Fun Gift Exchange Ideas

That time of the year is rolling around, and it’s a great time for giving! If you want to do a gift exchange at work or with friends, there are plenty to do. Here are some gift exchange ideas besides the obvious “Secret Santa.”

gift exchange ideas for office, family and friends - in Inverness, Florida

White Elephant – This is sometimes called “Yankee Swap” too. At this gift exchange, everyone anonymously contributes a gift. Going around in a circle, people can either pick an unopened gift from the middle or steal one that someone already has.

Gift Guess – Make gifts a little more fun by wrapping a gift up in a way that disguises it. Everyone looks at it and the first person to guess what it is gets to keep it.

Charity Exchange – Want to give back for the holidays? Have everyone write their name down on a piece of paper along with their favorite charity. Then, have everyone draw someone’s name. Whoever you get, you’ll make a donation to their favorite charity.

Cocktail Swap – Having an adult Christmas exchange? A cocktail swap is a fun way to share your favorite drink with someone. Get a box or bag and put all the ingredients for a yummy cocktail in it. Then, make them all together!

Remember, you can always make up your own gift exchange, too.

New Ford Mustang Gets Performance Upgrades

The Ford Mustang is the premier pony car for many Americans, and while it’s already a power-packed muscle car, the automaker isn’t quite done. The Ford Performance division is making waves in the muscle car segment by upping the ante with more powerful Mustang EcoBoost and GT models. The new Ford Mustang will see more power than ever before this model year.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine will see the addition of a calibration kit. That new kit adds an additional 25 hp and 70 lb-ft of torque. That brings the four-cylinder engine’s total output to a massive 335 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

2017 Ford Mustang - New Mustang performance upgrades

The new Mustang GT is getting a bonus as well. The 5.0-liter V8 engine gains three upgrade packages. All packages add a no-lift shift feature for cars with a manual transmission.

The “weakest” calibration adds 13 hp and 16 lb-ft of torque. The second adds 21 hp and 24 lb-ft of torque. The final package increases the redline rpm to 7,500 and adds 37 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque.

Best of all, every packages increase the power output of the popular muscle car while still maintaining the factory warranty and emissions standards in all states.

We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are pumped for the arrival of the new, even more powerful Ford Mustang!

Ford’s Last 35 Years – Celebrating Nick Nicholas Ford’s Anniversary!

Nick Nicholas Ford 35th anniversary - Inverness, Florida

We here at Nick Nicholas Ford are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the dealership and, to commemorate the date, we want to look back at Ford’s last 35 years. The last three decades haven’t been without their fair share of problems but we’re proud to say we powered through, just like the Ford F-150 would.

1981 Ford Escort

1981 Ford Escort – Photo taken by Kieran White

In 1981, the year the dealership was founded, the fifth-generation Ford Escort officially hit the market. The car shared components with the European model. As a result of the “world” car, Ford added an “Escort” badge over a glove. The Escort eventually became one of the best-selling models of the decade.

Just a few years later in 1985, Ford revolutionized the world of automotive design with the Taurus full-size sedan. The curving lines broke the box-car type bodies that most vehicles held at the time.

1990 brought the Ford Explorer, effectively spurring the launch of the SUV segment. The Explorer quickly out-classed standard station wagons and served as an excellent replacement for the Ford Bronco.

1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT

1979 Ford Bronco Ranger XLT – Photo by Sicnag

1996 brought innovation that predicted the rise of hybrid and electric vehicles. The Ford Ranger Electric Vehicle boasted features like regenerative braking, lead acid batteries, and a 700-pound payload.

2004 saw Ford brought the GT supercar to the road. The performance-driven model was inspired by the GT40 that ruled the 24 Hours of Le Mans Race in the 1960s.

In 2009, Ford revolutionized performance by offering turbocharged EcoBoost engines. Today, those engines are found in many models throughout Ford’s lineup.

Celebrate with us for the remainder of the year – it’s party time! With new 2017 models in stock already, we’re ready for a new year!

Which 2017 Ford Fusion Trim is the Best for You?

So, you’ve decided to buy a brand new car. You even know that you’d like to buy a 2017 Ford Fusion! The next question is: which trim level are you going to get?

If you don’t know a lot about cars, trims may seems like a minor detail when you’re purchasing. However, this is not the case at all. Trim levels determine different standard features that come with the vehicle. This means that each level is different, and comes with a different price tag.

Following is a very helpful infographic from The News Wheel about the different trim levels on the 2017 Ford Fusion:

2017 ford fusion trim level comparison infographic

This image shows three possible levels that you can choose from when buying a new Fusion. They look the same on the outside for the most part, but the details are what set them apart.

Price: There is a difference of more than $11,000 between all of these vehicles, but why? If you look at the engine type and features each holds, you can see where the difference lies.

Engine: If you’re not a car guru, engine may seem like an uninteresting factor. But when it comes down to it, the engine determines a lot about your vehicle. It will influence the fuel-efficiency of your car, as well as the power it can put out! We recommend test driving cars with different engines to get a feel for what they can do.

Features: This what most people look for in different trim levels. Here is where you will look for different technology, audio and safety features.

When purchasing or leasing a new vehicle, these are all great things to look for. If you’re in the market for a new Ford, visit Nick Nicholas Ford for great prices and customer service!

This Year, Celebrate Fall Car Care Month in Preparation of Winter

family dog fall - Fall Car Care Month

October brings jack-o-lanterns, falling leaves, cozy sweaters (for most of the country), and much more – including the perfect weather to focus on your car. In fact, October is Fall Car Care Month, a time designed to “bring attention to the importance of car care and preventative maintenance” by the Car Care Council.

So button up your flannel, put on your jeans, and park your car in the driveway. Here are various ways you can perform routine maintenance on your car at home, just in time for fall:

  • Check your tire pressure and tread, and depending on how snowy your area gets, consider switching to winter tires.
  • If it’s time to get your oil changed; do it! If you’re in between changes, consider making sure your oil is clean.
  • While you’re at it, check on your antifreeze. This is the time of the year when you will need it most.
  • Make sure that you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid to wipe away rain, leaves, and other fall debris.
  • Lastly, stock your car with an ice scraper, a shovel, and perhaps even an extra winter hat, just in case (though it’s not likely that you’ll need it, but it could happen!).

For more car care tips or to find out more about Fall Car Care Month, contact us or visit us anytime at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Hurricane Safety Tips

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Hurricanes can cause lasting, devastating damage to our coastal region. We want to be sure that you’re staying safe during these times with some facts and instructions.

Hazardous Activity

  • Flooding – with so much additional rain coming from these storms, you need to be aware of flooding hazards. It can happen quickly as the storms approach land, and can affect those living even hundreds of miles from the coast.
  • Rip Currents – added pressures, fronts and winds make the tides pull stronger. Watch out for warnings in weather alerts, as well as posted signs on the beaches.
  • Wind – it’s no news that hurricanes are made up of high-powered weather, and winds can damage buildings, trees and other property.

Tips

  • Cover windows – install storm windows on your home to reduce potential breakage
  • Listen to the news – be prepared to respond to officials. If ordered to evacuate, be ready to do so. They will not order you to leave unless the hurricane proposes a huge threat. If it does, it’s in your best interest to listen.

If there’s no call for evacuation, there are still some steps you can take in your home when the storm hits. Stay away from all windows and remain nearest to the middle of the building as you can. Stay calm throughout, and remember these hurricane safety tips.

2017 Ford Super Duty Test Drive Tour

The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty will be here at the end of this year. But before then, Ford is giving consumers an opportunity to take it for an early test drive before it arrives at most dealerships. Now through November 13th, there will be 29 2017 Ford Super Duty test drive events across the country.

2017 Ford Super Duty test drive event - Florida

Where and how can I drive one?

While there are, of course, numerous events in hardcore truck areas like Texas and rural areas, Ford didn’t forget about us here in Florida. From October 13th through the 16th, Ford will be at Biketoberfest in Ormond Beach with multiple trucks available to drive.

Head to SuperDutyDrive.com to register for the event and schedule a test drive. While registration is not required and you can participate just by going, if you do register, you are automatically entered to win a 2017 Ford Super Duty truck. If you actually attend the event, you will have 10x the chances to win.

At the event, Ford will have a variety of well-equipped Super Duty trucks, including F-250, F-350, and F-450 models in Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. These trucks will feature both the 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel.

Are you planning on attending the 2017 Ford Super Duty test drive event?

F-450 Towing Capacity Gets Boost for 2017

When it comes to pickup trucks, one of the defining features of the class is strength. Competitors are always striving to outdo each other when it comes to toughness and capability. That’s why it’s so significant that Ford has claimed bragging rights for having the truck with the highest towing capacity in the entire pickup truck market in its lineup. For 2017, F-450 towing capacity gets a big boost, putting it a step above competing nameplates.

2016 Ford F-450 towing capacity

Model Overview

The Ford F-450 Super Duty is the largest truck in Ford’s best-selling F-Series family of pickups. The 2016 model had a towing capacity of 31,200 pounds. The upcoming 2017 model? Advances in design and engineering give the latest F-450 a power boost of 1,300 pounds, bringing its maximum towing capacity to 32,500 pounds total. The former segment champ, the Ram 3500, falls behind the F-450 with its 31,210-pound towing capacity.

This incredible stride forward in towing capacity is the result of two changes to the design and powertrain. One, the hitch is connected to the middle of truck’s cargo box. Two, the F-450 now hides a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that cranks out 925 lb-ft of torque under its hood. With those improvements, F-450 towing capacity was able to rocket past competitors to the top.

Check out the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party

Looking for something to do in downtown Inverness, Florida? With August just about here, you might be starting to feel some of that late-summer boredom where you’re just not sure what to do. If going for a swim has gotten boring, mark the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party on your calendar. Coming up on August 6th, it’s sure to give you and your loved ones and fun night of music, food, and entertainment downtown.
live music - Pine Street Jam

What are the event details?

The party takes place on a Saturday from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Pine Street and Old Main Street. Wander down the sidewalk and view sights such as street performers, an ugly Hawaiian shirt contest, and a Jimmy Buffet tribute band known as The Caribbean Chillers. Enjoy special deals at local pubs and restaurants and go on a selfie scavenger hunt. There is something for everyone at the Pine Street Jam!

Remember to leave coolers and pets at home for this event. There will be food and drinks onsite, alongside any of the many entertaining shows, performers, games, and more. However, the kids can have a blast too at the Pine Street Jam & Parrot Head Party’s Kid Zone. Don’t forget to take part in this annual event in historic downtown Inverness.

Check Out These Tricks to Keep Your Car Cool During the Summer Months

You know that stuffy, suffocating feeling inside your car, whenever you return to it after a long day of work, a few hours at the mall, or even a quick trip into the store? The summer months can truly make your car seem unbearable. If there’s anything that you can do to keep your car cool, you should take advantage of the options.

Ford Explorer - Tricks to Keep Your Car Cool

Here are some tips and tricks to keep your car cool:

  • Get a sunshade or visor, and always use it when you leave the car. You will be shocked by how much of a difference it makes.
  • Try to park in a garage or at least under the shade of a tree. The tiniest bit of shade will reduce some of the heat.
  • If you’re comfortable with it, leave your car with the windows cracked – just a tiny bit. The car will not be as stuffy when you return.
  • Lastly, if leather seats or a leather steering wheel are burning you, place a blanket or towel over them while you are gone. They won’t be as hot!

For more ideas, or to spend your season with a new set of wheels, contact us or visit us anytime at Nick Nicholas Ford.