Extended Vehicle Warranties: Preparing for the Unexpected.

Extended Vehicle Warranties: Preparing for the Unexpected.

Most new cars come with warranties to guarantee satisfaction, including the 2017 Mazda lineup. However, for those looking for added peace of mind, extended vehicle warranties offer coverage on a range of areas, such as vehicle service, tire and wheel coverage, a protection plan, and even comprehensive coverage. Read on to learn more about extended warranties.

One of the most popular warranties is a vehicle service contract, offered by Zurich to keep you prepared for the unexpected. Because regular maintenance is key to retaining your car’s value, you’ll most likely need regular services like oil changes, new tires, and brakes. A service contract can help cover some of these bills. Plus, it really pays off if you have an accident—major or minor—because it can cover the cost of some, if not all, repairs. You choose the level of protection that’s right for you.

Other warranties include tire and wheel coverage. Your tires and wheels are the only vehicle components to come in contact with the road, one reason it’s especially important to maintain them. If you need unexpected repairs or 24/7 roadside assistance, the Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Coverage package is perfect for you.

Finally, you can also choose select or comprehensive protection. The comprehensive plan is perfect for the big stuff—like the powertrain—while select protection covers the same as the comprehensive with added perks. Regardless of which extended warranty you choose, you can rest assured knowing your car, not to mention your wallet, are protected in the long run. Visit Wantagh Mazda to learn more about extended warranties, including the details of each plan.

Tips and Tricks to be More Fuel Efficient

Now more than ever before, fuel efficiency is an important concern for drivers. Every little bit of money saved at the pump can be helpful. Unfortunately, many of the more fuel efficient vehicles on the market also happen to be some of the more expensive one. But fear not, as there are simple and easy tips and tricks you can follow to make any vehicle more fuel efficient!

 

Do Not Speed

The first reason not to speed is because it is illegal to do so. However, there is another reason not to speed, as speeding reduces fuel efficiency. The efficiency of your vehicle begins to decrease significantly when you go faster than 50 mph. Settle for a slowdown and save yourself some money!

 

Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is a nifty little feature that makes highway driving easier. It’s also a money saving machine! With less acceleration and speed changes, the steady pace of cruise control helps you save a steady flow of cash at the gas pump.

 

Remove Heavy Cargo

You know that huge pile of items to return you have in the car? Well, get rid of them as soon as possible. For every 100 pounds of excess cargo you have stored in your vehicle, the vehicle’s mpg is reduced by 1%. By getting rid of the junk you don’t need, you will save the money you do need!

 

Avoid Excessive Accelerating and Braking

Last minute braking and rapid accelerating may make you feel like Vin Diesel, but it certainly won’t make you rich like him! Sudden starts and stops are murder for the fuel efficiency of your car. Ease up on the accelerator and brakes if you want an easier fuel bill to pay for.

Important Vehicle Maintenance: Regular Service Tips

Every vehicle purchase at Wantagh Mazda comes with a free first oil change. However, you shouldn’t stop with just the first service appointment. Regular vehicle maintenance is essential for preserving performance and fuel economy, and it can even extend the life of your car. That’s why we’ve put together a list of important vehicle maintenance for you to keep track of.

According to Consumer Affairs, it used to be that you should start with an oil change once every 3,000 miles or every three months, but today’s engines can go longer between changes, so you should check your owner’s manual for the interval needed. Oil degrades over time, losing essential detergent compounds and getting dirtier the more you drive. Because oil is used to lubricate parts and to move heat away from moving components, that means delaying an oil change could have long-term effects.

Important Vehicle Maintenance at Wantagh Mazda

Next, check the tires at least once a month. You should use a tread-depth indicator to measure tire tread—anything less than 2/32-inch could be dangerous. If you don’t have a tread-depth indicator, you can just to do the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and put it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. While you’re at it, check the tire pressure as well, and every few oil changes, make sure to have your mechanic rotate your tires.

Finally, top off the fluids every few months. You should check coolant/antifreeze, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and steering fluid.

These are just some of the basic things you can do to keep your car in prime condition. Stop by our service center for all your maintenance needs.

Let’s Hear from You: Leaving an Effective Review

Wantagh Mazda Review Us Tips - Wantagh NYAt Wantagh Mazda, we’re always eager to hear back from our customers. Naturally, we’d like to know if you were not absolutely satisfied in every way. Additionally, however, we encourage you to leave positive feedback, including reviews on your vehicle. For instance, if you love the spacious Mazda CX-9, leaving an effective review will let others know that it might be the perfect family vehicle.

Online review tips can be straightforward, as long as you remember the context of the piece you’re writing. So, you can write that a car is “fun,” that the car-buying process was “easy,” or that the staff “felt like family.” These are all phrases that provide signals to readers, encouraging them to check out a particular model or to visit our store.

According to Life Hacker, one of the key things to remember is to include relevant details. What is the year, make, and model of the car your purchased? Do you drive it every day? Which trim did you choose? How did you decide on that particular car? Being specific can help other buyers know what they might like or dislike when buying a car.

As always, we’re glad to hear from you regardless of the type of feedback you have. Our goal is to make car shopping easy, enjoyable, and worthwhile. Post your comments, call, or stop by today.

Which is the perfect family-friendly crossover: 3, 5, or 9?

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We Have A Great 2017 Lineup

Perfect Family-Friendly Crossover

There are likely a number of qualities that are important to you as you look for that perfect family-friendly crossover. Safety, efficiency, spaciousness, driving pleasure—these are items that would be on anybody’s list. And they are also qualities you will find across the 2017 Mazda SUV lineup…

2017 Mazda CX-3

The 2017 Mazda CX-3 might be the best choice for the efficiency-minded buyer. This subcompact crossover boasts 34 mpg on the highway*. It’s also safe. The CX-3 picked up the Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS (when equipped with the available Smart City Brake Support).

2017 Mazda CX-5

Looking for a combination of both a roomy cabin and excellent fuel economy? In that case, your best choice might be the Mazda CX-5. This crossover comfortably seats five while also boasting 31 mpg on the highway.

2017 Mazda CX-9

If you are in the market for an elegant three-row seven-seater with a strong emphasis on performance, there’s no other choice but the Mazda CX-9. With its turbocharged engine and available all-wheel drive, the CX-9 makes every drive rewarding.

As you search for an SUV that is perfect for your family, the only choice is between 3, 5, or 9. Stop in at Wantagh Mazda and lease the Mazda crossover/SUV that is right for you!

Fun Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family in Spring

Stumped on what to do for fun outdoor activities in the spring? Check these out!

Fun Outdoor Activities - Wantagh Mazda - Wantagh, NYHiking and a Picnic: When spring begins, plants and trees start to bud bright green! Enjoy the awakening of nature with a day out hiking nearby trails and finish up with a nice picnic.

Backyard Camping: If you don’t want to go all the way to the park or you have little ones, pitching a tent and camping in your own backyard can be a fun alternative.

Start a Garden: Want to teach your kids patience and responsibility? Beginning a garden with some simple, easy plants is a great, stress-free way to do so—and you get to reap rewards at the end of the summer when your harvest comes in!

Fly a Kite: This is a nostalgic way to spend a windy but warm afternoon. Take the family and a kite or two down to the park or even just to your own driveway and catch the wind.

Sidewalk Chalk: Another old-school favorite is to draw pictures in the street or sidewalk with sidewalk chalk! Just make sure to check neighborhood rules so you don’t get in trouble for vandalism.

Storm-Watching: Okay, so this doesn’t really involve going outside, but if you have a covered balcony, patio, or front porch, it’s nice to get a mug of hot cocoa and watch the rain.

Hopefully we at Wantagh Mazda have given you some cool ideas for fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

Five Reasons You Should Get the Mazda CX-5

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The crossover segment is packed with tons of options, so you might be wondering why you should get the Mazda CX-5. Here’s five awesome reasons why the 2017 CX-5 is the best option.

Less Noisy

Previous generations of the CX-5 were criticized for having a lot of engine noise, and Mazda listened. The 2017 CX-5 is quieter than ever.

Fun to Drive

Mazda’s known for infusing its affordable and practical everyday rides with a little bit of sporty fun, so the 2017 CX-5 adds a little athletic pep to your daily commute.

Backseat Features

Usually the front seats get the most attention, but with available features like USB charging ports and air-conditioning vents, plus tons of space, the rear seat passengers don’t take a backseat to the action.

Updated Technology

From a vehicle information head-up display to a brand-new adaptive cruise control system, the CX-5 is full of new tech.

More Compact

Competitors have been supersized to optimize space, but the CX-5 is versatile and smaller, making it a great city companion on tight streets.

Whether you’re a solo driver or hauling a family, we at Wantagh Mazda think you should get the Mazda CX-5 – it’s affordable, packed with modern amenities, and a fun drive.

 

Mazda Makes Drastic Improvements to Redesigned 2017 CX-5

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Redesigned

Mazda debuted the Cx-5 crossover back in 2013, right at the front of the crossover craze that swept the United States auto industry and was poised to take the world by storm. As a compact crossover, it was made to have sporty appeal and a fun driving experience in addition to having the versatility and space of a larger vehicle. Now, the redesigned 2017 CX-5 is back and better than ever with a long list of improvements.

New vs. Old

Prior to its redesign, the Mazda CX-5 was renowned for being attractive, a fun ride, and fuel efficient. However, there were a few issues – such as a noisy engine and a cheap interior. The new interior is packed with rich materials and the outgoing engine and transmission duo is being replaced with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a minor power boost. Additionally, inside the CX-5, the cabin is better insulated for a more relaxing experience.

The redesigned 2017 CX-5 still deliver the same driving experience and fuel economy we’d expect from a Mazda. With a lightweight and aerodynamic build that makes for more nimble handling while preserving fuel economy. Curious? Stop in Wantagh Mazda today and take the 2017 Mazda CX-5 for a test drive; it’ll blow your mind.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

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We don’t want to get too excited about the weather warming up, but spring sure feels like it’s coming soon. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your car ready for spring, so follow these easy tips!

Winter is harsh on your car, so a big part of getting ready for spring is cleaning up the mess winter left. Cleaning under your car is one of the most important things you can do, since built up slush and salt can stick and start to cause your car to rust, and it’s a spot we often forget to clean.

You’ll also want to clean the inside of the car out. Stepping in it with your wet, muddy shoes all winter has probably left it pretty grimy—wash or vacuum the carpets, clean off the seats, and scrub the inside of the windows and windshields.

Change your windshield wipers. You should do this about once a year, and they’ve just taken a serious beating. You’ll also want to switch back over to all-season blades if you have winter ones installed. Check the tire pressure and add or release air as necessary, since cold weather takes a toll on tire pressure.

Change your oil and top off any fluids that need it, since winter is rough on your engine and you may very well have lost some. And if you have questions or want to schedule post-winter service, we’re happy to help here at Wantagh Mazda!

Mazda CX-3 Awards and Accolades

2017 Mazda CX-3 awardsThe Mazda CX-3 awards collection has filled up in the short two years it’s been on the market. Safe, efficient, and powerful, the CX-3 is a favorite in the compact crossover market and has been recognized across the board by prestigious organizations like KBB, Car and Driver, and more.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named both the 2016 and 2017 CX-3 as a Top Safety Pick+, meaning they performed well in crash tests and earned a good rating when equipped with front collision mitigation technology. This designation isn’t awarded easily, and it proves both Mazda’s dedication to creating safe vehicles and the CX-3’s outstanding engineering.

Car and Driver has recognized the CX-3 as a top pick in the subcompact crossover segment, citing its “can-do attitude” and “taut handling with edgy styling.” New York Daily News awarded the CX-3 its City SUV award in its first ever auto awards in 2016, and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada named it the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The CX-3 is one of the best, most versatile vehicles in its segment, and we’re proud to sell it at Wantagh Mazda. If you’re interested in buying a new CX-3, stop by any time!

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