Top Ford Features

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The features on various Ford models vary depending on whether the vehicle is a pickup truck, SUV, sedan or coupe. Most models have a few trim levels. Generally, the base model features the basic equipment. You can add features or you can move up trim levels for more features depending on which features you want.

For example, you may not want heated seats, but you want a backup camera, so you might opt for a base model with the backup camera add on. The Ford models at Richmond Ford all have convenience, safety, security and entertainment features, but not all models have all of the features listed in this blog post.

Convenience Features

The best convenience features include one-touch up and down windows, a tilt and telescopic, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, heated and ventilated seats, heated power door mirrors with turn signal indicators, navigation, larger touch screen displays and plenty of covered storage. Dual zone automatic climate control air conditioning is also available in many models. Some may have separate controls for rear air conditioning.

Entertainment Features

Entertainment features include premium stereo systems, Bluetooth, satellite radio, smart phone connectivity and DVD players. You may also find certain models with one or two LCD screens in additional seat rows.

Safety and Security Features

While all Ford models have several airbags, some have more than others. Usually the higher trim levels feature extra airbags including side curtain airbags. Additional top features include blind spot detection, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, autonomous braking and adaptive headlights.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include intermittent wipers, a rear window wiper and defroster, remote entry and remote start, keyless entry, various size and types of rims, and in the case of the F-150, the new lightweight body.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next SUV, coupe, sedan or pickup truck. If you want something with specific features, ask your salesperson to show you models with those features.

Service Center at Richmond Ford

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Servicing your vehicle is the key to making it last seemingly forever. You can get hundreds of thousands of miles out of a properly serviced and cared-for vehicle. If you are the type to drive a vehicle until it goes no more, then you should be taking advantage of the service center at Richmond Ford.

ASE Certified Techs

All of our technicians are certified and are trained specifically to work on vehicles, whether you need an oil change, suspension work, tune up, transmission work or even an engine rebuild. You can rest easy knowing that your vehicle is in good hands when you leave it for service with us.

The Importance of Service

Besides the fact that you could void your warranty by not maintaining your vehicle pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommendation, your vehicle could die a slow, painful death if you don’t keep up with the maintenance. A vehicle that is properly maintained can get a few hundred thousand miles on it. This means regular oil changes and tune ups; and repairing things as they break or before they break.

If you let an oil leak go, you could run out of oil and freeze the engine. Even if the engine does not lock up, the metal rubbing against metal puts some serious wear on the engine. Don’t forget that on a vehicle if something goes bad, it will affect something else. For example, if the brake pads are low and you don’t change them, they will damage the rotors and could damage the calipers.

About Our Service Center

You can call or email us to set up a service appointment for your new or pre-owned vehicle. We are located at 4600 West Broad Street in Richmond. To email us for an appointment or to ask any questions about the service on your vehicle, visit our webpage and click on the email link. You can also schedule an appointment on the same page.

If you prefer the phone, call our service department at (877) 709-7947 or (877) 709-7948 for questions or scheduling. Our hours also make it convenient for you to get your vehicle serviced at Richmond Ford. Our service hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. We are closed on Sunday.

Specials at Richmond Ford

When you buy or lease a vehicle, you have to determine the cost of ownership of the vehicle. Richmond Ford helps you with the cost of ownership, including the purchase price, by offering specials on service, parts and discounted prices on certain models.

Service Specials

Spend less at the pump and improve your vehicle’s performance by taking advantage of “The Works” vehicle checkup. For $29.95 – after a mail-in rebate – you get a synthetic blend oil change with up to 5 quarts of oil, tire rotation and pressure check, brake inspection and multi-point inspection. We will also check your vehicle’s air filter, belts and hoses. Contact our service department to schedule an appointment for the vehicle checkup and oil change.

Brakes are one of the most important safety items on your vehicle; and that means that you should have them checked and replaced as needed. The brake system is something you can’t put off until tomorrow. In addition to being dangerous, bad brake pads and shoes can damage rotors, drums, calipers and wheel cylinders if they are not replaced as soon as you hear the squeaker protesting.

For $179.95 for most cars and light trucks, you can get either the front or rear brake pads or shoes changed. We will also inspect the brake lines, calipers, rotors, drums and wheel cylinders as applicable. This price includes machining the rotors or drums if needed.

Parts Specials

Whenever you have us replace your brake pads, you will get a lifetime brake pad guarantee. This could save you quite a few dollars if you take advantage of this special, so if your vehicle needs brake pads, contact our service department to make an appointment today.

New Vehicle Specials

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by our sales floor today to test drive the 2014 Ford Focus SE, S, the 2014 Ford Fusion SE or the 2014 Ford F-150 XL with regular cab. All of these vehicles – and more – have specials running. For a limited time, you can get the Focus SE for $13,697 (MSRP $20,070), the Focus S for $13,697 (MSRP $19,025), the Fusion SE for $17,550 (MSRP $24,270) or the F-150 XL for $18,254 (MSRP $25,930).

Stop by Richmond Ford today to take advantage of our service, parts or new vehicle specials. Be sure to mention that you saw these specials listed on our blog or website.

2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium

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If you are thinking about getting a new Mustang, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive the new 2015 Mustang GT Premium. The GT Premium features a 5.0-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. It runs on unleaded premium gas and makes 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 390 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm.

Interior features include a six-way power, multi-level heated driver and front passenger seats, hands free entry, front one-touch power windows, front seatback storage, front cup holders, a universal remote transmitter that you can use for a security system or garage door, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a rear view camera and navigation.

Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo, video monitor, auxiliary audio input, USB with external media control, a memory card slot, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB connection.

Safety and security features include speed sensitive wipers, a rear window defogger, four-wheel ABS brakes, child seat anchors, front head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, a remote anti-theft alarm system, engine immobilizer, front fog lights and driving lights, ventilated front brake rotors, dusk-sensing headlights, stability control, turn signals integrated into the door mirrors, traction control, reverse park assist, adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation and rain sensing wipers, a tire pressure monitoring system and a post-collision safety system.


Additional options include 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels, 18-inch foundry low-gloss painted/machined aluminum wheels, or 19-inch premium paint aluminum wheels, a voice-activated navigation system, Recaro leather sport seats, an engine block heater, a 3.55 ratio axle and a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

You can choose from several exterior colors including triple yellow tri-coat, race red, ruby red metallic tinted clear coat, magnetic metallic, oxford white, guard metallic, deep impact blue metallic, ingot silver metallic, black or competition orange. Interior colors include ceramic, dark saddle, ebony, raven black, and red line.

To learn more about the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium, stop by Richmond Ford for a test drive. Once you test drive the Mustang, you will be ready to design your unique vehicle. Be sure to ask your sales person about any specials on the Mustang GT Premium, about all standard features, and about any additional options that might be available.

The 2015 Ford Escape SE

When you stop by Richmond Ford to test drive an SUV, be sure to add the Escape SE to your list. This model year features a 1.6-liter intercooled turbo engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The Escape runs on regular unleaded fuel. This smaller crossover has many standard features that you would normally find on a more expensive vehicle.

The interior features an iPod interface, Ford’s Sync voice control, a rearview camera, an integrated blind spot mirror, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, Bluetooth, CD player, USB jack, auxiliary audio jack, rear parking sensors, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two way lumbar adjustment, dual zone automatic climate control, and satellite radio.

Additional features include one-touch windows, an overhead console with storage, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, turn-by-turn navigation, front and rear cup holders, interior air filtration, driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors and satellite radio.

The exterior features 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keypad for keyless entry, and fog lights. Additional features include power door mirrors, rear defroster and wiper, variably intermittent wipers, privacy glass and a rear spoiler.

Safety and security features include traction control, stability control, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, emergency brake assist, dusk-sensing headlights, electronic brakeforce distribution, post-collision safety system, ventilated front brake rotors, engine immobilizer, auto delay-off headlights and a tire pressure monitoring system.

You can also order the Escape with options, including a leather comfort package, a chrome package, upgraded equipment groups, splash guards, a power panorama roof, a power lift gage, 18-inch luster nickel alloy wheels, a tow package, roof rail cross bars, the upgraded navigation system with MyFord Touch, a tonneau cover, remote start and an engine block heater.

You can also upgrade to a 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine or a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive the 2015 Ford Escape and to learn more about all of the standard convenience, entertainment, security and safety features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all standard equipment, available options that may not be listed here, and whether we are running any specials on the 2015 Ford Escape SE or Titanium models.

Virginia Events in September

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If you just bought or leased a new vehicle from Richmond Ford or plan to before the end of September, you’ll be ready to take some fall trips to break in your new car, SUV or truck. Virginia has events throughout the month, including festivals and other celebrations; don’t miss out on the fun.

If you’re a Johnny Cash fan, be sure to visit the Barter Theatre Main Stage, 127 W. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia, 24210 to see Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. The show runs until September 6, 2014. Take a journey through Cash’s life via his music. For more information, contact the theatre box office at (276) 628-3991 or visit

Visit the Franklin County Agricultural Fair at the Franklin County Recreation Park, 2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount, Virginia, 24151 from September 10, 2014 through September 13, 2014. The fair features live entertainment, student SkillsUSA competitions, a livestock show, merchandise vendors, food and more. For more information about the fair, visit or call (540) 483-3040.

Can’t get your fill of good music? Visit The Crooked Road Music Festival at the Heartwood Artisan Center, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, Virginia, 24210. The festival is devoted to telling the story of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. There will be a Thursday Night Jam at the Artisan Center, a youth concert on Friday, the festival on Saturday and a gospel brunch on Sunday – all at the Artisan Center. The festival runs from Thursday, September 25, 2014 through September 28, 2014. For more information, call (800) 435-3440 or visit

You can also enjoy some of the wine festivals in Virginia, including the South Hill Wine Festival at Centennial Park, Danville Street, South Hill, Viriginia, 23970. The festival will feature wineries from the area, food, artists, music and more. The festival runs from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. For more information visit or call (434) 447-4547. Admission is $20 if you buy tickets in advance and $25 if you buy the tickets at the gate.

Before you head out, be sure to get your Ford serviced at Richmond Ford or stop by to pick out your new for truck, SUV or car. Be sure to ask your salesperson about sales on select models.

Top Road Trip Desinations in Virginia

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While summer is almost over, that doesn’t mean the road trips have to end. Stop by Richmond Ford to get your car serviced before a new round of late summer and early fall road trips start up. One of the things that you just have to do – especially if you’ve never done it – is to take a trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway to catch the fall colors.

October is the peak visiting month for the Blue Ridge Parkway as the leaves are in full color. You’ll see orange sassafras, scarlet sourwoods and golden poplars – all backed by green conifers. The actual viewing season starts in late September – this is when the dogwood, black gum and sourwood turn red. Maples also turn red a bit later. Toward the end of October, the oaks turn brown or red.

Start off in early October in Shenandoah National Park near Waynesboro, Virginia for the best view. Head south along the Parkway for the best views. If you have the time, drive all 469 miles of the Parkway into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina.

Waynesboro hosts the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival, right at the start of the Parkway, during the first two weekends in October. Check out the arts and crafts and explore Main Street and the historic district while you are there.

Head over to Linville Falls Visitor Center, located off US 221 between Linville and Marion. Hike up to the waterfalls to watch them drop 2,000 feet into the Linville Gorge. Pictures of the falls with colorful foliage would make a perfect postcard picture.

Travel the Parkway to Mabry Mill at milepost 176.2 to see the most photographed site on the Parkway. Visit the sawmill, the gristmill and the blacksmith shop. If you keep going, stop at Little Switzerland at milepost 334 for shops and resorts with a Swiss theme. The scenery looks like something right out of Switzerland.

At milepost 382, stop to visit the Linville Caverns. Hike 2,000 feet underground and into the caverns. And, be sure to stop in Asheville to see the childhood home of Thomas Wolfe. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Biltmore Estate.

Back up in Virginia, turn off the Parkway onto Route 56 to visit the McCormick Farm in Steeles Tavern. Visit the museum, gristmill and blacksmith show in the town.

Before you head out, be sure your vehicle has been serviced at Richmond Ford – or if you are in the market for a new vehicle, pick up the new Ford for your trip.

2015 Ford Explorer XLT

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive the new 2015 Ford Explorer XLT. The Explorer XLT features a 3.5-liter engine with a flexible fuel system. It is backed by a six-speed SlectShift automatic transmission and has four-wheel drive.

Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo, CD/MP3 player, nine speakers, a media hub with an auxiliary hub, MyFord Touch, two 4.2-inch color LCD displays in the cluster and an 8-inch LCD color display in the center stack, two USB ports, an SD card reader, audio/video input jacks, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth, and Sirius satellite radio.

Safety and security features include a rearview camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, turn-by-turn navigation, ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, rear defroster, variable speed intermittent wipers, fog lights, automatic head lights and an engine immobilizer.

Additional features include a security system, electronic stability control, traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, child safety locks, a rear parking aid, front side air bags, driver air bag, passenger sensing air bag, front head air bag and rear head air bag.

Convenience features include a power lift gate, trailer tow package, a seven-pin wiring harness, engine oil cooler, aluminum wheels, all-season tires, heated power door mirrors with integrated turn signals, power front seats, adjustable lumbar on the front seats, a pass-through rear seat, adjustable leather steering wheel, keyless entry, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, and floor mats.

To learn more about the 2015 Ford Explorer XLT and all of the convenience, entertainment safety and security features, stop by Richmond Ford today to take a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials that might be running on the Explorer, and about any additional options that may be available. Our dealership has the Explorer XLT in many colors, so stop by today and choose your favorite!

Build Your Own Ford

When you visit Richmond Ford, you can choose any of the vehicles on the lot, or you can use’s car builder to build the vehicle you want, then take the print out to our dealership where we will order your custom-built Ford.

Start by picking the type of vehicle you want. In this case, we chose the Ford Super Duty pickup. On the next page, choose Build Your Own. Enter your zip code – 23230 – and click Continue to Style. We chose the F-450. Choose Select a Model on the next page. We chose the Platinum. In our case, it comes with the crew cab and the 8-foot box only, the 6.7-liter Powerstroke engine, one transmission choice and four-wheel drive only. Click Continue to Packages.

For this model, you can select from several packages, including the Camper Package, FX4 Off-Road Package, Heavy Service Front Suspension Package, and a Snow Plow Prep Package. The Power Equipment Group is standard on this model.

Once you choose your packages, you can then choose exterior options including a fifth wheel hitch kit, fifth wheel/gooseneck trailer tow/prep package, bed mat, Cable Lock System by Master Lock, a drop in bedliner, engine block heater, exterior backup alarm, extra heavy duty alternator, gooseneck hitch kit, power moon roof, rollup tonneau cover, splash guards and many more. The exterior options that come standard on this model are already marked off.

Once you’ve chosen your exterior options, continue to interior options. As you work, you’ll notice the price below and how added options change the price. After choosing the interior options, continue to accessories. Once you’re finished, click Continue to Summary where you’ll see the price and the cost of the options you chose.

If you click Get an Internet Price, a price will show up, plus a form to email your local dealership (us!) for a price. You can fill out the form or you can print your options and bring us the print out. Our price may beat the MSRP by quite a bit depending on the specials we are running at the time.

If you don’t want to use the Build Your Own online app, you can always stop by Richmond Ford and have us build your truck or car for you.

Top Features to Add on Your Vehicle

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When you are buying a new truck, one of the things you look at is the features. This is great if you are buying something to drive and not a work truck. Several features should be added to even the base level trucks as these features would make life much more convenient. When you stop by Richmond Ford to test drive a new vehicle, look for some of these features.

While keyless ignition is on just about every newer vehicle, some of the base models and many trucks do not feature this option. While fleet owners might still like metal keys due to the ease of tracking a key and the lower cost of using a metal key, all vehicles should have standard keyless ignition.

One huge problem with vehicles designed to tow, whether it is a truck, SUV or large sedan, is that it is difficult to hitch a trailer by yourself. Dynamic trailer hitch assist should be standard on all tow vehicles. The feature superimposes an imaginary line on the LCD screen. Using the backup camera, you can now see where to line up the hitch and the ball. Instead of looking for another person to help or trying 57 times to get it right yourself, you can do it on the first try. Ford now has this feature, but it is not standard on all vehicles.

Grab handles were great while they lasted. Many trucks are removing them completely – but they need to come back. These are great, especially for trucks and SUVs that are high – or for people with shorter legs. While many people grab the steering wheel, that is not a viable option – you could loosen the column enough so that it rocks when you try to steer.

A 360-degree camera would be great standard equipment on all vehicles, but especially bigger trucks and SUVs. This system provides four cameras – one on each corner of the vehicle. This helps the driver see to get into tight spots, helps with towing larger loads, driving off road, and can even benefit the driver at a job site. It also helps the driver see things before he or she runs over them – sometimes, it’s just difficult to see what’s in front of the truck if something is low to the ground and close to the truck.

Ford has implemented many of these features in many of its vehicles. Stop by Richmond Ford to test drive your next new vehicle today.