Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

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…)

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

Monday, December 17th, 2018
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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. (more…)

Technology can help you get home this New Year’s Eve

Friday, December 14th, 2018
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How do I use Uber/Lyft to get home on New Year’s Eve?

This time of year, Christmas gets all of the attention for holidays, but let’s not forget to give New Year’s Eve its due. Hopefully, you already have plans to attend a party. But, have you thought about how you’ll be getting home? This is especially important if you plan on drinking, which is obviously incredibly dangerous. Luckily, technology is here to help. If you been looking for a safe ride home after the ball drops on New Year’s Day, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is here to help you figure out how to use Uber/Lyft to get home. These apps can be downloaded to just about any smartphone. They are safe and secure, so you don’t have to worry about entering your credit or debit card information. We’ve provided some videos below to help you get started. Everyone at Gwatney Mazda of Germantown wishes you a safe and happy New Year. (more…)

You’ll be sorry you ignored your tires when you’re changing a flat

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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How do I know if I need new tires?

It’s never been easier to care for a Mazda coupe, hatchback, sedan or crossover SUV. The automaker routinely ranks among the best manufacturers in the automotive industry in several of the most important categories. However, it can still be difficult how to know if you need new tires. Gwatney Mazda of Germantown wants to be a primary resource for everything you need to know about your vehicle – even if you didn’t buy it from us. Tires are really the unsung heroes of any vehicle. Even the best of us can take them for granted until it’s too late. There are some tell-tale signs that it’s time for a new set of tires as well as a few things you can do to get the most miles possible before replacing them. (more…)

Drivers have some choices to make when filling their tires

Friday, December 7th, 2018
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Should I put nitrogen in my tires?

If we were to ask, what is inside your car’s tires, everyone would answer air. But did you know that air isn’t the only option? Some people go a different route and choose a different gas on which to ride. So, should you put nitrogen in your tires? That depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Proponents of filling a vehicle’s tires with nitrogen are quick to point out its advantages, while critics of the practice say it’s not always worth the extra cost. Let’s take a look at what the experts working at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown have to say. You should always follow the recommendations laid out in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but feel free to stop by the shop if you’re looking for another opinion. (more…)

Mazda expands new smartphone upgrade to more models

Monday, November 26th, 2018
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Which Mazda vehicles can get the smartphone upgrade?

When Mazda announced that it would be offering owners who purchased or leased the 2018 Mazda6 a chance to have their existing infotainment systems retrofitted with new technology, we definitely heard from a lot of our loyal readers. While a bulk of the calls were asking about how it would affect that specific vehicle in their driveway, we still had quite a few ask, ‘Which Mazda vehicles can get the smartphone upgrade?’ At first, it appeared that only the Mazda6 would be eligible, but something changed. Another update from our manufacturing partnered has revealed that almost any Mazda vehicle with the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system can get be eligible for the upgrade. Let’s learn more. (more…)

If something doesn’t smell right, this is what it could mean

Saturday, November 10th, 2018
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What is that smell in my car?

When people think about taking care of their vehicles, they are mostly (and correctly) focused on getting regular oil changes and making sure it runs reliably. But there is more to owning and maintaining a vehicle than engines, transmissions and the like. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, ‘What is that smell in my car,’ we might be able to help. The Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Blog sat down with our chief service technician to help you identify any funky aromas you might be experiencing and what you can do to make them go away. If you need a little more assistance, please stop by our service department and we’ll figure something out. (more…)

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