How to Choose the Right Tires for Your Ford

Have you been behind the wheel of your Ford and are questioning whether you have the best tires for you and your vehicle? Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan breaks down different types of tires so you can determine which ones you currently have and decide if there's reason to make a change. 

  • All-Season Tires
    These come in S- and T-speed ratings and are typically great for all-weather grip and long mileage. They are most common on mainstream cars and SUVs, like the Ford Escape. 

  • Performance All-Season Tires
    If you have a brand-new Ford, you may notice these types of tires with an H- or V-speed rating. This is common on upgraded wheels or on cars with more enthusiast appeal. They offer better cornering grip than S- and T-speed rated all-season tires. However, these tires may not last as long.

  • Ultra-High-Performance, All-Season and Summer Tires
    Typically used on sports cars and summer sedans, you will find these in ZR-, W-, and Y-speed ratings. Differentiating between all-season and summer tires can be a challenge - you can always call the Fernelius Ford parts department at 844-338-9571 with any questions.

  • All-Season and All-Terrain Truck Tires
    Designed for hauling and towing, these ties come in large sizes to fit light-duty pickup trucks as well as SUVs. All-terrain tires tend to have a more aggressive tread pattern to help with off-road traction. 

  • Winter and Snow Tires
    These are the most easily identifiable, as they have a mountain and snowflake symbol displayed on the tire's sidewall. The tread also looks much busier than all-season tires; there are many more slits/sipes. These tires should always be purchased as a set of four to optimize braking and handling.

Have more questions about Ford tires or other parts? Contact Fernelius Ford today. Our family serves Alpena, Indian River, Petoskey, Mackinaw City, Onaway, Gaylord, Rogers City, St. Ignace and everywhere in between, and we can't wait to welcome you to our Cheboygan dealership.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan is helping drivers go that extra green mile with alternative fuel vehicle options. As energy independence becomes increasingly more important, Ford is manufacturing a wide range of vehicles capable of running on fuels from American sources.

Ford's electrification strategy involves three types of electrified vehicles to provide customers with fuel economy options and help reduce CO2 emissions. Visit the Fernelius team today to view and test drive the alternative fuel vehicle type of your choice:

  • Hybrids (HEVSs). These vehicles are powered partly by gasoline and partly by a battery-driven electric motor. They seamlessly switch between the gasoline engine, electric motor, or a combination of both to offer efficiency and performance. The battery is automatically recharged by the gasoline engine and through regenerative braking; they do not plug in. The Ford Escape, Mustang, Explorer, and more are available in hybrid models. 
  • Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs). These vehicles provide the option of plugging in or not. To enhance the hybrid experience and maximize battery capability, drivers can choose to plug into a standard 120V or available 240V outlet. Fully charging before driving can result in fuel savings and a reduced carbon footprint. PHEVs offer the best of both worlds, giving the driver the opportunity to drive as if in an EV for short trips, or in a hybrid for longer trips. The Ford Escape and Fusion are available in plug-in hybrid models.
  • Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). These vehicles are powered completely by a rechargeable battery, so you never need a drop of gasoline or an oil change. Key features are the electric motor, charge port, and lithium-ion battery pack. Battery electric vehicles provide a CO2-free driving experience. Drivers plug their vehicle in to fully charge the battery pack. While driving, regenerative braking also aids in charging the battery. New, all-electric Ford vehicles will be released soon. 

Ford is leading the shift to electric vehicles in America. Be part of the change by contacting Fernelius Ford today at 844-327-8314. 

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Your Car Maintenance Schedule - and Why It's Important

Regular maintenance of your Ford is imperative; it can prevent costly repairs, reduce wear and tear of the engine, and extend the life of your car. At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, our certified technicians are ready to inspect, maintain, and repair your vehicle. Whether you're driving a Ford Escape Ecoboost, a turbocharged Ford Ranger, or a completely different make and model, the Fernelius team is equipped to get your car on a regular maintenance schedule.

We recommend bringing your Ford - or any other vehicle - in for service every 7,500 miles or at least once a year, whichever comes first. Service due dates can vary by model, so we recommend viewing your owner's manual for specific information. Regardless of when your car is due, you can expect Fernelius techs to complete the following items during your visit:

  • Brake service. When you press your brake pedal, a complex system goes into motion to help keep you and your passengers safe. That's why it's important to have highly skilled technicians service your brakes. At Fernelius Ford, we have the right parts, tools, and technicians to take care of your every need.
  • Oil service. We provide a comprehensive checkup to help ensure your vehicle operates at optimal performance. As part of this service, your Ford will undergo a multi-point inspection, oil change with synthetic blend oil, as well as a tire rotation, all at a very competitive price.
  • Tire service. We offer a full lineup of tires for 16 quality name brands, including the replacement tires that fit your car, truck, or SUV. 
  • Battery service. Today's vehicles are loaded with technology, which is why it's important to ensure your battery is operating at peak performance. Our techs know exactly which battery is needed for your vehicle and can help guide you through the process of installing a new battery when needed.

Call us at 877-495-1022 or schedule your next service online today. Your Ford will thank you!

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How to Pick the Right Commercial Vehicle for Your Business

Ford offers a variety of commercial vehicles to help your business run more smoothly, but how will you choose the right car, truck, or SUV? The team at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan recommends asking yourself the following questions before you step onto the lot to view the vehicles in person.  

  • What will this vehicle transport? The first step in selecting the best Ford for your company is to narrow down your options. Think about what you will be loading into the vehicle and how much space you will need. Enclosed cargo space, dump capabilities, and tool storage are all important considerations. 
  • Will you be using the vehicle to tow and/or haul heavy loads? Be sure to determine your company's hauling and towing requirements to ensure your new vehicle's capabilities can accommodate your needs. If you plan to haul large items, be sure to take measurements so you are familiar with the necessary cargo volume and load heights. 
  • How often will this vehicle be driven? If you anticipate lengthy, daily travel, it's a good idea to consider fuel efficiency; think about obtaining a car with an EcoBoost engine. 
  • Will one automobile be enough, or do you need a line of vehicles? Depending on your business needs, you may want to create a diversified fleet with various types of cars. However, if a uniform fleet is what you're looking for, think about which Ford model will cover all your needs.

Ready to test drive your new commercial vehicle? Give Fernelius Ford a call at 877-495-1022 or visit us online at Our experienced team is ready to get you behind the wheels of a new Ford so you can help your business thrive.

Top Tips for Towing with a Ford

Ford vehicles are known for their quality, reliability, and critically acclaimed designs. From cutting-edge technology and high safety marks from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), to fuel-saving EcoBoost engines and turbocharged options, every car, truck, and SUV is built Ford Tough. At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, we know that one of the main reasons our customers choose a Ford vehicle is for its towing capabilities. Whether you're behind the wheel of a Ford Escape, F-150, Ranger, or something else, we offer the tips below for towing with your Ford.  

Before you tow:

  • Drive your new vehicle at least 1,000 miles before you tow a trailer.
  • Know your Gross Combined weight rating (GCWR) and stay at or under it while towing.
  • Distribute the weight.

While towing:

  • Keep in mind that the trailer must be properly loaded and balanced for optimum handling.
  • Keep the center of gravity as low as possible for the best handling.
  • Keep about 60% of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer and 40% in the rear.
  • Balance the load from side to side for good handling and even tire wear.
  • Firmly secure the load to prevent shifting during cornering or braking, which could result in a sudden loss of control.
  • Remember to allow more distance for stopping.
  • If you have a manual brake controller, "lead" with trailer brakes if you can.
  • If your trailer starts to sway, gradually apply the brake pedal. If your Ford vehicle features a trailer brake controller, the sliding lever should be used only for manual activation of the trailer brakes when adjusting the gain. Misuse such as application during trailer sway could cause instability of the trailer and tow vehicle
  • When towing on hills, downshifting the transmission to a lower gear can help when braking on downgrades; it also provides added power for climbing hills.

Need more info on towing with your Ford? Contact the Fernelius team at 844-327-8314 today.

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Ford: Check Out the New 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Fernelius Ford is excited to introduce the new, 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, an SUV that was made for adventure. Built for the thrill-seeking, sightseeing, day-tripping drivers around Cheboygan, it puts utility in the foreground with a purposeful design that includes easy-to-clean surfaces and tons of interior space, thanks to the roomy architecture of the safari-style roof. Plus, with ample ground clearance and a 1.5L turbocharged EcoBoost® Engine with 4x4, even the base model offers superior off-road capabilities. Of course, the Fernelius team knows how important it is to get behind the wheel of a vehicle that will keep both you and your passengers safe - every model of the 2021 Bronco Sport has received the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award. 

Safely travel to your next adventure destination without a second thought; the water-fording capability and high-performance, off-road, stability suspension system ensures every drive is both fun and secure. On the Badlands model, a Terrain Management System™ with up to seven G.O.A.T. modes creates a drivable road out of terrain you'd only previously imagined traversing. Plus, with seating for five with best-in-class first- and second-row head room, you'll always have space to bring friends and family along. The Ford Bronco Sport also has available best-in-class cargo volume on the Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks models, so you'll always have room to pack all the gear you'll need on your journey. 

Ready to order your Ford Bronco Sport? Contact Fernelius Ford today at 844-327-8314 or come see us at 10459 North Straits Highway. Our team serves Alpena, Indian River, Petoskey, Mackinaw City, Onaway, Gaylord, and everywhere in between. From the moment you walk into our showroom, you'll know our commitment to customer service is second to none. We will ensure your experience with us is a great one - for the life of your vehicle.

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Ford: How to Find the Right Mechanic for Your Vehicle

At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, we know how important it is to find the best mechanic for your vehicle. In order to keep your Ford in tip-top shape, it's imperative that the mechanic you choose knows exactly how your car, truck or SUV operates. The person working on your car should be familiar with your specific vehicle, whether it's a Ford Escape, F-150, or Mustang. They will also have experience with various types of engines, from a turbocharged EcoBoost to a GTDI. Here are five things to look for when selecting a mechanic: 

  1. They are easy to contact. Their number should be clearly listed on a reputable website, and if they don't answer right away, you should be able to leave a message and receive a prompt call back. The team at the Fernelius Ford service center is easily accessible. 
  2. They provide you with an estimate. A good mechanic will review any damage or issues with your vehicle and provide you with an estimated repair cost, in writing. If you are not provided with this estimate, there's no way to guarantee how much you will have to pay once it's time to pick up your vehicle. 
  3. They provide you with a service plan or contract. Once you have approved an estimate, your mechanic should give you a service plan or contract that outlines everything that will be done to your vehicle.
  4. They don't wait for your vehicle to break down. A good mechanic will keep you abreast of any issues they anticipate; they will also discuss and recommend maintenance services to keep your car running as smoothly as possible. 
  5. They are certified. A friend of a friend might offer you a great deal on mechanic services, but you should never allow an uncertified mechanic to work on your car. 

Have questions? Contact the Fernelius Ford service center today at 877-495-1022.

3 Subtle Signs Your Car Needs Maintenance

Every Ford owner knows that if the check engine light or another warning notification goes off in their vehicle, it's probably time to get it over to the service center at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan. But what about other, less obvious signs? The Fernelius team wants to keep your car running as smoothly as possible, and more importantly, keep you safe while you're on the road. So suppose your vehicle shows any of the subtle signs below while driving, be sure to give us a call. It doesn't matter if you're in a Ford Escape SUV, a Mustang, or an F-150 - our certified and experienced technicians are ready to get your turbocharged, VCT engine up and running so you can get to where you need to go. 

  • Unusual noises. This symptom seems obvious, but oftentimes car owners will ignore sounds that seem out of the ordinary until it's too late. Whether you're driving a sedan or a truck, with or without an EcoBoost engine, you'll learn which noises are normal so you can recognize the ones that indicate a problem. Pay attention to these sounds to ensure you can effectively describe the issue to a Fernelius technician.
  • Grinding metal. This sound is on that always means something is wrong. Regardless of what kind of engine is under your hood, there should never be two metal parts grinding against each other. If you hear this noise, bring your car in for servicing immediately so an expert can diagnose and fix the problem. 
  • Strange vibrations. Just as you know which noises are normal, you should also be able to tell when your car is moving or vibrating in an unusual manner. If you feel vibrations while you're behind the wheel, the issue could be anything from worn brake pads or a flat tire to a lack of oil or a failing engine joint. Bring your car to an experienced technician, and that person will be able to figure it out.

Having issues with your Ford or have other maintenance questions? Give us a call at 877-495-1022 today.

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Three Attractions in Upper Michigan to Drive to This Summer

The hottest season of the year is here, and Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan wants to make sure you are turbocharged and ready to explore Michigan under the summer sun. So whether you're traveling in a Ford Escape, F-150, Fiesta, or another vehicle, we hope you enjoy some mini road trips to our favorite destinations in upper Michigan:

  1. Munising Located on the southern shore of Lake Superior in the upper peninsula, this small town is known as the gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Peaceful strolls along mossy paths will make for a romantic getaway - plus, Munising boasts five lighthouses, 15 waterfalls, and numerous other recreation areas. So whether you're hiking, kayaking, or mountain biking, you'll be sure to enjoy the view.
  2. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Pack up the kids and drive your Ford over to some of the best hikes in the entire state. There will be more than enough to keep the whole family occupied for several days with multiple picturesque lakes and miles of trails. Lake of the Clouds, Pinkerton Creek Trail, and Beaver Creek Trail are just a few excellent hiking options for the littlest members of your vacation crew.
  3. Tahquamenon Falls State Park The Fernelius team is especially fond of Tahquamenon Falls State Park, which encompasses nearly 50,000 acres spread over 13 miles. Most of the park comprises undeveloped woodland - no roads, buildings, or power lines make for a quiet summer getaway. But, of course, if you decide to head that way, Tahquamenon River and its waterfalls are not to be missed, as the Upper Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Nearly 200 feet across with a drop of almost 50 feet, its flow of more than 50,000 gallons of water per second is a sight to behold.
5 Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Spring

Warmer days are drawing near, and at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, we want to be sure your vehicle is ready. Whether you've been behind the wheel of a Ford Escape, Expedition, Explorer or Ranger this winter, you'll want to take these steps to ensure your set of wheels continues to get you around safely and in style.

  1. Get it washed. Who says spring cleaning is only for houses? You may not realize it, but winter weather can be tough on cars. Freezing temperatures combined with salt from the road can cause paint damage and visiting a reputable car wash and/or detailing facility can ensure your vehicle's paint remains in good condition.
  2. Change your oil. Regular oil changes will keep your engine - turbocharged, EcoBoost GDTI or otherwise - running smoothly for years to come. 
  3. Check your battery. After a long winter, it's important to evaluate your car's electric system and replace a weak battery if necessary. If you're taking your vehicle into Fernelius Ford for service, a battery check will be done in conjunction with your oil change.
  4. Replace wiper blades and fluids. Snow and ice can damage your windshield wipers. Streaking wipers should be replaced asap. Topping off windshield wiper fluid and reapplying windshield treatments should be done simultaneously.
  5. Check your tires. Now's the time to switch back to your regular tires if you had snow tires on for the winter. You should also ensure each tire is filled up to the manufacturer recommended air pressure. 

Have questions about getting your car spring ready? Give Fernelius Ford a call at 877-495-1022 or visit us online to schedule a service appointment today. In addition to routine maintenance and repairs, we also offer warranty inspections as well as a 27-point inspection to ensure your set of wheels is ready for the road. 


3 Tips for First-Time Truck Buyers

The Ford F-150 has been the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. for more than 30 years, and there's a good reason for that. Pickup trucks boast utility and versatility, and they are well equipped for both an active lifestyle and a ton of gear.
Whether you're in the market for a Ford F-150 XLT with a V6 EcoBoost engine, an I4 GTDi DOHC Turbocharged VCT engine, or something else, Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan has you covered. Not sure at all what kind of truck you're looking for? Consider these tips:

    1. Think about how you're going to use your new truck

There's a lot more to take into consideration when it comes to trucks, as compared to cars. Do you need a long bed or a short bed? Two doors, or four doors? Two-, four-, or all-wheel drive? The answer to these questions depends on your needs.

    2. Don't buy more than you need

This goes along the same vein as #1. Figure out what your actual needs are, and purchase a truck that meets those needs - nothing extra. Bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to truck buying; purchasing more than you need will result in lugging around additional, unnecessary parts and weight. 

    3. Take full advantage of your test drive

Driving a pickup truck is not the same as driving an average car. They handle differently because they are bigger, heavier, and more top-heavy than most vehicles. They also take longer to stop and can't cut corners like a sports car can. During your test drive, practice parking in an everyday spot, like a grocery store lot. It's also a good idea to stop at home for a test fit in your garage, if possible. 

Have more questions about truck shopping, or ready to take a look at what's available? Visit Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, and we'll help you get behind the wheel of the best truck for you. 
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Do You Need Snow Tires?

The coldest season of the year has arrived, and you may be wondering - is your Ford ready for winter weather? The answer is simple, whether you're behind the wheels of a Ford Escape, F-150, or something else: If you are going to be driving in snow, you need snow tires. 

Regardless of what kind of engine is under your hood - EcoBoost GDTI, turbocharged or not - you'll want to be sure your Ford is equipped to keep you safe and moving in any weather. At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, that is our primary concern. 

So, whether you want to stop by to view new vehicles or are just looking for reliable information, we'd like to offer the following tips about snow tires:

Even if you have all-season tires, you still need snow tires. 
Though the terms "snow tires" and "winter tires" are often used interchangeably, "all-season tires" are not the same. While all-season tires offer good traction for mild conditions, they cannot handle ice control; they can't compare to snow tires when tractioning and stopping power. 

Snow tires should not be kept on your car all year long. 
Winter/snow tires wear quickly, especially in warmer conditions. Therefore, it's best to keep them on your vehicle only during winter. A set of snow tires will typically last for three or four winters if you care for them properly and have them removed once they are no longer necessary. 

Even if you have snow tires, you might still need chains. Snow tires will usually suffice in most areas, but chains might be required in rural places that aren't plowed regularly. It's also a good idea to have them on hand if you find yourself in the middle of a severe snowstorm.

Have more questions about snow tires or other aspects of your vehicle? Call Fernelius Ford at 844-327-8314 or visit us online at

Your Vehicle Maintenance - and Why It's Important

At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, our service doesn't stop after you drive off the lot; we know how crucial it is to properly maintain your vehicle. Our skilled service center staff are equipped to keep your car running smoothly and ensure your engine - whether it's a GTDI EcoBoost, DOHC, or VCT engine - keeps getting you where you need to go for years to come.

Our full-service auto repair center is committed to providing high-quality services to guarantee your vehicle's efficiency. Not a Ford owner? No problem! Fernelius Ford's certified technicians handle all brands and models, from cars and trucks to SUVs and fleet vehicles. We recommend the following regular services to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape:

Brake Services

When you press your brake pedal, a complex system goes into motion to help keep you and your passengers safe. At Fernelius Ford, we have the right parts and tools to keep your brakes running smoothly. 

Oil Service

Our comprehensive checkup helps ensure your vehicle operates at optimal performance levels. As part of this service, your car will undergo a multi-point inspection, oil change with synthetic blend oil, and tire rotation.

Tire Service

We offer a full lineup of tires for 16 quality name brands, including the replacement tires that fit your car, truck, or SUV - all designed to make the most of your vehicle's performance.

Battery Service 

At Fernelius Ford, we know exactly which battery is needed for your specific vehicle and can help guide you through what can be a complicated process.

Keeping your Ford Escape, Explorer, or any other car, truck, or SUV in good shape with regular maintenance keeps you and your passengers safe while saving time and money. It will also keep your vehicle performing at its very best, so you always have transportation you can count on. View our complete list of services here, or call us today at 877-495-1022 to book a service appointment for your vehicle.

Meet the Ford EcoSport

Find a little fun at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan! The 2020 Ford EcoSport's compact size and available Intelligent 4WD are ideal for adventures on all terrains. Wherever your day may take you, the EcoSport will be ready to go. Designed with an active lifestyle in mind, its modern amenities and capable features enhance your driving experience in style. 

With proven performance from the standard 1.0L EcoBoost, this SUV is turbocharged and features direct injection - guaranteeing enough power to get you wherever you need to go. Drivers looking for a little more intensity can opt for the available 2.0 Ti-VCT engine, which comes with Intelligent 4WD for enhanced handling.  

The EcoSport isn't just powerful; it's comfortable, too. Its thoughtfully designed cabin ensures convenience, connectedness, and enjoyment. Available amenities such as a heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed seating, and a 10-speaker system will make this ride feel like your home away from home. Of course, this SUV is also fully loaded with Smart technology, like an available SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and an available 8-inch color LCD touchscreen and standard FordPass Connect™ with an in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

And a great new set of wheels from Fernelius Ford wouldn't be complete without the latest safety features. The EcoSport's available BLIS helps detect and alert you to vehicles in your blind spot. Additionally, the Cross-Traffic Alert can see traffic behind your car when you're slowly backing out of a parking spot or driveway.

Check out everything a new Ford can offer you at or call us today at 844-327-8314 to view your next set of wheels. We have various incentives available and will work with you whether you want an additional vehicle for your family or looking to trade your old car.  

How to Pick the Right Ford for Your Business 

You already know a Ford vehicle would be a great addition to your business. But which one will you choose? The team at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan is available to help you find the right automobile to suit your company's needs. We recommend first answering the following questions to help you decide.

What will the vehicle transport? 

Depending on what type of business you run, your new Ford may be used for moving tools and equipment. Consider how much space is necessary. 

How often will employees drive the vehicle? 

If the vehicle is used on a daily basis and for long drives, saving on fuel costs will be top of mind. Ford EcoBoost GTDi engines achieve about 30% better fuel efficiency than most other engines. 

Who will view the vehicle? 

All Fords look great, but if the vehicle is often seen by clients, there may be a certain aesthetic your company aspires to. Take this into consideration when choosing a car. 

Does the vehicle need towing or hauling capabilities? 

There are a variety of Ford vehicles that can tow and/or haul with ease, from a Ford Ranger with a GTDi DOHC Turbocharged VCT engine to an F-150 with a V6 GTDi DOHC 24V Twin Turbocharged engine.  

Are multiple types of vehicles necessary? 

Perhaps a Ford Escape fleet will do the trick, or maybe you need one SUV, plus a few trucks and cars. Think of the big picture so you can plan to have every essential vehicle.  

Need help narrowing down your choices? Contact Fernelius Ford at 844-327-8314, visit us online at, or experience our excellent customer service by visiting us in person at 10459 North Straits Highway. We'll make sure you get the best Ford vehicles to keep your business running smoothly.

Finance vs. Leasing 

Ready to drive a new Ford? Whether you're interested in a Ford Focus Fusion with a 1.5L EcoBoost GTDI engine, or a Ford Escape Titanium SUV with EcoBoost I4 GTDi DOHC, the experienced and friendly sales staff at Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, MI is ready to welcome you as part of the family! Our dealership is prepared to handle all of your car buying needs, whether you're looking to finance or lease. Need help deciding?

Select leasing if you want a lower down payment, a lower monthly payment, and an easier trade-in.

Choose to finance if you'd like to own and customize your vehicle and need no limit on mileage. 

We are more than happy to provide our customers with financing for both new and used vehicles, for leasing as well as financing, in two easy steps:

  1. Figure out your current credit situation with our online credit estimator. Remember that all types of credit can qualify for an auto loan. No credit? No problem! We will work with you to secure a no credit car loan if needed. (If you have a trade-in vehicle, you can value it online as well.)
  2. Proceed to our online finance application. Fernelius Ford has strong relationships and is committed to finding you the perfect car loan company to suit your needs. If you have an existing loan, low-interest financing is available. 
Ready to peruse our vehicle inventory or schedule a test drive? You can also browse through all of your options - from a Ford Escape SUV to a turbocharged F-150 - or find a specific vehicle with our CarFinder tool. We have a variety of offers and incentives currently available and are sure you'll find your next car at Fernelius Ford. Give us a call at 844-327-8314 today and let us help you choose from the best Ford vehicles for sale in Michigan. 

6 Signs You Need to Get Your Brakes Replaced 

At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, MI, we do more than just sell cars. We're here to service your vehicles, too, ensuring you can safely get around in your Ford for years to come. Whether you're behind the wheel of a Ford Escape, Explorer, or F-150, our team is ready to keep your car in its best shape. 

A common question our service technicians receive is about when it's time to get brakes replaced. These are the six signs to watch out for:

Thin Pads

Check to see if your brake pads are visible between your wheel spokes. If the pad is less than ¼-inch thick, it may be time to get your brakes serviced.

Slow Response

If the brake pedal feels loose, is slow to respond, or is pushing to the floor more easily than usual, there might be a problem with the vehicle's brake line.

Squeaky Brakes

A squeak that can be heard when the vehicle comes to a stop is typically the clearest sign that it's time for brake service. The clear, audible noise will sound like metal scratching metal. 

Brake Grinding

Different than a slight squeak, grinding breaks create a loud, obvious, and unpleasant sound. If you hear grinding from your brakes, it means the pads are completely worn down and beyond replacement. 

Uneven Wearing

When your car drifts to one side or the other, it might mean that your brakes have worn unevenly. This drifting or pulling could also indicate a brake fluid issue.

Braking Vibration

If you feel a vibration - commonly described as a pulsing sensation - when your foot is on the brake, it could mean that your vehicle's rotors are warped. This is caused by harsh braking conditions that put prolonged friction on the braking system. 

From V8 trucks to EcoBoost I4 GTDi DOHC Turbocharged VCT SUVS, at some point, every Ford will need its brakes replaced. Call 877-495-1022 or visit us online to schedule your service appointment today.

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What is a 172-Point Ford Inspection?

At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, MI, we cater to our customers with both new and used Ford cars; there's something for every budget. But we won't simply put you behind the wheel of any used Escape, Explorer, or Expedition. We first ensure that vehicle's functionality and safety with our 172-point Ford Inspection.

Every used car, truck, SUV, or crossover - whether it's a 2017 Ford Escape Titanium SUV EcoBoost I4 GTDi DOHC Turbocharged VCT or a 2019 Ford F-150 Lariat Truck V8 - is required to pass this inspection before it can qualify as a Ford Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle. When you purchase a CPO vehicle, you get the confidence of this comprehensive inspection plus manufacturer-backed, limited warranty coverage. Complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance is also included. The inspection breaks down into nine components:

Vehicle History

This includes everything from a VIN inspection to a list of performed service recalls and scheduled maintenance.

Road Test

Our road tests ensure the engine starts and idles properly, the vehicle steers normally, and brakes, gauges, and other parts are all operational.

Vehicle Exterior

The vehicle exterior check carefully goes over the body panels and bumpers; grille, trim, and roof rack; and more.

Vehicle Interior

This part of the inspection covers airbags and safety belts, audio and alarm systems, and other interior amenities.

Vehicle Diagnostics

This includes a module system test.


The car's engine and fluids, as well as its cooling, fuel, and electrical systems are all inspected.

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Additional checks are made for hybrid and electric vehicles if applicable. 


The frame, exhaust system, brakes, tires, wheels, transmission, transaxle, differential, and transfer case are all checked here.


Our road tests ensure the engine starts and idles properly, the vehicle steers normally, and brakes, gauges, and other parts are all operational.

The final step in the inspection ensures the owner's guide, keys, remote control, and universal transmitter are all operational and intact. The fuel tank is also filled up. 

For more information about the 172-point Ford inspection or to speak with a professional at Fernelius Ford, visit us online or call 844-327-8314. 

The Right Ford for Your Summer Adventure 

Summer is upon us, and whether you're heading to the beach or the mountains or are planning to set off on a cross-country road trip, Fernelius Ford has the right vehicle for your sunny-day adventures. A premier dealership in Cheboygan, MI, we strive to make your Ford experience great - for the life of your vehicle. Whether you need to purchase or finance a new or pre-owned Ford automobile for your next summertime outing, you've come to the right place. Our wide selection of Ford vehicles are common choices for vacation outings, but here are two of the most popular picks:

Ford F-150

Named by Autotrader as a hot car for summer, this rugged truck can handle everything from toting supplies for tailgating and picnics, to towing boats and jet skis to the beach. The 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat Truck EcoBoost V6 GTDi DOHC 24V Twin Turbocharged, which is currently in stock, is both functional and pleasing to the eye, with its leather-trimmed front seats and lariat chrome-like PVD wheels.

Ford Mustang

If your idea of summer fun is less about adventuring and more along the lines of driving around on a warm night, the Mustang is for you. The 2020 GT Coupe is a sporty car with major functionality for your everyday life, plus it carries a legendary history. The coupe offers great gas mileage allowing you go further with your adventure. If you're looking for a family vehicle, this is not the one for you. The Coupe has small rear seats making it the perfect fit for your next solo or couple adventure through Northern Michigan.

For more summer getaway option ideas, call Fernelius Ford at 844-327-8314 or visit us online at to view your next vehicle. 

Vehicle Battery Maintenance 101

Technology makes the world go 'round - and it keeps today's cars operational. That's why it's imperative to ensure your vehicle battery is in tip-top shape. It doesn't matter if you're running a DOHC aluminum V-10 or EcoBoost I4 engine in a Mustang, a turbocharged GTDI EcoBoost in a Fiesta, an I4 GTDI DOHC turbocharged VCT engine in a Ford Escape, or a completely different make and model.

At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, MI, we know exactly what kind of battery you need and how best to keep it maintained. Most batteries will last for about five years, but that's highly dependent on conditions and how often you drive. Think it might be time to switch out your car battery? Look for these signs of aging:

  • Audible slow crank when you attempt to start your engine
  • A lit check engine/battery light
  • A strange odor, similar to that of rotten eggs

If you recognize any of these signs or have other reasons to be concerned about your battery, visit Fernelius Ford for a complimentary computerized battery test. If a replacement is needed, you can rest assured that every Motorcraft® battery we install features the latest technologies in design and engineering; this provides dependable power to today's high‐technology vehicles across a wide range of conditions.

Other benefits of Fernelius Ford battery installation include:

  • Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts
  • Full‐service maintenance and repair facility
  • Parts and labor warranties
  • Clean, comfortable waiting areas with free Wi-Fi
  • Shuttle service to and from your home
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff
Call 877-495-1022 with any questions or concerns, submit your query online or schedule your complimentary battery test today. At Fernelius Ford, we know all about the battery needs of your specific vehicle and will help guide you through the process of getting a test and possible replacement. 

Preparing Your Vehicle for An Accident 

Every driver knows that the best time to talk about a collision is before it happens. At Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan, we know when our customers buy a Ford, they want to keep it a Ford. That's why our team works hard to keep Ford owners ready for the worst, just in case. We recommend taking these four steps before you get behind the wheel:

  1. Print a Collision Guide and keep it in your glove compartment. It has all the information you'll need to collect if you're ever in an accident.
  2. If original parts aren't included in your policy, talk to your agent about getting original parts coverage. 
  3. Make sure you have our dealership body shop contact information.
  4. Take extra precautions when seasons or driving habits change.

You should also review these steps so you know exactly what to do if the time comes:

  1. Make sure everyone involved is OK, then call 911.
  2. Collect information using the Collision Guide.
  3. Arrange for a tow if needed.
  4. Contact our expert collision service technicians. (You don't have to go to the shop your insurance company recommends.)
  5. Review the estimate and ensure original parts are listed as replacements. 
  6. Sign only when you are comfortable with the estimate.
  7. Remember, the only way to keep your vehicle a Ford is to use original Ford Collision replacement parts for repairs. At Fernelius Ford, it doesn't matter if you're running a DOHC aluminum V-10 or EcoBoost I4 engine in a Mustang, a turbocharged GTDI EcoBoost in a Fiesta, an I4 GTDI DOHC turbocharged VCT engine in a Ford Escape, or a completely different make and model - the Fernelius Body Shop and Collision Center has you covered. We handle jobs big and small, and we are certified to do aluminum bodywork. All major insurance companies are accepted; we'll even help you communicate and coordinate with your carrier.

No one wants to get into an accident, but as the saying goes: hope for the best but expect the worst. Preparation is never time wasted. View more information about Fernelius Ford and being prepared for an accident at

How to Research Your Next Vehicle

Ready to get behind a new set of wheels or just considering an upgrade and need more information? As every car owner knows, purchasing a new vehicle can sometimes be a rather daunting process, but Fernelius Ford in Cheboygan offers a way to make it as simple, seamless and enjoyable as possible. 

Our easy-to-navigate, online Research Models feature allows drivers to view various vehicles and conduct all the research they need before deciding.

To access the feature, follow these three simple steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on "New Inventory."
  3. On the left-hand side, under "Ford Model Research," click on "Research Models."

From there, you can filter vehicles by price, MPG and horsepower. You'll find every new Ford car, truck, and SUV in our inventory. If you're searching for something specific - such as a DOHC aluminum V-10 or EcoBoost I4 engine in a Mustang, a turbocharged GTDI EcoBoost in a Fiesta or a I4 GTDI DOHC turbocharged VCT engine in a Ford Escape - or are simply interested in researching vehicles within a certain price range, our Research Models tool is sure to help you narrow down the possibilities.

Once you've narrowed down the specific vehicles you're interested in, you'll see a gallery of photos, a video, as well as basic information such as fuel economy, exterior color, interior color, and body type. The description will also list highlighted features, detailed specifications, dealer notes, and Kelley Blue Book consumer reviews.

After you've decided which vehicles you're interested in, we have all the next steps you'll need to take on our website! You can easily schedule a test drive, value your trade and get pre-approved online.

Get started at today, visit our showroom Monday through Saturday on North Straits Highway in Cheboygan, or call 844-327-8314 to speak to a team member about your next vehicle. 

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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, 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.

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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 or by calling 844-327-8314.

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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 Closed
  • 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