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Fighting Frosted Windows

Winter temperatures mean frosted windows in the morning during this time of year! Frosted windows aren't just inconvenient either, they can be dangerous if you don't fully defrost your car before leaving for work or school. Luckily, there are some tried and true ways to fight frost before your commute. Here are some things you can do to help defrost your car in a hurry:

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What to do in an Auto Accident

In 2014 more than 120,000 traffic accidents were reported in Virginia, and 6,000 of those crashes were in Norfolk alone. Whenever you sit behind the wheel of a car, you take the risk of getting into an accident. Check out this information to familiarize yourself with what to do in case you are in a car accident, and then print this post and place it in your car’s glove box. That way, you’ll have it at your fingertips in the unfortunate event that you need it.

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Preparation for Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is expected to impact our area later this week, and while we would like everyone to stay off of the road for maximum safety, we understand that there may be situations where you need to run to get gas, food, water, or family members. We have gathered a few tips for driving in a natural disaster so that you may stay safe in the weekend ahead! Be sure to #KnowYourZone if you live in the Hampton Roads area and evacuate if necessary.

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6 Stealthy Troublemakers of Car Care

It’s no secret that vehicle service and maintenance seldom make the list of top driving pleasures. So the last thing you want to happen is to get dragged into the garage over things you can avoid. Here are simple preventive care tips in dealing with six stealthy troublemakers so you can save time, money and grief.

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How often should you change your oil?

For decades dads have been telling their sons to change the oil in their car every 3,000 miles. And this standard has persisted throughout the auto industry despite technical advances in engine technology and oil chemistry.

Today's off-the-shelf oil brands have greatly improved overall viscosity, oxidation resistance, and self-cleaning agents on the molecular level. And standards have changed to accommodate for this (outside of service stations).

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Suffolk Events for September 2018

Want to know what is happening in the great town of Suffolk Virginia? While we know you are busy getting back to school this week, there is plenty to do in the month of September around town! Enjoy great Suffolk history, a night under the stars, fun with our local city servants, and of course, the Peanut Festival! And if any time this month you need car service, inspections, or even just an update on local happenings downtown, call Barton Ford Suffolk!

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Four Reasons to Buy a Ford Truck

1. A truck is no longer just workhorse...

In the age of the SUV, trucks have been seen as strictly workhorse vehicles and entirely too uncomfortable to own if you didn't need to tow anything around. Interior were either metal and leather or hard plastic with bench seating and nary a cup-holder in sight. Nowadays, trucks can be as plush and luxurious as any SUV or Escalade. The Ford F-150 Platinum has a spacious interior, touch screen display, optional leather seating, climate control, and a host of other creature comforts.

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What's that part? - Alternator

What is an alternator?

Alternators are used in modern automobiles to charge the battery and to power the electrical system when its engine is running. It does this by turning mechanical energy into electrical energy with a pulley system. The first car to use an alternator was an unusual system fitted to the early Ford Model T.

The alternator has four main components: The Stator, Rotor, Diode and a Voltage Regulator. 

 

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Creative Car Care Tips

Keeping a car looking fresh off the lot inside and out is either the easiest thing in the world, or the hardest. The difference between the two is being proactive. These simple tips will help you stay ahead of the mess and keep your car shinning all summer long.

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The Top Five Coolest Fords Ever

Nobody makes cool cars quite like Ford. There is something about the unbridled energy of the interiors, the roar of the engine, and the power you can put straight to the road. There are so many cool cars from the premier American car brand, that it is exceedingly difficult to narrow it to one "greatest of all time" but we did manage to get the list down to five just for you.

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