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Borgman Ford Welcomes Tod Tobin to the Commercial Team

October 5th, 2015

TodTobin_CCNewsBorgman Ford is pleased to announce that Tod Tobin has joined our Commercial Team!

Tod brings with him over a decade of experience in the car and truck industry, as well as experience with finance. He will ensure that you’re getting the right commercial vehicles with finance options that make the most sense for you and your business.

A GVSU graduate, Tod grew up and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife. He enjoys spending afternoons on his motorcycle or down at the firing range.

Congratulations Tod, and welcome to the team!

Remember, if you want to expand your Ford fleet or even start a new one, Borgman Ford Commercial has everything you need. You can contact Tod at ttobin@borgmanfordmazda.com, or call (616) 249-8868.

Build the Perfect Super Duty for Tough Winter Jobs

October 5th, 2015

SuperDutyPlowOld man winter is on his way, and many of us are making our preparations for the the colder months ahead. For some of us, this means it’s time to get your order in on your winter work trucks, just in time for year-end expenditure.

Ford makes trucks of varying sizes and capabilities, but the workhorse of the lineup is the Super Duty. Available as a pickup or chassis cab, the upfitting potential is huge, making it an ideal candidate for a lineup of plow trucks.

Ford’s Snow Plow Prep Package for the Super Duty is an attractive option. This package includes computer-selected springs for snow plow application, keeping the truck in balance for a smoother, more stable ride and to compensate for the added weight to the front. It also includes an extra-heavy-duty alternator with the Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8, or heavy-duty alternator with gas engine, to compensate for the increased demand for power. This prep package ensures that your New Ford Super Duty is ready for plow upfits right off the lot without hassle. Read more about it here.

Another smart addition to the 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel version is the available Line-Drive Power Takeoff Provision. What this basically does is use the spinning of the transmission to turn the truck into a mobile generator. It doesn’t matter one bit if the truck is moving or stationary, you’ll be able to power things like plows, salt spreaders, or, as Ford states, “a small city” simultaneously. The best part is, it is integrated right into the transmission design and powertrain calibration, making for fast, easy upfitting at the shop. Read more about this feature here, or watch the video below for a quick demonstration:

You don’t have to stop with the plow package or Power Takeoff, other upfit options include amber safety lights, front mounted spot lights, salt spreaders, winches, and more! Don’t forget, we have Snow Plow options for the F-150 and F-650 too! Call Scott Gibbons (616) 249-8815, or Tod Tobin (616) 249 8868 to explore your options today!

Smart Money is on Ford Credit for Your Business

October 5th, 2015

Borgman Ford Commercial with Ford Credit is here to make starting or expanding your fleet of Ford Vehicles quick, easy and affordable. With features like account notifications, no hidden fees, and combined billing, Ford Commercial Line of Credit (CLOC) has beed designed to meet the needs of even the busiest fleet managers.

What are the Features of a Commercial Line of Credit?

  • A Ford Commercial Line of Credit is a credit account made specifically for businesses. Customers can have access to at least $250,000 in as little as 5 business days, with approval once a year.
  • Credit right when you need it – Starting at $250,000
  • No hidden fees, such as non-utilization or set up charges
  • Automatic Notices when your line is set to expire or renew

How a Ford CLOC Helps You and Your Business:
The features of a Ford Commercial Line of Credit account make things on your end go much smoother. No matter if you’re in crisis-mode and need new vehicles fast, or you’re planning a big year-end expenditure, the process is incredibly simple. Plus, it all comes on one bill, and you’ll receive everything you need to renew 90 days ahead of time. Check out some of the things CLOC does to help streamline your fleet:

  • Approval up to 12 months
  • Combined Billing – All of your Ford Credit accounts in one envelope
  • Notification 90 days before expiry/renewal
  • Keeps your bank lines of credit open for other expenditures
  • Accommodates Finance and Lease Applications

You can Click Here to download the latest Fleet Customer Support Guide from Ford!

Stop in to our showroom to get started. Our experts will help you through the approval process from start to finish, and get you all squared away, giving you the freedom to add to your fleet whenever you need to with no hassle.
Call Sundew Prindle today at (616) 249-8877 for more information about Ford CLOC, or visit credit.ford.com.

Financing Your Fleet with Borgman Ford is Good Business

September 2nd, 2015

If you’re looking to expand your fleet for year-end expenditure, or maybe even start a new one, you can explore all of your options at Borgman Ford Commercial. Together with Ford Credit, we have helped many businesses in the Grand Rapids area find a program that made sense for them and their bottom line.

img_commercial_financing_overview1Commercial Retail Financing
Stop in to Borgman Ford Commercial and take advantage of features like competitive rates and flexible terms, and no hidden fees. Combined billing is also available. Available on New, Used, vehicles used as “for hire” (livery), and alternative fuel vehicles.

Commercial Red Carpet Lease
With the Red Carpet lease, you can enjoy a brand-new Ford vehicle more often. This closed-end lease with no residual risk makes the cost of predictable usage vehicles more manageable. Business owners with Red Carpet enjoy lower monthly payments, lower maintenance costs, GAP protection, combined billing, and Extended Service Plans are available. At the end of the lease, simply stop in to Borgman Ford and swap it out!

Who says finding a lease plan right for you has to be difficult? At Borgman Ford Commercial, we make financing easy. CommerciaLease from Ford Credit is a customizable, open-ended program with very flexible terms, combined billing, and no mileage restrictions or penalties. We can set the residual based on your businesses’ requirements, and can accommodate high mileage vehicles, upfits, and alternative fuel options too.

Commercial Line of Credit
Turn the benefits of your Ford Credit into advantages at Borgman Ford Commercial. With no set up or non-utilization charges, many businesses choose Ford Commercial Line of Credit to keep their banking simplified and to take advantage of the competitive terms and rates. Keeping your bank lines open can be a critical advantage to a business, as is having a no-hassle way to expand the fleet. Ask us about Commercial Line of Credit today!

Combined Billing
Borgman Ford Commercial offers Combined Billing services through Ford Credit to help simplify your finances. With one consolidated bill every month, you can easily manage your accounts and focus on other business matters. The best part is, Combined Billing is complimentary to customers with two or more accounts! Stop by for details.

img_commercial_financing_overview6Chassis Financing
Borgman Ford Commercial has financing available to upfitters too! If you’re in the business of customizing or modifying Ford vehicles to perform a variety of tasks, Ford Credit has easy solutions. You can finance vehicles regardless of GVW, get immediate lines of credit at competitive rates, and more, all with simple monthly billing. Many other features and options are available too, stop in for details.

Daily Rental Financing
We can’t leave out options for Car Rental companies. Stop in and ask about what Borgman Commercial can do for your fleet of daily rentals. Some of the features these customers enjoy are risk and repurchase financing, competitive rates on new and used vehicles, highly competitive amortization rates, and more. This Ford Credit program is designed around Independent Operators and National Franchises, with online tools to help manage your fleet and payments. Give us a call for more information!

img_commercial_financing_overview7Municipal Financing
Many municipalities have relied on Ford vehicles for years for public safety and other “essential use” equipment, but did you know that there are Ford Credit options specifically tailored to benefit local governments? Borgman Ford can help local municipalities in the Greater Grand Rapids Area square away lines of credit for new Ford vehicles. Whether it’s for Police, Fire, Emergency, Utility, or another need, we can help. We offer flexible billing, tax-exempt rates, and no down payment or security deposit. Stop in for details!

No matter what business you’re in, there’s a dependable, hardworking Ford vehicle that can do the job. Let the team at Borgman Ford help you finish out the fiscal year in style. We’ll work with you to get exactly what you need, when you need it, and with flexible and competitive financing from Ford Credit. Give us a call today at (877) 663-3430 or Contact Us for more information.

How Automating Your Fleet Can Save You Money

August 5th, 2015


At Borgman Ford Commercial in Grand Rapids, MI, we want to ensure you’re getting the best service at the best price. We strive to give our commercial customers opportunities to improve their business by leveraging the benefits available through Ford. Read below about how integrating Ford Telematics can help you ensure your fleet is running at peak efficiency.

What is Ford Telematics?
Ford Telematics powered by Telogis is a cloud-based fleet management solution that puts you in control of your entire Ford fleet. You can easily check vehicle location, vehicle fuel economy, driver safety, diagnostic data, and more. All displayed in real time and right at your fingertips. The system will also generate custom reports, reward drivers for exhibiting efficient and safe driving habits, animate vehicle history, and many more features too numerous to list. Information is power, and this system gives you loads of it. Plus, it’s all wrapped up in an easy to use interface.

telematics_graphHow Much Can My Business Save?
With the help of Telematics, you can maximize your uptime while minimizing downtime, therefore saving money almost instantly. These savings can come from numerous places, including reduced labor costs, increased productivity, lower fuel costs, and more. According to Frost & Sullivan, fleets can reduce their idle time by up to 30% while reducing fuel costs by up to 25%. Drivers were able to cut their mileage while working less overtime and increase their overall productivity.

Imagine knowing that a vehicle needed servicing well before it breaks down, being able to reward drivers for being more productive and for saving fuel, and get your fleet working synergistically.

What Vehicles Are Supported?
Ford Telematics may be installed today on Ford commercial vehicles 2009 or newer, including the F-150 and Super Duty, the Transit and Transit Connect, E-Series vans, and a special version of the software may be implemented on the Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan. Telematics will also be introduced on the New 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750.

To see the full range of features available on Ford Telemetrics, visit the Ford page on the Telogis website here.

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

The Highly Customizable New 2015 P1200 Step Van

August 5th, 2015


Built On Ford’s Best Capacity 2016 F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis, Step Vans come in many different configurations to address an even bigger number of jobs, and now is the perfect time to pre-order for year-end expenditure! Borgman Ford Commercial Services in Grand Rapids, MI has the ability to order and upfit Step Vans for FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, and Uniform Distribution Companies. Our staff can help you through the entire process, from selecting a chassis to finding an upfitter such as Morgan Olson, to make you a durable and lightweight aluminum body.

The capable, maneuverable, and versatile Ford F59 Chassis is the backbone to the P700, P1000, P1100, and P1200 commercial step vans, be it the nimble 14′ P700, or the ultra-capable P1200. With an impressive selection of four wheelbases, (158″, 178″, 190″, 208″) and three Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings ranging from 16,000 to 22,000 lbs., the chassis can be upfitted to satisfy a broad range of applications.

16ChassisThe F59 Stripped Chassis comes standard with the powerful 6.8L EFI Triton V10, and the P1200 Van, at 22 feet long and a 208 inch wheelbase, boasts a maximum payload capacity of 15,644 pounds. Whatever you put back there can be easily loaded and unloaded thanks to the low step-in height, and the longer truck body gives you plenty of room for company signage. Our staff can also help you order vinyl signage for your new commercial vehicles.

2016 Ford F59 Stripped Commercial ChassisStandard on all models is the rugged 5-speed TorqShift® transmission, complete with a near bullet-proof torque converter and an automatic tow/haul mode. No more hunting for gears in bad weather or up steep grades, and just to be safe, it comes with a large capacity fluid pump to keep it cooled down.

Alternative fuel options are also available. The F59 will readily accept compressed and liquified natural gas conversion kits, and Ford has made this much more accessible than other third-party upfitters, allowing business to more easily save on their fuel costs and help the environment.

Click Here to download the latest F59 Stripped Chassis Spec Sheet from Ford!

Give us a call today at (877) 663-3430 to learn more about the F59 Chassis, or about the P700, P1000, P1100, and P1200 Step Vans! We’ll make sure you get the best incentives available on your new Ford Commercial Vehicle.

2015 Ford F-150 Wins Altair Enlighten Award

August 5th, 2015

15_F-150The 2015 Ford F-150 just received the Enlighten Award from Michigan-based Altair and The Center for Automotive Research, recognizing the technological feat of making the truck stronger while reducing its curb weight by 700 pounds. We at Borgman Commercial are proud to distribute America’s Favorite Pickup for 38 straight years.

You’ve heard all about the New F-150. Shedding over 700 pounds since last year’s model, the all new F-150 was made famous for employing a military grade aluminum alloy body atop a high-strength steel frame, giving it incredible, lasting durability and a vastly superior power-to-weight ratio. This innovation translates to you with improved fuel economy, higher towing and payload capacity, and it’s much more resistant to dings and dents.

altair_awardAltair, a Michigan technology company that seeks to innovate the business and engineering field, presents this award annually with The Center for Automotive Research, a non-profit organization that collects valuable information for the automotive industry and society. The Enlighten Award is presented to companies that have made a significant breakthrough in material weight reduction, an important step for the future of transportation.

“We are excited to present Ford with the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award,” said Dave Mason, Vice President of Global Automotive at Altair. “The judges recognized Ford’s best-in-class innovation with the company’s approach to weight reduction by incorporating advanced materials and design technologies for the F-150.”

You can read more about the 2015 Altair Enlighten Award here.

Stop by Borgman Commercial today and take a 2015 F-150 out for a test drive!

Customize A New 2016 Ford F-650 OR F-750

July 9th, 2015


This is the game-changer in medium duty trucks. Introducing the New 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750, with proven engineering, wider selection, and easier upfitting. These trucks mean serious business. The New Medium Duty is proudly designed, engineered, built and tested exclusively by Ford, right here in the United States. Because of this, every component of the truck is now covered by the Ford Warranty and may be serviced at any BPN dealership.


For the new model, Ford made a point to streamline the upfitting process of their line-up of medium duty trucks. With cleaner cut-away choices this time around, modifying a new F-650 or F-750 is now much easier and more cost-effective. With our upfitters, you can choose which options are best to suit you and your business, whether you need a dump truck, tow truck, delivery van, flat bed, utility vehicle, or any other Class 6-7 application you can think of.

Alternative fuel options are also available. The new batch of medium-duty trucks will readily accept compressed and liquified natural gas conversion kits, with Ford has made this much more accessible than other third-party upfitters, allowing business to more easily save on their fuel costs and help the environment.

Give us a call today at (877) 663-3430 learn more about how a 2016 Ford Medium Duty can get the toughest jobs done and save your bottom line.

Why Make the Switch to Natural Gas?

July 9th, 2015


Ford is all about innovating for and ensuring sustainability, and right now that means changing how our vehicles move on a very fundamental level, their fuel. Integrating an alternative fuel into your fleet can bolster your bottom line, support the U.S. economy, and help keep Michigan beautiful for generations to come.

why_alt_fuelOne of the most attractive up-fit options for Ford’s Commercial Line-up are vehicles that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Ford Commercial has made this historically expensive up-fit an affordable and attractive option for those starting or upgrading their fleet of vehicles. Firstly, natural gas considered a much cleaner alternative to gasoline, while providing the same amount of power to the truck and costing much less per gallon equivalent. As of just this last April, the average price for a gasoline-gallon-equivalent of Compressed Natural Gas was $2.09, compared to gasoline averaging around $2.42 per gallon.

Information Courtesy of afdc.energy.gov

Information Courtesy of afdc.energy.gov

According to a case study by Ford in Kent, Washington, a distribution company switched to CNG powered Ford F-650s and saved around $500 a month per vehicle, based on a figure of driving between 2,000 to 2,500 miles a month with diesel fuel.

“Ford has given us a lot of bang for our buck,” says Jim Florio, owner of Click Wholesale Distributing in Kent, WA. “The drivers are also proud to be part of a solution to drastically reduce emissions. And because this vehicle is so affordable, more of our drivers can drive new trucks.”

With a steadily growing domestic production and infrastructure, stable, affordable prices on fuel and the kits, plus more renewable fuel options emerging every day, running your vehicles on compressed natural gas is proving to be a very forward approach.

CNG and Propane fuel types (LPG) are available on the Ford Transit Connect, Transit Van, Transit Cutaway and Chassis cab, the E-350 and 450 Stripped and Cutaway Chassis, the F-250, 350, and 450, Super Duty Pickup, the F-350, 450, and 550 Super Duty Chassis Cab, the F-650 and 750 Medium Duty, the F59 Commercial Chassis, and the F53 RV Stripped Chassis.

Many other options are available through Ford to support other alternative fuels too, check it out on Ford’s Fleet Vehicle site here. You can also read up on the complete benefits of switching to CNG on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website here.

Don’t forget, Borgman Ford Commercial is here for all of your commercial needs. Contact us with any questions about Ford Compressed Natural Gas Up-Fits and Options!

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!







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