Archive for July, 2015
Happy Finance Friday!
Each week we will be posting a video about the Finance Department and the process of financing a new or used vehicle. This week’s video is about how you, the customer, can prepare to head into the Finance Office. Following these tips will help us save time and make the process go smoothly. Happy Friday and Happy Financing!
The Heritage Automotive Group is proud to be sponsoring Saint Michael’s Playhouse 2015 season! The June 16th kick off presented audiences with the award winning show Monty Python’s Spamalot. On the schedule for the rest of the season is Wait Until Dark, Outside Mullingar, and Woodie Guthries American Song
Saint Michael’s Playhouse was started in 1946 with the intention of bringing professional theater talent to Vermont. Since it’s inception, headed by two professors at Saint Michael’s College the theater has been attracting seasoned professional actors from Broadway, Boston, and the greater Burlington area. Saint Michael’s Playhouse was booming until 1970 when its wooden headquarters burned to the ground. The playhouse had become a major institution in the area, and was not going to be lost. Five years later the playhouse celebrated its grand reopening in the state of the art McCarthy Arts Center. Now four decades, hundreds of shows, and over a million audience members later Saint Michael’s Playhouse is flourishing.
To learn more about the history of the playhouse, upcoming shows, and how to get involved visit their website!
Here at Heritage we are very excited about the 2015 Ford F-150. It has gotten a major face lift, and been redesigned inside and out. Fords all new powerhouse of a truck is not only a utility vehicle, it also has a hint of hippie built into it. For 2015 F-150 is not only consuming less, but it’s also doing its part to recycle, especially to improve the 29% recycling rate for plastic bottles.
The production of the 2015 F-150 Ford is helping to recycle about 9 million plastic bottles. Initially it sounds a little ridiculous. Why would someone want more plastic in their truck? But it’s actually quite innovative. Ford has partnered the manufacturer Unifi, which takes recycled plastic, including used bottles, and turns turns them into thread. The material is called Repreve, and its also found in products made by The North Face, Quicksilver and other quality clothing brands.
Repreve thread is made from a new process that is ultra efficient, in fact the product is certified sustainable by the Unify U Trust Verification program. A process that monitors the transparency of production, and traceability of materials in a production line. It is this certification that aligns the Repreve product with Fords commitment to sustainable practices. Ford has been using Repreve thread in its cars since 2012, and is only expanding their inclusion of Repreve and other recycled materials in their vehicles.
Ford is a leader in sustainability in fact they were named the #1 Global Green Brand by Interbrand. They are currently the only automaker to use Repreve, and it can be found in five of their models. Fords commitment to sustainability has pushed them to research all sorts of sustainable products for their vehicles, which are approximately 90% recyclable at the end of their life; a number that the company is trying to grow. It makes sense that the worlds Greenest Global Brand has made drastic strides towards making America’s favorite truck of three decades more eco friendly.
Oh, and by the way there are anywhere from 63 – 110 plastic bottles in each 2015 Ford F-150.
What better way to spend these beautiful summer days than to take the family to a baseball game. Thursdays with the Vermont Lake Monsters kids eat free! If you go watch the Lake Monsters at home on a Thursday your kids meal is on the H-Team! Just to clarify, the first 400 kids (under 12) will recieve a voucher for a free hot dog, bag of chips, and a soft drink. The Lake Monsters are playing home games every Thursday next month, that means you can get free kids meals on us! Tickets are $5 for children or seniors and $7 for adults. Check out the Lake Monsters website for more information about promotions, tickets, and scheduling.
If you could drive a car for 2 or 3 years – essentially the length of the warranty – and then return it to the dealership and walk out with a brand new vehicle for the next 2 or 3 years, would you? Rusty Dewees stopped by Heritage Ford to explain leasing and why Heritage Ford is THE home of the real ZERO DOWN lease. No hidden fees, no first month and last month due, no registration fee due at signing – ZERO MONEY DOWN.
Pick out your next ZERO DOWN lease here
Heritage Ford F&I Manager, Corey Dillon, goes over how to pair your phone to the Ford Sync system. If you have any questions on how to pair your phone, please do not hesitate to stop by the showroom and ask for assistance.
Us Vermonters can brag about Burlington being the first US city to be powered by 100% renewable energy, and how the Chittenden County Transit Authority (CCTA) provides an extensive statewide public busing system. These achievements do not directly affect those commuting from Colchester to Waterbury, or Montpelier. Many Vermonters need a car to commute in, and are not captivated by expensive ultra fuel efficient vehicles. But a car’s environmental impact is much more than its MPG’s and Ford Motor Company is a perfect example. Ford’s commitment to environmental sustainability earned them the number one spot on Interbrand’s list of Best Global Green Brands in 2014. They have improved the companies overall resource and energy use, and incorporated sustainable technologies in all of their models. The Focus and F-150 in particular have some exciting new features.
Ford sustainability is best illustrated by the Focus Electric, The manufacturer’s premier electric vehicle boasts the industry’s first ever interior made of 100% recycled materials. Many people are not ready to make the change to an electric vehicle; fortunately all of these interior features can be found in other models as well. Ford is the first company to incorporate recycled water bottles into their seat fabric in fact many models contain anywhere from 22 – 110 plastic bottles. Ford is also moving forward with a campaign to increase the dismal 29% recycling rate of plastic water bottles in the US.
Fuel efficiency is a main focus of all car companies. Ford engineers learned that reductions in weight do not improve fuel efficiency unless they are dramatic. The 2015 F-150 has had 700 pounds shaved off; a dramatic weight reduction that allowed engineers to decrease the size of powertrain while maintaining overall power. In fact this change in powertrain size, and body weight has increased the F-150’s power and decreased its stopping distance. The body is made of aluminum alloys which make the truck body more durable and less prone to denting. The Ford Motor Company has consistently shown their commitment to sustainability, and they have been awarded for doing so. Not only have they increased the fuel efficiency of their vehicles dramatically they have also increased the amount of green and recycled materials used in each car. Now when you drive your Ford you know that no matter what the model it was made by the number one global green brand.
“Sustainability is fully integrated into Fords overall business strategy. As such, the company is able to swiftly identify and address its impact on the environment and society across every aspect of its operations. Continuing to invest in alternative energy sources and fuel-savings tech – and educating consumers on its benefits will be key to enhancing its business and brand value over time.”
-Jez Frampton, Interbrand CEO
Back again is the Battery Park Free Concert Series featuring four weeks of music in Burlington’s picturesque Battery Park. Brought to you by The H-Team and Vermont’s Independent Radio Station, The Point FM. All the show’s are Thursday’s at 6:30, just in time to catch the sunset over Lake Champlain! This post comes to you just before Kat Wright And The Indomitable Soul Band take the stage for the second installment of the series. In the following weeks the Battery Park Stage will be graced with the Ryan Montbleau Band and for the final installment Gin Wigmore.
Kat Wright And The Indomitable Soul Band
Built around the vocals of Kat Wright The Indomitable Soul Band draws from Americana sounds to craft their own. The sound is a blend of Memphis Soul and RnB mixed with improvisation, a staple to the Vermont musical style.
Ryan Montbleau Band
Having recently turned a page in his career Ryan Montbleau Band has a sound that is ten years in the making. The bands boasts a diverse, yet well refined sound that has been developed through playing with many guest artists.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand GIn Wigmore has come a long way to perform in Battery Park. The singer songwriters folk sound is speaks on a personal level with enough enthusiasm to get hips swinging!
When you purchase a used vehicle through a private sale you get to see the Carfax and maybe have a mechanic give you their professional opinion. Your purchase is protected through lemon law, but how effective is it? Purchasing privately can be simple, but it doesn’t compare to the peace of mind that Ford Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles come with. Along with that peace of mind are many other benefits including an extensive 172-point inspection, 7-year or 100,000 mile powertrain limited coverage warranty and 12 month/12000 mile comprehensive limited warranty. And just to ensure comfort each CPO vehicle comes with a free 3 month trial of Sirius XM
Ford CPO is the best way to ensure that your new to you vehicle is going to do exactly what you want it to. All Ford CPO vehicles are reconditioned, if a part does not meet Fords standard it is replaced with a Ford factory-authorized part. The CPO 172-point inspection ensures that your vehicle is in tip top shape outside, inside, and under the hood. Not only do you get the benefit of peace of mind that comes with driving a vehicle that has been thoroughly inspected and has manufacturer backed limited warranty coverage, you also get to take advantage of better financing options. If Ford knows its a good car they want to make sure their customers get to take advantage of it. That means you get a deal thats made to work for you, not for Ford. Oh and did we mention that along with these other benefits you get complimentary 24-hour roadside assistance?
At Heritage Ford we consistently have quality CPO vehicles from Focus to Econoline. This means that whatever your needs might be we have a Ford CPO vehicle that will meet them!