What to Know About Letting Your Grandchild Borrow Your Vehicle

Teen's First Car in Inverness, FL

If you have grandchildren who are rapidly approaching the age when they can drive, you may be tempted to let them borrow your vehicle every once in a while. Still, before you do, you’ll want to read up on the rules of letting other drivers borrow your car.

The good news is that Florida has laws that allow “permissive use,” or car borrowing. According to this rule, if you let someone borrow your car with your permission, they will be covered by your insurance — although you could still have to pay the deductible and premium increases that could arise from an accident. In Florida, if the borrower causes damage to people or property, you’ll be liable for up to $100,000 per person, up to $300,000 per incident for bodily injury, and up to $50,000 for property damage. If the borrower is uninsured, or has less than $500,000 in insurance coverage, you’ll be liable for up to an additional $500,000 in economic damages stemming from the use of your motor vehicle.

If your grandchildren regularly use your vehicle, they need to be listed on the insurance policy. This will result in a more expensive policy, especially if your young drivers recently earned their license.

Of course, another option is to help your grandchild acquire a vehicle of their own. One of the best places to find a new vehicle for a brand-new driver is right here at Nick Nicholas Ford, where we have a wide variety of vehicles for you and your family members to choose from.

Ford Named One of Best Employers for Veterans by MilitaryTimes

Military Veterans | Inverness, FL

At Nick Nicholas Ford, we owe a debt of gratitude to all of the men and women who have served in our nation’s military, and we’re proud to serve a diverse community of veterans in the Inverness area. And now, we’re more proud to announce that MilitaryTimes has named Ford one of the best employers for veterans in 2019.

Ford was honored on MilitaryTimes’ Best for Vets: Employers 2019 list, making Ford and Lincoln the only dealership network in the entire automotive industry to make the cut. The MilitaryTimes list is a yearly recognition of the best businesses and organizations that prioritize supporting and hiring veterans.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Vanessa Benson of Ford Motor Company Military and Veterans Initiatives called the award “a credit to our ongoing efforts with connecting transitioning military and veterans with great job opportunities,” adding that the Ford “commitment to our veterans is a core part of what makes us Built Ford Proud.”

Ford earned especially high marks for its policies that make it a military-spouse friendly workplace. These policies allow spouses of members of the military to have flexible hours and more flexible transfers due to the constraints of their partner’s military service.

You can test-drive a vehicle that’s Built Ford Proud at Nick Nicholas Ford.

2020 Ford Escape Revealed at Greenfield Village

Ford is excited to release the 2020 Escape. Recently, the 2020 Ford Escape was revealed at Greenfield Village near Detroit. To raise excitement for the Escape’s debut, Imagination Detroit rolled out the blue carpet.

Alistair Wilson, director of Imagination Detroit, explained that the blue carpet was intended to make the Escape stand out just as it should. Plus, Greenfield Village has a museum of items from throughout Ford’s storied history, making the village the perfect place to reveal the 2020 Ford Escape.

The 2020 Escape will come with Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology. This suite of driver-assist technologies includes Lane-Keeping System and Automatic Emergency Braking, and Auto High-Beam Headlights, all of which will help keep you safe when you’re on the go. The Head-Up Display projects your speed and navigation information onto your windshield so you can always keep your eyes on the road.

A 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine gives you the choice between a hybrid or plug-in hybrid, lowering your emissions and improving efficiency. If you’d rather have a gasoline engine, you can choose between the 1.5-liter EcoBoost and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost.

Want to learn more about the 2020 Ford Escape? When it arrives on dealership lots, you can take it for a test drive at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Ford Announces Expansions to GoRide Health Transit Services

Ford GoRide Inverness, FL

In today’s world, staying connected is more important than ever. Ford is committed to keeping everyone connected, and that commitment extends beyond Ford drivers. Recently, the automaker announced that it is expanding its popular Ford GoRide Health Service, a paratransit system that offers transportation to individuals with disabilities.

Ford believes that kindness and helping out the community are some of the most important parts of any business, and the further development of the GoRide service is a natural extension of this ethos. This service provides transportation for medical needs to people of all ages and disabilities.

The GoRide Health system works by automatically connecting people with dispatched drivers who can provide transportation to medical appointments. While the program was developed in the Detroit area, the program is now expanding to Ohio, followed by Florida and more states by 2020.

Minyang Jiang, GoRide Health CEO, has noted that the system is “gaining momentum because it is a reliable, human-centered service for people whose very lives depend on making their medical appointments.” She describes the service as a response to a growing need that simply wasn’t being met elsewhere.

Want to get behind the wheel of a Ford? We’ll help you find the perfect fit at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Summer Festivals in Inverness, Florida

Festivals in Inverness, FL

Inverness is a city full of families, friends, and great events. From patriotic festivals to car cruise-ins, there’s something for everyone. Check out these fun summer festivals in Inverness.

Patriotic Evening

The Patriotic Evening takes place on July 3, just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July. As is tradition, there will be a fireworks display over Lake Henderson at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to find a comfortable spot to place their chairs and blankets. Due to construction in Liberty and Wallace Brooks parks, there won’t be a festival this year.

Pine Street Jam

The Pine Street Jam is a free concert that draws thousands of visitors to Inverness. Street performers and a Margaretville-themed party make for a fun event that everyone can attend! That’s not to mention the kid’s zone, an ugly Hawaiian shirt contest, and a scavenger hunt. It all takes place on August 3.

Friday Night Thunder

Are you ready for the thunder? The Friday Night Thunder event features a live music car cruise-in with local merchants and restaurants. On August 16, Elvis DJ will be playing all of Elvis’ top songs.

Inverness Founders Day

The city of Inverness turns 100 years old this year, and everyone is welcome to come out and celebrate Inverness Founders Day! Attendees will enjoy city history tours, horse carriages, old-time specials, and games. Come out on September 14 and enjoy the celebration!

Best Car Features For Older Drivers

We all go through different stages in our lives. You probably remember being a young, teenage driver. Isn’t it remarkable how far the automotive industry has come? Cars today are smarter, better-equipped, and safer than ever. If you are a senior citizen, there are some car features for older drivers from Ford that you might want to consider.

Intelligent Access Push-Button Start

This feature is available on many new Ford vehicles and simplifies the process of unlocking the doors and starting your car. In fact, you won’t even have to get out your keys to do either. Your Ford will automatically sense the key fob and will unlock the doors as you approach. To star the car, engage the brake and press the start button. This feature could help provide some relief if you suffer from arthritis.

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology

These advanced safety features are available on nearly every new Ford model. With these features activated, they can give you extra protection and confidence for the road ahead and can help you maintain your independence. A Co-Pilot360™ package may include features like a Blind Spot Information System, a Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and even Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go technology.

At Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, FL we will work with you to make sure you get the most out of your new Ford. We will make sure you understand all your new features that keep you safe on the road! Visit us today!

Ford Motor Company Goes Green with Locally Sourced Michigan Wind Energy

Ford Making Switch to Green Power for Detroit-Area Facilities

Ford, as part of its commitment to make the most of renewable energy sources, has announced a new partnership that is the next step in its Michigan assembly facilities achieving 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy. Through DTE Energy and their MIGreenPower program, Ford will be acquiring 500,000 megawatt hours produced entirely by Michigan wind power.

Ford houses two major production facilities in Michigan. The first is the Dearborn truck plant that produces the iconic F-150 and Raptor models, and the second is the Michigan Assembly Plant where the new 2019 Ford Ranger is in production. Both facilities will benefit from these green renewable initiatives. The Michigan Assembly Plant is itself home to a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system, which already provides a significant portion of the location’s power requirements.

The move toward renewable energy is in part to help the environment, but it also comes with other benefits for the local area. Jobs are created to build, maintain, and operate sites that produce renewable energy. Furthermore, the local energy grid becomes more reliable due to the additional sources of electrical input.

Altogether, this partnership between Ford and DTE Energy means better production facilities, a cleaner environment, and a more prosperous future.

Test drive the F-150 Raptor at Nick Nicholas Ford.

2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty Delivers Unmatched Capabilities

2020 Ford Super Duty, Inverness, FL

When you have serious work to do, you need more than just any old pickup, you need the new 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty. The Super Duty’s capabilities have been taken to the next level with two new engine options, even higher towing and payload ratings, and more advanced technology options.

Under the hood, you will be able to choose from among three great engine options. A new 7.3-liter V8 will join the popular 6.2-liter V8 as gasoline engine options. There will also be the third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke® Diesel V8 to complete the lineup.

“With the addition of the 7.3-liter V8, upgrades to our 6.7-liter and the debut of an all-new 10-speed transmission, we are delivering the strongest, most capable Super Duty powertrain offerings yet,” said Mike Pruitt, Ford Super Duty chief engineer.

Ford hasn’t officially released the updated towing and payload numbers yet, but has said the Super Duty “will offer its highest-ever conventional, gooseneck, and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings.”

Inside, the new Super Duty will be just as impressive with a host of newly available technology features. The class-exclusive, available Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ will make it easier to get your truck into towing position, while the embedded 4G LTE Wi-Fi modem allows up to 10 devices to connect at once.

Learn more about the highly-capable 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup at Nick Nicholas Ford.

2019 Ford Ranger Offers Superb Midsize Pickup Fuel Efficiency

2019 Ford Ranger, Inverness, FL

The 2019 Ford Ranger offers impressive strength and versatility, but it doesn’t stop there. The 2019 Ranger sets a new standard for efficiency in the midsize pickup segment.

The all-new Ranger rolls out with an EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg.* Four-wheel drive models are rated for an EPA-estimated 20 city/24 highway/22 combined mpg.* That kind of efficiency makes it stand above gas-powered competitors.

“Midsize truck customers have been asking for a pickup that’s Built Ford Tough,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “And Ranger will deliver with durability, capability and fuel efficiency, while also providing in-city maneuverability and the freedom desired by many midsize pickup truck buyers to go off the grid.”

Designed to raise the bar for the midsize truck segment, the 2019 Ford Ranger also tops competitors with best-in-class torque, towing, and payload capabilities.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine generates 270 horsepower and a best-in-class 310 lb-ft of torque. That kind of strength gives the Ford Ranger a best-in-class 7,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity too. The Ranger’s engine comes paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

The new Ranger also offers an impressive array of available technologies, including the class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System.

Visit us here at Nick Nicholas Ford to test-drive the new Ranger.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy/comb mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

Tips For Driving In Wet Conditions

Wet Conditions

Driving when the weather is rainy can be stressful. However, there’s no reason to fear soggy or slick conditions as long as you exercise caution behind the wheel and remember to practice these safe driving habits

Slow Down & Leave Room

It’s never a good idea to speed or drive too close to the car in front of you. This can be especially hazardous on slippery pavement. When the roads are wet, make sure to drive the speed limit, observe a safe following distance behind other vehicles, and give yourself plenty of room to stop.   

Don’t Slam The Brakes

If you start skidding while driving in the rain, your first impulse might be to stomp on the brake pedal. Resist this urge. Instead, gently pump the brakes and concentrate on retaining control of your vehicle until you are able to stop or steer out of the skid.

Avoid Cruise Control

Cruise control can be a great way to improve your driving experience on the highway. However, using this technology when roads are wet can affect your vehicle’s traction and increase your risk of hydroplaning or skidding. Turn off cruise control in slick conditions so you can maintain complete control of your vehicle.

Make sure to follow these tips to stay as safe as possible during rough driving conditions and reach out to us at Nick Nicholas Ford if you have any additional questions!