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.
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.
At 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.
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!
Stumped on what to do for fun outdoor activities in the spring? Check these out!
Hiking 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.
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.
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!
The 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!
When it comes to Valentine’s Day dates, it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of “dinner and a movie” or spending the night in with some wine and Netflix. Don’t let Valentine’s Day get boring; plan one of these unique and fun nights out.
Wine Bar Crawl
It’s like a regular bar crawl, but classier! Instead of heading out to one place to wine and dine with your significant other, look up different wine bars and wineries around your town.
Do you and your sweetheart have a penchant for showmanship? Even if not, it’s fun to get up in front of people and thoroughly embarrass yourself singing a duet. Trust us, nobody sounds good – that’s the fun of it!
A lot of comedy clubs will have Valentine’s Day themes in honor of the holidays, so look around your city for some places that will combine dinner with a few laughs.
Maybe you and your significant other have an interest in the paranormal. A lot of towns and cities will have tours of allegedly haunted spots in the area, so make a point to check those out.
Dine In – and Go Out for Dessert or Drinks
Trying to save a bit of cash? Cook a romantic dinner at home for the two of you and follow it up with a trip to a nice restaurant for dessert and/or cocktails.
These great Valentine’s Day dates are sure to give both of you lots of memories for a unique, fun, and – best of all – romantic night out.
One of Mazda’s crowning achievements – among many, of course – is that of the MX-5 Miata. Enthusiasts have seen their fair share of Miata concepts at auto shows over the years, and for good reason; it’s a lightweight, fun, attractive car that takes everything people love about convertibles, sports cars, and Mazda vehicles and puts them together in one car that’s far more affordable than similar offerings on the market. Mazda continued the trend by bringing the MX-5 Speedster Concept to the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Speedster. Mazda brought a 2015 MX-5 Speedster to the 2015 SEMA show, then brought it back again just last year. As it is, the current MX-5 Speedster Concept bears a stunning matte white paint job called White Ether, weighs under 2,000 lbs., and shows off an adjustable suspension and racing tires. It’s also notable that the Speedster has no front or rear windshield, instead opting for an air deflector in the front.
Inside, the MX-5 Speedster Concept bears a cool interior design, featuring a predictable two-seating sports car vibe (Why fix what isn’t broken?). Additionally, it also features a distinct, minimalist design that puts all of the focus on driving with a black and orange color scheme. Mazda seems to like the Speedster, so we’re sure to see variations of the model return at a few upcoming auto shows.