Three Myths About Leasing a Car

When you visit our showroom at Shults Ford Wexford, you’ll ultimately decide whether you want to lease a vehicle or buy one. Each option comes with a handful of benefits, but there are some common misconceptions about leasing.

Leasing is more expensive

When you lease a vehicle, you actually save money in several ways. Your monthly payments are much lower than when you purchase the same vehicle, since you’re basically paying for the depreciation of the car’s value. You also won’t have to worry about interest or reselling your vehicle.

I have to give the car back when I move

Life happens, and things don’t always go the way you plan. If you have to move — even out of state — that doesn’t mean you have to give up your leased vehicle. Simply notify our dealership about your move so we can adjust our records and the tax rates. However, if you decide to move out of the country, you will have to return the vehicle to the dealership.

Leasing locks you in for the whole contract

The ideal way to lease a vehicle is to lease it for the entire length of the contract. However, as we said before, things don’t always go the way you plan, so it is possible to break your lease. Keep in mind, though, there are still fees involved when breaking your lease.

Sit down with our finance team at Shults Ford Wexford to learn more about our leasing process, and visit our showroom to find the right vehicle for you.

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The Best Places for Sledding in Pittsburgh

Winter may bring high heating bills and icy roads, but the season isn’t all bad. Sledding is a favorite winter pastime the whole family can enjoy. So pack a sled or two into your Ford SUV or truck and head out to one of these best places for sledding in Pittsburgh.

Blueberry Hill Park and Knob Hill Park

Let’s start in our own suburb of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Two great spots include Blueberry Hill Park, which is off of I-79 and I-279 North, and Knob Hill Park. Blueberry Hill Park has its own designated sledding area—that’s how great it is.

South Park

Sunny Slopes in Pittsburgh is a perfect spot for sledding, whether cloudy or sunny. The area includes three hills, one of which boasts a 1,000-foot-long slope for optimal sledding speed. Of course, all that fun on the way down means a long trek back up for the next go.

Chapel Hill

Head to Chatham University for a sledding legend: Chapel Hill. The slope starts at the Chatham Memorial Chapel and is not too often frequented, making it a great spot for family fun.

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill is among the most popular sledding hills in Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s a great spot for tobogganing, mild snowboarding, and a good old-fashioned snowball fight. The spot is near Phipps Conservatory.

We here at Shults Ford Wexford encourage you and your family to enjoy the winter season and all the snow-based fun it delivers.

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Best Road Trip Games for Children

Spending time with family on a road trip is a fantastic bonding experience, but it can sometimes get boring — especially if you have kids in the car. Here are some road trip games for children that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained.

I’m Going on a Picnic: Help your kids exercise their brains with this memory game. The first player should begin by stating, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” filling in the blank with something that begins with “A”. The next person then must repeat the same phrase with the “A” word and then adding a “B” word after it. Continue this until you get to the end of the alphabet.

The Animal Name Game: Begin this game by naming an animal. The next person then has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. For example, if someone says “seal” then the next player has to name an animal that begins with “L”. Keep going until everyone’s stumped, and remember — you can’t repeat animals!

21 Questions: This classic game is perfect for long car rides. Begin by having a passenger think of a person, place, or thing. Then, the other passengers must ask questions to try and guess what it is. The biggest challenge, though, is that you can only ask 21 questions total. Whoever gets it right gets to begin the next round, and if the object isn’t correctly guessed, the first passenger gets to choose again.

If you are looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, be sure to check out our lineup here at Shults Ford.

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Top Vacation Spots within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh

Whether you’re looking to head outdoors this summer or merely want a low-key weekend, there are plenty of top vacation spots within driving distance of Pittsburgh for you to enjoy. Here’s a quick look at just a few.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the place to go if you really want to do some sightseeing on your vacation but don’t want to travel too far (it’s only four hours away). From the White House and the National Mall to Arlington Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial, the options are endless in this great city. Plus, there are thousands of delicious restaurants to explore if you’re an enthusiastic foodie!

New River Gorge, West Virginia

Considered the outdoor adventure capital of the East Coast and only three hours away from Pittsburgh, New River Gorge is the perfect place to go if you want to spend time outdoors. If you’re looking to take in the natural beauty of the area on a hike or you’re interested in taking on the whitewater rapids of the nearby river, you’ll want to make sure this is the destination for your next vacation.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

If you’re searching for something a bit more relaxing, visiting Lancaster County—which is about four hours away—is your best bet. Find terrific bargains on beautiful handmade goods, discover the delicacy that is shoofly pie, and enjoy the area’s unique culture. It’s a great way to get out of the city and let your mind rest at ease.

The best way to reach your next vacation destination is behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. Visit us and we’ll help you get ready for your next road trip!

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How to Understand Basketball Brackets: Making Sense of the Tournament

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the US, and people love watching college tournaments. If you’re excited about the famous basketball tournament taking place right now (you know the one), then you may be using a bracket to help you understand the tournament a little better. So, we are going to help you understand basketball brackets a little better.

A bracket tournament relies on a special type of visual representation called a tree diagram to show how a series of games will be played. This type of “knockout” tournament removes teams from brackets when they lose games, and the winning teams gradually move across the diagram. Many bracket tournaments rely on “seeding” to determine where teams go on the bracket, which itself can be controversial.

According to How Stuff Works, the term “bracketology” has been developed over the years to refer to fans who enjoy predicting winners in the initial round. Prediction like this isn’t possible in many other sports and tournaments. The high-stakes environment makes bracketology fun for everyone involved.

Seeding is the tricky part—it’s usually based on a rankings percentage index, national polls, records, and a few other factors. Only so many teams can be invited, and it’s usually based on a decision from a jury. For teams that aren’t invited, there is no appeals process.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are currently busy scanning our own brackets, but if you would rather scan a new Ford, just stop by for a test drive.

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Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts Anyone Will Love

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or not, if you are in a relationship, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your partner. If your partner happens to be a man and you are struggling to come up with some unique gift ideas, consider these Valentine’s Day gifts for him, suggested by some of the men who work here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford:

Wireless Game Console

If the man in your life loves retro games but also cutting-edge technology, consider getting him a classic game console in its newly realized wireless form, like the Sega Genesis Wireless classic game console, available on Amazon for $120.

Monogrammed Wallet

Does your partner love to dress stylishly? Give him a fancy wallet to match, but here’s the kicker: have it monogrammed with his initials for an extra touch of class. You can buy one on Amazon for just $26.

Snacks Every Month

Everyone loves food. Give your man the gift of snacks every month with Mouth.com’s Snacks Every Month subscription.

A New Ford

Okay, so you probably won’t buy your partner a brand new car for Valentine’s Day, but if your partner has been talking to you about wanting to buy a Ford Mustang, show him you’re open to the discussion by bringing him to Shults Ford Wexford for a test drive and a discussion about financing options.

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Winterize Your Car to Stay Prepared

Cold weather can be particularly rough on your vehicle, one reason why it’s important to winterize your car. From routine maintenance to packing an emergency kit, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for the cold. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we’ve listed some of the best ways to winterize.

According to the DMV, one of the first things you should do is replace or top off fluids. It’s especially important to check your antifreeze/coolant to ensure that it’s at least a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. You can find a tester at your local auto parts store. You’ll also want to top off wiper fluid with deicer to help you keep your windshield clear.

Next, check your tires. Cold temperatures decrease air pressure, which means you may need to refill your tires this winter. You’ll also want to check tread with the penny test. Place an upside-down penny in the center of your tire tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.

Finally, pack a roadside emergency kit. You should include basics like jumper cables and a spare tire kit. You’ll also want a first aid kit, blankets, water, kitty litter or sand (for traction on ice), and an ice scraper. You may also want to spring for a collapsible shovel. These are just some of the things you should do to winterize your car to prepare for winter’s worst.

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What to Expect in the Winter in Pittsburgh

While we might think we know what to expect in each season, sometimes weather is just totally unpredictable. However, winter in Pittsburgh is usually pretty straightforward for the most part. If you’re new or visiting this year, use these tips from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford to prepare.

Wear Layers

In January, the average high in Pittsburgh is a mere 35ªF. When the wind is whipping that feels even chillier, so you’ll definitely want to bundle up. However, as stores, restaurants, and other spaces are accommodating with their heating systems, you’ll quickly get very toasty anytime you go indoors. Wearing Layers can help you find the right level of warmth in any situation.

Check the Forecast

Every now and then, Pittsburgh winters throw in a day or two of spring-like weather. Keep your eye on the forecast throughout each week so you’ll know when to anticipate warmer temperatures and can dress accordingly.

Prepare for Winter Driving

The average annual snowfall for Pittsburgh is around 40 inches. That means that you’ll almost certainly be driving on snowy roads at some point. Read up on some winter driving tips, and make sure you have a car that’s built for inclement weather, like a capable Ford from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

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Have a Good Time This Fall in Pittsburgh

Many people say that fall is their favorite time of year, and we have to agree. With the cool weather, delicious food, crisp outdoor smells, and getting to wear your favorite cozy clothes, how could it not be your favorite? Here are some great ways to experience fall in Pittsburgh.

  • Go apple picking. There are a number of local farms in the Pittsburgh area that let you pick your own apples. Try Simmons Farm in McMurray, Spergel Orchards in Wexford, or Half Crown Hill Orchard in McDonald.
  • Visit fall festivals. There are plenty of festivals to choose from this fall. Visit Seven Springs any weekend in October for the Autumnfest or try the Pittsburgh Zombie Fest on October 7th.
  • Go through a corn maze. There are a number of corn mazes near Pittsburgh. Try out the Giant Living Maze at Schramm Farms in Jeanette or a more complicated one at Shenot Farms in Wexford.
  • Go running. Running for fun is something a lot of people do. Sign up for the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K on October 15th or the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler on November 5th.

What are your favorite fall activities here in Pittsburgh? If car shopping is one of them, pay us a visit at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter is right around the corner which means it’s time to freshen up on driving on slick roadways! Winter roadways are a different beast to tackle for most drivers but there are ways to improve your safety on the go. Here are some winter driving tips from us here at Shults Ford of Wexford so you can stay on the road this season!

  • Slow Down – It takes longer to stop on slick roadways which makes slowing down and taking your time even more of a necessity in winter. Try to keep a distance of eight to ten second or car lengths in order to give yourself plenty of time to stop. Keep in mind that pulling off a fast turn on snow-covered roads could easily leave you in a ditch or snowbank.
  • Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving is a serious problem on the modern roads and it becomes even more dangerous during winter. The roads can be unpredictable which makes putting the smartphone away even more crucial. Avoid becoming a statistic by making use of steering-wheel controls and voice-recognition software this winter.
  • Don’t Drive – If you aren’t confident in your ability to reach your destination during harsh weather, avoid driving altogether. If you don’t have to go out on the road, don’t. Make sure to watch the local weather report every day as well!

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