New Year’s Resolutions for Safer Driving

New Year’s resolutions for safer driving

As 2018 draws to a close, many people are planning their resolutions for the New Year. Some will set goals to become healthier, save money, or streamline their lives to become more efficient. If you want to set a goal that will affect your day to day and make you healthier and happier in 2019, consider these New Year’s resolutions for safer driving.

Have a Seat Belt Rule

With a seat belt rule, you will not start your car until your passengers of all ages have buckled up. Apply this rule to the family dog by properly restraining him or her, too.

Make Safety a Priority

If you plan to buy a car soon, put safety at the top of your list. With safety technology making big advancements each year, it should be easy to find an affordable vehicle with the features you want. Look for vehicles with driver-assistive technologies like what you’ll find in Ford Co-Pilot 360™,which comes standard on the 2019 Ford Fusion and Ford Edge.

Put Your Focus on the Road

Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents each year.Make it a goal to be focused while behind the wheel. In addition to putting away your phone, promise not to eat, adjust your GPS, or do anything else that draws your attention away from the road while driving.

Whether you are fan of making resolutions or not, know that we will stay committed to meeting your automotive needs at Van Drunen Ford in 2019. We wish you and your family a happy New Year.

Tips for Gifting a Car for the Holidays

gifting a car for the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, many people are buying gifts for everyone on their list. If one of your loved ones — like a teenage son or daughter— needs a car this year, consider these tips for gifting a car for the holidays.

Consider Taxes

Laws differ from state to state, but the gift of a car can sometimes trigger a federal gift tax. In 2016, the threshold for an individual was $14,000. However, couples can combine their thresholds for both giving and receiving.

Keep It a Surprise

If you are giving your family member a car, it might be difficult to keep it a surprise. Ask the dealership to have the car delivered late on Christmas Eve or enlist the help of a family member or friend to park the carat his or her house.

Make a Grand Presentation

We’ve all seen car commercials where someone gets a new car with a giant bow on top. You can make that a reality by purchasing a car bow online.

There is no better place to find the perfect gift this holiday season than Van Drunen Ford. Stop by and tell us who you’re shopping for, and we’ll do our best to fix you up with the right fit.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

The leaves are changing here in Illinois, which means that winter’s cold weather and icy road conditions are just around the corner. Be sure to prepare your car for winter this year with these easy steps.


Tire Pressure and Condition

Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to fluctuate, and properly inflated tires are key to good efficiency and strong, safe traction. Check tire pressure regularly, and fill up when necessary. Take a good look at each of the tires: Check for low tread or damages like cracks, and replace the tires if needed.


Winter Wiper Fluid

Windshields quickly tend to get dirty in the winter, so it’s important to be able to clean your car’s windshield for clear visibility. Replace the current wiper fluid with winter wiper fluid, which is designed for below-freezing temperatures to prevent frost from forming on the windshield.


Winter Supply Box

There are some things you should always have in your car, like jumper cables and a tire-changing kit. The winter comes with its own set of unique conditions, so if you want to be prepared for an emergency this season, it’s best to put together a winter supply box. This should include items like extra warm clothes, blankets, snacks, a charged phone for emergency calls, an extra ice scraper, and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction in the snow.


No matter what conditions winter brings us in the upcoming season, know that Van Drunen Ford has you covered. If you need assistance preparing your vehicle for winter, please book a service appointment by calling 888-471-6324 and choosing option 1.

What to Bring With You When Buying a Car

What to Bring With You When Buying a CarAre you planning on buying a new Ford in the near future? You can streamline the entire process by having the necessary documents ready to go. Here’s what to bring with you when buying a car from Van Drunen Ford.

Proof of income

In order to buy a car, you need to prove you can afford to make the monthly payments. Proof of income can be as simple as a bank statement or paycheck stub. Either document will satisfy lenders.


Are you really you? A dealership will need to confirm so to let you leave the lot with your new Ford. If you drove to the dealership, odds are you already have a valid driver’s license that can serve as identification.


Before you leave our dealership, you’ll need to prove you have insurance on your new vehicle. It’s wise to make a phone call to your insurance company to set up the switch before purchasing the car. You don’t want your new car sitting on the lot for days while you wait for insurance coverage.


A driver’s license may include your address, but a dealership still needs proof of residence. This can be in the form of a utility bill, mortgage agreement, or another bill sent to your address.

The more prepared you are when you come to buy a car from Van Drunen Ford, the sooner you’ll be able to drive your new car home.

How to Get Your Ford Ready for Fall

Ford Service

With summer coming to an end, now is the perfect time to get your Ford ready for fall weather with excellent service from Van Drunen Ford and easy do-it-yourself maintenance tasks. Here are some of the most important tasks for transitioning from summer into cooler weather.


First, inspect the tires and check the air pressure. If the rubber is bulging or cracked, or the tread is worn, it’s time to replace them—and you’ll definitely want new tires before winter hits. Cold air can reduce air pressure, so add air to your tires as needed for better traction.


Next, check your lights. If any are burnt out, replace them—it’s going to start getting dark earlier, and you need working lights more than ever. You may also want to scrub the inside of the plastic covers if you notice the lights are foggy.


Replace the wiper blades. Wiper blades get worn out over the rainy spring and summer months, and going into inclement fall weather, you’ll want fresh ones. You should also turn on the heater and defrost to make sure they’re still working after you left them off for months.

Dealership Service

Head to Van Drunen Ford for oil changes, tire rotations, battery tests, fluid refills, and an inspection. All of these tasks are more important than ever during cold months, and you want a professional taking care of them.

Buying New vs. Used Cars

Why Buy New vs Used

Adding a new car to your life can be exciting, but one of the first choices you need to make is whether you want to buy something brand new or used. There are pros and cons on both sides of the new vs. used cars debate, so here are a few things to consider.


  • One of the biggest benefits to buying new is the obvious fact that it is new. You don’t have to worry about its previous owners or history.
  • Buying new also ensures you get to take full advantage of its warranty, meaning you can enjoy years of relatively hassle-free vehicle maintenance.
  • New cars will come with the latest technology features, helping your family stay connected on the go.
  • If safety is a top concern, you can get all of the best advanced safety features in a new car.


  • When it comes to buying a used car, there is no bigger benefit than the amount of money you will save. You get to skip out on the first few years of costly depreciation.
  • Because used cars cost less, you can potentially get a lot more car for your money. Take your compact car-sized new car budget and put it towards a well-equipped used midsize vehicle.
  • Overall vehicle durability is getting better each year, meaning used cars last a lot longer than they used to.

Whether you want a new or a used car, stop by Van Drunen Ford and we’ll help you find the right fit for you.

Why Buy New vs Used