Posts Tagged ‘Hassett Automotive’

New Tech in the Subaru Outback

Monday, May 1st, 2017

When someone mentions off-roading, the Subaru Outback is often the first thing to come to mind. Its capable all-wheel drive and versatile, outdoorsy spirit has gained it a big group of cult followers. The new 2018 Subaru Outback promises to offer those same performance standards with an upscale twist that includes some cool new technology.

Beyond a new front- and rear-end exterior design, and a quieter cabin with upgraded, sophisticated materials, the 2018 Subaru Outback gets a buffed up media system. Previous models have featured the Starlink Multimedia system, which continues to be the media and information hub of the Outback. However, the standard 6.2-inch screen grows to 6.5 inches, and a new 8-inch screen is now available.

The Starlink system continues to offer standards like smartphone integration and audio streaming. The updated version in the 2018 Subaru Outback also offers new apps, including an eBird app which helps drivers find birdwatching locations—the perfect outdoor twist to a Subaru feature.

The rearview camera, the tire pressure monitoring system, and the Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert system have all been updated as well. These are just some of the exciting changes we’re looking forward to in the new 2018 Subaru Outback. To learn more about what’s new in the new model year, give us a call at Hassett Pre-Owned.

Subaru Outback Logo

General Service Schedule

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Keeping your car up and running doesn’t involve much guesswork, unless you lost or don’t have an owner’s manual. Fortunately, there’s a general guide you can follow to keep your car properly serviced. Here’s a general service schedule from us here at Hassett Pre-Owned so you can keep your car running at peak performance.


General Service Schedule - Fluid


Drivers would do well to check their windshield washer fluid and engine oil levels weekly, if not more often. Make sure all lights are working, including the dashboard indicator lights. Check tire inflation and condition too.

Three Months/3,000 Miles

Every three months or 3,000 miles, make sure to check the oil, engine air filter, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Inspect the battery, cables, belts, hoses, and exhaust as well.

General Service Schedule - Oil

Six Months/6,000 Miles

In addition to the previously listed items, drivers should check their chassis lubrication every six months or 6,000 miles. Make sure to change the oil at this point if you haven’t already.

12 Months/12,000 Miles

Most vehicles are engineered for minimal attention which is why most items can go unchecked for one year or 12,000 miles. Make sure to check the wheel alignments, steering, suspension, coolant, brakes, and wiper blades.

Over caring for your car won’t hurt, but neglecting general service can lead to disaster.

If You Live on an Island, You Need a Truck

Monday, February 23rd, 2015


We know this sounds a bit facetious but when you consider the Long Island lifestyle at large, a truck starts to make sense even if you’re not a builder, landscaper or boating enthusiast. A truck is the way to get every kind of work done–better, faster and more efficiently.

The all-new 2015 F–150 is the truck to get: Up to 700 lbs. lighter than the 2014 model, thanks to a military grade, aluminum-alloy body and steel frame, the new F–150 has better fuel efficiency, greater towing and payload capacities plus improved power-to-weight ratio for faster acceleration, enhanced handling and braking. (more…)

Configure Your Business Around a Proven, Flexible Workhorse

Monday, February 9th, 2015


The Ford Built Tough® Transit Connect is now at Hassett of Wantagh

The all-new 2015 Ford Transit Connect brings a new, mobile dimension to your business that’s customizable to meet your specific transport needs.

With the most configurations in its class, choose from van and wagon models, wheelbase choices, standard dual sliding side doors with a rear door option and the most flexible seating in its class encased in a modern, intelligently designed interior.

When it comes to the all-important branding of your business, the Transit Connect is ideal for making a sleek visual impression as it goes about its work. (more…)

Ford Police Interceptor is the Most Fuel-Efficient Police Car

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Though police activity in film seems to be almost exclusively comprised of high-speed car chases, reality can be a lot different. Most police officers never need to go that fast and, in fact, some know they never will. So it’s usually a good idea to apply the same environmentally-conscious philosophy to police cars as the one that applies to consumer cars and make them as fuel-efficient as possible.

Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan does just that by offering a fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine in addition to its regular V6s. This Special Service Police Sedan is not pursuit-rated and is instead aimed at law enforcement agencies who don’t need the extra power, such as college campus police and detectives. This will allow them to save thousands of dollars in the long run by cutting fuel costs.

The sedan is certified with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, with a combined rating of 24 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient police sedan out there.

Of course, we don’t sell police interceptors here at Hassett Automotive, but we do sell even more fuel-efficient Ford vehicles such as the all-new 2014 Fiesta. Come by to check it out!

Ford Police Interceptor

Ford Police Interceptor

Ken Block Astounds in His 2013 Ford Fiesta ST

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Obstacles courses can be fun and incredibly challenging. They can also be a great way to test your skills.  A Gymkhana is a type of obstacle course for cars, and if you’ve ever questioned the athleticism of professional drivers, once you see these courses in action, you’ll never think about that again.

Ken Block, is a professional driver with the Hoonigan Racing Division and recently drove his 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 through his sixth Gymkhana course. The video of him racing through the obstacles may blow your mind!

We think he’s going to need some new tires after all of that drifting. Would you be brave enough to stand on one of those segways while someone was doing doughnuts around you?

Want to see some more extreme driving? You can check out all five of Block’s previous Gymkhana runs online. We think number 5 is pretty amazing and he races through the streets of San Francisco. He gets some serious air over some of the hills.

Which Ken Block Gymkhana is your favorite?

Ford Plans 17 New Vehicles for Middle East and Africa

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Ford announced that it is bringing some of our favorite homemade vehicles and more to new regions of the world. Now that it has a solid foot in the Asian market (and the North American market, but that goes without saying), Ford sees the Middle East and Africa has the next big automotive growth markets.

The company plans to launch at least 17 new or refreshed vehicles in the Middle East and Africa over the next 24 months.

“Ford and Lincoln sales have grown 60 percent in the Middle East over the past four years,” said Stephen Odell, president of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We expect total industry sales in the combined Middle East and Africa region to increase nearly 40 percent to around 5.5 million units by 2020.”

To go along with the announcement, Ford debuted two all-new vehicles for the Middle East—the Ford Fusion and the Ford EcoSport. These vehicles offer an impressive combination of affordability, fuel economy, and driver-assistance technologies.

But if you were worried about having to move to the Middle East to get your hands on a Ford Fusion, fret not. We’ve got one of the latest models right here at Hassett Automotive.

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Fusion

The best part: Ford extends service plans

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

It’s the biggest thing to happen to parts and service at the Ford Motor Co. since … well, since they invented parts and service.

On Oct. 1, Ford kicked off a new Service Part Warranty extending coverage from the standard 12 months/12,000 miles to an amazing 24 months unlimited miles…with no commercial exceptions. In addition, wholesale customers are entitled to receive up to $150 in labor reimbursement.

Scott Noel, wholesale zone manager for the Ford Motor Co., wrote directly to managers at all Ford dealerships to relay the “outstanding” news about Ford’s new Service Part Warranty plan. And no doubt about it, “this is big,” understated Paulo Simoes, parts manager at Hassett of Wantagh.


Ford’s Raising the Bar on Lowering Emissions

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

For the last several years, the environment has been a huge concern for people all over the world. For a while there it seemed like everyone thought global warming would cause the end of the world as we know it. Now, we’re not here to debate whether or not global warming is legitimate concern; nor are we trying to turn anyone into a tree-hugging hippy. We just wanted to take a second and tell you about some of the awesome things Ford Motor Company has been working on to help lower their carbon footprint and make their cars as environmentally friendly as possible.

See, we as a society are stripping out too many of the natural resources of our earth. So Ford Motor Company has decided to change this trend and start to use either recycled or renewable resources whenever possible. For example, Ford is now using recyclable pop bottles as a component in their seats. What they do is break down the plastic bottles and then spin them into the fabric of the seats. Pretty ingenious, isn’t it?

And as if that wasn’t cool enough that Ford is using recyclable materials, a lot of these little changes Ford is making to their vehicles is actually making their cars and trucks lighter. And when a car or truck weighs less, it gets a lot better fuel mileage, and thus reduces emissions.

For more information on Ford’s pursuit to be greener, check out the video below.

Our car lot here at Hassett Automotive is loaded with environmentally friendly vehicles. Stop by today and take one for a test drive! Any one of our knowledgeable sales team members would love to help you find the right car for you and your family.

Summer Car Maintenance (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Summer is officially here! That means it’s time for warm weather, vacations, cookouts, and pool parties. However, it also means it’s the time of the year that your car hates that most. That’s right. Just when you thought summer was full of only awesome and fun things, we had to go spoil that for you. But wait! Even though summer can definitely be tough on your car, and even take years off its life, there are several things you can do to make sure your car is good-to-go for the hot summer months.

  • Check your tires. And we’re not only talking about the four tires at each corner of your car. Make sure you check your spare tire too! All five of your car’s tires should have adequate tread and air pressure. One fun and easy way to check tread is to stick a penny in the tread of the tire – if Abe’s head disappears, you’re golden!
  • Change oil and oil filter. I am just as guilty as anyone for procrastinating on an oil change. But what I didn’t realize is that oil is the lifeblood of your car! It’s what keeps all those moving parts moving correctly so you can get from point A to point B safely. Don’t wait! Get it done now at the beginning of summer.
  • This may seem obvious, but you need to de-winterize your car. In other words, if you put snow tires on your car for winter, take them off. It’s not winter anymore and this quick and painless change will save you lots of moolah at the gas pump.

We hope these tips are useful for you! Keep checking our blog for more tips coming in the next couple weeks. And always remember, Hassett is always here to help you with all your car maintenance needs. Stop by today and let us get your car up to snuff!