Ford Announces Winners of the MyEnergi Lifestyle Contest

When Ford launched the MyEnergi Lifestyle Retrofit Contest, the goal was to find a family that showed others how a typical American family can afford to live an energy-efficient lifestyle, and the Sattlers of Parker, CO do just that.

Lindsay and Ben Sattler make a concerted effort to keep their home running as green as possibly.  Ben even teaches courses on alternative fuels and home energy efficiency to inner-city students.  That was one of the main reasons Lindsay wrote the submission essay, and it has paid off big time.

2013 C-MAX EnergiThe Sattlers have won a brand-new 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi, new Whirlpool brand appliances, a SunPower solar system and other products design to promote greener living.  Combining all of these prizes will create a supremely energy efficient home.

“By combining the latest technologies such as the Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, energy-efficient appliances and renewable energy generation, the Sattler family should see up to a 60 percent reduction in energy costs and a 55 percent reduction in CO2,” said Mike Tinskey, global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure for Ford, in a press release.

That Sattlers couldn’t be happier. “Winning the MyEnergi Lifestyle Retrofit contest is truly life-changing for us,” said Lindsay Sattler. “Now, we have the freedom to bless others with the money we’re saving, and more opportunities to live out what my husband teaches to his students.”

Visit us today at Cambridge Classic Ford to learn just how big of a difference driving the 2013 Ford C-MAX can make for the environment and your wallet!

F-150 is Most American

The driving force for a lot of Americans these days is to buy a product that is truly, well, American. We want something that was made here in the United States, not in a foreign country. It’s all about taking pride in something homegrown and made.2013 Ford F-150

Ford F-150 lovers can rest better at night as of today because it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the F-150 is American made. Not only is it the top-selling vehicle in the United States, it has now topped the annual “American Made Index”. Getting on the list is no small feat.

There are a number of factors that go into deciding the order of qualifying vehicles. Some of those factors include where the car and parts used to build them are made, as well as how many total cars are sold. Due to the F-150’s popularity, there is no way it wasn’t going to be named #1 on the index. This just goes to show the rest of those car brand buyers out there that Ford is truly the best. And that above all, the F-150 is an American made truck that is worthy of every single heart-felt declaration of love it receives.

Traffic Tickets that will Raise Your Insurance

The only time you want to see red and blue lights is when they are on a Christmas tree or some other decorative object. You never want to see them flashing in your rearview mirror. Usually when you get pulled over, you’ll end up with a ticket. Just that one ticket can make your insurance costs go up. If you get more than one ticket, be prepared for your insurance to go through the roof.

Insurance rate increase due to traffic ticketEven though every company has their own formula for figuring out your premium, there are some traffic violations that will affect your rate more than the rest. Here are the top five:

1. Driving while impaired/under the influence. This one can cause your premium to increase by as much as 25%. Insurance companies are not known for handing out ‘passes’ on this violation.

2. Reckless driving. Expect your premium to raise anywhere from 15% to 20% if you get nailed with this charge. The violations that fall into the definition for reckless driving varies throughout the country, so it’s better to just keep your hands and eyes on the road.

3. Driving without a valid license. We’re sure that you would never consider doing this on purpose, but sometimes you forget to renew your license when your birthday rolls around. An incentive to not forget the next time you need to renew? If you get caught without a valid license, you’re looking at 10% premium increase…and that’s not accounting for anything else you may be fined for.

4. Running a red light. Breezing through the light because you’re in a hurry or plain just don’t want to stop are not excuses your insurance company is going to care about as they’re raising your premium an estimated 10%.

5. Speeding. You may not think going over the limit is a big deal, but we bet you’ll think twice after your premium goes up about 10%.

Make sure you drive legally and safety. And pass these tips along to your kids as a good warning as they start driving. Staying ticket-free is better for you and your insurance bill.

Interesting Facts about the 4th

The Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday. For every birthday, you have to have a party. Just think, if our forefathers hadn’t risked being tried for treason, America could still be a British colony. It’s time for us to show our thanks and throw a party!

Fourth of JulyThat means fireworks, cookies, cake, cookouts, parades, confetti, and anything else you can think of. Just in case you can’t think of anything else, here are a few fun facts that might come in handy.

1. The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

2. The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.

3. Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey be the national bird, but he was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.

4. The first official July 4th party was held at the White House in 1801.

5. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.

6. The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.

7. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.

8. There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.

9. In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today there are 311 million.

10. George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic, and Calvin Coolidge were all born on the Fourth of July.