How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer

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With temperatures rising in New York, now is the perfect time to give your vehicle some extra attention and help protect it from the summer heat. To extend the life of your car and its many components, you should schedule regular maintenance here at Wantagh Mazda. In the meantime, here are some ways you can help your vehicle get ready for summer.

Tire Health

If you equipped your vehicle with winter tires, be sure to switch those out for summer or all-season tires to extend the life of the winter variety. If you kept the same tires on your car year-round, be sure to check their air pressure and fill them to the manufacturer-recommended PSI. You’ll also want to check the tread depth as well as any signs of cracks or bulging.

Wipers And Fluid

After a snowy winter and rainy spring, your vehicle’s windshield wipers could use a break. Check to ensure they don’t have any cracks or are coming apart anywhere. Don’t forget to assess the amount of windshield wiper fluid your car contains and fill it up if needed.

Exterior Coverage

One of the best ways to help take care of your vehicle’s paint is to wash and wax it. Regular washes will get rid of any dust or grime that accumulates in the summer while a good waxing will seal in the lustrous color. While you’re at it, take your cleaning efforts to the interior to get rid of any remaining road salt or mud from the floor mats.

These are just some of the ways you can help keep your vehicle looking brand new while the sun’s rays shine down on it. For more tips on how you can maintain the life of your car, contact our team at Wantagh Mazda or schedule a service appointment.

3 Key Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Spring Driving

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Spring has sprung once again in Wantagh, New York. If you’re relishing the warmer weather and already looking forward to a well-deserved road trip, you’ll want to make sure that your Mazda is up for the adventure. With three key vehicle maintenance tasks out of the way, you can be confident that your spring will be full of fun.

Battery

The cold New York weather can take a toll on your vehicle’s battery. If you’ve had the same battery for going on three years or more, it might just be time to change it out for a new one. Bring your vehicle into the service center at Wantagh Mazda and we’ll check your battery as part of your regular inspection. If it doesn’t have enough power to get you through the spring, we can replace it quickly and easily.

Windshield Wiper Blades

Did you know that you should be replacing your windshield wipers every six to 12 months? That means if you didn’t get a new set of blades before the start of winter, you might be overdue for a new pair. Having fresh windshield wipers means the best visibility possible, which can be a big help if you’re driving in the rain this spring. You can get new windshield wiper blades at Wantagh Mazda — they’re inexpensive and easy for our technicians to install.

Tires

The health of your tires is always a top concern, no matter the season. If you use all-season tires on your Mazda, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to the tread and tire pressure this spring. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated, wearing evenly, and have the proper amount of tread to help you drive safely. Wantagh Mazda can help with all your rubber-related needs, from rotations to balancing to repairs to replacement.

Turn to the experts at Wantagh Mazda for all your spring vehicle maintenance needs. We’ll get you back on the road quickly so that you can get to enjoying all that great driving weather.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

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Spring is upon us at last, which means a reprieve from all this late-winter snow. But that also means there’s plenty of rain on the horizon, which can make commuting challenging in its own way. But by following a few handy tips for driving in the rain, you can enjoy the warm weather and keep moving.

  • Consider all-wheel drive and better active safety tech: If you don’t have all-wheel drive, consider leasing a new Mazda from Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York. You can get your new Mazda with i-ACTIV AWD® for increased traction in rain and snow. Vehicles like the new Mazda CX-3 are also equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE®, a suite of smart, driver-assist safety technologies that actively work to prevent collisions.
  • Leave more room between you and the cars around you: Braking in the rain often requires more distance to slow your vehicle down or arrive at a standstill. Play it safe by keeping a wide berth between you and the vehicles ahead of behind you. If you think your brakes are due for service, now is a great time to bring your vehicle into Wantagh Mazda.
  • Replace balding tires: If your tire treads are on their last legs, don’t chance an accident. Get replacement tires at Wantagh Mazda before the rains come. If you’re not sure, perform the penny test — if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low.

Driving safely in the rain is easy to do if you know the proper precautions to take. No matter the season, see the service pros at Wantagh Mazda for all your maintenance needs.

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

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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.

Long Island Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season

Fall Festival Concert

Nothing says fall like a festival filled with food, beer, fun and family-friendly activities. Mark your calendars so you and your crew can celebrate the season at these Long Island festivals.

Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Academy Sports Complex in Farmingdale, the Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019 will feature the culinary creations of local vendors and food truck favorites. Of course, local breweries including Coney Island Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Barnshed Brewing. Two Roads Brewing Company and more will have their finest creations available, too. Once you have something to delicious to eat and something refreshing to drink, head over to the Smash Ping Pong Lounge and challenge your friends to a lawn-sized game of bucket pong, Connect Four or Jenga®. Kids are welcome, too, as the festival will debut its new kids zone and a range of craft vendors.

The Oyster Festival

On Oct. 19-20, join approximately 150,000 of your closest friends at the “East Coast’s largest waterfront festival,” The Oyster Festival. Held in Oyster Bay, Long Island, the festival will feature a huge food court, pirate shows, family-friendly activities, a car show and amusement rides.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fall festival fun, schedule a maintenance check at Wantagh Mazda.

Summer Activities in New York City

Summer Festivals in New York

New York City is always and exciting place to be. However, there is something special about summertime. If you are looking for some good fun in the next few months, we have some suggestions for summer activities in New York. Be sure to take your Mazda for some great summer driving, too.

MoMA PS1 Warm Up

If you love live music and hitting the dance floor, be sure to head to the annual MoMA PS1 Warm Up party. This festival is so big, it takes place every week through Aug. 31. To join in the fun, visit the MoMA PS1 courtyard every Saturday night. You can buy tickets in advance for $18.

SummerStage Music

All summer long, you can enjoy free music in Central Park via the The SummerStage main stage located at Rumsey Playfield. The SummerStage series runs through Sept. 24 with events happening almost every day. This includes free concerts, live theater, opera, ballet, and dance parties.

Ample Hills Creamery

Beat the heat with a cool ice cream cone from Ample Hills Creamery. They have a rotating offering of 24 flavors that range from tradition to decadent. This ice cream parlor is located at 623 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn.

Street Fairs

Summertime means street fairs all across the city. Choose from a seemingly endless list of options for delicious street food and live performances.

Contact us at Wantagh Mazda for more ways to celebrate the season. Or ask us about our newest Mazda models, if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these dynamic activities.  

Must-Do Holiday Events in New York City

Must-Do Holiday Events In New York City

New York City is full of must-do holiday events, with plenty of Christmas cheer to go around and a number of popular shows and attractions that draw visitors every year. Mark your calendars with these can’t-miss events!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

While the streets are sure to be crowded with tourists, seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is an iconic part of a New York Christmas. Even if you miss the lighting ceremony in early December, the tree itself is a sight to behold.

The Rockettes

Is there anything more quintessentially Christmas than the Rockettes’ yearly performance at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Pick a date night to go see the live show at the Radio City Music Hall.

5th Avenue Window Displays

Nothing speaks to the NYC Christmas experience more than a stroll down 5th Avenue, where local businesses’ window displays go above and beyond your average Christmas decor.

Holiday Market at Union Square

From the moment it opens in mid-November until Christmas Eve, the Holiday Market offers unique handmade gifts from local vendors and artisans.

Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens

You’ve never seen model trains like the ones at the New York Botanical Gardens around the holidays. Handcrafted miniature landmarks comprise over 175 well-known locations in NYC, with model trains touring the set.

We here at Wantagh Mazda wish you and your family a happy holiday season.

Long Island Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2018

If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day, here are some Long Island restaurants that offer their own Thanksgiving specials. Making Thanksgiving reservations can be a fun and low-stress way for the family to enjoy the holiday.

Milleridge Inn

A miniature shopping village and holiday lights await you in Jericho, where Milleridge Inn provides adult and kids’ Thanksgiving meals when you make a reservation and pay ahead.

Galleria

Known for its traditional Italian-style menu, Galleria also offers Thanksgiving foods on the holiday itself. If you’re going Black Friday shopping, the restaurant is also a quick jaunt away from the Roosevelt Field Mall.

Davenport Press

Head to Main Street in Mineola to taste Davenport Press’ three-course Thanksgiving meals, where kids get the same food as adults in smaller portion sizes. Make sure to make reservations in advance!

Seasons 52

Head to this restaurant, centrally located in the midst of a shopping district, for seasonal favorite foods in close proximity to all your holiday shopping needs.

The Mill Pond House

It’s a little more of a drive to get to Centerport from Wantagh, but Mill Pond House is located right on the shoreline, providing excellent scenery as a backdrop to a delectable and diverse a la carte menu. Reservations are strongly recommended.

From our family at Wantagh Mazda to yours, have a great Thanksgiving.

photo by LuAnn Snawder

The Best Outdoor Activities On Long Island

Enjoy what’s left of summer with the best outdoor activities on or near Long Island. From spending time with family and friends or finding something for date night, there’s something for everyone.

Bronx Zoo

Clocking in at 265 acres and 6,000 animals, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. The animals are kept in natural environments, and guests are made to feel as if they are hiking through woods as opposed to walking in a zoo.

Rockaway Beach

This beach and boardwalk located in Queens is a hot spot year-round for locals and tourists alike. It’s also New York’s only legal surfing beach!

Montauk Tours

There are a variety of different cruises and boating experiences people can have off the coast of Montauk, from leisurely midday sailing tours to stargazing events.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

Observe the natural environments of Long Island and educate yourself about the history of the area’s Native American population. There’s even an interactive woodland village onsite, along with gardens that attract local birds and butterflies.

Discovery Museum’s Adventure Park

Located not too far away in Connecticut, the Adventure Park offers zip lines and fun climbing experiences through courses configured by rope, cable, and wood. Keep your eyes out for special events like Glow in the Park.

If you need a stylish vehicle to get you to these outdoor attractions, come check out our lineup at Wantagh Mazda.