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10 Benefits of Tinting Car Windows

By mholandez | Posted in blog, Tips and tricks on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 6:08 PM
Mazda6 with tinted windows

While it seems that tinting your car windows might only be cosmetically appealing, it actually merits other benefits worth considering. Tinting your car window comes with many benefits that are conducive to your health, safety, and the appearance of your car. More so, there are also functional and cost-effective benefits of tinting car windows, too.

Be sure to research the tinting laws in your state and local jurisdiction. Some forms of tinting are illegal. While fix-it tickets aren’t expensive, they are a pain to take care of.
Here are 10 benefits of tinting your car’s windows.

Health Benefits

Driving can expose a great deal of sunlight leaving you vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays. While it is only a small part of sunlight, long exposures of UV rays can have harmful effects to your health. Regular windows allow for 100% of the sun to penetrate into the car and professionally installed tinted windows can protect up to 99% of UV rays.

1. Your Skin Will Hurt
The most dangerous effects of UV rays can cause skin cancer and premature aging on your skin. Sitting directly under the sun while driving can be very harmful. Tinting your windows can help you prolong or even avoid these diseases.

2. Worse for women
Women may acquire autoimmune diseases due to UV ray exposure. According to a National Institute of Health, women respond differently to UV rays and may acquire harmful diseases, such as dermatomyositis, when exposed to it for long periods at a time. But just because its more common in women doesn’t mean the UV rays won’t affect men.

3. Help your eyes
Your eyes will reap the benefit of tinting your car windows. Think about the difference between wearing sunglasses, versus not wearing a pair, on a hot sunny day. With sunglasses your eyes are more relaxed, you probably won’t have to squint or strain your eyes to see clearer.

4. Reduced glare from sunlight and headlights
Speaking of seeing clearer, tinting your car windows will help deflect bright lights and glare from the sun. Even the lightest color tint can reduce the vibrate lights coming from your surroundings.

Safety Benefits

If the health benefits haven’t sold you, perhaps the safety benefits will.

5. Privacy
The obvious benefit is the privacy that tinted car windows provide. It shields outsiders from being able to see directly into the vehicle, therefore, can help protect your precious belongings while you are not around.

6. Keep the Interior Cool
The interior of your vehicle can reach up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot summer day. This can cause hazards’ such as second-degree burns for you and your passengers. If you are a parent of a car seat aged child, then you have probably experienced the painful process of putting a child in a hot car. The plastic and metal parts of the car seat can hurt your child if you are not careful. Tinting your window car decrease the temperature of the interior significantly.

7. Save Glass from Shattering
A tint is a film layered over a glass window. In an accident, the tint’s adhesive film can act as a glue that keeps the glass from shattering all over the place. This is definitely not the case for non-tinted windows.

8. Save Energy and Gas
There is an economic advantage with tinted windows. Simply put, when your car is cooler it will take less energy to cool the car, for that reason, you will utilize less fuel. This can reduce up to 60% of fuel cost.

Appearance and Value Benefits

Most people take a lot of pride in their investment and a car isn’t an exception. When tinted windows are installed correctly, the benefits it can actually maintain the value of the vehicle or even raise it.

9. The Sex Appeal
Yes, the appearance does matter. There is a romantic appeal to a tinted car. The mysterious and ambiguous vibe gravitates people towards it. Don’t believe me? Google two pictures of the same exact car, one tinted and one without, then tell me which one looks better.

10. Increased Interior Protection
Tinting your windows helps protect the interior. The high levels of heat can ruin the integrity of the interior prematurely. This can cause cracks in the leather seats and fade in the upholstery.

Don’t skimp on the professionals you hire. A poorly done tint job will leave your car looking very ugly. It will also decrease the value. Read reviews and ask around for professionals. The type of tint also matters. Be sure to pay for quality tint, now you know tinting is worth it.

2018 Mazda CX-9 – Redefining the Family Car

By mholandez | Posted in blog, Mazda CX-9 on Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 6:36 PM
2018-Mazda-CX-9

When you are part of an impressive list that includes “The finalist for the 2017 Utility Vehicle of the Year”, “2017 finalist for World Car of the Year”, “2017 Finalist for the World Car Design of the year”, “KBB Brand Image award” and now the “2018 10Best Award”, it’s no wonder the 2018 Mazda CX-9 is the flagship of the Mazda lineup.

Mazda knows that small vehicles no longer fit the family standard so they created a sporty family crossover that won’t compromise the driver and passenger experience. That’s why for twelve years the Mazda CX-9 has continued to go beyond expectations of what an SUV should be while redefining the “family car”. But don’t take our word for it, automotive experts will tell you how incredible the Mazda CX-9 is, just look at the list we belong to.

Starting at $32,200, The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row, seven-seat passenger crossover SUV. But you wouldn’t know it when you’re in it. The standard Mazda signature SKYACTIV® technology will give you the performance power that no other family car offers. Feel exactly what the front wheels are doing with the communicative steering wheel. The sleek, stylish body will not only turn heads, as you smoothly turn the corner, but it also has functional features that you want to keep your family safe.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Mazda’s signature SKYACTIV® technology is created to give the driver a sporty experience with impeccable performance, without compromising on fuel. Drive like a pro with the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T 4-cylinder engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo and a SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. With an EPA-estimated mileage of 22 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, the power of this vehicle won’t break your bank account. Experience the power of the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control for more steering control. You will forget you’re even driving an SUV.

Judge Us by Our Cover

The beautifully designed exterior is bold and confident setting itself apart from its competitors. Mazda’s includes its signature five-point grill and chrome accents throughout the vehicle giving it the upscale and sophisticated appeal it deserves. The elongated hood and tapered roof adds to the luxury look. The black front, side and rear lower body moldings adds to the sporty Mazda moves. This year Mazda adds the artistic Soul Red Crystal to its color pallet giving this crossover another eye-catching feature.

Superior Interior

The driver experience begins as you enter the cabin. The Mazda CX 9 has bells and whistles for your safety and driving pleasure. The Active Driving display is directly on your windshield so you won’t have to take your eyes off the road. This high-tech display gives the speed, the current speed limit, shows cars in your blind spots, and warns you when you’re driving off your lane. But if you do happen to look down you will see another high-tech LCD display directly on the control panel. Mazda’s continues its commitment to the driver’s experience with The MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system that has a full-color touchscreen display and intuitive Commander control. Being informed and entertained is effortless. The soft touch dashboard and side panel doors, aluminum finishes, and the optional Supple Nappa Leather upholstery in the signature trim are just a few features that will bring you a multi-sensory driving experience.
Catering to families seating for seven, take the CX-9 across the country thanks to the all-weather capabilities from its optional predictive i-ACTIV AWD® to monitor the weather, braking patterns, and throttle input. Your second-row passengers will sit comfortably with the capability to move forward, backwards, or reverse adjustments to relax and recline. They will also appreciate the additional two USB ports stored in the center compartment.

The 2018 Difference

The CX-9 lineup has new safety features that come standard such as the blind-spot monitoring, smart city brake support, and rear cross-traffic alert. To help improve cornering stability, Mazda added the G-Vectoring Control, which also comes standard. The Sports package for the sports trim comes with automatic high-beams, lane-keeping assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control. Also included in this package are heated front seats with power adjustment for the driver. The mid-level Touring trim comes with includes a tilt function for the driver’s seat and height and lumbar support adjustments for the front passenger. The Grand Touring models now come with heated second-row seats and a heated steering wheel.

Don’t Compromise

The Mazda CX 9 earns its highly revered status from its beauty and sophisticated driving engineering. Its technology based, driver focused features provide a driving experience like none it its class. So, if you are in the market for a seven seater, family car crossover but don’t want to compromise on performance, fuel efficiency or style then come and test drive the 2018 Mazda CX 9 and see why people that drive it are saying zoom, zoom, zoom.

Understanding Your Finances Before Purchasing Your Next Mazda

By mholandez | Posted in blog, Tips and tricks on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 8:18 PM
find out what you should know about your finances before you buy your next CX-9

The prospects of getting a new car is exciting. There are so many options to choose from and the thought of driving something shiny and new is exhilarating. But the process of leasing or financing can be confusing. It is important to remove the emotions out of the purchasing process and start with understanding your finances before purchasing your next Mazda. Even before thinking about the type of car you want, understanding how much you have to spend is crucial. You want to avoid being “car poor” leaving yourself with no money for anything else. Trust me, your future self, will thank you. So, how can you be a responsible consumer and try to avoid any forthcoming issues? Read the rest of this entry »

Summer concerts around Los Angeles CA 2018 

By blogsadmin | Posted in Community, For Fun, Local on Friday, July 13th, 2018 at 6:59 PM
crowd cheering on band on stage

Summertime is seemingly never-ending in Southern California. That being said, the summer months are still the best ones for concerts. This summer, there have been and will continue to be more great shows at remarkable theatres all over the city and we would love to go to all of them. Check out some of the ones we are most excited for below.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Take Care of Your Vehicle’s Paint in the Summer

By mholandez | Posted in blog, Tips and tricks on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 8:50 PM
mazda6 - take care of your vehicle's paint

Are you melting this summer? So is the paint on your car! It’s important to take care of your vehicle’s paint. A typical Southern California summer day can reach anywhere from low 90s to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, making a vehicle incredibly vulnerable to damage. The exterior of a vehicle can reach up to 195 Fahrenheit when left for some time in direct sunlight. A standard quality paint job can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,500. And, second to the millage, the exterior weighs heavily on the value of a car. This excruciating heat can damage the paint of the car leaving a hefty bill to repaint the car, not to mention dropping the value of the car.

To most, a car is a very important part of their daily lives. In fact, a car is usually the second most valuable investment after a home. So, it isn’t too far fetch to want to take good care of a vehicle and uphold its value. Aside from taking your automobile to a vacation spot where the temperature is more favorable or not using the car for the entire summer, there are several things you can do to maintain the integrity of the paint. Here are some tips to help protect your vehicle’s paint during the summer. These beneficial tips for the exterior of the car will help for the care of the interior as well as your own comfort!

Put a Barrier Between the Sun and the Car

When finding a place to park a vehicle, find a place that will cover the car as much as possible. The best protection is a barrier between the sun and your car. Let’s begin with your home. If you are fortunate enough to have a garage then utilize it as the car’s main parking spot. If you are currently using the garage for storage, it might be time to clean it out and make a nice comfortable place for your car. It will conserve the car’s paint job during all the other seasons too. If you don’t have a garage, then think about building a barrier. For a fraction of the cost of a new paint job, you can invest in a canopy to place in the driveway. You can order one online, complete with the poles for structure, for under $200.

Where Ever Your Car Sits

You want to park your car under a barrier everywhere else you go. Parking the car in a parking structure or parking garage will provide the most protection. However, that option might not be available to most people. The next best thing is parking the car under a tree or some other form of shade. You will thank yourself for parking under the shade when you return to a cooler, more tolerable temperature in the car. So, walk those 20 extra steps to park under a shade, it will be well worth the trip.

A Clean Car Makes for A Healthy Car

The integrity of the paint is hindered by dust, pollution, and particles. You can prevent these impurities from making your car its home, and causing more damage, by washing it regularly. Keeping a clean car can maintain the value of the car. Hand dry the car with a soft, quality towel after washing your car. Remember most water from the ground is measured as hard water. Hard water is water containing a considerable amount of calcium and magnesium that accumulates as it leaves the ground and enters our homes. Although it is not harmful to a person’s health, due to the minerals build-up, hard water can leave your car with ugly water spots and is almost impossible and unbearable to remove. It can eat the paint of a car leaving faded spots. Hand drying your car will help to eliminate water stains and prevent water damage to the paint.

Keep Your Car Shiny!

After a good washing, coat it with a good quality wax with UV protection.The sun rays can cause peeling and cracks to the paint allowing dust and particles to remain present on your car. A coat of wax can prevent the cracks and peeling to occur. The coat creates a shell encasing the car and shields the particles from sticking to the car. This makes things that land on your car like bird poop, dust and sand easier to remove. In addition, nice wax can leave your car looking shiny – looking newer. Carnauba wax is the best and most natural wax to shield and sheltering from the hot summer days. It also sheds water leaving the car easier to wash and dry.

Your Car is Worth it!

It may sound cumbersome to safeguard your car from the heat of the summer but that’s just one of the cost we pay as Southern California residents. These steps will save you from the hassle of paying for a new paint job and save the car’s value from dropping. If your car is valuable to you, care for it and protect it. Remember you pay good money for your car, be sure to reap the investment as long as possible.

Helpful tips for driving at night

By blogsadmin | Posted in Safety, Tips and tricks on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 5:43 PM
dark road in the woods

Even though you have probably driven at night dozens if not hundreds of times, there are some things you can do to make it safer. For obvious reasons, driving at night is generally more hazardous than during the daytime. You can’t see obstacles as well and other motorists can’t see you as well. Check out our shortlist of a few easy tips to make nighttime driving safer.  Read the rest of this entry »

How much can the 2018 Mazda CX-9 tow? 

By blogsadmin | Posted in Mazda CX-9 on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 5:31 PM
gray mazda cx-9 driving on hilly road

One might expect the largest vehicle in an automaker’s lineup to have some lofty performance expectations. And that doesn’t just mean for what’s under the hood. The Mazda CX-9 is the largest vehicle currently made by the company so you would hope that it can get some things done that the smaller vehicles can’t. For instance, you wouldn’t expect a Mazda3 sedan to tow a big trailer. But can you do that with the CX-9 even though it is still considered to be a midsize crossover? Read on to learn more.  Read the rest of this entry »

Puente Hills Mazda Podcast Episode 1

By mholandez | Posted in blog on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at 9:04 PM

Puente Hills Mazda is excited to announce our monthly podcast! Now you can listen and receive tips direct from the dealer! Hear about upcoming technology and vehicles. No time to listen? Read the official transcript of each episode right here on our blog. You will definitely find value when you tune in to the Puente Hills Mazda Podcast! Read the rest of this entry »

To Lease or Buy Your New Mazda Vehicle

By mholandez | Posted in blog on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 6:45 PM
Buying or Leasing your New Mazda vehicle - we can help

When you go to buy or lease a new Mazda vehicle, you should look at it as a bit of an investment. You want to stay well-informed of the financing and the leasing options available. Buying or leasing a new car can be one of the biggest decisions that you will make because this is your commute back and forth from work. What are the differences between the two options? Read the rest of this entry »

2018 Mazda3 given Coolest New Car Award by Kelley Blue Book

By blogsadmin | Posted in Mazda, Mazda3 on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 at 2:27 PM
silver and red madzda3 cars next to each other

Everyone knows and respects Kelley Blue Book. Well, maybe there is some weird anti-KBB movement somewhere. But for the most part, Kelley Blue Book is a well-respected organization that rates, values, and discusses automobiles. To be named anything positive by KBB is a big deal, especially when you’re named the coolest new car. As a matter of fact, this is the fifth straight year that the Mazda3 has been recognized as the coolest new car by KBB. It’s pretty impressive to maintain a high level of coolness for so long. Things that were once considered cool like CDs, iPods, and fanny packs aren’t so cool anymore (though some would argue the latter). Check out what makes the Mazda3 (hatchback and sedan) so cool.  Read the rest of this entry »

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