Must-Have Items to Pack for the Beach in Your New Ford

2005 Ford Mustang ConvertibleThere is nothing more classic than a great trip to the beach in a car full of friends packed with everything you need to have a perfect day in the waves. This year, check out some of the gorgeous nearby beaches, and get ready to have a relaxing and fun-filled trip. For those seeking a quieter beach getaway look no further than the beaches in Chesapeake Bay. Pack up your Ford with these beach essentials and hit the sand at any one of the beautiful Virginia beaches this season.

Beach Refreshments

When getting ready for the beach, have no worries that your new Ford will have enough room to take any snacks and drinks you need to get the most out of your beach trip. Remember to pack plenty of water, as well as sandwiches, chips, fruits, and a surprise treat like cookies. Even though your cooler is jam-packed, you’ll still have plenty of space in your efficient and roomy Ford, especially if it’s an Escape. Pop open the back and lay down some blankets for a quick beach picnic, and enjoy the Virginia beaches like never before.

Beach Entertainment

As one of the most relaxing beaches on the East coast, the Chesapeake Bay area beaches are one of the best places to enjoy quiet activities. Packing a bag of books and magazines can make sure you get in some good reading time in between ocean swims and sun naps. Some might even enjoy bringing along a small radio for a little light music to accompany the gentle sounds of waves and seagulls. For those with less to pack, the 2015 Ford Fiesta is just the perfect mix of functionality and economy to make every trip effortless.

Beach Toys

For those with children, there is no end to the amount of toys to be carried to the beach. From sand buckets and shovels, to goggles and swim shoes, boogie boards, Frisbees, volleyballs, and more, families must have a way to get everything to the beach in one trip. With enough room for all the fun plus all the family, Ford offers several SUVs with the space to take on a perfect beach trip. So relax knowing everyone gets to take their own toys to play with; no more fighting over who gets to take what.

Beach Necessities

There are some things that are just impossible to leave home without. When packing up for a beach trip, always remember to pack beach chairs, suntan lotion, sunglasses, umbrellas, towels, and floaties for the kids. Fit everything you need and more inside your Ford, parked right next to you on the sand. While you’re sitting back with everything you need to enjoy an ideal day at the beach, take some time to read your new owner’s manual for your brand new Ford.

Even after packing up all the food, toys, and entertainment you could possibly need for your day at the beach, relax knowing there’s still room for the entire family, including the dog, in your new 2015 Ford. For the biggest selection of beautiful brand new and certified pre-owned Fords in the Virginia Beach area, stop in to Cavalier Ford Lincoln – you’ll find the best fit for you and the family. With an experienced sales team supported by an excellent service team, the entire staff at Cavalier Ford Lincoln is dedicated to offering you the best possible car shopping experience. When headed for the beach this year, remember the most essential part of your trip: how you’ll get there. Choose a quality Ford that has plenty of room for everything you love!

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When is it Time to Change Your Transmission Parts?

Introduction

The transmission is one of the most complex systems on modern vehicles and determines how power is transferred from the engine to the wheels. A modern automatic transmission has over a thousand parts, meaning that constant maintenance to ensure that each part works correctly in the system is essential. Replacing an entire transmission system that has failed is one of the most expensive repair jobs that you’ll ever encounter, so it’s wise to keep up with the maintenance of the system to help prolong the life of the system. Schedule a service at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier today!

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Signs of a Failing Transmission

Since the transmission is such a complex system, there are plenty of warning signs when things go wrong. Since each symptom can be indicative of a number of different parts failing, it’s a good idea to visit your local dealer and have them perform a systematic check to determine what the problem is. The most common signs of a failing transmission include:

  • If you have a manual transmission, rough shifting is a good indicator of a failing transmission. This can include finding that your car refuses to shift gears or that the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. You may even hear a distinct noise when the gear engages and you may notice that the car doesn’t get up to speed as it used to.
  • If you have an automatic transmission, the most common indicator of a failing transmission would be slippage, where you’re driving in a certain gear which then slips for no reason. You may feel that the car feels underpowered or that it’s not accelerating like it used to. Again, unusual noises such as whining or random changes in pitch should be a good indicator of trouble.
  • Delayed engagement is a symptom where you engage the car from the parking gear into drive and instead of immediately being able to drive you find that even if you rev the car it doesn’t move forward.
  • Transmission fluid is usually a shade of red or brown and is easy to distinguish from water and oil. If you find spots of liquid on your driveway or garage, place some cardboard under the car and check the color of the leak. If your transmission fluid is leaking, contact your auto service shop immediately.

Transmission Maintenance

Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to transmissions. There are plenty of things that you can do as an owner to extend the lifespan of your transmission and prevent major problems from arising.

  • Check your transmission fluid regularly, especially after you’ve run your car in adverse conditions such as stop and start traffic, towing or hilly terrain, all of which can cause transmission fluid to heat up, which decreases the performance of the fluid.
  • Service your vehicle regularly at your local dealer. One of the things that a yearly service addresses is a transmission fluid check and replacement, ensuring that your transmission is working as it should. A service will also check safety features such as brakes, lights and steering and can drastically prolong the engine life of your vehicle.
  • Investigate any malfunctions immediately. Many people tend to delay going to the service center even when there is a problem with a car, which makes the issue larger the longer it goes on.

Conclusion

Keeping your transmission in working order is a good way to ensure that your drive in your Ford is pleasant and hassle-free. Identifying any issues early will help you avoid costly replacements and repairs, and regular maintenance at your local Cavalier Ford dealer will prolong the life of your transmission.

 

Six Events to Attend this September

While there’s always the beautiful beaches to enjoy any day of the week, September is an especially great time of year for families and individuals alike to take in many of the planned events in the Virginia Beach area. With gorgeous ocean views and a relaxing city life, Virginia Beach is the perfect destination for those trying to get away in the early fall months. Check out these exciting upcoming events in the Virginia Beach area.

Blues at the Beach

Welcoming children and adults free of charge, Blues on the Beach is a blues festival in Virginia Beach running from September 5-6. Featuring famous blues musicians from across the country, Blues on the Beach showcases several artists over a two day concert in an outdoor venue. Artists such as Terry Garland, James Herman, and Billy Boy Arnold will perform and even offer free workshops to audiences.

18th Annual Neptune’s Fall Wine Festival

Located in Neptune’s Park, Virginia Beach, from September 6-7, 12-5pm, the older ones in the crowd can leave the kids at home to enjoy a relaxing evening out enjoying the many remarkable wines of Virginia. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday, and can also be purchased as a group for up to eight guests. Unwind with live music, great food, and of course the best wine in Virginia.

Mediterranean Weekend

For those looking for a taste of Italian and Greek cultures, the Mediterranean Weekend, running from September 12-14, is a perfect step into the Mediterranean world. Children and parents alike are welcome to enjoy the best Italian and Greek food, experience music and cultural dance, and participate in fun activities such as grape stomping. Festival goers will have the opportunity to purchase different cultural souvenirs, allowing them to bring the Mediterranean home.

Sandman Triathlon

Challenging even the toughest athletes to an intense test of the mind and body, the Sandman Triathlon boasts an exacting 750 meter ocean swim, a 5k run, and a 14-mile bike ride. Now featuring a new route allowing for more participants, the event is expecting to draw plenty of competitors and spectators alike. On September 21st, competitors can come out to test their skills at 7:00am, and relax and enjoy the wonderful Virginia beaches at the post-race celebration.

International Sand-sculpting Championship

One of the most distinctive events in the entire region, the International Sandsculpting Championship, lasting an entire ten days (September 26-October 5), is guaranteed to be an incredibly interesting visit for anyone. Featuring artists and sculptors from around the globe, the creations are exhibited for viewing. Housed in a stunning venue and offering a cash prize for the best sculpture, the International Sandsculpting Championship is one of the most exciting events of the year.

Test Drive the Latest Lincolns

Things to do in Virginia

September is a great month to explore the new inventory at Cavalier Ford Lincoln and take a number of cars for a test drive! Showcasing the newest cars and an impressive inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles, Cavalier Ford Lincoln has the perfect vehicle for everyone, including the 2015 Lincoln MKZ, and the 2015 Lincoln MKC. Cavalier Ford prices itself with their dedicated sales and service teams to take care of any client needs. Come in for a test drive to find your new car for fall 2014.

In the upcoming fall months of beautiful weather, catch the last bits of warmth and fun in Virginia Beach with many activities for every member of the family. From wine tastings, triathlons, art exhibitions, competitions, and cultural festivals to test driving your favorite Lincolns, there’s always a lot to do!

Top Five Places to Visit in Virginia this Fall

Introduction

One of the best things about owning a Ford that you bought from Cavalier Ford Lincoln is that you get to travel and experience all the sights and sounds of Virginia without having to worry about car rentals or extra expenses. There are plenty of places that you can visit this fall, whether you’re looking at simply taking a day trip or planning a longer vacation in the state.

Jamestown and Yorktown

Virginia is rich in colonial history, with plenty of Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields to be found. It’s also renowned as the birthplace of eight presidents, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. If you’re a Civil War history buff, a visit to Jamestown and Yorktown is essential. Part of the historic triangle along with Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown both have their own special charm and are worth a visit. 

Jamestown is packed with restored homes and workshops and is a great example of one of the first American cities, while Yorktown is known for being the location of one of the most important battles and victories in the Revolutionary War. A trip to both Jamestown and Yorktown can be done in a couple of hours, leaving plenty of time for other attractions. 

Colonial Williamsburg

Things to do in Virginia this fall

If you still haven’t got a fill of history you can brave the tourists and school field trips and visit Colonial Williamsburg, a bubble of history in the city of Williamsburg. With plenty of restored houses, schools and businesses, along with colonial townsfolk, you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time. The helpful townsfolk will also educate and entertain and give a glimpse of how life was during the 18th century.

Virginia Beach

Even though you may feel a bit of fall chill in the air, a trip to Virginia Beach is well worth it. Not only does it have one of the biggest beaches in the northern states, it’s only an hour’s drive away from Colonial Williamsburg. Even if you don’t want to visit the beach itself, there are plenty of small amusement parks, museums, gardens and even an aquarium to keep you busy and entertained. If you’re planning a day trip out in your Ford, you can start out at Virginia Beach and then move onto the more historical sites in Virginia. If you’re planning to spend the day at the beach, then get there early to reserve the best spot, as there are plenty of tourists around and space is at a premium

Busch Gardens

Another attraction close to Virginia Beach and the Historic Triangle is the Busch Gardens amusement park, which has been named one of the most attractive parks in the country due to the massive effort put into landscaping and gardening in the park. There are plenty of rides ranging from relatively calm to thrilling roller coasters ensuring that everybody in the family will have fun at the amusement park. There are seasonal events hosted by the park that are geared towards families, and with Halloween around the corner you can expect something thrilling at Busch Gardens.

Shenandoah Valley

If you prefer something off the beaten path, take the I-64 west and enjoy the great outdoors in the Shenandoah National Park. There are plenty of hiking trails which will take you past some of the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in the country. You can also take your Ford off-road on the spectacular Skyline Drive which allows you to drive along the mountain tops and even a part of the Appalachian Trail, giving you plenty of opportunity to see some great views, particularly in the fall. 

Things to do in Virginia This FallThese family fun attractions are a short driving distance from Cavalier Ford Lincoln in Chesapeake, VA. You would be the talk of the place if you showed up with a new vehicle, such as the 2015 Ford Taurus! Come visit today at 1515 S. Military Highway!

 

5 Places in Virginia Beach to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring for Virginia Beach is finally upon us, and it is time to think about getting your Ford vehicle cleaned up for the sunny weather.  Your Chesapeake Ford dealership is happy to provide you with a list of places near Virginia Beach that offer car cleaning services. Whether your Ford needs a light wash or a detailed makeover, you’re sure to find a place that will fit your budget and your cleanliness needs. Don’t wait; start your spring off with a sparkling, freshly cleaned Ford!

Buggy Bathe

Buggy Bathe offers a variety of cleaning services ranging from a simple exterior wash to a full spectrum cleaning of the exterior and detailing of the interior. You can choose from several monthly packages, so you can find the one that best fits your unique needs. The Williamsburg location offers many different lube services, so you can take care of some maintenance while you are there. Packages range from economical to expensive, but the rates match the service.

SSS Express Car Wash

SSS Express has been cleaning cars since 1961. Its Virginia Beach location offers a drive-through oil change service; from the comfort of your vehicle, you can watch on a television monitor as trained technicians change your car’s oil. The car wash services include a full-service package, which entails vacuuming, hand prepping before proceeding into the wash tunnel, cleaning of the interior windows, an interior wipe-down, and the exterior dried by hand towel.

Car Spa

Car Spa offers a full-service package that includes an exterior soft cloth wash and auto detailing. It also has a convenience store, gas station, and Wi-Fi connection on-site. Perhaps one of the best aspects of Car Spa is the “48 hour clean car guarantee.” If it rains on your vehicle after you receive a full-service wash, Car Spa will give your automobile a complimentary “Bronze Exterior Wash.” Just bring in your receipt within 48 hours to get the rain spots cleaned away.

Irving’s Detailing Salon

Irving has a wide variety of services to get your Ford vehicle looking its best. The premier service includes a hand wash and wax, cleaning of the windows inside and out, washing the rims and dressing the tires, shampooing the carpets and seats, cleaning and dressing the vinyl, cleaning the door jambs, and detailing the trunk. Leather seats are cleaned and treated as part of the service. Vinyl seats are also treated, which will serve to increase the lifespan of the material.

Green Clean

For those who don’t want to pay for attendants to do all the cleaning, Green Clean is a good choice. The facility has drive-through car washes, self-service bays, and self-service vacuums. Green Clean is open 24 hours a day, so there is no need to make an appointment–come when it is convenient for you. On-site vending machines offer shampoos and fragrances, which can be purchased with tokens, quarters, or credit cards. During select hours there is an attendant on duty. If you decide to purchase the top, touch-free wash package, upon request, the attendant will spray down your car, clean the rims and tires, and apply light friction with a high-lubricity soap and a soft natural bristle brush.

We hope to see you in your clean Ford vehicle cruising in the spring sunshine and enjoying the hundreds of blooming flowers in and around Virginia Beach. If you need a new Ford or just want to stop in and say hello, we would love to see you.  Cavalier Ford Greenbrier has a variety of new and used Fords that are sure to meet your unique needs.

5 Places in Chesapeake, VA to Spring Clean Your Car

Spring Cleaning isn’t just for your winter wardrobes and closets! It’s time to get your Ford looking fine and pristine again for the spring season. Here are our top five picks for area hot spots that will get those wheels trimmed and interiors smelling fresh.

Majestik Auto Spa

Majestik Auto Spa, located off of 1470 Mount Pleasant Road, offers upscale, full-service car wash; detailing; and specialty services perfect for your automobile’s spring cleaning. Basic wash prices start at less than $15 with a premium wash for SUVs at less than $40. A premium car wash costs less than $35. Majestik also offers interior upholstery leather repair, paint touch-up, and paint-less dent repair. Cars, trucks, SUVs, boat trucks, semi trucks, motorbikes, and jet skis are all serviced by the professionals at Majestik Auto Spa. This location also offers automated car washes in addition to the hand-cleaning services. For your convenience the company is open seven days a week, and appointments can be booked online at the Majestik Auto Spa reservations link or by phone at 757-482-0140.

Freedom Wash

Freedom Wash has a full-service car wash located at 1510 Sam’s Circle in Chesapeake. Their automated car wash is open 24/7, but their full-service station is open during normal business hours. Packages start at right under $35 for full-service wash; however, unlimited members enjoy full-service wash pricing at $19.99. Service options range from wash and wax and vacuuming and shampooing to deluxe detailing. Members can purchase Freedom Cards to maximize discounts and savings.

J’s Auto Cleaning

Located down the street from Audio One, J’s Auto Cleaning takes a different approach with their “beautification treatments”. From inner beauty to outer beauty works, J’s gives special attention to fabric dressing and long-lasting stain protection. They also offer full window tinting and repair services.
Their locally owned business has been in operation at 1001 North Battlefield Boulevard since 1985. They are open six days a week from 8:30 am until 5 pm and until 3 pm on Saturday. Contact their office by phone at 757-547-3177 or online at the official J’s Auto Cleaning webpage.

Pro Detailing

Pro Detailing has been in business since 1992 and proudly proclaims that their detailing specialty is perfecting the ever-challenging shine on any black automobile. This mobile business brings the clean to your car wherever you are. Their service also includes engine cleaning. Lackluster exterior paint color, door dings, and other dents can also be remedied. Pro Detailing services are available Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Appointments can be made by calling 757-582-1622, by emailing or online at Pro Detailing’s official website through the Contact Us option. Car detailing with Pro Detailing is $135, and vacuuming for cars is $25. Prices for trucks and vans go up to $175 for detailing and $45 for vacuuming.

First Impressions Mobile Auto Detailing

A high-quality mobile detailing company, First Impressions Mobile Auto Detailing offers clear-cut packages with competitive price points. Levels of detail cleaning are broken down into these six categories: full and superior detail packages, wash and seal (wax), interior shampoo detail, well water stain removal, and headlight restoration. Schedule an appointment online at the First Impressions Detailing Contact page or by telephone at 757-813-1757.

While you’re spring cleaning, don’t neglect to rotate and balance your tires and keep up-to-date with oil changes and filter replacements. Maintenance repair work can be performed quickly and reliably at your premier Ford dealer in Chesapeake, VA. We’ll do service point checks to ensure the safety and reliability of your Ford for the coming season. Contact us today for an appointment!

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Driving Your Ford From Winter into Spring

Finally! The end of the record breaking cold temperatures and mountains of snow is in sight. The arrival of spring means it’s now time to get your Ford ready for the new season and make sure you don’t have any trouble getting where you need to go.

The most important aspect of transitioning your Ford from winter to spring is cataloging any damage done to your vehicle during the winter months and getting it corrected. The toll snow, salt, ice, frozen mud, and sleet takes on a vehicle is mindboggling. Not only will undoing this damage extend the life of the car, it will also keep you safer while behind the wheel.

Driving Your Ford from Winter into Spring

Wash Your Car

The last thing you want to do is ignore the salt build-up on your car. The salt eats through the body of your car creating rust and making holes. Removing the salt from your Ford requires more than simply hosing down your vehicle. Take it to a car wash where it will be scrubbed from top to bottom and the undercarriage will get thoroughly cleaned. It might take two or three trips through the wash cycle to completely erase all the bits of winter grime from your Ford.

Update Safety Features

The springtime is the perfect period to evaluate the state of your windshield wipers, headlights, and taillights and consider whether or not you should go to the auto parts store and pick up some replacement models. More often than not, the windshield wipers will need to be replaced. Even if your headlights are in good shape, you should remove the plexiglass and give it a thorough cleaning, both inside and out.

This is also the time to inspect your tires. In addition to making sure that there is a safe amount of tread and that they’re not losing any air pressure, you need to take your Ford to Cavalier Ford and have the tire department rotate them. Rotating the tires extends their life while also reducing the chances of you experiencing a dangerous front tire blow out.

Annual Check

All cars need regular maintenance work done and the best time of the year to do that is the springtime. Getting things like the oil changed and the spark plugs replaced means that your Ford will be ready and able to take you wherever the wind blows you to now that the weather is nice and the roads are clear. You’ll never have to worry about getting stranded along the way. Even more importantly, the annual maintenance work the Cavalier Ford service department does virtually eliminates the odds of you even having to deal with any serious emergency repairs.

In addition to doing routine maintenance work, the service department will also thoroughly inspect your Ford and take note of damage sustained during the winter you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

When it comes to helping your Ford car or truck transition from winter to spring, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone more helpful than the Cavalier Ford Greenbrier Service Department at 1515 S. Military Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320. They work fast and accurately, take the time to answer all of your questions, and only use the best quality parts.

The sooner you contact your Chesapeake Ford dealer and book an appointment with their service department, the sooner you’ll feel comfortable taking your Ford car or truck on long, springtime outings!

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Winter Car Care Tips

When the wintry season settles in, this implies a lot of things to any car owner. While some parts may be warm, there are those areas that will experience high snowfall and blizzard conditions. Such situations make driving a hazardous experience. With this in mind, it is necessary to ensure that your Ford vehicle gets proper maintenance and servicing. Therefore, before the winter season in Virginia Beach, VA, take the time to ensure that your car is good enough to go in the snow, ice and colder temperatures. Herein, are several essential tips from Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier that you can use to prep your car, van, SUV or truck during the winter season thus ensuring that you do not experience any car problems.

Ford Winter Car Care Tips Greenbrier VA

1. Windshield Wipers

Check the windshield wipers to ensure that they are in a good condition. If they are old or worn out, it is advisable to replace them. Auto experts recommend replacing them every six months. After driving in freezing weather, remember to turn off the wipers when you park your car. Also, check or refill the fluid level of the windshield washer system.

2. Tires

Ensure that the tires are not worn out since driving through the snow needs deep grooves. The tire pressure and the tread depth should be good to keep you safe during the winter season. If your area experiences high levels of snow and ice during the winter, you may want to replace your regular tires with the winter tires.

3. Engine Coolant System

For those who have been servicing their cars regularly, “flash and fill” may not be necessary. If you have not serviced your car recently, a flash and fill is a good thing to do. Ensure that the auto mechanic uses a coolant that is compatible with your vehicle. Ideally, the car experts advise that the antifreeze should be flushed out and refilled after every two years.

4. Battery and Charging System

During the cold winter seasons, greater stress is put on your battery thus zapping its life. Ensure that the battery and the charging system are at their optimum performance. There are auto shops in Norfolk, VA, that will check your battery for free.

5. Brakes

The brakes are the most vital safety system in any vehicle. Taking the time to ensure that it is thoroughly checked is an important decision. This will give you confidence while driving in snowy weather as well as help stop in time in case of any issue while on the road.

6. Lights

Your lighting system is one important part that you can’t overlook. Both the interior and exterior lights should be functioning effectively to give you a clear view of anything around you. The headlights should be properly aimed so that anything on the road can be clearly seen.

Therefore, before the wintry season settles in, visit a Ford service center that will help you ensure that your vehicle is in a good condition. Change the oil and filters at the recommended interval. Switching to the so called winter weight oil may be a good option. Before heading for a trip during the winter, ensure that your gas tank is full in order to prevent unexpected emergencies.

To prep your vehicle for the winter season, you may want to consider visiting Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier located at 1515 South Military Highway Chesapeake, VA 23320. As a Ford dealership, this company strives to provide the best auto services to ensure that your car is safe for the wintry weather. Surrounding towns like Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Portsmouth are also served.

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