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  • Seven Simple Tips to Winterize Your Car

    1/27/2017 4:57:34 PM - by JP Miller

    Winter in Kentucky is unpredictable at best. It can be icy on Saturday, warm and sunny on Sunday, and then snow a foot and a half overnight without warning. It’s all too easy to get stuck with a car that won’t start on a frigid morning. To save you time and to save your car, here are our top seven ways to winterize your car, courtesy of our top-notch service departments and the team at Fortune Collision Centre!

    Check your wipers.

    Wipers are the only thing making sure you can still see in front of you. Winter can take a toll on wipers, which have to deal with ice, slush, snow, and road salt, so make sure yours are in good condition and replace them if necessary. 

    Make sure you have plenty of washer fluid.

    Washer fluid is good for more than just getting dust off your windows. You can use it to clean off a windshield full of grimy road spray, and to melt a little bit of ice or powdery snow. Make sure you’re prepared for anything and have plenty of fluid in your car. It helps to have washer fluid that has low-temperature protection, too, so it’s less likely to freeze when it’s cold out.

    Keep your gas tank full.

    This one may seem like common sense, but keep at least a half tank of gas in your car when the temperatures drop. It helps reduce moisture inside your car so nothing freezes, and it’ll ensure that you don’t end up with a car that won’t start on a cold morning.

    Ensure your belts are in good shape.

    Your belts can deteriorate when the weather gets colder, making operation of your car more difficult and more dangerous. Pop the hood and make sure your belts are intact and going strong--you don’t want to get stranded with a broken belt! If you’re unsure of what to look for, swing by our service department and they can check your belts for you.

    Check your battery life!

    The battery is one of the most important parts of your car--you’re not going to get far without it. When winter temperatures drop, the cells in your battery can die. It’s best to let a professional check your battery. Give us a call and we'll get you in to check your voltage and your Cold Cranking Amps (CCAs), which tell us how much power you have to start your car in cold mornings. If it’s less that 70% of what the battery advertises, we’d highly recommend getting a new one before you end up with a non-starting car.

    Make sure your tires have plenty of tread.

    This one is vital, especially if you tend to drive on roads that don’t get plowed. Tire tread helps your car grip the road, and it can get worn down over time. The minimum safe tread depth is 2/32 of an inch, and there’s an easy way to check to see if you’re above or below the threshold. Place a penny between the tread ribs on your tire. Turn it upside down so Lincoln’s head points down into the tread. If the top of his head disappears between the treads, you’re still in good shape. If you can still see his entire head, it’s time to come see us to get a new tire. Be sure to check all four!

    Keep supplies in your trunk.

    We hope you never end up stuck on the side of the road at any time of year, but it pays to be prepared. Make sure you have an emergency kit to keep yourself safe and warm while you wait for a tow truck or roadside assistance! We recommend including a blanket, water, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, flares or roadside reflectors, and an ice scraper--plus, of course, some non-perishable snacks like granola bars. With any luck, you’ll never have to use it, but if you do end up stranded in the winter, you’ll be glad you have it!

    If you follow these tips, you can make sure your car is as prepared as it can be for whatever Kentucky winter throws your way. You can always swing by our service departments or any Fortune Collision Centre to get your car checked out and fully prepared for winter driving.

    Stay safe and drive happy out there!

  • The Best Time to Buy a Car

    12/9/2016 2:05:24 PM - by JP Miller

    The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the busiest week of the year for us here at Paul Miller Autogroup. We’re not alone—the holidays are a major time for car-buying no matter where you go (though we hope you’ll come to us). Why? Because customers know that the holidays are a great time to buy a vehicle. Here’s an inside look at the reasons why.

    1. We’re Running Great Year-End Deals

    We always run some incredible deals for the end of the year. Whether you’re looking for a lease with a low monthly payment, a financing deal with low or zero interest, or just a great price on a quality pre-owned vehicle, we have a ton of options for you. Come on down and tell one of our helpful elves what you’re looking for—I bet they’ll be able to help you get an awesome deal on it. 

    2. We Want to Meet End-of-Month Goals

    It’s true—the end of the month is a great time to buy a car. We’re always eager to help our customers get a great deal on their dream car, and at the end of the month we’re working extra hard to hit our monthly sales goals.

    3. We Also Want to Meet End-of-Year Goals

    Just like you, car dealerships have resolutions: yearly sales goals to hit. By the time the holidays are rolling around, we’re working to hit those yearly sales goals, just like we work to hit our monthly goals. There’s no better time to join the Paul Miller family for the first time, or to return for another vehicle! I’m always honored to see how many of our customers are repeat buyers, coming to us for their second, third, fourth, or fifth Paul Miller vehicle. 

    4. Help us Get the 2016s Off the Lot!

    The holidays are a perfect time to get a fantastic deal on a brand new vehicle as we work to find home for the last of the current year’s models. It’s in our interest to clear space on the lot to bring in more 2017s, which means you can get a great bargain on an incredible, brand new 2016 car, truck, or SUV! You can easily browse our remaining 2016 inventory here on our site. If you see something you like, don’t wait to jump on it—the last of the 2016s go fast this time of year!

    5. There’s No Gift Like a Car, Truck, or SUV.

    This is my favorite reason to buy a car around the holidays. Whether you’re shopping for a new vehicle for yourself after a long year, as a reward for a job well done, or for a spouse, child, or other family member, there really is no gift like a vehicle. (Just ask Coach Cal!) Every single one of our staff loves being a part of giving that gift, and seeing people’s faces when they’re surprised with a car is fantastic. If you want to go big—really big—for your holidays, come see us. We’ll help you find the perfect gift for that special someone, and we’ll make sure you get a great deal on it, too.

    So whether you’re just taking advantage of year-end deals, looking to get a killer end-of-month, end-of-year bargain, finally getting that 2016 F-150 you’ve been eyeing, or are shopping for the gift to end all gifts, come see us. The entire Paul Miller Autogroup is here to help make your holidays a little happier. 

  • This Year, Santa’s Sleigh is a Transit (Again!)

    11/7/2016 12:43:59 PM - by JP Miller

    The holidays bring many ways to give back. It’s a great time of year to reflect on our blessings and spread joy to others in our community. That’s why Paul Miller Ford is once again partnering with the Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters for their annual toy drive.

    We’re supporting this fantastic program in two ways. First, we once again donated the official toy transport vehicle—a 2016 Transit 250, custom-wrapped by the team at Zipie to look like the festive sleigh it is. With nearly 250 cubic feet of cargo space, it’s got plenty of room for toys as the firefighters go around town collecting donations. It’s my sincere hope that our great town will fill the van—over and over and over again—to bring joy to kids all across Central Kentucky this holiday season.

    Of course, we’re going to do our part to help with that effort, too. Starting in early November, we’ll have toy collection boxes located in all three of our dealerships: Paul Miller Ford, Paul Miller Mazda, and Paul Miller Auto Outlet. We’ll be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys throughout the holiday season—like the van, I’m hoping these boxes will be filled many times over!

    This program is special to all of us here at Paul Miller because it benefits families in need right here in Fayette County. The holidays really are about the kids, and anything we can do to help make their holiday season magical is something we all need to do. The Firefighters Toy Drive is a tradition here in Lexington, and it’s heartwarming to see our whole community come together for such a great cause.

    The Fraternal Order of Firefighters has organized a toy drive for the children of Fayette County for the past 85 years. We’ve been partnering with the Firefighters Toy Drive for three years, and it’s been incredible to see the Toy Drive grow by leaps and bounds in that time. Last year, the program was able to give toys to over a thousand children for the holidays. That’s huge!

    To any families interested in signing up to benefit from the program, you can do so beginning Monday, November 7, at 442 Southland Drive here in Lexington. The hours for signups are 11 – 4, Mondays through Wednesdays, and 11 – 7 on Thursdays. Parents will need to bring a current and valid Kentucky State I.D. or driver’s license, proof of Fayette Co. residence that matches the address on the I.D. (i.e., a utility bill or lease agreement), proof of guardianship, and each child’s birth certificate. The last day to sign up will be November 23.

    I urge all our customers to give back this season, if they’re able. These toys will mean the world to local children and their families come Christmas morning. So if you find yourself in a toy store this holiday season, grab something extra off the shelf and drop it off in one of our boxes. And if you see the Toy Drive Transit 250 on the road, give them a smile and a wave—after all, they’re our own personal Santas this holiday season!

  • Paul Miller Gives Back This October

    10/20/2016 9:17:43 AM - by JP Miller

    This October, you’ll see a lot of pink around Paul Miller Ford. We’re joining businesses all across the country to raise awareness and support for fighting cancer—but for us, it’s not just breast cancer. We’re supporting the fight against cancer of all types through our support of Ford’s Warriors in Pink and the Lexington Cancer Foundation.

    We’re of course supporting Ford’s Warriors in Pink breast cancer initiative (if you haven’t seen their latest commercial yet, check it out)—in fact, we wrapped a Ford Fusion with the Warriors in Pink design and sent it over to the folks at Susan G. Komen Lexington to act as their Race for the Cure pace car a few weeks ago. We’ve also been bringing the Warriors in Pink Fusion to our activations at UK football games. If you haven’t been out to see us yet, we’d love to see you there and talk to you about how Warriors in Pink is fighting cancer. 

    Proudly serving as the pace car to kick off the Susan G. Komen Lexington Race For The Cure

    Supporting the fight against cancer 'til the battle is won.

    Paul Miller Ford is proud to support Warriors in Pink and many other cancer-fighting causes.

    Another cause we’re proud to support is the Lexington Cancer Foundation. While Warriors in Pink fights breast cancer all over the country, the Lexington Cancer Foundation brings that fight close to home. All the money raised by the Lexington Cancer Foundation stays in Kentucky, and those funds directly support organizations that help with patient care. They distribute their proceeds to companies and organizations that support the fight against cancers of all types—organizations like the UK Children’s Hospital, the Lexington American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Central Baptist Hospital, UK’s Markey Cancer Center, and many, many others. Since its inception, the LCF has awarded and pledged over 7 million dollars to cancer organizations in our state.

    That kind of local focus is why Paul Miller Ford supports the Lexington Cancer Foundation. But this year, our donation won’t just have the Paul Miller name on it. We wouldn’t be able to support organizations like the LCF without the support of our customers—so we’re adding their names to our donation. 

    Some of the Lexington Cancer Foundation signage you'll see around our dealership this month.

    Come in and see us anytime this month to add your name or the name of a loved one who fought or is fighting cancer to our walls. You don’t need to make a donation—we’ve taken care of that already. We just want to honor the people who make it possible. Central Kentucky has been supporting us for over sixty years, and our support of the Lexington Cancer Foundation is just one of the ways we try to give back. 

  • Family Safety Day and the Ford Escape

    10/14/2016 4:22:10 PM - by JP Miller

    Here at Paul Miller Ford, we’re all about supporting our community. We’ve done it for the past three generations, and we’re dedicated to continuing that legacy for future generations as well. That’s why we just celebrated our second Family Safety Day on October 1st.

    Last year’s inaugural Family Safety Day was a great success, and we were thrilled to have the support of our city. This year’s event was bigger and better, and I was so pleased to see the great number of vendors and local causes who came together to serve Lexington’s families.

    We cleared out our showroom and parking lot to make way for this year’s activities, and we had so many! Inside the showroom, everyone got a goodie bag at registration. Families learned about crime prevention and building positive relationships between police officers and the community at the Police Activities League booth. They could get biometric fingerprint and palm scans at Next Generation Child Safety; learn about preventing distracted driving with the LifeSaver App; explore home safety with Bates Security; experience drunk driving googles with the Kentucky State Police; and meet the author of the Safety Safari children’s book. Our showroom could barely fit everyone, but it was great to see such an incredible turnout. We welcomed over 250 attendees of all ages to our campus over the course of the afternoon—that’s a pretty big Saturday, even for us! 

    Outside the showroom, kids could explore a fire truck and a police car while meeting some of the first responders keeping our community safe. The Lexington Fire Department also brought their kid-friendly fire safety trailer, which simulated a house fire (complete with smoke!) so families could learn how to safely leave a burning building. Safe Kids Fayette County gave away 50 booster seats for free and taught children and parents about vehicle safety as a whole. And, of course, we had the Kentucky Strong BBQ truck providing free lunches to all attendees.

    We also had a Ford Escape set up for booster seat demonstrations. We needed a vehicle for the demos and the Escape was a natural choice. The 2017 Escape earned the highest five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in front and crash side tests and four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Escape its highest rating for side impacts, rear crash protection, and roof strength. 

    The Escape also comes with a variety of standard safety features, including antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control (perfect for driving in unpredictable Kentucky weather), front-seat side airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera, blind spot mirrors, and Ford’s MyKey, which enables owners to set electronic parameters for younger drivers, also come standard. On top of all that, the Escape is built in Kentucky, making it a great vehicle for our Family Safety Day demonstration and a great choice for any Kentucky family.

    I’m so proud that our dealership came together to make another successful Family Safety Day happen. When Mayor Jim Gray declared Saturday the second annual Paul Miller Ford Family Safety Day here in Lexington, it reminded me why we give back to our community—because protecting the next generation is the most important thing we can do.