You must have car insurance, but you don’t have to pay full price

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 1:51 PM
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Ways to get a discount on car insurance

Hopefully, everyone reading the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Blog knows that drivers operating their vehicles in the State of Tennessee are required to carry vehicle insurance policies that meet a certain minimum coverage threshold. However, just because we’re all required to have automobile insurance, doesn’t mean we have to pay full price for it. Some of the finance experts working at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom thought it might be useful for you to know of about some interesting ways to get a discount on car insurance that you might not have previously considered. If you’re looking for a new sedan, hatchback or crossover SUV you’d like to try some of these ways to save money, make an appointment with a product expert today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda celebrates important anniversary in Chicago 30 years later

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda MX-5 Miata on Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 7:46 PM
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30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata

While most of the global automakers have their focus on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mazda is looking a little further down the road. When the manufacturer sets up its display at the Chicago Auto Show, the 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata will be among the many displays the automaker has set up for the thousands attending the show. The Chicago Auto Show is an appropriate place to celebrate this milestone anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. McCormick Place on the shores of Lake Michigan is where the very first Mazda MX-5 Miata originally debuted to the public. Unfortunately, the automaker is being tight-lipped about what will be on display, but we’ll try to make some guesses. Read the rest of this entry »

It might be cold outside, but your engine can still get too hot

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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Can a car overheat in the winter?

Winter in the great state of Tennessee can certainly be beautiful, but it rarely gets bitterly cold like it does for our friends who live further north. Just because the temperatures get a bit lower, a vehicle’s engine will always have heat to spare. On the occasion when someone calls the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department to ask, ‘Can a car overheat in the winter,’ they are often surprised when we tell them that it is very possible. An overheating vehicle engine is a bad situation to be in, especially when the weather outside is frightful – or worse. If you need any help or advice about how to get the most out of your vehicle, Mazda or otherwise, make an appointment to see a service expert today. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 may not have a CD player, but it doesn’t lack options

By Product Expert | Posted in Accessories, Mazda CX-5, Technology on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 9:46 PM
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Does the 2019 Mazda CX-5 have a CD player?

The story of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is really centered around its available technology options. Now that the 2019 Mazda CX-5 has been available at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown, customers are getting even more interested in what features it has available. One of the most common questions our team of product experts have received is, ‘Does the 2019 Mazda CX-5 have a CD player?’ Audio file storage file formats, like the technology available in the 2019 Mazda CX-5 has progressed beyond carrying around compact discs. So, no, the new Mazda CX-5 does not have a CD player but owners will not be at a loss listening options. Let’s take a look at what the new crossover SUV has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »

Are you relying on outdated information when choosing your next vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in Performance, Technology on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 6:18 PM
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Do vehicles with a manual transmission have better gas mileage?

It’s been more than a century since automobiles have been mass-produced in the United States as well as around the world. In that time, the technology and capability of vehicles have progressed faster than almost any other industry. Because of the speed of development, certain myths and misconceptions have become pervasive which can lead to buyers making decisions based on outdated information. So, do vehicles with a manual transmission have better gas mileage? Well, that’s no longer the case. Let’s take a closer look at what the Mazda lineup of vehicles has to offer in terms of fuel economy. If you’d like to schedule a test drive with any of the vehicles in our inventory, make an appointment with a product expert today by calling, 833-241-6312. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting car sick is unpleasant, but also very avoidable

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, December 31st, 2018 at 2:07 PM
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Best ways to avoid motion sickness in a vehicle

Modern automobiles are able to get ahead of so many problems. There are apps to help you avoid traffic jams and a lot of vehicles will even tell you when it’s time to schedule a service appointment. But when it comes to making sure a driver and his or her passengers are feeling ok, technology hasn’t quite kept up with automotive technology. The best ways to avoid motion sickness in a vehicle involve making some choices before and after someone gets in a vehicle. We surveyed some of the experts working in the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown to find out how they avoid getting car sick. Read the rest of this entry »

Fuel economy is important to all of us, here’s how we can do a little better

By Product Expert | Posted in Performance, Tips & Tricks on Sunday, December 30th, 2018 at 3:32 PM
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How can I get better gas mileage?

While we wait for the automotive and fuel industries to figure out the next great advancement to break our dependence on fossil fuels, fuel economy is always a chief concern among the customers visiting the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom. As a vehicle ages, it’s not terribly uncommon for drivers to need to fill their vehicles up more regularly. If you’ve been wondering, ‘How can I get better gas mileage,’ the experts at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown have a few answers. If you own a Mazda hatchback, sedan or crossover SUV, you’re already in position to be ahead of the game. These tips might give you the leg-up you need to squeeze out a few extra miles per gallon. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda’s rotary engine was just a bit ahead of it’s time

By Product Expert | Posted in Technology on Thursday, December 27th, 2018 at 7:56 PM
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Is Mazda bringing back the rotary engine?

A few weeks ago, we came across a story about how Mazda has renewed the paperwork to hold the trademark on the RX-8 model name. This sparked a flurry of rumors and speculation across internet forums that the automaker was going to bring it back into production, hopefully with the revolutionary Wankel rotary engine. So, is Mazda bringing back the rotary engine? Not in the foreseeable future. However, a recent article posted on the Road and Track website posits something very interesting. Possibly coincidentally, this article also reminded us of something we read from Mazda a few months ago regarding their efforts to build electric vehicles or something with renewable fuels. Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda picks up yet another IIHS Top Safety Pick+ honor

By Product Expert | Posted in Awards on Monday, December 24th, 2018 at 7:20 PM
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How safe is the 2019 Mazda CX-5?

For the new model year, the latest version of the Mazda’s second-largest crossover SUV has impressed Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers with its impressive new technology. And as much as we love talking about the new features the vehicle has available, we can’t overlook what it has to offer in terms of passenger protection. So, how safe is the 2019 Mazda CX-5? Well, it’s about the best a customer could reasonably ask for within this highly-competitive class of the automotive industry. Earlier this month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2019 Mazda CX-5 its highest designation, Top Safety Pick+. The non-profit safety agency increased the threshold for vehicles to get the all-important ‘plus’ rating. Let’s take a look at how what the IIHS had to say. Read the rest of this entry »

Texting while driving isn’t expressly illegal, but it’s still not safe

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 2:49 PM
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Is it illegal to text and drive in Tennessee?

One of our favorite features to show new Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers is the outstanding connectivity technology offered by many new Mazda sedans and crossover SUVs. The feature that seems to impress the most people is how easy it is to connect today’s most popular smartphones to the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system. After we show how easy this is, the first question that is usually asked is, ‘Is it illegal to text and drive in Tennessee?’ Unfortunately, the answer is both yes and no. Under a state law passed nearly 10 years ago, a driver (who doesn’t have graduated or probationary license) can send or receive a text message, as long as the vehicle isn’t in motion. Let’s take a look at other information you might find useful. Read the rest of this entry »

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