Garry Bartraw – 60 Years on the Job and Still Going!

To most people – a ‘full career’ means working until you’re 60 years old.  To Garry Bartraw, a full career is working for 60 years!

This month we’re celebrating a very rare vocational achievement; and not just at Petrie Ford, but perhaps in Canada or even the World.  This month 60 years ago Garry Bartraw started work at Petrie Ford (then called Edwards Ford). His job title from the original hiring file – dated 1958 (which we still have) –  shows “Parts Salesman”.  Although his title has since changed to a more modern “Wholesale Parts Specialist”, he’s excelled at and gained notoriety in the auto industry as a tried and true professional who’s seen – and been – through it all!

Photo from ‘The Whig-Standard’ dated February 18, 1964 – Garry was 10% into his career

Make no mistake, this is NOT a retirement announcement.  Right now, as you read this, Garry is out making his rounds to our loyal wholesale parts clients.  Unless you’re reading this at night in which case he’ll be planning his next day’s client visits and cold calls.

Liz Grypma – Office & HR Manager at Petrie Ford – says about Garry’s long tenure –  “I think it’s about time we call Webster’s and have them update their definition of ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Dedication’ with a photo of Garry and his ROE (record of employment). ”

The working culture philosophy behind our highly experienced staff at Petrie Ford is simple:  Find great people who do great work and treat them like family.   Steve Petrie, President and Owner of Petrie Ford has long been known for saying – “I hire good people for life…” .   Garry (like many other highly experienced staff and managers) are proof of that sentiment, and perhaps took the “…for life…” part literally!

Of the roughly 65 full time employees at Petrie Ford,  two have worked over 50 years, three over 40 years, nine over 30 years, one over 20 years and nine over 10 years.  And with a swath of fresh young talented hires over the last 5 years, Petrie Ford is priming for the future by learning from those with literally a life of experience.  It’s this relay of unheard of experience and wisdom that has made Petrie Ford South Eastern Ontario’s choice Ford store since 1949.

They say that the next generation of workers are less focused on seniority and tenure;  but at Petrie Ford the younger staff look up to living legends like Garry as a beacon of inspiration.  We would all be so lucky to be able to work at something we love and make a long lasting career out of it.

Thank you for your outstanding loyalty, dedication and service over the last 60 years Garry!  We’ll see you tomorrow, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

 

 

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Dedication – 54 years on the job.

Elwyn Watts has been a staple at Edwards / Petrie Ford for over 54 years.

…and after a long, successful career, Elwyn has decided to retire this year.  We’ll miss him dearly.

We have the original ‘new hire’ file folder from 1963 – the year Elwyn stared at Petrie Ford (then called Edwards Ford).    The dealership then was located downtown on Princess St.  It wasn’t until 1967 that Edwards Ford traded properties with the Pontiac dealership and moved to its current location at 1388 Bath Road (at the corner of Bath and Centennial). Much of Bath Road was dirt road at the time, and the west end was just starting to be developed.

Elwyn’s starting title – in 1963 –  was “stock clerk” according to his ‘new hire’ file.  That position evolved along with his vast knowledge of auto parts over the years.  Since those early day’s he’s long held the position of “Wholesale Parts Specialist” having catered to our business-to-business clients for decades.

He’s become a bit of a local legend in the automotive community. He’s well known and trusted as being a true expert on all things relating to automotive parts!

It’s safe to say that not many people work for over 54 years.  It’s an achievement the likes of which the current and next generation of workers will probably never see.  After such a long tenure, his retirement announcement is certainly bitter-sweet.  It’s well deserved time off, but he’ll certainly leave a hole in our Petrie Ford hearts!

 

All the best Elwyn. Good luck in your new chapter in life!

 

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The Ford Flex Offers Owners Plenty of Choices

Considered a CUV, a crossover utility vehicle, the Ford Flex first hit the market in 2007 as Ford’s family vehicle alternative to the minivan. While the Flex has undergone a series of iterations through the years, prospective and current owners can delight in abundant choices in model, design and comfort features. 

3 Models 

The 2018 Ford Flex is offered in three models: SE, SEL and Limited. Across the board, the Flex offers seating for seven people and estimated miles per gallon of 16 in the city and 23 on the highway. The starting price tag is lowest for the SE model and highest for the Limited model. Accordingly, Ford offers an enhanced feature set for the Limited model, which can include active park assist, HID headlamps, interior ambient lighting and a 12-speaker Sony audio system. 

Design Details 

According to Ford, style is Flex’s dominant theme. The manufacturer highlights the vehicle’s interior wood finishes and seven colors of ambient lighting for owners to choose from. Ford’s Appearance Package and wheel choice lets owners build their Flex’s exterior to best suit their personal style. The standard and available wheels range from 17-inch painted aluminum to 20-inch high-gloss black-painted choices. 

Comfort Features 

While the 2018 Ford Flex provides standard seating for seven passengers, it also offers the one-touch PowerFold and third-row tumble seat in the Limited model. When not in use, the two-passenger seat can be folded to the floor for extra cargo space. Both the SEL and Limited models feature a dual-zone automatic temperature control, which allows the driver and front-seat passenger to choose their own comfort setting. The Limited model also features a heating steering wheel. 

The 2018 Ford Flex offers you abundant choices in model, design and comfort features—and even more choices in style, technology and convenience. When searching for the model that fits you best, review the manufacturer’s website for specification details or contact the Petrie Ford team with your questions about the Ford Flex. 

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Own the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Platinum and Enjoy a Luxurious Vehicle

Want a truck that’s equal parts durability and luxury? Check out the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Platinum. It features details ranging from heated power mirrors to a satin-finished chrome grille. A remote tailgate release also adds convenience when you’re loading up the back with bulky items.

The Plentiful Reasons to Love This Truck

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Offering seating for six, the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Platinum truck has numerous perks that boost your comfort and make you feel at ease during every trip. For example, the front seats are motorized and offer numerous adjustments. Once you get a seat just the way you like it, a built-in memory feature prevents you from having to alter it again on future trips.

Also, the dual-zone automatic temperature controls allow people in two sections of the truck to take advantage of different settings. For additional climate control, activate the built-in heating and cooling functions in the front seats.

A blind spot monitoring system increases your confidence when changing lanes on busy roads. There is also a camera mounted on the tailgate that makes it possible to keep an eye on precious cargo without turning your head. In case of an accident, the post-crash alert system sends help directly to you.

Buy Your Truck From Us at Petrie Ford

We proudly assist customers in Kingston, Ontario and beyond. In 2016, Petrie Ford received the President’s Award from Ford of Canada. That distinction means we are one of 15 dealers in the region to get recognized for this top customer satisfaction-related prize.

When visiting us, you can browse through five acres of Ford products. Whether you’re sure you want the

SRW Platinum model or are thinking about other options as well, we are eager to help you make an informed decision. Plan to stop by soon and take a look at our inventory.

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The Peppy New Ford Escape is a Dream to Drive

The Ford Escape is one of the top selling compact crossovers. This vehicle has tons to offer. It is powered by a1.5L four cylinder Eco boost that boasts 179 horsepower and 177 foot pounds of torque. Its athletic driving dynamics, agile handling and front wheel drive make the 2018 FORD Escape SE make it the perfect vehicle for any adventure.

The Ford Escape is a sharp looking SUV with 17-inch silver aluminum wheels. It comes with a keyless entry keypad that lights up when touched. You can choose a select shift option that comes with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It comes with the option for four-wheel drive. In addition to being a good-looking vehicle, the Escape is fun to drive and comes with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The hatchback is easy to open and reveals a surprising amount of cargo space.

 

The Escape is known to be one of the most engaging compact SUVs on the road with quick steering and a tight suspension. The transmission operates smoothly and feels lively around turns. If you decide to go turbo-charged, you will find yourself accelerating to highway speeds and passing slow moving traffic a breeze. With the nice acceleration Ford backed the Escape up with solid and consistent braking performance.

 

This little SUV trades little in the way of ride quality in return for its exceptional handling. The interior is sharp and designed for easy use. The height of the vehicle is just right for entering and exiting with no need to bend down to get in. But don’t take our word for it. Head Petrie Ford for a test drive today. It is a perfectly well-rounded vehicle. It averages about 32 miles per gallon overall and gets about 23 miles per gallon in the city. The Escape is a quality vehicle that anyone should like.

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F-150 Improvements for 2018

The F-150 was one of the most popular trucks of 2016. Consumers chose it for its affordability, functionality and quality. As 2017 rolls around many are asking what is different about the 2018 model and whether the improvements warrant a purchase. We’re going to be focusing on the features of the 2018 Ford F-150 XLT as it was the most popular last year, and mention some improvements on the F-150 overall.

One of the most striking additions is the option to create a wifi hotspot in your F-150. This is a brand new feature for the F-150 and is a great option for anyone who wants to stay connected on the go. Another noticeable difference is the exterior. The 2018 F-150 can have up to fifteen different front ends, allowing for a much greater level of customization and preference when buying. There are also four additional color choices that customers can choose from as well as a variety of wheels. Under the hood, there are still similar offerings with EcoBoost and V8 options. However there is a new 3.3 Liter V6 engine that offers 265 pounds of torque and 290 horsepower with an automatic six speed transmission in the XLT. It also has three driving modes, providing versatility and functionality for everyday tasks.

 

Whether or not the 2018 improvements on the F-150 XLT are enough to warrant a purchase over the 2017 will ultimately depend on your needs. If you value connectivity and want a wifi hot spot as well as the ability to sync to your truck, than the 2018 can satisfy that. The 2018 F-150s also offer a greater amount of customization, and the 3.3 Liter will satisfy a large amount of customers. Feel free to visit us at Petrie Ford and take a test drive or ask questions so we can help you choose the vehicle that’s right for you.

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Limestone City Car Classic – HUGE CAR SHOW – Sept 2nd

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It’s that time again Kingston! Petrie Ford is proud to be the lead sponsor for the 5th Annual 2017 Limestone City Car Classic – on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. From 8am to 4pm.

The event has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 5 years, and this year will be no exception! Petrie Ford will be there front and centre with a few Mustangs, sport edition sedans and a classic – all original – 64′ Stang, too!

We’d like to thank the show owners and organizers for facilitating a very well organized, fun, and well thought out show at Kingston’s best venue for a car show – Lake Ontario Park! Directly on Lake Ontario, there’s lots for kids to do (with a huge playground and splash pad), and a lot more!

Food vendors, prizes, and a great time will be had by all! See you out there!

Here’s a map of its location – Pop this into your GPS!
920 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario

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Don’t Just Drive, Stand Out, With the 2017 Ford Mustang

Powerful, beautiful and superior in every way, the Ford Mustang has always been a vehicle that screams, “Look at me.” And look at it every does. With sleek lines that give the impression of strength and authority all at once, there is nothing soft about the 2017 Ford Mustang. For this reason, it requires a driver that is just as bold, daring and wild as the car itself.

Built for Adventure

 

With 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, this mustang is designed to be kicked into high gear and hit the open road. There is no taming such raw beauty and power, something Ford knew when they build this vehicle to include pulse racing torque and a lion-like roar. If you’re ready to experience pure exhilaration, just slide behind the seat to this mustang, grip the wheel and put her in drive.

 

Designed for Precision

 

The 2017 Ford Mustang drives unlike any other vehicle on the road. With an integral link independent rear suspension, the car experiences little to no road imperfections, providing for a smooth ride and precise handling. Accelerating and braking in this bad boy is better than that of any other generation of Mustang thanks to the vehicle’s additional anti-squat and anti-lift. While Mustangs have always been designed for precision handling, this generation is by far the superior.

 

Classic Design

 

Ford hasn’t deterred much from the original design of the 1964 Mustang, but it doesn’t need to. Ford revealed the sleek, sporty aerodynamic look at the 1964 World Fair, and people fell in love. Today, the car manufacturer continues to use standard HID headlamps, the signature LED tri-bar taillamps and dual exhaust pipes. The lines of the car still remain tough and rigid, and the handling, like always, is beyond superior.

 

Ford Mustangs aren’t for everyone, but they are for the wild at heart. If you fell in love with the Mustang’s sleek lines and loud roar, head on over to Petrie Ford to shop our 2017 Ford Mustang collection.

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The Explorer: The right Name for This Ford Truck

Whether you’re a weekend worker or a weekend warrior, you are bound to fall in love with the 2016 Ford Explorer. For this model year, this delightful truck received some handy upgrades that its predecessors lacked, some of which were cosmetic and others of which were functional and gives this particular SUV a competitive edge.

 

 

Cosmetic Upgrade

 

In terms of the cosmetic upgrades, this year’s model is a bit sleeker. With five different trim levels ranging from the base model to platinum, lovers of the classic Explorer will love the added exterior chrome details, which are most prominently featured in the front grill. On the interior, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the upgraded upholstery and trim.

 

Tech Upgrades

 

Speaking of drivers and passengers, one of the many upgrades that this year’s Ford SUV offers is more USB data ports, which will make it easier for everyone in the vehicle to keep their smart phones, tablets and other electronics charged on any exploration. Another tech upgrade includes harder tactile buttons for the various vehicle functions to make them more durable. Finally, the 2016 Explorer now has LED head and rear lights, which still include daytime running lights, auto delay lighting and dusk-sensing headlights.

 

Engine Upgrade

 

For the diehard Ford fan, the most important added feature of the 2016 Ford Explorer will be interested in what the new engine has to offer. This year brings with it a larger 2.32.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, an upgrade from the previous 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. This engine, unlike previous ones, can handle all-wheel drive. Yet for its increase, the engine in this Ford is quieter, making for a much more enjoyable riding experience.

 

All in all, this Ford promises to please its drivers and its passengers, whether they’re on their way to the office or the outdoors. Visit us at Petrie Ford to check out the 2016 Ford Explorer and get ready to rediscover everything you love to do.

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Ford Does Its Duty: The 2017 Ford Super Duty Truck

 

When you hear the name Ford, many things come to mind. You think of leadership and innovation. The first Ford model ever mass produced changed the face of the automobile industry, and ever since, the company has done that with its various lines of cars and trucks. The 2017 Ford Super Duty stays in line with that innovative tradition.

 

Let’s talk about the Super in the title. This isn’t some tiny tot posing as a truck. This truck has height, weight and capacity. In terms of power, the available engine sizes are 6.7L diesel V8 or a 6.2L gas V8 with a 6-speed automatic engine that makes it easy to haul and tow. It also comes standard with a 48-gallon tank, the largest in its class, meant to increase productivity. Yet for all its size, it is surprisingly quiet.

 

Whether you want to haul some serious building material around or the family, this Ford can take it. It has a full back seat in its cab, with front and rear doors that swing out 170 degrees in the opposite direction, making it easier for everyone to get in and get out of the car. In addition, the rear seat flips up revealing an extra storage bin.

 

In addition to its function, it has an incredible figure, too. Some of its most stunning features are its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body and twin panel moon roof. It also includes a full-size outlet, along with up to 7 cameras to help you get a 360 degree view of what is around you.

 

The heart of the Ford Company has always been to provide great value and versatility. You can’t get more of an embodiment of that spirit than in the 2017 Ford Super Duty. Come see us at Petrie Ford for a complete lineup of trucks and find the one that’s for you.

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