Planet Lincoln’s Hot Weather Car Care Tips

Summer-car-maintenance-tipsThe temperatures are still sky high and not likely to give us much relief anytime soon in Spring. So, our team at Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln (serving The Woodlands, Aldine, Conroe and the greater Houston area) has some quick hot weather car tips to keep in mind this summer season.

 

Maintenance Matters

This may go without saying, but make sure you do all of your regular scheduled maintenance — from oil changes to filter changes. Many dealerships and service stations, including ours, conduct a general check of various components such as tires, brakes, etc. Make sure to ask if that is available to ensure your car, truck or SUV is in overall general good health.

Under Pressure Your tires are the only thing between you and the road, so it’s key to make sure they are in good shape and that they are properly aired up as well. See your manual or tire instructions and adhere to the suggested air pressure. It not only helps the life of the tire and can help improve the quality of your vehicle’s ride and the overall MPG.

Interior Protection Car shades and window tint also play a role in maintaining you vehicle after months of warm weather. These can help reduce the temp inside the car, which can reach upwards of 125-140 degrees Fahrenheit on a 90-100 degree F summer day. Furthermore, more comfortable driving environments can help reduce fatigue of the driver.

Keep Cool Engines have to work extra hard during the summer months. Without proper cooling system maintenance, you car becomes more at risk for long term engine damage. Engine coolant should be changed roughly 30,000 miles, though you should be safe up to 50,000 if you have a modern car using modern coolant formulas.2013-7-24-14-39-30

Battery Basics Over time, the heat can do a real number on your battery. So while you may think that heat won’t last much longer, the same may be true for your battery. It’s a good idea to get your battery checked every couple months. Remember to keep your battery clean, as dirt can become a conductor that will ultimately drain power from your battery.

Be Prepared It’s a fact of life, breakdowns happen. From tire mishaps to dead batteries, it’s always good to have an emergency road kit on hand. Some basic items include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, coolant, and a first aid kit.

When in doubt, bring your car in and let our team at Planet Ford check it out. Visit us online at www.PlanetLincoln.com to schedule an appointment!

Lincoln Named “Top Premium Brand” By AutoPacific Satisfaction Survey

Lincoln-MKS-2014-Car-3It comes as no surprise to us here at Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring (serving greater Houston area, The Woodlands and Cypress) that the Lincoln Motor Company recently received top honors in an AutoPacific satisfaction survey that measures satisfaction among new-vehicle owners.

Lincoln was named “Top Premium Brand,” and three vehicles earned high scores in their respective classes in the 18th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The awards identify owner satisfaction using 50 attributes that range from interior comfort to fuel economy.

The Lincoln MKS (an Executive Luxury Car), the Lincoln MKZ (our Luxury Mid-Size Car) and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (our Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Car) were 2014 best-in-class mkz14_models_detailflip_awdwinners.

AutoPacific is one of the leading authority on automotive research and insight. The Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are based on the responses from over 92,000 new-vehicle owners. The full awards survey can be viewed here AutoPacific website.

To test drive one for yourself, take the drive down I-45 to Louetta. Come experience the Planet Lincoln luxury revolution. www.PlanetLincoln.com

Lincoln & Continental Owner’s Club Event at Planet Lincoln

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Lincoln Continental Convertible at Planet Lincoln

This month, the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club, Texas Gulf Coast Region, gathered at Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring, TX (serving The Woodlands, Tomball, Conroe and Aldine). It was a beautiful day in the Houston area for a great event featuring  all of the beautiful vintage Lincolns

Everyone at Planet Lincoln would like to thank the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club members for bringing their magnificent pieces of automotive art to show-off at our Lincoln dealership. These incredible cars are a part of the rich history of the Lincoln Motor Company.

If you could not make it down to Planet Lincoln for the event, check out a recap in our short video below.

We enjoyed celebrating Lincoln’s heritage as well as looking to what the future has in store for the Lincoln Motor Company; starting with the all-new Lincoln MKZ! So come down to Planet Lincoln in Spring, TX off I-45 to test drive one of these beautiful cars.

2013 Lincoln MKS Turns Luxury Editor Into Lincoln Lover!

The Lincoln MKS makes the Editor In Chief of a luxury magazine a believer in the brand.

Take a look at how a non-believer changed his very skeptical tune. The editor of The Snob Magazine says, “I think this will change the way you look at Lincoln.” We couldn’t agree more!

When you’re ready to take the new Lincoln MKS or any of our new Lincoln vehicles for a test drive, take the short drive down I-45 to Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring (serving Houston, The Woodlands, Aldine, Tomball and surrounding areas). You can also visit us online to learn more about specials, service, complimentary maintenance and our Lincoln Loaners for Owners at www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Blast from the Past: 1970 Continental Mark III Lincoln Sales Film – Hollywood Scene

When we came across this 1970 Continental Mark III Lincoln Sales Film highlighting it being the automobile of stars, we just had to share it. Take a look at the new “glamor” paints, Cartier clock and the numerous luxurious amenities. Truly a vehicle for those that demand the very best.

To see the modern-day luxury styling from Lincoln, visit Planet Lincoln in Spring (serving the Woodlands and greater Houston area). www.PlanetLincoln.com

AutoTrader.com Reviews Lincoln MKT, Wealth of Luxury Features

Considering a new 2012 Lincoln MKT? Take a look at this review from AutoTrader.com. Per AutoTrader.com: With bold styling, versatility and a wealth of luxury features, the 2012 Lincoln MKT proves that form does not always follow function, as the two run well in stride, in this finely-crafted crossover SUV.

Experience the Luxury Revolution for yourself at Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring (serving the Houston, The Woodlands and surrounding areas). www.PlanetLincoln.com.

Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln is located at 20440 I-45 North in Spring. Take the short drive down I-45 to experience the ultimate in your next luxury car-buying experience.

2013 Lincoln MKS Earns the NHTSA’s Highest NCAP Overall Vehicle Score

2013 Lincoln MKS

2013 Lincoln MKS Earns NHTSA’s Highest NCAP Overall Vehicle Score

The 2013 Lincoln MKS has earned the U.S. government’s top 5-star Overall Vehicle Score rating for performance in both frontal and side impact crash tests and resistance to rollover.

The MKS features redesigned airbag and restraint system enhancements. Plus, it provides active and passive restraint technologies and driver assist features to help drivers avoid potential accidents.

The Lincoln MKS continue to offer a full range of standard and optional safety and driver assist technologies for the 2013 model year including:

  1. Dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags: Deploy at high or low output based on occupant size, seat position and safety belt status, and customize the inflation force to the severity of the impact.
  2. Safety Canopy® System: Combines a side air curtain and rollover sensor to help provide protection for outboard first- and second-row occupants in certain side-impact and rollover situations.
  3. AdvanceTrac® ESC (electronic stability control): Standard on MKS.
  4. Curve Control: Senses when the vehicle enters a curve too fast. System responds to the driver’s steering input by rapidly reducing torque and increasing brake pressure to help the driver follow the intended path.
  5. Forward collision warning with brake support: Enabled by adaptive cruise control, provides a “heads-up” visual warning combined with an audio signal to alert the driver to slower-moving traffic ahead. The system also pre-charges the brakes to aid stopping.
  6. SOS Post-Crash Alert System™: Activates in the event of airbag deployment or safety belt pretensioner activation to alert passersby and emergency services to vehicle location by unlocking the doors and activating the horn and emergency flashers.
  7. Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert: Helps detect vehicles in blind spots during normal driving and traffic approaching from the sides when reversing out of parking spots.
  8. MyKey®: Allows parents or owners to limit certain vehicle functions to help promote safe driving habits for young or inexperienced drivers. MyKey includes the Belt-Minder® “No Belt, No Tunes” feature, which can limit top speeds and audio volume, provide earlier low-fuel warnings, and prevent deactivation of driver assist features (such as park aid and BLIS). New MyKey features include “Do Not Disturb,” which blocks incoming phone calls and text messages while driving, and the ability to block explicit satellite radio content.

For more information about the new 2013 Lincoln MKS, visit Planet Ford in Spring (serving The Woodlands, Greater Houston and surrounding areas) at www.PlanetFord.com.

Get More for Less with a Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln

Are you looking to buy a new or used Lincoln? Have you taken a look at a Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln and all the benefits that a CPO car comes with? Planet Lincoln in Spring (serving the greater Houston and The Woodlands) offers a large inventory of certified pre-owned Lincolns including the: MKS, MKZ, MKT, MKX, Navigator and Town Car.

Reliable Certified Pre-Owned Lincolns
At Planet, they want their customers to have peace of mind, which is why all of their certified pre-owned Lincolns undergo a 200-point inspection and require zero down with no payments down until 2013.

Planet Lincoln understands that buying a car is a big decision, which is why they offer a car-buying process that instills confidence within the buyer. When you buy a used MKX or a used Town Car from Planet Lincoln at this year’s Certified Pre-Owned Sales Event, you’ll receive a six-year/10,000-mile warranty.

At Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln, they value their customers, so they provide them with the best customer service possible, including twenty-four (24) hour roadside assistance for lifetime warranties, loaner cars and much more.

Join in on the luxury revolution! Buy a certified pre-owned Lincoln at Planet Lincoln today!

Located just off of I-45, they are conveniently accessible by all parts of Houston’s greater area, including The Woodlands, Spring, Conroe and Humble.

When you buy one of Planet’s pre-owned Lincolns, you’ll have the same peace of mind of purchasing a new vehicle but for only about half the price.

Learn more at: http://www.planetlincoln.com/certified-pre-owned-lincoln-sale.php

Ford Collaborating with E-Cycle to Help Fight Diabetes

This August, on a month-long initiative to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes research, thousands of employees at Ford buildings and plants will be donating their personal cell phones for shipment to e-Cycle’s facility in Hilliard Ohio. E-Cycle, the leading mobile buy-back and recycling company, will donate $1 to JDRF for each mobile phone collected at Ford locations. E-cycle will cover the cost of shipping as well as donate per phone. All Ford sites will compete to see which one can collect the most phones and raise the most money.

 

Planet Lincoln Makes List of Best Dealerships To Work For

It is with great pride that World Class Automotive Group announces two of its locations have been named recipients of the top 100 automotive dealerships to work for in America!

Randall Reed’s Planet Ford in Spring, Texas and Randall Reed’s Planet Lincoln in Spring, Texas made Automotive News’ inaugural Best Dealerships To Work For list.

“We are very proud,” said Randall Reed, President and Owner of World Class Automotive. “The management, along with all of the members of the Planet Ford and Planet Lincoln family are now among the elite chosen as the best of the best in the country.”

The list was compiled based on employee workplace satisfaction scores that measured everything, from the quality of the work place to the treatment of the employees. “We have identified those dealerships and the recognition begins with this list of the top 100 places to work — a summary that honors new-car dealerships in the United States that have excelled in creating a quality work environment,” per a statement from Jason Stein, Editor of Automotive News.

“This is quite an honor,” said Shawn Burns, General Manager and Operating Partner at Planet Ford. “We have garnered many awards, but this one is truly special. We believe in creating a quality work environment where everyone can thrive, and this shows that our efforts are working.”

Based on the employee’s feedback, the efforts of World Class Automotive and its management team are indeed paying off. Both dealerships will not only be highlighted in an upcoming October issue of Automotive News, the dealerships and their management teams will be recognized at a gala hosted by the publication on October 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Tuesday, July 17, at 12 p.m. the dealerships will hold a luncheon for its staff and management team in celebration of the Automotive News honor at Planet Ford in Spring, Texas.

“The automotive business is about the customers and their total satisfaction, but a key to achieving that goal is to have world class employees who enjoy what they do,” said Mr. Reed. “And, we have an incredible team of apparently VERY happy and excited associates numbering over 250 strong!“

About World Class Automotive Group: World Class Automotive Group is owned by Randall and Sherry Reed. The family-owned business is comprised of several dealerships throughout Texas, including: Planet Ford in Spring, Planet Lincoln in Spring, Planet Ford in Humble, Planet Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM in Humble, Hillcrest Ford in Huntsville, Prestige Ford in Garland and Park Cities Ford and Lincoln in Dallas.

About Planet Ford and Planet Lincoln in Spring: Randall Reed’s Planet Ford (www.PlanetFord45.com) is located at 20403 I-45 in Spring, Texas. The dealership has earned the honor of being the No. 1 Ford dealer in the area for 12 Years. Planet Lincoln (www.PlanetLincoln.com) is located at 20440 I-45 in Spring, Texas. Planet Ford and Planet Lincoln, serving the greater Houston area, offer new and quality pre-owned vehicles. In addition, Planet Ford and Planet Lincoln also provide full Service, Parts and Collision Departments.

*Based on retail ford sales reported by Ford annually since 1998.