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Ford Friendship Express Applications Now Available

Ford Friendship Express Applications Now Available

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Ford Dealers of Western New York today announced that applications are available for the 2014 Ford Friendship Express program. Running for nearly two decades, the philanthropic program has donated more than 71 Ford vans to nonprofit organizations in the Western New York area.

“This program focuses on a great need that is often not top of mind for donors or supporters – giving nonprofit organizations access to safe vehicles,” said Scott Bieler, chairman, Ford Friendship Express selection committee. “I encourage every nonprofit in need of transportation to apply to Ford Friendship Express.”

The following items are important program details for eligible organizations looking to drive away in a new Ford van:

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

 

As a graduating senior at Tonawanda High School, John Gorman had an idea about what he wanted to pursue for his career, he just wasn’t entirely sure how to put his plan into action. He had just completed the auto tech program offered through Erie 1 BOCES, and he was quite good at it.

So good, in fact, that John and a classmate took part in the annual Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association/Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and finished in second place. That achievement led to the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City, where the duo would finish in a very respectable seventh place against the strongest teams from across the country. 

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Tyler O’Callahan loved to get his hands dirty tinkering with four wheelers and dirt bikes. So when he went on to Niagara Falls High School, it’s no wonder he decided to check out the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association’s Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition.

The local competition is open to Western New York high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Career & Technical school automotive program. Junior’s get their first taste of the program by participating in a Tire Rodeo, while seniors have a chance to put their overall automotive skills to the test and earn scholarships and other prizes. O’Callahan, now 22, participated in both competitions and in his senior year, went on to win the local competition and earn a spot at the national competition.

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

 

Football season is here, and Western New York’s rabid football fans couldn’t be happier.   And while game day is always highly anticipated, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in vehicular crashes.

“Western New Yorkers love football and love to cheer for Buffalo with their friends and family — oftentimes while drinking,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “The best way to celebrate a great game is to plan ahead and, if you plan to drink, plan on having a sober ride home.”

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

 

Is there anything that Americans take for granted more than their vehicles? They play a hugely significant role in our daily lives, transporting us to work, school, the grocery store, doctors’ appointments, entertainment venues and a wide variety of destinations both near and far. We hop in, turn the key and expect to be on our way within seconds — until that fateful day when a dead battery, flat tire or some unexpected mechanical problem stops us dead in our tracks.

Today’s vehicles, as we are well aware, are more like computers on wheels, filled with state-of-the-art technology from bumper to bumper. As a result, it requires superbly trained automotive technicians to ensure that our vehicles continue to run in a safe and efficient manner.

The Use of Synthetic Motor Oil in Automobiles

The Use of Synthetic Motor Oil in Automobiles

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen from Towne Automotive Group here with my weekly article. I've been getting a lot of inquiries lately regarding using synthetic motor oil in vehicles. Questions such as: Should I use synthetic oil? Does it work better in some cars than others? Does it cost more? Do I have to change the oil more frequently? Less frequently? Does it make my engine last longer?

First of all, let's take a brief look at the history of synthetic motor oil and its introduction to the marketplace.

Car Maintenance Mistakes Technicians Say Will Do the Most Damage

Car Maintenance Mistakes Technicians Say Will Do the Most Damage

 

By Tom Torbjornsen 

Greetings all! Tom Torbjornsen from Towne Auto Group here. In January, CarMD came out with a list of the top maintenance mistakes people make that does the most damage to their vehicles. Let’s take a look at these mistakes and how to avoid them.