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I may be on my own on the fact that I hate summer, I’d much rather be putting on my big parka and scrapping off my windows than getting into an extremely HOT vehicle only to burn myself and have sweat rolling down my face. I try to avoid getting into a hot vehicle at all costs whether its bribing a friend to drive around the block a few times with the AC blasting or taking other precautions. Beat the Saskatchewan heat this summer with these 8 great tips;

1. Use a drink cozy to guard your hand against a scorching hot gear shift.

2. Buckle your seat belt when you leave your car so it’s not SCORCHING HOT when you return.

3. Use a window shade to avoid the sun beaming in onto your seats and steering wheel. If you have leather seats which get extremely hot it’s a good idea to either purchase a seat cover for the summer or place a towel on the seat before sitting on it. Covers will also keep the sun from causing the seat color to fade. Vehicle covers and window shades can be purchased from your local dealership.

intro-tech-custom-snow-shade-ford-mustang4. Take a laundry basket to the grocery store with you to hold your groceries and make it easier to carry into the house in the blistering heat or pouring rain, you never know what mother nature will bring us in the matter of 1 hour.

5. Avoid having your vehicle stink like smelly garbage by using cereal container as a garbage can. Having a garbage can will refrain you from littering or having the floors of your vehicle pileup with trash.

turn-a-cereal-container-into-a-trash-can-for-your-car6. Summer is the worst when it comes to allergies and a drippy nose. Avoid that squished Kleenex box we all have rolling around our vehicle by putting it in a Tupperware container.

7. Try your best to refrain from driving with your air conditioner on, or your windows down while on the highway to save gas. Here is a great blog for more information on this.  To help you bare the heat with no AC try filling a water bottle halfway with water tipping it on its side and freezing it, then before you leave fill the other half with water for a nice refresher while on the road. You could also look at the fridge option in some of the Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

8. Last but definitely not least try to park your vehicle in the shade, such as under a tree. The birds may poo on it but at least it will protect it from the sun beaming directly onto your leather seats.

If you’re one of those rare winter lovers like me, or if you just don’t want to burn your rear end off the next time you get into your vehicle, keep your cool with the great pointers above. Let us know what you do to keep cool in the summer!


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This is a situation most vehicle owners will face at some point in time, but knowing when to make the trade can help owners feel at little more at ease about their decision. Here are some tips and guidelines about what you need to do, know and research before trading in your vehicle.

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  1. Determine your trade value – This will help set the perimeters in terms of what type vehicle you will be looking to trade for. We recommend bringing your vehicle in to your local dealership to receive a quote.
  2. Equity – Do you have a small amount owing in your vehicle? If so, the money you will receive for your vehicle throughout the trade process could be added to your down payment.
  3. Mechanical – With age, our vehicles start needing more and more maintenance. Pay close attention to how often and what type of issues (brakestires, etc.) you’re having with your current vehicle – it may be a sign that it is time to trade in for something newer. You will be saving money in the long run.
  4. Time of the year – Typically, dealerships will have a blow-out sale to decrease existing inventory before the newer models arrive. Visit your nearest Ford dealership today or visit our website www.capitalfordlincoln.com to check-out our inventory and special offers!
  5. Age of vehicle – DoItYourself.com advises us that you will get the most “buck for your truck” if you trade it in before you hit 50,000 kilometers. However, between 30,000-40,000 kilometers is ideal to receive the optimum trade value.

 

Happy Saturday!


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On a day like today, it becomes second nature to protect our own skin from the sun. What most vehicle owners don’t realize is that we also need to be protecting our vehicles from the rays too. Here are some tips for keeping your vehicle safe from the sun! 1. Invest in a sun shield. […]


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I know what you’re thinking, “new is always better than used.” When we think of a pre owned vehicle we think of someone else’s used sock full of holes, a vehicle that that smells like your grandpa or some other guy’s hockey bag. (No offence to your grandpa I’m sure his old spice smells real […]


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An animal can jump in front of you in the blink of an eye, faster than the speed of light! It is crucial to slow down when you see animal-crossing signs. Road crews didn’t just throw up signs to pass the time, but because heavy animal traffic frequents the area. Remember to always keep your […]


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We hear the ads on the radio, or see them in the newspaper– you can get a great car for only $219 bi-weekly! That seems like a bargain for years of on the road fun, right? Not so fast! There are other things to consider when you purchase a vehicle that can affect just how […]