Car Shopping Strategies for First Time Buyers

First Time Car Shopping | Wantagh, NY

Your first time buying a car can often be stressful and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect. As such, when checking out a dealership’s inventory, be sure to keep these car shopping strategies in mind to have a smooth and easy experience.

Know what you need

If you begin the car shopping process before figuring out your wants and needs, you’ll end up wasting lots of time trying to decide between a wide variety of models. To narrow down your search, write down your must-have features and know what you’ll be using your car for ahead of time.

Find out your credit score

The better your credit score is, the better your interest rate will be on your car loan. For that reason, it’s important to check your credit score before car shopping so you know what kind of rate to expect and can budget accordingly.

Test-drive different models

Once you have narrowed down your search to just a few models, take them out for a spin. Test drives make it easy to compare cars and see how each one performs, so it’s imperative that you take one before making a final decision.

If you’re in the market for a new car, give us a call at Wantagh Mazda. Our staff will be happy to help you find the right car for drives in and around Wantagh, New York.

Introducing the New 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Engine

New Mazd3 | Wantagh, NY

The Mazda3 is known for its eye-catching style and high-tech amenities. But for the 2021 model year, this award-winning model is about to get even better, thanks to a new 2.5-liter turbo engine. Here’s what we know about the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo.

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo delivers 250 horsepower, 320 lb-ft of torque, and standard predictive i-ACTIV AWD®. On top of that, this powerful model boasts a stunning signature look. The sedan model sports a larger exhaust pipe, along with distinct black alloy wheels and black side mirrors. If you opt for the Premium Plus package, it will also come with sleek black spoiler. The hatchback Mazda3 comes with all of the same aesthetic tweaks, but when equipped with the Premium Plus package, it boasts a front air dam.

On top of that, the new Turbo models will come with all of your favorite Mazda3 features, including standard smartphone connectivity and a wealth of advanced driver-assist technology.

The 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo sedan and hatchback are slated to arrive on dealership lots in late 2020. Want to get behind the wheel of this exhilarating model? You can get a great deal on a Mazda3 at Wantagh Mazda in DMA.

Are Drive-In Movie Theaters Making a Comeback?

Skyline Drive-In | New York, NY

Many industries have taken a hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but few can say to have been as strongly affected as the film industry. Because of social distancing guidelines, most movie theaters around the country have been closed since March.

While many plan to reopen by the end of July, going to the movies should still be seen as an unnecessary health risk. Fortunately, there’s a better alternative to the traditional movie-going experience: drive-in movie theaters.

Drive-in movie theaters were once extremely popular. They reached their heyday after World War II, with an estimated 5,000 theaters around the country in the late 1950s and mid-1960s. In 2020, only 306 drive-in theaters remain in operation in the United States.

In response to COVID-19, the film industry has had to adjust its approach to releasing films, and many studios have elected to release new pictures directly on digital platforms like Netflix. However, IMAX, Tribeca Enterprises, and AT&T have recently teamed up to create a summer movie program that will play a selection of new, classic, and independent films at drive-in theaters across the country.

“We’re excited to give people something to look forward to this summer and reinvent a classic movie-going experience for communities to enjoy together safely,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.

Could social distancing lead to the rise of a drive-in renaissance? Certainly, many outdoor gathering places that are currently unused could be converted into drive-in movie theaters. At Wantagh Mazda, our favorite drive-in theaters are the ISH Events’ Drive In & Outdoor Movies in Plainview and the Skyline Drive in NYC, which is perfectly positioned in Brooklyn to offer a lovely Manhattan skyline view while you enjoy your movie.

Wantagh Mazda wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer. Remember to contact us with all of your vehicular needs.

DIY Father’s Day Gifts for Your Kids to Try

Father's Day GiftsIf you want to give your significant other a more meaningful and affordable present than golf clubs or clothes for Father’s Day, consider giving him a handmade present. Your partner will appreciate these DIY Father’s Day gifts, which are both creative and easy enough for your children to make.

Decorated Spatula

If your partner is a self-proclaimed grill master, gift him a decorated spatula. Simply buy a new spatula, and then let your children paint or add stickers as they please. They could add a special message, their dad’s name or something artistic on the spatula.

Snack Jar

 For this gift, all you need is a jar, a blank sticker and your partner’s favorite snack food. Your children can fill the jar with snacks, like chocolate, nuts and pretzels. Then, they can leave a Father’s Day note on the sticker and stick it to the jar.

Bottle tags

With personalized bottle tags, your partner can have something lovely to read each time he grabs a drink. To make these tags, your children can either create their own messages for their dad or find funny puns online. Then, you can print these messages on card stock and affix them to his drink of choice.

We at Wantagh Mazda hope you and your family enjoy making these DIY gifts and have a fantastic Father’s Day. If you’re looking for a new vehicle to take on family outings in Wantagh, New York, check out our inventory online.

 

IIHS Names the 2020 Mazda CX-30 a Top Safety Pick

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Given that this is only the SUV’s first year on the market, it’s impressive that the Mazda CX-30 performed well in the grueling IIHS tests.

The Mazda CX-30 underwent six crashworthiness tests, which consisted of roof strength, head restraint, side, passenger-side small overlap front, driver-side small overlap front and moderate overlap front. The SUV received a “Good” rating in each category and earned a “Superior” rating for its accident avoidance system.

There are numerous protective technologies offered for the Mazda CX-30 that can help you have peace of mind on the drive. High Beam Control, Smart Brake Support, Lane-keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning all come standard to help you stay aware of your surroundings.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go can automatically maintain a minimum following distance from the vehicle in front of you as well as stick to your chosen speed.* You can also opt for Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to have an extra pair of eyes while driving.

With its different safety technologies and strong design, the 2020 Mazda CX-30 is well-deserving of its Top Safety Pick designation. Learn more about the SUV at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York.

 

*Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) with Stop & Go is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. There are limitations to the range and detection of the system. Driver action is required to resume MRCC with Stop & Go after a complete stop. Please see your Owner’s Manual for further details.

4 Easy Easter Recipes to Try

Easy Easter Recipes | Wantagh, NY

These easy Easter recipes are easy to assemble and are sure to delight the whole family.

Beet and Orange Salad

The bright colors in this flavorful salad will look gorgeous on your table, and packaged, ready-to-eat beets save you lots of time in preparation.

Carrot Cake Biscuits

Carrot cake is a classic Easter dish, and these biscuits give it a unique spin. You can make them the day before for a less stressful holiday. They’ll go great with your Easter dinner, and you’ll probably be tempted to save a few to have with your morning coffee the day after, as well.

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Small, single-serving casseroles are always a cute, fun addition to a dinner. These tiny dishes pack big, savory flavors, and are easy to make, too. It just takes 15 minutes of prep the day before, and less than an hour of baking time the day of.  

Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup

This fresh, herbal soup is ideal for spring dinners, and perfect for Easter. Its bright green color comes from three different types of lettuce, parsley, and dill, while white beans add a hearty taste. You can have this soup on the table in under an hour, or make it the night before and reheat when it’s time for dinner.

Spring Road Trips to Take From New York

2020 MAZDA CX-9 | Wantagh, NY

If you just purchased a new vehicle from Wantagh Mazda and you’re looking to take it on a spring road trip, the travel bugs at our dealership have compiled a list of great destinations to visit.

Newport, Rhode Island: If you want to enjoy coastal living for a weekend, consider visiting Newport, Rhode Island. Just four hours away from Wantagh, Newport is filled with gorgeous Victorian architecture – some of which you can rent for the night – and a bustling downtown filled with eateries and shops. Enjoy gawking at Vanderbilt-built mansions, chartering a sailboat, and eating chowder with the salty ocean breeze whipping through your hair.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City of Brotherly Love is only a three-hour drive from Wantagh, and is a great city to visit when Manhattan’s charms no longer hold your attention. History buffs will love seeing national treasures like the Liberty Bell and the home of Ben Franklin in person, while art lovers will enjoy the cities many galleries like the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, you can’t leave without trying a Philly cheesesteak.

The Catskills: If you want to commune with nature during your getaway from Wantagh, visit the Catskills in New York. Approximately three and a half hours away, enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by mountain views. Opportunities for hiking, skiing, and golfing are plentiful in the area.

Don’t forget to visit the Wantagh Mazda service department before your road trip so we can make sure your Mazda is road-ready.

Here’s the Scoop on the Mazda MX-30 Battery Pack

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly vehicle, check out the upcoming Mazda MX-30. Its battery pack will boast the lowest lifetime carbon footprint possible, according to Christian Schultze, the head of research and development at Mazda Europe.

It achieves this by using a smaller battery pack, which takes fewer resources to produce, and consumes less electricity when it’s being charged. For example, long-range batteries require more rare earth metals to manufacture, making them both expensive to replace and less sustainable to produce.

While a smaller battery pack results in a shorter driving range, the MX-30 delivers plenty of power to get you around town. It offers an estimated 130 miles of range, which is more than sufficient for the average driver’s daily commute. If you’re craving more range, Mazda is rumored to be crafting an internal-combustion-powered range extender that should help the Mazda MX-30 stay on the road even longer.

The Mazda MX-30 is expected to enter production in late 2020, although no U.S. release date has been confirmed yet. Only time will tell if we’ll see this innovative EV stateside anytime soon.

Check out the latest Mazda models here at Wantagh Mazda.

 

2020 Mazda CX-5 Gets Some Exciting Updates

2020 Mazda CX-5 | Wantagh, NY

The Mazda CX-5 is already one of the best crossovers on the market — and it’s about to get even better for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Mazda CX-5 gets some exciting updates, including a new look for its key fob and badging.

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 now comes standard with the advanced i-ACTIVSENSE® suite of driver-assist technology. This bundle includes smart technology like the Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Obstruction Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting, High Beam Control, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control. It also boasts premium features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and Smart City Brake Support which can automatically engage the brakes to prevent or reduce the severity of an accident.

The upper trims also offer new refinements. The Grand Touring now sports paddle shifters, while the Grand Touring Reserve and the Signature trims have a larger, 8-inch touch screen and a more powerful engine. While the 2019 Mazda CX-5 could deliver 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the 2020 model pumps out 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to these updates, the 2020 Mazda CX-5 offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities, along with available heated and ventilated front seats, Caturra Brown Nappa leather trim, and the Mazda Navigation System.

Want to experience the 2020 Mazda CX-5 for yourself? Schedule a test drive at Wantagh Mazda.

4 Items to Include in Your Winter Emergency Kit

Frozen Windshield | Wantagh, NY

Here in New York, winter is a serious topic. Almost without fail we get multiple major snowstorms each year that can leave snow on the ground until spring arrives. Because of this, it is very important that you prepare your vehicle with the tools and supplies you’ll need in case you get stranded on the side of the road. Here are a few items to include in your winter emergency kit.

  • Jumper Cables. You never know when you might need a jump or find someone who needs some help. If you travel in more remote areas, consider a portable jump starter so you don’t have to wait for someone to pass.
  • Ice Scraper. While any number of items can scrape the snow and ice off your car, a dedicated, heavy-duty scraper with an added brush will do the best job. Keep in mind that you should clear as much of the snow off your car as you can, including the headlights and taillights.
  • Small Shovel. If your car gets buried in the snow or stuck in a snow drift, a shovel will be the easiest way to get out. You should also keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk so you can pour some under your wheels for extra traction.
  • Winter Gear. If you are stranded and can’t get on the road again, you will need to stay warm. Pack a blanket, extra gloves, and other winter gear.

Stay even safer this winter by staying top of your vehicle’s routine maintenance this winter. Give us a call here at Wantagh Mazda to set up an appointment.