Hot Weather Car Care Tips from Reed Has It

Summer-car-maintenance-tipsThe temperatures are still sky high and not likely to give us much relief anytime soon. So, our team at Reed Has It has some quick hot weather car tips to keep in mind this summer season.

Maintenance Matters
This may go without saying, but make sure you do all of your regular scheduled maintenance — from oil changes to filter changes. Many dealerships and service stations, including ours, conduct a general check of various components such as tires, brakes, etc. Make sure to ask if that is available to ensure your car, truck or SUV is in overall general good health.

Under Pressure
Your tires are the only thing between you and the road, so it’s key to make sure they are in good shape and that they are properly aired up as well. See your manual or tire instructions and adhere to the suggested air pressure. It not only helps the life of the tire and can help improve the quality of your vehicle’s ride and the overall MPG.

Interior Protection
Car shades and window tint also play a role in maintaining you vehicle after months of warm weather. These can help reduce the temp inside the car, which can reach upwards of 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit on a 90-100 degree F summer day. Furthermore, more comfortable driving environments can help reduce fatigue of the driver.2013-7-24-14-39-30

Keep Cool
Engines have to work extra hard during the summer months. Without proper cooling system maintenance, you car becomes more at risk for long term engine damage. Engine coolant should be changed roughly 30,000 miles, though you should be safe up to 50,000 if you have a modern car using modern coolant formulas.

Battery Basics
Over time, the heat can do a real number on your battery. So while you may think that heat won’t last much longer, the same may be true for your battery. It’s a good idea to get your battery checked every couple months. Remember to keep your battery clean, as dirt can become a conductor that will ultimately drain power from your battery.

Be Prepared
It’s a fact of life, breakdowns happen. From tire mishaps to dead batteries, it’s always good to have an emergency road kit on hand. Some basic items include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, coolant, and a first aid kit.

When in doubt, bring your car in to any of our family of dealerships to have it checked out, or visit online at www.ReedHasIt.com to schedule an appointment!

Lincoln MKX Crowned JD Power’s Top Midsize SUV

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 4.04.35 PMReed Has It is thrilled to announce that the Lincoln MKX was recently named the Top Midsize Premium SUV by JD Power and Associates. With the awesome features found on the MKX, we can understand why JD Power selected this vehicle. Check it out!

Performance Features

Aside from the exterior beauty of this vehicle, the MKX delivers an incredible driving experience from the moment you start the engine. The MKX features a 3.7L V6 engine that delivers over 305 horsepower and ~280 ft./lbs. of torque. This powerful yet elegant SUV is available in all-wheel or front-wheel drive, making it the perfect SUV for any climate.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 4.05.00 PMNot only does this SUV have the ability to “get up and go”, but it also creates a one-of-a-kind driving experience for those behind the wheel. A turning diameter of 38.6 ft and automatic transmission aren’t anything to look twice at. However, the MKX offers an incredibly comfortable ride and superior handling capabilities, adding to it’s prestige as the top midsize SUV in the nation.

Lincoln Luxury

The MKX also boasts a slew of luxury features that help make it one of the most incredible midsize SUVs on the market. With gratuitous cargo space, comfortable plush, leather-trimmed seats and tons of cabin room, you’ll never feel more comfortable in your vehicle. With power-adjustable heated front seats and optional heated steering wheel/rear seats, you’ll never have to worry about uncomfortable seats again!

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 4.04.49 PMThe MKX is also packed with interior luxury features that are sure to blow you away. The MKZ comes standard with the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, SD card reader, AUX jack, and steering-wheel mounted controls. Furthermore, the MKX lets you cruise to your favorite music delivered in the highest quality through the 10-speaker state-of-the-art audio system.

These luxury features and unmatched driving experience make it clear why the 2014 Lincoln MKX claimed JD Power’s award for Top Midsize Premium SUV. If you’re searching for your own MKX or other Lincoln, Ford or VW vehicle, visit www.ReedHasIt.com to find the perfect new or used vehicle.

Ford R&D Sees New Technology

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Dan Orr, Digital Build Master at Ford, manipulates a virtual flashlight using the Oculus system.

The team at ReedHasIt is quite impressed with the forward strides in ford R&D. Wearable tech, including products like Google Glass or the countless number bluetooth-enabled smartwatches and wristbands, have become increasingly popular over the couple of years. Facebook has taken notice of this with their recent $2 billion purchase of Oculus Virtual Reality, a company that has created a unique virtual reality headset system. With the continued growth of these technologies, Ford aims to maintain it’s reputation as an industry innovator by utilizing Oculus Rift, the company’s VR product, in their research and development strategies.

As one of the first automobile companies to do so, Ford hopes their adoption of the Rift into their R&D process will allow them to obtain a more comprehensive look at how consumers view their vehicles. VR will allow Ford to see what consumer’s are seeing before production of the vehicle actually begins. Take a look at Ford’s application of VR below!

At the Ford Immersion Lab, Ford design teams congregate to simultaneously experience the virtual walkthrough powered by the Oculus Rift. As one staffer sports the Rift headset and explores the inside and outside of various Ford models, their colleagues can view an ultra-high resolution feed of what the wearer is seeing. This innovative application of VR enables the design and engineering teams to examine fine details of the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

As the wearer investigates the vehicle, data is simultaneously integrated back into the team’s design software. This allows for seamless and efficient adjustments to be made wherever the team deems necessary. With over 190 virtual vehicles studied last year, efficient and streamlined processes associated with Ford’s Rift usage are vital in keeping the design team ahead of the game.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 11.23.11 AMElizabeth Baron, VR and advanced visualization tech specialist at Ford, is excited, yet cautious, about the future of VR technology in automobile production. “Let’s be honest, the virtual reality community in business is still pretty small,” she says. “But I always enjoy engaging with people in other industries, everything ranging from agriculture to defense, so we can share ideas about how we use the technology and what the future holds.”

As an industry tech leader, Ford is at the forefront of utilizing virtual reality technology in their business model. For more info on other Ford tech features, like SYNC, browse out extensive inventory at www.ReedHasIt.com!

RAD (Reed Auto Design) Rides Delivers Customized Creations

burgundy RADThinking about upgrading your current ride? Let the one-stop customs and performance shop at RAD (Reed Auto Design) Rides build you the car you’ve been dreaming of! Whether you have Fiesta to the F-150 to the Focus and more, the world-class RAD Rides team has years of experience working with our comprehensive selection of after-market accessories. Specialty graphics, lift kits, air intakes, exhaust upgrades…if you can dream it, we can build it! From your fave Ford to any other make or model, you can find the best accessories and service for your vehicle at RAD Rides!

Get an inside look at these RAD-Rides!

photo-4[1]The RAD Rides team has the ability to take any make or model and create the one-of-a-kind custom car of your dreams. One of our latest creations was a Ford Excursion (featured above). A massive V8 engine is required for this heavy duty vehicle, supplying huge amounts of power and towing capacity accompanied by a spacious cabin. A close-cousin of Ford’s Super Duty line, the Excursion is large and authoritative yet practical. With the enhancements that this Excursion has seen, you can add ‘beautiful’ to the long list of adjectives describing this full-sized sport utility vehicle.

The RAD Rides team has also recently worked on numerous pick-up trucks, including the ever-popular F-250 Super Duty. Like the Excursion, the F-250 Super Duty can be equipped to have a large passenger capacity along with one of the biggest towing capacities in its class. Upgrades like power running boards, towing kits, bedliners, wheels tires and more make the possibilities infinite with aftermarket accessories from RAD Rides.

Our highly-trained team of performance accessory specialists at RAD-Rides is ready to walk you through every element of the custom car creation process. Even if you are a “do-it-yourselfer,” we offer all the parts and an extensive accessories selection — including audio upgrades and lighting upgrades — to help build you a perfect vehicle.

To see where you can find a RAD Ride at one of our top-notch dealerships near you, visit www.ReedHasIt.com! You can also browse our inventory online, or bring your own vehicle in to the closest dealership to get started on your custom creation!

Randall Reed Dealership Sponsors Box Truck Donations

truck giveaway2Today was a big day for the Randall Reed family. We were part of an amazing community contribution presentation from SpringCreek Church who worked in tandem with the community and local businesses to raise funds for two much-needed 2013 Ford E-350 14-foot box trucks for New Beginning Center and Good Samaritans of Garland, Texas.

The New Beginning Center, which helps victims of domestic violence and the Good Samaritans of Garland took place at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland. This project began as an identified need within the local community for transportation needed by the two non-profit organization. So, Pastor Keith Stewart and Pastor Wes Helm and the Springcreek Church membership body led the way to begin raising funds.

Both organizations also reached out to Katie Koberg, the Community Relations Coordinator at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford (serving the greater Dallas Fort Worth area), who had sponsored past events for both charities. Prestige Ford was able to locate two new 14-foot box trucks for the project. A wrap and magnets were created for the box trucks to help spread the word about the organizations as they drove around town helping those in need.

Serving in our community provides valuable networks for businesses, non-profits and individuals to connect. If it is serving our non-profits, supporting our local police and fire departments, or working within our school districts, the American dream is accomplished by many more if we choose to work together. I am proud of our community, my staff, and loyalty of our customers.

For the non-profits, the box trucks are more than a mode of transportation; the trucks serve is a lifeline for their charity and its clients.

truck giveaway1“Our ability to pick up food for the nearly 400 families each month we feed every week was a great struggle as we had a simple truck to make the pick ups from the local donation locations. With the new truck, we are better prepared, and more able to serve the hungry in our community,” said Jim Griffin, Executive Director of the Garland Good Samaritans.

“We serve families affected by domestic violence through education, prevention and intervention services and programs. With this truck we are able to do things more efficiently, it allows us to pick up food donations for our shelter and our food pantry, pick up large donations for our re-sale store, and also help our clients relocated to a safer place to live. This gift has a tremendous ripple effect across Garland and the DFW,” said Cindy Turek, CEO of the New Beginning Center.

Both organizations are always looking for additional support and donations so they can continue to help those in our community. “Everybody has gift,” said Mr. Griffin. “We want you to use those gift to help us and others in Garland who are in need.”If you would like to make a food donation to the Good Samaritans, Mr. Griffin says, “We invite you to bring your donations to 214 N. 12th Street at the big white painted sign.” Mr. Griffin points out the painted sign was thanks to the gifts of I am Second Garland High School Students.

The New Beginning Center has a resale shop that is always in need of clothing, household items, children’s items and more. If you would like to make a contribution, Colleen Jamieson, the Chief Operating Officer said any and all donations are welcome and appreciated. You can drop them off at 120 West Kingsley Road in Garland. I would also like to invite anyone with community donations to bring them Prestige Ford located at 3601 S. Shiloh Rd., Garland, TX. We will make sure they get to the specified charities.

truck giveaway 3Those in attendance at the new truck presentation included (in order from left): Randall Reed, Owner of Prestige Ford;  Colleen Jamieson, COO of the New Beginning Center; Cindy Turek, CEO of the New Beginning Center; Jim Griffin, Executive Director of the Good Samaritans of Garland; Pastor Keith Stewart, Senior Pastor at Springcreek Church; Jim Aswegan, President of the Good Samaritans of Garland and Pastor Wes Helm, Missions Pastor at Springcreek Church; Justin Wright, General Manager and Operating Partner of Prestige Ford.

To learn more about New Beginning Center, visit NewBeginningCenter.org. To learn more about Good Samaritans, log onto GoodSamofGarland.org. You can read more about SpringCreek Church at SpringCreekChurch.org. Read all about Prestige Ford at www.PrestigeGarland.com!

Ford Reveals Everest Concept at Bangkok Motor Show

Ford Everest debuts at the 35th Bangkok Motorshow

Ford Everest debuts at the 35th Bangkok International                                         Motor Show

Who doesn’t love seeing the innovative rides that come from the car shows around the world?  Ford is providing fans of innovative rides with a reason to be excited by debuting the Everest Concept. As the latest proof point in Ford’s strategy to bring a full range of segment-leading global vehicles to consumers in ASEAN, the Everest will be showcased at the 35th Bangkok International Motor Show.

The Bangkok International Motor Show coincides with the ASEAN launch of two new vehicles: the newly redesigned Ford Fiesta, which is now equipped with Ford’s global 1.5L Ti-VCT engine, and the new EcoSport, which is a versatile, fuel efficient urban SUV that is designed to complement every consumer’s busy lifestyle.Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 11.08.43 AM

The Fiesta and EcoSport are just two of 18 vehicles that visitors will see at Ford’s display. Ford is providing a range of interactive displays at the Bangkok Motor Show to help visitors better understand Ford’s smart and green technologies.

MySync_sms_424x318Visitors will also have the opportunity to try out SYNC for themselves using a sample instrument panel unit, and can step inside any of the vehicles on the stand to receive a demonstration of SYNC in their favorite Ford.

While the Everest isn’t in production yet, Ford has an extensive line of existing vehicles that meet a wide range of needs and wants. If you’re ready to check out the latest available from Ford, shop online from anywhere in the country at www.ReedHasIt.com!

Two Fords in Top Ten Coolest Cars Under $25k

Say goodbye to the days where it costs an arm and a leg to ride around in a cool car. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) recently reported both the 2013 Mustang and the 2013 Focus ST as two of the top ten coolest cars you can buy for under $25,000.

2013 MustangRegarding the Mustang, KBB notes: “Even in V6 form, the seminal American pony car remains a highly desirable travelmate. Bolder front and rear fascias add even more visual kick for 2013, while an optional V6 Performance Package lets you take full advantage of the 305 spirited horses underhood.”

Our customers seem to agree, and so do we. With a formidable body style and powerful engine, the 2013 Mustang delivers the high-performance American muscle you expect without the hefty price tag. Check out what Road & Track Magazine has to say about the 2013 Mustang.

KBB also lists the Focus ST among the top ten stating. Again, this comes as no surprise as the Focus ST offers a lot of bang for your buck. With a extensive range of features available, the Focus ST is one of the coolest sub-$25k cars available. Here’s a few of the things that we think make it cool without the cost.2013 Focus ST

  • 2.0L EcoBoost engine with 252 horsepower and 270 ft.-lb. of torque
  • Standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels, chin and rear spoilers, push-button start, and 6-speaker audio system with SYNC and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Unique ST sport suspension and independent rear suspension

With standard features like these, it’s no wonder that Kelley Blue Book ranks two Ford models, the 2013 Mustang and 2013 Focus ST, as two of the coolest cars under $25,000. Find the Mustang, Focus ST, and other cool Ford models by visiting us at www.ReedHasIt.com!

Best-in-Class Honors for 2015 Super Duty

2015 Super DutyReed Has It could not be more excited about the all-new 2015 Ford Super Duty. With the news that the Ford F-Series Super Duty will deliver best in class horse power, torque and towing capacity, the Super Duty is poised to be one of Ford’s best trucks yet.

Ford notes the second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel extends horsepower to a class-leading 440 horsepower and torque to a class-leading 860 lb.-ft. for all models. The Ford F-350 will have an option that includes a maximum towing package that boosts fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer towing capacity to 26,500 pounds. It raises the gross combined weight rating to an remarkable 35,000 pounds.

F-Series Decade of GrowthOf course, we can’t forget the Ford F-450?  The chassis upgrades expand its maximum gooseneck trailer towing capacity to class-leading 31,200 pounds, fifth wheel towing capacity to class-leading 26,500 pounds and a gross combined weight rating to an unbelievable class-leading 40,000 pounds.

These upgraded statistics are the result of restructuring and re-engineering the truck to perform as as integrated system.  The fresh approach allowed Ford engineers to optimize performance across the entire F-Series lineup.

Robert Fascetti, Ford vice president power train engineering, mentioned that, “The 6.7-liter Power Stroke was already a stout engine. The improvements we’ve made essentially give Super Duty customers an engine designed for our larger F-650 and F-750 trucks.” He says, many may not realize how “built Ford tough” their engine is.

Some of the key modifications on the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel include its compacted graphite iron engine block and reverse-flow layout. This segment-exclusive design has the exhaust inside the engine’s V-shape, while the air intake is affixed to the outside yielding a variety of improvements.

Other changes include a bigger turbocharger for quicker air displacement which results what all truck owners want — more power. The engine block is compacted graphite iron. It is stronger but lighter than traditional cast iron. It is also more wear-resistant and has enhanced sealing properties.

New injector tips spray a finer mist of fuel into the cylinders which allows for a more complete burn and it also helps in reducing noise, vibration and harshness. Other perks include lower emissions and less fuel deposit buildup on the intake valves over the course of time.

That’s just the beginning!Check back with our blog for more Ford truck news and savings. We’ll make sure to alert you when the new Super Duty will be making its grand appearance into showrooms. If you’re looking for a New Ford truck now, new Ford car or Ford SUV, then check out our inventory online at www.ReedHasIt.com.

Ford Recognizes Randall Reed with Salute to Dealers Award for Community Contributions

UpdatedSaluteToDealer2014RotatorArtFord Motor Company announces Randall Reed, owner of World Class Automotive Group, is awarded its Salute to Dealers recognition for providing outstanding products and services while improving the lives of individuals and their communities.

This video, produced by Salute to Dealers, shows how much the Reeds and the dealerships truly care about community

Salute to Dealers is a Ford community service initiative that identifies and honors Dealer Principals who improve the lives of those in need. “The dealer nominees’ and honorees’ impact on their communities is extraordinary! Each year, as a group, they provide support for and participate in hundreds of programs for a multitude of worthy causes,” reads the award recognition statement.

Reed family and Planet Ford donate a new school marquee to the local middle school

Reed family and Planet Ford donate a new school marquee to the local middle school

Mr. Reed was nominated for recognition from the Ford Houston Region based on his commitment to community, furthering education and assisting children with special needs. His donations and leadership provide support to battered services including women’s shelters and school systems with items including books, computers, I-pads, band instruments, fixtures, facilities and playgrounds. In addition, Mr. Reed and his team help raise funds for centers that assist families and children with learning disabilities.

Randall and Sherry Reed, Planet Ford in Humble give a new Ford Escape to the Humble ISD Teacher of the Year!

Randall and Sherry Reed, Planet Ford in Humble give a new Ford Escape to the Humble ISD Teacher of the Year!

Moreover, for the past two years, Mr. Reed has led the effort within the Humble, TX Independent School District to provide an annual Teacher of the Year award that includes a gala event at which he presents a new Ford vehicle to the top educator. This year, his generosity has expanded to include additional teacher and student scholarship recognition in other communities where he owns automotive dealerships.

Left to right: Chuck Kramer, GM; Kristi Williams, Community Relations; Randall Reed, CEO of World Class Automotive present a check to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Left to right: Chuck Kramer, GM; Kristi Williams, Community Relations; Randall Reed, CEO of World Class Automotive present a check to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

“Over the past 25 years, our family of Texas dealerships has won dozens of awards, but this one, by far, is the one I cherish the most,” said Mr. Reed. “I am thrilled to receive this award, on behalf of my partners at Planet Ford, Chuck and Claire Kramer, Bob and Nancy Taylor, and most of all Kristi Williams, our director of community relations that single handedly made this award possible for our store. But honestly, the biggest reward is experiencing first-hand how giving back impacts the kids and residents of our community.”

ExploringNewCustomTransportationforMosaicBestBuddiesAn example of this is that while shooting the recognition video for Edsel Ford at the National Automotive Dealers Association annual meeting, Mr. Reed spoke with the local representative of the Best Buddies and Mosaic programs, which assists and also provides transportation for children and people with special needs. He learned the group was in need of a safer vehicle, so his Planet Ford family promptly arranged for the donation of a 2013 Ford Expedition.

Ford honored Mr. Reed at the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) Convention in New Orleans, LA on January 24. The honorees received a portrait that captures the dealers’ involvement in their communities. The portrait will be included in the Salute to Dealers exhibit in the lobby of Ford’s World Headquarters in Detroit, MI. It will join those of previous Salute to Dealers honorees for perpetuity.

About World Class Automotive Group

World Class Automotive Group is family owned by Randall and Sherry Reed. The business is comprised of dealerships throughout Texas & Oklahoma, including: Planet Ford in Humble, Planet Ford in Spring, Planet Lincoln in Spring, Prestige Ford in Garland, Park Cities Ford Lincoln in Dallas,  Randall Reed Ford in Oklahoma City and Randall Reed Volkswagen of McKinney.

“The gifted man bears his gifts into the world, not for his own benefit, but for the people among whom he is placed; for the gifts are not his, he himself is a gift to the community.”

~ HENRY FORD, 1926

Tour All-New 2015 Ford F-150

All-new Ford F-150 makes it's debut

All-new Ford F-150 makes it’s debut

Have you seen the all-new 2015 Ford F-150? It’s garnering a lot of media attention after making its Detroit Car Show debut.

How about a 360 tour? This video takes you inside and out of this amazing new truck.

Take a look around…

Just one look makes it clear, the new design reflects what customers both want and need in a truck. The new shape of the exterior suggests capability with a wider stance and chiseled grille. Comfort, utility and refinement define the interior. It has ergonomically optimized seating in the front, more legroom in the rear and buttons that can be operated while wearing work gloves.

Ready for a new Ford F-150, F-250 or F-350, now? Visit our huge selection of new Ford, Lincoln, Volkswagen and pre-owned cars trucks and SUVs at ReedHasIt.com!