Reasons to Buy a Car During Tax Season

2018 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

Most taxpayers don’t take a federal tax return into account when creating their yearly budget. So, when your tax return arrives, it’s like receiving a bonus, a bonus that can be applied to the purchase of a new car. Here’s why you should buy a car during tax season,

Poor Credit? No problem!

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the average federal tax refund rings in at around $3,000. That’s a hefty chunk of change, and it could make for a sizeable down payment on a car. If you have poor credit, most financial institutions will require a hefty down payment in order for you to secure financing.

Lower Your Monthly Payment

Since you have the money to make a sizeable down payment, you could very well work your way into a more affordable long-term financial situation as well. Making a larger down payment on a car means you’ll enjoy lower monthly payments over the course of the loan. That could leave you with more financial security over the next few years.

Upgrade to a Higher Trim

Saving for a new car is no easy task, but once you’ve done so, it’s easy to focus on the most affordable car you can find. Thanks to your tax refund, however, you could upgrade to a higher trim. Higher trims cost a little more, but they include more technologies and comfort features that will allow you to enjoy your time on the road for years to come.

If your car is on its last tire and you’re ready for an upgrade, tax season could present the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the game with a new car from Jimmy Michel Motors.

Ford Truck Fans, Rejoice: First-Ever F-150 Diesel Is Here

Ford truck fans, it’s time to celebrate. For the first time ever, Ford will be offering a diesel engine on America’s favorite and best-selling pickup: the F-150. With the all-new diesel engine, the Ford F-150 achieves numerous best-in-class offerings and remarkable fuel efficiency at 30 mpg on the highway. At Jimmy Michel Motors, we couldn’t be more excited to offer such a perfect blend of power, capability, and efficiency to truck drivers.

The new F-150 Diesel is ferociously strong and efficient. The advanced 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine earns the F-150 the titles of best-in-class towing at 11,400 pounds and payload at 2,020 pounds; best-in-class diesel horsepower at 250; and best-in-class torque at 440 lb-ft.

The Ford F-150 Diesel was designed by the same team that designed the F-Series Super Duty’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine, which is America’s most powerful and capable pickup truck ever. In order to add efficiency and increased capabilities to the mix, the team turned to creating a diesel engine, and their efforts do not disappoint. The new diesel engine is constructed with compacted-graphite iron block material and a forged-steel crank to maximize strength and minimize weight. It also features a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters for increased performance in tough driving conditions and smart Auto Start-Stop technology to help reduce fuel consumption while driving in the city. The engine is paired with a standard SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission that smoothly shifts gears to provide the power you need to complete the toughest of jobs.

The diesel-engine equipped F-150 is set to arrive at Ford dealers in spring; we at Jimmy Michel Motors can’t wait to see this incredible truck in action.

 

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

50th Anniversary of 1968 Film Means All-New Mustang Bullitt

Mustang fans rejoiced everywhere when they saw the 1968 film “Bullitt,” as it features a famous and thrilling San Francisco car chase scene with America’s favorite sports car. The effortlessly cool Steve McQueen drives the Ford Mustang GT in the film, and we at Jimmy Michel Motors are excited to hear that Ford will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film with an all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

The 2019 Mustang Bullitt is cool and collected but formidably powerful. It was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. The Mustang Bullitt features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that achieves a whopping 475 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque, and can hit 163 mph. It also comes with a standard white cue ball shift knob in honor of the original, Black NitroPlate™ exhaust tips, a heated leather steering wheel, and a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.

In another nod to the movie, the Mustang Bullitt comes in Dark Highland Green with chrome accents on the grille and windows. If you’d like something different, you can choose the Shadow Black exterior color.  The interior features cool leather trims and green accent stitching, along with advanced entertainment and safety technologies. We can’t think of a better way for Ford to pay tribute to the film and advance the Mustang brand than with the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt, which is both classic and distinctly modern.

New Ford Ranger Pickup Coming to Detroit

Midsize pickup trucks vanished from the market for a few years, but lately, demand for them is climbing again due to their ease of driveability and great fuel economy without losing the capability of a pickup truck. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Ford has plans to bring back a new Ford Ranger, and those rumors have solidified lately, especially with the unveiling of the upcoming model at the Detroit Auto Show.

The new Ford Ranger will be competing in the same segment as the much-loved Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma. While Ford takes the rest of its lineup in the direction of city-smart connectivity, the upcoming Ranger is a departure from those plans, keeping solid roots in the truck segment where Ford’s F-series family of trucks have reigned supreme for decades.

The Ford Ranger also has not completely disappeared from the brand’s lineup. The Ranger continued being sold overseas despite not being available in the U.S., and experts speculate the newer model will bear a resemblance to current models of the pickup elsewhere.

The new Ford Ranger launches in the U.S. following Ford’s recognition of the midsize pickup segment as meeting the demands of customers who want a vehicle that is capable, yet fun to drive. We at Jimmy Michel Motors are eager for the new Ford Ranger to be revealed sometime during the course of 2018.

Things to Do Near Aurora, Missouri

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Jimmy Michel Motors is proud to call Aurora, Missouri, our home and to serve the surrounding community. There’s plenty to do around Lawrence County year-round, with outdoor recreation and a rich history behind it all.

Powhatan Historic State Park and Other Historical Landmarks

At Powhatan, visitors can tour a one-room schoolhouse once called Powhatan Male and Female Academy, as well as a renovated courthouse from 1888. Other historical attractions include the Clover Bend Historic Town Site, which features traditional homestead life, and the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School.

Wildlife Reserves and Parks

Mount Vernon is home to Talbot’s Wildlife Reserve, Williams Creek Lake, and the Adamson Cabin, and residents of Lawrence County can also head to Lake Charles State Park, featuring fishing, hiking, swimming, and camping. In addition, many parks in the area are prime destinations for hunters and bird-watchers.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway 67 and Music Events

Highway 67 is known as a common route for many of the various performers from Elvis to the Beatles who traveled on it on their way through Missouri, There’s even a Beatles sculpture and the Guitar Walk. Plus, Lawrence County is home to various music festivals, concerts, and events.

There are lots of things to do near Aurora, Missouri, which is why we at Jimmy Michel Motors love serving this community.

2018 Ford Explorer Reviews

2018 Ford Explorer

The 2018 Ford Explorer is a tough, yet gentle, family SUV that’s capable of taking on the modern road in style. Featuring seating for seven and a plethora of safety technologies, the latest model is truly designed for family drivers. Don’t take our word for it though! Check out what top industry critics had to say about the Ford Explorer.

The Car Connection is tough on family SUVs, but the Ford Explorer came through with glowing ratings. When it comes to features, critics found that the Explorer carried a generous amount of standard and available features. Performance and comfort garnered above average scores as well. Having earned the five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s easy to see why the Ford Explorer is a fan favorite.

U.S. News & World Report gave the 2018 Ford Explorer a slightly higher rating than The Car Connection. The family SUV earned a near-top rating when it comes to safety. The interior was above average and the engine delivers ample power as well. A large cargo hold and the availability of EcoBoost® engines were two contributing factors to the Explorer’s great rating.

We here at Jimmy Michel Motors are happy to see the 2018 Ford Explorer earning great ratings from reviewers!

Tips for Saving for a Car in the New Year

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Saving money sounds so simple in theory, but it can be much harder to do in practice. When it comes to saving up for a down payment on a new car, things can get tricky, especially if you have some unforeseen expenses. Here are some tips on saving for a car in the New Year.

Determine What You Can Afford

Setting a reasonable budget is the first step to determining how much you need to save for a vehicle. Planning to buy an expensive luxury vehicle that you can’t afford isn’t going to end well for anyone. Instead, determine how much you can afford in terms of a monthly payment. Make sure to leave room for maintenance and insurance as well.

Calculate a Down Payment

The next step in saving for a car in the New Year is determining how much of a down payment you need. At most dealerships, this can run from 10 to 20 percent, depending on your credit score and the financial intuition. The internet is full of tools that can help you figure out how much you’ll need to get behind the wheel of a new car.

Stick to the Plan

Once you have those numbers in mind, it’s time to start saving. Stick to the plan and aim to save a certain amount, or percentage, each month. Spending a little money on trinkets can be enticing, but the thought of driving home in a new car is much more enticing.

Jimmy Michel Motors can help you determine your vehicle budget and financing options.

Tips for Your Next Holiday Road Trip

2018 Ford Expedition

The holidays can be hectic, especially when it comes to travelling. That’s why we at Jimmy Michel Motors have compiled a post on tips for your next holiday road trip. From staying safe to reducing stress on the road, there are a few things you can do to make any drive more enjoyable.

According to the Travel Insurance Review, you should break up your driving and rotate drivers if possible. AAA notes that over 48 million people will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving, which means the roads are bound to be busy. Avoid driving more than three hours straight, and switch out drivers if possible. Although most of us prefer to make any trip a straight shot, it’s not worth it to sacrifice safety. Stretch your legs, hydrate, and use the restroom.

Next, take 10 minutes to prepare the cabin of your car for the trip. Adjust the seat and mirrors, set your GPS and mount it using a hands-free system, and put the snacks and water bottles where you can reach them. You should also have a pair of sunglasses readily available, and be sure to prepare entertainment items (like DVDs, audio books, games, and art supplies) for kids beforehand.

Finally, stay prepared with a travel medical kit. You should always have an emergency roadside kit that’s well-stocked with antiseptic, Band Aids, gauze, pain killers (preferably aspirin), tweezers, and cotton balls. Also, check your spare tire to make sure it’s well inflated. Naturally, you should also stop by your local dealership for regular service before any long trip to be sure that your car is in proper working order.

Future Ford Pickup Design: Redefining Truck Styling

2018 Ford F-150

Many aspiring vehicle designers of past decades hung posters of exotic sports cars on their walls as children, including outrageous and at-times bizarre designs. However, the next generation of car designers isn’t dreaming about Lamborghinis or Ferraris anymore; instead, truck design is the name of the game. Considering Ford’s reputation as one of the foremost truck brands—especially for its award-winning F-Series pickups—the brand is recruiting top-name designers to go to work on the future Ford pickup design.

According to Wired Writer Jack Stewart, Ford is looking to stay ahead of the curve with truck design, particularly when it comes to the F-150. The F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US since 1981 (that’s best-selling vehicle, not just best-selling truck), and it’s remained at the top, in part, because of its innovative styling. In fact, the 2014 model year shocked car and truck enthusiasts everywhere with an aluminum construction that saved on gas and weight without sacrificing power or affordability.

Teaming up with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, a group of 16 students has been challenged to make the next great breakthrough in Ford truck design.

“The project we’re giving them is ‘Future Truck,’” says Craig Metros, Ford’s exterior design director. “We just rolled out a brief, with history of F-150, how it’s developed as a product, where it is today, and glimpses of it going into the future.”

What are designers creating? For starters, some have proposed integrating electrification and eco-friendly design practices, optimizing carbon-fiber materials design, and even introducing technologies borrowed from magnetic-levitation (maglev) public transport systems. We at Jimmy Michel Motors can’t wait to see the future Ford pickup design that’s developed by the College for Creative Studies and Ford.

What’s New for the 2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

When you’re named America’s best-selling vehicle, you don’t want to let that title go to waste. The Ford F-150 has earned its accolades for always reaching for new and exciting improvements. Ford’s innovations in design and performance never fail to anticipate the driver’s needs, and the same can be said for the changes in the 2018 Ford F-150, outlined by Detroit Free Press writer Mark Phelan.

Most of what’s new in this full-size pickup is under the hood. The base trim of the 2018 Ford F-150 has the same six-speed automatic transmission from the previous model year. That model is powered by a 3.3-liter V6. For the rest of the trims, however, there’s a new standard in town—Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. Now, every truck but the base trim gets the smooth and powerful acceleration that this transmission provides.

Some of the engines in the Ford F-150 lineup also get an extra jolt of power. Both the 5-liter V8 and 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 have been tweaked to provide even more strength. For drivers, this translates to slightly better fuel economy and remarkably higher payload and towing capacities. The 2018 Ford F-150 can now carry up to 3,270 pounds in its bed and haul up to 13,200 pounds.

If you want a pickup that has the technology and safety you’d expect in a family hauler and the power and capability to handle most jobs, the 2018 Ford F-150 should be your pick. Visit Jimmy Michel to take the new Ford F-150 for a test drive and get your first impression of the new powertrain.