Black Friday Shopping Tips: Make the Most of the Shopping Holiday

Black Friday Sale

If you’re thinking about Black Friday shopping this year, we have some important tips for you to keep in mind. In addition to getting a Ford model with plenty of cargo space, there are great ways to get ready for this holiday shopping experience. Here are just some of the best Black Friday shopping tips.

According to Consumer Reports, one of the most important things to remember is to get started early. Even if you’re not an early bird, getting up at the crack of dawn will help you get the best deals. Check specials and coupon ads days before you plan on heading to the stores. The same applies to Cyber Monday—shop early to get the products before they sell out.

Next, do your homework. The most successful shoppers prioritize by making a list of the most important products. Odds are, you won’t get everything you want. Study ads—both in print and online—and be sure to check out the latest apps for finding deals. Sign up for price alerts in order to stay ahead of fellow shoppers as well.

Finally, create a budget. Decide ahead of time how much money you should spend while shopping. Although it can be fun to hunt down some deals, you don’t want to be too free with your credit cards. Make sure to set a limit and stick to it.

We hope these Black Friday shopping tips help you get the best bargains and your highest priority items! Happy (deal) hunting!

The Thanksgiving Holiday Traditions to Celebrate this Year

Side dishes surrounding a cutting board with "give Thanks" superimposed over the imageThanksgiving is celebrated in many countries across the world, including the US, Canada, Grenada, Liberia, and Saint Lucia. Dating back to a 1621 celebration in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, the famous holiday has grown to include a number of traditions over the years. Read on to learn more about Thanksgiving holiday traditions.

According to National Geographic, there are a number of holiday traditions to consider this year. In addition to the massive feast, one of the biggest traditions is traveling. In fact, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. Make sure to drive or fly home to spend this day with your family and friends.

The wishbone is another strong tradition during this holiday. Two family members often compete for this tiny bone connected to the turkey’s chest. After the bone dries, it can easily be removed and broken. Remember, to make a wish before you break the bone. The person who gets the bigger end will have their wish come true!

The turkey pardon is also an annual tradition, one in which the president gives the gift of life to one lucky turkey. The president normally pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey as a sign of goodwill towards animals, allowing the turkey to live out its life on a rural farm.

These are just some of the many Thanksgiving holiday traditions to keep in mind. If you don’t normally travel, break the wishbone, or watch the turkey pardon, try mixing it up this year.

The 2016 Ford Escape just hints at the new SYNC Connect technology that will be in the 2017 Escape.

Ford Announces New SYNC Connect Technology for 2017 Ford Escape

The 2016 Ford Escape just hints at the new SYNC Connect technology that will be in the 2017 Escape.

The 2016 Ford Escape just hints at the new SYNC Connect technology that will be in the 2017 Escape.

Ford has recently stated that the 2017 Ford Escape will be the first vehicle to feature its new SYNC Connect technology.

With SYNC Connect, an owner will be able to access his or her vehicle via a smartphone app, which will allow them to do everything from remotely starting their automobiles, to checking the vehicle’s tire pressure and fuel levels, all from their smartphones.

A built in modem is included with the new Escape, and that’s what the new SYNC Connect technology will be linking to in order to execute all of its remote functions. In addition, a two-step authorization process will be required for users to access the system so that private information can be protected.

“New SYNC Connect provides convenience to Ford owners through an easy-to-use app,” said Don Butler, executive director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “The technology helps you seamlessly integrate your vehicle into your lifestyle. Get locked out? Cold outside? Forget where you parked? No problem. Just use your smartphone.”

Ford will be providing five complimentary years of SYNC Connect service, but pricing for the technology after those initial five years has yet to be announced. Come learn more at Cambridge Classic Ford of Cambridge, OH!

Innovate Mobility Challenge Series 2.0, Ford is changing the world!

Innovate Mobility Challenge Series 2.0

Innovate Mobility Challenge Series 2.0, Ford is changing the world!

Innovate Mobility Challenge Series 2.0, Ford is changing the world!

There are areas all across the world that currently challenge how we new inventory at Cambridge Classic Ford—whether that’s city traffic congestion, harsh terrain, public transportation, and more. To help tackle these challenges, Ford initiated the Mobility Challenge Series 2.0.

“As a key part of Ford Smart Mobility, our Innovate Mobility Challenge Series helps us engage and collaborate with developers and individuals outside of Ford to find innovative mobility solutions that improve people’s lives,” said Ken Washington, vice president, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Company, in a statement. “Technology and global trends are reshaping the transportation landscape, and it’s important to implement solutions that have local relevance for people in different cities.”

This year’s challenges build on the success of the Mobility Challenge Series 1.0 and ask for mobility solutions for Mexico City, Sao Paulo, the Australian Outback, and most recently, the Hsuehshan Tunnel in Taipei, Taiwan.

In the Hsuehshan Tunnel Transformer Challenge, Ford has asked developers to come up with ways to cut through the traffic between Taipei and nearby Yilan. The submission deadline runs until November 19 and is open to worldwide submissions. The grand prize submission will win $15,000.

Cambridge Color Craze 5K Walk/Run

Cambridge Color Craze 5K

Cambridge Color Craze 5K

The second annual Cambridge Color Craze 5K Walk/Run will take place Saturday, June 13th, and will start at 9 AM at McFarland Stadium, with registration opening at 7 AM. All ages are welcome. Participation in the race costs $25 for pre-registration and $35 for runners who register the day of the race. Children 12 and under pay $15 to $20, and registration is free for children under 5.

Volunteers will be placed at six stations along the route to douse runners with different colored powders. Participants are encouraged to wear white clothing so the powder shows more clearly. After the race, the crowd will throw bags of color into the air in the “post-race color throw.”

Proceeds from the race go to the Cambridge High School girls’ soccer team, who are also organizing the event. The race is untimed and just for fun, and the route is mostly accessible to wheelchairs.

We at Cambridge Classic Ford recommend residents of Cambridge use extra caution when driving around the area of the 5K.

Ford Unveils New Ford Fusion Hybrid Research Vehicle

Ford has revealed the next step in its Blueprint for Mobility project: a Ford Fusion Hybrid automated research vehicle, which will be used to make progress on future automated driving and other advanced technologies for 2025.

The new vehicle is built upon a decade of Ford automated driving research and will play an important role in testing current and future sensing systems and driver-assist technologies. Ford aims to push development of these technologies forward with its supplier partners in the hopes of applying the features to its next generation of vehicles.

“In the future, automated driving may well help us improve driver safety and manage issues such as traffic congestion and global gridlock, yet there are still many questions that need to be answered and explored to make it a long-term reality,” said Raj Nair, group vice president of Ford Global Product Development.

With the unique Fusion Hybrid, Ford will be able to test the limits of full automation and determine the appropriate levels for near- to mid-term deployment.

But for those of us who want to just enjoy a great car in the present, there’s always the regular Ford Fusion. Come find it at Cambridge Classic Ford.

Prom Car Safety

Prom season is here and with that comes a multitude of teen drivers out on the road when they might otherwise not be. According to national statistics from the CDC, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers ages 20 and older.

During prom season, there are increased emotions and distractions in the air. These translate directly to drivers behind the wheel. Most crashes are caused by driver error, speeding, and distractions; all of which are preventable.

Take the advice of the staff here at Cambridge Classic Ford when it comes to prom and being behind the wheel.

  • If at all possible, go with a group and pitch in to rent a limo for the night. This keeps an experienced driver behind the wheel and gives you the freedom to concentrate on taking pictures and having fun.
  • If renting is too expensive, ask a family member to drive you around. As long as they are there at the appointed pick up and drop off times, you’ll have one less thing to worry about for the night.
  • If you are going to be driving, do a safe driving inspection prior to prom night. Bring it in to the service center at Cambridge Classic Ford and we can take care of it for you.
  • Limit the number of passengers in your vehicle, even if it’s a limo. Everyone needs to have a seat belt.
  • Buckle up! You may not want to chance the wrinkles, but it will save your life.
  • Be on time. That will keep you or your driver from speeding to your destination.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, both on the road and off.
  • Always have a back-up plan. In case you get a flat tire or break a heel, you need to have someone you can call in the event of either emergency.

Cambridge Classic Ford presents Ford Trivia

It’s likely that many of you know quite a bit about Ford, but I’m willing to bet that there are a lot of interesting facts that you may not know. That’s why today, Cambridge Classic Ford is bringing you a few very interesting but possibly little-known facts about the greatest auto company out there. So here we go! Did you know:

  • At the Detroit Driving Club’s one-mile oval track, Henry Ford raced only once. He beat Alexander Winton.
  • It originally took 14 hours to assemble the Model T.
  • Henry also developed charcoal briquets. He took wood scraps from the factory to make them, developing the charcoal under the name Kingsford.
  • Norman Rockwell created the commemorative art for Ford’s 50th anniversary.
  • Ford’s Lincoln Futura concept vehicle was modified to create the Batmobile.
  • In 1985, the Ford Taurus went on sale for the first time.
  • Henry Ford’s first auto company was named the Detroit Automobile Company.
  • The GT-40 won the 24-Hours of Le Mans four times in a row.
  • The F-150 has been the top-selling truck in America for 35 years.

Hopefully you got some new knowledge out of this post. Next time you’re talking to someone, drop one of these tidbits into your conversation – you’ll be sure to impress someone!

Ford F-150

Don’t Neglect Your Ride! Keep Up With Routine Car Maintenance

Many people forget just how important routine car maintenance is to keeping your car working for you long after others quit.  It’s necessary to keep up with replacing worn out parts or fluids to keep your vehicle running smooth, just like you get doctor or dentist checkups every now and then.

Some common things to check include:

  • Oil change and oil filter change
  • Brake inspection and service
  • Detailing interior and exterior
  • Washing
  • Battery checks and replacements

Coupons for these services are available on the Cambridge Classic Ford website at http://cambridgeclassicford.com/Specials-Service.aspx! Make sure you check that your car is running at top-notch performance. When could be a better time to get a fresh start for your car than the beginning of the year?

2013 Ford Fusion Energi is America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Sedan

2013 Ford Fusion EnergiThe 2013 Ford Fusion Energi is not just any hybrid plug-in vehicle, it’s the most fuel-efficient. Earlier in 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show, the Fusion was expected to reach around 100 miles per gallon equivalent. As it turns out, just a few days ago Ford announced that the official rating from the Environmental Protection Agency is higher than that – 108 miles per gallon equivalent in the city. The Fusion Energi reaches 92 MPGe on the highway, which comes out to 100 MPGe combined.

The Fusion Hybrid isn’t going easy on the competition, as it is bringing quite a bit to the table:

  • 1.6L or 2.0L EcoBoost in-line four-cylinder engine in combination with an electric motor
  • Auto Start-Stop shuts the engine off when the car stops, seamlessly restarts when brake is released
  • Interior made with 100% recyclable materials
  • Regenerative braking to reclaim kinetic energy to store in the battery
  • Intelligent AWD balances torque between front and rear wheels to maximize traction
  • SmartGauge and EcoGuide Cluster allows you to track your efficiency as vines and leaves grow on dual LCD screens next to the steering wheel

Keep an eye out for the new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, because it’ll be here before you know it.