How to Travel Safely With Your Pet

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Dogs are great companions, especially on long road trips—but what is the best way to travel with your furry friend? There are several things to consider. Your pet’s safety should rank high on your list of priorities, which means you should consider putting him/her in a crate, preferably in the back seat. Just like humans, our pets can become dehydrated, so you also want to make sure that you have enough water for them.


If you haven’t traveled with your pet before, you may want to take them on…
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Choosing Between Buying and Leasing for Your Next New Car

When selecting your next vehicle one of the most important considerations that you can take into account is the decision on whether to buy or lease. Both of these options have their advantages. With a lease, you often get a service plan included, and any factory defects will be under warranty.

However, when you buy, you own the vehicle flat-out and as such can take advantage of resale value down the line. With buying, you may have a higher monthly payment and other considerations.

Why not come in and see us at Bob Thomas Ford West. The friendly and professional…
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MotorWeek Lists Top Traits of 2017 Ford Explorer

Are you searching for a full-size SUV for you and yours? Well, if so, we here at Bob Thomas Ford West would be quick to pair you up with ours, the 2017 Explorer.

Why, though?

Receive the requisite context from the car critics at MotorWeek; their assessment of the Explorer is available in the clip below:

Superbly equipped, we have nothing but love for the Explorer's beautiful Base trim.

Standard amenities on this iteration include 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split second-row seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, an eight-way power driver seat, a 4.2-inch display…

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Ford's New CEO is One of the Few Realistic Voices on the Road to Autonomous Cars

One day, we'll all use self-driving cars to get around Fort Wayne. There won't be any accidents, because computers are infallible. We'll be able to relax and read a newspaper (or our Google news feed, more accurately) while our robot-car drives us to work.

That's the future just about every automaker is advertising, but there are several elephants in the room.

For one thing, road…

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What Makes the 2017 Ford Fusion Such a Superb Sedan?

If ever there were a midsize sedan that could leave us here at Bob Thomas Ford West flat-out floored, our esteemed American automaker's latest -- the 2017 Fusion -- would have to be it.

Wondering what makes it so?

Then, check the clip below. Here with more on all things Fusion is Managing Editor Jodi Lai:

Arguably our favorite engine across the Fusion lineup, its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is an absolute delight.

Optional on the SE trim -- and standard with the Titanium and Platinum -- the engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission to produce a potent 240 ...

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Embrace summer with the Ford Escape

Pretty soon the dog days of summer will be a mere memory. Until then, why not embrace these months accordingly? Take the wheel of a 2017 Ford Escape from Bob Ridings Taylorville and make memories that will keep you warm all winter long.


No matter where you go, the Intelligent 4WD in the #FordEscape will help you get there.

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Gas Prices Dropping? A New Ford Truck is Waiting.

When you imagine the quintessential America car, what comes to mind? For an increasing number of American drivers, the answer is "SUV."

SUVs have been rising in popularity over the years and this popularity is now translating into loyalty. As reported by, 66 percent of SUV owners buying new cars earlier this year, bought new SUVs. That’s a 14 point jump in consumer loyalty from 2012, when only 52 percent of SUV-owning car consumers did the same.

Why are so many SUV owners investing in these cars? A look at the 2017 Ford Explorer can help answer…

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Ford Has the Right Ride for Your Life

getting the right ride for your wants and needs is important and, if you're on the lookout for your next vehicle, we have no doubt that something from our favorite American automaker will do the trick, In the video below, a woman named Lisa Arnesan talks about how much she loves her 2017 Ford Fusion SE and how it fits perfectly into her life thanks to the spacious cabin that easily fits her two tall sons, the convenience of the rotary gear shift, the comfort of dual zone climate control, and much more.


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