Mad About March

February 28, 2014

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At Allan Vigil Dealerships, we’re Mad About March. March 1st – April 12th, stop by either Allan Vigil Dealership location to try your shot at making a basket, win some great prizes, and even enter for a chance to win a new, 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid!

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There are 5 ways you can play:

1. Every day in March, stop by the dealership, make a free throw shot (on your first try) and you will receive $10 off that day’s service.

2. Every Saturday in March, stop by the dealership, make a special shot (on your first try) and you will win a bonus prize.

  • March 1st – Free Throw = $20 off that day’s service
  • March 8th – 3 Point Shot = $25 off that day’s service
  • March 15th – 3 Point Shot = $100 towards accessories
  • March 22nd – Free Throw = $20 off that day’s service
  • March 29th – 3 Point Shot = $25 off that day’s service

3. Visit Allan Vigil Dealerships on Facebook from March 16-20 (at noon), fill out a bracket, and we’ll add $2 onto your Owner Advantage Card for EVERY game you pick right. Your Owner Advantage Card can be used like cash on things such as auto service. (Check back for the link to fill out your bracket!)

4. Fill out a form in-dealership to be entered to win a basketball hoop. One hoop will be given away at each dealership location.

5. Fill out a perfect bracket on Allan Vigil Dealerships’ Facebook Page and you will win a new, 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid! 

Stop by and see us this March to participate in our Mad About March event!

 

 

Official Rules:

Participation and bracket entry is open to residents of the continental United States ages 18 and older. The promotion begins March 1, 2014 and ends April 12, 2014. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entry per person per day is allowed for in-store elements of the promotion. One entry per person or Facebook account is allowed for brackets. No duplicated entries will be accepted. Employees and immediate family members are excluded from the promotion. The hoop contests will take place in Allan Vigil Dealerships during normal business hours of 9 am and 8 pm. Brackets are to be submitted through the Allan Vigil Dealerships Facebook page. No email entries will be accepted. On Saturdays in the month of March, the service discount prizes will increase and be different each Saturday. All participants will be entered for a chance to win the basketball goal on April 12, 2014 when the promotion ends. Customers can fill out brackets from Sunday, March 16, 2014 (when the brackets are released) to Thursday, March 202014 at noon (the first game of the tournament) as instructed on the Allan Vigil Dealerships Facebook page. For every correct winning team, the entrant will receive $2 on their Ford Owner Advantage card.  If a perfect bracket is completed on Allan Vigil Dealerships’ Facebook page is completed, the entrant will win a 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid. No email entries will be accepted. The car prize winner is fully responsible for state taxes and prize validation requirements as a result of the win.  Acceptance of any monetary or car prize gives Allan Vigil Dealerships the permission to use the winner’s voice, name, photograph and likeness for promotional purposes during the contest.  Allan Vigil reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest if it cannot be operated or completed as planned. No prize can be substituted for other first place prizes of equal value. Allan Vigil reserves the right to disqualify any individuals who violate the aforementioned contest rules, interrupt the entry process or prevent proper contest operation.

Introducing the New Redesigned Ford Mustang

December 23, 2013

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The Ford Mustang is approaching a milestone. In 1964, the very first Mustang rolled off the assembly line. At just under $2500 the car was a steal for a new car, even by 1964 standards. Today Mustang remains a favorite amongst drivers who love a powerful, stylish sports vehicle.  With 50 years passing since its debut, Ford is celebrating with redesigned coupe and convertible models. From inside to out, front to rear, this vehicle is stunning.

The redesigned 2015 model offers up some of the best features of days past with the technology advancements of today. Prepare for a fuel efficient, but powerful turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang to go along with our current V-6 and V-8 offerings. Customers now three engines to pick from. It’s been more than 10 years since we’ve had a four-cylinder Mustang. This reintroduced 4-cylinder engine includes the new 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine in this model. It also makes for a more fuel efficient Mustang. The 2015 Mustangs will also feature a new independent rear suspension that replaces the rear axle.

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Aesthetically, there are a lot of visible changes as well. Mustang enthusiasts will notice a different exterior than previous models, First of all, it’s more spacious than past models. The rounded grill and lower fog lights are among the exterior updates. For the convertibles, Ford opted to design them with cloth instead of vinyl.  Inside the Mustang is an impressive military fighter pilot-inspired design for the dashboard.

Technology lovers will not be disappointed in this ride. Drivers can control their navigation system, heat and air, music and more than 60 apps on the MyFord Touch 8-inch high resolution touch screen. Or go hands-free with SYNC’s voice command system. All are standard in the new 2015 model. In addition, blind Spot monitoring, rear-view camera, push-button start, and adaptive cruise control are all standard features.

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We wish we could test drive one right now, but they won’t hit the floor until Fall 2014.  Until then, tell us what you think of the new redesigned Ford Mustang? Which new features are you most excited about?

Take a Test Drive, We’ll Make a Donation

November 25, 2013

The Allan Vigil dealerships family has always been as (vigil)ant in our philanthropic efforts as we are in our commitment to provide customers with an excellent car buying experience. This holiday season that tradition continues. From now through December 2nd we are partnering with two incredible charities: Toys for Tots and Operation Gratitude. We need your help to make the holidays brighter for deserving families.

Here are the two ways you can help:

  • Do a test drive: From now until December 2nd we will donate $15 to Operation Gratitude every time you complete a test drive one of the many wonderful vehicles in our dealership. After your test drive, fill out a short digital form and we’ll make a $15 donation in your name. A $15 donation is enough to assemble and ship one care package to United States Service men and women.  

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  • Donate a new unwrapped toy: We are extremely proud to be a drop-off site for Toys for Tots again this year. Toy donations will be accepted now through Dec. 2nd. (Donations are tax deductible).

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Operation Gratitude is a nonprofit organization actively compiling and creating care packages, letters of appreciation, making crafts, sending DVDs and snacks and much more to our currently deployed service members, veterans, crisis relief first responders and their children. The goal of Operation Gratitude is to say thanks and express our appreciation for their personal sacrifices and help boost their morale. For more information about the Operation Gratitude or to get involved, click here. More than 100,000 care packages are sent to these heroes by Operation Gratitude every year.

Toys For TotsToys for Tots has provided Christmas toys and books to children of needy families for more than 60 years.  Nearly six million toys are given out each year and more than 216 million children have been Toys for Tots recipients.

Thanks in advance for helping us help Operation Gratitude and Toys for Tots. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season. 

 

Protect Your Ford or Lincoln from Thieves

November 11, 2013

http://media.propertycasualty360.com/propertycasualty360/article/2013/01/15/CarTheft_324-resize-380x300.jpg As we approach the holiday season, an interesting statistic caught our attention.  According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on Halloween night and New Year’s Day than any other days of the year. We find ourselves sandwiched just between those two holidays and want to give you a few tips to keep your vehicle safe and secure.

  • Do not leave the car running.  Even if you only expect to be gone for a short periods of time, do not leave the car running if you are not inside of it. It only takes a short time thief to get in and drive off with your vehicle.
  • Don’t leave any visible valuables or shopping bags. If you must leave your wallet, cell phone, purse, or any shopping bag in the car put it in the truck before you arrive at your destination. For GPS owners, take down the mount in addition to the screen upon arrival to your destination. Plus, research has shown that car thieves today are less likely to steal the car and more likely to take contents of the car.
  • Lock your doors. In many instances thieves don’t have to break into a car to get inside. They simply open the door. Don’t make it easy for them
  • Park in well-lit, highly-trafficked areas. When possible try to avoid leaving your car in dark and isolated areas. Thieves are considerably less likely to rob you in areas where there are a lot of people.
  • Get a secondary theft deterrent device – Consider using the Club steering wheel lock or some other tool to deter thieves. These function very well as theft deterrents because they require a lot more effort to get into the vehicle.

Reducing theft and increasing security is a matter that Ford takes very seriously. If you currently own a Ford or Lincoln that is a 1996 or newer than you are familiar with SecuriLock. Ford’s SecuriLock is our passive anti-theft system or PATs. Securilock was introduced in the 90s and features PATs keys that are specially, electronic-coded keys designed to prevent thieves from creating a duplicate copy to steal the car.

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PATs keys contain a tiny chip inside that sends a radio frequency to your car or truck’s computer. Your vehicle recognizes that chip and a radio frequency transponder inside of the head of the key and will start the car. Without the correct key the engine immobilizes and the car will not start. Ford was among the first automakers to pioneer immobilization technology as an automotive theft deterrent. For more information on anti-theft protection for your vehicle contact Andrew Spinks or Tommy Lancaster in the Allan Vigil Ford Internet Sales office or call our parts and service department.

Be safe and be careful. We want you to hold on to your Fords and Lincolns for a very long time.

Allan Vigil Honored for Decades of Philanthropy

October 23, 2013
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Allan Vigil is honored by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal

We’re so proud to announce that our own Allan Vigil received the 2013 Governor’s Award last week. Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal presented Mr. Vigil with the award in gratitude for more than 30 years of volunteer work, leadership, and philanthropy in fostering the growth of Georgia’s arts and higher education community.

Perhaps his largest and most widely known fundraising event is the annual Allan Vigil Golf Classic. The tournament has raised almost $250,000 for local arts organizations over the past 10 years. (This year’s tournament, included 30 teams and was the largest to date.)

Another community organization Mr. Vigil has worked with extensively is Arts Clayton, a Jonesboro art gallery and children’s arts program which served more than 40,000 last year. (There is even a gallery named for Mr. Vigil in the Jonesboro location.)  Through personal charitable contributions and sponsoring special events Mr. Vigil has helped raise more than $300,000 for Arts Clayton. That funding, among other projects, went towards purchasing the first vehicle for their ArtVan mobile learning program.

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Among Mr. Vigil’s other contributions to arts education were donations to Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall and as a past University System of Georgia Board of Regents chair also served as a strategic educational planner. Mr. Vigil once said it was important to support the arts because it provides children another outlet beyond sports.

Mr. Vigil was one of 15 statewide recipients to receive the prestigious honor. The Governor’s awards is an annual award program sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Congratulations Mr. Vigil.

Atlanta Police Officers Patroling in New Ford Vehicles

October 3, 2013

Police work is a 24/7 job and demands the kind of vehicle that can sustain an intense, fast-paced work environment. So when the Atlanta Police Department decided to upgrade their vehicles they chose the reliability and technology only a Ford could offer. Last week the APD debuted their brand new fleet of police patrol vehicles. Seventy 2014 Ford Interceptor patrol vehicles will carry Atlanta’s finest while they protect and serve.

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Prior to their recent switch the Interceptors, the APD drove our Crown Victorias. The Crown Vics have since discontinued production, prompting APD to look for an alternative. After months of research and numerous test drive, the Interceptor ultimately won out over the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Caprice models.

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Everyone knows Ford makes cars and trucks for our everyday driving. You may also know that Ford makes racecars like the one professional driver Tanner Foust drives for rally cross racing.  But Ford Motor Company has also been designing police vehicles for more than 60 years. As with all our Ford vehicles, these cars have been designed with the duties of a metropolitan police officer in mind.

 Ford has actually been pioneers in this area. We introduced the first factory installed ballistic door panels and our cars were the first to be rear-crash tested for speeds up to 75 miles per hour

They have also been equipped with our EcoBoost engines and 365-horsepower. These cars are developed specifically for car chases and pursuits, specifically with the police-tuned suspension and calibrated powertrain. There is no doubt these vehicles will keep officers safe while they are keeping us safe.

The technologies these vehicles are equipped with are also nothing short of incredible. Patrol officers spend a considerable amount of time in their cars, so they have to double not only as transportation but as a mini office of sorts. The cars are equipped with wireless hotspots that allow them access to their crime maps, records, and other police software. The cars also include HD dashboard and rear seat video cameras as well as full-time digital and audio recording. The in-car videos are automatically downloaded to a network of video servers. The car’s real-time GPS systems are integrated with Field Management System which allows supervisors to monitor a car’s location and speed at all times.

The Ford Police Interceptor models come in sedan and utility models. These Ford models are not available for purchase for regular use at dealerships, but we can all feel a little bit safer knowing our officers are cruising our streets in these high-tech, super safe vehicles.

He’s been Buying Ford Trucks for Nearly 90 Years!!!

September 26, 2013

As Ford dealers this story made us really proud.  A 102-year-old gentleman in Pennsylvania named Floyd Pullin went into a Ford Dealership last month and purchased a brand new 2013 Ford F-150 STX Truck. As it turns out, that F-150 truck became Mr. Pullin’s 16th Ford vehicle in a row.

 

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Floyd Pullin has purchased nothing but Ford vehicles for the last 85+ years. (source USA Today)

He has purchased nothing but Ford vehicles since buying his first, an iconic Model T, nearly 90 years ago.  (His first vehicle looked a lot like this one below.)

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To celebrate his brand loyalty, Mr. Pullin was made honorary president of Ford Trucks for a day and a video made for him by the Ford Trucks team. Check out the video here.

One can assume that when Mr. Pullin began buying trucks in the 1920s there were not many options. Today it is a very different story, however. There a lot more players in the game now. So this says a lot about the level of satisfaction Mr. Pullin must have felt with his choice to purchase a Ford vehicle. Fortunately for us Mr. Pullin’s story is rather interesting, but is by no means unique.

Each year Polk & Co, a company that utilizes automotive data to determine brand loyalty, awards automotive dealers in several categories for their ability to retain customers. In subsequent years, Ford has managed to bring home the overall loyalty award as well as loyalty awards for:

We take tremendous pride in being able to say customers who buy our cars are so happy with their decision they choose to come back and purchase again from us many times over.  Numbers don’t lie. Our commitment to price, state-of-the-art technology, safety, and innovative design has allowed us to be eligible to receive this kind of honor, but it is your choice to continue to stick it out with us that allows us to win them.

Mr. Pullin, we at Allan Vigil Ford thank you and all of the other customers out there for your continued support and confidence in our vehicles.

Enjoy that F-150.

Unleash Your Inner Racecar Driver at Ford’s EcoBoost Challenge

August 30, 2013

Professional stunt driver Tanner Foust visited our Morrow  dealership earlier this month.  Spending time with a professional race car driver will definitely reignite those childhood dreams of drag racing and doing tricks at high speed in your own souped-up race car. Each year Ford gives fans that opportunity with our Ford EcoBoost Challenge Drive Experience.

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The Ecoboost Challenge Tour has expanded this year from 5 cities to 13 and will be in Atlanta at Turner Field on The Ecoboost Challenge Tour has expanded this year from 5 cities to 13 and will be in Atlanta at Turner Field. The tour offers fans a fun and unique opportunity to experience the capabilities of some of Ford’s products, by putting you behind the wheels. There’s even an opportunity to challenge fellow drivers on our custom courses.

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The EcoBoost Challenge shows off the great gas mileage AND power (yes, both) of our EcoBoost engines by allowing you to test it out against our competitors. The Hypermile Challenge, sponsored by our Green Team, shows off the maximum fuel efficiency of Ford’s hybrid cars and provides tips for saving money on gas. (At nearly $4 a gallon, we could definitely use that.)

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Additionally, participants of the ST Performance Academy will enjoy two laps around the autocross course in two of our Sports Technology vehicles, the Fiesta and the Focus. The laps are timed and the driver with the fastest score each hour wins a prize. The two fastest times overall will face off for bragging rights and another prize. This is the ultimate test drive.

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The Fiesta ST has not been released yet, but drivers attending the event will get a sneak peek at the car Road and Track described as “a hell of a car.” Complete with 197 horsepower and torque to spare (214 lbs to be exact), you’ll be riding corners like a champ. The Fiesta is also the car that Tanner Foust, GlobalRallyCross and X-Games Champion, drives in his rally car competitions.

Check out this video for a closer look at the Ford Ecoboost event:

The event is free, but space is limited. The only requirement is that you sign up in advance.  from 9 am-6 pm Saturday, September 7th. Sign up here if you want to be there too.

Drive One 4 UR School

August 19, 2013

This September, Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln of Morrow is hosting Drive One 4 UR School, benefiting Dutchtown High School. The program is a fun, engaging way to help schools raise money for sports and extra curricular activities. We invite all of you to stop by the dealership September 13th to support this deserving school.

Step 1: Test drive a new vehicle.

Step 2: Fill out a short form.

Step 3: For each test drive, $20 will be donated to Dutchwood High School.

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Please come out on September 13th to our Morrow location to participate. We are excited to invest in our future leaders!

Champion Stunt Driver Tanner Foust Speeds Through Allan Vigil Ford

August 15, 2013
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Champion stunt driver Tanner Foust

Tanner Foust not only stunt drives a car like an action hero, he draws a crowd like one.

Last week Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln had the pleasure of hosting the popular driver and TV host in our dealership. The two-time Formula Drift  champion and four-time (will you confirm 3-time is correct? I think he won more medals two weekends ago) X-Games gold medalist stopped by to sign autographs and give away some free tickets to the Global Rally Cross event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Fans, big and small, began gathering in line about 3 pm to ensure they’d be among the first to meet him.  The first 20 in line won free tickets to the Global RallyCross event. The first 30 received autographed hats. A funny and gracious guest, Foust posed for pictures, signed posters and any other personal keepsakes and gave out signed hats.

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Foust was in town this weekend for the Global Rally Cross (GRC) motorsport event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He placed second in that event after puncturing a tire. GRC is a motorsport combining elements of supercross and rally racing. As many as 10 cars race simultaneously on dirt and asphalt courses.  Foust is currently the 3rd ranked driver GRC drive in the world, pretty impressive for a guy who took up driving while studying pre-med and earning a biology degree. Foust recently won two gold medal at the X Games earlier this month, making him winner of more rally car medals than any other competitor in X Games history.

If you missed Foust last week at the dealership or simply want to see more check out this Guinness World Record Breaking double loop ride Tanner made at the 2012 X Games.


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