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Why You Need Good Car Insurance

Car insurance is a necessity if you plan on driving in the modern day. Unfortunately, as many as one in eight drivers forego reliable coverage. It’s only once they’re in an accident that they realize they made a mistake. Don’t be portrayed as a fool! From us here at Sanderson Ford to you, here are a few reasons you need good car insurance!

  • Accidents can and do happen. More than six millions accidents occur each and every year according to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even if you’ve never been in one, that’s no reason to forego coverage. If you do end up in an accident, your insurance is there to help you along the way both financially and mentally.
  • The sheer cost is incredible. The cost of an accident is likely more than you think. On average, property damage alone amounts to nearly $10,000. That’s a good chunk of change but it only gets worse. Accidents with disabling injuries amount to nearly $81,000. Insurance can cover some or all of those costs.
  • Most states require insurance. The need for insurance is obvious. Many states require drivers to maintain a minimum amount of coverage. Failing to do so can result in an impounded vehicle, fines, or a suspended license.

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November 22nd is Go For a Ride Day: How Will You Celebrate?

Remember to save the date: November 22nd. This date is Go For a Ride Day, the perfect way to relax and spend time with those you love. Although there’s no specific method for traveling that’s required to celebrate the holiday, we here at Sanderson Ford suggest taking a road trip.

According to Holiday Insights, Go For a Ride Day is designed to be a stress reliever for families before the holidays. Christmas and Thanksgiving are known for being especially chaotic, so getting out on the open road is a great way to take you mind off of some of the stress.

Naturally, we think you should drive your car; however, there are other methods suggested for the holiday. Take the bus, ride your motorcycle, or your bike if it’s warm enough. If it’s cold, try taking a sleigh ride or going in a horse drawn carriage. Snowmobiles and ATVs are also a great way to have fun.

How did it start? There are no origins for this holiday, but we can imagine how it came about. Getting together with family and friends is always important, so be sure to share a ride with those you love on November 22nd.

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2015 Ford Mustang Specs Released

2015 Ford Mustang

The much awaited specs for the 2015 Ford Mustang have just been released and will not disappoint! The Mustang has been an iconic pony car for decades and has a strong following with many admirers, so it is crucial that is comes out on the top of its game.

With a 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood, this pony car will get as much as 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Other engine options include the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost, and the 3.7-liter V6.

Ford has done a drastic redesign on the 2015 model which will have a new suspension that features an independent rear setup, heavier brakes, and an upgraded infotainment center. Who doesn’t love a good infotainment center?

Many of the performance figures that have been revealed were better than Ford had originally projected. Ford’s Special Vehicles Team is still at work so keep check for more 2015 Ford Mustang updates.

Ford SYNC Technology: Taking Intelligence to a Whole Other Level

2014 Ford Explorer

Ford has set out on a mission to take its vehicles to a whole other level of intelligence.  They just recently built their 10 millionth car with built-in Ford SYNC technology!  We would say they are well on their way to completing their quest!

Now what is Ford SYNC technology you ask?  Well, it’s an in-vehicle system that leaves you completely hands-free.  It integrates mobile devices, such as a Smartphone, and allows the driver to make hands-free calls, change the song or radio station, and use other applications with just a simple voice command, leaving you to concentrate on driving safely.  And that’s only the beginning.

Ford offers 15 different options for the SYNC technology in your Ford vehicle.  Yes, you heard right, FIFTEEN various options that include all of the following:

  • SYNC Hands-Free Calling
  • SYNC Entertainment
  • SYNC 911 Assist
  • SYNC AppLink
  • SYNC Navigation
  • SYNC Audible Text Messages
  • SYNC Internet Connectivity
  • SYNC Video Player
  • SYNC Vehicle Health Report
  • SYNC Voice Touch Screen
  • SYNC Command Center
  • SYNC Driving Efficiencies
  • SYNC Color-Coded Touch Screen
  • SYNC Media Hub

Whew!  That’s a lot of choices!  Not sure which ones are right for you or are available for your favorite Ford vehicle?  Not to worry, you can contact us here at Sanderson Ford to find out what SYNC packages are right for you!

2013 Ford C-MAX Energi Achieves 620-Mile Range

EPA figures were recently released for the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, and the numbers shattered what even Ford had estimated the C-MAX would return.

The 2013 C-MAX Energi has an EPA-rated 620-mile overall range and a 21-mile electric range.  The 620-mile overall range is an impressive 70 miles greater than what Ford had estimate the hybrid compact SUV would deliver.

“C-MAX Energi is America’s most efficient utility vehicle, a great symbol of how Ford gives customers the power to choose leading fuel-efficiency across our lineup with gas prices spiraling upwards of $5 a gallon in some parts of the country,” said C-MAX chief engineer,  John Davis. “The C-MAX Energi’s leading range also means customers can spend more time on the road and more money on their priorities instead of at the gas pump.”

The 2013 C-MAX Hybrid Plug-in is powered by a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that returns 108 MPGs (miles per gallon equivalent).  Once the battery pack is depleted the 2.0-liter I-4 Atkinson engine with an electric motor kicks in and is able to return an impressive 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg highway while functioning as a hybrid.

Arizona Hobbyist Council Car Show

We had a fantastic turnout this Saturday at the Arizona Automobile Hobbyist Council car show held at Sanderson Ford.  There were over 100 cars of all makes and models to look at and over 1,000 spectators dropped in to look.  These shows keep getting better and better!  Click below to see all the photos- PHOTOBUCKET.

 Our next show will be on March 24th and brought to you by the Wild West Mustangs of Arizona.  Expect to see about 150 Ford and Ford powered vehicles at this show.

A quick question-

Would anybody be interested in a monthly, Friday evening, cruise-in featuring 50’s and 60’s cars centered around an “American Graffiti” theme?  Maybe an outdoor movie, dancing to a live band, etc.  We’re thinking possibly the 1st Friday of Oct., Nov., and Dec.

Let me know.  We do appreciate your support.

F150 and Boss 302 Get Lifestyle Awards

Ford has a car to fit just about every consumer’s way of life, and the Lifestyle Awards handed out by prove they are spot on. selected Mustang Boss 302 for Play Car of the Year because, “We’ve liked the Mustang’s blend of raw power and handling prowess. Those qualities have been relentlessly honed in the Boss 302, and we’re suitably impressed.” Additionally, the Ford F-150 won’s Work Car of the Year. Editors applauded F-150 because, “If you need your work truck to do double duty, the F-150 has you covered.” It tops the class “because it has stayed fresh and evolved with the market.” Click here for more

2011 Automotive Stories of the Year

There were a lot of news stories in the automotive world in 2011, from exciting new and newly redesigned models to natural disasters that threatened some of the largest automakers in the world.  As the year draws to a close, we decided to revisit some of the top stories that grabbed headlines, influenced consumers, and changed the future of the industry.

  1. Japanese earthquake and tsunami. In March of this year, a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, causing massive human and industrial tragedies.  Some of the hardest hit companies in the country were automakers Honda, Nissan, and Toyota, who were forced to shut down production.  It took several months for the automakers to recover and resume full manufacturing levels.
  2. New fuel economy regulations.  40 MPG became the new standard in 2011, thanks to more hybrid vehicles on the road and new technologies that made non-hybrids even more fuel efficient. This year, with encouragement from the Obama Administration and most automakers, the NHTSA and EPA even jointly decided to set new fuel economy rules.  From 2017 to 2025, the new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) will rise 3% each year for cars and 5% for trucks, resulting in the average vehicle receiving 54.5 MPG on its CAFE tests in 2025.
  3. Gas price increases. This past March, the country saw gasoline prices spike to almost $4.00 a gallon, helping fuel-friendly cars, hybrids, and electric vehicles become even more popular, and forcing automakers to focus more energy on these fuel sippers.
  4. All-electric vehicles hit the road. Sure, EVs have been around for years, but 2011 was the year that mass-produced electric vehicles from some of the top vehicle manufacturers in the country landed in the U.S. Vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt quickly made an impression, and now almost every automaker has a purely-electric vehicle in the works.
  5. Chevy Volt/EV safety concerns. While we’re on the topic of electric vehicles, another big story this year was the safety concerns surrounding the Chevrolet Volt, and subsequently all EVs, following several incidents in which a crashed Volt caught fire while in storage. Following an investigation, it was discovered that EVs are indeed safe, GM had simply failed to include instructions for draining the liquid-cooled battery pack the way a gas tank would usually be drained by emergency responders.
  6. NTSB pushes for cell phone ban. It’s no secret that the use of a cell phone while driving is dangerous and causes thousands of accidents and deaths each year. This is why late this year, the National Transportation Safety Board called for a ban on non-emergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.
  7. Saab declares bankruptcy. Over the last few years, Saab has struggled to keep up with competitors.  The Swedish automaker couldn’t even be saved by GM and was forced to declare bankruptcy this December.
  8. Death of Dan Wheldon. While this story may not have as much to do with automakers as the rest on this list, it was certainly one of the largest stories of 2011 and will force many investigations and new regulations into the safety of races.
  9. Ford story of the year: If there is one word to describe Ford in 2011, it would be technology. The vehicle manufacturer released many innovative technologies this year, and was often recognized for their contributions to safety and convenience. While some technologies are currently being used and others are in the beginning stages, they are certainly all impressive.  Some of these include inflatable seatbelts, health management services, recycling plastic bottles to manufacture seats, EcoBoost engines, and updates to the MyFord Touch infotainment system.
  10. Ford newly redesigned car of the year: Following the redesign of the Explorer last year, Ford had a lot to live up to with their updates this year, and the automaker definitely delivered.  While the Flex received minor updates, it was the 2012 Focus that really stole the show with its stylish and sleek redesign.

What do you think was the biggest automotive news story of 2011?

Winter Driving Safety Tips

With Christmas travel fast approaching and snow in the Arizona mountains, Sanderson Ford offers a Top 10 list of driving tips to help you and your families stay safe on the roads this season. 

10. DO allow extra time to brush and scrape your vehicle and don’t forget to bring a scraper with you!  With frost in the valley and snow up north, clearing windows is crucial for visibility and removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you from encountering an unexpected snow assault.  DON’T forget to clean snow and ice off your headlights and taillights as well.

9. DO top off your windshield wiper washer with winterized fluid to make sure it doesn’t freeze or crack, preventing you from washing away dirt and salt.  DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it. Using hot water can crack the windshield.

8. DO wash your car when you return to remove salt and dirt from the roadways.

7. DO keep at least half a tank of gas to prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions or closed highways. DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.

6. DO prepare your car for an emergency.  Make sure you have a blanket to stay warm, proper attire (boots, jacket, hat and gloves) in case you have to be outside for an extended period of time, a shovel, flashlight with fresh batteries and snacks. Keep your cell phone charged.  Be familiar with it’s GPS capabilities in case you need to call for help.  DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, to use for added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.  

5. DO stay aware of what’s around you on the road, including checking your blind spots and keeping an eye out for pedestrians.  DON’T follow too closely. The general rule is the vehicle ahead should pass a road marker two seconds before you. In slippery conditions, it is recommended to double the amount of space between you and the vehicle in front.

4. DO apply even pressure when braking in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Keep in mind anti-lock brakes do not shorten stopping distance, but they do help you maintain control.  DON’T become overconfident in electronic safety features your car may have.   Always test road conditions with cautious driving when the surface area is wet or icy, particularly on bridges and overpasses. 

3. DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.  DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

2. DO stay calm if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in bad conditions.  DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is near. If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

DO stay awake and alert behind the wheel. If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee. 

As Arizona residents, we sometimes forget what it is like to drive in these conditions.  Don’t be caught in a bad situation and enjoy your holidays. 

Merry Christmas from the employees and owners of Sanderson Ford!

Christmas Gifts for Car Lovers and Other Drivers in the Family

Still searching for gift ideas with just a little over a week until Christmas?  We’re here to help with a few ideas for the drivers in your family, from the car lover to the newly licensed teen driver to those who aren’t quite big enough to see over the steering wheel just yet.





Classic Car Fans:

  • – Classic car ornaments make a great gift for the classic car fan.  From Cadillacs to Corvettes, these ornaments add a little flare to any tree.
  • – Classic car enthusiasts might also enjoy a book detailing famous automobiles, such as “Fifty Cars that Changed the World” by Design Museum or “The Art of the Automobile: The 100 Greatest Cars” by Dennis Adler.
  • – If your auto enthusiast already owns the car of their dreams, why not buy them some accessories to help take care of their most prized possession? Things like a car cover, jump starter, and lumbar support seat cushions are sure to be a hit.

All Car Lovers:

  • – For those that are more in to current and future cars, a magazine subscription makes a great gift. Publications like Motor Trend and Car and Driver explore a wide variety of automobiles, from the far-out to everyday, practical vehicles.
  • – Stylish driving accessories, such as driving gloves or ski sunglasses (which adjust for changing light, such as when driving under bridges and trees), will help enhance the ride for any driver.

Teen Drivers:

  • – A navigation system is a great way to ensure that your teen driver will always know where they are going as they begin taking longer trips and venturing into unknown areas
  • – Gas gift cards make great stocking stuffers for anyone who drives

Frequent Travelers:

  • – Seat massagers can help make long trips a little more comfortable and enjoyable
  • – Adding satellite radio allows frequent travelers to listen to their favorite music anywhere they go. It also eliminates the constant radio station changes.


  • – Fischer Price offers many realistic kid-sized Power Wheels cars, such as the Cadillac Escalade, Smart Fortwo, Harley Davidson, and Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars
  • – For a steeper price, child-sized Mercedes Benz G Class, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Ferrari F430 replicas are also available.
  • – For children who are also classic car lovers, classic pedal cars can also be found at retailers such as Toys R Us and Walmart
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