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 fueleconomy.gov 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 fueleconomy.gov 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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Getting Ready for Winter: Survival Preparedness Kit

Car window cleaning

Whether you’re on a road trip or commuting to work, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency survival preparedness kit. There are a range of emergency and survival supplies any driver should have, from basics like jumper cables and a spare to some lesser-known items that might just save your life. At Packey Webb Ford, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important things to include in your kit.

Winter is right around the corner, making an emergency kit essential for any driver. According to Popular Mechanics, you should carry fresh water and stable food supplies. Most people can’t go more than three days without water, so it’s necessary to have a gallon of clean water or some chlorine-based tablets so you can make water. For food, aim for high-energy food bars—some of which are specially made to give you up to 3,600 calories per bar.

A first-aid kit is also important. Include things like gauze, aspirin or Tylenol, antiseptic, and a sewing kit. Scissors or a seatbelt cutter is also handy to have in the event of an accident. Duct can fix things in a pinch, and sunscreen is a good idea if you have any space left in your kit.

Finally, pick up some emergency equipment such as a fire extinguisher and flares. The extinguisher is self-explanatory, but flares can be used for both fire-starting and signaling. Hazard triangles work great for fixing a flat on the side of the road, but a flare can be seen from long distances—exactly what you need in a pinch. These are just the essential things to include in your kit. Naturally, you should restock when necessary, and don’t be afraid to modify your kit based on your environment.

Charity work

Volunteer in Downers Grove this Holiday Season

Charity work

Volunteering is a great way to give back during the holiday season. That’s why at Packey Webb Ford, we have created a list of opportunities to volunteer in Downers Grove, IL this Thanksgiving. From visiting hospice patients to hosting international students, there’s something for everyone.

According to Volunteer Match, one of the best opportunities to volunteer is to visit hospice patients in your community. Friendly visitors are needed to comfort and support hospice patients in the area, providing a helping hand to those in need. Many hospice patients have a prognosis of six months or less, which means visiting is especially important during the holidays. There is no hospice experience necessary; however, there is an orientation and training.

Next, you can volunteer at the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital at the Daisey Basket Gift Shop. Volunteers provide customer service, help with purchasing, deliver flowers, and answer telephones, among other things. You can join the hospital team to help at virtually any time during the holidays.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is looking for volunteers to help slow the effects of climate change. You can write letters and op-ed pieces, meet with Congressional leaders and the local media, and help educate the community about climate change.

The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association is also looking for people to make a difference in the lives of children. These volunteers help to provide support for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

Finally, you can also host an international high school exchange student to help promote intercultural relations. Students age 15-18 from Europe, Japan, South America, and Asia need host families to provide support and to help them learn English.

If you’re looking to volunteer and give back this holiday season, consider one of these local opportunities in the area. At Packey Webb Ford, we are proud to serve the Downers Grove community.

Mechanic

Basics of Truck Maintenance

Mechanic

Properly taking care of your pickup truck starts with routine maintenance. While your truck will likely need a tune up or repair over time, taking care of your truck won’t be nearly as expensive if routinely inspected and maintained. Here’s a little more about the basics of truck maintenance to get you on the right track!

Tire & Safety Maintenance

Consistent tie inspections are a big part of the formula for a safer ride. Make sure to keep an eye on tread depth and check your tire pressure weekly, especially as the weather grows colder.

Cold Weather Care & Safety

Winter brings unpredictable road conditions which means it pays to slow down around curves. It pays to have your four-wheel drive system inspected before winter arrives.

Salt buildup can eat through paint, cause corrosion, and eventually will cause your truck to rust. Make sure to remove salt accumulation from your truck by washing it frequently.

Seasonal Pickup Truck Maintenance

Faded paint is, unfortunately, part of the aging process. Fortunately, restoring your truck’s paint is a possibility and will increase the resale value of your truck!

Did you know we’re getting a full truck service station designed to handle trucks of all sizes, including semis? Make an appointment to have your truck serviced by the experts here at Packey Webb Ford!

Halloween

Halloween In Chicago

Halloween

To some, it is Halloween that is the most wonderful time of the year. And there is good enough reason for this line of thinking, after all: there are so many different ways to celebrate the spookiest season, particularly if you live in Chicago.

If you love Halloween (or are trying to get into the spirit), then consider adding these events to your list of things to do this month.

Basement of the Dead Haunted House

Basement of the Dead Haunted House has the distinction of having topped Buzzfeed’s list of “Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You Out,” which is well worth the visit alone if you have a strong enough constitution. Because freaking you out is an ever-evolving process, Basement of the Dead this year has added a zombie laser tag experience—“Zombie Containment”—and the XCAPE Z-51 competitive mobile escape game. If you’re not too frightened, visit Basement of the Dead at https://basementofthedead.com.

Richardson Adventure Farm

Since 1840, Richardson Adventure Farm has been the place for families to spend an autumn afternoon together. Come for the chance to pick out a great gourd in the pumpkin patch and traipse through the world’s largest corn maze, stay for the 700-foot zipline and live pig races. You can plan out your trip ahead of time by visiting http://richardsonadventurefarm.com/#adventurefarm.

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour

Called “One of the Top Ten Ghost Tours in America” by Haunted America Tours, Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour is an all-ages appropriate event that has been featured everywhere from A&E to The Travel Channel. Join Ursula Bielski and her team as they walk you through allegedly haunted spots like the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Hull House over a fun, informative, and frightening 2.5-hour tour. Learn more about Chicago Hauntings by visiting https://www.chicagohauntings.com.

There is plenty more to do in and around Chicago this Halloween season, so don’t waste any time. Just make sure that whatever you do, if you are looking to scare up savings on a new car, truck, or SUV, that you reach out to the boils and ghouls at Packey Webb Ford.

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