Top 5 War Ready Fords

The next time the French army rolls into battle, they’ll be riding on four wheels of American muscle. Recently, the French Army purchased 1,000 Ford Rangers to replace their Peugeot P4s. The vehicle will be used as off-road patrol vehicles, but that didn’t stop us from thinking: What Ford vehicles would be best suited for the battle field?

Here are our top 5 war ready Fords.

  1. Mutts Cutt Grooming Van/1984 Ford Ecoline/Dumb and Dumber (1994)

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Hold off before hating on this famous furry wrecking machine. Yeah, yeah, it breaks down halfway through the movie and the handling and suspension isn’t the best, but the Mutts Cutt Van stole the show for the time it was on screen. Imagine you’re on the battlefield when a convoy of shaggy dog-shaped vans steam towards you. The perplexity of the situation would kill you alone. Add in a loudspeaker blaring Lloyd Christmas’ most annoying sound in the world and you got yourself the world’s deadliest weapon.

  1. Striped Tomato/1975 Ford Gran Torino/Starsky and Hutch (1975)

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Starsky and Hutch put the Gran Torino on the map. Affectionately known as the “Striped Tomato” for its bright red paint job and white vector stripes, the Gran Torino helped the two detectives catch baddies all over Bay City. Its toughness and ability to turn on a dime would be exceptional for any super detective. Any armies looking to buy a fleet of Striped Tomatos should expect to pay big though. One of these bad boys sold for $40,000 last year.

  1. Tour Vehicles/ 1993 Ford Explorer XLT/Jurassic Park (1993)

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Hold onto your butts! This dino-inspired ride would be a handful on the battlefield. Although they didn’t hold their own against the tyrannosaurus rex, they would probably have a better chance on the war grounds. Built in GPS, drinking taps, and stock with night-vision goggles – not too shabby for a vehicle in the Jurassic period.

  1. The Pursuit Special/ 1974 Ford Falcon/ Mad Max (1979)

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Now we’re really getting into the heavy hitters. The Pursuit Special featured in Mad Max 1,2 and 4 was a bad, bad car. In a good way. This modified 1972 Ford Falcon had a slick black paint job, and a huge supercharger jamming out of the hood. Besides looking totally badass, the vehicle seemed to be indestructible , until it finally crashed and burned in Mad Max 2. It wasn’t away for long though, coming back in Mad Max 4 to continue kicking ass.

  1. Batmobile/ 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura/ Batman (1966)

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There may be no more iconic vehicle than the Batmobile, and the original one from the 1960s TV series may be the most memorable. After painting it black and slapping the Batman logo on it, it was surely a force to be reckoned with. Equipped with a long list of weapons and accessories including: a Bat-ray, Bat-Beam, Bat-Smoke Screen, Bat-tering ram, Bat-photoscope, and an emergency tire inflator, this vehicle was definitely war ready.

 

 

Power Wheels F-150 Giveaway: Twins win their dream truck

At six-years-old, the Jubenvill twins already own a Ford F-150. Kind of.

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Dayne, and Dayson walked into Capital Ford Lincoln today and locked eyes on the bright blue Power Wheels F-150.

A rough, and rugged F-150 that can drive through the toughest terrains including wet grass and mud. Powered by a 12-volt battery, the truck can reach up to speeds of 5 MPH. Packed with luxury items like an FM radio, MP3 track, roomy truck bed and pretend seatbelts, this truck is the perfect toy for any six-year-old.

The Jubenvill twins entered to win the Power Wheels F-150 through a colouring contest at Capital Ford Lincoln last month.

“And you thought we were coming in for dad’s truck today, hey?” Dad, Craig Jubenvill said to the boys as they walked in.

The twins took their brand new truck for a spin in the Capital showroom before putting it into Dad’s truck to take home.

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What are the kids planning to do when they get home? Well, play with it of course. Dayne says that they have a big yard to drive the truck in, but wishes for one thing.

“It goes slow.”


Check out the in stock 2015 F-150’s that this power wheels is styled after, click here to start your search.

 

2015 Dealer of the Year- DealerRater

28-SK15-SKCapital Ford Lincoln was awarded with not one but two Provincial Dealer of the Year awards this year: the 2015 FORD Dealer of the Year | Saskatchewan, and the 2015 LINCOLN Dealer of the Year | Saskatchewan. These awards were awarded by the worldwide automotive dealer review website, DealerRater.

DealerRater is the first established dealer review website worldwide to help you find a trusted automotive dealer online when purchasing or servicing your vehicle. This website allows you to search for dealerships then read and write reviews. Automotive dealers are rated on the criteria of customer service, quality of work, friendliness, price and overall experience. DealerRater carefully screens all submitted reviews through a four step process to identify and remove fraudulent and incomplete submissions. This ensures that users are presented with real reviews from real customers describing real experiences.

DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year award program recognizes automotive dealerships throughout the United States and Canada for outstanding customer satisfaction which are expressed through online reviews posted on DealerRater.

The Dealer of the Year awards are given to automotive dealerships that have the highest Power Score in their brand category, both at national and state/provincial levels. Each dealership’s Power Score is calculated using a Bayesian algorithm that considers the dealership’s average DealerRater star rating as well as the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the calendar year.

Capital Ford Lincoln received these awards for our excellent customer service. At Capital we provide a fun and professional environment. We will respect your time, your investment and most importantly we will help you with all of your vehicle needs. We are excited for everyone to read our reviews and get to know us better. We hope that our reviews will allow you to trust us, like us and see what others think of us in order to help you with your experience.  Congratulations to all of the staff at Capital Ford Lincoln on this amazing achievement and thank you to each and every one of our previous and future customers for their honest reviews and feedback.

Distracted Driving

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Today on my way to work, I was listening to Big Dog 92.7 and the topic of discussion happened to be “What is distracted driving?” The overall message was that for the month of February, law enforcement will be cracking down on drivers. In this article, we will give you the insight about what it means to drive “distracted” and how you can avoid a potentially $280 fine.

  • Driving hands free doesn’t = speaker phone. Having your phone on speaker in your non-driving hand does not count as “hands-free.” You will still receive a ticket when you are caught.

 

  • Not only do you have to pay a heavy duty fine, you will receive 4 demerit points on your license. For example, if you were sitting at 5 on SGI’s Safety Rating Scale, you would now move down to a 1, taking your discount from 10% to 2%. If you fall into the low negatives on the scale, you could potentially pay up to $250 plus your $280 fine for distracted driving.

 

Other forms of distracted driving that could result in a penalty:

 

Eating and drinking.

Grooming – no, I am not just talking about your pets.

Reading – this includes maps.

Using a navigation system – some new vehicles actually freeze the screen until it senses the vehicle in Park mode.

Watching a video, adjusting the radio, inserting a CD, etc.

Winter Road Trip Destinations 2015

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Whistler, B.C.
Calgary, AB
Moose Jaw, SK
Canmore, AB
Whitefish, MN

 

Whistler, B.C. (Travel time from YQR = 19 hours)
You may think that travelling long distances in the winter seems a little odd for those who want a stress free getaway. However, once you get to “Beautiful British Columbia” you will have realized it was all worth it. Indulge in the beauty Whistler has to offer from the top of the gondola while you hit the slopes, or if you want the best of both worlds – check out the Fairmont Chateau Resort for ultimate relaxation. The good news is that there are stop worthy destinations on your way to B.C. – keep reading for information on Canmore, AB.

Canmore, AB (Travel time from YQR = 9 hours)
Looking for a winter getaway that doesn’t involve many stops? Head west on Highway 1 and you will know when you’ve reached sunny Canmore, AB. Canmore offers various indoor activities such as rock climbing, brewery tours and dinner theatres are sure to help keep you warm. Not to mention the stunning views of flowing waters and delicious cuisine will help you beat the winter blues. Visit www.tourismcanmore.com today!

Moose Jaw, SK (Travel time from YQR = 45 minutes)
Most Canadians know what Moose Jaw has to offer, as it is one of the most historic cities in Canada. As winter brings us those plummeting temperatures, opt for a stay at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa to keep warm and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet on Sunday mornings. Looking for some entertainment? Visit the Western Development Museum to go back in time to view (and step inside) those old fashioned planes, trains and automobiles.

Calgary, AB (Travel time from YQR = 7 hours)
If cabin fever is starting to hit you, it may be time for a little retail therapy. In my opinion, Calgary is one of the best cities for ultimate shopping. I was fortunate enough to live in Calgary for two years and trust me I was never disappointed. From the Chinook Centre which holds over 250 stores to the luxury shopping mall located downtown called the Core – TD Square & Holt Renfrew, YYC has a lot in store for its visitors. Be sure to keep warm by stop at Good Earth Café for the best hot cocoa in town.

Whitefish, MN (Travel time from YQR = 10 hours)
If you are looking for a little fun south of the border, Whitefish may be the destination for you. From dog sledding to the scenic views at the Glacier National Park, Montana will never disappoint you.

Wildlife and Driving

At some point in our driving careers, all drivers will encounter wildlife. Here are a few tips on how to be cautious about wildlife while driving and what to do if you encounter animals on the road.

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  1. Be aware of the road signs – The signs are there for a reason, typically you will see them on highways or rural areas. Slow down and make sure you are checking your surroundings regularly.

 

  1. Drive defensively – Take an opportunity to warn other drivers if you happen to see deer or moose while driving. At night, be aware of your headlights reflecting against the eyes of an animal. Flickering your headlights at ongoing drivers can help them become aware that wildlife may be approaching.

 

  1. Use your vehicle – Make sure your brakes, headlights and taillights are in working order. Also, topping up on your wiper fluid and inspecting your wiper blades can be self-assuring and help keep other driver’s safe while on the road. Use your high beams at night when you are not meeting oncoming traffic.

 

To swerve or not to swerve?

 

Swerving can be dangerous, not only to the driver but oncoming traffic. If you have time to react to wildlife on the road, consider using your brakes instead of the possibility of colliding with ongoing traffic.

 

If you encounter a small deer, and have minimal time to react, using your brakes not your wheel is usually the best response, especially in harsh weather conditions.

 

If however, you encounter a larger animal such as a moose, swerving to avoid the animal may actually cause less damage as a moose can weigh up to 1200 lbs. Moose carry significant risk of injury and death to motorists every year.

 

What if a collision is inevitable?

 

  1. Brake firmly and quickly – try and steer your vehicle to hit the animal on an angle.
  2. Ease up on the brakes just before you collide. This causes the front end of the vehicle to rise, which can help prevent the animal from going through the windshield.
  3. Look in the direction your want your vehicle to go, not where the animal is coming from. This can help prevent your vehicle from going in the direction of oncoming traffic.

 

What to do after a collision?

  1. Turn on your hazard lights.
  2. Pull onto the side of the road. Pulling onto a side road instead of being parked on the shoulder of the highway, can reduce the risk of another driving hitting you.
  3. Illuminate the animal with your headlights if possible.
  4. You can approach the animal with caution to see if it is dead or injured. Injured animals can be very dangerous, back-off if that is the case. You are not required to put an injured animal out of misery.

 

Driving Tips for New Drivers

downloadWinter is here and car troubles are bound to happen especially for newer drivers. Although these tips can be used year round they are crucial in the winter.

Alert Others:

Turn on your 4 way hazard lights to alert others. Having a flash light or a flare triangle will come in handy if you run into issues late at night. Place your flare triangle about 50 feet away from your vehicle.

Call For Help:

It’s extremely rare for someone to not have a cell phone these days so in the case of a break down or emergency call for help. If you are in-between cell phones or on the rare occasion you forgot yours at home have someone who stops call for you. Many dealerships have road side assistance; these are numbers you should have in your phone. However if you don’t you can call your dealer and ask them for this number. If you have a CAA membership call them as they will assist you for free.

Stay in your Vehicle unless it’s Unsafe:

It may seem like a good idea to get out of your vehicle and attempt to identify the problem it’s safer to stay in the vehicle and wait for help to arrive. If you must exit your vehicle use the door that is on the opposite side of the roadway to prevent walking into oncoming traffic. By getting out of your vehicle you put yourself and others at risk of an accident. If it is winter staying in your vehicle will keep you warmer for longer, if you open the door you will be letting the warm air out of your vehicle. Be sure to have a survival kit with you at all times and warm clothing and blankets.

Here is a chart of how long the average adult can be outside in specific temperatures:

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Stranger Danger:

Lock your doors and roll up your windows. If you don’t trust someone offering you help don’t open the door. You may roll down your window a crack to speak to them which will be safer than opening your door.

Tire Trouble:

If you get a flat tire try to pull over onto a flat even surface so that you can safely use your jack. Flat tires are more common than you think. Makes sure you have the correct tools in your trunk as well as warm clothes in the freezing cold winter.

 

Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

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This all depends on the weather where you live:

Heat- heat really wears on your rubber windshield squeegees; therefore frequent replacement will be required.

Rainy & Snowy Climates- The more you use your wipers the shorter their life will get.

General Wiper Rule:

If your wipers smear water or snow and obstruct your view it’s time for new blades.

What happens to my Blades as they wear out?

As your wiper blades endure blistering heat, freezing snow, rain, and tons of use like most things they wear out. They start to lose their flexibility and become brittle with rubber cracks and tears. You will be left with blades that streak effecting your visibility and safety. If you let your wipers wear out past the point of just smudging they may wear down to metal and ever scratch your window.

Wiper blades are one of the most important components of your vehicle when it comes to your safety. However, they are exposed to the nasty weather conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Talk about a tough job trying to keep your visibility clear no matter what the weather brings. Have your windshield wipers replaced at a convenient time such as when you are getting your oil changed in the Capital Ford Quicklane.

5 Ways to Save on Gas This Winter

Even if your vehicle is consistently “fuel efficient,” here are five alternatives to help you save your cash this Christmas season.

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1. Lighten up – Removing ski racks and other accessories from your vehicle (if possible) will cause you to guzzle more gas – try to only use these items only when necessary.

2. Brush it off – Scraping your windshield and brushing off that powdery snow will alleviate some weight and drag off of your vehicle.

3. Check your tires – Low tire pressure creates resistance and causes your vehicle to work harder, which means you will use up more fuel. Tires will lose pressure quicker in the colder months, so it is important to keep a gauge handy and check your tires regularly.

4. Idle less – Did you know idling for more than 10 seconds can waste more fuel than restarting your vehicle? Next time you want to go through the drive-thru, you may want to make the short trip inside to help savor your $.

5. Give yourself a break – Gusting winds, blowing snow and freezing rain deterring you from visiting Safeway to purchase your holiday turkey? Here is our advice – stay home and enjoy a nice warm cup of hot cocoa by the Yuletide fire. The sloppy weather forces your vehicle to work harder and not to mention you could hit those dreaded traffic jams. If you have to brave the weather and road conditions, visiting your furthest destination first will allow your engine to properly warm-up. This can help your engine to perform at its best all day.

Holiday Humor

The five day count-down is on, so to lighten the mood and get into the Christmas spirit – some classic Christmas jokes are in order… Enjoy!

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How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?

Nothing, it was on the house!

 

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

Ice Crispies.

 

What do you get when you combine a Christmas tree with an iPad?

A pineapple.                                                                                                                              

 

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?

A Holly Davidson!

 

Why does Santa go down the chimney on Christmas Eve?

Because it ‘soots’ him.

 

How was the snow globe feeling?

A little shaken!

 

How do you know Santa is in the room?

You can sense his presents.

 

What do Santa’s elves drive?

Minivans.

 

Which reindeer is the best cleaner?

Comet.

Did Rudolph go to school?

 No, he was Elf-taught!