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Memorial Day Travel Tips

Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner, and many folks will be setting out to kick off the summer for the long weekend.

If you’ve traveled on this holiday in the past, you know that planning is key to a seamless, relaxing trip, and we’ve got just the list to keep you organized this year!

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  • Stay Connected – Download the latest travel apps for your phone before you hit the road—Spotify is a great channel for music, Waze will help with traffic, and Citymapper will be your best-bet for navigation!
  • Travel Late or Early – Instead of sitting in a huge mess of traffic this year, leave in the middle of the night, or early in the morning to avoid traffic jams—you’ll get to where you’re going much faster, and your passengers will thank you… especially if you have kids!
  • Pack Wisely – Make sure to bring temperature-appropriate clothing, shoes, and coats, especially if you’re heading north or to the mountains!
  • Have Your Car Serviced – Make sure that all of your fluid levels are topped off, your brakes, lights work properly, and that your car is up to date on all routine maintenance including oil changes and tires. Contact our Service Department to set up an appointment to have your car prepared for your road trip!
  • Have Travel Documents on Hand – Be sure to carry your Insurance Card, Roadside Assistance information, and any other vital information, in case of emergency.
  • Make All Stops at Once – If you have children, it might be challenging trying to travel with the constant stopping for bathroom breaks, food, and drinks, but, if you stop in a place where you can use the restroom, grab a sandwich and a bottle of water, all in one place, you’re guaranteed to save time instead of loading and unloading everyone into and out of the car at each place.

 

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First Time Vehicle Buyer Headquarters

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If you’re ready to purchase your first vehicle, you’ve come to the right place. Upper Marlboro Ford is your first-time vehicle buyer headquarters!

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We have  a wide selection of both New and Pre-Owned Vehicles, perfectly suited to meet your needs, financing for all types of credit situations, and a customer-service oriented staff, waiting to answer any and all questions you may have about the process.

So, what are you waiting for? Shop our inventory by visiting us online, or contact us to schedule your test-drive.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Ford

We’re nearing the beginning of Spring, and soon spring cleaning will be on everyone’s minds.

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 adventures, contact our Service Department, today!

Great Community Organizations Near Upper Marlboro

Here at Upper Marlboro Ford, our community is the absolute foundation of our success, and the non-profit organizations that assist our community members (and pets) are organizations that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Donations from the community are the foundations for success with many of these organizations, and for most, a small donation goes a long way.

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Here are a few organizations that we hold near and dear to our hearts, who you may want to consider donating to this year:

Humane Society of Prince George’s County

Prince George’s Child Resource Center, Inc. 

The Arc of Prince George’s County

Although there are several community organizations that we think the world, of, we thought we’d name a few that you might want to consider sponsoring, the next time you’re looking to give back to your community.

Why a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Might be Your Best Bet

You’ve been searching and searching for the perfect vehicle. The brand-new one that has all of the features you’re looking for is just a little out of our price range, but, you’re afraid to buy a pre-owned vehicle, because you’re not sure of the vehicle’s condition, even though it might have every feature you’re looking for.

A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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A Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicle has been through Ford’s rigorous 172-point inspection, including a comprehensive vehicle history report, including maintenance performed, a full road test, interior and exterior features examined. An underhood, underbody and diagnostic system analysis is also conducted, ensuring that the vehicle’s condition is up-to-par.

Additionally, a limited warranty, covering you for 12 months/12,000 miles, including the transmission, engine, and more, plus a powertrain limited warranty are included, and 24-hour roadside assistance are available to you, when you purchase a CPO vehicle.

In order to be a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, the vehicle must be less than 6 years old, have fewer than 80K miles on the odometer, a and a CARFAX report must be conducted to ensure there are no issues that do not meet Ford standards.

To learn more about Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, visit us online.

A New Look: 2018 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition has always been a favorite amongst our customers, but now, with the fresh redesign, we can’t help but to love the changes that have been made.

Similar to the new F-150s, the 2018 Ford Expedition is now lighter than ever with the aluminum body, making it 300 lbs lighter than the 2017 model.

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The 3.5 liter turbo V-6 XL, XLT and Limited trim styles received an increase in horsepower to 375, and the Platinum trim style was given an even bigger boost, to 400 HP. Ford updated the transmission to a 10-speed automatic, to replace the older 6-speed. If that wasn’t enough, the 2018 Ford Expedition can now tow as much as 9,300 lbs, giving you the ability to tow almost anything you need, while still enjoying all the comforts of your SUV.

On the interior, you’ll love the features that have been added. Between the additional power outlets, sliding seat belts, and flip-out floor tray that turns into a table in the rear cargo area, creature comforts are sure to persuade your purchase. Additionally, a loading lip, perfect for catching those run-away groceries has been included on the 2018 model.

Although these are just a few of the features added, we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Check out our inventory of 2018 Ford Expeditions, by visiting us online, or, contact us to schedule your test-drive, today!

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Vehicle

We’re heading into a New Year, and almost everyone is thinking of a way to improve their life, whether with fitness, organization, or even managing finances. But what about bettering your automobile?

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Your vehicle is most likely one of your most valued and relied on possessions, so, why not take every measure to ensure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape throughout the year?

Here are a few ideas for New Year’s Resolutions, specifically for your automobile:

  • Keep up with your routine maintenance. Your vehicle’s routine maintenance is one of the easiest things to overlook—whether it’s not having the time to have maintenance addressed, or the money. Although it’s easy to neglect, it’s also one of the most important aspects of your vehicle’s longevity and can help you save money and time, in the long run. Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to have your routine maintenance addressed. 
  • Keep your vehicle’s interior and exterior clean. Although it’s tough to maintain the cleanliness of your vehicle, especially in the colder months, you may feel better if you do. Having a clean vehicle may help reduce stress, especially if your vehicle tends to get cluttered easily.
  • Keep up with your neglected maintenance. Have a rattling noise that’s been driving you crazy for a while, but haven’t had it looked at yet? Bring your car in for Service, and let our experts help you pin-point the problem, before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Schedule regular check-ups. Just like your physical health, it’s important to keep tabs on your vehicle’s health. Schedule regular appointments to have your car checked, to ensure everything is in working order.