Archive for the ‘Tips & Tricks’ Category

Avoid These Detailing Mistakes to Keep Your Vehicle Looking as Good as New

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
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What Are the Top Car Detailing Mistakes?

There’s no better way to keep your 2019 Mazda MX- Miata looking as good as new than regularly washing and detailing it. When it comes to detailing your car, however, there are a number of mistakes that can affect the outcome of your hard work. Instead of wondering what the top car detailing mistakes are, continue reading this guide to find out. (more…)

How to Locate and Identify 7 Common Vehicle Fluid Leaks

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
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How to Locate A Leak Under Your Mazda Vehicle

After owning a vehicle for a while, odds are that at some point you will come across a puddle of leaking liquid sitting under it. At first, suspecting a leak in your vehicle can be alarming and you might start to worry if your vehicle is safe to drive before fixing the leak. There are a few tips and tricks on how to locate a leak under your Mazda vehicle and this guide is here to help. Continue reading to find out how to locate and identify which part of your Mazda vehicle is leaking. (more…)

What Are the Scheduled Service Intervals for My Mazda CX-5?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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2019 Mazda CX-5 Maintenance and Service Schedule

Are you a new Mazda CX-5 owner? You might be asking yourself what the scheduled service intervals are for your new vehicle. We at Serra Mazda know that it can be difficult to keep track of what systems and parts need to be checked and it can be hard to know when exactly it all needs to be done. That’s why we’ve put together this 2019 Mazda CX-5 maintenance and service schedule to help you keep your vehicle’s parts and systems in check. (more…)

Has My Mazda Been Recalled?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
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What Do I Do If My Vehicle is Recalled?

Vehicle recalls occur for a number of reasons and they do not always mean that your vehicle has been affected or needs servicing. Recalls occur when there is a vehicle model that has a safety-related defect, or some part of the vehicle does not comply with a federal safety standard. You can check for recalls online or if your vehicle has been recalled you will receive an alert in the mail. So, what do you do if your vehicle is recalled? Keep reading to find out what to do after a recall and how to check if your vehicle is affected. (more…)

How Do I Adjust the Rear Power Liftgate On My Mazda?

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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How to Set the Height on Mazda Power Liftgate

If your garage has low ceilings there is nothing more frustrating than getting home to unload a trunk full of groceries and your rear liftgate hits the ceiling when it opens. Mazda solves this issue by offering a Rear Power Liftgate with programmable height adjustment on the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9. This setting allows you to control how far your liftgate opens so you don’t bump the ceiling and also so that it doesn’t open out of reach. But how do we set the height on a Mazda power liftgate? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

Do I Need to Update My Mazda Apple CarPlay?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
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Updating and Using Apple CarPlay in 2019 Mazda6

Mazda continues to release high-tech vehicles that feature all of the latest technologies and the 2019 Mazda6 is no exception. The 2019 Mazda6 lineup includes five trim levels – Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature – and four come standard with Apple CarPlay™ technology. Aside from the base Sport trim, all Mazda6 models will allow you to access all of your favorite iPhone apps right on the MAZDA CONNECT™ home screen. Keep reading to learn how to use Apple CarPlay™ in your new 2019 Mazda6.  (more…)

How to Choose The Right Car Seat and Where to Get it Inspected

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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What Type of Car Seat Do I Need?

Becoming a new parent can be intimidating and the area of car seats is often uncharted territory for a lot of new parents. This guide to how to choose the right car seat will break down the different types of car seats, how to choose one, and where you can get it inspected in the Trussville area.  (more…)

How to Make Phone Calls with Apple CarPlay in a Mazda vehicle

Friday, November 9th, 2018
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When a car comes with as many high-tech features and technology systems as every Mazda model does, keeping track of all of them can prove to be quite the challenge. Even more challenging, of course, is fully understand all of them! For example, do you know how to make phone calls with Apple CarPlay in a Mazda vehicle? Whether you have no idea or could use a refresher, you’re in luck; we have a video tutorial right here, so keep on reading and check it out! While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our new Mazda inventory, too! (more…)

How can you prepare for a roadside calamity?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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What items should be in your roadside emergency kit?

Driving has quite a few hazards when you think about it, which makes sense when considering that driving consists of driving tons of machinery around crowded roads at great speeds in sometimes rough conditions. It is important to be prepared in case you encounter a calamity on your commute, such as getting stranded in a storm or popping a tire. Every car ought to have a kit packed somewhere inside of it just in case. What items should be in your roadside emergency kit? Read ahead for a few suggestions.  (more…)

Should you pay full price right away or finance?

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
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Financing a car vs paying full price

When you are looking to upgrade your vehicle, you are giving a great deal of consideration to a few different things. You are certainly trying to figure out which vehicle you like best (may we suggest one of our new Mazda models?), but that’s not all that goes into this big decision. You need to factor in your budget and what you can afford at the time of purchase. That’s when another debate might start going through your mind regarding financing a car vs paying full price right away. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily. Read ahead for some more thoughts on this.  (more…)

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