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Tribute to Glenn Seibert

  Glenn Seibert, our beloved Part’s manager for 45 years, passed away last week. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.


Scott, our current manager in our Part’s department, worked with Glenn for years and recounts some of his best memories from time spent with him.
‘Glenn was known for saying, ”Sometimes we all must eat a slice of humble pie”.  He was known by coworkers for being both a humble and gentle man. There were so many admirable things about Glenn.  One thing that comes to mind is that for the past 10 years, he has taken his children and grandchildren on a cruise each summer. Glenn was instrumental in seeing many reach their potential.’
Dale, another coworker and great friend of Glenn’s, shares more treasured memories.
I started at Leif Johnson in 1982, I have known him since 76 when I first came to Austin. I met him at the Central Texas Parts and Service Club meetings before I came to work at Leif Johnson Ford. I have watched his sons grow up and turn into very outstanding men, just like Glenn. Glenn always played to win at everything he did , life, games ,practical jokes ,football boards and everything else. He was a teacher, mentor and a very good friend.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to Glenn’s family in this time. Everyone who was blessed enough to know Glenn will cherish and hold dear to their heart all of the moments they were able to share with him.

Employee Highlights

Meet Larry Robinson.


He’s our detail manager at Leif Johnson Ford, and is currently celebrating eight years of having worked with us. When asked what his favorite thing is, he smiles and tells us, “There’s a new challenge every day. There’s always something different, it’s never the same.”

In his spare time, Mr. Robinson tells us that he loves to play golf, racquetball and basketball. One could say it really takes an eye for detail to skillfully play all of those sports (See what we did there?)

It is his great energy, spirit and work ethic that make Larry such a great addition to our team.


Meet our make ready crew. These guys help get our Fords spick, span and ready to go. We are so thankful for Vaughn House, a local nonprofit the helps deaf adults with disabilities find jobs, for helping us locate these amazing team members of ours. We know our LJF family would not be the same without their hard work and fantastic personalities.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. ~Andrew Carnegie

Two Years at Leif Johnson Ford

Yesterday I took a shotgun ride in probably the coolest car ever. The 2016 Ford Mustang, California Special Edition. The top was down, the wind was blowing in my hair and Taylor Swift was on the radio. The Mustang makes you feel like summer could go on forever. I’m Christina, the social media representative at Leif Johnson Ford. This means I am the blog writer, the social media updater, employee and customer interviewer and etcetera. It’s a fun gig, but it’s especially fun because of where I work and who I get to work with.


I’ve made great friends and taken some great rides. Cruising around in F-150s, Mustangs, Fiestas and every Ford in between has taught me that these rides really are Built Ford Tough. Ford truly focuses on safety, reliability and innovation like no other car company. Did you know they’re working on an Apple watch to pair with and help control your car? Or that they’re developing a spider screen to keep the creepy crawlies out of your vehicle? Or that the 2015 F-150 earned a five star safety rating? Or that Ford ranks #1 as the best Global Green brand?


But it’s more than just how awesome Ford is as a whole. The best part is that the people at Leif Johnson truly care, and will go out of their way to make things right for their customers, or fellow employees. It’s the lifelong friendships I’ve witnessed in action, the team members who have been friends for decades and decades. It’s the repeat customers who enter with a smile on their face, chumming around with our team because they are not just customers, they are Ford family. It’s the service tech who gets excited about being able to service his neighbor’s car. It’s the customer who names her F-150 Emma Jane, and sends us family pictures with her newest addition. It’s helping the community; seeing the looks on kids’ faces after they tell us about a new book they’ve read or when they receive a new vehicle for Christmas. It’s the honesty and integrity of a dealership that has been an Austin staple for nearly sixty years.

That is what makes Leif Johnson Ford, and my job as their social media representative, so special. We truly do care. It’s truly a privilege to witness and take part in that kind of a business.

Windshield Wiper Tips

Hey all! Today we’re focusing all on your windshield wipers. Rainy season is approaching here in Texas and we want to make sure you’re ready to drive safely in potential downpours. We’ve collected tips from a Ford expert and from our very own Barry Beard. Enjoy!

How to refill wiper fluid –

  1. Pop hood and search for lid with wiper blades.
  2. Fill it up, fill the reservoir with wiper fluid, until it’s almost full.
  3. Close the cap and drop the hood.  Easy peasy!


  Replacing wiper blades-

  1. Lift wiper blades up and search for locking mechanism. Unlock it and wiper blades should detach. (This does vary from vehicle to vehicle, so be sure to check owner’s manual.)
  2. Installation is also simple. Lock your new blade into where you detached the old blade and you will hear a click. You’re good to go!

But how to know when it’s time to change your wiper blades? We talked to our own Barry Beard on this one. He let us know that the wear indicators on our wiper blades are great at informing on when you’ll need to switch. They’ll turn from black to yellow when they need to be changed. Black means you’re in the clear. Yellow means time to switch!

Barry also adds that we should check for dry rot on our wiper blades. This dry rot can cause scratches on the windshield, so always make sure your rubber is in tact.

If you have any questions or simply don’t have time to do these tasks, the crew at Leif Johnson Ford is always more than willing to help! Call us today at 512-454-3711 to schedule a service appointment today!

Customer Highlights: Marcy Stellfox

Here at Leif Johnson Ford, our customers are built just as tough as our Fords. This week we had the honor of chatting with the lovely and big-hearted Mary Stellfox. She’s a self proclaimed hippie cowgirl with a passion for life, horses and her new F-150, Emma Jane. (Obviously her F-150 is a lady because, as Marcy puts it, she’s “Strong on the outside, beautiful on the inside.”) Read on to learn a little more about Marcy and the total rock-star that she is!


Can you tell us how your love for horses began? : A big piece that fuels who I am is my love for animals. I’ve been a supporter, foster parent and volunteer for Heart of Texas Lab Rescue for several years. My dear friend, Margaret, President of HOTLR, suffered a terrible accident with a horse. After 3+ years of recovery, she was ready to get back in the saddle but wanted to start back at the basics. She needed a partner in crime, I agreed to join her and have never looked back. I’ve had a lifelong interest in horses, but didn’t have the means as a child to pursue it. Now, I’m the proud mama of 3 horses. Lilybug, my first horse and a palomino Missouri Fox Trotter, Takoda, my rescue palomino Quarter Horse, and Soleil (So-lay) a bay off the track thoroughbred rescued from Lonestar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (another rescue group near and dear to my ) I’m here to tell you, surround yourself with people who support you, and that you’re never too old to live your dream.


How was your experience at Leif Johnson Ford? I’ve been dreaming about this car ever since I found out that my Toyota 4Runner couldn’t haul a horse trailer. In January, my husband said we could start looking at trucks near the time of the turn of the model year. I quickly made a date on my calendar for the first Saturday in September to go F150 shopping and counted the days…Luckily, the deals at Leif Johnson caught my eye near the end of August. And while I was out of town, I found the truck of my dreams online and conducted the entire deal over the Internet! Never have I had an easier, more relaxing car buying experience then conducting the transaction from my own home. My sales associate Kelsey Tucker was professional, courteous, timely and responsive to my every question. Isaac Soberon, our sales manager was equally wonderful. My husband arrived back in Austin before I did, swung by the dealership, checked out the truck and put a deposit down to “hold” it until I got home. When I arrived home, my husband and I both returned to the dealership, met my new truck, signed the paperwork, got the lowdown on the coolest feature ever “My Sync” and were on the road….Wham, bam, thank you ma’am….it was truly that easy

What are your Ford F-150 favorites?


:1) The color – Ruby Red Metallic. This lil cowgirl is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and my blood runs Sooner red! (Sorry Longhorns)….couldn’t think of a better way to honor my alma mater then to cruise the roads of Central Texas in Boomer Sooner Red!

2) The towing capacity, integrated brake system, payload package…with 3 thousand pound animals to haul around, I wanted the biggest and best towing capacity I could find in an f150. Now my “kids” can ride around in style and safety!


3) Supercrew cab: whoa……this ain’t ur grandaddy’s ole pick ’em up truck….I can haul horses and Labradors and still feel like a lady. Luxurious leather, air-conditioned seats, primo entertainment system, blind spot detection, back up camera and plenty of room in the backseat for the pups! What’s not to love?

4) Yep, it’s a 4×4… When not in Texas, you’ll find me in Pagosa Springs CO. A 4×4 is a must to drive safely in the snow. And when in Colorado, you never know when you might need a lil off road thrill ride

5) Memory seats – I’m 5 foot 2 inches and my hubs is 6’3″…. ‘Nuff said….

On last interesting fact about yourself?

My grandfather retired from Ford Motor Compan

Like we said, our customers are Built Ford Tough (and Amazing!), y’all.

Employee Highlights: Keith and Dale

Here at Leif Johnson Ford, we pride ourselves on our awesome team members and all they do to make our dealership  shine. Today we’d love to take this opportunity to introduce you to two of our outstanding employees!


Meet Keith. He is our current Employee of the Month at our Leif Johnson Ford location, and has recently moved over from Truck City Ford to help out in the Parts’ department. His work ethic, great attitude and team spirit won him his currently employee of the month title. When Keith isn’t hanging out with his little family, you can often find him hard at work at Leif Johnson. He tells us customers like you are one of his favorite things about working with us. “My customers make my day!” he says. As Keith tells us about the people he has had the chance to work with, we can tell that he truly values both his fellow team members and his Parts’ customers.


Meet Dale. He is celebrating thirty-three years of working with us at Leif and is now currently the Part’s manager at our Truck City location. He tells us that in his three decades + of working with us, he has seen so many friends retire, join the company and has even seen some dear comrades pass away. Bittersweet as this may be,  it’s immediately clear that Dale is proud to be a part of so much of our history, and thankful to have acquired the relationships he has in his thirty-three years with us. When asked what his favorite thing about working with us, he responds with a definite,  “The people I work with!”

We are so thankful to have built a team of incredible employees such as Keith and Dale!

Best Cars for Back to School

High-school and college students, (and their parents!) we’re looking at you. We know it’s just about time to go back to school, so we’ve collected a few of our favorite and most affordable Fords for your (mostly) educational needs.  Read on, Fordies.

Ford Fiesta

The price:

The least expensive Ford of the group, this ride is currently on sale at Leif Johnson Ford from only 12,499.00.
The perks: At up to 43 MPG, the fuel economy paired with the price is an absolute steal.  This is also the first-ever Ford three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Named the 2014 International Engine of the Year, it is available on the Fiesta SE with manual transmission. This 1.0 liter turbo-charged, direct-injection powerplant delivers 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque. Push button start, a rearview camera, SYNC system and other great techy bonuses are also available for our students. Other fun features include things like Torque Vectoring Control with understeer cornering control and AdvanceTrac® with three-mode electronic stability control, amongst many other snazzy things.
The verdict:
We know you’re working hard enough. Your car should be simple yet efficient, fun and affordable. The Fiesta covers all of this.
Ford Focus
The price: The 2015 Ford Focus is currently on sale at Leif Johnson Ford starting at a very reasonable $16,499.00.
The perks: Tech options like the rearview camera, Sync system and AdvanceTrac® with electronic stability control allows for both fun and safety, appealing to students and parents alike. The power in this ride will also appeal to the younger generation: Turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0L EcoBoost® engine delivers 252 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Leather trimmed seats and leather wrapped steering wheel give this ride a classy look at a great price. The ride in the Focus is also incredibly smooth and the seats quite comfy, so this cozy ride will help students escape from their studies and stresses – as long as they’re driving.
The verdict: Sit back, relax and listen to some music on your handy dandy Sync system. You’ve just studied really hard for that test. You deserve a Ford Focus.
Ford Fusion SE Hybrid Sedan:
The price: From $23,749.00 at Leif Johnson Ford. Pricier than the previous options, but if you’re a commuting student, it’ll be well worth it.
The perks:
Efficiency is the name of the game for you school-goers, and we get that. The 2.0L I-4 Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine delivers 188 combined horsepower and a stellar hybrid performance.  And to save on your gas, the all-electric mode at speeds up to 85 mph. On top of all of this goodness, this Fusion gets up to 44 MPG and The dual LCD next-generation SmartGauge® with EcoGuide provides real-time information to help you enhance the efficiency of your Fusion. The regenerative braking system captures up to 90 percent of energy normally lost through heat during braking, and recycles energy to recharge hybrid battery. As green as this car is, it still comes with fun stuff like that awesome rearview camera of ours.
The verdict: Obviously, this car is designed to make all of your friends jealous. Oh, and to save you a ton of money in the long run. Making friends envious AND saving you dollar bills? Yep, we’ve got your back.
Disclaimer: *Price includes all available dealer discounts and rebates. Price subject to change with availability and incentives change. While supply lasts. Some rebates require Ford Financing.
With deals like these, you’ll be not only ready but probably even excited to head back to school.  Sound good? Call us at 512-454-3711 today and we’ll get you new-car-back-to-school-ready in no time!