Tips on Protecting Your Car to Make it Last Longer

After our homes, cars are likely the most costly thing that any of us will buy. If it’s not, it’s definitely up there in terms of high investment and maintenance costs. That’s why it’s essential to take care of your vehicle in every way possible to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. The experts at Seabreeze Ford are ready to offer you some recommendations and insider tips on protecting your car to make it last longer.


#1: Cut down on short driving trips

This is not typically something car owners consider when it comes to ensuring the lifespan of their vehicle. However, it can go a long way to save the life of your engine. But what is meant by short driving trips anyway?


Well, in this case, it means a trip 10 minutes or less. Driving less than 10 minutes doesn’t allow your engine to reach its full operating temperature. Why does that matter? Well, when your car sits overnight, the water vapor produced by your engine condenses and sits in your engine and in the oil. This can cause rust and oil dilution, which shortens the engine’s life. However, on a regular trip over 10 minutes, your engine is able to fully heat up and turn the water back into a vapour.


A solution for frequent short driving trips include changing your oil more frequently or simply planning to walk or use a bicycle for these trips instead.

#2: Wash away salt on your car

It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer when you live in New Jersey, the salt will wreak havoc on your vehicle. We all know that in winter time, salted roads are necessary for safe driving conditions. This salt can cause corrosion on the underside of your vehicle, as well as eat away the paint on your car. In the summer, if you plan on spending time near the beach, ocean dew and the salty humidity can also cause rust and corrosion.


So, what are the best ways to get rid of salt on your car? Wash and wax the paint regularly. We’d recommend washing off the salt in winter at least every two weeks, especially if there has been a lot of bad road conditions, whereas waxing can be done every 3 months. And there is always the option to rust proof your vehicle as well. Today, rust proofing also can act to protect your car from other chemicals found on the road too.


#3: Use high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during oil changes

If you want to protect your car from kicking the bucket early, coughing up the extra cash for high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during your regular oil change is a must. As opposed to petroleum-based motor oil, synthetics are less likely to degrade at higher engine temperatures and also remain more fluid in colder ones.

Going for the higher quality oil filter is also a smart choice since they work better in removing particulates from the engine oil. If you’re not sure which products are best, simply ask your mechanic for more information or recommendations for your vehicle.

#4: Lighten your load

Not only will this increase the longevity of your vehicle, it will also save you money on gas mileage. Extra weight in your trunk can take a toll on the suspension, brakes and exhaust of your vehicle. So, reduce the amount of unnecessary stress on your car by removing heavy objects from your truck immediately after transporting.


#5: Cover it up

If you have access to a parking garage, that’s another great way to protect your car to make it last longer. Alas, this isn’t always the case or can be expensive depending on where you live. But there are other ways in which to cover and protect your vehicle if a garage isn’t possible. You can also invest in a carport or simply a protective car cover, which even offers UV protection!


#6 Get regular check-ups

Just like for your own health, your car needs regular checkups as well. It may seem like a hassle or an added expense to follow a maintenance schedule for your vehicle, especially when your car seems fine. But just because it’s operating doesn’t mean it’s operating at its best. Preventative maintenance can add 50,000 miles to your car’s lifespan, as well as prevent unnecessary accidents from occurring. When was the last time your car had a maintenance check up?


CTA: To schedule maintenance on your Ford vehicle, call 732-681-1600 today!


Ford Raptor vs Ford F-150

Since 1948, the Ford F-150 has been on the scene as one of the most popular vehicles sold in the United States. It was originally commissioned as a no-frills workhorse, but has since morphed into a versatile pickup truck that caters to a wide customer base. Whether you are looking for off-road performance or luxury and comfort, the F-150 has you covered.

Enter the Ford Raptor. Heralded as a Frankenstein F-150, the Ford Raptor is a force to be reckoned with, especially in its 2017 form. This off-road master utilizes much of what has made the F-150 so enticing to buyers, but there are several significant differences between the two models that are definitely worth noting. Which vehicle – the Ford F-150 or the Ford Raptor – is right for you?

Power and handling

With four engines to choose from, the Ford F-150 boasts an incredible power-to-weight performance. The standard 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing) engine optimizes power while maximizing fuel efficiency, providing over 280 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque, and a tow rating of up to 7,600 lbs. Upgrade options include a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine for heavy-duty hauling, and a 2.7L or 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with Auto Start-Stop technology for on-demand power and fuel-saving capabilities.

The Ford Raptor has an all-new, twin turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with direct fuel injection, which delivers more than 450 hp, 510 lb-ft of torque, and a 12,200-lb maximum tow rating!

Both the F-150 and the Raptor have a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers improved acceleration and performance; however, the Raptor also comes with paddle shifters that transfer into manual-drive mode and an all-new Terrain Management System that allows you to select from six pre-set modes to optimize driving dynamics. Options include Rock, Mud and Sand, Weather, Street, Baja, and Normal.

The Raptor also has a wide body, which enables long-travel suspension and superior handling. The track is actually 6 inches wider than the standard F-150!


The 2017 models of both the Ford F-150 and the Ford Raptor have fully-boxed steel frames and a class-exclusive high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, which reduces the weight of the vehicles, increase their strength, and make them resistant to dents and corrosion. While the aluminum alloy makes the vehicles lighter, the F-150 weighs in at a little over 4,000 lbs while the much-larger Raptor is closer to 6,000 lbs.

Off-road capabilities

The F-150 has always been a great off-road vehicle because it easily shifts into four-wheel drive with electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) or automatic 4WD mode. You can also add on the FX4 Off-Road Package that includes electronic-locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, off-road tuned shock absorbers, underbody skid-plates, and even a class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split view display.

While the F-150 can hold its own off the road, this is where the Ford Raptor truly shines. In addition to everything listed above, the all-new Raptor has a variety of off-road specific perks. For starters, a TORQUE-ON-DEMAND transfer case manages the power distribution between the front and rear wheels, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of both clutch-driven all-wheel drive and mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. TORSEN front differential improves off-road capabilities by transferring torque to the stable wheel, which significantly increases the front grip and allows the Raptor to conquer steep grades.  The 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox provide a smooth ride both on and off the road, and the class-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels and 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires were designed especially for the Ford Raptor.

Size options

The F-150 is a versatile truck that comes in a variety of cab and box sizes. You can choose from a Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew with box sizes of 5-1/2’, 6-1/2’, or 8’.

The Raptor has far fewer options when it comes to size. In fact, it only comes in SuperCab or SuperCrew with a box size of 5-1/2’. In addition, the Raptor is taller, heavier, and wider than the F-150.


Base price for a 2017 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 is around $32,000 while a Raptor starts at over $50,000.

The takeaway

If you are looking for the perfect vehicle to take off-roading, then the Ford Raptor is just right. You won’t find a more powerful truck with a better off-road mode anywhere else! But if you want a more affordable and versatile truck that can be customized to fit your lifestyle, you can’t go wrong with the F-150. At Seabreeze Ford, we want to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs, so give us a call at (888) 570-3423 or stop by our dealership in Township, NJ for a test drive!

Why Fords are the Best Off-Roading Option

Not all 4X4s are created equal. Oh, the salespeople at every major dealership will certainly find something to brag about, but if you are looking for superior off-roading capabilities, then there is only one automotive manufacturer that checks all of the boxes. As a staple in the U.S. truck market for generations, Ford is proud to offer a full line of off-road options, including SUVs like the Explorer or Expedition and trucks in the F Series and Super Duty lines. Here are a few reasons why Fords are the best off-roading options on the market.

Variety of 4X4 options

It goes without saying that if you want to go off-roading, then you need a vehicle that has four-wheel drive. Fortunately, Ford has plenty options! We have four unstoppable vehicle lines that are capable of taking you anywhere you want to go: The Expedition, The Explorer, The F series, and The Super Duty. Each line has a number of models, giving you over 35 different 4WD SUVs or trucks to choose from! When you add in a plethora of power, handling, safety, interior, and exterior options, then you can truly create the off-roading beast your adventurous soul deserves.

Ground clearance

Getting stuck on a rock or high-centering in the middle of your off-road adventure is embarrassing, to say the least, so you need a truck or SUV that is high enough off the ground to pass over obstacles with ease. Standing tall is the only way to go, which is why all of Ford’s off-road capable vehicles have a minimum ground clearance of at least 7.8”. The Ford Raptor is king of them all with a ground clearance of 9.4”!

FX4 off-road package

If you are planning on taking your Ford off-roading, then the FX4 package is a must. There are many amazing features included in this package, but the most important off-road options are the protective skid plates under the fuel tank, transfer case, and front differential. The last thing you want when blazing your own trail is a rogue rock punching through your undercarriage, so don’t even consider going off-roading without protective underguarding.

Tuned front and rear shocks are another significant feature of the FX4 package, especially when paired with an electronic locking differential. Not only does this offer a smoother ride, but ensures that both wheels on an axle are rotating at the same speed, meaning if f one wheel is suspended in the air or slipping on slick terrain, it will still turn at the same rate as its counterpart.

The Ford FX4 package also has hill descent control, an innovative feature that allows you to keep both feet on the floor – not on the brake – as you descend a steep hill. By utilizing the vehicles ABS and drive train, hill descent will keep you moving at a pre-set speed, so all you have to do is trust your truck and focus on the obstacles in front of you.

360- degree camera

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see what’s going on around as you traverse a particularly rocky trail? Want to know what’s on the other side of the ridge instead of driving into unknown territory? Well, now you can with Ford’s 360-degree camera! If you are going 5mph or slower, you can engage the camera and have a bird’s-eye, top-down view of your vehicle and its surroundings. Pair this feature with the 8” productivity screen that sits below the speedometer and you will be able to ascertain the pitch as well as the direction your wheels are facing.

For an off-roading experience you won’t soon forget, make the smart choice and go with one of Ford’s powerhouse 4WD options. From the F-150 that won six awards in 2017 alone to the confident and comfortable Explorer, you’re sure to find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs. To find out more information, call the friendly team at Seabreeze Ford at (888) 570-3423 or come in for a test drive!

The Modern Ford Explorer

Even after almost 30 years on the market, the Ford Explorer remains a top pick in the sport utility vehicle (SUV) market. Multiple generations and upgrades have culminated in the 2017 Explorer, equipped with a variety of modern amenities and top-of-the-line safety systems. Here are just a few of the Explorer’s many high-tech features.

Designed for Excellence

The 2017 Explorer comes in five separate models and trim levels, each designed from the ground up to offer style and substance. Three rows of power-fold seating allow room for seven passengers or up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space. With the proper equipment, you can even tow up to 5,000 pounds to wherever your Explorer takes you.


  • The Standard Explorer features a 3.5 liter Ti-VCT engine, six-speed automatic transmission and roof rack with EPA-estimated 24 highway miles per gallon.
  • Explorer XLT model includes all of the basic features as well as LED fog lamps and signature lighting, plus upgraded Reverse Sensing safety systems.
  • Enjoy a touch of modern luxury with the Limited model’s voice-activated navigation systems and perforated leather-trim seats.
  • Explorer Sport boasts a sport-tune suspension system, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels and an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.
  • The ultimate Explorer Platinum includes the base Sport features as well as Nirvana leather seats with quilted insets, a 500 watt Sony audio system and twin-panel moonroof.

Innovative Performance

All 2017 Explorer models come standard with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) V6 engine capable of delivering 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque with an EPA-estimated rating of 17 city or 24 highway miles per gallon. The available 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine comes standard on the Explorer Sport and Platinum models; combining turbocharge and direct injection technology, the EcoBoost engine generates 365 V6 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. With the available Class III Trailer Tow Package, including an engine oil cooler, wiring harness and tow hitch, the Explorer makes towing easy.

Safety Through Technology

No matter where your adventures take you, today’s Explorer ensures you get there safely with a host of high-tech safety features.

  • Available adaptive cruise control can be set to maintain a preset speed, then senses and slows with surrounding traffic.
  • Forward collision warning with brake support will alert you if the vehicle senses a potential collision with the car in front of you, applying the brakes if you can’t react in time.
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) uses radar to identify vehicles entering your blind spot and alerts you with an indicator on the side mirror.
  • With enhanced active park assist, your Explorer uses 12 ultrasonic sensors to scan for suitable parking spaces and assist backing into your spot. All you have to do is shift, accelerate and brake.

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