Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring Cleaning | Mishawaka, IN

As you start making your spring cleaning list for this year, don’t forget to include your vehicle! Errands and commutes will be all the more pleasant if you spruce up your ride with these spring cleaning tips.

Deal with the Trash

If your car’s floor is cluttered with empty water bottles, old receipts, and other bits of aging debris, know that you’re not alone. It’s hard to keep a cabin clean when life is as busy as it is. Now is a good time to clear this garbage and to create a dedicated garbage bag for future needs in your ride.

Invest in Organizers

When the trash is gone, you can clear out any unnecessary items that may be lingering in your vehicle’s cabin. For any essentials you want to keep, consider buying a few simple baskets or bins where you can store things neatly.

Clean the Cabin from Top to Bottom

This spring, give your vehicle the detailed cleaning job it deserves. Start from the top, wiping the dashboard and vents with a microfiber cloth. Get the steering wheel, shifter, console, and surfaces on the door. Next, vacuum the highest crevices and then move to the seats and finally the floors.

With these easy steps, you’re well on your way to a more enjoyable ride. To round out your vehicle’s spring care, stop by our service department at Jordan Ford for a quick tune-up.

Ford is Launching the Ford Blue Advantage for Used Cars

Ford Logo | Mishawaka, IN

Back in November at its annual dealer meeting, Ford announced to U.S. dealerships that it had created a new way to shop for and sell pre-owned Ford vehicles. The platform is called Ford Blue Advantage, and it will connect the used inventory of all 3,100 Ford dealerships in the country, including Jordan Ford here in Mishawaka.

With the introduction of Ford Blue Advantage, shoppers will find it easier than ever to locate the exact used Ford model that they’re looking for. Used car customers will be able to access Ford Blue Advantage as a digital platform, where they can shop the nationwide Ford used inventory. In addition to the huge selection of vehicle options open to every dealership location in the country, the platform will also have each item listed with a guaranteed price and delivery cost.

According to Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service, Mark LaNeve, Ford sells roughly 3 million pre-owned vehicles each year. About a third of those sales are made by Ford dealerships across the country. By implementing Ford Blue Advantage, the automaker hopes to make shopping for a used Ford vehicle more appealing than ever, and to increase its used sales nationwide.

We’re excited to see this new option for potential Ford buyers. If you’ve got a question about the Ford Blue Advantage program, contact our team at Jordan Ford.

Winter Emergency Kit Essentials

Cleaning frozen windshield | Mishawaka, IN

This is your final warning: frigid temps and icy roads are on the way this winter in Indiana. Before the worst of the season hits Mishawaka, consider preparing your vehicle in advance so you can avoid catastrophe in case disaster strikes while you’re on the road. Our team at Jordan Ford has compiled a list of items you should consider putting in a winter emergency kit for your car.

  1. Warm items: Bring along blankets, hats, thick socks, and gloves to help stave off the chill on your winter drives. If your vehicle dies when it’s freezing outside, you’ll be thankful you remembered to pack these items as you wait for help.
  • First-Aid: No matter what time of the year it is, you should always have a handy first-aid kit at hand. Make sure to include items like band-aids, alcohol, gauze, antiseptic ointment, and medical wrap so you can care for yourself or a loved one gets hurt on the way to your destination.
  • Tools: Consider putting a small snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, road flares, and a multi-tool in your vehicle. You never know when these items might come in handy for you or another driver on the road.

Most importantly, never tackle winter road conditions without a thorough winterizing. Call the service department at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, to schedule your appointment today.

How to De-Ice Your Windshield Quickly

Cleaning Ice off Windshield | Mishawaka, IN

Whether you’re running late for work or you’re slow getting out the door for a road trip, there are some ways to get on the road faster in winter. Here are some tips to de-ice your windshield quickly so you can get to where you need to more rapidly.

  1. Use Magic: Alright, it isn’t magic, but this combination of your car’s existing defrost settings works so well you’ll think it is. Simply turn your heater on all the way, ensure your A/C setting is activated, turn off air circulation, and crack your windows. This defrosts in half the time – you’re welcome.
  • Raid the Pantry: You probably already have the necessary ingredients to make this solution at home in your pantry or medicine cabinet. Mix two parts water with one part alcohol or vinegar inside a spray bottle, then spray your windshield. Ice will be a thing of the past.
  • Homemade solutions: If you want to defeat Indiana winters and de-ice your windshield faster without compromising your integrity as a non-conformist, we get it. You can also rub your windshield with an onion or keep a sock filled with cat litter nearby to avoid the ice.

Call us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, if your vehicle is due for a service appointment this winter. Or stop by to browse our new vehicles, if it’s time to say goodbye to your current ride and drive home a new one.

Ford Automated Valet Parking

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Ford Motor Company continues to focus on the future with the development of an automated valet parking system that will save drivers time and use parking space more efficiently. The system is getting a trial run in a parking garage in Detroit.

The new system is the result of a partnership between Ford, Bedrock, and Bosch, and is being tested in the Bedrock Assembly Garage in Detroit. Ford Escape crossovers were chosen for the test project. The Escapes were left in a staging area, and then participants sent the vehicles to parking spots in the garage by using an app on their phones. The Escapes were fitted with sensors to communicate with detectors set up in the garage. This allowed the cars to maneuver around obstacles and to move into the chosen parking place. The app was used to retrieve the car later when it was wanted.

This technology is expected to allow 20 percent more vehicles to park in the same amount of space. Ford says that it is easy to add the system to existing infrastructure. Not only will this automated valet parking system save drivers time and frustration, they can also use the app to send the car to plug in for a charge or to get a wash and wax.

Give a head nod to Ford’s commitment to making driving and vehicle ownership more convenient when you test-drive a shiny new 2021 model here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka.

Self-Driving Taxi Concept Receives New Norm Mobility Award

New Norm Mobility Award | Mishawaka, IN

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The first Ford New Norm Mobility Award was given at the New Designers Awards in the UK back in September. Ford Motor Company funded the award to honor progressive mobility concepts focusing on health and safety during the pandemic. The winner of the first-time award was Marius Lochner for Muvone, a self-driving taxi concept.

The Muvone self-driving taxi concept definitely deserved this accolade from Ford. The automaker had been looking for designs that tackled some of the problems with transportation that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed. The Muvone holds one passenger and its simply designed interior is easy to clean between uses. It also presents a workable solution for seniors who are no longer able to drive and who may have mobility problems.

Judges appreciated Lochner’s design for its human-centric approach that focuses on safety, health, and private space. Other projects in the running were an app that optimizes travel routes to avoid unsafe conditions and a vehicle that can switch between a sports car and a pickup truck.

The New Designers Awards is held every year in the UK to showcase the work of students graduating with degrees in design. This year’s awards followed the new norm and were held virtually because of the pandemic.

Celebrate Ford’s commitment to advancing technology when you stop by Jordan Ford to take your favorite model for a whirl.

Ford Announces New Partnership with INRIX

Ford Announces New Partnership with INRIX  | Mishawaka, IN

Though the previous generation of Ford’s infotainment technology already had an edge on the competition, Ford is preparing to unleash its brand-new SYNC® 4 system for the next-generation 2021 lineup of vehicles such as the Bronco, F-150, and Mustang Mach-E. Recently, the automaker announced a new partnership with INRIX that will strengthen the capabilities of its SYNC® 4 system and help customers save money on parking and gas.

INRIX is a technology company that specializes in providing analytics and other services for connected vehicle systems like the SYNC® 4. INRIX’s many years of expertise and industry know-how is why Ford chose to integrate the company’s service into its upcoming SYNC® 4 infotainment platform.

Thanks to the INRIX integration, next-gen Ford owners with SYNC® 4 systems will be able to use their infotainment screen to locate parking spots and get directions to the closest gas stations. Best yet, INRIX’s software lets you find the cheapest parking spots and lowest gas prices nearby to help you save some cash while traveling.

The INRIX system is touted as being the most accurate in the world, and is connected to over 400,000 gas stations in 150 countries across the globe. “These services are no longer just a selling point but a requirement — real-time information like traffic, parking, and fuel play a critical role in the entire driving experience,” said Bryan Mistele, INRIX CEO.

Contact us at Jordan Ford for the latest information about the all-new SYNC® 4 system. And in the meantime, stop by to experience Ford’s current infotainment system when you test-drive one of the models equipped with it.

Futuristic Ford Mustang Mach-E Inspires EDM Track

Futuristic Ford Mustang Mach-E Inspires EDM Track | Mishawaka, IN

The iconic Ford Mustang has been deeply entrenched in all aspects of pop culture — including music, movies, and television — since the model’s inception. Following the introduction of the brand-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, a Detroit-based musician was inspired to create an electronic dance track based on the supercar.

Thanks to a partnership between Ford’s sound design team and Ozone Sound, the Mustang Mach-E will feature a number of electronic oscillations that emit while driving. Matthew Dear, the founder of the EDM label Ghostly International and remix guru for artists like The Postal Service, was compelled to compose “New Breed” after listening to the 1980s sci-fi inspired Mustang Mach-E sounds.

The self-described “sound tinkerer” actually used the digital propulsion sounds engineered for the Mustang Mach-E coupled with synthesizers as the basis of his dance floor-ready song. “Creating ‘New Breed’ was a new experience and I think the song — like the car — takes its passengers on a voyage,” said Dear.

For those interested in hearing “New Breed,” this track — along with much of Matthew Dear’s other work — is available now on most streaming platforms. Ford also released a companion documentary about the making of “New Breed” that you can watch via YouTube.

Test-drive the Mach-E when it arrives at Jordan Ford soon. Until then, stop by to take one of the other new Ford models for a whirl.

Safety Tips for Fall Drives in Mishawaka

2020 Ford EcoSport | Mishawaka, IN

Changing weather also means changing road conditions. As the leaves begin to change in places like Mishawaka, Indiana and around the country, these safety tips will protect you and your passengers on your travels.

One of the biggest road hazards in fall can be leaves falling off of trees. Wet roads can cause leaves to stick to the asphalt, which could cause your tires to slip. If you see a bunch of leaves stuck in one spot, slow down. Avoid swerving and making any sudden stops. These techniques will help prevent hydroplaning.

Fall also means the beginning of longer nights, which leads to more driving in the dark. Make sure your vehicle’s headlights and taillights are clean and functional, to ensure that you have maximum visibility for evening and early morning commutes.  

Finally, autumn in Mishawaka means another set of road hazards in the form of tractors and combines. If you’re stuck behind one of these slow-moving machines, remain patient and only pass them when there’s no other traffic on the roads.

Remember to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment here at Jordan Ford this fall. It’s an easy way to help ensure that your travels are as safe as they are enjoyable this autumn.

2020 Ford Escape Claims Accolades from J.D. Power and WardsAuto

2020 Ford Escape Interior | Mishawaka, IN

This summer, the 2020 Escape racked in two more accolades. It came in at number one in its segment in the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study and earned a deserving place on the Wards 10 Best User Experiences list.

The APEAL Study stands for The Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study. It’s a detailed study that uses 40 factors to determine a driver’s emotional attachment to their vehicles. In the 2020 Study the Escape came in fourth overall and was actually the best among compact SUV’s. The results of the study exemplify why the Escape is so popular among the population. An exciting driving experience is exactly why so many drivers choose it over the competition.

As if one award wasn’t enough for the Escape, it was also was able to claim fourth place on WardsAuto’s 2020 Best User Experiences list. The publication’s judges commended the Escape for its available 12.3-inch digital cluster display and SYNC® 3 infotainment setup. They praised the number of standard features offered on the brand’s Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology suite. In addition, Wards judges also lauded the model’s incorporation of blue ambient backlighting on the digital displays, as well as the easy-to-use smartphone pairing and voice commands.

Experience the 2020 Escape for yourself when you take one for a whirl here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN.