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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Olympic Torch Celebrations

The Olympic torch will be passing by Buckingham Ford's showroom, between 10.20 and 10.35 on Monday the 9th July. The town council have told me they are expecting 20,000 people to line the streets of Buckingham in celebration of this great event.

We are inviting all our customers to come and join us for tea or coffee and cake, while waiting for the torch to pass.

We have limited car parking, but if you wish to join us give James a quick call 01280 812121 and he will be putting together a guest list for the car park, so we can reserve you a place.

If the estimate of 20,000 is correct, we have worked out the crowd will be 6 deep both sides of the road, so give James a call as soon as possable, to reserve your place.

Tea and coffee will be served from 8am in the showroom. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Car diagnosis, the answer could be under your feet

Two customers cars in three days repaired and fixed by replacing the floor mats!

No we are not going mad, the first customer came in saying her clutch was going, as it was hard to get the car into gear, we soon dignosed the problem, when she had purchased the car and swapped the mats over from her old car, they of course didn't fit properly and had gone up behind the clutch pedal, not allowing the clutch to be depressed properly, £19.50 later new mats fitted, and fitted being the right word here, all was working fine. A new clutch would have been an expensive mistake at £300.

Today a customer came in to let us look at his car for part exchange, his opening comment i am sorry James it seems to have developed a flat spot, it wont go over 40mph. Its not often that that the sales manager can diagnose a problem, but you guessed it, the floor mat was up behind the accelorator pedal.

The moral of this story, is that a problem with your car could be right under your feet.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Free Breakdown cover with a Ford service

We like to look after you and your car between annual services, we now offer Free breakdown cover with any Ford service. Prices start from just £99 for a service with us.

The Breakdown cover includes;
  • Home Start - Assistance at your home, not always included with free breakdown cover.
  • Roadside Assistance
  • Vehicle recovery - If we can't arrange a prompt repair, we'll transport you and your vehicle to the nearest Ford Authorised Repairer.
  • European emergency assistance
  • All from a man in a yellow van.
And this cover is available on a Ford car or light commercial of any age and mileage.

The cover is activated by us when you request it with your service, the cover then runs until your next service is due, so if you do 25,000 miles a year, the cover will last until your next service is due say 12500 miles later, but don't worry come back for a service and we will renew the cover.
If you only do 6000 miles a year we will renew your cover when you come in for your yearly service, the breakdown cover is acctivated with the service requirements of your vehicle.

If this is of interest call David or Carol on 01280 812121

Who is this for?  If you can answer the following as yes it is for you

Do you own a Ford car or Light Commercial?
Would you like your breakdown cover for free?
Would you like the peace of mind, of Ford qualified mecanics working on your car?
Would you like all work on your car guaranteed for 12 months
Would you like the garage working on your car to have past, regular audits by the RAC?

We can confidently answer yes to all of the above.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Used Car Sale 4 days only

Between 27th and the 30th April only
  • Money off screen price
  • 1 Years road fund licence included
  • 1 Years warranty included
  • 1 Years breakdown cover included
  • All cars serviced and mot'd
We have so many nice one and two owner cars in stock that soon the bank manager will be on my back, so they have got to go this weekend.

Most are part exchanges that have come in against New cars this month, we have Fiestas starting at just £3495. And over 50 cars to choose from.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

More great reviews of new 1.0litre-Ecoboost engine by press

  • Autocar editor in chief Steve Cropley declared: "This engine is a game changer" and said: "Daft as it may sound. the tiny but super advanced turbo triple - engineered in Dunton_ confers a remarkable new layer of smoothness and refinement on Ford's big selling C-segment hatchback that is so obvious, so impressive and so refreshing that it leaves the four-cylinder models gasping.
  • After driving the 125PS version of the engine. Andrew English wrote on Daily Telegraph Online that it was a surprising success, provong that , just ocasionally, less can actually mean more.
  • Andrew Frankel said on What Car Online that the ecoboost-powered Focus "Is the most fuel-efficient, conventionally-powered family hatchbackthe world has seen"
  • Giving the new 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine five stars out of five. What Car?said"Extraordinary is not too strong a word"

Not too long now and we will have this great new product for everyone to drive and give there own opinions.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

New Ford's Extra Discount

It all ends this Sunday at 4pm.
Our man from the factory is now giving money off new cars over and above the customer savings from Ford.
So far two lucky customers have taken advantage of his generosity, and it is only the start today.
We have more cars on display than ever before, and anyone taking a test drive between yesterday and Sunday will be entered in to a draw for a case of wine, for this all you have to do is drive a car, you don't even have to buy one.
Our man from the factory does have a budget though, and once it has gone, it has gone. so make sure you are in pole position to make the most of this once only event.
See you over the weekend.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

58.9 MPG from new engine in Focus

Who would have thought, we would be looking at a New Focus with a 1 litre engine, with journelists raving about the great performance. And on top of that, the road fundlicence is free for the first year and only £20/30 therafter. Long gone are the days when your cc's tells you how powerfull your car is, this new engine is available in 2 power outputs 99ps and 123ps, these are the facts 99ps(bhp in old money) 58.9 MPG and only 109g/km Co2 123ps 56.4 MPG and still only 114g/km Co2

And did i forget to tell you this is a PETROL engine, yes the cheaper of the 2 expensive fuels at the pump.

"Get ready for a major surprise. The new, three cylinder, 1.0litre turbocharged versionof Ford's good but mainstream Focus looks like becoming the best version of the car money car buy" Autocar February 2012

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Author S J Bolton Book give away

We recieved a great testimonial yesterday from the award winning author S J Bolton, Sharon said on the Bestof Buckingham website "The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and never pushy. We have always been very happy with the service we've recieved".
A few weeks ago Sharon gave me two of her books to give away "Awakening and Blood Harvest", to help her atract more followers on twitter, I am sure Sharon will sign them for the lucky winner, so who do we give them too.
Well it's not just Valentines day today, it is also the end of #14daysoflove competition, so please lets find some love for a talented writer today and one of my followers who follows @authorsjbolton before the weekend will be picked at random on Saturday morning.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Looking for our lovers

You may be aware last year we won Buckingham's most loved Business, the competition is on again until 14th February and we would like to try and retain our title. Please if you can find the time, and of course love the services we provide, we would appreciate your help. We get some great testimonials from our customers like the ones below, and this helps us greatly, with new customers, they can use our services in confidence, when we are endorsed by other customers. This year we would like to give something back to all those who participate. We have a case of wine to give away to one lucky person who enters a testimonial about us. As well as if you go to


For Buckingham Ford


For Bicester Ford

and submit a testimonial you will be entered into the main draw as well to win a Trip on the Orient Express, Ferrari driving experience or Dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant. And there’s more good news, the local Bestof website can save you money, If you sign up to them you get regular money saving offers from other local companies. If you just want to help us out but not register for the Bestof site, please email me directly ian@buckinghamford.co.uk and I can get the testimonial entered directly on your behalf. Thank you in advance, and I hope you don’t mind this direct approach, winning this competition would give us some much needed publicity. Regards Ian "Without exaggeration the service and attitude provided by Buckingham ford is probably unique in the day and age of 'don't care' and 'its too much trouble' attitudes which too often prevail. No matter whether one is planning to buy and expensive new car or just seeking free and advice or service nothing is too much trouble for them. This is so refreshing and it even restore ones faith in human nature and the existance of old fashioned service and attention. If only more businesses were like this! " David Trimby February 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to say how very pleased with the car i am, which is one of many Ford cars i have owned over the years. This is the first time that i have dealt with Buckingham Ford, and would like to say i am very impressed. On taking delivery of the car it was found that the presentation of it was excellent. I did have a problem with a door lock, but this was rectified quickly and effectively. All the staff from sales and workshop were excellent. I will certainly recommend your company and will return to you in the future. S Daniels January 2012
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