Monday, May 8, 2017

1/3 of us aren't prepared for surprise Auto Repairs

According to a new study from AAA  almost one third of us can't afford to pay $500 for vehicle repairs without pulling out the plastic.  It's scary to think that 1 out of 3 people will be unable to pay for a new set of tires without turning to some form of loan.  

As a vehicle gets older even if you are relentless with the maintenance, will need repairs and replacement of worn parts.  New brakes, timing chain, a flush of transmission fluid all could lead to a surprise Auto repair bill.  The Service Advisers at Gresham Ford provide you with a prioritization of the repairs you need right now and the ones that can wait.  

Keeping up with your maintenance is  important.  When you visit the Gresham Quick Lane to leave every visit with a Vehicle Report Card that gives you an update of the status of your vehicle without having to crawl under there yourself.  

Be prepared for auto repairs with these Four Tips:

  1. Set aside $50 every month to finance a car-care fund
  2. Follow the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual.
  3. Ask for a discount at your Auto Repair Center of choice. 
  4. Ask about Payment Plans too like the Quick Lane Credit Card

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gresham Ford increases the number of Certified PreOwned Fords for Sale

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Cars Sold at Gresham Ford
"The demand has been increasing over the last few months but has really picked up here in the last 30 days", said General Sales Manager, Preston Wills at the end of March.  As a result of the increased demand for Certified PreOwned Cars, Trucks and SUVs across the Portland Area, Gresham Ford has chosen to increase the number of Certified PreOwned vehicles now available for sale. 

Buying a Certified Used Car is a smart choice, especially if you are the kind of buyer that keeps your cars for 100,000 miles.  Not only do you get to use the remainder of the Ford factory bumper to bumper warranty you get additional warranties as well.  
John breaks down what it really means to be a Certified PreOwned Ford for sale at Gresham Ford

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Ford shares information about the self driving car under the blue oval

By 2021 you could be hailing a ride and using a self driving Ford car.  You will just punch in your destination and then sit back and let the car navigate the horrendous downtown Portland traffic.  Just think you wouldn't have to worry about finding a parking place either.  Believe it or not that is at the center, driving the push towards self driving cars.  The nature of vehicle ownership is evolving and many people don't cherish the idea of maintaining their vehicle; they just want transportation.  

Self Driving Ford Concept Car

More and more people especially in the Portland area are relying on shared forms of transportation like ride sharing, car pooling  or Uber.  The concept of ride sharing appeals to many because our cars will be utilized more efficiently and save people so much time searching for a legally acceptable parking solution.  Experts claim that traffic and pollution will be eased as well but we know it's really all about the parking.  

The critics are saying that self driving vehicles provide too steep of a learning curve.  They feel the dramatic change will be met with significant resistance.  Personally, I have to be honest that I consider myself a bit of a control freak  but if it will save me from parking I will just cover my eyes and breathe deeply.  Besides, if you are over 30 you remember when anti-lock brakes first came out and a few people were resistant to the idea.  I have faith in people to recognize the benefits and grit their teeth in a honest attempt to make it work.  And think about all the people who will be able to get to where they need to go with self driving cars; like the elderly and disabled population.  Autonomous vehicles could give many people back a freedom that they may have previously lost and after all isn't that what the goal should be.  That and parking alleviation of course.  

Here is a short video that shows Ford testing the Ford Fusion running at night autonomously.  Could you grit your teeth?