Friday, August 31, 2012

The All-New 2013 C-MAX Hybrid

   Ordering has now began on  the all-new 2013 C-Max, The latest "green" vehicle from the Ford Motor Company. Some of the pillars that are behind the new C-Max are to maximize efficiency, integrate performance, to make use of technology and increase versatility. This is the first hybrid-only vehicle line from Ford, and the first hybrid-only vehicle line in North America. Ford has combied nearly a decade of electrified vehicle (EV) technology in such vehicles as the Fusion Hybrid and continues the quest for increasingly efficient vehicles with the C-Max. The C-Max will be offered in a standard Hybrid configuration and also in a plug-in Hybrid configuration. The plug-in Hybrid technology operates just like the C-Max Hybrid, plus it features a charge port and a larger lithium-ion battery pack, allowing owners to "plug in" the vehicle to fully charge the battery. By plugging in, drivers will have greater full electric mode range/capability than a Hybrid, helping ot further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The C-Max Energi was designed with total 188 horsepower (140 kW) delivered by a 2.0 liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine plus its lithium-ion-driven 88-kW electric traction motor. The Atkinson delivers remarkable efficiency while maintaning excellent power. The gasoline engine shuts off when it is not needed, helping to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. When that extra power is required such as passing or merging onto the highway, the engine restarts instantly and automatically, without driver intervention. The other half of the powertrain combo is a new electric traction motor which can power the C-Max by itself up to 62 mph. The motor is powered by an electric battery that actually recovers vehicle energy during braking. The lithium-ion battery is smaller and lighter than battery systems in previous-generation Ford Hybrids. The battery pack is automatically recharged when the gasoline engine is operating and during regenerative braking. Specially designed cooling ducts regulate the battery temperature which helps maximize battery life. The regenerative braking system recaptures over 90% of the brake energy that is usually lost through friction.

The C-Max was designed with a balance of fresh, modern styling and a sporty appearance. It gets its inspiration from the "kinetic design" now found in Ford's global family. "Kinetic design" communicates that even at a stand still it looks like it's still in motion. Standard 17" machined aluminum wheels add to the high-end look and enhance the overall ride and handleing. Inside the C-Max has a refined interior with a wraparound cockpit feel. Seating is versatile for up to five. It also has the best-in-class passenger volume. The 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat backs provide 52.6 cu. ft. of storage. The Toyota Prius and Honda Insight don't compair. It even has a next-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide. It can actually help "coach" you to develop more responsible driving habits.

Safety wasn't overlooked on the C-Max. In fact, it offers the same comprehensive list of safety features as other Ford vehicles. This includes the class-exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) and Curve Control. C-Max also has seven standard airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring system and the SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

Did you think I was going to end this without telling you the numbers that I know you really want to know? The 2013 Ford C-Max has an EPA-estemated 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg. That means up to 550 miles for a single tank of fuel. Anyone feel like a road trip?


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Ugliest Cars Ever Produced

   Every once in a while a motor company comes up with an idea for a vehicle so fresh, so new, so ground breaking it's bound to... fail - miserably, fall flat on it's face. This is a list of some of the ugliest vehicles that have ever seen the road.

The Ford Edsel was only produced from 1958 to 1960.  The Edsel never gained popularity with contemporary American car buyers and sold poorly. Consequently, the Ford Motor Company lost millions of dollars on the Edsel's development, manufacture and marketing. Historians have advanced several theories in an effort to explain the Edsel's failure. Popular culture often faults the car’s styling. Consumer Reports has alleged that poor workmanship was the Edsel's chief problem. Marketing experts hold the Edsel up as a supreme example of the corporate culture’s failure to understand American consumers. Business analysts cite the weak internal support for the product inside Ford’s executive offices. According to author and Edsel scholar Jan Deutsch, the Edsel was "the wrong car at the wrong time."

AMC Matador was a mid-size car that was built and sold by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1971 to 1978. The Matador came in two generations: 1971 to 1973 and a major redesign from 1974 to 1978. The second-generation four-door and station wagon models did not share the design of the coupe that was introduced in 1974. An article in 1991 entitled "Cool Cars Nobody Wants" describes the 1974-75 AMC Matadors as a collectable. Well-restored examples of Matador sedans can still be purchased for under $3,000, ads have been published asking over $10,000 for restored coupes.

The AMC Gremlin is a two-door subcompact car produced in the United States and Canada by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) between 1970 and 1978. It was an economy car by 1970s US standards. AMC executives apparently felt confident enough to not worry that the Gremlin name might have negative connotations. Time noted two definitions for gremlin: "Defined by Webster's as 'a small gnome held to be responsible for malfunction of equipment.' American Motors' definition: 'a pal to its friends and an ogre to its enemies.'" The Gremlin's body shape had not changed appreciably in its nine years of production, and other more advanced subcompacts, lighter in weight, with more doors, better interiors and front-wheel drive, had appeared on the market. Gremlin sales for the final year fell 52% to 22,104 units. By the time production ceased, a total of 671,475 Gremlins had been built. It has been said that scarcity makes any Gremlin in good condition worth preserving as a unique piece of automotive history. Original Gremlins with the V8 engine, X package models, Levi's trim, and also the 1978 GT versions, are the most sought-after and command higher prices.

The Yugo entered the United States by means of Malcolm Bricklin, who wanted to introduce a simple, low cost car to that market. In total 141,511 cars were sold in the United States from 1985 to 1991, with the most American units sold in a year peaking at 48,500 in 1987. 1991 sales were only 3,981 cars. In 1989, 31-year-old Leslie Ann Pluhar, driving a 1987 Yugo over the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, died when her Yugo went over the bridge's 36-inch (910 mm) railing during 50 mph (80 km/h) winds. The incident was widely publicized, with the make of car prominently identified. Many retellings claimed that the car was physically lifted and blown off the bridge.

The Volkswagen Type 181 "Kurierwagen", popularly known in the the "Thing" in the US, was a small military vehicle produced by Volkswagen from 1968 to 1983. The popularity of VW-based dune buggies within the U.S. made executives think that a durable, fun, off-road-capable vehicle would become attractive to many buyers. VW could keep cost to a minimum and thus maximize profitability by using existing parts.

The AMC Pacer was a two-door compact automobile produced in the United States by the American Motors Corporation between 1975 and 1980. Its "jellybean" styling has made it an icon of the 1970s. Car and Driver dubbed it "The Flying Fishbowl". The unconventional styling, inadequate cargo space and relatively low performance from the six-cylinder engines were cited as factors in the Pacer's lack of success. Now old enough to be a "classic car", the Pacer has come to be regarded in some quarters as a 1970s design icon.[53] According to Business Week, the 1970s were "infamous for disco, Watergate and some of the ugliest cars ever."

The Subaru BRAT (an acronym for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) is a coupé utility version of the Subaru Leone, built from the late 1970s into the early 1990s. It was first introduced for the 1978 model year and followed the concept of the Chevrolet El Camino and the Ford Ranchero. Although the BRAT could fairly be called a truck, the plastic seats in the cargo bed allowed Subaru to classify the BRAT as a passenger car. This both left little cargo space, and it also caused a few fatalities in accidents. Passenger cars imported into the US were charged only a 2.5% tariff, compared to 25% on light trucks. President Ronald Reagan owned a 1978 BRAT until 1998, which he kept at his ranch near Santa Barbara, California.

The Ford LTD was a car produced by the Ford Motor Company in North America. A range of full-size cars wore various forms of the LTD nameplate from 1965 to 1991 in the United States. The LTD debuted as the highest trim level on the 1965 full-size Ford range under the name Galaxie 500 LTD and became its own series for the first time in 1966. From 1969 to 1970, the LTD shared top-of-the line trim pieces featuring a grille with hidden headlamps; these were shared with the Galaxie XL sport coupe and the Country Squire station wagon.

The second-generation Ford Mustang is a pony car that was manufactured by Ford Motor Company from 1973 until 1978. It was introduced in coupe and hatchback versions for the 1974 model year, in time for the 1973 oil crisis. The Mustang II had no common components with the preceding models and shared its platform with the subcompact-sized Ford Pinto. A review by Edmunds concluded: "As much as the Mustang II is despised today, Ford appreciated its success back then." "The Mustang II kept the pony car spirit alive in the face of those very rough times ... no small achievement and reason enough to respect Iacocca's little jewel."


Monday, August 20, 2012

The Least Dependable Cars in America

   People buy cars based on personal appeal, price, performance, fuel efficiency and reliability. Reliability is among the most important factors for most consumers. A car or light truck that runs without problems saves its owner time, and most important, a great deal of money. 24/7 Wall St. looked at the recently released JD Power 2012 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. We reviewed the auto brands that received the lowest scores. The brands with the most dependability issues were examined to determine why they received such poor marks.
   The JD Power survey is based on the responses of more than 31,000 original owners of 2009 model-year vehicles after three years of ownership. Dependability is determined “by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.” The industry’s average for the current study was 132 PP100. The worst brands had more than 160 problems.

9. Mazda
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 163
> Initial quality score: 4/5
> 2011 sales: 250,426
> 2011 market share: 2%
> Customer satisfaction score: well below average
> Flagship model: CX-9

Mazda is an example of a car company that caters to the low end of the market with inexpensive cars and light trucks. The Mazda brand never gained the traction that the Toyota, Nissan and Honda (NYSE: HMC) did 40 years ago. Those brands have diversified into mid-market and luxury cars. But Mazda can claim some progress of late. Consumer Reports gave some of its models good reviews in its 2011 evaluation of cars and light truck sold in the U.S. However, some of the brand’s top-selling nameplates, including the MAZDA3, MAZDA5, and CX-9 received poor initial quality and dependability scores.

8. Suzuki
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 167
> Initial quality score: 2/5
> 2011 sales: 26,619
> 2011 market share: less than 1%
> Customer satisfaction score: NA
> Flagship model: SX4

Suzuki does not sell many cars in America, perhaps because it competes with more visible brands such as Kia and Volkwagen, which have cheap models. Suzuki is better known for its motorcycles and marine engines than for its cars, at least in the U.S. Few car companies that are part of big auto manufacturers have less than 30,000 sales a year in America — unless the cars are Bentleys or Maseratis. The SX4 received extremely low dependability scores from JD Power.

7. Kia
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 169
> Initial quality score: 3/5
> 2011 sales: 489,452
> 2011 market share: 4%
> Customer satisfaction score: below average
> Flagship model: Optima

Kia’s sales have grown as the low-priced South Korean cars have taken the place that the Japanese cars held from the 1970s to the 1990s. They are affordable for almost anyone who has the means to buy a new car. However, a low price may not buy high quality. Despite gains in market share and total sales, Kia ranks below average in the JD Power and ASCI measurements. The Optima, Kia’s top-selling car last year, received poor reliability scores.

6. Volkswagen
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 169
> Initial quality score: 2/5
> 2011 sales: 324,400
> 2011 market share: 3%
> Customer satisfaction score: above average
> Flagship model: Jetta

Volkswagen, now the second largest car company in the world, has battled to gain market share in the U.S. for years. America is the world’s biggest car and light truck market after China, but VW has less than 3% of the market. The German car company has done well in its home base of Europe, and is a leader in the world’s largest market — China. The appeal of the VW is lost on Americans, if market share is any indication. The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta, one of the brand’s top-selling nameplates, received very poor dependability scores from JD Power.

5. Infiniti
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 172
> Initial quality score: 3/5
> 2011 sales: 98,461
> 2011 market share: less than 1%
> Customer satisfaction score: NA
> Flagship model: G Sedan

The inclusion of Infiniti on a list of undependable cars is exceptional. The division of Nissan has been known for producing high-quality cars since the brand was introduced in 1989. The launch was part of a wave of Japanese companies attempting to capture part of the luxury car market that was dominated by Lincoln, Cadillac, Mercedes and BMW. At the same time that Nissan launched Infiniti, Honda released the Acura line, and Toyota its Lexus products. Infinity has languished. It sales have fallen far behind the luxury market leader as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Lexus and Cadillac have battled for the top position in the U.S.
4. Jaguar
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 172
> Initial quality score: 3/5
> 2011 sales: 12,276
> 2011 market share: less than 1%
> Customer satisfaction score: NA
> Flagship model: XF

Jaguar has had the reputation as the worst-built car brand in the world for decades. The company was founded in 1935. Severe supplier problems and defective parts added to the history of Jaguar mechanical failure during the late 1970s and 1980s. Jaguar’s sales were too modest for it to survive alone, so it was sold to Ford in 1990 for $2.6 billion. Ford could not make Jaguar into a successful business, however, so the luxury car company was sold yet again, to India-based car company Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM) in 2008.

3. Jeep
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 179
> Initial quality score: 2/5
> 2011 sales: 419,339
> 2011 market share: 3%
> Customer satisfaction score: well below average
> Flagship model: Grand Cherokee

Jeep was bought by Chrysler in 1987. The Detroit carmaker wanted to add the brand to its existing lineup of cars and light trucks that had modest sales compared to the pickups sold by Ford and General Motors (NYSE: GM). Jeep, the grandfather of the SUV, had a ready market in people who wanted to drive off road or who lived in rural areas. Over time, Chrysler turned some of the models into higher-end products, like the Grand Cherokee, which managed to receive average dependability scores. Yet, other models, including the Liberty and the Wrangler, received very poor dependability scores.

2. Dodge
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 183
> Initial quality score: 2/5
> 2011 sales:  708,650
> 2011 market share: 6%
> Customer satisfaction score: well below average
> Flagship model: Charger

Dodge became a part of Chrysler in 1928. The division focused on the production and marketing of cars and light trucks for years. A line of minivans produced by the company in the early 1980s helped fuel a turnaround of parent Chrysler by CEO Lee Ioccoca, which began with a government bailout in 1979. The Dodge Caravan and Charger became top-sellers for the revived company. The 2009 model Charger actually received better-than-average reliability scores from JD Power, but the Grand Caravan from the same year received a two out of five for dependability.

1. Chrysler
> Problems per 100 vehicles: 192
> Initial quality score: 3/5
> 2011 sales: 221,346
> 2011 market share: 2%
> Customer satisfaction score: well below average
> Flagship model: 300 Series

Chrysler, parent company of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands, filed for Chapter 11 on April 20, 2009, which certainly effected the Chrysler brand. At the time, its parent was by far the smallest of the American Big Three auto companies and had a troubled past. Chrysler had engineered a merger with German car company Daimler in 1998. Most of the U.S. company’s top management were thrown out and the German management ran the company. When it became clear to Daimler that Chrysler was a drag on its results, it sold 80.1% of the company to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management in 2007. Cerberus did not have the money to finance Chrysler through the downturn in sales caused largely be the recession. Its only alternatives were liquidation or bankruptcy.

Read more: The Least Dependable Cars in America - 24/7 Wall St.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

25 Years of Shark Week!

   Can you believe it has been 25 years since shark week began? 25 years of educating the general public, most of which will never see a real shark in its natural environment, that sharks are much more than mindless eating machines. That impression, of course, was greatly influenced by movies like the "Jaws". Probably because of it's age or the fact I have seen it 50 times, or perhaps because of information I have learned off from Shark Week programing, I'm not fearful of these creatures. Respectful, but not fearful. I do have to admit though... for a PG-13 film... "Jaws" sacred the bejesus out of me when I was a kid.

   The guys and I were talking about Shark Week and sharks and got on the discussion of shark species. Did you know that there are over 400 species of sharks? Here are a few you have heard of... and a few that might be new to you.

Tiger Shark - Its name derives from the dark stripes down its body which resemble a tiger's pattern, which fade as the shark matures. It is found in many tropical and temperate waters, and is especially common around central Pacific islands. Tiger Sharks are capable of attaining a length of over 16 ft. The tiger shark is considered to be one of the sharks most dangerous to humans, the attack rate is surprisingly low according to researchers. The tiger is second on the list of number of recorded attacks on humans, with the great white shark being first. The Tiger Shark is considered a near threatened species due to finning and fishing by humans.

Great White Shark - Found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans the Great White is known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have exceeded 20 ft in length, and 5,000 lb in weight. This shark can have a life span of over 30 years. It is ranked first in a list of number of recorded attacks on humans, but in reality, humans are not the preferred prey of the great white shark.

Hammer Head Shark - Unlike most sharks, hammerheads usually swim in schools during the day, becoming solitary hunters at night. Some of these schools can be found near Malpelo Island in Colombia, Cocos Island, off Costa Rica, and near Molokai Island, in Hawaii. Large schools are also seen in southern and eastern Africa. Nine known species range from 3 to 20 ft long and weigh from 500 to 1000 pounds. Of the nine known species of hammerhead, three can be dangerous to humans: the scalloped, great, and smooth hammerheads. As of 2010 there have been 33 attacks, but no fatalities.

Mako Shark - The shortfin mako inhabits offshore temperate and tropical seas worldwide. Makos travel long distances to seek prey or mates. In December 1998, a female tagged off California was captured in the central Pacific by a Japanese research vessel, meaning this fish traveled over 1,725 miles! The Mako is the fastest species of shark. Some scientists suggest that the mako can swim up to 62 mph. This high-leaping fish is a highly sought-after game fish worldwide. There are cases when an angry mako jumped into a boat after having been hooked.

Goblin Shark - A deep-sea shark, the most distinctive characteristic of the goblin shark is the unusual shape of its head. Some of their known prey are deep-sea squid, crabs, and deep-sea fish. Very little is known about the species' life history and reproductive habits, as encounters with them have been relatively rare.

Whale Shark - The Whale Shark is a slow-moving filter feeding shark. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 41.50 ft and a weight of more than 47,000 lb, and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks! The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Despite its size, the whale shark does not pose significant danger to humans. Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to catch a ride, although this practice is discouraged by shark scientists and conservationists. Younger whale sharks are actually quite gentle and can play with divers.

   What is your favorite shark? Be sure to catch the rest of Shark Week, all week on the Discovery Channel.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Art @ The Green

It is with great excitement that the Danish Festival Board of
Directors announces a new event for the 48th Annual Danish
Festival called Art @ The Green sponsored by Ed Koehn Ford
Lincoln Chrysler Dodge Jeep. This event will be a contest for artists
to display their work at selected venues throughout Greenville.
This competition will help promote the arts in West Michigan and
encourage more visitors and artists to our beautiful Greenville area.
Pam Jorae, Danish Festival Executive Director said “The hope is
to put Greenville on the map by bringing more culture and events
to the community.” Jorae hopes to attract participants from all over;
Grand Rapids, Montcalm County, Lansing and other surrounding
The exhibit will run from August 4 through August 31, 2012 and the art will be displayed at various participating Greenville businesses.

Voting will take place at four selected venue locations to be
placed at north, south, east and west areas of Greenville. Voting
will be done by the public and will conclude on August 17th the
winners will be announced at the Danish Festival Presents concert
series: “Centerville” concert to be held at the Greenville Performing
Arts Center on August 18th.
The Danish Festival is committed to host a festival that celebrates
the homecoming of family and friends and our area’s Danish
heritage. It is the belief that this new event will continue to carry on
that tradition. Please show your support for the festival on August
16, 2012 through August 19, 2012. For more information, please
visit the website at or contact Pam Jorae at

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cars from TV and the Movies!

Cars from TV and the Movies

   For many of us, the cars we have seen in the movies or in our living room on the TV is what started our love affair with the automobile. Watching Steve McQueen rip around town in a green Mustang in the movie "Bullitt", or seeing KITT from "Knight Rider" perform daring feats of awesomeness... Anyway, here is a list of some of my favorite vehicles from TV and the movies. What cars or vehicles would you add?

Who remembers Richard's ill fated ride in the movie "Tommy Boy"? In the begining of the movie the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX was a beautiful muscle car. By the end of the movie... it was a custom p.o.s.

How about the "Mirth Mobile" from "Wayne's World"? The "Wayne's World" movies almost made the 1976 AMC Pacer a wanted car. Almost...

The Griswald's were riding in style in the Family Truckster from "National Lampoon's Vacation". It had every option you could want and even more that you didn't. What was that color called again? Metallic Pea?! Eugene Levy himself exclaimed "This is a damn fine automobile..." The Truckster was actually a modified Ford LTD Country Squire.

Why this car's automatic, it's systamatic it's hydromatic; Why it's Greased Lightning! Who could forget the 1948 Ford DeLuxe from "Greased Lightning"?

One of my favorite movie cars ever had a bit of a mean/jealous streak. "Christine" was a 1958 Plymouth Fury. I don't care what kind of car it is... if it has chrome and large fins, I think of "Christine".

"Eleanor" was Nick Cage's "unicorn" in the remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds". She was a modified 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500. I absolutly love that car!

Na na na na na na na BATMAN! Wasn't that original Batmobile crazy looking?! It was actually a modified 1954 Lincoln Futura. "POW!" "WHAMMO!"

Was there a cooler cop car than the 1976 Ford Gran Torino in "Starsky & Hutch"? Show of hands, how many people ever tried to jump up and slide across the hood of their car? I failed with a dented hood and ripped jeans...

When I was just a kid, watching Burt Reynolds in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies defined cool. I was a much older kid before I even realized that they made that 1977 Pontiac Trans Am in colors other than black and gold.

In my mind, still one of the best chase scenes ever caught on film, "Bullitt" was and is king. No matter how many times I see it, I don't even want to blink. Does anyone know if Steve McQueen did his own driving in that green 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback?

Yeeeehaww! This list would just be silly if I didn't include the General Lee! The "Dukes of Hazzard" was such an entertaining show it was even resurected on the silver screen. The orange 1969 Dodge Charger with the rebel flag will live forever!

If my calculations are correct; when this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you are going to see some serious s***! Maybe the most famous movie car of all time, the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from "Back to the Future" HAS to be on this list.

Who can forget the adorable "Herbie"?! The loveable 1963 Volkswagen Beetle. Like "Christine", I think Herbie was possessed. He seems to have a more gentle disposition though. :)

I used to watch "Knight Rider" all the time when I was a kid. Remember how far into the future KITT seemed? Now we talk to our cars and give voice commands and think nothing of it. That's some space-aged technology though for a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

I love the white 1070 Dodge Challenger from the movies "Vanishing Point" and "Death Proof". I wonder how many times movies have used the same model as a feature car?

There are a ton more cars that should be added to this list. It could go on and on forever! What cars or vehicles would be on your list? Be sure to add them in the comments, I'm very curious to see what I may have over looked. I have a few in my mind already...


Car Auction

Vehicles to Be Sold
For $88.00
One of Michigan’s largest automotive dealers
Is overstocked and is being forced to sell used
Automobiles for as low as $88.00 during a one day
Sales event Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at Ed Koehn Ford.

Greenville, MI – Management of Ed Koehn Ford has just announced their plans to sell off their used vehicle inventory to the public by means of an $88 Super Sale Auction this Saturday, August 25th, 2012.

During this one day event, every used vehicle will be sold for thousands below original price including cars for just $88. Why price them so low? According to Edwin Koehn, Owner of Ed Koehn Ford, record sales over the last few months have resulted in an overload of trade-ins. During this $88 Super Sale Auction, every car, truck, van, and sport utility vehicle will be offered for hundreds to thousands below the original price.

Ed Koehn Ford has decided to offer these vehicles to the public at thousands below normal values before they go to auction.

“The community has shown us great support throughout the years and we are very grateful. We would rather give these deals to the public than incur the expense of sending these vehicles to auction.”

A huge selection of pre-owned cars, trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles will be available for this event. “We absolutely must reduce our used inventory at all costs, so customers can expect these vehicles to be sold at rock bottom prices, regardless of the loss,” Mr. Koehn stated. “Cars that would normally sell for $1000 to $2000 will sell for as little as $88. Cars that would normally sell for $3000 to $12,000 will be thousands and thousands lower. There’s truly a vehicle for everyone’s budget.”

Due to the large response expected for this event, those wishing to buy should register before the $88 Super Sale Auction begins. Customers are strongly encouraged to register throughout the week during normal business hours at Ed Koehn Ford in Greenville. Customers may also register between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, the day of the sale.

Here’s how the $88 Super Sale Auction works: All vehicles will be opened between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. so that buyers can inspect and test drive the vehicles. The sale starts at 12:00 p.m. and will be in an auction format. After registering you will be given a bidding number. Check buyers or pre-approved bank buyers will need a certified letter from your bank verifying your funds. Vehicles will be ran through the building between the Ed Koehn Chrysler and Ford building in the middle of the dealership campus. Anyone registered for the event will be allowed inside to participate in the auction.

Winning bidders will be required to put down a $200 deposit immediately after their winning bid. They can continue biding or finish paperwork on their new ride.

Ed Koehn Ford will have finance and credit specialists on hand to get you pre-qualified before the sale. Mr. Koehn said, “We’ll have some of the most liberal lenders in the area at this event. So even if you’ve had trouble obtaining auto financing in the past, don’t count yourself out. If you bring a current payroll stub and your driver’s license, chances are we can arrange financing for you.”

The $88 Super Sale Auction will be held at Ed Koehn Ford at 11064 West Carson City Road in Greenville, MI, for one day only, Saturday, August 25th, 2012. Preview starts at 9:00 a.m. and the sale starts at 12:00 p.m. For more information please call 616-754-4689.
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