Ford Drivers in Orlando Can Now Get Usage-Based Insurance

Ford Drivers in Orlando Can Now Get Usage-Based Insurance | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

Looking for an alternative to the usual form of car insurance in Orlando, Florida? A great way to get coverage while saving money is usage-based insurance, and now the Ford Motor Company is offering it.

Underwritten by trusted provider Nationwide, Ford Insure offers user-based coverage policies for drivers of eligible vehicles. With this type of plan, you can save money on coverage the less you drive or the more safely you drive.

The company keeps track of this using telematics data from compatible vehicles, which means you need to drive an eligible Ford from Tropical Ford to enroll in this plan, such as a new Ford Explorer. If you already drive a qualifying vehicle, all you need to do is access the FordPass™ app and switch over to Ford Insure.

This is a great financial solution for drivers in the Orlando area who want to save money without compromising on the extent of their vehicle coverage.

Another way to save money is to buy an affordable new Ford truck or SUV from Tropical Ford. We strive to connect our community with the latest and best-priced Ford models in the area. Talk with our finance team about how you can own and insure your next vehicle through Ford.

Strange Car Smells and What They Mean

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You loved the smell of your car when you first bought it. Many people fall in love with that “new car” smell. However, later in its life, your car might not have that same fresh scent. There are many strange car smells that don’t originate from dust and debris gathering in the cabin. Some could even mean that your car is having serious problems.

Gasoline

You are guaranteed to smell this after filling up the gas tank, but if you’re smell gas when you’re between visits to the pump, it could mean that your vehicle has a gas leak. It’s a good idea to have the fuel system inspected by a professional.

Rotten Eggs

This unmistakable smell indicates that your car’s engine is running poorly and due to problems with your catalytic converter. If you don’t get the problem resolved, it could ruin your catalytic converter and lead to costly repairs.

Burning Carpet

If you get a whiff of something burning when you press on the brakes, it could mean that your vehicle is having brake problems. Get them inspected as soon as possible.

Musty Basement

If turning on the heater or air conditioning yields a musty smell, you probably have mildew growing inside the HVAC system. A simple remedy is to swap the air conditioning for the fan, turned on high. This will help dry out any condensation. If you have persistent issues, your vehicle may need a new air filter.

Need a little extra help maintaining your vehicle? Bring it to our service department at Tropical Ford.

Differences Between Types of Oils

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Your engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. That is why it’s critical to get regular oil changes as part of a routine maintenance program. One thing you need to remember is that there are three different kinds of oils for different kinds of engines in addition to different weights for each type. Here are a few differences between the types of oils.

Conventional

This is the least expensive type of oil as well as the most commonly used. It is a byproduct of the crude oil refining process. It deteriorates quickly and gives off more pollutants than the other types of oils.

Synthetic

As its name implies, synthetic oil is a man-made product from chemical compounds. It is more expensive than conventional oil; however, it lasts a lot longer and is a lot cleaner.

Synthetic Blend

This type of oil is a combination of both conventional and synthetic. It gives you many of the benefits of fully synthetic oil, but it keeps the costs closer to that of conventional oil. It is made from conventional oil, but it has additives that give it a cleaner burn and help it last longer under high temperatures.

Want to learn more about what kind of oil is best for your vehicle? Give us a call or stop by our service center at Tropical Ford.

Why Florida is the Best State

Location is important to many travelers and that factor has made Florida a tourist hotspot for decades now. The state has many attractions that make it one incredible place to visit and live. One could even argue that it’s the best state of them all. Here are several reasons why Florida is the best state in the country, from us here at Tropical Ford!

  • Seafood – Thanks largely to Florida’s location, fresh seafood is standard cuisine in the panhandle state. No matter where you go, you’re never far from fresh seafood. Some our favorites include the Florida stone crab and oysters!
  • Coral Reef – The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most well-known sea attractions in the world. Florida has a coral reef of its own and it’s a unique attraction here in the United States. The only coral reef in the country stretches along the Florida coast. Artificial reefs include sights like the USS Oriskany.
  • History – Believe it or not, Florida is home to the oldest settlement in the United States. St. Augustine has been regularly occupied since its founding, making it the oldest city in the United States. Originally founded by the Europeans upon arriving in the New World, St. Augustine serves as a historical foundation for much of Florida’s history.

Upcoming Orlando Events

Fall has finally arrived and a change in the season means a change in local events! From Halloween to events simply taking advantage of the cooler weather, there’s something for everyone. There are plenty of upcoming Orlando events to attend.

  • The Haunt at Old Town – Taking place every Friday and Saturday until October 31st, The Haunt at Old Town is designed to give even the toughest guests a scare. This event features five free haunts zones and an all-new Zombie Tag game that everyone will love. Two additional haunted houses require tickets. Other features include trick-or-treating for all ages, costume contests, muscle and classic car decorating contests, and much more!
  • Uncle Donald’s Farm – Kids and adults alike can enjoy a fun-filled adventure through a hay maze, take a hay ride, see uncommon animals, and more at Uncle Donald’s Farm. On October 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd, visitors can check out nocturnal animals with a “Walk on the Wildside” then visit the “Creepy Crawly Barn” full of reptiles. A pumpkin patch will also have pumpkins available for purchase.
  • Great Pumpkin Limited – Those in search of a unique fall adventure should stop by Orange Blossom Cannonball. There, families can take a ride on the Great Pumpkin Limited, a 45-minute trip that takes place inside a vintage coach pulled by a 1941 diesel locomotive. End the day watching as the kids pick their very own pumpkins!

Signs You Need New Brakes

Of all the complicated systems in your car, the braking system may be the most important of all. Responsible for ensuring that you can stop the car from any speed, the braking system has quite a few components and there’s no clear mileage as to when you need new brakes. While you may not look at them often, the brakes are incredibly important to your wellbeing. Here are several signs you need new brakes.

  • Pulling – If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, it’s a sign that there’s something wrong with the braking system. Whether the linings are wearing unevenly or there’s something in the brake fluid, it’s worth a trip to the dealership’s service department for an inspection. Better safe than sorry, after all.
  • Vibrating – A vibrating brake pedal isn’t normal and can signify two things: a vehicle out of alignment or warped rotors. If your brake pedal vibrates when the anti-lock brakes aren’t engaged, odds are your rotors are warped. Take your car in for service right away.
  • Screeching – A loud, high-pitched screech, squeal, grinding, or growling is an indication that the brake pads need to be replaced. If you wait too long, the scratching of metal on metal could cause damage to the rotors, requiring repair or replacement altogether.