Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category
Tips on How to Back Up with a Trailer or Boat
Ford just announced that their new Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature will be making its way to their pickup line for the 2016 model year. The feature takes the stress out of backing up with a trailer or boat attached, as it allows the driver to control a knob that steers the trailer. Without the confusion of using the steering wheel to turn the vehicle, and the trailer, with the knob, the only thing that needs to be steered is the trailer. It helps to make driver’s look like pros when backing into the boat launch.
Although the feature is extremely helpful, we understand that not everyone owns a Ford F-150 with the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature, so we thought that it would be helpful to provide you with a few tips on how to back up with a trailer or boat attached. If you are doing things the old fashioned way, we have a pretty good feeling that a few of these guidelines will allow you to improve your craft. (more…)
What Ford Model is Best for You
Buying a new or used vehicle is very exciting, but the process can definitely become overwhelming. There are so many options, features, colors and extras, and the endless choices can be a lot for prospective buyers to navigate through. That’s where we come in. Here at Matt Ford, it’s our job to make things easier for you. We want to make the buying process smooth for you, and whether you need us to help determine what Ford model is best for you, or need us to hook you up with the model that you ultimately decide on, we have you covered. (more…)
How to Find a Great Mechanic in Kansas City MO
All good things come to an end. Unfortunately, this is true for your repair shop. Maybe you moved to a new city, the shop you went to for 10 years is closing, or your favorite mechanic retired. Sometimes it’s time to move to greener pastures, as much as you’ll miss that new tire smell of the old shop. No matter your situation, here are a few tips on how to find a great mechanic in Kansas City MO. (more…)
How To Condition The Leather Seats in Your Car
There is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing a slick luxury car with an immaculate exterior, and then opening up the door and seeing an interior that’s in poor condition. It’s a real travesty because it only takes a few steps to maintain the beauty of your car’s interior. Leather seats especially. Left without maintenance, leather seats can become hard, cracked, and worn because over time leather loses its essential oils and UV protectants. Heat is especially rough on natural leather cowhide seating. Thankfully, conditioning and protecting your leather seats couldn’t be easier. (more…)
How to Calculate the Actual MPG of Your Vehicle
Great fuel economy is often a major factor in what vehicle we buy. All vehicles on the market receive a fuel economy estimate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for how many miles per gallon an owner can expect in the city and highway. But great fuel economy is based on many factors, such as driving habits, maintenance and tire quality. There are a variety of factors that come into play. Do you know if you’re getting the EPA-estimated fuel economy for your vehicle? (more…)
Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car in Winter?
Warming your car up on those cold winter mornings is a subject of intense debate. There are some who say that it is absolutely necessary, and others who argue that an idling engine can do no good, and that you can put the engine to work as little as thirty seconds after you turn that key. To settle the score once and for all, we’ve decided to answer the age-old question: do you need to warm your car up in winter? (more…)
Pre-Owned Ford vs Certified Pre-Owned Ford
If you’re currently in the shopping phase of the car buying process, you’ve likely come across the debate of pre-owned cars vs Certified Pre-Owned cars. We say that with quite a bit of confidence because our customers often tell us that they encounter the age-old question, and typically look to us for an answer.
For that reason, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with our thoughts on the advantages of a pre-owned Ford vs Certified Pre-Owned Ford. We hope that this will settle the score once and for all. (more…)
The Benefits of Winter Tires vs All-Season Tires
Here in the Kansas City area, we’re pretty lucky to have mild enough weather for all-season tires to be practical throughout the year, but seeing as many of our customers ask us whether or not they need to invest in winter tires, we thought that it would be worthwhile to take a look at how they are different from all-seasons by looking at some of the benefits of winter tires vs all-season tires. (more…)
Advantages of Aluminum vs Steel Vehicle Body Construction
By now, it’s likely that you know that the all-new Ford F-150 has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, and that it comes equipped with a one-of-a-kind aluminum body. Here at Matt Ford, we have been receiving a number of questions about the aluminum pickup, so we thought that it would be helpful to address them on our blog. Let’s look at the advantages of aluminum vs steel vehicle body construction. (more…)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Trading in Your Car
When it comes time to get rid of your vehicle, you typically have two options. You can either decide to sell it on your own, or you can trade it in at a local dealership. There are benefits of both methods, but with a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of trading in your car, it’s clear to see that trading really is the top option. The decision is ultimately up to you, however, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both methods. That way, you can decide for yourself. (more…)