the industry. Diesel engines have low-end power because they don’t need to be revved for better acceleration. They also have better towing due to increased torque. Because they don’t need spark plugs or other components, many people see them as more reliable than traditional gasoline engines.

Thinking about buying a diesel? Stop by Sanderson Ford to learn more about the 2018 Ford F-150. You can test the truck in person, and our expert staff will tell you more about the array of features on the F-150.

Phoenix Trips, Local Style

Phoenix Trips

Arizona Canal: By Cygnusloop99 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Are you heading towards Sanderson Ford for a visit to Phoenix, Arizona? Don’t get caught in the tourist traps. Check out these Phoenix trips that are popular to locals. Be sure to travel in the area’s favorite truck, the Ford F-150, to blend in even better.

 

Roosevelt Row Arts District

 

A day in the Arts District is sure to get your creative blood flowing. Take your time walking down the street and through alleyways where you’ll find all sorts of colorful, photogenic murals. There are plenty of art galleries and boutiques where you can stop in and buy a piece of Phoenix art to take home with you, too.

 

South Mountain Park and Preserve

 

As one of the country’s largest municipal parks, South Mountain Park offers some gorgeous desert hiking. Bring plenty of snacks and water so that you can make it to the highest point, Dobbins Lookout, where you’ll see an unbelievable view of the city and beyond.

 

Arizona Canal

 

The Arizona Canal is located in the Arcadia neighborhood. It’s the perfect place for a walk and some people watching, but you’ll also find some natural wonders like a waterfall and a cave. The walk will surely work up an appetite, so end your evening with dinner at the O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nanobrewery.

Just ask us at Sanderson Ford if you want to hear about more amazing local trips!

Fall in Phoenix: Fun Local Festivals for You To Visit

Fall in Phoenix

At Sanderson Ford, we love living so close to Phoenix. There’s always a ton to do, and since the weather is perfect in September and October, fall in Phoenix is one of our favorite times of the year. Here are some events this October that you won’t want to miss.

 

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

 

From October 13-15, 2017, head to Tempe Beach Park for the best in German beers, foods, and festivities. Four Peaks Brewery will be serving up some of its German brews, while live music from Whiskey’s Quicker, Jared and the Mill, Lil Jon, and more keep you entertained all weekend long.

 

Arizona Taco Festival

 

That same weekend, don’t miss the Arizona Taco Festival from October 14-15, 2017. Take a break from the German grub and head to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick to taste more types of tacos than you knew existed.

 

Lost Lake Festival

 

The next weekend is an exciting one for music fans, as the Lost Lake Festival runs from October 20-22, 2017 at Steele Indian School Park. Tickets are $165-$225 for a three-day general admission, but it’s worth the cost as you’ll have the chance to see performers like Chance the Rapper, The Killers, The Pixies, Haim, Ludacris, and more.

 

If you want any more local fun recommendations, just ask us at Sanderson Ford!

 

Labor Day Weekend in Phoenix

Labor Day Weekend in Phoenix

By Highqueue (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it, so it’s best to start making plans now. We here at Sanderson Ford have a few recommended events to help plan your Labor Day weekend in Phoenix.

Dolly Steamboat Narrated Cruise

Explore the desert on the water on the Dolly Steamboat Narrated Cruise. The 90-minute cruise offers a unique look at the canyon walls and desert wildlife. The cruises began in 1925 and the Dolly Steamboat has been ruling these waters since 1983. Narrators will cover everything from natural facts to legends from the Apache tribes.

Sonoran Desert Hummer Adventure Tours

The Hummer H1 is a capable vehicle (second to the Ford F-150 Raptor) that can take on terrain that would leave many vehicles disabled and stranded. The Sonoran Desert Hummer Adventure Tour offers an exciting look at the natural terrain surrounding Phoenix. Several tour options allow Labor Day weekend visitors to choose the one that most interests them. Learn more about the area’s history or hear Apache legends surrounding the Superstition Mountains.

Basic Shooting Experience

Learn more about guns and shooting, then take to the range and unload a few magazines yourself this Labor Day weekend. An NRA-Certified Range Safety Officer will take your through a crash course, then put a variety of guns in your hands. Ranging from the Glock 9MM to the AK-47, the Basic Shooting Experience is perfect for a thrilling Labor Day weekend.

 

 

 

Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall Maintenance Tips

Properly maintaining your Ford Edge will significantly extend its lifespan and allow you to get the most for your money. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping more money in your wallet from season to season. While fall is still a few months off, it never hurts to be prepared! Here are some fall maintenance tips for your Ford Edge from us here at Sanderson Ford.

Tire Pressure

Make sure your tires are properly inflated as the weather cools. A car tire inflated to 35 pounds per square inch (psi) can lose one psi every month or for every 10 degrees. The fall tends to make things a little cooler and it never hurts to check your tire pressure as the weather begins to turn!

Tune Up

Getting a tune up for your Ford Edge will only benefit you in the long run. In addition to extending the life of your vehicle, you’ll also enjoy an increase of around 4% when it comes to fuel economy. That’s a good chunk of change saved at the pump over the course of the season!

Brakes

Many Americans choose to travel during summer and that can do a number on your brakes. Make sure to have your braking system inspected as fall rolls around. Replace worn pads and damaged rotors if necessary. Your Ford Edge will thank you later!

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