About saukcityford

Courtesy Ford Sauk Prairie is located in Sauk City, Wisconsin. As a Ford dealer just outside of Madison who offers great prices, rebates and incentives for new & used Ford cars, vans and SUVs to all of our neighbors in Arena, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Blue Mound, and Dane. Customer satisfaction is crucial to our success at Courtesy Ford Sauk Prairie. Our Expert Service & Parts staff assists our Sauk City, Wisconsin customers to keep their Ford vehicles in great shape.

Tips for Off-Roading in Your Raptor

When the spring weather hits, it’s hard for truck fanatics to resist the call of the unpaved wild. There’s no better off-roading vehicle than the Ford F-150 Raptor, built to tackle the roughest terrains like it’s nothing.

The Raptor is the real deal, and if you’re interested in trying your hand at off-roading, we highly recommend stopping in at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about what it has to offer. When you do finally make your way to the trails, follow these tips for off-roading for a safe and successful adventure.

Come Prepared

Even the most experienced off-roaders get stuck sometimes. Push your pride aside and come prepared for the worst. Bring tools like a heavy-duty tow strap and an electric winch if you plan to go alone, plus a first aid kit just in case.

Know Your Path

One of the easiest ways to encounter a problem is through surprise. Make sure you’re well aware of what you’re getting into by studying maps, asking around, and even getting out of your truck and hiking ahead a little to scout the area.

Shift into 4WD Right Away

Don’t wait until the path gets extra tricky—turn on your 4WD as soon as you leave the pavement. This way, you won’t forget to do it later, and you won’t get stuck in the meantime.

Five Things You Should Do When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great option. There are so many advantages to this route, especially since today’s cars can last a long time. But buying used can be daunting, too. Before you start, you should be prepared for the transaction. Here are five things to do when buying used.

Buying A Used Car

Research Financing

Before you talk to the dealer about financing, do some research. Check with your bank and local credit union to see what type of financing they’re willing to offer so that you can find the best deal.

 

Research the Vehicle’s Value

You don’t have to take a dealer’s word for how much a car is worth. You can check that yourself, using a resource like Kelley Blue Book. KBB.com lets you search vehicles by their year, model, and condition to get a true estimate of a car’s value.

 

Look Up the Vehicle Identification Number

The VIN is used to record a vehicle’s history, which you as a consumer have a right to know. Use the VIN to search a potential vehicle on CarFax or AutoCheck, two services which will let you know whether the vehicle has been in any big accidents or any other incidents that could change its quality.

 

Have the Car Looked at

If possible, ask to have the used vehicle examined by a reliable mechanic. This will give you another opinion on how healthy the car is.

 

Buy a Two to Three-Year-Old Car

New cars depreciate the second they leave the lot. This means that you can get a car very close to new for a much lower price. Look for a young car at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to get the best value out of buying used.

 

 

Source:

http://www.clark.com/how-to-buy-a-used-car

How to Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day PartyAt Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we love any excuse to get together with friends. Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, why not plan a themed St. Patrick’s Day party? Here’s what you’ll need.

 

Food

There are tons of delicious, traditional Irish foods that you can use to build your St. Patrick’s Day menu. Bake Irish soda bread to accompany a hearty Guinness beef stew. Or, choose corned beef and cabbage as your main dish—with a side of potatoes, of course. For dessert, anything green will do. Serve the kids green cupcakes topped with rainbow sprinkles, but offer the adults a spiked Irish coffee topped with fresh whipped cream.

 

Atmosphere

If you want to create a fun party space, you can decorate with shamrocks and white calla lilies. However, if you have to choose just one thing to focus on, make it the music. If you have friends who can play instruments, invite them to bring their instruments along. Irish pubs are often filled with live, buoyant music, and having a play-along can bring that mood to your party. Otherwise settle for a playlist filled with Celtic music.

 

And Remember …

The cupcakes are green. The shamrocks are green. The only thing missing is everyone’s festive clothing! Have your guests dress in green and encourage them to go all out— green shirts, green beads or even green wigs are welcome. Once everyone’s together, start the night with a toast—Sláinte!

 

Source:

http://www.wikihow.com/Plan-a-St.-Patrick’s-Day-Party

New Ford Mustang Convertible Unveiled

If there’s one thing that auto enthusiasts look forward to every year, it’s the unveiling of the new Ford Mustang. They got their wish at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the coupe but the Detroit-based automaker wasn’t quite done. A few days later, the new Ford Mustang convertible made its official debut.

Like the coupe, the convertible will see standard LED lights and a customizable digital instrument display added to the equipment list. A refreshed hood and new fascias are also on the list of changes.

The Mustang convertible features a time of 10 seconds to lower the insulated cloth roof. Both version of the popular sports car go on sale in fall of this year.

The 2018 Ford Mustang will be the first model to drop the V6 engine since 1994. Instead, the popular pony car will see a performance-driven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp take its place. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will hold its spot on the lineup. All engines will come mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

While the convertible wasn’t around at the Detroit Auto Show, it will hit more than 50 regional auto shows throughout the United States. Keep your eyes open!

We here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City are pumped for the unveiled new Ford Mustang convertible!

How to Increase Your Car’s Trade-In Value

2017 Ford Fiesta - Sauk City, WI

Follow these tips to get the most out of your trade-in!

Getting the most out of your trade-in vehicle may seem like a no-brainer for most drivers but can be more difficult than you think. Most dealerships look to reduce the value of your used vehicle any chance they get. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure you get top dollar for your used model. We here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City have a few tips to help you increase your trade-in value!

  • Clean Your Car – Most drivers hate cleaning their car, especially when it comes to detailing the entire interior. All that hard work can pay off in the form of a couple hundred dollars of value to trade in on a new car. Wash and wax the exterior then detail the interior to the best of your ability. Alternatively, you could also pay someone to professionally detail your vehicle inside and out.
  • Keep Documentation – Performing routine maintenance is one thing but having proof you did so is another. Keep all service documentation, such as records or receipts, and bring them to the dealership when you’re ready to trade in for a new car.
  • Shop Around – Don’t settle for the first offer you get. Try to get a quote from each dealership in the area, providing they have a new car you’re interested in. Some dealerships offer different values for vehicles they buy outright and those that go towards a down payment on a new car. Choose wisely!

Next-Gen Autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid Debuting at CES, NAIAS

The Consumer Electronics Show and North American International Auto Show held this week will see this debut of the next-gen autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The new autonomous Fusion is built on Ford’s previous autonomous platform but features a few upgrades that improve sensing and processing. New computer hardware allows for faster processing speeds, and sensors have been moved and revamped to see around the vehicle more easily.

The Fusion’s new LiDAR sensors were redesigned to have a more targeted field of vision that allows for just two sensors instead of four while taking in the same amount of data. The virtual driver system has also evolved for the new generation.

According to Ford, the autonomous Fusion’s processor will generate a terabyte of data in a single hour, a massive amount that is “more than the average person would use in mobile phone data in 45 years.” The Ford-developed software system then processes the data generated and uses it to tell the car what to do.

Ford’s ultimate goals are to develop a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t require a driver to operate and to make an autonomous vehicle available for sale by 2021. Last August Ford said that unlike most automakers, who believe the auto industry will shift gradually toward autonomous vehicles, Ford believes the entire industry must make the switch in one go.

Next-Gen Ford Fusion

Do You Need Winter Tires?

Depending on where you live and the sort of driving you do, you may or may not need winter tires. Snow tires are great for getting better traction on snow and ice, but they also have their disadvantages.

First of all, if you do live in an area that gets heavy snowfall in the winter, you should seriously consider getting winter tires. Because they’re made of softer material and have specially designed tread to grip onto the slickest surfaces, snow tires can prevent accidents by giving you more stopping power and keeping you from sliding off the road.

Very low temperatures are also a good reason to get winter tires. If you live somewhere northern where it gets extremely cold in the winter, your all-season tires will harden, reducing traction even further. The softer rubber of winter tires stays more pliant.

On the downside, you can’t drive on winter tires all year, so you will have to switch them out when the weather starts to warm up, which can be a hassle. Because of their soft materials, they wear down quickly, and their extra grippiness ruins dry roads.

All-season tires are meant to be driven year-round, and while they aren’t as good as winter tires on snow, they aren’t bad. So—do you need winter tires? If you live in a warmer area or a place with little snowfall, winter tires are probably an unnecessary investment. Otherwise, they’re likely worth the cost.

Do you need winter tires

Ford Bringing Small EcoSport SUV to the U.S.

Ford has a lot of popular SUV nameplates in the American market, like the Explorer, Expedition, and more. However, for 2018, another new name will be introduced to the lineup that will be making its home in another part of the world – namely, India. The small EcoSport SUV is getting imported from Indian factories to give Ford customers in the United States yet another option to choose from when it comes to the compact SUV segment.

More and more Americans are looking less into cars and are becoming more interesting in utility vehicles, hence the recent burst in crossovers that handle like smaller vehicles but have the capacity and comfort of an SUV. A lot of automakers are starting to produce vehicles focusing on the demographic of young up-and-comers settling down to start a family, and the EcoSport will be a perfect fit for anyone looking for a spacious family hauler that doubles as a sporty and efficient ride.

The small EcoSport SUV recently debuted during Ford’s segment at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The same nameplate has been available in various global markets for years, but the 2018 model year will be a new generation made specifically to appeal to the tastes of young American buyers. Look for it on the market sometime late 2017 or early 2018.

Holiday Travel Tips for the Road-Tripping Family

Ford Explorer - Sauk City, WI

Has you car undergone routine maintenance recently?

A lot of families have to travel to see their loved ones during the holidays, but as you cross the U.S. in your vehicle, you might come across different climates and temperatures than you’re used to. Here are some holiday travel tips for families that might be caught out of their element as they’re on the way to visiting their relatives in other parts of the country.

Keep Maintenance Up to Date

It’s easier to stay out of trouble if your vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule is all caught up. Fluctuating temperatures can have a bad effect on tire pressure, battery capacity, and even the functioning of your engine.

Map Your Route in Advance

Make sure you have your GPS ready and directions printed out just in case.

Put Valuables in the Trunk

It’s better to keep your most valuable possessions stowed away out of sight, so keep them in the trunk if you have one. If not, try to keep them covered.

Keep Your Phone Charged

We do a lot of things with our phones – get directions, make phone calls, stream music, etc. If your vehicle breaks down you want to make sure your phone is charged so you can call roadside assistance.

These holiday travel tips are good things to keep in mind when you’re preparing to hit the road to visit family during the Christmas season.

Tricks to Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving - Sauk City, WI

Courtesy Ford hopes you have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to spend time with family and friends. But let’s face it—the preparation can be stressful. It takes a lot of work to put together such a grand feast. The good news is that there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.

Plan Ahead

The best advice you can follow is to start planning early. Don’t wait until the week of Thanksgiving to pick your recipes or head to the store. By planning what you’ll make early on, you can take the time to look for the best deals, plus you’ll avoid crowded grocery shopping.

Make a Schedule

One of the most frustrating things about Thanksgiving cooking is that moment where you realize you need the oven at two temperatures for two foods at the same time. Avoid these conundrums by looking carefully at cooking times before hand. In some cases, you may be able to make certain recipes ahead of time, leaving you room and oven space for the others. You’ll also want to check your turkey situation, as some turkeys need longer to thaw and more time to cook.

Take a Breather

Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself during this busy day is take a break. Starting the morning with a relaxing cup of coffee or tea rather than diving right in. Or, ask someone else to peel the potatoes while you sit down for a rest. Giving yourself time to reset will keep you feeling good as you move forward with your day.

 

Source: http://www.dummies.com/food-drink/entertaining/thanksgiving/10-tips-for-a-stress-free-thanksgiving-dinner/