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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.

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!

Safer Driving Habits for New Year’s Resolutions

We all get used to driving after a certain point, especially if we take the same boring commute day after day. As a result, we stop paying as much attention as we should, or start cutting corners to get home faster. That’s why, if you’re still stuck on a resolution for 2017, you should consider making a goal to practice safer driving habits like one of these.

No Speeding: We’ve all done it. You may not think there’s much harm in going five or ten over the speed limit, but where do you draw the line? Slow down and pay attention to your surroundings.

Maintain Your Car: Keeping up with regular service appointments may seem like a hassle, but you’ll wish you’d done it when you’re on the side of the road with engine trouble.

Use Your Blinker: Don’t be that guy. When changing lanes or making turns, use your turn signal to let other drivers know where you’re headed.

Minimize Distractions: Messing with the radio, eating, drinking – all of these count as distractions behind the wheel.

No Phone Usage: This piggybacks off the last point. We know the hazards of texting and driving, but try to avoid phone calls, too.

Safer driving habits don’t just keep you safe, but they protect other drivers and model good behavior for your kids, too.

How to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

As we move through the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the festivities and fun. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes we forget to take care of the little things, like readying your vehicle for winter. Here is how to prepare your car for the cold to keep both you and your car safe.

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Prepare your car and yourself for the winter

While the snow is great during the holiday season, the salt that comes along with it does serious damage to cars if the proper steps are not taken. To prevent damage from the salt, it’s important to winterize your car. In the beginning of the winter season, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the exterior of your car from rusting. Do this once every month or two to keep your car healthy.

Once you’ve taken care of the exterior of the car, put together an emergency kit just in case something should happen while you’re driving. This kit includes things like a warm blanket, extra clothes, a flashlight, flares, spare food, and anything else you think you may need in the event of an emergency.

 By taking these few simple steps, you ensure the health of both you and your vehicle for many years to come.

Should You Get Winter Tires This Year, and Why?

Get Winter TiresThe winter months are finally approaching, and you know what that means: snow, and lots of it. Luckily, there is one easy way that you can prepare for wintery roads, regardless of what sort of vehicle you drive.

With winter tires, your chances of driving through the snow without a slip or a loss of traction are much, much higher, especially compared to standard, all-season tires, with which most vehicles tend to operate.

Winter tires are designed specifically for snow and ice, though they also perform beautifully on dry roads. Compare this design to that of all-season tires, which aim to tackle each season as best as possible, sacrificing winter integrity.

Not only are winter tires better for driving in the snow and ice, but also, they are created with a different type of tread rubber that stays flexible at lower temperatures. Regular tires tend to freeze up and even deflate when the temperatures get cool.

If you drive on all-season tires this winter, you certainly won’t be doomed, but why risk it? If you are in a snowy area or have a snowy commute, consider switching it up this year with winter tires.

For more information on why you should get winter tires or to check out a winter-ready vehicle, contact us or visit us anytime at Wantagh Mazda.

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips from Wantagh Mazda on Long Island

Taking care of a new car is an easy task to accomplishment thanks to modern engineering. Most cars don’t need routine maintenance for thousands of miles. There’s still work to be done to ensure your car runs in tip-top shape in the later years though! Here are a few new car care tips to help you in the long run from us here at Wantagh Mazda!

  • Read – Learning about your car is one of the best things you can do. Knowledge is power, after all. Start by flipping through your owner’s manual and read up on the important points, especially things you may end up doing yourself in the future. Make sure to mark the service schedule as well!
  • Drive – It’s important to break an engine in the right way. Avoid flooring it and idling for long periods of time. Drive normally and your engine will run like a dream for years to come..
  • Insure – If you chose to forego gap insurance, it might be time to reconsider. The last thing any driver wants is to get into an accident early into their car’s lifespan. If the car is totaled and you don’t have sufficient insurance, you’re stuck paying for a car you no longer own. That’s a situation no driver wants to be in.

For more new car care tips, contact one of our service specialists at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, NY

Best Summer Activities

Taking a family vacation across the country is a great way to spend the summer but it isn’t the only way. Spending some time at home can be beneficial to the soul, and you don’t need much to enjoy yourself. We here at Wantagh Mazda have some of the best summer activities to help you make the most of the warm weather!

 

  • County Fair – Summer is chock full of festivals and fairs, and it’s likely your county holds one of their own. Eat some fair food, check out the attractions, and enjoy the entertainment. A county fair is a great way to spend a few of those lazy summer days.

 

Best Summer Activities - Grilling

  • Grilling – An iconic part of summer, grilling is a way for families to bond and make fantastic food. Take the time to try a new recipe this summer. It could become your next family tradition!

 

  • Hammock – Napping on a hammock is the perfect way to pass the time. Beat the summer heat by setting up between trees or on the porch, lay back, and relax. For an added effect, hang string lights along the tree branches or on your porch if you plan to stay out after the sun goes down.

5 Summer Essentials to Keep in Your Car

Now that summer is in full swing, your summer schedule is probably fairly routine, and may include frequent occurrences of the phrase, “I’m bored.” If you want to break out of your mundane schedule and add some spontaneous adventures to your summer, here are five essentials to keep in your car to make sure those adventures aren’t cut short.

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  1. Sun protection. You don’t have to end a fun day at the park just because the sun came out. Keep a supply of sunscreen along with hats and sunglasses in the car to keep everyone’s skin protected.
  2. Snacks. Sometimes it seems as if kids can eat their weight in food in a single day. Make sure you have some heat-proof snacks in your car so you don’t have to spend a fortune at the drive-through. Snacks like graham crackers, nuts, and granola bars (without chocolate) are great choices.
  3. Water. Bring along a reusable water bottle for everyone in the family. You can also keep some cardboard juice boxes for emergencies when you can’t find a water fountain to refill your bottles.
  4. Insect repellant. If you want to take an impromptu hike through the woods, you’re going to need some insect repellant. This will also come in handy when you’re sitting in the grass and watching fireworks.
  5. First aid kit. Scraped knees and splinters are pretty much guaranteed to happen in the summer. Take care of these small injuries right away with your in-car first-aid kit.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we want to know…. What summer essentials do you keep in your car?

Long Island Roads Made for Scenic Drives

Long Island in New York is famous for a lot of things — water sports, beautiful ocean views, and the hustle and bustle of the city are just a few. While the thought of regional traffic might typically deter you from taking a leisurely drive around Long Island roads, there are a few scenic drives in the area that give passengers a glimpse of the beauty of the island — getting away from it all, even just for a few moments.

One of the most famed areas in Long Island, New York is the Gold Coast. As the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, the Gold Coast is lined with beautiful mansions that call back the festive and glamorous era of the 1920s. Between the castle-like architecture, colonial-style harbor towns, and seafront views, you’ll have the drive of a lifetime.

Another recommended route is 25A, which stretches for 55 miles along the North Shore. It’s sure to wow you with beachside villages, sandy landscapes, and the natural, tree-lined views reminiscent of a countryside road. Also, to the eastern side of Long Island is the Great Peconic Bay, which splits the quieter North Fork and the more energetic, youthful Hamptons in half. With local shops, small villages, and beaches on all sides, you’re sure to stumble across Long Islands roads that suit you.