How to Host a Budget-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party

Save some money by hosting your own budget-friendly New Year's Eve party

Going out for New Year’s Eve can be fun, but it can also be a huge drain on your bank account. If you want to have fun with your family and friends without going broke, consider hosting your own budget-friendly New Year’s Eve party.

Make It a Potluck

Share the workload with your guests and ask them to bring their appetizer or dessert. Skip on a big meal and just enjoy hors d’oeuvres and easy-to-eat desserts.

BYOB

Another big expense for New Year’s Eve is the alcohol. Just like the food, have everyone bring their favorite beverage to share. Let them know you are providing the champagne toast, but encourage a wide range of brews and spirits otherwise.

Make Champagne Punch

To make the champagne go further and give it a fruity kick, make a punch. Basic recipes involve combining champagne with a sparkling drink like ginger ale and some frozen fruit.

Keep Up the Decorations

You don’t have to take down your Christmas decorations just yet. Leave them up for the party to help create a festive mood and you can get more use out of them.

Have Some Fun

It can sometimes feel like it takes ages for midnight to arrive. Play some fun games like charades or set up a photo booth with fun props.

From everyone here at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi, have a happy New Year and we look forward to serving you in 2019!




Hyundai Wins Two 2019 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards

The Hyundai Accent and Hyundai Kona have both won automotive best buy awards for 2019

When you head out to buy a new car, you want to know that you are making a great choice. You want a car that combines great features and value. One way to do this is by checking the 2019 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Awards. This year, two Hyundai models earned top marks in their respective segments.

Subcompact Awards

In the subcompact car segment, the Hyundai Accent took home the prize. The Hyundai Kona earned the Best in Class Subcompact crossover award, making it tops in one of the most fiercely competitive segments in the industry.

“The Best Buy recognition for Accent and Kona emphasizes our efforts in delivering outstanding value through eye-catching design, advanced technology and high quality vehicles,” said Scott Margason, Director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

These two models competed against over 150 other entries for theses coveted awards. Consumer Guide jurors look to find the best models in each class that have the finest balance of value and features.

Award-Winning Features

The Hyundai Accent boasts outstanding value thanks to its long list of standard features. This includes features like Bluetooth, a 7-inch Display Audio touch-screen system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, app-based navigation, and voice-controlled search functions.

As for the Hyundai Kona, it comes with advanced safety features like a Driver Attention Warning, Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist, making it a great choice if you desire the utmost in confidence. With a stylish and rugged look, it’s also quite the head-turner.

If you want to experience the Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Kona, or any other new Hyundai vehicle, stop into Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.




Check Your Tires: Tips & Tricks

Make sure to check your tires to ensure your safety on the road

Tires are such an integral part of any vehicle, yet they often get overlooked by owners when it comes to regular maintenance. Don’t make that oh-so-easily-avoidable mistake! Having roadworthy tires will make your daily drive, or your travels to grandma’s for Thanksgiving, safer and easier for everyone.

Two foolproof ways you can check your tires is through examining their pressure and wear levels.

Tire Pressure

To check your tires’ pressure level is simple. First, purchase a trustworthy tire gauge, available at home improvement, automotive, or general department stores. Make sure you haven’t driven for at least three hours before checking your tire pressure. Insert the gauge into the tire’s valve system and compare the psi reading to what is listed in your owner’s manual. If you’re too high, release air until the proper number is reached. If too low, take your vehicle to the nearest air pump to add air to every tire.

Tire Wear

There’s a very simple way to check your tires for over-wear. Just take a penny and insert it with Honest Abe upside-down into the tread of one of your tires. If most of Lincoln’s hair is hidden, your tires are still roadworthy. But, if you can see his forehead, it’s probably time for a new set of tires. Schedule an appointment with the service department at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi if you’d like a professional second opinion.

Got any tire related questions? Bring ‘em to the experts at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi!




Check Out These Fun Thanksgiving Games for the Whole Family

Enjoy your holiday with the family with these fun Thanksgiving games

The Thanksgiving Day Parade is over, but the turkey still has four hours of cooking time in the oven left. Not to mention, you still have dough to roll out for the pies and potatoes to mash for the sides and…

Needless to say, you’re going to have your hands full this Thanksgiving. Here are a few delightfully fun Thanksgiving games to keep the kids happy (and out from underfoot) while you work your magic in the kitchen.

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

This is a great game to set up, especially if you’re hosting other families with even more kiddos. Send the kids into the backyard to search for pine cones, red leaves, yellow leaves, purple leaves, brown leaves, 10 acorns — you get the picture! Each child will search for autumn-themed outdoor items and present them to a parent. The first to gather every item on the list can get a special prize, like the right to get the first slice of pie.

Coloring Placemats

You can find anything online these days. Search for “kids coloring Thanksgiving placemats” and you’ll find a variety of Turkey Day-themed activities for the young-ones. Set them up with crayons and a placemat of their very own to color. They’ll be proud to display it at the Thanksgiving table come dinnertime!

Thanksgiving Trivia

This will require an adult volunteer to share a little Thanksgiving knowledge, or to quiz them on what they’ve already learned in school. Give a mini lesson in pilgrims, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving food traditions, then surprise them with trivia questions throughout the day. Correct answers get a piece of candy!

From the family at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi to yours, have a happy Thanksgiving!




Hyundai Awards Spotlight

The 2018 Kona and Tucson are the latest to be honored with Hyundai awards

2018 Hyundai Kona

The new Hyundai Kona crossover has already won favor with critics and customers alike. Most importantly, it has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s most coveted safety distinction: The 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+, when equipped with optional Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and High Beam Assist.

The 2018 Kona was also named one of the 10 Coolest Cars under $20,000 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. But that’s not all for the Hyundai Kona: The Kona also nabbed a top honor from Red Dot. Red Dot awarded the Kona with the Red Dot Award for Product Design this year.

2018 Hyundai Tucson

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson also earned several high honors. For starters, the Tucson earned praise from both safety governing bodies: It earned a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

J.D. Power has also been quite impressed with the 2018 Tucson. For starters, the Hyundai Tucson ranked as J.D. Power’s “Most Dependable Small SUV” in 2018; this study reviews vehicles throughout their first three years on the road and determines how many or how few problems they have. Because the Tucson had the fewest amount of problems in the small SUV segment, it won the top honor. Consumers also rated the Tucson as highest in infotainment.

The other J.D. Power honor that the Tucson earned was the “Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality.” Rather than study vehicle performance over three years, this study looks at vehicle performance in the first 90 days of ownership. This means that, once again, the Hyundai Tucson had the fewest issues in its segment, according to J.D. Power.

But don’t just take their word for it. Come down to Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi today to experience the award-winning quality of our new Hyundai lineup for yourself.




Upcoming Memphis Events in September and October

Don't miss these upcoming Memphis events this Fall season

Photo by Sean Davis via Flickr

The autumn is upon us, which means there’s a lot to see and do in and around Memphis. To get your fill of fun this season, consider checking out these exciting local events.

 

Memphis Japan Fest

Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Gardens

Join the Memphis Botanic Gardens in celebrating Japanese heritage and culture through this family-friendly festival, which offers half-price admission to the grounds. Enjoy everything from educational lectures to sumo-suit wrestling.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will bring the magic of Harry Potter to the stage through a live performance of the first film’s official soundtrack.

 

A Day of Merry Making

Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Overton Park

An annual family festival held by Overton Park Conservancy, A Day of Merry Making event will feature live entertainment from musical artists and dance troupes, as well as food trucks, a beer garden, a market for local arts and crafts vendors, and even a canine fashion show.

 

Pink Palace Crafts Fair

Oct. 12-14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Audubon Park

Celebrate your local craftsman and artists at the annual Pink Palace Crafts Fair, which is coming to Memphis for its 46th year. It’s also a fundraiser run by Friends of the Pink Palace, with all proceeds going to the museum.

 

RiverArts Fest

Oct. 27-28, Riverside Drive

Mighty Lights will be putting on a spectacular bridge light display during this year’s RiverArts Fest, which aims to show off over 180 artists who will be bringing their wares to the festival.

 

There’s much, much more to do in Memphis this autumn, and you’ll want a stylish ride to get you to and from it all. For that, stop into Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Fall Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Keep your car in great shape with this Fall vehicle maintenance checklist

With October being Fall Car Care Month, you may want to start thinking about how you can ensure your vehicle’s longevity and keep it running in the here and now. There are a number of key maintenance steps you should take for your vehicle every autumn; these are just some of the key suggestions to consider.

 

Oil and fluids

Your vehicle’s motor oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and coolant are all essential components to consistent operation. You should be checking these on the regular, and it’s even more important that you check your levels after a grueling summer. If you need a change or a top off, look no further than Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.

 

Heating

With the weather getting cooler, you’ll want to make sure that you have full use of your heating and defrosting functions. While you’re getting that checked, we’ll make sure that your air conditioner is still in good shape after putting it to the test during the dog days of summer.

 

Battery

Colder temps put a big strain on your battery, so it’s important to make sure you have enough energy to get through the season. We can test your battery levels and let you know if you are coming due for a replacement. If you aren’t sure, keep in mind that batteries tend to last between five and six years at the most.

 

There are many other steps you should consider for your fall maintenance checklist. To have those boxes all checked off, stop into the service department at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Hyundai Electric Scooter May Join the IONIQ Electric Car

A new Hyundai Electric Scooter could be coming soon to join the Ioniq Electric

At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Hyundai revealed a super cool IONIQ Scooter concept that could be folded up and stored in the front door of the Hyundai IONIQ Electric. Meant as a concept study in urban mobility, the electric scooter seemed like a logical accompaniment for the new Hyundai EV. And then … nothing really happened.

New Developments

Until now! CNET reported last month that Hyundai has filed a patent application for a “Folding Personal Mobility Vehicle.” The drawings contained within the application sure look a lot like the IONIQ Scooter, leading us to believe that maybe — just maybe — Hyundai will be offering this scooter to the people.

Easy Use & Charging

The IONIQ Scooter presented at CES 2017 is operable via a thumb switch on the handle and brakes by either scrolling down on the thumb switch or pressing a pad over the rear wheel with your foot. In addition to front and rear lights and an occupant sensor, the IONIQ Scooter is convenient in that it charges while stowed in the IONIQ Electric’s front door, ensuring that there’s always enough juice.

Will we be seeing this super cool scooter around Memphis soon? We certainly hope so. In the meantime, you can check out all that Hyundai has to offer at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.




2018 Mazda6 Gets Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™

The 2018 Mazda6 will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

If you’ve recently purchased the new 2018 Mazda6 or have been eyeing one of your very own, take note. Mazda has announced that it will begin offering Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ functionality for certain Mazda6 models this September via an update that can be installed for free at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.

Availability

The 2018 Mazda6 Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature will receive the upgrade at no additional cost, adding Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ in addition to an update for the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system and a new 2.1-amp USB port for faster charging. This service can be performed in two hours and is completely free of charge.

Trail Blazing

This will make the 2018 Mazda6 the first Mazda in the United States to offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, making it simpler for smartphone users to make hands-free calls, stream music, and access their favorite apps.

The 2018 Mazda6 takes the exceptional midsize sedan and makes it even better than ever with the added availability of the award-winning SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T engine and a significantly revised interior and interior. If you’ve been meaning to make an upgrade in your daily commute, there’s no better time than now and no better choice than the new Mazda6 — available at Gossett Mazda Hyundai Mitsubishi.




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.