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Fernelius Collision Center Helps Relieve the Stress of an Accident

Did you know there are more than 26,000 car accidents every single day? The team at Fernelius Collision Center and Body Shop in Cheboygan understand just how stressful a collision can be, that's why they offer to do all the work for you.

Regardless of your type of vehicle: an SUV, sports car, pick-up truck, or van in any make or model - the Fernelius Collision Center has you covered.

Our expert team offers expertise and excellent customer service and they handle jobs big and small. All major insurance companies are accepted, and Fernelius Collision Center will communicate and coordinate the repairs with your insurance carrier.

Customers are always treated like family, so every crew member is committed to doing what it takes to make your experience as stress and hassle-free as possible.

Highlights of the hassle-free Fernelius Collision Center experience includes:

  • Free estimates
  • Walk-ins welcome
  • On-site rentals and door-to-door service
  • Ford-certified aluminum repair
  • Certification in ASE, ATEG, and the State of Michigan
  • Uni-body, and full-frame repair
  • All insurance carriers accepted
  • Equipment offered includes blow-therm prep, spray booths, and the Axalta paint mixing system

Remember, your vehicle means your choice. Don't let your insurance company dictate where your car, truck, or SUV is repaired. Choose Fernelius and become a member of our family! View more information at ferneliusford.com, or call 231-627-9966.

Our team has a downloadable collision guide that you can print and keep in your glove compartment. It will help you be prepared with all the information you'll need to collect in case you're ever in an accident.

Buy New Ford Car 2020 f-150 XLT

Ford Escape vs Ford F-150: Which is Right for Your Family?

Ford vehicles are legendary, and none are necessarily better than others, but a certain model might be the better choice for you and your family. When choosing a Ford, it's important to consider who will be driving the vehicle, where it will most often travel to and be used for, and what kinds of features will be required for certain activities.

A common dilemma for both new Ford and current Ford owners alike is: Should I get an Escape or an F-150? The team at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan has laid out the highlights of both, so you can consider your options and make an informed decision:

The 2020 Ford Escape offers several great features to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. These include simple music searches, capacitive touchscreen, enhanced voice recognition, and climate control. The Escape also comes equipped with SYNC 3 to bring you the power of Apple CarPlay™ 160 and Android Auto™ compatibility. It starts at $27,105 and seats five.

The 2020 Ford F-150 XL, on the other hand, boasts a 3.3L Ti-VCT V5 engine that delivers responsive performance with 290 horsepower. It also features a two-bar-style black grille with black nostrils and black surround, as well as a rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist. It starts at $28,495 and seats six.

Looking for a cozy, climate-controlled vehicle to transport your kids to and from activities on cold winter days? Then the Escape might be your best bet. If you need something with a lot of power so you and the family can pull the camper around on weekend getaways: then the F-150 sounds like the ideal choice.

Regardless of what you decide is best for you: the Escape, F-150, or something completely different, you will find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle at the Fernelius showroom. Our entire team strives to give every customer the ultimate guest experience. Learn more at ferneliusford.com or by calling 844-327-8314.

Buy New Ford Car 2020 f-150 XLT

The New 2020 F-150 XLT

New year, new truck. If you're in the market for a new Ford truck but haven't heard all about the 2020 F-150 XLT, read on. Both aesthetically pleasing and powerful, this popular new truck is stylish and functional, plus various models can pull between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds.

Family-owned-and-operated Fernelius Ford has several new F-150 XLTs in its inventory. The automatic, 4WD F-150 XLT seats six and will get you 18 mpg/city and 23 mpg/hwy.

Here are a few of the truck's key features:

·       Grille - Chrome Two-Bar Style with Chrome Nostrils, Black Surround and Black Background Mesh. Chrome bumpers and black side mirrors with skull caps also come standard.

·       3.3L Ti-VCT V6 Engine. The 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 delivers responsive performance with 290 horsepower and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) opens and closes the valves in precise duration to suit operating conditions; power output is optimized at every point across the performance brand. The 3.3L also has the Ford port-fuel and direct-injection (PFDI) system with two injectors per cylinder - one is mounted in the air intake port and the other is inside the cylinder. The six-speed automatic transmission has three selectable modes to suit every driving condition: normal, tow/haul and sport. 

·       17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels. The XLT's 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels are standard; they're included in the XL Chrome Appearance Package as well as the XL Sport Appearance Package.

Ready for a test-drive? Head over to Fernelius Ford to view the 2020 Ford F-150 XLT's quality, craftsmanship and toughness for yourself. From the moment you walk into the showroom, you'll know Fernelius's commitment to customer service is second to none. Each member of the team will strive to make your Ford experience a good one, for the life of your vehicle.

Fernelius Ford Now Open in Cheboygan

Have you heard? The Fernelius family has expanded to include a new Ford dealership in Cheboygan. During the grand opening on December 12, 2019, attendees were treated to a tour of the new facility, which features an open-concept layout, spacious showroom, as well as a comfy-yet-sleek waiting area. There's also a new service area and car-delivery bay, which were designed for customers' comfort and convenience.

If you missed the grand opening, don't hesitate to stop by and ask for a tour of your own. Family-owned-and-operated Fernelius Ford serves Alpena, Indian River, Petoskey, Mackinaw City, Onaway, St. Ignace, Rogers City, and beyond.

Our dealership offers a wide selection of new Ford models and has something for everyone, whether you need a family vehicle or are looking for a turbocharged automobile. Come in to view the Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Ford Fiesta, Ford Super Duty Truck, Ford Taurus or Ford Transit.

From the moment you walk into the showroom, you'll know Fernelius's commitment to customer service is second to none. Each member of the team strives to make every guest's experience with Fernelius Ford a good one, for the life of your vehicle.

Fernelius Ford technicians are proficient with all Ford engines, from the DOHC aluminum V-10 and EcoBoost I4 engines in Mustangs and the turbocharged GTDI EcoBoost in the Fiesta, to the I4 GTDI DOHC turbocharged VCT engine in the Ford Escape, so no matter what your vehicle needs are, Fernelius has you covered.

Check out Fernelius Ford's online inventory to find your next vehicle today. Don't see exactly what you're looking for? Simply fill out this form and a member of the Fernelius family will contact you when a new vehicle arrival matches your search. You can also head over to Fernelius Ford on N Straits Hwy. or call 844-327-8314 to speak with someone directly.  

7 Features of the FordPass App

Have you heard of the FordPass app? Available on Google Play and in the Apple App Store, FordPass is the only app that lets you earn complimentary maintenance. Plus, it keeps rewards, roadside assistance and connectivity in the palm of your hand.

Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan encourages drivers to download the app - it aids in keeping your Ford automobile running its best and makes ownership even more fun!

The FordPass app helps you:

Control Your Vehicle

Monitor and control your Ford by using the app alone, or in conjunction with FordPass Alexa Skill or Google Assistant when equipped with FordPass Connect. Start and stop your car, lock or unlock it from just about anywhere, schedule a start, and check your fuel and fluid levels remotely.

Learn About Your Ford

FordPass keeps important vehicle information at your fingertips. The app allows you to view vehicle health alerts, service history, as well as service reminders. Plus, when your car, truck, van or SUV is due for service, FordPass makes scheduling easy.

Get Help on the Road

Roadside assistance services, such as fuel delivery, flat-tire repair and more are available directly from the FordPass app. You can also use the app to track help that's on the way in real time.

Be Rewarded

When you join FordPass, you can easily earn and redeem FordPass Rewards Points for many things you already do. Points can be put toward service discounts or complimentary maintenance when you buy or lease a new vehicle from Fernelius Ford. Being a FordPass Rewards member also gives you access to special offers, events and promotions.

Make Secure Payments

Stay on top of your vehicle's financing with Ford Credit on the FordPass app. You can make a payment, schedule future payments, and view your account history.

Locate Your Vehicle

Forgot where you parked? No problem! The FordPass app remembers your location and helps you find your vehicle quickly.

Access Select Services

In select locations, FordPass provides access to perks such as Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery, an on-demand mobile car cleaning service by Sparkl. Other services are available in the app, too!

Download FordPass now to discover all the things the app can do for you. Have specific questions about your vehicle? Contact Fernelius Ford at 844-327-8314.

Servicing Your Fernelius Ford Vehicle

The second you drive off the Fernelius Ford lot with your pre-owned or new Ford vehicle, you become a part of the Fernelius family - where the commitment to customer service is second to none. Fernelius Ford technicians are part of a network of more than 35,000 factory-trained Ford techs across the U.S. Whether you're driving a car, truck, van or SUV - any vehicle in the Ford family - Fernelius has you covered.

Ford Service Center

We have the right parts, tools and equipment to ensure your service is completed correctly the first time. Every technician has undergone training developed by the same company that designed, engineered and built your vehicle. This means Fernelius Ford techs are experts when it comes to Ford-specific parts and servicing needs.

Fernelius Ford technicians are proficient with all Ford engines - from the DOHC aluminum V-10 and EcoBoost I4 engines in Mustangs and the turbocharged GTDI EcoBoost in the Fiesta, to the I4 GTDI DOHC turbocharged VCT engine in the Ford Escape.

Service Manager Nate Wilson is dedicated to maintaining top-tier customer service for both new and pre-owned auto owners. He and his staff are ready to provide warranty inspections, 27-point inspections, as well as all routine maintenance and repairs. Fernelius Ford also offers various service specials and coupons throughout the year.  

Fernelius Ford Auto Care

Also, if your pre-owned vehicle is six years old or newer - or has less than 100,000 miles - Fernelius Ford Auto Care is included. It covers drivers for one year or 15,000 miles (whichever comes first) with worry-free maintenance. This pre-owned maintenance plan provides convenience and value, all while keeping your vehicle perform at its best. View plan details online or call 877-495-1022 with any questions.

Our dealership is family-owned-and-operated in Cheboygan, MI is a premier Ford dealership, serving Alpena to Petoskey and everywhere in between. Ready to get your Ford vehicle in tip-top shape? Schedule your next Fernelius Ford service appointment online today!


  • Monday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Sunday Closed


Fernelius Ford Inc.

10459 North Straits Highway
Directions PO Box 289
Cheboygan, MI 49721

  • Sales: (231) 627-9966
  • Service: (844) 338-9571
  • Parts: (877) 495-1022
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