Things To Do in Harlingen, Texas

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Harlingen, Texas is located just 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a beautiful place to live, and it’s packed with culture, history, and things to do and see. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Harlingen.

Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum

This museum honors the Battle of Iwo Jima, fought between the U.S. Marines and the Imperial Army of Japan in 1945. Pay what you can as a donation to step inside the museum and watch the educational video, and then check out the large sculpture that served as the original model for the statue now located in Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.

Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

If you’re visiting Harlingen on a nice day, you can’t miss the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park. This beautiful sanctuary is made up of 55 acres of woods, and features walking trails, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching.

World Birding Center

Harlingen is home to one of nine sites located in the Rio Grande Valley that make up the World Birding Center. At the Harlingen Arroyo Colorado location, you can expect to see Olive Sparrows, Long-billed Thrashers, Groove-billed Ani, and the endangered Red-crowned Parrots.

Make sure your car is ready to handle all your adventures in Harlingen — schedule a maintenance check at Tipton Ford.

Ford King Ranch® Edition: King of Pickups in the Lone Star State

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While it might not come as a surprise, Texans buy more pickups than any other state in the U.S. In fact, one in every four vehicles sold in the state is a pickup, according to W.F. Strong for KUT 90.5. And, among Texas trucks, the Ford King Ranch® edition is the top of the line. 

The Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition represents the luxury model of Texas more so than any BMW or Mercedes, adds Strong; 40 percent of King Ranch® models are sold in the state, which indicates that it’s a truly special trim level.

In the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition you’ll find an intense Ford V8 engine paired to a 10-speed transmission that delivers 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of toque. There’s standard LED lighting, chrome trim, and special badging. Plus, the interior has dual-zone auto climate control, leather trimmed seats, and the available B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.

“The flagship truck for Texas appeal is Ford’s King Ranch® edition pickup. Everybody knows that The King Ranch is the most famous ranch in Texas and known throughout the U.S. as an icon of manliness,” writes Strong. “It was a stroke of marketing genius, 15 years ago, when Ford wrapped their truck in the manly ethos of the King Ranch brand. Every leather seat within the truck is emblazoned with the King Ranch Running W cattle brand. Macho sublimity.”

To learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition, visit Tipton Ford.

For a One-of-a-Kind Experience, Head to the Port Isabel Lighthouse

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There are hundreds of lighthouses strewn across America, and many grace the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Texas, however, is home to only one of them open to the public today: the Port Isabel Lighthouse. The Port Isabel Lighthouse stands at the southern point of the Texas Gulf Coast and operates today as a historic site.

History of the Port Isabel Lighthouse

The Point Isabel area was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1519, and Spain established control of the region in the 1700s. In 1846 during the Mexican-American War, American General Zachary Taylor moved troops into the area, and Point Isabel functioned as an American supply depot until the end of the conflict in 1848. With the advent of heavy shipping traffic, a lighthouse became a necessity. The U.S. Congress authorized the construction of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, and construction began by 1851. The Lighthouse was completed in 1853.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse features heavy brick walls and a stationary white light that can be seen for nearly 16 miles. It served as an observation post during the Civil War, guided commercial vessels during the following decades, and was abandoned in 1905 due to a decline in shipping traffic.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse Today

The Port Isabel Lighthouse was donated to the state of Texas in 1950 and today functions as a historic site that draws visitors from near and far. The Lighthouse is open daily, so for a one-of-a-kind and historical experience with the family, head there today.

Need a vehicle to make your trek out to the lighthouse? Contact us at Tipton Ford.

New 2020 Explorer Design is Quieter Than Ever

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If you’re looking for a relaxing ride, the new 2020 Ford Explorer may be the perfect vehicle for you. That’s because the 2020 Explorer design is quieter than ever, featuring improved engineering and smart technologies like Active Noise Control. Believe it or not, the 2020 model will have the quietest Explorer cabin ever produced.

According to Ford, the 2020 Explorer has a dual-wall dashboard to prevent unwanted engine noise from making it’s way into the cabin, while acoustic laminated glass prevents outside noises from getting in. There’s also a sheet-molded composite material with air gaps in between, which keeps the cabin incredibly quiet.

“Whether it’s taking the family up north for the weekend or taking a date to the movies on Saturday night, a quieter interior allows them to better connect with those who are along for the journey,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager.

Active Noise Control is one of the high-tech features that gets rid of unwanted noise. This system uses microphones to detect unwanted sounds within the cabin, producing counter-frequencies through the audio system to cancel out noises. This is one high-tech feature that actively seeks out and eliminates harsh sounds before they reach your ears. Combining Active Noise Control with a range of engineering and design advances, the Explorer is noticeably quieter. 

If you’d like to experience the Ford Explorer for yourself, stop by Tipton Ford in Brownsville, TX today and take one for a spin!

Watch Local Organized Sports at Brownsville Sports Park

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One of Brownsville’s newest local facilities is the Brownsville Sports Park. Construction of the park began in 2006 with the intention to provide the community with a safe, accessible, and premier place to play organized team sports. Today the Brownsville Sports Park is a great place to visit with family and friends as you enjoy the long list of amenities the area has to offer.

Brownsville Sports Park is equipped to handle just about any sport, with 5 baseball fields, 1 turf field, 10 full-sized fields for multiple sports, 3 outdoor basketball courts, 5 sand volleyball courts, and other tracks and fields like a skate park, dirt track for BMX racing, 2 lakes, a playground, and walking trails.

In fact, the park lists regular visitors and events on its website ranging from Little Miss Football to the Texas State Police Olympics.

If you’re a member of a local organized sports team, whether it’s the regional soccer team or flag football, the Brownsville Sports Park offers a venue well-stocked to accommodate you and your teammates. If you’re just visiting, you can watch any of the many sports on the schedule or make use of the park itself for fun personal activities when you just need to get out of the house.

If you need a new ride to head out to the park, contact us at Tipton Ford.

Places to See Santa Near Brownsville, Texas

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Visiting Santa Claus makes the Christmas season much more real for kids and families alike. Don’t miss these opportunities to see Santa near Brownsville!

Sunrise Mall

The Sunrise Mall is always active around the Christmas season, so it makes sense that Santa would be there. Families can visit Santa in center court through Dec. 24. Better yet, those with pets can get a photo with Santa through Dec. 10.

Santa will be at the mall from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Village

The Holiday Village is back in Dean Porter Park and admission is free for everyone! How’s that for a celebration of Christmas spirit? The park will be transformed into the North Pole until Jan. 1. Santa himself will available for pictures every Friday and Saturday night. That’s not to mention the entertaining events, wonderful food vendors, and contests!

The village is open from Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are extended to 11 p.m.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Santa photo packages are available for purchase at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. There are various packages available starting from $24.99. Each purchase comes with a free personalized phone call from Santa Claus himself. Head out to the hotel to visit Santa and make sure your family doesn’t miss out this holiday season!

If you need a better vehicle under the Christmas tree and you’re not sure that Santa can fit it in his sleigh, come talk to the sales team at Tipton Ford.

Ford Wins Three SEMA Vehicle of the Year Awards

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Each fall in Las Vegas, the automotive industry comes together at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. It puts the best after-market equipment on display and shows off some amazing custom vehicles. This year, three Ford vehicles earned SEMA Vehicle of the Year awards.

The Ford Focus earned the title of Sport Compact of the Year, while the Mustang and F-Series earned the Car of the Year and Truck of the Year awards, respectively.

“We are honored that SEMA Show exhibitors have bestowed Ford with these prestigious awards,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance. “We make a point of embracing the aftermarket and appreciate this endorsement from the SEMA community as we strive to keep our best-selling nameplates among the most customized vehicles around the world.”

The F-Series has long been a favorite at SEMA. In fact, it has earned the Truck of the Year award eight times in the past nine years, which is as long as the award has been around. The Mustang is also a popular choice and this was its sixth SEMA award since it has won Car of the Year four times and Sport Coupe of the Year twice. This is the fourth SEMA award for the Focus.

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, come to Tipton Ford and see the Focus, Mustang, and F-Series trucks for yourself.

Car Maintenance Mistakes That Could Be Hurting Your Vehicle

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For many drivers, car maintenance only comes to mind when something is seriously wrong with their vehicles. Realistically, routine car maintenance is an ongoing and necessary part of car ownership, without which, no car will last as long as it should. Here are some car maintenance mistakes drivers make that unnecessarily harm their vehicles.

Forgetting about your tires

Your car’s tires affect virtually every aspect of your car’s overall performance and health. Because of this, it’s important to make a habit of monitoring your car’s tires for proper inflation, alignment, and tread. With a little bit of care, modern tires should last for a long time.

Neglecting oil changes

If everything seems to be running well, it’s easy to skip an oil change. But, regularly changing your vehicle’s motor oil is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to keep everything running smoothly under the hood, so don’t skip this basic part of car maintenance.

Driving with old wipers

Wipers don’t last forever. Yet, some drivers continue to drive with old wiper blades even after they stop offering optimal visibility. If your car’s wiper blades are damaged in any way, it’s always a good idea to replace them right away before it’s too late.

The trained service technicians at Tipton Ford can help maintain your car’s optimal performance. Schedule a maintenance check today.

 

New Ford Crossover Will Be Mustang-Inspired

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As the crossover market gets more and more competitive, automotive brands need to come up with new and innovative ways to stay one step ahead of the rest. Ford is apparently taking a rather unusual trajectory with its next project. The new Ford crossover, stated to be coming out in 2020, will be a fully-electric vehicle — the first in Ford’s lineup to be entirely built from the ground up with an electric powertrain. Not only that, but recently, Ford representatives confirmed that the crossover will be a performance-oriented vehicle inspired by the iconic Mustang.

 

The teaser that hinted at the new vehicle’s appearance debuted earlier this year under the name, Mach 1, stirring up a controversy among auto enthusiasts who recognized the name of Ford’s legendary, gas-guzzling muscle car. Mach 1, however, may not be the crossover’s true model name according to official sources at Ford Motor Company.

 

The company did confirm that the crossover will sport styling inspired by the Mustang. The original teaser showed viewers a Ford Mustang and Explorer going into a garage together to merge as one, creating a totally unique, electric-powered performance crossover.

 

The new Ford crossover won’t be making its way to the market until 2020, but it’s part of Ford’s ongoing goal to bring 16 battery-powered vehicles to the brand’s lineup by 2022. This will include true electric vehicles as well as hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

 

We at Tipton Ford are excited about Ford’s electric future.

Back to School Study Tips

The new school year is here, and with it comes new challenges, busy schedules, and more homework, quizzes, and tests. These study tips may be useful for students of all ages, and can improve time management and homework skills.We've got the study tips to help you succeed in the new school year.

Turn Big Work into Small Steps

If there’s a big paper or some particularly challenging math homework in the future, it can feel daunting. A good way to stay on top of things and make the big assignments feel more manageable is to break them down hour-by-hour or day-by-day into smaller steps.

Stay Organized

Different colored folders are just as useful as they are pretty. Keep papers for different classes in their own folders and notebooks so they’ll be easy to find. Not only is it helpful to keep your school papers organized, but it also makes a huge difference to keep your study space clean and free from clutter and distraction.

Make a Routine

It can be helpful to assign a consistent time each day for school work. Creating this routine will make the work feel like part of your day and help you with time management. Whether you do homework right after school or right after dinner, stick to it and it will always get done.

Make sure your car is ready to go back to school by scheduling a maintenance check at Tipton Ford.