If your like us, your knowledge about the car you drive is limited. You know you have to have one and you want it to be safe! Kuddos to you out there that know your stuff when it comes to the vehicle you drive, we are still learning!
We recently had the chance to sit down with sponsors at Les Jacobs Ford and pick their brain when it comes to their area of expertise–all things vehicle related! They had some great tips to keep in mind about your own vehicle or if you are looking for a new ride.
As you know, us moms are always worried about safety. What is the number one safety feature we should make sure our cars have?
The safety on a new Ford cars and trucks have never been better. A safety rating is issued for each vehicle by the NHTSA based on a rating system between 1-5 stars, with a 5 star rating being the best. Every Ford vehicle tested achieves 4-5 stars. Click here to review safety ratings for any vehicle, new or used.
While we are on the topic of safety, is it really THAT big of deal if my dashboard is lighting up like a Christmas tree? I mean, how important is it when a service light comes on?
Warning lights are installed for a good reason …. they let you know when something is not “right”.
If a light comes on when you’re driving, no need to panic. Find a convenient place to get your vehicle off of the main road. Call your mechanic or the service department where you do business. You’ll be told to check the obvious things (tire pressure, fluid levels, loose gas cap, etc). Once everything is checked and determined to be temporarily ok, an appointment will be established to check out the source of the warning light.
More often than not, a warning light is usually a minor repair. Common sense is the key.
Not sure what that light means? Click here for all the details.
Les Jacobs Ford has a full service department that would be happy to help you in this department. You can reach the service department by calling 888.296.9764.
Safety is always are number one concern, but we also don’t like a mess. We spend enough time cleaning things. Do you have a suggestions on keeping both the interior and exterior of the car clean? Is there a color that “hides” the mess better than others?
Nothing is prettier than a clean black car … and nothing is harder to keep clean.
Believe it or not, the lighter exterior colors (white, silver, gold) show the least amount of dirt. On the inside, a darker interior usually shows less “mess”.
It may sound simple … but nothing is easier to keep clean than a “clean” car. Frequent vacuuming and good old soap and water go a long way. Vac and soap and water … that’s it … no special chemicals or dressings are necessary.
If your car is “really-really” dirty … consider getting it detailed (yes .. we do it here). Let a pro spend the day with your ride to make it the best it can be–inside and out. Hopefully a Southwest Missouri “Dad” will read this post and get the hint!
Cars have so much technology now, it is crazy! Of course, moms always appreciate the convenience of a DVD player in the backseat, but is there another feature that you have seen that moms love that maybe the rest of us don’t know about?
The single best innovation these past few years has been … Blue tooth connectivity between a car and a cell phone. (Ford’s system is called SYNC)
Hands free and with voice commands, a telephone call can be initiated or answered in your vehicle without taking your hands off the steering wheel or looking away from the road.
Your “contacts” are stored in the SYNC system so a phone call is as simple as tapping a steering wheel button and saying, “Call Jenny.”
Someone calling you? The SYNC system rings, you touch a button on the steering wheel and you’ve accepted the call.
Also capable of streaming audio, smart phone Apps like “Pandora” and “Spotify” will stream your music through the vehicle’s stereo system. The possibilities are exciting … audio books for young and old, you tube audio, etc.
What advice would you give to somebody that is car shopping?
- Get online. Do your research. The internet has completely changed the car buying experience. Buyer’s and seller’s both have the same information. New prices, used prices, trade in values, payment information–everything’s available online.
- Find a dealer you can trust with a salesperson that you like.
- Always test drive what you’re looking to buy. Common sense will let you know if something’s not quite “right”
- If something sounds “too-good-to-be-true,” chances are it probably is.
Buying a new or used vehicle should be fun and free of stress. As a dealer, the best people to sell a car to are those people who have done their research and know exactly what they want. They also know what to expect on pricing and trade in values. A car purchase is the 2nd biggest expense most people will ever incur … education is the key.
What sets Les Jacobs Ford apart from the other dealerships in our area?
Selling new and used cars and trucks is an extremely competitive business. People are barraged with advertising, direct mail, and “this week only” gimmicks to get their attention. Les Jacobs Ford hasn’t ever and never will participate.
- How about guaranteed good deals, every day, from a dealer with a great reputation?
- How about a sales person who’ll get to know you and exactly what you want and work to help you with no pressure?
- How about a finance department that will work to get you the very best lending terms available and help you save money?
- How about an award winning service department with factory trained technicians and the area’s best rates that will treat you like family?
- How about a full service body shop with the MOST experience in the area to repair all makes and models?
Its not rocket science.
We simply treat people the way we would like to be treated and follow the Golden Rule.
As always …. we’re here every day to answer any questions and provide information. No question or request is too big or too small .. we’re here to help.
Have a question that we didn’t answer or want to learn more about our sponsors at Les Jacobs Ford? Stop by and say hello to Darrin and his crew 17 18690 State Highway 37 in Cassville or you can give them a call at 1.888.259.3009.