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You’re Invited to the Tuff Turf Transit Event

April 8th, 2015

20140807_143607_17Join us at our Tuff Turf Transit Event on April 29, 2015 between 11 am and 2 pm to celebrate Molebusters’ great coup of winning a brand new 2015 Ford Transit. Jim Zylstra, owner of Tuff Turf Molebusters, won Ford’s national Transit Means Business Challenge. Watch him receive the keys for the first drive while snacking on small plates and refreshments. Chat with representatives from Ford and various vendors.

While you’re here, check out the latest rebates available on 2015 Step Vans (up to $5,000!) and learn about the 2015 Transit.

The event is hosted by Commercial Sales Manager Scott Gibbons, who will be on site to answer any questions about your commercial needs. Admission is FREE! Please RSVP through the link below to ensure your place at this exciting event. Refreshments will be provided.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the event, registration or our dealership. We look forward to servicing your commercial needs. See you out there!






Your Alternative Fuel Guide

March 6th, 2015

Why It’s Important and How You’ll Benefit


Borgman is proud to be distributors of Ford, a brand that embraces the benefits of constantly improving and always offering alternative fuel options. One of the most “go-green” brands out there, Ford is committed to reducing their carbon footprint. You should be, too!

Why Alternative Fuel

  • Reduce carbon footprint.Many businesses don’t realize how heavy their fleet contributes to their carbon footprint. Identifying the alternative fuel that makes the biggest difference will reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Reduce your (and our country’s) dependence on foreign oil. Most alternative fuel options are sourced from the U.S.
  • Cost of ownership. Although acquisition costs for alternative fuel may be higher, they are offset by the lower costs of the alternative fuel and prevent future price shock.
  • Blueprint for sustainability. Just as Ford is deeply committed to sustainability, you can make a difference in bettering the world while growing your business.

The best part? You have options.

Ford gives their commercial customers a complete selection of alternative fuel commercial vehicles. Click here to open Ford’s Alternative Fuel Guide 2015.

Support Ford and Borgman in this go-green initiative!

Learn About CommerciaLease (TRAC Lease)

March 6th, 2015

CommercialeaseTRACartAt Borgman Ford, we strive to give our commercial customers opportunities to improve their business by leveraging the benefits available through Ford. Benefits such as the Ford CommerciaLease, for example, that is an alternative to conventional financing specifically designed with your business in mind. Read below how the Ford CommerciaLease can offer you exactly what you need and deserve as a small business owner in Michigan.

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Flexible lease plans put you in control, whether your business uses cars, light-duty, medium duty or heavy duty trucks, or even specialty upfit vehicles. CommerciaLease can be tailored to meet your unique business requirements with no origination, administration, or termination fees.

What is CommerciaLease?

  • An open-end TRAC lease
  • A lease where the leasee is responsible for the residual value at lease-end
  • For vehicles used more than 50 percent of the time for business

CommerciaLease is great for high mileage and heavy-use applications. No down payment in most cases, no security deposit (subject to credit approval), no mileage restrictions, and no wear and use penalties. You are responsible for the residual at lease end, but there are options.

Lease-end options:

  • Purchase the vehicle
  • Extend the term of your lease agreement
  • Sell your vehicle to a third party
  • Request Ford Credit to sell the vehicle for you

The TRAC Lease terms are flexible: 12-60 months. Over 60 months is available, but subject to credit approval.

Residual guidelines

12 mos- 60%
24 mos- 50%
36 mos- 40%
48 mos- 30%
60 mos- 20%

You also have the option to include Extended Service Plans, Maintenance Plans, Commercial GAPCoverage, and vehicle modifications and upfits. Upfits can also be residualized.

Well qualified commercial customers, subject to credit review and approval, are eligible. The vehicle must be used more than half of the time for business or commercial purpose.

For further details from Ford, click here for the Commercial Finance and Lease Programs Brochure. 

Our Extended Service Plan

February 9th, 2015

Everything you need to know about Ford’s Extended Service Plan.


At Borgman Ford, we want to ensure you’re getting the best service at the best prices. We strive to leave our commercial customers with endless possibility of improving their business while driving Ford. Read below how the Ford Extended Service Plan can offer you exactly what you need and deserve as a small business owner in Michigan.

Why Buy a Ford Extended Service Plan?

We’re proud to say that it’s plan is the ONLY extended service plan (ESP) backed by the Ford Motor Company. By paying for future repairs at today’s ESP cost, you will be protected against inflation and increasing parts and labor costs. It’s as simple as this: one repair bill can easily exceed the price of your Ford ESP coverage. The coverage can quickly pay for itself!

What is included or offered:

  • Service at all Ford and Lincoln dealers in the U.S. and Canada
  • Genuine Ford parts and service – all repairs are made with genuine Ford parts by factory trained and certified technicians
  • 24-hour roadside assistance (call 1-800-241-3673 toll free)
  • Rental vehicle benefits – provides coverage for up to 10 days of rental for a covered repair
  • Interest free payment option – finance your coverage in monthly installments with no interest or fees; everyone qualifies

The best part? You can choose the coverage that is right for you.

Ford ESP PremiumCare provides the ultimate Ford extended warranty coverage. The plan is so complete that we only talk about what is not covered. It’s for those that want the advantages of an ESP with maximum component protection and high-tech coverage. Over 500 key components covered for New and Used vehicles.

Ford ESP ExtraCare provides the additional component coverage to the BaseCare plan and includes many high-tech items. If you want the advantages of a Ford extended warranty and the security of more comprehensive protection, this is the plan for you. 113 major components covered for New and Used vehicles.

Ford ESP BaseCare is the next step up from the Ford ESP PowertrainCare, offering a broader range of component protection. It’s for those that want a basic, yet thorough Ford extended warranty. 84 major components covered for New and Used vehicles.

Ford ESP PowertrainCare is the foundation for all new vehicle component plans. If you want the advantages of a Ford extended warranty but only want major mechanical component protection due to budget or other reasons, this is the plan for you. 29 vital components covered for New and Used vehicles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on this great coverage opportunity!

Ford F-150 Rescues Stuck Semi in Snowbound Chicago

February 9th, 2015

Screen shot 2015-02-09 at 11.41.10 AMAt Borgman, we love the Ford F-150, and there’s little wonder why. It’s built to take the beating winter regularly dumps on the midwest! Alex Nunez wrote a great article for RoadandTrack.com after receiving video evidence of Ford F-150’s award-winning “toughness” after a Chicago snow storm. The F-150 Fx4 EcoBoost towed the semi “like a tugboat pulling a grounded aircraft carrier to open water.” We thought we’d share this testament to our tough-built favorite truck. Check it out here: http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/videos/a24916/video-ford-f-150-rescues-stuck-semi-in-snowbound-chicago/




The X-Plan

January 7th, 2015


The X-Plan, or Partner Recognition Program, is offered by Ford to employees, retirees, and household members of selected Tier 1 suppliers, business partners, fleet partners and some other special organizations. As commercial partners with Borgman Ford, you may qualify for this preferred business partner exclusive pricing!

Participation is invitation only. How do you know you’re invited? Contact Borgman to check for you. Large local employers and companies are frequently on the X-Plan partner list with Ford Motor Company.

Although X-Plan savings vary from vehicle to vehicle, the percentage usually remains similar. Overall, a large amount of savings are reflected off of the MSRP price.

For more details, read the Ford Partner Rules. Don’t forget, Borgman Ford Commercial is here for all of your commercial needs. Contact us with any questions on this savings opportunity.

Commercial Vehicle Spotlight: 2015 Ford F-150

January 7th, 2015

It’s smarter. It’s tougher. It’s better.

The patent-filled aluminum beast made by Ford has been the talk of the trucks for the past year. It’s no secret why. With ingenuity that’s smarter than before, the 2015 Ford F-150 is constructed for both top-of-the-class efficiency and performance. It’s perfect for any workload, fleet or commercial business. Upfits and available features make it ultra-customizable to your needs.

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The military grade aluminum has shaved roughly 700 pounds off of the full-size truck weight and allowed for better aerodynamics, thus improving mileage to best-in-class. An improved power-to-weight ratio across the four engine lineup (3.5L Ti-VCT V6, 5.0 Ti-VCT V8, 2.7L ECO

BOOST, 3.5L ECOBOOST) gives turbo performance, but sips less fuel. Smaller engine, more power.

Tow more, and tow smarter with the 8-inch productivity screen, dynamic hitch assist, and smart trailer tow connector. And, it has a best-in-class 3,300-lb payload maximum.

Everything else just makes your experience easier, better, and more enjoyable. And there’s plenty of that, too…


The 2015 F-150’s brains seem superhuman. With it’s 360-degree camera with split-view display, a vibrating lane-keeping system and SYNC MyFord Touch, every duty will be done with confidence and ease. It’s not just you driving anymore; it’s you driving with the 2015 F-150.

Other luxurious functions include LED lighting throughout the vehicle, including head and tail lamps, side mirror, tailgate and boxed lighting for improved visibility at anytime. What’s in the back? An integrated tailgate step with lift assist, available box side steps, and a class-defining pickup box, available with accessories including the e-Track seen left.

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It’s no longer a question of how it’s done, it’s the question of where can we get it. Borgman Ford is proud to be your partner for any of your 2015 F-150 needs. Contact our commercial department with any questions or stop in our showroom to meet with one of our commercial sales managers.

Tuff Turf Molebusters Wins Ford Grand Prize

December 18th, 2014

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Being in the lawncare business has given Jim Zylstra and his family many stories to remember. There’s the time he thought he secured a mole in the back, and it crept under the driver’s seat. Or the time when his kids’ pet moles, housed in a dirt-filled aquarium, escaped to mom’s flower bed. And then there’s the story about winning a brand new Ford Transit in a national competition.

Jim began Tuff Turf lawncare 21 years ago from his parent’s basement. After only a year, he had 350 fertilization and weed control customers. After his acquisition of Molebusters in 2000, he combined the two services and began expanding. Now, he has a fleet of vehicles and a full staff, including technicians, mole specific technicians, salesmen, a service manager, an assistant, a horticulturist, and more. His Byron Center, Mich. business has grown exponentially, and in 2013, he even expanded to Detroit.

The 2014 Transit Means Business Challenge is a nationwide competition put on by Ford. Jim casually entered the contest while he was on vacation in August 2014. As an early riser, he was the only one awake at the time. He read an e-mail about the contest and decided to give it a shot. “It never even crossed my mind that I would win. I entered out of boredom,” he said, laughing.

By November, he received the news that he was a top 10 finalist­­, which was judged by a panel based on the originality and validity of the company, as well as the level of interest their story created. Natalie Olson, the communication and events coordinator at Ford, informed Jim that he had a good shot at making the top 30. Then, the probability heightened to making the top 10.

The grand winner was left up to the public. The judges stepped out, and the business with the most public votes was deemed the winner: Tuff Turf Mole Busters. “I wasn’t shocked when I received top 10 due to Natalie’s optimism, but to be the winner? That was a huge surprise,” said Jim.

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Ford Features Two Local Businesses in their 2015 National Commercial Calendar

December 18th, 2014
Buist Electric will be featured on the cover of the 2015 calendar and inside, along with Tuff Turf Molebusters.

Buist Electric will be featured on the cover of the 2015 calendar and inside, along with Tuff Turf Molebusters.

Borgman Ford Commercial is proud to announce that Tuff Turf and Buist Electric, two of our commercial customers, are being featured in the 2015 Ford Commercial Truck Calendar! Buist Electric will be featured on the cover and inside along with Tuff Turf. What fantastic representation for the Grand Rapids area.

Out of all Ford’s clients in the nation, these two companies from West Michigan made the cut.

Tuff Turf and Buist Electric fit the profile for the calendar with their optimal commercial services and loyalty to Ford.

Jim from Tuff Turf Molebusters thinks that Ford is stacking the deck with great businesses. “With two of us from West Michigan, I think that’s awesome,” he said.

We’re certainly proud to be their transportation partner. Congratulations, Tuff Turf and Buist Electric!

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Section 179 Increases Passed by the Senate

December 18th, 2014

Business owners, we have good news!

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Borgman Ford is ecstatic to announce that on December 16, the Senate approved H.R.5771, which reinstates the prior and significantly greater Section 179 limits of 2013. This allows small and medium sized businesses to purchase qualifying commercial vehicles with expense deductions up to $500,000 (as opposed to $25,000). In addition, it reinstates prior bonus depreciation levels.

Although 2015 is approaching quickly, this allows two weeks for you business owners to makes some decisions. Please spread the word to your fellow small and medium business owners, for this is major news!

Don’t forget, Borgman Ford Commercial is here for all of your commercial needs. Contact us with any questions.


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