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Save $$$ with Two Ford Canada Programs!

Ford Canada has recently extended two of their popular programs, the First Time Buyer Program and the Graduate Rebate, until the beginning of next year! And we’re offering them at our dealership to help save you money.

For more information about these programs and to apply, click on the following images:

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Become a Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month!

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KidSport Calgary, KidSport Okotoks and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank are proud to partner with the Wood Automotive Group and its seven dealerships in honouring young athletes throughout the year. The Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month will recognize young athletes for their enthusiasm, spirit and commitment to fair play.

“KidSport is about participation and the enjoyment of being active with friends and teammates so this new program is a perfect fit for us,” says Kevin Webster, Executive Director, KidSport Calgary. “Recognizing that teammate who has your back even when times are tough is what being a good sport is all about.”

“Most every team has an MVP but it’s usually that special teammate we remember the most,” says Russell Gillespie, General Manager, Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank. “Good teammates often become our lifelong friends.”

Sports teams, clubs and dance troupes can nominate a Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month directly to KidSport Calgary. Just visit www.KidSport.ca/Calgary and follow the link to apply. Each Kid Hero of the Month will receive a medal, certificate of recognition and a gift card. In addition, their head coach and parents will receive gift cards and their team will be treated to a pizza party hosted by a Wood Automotive Group dealership.

As an important part of the Kid Hero of the Month program, the Wood Automotive Group will donate $250.00 every month to KidSport and $250.00 to Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank to help them support local families in need. It will also dedicate advertising to support the Kid Hero of the Month program.

“Money should not be a barrier preventing our children from participating in organized sports and activities yet we know that it is. We also know that the demand for support from KidSport and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank has never been greater. It’s important for us to step up to the plate and do what we can to help,” says Gerry Wood, Founder and President of the Wood Automotive Group.

The Wood Automotive Group also provides vehicles to KidSport Calgary and Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank and all Group dealerships (Woodridge Ford Lincoln, Okotoks Ford Lincoln, Big 4 Motors, Village Honda, Advantage Ford, Driverz Auto and All Makes Collision and Repair) are official drop-off locations for gently used sporting equipment to be donated to those in need.

For more information and to nominate a Wood Automotive Group Kid Hero of the Month, please click here.

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Grand Re-Opening Celebration

InviteWe have exciting news! This Thursday we’re hosting our Grand Re-Opening Gala from 5-9pm to celebrate the completion of our renovations, our new dealership and our wonderful team. We would love to see you there!

Please RSVP to rsvp@advantageford.ca or call 403-225-3627.

 

Sharing the Road

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Everyone is on the go nowadays. We all have important places to be that we should have arrived at ten minutes ago, so it’s understandable that we get frustrated in traffic. However, for some, simple etiquette and courtesy have long since been forgotten. We’ve rounded up some great tips to help you fall in love with driving again (yes, even on Deerfoot Trail) and to make your commutes safer and less stressful.

  1. Don’t tailgate!

    In theory, everyone knows to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. But in reality, some of us like to be a little too close for comfort. Inching your way closer to the vehicle ahead will not, surprisingly, make them move any faster. And furthermore, tailgating is dangerous. Following too close to someone can make it difficult for you to see what’s in front of their vehicle―and if they have to stop suddenly, it’ll be your vehicle that’ll be bumping into them if you can’t brake in time. By following the 3 second rule you can help maintain your vehicle’s exterior, as your front end will not be sprayed with rocks and debris from the car ahead.

  2. Signal, signal, signal!

    Believe it or not, but not all of us are mind-readers. Giving other drivers a heads up on what you’re about to do is welcome, if not encouraged. Using your turn signals to indicate where you’re going is such an easy way to avoid an accident!

  3. Give a wave!

    We were raised to say “please” and “thank you” but many of us somehow forget those manners upon getting into our vehicles. So when someone does something nice for you on the road―like letting you to merge ahead of them, etc.―say “thank you” by giving them a wave. Such a simple gesture can improve that person’s mood significantly and who doesn’t love sharing a bit more love?

  4. But don’t be overly polite…

    You’re a nice person and you want to help everyone, right? But by letting ten cars in ahead of you doesn’t actually help anyone. Instead, follow the zipper-merging method. Let one car in, drive on and then the person behind you will let the next vehicle in. Think of it as a zipper on a jacket―in order for it function properly, the teeth must alternate to allow everyone to fit perfectly.

  5. Turn off your brights!

    High beams are essential for late night drives, but are a hazard for oncoming traffic. They can be blinding to other drivers so remember to turn them off temporarily as oncoming traffic pass by.

  6. Parking peeves!

    Stealing is stealing, whether it’s an apple or a parking spot. It’s the worst feeling, waiting patiently for a parking spot to become available, only to have someone else steal it. And speaking of parking, don’t take up two parking spaces! If you have a larger vehicle, park at the back of the lot to allow more vehicles to park up front.

  7. Don’t litter!

    Not only is throwing garbage out the window harmful to the environment, it can also be harmful to other drivers. You would hate to have your vehicle hit with someone else’s trash, so be courteous of others.

  8. Know your lane!

    We have passing and slow lanes for a reason, so know what speed you are driving and travel in the correct lane. If you need to brush up, remember―right lane is for slower traffic and the left lane is for passing traffic. Don’t cruise in the passing lane! This can be dangerous as vehicles behind you could be driving much faster than you are.

  9. Make a quick exit!

    When exiting a ramp, merge as quickly as you can into the new traffic lane. Don’t stop at the end! Not only does stopping make it difficult to merge and holds up traffic, but it’s also dangerous as drivers behind you aren’t prepared for you to stop.

  10. Move to the side!

    It’s okay―accidents happen. But following a fender bender, remember to move your vehicles off to the side of the road to allow traffic to keep moving. Once you’re in a safer location, assess the vehicles, exchange information and contact police and your insurance companies if necessary.

It’s a lot to remember, we know. But following these tips will help make your commutes infinitely better―for you and your fellow commuters. Let’s keep sharing the love in our city, any way we can!

Congratulations Goes Out To…

We are so excited to announce the retirement of our GM, Glen Barreth! Thank you for your 33 years of dedication to Wood Automotive Group and for your contributions to our dealership! We shall miss you but wish you every happiness on your next chapter!

That being said, it is with great delight that we introduce our new General Manager, Jeff McLenehan! He has been with the Wood Automotive Group since 2003, having worked at our various sister companies before joining our team at Advantage Ford at the start of this year as our General Sales Manager. We look forward to seeing our dealership continue to grow under your leadership!

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WE Scare Hunger

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1 in 8 Canadian families struggle to pay for food every day and 41% of the Calgary Food Bank’s clients are children (Calgary Food Bank, 2015 Report). For a child struggling with hunger, one meal could make all the difference in their academics, recreational activities and social life. We want to lower this number in any way we can and we need your help.

From October 1st-31st, we will be accepting non-perishable donations at our dealership. Lets help the children in our community succeed!

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What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 6}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Parts 1, 2, 34 and 5.

 

 

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This light refers to automatic lights and/or rain sensing wipers. It may be illuminated if either function has been manually shut off or if there is an issue with the system.


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Some vehicles come equipped with power retractable spoilers. This light usually indicates the spoiler is currently deployed. It may also flash when the spoiler is rising or retracting.


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This is the seat belt light. It illuminates if the car is in motion and the driver’s seat belt is not fastened. Most modern cars also come equipped with a sensor in the front passenger seat and if a passenger is detected without a seat belt fastened, the light will illuminate.


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These are the service vehicle lights. They are similar to the check engine lights, but refer to the vehicle as a whole and not just the engine. They may indicate a fault in the wheels, brakes, suspension, etc. The lights can be amber, orange or red.


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This light refers to the stability control system. It can be illuminated if the stability control has been manually disabled by the driver. Some vehicles will flash this symbol when the stability control is actively working. It may also stay lit up if there is an issue with the system.


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This light can be related to the automatic start or start/stop system. With an automatic starter, the light may be illuminated until the car is manually started using the key. In a vehicle with start/stop, the light will illuminate if the system is turned off by the driver or if there is a fault.


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This light indicates the steering is locked. Many vehicles will lock the steering in place when the ignition is not in the “run” position. Others can lock the steering if the programmed chip in the key is not present.


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A light referring to a trailer hitch lock system some vehicles are equipped with, it will turn on if the vehicle detects the trailer hitch is currently unlocked or if there is a fault with the system.


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The left and right arrows are the turn signal indicators. Usually green in colour, the left signal will flash when the left turn indicator is selected and the right will flash when the right indicator is selected. A lot of vehicles will flash both together when the hazard lights are switched on.


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This refers to parking sensors. A lot of modern vehicles are equipped with parking sensors that help aid in parking in tight spaces. This light will illuminate when the system has been manually turned off or if there is an issue with the sensors.


 

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This pair of sideways pointed lights refers to a vehicle’s exterior indicator lights, often referred to as parking lights. When the vehicles full lighting system is on, this light will illuminate.

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 5}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

 

 

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Similar to the lane departure warning system, this light refers to the active lane keep system. This light will illuminate if the system has been manually disabled or there is a fault with it.


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These lights simply refer to the fact that the vehicle is low on fuel and needs a fill-up soon. Every vehicle is different and the amount of fuel range left when the light first comes on can vary.


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A vehicle will perform optimally when properly warmed up. These lights, which are usually blue in colour, indicate the engine temperature is still low and is warning you not to drive too hard until the vehicle reaches proper operating temperatures.


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Vehicles come with tire pressure monitoring systems that keep track of how much pressure is left in all of the tires. If this light is illuminated, one or more of the tire’s pressure is low and needs to be attended to.


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This light could be lit in a multitude of colours. It means the windshield washer fluid is low and needs to filled. The washer fluid may also be used for the rear window and HID headlight lenses.


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Not that common anymore, this light indicates a vehicle’s overdrive system is currently disabled. It will light up if overdrive has been manually disabled or if there is a problem with the transmission.


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These two lights signify the parking and/or emergency brake is currently applied. They illuminate any time the vehicle’s mechanical or electrical brake is on. If the brake has been released but the light remains on, there may be an issue with the system.


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This light refers to a fault in the power steering system. It can be displayed in a multitude of colours, but usually red or amber. If illuminated, the vehicle should be taken to a mechanic as soon as possible.


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This light means “please depress the brake pedal.” It can be illuminated when trying to start the vehicle and/or when attempting to put the vehicle into gear.


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If you happened to buy a vehicle with a manual transmission, you have seen this warning light. It signifies the clutch needs to be depressed, usually when starting the ignition. It differs from the above depress brake pedal image by lacking the extra crescents on the sides of the circle.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 6 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”

What Do the Lights on My Dashboard Mean? {Part 4}

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Have you ever turned on your engine, only to see a brand new icon light up and utter confusion follow closely behind? Our vehicles are complicated and it’s important to know what all those lights and icons mean so you can maintain your car’s health and ensure its safety. Maybe you’re new to driving or perhaps you’re a seasoned driver who just needs a refresher. Either way, our new series “What Do the Lights on My Dash Mean?” will hopefully provide some insight on what all those many confusing icons are and what they mean about your vehicle and driving experience, so you can look out for potential problems!

If you’re new to our series, check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

 

 

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A modern safety feature offered on a lot of new cars, all of these lights refer to forward collision warnings. The red bar of lights illuminates at the base of a vehicle’s windshield when a crash appears imminent, while the other lights illuminate when the system is manually turned off or if there is a fault with the system.


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A true off-road vehicle will be offered with a two-speed transfer case that includes a four-wheel low system. This light illuminates when the four-wheel low system is engaged. If the light is on when the vehicle is not in four-wheel low, there may be an issue with the system.


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An icon depicting a vehicle and a gas cap, this warning light simply means that the gas cap is either missing or loose. A gas cap needs to be in place for a vehicle to properly pass emission standards.


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Another diesel-specific warning light, this is not a pig’s tail, but rather an icon that refers to glow plugs. A diesel vehicle needs the glow plugs to warm up before it can be started. This light will remain illuminated when a key is first put in the ignition until the plugs are ready.


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An indicator for the hazard lights, this light should only be illuminated when the hazard lights are active. The light may flash along with the four-way flashers when active.


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This light refers to hill descent control. Some vehicles have a low-speed cruise control system that helps a vehicle creep slowly down a steep hill by using the brakes and engine management. If the light is illuminated when not in use, there may be an issue with hill descent control.


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A simple light, this one indicates the vehicle’s hood is open. An easy way to distinguish this from the trunk open light below is by looking at the picture of the car. The front features a longer, more sloped hood.


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Similar to the light above, this one refers to the trunk being open. An easy way to distinguish this from the hood open light is by looking at the picture of the car. The back features a shorter, squared off trunk.


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These lights refer to a vehicle’s security and may mean a few different things. It could indicate the key is not in the car, the vehicle’s active security system is on or there is a fault with the ignition key.


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Another modern safety feature in many vehicles is a lane departure warning system. This light will illuminate if the system has been manually disabled or there is a fault with it.

 

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Stay tuned for Part 5 of this series next week! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below or tweet us at @Advantage_Ford!

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This information was shared from AutoGuide’s 2015 article called “What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?”