Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Car

Remember these summer maintenance tips for your car to ensure you stay rolling this season

The summer is upon us, and if you haven’t brought your ride into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi for seasonal maintenance already, you’ll want to make time as soon as possible. Keeping your vehicle properly maintained in the summer can mean the difference between taking a successful road trip with the family and being stranded at the side of the road.

Check your A/C. Memphis gets awfully hot in the summertime, so it’s extremely important that your vehicle’s air conditioning is up to snuff. If you haven’t had your A/C inspected and serviced recently, make it a point to have that done before making it work overtime.

Be prepared. Sometimes, a breakdown is unavoidable. What can be avoided, however, is being caught out in the sun without the essentials. Put together a summer emergency kit, which should include all-season essentials like a spare cell phone battery/charger, flashlight, blankets, bottled water, and so on. For the summer, consider adding seasonal must-haves like bug spray and sunscreen to ensure your comfort and safety if you should be stuck on the roadside for a time.

There are a ton of different maintenance steps you can take before your big summer road trip, including recommended service for your tires, battery, and fluids. To have that work done quickly and correctly, stop into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Hyundai CRADLE Investing in Battery Developer Ionic Materials

Hyundai is investing in battery developer Ionic Materials to further clean, affordable batteries

It’s more and more apparent that the future of the automotive industry is in electrified vehicle technology, and Hyundai is working to stay ahead of the curve and innovate more than its competition. That’s why Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai’s corporate venturing and open innovation business arm, is investing in battery developer Ionic Materials. The investment will help Hyundai innovate with respect to the advancement of solid-state battery innovation.

Clean & Efficient Solutions

“Ionic Materials’ breakthrough technology could significantly improve battery technology today,” said John Suh, vice president of Hyundai CRADLE. “We are always looking for ways to ensure our cars provide the highest level of clean and efficient solutions. Our investment in Ionic Materials will keep us at the forefront of battery development, allowing us to build better eco-friendly vehicles.”

Better Batteries

The benefits that solid-state batteries have over lithium ion include improvements in safety, performance, and cost-effectiveness. Solid state batteries promise better efficiency at a lower cost than today’s technology, and Hyundai’s investment puts it at the forefront of bringing the technology to the masses.

Hyundai Leads The Way

Ironically, Ionic Materials’ name is evocative of the Hyundai Ioniq, the new midsize sedan available with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric powertrain options. This innovation, as well as the investment in Ionic Materials, makes Hyundai today’s leader on the road to a greener future.

To see more of Hyundai’s eco-friendly innovations for yourself, stop into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Summer Service Tips

Use these summer service tips to make sure your car thrives this season

The summer season is coming in hot, and it pays to have a vehicle that can handle the increase in temperatures and vacation travels. A vehicle operating at peak performance will make hitting the open road much more enjoyable. These summer service tips will make sure your car can handle the hottest season of the year and get you where you need to go in comfort and style.

Cooling System

A car’s cooling system is a necessity in preventing the engine from overheating. As a general rule, the cooling system should be flushed and refilled every two years. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is recommended for most climates. If you plan on taking care of this maintenance yourself, make sure to leave the radiator cap in place until the engine has cooled. Make sure to have the belts and hoses inspected by a certified technician.

Oil

The engine oil is responsible for cooling, lubricating, and protecting the vital parts of the engine. Fresh oil performs its duties much better than old oil. Consult your owner’s manual to determine how often the manufacturer recommends changing the oil.

Lights

You should inspect your car’s lights every few weeks, and the beginning of the summer season is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Perform a walk around of the vehicle and replace any burned out bulbs. Clean the lenses and inspect them for cracks while you’re at it!

These are just some of the many steps you can take to make sure that your vehicle is up for the task of summer driving. If you need help getting there, the service pros at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi have the expertise and know-how you need.




Hyundai Grandmaster Concept Hints at New SUV

The Hyundai Grandmaster Concept teases a new full-size SUV for Hyundai

Demand for large family SUVs is still going strong, and Hyundai’s HDC-2 Grandmaster concept posits that there’s no slowdown in sight. The new concept, which made its official debut at the Busan International Motor Show in South Korea in June, teases what the future could hold in terms of an eight-seat Hyundai SUV.

“Sensuous Sportiness”

The HDC-2 Grandmaster SUV concept utilizes Hyundai’s “Sensuous Sportiness” design language, following in the footsteps of the HDC-1 Le Fil Rouge concept that bowed in Geneva earlier this year. The name Grandmaster suggests a champion at chest, with Hyundai saying that its name is meant “to indicate that just as the sum of all chess pieces completes the game of chess, all forthcoming Hyundai vehicles will come to form a harmonious vehicle lineup demonstrating the Hyundai Look while each maintains distinctive character and role.”

And if “Sensuous Sportiness” becomes the unifying look of Hyundai’s lineup in the future, all the better. The HDC-2 Grandmaster is svelte and futuristic, perhaps most notable for its massive cascading grille.

Finding Its Place

Should the Grandmaster make its way into Hyundai’s lineup, it would slot nicely over the seven-passenger Santa Fe XL. There’s likely quite a bit of time between now and that hypothetical then—a production version of the Grandmaster probably wouldn’t head into production until around 2020 or so.

In the meantime, if you’re in the market for a family-friendly SUV, come check out the Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Kelley Blue Book Names Mazda Best Performance Brand

The Mazda MX-5 Miata was one reason Kelley Blue Book named Mazda Best Performance Brand in 2018

Mazda is a brand known for affordable vehicles that come loaded with upscale features and innovative technologies and are incredibly fun to drive. Backing up this understanding are two awards bestowed upon Mazda by Kelley Blue Book in its 2018 Brand Image Awards: Best Performance Brand and Best Styling Brand.

Time To Buy A Trophy Case

This is the first time that Mazda has taken home the title of Best Performance Brand, with KBB saying that the Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, and Mazda CX-9 “are arguably the most fun-to-drive cars in their segments.” Naturally, the MX-5 Miata, perhaps the most recognizable and beloved roadster on the market, helped drive Mazda into the winner’s circle.

Back-to-Back

Mazda also earned its second straight Brand Image Award for Best Styling by virtue of offering what KBB says is arguably the most comprehensively handsome lineup in the industry. From sharp and stylish exteriors to luxurious and spacious interiors, Mazda’s lineup utilizes KODO—Soul of Motion design language to perfection to deliver an opulent aesthetic that belies Mazda’s affordable prices.

KBB’s Brand Image Awards are determined by consumer data pulled from Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch, which analyzes vehicle and brand perception among new-car buyers. So, while KBB is the reputable name behind Mazda’s dual honors, it’s ultimately the opinion of drivers like you that lands Mazda at the top of the heap in terms of style and performance.

To experience for yourself why Mazda is considered in such high regard by critics and drivers alike, stop into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi for a test drive.




New Mitsubishi Lancer Will Join Crossover Lineup

The newest version of the Mitsubishi Lancer might be more SUV than sedan

The Mitsubishi Lancer was one of the first four-door sport sedans to hit the market, and it remains a favorite among performance enthusiasts despite having been discontinued last year. While the performance sedan of yesterday is gone, the Lancer name will live on. The new Mitsubishi Lancer will follow in the tire tracks of the Eclipse Cross, repurposing a beloved namebadge and bolstering Mitsubishi’s crossover lineup.

Concepts

Even more exciting is the fact that we may have already seen what the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover will look like. The e-Evolution concept, an electric crossover with a futuristic design, may very well be the template from which the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover will spring. Mitsubishi Chief Designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto told AutoExpress that the e-Evolution would allow the Lancer to fit the global C-segment, which would slot it somewhere between a hatchback and a crossover.

“Maybe we can create a new type of hatchback vehicle. We’re thinking quite radically. Originality is as much a part of the Mitsubishi design philosophy now as consistency,” Kunimoto said.

Radical Changes

Mitsubishi previously announced it would be releasing six new vehicles and five redesigned models by 2020. The revival of the Lancer name would be a particularly exciting choice for that goal, particularly if it were to feature a hybrid powertrain and Super All-Wheel Control.

To get the latest on this and other exciting developments from Mitsubishi, watch this space. For the best of what’s current, stop into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi and check out our showroom.




How to Remove Odors from a Car

Remove Odors from a CarA smelly vehicle is an unwelcoming one, so it can pay off to know how to remove odors from a car. As it turns out, you don’t have to perform a complete detail of your car’s interior in order to remove unwanted smells. In fact, removing odors from a car can be relatively simple and inexpensive. Here are a few ways to keep your car smelling fresh without breaking the bank.

Citrus Peels

Having a citrus fruit as a snack or for breakfast is a great choice for your health, but did you know that the peels can help remove odors from a car? Simply place orange, lemon, or other citrus peels in a cup. Place the cup in your car for a few days. The peels will absorb most smells and leave it smelling fresh.

Newspaper

Newspapers have many uses, and one of them is removing smells left behind by cigarette smoke. Taking care of that smoky smell is as easy as crumpling a few newspaper pages into balls and leaving them to sit in the car. The newspaper will absorb the smell overnight and leave your car smelling fairly fresh the next morning. That, you gotta think, qualifies as good news.

Dryer Sheets

One of the most simple and inexpensive ways to remove smells from a car is by wiping the seats down with a dryer sheet. For stronger smells, place a dryer sheet beneath the seats to suppress and remove the smell over time.

If you want to get your vehicle looking—and smelling—tip-top again, simply bring it into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi for a professional detailing. We’ll have you back on the road without the funk in no time.




New-Look 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Coming This Summer

2019 Hyundai Santa FeThe best is getting even better. Last month, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe made its North American debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, giving drivers a taste of the next evolution of its best-selling SUV ahead of its arrival this summer.

There will be just a bit of adjustment necessary with the new Santa Fe lineup. The former Santa Fe Sport will now go by the Santa Fe moniker, while the former Santa Fe will now be known as the Santa Fe XL. There’s also a third version of the Santa Fe that will be available this year—the Santa Fe Diesel, which gets an occasional-use third-row seat with one-touch folding second row in addition to a burly 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel that cranks out 190 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque.

It might also take just a bit to get used to the look of the new Santa Fe family. Marked by the signature Hyundai Cascading Grille and Composite Light Design, the Santa Fe looks powerful, poised, and exceptionally refined. Truly, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe represents the next—and best—evolution of an SUV that has already satisfied more than 1.5 million drivers.

There is a lot to learn about the upcoming 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe before it hits the Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi showroom this summer. To get the low-down, stop in and speak with one of our experts and watch this space for more updates.




Vehicle Service FAQs You Should Consider

Vehicle Service FAQsRegular maintenance can help prevent your car from breaking down unexpectedly and help increase its resale value when it comes time for an upgrade. Do you feel like there’s just too much to consider when it comes to service and maintenance? These vehicle service FAQs should help shed some light on concerns you might have.

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

The answer to this really depends upon the make, model, and year of your vehicle. Older cars tend to need more frequent oil changes, whereas newer models can go longer. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends and stick to it in order to prolong the life of your vehicle. If you are unsure, the service team at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi is happy to advise you.

Should I Use Conventional or Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is a little more expensive up-front, but it’ll last longer. Synthetic oil is specially formulated to keep your engine running like new. It’s been distilled and purified to help keep your engine cleaner, protect your engine from excess wear and tear, protect turbocharger parts, and function better is extreme temperatures. Our service technicians can determine the correct synthetic oil blend to use in your vehicle when you bring it in for service.

Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?

Tires wear at a different rate depending on where they are located on your vehicle. Front tires wear differently from rear ones, and left tires wear differently than right ones. Rotating your tires ensures that they wear more evenly, which extends their life and saves you money in the long run. Aim to have your tires rotated whenever you take your vehicle in for an oil change.

How Do I Tell if I Need New Tires?

Good tread is essential in helping your vehicle grip the road. Check your tread frequently to ensure your tires are still in good working order, and invest in new tires when your tread depth is less than 2/30 inch. The easiest way to check is to insert an upside-down penny into your tire tread with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, get yourself some new tires ASAP.

What are the Main Things I Should Check Regularly?

About every three months, you should inspect your coolant level, oil level, washer fluid level, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. If any of these look low, top them up or bring your vehicle in to Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. You should also check your brakes and tire tread about twice a year—more often if you notice that something is off. Check your battery once a year and replace your spark plugs, fuel filter, and windshield wipers. Finally, flush your radiator once a year to keep it in top shape.

If you have any questions to which you can’t quite pin down an answer, stop in and speak with the service specialists at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, complete the work you might need done, and send you home with a smile.




General Vehicle Maintenance Tips

General Vehicle Maintenance TipsProperly maintaining your vehicle throughout the years could be the difference between racking up 250,000+ miles or calling the tow truck while you’re stuck on the side of the road. You invest in your future when purchasing a car, so taking proper care of it in some senses means taking care of yourself. To help you protect your investment through all the wear and tear, consider these general vehicle maintenance tips.

Wheels and Tires: If you want your tires to last as long as possible, the general rule is to have them rotated about every 5,000 miles (or at the interval suggested by your owner’s manual). In addition, make sure to regularly check your tire pressure and clean off the brake dust on your wheels. Last, but not least, check your tread depth. Bald tires lead to dangerous driving situations.

Engine: The heart of your car requires regular, much-needed attention. Checking your oil level is something you should do periodically to make sure you steer clear of engine problems. To properly check it, park your car on level ground and wait for the engine to cool off. Then, locate the dipstick, remove it, and wipe it clean with a paper towel or other disposable cloth before returning it to its tube. After a few seconds, pull it out again and note where the oil level is. Marks are notched into the dipstick to give you a good reading. The level should be somewhere between the two notches. If it’s below the lower notch, add a little oil.

Checking your coolant level is just as important, as your engine will not run without it. Locate where the coolant reservoir is in your owner’s manual and check the level of it when the engine is cool. There are ‘high’ and ‘low’ markings on the reserve for you to reference. Like with the oil, if it’s low, simply add a little coolant.

Fuel: If you notice that you are not getting the kind of fuel efficiency you would expect, there could be a few problems. The most common issue is tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires could be the cause of lower fuel economy. Also, make sure you’re using the right type of fuel. Some cars require higher octane or premium fuel to get better gas mileage and performance.

These are just some of the steps that you can take to ensure the long, happy relationship between you and your vehicle. If you need help keeping up with your maintenance needs, or if you’re on the market for a fresh start, make your next stop Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.