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Essential Steps to Getting the Car of Your Dreams

Is your current car starting to give you problems? Dealing with repetitive car repair is expensive and time consuming. You might be better off buying a more reliable and efficient car, especially with back-to-school season just around the corner. Your car buying experience doesn’t have to be complicated. The most important thing to remember is to always stick to your budget. Here are five steps to take in order to get the best out of your buying experience:

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Set Your Budget

Set aside time to evaluate your finances. This will help you when it comes to deciding how much you can set aside for monthly payments. Be sure to consider all your financial responsibilities including rent or mortgage, bills, insurance and maintenance costs.

Value Your Trade-In

Got your eye on the all-new 2014 Mazda3? Trading in your current car is a great way to reduce the cost. You can find out the value of your current Mazda3 by researching auto sites such as Edmunds.com and KBB.com. Also, you can use our online value your trade tool to get a more accurate estimation.

Know Your Credit Score

Checking your credit score is part of the budgeting process. It will give you a better idea of what to expect when coming up with a budget. Also, consider your credit score when deciding whether to use dealer financing or a bank auto loan. Dealers and manufactures usually offer lower interest rates on new car promotions. You can get qualified quickly and easily with Eastside Mazda Volkswagen.

Save For A Down Payment

Setting aside money for a down payment comes with many benefits. Not only do you reduce the cost of your monthly payments, but you’re also more likely to get a better interest rate. You might get away with no down payment when buying a new car, but with used cars there is a higher chance of a down payment requirement.

Prioritize Your Needs

That new car smell can be very tempting, but do you really need a new car? One way to avoid buyer’s remorse is to prioritize your needs and buy a car that suits your lifestyle. Do you need a car big enough for carpooling, or will you be riding solo? These are some of the important questions to consider when buying a car.

Whether you got your eye on the Mazda3, Mazda6 or the all-new CX-5; we got your covered. Visit us at Eastside Mazda Volkswagen to check out our wide range of quality used and new vehicles. Give us a call at 800-210-6286 or stop at 28400 Chardon Road Willoughby Hills, Oh 44092.


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Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

Vehicle Maintenance

Summer is officially here! That means it’s time for exciting activities, like picnics in the park, fishing excursions and even road trips. With all of the fun that summer brings, sometimes it’s easy to forget that the summer heat can cause damage to your new Mazda. You should be enjoying the weather, not worrying about your car, so we’ve made a list of the things to do to get your car ready for the upcoming season.

Tires

First things first; remove your snow tires if you haven’t already. They’ll wear out much quicker if they’re driven on dry pavement. Plus, they’re really of no use when there’s no snow on the ground. Also, make sure your tires are filled to the proper pressure. When gas is heated, it expands, and so will the air in your tires after they’re heated up by the summer sun. Do what you can to avoid a blowout on the highway and check your tire pressure. Lastly, driving at the right tire pressure can save you money by increasing your Mazda’s fuel economy. Checking your tires is not only safe, it’s smart.

Wiper Blades

April showers bring May flowers, and summer the likelihood of thunderstorms. If you haven’t replaced your windshield wiper blades in the last year, it’s time. Wiper blades are open to the worst of Mother Nature’s fury, including ultraviolet rays that can harm the rubber. Replacing your wiper blades is a fast and inexpensive fix, so it’s best to swap them out before you’re stuck in a nasty summer storm.

Air Conditioning

Having such a long, dreary winter means not having to use the air conditioning in your car. Over time your air conditioning can gradually leak refrigerant, making your compressor work tougher and ultimately putting extra strain on your engine. If you’re A/C doesn’t feel as cool as it once did, you should schedule a service appointment to get it checked out, before the first heat wave hits.

Coolant

Pay attention to this next one. Fresh antifreeze in the coolant system is a vital factor in keeping your engine cool during those scorching-hot summer months. Do you remember the last time your coolant was replaced? If not, it’s time to get a system flush and fill. Old coolant can cause premature corrosion in your engine and radiator due to an electric charge it develops over time. Check your coolant and avoid being stuck on the side of the road.

At Eastside Mazda, we’ll get your Mazda in shape for this summer. Or for quick questions about your car, ask a technician. Stop by today! We’re located at 28400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44092. For more information, give us a call at 800-706-3017.

Source: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/listarticle.aspx?cp-documentid=1146148


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Top 4 Road Trip Drives

As the temperatures start to rise, summer vacation may be creeping into your mind. Do you have any plans for a summer trip? Grab your friends and family, jump into your new Mazda and hit the road. Not sure where to go for your summer road trip? We’ve made planning your road trip easy with our list of the top four locations to discover in your Mazda!

Head for the Black Hills of South Dakota

Black Hills of South Dakota

 

Talk about great scenery! The Black Hills are layered in purple, red and orange rock and show their age while also telling a story. While following the hiking trail around the sandstone structures, you’ll learn about the geology behind the colored bands. Make sure you don’t Prairie Dog Town, where you can see the fuzzy creatures mingling with each other.

Next, stop by Mount Rushmore. Navigate along the Presidential Trail to see abundant views of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Take the tour and learn how the 5,725 foot-tall national monument was carved into the mountain.

While you’ll there, check out the remarkable views of Custer State Park – 71,000 acres of granite, pine and prairie, complete with wildflower views. While driving along the path in your Mazda, you’ll see herds of bison, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

Cruze the California Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

Want to see how your new Mazda3 ready handles those turns? California’s Pacific Coast highway is the ideal place to test it out. With its twisting, cliff-hugging roads, you’ll get a feel for the superior handling of your Mazda. Take a tour of the famous city, Monterey. Visit its surviving cities that date back to Spanish and Mexican rule as well as the Fisherman’s Wharf and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

If you’re looking for another stop, swing by Point Lobos State Reserve. It’s a 550 acre park with tide pools, meadows and the nation’s first underwater ecological reserve. It’s also home to over 250 species, including gray foxes, sea otters and migrating gray whales.

Next, in Morro Bay, you’ll discover an extinct volcanic cone, named Morro Rock, that’s about 23 million years old. Keep an eye out for wildlife, from peregrine falcons to great blue herons, and from October to March you might even be lucky enough to see some monarch butterflies resting near eucalyptus trees.

Float on the Cascade Lakes in Oregon

Cascade Lakes Oregon

The quaint views of Oregon’s Cascade Lakes are magnificent. This space, which once used to be a volcano zone is nowadays made up of mountain tops and rivers formed from oozing lava. Test your Mazda CX-9’s tight turning radius while driving up Mount Bachelor. Mount Bachelor’s volcano summit – reached by chair lift – is 9,065 feet tall with amazing views of neighboring peaks.

Next, drive to Sparks Lake where you’ll catch glimpses of summer wildflowers galore. Western columbine, larkspur and elderberry grow wild in the natural forested lava fields that contain pumice, basalt and volcanic ash.

Make Three Sisters Wilderness your final stop in Cascade Lakes. You’ll see more views of Mount Bachelor and the surrounding lava formations. Plus, you can get out and fish, hike, boat or swim. There’s even a beach at Elk Lake you can visit if it gets too hot.

Relax on the Coast of Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan Coast

Worried about racking up too many miles on your new Mazda? If so, the coast of Lake Michigan is the perfect summer vacation for you. Visit the self-proclaimed “cherry capital” in Traverse City. Cherry orchards border many area shops. You can even stop at one of the local wineries or bed and breakfasts in Traverse Bay.

Hit the links and stop off at Lake Charlevoix to enjoy a day of golfing. There are the many golf courses to choose from in the area. If golfing isn’t your thing, you can boat or fish in their busy harbor.

End your vacation exploring Ernest Hemmingway’s old stomping grounds in Walloon Lake. Live like the famous American writer by visiting the old general store he hung around and order a root beer float. You can even sleep at the same hotel the young writer used to stay.

Where ever you decide to take your Mazda this summer, remember to enjoy the ride!

Visit Eastside Mazda and meet our friendly staff. Or take a new or used Mazda out for a test drive. We’re located at 28400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44092. For more information, give us a call at 800-210-6286.

Source: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/road-trips/

Photo Credit: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/

 

 

 

 


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Tips for Recent College Grads on Buying a New Mazda

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Graduating college and joining the “real world” is a huge milestone, and it can be kind of scary. Like many recent college grads, you may be thinking of buying a new car. At Eastside Mazda, we’re here to help you with the process and make it as easy as possible. Here are a few tips you’ll want to follow in the car-buying process:

Do your Research

Thought you were done with homework? Think again! You need to take some time to figure out what you need, or want, as a car buyer. Don’t know how to drive a stick? Make sure you only look at automatic transmissions. Want a new car that’s good for the environment? Look into Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology. If it’s safety you’re worried about, check out the Mazda3’s 5-Star Safety rating. You might even find special offers for recent grads or first-time buyers, like Mazda’s College Graduate Program. Make a list of all the features you want in your car and bring it to the dealership – we’ll guide you to your perfect ride.

Take your Time

Maybe you’re tired of driving that old clunker around town, or maybe you’re purchasing a car for the first time. Either way, don’t rush the process. Look at as many cars as you want and take notes so you can remember all the important facts. Car and Driver advises you not to purchase your car on the first visit. Take at least a night to think about your decision. You’ll be driving this new car for several years – you should be comfortable and happy with your decision.

Test Drive

Taking a car out for a test drive is like trying on clothes. It’s got to fit you! According to a Maritz Research survey, 80% of car buyers felt the test-drive was an influential or informative aspect of their car buying process. During the test drive you get to try out the car’s features, see how it handles and most importantly, get a whiff of that new car smell!

Regular Maintenance

After you’ve purchased the perfect new Mazda for you, you’re still not done. Scheduling preventative maintenance is a necessity if you want to get the most out of your car. Having the correct tire pressure, clean air filters and the right oil can save you money while preserving the environment, says the U.S. Department of Energy. Sometimes little things can save you big and keep your car performing at tip-top condition!

When you’re ready to take the plunge into buying a new or pre-owned Mazda, come visit our friendly staff at Eastside Mazda. We’re located at 28400 Chardon Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH, 44092. Or give us a call at 877-689-0895.

 

Sources:

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/buying-a-car-what-to-know-before-you-go

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain.jsp


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2014 Mazda3 Wins Big in Small Car Category

“Purposeful styling, fuel-efficient engines and an ideal ride and handling balance keep the 2014 Mazda3 among the favorites in the compact car class.” – Edmunds

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The past year was a big one for Mazda. One of the biggest successes was the redesign of the Mazda3. U.S. News named the 2014 Mazda3 the ‘Most Affordable Small Car’ in its class. Out of over 40 other new cars in the running, the Mazda3 beat out its competition and claimed the number-one spot. Below are three compelling reasons why this award is well deserved.

Equipped with a powerful engine and sporty handling. It may be small, but it sure is mighty. The Mazda3 has been noted to be a strong competitor to much more expensive cars in its class. Mazda was successful in building a compact car at a price point many car shoppers can appreciate.

Delivers impressive gas mileage. The EPA has reported that the 2014 Mazda3 gets an estimated 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. These stats are beyond impressive compared to other new cars in the same class. Regardless of the engine option you choose, you’ll experience superior handling and steering, which makes the Mazda3 fun to drive.

Luxurious interior styling. Reviews have noted that drivers appreciate the sleek interior design and upscale materials that give the feel of a more expensive car. With comfortable seats and a spacious cabin, most adults can be nicely accommodated in the backseat. Other options are available on the Mazda3 that make it a drivers dream, like a 7-inch touch screen navigation and climate control system and a rearview camera.

Visit Eastside Mazda VW and take a spin in the all-new 2014 Mazda3.

Eastside Mazda VW is a new and used car dealership with a great selection of new cars and used cars for sale in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. With an extensive selection of the new Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, Mazda3, Mazda5 and Mazda CX-9, you’ll find the new Mazda of your dreams at Eastside Mazda VW. Our auto repair and service center work on all makes and models and provide professional service to all drivers in Cleveland.  Stop by and visit our showroom (28400 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills, OH 44092) or give us a call at 800-210-6286 to find out more.