“Bare Necessities” Fundraiser for Family Nurturing Center

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Giving just feels better than receiving. We truly believe in that sentiment, and the Butler Family of Dealerships, along with Radio Medford’s NOW 93.7, 105.1 the WOLF, 880 KCMX AM, and ESPN Radio 580 AM and 96.1 FM the BULL are partnering for the Bare Necessities holiday promotion to benefit the Family Nurturing Center in Medford. Our goal is to help children between the ages of 0 and 6 years old who are less fortunate than others.

“When children come to us, they often need the bare necessities that many others take for granted,” stated Lisa O’Connor, Executive Director of Family Nurturing Center. “This wonderful creative holiday fundraiser is exactly what we need to serve those less fortunate in our community. I couldn’t be more excited.” The Bare Necessities fundraiser will run from now through Wednesday, December 23rd.

The Family Nurturing Center, which opened its first center in Jackson County in 2006, has grown from a small operation serving two toddlers and their families to an organization that has supported more than 1,000 children. Our goal for this fundraiser is simple: do what we can to help one of the most incredible resources in the Rogue Valley prevent the abuse and neglect of young children.

The Butler dealerships in Ashland and Medford will be participating by encouraging their staff, families and friends to help by providing an item from the “Holiday Wish List.” The radio stations will be encouraging the public to drop off donations at Butler Ford, Acura, Hyundai or Kia. The wish list items are not extravagant or spendy, but play essential roles in the health, safety, and happiness of young children growing up in difficult circumstances.

Please join us in giving back to those who stand to gain the most from generosity at this giving time of year: underprivileged children. There are few ventures we engage in as a company that we believe in as deeply as this one, and with your help, we hope to make a very real difference this holiday season.

The Bare Necessities Wish List includes:
Booster Seats

Car Seats

Cooking Supplies (Crock Pots, Griddles, Pots and Pans)

Gift Cards (Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer)

Pull-Up Diapers

Wipes

Baby Formula (Similac or Enfamil)

Baby-Proofing Supplies

Children’s Underwear 2T-6X

Children’s Socks

Boy’s Clothing 3T and Up

Boy’s Shoes (ages 2-5)

Twin Bedding and New Pillows

Baby Dolls

Books

Construction Paper

Crayons

Water-based Markers

Lice Shampoo, Spray, Combs

 

We thank you for your generosity, all of our radio partners for theirs, and hope that we can team up to make this the best holiday season ever for some local families.

 

 

 

 

Yes Butler Ford, There Is A Santa Claus

Mustang-reindeer-grillThe other day, our marketing department was having a (holiday) spirited debate. When, we wondered, should we wait to celebrate the Holiday season until after Thanksgiving, like Nordstrom’s just made news for doing? Or should we embrace the near-freezing temperatures and begin our festivities? As it turns out, two customers at Butler Ford settled the debate for us.

These two particular customers, Jim and Bertie, were from the North. More specifically, they were from the North Pole. Our jaws dropped. We were sending a Super Duty to the same place kids send their Christmas lists? Were Jim and Bertie the Claus family in disguise? Would it be more appropriate to list the F-250’s 385 horsepower in terms of reindeer-power?

As it turned out, the couple that was kind enough to answer our awe-struck questions denied being Mr. and Mrs. Claus (not that we’re convinced), and it would perhaps be more accurate to say they were from a North Pole, not the North Pole. The town of North Pole, Alaska is technically 1,700 miles south of the earth’s magnetic pole, but there may not be a place on earth that looks more like the North Pole than our guests’ hometown.

North Pole, Alaska is small town with a tremendous amount of holiday character. Boasting Christmas-themed architecture and more than a little Christmas spirit (there is a non-profit organization in town that responds to children’s Santa letters,) Jim and Bertie have called the North Pole home for over 40 years. Yet just like we always imagined the Clauses would like to do during the off-season, Jim and Bertie are preparing for life as snowbirds, and their Super Duty will journey with them as they adjust to life far away from the Arctic Circle.

We love hearing our customers’ stories, and our two guests from the land of caribou and candy canes made our day. We guess it’s officially okay to start decking the halls, even if we don’t put our carols on until Thanksgiving.

Million Mile Cars

What does it take to get a car to the Million Mile Mark? A few brave souls have made the mark a few times over. One Volvo owner coaxed his beloved car over 3 million miles! It’s pretty amazing what regular maintenance and a strong passion and love for your car will do! Here’s the list:

1. Peter Gilbert’s 1989 Saab SPG

Peter is a Wisconsin salesman who has put way more than a million miles on his meticulously maintained 1989 SPG than someone living in harsh Wisconsin winters would have thought possible.

2. Guy Newmark’s 1964 Porsche 356

Porsche-356-e1430319818385Here’s a car that’s not quite to the million mile mark, but for all intents and purposes, needs to be included in this list. “Blue” clocks in at way over 800,000 miles. We’re not sure anyone loves their car as much as Guy loves his Blue. This gorgeous Porsche made such a stir in the automotive world that Petrolicious did a full-blown YouTube feature on the car and its owner back in 2013.

However, just a few months later, Blue was stolen from Guy’s San Pedro, Calif., home. Guy was crushed, as you can imagine. Fortunately the car was recovered with only minor damage not long thereafter, and Guy has since returned to daily driving this seemingly indestructible work of art/machinery.

3. Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800s

1966-Volvo-P1800S-e1430320772768Irv Gordon spent an entire year’s salary on this gorgeous Volvo back in 1966 and has racked up more than 3 million miles on it since then! This car and its owner were awarded a Guinness World Record for “highest vehicle mileage” in May 2014. As far as we can tell Irv is still behind the wheel of this beauty, gunning for the 4 million mile mark! Whoa!

Is it just us or do these cars look so much better than a car with a million miles should look?We, as an automotive group, are always stressing the importance of regular maintenance and if this article doesn’t make you a believer, we don’t know what will! Guy, the owner of “Blue” the Porsche, said he takes his car in for oil changes every 3,000 miles without fail.

If you’re curious about what other cars made the million mile list, click  HERE.

Butler Employees Team up For a Service Win!

A heartfelt testimonial about our Acura Service Advisor Joe Butterfield and Rental Manager Chris Hansen came in today via email to our General Manager, Warren Cooper, and we just couldn’t wait for next week’s Testimonial Tuesday to share it with you.

Joe Butterfield Web“We want to send our compliments to you and your staff for helping us turn a potential nightmare into a minor bump in the road.  We live in Kent, Washington and own a 2003 Acura TL.  We purchased our car new and have had all of our service done at Acura of Seattle.  Prior to leaving on a long road trip to southern California we took our car to Acura of Seattle to have a complete check up and service so that we could make our trip with peace of mind that we would have an uneventful drive.  We spent $2000 on service.  One item replaced was our oil pump.  Twenty miles north of Roseburg we pulled off the freeway for a bite to eat.  When we pulled into the parking lot, our oil warning light began to flash.  Panic set in.  We checked the oil and found it almost empty.  We added three quarts and got on the freeway and phone looking for the nearest dealer.  Butler was that dealer.  We spoke with Joe Butterfield and he said get to Butler and they would take care of us.  The rest of the story is simple.  We contacted Seattle Acura on our way to Butler and they said “Don’t worry, we will work with Butler and take care of you.”  We arrived and Joe got us in to see a tech and they found that the problem was our new oil pump.  Joe couldn’t have been more helpful.  He made us feel like we had been a Butler customer for 15 years, not 15 minutes.  The only problem was our trip to Southern California looked like it was ending in Ashland.  Then we met Chris Hansen your rental manager.  He assured us not to worry.  Seattle again had sent instructions to take care of a rental for us.
Chris got us a car to get back and forth to a motel for the evening, and helped arrange for a rental for the rest of our trip.  The following morning we were on the road in a rental, while our Acura was left for your service department to repair.  We had a wonderful trip and our car was fixed and waiting for us when we returned to Ashland.

Chris Hansen WebWe can’t express our gratitude more for the help that we received from Joe Butterfield and Chris Hansen.  All of your staff made us feel like we were long-term customers.  We love our Acura, and we have always loved working with Seattle Acura.  Even though there was a problem with the repair they did before our trip, we found new friends at Butler Acura in Ashland who took care of us.  You have great people working for you.  We want to thank Joe and Chris.  They were great.  Congratulations on having amazing employees. Thanks again to you and the owners of Butler.”  –Dean  and Chris Warner

Five Perks of Hybrids

Hybrids and energy-efficient vehicles are the future. They’ve made huge strides in recent years in technology, form and function. In fact, there are more than 40 different hybrid models available for sale in the U.S. today.

So, have you wondered how exactly hybrids are different from their gasoline counterparts – and what makes these innovative vehicles so amazing?  Here are what we refer to as the “Five Perks of Hybrids:”

1) Hybrids have a gas engine and an electric motor (aka a “hybrid” powertrain system). The electric motor supplements the gas engine when gas isn’t as efficient, which means it uses less fuel.

Many hybrids don’t need to be plugged in to recharge the battery. However, there are a new breed of hybrids like the Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi that are called “Plug-in
FordEnergiPlufHybrids.” These innovative vehicles boast larger batteries and more powerful electric motors. This combination allows the car to run in all-electric mode under more circumstances and for greater distances. To charge the larger battery, it’s most efficient to plug the car into an outlet, but it still will run as a conventional hybrid when the EV (Electric Vehicle) battery is dead.

2) The “feel” and sound of a hybrid is distinctly different from a normal car. 

Hybrids are a lot quieter. This is due to the electric motor running more often than the gas engine, which cuts the engine noise down to zero. According to Matt Mocabee, Butler Internet Coordinator and Ford C-Max Energi Owner, “This makes it a lot easier to hold conversations in your car.” In regards to feel, Butler Acura Product Specialist Patrick Ormerod and Ford Fusion Owner says “It’s incredibly smooth and responsive.”

3) Hybrid braking can feel different.

With some hybrids, when you take your foot off the brake pedal, you can feel the two different brake systems working. This is called regenerative braking. For a more detailed explanation of this amazing process, click HERE.

4) Hybrid vehicles brakes can last longer.

Regenerative braking is pretty amazing. It not only helps recharge the battery, but it also slows the car and saves the brakes in the process!

5) Many hybrids sacrifice cargo space or flexibility to make room for the battery. Batteries are what we consider a perk!

Most cars aren’t engineered solely as hybrids, so manufactures had to find someplace to store the extra battery. This results in a bit of decreased storage room, but when you think of the money staying in your pocketbook and not gushing down your gas tank, it seems like more than a fair trade-off.

M-Ford-C-MAX-Energi-1The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help you figure out the fuel economy of YOUR hybrid or the hybrid you have your eye on. They list fuel economy numbers HERE. This also calculates the estimated annual fuel cost of each car based on driving 15,000 on $3.70/gallon gas.

The fuel efficiency and resulting financial savings are huge perks and the reason why many people purchase these fantastic vehicles. The public is also becoming increasingly concerned for the health of our planet and saving valuable fossil fuel, so perhaps this is one of the most valuable “perks” of a hybrid.

Curious about a hybrid now? Want to take one for a spin? The Ford Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi are waiting for you at Butler Ford in Ashland!

Did You Drift Your Hotwheels? Just Wait Til You Hear This!

Back in the ’80s before the word “drifting” became popular, we used to push our Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys cars with great gusto, attempting to MAKE them turn in the way we wanted them to (aka “drifting”). I’m not sure what we called it back then – we could almost hear and smell the screeching and burning tires, but alas, we couldn’t bend the laws of physics and actually make our little die-casts turn themselves.

Today’s kids however, will never have to experience that sad let down.  Enter Driftpad, a special low-friction surface by TYO Toys. This pad can be made into a homemade course you can send your toys cars sliding, skidding and drifting just like Ken Block!

For $15, the adhesive-backed Driftpad and included barriers and cones give you the raw materials to build the course of your dreams. However there’s some tinkering that’s involved with this.

Specifically, you’re gonna have to create a launching ramp with just the right downhill angle to pitch your die-casts into a bit of a spin. From there, once they hit the Driftpad, the magic begins.

At least, theoretically. TYO Toys’ Phil Foss shows how he creates the perfect undulating surface for precision small-scale drifting in fascinating video.

Extend the Life of Your Vehicle and Keeping You Safe

We’re always looking for tips that can extend the life of your car AND keep you safe! My Ford Magazine is a great resource and they’ve posted an excellent article about your shocks and struts – and why this is important to you!

Below are great tips to protect your car in winter and spring driving conditions and what to look for if your shocks and struts are not the best they can be and you need to be ready for those summer road trips!

1. REDUCED BRAKING ABILITY
When your shocks or struts become worn down, your vehicle “jounces” more over bumps, which means it bounces up and down. This makes braking more difficult and could significantly increase your stopping distance. So take note: If your vehicle is taking longer than usual to stop, or if it is nose-diving when you do so (another sign of decreased traction), have your vehicle checked at any of our four service locations. A suspension check is part of the multi-point inspection included; during the inspection our technicians will ensure that all possible pothole-related damage is assessed, and you’ll have less to worry about.

2. LESS CONTROL ON CORNERS
Watch out for an exaggerated “body roll” when you turn corners—this is when you feel yourself and your vehicle tilting a bit more than normal, which can be a sign of damaged shocks or struts. If that’s happening to you, take your vehicle in for a suspension check right away, because excessive body roll can affect your ability to safely steer around obstructions in the road.

3. ROUGHER RIDE
Getting jostled on your journey is not only uncomfortable, it can affect your ability to safely control your vehicle. Try a quick bounce test at home by pushing down firmly on the front and rear of your vehicle. If the car moves up and down more than once or twice, have your shocks and struts checked at any of our four service centers.

4. TIRE WEAR
When struts or shocks are worn out, your tires wear out faster. A damaged strut or shock can also contribute to quicker wear on the other steering components of the vehicle, like rods and wheel bearings. If you notice a rumbling or increased vibrations at higher speeds, have a Ford auto technician look for “cupping” on your tires, which is a type of scalloped wear pattern associated with struts and shocks. Cupping happens when your car jounces up and down, leaving indented scuff marks on the tires, and is a big red flag that your suspension needs repairing.

5. MORE HYDROPLANING & SKIDDING
Worn shocks and struts can affect the way your wheels engage with the road, especially when roads are slick. If your vehicle is sliding or hydroplaning frequently, get your suspension checked out now—before more April showers arrive.

Our Ford and Acura service centers are located at 1899 Highway 99 N in Ashland and can be reached at 541-482-2521. Our Kia dealership is located at 4950 Crater Lake Avenue, 541-776-3088 while our Hyundai dealership is located at 5000 Crater Lake Avenue, 541-245-5335. Call for an appointment today if you notice any of these issues with your vehicle.