Fourth of July Events in Houston, Texas

Fourth of July Events in HoustonThe Fourth of July serves as both a reminder and celebration of the freedoms that we have here in these great United States. Few cities celebrate like Houston, Texas though! Pack up the crossover and get ready for a weekend you won’t soon forget. We here at West Point Lincoln know of a handful of Fourth of July events in Houston that no one should miss out on.

Freedom Over Texas

If you’re one for fireworks and country songs, then the Freedom Over Texas event at Eleanor Tinsley Park is the place for you. Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. Now in its 30th year, the Freedom Over Texas event starts with performances by the United States Air Force Band of the West, Hunter Hayes, and DNCE. The event closes out with a fantastic fireworks display that few cities can match.

Celebration at Bayou Bend

The July 4th Celebration at Bayou Bend is free to attend and open to the public! Stop by to enjoy live performances, arts, and crafts, and more. Make sure you put your name on the replica Declaration of Independence as a reminder of the freedoms you’re celebrating!

Fourth of July Weekend at CityCentre

Take part in the weekend-long event at CityCentre! Four nights of live performances plus an unbeatable fireworks show are on the schedule. Don’t miss out!

New Lincoln Navigator Shows Off in NYC

new Lincoln NavigatorThe 2016 New York Auto Show featured the debut of a Lincoln Navigator Concept, teasing drivers with the prospect of a next-gen luxury SUV while also incorporating outlandish styling cues, like a staircase leading up to the Navigator’s gull-wing doors. Now, the new Lincoln Navigator – this time with more practical design elements, though no less luxurious – has made its New York Auto Show debut once again, ahead of a 2018 model year launch.

When we say luxurious, we mean it. The new, slick styling puts the 2018 Lincoln Navigator at the forefront of its segment in terms of sophisticated good looks. And with a more powerful drivetrain and an interior practically overflowing with coveted features, there’s something for everyone in the new Navigator. The twin-turbo engine under the hood produces a staggering 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, while seating in the cabin features more comfortable padding and premium materials than ever before. The SYNC3 system and other connectivity features add an extra touch of class too.

Currently, there isn’t any info on when we can expect the new Lincoln Navigator on the dealer lot here at West Point Lincoln. Pricing has not been released either; however, current pricing for the Navigator starts around $64,000.* Keep an eye out for upcoming news regarding the launch of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

spring car cleaning

Remove Winter Grime with Spring Car Cleaning

Winter can leave your car in rough condition. Luckily, spring car cleaning is the perfect solution for pepping up the look and feel of your car. From vacuuming the inside to polishing the outside, spring cleaning is a great way to make your drive more enjoyable. Plus, cars that are cleaned regularly also tend to retain their value better than cars that are left dirty. Read on to learn some tips and tricks for cleaning.

 

According to Popular Mechanics, you should clean the inside by first removing any trash that’s accumulated over the past few months. Once you get rid of trash, you can vacuum up any dirt or dust. It’s best to use a shop vac, and many prefer to have a screwdriver handy to lift up any materials that may hide dirt. Finally, consider scrubbing the upholstery and carpet with automotive interior cleaner for a truly fresh feel.

 

Next, clean the exterior. One of the most important tips is to rinse off the exterior before scrubbing or washing. Rinsing removes dirt and dust particles that can scratch the paint. Next, wash and wax, but be sure to dry with a chamois cloth when finished. Many also prefer to apply metal or chrome polish as well, perfect for that added shine.

 

Finally, wash the windows. You can use a mixture of vinegar and water, though many prefer an ordinary ammonia-based household cleaner as well. Be sure to avoid paint, as window cleaner will cause peeling. One good tip is to finish by rubbing the windows with clean newspaper—a trick detailers use to remove glare.

 

Have other spring car care needs? Stop by West Point Lincoln today and we’ll take care of you.

Lincoln Black Label Experience

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2017 Lincoln MKX Black Label at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Lincoln Black Label Experience redefines the luxury car buying and ownership process by personalizing it with exclusive membership privileges, as well as a collection of interior themes that emphasize art and culture. West Point Lincoln is the only Lincoln Black Label dealer in the Houston, TX area.

The Black Label themes include Rhapsody, Chalet, Thoroughbred, Vineyard, Modern Heritage, Indulgence, and Center Stage, all of which are available on different Lincoln models and focus on a different interest or hobby. The Thoroughbred echoes the elite horse racing lifestyle with a Chestnut leather interior, whereas the Chalet evokes images of a ski lodge and the Center Stage theme is inspired by theater fashion.

The Black Label Experience also includes a liaison that will assist you throughout the buying experience and will help you with anything you need from start to finish. Buying Black Label also gets you complimentary any-time car washes and annual detailing.

You never even have to leave your home to get the Lincoln Black Label Experience. Order online with the mobile showroom and have your new Lincoln delivered to you as long as you’re within 30 miles of a participating dealership.

Lincoln Black Label isn’t just about the car, though—membership also grants you access to the Culinary Collection, a list of restaurants with at-your-service dining across the country. You even get a complimentary dinner for two as a thank you for your Black Label membership.

Get in on the incredible benefits of Lincoln Black Label at West Point Lincoln today—we’re happy to help you find a vehicle that reflects your passions!

How to Increase Your Trade-In Value

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Use your trade-in as your down payment or as a great way to lower your auto loan.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, one of the best things you can do for your wallet is to trade in your old one. Trade-in vehicles are great for new car buyers and can act as a down payment or take a major chunk off of your auto loan – just make sure you get the most for your old car. Here are a few tips on how to increase your trade-in value, from us here at West Point Lincoln!

 

  • Clean – Treat a dealership’s inspection of your trade-in vehicle as a sort of interview for your car. Make sure your vehicle is presentable. Wash and wax the exterior, buff out any scratches, and fix any dents if possible. Take the time to detail the interior as well. Pay special attention to the windows and windshield to ensure they’re spotless!

 

  • Document – If you had any service done while you owned the vehicle, make sure to provide the proper documentation. Having proof of your vehicle’s maintenance records can only increase the trade-in value, after all.

 

  • Shop – Competition among dealerships works in your favor. One dealership may offer more for your trade-in vehicle if you buy there instead of at a competing dealership. Weigh your options and take the best offer available!

2017 Lincoln MKZ and MKX Named Top Safety Pick

Top Safety Pick

Lincoln is always out to impress, whether it’s with its design, innovation, or safety. The 2017 Lincoln MKZ and MKX have definitely achieved all of the above. Both cars have been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The IIHS doesn’t hand out safety awards generously. Cars must go through vigorous testing to be considered a Top Safety Pick. Both the MKZ, a mid-size car, and the MKX, a mid-size SUV, took home the prestigious award. To earn the title of Top Safety Pick, both cars had to pass crashworthiness tests that analyzed how each car held up in crash scenarios.

Part of what makes both of these cars so safe is the ample list of driver-assist technologies like Pre-Collision Assist and Pedestrian Detection. These features, and many more, give drivers extra help on the road when they need it and help prevent crashes.

With the 2017 Lincoln MKZ and MKX, you aren’t just getting a Top Safety Pick; you’re also getting everything you love about Lincoln. An intuitive and comfortable interior gives you that luxury you love and there’s still all that power behind the pedal.

Come down to West Point Lincoln today to try out the Lincoln MKZ and MKX for yourself.

2017 Lincoln Continental: Luxury at Its Finest

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Bold and elegant: The 2017 Lincoln Continental.

Lincoln is showing the luxury sedan market just how elegance is done, thanks to the all-new 2017 Lincoln Continental. This brand-new sedan from the American carmaker is bringing back one of its most iconic nameplates, showcasing a new level of luxury that is sure to stop car buyers in their tracks.

Both the upscale exterior design and the refined interior of the 2017 Continental hint at Lincoln’s goal to offer “quiet luxury” in its newest sedan. The sedan has a boldly styled grille, sculpted body lines, and classic chrome door handles that conceal a pressure-sensitive E-latch door release. A dramatic taillight design makes it easy to see that the Continental is an entirely new level of luxury that you can’t ignore.

The interior design practically oozes understated elegance with heated, cooled, and massaging seats that are even available in the backseat. These seats are even referred to as “Perfect Position Seats,” due to the fact that there is a 30-way adjustable front seat option. An optional 19-speaker Revel audio system will make you feel as if you’re at a live concert whenever you turn on the radio, while Active Noise Control keeps outside noise out of the cabin.

If you are looking for a vehicle that is the epitome of luxury, look no further than the 2017 Lincoln Continental. Find out more about this premium sedan at West Point Lincoln.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore That Sticker: The Importance of Oil Changes

importance of oil changesWhen it comes to making sure that your vehicle runs smoothly, safely, and efficiently, the number one way you can drive with peace of mind is by staying on top of all routine vehicle maintenance – starting with regular oil changes.

The importance of oil changes really cannot be understated, making it vital that you never find yourself slacking when it comes to scheduling oil change appointments.

Engine oil works hard to lubricate the many working mechanics inside a vehicle, ensuring that they run properly and efficiently. It also absorbs heat, reducing friction between those rugged car parts.

But over time, engine oil begins to break down, become less effective, and can even become saturated with debris. This means that the mechanics in your car could be scraping against each other dangerously, while potentially overheating your engine.

Luckily, it’s incredibly easy and fast to get your oil changed at a dealership – like West Point Lincoln – and you can even change your oil at home. Your owner’s manual will recommend which type of oil to use and how often to change it.

For more information or to talk to a specialist, contact us or visit our service department any time at West Point Lincoln.

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner, which means kids will be hitting the streets for trick-or-treat night. If you haven’t already, find out when your area’s hours are and plan accordingly. For those that absolutely have to be out on the road, safety is key to prevent any unwanted accidents. Here are some Halloween driving safety tips to help you have an accident-free night!

  • Drive Slowly – As always, the most important step to avoiding an accident is to slow down. Drive well under the speed limit, especially when in residential areas, and don’t grow irritated when other drivers do the same. Kids will likely be out in droves and that can make them difficult to keep track of. Give yourself plenty of time to react should a child run into the road by simply slowing down.
  • Eliminate Distractions – Put your smartphone and other devices out of sight. Keep all of your focus on the road and keep both hands on the wheel at all times. Turn off the radio and listen for any nearby children. Keep your lights on to improve both your and the children’s visibility.
  • Yield – Children might not stop before crossing the street which is why it’s important for drivers to yield on Halloween night. If children are near the street, stop and wave them across to eliminate any unnecessary accidents.

Back-to-School Driving Tips: Staying Safe in School Zones

Back-to-School Driving TipsNow that school is in session, it’s important to stay safe on the road. Whether you are a parent, teen, or college student, you should keep these back-to-school driving safety tips in mind. In addition to staying alert, there are some necessary steps to take to prevent serious accidents. Not only will these prevent you from getting a ticket, but they could also save someone’s life.

According to Safety Insurance, always keep an eye out for buses—they’re painted bright yellow for a reason. You should always give a school bus extra following distance, because it can be difficult for the driver to see. It’s also important to stop when the stop-sign is deployed, and to never pass a school bus. This could result in a fatal accident, as well as expensive fines.

Know where school zones are. Most school zones are advertised well, and the speed ranges from 15 to 25 mph. Always keep your foot on the brake, and be aware that traffic laws change when you enter these areas. Not only does speed decrease, but fines increase and no texting or talking on the phone is allowed, period.

Finally, walk better. If you are one of the many walking with students, or if you are a student yourself, be sure to pay attention to traffic. Put away electronic devices, only cross at corners or crosswalks, and look both ways. Parents should spend extra time talking to their kids about traffic safety, and older students should get a refresher as well.

At West Point Lincoln we want to keep you as safe as possible on the road so we’re happy to bring you these back-to-school driving tips.