Check Out This Used Car Buying Checklist


So you know it’s time to start looking for your next used car here in the Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim areas. However, you’re uncertain where to begin or what to do.

When that happens, all you need to do is turn to this detailed used car buying checklist by the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos team.

Just follow the steps laid out ahead, contact us, and you’ll be good to go.

  • Put Together a Budget

It’s impossible to know which cars are realistic choices for you and your lifestyle if you don’t have a solid budget to follow. That’s why we suggest completing this step first thing in the used car buying journey.

Factor in your monthly income and all usual expenses. Whatever wiggle room you have left can be put toward a car payment.

  • Find a Trade-In Value

Not all drivers choose to trade in their current vehicle when shopping for a new one. However, the money you get from it can be put toward a down payment.

On our website, you’ll find a handy trade-in calculator that you can use to determine your car’s worth.

  • CarBuyingExcitementFind the Right Seller

Before you find the right car, you need to find the right seller. In some cases, choosing a private seller may sound enticing, but buyers beware. There’s no guarantee that what you’re getting from a private seller is high quality.

Dealerships run according to industry standards. High quality isn’t just a suggestion for them, it’s the imperative. With them, you’ll always have a reliable vehicle and plenty of options.

  • Find the Right Car

Okay, you’ve got the dealership. Now it’s time to put together your list of favorite models. Browse the dealership’s inventory online so you can find the most appealing cars before even leaving home.

  • Take the Car for a Spin

After you have a car (or two or three) picked out, it’s time to get behind the wheel and see how it drives. Pay close attention to brakes and engine response, handling, and interior comfort, etc.

If the car doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t. That’s why you ought to test drive more than one!

  • Request a Vehicle History Report

Most dealerships will have a vehicle history report ready for you. Be sure to request one so you know what the car has been through.

  • Car dealershipSit Down with the Finance Team

Now that you’ve picked out a car, you may need to secure an auto loan for it. In which case, you can always sit down with the dealership’s finance team. They’ll walk you through all the steps of this process, keeping things as simple as possible.

  •  Prepare for Purchase Day

You’re just one step away from driving your next used car home! All you have to do is sign some paperwork. Here’s what you’ll have to bring to the dealership on the day of purchase:

  • Driver’s license and registration
  • Proof of insurance (new and old)
  • Old car’s title (for trading in)
  • Occasionally, proof of income and residency

Browse Our Inventory Now

Now that you have these helpful tips, you may be ready to start shopping for your car. In which case, all Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim drivers can browse our inventory online.

Start looking now to find your next car at Norm Reeves Ford Supers

The Top Ford Models to Consider for the New Year

At Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos, we gladly welcome the new year because that means new models! If you’re currently considering getting behind the wheel of the right Ford to add a little adventure to your trips around Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim, we’re here to give you some details on the top Ford models to consider for the new year! These models rank high among drivers, so if you’re setting your sights on a new set of wheels, you may want to take a closer look!

Top Ford Sedan

2018 Ford Fusion ModelAmong the many great sedans in the Ford lineup is the Ford Fusion. This stylish and efficient vehicle comes in many different styles and options to choose from to get the right ride for the new year. This sedan (or hatchback) offers a great selection of engine options, spanning from the fuel-efficient 4-cylinder, the turbo charged 4-cylinder, the formidable V6, or even the hybrid/electric option to accommodate the eco-friendly driver. On top of a selection of great entertainment, convenience, and cabin comforts, this sedan ranks high on the list.

A Great Ford Crossover

Drivers looking for a great performance mixed with a spacious cabin may want to take a closer look at the Ford Escape. This crossover provides the best of both worlds with impressive engine power and exceptional fuel-efficiency. The vehicle offers the same passenger capacity as a sedan; however, it delivers an impressive 34 cubic feet of cargo space. You can boost it to 68 cubic feet when folding down the second row!

Large & In Charge

2018FordExplorerThe Ford Explorer remains one of the most sought-after full-size SUVs on the market, due to its strong performance and impressive amount of space offered to its passengers. The three rows feature ample room and comfort for the passengers inside while providing a great deal of room for cargo. This year’s model offers some impressive amenities, including a Wi-Fi hotspot, multiple USB ports, and even optional driver-assisting technology for a safer and more secure ride.

Getting the Job Done

The Ford F-150 is and always will be one of the top choices in the pickup truck category due to its lengthy history of delivering the performance and abilities that drivers are looking for with a work and personal truck. On top of its remarkable capabilities of towing up to 13,200 pounds, it offers an array of fun features that make work feel a little less like work. The truck can be outfitted to accommodate any level of performance.

Cruising in Style

2018FordMustangDrivers looking for a sporty performance-based vehicle should know that the Ford Mustang is always a great option. While it’s gone through a few notable looks from its original release, this vehicle still holds its crown of being one of the top sports cars on today’s market. From the iconic Mustang emblem to its notable engine growl, it’s a vehicle that turns heads with both its style and performance.

Figuring Out Your Ford

All of these models are ranked as some of the top ones for drivers in Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim. If you’re considering a Ford for the new year, you may want to give some of these models a closer look at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos. Have a safe new year, and happy hunting for your next Ford!

Best Pre-Owned Fords to Buy

Sometimes, buying used just makes the most sense when you’re shopping for your next car. If you’re in the market for a pre-owned Ford, our team at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos is here to help!

We’ve compiled this guide to the best pre-owned Fords to buy in the Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim areas, all to give you a better idea of what’s out there in the used Ford market.

You can read our guide for some ideas then check our pre-owned inventory to see if we have your favorite Ford in stock.

Ford Escape

For an aggressive, rugged crossover, you may want to get a closer look at the Ford Escape. This compact vehicle is family friendly and offers a good balance between power and efficiency. Since its 2013 redesign, the Escape has been available with intelligent four-wheel drive, making light off-roading easier than ever before.

In 2013 and after, the Escape made a name for itself with its excellent fuel economy, technology, interior space, and accessibility. If you’re looking for a pre-owned Ford model that’s a little rough around the edges, the Escape is a good way to go.

Ford Fiesta

 The Ford subcompact car has been one of the brand’s most popular over the years. This little car’s been around since 1976, but it’s been in its current (sixth) generation since 2011 in North America. It comes as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback, so you can choose the body style that fits your needs best.

The Fiesta offers sharp handling-you’ll find the ST trim, introduced in 2014, handles the sportiest. With a high-end interior and a sleek, modern outer shape as well, the Ford Fiesta is an excellent choice of car to buy used.

Ford Fusion

2018FordFusionWith a slate of EcoBoost® turbocharged I-4 engines and 2017’s recent addition of a V6, a used Ford Fusion can get you anywhere from 181 to 325 horsepower. That’s impressive for a sedan, and it’ll give you the boost you need to get you where you need to go faster.

Test Drive the Best Used Fords Today!

We feel like we’ve just barely scraped the tip of the iceberg with this list. There are many top-notch pre-owned Fords out there, and you’ll find many of them at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos. Browse our used vehicle inventory at your leisure and check out our certified pre-owned vehicles for lightly used Fords under extended warranties with great financing deals!

If you live near Cerritos, Long Beach, or Anaheim, schedule a test drive with any of our used cars today and see how they handle firsthand. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!


Why the Ford Mustang Is Ideal for California Driving

The California highways and coastlines were meant to be explored in a powerful and smooth sports car, like the Ford Mustang. But what make its right for drivers like you throughout Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim?

Our team at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos will go over why the Ford Mustang is ideal for California driving to help you make an informed decision. Read all about this thrill-seeking sports car, and contact us if you have any questions.

1. It Has the Power for the Highways or Racetracks.18FordMustang

The Mustang comes standard with a 2.3L EcoBoost® that delivers 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to take on any highway. However, for ultimate power, the Mustang Shelby GT350 trim comes with a 5.2L V8 that puts out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.

The Shelby GT350 also features a MagneRide™ Damping System. This system monitors and adjusts itself 1,000 times per second to create a dynamic and adrenaline-fueled driving experience on the Auto Club Speedway or the Sonoma Raceway. There are also dual exhausts with electronic valve and quad tips to produce that signature Mustang growl to tell others that it doesn’t mess around.

2. It Can Easily Handle the Winding California Roads.

The Ford Mustang gives you the ability to not only speed down the racetrack, but to also go on a fun drive by the coast.

The vehicle offers a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission that gives a more accurate, and quicker, upshift and downshift capability. There are also steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for high-level control and steering.

No matter what the weather is like outside, the Mustang can easily handle the road through the selectable drive modes. Choose between Normal, Snow/Wet, Sport, Track, or even Drag mode to choose the type of driving dynamics that you want. Flip the toggle switch on the center stack, and the handling and response times are adjusted based on your selection.

3. It’ll Stand Out from the Crowd.

The 2018 Mustang was designed to stick out from other vehicles on the California streets, with its classic lines and modern design. The car features a low front hood and fascia frame with LED lighting. The front grille features the classic horse that Mustang is known for, and the body lines flow all the way to the muscular haunch in the back. Plus, the convertible top easily closes from a center latch by the driver’s seat, so you can quickly take in the fresh air and sunshine.

2018FordMustangThere are lots of fun body colors to choose from, like Orange Fury, Race Red, Triple Yellow, and Lightning Blue. You can even customize the wheels, and select from such options as:

  • Machined-face aluminum wheels with dark stainless-painted pockets
  • Ebony Black-painted aluminum wheels
  • Luster Nickel-painted forged-aluminum wheels

No matter what color/wheel combination you choose, you’re sure to get a vehicle that looks like no other one out there today.

Experience the Streets of The Golden State in the 2018 Mustang

When you’re ready to fuel your dreams and coast through the idyllic California shoreline, schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos. We’re proud to serve sports car lovers throughout Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim, and we look forward to serving you.

Cargo Space in the 2017 Ford Explorer

Whether you’re traveling to work, school, or weekend getaways throughout Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim, you’ll want an SUV that can hold all your much-needed cargo. One such SUV is the 2017 Ford Explorer. But before you can determine if it’s enough space for you, you’ll need to learn more.

That’s why our team at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos created this guide to the cargo space in the 2017 Ford Explorer. We’ll go everything you need to know, and are available to answer any questions that you may have.

Plenty of Cargo Room

2018FordExplorerTrunkWhen you need space for your grocery bags, backpacks, luggage, or other items, the Ford Explorer offers 21 ft3 behind the third row of seats. Fold down the second row, and you’ll get 43.9 ft3. But to fully maximize the available cargo room, fold down the second and third rows to get 81.7 ft3 of space.

Plus, with the 60/40 split second row and 50/50 split-folding third row, you can configure the seats in many ways to get that perfect passenger/cargo combination inside the SUV.

And you want even more space, there are the available black roof-rack side rails that come in the XLT Sport Appearance Package. These rails let you securely attach bikes, kayaks, canoes, or other bulky items onto the top of your vehicle.

Available Cargo Amenities

If your hands are full, simply have the available Intelligent Access key fob in your pocket or purse and swipe your foot under the rear bumper. The available hands-free foot-activate liftgate will then automatically open.

If you want to hitch a boat, ATV, or other large piece of equipment, you can do so in the 2017 Explorer. This SUV can tow up to 5,000 pounds, when properly equipped. And to make towing easier, there’s a standard rearview camera. There’s also trailer sway control that’ll automatically reduce engine speed and selectively apply the brakes. This way, you’ll be able to prevent whatever you’re towing behind the SUV from swaying all over the road.

Other Space in the Ford Explorer

2018FordExplorerInteriorAlong with the 10 cupholders and first-row center console with storage, there’s even more stowing space available through the optional second-row bucket seating. This not only gives backseat passengers more room, but it also adds another console with more storage for your personal items.

Along with lots of space for cargo, there’s plenty of room for seven passengers to stretch out in the 2017 Ford Explorer, with the following dimensions (shown in inches)…

  • Front/second/third headroom: 41.4/40.6/37.8
  • Front/second/third legroom: 42.9/39.5/33.3
  • Front/second/third shoulder room: 61.5/61/50.8
  • Front/second/third hip room: 57.3/56.8/40.7

Plus, there’s a total of 151.5 passenger volume, which gives enough space for every person while still being able to comfortably fit all your cargo.

Check Out the Cargo Room in the 2017 Explorer Today

If you want more information on the cargo space in the 2017 Ford Explorer, you can check out the vehicle in person and go on a test drive. Schedule one today at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos, and see how the SUV could handle all your cargo for trips around Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim.

Sneak Peek of the All-New 2018 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition has undergone its fair share of changes throughout the years, and the changes for its 2018 model have made it, once again, better than ever before. From performance and interior upgrades to even more features and technologies, there’s a lot to love about this full-size SUV.

Want to get a better idea of how this vehicle can improve your drives around Long Beach, Anaheim, and Cerritos? Norm Reeves Ford Superstore is here with your sneak peek of the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition.

Ford Expedition Design

2018-ford-expedition-whiteLike all the other vehicles in the Ford lineup, the Expedition comes with a sleek and stylish exterior design that’s both luxurious and rugged. However, the most prominent exterior change with this SUV is its upgraded body. The 2018 Ford Expedition now has a longer wheelbase, but is still about 300 pounds lighter than the previous model. This makes it roomier on the inside and more aerodynamic in terms of performance.

In addition to more space, the interior of the Expedition is also incredibly versatile and flexible. With up to 172 ft3 of passenger volume, the SUV can fit up to eight people comfortably. And if you need to bring a bunch of cargo with you, the Expedition has a maximum of 104.6 ft3 of cargo capacity, so you won’t have any trouble fitting whatever you need inside.

All-New Smart Technologies

The 2018 Ford Expedition has more than 40 advanced features to make your experience behind the wheel as easy and enjoyable as possible.

One of the innovative tech features in this car is SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. This system allows you to pull up a variety of helpful features, like navigation. Plus, it can integrate your smartphone into the system for calling and text messaging capabilities and mobile apps.

The Ford Expedition also has a dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system that’ll keep your passengers in the back from getting bored on those long road trips. Working with Sling Media, it lets them watch videos and even home cable programming on either of the two screens.

Other innovative technologies in the Ford Expedition include:

  • Wi-Fi hotspot for up to ten devices
  • 12-speaker B&O PLAY premium audio system
  • Panoramic Vista Roof
  • Wireless charging

Advanced Safety

2018-ford-expedition-interiorAs a versatile family car, the Expedition is equipped with a long list of safety and driver-assist technologies that can keep everyone onboard protected. These cutting-edge features include:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go

It also has an available 360-degree camera with split-view display. Using four cameras, this safety feature lets you see the road from every angle. Just switch it on, and you’ll be able to get a closer look at your surroundings when you’re trying to maneuver the car into tight spots and trails.

Ford Expedition Performance

Performance of the 2018 Ford Expedition is impressive. Its 3.5L EcoBoost® engine produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. For more power, consider the Platinum trim. It uses the same engine but can generate 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks to its engine, as well as its many performance features, the 2018 Ford Expedition offers exceptional towing capabilities. Overall, it can tow a best-in-class 9,300 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package.

Plus, the SUV comes with several convenient towing features to make your life on the road a little easier. These include Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and Integrated Trailer Brake Controller.

Learn More about the 2018 Ford Expedition

The 2018 Ford Expedition is all-new and providing drivers in Anaheim, Cerritos, and Long Beach with more of everything they need to enjoy the road ahead.

Overall, it’s an excellent car for any driver looking for a spacious and well-equipped SUV. And if you’d like to learn even more about the Expedition, contact Norm Reeves Ford Superstore today.

Guide to 5k Races near Long Beach CA

When it comes to 5k races, the Long Beach area is the place to go. Every season, the community hosts tons of fun-filled races for those of all ages, and this fall will be no different. To get an idea of what kind of races you can expect this season, here’s your guide to the fall 5ks and runs near Long Beach, CA.Fitness

Run from Your Fears at the Monster Dash

When: October 28th at 7:30 AM
Where: 5400 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

Looking for a race to celebrate Halloween this year? If so, sign up for the Monster Dash, a Halloween-themed run that’s both spooky and fun for the entire family.

It will feature a 5k, 10k, and 15k race, as well as a half marathon. Plus, everyone who participates will receive a finisher medal and goodies to celebrate their accomplishment.

And if you need a quick pick me up during any one of these races, aid stations with water, Gatorade, and snacks will be available throughout the course to help you fuel up and cross the finish line.

Work Off that Thanksgiving Feast at the Turkey Trot

When: November 25th at 7:30 AM
Where: 5400 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

A Thanksgiving feast is enough to break anyone’s diet. Luckily, you’ll be able to run that feast off at the Turkey Trot.

The Turkey Trot race will offer a number of races for you to enjoy. If you want to take things easy, sign up for the 5k or 10k. A 15k race will also be available. And if you’re really feeling active, sign up for the half marathon.

Each race will feature an easy course that loops around the beach, and all finishers will receive a special medal and prizes.

Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Reindeer Run

When: December 24th at 7:30 AM
Where: 5400 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

The holiday season near Long Beach is usually filled with Santa and Christmas villages. But if you’re looking to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year a little differently, sign up for the Reindeer Run.

Taking place on Christmas eve, the event will offer a 5k, 10k, and 15k race that will take you around the beach on an easy, yet exciting course. Overall, these runs are made for those of all ages. But if you want to really test out your skills, you can also sign up for a half marathon race.

Above all, this race is pretty festive! So, be sure to get into the holiday spirit and dress in something to commemorate the season. Plus, those that finish the races will get a commemorative medal, as well as a few treats.

Have Some Fall Time Fun at These Races!

This season, don’t just celebrate the season with lattes and pumpkins. Instead, sign up for these 5ks and runs near Long Beach, CA, and add a bit of more fun to your fall experience.

The 2017 Ford Escape: Your Perfect SUV for a Beach Trip

Anyone living in the Cerritos, Long Beach, or Anaheim area knows that beach trips are not a luxury; they’re a SoCal cultural necessity. So, it’s no wonder drivers are constantly on the lookout for the perfect vehicle to handle their weekly excursions to the sandy shore.2017 Ford Escape

If you’re looking for a sporty SUV that can carry your gear and your friends, look no further than the 2017 Ford Escape. At Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos, we’ve seen the 2017 Escape in action. Thanks to its abundant cargo room, powerful engines, and advanced technology, it makes for the perfect beach trip vehicle.

(For more info, check out our 2017 Ford Escape Vehicle Review.)

A Perfect Fit for Your Family

The quality interior of the 2017 Ford Escape features spacious seating and comfortable materials. Thanks to its large cargo area, you can easily fit coolers, beach blankets, tents, and more. Plus, with adjustable seating, you can balance your cargo room and passenger room needs. Whether that means seating up to five passengers, or allowing for a max 68 cubic feet of cargo room with the seat down.

Powerful Engine Options

One of the most impressive aspects of the Ford Escape is its variety of powerful engines. Ranging from 168 to 245 horsepower, the 2017 Escape features a new 1.5L turbo engine. Meanwhile, the existing 2.0L turbo gets an increase in hp from previous models, as well as an automatic engine start/stop feature to improve on fuel economy.

As a result, the Escape gives you a ride you won’t soon forget. With responsive handling and available four-wheel drive, it has the power and stability you need to take on sand slick roads and more.

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Advanced Technology

If you’re looking for an SUV with some smarts, the 2017 Ford Escape certainly delivers. The truck now features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which provide advanced connectivity and entertainment. You’ll also enjoy the newly available Sync Connect, which allows you to use your smartphone like a remote control for your vehicle. Unlock the doors or start the engine with the push of a button.2017 Ford Escape Tech

Of course, the SUV comes with all the standard technology you’d expect in a modern vehicle, including hands-free calling and a suite of safety features. But it offers additional safety features, as well as blind spot monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

See the 2017 Escape for Yourself

We hope this post helped you learn more about the 2017 Ford Escape. As you can see, this is one impressive SUV, and the perfect vehicle for your next beach day getaway. If you’d like to learn more about any of the features mentioned here, you can do so by contacting us at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos, and scheduling a personal test drive.

If you’d like to schedule a test drive, contact us today.


Best Ford Models for Families

Ford knows a thing or two about making family-friendly cars. They make each model with your safety in mind, so you can trust that they’ll keep even your most protected cargo safe and secure. But which Ford is the best family car?2017 Ford Fusion

The truth is, all Fords make amazing family cars. The best one will depend on your specific needs. So, to help you narrow down your options and make your car buying decision a little easier, Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos is here with our list of the best Ford models for families in Cerritos, Anaheim, and Long Beach.

For the On-the-Go Family: Ford Fusion

If you want a car that can handle your daily commutes, running errands, and getting the kids to school, choose the Ford Fusion.

Designed for the on-the-go family, the Fusion is one of the most versatile sedans in the entire lineup. Its spacious and luxurious interior keeps everyone on board comfortable, so you’ll never hear your kids complaining about feeling cramped in the back seats.

Once you drop them off at school, you can relish in the Fusion’s quiet interior as you drive into the office. Want to make your ride a little more enjoyable? This sedan comes with an advanced infotainment system that gives you access to a number of music options and entertainment features.

To top it off, the Ford Fusion is known for its incredible fuel economy. So, you can take a quick drive around town, pick up your kids, and get home without worrying about your gas tank. And if you need something even more efficient, the Fusion offers a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid model.

For the Extended Family: Ford Explorer

When you need to haul around your kids, plus a few extended family members (or, if your family is just that big), the Ford Explorer is your best bet.

The Explorer is big, to say the least, and we’re not just talking about its exterior. The SUV offers third-row available seating and has more than enough room to fit up to seven passengers. Basically, the Explorer will have no problem fitting you, your kids, Aunt Helen, Uncle Bob, and even Grandpa Ed inside.

Of course, there’s more to this SUV than just a spacious interior. With a strong powertrain and advanced performance features, the Explorer is capable enough to handle all types of terrain, too. Pair that with its impressive cargo capacity, and the SUV also becomes the ultimate family camping car.

For the Family That Needs a Bit of Both: Ford Escape

If you need something with the efficiency of the Fusion and the capabilities of the Explorer, consider the Ford Escape for your next family car.

It’s incredibly efficient, but it’s powerful enough to get through any type of road or weather condition that may come your way. Plus, it has enough room for up to five people and a decent amount of cargo, so it’s a great car for a quick family road trip.2017 Ford Fusion Interior

And like all the family-friendly Ford models, the Escape is equipped with a number of features and technologies. This includes an innovative infotainment system for entertainment and a wide array of driver-assist amenities for safety and peace of mind.

Schedule a Test Drive Today

When it comes to family-friendly cars, a Ford is a great choice. The models above, as well as all the other vehicles in the lineup, are dependable, versatile, and well-equipped. Overall, they’re excellent vehicles for families all over Cerritos, Anaheim, and Long Beach.

To experience the Fusion, Explorer, and Escape for yourself, schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos.