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