Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

Are the leaves starting to turn? Is there a nip in the air? Are you pulling out your sweaters and mowing the lawn one last time? Don’t forget your car in your winter prep. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

  • Wiper blades need to be replaced at least twice a year, or more often if you notice they aren’t doing their job well. If you change your wiper blades when you change your clocks in fall and spring, you’ll always be able to see the road.
  • Fluid levels should be checked every time you change your oil, and it’s always a good idea to check the frequently used fluids, like windshield wiper fluid, before inclement weather strikes.
  • Get the best traction from your tires by ensuring they are properly inflated, recently rotated, and still have decent tread left. If you need to swap out for snow tires, it’s a lot easier to take care of that before the blizzard hits. How recently were your tires aligned? If you can’t remember, look into it, as correct alignment is a critical way to extend the life of your tires.
  • Coolant isn’t just a summer concern. It protects your engine all year, and in the winter, it’s going to shield your engine from corrosion. The proper coolant/water ratio makes a difference, so check your owner’s manual for your car’s needs.changing-tire-winter
  • Engine oil is another critical component in keeping your car running in colder temperatures. When you switch out your oil in the fall, you will want a thinner, less viscous oil. Your owner’s manual will have suggested weights.
  • Check your battery, belts, and hoses for wear, and replace as needed. If you are following your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule, this will already be happening.
  • Restock your car kit. While roadside help is usually just a phone call away, what happens if you are stranded in an area with no coverage, or you forgot your phone? Depending on your region, you could need everything from jumper cables to a snow shovel. Pay attention to your driving conditions, and add what you need. At a minimum, you should carry replacement fluids such as windshield wiper fluid and coolant, paper towels or wipes, a flashlight, and ice and snow removal tools.

You can do all the above yourself, or you can contact us here at McKie Ford Lincoln Service and Parts and we’d be happy to take care of it for you. No matter your make or model, we can get you ready for winter. Contact us and schedule your appointment today.

The Best Used Trucks in Rapid City

A lot of people use trucks in their daily commute, and for work. So let’s take a look at the best used trucks for people who are on a budget, as most of us are.

According to an article on Autotrader there are still many good trucks for under $15,000, and even though this article was written a couple years ago the data is still relevant. So let’s see if you can find any of these highlighted vehicles in Rapid City.

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2003-2006 Chevy Silverado

The 2003-2006 Chevy Silverado is favored for the variety of engines, transmissions, and body styles that it is available in. Also impressive is the fact that it comes with 4 wheel drive option, which comes in handy during those Rapid City winters.

2007 Ford F-150: FX4

2004-2008 Ford F150

Also on the list of best used trucks is the 2004-2008 Ford F150. As you probably already know this is one of the most popular models in the history of vehicles. Several factors that have contributed to this popularity include the towing capacity, which this particular model has up to 11,000 lbs, as well as nearly 2,800 lbs of cargo-hauling capacity.

These trucks and more can frequently be found at McKie Ford in Rapid City, so check out the inventory of used trucks today!

 

Cars and Comrades Make a Saturday Complete

 

Mustang Club of America

Mustang Club of America

There is no single definition to the term good weekend. Being surrounded by friends and music may sound appealing in July, while a movie night on the couch might be the ideal pastime on a foggy November. For auto enthusiasts, however, there is nothing quite like eyeballing high-pedigree cars. That is why the Rapid Mustang and Ford Club of the Black Hills started its Annual Car and Truck Show.

The show celebrated its 21st year this past weekend. Club members showcased their mobile trophies at Wilson Park, all while striking up conversations with kindred spirits. Rapid City’s own McKie Ford had the honor of sponsoring the event. The dealership was also able to award a custom leather jacket to its favorite participant. A sleek, silver 1972 Mach 1 claimed the treasured coat for its owner this year. Only time will tell which worthy challenger will rise to the occasion next time.

 

Local media covered the event, and proceeds will be used to fund local charities, as well as future events. Most notably, the Rapid Mustang and Ford Club of the Black Hills is scheduled to be represented at the Custer Gold Discovery Days Car Show on Saturday (July 23rd), Kool Deadwood Nites (starting August 25th), and the 10th Annual Sturgis Mustang Rally (starting Auguts 30th). Wherever there are classic car appreciators in the local area, Club President Scott Nixon and friends plan to stay involved with that community. McKie Ford is proud to support them in their passion for well-made automobiles.

Ford Makes History at Le Mans Again!

Half a century after Ford’s momentous 1-2-3 triumph at the Le Mans 24-Hours, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team has notched an outstanding win in the GTE Pro Class at this grueling endurance race. The No. 68 Ford GT driven by Sébastian Boudaix, Joey Hard and Dirk Müller crossed the line in first place, leaving the Ferrari as its runner-up. In third place was the No. 69 car manned by Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Richard Westbrook, with the No. 66 Ford GT crew of Billy Johnson, Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla just behind in fourth. The No. 67 Ford GT driven by Marino Franchetti, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell finished strong in ninth place.

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In the words of Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company: “The pride we all felt when the Ford GT crossed the line at Le Mans is indescribable. The team that designed, built and raced the Ford GT has worked tirelessly to bring us to this result, and I am proud of each and every one of them. The team demonstrated the spirit of Ford – that of innovation, determination, and outstanding team work.”

Mark Fields, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, was also present at the trackside. “Building a new car and racing it at Le Mans is a monumental task,” he commented. “We took it on and we conquered the biggest challenge in sports car racing. It has been incredible to share this event with our employees, dealers, owners, sponsors and guests, who are all bursting with pride at being part of the Ford family. Every manufacturer in the GTE Pro Class fought with everything they had in the best competitive spirit, and we are thrilled to have played our part in this historic race.” Ford is not finished carving out its legacy, either. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team will return to Le Mans in 2017.

The best part: Ford’s winning craftsmanship is at your fingertips. Browse our inventory today, and take your pick.

Certified Pre-Owned Lincolns in Rapid City

In many circumstances, buying used cars is a great option. Buying new is great too, but for the rate at which vehicles depreciate, often times buying a used vehicle is a better choice. At McKie Lincoln, we have a selection of used vehicles which fall into our certified pre-owned category. Certified according to our standards, these cars are the Lincoln luxury standard you are used to.

The first step to verifying a used vehicle for our CPO program is a multi-point inspection. When we purchase a vehicle that will be sold as a Certified Pre Owned (CPO) vehicle, we first run it through a two hundred point inspection. Any item that does not pass the unique 200 point inspection is replaced or repaired with a factory part. The vehicle must meet our stringent criteria, if not, we do not certify it, it truly is that simple.

The lack of a factory warranty can sometimes scare some people from buying a used. Fear not with Lincoln’s Certified Pre Owned program, as each vehicle comes with a comprehensive limited warranty. The warranty covers more than 1000 components and protects you against failure of covered components caused by abnormal wear from defective materials or workmanship, also including mechanical breakdowns.  The warranty covers your new used vehicle for six years from the original Lincoln new Vehicle Limited Warranty start date, or up to 100,000 miles on the odometer, whichever one comes first. It covers parts and labor, but not wear and tear items.

When purchasing a certified pre owned Lincoln, you get the assurance of 24-Hour Roadside Assistance. No matter what the road throws at your and your vehicle, you’re covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by our complimentary roadside assistance.

As you have come to expect with McKie Lincoln, quality service is our main goal. When buying a certified pre owned vehicle you receive the same quality service as someone who buys a brand-new Lincoln.

If you are interested and would like to learn more about certified pre owned Lincoln cars and SUVs, come by our dealership today in Rapid City and we will be extremely happy to answer all your questions and get you in a vehicle for a test drive!

 

Oil change at McKie Ford Quick Lane

Your time is valuable and at McKie Ford we understand that. The goal of our Quick Lane is to get you in and out in the quickest possible time frame while still addressing all of your car service needs and getting them handled effectively, safely and efficiently by our mechanics!

What you may not be aware of is that McKie Ford has the only Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center in all of Western South Dakota.

Service at the Quick Lane is a no-appointment-needed experience. We are able to do routine maintenance and service, even while you wait! We offer these services on evenings and weekends as well, as we realize you have prior obligations that can be difficult to break away from. Our trained technicians are able to service any make or model of vehicle with expert care.

The main maintenance item most drivers think of is a proper oil change. Regular oil changes are necessary for keeping your engine clean and lubricated, allowing your vehicle to run more efficiently. While doing the oil changes, our mechanics also do vehicle safety inspections, seeing the condition of your tires, brakes and battery, helping to keep you safe out there on the roads. If we notice that any of these items are in need of being replaced, our service advisors will inform you of the issue and present you with possible options. If you decided to go ahead and replace the worn parts, it will take slightly longer of course, but our trained technicians can complete this work while you wait in McKie’s comfortable waiting area!

Our Quick Lane is able to perform quite an impressive list of services. These include:

Tire rotations to allow your tires to wear evenly.

Wheel alignments to make sure your vehicle does not pull one way or another or prematurely wears your tires.

Brakes to bring you to safe stops.

Batteries so your car will not leave you stranded (which always seems to happen at the worst possible time!),

Smaller maintenance items like properly operating wiper blades and bulbs that are lighting up like they are supposed to.

And much more!

The next time your vehicle is in need of service on maintenance wear items, give McKie Ford’s Quick Lane a try. Not only is it the only Quick Lane in Western South Dakota, you’ll be impressed with the quality of service that can be performed while you wait and the quantity of services we provide!

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One area of McKie Ford’s Quick Lane, allowing for speedy oil changes and tire fill ups!

Increase your Miles Per Gallon in Rapid City

Even with gas prices currently being lower than they have been in years, it is still a good practice to use these five tips to help you burn less fuel and have to visit the gas station less often!

 

Fuel Saving Tips MPG Rapid City SD South Dakota McKie Ford Lincoln

Increase your mpg 

Clear out dead weight and clutter

Any extra weight you have weighing down your car causes your engine to have to work harder to move your car, burning more fuel! Not only is it a great idea to remove your favorite bowling ball from the trunk when you aren’t going to the alley, but keeping the interior of your car clutter-free will keep your mind at ease about various items rolling around your floorboards and distracting you.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated.

A good practice is to check your tire’s air pressure while filling up with fuel. The correct pressure is listed on most vehicle’s driver side door jamb when the door is open. If it is not there, it can be found in the owner’s manual or even the tire itself. You can get tire pressure gauges at our parts department and we will happily show you how to use them! Keeping the tire PSI correct will help your MPG, and help keep an eye on a tire that could have a slow leak, putting you at risk on the road.

Stop aggressive driving habits

There are driving habits that many people exhibit that can drastically reduce their MPGs without them noticing. Having a “lead foot” and always accelerating quickly can burn fuel quickly, as well as coming to stops quickly rather than gently rolling to stops.

Avoiding Traffic

Though not always possibly, taking routes to avoid traffic can help conserve fuel. Driving at a steady pace, even if it is for a slightly longer total distance, uses less fuel than the stop and go of rush hour traffic. Downloading a maps app on your phone that gives traffic reports to skip heavy traffic back-ups can help to avoid traffic jams and save fuel!

Short Shifting

If you drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, shift early while the RPMs are low. Revving the engine before shifting uses up more fuel.

With your new found knowledge of conserving fuel, enjoy driving past more gas stations and keeping a little more extra money in your pocket!