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Brandon Ford in Tampa FL Shows You How to Use Your New Ford to Get Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Learn How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree

The holiday season is upon us, which means many people will soon be bringing Christmas trees home to decorate and put presents under. It’s a wonderful tradition, one that’s very dear to our hearts here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL. But anyone who’s ever had to tie a tree to the top of their vehicle – even a vehicle as powerful and capable as the new Ford trucks and SUVs here at Brandon Ford – knows it’s not always the easiest thing. That’s why we decided to shard this video with you, as it contains all the tips you need to know to safely transport your Christmas tree. (more…)

Explaining the Dashboard Warning Lights of Your New Ford Car, Truck or SUV

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
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What Do My Ford’s Dashboard Warning Lights Mean?

There’s no worse feeling in the world than driving down the road in your new Ford car, truck or SUV and having a warning light pop up on your dashboard – especially if you don’t know what that warning light means. Thankfully, many of the warning lights that may pop up on your Ford’s dashboard are pretty easy to figure out, but some of them will pop up and make you think – what the heck does that mean? With that in mind, here’s what all the Ford dashboard warning lights mean. (more…)

Learn How to Upgrade the Connectivity Features of Your Older Ford Right Here from Brandon Ford in Tampa FL

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
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FordPass SmartLink Allows You to Upgrade Your Old Ford

There are many reasons why Ford always adds so many new features and capabilities to their models each and every new model year. But one of the big reasons for that is that Ford needs to give people a reason to trade in their older Ford models for something new, otherwise people would just keep driving their older Ford models year after year after year – because those older Ford models are just so capable, dependable and fun to drive. But this year, Ford has decided to help out those who have stayed loyal to their older Ford models for so many years, now allowing those models to be upgraded to include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, enhanced smartphone control of existing key fob features, easy access to vehicle health and security reports, and upgraded vehicle location tracking capabilities. So, read on it you’ve got a non-modem-equipped 2010-2017 Ford model to find out how FordPass SmartLink allows you to upgrade your old Ford. (more…)

Learn How to Be a Better Driver with the Ford Driving Skills for Life Online Course

Friday, March 16th, 2018
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Ford Driving Skills for Life Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Ford Driving Skills for Life, a free in-person and online driving skills program, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year by significantly updated and upgrading its course to better teach beginning drivers – and anyone who wants a refresher course – how to be a safer driver. Ford Driving Skills for Life is best known as a hands-on, in-person safe driving academy that tours the country, but it also features an online component to help those who don’t live near one of the program’s cross-country stops. And since the in-person Ford Driving Skills for Life program isn’t coming near Tampa, FL, this year, we decided to take a closer look at the online offerings of the program. (more…)

Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App Coming to SYNC 3-Equipped Ford Models

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
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Waze SYNC 3 Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App Features

Anyone who’s got a new Ford car, truck or SUV that’s equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system knows just how helpful it is while you’re out on the road. And just when you thought the SYNC 3 infotainment system couldn’t get any more functional and convenient, Ford went and announced that the Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App will soon be coming to SYNC 3-equipped Ford models thanks to new integration capabilities through Ford SYNC AppLink. Now, some of you may be unfamiliar with this app, which is why we’re going to take this time to tell you all about the features of the Waze Community-Based Traffic and Navigation App. (more…)

Should I Choose a Manual Transmission or an Automatic Transmission?

Friday, August 25th, 2017
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Manual Transmission vs Automatic Transmission

It’s a question for the ages – should you choose a manual transmission or an automatic transmission? To tell you the truth, the answer changes depending on who you’re talking to. Some people live to grab ahold of that stick shift as they cruise down the open road. Others are perfectly happy without ever having to learn how to operate a manual transmission for as long as they live. Honestly, when it’s all said and done, it all comes down to personal choice. With that in mind, we’re here to give you some help in making that choice as we take a look at manual transmissions versus automatic transmissions. (more…)

Where Are the Best Parks in Tampa FL?

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
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Top 3 Parks in Tampa FL

Who doesn’t love a trip to the park? Especially in the summer, when the kids are looking to get outside and the weather is even more beautiful than usual, there’s nothing quite like a family trip to one of our local parks. Really, the only problem is that there are so many gorgeous and wonderful parks here in Tampa, FL, that it can be hard to know which one to go to. With that in mind, we decided to create this little list of what we consider to be the top three parks in Tampa, FL. Whether you go to one of these or a different one altogether, just make sure you get out there and enjoy yourself. (more…)

Bacon, Brews, BBQ, Rum and Cacti: Your Guide to Celebrating Labor Day 2017 in Tampa, FL

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
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3 Best Labor Day 2017 Events in Tampa FL

Summer is quickly winding down, as is evidenced by the fact that Labor Day is right around the corner. That means it’s time to get out there and enjoy everything the waning days of summer have to offer us here in Tampa, FL. Thankfully, there’s a lot going on. In fact, there’s so much going on that it can be hard to know what to do next. With that in mind, we decided to come up with this list of three of the best Labor Day 2017 events going on in Tampa, FL. Whether you attend one of these or do something different entirely, just make sure you get out there and live life to the fullest. (more…)

Where’s the Best Place to Go Around Tampa for Live Local Music?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
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3 Best Live Local Music Venues in Tampa FL

There’s nothing better than heading out for a night of live local music. That’s especially true for all of us here in Tampa, FL, as we have a ton of venues and musical stylings to choose from when we decide we want to see a show. There are so many live local music venues to choose from, in fact, that it can be hard to know which one to check out next. That’s why we decided to come up with this list of three of the best live local music venues in Tampa, FL. (more…)

Cheer On Your Favorite Tampa Sports Teams with This Tampa-Area Sports Guide

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Professional Sporting Events in Tampa FL

One of our favorite pastimes here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL, is watching our favorite Tampa sports teams mop the floor with the competition. Luckily for us, Tampa has a number of professional sports teams we get to cheer on, including the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team and the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. But in case you have trouble keeping track of everything our local teams are doing, we decided to create this guide for all the professional sporting events in Tampa, FL. (more…)