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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. 

  • Summertime Means Sponsorships

    7/25/2016 10:02:22 AM - by JP Miller

    It’s summer in the Bluegrass, which means every weekend is filled with fun events throughout the community. Live music, sports tournaments, movie nights—there’s no shortage of things going on, and everyone’s out and about enjoying the beautiful Kentucky weather. I’m proud that the Paul Miller Autogroup is involved in all of it though sponsorships of all types.

    We serve all of Central Kentucky, so we try to reach the people in our community through activities that appeal to many different groups. For example, we’re a sponsor of Fountain Films on Friday, which occur Friday evenings at Triangle Park in the heart of downtown Lexington. Paul Miller Ford is sponsoring showings of The Bad News Bears on August 5 and Rocky on August 26. Paul Miller Mazda is sponsoring showings of Top Gun on July 29 and The Addams Family on August 19. The movie nights are great outings for the whole family, and the gorgeous downtown location is a throwback to our original location on Main Street. We’ll be at all four of our sponsored nights, handing out bug spray and raffling off gear signed by UK Athletics Coaches.

    Triangle Park gets packed for Fountain Films on Friday—come early and bring a blanket!

    We’re also a sponsor of the premier season of Lakeside Live, a live music event happening every Friday and Saturday evening at Lexington Green through mid-October. We’re providing complimentary valet parking, so come on by, drop off your car, and enjoy a great evening of food, drinks, and live music from local, regional, and national acts. The Fortune Collision Centre crew and the team from Zipie will also be there on their featured nights handing out goodies and raffling off great prizes! Lakeside Live is a great way for Lexington to kick off the weekend, and we’re thrilled to see so many people there every week.

    A great view and a great crowd at Lakeside Live.

     Summer also means golf. I’m a big golfer, so I’m always happy for the opportunity to get involved in golf tournaments for good causes. A couple coming up on our radar: the Alltech Employee Golf Scramble, which is taking place on July 29; Golf Fore The Hungry, presented by Paul Miller Ford, on August 21 – 22; and the Young Leaders Society Golf Scramble, on August 29. 

    Golf Fore The Hungry, which started in 2004, connects Central Kentucky golfers with God’s Pantry Food Bank to reduce hunger in our community and region. In the past 12 years, the tournament has raised nearly $500,000! We’re proud to sponsor the tournament—be on the lookout for our teams at a couple holes along the course, and join us for a dinner and silent auction the night before. You can read all about the event here.

    As you can tell, our summer is packed with events beyond the borders of our 27-acre campus. Our continuing commitment to sponsoring activities that benefit our community is part of our heritage, and it’s just one way we’ve served Central Kentucky for three generations. I hope to see you and your families out there—just look for the Paul Miller logo! 

  • 10th Annual Dads & Grads Car Show Draws a Crowd for a Good Cause

    6/28/2016 7:05:04 AM - by JP Miller

    What better way to spend a hot June afternoon than eating food and celebrating a great tradition?

    Saturday, June 19 was the 10th annual Dads and Grads Car Show, presented by Paul Miller Ford in partnership with the Bluegrass Mustang Club and hosted at Paul Miller Auto Outlet in Lexington. What a great party! We had an impressive turnout—so many people came that the Kentucky Strong BBQ truck ran through all 400 sandwiches and had to start offering hot dogs! Not only that, we had an awesome total of 143 fantastic vehicles of all makes and models: vintage cars, modern cars, and everything in between.

    But it wasn’t just cars we were celebrating. Even though it’s called a “car show,” Dads and Grads is so much more that just that. It’s members of the community coming together, it’s strangers becoming friends, and let me tell you, it’s a beautiful sight. Everyone was smiling, eating, and just having a good time, gathered together for the silent auction (124 bid sheets in total), raffles, door prizes, and of course, the cars.

    One standout car was a 75-year-old 1941 Ford Station Wagon Super Deluxe, restored by the dedicated and talented Mr. Martin R. Pitts.

    The Station Wagon, originally sold to Calumet Farm in 1941, is in beautiful condition. Mr. Pitts bought it from Calumet in 1963, when it had undergone a few repairs: a rebuilt motor, new varnish, a new coat of paint, a new clutch, and a new motor entirely, just to name a few. Mr. Pitts took this car and restored it to all its former glory, including a sleek black paint job--a new but much welcomed change from the original maroon. It’s a beauty, and it definitely doesn’t look like it has 117,000 miles on it. I can only hope our dealership looks as good when it reaches 75 years of age!

    Mr. Pitts started his long-time car-restoration hobby in 1958 with a 1930 Ford Model A, and has restored cars from just about every era since. We’re so honored that Mr. Pitts chose to showcase his vehicle at Dads and Grads, and we hope he continues his incredible work.

    Just like Mr. Pitts and his car, Paul Miller Ford has a long and respectable history. Ever since 1953, we’ve been helping customers find the car that’s right for them. And it all started with my grandfather, Paul E. Miller, selling newspapers on a Charleston street corner. Because of his passion for selling cars and for providing great service, we’ve been able to pass that tradition down to our customers. Because we wouldn’t be here without them, newcomers and regulars alike.

    It’s our honor to have served our community for such a long time, and part of that is giving back. So we partnered with the Bluegrass Mustang Club to give back through the Dads and Grads Car Show by donating all net proceeds to a number of local charities: Sweet Blessings Bakery, Boy Scout Troop 859, Easter Seals Cardinal Hill, and the UK Children’s Hospital, whom we’ve been supporting for quite a while now. These organizations have provided Lexington with amazing services and it’s only right that we give back to them for all the hard work they’ve put in.

    This year was the tenth annual Dads and Grads event; it’s something we look forward to each year. Mark your calendars for next June--we’ll see you and your family then!

  • Paul Miller Ford Reveals the 2015 Coach Cal Signature Edition Ford Mustang

    4/2/2015 3:10:06 PM - by JP Miller



    LEXINGTON, KY
    – After Saturday’s victory over Notre Dame in the “Elite Eight,” Big Blue nation has another reason to celebrate: The second generation Coach Cal Signature Edition Mustang is available exclusively for pre-order only from Paul Miller Ford, located at 975 East New Circle Road. A Benchmark Sponsor of UK Athletics, Paul Miller Ford is Lexington, Kentucky’s only Ford dealership.

                                                                         

    “As proud sponsors of UK Athletics for many years, this has been a wonderful opportunity to work directly with Coach Cal to create the ultimate customized vehicle,” J.P. Miller, Paul Miller Auto Group President and General Manager, said. “In 2010, we made history when we created the first Coach Cal Signature Edition Mustang and it was immediately popular throughout Big Blue Nation.”

                                                                         

    “This year, in celebration of Coach Cal’s incredible impact on the basketball program and his winning record, and the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang, we wanted to do something really special, so we created the Coach Cal Mustang Contest,” he said. “During the initial phase of the contest, we asked designers to create the exterior of the 2015 Mustang GT, and Coach Cal selected the winning design.”

                                                                         

    “For the second phase, we invited Big Blue Nation to fully customize the performance package,” Miller explained. “We had hundreds of fans from all over the country enter both phases of the contest.” The winner of the second phase, Tim Maggard, received an unforgettable prize: Tickets to watch the Cats win the tournament in March and drive the Ford Mustang during the madness!

                                                                         

    “Thanks to the team at Paul Miller Ford, and the Big Blue fans who helped created this Mustang,” Coach Cal said. “This car – like the team – is a winner!”

    The customized second generation Coach Cal Signature Edition Mustang is available to customers for pre-order this spring 2015 exclusively from Paul Miller Ford. 

    For details, visit PaulMillerFord.com.

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