Ford and State Farm Team Up to Reduce Insurance Rates

Ford and State Farm have struck a new partnership that can help you save money on car insurance and reduce insurance rates and overall vehicle ownership costs.

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After a one-year pilot program, the two companies determined that drivers insured by State Farm saved up to 20 percent when they drove vehicles equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of advanced safety features, which now comes as standard equipment on many new Ford vehicles.

The technology, which is capable of automatically braking for cars and pedestrians to avoid a frontal collision, gave Ford and State Farm better insight into the driving habits of Ford owners. This information, which the automaker calls Vehicle Build Data, gives State Farm a comprehensive understanding of how advanced driver assistance systems impact claims, such as how often they occur and how severe they are.

“Our new build data API piloted with State Farm is another way we’re using data to help our customers get the most out of their Ford, at a lower total cost of ownership,” said Tim Meek,  digital insurance manager for Ford.

Ford and State Farm plan to roll out the program to Ford, Lincoln, and even Mercury vehicles going as far back as the 2010 model year so that even second and third owners can benefit from reduced insurance rates.

If you’re interested in saving up to 20 percent on car insurance, check out our new and used Ford models at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas!

Say Hello to the Ford F-150 Lightning

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2021 Ford F-150 Pictured

Ford recently announced the all-new, all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning truck — and it’s the most powerful and efficient Ford F-150 pickup ever. If you’re a fan of the F-150 series, then you will love this new, electrifying addition.

The all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning will come with two battery options, with the standard-range battery getting 230 miles and the extended-range battery offering up to 300 miles of maximum range. The standard 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro will help you charge up quickly at home. This electric power translates to 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque and up to 10,000 pounds of available maximum towing. With the standard 2.4-kilowatt Pro Power Onboard and available Ford Intelligent Backup Power, you can also use the Ford F-150 to power your house during an outage.

On top of its efficient and powerful performance, the all-new F-150 Lightning will also feature the latest technology, including a 15.5-inch portrait touch screen with SYNC® 4A, BlueCruise hands-free driving, Ford Power-Up over-the-air update capabilities, Onboard Scales, new Pro Trailer Hitch Assist technology, and Phone As A Key technology.

The Ford F-150 Lightning also features a unique design, offering 14.1 cubic feet of cargo volume and a 400-pound payload in its front trunk. The front trunk also includes four electrical outlets and two USB chargers.

When the Ford F-150 Lightning hits the market, you’ll be able to find it right here at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas.

Mustang Mach-E Tears up the Track at Talladega

Mustang Mach-E

In April, the all-new Mustang Mach-E appeared at the Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway, making it the second Ford electric vehicle to make its debut at a NASCAR Cup Series race. While the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E did not compete, it served as the pace car, setting an electrifying tone for the race.

The electric Mustang Mach-E leading the way must have been a good omen for the Ford team, as Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski ultimately win the race in overtime. Ford driver Matt DiBenedetto helped set Keselowski up for the win with a last-minute move, opening up the bottom lane in the last lap. This race marked Keselowski’s first win of the 2021 season and his sixth overall at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as Ford’s tenth victory out of the last 12 races at Talladega.

After DiBenedetto had a chance to drive a Mustang Mach-E, he praised the EV’s impressive power and throttle response. According to DiBenedetto, “It was something that I 100 percent wanted to own for myself or my wife because when you hop in the car it’s nice and quiet… It was a blast.”

If you want a new vehicle that offers the same thrill that impressed a professional NASCAR driver, check out our inventory at Sour Lake Ford.

Ford Raises 1.5 Million For Charity with VIN 001 Bronco and Mustang Mach 1

The VIN is a set of numbers of letters that identifies a specific vehicle. Each section of the code signifies what brand it is, the model year, some of its features, and finally which production number it has. Recently, Ford auctioned off VIN 001 for both the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1. Together, these vehicles brought in $1,575,000 for charity.

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Ford sold these unique models at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 went first. It was wearing a Fighter Jet Gray color and came equipped with the Handling Package. When all was said and done, it went for a price of $500,000. This money goes to JDRF, which leads the fight against type 1 diabetes.

The next day, the 2021 Ford Bronco First Edition VIN 001 hit the block. The bidding was more intense for this two-door model in a bold Lightning Blue color. It came in the top-tier Badlands trim with the added excitement of the Sasquatch Package. After a flurry of bids, the Bronco earned an impressive $1,075,000. These funds will head towards the National Forest Foundation and Outward Bound.

With these latest auction results, Ford and Barrett-Jackson have raised nearly $13.5 million for charities for the past 15 years.

While we don’t have VIN 001 of the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1, we do have other VIN options available. Contact us at Sour Lake Ford for more information.

Ford Increases Its EV Investment in to $22 Billion

The automotive world is changing in some major ways. One of the most prominent trends to emerge is the increasing electrification of vehicles across the industry. Ford has never been one to follow others, but rather one set the pace for everyone else. So, it should come as no surprise that it just announced plans to invest a staggering $22 billion in EV production.

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This is double the initial amount of $11 billion Ford pledge to invest in EVs back in 2018. Since then, a number of new electric innovations have emerged, from both within the Ford brand and outside of it, necessitating even more investment in emission-free models.

In just the past year, Ford introduced a remarkable new EV in the form of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This vehicle is a radical departure from the traditional Mustang marque, as it is not only an SUV, but also an all-electric vehicle. Somehow, it still manages to maintain the world-famous pony car’s sporty performance.

The Mustang won’t be the only iconic Ford model to receive an all-electric option, as production on an electric version of the best-selling Ford F-150 truck is set to begin later this year. In addition to the $22 billion commitment for the production of electric vehicles, Ford is also pledging $7 billion for the development of autonomous driving technologies.

With all of the exciting new technological developments coming from our favorite automaker, all of us at Sour Lake Ford can’t wait to see what’s coming next. To experience Ford’s innovation firsthand, pay us a visit at our location in Sour Lake, Texas.

Ford F-150 Is the 2021 Free Press Truck of the Year

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The new 2021 Ford F-150 has already proven itself to be a capable, tough, and award-worthy model. After already taking home the 2021 North American Truck of the Year title, the F-150 has now earned the 2021 Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year award as well.

The 2021 Ford F-150 surpassed its competitors and won the prestigious Freep award, thanks in part to its best-in-class 14,000 pounds of towing capacity and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6. This available engine delivers 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, while also being fuel-efficient.

Freep also appreciated the technologies of the 2021 F-150, like its future Active Drive Assist hands-free system and the segment-exclusive Over-the-Air Updates of its SYNC® 4 system. The truck’s available Interior Work Surface and comfortable Max Recline Seats also gave it a leg up over competitors.

In addition, author Mark Phelan noted that the F-150 has some features that, despite being overlooked by the competition, ultimately helped the truck win the award. These include a tailgate with a built-in measuring stick and c-clamp receivers as well as longer running boards that go behind the cab to provide easier bed access.

If you’d like to drive the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150 around Sour Lake, Texas, schedule a test drive today at Sour Lake Ford.

6 Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

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There’s plenty to do around Sour Lake — especially when warmer weather arrives. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for spring.

1. Spring brings warmer weather to Texas, so make sure your air conditioning is working before higher temperatures hit. It also brings rainy weather, so you’ll want to inspect your windshield wipers to make sure they’re in good shape. 

2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. High temperatures can impact tire pressure, which in turn can hamper your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.

3. Hydration is also important when it comes to prepping your Ford vehicle for spring drives. For instance, you’ll want to check the radiator coolant level in your Ford F-150 before hitting the road.

4. Keep your Ford running smoothly with regular oil changes — and have the brakes on your Ford Super Duty® inspected before spring starts. 

5. It is a good idea to test your car’s battery, especially if it is a few years old. This will reduce your chance of getting stranded on the side of the road during your spring commutes and road trips.

6. Make sure your emergency kit is well stocked with items like a first-aid kit, flashlight, and a phone charger.

Whether you drive a Super Duty® or an Escape, one of the easiest ways to prepare your Ford for spring is to take it into Sour Lake Ford for a seasonal service appointment. Call us today to help ensure that your spring travels are as safe as they are fun.

Takeout Places Near Beaumont, TX to Try This Valentine’s Day

Couple Celebrating Valentines Day | Sour Lake, TX

This Valentine’s Day is going to look a bit different than normal. To stay safe and still enjoy a romantic evening at home, try ordering some takeout from one of the many incredible restaurants in the Beaumont area.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

If you’re craving oysters, lobster, or shrimp, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen at 4040 Interstate 10 S will satisfy your needs. The Pappas family has Greek roots and have been making delicious seafood since 1897. The menu is expansive, with multiple entrée options as well as unique appetizers, soups, and desserts. Give them a call at (409) 842-1339 or order online.

Finch Hutton BMT

For a French-inspired fine dining experience to-go, try a meal from Finch Hutton BMT on 6680 Calder Avenue. You’ll find exquisite options like Truffle Fries Poutine, Smoked Duck Confit Tacos, Pork Belly Po’Boy, and a vast list of savory steaks. This local restaurant can be contacted at (409) 554-8205.

Asian

Do you want to feel like you’ve traveled across the Pacific to Asia? Order from Sweet Basil Vietnamese Noodle House at 4026 Dowlen Road. This spot offers many trendy delicacies like pho noodle soups, spicy ramen, spring rolls, and much more. Call them at (409) 347-7594 to make an order and take your Valentine’s Day to another country.

Grab some candles, decorate the table, and order from any of these local spots to add some pizazz to your at-home Valentine’s Day meal.

Ford Expedition Accessories to Add to Your Vehicle During the New Year

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2021 isn’t just a new year for you, but a new year for your vehicle as well. If you own a 2021 Ford Expedition, one of the best ways to ring in the New Year is to upgrade your ride with a whole collection of accessories. Listed below are just a few options for the Expedition.

Roof Rack

Perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution of yours to explore the outdoors more in 2021. If you’re bringing a bike or boat during your rugged adventures, a roof rack will make it far easier and safer to bring supplies with you on the road.

SUV Tent

Speaking of the wild outdoors, you won’t have to set up camp far away from your vehicle when you purchase an SUV tend for your 2021 Ford Expedition. Best of all, these tents are simple to set up.

Sunscreen

We might be in the middle of winter right now, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the hot summers that affect the area around Sour Lake, Texas. If you want to avoid a smoldering-hot cabin during the summer months, consider investing in a sunscreen for your Expedition.

To learn about even more accessories for your 2021 Ford Expedition model, feel free to reach out to the team here at Sour Lake Ford.

2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch™ Package

The 2021 Ford Bronco has off-road enthusiasts buzzing as the iconic SUV is set to make its long-awaited return. Many fans were specifically clamoring for combining the Sasquatch™ Package with a seven-speed manual transmission, and their persistence paid off.

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“The Bronco community spoke and we heard them. Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission- another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can,” said Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager Mark Grueber.

The Sasquatch™ is offered on every 2021 Ford Bronco Trim and comes standard on the Wildtrak and sold-out First Edition. It uses 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires, 17-inch black-painted beadlock-capable wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, electronic-locking front and rear Dana axles, and a 4.7:1 final drive ratio for supreme off-road balance and performance. When the package is paired with both the manual and 4×4 system, the Bronco achieves a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1.

The Sasquatch™ Package, complete with the seven-speed manual, will be available in late 2021. Per Ford, the first group of new Broncos will come out in spring of 2021. Contact us at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, TX to pre-order a new 2021 Ford Bronco of your own.