Tips for Transporting Food during the Holidays

If you’re planning to bring your famous green bean casserole to your family’s next holiday party, you want to be sure it will make it there in one piece. These tips for transporting food will help you get all of your dishes to their destinations safely.

Tips for Transporting Food

Cardboard boxes

A cardboard box is one of the best tools for transporting food in the car. They provide a safe, sturdy container that will keep dishes from sliding around the backseat or trunk.

Towels for warmth

Hot dishes can be kept at the right temperature when they’re wrapped in towels. Once you’ve wrapped the dish in towels or old (clean) rags, place it in a cardboard box for extra warmth and security.

Innovative insulation

If you find yourself frequently bringing food to holiday parties each year, it might be worth investing in an insulation pack. These are perfect for keeping dishes at their appropriate temperatures, whether they are hot or cold.

Pie lids

To transport a pie safely, you’ll need to cover it completely. For most pies, you can use an extra pie tin as a lid. Cover the pie with the additional tin and wrap the entire thing in foil. Place in a box surrounded by newspaper or towels to keep it from moving around while driving.

With these tips from our team at Packey Webb Ford, you’ll definitely be able to protect the backseat or trunk of your vehicle from becoming a pie filled mess this holiday season.

Watch Out for Shady Bait-And-Switch Sales Tactics

Unfortunately, several car dealerships in the area have increasingly been employing bait-and-switch sales tactics to rip off unsuspecting buyers. Packey Webb Ford fights against these tactics with transparent and fair pricing.

Here’s what some bait-and-switch tactics look like:

  • Low prices for one VIN: If there is a low price that is too good to be true, it probably is. Many dealers offer unrealistic low quotes for a specific vehicle — but it is for that very specific vehicle (meaning that one VIN). Once that single vehicle is sold, the dealership does not offer that low price, but it already motivates buyers to walk into the store.
  • Discounts galore: Some low prices advertised are the result of the dealer applying every discount and rebate possible to the price. But no one realistically qualifies for all those discounts. But people see the low price, go into the dealership, and don’t find out until hours into the process, in the finance chair.
  • Buried prices: Some dealers bury prices, like freight charges, or dealer-installed options, like floor mats. They lure you with the lower advertised price, then tack on thousands of extra dollars.

You won't find bait-and-switch sales tactics at Packey Webb FordPackey Webb Ford encourages you to leave those dealerships if you suspect bait-and-switch sales tactics. We will honor the final quote you get from them and try to get it even lower. That way, you still get your new vehicle as affordably as possible but don’t reward slimy sales tactics.

Things to Add to Your Fall Bucket List

Fall Bucket List


Fall is finally here, which means it’s time to enjoy the crisp weather, falling leaves, and overall cheerful atmosphere. As the leaves begin to change this year, make sure you don’t forget to include these fun, family-friendly activities on your fall bucket list.

Go explore a corn maze. Throughout Illinois, there are an array of corn mazes you can head to for an afternoon of fun. Better yet, many of these corn mazes also have pumpkin patches, giving you the chance to enjoy a true autumnal experience.

Make your own fall decorations. Go all out decorating your house this year in an array of orange, yellow, and red. Instead of purchasing your decorations, though, consider making them yourself. For instance, you can make paper pumpkins with your kids to hang up in your window, or a creepy jack-o-lantern for Halloween. The options are endless!

Enjoy some apple picking. Fall is the perfect time to harvest some apples, so why not head out to your local orchard and give apple picking a go? The experience is one your family is sure not to forget — and you get plenty of delicious, fresh apples out of the adventure, too. Many orchards even have homemade cider to enjoy and hayrides to explore the local area.

To make sure your car is up to the demands of fall weather, schedule a maintenance check at Packey Webb Ford.

How to Keep Your Car Running Longer

Tips For Keeping Your Car Longer


No matter if you buy new or used, a car is an expensive purchase. That makes it crucial for you to prioritize your vehicle’s longevity on the road. Here are a few tips to keep your car running longer:

  • Keep up with routine maintenance: This is the single biggest factor to ensure your car performs safely for years to come. Bring your vehicle to Packey Webb Ford for every oil change and tire rotation, and we’ll do thorough inspections of your vehicle and follow along with its maintenance schedule.
  • Pay attention to your dashboard: Your dashboard is full of indicator lights that let you know of potential vehicle health problems. If a light comes on, don’t ignore it. Look it up in your owner’s manual and, if necessary, bring the vehicle to Packey Webb Ford for repair.
  • Drive safely: By following the speed limit and obeying all traffic laws, you’ll reduce your chance of an accident. Driving faster and harder is also rougher on your vehicle components and can lead to issues faster.
  • Drive less: Another way to keep your vehicle around for years to come is to rely on it less. When possible, carpool with friends, family, and coworkers; ride your bike or walk; or rely on public transportation.

To keep your car running well as long as possible, turn to Packey Webb Ford for all your car maintenance needs.

The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge Supports Nonprofits

National Disaster ReliefThe Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge was recently announced by the Ford Fund. In short, certified nonprofit organizations in the U.S. can submit entries for creative solutions to disaster relief as part of the challenge. Part of the difficulty of this task is proposing how an organization would use a Ford Transit to fit a need within a community. This is just one more way the Ford brand is giving back.

What do you win? According to Ford, the prize for the competition is a $70,000 grant that can go towards the purchase of a Ford Transit cargo or passenger van, as well as any extra costs for equipping the vehicle. There are three separate grants for the competition, and winners will be notified during National Disaster Preparedness Month in September.

“When natural disaster strikes, it is critical to move the right people, the right materials, and the right vehicles to impacted areas to help people as quickly as possible,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “Nowhere is our mission to strengthen communities more urgent than in recovery efforts during the hours, days and weeks following a natural disaster.”

Ford has a long history of working with partners to prevent and respond to disasters. So far, Ford has donated more than 40 vehicles for disaster response purposes, as well as almost $5 million to assist in recovery efforts.

To learn more about how Ford gives back, visit Packey Webb Ford.

Four Fast Facts about the 2018 Ford EcoSport

The 2018 Ford EcoSport compact SUV is the newest model to join Ford’s lineup. Don’t know much about the new EcoSport SUV? Be sure to review our fast facts about the 2018 Ford EcoSport before visiting Packey Webb Ford for a test drive:

facts about the 2018 Ford EcoSport

  1. It is incredibly efficient: The 2018 EcoSport achieves up to 27 mpg in the city and up to 29 mpg on the highway.*
  2. It is surprisingly roomy: Though the Ford EcoSport is a compact SUV, it offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo — up to 50 cubic feet. You’ll have no problem loading in cargo, groceries, luggage, and more with the 60/40 flip-up and split-fold-flat seats, the unique swing gate, and the Cargo Management System.
  3. It is packed with technologies: Ford has included a number of innovative technologies for the 2018 Ford EcoSport, including the available SYNC® 3 system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, as well as an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, the available Blind Spot Information System, and the standard rear view camera.
  4. It gives you options for power: The standard engine is the efficient and award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost®, but you can spring for the available 2.0-liter Ti-VCT GDI engine, which is paired with 4WD.

To learn more about the 2018 Ford EcoSport, visit Packey Webb Ford for a test drive.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

2018 Ford EcoSport Technology

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is an all-new addition to Ford’s lineup. It is a compact crossover with athletic styling and abundant technology. With top-of-the-line infotainment and a variety of driver-assist safety features, the EcoSport is fit for the 21st-century driver.

Ford EcoSport

The available SYNC® 3 system is Ford’s most advanced infotainment system yet. It features next-generation voice-recognition software and comes equipped with both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. These systems make it easy to connect a smartphone and even lets the driver use certain smartphone apps directly on the EcoSport’s touchscreen.

FordPass™ is a great way to stay informed about and connected to the EcoSport even when not driving. It is a smartphone app that allows owners to check the vehicle’s fuel level, remotely lock and unlock the doors, start up the car remotely, and even request Roadside Assistance.

The EcoSport offers a six-month All Access audio to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. This includes access to over 150 channels including music, sports, comedy, and new, all commercial-free.

Safety behind the wheel of the EcoSport improves immensely with the addition of several technology features. Available features like BLIS® with cross-traffic alert help to avoid an accident before it happens by warning the driver when another vehicle is approaching in their blind spot.

Experience the EcoSport’s technology features with a hands-on test drive at Packey Webb Ford.

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbo-Diesel Set to Amaze

The Ford F-150 has a long legacy of being America’s best-selling vehicle. Despite this, there has still been one point of contention many consumers have with the pickup truck: there is no diesel powertrain option. However, all of that is about to change with the 2018 model year.

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Turbo-diesel

Last year, the American automaker announced that the 2018 F-150 would offer a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel engine, and many truck lovers, including the team at Packey Webb Ford, couldn’t be more excited.

The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke turbo-diesel is set to deliver an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway and will not only offer best-in-class towing, but it will also offer the best payload capacity, diesel horsepower, and diesel torque.*

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, Ford’s vice president global powertrain engineering, in a statement. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”

This engine puts out 440 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 rpm and 250 horsepower. It offers 11,400 pounds worth of maximum towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of max payload capacity.

The Power Stroke engine was tested at Arizona’s Davis Dam, allowing the truck to maintain consistent power as it climbed 13 miles at a 6% grade – all in temperatures of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

To see the 2018 Ford F-150 diesel option for yourself, stop by Packey Webb Ford.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

2018 Ford F-150

Ford Wins Two Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards

2018 Ford F-150

In this year’s Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards, two Ford vehicles took home the top prize in their segments. The top performing vehicles are the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition and the 2018 Ford F-150, which has now earned this award for four years in a row.

To earn this award, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) editors analyze numerous new vehicles, and judge them based on consumer reviews, five-year cost to own data, and sales information. The vehicle that represents the best overall value for consumers wins its segment. This year, Kelley Blue Book awarded 12 Best Buy Awards.

“A decade is a long time to wait for a major model makeover, but Ford’s efforts have earned the Expedition its first Best Buy Award right out of the gate,” said KBB editors. “From powertrain and driving dynamics to technology and practicality, the 2018 Ford Expedition is the new class leader.”

With updated exterior styling, new engines, a new automatic transmission, best-in-class towing, payload, and fuel economy, the Ford F-150 continues to impress KBB editors for the fourth consecutive year.

If you are ready to give either of these award-winning vehicles a closer look, stop by Packey Webb Ford to take the Ford Expedition and Ford F-150 out for a test drive.

Merry Christmas

How to Spend Christmas in Downers Grove

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year here in Downers Grove. Every week is filled with special events to spread holiday cheer throughout the community. Here are a few events to add to your calendar for the best Christmas celebration in Downers Grove.

  • Gingerbread Festival. This fun-filled festival is held the weekend after Thanksgiving and features a gingerbread man hunt, carriage rides, and gingerbread house building contests.
  • Gingerbread Hunt. Through Dec. 23, there will be gingerbread men scattered through local shops downtown. Print out a sheet and when you find one, get a stop from the vendor. Collect at least 14 stamps and bring your sheet to the Downers Grove library for a prize.
  • Breakfast with Santa. On Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, local restaurants will be hosting breakfast with Santa. Call the restaurant you want to attend to make your reservation.
  • Merry & Bright: A Victorian Christmas. On Dec. 9, visit the Downers Grove Museum to learn about Victorian Christmas traditions, visit with Santa Claus, see some live reindeer, and enjoy holiday refreshments. The event is free, but the food is available for purchase.

Which of the holiday events are you planning to attend this year? From all of us here at Packey Webb Ford, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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