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A Ford Love Story

This is a Ford love story, in pictures and captions.


It all started at Leif Johnson Ford.


An explorer and travel lover needs and adventurous and spacious ride, and the Ford Transit fits the bill.A.Litsa fell in love and purchased this beauty, and the adventures began right away.


Biking, camping and endless exploring! San Angelo Park was amongst the first of adventures, and A. learned that she could fit, amongst other things, three bikes in the back of her Transit.


She also brought her boyfriend along for the excursion. She even built a platform in the back as a sleeping surface for the two of them!


And when your buddies are having car trouble? Transit to the rescue. It’s good to have friends in high places….Or #Ford places.


A was able to load ALL of her friends’ belongings into her Transit.

And they all lived happily ever after.

If that isn’t a love story, we don’t know what is.


Employee Highlight: Thomas Ledford

Team Member Thomas Ledford has been a part of our Ford family for TEN years now. We are so grateful for his hard work, dedication and the positivity he brings to our dealership. As our team is the backbone and heart of our business, we wanted to do a quick interview so you could get to know Mr. Thomas a little bit more! thomas.jpg


What is your favorite thing about working here: – All the different people. I also love all of the different challenges that come with each day.

What you have learned working with us for ten years? – I’ve learned both aspects – from service to parts. I’ve learned about different trends and different vehicles, and all the cool things that come with our new cars.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?: I enjoy sports, going to my freshmen son’s football games in Hutto. And taking our boat out on the lake , dragging the tube around. An travelling!

As Thomas was being interviewed, he barely sat still for a moment. He is a talented multitasker, simultaneously talking as he takes on various other tasks to better our dealership. Thus the last question was more of a statement.

“You’re busy!” to which Thomas quickly replies, “ I like to stay busy!”

We wouldn’t want it any other way.

Thanks for all you do to make our team an amazing one, Thomas!


Back to School In Style

It’s officially that time of year again, folks!

Kids of all ages are back in school or getting ready for that day.


Backpacks and pencils are necessary, of course, but the older students might need a little something more. Highschoolers, undergrads and grad student, we’re here to show you a little Fiesta.

The Ford Fiesta has been named one of Kelley Blue Book’s ten best back to school vehicles for the second year in a row. Here’s why.


Pricing starts at just 14,880 at Leif Johnson Ford! A steal for the beauty and technology offered.


This ride helps to keep driver and passengers our of harm’s way with seven airbags including dual-stage front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, and front and rear side-curtain airbags. It gives drivers the latest in driver-assist technology, including standard integrated blind spot mirrors to help reduce rear-vision blind spots. Let us not forget AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control that automatically detects wheel slippage, adjusting torque and braking to maintain control and traction.


The Fiesta is comfortable, efficient and offers enhanced voice recognition, ultimate music streaming control and SYNC AppLink. Make it your ideal ride by choosing from either the Sedan or Hatchback.


And let’s face it, we want to ride to school in style. The Ford Fiesta is not only affordable and safe, it’s also fun to look at. It’s a vehicle student of all ages will love showing off.

Come into Leif Johnson Ford today and ride off in style!

(Thanks to Automotive World for the deets!)

Tips on Tire Replacement

Knowing exactly when to get your tired replace can be confusing. The Leif Johnson Ford team wants to keep you safe and informed so we’ve made a quick video with tips of when and why you’ll need new tires. Enjoy!


How do I know if I need new tires?

You may notice when it’s raining or just in general when driving that you have less traction.

Tread wear indicators show up as flat rubber bars running perpendicular to the direction of the tread itself. If more than one or two of these are visible on a tire, the tread is getting low.

Serious cracks in the side wall of tire or bulges and blisters on the tire mean it’s time for a replacement.

If your car vibrating too often, one of the reasons for this could be that you need new tires.

Most people don’t know this one – Check the date on your tires. On the outside of a tire on a right end, you will find a set of numbers indicative of the manufacturing date. For example, “1916”, which means the 19th week of 2016. If this date was over five years ago, it’s time to replace your tires.

Need new tires or pricing and details on our tires? We have a Price Match Guarantee at Leif Johnson Ford! Call us at 512-454-3767 to schedule an appointment with Mr. Bobby Buhl today!

Scenic Views in Austin, Texas

Austin is known for its great music, nightlife and unique weirdness, to name just a few things. Another thing this great city offers us is an array of scenic views and beautiful views. We’ve compiled a quick list of some of our favorite places to drive to in our Fords. Enjoy, fellow Austinites!


  1. Mt. Bonnell


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The highest point in Austin City Limits offers some astounding views of Lake Austin. It has been an ATX landmark since the 1850’s and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic with loved ones!

2.  Hamilton Pool

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Located just slightly out of Austin, Hamilton Pool is a quick road-trip to a gorgeous destination. A natural pool complete with breathtaking waterfalls is sure to make for a perfect summer day. Note: Reserve at least two weeks in advance for this one! Spots go fast.

Zip Lake Travis


Take a drive out to Lake Travis to zip through nature at Lake Travis Zipline adventures. Fun for the family and adventure lovers alike –  This is the longest zipline in Texas and the breathtaking views will not disappoint!

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The Oasis


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Known as the “Sunset Capital of Texas”, this 30,000 square foot restaurant offers some of the best views in Austin. Paired with queso and a tasty margarita, this is a must-drive to in north Austin.

Zilker Park


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Zilker offers beautiful views of the city, along with fun events like Blues on the Green in the summer and the Trail of Lights near Christmastime. Take your Ford out with plans of flying kites, kayaking or simply enjoying the scenery!

Austin 360 Bridge


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Park your ride and take the short but sweet hike that leads to some magnificent views of our favorite city.

Share your favorite scenic destinations to drive to in the comment section!

Employee Highlight: Jamie Reaser


Leif Johnson Ford is honored to not only be able to partner with Susan G. Komen, but to also have an employee featured on their blog this week.  But we are even more honored to have Jamie Reaser as an employee at our Riata Ford location.

When Jamie was diagnosed with breast cancer, he couldn’t believe it.

“I’m a 65 year old male. I can’t have breast cancer. I’m a man with breast cancer? This just can’t be.”

. Although about only one percent of breast cancer occurs in men in the US, it is a possibility.


With the support of his partner Glenn and his friends at Riata Ford, Jamie prepared to fight. And after rounds of chemo and surgery, Jamie was announced cancer free. We are so grateful that Jamie is a cancer survivor, and incredibly thankful to have this strong and courageous man as part of our Ford family.

“I wouldn’t have made it through all of this if it were not for my partner of 40 years, Glenn, and all of my coworkers in the accounting department at Riata Ford.”

Read the full article at Susan G. Komen’s blog by clicking here.

Giving Back with Susan G. Komen


This June, the Leif Johnson Ford team had the chance to take part in something truly incredible; We were able to fight against breast cancer by gifting  a 33,700 check to Susan G. Komen. Below you will find the press release from this amazing event.


Leif Johnson Ford Donates $33,700 to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

$100 Donated for every truck sold during Truck Month

Austin, Texas, June 8, 2016:

Leif Johnson Ford, Riata Ford and Leif Johnson’s Truck City Ford recently presented Karen Shultz, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen a check for $33,700. The check was presented by Fred Trudeau, General Manager of the Leif Johnson Family of Dealerships.

The funds were raised during Ford’s Truck Month Sales Event and presented this past Wednesday in the Leif Johnson Ford showroom.


Mr. Trudeau, in presenting the check, stated “This was one of the most rewarding times in Leif Johnson’s 60 year history. Hundreds of thousands of families are affected by cancer in some form every year. Including the Leif Johnson Family. So we are proud to play this small part to help our local organization in research and assisting those that need financial help in receiving their treatments. And the Leif Johnson Family commits to making more of a financial impact in the race this year.”

The check was presented to Karen Shultz Austin’s Executive Director of Susan G. Komen. Also attending the event from the local organization, Jenny Peterson, Komen Survivor and Race Ambassador, Lydia Hopper, Race Chair, Katie Robertson, Libby Tilley, Lauren Mills, Jeannine O’Deans, Ray Anne Evans, ED BCRC Komen Austin grant recipient and Amy Mosier, survivor and 2016 Pink Gala Chair.

The Leif Johnson Ford family owns and operates three Ford new car franchises and a total of 5 Used car locations in Austin, Buda and Manor, Texas.



At Leif Johnson Ford, we are proud to be Austinites and we are even more proud to help out our Austin community however we can. Thanks for letting us be a part of it all, friends.


“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” – Jim Rohn