Keeping Your Car Clean in the Winter

Keeping Your Car Clean in the Winter | Mike Raisor Ford

The last thing anyone wants to do in cold weather is clean their car, but it’s more important during the winter than any other time of year. Keeping your car clean in the winter will make it more comfortable and help it stay healthy, so follow these easy tips to get your Ford through to spring.

1: Protect the floors

Lay down thick rubber mats and even towels to prevent mud and slush from sinking into your carpet, leaving a mess that’s hard to clean and can even stink up your car. Rubber mats are easier to clean and dry faster, leaving a cleaner cabin.

2: Wash and wax the exterior

Washing your car regularly in the winter is essential, especially washing the undercarriage, so you can keep salt and grime from building up. Follow up with a wax job to protect your Ford’s paint job!

3: Vacuum

Use a shop vac to clean dried dirt, rocks, salt, and more out of your Ford, which will keep it from ruining your carpet and upholstery. If you drive a Ford Escape or any of Ford’s rugged utility vehicles, you’re probably the adventurous type who tracks all kinds of earth into your car, so don’t skip this step!

4: Wipe down the interior

Clean your Ford’s windshield and windows with glass cleaner and use wet wipes to clean the dashboard, steering wheel, and console. This will improve visibility and help avoid sticky buildup you don’t want to touch.

5: Park in covered areas

This factor isn’t always under your control, but if you can help it, stay out of the snow and away from slush-covered roads and park in a garage or carport.

Of course, if you are looking for a clean, shiny new vehicle this winter, be sure to stop by our Mike Raisor Ford dealership.

Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Ford Truck Drivers

Christmas gift ideas for Ford truck drivers

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Ford truck driver in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Before simply guessing what they may want, check out this list of great Christmas gift ideas for Ford truck drivers and shop with total confidence this holiday season.

Tonneau Cover

One of the most consistently popular Ford truck accessories, Tonneau covers cover the top of the truck bed, hiding cargo and protecting it against the elements. This is the perfect gift idea if the Ford truck driver in your life uses their vehicle for work or sport.

Mud Flaps

Mud flaps not only enhance off-road performance, but also protect Ford trucks from things like road salt, gravel, small objects, and, of course, mud. They’re a great gift idea because they will preserve the appearance of your loved one’s beloved Ford truck.

Bed Storage

Ford trucks already have a ton of storage capacity, but for additional space and organization, in-bed storage compartments are the perfect solution. Any Ford truck driver would love to see this gift under the tree,  as it further expands the versatility of their car while helping to keep things neat and tidy in the truck bed.

If someone on your list needs some Ford accessories or even a new Ford, then make Mike Raisor Ford your shopping destination this season.

How to Prep Your Ford for the Winter

Get Your Ford Ready for Winter | Mike Raisor Ford

Indiana’s winter season can take a toll on both you and your car. To help lessen the blow of freezing temperatures, we’re here with some tips on how to prep your Ford vehicle for the season.

Check Fluid Levels

Keeping proper fluid levels in your vehicle is essential. Two of the most important fluid levels to check are your antifreeze and engine coolant, which ensure that your Ford starts and will keep you going. You should also check motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, washer fluid and power steering fluid.

Monitor Tire Pressure

You’ll want to check your vehicle’s tire pressure both before and throughout winter. In order to gain traction on the road, your Ford’s tires must have proper tire pressure. Tires with improper pressure could cause slipping and sliding on the road.

Swap out Tires

Alternatively, instead of keeping your Ford’s all-season tires on, you can swap them out for winter tires. They have improved traction and specialized rubber to help you take on tough winter roads.

Test Battery

Your Ford’s battery will be challenged in the winter when cold temperatures hit. To help ensure that your battery will start your car, test its charge before the weather gets too chilly. If you find that your battery has a weak charge, take it down to our service department and we’ll get you ready to go.

For more winter weather driving tips, be sure to speak with our staff at Mike Raisor Ford.

Fun Fall Activities in Lafayette, Indiana

Fall activities in Lafayette | Mike Raisor Ford

The fall season is the perfect time of year to enjoy festivities and family time. If you’re in the mood to celebrate the season, here are some fall activities in Lafayette that you can drive to in your Ford car from Mike Raisor Ford.

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon – October 6-7, 2018

This festival takes place every year and is a West Lafayette tradition. Last year, it celebrated its 50th anniversary. This year, it’s sure to be just as fun with its annual re-creation of the gathering between French settlers and Native Americans that took place in the area in the mid-1700s. It’s educational and there’s still plenty of fun offered – and plenty of good food!

Lafayette Farmer’s Market – Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through October

The Lafayette Farmer’s Market has three different locations: downtown, Purdue, and West Lafayette. All three markets open once a week from May to October, and October is the perfect season to visit them. Many have fresh, fall-themed produce (and maybe even some pumpkins to carve).

Exploration Acres – September 14 – October 28, 2018

Exploration Acres is the perfect destination for families this fall season. It’s home to Northwest Indiana’s largest corn maze and pumpkin patch, so you can get lost in the maze and then pick out the perfect pumpkin at the end of it. Plus, this year, they’ve crafted a masterpiece – a Stranger Things-themed corn maze.

There is a lot to do this fall in the Lafayette area. Take your family on a festive outing and enjoy the colorful outdoors.

Welcome to Our Blog

 

Welcome to our blog! A blog is a great way to communicate information, connect with people, and keep the community updated with the latest information from Ford. That’s why we here at Mike Raisor Ford have started up our very own blog! This latest addition to our website will help our customers make informed decisions about their next vehicle.

The customer base and community we serve has a need for vehicles that can handle life on a farm. That’s where our knowledgeable staff comes into play. Not only is our sales team armed with information about Ford vehicles, but they’re also in tune with the needs of farming communities.

One of the most important parts of our business is creating a comfortable atmosphere for our customers. We don’t want you to feel uncomfortable or pressured into buying a vehicle you don’t need.

Perhaps best of all, our sales staff aren’t paid based on commission. Typically, a dealership’s sales staff tries to sell the most expensive vehicle, regardless of whether or not it meets the buyer’s needs. However, our staff is set to work on getting you the vehicle you truly deserve.

At Mike Raisor Ford, we’re proud to serve Lafayette, Indiana and the surrounding area and can’t wait to keep you updated on all the happenings around here. Welcome to our blog!