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.

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

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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.