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.




How to Prepare Your Car for Spring

prepare your car for springYes, it is still February, but warmer weather is not too far away. Now is the time to make plans on how to prepare your car for spring.

  • Give it a wash. Give your car a thorough wash to clean away all the dirt, salt, and grime that gathers over the winter. Don’t forget the undercarriage, as lingering salt residue can cause damage.
  • Clean the inside. Pay close attention to the interior as well. Take out your floor mats and give them a good scrub. You can even spray them down with the hose and let them dry in the sun.
  • Check your tires. Look over your tires and check for signs for wear. You should also have them rotated and aligned, if necessary.
  • Inspect your wipers. After working to clear your windshield of frost all season long, it might be time for a new set. If they are streaking or stuttering, go ahead and get a new pair.
  • Top off your fluids. Check your fluid levels, especially the windshield washer fluid, and refill them, as necessary.

Let us help your car recover from winter. Schedule a service appointment here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi and we will get your car ready for spring.




2018 Hyundai Sonata’s Safety Earns Top Rating

Hyundai Sonata’s safetyMost car shoppers put safety at or near the top of their priority list when shopping for a new car. If that includes you, then the 2018 Hyundai Sonata’s safety will put a smile on your face. It, along with two other Hyundai models, earned a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.

To earn this rating, a vehicle has to earn the top “good” rating in all crash tests, an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention technology, and a “good” headlight rating. The Sonata, along with the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, checked all of these boxes.

Along with these three models, four Hyundai models earned the 2018 Top Safety Pick, including the Tucson, Elantra GT, Elantra, and Ioniq Hybrid.

“Hyundai recognizes the importance in providing affordable, appealing and high quality products with an underlying commitment to safety,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The innovations we are implementing for crash protection and prevention have all positively enhanced the safety of our products.”

Every 2018 Sonata comes standard with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. In fact, the Sonata is the only mid-size sedan that offers this safety feature as standard equipment.

Come see what other great safety features the Sonata has with a test drive at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi today.




Best Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Memphis, TN

Valentine’s Day restaurantsIs it too early to start making Valentine’s Day plans? It’s important to get your reservation in fast so you don’t end up getting stuck at home. Fortunately, Memphis, Tennessee has plenty of great, romantic options for you to choose from when it comes to perfect Valentine’s Day restaurants.

B.B. King’s

Famous for its live music that provides an ambient atmosphere, B.B. King’s $50 three-course meal is one of the more affordable Valentine’s Day options out there.

Eighty3 at the Madison

Dine at this stylish and elegant restaurant, which offers a three-course menu for two at $55 a person, including champagne.

All Things Chocolate IV

This isn’t a restaurant so much as an event that includes food. Hosted at the National Civil Rights Museum with tickets starting at $85, the event also features dancing and drinks.

Felicia Suzanne’s

Felicia Suzanne’s features a $65-a-person, three-course, prix-fixe menu, and also allows you to add on various wine packages or opt for early or late seating.

There are many for options for Valentine’s Day restaurants in Memphis, but it’s important for you to start on your research early. These suggestions can provide you a starting point for the perfect date night.




Mitsubishi Sales Growth Reported for Fifth Consecutive Year

Mitsubishi sales growthMitsubishi Motors has spent the past few years revamping its lineup by taking some unusual moves. Cutting many of its long-lasting nameplates and expanding into the realm of SUVs and crossovers, Mitsubishi has found ample success with nameplates like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport among families and weekend travelers alike. Now, Mitsubishi sales growth has been reported for the fifth year in a row, showing excellent outlook for the company’s new strategy.

Total sales numbers for the year of 2017 increased over 2016 by as much as 7.7%, the first time the brand sold more than 100,000 units since 2007. December alone showed even more promising numbers, with total sales improving over last year by as much as 15.1%. The Outlander Sport’s sales alone grew 47.1% in December, compared to the same month last year, proving the stylish and sporty SUV’s continuing popularity among buyers.

Over the past five years, Mitsubishi sales growth has swelled as much as 80%. The new Outlander PHEV hit dealerships this past December as well, and the all-new Eclipse Cross debuts in showrooms in March of 2018, so Mitsubishi Motors predicts their sales numbers will continue to increase as they add new vehicles and innovations to the brand’s vehicle lineup.




Best Holiday Attractions in Memphis, Tennessee

The holiday season isn’t exactly typical in Memphis. Winters are mild, meaning most residents won’t see a White Christmas. However, some of the best holiday attractions in the area can put you in a state of Christmas cheer anyway, so check these out.

best holiday attractions

Christmas at the Peabody Hotel

The historic Peabody Hotel is beautiful as it is, but during the holidays it turns into a stunning array of lights and festivities. Check out the Peabody Gingerbread Village, or tune in for a live choir performance.

Zoo Lights

Head to the Memphis Zoo for this fun occasion, which decks out the entire zoo in festive Christmas lights. Arts and crafts events, reindeer, and even Santa and his workshop will be present for the holidays.

Christmas at Graceland

Pay tribute to the King by visiting his former home, Graceland, which is decorated from top to bottom with the best Christmas decor in honor of his favorite holiday.

New Year’s Eve on Beale Street

If you’re brave enough to face the traffic and crowds, celebrating New Year’s Eve on Beale Street is an experience unlike any other. Live music, dancing, local food, and of course, a big countdown to midnight await!

Check out the best holiday attractions in Memphis for a winter you’ll never forget. The city is chock full of fun things to do.




What Has Changed in the New Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a favorite in the crossover segment. Not as small as the subcompact CX-3 but not as large and unwieldy as the three-row CX-9, the Mazda CX-5 occupies a sort of in-between, “just-right” sort of space, and for the 2018 model year, the new Mazda CX-5 is getting a few changes.

new Mazda CX-5

This comes as a surprise, as the CX-5 was just redesigned for the 2017 model, but Mazda has always been an innovator in the market – dedicated to bringing the latest tech and engineering to their nameplates.

The Mazda CX-5 is carrying over many of its updates from 2017, of course, including its sophisticated interior, upgraded driving dynamics, and quiet insulation in the cabin for a more refined ride.

However, for 2018, the Mazda CX-5 is adding even more by making the brand’s full suite of driver assistance and safety technology available on all trim levels, including the base Sport model, and standard on both the Touring and Grand Touring trims. Also, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is getting a tech update that gives it a cylinder-deactivation system that will improve gas mileage.

The new Mazda CX-5 is launching soon, due out sometime during the winter of 2017-2018. Make sure you keep an eye out for the new model and come see us soon as Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Traveling during the holidays is no simple task and tends to involve weeks of planning before the actual trip since no one wants to miss out on a family Thanksgiving due to a silly travel issue. To keep that from happening, check out these Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi of Memphis.

Thanksgiving travel tips

Travel Smart

If you plan on flying, it’s best to do it the day of Thanksgiving rather than any time before. While you’ll certainly be cutting it close to turkey time, the congestion of the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be a hassle.

Those planning to fly can minimize delays and crowds by flying early in the morning or late at night as well or travel prior to the week of Thanksgiving.

Bundle

Bundling your hotel, flight, and a rental car can save you, well, a bundle. Booking a combination of the three together can potentially save hundreds of dollars, and that’s money that can be put towards gifts for family or a treat for yourself!

Wash Your Hands

Getting sick on Thanksgiving can quickly make family joy into holiday misery. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of falling ill this holiday season with a simple task: diligently washing your hands. Carrying a small bottle of hand sanitizer is a great way to stop the spread of germs as well.




Mazda’s Rotary Engines to Return

It has been five years since Mazda’s rotary engines officially left the United States market after the RX-8, but the rotary engine has remained popular with enthusiasts Now, it looks like Mazda’s rotary engines could make a comeback in the near future.Mazda’s Rotary Engines

 

According to Mitsuo Hitoma, Mazda’s global powertrain head, the rotary engine could return as a range extender on an electric vehicle, potentially as soon as 2019. Mazda’s rotary engines could be useful for this due to a few main reasons. First, the engine is compact and offers impressive performance for anyone behind the wheel. Second, it doesn’t generate much of a vibration, making it perfect for a quiet, comfortable ride.

As for Mazda’s upcoming electric vehicle, the brand promised two amazing models to arrive as soon as 2019—one a fully electric model and one equipped with a range extender, possibly the promised rotary engine.

This isn’t as outlandish as it may seem—Mazda already used the rotary engine as a range extender in the 2013 Mazda2 Concept vehicle, so now it looks like that use could arrive in a practical fashion in just a few years.

We here at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi can’t wait for the return of the rotary engine!