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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…)

What Do I Do if My Car is Making (Insert Sound)?

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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Car Noises that Mean Trouble

We don’t want to frighten you, but owning a car, truck or SUV is a big responsibility. Not only do you have a responsibility to drive safely at all times, but you also are responsible for your vehicle’s service and maintenance. Luckily, the certified technicians here at the Brandon Ford Service Department are always ready and willing to help you out whenever you need it. But that means you have to know when you and your new Ford car, truck or SUV need help. Cars are complex machines, and it takes a lot of time and practice to get to know all their ins and outs. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of car noises that mean trouble. If you hear your car, truck or SUV making any of these noises, be sure to let us know right away. (more…)

What Can I Do to Protect My Ford’s Engine?

Monday, September 18th, 2017
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4 Tips for Protecting Your Ford’s Engine

We could argue about what the most important part of your car is for days and days. You brakes, battery, suspension, steering wheel – all of it plays a role in keeping you on the road and none could work without everything else. But we think many would agree that your engine is one of – if not the – most important parts of your new Ford car, truck or SUV. That’s why you need to do everything in your power to keep your engine happy and healthy. Luckily for you, the experts here at our Brandon Ford Service Department have provided this list of four tips for protecting your Ford’s engine. Follow these simple suggestions and you’ll never have to worry about your engine. (more…)

What are the Best Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained in the Car?

Friday, September 15th, 2017
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3 Fun Car Games for Kids

Everyone loves a fun family road trip. Really, there’s no better way to bond as a family while seeing all the sites our great country has to offer. But family road trips aren’t without their hassles, especially once your kids get bored and antsy. Sure, these days you can keep them entertained with in-car entertainment systems and Wi-Fi, but doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of a road trip? With that in mind, we decided to share three fun car games for kids that will keep them entertained and paying attention to the world around them. (more…)

How Can I Avoid a Dead Car Battery?

Monday, August 28th, 2017
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Tips for Avoiding a Dead Car Battery

There are a lot of things you have to think about while maintaining your new Ford car, truck or SUV. We don’t want to worry you, but it’s a fact of life that things can – and probably will – go wrong at one point or another. But you can avoid most of these problems by following a few simple tips. Take your vehicle’s battery, for instance. There’s nothing more devastating than getting in your car, turning the key and having nothing happen. And we don’t mean having nothing wrong happen, we mean having absolutely nothing happen because you’re car’s battery is dead. Luckily for you, you can avoid a dead car battery by following these simple tips. (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…)