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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.

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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!

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!

Summer Road Trip Checklist

We have about one more month left of summer, and you know what that means—summer vacation!

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Millions of folks are packing up their cars this summer with only the sun, the sand and relaxation on their minds. But before you set sail for your summer trip, review our checklist to make sure your vehicle is travel-ready.

  1. Check your tire pressure and tread. Low tire pressure can mean higher gas mileage, and too high of pressure can cause a flat tire, or worse, a blowout.
  2. Top off your fluids. Be sure to check your windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid and coolant before hitting the road. Taking these few steps can save you a big hassle and a big chunk of change in the long run.
  3. Clean your windows. It might seem like a silly item on the checklist, but visibility is key to safety when traveling. Take a few minutes to wash your windows—a nighttime glare on your windshield can make seeing a very difficult task.
  4. Get an oil change. Depending on what your Ford vehicle manual portrays, it is a good idea to change your oil every 3,000-7,000 miles. Changing your oil on a regular basis will keep your car running smooth.
  5. Have your brakes checked. Be sure to have a technician look over your brakes before you begin your journey—safety first!
  6. Check your belts and suspension. Make sure that your vehicle is road-ready by checking all of your belts and your suspension. A broken belt can leave you stranded, and that’s no way to start a vacation!
  7. Replace your windshield wiper blades. Don’t let a streaky windshield or heavy rain slow you down—make sure your windshield wiper blades are up-to-par.
  8. Check your lights. It’s always a good idea to do a walk-around of your car prior to leaving for your destination. Have someone sit in the car and turn on and off all of the lights (including turn signals) to ensure all lightbulbs are working correctly.
  9. Run an air conditioning test. Hot temperatures can make riding in a car without air conditioning nothing short of miserable. Have a technician make sure your AC is running nice and cool!
  10. Conduct a transmission check. Transmission failure can be a long and very expensive ordeal. Preventative maintenance and checking your transmission functionality before your trip could save you a ton of time, and money!

If you’re planning a summer road trip and need some help with conducting your road trip checklist, make an appointment with Upper Marlboro Ford’s Service Department. Our technicians are ready and waiting to help you get your vehicle road-ready!

Ford Motor Company Launches New Warranty for Ford Genuine and Motorcraft Parts

Ford Motor Company Launches New Warranty for Ford Genuine and Motorcraft Parts

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  • New warranty provides unlimited mileage coverage for 24 months from time of purchase or installation
  • Parts and labor continue to be covered with any repair completed at Upper Marlboro Ford
  • Ford provides vehicle owners with towing reimbursement for repairs completed at Upper Marlboro Ford

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WALDORF, MD, 2013 – Ford Motor Company announced the launch of a new warranty on Ford Genuine and Motorcraft service parts for unlimited mileage for 24 months from time of purchase or installation.

The Ford backing, clarity of terms, labor coverage and access to Ford’s nationwide network for coverage provides greater value and peace of mind for all customers whether they are general consumers, fleet operators or independent repair facilities.

“Ford is dedicated to constant improvement in all we do. Ford Genuine and Motorcraft replacement parts are approved by Ford engineering,” said Marc Bortnick, General Manager of Upper Marlboro Ford.  “In the unlikely event a part fails, our new warranty demonstrates our commitment to quality, our customers and our intent to provide greater peace of mind and an improved ownership experience.”

Ford also will now reimburse fleets and independent repair facilities up to $150 in labor coverage. Ford continues a No Commercial Exceptions policy as a commitment to fleet customers.

In addition, Ford’s part warranty provides customers towing reimbursement for repairs completed at any Ford or Lincoln Dealership.

How it works

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If a service part purchased under the new warranty happens to fail and the repair is completed at a Ford or Lincoln dealership, the entire repair cost, labor and towing will be covered.  If the repair was completed at an independent installer or fleet facility, Ford would reimburse up to $150 in labor (the towing would not be covered).

In the case of an individual do-it-yourself customer who chooses to install a part themselves, the warranty covers the cost of a replacement part for 24 months and unlimited miles. The DIY’er labor time is not reimbursable.  Labor expense is only reimbursable on repairs completed in a fleet or installer facility.

Ford’s previous service parts warranty was 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurred first, and labor was covered if the part was installed by a Ford or Lincoln dealership. Labor was not covered on parts sold over-the-counter to a fleet or installer.

For more information visit Upper Marlboro Ford at 5701 Crain Highway located in Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or call 301-627-5600 or visit us online at http://www.uppermarlboroford.com!

Pre-Winter Car Care Checklist

Pre-Winter Car Care Checklist
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Planning ahead can save you time and money

With fall in full swing and winter creeping up, it’s time to head to the dealership to check up on some of the things you’ve been putting off and to make sure your car is ready for whatever winter brings.
AAA recommends attention be given to a variety of vehicle components before the colder months strike, including (but not limited to):
  • Battery and Charging System: A fully charged battery can be the difference between getting to work on time and being stuck in your driveway or out in the cold someplace. Your dealer’s service technicians know what to look for and will make sure your battery is ready or give you options if a new one is necessary.
  • Drive Belts and Engine Hoses: Frayed or cracked belts should be replaced. Leaks and loose hoses require action, too.
  • Tires and Tread: Even in regions where snow isn’t an issue, temperatures regularly below 45 degrees F affect rubber not specifically formulated for the cold, which includes “all season” tires, and can reduce tire performance substantially. In these parts of the country, switching to winter tires is recommended. In colder regions, the specially formulated tread rubber of winter tires ensures the best possible traction and handling. Tread depth less than 3/32 of an inch isn’t recommended, and neglecting this can lead to further issues down the road. Keep in mind that tire pressure also goes down as the temperatures get colder, so look on the inside of the door jamb for proper tire pressure levels. Factory trained service professionals can answer your questions and make recommendations specific to your make and model of vehicle.
  • Lights: Make sure your turn signals, headlamps, taillamps, foglamps and other lights are working properly. If a bulb is burned out, the right replacements are in stock to get you back on the road quickly.
  • Wiper Blades/Washer Fluid: As simple as this sounds, being able to see when the weather gets messy is imperative. If you see streaks or spots on your windshield when it rains, you may want to get a new pair of wiper blades. Since they vary by car, stop by and a new pair that’s meets the specifications of your vehicle can be installed. Check your wiper fluid frequently and keep the fluid reservoir filled. Your dealer’s service professionals will also check the fluid level and top it off, if necessary, when you are in for maintenance or repairs.
  • Brakes: When the weather gets sloppy, your brakes play an even bigger role in occupant safety. Bring your car in to make sure all brake components are functioning properly. After a thorough inspection, any issues found will be brought to your attention, and problems, if any, can be addressed.
AAA also recommends you carry an emergency road kit containing the following items at all times:
  • Sand or salt/traction mats
  • Snow brush/ice scraper, shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Gloves, hats, blankets and extra clothes
  • Flares or other warning devices
  • Non-perishable food and drinking water
  • First-aid kit and basic toolkit
  • Mobile Phone with car charger, preloaded with Roadside Assistance phone numbers and, if applicable, account numbers.
These are only a few of the items that need to be checked before you head out this winter. Stop by today for a full inspection, to help ensure your car is running at its best and is ready for anything.
Visit Upper Marlboro Ford for more Service Specials!  Upper Marlboro is located at 5701 Crain Highway Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or call
Http://www.uppermarlboroford.com