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Tips for Limiting Data Usage on the Road

Tips For Limiting Data Usage on the Road | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

If you’re hitting the road this summer for work, play, or both, you’ll want to stay on top of how much data you’re using to avoid an unexpected bill. Limiting data usage on the road isn’t too tough if you follow some steps — and it’s even easier if you have a newer Ford with built-in connectivity.

Plan ahead

A great way to cut down on data is to download essentials before you leave the comfort of Wi-Fi. If you plan on listening to music, audiobooks, or podcasts, download them to your device rather than stream them. You can also minimize data by downloading maps to your phone and using them offline.

Tweak your phone’s settings

Your smartphone will use data even when you’re not using it depending on your settings. There are several things you can do to cut down on data usage, up to and including disabling background refreshing, turning off push notifications, and preventing apps that use a lot of data from downloading or uploading when not connected to Wi-Fi. 

Cover your bases with FordPass Connect™

Want reliable, consistent Wi-Fi on the go? Newer Ford vehicles feature a built-in modem as part of FordPass Connect™, which allows you to connect up to 10 devices to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Plans are available through AT&T, and you can use the FordPass™ App to easily monitor data usage as you go.

Need to prep your vehicle for a summer road trip? Be sure to schedule a service appointment at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona, and we’ll get you moving.

Customize Your Ford F-150 with These Genuine Accessories

Customize Your F-150 | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

When you’ve got a new Ford F-150, you’re already working with a truck that has a ton of style and personality. But thanks to the wide selection of Genuine Ford Accessories available for the F-150, you can add an extra layer of personalization that helps your truck stand out in Glendale, Arizona.

Lighted Ford Oval

You can make your new Ford F-150 a standout even when the sun goes down thanks to this cool LED Lighted Ford Oval for your grille. Currently available for the 2021 and 2022 Ford F-150, this replacement grille badge pulls double duty with eye-catching LED lighting and a built-in front camera.

Bed Divider

Got a couple different kinds of cargo you need to keep separated? No problem thanks to the available Ford F-150 bed divider. Compatible with F-150 pickups from the 2015 model year and up, this durable anodized aluminum divider attaches to the Bed Track and optional Cleat Cargo Management System to keep items safe and protected.

Thule Removable Roof Rack and Crossbar System

If you want to get even more out of your next big road trip the available Thule Removable Roof Rack and Crossbar System provides a reliable foundation for roof-mounted storage. This accessory is available for SuperCab and SuperCrew® models and works on the 2015-22 F-150, has been approved for use on the all-electric F-150 Lightning, and even fits 2017-22 Super Duty trucks.

You can pick up these and other great Ford F-150 accessories at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona. Whether you already own an F-150 and want to customize it or want to build a new one from the ground up, we’ve got what you need.

Save Space with These Summer Road Trip Packing Tips

Road Trips | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

Thinking about heading out of Glendale and hitting the road this summer? Packing is maybe one of the least enjoyable things about road-tripping but doesn’t have to be too complicated. With a few handy packing tips, your summer road trip can be a breeze.

Follow the right rules

When you’re packing, you can abide by a few basic rules to save time, space, and stress. REI recommends the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule for packing clothes.

  • One hat
  • Two pairs of shoes (including flip flops or sandals)
  • Three bottoms
  • Four tops
  • Five pairs of socks
  • Six pairs of underwear

Stick with the essentials

Want to minimize your packing list? Start by making an actual list. When you write down what you want to bring, it’s easier to see what you won’t actually need for your trip. Not planning on doing any work or watching TV? Then there’s no reason to bring your laptop. Don’t think you’ll have time to do a lot of reading? Bring just one book or an e-reader.

Another key to making the most of your summer road trip packing is making sure you’ve got a vehicle with all the space you’ll need. Do a pre-pack and check your trunk or cargo space to make sure everything fits so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. And don’t forget your emergency kits and essentials like snacks and drinks just in case.

Need a vehicle with more cargo and passenger space? Check out the great selection of new and pre-owned Ford SUVs available now at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.

Top Arizona Winter Vacation Destinations

Arizona Winter Vacation | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

Arizona may not seem like some folks’ ideal destination for a winter vacation, but there’s plenty to love around the Copper State. When you’re planning out what to do with your time off this winter, consider hitting up these great spots that aren’t too far from Glendale.

Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort

Never tried your hand (or foot) at skiing? No problem. Arizona Snowbowl is the biggest course for beginners in the Southwest, and it’s every bit as great for experienced skiers. If you want to make a trip of it, you can reserve a room at Basecamp, which offers clean and cozy accommodations that’re great for the whole family.

Arizona Nordic Village

If you want to experience camping in a whole new light, head north to Flagstaff and stay at the Arizona Nordic Village. With charming yurts, cabins, and expansive campsites, there’s never a wrong time to book some time away at Nordic Village. But winter is especially cozy around this campground with opportunities for skiing and snowshoeing as well as expert instruction to help your little ones enjoy the trip.

Grand Canyon

No list of destinations in Arizona — winter or not — would be complete without mentioning the Grand Canyon. It doesn’t matter how often you’ve been or how recently — there’s just something magical and powerful about taking in one of the most incredible natural sights in the world.

If you’re looking for a great new ride to get you and your family to your Arizona winter vacation destination, look no further than Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona. We’ve got hot new vehicles like the all-new F-150 and Bronco Sport, and we’re ready to help you make the most of your time off.

What is the Ford Blue Advantage?

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At Sanderson Ford, you’ll find a comprehensive inventory of new and pre-owned Ford models. You can also check out our Blue Advantage inventory, which is a very comprehensive certified program that gives you a high-quality vehicle at a great price. When you choose a Blue Advantage model, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re driving a vehicle you can trust.

Blue Advantage

We use a multi-point inspection to determine which pre-owned vehicles qualify for the Blue Advantage program. Expert technicians follow strict guidelines during their assessments, which results in an inventory of high-quality pre-owned models.

In addition to the inspection, Blue Advantage models offer you a comprehensive limited warranty coverage and 24/7 Roadside Assistance benefits. In some cases, the Blue Advantage models are eligible for FordPass™ Rewards Points.

Gold and Blue Certified

Within the Blue Advantage program, models divide into two categories: Gold and Blue Certified.

Gold Certified models undergo a 172-point inspection, offer seven years of complimentary 24/7 Roadside Assistance, 7-year or 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty Coverage, 12-month or 12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty Coverage, and 22,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points.

Blue Certified models undergo a 139-point inspection, offer 90 days of Complimentary 24/7 Roadside Assistance, 90-day or 4,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty Coverage, and 11,000 FordPass™ Rewards Points.

Both Gold and Blue Certified models come with a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report, three months of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio All-Access Trial Subscription, and reconditioning performed using manufacturer-authorized parts.

Contact Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona, to learn more about the Blue Advantage program.

Tips for Celebrating Halloween at Home

Tips for Celebrating Halloween at Home | Sanderson Ford | Phoenix, AZ

Are you celebrating Halloween at home this year? You can still have a lot of scary fun. Check out these suggestions for family-friendly Halloween activities!

Make a haunted fort

Making a haunted fort right at home is a favorite among kids. You can start with a regular blanket fort and add spooky elements, like fake cobwebs and LED candles, or build something more elaborate if you’re feeling ambitious.

Make a Halloween scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are always fun, and they’re even more fun when Halloween-themed. Better yet, all you need is a pen, paper and Halloween decoration you can reference.

Throw a face painting party

Kids love to paint. Buy a face-painting kit and let them go crazy trying to turn themselves — or you — into a spooky Halloween monster. Just make sure to have makeup remover at hand.

Host Halloween game night

Halloween game night can be as simple as playing a normal board game with a Halloween theme, like Halloween bingo. There are many, many variations of classic games you can find online. Good Housekeeping has a nice list to get you started.

Tell a spooky story

No Halloween is complete without a good, scary story. Sit around a backyard campfire and spook your children with a sinister (but family-friendly) tale. If you don’t have an outdoor area, an indoor fireplace works too.

When Halloween comes around, try a few different activities. Then, next year, you can do the most popular ones again with variations or more embellishment. It can become a family tradition!

It’s probably not a good idea to trunk or treat this year, but if you still need a new ride for a scary good price, make sure to check out Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona. And also, happy Halloween!

How to Store Your EV When You’re Not Using It

Ford Fusion Energi

During this global pandemic, most of us are driving our vehicles a lot less often than we used to. If you bought an electric vehicle for your commute, but now your commute is only a walk to your dining room, there are a few things you need to do to store your EV. These tips come from Bob Taenaka, senior technical leader for Battery and Cell System Development at Ford.

Keep your 12-volt battery charged

If you drive your hybrid or electric vehicle at least once a month, this should keep your 12-volt battery charged. If you are not driving it, plug it in for at least 8 hours total each month.

Charge the high-voltage battery

In addition to the 12-volt battery, you also need to make sure your high-voltage battery has a charge. Taenaka recommends storing your vehicle with a charge between 10 and 80%. If it is at less than 10%, you run the risk of the battery becoming completely depleted.

Store your vehicle (when isolating 30 days or more)

If you do not plan on driving your Ford hybrid for more than a month, you should disconnect the negative terminal from your 12-volt battery. Or, if your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid or EV, you can leave it plugged in. A final option is to connect your 12-volt battery to a 12-volt battery charger.

If you plan on storing your EV for an extended period of time, make sure it’s in good shape beforehand. Visit Sanderson Ford’s service department and we’ll give your EV the care it needs.

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package Shows Off Dark Side

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

 

If you’re looking to make your Ford Ranger look even more aggressive, never fear — the Black Appearance Package is here. The Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package gives Ford truck drivers the opportunity to change up their truck’s look, helping the drivers match their unique style.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of Ranger pickup trucks are leaving the dealership with the truckmaker’s current appearance packages — the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package — added to their looks. The Black Appearance package just gives the consumers another option.

 

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best first their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

 

With this package, you can opt for any Ranger body color. The package creates an intimidating look with the following standard features:

 

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black mirrors,
  • High-gloss, black-painted, 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate
  • Black lower valance

 

This option is available for $1,995 (excluding tax) and can be ordered at Sanderson Ford now.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

It’s easy to neglect vehicular hygiene during the winter months, even here in Phoenix where the winter months don’t always feel very wintery. If your vehicle is due for a bit of tender loving care this season, these spring cleaning tips for your vehicle will help tidy things up

  • Remove trash and clutter from the interior.
  • Using a microfiber cloth, dust the dashboard, center console, and other firm surfaces. Add a gentle cleansing spritz if your screens need a little extra attention.
  • Vacuum the seats and floor mats, and don’t skip vacuuming underneath the floor mats.
  • Wash the interior windows with glass cleaner and a fresh, soft cloth.
  • Start cleaning the exterior by scrubbing down your tires with a strong cleanser and tough brush.
  • Wash your car from hood to wheels using an automotive-specific wash. Make sure you’re changing out the water regularly.
  • Hose out the underbody to knock away debris.
  • Only use a soft towel for drying.
  • Finish up by waxing your paint job. Wax may seem superfluous after a good washing, but staying in the waxing habit is a great way to keep your ride looking spiffy for years to come.

If your vehicle needs service or maintenance this spring, look no further than Sanderson Ford.

 

Resolve to Be a Better Driver in the New Year

Ford Speedometer

Noticing the faults of other drivers seems easy enough to do, whether it’s a slowpoke in the fast-lane or someone tailgating you during rush hour. But have you assessed your driving skills and habits lately? You may actually have some bad habits of your own, including things that you see other drivers doing frequently. If you want to be a better driver in the New Year, consider these easy steps.

 

Stop speeding

Speeding is a temptation if you’re in a hurry, but it’s a risky and potentially costly habit. Depending on where you drive and how fast you’re going, you could receive a ticket worth hundreds of dollars if you’re caught not obeying the speed limit. Instead of going faster, why not try heading out earlier? Giving yourself an extra 10 minutes or so to get where you need to be should help reduce your sense of urgency at the wheel.

 

Put down your phone

Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous habits of modern driving. Put your phone in the center compartment, your bag, or another place where it is out of sight while you’re operating your vehicle. A smarter car can also help you to be a better driver; consider updating your ride to a new Ford with seamless device integration from Sanderson Ford so you can stay safe and connected while on the road.

 

There’s plenty you can do to be a better driver in 2019 even if you’ve been at it for a long time. If you are committed to becoming a better driver, why not reward yourself with a stylish new ride from Sanderson Ford?

 

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