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

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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!

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

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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

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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/

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.

 

Source:

www.circusworldbaraboo.org

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!

 

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.