The turnout was so great at last night’s Butler Ford/Acura Open House that there were times when it was standing room only! Thank you to everyone who showed up ready to chat, laugh, eat and learn. We always enjoy your company!
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.
September is a busy month at Butler Ford/Acura! We have two events coming up, both of which allow us time to visit with our customers outside of the normal sales atmosphere.
First, on Thursday, September 18th we’re having another Open House. You’ll be treated to food and tours of the shop (you know you’ve always wanted see where your car or truck gets worked on!), and have the opportunity to ask questions of our entire staff. Need help pairing your phone with your vehicle, or learning how to use your spare kit? Our Open House events provide the opportunity for both, and a whole lot more. All you have to do is RSVP by the end of the day Monday, September 15, and then show up at 5:30 on the day of the event!
Second, we’re having another Drive 4 UR School to benefit Phoenix High School! Never been to a Drive 4 UR School event? It’s fun! Test drive any one of a certain selection of Fords between 10:00 and 4:00 on Saturday, September 27th, and Ford Motor Corporation will donate $20 bucks to the high school! Funds go to support sports, clubs, and other extra-curricular activities. There’s also food and clothing for sale, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the band showed up to provide us with some rockin’ background tunes! Come support your favorite student; It’s easy and FUN!
Butler Ford was thrilled to be part of the Southern Oregon Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Show last weekend! Thanks to the Ashland Lions Club for putting the event on, ScienceWorks for hosting, and everyone who participated, whether by putting up a display or just coming out to learn about electric and hybrid vehicles! Here’re a few of our pics.
Huge thanks to Butler’s Matt Mocabee for taking these photos!
Weird news from the National Insurance Crime Bureau has us thinking about investing in hinge locks. According the NICB tailgate thefts are up, especially in Texas where the numbers of stolen tailgates jumped more than 30% from 2012 to 20131 California and Arizona round out the top three.
Apparently there’s huge black market demand for tailgates. The NICB says anything that can be bought for a lower price on the black market ends up in demand. Others speculate that the real draw is the fiber optic technology in tailgate-mounted rear back-up cameras.
So, what can you do to prevent your gate from being lifted? Invest in hinge locks that prevent tailgates from opening. If a thief can’t open your tailgate he can’t steal it. So, buckle your truck up!
For more information and to read the NICB press release in its entirety click here.
We couldn’t resist. With so many people across the nation getting doused with ice water to call attention to, and raise funds for, the ALS Association we felt it was only right to hop on board and do our part. So, here’s how we spent a Friday afternoon last month or, more accurately, here’s how Butler Acura sales manager Peter McFadden, Butler Ford sales manager Joel Nickerson, and Butler Auto group spokesperson/marketing coordinator Shannon Young spent their Friday afternoon!
The 2015 Mustang is now being produced! The much anticipated sixth-generation pony car started rolling off the line in Flat Rock, Michigan on August 28th marking not only the car’s production but the first line of Mustang to ever be built for global distribution. “Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience – one unlike any other.” Look for the 2015 Mustang to arrive at Butler Ford this fall.
For more on the car’s production click here.
We have some local Ford fans who like being around their favorite auto brand so much they consider the dealership a kind of hangout. We understand, though, that not all Ford fans want to spend time in a sales environment when they’re not planning on buying in the immediate future. All the more reason to check out the Ford Experience Tour now appearing at fairs and festivals across the country. Ford describes the tour as a “caravan” of vehicles, games, social media opportunities, and free stuff. The tour started in early August and runs through mid-November. Here are the remaining dates and locations:
- 8/23 – 8/24: Festival of Nations, St. Louis, MO
- 8/29 – 9/1: Taste of Colorado, Denver, CO
- 9/20 – 9/21: Bellmore Street Festival, Bellmore, NY
- 9/19 – 9/21: Charlotte Festival In The Park, Charlotte, NC
- 9/26 – 9/28: Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, Virginia Beach, VA
- 10/11 – 10/12: Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, Bayou City, TX
- 10/18 – 10/19: Half Moon Bay Pumpkin & Art Fest, Half Moon Bay, CA
- 11/14 – 11/16: Ford Championship Weekend, Homestead, FL
For more on the Ford Experience Tour visit http://ford.to/1pnayXI.
Image courtesy: social.ford.com
Some cars are just worth waiting for. Then again, there’s only so much anticipation we can handle. So, while we wait for the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang to arrive we thought we’d provide you with a little more information about the next-gen pony car… and a little more eye-candy. Enjoy!
For the second year in a row the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2014 Ford C-MAX Hybrid one of its Top Safety Picks. After conducting a handful of tests the IIHS rated the C-MAX Hybrid “good” in side crash, roof strength, restraint and seating. “We are proud”, says Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office. “Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously.” For the complete Ford article on the recent IIHS rating click here.