Visit Circus World Museum

Looking to spend an afternoon doing something different? Are you interested in catching a glimpse of Wisconsin history while you’re at it? Then you need to visit the Circus World Museum. Open for the fall season on Mondays through Wednesdays now through November 21st, this museum showcases the exciting, colorful history of the circus.

The museum was started in the 1950s by the Ringling Brother’s attorney, John M. Kelley. At the time, the popularity of railroad circuses was dwindling. Kelley feared that their history would be forgotten, so in an attempt to preserve it he opened the Circus World Museum in 1959.

Today, visitors can explore the story of the Ringling Brothers, who sometimes hunkered down in Baraboo during the winter months to repair their equipment. Ten of their original buildings still stand at the Circus World Museum and are now considered National Historic Landmark Structures. It would have been in these buildings that the Ringling Brothers cared for their huge collection of horses, elephants, tigers, lions, camels and birds.

Perhaps the most unique claim to fame at the Circus World Museum is the largest collection of authentic circus wagons. Over 200 beautiful wagons from near and far are on display. Visitors will also catch a glimpse of rotating exhibits that show anything from artifacts to vintage circus posters. During the summer season, Circus World Museum puts on daily shows featuring acrobats, jugglers, animals and clowns. The Circus World Museum is a must-see Wisconsin gem.

 

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www.circusworldbaraboo.org

Five Tailgating Essentials to Bring to Your Next Game

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If you’re a football fan, you’re probably also a lover of tailgating, the fine art of cooking out and partying with your fellow fans before a game. Tailgating is tons of fun, but it also requires a lot of preparation, and whether or not you bring all the necessities can make or break your party. Here are five tailgating essentials you’ll never want to be without again.

A cooler

No one likes a warm beer or soda, and coolers are also good for keeping perishable foods cold, like meat and veggies. Don’t forget the ice! You’ll also want to remember bottle openers (if you’re not just drinking twist tops), kid-friendly drinks, and water. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re drinking.

Pre-prepared food (and the grill)

Cook some food in advance! Sides, cooked sandwich toppers, and desserts can all be made the day before so you don’t spend the entire time manning the grill. Don’t forget lighter fluid!

Comforts from home

You will want chairs, blankets for when it’s cold, a tent or some kind of cover in case of bad weather, and a table to eat at. You’ll also have a much better time if you bring some entertainment, like a sound system that hooks up to your truck—especially if you’re listening to the game instead of watching.

Decorations

Make your truck easy to find for friends who are joining you and celebrate your team with flags and other decorations.

Safety measures

Bring jumper cables, a flashlight, and any tools you might need if you have car troubles. And protect yourself too! Apply sunscreen regularly and don’t spend too much time in the sun.

Ford Towing Easier than Ever with New Super Duty

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The new 2017 Ford Super Duty.

Nothing beats Ford towing, especially with the new 2017 Super Duty lineup leading the truck segment with a whopping conventional towing capacity of 21,000 lbs. Motor Trend’s first drive of the 2017 F-250 Super Duty XL 2WD Regular Cab found that the Super Duty takes every measure to make towing as safe and easy as possible.

Technology Features

With the Super Duty’s necessary large size, seeing around you to make turns can be hard—so Ford installed seven cameras that tell your computer what’s around you. Two side-mirror cameras, a tailgate camera, one on the high center brake light, and two in front. The two front cameras have two duties: one goes directly to the interior camera, and one is part of the lane departure warning system.

Safety Features

Super Duty has unique active safety features tailored to trailering, making it the best truck on the market to buy for safe and easy towing. The Blind Spot Information System is adjustable so you can cover your trailer as well as the truck. Jackknife warning and backup guidance help with some of the most precarious parts of trailering.

With an available turbodiesel engine and standard gas V8, the Super Duty has the power and technology to do any job. You won’t find a better heavy-duty truck than the 2017 Super Duty.

Why Get an EcoBoost Engine?

Ford is always striving to be the best. That’s why they developed an amazing new engine to remain at the top. It doesn’t just have efficiency, it has power, too, for the ultimate engine. Here’s why you should consider a vehicle with an EcoBoost engine!

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Test drive a new F-150 or any model offering an EcoBoost engine to see the difference for yourself.

So first off, what exactly is the EcoBoost engine? It’s got the ideal combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to bring you fuel efficiency and power, all in one package. So, why would you want it?

Save Fuel Money

Since an EcoBoost engine is high in efficiency, you’ll be saving money when it comes to the gas station! You’ll also have a hand in reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment!

Feel the Power

You’ll still get to have plenty of fun even with top efficiency. The EcoBoost gives you incredible power since it’s constantly charging. That “boost” is what makes you feel like a race car driver!

Save Overall Money!

Since the EcoBoost engine has a combination of both efficiency and power, you’re getting both without paying the higher sticker price that comes with hybrids or sports cars.

Have you decided you want this amazing engine, or maybe just want to try one out? Ask Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today about switching your engine to EcoBoost or choosing a new Ford with an EcoBoost engine today!

Back to School Carpool Tips

It’s that time of year again; the kids are back in school and your driving duties are upped! If your kids can’t take the bus and you don’t want the stress of driving them every day, you should consider carpooling! Here are some carpool tips for you and other parents.

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Follow these carpool tips to be ready for the start of the new school year.

Have a Schedule

Work out a schedule with the other carpool parents that stays consistent. For example, every Monday and Wednesday goes to you, every Tuesday and Thursday goes to “Jenny’s Dad” and every Friday you rotate.

Car Seat Safety

Even if you’re carrying kids as old as 8, they might still require a car seat or booster seat. Check the guidelines in your state so that you have all kids, your own and others, properly buckled. Remember that kids under thirteen shouldn’t sit in the front seat and that everyone should buckle up!

Establish Rules

Make sure every carpool parent has the same rules. That way, you’re all on the same page on everything when it comes to things like running errands with kids in the car, how long you will wait for a child running late, etc.

Contact Information

Make sure you have all parents and kids’ contact info as well as other family member information in case of emergencies.

For more tips, suggestions, or questions visit us at Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, Wisconsin and we’ll be happy to help in any way that we can.  Keep calm and carpool on!

Summer Driving Tips For a Safe Season

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Is your vehicle ready for summer? The summer months bring with them high temperatures, erratic weather, and new road hazards. Prepare yourself with these summer driving tips:

  • Be sure to conduct the appropriate summer car maintenance, according to your owner’s manual.
  • Pay more attention to your tires than you usually would, as fluctuations in temperature can really affect tire pressure.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for pedestrians and wild animals, which are more likely to cross the road during the summer than during any other time of year.
  • Double check that you have enough coolant and enough windshield wiper fluid for the season, so that you can be sure you will be able to keep cool and keep your visibility clear.
  • Lastly, consider keeping a stock of both fresh water and sunscreen in your vehicle so that it is available to you at all times. You never know when you’ll need it!

For more seasonal driving tips – or to simply spend the summer behind the wheel of an exciting brand new car – contact us or visit us anytime at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.

6 Perks of Owning a Hybrid Vehicle

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Ford Hybrid

When choosing your next car, keep a hybrid in mind. The benefits of driving a hybrid are many, and go beyond simply saving money.

Here are just a few perks of owning a hybrid:

  • First and foremost, you will save a ton of money that you would have otherwise wasted on gasoline.
  • As if that wasn’t enough, the federal government offers numerous tax incentives, saving you even more money. Additionally, your state may be one of the many states that offer additional tax incentives.
  • Also, hybrid cars are much better for the environment, producing less harmful emissions.
  • Hybrid cars almost never idle their engines, with a battery pack taking over whenever the cars stop, further increasing fuel efficiency and limiting wasteful emissions.
  • Ever wish you could drive in the high-occupancy lane? Well, in many areas, hybrid vehicles are welcome in those lanes, regardless of the number of passengers they are carrying.
  • Lastly, hybrid cars have a high resale value, so your money will not have gone to waste!

If you would like to learn more about hybrid cars or take one out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!

 

12 Steps to Help You Change a Tire

Change a Tire in 12 Simple Steps

During the summer, plenty of us head out on a fun road trip. However, nothing can ruin a good trip faster than a flat tire! Flat tires are an unfortunate, yet common problem that many drivers face. With that said, a flat tire is not an impossible problem to solve. In fact, fixing a flat tire is simple if you follow these 12 steps that will help you change a tire.

  1. Find an area off the road where you can safely pull over and park.
  2. Activate your vehicle’s hazard lights.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts of your tires with a wrench. However, do no remove them just yet!
  4. Using a jack, lift your vehicle approximately 6 inches off of the ground.
  5. Remove the lug nuts.
  6. Next, remove the tire itself.
  7. Locate your vehicle’s spare tire.
  8. Place the spare tire in the same spot the flat tire once resided in.
  9. Place the lug nuts back in place, but do not tighten them yet!
  10. Lower your vehicle back to the ground using the jack.
  11. Tighten the lug nuts in place.
  12. Place the flat tire in the trunk of your vehicle.

With any luck, you should be back on the road in no time flat! For more serious issues, come see us at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!

4 Reasons to Get Excited for the 2017 Ford GT

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We can’t wait for the 2017 Ford GT

One of the most anticipated vehicles set to be released later this year is the 2017 Ford GT. This supercar first debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and we have been excited for it ever since! The following are just 4 reasons to get excited for the 2017 Ford GT!

It’s Incredible Horsepower

When it comes to creating performance vehicles, no one does it better than Ford. That’s why Ford has installed a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine into the 2017 Ford GT. This will help the vehicle produce more than 600 horsepower!

Spoiler Alert

The back spoiler attached to the Ford GT supercar is not just there for looks. The spoiler also helps the Ford GT capture any needed drag with an air-brake function!

A Chassis Designed with Performance in Mind

The body Chassis of the 2017 Ford GT is created using carbon fiber and aluminum frames. This design helps the Ford GT achieve one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any vehicle on the road today!

Suspension for Any Kind of Driving

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Ford GT, and the one that makes it a true supercar, is its active suspension, which lowers the vehicle at higher speeds for more stability and handling.

Here at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we are literally counting down the days until the 2017 Ford GT arrives at our dealership, and we are sure that are customers are doing the same!

While we all patiently wait for the debut of the 2017 Ford GT, Check out the new 2017 vehicles we currently have on location!

Ford Autonomous Vehicles Becoming a Reality

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Self-driving technology is at the forefront of Ford’s vision.

Some people live in constant fear that one day their freedom to operate a motor vehicle will be taken from them by those evil autonomous vehicles. While their fears may be more than slightly irrational, these people won’t have to worry if they buy Ford. Among all of Ford’s exciting developments on the autonomous tech front, the automaker knows that lots of people still want to be in control.

At the same time, the automaker is working hard to make Ford autonomous vehicles a reality. One way in which they are envisioning this happening is through the availability of fleets.

The way this works is that a person can book a car through the already available FordPass mobile app. This “fleet approach” makes autonomous vehicles available to anybody for relatively cheap. Ford is also developing fully autonomous vehicles that can be personally owned.

Ford’s fleet service is already available, and numbers 30 Ford Fusion Hybrids. The automaker plans to expand its service into Michigan, California, and Arizona.