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.
If you’ve chosen a Mazda, it’s clear that you value stylish good looks and upscale amenities. The Mazda CX-5 is a perfect example of this — with luxury features like heated seats, leather upholstery, and a 10.25-inch full-color touch-screen display. But if you want to keep those refined features in peak condition, you’ll have to take care of your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you maintain your car and safeguard your investment.
Regular maintenance is key to helping your vehicle retain value. When you bring your car in for a checkup at Wantagh Mazda, we’ll perform a Mazda Full Circle Inspection. We’ll make sure every aspect of your vehicle is in peak condition, from its mechanical components to its fluids, lights, and climate control systems.
Dust can dull the luster of your vehicle’s interior. Keep that driver-centric cockpit in pristine condition by vacuuming twice per week, paying special attention to the cloth and carpeted surfaces. Use an appropriate brush-like attachment to avoid damaging your car’s seats. If you have leather seats in your Mazda, maintain them with a microfiber cloth and a specialized leather cleaner. Condition them afterward to keep them soft and supple.
Mazda vehicles are famed for their “KODO: Soul of Motion” design philosophy, which uses sculpted curves to make light and shadow dance across the car’s exterior. Showcase this stunning design by regularly washing and waxing the exterior of your Mazda.
Regular vehicle maintenance is actually smart money management — it’s better to get regular service, so you can catch a small issue before it becomes a full-blown problem. If you’d like the best care for your Mazda, bring it to our service center at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York.
You have probably heard the winter predictions by now. If you haven’t, weather experts think we are going to have heavy winter this year with lots of snow. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, winter temperatures are expected to be closer to “normal,” which means cold, and precipitation will be “above normal.”
So, how can you prepare for snow on Long Island? The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the right vehicle. If you are worried your front-wheel drive sedan won’t cut it this winter, Mazda has a great lineup of crossovers—all with available all-wheel drive.
The CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 not only offer superior traction with their available all-wheel drive systems, but they come with great features like the MAZDA CONNECT™ system, an available Bose® sound system, and advanced safety features.
Along with the right vehicle, you also need the right tires. No matter which vehicle you drive, winter tires can make a big difference. They are designed using a special type of rubber that stays soft even when the temperatures are frigid. And, the unique tread patterns cut through snow and slush better than all-weather tires.
If you are looking for a new winter ride or just want a new set of tires, come visit us at Wantagh Mazda before the worst of winter arrives.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Winter has finally come and gone, leaving the wonderful, albeit rainy, spring season in its wake! There’s plenty to do now that things have finally warmed up, and taking care of your car is one of them. Dirt, grime, and salt can build up over winter and, if left untreated, could result in rust of paint damage. Don’t take a hit on your car’s trade-in value! Take these spring car care tips from us here at Wantagh Mazda!
Wash and Wax – Whether you’re on your way home from work or parked in the driveway, the first thing your car needs is a good wash. By washing your car thoroughly, you eliminate most of the salt, dirt, and grime that built up over winter. A quick wax doesn’t hurt either!
Tires – Now that winter’s over, this is the perfect time to take care of your tires. Check the tread depth and air pressure. If you added air to compensate for the colder weather, make sure your tires aren’t overinflated now that things have warmed up! If they are, let some air out.
Inspection – Checking your car’s belts, hoses, and engine can likely be done at home, but if you want to be safe, have your local dealership perform a full inspection. They’ll make sure everything is in tip-top shape and ensure that you’re good to go until next year!