Beat the Heat at These Three Fun Water Parks near Pittsburgh

Summers can be steamy here in western Pennsylvania. Thankfully, there are quite a few outdoor places to cool off with your friends and family. Here are three fun water parks near Pittsburgh to visit before school starts up again. 

Sandcastle

Located along the Monongahela River, this fun destination boasts a wave pool, lazy river, 15 waterslides and a children’s play zone. The park offers discounted admission rates for groups, families, and couples, so make sure to inquire about these incentives while planning your visit.

SoakZone

Stop by Idlewild Park’s SoakZone the next time you and your crew need to stave off the summer heat. This site has won the Golden Ticket Award for Best Children’s Park, due to its range of child-friendly attractions such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Story Book Forest. You can also explore the hydro-racer and serpentine slides, test out a two-person raft ride, or get drenched underneath a tipping bucket.

Aquatic Center at USC Community & Recreation Center

Head to the aquatic center located on Mayview Road to explore an expansive 6,000-square-feet of water with your loved ones. Slides for young children and older ones, a 600-gallon tipping bucket, a leisure pool, and lily-pad area are just some of the main attractions at this dynamic playground.

Another way to stay cool this summer is to ensure that your vehicle’s AC system is working properly. If it’s in need of maintenance, give us a call here at Shults Ford Harmarville. We’ll be happy to have one of our certified technicians inspect and repair it so you and your family can travel comfortably this season.

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Ford CEO Confirms Ford Bronco Hybrid

Ford announced that it’s bringing back the iconic Ford Bronco in 2018, but it’s been almost entirely silent on the rugged off-roader ever since. Though details are few and far between, we have learned one particularly juicy tidbit from the head man in charge of the Blue Oval. During a shareholder conference call this spring, Jim Hackett, Ford CEO, confirmed that there will be a Ford Bronco hybrid variant.

This new hybrid would be part of the current push for Ford to become more electric throughout its lineup over the next few years. The brand has recently invested $11 billion in creating electric variants of their vehicles through 2023.

Even with this information, we still don’t know much about the Bronco. Ford has released some teaser images that show the Bronco’s squared-off shape, but it’s been mum on everything else. There’s been rumblings about two- and four-door variants, detachable doors and a detachable roof, and the very nature of its retro design that will harken back to its past. We also have a strong indication that there will be a smaller version of the Bronco — which many people are referring to as the Baby Bronco — that may well hit the market at the same time as its larger sibling. The Bronco is expected to debut in 2020, so it may still be a few months before we get some hard facts we can sink our teeth into. One thing we do know for sure: When the 2021 Ford Bronco does (finally) arrive, you’ll be able to find it right here at Shults Ford Harmarville.

Ford Bronco Hybrid

Here’s How to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh

Are you looking for something to do for the Fourth of July in Pittsburgh this summer? The city is playing host to a wide range of events to celebrate America’s birthday, but here are just a few to consider:

  • Celebrate America Pittsburgh!: This July Fourth celebration will take place at Point State Park, starting at noon and lasting until 10 p.m. The event is presented by the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and will include entertainment on the main stage, family activities, and food — all culminating in a fireworks display at 9:35 p.m. to close out the night. Learn more about this year’s Celebrate America Pittsburgh!
  • Fourth at the Fort: This free and family-friendly event is educational! Take the kids to Point State Park (you’ll already be there for the bigger celebration) for the outdoor living history program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Reenactors from the Fort Pitt Museum will be on hand to demonstrate what life was like in the 1700s — the century of the American Revolution! Learn more here.
  • Flag Ceremony: The Fourth of July is a great time to reflect on the sacrifices so many have made to make our nation free and proud. From 8-8:30 a.m. on July 4 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, local veterans will roll out a 36-foot American Flag, recite the National Anthem, and observe a moment of silence. Learn more about the event here.

From all your friends at Shults Ford Harmarville, have a happy, healthy, and safe Fourth of July.

Fourth of July in Pittsburgh

 

Check Out the Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh in May

Later this month, Pittsburgh will play host to an amazing event that we encourage all of our customers in the area to check out. The Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Allegheny Commons Park West on West Ohio Street in Pittsburgh. That’s just a 14-mile drive from our dealership into downtown Pittsburgh.

So what is the Water Lantern Festival? This family-friendly event is an opportunity for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and Pittsburgh residents with whom you may otherwise never cross paths to come together and create a peaceful experience with one another. The event will have live music, food trucks with delicious eats, and, of course, the lantern lighting on the water at sunset.

Tickets can be purchased at the event for $40, but if you buy online ahead of time, you can find great discounts. Tickets include entry to the event, a wristband, a commemorative drawstring bag, a floating lantern, and a marker to leave your mark on it.

At 8 p.m., those in attendance will start designing their lanterns, and then everyone will be launching them from 8:30 to 9:30, creating a stunning effect on the water.

To learn more about what’s happening in and around our community, and for a sharp new vehicle to do it all in, stop into Shults Ford Harmarville.

Water Lantern Festival in Pittsburgh

Ford Kentucky Truck Plant Adds 550 Jobs for Expedition Production

The Ford Kentucky Truck Plant will be adding 550 new jobs thanks to the popularity of the Ford Expedition and its luxury sibling, the Lincoln Navigator. Both models experienced tremendous success in 2018. Specifically, retail sales of the Expedition surged by 35 percent year over year, with the Expedition grabbing 5.6 more percentage points of the segment. The Navigator also improved from 2017 to 2018 to the tune of a 70 percent increase.

To keep up with the increased demand for these two models, Ford has decided to up Navigator and Expedition production at the Kentucky Truck Plant. To do so, the plant needed to add speed (safely) to the manufacturing process. The manufacturing team at the plant put their heads together and identified where there were some inefficiencies in the current process. Ultimately, they developed some big changes to the production process for the Expedition and Navigator, which led to a need for 550 more jobs at the plant.

“Kentucky Truck Plant is home to two of Ford and Lincoln’s most successful vehicles,” said John Savona, Ford vice president, North American manufacturing. “After seeing a continued increase in customer demand for Expedition and Navigator, we are boosting production for a second time to meet it.”

Ford is continuing to build on excitement around the Expedition with three new ads on the SUV: “Leave No One,” “Better Big,” and “Curtain.” You can find them on YouTube or during breaks between your favorite shows.

If you want to see what all the buzz is about the new Expedition, visit us at Shults Ford Harmarville and we’ll make an introduction.

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The Pittsburgh Auto Show Recap: Fancy Cars, Lots of Fun

Car lovers from across the Pittsburgh area came together last month for the annual Pittsburgh Auto Show, which took place from February 15th to February 18th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in the heart of the city.

Throughout the venue, automotive enthusiasts got the chance to check out a range of vehicles, including classic and brand-new vehicles. There were a range of exotic brands, too, including McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. Sponsors of the event included Ally and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, while the vendors spanned a wide range of industries, from locals like Fudge Farm and Pittsburgh Garage to those that stretch across the nation like AT&T and State Farm.

Along with these new vehicles, the show also highlighted the latest safety technologies available in the industry with Impaired Driving Demonstrations, which allowed attendees to see how dangerous driving distracted can be.

This event also coincided with the Dancing with the Cars charity event, which occurred this year on February 14. The Pittsburgh Auto Show’s 75th Diamond Anniversary was celebrated during the charity gala, allowing someone to go home with a $7,500 diamond necklace from Joden Jewelers. Overall, the charity raised $5,102,500 for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Charities.

It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s event. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we hope to see all of you at the 2020 Pittsburgh Auto Show.

Pittsburgh Auto Show

2 Great Ford Vehicles for Winter Driving

The winter weather can be brutal in Pittsburgh, especially with snow and sleet coating the roads. Safe driving starts with choosing the right vehicle. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we have a large selection of vehicles for winter driving to choose from, including the F-150 and Fusion.

2019 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 has been America’s best-selling vehicle for decades. The 2019 F-150’s strong frame, powerful engine, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels help to give you control in any terrain, on or off the road. You can opt for a 4×2 or 4×4 drivetrain on six of the F-150’s trim levels; the Raptor comes standard as a 4×4. You can also enjoy winter friendly features like heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and remote start.

2019 Ford Fusion

The 2019 Ford Fusion combines the best of both worlds: a midsize commuter vehicle with winter friendly features to help you drive in the colder months. In fact, U.S. News & World Report named the Ford Fusion one of the 10 Best Cars for Winter Driving in 2018. It’s one of the few midsize car models that offers all-wheel drive, an instant boost in safety in winter conditions.

Tackle the winter months with confidence this year. Test drive one of these winter friendly models at Shults Ford Harmarville in Pittsburgh.

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3 Fun Facts About Ford

Founded in 1903, Ford has a long history behind it — and a big future ahead of it. Its past gives us the chance to dive into its legacy and learn about how such a great company grew into the brand it is today. Here are a few fun facts about Ford from our team at Shults Ford Harmarville.

First-ever Ford vehicle

The first-ever Ford vehicle was sold in 1903. Dr. Pfennig purchased the Model A for just $850. As Ford’s first vehicle, the Model A could only go 30 mph.

Henry Ford pushed for higher wages

When workers began to express concern over their wages, Henry Ford decided to increase his employees’ wages to double the market average. He expressed his strong support of paying workers a living wage. Henry Ford said the labor industry’s “first job is to make a good product. Second, pay a good wage.”

Best-selling vehicle in America

The Ford F-Series, commonly referred to as the Ford F-150, has been America’s best selling truck for the last 40 years in a row. The full-size pickup has established name recognition across the industry and beyond since the 1970s.

At Shults Ford Harmarville, we are proud to provide our customers with such an established, reputable brand like Ford. Visit us to see all of the Ford vehicles on our lot, including the best-selling Ford F-150.

fun facts about Ford - Ford F-150

Don’t Miss Pittsburgh Restaurant Week In January

Many lament the passing of Christmas and New Year’s Day as the end of the most wonderful time of the year. But we at Shults Ford Harmarville know that the best time of the year will actually be a couple weeks later during the famous Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

This year, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week will be held from January 14th through January 20th, with the theme “New Dishes for the New Year.” During this special week, restaurants across the city will offer special menu items and discounts to encourage foodies to come out and dine with them and prove why Pittsburgh really is “America’s Top Food City.”

There are so many restaurants participating this year, including Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar and Osteria 2350, each of which has already published special menus. Other participating restaurants include Burgh’ers, DiAnoia’s Eatery, Eddie Merlot’s, Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, Sienna on the Square, Superior Motors, Texas De Brazil, The Fountry Table & Tap, and Vue 412.

Looking for a new way to get around during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week? Consider a new Ford with an advanced backup camera or even Enhanced Active Park Assist to help you with parking during this crazy, but fun week.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Tips and Tricks for Hanging Christmas Lights

It might seem like the Christmas season is far away, but it’s coming up quickly! For many, their Christmas lights go up the day after the Halloween decorations come down. If you’re one of those people, or you just want time to prepare, here are some tips for hanging Christmas lights.

Safety First

The most important part is your safety. Only use Underwriters Laboratories (labeled “UL”) lights and extension cords, which prove that they’re safe for outdoor use. Also, when getting to the actual hanging part, use a sturdy ladder and have another person to help secure the base of the ladder.

Measure

Before you hang your lights, measure everything! Measure your doorframe, your windows, the length of the gutter – anywhere you’ll be hanging lights. Record those measurements so that you can easily center and position your lights when you hang them.

Focal Points

Where do you want passerbys to look? Your trees? Your front door? Pick a focal point and focus your lights here. Then, frame that focal point evenly with lights on surrounding objects.

Correctly Secure

Secure the lights with tools appropriate for where you’re hanging them. Use light clips to secure lights to gutters, deck clips to attach them to railings, and a light-hanging pole to get them up and around the branches of your tall trees.

For more Christmas decoration tips, feel free to speak with our staff at Shults Ford Harmarville.

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