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How to Get the Most Out of Your Test Drive

 


Buckle up.


Taking a test drive is probably the most important aspect of choosing a new vehicle.


To get the most out of the experience – and get a vehicle that’s truly the best fit for you – there are some things you need to know.


Here are some questions to think about before, during, and after your test drive.


Before the test drive

Your experience with a vehicle begins before you even get in. Try to answer these questions.


  • Is the car easy to get into? If you bump your head or have to maneuver your body like a contortionist…

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Mazda 101: Get to Know Your Favorite Brand

 


You probably don’t recognize the name Jujiro Matsuda.


On January 30, 1920, he founded Toyo Cork Kogyo – a business that made cork – in Hiroshima, Japan.


Still not ringing a bell?


Try this: about a decade later, Toyo Cork Kogyo made its first automobile, soon changing their name to Mazda.


Now we’re talkin’.


Let’s take a look at how Mazda became one of the leading auto manufacturers.

1930s-1960s

The Mazda-Go made its debut in 1931.


It was a three-wheeled vehicle that looked like a motorcycle with a cargo-carrier on the back.


World War II and the bombing of…

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De-Bug Your Ride with These Clever Cleaning Tricks

 


With all the excitement that warmer weather brings, there’s one thing you may not think about.


Bugs.


As spring hits full swing, your car hits bugs – and lots of them.


You may wonder what alien substance they have inside them because they can be tough to scrub off your vehicle.


Here are some tried and true ways to rid your car of dead bugs.

Cleaners from an auto center

There are a few different…

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5 Must-Do Vehicle Maintenance Tasks for Spring

 

It’s that time of year again.


Once the sun comes out and the breezes become more warm than chilly, you probably want to get out more.


Before you do, there are some important steps you should take to make sure your vehicle is as ready for spring as you are.

1. Wash and Wax

You’re no stranger to the grit and grime that build up on your car during the winter months.


Not…

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Warning! Avoid These 5 Car Care Mistakes



When you think of maintaining your vehicle do you automatically think of an oil change?

While your oil is one of the most important aspects of taking care of your car, it won’t last long if that’s the only thing you stay on top of.

Here are critical mistakes to avoid making with your vehicle.

1. Not paying attention to the tires
Nothing will cause your tires to wear out more quickly than…
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Buying a Car? 4 Reasons New Trumps Used



There really isn’t a feeling that compares to driving a new car off the lot for the first time.

And what about that new car smell?

It’s delightful.

While you have several options when it comes to replacing your old vehicle, here are the reasons that buying new just may be best.

1. It doesn’t have a history
You know that no one else has ever driven the car.

It’s not…
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5 Latest Vehicle Safety Features You’ll Be Thankful For



Seat belts used to be the only safety feature a vehicle had to offer.

Thankfully, times have changed.

The advancement in technology means that today’s vehicles are safer than ever before.

Take a look at the latest available safety features that come standard in many vehicles, as well as some that are available as options.

Backup cameras
Backup cameras aren’t exactly new to the scene, but starting in 2018, they’ll be a…
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Mazda Vehicle Spotlight: An Inside Look at the 2018 CX-5



It’s always a good thing when a vehicle seems more expensive than it actually is.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 falls into that category.

It’s the best looking and best driving crossover currently on the market.

Here’s what’s up with the CX-5.

What’s new?
One of the coolest new features on this Mazda is the cylinder deactivation system.

This technology shuts down two of the four cylinders when the car is…
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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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