Congratulations to Butler Ford’s David Welch! Earlier this month David was honored with the title Senior Master Technician, a level of skill that takes years and hundreds of hours to studying and testing to achieve. A Ford representative even stopped by to shake David’s hand and give him a cool plaque! David joins Butler’s other three Senior Master Certified Techs. We’re so proud of them all!
September is a busy month at Butler Ford/Acura! We have two events coming up, both of which allow us time to visit with our customers outside of the normal sales atmosphere.
First, on Thursday, September 18th we’re having another Open House. You’ll be treated to food and tours of the shop (you know you’ve always wanted see where your car or truck gets worked on!), and have the opportunity to ask questions of our entire staff. Need help pairing your phone with your vehicle, or learning how to use your spare kit? Our Open House events provide the opportunity for both, and a whole lot more. All you have to do is RSVP by the end of the day Monday, September 15, and then show up at 5:30 on the day of the event!
Second, we’re having another Drive 4 UR School to benefit Phoenix High School! Never been to a Drive 4 UR School event? It’s fun! Test drive any one of a certain selection of Fords between 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday, September 27th, and Ford Motor Corporation will donate $20 bucks to the high school! Funds go to support sports, clubs, and other extra-curricular activities. There’s also food and clothing for sale, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the band showed up to provide us with some rockin’ background tunes! Come support your favorite student; It’s easy and FUN!
Weird news from the National Insurance Crime Bureau has us thinking about investing in hinge locks. According the NICB tailgate thefts are up, especially in Texas where the numbers of stolen tailgates jumped more than 30% from 2012 to 20131 California and Arizona round out the top three.
Apparently there’s huge black market demand for tailgates. The NICB says anything that can be bought for a lower price on the black market ends up in demand. Others speculate that the real draw is the fiber optic technology in tailgate-mounted rear back-up cameras.
So, what can you do to prevent your gate from being lifted? Invest in hinge locks that prevent tailgates from opening. If a thief can’t open your tailgate he can’t steal it. So, buckle your truck up!
For more information and to read the NICB press release in its entirety click here.
If you bring your Ford in for new brake pads this month and next you may never have to pay for brake pads again! As part of Ford’s 3rd National Service Event the company is offering a lifetime guarantee on Motorcraft brake pads. Here’s how it works: Bring your car, truck or SUV in for brake work between now and August 31, 2014 and we’ll give you a certificate entitling you to replacement Motorcraft brake pads for as long as you own your vehicle. All you have to do the next time you replace the pads is show that certificate and the copy of this summer’s repair order and the brake pads will be complimentary*. Feel like booking brake service? Contact us at 541.482.2521 or schedule an appointment online.
* Labor and all other parts not included
You may have heard about the peanut butter drive we at Butler Ford held last week. The event was part of a Northwest Ford Dealers Advertising Association program that paired dealerships up with local food banks to bring in one of the most coveted nonperishable food items out there. Before promoting the drive to the public we discussed ways to inspire Butler employees to get in on the fun and came up with the idea of holding a competition between the sales, service, and office staff. The winning group would get some kind of a party.
Boy, did people come through! The service department immediately went looking for outside donations and hit pay-dirt with Cash-n-Carry, Pulver & Leever Real Estate and Grocery Outlet. Just check out the stash Iman showed up with Friday morning! The sales team came through in a big way, too, calling on the folks at Rogue Valley CrossFit. One CrossFit mom even requested that all guests at her child’s birthday party bring peanut butter for her to donate!
Ultimately, we have yet to figure out which department won or even how many pounds of peanut butter we brought it but we know this much: It’s a LOT! Huge thanks to everyone who pitched in! We’re so proud to be part of this community!
Car lovers are getting an eyeful this week as Medford Cruise week festivities play out. Last night saw more than 100 classic and current model Fords on display at the Ford Show-n-Shine at the Grange Co-op in South Medford. Visitors ooohed and aaaaahed over everything from a 1930 Model A to a late model Mustang Shelby GT 500.
We knew there was something addictive about automotive restoration but didn’t know just how addictive until we spoke with Tim, one of the enthusiasts at the Show-n-Shine. He wasn’t showing a car this year but says he did just begin a rebuild on a car he plans to show at next year’s event. It won’t be his first restoration. Tim says he built his first car, a 1932 Ford Roadster, at the age of 10. Since then he has more than 550 cars to his name! When asked how much time goes into each vehicle Tim shrugged and said, “Three to four hundred hours.” And no, car restoration is not his day job!
All that work certainly pays off. It was obvious that a ton of time, love, and yes, money, went into each Ford on the Grange’s lot last night. If you missed it, not to worry. Tomorrow, all makes and models – ’79 and older as well as ’80 and newer – are welcome to be shown at Medford’s Hawthorne Park. It’ll cost you $25-$50 to show but is free if you just want to look. Visit www.medfordcruise.org for more information. We’ll be there… Hope you will be, too!