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3 Must-Have Car Accessories (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 9/2/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Needs vs. wants.


When it comes to accessories for your vehicle, some are just nice to have, while others are a necessity.


Many drivers spend a lot of time in their cars, shuttling kids around to after-school activities and getting to and from work.


Why not make your vehicle as safe and user-friendly as possible?


Consider these nifty gadgets:

1. Health monitor for your car

A Bluetooth-enabled monitor connects to your car’s systems via a sensor plug.


You can…

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Driving Tips to Keep Your Manual Transmission Humming (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/18/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Manual transmissions aren’t for everyone.


In fact, more and more people not only don’t know how to drive them but they don’t even know you can still buy them.


However, the stick-shift car is alive and well, even if the majority of drivers eschew having to manually shift gears while behind the wheel.


If you prefer doing the work, use these tips to keep your engine in tip-top shape:

  • Don’t rest. Your hands, that is, on…

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How to Clean Your Car’s Steering Wheel (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/25/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


With a new year, you may have a renewed drive to keep your vehicle clean and tidy.


The better you take care of your vehicle, the longer it will last and the higher the resale value will be when you decide to get a new one.


Every time you get in your car, your hands manipulate the steering wheel, which means dirt, grime and oils from your hands touch your steering wheel – pretty much every day.


That can leave behind…

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You Don’t Want to Miss Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X Vehicle Dynamics Control Technologies (Updated)

You Don’t Want to Miss Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X Vehicle Dynamics Control Technologies (Updated)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 7/29/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


It was 2016 when Mazda Motor Corporation announced SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS, a series of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies.


The first in the series, G-Vectoring Control was introduced to all new-generation models starting with the updated Mazda3.


The technology has come a long way, and 2019 will debut an even better version: SKYACTIV-X

Rewind to 2016

Part of the SKYACTIV series, SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies provided integrated control…

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Avoid Driving Distractions With These Safe Driving Tips (Updated)

Avoid Driving Distractions With These Safe Driving Tips (Updated)


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/4/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


 


Everybody needs a reminder about safe driving practices now and then.


Unfortunately, it’s easier to get distracted than ever, especially with texting your besties, listening to (loud) music, munching on a snack – and “games” like Pokemon Go – there’s always interference to deal with.


But here’s the thing: Driving while engaging in any of these activities is highly dangerous.


Sadly, there’s always one or two – or several – individuals…

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Mazda CX-3 Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government (Updated)

 


This post was originally published on 5/5/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


In market for a safe, reliable used vehicle?


Let’s take a look back at the 2016 Mazda CX-3.

Five stars for safety

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact SUV earned the highest five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


The 2016 CX-3 received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.


The rating applies to front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions of the CX-3.


Standard safety equipment on the 2016 CX-3 includes…

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Mazda 6 Accelerated Warm-Up System [Updated]

An idling car is bad for the environment.


In 2016, Mazda unveiled their Skyactiv accelerated warm-up system which tackled this problem.


Check out the video and see how it works and why you might want to consider a Mazda 6 for your new vehicle.



See for yourself

Stop by Serra Mazda and talk with our friendly sales staff about the accelerated warm-up technology in the Mazda 6.


Get behind the wheel and see how it works for yourself.


Have questions? We’re happy to help! Come see us today!


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Funny, Cute Baby Animal Videos Compilation (Updated)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 4/27/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


There’s no getting around it – new or used-car shopping can be trying. It can wear your patience thin.


At Serra Mazda, our knowledgeable, friendly sales staff will go the extra mile to help you find the perfect vehicle for your unique situation. Customer service is what we do best.


But even making choices about colors and styles can put you in a tizzy.


You know what you need?


Cuteness overload. It’s true.


It’s been scientifically proven that…

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Mazda Shows Off a GLC hatch and Rotary-Engined Truck (UPDATED)

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 4/26/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


A blast from the past can be a lot of fun.


For Mazda, innovation has always been par for the course.


And we’ve come a long way since these vehicles were the kings of the road.


Take a look back at where Mazda gets its inspiration for today’s hits.

1978 Mazda GLC (Great Little Car)


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1978 Mazda GLC (Great Little Car)


What the 1978 Mazda GLC lacks in power and performance, it makes up in charm.


The diminutive…

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Here’s How to Estimate Your Car Insurance Before You Buy

 


You’re pretty excited about your new ride.


You’ve chosen a color, make, model, and decided to go for the roof rack and all the bells and whistles.


But don’t forget one of the most important things: Car insurance.


Here’s what you need to know about calculating your insurance costs before you buy.

Figuring out your automobile insurance costs

There’s actually a great tool you can try out here.


But that’s not the only way to figure things out.


You can get an idea by understanding what factors an insurance company takes into account.

  • The…

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