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Vehicle Spotlight – 2017 Ford Flex

When you have a large family, sometimes, a third row is vital when it comes to your transportation needs.

But, just because your vehicle needs a third row, does not mean that it needs to lack character, and we have the perfect vehicle to address both. Enter, the 2017 Ford Flex.

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Perfect for large families, the convenient third row of the Ford Flex includes seating for 7 people, comfortably. With first-row bucket seats, a second row 60/40 split-bench seat and a 50/50 split bench third-row seat, comfort will never be an issue.

If it’s storage that you’re in need of, the rear row seating folds down, giving you the room you desire.

The stylish features of the 2017 Ford Flex include more of a straight-line appearance, with three trim styles available.

Other features including an available 3.5L EcoBoost Engine, available Part Assist, FordPass, Sync3, and more give you the ability to include all the features you love, into the vehicle that you’ll quickly fall in love with.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us to set up your test-drive, today!

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Memorial Day Travel at Upper Marlboro Ford

Memorial Day just around the corner, and as we gear up for a 3-day weekend, there are a few things to take care of, if you plan to hit the road for a mini vacation.

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Needless to say, your vehicle should be in tip-top shape, before you hit the road. Here at Upper Marlboro Ford, we have a team of experts to help with that!

Schedule an appointment with our Service Department, before you set out on your journey. Whether it’s an oil change and tire rotation that you need, or, you just want to have our technicians double check that everything is in proper working order, we’ve got you covered.

If it’s a replacement part that you’re in search of for your vehicle, contact our Parts Department. Our experts are standing by, waiting to find the perfect part to make your vehicle as good as new.

So, contact us today, and make sure that you’re putting your family in the safest vehicle possible, before you set out on your mini vacation.

Find The Best Car for Your Graduate at Upper Marlboro Ford

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It’s May, and graduation season is just around the corner!

Whether it’s a high school or college graduation that you’ll be celebrating this year with your graduate, it’s a milestone, nonetheless. 

Show your graduate how proud you are of them, with the ultimate gift of freedom, a new car!

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Upper Marlboro Ford has plenty of options to get your graduate moving this summer, no matter their style.

Our New Car Department has plenty of options available, including the 2017 Ford Fiesta, 2017 Ford Focus, 2017 Ford Fusion, and the 2017 Ford Escape.

If a new car is a little out of reach, our Pre-Owned Department has a wide variety of makes and models, perfect for every taste.

If you have something specific in mind, visit us online to give us the details of what you’re looking for, and we’ll do our best to find the vehicle of your choice, with our CarFinder tool.

Graduation is an awesome milestone, and we can’t wait to help you celebrate! Visit us online, or contact us today to find the vehicle of your student’s dreams!

April is National Car Care Month

April is National Car Care month, and in effort to help you ensure you’re taking the best care of your car possible, we’ve created a brief checklist of all the things that may get neglected throughout the year, especially during the busy winter months:

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  • Check Vehicle Registration Expiration Date – Now that we’re in a new month, and 4 months into the new year, double check your Registration on your vehicle to ensure the expiration date has not passed.
  • Verify Your Automobile Insurance Coverage – Request a copy of your Insurance Declaration Page to ensure your coverage limits are where you want them to be, and that your premium is paid up-to-date.
  • Check All Lights on Exterior of Vehicle – Ask a friend to help you ensure all your lights are working properly. Be sure to check your headlights and tail lights, brake lights, tag lights, and turning signals. If you’re in need of a replacement bulb, contact our Parts Department, and leave the searching to us!
  • Check Brakes and Tires on Vehicle – Take the coin test to your tires. Be sure that you have the proper amount of tire tread on all four of your tires, and that all your tires are wearing properly. Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to ensure that your brakes are in tip-top shape, or if you’re in need of new tires or even just a rotation or balance. Our team of experts are waiting for your call.
  • Check Fluids and Battery on Vehicle – Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to ensure all your fluid levels are where they should be, and that your battery is in proper working condition.
  • Clean Windows, Inside and Outside – The winter months can be especially brutal on your vehicle, between the salt, dirt and grime that gets splattered onto your vehicle, all winter long, this is a great time to ensure your windows are clean, inside and out!

At any point in time, our fantastic teams in our Service Department and Parts Department are available to help. Visit us online, or contact us today to schedule your appointment, and make sure your car is spring-time ready!

Vehicle Cleaning Tips for Spring

Now that winter is coming to a close, and spring is well on its way, you might have spring cleaning on the brain.

But spring cleaning isn’t only for your home or office.

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Take the time this year to make sure you properly clean your car, and get it looking it’s best for spring and summer, with these few tips:

  • Organize the glove box, and consoles. Sort through all of the paperwork in your glove box, and remove old insurance cards, vehicle registrations, and any other objects that you no longer need to cart around every day. Create a folder for your current vehicle registration and insurance card, and neatly place the important documents back inside of your glove box, to ensure that everything is there and easy to find when you need it!
  • Clean the windows—inside and out.  Wintertime driving can be pretty trying on the exterior of your car. Clean the windows extra, both inside and outside, with a clean towel, to ensure your visibility is never compromised.
  • Remove clutter from your trunk. Sort through all of the clutter in your trunk, and take out anything you might not need this summer (snow brushes, ice melt, gloves, etc.) and store them away for next year. While your trunk is clean, verify that your spare tire is in perfect, working order, just in case!
  • Scrub the exterior.  Winter time can leave salt and road grime all over the exterior of your vehicle. Be sure to scrub off the salt, especially on the lower half of your vehicle, and make sure your paint stays looking brand new!

If you’re in need of service for your vehicle, to ensure it’s running it’s best before you venture out for your spring and summer adventures, contact our Service Department, today!

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

It’s January, which means snow, sleet, and ice in our area, are pretty much a given. With the recent snow that we had this weekend and all of the accidents that occurred as a result of it,  we thought it might be useful to share some tips for driving in winter weather!

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  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Be sure that you gradually ease into the gas or break when the roads are slick, to avoid spin-outs.
  • Drive slowly. Even if the roads aren’t terrible, black ice paired with speed can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to slow down and take your time when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Increase your spacing between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow for plenty of stopping room, in the event that your car begins to slide.
  • Test your brakes before you get out on the roadway. Come to a few harsh stops in your driveway, before you venture out, to test the road conditions and your brakes with the slippery roads.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t come to a complete stop. If you can safely coast through an intersection without having to come to a stop, or to make a turn, you’re likely to keep traction longer than if you stop completely.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. When faced with a hill, don’t hit the gas too fast and try to gain too much speed. Take your time, drive slowly and steadily until you reach the top of the hill.
  • If you can avoid it, stay inside. Allow road crews to treat the roadways before you get behind the wheel.

Driving in winter weather can be frightening, especially if you don’t do it very often. Take these tips along for the ride, and stay safe, if you can’t stay off the roads.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your car is ready for the quickly approaching winter weather!

Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ford Escape

The 2017 Ford Escape is one of our favorite vehicles of all-time, and it’s been turning heads left and right, recently.

With the new, sleek and sporty style, and 21 city MPG and 29 highway MPG, the crossover is one of our top selling vehicles, and we completely understand why.

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There are three trim styles available; the Ford Escape S, Ford Escape SE, and the Ford Escape Titanium. All three of the models include 6-Speed SelectShift, power windows and door locks, a storage bin under the floor, touch controls on the steering wheel, and flat-fold rear seats. In addition, a 6-speaker AM/FM radio with a CD player, MP3 and auxiliary input, as well as a communication and entertainment system are included on the Ford Escape.

All models are standard equipped with front and rear anti-lock brakes, AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, and a rear-view camera. Advanced safety technologies include adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping system, and enhanced active park assist.

The Base S Trim comes with a 2.5L, 4-Cylinder Engine with 168hp that gets an EPA estimated 22 MPG in the City and 31 MPG on the Highway. The SE and Titanium come standard with a 180hp 1.5-Liter EcoBoost engine, with an optional 245hp 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine available instead.

The two EcoBoost equipped Escapes come with Auto Start-Stop Technology which will help fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving. The S Trim can only be purchased as a two-wheel drive but the other two models give you the option of four-wheel drive.

Also available is SYNC Connect, which allows you to start, lock, unlock and locate your vehicle from virtually anywhere using your smartphone.

Check out what your trade is worth, and then stop in and test drive one for yourself—you won’t regret it!