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SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity for Ford and Lincoln

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March 27, 2017

SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity

In recent years, Ford has stayed ahead of the competition when it comes to connectivity, but this wasn’t always the case. Older Ford models, specifically those between 2010 and 2016, lacked several common features, but the automaker is taking steps to rectify the problem. A new SmartLink retroactive connectivity system will soon be available for older Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

The new SmartLink system will provide owners with a range of new features that are available on current models, but weren’t offered at the time their vehicle was purchased. New features include remote engine start, maintenance notifications, and more.

“Offering [SmartLink] through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty,” said Stephen Odell, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

Notably, Ford is upping the ante with its closest competitors by offering a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting to up to eight devices. The connection will be supported through partnerships with Verizon and Delphi.

The tech-savvy move makes Ford the first in the industry to offer retroactive connectivity to customers. Users will be able to schedule service through SmartLink as well.

SmartLink retroactive connectivity will officially launch this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

We here at Hassett Pre-Owned are happy to see older Ford and Lincoln models becoming better than ever!

Why Buy a Used Car?

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September 8, 2016

Why Buy a Used CarWhen it comes to deciding on a new or used car, it all boils down to what kind of financial situation you’re in. Both options have their benefits and drawbacks but when it comes to finances, used cars usually take the cake. New cars may come with a warranty but a used car can provide peace of mind as well.

When you first head to a car lot, odds are you’ll notice the price difference between used and new cars. The price on a used car may even be low enough that you can step up to the next trim level. That can lead to more features, better safety equipment, and an overall better car.

Unlike new cars, used cars don’t go through depreciation the second they leave the lot under new ownership. Some models take a 40% hit to their value as a result of depreciation. Used cars have already undergone depreciation so the car is worth the exact same as you leave the lot.

New cars are limited to a single model year. Used cars are the exact opposite. When you’re searching for a  used car, you can check out models no longer in production, features no longer on the market, and more. There’s no limit to what car you can check out. That can ultimately lead to more satisfaction with your purchase.