The Serra Mazda Blog

Driving in Dangerous Conditions: Here’s What to Do

 Being a good driver is important for your safety, as well as that of others.

But, being a competent driver during ideal conditions isn’t the same thing as knowing how to handle yourself in adverse weather.

Check out these tips for staying safe, no matter the weather or road condition.

Be smart
In other words, use common sense.

Fog is one of the most dangerous driving conditions you can encounter. When visibility is low…
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Are You Listening to What Your Car’s Brakes Are Telling You?

When your brakes speak, you need to listen.

Your brake system is one of the most important safety features your vehicle has.

If you even have an inkling that something may be malfunctioning, you need to get your car to a mechanic right away.

Even if you don’t notice any warning signs, you should have your brakes inspected annually.

Wondering what those warning signs may be?

What do you hear?
If you hear any…
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How to Change a Tire Like a Pro

No matter who you are, it’s a good idea to know how to change a tire.

It really should be taught in life-skills classes.

Of course, the ideal situation is to have a pro do the job for you, but sometimes that’s just not possible.

If you find yourself in a pinch and feel that you can safely do the job yourself, here’s what you need to know.

Find a flat spot…
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Need to Know How to Snag a Low Interest Rate?

Ready to pull the trigger on a new vehicle purchase?

Your biggest concern is probably the financial aspect.

If you don’t have the cash to walk into a dealership and take your pick from the showroom floor, you’ll need to know how you can get the best deal possible.

Here are some tips on how to land the best interest rate possible.

Go for a shorter loan term
A long loan term will have an increased interest rate. The longer your term is, the more you’ll pay in the long run.

Get the shortest term you can…
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Buying a Car? You Need to Know These Financing Terms

Unless you’re going to the dealership with a whole lot of cash in hand, you’re probably going to be financing your new vehicle.

It can be confusing but having a handle on these financing terms can bring some clarity to the process.

When you finance a vehicle, you’re borrowing money to pay for it. If you have the cash to purchase a car outright, you don’t have a need for…
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What You Need to Know About Donating Your Car

Are you one of those people who is always looking for a way to give back? Do you like to feel as if you’re making a difference in the world?

If so, consider donating your vehicle the next time you’re ready for an upgrade.

Many people don’t know that this option exists, but it’s a great way to support those who are less fortunate.

How does it work?
Habitat for Humanity…
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Discovering the Best Used Mazda for You

Finding the best new-to-you car can be overwhelming.

The first step is deciding the type of vehicle you want.

For example, if you have little ones, a mid-size SUV or a compact minivan may be just what you’re looking for.

Or, perhaps you’re looking for a car for your new teen driver and a small sedan makes sense.

Whatever your situation may be, there’s a Mazda that’s just right to suit…
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Mazda CX-5 versus Hyundai Tucson: Which Compact Crossover is for You?

The Hyundai Tucson and the Mazda CX-5 are among the highest rated compact crossover SUVs on the market.

They’re both worthy competitors that have different strengths. Doing a comparison of the two may be able to help you decide which of these vehicles suits your needs.

Let’s take a look at some of the stand-out features of each of these crossovers.

Both vehicles come in at a similar price. The base model…
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Car Wars: Mazda3 vs. Toyota Corolla

If the word “sedan” gives you mental images of boring, unexciting vehicles it’s time to update your idea of what a modern sedan really is.

The Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla are anything but mundane.

The problem is that you’re probably only going to buy one new car at a time, so which one should it be?

Doing a little comparison “shopping” may help you make the decision that’s just right for…
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2017 Mazda6: Small Improvements with Big Impact

The 2017 Mazda6 doesn’t look any different from its 2016 counterpart.

At least on the sleekly sophisticated outside.

A whole host of improvements have been made under the hood and in the interior, however.

Let’s dig into what’s new and how the 2017 Mazda6 is better than ever.

G-Vectoring Control
This is a new electronic widget that allows the Mazda6 to take corners with more agility.

iActive-Safety Assists
The 2017 model features…
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