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.

Ford Sustainability Initiatives: Ford Meets Goals Eight Years Early

There are several Ford sustainability initiatives, including one that aims to reduce the brand’s global CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 30% before 2025. Remarkably, the brand was able to reach its goal earlier this year, which means it beat its initial projections by a whopping eight years. While you still get the same quality vehicles, you also get cleaner air thanks to Ford.

According to Ford, the brand was able to lower its emissions by installing over 100,000 energy-efficient lights, updating painting operations, and a few other minor changes. Painting in particular required high-temperature drying ovens that consumed large amounts of energy — until recently, that is. The brand is focused on staying consistent with the Paris Climate Accord, as it recognizes that environmental concerns are at an all-time high.

Part of Ford sustainability initiatives include more hybrids like the C-MAX“We will continue to set ambitious goals and work to create innovative practices to achieve them,” said Bruce Hettle, group vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs. “Our next strategy will focus on increasing Ford’s use of renewable energy while maintaining our energy efficiencies.”

Ford is also hoping to offer 40 hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022, including cars like the C-MAX Hybrid, the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi, and the Focus Electric, among others. Even if you’d like a traditional gasoline engine, Ford is working hard to improve fuel economy and cut back on vehicle emissions.

Experience the innovations of Ford when you visit Tipton Ford.

Ford Kicks Off “Texas Is Family” Event with Vehicle Donations

Nine months ago, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, and for some, that wound is still healing. Fortunately, Ford is committed to assisting relief efforts in Texas. The company hosted the Texas Is Family event in mid-May to bring together local nonprofits in the area, partnered with local organizations, and donated vehicles to other volunteers.

Ford kicked off the Texas Is Family event by donating 38 Ford vehicles to eight different organizations in the state, allowing these organizations — including big names such as the Houston Food Bank, Salvation Army, and American Red Cross — to continue providing relief from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Harvey. These vehicle donations are part of a commitment Ford made in September to provide up to $3.5 million in aid to the victims of the hurricane.

Ford Kicks Off “Texas Is Family” Event The Texas Is Family event also offered a special assistance package to more than 8,000 customers whose vehicles were either lost or destroyed during the hurricane, allowing them to purchase new cars on a Ford employee discount and setting up a payment deferral plan. Ford, with its long history of disaster relief efforts and volunteer work, continues to this day to demonstrate a commitment to the communities it serves.

We at Tipton Ford are proud to be part of a company that is committed to relief efforts and community support.