Should I Sell or Trade-In My Old Car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, Tips and tricks on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 5:17 PM
Two men discussing a car

It’s a pretty common problem during the car buying process, but everyone needs to find out what they are going to do with their old car. They could sell it, trade it in, scrap it if it’s in really bad condition, whatever the case is they have a lot of different options ahead of them.

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MAZDA 3: Why You Need to Test Drive the 2018 Mazda3

By mholandez | Posted in blog on Sunday, November 25th, 2018 at 4:54 PM
Mazda3 hatch

You’ve seen the car, admired its stylish exterior lines, but maybe you haven’t given the Mazda 3 a good look. The first reason you must test drive the 2018 Mazda 3 might surprise you: It’s the price. Even at the top trim level, you’ll experience significant savings compared to similar automobiles.

The Price

Just to be clear, the price starts at less than $19,000, which is a great bargain, but you must look at the higher trim levels to really appreciate the value of this car. At just over $24,000, the top trim level includes an amazing array of good that will leave many competitors in the dust. Interesting high-end features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic monitoring and an engine immobilizer-anti-theft system all in a reasonably priced sedan. The Interior quality of the Mazda 3 exceeds expectations as well, and the exterior is anything but boring. As a result, the price is the first reason to do a test drive.

The Great Ride

The second reason is the incredible drive. The Mazda3 is a car four years into its generational category. Whatever may have ailed it in the past has been cured. People who know the ride report nothing but good things, but if you’ve never driven a Mazda 3, you’re in for a treat. You’ll experience a mature, sporty car that knows how to impress. To Mazda fans, it’s one of the best secrets of the automobile industry.

The sporty feel of the Mazda3 is unmistakable, but for such a modest price, it garners respect first and foremost. From the staid but solid appearance, you’d never expect so much fun. This is a car people like to drive. If you want the car to look as sporty as its ride, Mazda offers an aerodynamic package that adds an exciting front grill, scooped side mirrors and other trim parts to jazz up the looks.

If the 2.0-liter engine in the basic packages fails to impress, the 2.5-liter engine, 184 hp upgrade meets most motorists’ expectations. It’s reported to go from zero to 60 mph in less than eight seconds. The six-speed transmission with sports mode might be a mandatory feature for many drivers after they try this car out. The suspension grabs and holds the road, and the handling is highly responsive.

Safety Features

The third reason to test drive the car is the vehicle’s safety features. It may not be obvious initially, but the more you drive it, the more confidence you’ll have in the safety features. It’s a combination of responsive handling, rock-solid design and technological advances.

The safety features at the top trim level are impressive. Half the premium package is devoted to safety concerns. The lane assist, traffic recognition system, adaptive front lighting system, lane departure warning, cruise control and other features underscore Mazda’s commitment to safety.

Standard equipment includes a 3-point seat-belt system, advanced front airbags, front side bags and air curtains. Rounding out the standard safety package is stability and traction control with a tire pressure monitoring system to enhance your feeling of security.

The Incredible Interior

The fourth reason to test drive a 2018 Mazda3 is the great interior. The cabin features will stick in owners’ minds for years. The synthesis between the great ride and the Mazda 3’s interior is remarkable. There’s really nothing noisy about the interior, but everything impresses, beginning with the ergonomic dash, door trim and center stack. The top trim level really delivers in the interior area with leather seats. The cloth seats in the car’s first two trim levels are attractive and cozy.

The standard interior options at the top trim level are impressive. Check out the tilt and telescoping steering wheel with cruise control buttons and a push-button ignition start. Map lights in the front and a cabin light in the rear are important details that are must-haves in today’s cars. The seats accommodate five people with the emphasis on the driver’s seat and its seven-point adjusters. Ergonomics continue here too, with a nice coordination of seats and cup holders in both the front and the back.

An optional heated steering wheel is available at the top trim level.

The Technology

The final reason to take the car for a test drive is the information technology inside. That includes the knowledge devices and the incredible sound system. With the audio controls on the steering wheel, the sound system is completely in control of the driver. Bluetooth streaming and auxiliary input jacks guarantee a variety of audio sources to enhance your driving experience. The sound system comes with six speakers. Internet radio integration and high-definition radio contribute much to the sound system. Subscription services like Pandora are accessible, and it’s all controlled by a voice-activated system. It all starts with the Mazda Connect Infotainment System.

The Mazda Connect system has a reputation for intuitiveness. It’s a feature much desired if you want a driver focused on the road, and not a bunch of electronic buttons. The Mazda navigation system can be purchased with a premium package at the top trim level.

What Engine does the 2019 Mazda CX-3 Have?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda CX-3 on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 5:06 PM
2019 Mazda CX-3 parked downtown

There’s a lot of reasons to buy a car, its features, color, maybe you’re just a fan of a specific brand. Whatever the reason is there’s a lot of different reasons and choices to make out there when it comes to picking out your new vehicle.

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How Much Interior Space Does the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Have?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda CX-5 on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 2:31 PM
red mazda cx-5 in woods

There are a lot of good reasons to buy an SUV. They are safe and practical vehicles that can fit a lot of different lifestyles. That versatility is one of their biggest strengths and a big part of the reason they are so popular.

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What Does the 2018 Mazda6 Have to Offer?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda6 on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 8:42 PM
2018 Mazda6 red parked outside in the city

There are sedans and then there are luxury sedans, that one word can make a huge difference in the overall value and performance of a car. What really makes something a luxury car though? Is it just having fancier materials than any other brand or is there something more to it?

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What is the Mazda CX-5 Signature Line?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda CX-5 on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 6:18 PM
left side of red mazda cx-5 parked in front of garage

Once a car hits showrooms across the country it’s hard to imagine much change coming. By that time it’s been shown off in car shows and likely a lot of driveways in a lot of neighborhoods. It would seem there’s not much to be done now if it’s already for sale right?

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What Service Coupons Does Mazda Offer?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Technology, Tips and tricks on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 5:19 PM
Oil being poured into a car

Winter might not exactly be the harshest of seasons in California, but that doesn’t mean that your car couldn’t use a little love and care. After all, summer heat can do a number on sensitive car parts so it never hurts to get your vehicle in for a check.

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New Mazda Details at the Los Angeles Auto Show

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda3 on Monday, November 19th, 2018 at 4:25 PM
silver and red madzda3 cars next to each other

Nothing builds the hype around a car more than keeping everything shrouded in mystery. Revealing things piece by piece helps keep things mysterious while still satisfies the curiosity of everyone little by little.

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Mazda 6: Another Look at the Sedan

By mholandez | Posted in blog on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at 2:13 PM

There are a number of well established vehicles that currently dominate the midsize sedan segment. At the same time, there are a number of competitors who are looking to become the next dominant brand of midsize cars. With this competition, it can be difficult for these vehicles to stand out among consumers. However, there is one vehicle that has been able to set itself apart from the rest. This car is the Mazda6 which is a midsize sedan manufactured by the Japanese automaker Mazda. For a number of years, the Mazda6 has been among the most popular choices among shoppers of a midsized family sedan. With its unique features, space and performance, the Mazda 6 has emerged as one option that consumers have considered when looking to get a car in this particular class.

With a Mazda 6, consumes are able to take advantage of a number of things that make the driving experience very enjoyable. These include the spacious cabin and interior, the stylish exterior, the innovative technology, the agile steering and also the performance and fuel economy. There are three main trims of the Mazda 6 which include the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Each of these provides consumers with a high quality option when it comes to sedans due to the features such as standard alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth technology, a touchscreen and a backup camera.


With the Mazda 6, there are a number of specs that make it an ideal vehicle to drive. One of the basic specs of the car is the keyless ignition and entry option. This allows drivers to start up the car from a distance and enter it without having to use a key. Another spec of the car is the automatic headlights. When you start the car, the headlights will automatically turn on and provide you with clear vision. There is also dual zone climate control which allows both the driver and the passenger to adjust the climate control settings to their preferences. With a Mazda 6, there is also low speed automatic braking and blind spot monitoring which enhance safety for both drivers and passengers who are in this car.


One of the most impressive aspects of all Mazda vehicles is the performance. The Mazda 6 is no exception to this. With a Mazda 6, there is a standard 2.5 liter four cylinder engine on all of the trim levels. The car provides 184 horsepower and 185 pounds feet of torque. This care therefore provides drivers with plenty of zip when driving down the road. Along with performance, the car also comes with either a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. On the Sport trim, there is the option of either the manual or an automatic transmission with paddle shifters.


The interior of the Mazda 6 is one of the most innovative and luxurious. Inside the car is a leather steering wheel that has a contoured design. This allows drivers to firmly grip the wheel. The steering wheel is also very light and agile which allows drivers to easily control the vehicle when it is being driven. Another aspect of the interior is the seating. The Mazda 6 comes with either leather or cloth seating. With the leather seats, you can heat or cool them to provide maximum comfort in a variety of weather conditions. A Mazda 6 also has a touchscreen that enables drivers and passengers to access a number of the innovative technology features of the car as well.


The exterior of the Mazda 6 is comparable to all other midsized sedans. The car itself is about 10 feet in length and 5 feet in height. It has four doors which provide access to the front and back seats. There is also the grille in the front where the Mazda logo is located. There are also LED headlights and foglights that provide enhanced vision for drivers. In the back of the car is the door that opens up to the trunk as well as the LED taillights. The wheels of the Mazda 6 are 17 inch steel wheels.


With the Mazda 6, there are a lot of technology features that are very beneficial. Consumers who drive this car can make and receive calls from their smartphone with the touch of a button. They can also access media files on MP3 format as well as access the radio. With the touchscreen, drivers and passengers can also access the navigation system to help them find their way around town more easily. These technology features make the Mazda 6 a very enjoyable car to drive.

The Mazda 6 is one of the top midsized sedans due to its many features. With the vehicle offering innovative technology, a roomy and comfortable interior and an attractive exterior, this car is one that consumers will benefit using. Consumers who are looking to buy a quality midsize sedan will want to consider buying or leasing the Mazda 6.

Tips to Buy a Mazda on Black Friday

By mholandez | Posted in blog on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 6:02 PM
black friday event

Black Friday is a great day for deals. Car shopping is no different. When you’re looking to buy a Mazda, it can be beneficial to go the day after Thanksgiving. However, there are some tips to follow to be sure you’re getting the best possible deal.

Know When the Dealers are Struggling

During the summer months, new model cars come out. This means that dealerships are getting all of the business that they need. In the fall, they start to struggle. This is good news for you when you are looking for deals. Dealerships are more likely to lower their prices in order to make a sale in the month of November, so you can save big when you buy a Mazda at this time.

Early November is when you will see a lot of dealerships begin advertising. You may see advertisements delivered in your mailbox and, also, a lot more commercials on TV. The dealers are struggling, and they are ready to make it worth your while to purchase a new car.

Explore the Incentives (and Why)

Many dealerships are going to provide incentives to get you to buy. It’s important to know what these incentives are and how they are going to help you. Ultimately, all of these are ways to get money off of the MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price).

Often, you aren’t going to get an incentive simply for walking into the dealership and buy a Mazda of your choice. Instead, it may be on vehicles that they cannot move off of the dealership. If they have been in inventory for too long, you may see more incentives. This includes some of the 2018 model year vehicles because, now, people are buying the 2019 ones.

Specific models may have more incentives than others. For example, SUVs are in high demand. This means that you may be more likely to see incentives on mid-size sedans.

If you are open to various models, it can lead to better deals for you.

Read the Fine Print on Ads

There is always going to be fine print on the advertisements that you see. Some of the deals may apply specifically to one trim level or another. They may also limit the incentives to the vehicles that are on their lot. What this means is that if you want a red CX-5, for example, and they don’t have one on the lot, you’re probably not going to get the deal you were hoping for.

There are likely going to be giveaways at the dealership. This could be a free tablet, a flat screen TV, or even a gift card. While these can certainly sweeten the deal, you aren’t getting them for free. Ultimately, you are going to pay for them in one way or another.

Be sure to read through the fine print to determine how you are going to get these things. You may have to purchase a specific vehicle or finance to specific terms. You certainly don’t want to go in demanding a particular giveaway only to find out that you’re not eligible. The fine print will be found on all of the advertisements, so read over everything carefully.

Prepare Yourself for Crowds

Particularly when you decide to go car shopping on Black Friday, get ready for some crowds. Just as you want to get the best deal, so does everyone else. The more you can do ahead of time, the better. Be prepared to spend more time at the dealership than normal simply because the staff will only be able to serve a certain number of people at a time.

It’s always a good idea to test drive a vehicle before you buy it. Since there are likely going to be crowds at the dealership, consider going in a few days before Friday so that you can take the vehicle of your choosing out on the road. Otherwise, you may have to wait behind several people who are going to take the same vehicle out.

Do Your Homework

It’s a good idea to do some homework ahead of time. This includes looking at the various deals that are available prior to Black Friday. You may want to request a quote from the dealership a week or two before you go.

You can also visit the dealership website in order to explore the inventory. Often, this is updated regularly so that you can see what models and model years are available. If you don’t see the vehicle that you want to get, it may be advantageous to drive to another dealership so that you can get what you want.

Sort Out Financing

You should plan on making it as easy as possible to get in and out on Friday. Many dealerships will offer pre-approval on their websites. This will save you a step at the dealership. You may also want to take a good look at your budget to decide how much you can afford so that it’s easier to know whether you can afford the deal that is being offered to you.

Ultimately, it comes down to doing research before you get to the dealership. All sorts of websites can be used, including the website of the dealership you are thinking of going to. Once you get to the dealer, identify the vehicle you are interested in, and ask for the best price immediately.

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