If you’re not excited about the 2019 Mazda3, these videos will do the trick

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda3 on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 6:01 PM
A photo of the rear of the 2019 Mazda3 hatchback.

2019 Mazda3 videos from the Chicago Auto Show

It always surprises people to know that we get our updates about new Mazda vehicles from the manufacturer, just like everyone else – save for a few important exceptions. Our team of product experts has been desperate for more images and information about the 2019 Mazda3. The Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Blog was fortunate enough to have a friend that was able to new shoot some new 2019 Mazda3 videos from the Chicago Auto Show. Mazda had examples of the sedan and hatchback models on display and our far-flung correspondent jumped on the chance to get a closer look at them. Suffice it to say that these videos have only ramped up our anticipation for the vehicle’s arrival. Even though the release date for the 2019 Mazda3 is still a month or two away, you can start the pre-ordering process by calling the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom today. Read the rest of this entry »

Are you ready for the summer driving season? These tips might help!

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 2:11 PM
A left profile photo of a 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

How do I bring a car out of storage?

It might not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. Not only will the weather start to improve and get warmer, but it will also be time to get our collectible vehicles back on the road. Sure, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is a new car dealership and our inventory of pre-owned models is filled with modern vehicles, but we still know some things about older models. In fact, we have had more than a few customers ask our expert service technicians, ‘How do I bring a car out of storage?’ While every vehicle is going to have its own unique set of needs, there are a few standard procedures that our team follows when they bring their summer cars out of the garage. Read the rest of this entry »

Obviously, your headlights are important. But, how long should they last?

By Product Expert | Posted in Parts, Service on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 2:10 PM
A photo of the headlights being used by the 2018 Mazda6.

How long do headlights last on a car?

It’s hard to believe that in the very earliest days of horseless carriages, drivers had little more than oil lamps to provide light for driving at night. Thankfully, times and technology have changed a lot and automotive headlights can essentially turn night into day. Being on the road after dark is filled with enough challenges without someone struggling to see. This is such a problem, that it’s not terribly uncommon for a driver to call the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department to ask, ‘How long do headlights last on a car?’ Unfortunately, there is no one answer that is going to be universally correct because there are just too many factors to take into account. But we’ll try to do our best to cover the most important information. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda marks 30th anniversary with blockbuster effort in Chicago

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda MX-5 Miata on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 5:21 PM
A photo of the badge used on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition.

What comes with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition?

When Mazda officially unveiled the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Mazda MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show, the public response was overwhelmingly positive. The automaker and 500 of the 3,000 models set aside for global preorder. In just one hour, 100 of those models were spoken and just a few hours after that, the rest of the designated pre-sale convertibles had been reserved. However, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers will still have a chance to own one later this year. So, what comes with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition? Let’s take a look. To be sure, the anniversary model has some crossover with the standard production version. But, there will also be a few exclusive features to set it apart. Read the rest of this entry »

Make sure your kids are safe when they get their license

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 2:10 PM
A stock photo of a young couple in a car.

Safety tips for new teenage drivers

There is nothing quite like that first feeling of freedom that goes with getting one’s driver’s license. It’s a pretty important milestone in most young people’s lives. On the other side of the equation are parents who are not only proud but also profoundly worried – if not actually scared that their children are venturing out into the world. We also understand this apprehension as well. The team of product experts working at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom did a little research to come up with a concise list of the best safety tips for new teenage drivers. Never hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can help you with. Read the rest of this entry »

New Miata returns to Chicago where its story began in 1989

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda MX-5 Miata on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 8:24 PM
A blurred photo promoting the introduction of the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition.

What comes with the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition?

The lineup of new Mazda vehicles available at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is made up of some of the most popular sedans, hatchbacks and crossover SUVs in the automotive industry. As great as these vehicles are, there is one vehicle that really sparks imagination more than the others. When the Chicago Auto Show opens on Feb. 7, the automaker will be marking an important milestone in this model’s history. So, what comes with the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition? Just like our previous blog entry about a potential redesign of the Mazda CX-3, early descriptions for the new anniversary edition are sparse, but there is a little bit of information we can share. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda holding new engine technology for a little bit longer

By Product Expert | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 5:50 PM
A photo of the SKYACTIV Technology label used on the automaker's engines.

Which Mazda models are getting the SKYACTIV®-X engine?

The ultimate goal of the automotive industry is to build vehicles that meet the needs of its owners, can protect them in the event of an accident and do all of that in as a fuel-efficient manner as possible. Mazda has made huge advancements in all of those areas, especially the last of that list. The automaker is currently developing new engine architecture that is reported to offer more performance and better fuel economy scores. It is being called ‘SKYACTIV®-X.’ So, which Mazda models are getting the SKYACTIV®-X? According to an article from the automotive news website, Jalopnik, it doesn’t look like Mazda is ready to put it into production just yet. Let’s take a look at what the article had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Your car’s battery won’t last forever, but here is how you can get the most from it

By Product Expert | Posted in Service on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 2:29 PM
A stock photo of a technician installing a car battery.

How long do car batteries last?

When it comes talking about cars or anything automotive, it’s easy to get seduced by the concept of performance. It’s very linear and easier to understand – the more horsepower an engine produces, the faster it will go. However, an engine isn’t much more than a very intricate paperweight with a properly working battery. These days batteries don’t require much attention until they do. So, how do car batteries last? Most of the automotive experts working in the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department say the average is about four years. Let’s see if we can help you find ways to make it last longer. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping your tires properly inflated is an easy way to keep your vehicle in good shape

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 3:08 PM
A stock photo of a person putting air in a car's tire.

Do I need to change my tire pressure in winter and summer?

Our area might not get as much snow or get as cold as what our friends and family living in the north must deal with. But that doesn’t mean that our seasons don’t require different priorities when we’re on the road. One of the most common questions we hear in the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department is, ‘Do I need to change my tire pressure in winter and summer?’ In short, no you don’t. All vehicles and their tires are specifically designed to maintain constant tire pressure and everything from engine performance to fuel economy can be affected. Let’s take a look at a few things you should know. Read the rest of this entry »

Check out this expert review of the all-new Mazda3 before it’s for sale

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda3 on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 10:34 PM
A side-by-side photo of the sedan and hatchback versions of the 2019 Mazda3.

First drive review of the 2019 Mazda3

If you have been visiting the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Blog recently, you know that we’ve been very focused on the automaker’s lineup of crossover SUVs. However, the model we are most excited to experience for the new model year is the 2019 Mazda3. The sedan and hatchback versions of the new Mazda3 have been completely redesigned from the ground-up and, according to top automotive website Jalopnik, it could be the platform to push Mazda to the next level. It will still be at least a month before the new vehicle arrives. Until then take a look a look at our summary of the first drive review of the 2019 Mazda3. Read the rest of this entry »

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