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.

Why is Tax Season Good?

Tax season is here! Why is that a good thing? Many of us have already received our refunds and are investing money Ford-F-150_2015back into the economy through automotive purchases. A win-win for the economy and the consumer.

So what vehicles are the most sought after?  The 2015 Ford F-150 and Acura TLX proudly sit among the top sellers in a January auto sales report, according to Edmunds.com.

“Momentum is especially strong for our F-Series pickup, with the all-new F-150 the hottest product on our dealers lots in January,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s U.S. sales analyst. Ford reported that the new aluminum-bodied F-150 is averaging just 12 days on the lot. High-end Platinum and King Ranch F-150 models are “turning even faster, averaging just nine and 10 days, respectively,” Ford said.

Ford posted a 15 percent sales increase in the U.S. in January, with sales of 178,351 vehicles.

Photographer: Benedict Redgrove;Acura’s revamped Acura TLX was a top performer as well. Consumers grabbed 2,892 TLXs in January, “easily besting the combined sales of its two predecessors in January 2014 by 27.9 percent,” the company said. The TLX replaces the Acura TL and TSX. A sure winner for 2015.

Check out our vast selection of F-series trucks and the gorgeous Acura TLX’s HERE. We’ve got plenty of both these winning vehicles in Ashland, come by and check them out! Turn lemons into lemonade with this tax season!

 

2016 Acura ILX Production Begins!

At Butler Acura we are SO EXCITED to share an important milestone — yesterday, January 27th marks the 2 millionth sale of Acura vehicles in the United States, 20 years after Acura production began in the United States. The first new 2016 Acura ILX sports sedan rolled off the line at the assembly plant in Ohio yesterday.

AcuraFBSo what’s different about the 2016 ILX? What makes it so special? It’s been completely redesigned and re-engineered to deliver higher performance, delivers more advanced technology and more luxury refinement than before.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the start of Acura production in Ohio, so the introduction of the ILX is another exciting stage in our history with the Acura brand,” said plant manager Rob May. “Our associates are applying our tremendous experience in producing high quality Acura products and will leverage the production of TLX and ILX in one plant to meet the high expectations of our Acura customers.”

Speaking of ILX’s  – we have only THREE 2015 Acura ILX’s left in stock AND they’ve just been discounted by $4,000! This special ends January 31, 2015 so experience the THRILL of the 2015 Acura ILX today!

 

YouTube car rapper stars in new Acura commercial

Chances are you are one of the 16.5 million people who have seen the entertaining YouTube video of a woman rapping to Salt-N-Pepa’s “None of Your Business” in her car, unaware that her husband was filming her performance. Her name is Chelsea Ranger and now she’s rapping to Blondie’s “Rapture” behind the wheel of a 2015 Acura RDX in a TV commercial airing throughout the United States and Canada. Check out this awesome behind-the-scenes video of her journey from YouTube to the Acura RDX!

Exotic new vehicles wow at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

This year’s show was flashier and more exotic than ever. It’s another clear indicator the auto industry is back and ready to roll. Ford, Acura and Hyundai all made it into the Top 10. Can you guess who grabbed first, second and third place? Click on this video to find out!

2015 Acura TLX an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

2015 Acura TLX

2015 Acura TLX

We at Butler Acura are proud to report the 2015 Acura TLX is not only stunning, it’s also safe!  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently made the luxury sedan one of its 2014 Top Safety Picks+, the agency’s highest possible rating.   The Acura MDX and RLX also received top honors, which Acura says makes it the luxury brand with the most 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rated vehicles.  Mat Hargett, chief engineer of the 2015 TLX, says, “Our goal in developing TLX was to contribute to Acura’s unmatched safety leadership in the luxury segment as part of an exceptional all-around luxury driving experience.  The TLX utilizes a highly advanced body construction plus the latest in safety and driver-assistive technologies to provide occupant protection that is unmatched in the segment.”

For more on the TLX’s many safety features read the entire Acura press release here.

2015 Acura NSX Rises from the Ashes to Return to the ‘Ring


The last time we saw the 2015 Acura NSX running the Nurburgring the day ended in ashes after the supercar inexplicably went up in flames. But this week, the NSX was back sporting snazzy camouflage and a happy purr. WorldCarFans.com says the NSX will compete performance-wise with the Ferrari 458 Italia and price-wise with the Audi R8. Check our the NSX in action in the video above, and learn more about the next generation Acura sports car by clicking here.