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.

Lincoln Service Valet: Free Pickup and Delivery for Maintenance and Repairs

2017 Lincoln Continental

Lincoln is setting itself apart from competitors, especially when it comes to service. The luxury automaker recently announced that it will provide free pickup and delivery service to new owners, beginning with the 2017 model year. No more finding a ride to the dealership or finding time to take your car in. Simply let the dealer know, and a certified driver will be out to pick up your vehicle.

According to Automotive News, this Lincoln Service Valet, as it will be called, is designed to set the brand apart from other luxury brands. In addition to picking up your car for service or repairs, the company will also drop-off a Lincoln of equal or lesser value. As soon as service and maintenance are complete, the dealership will simply give you back your car and pick up the loaner.

“Our dealers view this as a way to differentiate the client experience for Lincoln owners,” said Andrew Frick, Director of Sales and Services for Lincoln. “No matter what Lincoln vehicle clients have from our portfolio, they have the peace of mind of getting that vehicle to and from service at a location of their choice, with a complimentary Lincoln loaner in order to maintain their busy schedules.”

Over 90 percent of customers said this is a highly satisfactory service, something that sets the brand apart. Plus, owners are more likely to have service performed if it is this convenient, making it easier to maintain your vehicle. When you buy a Lincoln model, you don’t just get a car—you get an experience.

Top Reasons to Buy a Luxury Car: From Tech to Comfort

reasons to buy a luxury car

Luxury models are not for everyone; however, exclusivity is one reason this segment of vehicles has become so popular in recent years. Offering the latest technologies, the best in safety, comfortable rides, and a sharp image, there are many reasons to buy a luxury car. Whether you want to lease or own a luxury car, there is a massive selection to choose from at West Point Lincoln.

When many people think of luxury models, their minds go to the financial elite. While it is true that many luxury brands are purchased by the rich and famous, these models are more than just status symbols. In fact, if you want the latest in entertainment, you should probably get a luxury car. According to Forbes, luxury cars are usually the first to get technologies like in-car Wi-Fi, smartphone integration, and exclusive audio systems. If infotainment is a priority, choose a luxury model.

Similar to entertainment technologies, luxury cars usually have state-of-the-art safety systems. In fact, Lincoln was one of the first to get driver assist technologies like Blind Spot Monitoring, Brake Assist, Night Vision, Lane Departure Warning, and more. Plus, Lincoln models are engineered with safety in mind, with high-strength chassis and rollover protection systems to keep you safe in most crashes.

Comfort is definitely a reason to choose a luxury car. Lincoln Black Label designs surround you in leather, real wood inlays, metal trim, and more. Climate-controlled seating keeps you at the perfect temperature, while convenient features like voice command give you access to media with ease.

Finally, there is a certain image that goes along with buying luxury. “Some people want the latest and greatest of whatever,” says Jeff Bennett, an automotive marketing professor at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. “It’s about having the money to buy it. It’s about being able to say, ‘Hey, this is how successful I am.’” If you want a subtle way to show off your success, buy a luxury car. Most Americans recognize luxury when they see it, making a luxury model a great way to maintain your image.

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Ford Motor Company Releases 2015-2016 Sustainability Report

Earlier in 2016, the Ford Motor Company created a new subsidiary called Ford Smart Mobility LLC, built to design and work with a variety of emerging mobility services that used present Ford innovations and technologies. With such a division in place, Ford is planning on collaborating with different tech companies and individual startups to improve mobility services and introduce new systems that can make driving safer and more optimal for consumers. With so many new developments on the horizon, the Ford Motor Company released a sustainability report to provide interested customers with updates on how the project is progressing.


In addition to such programs, Ford is also planning on experimenting around the world in order to solve some of their most complex technical issues. Between 2015 and 2016, the major automotive manufacturer has conducted over 30 global mobility experiments in order to better gain insight into different consumer preferences. Some of these pilot programs include things such as the GoPark, which is a company that specializes in building predictive parking systems that can help drivers direct their vehicles onto streets that are more likely to have empty parking spaces. This system is currently being developed in London, where another program, GoDrive, is finalizing operations. GoDrive is a car-sharing program that allows vehicles to enjoy guaranteed and immediate parking at otherwise busy locations.


Additionally, the report covered the automaker’s efforts to expand its research and planned developments for electric vehicles in Asia and Europe. The automaker recently invested $4.5 billion into electric vehicles, planning to add upwards of 13 specialized vehicles to its overall selection. This means that the automaker is planning on making approximately 40 percent of their total portfolio electric vehicles. Ford also plans on expanding further facilities in the United States. Representatives have said that the industry giant is planning on spending upwards of $2 million on a new advanced facility at the University of Michigan. This new section will allow the automaker to allocate the necessary resources towards the research and development of new battery technology, optimizing the development of future electric cars and related systems.

Ford Focus Electric

Ford’s report also focuses on optimizing energy efficiency even during the production process. In 2015, Ford met a global goal to reduce the amount of water used during vehicular production by 30 percent as compared to 2009 figures. For 2017, the company is planning on raising the standard and setting a new goal as they exceeded their goal for 2016. The professionals behind the group initially aimed to reduce water use by two percent and succeeded in reducing water use by upwards of five percent. In addition to water use, Ford is also planning on reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. In 2015, 29 of the company’s non-manufacturing facilities and six manufacturing facilities were able to achieve a zero waste to landfill status, resulting in a total of 63 percent worldwide.


With the new report, Ford launched a pilot program that is designed to enhance mobility services in rural regions in South Africa and Nigeria. This project includes the assistance of several organizations around the world, such as World Vision South Africa, and several independent social entrepreneurs in order to deliver better health education, medication, and basic nutritional services to thousands of inhabitants in the more remote regions of the country. Many of the company’s fans are excited to see how Ford will continue to revolutionize the field, especially considering the magnitude of such projects. These innovations promise to change the field for electric vehicles from all over the world.

Ford Lincoln to Approach Luxury Vehicles in a Novel Way

Ford LincolnThe Ford brand name has always been focused on enhancing the driving experience for customers. Whether providing customers with improved safety features or more intuitive driving functions, Ford is always innovating with the driver in mind. The company’s approach is particularly noticeable with their Lincoln line of vehicles. With the new Lincoln Continental, the major manufacturer promises to provide customers with an even more intuitive way to drive. It is just one of several quality-of-life improvements that the brand plans to make for regular drivers.

The system is known as the Lincoln Approach Detection function, and it is designed to automatically know when the vehicle’s owner is close to the vehicle. When the owner is close enough, the car can then light the path to the vehicle. Though this already stands out as an intuitive way to prevent accidents and problems on the sidewalk, there is more to this function than simply providing owners with a smart lighting system. This seemingly small adjustment also allows the Lincoln Continental to welcome drivers if they have friends or family over. It makes the car feel as though it is a welcome part of the family, and it is symbolic of people’s reliance on their vehicles.

The company’s global trends and futuring manager, Sheryl Connelly has said that the vehicle also helps make you feel right at home, establishing a more serene and familiar place. Practically speaking, the vehicle is designed to project large welcoming mats on the ground near the doors when the vehicle’s owner gets within eight feet of the vehicle. This illuminates the owner’s vehicle, and then also lights up the door handles, which makes them easier to find. This cabin lighting setting is easy to trigger at its softest setting, and once the driver has entered the car, the side view mirrors actively fold out, ready in their driving position.

Lincoln’s exterior design manager, Solomon Song, has explained that this is designed to be a more subtle touch to reinforce the brand’s commitment to quality and improving the experience for their drivers. The manager has defined this function as providing drivers with a sense of quiet luxury. It paves the way for future experiences by establishing the powerful and serene message, effortless in its delivery and yet symbolic enough to provide drivers with the comfort they need on long drives or thoughtful adventures.

Though these features may seem to be a gimmick, such as entertainment systems providing vocal cues, the unique quality of silence in these features improve the experience for owners. It makes the luxury aspect seem much more effortless, and the trend itself is only growing among other vehicle manufacturers. Modern advancements in technology are making it easier for vehicles to include such basic functions, providing manufacturers with the opportunity to innovate according to their car’s design rather than focus on traditional craftsmanship.

Another such quality-of-life improvement was developed by the Land Rover brand name. The company created a Tile object tracking option, which allows drivers to make sure that they have everything they need for the road. It tracks things such as keys, laptop bags and even sunglasses according to a tile system. If one of the objects is missing from the vehicle, it notifies the driver. The primary function of such advancements and features is to save drivers time and effort when they are about to head out. Time is slowly becoming one of the largest luxuries vehicle drivers can enjoy, and many fans are excited to keep up with future advancements to be featured in the Lincoln line.