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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New “Built Ford Proud” Campaign

If there’s one thing Ford fans know, it’s that the automaker is famous for being “Ford Tough.” However, Ford has an all-new slogan rolling out with its fresh ad campaign – Ford Proud.

The “Built Ford Proud” ad campaign debuted during the Michigan-Michigan State football game on October 21st. The purpose of the campaign is to focus on a different aspect of Ford – one that many Ford customers may not consider. Shifting from Ford “Tough” to Ford “Proud” focuses on loyalty and family.

Matt Van Dyke, Ford’s director of marketing communications, says the theme is intended to be “one umbrella that brings together” the entire lineup of Ford vehicles, from compact cars to commercial vans. Instead of just focusing on “tough,” which refers to trucks, the word “proud” instead applies to all Ford vehicles.

The ads also highlight one very important aspect of Ford – it’s a family name. Unlike many brands that are the result of mergers, Ford has always been “Ford” since its inception in 1903. One television ad says, “Let the other guys keep dreaming about the future, we’ll be the ones building it” while print ads read, “Born in Detroit. Made in America. Famous Worldwide.”

There’s plenty to be proud of with Ford. Come down to Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to explore what Ford Proud can mean to you.

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Check Out THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

One of the things we love about the Wexford community is our proximity to Pittsburgh, which is never short of fun things to do with your family. Looking for something unique to do this fall to get you and the kids in the Halloween spirit? Consider a trip to Pittsburgh for THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience will open on Thursday, Oct 4, and will run through the remaining weekends of the month. This Halloween-inspired event will be held in Hartwood Acres Park at 200 Hartwood Acres from 5 to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly event takes you and your loved ones on a peaceful stroll through an illuminated trail with more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Some of the most famous jack-o’-lanterns include masterpieces based on the works of Heinz, Mister Rogers, Andy Warhol, and other Pittsburgh staples. Sections of the park feature different themes, including a pirate area with a 30-foot long ship, the Pre-Historic Park with 16-foot tall dinosaurs made of jack-o’-lanterns, and a stretch with pumpkins hanging from the trees above.

Admission ranges from $10.99 to $22.99.

If you need a vehicle to get you to this Halloween-themed experience, be sure to check out our inventory at Shults Ford Wexford.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

All-New Ford Ranger Radar Makes Towing Simple

When you’re looking for the perfect pickup truck to fit your needs, it’s likely you want one that will make it easy to tow your boat, trailer, or RV. Luckily, that’s where the Ford Ranger comes into the picture. This brand-new addition to the Ford lineup will be going on sale early next year, and it’s set to provide you with some innovative towing technology that’s sure to make life a whole lot easier.

This new Ford Ranger radar technology uses the truck’s class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System to essentially provide you with an extra pair of eyes when you’re behind the wheel. When a trailer is hooked up to your Ford Ranger, cameras near the truck’s taillights help monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer, letting you know when there’s a vehicle in your blind spots.

Furthermore, if you happen to have more than one trailer, the system can save up to three trailer profiles so your truck knows to provide you with warnings whenever another vehicle is driving past you.

When you don’t have a trailer attached to your truck, the Blind Spot Information System will let you know when vehicles are in your blind spots as it normally would. It will also let you know of any obstacles behind you when you’re backing out of a parking spot.

This Ford Ranger radar and Blind Spot Information System come standard on the Ranger XLT and Lariat trim levels. Learn more about the upcoming Ford Ranger and its incredible tech when you speak with our team here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

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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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New 2019 Ford Fusion Debuts New Drive Assist Tech, Plug-In Hybrid Model

The 2019 Ford Fusion is officially on its way – and it just might be the best version of the model yet. For the 2019 model year, the Fusion has received a number of new features that are sure to leave a lasting impression on consumers. From more standard safety tech to an improved eco-friendly powertrain, the Fusion is ready to rock its segment.

This compact car now comes standard with the innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology. This is considered the most advanced suite of standard driver assistance technologies in the industry. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.

Along with this new safety tech, the 2019 Fusion will also have a new standard engine for the SE model and higher trim levels. This is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. That’s not the only change to the powertrain lineup, though.

An all-new Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, will also be available for the new year. It has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20% more than the current model. It also has a new 9-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing the hybrid vehicle with more energy capacity without making the battery pack physically larger.

Find out more about the upcoming Ford Fusion with a trip to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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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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New Ford Driving Skills Program Empowers Women in Saudi Arabia

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ford recently started a new driving program geared towards women in Saudi Arabia who just earned the right to drive. Saudi Arabia very recently empowered women by extending basic rights to include the right to drive, one reason Ford partnered with Jeddah’s Effat University to offer courses to women (and men) who may have never been behind the wheel in their life.

According to Ford, this is part of an award-winning global initiative to offer driving skills to a wide range of individuals. A surge of women are now preparing to take driving exams, and Ford is trying to get behind them every step of the way to ensure success. More than 250 students graduated from the program on International Women’s Day (March 8), and the program is still going strong.

“Providing access to opportunities for people to reach their full potential is core to our mission and Ford’s goal of becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund.

The Ford Driving Skills for Life program helps students learn about the vehicles, braking skills, how to prevent driver distractions, and more. More than 9,000 people die in car accidents per year in Saudi Arabia, one reason it’s important for everyone to be prepared before they start driving.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are thrilled about the new program, and we are just as happy to offer vehicles to young men and women here that are just starting to drive as well.

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The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a day we celebrate all things Irish. But do you know where this day comes from? We are going to share the history of St. Patrick’s Day with you.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for over 1,000 years. It celebrates St. Patrick, who worked as a missionary. He incorporated a number of traditional Irish symbols into his teachings. It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17th, which is why that day is St. Patrick’s Day.

The tradition made its way into the United States, and the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1762 in New York City.

Over the years, the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day continued to grow with more parades being held across the country, including here in Pittsburgh. If you are going to the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, be sure to drive your Ford. With technologies such as back-up cameras, park assist, and blind spot alerts, your Ford will make sure you get there safely and squeeze into the perfect parking spot with ease.

You can even stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford and pick out a new car in your favorite shade of green!

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