Don’t Forget Your 4th of July History on Independence Day

June 20th, 2017

How brushed up are you on your 4th of July history? Before you get into the fireworks, read this summary of what happened on the fateful day:

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The original thirteen colonies first declared their independence from England all the way back in July 4th, 1776—the date that would become known as Independence Day from then on and Americans have celebrated ever since.

Of course, the colonies had been struggling in various conflicts with England for some time before they finally convened a Continental Congress that summer, leading up to the famous words from Richard Henry Lee of Virgina:

“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown,” words that began the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

A statement concerning the concept was first put together by John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Roger R. Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson, with Jefferson himself physically writing the document.

Discussions on the document continued through all of July 3rd and late into July 4th, when the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted, with nine of the thirteen colonies voting in favor. At this time, John Hancock signed the document with his famous autograph.

 

Here at Hassett Pre-Owned, we couldn’t be more proud to celebrate the 4th of July. Come join us, and check out our amazing selection of vehicles!

Save 15% On Your Next Truck Service!

June 20th, 2017

There is no surprise that all vehicles need regular maintenance. You don’t want any unexpected costs when they can be avoided. It is important to schedule regular maintenance visits with Hassett because you’ll have a mechanic making sure your truck is reliable and runs at peak performance. Hassett will make sure your truck is back on the road with little to no downtime.

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Original Manufactured Parts vs. Aftermarket Car Parts

June 13th, 2017

Most people don’t think about the importance of where you go to get your car repaired. Not only do you need to make sure you have professionals working on your vehicle, but the parts they use as well. Parts that are not manufactured for your specific vehicle have a greater chance of difficulties. Some drawbacks to choosing aftermarket products consist of lack of warranty, inconsistent quality, and an immense time researching and shopping.

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Hassett Trucks: We Mean Business!

June 9th, 2017

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There are many benefits of commercial leasing trucks. It improves your control. By leasing a truck, you are given more of a sense of freedom. You make more by containing costs. With a low monthly payment, you are able to maintain more cash in your pockets. It also helps to reduce maintenance. Usually, a leased vehicle is brand new and will need fewer repairs than an older vehicle.

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  • Custom build for your business needs
  • Dedicated truck showroom / display
  • Truck specialist on staff 7 days a week
  • Large Pre-Owned inventory

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5 Road Trip Tips To Prepare You For The Ultimate Summer Adventure

June 6th, 2017

Whether summer road trips are a family tradition or you’re going on a big summer ride for the first time, a few more tips never hurt! Check out this list of summer road trip tips to inspire you before you hit the highway:

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  • Be sure to get your vehicle checked out by a professional before you go, and get up to date on oil changes, fluid levels, tire pressure, etc.
  • Clear out the trunk of your vehicle, getting rid of any clutter, and consider replacing it with some non-perishable snacks, fresh water, and a first-aid kit.
  • Map your route out ahead of time on a physical map, just in case your phone dies, and be sure to mark any nearby hospitals in case of an emergency.
  • Similarly, plan where you will stop to eat ahead of time. This way, you won’t end up blowing money on gas station candy or at fast food restaurants when hunger strikes.
  • If you are travelling with children or young ones, stock the back seat with small games and toys. Be prepared to pull over more often, and try to be patient.

 

For more tips and safety advice, or to get behind the wheel of a new car entirely, give us a call or stop by anytime here at Hassett Pre-Owned.

New Tech in the Subaru Outback

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.

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Car Spring Cleaning Tips

April 22nd, 2017

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As the weather improves and the temperatures rise, we are entering one of the busiest driving times of the year. With a few simple steps, you can make sure your car is ready. Use the following car spring cleaning procedures.

  • Clean Interior. Over the past few months, dirt, salt, and trash have had their heyday inside your car. Now, it is over. Throw away all the trash in your car and take the time to seriously clean your car. Scrub away any stains on the upholstery, carefully dust and clean your dashboard, and vacuum from top to bottom.
  • Wash your car. Wash away the salty build-up on your car with a thorough wash. Pay close attention to the underbody, which usually gets the worst of it. Add a coat of wax to protect your paint.
  • Do some maintenance. Check your tires, along with your spare, to make sure they are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth. Also, it is a good idea to replace your windshield wipers as winter can leave them cracked and worn.
  • Organize. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has a place. Purchase extra storage containers, if needed.

With these simple steps, you will have the cleanest car on the street. If you need a new car for your spring driving, come visit us at Hassett Pre-Owned.

Subaru Shows Off Redesigned Crosstrek for 2018

April 5th, 2017

 

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At the Geneva Motor Show held in Switzerland last month, Subaru showed off its redesigned Crosstrek that will make its debut for the 2018 model year. The Crosstrek is based on the Impreza and will take on many of the improvements found in the redesigned 2017 Impreza.

One of the most notable changes will be the Crosstrek’s quiet interior. Subaru says it has improved body rigidity by at least 70%, translating to reduced vibrations in the seats, floor, and steering wheel. This should deliver a smooth, quiet ride.

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The Crosstrek’s engine has also been improved. It will use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is both lighter and more powerful than the outgoing model. In addition, its continuously variable transmission has been modified for better shifting and improved efficiency. Official ratings will be released later; however, the outgoing model currently returns an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway*.

Another notable change will be in the EyeSight safety system. It will come standard on all models and will include features like lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist, automatic precollision braking, and adaptive cruise control.redesigned Crosstrek

Here at Hassett Pre-Owned, we are excited to see the changes in the Subaru lineup. If you’re looking for a great used Subaru, come see what we have available now.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Hassett Subaru Supports Local Charity, Pet Peeves, During The Share The Love Event

April 1st, 2017

On March 30th, once again animal rescue groups, non-profit shelters, corporate sponsors, and animal lovers in general, joined together to raise some needed dollars in support of pet-rescue organizations across Long Island.

This time there were over 300 businesses were in attendance held at The Crest Hollow Country Club, where attendees were treated to a fun event and the opportunity to meet all the wonderful recipients of Subaru’s Share The Love donation.

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SmartLink Retroactive Connectivity for Ford and Lincoln

March 27th, 2017

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In recent years, Ford has stayed ahead of the competition when it comes to connectivity, but this wasn’t always the case. Older Ford models, specifically those between 2010 and 2016, lacked several common features, but the automaker is taking steps to rectify the problem. A new SmartLink retroactive connectivity system will soon be available for older Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

The new SmartLink system will provide owners with a range of new features that are available on current models, but weren’t offered at the time their vehicle was purchased. New features include remote engine start, maintenance notifications, and more.

“Offering [SmartLink] through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty,” said Stephen Odell, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

Notably, Ford is upping the ante with its closest competitors by offering a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting to up to eight devices. The connection will be supported through partnerships with Verizon and Delphi.

The tech-savvy move makes Ford the first in the industry to offer retroactive connectivity to customers. Users will be able to schedule service through SmartLink as well.

SmartLink retroactive connectivity will officially launch this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

We here at Hassett Pre-Owned are happy to see older Ford and Lincoln models becoming better than ever!