Reed Family Donates $30,000 for College Scholarships

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 7.51.12 PMThe Reed family is proud to support the community and its youth.  In keeping with the family philosophy and practice of giving back, Randall and Sherry Reed, owners of World Class Automotive Group are donating  $30,000 to the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Foundation. The gift is in part to honor the 50th anniversary of the educational institution. The The fund is comprised of six $5,000 scholarships for students enrolled in the automotive programs available at DCCCD’s Brookhaven and Eastfield campuses.

Click to learn details or to apply: Reed Advantage Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships, both of Randall Reed’s North Texas automotive dealerships – Park Cities Ford Lincoln of Dallas and Prestige Ford in Garland – are extending preferred pricing privileges now through December of 2015 to students, employees and faculty members representing all seven DCCCD campuses. In total, more than 85,000 people are eligible for the special benefits.

“We could not be more excited about this gift,” said Mr. Reed. “It’s a natural for us to partner with such a great organization that changes the lives of so many people through higher learning. The DCCCD has stood the test of time – 50 years – providing a dynamic educational universe for the residents of Dallas county and beyond.”

Dcccd foundation“We are honored that Randall and Sherry Reed are recognizing DCCCD’s 50th Anniversary in such a meaningful way,” said Dr, Joe May, DCCCD Chancellor. “These scholarships will provide students with life-changing opportunities.”

Mr. Reed was recently awarded Ford Motor Company’s prestigious Salute to Dealer Award for the impact he and his Planet Ford dealership have had in the community of Humble, Texas. Only six dealers worldwide received the award in 2013.

The Reed Advantage Scholarships

Mr. Reed, who attend but was unable to complete his college career, greatly valued what he learned. From there, he built his career on hard work and natural business savvy. The Reed family applauds and continually seeks ways to support those who are pursuing their higher education.

“Sherry and I want to encourage students, especially those who want to pursue a career in the automotive industry,” said Mr. Reed. “There are so many opportunities available in all parts of the business, but today’s products require someone with advanced mechanical and technological skills. Today’s cars are essentially computers on wheels.”

The $30,000 in scholarship funds are divided into six $5,000 scholarships for students entering the DCCCD automotive programs in 2014 and 2015. Students will be required to submit an application and have the opportunity to be personally meet Mr. Reed and the managing partners of his two Dallas county dealerships. From there they may potentially be identified as future employees for his World Class Automotive Group. Information on the application process is available at www.Foundation.DCCCD.edu.

To take advantage of the Reed’s DCCCD pricing program called “Preferred Benefits to Students, Faculty & Staff: Be Smart! Buy Smart!”  students and staff only need to show a valid DCCCD student ID or recent DCCCD pay stub. The stores will feature a page on their web sites that explains the pricing and benefits available from now through December of 2015 at www.parkcitiesfordofdallas.com or www.PrestigeGarland.com.

About Randall & Sherry Reed

World Class Automotive Group is a family owned business founded by Randall and Sherry Reed over 25 years ago. It includes multiple award-winning Ford and Lincoln automotive franchises in Texas as well as a Volkswagen franchise in McKinney, TX. In total the organization employs approximately 1,000 people. Mr. Reed is also the founder of Starbase Jet, a full-service private aviation charter company based in Addison, TX.

About Park Cities Ford Lincoln

Located at 3333 Inwood Road in Dallas, Texas, the award-winning business with 166 employees offers new Fords, new Lincolns and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. It offers full-service departments in maintenance, parts and repair. It features a Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center providing expedited basic maintenance service to customers without an appointment. The dealership has a 23-year history of success and involvement in the Dallas area including the adjacent cities of Highland Park and University Park. It is the only Ford or Lincoln franchise in the Dallas city limits.

About Prestige Ford

Located at 3601 S. Shiloh Road in Garland, Texas, the award-winning Ford dealership has 150 employees offering new Fords,  Certified Pre-Owned Fords and a large selection of Pre-Owned vehicles. It offers full-service maintenance, parts, and and collision repair departments. Prestige Ford also has an on-site Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center that provides expedited basic maintenance service on all makes and all models to customers without an appointment. Prestige Ford is the dealership where Mr. Reed began his career as an automotive dealer. It was the foundation for what is now an award-winning family enterprise.

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Media Information Contacts:

Angela Enright, Park Cities Ford Lincoln: aenright@pcford.com

Katie Koberg, Prestige Ford in Garland: kkoberg@PrestigeGarland.com

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New 2016 Ford Explorer Makes Debut

2016 Ford ExplorerThe all-new Ford Explorer make its global debut recently at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It now features more smart technology than eve and boast an available 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine and all-new Platinum series.

2016 ford interior The 2016 Ford Explorer has innovative new features to make parking easier, speed up charging time on your favorite smart devices, boosted aerodynamics and then there is the sound system that gives every adventure an even better soundtrack.

According to Car and Driver magazine, “The standard rear view and optional front cameras deliver 180-degree views, and both come with a feature Ford says has never before been on any production vehicle: a lens washer. Anyone who’s had to thumb-smudge road salt or highway grime off of a backup camera—or tapped a parking-garage wall after neglecting to do so—will rejoice at this feature. It’s a wonder the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Audi haven’t already implemented such a feature.” Nope, leave it to Ford to be “Fordward” again in innovations.

It now packs more power with the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine delivers more HP and torque than the four-cylinder it replaces, with no compromise in fuel economy anticipated; for the first time on the Explorer, four-cylinder EcoBoost can now be paired with an available tow package and intelligent four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System

Hard to believe or maybe it’s not considering the popularity of the SUV, more than 7 2016 Ford Inside Interior million Explorers have been sold in the United States. That makes this amazing Ford America’s best-selling SUV for 25 years!

Five trim levels are available, including:

  • Base: Includes the 3.5-liter V6 engine with six-speed SelectShift Automatic, LED low-beam headlamps, LED tail lamps, 18-inch aluminum wheels in sparkle silver paint and rearview camera with washer
  • XLT: Comes equipped with 3.5-liter V6 engine with six-speed SelectShift Automatic, heavy-duty front and rear brake calipers, fog lamps, LED signature lighting, 18-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels with sparkle silver paint, leather-wrapped steering wheel and reverse sensing system
  • Limited: Has the 3.5-liter V6 engine with six-speed SelectShift Automatic, premium 20-inch aluminum painted wheels, ambient lighting, cargo net, heated steering wheel, multi-piece satin chrome with Rosewood film accent appliqués, perforated leather-trimmed seats, heated and cooled front row seats, 12-speaker Sony Audio System, front and rear 180-degree camera with washers, and hands-free liftgate
  • Explorer Sport: Offers the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, intelligent four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System, sport-tuned suspension, trailer tow package, Explorer badge on hood, fascia-integrated dual exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, perforated leather-trimmed seats with red accent stitching, multi-piece satin chrome with carbon fiber interior appearance inserts and 12-speaker Sony Audio System
  • Platinum: Will feature the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, intelligent four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System, dual-panel moonroof, satin chrome lower bodyside cladding insert, satin chrome mirror caps, 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, real wood accents and unique stitching on steering wheel, 500-watt Sony Audio System, leather-wrapped door and console armrests, leather-wrapped instrument panel and upper door trim, Nirvana leather seats, all-digital instrument cluster, enhanced active park assist with park-out assist and perpendicular park, and lane-keeping system

Watch for the 2016 Ford Explorer coming to a Ford dealership near you in 2015.

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Ford Releases New Smartphone App for New Mustang Owners

Ford, Tweddle Launch New Interactive Mustang AppMustang enthusiasts… Start your smartphones! Ford and Tweddle have launched a new, interactive smartphone app for owners and of the all-new Ford Mustang.
The Mustang Owner app will now available for both Android and iOS platforms. It provides Mustang owners with detailed information about the car’s features and capabilities. When Mustang owners checkout the augmented reality app feature, users will be able to scan various interior and exterior shots of the new Mustang and learn more about the function of components and oFord, Tweddle Launch New Interactive Mustang Appther details.

Content within the application can be searched through to make relevant information easy to access. There is also trivia, wallpapers and ringtones, as well as links for accessories, apparel and social media.

“When it comes to new technology on Mustang, we focus on providing features the driver wants, and improving the driver’s experience behind the wheel,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “Making key pieces of owner’s guide information available through the app is just one more great feature we’ve delivered to our customers.”

Now all you need is the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. Our team at the Reed Factor can help you with that. Shop online anytime at www.ReedHasIt.com.

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Ford Offers New Cargo Management System on F-150

f150-box-link-05When you stop to think about what could make your F-150 cargo space better, what comes to mind. One thing we heard from customers in the Reed Factor family of dealerships was the addition of more tie downs.

Guess what? Ford listened. They are now introducing the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, class-exclusive BoxLink™ cargo management system that includes lockable, die-cast zinc tie-down cleats, and provides a unique interface to the pickup bed for improved flexibility and organization, as well as additional locations for tie-downs It is available segment-first cargo ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles or mowers.

The new F-150 offers the first LED box lights on a Ford, plus the availability of two segment-first features – power locking remote tailgate release and cargo ramps. The ramps can be stowed on the sides of the pickup box via the BoxLink system and mounted quickly on the tailgate to enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers.

To take an award-winning Ford for a test drive for yourself, we invite you to visit one of the Reed Factor family of dealerships in the Dallas or Houston areas. Shop online for great savings anytime at www.ReedHasIt.com!

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Reed Factor Dealerships Host Employee Fundraiser

IMG_7619At Reed Factor and our family of dealership, we care deeply about the well-being of our dealership family. When we learned that Sondra Lunsford in our Accounting Department at Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford and Volkswagen of McKinney was facing some hefty medical expenses, our dealership families pulled together to created a FUNdraiser. Due to an infection her husband, Kerry, (formerly of Service) had part of his left leg amputated. The Reed family and our dealerships had a goal to raise $5,000 for a prosthetic leg for Kerry.

Take a look at the fundraising event here!

Employees, dealership partners, vendors and even the local fire department came together to help. For each $5 donation people received an In-N-Out® burger, chips and a drink. In-N-Out® was actually on site with their huge trailer cooking burgers fresh! Plus, we held a raffle. With every $1 raffle ticket you are entered to win our great raffle items from Jimmy John’s, Cha-Cha’s Pizza, Cantina Laredo, Nothing Bundt Cakes, CBS Radio (Rangers Tickets) and others!

Big thank you to all who helped our amazing team member. To learn more about the Reed Factor and our family of dealerships, yo can visit our website at www.ReedHasIt.com!

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2015 F-150 Consumer Torture Test

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 4.18.31 PMAt The Reed Factor, we love the Ford F-150, so it comes as no surprise that we are super excited about the all-new 2015 model with an aluminum body, among other changes.

If you’re wondering how well it will hold up, you can rest assured. Using this new material is a game changer, in a great way. Ford has been putting this vehicle to the test with torturous conditions in labs and real life.

In fact, Ford even sought out people in real life to help torture the Ford F-150. Thousands applied and Ford narrowed it down to four people. Meet the first tester, Brian Schober. He works as a test engineer for military vehicles. Watch how the all-new F-150 performs on his desert course.

Talk about tough. With lighter aluminum body and sturdy steel framing, the 2015 F-150 delivers efficiency and toughness in one elegant package. Stay tuned to Reed Factor in for more info on the 2015 F-150, or visit us online at www.ReedHasIt.com for a look at our current inventory!

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Meet the First Mustang Owner

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 9.32.10 AMOn April 15, 1964, Gail Brown, a teacher fresh out of college was looking for her first new car. Little did she realize that by the end of that day, she would become the first retail customer to buy a new Ford Mustang. She had one before it was even unveiled at the World Fair.

It was a salesman who changed her fate. She wanted a convertible. The salesperson said he didn’t have any but told her to come to another room. When he removed the cover from the vehicle, there it was. A baby blue convertible. She was sold. And you won’t believe what she paid for it.

Just take a look at her story…

As you can see, 50 years later, Gail Wise and her husband Tom still own that baby blue Mustang convertible. Ready to own your own dream ride? Come take a test drive at any of the Reed Family of dealerships, or check us out online at ReedHasIt.com!

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Improved Aerodynamics with 2015 F-150

15F150-Windtunnel_0164The Ford team has been hard at work building on past success of the F-150, and their efforts are apparent in the all-new 2015 F-150. Not only does this new model maintain the rugged, tough exterior of past F-150s, but it has also seen drastic increases in aerodynamic efficiency.

Engineers and designs of the F-150 had quite the daunting task ahead of them; it’s difficult to make improvements to the world’s most popular pickup truck. Nevertheless, they buckled down to create an aerodynamic, fuel-efficient design without sacrificing the rugged idiosyncrasies of Ford trucks. With bold contours and squared paneling, the all-new 2015 is built to last while reducing your trips to the pump.

“The truck’s sharp, boxy shape gives it a tough appearance, but actually the key to the design is aerodynamic efficiency – getting the most out of the shape,” said Brad Richards, Ford F-150 exterior design manager. “We made F-150 look tough and capable, while also reducing wind resistance.”F150_Aero_Graphic

According to Ford, testing clay models allowed designers to see exactly where they could improve, including:

  • Flush-mounted windshield eliminates need for molding that would disrupt smooth airflow
  • Tailgate top is designed to act as a spoiler, giving air that flows off the roof a place to land before smoothly trailing off, reducing turbulence behind the truck
  • Cargo box is narrower than the cab, with no reduction in box volume, which enhances airflow, while a trim piece prevents air from getting trapped between cab and box
  • Rear corners including taillamps are precisely angled so air breaks off cleanly, reducing turbulence behind the truck
  • The duct under the headlamp channels air through to the wheel housing and reduces the wake generated from the wheel.

2015 Ford F-150: Toughest and Most AerodynamicWith dropped beltline styling around the headlamps and taillamps, the beveled angles and edges pop even more. “The shapes, lines, angles and motifs are much stronger on the all-new F-150, and the chiseled edges convey toughness,” said Richards. “The hallmark beltline along the outside mirrors is the strongest piece of Built Ford Tough DNA. That’s inspired by heavy equipment such as cranes and bulldozers. It looks good, but it also improves driver visibility.”

Our team can’t wait to get a hold of these awesome new trucks! Stay tuned to our blog for the latest updates on the 2015 F-150 and other Ford models. Visit us online at www.ReedHasIt.com!

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C-MAX Hybrid Earns Safety Accolades from IIHS

2013 Ford C-Max HybridYet again, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Following in the footsteps of the 2013 Ford Hybrid, the 2024 C-MAX earned a rating of “good” in moderate overlap front, side, head restraint and seating tests, according to Ford Motor Co.

“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” Steve Kenner, global director, Ford Automotive Safety Office said. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

Check out what Motor Trend has to say about the C-MAX and why they like it better than the Toyota Prius.

Some of the standard safety equipment includes MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and an SOS Post Crash Alert System.  C-MAX also comes with a ton of airbags, a safety canopy system, reverse sensing system and rain-sensing wipers.

With these kind of safety features, it’s easy to see why the C-MAX was award Top Safety Pick. Check out www.ReedHasIt.com to shop online for your next Ford!

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2015 Mustang Serves Up Sweet Sounds

There are so many reasons I can’t wait to see the new 2015 Ford Mustang. One is the sweet sounds. Ford has worked hard to create a vehicle that any audiophile is sure to love! With improved structure and better aerodynamics, interior acoustics provide the perfect environment for high-quality music listening.

The 2015 Mustang will have 3 available audio options, allowing driver’s to select one that best suits their audio needs. The standard audio system features a six-speaker configuration. This set-up contains separate high-frequency tweeters mounted in the A-pillars. The Ford team has even angled the tweeters appropriately to produce optimal sound for both driver and passenger.

Those wishing for a little more “umph” in their sound can upgrade to the 9-speaker system with 8-inch console touchscreen. Finally, those who demand top-notch listening experiences can opt for a a 12-speaker configuration featuring ShakerPro with trunk-mounted subwoofer.

Now, both of these upgraded systems (the 9-speaker and 12-speaker configs)  have a front center speaker that has been mounted on top of the instrument panel. Both also feature higher quality speakers and an 8+1 channel amplifier. However, the 12-speaker system earns its keepby introducing 12 polymer cone speakers,rear coaxial tweeters in the rear, plus a hefty-yet-compact subwoofer in the trunk. Talk about serious sound!

Stay tuned in to The Reed Factor for more info as we inch closer to the debut of the 2015 Mustang!

 

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