• Explorer,  Ford

    New Ford Police Interceptor Utility Goes Green

    While also unveiling the 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford introduced a new law enforcement vehicle, the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. While there are a lot of differences between the vehicles, both were built on the same platform and both have hybrid systems. The Police Interceptor Utility comes with the available Modular Hybrid Technology, just like the Explorer. The idea was to provide a more efficient police vehicle that can still handle SUV duties, such as towing a maximum of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped and driving off-road. Although there is a $3,500 price difference between the Hybrid and the solo V6, Ford assures police departments that recouping the cost only…

  • Ford,  History,  Road Trips

    Drive your Ford to Starved Rock State Park

    Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip and soak in the beautiful outdoors. If you’re looking for stunning waterfalls and trails, Starved Rock State Park in Illinois, is the perfect destination. Starved Rock State Park became the first recreational park in Illinois, in 1911. As a result, the park has preserved its 18 majestic canyons and protected the wildlife, which includes deer, otters, eagles and more. It has been voted the #1 attraction in the state of Illinois. To best explore the park, hike the 13 miles of trails, which take you along the Illinois River and to the canyons. There are also breathtaking waterfalls in 14…

  • 4th Of July Fireworks
    Holidays,  Quad Cities

    4th of July in the Quad Cities

    Summer is in full swing, which means that the 4th of July is right around the corner. Around Moline and the Quad Cities, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday and show your patriotic pride. Here are a few events we recommend to celebrate Independence Day in the Quad Cities. East Moline’s Independence Day: On the evening of July 3, head to The Quarter on the Riverfront to view a spectacular fireworks display and enjoy live music, a children’s carnival, and more. The following day, East Moline will host its 61st Annual AMVETS 4th of July Parade, which begins at 1 pm. Quad Cities River Bandits Home Game:…

  • Baseball Tailgating Tips
    Quad Cities,  Tips & Tricks

    Tailgating Tips for Baseball Games

    In the Midwest, summer means a few particular things: cookouts, lawn games, and enjoying America’s favorite pastime, baseball. To truly enjoy the baseball season, many fans tailgate the games, loading up the car with food, drinks, and fan gear for a fun day out in the sun. To make the most of your tailgating experience, here are some baseball tailgating tips. Arrive early: If it’s nice out, chances are you’ll be jockeying for a spot in the parking lot, so arrive at the tailgating festivities early — plan on 2 to 3 hours before the game. In addition, make sure the lot you choose allows tailgating and follow whatever rules…

  • Ford Trade-In
    Car Care,  Ford,  Tips & Tricks

    Get the Most for Your Trade-In Vehicle

    Your trade-in vehicle can help reduce the amount financed or act as a down payment on your next new vehicle. Here are a few tips to help you get the most for your trade-in vehicle. Detailing Getting your car professionally detailed is a great way to raise its value. Fix small scratches and other minor flaws. Although detailing can cost a few hundred dollars, the increase in your car’s value is often worth the expense. Maintenance Keeping up with routine maintenance at a dealership creates a service record that shows how well the vehicle was cared for. Regularly clean out the interior of your vehicle—vacuum fabric upholstery, wash the glass…

  • Memorial Day Celebration
    Holidays,  Quad Cities

    Memorial Day Celebrations Around the Quad Cities

    Memorial Day is approaching fast. That means it’s time to start planning your celebrations. This year’s celebration occurs on May 27, to honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Check out these Memorial Day Celebrations around the Quad Cities. Backwater Gamblers Waterskiing The first Backwater Gamblers waterski show takes place on Sunday, May 26. Another show takes place the following day on Memorial Day. If you miss these first two shows, you can also catch these free waterski shows every Sunday and Wednesday through Labor Day. Country Performances If you’re looking to get a jump on the Memorial Day weekend, Chief’s Eric Church Tribute…

  • Spring Road Trip
    Quad Cities,  Road Trips,  Spring

    Best Destinations for a Spring Road Trip to Take with Your Tax Return

    Here in beautiful East Moline, Illinois, we’re perfectly positioned for road trips to some of the most beautiful locations in the country in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. And with tax returns going through every day, you have some spare cash to hit the road and discover these perfect spring road trip destinations. Town of Galena, IL The historic town of Galena, Illinois, is a perfect place to spend the day or even a long weekend. More than three-quarters of Galena’s beautifully preserved 19th-century buildings are located in a National Register Historic District, so you know you’re getting a taste of real history. Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL The Anderson…

  • 2020 Ford Explorer - Chicago Auto Show 2019
    Auto Shows,  Ford

    Ford at the 2019 New York Auto Show

    The 2019 New York International Auto Show is coming up at the end of April, and while Ford hasn’t made any announcements about what it will bring to the show, there are plenty of theories floating around. Possible Reveals One big reveal we may see from Ford at the 2019 New York Auto Show is the possible new entry-level performance variant on the 2020 Mustang, which industry experts have theorized about since Ford announced a new engine option coming for the Mustang in February. Engine Options The options available right now, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and 5-liter V8, sit at opposite ends of the performance spectrum, and ever since the…

  • Road Trip Puppy
    Road Trips,  Tips & Tricks

    Tips on Packing Your Car for a Road Trip

    If the arrival of warm weather has ignited your wanderlust, you might be dreaming up a spring or summer road trip. These tips will help you when packing your car for a road trip so you can do it in a way that’s efficient, comfortable, and smart. Store Bulky Items Outside the Vehicle You’ll want to keep the cabin as clear as possible for the sake of the passenger’s comfort. Invest in accessories that will let you carry bikes and other bulky equipment on the outside of your car. Pack Clothes in Soft Bags Hard suitcases might be ideal for air travel, but when it comes to packing your car…

  • 2019 Ford Explorer
    Auto Shows,  Ford

    Ford News from the Chicago Auto Show

    The 2019 Chicago Auto Show took place this past February and brought lots of new and exciting models into the spotlight. Here are some of the highlights from Ford’s exciting debuts at the Chicago Auto Show. 2020 Ford Explorer The 2020 Ford Explorer should be available this summer, and with four engine options, six trims, and a long list of considerate amenities, the new Ford Explorer will be a compelling option. The SUV seats six or seven passengers is available in rear- or all-wheel drive and offers with features like heated rear seats, navigation, and a panoramic sunroof. 2019 Ford Ranger The mid-size truck segment is expanding, and the return…