• 4 Advantages of Buying Used Cars Over Brand New

    5/16/2017 5:01:26 PM - by Your Friends at Ames Ford Lincoln
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    Finding a vehicle is quite an investment under any circumstances. It doesn't matter if you're buying new, used, or looking for an affordable lease -- it will cost you a pretty penny. While it can be tempting to buy a new vehicle from your local auto dealership, there's a reason used car sales are surging. If you're looking to make the most of your money, consider purchasing pre-owned vehicles, as these used cars offer multiple benefits down the line.

    On the fence about purchasing used cars? Keep reading to discover four of the biggest benefits that come from buying used cars from a reputable dealership.

    Less depreciation the moment you drive off the lot

    A brand new car loses thousands of dollars in value the second it is driven off the lot. Fro that moment forward, it is now considered a used vehicle. Think of it this way: the second the vehicle becomes yours, the value goes down because car dealerships can only sell it for a used car price. However, considering that the average vehicle will have three owners in its lifetime, once a car has already been owned, its depreciation rarely drops that steeply again.

    Reduction in new car fees

    Typically, when purchasing a new car, you have to pay one-time new car fees such as taxes and fees from the Department of Motor Vehicles. When buying used, these fees are significantly reduced or eliminated, saving you even more money in the long run.

    You can have your pick

    A caveat of only looking for new cars is that you may not always get what you want. Buying used cars, however, can give you a much wider selection. So long as you visit a quality dealership, you can choose from a wide variety of inventory and can buy any make, model, and year your heart desires. Don't limit yourself to the overpriced inventory from the 2016-2017 year; find the perfect make and model for your budget.

    You don't have to skimp on quality with used cars

    With the rise of certified pre-owned programs, you can rest assured that your car is in great condition before you buy. Many drivers are nervous that buying a used vehicle means sacrificing on quality, but that's not the case with certified pre-owned vehicles. Generally, certified pre-owned means that the car does not have a history of damage, has been fully inspected, and in many cases is covered by a warranty that extends beyond the vehicle's factory warranty. So with CPO, you can't go wrong.

    Of course, these are just some of the benefits that come from visiting used car dealerships. We didn't even mention the most important advantage -- saving thousands of dollars!

    If you are looking for used cars for sale in Ames, Iowa, come on down to our lot and check out our collection of used vehicles today!

  • Exploring the Pros And Cons of Having A Car In College

    4/27/2017 11:40:06 AM - by Your Friends at Ames Ford Lincoln
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    Making the decision to go to college is one that will help to shape the rest of your life. But going to college also involves making a ton of difficult decisions: you need to decide where you want to go, whether or not you want to attend school out of state, what you want to major in, what classes you want to take... The list of decisions that need to be made is almost endless.

    However, one decision that many people don't carefully consider is whether or not to bring a car to campus. While having a car on campus certainly has its conveniences, it doesn't come without disadvantages as well. But before you make a visit to a car dealership to look at used cars for sale, here are some pros and cons of bringing your car to college.

    1. Pro: Freedom and mobility (and popularity)

      Oftentimes, students who don't have a car on campus tend to feel "stuck" at school. Having a car provides you with the ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want. Of course, this largely depends on the location of your college. If you attend school in a city with excellent public transportation, you may not feel as dependent on car travel. However, if you're at a small school in a college town, a car of your own may feel like a necessity.

    2. Con: Parking

      While driving around campus isn't usually an issue, parking on campus can be an absolute nightmare. Not only do most colleges charge annual fees for parking passes, but simply finding a spot can take longer than the drive itself. If you're bringing a car, be prepared for chaotic parking situations -- and at least one parking ticket. Remember: most campus traffic officers aren't exactly lenient when it comes to giving out parking tickets, so always make sure your parking spot is in a lot designated for students.

    3. Pro: Convenience

      Many people neglect to realize the convenience that comes with having a car, especially on a college campus. Having a car on campus makes everyday chores like grocery shopping so much easier. Even if you have a meal plan, you'll still need groceries. Instead of having to take the bus to the store and get back to campus with a million grocery bags, you'll have the freedom of being able to go whenever you want.

    4. Con: Pressure

      Having a car on campus often leads you to get asked for rides by friends. While this can make it easier to make friends, if you're a people pleaser, it can be hard to say no. This is especially important on weekends, when people may want to leave school to socialize. You don't want to end up in a situation where your friends are constantly pressuring you to drive them home when you know you shouldn't be driving.

    Ultimately, if you do decide to bring a car to campus, then used vehicles are the obvious choice. Perhaps that's one reason that certified pre-owned sales from car dealerships reached a record 2.6 million units in 2016. While there are plenty of advantages and disadvantages to bringing a car with you to college, it's important to do plenty of research. For more information about car dealerships and used cars for sale in Ames, Iowa, contact Ames Ford Lincoln.

  • Thank you for Making Ames Ford the Students Choice

    3/14/2017 2:13:03 PM - by Your Friends at Ames Ford Lincoln

    The 2017 Student Choice awards have arrived, and the students have voiced their opinions and voted for their favorite businesses in and around Ames Iowa.  

    We here at Ames Ford Lincoln, would like to express our sincere appreciation to Iowa State Daily and the student of Iowa State for recognizing us as the best dealership in Ames.  We are truly humbled and honored to receive such recognition.  At Ames Ford Lincoln, we understand that being selected as a recipient of this award would not happen without the dedication and teamwork from the men and women that work here everyday to achieve our vision and carry out our core values.

    The members of our team are ambassadors of our team in the community. They are dedicated to continuous learning and self improvement along with taking pride in serving the members of the Ames community.  It has been our experience that the students of Iowa State University share those same values.  

    On behalf of all of us at Ames Ford Lincoln, thank you again for making this possible for us to receive such accolade.  We are deeply grateful for this honor.  We will strive to continue to be the first choice for Iowa State students, from their first day on campus to wherever the road may lead them after graduation.

  • Its Ford Truck Month at Ames Ford

    3/3/2017 6:18:48 AM - by Your Friends at Ames Ford Lincoln
    Ames Ford Celebrating Truck Month

    Celebrating Ford Truck Month at Ames Ford means huge savings for you on all of our most popular new Ford pickup trucks including the F-150 and SuperDuty.  Whether you are considering the Ford truck lineup for your everyday driver or need it for handling your heavy duty hauling we have the inventory to meet your needs,  At Ames Ford, we have other advantages for you.  We value your time that is why we have up front pricing, not only saving you time but also money.

    F-150 Models
    Ames Ford is one of your leading sources for the Ford F150 trucks for sale or lease in  Iowa.  And this is perhaps no better time to find your new Ford F-150 pick up during the celebration of Ford Truck Month,  What is great about the F-150 lineup is how diverse of truck selection of truck models is   We stock plenty of F-150 including the Lariat, XL, and XLT.  We also have the different bed lengths, engine sizes and package trims.

    Commercial Ford Truck Inventory

    For the truck lovers in Iowa we also are thoughtful of our commercial customers for the savings.  Our dealership is among the top dealerships for Ford work trucks.  Whether you need and F-150 or and F-350 Superduty we have the trucks available and the staff to answer any of your questions.
    We offer excellent loan and lease offers.  Whether you are doing it personally to small business owners to corporations, our finance department will make it smooth and thorough. 

  • Safety Features of the 2017 Ford F150

    2/22/2017 6:43:35 AM - by Your Friends at Ames Ford Lincoln
    While safety is one of the highest ranking features for any vehicle selection for any consumer, the 2017 Ford F150 continues to lead the safety rankings year over year.  Previous Ford models have helped the truck earn the reputation of one of the safest vehicles produced.  

    2017 Ford F 150 Standard and Available Safety Features

    The Ford F 150 offers automatic crash notifications, full-length side curtain air-bags, trailer sway control, and stability and traction control.

    As you move up in the F 150 line up, more safety systems are included.   You can get your truck equipped with lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rearview/ backup camera and more.

    Safety Test Results

    The 2017 Ford F150 once again took top marks from the IIHS.  It also scored high in both government safety testings.  Stop in at Ames Ford to view our selection of inventory or schedule a test drive 

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