Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle to Make it Last Longer

Vehicle Maintenance Tips | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Maintaining your vehicle can sometimes feel like a bit of a hassle, but regular service is vital to helping it retain value and stay on the road longer. Here are a few easy tips for how to keep your car in tip-top shape for years to come.

Clean up after yourself

It may sound simple, but making sure your Ford is presentable — both inside and out — is surprisingly important. Leaving crumbs or spilled drinks to fester on or under the seats can eventually damage the upholstery. That’s easily remedied with a vacuum and wipes that won’t damage your seats. Also, road salt, bird droppings, and other weather-related factors can eat away at your car’s paint and lead to rust. Thankfully, every time you visit us at Packey Webb Ford for service, you get a complimentary car wash!

Stick to a routine

Adhering to a schedule for preventative maintenance won’t only keep your car running for longer, it can save you a bundle by nipping potentially costly damage in the bud. Check your owner’s manual for information on how frequently you should be changing the oil, rotating the tires, having your filters swapped out, and more. If you’re worried about time, swing through the Express Service lane at Packey Webb Ford. Our expert technicians can have you in and out in under an hour, and you don’t even need an appointment.

Watch how you drive

The way you operate your vehicle — Ford or otherwise — can have a huge impact on its health and longevity. Make sure you’re not accelerating or braking too hard, try to avoid long idling sessions, and keep short trips with lots of stop-and-start moments to a minimum. Your tires, engine, brakes, and wallet will thank you.

In our opinion, the best way to help your vehicle last longer is to bring it to Packey Webb Ford’s new facility in Downers Grove for routine service and overall maintenance. Schedule an appointment online or by phone.

3 Romantic At-Home Date Night Ideas

At-Home Date Night | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Whether you’re someone who celebrates Valentine’s Day or not, there’s no denying the value of a good date night. While you may not be going out to your favorite restaurant this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a romantic evening with your significant other. Here are some easy ideas you can use to set up a fun, safe at-home date night in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Host a fancy private dinner

Who says you need to shell out $100 at a restaurant in order to have a great meal on Valentine’s Day? Since food and romance go hand-in-hand, why not plan a menu with your significant other, light a few candles, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner? Dress up in your favorite fancy outfits to make it even more special.

Snuggle up and watch a movie

Sometimes, the best dates are the simplest. For a comfortable night in, settle into the couch and watch your favorite movie together. If you want to try something a little more unique, you can hang up a white sheet in your garage, hook up a projector, hop in the car, and enjoy your very own drive-in theater!

Dance the night away

Music speaks to the heart in a unique way, and it’s something you can enjoy in the privacy of your own living room. Connect your smartphone to a speaker or break out your turntable and collection of vinyl records and make memories waltzing around the coffee table.

From the family here at Packey Webb Ford to yours, we want to wish you a very happy and safe Valentine’s Day, and we can’t wait to hear what you came up with during your next visit!

Driving Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Chicago Winters

Winter Driving Tips | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Here in Downers Grove, Illinois, winter can be brutal. The combination of wet, heavy snow and frigid winds off Lake Michigan can make the roads a real hazard to drive on. As sellers of safe, reliable Ford vehicles, we at Packey Webb Ford care about your family’s safety. To help you stay safe while driving in Chicago this winter, here are some recommendations.

Drive slowly: Even if you don’t think the pavement seems very slick, it’s a good idea to reduce your speed by around 20-30 percent in the winter. And give extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Be cautious: Don’t make any risky lane changes or traffic maneuvers you’d normally make on a dry summer day. Take it easy and be careful during these months, doing all you can to avoid impulsive or unwarranted movements.

Avoid rapid changes in speed: The more suddenly you brake or accelerate, the more likely your car’s tires will slip and slide across the road. Gradual changes in speed help the tires maintain traction on the road. 

Use your car’s safety systems: Ford offers many driver-assistive safety technologies that make it easier for you to maintain control of your car on slippery roads. If your car has these, make sure you’re using them properly. And if it doesn’t, we highly recommend upgrading to a new Ford with Ford Co-Pilot360 and all-wheel drive.

For a safe, reliable SUV, crossover, or pickup truck for your family, visit Packey Webb Ford. We have an abundance of affordable models in stock right now.

Welcome to the Packey Webb Ford Blog

Packey Webb Ford Blog | Downers Grove, IL | Ford Dealer

Since 1962, Packey Webb Ford has been providing hard-working parents and busy families in Downers Grove, Illinois, with the latest quality Ford vehicles. Now, our family-owned and -operated dealership is helping your family in a new way. Welcome to the new Packey Webb Ford blog!

We’ve launched this site to provide you with need-to-know information about brand-new Ford models or the one you already own. Here, we’ll post every month about the latest news concerning Ford car redesigns and launches, as well as suggestions for which SUV or truck would be good for you. And if you’re a manager or executive looking for a premium sedan, we’ll tell you all about the legendary Ford Mustang.

If you’re already a Ford car owner in the Chicago metro area, you’ll appreciate our advice on maintaining your vehicle to extend its life. In addition to giving seasonal service tips, we invite you to keep your car running smoothly by taking it to the service center at our new facility. You’ll even get a complimentary car wash when we work on your Ford!

Ford the latest Ford news, local travel suggestions, and DIY car care assistance, bookmark the Packey Webb Ford blog. And when you need a new or used Ford car, you can shop our wide selection of models like the Escape SUV and F-150.