Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Turbochargers are able to provide performance and fuel economy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
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How does turbocharging in a car engine work?

In the old days, a vehicle owner had to choose between a vehicle that made a lot of horsepower and one that can record high fuel economy scores. Recent advances in automotive turbocharging technology are allowing car owners to have their cake and eat it, too – so to speak. So, how does turbocharging in a car engine work? The actual engineering behind turbochargers can get a little difficult to understand, but in practice, it’s pretty simple. There are several new vehicles in the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown lineup that employ this technology. Our team of product experts wanted to give you a quick primer on how this works so you can make a more informed decision during the shopping process. (more…)

A rushed decision is a bad decision when buying a new vehicle

Monday, February 25th, 2019
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What steps should I take to buy a new car?

Most financial experts will say that impulse buying of any kind isn’t a terribly smart idea. This goes double for buying a new vehicle. For most customers visiting the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom, their vehicle is going to be among their most important and valuable asset. If you’re thinking it’s time to make an upgrade to your daily driver, you should be thinking, ‘What steps should I take to buy a new car,’ long before you make your first visit to our, or any dealership. Our team of product experts wrote this short guide to get you started on a successful path that will hopefully end with you driving back home in a new Mazda sedan, hatchback or crossover SUV from our showroom. (more…)

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

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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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. (more…)

Make sure your kids are safe when they get their license

Thursday, February 7th, 2019
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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. (more…)

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

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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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. (more…)

Keep your vehicle save using available Mazda technology

Monday, January 21st, 2019
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How does the Mazda CX-5 alarm work?

You have worked hard to take your Mazda CX-5 home from the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom. You curbed your unnecessary spending to save up for the down payment and you probably did hours and hours research before settling on the Mazda two-row crossover SUV. It’s only natural you will want to protect your investment. It’s not terribly uncommon for customers to ask our product experts, ‘How does the Mazda CX-5 alarm work?’ This is such an important piece of information that we thought it would be beneficial for us to lay out a step-by-step process. If you need more help or would like to see the vehicle’s anti-theft system in action, stop by our showroom today. (more…)

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

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
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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. (more…)

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

Thursday, January 10th, 2019
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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. (more…)

Getting car sick is unpleasant, but also very avoidable

Monday, December 31st, 2018
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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. (more…)

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

Sunday, December 30th, 2018
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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. (more…)

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