All posts tagged: Vehicle

Back-To-School Vehicle Check

Summer vacation is coming to a close, and it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible for all of those school drops-offs, pick-ups, and “mom/dad-I-forgot-my-fill-in-the-blank’s.” Leif Johnson Ford is here to give you a rundown of what to check to ensure that your car is ready for back to school! Check your oil level and condition of oil – Having little or no oil in your vehicle can cause serious damage. Oil keeps parts lubricated and protects against engine friction. This one is pretty basic, but also so important! Headlights and brake lights – Burned out brake lights are dangerous and can get you a ticket, so it’s important to make sure that these are always in working order. Brakes– If you are hearing any grinding, or if your vehicle doesn’t seem to be stopping efficiently enough, it’s time to get those brakes checked out. Brake pads need to be replaced and rotors need to machined periodically so that they wear evenly and brake smoothly. Windshield Wipers and Windshield Wiper …

5 Tips To Having A Stress-Free Car Buying Experience

At Leif Johnson Ford, we want to sell you a vehicle. But we want more than that. We want to sell you a vehicle at a price that works for you, and we work hard to save you money. We understand that sometimes it can be hard to know exactly how to save dollars when vehicle shopping. Our number one goal is to make that process easy for you, so we’re making purchasing a car a little less overwhelming with these simple steps. Research your vehicle options ahead of time Of course you want to get a good deal, but don’t only consider an incredible price tag. Is this vehicle reliable? Does the size and fuel-economy work for you and your family? Will it work for your lifestyle? These are all important things to research and consider when looking to purchase a vehicle. Sites like Edmunds and JDPower.com are great for guiding you to vehicles that will help fit your needs. 2. Email ahead Have a list of vehicles in mind and want more information? …

Ford Co-Pilot 360

Most of us spend a good amount of our lives driving, so feeling safe while on the road is absolutely essential. Ford understands that and is making substantial efforts to reduce any and all danger on the road. By 2020, most Fords will come with a variety of advanced safety features called Co-Pilot 360. This is starting with this fall’s 2019 Ford Edge! These features include the following: Rearview Camera  Always see what is behind you when you’re reversing Blind Spot Information System Those scary blind spot are no more with Ford’s alert system, which also includes cross traffic alert. Automatic Emergency Braking  Accidents happen, but rarely with Ford on your side. If you can’t brake in time, your vehicle will help. This includes braking when a pedestrian is detected in front of you. Auto High Beam Lighting  Ensure excellent nighttime visibility with Ford’s automatic lighting Lane Keeping System  Stay in your lane even when you’re momentarily distracted with Ford’s Lane Keeping assistance. Ford cares about your safety, and they make it look really good …

Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

It’s March in Austin, which means it’s an absolutely beautiful time to be living in our city! Have any plans for spring break? How about spring cleaning plans? Your vehicle is one of the easiest places to overlook when it comes to tidying up, so your friends at Leif Johnson Ford are here to help. Here’s some quick tips on how to get your ride spick and span for the road ahead! Clean and vacuum out trunk If you’re anything like the rest of us, chances are there’s been a slow buildup of things in the back of your trunk. Now is the perfect time to empty it out and find another space for said things. This will free up room for spring and summer stuff, while also lightening your load and thus improving your fuel economy! 2. Wax your vehicle  Definitely self-wash or get a car wash as well, but a vehicle wax is an important step that many skip out on.  Waxing provides a variety of benefits, such as sealing the paint, adding …

Apps To Help Your Everyday Commute

Have a long commute every morning and evening? There’s an app for that! Leif Johnson Ford wants to share 7 ways to make your weekly commute just a little bit better! Read on, folks! 1. Waze 30 million users and counting can’t be wrong, especially when  these users are contributing to accurate and up to date travel info! Be in the know on current road conditions, access voice-guided navigation and join/create groups to share your traffic knowledge to the world. Best of all? It’s free! 2. Songza Also free to use, Songza lets you choose from a list of playlists based on things such as the time of day and even your mood,  It’s the perfect way to wind down, even in the midst of stop and go traffic! 3. SmartPark If you’re prone to forgetting where you parked your car (a bad way to start off your commute home!), then do we have the perfect app for you! SmartPark guides you back to your vehicle by using location, altitude and even a handy dandy built in compass! 4. GasBuddy Let’s …

Vehicle Winter Safety Tips (Yes, even for Texans!)

Are you ready for colder weather? Sure, it’s Texas so we’re probably safe from blizzards and massive snowstorms. Still, as it starts to get chillier, it’s best to have your car prepared for these fall and winter months. Here are some tips to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape from October to February and beyond!: Make sure your battery is fully charged.  Your Leif Johnson service technicians will know what to check for and will let you know whether it’s time to replace that battery or not. Replace frayed or cracked belts and have Leif Johnson professionals check to make sure there are no leaks and/or loose hoses. Specially designed tires are often recommended even if snow isn’t commonplace as lower temps can affect rubber that wasn’t designed for the cold. Ask your Leif Johnson service questions and they’ll give you recommendations based on the make and model of vehicle. Be sure to check that your signals, headlamps, tail lamps, fog lamps and other lights are all functioning correctly. If you do have a burned out bulb, Leif Johnson can provide you with …

Ask a Dealer: The Waiting Game

You’ve got questions we’ve got answers. Leif Johnson Auto Group employees answer honestly about everyone’s favorite topic: Why does it take so long to buy a car? Answer: Buying a car takes time. We are talking about a vehicle you and your family are planning on spending several years with. Leif Johnson wants to make sure that not only are you protected with such a big investment, but that it is done right the first time so that there are no future hassles. We want you to find the right vehicle for your needs so that you drive away satisfied. It seems like my salesman dissapears for various lapses of time, what gives? Answer: We have to obtain your financing, call for payoffs on your old vehicle, make sure we prepare the vehicle to showroom quality for delivery, get all of the DMV paperwork correct. Your salesman is working hard for you, to ensure that all the odds and ends are handled correctly. What’s with all the delays? Answer: Delays are generally from having to call your bank and …