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Four Fall Car Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Fall Car Maintenance TipsFall is finally here. That means that winter is just around the corner. Before winter’s worst comes to cause trouble for your car, there are certain measures you should take to prepare your vehicle for the nasty weather. Here are four fall car maintenance tips.

  1. Replace Old Windshield Wipers

Fall means falling leaves. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in top shape to brush those dead leaves away.

  1. Repair Your Defroster

Cold autumn mornings could mean a layer of frost covering your windows. If you don’t have a properly functioning defroster, it could take quite a while to scrape away all those layers of frost.

  1. Check Your Tires

Don’t wait until the roads are slick to check your tires. Take the preventative measure of checking them during the fall.

  1. Inspect Your Battery Life

Winter can be brutal during your battery. That’s why it’s important to make any needed repairs or adjustments before the weather gets too frightful.

Best Used Cars for Students

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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For high school students and new graduates going off to college, buying a used car can be a big decision. Whether you’re buying it on your own or your parents are buying for you, keep in mind this list of cars that have been named the best used cars for students because of their low pricing and reliability. Several Ford and Subaru models have made it onto these lists, so Hassett Pre-Owned is a great place to come searching for a high-quality used vehicle.

The 2011 Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta, for example, both have a lot to offer in a compact car for a low price, including reliability, fun, and a surprising number of features. Even older versions of the Ford Mustang can make great student cars for those who want an affordable used car that packs a powerful engine.

The Subaru Impreza is another popular choice for students thanks to its small size, good performance, and a variety of body styles and was listed third on Edmunds.com’s list of best cars for college students!

Regardless of the used vehicle you want, it’s likely that Hassett Pre-Owned has exactly what you’re looking for.

Don’t think you can afford a good car because you’re a student? Our financing department can help!

Preparing Your Car for Fall

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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September has arrived, and that means fall is right around the corner. One of the best things you can do for the health of your car is be ready for big weather changes like a new season. If you plan on preparing your car for fall, here are some tips you should follow:

Check your car’s important systems. If you like to do a bit of home mechanic work, right as we’re going into fall is a great time to check your belts, hoses, fluids, antifreeze, and anything else that can be affected by warmer weather. Antifreeze can get diluted during summer, and winter is the most important time for antifreeze!

Get ready for snowy weather. This is also the time to add snow chains to your tires and switch out your summer car things with the things you need for colder months.

Prepare yourself for emergencies. You still need emergency food and water rations, but you also need blankets, an ice scraper, and warm clothes like gloves and an extra jacket. You might also want to keep some kind of ice melting spray to keep your windows clear!

Need help getting your car ready for fall? Our service department is here to help!

School Bus Safety Tips

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

School Bus Safety TipsIt might be the end of the school year (many schools have already called it quits for the year), but June just so happens to be Student Safety Month. In an effort to raise awareness for this important cause, we’ve come up with some basic (but important) bus-safety guidelines. As your children head off to camp, activities, or school this summer, make sure they heed these five rules.

  1. Parents should escort young children to the bus stop. Young children should be walked to the bus stop by a responsible adult. That adult should stay until the bus arrives, and someone should be there to escort the child home in the afternoon.
  2. Children should stand three giant steps away from the curb at all times. There should be no playing around at the bus stop, and kids should remain at least three large steps back from the curb where the bus will pull up.
  3. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop. Before running up to the bus or getting off it, children should wait until the bus has come to a complete stop.
  4. Never walk around the backside of a bus. Children should always cross the street in front of the bus by first taking five giant steps in front of the bus; making eye contact with the driver; looking left, right, and left again; and then crossing.
  5. Never run on the bus. Children should never run on the bus, as their feet could easily become caught on a strap or other obstruction in the aisle. Additionally, they should always hold the handrails when going up and down the bus stairs.

Finally, as a driver, make sure you always go the posted speed limit in school zones, be extra attentive for wandering children, and stop whenever a bus is stopped—its lights flashing, stop sign out, or children getting on or off the bus (regardless of which direction you’re going). The law requires you stop and clear the road for children who need to cross.

For more information, visit safekids.org. We wish you a safe and fun-filled summer!

How to Keep Your Car Cool

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Keep Your Car CoolThe summer heat comes around this time every year but it seems many people just aren’t ready for it. Climbing into a hot car after a long day at work is absolutely miserable. Thankfully, there are ways to keep your car cool and cool it off faster. Some of these ways may be obvious, but others are probably new for you. If your car just refuses to cool off, you should bring it in to our Service Center for a check up.

  • Shaded Parking/Sun Shades We know, these are the most obvious options and that’s why they’re first on this list. If you’re early for work, look around for a shaded parking spot under the shadow of a tree or building. Even if it’s a little further away from where you work, the tradeoff between a slightly longer walk (good for your health) and a cooler car is worth it. If you can’t find anywhere shaded, invest in sun shades. Not only do they help keep your car cool, they also protect the interior.
  • Bottom Vents Close the top vents, open the windows, and turn the air conditioning to its maximum setting. Since heat rises, the hot air will be pushed up and out of the car. Once cooled, close the windows and switch to the upper vents.
  • Fresh Air vs Recirculation When first entering your vehicle, set the air conditioning to bring in fresh air. Recirculation is best used to keep air moving when the desired temperature has already been reached. Switch to fresh air for the first five minutes or so, then switch to recirculation to drive comfortably.

Automatic or Manual Transmission? Don’t Be Afraid to Stick Out

Friday, March 27th, 2015

automatic or manual transmissionEver considered driving a manual transmission car? In the US, only 6.5% of cars sold have been stick-shift, so the relative rarity may have some confused about the advantages to learning the process of getting your car in gear.

Aside from the thrill of weaving the stick through a gearbox on an open road while stomping on the clutch like Mario Andretti, there are some practical reasons to opt for a manual vehicle. One is that you have better control over the vehicle when you constantly control the gear of the car. This provides easy downshifting and engine-braking (and it’s not hard to learn).

One other factor is cost. Automatics tend to be slightly more expensive to buy and maintain and less efficient to operate. The reason is that a few more moving parts need to be installed, repaired, and require more engine power to operate. The total cost over the life of the car may add up to a few thousand dollars.

If you find yourself curious about a 6-speed manual Subaru, we at Hassett Automotive can show you the Outback, Legacy, Impreza, WRX, and Forester models that offer both automatic or manual transmission versions.