Congratulations to Butler Ford’s David Welch! Earlier this month David was honored with the title Senior Master Technician, a level of skill that takes years and hundreds of hours to studying and testing to achieve. A Ford representative even stopped by to shake David’s hand and give him a cool plaque! David joins Butler’s other four Senior Master Certified Techs. We’re so proud of them all!
If you’re in the market for a used vehicle for your newly minted teenage driver chances are pretty good you’re looking for a safe vehicle that’s also affordable. A recent survey of parents in that situation found a majority ended up paying between $7,000 and $12,000 for their teen’s first car. Lower price tags are frequently found on older models. Older models often have fewer safety features than desired. So, YahooAutos put together a list of 21 older model, affordable cars that can also claim a reasonable number of safety features, including electronic stability control, and rollover and crash protection. Making the list at number 2 and 12 respectively are the 2011 (or later) Hyundai Sonata and 2010 (or later) Ford Fusion. All the vehicles on the list were given high safety marks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when they were first released.
To read the complete article and view the entire list click here.
With Halloween in less than two weeks Ford is sending a creepy greeting in the form of a video. The company invited a handful of drivers to participate in a special test drive but asked that they take their vehicle through a certain car wash first. Turns out the car wash was staffed by the undead and all the participants were being recorded! Here’s the end result. From all of us at Butler Ford, Happy Halloween!
One of the cool bonuses of being located just down the street from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is that we get a lot of theater traffic – both audience members and actors. This weekend we had the pleasure of renting a car to someone who can claim both titles, the actor Stacy Keach! While visiting with Butler Ford’s Rocky Moore Mr. Keach said he was in town to catch a play at the Festival and planned to return to Ashland frequently in the near future. After returning his rental car Mr. Keach’s agent wrote a couple fantastic reviews – on Google+ and Yelp (see below) – about SuperSaver Rent-A-Car! We were beyond thrilled to meet Mr. Keach and look forward to meeting his automotive needs the next time he’s in town!
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Wow!! I’m amazed by the service and expertise that I got from Butler Ford today. I had a Saturday emergency and called Butler Ford. Rocky Moore, the floor manager, answered the phone. His exceptional customer service, expedited assistance, and attention to detail was a miracle! Rocky Moore is a genius and expert in customer service! He went above and beyond the call of duty to help a visiting actor get a car on a weekend. Stacy Keach needed a rental car on a Saturday when no rental car company was open. Rocky Moore made it happen. Thank you for everything!! We can’t thank you enough! We’ll be sure to call you first whenever we are in Ashland, OR.
With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month FordCares.com is enlisting some big names to help start the conversation. While most, like TV stars Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, and Donnie Walberg, are actors, at least one A-lister has a significant background in health: Dr. Oz! Not only has Dr. Oz joined Ford in breast cancer education but he’ll be discussing the topic on his program, The Dr. Oz Show, this Thursday, October 6, 2014. Check your local listing for show times. And while you’re waiting visit FordCares to learn about Breast cancer risks, hear inspiration stories from survivors, and even do a little shopping at Warriors in Pink. All the proceeds from your purchases will go to research to find a cure.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to test drive a Ford for Phoenix High School this past Saturday! Through Ford Motor Corporation’s Drive 4 UR School program the school raised $5,560 for sports, clubs, band, and other extracurricular activities. We were impressed not only with the number of students (including the band!) and staff members who volunteered but the parents and friends who made time in their Saturday to test drive a Ford. We’re proud of Phoenix High and all its supporters. Thank you for making this Drive 4 UR School yet another fantastic event!
One of the great things about carrying four of the best selling auto brands is that at least one of those brands will make it onto the annual list of the North American Car/Truck/Utility of the Year nominees. This year we’re excited to see the short list includes not just one but three of the four makes Butler carries! They are as follows:
2015 North American Car of the Year Short List
- Acura TLX
- Ford Mustang
- Hyundai Genesis sedan
- Hyundai Sonata
2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year Short List
- Ford F-150
(To see the entire list click here.)
The winners will be announced at a press conference opening the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Some weekends are perfect. This past weekend was one of them. A group of women I haven’t seen since we worked together at a local TV station, came back to town to reconnect, reminisce, and re-establish a friendship. In the more than half decade that’s elapsed since we were news producers, reporters, and anchors we have made six career changes, celebrated three weddings, and given birth to two babies. There was much to share.
So, we hit the road on a Southern Oregon wine tasting jaunt in a pre-owned 2013 Ford Raptor from Butler Ford. We could have driven a smaller vehicle – a sedan, or maybe an SUV – but something about the weekend called for space. We wanted transportation large enough to handle the four of us, one infant, the inevitable accoutrements that pile up around a diaper bag, and the many cases of wine we planned to haul home. But there was an additional need for room, as well.
I love these women, no question, but before this weekend I would not have said I knew them anymore. Our friendship took root when we were single, starting out, making little money and big plans. We shared similar circumstances, parallel gripes, related experiences. Friends like that ride easily in compact space. But these women and I have expanded our existence; We’ve moved apart -geographically and otherwise, we’ve married, and we’ve all abandoned the industry that brought us together. Our plot lines, like our day to day lives, no longer intertwine. We needed room this weekend to grow and stretch into a new connection, to assess who we are to each other today. Our reunion was a potentially rocky crossroad; It seemed fitting that our vehicle be up to the task.
So, we piled into the Raptor, and sipped and noshed, and ooohed and aaaahed our way through the Applegate Valley. We met fun people who’s names we’ll never remember and animals who’s names we’ll never forget (a trio of sheep called Hawking, Newton and Einstein, to be exact). We shared photos and stories and came back with new ones, and somewhere along the way discovered the road back to each other.
A day ago we said our goodbyes and returned to our husbands, our children, our careers, the same people we were last week but somehow richer. We’re already planning another reunion. Maybe next time we’ll rent a sedan.