New 2015 Ford F-150 to Hurt Ford Profits?

Some say Ford is taking a big risk with its introduction of the aluminum alloy body, others think it’s a genius idea to make America’s favorite truck 700 pounds lighter.  Regardless of your opinion, Ford has recently stated that the production of the newest Ford F-150 will probably take a toll on profits for the short term.

To prepare for the newest edition to the F-series family, Ford is shutting down its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan for 11 weeks and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri for 2 weeks.  In these 13 weeks, no Ford F-150’s will be produced, more than likely causing profits on the #1 truck to dip.

Ford isn’t expecting to have another record-setting year like they did in 2013 due to closing down those plants for over two months, but rest assured, there will be plenty of Ford F-150’s in supply during the retooling process.  With the F-150 being 31% of the 2013 Ford sales in the United States, they will work to make sure those trucks are still available while they prepare for the new 2015 Ford F-150.

We know that the idea of closing a couple of manufacturing plants for a couple of months can be a little nerve wracking when it comes to truck enthusiasts, but at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we will be sure to keep our Ford F-150’s in stock to keep up with the high demand of America’s favorite pickup!

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Win a 2015 Fusion and Designer Clothes with Ford and Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder/Head of Business Development, Rent the Runway; Anthony Prozzi, Senior Interior Designer, Ford Motor Co.; and Amy Marentic, Group Marketing Manager – Global Cars and Crossovers, Ford Motor Co.

Ford teamed up with fashion guru Rent the Runway to design a new Ford Fusion that no one can resist—not that many people could resist it in the first place, mind you.

Rent the Runway is a fashion group that rents high-end designer apparel and accessories on a 4- or 8- day basis. It was founded by Harvard Business School graduates Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Carter Fleiss and now offers more than 50,000 designer dresses and accessories for fashion-oriented women.

Their partnership with Ford is culminating in a special Test-Drive Style campaign that will not only give customers a chance to win a $1,000 gift card for Rent the Runway’s dream closet but a brand-new Ford Fusion as well.

“With Rent the Runway’s affordable and accessible designer fashion and Fusion’s stunning design and smart technologies, we are joining forces to make great style available and seamless to the woman on the go,” said Amy Marentic, Ford group marketing manager.

But if you just want to get a Fusion the regular way, just come by Shults Ford!

Solar-Powered Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept

C-MAX Solar Energi ConceptSunlight is perhaps one of the most widely-available natural resources we have on Earth. It offers immense amounts of energy, but you have to have the right tools to capture it. Engineers at Ford have designed a new C-MAX Solar Energi Concept that uses solar panels to draw energy from the sun.

What makes the C-MAX Solar Energi different from other solar-powered cars is that it uses an innovative concentrator that works like a magnifying glass. This then directs intense solar rays to the solar panels and these get changed into electricity. This process would give the C-MAX Solar Energi the same performance abilities as the standard plug-in hybrid version.

“Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept shines a new light on electric transportation and renewable energy,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford global director of vehicle electrification and infrastructure, in a press release. “As an innovation leader, we want to further the public dialog about the art of the possible in moving the world toward a cleaner future.”

While the C-MAX Solar Energi is still in concept form, we hope it makes it to production. Imagine how great it would be to not have to worry about finding someplace to plug-in.

Here at Shults Ford we have the 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi available now.

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Safety

New Year’s Resolutions for Car SafetyHappy 2014 everyone! The New Year is finally here, and with new beginnings comes our New Year’s resolutions. While some of us have promised to make it to the gym more, opt for healthier food options, lay off some hard beverages, or strive to accomplish something great, Shults Ford is giving everyone some car safety resolutions that you should make sure to stick to this year!

Put down your cell phone!

We all say that we don’t text or use our phone while we drive, but most of us can admit to using it every now and then. Even if it’s checking the weather or looking to see who messaged you, it’s a driving distraction. One resolution this year should be to during your phone off or put it away when you’re driving. Most things can wait a few minutes while you’re on the road, we promise!

Seatbelts!

If you traveling with your family or friends, it’s important to make sure everyone is buckled up. If you want to increase vehicle safety this year, make sure everyone is buckled up before you put the car in drive. Remember, you are responsible for their lives!

Don’t test the gas tank

We’ve all been in the situation where you need gas, but don’t have time to run to the gas station. Before you know it, your gas light is on and you cross your fingers to make sure you make it to fill up on time. In 2014, make a resolution to fill up when you are getting low, and not wait until that dreaded little light comes on before you get gas. Don’t end up with a dead car on the side of the road this year!

Absolutely no drinking and driving

This one should be a given. Make sure to renew your resolution for 2014 to NEVER drink and drive. Have a buddy that you alternate driving with or make sure you have a contact to call if you need a ride. If you don’t have a taxi’s number saved in your phone already, do that right now! It may be the best resolution you have ever made.

 

Make these simple car safety resolutions this year and you are set to make 2014 a great one! Swing by Shults Ford for some awesome 2014 deals today!

Shults Ford’s Yee Haw Visit to Children’s Hospital

Visit to Children’s HospitalAs you all are probably very aware, one of Shults Ford’s main goals as a business is to try to put a smile on each and every one of our customers, fans, and friends faces. In order to accomplish this goal, we decided to start off by putting a smile on every single kid in the area we could. That is where the Junior Yee Haw contest came about.

To kick off the Junior Yee Haw Contest, members of the Shults Ford team, including Richard Bazzy himself, visited the local Children’s Hospital. Here, we distributed out our signature Cowboy Hat, some coloring books, crayons, and Toys R Us gift cards to children staying in the hospital. While we were there, we recorded some pretty adorable Yee Haws for the Junior Yee Haw Contest as well.

Shults Ford takes pride in serving the local community. That is why we are giving a Toys R Us gift card and cowboy hat to every child who records their Christmas Yee Haw at Shults Ford this December. We hope we bring as much joy into our customer and fans lives that you guys bring to us.

We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember to smile!

‘Tis the Season to Purchase a Christmas Tree!

Shults Ford Christmas Tree Sale

Looking for that perfectly symmetrical, full, luscious, green Christmas tree to decorate and set in your house for the holiday season?  Look no further!  The DVE Christmas Tree Sale to benefit Junior Achievement is this Saturday, December 7th at Shults Ford of Harmarville, starting at 8:00 a.m.!

The first 102 people to buy a tree will receive a pair of tickets to the Three Rivers Classic Games on Friday, December 27th at the Consol Energy Center.  This year, the Three Rivers Classic Games will feature hockey teams from Robert Morris, Penn State, Boston College, and Bowling Green State University.

But that’s not all!

Also going to the first 102 Christmas tree purchasers will be a $40 gift certificate from ESSpa Kozmetika and a coupon for 3 free pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory!   McDonald’s will also be providing breakfast sandwiches to those looking to purchase a tree, while supplies last.

Remember, all proceeds from the Christmas tree sale will directly support the Junior Achievement Programs in schools all across western Pennsylvania, so not only will you benefit, but you will be helping a worthy organization at the same time!

So grab the family, your favorite Christmas tunes, and your holiday spirit and hurry on down to Shults Ford of Harmarville this Saturday and be one of the lucky people to not only take home a beautiful and affordable tree for the holidays, but also receive a pair of tickets, a spa gift card, and pretzel coupons!

A special thank you to Musser Forest in Indiana, Pennsylvania for providing us with the beautiful trees this year, as well as all of our amazing sponsors that are helping to make this event possible!

Enter the Built Ford Touch Sweepstakes and Win a Ford F-150!

2013 Ford F-150Okay all you diehard football fans out there, now’s your chance.  Going on now, Ford is offering one lucky winner and three friends the chance to win a VIP trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio.  But that’s not all.  The winner of this particular contest will be able to drive off in their very own Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!

The lucky football fan will win a trip for themselves and three of his or her closest friends.  So what does this include exactly?  Well, besides the chance to be a VIP at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, the winner will also have their airfare, spending money, and accommodations taken care of, VIP access to exclusive enshrinement events, and of course the Ford F-150 with EcoBoost!

So grab your favorite team’s jersey, your ideal refreshing beverage, and three of your best friends and enter the Built Ford Tough Pro Football Hall of Fame contest today!

Need more details on the Ford F-150 with EcoBoost, or just want to shop around for other Ford vehicles?  Check out our new and used inventory at Shults Ford of Harmarville!

Ford F-150 Tops “Forbes” Best-Selling Car List, is Not Actually a Car

Ford F-150 Tops “Forbes” Best-Selling Car List, At the halfway point in November, there are a number of things we can come to expect in the remaining month and a half of 2013: the Steelers resurgence, great food and bad traffic around Thanksgiving, the annual dose of gift-giving anxiety, and year-end best-of lists.  Yet even with a little over a month to go for the year, you can pretty much call the race for best-selling car over, according to Forbes.  The winner, however, is not a car; it’s the Ford F-150.

Ford’s flagship truck topped Forbes’ recent top ten list thanks in large part to an auto industry boom  that has analysts predicting the best year for all things four-wheeled since 2006.  Much of this surge is attributed to the emergent housing market, which means that so many of America’s hardest-working men and women have leaned on the talents of Ford’s F-Series to help them get the job done.

Fending off the advances of redesigned competitor trucks and putting a greater emphasis on tech and fuel efficiency without sacrificing requisite power, Ford’s F-Series has moved 623,309 units through October.  This amounts to a 19.8% year-over-year increase and a comfortable lead over the second-place vehicle.

Ironically enough, only half of Forbes’ ten best-selling cars for 2013 are truly cars: three are trucks and two are compact crossovers.  Rounding out the top ten is the Ford Escape, whose 2014 redesign has made it a hit with drivers across North America and helped it gain substantial ground on the segment-leading CR-V in sales, ensuring a fight to the finish line.  The hot-selling 2014 Ford Fusion, Focus, and Explorer also find themselves among the top 20, reaffirming Ford’s dominance across all segments.

Remember that holiday shopping anxiety we mentioned before?  If you want to allay those fears, consider getting the one you love behind the wheel of the best-selling car/truck/vehicle/super-tough-all-purpose-transportation-monster in America.  It probably won’t fit under the tree too well, but it’d look a sight better than a Snuggie.  Stop in and see us at Shults Ford today and make those spirits bright.

Shults Ford Yee Haw Contest Winners

The day has finally come! Last night at midnight, voting closed for our Yee Haw Contest. Shults Ford of Harmarville would like to personally thank each and every one of you who participated in our contest. From those who entered, to those who were loyal voters and even those who followed us on Facebook, its fans like you who make our job fun. Now, without any further ado, blow is our list of Yee Haw Contest winners!

Contestant Votes Prize Money
Nathan P

3,998

$5,000

Gina H

3,875

$500

Kelly Hartman

700

$500

Brandon Gamble

595

$500

Carlene M.

533

$500

Fire and Ice All Stars 5 Alarm

470

$400

Brian Sayre

321

$300

Zach Birckbichle

253

$200

Nichole Hardina

214

$200

Mark W

213

$200

Leo Tarentum

204

$200

Robyn Miller

202

$200

Dan Witucki

120

$100

*Harmarville winners are in bold.

Winners must pick up their prize money at Shults Ford of WEXFORD on Monday, November 25th at noon. If you have any conflict, please email John at JohnH@ShultsFord.com with subject line “Yee Haw Contest Pickup Conflict” and he will be happy to accommodate you.

Again, THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our contest. We love keeping our customers happy, so make sure to look out for more competitions coming your way. We appreciate the support and understanding of all of our contestants and hope that our cash incentives will help with some holiday shopping!

Thank you!

 

Preparing for Winter Weather

Preparing for Winter Weather

Snow on the windshield already?

Whether we like it or not, winter is well on its way. While we love building snowmen, cozying up by the fire, drinking hot chocolate and the holiday season, winter is not necessarily our car’s favorite season. Lucky for you and your car, Shults Ford is here to help prepare you for winter weather.

  • Check the engine coolant: You car’s coolant is designed to keep your engine from overheating as well as protect it from corrosion. It’s important to make sure the coolant has the proper mix of water and antifreeze before the weather gets too cold.
  • Check the oil: Typically when the temperature outside changes, the internal temperature of your engine changes as well. Since weather around Pittsburgh drops below freezing in the winter, you will want to switch to a thinner, less viscous oil. It will help protect internal temperatures.
  • Check the battery: Batteries can be sneaky little parts. They don’t give us much notice before dying. During the winter, cold temperatures can reduce car battery life up to 50 percent. Have a mechanic test your battery before the cold weather really hits.
  • Check your tires: When the roads get wet, snowy and icy, properly inflated tires will help guarantee better traction. If you’re really worried about the roads this winter, consider snow tires.
  • Check windshield wiper blades and fluid: Nothing’s worse than getting in the car, it starts pouring, and your wipers do nothing but smear water around the windshield. Make sure that you not only check the condition of the blades, but also make sure wiper fluid is full.

As always, Shults Ford is here to make sure your car is all ready for winter weather.  Bring it in today and have one of our certified mechanics give it a good inspection and replace anything that needs done. See you soon!

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