4 Items to Include in Your Winter Emergency Kit

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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.

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.